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Ann Romney’s been denied the dignity of work?

So, last week it was the height of insult to stay at homes to merely suggest Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life, but lo and behold, who said just a few months ago that poor women who stay at home to raise their children should be given federal assistance for child care so that they can enter the job market and “have the dignity of work”?

If you said Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presumptive presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney you’d be absolutely correct, and you’d win a cookie. In fact, Willard gave the world this pearl of wisdom just last January; sort of undercuts the whole sense of righteous indignation and extreme pique he demonstrated last week defending his wife against the unmitigated  attacks from Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen.

According to Huffington Post, Willard’s seemingly forgotten remark, made to a 1950’s era conservative Manchester, N.H., audience was unearthed by MSNBC’s “Up w/Chris Hayes,” and aired during his show this past weekend.

For Willard it appears there’s clearly a difference between stay-at-home moms supported by federal assistance and those backed by hundreds of millions in private equity income. According to Willard, poor women shouldn’t be given the choice his wife was able to afford; instead they should be required to work outside the home to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits.

“Even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work,” Willard declared of moms on TANF.

“I wanted to increase the work requirement,” Willard mewed. “I said, for instance, that even if you have a child 2 years of age, you need to go to work. And people said, ‘Well that’s heartless.’ And I said, ‘No, no, I’m willing to spend more giving day care to allow those parents to go back to work. It’ll cost the state more providing that daycare, but I want the individuals to have the dignity of work.'”

But wait, Mitt’s January view simply echoes a remark he made in 1994 during his failed Senate campaign when he said, “This is a different world than it was in the 1960s when I was growing up, when you used to have Mom at home and Dad at work,” Romney said “Now Mom and Dad both have to work whether they want to or not, and usually one of them has two jobs.”

WHOA, HOLD THE PHONE MATE! So, in other words Willard’s admitting his wife’s never experienced “the dignity of work”?

Of course for families like the Romney’s it’s still the 1960’s and Mom gets to stay home making those tough economic decisions like, “how many car elevators do we really need?”

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Posted by on April 16, 2012 in 2012 Election


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Romney campaign staff asks, “Lilly who?”

According to news reports, Republican Tea Party (GOTP) candidate Willard Mitt Romney’s staff doesn’t know if their boss supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act; somehow that’s not all that surprising.

The Ledbetter Act, signed into law by President Obama, helps women pursue pay discrimination claims in court by extending the period during which alleged victims can sue their employers.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) was quick to jump on the issue posting audio of the conference call, and especially pointing to the awkward moment of silence between the question and the staff’s seemingly blurry eyed response.

“Does Gov. Romney support the Lilly Ledbetter Act?” asked the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein.

(Six seconds of silence)

“Sam, we’ll get back to you on that,” an unidentified aide says.

What that silence and response says is, “they didn’t know what the Lilly Ledbetter Act was”. And how exactly does a staff for a presidential campaign not know this kind of stuff? It demonstrates the “quality” of the people supposedly advising Romney, which appears to be a group of middle school students from some undisclosed small town in Utah.

The DNC’s reportedly mocking the response encouraging supporters to tweet with a new hashtag “#WellGetBackToYouOnThat.”

But wait, that’s not all, President Obama’s re-election team’s also losing no time exploiting one more “we’re out of touch moment” from the Romney camp, putting out a statement from the woman whose case inspired Obama to push for the law, Lilly Ledbetter.

“I was shocked and disappointed to hear that Mitt Romney is not willing to stand up for women and their families,” she said. “If he is truly concerned about women in this economy, he wouldn’t have to take time to ‘think’ about whether he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.”

Willard’s staff stumbled to the defense with campaign spokesman Rick Gorka being unable to say whether or not Romney supports the Ledbetter Act, instead insisting he “supports pay equity for women.”

Gorka later emailed to clarify Romney’s “not looking to change current law.”

At least not today, this hour; but check back later – probably at the next campaign event and you’ll no doubt get another answer.

What he should have said is, “As of right this moment, Governor Romney is 100% in favor of equal pay for women; and he is absolutely committed to this issue, just as committed as he is to every issue – hey, when has he ever changed his mind?”

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Posted by on April 11, 2012 in 2012 Election


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New Hampshire Tea Party Conservative Urges Married Couples to Return to Puritanism

A New Hampshire Republican Tea Party (GOTP) lawmaker has suggested that married couples who should practice abstinence instead of using birth control pills.

