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Behind closed doors, Republican lawmakers fret about how to repeal Obamacare
A secret recording of a closed GOP meeting reveals a party facing sharp internal concerns about its quick push to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

yeah motherfuckers you better fret

“We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created” with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). “That’s going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”

damn straight you will

there’s this, too:

“[New York Republican representative John] Faso warned that by defunding Planned Parenthood in the reconciliation bill, “we are arming our enemy in this debate.”

Faso continued: “Health insurance is going to be tough enough for us to deal with without having millions of people on social media come to Planned Parenthood’s defense and sending hundreds of thousands of new donors to the Democratic Senate and Democratic congressional campaign committees. So I would just urge us to rethink this.”

this is why we need to keep calling and tweeting and signal boosting. every single gesture helps to create a culture where we can make our representatives goddamn terrified that they’ll lose their jobs. 

From Eden, Ch. II

She should have called already. What were the proper terms to these things? Lexa paced across the floor of her bedroom with her phone clutched in her hand, tapping against her forehead. She tried to call so many times she’d memorized the number, but every time she went to dial something came up, manufactured or otherwise, until now she was left, deep into the night with no more excuses and two days worth of apologies to make up for if she could.

There was a lot of things she had to finish. There were meetings she was actually dragged to with Anya, contracts to be signed, places to be, people to see. She should have just texted, she berated herself as she turned and strutted quickly to the other side of the room, twisting at her hips and stretching in the awkward way that people do to crack their back until she paused at the end of her epoch. Now it felt too late to text. Because if she texted now it would seem as if she should have just done it earlier and was just not getting around to it and then she’d look like it was all about the chase and that certainly wasn’t it.

With a decided turn, Lexa walked towards the opposite wall again.

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Polls Close In #GA06, Early Vote Strong For Democrat Jon Ossoff
The Democratic House candidate is flirting with the possibility of an outright win in Tuesday's primary.

ROSWELL, Georgia ― With polls closing in this suburban Atlanta congressional district, the question of whether Democrat Jon Ossoff will emerge with enough votes to avoid a June runoff is too close to call.

Democrats consolidated around Ossoff, and in the early voting out of DeKalb County, he is up, as expected, by a significant margin.

If Ossoff cracks 50 percent when the votes are all counted, he’ll have delivered a knockout blow to the field and sent shivers down the spines of scores of Republican members of the House and Senate who now suddenly face serious contests in November 2018.

If Ossoff, a former documentary filmmaker and congressional aide to Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson, falls short of the 50-point mark, a runoff with the top two finishers will be held on June 20th. He has an added handicap that several obscure Democrats are also in the race, and could hoover a tiny percentage, but just enough to keep him under the magic line of 50.

The Georgia race comes a week after a stunningly close contest in Wichita, Kansas, which Democrat James Thompson lost by 7 percent, a 20-point swing from November. In May, populist banjo legend Rob Quist faces off in Montana in another special against Republican Greg Gianforte. Both Thompson and Quist endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the Democratic presidential primary, and elements of the left coalition suspect the lack of establishment support is connected to that. Ossoff, a clean-cut 30-year-old running a fairly standard-issue campaign, seems more amenable to establishment Democrats.

But the theory that establishment Democrats ignored two races but poured money into a third has a major problem: They ignored Ossoff, too, at first. When national Democrats first looked at the suburban Atlanta race, precipitated by the nomination of former Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to be health and human services secretary, the number-crunchers in Washington weren’t sure a Democrat would even emerge from the “jungle primary” in April ― let alone that they’d be eyeing a possible victory.

The party largely stayed away at first, but grassroots donors, fueled by Daily Kos and “The Rachel Maddow Show,” poured millions into the race. National Democrats who worried about the race becoming “nationalized” could no longer use that as a rationale to stay away, and the quiet help the party had been providing Ossoff became much more public.

Still, he didn’t need much help with fundraising once his race became the one activists around the country were following, and he has raised more than $8 million so far, most of it in small increments from donors around the country. Candidates get more favorable ad rates on TV than super PACs and other committees do, so there is little reason for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to spend money on the air. (That hasn’t stopped it from blasting its donors with subject lines like “MASSIVE loss,” trying to tap into some of the anxiety about the possibility of a loss.)

