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More news from the Reuters/Ispos/UVA poll out of Florida: A new poll released Wednesday shows Andrew Gillum ahead of Ron DeSantis by seven percentage points in the race for governor, while the U.S. Senate race is still in a dead heat. The poll was conducted by Thompson Reuters, Ipsos and...

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  • September 19, 2018

Some very encouraging news today out of Texas courtesy of Reuters/Ispos latest poll: Among the bright spots for Democrats: U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas had a 2-percentage-point lead over Cruz among likely voters in the state and U.S. Representative Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona had a 3-point lead over Republican congresswoman...

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  • September 19, 2018

The following article was written jointly by the five prosecutors shown above. NBC News “What’s next? The latest proposal is for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. However, these allegations are extremely serious and we — five former federal prosecutors with a combined experience...

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  • September 19, 2018

It was very notable, and damaging to J. Kavanaugh, when I heard that the only third-party, the only witness (even participant), in the “Kavanaugh Incident” was refusing to testify before the Senate.  Wow . . . no denial under oath?  But, of course, his non-appearance would not play out that way,...

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  • September 19, 2018

Always glad to see him active: Stacey Abrams had one consistent message when she joined former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday outside a rural health center in his hometown of Plains: Expanding Medicaid in Georgia will be her top priority if elected governor. But her campaign event with Carter sent...

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  • September 19, 2018

As reported by NBC, [“i]n an unprecedented move that stunned current and former intelligence officials, President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the public release of highly classified documents and text messages related to the FBI investigation into whether his campaign conspired with Russia.”   Davis Kris, the former head of the...

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  • September 18, 2018

Right now, the only question in my mind is whether Brett Kavanaugh will withdraw his name from consideration for Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat on the Supreme Court, or whether Donald Trump will do it for him. Kavanaugh has to go, simply because neither Trump, nor Kavanaugh himself can afford to...

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  • September 18, 2018

Received this e-mail today from U.S Senator Amy Klobuchar (D. MN) in support of Dan Feehan (D. MN-01) & Joe Radinovich’ s (D. MN-08) campaigns: I’m writing to ask you to donate to Joe Radinovich and Dan Feehan, two Minnesotans running for the U.S. House who need our support. Dan Feehan served...

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  • September 17, 2018

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: Sen. Jon Tester (D. MT)   With less than two months to go, Council for a Livable World-backed candidates are in very tight races. As Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz just wrote, “It’s the battle for the Senate...

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  • September 15, 2018

More good news out of Texas: The path to reelection for Senator Ted Cruz R-TX may not be the walk in the park one would expect for a Republican in Texas politics. That according to the latest CBS 11 / Dixie Strategies Poll released Wednesday. Cruz is running against Democrat challenger, Congressman Beto O’Rourke D-El Paso....

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  • September 12, 2018

Received two e-mails today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA). The first one in support of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D. OH) re-election campaign: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D. OH)   President Trump and Vice President Pence are doing their best to see Sherrod defeated. A new poll shows Sherrod and his opponent, a...

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  • September 12, 2018

No sense makes sense    Charles Manson O-tay, somebody is gonna have to walk me through this one. I know we've all been unfairly transplanted to the barren steppes of Trumpmenistan, but in what parallel universe does the salvation of the Republican Senate in the 2018 midterms turn out be...

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  • September 12, 2018

Some encouraging news today out Oklahoma: Results from an exclusive News 9 poll show that the race for governor is extremely tight. The general election is eight weeks away and will determine, not only who will serve as Oklahoma's next governor, but who will fill all the statewide elective offices....

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  • September 12, 2018

There’s been chatter in Florida about how the nominees for each party’s Governor might have impacts on their party’s U.S. Senate candidates and other down-ballot races. For example, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D. FL) sounds way more excited about having Andrew Gillum (D. FL) as his party’s nominee: In an...

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  • September 12, 2018

Some encouraging news today out of Nevada: Nevadans seem to agree that now is not the time to impeach President Donald Trump. That’s according to a Suffolk University/Reno Gazette Journal poll released Tuesday, which found nearly 60 percent of respondents did not think the U.S. House should seriously consider ousting the president....

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  • September 11, 2018

o, I am not going to flaunt my masters degree in poli-sci from Jim Bob's University, Kwik Mart, and Bait Shop. I don't roll that way. But late last week, a GOP strategist said something that was actually logical, and made perfect sense. I know, go figure, huh? But it...

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  • September 11, 2018

Relax. No, I'm not spiking the ball on the 1 yard line, and I'm not slowing down to look for the checkered flag at mile 499 of the Indy 500 either. But if we do the “sweat equity” to be the offshore earthquake, the impending “blue wave: that people keep...

