Chair Martin on Jeb Bush’s Minneapolis Campaign Stop

Jeb Bush“Today, the ‘Jeb Can’t Fix It’ tour is in Minneapolis touting failed policies that won’t work for Minnesota’s families. Bush’s campaign is built on recycled family strategies that have failed this country over and over again. 

“You don’t have to look too far back in history to see how bad a Jeb Bush presidency would be for American families. Bush wants to cut taxes for the wealthy while cutting programs that support and lift up middle class families, he would continue the Bush trend of underfunding schools and perpetuating the income inequality gap across the country, and his health care plan would take us back to the days of skyrocketing costs, lower quality care, and would take health insurance away from families in need.

“Minnesota’s families deserve strong leaders, not more failed policies and recycled talking points from presidents who left us worse off.”

5 Things To Tell Your Republican Relatives At Thanksgiving Dinner

The article  below was posted on the National Memo website on November 23, 2015. We thought it might ease some holiday interactions:

The guy your aunt met on ChristianMingle.com is going to be in such a good mood. His third “Make America Great Again” hat just came in the mail. He’s certain that his prolific Internet commenting as “RINOHUNTz69” has singlehandedly dismantled the candidacy of Jeb Bush. And the last two years of off-year elections have helped Republicans… Read More

What’s Happening with GOP Presidential Candidates

Wonder what’s happening with the GOP candidates? Here’s what happening:

Jeb Bush

Last week, Jeb Bush unveiled his health care plan, and surprise, surprise: it was another outdated and out-of-touch policy proposal. His health care plan would repeal Obamacare, which has helped over 17 million Americans gain health insurance, would increase the deficit, would lower the quality of patient care, would decrease the number of Americans insured, and would only help Jeb Bush and the wealthy like him. People noticed this, and took Bush to task for it. In addition to all this, he tried to be transparent this week by releasing the names of his bundlers, but as the Wall Street Journal pointed out, there’s a big problem: he’s defining bundlers as donors who have raised at least $17,600, a low threshold which hides who his biggest bundlers really are. So much for transparency. And to make matters even worse for Jeb, his fundraising numbers weren’t that great

More about this here: Read More

The Phony, Unprincipled War On Planned Parenthood

The following appears on the NationalMemo.com website and is by Mary Sanchez. You can find a link to the original article below.

Planned Parenthood LogoWith one careless comment, Jeb Bush revealed a fundamentally indifferent attitude toward half the U.S. electorate.

“I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” he said in a speech at the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

It was a throwaway aside in a longer blather about defunding Planned Parenthood, and one imagines that no sooner were the words out of his mouth than his cringing consultants were drafting a clarification.

The inevitable statement soon followed, admitting he “misspoke” and adding that “there are countless community health centers, rural clinics and other women’s health organizations that need to be fully funded.”

Too late. The game was on. Hillary Clinton blasted back, “When you attack women’s health, you attack America’s health.”

I don’t believe Bush misspoke. There’s something about abortion he wishes to ignore: Abortion is a women’s health issue. You cannot separate abortion from this context.

Oppose it or not — and I do — abortion is a medical procedure that ends an unwanted or health-threatening pregnancy. If we want to encourage the trend toward decreasing numbers of abortions in this country — and no one in their right mind wants to see more of them — we need to bolster women’s reproductive health services. That means Read More

Jeb Bush Doesn’t Think Access to Women’s Health Care Worth the Money

Below is an article appearing in the Guardian on August 4, 2015, authored by Sabrina Siddiqui, from Washington:

150205_POL_JebBushDetroit.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlargeJeb Bush on Tuesday questioned the need for the federal government to spend $500m on women’s health annually – and despite his best efforts to clarify the remark, Democrats seized the moment to cast the Republican presidential candidate as anti-women.

Bush, the former governor from Florida, was in the midst of discussing the controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood at the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Earlier in the day anti-abortion activists released the latest in a series of secretly filmed videos showing representatives from the women’s health group discussing fetal tissue sales.

Bush’s remarks on women’s health spending occurred when the moderator asked if Republicans in the US Congress should attach an amendment to defund Planned Parenthood to a spending bill that would keep the federal government open, a day after a standalone vote to defund the group failed in the Senate.

