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Here’s the latest news out of Pennsylvania: The TV ad is no-holds-barred. It bluntly attacks a decision of the Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Supreme Court. And on Saturday, the state Bar Association said the spot went too far. The ad says the Democratic contender, Superior Court Judge Maria McLaughlin, “chose...

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  • October 25, 2021

Rube Goldberg was an inventor and cartoonist who satirically depicted complicated machines to perform simple tasks used to show the absurdity of over-thinking. In March of 2016, with eight months to go in former President Obama’s first term, the then-Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell refused to consider the current Attorney...

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  • June 16, 2021

So I may be burying the lede on this one—on purpose for once. The buried bit involves a bit of classic Trumpian projection that, sadly and predictably, ventures into the offensive. (Skip ahead if you want to see it. I’ll never know.) But first, let’s take a look at the most...

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  • June 7, 2021

As if Trump would be appointed Speaker of the House once the GQP takes control of the House of Representatives in 2022. Then a GOP House would impeach Biden on the way to Trump returning as POTUS* in 2024, because cartoon presidency and magical GQP thinking, like 31 days in...

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  • June 6, 2021

More gaslight: Trump’s speech Saturday in North Carolina was one being delivered by the person who incited an act of terrorism designed to overturn the 2020 election. Lapsing into irrelevance, Trump says the same lies: “The 2020 election was definitely the most corrupt election in our history,” Trump claims after...

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  • June 6, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Lou Barletta, the Republican Party’s Donald Trump-endorsed nominee for U.S. Senate in 2018, is running for governor of Pennsylvania. Barletta, 65, becomes the most prominent figure to enter a 2022 governor’s race that Republicans have won every time in the past half-century...

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  • May 17, 2021
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It depresses me to acknowledge this, but the Republicans’ commitment to blatant and serial lying, and Orwellian “make believe” governing, pose a real threat by overwhelming the public debate and individual’s efforts to stay grounded.  While a bit well-worn (and of uncertain provenance), this quote is fundamentally true: “A lie can travel halfway around...

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  • May 15, 2021

Pure propaganda with more Big Lies for the Big Liar. The Trumpian alternative universe is touted in Elise Stefanik’s opening speech as the new GOP Conference Chair. LOL about “the far left, radical socialist policies of President Joe Biden and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.” In comparison with Liz Cheney, she’s an...

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  • May 14, 2021

So this happened yesterday: Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy first-time candidate who walked a line between his party’s Trump-centric base and appeals to business interests, won the Republican nomination for governor of Virginia on Monday. He heads into a general election in one of only two states choosing their governors in...

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  • May 12, 2021

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Sean Parnell, a staunch support of former President Donald Trump who narrowly lost a race for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district in November, announced Tuesday that he plans to run for the open Senate seat in the state. “The U.S Senate is evenly...

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  • May 12, 2021

If you take a moment and listen to the so-called moderate wing of the Republican party, they are as extreme as the rest. This weekend Utah Senator Mitt Romney was roundly booed by members of his party at the Utah GOP convention. The crime that elicited the verbal censure from...

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  • May 3, 2021

The Washington Post Editorial Board made their endorsement today: IF VIRGINIA governors were allowed consecutive terms in office, Terry McAuliffe could have run for reelection in 2017 and almost certainly would have won easily. But the commonwealth is an outlier — the only state whose constitution mandates eviction for governors every four...

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  • April 27, 2021

If the previous guy doesn’t run, the 2024 POTUS field seems “wide-open” with dark horses, stalking horses, mudders, and nags. With a seven figure advance, the Pence memoir is going to need a lot of bulk purchasers. And we know how reliable John Bolton’s thinking has been. John Bolton, Donald...

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  • April 21, 2021

Likely there will some stunt somewhere today, perhaps not in DC. Hopefully there will be no casualties, but nothing will match the easing of mask mandates in Texas and Mississippi. Perhaps there’s a numerological formula for predicting the next stupid QAnon event.  x Anti-Trump Republicans are facing punishment back home. But...

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  • March 4, 2021

Is Lindsey Graham for real? No, that’s a serious question. Because he looks like a Rankin-Bass Claymation character to me. Lindsey, the misfit Christmas elf who never liked to make toys and forgot to show up for elf practice because his real dream was to loofah Donald Trump’s hide so he’d stop looking...

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  • March 2, 2021

Every Republican in the Arizona Senate co-sponsored a resolution demanding the Supervisor of Elections for Arizona’s largest county, Maricopa, to be arrested for declaring Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election and for not complying with their illegal demand to turn over election equipment and mail-in ballots to a Trump-allied firm...

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  • February 28, 2021

Wasn’t it just last week that Moscow Mitch said, no to impeachment but took to the floor to say “Lock him up” and then within the last 24 hours saying with all listed below, if he is the primary candidate he would absolutely vote for the orange thing?  My head...

