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Day After GOP Convention, Biden Slams Romney, Ryan

Source: ABC News

ABC News(LORDSTOWN, Ohio) – Vice President Joe Biden slammed the Republican ticket on Friday, just one day after Mitt Romney officially accepted his party’s nomination, saying that much of what they spoke about at the convention “wasn’t on the level.”

Speaking before a local auto workers union, Biden criticized Ryan for linking President Obama to the closing of a GM plant in Janesville, Wis., Ryan’s hometown, but the plant actually stopped producing GM vehicles in 2008 while George W. Bush was still president. Biden didn’t mention that the plant completely ceased operations – a small force continued work for Isuzu - in April of 2009, several months after Obama took office.


Biden, who was speaking at a union site close to a new GM plant that’s set to produce the new Chevy Cruze, pointed to new jobs and investments made in the auto industry here in Lordstown, along with the $23 billion companies like Ford, Chrysler and General Motors have promised to invest in production on American soil.

“What they didn’t say at their convention is because of the auto rescue, there are 4,500 of you working here today making a decent wage. What he didn’t say, GM is adding two shifts, GM has already announced a $200 million investment here in Lordstown,” Biden said. “It’s not the Bain way, not in Mexico, not in China, not in Vietnam, but in Lordstown, in Detroit, in Toledo, in Cleveland. Made in America.”

Read more: http://www.kmbz.com/Day-After-GOP-Convention-Biden-Slams-Romney-Ryan/14131545

Senate Democrats Tie Romney Gulf Coast Visit to Ryan’s Proposed Cuts to Disaster Relief

Source: firedoglake

The only real notable element of Mitt Romney’s post-convention performance today was that he accidentally referred to the United States as a company, i.e. a person. But in anticipation of his visit to the Gulf Coast for some photo-ops with victims of Hurricane Isaac, Senate Democrats are using unusual vigor to hold House Republicans, mainly Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, accountable for the near-denial of disaster relief funds that will be put to use in the aftermath of the storm.

The story goes back to the debt limit deal. That set a spending cap for future budgets with a hard-dollar number. However, it allowed for some flexibility for disaster relief, where the federal government could go above the cap. But even after agreeing to the deal, House Republicans, led by Ryan, wanted to block that, which would have forced unpredictable disaster relief funding to get offsets in the federal budget. This really came to a head last fall, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency nearly depleted its budget before the year was out, which would have forced a supplemental funding bill. The Office of Management and Budget somehow found enough funds to carry through the end of the year, and Republicans reluctantly went along with the flexible cap for disaster relief. But some, including Ryan, did not:

"It had been a different story earlier in the year as the government’s chief disaster fund almost ran dry, thanks to foot-dragging by the White House and demands by tea party House Republicans that disaster aid be partly “paid for” with cuts to programs that Obama favored. The administration instead let the political pressure build as disaster accounts dwindled, sparking the ire of both his GOP rivals and allies like Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., but turning the tables in its favor.

Months after agreeing to the new regime, Republican leaders still had to turn to procedural maneuvers to orchestrate passage of $8.8 billion in disaster money in keeping with the agreement. Ryan, the House Budget Committee’s chairman, was among 66 Republicans opposing the measure [...]"

Read more: http://news.firedoglake.com/2012/08/31/senate-democrats-tie-romney-gulf-coast-visit-to-ryans-cuts-to-disaster-relief/

Did One Of Romney’s Housekeepers Make a Cameo in RNC Video?

Posted on Colorlines.com


Is the woman seen working in the background one of Romney’s four housekeepers that he’s allegedly underpaying? (Video capture from GOP video introducing Romney Family.)

Before Mitt Romney was introduced at the Republican National Convention on Thursday night viewers saw a 10-minute video created to humanize Romney. The video featured the Romney family inside their home several times but in one of the scenes a women who appears to be working for the family in the background was simply ignored.

Is she one of the four housekeepers the reports have alleged Romney is underpaying? It could be, but more importantly some say the video made her invisible.

“As I’m watching Romney’s RNC video spotlighting his family, I find it interesting there is no mention of the woman in the red shirt in the background, who is obviously there helping,” said artist Ramiro Gomez, who’s art looks to start conversations about the labor force that takes care of families and homes.

