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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott campaign staff made racist jokes (allegedly)

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Psst! Rick Scott! Outreach means exactly that: reaching out. Outreach is also what the Republican Autopsy called for. Yes, they referred to their own post-2012 election report as an autopsy, because... suicide. They admitted that they needed "to do things differently."

The GOP not only needs a reinvention, they need an intervention.

Via Think Progress:

On late Thursday, billionaire Mike Fernandez abruptly resigned his post as the finance co-chair of Governor Rick Scott’s (R-FL) reelection campaign. The prominent Cuban-American health care mogul’s departure has fueled rumors of racism among Scott’s campaign staff.

Tensions between Scott’s campaign staff and Fernandez had been building for weeks. And the last straw, according to people within the campaign who spoke with the Miami Herald this weekend, was an incident in which several of Scott’s campaign staffers allegedly began joking around in a cartoonish, over-the-top Mexican accent while on the way to a Mexican restaurant.

They just can't help themselves.

Think Progress has more.

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So much for GOP "outreach": Asian Americans-- among other key groups-- heavily support Democrats

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Republicans can sweartogod all they want that they're reaching out to African Americans, women, gays, Latinos, Catholics (the Pope is a "Marxist"! A Marxist, they tells us!), and anyone else I may have missed who isn't old, white, and male.

They can hold workshops to teach established Congress members how to talk to women and minorities (you mean to tell us they don't already know?), they can send Rand Paul to convince voters how into African Americans he and his party are (we'll just ignore those Civil Rights Act? Meh! and voter suppression things), they can tout their little political autopsies, they can talk to they're blue red in the face, but guess what?

It ain't workin'.

Now the Los Angeles Times confirms what many of us have been writing about for years: The GOP has also alienated Asian Americans. And just like so many other key voting groups, they're turning their backs on Republicans in droves. Please read the entire article, but meantime, here are some snippets:

After years of divided loyalties, Asian American voters have swung heavily behind the Democratic Party and its candidates, posing a serious threat to Republicans whose political base — older, whiter, more conservative — is shrinking by the day. (Although referred to as the Asian American community, "communities" might be a better word to reflect the diversity of groups tracing their roots from the Indian subcontinent to the Far East.)

The problem is every bit as acute as the GOP's widely chronicled difficulties with Latino voters. Though fewer in number, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and a rapidly expanding part of the electorate, nationally and in battleground states such as Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia. [...]

In 1992, Republican George H.W. Bush won 55% of the Asian American vote against Democrat Bill Clinton. Last year, President Obama won 73% against Republican Mitt Romney, a better showing than the president's 71% support among Latinos, according to exit polls.

How's that outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?

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Einstein must have had Republicans in mind when he defined "insanity"

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Apparently the Heritage Foundation and Scott Walker are bound and determined to dig their heels into that heap of elephant dung they've created. They're clearly oblivious to the world around them, as well as to Albert Einstein's definition of insanity: "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

And apparently #2, they are bound and determined to lose elections. Running to the right? Really, GOP? As President Obama would say, "Please proceed."

Here are two headlines from today's Los Angeles Times:

Obamas visit immigration hunger strikers

President and Michelle Obama visit hunger strikers near the Capitol and discuss possible ways forward on the stalled immigration overhaul.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, met with the group for about 30 minutes in a heated tent near the steps of the Capitol to discuss the immigration bill that has stalled in the House.

And:

GOP promise of immigration reform fades a year after election

Despite the importance of the Latino vote, divisions among Republicans leave immigration reform at a standstill.

Changing the way the party talks about immigration is about all House Republicans have to show for their efforts over the last 11 months — and even that effort has notable exceptions. [...]

In fact, the House's most visible immigration-related action was a measure to defund an Obama administration program to defer deportations of young immigrants, a vote that increased Latino animosity even though it failed to become law.

Now stop and think about that contrast, GOP. Who do you think Latino voters will overwhelmingly support... again? Take a wild guess.

Republicans furrow their collective brows and write Very Important political autopsies about softening nothing but their words, and then their (in)actions continue to speak volumes.

So does their timing.

Happy holidays.

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John "I See No Need for ENDA" Boehner welcomes anti- #LGBT group to Capitol Hill

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Boehner:

I am opposed to discrimination of any kind — in the workplace and any place else. But I think this legislation — that I have dealt with as chairman of the Education Workforce Committee long before I was back in the leadership — is unnecessary and would provide a basis for frivolous lawsuits. People are already protected in the workplace. I am opposed to continuing this.

Listen, I understand people have different opinions on this issue, and I respect those opinions. But as someone who has worked in the employment law area for all of my years in the statehouse and all of my years here, I see no basis or no need for this.

Of course not. Why would there be a need when 21 states have protection laws? To hell with The Gay in the other 29.

Oh that Boehner and his wacky, zany GOP House Speakery wisdom.

Which brings us to the World Congress of Families (WCF), a group that thinks being gay is a “deviation” and compares homosexuality to pornography, promiscuity, and incest, per a report by Think Progress.

As if that's not bad enough, they've gone so far as to organize trips for anti-gay leaders to go speak with Russian lawmakers. So it goes without saying that the obvious thing to do would be to shun the WCF, because we here in America believe in equal rights, civil rights, and compassion for all.

Right, John Boehner?

After all, there is already way too much protection for gay Americans, and they clearly are not the targets of ongoing discrimination and need no further support.

Think Progress:

Just a day after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) claimed the LGBT workplace protections are “unnecessary,” he is making sure that an anti-gay group has a place to meet on Capitol Hill. [...]

