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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:38 PM

Michelle Rhee is contender for DOE secretary if Arne Duncan leaves

Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet

Health and Human Services
One contentious figure who’s expected to stay in place is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She’s steeped in Obama’s health care law, and with the amount of work needed to prepare for most of its provisions to take effect in 2014, making a switch now could complicate things.

Since confirmation hearings for a new nominee would inevitably become an Obamacare retrial, the argument to keep her gets even stronger. There aren’t many replacement options for Sebelius if she goes. As a woman who was elected twice as a Democratic governor of Kansas, she once seemed like a natural Senate candidate back home, but her involvement with Obamacare would likely prove a fatal taint.

Labor, Education, Agriculture, HUD
There’s not much discussion about Hilda Solis — who did not play a significant campaign role despite being a Latino woman with deep connections to unions. Labor isn’t seen as a department that’s likely to face a change soon, nor is Education, where Arne Duncan is clearly enjoying his job and can focus on the policy issues he loves while keeping his spot in Obama’s regular pick-up basketball games. If he does go, former D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee and Gov. Jack Markell are two possible contenders. HUD’s Shaun Donovan has taken an increasingly strong role within the administration, and there’s no sense he’s going anywhere — there’s thinking that he might be headed for the chief of staff’s office, but not quite yet. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s plans will most likely hinge in part on the plans of his wife, who lost her Iowa House race Tuesday.

Interior
Salazar has indicated to friends and other Democrats that he’s on his way out at Interior for a private-sector job back in Colorado, where he has a granddaughter with autism whom he and his wife care for. That could leave the job open for his deputy, David Hayes, but given that the bulk of Interior jurisdiction land is out West, the department’s a natural home for a Westerner former elected official. Among the options: former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, former Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal and soon-to-be former Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire.

more . . . http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/83519_Page4.html
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Reply Michelle Rhee is contender for DOE secretary if Arne Duncan leaves (Original post)
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 OP
northoftheborder Nov 2012 #1
dlwickham Nov 2012 #4
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #10
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #13
knitter4democracy Nov 2012 #24
LeftyMom Nov 2012 #2
Chan790 Nov 2012 #25
Luminous Animal Nov 2012 #3
lalalu Nov 2012 #6
Samantha Nov 2012 #11
amborin Nov 2012 #16
lalalu Nov 2012 #5
temporary311 Nov 2012 #7
CurtEastPoint Nov 2012 #8
Panasonic Nov 2012 #9
Cirque du So-What Nov 2012 #12
msanthrope Nov 2012 #27
HooptieWagon Nov 2012 #14
amborin Nov 2012 #15
NCarolinawoman Nov 2012 #17
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #21
Canuckistanian Nov 2012 #18
Ship of Fools Nov 2012 #19
woo me with science Nov 2012 #20
CreekDog Nov 2012 #22
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 #28
knitter4democracy Nov 2012 #23
roody Nov 2012 #26
Nevernose Nov 2012 #29
roody Nov 2012 #30
HiPointDem Nov 2012 #31
WinkyDink Nov 2012 #32

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:42 PM

1. Michelle Rhee: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:45 PM

4. pretty much

+1

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:53 PM

10. +++++++++++++++++++++1

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:06 PM

13. +2,943

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #13)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:58 AM

24. +2,944

Damn.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:44 PM

2. If she moves back to DC could she please take her husband with her?

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Response to LeftyMom (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:47 PM

25. She can't come back to DC. She might get got by one of those DC Schools kids she f**ked over.

We the people didn't just oust her boss, Mayor Adrian Fenty, primarily to get rid of her. We also mailed hundreds of letters to the new mayor, Vince Gray, when he was vacillating on keeping her to make it very clear that the main reason he was elected was to fire her. We done run that woman out of town on a rail. Her replacement has been excellent, not as committed to undoing Rhee's work as I'd like and herself a supporter of that methodology...but she's not actively trying to f**k the teachers over and harming the students.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:45 PM

3. That's nice. A teacher hating public school hating lying piece of shit fraud.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:47 PM

6. Thank You

 

That's an exact description of her.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:56 PM

11. Here's a link describing her association with ALEC

http://unionosity.com/breaking/michelle-rhees-studentsfirst-backs-alec-sponsored-parent-trigger-law/

Many others are available by doing a simple Google search. I just cannot believe someone associated with ALEC could end up in President Obama's administration.

