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Standard republican operating procedure.

Representative Mary Still (D), the Democratic Party candidate in the 19th Senate District, on the floor of the Missouri House, March 21, 2012.

In April 9, 2011, in the Washington Monthly:

…On the Senate floor yesterday, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), eager to prove that the budget debate wasn’t just about Planned Parenthood, spent some time on the Senate floor going after Planned Parenthood.

“Everybody goes to clinics, to doctors, to hospitals, so on,” Kyl said. “Some people go to Planned Parenthood. But you don’t have to go to Planned Parenthood to get your cholesterol or your blood pressure checked. If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does.”

That’s not even close to being accurate. Just 3% of the organization’s work is related to terminating pregnancies, while “well over 90% of Planned Parenthood does” relates to preventative health care services….

….As political spin goes, this is a true gem. Kyl said abortion is “well over 90% of what Planned Parenthood does” — a blatant lie — and when called on it, his defense is that his remarks on the Senate floor were “not intended to be a factual statement.” What an amazing way to justify all bogus claims — just make stuff up, and if anyone notices that you’re not telling the truth, simply explain that your nonsense was “not intended to be a factual statement….”

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Today, in the 19th Senate District race, a story about a republican attack piece against Mary Still (D):

GOP ad accusing Still of missing votes takes liberties with dates

By Rudi Keller

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Republican direct mail piece attacking Rep. Mary Still for missing votes includes a mention of 100 votes taken while she was hospitalized and cites dates when Still was either on hand or the House was on vacation….

….The fact that the dates used are not dates when Still actually missed votes do not undermine the message of the circular, said Jonathon Prouty, spokesman for the Missouri GOP. “If the statements that are made are not actual statements but made to highlight a particular part of the failed record, then the dates are insignificant,” he said…..

We live in a post fact, post truth, post sane America. The stoopid, it burns.