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December 6, 2012
The Republican Study Committee, a caucus of Republicans in the House of Representatives, has told staffer Derek Khanna that he will be out of a job when Congress re-convenes in January. The incoming chairman of the RSC, Steve Scalise (R-LA) was approached by several Republican members of Congress who were upset about a memo Khanna wrote advocating reform of copyright law. They asked that Khanna not be retained, and Scalise agreed to their request.
The release and subsequent retraction of Khanna’s memo has made waves in tech policy circles. The document argues that the copyright regime has become too favorable to the interests of copyright holders and does not adequately serve the public interest. It advocates several key reforms, including reducing copyright terms and limiting the draconian “statutory damages” that can reach as high as $150,000 per infringing work.
Mind you, tech scholars and the public thought this idea was great. But content groups? They said no, and now this dude is out of a job. Ouch.
12:47 // 1 year ago
December 5, 2012
Some people just never learn…
- $150M was spent by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson to support a variety of GOP candidates across the country during the 2012 election cycle. None of his chosen candidates won office, including presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, but the billionaire isn’t discouraged.
- $300M will apparently be spent by Adelson during the 2016 election cycle, marking the second time in a decade that he will double his political donations following the loss of his favored presidential candidate. Adelson also doubled down on his GOP donations after President Obama’s win in the 2008 election. source
14:59 // 1 year ago
November 26, 2012
Prominent Republicans bucking against Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge
- four the number of prominent Republican members of Congress or the Senate who have, in recent days, said they aren’t bound to Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge in the current fiscal cliff climate. The most recent is Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said this: “I’m not obligated on the pledge.” The Fix’s Aaron Blake suggests that, if the GOP isn’t careful in dealing with the current situation, it could be a “Read my lips: No new taxes” issue all over again. source
10:33 // 1 year ago
November 17, 2012
More GOP governors refuse to implement ACA insurance exchanges
- thenEarlier this week, the Obama administration extended a crucial deadline for individual states to submit plans to implement the Affordable Care Act’s mandated insurance exchanges. This concept was conceived, in part, to tamp down claims that the law is a “government takeover,” allowing each state some flexibility in how they’ll run their version of the system. The reason it had to be extended? Many states had taken no steps to meet the original November 15th deadline, hoping for GOP wins at the presidential and senate levels that would jeopardize the law.
- nowThe number of states refusing to take part is swelling. Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, John Kasich of Ohio, and Paul LePage of Maine followed suit today, with Speaker John Boehner saying of Kasich, “I’m proud of my governor … for taking a stand and resisting the federal takeover of healthcare in Ohio.” There’s a certain contradiction in all this — by refusing to set up state-run exchanges, these governors are in fact willingly ceding that job entirely to the federal government. To this date, Alabama, Alaska, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming have all refused. source
15:00 // 1 year ago
November 12, 2012
If Republicans do not do better in the Hispanic community, in a few short years Republicans will no longer be the majority party in our state. If that happens, no Republican will ever again win the White House. New York and California are for the foreseeable future unalterably Democrat. If Texas turns bright blue, the Electoral College math is simple. We won’t be talking about Ohio, we won’t be talking about Florida or Virginia, because it won’t matter. If Texas is bright blue, you can’t get to two-seventy electoral votes. The Republican Party would cease to exist. We would become like the Whig Party.
Republican Senator-Elect Ted Cruz • Discussing the GOP’s need for better outreach in Hispanic and Latino communities around the country, but particularly in his home state of Texas. The Lone Star State, and its 38 electoral college votes, remain central to the Republican Party’s presidential election strategy, and its loss could prove insurmountable for the GOP. While no one is suggesting such a flip will happen by 2016 (or even 2020), Cruz’s concerns follow similar comments made by one of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s own advisers last week. source
15:38 // 1 year ago
November 10, 2012
And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue. The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of “legitimate rape.”
Karen Hughes, former George W. Bush adviser • Voicing her frustrations with the rhetoric on rape and women’s rights from some members of her party leading up to last Tuesday. As both a woman and Republican, Hughes comes by the intensity of her disdain naturally — no less than two GOP Senate candidates in eminently winnable races, Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, had their chances derailed by high-profile, tone-deaf and offensive comments on rape and pregnancy. The Obama campaign maximized its advantage with female voters to staggering effect this cycle, beating Mitt Romney among single women by 38%. source
18:15 // 1 year ago
Obama admin. extends deadline on states’ insurance exchange plans
- then Many states, despite knowing the Affordable Care Act’s imminent November 16th deadline to declare plans for the law’s 2014 insurance exchanges, didn’t bother making any. This is because Republican-governed states, vehemently opposed to the health care law, had wagered on a Romney win and Republican senate takeover that would have allowed for the law’s repeal. If it’s gonna be repealed, why bother making plans or preparations?
- now Mitt Romney didn’t win, which put these dozens of states in a sticky spot. Today came word that the Obama administration will extend the deadline — the states will now have until December 14th to submit plans on how to run their versions of the exchange. Seven states (Alaska, Kansas, Florida, South Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia, and Texas) have confirmed their refusal to participate, in which case the federal government will manage the exchanges itself. source
17:52 // 1 year ago
The problem with the Republican leaders is that they’re cowards, not that they’re fundamentally mistaken. The real locus of the problem is the Republican activist base and the Republican donor base. They went apocalyptic over the past four years, and that was exploited by a lot of people in the conservative world. I won’t soon forget the lupine smile that played over the head of one major conservative institution when he told me that our donors think the apocalypse has arrived, that Republicans have been fleeced and exploited and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex.
David Frum • Offering his particular dissection of the Republican dilemma, following a deeply unsuccessful general election season, on MSNBC yesterday. Frum also spoke with conspicuous disdain of the GOP’s current slate on policy, calliing their message “no longer relevant to middle-class America.” source
16:16 // 1 year ago
November 3, 2012
Todd Akin has a lengthy arrest record for protesting abortion clinics
- 8 arrests for Rep. Todd Akin, the now-infamous GOP Senate candidate from Missouri, as a result of his protesting outside abortion clinics. One such arrest in December of 1987 was for “trespassing and peace disturbance,” while newspaper reports from others indicate protesters blocked access to clinics and refused to move, with Akin once being carried away by police. source
19:12 // 1 year ago
October 27, 2012
My party, unfortunately, is the bastion of those people — not all of them, but most of them — who are still basing their positions on race. Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. The real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. That’s despicable.
Retired Army Colonel and former aide to Colin Powell, Lawrence Wilkerson • Diving headfirst, in the most blunt terms possible, into the media dust-up kicked off last Thursday by Romney surrogate John Sununu. Responding to news that former Secretary of State Colin Powell had endorsed President Obama, Sununu suggested that Powell had a “slightly different” reason for doing it than politics – namely, his race. Sununu reversed course on this today, saying “I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the president’s policies,” but not before Wilkerson unleashed this incendiary attack on some of his fellow Republicans. An attack which, frankly, seems destined to generate a lot more heat than it does light. source
14:48 // 1 year ago