"Conservatives" in the classic sense are a rare breed these days. The Republican party has been taken over by "regressives" who use their narrow interpretation of religion and the Constitution to serve their own needs. It is the duty of every progressive to speak up and stand against these regressives if we want our society to grow and our children to be successful.
And remember - "liberal" is not a dirty word. After all, the Founding Fathers were actually the liberals of their day.
Two years ago the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, but ruled that the Medicaid expansion must be optional for states. Even though the federal government picks up almost the entire tab for the Medicaid expansion, many Republican-controlled states have refused to take it, thus leading to 5,000,000 people going without coverage who would otherwise qualify.
If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.
Bryant and his state refused the Medicaid expansion. Had he accepted it, 137,800 more people would be covered. And yet Bryant is blaming Obama for these people going without insurance. But of course he does, and for that, he is Asshole of the Day.
It is Phil Bryant’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee in Iowa, doesn’t want “federal legislators” to pass laws that “states are considering nullifying,” like Obamacare.
Joni Ernst, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, appears to believe states can nullify federal laws. In a video obtained by The Daily Beast, Ernst said on September 13, 2013 at a forum held by the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition that Congress should not pass any laws “that the states would consider nullifying.”
Three senators who voted against the popular background check expansion are the target of the ad. And gun groups are betting constituent could sway them to vote for key domestic violence protections.
A man with a piercing stare peers through the blinds and knocks. The woman inside calls 911, voice quivering. “It’s my ex, trying to break in.” The police proceed to ask her questions, slowly. And in the meantime, the man has kicked in the door, grabbed the woman’s child, and pointed a gun at her head.
“Stop gun violence against women,” reads the message at the end of a 30-second TV spot. The grisly ad was produced by the newly formed gun violence group Everytown for Gun Safety, and the it will run in three states where Republican senators are vulnerable to pressure from their constituents on gun safety reform.
Arizona’s Sen. Jeff Flake (R) — once a popular senator viewed as a rising star— saw his poll numbers drop to the lowest in the country after he voted against the background checks bill that had overwhelming public support. Even Flake reflected after his drop in the polls, “Given the public’s dim view of Congress in general, that probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum.” He had earlier claimed he supported expanding background checks, saying, “While we may not agree on every solution, strengthening background checks is something we can agree on.”
Nevada’s Sen. Dean Heller (R) towed a similar line. He, too, claimed to support expanded background checks before voting against the Manchin-Toomey bill last May. And an overwhelming 86 percent of Nevadans supported the bill.
New Hampshire’s Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) was the only senator in the northeast to vote to block the background checks bill. And she, too, tried to claim support for background check expansion afterward by touting her supportfor a different Republican bill that included other provisions that would have given those with a history of mental illness more access to guns.
Each of these senators is perceived as politically vulnerable, and Everytown hopes to capitalize on that with its new ad and pressure these senators to support Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) bill to limit the availability of guns for domestic violence. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Wednesday.
For women, domestic violence is the greatest risk factor associated with guns. According to Everytown, “The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation makes it five times more likely that a woman will be murdered,” and some Center for Disease Control statistics suggest more than 50 percent of female homicides are attributable to intimate partner violence.
Klobuchar’s bill, the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, would close gaping holes in background check laws that don’t bar gun ownership by abusive dating partners rather than spouses, and don’t incorporate many stalking crimes.
Domestic violence is one issue where the National Rifle Association has been softening its typical reflexive and vehement opposition to any gun safety bill. In the past few months, three states passed bills to increase domestic violence protection with newfound support from the NRA. But the NRA is thus far continuing to oppose Klobuchar’s bill, saying in a recent letter to senators that the proposal “manipulates emotionally compelling issues such as ‘domestic violence’ and ‘stalking’ simply to cast as wide a net as possible for federal firearm prohibitions.”
This week we’re going to hear a lot about Paul Ryan’s sudden conversion from shamer of the poors to pretend advocate for the poors. But he’s just window-dressing. The real work is being done in the streets, by a North Carolina mayor.
Mayor Adam O’Neal is the mayor of a small rural community with one hospital which is now closed. Bellhaven had one hospital, and that hospital was purchased by a chain which then closed it since most residents in Bellhaven don’t have the ability to pay for medical care. North Carolina is one of the states which has refused the Medicaid expansion, thanks to Art Pope’s position as Governor McCrory’s keeper.
Saturday, Mayor O’Neal arrived in Woodbridge, VA at a rally to fight for Medicaid expansion. No major media outlet reported it, despite the fact that the mayor has been joined by Reverend William Barber and other icons of the civil rights movement.