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Early Bird Rise and Shine

On This Day: President Barack Obama greets a boy after speaking about strengthening America’s education system, at the Wright Middle School in Madison, Wis., Nov. 4, 2009. (Photo by Pete Souza)

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Today

President Obama highlights the start of a new enrollment period for ObamaCare in a conference call with sign-up personnel (closed to media)

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MoooOOOooorning!


85 Responses to “Early Bird Rise and Shine”


  1. November 4, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Goooooooooooood Morning everyone….GM Ms Chipssssssssss

  2. 3 desertflower
    November 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Morning:)

  3. November 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

    Good Wednesday, Chipsticks…TOD Family!

    Congrats prettyfoot58! 😀

    Everyone enjoy your day.

  4. 5 amk for obama
    November 4, 2015 at 8:30 am

    furst

  5. November 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

    i made an error in the last post…Gov Wolf was elected in 2014…even more historic when the DEMs lost so much that year…i think there was another race in NE in which the President campaigned for someone …they won there too…

  6. 8 donna dem 4 obama
    November 4, 2015 at 8:31 am

    Good Morning Chips and TOD

  7. 13 amk for obama
    November 4, 2015 at 8:35 am

    this from a rwnj toonist.

  8. 14 amk for obama
    November 4, 2015 at 8:36 am

    yup, both are corrupt clowns.

  9. 15 jackiegrumbacher
    November 4, 2015 at 8:37 am

    Morning. Still walking on air over the judicial sweep in PA–a win with huge implications for the future. We all hope that at least one of the SC candidates would win, but all three is a wow!!!! As mentioned on the last thread, an AA/Latino candidate we all worked hard for won a seat on the City Council, edging out a hard core Tea Party candidate. And a good Latino friend won a seat on the city’s school board. Step by step we’re making progress.

    • 16 amk for obama
      November 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Congrats. Great job on gotv. Did you sleep well? 🙂

      • 17 jackiegrumbacher
        November 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

        Slept fitfully, AMK, because I was too excited when I nodded off. Hope to make it up with a nice long nap today

        • 18 amk for obama
          November 4, 2015 at 9:02 am

          Have a bubbly on me. 🙂

          • 19 jackiegrumbacher
            November 4, 2015 at 9:07 am

            Thanks, AMK, for the offer and for hanging in there with me last night when I was afraid to believe what I was seeing.

            • 20 amk for obama
              November 4, 2015 at 9:09 am

              I couldn’t believe it either until the mofo count total hit 90%. 🙂

              Enjoy the day with your ofa pals. You all deserve the kudos.

            • 21 amk for obama
              November 4, 2015 at 9:13 am

              He ain’t no obama, despite the rethugs wish and media spin. Will he get the floor of 45%? Sure. After that every 0.1% is gonna be uphill. Hillary should forget effing FL and concentrate on OH, VA & NC. Even WV might come in play.

              • 22 amk for obama
                November 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

                ugh, this was supposed to be for your rubio post.

              • 23 jackiegrumbacher
                November 4, 2015 at 9:25 am

                I don’t think Rubio is that popular in Florida. If Hillary chooses a good Latino running mate and gets a solid ground game going, she has a chance in FL.

                • 24 amk for obama
                  November 4, 2015 at 9:40 am

                  doubtful, that state has been effed up with white entitlement for a long time. look at the corrupt thief they re-elected as their gov. PBO had to micromanage gotv to eek out a win there. I don’t see hillz having that kinda acumen and hard work.

    • 25 GGAIL
      November 4, 2015 at 8:51 am

      JackieG that is Great news!!!!!
      Good morning to you and everyone who worked so hard! 💕

    • November 4, 2015 at 8:53 am

      yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…

    • 27 FoxfireTX
      November 4, 2015 at 9:04 am

      Congrats JackieG! So nice to see the effort paying dividends! Keep floating on air for this day at least:-)

    • November 4, 2015 at 10:45 am

      CONGRATS! Your hard work is paying dividends! I’m pleaseed with state-wide judge and with my municipal results; however COUNTY – 😦 Later, when I have a moment, I’ll write a paragraph or two about the cognitive dissonance that IS DelCo…

  10. November 4, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Good Morning, Everyone 🙂

  11. 30 amk for obama
    November 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

    ouch.

