Saturday Open Thread | Ladies of Country Music Week | Shania Twain

I thought we’d share a little country music this week, focusing on the ladies.

Today’s selection: Shania Twain

 

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Shania Twain, OC (/ʃəˌnaɪ.ə ˈtweɪn/; born Eilleen Regina Edwards; August 28, 1965) is a Canadian country pop singer-songwriter. Her 1995 album The Woman in Me brought her fame, and her 1997 album Come On Over became the best-selling studio album of all time by a female act in any genre and the best-selling country album of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide.[1] Her fourth and last studio album to date, Up!, was released in November 2002 and has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.[1]

Twain has won 5 Grammy Awards and 27 BMI Songwriter awards.[1] She has had three albums certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America and is the second best-selling artist in Canada, behind Céline Dion, with three of her studio albums certified double diamond by the Canadian Recording Industry Association. She is the first (and currently only) female artist in history to have 3 consecutive albums reach diamond status, certified by the RIAA.

Sometimes referred to as “The Queen of Country Pop”,[2] she is one of the most commercially successful artists of all time, having sold over 80 million albums[3] and is ranked 10th best-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era.[4] She was also ranked 72nd on Billboard’s “Artists of the decade” (2000–10).[5] Most recently, Twain has her own TV series, Why Not? with Shania Twain, that premiered on the OWN on May 8, 2011. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 2, 2011.

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1993–1994: Shania Twain[edit]

A couple of years passed and Twain’s siblings got older and moved out on their own. Twain assembled a demo tape of her songs and her Huntsville manager set up a showcase for Twain to present her material to record executives. She caught the attention of a few labels, including Mercury Nashville Records, who signed her within a few months.[26] During this time, she changed her name to Shania, which was said to be an Ojibwa word which means “on my way”. However, Twain’s biographer, Robin Eggar, writes: “There is a continuing confusion about what ‘Shania’ means and if indeed it is an Ojibwe word or phrase at all. […] There is no mispronounced or misheard phrase in either Ojibwe or Cree that comes close to meaning ‘on my way.’ Yet the legend of her name continues to be repeated in the media to this day and will doubtless provide the obituary headline when Shania eventually passes on.”[27]

Twain’s self-titled debut album was released in 1993 in North America and garnered her audiences outside Canada. Shortly before its release, she sang backing vocals for other Mercury artists, including Jeff Chance’s 1992 album Walk Softly on the Bridges[28] and Sammy Kershaw’s 1993 album Haunted Heart.[29] Shania Twain only reached No.67 on the US Country Albums Chart, but it gained positive reviews from critics. The album failed to sell significant copies initially, although Twain’s future success generated enough interest for the album to be certified platinum six years later by the RIAA, denoting sales of over a million. The album yielded two minor hit singles in the United States with “What Made You Say That” and “Dance with the One That Brought You”. The album was more successful in Europe, where Twain won Country Music Television Europe’s “Rising Video Star of the Year” award.[26]

1995–1996: The Woman in Me and breakthrough[edit]

When rock producer Robert “Mutt” Lange heard Twain’s original songs and singing from her debut album, he offered to produce and write songs with her. After many telephone conversations, they met at Nashville’s Fan Fair in June 1993. Twain and Lange became very close within just weeks. Lange and Twain either wrote or co-wrote the songs that would form her second studio album, The Woman in Me.[26][30] Record executives were stunned when they listened to the album. It was unlike anything else in country music.[31]

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The Woman in Me was released in the spring of 1995. The album’s first single, “Whose Bed Have Your Boots Been Under?” went to No.11 on the Billboard Country Chart. This was followed by her first Top 10 and No.1 hit single, “Any Man of Mine”. Twain had further hits from the album, including the title track which peaked at No.14 and three additional No.1 hits: “(If You’re Not in it for Love) I’m Outta Here!”, “You Win My Love”, and “No One Needs to Know”.[26] As of 2007, it had sold more than 12 million copies.[32] The album was a quick breakthrough and because of this Twain performed selected international venues and television shows including two CMA Fan Fair performances with Nashville guitarists Randy Thomas (co-writer of the song “Butterfly Kisses”), Dan Schafer,[33] Chris Rodriguez, Russ Taff, Hugh McDonald bass player of Bon Jovi, Dave Malachowski and Stanley T., formerly with The Beach Boys.

