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WI GOP State Senator not "willing to defend them anymore... There is no massive voter fraud."


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Per The Cap Times, WI GOP State Senator Dale Schultz was on on The Devil’s Advocates radio show discussing voter suppression, specifically bills that cut back on early voting. Schultz's own party, the party o' dirty tricks, has been doing whatever it can to make voting harder, because when turnout is high, it usually translates into Democratic wins.

So of course, rather than fighting for victories in the good old fashioned, all-American, patriotic, apple pie honest way, Republicans resort to cheating, because they know they'd never win by approaching elections, you know, fairly.

Democracy, schmemocracy. Endlessly long, discouraging lines rule!

This isn't the first time WI GOP State Senator Dale Schultz has bucked his own party. See: GOP State Sen. Dale Schultz Slams Walker, Calls Union-Busting "Classic Overreach". Now he's expressing his disdain and distaste for the way they're obstructing Wisconsinites from voting.


“I began this session thinking that there was some lack of faith in our voting process and we maybe needed to address it. But I have come to the conclusion that this is far less noble...

"We are not encouraging voting, we are not making voting easier in any way shape or form by these bills...

"I don't see how you can claim to be improving things by actually reducing hours... but maybe this is Never Never Land, who knows?

"It’s just, I think, sad when a political party — my political party — has so lost faith in its ideas that it’s pouring all of its energy into election mechanics. And again, I’m a guy who understands and appreciates what we should be doing in order to make sure every vote counts, every vote is legitimate. But that fact is, it ought to be abundantly clear to everybody in this state that there is no massive voter fraud.

"The only thing that we do have in this state is we have long lines of people who want to vote. And it seems to me that we should be doing everything we can to make it easier, to help these people get their votes counted. And that we should be pitching as political parties our ideas for improving things in the future, rather than mucking around in the mechanics and making it more confrontational at our voting sites and trying to suppress the vote...

“I am not willing to defend them [his colleagues] anymore. I’m just not and I’m embarrassed by this...

"[Voter suppression is] plain wrong...

"It is all predicated on some belief there is a massive fraud or irregularities, something my colleagues have been hot on the trail of for three years and have failed miserably at demonstrating.”

And that concludes another episode of "Republicans eating their own."

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Who's The Real Food Stamp Party?


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If you think it's the Democrats, think again.

Ever notice how the Republicans always love to toss out terms like food stamp president, welfare queens, and other derogatory references to those who collect food stamps and public assistance? Do they actually know the figures and that the largest recipients of Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Programin (SNAP) are in Republican controlled states?

In terms of raw numbers, it's the largest states that have the biggest enrollment, of course. After all, they have more people. But as a function of population, that looks much different.

A good indicator of a state's politics is the make-up of its Senate delegation. There is a distinct correlation between states with more Republican delegations and states with higher percentages of people on food stamps. The larger the republican control, the more the public assistance. Interesting. I wonder now who's the food stamp party.

To be fair, let's look at another metric. As a function of raw numbers, of course, the bluer states have larger populations and thus more people receiving assistance. So maybe it's best to call this a draw, or better yet, stop the finger waving all together. We need a strong economy. We need jobs. We need to offer opportunities. We don't need more name calling and saber rattling.

SNAP feeds the hungry who, even when they can find work, can't support their families... Maybe a few less yacht and private jet tax write-offs, a bit more holding Wall Street responsible for taxes on their profits, and a bit less encouragement for off-shore holdings and outsourcing of jobs and we could drop those numbers significantly.  It's worth a try. Few want to be on food stamps. Many want to be self sufficient. Let's find ways to make that part of the American dream come true.


How's that reachy-outy, makeovery, reinventiony thing workin' for ya, GOP?


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Oklahoma state Rep. James Lockhart (D) emailed a colleague for help, so Rep. Mike Reynolds (R) gave him some... some... well, gave him something, but it sure wasn't help.

Lockhart's email, in part, via the Oklahoma Democrats site. Bolding is mine:

Basically we are doing a poor job of improving the lives of the people we represent... [M]ost people think we either don’t care about them or are unable to do something about improving their standard of living.

I am here to try to improve the quality of life of the average person in however small a way possible.

I would suggest you do the same.

Of course, anyone with a modicum of compassion would go out of their way to show how much they truly care about their constituents. A little grace and empathy goes a long way to inspire mutual respect among all citizens. After all, if they thrive, then everybody benefits: families, the state, even the public officials who represent them! There's nothing like generosity, comfort, and good will to help those who depend on you, who trust you, to succeed and build a little self worth.

Right Rep. Reynolds?

It is not our job to see that anyone gets an education. It is not the responsibility of me, you, or any constituent in my district to pay for his or any other persons education... Their potential to benefit society is irrelevant.

Compassionate conservatism at its best. Way to go Mike!

By the way, "person's" should have an apostrophe, Mr. Not Our Job To See That Anyone Gets An Education. Clearly Reynolds never had one.


How's that reachy-outy, makeovery, reinventiony thing workin' for ya, GOP?

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Sen. Chuck Grassley (AP Photo-Susan Walsh)

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Occasionally a flurry of stories about a single politician bubbles up, and the asshatitude is simply too overwhelming to write up each one individually. Hence, this list. Feel free to browse through as I try to cleanse my palate and steel myself to tackle the next loony batch:

Uh oh... watch out. I sense more GOP flurries lurking out there...  stay tuned...

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