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Charlie Cook: The GOP's Fading Chances

Charlie Cook: The GOP's Fading Chances | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpts from a piece by CHARLIE COOK


"The winner of the independent vote doesn't necessarily win the general election. But a candidate has to be very competitive among independents to have a chance to win.  In 2008, the GOP's John McCain lost the independent vote by 8 percentage points and the election by 7 points. Republicans should be concerned that Mitt Romney's numbers among independents have been tanking in recent weeks."


"He went from double-digit leads over Obama in some polls, including one by the Pew Research Center, to a 9-point deficit. He is considered the "most electable" Republican. If other GOP contenders have equally dismal or worse approval numbers among independents, you have to wonder whether this could end up as a choice election, with Republicans coming out on the losing end.It is becoming quite clear that the conservative base of the Republican Party is driving the car. These voters prefer someone from the pull-no-punches brand of conservatism that created the Tea Party movement in 2009 and handed Republicans their House majority in 2010. It's certainly the GOP's right and choice to do that. The calendar, though, says 2012. The mood of the broader electorate -- and, specifically, independents -- appears to be very different. If you see any of Obama's advisers looking bruised from head to toe, it might be from pinching themselves in disbelief."


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"Simply put, the passion and energy of the Republican Party today may well fail to produce a nominee with a decent chance of winning in November. My assumption was that Romney would be the nominee and would make a good run. Now, I have begun to doubt both propositions. His odds of winning the nomination are growing longer. And even if he does, he has twisted and turned himself into a human pretzel. I'm not sure how electable he is. The alternatives, however, seem even less so."


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Respected Conservative David Brooks Calls for Compromise on Tax Reform, Rejects Romney Plan

Respected Conservative David Brooks Calls for Compromise on Tax Reform, Rejects Romney Plan | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

"This should be the top priority: A tax reform effort that simplifies government, frees the economy and focuses social support on those who actually need it. A left-right tax reform alliance to do that would break the political logjam as well as the economic one." — David Brooks, NY Times  [MORE]

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RomneyCare Is Working Well In Massachusetts—Will Mitt Romney Admit It?

RomneyCare Is Working Well In Massachusetts—Will Mitt Romney Admit It? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by MATTHEW YGLESIAS, Slate Magazine


I was talking to a young Democratic political operative Friday night and I think I scandalized him by saying I voted for Mitt Romney as Massachusetts governor in 2002. Worse, I told him I felt I had nothing to apologize for—Romney was an effective governor on a variety of fronts and helped shepherd a historic universal health insurance coverage bill into existence. This has been a boon to the previously uninsured population of the state, and as a great post by a Fred Baeur (who seems to be a pro-Romney Republican) details it's been impressively successful at restraining the growth of insurance premiums.


Something I wonder about is whether the strange mirror universe that is the Romney campaign will be able to afford to admit how well RomneyCare is working? After all, Romney's signature policy achievement as governor of Massachusetts is very similar to President Obama's signature policy achievement. RomneyCare and ObamaCare share a fundamental structure. That's not a coincidence. On ideological terms, a compromise between a moderate New England Republican and an overwhelmingly Democratic state legislature is bound to look pretty similar to a compromise between the liberal and moderate wings of the Democratic Senate caucus. And in practical terms they're both responding to the same set of cross-presssures—a desire to achieve universal coverage in a way that's acceptable to incumbent provider interests without creating a totally unsustainable cost situation. The result, both in Massachusetts and nationally, is a bit of an ugly kludge. But it's working pretty well in Massachusetts, and the fact that it's working pretty well in Massachusetts gives us confidence that it will work pretty well on a national level. But does Romney want to cite that as evidence of his policy acumen? I think we've seen that Team Obama is comfortable with emphasizing the similarities, since it tends to make Romney squirm, but the fact is that when it comes time for Romney to talk about his record as governor this is really the main thing he can point to. So will he?



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Mitt Romney Is a Canny Politician Doing What’s Necessary to Survive the Primaries

Mitt Romney Is a Canny Politician Doing What’s Necessary to Survive the Primaries | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Romney will say and do whatever it takes to survive the far right’s stranglehold on the primaries.


by LEE SIEGEL, The Daily Beast


Here’s an outrageous proposition. The Republican primary race is not chaos, or a clown show, or a travesty of the political process. It is going exactly as it was meant to go.


