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The next jaunt on the wild Republican roller-coaster is this weekend. Missouri voters head to their local polling locations for the second time this cycle. They first expressed themselves back in early February in a nonbinding primary, a vote won by Rick Santorum but that has no bearing on the delegates that will be sent to Tampa this summer. Missourians vote once again tomorrow, this time in caucuses that will eventually, down the line, help select who is sent to the GOP convention, and by extension, whether the state votes for Santorum or Mitt Romney.
Like every caucus, the local meetings held tomorrow are nonbinding. Delegates elected from those meetings are sent on to the district convention. The actual Republican delegates are later selected at the state convention (that's for the statewide delegates, ones representing the various Congressional districts are selected at a separate meeting). That's not too different from how Iowa or other caucus states have worked thus far. But those states have included an unofficial straw poll alongside the local meetings, the theory being that those results will ultimately coincide with how each caucus selects its delegates. As TPM noticed, Missouri doesn't do that, so there won't be any new results to report out of Missouri tomorrow night. While it's safe to assume Santorum's previous success last time will translate to the caucus vote, he won't be able to tout any new victories. Instead, the only quantifiable vote this weekend will be Puerto Rico, a caucus Romney was expected to win even before Santorum went on a screed about how it was a lesser part of the U.S. because its residents don't uniformly speak English.
I?m going to admit it. I?m privileged. And it has nothing to do with what?s sitting in my bank account. The privilege I?m referring to is the food I eat and the ingredients I cook with. Vegetables of all colors and varieties, apples, pears, peaches, plums, melons, grapes, berries, locally produced wines, beer, vodka, and [...]Related posts:
"The Left has believed for at least forty years now in a concept called Peak Oil that says 'gee, we're about to run out.' Well, it turns out that our reserves in the U.S., because of new technology, which is something that the Left rejects - they don't believe the Wright Brothers invented flying, they don't believe Edison invented electric light, and they don't believe we're about to invent the next generation of interesting things.I don't think I have met anyone on 'the Left' who seriously disputes the notion that the Wright brothers were the first to succeed at powered flight but as everyone knows, the Montgolfier brothers beat them to 'flight' by more than a century.
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? NY Redistricting: Late on Wednesday night, Albany lawmakers passed the unholy legislative gerrymanders agreed upon by Democratic leaders in the Assembly and their Republican counterparts in the Senate. Indeed, Senate Democrats were so enraged that they stormed out of the chamber en masse, leading to a 36-0 vote in favor of the maps. (The four members of the so-called "Independent Democratic Conference" shamefully sided with the GOP: David Carlucci, Jeffrey Klein, Diane Savino, and David Valesky.)
Then on Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave final testament to the fact that he spent a year lying to New Yorkers about his promise to reform the redistricting process and signed the maps into law. What did he get in exchange? The mere possibility that a deliberately crappy redistricting commission might come into effect a decade hence. In order for that to happen, the next legislature would have to pass the proposed constitutional amendment again?something they may well not bother to do, given that they already got what they wanted (their maps)?and then voters have to approve it in a referendum.
Hopefully they won't: SUNY New Paltz Prof. Gerry Benjamin, an expert on government process, rated the commission a "C-" on behalf of the Citizens? Committee for an Effective Constitution (a good-government group) and said he'd vote against it himself. Cuomo also pushed the legislature to pass a statute that is identical to the amendment in case the amendment never happens... but of course, a statute can be undone by an act of the same legislature which passed it in the first place.
All in all, this is an extremely raw deal for New Yorkers, and for Democrats, this truly is the worst of all possible worlds. We gave up the ability to draw a congressional map, and we allowed the GOP to produce another outrageous gerrymander of the state Senate?in other words, worse than bupkes. If Cuomo had kept his word and vetoed any maps produced by the legislature, we'd be taking back the Senate this fall, guaranteed, and then we'd have an opportunity to re-do the congressional map next year.
But instead, Cuomo's for some reason in thrall to Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who appears to be his closest ideological soul-mate in Albany. It's absolutely disgusting, and if there's a singular villain who stands out above many others across the nation in this dismal season of redistricting, it's Andrew Cuomo. When he tries to run for president, don't forget this. (David Nir)
Catholic Bishops pressured Komen over Planned Parenthood: “Internal Komen documents reviewed by Reuters reveal the complicated relationship between the Komen Foundation and the Catholic church, which simultaneously contributes to the breast cancer charity and receives grants from it. In recent years, Komen has allocated at least $17.6 million of the donations it receives to U.S. Catholic universities, hospitals and charities.” [Reuters]
Rick Santorum signs “personhood” petition in Oklahoma: “Oklahoma has become the new hotbed for Personhood activity with two bills introduced, one in the form of a constitutional amendment and one, a standard piece of legislation declaring fertilized eggs as people. While campaigning in Oklahoma, Rick Santorum signed the Personhood Petition that is being circulated in that state.” [RH Reality Check]
Administration partners with gym owned by anti-abortion supporter: “It’s well known that [Curves] founder and CEO, Gary Heavin, has given to anti-abortion causes. So when the Office on Women’s Heath, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced that it was teaming up with the ubiquitous chain to promote National Women’s Health Week this May, some in the reproductive rights community were none too pleased.” [Mother Jones]
Obama shifts health care defense: “The Obama administration has shifted its legal arguments as it prepares to defend the president?s healthcare law before the Supreme Court. The shift moves the focus of Justice?s argument from the Commerce Clause of the Constitution to the Necessary and Proper Clause, which says Congress can make laws that are necessary for carrying out its other powers.” [The Hill]
Mississippi builds insurance exchange as it fights health law: “Mississippi, a deeply red Southern state that is part of the Supreme Court case against the health law, is moving full speed ahead with one of the key provisions of that law: an online health insurance exchange.” [NPR]
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Plunderbund: Right-wingers peddle myth that the Affordable Care Act has doubled in cost. (More on what the CBO really said about the ACA, why it should now cut the debt by $50 billion more over the next decade, and what its potential impact on employer-provided coverage might be.)
Media Matters: Right-wingers peddle myth that the Affordable Care Act authorizes ?$1 abortions.?
Speaking of which, your quote of the day: ?So when asked will I preserve and protect a woman's right to choose, I make an unequivocal answer: yes.? (Mitt Romney, 2002.)
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