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Nevada Speaker-Elect Ira Hansen Steps Down After His Extremism Is Exposed

Hansen keeps a Confederate battle flag on the wall where he writes
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The incoming Republican speaker of the Nevada State Assembly, Ira Hansen, is stepping down from the post after the Reno News & Review brought to light his history of amazingly overt racism and bigotry.

“Politics of personal destruction win. I need to step down,” Hansen wrote in the email. “I hope that you all know that the Ira that you have known through these years and weeks is the real Ira and not what the media is painting me to be.”

“You are a great group that can hopefully do great things and my staying will harm the caucus,” he added. “I wish you all the best. Thanks for hanging tough through these difficult past days. If this were just about ‘me’ I would fight this out to the bitter end, but it is going to harm all of you.”

And of course, Hansen maintains that he’s the victim of a smear campaign and his words were distorted.

For the greater good of the State of Nevada and the cause I support it is necessary for me to withdraw as Speaker Designee. The tens of thousands of people who both read my columns and listened to my radio shows through two decades in the media know this has been a carefully orchestrated attack to remove a conservative Republican from a major leadership role in State government. The deliberate character assassination and the politics of personal destruction have totally distorted my views and record. Ultimately, this whole attack has very little to do with my views. The powers that be are planning a massive, more than one billion dollar, tax increase and I stood in the way as Speaker. I have already served two terms as an Assemblyman without any of these vicious attacks. It was only when I had risen to leadership that this smear campaign occurred. That is the real reason for this and it is vital the public understands that.

It’s a little hard to “distort” views like these, however:

Hansen has said he keeps a Confederate battle flag on the wall where he writes his columns. “I fly it proudly in honor and in memory of a great cause and my brave ancestors who fought for that cause,” he wrote.

Hansen tends to use the term “Negro” and often does not capitalize it. In one column, he described Washoe Republican Sen. Maurice Washington (whom he supported) as black but in the same column called President Obama (whom he opposes) a “negro”—lower case.

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House Intel Panel Benghazi Report: No There There

Last call for the Benghazi Disco
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In today’s episode of the Great Republican Benghazi Boogaloo, the House Intelligence Committee told the right wing noise machine to stop. Just stop it already. House Intel Panel Debunks Many Benghazi Theories.

Not that they will.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria.

In the immediate aftermath of the attack, intelligence about who carried it out and why was contradictory, the report found. That led Susan Rice, then U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to inaccurately assert that the attack had evolved from a protest, when in fact there had been no protest. But it was intelligence analysts, not political appointees, who made the wrong call, the committee found. The report did not conclude that Rice or any other government official acted in bad faith or intentionally misled the American people.

The House Intelligence Committee report was released with little fanfare on the Friday before Thanksgiving week. Many of its findings echo those of six previous investigations by various congressional committees and a State Department panel. The eighth Benghazi investigation is being carried out by a House Select Committee appointed in May.

Watch Live: President Obama Announces Executive Action on Immigration

New programs will affect more than 4 million people
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President Obama Announces Immigration Reform Speech on Facebook

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Certain to be the cause of a major eruption of right wing craziness, the President announced his speech on immigration reform tonight on Facebook, and with a post at the White House blog by Josh Earnest: Tune In: The President Addresses the Nation on Immigration Reform | the White House.

Our immigration system has been broken for decades — and every minute we fail to act, millions of people who live in the shadows but want to play by the rules and pay taxes have no way to live right by the law and contribute to our country.

So tomorrow night, President Obama will address the nation to lay out the executive actions he’s taking to fix our broken immigration system. You can watch the President live tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET at whitehouse.gov.

This is a step forward in the President’s plan to work with Congress on passing common-sense, comprehensive immigration reform. He laid out his principles for that reform two years ago in Del Sol High School in Las Vegas — and that’s where he’ll return on Friday to discuss why he is using his executive authority now, and why Republicans in Congress must act to pass a long-term solution to immigration reform.

We’ll be there with a live video thread, of course.

Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Stalls in Senate

Landrieu is political loser of the week
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Our government news of the day is a shocking act of Democratic obstructionism in the Senate, where the bill to authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was narrowly defeated today.

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday defeated a bill, 59 to 41, that would have approved the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, rebuffing a Democratic colleague, Senator Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana, who had hoped to muscle the legislation through in advance of her uphill runoff election fight back home.

Forty Democrats and Angus King, independent of Maine, voted against the bill, with just 14 Democrats joining all 45 Republicans in support of the oil pipeline.

The battle over approving the pipeline, which will carry petroleum from the oil sands of Canada to the Gulf Coast of Texas, ultimately became a proxy war for the Louisiana Senate seat, where Ms. Landrieu and Representative Bill Cassidy, a Republican, are locked in fight for votes in their oil-rich state ahead of a Dec. 6 runoff election.

