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N.H. Men Don Pearls To Show Moms Who Oppose Gun Murders Are Stupid And Dumb

Pearls on swine.

Moms Demand Action is a grassroots organization that advocates for sensible solutions to gun violence (i.e. not more guns). Concerned citizens came out to the New Hampshire State House today to show their support for House Bill 687. The "red flag" legislation would help keep guns out of the hands of people who are an immediate threat to themselves and others. Gun rights advocates hate HB687, probably because it would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, whose money is as good as anyone else's.

Women shared heart-rending stories about the personal impact of gun violence on their lives. Meanwhile, some of the male pro-gun lawmakers thought it would be cool to wear strings of cheap pearls to mock the Moms Demand Action volunteers. Happy Women's History Month! We guess Turning Points USA bogarted the diapers.

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Sex

New NC GOP Congressional Candidate Gonna Stuff Your Ballot Box ... WITH SEXXX SECRETS

North Carolina really knows how to pick 'em.

GOP congressional candidate Stony Rushing -- the dumbass gun range owner endorsed by Mark Harris in the Republican primary for the do-over election for North Carolina's district nine seat -- certainly has a fascinating history, as detailed by Judd Legum at Popular Information. The Boss Hogg-cosplaying county commissioner is a fan of conspiracy theories, and accuses Democrats of being ultimately responsible for the election fraud scandal that caused the state Board of Elections to order a new election, even if all the cheating was done by Republican operatives. So it shouldn't be the least bit surprising to find Rushing has a seriously stupid little dirty tricks game in his own past. How did you guess it involves the family-values Bible humper getting caught up in a sex affair? He even admitted that much in a sworn deposition, so ain't no "allegedlys" about it.

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Post-Racial America

Maryland Dem Has No Idea How That Racism Fell Out Of Her Mouth!

She'd warned fellow lawmaker about campaigning in 'n word' district, but un-Bowdlerized.

Maryland Democrat Mary Ann Lisanti finally fessed up Tuesday to using a racial epithet to describe a legislative district in predominantly black Prince George's County. She's been stripped of her leadership position and will take some BS "sensitivity training." Maybe she'll also watch Roots.

Last month, Lisanti was kicking back at an Annapolis cigar bar, where nothing positive ever happens. She told another white lawmaker that when he campaigned for someone in Prince George's, he was "door-knocking on a n---r district." She must've been so wasted she'd forgotten to use the appropriate gentrification euphemisms like "sketchy" or "poor schools." Delegate Jay Walker, who is black and represents the n---r district in question, witnessed Lisanti's use of the slur. Things escalated, as they are wont to do, from there.

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Elections

Mark Harris Drops Out Of NC-9 Election Do-Over, So Boss Hogg Will Have To Git Those Duke Boys

Real Piece of Work to replace Real Piece of Work.

Poor Mark Harris won't ever go to Congress now. After the North Carolina State Board of Elections voted last week to hold a new election for the Ninth Congressional District, Harris announced Tuesday that his health is simply too frail for him to face the rigors of campaigning. Especially since last week's vote came following testimony showing how a campaign operative hired by Harris had engaged in systematic tampering with absentee ballots in two counties, and that Harris's OWN SON had told him it was illegal.

Thank goodness Harris found a successor to endorse: Union County Commissioner Stony Rushing, a rightwing nutjob who blames Democrats for Harris's trouble and has a penchant for (no, really) cosplaying as Boss Hogg, the fictional corrupt county commissioner from "The Dukes of Hazzard."

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Science

Meet Daryl. Daryl Loves Carbon Dioxide. Daryl Hates When Gays Make Him Gay With Their Gay Elbows. Hi, Daryl!

Pennsylvania's official heterosexual science-understander, everybody!

In a hearing last week, Pennsylvania state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe explained why he opposed any efforts to reduce greenhouse gasses: he just really really loves plants and vegetables, which need carbon dioxide to grow, so take THAT, you crazy radicals who want to completely eliminate CO2 from our Earth's atmosphere! We suppose there is some irony in the fact that without a certain amount of CO2, you couldn't even grow yourself a straw man, either.

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Cops Behaving Badly

12-Year-Old Reporter Makes Arizona Cop Look Like Doofus, Because He Is One

Best 'enemy of the people' story all week!

