Besides Being Senators… What do Ron Wyden, Scott Brown and Bernie Sanders Have in Common?

I’ve been busy lately … How’s everyone doing?

Has anyone read the following?

Ezra Klein: Have Scott Brown and Ron Wyden figured out the way forward on health care?

    This morning, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.) introduced the “Empowering States to Innovate Act.” The legislation would allow states to develop their own health-care reform proposals that would preempt the federal government’s effort. If a state can think of a plan that covers as many people, with as comprehensive insurance, at as low a cost, without adding to the deficit, the state can get the money the federal government would’ve given it for health-care reform but be freed from the individual mandate, the exchanges, the insurance requirements, the subsidy scheme and pretty much everything else in the bill.
    Wyden, with the help of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), was able to build a version of this exemption into the original health-care reform bill, but for various reasons, was forced to accept a starting date of 2017 — three years after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act goes into effect. The Wyden/Brown legislation would allow states to propose their alternatives now and start implementing them in 2014, rather than wasting time and money setting up a federal structure that they don’t plan to use.

Please go and read the entire article.

And if you are wondering what it is that the two of them are attempting to have implemented before 2017 — here is the portion of the law that Wyden had gotten placed in the bill during mark-up:


They are attempting to move the date of the implementation of that section up from the planned start date of 2017.

I hope this helps you get a grip on what Wyden and Brown are working on.



California and Federal Health Care Reform: The State Becomes the National Leader in Implemention

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For those of you that reside in other states and don’t know what the new reform could be doing in your states if implemented, the following information is intended to assist you in expanding your understanding of what can be done if the implementation is organized in a rational manner. Continue reading “California and Federal Health Care Reform: The State Becomes the National Leader in Implemention”

California Governors Race: Moonbeam Takes Out Meg-a Bucks

Here  … The returns as of . . . 4:26 a.m.PDT

If you’ll note, the turnout appears to have been lower than even I suspected.

With 93% of the precincts reporting there has been 7,172,701 ballots cast.

That’s 42.29% of the 17 million Californians registered to vote.

That is 987,299 fewer voters that I suspected would go to the polls.

Governor – Statewide Results

93.8% ( 23,296 of 24,845 ) precincts partially
or fully reporting as of November 3, 2010, 4:26 a.m.
Visit our County Reporting Status page to determine if a county has submitted a final election night report.
Candidate Votes Percent
Jerry Brown (Dem) 3,859,570
Meg Whitman (Rep) 2,948,040
Chelene Nightingale (AI) 111,753
Laura Wells (Grn) 87,358
Dale F. Ogden (Lib) 103,914
Carlos Alvarez (P&F) 62,066


For additional info:


Brown or Whitman – Who Would You Have Oversee Your Money?

Frugality is not a Meg Whitman trademark . . .

The latest numbers are in relating to the fundraising totals of each candidate in California.

Projected vote totals:

Brown projected at: 51.4% = 4,194,240 link
Whitman projected at: 46.1% =  3,761,760 ibid.

Whitman will have spent $49.98 per vote cast for her from her current figures of spending $173 million. link

Brown? $8.80. Yes. You read that right. $8.80 per vote. He’s spent $36.9 million ibid.

And my personal answer to the question, “Who Would You Have Oversee Your Money?”

I would elect neither candidate if it came to my family’s personal funds.

But it’s Jerry Brown when it comes to OUR public funds here in California.



California Governor Election Forecast

The latest from Nate Silver at

Governor Forecast Update: Chafee’s Chances Wax; Whitman’s Wane

October 23, 2010, 10:52 am 

In California, Meg Whitman’s chances of defeating Jerry Brown are increasingly slim, as new surveys give Mr. Brown leads of 7 and 8 percentage points. Ms. Whitman’s internal polls also have her trailing, although by a smaller margin, according to KCBS’s Doug Sovern. The polling has been fairly consistent in this race for several weeks now, and I don’t know that it’s really all that hard a contest to read: Ms. Whitman’s campaign has encountered a few speed bumps, and she may have saturated the market with advertisements to the point that voters are tuning her out; moreover, she has lost ground even as the Senate candidate in California, Carly Fiorina, has held or somewhat improved her position. And a comeback is less likely in a state with significant early voting. Ms. Whitman’s winning chances are now down to 14 percent in the model, from 18 percent earlier this week.

Defending the Little Guy? Sure . . . Yup … Uh Huh …

Old Beck and his snake oil sales pitch…

I sure hate to get Dick’s blood pressure up but this info has to be shared.

The Chamber of Commerce simply “defends the little guy.” (video)

And if you wish to find out who this charlatan has been working in cahoots with for all this time…

You can view the info from Think Progress that I have mirrored here at the TPM Café Castaways site.

Or … you can go directly to the Think Progress site here.


There are Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics…

Which site would you bother with . . .

If you are a numbers and statistics kind of person, at which of the two following sites would you invest your time?

The first site is the Poll Tracker page at Talking Points Memo . . .

There’s a whole lot of graphic doohickeys and generic numbers with absolutely no explanation or context given on how all this gobbledygook works.



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