Thursday, October 30, 2014

Come again. What sucks?

For months I have been saying that Congress sucks. See DeMarco, Palmer and our sucky Congress.

Yikes, now Rand Paul is saying that the GOP Brand Sucks.

I will stick with urging you to Write in Rob Shattuck for Congress in AL06 because Congress sucks.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I have a great MAYDAY campaign going in AL06

I think I have a great MAYDAY campaign going in the Alabama 6th Congressional district.

I have been trying to tell MAYDAY supporters about it. MAYDAY won't allow me to post information on their websites, so I have been tweeting to you directly.

I have sent out 20,000 emails and tweets. I have had more than 30,000 page views of my campaign website Be An Alabama Rootstriker with Rob Shattuck.

My campaign, since June 3rd, has been in the form of a write in campaign.

I have not let up in publicizing and pressing our issue. You can get a good sense of this from Write in Rob Shattuck for Congress in AL06 on Nov. 4th.

Besides my own campaign, I have endeavored to get MAYDAY supporters to tweet for the "official" MAYDAY candidates and for other candidates MAYDAY supporters consider meritorious. (See The MAYDAY Supporters Blog I created.)

We all know that the MAYDAYPAC has money and is spending money to purvey its message and to reach an audience.

Whether supporters of MAYDAY, without spending money, can add much of significance in purveying that message is a big question and depends on how many supporters are putting in time and effort. I am putting in time and effort. Other MAYDAY supporters have to decide for themselves what they think can be of help and what they are willing to do.

I have been big on "tweet bombing" into Congressional districts where MAYDAY supporters would like to back a candidate or otherwise publicize MAYDAY.

I think it helps a lot to have a candidate to focus on in doing "tweet bombing."

I think I make the Alabama 6th Congressional district a good target for "tweet bombing."

I previously solicited MAYDAY supporters to "tweet bomb" into the Alabama 6th Congressional district, as set out in Please help me out with Gary Palmer in AL06 Cong'l district.

I wish to renew my solicitation of "tweet bombing" into the Alabama 6th Congressional district, except the tweet message I would suggest is this:

Write in Rob Shattuck for Congress in the #AL06 Congressional district on Nov 4th. 

I hope you will help me out.

Thank you.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

OK, John Archibald spoke today on Alabama corruption

This morning John Archibald published "Why you can't let Alabama's political corruption get you down". There are currently 155 comments on the article.

Could Gary Palmer please comment on whether he thinks voters should or should not have any concern about corruption in Washington DC, and, if so, what concern should voters have and what does he think can be done about the corruption?

Thank you.

I would like to talk about this

Is there anyone in the AL 6th Cong'l district (or in the State of Alabama) who is willing to carry on a public discussion with me about the below article "Big Money Bankrolls Opposition to Movement to Overturn Citizens United"?

Thank you.

By Jessica Mason on October 23, 2014

An historic vote in the U.S. Senate earlier this year to amend the constitution to reverse Citizens United and stem the flood of money into our elections – expected to top $1 billion this election cycle – has the Koch brothers spooked.
If passed by Congress and approved by two-thirds of the states, the amendment could put a brake on outside spending from groups like the Koch brothers' political network, which spent over $400 million on the 2012 elections and is reportedly planning to drop another $300 million on the 2014 midterms.
Amending the constitution to get money out of politics has overwhelming public support, and the Kochs and other big money interests are trying hard to twist the narrative.
The Koch-backed American Commitment has rolled out an ad in Kansas attacking U.S. Senate candidate Greg Orman for saying he supports reversing Citizens United, and “thanking” vulnerable Sen. Pat Roberts for voting against the amendment, which the ad tries to frame as an attack on freedom of speech.
That’s not all. Opinion pieces making the same claim that an amendment would “silence free speech” have appeared in newspapers and blogs across the country – and many of those authors and their organizations are tied to the Kochs and far-right funders like the Bradley Foundation, a Center for Media and Democracy and Common Cause analysis has found.
The Koch network of funders and the Bradley Foundation have spent tens of millions bankrolling organizations that fight to preserve the role of big money in politics.
Many of those same groups are behind a blitz of op-eds in papers across the country that, like the American Commitment ad, have tried to paint the Citizens United amendment as an unprecedented attack on the First Amendment and a threat to the ability of average citizens to influence elections.
Many of the writers present themselves as concerned citizens worried about the fate of the country, neglecting to mention that they and their organizations have financial ties to the right-wing groups that have been trying to roll back campaign finance reform for years.
Washington Post columnist George Will, whose pieces are syndicated across the country, called the Citizens United amendment "extremism" and claimed that legislators were supporting it out of self-interest. But he never got around to noting his own interests in the issue: Will has close ties to the Koch network and was even part of an "exclusive group of major donors and VIPs" who "dined privately" at an exclusive event for the Koch's astroturf organization Americans for Prosperity where he rubbed elbows with up-and-coming political candidates like Rand Paul and Mike Pence, according to Politico. AFP has previously invited him as a speaker and has awarded him its George Washington Award. He is also a member of the right-wing Bradley Foundation board of directors since 2008 and received a $250,000 "Bradley Prize" in 2005.
Rob Roper of the Ethan Allen Institute wasn't afraid to use overheated rhetoric to attack the amendment, claiming that allowing legislators to set limits on political spending amounted to "holding a torch to the Bill of Rights" and creating "the foundation for a police state." Perhaps he was afraid his claims would be even less convincing if he revealed that his "think tank" is backed by the State Policy Network, a major driver of the corporate agenda in state houses, which has funding ties to the Koch and Bradley foundations.
Ted Olson and Trevor Burns both ascribe Senate Democrats' support of the amendment to base political motivations, claiming they want to "protect their own incumbency" and "censor political speech." Olson, who has served as outside counsel for Koch Industries, argued the Citizens United case. He and Burns both have ties to the Cato Institute, which was founded by the Kochs and received nearly $14 million in Koch funding between 1986 and 2011, as well as $1.6 million from the Bradley Foundation between 1998 and 2012.

