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pjohnf - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I'm not discounting response time but Quincy's fire stations are very well placed and the response times would not be affected that severely. It still boils down to the number of fire fighters who arrive initially on the scene that makes the biggest difference in fire fighting. If you don't have the manpower to do the job when you get there it doesn't matter how much time it takes…
quincymike - Quinn: New controls after Medicaid paid for dead - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
I only have one question: "When asked about the matter Saturday, a spokesman for Quinn's Republican opponent, wealthy businessman Bruce Rauner, " Why do they have to title Bruce Rauner "wealthy"? Why not just "businessman Bruce Rauner" Questionable bias?
yesqcy - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
gfingers~ good points. I'm curious too. You say "they did a lot better than 2.2". Have you learned how much better yet If better at all? If I recall, all the workers too days without pay when asked when the aldermen didn't. That probably should be considered
yesqcy - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Pokdot69~ I'm not sure what "argument" I was making. All I said was wow 1% thanks (as a tax payer I appreciate them holding the line) and how could anyone complain. Now I know though, some people are just unreasonable
yesqcy - Quincy City Budget hearings and Council meeting - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Tdown~ you're obviously in a dead end job, I'm sorry to hear that, but for anyone to think a 1% raise is extravagant is not being realistic. I tried to agree that the cpi should be a good barometer, that and compare the salary to other comparable employees in other comparable towns. If they are out if line then they are out if line. But if not then what's to complain about other than…

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CBO: Medicaid even better deal for states than originally predicted

20 hours, 46 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)

Last week's report from the Congressional Budget Office was a barnburner for the Affordable Care Act, predicting that Obamacare was set to deliver insurance to more people, with lower premiums and more savings for the government than all of their previous prediction. But that's not all. The Center on…
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1 hour, 22 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Matt Bors)

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Mitch McConnell wants to take away insurance from 400,000 constituents

1 hour, 43 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (kos)

The crimp in Mitch McConnell's reelection plans. I've consistently maintained that the Affordable Care Act will be an electoral plus for Democrats this November as the law's initial success lifts both its approval ratings and those of the president (who just hit their highest number in Gallup's daily…
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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Working Families Party candidate would take a bite out of Cuomo

3 hours, 12 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (David Nir)

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Jon Stewart skewers how the right-wing reacts to male vs. female politicians

2 hours, 57 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (BruinKid)

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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!

2 hours, 42 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (David Waldman)

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Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

2 hours, 54 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Bill in Portland Maine)

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3 hours, 42 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Greg Dworkin)

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Open thread for night owls. Naomi Klein: Climate change's bad timing requires new thinking

11 hours, 42 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

At Common Dreams, Naomi Klein writes The climate crisis has such bad timing, confronting it not only requires a new economy but a new way of thinking: One of the most disturbing ways that climate change is already playing out is through what ecologists call “mismatch” or “mistiming.” This is the process…
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Economics Daily Digest: Tax reform can close the gulf between CEOs and workers

1 day, 3 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Roosevelt Institute)

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to receive the Daily Digest via email. Raising Taxes on Corporations that Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs (Robert Reich) Robert Reich explains a proposed bill in California that would incentivize lower executive…
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Mad Men: A Day's Work (7.2)

12 hours, 42 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Doctor RJ)

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Dr. Greg Brannon says democracy is 'socialism,' possibly because he is really, really dumb

1 day, 18 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

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Being poor means a shorter life

13 hours, 42 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)

For now, cutting Social Security and doing serious mischief to Medicare seem to have lost their luster for policymakers. But as long as the likes of Alan Simpson are still kicking, schemes to "save" these programs won't end. The perennial favorite is always raising the eligibility age because as "everyone…
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The fresh Rep. of Bel-Air: A guide to the 2014 congressional elections in California

2 days, 1 hour ago by rss@dailykos.com (Darth Jeff)

California's 52nd District, the site of one of the nation's most competitive House races Until 2012, congressional elections in the Golden State were pretty dull affairs. Almost every seat was safe for one party or the other, and any competitive primaries were over by June. However, 2012 saw the first…
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Louisiana lawmaker withdraws bill to make the Bible the official state book

22 hours, 29 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jen Hayden)

After proposing a bill that would designate the Holy Bible as the official state book of Louisiana, the news story quickly went viral and sparked a lot of well-deserved objections. Now Louisiana lawmakers are dropping the bill because it has become a "distraction:" Rep. Thomas Carmody, (R-Shreveport),…
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Candidate for governor in Maryland says being in the military isn't a 'real job'

22 hours, 31 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Hunter)

Yeah, we're not gonna do this. Democratic Maryland gubernatorial candidate Douglas Gansler on Monday disparaged his primary opponent’s service in Iraq, criticizing him as “somebody who has never managed anybody, never run anything.” Gansler’s rival, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, spent five years on active…
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Ryan's latest Medicare plan proves it's not about the deficit

1 day, 18 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)

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Will Christie testify in bridge probe?