“The argument against this is, well … it’s a war on women and you’re attacking women’s health issues,” Bush said. “You could take dollar for dollar – although I’m not sure we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues – but if you took dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinarily fine, federally sponsored community health organizations to provide quality care for women on a wide variety of health issues. But abortions should not be funded by the government – any government, in my mind.” Read More

Another week in review for the 2016 GOP field

This week was wrought with problems for the GOP candidates. Donald Trump continued to make ugly remarks about John McCain’s military record, and the other candidates were quick to rush to McCain’s support. They did not show the same respect to John Kerry in 2004 after he was falsely attacked for his military record, in fact Jeb Bush stands by his attack on John Kerry HERE. Why do the GOP candidates feel comfortable with attacks against one veteran but not the other? Read more HERE

Here’s a recap of the rest of the week:

Jeb Bush: Last week, Jeb Bush affirmed he plans to “phase out” Medicare. He doesn’t understand the needs of this country’s seniors or the importance of quality care. If Jeb Bush becomes President, American’s that are following the rules, working hard, and dedicating themselves will not have the same benefits of seniors today. Watch the clip HERE.

John Kasich: With his announcement that he is running for President in 2016, the DNC Chair released a statement affirming that John Kasich” will continue his record of putting his own best interests ahead of the middle class.” As Governor of Ohio, Kasich cut taxes for the wealthy while putting strains on local governments to clean up his poor work. He is the last person Americans need leading for a better future. 

Scott Walker: This week, Scott Walker declared that the old discriminatory policies of the Boy Scouts of America “protected children and scout values.” By discrediting the Boy Scouts new inclusionary politics and continuing to be a vocal opponent of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, he undermines LGBT Americans and their rights in this country. He even opposed LGBT hospital visitation rights. He also has cut AIDS funding, and voiced support for Indiana’s “Religious Freedom” bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people.  

Take some time and read more, here:

Think Progress: Scott Walker and the Koch Brothers 

Another week in review for the 2016 GOP field

Another week for the GOP potential presidential field, and another week of struggles. This week, all the 2016 GOPers skipped a second major Hispanic event, this one with the National Council of La Raza Annual Conference and perhaps unsurprisingly, people noticed. So much for trying to improve their Latino outreach.

Here’s a recap of the rest of the week:

Scott WalkerScott Walker: There’s no doubt about it: Scott Walker had the worst week of all the 2016 GOPers. After prematurely tweeting that he was running for president last week, he finally formally announced his run on Monday and he has already managed to alienate hardworking Americans, LGBT Americans, and women. Not to be forgotten, of course, is that Walker also made it around to some of the early states, where he was strongly criticized, and that he has been facing increasing scrutiny for how terribly he’s managed Wisconsin’s economy. Boy, oh boy, what a week for Walker.

Take some time and read more, here:

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial: The ever divisive Scott Walker

The Hill: Walker: Minimum wage hike among left’s ‘lame ideas’

WMUR: Democratic lawmakers hit Walker on opposition to minimum wage

La Crosse Tribune: Scott Walker: Boy Scouts previous policy banning gay leaders was ‘perfectly fine’

The Capital Times: Scott Walker tells Laura Ingraham he doesn’t believe abortion should be between a woman and her doctor

Washington Post: Gov. Scott Walker savages Wisconsin public education in new budget 

150205_POL_JebBushDetroit.jpg.CROP.promo-mediumlargeJeb Bush: Jeb Bush had a pretty bad week of his own. He went to California to demonstrate his commitment to the sharing economy by “hailing” an Uber, and in an interesting turn of events, he conceded that the Affordable Care Act, which some Uber drivers utilize and which he wants to repeal, actually works. Glad he finally came to that conclusion. That being said, the Uber driver who picked him up put things back into perspective and told the world that he’s probably not voting for Jeb. While in Silicon Valley, audience members also wanted to know why he thinks net neutrality is “crazy,” and why he supports laws allowing businesses to refuse services to LGBT Americans based on their religious beliefs.

TIME: Jeb Bush Hails Uber In San Francisco, Doesn’t Win Driver’s Vote 

220px-Chris_Christie_at_townhallChris Christie: Christie’s week didn’t go very well either. First and foremost, the news broke that his stagnant poll numbers might keep him out of the first televised GOP debate. But it doesn’t end there. Christie is going to have a hard time pitching the American people on his ability to create jobs when New Jersey lost 7,400 jobs in June. Not to mention no one is letting him off the hook for creating an environment in which political retribution is an accepted part of running the state, as was made clear by the Bridgegate scandal.  

Take a look at some additional coverage of Christie’s week:

NorthJersey.com: NJ lost 7,400 jobs in June

NJ.com: Christie’s Bridgegate spin withers under scrutiny

220px-Governor_John_KasichJohn Kasich: John Kasich will be declaring for president next week, and let’s just say things aren’t going exactly the way he planned. Ohio fell from 5th to 18th in education rankings, and yet for some reason, Kasich thought it’d be wise to cut education funding.

Take a look for yourselves: 

Cleveland.com: Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes cut $33 million from Cuyahoga County school districts; find details for each Ohio district

The Columbus Dispatch: School districts hit by Kasich’s budget vetoes are left somber

Cincinnati.com: Cincy schools ‘incredibly disappointed’ with state cuts