Here’s another one. Mitt Romney is not a stumbler, or a bumbler, or a fool. He is a shrewd man painstakingly making his successful way through a complicated situation. Just because I don’t like him doesn’t mean that it makes sense for me to underestimate him.


Why is anyone surprised at the instability of the Republican race? The Republican Party is now mostly a movement. It’s a party only in its upper echelons. You have a relatively small group of Republicans who, thanks to the amplifications of cable and the Internet, and thanks to the liberal media’s pornographic obsession with the hard right, have been wielding a disproportionate influence over the GOP. You have primaries in which traditionally only the hardcore faithful vote—and sometimes, in an open primary, Democrats out to make some trouble. It is hardly a shocker that the most fanatical candidate—first Gingrich, now Santorum—is going to come out on top for a while. There is nothing wild or astonishing about it. [MORE]

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Henry Waxman’s plan to cut the deficit and stop global warming — at the same time

Henry Waxman’s plan to cut the deficit and stop global warming — at the same time | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpt from Henry Waxman's interview with Ezra Klein of The Washington Post:


Waxman: I think it’s going to be a challenge to get Republicans and others to support putting a price on carbon. But we have to consider the alternatives. Will it be easier to slash Medicare benefits? Make deep cuts to defense? Raise income taxes? A climate policy is the easiest way to face these challenges.


There’s an interesting similarity in the problems of the two issues. Cumulative debt and cumulative carbon emissions are both rising. If you look at the debt problems they’re going up and up and up and the cumulative emissions of carbon are going up as well. One can have terrible consequences for the economy and the other for our planet. I don’t think people have realized the similarities of these two issues. [MORE]


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Rally Asks Supreme Court to Reconsider Citizens United

Rally Asks Supreme Court to Reconsider Citizens United | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Today, an especially sunny and warm day in Washington, D.C., citizens rallied on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to let the court know that it’s time to overturn its 2010 Citizens United decision, which opened the door for unlimited corporate spending in political races. This comes on the heels of the court’s decision to overturn a Montana ban on corporate campaign donations, followed by two justices announcing that they want to reconsider Citizens United.


United Republic joined up with partners including Free Speech for People, the Coffee Party, and Common Cause to lead the flash rally. The turnout was definitely enthusiastic.

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The Lost Party: The strangest primary season in memory reveals a GOP that’s tearing itself apart

The Lost Party: The strangest primary season in memory reveals a GOP that’s tearing itself apart | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpt from New York Magazine article by JOHN HEILEMANN


That Mitt Romney finds himself so imperiled by Rick Santorum—Rick Santorum!—is just the latest in a series of jaw-dropping developments in what has been the most volatile, unpredictable, and just plain wackadoodle Republican-nomination contest ever. Part of the explanation lies in Romney’s lameness as a candidate, in Santorum’s strength, and in the sudden efflorescence of social issues in what was supposed to be an all-economy-all-the-time affair. But even more important have been the seismic changes within the Republican Party. “Compared to 2008, all the candidates are way to the right of John McCain,” says longtime conservative activist Jeff Bell. “The fact that Romney is running with basically the same views as then but is seen as too moderate tells you that the base has moved rightward and doesn’t simply want a conservative candidate—it wants a very conservative one.”


The transfiguration of the GOP isn’t only about ideology, however. It is also about demography and temperament, as the party has grown whiter, less well schooled, more blue-collar, and more hair-curlingly populist. The result has been a party divided along the lines of culture and class: Establishment versus grassroots, secular versus religious, upscale versus downscale, highfalutin versus hoi polloi. And with those divisions have arisen the competing electoral coalitions—shirts versus skins, regulars versus red-hots—represented by Romney and Santorum, which are now increasingly likely to duke it out all spring.


Few Republicans greet that prospect sanguinely, though some argue that it will do little to hamper the party’s capacity to defeat Obama in the fall. “It’s reminiscent of the contest between Obama and Clinton,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recently opined. “[That] didn’t seem to have done [Democrats] any harm in the general election, and I don’t think this contest is going to do us any harm, either.” 