16 hours, 12 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jed Lewison)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he has not personally been issued a subpoena by federal prosecutors in the bridgegate probe... Asked during his monthly radio show if he has been subpoenaed by Paul Fishman, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, the Republican governor said, “no, absolutely not.” But Christie…
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Nebraska governor asks state supreme court to overturn lower court ruling on Keystone XL route

19 hours, 38 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

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Cartoon: Smart Guns

17 hours, 22 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (keefknight)

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Challenge from Left could complicate Andrew Cuomo's re-election

22 hours, 44 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (kos)

A growing number of New York Dems don't like him either. Surprising numbers out of Siena Research Institute: In a head-to-head matchup, Governor Andrew Cuomo continues to hold a better than two-to-one lead over Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, 58-28 percent (down a little from 61-26 percent…
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Religious right says poll limited to Republicans shows 'American people' oppose marriage equality

18 hours, 12 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jed Lewison)

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Landrieu on Obamacare: 'The benefits that people have received are worth fighting for'

19 hours, 27 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is another Democrat running for re-election who is not running away from Obamacare. How she's running on it is really smart, too, couching it in terms of economic populism. Here she is explaining to Greg Sargent how she's going to put her Republican challenger on the defensive…
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Christie pats himself on the back for doing a great job with Port Authority

19 hours, 12 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jed Lewison)

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Pot, Pebble and pay: How Republicans helped Democrats hold Alaska Senate seat

20 hours, 16 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (kos)

Male sockeye salmon makes his way upstream in Bristol Bay. Republicans want to mine them out of existence. Ballot initiatives regarding the minimum wage, salmon fisheries in Bristol Bay, and pot legalization were originally expected to take place during Alaska's August primaries. However, due to the…
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Midday open thread: 2°C rise may be a pipe dream, subsidizing grazers, replacing Radel in Florida

20 hours, 12 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Let's talk about checks: Tonight, voters in Florida's 19th Congressional District will select nominees for the June special election to replace ex-Rep. Trey Radel, who resigned earlier this year after pleading guilty to charges of cocaine possession. The only Democrat…
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Earth Day is one day of 365. What about polar ice cap day, rainforest day, corporate plunder day?

22 hours, 32 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

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After Sandy Hook, Jack Kingston wanted a solution to gun violence … today, not so much

22 hours, 51 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) was one of very few Republicans to even whisper the possibility of gun restrictions. "Put guns on the table, also put video games on the table, put mental health on the table," he said less than a week after the Newtown shootings. He told a local…
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Republicans continue their assault on criminal defense attorneys with revolting new campaign ad

23 hours, 47 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (David Nir)

The Republican Governors Association "goes there" with my absolute least-favorite attack ad topic of all time: criticizing criminal defense attorneys for their work representing clients. In a new spot, the RGA lambastes Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, who is running to unseat Gov. Nikki Haley…
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More GOP 'I'm a woman and that's all that matters' nonsense from Terri Lynn Land

1 day ago by rss@dailykos.com (Laura Clawson)

Terri Lynn Land is a woman! Therefore, she is an expert on women. Full stop, no further explanation needed, don't even bother to ask her about her positions on policies that affect women. Because woman! Seriously, that is the Michigan Republican Senate candidate's new ad. If you think I'm exaggerating…
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Cliven Bundy's 'ancestral rights' are every bit as authentic as the gondolas at The Venetian

23 hours, 12 minutes ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jed Lewison)

Cliven Bundy is the Nevada cattle rancher who for more than two decades has refused to pay grazing fees to the federal Bureau of Land Management, claiming that he should be exempt because (a) he does not recognize the existence of the Federal government in Nevada and (b) he has ancient ancestral rights…
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Running on Obamacare in Pennsylvania

1 day ago by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)

That's Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA), who's now running in a competitive primary for Pennsylvania governor, and running hard on her support for the Affordable Care Act and—crucially—Medicaid expansion. "I worked with President Obama on the Affordable Care Act and getting health coverage to all Americans.…
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Boehner says he's 'hell-bent' on passing immigration reform, as if anyone believes him

1 day, 17 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (kos)

"Hell-bent" my ass. Seriously? House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican leadership team are telling donors and industry groups that they want to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of other party members to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections. Many…
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Cartoon: Let's talk about checks

1 day, 1 hour ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jen Sorensen)

(Click to enlarge) The Paycheck Fairness Act, recently torpedoed in the Senate, addressed some glaring problems that have generated less discussion than they should. This useful post ("Why Do Bosses Want Their Employees' Salaries to be Secret?") by Michelle Chen on The Nation  explains the need for protections…
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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: New GOP ad slams the very idea of criminal defense lawyers

1 day, 3 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (David Nir)

Want the scoop on hot races around the country? Get the digest emailed to you each weekday morning. Sign up here. Leading Off: • SC-Gov: The RGA "goes there" with my absolute least-favorite attack ad topic of all time: criticizing criminal defense attorneys for their work representing clients. In a…
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MUST-SEE: Jon Stewart rips into Cliven Bundy and his demented defenders

1 day, 3 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (BruinKid)

Last night, Jon Stewart really took it to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his hypocritical band of supporters. SEAN HANNITY (4/9/2014): And by the way, when your cattle graze there, that keeps the price of meat down for every American consumer. Yeah, most goods are cheaper when you steal the raw materials…
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Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!

