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From "limited government" to Government as a force to be used to take away voting rights

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by HAL ZIEGLER, former Republican State Senator in Michigan

 

To some of us who were part of the GOP for years--and followed its history from Lincoln to the early 2000's, we believe an entirely new GOP has evolved--literally destroying the old GOP.


A Party that once stood for individual rights and freedom of expression replaced by suppression of those rights through Jim Crow voting laws.


A Party that believed in limited Government now sees Government as a force to be used to go after voting rights.


A Party that believed in strict adherence to the Constitution has been told 10 times in just a few months its actions were unconstitutional.


A Party that championed Separation of Church and State now includes in its platform the mandates of some religious groups.


A Party that worked with LBJ to secure passage of the Civil Rights Act now seeks to trample on the rights of minorities.


A Party that woke up and saw the dangers of a racist movement, the John Burch Society, and closed its doors to such a movement, but has now opened its doors to its successor, the Tea Party.


A Party that, at the eleventh hour, worked across the aisle when the country was at risk and needed solutions, now purges any member who dares mention compromise.


A Party that once felt pride in exercising its legislative duties is now led by a Senate Leader who believes a Senator's duty is solely to destroy the Presidency.


A Party that celebrates annually, a Lincoln day dinner and embraced by the likes of Taft, Goldwater, Kemp, yes Nixon, Ford, Dirksen, Bush I, Dole, Reagan and so many other good men and women, now embraces a nominee who flip-flops on virtually all issues, lies regarding four murders of Americans for political points--and well to sum it up, is running a "dishonest campaign"--those being the words of Newt Gingrich during the primaries.


A Party whose core was once real conservatives, not neo-conservative obstructionists, and embraced by those who believed in the rights of the individual and limited Government, has been replaced by a party whose belief is the Government is the tool to use to deny voting rights, so a party who believed in tolerance has been replaced by racism and religious extremism.


YES a NEW PARTY, but to those who gave much to the OLD PARTY, nothing but regret, sorrow and concern for the future of the Two-Party System, and the Country.

 

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Nearly 400,000 People Call On Macy’s To Dump Donald Trump

Nearly 400,000 People Call On Macy’s To Dump Donald Trump | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
A grassroots campaign for Macy’s to end their association with Donald Trump has caught fire.
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America's voting system is a disgrace

America's voting system is a disgrace | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
David Frum says the voting system gives too much power to local authorities and political parties, leading to a chaotic process.

By DAVID FRUM, CNN


 When the polls close in most other democracies, the results are known almost instantly. Ballots are usually counted accurately and rapidly, and nobody disputes the result. Complaints of voter fraud are rare; complaints of voter suppression are rarer still.


The kind of battle we are seeing in Florida -- where Democrats and Republicans will go to court over whether early voting should span 14 days or eight -- simply does not happen in Germany, Canada, Britain or France. The ballot uncertainty that convulsed the nation after Florida's vote in 2000 could not happen in Mexico or Brazil.


Almost everywhere else, elections are run by impartial voting agencies. In France, elections are the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior, which establishes places and hours of voting, prints ballots (France still uses paper) and counts the votes. In Germany, an independent federal returning officer oversees a complex state and federal voting system.

 

[MORE]http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/05/opinion/frum-election-chaos/index.html

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GOP in Fantasyland

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Denial has poisoned the GOP and threatens the rest of the country too.


by Frank Rich, NY Magazine


Mitt Romney is already slithering into the mists of history, or at least La Jolla, gone and soon to be forgotten. A weightless figure unloved and distrusted by even his own supporters, he was always destined, win or lose, to be a transitory front man for a radical-right GOP intent on barreling full-speed down the Randian path laid out by its true 2012 standard-bearer, Paul Ryan. But as was said of another unsuccessful salesman who worked the New England territory, attention must be paid to Mitt as the door slams behind him in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s brilliant victory. Though Romney has no political heirs in his own party or elsewhere, he does leave behind a cultural legacy of sorts. He raised Truthiness to a level of chutzpah beyond Stephen Colbert’s fertile imagination, and on the grandest scale. That a presidential hopeful so cavalierly mendacious could get so close to the White House, winning some 48 percent of the popular vote, is no small accomplishment. The American weakness that Romney both apotheosized and exploited in achieving this feat—our post-fact syndrome where anyone on the public stage can make up anything and usually get away with it—won’t disappear with him. A slicker liar could have won, and still might.  


