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>After Helicopter Ride Christie Targets Medicaid Recipients

>Filling in for Ed Shultz on last night’s “Ed Show” was the Reverend Al Sharpton. I am not a big fan of Reverend Al and I’m even less of a fan after seeing him fill in for Ed Shultz as Shultz finishes his suspension from MSNBC for calling right-wing talk show host Laura Ingram a “slut”.

Sharpton’s often seemed like he was reading from a script and his delivery seemed forced and stiff. It was a little difficult to watch but I watched because I was interested to see the story that was going to be presented about Governor Christie and the aftermath of his taking a helicopter to his son’s baseball game.

The segment itself really dealt with two issues, the aftermath of Christie’s helicopter ride and his reimbursing the State for the cost of the ride from Montvale to Princeton and the governor’s proposal to end Medicaid for a family of 3 making more than $5,300 a year and Individuals making more than $3,000 a year and now receive states Medicaid coverage will lose it entirely.

This is something that I had not heard before and I think it is deplorable and inhumane to even consider such an option. Sharpton had in studio NJ State Senator Joe Vitale and a NJ resident Deborah Shupenko, who will be losing her medicaid coverage under Christie’s plan, to discuss how reprehensible this would be if it goes into effect.

Watch the video, it’s really unbelievable and totally unconscionable.

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Candidate For RNC Chair Sends Out CD With Song Called "Barack, The Magic Negro"

You would think that after the trouncing the GOP took at the polls in November, where the national ticket lost badly among growing voter groups such as young people, Hispanics and suburbanites that leaders of the GOP would be a little more sensitive than this.
Using race as a divide in order to gain political points is wrong no matter what the intentions of individuals are.  
  

Yesterday afternoon the following story was picked up by  Talking Points Memo. It was first reported on by the Hill  and followed up by Poltico.com just a couple of hours ago.

“If one of the Republican Party’s challenges is how to effectively oppose the first black president without coming off as racist, one of the candidates for RNC chair is hardly off to a good start — he is now distributing a CD that includes a racially-charged song called “Barack, The Magic Negro.”


Chip Saltsman, the former campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, has distributed a goodie bag to committee members that includes a CD by Paul Shanklin, a writer of right-wing parody tunes who is often featured on Rush Limbaugh. The “Magic Negro” track, which first gathered controversy in the Spring of 2007, featured Shanklin portraying Al Sharpton as an Amos & Andy stereotype, ridiculing white liberals who support Obama.

Saltsman defended the choice of the Shanklin CD, telling The Hill: “Paul Shanklin is a long-time friend, and I think that RNC members have the good humor and good sense to recognize that his songs for the Rush Limbaugh show are light-hearted political parodies.” “

Read the follow up story from Poltico.com >>> Here

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>Candidate For RNC Chair Sends Out CD With Song Called "Barack, The Magic Negro"

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You would think that after the trouncing the GOP took at the polls in November, where the national ticket lost badly among growing voter groups such as young people, Hispanics and suburbanites that leaders of the GOP would be a little more sensitive than this.
Using race as a divide in order to gain political points is wrong no matter what the intentions of individuals are.  
  

Yesterday afternoon the following story was picked up by  Talking Points Memo. It was first reported on by the Hill  and followed up by Poltico.com just a couple of hours ago.

“If one of the Republican Party’s challenges is how to effectively oppose the first black president without coming off as racist, one of the candidates for RNC chair is hardly off to a good start — he is now distributing a CD that includes a racially-charged song called “Barack, The Magic Negro.”


Chip Saltsman, the former campaign manager for Mike Huckabee, has distributed a goodie bag to committee members that includes a CD by Paul Shanklin, a writer of right-wing parody tunes who is often featured on Rush Limbaugh. The “Magic Negro” track, which first gathered controversy in the Spring of 2007, featured Shanklin portraying Al Sharpton as an Amos & Andy stereotype, ridiculing white liberals who support Obama.

Saltsman defended the choice of the Shanklin CD, telling The Hill: “Paul Shanklin is a long-time friend, and I think that RNC members have the good humor and good sense to recognize that his songs for the Rush Limbaugh show are light-hearted political parodies.” “

Read the follow up story from Poltico.com >>> Here

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