Mercury Nashville’s promotion of the album was based largely upon a series of music videos.[34] During this period, Twain made major television appearances on shows such as two performances on Late Show with David Letterman, Blockbuster Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards. The Woman in Me won the Grammy Award for Best Country Album as well as the Academy of Country Music award for Album of the Year; the latter group also awarded Twain as Best New Female Vocalist.

1997–2001: Come On Over[edit]

In 1997, Twain released her follow-up album, Come On Over. This was the album that would establish her as a successful crossover singer. Slowly, the album started racking up sales. It never hit the top spot, but with the multi-chart hit single “You’re Still the One”, sales skyrocketed. Other songs like “Don’t Be Stupid”, “You’ve Got A Way”, “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”, “That Don’t Impress Me Much” and “From This Moment On” joined the 12 songs that eventually saw release as singles. “From This Moment On” is a duet with singer Bryan White and there was a pop version as well.

The album stayed on the charts for the next two years, going on to sell 40 million copies worldwide, making it the biggest-selling album of all time by a female musician.[35] It is also the eighth biggest-selling album by any type of artist in the US[32] and the top selling country album in history. Songs from the album won four Grammy Awards during this time, including Best Country Song and Best Female Country Performance (for “You’re Still the One” and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”) for Twain. Lange won Grammys for “You’re Still the One” and “Come on Over”.

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Despite the album’s record sales it wasn’t able to top the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 2. In 1999, the Come on Over album was remixed for the European market as a pop album with less country instrumentation and actually gave her the big breakthrough in Europe she and her producer husband (Robert John “Mutt” Lange) were looking for. Come on Over went to number 1 on the UK album charts for 11 weeks. It became the biggest selling album of the year in Great Britain and a bestseller in other big European markets as well, selling more than one million copies in Germany and nearly 4 million in the UK alone. The songs that had finally drawn European attention to the album were the pop remixed singles “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, a No.3 in the UK and Top 10 hit in Germany in the summer of 1999, and “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!” which peaked at No.3 in both the UK and France in autumn of that year. Additionally, the album set the record for the longest ever stay in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200, remaining in the Top 20 for 99 weeks.

In 1998, Twain launched her first major concert tour, aided by her manager Jon Landau, a veteran of many large-scale tours with Bruce Springsteen. The Come on Over Tour shows was a success and won the “Country Tour of the Year” in 1998 and 1999 by Pollstar Concert Industry Awards.[36]

In 2000, Twain was initially scheduled to release a Christmas album, but plans to release one were cancelled later in the year.[37]

Following the success of Come On Over, independent label Limelight Records released The Complete Limelight Sessions in October 2001. The album includes 16 tracks recorded in the late 1980s before Twain signed her record deal with Mercury.

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50 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Ladies of Country Music Week | Shania Twain

  1. Good Night, 3Chics! Sweet dreams! I’m off to bed!

    bedtime smiley photo:  smiley-sleepy-bedtime-good-night.gif

  2. rikyrah says:

    Isiah Thomas and Grant Hill talk about the use of the ‘N’ word, responding to Charles Barkeley

    http://www.nba.com/video/channels/nba_tv/2013/11/16/20131115-isiah-hill-on-n-word.nba/

  3. Have you guys seen this photo of PBO before?

    Curious child- photo of Barack Obama, with his mother, his adoptive father, and his half-sister Maya, circa 1971.

      • vitaminlover says:

        I can imagine some of the insults that President Obama had to endure even as a young child. Thank God he had a mother and grandparents who truly loved him. That third picture with his little arm bent to defend himself or keep from smacking someone with the unhappy facial expression touches me.

