Wisconsin's frightening influence over U.S. policy is taking another ugly turn for the worse:
jsonline: State Rep. Chris Kapenga, a Delafield Republican, was elected the co-president of the Assembly of State Legislatures by a few score of lawmakers from around the country in a meeting at the Naval Heritage Center in Washington, D.C. An impressively daunting task awaits Kapenga and the group he helped found last year: preparing the way for a convention that has never happened since the U.S. Constitution was framed in 1787.
Looking ahead and setting up a quick set of procedures to call a constitutional convention, Kapenga is organizing what could be a sweeping agenda. Kapenga's own dangerous and disastrous contribution, a balanced budget amendment, would prevent any efforts to stimulate a troubled economy or pass out disaster relief money without cuts somewhere else.
And I'm sure you've heard the anti-science "we need a balance between the environment and jobs" BS? Well, the GOP has now successfully made jobs more important that the environment, even if it enriches only the wealthy elite:
NY Times: The public is more pessimistic than it was after the 2008 financial crisis that it is possible to work hard and become rich- New York Times poll. 54% of respondents said that “over-regulation that may interfere with economic growth” was a bigger problem than “too little regulation that may create an unequal distribution of wealth.”Despite Republican whining about Democratically "anointed" candidates in the past, G.O.P. Donors Seek to Anoint a 2016 Nominee Early...go figure.
And coordination between candidates and special interest groups is getting more tech savvy:
Politico: The Republican Party’s top operatives, including strategists representing the Koch brothers’ political operation and several leading prospective 2016 presidential candidates, on Monday huddled behind closed doors to discuss how to synchronize their sometimes competing tech efforts.