With Ossoff’s race either ending Tuesday night or moving to a runoff in June, that may make room for activist attention to turn to Montana, and perhaps a special election in South Carolina to replace Mick Mulvaney, who became director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Earlier in April, Sanders told The Huffington Post he was willing to travel to Montana and campaign for Quist if Quist was amenable to it. On Monday, Quist and Sanders jointly announced he would indeed be heading out to the Blue Sky State. Sanders’ intervention may prod the national party to get involved, and will almost certainly open the spigot of small-dollar support from his organization Our Revolution. That group, founded in the wake of his presidential campaign, had endorsed Thompson in Kansas, but did precious little in the way of fundraising for him.

At the East Roswell Public Library on Tuesday, in a predominantly Republican area, voters trickled out, more often than not telling HuffPost they had been turned away and told they were at the wrong polling place, even though they had just voted here in November. Reports came in from around the district of confusion at polling places, some of it sparked by the fact that some counties are split between several congressional districts, so not everyone in the same county was able to vote in the primary ― even though they’ve had to suffer through an endless loop of campaign commercials.

Hostility was on ample display. At a confluence of two polling precincts in east Cobb County, Ossoff supporter Holly Simmel had her umbrella and chair set up by 6:30 in the morning. Friends showed up shortly after and camped on the opposite side of the road. Then came a backer of Bob Gray, a self-styled Trump Republican, who began arguing with Simmel. He had fairly basic points to make, she recalled, among them that Democrats are not real Americans. When she asked him to be quiet, he called her a “snowflake” ― typically a term reserved for Twitter and YouTube comment sections, referring to the delicate nature of one’s political opponent.

“Your friend is sitting on my church’s lawn,” she said, before walking across the street to the Mount Bethel United Methodist Church, where voting was taking place. Shortly thereafter, the sprinkler began watering a group of Ossoff sign-wavers. Louisa Wakeman, Simmel’s friend, was among those getting drenched, and told HuffPost that a church official later came out and admitted to her he turned the sprinklers on to get them off his lawn. She reasoned that he shouldn’t volunteer to the church to be a voting precinct if he didn’t want rival voters showing up, but, in his defense, there hasn’t been a competitive congressional election in the district for decades.

Joe Webb, 70, standing outside the church with his Bob Gray sign, an American flag and a U.S. Marines flag, said he’s been standing there all day for three weeks, since early voting began ― an extraordinary assertion, but one confirmed by several Ossoff supporters, who said his familiar red hat and ponytail have indeed been there that long. “We’re not angry, we’re persistent,” Webb said. If Gray doesn’t get out of the primary, he said, he would happily support Karen Handel.

The same was true of other Republicans HuffPost spoke to. Jake McQueen, 58, a computer consultant, was one of them. “The candidate is important, but the party is more important,” he explained.

Dr. Larisa Pearlman, an OB-GYN who lives in the district, is reflective of the amount of energy on display. Pearlman, 48, worked a 24-hour shift on Friday, and immediately hit the pavement Saturday for Ossoff.

From Sunday morning until deep into Monday, Pearlman was back at work again, another 24-plus-hour shift. She sounded groggy but determined in an interview just as her shift ended, and said she wouldn’t be resting until her work for Ossoff was done. There would be no nap before afternoon canvassing; she had to help her son with a paper first.

“I’ve never been more politically motivated in my whole life,” said Pearlman, a Democrat. She said her sons “have both been very tolerant of my activity, so to speak.”

On Tuesday, she was outside the public library, waving a sign for Ossoff.

If Republicans hold Ossoff short of 50 percent and beat him in June, it’ll be thanks to people like Pearlman, McQueen and Charlene Weir. Weir, 49, also of Roswell, said she has voted in every election since she turned 18. Republicans, indeed, turn out for special elections and midterms at far higher rates than Democrats.

Weir was no big fan of Ossoff. “I don’t like him. He comes across as unlikeable,” she said. And every time, she has voted for a Republican, she said, save for one exception, the Dixiecrat Zell Miller.

National Democrats are often concerned that competing in elections and failing can be deflating for activists, and can turn the “narrative” against the party. But Jen Cox, a co-founder of the local group Pave It Blue, which launched after the election, said that what Trump has uncorked, Ossoff losing can’t put back in a bottle.

“The train has left the station, we couldn’t be happier, we’re just getting started,” she said. She explained it’s been liberating to realize other liberals live in the area and to create a new community. “When they’re talking today about this being a red district, always has been, always will be, I don’t think that’s true. We’re showing today that regardless of what happens tonight, we have narrowed that gap so much that they are shaking in their boots. Jon gave us this opportunity ― right place, right time ― and as soon as Jon gets elected we will move on to the next candidate that needs help flipping a red district. We will teach women how to get involved in politics, demystify the process of running for a position.”