      • vitaminlover

        In some of the photos, PBO looks dark but Mythe said she saw him up close and he is very fair skinned.

      • vitaminlover says:

        Oh yes he is fairskinned I was talking about his facial expression in the third picture. He wasn’t his usual smiling self.

        • He does look sad doesn’t he? I was just looking at the difference in color with the different photos. He looks much lighter in the photo on our sidebar of him and Michelle than he does in some of the photos of him as a child. It could be the camera tho.

          • vitaminlover says:

            Him being the most powerful man on the planet and yes he has a great life in spite of the challenges. He has Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Mother-in-law Mrs. Robinson and his sister and her family Bo and Sunny. I am sure that he feels loved I just think that as a child he had his share of difficulty in extra-unusual circumstances. However our Beloved President is very tough and resilient and he keeps up hope. I am so proud of and for him and his sweet family.

    • rikyrah says:

      not the first photo, but I have seen the other two

  4. rikyrah says:

    Movies with black casts make a green argument

    Michael Phillips
    2:51 p.m. CST, November 14, 2013

    It took 14 years to come to fruition, but “The Best Man Holiday,” writer-director Malcolm D. Lee’s sequel to his 1999 hit “The Best Man,” opens Friday. Lee told me the other day that Universal executives were “hesitant” initially about the sequel, which takes Taye Diggs, Regina Hall and company in a more dramatic direction than the first film.

    “Too depressing,” Lee heard from the money. Too much of a “departure.”

    So Lee and his actors did what they do in theater all the time but rarely in the movies: They conducted a table read of the script to convince the money to back the movie. The money came away convinced. Says Lee, “I remember one of the executives saying: ‘Listening to Terrence Howard deliver dialogue live, out loud, can really turn people around.'”

    Would this film, a follow-up to a proven, tightly budgeted hit, have gotten serious greenlight consideration a few years ago, in the years (roughly 2008-2011 in Lee’s estimation) the director refers to as “a black movie desert”?

    In recent years, he says, “I’ve had many, many people declare that black movies are dead. Except for Tyler Perry movies.” Now, he says, “we’re seeing a gaggle of ’em.”

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/movies/chi-black-ensemble-films-talking-pictures-20131114,0,1539238.column

  5. Monica McBride and Walter Ray Simmons

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/renisha-mcbride-parents-refute-accused-murderer-self-defense-claim-article-1.1519122

    DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. — The parents of a 19-year-old woman who was shot in the face on the porch of a suburban Detroit home say they find it hard to believe their daughter posed a threat to the man charged in her death.

    Walter Ray Simmons and Monica McBride spoke publicly Friday after Theodore Wafer was charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Renisha McBride on his Dearborn Heights porch.

    “I can’t imagine what that man feared from her. I would like to know why,” Monica McBride said.

    Police say Renisha McBride was shot a couple of hours after being involved in a nearby car accident on Nov. 2. Family members say the former high school cheerleader likely approached Wafer’s home for help. Wafer’s lawyer, Mack Carpenter, said the pre-dawn hour and McBride’s condition — a toxicology report found she had alcohol and marijuana in her system — contribute to his client’s “very strong defense.”

    McBride’s parents are relieved to see the wheels of justice turning but can’t accept any claim to self-defense.

    “I couldn’t accept no apology because my daughter don’t breathe no more,” said her father, Walter Ray Simmons. “I believe this man took my daughter’s life for no reason. We just want justice done.”

    Wafer, 54, was arraigned Friday afternoon on the murder and manslaughter charges as well as a felony weapons charge. A probable cause hearing was set for Dec. 18.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Bashir: Maybe someone should poop in ‘world class idiot’ Sarah Palin’s mouth
    By David Ferguson
    Saturday, November 16, 2013 12:14 EST

    “Given her well-established reputation as a world class idiot,” Bashir said, “it’s hardly surprising that she should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history.”

    Perhaps, he said, Palin should try to find out what slavery was really like.