  12. 31 amk for obama
    November 4, 2015 at 8:45 am

    • 32 jackiegrumbacher
      November 4, 2015 at 9:05 am

      It’s my hope that cartoonists start turning their guns on Rubio, who is one empty suit and as tainted as they come. The R’s and the media are going to push his candidacy hard and we’ve got to start fighting back. Jeb is toast and I don’t for one minute believe Trump or Carson will make it to the general, so it’s dough-faced Rubio who’ll be left standing.

  13. 33 GGAIL
    November 4, 2015 at 8:46 am

    Good West Coast morning Chipsticks & TOD family.
    My boss is invited to be on the Conference Call. I am participating because he has a schedule conflict 😎

    • 37 jackiegrumbacher
      November 4, 2015 at 9:14 am

      Good for Noah. Shutting out selected press to avoid criticism is always a good way to reflect supposed American values in an election. What sad sacks these Iowa Republicans are.

  14. November 4, 2015 at 8:47 am

  15. November 4, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Good morning TOD folks!

  16. November 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

  17. 42 pickle48
    November 4, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I’m at Petra in Jordan. People here are SO excited about Michelle Obama being here. I’ve been hearing about the Obamas all day!

  18. November 4, 2015 at 9:14 am

    GOP win in Kentucky sets up unprecedented Affordable Care Act fight
    By David Weigel November 3 at 10:40 PM

    When people called Greg Stumbo to talk “Obamacare,” it was usually to say they were against it. The Democratic speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives knew just what to say. President Obama had nothing to do with their health care, not really. They were eligible to find insurance on KYnect, the exchange created by popular outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.).

    “I’d tell em we’ve got Beshearcare,”said Stumbo in an interview Tuesday night, “and they’d be fine with that.”

    The disconnect between Obamacare and KYnect was one of the great paradoxes of American politics. In polls, Kentucky voters rejected Obamacare at roughly the rate they rejected the president, 2-1. But they were fond of KYnect, which Beshear created by executive order, bypassing a gridlocked Kentucky legislature. Month by month, Kentuckians took advantage of the state’s Medicaid expansion or the plans offered on the exchange, and the state’s uninsured rate plummeted from 20.4 percent to 9 percent. Beshear predicted that “the Democratic nominee will make this a major issue and will pound the Republicans into the dust with it.”

    On Tuesday night, it was the Democrats eating dust. Attorney General Jack Conway, who was expected to replace Beshear, lost in a rout to Tea Party activist Matt Bevin. Conway defended KYnect; Bevin called it a disaster. While his prescription for changing it shifted, he ended the race with a promise to undo Kentucky’s successful experiment.

    “I plan to use the open enrollment period in 2016 to transition people from the state-level exchange to the federal exchange,” Bevin told the Cincinnati Enquirer last week. “Once all are transitioned, I would shut down the exchange.” When it came to Medicaid, Bevin pledged to “repeal the expansion as it currently exists, and seek a Section 1115 waiver from the Center for Medicaid Services.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/11/03/gop-win-in-kentucky-sets-up-unprecedented-affordable-care-act-fight/?tid=pm_politics_pop_b

    • 47 jackiegrumbacher
      November 4, 2015 at 9:19 am

      Sadly, Rikyrah, people have to experience the Republican poison over and over again until they finally figure out what’s killing them. Kentucky will suffer from this election and people will die, but whether they’ll learn anything remains questionable.

  19. 48 57andfemale
    November 4, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I. Am. Speechless.

  20. November 4, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Mr. NFTG was BLISTERING ON TWITTER LAST NIGHT.
    I hope you retweet him.

    ……………..

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Okay here goes… I am sick of the coddling of White Working Class Voters in this country… The rest of us pay the price for their BS.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    I mean… Who gleefully ushered in the Reagan Revolution? Not just elected him but reelected him in a landslide?

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Who couldn’t bring themselves to vote for a Democrat until that Democrat “Felt their pain” and started cribbing from St. Ronnie’s notebook?

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Who after that Dem left office with an economy in decent shape turned the USA over to the most criminally incompetent administration ever?

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    And after that criminally incompetent administration damn near drives this country into a ditch we have a moment of sanity in 2008…

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    We finally get someone who genuinely tries to fix the mess his predecessors left behind but then…

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Who decided that change wasn’t coming fast enough and saddled him with the most inept Congress in history?

