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Ocasio-Cortez Pushes Democrats to the Left, Whether They Like It or Not - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the superrich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power through renewable resources or to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Then along came Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and her social-media megaphone.
In the two months since her election, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has had the uncanny ability for a first-term member of Congress to push the debate inside the Democratic Party sharply to the left, forcing party leaders and 2020 presidential candidates to grapple with issues that some might otherwise prefer to avoid.
The potential Democratic field in 2020 is already being quizzed about her (Senator Kamala Harris praised her on “The View”), emulating her digital tactics (Senator Elizabeth Warren held an Instagram chat in her kitchen that looked much like one of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s sessions) and embracing some of her causes.
Ms. Warren and Senator Cory Booker, among others, have recently endorsed the idea of a “Green New Deal,” a call to reimagine an environment-first economy that would phase out fossil fuels. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez thrust that issue into the national dialogue after she joined a sit-in protest in the office of then-incoming House speaker, Representative Nancy Pelosi, in one of her first, rebellious acts in Washington.
liberal  Dems  congress  AOC  gov2.0  politics  nytimes 
13 hours ago by rgl7194
Franken scandal haunts Gillibrand’s 2020 chances - POLITICO
‘Let me tell you how strongly I felt about it — I didn’t even vote for her in the recent election. I left it blank,’ said one top donor.
Just a month after Al Franken formally resigned from the Senate amid sexual misconduct allegations, the former senator met with an intimate group of Bay Area supporters at the home of major Democratic Party financiers Mary and Steve Swig.
As Franken and his wife, Franni Bryson, made the rounds, thanking supporters in the philanthropists’ San Francisco home at the February 2018 event, the conversation broke off into another subject: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Democrat had, in their opinion, pulled the rug out from under Franken, a Minnesota Democrat beloved by the group, forcing him out without any real vetting of the allegations facing him.
“It was said not in front of Al to impress him; it was said privately in a corner. A group of us were standing there talking about it. He was one of our best weapons against this administration, his presence on these committees. [Gillibrand] did the damage that Republicans could not do themselves,” one of the attendees told POLITICO. “There were other people at this event who were saying the same thing. They said, ‘Absolutely, I will never do anything for her.’”
Today, nearly a year after Gillibrand led the charge in calling for Franken’s resignation, the anger is fresh on the minds of major donors across the country.
gov2.0  politics  Dems  gillibrand  franken  sex  crime 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Most Democrats Now Identify As ‘Liberal’ | FiveThirtyEight
Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup.
This week’s poll(s)
In 2018, for the first time, a majority of Democrats said they considered themselves to be “liberal,” according to Gallup. At 51 percent, the 2018 share is only 1 point greater than the share of Democrats who identified as liberal in 2017, but it’s very different from how Democrats’ political ideologies broke down in the 1990s and early 2000s.
In 1994, during Bill Clinton’s first term, the share of Democrats who identified as liberal and the share who said they were conservative were the same, at 25 percent. Nearly half, or 48 percent, identified as moderate. But around 2000, more Democrats began to identify as liberal and fewer as conservative. Gallup found that from 2002 to 2014, the share of Democrats who said they were liberal grew by roughly 1 percentage point each year. Since 2014, the increase has been about 2 points per year, on average.
survey  Dems  liberal  gov2.0  politics  538 
11 days ago by rgl7194
Trump Has Lost Ground In The Shutdown Blame Game | FiveThirtyEight
President Trump again blamed Democrats for the partial government shutdown on Tuesday night, this time in his first primetime national address, saying their unwillingness to approve funds for a border wall had left him no choice but to continue to keep the government shuttered.
Look at the polling data, and you can see why Trump (or his advisers) thought a high-profile move like a national address was needed. We’re currently on Day 19 of the shutdown, but Trump’s efforts to pin the blame on Democrats aren’t working, according to three pollsters who have conducted at least two polls in the two and a half weeks since the government first closed. Rather, polls show that Americans are increasingly blaming Trump.1
Polls conducted in the first few days of the shutdown showed that between 43 percent and 47 percent of Americans blamed Trump most for the shutdown, while about a third blamed congressional Democrats. Polling data had been pretty scarce thereafter, but this week a handful of new polls gave us an updated view of who Americans think is responsible. (We’re looking only at data from pollsters who have conducted two surveys since the shutdown started — one just after it began and one after the new year. This makes for nice apples-to-apples comparisons.)
trump  gov2.0  politics  Dems  congress  538 
12 days ago by rgl7194
The contradiction Ocasio-Cortez and her allies will need to resolve
At today’s swearing-in ceremony in the House, Jahana Hayes and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were seated next to each other, while I watched from the gallery. Doesn’t get a lot better than that. To refresh your memory, Hayes was the candidate who came up in Connecticut housing projects, struggled to graduate as a teen mom, and then was robbed of the party endorsement at a rigged convention. She overcame that, won the primary, and won the general. You probably know who the other is.
