Gary Peters loves to rail against companies that move overseas for tax purposes. He supports cracking down on offshore tax havens, voted for a bill that would crack down of offshore tax evasion, and said that the U.S. needs to keep corporations from exploiting offshore tax shelters.
But, according to his personal financial disclosure…
Earlier today, Democrat candidate for Alabama Governor, Parker Griffith, tweeted about his “vision for Alabama,” which explained nothing about his vision for Alabama.
So we fixed it for him, using a memorable quote that better represents him – the same guy who compared Alabama to an Islamic religious war. Here he’s talking about how he got stuck running for governor, explaining that he was basically the last guy left.
See the video of what he said and his full quote HERE.
Poll: Clinton’s Tenure As Secretary Of State Gets Poor Marks
A new POLITICO poll shows that Hillary Clinton’s attempt to cast her time as Secretary of State as a success during her book tour media blitz have largely failed, leaving her legacy defined by failures in Benghazi and throughout the globe.
Bill Clinton: Hillary Has No “Clear Idea” What Her 2016 Message Would Be
Despite being in politics for over 3 decades, spending 4 years as Secretary of State, and having run for president once before, Hillary Clinton still doesn’t have a “clear idea” what she would do as President and what her campaign message would be according to Bill Clinton.
Four Times This Alaska Democrat Stood Up For The EPA
The Obama EPA announced today that it will impose restrictions on Pebble Mine, a potential mining project in Alaska. Obama’s EPA is essentially pre-emptively vetoing the mine before it has even submitted its proposal.
Contrary to Begich’s rhetoric that he is a “thorn” in Obama’s side and in this case, stands up to the EPA, here are four times that Begich has stood up for Obama and the EPA.
Despite flying over Detroit, MI – the home of Netroots Nation 2014 – Hillary Clinton will not strategize with Democratic activists at the United States’ “largest progressive gathering” this weekend. Instead, she will be traveling from Connecticut to Minnesota in order to $ell her book.
Giving your own campaign $1.34 million to buy a congressional seat, including $375,000 this quarter.
Investing millions into local companies to fabricate a reputation as a job creator:
Soon after, Eldridge set up a venture capital firm, Hudson River Ventures, that has provided millions in loans and equity lines to local companies. And now the first-time candidate, who’s running his first business, is touting the jobs he’s created in the blue-collar district. (Politico)
Alaska Democrat Mark Begich made news yesterday when he claimed to be a “thorn” to President Obama. Once all the laughter died down from this ridiculous claim, folks started taking a look at Begich’s record. What they found was a follower.
This Democrat Criticizes Keystone As An “Investment In Dirty Energy” While Being Invested In Keystone
In a radio interview this morning, New York Democrat Sean Eldridge criticized the Keystone Pipeline as an “investment in dirty energy.” Guess he forgot that his husband has over$100,000 invested in TransCanada, the company building the Keystone Pipeline.
Alabama Democrat Compares His Home State To Islamic Religious War
Parker Griffith is a Democrat running for governor of Alabama.
Q: “I just have a question, about whether your change from a Democrat to a Republican and back again how that affected the people in your area of Huntsville. How much support do you have from those that are active …”
Parker Griffith: “It’s still difficult. Religion and politics are one in the same. Alabama reminds me of the Shiites and the Sunnis. Uh, so, uh, I’ve got people, I’ve got people that I see now that are very, very disappointed that I changed parties. And, but most of them are not because they’ve seen the parties change more than I changed. They didn’t see me change, they saw me change to another party, but they didn’t see me change.”
Q: “Are you seeing a greater effort to back you in your area now that you’ve … have people come together?”
Alaska Dem Claims To Be Obama “Thorn,” Votes With Him 97% Of The Time
Nobody’s buying what Alaska Democrat Mark Begich is selling. Faced with a tough reelection fight, Begich is telling anyone who will listen that he’s “a thorn” in President Obama’s, uh, behind.
This is coming from the guy who has voted 97 percent of the time with Obama. Needless to say, nobody is buying it. The Washington Post describes Begich as “not actually that well known for anything,” and:
In the Senate, Begich is a junior figure, moving through the chamber’s power structure at the speed of a mastodon trapped in a glacier. Over five years, just one of his bills has been passed into law. It renamed a courthouse in Anchorage.