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Get mad if you wish but we can’t move forward the way we could because we’re constantly having to account for butthurt White folks..

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    And this shit isn’t new KY is just part of the same bullshit story that unfolds all over. KS, WI, IL, FL, MI, and here in TX.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Matt Bevin is a clown. And yet all he had to do was basically go “OGGA BUGGA SCARY BLACK MAN!” and he gets the keys to the Govs mansion.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    And I am going to be a hard ass about this. Because every other ethnic group had to get the “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” speech…

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    So yeah I hear y’all about low turnout, sorry leadership at the DNC, RW media/billionaires… I get it and it’s all valid however….

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    We’ve been dealing with this bullshit since Nixon. White Working Class Voters consistently voting against their own interests.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    I was already incredulous over that NY Times story about White folks wanting a “gentler drug war” this KY thing just added to it.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    There’s more I can and probably will say later but I’m tired.. I’m tired of good people in states like KY having to suffer b/c of dumb MFs.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Last thing: If you think you hurt Obama by voting against your own interests you’re a fucking idiot and deserve what’s coming to you.

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    Barack Obama is going to be good. Especially after he leaves office. His and his family’s health care is secure….but the rest of y’all?

    Mr. NFTG @Kennymack1971
    That’s it. I’m done. Maybe one day Working Class White folks you’ll wake up and join the rest of us who get it… One day.

    • 52 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      November 4, 2015 at 9:56 am

      AMERICA WAS BUILT ON A CRACKED FOUNDATION FILLED WITH LIES….UNTIL IT KNEELS TO A JUST GOD AND COMPASSION AND LOVE FOR EACH OTHER……………………IT’S SPITTING IN THE WIND……………………..PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL NEVER BE REPLACED…AGAIN…THEY BROKE THE MOLD………………………………AND BTW…RACISM WILL SEE ITS LAST DAY!

  21. 53 amk for obama
    November 4, 2015 at 9:42 am

    LOL. Tweet of the day.

  22. 54 desertflower
    November 4, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Here is your STUPID for breakfast!
    http://www.balloon-juice.com/2015/11/04/the-morning-after/

    In addition to what Richard said about Bevin going to a waiver being his most likely next step (he held up Indiana’s current plan as a model) keep in mind Bevin has said that the best way to make sure people have affordable healthcare is to create jobs through the magic of right-to-work and corporate tax cuts. That’s worked so well for Kansas, of course.

    Of course, he’s also sworn to cut thousands of state employee jobs across the board too, so we’ll see how that works out, huh.

    “People in this town are nervous on both sides, but they ought to be,” Bevin said. “If you are not productive, if you are not adding value, if you are not justifying your existence in terms of a return on the taxpayer’s money you ought to be nervous.

    “If the taxpayer is not getting a good return on their tax investment, then we should reevaluate it. I’m agnostic to what that means. I don’t have predetermined notion as to what this means for merit versus non-merit, Democrat versus Republican.

    “I’m agnostic. I will come with a blank sheet of paper and I think that is healthy. Somebody who truly is not beholden to anybody. Somebody that doesn’t owe anyone any favors — that’s what makes people nervous about Jenean (running mate Jenean Hampton) and I. We are not beholden to anybody.”

    Gotta run government like a business, you know. And it’s all about making a profit, right? Government services are necessary cost of civilization, not profit centers, but of course that’s exactly what voters here wanted, to run it like a business.

    You don’t add enough valu

    e, you should be nervous. Guess who determines what’s valuable?

    Welcome to Bevinstan.

    Justify your existence, citizen.

    But wait!! There’s MORE!

    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/which-states-are-givers-and-which-are-takers/361668/

    Check out the map, but KY is one of the TOP 10 takers in the US…meaning that they don’t raise enough money through taxes to tend to their own state’s responsibilities, so they depend of the FEDERAL GOVT to make up the rest!

    KY…You built this! Hold on…you’re gonna feel some pain.

    • November 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

      Bevin in Ky is going to be the new exhibit A for what tea party destruction is all about.

