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Obama & Romney: Bad Schools Cause Gun Violence

Reposted from Jersey Jazzman

Via digby (who else?), here is what the two major party candidates in the last presidential election said we should do about gun violence (all emphases mine):

CROWLEY: Governor Romney, the question is about assault weapons, AK-47s.

ROMNEY: Yeah, I’m not in favor of new pieces of legislation on – on guns and taking guns away or making certain guns illegal. We, of course, don’t want to have automatic weapons, and that’s already illegal in this country to have automatic weapons. What I believe is we have to do, as the president mentioned towards the end of his remarks there, which is to make enormous efforts to enforce the gun laws that we have, and to change the culture of violence that we have.

And you ask how – how are we going to do that? And there are a number of things. He mentioned good schools. I totally agree. We were able to drive our schools to be number one in the nation in my state. And I believe if we do a better job in education, we’ll – we’ll give people the – the hope and opportunity they deserve and perhaps less violence from that. But let me mention another thing. And that is parents. We need moms and dads, helping to raise kids. Wherever possible the – the benefit of having two parents in the home, and that’s not always possible. A lot of great single moms, single dads. But gosh to tell our kids that before they have babies, they ought to think about getting married to someone, that’s a great idea.


Obama Romney by Congressional District

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UPDATE:Ah, what a mess.  These numbers are from 2008.  Hopefully they’ll update with 2012 numbers soon and we can update here.

According to Daily Kos these are the percentages for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney broken out by Congressional district.  Since every single county is still counting votes these are not official, but they are probably close:

District Representative Party Obama Romney
NJ-01 Andrews, Rob (D) 66% 34%
NJ-02 LoBiondo, Frank (R) 53% 46%
NJ-03 Runyan, Jon (R) 51% 48%
NJ-04 Smith, Chris (R) 45% 54%
NJ-05 Garrett, Steve (R) 49% 51%
NJ-06 Pallone, Frank (D) 58% 40%
NJ-07 Lance, Leonard (R) 47% 52%
NJ-08 Sires, Albio (D) 73% 26%
NJ-09 Pascrell, Bill (D) 64% 35%
NJ-10 Payne, Donald (D) 85% 15%
NJ-11 Frelinghuysen, Rodney (R) 47% 52%
NJ-12 Holt, Rush (D) 66% 33%

Obama won NJ2 and NJ3, indicating that — done properly — we still have a chance there in 2014.  Time to recruit candidates and raise money.

Soooo, What’s Your Prediction?

Pretty much everything that can be done to win has been done to win with the exception of GOTV.  If you can, you should be doing GOTV even if it’s just from your home.  Make a call.  And if a Romney or Kyrillos supporter is reading this post, you should be doing the same.  

But the other fun thing to do in the closing hours — we’ll probably know the outcome in the next 36 hours — is to throw out your predictions for the world to see.  Blue Jersey is offering a grand prize of 10,000 points for the person who comes closest to the POTUS popular and electoral votes, as well as the percentages for Bob Menendez and Joe Kyrillos.

Here’s a good tool you can use called 270 to Win to prove out your POTUS guesses.

You can also do down-ballot campaigns if you like.  

Here’s my official attempt at the 10,000 point award

Obama Popular: 51  percent

Romney Popular: 47 percent

Obama Electoral College: 300 (Obama takes 1 from NE)

Romney Electoral College: 238

Menendez: 56 percent

Kyrillos: 42 percent

Put yours in the comments.

Women Benefit From ObamaCare Over Binders

In last night’s debate, President Obama made it crystal clear that standing up for women is one of his top priorities. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney told the nation he had “binders full of women.”

Wait a second…I can order a binder full of women? And flexible women at that? Of all ages? Do they charge shipping & handling, Mitt?

Fortunately, Barack Obama has done much more for women than simply list them in a binder – particularly when it comes to making their lives better through the Affordable Care Act.

Thanks to ObamaCare, more than 20 million women received preventive services, such as mammograms and cervical cancer screenings, without a co-pay. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Americans joining a new health plan or Medicare beneficiaries can receive recommended preventive services – such as, mammograms, cervical cancer screenings, and prenatal tests – without a co-pay, deductible or any other out-of-pocket expenses. In 2011, 20.4 million women between 18 and 64 took advantage of this new provision of the health care law. These 20 million women would lose this care if the law were repealed or rolled back-as Romney advocates. [ The Hill, 2/15/12, ThinkProgress, 2/10/12]

Thanks to ObamaCare, insurance companies will no longer be able to charge women up to 150 times more than men. The Affordable Care Act ends unconscionable insurance company practices against women. That means insurers will no longer be able to use Caesarean sections or domestic violence as pre-existing conditions to deny women health care, and will no longer be able to drop women’s coverage if they get sick. [Healthcare.gov, What the Health Law Means for Women, 2/18/11; McClatchy, 10/4/09] Millions of women would lose this protection if the law were repealed or rolled back.