Sam

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:47 PM

16. wasn't she also accused of fraud of some sort, regarding testing? eta: Yes, FRAUD:

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:46 PM

5. Michelle Rhee would be a big mistake.

 

She needs to answer questions about the cheating scandals during her tenure. She wants to privatize and destroy public education.

There will be a big battle from unions over her appointment and rightly so. I am all for education reform but she is nothing but a privateer looking to steer public education funds to private companies.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:47 PM

7. Sorta like replacing the devil

with the super devil.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:50 PM

8. Ab-so-f'ing-lutely not.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:50 PM

9. Rhee is the WORST possible choice.

 

Time to give the DoE to a real progressive.

Not some charter lover.

Public education is where the money is needed.

That's why Colorado passed Amendment 64 to legalize, regulate and tax weed like alcohol. The pot tax revenues all goes back to education funding.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:05 PM

12. Let's not freak out quite yet

After all, this is Politico. This is nothing more than speculation based upon speculation. From page one of this conjecture:

The staff process has been gossiped about by the staff, but details have been kept secret, even from insiders.


Please, don't add another layer of speculation.

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Response to Cirque du So-What (Reply #12)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:50 PM

27. What??? A right-wing rag printing vague rumors designed to question Obama's

committment to a core constituency???

OF COURSE it's repeated here, breathlessly!!!!


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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:44 PM

14. Good god, NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:46 PM

15. please say this is one of those prank OPs.....otherwise, ARRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:59 PM

17. Senate will have to approve.

A lot of the new Democrats are suppose to be more liberal than the last crowd. Didn't some of the teachers groups support some of these Senators?

Maybe some of the Senators will balk.

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Response to NCarolinawoman (Reply #17)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:40 AM

21. Claire McCaskill got lots of support from my union.

I will definitely be contacting her if this Rhee appointment becomes a reality.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:04 PM

18. WHY would she even be CLOSE to being consindered?

She's an extremely divisive figure and would cause howls of protest from the progressive community just for her nomination. Of course, the GOP would LOVE her.

Who's favoring her? The President?

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:05 PM

19. r u effing kidding me??? wow.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:31 AM

20. Wake the hell up, America.

K&R

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:47 AM

22. doesn't make any sense, not only is she working with Republicans

she was campaigning against Democrats in Ohio.

i don't know where Politico is getting this, but it wouldn't surprise me if they asked Republicans insiders who Obama was going to pick and they provided this answer to mess with us.

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Response to CreekDog (Reply #22)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:02 PM

28. She's a registered Democrat.

And she works with elected officials on both sides of the aisle. Her organization, Students First, donates to both Republicans and Democrats.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:58 AM

23. Recc'ing so people can see this! WTF?!

Duncan needs to go, definitely, but Rhee, that lying, cheating, POS, needs to be gone, kicked out of any chance at any power anywhere.

She cheated and encouraged cheating on those tests she loves so much. She shouldn't be anywhere near Washington.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Sun Nov 11, 2012, 10:49 PM

26. That would call for major and

sustained protests.

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Response to roody (Reply #26)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 12:07 PM

29. I would go to Washington for that

I've never gone for a march or protest that wasn't in my hometown (I live on the west coast), but I've got 75 sick days accumulated, a tent, and a full tank of gas.

That woman makes Arne Duncan look like John Dewey.

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Response to Nevernose (Reply #29)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:51 PM

30. Me too. DC has a youth hostel

with low cost beds.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:14 PM

31. wouldn't that be the icing on the nasty cake of ed deform? rhee's group funds republicans. why

 

in the hell would obama choose her?

the only good thing about it might be that her nasty aggressive ways might give the scam aspects of ed deform a higher profile with the general public & wake people up.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:16 PM

32. No way would Obama pick her. This is unfounded speculation.

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