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Kansas revenue numbers are in—Brownback economy downgraded from 'bad' to 'nightmare'

Revenue numbers for July through September, the first three months of fiscal year 2015, suggest Kansas’ revenue gap is permanent, not temporary. The state anticipated $578 million in personal income tax collections over the summer, but it took in just $524 million, a miss of more than 10 percent. That was nationally atypical; according to the Rockefeller Institute of Government, 14 states have published projected and actual monthly personal income tax receipts through September, and the other 13 all came within 5 percent of expectations.

Kansas’ wide miss was probably a result of wading into uncharted territory with its tax reforms. In addition to cutting income tax rates, Kansas made itself the only state with a general personal-income tax that exempts “pass-through income” from tax.

Kansas is a royal mess.........


Karl Rove Rallies Billionaires & Millionaires to save the GOP!

Billionaires Answer Call To Donate To Republican Super PACs For 2014 Homestretch

Billionaires are rushing to the aid of Republicans in the homestretch of the 2014 elections with a massive super PAC infusion after a plea from big money mastermind Karl Rove.

On Sept. 17, Rove, the co-founder of the super PAC and dark money duo American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, took to the Wall Street Journal editorial page to send out his billionaire bat-signal.

If the rich want to ensure Republican control of the Senate, "reducing the Democratic cash advantage will tip the needle in the GOP's direction," Rove wrote. "That will only happen if Republicans open their wallets to candidates whom they may have never met."

Since Rove's plea, 21 billionaires and their family members have poured $19.9 million into super PACs backing Republican Party candidates, fueling an October outside spending surge. Only $5.1 million was given to the Republican super PACs in the first half of September, before Rove's request.


Republicans do not want you to vote.

They enact methods and procedures in every state designed to deny voters their right to vote and have that vote counted. When will the Democratic party and their politicians stand up and fight back?

Warren in Minnesota: ‘The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it’

"The game is rigged, and the Republicans rigged it," Warren said to loud cheers.

"She's amazing. She shows that politics is a good thing," said Rachel Palermo, 21, a senior at neighboring St. Olaf College. Some of her friends said they attended the rally just to see Warren.

Palermo and her friends said they want Warren to run for president, but Alyssa Berg, 21, also a St. Olaf senior, noted it would be "counterproductive" for Warren to run against Hillary Rodham Clinton.

They settled on them running together as a ticket -- it's uncertain whether they prefer Warren or Clinton atop such a ticket.

Warren has declined past overtures at challenging Clinton in 2016, and she made no mention of any national ambition, but the crowd reaction cemented the impression that she is atop the list of sought-after speakers to energize liberal voters.

"She's a rock star," Franken told reporters afterward, declining to comment on whether she should consider national campaign.


Wendy Davis would have won if the Supreme Court had not stepped in to save the GOP

In a rare weekend announcement, a majority of the high court’s justices protected the GOP and rejected an emergency request from the Justice Department and civil rights groups to prohibit Texas from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo ID to cast ballots. Three justices dissented.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week, but a federal appeals court had put that ruling on hold.

The judge found that roughly 600,000 voters, many of them black or Latino, could be turned away at the polls because they lack acceptable identification. Early voting in Texas begins Monday.

Wendy Davis would have most likely won if all the voters were allowed to vote.

Supreme Court allows Texas to use voter ID law (Under the cover of darkness)

The Supreme Court in a pre-dawn order Saturday said Texas could proceed with its strict voter ID law in next month’s election, despite a lower court’s ruling that it was unconstitutional.

The court gave no reasoning for its decision, but Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented, joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

“The greatest threat to public confidence in elections in this case is the prospect of enforcing a purposefully discriminatory law, one that likely imposes an unconstitutional poll tax and risks denying the right to vote to hundreds of thousands of eligible voters,” Ginsburg wrote.

An appeals court had said it was too close to the election to stop what has been described as the nation’s strictest photo ID law.

But Ginsburg said the court had shirked its duty, since a district court after a full trial had said the law was written with discriminatory intent and could keep an estimated 600,000 registered voters from casting ballots.


House Speaker John Boehner's statement on unemployment falling to 5.9 percent

In a fit of jealousness?

John Boehner said about unemployment rate dropping to 5.9%, "Instead of trying to convince Americans that things are great, Washington Democrats ought to show they’re serious about helping middle-class families get ahead, not just get by."

Actually, nobody is saying things are great. But they are getting a better, no thanks to Boehner and his crew.To be fair, however, you can't really blame him for trying to avoid any discussion of the report itself. I mean, the election is just a month away. It's not like he can say something nice about the president's track record at a time like this.

John Boehner's Tea Party majority has done nothing to help create jobs. It's time for a new majority. Can you chip in $3 to help elect a Democratic majority?


The Republican Obstruction And Sabotage of the US Economy

The Cost To Our Economy From Republican Obstruction And Sabotage

Republicans have obstructed every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they filibustered hundreds of bills. In the House they refused to allow votes on efforts to help the economy. And then there's the sabotage.

The Republican political strategy has been to obstruct efforts to help the economy for everyone but the wealthiest few, and then campaign on complaints that the economy isn't helping anyone but the wealthiest few. It's working.

In President Obama's July 12 weekly address he said, "So far this year, Republicans in Congress have blocked every serious idea to strengthen the middle class." He could have said, "Since 2009." Since the 2009 "stimulus," Republicans have obstructed pretty much every effort to help the economy. In the Senate they have filibustered hundreds of bills, and since the "stimulus" they have managed to keep anything from passing that might help the economy.

In the House, Republicans have refused to allow votes on anything that seriously would help the economy, instead passing only tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, spending cuts on essential things like maintaining our infrastructure and scientific research, and cutting regulations that protect people and the environment from being harmed by corporations seeking profit.


Senate Race Polls Lean Toward Dems, So Media Starts Pro-GOP Spin

On Tuesday, there was really good news for Democrats. The latest polls showed them pulling neck and neck to keep control of the Senate, data modelers like Nate Silver were adjusting their percentages to nearly 50/50, and Republicans were getting nervous.

Let the spin machine begin. Our so-called "liberal media" couldn't wait to step on the accelerator pedal for why things suck for Democrats. Behold a sampling of today's headlines:

Notice all of the Pro GOP Headlines in the nation's media......


Republicans are trying to stop the student vote. We won't let them!

"They," of course, refers to Republicans. "We" refers to every person who believes the right to vote is fundamental.
Voter suppression isn't something that only happens to black people, Latinos, women, immigrants, the transgendered, the elderly, and the disabled.

Republicans in legislatures across the nation don't want young people to vote. They are specifically targeting students at universities and colleges across the nation.

Gee, wonder why that is? I'm sure you can figure it out—instantly.

As Catherine Rampell wrote:

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