Hilde Lysiak, the publisher and chief reporter for the Orange Street News in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, took a small stand for freedom of the press this week. During a visit to Patagonia, Arizona, Lysiak brought her readers and the internet the story of an Arizona cop who thought he was a big old Mister Man and could boss around a member of the press, just because she's 12 years old and rides a bicycle. We have no doubt she'll be getting ignored by Donald Trump before his term is over. How neat is this kid? The Arizona Republic reports she's the "youngest member of the national Society of Professional Journalists."

The Hilde and Goliath story blew up on social media after Lysiak posted video of Patagonia's town marshal, Joseph Patterson, telling her it was illegal to record his face and put it on the internet. He was, of course, not right about that. Lysiak writes that she had been riding to check out a tip Monday when Patterson stopped her and asked for her ID. She told him she was a reporter, and he replied, "I don't want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff," then added he was "going to have you arrested and thrown in juvey."

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Guns

Nevada Has Crazy Idea: After A Massacre, Pass Gun Laws. Is That Even Legal?

This is the future liberals want.

In 2016, Nevada voters passed a ballot initiative that would have required background checks for all firearms purchases in the state, closing the loophole that allowed purchasers of guns from private, unlicensed sellers to avoid scrutiny. But under the state's Republican leaders at the time, former Gov. Brian Sandoval and former Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the law was never enforced, because they didn't like it and also said the FBI couldn't be forced to do all the background checks. But with a huge Dem majority in both houses following the 2018 election, the state Lege passed a new bill almost identical to the 2016 initiative, but with the background checks to be done by the states. Nevada's new Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolack signed it into law February 15.

Mind you, there was a lot of whining from the Republican minority about infringing the Holy Second Amendment, and it's true the shooter in the 2017 massacre in Las Vegas had passed a federal background check when buying his guns, but that hardly means background checks don't work. An average of 600 gun sales a year are blocked in Nevada because would-be purchasers are found to be ineligible to own a gun. The top two reasons for denying those sales are convictions resulting in a prison term, and records of domestic violence. So much for the idea that background checks are pointless, huh?

Now the lege is gearing up to introduce additional gun laws, and we say good for Nevada. Among the proposed ideas from Democrats:

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Science

Republican Lunatic Will Give Montana Its Very Own Science, Hooray!

That is the face of knowing stuff, for sure!

A Republican state legislator in Montana has some great ideas about to protect his state from the depredations of Big Science: Just declare climate change fake and move on. State Rep. Joe Read of Ronan (population 1,871, the wee little sister of your editrix's big town of Polson, pop. 4000ish) is not a big fan of so-called "climate science," and in 2011 introduced a bill declaring climate change, if it's happening at all, beneficial to Montanta's economy. Surprisingly, it didn't go anywhere, but at least Read got mocked in the national press, and by one of his Democrat colleagues in the lege at the time, who said the very idea was "ludicrous" and called the bill "a waste of the Legislature's time." Now, Read is back with more important freedom legislation, and has has introduced a pair of blockbuster bills that would allow Montana to secede from both federal regulation and from scientific reality, because that is how you deal with the heavy hand of Big Government.

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Elections

North Carolina Ninth: SON OF A PREACHER MAN!

You guys, it got BUGFUCK INSANE.

The hearings into November's absentee ballot fraud fucktangle in North Carolina's Ninth District have taken a turn into gripping family drama. The Godfather maybe, or The Lion King. All we know is it got NUTS.

Yesterday, John Harris, the son of "winning" Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris, testified to the State Board of Elections that he had warned his father repeatedly that he believed Leslie McCrae Dowless had run an illegal ballot-harvesting operation in 2016, and that dad should steer clear of the guy, but that the elder Harris had gone ahead and hired Dowless to run his absentee ballot effort in two counties anyway. (Harris fils said he thought Harris père may simply have believed Dowless's insistence that his methods were on the up and up. Filial piety is nice, isn't it?) Today, it was Mark Harris's turn to testify, and holy crapweasels, what a display of craven cravenness! Also, there was a SURPRISE TWIST TODAY! Mark Harris suddenly realized how well and truly fucked he is, and called for a new election.

UPDATE: And now the Board of Elections has voted to hold a new election.

There is a lesson here, kids: Sometimes the apple falls a long way away from the tree. That, or maybe sometimes if a sanctimonious hypocrite preaches respect for law and doing the right thing, the kids pick that up and don't notice the parent is a hypocrite. (This lesson subject to later revelations that John Harris is himself a milkshake duck.)

