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Colorado GOP Prepares to Play Victim Card on Congressional Redistricting

In Colorado we are entering the final 3 days of our annual legislative session, the first session in 10 years to feature a divided legislature with Democrats controlling the Senate and Republicans running the House. As we head into the final days of the session one major outstanding item remains on the agenda - Congressional redistricting.

Yesterday on Twitter I asked,

Pimeria Alta Dispatch: They Are Coming After Clean Elections...Again!

Let's start with the full disclosure: I ran as a Clean Elections candidate for state legislature in 2010, and I'm signed on as a plaintiff in the lawsuit that I am talking about.

Arizona: Well, at least it isn't boring here

Over the last few years, Arizona's two biggest exports have been some of the most misbegotten pieces of legislation since the Jim Crow era, and punchline material for late night comedians.

I've been covering Arizona politics, particularly the Arizona Legislature, for over five years now, and I can truly say that while the political tone in Arizona during that period could never be described as "moderate," the situation has deteriorated steadily.

Pimeria Alta Dispatch, 6 de Mayo, 2011

The folks here at Progressive Majority have asked me to keep all of you informed about some of the goings on here in Arizona. I come from the Southern part of the state. I note that because I’d rather not be associated with some of the characters from the Greater Phoenix area that have become the face of Arizona politics for the rest of you.

US House passes anti-abortion funding bill

Unbelievable. Sixteen Democrats broke with the party line to vote for HR3, an aggressive and sweeping legislation that prohibits tax-funded abortions. The final tally was 251 yays to 175 nays.

From Huffington Post:

Minnesota Conservatives: When you can't solve problems, create imaginary emergencies

As you know, Minnesota narrowly escaped the list of states that went "all red" in 2010. Even though both the state House and Senate flipped to Republican control, Democrat Mark Dayton won a close election for Governor. Through threat of his veto pen, he's been able to prevent the kind of attacks on the middle class that we've seen in states like Wisconsin, Ohio, and Michigan -- until now.

Connie Pillich talks HB 159 "Election Fraud" bill

In her piece on Cincinnati.com, Connie Pillich addresses the real problems behind the recent Election Fraud bill:

The simple truth is that H.B. 159 will unconstitutionally disenfranchise the poor, the elderly and women.

Become a corporation: all the rights with none of the responsibility!

Lee Camp released this hilarious video on corporations not paying their fair share.

Big surprise: Telecommunications run America

In the New York Times' article "Pay at the Top", compensation research firm Equilar took data on the top 200 companies CEO's salaries and displayed them in a "Here's the data, now draw whatever conclusions you may."

Well, my initial surpise was how much telecommunications giants like Viacom, Direct TV and Disney out spent the CEOs at oil companies. Which has brought me to the conclusion I've long held:

TV OWNS US!

Other observations:

Deregulation is GOP's game

The name of the environmental game for Republican state legislators is deregulation.

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