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The Republican Party Going Forward v 2.0
"But Channel 2 investigative reporter Justin Gray pulled records showing that the Greenes are getting the tax break on two different homes in two different counties.

In a statement, Greene’s office told Gray to mind his own business..."

He's a investigative news reporter. It is literally his business.
Well, then he, uh, *shouldn't* mind his business!!
The Heritage Foundation has a “voter fraud” database that shows precisely one case of illegal voting in 2020. It also has a political arm that is using purported fraud in 2020 to help drive new voting restrictions.
Matt Gaetz in 2011:

Quote:I strongly support drug-testing for welfare recipients. Applying for welfare is voluntary, if you don’t want to get tested don’t apply.#sayfie

Should politicians be tested for cocaine, Matt?
Matt, the welfare money goes back into the economy even if the recipient buys bath salts, so they're still contributing to a system that's failed them. Don't worry your pretty giant head over it!
Oklahoma Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt was kicked off a commission established to mark the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa massacre, just one week after he signed a bill banning the teaching of some issues surrounding race and racism in public schools:

Quote:After signing HB 1775 on May 7, Stitt defended his decision, arguing, "Not one cent of taxpayer money should be used to define and divide young Oklahomans about their race or sex."

But critics argue the new law is meant to squash the teaching of critical aspects of the country's racial history, including the historical impact of racism on people of color.

Members of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission had urged Stitt to veto the bill. One member subsequently quit in protest after the governor signed the bill into law.

In a statement, the commission confirmed that it had agreed through consensus "to part ways with Governor Stitt." The emailed statement did not outline a reason for the decision.

The commission, formed in 2016, set out to spearhead projects to educate, commemorate, and address the impacts of the 1921 massacre that destroyed Tulsa's Greenwood District, a Black community known at the time as the US's "Black Wall Street."
Cowardice and lies, the central tenets of American conservatism:

Quote:"These people are afraid of their base,” Kabaservice said. “They know that if they actually come out and forthrightly tell these 70 percent of Republicans who believe Joe Biden did not legitimately win the election, that the base will turn against them, that they’ll end up with a primary challenge, Trump himself will get involved and they’ll lose and they’ll be out of politics.”

Even McCarthy, as the leader of House Republicans, feels compelled to deliver conflicting message out of self-preservation, Kabaservice said.

“He can say one thing, either behind closed doors or to reporters in a place like Washington. But he’s not going to go out on the road with Trump and say everyone acknowledges that Joe Biden is a legitimate president. He’s not going to do it. People don’t want to stand up against Trump on this issue.”
What's so beautiful about this is that the Republican party finally got the president that they thought they wanted, the president they've been lobbying for on all their unlistenable AM talk shows, ghostwritten books, shitty podcasts, insipid blogs, and fashy news networks. Turns out, that kind of president really fuckin' sucks. For everyone. But now his imbecilic base has gotten hopelessly lost up Trump's ass, largely due to the very same agitprop that conservative leaders have happily contributed to over the decades.

And, like literally every crisis these boneheads are faced with, they have no idea how to resolve the issue. So they're just going to act like it's not a big deal.
A lot of Republicans would rather make it harder to vote than attempt to sell voters on an agenda, and I wish I could say I was shocked.

The poll has other findings, including this one:

Quote:Eighty percent of Republicans who'd heard about the vote agree with Cheney's removal — they feel she was off-message, unsupportive of Mr. Trump, and that she's wrong about the 2020 presidential election. To a third of them, and most particularly for those who place the highest importance on loyalty, Cheney's removal also shows "disloyalty will be punished."

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New Hampshire Republicans are considering passing an amendment that would create separate federal and state election administration systems, so the GOP could try to maintain voting restrictions in the latter if Democrats in Congress pass voting reforms:
Three days ago, the Mississippi Supreme Court killed the medical marijuana program that Mississippians approved 68%-32% in November based on a technicality.

