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Received this e-mail from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign: x We don't need some hedge fund millionaire like @JDVance1 claiming to speak for working families who are struggling to get by. In Dayton, we passed universal pre-k and the results have been incredible both for kids and...

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  • April 29, 2021
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From The Hill: Spoiler: Passing laws would indeed make my flags go away. Just not that one. Let’s do the right things for Pennsylvania. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️🇺🇸 — John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) February 24, 2021 Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic Senate candidate, has replaced the pro-weed and LGBTQ rights flags hanging from...

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  • February 25, 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

Yesterday we got a full accounting of the cowardice of the Republican Party. If even half of these craven cockwaffles had been around in 1941, we’d all be eating sushi and playing Nintendo. Or, um, doing more of that, anyway. Also karaoke. Marginally more karaoke. But we’d be paying for it...

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  • February 14, 2021

Not much here at the moment, because the situation in DC has attracted most of the coverage, but NBC affiliate KSN confirms that “protesters” [sic] have also breached the Kansas statehouse and seized the rotunda. Capitol police have apparently responded and are on site but have not engaged, allowing the...

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  • January 6, 2021

First things first: elect Warnock and Ossoff Much like urging Georgia Republicans to write in Trump on their ballots, there likely is an unintended consequence in Democrats’ failure to flip statehouse seats. The damage has been done at so many levels as noble efforts to fight gerrymandering in places like North...

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  • December 16, 2020

Here’s the latest news today out of Pennsylvania: Sen. Pat Toomey has decided not to run for reelection or for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022, according to two people familiar with his plans, a surprise decision by the Republican with significant implications for the state’s next elections. He will serve...

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  • October 4, 2020

Received this e-mail today from one of my personal political heroes, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. NV), in support of Paulette Jordan’s (D. ID) U.S. Senate campaign: Paulette Jordan (D. ID) I know you're hearing from lots of Democrats about so many races happening this fall. I...

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  • October 3, 2020

Here’s a preview of the 2022 Pennsylvania Governor’s race: Heather Heidelbaugh wants to deny Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro a second term. It’s an expensive and challenging proposition. But the little-known Pittsburgh lawyer is getting some valuable help from allies of Sen. Pat Toomey — whom political watchers in both...

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  • August 27, 2020

 In a horrific display of the significance of down-ballot elections, the two states that lead the world (not just the nation) in coronavirus cases are both currently under complete Republican control: Arizona and Florida. In both states, the GOP controls both Houses of the state legislature and occupies the governor’s mansion....

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  • August 27, 2020

Received Slate Magazine’s weekly e-mail letter, The Surge, today. Every few weeks they will change up their battleground state rankings for the 2020 Election. Below are the seven states that are tipping towards Joe Biden and deserve the most attention: 1. Texas There has been some recent discourse about whether...

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  • July 17, 2020

There was unrest in Madison Wisconsin and while we’ve gotten used to the idiocy often associated with the activity, pulling down statues seems like the kind of testosterone-fueled adventurism that won’t really advance causes. This seems especially ignorant when anti-racist monuments get torn down since there are still fewer of...

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  • June 24, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Two days after promising a special session to address police brutality and racial injustice, Speaker Turzai announced today that he'll leave office on June 15th. He did not say whether his pledge to allow votes on police reform will be fulfilled....

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  • June 11, 2020

Trump claimed cases would go from fifteen to zero on 28 February.  Cases are over a million and he keeps raising his prideful death total now to 60-70,000, Today’s US death total is 63,000. I’m not sure what a “very, very strong” death total means, But over 60,000 lives lost is...

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  • May 1, 2020

Many here and other liberal sites always believed Georgia was going to go blue.  I don’t think so.  I hoped so but with that idiot governor Kemp in the statehouse, I don’t see it.  I am a Georgia native and not a proud one but I am one still the...

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  • April 21, 2020

Oh, Wisconsin. Just when I start to feel a little pride in my home state, you snatch it away from me. I grew out of the rich loam and manure of the Badger State, and I encountered many a beer-spattered, fromage-festooned troglodyte along the way, so this doesn’t really surprise me...

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  • April 17, 2020

Really, Susan Collins? Really? In a story on Susan Collins’ tough reelection campaign, The Los Angeles Times grabbed one of the most obtuse quotes I’ve ever seen from a politician. This is like J.C. Penney wondering why there’s been such a precipitous drop in sales of Cosby sweaters. “Wherever we have...

