Midwest

Some big news this week out of Missouri: A Missouri Democrat who works at an organization that fights corporate monopolies on Tuesday became the latest candidate to announce a bid for U.S. Senate. Lucas Kunce, 38, is the national security policy director at the American Economic Liberties Project, an organization...

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  • March 11, 2021

David Plouffe did not mince his words as he pointed out that Trump and his enablers likely sped up a Blue Georgia by a few election cycles. With the events that occurred right after Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock’s epic wins in Georgia, this story was temporarily placed on ice....

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  • January 9, 2021

Tom Vilsack returns to the position he held during the Obama administration at USDA. Why hasn’t the pandemic compelled a rethinking of factory farming. Changing trends toward sustainability must show that the structure of industry needs to change. We’ll see. At least Biden is motivated by actual contacts rather than seeing...

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  • December 9, 2020

I keep hearing from the chattering class that Donald Trump garnered over 72 million votes in his loss to Joe Biden, so Democrats need to listen to them. There was an even split between the number of states that voted for President-elect Joe Biden and the current lame-duck Donald Trump,...

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  • November 16, 2020

Andrew McCabe references a suspicion from the first days of the Mueller investigation that Trump simply needs his comeuppance and a further push into a post-political life.  Cuomo: You think there's more bad stuff about him that we don't know? McCabe: There was a lot more in the intelligence community assessment...

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  • November 14, 2020

A Trump win now has the odds of pitching a TV reality show remaking The Odd Couple with Jeffrey Toobin and Jon Meacham. Pastor Jeffress acknowledges that rubber meets the road and that Trump could have been Nero. One of President Donald Trump’s top evangelical backers has accepted that Joe Biden...

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  • November 12, 2020

because I am seeing more and more evidence that political professionals who have access to internal polls are seeing it. There is chatter that Trump is worried about suffering a loss worse than Carter. You look at where key people are being deployed  — compare Mike Pence going to SC...

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  • October 29, 2020

Rampant GOP dickishness. Kushner also said his father-in-law “basically did a full hostile takeover of the Republican Party.” The next week is going to be very stressful, be patient, regardless of the outcome. "Three weeks in, Joe is shot, let's go Kamala, are you ready?" pic.twitter.com/qgMVQ3ekI1 — Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) October...

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  • October 29, 2020

From The Huffington Post: x YouTube Video Two Republican super PACs used the same supposed voter in newly released ads for at least three different Senate races, including those in Maine, Iowa and Kansas. In an ad produced by American Crossroads that aired in Kansas, a brown-haired woman criticizes Democratic...

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  • October 28, 2020

Wisconsin is a critical state for both Democrats and Republicans. Biden can win without it, but it is a bellweather, and as Wisconsin goes, much of the Upper Midwest may also go. Trump almost certainly cannot get to 270 without Wisconsin, a state he won by fewer than 23,000 votes...

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  • October 27, 2020

Gravis Marketing leads off with a 13 point lead for Joe Biden in Michigan. That would be a fantastic number if it is accurate.  It would mean Democrats would likely roll up good numbers in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well. Even Ohio, which was 8% more Republican than Michigan in 2016, would...

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  • October 25, 2020

Donald Trump is starting to sound like Eliza Doolittle — “Words! Words! Words! I’m so sick of words!” Trump Rips ‘Fake News’ For Focusing On COVID-19 ‘CASES, CASES, CASES’ As Nation Breaks Record President Donald Trump on Saturday attacked the media for its focus on COVID-19 “CASES, CASES, CASES” after...

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  • October 25, 2020

The White House is now blaming Michigan governor Whitmer for the kidnap/assassination plot against her by domestic terrorists. Similarly Trumpists think Biden is weak for not wanting to catch COVID from Trump. We do not still know when Trump last tested negative before going to Walter Reed. Besides, who wants...

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  • October 9, 2020
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So this bull shit just happened: The Michigan Supreme Court issued a split decision late Friday that ruled against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a battle over her power to extend emergency declarations used to mandate COVID-19 restrictions. The court's decision throws in to question orders issued by Whitmer related to...

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  • October 3, 2020

http://www.nytimes.com/… The A+ rated NYT/Siena College Poll released this morning shows that Joe Biden is leading in Iowa 45% to 42% and is tied in Georgia with 45%. Trump has a 45% to 42% lead in Texas. Seltzer & Co., another A+ rated pollster, released a poll two days ago with ties in...

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  • September 24, 2020

End this long national nightmare. GOTV The Senate seats most likely to flip in November Republicans have a slim, three-seat majority in the Senate that they’re trying to hold on to in November. And they are in for a battle to do it: There are 13 chances on this list...