And allowed Alabama to run circles around it:

Quote:Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed the medical marijuana bill.
Christ, I can have it delivered to my front door. Without a medical card.
Peter Thiel is dropping serious cash in future Senate races:

Quote:Thiel’s private power-brokering illustrated his growing influence in Republican politics, but his clout has become even clearer in the weeks since. Thiel has given a pair of $10 million donations to separate super PACs that are backing Vance and Arizona Republican Blake Masters, another protégé poised to launch a Senate campaign. The contributions are the most ever to outside groups supporting single Senate candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan organization that tracks political giving.

The largesse has transformed Thiel, an early Facebook investor and PayPal co-founder, into an outsize figure in the fight for control of the 50-50 Senate, providing fuel to two longtime associates who embrace his populist-conservative views. Top Republicans have expressed astonishment at the size of the donations and say they’ve turned Vance and Masters — who’ve never before run for elected office and will have to overcome primary rivals with far longer political resumes — into formidable contenders in the blink of an eye.

“A lot of people didn’t know if they should take Blake [Masters] seriously as a candidate before the money came in, and when the money was announced Blake became a serious prospective candidate,” said Kirk Adams, a former Arizona state House speaker. “Before folks didn’t really have any metric to judge his prospective candidacy, but now they do. Ten million dollars is a pretty damn good metric.”
Texas is ending federal unemployment assistance early too:
What happens when this doesn't really fill those shit jobs that no one wants?
I think that's when you blame welfare moms.
Not a parody:

Quote:Oklahoma Gov Kevin Stitt’s re-election campaign is now claiming that “Joe Biden’s radical liberal policies” are to blame for Chick-fil-A’s sauce shortage.

It asks readers to donate to Stitt to “make sure Chick-Fil-A never has another sauce shortage.”

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This should be in the McRib thread.
"Sir, you're doing quite well with the Chick-fil-A demographic, but Arby's and Burger King voters are down."
Sen. Joey Hensley faces conflicting testimony on opioids, sex with second cousin:

Quote:The medical license of state Sen. Joey Hensley, a doctor in the small town of Hohenwald, was put on probation last year after he admitted to writing prescriptions for a second cousin with whom he was in a sexual relationship.  

During a discipline hearing before the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, a state investigator testified Hensley wrote his cousin 47 prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances between 2011 and 2018.

But because sex was the root of the charges against Hensley, this case largely ignored most of those prescriptions. Hensley swore the sexual relationship lasted just 10 weeks, from December 2014 to March 2015, so he was disciplined for only two opioid prescriptions that fell within this timespan. Any prescriptions written for his cousin after March 2015 weren’t considered unethical because, as Hensley explained it, their relationship was over. 
Hey, which of has hasn't prescribed an incestuous old flame a fresh course of opiods for old times' sake?
Is a second cousin like your cousin's cousin?
If you want the scoop on second cousins, you'll have to ask Giuliani.
I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is I've lost my way. The good news is I'm way ahead of schedule!
It's not just Mississippi Republicans looking to curtail ballot initiatives:

Quote:Republican officials in Mississippi and Missouri have overturned ballot initiatives passed by voters in last year’s elections, a move Democrats are comparing to the refusal of some GOP leaders to accept the legitimacy of the presidential results.

In November, nearly 60 percent of Mississippi voters said yes to Ballot Initiative 65, opting to establish a medical marijuana program through an amendment to the state constitution. In a country where the number of states legalizing weed for even recreational use continues to grow, the proposal would allow possession of up to 2.5 ounces of the drug for patients with a qualifying condition, including cancer, Parkinson's disease and posttraumatic stress disorder.

Last Friday, the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned the preference of more than 766,000 people on a technicality. The decision came as the result of a lawsuit filed by Mary Hawkins Butler, the GOP mayor of Madison, Miss., and hinged on the wording of the ballot initiative process established in the 1990s.

Under those guidelines, petitioners needed to gather one-fifth of their signatures from each of the state's five congressional districts. However, as of 2000, Mississippi has only four districts, although supporters of medical marijuana gathered signatures according to the old map as a precaution, at the advice of the state attorney general’s office.


