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John Oliver: Forget The Senate, These State Elections Are Really Going To Screw Us (Video)

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Tomorrow's the big election, and while most of the hoopla is about who's going to control the Senate, John Oliver would just like to remind you that 1) No matter who's in charge, the Senate isn't going to get a damned thing done, and 2) a lot of the serious political fuckery is going on at the state level, where people are trying to get elected by running campaign commercials like the one above, from Montana, featuring "an old man stabbing a child to death with a flag." (The same ad also includes the candidate saying how much he loves the Constitution -- over a photo of the Declaration of Independence.)


And the states are also where the nice folks at ALEC (with funding from the Koch brothers) are helpfully writing a surprising amount of legislation for them -- which is how we got "Stand Your Ground" and any number of identical gun laws and abortion restrictions. And that, it turns out, is worth some comedy journalism, especially when you consider that most of us pay no attention to what the bastards are up to.

Let's change that, shall we? These people are freaking nuts.

Bonus fun game: See if you can keep track of how many of these stories were covered right here on Yr Wonkette!

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It's the night before the two-night Democratic primary debate extravaganza, and we're already tired. Turns out having 20 candidates spread across two nights when only six or eight of them matter is not the must-see TV we all thought it was going to be! But that's not to dissuade you from getting excited! We're excited! We're so excited! We're so ...

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Lately he's been blowing smoke from another orifice.

After a cursory examination of the TWELVE filings in the case against California Congressman Duncan Hunter just in the past 24 hours, we can confidently declare that that guy is a fucking idiot. The prosecutors have him by every last one of his short and curlies -- which is what happens when you use your campaign credit card to pay for hundreds of thousands of dollars of ski trips, video games, tuition, and plane tickets for the family rabbit.

A rational human being would have pleaded down a year ago and given up his congressional seat, since he could cash out and make a lot more money as a lobbyist anyway. But not Duncan Hunter! He made the federal government chase him down and document every last carton of cigarettes, round of tequila, and Uber ride of shame home from his many girlfriends' houses in a 60-count indictment filed last August. And still this dumb sumbitch refused to admit he was caught, even after his lovely wife (and co-conspirator) Margaret Hunter flipped on him this month -- which is what happens when you use your campaign credit card to carry on multiple affairs and you piss off the US Attorneys enough that they put every 7 a.m. Uber ride in your indictment.

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