MEMO: “Inclusive?” Jeb’s Record Of Failing African Americans

TO: Interested Parties
FROM: Eddie Vale, Vice President, American Bridge 21st Century
RE:  “Inclusive?” Jeb’s Record Of Failing African Americans
DATE: July 31st, 2015

Jeb Bush is speaking today at the National Urban League conference in Fort Lauderdale, but he gave Americans a preview of his thoughts on African Americans last week when he dismissed the Black Lives Matter movement as “a slogan.” With twinges of the same Bush who said he’d do “probably nothing” for African Americans during his first run for governor, his record is chock full of indifference toward black Floridians. He repeatedly failed to respond to issues caused by his own administration’s negligence. Bush’s resume reads like the out-of-touch Republican he is: End affirmative action, purge voter rolls, disenfranchise voters, and sign a Stand Your Ground law.

With Bush’s stump speech promise to campaign everywhere, including African American churches, here’s a look at Bush’s record that he’ll have to defend:

2000 Voter Purge: Thousands Of African Americans Unable […]

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EMP Weapons Are The Least Of RoJo’s Problems: Regrets And Photoshop

Ron Johnson and friends just got caught — twice. 
They can’t photoshop their way out of this one. RoJo started his week by calling inner city kids idiots, then he hosted a “clown show” on EMPs, and now a pro-RoJo Super PAC is using (badly) photoshopped pictures of the president in campaign ads. Looks like being “schooled” by a MIT physicist is going to be the best part of RoJo’s day.

BuzzFeed: Anti-Iran Deal TV Ad Uses Fake Image Of Obama Meeting Iranian President
A new ad touting Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson’s opposition to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran features a photoshopped image of President Obama shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as well as a still from a propaganda video produced by ISIS.

The ad’s background images include a shot from an ISIS-produced video, footage of a smoldering World Trade Center, and an image of the president shaking hands with Iranian President Hassan […]

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WATCH: Jeb’s Backwards Ideas For 21st Century Workers

These days, Jeb Bush’s been talking a whole lot about “disruption” and shaking things up.

Well, his avant-garde vision for today’s workers would sure do that — but would take us all back a couple of centuries in the process.

Jeb thinks “people need to work longer hours” — but doesn’t support rules to ensure they’re fairly compensated for it. And today, we learned that he’s not too keen on “benefits and stuff,” either.

Well, where exactly does that leave us, Jeb? Because one thing’s for certain: it’s not the 21st century.

Watch the video, for more on “Jeb’s Backwards Ideas for 21st Century Workers.”

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New Research Shows Anti-Choice Group’s Extremist Ties and Potentially Illegal Activity

In light of today’s newly-released video from the extremist Center for Medical Progress attacking Planned Parenthood, here’s what new research reveals about the group with a history of subversive activities: They have ties to anti-choice extremism — including to groups that supported health worker harassment and that were sympathetic to a doctor’s killer — and allegedly performed other illegal activity.

The Center For Medical Progress — as innocently-named, as it is maliciously motivated — is, as The Huffington Post reported:

“[N]othing more than a front organization for the anti-abortion group Live Action. That is not how the IRS understood it when considering the group’s application for tax-exempt status, and not how the group originally presented itself to the public in soliciting donations.” 

That’s right: Center for Medical Progress seemingly misrepresented itself to the IRS as a biomedicine charity, whereas it is nothing more than a bona fide, anti-choice hit squad that, as The Huffington Post’s Laura Bassett put it, “appears […]

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It’s #NotJustTrump — 70% Of Republicans Agree With Him On Immigration

Fox News poll yesterday made it very clear that, despite Donald Trump’s demagoguery — or, perhaps more accurately because of it — today’s Republican Party is very much the Party of Trump:

36. Recently, presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. He said Mexico is quote, “sending people that have lots of problems…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Setting aside how Trump worded his comments, do you think he’s basically right on this, or not?