The bill is sure to come up again in the new Senate, but it would still be unlikely to get the 67 votes needed to override a Presidential veto. The real loser in this vote is Mary Landrieu, who fought hard to get Democrats to support it and lost — and now may lose her Senate seat.

Conservatives Are SHOCKED at GRUBER!

Fake
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MIT economist Jonathan Gruber has caused a giant fake outrage

Today the entire conservative media machine woke up in a fake rage, screaming GRUBER! GRUBER I SAY! DIE OBAMACARE DIE!

Many are pretending to be outraged that MIT economist Jonathan Gruber actually was paid for his work. Charles Krauthammer is pretending outrage at the fact that bills are often written to mislead; he’s never heard of such a thing before, apparently, and wow is he ever shocked!

And the National Review has at least four articles hyperventilating over GRUBER! and his outrageous behavior, which is how they usually act when a Democrat talks like a Republican.

But the bottom line on this enormous burst of GRUBER! is that it’s not gaining traction with the public.

And Now, Gruberghazigate, Electric Boogaloo Edition

And there came a pale Gruber
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The entire wingnut universe is screaming in unison, as is their wont, over the SMOKING GUN that’s finally going to DESTROY OBAMACARE, and its name is … Gruber.

Jonathan Gruber, who apparently said something rather impolitic about the Affordable Care Act; he admitted that parts of the bill were written to be … less than clear. In particular, they tried to avoid using the word “tax.” And Gruber publicly used the word “stupid” to refer to American voters, which of course one must never do.

Wingnut Twitter is yelling that the media aren’t covering it enough, but they always do that whenever they have a nice juicy fake outrage — and that’s what this is. It may not be very smart to admit it (because this kind of pearl-clutching is what happens) but anyone who didn’t already know government legislation is sometimes written deliberately to obscure the truth has never read a piece of government legislation, or tried to figure out if a local ballot proposition actually does what it says it does. This ain’t news, and both sides do it all the time.

And it won’t “kill” Obamacare, no matter how much Gruber-related noise the Wingnut Unison Chorus makes.

Confederate Flag Wavers *Heart* Mia Love

A Dixie flag in Utah
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More: Mia Love Tries to Be the First Black Republican Woman in Congress

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Mia Love is staring out at a sea of white faces. Just as she did the night before, and the night before that. It’s the same story here in Lehi, Utah, at the Lehi Legacy Recreation Center, where kids are learning karate in the room next door; the same story at the South Jordan Library, 14 miles away; the same story at a rally in the shadow of the Juab County Fairgrounds, “Home of the Ute Stampede,” where banner ads promote an upcoming demolition derby and a group of teenagers are huddled around a picnic table, agreeing that they don’t have a problem with gay marriage, as long as nobody tries to turn them gay.

White, white, white. In nearly every room Love enters as she stumps her way across Utah’s 4th District on a quest to become the first black female Republican in Congress, she is not just the only black person there. She’s the only person of any color, unless you count farmer tans.

This 39-year-old, Brooklyn-born daughter of Haitian immigrants and former mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, seems completely at home in a crowd of mostly old white dudes. What’s more, she gets a warmer reception here than when she made a speech at the University of Chicago Law School in 2013. Her advisers had urged her to stay way the hell away from the Windy City. “That’s Obamatown,” they told her. “Those people will eat you alive.”

After she spoke in Chicago, a black woman in the audience got up and said, “I don’t understand how you can be a black female living in Utah as a Republican in today’s America.”

Love came back with Martin Luther King Jr.

“I told her I wasn’t elected in Saratoga Springs because of my race or my gender or my heels. I was elected by the people there because I had a plan and a vision to get us financially stable,” she said. “Think about people like Martin Luther King. Imagine if he decided to fit into this mold that society told him to fit into. Imagine if he just listened to the government when they told him he was a second-class citizen.”

More at Newsweek

That photo has to get in everyone’s face.

h/t Lumberhead

UPDATE at 11/7/14 2:55:13 pm by Charles Johnson

A closer shot of that Confederate Battle Flag:

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How to Buy an Election

“Shocked by how much the establishment was willing to spend”
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A big factor in the Republican mid-term victories: Big Money.

And they vowed to pick up the beat again in 2016, even as the party’s conservative wing pledged costly and damaging primary battles in response — starting with the presidential race. “We’ve entered a season of bloody Republican primaries where conservatives try to pick off Republicans and where Republicans try to pour as much money into the primaries as possible,” said Erick Erickson, the conservative blogger who allied with tea party groups that challenged establishment Republicans.

Erickson has become a leading voice of the tea party resistance to an attempted quashing by the business wing of the GOP, which grew weary of the brinkmanship championed by conservative Republicans in Congress. He has consulted with like-minded donors and he said “most of the conservatives I talked to were rather shocked by how much the establishment was willing to spend.”

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