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Hillary Clinton vs. Elizabeth Warren Could Be a Dream Match, for Republicans

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/29/us/politics/hillary-clinton-vs-elizabeth-warren-could-be-a-dream-match-for-republicans.html?ref=us&_r=0

They have called Senator Elizabeth Warren “an extremely attractive candidate” in the 2016 presidential campaign. They have said that she is the “hottest commodity” in the Democratic Party and that she has demonstrated the “passion and intensity” that Hillary Rodham Clinton lacks.

Those glowing compliments are not from the liberal activists who are trying to persuade Ms. Warren to challenge Mrs. Clinton, who is expected to be the party’s leading contender in 2016. They come from conservatives who are eager to drum up a contentious Democratic primary and who see Ms. Warren, a first-term senator from Massachusetts, as best positioned to weaken, and potentially defeat, Mrs. Clinton.

On cable television and in private strategy sessions, conservatives are steadily stoking the flames of a movement to recruit Ms. Warren, who has said she will not run but whose anti-Wall Street economic message resonates with the liberal base of the Democratic Party.

“Please give us Elizabeth Warren. Please, God, let us have Elizabeth Warren,” said Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who is considering a presidential bid

STELLAREPORT KEEPING AN EYE ON THE RIGHT...AND THE WRONG (update)

http://stellareport.blogspot.com/

BREAKING....

ACCORDING TO SOURCES WHO KNOW, GTAC WILL NOT BE MAKING ITS LEASE PAYMENT DUE IRON COUNTY TODAY. MORE TO COME LATER.

THIS COMES AFTER WPR REPORTS GTAC PRESIDENT BILL WILLIAMS IS CLAIMING THEY ARE HOLDING OFF ON MOVING FORWARD BECAUSE OF FEARS THE EPA MIGHT HAVE THEM ON THEIR RADAR. WILLIAMS ALSO IMPLICATED IRON COUNTY'S ORDINANCE AS A DETERRING FACTOR.

STELLAREPORT HAS ALSO LEARNED THAT THE COUNTY'S SPECIAL COUNSEL ON MINING-RELATED MATTERS HAS BILLED THE COUNTY OVER $129,000 TO DATE. AMONG ITEMS BILLED FOR, RESEARCH AND ADVICE ON "PROTESTS" APPEARS IN NO FEWER THAN 5 SEPARATE INVOICES. THIS IS CRANDON/TOWN OF NASHVILLE ALL OVER AGAIN.

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When dealing with Chris Cline, Bill Williams & the like sh!t happens...

U.S. top court rules for employer in retiree benefits fight

Source: REUTERS

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sided with a company that amended a collective bargaining agreement to force retirees to pay toward healthcare costs, throwing out a lower-court ruling that favored the former employees who objected to the change.

On a unanimous vote, the nine-member court handed a win to M&G Polymers USA, a subsidiary of Italy-based chemical company Mossi & Ghisolfi International, by sending the case back for further proceedings in the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Nearly 500 plaintiffs from Ohio who had worked at the M&G polyester plant in Apple Grove, West Virginia, sued in 2006 when the company said retirees would be required to contribute to their healthcare costs.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/26/us-usa-court-retirees-idUSKBN0KZ1UY20150126

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Backing Down From Food Stamp Fight

Source: HUFFPOST

WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) had previously said he wanted to fight the Obama administration over drug tests for food stamp recipients, but it turns out Walker would prefer to ask nicely.

A Walker spokeswoman said that instead of just imposing the drug tests, the governor's forthcoming budget proposal will seek permission to do so.

"The budget will include language requesting waivers from the federal government to test all able-bodied adults without dependents on FoodShare, as well as all childless adults on Medicaid," Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in an email Sunday.

Wisconsin would need a waiver because federal law bars states from adding new eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (known in Wisconsin as FoodShare), though states have some leeway to add drug screening to other programs. Last year, Walker suggested he wanted food stamp drug tests even if federal law disallowed the policy, saying he would take the fight to the courts.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/26/scott-walker-drug-testing_n_6534606.html?ncid=txtlnkusaolp00000592

Dropkick Murphys Tell Gov. Scott Walker, 'Stop Using Our Music'

Published on Jan 25, 2015

Dropkick Murphys Tell Gov. Scott Walker, 'Stop Using Our Music' Subscribe Please . Band tells Republican leader, 'We literally hate you!'


