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Well Done, America

November 3, 2020

Well Done, America

American has voted. It hasn’t contained COVID-19, however, and many have voted by mail, so don’t expect election result tabulations tonight. Totals should be in by week’s end, but the presidential incumbent is astoundingly litigious, so the results will be contested in court. Does DC’s pandemic eviction ban apply to the White House?

God Save the Republic.

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There’s No 2020 Republican Platform. There’s Just Trump.

August 26, 2020

There's No 2020 Republican Platform. There's Just Trump.

On Sunday the 2020 Republican National Committee announced that the 2020 GOP presidential campaign will not have a political platform, just a pledge of fealty to Donald Trump. Perhaps the Republican Party should now be called a Cult of Personality Disorder.

More:

“The GOP Has No Party Platform. Literally.” Cristina Cabrera, TalkingPointsMemo

“GOP Will Not Write a 2020 Platform, Pledges Undying Trump Support Instead,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Why Republicans didn’t write a platform for their convention this year,” Andrew Prokop, Vox

“It’s official: Trump is the GOP. And the GOP is Trump.” Paul Waldman, Washington Post

“The Trump MAGA-verse consumes the RNC,” Tina Nguyen, Politico

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Wisconsin: Voter Suppression by Germ Warfare

April 13, 2020

Wisconsin: Voter Suppression by Germ Warfare

Wisconsin’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order went into effect on March 25th, and the governor tried to delay in-person voting until June, but the state’s Republican-majority legislature, in a session attended by only 2 members, convened for 17 seconds to force voting in person on April 7th, pandemic be damned. The Republican-dominated State Supreme Court voted to overturn the governor’s delay order, and a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision backed that up.

Thus, on April 7th, the GOP compelled a death march of Wisconsin voters to polling places in the middle of the US coronavirus outbreak. Poll workers, largely elderly and at risk of COVID-19, stayed away, reducing the number of polling places and causing hours-long lines of masked voters in the few that were open. Many voters who requested absentee ballots did not receive them before election day.

Why this unseemly, unhealthy haste? It is a truth universally acknowledged that Republicans must be in want of low voter turnout to continue their gerrymandered stranglehold on the Nation’s body politic. If a pandemic can help them, they’re okay with that. Wisconsin votes will be tallied today, April 13th. Perhaps “I Voted” stickers will get civic-minded victims priority in the state’s ICUs.

Due to the pandemic, many states are transitioning to vote-by-mail systems. Republicans are against it, including President Trump, who recently voted by mail.

More:

“Wisconsin: the state where American democracy went to die,” Sam Levine, The Guardian

“The Wisconsin GOP Is Risking Voters’ Lives to Protect Its Minority Rule,” Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

“Wisconsin tracking potential spread of coronavirus from Tuesday’s election,” J. Edward Moreno, The Hill

“Wisconsin health officials step up efforts to track coronavirus exposure from primary election,” Quint Forgey, Politico

“Gerrymandering Meets the Coronavirus in Wisconsin,” Michael Li, Brennan Center

“How Wisconsin’s election disenfranchised voters,” Vox

Related:

“Trump says Republicans would ‘never’ be elected again if it was easier to vote,” Sam Levine, The Guardian

“Trump Wants 50 Wisconsins on Election Day,” Jamelle Bouie, New York Times

“Republicans Could Use the Coronavirus to Suppress Votes Across the Country. This Week We Got a Preview,” Carol Anderson, Time

Update:

“Thousands of Wisconsin ballots could be thrown out because they don’t have a postmark,” Ian Millhiser, Vox

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College Bowl

October 25, 2017

The Electoral College doesn’t have much of a football team, explains
John Hudak of the Brookings Institution.

Related:

“How the Electoral College Protected Slavery,” Paul Finkelman, History News Network

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Channel Hopping

June 19, 2017

Channel Hopping

“It seems our desire for instant gratification has conquered politics. Voters are channel-hopping, snacking on ideologies and political styles, moving on as soon as they’re bored. In that light, Donald Trump is a political genius: His slippery, shifting positions on just about everything command attention and perfectly reflect the restless mood of the times. People are eager for something—anything—different, and damn any concerns about consistency.”

— Jason Karaian, Quartz

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On the bright side….

