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GOP problems run deeper than Cruz & Bachmann: austerity hasn't worked at state level & voters know it

GOP problems run deeper than Cruz & Bachmann: austerity hasn't worked at state level & voters know it | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by Daniel Denvir, Philadelphia City Paper

Last year the Republican National Committee conducted an official autopsy after the defeat of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. It came to the somewhat comfortable conclusion that the party’s biggest problem was its image. “Young voters are increasingly rolling their eyes,” it wrote, while “many minorities wrongly think that Republicans do not like them or want them in the country.” The solution touted by the RNC? Practical Republican governors — “America’s reformers in chief” — who would save a party dominated by right-wing crazies in Washington.


According to the RNC, such Republican governors are successful because they “deliver on conservative promises of reducing the size of government while making people’s lives better.” But this lesson — that business-minded conservatives can overcome the ideological divide — is not quite reflected in reality. In Democratic-leaning but Republican-governed states, government got smaller, and some people’s lives got appreciably worse: Slashed education budgets prompted a widespread outcry in Pennsylvania, and anti-union laws polarized voters in Ohio, Wisconsin and Michigan. Indeed, the purple-state governors elected during the 2010 tea party surge — Wisconsin’s Scott Walker, Ohio’s John Kasich, Florida’s Rick Scott, Maine’s Paul LePage, Michigan’s Rick Snyder and Pennsylvania’s Tom Corbett — are among those most likely to face defeat in 2014.


This indicates that the Republican Party’s problems run deeper than Sen. Ted Cruz’s filibuster or Rep. Michele Bachmann’s contention that “The Lion King” might be gay-rights propaganda. People subjected to the small-government austerity at the heart of the contemporary conservative consensus sometimes simply do not like it. [MORE]

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“A Conversation with Dr. Jill Stein” on “I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee” | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

“A Conversation with Dr. Jill Stein” on “I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee” | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Indiana Governor Declares Emergency In HIV Outbreak | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

Indiana Governor Declares Emergency In HIV Outbreak | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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No More Than One Million Dollars Right Now says Jeb Bush | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

No More Than One Million Dollars Right Now says Jeb Bush | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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"The Destruction of Public Education" on "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee"

"The Destruction of Public Education" on "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee" | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Our Public Education is being destroyed.  It's as simple as that. Common Core, Race to the Top, Charter School Disinformation and Money, Money, Money.
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A Conversation With A NYPD Captain on "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee"

A Conversation With A NYPD Captain on "I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee" | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The discussion about Police in our society has changed.
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Guantanamo’s Ex-Detainees Find Little Solace in Uruguay

Guantanamo’s Ex-Detainees Find Little Solace in Uruguay | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Debra Sweet (CC BY 2.0)
Release from the Guantanamo Bay prison to the South American country of Uruguay has not amounted to freedom for many of the men whom the U.S.
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Nestle Continues Stealing World’s Water During Drought

Nestle Continues Stealing World’s Water During Drought | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Arrowhead Mountain Water Company bottling plant, owned by Swiss conglomerate Nestle, on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Cabazon, Calif. Photo credit: Damian Dovarganes/AP.
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The Economics of California's Drought

The Economics of California's Drought | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
As the U.S. Northeast emerges from yet another snowstorm, California has just concluded its hottest winter ever, registering average temperatures 4.4 degrees warmer than the state's 20th-century average.
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Oral Arguments Set for New Jersey Voter Appeal

Oral Arguments Set for New Jersey Voter Appeal | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The US Court of Appeals is set to hear a case of forced association in order to vote in a New Jersey primary. Everyone in the state paid for it, but some are more qualified to vote than others.Read more →
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The Mass Incarceration of America: How Did We Let This Happen? (Part 1)

The Mass Incarceration of America: How Did We Let This Happen? (Part 1) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Part 1 of 5: How did Americans allow America to become a mass incarceration state?
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Lawsuit Filed Against Police Department Who Arrested ‘Wise Guy’ For Filming Cops

Lawsuit Filed Against Police Department Who Arrested ‘Wise Guy’ For Filming Cops | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A lawsuit has just been filed by a college student who was arrested for photographing a Philadelphia police incident, where a homeless woman was being harassed.
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Ohio Police Chief Charged With Covering Up Officer On Cadette Rape