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  • September 16, 2020

50 days and Biden still leads nationally but there are fewer undecideds than 2016 in the details when you get to registered and likely voters, even if they have been declining since July. Like most polling, the devil’s in the details. x NEW via @AP: Biden is beating Trump nationally...

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  • September 15, 2020

Trump’s desperation shows in attempting to try nearly anything, however inept he was in trying to confuse the public about voting by mail. Such wackiness is meant to avoid the oncoming publication of the Michael Cohen book. Similarly, Trump could appear to have won in a landslide with only 15%...

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  • September 6, 2020

I’m going to have to start taking full-on Silkwood showers after reading the news. I have a feeling, in retrospect, the Trump era will feel a bit like stepping in dog shit. It will take a while to completely scrape his residue off our shoes, and even then our country...

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  • September 6, 2020

True to form: x Blaming the shooting targeting protesters — 2 were killed — on the protesters themselves is the take Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler chose for the incident in Kenosha: https://t.co/qPw26VwTEm— Tia Mitchell, AJC’s Washington Correspondent (@ajconwashington) August 27, 2020 Some context: A white, 17-year-old police admirer was arrested...

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  • August 27, 2020

It is the GOP white whale, a continuing trope, to loot the social security system by eliminating it, and Trump wanted no defections in 2020. It is a sign of desperation to step on what has been a third rail of recent decades and a more symbolic attack on the...

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  • August 9, 2020

Trump tweeted before he went to bed, with more nonsense and no plan. How damn ignorant can you be? If we open up schools that will be the trigger for a second wave. Just one case spreads it to hundreds in each school. Who bring it home to their parents...

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  • August 4, 2020

Too late: Sen. Mitch McConnell is allowing Republican Senate candidates to do whatever it takes to salvage their campaigns ahead of what Republicans increasingly fear could be a devastating election for their party. In recent weeks, the Senate majority leader has become so concerned over Republicans losing control of the Senate...

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  • August 2, 2020

Even as some things are becoming less clear in the repression-stunts being pulled by Trump, we can see that Trump is prepping the ground for a loss. Can he keep it up? Trump will need that support to keep himself out of prison and to galvanize the 25% dead-enders. There are...

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  • July 27, 2020

What a fucking moron: Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina said Hispanics in his state have higher rates of coronavirus and are less likely to social distance and wear masks. “Wear the mask out of respect. And I will tell you I’m not a scientist and I’m not a statistician, but...

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  • July 17, 2020
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The New York Times has a great piece out about how Democrats are eager to not only help Joe Biden take out Trump but also want him to expand the electoral map. The goal is to get to 270 electoral votes and here are the current states Biden’s campaign is...

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  • July 12, 2020

http://www.gravismarketing.com/… Gravis Marketing released a poll today showing Joe Biden has a 58% to 42% lead in Minnesota, a closely divided state that was also the scene of racial and anti-police disturbances after the death of George Floyd on May 25. In addition to being a state that Donald Trump came...

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  • June 20, 2020

Antifa still hasn’t taken over Seattle as much as Trump might wish it, since Boeing is still not the #CHAZ state airplane company, nor has Amazon been nationalized. Trump’s alternate reality imagines some radical left left over from Nixon’s paranoia and Reagan’s red-baiting. x Does anyone notice how little the Radical...

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  • June 14, 2020

Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D. IL) in support of U.S. Senators Tina Smith (D. MN) & Gary Peters (D. MI) re-election campaigns: Sen. Tina Smith (D. MN) I’m writing to you today to remind you that my Democratic colleagues Senators Tina Smith and Gary Peters...

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  • May 30, 2020

 Updated   Friday, May 29, 2020 · 4:36:46 AM +00:00 · Dan K Political Wire, where I found the story this morning, has modified it slightly, saying that “An earlier version of this post linked to a source that may not be credible, although the reporting is similar.” That is...

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  • May 28, 2020

This fucking guy: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis has joined a growing list of litigants challenging the Walz administration over the Minnesota governor’s shutdown orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Lewis’ lawsuit, filed Tuesday, is the second federal legal challenge to Gov. Tim Walz’s amended executive order...

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  • May 26, 2020

http://www.msn.com/… The New York Times reports that renewable energy sources including wind and solar power are now regularly outproducing coal fired electric power plants in the United States. Just 10 years ago, almost 50 percent of electricity came from coal but lower costs are now driving up renewables and increasing making...

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  • May 13, 2020

The New York Times reports that renewable energy sources including wind and solar power are now regularly outproducing coal fired electric power plants in the United States. Just 10 years ago, almost 50 percent of electricity came from coal but lower costs are now driving up renewables and increasing making coal...

