In today's Election Countdown 2012 segment: In Quebec, it‚Äôs not the fees, it‚Äôs the debt; Walker‚Äôs win smacks Wisconsin protesters who started recall; a map shows half the nation returning to past employment levels and the other half not, and more.
D ‚Äď 94 and counting*
‚ÄúPolitics ain‚Äôt beanbag.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄďFinley Peter Dunne
Montreal. Jean Charest and his big brother, Vladimir Putin: ‚Äú[A minority of] Russia‚Äôs lawmakers ‚Ä¶ fought hard and long against a bill that would impose huge fines on protesters‚ÄĚ (like Bill 78 in Qeubec; here, here, here). June 6 is casserole night. ‚ÄúAmir Khadir, the sole member of Quebec solidaire in the legislature, was among dozens of people rounded up in Quebec City during a night time march.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúAnarchopanda is taking his fight against Montreal‚Äôs controversial anti-mask bylaw from the streets to the courtroom.‚ÄĚ Anarchopanda: ‚ÄúThe panda costume allows me to do things that I couldn‚Äôt do otherwise, like hug police officers.‚ÄĚ Anarchopanda‚Äôs lawyer: ‚ÄúThe [anti-mask] bylaw is just really unclear to begin with. [You're] forcing everyone to justify why they‚Äôre wearing a mask even if they have no criminal intent.‚ÄĚ Charest‚Äôs trap: ‚ÄúCharest is preparing to use the same ploy [as Trudeau on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in '68; provoking violence]. He refuses to come to an agreement with student leaders on tuition fees despite a 13-week strike. Law 78 has instigated a social crisis. The noise of casseroles has become a daily one. All he needs now is a riot to call voters to the polls in a re-election attempt just before the findings of the Charbonneau commission on corruption in the construction industry are revealed. Students know to avoid the trap, but how can troublemakers be prevented from taking the bait?‚ÄĚ Education Minister Michelle Couchesne: ‚ÄúThere are no negotiations planned. No. Absolutely not.‚ÄĚ
It‚Äôs not the fees, it‚Äôs the debt: ‚ÄúStudents today graduate from post secondary education with more debt (inflation adjusted) than the generations before did. ‚Ä¶ This debt is exempt from all bankruptcy laws. I could borrow 50 thousand dollars to start a business bedazzling jean jackets tomorrow and if it didn‚Äôt work out be free and clear of that debt in seven years, but if I wanted to be a scientist and things didn‚Äôt work out I‚Äôd be stuck with that liability for the rest of my life. This makes education literally the riskiest investment a person can make.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúI know some of you are scared. You have every reason to be. But we cannot let that fear win. If the fear of the police keeps us at home, they have already beaten us. Be peaceful, be joyous, be loving. Stand together and be strong. They cannot arrest us all. There is strength in numbers, and there is strength in each other.‚ÄĚ
Occupy. Occupy Albany: Adopts ‚Äúred patch‚ÄĚ as logo: ‚ÄúIt comes from the French phrase ‚Äúcarrement dans le rouge‚ÄĚ, [FB] or ‚Äúsquarely in the red,‚ÄĚ referring to those crushed by debt.‚ÄĚ Occupy Riverdale: ‚Äú[Riverdale Mobile Home Community] is the site of the proposed construction of a water withdrawal site for frack operations in the Jersey Shore/Williamsport region‚Äďone of the current epicenters of the fracking universe. Aqua America/PVR bought the land from the landowner in the early Spring, and thereby commenced the evictions of the park‚Äôs residents.‚ÄĚ Occupy Homes: ‚Äú‚ÄėThe neighbors have a concern. They don‚Äôt want their neighborhood to be a staging ground for protests,‚Äô says [D Minneapolis Mayor R.T.] Rybak. Many houses dotting the area around the Cruz home have the signature red sign that reads, ‚ÄėSTOP FORECLOSURES, STOP EVICTIONS.‚Äô Many neighbors support the Cruz‚Äôs and their efforts to stay in the house.‚ÄĚ
Colorado. ‚ÄúThere are currently 22 central [evaporation ponds for oil and gas drilling] in CO, and officials say they aren‚Äôt sure which chemicals are being stored.‚ÄĚ Tinpot Tyrant Watch: ‚ÄúPolice in Aurora, CO., searching for suspected bank robbers stopped every car at an intersection, handcuffed all the adults and searched the cars.‚ÄĚ
Florida. ‚ÄúAlthough [Friends of the Everglades] was briefed on the broad outline of a plan to reduce pollution by phosphorous in the Everglades to acceptable levels, including promises of money from the State of Florida, Friends of the Everglades has yet to see details.‚ÄĚ
Iowa. ‚ÄúAn Iowa State University scientist found evidence that sick hens at farms owned by an Iowa egg producer were ‚Äėalmost certainly‚Äô laying eggs contaminated with salmonella months before one of the nation‚Äôs largest outbreaks of food-borne illness came to light, newly released records show.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúIowa City forms new plan of attack for landfill fire‚ÄĚ which should have been out this week (TTH).