All politicians lie, and some of them, as Bob Kerrey famously said of Bill Clinton in 1996, are “unusually good” at it. Every campaign (certainly including Obama’s) puts up ads that stretch or obliterate the truth. But Romney’s record was exceptional by any standard. The blogger Steve Benen, who meticulously curated and documented Mitt’s false statements during 2012, clocked a total of 917 as Election Day arrived. Those lies, which reached a crescendo with the last-ditch ads accusing a bailed-out Chrysler of planning to ship American jobs to China, are not to be confused with the Romney flip-flops. The Etch-A-Sketches were a phenomenon of their own; if the left and right agreed about anything this year, it was that trying to pin down where Mitt “really” stood on any subject was a fool’s errand. [MORE]

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Obama calls for immediate freeze on middle-class tax rates

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by Zachary A. Goldfarb and Scott Wilson, Washington Post


President Obama called on Congress Friday to immediately freeze tax rates for most Americans and said he was inviting top lawmakers to the White House next week to discuss how to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff and invigorate a still weak economy.


In his first public remarks since returning to Washington after his reelection Tuesday, Obama expressed a desire to work with Republicans solve the nation’s economic problems. But he claimed a mandate on tax policy, saying the election validated his view that wealthiest must pay more in taxes.


“This was a central question during the election. It was debated over and over again. On Tuesday night the majority of Americans agreed with my approach,” Obama said against a backdrop of ordinary Americans standing behind him in the East Room of the White House.


“I’m open to compromise. I’m open to new ideas. I’m committed to solving our fiscal challenges,” Obama said. But he held the line on raising taxes on the wealthy.


“We can’t just cut our way to prosperity,” Obama said. “If we’re serious about reducing the deficit, we have to combine spending cuts with revenue, and that means asking the wealthiest Americans to pay a little more in taxes.” [MORE including video]

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The Future of the White Man's Party

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Caption: Former California governor Pete Wilson with his wife Gayle in 1995. During his tenure, Wilson promoted Proposition 187, which would have denied all public services to undocumented immigrants—a move that is credited with turning Latinos in the state against the GOP.


For a glimpse of where the GOP is headed, look to California, where Latinos, Asians, and young people just elected Democratic supermajorities to the state legislature.


by HAROLD MEYERSON, The American Prospect


Over the past 15 years, California’s electorate has changed so dramatically and so quickly that Democrats have often won victories they weren’t even anticipating. In 1998, no one expected Gray Davis to win the governor’s office by 20 percentage points, and the tightly wound Davis, who had no life outside politics, was plainly bewildered by his own emotions during his victory speech on the night of the landslide. This week, no one expected the Democrats to win two-thirds of the seats in the state Assembly (they did expect to win that many in the state Senate, which they did), yet the Democrats won those seats going away. As California law requires a two-thirds vote in both legislative houses to raise any taxes, the Republicans have long used their just-over-one-third representation in those houses to block all tax increases, decimating the state’s schools, colleges, and parks in the process. Now, the Democrats have finally overcome that hurdle—and have become the first party with two-thirds representation in both houses since 1933. [MORE]

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Climate change made Sandy worse. Period.

