We have a contest for Speaker of the House

Cartoon_31Fresh off engaging in McCarthyism tactics at last week’s Planned Parenthood committee hearing Inquisition in which he embarrassed himself by getting caught red-handed using a bogus chart created by Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion group, Planned Parenthood Head Shuts Down GOP Chair Over Abortion Chart (VIDEO), Rep. Jason Chaffetz has announced that he will challenge House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for House Speaker.  The man has no shame.

The Hill reports, Chaffetz announces bid for Speaker:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) on Sunday announced his intention to run to replace outgoing Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

“Today, here, I am announcing my intention to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives,” Chaffetz said on “Fox News Sunday.”

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Faith based supply-side ‘trickle down’ economics has made Arizona one of the poorest states in the country

Follow up to So how’s that faith based supply-side ‘trickle down’ economics working out for you, Arizona?

That faith based supply-side “trickle down” economics has made Arizona one of the poorest states in the country. Arizona remains among worst in poverty:

trickle downStarting from the top, an estimated 21.2 percent of all Arizonans in 2014 were at or below the federal poverty line.

Nationally, it was 14.8 percent.

That was bad enough to rank third-worst in the nation. Only Louisiana and Mississippi had higher rates.

Perhaps more worrisome, Arizona’s poverty rate went up in 2014 while the nation stayed the same.

The last time Arizona’s rate looked like the nation as a whole currently does was 2007, when Arizona ranked 10th-worst in the nation with 14.3 percent of its residents in poverty.

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September jobs report reflects slowing global economy

The global economic slowdown and financial-market turmoil are now having an impact on the U.S. economy. An ailing global economy starts to weigh on US job market:

A sagging global economy has finally caught up with the United States.

ChinaStockNervous employers pulled back on hiring in August and September as China’s economy slowed, global markets sank and foreigners bought fewer U.S. goods. Friday’s monthly jobs report from the government suggested that the U.S. economy, which has been outshining others around the world, may be weakening.

Lackluster growth overseas has reduced exports of U.S. factory goods and cut into the overseas profits of large companies. Canada, the largest U.S. trading partner, is in recession. China, the second-largest economy after the United States, is growing far more slowly. And emerging economies, from Brazil to Turkey, are straining to grow at all.

A result is that economists now expect the Federal Reserve to delay a long-awaited increase in interest rates, possibly until next year.

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(Update) California’s minor political parties appeal ‘top-two’ electoral system to U.S. Supreme Court

Earlier this year I posted about California’s minor political parties appeal ‘top-two’ system to U.S. Supreme Court:

In January of this year, the Court of Appeal of the State of California (1st District, Division 1) upheld California’s “top-two” primary electoral system in the case of Rubin v. Padilla (.pdf):

StopTop2We affirm the trial court’s dismissal of the action. Given the structure of California’s “top-two” electoral system, minor-party candidates have no right to appear on the general election ballot merely because they have made a showing of significant public support. The role played by the general election under the former partisan system is fulfilled by the primary election in the top-two system, and there is no material barrier to minor-party participation in the primary election. Further, the failure of minor-party candidates to appear on the general election ballot does not substantially burden their members’ rights of political association and expression, and California’s interest in expanding participation in the electoral process is adequate to justify any burden that may occur. Lastly, because California’s electoral system treats all political parties identically, plaintiffs’ claim that they are denied equal protection of the laws is groundless.

This is a sweeping dismissal of minor political party rights and limiting the choices of voters in a general election.

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