Sen. David Vitter made headlines yesterday when he announced his new-found distaste for Common Core standards. The flip-flop by Vitter constitutes a transparent attempt to pander to the right ahead of his gubernatorial primary, proving his political compass is as unsteady as his moral one. Luckily for the voters, they can take a look at just how empty his new course reversal really is — here are just a few highlights of Vitter defending Common Core:
The Thom Tillis campaign is in freefall. For months and months, conventional wisdom had pegged North Carolina as one of Republicans’ best pickup opportunities in the Senate. But disarray in Raleigh under the House Speaker’s leadership, a disastrous budget overhaul that gutted education spending to give massive cuts to the wealthy, and a sustained disrespect toward women have left Tillis in a decisive hole.
Four separate polls came out this week showing Hagan up by an average of over 5 points, leading even a GOP pollster to say, “the race has unmistakably shifted towards Sen. Hagan in recent days.” So Tillis is calling in some help to stop the bleeding, in the form of one-time GOP presidential frontrunner Chris Christie.
Well the two should have plenty to talk about. They can talk about budget problems. They can talk about ethics questions. But most importantly, they can talk about how each of them took an axe to funding for education, hurting schools and angering constituents.
Thom Tillis has a lot to learn about putting his constituents first. Chris Christie is the least qualified person to teach him.Read more after the jump.
Rick Scott has a proven record as an immigration hard-liner. He promised to bring an extreme Arizona-style immigration law to Florida. He vetoed a bill to allow children of undocumented immigrants to get temporary drivers licenses.
Now Scott is desperately trying to run away from that record to court Latino voters in his tough reelection battle. This morning he signed a law providing in-state tuition to DREAMers. But when he wasn’t in campaign season, he was singing a different tune. Check it out: http://youtu.be/
Since Thom Tillis became Speaker in of the North Carolina House of Representatives, teachers have suffered. Proving his extreme conservative bona fides, Tillis’s FY2014 budget cut nearly $500 million in funding, and eliminated teacher tenure. His FY2012 budget, which was vetoed by then-Governor Bev Perdue, was projected to kill 13,000 education jobs. Now, with North Carolina’s average teacher pay ranking 46th in the nation and last in pay trends over the past decade, many teachers are leaving the state. As a result, teacher pay has become a major issue in North Carolina.
But today, we saw just how out of touch Thom Tillis is–he doesn’t even know how much a starting teacher makes in the Tar Heel State. No Thom, it’s not $50,000/year. It’s just $30,778.
FY 2014 State Budget Eliminated Teacher Tenure And Directed Taxpayer Money To Pay For Private School Tuition. According to WRAL, “House and Senate […]Read more after the jump.
Scott Walker was quick to use National Thank a Teacher Day today as an excuse for some election year pandering to educators. But Walker’s other messages to Wisconsin teachers have been far from affectionate. Did Wisconsin teachers feel appreciated when Scott Walker signed into effect the largest education cuts in the state’s history? What about when Walker limited their collective bargaining rights and forced them to pay more for their retirement and health care? Walker has even been called out for demonizing teachers.Read more after the jump.
As Governor Rick Scott delivers his 2014-2015 budget address, Floridians would do well to see Scott’s budget for what it is: A textbook case of election year pandering. While Scott’s budget plans included hundreds of millions of dollars in vague tax breaks for special interests and dramatic cuts to various revenue sources, the Tea Party governor has also discovered an election year infatuation with spending on Everglades reconstruction, child welfare, and teacher pay raises. Scott’s predilection for election year pandering is nothing new, but the extent of it in his latest budget proposal is staggering.
Scott Has A History Of Election Year Pandering (VIDEO). According to a news segment highlighting clips of Governor Rick Scott, Scott has a history of election-year pandering. In the clip, a FOX reporter states of Scott: “He’s the Tea Party Republican who slashed school funding then raised it as he prepared for re-election, after he tied teacher pay to performance, before giving out raises regardless of performance.”Read more after the jump.
Adam Hollingsworth, Steve McNamara, Tony Bennett, David Wilkins, Hunting Deutsch, Jennifer Carroll… the list of scandals and/or resignations from Rick Scott’s administration is disturbingly long. Perhaps the only things more alarming than Scott’s obviously flawed judgment when filling his administration are his repeated assertions that the aforementioned staffers were doing a “great job” while being consumed by controversy.
During his endorsement event on Tuesday, Gov. Chris Christie heaped praise on New Jersey Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan. “I am proud to have him as our candidate for the United States Senate,” Christie said. “Steve and I have believed and still believe in so many of the same things.”
So what exactly was Christie endorsing? Here’s American Bridge’s newest video:
Things just keep getting worse for Gov. Rick Scott. Tony Bennett, Gov. Scott’s handpicked Education Commissioner resigned last week after being consumed by a growing scandal from his previous job in Indiana, where he’s coming under fire for tampering with school grading systems to benefit a major GOP donor.
Where are Chris Christie’s priorities?Read more after the jump.