Yet the Democratic tussle in 2008, which featured two undisputed heavyweights with few ideological discrepancies between them, may be an exception that proves the rule. Certainly Republican history suggests as much: Think of 1964 and the scrap between the forces aligned with Barry Goldwater and Nelson Rockefeller, or 1976, between backers of Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. On both occasions, the result was identical: a party disunited, a nominee debilitated, a general election down the crapper.


With such precedents in mind, many Republicans are already looking past 2012. If either Romney or Santorum gains the nomination and then falls before Obama, flubbing an election that just months ago seemed eminently winnable, it will unleash a GOP apocalypse on November 7—followed by an epic struggle between the regulars and red-hots to refashion the party. And make no mistake: A loss is what the GOP’s political class now expects. “Six months before this thing got going, every Republican I know was saying, ‘We’re gonna win, we’re gonna beat Obama,’ ” says former Reagan strategist Ed Rollins. “Now even those who’ve endorsed Romney say, ‘My God, what a f__ing mess.’ ”


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Poll: Auto bailout divides Dems, GOP

Poll: Auto bailout divides Dems, GOP | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Splitting along party lines, more Americans — by a slight margin — disapprove than approve of the U.S. government’s bailout of American auto companies, according to a poll released Thursday, just days before next week’s Republican primary in Michigan, where the bailout is a major issue.


Slightly more than half — or 51 percent — of those surveyed for a Gallup poll said they disapprove of the aid provided by the federal government in the past four years to boost the flailing auto industry, while 44 percent said they approved. [Read More

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Sen. Bill Nelson Uses Six Cows To Avoid Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars In Property Taxes

Sen. Bill Nelson Uses Six Cows To Avoid Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars In Property Taxes | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

ThinkProgress noted last year that multi-millionaire movie star Tom Cruise manipulated a tax break meant to help struggling farmers in order to pay just $400 of property taxes on his $18 million Colorado estate. Cruise was able to pay so little because he allowed some sheep to graze on the estate, thus qualifying the land as agricultural and making it eligible for a big tax break.


According to the Miami Herald, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has done much the same thing, letting cows graze on a plot of land that he owns, which dramatically lowered his tax bill.

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Carla Wallach: Calling all moderate Republicans: Where are you?

Dear moderate Republicans,


How are you and why are you hiding? You once existed? Remember Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins? Remember Christine Todd Whitman, Colin Powell and John McCain (who was in his earlier days and probably secretly still is)?


Conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats flood the media, but where are you? Mitt Romney has to repudiate everything moderate he believes in, including his own health care system in Massachusetts, in order to compete for the nomination.


Have you also forgotten what you stood for? Do you need a refresher course?


You didn't divide voters by class. You appealed to all your constituents. True, you didn't have the Tea Party to contend with, a movement suspicious of anything that remotely smacks of Washington. And you didn't have the young Occupy bunch, who are against the unconscionable compensations awarded to Wall Street and corporate executives. Both groups speak some truth, but what are they doing about it?


Extremism breeds the kind of toxic atmosphere that exists in politics today, which is why moderates are desperately needed to bring sanity to the public square. [Read More]

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Eric Byler guest-hosts "Politics Done Right" | Topics: The GOP Primary & "Citizens United" | Special Guest: Michael Stafford

Eric Byler guest-hosts "Politics Done Right" | Topics: The GOP Primary & "Citizens United" | Special Guest: Michael Stafford | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Hi Eric Byler here, I'll be guest hosting Politics Done Right today for Egberto Willies.

POLITICS DONE RIGHT with guest-host Eric Byler
1 pm ET to 3 pm eastern time
Saturday Feb. 25, 2012
To call in (646) 929-2495
Or CLICK HERE to listen on-line


Our subjects: (1) Super-PAC Primary, (2) The Social Issues Primary, and (3) How We the People can overturn "Citizens United." Fact-based America, we need use our super powers to influence the national conversation so that more and more of our fellow citizens understand that these three things are related. I need your help to do that.


Joining me in our second hour will be Michael Stafford, Republican strategist, author of the book an Upward Calling, and one of the most popular bloggers in the history of the Coffee Party website. What does Michael think about the primary race? Check out his recent opinion pieces The Republican Crisis to get an idea. I'll ask him if the Super-Pac Shuffle has impacted his views on the balance between free speech and fair elections.