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  • September 11, 2018

A few days ago, coming off of being down and out for a bit, I wrote an article taking John Kasich behind the woodshed. In the article, I referred to him as a condescending little prick, for his cavalier and pandering attitude in the way that he told Andrea Mitchell...

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  • September 10, 2018

Donald Trump is a used car salesman. He didn't “Make America Great Again,” but he did turn back the odometer.    Jim Carrey Look, I'm not going to bore everybody, myself included, in retelling all of the ways that El Pendejo Presidente is full of shit, that's baked in like...

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  • September 10, 2018

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support of Ammar Campa-Najjar’s (D. CA-50) campaign:   Why is bold progressive congressional challenger Ammar Campa-Najjar TIED in a district with a recent “solid Republican” rating? First, he ran a grassroots campaign to defeat uninspiring corporate Dems in a primary....

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  • September 9, 2018
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A must read from the New York Times: President Trump’s budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, expressed confidence to Republican donors on Saturday that the party would overcome a Democratic “movement of hate” in November, but he acknowledged Republicans could lose races where they have nominated candidates who are not seen as...

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  • September 8, 2018

Received this e-mail today from Ben Jealous’ (D. MD) on behalf of Democracy for America: On Thursday night, at his rally in Montana, Donald Trump finally did it — he attacked me personally: “In Maryland, the Democrat candidate for governor wants to give illegal aliens free college tuition, courtesy of...

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  • September 8, 2018

Well, the silly old bastard finally went and did it. For almost the last 20 months now, El Pendejo Presidente has been blundering around in the Democracy China Shoppe, in his Ronald McDonald shoes, and waving his catchers mitt clad hands around, and he finally broke the merchandise. And now...

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  • September 6, 2018

The 39-month-long MAGA enema Trump supporters have voluntarily subjected themselves to has evidently waterlogged their brains, which is why so many of them are burning and defacing their very expensive, already purchased Nike gear in the wake of the company’s recent Colin Kaepernick ad. That said, one is tempted to conclude...

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  • September 4, 2018

Sometimes, even the best meaning economists completely muddle the picture.  Everything seems so, well, complicated. Well . . .  when I was in college in 1988 (!) a friend offered me the chance for a part-time job, working the night shift at a UPS site on Long Island, NY.  It...

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  • September 4, 2018

Sen. Lindsey Graham said the other day that a Justice Kavanaugh could reverse Roe v. Wade, like any other precedent: “Here’s what I hope [Kavanuagh] will do: If there’s a case before him that challenges Roe v. Wade that he would listen to both sides of the story, apply a...

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  • September 3, 2018

When Senator John McCain was laid to rest on Sunday at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, the nation lost one of the giants of American public life. For six decades, McCain served his nation as a naval airman, a military liaison to Capitol Hill, a congressman, a...

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  • September 2, 2018

I was legitimately afraid that white supremacists would become an organized force in American politics after they put one of their own in the White House. For a time that seemed plausible, but now, going down the list of “Hey, whatever happened to”: Mathew Heimbach, the white nationalist leader who...

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  • September 2, 2018

OK.  I admit that I should give a “pass” to Senator Joe Donnelly who is running for reelection in Indiana.  I went to undergrad at Indiana University, and I know plenty of Hoosiers.  They are a unique bunch of people.  I think the last liberal who Hoosiers voted for was...

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  • September 1, 2018

I have the TV on in the background, and I have been listening to MSNBC’s coverage of “Celebrating Aretha Franklin” in Detroit.  I always enjoyed listening to Aretha’s music when I was growing up.  I think my favorite song of her’s is “Until You Come Back to Me.” And I...

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  • August 31, 2018

Well, this is a big Fuck You to the Separation of Church & State: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley supports repealing a provision in the federal tax code that bars politicking in the pulpit. In an Aug. 21 speech to pastors and church members in St. Louis, the Republican nominee...

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  • August 29, 2018

I love watching them. They’re so cute right before their ego’s die     Dilbert Boss There’s nothing new about there being “panic” in the Republican party leading up to an election. Panic is stock in trade for the GOP, it’s what they use to get their base trundling out...

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  • August 29, 2018

Photo: PDA’s Judy Hess with Kevin de León By  Mike Hersh for Judy, Donna, Dr. Bill, Mike F, Kim, Janis, Deb, Dan, Bryan, and Shayna—Your Progressive Democrats of America National Team Not Just A Moment; This Is A Movement Support Kevin de León For U.S. Senate Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has...