State Representative Lynne Blankenbeker made the proposal saying abstinence is available “over the counter” along with condoms. She made her outlandish statement during a legislative committee hearing on a resolution urging the Obama administration to drop the birth control requirement for non-profit organizations providing health care insurance to their employees.

“People with or without insurance have two affordable choices, one being abstinence and the other being condoms, both of which you can get over the counter,” she said.

The comments came at the same hearing where another GOTP Rep. Jeanine Notter, sounding remarkably like a Michele Bachmann knock off, claimed that birth control pills lead to prostate cancer. She does understand that it’s the women who take the pills?

According to the Huffington Post, “Blankenbeker was engaged in a dialogue with Sylvia Kennedy, a New Hampshire doctor, who was testifying in support of Obama’s plan. Kennedy urged the coverage of birth control and responded to Blankenbeker that condoms are not a foolproof means of contraception, and also suggested that abstinence does not work all the time, a notion Blankenbeker disagreed with”.

“Abstinence works 100 percent of the time,” she said.

How many married couples under the age of 100 practice abstinence?

Blankenbeker also asserted that condoms and abstinence offer married couples a wider range of family planning options than oral contraceptives.

And it offers wider range how Ms. Blankenbeker?

“If you decide you want to get pregnant you can refrain from abstinence,” she said.

I understand things are a little provincial in New Hampshire, but asserting married couples practice abstinence is one of the more obtuse things I’ve ever heard, second only to suggesting birth control pills cause prostate cancer; yep, they sure know how to pick em’ in New Hampshire.

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Posted by on February 17, 2012 in Contraception


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Michele Bachmann thinks she was the “Perfect Candidate”?

The Huffington Post’s reporting that former Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential “never had a prayer of being the” candidate Michele “Krazy” Bachmann is trying to stay relevant weighing in on the remaining horses in the GOTP race declaring she – above all the others – “was the perfect candidate,” even after having her political butt handed to her in every debate and in every primary,

Asked by Bloomberg TV’s Al Hunt who of the remaining four candidates was the “most conservative,” Bachmann responded by including herself in the mix.

“I was. I was the perfect candidate,” Krazy answered absolutely straight faced. “America had their chance with the perfect candidate. But any of our candidates are going to be acceptable to the American people, and more than acceptable, because right now, if you look at the Gallup map that came out this week, President Obama is in big trouble all across the country.”

Clearly she hasn’t bothered to take the time to look at any honest electoral map, or she wouldn’t be so fast to say that, but then again this is Krazy, and she declared over and over again how any of the candidates could beat the President.

Bachmann also said she was happy with what the remaining candidates were saying on the issues she’d tried so hard to promote during her ill-fated run for the prize.

“Well, all of the candidates that remain — there’s four candidates that remain, and they are all for repealing Obamacare. They’re all for repealing Dodd-Frank. And I’m very grateful that they are.” she said.

Bachman’s crazy, she’s a loon and like Palin has no real credentials to have ever thought she belonged in the big leagues; she’s a mediocre Congresswoman who isn’t playing with a full deck, and her shrill voice isn’t missed on the debate stage.

If you’re feeling the need for the equivalent of water-boarding your brain, here’s her complete tortured interview:

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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in 2012 Election


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Mittens doesn’t worry about the poor?

Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential heir apparent Willard Mittens Romney has put his silver foot in his mouth again, saying that he’s “not concerned about the very poor,” citing the social safety net in place for that segment of the populace and adding that he’s focused on the middle class.

“I’m in this race because I care about Americans. I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there,” Mittens said on CNN, following his victory in the Florida primary.

“We have a very ample safety net,” said Romney. “And we can talk about whether it needs to be strengthened or whether there are holes in it. But we have food stamps, we have Medicaid, we have housing vouchers, we have programs to help the poor.”

This sounds very familiar, where have I heard another rich man say something similar? Oh yeah, I remember.

“Are there no prisons?”

“And the union workhouses – are they still in operation?”

The problem is that programs in Mitten’s “safety net” are also suffering during the economic recession. Medicaid, for example faces cuts as states attempt to balance budgets at a time when more people are using the program and the GOTP lawmakers in Congress are eyeing cuts in food stamps as food prices rise, even as more Americans are using the program.

According to the Huffington Post, Mitten’s policies call for cutting federal spending and reconfiguring the “social safety net”, as well as an immediate five-percent cut to non-discretionary spending, hitting those in the “safety net” especially hard. Willard’s also proposing turning Medicaid into a block grant program and undertaking a “fundamental restructuring of government programs and services.” He also calls for capping spending at 20 percent of GDP – a significant cut – and adds that he “will pursue further cuts” as spending comes “under control.” Claiming not to “worry” for the very poor actually appears to mean he “doesn’t care” about them.

