Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

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Sarah Palin’s Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

(OPINION) — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel have a few things in common, most notably that they can’t seem to finish anything they start. Karen Handel is running in a crowded field of Republican loons — Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston and David Perdue (cousin of ex-governor Sonny Perdue — vying for the seat of retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss. The last person who will get my vote is Karen Handel. 

Last month, quitter Sarah Palin endorsed fellow-quitter Handel, singing her virtues:  “You know her background, you know her record. The conservative who has walked the walk. Cutting budgets, not raising taxes, how often do you see that in government?” Yeah, we know her background for sure and a U.S. Senate position isn’t what that background warrants.  Now Handel is out with a new ad promoting Palin’s endorsement.

One problem…..

She was a Secretary of State of Georgia before she quit to run for governor, so exactly when was she involved in not raising taxes or cutting budgets? The fact is Karen Handel wasn’t in charge of taxes and budgets, so that’s another dubious claim being thrown out there for the gullible to grasp.

It’s interesting that Sarah Palin would use that line to endorse Handel considering that she raised taxes on oil companies and left Alaska mired down with a 70% debt to GDP ratio. She also increased general government expenditures by over 33% as mayor of Wasilla and a whopping 43% increase in taxes. I guess it takes one achiever to know the other. Of course, I am being sarcastic. It’s one failed conservative praising another failed conservative.

As a resident of Georgia, I can tell you that Karen Handel’s tenure as Secretary of State was not without controversy. That’s including her disqualification of a Democratic candidate, Jim Powell, who was running for the Public Service Commission five days before the July primary, despite the advisory opinion of an administrative law judge. Her decision was overturned by a Fulton County Superior Court judge.  She lost to Nathan Deal in 2010, after quitting as SOS to run in the gubernatorial race. After losing that election, she was appointed senior vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2011.  She quit that job in February 2012 after a dust-up with Planned Parenthood. Her efforts to defund the organization resulted in a backlash of the worst kind for Susan G. Komen.

The fact is, Karen Handel isn’t right for black, Hispanic or LGBT Georgians. She calls herself a “nation builder,” but for whom? Here’s an excerpt from a previous Karen Handel blog post in which she pushed a voter suppression scheme:

Karen Handel prides herself as having saved Georgians $100 million, cutting budgets by 17% and passed the “toughest ethics laws in the country,” which I must add, led to the dismissal of Fulton County Sheriff Jackie Barrett, the nation’s first black female sheriff, on corruption charges. If Handel wins the run-off and prevails at the polls, she would be the first woman governor in the state of Georgia. She was elected Secretary of State in 2006. She implemented  the Georgia’s photo ID law, which requires Georgian voters to show state-issued photo identification before casting their vote in person. She created the agency’s first Chief Investigative Officer to go after perpetrators of elections and consumer fraud. The voter ID program sparked controversy and many in the black community said it worked against them and was a way to deter blacks from voting. The law was challenged as unconstitutional, but was eventually upheld by the Supreme Court.

An issue from her time as a candidate for the commission continues to dog her. The former head of the Log Cabin Republicans, a group of gay and lesbian GOP voters, recently released emails from 2002 and 2003, all sent from Ms. Handel’s e-mail address, indicating she supported granting benefits to county employees in same-sex domestic partnerships. She has vehemently denied sending these e-mails. She said it was her campaign manager in her failed 2002 race. She also denies ever filling out a questionnaire for Georgia Equality, another gay rights group, that also showed her supporting domestic partner benefits, even though it was on her campaign’s letterhead. She said the only thing that should matter is the fact that she voted against a proposal to extend benefits to domestic partners. She also said she would back legislation to outlaw gay marriage. Not good.

Lastly, Karen Handel also took her self-righteousness to the highest level on gay adoption:

In a recent interview with 11 Alive’s Doug Richards, she said a child should be in a household with married heterosexual parents. A home without such a makeup is not a suitable environment to raise a child. She was then asked about single parents and sidestepped the issue, but it was abundantly clear that she doesn’t view such a home favorably. That speaks to the fact that Karen Handel won’t make significant inroads in the black community. I wonder how her background, which was fraught with problems at home, makes her an expert on parenting in the home? She said her mother was an abusive alcoholic and her father was a passive bystander, who did nothing to help his children by leaving the home with them in tow. Don’t get me wrong, there are many people who lived in such a household and pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and were successful in their lives. That doesn’t mean that Karen Handel is suddenly an expert on the family and family structures. She also said she is not in favor of gays adopting children. Again, that is very hypocritical, considering there is no hard evidence that states living in a home with same-sex parents is detrimental to the wellbeing of a child.