Michigan. Why don‚Äôt Detroit journos write about Cotter‚Äôs fraudulent ballot qualifying signatures from the district perspective?
North Carolina. ‚Äú[Charlotte] released a protest route Monday that is clear of where President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at Bank of America Stadium but comes within two blocks of the main convention site at Time Warner Arena.‚ÄĚ
New York. ‚ÄúMy senior prom date had a gas well on her farm, about 100 yards across the road. ‚Ä¶ So yes, let‚Äôs pay the extractive industry folks a lot less by using less of what they‚Äôre selling. We also need to accept that it‚Äôs going to take a while‚Ä¶‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúBanking on the long-term prospects of shale development in NY, a PA drilling company has purchased mineral rights to 160,000 acres in the Finger Lakes region from Chesapeake Energy.‚ÄĚ
Ohio. ‚ÄúOH law requires political parties to include a disclaimer when posting information on the internet in support or opposition to a candidate or issue. A new website [here] from the OH Republican Party ‚Ä¶ lacks any type of disclaimer.‚ÄĚ
Pennsylvania. ‚ÄúJohn Perzel, an R from Philadelphia and Bill Deweese, a D from Greene, share the distinction of both having served as Speaker of the Pennsylvania State House. ‚Ä¶ Now they‚Äôre both at Camp Hill state prison, and they‚Äôre sharing the same cell.‚ÄĚ Sweet!
Wisconsin. Pierce: ‚ÄúWhat we have here is a fight, out in the open, without nuance or euphemism, between two ideas of what self-government should look like, who it should serve, and how, and how wide the parameters of participation will be. That is serious business. It ought to be contested fiercely and to the last and without cosmetic conciliation.‚ÄĚ Reuters head: ‚ÄúWalker‚Äôs win smacks Wisconsin protesters who started recall.‚ÄĚ ‚Äú[I]t‚Äôs worth pondering how similar the intensity of emotions are on each side of the divide. That anger won‚Äôt be relieved after Tuesday.‚ÄĚ Chuck Todd: ‚ÄúMost important result from the exit poll: the 60% who said recalls are ONLY appropriate for OFFICIAL misconduct.‚ÄĚ Walker: $30M. Barrett: $3.9M. (‚ÄúWe did it with wealth.‚ÄĚ) ‚ÄúPlease, please, please, remain engaged, remain involved because we will continue to fight for justice and fairness in this city and this state.‚ÄĚ (And we get?) Activist Colette Brown: ‚ÄúRecalling Walker is important, but it isn‚Äôt good to lose momentum by diverting all energy into the recall campaign to elect a Democrat‚ÄĚ (dcblogger).