This though isn’t the first obtuse thing Mittens has said during the campaign, it’s really just one more misstatement in a whole season of previously poorly phrased remarks, “Don’t try and stop the foreclosure process. Let it run its course and hit the bottom,” he said last October in Las Vegas, the hardest-hit metro area by the foreclosure crisis.

In January, Romney said, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me” to explain why he favored competition among health insurers. “If someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say I am going to get somebody else to provide that service to me.”

Mittens isn’t someone who should ever speak without prepared statements; in fact, if I were a handler, I’d rather have George W. Bush speaking off the cuff than having Romney do so. He just doesn’t get it; he doesn’t understand every mic is hot, and every time he speaks there’s going to be a camera recording. On top of that, his statements reveal what kind of man he really is – maybe one day he’ll have a Jacob Marley visit him too.

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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in 2012 Election


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Is Newton going rogue in 2012 election?

Is it possible the time is fast approaching when the Tea Party is going to actually jump ship and splinter the Republican Party?

It appears Newton Leroy Gingrich gave a veiled threat of such a possibility in his “concession” speech after being absolutely pummeled by Willard Mittens Romney in Florida (Newt lost by 14 points). During the speech there appeared to be, what the Huffington Post is reporting as “strains of what could be an independent, third-party run for the White House if he doesn’t get the Republican nomination”.

Newton’s beginning to sound more and more like a B-movie villain monologuing on how he’s henceforth not running a “Republican campaign but a people’s campaign” – and raising, according to Huffington, “the specter, at least rhetorically, that his vision of his role in American history is too large and personal to be contained by a mere political party”. If really wants to pull this off though he needs to buy a really ugly hairless Sphinx cat and call it Mr. Bigglesworth. Wearing the silver jump suit is of course optional.

But can Dr Strangepuff really pull off a third party victory? Well, let me think … (try to stop laughing hysterically … wipe tears from eyes …) no. If Teddy Roosevelt couldn’t do it this overinflated egotistical caricature of a human being certainly won’t be able to; what he will do is siphon off the uber-conservative cracker vote from Mittens, and propel President Obama to the largest landslide victory since Reagan.

To his crowd of ardent followers Newt pledged in an allusion to the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence, “If I become your president, I pledge to you my life, my fortune and my sacred honor.”

Any candidate should know better than to pledge things they either have no intention of giving or lack; Newton has no intention of ever putting his life on the line, this is all about claiming a foot note in history next to Teddy and Ross Perot; he’s also certainly not going to part with his fortune; lastly, it’s a pie crust promise to pledge honor when you possess none.

There’s a very strong chance Gingrich will run as an independent because he has to leave the 2012 stage as something more than the right-wing nut job buffoon who got his clock cleaned by the likes of Romney, and it’s much better to go down as the independent candidate in the general election than the second banana in the GOTP primary, especially if you drag Mittens down with you. Yes, he’s that mean, and that egotistical.

Oh, you should probably be prepared for more allusions of Newt being today’s William Wallace, George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in 2012 Election


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$362,000 in Speaking Fees is ‘Not Very Much’?

The Huffington Post’s reporting Republican Tea Party (GOTP) presidential front runner Willard Mittens Romney has a new definition of “not much”, it’s $362,000; and what’s more amazing is Mittens finally admitted the effective tax rate he’s been paying for the last several years is “likely below” that of middle-class workers, which would also include members of the military.

Romney was asked at a campaign stop what his effective tax rate is. It was also a very hot topic of discussion at Monday night’s debate, at which Romney repeatedly declined to fully commit to release his tax returns.

“It’s probably closer to the 15% rate than anything,” Mittens mewed. “For the past 10 years, my income comes overwhelmingly from investments made in the past, rather than ordinary income or earned annual income. I got a little bit of income from my book, but I gave that all away. Then, I get speakers fees from time to time, but not very much.”

And exactly how much is not very much to someone like Willard? Oh, it’s not very much, according to a report in USA Today, over the course of a year, Mittens eeked out a mere $362,000 in speakers fees — a period during which he joked he was “unemployed.”

So Willard the putz was making “not very much” while joking about being “unemployed” to an audience in Florida in June, once more proving how out of touch this guy is; really, $362,000 while joking about being unemployed to unemployed people?

