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Republicans Stunned After Trump Reveals That His Presidential Campaign Is Broke

Jason Easley | May 28 2016 | PoliticsUSA

When Donald Trump told Republicans that his campaign had money, it was a lie. In meeting with Senate Republicans, Trump’s campaign privately admitted that they have no money and will not be able to run television ads until after the GOP convention in July.

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When Donald Trump told Republicans that his campaign had money, it was a lie. In meeting with Senate Republicans, Trump’s campaign privately admitted that they have no money and will not be able to run television ads until after the GOP convention in July.

The Washington Examiner reported:

Donald Trump’s campaign has alerted Senate Republicans that he won’t have much money to spend fending off attacks from Hillary Clinton over the next couple months.

The notice came when Paul Manafort, Trump’s senior advisor, met with a group of Senate Republican chiefs of staff for lunch last week, sources familiar with the meeting told the Washington Examiner. The admission suggests that Trump will be far more dependent on the GOP brass for money than he has led voters to believe, but it’s consistent with his reliance on the Republican National Committee to provide a ground game in battleground states.

“They know that they’re not going to have enough money to be on TV in June and probably most of July, until they actually accept the nomination and get RNC funds, so they plan to just use earned media to compete on the airwaves,” one GOP source familiar with Manafort’s comments told the Examiner.

Trump is also refusing to use his own money to fund his campaign. In other words, what Donald Trump is telling the voters is completely different from what is happening behind closed doors.

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Pathfinder Health Innovations: Kansas Isn’t Home Anymore

Pathfinder | June 13 2016

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“I can’t, in good conscience, continue to give our tax money to a government that actively works against the needs of its citizens; a state that is systematically targeting the citizens in most need, denying them critical care and reducing their cost of life as if they’re simply a tax burden that should be ignored.” – Jeff Blackwood, CEO of Pathfinder Health Innovations

I’ve made the decision. As of July, I have decided that Pathfinder Health Innovations will be moving our corporate office from Kansas to Missouri.

dickhead-300x201There are a lot of things that factor into this decision. For one, the company has outgrown our current space. There are no seats left, and we have new employees coming on every month. The state of Missouri is also helping us with some tax incentives, but these are minor considerations.

More importantly, there’s a motivation of conscience that factors into it, too. It’s not so much that I’m moving the company to Missouri as I’m moving it away from Kansas.

Please note – this is a personal blog post, reflecting my views on the performance of the Kansas government, and specifically Governor Brownback. It should not be interpreted as the views of the company, our investors or employees other than me.

In recent years, Kansas has become a battleground for conservative ideals. Traditionally, Kansas was a moderate state, with the governorship switching every other election between Democratic and Republican governors. But the election of hyper-conservative Sam Brownback as governor heralded a new age of far right wing ideology.

It wasn’t just that Brownback was conservative; it was that he is seen as a tool of the Koch brothers and ALEC, a conservative think tank and lobbying organization. Brownback used his influence and funding to eliminate “moderate” republicans from the Kansas legislature and install his hand-picked conservative cronies.  He couldn’t do the same with the Kansas Supreme Court, which has ruled a number of the conservative legislature’s laws as unconstitutional, so Brownback’s administration decided to threaten to cut off funding to the court system and is actively pursuing legislation to impeach the Supreme Court.

Kansas has become a test center of “trickle down” economics, espoused by economist Arthur Laffer during the Reagan years. Nowhere has there been as thorough an implementation of Laffer’s policy recommendations… and nowhere has there been as dramatic a failure of government.

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It Turns Out the Koch Brothers Took an Interest in the VA Hospital System

BY CHARLES P. PIERCE | MAR 11, 2016 | Esquire

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A great number of people out there will tell you that there is nothing that unusual about how the Koch Brothers are slinging around their money in an attempt to refashion government at almost every level to conform to their dystopian concept of civilization. There are even people who will point to their various charitable endeavors as though these were somehow acceptable penance for their unceasing campaign to deform the country into something they can keep in their poolhouse. Then again, there’s also someone like Alicia Mundy, who comes along and explains that, yes, the Kochs are every bit the conniving plutocrats that you think they are, and that, yes, they want everything and are half on the way to getting it.

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Illinois’ Manufactured Budget Crisis

by Anthony DiMaggio, published February 11, 2016 at Counterpunch

Much nonsense has been spewed by local media in Illinois about Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” and his alleged efforts to save the state from runaway spending and taxes. Most of this vomit is from the Chicago Tribune’s editorial page, which makes no bones about the paper’s love affair with Rauner since he rose to prominence in 2014. A closer look at Illinois’ budget and finances, however, demonstrates that, contrary to Rauner’s claims, the ongoing inability of state Democrats and Republicans to pass a budget has little to do with whether it can “afford” previous spending on social programs.