Thanks to ObamaCare, women will have access to essential health benefits such as maternity care.  The Affordable Care Act gives women more security over their health care. Under the law, all new health plans will be required to offer essential benefits for women such as maternity care, newborn care and prescription drug benefits. According to the National Women Law Center, only 13 percent of health plans in the individual market include maternity care. Millions of women would lose this important benefit if the law were repealed or rolled back.  [National Women’s Law Center, October 2009]

Thanks to ObamaCare, women have access to contraception without co-pays. Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance must cover contraception without any out-of-pocket costs – protecting the health of all women while accommodating religious organizations. Up to 47 million women may be benefit from this important provision that puts healthcare decisions in the hands of women and their doctors. Millions of women would lose this important access to care if the law were repealed or rolled back. [National Women’s Law Center, 2/11/12]

Thanks to ObamaCare, women will no longer have to worry about lifetime limits on healthcare. The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from being able to put lifetime caps on health care. It also restricts annual limits and will ban them entirely in 2014. This means women will be able to get the care they need when they need it most. Millions of women would be left to the whim of insurance companies if the law were repealed or rolled back. [Healthcare.gov, What the Health Law Means for Women, 2/18/11]


VP debate: Romney-Ryan Plan Healthcare Facts

With tonight’s Vice-Presidential debate a few hours away, I just wanted to share a few friendly reminders about the  Romney/Ryan plan…and how it will harm healthcare here in New Jersey & throughout the country.

A lot of this is already well known…but, frankly, we don’t know if the real Paul Ryan is going to show up tonight. And if Ryan tries to pull a Romney by outright lying to hide his extreme policies….well…Don’t forget these 4 simple things:

1). Romney/Ryan Would End Medicare – There is no debate over this, it’s a fact. Romney/Ryan would end how Medicare has successfully worked for decades and would replace it with a privatized voucher.  Romney admitted this, twice at the last debate.

2). Romney/Ryan Would Hurt CURRENT Seniors – By repealing ObamaCare they would hurt CURRENT seniors by throwing them back into the Rx drug donut hole and taking away their free preventative care.

3). Romney/Ryan Would Hurt EVERYONE – By repealing ObamaCare small businesses would lose their tax breaks, your children would be thrown off your insurance and everyone would be back at the mercy of insurance companies and pre-existing conditions.

4).  Romney/Ryan Think They’re Better Than You – ObamaCare makes Congressmen – like Paul Ryan who’s been getting government insurance for years – choose from the same health care plans as the rest of us.  By repealing ObamaCare they can go back to having you pay for their coverage at the same time they’re taking it away from you.

The Denver Debate Dissected

It wasn’t any “one thing”.

This is more a case of multiple issues.

1) Obama has NEVER been a good platform debater. He usually comes off dry and “professorial”, so that was nothing new. And the right’s base has always viewed advanced education as being “elitist” when it comes to Obama. It almost feels like a left-handed racial rebuke. Like a black-man with an education is trying too hard or pretending to be something he’s not. This is not to imply that all on the right feel this but there are enough that it gave the “Elitist” taint traction.

2) Obama has a full time job as PRESIDENT that keeps him pretty occupied. The morning briefings he gets 7 days a week aren’t exactly “brief”. They typically come in a binder of 30 to 50 pages, in synopsis. That’s like having school every day and having to answer the quiz that afternoon.

3) The Romney we’ve seen for the last 3 or 4 months wasn’t the Romney that showed up. This “Denver Romney” was more akin to the Liar character (Jon Lovitz) from Saturday Night Live so Obama had one set of debate points and Romney invented a whole list of fantasy points with no basis in reality. Even going so far as denying months of printed, spoken and web-present positions HE took during the primaries and up to the day before Denver (His people spent the next day rolling back half a dozen statements like “I won’t kill the pre-existing conditions rule in Obamacare”). This was designed specifically for the purpose of throwing Obama’s responses out the window.

4) Maybe altitude adjustment had him off a bit it wasn’t just that and definitely not “mostly” that.

The truth is Romney’s people KNOW he’s got a “flip-flopper” veneer and they’re used to having to roll his crap back. It’s gotten so expected it has become background noise. This was a calculated plan to make President Obama look weak, unprepared, off his game, whatever. In the end, almost everything Romney said was shown as lies, inaccuracies and bullet-points with no possible basis in real economics but to the red-meat-right, it doesn’t matter. They will back him regardless because he is all they have. Between the rabid Tea-Party and the death of the moderate Republican, they could put up an animatronic puppet from Disney and they’d back it.

Obama suffers from one major flaw for many of us on the liberal left; he’s too polite. When Romney lied, he should have said “That, Sir, is a bald-faced lie and you know it”. Instead President Obama stood back for fear or apprehension in being labeled the “Angry Black Man” or that “Uppity N-word” because we all know that there is a huge breath being held on the extreme right in the hope that he does get angry they CAN use that label. We are not a post-racial society, as incidents daily show.

Obama has a bigger mountain to climb for a hundred reasons and he has to climb it carrying the weight of a struggling economy the Republican party had an eight year hand in creating and has spent the last 46 months trying to keep under water so they would have a platform for this election. Mitch McConnell made that much clear and John Boehner has strived to enforce the plan of forced stagnation through congressional malfeasance.

