Happy Akin-versary!

Zero score and two years ago today, Todd Akin shook the political world with his now infamous claim that “[in the case of] a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
We could go on for hours mocking Akin’s asinine comments and his recent attempt to rehabilitate his image, which included a retraction of his apology and a slew of evidence that he still doesn’t understand why anybody was offended in the first place. 

But at this point, Akin is nothing more than another extreme Tea Party has-been. What’s far more important is that, while Akin may have had a unique flare for the offensive, his extreme positions on women’s health are anything but unique within the Republican party.

Supporting so-called “personhood” is the de facto position in today’s GOP — a position that could make common forms of birth control like the pill illegal. Many [...]

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Colorado’s Coffman and Gardner Are Two Peas in an Extreme, Bad for Colorado Pod

Last week, Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman couldn’t for the life of him remember the phrase “birth control,” while his colleague Congressman Cory Gardner unflinchingly pledged to a constituent that, if elected Senator, he would once again vote to restrict women’s access to health care services. Indeed, Colorado Congressmen Forgetful and Affirmative are two peas in a pod when it comes to limiting women’s health care rights.

In his bumbling attempt to appear sensitive to women’s issues, Coffman did manage to verbalize that he supports the Supreme Court’s recent Hobby Lobby decision, which allows certain employers to limit women’s access to birth control, as previously required by the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive mandate. Setting aside, of course, the fact that forgetting birth control is not a luxury millions of women who rely on contraceptives for family planning and health reasons can afford, consider also that Coffman’s debate blank out is coming from [...]

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New Web Ad: Thom Tillis Forgot To Tell You A Few Things

Thom Tillis released a new TV ad today telling you a few things about his background and his record. The only problem? He forgot the facts. Nearly everything Tillis says in the ad is completely undermined by the truth about his record as Speaker of the North Carolina State House. From massive education cuts and budget shortfalls to tax cuts for the wealthiest North Carolinians in a perfectly Koch-aligned agenda, one thing is clear: Tillis does not want to talk to you about his record in the legislature. It’s a record he’s obviously so proud of that in this new ad he conveniently fails to mention that he has anything to do with the very legislative body he presides over.

So we decided to help Speaker Tillis out and fill in some of the crucial context he was unable to fit into his new ad.

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Once upon a time, there was a belief that Republican governors like Rick Perry and Bob McDonnell, Chris Christie and Scott Walker, represented a bright future and a new direction for the GOP. 

Well it’s a new direction alright — courtward. Bob McDonnell may have started the scandal train, but now everybody is hopping on board. Chris Christie is jamming bridges as political retribution and Scott Walker is allegedly at the “center of a criminal scheme” to illegally coordinate campaign spending. With his counterparts embroiled in scandal and hogging attention, Rick Perry damn near lost relevance… until today.

Not to be outdone, Perry went ahead and abused his power as governor, finally getting back in the spotlight with a couple felony indictments. Phew, that was close.

There was a time when these four governors were celebrated for charting a new vision and speaking with conviction.

These days, the closest thing they have to a new vision is Rick Perry’s hipster glasses. And the closest thing they have to conviction is…well, conviction. But not the good kind.

Being a Corbett “ghost employee” is nice no-work, if you can get it

Make one call a day, send five emails a year, pass “Go,” and collect $140,000. That’s the Monopoly-esque carte blanche that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett presented to his former state education secretary Ron Tomalis.

Reports have surfaced that Tomalis has been a “ghost employee” for the past fourteen months, collecting his former cabinet salary while doing precious little work as a higher education adviser to Governor Corbett.

Pennsylvanians are understandably frustrated that taxpayer dollars have continued to pay Tomalis’ salary to do little to no work, especially in the midst of a state fiscal crisis. Tomalis is now resigning his phony post, but not after taking in more than double the median income in the Keystone State, leaving us with two questions: when is Corbett going to issue taxpayers a refund for Tomalis’ salary, and where can we sign up to become “ghost employees”?

Watch local press take Corbett to [...]

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Scott Brown: “Open” and “Unfettered” (VIDEO)

Scott Brown says a lot of things that he thinks people want to hear. Like, “I’m from New Hampshire,” for example. But unfortunately for Scott Brown, reality matters.

Recently, Brown has been touting the openness and unfettered-ness of his open and unfettered town halls. The only problem, as BuzzFeed recently reported, is the actual town halls seem to be a bit more closed and fettered than the former Massachusetts senator let on.

American Bridge had up close and personal experience. And the reality certainly didn’t match Scott Brown’s rhetoric about his town halls.

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Bruce Rauner: Refusing To Take Responsibility (VIDEO)

Bruce Rauner touts his experience as the CEO of a business as evidence he deserves to be governor. And yet when a subsidiary of said business is embroiled in scandal, Rauner takes precisely zero responsibility for their actions.

Executives at ConvergEx, owned by Rauner’s former firm, GTCR, have been indicted for defrauding stock investors and have already agreed to pay over $150 million in restitution. Rauner has tried to write off the executives at ConvergEx as a couple of “rogue employees” and absolve himself of any connection.

But Rauner’s flimsy excuse has already been ridiculed by local press. Michael Hinz at Crain’s Chicago Business puts it bluntly: “If you run a big company, the buck stops on your desk.” Moreover, he points to the fact that Rauner specifically bragged about their executive recruiting while at GTCR; in 2011, Rauner said, “we’re in two businesses: industry research and executive recruiting. [...]

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Happy Birthday!

Seventy-nine years ago today President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, marking a new page in our nation’s history that attempted to rid the widespread problem of Americans spending their golden years trapped in poverty.

Fast forward forty five years later. David Koch runs for Vice President on a Libertarian ticket that calls Social Security – already at that time a wildly successful program that has helped millions – “the most serious threat to the future stability of our society next to the threat of nuclear war.”

Today? The Republican Party, fully embracing a hard right, extreme Tea Party, Koch-fueled agenda, runs a docket of Senate candidates who would make cuts to or have otherwise attacked Social Security. While Americans old and young continue to cherish the promise of retiring with some stability, Republican Senate candidates have made their priorities clear — and protecting their Koch cash-flow comes long before [...]

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Meet Glenn Grothman And The *New* GOP

After an embarrassing cycle for the GOP in 2012 — from a clown show of a presidential primary season that saw the likes of Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain as temporary frontrunners, to Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock and friends mansplaining the intricacies of rape-induced pregnancy — Republicans knew something needed to change. So they commissioned an autopsy report that identified their shortcomings and charted a new course to broaden their appeal.

Then, the GOP promptly took that report and used it as kindling at a giant Tea Party bonfire, and continued on their merry way rightward, to the ever-shrinking base they know and love.

Tonight, the “New GOP” added its latest star: Glenn Grothman, winner of the WI-6 GOP primary.

Here’s an overview of some of Glenn’s greatest hits:

Argued that John Kerry upset God by trying to stop Uganda’s anti-gay bill
Attacked Kwanzaa as a “false holiday” that “almost no [...]

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