Archive for the ‘State Politics’ Category

spn_exposed_mapThe Center for Media and Democracy did a press call this week about its investigation into The State Policy Network. “What we uncovered through our investigation is that SPN along with its affiliates amount to $83 million just flooding into the states to push and promote this agenda …,” CMD director Lisa Graves told reporters on a Wednesday call. “And that money is on the rise.”

Josh Eidelson at Salon gave a nice summary of the CMD report.

CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning an upcoming trip to Missouri — and he’s injecting his opinion into that’s state’s debate over Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an income tax cut. Perry is endorsing the effort by Republican lawmakers to override the veto.

Perry’s backing of the proposed tax cut came on the same day that a Texas marketing group began running a radio ad in Missouri criticizing Nixon’s veto and encouraging Missouri businesses to consider moving to Texas.

The Texas Republican plans to make a personal appearance Aug. 29 in Missouri to tout Texas’ business-friendly environment during events sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a coalition of groups backing the veto override attempt.

Perry said he also plans to meet with specific Missouri businesses as part of a Texas recruitment effort, though he declined to identify them.

“The veto…

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mykeystrokes.com

It’s been about three weeks since the Justice Department, relying on what’s left of the Voting Rights Act, went after voter-discrimination policies in Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court may have severely damaged the VRA, but the Justice Department nevertheless argued that when “intentional voting discrimination” is found, changes to voting rights cannot be permitted to continue.

This week, as Adam Serwer reported, Texas submitted a brief presenting their defense.

Texas didn’t discriminate against minority voters. It was only because they were Democrats. And even if it did, the racial discrimination Texas engaged in is nowhere near as bad as the stuff that happened in the 1960s.

These are some of the arguments the state of Texas is making in an attempt to stave off federal supervision of its election laws. In late July, citing the state’s recent history of discrimination, the Justice Department asked a federal court to place…

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fox4kc.com

SEDALIA, Mo. — The Missouri State Fair Commission unanimously decided on Monday to permanently ban the rodeo clown who wore a mask resembling Barack Obama over the weekend during a show at the fair.

The move came after Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe reported to the commission on the ‘unacceptable behavior’ during the Missouri Rodeo Cowboys Associations Final Rodeo.

The commission also determined that before the Missouri State Fair considers contracting with the association, they must provide evidence to the fair director that the participants have had sensitivity training.

The stunt lead to some severe backlash on social media, many commenters on the MSF’s Facebook page were outraged and said it reflected poorly on Missouri as a state.

Earlier, the fair released a statement about the incident that read in part:

“The performance by one of the rodeo clowns at Saturday’s event was inappropriate and disrespectful, and does not…

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It seems there’s a little spat going on between Rand Paul and Chris Christie. It started out with the usual “if you don’t let the government secretly spy on everyone, people will die”:

“I just want us to be really cautious because this strain of libertarianism going through both parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said at an Aspen Institute panel of Republican governors in Colorado Thursday night.

Asked specifically whether he was referring to Paul, Christie said, “You can name any number of people and he’s one of them.”

“These esoteric intellectual debates–I want them to come to New Jersey and sit in front of the widows and the orphans and have that conversation,” Christie said, evoking 9/11. “And they won’t because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”

Rand Paul, being Rand Paul, couldn’t resist being stupid:

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VIVIAN J. PAIGE | All Politics is Local

The big story coming out yesterday was Gov. Bob McDonnell’s announcement that he is going to give back the gifts he received from BFF Jonnie Williams, including the Rolex. As I read somewhere else, I’m not sure what value there will be in an engraved watch. Maybe the governor can just pay Williams for it and keep it?

McDonnell, obviously, can’t give back the intangible gifts, unless he intends to reimburse Williams for the value of them. Not such a bad idea, actually.

The other thing to come out of the governor’s radio interview yesterday was his throwing AG Ken Cuccinelli under the bus for the $53,000+ in legal fees the taxpayers of Virginia are having to pay.  No love lost between these two. Of course, had Cuccinelli resigned, we’d have had an AG fulfilling his role as the governor’s lawyer. As it is, we’re paying twice.

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WTKR.com

(CNN) – “Incredibly bizarre” is not the typical response to a plate of chocolate chip cookies, particularly when the treats are delivered personally by a state’s governor.

But that’s how Irene Godinez, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, describes the moment North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory handed the baked goods to a woman staked outside his home, protesting the controversial abortion bill McCrory signed into law earlier this week.

Protesters, including Godinez, had been holding vigils across the street from the governor’s mansion since last Friday. So when McCrory walked towards the group Tuesday afternoon and pointed at abortion rights activist and Chapel Hill resident Jamie Sohn, she was “absolutely stunned.”

McCrory, a Republican, spoke to the group, saying “These are for you. God bless, God bless,” according to Godinez. He quickly turned, surrounded by security, and walked back through the gates leading to his…

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