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  • August 29, 2018

By  Mike Hersh for Mike F., Deb, Judy, Donna, Dr. Bill, Janis, Dan, Kimberly, Bryan, and Shayna—your PDA National team Tell Congress To Block Abuse Of The Pardon Power For A Cover Up Join Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) calling for justice and accountability. We were founded in 2004 to oppose...

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  • August 28, 2018

If hell existed, Jerry Falwell Jr. would undoubtedly go there. And his official title would be vice president in charge of shoving white-hot flaming pig iron into Jerry Falwell Sr.’s eternally dilating orifices. Why? Because he’s made me feel sympathy for Jefferson Fucking Beauregard Focking Sessions the Shart-Gargling Third. Apparently,...

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  • August 28, 2018

Well, as with so many things in life, it appears that “timing is everything,” especially when it comes to tucking your head inside of your shell, and admitting that your signature international diplomatic gambit had come a cropper. Mere hours before President Trump announced that he had canceled a planned...

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  • August 24, 2018

No Russians. No Collusion.   No Russians. No Collusion.   No Russians. No Collusion. Since the day that Robert Mueller was appointed, this has been the Tantric meditative chant for Trump and his nitwit cabal. Geico used to run ads with the catch phrase, “So simple, even a caveman can...

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  • August 24, 2018

When it comes to Michael Cohen's guilty plea in federal court the day before yesterday, let's ignore Donald Trump for just a moment. There will be plenty of time to talk about The Tangerine Tantrum Machine, but I got my greatest case of the warm-and-fuzzies from a different source. And...

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  • August 23, 2018

MoveOn takes our role in elections and responsibility to members and the progressive movement seriously. Last week MoveOn wrongly endorsed Mary Glassman in the CT-05 primary, and we take responsibility for our error and apologize to MoveOn members in CT-05, Jahana Hayes, her campaign, and her supporters. About MoveOn Endorsements:...

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  • August 23, 2018

BOO YA!!!! Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has just a four-point lead against Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), according to a new public poll from Marist College and NBC News. Cruz leads O’Rourke by 49 percent to 45 percent in the poll of registered voters, a warning sign for the polarizing senator as he...

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  • August 22, 2018

By now, we all likely have heard about Rudy Giuliani’s absurd “truth isn’t truth” argument on this Sunday’s Meet the Press: RUDY GIULIANI: . . . . And when you tell me that, you know, [Trump] should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so...

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  • August 20, 2018

Here we are again. Let’s hop on into the not-so-wayback machine, and take a quick look at the political stories and events we were obsessing over, and parsing importance as we went about our daily lives on that day. August 19th, 2016 In the throes of a massive campaign shakeup,...

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  • August 19, 2018

Welcome to what I hope will become a daily feature. This carnival we call the Trump Presidency is like an out of control merry-go-round, shit being thrown off in every direction at 100 mph. By the time the 6:00 news rolls around, you've completely forgotten the “breaking news” of 8:39...

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  • August 18, 2018

Suppose you were a movie reviewer who’d signed a nondisclosure agreement that bars you from criticizing anything Michael Bay produces. Wouldn’t you think it appropriate to mention that you’re legally bound to give him a pass by, say, the eighth graph of your seventh Tranformers review? Maybe just say, “Hey,...

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  • August 18, 2018

Last night our favorite reporter told us the real reason dumbass is stripping officials of the security clearances; doing so denies them access to their files and notes sequestered in the various agencies they worked for and makes it impossible to prepare for testimony that might be required of them...

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  • August 17, 2018

Bunch of damn p*****s Marine combat veterans are, at least compared to the hazards of being a Republican Congressman like Andy Barr of Kentucky! U.S. Rep. Andy Barr compared his political experience to the military service of his Democratic opponent, Amy McGrath, a 20-year Marine Corps fighter pilot who flew bombing...

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  • August 17, 2018

The Huffington Post has a must-read piece out today regarding the Republican nominee in the upcoming Governor’s race in Ohio: Mike DeWine, the attorney general and Republican nominee to replace Gov. John Kasich, had placed a law firm with deep ties to Republicans in charge of investigating sexual harassment claims...

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  • August 16, 2018

Just to be specific, when I refer to Trump's “supporters” in the title, I'm not talking about the drooling morons who roll around on the floor at Trump rallies, speaking in “Trump tongues.” I'm talking about the more normal, “tired of the status quo,” voters who pulled a lever for...

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  • August 13, 2018

OK, game over. I give up. I spent years making a living as a comic, ridiculing reality, but come on, reality can't be this stupid. The only thing left for me to do now is to give up all of my earthly possessions, and make a pilgrimage to a Trappist...

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  • August 11, 2018