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  • May 13, 2020

Wow: Martha McSally has the solution for Arizona cities that have seen a gaping hole blown in their budgets because of the coronavirus pandemic: Sit tight and hope that the federal government loosens the strings on a too-small pot of money that you can’t access. What she definitely doesn’t have...

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  • May 7, 2020

Ed Kilgore of New York Magazine posits that the coronavirus pandemic may be for Trump what Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq War, and the financial crisis were for George W. Bush:  it could finally erode Trump’s base.   Yeah, I know.  I know.  I know.  I’m more with Cornell Belcher who thinks that...

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  • April 25, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D. IN), in support of U.S. Senator Gary Peters (D. MI) re-election campaign: Sen. Gary Peters (D. MI) This past year, running for president was an extraordinary experience. I met people from all walks of life across...

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  • April 24, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign and Barbara Bollier (D. KS) and Theresa Greenfield’s (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaigns: If Democrats want to take the Senate, we must win back the Midwest. So today, I’m going...

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  • April 20, 2020

http://www.bloomberg.com/… (April 17) Meat packing centers in the Midwest are some of the fastest growing pandemic centers, according to Bloomberg News, the New York Times, and other news media. Workers in some plants complain about close working conditions and lack of protective equipment. Industry analysts see supply disruptions and higher prices. Fortunately, the...

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  • April 17, 2020
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U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D. OH) is one of my favorite Senators. He’s a progressive champion who knows how to mobilize voters and build coalitions without having to compromise his beliefs. His suits and car are made in Ohio and he’s the only U.S. Senator who does not accept the...

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  • April 10, 2020

Yet another blow to our food supply delivery system. From Reuters: NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – A slew of U.S. ethanol plants have shut down as fuel demand has collapsed during the coronavirus outbreak, and meatpackers have been hit by a worrying side-effect: less carbon dioxide is now available to chill...

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  • April 8, 2020

“I feel like more than anything, we’re just trying to keep our people in some state of calm as we daily put out these bleak circumstances, these bleak numbers. We’re just praying every day that we don’t end up in a state of anarchy.”  Belinda Constant, Mayor of Gretna, Louisiana...

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  • April 3, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY): Friends, I'm proud to share Off the Sidelines' next round of endorsements: A group of game-changing women who are leaders in their communities, in their states, and in the halls of Congress. I hope you’ll take the time to get...

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  • March 27, 2020
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This is a robbery in progress,” wrote David Dayen, executive editor at The American Prospect. “And it's not a bailout for the coronavirus. It's a bailout for 12 years of corp. irresponsibility that made these companies so fragile that a few weeks of disruption would destroy them” McConnell declaring a...

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  • March 26, 2020

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of U.S. Senator Tina Smith’s (D. MN) re-election campaign and Barbara Bollier (D. KS) and Theresa Greenfield’s (D. IA) U.S. Senate campaigns: If Democrats want to take the Senate, we must win back the Midwest. So today, I’m going to...

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  • March 8, 2020

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D. IL): Taking back control of the Senate from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the Republicans is one of our top priorities this November — and I am excited that Democrats are building a team of strong, pro-choice, Midwestern...

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  • March 5, 2020

There have been lots of messages from the Democratic candidates running for the presidential nomination on winning political strategies.  Now that some votes are being cast, we are seeing what Joy Reid has called “proof of concept” with regards to those messages or strategies.  Or I should say, we are...

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  • March 1, 2020

Even during the struggle with having Dixiecrats in its midst, the modern Democratic party has stood for social justice, however compromised because of the nation’s conflicted constitutional history. The “social democrat” media frame must offset name-calling of “socialist/communist”, since America’s mixed regulatory economy does resemble economies which the US falls behind...

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  • February 25, 2020

The polling firm, DFM Research, which is a predominantly Democratic polling firm in the midwest, released their latest polling results from Kansas today. They mainly polled Kansas residents about expanding Heartland Flyer Amtrak service into the state (59%) do. They also tested Governor Laura Kelly’s (D. KS) approval rating (49/29) and...

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  • February 10, 2020

The United States is in a manufacturing recession, losing 12,000 jobs in that sector last month. https://twitter.com/InTheNoosphere/status/1226846413075574785?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Impeachment may be dominating the news, but the less-noticed industrial slump ultimately could pose a greater threat to Trump’s reelection. As measured by the Federal Reserve, manufacturing output shrank over two straight quarters...

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  • February 10, 2020

And it is my batting average when it comes to picking Democratic presidential candidates.  And it’s bad.  Otherwise, 2020 is a sea of poltiical confusion, or so you would think if you are a political junkie. For starters, I don’t think I have picked an eventual nominee since I first...

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  • February 7, 2020
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