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Please consider adding your name to this petition in support of the "Close the Revolving Door Act"


Senator Al Franken has introduced a bill to ban the insane practice of former members of Congress cashing in as big money lobbyists.

The bill is called the Close the Revolving Door Act and would help get corporate money out of our political system. This is an extremely important piece of legislation!

Sign the petition: Tell Congress to pass Franken's bill and ban politicians from ever becoming lobbyists.

Oops! No One Told Ted Cruz That Delegates Pick the VP at a Contested Convention


However, the Cruz campaign didn’t seem to read the fine print, which makes the Republican candidate’s announcement even more of a fail.

“At a normal [GOP] convention, the presidential candidates get a roll call vote, and then the VP gets a simple voice vote. But if there’s a contested convention, things are more formal, and more than 2,300 delegates are bound to a presidential candidate for at least one round of voting, for the most part,” explained Gretchen Carlson, host of Fox News’ “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.”

But wait, what about the VP?

“That’s never the case for the VP.” Carlson confirmed. She continued, “All 2,472 delegates are unbound when it comes to nominating a VP—meaning they can vote for whomever they want—and it’s not tied to the presidential pick, so even if Cruz and Fiorina want to run together, one of them could end up on the ticket, leaving the other one behind.”

Sorry for the Faux Newz video, but the tasty, tasty clusterf*@k is too good not to post.

A woman has been kicked out of a restroom...because she doesn’t “look like” a girl.

A video was recently uploaded to YouTube that shows a lesbian being physically pushed out of a restroom by police because they mistook her for a boy. In the video, the woman asserts over and over that she is a female, but police didn’t believe her. A male officer demanded that she produce identification and prove that she was actually a girl. When she explained that she did not have an ID on her, the cop says,”OUT!” and forces her out of the bathroom.

Unfortunately, the video does not give any specifics about where or when it took place, but it certainly looks legitimate.

Gov. Bruce "Ruiner" Rauner suffers another setback in push for right-to-work-for-less!


...McHenry County was the only county in the state to adopt the agenda, which he said appears to have become an afterthought, even for Rauner.

The union filed the lawsuit April 17, about a week after the County Board voted to approve a resolution backing Rauner’s agenda to reverse Illinois’ economic straits. Among other measures, the Turnaround Agenda sought to limit collective bargaining laws.

Local 150 alleged that enough board members attended an April 8, 2015, event with Rauner at the Woodstock Opera House to constitute an open meeting under state law, which requires 48 hours advance public notice. The lawsuit alleges that no such notice was given, and contends that union members were illegally barred from attending the event.

The County Board voted the next day, 16-5, to approve the nonbinding resolution after 90 minutes of opposition during public comment from a standing room-only audience of union members.

Forget Everything Donald Trump Said. His Real Message Was The Guy Standing Behind Him.

Carl effing Paladino!


But Trump made a more subtle incendiary statement by choosing to deliver his victory speech while standing next to 2010 New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino. Paladino, a real estate developer who rode the tea party wave to a surprising victory in that year’s Republican primary before he was trounced by Democrat Andrew Cuomo in the general contest, is mostly remembered for a series of ridiculous and offensive things he said and did (during and before his campaign), including:

— Saying he’d transform some New York prisons into dormitories for welfare recipients, where they could work in state-sponsored jobs, get employment training and take lessons in “personal hygiene.”

“Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we’ll teach people how to earn their check. We’ll teach them personal hygiene… the personal things they don’t get when they come from dysfunctional homes,” he said.

— Forwarding emails containing racial messages about President Obama, birther claims, pornography, and bestiality. When confronted about his emails, Paladino blamed Democrats.

At NO POINT in the foreseeable future will I be clearing out my DU "Ignore List".

Because I have nobody on ignore and haven't in a very long time.
I will discuss anything with anyone, at any time and refuse to shut anyone out, even if I'm certain they completely wrong (IMHO) on all of the issues.

Which leads me to ask-
How many people do you have on ignore?
Do you plan on clearing out your Ignore List after the primary?

Something Is Going Seriously Wrong with New York Voter Registrations

Alternate title, "The corporatocracy gets what the corporatocracy wants."


Hundreds of voters, most of them registered with the Democratic Party, are filing a class-action lawsuit against the New York State Board of Elections on Monday morning, claiming their voter registration was changed to “independent” or “no affiliation” without their consent.

In closed primary states like New York, voters who are not registered as Democrats or Republicans can’t vote in those primaries. Voters identifying as independents wishing to vote in the Democratic primary had to change their registration to Democrat by October of 2015 — the earliest registration deadline in the country.

This is almost exactly what happened in Arizona, when voters who had been eager to vote in the Democratic primary learned upon arrival to their designated polling place that their registration had been changed, making them ineligible to vote. In conducting their own investigation of what exactly happened in Arizona, hacktivist collective Anonymous discovered that Arizona kept voter information on an SQL database, which is so easy to hack a 3-year-old can do it. In fact, a white hat hacker discovered a database of 191 million voter registrations last year, which may mean that other, more nefarious hackers have accessed that information as well.

More Republican Politicians Have Been Arrested For Sex Acts In Public Restrooms Than Trans People

We need to pass legislation now!

Republican lawmakers across the country have been targeting the LGBT community with new discriminatory laws commonly called “bathroom laws.” But take a guess at who’s been arrested more often for sexual misconduct in public restrooms….trans people….or Republican politicians? I’ll give you a hint….it’s NOT the trans people.

Maybe it’s a case of Republicans wanting to play a game of bait-and-switch so that no one pays attention to what they’re really doing themselves. Or maybe they’re just incredibly egocentric hypocrites. But making new laws targeting the trans community under the premise that they are some kind of predators who can’t be trusted in public bathrooms is almost laughable when you consider that there are literally no known cases of such a thing. And what makes it even worse is that the people making these ridiculous discriminatory laws are protecting their own fellow Republican politicians from the very thing they are accusing the LGBT community of doing.

Funny how those “religious freedom laws” they so desperately say they need to protect the public from the gays don’t seem to do squat to protect anyone from politicians.

Kobach's Office Puts Out Spanish Voter Guide With Wrong Registration Deadline

(Not posted in GDP as their caucus was last month)

When your party's ideas as THIS bad, you have no option but to try to keep people from voting.

The Spanish-language voter guides from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office include two errors about registering to vote in the state, while the English guides do not include the same errors.

The Spanish-language guides said that voters could register up to 15 days before the election, while the English version included the correct deadline, 21 days before the election, as the Daily Kos flagged last week. And while the English guides told voters they could use their passport as a photo ID, the guides in Spanish did not include a passport in the list.

Kobach is notorious for his push to enact strict voter ID laws in the state, impose other voting restrictions, and pursue criminal prosecutions of alleged voting fraud. Kansas faces several challenges to its law requiring proof of citizenship for residents to register to vote.

Hey Chuck Grassley, Quit Stalling!


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