Politics as Usual

Why Isn’t This Republican State Senator a Poster Child for Corruption?

Why Isn’t This Republican State Senator a Poster Child for Corruption?
Colorado State Senator Steve King is facing several felony and misdemeanor charges, stemming from allegedly falsified timesheets filed with different public agencies he was employed by — overlapping to a degree that the pay he received cannot be justified. In the midst of a heated election cycle, why isn't anyone paying attention to this?
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MD Judge Rules County Can Ignore Bargaining Agreement, Quotes ‘House of Cards’ in Defense

MD Judge Rules County Can Ignore Bargaining Agreement, Quotes ‘House of Cards’ in Defense
In a decision that could set a dangerous legal precedent on the future of collective bargaining (and the good faith that negotiating requires), Maryland's high court ruled that a county council did not need to abide by the contract ironed out in 2011. And then, because that's not absurd enough, the judge went on to quote "House of Cards" in a moment of Francis Underwood-sized egomania.
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Chaz Bolte
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NJ Gov Christie Eyes Three Scenarios to Remake the Supreme Court in His Image

NJ Gov Christie Eyes Three Scenarios to Remake the Supreme Court in His Image
It's an ongoing war, but the next battle over the Supreme Court begins with NJ Gov. Christie's decision whether to grant Chief Justice Stuart Rabner (a Democrat) tenure. There are three scenarios facing Christie in his pursuit of a super-majority on the state's high court, all of which are dissected beyond the fold.
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Dems, GOP Seek to Define Issues Ahead of 2014 Elections

Dems, GOP Seek to Define Issues Ahead of 2014 Elections
Ten months to next year's midterm elections, Democrats are determined to make Congress' slim production of fewer than 60 laws and plenty of incompletes — on immigration, gun control, tax reform and basic spending bills — a defining issue, heaping much of the blame on the GOP-led House for obstructing President Barack Obama's second-term agenda.
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Donna Cassata
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New Polling Suggests Americans Ready to Tax the Rich, but are Dems Ready for the Fight?

New Polling Suggests Americans Ready to Tax the Rich, but are Dems Ready for the Fight?
As we enter into yet another round of budget discussions, the Democratic Party is confronted with an opportunity – and a challenge. There’s an opportunity to shift the budget debate to an area where they hold the high ground. But it will be a challenge for some Democrats to take the initiative on a subject they seem reluctant to discuss. The subject is taxes.
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Richard (RJ) Eskow
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Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz Exploit Veterans at Tea Party Protest

Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz Exploit Veterans at Tea Party Protest
What was supposed to be an apolitical protest event for veterans was co-opted by Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz and other Tea Party leaders so they could bash President Obama in DC. "The Million Vet March on the Memorials" was actually numbered in the hundreds and then drowned out in gallons of opportunistic crazy tea.
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How I Spent My GOP Mandated Summer Vacation

How I Spent My GOP Mandated Summer Vacation
A new Republican National Committee memo has hit the Internet and is drawing unwanted attention. The document acts as a step-by-step guide for GOP congressmen to pretend that they care about the issues affecting the demographics they are failing to reach. There is nothing surprising about this, though it is shocking to see such a thing in great detail.
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Chaz Bolte
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Alabama Head Slammer: Doctors Required to Prove Citizenship

Alabama Head Slammer: Doctors Required to Prove Citizenship
As prompted by the state's new immigration laws, the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners is requiring already-licensed and credentialed medical doctors to prove their citizenship. It's an asinine move that will, at best, waste a lot of time and government resources or, in the worst case scenario, take away doctors from a state already in dire need of better medical care.
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