Ohio Police Chief Charged With Covering Up Officer On Cadette Rape | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
An Ohio police chief has just been charged after it was revealed he covered up the rape of a police cadette by a police officer.
Chief Robert Lampela, 53, often goes by the name “Ric,” according to the local News Herald.
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Tens Of Thousands Attend Anti-Netanyahu Rally In Tel Aviv

Tens Of Thousands Attend Anti-Netanyahu Rally In Tel Aviv | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Tens of thousands of Israelis are gathering at a Tel Aviv square under the banner "Israel wants change" and calling for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be replaced in March 17 national elections.
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“A Conversation with Dr. Jill Stein” on “I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee” | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

“A Conversation with Dr. Jill Stein” on “I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee” | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Tenn. Case Revives Debate On Sterilization | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

Tenn. Case Revives Debate On Sterilization | I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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Throw Back Thursday? No! Racist Thursday!

Throw Back Thursday? No! Racist Thursday! | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The Army Times is reporting that Alaska Command has assigned an investigating officer after a complaint was filed alleging a "tradition" at Fort Wainwright where soldiers use racial slurs and names when addressing each other. A clear violation of Army Regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. "It's a shame that it's coming to this, but I'm not even making this up. I'm not making any of this up," he said. "Somebody needs to be relieved."
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VIDEO: Hawaii And The Trans-Pacific Partnership – Big Island Video News

VIDEO: Hawaii And The Trans-Pacific Partnership – Big Island Video News | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Feature explores how the proposed economic treaty has had a connection with Hawaii from the beginning.

Via Russell Roberts
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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 22, 1:43 PM
Good story from Big Island Video news about the consequences of the Transpacific Trade Partnership and its impact on Hawaii. Aloha, Russ
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Judge rules military must release detainee abuse photos

Judge rules military must release detainee abuse photos | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A US district judge ruled Friday the government must release photographs showing the abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fight over the photographs dates back to controversial Abu Ghraib images.
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Senate Intelligence Committee Advances Terrible “̶C̶y̶b̶e̶r̶s̶e̶c̶u̶r̶i̶t̶y̶”̶ ̶B̶i̶l̶l Surveillance Bill In Secret Session

Senate Intelligence Committee Advances Terrible “̶C̶y̶b̶e̶r̶s̶e̶c̶u̶r̶i̶t̶y̶”̶ ̶B̶i̶l̶l Surveillance Bill In Secret Session | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the new chair (and huge fan of transparency) may have set a record as he kept the bill secret until Tuesday night.
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‘Black America In Crisis': Report Shows Troubling Racial Disparities Across US

‘Black America In Crisis': Report Shows Troubling Racial Disparities Across US | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Helen Shaw talks to people during a rally outside Greater Grace Church, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, for Michael Brown Jr., who was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo.
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Greg Palast / Investigative Reporter: "From White Sheets to Spreadsheets"

Greg Palast / Investigative Reporter: "From White Sheets to Spreadsheets" | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

"Meet the New Jim Crow. Fifty years ago, African-Americans were kept from the polls by the threat of beatings and lynchings. Today, Jim Crow has traded in his white sheets for spreadsheets. He’s Dr. James Crow, systems analyst. His method is lynching by laptop."

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This Dixie Chick Torched Her Career When She Trashed George W. Bush. And She'd Do It Again (VIDEO)

This Dixie Chick Torched Her Career When She Trashed George W. Bush. And She'd Do It Again (VIDEO) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
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No, UC Irvine Students Didn’t Ban the American Flag from Campus

No, UC Irvine Students Didn’t Ban the American Flag from Campus | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Let's put the UC Irvine flag banning in perspective, without American Exceptionalism. Read more →
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Deli Customers Dragged into Chicago’s Secret Prison by Masked Police

Deli Customers Dragged into Chicago’s Secret Prison by Masked Police | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
Witnesses say the Chicago Police that kidnapped them from a deli resembled ISIS terrorists more than they did peace officers.
The post Deli Customers Dragged into Chicago’s Secret Prison by Masked Police appeared first on The Anti-Media.
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Confusion at Duke after accusations air about basketball program

Confusion at Duke after accusations air about basketball program | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
DURHAM, N.C. — John Guarco is a sophomore at Duke, a double major in economics and political science who recently was elected vice president of student government on a campaign platform that focused on combating sexual assault.
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