And this morning, the Washington Examiner pointed out Begich has never had a vote on one of his amendments, bolstering the argument that he has not been the thorn he claims to be and, worse, has been an ineffective lawmaker for Alaska.
On MSNBC, Ron Fournier knocked Begich’s approach as “ham-handed”:
How Natalie Tenant’s Top Surrogate Elizabeth Warren Tried To Leave Coal Miners “Out In The Cold”
Elizabeth Warren, who will be campaigning with Democrat Senate candidate Natalie Tenant in coal-rich West Virginia, has not only fought for President Obama’s war on coal, but as an attorney, Warren actually represented a firm that was trying to deny health benefits to coal miners. Among Warren’s opponents in the case were the Clinton Administration, current-AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and none other than Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who Tenant is running to replace. Rockefeller said at the time Warren’s client could leave coal miner retirees “out in the cold.”
Wonder how Natalie Tenant feels about her liberal teammate’s role in fighting to deny coal miners their health benefits. The full 2012 Boston Globe story here.
Warren also helped write a petition to the US Supreme Court for LTV Steel in the 1990s, assisting the former industrial conglomerate in its fight against a congressional requirement that it pay millions of dollars into a fund for its retired coal miners’ health care. …
The Coal Act was passed in 1992, to finance a fund for the long-term health care of retired mine workers and their families.
The case involved the question of whether LTV, which was emerging from bankruptcy when the Coal Act took effect in 1993, could be forced to pay out more money after its bankruptcy was completed. Warren argued that the company’s obligations under the Coal Act should have been addressed as part of the bankruptcy. …
[O]pponents, including the Clinton administration, argued that LTV and other companies challenging the statute were trying to take advantage of the bankruptcy laws to avoid their responsibility. And mine workers and their advocates also argued that if LTV or any other company tried to avoid paying into the Coal Act fund, the entire fund could collapse.
“No exception should be made to this act,” Richard Trumka, then president of the United Mine Workers, told a congressional panel in 1993. “When it unravels, you will have roughly 200,000 miners and beneficiaries out there that will lose their health care.”
Senator John D. Rockefeller IV, of West Virginia, made a similar argument, telling the panel that retirees, whose average age was 77, could be left “out in the cold” if firms won any exemptions from the law.
AUDIO: O’Malley Tacks Left, Rebuffs Hillary On Border Crisis
In a clear rebuke of Hillary Clinton’s stance on the border crisis, potential 2016 foe Martin O’Malley told reporters that children coming to the United States from Central America should be able to stay in the U.S. because “we are not a country that should turn children away and send them back to certain death.”
Last month, Clinton said children illegally immigrating to the U.S. from Central America “should be sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in their family are” because “we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws”
Udall Bites The Hand That Feeds Him When He Attacks Bloomberg
In a Rolling Stone interview, Michael Bloomberg trashed two Colorado communities, calling them “as rural as you can get,” and questioning the existence of roads in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. Why? Because a couple State Senators disagreed with him on a Second Amendment issue. Classy.
Hoping no one would notice the fact that Bloomberg has spent millions in ads defending Udall, Udall’s spokesman tried to distance him ( second time this week!) from the disparaging remarks by attacking Bloomberg:
“Not since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie attacked Colorado’s way of life has an east coaster gotten us so wrong. Christie and Bloomberg should stick to what they know best: traffic jams and tiny sodas. Mayor Bloomberg is way off base about Pueblo and Colorado Springs, two of Colorado’s strongest and proudest communities.”
Leaving On A Jet Plane… And Taking A Press Secretary
The NY Daily News reports that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is heading to Italy for a 10-day family vacation.
The trip will be “the longest vacation by any Big Apple mayor in recent memory. Even soda-snatching billionaire Michael Bloomberg preferred to ignore his mayoral duties from the close comforts of Bermuda during weekend getaways.
But don’t worry, he’s bringing his press secretary (and a few other city aides along with his NYPD security detail), just in case something like the LIRR transit strike or another wave of shootings pops up while he’s gone.
