But wait, there’s more… of the LePage-Cutler bromance (VIDEO)

Tonight’s Maine gubernatorial debate had several memorable moments. Governor LePage claimed that $100,000 is “not that rich” (never mind that that’s over twice the state’s median income). He admitted that “I cannot create jobs,” while in the same breath bragging about putting 3,500 Mainers out of work through his hiring and firing power.

But we’d be remiss if we didn’t especially highlight even more touching examples of the LePage-Cutler bromance that took place tonight at USM. Eliot Cutler had the Governor’s back, snapping that “this is your problem, not the Governor’s,” while LePage went out of his way to say “Eliot, I agree with you.” But actions speak louder than words, and Governor LePage tenderly patting Eliot Cutler’s arm pretty much says it all.

Watch for yourself:

The Greedy Outsourcing Party

It’s no secret that Mitt Romney’s checkered business career was part of what doomed his election hopes in 2012. When people looked at Mitt Romney, they saw a vulture capitalist who was willing to close down American plants, lay off workers, and ship jobs overseas, so long as it helped their bottom dollar.

Having run for president, Romney’s business practices are likely the most infamous among Republican politicians, but he’s hardly alone. This year, key GOP candidates in close senate and gubernatorial races espouse the same self-interested philosophy — reaping profits while hurting American workers.

In Georgia, David Perdue’s campaign was rocked as POLITICO reported that Perdue had stated plainly in a 2005 deposition that he had “spent most of his career” outsourcing. This statement itself would have been severely damaging to Perdue’s candidacy, but what was even more detrimental, perhaps because it was so revealing, was Perdue’s dumbfounded response to the [...]

Bill Cassidy Blatantly Lies About Voting Against VA Medical Center

Listen to it for yourself — this is a direct quote from Rep. Bill Cassidy:

“Well first, I chuckle when Senator Landrieu, for example, says I voted against the VA hospital in New Orleans. I wasn’t in Congress when the VA hospital was voted on. I’m not sure if it’s a half-truth, I think it’s a lie.”

There is only one person lying, and it’s Bill Cassidy. No, he wasn’t in the United States House of Representatives at the time. Neither was the bill. It was a state legislative bill in Louisiana when Cassidy was a Louisiana State Senator. He voted against it. There isn’t much more to it.

VIDEO: The LePage-Cutler bromance blossoms

High-fives, hugs, applauding each other — the hallmarks of a certified bromance, and yet, also of the Maine gubernatorial debates, thanks to Governor LePage and Eliot Cutler’s mutual admiration society. Indeed, in response to a question last night about whether he’d sign a bill raising the governor’s pay, Cutler gushed “not mine, but I’d increase… Paul’s!” Swoon.

It’s unusual to see candidates, seemingly adversaries, palling around in a debate. But it’s less surprising that LePage and Cutler are so supportive of each other during the debates when you consider that a vote for either candidate gets you the same result: another four years of Paul LePage.

See the Maine bromance for yourself:

VIDEO: Scott Walker: Working for the Kochs, Not For Wisconsin

Scott Walker made both local and national headlines yesterday when he bluntly stated that his opinion is that the minimum wage “serves no purpose.” Thousands of minimum wage workers across Wisconsin would probably disagree with that assertion. But Scott Walker isn’t looking out for them — he’s looking out for the Koch brothers and his other wealthy allies.

And the Koch brothers are pretty pleased with Walker’s extreme agenda. His Tea Party makeover of Wisconsin has been an economic disaster that has left his reelection hopes in unexpected danger. But for the Kochs, it’s been a dream come true: massive tax cuts for the wealthy paid for by gutting education funding, an assault on public employees, a refusal to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, and the list goes on.

In fact, the President of the Kochs’ Americans For Prosperity, Tim Phillips, just told Bloomberg Politics that Scott Walker [...]

Rick Scott Delays Debate Over A Fan

At tonight’s Florida gubernatorial debate, incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott delayed – and nearly refused to participate in – tonight’s debate because of the presence of a regular old fan.

We here at American Bridge were stunned (like just about everyone else in the country following the debate). So we tried to come up with a list of reasons why Scott could have been so afraid of a fan. Here’s our best college try:

Top 7 Reasons Rick Scott Could Have Been Afraid of a Fan

1. They’re so distracting

2. They’re hard to hold onto

3. TOO MUCH BREEZE

The Massachusetts Outsourcers Vs. The New Hampshire Voters

Scott Brown’s lackluster campaign is always in need of a lift. Maybe they’re hoping for a car elevator kind of lift. That’s right, Might Romney’s coming back to town!

Brown has truly bear-hugged Mitt Romney in this campaign, and it makes sense if you think about it. Sure, Romney lost New Hampshire decisively in 2012, but him and Scott Brown have striking similarities: Two proud Bay Staters who have yielded huge profits from their roles at outsourcing companies.

Scott Brown says he won’t create one job in New Hampshire. But if you want to create jobs overseas, you can’t beat the Brown/Romney tag team!​

Background:
Scott Brown
Outsourcing

Brown Voted To Make It Easier To Outsource or Privatize State Services. In 2009, Brown voted for an amendment to the FY 2010 budget that would repeal the Pacheco law, under which an agency must demonstrate a cost saving before any state service can be out-sourced or privatized. The amendment failed [...]

Maine students react to LePage’s student loan plan (VIDEO)

Tonight, Governor Paul LePage will participate in his third gubernatorial debate, and if last week’s debates were any indication, LePage will once again trumpet his plan to address the student loan debt crisis: selling student loans to employers. LePage also raised this proposal on Monday during an appearance at the University of Maine, where students were on fall break at the time. Perhaps if he’d had the event when students were actually on campus, they would have told him what several USM students told American Bridge: it’s a singularly “bad idea” to sell student loans to employers in exchange for a tax credit.

When we asked students about Governor LePage so-called student loan “system,” the responses ranged from the bewildered “what’s the benefit to me?” to the outraged “that’s terribly sick,” and more utterances of “bad idea” than we can count. One student likened LePage’s proposal to “selling students [...]