From the daily archives: Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Complete text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by the Senate is now available online. You can download the PDF here.

Video of the presser:

$127 billion reduction in deficit. 94% coverage. Includes an opt-out public option compromise. I’m still unsure of this one. Seems like you could opt yourself right out of any cost savings by diluting the strength of the pool of insured.

One of the most contentions provisions of late has been the Stupak-Pitts Amendment in the house. A pretty good compromise is being offered on this one:

The Senate version […]

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Fresh from a recent fiasco that forced Sean Hannity to formally apologize to Jon Stewart on the air for using old footage of teabagger rallies to prop up numbers of lesser attended teabagger events, Fox News follows up by…

…doing it again!

Um…can we dispense with the “fair and balanced” claptrap finally?

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I was just reading a story in the Cleveland Leader about some religious nutjobs who are selling t-shirts and bumper stickers on cafe press asking people to pray for President Barack Obama to die.

Psalm 109:8 says “May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership.”

Jesus would be proud.

I just emailed cafe press at and asked them to remove this offensive material from their site. Feel free to do the same.

Update: This issue was discussed on Rachel Maddow’s show:

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Details coming soon in next week’s Independent!

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Leave Sarah Palin ALONE!

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I imagine lots of crackpots and weirdos call in to CNN and leave messages for Rick Sanchez. Most of the them never make it on the air. But I guess this one was just too good to pass up.

It’s only a few seconds long. Worth the click…

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Congratulations conservative nutjobs. You were so successful last year at making asses of yourself in public that the nice people over at Oxford are adding you to the dictionary.

Included along with lots of facebook and twitter-related terms are these wingnutty wonders:

birther – a conspiracy theorist who challenges President Obama’s US birth certificate

death panel – a theoretical body that determines which patients deserve to live, when care is rationed

teabagger – a person who protests President Obama’s tax policies and stimulus package, often through local demonstrations known as “Tea Party” protests (in allusion to the Boston Tea […]

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer  is strongly suggesting that the Ohio Democratic Senate Caucus has rejected the Ohio Senate GOP’s ideological plan. 

Sen. Dale Miller, a Cleveland Democrat on sits on the Senate’s Finance Committee, said he can’t support the Republican offer.

“This is not a real fix,” he said. “This package is not going to solve the problem.” For example, Miller said he has problems with tapping the casino license fees given that the money is earmarked for job training programs under the details of the casino state ballot issue passed by Ohio voters earlier this […]

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More from the Columbus Dispatch on the Senate GOP’s raid of the Ohio Housing Trust Fund:

The proposed raid of $30 million from the Housing Trust Fund is already drawing criticism from House Democrats who say the move is unwise as Ohio faces the worst foreclosure crisis in state history.

The fund helps pay for homeless shelters, housing programs, housing projects and home repairs for seniors. The fund, generated from fees on the sale of houses, is expected to have about $35 million per year, which is already down from $53 million.

?This would be devastating,? said Bill […]

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Even though he’s a Republican, I just called my State Senator to express my displeasure at the Senate GOP’s proposal, specifically, that they would revoke the requirement that schools provide all-day kindergarten next year, or waivers permitting, as soon as they can, but providing additional funding over what the state budget already provided to private, parochial schools.  I made a mistake in not taping the conversation with his aide, who was polite, but seemed more interested in telling me why I was wrong than listening to what a taxpayer and constituent had to say.

Here’s my question: Senator Cates has […]

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So, the Columbus Dispatch, has more details on exactly how the Senate GOP would fill the gap with less than a full freeze of the final income tax cut:

Raids $30 million from the Housing Trust Fund Removing the requirement that schools provide all-day kindergarten starting next school year, and the requirement that they meet class size restrictions. Restoring $25 million this year and $35 million next year to private, chartered schools, most of which are Catholic. The schools were hit with significant cuts in the two-year budget. Creating a commission to study state functions that could be […]

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Despite their best efforts, the Senate GOP Caucus could not unite behind an alternative plan to Governor Strickland’s proposal to freeze the implementation of the final phase of the state income tax cuts begun in 2005.? Therefore, they have resigned themselves to giving the Democrats the five votes necessary to pass their modified version of the House’s plan.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Senate GOP plan delay implementation of a majority of the tax cut with the remaining hole filled by other sources, such as the casino licensing fees being paid now that Issue 3 has […]

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