Climate change made Sandy worse. Period. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by CHRIS MOONEY, Grist


Superstorm Sandy — and its revival of the issue of climate change, most prominently through Michael Bloomberg’s sudden endorsement — probably aided Obama’s reelection victory last night. But at the same time, there has been a vast debate about the true nature of the storm’s connections to global warming (as well as plenty of denialism regarding those connections). In fact, there has even been the suggestion, by cognitive linguist George Lakoff, that if we all stopped thinking about causation as something direct (I pushed him, he fell) and rather as something systemic (indirect, probabilistic), then we really could say with full accuracy that global warming caused Sandy. Systemically. [MORE]

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Embrace the Fiscal Cliff

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by SIMON JOHNSON, Bill Moyers.com


Watch out for the coming hysteria on the so-called “fiscal cliff.” In the post-election commentary, you will hear numerous voices – definitely on the right but also on the left – arguing that we could not possibly increase taxes this year or next, as this will push our economy back into recession. Do not believe them – this is just the latest disinformation put out by people who agree with Grover Norquist that the real goal of politics should always and everywhere be to reduce taxes and shrink the size of government. It is exactly such policies that have brought us to our current economic predicament.


In truth, President Obama now has a great opportunity to both help the economy and greatly mend our budget. How is this possible, given that the Democrats control the Senate (narrowly) but obviously not the House? The key point is that the Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of this year – unless the House, Senate and President all agree to extend them. In effect, President Obama can veto that extension – irrespective of what John Boehner says or does.


The immediate effect on the economy of the full repeal of the Bush cuts would be more dramatic than the administration wants – and the president campaigned against rising taxes on the middle class. But once he has vetoed Bush cuts, President Obama can immediately propose a new set of tax cuts – the Obama tax cuts – to Congress. These would cut taxes for lower income Americans, for example by lowering payroll taxes (which should also encourage job creation). Would the House Republicans really vote against a tax cut for 100 million Americans? [MORE]


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Little to Show for Cash Flood by Big Donors

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by NICHOLAS CONFESSORE and JESS BIDGOOD, The New York TImes


At the private air terminal at Logan Airport in Boston early Wednesday, men in unwrinkled suits sank into plush leather chairs as they waited to board Gulfstream jets, trading consolations over Mitt Romney’s loss the day before.


“All I can say is the American people have spoken,” said Kenneth Langone, the founder of Home Depot and one of Mr. Romney’s top fund-raisers, briskly plucking off his hat and settling into a couch.


The biggest single donor in political history, the casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, mingled with other Romney backers at a postelection breakfast, fresh off a large gamble gone bad. Of the eight candidates he supported with tens of millions of dollars in contributions to “super PACs,” none were victorious on Tuesday.


And as calls came in on Wednesday from some of the donors who had poured more than $300 million into the pair of big-spending outside groups founded in part by Karl Rove — perhaps the leading political entrepreneur of the super PAC era — he offered them a grim upside: without us, the race would not have been as close as it was.


The most expensive election in American history drew to a close this week with a price tag estimated at more than $6 billion, propelled by legal and regulatory decisions that allowed wealthy donors to pour record amounts of cash into races around the country.


But while outside spending affected the election in innumerable ways — reshaping the Republican presidential nominating contest, clogging the airwaves with unprecedented amounts of negative advertising and shoring up embattled Republican incumbents in the House — the prizes most sought by the emerging class of megadonors remained outside their grasp. President Obama will return to the White House in January, and the Democrats have strengthened their lock on the Senate. [MORE]


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Three Reasons Why this Republican is Cautiously Optimistic (and One Reason Why He’s Not)

Three Reasons Why this Republican is Cautiously Optimistic (and One Reason Why He’s Not) | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by MICHAEL CHARNEY


If you swivel your head hard to the left you’ll notice excited liberals batting about party balloons and wearing paper hats, glasses of champagne held high. Swivel an equal number of degrees rightward and you’ll find the conspiracists batting about crazy narratives and wearing tinfoil hats, angry signs held high. Already I’ve heard stories about Democratic-led voter fraud in Ohio (where else?), and FOX is talking about the ways the mainstream media stole this election for Obama. (Spoiler alert: one of them has to do with all that pesky fact-checking.)


Though the night didn’t turn out quite the way I’d hoped, I’m not at all bitter. Quite the contrary: as a moderate Republican, I’m cautiously optimistic.


In looking forward (and because I truly want the country—our country—to succeed and grow), I offer these three reasons for why moderate Republicans should be cautiously optimistic about last night’s results:


1-The Tea Party got spanked pretty good last night.