Here’s what Republican respondents had to say:

Yes, he is:         70%
No, he isn’t:      27%
(Don’t know):    3%

70% of Republicans think Donald Trump is “basically right” on immigration.

All to say, paraphrasing Miley Cyrus: It’s the Donald’s Party, he can do what he wants.

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GOP Rep. Disses NRCC For Supporting Gay Candidates

A New Jersey congressman’s reason for not paying dues to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is raising some eyebrows. Politico reports Rep. Scott Garrett won’t cut a check because he says the NRCC recruits and supports gay candidates.

That’s right. Rep. Garrett thinks the Grand Old Party is too supportive of gay candidates to get his cash. He might want to check the record, though: Republican policies on LGBT equality speak for themselves.  Just this week Republicans killed a bill to protect LGBT students from being harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


He’s not just wrong on the policy, either– Garrett might have just screwed his politics. Scott Garrrett’s seat is listed as competitive by The Cook Political Report, and when Politico asked NRCC Chair Greg Walden about supporting Garrett’s re-election effort, Walden indicated he prefers supporting Republicans that pay their dues.

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Failed Planned Parenthood Hit Job Political From The Beginning

Outrage, I say! Turns out two senior House Republicans, who went ballistic after a misleading and heavily edited video was released yesterday, had seen the video weeks ago. The chairman of the Energy and Commerce subcommittee, who’s holding a hearing, knew this was coming weeks ago but did nothing.

Keep this in mind when the House investigation comes to politically-motivated conclusions. They’ve been colluding with anti-choice hacks since before any of us even knew there was a video.

Roll Call: Lawmakers Knew About Planned Parenthood Video Weeks Ago

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Walker: Protect Children From Gay Boy Scout Leaders

On his second day of officially running for the presidency, Scott Walker suggested that gay Boy Scout leaders might abuse children. In an interview with IJ Review on the new Scout policy allowing gay leaders, Walker said:

“I have had a lifelong commitment to the Scouts and support the previous membership policy because it protected children and advanced Scout values.”

Walker supported the ban on gay leaders because it “protected children.” Not only is he dead wrong, since researchers and psychologists overwhelmingly agree that “homosexual and bisexual men do not pose any special threat to children,” his extreme positions on this, a constitutional amendment allowing states to ban marriage equality, opposing legal immigration, and more show just how out-of-touch and offensive the Republican party has become.

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Marco Rubio would make students pay more for college

Marco Rubio took the bold step of offering a plan that even he acknowledges might make some people pay more for their college degrees. He wants to set up a system where private investors could cover a student’s tuition in exchange for a percentage of their earnings after college, but clearly hasn’t thought it through.

Will it limit someone’s freedom to choose their job afterwards since a financier will be breathing down their neck?
How much uncertainty will students face about the fine print and what could get sneaked into their contract?

In his Chicago speech today, Rubio left out his call to eliminate the Department of Education, which would also drive up the cost of college by getting rid of federal student loans and Pell Grants. He did, however, re-up his extreme proposal that would likely open the door to more for-profit colleges. A prime example is Corinthian College, which recently went bankrupt and left the federal government  Read more after the jump.

Trump/King 2016


Reading a transcript of Donald Trump’s announcement speech or listening to him double-down on his immigration positions, you would be forgiven for thinking it was a Steve King floor speech.

King has a Ph.D. in xenophobia and a knack for articulating right where his party stands on immigration (far, far outside the mainstream). He also happens to be a congressman from the all-important presidential state of Iowa, and for that, he has the ear of his party’s presidential contenders. Just this past January, the cantaloupe-calved-conspiracy-theorist brought almost the entire field to kiss his ring in Iowa. Scott Walker called it “an honor.” Chris Christie called him a “friend.”

But since The Donald rode an escalator down into the circus that is the GOP primary, candidates for the White House have been worried sick about the damage he’ll will do to their brand. That’s a reasonable calculation, but hardly a principled one. […]

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