Open! Thread! 2/25!

- If you’re going to have an ACA horror story, it would be nice if that story was based in fact. But that’s probably too much to ask.

- It’s also important to emphasize going forward that the pre-clearance requirement in Section 5 was far from obsolete. Because of the nature of elections, before-the-fact challenges to vote suppression are far more effective than after-the-fact ones. Once a state has conducted an election, it becomes much more difficult for the courts to order remedies. A pre-clearance requirement is not sufficient, but it’s a crucial part of voting rights protection, and Congress should not concede this issue to the Supreme Court going forward.

- The King County Council officially put the measure to save Metro on the ballot.

- Transportation Advocacy Day is coming up. I still haven’t got my Transportation Advocacy Day tree, or done most of my Transportation Advocacy Day shopping.

- Several years ago Washington legislators arrived at a sensible compromise, requiring districts to include measures of student growth in their evaluations of teachers – but leaving it to the districts to decide what that actually meant. It’s a good system that should be given time to be properly implemented. But Duncan insists that teacher evaluations be directly linked to specific test scores, even where states have chosen not to do so.

- I still don’t understand Bitcoin, and I’m genuinely sorry for the people who lost money here, but, you know, there are reasons for regulations on actual money.

Comments

  1. 1

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Slimeball Cops Dep’t

    “Police in a small California town colluded with a towing company to impound the cars of poor people and then sell the vehicles for profit or keep them when the owners couldn’t pay, prosecutors said Tuesday. …

    “Three of the current King City police officers, the former chief and the towing company owner were charged with embezzlement and bribery ….

    “The victims were economically disadvantaged persons of Hispanic descent who were targeted by having their vehicles impounded, towed and stored ….”

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us.....say-n38771

  2. 2

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The NFL is indicating it may move the next Superbowl to another state because of an Arizona law that legalizes discrimination against gays.

  3. 4

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Ted Nugent (why does anyone pay attention to him?) has apologized for calling the President of the United States a “subhuman mongrel,” but he still thinks it’s okay to call the
    President of the United States a “communist.”

  4. 5

    Ted With No Nuggets Needs to STFU spews:

    Ted Nuggets is deficient in intellectual analysis of current events, but we don’t call Ted Nuggets a republican redneck retard, now do we? Do we? I do :)))

  5. 6

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Republican redneck retard … hmmm … has a nice alliterative ring to it, and it’s factually accurate … has possibilities …

  6. 7

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Next time someone tells you we have to give the rich more tax cuts so they’ll create jobs, show them this article and tell them this is how the rich spend their tax cuts.

    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news.....68791.html

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: I’ll pay $48.8 million for a chunk of concrete with graffiti on it, too, if you give me a $1 billion tax refund.
    It creates jobs for cement workers and spray paint manufacturers!

  7. 8

    Puddybud spews:

    Hey HA DUMMOCRETINS… Why is Scary Land Deal Reid stopping the minimum wage hike since he lords over the senate?

    The Nevada Democrat made the surprising move amid escalating Democratic resistance in the wake of a Congressional Budget Office report released last week estimating that hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could cost the equivalent of 500,000 jobs by late 2016.

    Down right amazing how Harry Reid acts these days!

    http://thehill.com/blogs/floor.....-wage-vote

  8. 9

    Puddybud spews:

    “Police in a small California town colluded with a towing company to impound the cars of poor people and then sell the vehicles for profit or keep them when the owners couldn’t pay, prosecutors said Tuesday. …

    mmm… When Roger Idiot Wabbit posts something without the usual Republican slanted attack it can only mean these slime balls are DUMMOCRETINS!

  9. 11

    Puddybud spews:

    Puddy read the whack job Rachel Madcow (Mooo!) loved by HA DUMMOCRETINS everywhere. Puddy noticed How Rachel “covered” the Julie Boonstra story… Problem is as Puddy wrote in another thread, Rachel’s math doesn’t add up. All Rachel and Glenn Kessler do is add the “supposed” numbers up. Obummercare hasn’t begun. There is supposition into Mrs Boonstra’s costs. There is nothing covering her meds costs.