And what is the spoiled rich boy’s estimated wealth? Well, it’s supposed to be in the neighborhood of between $190 million to $250 million; but wait, that’s not all, when Mittens left his much publicized “employment creating” position with Bain Capital in 1999, he reportedly negotiated a retirement package guaranteeing him a percentage of the firm’s profits. Thus, he’s still earning money from some of the more outrageous takeovers in Bain’s portfolio; you know, like the notorious KB Toys takeover and bankruptcy where the robber barons of Bain made millions while employees lost their jobs, retirements, everything.

Now for the icing on the cake, according to the Congressional Research Service, persons earning more than $35,350 in income pay a 25% tax rate on any earnings above that amount, and many families earning less than $100,000 per year pay an effective tax rate just above that, but Mitten’s wealthy welfare comes from a loophole in the tax code – written by fellow millionaires in Congress – taxing long-term capital gains at a lower 15% rate. Private equity executives are then “paid” with capital gains instead of regular income. Thus the alleged “job creating” executives, like Romney, report (legally lie) to the Internal Revenue Service they weren’t being reimbursed a salary for work they performed but instead were merely investors reaping the rewards of risk taking.

Once again Mittens proves he’s nothing like the 99% of us who aren’t paying taxes at a 15% tax rate, and who don’t look at $362,000 at being “not much”; for most Americans that’s not only a lot of money, it’s a fortune, it’s more than ten years salary. Romney’s a fraud; he’s the rich kid who in the words of the late Texas Governor Ann Richards was “born with a silver foot in his mouth”.

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Posted by on January 17, 2012 in 2012 Election


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Johnson Ends GOTP Candidacy to Run For President in the Libertarian Party?

Huffington Post’s reporting Republican Tea Party (GOTP) never a presidential candidate Gary Johnson, is dropping his GOTP campaign to run for the Libertarian Party nomination.

Johnson plans to announce his candidacy for the Libertarian nomination next week, spokesman Joe Hunter said Tuesday night.

“He is representing a viewpoint and a viewpoint that needs to be heard and he’s going to do whatever it takes to get that done,” Hunter told The Associated Press.

Johnson’s a fiscal conservative who supports such liberal causes as legalizing marijuana and abortion rights; he served two terms as New Mexico’s governor, and has basically been absent in any polls. Excluded from all but two of the GOP presidential debates, he’s reportedly grown frustrated that he hasn’t earned more attention, Hunter said.

Considering how badly he sucked in the two debate appearances, is either Johnson or Hunter really surprised he’s garnered zero support outside of New Mexico?

Republican presidential contender Ron Paul, who was the Libertarian candidate for president in 1988, was supportive of Johnson’s decision.

“I think competitiveness is good. And somebody to have ideas that are libertarian, I think that is good,” Paul told the AP following a New Hampshire campaign stop Tuesday night. “But I’ve been through it. There’s a lot of frustrations. … Just getting on ballots – it’s a tough job. But some good will come of it.”

In a recent PPP (D) poll, conducted 10 – 12 Dec 11 of likely New Mexico voters the results showed a split among conservative voters with President Obama garnering 44%, Mittens Romney 27% and Johnson 23%, giving the President a huge victory in what has become a swing state.


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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in 2012 Election


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GOTP House passes misogynistic legislation giving Pope authority to kill American women?

So, let me get this straight, during a time when Americans are facing severe economic distress the Republican Tea Party (GOTP) House of Representatives has nothing better to do with its time than to debate and pass a bill it knows will die in the Senate?

The Huffington Post is reporting that GOTP majority House yesterday passed the so-called Protect Life Act, which prohibits women from buying health insurance plans covering abortion under the Affordable Care Act and makes it legal for hospitals to deny abortions to pregnant women with life-threatening conditions.

Whatever happened to “first do no harm”? I guess the woman’s life is to be valued less than the unborn baby’s is? Do these idiots understand if the Mom dies probably the baby does too? Are we killing two birds with one stone, or just deciding a woman who would choose an abortion isn’t worthy to live in the Tea Party’s Brave New World?

GOTP House Majority Leader Eric Cantor – of course a huge proponent of the bill – told voters last week its purpose is “to ensure that no taxpayer dollars flow to health care plans that cover abortion and no health care worker has to participate in abortions against their will.”


Did you fall out of your clown car and get dragged down the street your head bouncing repeatedly on the pavement?

How many times is the GOTP going to perpetrate this falsehood? Talk about propaganda – telling the big lie long enough for everyone to believe it; well fortunately we don’t all have out radios tuned to Limbaugh and our TVs locked on FOX.

The Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) already keeps public dollars separate from the private insurance payments covering abortion, and a federal judge ruled in August that the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List had to stop making the claim on its website that “Obamacare” subsidizes abortions because the assertion is false.