Illinois has been without a budget for more than half a year now, as Rauner, Democratic Speaker of the House Mike Madigan, and Democratic Senate President John Cullerton are at loggerheads over issues such as spending levels, taxes, and state labor laws. Illinois Democrats have traditionally relied heavily on organized labor for campaign contributions and votes, but the party itself has a horrid record of representing working class interests. Current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has an atrocious history when it comes to worker’s interests, particularly related to his education policy. Under Emanuel, the city continued the trend started by the previous mayor Richard Daley in shutting down public schools in favor of privately run, publicly subsidized charter schools. Academic studies suggest these charter schools function no better academically than public schools do, but this hasn’t stopped Illinois Democrats from pursuing their fantasy of a privatized education system. Emanuel has shut down more than 50 public schools since he took office, and has called for shutting down another 80 moving forward. Twenty percent of the city’s schools are now privately run charter schools. Mass public school closures provided much of the impetus for the Chicago teacher’s union strike of 2012. Since charter schools are non-union, their growth provides a clear material motivation for public school teachers to resist Emanuel’s privatization effort. Aside from charter schools, Emanuel’s other education policies are also anti-labor – including the introduction of “merit pay” for teachers (it already exists for city principals), which ties teacher pay to student grades, the destruction of tenure, cuts in teacher salaries, and high-stakes performance-based funding (which was shown to be a spectacular failure under “No Child Left Behind”). These policies prompted the teachers union to vote in December 2015 to authorize Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) leaders to consider going on strike, which would mark the second strike in the last four years. Support was overwhelming, with 88 percent of CTU membership voting in favor of strike powers, and against Emanuel’s reactionary education policies.

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Phyllis Schlafly Gets Shredded By Madison Kimrey In Her Latest Open Letter

by Madison Kimrey, published May 29, 2015

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Dear Phyllis,

It’s been a year since the last time I wrote to you. How have you been? I’ve been busy trying to help create a future of justice and equality for the young women of my generation. I still shop at Victoria’s Secret. I just heard that you went on the radio recently where you said, “Women like to marry a man who makes more than she does, so then she can take time off and work fewer hours when she has something she’d rather do like have a kid and look after her children. So the pay gap, really, is something that women like.”

Really, Phyllis? Do we really have to go here again? Do you still not understand the concept that marriage is an equal partnership? Do you really not understand that not all women are married, want to be married, or even if they are married want to have children? Do you not understand that even if a man makes more than his wife, his income might not be enough to support a family alone? Can you not grasp that because marriage is an equal partnership, partners can decide for themselves how to share responsibilities and that it’s not always women who choose to work fewer hours and spend more time looking after the children? It seems you do understand that same-sex marriages exist, even if you don’t understand them very well. So what about those marriages that don’t even involve a man at all?

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Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly From 13 Year-Old Madison Kimrey

by Kimberley Johnson, published April 17, 2014

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Dear Ms. Schlafly,

I’m a teenage girl who has been reading about you quite a bit in the news lately. It seems to me that you have absolutely no idea what women of my generation are all about. I can understand that because I often deal with older people who think that their generation is superior and my generation is the worst thing ever just because we’re different. Really though, I think since you want to be all up in the public eye, it would really do you a lot of good to understand things from the perspective of one of the young women who will be taking over this country soon.

I’ve been thinking about how I can explain what feminism means to my generation in a way you might not have thought of before. I wanted to try to work from something we have in common, and it’s been kind of hard to find something I have in common with you. Then, it came to me. I bet you wear a bra.

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Phyllis Schlafly: Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years

picture-966by Carole Joffe, University of California, published April 17, 2014 at RH Reality Check

 

“The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.”

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Phyllis Schlafly, speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2011. (WikiMedia Commons)

The above quote is from a recent column by Phyllis Schlafly, arguably the nation’s, if not the world’s, most famous hater of the feminist movement. I had not seen mention of her in the media for some time, and this column has caused me to reflect both on her long career and her relevance. Her column also sparked thoughts about the larger problem that U.S. conservatism has had in finding credible spokeswomen.

I confess to some grudging admiration for Schlafly, given that at nearly 90 she is still active politically—but that is the only thing about her I can admire. Ever since the 1970s, Schlafly has devoted her considerable energies to vilifying the women’s movement and those who identify with it. Here are some of her positions on various items of the feminist policy agenda:

On marital rape:By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.”

On sexual harassment:Non-criminal sexual harassment on the job is not a problem for the virtuous woman except in the rarest of cases.”

On domestic violence: “When marriages are broken by false allegations of domestic violence, U.S. taxpayers fork up an estimated $20 billion a year to support the resulting single-parent, welfare-dependent families.”

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