    So HA DUMMOCRETINS… When you ever your health insurance plan and discovered it doesn’t work the way you were led you to believe what did you do? You petitioned the insurance company. Well with Cass Sunstein, Dr Ezekiel Emanuel and others leading this fiasco, who you gonna turn to when Obummercare fails you? This plan hasn’t even begun and Rachel forgets Obummer’s primary lie “if you like your plan you can keep it”!

    See ya later you Madcow loving morons!

  10. 12

    Puddybud spews:

    Puddy already delivered the Time Mag article where cancer patient meds costs won’t be covered. Yet the HA DUMMOCRETIN leadership just automatically accepts anything from Rachel Madcow!

  11. 13

    Ekim spews:

    12. SPAWN OF SATAN spews:
    SPAWN OF SATAN already delivered the Time Mag article where cancer patient meds costs won’t be covered.

    You referring to the poison pill provision put into the ACA by your RETHUG HACKS? Then you must agree it should be removed from the ACA.

  12. 14

    Ekim spews:

    Oh look, from our insurance commissioner

    Individual health market projected to top 300,000 by March 31

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington state’s individual health insurance market – both inside and outside Washington Healthplanfinder (Exchange) – is expected to expand to more than 300,000 people by March 31, 2014, according to information reported by health insurers to the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and figures provided by Washington Healthplanfinder.

    “The individual health insurance market has always been one of the most vulnerable markets in our state,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. “This was especially true before the Affordable Care Act. These numbers show that enrollment is working—and not just for Apple Health. People who buy their own health insurance, either with or without a subsidy, are getting covered.”

  13. 15

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The obnoxious bill passed by Arizona’s obnoxious Republican legislature that authorizes businesses to refuse service to gays is a no-brainer. Any governor with any scruples would instantly veto it. But Arizona’s obnoxious Republican governor — facing warnings from major businesses that they will boycott her state if she doesn’t — still has to think about it. What’s more, she needs help with thinking about it.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/n.....ights.html

    Well, being a Republican, obviously she’s facing political blowback if she doesn’t go along with the gay-bashing crowd. She says she wants to “do the right thing for Arizona,” but a governor who truly wanted to do the right thing wouldn’t represent such a constituency in the first place. In other words, wouldn’t be a Republican. Being a Republican is fundamentally inconsistent with doing right. That’s her problem; we all make our choices in life, then live with them. What’s clear is that if Jan Brewer vetoes this bill, she will have done so because she was forced to, not because she wanted to. In other words, she’ll still be a Republican jackass who thinks it’s okay to discriminate against people because of who they are.

  14. 16

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    But Duncan insists that teacher evaluations be directly linked to specific test scores, even where states have chosen not to do so.
    It’s a bad scheme. It’s going to lead to too many teachers and schools only teaching to that set of tests and doing their best to find a way to remove any slower or troubled kid that could bring down their score. It’s in their economic self interest. Sure they could be actual teachers but cost them pay advances or even their jobs. We complain bitterly about the the quality of our eduction and focus on the wrong things.

  15. 18

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a former Replican member of Congress, has a plan to reduce health care costs: Changing federal law to allow hospitals to turn people away from emergency rooms.

    Why yes, that is a way to cut medical spending: let the poor die. It begs the questions, where should the sick and uninsured go to die?

    The ER is a terrible way to get care, but we seem unable and unwilling to figure out how to pay and change to a lower cost system.

  16. 20

    Ekim spews:

    18. No Time for Fascists spews:

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a former Replican member of Congress, has a plan to reduce health care costs: Changing federal law to allow hospitals to turn people away from emergency rooms.

    That is good. Kill a Reagan law so he can, you know, lock the E room doors. What other alternatives does he have?

    This is an important topic for Deal, given that many hospitals in rural Georgia are caught in the financial pinch caused by the governor’s refusal to expand Medicaid rolls, and the Affordable Care Act’s reduction of federal cash for indigent care.

    Oh yeah, he fucks his fellow Georgians in the ass and then doubles down he fucks his fellow Georgians in the ass again.

