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Friday, March 7, 2014

YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: party fights get Rocky, ALEC gets sneaky

Posted on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 10:26 AM


WAIT, WHICH ONE IS DOLPH LUNDGREN? YOUR MORNING ROCKY (IV!) REFERENCE ILLUSTRATING CRIST OUT-FUNDRAISING SCOTT IS HERE: “There is a scene in the iconic movie ‘Rocky IV’ (yes, ‘Rocky IV’ is iconic, after all, it was just referenced during the U.S.’s current showdown with Russia over that county’s invasion of Crimea) in which ‘The Italian Stallion’ finally (!) lands a counterpunch on Ivan Drago.  ‘He’s cut! He’s cut!’ one of Rocky’s trainers is heard screaming as Balboa begins to land a series of punches on the once-invulnerable Russian boxer.  ‘You got him hurt bad,’ trainer Duke Evers tells Rocky. ‘Now he’s worried. You cut him. You hurt him.’ Reaching a fever pitch, Evers is now screaming, ‘You see

you see

 he’s not a machine.’ Ding, ding goes the bell and the fight resumes as part of one of film’s best montage scenes ever fills the screen.  To apply the Rocky IV metaphor to Florida’s gubernatorial race, Charlie Crist may have just cut Rick Scott. Crist’s political committee dramatically outraised Scott’s in February with ‘Charlie Crist for Florida,’ the political committee backing the one-time Republican governor raising more than $800,000, while ‘Let’s Get to Work’” the committee behind Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election bid brought in approximately $180,000.” (via Saint Petersblog)



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SPEAKING OF PARTY CONFLICTS AND GLOBAL CONFLICTS CONFLATING: “The Democratic National Committee urged party officials to go on offense against Republican ‘hypocrisy’ over the crisis in Ukraine on Thursday evening, sending out a confidential list of talking points that assailed President Barack Obama’s critics for ‘political posturing’ in the midst of an international crisis. The talking points, which one recipient shared with POLITICO, punch hard at Republicans who seek to pin Obama with blame for Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine. The GOP didn’t blame former President George W. Bush for Russian hostility toward the Republic of Georgia. ‘Republicans should put the blame for this crisis where it belongs: on President Putin,’ the memo begins. ‘In 2008, Russia invaded Georgia and leading Republicans didn’t blame the Bush administration for Russia’s invasion of a neighbor, so it’s complete hypocrisy for them to attack the Obama administration now.’” (via Politico) 


“ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” IS A HILARIOUS THING THAT REPUBLICANS SAY ABOUT THEIR OWN ‘SINKING’ CAMPAIGNS: “Their frustration had been mounting for weeks. But by late January national Republicans had had it with David Jolly, their candidate in Tuesday’s nationally watched Florida congressional special election. The candidate had just told the state’s top political reporter that he disagreed with an ad the party was airing against his Democratic opponent — a spot paid for with the nearly $500,000 the GOP had already spent on Jolly’s behalf. ‘Are you f—-ing kidding me?’ a senior National Republican Congressional Committee official told a Jolly staffer over the phone, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. “Would the Jolly campaign prefer that the NRCC stop spending money in the race altogether?” the official asked. Over the past week, a half-dozen Washington Republicans have described Jolly’s campaign against Democrat Alex Sink as a Keystone Cops operation, marked by inept fundraising, top advisers stationed hundreds of miles away from the district in the state capital and the poor optics of a just-divorced, 41-year-old candidate accompanied on the campaign trail by a girlfriend 14 years his junior. The sources would speak only on condition of anonymity.” (via Tampa Bay Times)


OK, SO NOW BILL-MILL ALEC HAS CREATED AN AMERICAN CITY COUNTY EXCHANGE TO EXTEND CORPORATE INFLUENCE INTO MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS. WONDER IF ORANGE COUNTY INSPIRED THIS?: “The extension of its techniques to city councils and municipalities across America offers Alec the chance to open up a potential source of funding that might help it solve its budgetary crisis. There are almost 500,000 local elected officials, many with considerable powers over schools and local services that could be attractive to big business. Alec makes the appeal to corporations explicit in its funding material for the new ACCE exchange. It offers companies ‘founders committee’ status in return for $25,000 a year and ‘council committee’ membership for $10,000. By joining ACCE’s council committee, corporate lobbyists can ‘participate in policy development and network with other entrepreneurs and municipal officials from around the country’. In committee meetings, lobbyists will be allowed to ‘present facts and opinions for discussion’ and introduce resolutions for new policies that they want to see implemented in a city. At the end of such meetings, the elected officials present in the room will take a vote before returning to their respective council chambers armed with new legislative proposals. Nick Surgey of the Center for Media and Democracy, which monitors Alec’s activities, said: ‘It just wouldn’t be possible for any corporation to effectively lobby the hundreds of thousands of local elected officials in the US, which until now has left our local mayors and school board members largely free from the grasps of coordinated lobbyists. Alec is now trying to change that.’” (via The Guardian)



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