Inside Baseball. Thomas Edsall: ‚Äú[W]e still are a nation of Republicans and Democrats.‚ÄĚ HCR, Kaiser survey: ‚Äú35% of non-white respondents believe [ObamaCare] will benefit their family. 14% believe they will be worse off ([and] 39% don‚Äôt think it will make much difference).‚ÄĚ Whites: ‚Äú18% believe the law will leave their family better off, compared to 38% who believe they will be worse off.‚ÄĚ Full of win! HCR, WI voter, Pierce: ‚ÄúThe problem is that, when you start handing out free health care out to teachers, that annoys me to no end. I never got free health care. My brother‚Äôs wife is a teacher and I once asked her, when I was getting my teeth worked on, what it cost her and she said, ‚ÄėNothing.‚Äô It should never get to that point where somebody‚Äôs getting free health care. Something‚Äôs way out of whack there.‚ÄĚ Horse race teebee ad money: 60% in FL, VA, and OH. Top 10, largest first: FL, VA, OH, NC, CO, IA, PA, NV, NH, and MI. NSF poli sci funding: ‚Äú[T]he issue isn‚Äôt whether there would be social science funding. There would be. The question is whether, given the agendas of its private funders, the research would be as publicly valuable. I do not think so.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúIn Fast & Furious, Phoenix-based ATF agents used watch-and-wait tactics on cartel-linked gun purchasers and lost track of over 2,000 weapons‚Ä¶ Two of those weapons were recovered ‚Ä¶ at the murder site of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.‚ÄĚ Oopsie. Atlantic‚Äôs secrets for success: ‚ÄúHire smart people who aren‚Äôt jerks.‚ÄĚ OK, explain Megan McArdle.
Robama vs. Obomney Watch. Clinton: ‚Äú[Romney] would be in my opinion calamitous for our country and the world.‚ÄĚ Romney ‚Äúadopted Europe‚Äės economic policies.‚ÄĚ Romney: ‚Äú[W]e‚Äôre so close to economic calamity. We see what‚Äôs happening in Europe and we‚Äôre following them.‚ÄĚ On the same day! (Everythings Jake) Romney: ‚ÄúWhat he‚Äôs very good at is finding other people to blame.‚ÄĚ Obama blames ‚Äúhis predecessor, the Congress, the one percent, oil companies, and A.T.M.s. True! Obama surrogate Cutter: ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre saying don‚Äôt hold Mitt Romney accountable for the first three years he was in office, because he inherited a bad economy. Yet these same people blame the president for job losses that occurred in January 2009, the very month he was inaugurated, and months before any of his policies took place.‚ÄĚ Also true!
Jawbs. ‚Äú[T]he new poll finds the number of Americans saying they have been hearing mostly bad news about jobs has spiked, from 38% in March to 55% currently.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMost of the 15 states where the [American Petroleum Institute] has been holding its meetings will be important battlegrounds for the presidential election, and in three of them ‚Äď OH, CO and PA ‚Äď oil and gas are playing an increasingly important role in their economies. We haven‚Äôt seen the Republicans using it as a wedge issue, but I can see it becoming one,‚ÄĚ Professor Sracic said. ‚ÄúOhio is going to be very, very close and little things can mean a lot.‚ÄĚ Keen map shows half the nation returning to past employment levels and the other half not. ‚ÄúEnergy and farm states outperformed the nation, as did states near the nation‚Äôs capital.‚ÄĚ Yes, a petro-state (farming being oil-driven).
Romney. ‚ÄúAnd according to the tipster who claims to have hacked [Romney's email account] by guessing Romney‚Äôs favorite pet in response to a ‚Äúsecurity‚ÄĚ questions, it‚Äôs still active today.‚ÄĚ No, it couldn‚Äôt be. ‚ÄúSeamus‚ÄĚ?! The emails are about ObamaRomneyCare, among other things.
Obama. Obama: ‚Äú[Romney] has a theory of the economy that basically says, if I‚Äôm maximizing returns for my investors, for wealthy individuals like myself, then everybody‚Äôs going to be better off.‚ÄĚ (Saw LaBolt try this riff out yesterday.) Capitalism? Did I not get the memo? And ‚Äúmaximizing returns‚ÄĚ is wicked professorial. Clinton (Bill) says we‚Äôre in a recession: ‚Äú[G]overnment spending levels ‚Ä¶ look high because there‚Äôs a recession.‚ÄĚ Clinton says ‚Äúno problem‚ÄĚ with extending Bush tax cuts temporarily. Obama must want the money bad, to let Clinton wander off the reservation like this.