Clinton Promised Blackwater Crackdown, Gave Them Over $500 Million Instead
Today The Huffington Post reported that the State Department gave Blackwater over $1 billion since a 2007 incident that involved Blackwater’s top official in Iraq making death threats against a U.S. government investigator reviewing the company. Blackwater has a controversial history which led then-Senator Hillary Clinton to vow to crackdown on the company. In 2008 Clinton cosponsored legislation to “ban the use of Blackwater and other private mercenary firms in Iraq.” Later in 2008 she also issued a press release that “blasted” the State Department, then under President Bush, for renewing its contract with Blackwater.
However, according to The Huffington Post, “ More than half a billion dollars was set aside for the firm [Blackwater] and its subsidiaries by the State Department under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
$500 mil + in taxpayer money is quite the “crackdown.” Just think much government $$$ Clinton will give to the long list of special interests the Clinton’s are on the take from. Hard to imagine this is a person who would stand up to those special interests in the White House.
While Obama was in Colorado campaigning for Mark Udall – even though Udall was staying away, as far away as he could – the president praised Udall, saying he was not an ideologue and that they did not agree on everything.
“And Mark Udall is a serious person who is trying to do the right thing and who has the values that we share. He is not an ideologue. He doesn’t agree with me on everything.”
Udall’s not an ideologue? He doesn’t agree with Obama on everything?
That must come as a surprise to Coloradans, who have watched as Udall has consistently voted with Obama. Throughout Obama’s presidency Udall has been nothing but dependable, voting with Obama 97 percent of the time. In 2013, Udall voted with Obama 99 percent of the time.
But, yeah, Udall isn’t an ideologue and he doesn’t agree with Obama on everything. He just agrees with Obama 99 times out of 100.
Dem Congressman Produces Most Extravagant Wedding Video of All Time
It’s wedding season! For most folks, that means seeing old friends and celebrating the exciting future of two newlyweds.
But apparently for “the other half,” like Congressman Sean “Everyman” Maloney, it means elaborate fireworks displays and drones to film the day’s events in idyllic Cold Spring, New York! Drones! Maloney even brags about it on Twitter:
At a time when some elected officials avoid lavish displays of wealth, Maloney and Florke were not shy about having an ostentatious wedding bash.
The wedding video, shot by Propellerheads Aerial Photography, begins by panning around a massive upstate New York home to a large in-ground swimming pool, nestled in the quiet Hudson River valley. The Temper Trap lays the soundtrack with “Sweet Disposition.” It’s basically a much happier version of The Shining’s opening credits.
KY Senate Ad Claims Man Is From A Make-Believe Town
It’s widely been acknowledged that in Alison Lundergan Grimes’ first attack ad, she misled a senior to lie about her opponent’s voting record.
But the fact-checkers didn’t stop there. Grimes introduces longtime Democrat Don Disney in the ad and explains he’s from Cloverlick, Kentucky. But when fact-checkers started looking for Cloverlick, they couldn’t find it.
Why? Cloverlick doesn’t exist! WAVE 3 in Louisville reports:
Disney said his address is actually listed as Cumberland, Ky., not Cloverlick, as the Grimes ad references. Reality Check had been unable to find a town named Cloverlick, Ky.”
Maybe the better question is did anyone watch this thing before it shipped to TV stations?
The circus that is a Martha Coakley’s candidacy has tried to walk the tightrope of criticizing failures in state government without stepping on her BFFL, Governor Deval Patrick’s, toes too much. This week, however, she peeved the Governor when she criticized his mismanagement of the drug lab crisis.
During a meeting with Lowell Sun’s editorial board Coakley said, “I don’t think under a Governor Coakley you would have an Annie Dookhan,” said Coakley. “I don’t think under a Governor Coakley you would have a New England Compounding.”
Dookhan has been convicted for tampering with evidence at the drug lab and jeopardizing thousands of criminal convictions.
Governor Patrick responded to Coakley’s remarks saying, “When Martha Coakley is governor, I hope for her the good fortune of not having anyone commit a crime on her watch.”
Along the campaign trail, Coakley has praised the Governor and said, “we have the opportunity now to build on the great work of Deval Patrick.”
Coakley has even tried to distinguish this campaign from her failed 2010 run for the U.S. Senate by bragging that this time around she is using the team that got Deval Patrick elected. It looks like part of that strategy is throwing your friends under the bus.