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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.

Schultz:

“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.

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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.

FYI: The title of the OK Dem's post was "REPUBLICAN REPRESENTATIVE MIKE REYNOLDS CALLS STUDENT’S POTENTIAL IRRELEVANT."

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

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Lame Chuck session

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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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Florida Dems statement on flip-flopper Rick Scott's about-face on Medicaid expansion: "He can’t be trusted."

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Here is what Florida's Democratic Party had to say about this:

Three years and tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars later -- after opposing and stalling health care reform at every turn -- Rick Scott today announced his latest stunning about-face: he will accept the expansion of Medicaid under the health law, as supported by 62-percent of Floridians.

Statement from Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant:

"Today, following President Obama's lead and the overwhelming will of Floridians, Rick Scott finally abandoned his crusade to block affordable health care for Florida's families and accepted the expansion of Medicaid. We hope and expect that Republicans like Rep. Will Weatherford and Sen. Don Gaetz, who have stood with Scott to consistently stall its implementation, will soon follow suit. 

"Three years of staunch opposition and tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars later, embattled Governor Rick Scott today flip-flopped on the central issue which has defined his political career. This stunning about-face is merely the latest move to repackage a Governor whose approval rating with Floridians remains as toxic as his Tea Party agenda. But Scott’s election year makeover on issue after issue is fooling no one and simply underscores his central problem: he can’t be trusted."

They nailed it, and they nailed it because they know him all too well.

Remember who signed into law the bill that was behind at least 201,000 not voting in Florida because of frustration with long lines and then said, hey, don’t blame me for that lousy election law, I only signed it!

Remember who ducked gun safety questions from CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

Remember who signed a bill downsizing the state’s Department of Health and closing the A.G. Holley State Hospital that had treated the most difficult tuberculosis cases for over 60 years.

Remember whose mandatory welfare applicant drug testing cost taxpayers more than it saved.

Remember who is waging a war on women.

Remember who provided no money for the disabled, but plenty for personalized Florida “Welcome” signs.

Remember under whose leadership, Columbia/HCA committed major Medicare fraud.

He absolutely, positively cannot be trusted. In fact, he should be booted out, and with any luck,he will be.

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VIDEO-- Republican consultant: Voter ID laws, long lines "help our side."

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Former Florida GOP leaders, including Charlie Crist, recently said that voter suppression was the reason for new state election laws.

In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that state Republicans tried to suppress the black vote and called his fellow GOPers “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies.”

Via HuffPo, Republican campaign consultant Scott Tranter was on a panel hosted by the Pew Center and came right out and said this:

"A lot of us are campaign officials -- or campaign professionals -- and we want to do everything we can to help our side. Sometimes we think that's voter ID, sometimes we think that's longer lines -- whatever it may be."

Or as those on the right would put it, "How dare you accuse us of voter suppression! You're just imagining things."

Good grief, what more do voters need? This party is admitting out loud what bottom feeders they are. They've told Americans over and over again that they'll lie, cheat, and steal in order to win, because they sure can't on their policy positions. So dirty tricks it is then.

However, per Reuters, things may very well change. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech in Boston that U.S. election officials should register eligible voters automatically and take steps to reduce the same long lines that the GOP claims to relish.

Just do it already.

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Former Florida GOP leaders: Voter suppression was reason for new election law

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Welcome to Flori-duh.

In a previous post, Eleventh-hour GOP voter suppression could swing Ohio. And in Florida, more long lines: “Let us vote! Let us vote!”, there was this from Florida:

This is America, not a third-world country,” said Myrna Peralta, who waited in line with her 4-year-old grandson for nearly two hours before being turned away. “They should have been prepared.”

Florida Governor Rick Scott did everything he could to remove people from the rolls by purging voters. That lovely gesture resulted in several lawsuits against his administration. Early voting days were also cut, from fourteen to eight, which severely reduced voter registration by organizations like the League of Women Voters. One guess who was disproportionately affected. Hint: Minority voters.

In fact, former Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer came right out and said that Florida Republicans tried to suppress the black vote. He called his fellow GOPers “whack-a-do, right-wing crazies."

Greer has been accused of stealing a couple of hundred thou from the Republican party using a phony campaign fundraising operation. But the Palm Beach Post is reporting that he is suing them right back, saying GOP leaders knew what he was doing and voiced no objection, plus this:

A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.

Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.

Then-Governor Charlie Crist had extended early voting hours by executive order because of the long lines during the 2008 presidential election. He says he told GOP consultants and staffers that he would veto any proposed legislative changes that would reduce early voting.

That was then.

“The people that worked in Tallahassee felt that early voting was bad, ” Crist said. “And I heard about it after I signed the executive order expanding it. I heard from Republicans around the state who were bold enough to share it with me that, ‘You just gave the election to Barack Obama.’

And then Rick Scott got his grubby hands on Florida, and we saw how that turned out. Of course now he's batting his angelic eyes and asking Secretary of State Ken Detzner to check into all those nasty November election issues. Imagine that.

Here's more from Greer:

There is absolutely nothing with their absolute obsession with retaining power that they wouldn’t do — changing the election laws to reduce early voting, to keep organizations like the League of Women Voters from registering people, going after the Supreme Court justices."

But there's also something Floridians can do: Vote the bums out.

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