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/16/bashir-maybe-someone-should-poop-in-world-class-idiot-sarah-palins-mouth/

  7. rikyrah says:

    kfreed

    I get it all too well. The fact that the “disillusioned left” refers to its body of misfits as such in the first place is the very definition of defeatist.

    I’ve stuck it out and I’ll continue to stick it out and you won’t see me pulling crap like #StandWithRand, I can tell you that. I won’t be taking any advice from the perpetually aggrieved left. We want the Tea Party out and you’re the last people to accomplish it.

    “Rhetoric” is not a game plan. Rhetoric is not an organized opposition. Rhetoric is not legislation. Rhetoric is air. What I want to see is how the “disillusioned left” plans to prevent the right from undermining every idea you come up with. Haven’t even given it a moment’s thought, have you?

    The problem with the “disillusioned left” is that it cannot and will not get its shit together. From what I’ve seen of much of the “disillusioned left,” you have not even the slightest idea of what it is you’re up against when it comes to what the right is prepared to do to us. Every new atrocity committed against us at the hands of the right comes as a complete shock, needlessly… and the worst of it is you people have no interest in even finding out what they’re doing and why. You fall for every ploy the right dreams up.

    Take for example, the StopWatchingUs NSA protest… the “disillusioned” dimwads on the left who participated in that embarrassment haven’t even the slightest clue that the rally was organized by the sleaziest far right characters ever to be puked up on American soil, all tied to the Libertarian Koch cabal (which BTW is the very cabal that proposed the Patriot Act, torture, indefinite detention, war with Iraq and a few other countries, etc., etc. in the first place). You don’t even appear to be aware of the fact that Libertarians are far right lunatics pushing a corporate, racist, anti-woman, anti-union, privatization agenda.

    So unless and until I witness the “disillusioned left” come up with a plan besides sniping from the sidelines and basically shooting itself (and the rest of us) in the face, I’m not interested in high-minded rhetoric. You’re not up to the task. The moment shit gets real you’ll turn on Warren the same way you turned on Obama. Count me out. I’ve seen enough

    http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/16/elizabeth-warren-unlikely-radical-giving-hope-to-those-disenchanted-with-mainstream-democrats/

  8. rikyrah says:

    Disrespect, Race and Obama
    By CHARLES M. BLOW
    Published: November 15, 2013

    In an interview with the BBC this week, Oprah Winfrey said of President Obama: “There is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs, in some cases, and maybe even many cases, because he’s African-American.”

    With that remark, Winfrey touched on an issue that many Americans have wrestled with: To what extent does this president’s race animate those loyal to him and those opposed? Is race a primary motivator or a subordinate, more elusive one, tainting motivations but not driving them?

    To some degree, the answers lie with the questioners. There are different perceptions of racial realities. What some see as slights, others see as innocent opposition. But there are some objective truths here. Racism is a virus that is growing clever at avoiding detection. Race consciousness is real. Racial assumptions and prejudices are real. And racism is real. But these realities can operate without articulation and beneath awareness. For those reasons, some can see racism where it is absent, and others can willfully ignore any possibility that it could ever be present.

    To wit, Rush Limbaugh responded to Winfrey’s comments in his usual acerbic way, lacking all nuance:

    “If black people in this country are so mistreated and so disrespected, how in the name of Sam Hill did you happen? Would somebody explain that to me? If there’s a level of disrespect simply because he’s black, then how, Oprah, have you managed to become the — at one time — most popular and certainly wealthiest television personality? How does that happen?”

    No one has ever accused Limbaugh of being a complex thinker, but the intellectual deficiency required to achieve that level of arrogance and ignorance is staggering.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/16/opinion/blow-disrespect-race-and-obama.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0

  9. rikyrah says:

    Strangely superficial coverage of New York’s de Blasio
    By Colbert I. King

    There was a time when it would have bothered me. Not anymore. Finding myself in the winter of life, I have accepted the likelihood that I am out of touch with my colleagues. This thought was brought to mind by the media’s treatment of New York City’s next mayor, Bill de Blasio, and his wife, son and daughter.

