Referendum

With roughly a third of Americans who identify themselves as Republicans, the party bombards us with the term American People at every utterance. With almost 60% of the country fully vaccinated, Republicans say the American People have doubts. Yesterday, Mitch McConnell, in response to questions about the insurrection, said the...

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  • October 20, 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

Fifteen years ago, black suspect, Neal Mack gasped for breath, using the all too familiar words “I can’t breathe.”  Mr. Mack was handcuffed and having his life drained from his body by a chokehold applied by officer Greg Kwiatkowski before being pulled away. Mr. Mack’s life was saved by black...

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  • April 19, 2021
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Previous guy colluded with Russia, led a Capitol insurrection, and is not rotting in a prison cell. But if it happens, could there be enough secessionist nut-logs ready and willing to bust him out. “I think this blending of the far-right militia movement with overt secessionism is something I think we’re...

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  • April 14, 2021

Neofeudalism redux: more playing into the hands of the Russian support for syncretic RW groups in the US. For the US, it is an act of violence and the GQP is fomenting it at the state level for a Trumpist constituency. Imagine that moment when they rationalize secession to keep the...

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  • April 10, 2021

By way of a baffling and contradictory threat in explaining his position, Senator Mitch McConnell, in his best southern drawl, warned “Co-cola” to not be “stupid.” Addressing a gaggle of reporters in Kentucky,  McConnell said, “It’s quite stupid to jump in the middle of a highly controversial issue,” he went...

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  • April 7, 2021

More contradictions: Ted Cruz flees Texas for Cancun and without Twitter, Trump is having trouble telegraphing personal insults like claiming Mitch McConnell has “more chins than smarts”. Mitch McConnell penned a Sunday op-ed in The Wall Street Journal defending his decision, which particularly angered Trump, according to a person familiar with the...

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  • February 18, 2021

Received this e-mail today from the organization Common Cause Pennsylvania: I’m going to be honest with you — I’m deeply concerned. The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee just voted House Bill 38 (HB 38) out of committee by a slim margin, attempting to clear the way for the legislature to engage...

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  • January 13, 2021

The focus here this weekend has been on the seditious actions being taken by at least a dozen Republican senators in spite of Moscow Mitch’s begging them not to challenge the purely ceremonial counting the electoral college votes. But in fairness we have to acknowledge that some GOP senators have...

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  • January 3, 2021

Received this e-mail today from former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on behalf of his  organization, All On The Line: Rev. Raphael Warnock (D GA) & Jon Ossoff (D. GA) The 2021 redistricting process will be the first-ever with a nationwide grassroots movement to hold map manipulators accountable. But the truth is,...

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  • December 21, 2020

Throughout the Democratic primaries, the dueling campaigns, and finally the day of November 3rd, I feared the United States would let me down. I have blown the horn of warning to anyone who would listen that this election was not a referendum on Donald Trump it was a referendum on...

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  • November 25, 2020
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I’m all in for this: President-elect Joe Biden will join the lineup of influential Democrats involved in Georgia's ongoing senatorial campaigns, according to his recently-named forthcoming chief of staff. Ron Klain—who will formally step into the role when become Biden assumes office in January—discussed the outcomes of Georgia's two runoff...

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  • November 16, 2020

If you could afford it and your kid was smart enough, I hope they went to law school. Over the next few months, the number of lawsuits filed and billable hours could fill a Trump tax auditor’s ledger. Psychoanalysis, Life-Coaches, liquor store owners, and Ouija Board makers will see a dip...

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  • November 4, 2020

From The Huffington Post: Though Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) has lost several key endorsements to Democratic challenger Sara Gideon this election cycle, she received the full support last week of at least one group in her state: the anti-LGBTQ, anti-abortion Christian Civic League of Maine. During an Oct. 13 interview...

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  • October 23, 2020

From The Huffington Post: x YouTube Video NextGen America, which focuses on turning out voters under age 35, is expanding its target list to include Senate races in Alaska and South Carolina, and House elections for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District and Kansas’ 2nd and 3rd Congressional districts. The group, funded...

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  • October 8, 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

The New York Times has a piece out about the U.S. Senate race about how Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon (D. ME) is running a strong campaign to unseat the incumbent U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R. ME): Her challenger is a smooth campaigner, fluent and assured about issues like Medicaid...

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  • September 28, 2020

Michael Gerson is a lifelong Republican who was George W. Bush’s speechwriter for several years. He also holds strong anti-abortion (he would say, pro-life) views and he is a longtime WaPo columnist, largely conservative (in the old-fashioned sense) and occasionally moderate, enough that I read his work sometimes. I’m glad...