    I’m sure the SPAWN OF SATAN approves.

  17. 21

    Ekim spews:

    @19 Love this line from your link:

    A day after Washington, DC, lobbyist Jack Burkman announced that he would push for legislation to prohibit the National Football League from employing gay players, one of his clients has severed all ties with him.

  18. 26

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    She DID NOT say she vetoed the bill because discrimination and gay-bashing are wrong. She DID NOT say gays are entitled to the same civil rights as everyone else. She said she vetoed it because it ignores her legislative priorities.

  19. 27

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    @23. I had a co worker worker try to make a climate denier comment when I commented about the cold snap back east. With a smile I told him that it’s not global warming, it’s climate change and Alaska is 15 degrees too hot for winter and there is record flooding in Britain. He said it was cyclic and it was sunspots and they used to think that we were going to have global cooling. With a big smile I told him he was right, science shows that in about a hundred years, we SHOULD be going into another ice age, but about a hundred years back, the data went off the charts toward warming in a way they had never charted in 40,000 years of data.
    He was looking for a fight, and I kept smiling and giving him facts. Didn’t change his mind, but I didn’t give him an inch.

  20. 28

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    In Mexico, the government is proposing reforming the railroad concessions that came into being with the break up of Nacionales de Mexico. The major concessions are owned by Kansas City Southern de Mexico(a subsidiary of the US railroad Kansas City Southern), and Ferromex(30% owned by Union Pacific)/Ferrosur.American and Chinese interests are lining up to take advantage of the open access, but the railroads still have 14 years, according to the franchises with little competition. FERROMEX/FERROSUR are owned by Carlos Slim, richest man in Mexico, and possibly the world.

    http://www.railwayage.com/inde.....channel=00

  21. 29

    EvergreenRailfan spews:

    While we are arguing over increasing the minimum wage to between $10.10 and $15 an hour, the Swiss will be voting on May 18th on a minimum wage of 22 Swiss Francs an hour. That’s $24.80 an hour. Currently the Swiss have no minimum wage, although the canton of Neuchatel recently adopted one, and that was only 20 Swiss Francs an hour.
    http://www.thelocal.ch/2014022.....nomy-chief

  22. 30

    Puddybud spews:

    You referring to the poison pill provision put into the ACA by your RETHUG HACKS? Then you must agree it should be removed from the ACA.

    How did this happen ekimgoatcocksucka? Republicans were rejected by Nancy Pelosi and Max Baucus? What Republican put the poison pill in the bill?

    Names ekimgoatcocksucka. Can you deliver names ekimgoatcocksucka?

  23. 31

    Puddybud spews:

    Hey ekimgoatcocksucka

    Oh look, from our insurance commissioner

    from ekimgoatcocksucka’s link

    184,317 – People enrolled in individual health plans outside of the Exchange (as of Jan. 31, 2014)

    Healthcare NW sez “No adult dental care on Washington’s exchange in 2014″ Wow who knew?

    Whatatard!

  24. 32

    Ekim spews:

    30. GOATBOY spews:
    Names Ekim. Can you deliver names Ekim?

    Eh SPAWN OF SATAN?
    You’ve already acknowledged you are indeed the SPAWN OF SATAN. And you want more names? How about OVULIS SATANAM?

  25. 35

    Puddybud spews:

    Eh SPAWN OF SATAN?
    You’ve already acknowledged you are indeed the SPAWN OF SATAN. And you want more names? How about OVULIS SATANAM?

    Where ekimgoatcocksucka? Show Puddy the admission! We all know you you are a goatcocksucka! You introduced goats to HA!

    Seems there are no names after all! Thought so!

  26. 36

    Puddybud spews:

    6,287,357 health insurance cancellations so far ekimgoatcocksucka…

    Guess you CAN’T keep your insurance after all!

    Sux to be you ekimgoatcocksucka!

  27. 37

    Ekim spews:

    31. GOATSEBOY spews:
    184,317 – People enrolled in individual health plans outside of the Exchange

    Yes GOATSEBOY, and on its way to around 300,000 by end of March. Individual health plans have long been expensive for our state. Now you can get one for a much more reasonable rate.