So, while the slate of Republican Senate candidates leaves little to be desired, it’s laughable that Sarah Palin is trying to paint Karen Handel as force to be reckoned with and one that is so fiscally conservative. Please. On the contrary. When I think nation builder, Karen Handel doesn’t come to mind.

 Sarah Palins Endorsement of GOP Senate Candidate Karen Handel Amounts to Nothing, Really

Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat”

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Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs “Humbling Landslide Defeat” (Credit: Wikipedia)

RAND PAUL FOR PRESIDENT:  Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens has made his choice for the 2016 Republican presidential candidate — Sen. Rand Paul. He writes that the GOP nominee has to be Paul and no-one else. Why? Because the Republican Party needs a “humbling landslide defeat.” Music to the ears of Democrats. Hillary Clinton, who would eviscerate him in a debate, particularly on his naivete on Iran. During an interview with ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Sen. Paul said that he didn’t think it was a good idea to rule out containment of Iran.

This man is Rand Paul, the junior senator from a state with eight electoral votes. The man who, as of this writing, has three years worth of experience in elected office. Barack Obama had more political experience when he ran for president. That’s worked out well.

Mr. Paul was in New Hampshire last weekend, speaking to conservative activists at the Freedom Summit, emphasizing the need for Republicans to do a better job of reaching out to Hispanics and African-Americans.

It’s a fine message. Or rather, it would be a fine message if it weren’t for Mr. Paul’s long political association with Jack Hunter, aka the “Southern Avenger,” a former radio shock jock who co-wrote Mr. Paul’s 2011 book “The Tea Party Goes to Washington.” On April 14, 2004—the 139th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination—Mr. Hunter wrote a column titled ” John Wilkes Booth Was Right.” He also lamented that “whites are not afforded the same right to celebrate their own cultural identity” as blacks and Hispanics.

Mr. Hunter remained a member of Mr. Paul’s staff until last July, when the Washington Free Beacon broke the story. Afterward, Mr. Hunter recanted his views and pleaded amnesia. As for Mr. Paul, he defended his former aide, saying he had merely been “stupid,” that he had been “unfairly treated by the media,” and that “he got along fine with everybody in the office, treated everyone fairly, regardless of race or religion.”

So can we now, um, switch the subject?

Yes, we can. Let’s move on to a YouTube video of Mr. Paul in April 2009, offering his insights to a college group on foreign policy. Channeling Dwight Eisenhower, the future senator warned “we need to be so fearful of companies that get so big that they can actually be directing policy.”

“When the Iraq war started, Halliburton got a billion-dollar no-bid contract. Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.”

Then he gets to his real point: Dick Cheney, who opposed driving all the way to Baghdad when he was defense secretary in the first Bush administration, later went to work for Halliburton. “Makes hundreds of millions of dollars, their CEO. Next thing you know, he’s back in government and it’s a good thing to go into Iraq.”

Mr. Paul’s conclusion: “9/11 became an excuse for a war they already wanted in Iraq.” Source: Wall Street Journal

I have to admit, Bret Stephens had me going for a minute. But let me also add Sen. Paul tried to rewrite the whole civil rights movement during a speech at Howard University. That didn’t sit well with the black community, who won’t be coming out in droves to support a Rand Paul candidacy.  While we are at it, he should pick Louie Gohmert (R-TX) as his running mate.

Um, get out the popcorn…the GOP infighting as we go into the 2016 presidential election cycle is just starting and promises to be chock full of fireworks and drama! By the way, Bret Stephens wasn’t the only one bashing Rand Paul today.  Jennifer Rubin and Richard Cohen in the Washington Post both have scathing articles blasting him for a variety of ‘sins.’

 Bret Stephens: Rand Paul for President Because GOP Needs Humbling Landslide Defeat

Mike Huckabee: More Freedom in North Korea Than in United States

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Mike Huckabee: More Freedom in North Korea Than in United States (Credit: Wikipedia)

It seems that the slate of potential Republican presidential candidates will do and say anything to appeal to the fringe element in the party.

