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Yesterday in 'Trying to Vote'

03/07/12 10:52AM

A county judge in Wisconsin yesterday put on hold the state's new law requiring voters to show ID they never had to show before. Dane County Judge David Flanagan, who appears to be no fan of Governor Walker's, wrote that the law had a particularly hard effect on minorities, the poor and the elderly, and that it serves to keep people from exercising their right to vote. read more

Guess who won Ohio?

Guess who won Ohio?

03/07/12 10:50AM

Ohio's Republican presidential primary was Super Tuesday's highest-profile contest, but Ari Berman raised a largely-overlooked point about the results: "Obama got more votes in Ohio than Romney last night."That may seem hard to believe -- leading Republicans campaigned aggressively in Ohio, and Mitt Romney spent $4 million to win the state, while President Obama didn't try and wasn't in a contested primary -- but according to the data from the Ohio Secretary of State's office, that's what happened. read more

Senate GOP seems prepared to give up on its contraception fight.

GOP loses its appetite for contraception fight

03/07/12 10:01AM

After the Senate narrowly defeated the anti-contraception Blunt Amendment last week, Republicans said they weren't prepared to give up the fight. On the contrary, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) vowed to keep pushing restrictions, eyeing "a couple" of possible legislative remedies. The Senate GOP made similar noises, with Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) declaring, "This issue will not go away."A week later, Republicans are ready to see the issue go away.Sen. read more

Santorum to Newt: Please go away

Santorum to Newt: Please go away

03/07/12 09:18AM

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, the only notable GOP official to switch his support from Mitt Romney to Rick Santorum, made an interesting observation last night: if the race for the Republican nomination were a two-person contest, Romney would probably be in big trouble.It's speculative, of course, but that's not an unreasonable assessment. Romney won very narrow contests in Ohio yesterday and Michigan last week, and in both cases, it's likely the results would have been reversed if it were a Romney vs. read more

Kucinich, Schmidt falter in Ohio

Kucinich, Schmidt falter in Ohio

03/07/12 08:45AM

Sitting members of Congress don't generally lose primary fights, but in Ohio last night, two House incumbents lost.The first was Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D), a liberal firebrand, who found himself the victim of an unkind redistricting process.In a primary faceoff between two veteran Democratic incumbents, voters in Ohio delivered a victory to Representative Marcy Kaptur, a progressive from Toledo, over Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, leaving him without a seat in Congress for the first time in 16 years.Mr. Kucinich conceded just past midnight Wednesday. read more

The Romney campaign manages to win and look weak at the same time.

So much for Super Tuesday clarity

03/07/12 08:00AM

Going into Super Tuesday, it was hardly unreasonable to think the fight for the Republican presidential nomination would effectively be over this morning. So much for that idea.Mitt Romney, outspending Rick Santorum four-to-one in Super Tuesday states, had just put together a string of wins in Arizona, Michigan, and Washington, and looked well positioned to win as many as nine of the 11 states voting yesterday. read more

Morning Maddow: March 7

03/07/12 07:14AM

Mitt Romney appears to have maybe apparently won Ohio? Republicans mad at Obama's lack of pens and parties.The politics behind Eric Cantor's JOBS (J-O-B-s?) bill - the one that caused his aide to get into a near "physical altercation" and quit.Dennis Kucinich loses the Democratic primary to Marcy Kaptur. Might run in Washington.Remember this guy? He'll be running against Kaptur in the fall. read more

The bust is yet to come

The bust is yet to come

03/06/12 07:01PM

As Steve Benen so ably pointed out, despite all the outrage surrounding Rush Limbaugh and his offensive comments, the Missouri Legislature still wants to honor Mr. Limbaugh with a bronze bust in the rotunda of the state capitol building in Jefferson City, as part of the Hall of Great Missourians.If this initiative succeeds, who will be there with him?Well, for one, jazz genius Charlie Parker. And paradigm-altering entertainer Josephine Baker. And baseball legend Buck O'Neil. And ragtime colossus Scott Joplin. read more

Super Tuesday coverage starts at 6pm ET

03/06/12 05:54PM

Don't forget Rachel takes the center seat for all-night-long live coverage of Super Tuesday primaries. Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell, Ed Schultz, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Steve Schmidt will join the panel.We can also expect to hear from Alex Wagner, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Sen. Sherrod Brown, Howard Dean, filmmaker Michael Moore and more.As was the case last time, there won't be a podcast, but I'll try to add clips for the night's coverage to the playlist here.  read more

Tuesday's Mini-Report

03/06/12 05:30PM

Today's edition of quick hits:* Resuming talks: "The global powers dealing with Iran's disputed nuclear program said Tuesday that they had accepted its offer to resume negotiations broken off in stalemate more than a year ago."* President Obama, not surprisingly, is still urging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to resort to military action against Iran.* Torture in Syria: "A video aired by a British television station purporting to show Syrian patients being tortured in hospital appears to support increasingly grave allegations pointing to crimes against humanity, the U.N. read more

Romney struggles with the basics in Iran

03/06/12 03:30PM

At the most recent debate for the Republican presidential candidates, Mitt Romney wanted to show off his understanding of international affairs, and told the audience that Syria is Iran's "key ally" and Iranians' "route to the sea."Iran, of course, has 1,520 miles of its own coastline -- and doesn't share a border with Syria. In trying to demonstrate his foreign policy acumen, most notably regarding Iran, Romney helped prove he hasn't even looked at a map of the region in a while.And yet, the former governor continues to feign expertise on the subject matter. read more

Obama comments on Limbaugh controversy

03/06/12 02:41PM

President Obama held his first press conference in a few months this afternoon, and while the bulk of the discussion was focused on Iran and international affairs, two reporters inquired about the controversy surrounding Rush Limbaugh's recent misogynistic remarks.The president didn't want to address the decisions of advertisers that are fleeing Limbaugh's program, or the sincerity of the host's so-called "apology," but Obama was willing to talk about what prompted him to reach out directly to Sandra Fluke.In short, the president explained that his reaction was driven by thoughts of his own da read more

Republican Wisconsin State Senator Glenn Grothman (C) talks with Mark Dziedzic (L) and Jeff Dziedzic inside the Wisconsin State Capitol on March 4, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin.

White, male and heteronormative (On, Wisconsin!)

03/06/12 01:28PM

Last night, we were excited to have Lilly Ledbetter on the show. Ledbetter is the living embodiment of equal pay for equal work. She spent her working life as an exemplary staffer in an Alabama Goodyear tire factory, only to discover that for years she'd been paid 40 percent less than her male colleagues.

The U.S. Supreme Court said Ledbetter was entitled to nothing, because she had not filed a complaint within 180 days of the discrimination beginning. She managed to get the change in Congress that she couldn't in the courts. The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first bill signed into law by President Obama.

But equal pay for equal work is not a done deal. In Wisconsin, the Republican legislature has sent Governor Walker a bill that strikes the enforcement from the state's Equal Pay Enforcement Act. If you read the bill, you'll see that it's about deleting; it adds nothing and takes away the protections the state had offered beyond the Lilly Ledbetter law. All it needs now is Scott Walker's signature. 

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