“Yet another reason why I’ll keep making my cardboard cutouts, we are not invisible and we will be heard,” wrote Gomez to his Facebook followers as the video was broadcasted live Thursday night. Colorlines.com spotted the video thanks to a tip from Gomez, who is a nanny during the day.

“Not only was there an invisible chair last night there was a lot of invisible help in the Romney family story,” said Colorlines.com’s economic justice blogger Imara Jones. “We constantly heard about Ann Romney’s struggle with her five children but no references to the household workers who gave a hand. Earlier this year, when asked, she couldn’t even remember their names.”

IRS forms released earlier this year by Romney’s presidential campaign show that despite reporting income of $21.7 million, the couple paid only $20,603 in taxable wages for household help in 2010. This figure was divided among four women: Rosania Costa ($4,808), Kelli Harrison ($8,667), Susan Moore ($2,238) and Valerie Cravens Anae ($4,890).

more: http://colorlines.com/archives/2012/08/did_one_of_romneys_housekeepers_make_a_surprise_cameo_in_rnc_video.html

Limits on Voting Drives in Florida Fall Wayside

Source: Courthouse News

(CN) - Florida cannot enforce provisions of its new election law that placed restrictions on community-based voter-registration drives, a federal judge ruled.
In December, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Rock the Vote and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund sued the state to overturn new rules for organizations that conduct voter-registration drives.
The statute, which took effect on May 19, 2011, required third-party voter-registration organizations to deliver completed applications to designated offices within 48 hours of receiving them, among other provisions.
Organizers claimed that the law sabotaged their efforts to register voters and discouraged Floridians from registering to vote in the upcoming election.
U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle temporarily blocked several sections of the law in May, finding that they placed unnecessary burdens on voter-registration groups. The judge noted that the provisions were likely unconstitutional and conflicted with the National Voting Rights Act of 1993, which encourages voter-registration drives.

Read more: http://www.courthousenews.com/2012/08/31/49860.htm

Report: Vt. school district violated civil rights

Source: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. (AP) — Federal investigators say a Vermont school district violated civil rights laws while responding to an incident in which a teacher’s aide threatened an African-American sixth-grader and then used a racial epithet.

After a two-year-investigation, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has reached a settlement with the Springfield School District. The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/ONL4PH) the district is required to pay nearly $3,000 in counseling services for the student and increase regulations in training for employees.

The agency says in 2010, an aide at Riverside Middle School told the student if he didn’t stop using a yardstick to sword-fight with another student, the aide would ‘‘shove it’’ into him ‘‘and then used the epithet. The aide resigned. The child now attends school elsewhere.

Read more: http://www.boston.com/news/education/2012/08/31/report-school-district-violated-civil-rights/f3xD9Lsu0IpyAEZEfcPZ7K/story.html

Racism is almost normal these days.... thank god we still have laws in this country protecting individuals from racial abuse, for now at least...

Romney Heckled By DREAM Act Advocates At Florida Farewell Rally

Source: Think Progress

Mitt Romney, who did not mention immigration issues during Thursday night’s nationally televised address, was heckled on Friday by DREAM Act activists during his “Farewell Victory Rally” in Lakeland Florida. “DREAM Act for fully equality,” they chanted, as Romney introduced his campaign’s officials and the crowd responded with, “USA! USA! USA!.” Watch it:

During the GOP presidential primary, Romney said he would have vetoed the measure. In one Florida debate, he also accused Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) of engendering a “magnet” in Texas by allowing the children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/08/31/783621/romney-heckled-by-dream-act-advocates-at-florida-farewell-rally/

Romney’s pre-election rhetoric on Russia unacceptable – Putin’s spokesman

Source: Russian Times

Vladimir Putin’s press secretary has blasted Mitt Romney’s anti-Russian statements and said relations between the countries must not become hostage to the politician’s election battle.

Dmitry Peskov was asked to comment on Romney saying he was not going to be as flexible in relations with Russia as his opponent President Barak Obama.

“As the head of the state [Vladimir Putin] has repeatedly stressed, Russia always has been and in future always will be interested in the further development of bilateral Russian-American relations,” Peskov told reporters.