Fox News personality and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who appeared at a New Hampshire event(#NHFreedomSummit), is quoted as saying: “I am beginning to think there’s more freedom in North Korea sometimes than there is in the United States,” citing TSA patdowns. Um, really?

Since he knows so much about North Korea, he should move there. The fact is, Mike Huckabee owes every American an apology for such inflammatory rhetoric.

Twitter exploded over Mike Huckabee’s North Korea comment:

Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

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Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

I am convinced that some Republicans just can’t help themselves when it comes to women-bashing and to their detriment. Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is quoted by Kathie Obradovich, a political columnist at The Des Moines Register saying that “men like to hunt and fish together, women like to use the bathroom together.” Huckabee reportedly made the comments at the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition fundraiser in Waukee.

He claimed he’s “not homophobic but one-man/one-woman marriage is being “on the right side of the Bible.”

 Mike Huckabee: Men Like to Hunt Together, Women Like to Go to Bathroom Together

Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

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Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

Wisconsin GOP state Senator Glenn Grothman, who once argued that public employees should be forced to work on Martin Luther King Day and was dismissive of Kwanzaa, will challenge 13-term GOP Rep. Tom Petri.

Mother Jones reports on Grothman’s colorful history that includes his proposal to get rid of Wisconsin’s equal pay bill aimed at gender pay equality. He said, “you could argue that money is more important for men.” In January, he introduced legislation that would eliminate a state requirement that workers get at least one day off per week.

Glenn Grothman said Kwanzaa, which is a week-long harvest and gift-giving celebration, was promoted by “white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people’s throats in an effort to divide Americans.” He also suggested that “almost no black people today care about” Kwanzaa.

Grothman also attempted to cut back a program that provided free birth control to women while he promoted a bill that would have labeled single parenthood as a “contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.” The GOP’s war on women continues….

 Wisconsin GOP Candidate Glenn Grothman Dismisses Kwanzaa, MLK Day

D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser Wins Democratic Mayoral Nomination

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D.C. Councilwoman Muriel Bowser Wins Democratic Mayoral Nomination (Credit: WAMU.org)

Washington D.C. councilwoman Muriel Bowser won the Democratic nomination for mayor Tuesday, defeating incumbent Vincent Gray, whose tenure in office was marred by a fundraising scandal stemming from his 2010 campaign.

Turnout in the 143 precincts was light. With 127 of the 143 precincts reporting, Bowser got nearly 44 percent of the votes, to Gray’s 33 percent. He conceded the election shortly before midnight.

In his concession speech, Gray said, “The amount of work we’ve done over the past three-and-a-half years has been nothing short of phenomenal.” He added, “One thing I have to say, I hope the city will change the date of the primary.””This is really poor…having to run a campaign in winter. Trying to knock on doors in February is hard, it’s complex and it’s cold.” He has nine months left in office.

Muriel Bowser pledged to reunited the party. She said, “We know we need a fresh start,” [Democrats] will unite. The Democrats of the nation’s capital have always elected a Democratic mayor, a Democratic mayor, and in big numbers. And we’re going to do it again in November … I accept your nomination!”

Bowser will now face former Republican and now an Independent David Catania in November’s election.

Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, May Be Gay

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Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, Maybe Gay

Scott Lively, a Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate, thinks President Obama might be gay because he supports same-sex marriage. The ‘wisdom’ of the right wing evangelicals is nothing short of amazing. By the way, this wingnut is a pastor.

Lively told UK’s Channel 4 News, “I think Mr. Obama may well be a homosexual himself.””He’s certainly a radical homosexualist — meaning a person, whether they are homosexual or not, meaning a person who is 100 percent invested in the homosexual agenda.”

Scott Lively also claims President Obama was trying to “legitimize sexual perversion” and destroy religious values.

“He is lending the weight of his office to a movement that’s goal is to overturn the Judeo-Christian sexual ethic and replace it with the gay ethic of sexual anarchy. That’s what he’s doing,” Lively added.

 Massachusetts Pastor Scott Lively: Obama Loves Sexual Anarchy, May Be Gay

GOP Voter Suppression Tactics Heating Up in Swing States Like North Carolina

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Republicans Seeking to Suppress Votes in Swing States Like North Carolina

OPINION:  More Republican shenanigans such as voter suppression tactics are manifesting themselves as we approach a new election cycle. States controlled by Republicans are doing everything they can to limit voting. Yep, they are messing around with days of voting and where voters must vote.