I said a week ago on Jessica English's show that America will pay attention to "Citizens United" if we all do our part. Thursday's rally was a big step. But what's next? Are you ready to organize something similar in your town or city? If so, sign up here. We'd like to support you by using our email database (and those of Common Cause and Free Speech for People) to bring you together with some like-minded people in your area.

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Obama's Tax Plan Is 'Step Forward,' But Not Enough, Key Republican Says

Obama's Tax Plan Is 'Step Forward,' But Not Enough, Key Republican Says | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

President Obama's proposal to cut the top corporate tax rate from its current 35 percent to 28 percent (and in some cases, to 25 percent) is "a good step forward and I welcome looking at the details," the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee said today on Morning Edition.


But Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., added that he thinks the Democratic president "missed the boat by not addressing the fact that the U.S. is the only country ... left in the world" that taxes corporations twice for earnings from overseas. He's also hoping for "comprehensive" tax reform that goes beyond corporate taxes to include those on individuals.


Still, Camp told host Steve Inskeep that "I think it's important that at least a step" has been taken. Now, he hopes "it's more than just a document for the campaign."

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Romney Slams Santorum’s Support For Education Law He Also Supports

Romney Slams Santorum’s Support For Education Law He Also Supports | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by TRAVIS WALDRON, Think Progress


Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) was challenged on multiple pieces of his record at last night’s CNN Republican presidential debate in Arizona, but his answer to why he voted for No Child Left Behind, the comprehensive education reform bill signed by President George W. Bush, drew the most criticism. “I have to admit, I voted for that, it was against the principles I believed in, but you know, when you’re part of the team, sometimes you take one for the team, for the leader, and I made a mistake,” Santorum said.


On the campaign trail today, Romney immediately seized on Santorum’s “take one for the team” apology:


ROMNEY: He talked of this of being ‘taking for one the team.’ I wonder which team he was taking it for. My team is the American people, not the insiders in Washington, and I’ll fight for the people of America, not special interests. … He talked about voting for No Child Left Behind, even though that was against his principles.


While slamming Santorum as a “Washington insider,” Romney conveniently neglected to mention his own support for the law, which he highlighted as an example of where he disagrees with many conservatives in a 2008 interview on Fox’s Hannity & Colmes:


ROMNEY: I’d say that not all conserves line up with me on a few of the positions I have. For instance, I support having a Department of Education. I support No Child Left Behind. I think it’s improving our schools. I agree that we need to give more flexibility to states in applying it, but I support it.


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A Request from the Coffee Party Board of Directors

A Request from the Coffee Party Board of Directors | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by ERIC BYLER


The Coffee Party Board of Directors has a special request: If you are thinking of joining or renewing your membership with Coffee Party USA, please do so by midnight Wednesday, Feb. 29.


On Thursday March 1, we will convene for our annual meeting, where we will plan our actions for tax season, and for the presidential campaign. We want to be able to think big and aim high. But we also need to make responsible decisions based on the amount of support we can expect from our Members. We planned our first in-person meeting as a Board for March 1 so that we could look to our February membership numbers as a measure.


So, if you were part of the Founding Member drive a year ago that launched the Coffee Party into fact-based, really-truly-grassroots stardom, please renew before midnight Feb. 29.


​And, if you heard about us through the flash rally we helped to organize at the US Supreme Court, and you were considering becoming a new member, please join before midnight Feb. 29. [MORE]

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Annabel Park Speech at US Supreme Court 2/23/12

On the Uproar over Citzens United, and Fighting "Economic Royalists"


by ANNABEL PARK


There is clearly a need to find an effective way to channel the public's anxiety, anger and fear about how big money is destroying our democracy and country. Exactly how to do that is still an ongoing quest for many of us.


We have a rare opportunity here. Not only because of the Montana Supreme Court's recent ruling defying Citizens United, but because reporters are obsessively covering the impact of super Pacs on this election. The problem is already in the news everyday. Just do a google search for "super-PAC." We are just not taking full advantage of this moment. Not yet anyway. [MORE]

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Warren Buffett: ‘It Is A Myth’ That U.S. Corporate Taxes Are High

Warren Buffett: ‘It Is A Myth’ That U.S. Corporate Taxes Are High | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by PAT GAROFALO, Think Progress