November 9, 2016

Things in America may seem a bit scary right now, but it’s not all bad:

In California, Kamala Harris has been elected to the U.S. Senate

Catherine Cortez Masto was elected to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Harry Reid

Tammy Duckworth was elected to the U.S. Senate, defeating incumbent Mark Kirk, in Illinois

Ilhan Omar won a seat in the Minnesota statehouse

Florida’s Stephanie Murphy unseated 12-term Congressman John Mica

Former Orlando police chief Val Demings was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives

Paul Penzone defeated Arizona’s racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio

San Francisco, Oakland, and Albany, California, and Boulder, Colorado voted to tax sugary drinks

California, Nevada and Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana use

Updates:

Maggie Hassan defeated incumbent New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte

California voters passed Proposition 63, requiring background checks for ammunition-buyers and instructing police to collect guns from newly convicted felons

Nevada’s Question 1 initiative passed, expanding in-person background checks on private gun sales and transfers, including online and gun show transactions

Washington State voters overwhelmingly approved Initiative 1491, permitting courts to temporarily suspend access to firearms for people at risk of harming themselves or others through “ex parte extreme risk protection orders,”and allowing family members, roommates, significant others and law enforcement to petition for “extreme risk protection orders” temporarily revoking access to firearms for persons accused of domestic abuse

Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington state approved measures raising the minimum wage

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Trumpismo Grabs America By the … Throat

November 9, 2016

Trumpismo Grabs America By the ... Throat
American voters have elected the honorable demagogue Donald J. Trump as the next president of the of the United States, and the news has been greeted with glee by strongmen, dictators, authoritarian leaders and far-right politicians across then globe:

“Russia’s Putin pleased as Trump win shocks world,” Nicole Gaouette, Elise Labott, CNN

“Philippines’ President Duterte says his country can enhance relations with the US and congratulates Trump, a month after telling Obama to ‘go to Hell,'” Jay Akbar, Daily Mail

“China Just Won The U.S. Election,” James Palmer, Foreign Policy

“Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated Donald Trump on his victory,” Jay Akbar, Daily Mail

“French far-right leader Le Pen hails Trump victory,” RFI

“Dutch extremist Geert Wilders expects Trump win to boost Europe’s racist right,” Reuters via Raw Story

“Nigel Farage and other far-right leaders hail Trump’s ‘historic’ US election win,” Toby Meyjes, Metro

“Why authoritarian leaders worldwide may be thrilled with Trump’s win,” Patrick Winn, GlobalPost

“The world’s demagogues offer simple solutions and a strong hand. Trump’s victory has been the latest reminder of this.” David Motadel, History Today

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Election 2016: Is It Over Yet?

November 8, 2016

Election 2016: Is It Over Yet?

There’s a single question everyone’s been asking about the 2016 election: Why is his skin orange um, when will it be over? The last polling place to close will be in Adak, Alaska, and when that closes it will be 1:00 AM Wednesday on the East Coast.

Barring any challenges or manual recounts with hanging chads, we might know the winner of the presidential contest as early as 9:00 PM EST, according to some observers.  Or we can wait for those votes from Adak.

So how can we best survive this election night vigil? Here’s great advice from MoJo‘s Jenny Luna:

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One Vote

November 8, 2016

Josiah Bartlet Martin Sheen explains it to you. Vote — it’s today. No, you can’t just text it, it’s not reality TV, despite what Republicans think.

Not registered? You can register at the polls and then vote in: Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and Washington DC. Live in Rhode Island? You can register and vote for president only. In North Dakota you don’t need to register, you just go vote.

So vote.

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FBI: ‘Oops!’

November 7, 2016

FBI: 'Oops!'

After throwing a political hand grenade into the last 10 days of the 2016 presidential election campaign, FBI Director James Comey says it was just a dud. This “oops!” came two days before the election.

On Friday, October 28th, Mr. Comey sent a letter to congressional committee chairmen — i.e., Republican politicians — vaguely associating Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton with emails found on a laptop belonging to well-known creep and  disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner. Mr. Weiner’s estranged wife is a long-time Clinton aide. On Sunday afternoon November 6th, FBI Director Comey revealed that the emails were inconsequential, like the ones the agency had already cleared.

Donald Trump spent the last week before the election capitalizing on innuendo the Comey letter allowed. Ever hear law enforcement officials say they can’t comment on an ongoing investigation? This is the kind of screw-up that policy is meant to avoid, tainting the reputations of people who are ultimately not charged.

Of course, 40 million Americans have already voted. We’ll never know many voted in the week after James Comey’s ill-advised letter. The damage is done.

More:

“FBI clears Clinton after round-the-clock review of new emails, Comey says,” David Lauter and Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times

“FBI Director Again Clears Clinton After Review of New Email Trove,” Chas Danner, New York Magazine

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