    Silly me. Here I thought the story of the New York mayoral race was about the fall of disgraced former congressman and serial exhibitionist Anthony Weiner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s final curtain call and the election of de Blasio, an avowed progressive and the city’s first Democratic mayor in two decades.

    Goes to show my detachment from journalism today.

    Judging from a feature story and op-ed columns in The Post and the New York Times, the New York election was about hair and . . . how did they used to put it down South? Ah yes, race-mixing.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/colbert-king-coverage-of-de-blasio-family-is-strangely-superficial/2013/11/15/c7b8fc90-4d6f-11e3-9890-a1e0997fb0c0_story.html

  10. rikyrah says:

    New York’s incoming first family says it all with their hair
    By Krissah Thompson and Lonnae O’Neal Parker,

    Bill de Blasio’s liberal policies aren’t the only thing on display as he moves onto the national stage as New York’s mayor-elect. His family’s hair is also front and center. For those just tuning in:

    Wife Chirlane McCray’s long dreadlocks are often pulled into a smart, flowing ponytail. Son Dante’s famously large Afro stands triumphant. His daughter, Chiara, wears her loose, kinky locks framed with a band of roses.

    For a rare instant in the nation’s electoral history, the African American hair politic is on full display.
    ………………….

    It’s “the optics,” she says. “This family probably understands the diversity of New York in a way we haven’t seen before.”

    The family could have made more conservative choices for its appearance at Tuesday night’s victory party. Dante, 16, could have cut down his Afro. Chiara, 18, could have nixed the crown of flowers. But the family is self-expressive, and that comes across.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/new-yorks-incoming-first-family-says-it-all-with-their-hair/2013/11/06/e01ab558-4702-11e3-a196-3544a03c2351_story.html

  11. rikyrah says:

    Right still pushing ‘don’t enroll’ crusade
    11/15/13 11:15 AM
    By Steve Benen

    Of all the things conservatives have done to sabotage and derail the Affordable Care Act – and good lord, is this a long list – nothing seems quite as offensive as the right’s campaign to encourage those without coverage to stay uninsured, on purpose, to advance an ideological cause.

    Regular readers may recall that we covered this quite a bit over the summer. Conservatives launched organized efforts to convince the uninsured to voluntarily “refuse to enroll” – because if fewer people participate in the system, costs would soar, and in theory the system could become unsustainable. Struggling families will of course be completely screwed in this scenario, but for the right, that’s a small price to pay – and a sacrifice they’re willing to see others make.

    Eric Lach, referencing a report from the Alaska Dispatch, noted yesterday that the campaign is still very much underway. Indeed, it appears far-right Floridians are now lobbying Alaskans to stay uninsured on purpose.

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/right-still-pushing-dont-enroll-crusade

  12. rikyrah says:

    Paul Waldman: Memo To Democratic Chicken Littles: The Sky Is Not Falling

    Ah, now this is what politics is supposed to be like: Ruthless Republicans, gleeful at the prospect that they might increase the net total of human suffering. Timorous Democrats, panicking at the first hint of political difficulty and rushing to assemble a circular firing squad. And the news media bringing out the “Dems In Disarray!” headlines they keep in storage for just this purpose.

    The problems of the last couple weeks “could threaten Democratic priorities for years,” says Ron Brownstein. It’s just like Hurricane Katrina, says The New York Times (minus the 1,500 dead people, I guess they mean, though they don’t say so). “On the broader question of whether Obama can rebuild an effective presidency after this debacle,” says Dana Milbank, “it’s starting to look as if it may be game over.” Ruth Marcus also declares this presidency all but dead: “Can he recover? I’m sorry to say: I’m not at all confident.” Oh please. Everyone just chill out.

    http://prospect.org/article/memo-democratic-chicken-littles-sky-not-falling#

  13. rikyrah says:

    Queen Of Spain Blog: We Just Enrolled In Obamacare

    Yup. The entire family just ditched my husband’s employer provided health insurance* and as of January 1, 2014 we’ll be on a plan with a different insurance company. One that, unlike Aetna, decided to go after our business and compete in the marketplace. Our old plan had deductibles, and the out-of-pocket costs were 6k for individuals and 12k per family. This new plan from Blue Shield of California? No deductibles. Lower out-of-pocket maximums. Lower copays. Lower drug costs.