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  • September 18, 2020

Trump won in 2016 by running an insurgency campaign. Hillary was the epitome of the liberal elite who had taken over government and were using it to make us pay reparations to Blacks, to make every woman get an abortion, to …. well, insert your own QAnon screed. Trump was...

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  • September 17, 2020

The GOP national convention will be even more Trumpist than 2016 as many major party figures will not be participating. The list of speakers is more about trying to spin Trump success from so many failures as well as a brand promotion for post-presidency Trump enterprises. This infomercial will feature more...

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  • August 23, 2020

I’m Red Woodman, Senior Investigator for what we call the “Frog Court.”  If I can just get through today, I can retire with a pension.  But a whole bunch of new cases just hit my in-basket and I came to work to find a guy sobbing over a couple of baby...

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  • August 14, 2020

Lisa Rein has a good piece in The Washington Post about Montana’s history of split-ticket voting could be the key factor in helping Governor Steve Bullock (D. MT) defeat U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R. MT): Montanans, stubbornly independent, like to split tickets. And Bullock, a lawyer who narrowly won reelection...

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  • August 9, 2020

In a recent story about Donald Trump’s desperate attempts to smother his dumpster fire of a campaign with the same old clown shoes, The Washington Post notes that Trump isn’t 100 percent satisfied with his chosen nickname for Joe Biden. You may have noticed Trump trying out “Corrupt Joe” lately in place of the...

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  • June 29, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Georgia courtesy of The New York Times: Georgia was waiting early Wednesday for the results of primary elections riddled with serious problems, as voting machines all over the state malfunctioned and frustrated voters waited in long lines for hours. Much of the attention was on...

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  • June 10, 2020

Sen. Cory Booker used his recent appearance on Meet The Press to discuss too much reliance on policing. But when one reads between the lines, it's much deeper. It is about taking back the government to fulfill our needs and wants. Cory Booker's passionate admonition is spot on. x x...

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  • June 9, 2020

Some very good news today courtesy of Monmouth University’s latest poll: x NATIONAL POLL: #2020GeneralElection matchup for president:June (May/April/March)52% @JoeBiden (50/48/48)41% @realDonaldTrump (41/44/45)https://t.co/uost9SMoE5— MonmouthPoll (@MonmouthPoll) June 3, 2020 Joe Biden currently holds an 11-point lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race as more voters say they trust the challenger...

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  • June 3, 2020

Presidential re-elections are normally a referendum on the incumbent. George W. Bush won re-election because he managed to shift the election to a referendum on John Kerry. (He was also a president in the middle of a war, and the Ohio Secretary of State was also his Ohio campaign chairman.)...

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  • May 21, 2020

I was running down my usual checklist of reminders as to why I cannot vote for a Republican and the list grows daily. Bill Barr destroying the Department of Justice by subverting the rule of law, Mike Pompeo turning State Department employees into gophers and insisting on the firing of...

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  • May 20, 2020

The United States territory of Puerto Rico will hold a nonbinding referendum on statehood in November. Governor Wanda Vazquez said the vote will ask a simple question: “Should Puerto Rico be immediately admitted as a US state?” http://www.yahoo.com/… In 2017, the last time the island voted on the question 97% approved...

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  • May 16, 2020

GOP bafflegab cannot outweigh actual numbers, but they will continue to inhabit the GOP’s disinformation campaign through November. Swing states remain the key. x .@PressSec: Every state is better off than South Korea. SK ➡️ 258 DeathsUS ➡️ 82,380 Deaths These 32 states are NOT better off than South Korea...

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  • May 12, 2020
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So this photo has been circulating on Twitter: https://twitter.com/prettyjanice888/status/1256411621536215040?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Scott Bixby at The Daily Beast highlights why I can’t go on Twitter: But the woman in the photo is definitely, without a doubt, not Reade. pic.twitter.com/sMbQZ78kQ3 — UsHadrons (@ushadrons) May 3, 2020 The image and its imitators have exploited Twitter’s...

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  • May 7, 2020

Some very encouraging news today courtesy of Monmouth University’s latest poll: NATIONAL POLL: #2020GeneralElection matchup for president:50% @JoeBiden (48% in April)41% @realDonaldTrump (44%) Three-way contest:47% Biden 40% Trump 5% @JustinAmashhttps://t.co/JBueEvts0K — MonmouthPoll (@MonmouthPoll) May 6, 2020 Recent headlines may have dented Joe Biden’s favorability rating ever so slightly but he...

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  • May 6, 2020

Yes, can you even imagine? For the record, Trump was talking about Joe Biden. Not John Miller, or John Barron, or even David Dennison. Reuters: During an Oval Office interview, the Republican president said he did not expect the election to be a referendum on his handling of the coronavirus...

