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DL-DSM: The Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face Edition

DL-DSM: The Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face Edition

We'll be at AJs on East Court (419 E. Court Ave.) this Thursday starting at 8pm, so come join us!

From the cutting off your nose to spite your face file, we have Republican governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal. This week, Jindal filed a lawsuit against the federal government against Common Core educational testing standards. This comes only a week after a state judge denied to repeal the standards that he formerly supported (and that his state legislature voted to use). In a thinly veiled attempt to stay in the spotlight as a presidential hopeful, Jindal now claims that the Common Core initiative violates the Constitution.

Former Republican Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson also plead guilty this week to two federal campaign crimes related to accepting payment to leave Michelle Bachmann's campaign to join Ron Paul's campaign. In December he suddenly left Bachmann's campaign and joined Paul's, accepted thousands of dollars which he hid denied from investigators. Sorenson faces up to 5-20 years in jail and a $250,000 dollar fine for both charges.

Also in Iowa, Tea Party darling Steve King has once again embarrassed the state by showing his racist stripes by threatening to attempt government shutdown if President Obama pushes for immigration reform as is planned this fall. King said that Republicans should make additional border security legislation in exchange for any government spending toward the immigration crisis.

Your Appalled But Friendly Co-Hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: The Cutting Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face Edition

We'll be at AJs on East Court (419 E. Court Ave.) this Thursday starting at 8pm, so come join us!

From the cutting off your nose to spite your face file, we have Republican governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal. This week, Jindal filed a lawsuit against the federal government against Common Core educational testing standards. This comes only a week after a state judge denied to repeal the standards that he formerly supported (and that his state legislature voted to use). In a thinly veiled attempt to stay in the spotlight as a presidential hopeful, Jindal now claims that the Common Core initiative violates the Constitution.

Former Republican Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson also plead guilty this week to two federal campaign crimes related to accepting payment to leave Michelle Bachmann’s campaign to join Ron Paul’s campaign. In December he suddenly left Bachmann’s campaign and joined Paul’s, accepted thousands of dollars which he hid denied from investigators. Sorenson faces up to 5-20 years in jail and a $250,000 dollar fine for both charges.

Also in Iowa, Tea Party darling Steve King has once again embarrassed the state by showing his racist stripes by threatening to attempt government shutdown if President Obama pushes for immigration reform as is planned this fall. King said that Republicans should make additional border security legislation in exchange for any government spending toward the immigration crisis.

Your Appalled But Friendly Co-Hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa

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DL-DSM: The Wheels Keep On Turning Edition

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This week, Republican Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to the police on two charges of abuse of authority in an attempt to oust a Democratic prosecutor. He posted a $25,000 bond. Rick Perry is the longest serving governor for the state of Texas. The indictment specified “abuse of official capacity” and coercion of a public servant”.

In marriage equality news this week, the Supreme Court of the US is weighing which petitions will be heard first and how they will be heard challenging bans from same-sex couples across the country. The Supreme Court justices will meet in late September in private to discuss how to handle the tide of petitions.

Meanwhile the city of Ferguson, Missouri has met with mass civil unrest over the August 9th police killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown. A white police officer shot Brown multiple times, with witnesses saying that Brown was running away and likely had his arms up when he was killed. A federal Justice Department civil rights investigation was ordered, and the FBI are also investigating.

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Donni, Stephen, and Thresa
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DL-DSM: I Said What Edition

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In an amicus brief filed Monday with the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 63 members of the Texas Conservative Coalition, a legislative caucus, argued that a federal judge had erred in his decision in February to strike down Texas' amendment banning same-sex nuptials. They claimed in the brief that "If the right to select 'partners of their choosing' is the criterion used to invoke marriage as a fundamental right, then marriage restrictions on age, polygamy and consanguinity are also ripe for a challenge."

Gavin Ellzey, vice chairman of the Kansas GOP's 3rd District Congressional Committee, resigned Wednesday night just hours after his tweet encouraging the offending of Muslims with a ".45" came to light in the news.

And finally, an analysis of all 50 states clearly shows the negative correlation between the conservative 'pro-business' policies and job creation and economic growth. In fact, the study shows that the more ALEC backed 'pro-business' legislation a state has in place, the worse that state performs, economically. Two separate studies confirm that the higher a state ranks on the conservative 'business friendly' policy charts, the worse it performs economically. The studies were done by researchers at University of Wisconsin and the Iowa Policy Project.

And in local news everyone's favorite conservative comic relief in the US House was back at it again this week. Rep Steve King (R-IA) accused Democrats of a secret plan to rig the upcoming election. He warned that if a Democrat was elected to the Secretary of State office, then they would use "methods that were less than honest". He further claimed "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see what they are up to."

Your already missing O Captain, my Captain co-hosts,
Donni, Stephen, and Thresa
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DL-DSM: Dreamers Edition

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In early July, in a sharply worded opinion, a federal appellate panel struck down an Arizona policy that prohibits young immigrants known as Dreamers from getting driver's licenses. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Arizona's effort to block the driver's licenses violated equal protection requirements of the U.S. Constitution and that the Dreamers are likely to suffer irreparable harm by the state policy.

House Republicans voted on Friday to strip protections from undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers, putting more than a half-million young people at risk for deportation despite their longstanding ties to the United States. the vote was about limiting Obama's power, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said. She said the language would prevent Obama from taking further action to suspend deportations, a move he is considering. "In other words, Mr. Speaker, we will put a handcuff on one of the president's hands," Bachmann said on the House floor.

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) doesn't think that the hardline stance Republicans have taken on immigration could hurt the party's standing with Hispanic voters. Instead, he thinks Democrats are hurting their prospects with white voters. "This is a part of the war on whites that's being launched by the Democratic Party." he said during an interview Monday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

And Iowa Dreamer Fever was just as prevalent with our own congressman Steve King (R-IA). At fundraiser for King sponsored by Sen Rand Paul (R-KY), he is confronted by two Dreamers who ask why he opposes their status. King grabs one of them by her arm and said, "You're very good at English, you know what I'm saying." Apparently Paul missed the entire exchange as he high tailed it for an exit. Leaving his half finished sandwich behind but not his drink.

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Donni, Stephen, and Thresa
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