For all three reasons why (and one why not), click HERE.


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New Yorkers will be allowed to vote in any polling place: governor

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(Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday New Yorkers affected by superstorm Sandy will be allowed to vote in Tuesday's U.S.election in any polling place by presenting an affidavit.

Cuomo said he was signing an executive order on Monday that will allow voters to cast ballots at voting stations other than the ones to which they are assigned. He said his order arose from concern that hundreds of thousands of New York residents could be effectively disenfranchised by the damage to many polling places caused by Sandy one week ago.

"This executive order I am signing today is an extraordinary step in that direction," Cuomo said in a news conference.

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Republican candidate’s robocalls tell Ariz. Democrats wrong polling place | The Raw Story

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5 Disturbing Signs Romney Would Steer Us to Towards a Capitalist Dictatorship

5 Disturbing Signs Romney Would Steer Us to Towards a Capitalist Dictatorship | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
The lies and activities of Mitt's campaign show a contempt for democracy itself.
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Hal Ziegler 1932-2012 —Former Michigan State Senator Dies at 80

Hal Ziegler, 80, died Sunday night from a massive coronary heart attack, shortly after completing a masterful appearance on Coffee Party Radio.


by Lisa Satayut, M Live


JACKSON, MI – Anyone who crossed paths with Hal Ziegler knew he had an endless love for politics.


“It happened so fast. He was on top of the world yesterday,” Hal’s wife, Sue Ziegler, said Monday morning.


The former Republican senator and state representative was excited about a new weekly radio segment he was to be featured on for Coffee Party Radio. Sunday was his first segment. After getting home from the radio show the two sat down for dinner, but Sue said Hal was too excited to eat.


“He was so excited about the show when we sat down for dinner. He had a pain in his side, gave a gasp and he was gone,” she said.

Sue said both of Hal’s parents died the same way.


Hal and Sue were married for 53 years and in that time Sue said she was just “along for the ride.”


“It was a crazy life of a politician, but that’s what he lived for. He always joked about running again,” she said.


Besides working as an attorney, Hal served in the Michigan Legislature from 1967 to 1978. He was elected as a state representative in 1966 and served from 1967 to 1974. He worked as a state senator from 1975 to 1978.


“His inspiration and energy went into politics,” Sue said. [MORE]

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Translating Insurance-Speak: What the industry says about Obamacare isn't really what it means | MichaelMoore.com

Translating Insurance-Speak: What the industry says about Obamacare isn't really what it means | MichaelMoore.com | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

By Wendell Potter

Health insurers invested a lot of what you paid them in premiums in an effort to get more of their friends elected to Congress. As the Center for Public Integrity reported last month, the political action committees of the 11 largest health insurers and their biggest trade group—America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)—gave $10.2 million to federal politicians between January 2007 and August 2012. Most of that money went to Republicans who pledged to repeal or gut the Affordable Care Act.


.....What she really meant is that insurers were committed to the parts of the law they like—such as one that requires us to buy coverage from them—but not so much to the ones that might negatively impact their bottom lines. Like those that will end the abusive practices that have enabled them to pad those bottom lines.

When Ignagni and insurance company executives speak, it is important to parse their words to understand what they are really saying. That’s just as true now as it was in 2010.

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Beyond Obamacare | Now What?

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The former health insurance industry insider says it's time to move forward, not backward, from Obamacare.

By WENDELL POTTER, Bill Moyers and Co.

 

The re-election of President Obama and, just as important, the Democrats’ retention of control of the Senate, means not only that health care reform can and will go forward, but that the groundwork can be laid to move beyond the Affordable Care Act. Had the Democrats lost, the insurance industry and other special interests that profit from our dysfunctional and inequitable health care system would have been back in the driver’s seat, and they would have slammed on the brakes and shifted the car into reverse to go back to the (for them) good old days that led to the U.S. having the most costly system in the world while 50 million of its people were uninsured.

