There’s a Better Way:  Remarks to the 2016 South Carolina Democratic Party Convention

This is an expanded version of Arik Bjorn’s remarks delivered at the podium to the South Carolina Democratic Party. Good afternoon.  My name is Arik Bjorn. When you find yourself preaching to the choir, sometimes you just have to sing your heart out.  Let’s belt a bit, shall we? When the dust of Campaign 2016 […]

Hillary Clinton’s False Statements On Bernie Sanders’ Healthcare Record Are Disgraceful

I have made it a point not to speak ill of any of the candidates in the Democratic presidential primary, and have even defended allegations against Hillary Clinton by conspiracy nuts that claimed she works for Monsanto – although it is no secret that I am an ardent supporter of Bernie Sanders. I accepted the […]

Thanks To Democrats, Medicaid Expansion Is Coming To Louisiana

For the past couple of years, many people here in Louisiana have fought to get Medicaid expansion for the hundreds of thousands of folks who desperately needed it. Bobby Jindal turned down the federal funding in hopes that it would score political points with the GOP base for his ultimately doomed presidential campaign. Political experts […]

Here’s How Conservative States Like Louisiana Can Start Electing Democrats

Until recent months, it was assumed that Republican Senator David Vitter would be the next Republican governor of Louisiana. Coming into this race, David Vitter had the political wind at his back. In a jungle primary, he faced off against Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle and Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, both Republicans. The underdog candidate was […]

Bernie Sanders Blasts Republicans For Wasting Time And Making Things Worse

The Republican Party has repeatedly tried to repeal or defund Obamacare since it was passed. I’ve lost count of the number of times they’ve tried to overturn the law, despite the fact they have almost no chance of doing so as long as there is a Democrat in the White House. Vermont senator and 2016 […]

“Baking Soda Cancer Cure” Republican Michele Fiore Knows Exactly What Caused Oregon Massacre

In the wake of the latest mass shooting, many lawmakers and activists are calling for legislation to address the epidemic of incidents like the one that happened in Oregon last Thursday. However, one Las Vegas politician, Michele Fiore, says that psychiatric drugs are likely to blame, a common gun fanatic talking point that isn’t based […]

Ultra-Conservative Louisiana Is About To Legalize Medical Marijuana Thanks To A Republican

Let’s call these marijuana laws a rare moment of reason for Governor Bobby Jindal and Louisiana’s state legislature, which is one of the most conservative governing bodies in the entire country. It is so conservative that even many of the outnumbered Democrats would be easily confused for moderate to conservative Republicans by anyone from outside […]

Texas Lawmakers Want To Remove Planned Parenthood From Cancer Program

If you’re a woman and you use Planned Parenthood in Texas for health care, you might have to go somewhere else for cancer screenings if Texas lawmakers have their way. To conservative Republican lawmakers, Planned Parenthood is an evil empire determined to provide abortions to anyone they can, despite the fact that abortion services are […]

Florida Gov. Rick Scott Blames Obama For Lack Of State Health Care Funding

Almost 5 years ago, I left Florida shortly before the 2010 election in which Rick Scott was elected governor. One of the promises he ran on, which he briefly reversed in 2013, was to block Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Since then, Florida’s legislature, which is firmly in the control of conservative Republicans, has refused […]

OK Republican Rep. Kevin Calvey Talks About Setting Himself On Fire Over Abortion

I love when religious extremists lose their minds over abortion, especially when they claim to be “pro-life” while voting against anything that would help a child once they’re born. Oklahoma Republican Kevin Calvey decided to take it one step further by claiming he wanted to set himself on fire over abortion, if only he wasn’t a […]