1 day, 2 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (David Waldman)

Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the Morning show podcasts are now available through iTunes. There was something else I meant to get to about that UAW situation with the NLRB yesterday, so I'm challenging myself to remember to mention it. As you know, including it in this post is pretty much a guarantee that…
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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

1 day, 2 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Bill in Portland Maine)

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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Celebrating Earth Day

1 day, 3 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Georgia Logothetis)

Kevin Jones, writing in The New Jersey Star Ledger: An idealist at heart, my Earth Day wish is for all of us to commit to achieving an environmentally sustainable, socially just, spiritually fulfilling way of living and being on our planet. I realize this sounds like a tall order. Some might call it…
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Open thread for night owls: Bill Moyers interviews Paul Krugman about Thomas Piketty's new book

1 day, 11 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

On Bill Moyers & Co., Paul Krugman talks about Thomas Piketty's new book and Gordon Gekko's daughter. An excerpt: BILL MOYERS: Welcome. Even in this age of hyperlinks and cyberspace, nearly six centuries after Gutenberg devised his printing press, it’s still possible for a single book to shake the…
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Economics Daily Digest: In minimum wage fight, localities may have maximum impact

2 days, 3 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Roosevelt Institute)

By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal Click here to receive the Daily Digest via email. Minimum Wage Debate Goes Local (San Francisco Chronicle) Roosevelt Institute Fellow Annette Bernhardt and Ken Jacobs consider why the minimum wage debate has such momentum at a local level. They…
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Election Diary Rescue 2014: Week 15

1 day, 19 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Election Diary Rescue)

The following diaries are examples of this week's Election Diary Rescue. This post features a collection of 32 diaries. (NH-Sen) Sununu: Scott Brown 'Virtually Born' In New Hampshire. Huh? by Retroactive Genius  — Scott "Beefcake" Brown (R) never had any credibility as a potential senator for the Granite…
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Veep

1 day, 13 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Doctor RJ)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Vice President Selina Meyer in HBO's Veep The basis of all fiction is conflict. There are always dangerous quests against dark forces, impossible stars to reach for, and wrongs to be righted, otherwise things get pretty damn dull. And even in stories where there's no antagonist,…
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Bush administration labeled Bundy Ranch-style outlaws domestic terrorists

3 days, 15 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jon Perr)

The Bundy Ranch controversy has now divided Nevada's two United States senators. While Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) referred to Bundy's armed supporters as "domestic terrorists," his Republican colleague Dean Heller praised them as "patriots." Their disagreement begs the question: What do you call…
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Game of Thrones 'Breaker of Chains'

1 day, 14 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Mark Sumner)

Put me in coach. I'm ready to slay. Well, I guess you can’t kill the king every week. After a season that started with a high level of intrigue and perhaps the most eagerly anticipated entry in GOT’s hefty body count, “Breaker of Chains” slows the pace down. Way down. It’s not that things don’t happen,…
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House Majority PAC reserves $6.5 million in fall TV time on behalf of Democrats

4 days, 16 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (David Nir)

Democratic Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois, one of the House Majoriy PAC's beneficiaries The Democratic-aligned House Majority PAC, which you can think of as the official unofficial super PAC of the DCCCC, has released a list of 24 districts where it's made its first fall ad reservations of the cycle.…
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Scam conservatism in action

1 day, 15 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jed Lewison)

Dr. Ben Carson—the former surgeon who now spends his time wailing about the evils of President Obama, the perils of marriage equality, and how America has become "very much like Nazi Germany"—has become such a hero on the right that: The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee has raised $2.4…
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Chart of the Day: Another look at our nation's stark income growth disparity

1 day, 22 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Meteor Blades)

The above chart put together by Chuck Marr at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities is based on data from the Congressional Budget Office. It shows just how dramatic the increase in income inequality has been over the past three-plus decades. The income of the most affluent Americans grew at a…
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Guess who skipped South Carolina event honoring anti-segregation judge?

1 day, 16 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Jed Lewison)

Last Friday, a bronze statue honoring the late U.S. District Judge J. Waties Waring, whose legal opinions helped end segregation and the doctrine of separate but equal, was unveiled outside the federal courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina. According to the Charleston Post and Courier, "an integrated…
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A portrait of a Republican Senate candidate in Obamacare denial

1 day, 20 hours ago by rss@dailykos.com (Joan McCarter)

Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) House Republicans have been busy trying to prove that Obamacare isn't really working and that all those enrollments can't possibly real. Their leadership is in that "denial" phase of grief President Obama talked about in last Thursday's press conference. There isn't a better example…
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It is a fine art! "@mthopf: While the town hall meeting may not have lasted long, @nichols120 and I discussed the fine art of hotdogs."