Ayotte steps into a “mostly false” on women’s healthcare

Kelly Ayotte is rehashing an outdated conservative bill in a recent op-ed that would make birth control up to 600 bucks more expensive per year and cost women around the country more than $480 million.

One big problem for Ayotte – it’s the same bill that Cory Gardner sponsored last year when his argument that it would make birth control “cheaper and easier for you” was deemed “mostly false.” No surprise that the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Planned Parenthood oppose Ayotte’s bill.

As Planned Parenthood noted last year, this over-the-counter option for the birth control pill is Ayotte’s shiny object to distract from backwards Republican policies that would limit access to contraception she supports, like:

Repealing the Affordable Care Act, which currently provides birth control at no cost;

Supporting the Blunt Amendment, which gives employers the right to deny coverage for birth control and other preventative services;

Supporting Hobby Lobby, which allows private companies to unfairly […]

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Professional Political Loser Rick Santorum Joins the Bloated GOP Field

With all the momentum of a sloth moving up a branch, Rick Santorum is announcing his formal bid for the presidency today. Coming off of losing his Senate seat in 2006 by a crushing 17 points and an ill-fated run for the White House in 2012, Santorum is back to squeeze out the last vestiges of support he has from the Tea Party. The former Pennsylvania senator has already been pushing his particular brand of social conservatism on the GOP 2016 field and the spotlight-seeking politician won’t be letting up anytime soon. While the poll numbers might exclude him from the “big-league” debates, Santorum’s knack for extreme stances proved enough to win him Iowa in 2012 and will keep the rest of the field watching their right this time around.

Take a look at Santorum in his own words:

On limiting legal immigration: 

“Medium income in going down. Why? Part of the […]

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Jeb Gets Four Pinnochios on ISIS, Takes on More Water Over W

Jeb Bush is taking on still more water as he struggles to avoid his brother’s disastrous political legacy. First, the Washington Post Fact Checker awarded Jeb four Pinocchios for his botched attempt to pass the blame on his brother’s mess in Iraq:

Bush seems to have fallen prey to Washington conventional wisdom, in which ISIS suddenly emerged into consciousness in the past year or so. That may be fine for armchair analysts or journalists. But that’s little excuse for a presidential candidate, who might have to grapple with this problem if he or she is elected president.

Instead, Bush flatly stated as fact that ISIS did not exist when his brother was president — and that al-Qaeda in Iraq was wiped out when Obama took office. Both statements are false and worthy of Four Pinocchios.

And don’t take it from us or the Washington Post:  Republican Senator […]

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Four-day work week is the only good news for Bush

Jeb Bush hasn’t been able to recover since his stumbles on Iraq two weeks ago. He ended last week with a lackluster speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, where he placed sixth in the straw poll, and begins this week with more evidence that he’s trying and failing to create space with his brother. It’s the first day of a shortened holiday week and Jeb is off to a bad start.

Bush flip on offshore drilling:

The Washington Examiner caught Bush lying in his latest attempt to create space with his brother on offshore drilling. Bush is only making enemies here – after opposing offshore drilling (big base problem), he flipped to line up with W. to support it (general election problem), but is accusing a Politico reporter of misrepresenting his position this month (reporter problem).

In the end, Bush’s original position against offshore drilling will create […]

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SRLC Roundup: GOPers can’t help but talk extreme social issues

The Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City dealt the latest blow to Jeb Bush after coming in sixth in the straw poll while Ben Carson ran away with first. The race to the right continued with Bridge catching Scott Walker and Rick Santorum threatening to close the door on legal immigration. Bush is so scared of W’s shadow that he starts off speeches telling the crowd how much he loves his brother (and his policies, we’d note.) Bobby Jindal couldn’t help but remind voters about how extreme the GOP slate of candidates is with Indiana-style RFRA discrimination laws, Hobby Lobby, and his belief that the Republican Party shouldn’t be supporting big business.

Take a look at the highlights from the week:

Scott Walker
“Wake up” that immigrants have “other motives” than jobs. 

Chris Christie

Calling to raise the retirement age.

Jeb Bush
“I’m proud of my brother”: 

Bobby Jindal
Joking about how gun control […]

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Jeb’s Rhetoric on W. Crashes Into Reality

Memo to Jeb:  You can run from W all you want, but you can’t hide from your record.

From Politico’s Florida Playbook:

Overall, bottom-line budget spending increased nearly 46 percent in his eight years in office, growing from nearly $48.9 billion to about $71.3 billion. The state’s debt increased as well (in part due to voter-approved environmental and class-size reductions measures)….

‘BIG GOVERNMENT REPUBLICAN?’ – “Fiscal Policy Report Card on America’s Governors: 2006,” by Cato’s Stephen Slivinski: “Real per capita general fund spending has grown an annual average of 5 percent over the past two years, making Bush one of the biggest spending Republican governors in this report card. Bush is seen by many as an attractive candidate for higher office. He certainly has a solid record on taxes. But the one glaring question that his second-term budget record has produced is whether he’s turned into a big government Republican.” 

From MSNBC’s Maddow Blog:

The […]

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New Web Ad: ​WEDC: Walker’s Extravagant Donor Charity

American Bridge is hitting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker with targeted web ads wrapping up the latest in a series of ongoing scandals at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation…or is it Walker’s Extravagant Donor Charity?

The ads are targeting the Southern Republican Leadership Forum in Oklahoma City, and have been running since yesterday.

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