These laws and proposed bills have been directly tied to the influence of U.S. anti-gay activists who WCF sent to Russia, and now these are the values Boehner believes deserve a voice on Capitol Hill. It’s unclear how this endorsement of discriminatory values squares his belief that there is “no need” to protect the LGBT community from the very same kind of unfair treatment.

The Boehner's spokesman claims that this was "routine" not should not be viewed as an endorsement one way or the other.

How's that outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?

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Fed up Dems are actually-- wait for it-- fighting back against something: The War on Women.

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A big sloppy-kiss thank you to Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, my Senator, Barbara Boxer of California, Reps. Judy Chu of California, Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, and Lois Frankel of Florida-- for having spines. They are clearly as fed up as many of us are about the forced-birth laws that so many Republican-run states have rammed through.

The availability of abortion services in these states has diminished greatly, often to the point of making it nearly impossible for a woman to have access to the care she needs, requiring traveling hundreds of miles to find help, even into neighboring states.

As we speak, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham filed legislation that would prohibit abortions past 20 weeks into a pregnancy. Two words: Non. Starter.

The GOP hypocrisy is staggering: Small government? Not so much. Outreach to women? Non-existent. If it weren't for all those redistricting dirty tricks, Dems would be feeling awfully cocky about 2014 right about now.

Roll Call:

A group of Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate, led by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on the Senate side, are calling an afternoon news conference to roll out a new measure that would effectively pre-empt state laws requiring medically unnecessary tests before receiving reproductive health services, including the morning-after pill and abortions.

“This kind of measure seems to provide a clear and certain response to these regulations and [state] laws that impose unnecessary tests, procedures … and other kinds of restrictions on these reproductive services,” Blumenthal said, calling the influx of new state laws a “cascading wave of restrictions.”

More like this, please.

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VIDEO: What?! A Secret Cucci Coup in Virginia! Cuccinelli had a plan to throw Gov. McDonnell out of office!

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Rachel Maddow revealed a remarkable newsflash last night that inexplicably hasn't made the media rounds yet. Please watch the entire video, but starting at around 14:00, she reports the following:

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University of Virginia politics guru, Larry Sabato... reported for the first time something truly amazing about this story and Virginia politics. He reported today for the very first time that Ken Cuccinelli had in the works a plan for throwing Bob McDonnell out of office.

Remember, Ken Cuccinelli is the attorney general, Bob McDonnell is the governor. When in August and September, it first looked as though Governor McDonnell was going to be indicted by federal prosecutors, Ken Cuccinelli reportedly had a secret plan.

He, quote, planned a dramatic public break with Bob McDonnell by invoking a specific section of Article V of the Virginia constitution, which had never been used before in the entire history of the Virginia constitution. It's the part of the Virginia constitution that would allow other officers of the state government to throw the governor out! To declare the governor, quote, unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, thus throwing him out of office against his will, if he refused to quit.

What?!

Why did this not get reported until 48 hours after the election?

I mean, Ken Cuccinelli also took gifts from that guy. Ken Cuccinelli was totally implicated in that same scandal. Ken Cuccinelli didn't disclose his gifts from that guy. Initially, he waited until he was getting asked about it before he paid the gifts back. He never had any explanation for why he took those gifts for himself. He was never able to explain himself.

All the while, everybody's waiting for the indictment against Bob McDonnell, and Ken Cuccinelli is not able to distance himself from this horrible scandal, and he needed to be able to distance himself from it.

And all along, he had a plan to forcibly throw Bob McDonnell out of office?

This is amazing! why didn't we know before?

Cooch had a secret plan. Ken Cuccinelli had a secret plan for a coup to oust the scandal-ridden governor. The Cooch had a plan. There was going to be a coup.

Oh, my god, why didn't we know this before?

You are telling me there was -- I could have been -- you are telling me there was a secret Cucci Coup planned in Virginia?

All this time we didn't know about it. I could have been using this phrase all this time on TV, for months, since August? Virginia, do you realize what this does to me? I could have been using Cucci Coup as a banner on all of these slogans on all of these segments all of this time?  Virginia, you are killing me. you are killing me, I am dead.

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Wisconsin state Dem senator expects "all out hell" on GOP abortion bills

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Anti-abortion, pro-forced birth bills are moving right along in Wisconsin's state Senate, and Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach will do everything he can to prevent them... loudly and clearly.

If his name sounds familiar, it's because he was also very vocal during the enormous protests against Gov. Scott Walker a couple of years back.

The typically anti-choice, invasive, War on Women bills in question would:

--Ban abortions "that are solely based on whether the fetus is male or female,"  (AKA sex selection) but Democrats don't think Wisconsin needs a bill like that at all since there are very few, if any, of those procedures that are even performed.

--Prevent public workers' health insurance plans from covering abortions and exempt religious organizations from providing insurance coverage for contraceptives. Contraceptives would be available if they're needed for something other than birth control. This bill is the biggie.

Via Madison.com:

"Their morals are fine for them but not for the rest of the state," Erpenbach said after the hearing. "Government intrusion like this is shocking."... When asked after the hearing how he expected Tuesday's debate to play out, Erpenbach said, "All out hell. Seriously."

Republicans control the Senate 18-15. Gov. Scott Walker has said he supports both bills and will sign them into law once they pass.

Notice the report doesn't say "if they pass."

The hypocrisy by Republicans is astounding. They scream "Small government!" but their version of "small government" becomes hugely intrusive when it suits them."Governor Ultrasound" ring a bell? Sure, government is just small enough to fit into our vaginas.

Memo to Republicans: My body, my choice. Stay the hell out of my uterus and my birth control methods, GOP. Clear?

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