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News

Mike Pence Embarasses Himself (Again). Wonkagenda For Mon., Feb. 18, 2019

Andy McCabe goes on 60 Minutes, Heather Nauert quit-fired, and LA's 'army of cats.' Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Healthcare

Montana's Medicaid Expansion Is Getting Weird

Something about Medicaid recipients being a lot like radishes. Wut?

In 2015, Montana legislators finally voted to accept the dirty federal money that came with Medicaid expansion. The program expanded in 2016 and has been a big success, with 95,000 people now getting healthcare who had previously gone without. However, because Montana Republicans are assholes for Jesus, there's a built-in time limit: The Medicaid expansion will expire June 30 unless the Lege votes to renew the program. That's inspired Montana Republicans to "improve" the state's Medicaid program by insisting any re-up of Medicaid add "work requirements," which are all the rage in wingnut-run states these days. To make sure people aren't slacking, poor Montanans would also have to pay higher premiums to even use Medicaid.

Oh, yes, and a George Washington University study released Wednesday estimated the combination of higher premiums and work requirements would kick between 31,000 and 43,000 low-income Montanans off Medicaid. That's one hell of a reform, eliminating a third to nearly half of the number who gained coverage just three years ago. But you see, Republicans are very worried that the poor may just stubbornly insist on not getting rich fast enough, so yanking healthcare away from tens of thousands of people will surely force them all to go get rich, which they would otherwise not care to do.

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Trade War

EMERGENCY! ACHTUNG! Wonkagenda For Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Trump to steal $8 billion for WALL, the TVA goes green, and Adam Schiff takes on Facebook's anti-vaxxer problem. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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SCOTUS

Checkmate, Libs: 7 Morons From Kansas Decide Gay People Are A Religion!

Which by their rules mean gay people can do ANYTHING? But ... not?

It has been over three-and-a-half years since the Supreme Court found, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that gay people have the right to marry. Most people who were opposed to this, we thought, have since gotten their divorces (because of how unspecial their marriages feel now) and moved on to yelling at trans people for going to the bathroom. And yet there are still a few holdouts, searching in the shadows for a perfect, unassailable legal argument that will reverse everything and make everything go back to the way it used to be. Back when they could look themselves in the mirror and say, "Look at you! You may not be smart, or funny, or talented in any way -- but you are legally better than an entire group of people! The law says you are special!"

Or, you know, whatever the hell is they got out of it, I don't know.

Anyway, some lawmakers in Kansas think they've finally created a bill with a genius legal argument that would not only allow them to ban same-sex marriage again, but also make it legal to discriminate against all LGBTQ people, keep trans people out of bathrooms, eliminate any government funding for gender-affirming medical treatment, and keep drag queens out of library story time. That legal argument is that LGBTQ people are actually a religion, and that by giving them the same rights as everyone else, the United States is violating the establishment clause of the First Amendment. Strange, given that people of their ilk usually deny that such a clause even exists. Plus the fact that they usually believe (and a rightwing Supreme Court has agreed) that "religion" usually means you can do whatever the hell you want. We are going out on a limb that these people are not great "thinkers."

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News

Love Your Children Well. Wonkagenda For Thurs., Feb. 14, 2019

Manafort FUXXORED, snakey Republicans throw tantrums over guns, and Fox tries to hide an anti-Nazi documentary. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat, and happy Valentine's Day! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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Science

Let's All Die Of Measles, Again!

More outbreaks, more anti-vaxxers pissing us off.

America has another batch of measles outbreaks on its hands, as well as its arms, face, back, and everywhere else. And as usual, the disease is spreading in areas where large numbers of people have opted not to get their kids vaccinated against childhood diseases that should have been eliminated decades ago. Hooray for the internet and gullible people! To add to the stupidity, rightwing idiots are spreading misinformation about measles and vaccines, because they love nothing more than going viral.

The two worst current outbreaks are in Washington (the state) and in New York (also the state). In Clark County in southern Washington, just across the Columbia river from Portland, Oregon, 53 people have been diagnosed, most of them children. Four other cases have been confirmed in Oregon's Multnomah County, as well as at least one case in King County, which includes Seattle. The Clark County outbreak was caused by an international traveler to the area, whose infection rapidly spread because the county has lots and lots of unvaccinated kids.

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News

ANOTHER Government Shutdown!?! Wonkagenda For Mon., Feb. 11, 2019.

Trump demands WALL (again), everyone is still talking about Jeff Bezos's dick pics, and so much more. Your morning news brief!

Morning Wonketariat! Here's some of the things we may be talking about today.

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