2012 GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal today to lay out his economic plan, reiterating his desire to cut the corporate tax rate in order to “restore America’s competitiveness.” During an interview on CNBC, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, in response to Santorum’s piece, noted that is is actually “a myth” that America’s corporate taxes are high. “Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness,” Buffett explained, even bringing a chart to prove his point:


"The interesting thing about the corporate rate is that corporate profits, as a percentage of GDP last year were the highest or just about the highest in the last 50 years. They were ten and a fraction percent of GDP. That’s higher than we’ve seen in 50 years. The corporate taxes as a percentage of GDP were 1.2 percent, $180 billion. That’s just about the lowest we’ve seen. So our corporate tax rate last year, effectively, in terms of taxes paid for the United States, was around 12 percent, which is well below those existing in most of the industrialized countries around the world. So it is a myth that American corporations are paying 35 percent or anything like it…Corporate taxes are not strangling American competitiveness."


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MI Prospects Looking Up For Romney

MI Prospects Looking Up For Romney | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Michigan holds its Republican primary on Tuesday. The former Massachusetts governor and Michigan native Mitt Romney has been touring the state in search of votes. A week ago, Rick Santorum held a double-digit lead in the polls.  [LISTEN]

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Here's The REAL Reason Gasoline Prices Have Been Surging In The US

Here's The REAL Reason Gasoline Prices Have Been Surging In The US | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by JOE WEISENTHAL, Business Insider


In just a matter of a few days, gasoline prices have become a major worry for people pondering what might drag down the U.S. economy.


The essence of the problem is this chart, posted by CFR's Blake Clayton. 


Given where we are in the year, prices are unusually high. And if trends hold, then the national average will be well over the $4 freakout point sometime this summer.


But whenever the discussion turns to gas and oil, logic tends to die, and people start coming up with all kinds of bizarre explanations for what's going on -- explanations such as the Bernanke's money printing, Obama's domestic energy policy, Obama's foreign policy, speculators, price gougers, and so on.


So we thought it would be a good time to just clear up some misconceptions, and explain what's really driving the price.


Of course, you can't start a discussion about gasoline without talking about oil. So let's begin there.


You may have heard that the price of a barrel of oil is around $109, but actually that's the US domestic West Texas Intermediate price of oil. A better international benchmark is probably Brent Crude, and that's now well over $120/barrel, having surged all year. [MORE]


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Syrians trapped in Homs say world is failing them

Syrians trapped in Homs say world is failing them | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by ERIKA SOLOMON, Reuters


The Syrian military took its bombardment of the rebel-held Baba Amro district of Homs into a fourth week on Saturday as the Red Cross tried to evacuate more distressed civilians from the city.


Deploring the outcome of an international "Friends of Syria" conference, opposition activists said the world had abandoned them to be killed by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.


"They (foreign leaders) are still giving opportunities to this man who is killing us and has already killed thousands of people," said Nadir Husseini, an activist in Baba Amro.


At least 45 people were killed on Saturday, including 19 in Homs, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


Despite the bloodshed, Assad is staging a referendum on Sunday on a new constitution that he says will pave the way for a multi-party parliamentary election within three months. [MORE]  |   Discuss at Facebook.com/CoffeeParty

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Can the Republican party survive its billionaires?

Can the Republican party survive its billionaires? | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by CHARLES HOMANS, The Washington Post


“For those who misunderstood my joke today,” Foster Friess’s blog post began, “here’s my quest for forgiveness. . . ”


Friess did have some explaining to do. On Feb. 16, the Wyoming investor — who had donated roughly $1 million to the Red White and Blue Fund, the independent campaign organization supporting Rick Santorum — appeared on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” Asked about Santorum’s stance on contraception, the 72-year-old Friess told Mitchell: “You know, back in my days, they used Bayer aspirin for contraceptives. The gals put it between their knees, and it wasn’t that costly.”


An excruciating silence followed. “Excuse me,” Mitchell finally said, “I’m just trying to catch my breath from that, Mr. Friess, frankly. Let’s — let’s change the subject.”

That last part proved a bit difficult; Friess’s comment was all anyone wanted to ask his preferred candidate about for the rest of the week. “He’s not creepy,” Santorum said of Friess on Fox News that night. “He’s a good man. . . . You know, he told a bad, off-color joke, and he shouldn’t have done it.”


