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Since leaving Congress, David Jolly has discovered a different view of the Affordable Care Act

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When David Jolly defeated Alex Sink in the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, his criticism of Obamacare was front and center of his campaign. But the politics of health care have changed over the past four years, Jolly told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday night – and they certainly have for him. After losing to Democrat Charlie Crist in a redrawn CD 13 last fall, Jolly says his own personal circumstances had changed when he left office at…

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Federal stimulus not keeping pace with state and local woes

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From Ezra Klein: As everyone knows, the federal government is still spending a $700 billion stimulus package passed at the beginning of 2009. As most people know, state and local governments have had to sharply cut spending because the recession has decimated their tax revenues. But as fairly few people know, these two forces are canceling each other out. Stephen Gordon explains: It’s important to remember that the proper measure for fiscal stimulus is not spending by the federal government; it…

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Spreading the wealth

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Ezra Klein points to an interesting set of maps at The Fourth Branch. The first one is the map of states that receive more federal money than the they pay in taxes: If that looks familiar, perhaps this will refresh your memory: Publius at Fourth Branch notes; There is a very strong correlation, then, between a state voting for Republicans and receiving more in federal spending than its residents pay to the federal government in taxes (the rust belt and…

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Sunday’s editorial pages

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St. Petersburg Times – Plugging the Internet tax drain – The Republican-dominated Pinellas County Commission smartly voted last week to sue online travel companies like Priceline and Expedia that have avoided fully paying the county’s bed tax. Too bad their Republican colleagues in the Florida Legislature are not as aggressive in addressing other unfair tax policies, including by extending the state sales tax to all Internet sales. Daytona Beach News Journal – Deserved, but also wanting of further vindication –…

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