Meanwhile, a ballot initiative expanding Medicaid was rejected by Missouri Gov. Mike Parson last week after that state's GOP-controlled Legislature failed to provide funding for the program in the budget. In August, 53 percent of Missouri voters voted yes on Amendment 2, which would have provided health insurance to 230,000 low-income residents and help out struggling rural hospitals.

On Thursday, Parson — who had opposed the initiative — said he would not be expanding the program due to its costs not being covered. Amendment 2 did not specify where funding for the new coverage would come from, and the Legislature opted not to provide it, crippling the expansion.

“Without a revenue source or funding authority from the General Assembly, we are unable to proceed with the expansion at this time and must withdraw our State Plan Amendments to ensure Missouri’s existing MO HealthNet program remains solvent,” Parson said on Thursday.


Following the passage of Amendment 2, Parson had asked the Legislature for $130 million to fund the Medicaid expansion, with the federal government picking up 90 percent of the tab ($1.6 billion). A 2020 study from Washington University in St. Louis found that passing the measure could “save the state $39 million in the first year and $932 million by 2024.” Under the American Rescue Plan, Missouri would have received an additional $1.1 billion over the next two years if it had expanded the program.

Democrats in the state have promised lawsuits, and Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver compared the move to the current GOP trend of tightening voter restrictions while following former President Donald Trump’s lead in baselessly asserting that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Last week, House Republicans ousted Rep. Liz Cheney from a party leadership role after she pushed back against Trump’s continued assertions of fraud. An April CNN poll found a majority of Republicans do not believe Joe Biden was the legitimate winner.
The FBI is investigating what it calls a massive scheme to illegally finance Sen. Susan Collins' 2020 reelection bid:

Quote:What's happening: A recently unsealed search warrant application shows the FBI believes a Hawaii defense contractor illegally funneled $150,000 to a pro-Collins super PAC and reimbursed donations to Collins' campaign. There's no indication that Collins or her team were aware of any of it.
  • Collins helped the contractor at issue, then called Navatek and since renamed the Martin Defense Group, secure an $8 million Navy contract before most of the donations took place.
  • Former Navatek CEO Martin Kao was indicted last year for allegedly bilking the federal government of millions in coronavirus relief loans.
What they're saying: "The Collins for Senator Campaign had absolutely no knowledge of anything alleged in the warrant," Collins spokesperson Annie Clark told Axios in an emailed statement.
A giant LOL at Andrew Giuliani announcing a run for New York governor:

Quote:There are failsons who would rethink their own plans to run for office if their dad was crying about how he was being treated like “the head of a drug cartel or a terrorist.”

And then there’s Andrew Giuliani, who announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor of New York as a Republican in a state that hasn’t elected a Republican since the unaccomplished 35-year-old first-time candidate was old enough to legally buy a pack of cigarettes.

That might strike some as a fool’s errand but Andrew is all for fool’s errands. Until this year, he was most famous for interrupting one of his dad’s press conferences as a kid in a performance that became a Saturday Night Live skit and probably most famous as an adult for suing Duke varsity golf team for damages and the right to use Duke’s golf center for the rest of his life after he was cut. Andrew, whose scores put him on the bottom half of the team, admitted, according to The New York Times, that “he may have misbehaved in February when he tossed an apple in a teammate’s face, flipped his putter a few feet, threw and broke a club and gunned his engine in a parking lot.” One federal judge called the case “a swing and a miss” before a second one tossed the suit altogether.
This is what happens when you don't teach your son that losing, failing and fucking up is part of life. You're not always gonna win, especially if you're stupid, untalented or just plain lazy. Take the fuckin' L and learn from it.

But these dumb apes never do, and we all pay the price.
Missourians won't rest until they have the worst senators:

Quote:Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis lawyer known for brandishing a rifle at Black Lives Matter protesters outside his home last year, announced his run for the Senate in Missouri on Tuesday.

McCloskey, a Republican, announced his candidacy on Tucker Carlson's Fox News program.

"I've always been a Republican, but I've never been a politician," McCloskey told Carlson. "But, you know, God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob, and it really did wake me up."