    • 58 kid kanga
      November 4, 2015 at 9:58 am

      I really don’t feel sorry for people in states like WI or KY. I used to, but seeing how they will twist themselves into pretzels to vote against their own interests (or not vote), i just can’t anymore. I will add that I wish the Fed gov would stop sending them add’l free money to cover for their terrible red state tax policies. Let the blue states like MN spend their own money on Pre-k and light rail rather than sending it to GOP gov’s like KY to waste on tax cuts for the wealthy or insider grift.

      congrats to PA on the SC election, that will pay many dividends i’m sure!

      • 59 desertflower
        November 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

        Agree with you 100% on those tax issues… Might be the only way they begin to see a connection is if they actually experience the tax policies of their RW states!

      • 60 Desertflower
        November 4, 2015 at 10:24 am

        These are the same people that scream about people ‘living within their means’… Pot meet kettle

  23. 61 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    November 4, 2015 at 9:50 am

    GOOD MORNING TOD FAMILY…THIS IS A REALLY JOYFUL DAY FOR ME….MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED AND JOE HOGSETT IS NOW THE NEW MAYOR OF INDIANAPOLIS…ALSO MANY KUDOS TO DEAR FRIEND PETER LUSTER WHO RAN THAT CAMPAIGN. I LOVE THEM BOTH AND IT WILL BE A PLEASURE TO LEAVE INDY IN JOE’S CAPABLE HANDS….WHEN THERE ARE IMPD FUNERALS AND MAYOR BALLARD IS TOLD…NOT TO BE PRESENT!…THAT SAYS IT ALL. I HOPE OUR ENERGIZER PRESIDENT IS HAVING A GID DAY…GREG BALLARD IS DONE IN JANUARY!..HE DOOES HOWEVER NEED TO BE PROSECUTED FOR THE FUNDS HE HAS STOLEN FOR YEARS FROM THE CTY OF INDIANAPOLIS…I THINK HE KNOWS THAT’S COMING!

  24. November 4, 2015 at 9:57 am

    uh uh uh

    know it’s true, but still.

    ……………….

    Half of black millennials know victim of police violence

    Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press
    Updated 4:02 am, Wednesday, November 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Years before the high-profile deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, more than half of African-American millennials indicated they, or someone they knew, had been victimized by violence or harassment from law enforcement, a new report says.

    The information, from the “Black Millennials in America” report issued by the Black Youth Project at the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, reflects starkly different attitudes among black, Latino, Asian and white millennials when it comes to policing, guns and the legal system in the United States. Researchers, who have surveyed millennials several times during the past decade, point out that the disparities existed well before the “Black Lives Matter” movement began.

    In the 2009 Mobilization and Change Survey, 54.4 percent of black millennials answered yes to the question “Have you or anyone you know experienced harassment or violence at the hands of the police?” Almost one-third of whites, 1 in 4 Latinos and 28 percent of Asian-Americans surveyed said yes to the same question.

    http://abc13.com/news/report-50-percent-of-black-millennials-know-a-police-violence-victim/1067557/

  25. 65 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    November 4, 2015 at 10:08 am

    OFF TO DOMESTIC DUTIES…HAVE A BLESSED DAY EVERYONE..I LOVE MY ENERGIZER PBO………………………..BRING IT ON!

  26. November 4, 2015 at 10:15 am

  27. 68 MightyPamela
    November 4, 2015 at 10:19 am

  28. 69 amk for obama
    November 4, 2015 at 10:20 am

  29. 70 MightyPamela
    November 4, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Mornin’ y’all

  30. November 4, 2015 at 10:47 am

    THE.FIX.IS.IN
    THE.PHUCKING.FIX.IS.IN

    ………………………………

    Cop Who Allegedly Abused Black Women Faces All-White Jury
    Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw is on trial for 36 charges — including rape, sexual battery, stalking, and indecent exposure — based on allegations from more than a dozen black women.

    posted on Nov. 3, 2015, at 5:57 p.m.
    Jessica Testa
    BuzzFeed News Reporter

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/jtes/cop-who-allegedly-abused-black-women-faces-all-white-jury?utm_term=.niXrEnx4YW#.rqbp4jq3d5

  31. 75 donna dem 4 obama
    November 4, 2015 at 10:50 am

    It’s about us!