“The express language of the [Affordable Care Act] does not provide for taxpayer-funded abortion,” the opinion states. “That is a fact, and it is clear on its face.”

Maybe the Judge needs to include the GOTP in his ruling? Cantor is a schmuck; he knows there’s no public dollars going to fund abortion and he’s using it as a flag to wave in what he further knows is going to be a very tough re-election year for his GOTP majority.

Huffington reports H.R. 358 goes beyond the issue of taxpayer dollars to place actual limits on the way a woman spends her own money however; the bill would also prevent a woman from buying a private insurance plan that includes abortion coverage through a state health care exchange, even though most insurance plans currently cover abortion.

So, the GOTP which prides itself on proclaiming how it’s opposed to government intrusion into private lives has absolutely no qualms about intruding into private lives when it comes to abortion?

What’s even more abhorrent about the bill is that allows hospitals that are “morally” opposed to abortion, such as Catholic establishments, to do nothing for a woman who requires an emergency abortion procedure to save her life, to basically condemn a wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, cousin or friend to death; talk about death panels – now we’re going to allow the Pope to decide (with Congressional approval) who lives and who dies? When did the United States become a protectorate to the Vatican?

Reportedly, current law requires hospitals give patients in life-threatening situations whatever care they need, regardless of the patient’s financial situation, but the Protect Life Act would make a hospital’s obligation to provide care in medical emergencies secondary to its refusal to provide abortions.

Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier said she personally faced a situation in which an abortion was medically necessary.

“I was pregnant, I was miscarrying, I was bleeding,” she said on the House floor Thursday. “If I had to go from one hospital to the next trying to find one emergency room that would take me in, who knows if I would even be here today. What my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are trying to do is misogynist.”

Yes Congresswoman it does appear that way, but what’s worse is that the uber-conservative GOTP House majority is trying to enforce its limited Draconian view of Christian ethics upon the country. Talk about Shariah law – clearly they don’t understand the concept of separation of Church and State.

Of course all the uber-right morons have done is given their opponents another stick to beat them with come November 2012 – they threw Grandma under the bus going on record supporting Ryan’s economic plan and now they’re on record throwing the rest of the women in the country under the next bus.

This bill is DOA when it reaches the Senate, and as I said at the beginning of this post, Americans are facing economic distress and this is what the GOTP spends its time on? You ran on a platform of creating jobs in 2010, do you really think 100 + bills seeking to eliminate a woman’s right to choose is going unnoticed? And what’s more, heaven help any of you when some woman you love is dying and some Neanderthal of a doctor – dressed in Papal gowns – refuses to save her life because the baby is more important. What kinds of Gods do you pray to that would require the life of the mother in order to prove some show of faith?

Who knows, since you’ve opened up this box of Pandora’s, maybe some future Congress will pass a bill allowing hospitals the right to refuse to perform prostate surgery in order to save a man stricken with cancer because it might interfere with his ability to procreate.

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Posted by on October 14, 2011 in Abortion


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Tea Party Audience Boos American Soldier?

The Huffington Post is reporting that President Obama took aim at Republicans yesterday while speaking at a fundraiser in Silicon Valley, sharing his reaction to the audience at a recent GOP presidential debate booing a gay soldier who had asked a question about “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

“You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay.”

“That’s not reflective of who we are,” the President said. “This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country. 2008 was an important direction. 2012 is a more important election.”

During the Fox News/Google GOP debate last week, Stephen Hill, a gay soldier in Iraq, said he had to “lie about who [he] was” to serve in the military up until the recent repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” In his recorded question, he asked the GOP presidential hopefuls if they would work to walk back the recent change in policy. When the question was presented to the candidates participating in the event, several members of the uber-conservative white bread Christian Tea Party audience booed loudly, and then cheered very loudly when Ricky Santorum said he’s repeal the recent over turning of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell by the Obama Administration.

This is what the GOTP is; they hate the elderly and disabled who live off of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; they hate illegal aliens who supposedly take away jobs from white Americans; and most of all they hate homosexuals and lesbians, that’s why they booed an American soldier serving in harm’s way. They – the Bible thumping, Constitution loving, conservatives booed an American soldier. Why should that surprise anyone? They cheered the news of 234 executions in Texas; they jeered the reference to a hypothetical patient dying with no health insurance, and now they boo an American soldier. They’re hypocrites. They’re not Americans, and they’re not Christians.

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Posted by on September 26, 2011 in 2012 Election


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