Mary Fallin Can’t Even Murder A Man Without Fucking It Up

McALESTER, Okla.An Oklahoma inmate whose execution was halted Tuesday because the delivery of a new drug combination was botched died of a heart attack, the state Department of Corrections said.  Director Robert Patton said inmate Clayton Lockett died Tuesday after all three drugs were administered.  Patton halted Lockett’s execution about 20 minutes after the first drug was administered. He said there was a vein failure.  Lockett was writhing on the gurney and shaking uncontrollably.  They tortured him to death.  The planned execution later Tuesday of a second inmate was postponed.

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New Hampshire is the latest state to get on board with Medicaid expansion.  They still will need approval of a waiver from Health and Human Services, but the New Hampshire government is extremely likely to ask for an Arkansas style “private option” waiver.  HHS has been willing to grant those waivers as long as there is no poor shaming involved.

Via TPM:

The GOP-controlled New Hampshire Senate approved a privatized plan for expanding Medicaid under Obamacare Thursday, opening the door for the state to become the latest to adopt the expansion…

The Democratic-controlled House is expected to approve the plan, and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan has expressed her support. About 58,000 New Hampshirites are expected to gain coverage under the expansion.

Cowboy Cops

God bless Texas:

These guys shouldn’t have jobs anymore and most certainly should not have guns. Period.

Picking sides in the future

I was reading about populists and the Democratic Party in The Washington Post and growing annoyed because we’re meandering around populism and liberalism and mixing up what I think are regional differences in one big stew of stern warnings not to go too far Left.

Like this:

But Stern cautioned that the bigger test of who holds power inside the party is proving those ideas can attract voters beyond staunchly liberal states or cities.
“It is fair to say that more liberal places find politicians first who are more willing to step out on these issues,” he said. “But it is not a shift until it’s seen to work in Minnesota or Wisconsin or New Mexico or Arizona.”

Sherrod Brown is quoted in the piece and I think he nails the whole liberal populist definition in one paragraph. They should have just led with this:

“Fundamentally, there’s two things that elections and governing are all about — the future and whose side are you on,” he said. “Democrats win elections and govern well when we keep that front and center. . . . It’s always important to put some new face on this, and it matters how you dress it up, but fundamentally it’s the historic difference between the parties.”

In Brown’s formulation there are two parts to being a Democrat- “the future” and “whose side are you on”. He has both of those components- he’s a progressive and he’s an economic populist and he wins in a 50/50 state. Not by a lot, but no one wins in Ohio by a lot. He’s a liberal populist.

Here’s a politician in Kentucky who is focusing mostly on the second part of Brown’s recipe, “whose side are you on”. She isn’t in a 50/50 state and if she wins no one will ever mistake her for a “liberal firebrand” but this is classic populism:

For now, Ms. Grimes benefits from not being Mr. McConnell. She is pitching herself to the conservative Kentucky electorate as a pro-coal, pro-labor Democrat and portrays the leader as a symbol of an out-of-touch Washington. “If the doctors told Senator McConnell he had a kidney stone,” she likes to say, “he would refuse to pass it.”
On a frigid February afternoon, hundreds of cheering union members and party activists turned out to hear Ms. Grimes. She cast herself as an advocate for women and the middle class, called for raising the minimum wage and issued a spirited defense of collective bargaining rights.
But it was her repeated assault on the senator as a man who “doesn’t get it” that really fired up the crowd.

She’s for working people (men and women) while Mitch McConnell is a wealthy, corrupt, out of touch DC pol who doesn’t get it. In so many words. If I may paraphrase. To use Brown’s definition again, she’s mostly “whose side are you on” with just a little nod to “the future.” It’s possible to put together different combinations of those two elements and win in Ohio and maybe even Kentucky. In fact, I don’t know how Democrats stand a chance in some of these places without economic populism. As far as I can tell, it’s the only reason Brown is competitive in the more conservative areas of this state. We probably don’t need populism to win in Massachusetts and New York, but we absolutely do need it to win in Ohio and Kentucky.

They’ve blurred the line so far it’s gone

Governor Kasich’s administration met with the Ohio regulatory agency that is paid to regulate oil and gas to outline how to promote an industry plan to drill in state parks and also target critics of their plan to drill in state parks.

Then they all lied about it:

On Friday, Gov. John Kasich’s spokesman said the governor’s office knew nothing about an August 2012 state marketing plan for fracking in state parks and forests.
But after an email about the plan involving most of Kasich’s top officials was disclosed yesterday, spokesman Rob Nichols said: “Of course, the administration is going to coordinate and plan ahead on an important issue like gas production on state land.”
The turnaround came after an email became public. It was from Kasich senior adviser Wayne Struble, who sought a meeting about the public-relations campaign with top Kasich officials. Those invited included Beth Hansen, the governor’s chief of staff; Scott Milburn, top communications manager; Matt Carle, his legislative liaison (who is now his re-election campaign manager); Jai Chabria, a senior adviser; Tracy Intihar, who was cabinet secretary at the time; Craig Butler, a policy adviser who is now head of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency; and leaders of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Nichols told The Dispatch on Friday night that the governor’s office had no knowledge of the marketing plan because it had never left the Natural Resources department.
“Clearly, that’s not the case,” Brian Rothenberg, head of the liberal nonprofit organization ProgressOhio, said in a news conference yesterday in which the email was divulged. “The fact that people at the highest level of the governor’s office were involved in this is pretty unsavory.”
Brian Kunkemoeller, conservation-program coordinator with the Sierra Club’s Ohio chapter — which obtained the material through a public-records request — said, “This is not only a sad day for our parks and forests, it’s also a sad day for our democracy.”
Rothenberg and Kunkemoeller expressed outrage that a state agency given the statutory duty to regulate the oil and gas industry actually was partnering with the industry to promote it.

We’re paying every single person who was sitting at that meeting. Industry interests don’t even bother hiring lobbyists anymore. It’s much cheaper to just buy the governor and the regulators outright, and have the public pick up the tab for their continued employment.

The memo itself recognized that the public-relations initiative “could blur public perception of ODNR’s regulatory role in oil and gas.”

“Blur”? The regulator is completely captured by the industry they’re supposed to be regulating. That’s what the memo shows, and that’s why they all lied about who was at the meeting.

Watching how West Virginia water was poisoned the last couple of weeks, it occurred to me that our elected leaders are so captured, so completely corrupt and compromised, that they cannot even protect basic public health. They can’t fulfill even that bedrock governmental duty. The best they can do is advise pregnant women not to drink the water. Let the buyer beware on drinking water. That’s their role, I guess. They’re advisors to us, the consumers.

I’m disappointed that just two state lawmakers were targeted by the oil and gas industry representatives currently working for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. That’s two that aren’t captured, I guess.

Rep. Robert Hagan
Rep. Nickie Antonio