The president’s re-election does not mean, however, that Obamacare will necessarily be implemented as Congress intended. Those special interests will now redouble their efforts to try to scare Americans into believing that the provisions of the law that might affect their profits will result in higher premiums. Expect to hear from insurance companies, for example, that Congress will have to allow them to continue their practices of discriminating against people because of their age. If not, coverage will become unaffordable for young families. Take it from me, they are very skillful at making us worry.

The president and congressional leaders will have to anticipate the special interests’ coming PR and lobbying campaigns and be ready with effective campaigns of their own to ensure that reform goes forward, not backward.

 

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House Democrats got more votes than House Republicans. Yet Boehner says he’s got a mandate?

House Democrats got more votes than House Republicans. Yet Boehner says he’s got a mandate? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by EZRA KLEIN, The Washington Post


The political-science evidence is clear on this: There’s no such thing as an election mandate. There’s only what a president is able to get done with the Congress the American people gave him.


But few politicians agree. And so the days and weeks after elections are heavy with arguments about who has a mandate, and for what. The latest debate is about whether President Obama, who ran a campaign explicitly promising to raise taxes on high earners and who beat a candidate explicitly promising to refuse any and all tax increases, has a mandate to raise taxes.


Speaker John Boehner says he doesn’t. “Listen, our majority is going to get reelected,” he said the day before the election. “We’ll have as much of a mandate as he [President Obama] will … to not raise taxes.”


Boehner’s logic is, on its face, sound. House Republicans have been as clear in their opposition to new taxes on the rich as Obama has been in his support for them. And House Republicans were reelected. They have as much right to claim a popular mandate as the president does.


Or they would if they’d actually won more votes. But they didn’t. House Republicans did the equivalent of winning the electoral college while losing the popular vote. [MORE]

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Kiss Goldman Sachs Goodbye, Now What?

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by Barbara Ehrenreich, BillMoyers.com


For decades the Republicans won with tall, good-looking candidates who purported to represent the flag- and family-loving “little guy.” Romney seemed cut from the mold — an actual hereditary member of the 1 percent who spoke eloquently about the sufferings of the unemployed. But then he made his “47 percent” remarks and was revealed as a centi-millionaire who lives in his own bubble of super-wealth and has probably never ridden a city bus, punched a time clock, or dodged a collection agency in his life.


Part of the problem I think is that class polarization has gotten so extreme in this country that it’s almost impossible to find super-rich guys who can even impersonate regular people. We are a nation of the very rich and the very poor, with a lot overworked, stressed-out scramblers in the middle, who can occasionally be mobilized against “entitlements.” [MORE]

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Now the Work of Movements Begins

Now the Work of Movements Begins | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

By Amy Goodman

The election is over, and President Barack Obama will continue as the 44th president of the United States.


He answered with a story about the legendary 20th-century organizer A. Philip Randolph meeting with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Randolph described to FDR the condition of black people in America, the condition of working people. Reportedly, FDR listened intently, then replied: “I agree with everything you have said. Now, make me do it.” That was the message Obama repeated.

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All Americans Win if the GOP Comes Back to Mainstream Reality

There are no words. Just watch. And share.


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Deanna Dahlsad's comment, November 9, 2012 7:07 PM
I think you are having difficulty with the facts.
Deanna Dahlsad's comment, November 9, 2012 7:11 PM
Fact One: We do have the Electoral College and in that sense, along with the increase of democrats in other elected positions, it was a loud & clear message. Fact Two, everything Rachel Maddow listed was a fact for the nation -- and to be celebrated in the spirit of us as a nation. Fact Three, when it comes to compromise, the democrats are not to blame; republicans declared their refusal to participate in government, and fulfilled that one promise. Need more facts? Let me know.
Gracie Passette's comment, November 9, 2012 9:45 PM
I don't view a listing of the facts as destructive. Maddow listed facts ~ sure, facts that progressives like, but facts nevertheless. It's like Party Recon over there, didn't watch/listen to the whole piece or they would have known that facts are needed, not only to have discussions, but for having reality based discussions, something too many, especially those on the far-right like FOX & their viewers, are incapable of facing.
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Free the Vote: Cutting Red Tape from the Voting Process

 September 24, 2012
 BRENDA WRIGHT, Demos


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Why exactly are there so many Americans who are not registered to vote, and how can we improve our electoral system to get rid of red tape around the registration process and ensure that every eligible person is able to exercise the freedom to vote?