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  • March 4, 2020

Received this e-mail today from the Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Last week, Speaker Mike Turzai unexpectedly announced he won't run for re-election. Please give me a moment to share why that's such HUGE news and why it's crucial we support state Democrats right now! For starters, any Republican stepping down is great for Dems' chances of...

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  • January 27, 2020

http://www.washingtonpost.com/… TOPEKA, Kan. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is giving Kansas legislators extraordinary private briefings about undisclosed security issues. Kansas House members boarded National Guard buses Tuesday for a briefing at a former Air Force base south of Topeka involving DHS and arranged by Kansas Attorney General Derek...

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  • January 16, 2020

Here’s the latest news out of Texas: Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is backing Eliz Markowitz in the special election runoff for state House District 28, her highest-profile endorsement yet in the battleground race. Markowitz faces Republican businessman Gary Gates in the Jan. 28 race to replace former Rep. John Zerwas,...

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  • January 8, 2020

There’s fewer people I have less respect for than Ronna Romney McDaniel. She is the epitome of what has become of the GOP: hypocritical, bigoted, financially reckless, and of course, completely submissive to Trump. How submissive?  He literally instructed her to drop the “Romney” from her name—and she actually complied. ...

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  • September 7, 2019

Please clap … Ryland Barton is a statehouse reporter for Kentucky Public Radio, and he’s got the scoop from today’s “Puppet Show and Donald Trump Jr.” event in Pikeville, Kentucky: x Organizers have asked the audience to move out of the seats and closer to the stage ahead of Trump Jr/ Gov. Bevin...

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  • August 29, 2019

The political and militia showdown that's been unfolding around Oregon's state Capitol is a stunning news event by any modern standard. After fleeing the state in order to prevent a quorum that's needed for a vote on climate change legislation, Republicans are being aided by right-wing militia members who are promising to...

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  • June 25, 2019

Arkansas State Rep. Alan Clark proposed a bill, currently being considered by the State Senate committee on education, that will punish school districts by cutting their National School Lunch funding if they’re struggling with reading over a period of time.  Do I have to tell you the party he belongs to? Alan Clark (R-Lonsdale, AR) To be clear,...

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  • February 23, 2019

Gross: Governor Matt Bevin hosted a round table discussion on healthcare and Medicaid reform this afternoon. The discussion centered on a current proposal known as the Health Care Choices Act. Representatives from think tanks like the Heritage Foundation and the Pegasus Institute, joined Gov. Bevin and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick...

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  • February 20, 2019

Received this e-mail today from Lt. Governor nominee, Betty Sutton (D. OH), on behalf of Richard Cordray’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign: Betty Sutton (D. OH)   Mike DeWine wants women to believe he’s had our backs and will be our champion if elected governor of Ohio. Let me be clear,...

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  • September 26, 2018

President Obama’s nostalgic speech in Springfield has local Democrats wondering what he has planned after leaving the White House. “I miss you guys,” Obama said during his address in the Illinois statehouse on the anniversary of his Presidential campaign announcement. He returned to his frequent theme of bringing civility and...

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  • February 11, 2016

Nearly half of Illinois voters oppose fracking, according to a new poll by the Simon Institute. The statewide poll reveals 48.6% oppose fracking while only 31.8% believe it should be encouraged, even if there are economic benefits. Opponents outnumber supporters an all regions of the state, including downstate where fracking...

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  • March 31, 2015

Illinois environmentalists are cheering the spectacular success of the movement to ban fracking in New York. The victory is justifiably spurring reflection on how it was done. What happened in New York that Illinois environmentalists can learn from? Environmental and public health groups made an unambiguous, united push for a...

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  • January 2, 2015

This was a difficult election for Democrats and it was even worse for Democrats still pushing fossil fuels. The Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Coal Caucus lost his seat along with a slew of others who tried to prove they're as pro-coal, pro-oil, and pro-fracking as any Republican. There are...

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  • November 10, 2014

Illinois may be more famous for imprisoned Governors, but as a coal state struggling with its energy future, some of our politicians have wacky things to say about fossil fuels. With the threatened start of fracking plus backlash to EPA proposing new rules on carbon emissions, you can expect more...

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  • August 7, 2014
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