He added that senior officials from both countries have stressed that bilateral relations shouldn’t be sacrificed for the sake of an election.

“We are sure that this is wrong. We know the official Washington point of view,” Putin’s spokesman added.

Read more: http://rt.com/politics/romney-russia-us-peskov-068/

What is our simple message?

Last night Rmoney, I think in part, successfully, rendered his message for the undecideds, down to a simple:

'We gave Obama a chance, he failed, now it is time for a change.'

I know lots of folks, sadly, many of them older, who would understand that message, and think it makes sense.

I think this is the message that Rmoney is going to stick with, I am certain that it has tested well.

What is our clear message, an easy to understand message for the undecided voter? I don't know? I am getting ready to start my volunteer time talking to undecideds and wavering dem's and I would like to head out there with something that sticks... I don't want to knock on a door and start talking to an empty chair, because my message isn't clear...

at this time, this is what I have, I am just not sure it is clear enough?

'Obama was elected 4 years ago with great hopes that the people who elected him would get the change that he promised. He was able to get a little bit done, health care reform, DADT being changed, Lilly Leadbetter act, etc.... all great changes. However, after a couple of years in office, America decided to populate the government with People that had only one goal in mind, obstructing Obama and the voters that wanted him to succeed. Those Government officials are now represented by the Republican ticket, Mitt Romney, representing the out of touch 1% rich minority, a man who does not understand what it is to be poor, or middle class in this country. He wants nothing more than to help his Friends pay as little into building America, and to take as much from Americans as they can, while they can. The other half of the ticket, represented by Paul Ryan, has one goal in mind... making the country, by law, as conservative as possible. Ryan and his people have a deep misunderstanding of the poor and middle class, to such a degree, it boarders on cruelty... which has recently come to light with his comments regarding women. Ryan and Romney both have been fact checked to the point where most of what they have said in the media has been proven untrue... and frankly, I will not believe a word of what they say until Romney releases his tax returns, the same as Obama and every other candidate before him, including Romneys Dad when he ran for office.

In short, The Romney Ryan ticket represents, the worst of what our government can be... they want to stand in the way of progress, they want to take away from what we have achieved, and they will do it at all costs, employing every degree of deception. Americans have been through enough, lets get these guys out of they way and start moving forward again with a team that cares and is willing to listen to all American's Rich, Poor, Middle Class, man or woman.'

ok, pretty weak huh.... not quite talking to an empty chair... but that is all I got for now...

Michael Moore Predicts 'President Romney' in November

Source: cbs news

WASHINGTON (CBS WASHINGTON) –Filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that the influence of money in politics will propel Mitt Romney to a victory over President Barack Obama in this year’s election.

In an interview with Huffington Post Live on Thursday, Moore said he believes if the election were conducted in an “American Idol” format where “America could vote from their couches,” then Obama would win the election easily.

“Mitt Romney is going to raise more money than Barack Obama. That should guarantee his victory,” Moore told HuffPost host Josh Zepps. “I think people should start to practice the words ‘President Romney.’ To assume that the other side is just a bunch of ignoramuses who are supported by people who believe that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs 6,000 years ago is to completely misjudge the opposition

Read more: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/08/30/michael-moore-predicts-president-romney-in-november/

Marco Rubio Gaffe: Government Over More Freedom at RNC Speech

Source: policymic

Marco Rubio delivered a powerful address at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, ahead of Mitt Romney's acceptance speech, but his great speech was cut short by a bad gaffe in which he directly contradicted his message.

In the final sentence of his speech, Rubio told voters that he dreamed about the day when there will be more "government over more freedom," with Mitt Romney in office. He clearly meant the opposite, that Republicans want more freedom over more government.

Convention goers were surprised by the remark. According to PolicyMic correspondent Nick McNiff, "The Rubio misstep about more government over more freedom really threw everyone off."

How the gaffe will play with voters remains to be seen. But, it was certainly confusing to listeners and goes against the Republican platform.

Read more: http://www.policymic.com/articles/13905/marco-rubio-gaffe-government-over-more-freedom-at-rnc-speech
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