Additional writers and their funding ties:

Rob Roper, president of the Ethan Allen Institute (Barre Montpelier Times Argus, September 24). The Ethan Allen Institute is a member of the State Policy network, an $84 million network which receives funding from Donors Trust (which in turn is funded by the Koch and Bradley Foundations).
David Harsani, Senior Editor at “The Federalist” (Columbus Dispatch, September 15). The Federalist Society has received around $2.7 million from the Kochs' family foundations from 1997- 2011 and $4.45 million from the Bradley Foundation from 1998-2012. The Bradley Foundation also awarded the founders and leaders of the Federalist Society its $250,000 "Bradley Prize" in 2009.
Ted Olson, former Solicitor General of the United States and partner at Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher (Wall Street Journal, September 7). Olson argued Citizens United, and has served as outside counsel for Koch Industries and as a board member at the Koch's Cato Institute.
Scott Blackburn, Research Fellow at Center for Competitive Politics (Washington Times, September 11) and Luke Wachob, McWethy Fellow at the Center for Competitive Politics (National Review, September 8). The Bradley Foundation has given $310,000 to the Center for Competitive Politics between 2008 and 2012. Additionally, in 2010 Bradley awarded a $250,000 "Bradley Prize" to the Center's Chair, Bradley Smith. The Center received $3.7 million from Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund from 2007-2012 and just under $35,000 from The Charles G Koch Foundation in 2012.
Peter Roff, US News Columnist, Senior Fellow at Frontiers of Freedom (US News and World Report, September 9). Frontiers of Freedom has received $175,000 from the Charles G. Koch Foundation between 2004 and 2007, and the Bradley Foundation has donated $20,000 to the group.
Trevor Burns, Research Fellow in the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies (Forbes, September 11). The Cato Institute was founded by the Kochs and received $13,878,990 from them between 1986 and 2011. Cato also received over $1.6 million in funding from the Bradley Foundation between 1998 and 2012.
MD Kittle, Wisconsin Reporter/Franklin Center for Government Integrity (, September 8). Over 90% of the Franklin Center's funding has come from the Koch-linked Donors Trust/Donors Capital Fund, amounting to over $18 million since 2009. The Bradley Foundation earmarked $380,5000 in funding for the Franklin Center's Wisconsin Reporter, and gave another $100,000 to support the Thomas L. Rhodes fellowship. Other funders include the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation ($8,702 in 2012), State Policy Network ($100,000 in 2012), the Coors’ Castle Rock Foundation ($25,000 in 2011), and the Searle Freedom Trust (362,500).
Ken Shepherd, Managing Editor for Newsbusters (, September 12). Newsbusters is a project of the Media Research Center, which received $2.6 million from the Bradley Foundation between 1990 and 2012, as well as $15,005 from the Koch family foundations between 2004 and 2008. The Koch-linked DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund gave an additional $804,270 between 2003 and 2012.
To learn more about the Koch network of funders, visit and see the Bradley Foundation profile in Sourcewatch.
Jessica Mason
Jessica Mason is a CMD research intern. She is completing her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Gary Palmer doesn't want you to think about this

Kentucky's two largest newspapers have endorsed Alison Grimes for US Senate. Below are some of the things their editorial says [full editorial can be found here]:
"As targets of probably the costliest U.S. Senate race ever, Kentuckians should do themselves — and the country — a favor by electing Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes.
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But, wait, you say: How can our poor state afford to give up the power that Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has amassed in 30 years in Washington, especially if Republicans take the Senate, making him the majority leader?
McConnell does have power. He commands a perpetual-motion money machine; dollars flow in, favors flow out.
The problem is how McConnell uses his power. He has repeatedly hurt the country to advance his political strategy.
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The Senate may never recover from the bitter paralysis McConnell has inflicted through record filibusters that allow his minority to rule by obstruction.
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His signature cause — flooding elections with ever more money — corrupts. He poses as a champion of the right to criticize the government, but it's really his rich buddies' right to buy the government that he champions.