    All of our doctors are in-network minus one. But that’s why I got the PPO. It’s also a 90/10 which means we pay 10% of things normally not totally covered like hospital stays and MRIs and what not. Our old plan? 80/20 in network and 60/40 out of network. Keeping in mind just about EVERYTHING for me was out of network. After doing all the math, just to start, we’ll be saving $18,900 per year. That is without knowing if I will be hospitalized in 2014, or need surgery or any of those things. In 2013 I was hospitalized once in July and the bill is still sitting on my desk. I’ve been making payments.

    If the judge from my Social Security Disability case rules in my favor, that means I’ll be eligible for Medicare as well. IF that happens, that will mean we may not have much out of pocket at all. This makes me shake and cry. We are one of those families who have been buried in medical debt since I got sick. We’re one of those families the President talks about…the ones who are so close to losing everything because Mom got sick. We’ve re-financed our mortgage using the HARP/HAMP plans with JP Morgan Chase. It wasn’t easy or pretty, but we managed to save some money per month to keep our home. Now we are utilizing Obamacare. And yeah, go ahead and call it Obamacare, because without the President we wouldn’t have this opportunity.

    http://queenofspainblog.com/2013/11/13/we-just-enrolled-in-obamacare/

  14. rikyrah says:

    Ed Kilgore: Re The Collapse In Obama’s Approval Ratings

    After reading Jonathan Bernstein’s essay on the massive over-reaction to the president’s sag in approval ratings—some of it based, no doubt, on media cherry-picking of whichever polls had the lowest numbers—I went back and looked at Gallup’s weekly approval rating averages over the last few weeks.

    The CW is that Obama and the Democrats were riding high—on the brink, perhaps, of a history-defying 2014 sweep of Congress—when the government shutdown ended. That week Gallup had Obama’s approval ratio at a 43/51 average. The latest Gallup weekly average of Obama’s approval ratio is at 41/52, a booming one-and-a-half point deterioration since the shutdown ended.

    What does it all mean? Probably that most people aren’t breathlessly following events in Washington other than to register their heat and noise. And there’s not much indication just yet that America sees itself as represented by the worried holders of existing individual health insurance policies. So yeah, once again, everyone should chill

    http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/political-animal-a/2013_11/re_the_collapse_in_obamas_appr047814.php

    • Ametia says:

      These approval ratings are the media’s way of taking the focus off their DISMAL ratings. They hype up PBO’s supposed drop in the polls to cover their TANKINGS.

      BYE!

  15. rikyrah says:

    OK….what the hell is this:
    Peggy Noland, a white designer from Kansas City who’s worked with stars like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, has a deeply problematic new project out: a ridiculous line of t-shirts and dresses featuring Oprah’s head photoshopped onto nude bodies.

    http://colorlines.com/archives/2013/11/naked_oprah_dresses_part_of_white_trash_meets_high-class.html

    • Ametia says:

      Missy Ann’s trying to get Ms Oprah riled up to stoop to her vile level of DISDAIN & RACISM.
      The Beckies really cannot take Black, powerful, smart, wealthy women.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Saturday, November 16, 2013
    V For Void-etta
    Posted by Zandar

    Adam Serwer reminds us that Republicans in Virginia’s state legislature may simply decide to throw out the razor-thin 164 vote victory of Democrat Mark Herring for state Attorney General:

    Herring is currently ahead of Obenshain by a follicle–the current official count states that Herring has 164 more votes than Obenshain out of more than two million cast. A recount is all but guaranteed and litigation seems likely. But even if after the dust clears Herring remains in the lead, under Virginia law, Obenshain could contest the result in the Republican dominated Virginia legislature, which could declare Obenshain the winner or declare the office vacant and order a new election.