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  • April 30, 2020

With friends like these: President Donald Trump Monday night tweeted his endorsement of Mike Garcia, the Republican candidate in the special election to fill the congressional seat formerly held by Katie Hill, praising him for being “Strong on Crime, the Border, and Second Amendment.” Trump tweeted that Garcia “will be...

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  • April 22, 2020

Kudos to Tommy Christopher at Mediaite for highlighting this: President Donald Trump has taken to attacking Joe Biden and the World Health Organization over the coronavirus and China, but a thorough review of Trump’s very recent record of public comments is very damning for him — especially when compared with Biden’s. In the space...

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  • April 19, 2020

I’m liking this: Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden came out in support of a pair of Wisconsin school district referendums on Tuesday, a week before the state's presidential primary election. The highly unusual move of a presidential candidate weighing in on a local school referendum comes as Biden and other...

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  • March 31, 2020

Well, so much for Saint Mitt. Just yesterday I had a diary praising Romney for actually putting the country first, not to mention common decency. Today he proved me wrong: Romney to vote for subpoena in Senate investigation targeting the Bidens A day after threatening to withhold his vote, Sen....

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  • March 6, 2020

Just a friendly reminder that health care is still going to be a big issue in this upcoming election. The Colorado Times Recorder has a great piece about U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R. CO) rode into Congress in 2010 on the Tea Party wave by waging war against the Affordable...

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  • February 12, 2020

The Trump campaign’s media strategy will more directly address “local news” that at some moment might trade on the same model of Sinclair Broadcasting. Brad Parscale described it as “fighting with the local papers”. Information spam and the Trump campaign could have much more in common this year, since the...

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  • February 7, 2020

Make Calls Into Iowa! Medicare For All Will End Health Injustice Including Racial Health Disparity photo: Bernie with Supporters at the MFA Senate Launch In solidarity,  Dr. Bill and Mike Hersh for Alan, Mike F., Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Donna, Dan, and Janis—your PDA national team. ​ Support PDA’s Win 2020...

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  • February 3, 2020

2020 cannot be an electability choice, 2020 remains a referendum on Trump. Remind yourself that “winning” Iowa still means proportional delegate allocation. “The Des Moines Register did not include Pete #Buttigieg’s name in at least one of their telephone calls for their poll this week and it’s unclear if the...

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  • February 1, 2020

It’s simple. Vote. Vote. Vote. x With their votes to make the American president accountable to no one, Republican senators have put the interests of one president over the interests of all Americans. The only remedy now is for us all to vote in overwhelming numbers to replace them—and him—in...

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  • January 31, 2020

Trump for Shah. Because assassinating Suliemani is just not provocative enough, Trump is following a “strategy” intended to achieve a consequence-free objective by goading Iran into some major retaliatory attack against the US. An aerial bombing campaign is the current threat, however empty. The US is good at air superiority...

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  • January 5, 2020

CBS News’s Bo Erickson is reporting that Joe Biden, one of over a dozen candidates seeking our party’s nomination, is open to the idea of picking a Republican to be his vice-presidential nominee if he were to win the Democratic presidential nomination: .@JoeBiden was asked if he would consider choosing...

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  • December 30, 2019

Early in 2019 Bloomberg created a tech company / data operation hat now supports his campaign, although it could leverage the general election if he does not win the nomination. 2020 will more likely be worse than 2016 now that  we know how the boffins helped Trump win. There is...

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  • December 23, 2019

When Donald Trump does or says something as disgusting as the attack he made on the late Rep. John David Dingell Jr. Wednesday night, suggesting, to his wife Debbie among others, he may have gone to hell, Democrats immediately recoiled in disgust.  He spewed this vile vitriol on the same...

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  • December 20, 2019

There are misnomers in this great big wide country of ours. One is that non-voting minorities, young people and women, are responsible for the election of Donald Trump. Barack Obama was elected with unprecedented numbers of blacks, Latinos, and young people between 18-29.  That record-breaking support returned to normal levels...

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  • December 2, 2019

The BBC identified 12 key issues for the Labour party’s manifesto in preparation for the December General Election. Not wishing to take anything away from NY Brit Expat’s cogent analyses, I wanted to reflect on one item, the potential for re-nationalizing of key sectors in the US 2020 election context,...

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  • November 24, 2019

This is simply reprehensible: Facing South.org “Voters in Houston, Texas, elected 19 black women to local judgeships last year. The new judges, all Democrats, have instituted wide-ranging reforms to the county’s bail system. Voters also sent Democratic judges to the state appeals court.   A few months later, Republican Gov....

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  • November 9, 2019

One hundred years ago the legislature of North Dakota created a public bank for the state and its people. Today, moments ago, Governor Newsom signed into law legislation passed last month by the Legislature enabling the creation of public banks in California.  It is the first such legislation to be...

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  • October 2, 2019