  28. 38

    Puddybud spews:

    @34,

    Seems you took up the crazed databaze deala’s mantra of copying other peoples posts and commentary, trying to look “cute”.

    EPIC FAYLE fool!

  29. 39

    Puddybud spews:

    How can that be ekimgoatcocksuckagoatse? Remember Puddy called you the goatse! Good try idiot!

    The insurance commissioner just admitted 184,317 are not in the exchange?

    Man you are a moron!

  30. 40

    Ekim spews:

    36. GOATSEBOY spews:

    6,287,357 health insurance cancellations so far

    Please document each one so we can verify.

  31. 41

    Ekim spews:

    It is not a requirement that individuals purchase insurance through the exchange. This is something that GOATSEBOY fails to understand. OTOH, the insurance policies purchased are the same as in the exchange, meaning they meet the same minimum standards required by the ACA.

  32. 42

    Puddybud spews:

    It is not a requirement that individuals purchase insurance through the exchange.

    Oh but it is for the Obummercare numbers to count ekimgoatcocksuckagoatse! The bragging is how the exchanges have “signed” up all these people. Yet 184,317 are NOT in the exchange ekimgoatcocksuckagoatse!

    You deliver goat dung as always! Sux to be you!

  33. 43

    Puddybud spews:

    Please document each one so we can verify

    The US National press did you scumsucka ekimgoatcocksuckagoatse! You can find that numba everywhere!

    Still waiting for your documentation. Everyone knows you get your natural goat manure from the farm and the fake dung from Daily Kooks and other left wrong sites!

  34. 44

    Ekim spews:

    Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey is an upcoming US documentary television series. It is a follow-up to Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, which was presented by Carl Sagan. The new series’ presenter will be Neil deGrasse Tyson. The executive producers are Seth MacFarlane and Ann Druyan, Sagan’s widow.

    The series will premiere on March 9, 2014 simultaneously in the US across ten 21st Century Fox networks, including Fox, FX, FXX, FXM, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Nat Geo, Nat Geo Wild, and Fox Life. The remainder of the series will air on Fox with Nat Geo rebroadcasting the episodes the next day.

    Should be interesting.

  35. 45

    Puddybud spews:

    Where is the news of the black pastors calling for Eric Holder’s impeachment?

    African American Conservative Christians upholding hetero marriage! OWS Racist Fraggy would call them uppity!

  36. 46

    Puddybud spews:

    So, ekimgoatcocksuckagoatse running away.

    Bwaaaak bwaaaak!

    Gotta go now. Site visit again!

    See ya ekimgoatcocksuckagoatse and other moronic HA DUMMOCRETINS!

  37. 47

    Ekim spews:

    42. GOATSEBOY spews:
    Oh but it is for the Obummercare numbers to count

    So if I sign up for an ACA health plan policy outside of an exchange it doesn’t count as an ACA health plan policy? Welcome to GOATSEBOY world.

  38. 49

    Ekim spews:

    45. GOATSEBOY spews:

    Where is the news of the black pastors calling for Eric Holder’s impeachment?

    Where it belongs?

  39. 50

    Ekim spews:

    46. GOATSEBOY spews:
    Gotta go now. Site visit again!

    GOATSEBOY is typing wget statements again. Very impressive.

  40. 51

    No Time for Fascists spews:

    African American Conservative Christians upholding hetero marriage!

    If you don’t want to marry a man, don’t. I don’t see how my getting getting married, dilutes a straight marriage. That’s as stupid an argument as interracial or interreligious marriages dilute the concept of marriage.

  41. 52

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Yeah, I don’t get how a gay couple getting married in Boston undermines the marriage of a hetero couple living in Texass or Arizona. The latter can’t be much of a marriage if it’s that fragile.

  42. 53

    Roger Rabbit spews:

    I suppose the ultimate insult to a woman is when her hubby runs off with a guy. Or the neighbor’s dog. I guess if I were in that position my self-esteem would take a hit.