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h/t: Scott Jaschik at Slate

During the Tuesday night broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow ended the show by discussing Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant and his recent comments regarding his state’s high uninsured rate. A recent survey revealed that Mississippi is the only state to have seen its uninsured rate increase since the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Overall, the country has seen a significant decrease in the number of uninsured people. However, Mississippi’s uninsured rate has climbed to 21.46%. Only Texas currently has a higher uninsured rate than Mississippi.

When presented with these results, Bryant decided that President Barack Obama and the ACA were to blame.

“If statistics show that the ill-conceived and so-called Affordable Care Act is resulting in higher rates of uninsured people in Mississippi, I’d say that’s yet another example of a broken promise from Barack Obama.”

Maddow highlighted Bryant’s refusal to work with any of the provisions of the ACA that would have helped bring health coverage to more Mississippians. The governor refused to assist in creating a state exchange even though his own state’s health commissioner, a Republican, had a well-designed exchange ready to be put in place. Due to Bryant’s intransigence, the HHS and other federal agencies were unable to work with the state exchange, and only two health insurance companies were willing to be placed on it. The governor also refused to expand Medicaid, which would have provided coverage to over 300,000 residents of his state. Instead, Bryant said that people have free coverage — the emergency room.

Rachel decided to use a visual metaphor to illustrate the effects of Bryant’s obstruction when it comes to Obamacare. The host brought out a model of a Lamborghini. The remote control car worked perfectly and she was able to drive it around the studio. After driving it around, she bashed it several times with a hammer. After causing severe damage to the car, she tried to drive it around again. Of course, it went nowhere. In mock outrage, Maddow kicked the car, called it a piece of junk and said nobody should get this car because it doesn’t work.

Below is video of the segment, courtesy of MSNBC:

In a short four-minute segment, Rachel Maddow destroyed Bryant’s declaration that the ACA is to blame for Mississippi’s high uninsured rate. The fact remains that red state Republican governors like Bryant and Texas’ Rick Perry have done everything in their power to ensure that the health care law is a failure in their state. However, when presented with the aftereffects of their obstruction, they turn tail and blame Obama or Democrats for the negative impact of their actions. Republicans take a jackhammer to Obamacare in their states and then call it a piece of junk when it doesn’t work as promised.

h/t: Justin Baragona at PoliticusUSA

Today’s verdict is a victory for the people of Mississippi and for the supporters of reproductive choice. 

h/t: Igor Volsky at Think Progress Health

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Since the runoff McDaniel and his supporters have complained that McDaniel actually won the Republican vote in the runoff and Cochran was only the winner through getting African Americans and Democrats to vote for him.

As The New York Times’ Upshot blog notes, Cochran won 92 percent of the votes in the precincts that are Democratic strongholds. President Barack Obama won 99 percent of the vote in those precincts in 2012. Cochran won those precincts by 3,889 votes, or more than half of his margin of victory in the runoff over all. With those votes, Democratic votes in other parts of the state could have cleanly brought Cochran over the finish line in the runoff, even with Republican voters in those precincts going for McDaniel.

An important data point to keep in mind also is that in historically Democratic-dominant places like Hinds County, one of the most densely populated counties in Mississippi, turnout wasn’t especially large (7.4 percent of the 2012 general election numbers) — but with runoff voters going 92 to 8 for Cochran, it would be enough to move the race in Cochran’s favor.

Cochran also got about 32,000 votes from blacks who voted for Obama in the last election, according to the Upshot. That’s about 8 percent of the 382,000 votes over all cast in the runoff election.

Mississippi is a fairly racially polarized state so, even though how African-Americans voted in the 2012 presidential election isn’t perfectly representative of how African-Americans voted since then, it’s fairly close, according to The Upshot. According to exit polls, only about 10 percent of the state’s white voters went for Obama in 2012.

In the whitest, most Republican-leaning precincts (places where Obama got less than 20 percent of the vote) McDaniel beat Cochran with 19,033 votes or 57 percent of the vote. Again though, those numbers don’t perfectly represent all white voters.

Another important fact to keep in mind: the new data doesn’t confirm or disprove that claims by McDaniel supporters that Cochran got Democrats who voted in the Democratic primary to illegally vote in the Republican primary.

The new data is based on 93 percent of the runoff electorate. The other 7 percent is based on information from precincts that couldn’t easily be compared to the 2012 presidential election. But, as the Upshot notes, it isn’t likely that the remaining unmatched data would change the other findings. The unmatched data came from precincts that leaned more Democratic, meaning they were likely more favorable to Cochran.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

The party sent results to the Secretary of State on Monday, the legal deadline.

The GOP’s numbers showed Cochran winning by more than the 6,800 votes counted by The Associated Press after the June election. Tallies change as county parties examine provisional ballots and finalize results.

McDaniel, a state senator, has said he would challenge the results. But his attorney Mitch Tyner says it could be days before that happens.

Tyner says the campaign must first finish its investigation into how many voters improperly cast absentee ballots or who voted in both the Democratic primary and GOP runoff, a violation of state law.