Did Obama take it on the chin in the debate? Yes. Was it fatal? Hardly. Does it make his campaign a little harder? Sure. But in the end, Romney gave the Obama reelection campaign enough advertising material to last a lifetime.

For Christie, EVERYTHING Is Political

Why does Chris Christie do anything and everything? For political advantage. Here’s a great example:

The NJ Senate and Assembly unanimously passed the teacher tenure reform bill, TEACHNJ, on June 25, 2012. All through July, I and other education watchers wondered when he would get around to signing the bill. He kept hemming and hawing, saying he was “considering” it, even though his own party passed it unanimously. What was the hold up?

Then suddenly, on Friday, August 3, his office announced he would be signing the bill that coming Monday. What had changed? Why was he ready to sign now after waiting all this time?

Now we know: he was waiting for Mitt Romney to announce his choice of running mate.

After extensive deliberations over his short list, Romney settled on the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman who has built a conservative record as a budget hawk in Washington. Romney made up his mind on August 1, the day after he returned from a week-long trip to London, Jerusalem and Poland.

A face-to-face meeting was required, and therein lies a tale. The meeting was arranged for Aug 5 at Myers’ home in Brookline, Massachusetts. The challenge was to get both Ryan and Romney together in the same room without the news media or anyone else outside the inner circle knowing about it. [emphasis mine]

And there you go. Romney made his choice, and Ryan agreed by consenting to the meeting. Mitt’s campaign undoubtedly then called up Christie and told him he wasn’t in the running, leaving Christie free to sign TEACHNJ without worrying about the national repercussions.

Whether Christie was ever seriously in the running is anyone’s guess, but I am sure the Romney campaign did what they could to make him happy and feel like he had a shot. They’re going to need him; not in Jersey, but out among the tea partyin’ base in the rest of the country, where his bullying plays well.

But always remember: everything Chris Christie does is a political calculation – just like his role model.

Does this Look Like a Democrat To You?

Back in October, Tom Moran at the Star-Ledger couldn’t understand the crazy Democrats and their resistance to the corporate reform agenda in education:

It’s fascinating to see the nervous response of establishment Democrats to the arrival of David Tepper on the political scene in New Jersey.

Tepper is a hedge fund manager from Livingston worth about $5 billion, and he’s promising to throw a good chunk of that into a political fight over school reform with the New Jersey Education Association, the teachers union that has long been the colossus of Trenton.

Sen. Richard Codey (D-Essex), the former governor, is hostile, saying he doesn’t believe rich guys should be able to buy influence, a line many Democrats echo.

Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-Essex) is suspicious, suggesting that Tepper and his partner in this effort, Alan Fournier, are seeking to impose “social engineering” on unsuspecting black and Latino students.

And several Democrats whisper the line pushed by the operatives of the New Jersey Education Association, who say this is a plot by Tepper and Fournier to enrich themselves by turning public schools over to private investors such as themselves.

For our part, we look forward to hearing the bombs explode when these two launch their offensive, and we hope they win. If they are able to break the grip of the NJEA, children in our poor cities will be much better off.


Tepper is a Democrat and Fournier is a Republican. The agenda they are pushing encompasses all the common ground between President Obama and Gov. Chris Christie: tenure reform, merit pay, charters schools, a relentless focus on student achievement and more power for parents. Tepper favors only a small pilot program to experiment with vouchers.

Got that? “Tepper is a Democrat.” Just wondering, Tom: is this how Democrats behave?

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney came to the Garden State today to raise money for one of his most loyal New Jersey supporters – and fill his own campaign coffers.

The former Massachusetts governor headlined a $5,000 per plate fundraiser at the Bernardsville home of Ed and Nancy Deutsch, raising about $400,000 for the fledgling campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Joseph Kyrillos, a state senator from Monmouth County and longtime friend of Gov. Chris Christie. About 80 people attended the fundraiser in the wealthy neighborhood.

After that, Romney left to attend another private fundraiser in Short Hills, hosted by hedge fund billionaire David Tepper and Clifford Sobel, a former ambassador to Brazil and The Netherlands. Both fundraisers were closed to the press.

Some Democrat. Even if Tepper hates Corzine, he doesn’t have to throw behind Romney.

Get it straight, Tom: the corporate reform movement is a Republican movement with centrist Democrats in tow. Real Dems oppose this anti-union, anti-teacher agenda.

The Jersey Comeback?

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New Jersey lost 8,600 jobs in March.

And despite all that talk about how good Christie is for business…. the private sector lost 11,600 jobs while the public sector made slight gains of 3,000 jobs.

And as the Star Ledger wrote two months ago, “the larger issue: Under Christie, New Jersey has lagged behind the nation, and neighboring states, in job growth.”

Under Chris Christie, New Jersey is ranked 47th as a place to do business. Under Mitt Romney, Massachusetts was ranked 47th as well.

With economic policies that are so similar in their failure to create growth for the middle class and to help strengthen business, can we be surprised that Mitt Romney is poised to pick Chris Christie to be his running-mate?

P.S. Under Obama/Biden the country has had 25 consecutive months of private sector job growth.