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March 11, 2011 10:00 am ET filed under Blog

Gov. Rick Scott Revives Law Originally Intended To Disenfranchise Blacks

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March 09, 2011 1:28 pm ET filed under Blog

Rick Scott's War On The Poor Continues With Drive To Cut Unemployment Benefits

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February 28, 2011 10:25 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 28, 2011

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February 28, 2011 10:12 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 27, 2011

This week's Sunday political chatter was focused on two very, very different places: Wisconsin and Libya. Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) defended his union-busting efforts on Meet the Press by arguing that union contract agreements in recent weeks prove public workers aren't being honest when they say they'll accept his pension and health insurance demands, but that's disingenuous; the agreements he referenced had been in the works long before his power grab. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) joined Walker in suggesting that collective bargaining is to blame for state budget troubles, but the facts don't bear that out. Meanwhile on Fox News Sunday, Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN) asserted that public employees are overpaid (before absurdly claiming that the Bush tax cuts worked) and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC) told ABC viewers that Walker is simply fulfilling a campaign promise.  None of these claims is true. On other topics, Mike Huckabee (R-AR) lied about the national debt on Fox News and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) falsely asserted that President Obama never showed support for Iranian protesters in the summer of 2009.

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February 25, 2011 5:24 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Scott Rejects Rail Project Despite No Risk To Taxpayers

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February 25, 2011 9:36 am ET filed under Blog

Primer on Critical 11th Day Of Wisconsin Budget Standoff

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February 23, 2011 12:25 pm ET filed under Blog

CONFIRMED: Gov. Walker's Strategy Call With "David Koch" Really Happened

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February 22, 2011 11:42 am ET filed under Blog

Gov. Rick Scott To End Cost-Free Homelessness Awareness Day

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February 16, 2011 12:01 pm ET filed under Blog

Rick Scott Tries To Relate To Black Lawmakers By Telling Them He Was Poor

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February 15, 2011 3:25 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Rick Scott Misinforms About Medicaid

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February 15, 2011 1:58 pm ET filed under Fact Check

A Comprehensive Fact Check Of Gov. Barbour's Comprehensive CPAC Falsehoods

As the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference got underway, potential 2012 presidential candidate Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) took to the microphone to deliver a rambling half-hour-long speech crammed with tired talking points copy-and-pasted from the prior speeches of more prominent Republicans.

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February 10, 2011 9:07 am ET filed under Blog

Gov. Scott's New Budget Uses "Gimmickry" To Inflate Spending Cuts

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February 08, 2011 12:45 pm ET filed under Blog

After Billions In Federal Aid To States, Palin Blames State Budget Problems On "The Feds"

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February 04, 2011 10:29 am ET filed under Fact Check

Florida, Inc.: Gov. Rick Scott's First Month As The Sunshine State's CEO

One month into his term as Florida's governor, Republican Rick Scott is making good on his campaign threat to run Florida like one of his businesses. The former health care executive, who left Columbia/HCA amidst the largest case of Medicare fraud in history, has set out to place himself in a position more akin to a corporate tycoon than a public servant by making grabs at additional power and restricting press access. He's also putting the "business" of Florida above the common good with troubling moves on the environment, transportation and health care. Yet there's no promise that Scott is even running a particularly tight Floridian ship. He's made a number of worrisome hires, and there are hints that his budget plan, to be released Monday, may include untenable tax cuts. Moreover, Scott's right-wing views on immigration and LGBT issues should cause many of Florida's residents concern.

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January 24, 2011 2:29 pm ET filed under Blog

Breaking Campaign Pledge, Gov. Kasich Leaves The "T" Out Of LGBT Rights

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January 20, 2011 3:32 pm ET filed under Video

Gov. Christie's Subtle Dig At Palin: I'm "Not Arrogant Enough" To Run For President After A Year As Governor

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January 18, 2011 1:04 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Christie's Subtle Dig At Palin: I'm "Not Arrogant Enough" To Run For President After A Year As Governor

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January 13, 2011 6:01 pm ET filed under Video

Gov. Pawlenty Takes Cheap Shot At Obama, Hasn't Watched Tucson Speech

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January 13, 2011 5:35 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Pawlenty Takes Cheap Shot At Obama, Hasn't Watched Tucson Speech

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January 13, 2011 10:59 am ET filed under Blog

Gov. Scott's Tax-Cut Promises Haven't Convinced Florida's Senate President

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January 05, 2011 4:26 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Scott's "Commitment To Diversity" Excludes Gay And Handicapped People

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December 20, 2010 12:14 pm ET filed under Blog

Gov. Barbour On Segregated South: It Wasn't "That Bad"

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December 13, 2010 12:53 pm ET filed under Blog

Rick Scott: With Expanded Voucher Program, "Public Schools Will Just Simply Get Better"

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December 06, 2010 11:09 am ET filed under Blog

Rick Scott Proposes Slashing Florida's Already-Small State Workforce By 5 Percent

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November 23, 2010 12:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Despite Bush's Katrina Failure, Gov. Jindal Says Private Sector Experience Would Have Aided Obama's Oil Spill Response

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November 22, 2010 2:05 pm ET filed under Blog

Rick Scott Pads Transition Team With GOP Insiders And Former Columbia/HCA Employees

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November 22, 2010 9:57 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 21, 2010

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November 22, 2010 9:37 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 21, 2010

On Meet the Press, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) accused the Obama administration of coddling terrorists when in fact we have killed nearly 30 Taliban and al Qaeda leaders since the president took office, and military commissions have produced weaker results than did the much-discussed civilian trial of Ahmed Ghailani last week. Jindal rounded out his performance by dipping into dishonest right-wing rhetoric about Obama seeking to "apologize for America." Meanwhile, on Fox News Sunday, another southern Republican governor told some very different tall tales. Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) repeated his claim that Social Security amounts to "a Ponzi scheme," and when host Chris Wallace pointed out the basic dishonesty of Perry's rhetoric — far from a massive fraud, Social Security is a long-successful and honest system that is in some long-term trouble because of changing demographics — Perry smiled and claimed Wallace had just proven the program is a criminal enterprise.

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November 08, 2010 11:32 am ET filed under Blog

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 7, 2010

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November 08, 2010 11:19 am ET filed under Fact Check

Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - November 7, 2010

The Sunday shows were crowded with naked falsehoods yesterday. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) claimed on Fox News that President Obama "has killed jobs" despite the fact that a resurgent private sector has added 1.1 million jobs so far this year. On CBS, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) claimed that 750,000 small businesses pay income taxes in the top two brackets, but that number only works if you include massive corporations like Bechtel and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, which play accounting games to avoid corporate tax rates, in your definition of "small businesses." Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) absurdly claimed on NBC that Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) entitlement-slashing debt reduction plan requires more sacrifice from bureaucrats than from average Americans. Worst of all, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) claimed on ABC that tax cuts for the wealthy are good for the economy and don't increase the deficit. In the real world, of course, Pence is wrong on both counts.

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