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  • February 26, 2021

I’ve seen general pieces about the filibuster and its history, and so let me be specific that I am asking for commentary that is a little deeper, or granular.  My question is simple — I’’m old enough to have been politically aware since the Ford/Carter years, and for most of my life the...

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  • February 25, 2021

Equality for a lot of white Americans means acknowledging that black people are human. The difficulty comes when applying equity because that paradigm strikes at the heart of privilege. Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) made that abundantly clear with the questions he put to the Biden administration’s nominee for Attorney General,...

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  • February 24, 2021

Received this e-mail from U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen’s (D. MD) re-election campaign: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D. MD) Today the Senate begins confirmation hearings for President Biden’s nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. I worked closely with Xavier during our time serving...

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  • February 24, 2021

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: It used to be that experience, values, and knowledge were things both parties valued in leadership. Not these days. These days, the PA Republican Party only wants who's Trumpiest. In an upcoming special election, PA Republicans hand-picked a conspiracy theorist who...

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  • February 23, 2021

Returning to normal shouldn’t mean returning to gridlock. Guys, I think Joe Manchin just "cancelled" Neera Tanden, and the right-wing is fine with it. Isn't that supporting cancel culture? Someone please let me know. — Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) February 19, 2021 The West Virginia senator announced on Friday that he...

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  • February 20, 2021

Playing some more catch up here. Received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown  (D. OH): Cleveland.com: “Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel announces Senate bid” Chip in $5 now to turn Ohio blue >> BREAKING NEWS: Sherrod’s former opponent Josh Mandel just announced he’s running for the open Senate...

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  • February 11, 2021

Fucking idiot: The Florida senator once again found himself in Twitter-roasting territory on Wednesday with his misguided tweet blaming the media for the rise of QAnon-sympathizer Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) within the GOP — conveniently ignoring his own history of enabling former President Trump to run wild with false...

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  • February 4, 2021

I like to study potential  presidential nominees AND their running mates.   I believed correctly Obama/Biden before President Obama picked Biden.  I believed Biden/Harris….Long before Harris even dropped out of the primaries.   I missed Clinton/Kaine.  I always believed in Vice President Biden. I now believe without a shadow of a doubt the...

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  • February 3, 2021

Yep, he’s running scared: Republican strategists aligned with Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) on Monday launched an outside group aimed at hitting Democrat Stacey Abrams over her possible 2022 gubernatorial run. The independent group, dubbed “Stop Stacey,” says it will work to uncover what it called the former gubernatorial candidate's “shady voter groups that...

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  • February 1, 2021

Received two e-mails from U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff (D. GA). The first one is support of his colleague, Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) re-election campaign: U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock (D. GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) Rev. Warnock and I didn't win just because of the work we did during...

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  • January 30, 2021

Now everybody knows there’s exceptions to this rule, Now don’t be getting’ mad, when we playin’; it’s cool Rapper and actor Queen Latifah, wrote those words in 1993. Her words seem most appropriate for Republicans who ruled the Senate with an iron fist in a barbed wire glove. The denial...

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  • January 22, 2021

As Steve Bannon is pardoned for scamming border wall money, he’s likely the new operative for a Trump political party to promote neo-fascism. Trump has trial ballooned it prior to leaving DC and its site of a recent insurrection. Bannon has been speaking with Trump in recent weeks. x Trump pardons Stephen...

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  • January 20, 2021

From The New York Times: x YouTube Video The first television advertisements of the 2022 campaign cycle are on the air in Wisconsin. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin on Wednesday morning began a week’s worth of television and digital ads pounding Senator Ron Johnson for his role in fomenting doubts...

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  • January 13, 2021

Josh Hawley wants to rule the United States; let us make no mistake about that. Claire McCaskill (whom he barely beat in 2018) said on MSNBC the other day that he had just won the race for attorney general when he started running against her, and that he hadn’t even...

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  • January 9, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) and his organization, Powered By People: Texas is at the center of the constitutional crisis that will play out in our nation’s capital today. The latest lurch towards authoritarianism — Donald Trump trying to shake down Georgia’s...

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  • January 6, 2021

Ever since the first enslaved Africans stepped off ships, suffering from dysentery, malnutrition, and pleurisy, the marker was laid that race is the predominant politic in America. I highly recommend that if you see slavery as some sort of isolated cruelty, you read the 1619 Project. There has been criticism...

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  • December 14, 2020

Stories do have consequences, and following Trump’s American Carnage, truth will out in the larger American narrative. This James Fallows essay is worth reading, made important by the trial balloon of making Andrew Cuomo the AG nominee. For Biden personally, as president, the best thing he can do for most of...

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  • December 13, 2020

Watching the depressing and alarming spectacle of 17 Republican states joining Texas’s bad faith, frivolous Supreme Court application to overturn the election in favor of Trump, I am reminded that in September 2015 I wrote a post titled “The Sad Truth of John Boehner’s Resignation” — which received 1,275 Recommends, 789 Comments and,...

