Republicans Are Clinging to Power in Wisconsin. Expect to See More GOP Power Grabs.

The anti-democratic moves to strip power from incoming Democrats are now officially part of the Republican playbook.

Source: Republicans Are Clinging to Power in Wisconsin. Expect to See More GOP Power Grabs.

Texas Cops Seize Anti-GOP Sign From Homeowner’s Lawn | Techdirt


As one does in this age of social media telegraphy, outraged parties brought this to the attention of a local politician with a sizable following — Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller — who dumped his own petrol on the partisan bonfire by posting it to Facebook and calling it an example of “Democrat sleaze.” He also claimed the picture was supposed to be “Judge Kavanaugh’s young daughter” — a claim made without supporting evidence but with the amplification of 738,000 Facebook followers.Shortly thereafter, Marion Stanford began receiving threats. Unfortunately, this is the predictable part of the backlash. Stanford also received a visit from local law enforcement, which was a bit less predictable. But they weren’t there about the threats. They were there about the sign, as the Dallas Morning News reports.

Source: Texas Cops Seize Anti-GOP Sign From Homeowner’s Lawn | Techdirt

Author of GOP Tax Plan Says Children’s Health Insurance Program Is Held Up “Because We Don’t Have Money Anymore”

THE LEAD AUTHOR of the Senate Republican tax plan, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah, said that the federal government no longer has the money to fund the popular Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP.“The reason CHIP is having trouble [passing] is because we don’t have money anymore,” Hatch said. “We just add more and more spending and more and more spending, and you can look at the rest of the bill for the more and more spending.”CHIP is an $8 billion program. The Senate bill passed in the early hours of Saturday morning includes $6 trillion in tax cuts, financed by $4.5 trillion in tax hikes elsewhere. Hatch, though, promised CHIP would still pass. “We’re going to do CHIP, there’s no question about it in my mind. It has to be done the right way,” he said.

Source: Author of GOP Tax Plan Says Children’s Health Insurance Program Is Held Up “Because We Don’t Have Money Anymore”

Lindsey Graham on Obamacare Repeal: I Had No Idea What I Was Doing


SENATE DEMOCRATS AND their progressive allies spent the last week-and-a-half in a full-blown mobilization against an existential threat to the Affordable Care Act.Now that it has fizzled out, the lead author of the measure, known as the Graham-Cassidy bill, has an admission to make: He had no clue what he was doing.“It’s been the most amazing journey of my life. I’ve taken the eye off the ball on terrorism, I’m just amazed the whole planet hasn’t crumbled because I wasn’t on it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said of the weeks he’s spent leading the health care repeal effort.

Source: Lindsey Graham on Obamacare Repeal: I Had No Idea What I Was Doing

Michigan Governor Unleashes “Citizens United on Steroids”


Less than six hours after its passage by the Republican-controlled state legislature, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law this week a measure that, effective immediately, allows candidates to raise unlimited sums of money for super PACs, which can then promptly spend that money supporting those candidates—or attacking their rivals.It also allows consultants to simultaneously work for a campaign and a super PAC at the same time, making a joke of the supposed independence of the two groups.

Source: Michigan Governor Unleashes “Citizens United on Steroids”

So Much for States’ Rights — GOP Senator Wants to Ban State Single Payer In New Health Care Bill


LOUISIANA REPUBLICAN SEN. John Kennedy plans to use the most recent effort to repeal and replace portions of the Affordable Care Act to push an amendment that would bar states from enacting their own single-payer systems, he told reporters on Monday.When asked by The Intercept on Tuesday about the status of his legislation, Kennedy said that the bill’s co-sponsors, Sens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Bill Cassidy, R-La., told him that the measure already bans single payer, but that he was welcome to offer his amendment either way.“I don’t think states should have the authority to take money from the American taxpayer and set up a single-payer system,” Kennedy said. “Now some people think that that’s inconsistent with the idea of flexibility. But that’s what the United States Congress is for. I very much believe in flexibility, and I know the governors want flexibility. But it’s our job to make sure that that money is properly spent.”

Source: So Much for States’ Rights — GOP Senator Wants to Ban State Single Payer In New Health Care Bill

Georgia GOP Rep. Tells Former Colleague She May ‘Go Missing’ Over Criticism of Confederate Monuments


A Georgia advocate for removing confederate monuments gets a not-so-veiled-threat from a GOP lawmaker.

Source: Georgia GOP Rep. Tells Former Colleague She May ‘Go Missing’ Over Criticism of Confederate Monuments

Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward


Just as the House Republican bill to slash much of the Affordable Care Act moved forward, some lawmakers started trading health care stocks.

Source: Republican Lawmakers Buy Health Insurance Stocks as Repeal Effort Moves Forward

Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK


A Republican lawmaker who voted to eliminate Internet privacy rules said, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet” when asked why ISPs should be able to use and share their customers’ Web browsing history for advertising purposes.

Source: Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK

Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK


ISP now stands for “invading subscriber privacy,” Democratic senator says.

Source: Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK