Archive for July, 2012

July 30, 2012

Daily Scoop Xtra: Everything You Wanted to Know About Voter ID Laws

Voter IDs laws have become a political flashpoint in what’s gearing up to be another close election year. Supporters say the laws — which 30 states  have now enacted in some form — are needed to combat voter fraud, while critics see them as a tactic to disenfranchise voters.

We’ve taken a step back to look at the facts behind the laws and break down the issues at the heart of the debate.

So what are these laws?

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July 30, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Fla. GOPer: We wanted to suppress black votes

Florida’s disgraced former GOP chairman says the party had meetings about “keeping blacks from voting”

In the debate over new laws meant to curb voter fraud in places like Florida, Democrats always charge that Republicans are trying to suppress the vote of liberal voting blocs like blacks and young people, while Republicans just laugh at such ludicrous and offensive accusations. That is, every Republican except for Florida’s former Republican Party chairman Jim Greer, who, scorned by his party and in deep legal trouble, blew the lid off what he claims was a systemic effort to suppress the black vote.

July 27, 2012

GDP Growth & The Bigger Picture

While much of the Gross Domestic Product is driven by consumer spending, it is worth looking closer at the numbers reported earlier today.  The GOP used the report to chastise Obama once again for his “failed policies”. In so doing they forget the findings were actually better than economists’ expectations. Additionally, they neglect to make not of impressive growth rates in the other GDP measures.

July 26, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Rest of 1st World Astounded by US’s Enduring Gun Culture

Just as with the Health Care Reform debate here in the US, the rest of the developed world’s industrialized countries are astonished that, in the wake of such tragedies as the Aurora, Colorado shootings, the need for gun control is still a debate. For many of our friends abroad this is a non-issue, gun control is a necessity and debating it makes little sense. But here in the US, we still feel the right to bear arms is one that should not be hindered with troublesome regulation even if it saves lives, in the same vain so many feel increasing access to basic health care for millions of Americans is tantamount to treason.  It makes one wonder where our priorities lie in this country. Why are we so unwilling to accept a relatively small level of inconvenience if it means improving or protecting the lives of our fellow citizens? Perhaps this is simply a symptom of our own immaturity as a nation.

July 25, 2012

Another excellent article…. thank you!

July 25, 2012

[FACTCHECK] Romney’s Tax Plan [video]

Barack Obama says Mitt Romney’s tax plan “would cut taxes for the folks at the very top”

After a flurry of attack ads in the past two weeks, President Barack Obama this week released a TV ad in which he spoke directly into the camera and discussed how his policy approaches differed from Mitt Romney’s. He cited taxes as one area where they had different philosophies. Obama said, “Gov. Romney’s plan would cut taxes for the folks at the very top.”

July 25, 2012

The Daily Scoop: Outside money ban in Mass. Senate race is working, at what price?

It appears this ban on outside money, which has and does influence many local races, in the Massachusetts’ Senate campaign is causing regrets within the state Republican Party solely because they are unable to attack Warren on the Native American heritage claims. Their regrets lie in their inability to dominate the conversation with largely unimportant attacks rather than substantive debate of the pertinent issues. This speaks volumes about the state of political campaigns these days and why so many voters are so very frustrated with the overall process. 

July 23, 2012

Gun Control: Where do our priorities lie? [Repost]

In light of the shooting tragedy in Aurora, Colorado this past Friday I felt it worthwhile to repost this article. From Columbine to the Red Lake shootings to Virginia Tech to Gabrielle Giffords to this most recent massacre, gun reform is repeatedly halted at the precipice of action. Gun rights activists, the National Rifle Association and many in the Republican Party hold up their hands saying, “Now isn’t the time for knee-jerk reactions”. Democrats stumble through the densely packed minefield of the topic, trepidatious of even whispering the words “gun control”. Mayor Bloomberg appears to be the only political voice encouraging responsible, gun safety policy in this area.

July 22, 2012

[FACTCHECK] Stimulus Outsourced Jobs

From Energy Fact Check

CLAIM: The stimulus bill’s support for clean, renewable energy sent jobs overseas.

FACT: Even the author most cited to support this claim says it’s not true. The stimulus has supported tens of thousands of jobs and billions in investment for renewable energy technologies.

Russ Choma of American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop, who is often cited by critics of the stimulus bill’s clean, renewable energy policies, told the Washington Post on July 12 that his reporting actually showed no evidence of jobs being sent overseas. (Source: Washington Post, http://wapo.st/S96Mys)

July 14, 2012

Humorous Tweet o’ the Day

Only someone who can so eloquently link ComicCon and the Republican Party in 140 characters or less deserves the overly glorified honor of the first (and perhaps the only) Mashed Potato Bulletin Humorous Tweet o’ the Day.

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