American democracy should be a model for the world. A legitimate government “of the people, by the people, and for the people”2 must vigorously promote and protect the freedom to vote so that all eligible voters can participate in this fundamental exercise in self-government.


But today, in the 21st century, too many bureaucratic barriers still block the ability of eligible persons to register, which in most states remains a prerequisite to voting. Our antiquated system puts the burden of registration on each individual, with unnecessarily restrictive registration deadlines.


The numbers tell the tale of how far we have to go in making sure all eligible persons can register:


Today, approximately 51 million eligible Americans are still not registered to vote. This represents almost one in four eligible persons, disproportionately low-income voters, people of color, and younger Americans.3 Among eligible voters, some 30 percent of African Americans, 40 percent of Hispanics, 45 percent of Asian Americans, and 41 percent of young adults (age 18-24), were not registered to vote in the historic 2008 election.


In the 2008 elections, the voting rate for all eligible persons of voting age was only 64 percent, while the voting rate for people who were registered to vote was 90 percent – showing that registration is key to turnout.

 

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Ashley Judd race against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell would be 'premier' matchup, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says

Ashley Judd race against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell would be 'premier' matchup, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth says | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by JOSEPH GERTH, Louisville Courier-Journal


Actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd is being touted as a top contender to challenge U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 election, with supporters saying it could produce the “premier race in the country.”


“If you had an Ashley Judd-McConnell race, I think it would be as high profile a race as Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown,” said U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville.


Whether Judd is seriously considering a bid remains unclear — she’s said in the past that she might one day seek public office but has said nothing about her interest in the U.S. Senate seat.


But Judd isn’t the only name being mentioned to challenge McConnell, with Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson and Matthew Barzun, President Barack Obama’s chief fundraiser, all leading the list.


Yarmuth said he expects candidates enter the Senate race soon, and he says Judd could be a formidable candidate. Judd lives in Tennessee and is not registered to vote in Kentucky but she could move back to her home state of Kentucky and qualify to run at any time.


“The money would pour in here as soon as she entered the race,” Yarmuth said. [MORE]


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80 CEOs: Spending Cuts And Tax Hikes Unavoidable To Fix Deficit

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Major U.S. CEOs from firms like General Electric, Boeing, Verizon, Goldman Sachs, Aetna, and BlackRock have called on Washington to tackle both sides of the issue, targeting spending cuts and tax hikes in order to avoid the fiscal cliff.


by Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes


In a strong political statement from the private sector, more than 80 CEOs from major U.S. corporations penned a release urging Congress to get its act together and find a bipartisan solution to the coming fiscal cliff. But they went farther, rather than asking Washington to find a solution, the chief executives of companies like General Electric, Boeing, Verizon, Aetna, and Goldman Sachs said raising taxes is unavoidable, but that it must come accompanied by “significant spending restraint.” Despite their political inclinations, they are asking Romney and Obama, Republicans and Democrats, to attack the problem from both sides.


From Wall Street to Main Street, the most powerful men in the American private sector are throwing their weight around and pressuring Congress on the fiscal cliff. In the midst of earnings season, political uncertainty, which studies have shown may have dragged GDP down by 3 percentage points, and the specter of the fiscal cliff (which could reduce disposable incomes by more than 4% in early 2013 according to Goldman Sachs), have been repeatedly cited as a major factor hurting companies’ top and bottom lines. [MORE]


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'Dark Money' Reveal In California

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WASHINGTON -- A "dark money" non-profit that funneled $11 million into two ballot initiative fights in California revealed to the state's campaign finance oversight board that it had received the money after the funds passed through the hands of...
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Democracy Danger Signs: Mitt Romney's 800+ Vetoes as Mass. Governor

Democracy Danger Signs: Mitt Romney's 800+ Vetoes as Mass. Governor | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it
And Romney was overrode over 96% of the time.
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