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    I do believe that my attempt to have a little fun while calling out Johnson as being in the wrong here was not executed very well.
    You said "Johnson"!!



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    Re: 115th Congress. In Bridge, Can Hearts be Trumped? In Spades!

    Here comes the Republican Tax Increases.

    http://www.startribune.com/gop-propo...ram/415281724/

    GOP proposal in Congress could mean cuts to Minnesota's Medical Assistance program
    Minnesota might lose $5B by 2021 for 1 million Medical Assistance users.

    Minnesota stands to lose billions of dollars in federal funds for the state's Medical Assistance program under a proposal being considered by congressional Republicans.

    Although changes in Washington, D.C., still are being debated, the broad outlines suggest that Minnesota would take a $1.3 billion hit in 2019 that would escalate to $5 billion by 2021, according to a preliminary analysis conducted by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

    The changes in part are due to the GOP-led effort to unravel the Affordable Care Act, which provided generous funding to states like Minnesota that opted to expand health insurance to the poor. Since the ACA was enacted in 2010, more than 300,000 Minnesotans have been added to Medical Assistance rolls.

    But it also reflects a desire, championed by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other conservatives, to fundamentally change the funding formula for Medicaid, as the program is known nationally, and stem the amount of federal funds flowing to the states.

    In 2016, the cost of Minnesota's Medical Assistance program was $11.2 billion, but Minnesota paid $3.9 billion and the federal government paid most of the rest. Roughly speaking, for every dollar in Medical Assistance spending, the federal government matches that at half of the cost. The federal government also now pays the full costs of people who were enrolled as part of the ACA expansion.
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    Re: 115th Congress. In Bridge, Can Hearts be Trumped? In Spades!

    "He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people."

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    Re: 115th Congress. In Bridge, Can Hearts be Trumped? In Spades!

    "With manly firmness," does that mean he's getting an erection?
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    Re: 115th Congress. In Bridge, Can Hearts be Trumped? In Spades!

    Quote Originally Posted by ScoobyDoo View Post
    Here comes the Republican Tax Increases.

    http://www.startribune.com/gop-propo...ram/415281724/



    That's Paul Ryan's America. And it's what America voted for. Enjoy.
    You can thank the craphole to the East for that piece of trash...
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    "With manly firmness," does that mean he's getting an erection?
    Someone evidently needs to read the Declaration of Independence.
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
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    I never thought I would say this, but you are right.
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    And yet, even if Flaggy is complete tinfoil hat, every day it looks closer and closer to the truth.
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Someone evidently needs to read the Declaration of Independence.
    I've read it, but it's not suitable now. The use is highly archaic.
    "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." George Orwell, 1984

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    Interesting piece on the potential for major slippage in GOP House comfort between now and the midterms.

    The presidentís party has lost House seats in 18 of the last 20 midterm elections, with an average loss of 33 House seats in those 18 cycles. And there is some precedent for a shifting playing field under the right conditions.

    In January 2009, The Rothenberg Political Report listed 33 competitive seats (23 held by Democrats and 10 held by Republicans). Over the course of almost two years, the playing field ballooned to 107 competitive seats (98 Democratic seats and just 9 Republican seats) before Election Day, after the cycle spiraled out of control from President Barack Obama and his party. Democrats lost 63 House seats in 2010.

    In February 2005, the Report listed 23 competitive races (16 Republican seats and 7 Democratic seats). By November 2006, the playing field expanded to 62 seats (57 Republican and 5 Democratic) and Republicans lost 30 seats.
    GOP gerrymandering and voter suppression only fix elections that are fairly even. IIRC the recent estimate is they cover the GOP for up to a 6% Democratic majority in the PV. But with Trump a dumpster fire and the GOP Congress looking every day more nakedly inept and corrupt, we could be looking at a major rejection of the status quo in 2018. The Dems need a swap of 24 seats, and the average midterm loss for the sitting President's party is greater than that (33). In a normal environment the Dems would be a favorite to win the House in 2018. GOP chicanery has successfully tilted the playing field, but not infinitely.
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    Why Congress sucks so hard now, in one chart.

    That's the growth of uncompetitive districts in the last 25 years. It looks like a cancer spreading because it is.
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    Nancy Pelosi:

    2009: "We have to pass the bill to know what's in it"
    2017: http://www.mediaite.com/columnists/n...ore-it-passes/

    What a hypocritical *****.
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Russia is the new racism. https://www.infowars.com/unhinged-jo...ladimir-putin/

    Term limits cannot come soon enough.
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Russia is the new racism. https://www.infowars.com/unhinged-jo...ladimir-putin/

    Term limits cannot come soon enough.
    If it's true, which is questionable when you consider that site, I completely understand why McCain would be extra cautious with our current leadership getting chummy with the Russians. The man spent how years being tortured by an army that was largely supported by the Soviet government.
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    If it's true, which is questionable when you consider that site, I completely understand why McCain would be extra cautious with our current leadership getting chummy with the Russians. The man spent how years being tortured by an army that was largely supported by the Soviet government.
    Hate to break it to you, but Russia doesn't do communism anymore. In fact, if you look around LA-LA-land...
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Ahh crap I agree exactly with what FlagDude said.
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    I never thought I would say this, but you are right.
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    And yet, even if Flaggy is complete tinfoil hat, every day it looks closer and closer to the truth.
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    So flaggy: you win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlagDUDE08 View Post
    Hate to break it to you, but Russia doesn't do communism anymore. In fact, if you look around LA-LA-land...
    Hate to break it to you, but being tortured by a group of people backed by a group of people who still hold out the Iron Man persona as a sign of leadership will create a degree of credible caution when you've had a bad multi-year, torturous experience with them.
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    Russia may not have a purely command economy anymore, but they sure as hell still do militaristic policing, human rights violations, food shortages, and kleptocracy just fine. If Putin would only work on committing a bit more blatant mass genocide, Stalin would be proud.
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    It was an honor to present your colors, RPI. Let's Go 'TUTE!
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    I'm not happy about it either, but Flag is correct (cue the Twilight Zone music!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Russia may not have a purely command economy anymore, but they sure as hell still do militaristic policing, human rights violations, food shortages, and kleptocracy just fine. If Putin would only work on committing a bit more blatant mass genocide, Stalin would be proud.
    He needs the Ukraine to do that.

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    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...overnor-236536

    This is potentially a shakeup for both races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...overnor-236536

    This is potentially a shakeup for both races.
    What he is too afraid to run again so now he has to run for governor. (which most likely he wont win) I think it is a stupid decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Handyman View Post
    What he is too afraid to run again so now he has to run for governor. (which most likely he wont win) I think it is a stupid decision.
    Yep. Asnine.

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