Plain Talk: Scott Walker stands with polluters

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/dave_zweifel/plain-talk-scott-walker-stands-with-polluters/article_595e8ada-644e-52a7-af02-61fad829fa51.html

Wisconsin was once among the leaders in pushing and building solar energy projects. Now it's 28th in the nation.

And while we're dragging our feet on alternative energy sources, the state is about to welcome a new pipeline that will run from Superior to the Illinois border and carry more tar sands oil from Canada than even the Keystone XL pipeline, which has generated a national furor.

While all this threatens to make Wisconsin even more dependent on carbon-laden fossil fuels, Gov. Scott Walker wants the new attorney general, Brad Schimel, to join the lawsuit to stop the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed standards to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.

In other words, the governor is not only not lifting a finger to deal with carbon emissions, but is doing everything possible to make them worse.

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Not that we didn't know this.

Charles Koch: We’re just getting started

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/charles-koch-were-just-getting-started-114567.html

Charles Koch on Saturday signaled to hundreds of donors, operatives and conservative leaders gathered in the California desert that the political operation he and his brother David created was just getting started.

“Americans have taken an important step in slowing down the march toward collectivism,” Charles Koch said in his speech, seemingly in reference to the Republican takeover of the Senate during the 2014 midterm elections.

“But as many of you know, we don’t rest on our laurels. We are already back at work and hard at it! In fact, the work never really ends. Because the struggle for freedom never ends,” Koch said, according to excerpts provided by Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit outfit that oversees the vast political and policy network created by the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers.

The Kochs and their allies, who for years had a reputation for extreme secrecy, in recent months have taken steps towards increased transparency. While the Palm Springs session – like previous “seminars” as the gatherings are known in Koch World – is closed to the press, the release of even selected excerpts (which totaled fewer than 250 words) from a speech by the intensely private Charles Koch is a departure.








President calls for reforming criminal justice system

http://www.wisconsingazette.com/trending-news/president-calls-for-reforming-criminal-justice-system.html

President Barack Obama is calling for reform to America's criminal justice system after racially-charged controversy over police shootings in Missouri, New York, Milwaukee, Cleveland and elsewhere.

The president says Americans may have different takes on the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. Both were unarmed black men who died after confrontations with white police officers.

But Obama says all can understand a father's fear that his son can't walk home without being harassed. And he says all can understand the concerns of a policeman's wife who can't rest until he comes home.

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This is definitely needed!!

‘Meh, Lemme Start Over’: Ted Cruz Resets Midway Through SOTU Response (vid)

http://www.mediaite.com/online/meh-lemme-start-over-ted-cruz-resets-midway-through-sotu-response/

Unlike many of his colleagues, who gave pre-written speeches and taped them on sets, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) decided to record his response to Obama’s State of the Union Address outside the House Chamber, next to a statue of Texas hero Stephen Austin, using the iPhone of some staffer who forgot to edit the video before posting it on YouTube.

The original video was quickly deleted because it showed Cruz, the former Solicitor General of Texas and champion college debater, successfully improvising an eloquent response, seamlessly hitting a series of prepared talking points criticizing the Obama administration…for about forty seconds.

And then he needed a redo.

Ah, the perils of politicians going without a script.

Watch below:

States Consider Requiring US Citizenship Test for Graduation

Source: abc NEWS



Arizona's new law requiring high school students to pass the U.S. citizenship test in order to graduate appears likely to be adopted in a handful of other states this year, though educators warn it's not a fix-all solution to the nation's dire knowledge of civics.

Fewer than a dozen states currently require students to take a civics exam, and passing it isn't necessary to graduate in all of them. In most states, civic education instead revolves around a one-semester U.S. history course.

Arizona on Thursday became the first to specifically require the U.S. citizenship test, a 100-question exam that tests knowledge of facts on subjects like the Founding Fathers, the Bill of Rights and U.S. presidents.

"This has been building for a long time," said Ted McConnell, executive director of the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools, a civic learning coalition co-chaired by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. While O'Connor supported the initiative, McConnell and others are wary that legislators are only skimming the surface of what students need to know.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/arizona-students-pass-us-citizenship-test-civics-28269258
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