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The Economist’s Premature Obituary for the Sanders Movement
The Economist article underscores an important current in today’s political climate: the reluctance of corporate media to seriously discuss left-leaning policies that provide alternatives to the racist and corrupt policies of the Trump administration, on the one hand, and the pro-corporate, half-compromise policies that the Democratic Party pushed over the past generation, which contributed to Trump’s victory in 2016...

What the Economist and the rest of corporate media miss is that the Democratic Party establishment continues to engage in ongoing suppression of progressive candidates. Democratic House whip Steny Hoyer was caught on tape trying to strong-arm a progressive candidate out of running (Intercept, 4/26/18), while Joe Crowley was accused by Ocasio-Cortez of Election Day dirty tricks. Major Democratic interest groups, such as the pro-choice EMILY’s List, declined to endorse female candidates like Ocasio-Cortez in favor of Crowley, while national Democratic politicians like Kirsten Gillibrand endorsed incumbent New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo over his progressive female challenger Cynthia Nixon.
media  politics  usa  corruption  democrats 
11 weeks ago by iamfantastikate
Democrats release Facebook ads linked to Russian troll factory
A random walk through some of the 3,000-plus files provided by the committee shows that the vast majority got a tiny, tiny number of “impressions” — which simply means they appeared in someone’s news feed. And most got an equally minuscule number of clicks, and in some cases none at all. Did simply viewing these ads cause anyone to change their mind about Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, or about issues like immigration or Black Lives Matter?

Experts in this type of disinformation and propaganda warfare, which has been going on since before the internet and social media were invented, say pushing people in a specific direction often isn’t the point. As Facebook noted in an internal security report released last year, much of the activity involving fake social-media accounts spreading misinformation didn’t seem to have any specific goal, but instead appeared to be designed simply to sow confusion.
democrats  politics  facebook  internet  u.s.-elections  usa  russia  trump-presidency 
may 2018 by iamfantastikate
Trump Win Leaves Questions About Latino, African American Vote
The numbers suggested Clinton was not able to inspire African Americans in the way Obama did. Whereas Obama garnered 95 percent of the black vote, exit polls show only 88 percent of African Americans cast their vote for Clinton.

Most surprisingly, official exit polls show Trump won 29 percent of the Latino vote; Romney had won 27 percent in 2012. For researchers, this may be confounding. Data from pre-election polls gathered by other polling first show Trump's share of the Latino vote closer to 18 percent.
u.s.-elections  u.s.a.  politics  statistics  democrats  republicans 
november 2016 by iamfantastikate
DNC Staffer Screams At Donna Brazile For Helping Elect Donald Trump
"You and your friends will die of old age and I’m going to die from climate change."
politics  democrats  u.s.-elections  u.s.a.  trump-presidency 
november 2016 by iamfantastikate
Barbara Mikulski, Longest Serving Woman in Congress, to Retire
"Do I spend my time raising money or spend my time raising hell?" the Maryland Democrat said is a question that factored into her decision. Mikulski, whose direct and feisty character paved the way for women who joined the male-dominated Senate, joined the upper chamber in 1987 after ten years in the U.S. House. The 78-year old intends to serve out the remainder of her current term until January 2017.
politics  u.s.a.  democrats  maryland  amazing-women 
march 2015 by iamfantastikate
Clean Water Act 101—A bit of legislative history
In this age of partisan warfare, of politicians voting strictly along party lines, and of misguided efforts to eviscerate the Environmental Protection Agency and environmental regulation as we know it, it’s fascinating to look back and revisit the passage of the Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972—also known as the Clean Water Act.  For while President Richard Nixon is often credited with establishing the Environmental Protection Agency, and with signing many of our federal environmental statutes into law, those who were not old enough at the time to remember may not be aware that President Nixon actually vetoed the Clean Water Act out of a stated concern for “spiraling prices and increasingly onerous taxes.”  In his October 17, 1972 Statement on Veto, President Nixon complained about the ”staggering, budget wrecking $24 billion” provided for in the bill, and “hope[d], with millions of taxpayers, that at least one third plus one of the members in one House will be responsible enough to vote for the public interest and sustain this veto.”
history  u.s.a.  politics  republicans  democrats  environment 
february 2015 by iamfantastikate
Most in New Jersey doubt Christie would be good president: poll
In a putative presidential election between Christie and Hillary Clinton, 52 percent of New Jerseyans polled by Quinnipiac University said they would vote for the Democratic former U.S. secretary of state, including 11 percent of registered Republicans. Overall, 57 percent of the registered voters polled said they did not think Christie, who prides himself on his blunt, sometimes combative speaking style, would make a good president. That included nearly a third of registered Republicans, 78 percent of Democrats and 59 percent of independents. It is unusual for candidates to win the presidency while losing their home state, although James Polk, Woodrow Wilson and Richard Nixon managed the feat, in 1844, 1916 and 1968, respectively.
statistics  new-jersey  u.s.a.  politics  funny  republicans  democrats  u.s.-elections 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Mississippi lawmakers want to make Bible state's official book
A pair of lawmakers in Mississippi have introduced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, the two said on Monday. State Representatives Michael Evans and Tom Miles, both Democrats, said they introduced the measure on Thursday as a way to encourage people to read the Bible and be inspired to treat others with dignity.
mississippi  religion  christianity  u.s.a.  politics  democrats 
january 2015 by iamfantastikate
Americans find some tortures more acceptable than others
[Unsurprisingly, the party of "family values" believes it's totally cool to threaten family members if it means you might get some (likely false) information from a "terrorist" who might not be a terrorist.] Like so many other issues, views about torture are highly polarized politically. 38% of Democrats say torture is never justified, compared to just 11% of Republicans. Republicans are also more open to all of the specified tactics than their Democratic counterparts. In fact, while Democrats tend to say all of the nine tactics are unacceptable, Republicans tend to say all of them are acceptable with one exception – people of all political persuasions reject the use of rectal feeding.
abuse  crime  politics  u.s.a.  republicans  democrats 
december 2014 by iamfantastikate
40,000 Voters Missing in Georgia? After Registration Drive in Areas of Color, Names Left off Rolls
More than 40,000 voter registrations have allegedly gone missing in Georgia, most of them representing communities of color, who largely support Democrats.
democrats  republicans  georgia  u.s.a.  u.s.-elections  equality  corruption 
november 2014 by iamfantastikate
California state Senate votes to suspend three Democrats over criminal investigations
The Senate voted 28-1 to suspend the trio, all of whom have been either charged with or convicted of criminal wrongdoing in separate cases in a move that further erodes what had once been a Democratic two-thirds super-majority in the senate.
politics  u.s.a.  california  corruption  money  weapons  crime  democrats 
march 2014 by iamfantastikate

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