If Ossoff goes down, “I don’t think it is going to negatively affect it, that is truly my honest answer. This is a channel for us to do something with the concern and angst we felt on November 9. There’s no unringing that bell.”

I chatted with Adam Ruff – a former presidential staffer, long-time political operative, and former congressional campaign manager – about the way robocalls were deployed.

“Voter ineligibility is a great one,” he told me. “It really fucks with people. Nobody knows whether or not they can vote.”

I should emphasize that Adam was using ‘great’ ironically – like a 'great extinction’ or the way Charlie Chaplin made a movie called The Great Dictator.

It works this way: “You call and say, 'This is the bureau of voter fraud regulation. Due to your failure to show up in the primaries, you are ineligible to vote in the general election. While we apologize for the inconvenience, lines are expected to be four to eight hours long, so we didn’t want you to get here and then be turned away.’”

Every word of this call is, of course, nonsense. But, if you target a specific group of people – very often minority people – you can, perhaps, keep them from coming out to the polls. Especially if you promise “long lines with failure waiting at the end of them” – the world’s worst theme park marketing campaign. Besides, you know, “come here and die publicly.” But, second worst. Definitely second worst.

Adam is sort of a robocall buff, and he spent a gleeful half-hour explaining all the subgenres of the form. There are the calls to jam up an opponent’s office on Election Day; there are the calls that tell you you’ll need a passport – a document highly correlated to wealth – in order to vote; and there are the 2 a.m. calls purporting to be from an opponent’s campaign designed specifically to piss people off.

4 Ways Elections Are Even More Corrupt Than You Think

firegrown  asked:

People keep recommending your books but I'm put off by the fact that only one out of five main characters is a girl. Why not more?

Dear firegrown,

First of all, I feel compelled to point out that these people you mention — these other people, these people who are telling you things about my books, these people whose name do not appear on the cover of my books — are probably less biased sources of information on the said books. Because me, I’m a fan. Who’s great? Stiefvater asks. Stiefvater, says Stiefvater, you are great.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s run some numbers.

It’s true that Blue is the only teen girl narrator in the Raven Cycle: the decision was intentional. Somewhere on the Internet, there’s an early interview asking me about the reasons I wrote the series, and one of the many impulses was the desire to explore what it is like to be a girl with a bunch of male same-age friends. I spent many college years as one of the very few girls in a bagpipe band, and it’s a dynamic I wanted to talk about. Blue doesn’t have any friends — male or female — before the series starts, mostly because she’s unfriendly and judgmental. She’s working on it, okay?

Lest you think it’s all boys-gone-wild, there are plenty of other women in the series —Blue lives in an all-female household of psychics including her cousin, her aunt, her mother Maura, and Maura’s two bestest friends Persephone and Calla (who she now lives with because that’s what you do with your best friends.) The latter three are my chance to show Blue what sort of friendships she could aspire to if she was paying attention. Gansey’s sister Helen is also one of my favorites to write, and his mother is important but uncomfortable to write — her Congressional campaign is helping me work out the emotional scarring I developed working behind the scenes of a real-life Congressional campaign. There’s also two female villain types.

But it’s true that the other main narrators are Gansey, Ronan, and Adam, all guys. That math is still 3:1. And if that still troubles you, this is probably not the series for you. If you still long to please those other People — those people who are not me, those recommenders who I love sight unseen — by reading one of my novels, any of the others will satisfy your boy-girl requirement. My debut, Lament, was a single narrator: girl. The sequel, Ballad, was two: a boy and a girl. The Shiver trilogy was four narrators: two boys, two girls. The Scorpio Races was two: a boy and a girl. I have a middle grade coming out in a month, Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures, which is a single narrator: girl.

Regardless of the narrator ratio-math-calculation-things, however, pretty much all of my books peer intently at what it means to be a girl in a world that often refuses to look past the fact that you are a girl. I’d like to think that, at some point, this will be a theme books will no longer need to address, but I also think, pessimistically, that that point is nowhere near. Just a few weeks ago, a guy hollered at me “Does your husband know you’re driving his car?” He probably thought he was being original, but I’ve had that yelled at me since I got my first muscle car years and years and years ago. People keep telling me things have changed, but I’m not seeing it.

So I remain

pessimistically urs,


Money is not speech. What is ‘free speech’ if billionaires are allowed to have unlimited contributions? The .0007% of voter fraud is nothing compared to billions in unlimited campaign contributions

Politicians only listen to money and corporations, and their lobbyists, have a massive advantage to influence politics. That’s why we had campaign finance laws in the first place. We know how money corrupts the system. 