McCloskey said he was inspired to run for office as he was rallying for former President Donald Trump.

"All we hear is talk, and nothing ever changes," he said. "You have to send people to D.C. who are willing to tell the truth and fight for our values."

McCloskey joins a GOP primary field that includes state Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Eric Greitens, the former governor who was chased from office in 2018 over allegations of campaign finance violations and sexual misconduct. Charges in both matters were dropped.
"All we hear is talk, and nothing ever changes."

So... why do you keep voting Republican, numbnuts?
You know, actually, I think I'd rather send someone to DC who wants to use legislation to better the lives of his constituents. But maybe that's just me.

Various Oregon counties voted to become part of Idaho, an act that would need support from the U.S. Congress:

Quote:Five eastern Oregon counties voted Tuesday in favor of considering becoming part of Idaho. Baker, Grant, Lake, Malheur and Sherman counties join Union and Jefferson, which voted last year to require county officials to study or promote joining Idaho.


The grassroots group Move Oregon’s Border for a Greater Idaho wants to flip Oregon’s mostly rural eastern and southern counties -- plus a few northern counties in California -- into Idaho, believing they’d be better off in Idaho’s more conservative political environment. It’s hoping that political pressure from county initiative votes will lead to negotiations between Oregon and Idaho to move the border between the two states, putting up to 22 of Oregon’s 36 counties in Idaho.

"This election proves that rural Oregon wants out of Oregon,” lead petitioner Mike McCarter said in a statement. “If Oregon really believes in liberal values such as self-determination, the Legislature won’t hold our counties captive against our will. If we’re allowed to vote for which government officials we want, we should be allowed to vote for which government we want as well.”

The signature-gathering effort “to gain political refuge from blue states” was hampered last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it’s now picking up some momentum. Several prominent elected officials in Idaho, including Gov. Brad Little, have expressed support for the movement.


Moving Oregon counties into Idaho remains a long shot, for no matter how many Oregon counties say they want to be part of Idaho, the two state legislatures -- and ultimately the U.S. Congress -- would have to give their approval.
What a crock of shit:

Quote:Sen. Grassley says Republicans are more deferential to a Democratic president's judicial nominees than Democrats are to Republican presidents
Cool. Let's pack SCOTUS then.
The full of list of those who voted "no" can be found at the link:

Quote:On Tuesday, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in easily passing a bill aimed at addressing the recent rise in attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. But unlike in the Senate, where Republican Josh Hawley of Missouri cast the only “no” vote, 62 Republicans in the House voted against the legislation, which President Biden signed into law on Thursday.

Introduced by Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act will expedite the review of hate crimes related to the pandemic and will expand efforts to make the reporting of hate crimes more accessible at the local and state levels, including providing online reporting resources that are available in multiple languages.


For Hawley and his colleagues over in the House, the bill was anything but necessary.

"It’s too broad," he said in a statement explaining his vote. "As a former prosecutor, my view is it’s dangerous to simply give the federal government open-ended authority to define a whole new class of federal hate crime incidents."


Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, echoed Hawley and suggested that the spike in violence against Asian Americans was tied to efforts backed by some Democrats and other progressives to decrease funding for the police.

“This violence, by and large, is happening in Democrat-controlled cities, many of which, interestingly enough, have defunded their police departments,” Jordan said on the House floor.

Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, summed up the view of many GOP House lawmakers when explaining his decision to join Hawley and vote no on the bill.

"We can't legislate away hate," Roy told his colleagues on the House floor ahead of the vote.

The Texas congressman was joined in voting no by conservative firebrands Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
(05-19-2021, 01:12 AM)bradito Wrote: This is what happens when you don't teach your son that losing, failing and fucking up is part of life. You're not always gonna win, especially if you're stupid, untalented or just plain lazy. Take the fuckin' L and learn from it.

But these dumb apes never do, and we all pay the price.

  If they would watch The Last Jedi, then they would know that failure can be an experience they can learn from.
I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is I've lost my way. The good news is I'm way ahead of schedule!

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