Wow, this Dana Loesch lady is nuts.

From the 06.25.2014 edition of TheBlazeTV’s The Glenn Beck Program:

crooksandliars:

Right Wing Extremists Sending Poll Watchers To Tuesday's MS Runoff

Poll watchers in Democratic precincts in Mississippi? What could possibly go wrong with that? But that is exactly what will happen on Tuesday for the runoff between Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel.

New York Times:

As Senator Thad Cochran, the veteran Republican, fights for his political life in Mississippi by taking the unexpected step of courting black Democrats, conservative organizations working to defeat him are planning to deploy poll watchers to monitor his campaign’s turnout operation in Tuesday’s runoff election.

Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, president of the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political action committee that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars backing Mr. Cochran’s Tea Party opponent, State Senator Chris McDaniel, said in an interview on Sunday that his group was joining with Freedom Works and the Tea Party Patriots in a “voter integrity project” in Mississippi.

The groups will deploy observers in areas where Mr. Cochran is recruiting Democrats, Mr. Cuccinelli said. J. Christian Adams, a former Justice Department official and conservative commentator who said he was advising the effort, described the watchers as “election observers,” mostly Mississippi residents, who will be trained to “observe whether the law is being followed.”

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crooksandliars:

Mississippi GOP Nailbiter Senate Race Heads For Runoff

Despite the scandal involving Chris McDaniel’s supporters and Thad Cochran’s ill wife, neither candidate has been able to secure 50 percent of the vote, with more than 97 percent of the precincts reporting.

If one or the other doesn’t break the 50 percent barrier, they will head for a runoff in three weeks.

The spoiler is Republican candidate Thomas Carey, who siphoned off over 4,000 votes from the other two candidates.

There’s still a chance McDaniel could edge out Cochran in the final count and hit 50 percent. If so, this post will be updated.


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Gene Taylor’s comeback bid is foiled.

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Three more men were arrested in connection with the investigation into the alleged videotaping of the unsuspecting wife of Mississippi Republican Sen. Thad Cochran on Thursday. 

The Clarion-Ledger reported Thursday Mississippi Tea Party Vice Chairman Mark Mayfield and one other suspect were arrested in connection with the weekend arrest of Clayton Thomas Kelly, a local activist and blogger who allegedly snuck into Rose Cochran’s nursing home and videotaped her. A Madison police official confirmed the arrest of Mayfield to Business Insider.

Mayfield has extensive ties with the campaign of state Sen. Chris McDaniel, the intra-party insurgent challenging Cochran in the June 3 Republican primary. His arrest will likely provide fodder for the Cochran campaign, which has accused McDaniel’s team of being behind the alleged nursing-home break-in.

Madison Police said Richard Sager of Ellisville, Mississippi, and John Mary of Hattiesburg, Mississippi were the two others person arrested on Thursday. All three defendants were charged with conspiracy to photograph or film another without permission where there is an expectation of privacy. 

In a statement Thursday afternoon, McDaniel denounced the arrested parties.

"As we have said since day one, the violation of the privacy of Mrs. Cochran is out of bounds for politics and is reprehensible," McDaniel said in a statement after the arrests. "Any individuals who were involved in this crime should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law."

John Reeves, an attorney representing Mayfield, said he was charged as part of a “conspiracy” to take a photograph of Rose Cochran. Reeves said Mayfield “maintains his innocence” and said he “looks forward to getting this matter resolved in his favor.” He also said Mayfield has “no connection whatsoever” to Kelly.

"This is politics at its worst," Reeves told Business Insider.

 Merrida Coxwell, another attorney representing Mayfield, did not immediately respond to emails and calls for comment. 

The McDaniel campaign’s Facebook page and Mayfield’s personal page both display his support for McDaniel. On April 5, McDaniel’s campaign posted a photo of Mayfield and five other volunteers on Facebook.

"Here’s part of a crew that reached over 500 homes walking in Madison today. Great work team!" the post said.

Mark Mayfield

Facebook/Chris McDaniel for Senate

Police have said Kelly was arrested after the department received information last Thursday about the “possible exploitation of a vulnerable adult resident” at the nursing home.

The resulting investigation determined the 28-year-old Kelly “illegally and improperly obtained an image of a vulnerable adult resident without their consent for his own benefit.” Kelly is currently being held on $100,000 bond.

Kelly maintains a blog, “Constitutional Clayton,” where he posted a video featuring the photo of Cochran’s wife. It has since been removed. 

Both campaigns accused the other of using the situation for political gain. Cochran’s team has accused McDaniel’s camp of being involved in the scheme. Meanwhile, the McDaniel campaign has denied any involvement with Kelly and accused Cochran of attempting to exploit the situation by waiting weeks after finding out about the photo before hiring an attorney. Cochran’s lawyer conducted an investigation and handed over information to police three weeks after Kelly’s video was published online.

Source: Brett Logiurato for Business Insider

h/t: NinetyWt at Daily Kos

h/t: Andrew Kaczynski and Gideon Resnick at BuzzFeed