Daily Archives: Feb. 7, 2014

AFP still not welcome in Coralville

thumbsdownThe group Americans for Prosperity was lampooned on “The Daily Show” for its failed results last year after bringing attack-style politics to the small town of Coralville, Iowa. At one point, correspondent Jason Jones appeared before the Coralville City Council with a straw hat and cane, singing a “Music Man” spoof about why Coralville needed to get itself a super PAC. Council members were not amused. The most brutal comments came from Chris Turner, the fiscally conservative candidate who got blamed for AFP’s negative ads (and came in tied for last in the council race). He described AFP’s tactics as “reprehensible” and said that “when AFP came to town, it was kind of like being endorsed by Charles Manson.”

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When Roberts questioned surgeon general nominee

robertsmugThere was a moment during Tuesday’s Senate confirmation hearing for President Obama’s surgeon general nominee, Vivek Murthy, when Sen. Pat Roberts (in photo), R-Kan., suggested to the Boston physician, “with measured pride,” as Slate’s David Weigel put it, that Dodge City has some great Indian-American doctors and he ought to visit. Roberts told Murthy: “I’m going to invite you, because we have a wonderful doctor from India. She’s in her mid-30s, and she’s highly respected by the community. And another doctor from India that did my carpal tunnel when I did a stupid thing. And so, I think you’d be right at home, and we would welcome you.” Some Republicans on the panel quizzed Murthy about his comments on social media regarding the National Rifle Association and Obamacare’s contraception coverage. But his confirmation seems assured, given the controversial change in Senate rules to allow a simple majority to override filibusters on some of Obama’s nominations.