Monday, October 15, 2012

Monday night line — UPDATE: Hillary shoulders Libya

Posted By on Mon, Oct 15, 2012 at 3:58 PM

A desultory start to the week for me. Finishing up:

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* WALTON URGED TO REPUDIATE NEO-CONFEDERATE LEGISLATOR: The Walmart 1 Percent, an education project of the UFCW union, has picked up our reporting on the soft-on-slavery, hard-on-Lincoln views of Republican Rep. Loy Mauch. It notes a campaign contribution to Mauch by Walmart board member and Walton heir Jim Walton. The union website calls on Walton to demand his money back. Not likely. That $500 was a down payment on Mauch's support for Walton's plan to end conventional public schools and replace them with charters and vouchers for the lucky, disaster for the rest.

* AND SPEAKING OF WALTONS: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has done an analysis of the Republican proposal to extend a huge estate tax break for the ultrawealthy will taking back improvemnts to the Earned Income Tax Credit and child credit that help working families. This isn't a 1 percenter deal, but a tenth of 1-percenter deal:

Extending the current estate tax rules would benefit the wealthiest 30 estates in Arkansas (roughly 0.10% estates), compared to reverting to the 2009 estate tax parameters.

Letting the improvements in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC) expire at the end of 2012 would affect 156,164 working Arkansas families in 2013 and the 297,695 children in those families.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at work. Pay for tax breaks for the 30 richest estates in Arkansas on the backs of nearly a half-million people in working families.

* PHARMACISTS OPPOSE MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACT: The Arkansas Pharmacists Association, taking pains to say it wasn't expressing an opinion on the legalization of marijuana, said it opposed the initiative to legalize medical marijuana because "the Act does not use the skill and education of pharmacists and because it creates a direct conflict with federal law." If marijuana is legalized in Arkansas, "pharmacists should be the healthcare professionals who dispense the medication, not unlicensed, untrained individuals who work in ‘marijuana dispensaries,’” said APA Executive Vice President Mark Riley

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes responsibility for security decisions in Libya and thus for the resulting death of Americans in Benghazi. The president and vice president aren't involved in State's security decisions, she said. Will that take it off the president's plate in the debate this week?

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