There's a lot of food for thought there, but Gary Palmer doesn't want you to ingest.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hey Gary, is Mitch on the ropes?

Are you learning anything yet, Gary?

From: Matt Blizek, Political Action <>
Date: Mon, Oct 27, 2014 at 6:52 PM
Subject: Ouch: Major blows against Mitch McConnell's campaign
To: Robert Shattuck <>

MoveOn: Voters Rising

Average Time Spent Calling Voters

MoveOn members in Birmingham: 18 min.

You: 0 min.
Can you join in and call voters this week to make sure they vote on Election Day?

Dear MoveOn member,
"Desperate, Mitch?"
That's what comes to mind after hearing that Senator Mitch McConnell just cut his reelection bid a $1.8 million check.1 It comes on the heels of a new poll showing him up by only one point—essentially tied with the Democratic candidate.
Now this: yesterday, the two largest newspapers in Kentucky, The Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader, snubbed McConnell and endorsed his opponent.2,3 Ouch.
It's clear: Mitch McConnell's campaign is on the ropes. Will you sign up to help deliver the finishing blows—to his campaign and those of his Republican allies trying to take over the U.S. Senate—by getting out the progressive vote? With just 8 days left until Election Day, there's no time to waste.
Among the reasons to ditch Mitch? Here are some choice quotes from the scathing newspaper anti-endorsements: 
  • "He commands a perpetual-motion money machine; dollars flow in, favors flow out."
  • "The problem is how McConnell uses his power. He has repeatedly hurt the country to advance his political strategy."
  • "Kentucky needs a U.S. senator who sees a higher calling than personal ambition and a greater goal than self-aggrandizement."
  • "He poses as a champion of the right to criticize the government, but it's really his rich buddies' right to buy the government that he champions."
Besides the fact that McConnell's got $1.8 million lying around to lend to himself, one of the biggest problems is that he's been abusing his elected Senate position for decades. Just take a look at how he refuses to vote for a modest increase in the minimum wage for Kentucky's working families—even though he's voted to give himself pay increases on taxpayers' dime. 
Elected leaders are supposed to look out for the people, not themselves and certainly not just the wealthy and well-connected few. 
And really, as a new exposé in The Nation details, McConnell is a politician who'll say and do almost anything for his powerful corporate patrons, including the tobacco lobbyists he thanked for gifting him a "beautiful ham."4 
Mitch McConnell has no business holding public office. Will you pitch in during the final 8 days to retire him permanently and save the Senate from a takeover by his Republican allies?
Our proven, high-impact get-out-the-vote plan is already working. Together, MoveOn members have already made more than 2.5 million calls to voters in key states, including Kentucky. That's incredible! And in the final sprint to Election Day, members will again call into Kentucky to help defeat Mitch McConnell and into other key states so we can deny Republicans the Senate majority they're desperate to win at any cost.
Can you join the effort to ditch Mitch and save the Senate? 
Yes, count me in!
In the final 8 days, your outreach to progressive voters who might not otherwise vote could make all the difference in the world. Please sign up today.
Thanks for all you do.
–Matt, Mark, Corinne, Victoria, and the rest of the teamSources:
1. "Mitch McConnell cuts himself $1.8M check," Politico, October 24, 2014
2. "Endorsement: Alison Grimes for Senate," The Courier-Journal, October 26, 2014
3. "Elect Grimes to Senate for a better future," Lexington Herald-Leader, October 26, 2014
4. "Mitch McConnell Will Say Anything for a Ham," The Nation, October 21, 2014
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What's gonna happen?

From  Gary Palmer's 10/20/14 meeting with the editorial board

Will Republicans take over the U.S. Senate, and how does that change the way that you would approach this job?"I'm less political than most people think," Palmer says. "I'm more oriented towards policy. If you ask me a question, I'm going to give you an answer, and not a political one."
He says he'll fight for his policies regardless of who controls what house. He wants to be focused on policies and "what we can do," so he can look at himself in the mirror. He does think Republicans will take control of the Senate.
If Republicans control both houses, "there's a tremendous responsibility there to do something," Palmer says. He says he doesn't think the priority should be consolidating power, but leading, and reaching out to the other party to get legislation passed.
What's your ability to get things done considering the make-up of the House and Senate, and a Democratic president?He cites Clinton's passage of welfare reform with a Republican Congress, and he says that big things can be done with this setup. "I do think there's a sense of urgency" to get things done, he says.
Leaders have to get out and talk to the local media, not just get on Fox News. "I don't think press conferences at the National Press Club is the way to do it," Palmer says. 

First, can we hear anything from Mark Lester relative to the above?

Second, the war for 2016 is going to start in earnest on Nov. 5th, and Congress will fail to do its job properly for the American people for another two years.

Third, if Republicans win the Senate, Senator Shelby is expected to become chairman of the Banking Committee, Senator Sessions is expected to become chairman of the Budget Committee, and lobbyists with Alabama connections will slobber.