    “If they can find a hook to demonstrate some sort of irregularity, then there’s nothing to prevent them from saying our guy wins,” says Joshua Douglas, an election law expert and professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law. “There’s no rules here, besides outside political forces and public scrutiny.”

    An election contest is a specific post-election procedure for disputing the official outcome of an election. Different states have different rules for election contests–some put them in the hands of the courts, others in the hands of the legislature. Obenshain couldn’t simply contest the election out of the blue. He’d have to argue that some sort of irregularity affected the result. Still, Virginia law is relatively vague in explaining what would justify an election contest, and historical precedent suggests that co-partisans in the legislature are unlikely to reach a decision that hurts their candidate.

    “History shows that contests in the legislature are generally more politicized than if they’re adjudicated in the judiciary,” says Edward Foley, a professor at Moritz College of Law. That applies to both parties–but it’s Republicans who have the majority in the Virginia General Assembly. The Virginia state senate is evenly split, but Republicans have the majority in the state house. A spokesperson for Obenshain didn’t respond when asked directly if, after exhausting all other avenues, Obenshain would pursue an election contest.

    http://zandarvts.blogspot.com/2013/11/v-for-void-etta.html

  17. rikyrah says:

    Why Republicans Suddenly Care About Canceled Health Policies
    Posted on Nov 15, 2013
    By Joe Conason

    Amid the current national uproar over the troubles of the Affordable Care Act, it is almost uplifting to hear the deep concern expressed by politicians, pundits, lobbyists and corporate leaders over cancellation of existing health insurance policies. They empathize loudly with the millions of potential victims, whose plight infuriates these worthy observers with fury. They fill hours of television and pages of print with expressions of outrage. Suddenly, everyone in Washington is intensely concerned about Americans losing their health coverage.

    The outpouring of noble sentiment would be laudable—indeed, long overdue—if only there were reason to believe these protestations are sincere. Sadly, the evidence points in the opposite direction, for a single obvious reason: Millions of people in this country have been losing health insurance for years, resulting in many thousands of serious illnesses, bankruptcies and early deaths. But until insurance cancellations became a political embarrassment for President Barack Obama, the usual right-wing reaction was silence. (Except for that awkward and revealing outburst during the 2012 Republican debates when a live audience howled its approval for the “let him die” plan.)

    For anyone who has ever honestly cared about people losing their health coverage—for instance, Obama or his Democratic predecessor, former President Bill Clinton—the depressing statistical reality has long been plain. Every day, thousands of Americans leave the rolls of the private insurance industry, almost never voluntarily.

    People often forfeit insurance after losing a job, which happened to millions during the Great Recession. At its height, when tea party Republicans were fighting to kill Obamacare in the cradle, more than 44,000 people were losing their health coverage every week. In May 2009, the policy journal Health Affairs published a projection that nearly 7 million Americans would lose coverage by the end of 2010.

    People also lose insurance because their providers don’t want to pay the cost of a grave illness (having gorged on pricey premiums for years), which has happened to many thousands more. The most recent congressional report on the subject found that three major insurance companies had saved at least $300 million through “rescission” of policies held by 20,000 seriously ill clients, which caused their profits to climb.

    http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_republicans_suddenly_care_about_canceled_health_policies_20131115

  18. rikyrah says:

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and beyond. This week, the First and Second Families honored Veterans Day, the President traveled to New Orleans and to Cleveland to speak on the importance of infrastructure to job creation, signed the EpiPen Law, discussed immigration reform with Faith Leaders and attended the 5th Annual Tribal Nations Conference. That’s November 8th to November 14th or “We Will Stand By Your Side.”

    http://youtu.be/1oQbSB1zHOs

  19. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  20. Shania Twain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In my best Southern drawl…

    Any man of mine better walk the line
    Better show me a teasin’ squeezin’ pleasin’ kinda time

    ;)

  21. Good morning, everyone!

    Guess what I got? A portable heater! Running around

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