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  • December 10, 2020

1-22 record in legal challenges as GOP loses again, this time on the watchers of vote counting in Philadelphia. x Breaking: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected the Trump campaign's claim that Republicans lacked access to Philadelphia's vote count proceedings. The ruling was 5-2 against the campaign.https://t.co/tdNwajyk0Q — Kyle Griffin...

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  • November 17, 2020

Will he claim that those five million votes were Californians illegally voting. x “I concede NOTHING!” is not a normal thing for a president to write. But his refusal to concede is meaningless. What matters is that the Presidential Transition Act directs Emily Murphy to ascertain the “apparent” winner and...

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  • November 15, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX), in support of Jon Ossoff (D. GA) and Rev. Raphael Warnock’s (D. GA) U.S. Senate campaigns: Jon Ossoff (D. GA) & Raphael Warnock (D. GA) I’m grateful for the responses to the “down but not out!” email...

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  • November 12, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Minnesota courtesy of Research Co.’s latest poll: The last Republican nominee to carry the North Star State was Richard Nixon in 1972. Clinton defeated Trump by 44,593 votes to secure Minnesota for the Democrats in 2016 (46.4% to 44.9%). Biden is ahead of...

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  • November 2, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Georgia courtesy of Emerson College’s latest poll: The final Emerson College poll before the November 3rd election in Georgia finds President Trump leading Biden by less than a point, 49% to 48%. Two percent (2%) of voters plan to vote for someone else...

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  • November 2, 2020

Rather than any legitimate interpretation of constitutional law, all of the outcomes you can expect from the Supreme Court will now be solely based on how the decision will affect Republicans getting elected. It’s disturbing, because as I read and watch media figures discuss Biden’s lead, they bring up the...

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  • October 30, 2020

Rather than any legitimate interpretation of constitutional law, all of the outcomes you can expect from the Supreme Court will now be solely based on how the decision will affect Republicans getting elected. It’s disturbing, because as I read and watch media figures discuss Biden’s lead, they bring up the...

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  • October 30, 2020

I’m going to close out the day with some more good polling out of Arizona courtesy of The Justice Collaborative Institute: x ARIZONABiden 49% (+6)Trump 43%.#AZsen:Kelly (D) 50% (+10)McSally (R-inc) 40%@Justice_Collab, RV, 10/22-25https://t.co/VRNx15UZgT— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) October 28, 2020 Arizona helped deliver the election to Donald Trump in 2016. However,...

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  • October 29, 2020

Just a quick reminder about something I see largely left out of the coverage of Republicans’ bad faith regarding the Supreme Court:  Republicans eliminated the filibuster for Supreme Court nominees. This was supposed to be a seismic event, but I don’t hear it discussed much anymore in the overall Supreme...

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  • October 29, 2020

Received this e-mail today from former presidential candidate, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D. TX) and his organization, Powered By People: It's official: Texas is a TOSS-UP! A state that hasn’t voted for the Democratic nominee since 1976 has been labeled as a Toss-Up state by multiple major polls and election trackers....

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  • October 29, 2020

Erica Grieder at The Houston Chronicle has good piece out about U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s (R. TX) re-election bid against MJ Hegar (D. TX) is tied to Trump’s fate in Texas: And in states where Trump is struggling, including Texas, a new question has come to the fore: Can Republican...

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  • October 29, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Arizona courtesy of OH Predictive Insights: In the state’s other race with national consequences, former astronaut Mark Kelly maintains his advantage over incumbent Sen. Martha McSally. Half (50%) of Arizona voters prefer Kelly while 45% prefer McSally. One of the unique aspects of...

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  • October 27, 2020

As if in honor of Clarence Thomas swearing-in Amy Coney Barrett tonight, Peggy Noonan does her usual MoDo impression, attacking Kamala Harris in a particularly stupid column. Beltway Pundit-fight Club. Work THAT, Peggy. Formation: “Sweep the leg.” x All Democrats opposed the nominee, while Susan Collins was the lone Republican to vote ‘no’...

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  • October 26, 2020

Some very encouraging news today out of Texas: x 🚨New Poll – TEXAS🚨Biden 49 / Trump 48Hegar 46 / Cornyn 48https://t.co/OCRMOhwGdJ— Data for Progress (@DataProgress) October 26, 2020 Click here for the full results. Yesterday’s UT Tyler poll showed a tightening race: In his bid for a fourth term in...

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  • October 26, 2020

So you remember that big Pebble Mine scandal that U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R. AK) got busted in? Here’s a click reminder: x YouTube Video Dr. Al Gross, a Democratic-aligned independent running to unseat Sullivan, had been, even before the recording, blasting Sullivan for failing to explicitly oppose the mine’s...

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  • October 23, 2020
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