Democrats in North Carolina are scrambling to fight back against the nation’s most restrictive voting laws, passed by Republicans there last year. The measures, taken together, sharply reduce the number of early voting days and establish rules that make it more difficult for people to register to vote, cast provisional ballots or, in a few cases, vote absentee.

In all, nine states have passed measures making it harder to vote since the beginning of 2013. Most have to do with voter ID laws. Other states are considering mandating proof of citizenship, like a birth certificate or a passport, after a federal court judge recently upheld such laws passed in Arizona and Kansas. Because many poor people do not have either and because documents can take time and money to obtain, Democrats say the ruling makes it far more difficult for people to register…

In February, the Ohio legislature moved to reduce early voting by one week, do away with registering and voting on the same day prior to Election Day, and place new restrictions on absentee ballot application mailings. And a little over a week ago, the Wisconsin Legislature sent a bill to Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, to shorten early voting, including cutting it altogether on weekend days.

In so doing, Republicans in these states shifted their strategy away from concerns over fraud, which have proved largely unfounded, to a new rationale that suggests fairness: uniformity. Source: NY Times

The Republicans recognize that when more people vote, they tend to lean towards the Democratic Party. So, the fewer people who come out to vote, the more likely it will be that the Republican candidate will prevail. You see, when there are more restrictions on voting, Republicans fare better. Paul Weyrich, the so-called father of the right-wingnuts, said this in 1980:

“Now many of our Christians have what I call the goo-goo syndrome — good government. They want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people, they never have been from the beginning of our country and they are not now. As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.”

The fact is, you can’t apply uniformity to every locality — sparsely populated vs. more densely populated. One size doesn’t fit all. The fact is, the Republicans are trying to tip the scales in their favor by placing deliberately seeking to disadvantage demographic groups most inclined to vote for Democrats. That’s too widespread to ignore. The Republican Party is increasingly more reliant on older white voters and their methods of limiting other voters are just too transparent.

The fact that they are against expanding polling hours or simplifying the voter registration process is a deliberate attempt to make it harder for hourly workers to cast their ballots. We all know those voters tend to break towards the Democratic Party. I would urge every voter to stand up and fight.

 GOP Voter Suppression Tactics Heating Up in Swing States Like North Carolina

Mitt Romney’s Top Donors Back Ex-FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election

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Mitt Romney’s Top Donors Back Ex-FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election (Credit: White House Archives)

Opinion:  It’s beginning to look like we could have another Bush running for the White House in the 2016 presidential elections. The ghost of George W. Bush will rear its ugly head and to the Democrats’ benefit. Let’s not forget that Jeb Bush was the one who signed Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground legislation into law.

The Washington Post reports, “Many of the Republican Party’s most powerful insiders and financiers have begun a behind-the-scenes campaign to draft former Florida governor Jeb Bush to run in the 2016 presidential race, courting him and his intimates and starting talks on fundraising strategy.”

“Concerned that the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal has damaged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) political standing and alarmed by the steady rise of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), prominent donors, conservative leaders and longtime operatives say they consider Bush the GOP’s brightest hope to win back the White House.”

It’s interesting to note:  “Many if not most of Mitt Romney’s major donors are reaching out to Bush and his confidants with phone calls, e-mails and invitations to meet, according to interviews with 30 senior Republicans. One bundler estimated that the ‘vast majority’ of Romney’s top 100 donors would back Bush in a competitive nomination fight.”

All I can say to a Jeb Bush presidential candidacy is no….just no!

 Mitt Romneys Top Donors Back Ex FL Gov. Jeb Bush for 2016 Presidential Election

Florida Suspends Noncitizen Voter Roll Purge, Cites Federal Database Upgrade

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Florida Suspends Noncitizen Voter Roll Purge, Cites Federal Database Upgrade (Photo Credit: Raw Story)

Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner is suspending the state’s efforts to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls due to changes in the federal database, known as SAVE, which is used to check the citizenship status of voters until 2015. If Gov. Rick Scott had his way, all Democrats would be purged from the his state’s voter rolls.

Don’t be lulled into thinking they won’t try to muck up the system right in time for the 2014 midterm elections and most certainly in time for the presidential elections. This is just a hiccup in their scheme.

You will recall there were previous efforts to purge voter rolls ahead of the 2012 presidential election. Political groups and activists said the removals disproportionately targeted black and Hispanic voters — both groups more likely to vote Democratic.