    Last night’s election is again a reminder that there is only one simple way to win and that is when you turn your voters out on Election Day.
    It’s not about President Obama and whether or not candidates embrace his policies or distance themselves from them it’s about turning your voters out to the polls and honestly Dems don’t have a clue as to how to do this. Prime example was a year ago we had a good candidate that embraced PBO but had a poor strategy to turnout the vote. He thought that running to be the 1st African American Governor in a solid blue state that had a high number of AA ‘s that all he had to do was turnout the AA vote in those heavily black districts and he could win. He ignored those surrounding counties that PBO won decisively in 2012 and poured all of his resources into PG, Montgomery and Baltimore City counties. I don’t need to tell you that this is where most of the Blacks live in this state, right? He even had POTUS and FLOTUS come and campaign in PG and Baltimore just days before the election. Anthony Brown came up short in his bid to be Governor of Maryland because he didn’t turn all his voters out on Election Day.

    Spend just an hour (I know that’s a lot to ask) on any Election Day listening to conservative talk radio. You would be amazed to hear how they push candidates and implore their listeners to go vote. Republicans use fear as a motivator and they have an entire conservative entertainment complex at their disposal to push their propaganda. It works to motivate their side to go to the polls but Dems rely on emotions, likability and persistence to GOTV. I don’t believe that the majority of our voters sit around saying I’m not voting because this guy/gal didn’t embrace PBO. Don’t get me wrong, there are some that feel this way but I don’t believe it’s enough to sway an election one way or the other. It’s just a general inability to understand how to get your coalition of voters to the polls. A good sound organization with strategic, persistent targeting to your voters wins elections. Not these pundit driven nuances about campaigns. The public doesn’t operate like that any longer.

    You have to work very hard to get our voters to the polls and it worked for us in PA and NJ last night. Remember, as popular as PBO is with his supporters look at how many times he would campaign over and over and over again to those same swing states in 2012. He was constantly reminding them that he needed their vote while quietly using OFA to get them and the rest of the country registered and out to the polls on Election Day. There will be no Barack Obama next year that will inspire people to go to the polls so Dems had better figure out how to educate our voters about our Democratic values vs what the Republican Party stands for because that’s what really makes us special in my opinion. Candidates and politicians will come and go but our values remain for the people. We just need to learn how to turn the public on to them and push their emotional buttons every Election Day to go VOTE.

    “This has never been about me. When I ran in 2007/2008 I did not say “Yes I Can”. I said, “Yes We Can” and so our unfinished business doesn’t depend on me or congress or even the next Democratic President. It will depend on us!” – President Obama at the NYC Fundraiser

    • November 4, 2015 at 11:25 am

      This has never been about me. When I ran in 2007/2008 I did not say “Yes I Can”. I said, “Yes We Can” and so our unfinished business doesn’t depend on me or congress or even the next Democratic President. It will depend on us!” – President Obama at the NYC Fundraiser

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      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS DONNA…

  32. 78 amk for obama
    November 4, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Ironic that after a day the red MT votes for medicaid expansion, red KY deep sixes obamacare.

  33. November 4, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Always there for all of us. Every step of the way.

    • 80 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      November 4, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      I WILL NEVER EVER…EVER FORGET THIS NITE!!!!!!…………………….PROFOUND HOPE IN A SEA OF FACES AL OVER THE COUNTRY! WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH AN AWESOME PRESIDENT……………CAN’T SAY IT ENOUGH!

  34. November 4, 2015 at 11:14 am

  35. November 4, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Cruz’s silent super PACs a growing worry for campaign
    Four pro-Cruz super PACs are sitting on huge sums of money, but have run virtually no TV ads so far.
    By Shane Goldmacher
    11/02/15 05:08 AM EST

    The super PACs backing Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential run have yet to reserve any TV time in the early primary states — or anywhere else — despite a combined $38 million war chest that ranks second among presidential contenders only to Jeb Bush’s $103 million operation.

    The total absence of ads has created confusion and growing consternation inside the Cruz campaign, which cannot legally communicate with its allied super PACs and has had to watch as its rivals lock in tens of millions of dollars in ads before prices spike, as they typically do as elections near.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/11/ted-cruz-silent-super-pacs-2016-215422#ixzz3qXZFZvRe

  36. November 4, 2015 at 11:31 am

    great start! for new mayor


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