Posts tagged "gop"

February 9th, 2014

Rand Paul warns Texas Republicans, 'Your state could turn blue'


The senator, spawned from longtime Texas libertarian Ron Paul, has a surprising message for politicians in the dark-red state where he grew up:

Speaking to the county Republican organization in Houston Saturday evening, Paul warned that Texas “will be a Democratic state within 10 years if you don’t change.”

That doesn’t mean we give up on what we believe in, but it means we have to be a more welcoming party,” Paul said, as reported by CNN. “We have to welcome people of all races. We need to welcome people of all classes – business class, working class.”

“We need to have people with ties and without ties, with tattoos and without tattoos; with earrings, without earrings,” he said. “We need a more diverse party. We need a party that looks like America.”

As the Christian Science Monitor notes, he’s essentially saying that the state needs to be more inclusive of Hispanics, who represent 40 percent of the state’s voters.

You keep saying “diverse” and “inclusion”, GOP. 

I do not think you know what those words mean.  But, hey… thanks for the laughs.  

January 28th, 2014

My name is Dru Davis and I am Wendy Davis’s daughter. I hate that I feel the need to write this, but I have been reading and hearing so many untrue things about my mom and I want to set the record straight. And sadly I feel the need to be crystal clear on the malicious and false charge of abandonment as nothing could be further from the truth. My mom has always shared equally in the care and custody of my sister and me… I can tell you that my mom was a remarkable mother and continues to be so to this day. She was there on my first day of school and my last, and so many days in between. She never missed a school performance or a parent-teacher conference. Even if that meant she had to miss something else important. My sister and I were always her first priority. She was there when I needed her and even when I thought I didn’t. My mom was my Brownie Troop leader. I still remember camping out in the backyard with my troop after our trip was cancelled because of bad weather. She was also my field hockey team mom during my senior year of high school, not to mention that she went with me to every single field hockey camp, tryout, program that I ever had. She helped me sort through college possibilities, helped me with my applications and visited colleges with me.

— Dru Davis, daughter of Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, and her older sister, Amber, on Tuesday shared open letters addressed to their fellow Texans after repeated attacks against their mother’s biography. (via kileyrae)

It’s sad that this makes my heart hurt, that Dru has to do this, but I am so glad that she did!

(via kileyrae)

January 21st, 2014

McDonnell’s indictment comes in the midst of the General Assembly’s annual legislative session and is likely to accelerate efforts to overhaul the state’s ethics and gifts laws, long considered some of the most lax in the nation. McAuliffe and leading state lawmakers in both parties have both already said they support such changes.

The criminal prosecution also marks stunning crash for a politician who was considered for the Republican vice presidential nomination in 2012 and just a year ago was considered a credible future for president.

Former VA Governor McDonnell and Wife Charged in Gifts Scandal, Washington Post

January 21st, 2014

2016 poll: Hillary Clinton ahead of Chris Christie


What do the numbers look like?

Of course Hillary Clinton is now ahead of Chris Christie this week (and thankfully so… )

But, there’s only one poll that counts and it’s on election day and that day is over two and a half years away.  

I mean, I love Hillary’s chances, but like - it’s too early to do polling on 2016. 

Let’s talk about the more important 2014 midterms first, please?  There are a fair number of Governor’s races this year, too.  

December 30th, 2013



Despite do-nothing congressional Republicans, we ARE making progress around the country because Americans are organizing and mobilizing. Together we can make 2014 the year we turn the tide on economic inequality.

The polls around Christmas Day that were released scare me.  They show that only 3 in 10 people care about the 2014 election, as opposed to 4 in 10 at the same time period before the 2010 election… and more Republicans (49%) were happy with their party’s leadership than Democrats (44%). 

Swear to God, if I was running a Democrat, especially in a Congressional race, I’d tell the candidate to run to his left and talk about how the Obama administration hasn’t gone far enough, that our recovery is not possible without public sector jobs returning or we’ll continue down this road to austerity.  I secretly hate that Debbie Wasserman Schulz is running the DNC right now, because if it were Howard Dean, we could message that properly and get that out there and elect a Democrat Congress and Nancy Pelosi could be Madame Speaker again, but no doubt without the covers that John Boehner captured.   (I don’t think Debbie Wasserman Schulz is a bad DNC Chair because she’s a woman… I think she’s a bad DNC Chair because she cares more about Debbie Wasserman Schulz than the DNC.  I don’t think having a Congressional Rep head the DNC is a good idea for the party, even if Obama is the de facto Head.) 

I just hope that the DNC doesn’t wake up on October 15th, like that did in 2010 and say, “wait… oh, crap… there’s an election going on.” 

…And keep POTUS home.  Don’t send him to districts until his approval rating shoots up.  

But what do I know? (Love Robert Reich, though… Like progressive politics.  You should follow him.)

November 21st, 2013

The trouble with our democratic republic is that it is inherent upon people to form a logical and rational argument for their beliefs and a willingness to engage in peaceful, civilized discussion with others who have different beliefs and form an understanding compromise that benefits ALL of the people.

With all due respect there is a group of people in this country that can be neither rational in their argument nor respectful for others and holding our country hostage while professing to love the very laws, ideas, and culture that our Country was founded on and which they are obstructing.

— me, thoughts while driving

October 16th, 2013

An orphan goes to church and asks someone, anyone to adopt him

You know, considering the GOP’s stance on social programs, I’m surprised we don’t see more of this, but even more than that, I hope Davion gets a family.   Most kids his age can’t wait to get a driver’s license, leave home, go to college.