The root of the problem: The right wing Roberts’ court destroyed decades of Congressional campaign finance laws and oversight. #ActivistJudges

Countdown to Mockingjay: Day 89/100

Banner was made by the talented Kat @w000ly!

I can’t believe the countdown is almost over and the movie is almost here! I don’t think i’m going to make it with all of the promotion going on.

I hope everyone has been enjoying the countdown and finding it useful. I hope you found some new stories/authors to read. Remember, the authors are in no particular order.

If you’d like to follow my countdown you can track the tags #mjcountdown and #mjcountdownffauthors. You can also find the list on my blog here:  HAPPY READING!

Author 340: prilly_n1

Story: Sweep Me Off My Feet

  • Status: In Progress
  • Type: Multi-Chapter
  • Rating: T
  • Canon/AU: AU
  • Warning/Trigger: None provided by author
  • Summary: Peeta Mellark is New York City’s greatest matchmaker. Love is his job and he’ll get you the girl of your dreams in just three easy dates, guaranteed!But there’s a hitch. Katniss Everdeen, gossip columist at the New York Chronicle, is looking to expose the so-called ‘Date Doctor’ everyone is talking about.
  • Why I chose this fic: An adorable Everlark story based on the movie Hitch.


Author 341: everlylark

Story: The Duchess of Camden

  • Status: In Progress
  • Type: Multi-Chapter
  • Rating: E
  • Canon/AU: AU
  • Warning/Trigger: None provided by author
  • Summary: A deal was made and the contract was signed. Lady Katniss Everdeen’s fate was sealed. Could she learn to be the Duchess of Camden? More so could she learn to love the Duke?
  • Why I chose this fic: I am really looking forward to this new fic.


Author 342: flyingmockingjay56

Story: Behind the Curtain

  • Status: In Progress
  • Type: Multi-Chapter
  • Rating: M
  • Canon/AU: AU
  • Warning/Trigger: None provided by author
  • Summary: Because behind every strong man, there is a stronger woman. Katniss Everdeen is the finance and fundraising chair of Peeta Mellark’s first Congressional campaign. In politics where image is everything and the truth means nothing, Peeta Mellark finally finds someone he would risk everything for.
  • Why I chose this fic: Because I think Peeta would be an amazing and honest politician.

robertdoc  asked:

Fic prompt: While Ben's in Washington, a Skype date with Leslie ends with Leslie getting emotional about missing him, but she still assures that even with him gone, she's still so proud of what he's doing. This makes Ben reflect that no one's ever been this proud/supportive of the work he's done since Ice Town until Leslie - the greatest worker he knows & someone who hated his work like everyone else when they first met - and it makes him consciously aware for the 1st time he wants to marry her.

Ben stares at his computer screen, a warm and goofy smile on his face as he listens to Leslie tell him about her morning so far. She’s talking a mile a minute about how she feels like she’s finally making some progress in the City Council despite opposition from most of her colleagues. She’s beaming with so much pride, he can’t help but look at her that way.

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adcnsey-archive  asked:

pynch+20 because i hate myself apparently (only if you're feeling angsty tho)

You need to wake up because I can’t do this without you.

(sorry i  didn’t really do the angsty route lol)

It was the fifty eighth congressional campaign dinner Gansey had dragged them too.  Virginia’s elite milled around the vast dining room, sipping pale champagne and possibly accepting bribes.  

Gansey was smiling amiably, probably shrugging off his hundredth compliment of the evening.  Blue was picking out pretentious-looking men to argue climate control and feminism.  

Ronan was seated on a pristinely white sofa, downing a glass of Chardonnay.  It was a risky move, considering he sat amongst hundreds of lawmakers, but Ronan was willing to take drastic measures to dull the pain.

He glanced over to the overstuffed chair beside him.  Adam had wholeheartedly agreed to Gansey’s invitation, only to fall stone cold asleep twenty minutes in.  To his credit, he had worked a triple shift the previous day.

With the worry and tension erased by slumber, Parrish looked downright angelic.  

Ronan immediately cursed himself for thinking that. Angelic? What the fuck was wrong with him?

He couldn’t stop staring at him.  “You need to wake up because I can’t do this without you.”

Adam’s lips twitched.  A half-smile.  

“You’re awake?  What the hell, man?” Ronan spat.  “Leaving me alone to deal with these people.  Asshole.”

“Fake sleeping.  It earns pity, and is surprisingly relaxing.  Try it sometime, Lynch.”

“How do you think I get out of Gansey’s late night theorizing and emotional meltdowns?”

“Fair enough.”