Congressmen Pocan and Ellison Introduce “Right to Vote” Constitutional Amendment
This is an exciting development. The only way to secure voting rights from political attack is a Constitutional Amendment. That such an amendment is necessary, however, is a sad comment on the state of affairs in America today when political warfare rather than loyal governance dominates the political sphere.
Send Action Alerts to Congress in support of PDA initiatives here (efforts like the ERA and a financial transaction tax):
Progressive Democrats of America
Yeah, not so much…
The cover-up story relies on the premise that Obama administration officials pushed the idea of spontaneity in order to obscure the fact that they had missed warnings of planned terrorist attack. It’s plausible that someone was pushing that story for parochial reasons in these email exchanges. Perhaps the CIA put that idea in its first assessment and kept it there in every subsequent version to cover for its failure to stay on top of the al-Qaida affiliates in Benghazi, even though there was a CIA outpost there. It’s also obvious that the State Department wanted to shift blame away from its failure to protect its people in Benghazi. But there’s no evidence in the emails that the idea of spontaneity was initiated by anyone associated with Obama, the White House, or the president’s wider political fortunes. Did Obama benefit from the spontaneity narrative? Yes. But to embrace intelligence from your CIA that is favorable to you–when you have no reason to doubt your intelligence service–is not the same as making up a false story. It’s not even a sin.
Our own PJ also does an excellent job of debunking the manufactured scandal by Republicans, and there’s this as well:
As Erik Wemple points out, this contradicts the other damaging accusation from the scandal known as “Benghazi-gate.” The Obama administration’s first fumbling attempts to explain the killings put them in the context of “protests” against a viral anti-Muhammad movie. On Sept. 16, UN Ambassador Susan Rice probably talked her way out of a promotion by sticking to talking points on the event and saying a “spontaneous” protest was hijacked by an armed “clusters of extremists.” McCain and other critics scoffed at the gullibility on display. “Most people don’t bring rocket-propelled grenades and heavy weapons to a demonstration,” said McCain on CBS News, speaking immediately after Rice.
The truth lay in between the talking points and the snark. The mob that crashed the consulate was attacking diplomats. But they were able to kill our ambassador, and sow confusion, by setting fires. The heavy weapons came later.
So far, three State Department officials have fallen on their swords in response to this report. That was what investigators asked for, basically, blaming the circumstances in Benghazi on “senior State Department officials” who “demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability.” They failed to provide security before Sept. 11. On Tuesday, describing the video he’d been able to watch of the attack, Sen. Bob Corker told reporters that the compound was so wanly protected that “you or I could have walked right in.”
That doesn’t suggest a real-time campaign of cowardice. It doesn’t suggest a cover-up, either. It suggests that the neglected budget for embassy security needs a harder look in 2013. When that happens—or when it doesn’t happen—we’ll know what politicians learned from Benghazi.
As for the impact of the Republican attempts to find a coverup where none exists regarding Benghazi, the impact on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be absolutely nil.
On a related note, I’m still banned (it’s been over a year now) from commenting/asking Sebring questions on his Facebook page, and I know I’m not alone in being banned. Apparently Sebring cannot tolerate opinions that dissent from his own, which strikes me as a poor quality for an aspiring elected official to have.
According to a new report from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed rejection of a federally funded expansion of state health programs will cost Wisconsin taxpayers about $50 million per year.
The new report from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau immediately became part of the debate over Walker’s budget proposal for Medicaid programs, which is currently before lawmakers on the Joint Finance Committee. The budget panel is rewriting Walker’s bill and will send it to the Assembly and Senate early next month for their consideration.
The Walker administration had presented his plan as saving roughly $3 million compared to current law. However, the Fiscal Bureau said there would be an additional $49 million in costs – a swing of $52 million from Walker’s estimate.
In addition, thousands more people would be covered if the state accepted the federal expansion.
Yeah, that Scott Walker….he’s a fiscally responsible guy!
Comedian Lee Camp asks a good question: “Who is this economic recover really benefiting?”
Fox News has hired former Tea Party congressman Allen West to serve as a network contributor, according to a report in The Washington Post.
West served for just two years in Congress after a career in the military. Since losing his seat in Flordia’s 22nd (after being redistricted into Florida’s 18th), he has been hosting a show for “Next Generation TV,” which is owned by conservative website PJ Media.*
“Representative West’s congressional and military experience along with his fearless approach to voicing key issues will provide a valuable point of view to the Fox News lineup,” Fox News Vice President Bill Shine said in a statement.
From my email inbox:
After three-and-a-half years before the mast at the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, I’m moving on. It was one hell of a ride and I’m proud of the work I’ve done, both before- and behind-the scenes.
It was an honor to fight passionately, honestly and with integrity for the values I love that have sustained the state and Party I love, all during some pretty momentous days.
As my Church teaches me, the rich and powerful can fend for themselves. It is up to progressive institutions to stand up for the rest of us, and that’s what I intend to do as I move forward, buoyed and strengthened by the great experience of my time with the Party.
Zielinski noted that he will be working on an “exciting writing project” in the future, but he didn’t elaborate on what that project would be.
From my email inbox…
**MEDIA ADVISORY: TUESDAY, MAY 21:
JEFF DEMS TO HOST WAR ON WOMEN PANEL
FEATURING: REP. DIANNE HESSELBEIN, DPW EXECUTIVE DIR. MAGGIE BRICKERMAN, NARAL WI ED JENNI DYE, AND EMERGE WI ED WENDY STROUT** “The War on Women and how we fight back”
JEFFERSON- With an eye on 2014 and beyond, the Democratic Party of Jefferson County is hosting an event they hope will not only draw attention to legislation and policies that are anti-women and family, but look for solutions and ways to counter these attacks.
“We’re fighting battles that should have been settled decades ago, from unprecedented attacks on a woman’s right to make private health care decisions with her doctor, and restricted access to health care, to attacks on public employees who are disportionately women, under representation in government, and scapegoating working and single mothers. We have a lot of work to do” said Democratic Party of Jefferson County Chair, Erin Sievert. “It’s my hope that by bringing these issues to the surface and showing how they all fit together, that we can come up with solutions that will help get us back on the path to equality and justice for women everywhere.”
Donations for PADA, Jefferson County (People Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse), will be gratefully accepted, but not required.
WHO: Democratic Party of Jefferson County members, and interested members of the public
WHAT: War on Women Panel Discussion
WHERE: Jefferson Area Business Center, 222 Wisconsin Dr. Jefferson
WHEN: Tuesday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
I sometimes find myself at odds with my church, but Pope Francis is exactly right when it comes to poverty and the “cult of money.”
Pope Francis said life had become worse for people in both rich and poor countries, the BBC’s David Willey in Rome reports.
In a biblical reference, the pontiff said the “worship of the golden calf” of old had found a new and heartless image in the current cult of money.
He added that reforms were urgently needed as poverty was becoming more and more evident.
People struggled to live, and frequently in an undignified way, under the dictatorship of an economy which lacked any real human goal, Pope Francis said.
This certainly can’t hurt Mike Tate’s chances of being reelected as Chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.