The prospect of a campaign having to spend days answering for an off-message benefactor is a new hazard on the 2012 campaign trail. According to Federal Election Commission filings released this past week, just five donors accounted for 25 percent of the money that flowed into the presidential race in January. Most of that money, like Freiss’s, has gone to the new breed of independent political action committees known as super PACs, which are legally prohibited from coordinating with candidates but look closely after their interests. [MORE]

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Rick Santorum...or ANY candidate, of ANY persuasion...can try to explain away statements like Mr Friess' by saying :...he told a bad, off-color joke..." but the problem is that people usually are expressing their TRUE feelings when they make comments without guarding their spoken word. I suspect Mr. Friess and Mr. Santorum truly feel this way. Not necessarily 'guilt by association", rather, "birds of a feather flock together".
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Congress: Pass the DISCLOSE Act!

Congress: Pass the DISCLOSE Act! | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision re-wrote the nation’s campaign finance laws to allow unlimited corporate spending in elections. Now, corporate front groups are growing in size and influence. Their secret funders remain in the shadows.


The American public should know who is funding election-season campaigns. This legislation provides full disclosure of corporate, union, and wealthy funding sources behind political advertising.

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Roemer leaves GOP to seek Americans Elect, Reform Party nominations

Roemer leaves GOP to seek Americans Elect, Reform Party nominations | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by ALEXIS LEVINSON, The Daily Caller


“I’m not trying to put the Republican Party down, but you cannot run for president and be shut out of all 23 national televised debates,” Roemer explained.


“I mean you get one percent in the polls, and they say it needs to be two percent; and you get two percent, and they say you need to raise a half a million dollars,” Roemer went on.


“So, being shut out of 23 debates, for a reason, they never would tell me why, but for a reason — I decided that the issue was more important than the party,” he said.


That issue, for Roemer, is taking on what he sees as the corrupting influence of money in politics. He has run his campaign with that philosophy, refusing to accept donations for PACs or super PACs, and only taking individual donations of $100 or less. He believes that special interests use money to get what they want — whether it’s money to pay lobbyists or campaign donations — and the resulting legislation, therefore, reflects their desires, not what’s best for the country. Washington, he says, is “not broken, it’s bought.” [MORE]

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Elizabeth Warren Radio Ad: "Wow"

Elizabeth Warren speaks out against the Blunt Amendment, a dangerous measure that would allow insurance companies and employers to deny health care coverage to anyone for any reason -- including, but not limited to, blocking access to contraception.

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Tell me your story! | The Bottom Line with Jessica English Sun. Feb. 26 at 5 pm ET on Coffee Party Radio

Tell me your story! | The Bottom Line with Jessica English Sun. Feb. 26 at 5 pm ET on Coffee Party Radio | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

THE BOTTOM LINE with Jessica English​
Sundays at 5 PM ET (2 PM PT)
on Coffee Party Radio

now a 90 minute show

Call: (646) 929-2495

CLICK HERE to listen live


Greetings from Minnesota. I am so excited about today's show! Please listen in, or better yet call in and tell me your story about why you became engaged in our democracy.


1% media is really good at blocking out or playing down how many of us are out here getting involved. They love to report low voter turn-out and focus on how many Americans supposedly "don't care" about politics. I have seen it personally in St. Paul, when we've held huge demonstrations at the State Capitol (compared to the past), and it would get a one sentence blurb at the end of only one news station's report, despite there having been tons of cameras and reporters there. What were those cameras hoping for? A fight to break out? Why isn't it "news" when We the People stand up for our right to self-governance?


In my experience people do care about what is happening to us. Yes, many of us are busy or don't know how to get involved, but we still care.  [MORE]


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Rick Santorum winning more support from Republican women

Rick Santorum winning more support from Republican women | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

by Amy Gardner, The Washington Post


Over the past several weeks, Republicans have watched squeamishly as presidential contender Rick Santorum has waded into multiple controversies that risk alienating half the 2012 electorate: women.


But in fact, Santorum has grown more popular among women while talking about his opposition to abortion, his disapproval of birth control and his view that the federal government shouldn’t pay for prenatal screenings. A new Washington Post-ABC News poll shows not only that Santorum is doing better among GOP women than he was a few weeks ago, but also that he is less unpopular — and also less well known — among Democratic and independent women than his Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich. [MORE]

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