I walked part of the way to the swearing-in with Ocasio-Cortez and caught this poignant moment with the Capitol guard who often greets members of Congress warmly and enthusiastically, but not like this.
congress  politics  Dems  gov2.0  AOC  pelosi 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Avenatti Was Never Going to Be the Democratic Trump - The Atlantic
The Democrats are too ideologically and ethnically diverse to field a presidential candidate who resembles the man in the White House.
Michael Avenatti was never going to be president. The Avenatti boomlet, which began in August, lasted for a little less than three months, until the attorney officially took himself out of the running on Tuesday, citing concerns about his family.
Avenatti made a name for himself representing the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, whom President Donald Trump paid during the closing months of the 2016 campaign to keep quiet about an alleged affair a few years earlier. Avenatti has a telegenic presence, and he satisfied a need among angry liberals for a champion who was as nasty to the president as the president is to, well, almost everyone.
“I believe our party must fight fire with fire,” Avenatti told a crowd at a Democratic event in Iowa in August. “When they go low, I say we hit harder.”
That doesn’t mean, however, that Avenatti, who has never held elected office, made a good or appealing presidential candidate. Avenatti was arrested on domestic-violence charges in November, and his declaration that the next Democratic presidential nominee “better be a white male” raised eyebrows, to say the least. Although numerous pundits speculated that Avenatti would become the Democrats’ version of Trump, this assessment misunderstands the nature of the two major parties. Trump emerged from a crowded GOP presidential field because of his expressions of public loathing against demographic groups that conservatives fear and his promises to use the power of the state against them. But the Democratic Party is simply too reliant on a base that is both ideologically and ethnically diverse to support a candidate who is a negative image of Trump. It is not that Democrats are more virtuous. It is that the Democratic Party’s viability rests on too many different types of people to run campaigns that rely entirely on promises to crush the other side.
politics  gov2.0  GOP  Dems  trump 
19 days ago by rgl7194
How Nancy Pelosi put down a rebellion and allowed everyone to win - The Washington Post
As soon as the rebellion against Nancy Pelosi within the Democratic caucus in the House began to take shape, I (like many others) was highly skeptical that it could succeed. Yes, many members, including some of the newly elected, had said during the campaign that they wouldn’t support her bid to continue leading Democrats as speaker of the House.
But Pelosi is the most skilled tactician in Congress, and the rebels couldn’t get their act together. They had no real argument against Pelosi other than “It’s time for new leadership,” none of them wanted to stick their neck out and run against her, and they had no apparent strategy to reach their goal.
congress  gov2.0  pelosi  politics  Dems 
19 days ago by rgl7194
FCC gets a new Democrat, is back to full slate of five commissioners | Ars Technica
Senate approves Democrat Geoffrey Starks for open FCC seat.
The Federal Communications Commission will once again have a full lineup of five commissioners, with three Republicans and two Democrats. The FCC has had three Republicans but only one Democrat since Mignon Clyburn left the agency in May 2018.
Democrat Geoffrey Starks has been in line to replace Clyburn since June and was confirmed by the US Senate in a voice vote yesterday. Starks will join Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel as one of two Democrats; the FCC's Republicans are Chairman Ajit Pai, Michael O'Rielly, and Brendan Carr.
Rosenworcel congratulated Starks in a statement, saying, "I look forward to working together on a broad range of our shared goals, from protecting consumers to serving the public interest to ensuring that every American has a fair shot at success in the digital age."
Starks was an FCC staffer, serving as assistant chief of the commission's Enforcement Bureau. He will fill a term that expires in June 2022.
fcc  Dems  gov2.0  politics  congress 
19 days ago by rgl7194
The top Democrats set to make Trump's life miserable in 2019 | US news | The Guardian
With Democrats now in the majority in the House, five committee chairs will wield considerable power to investigate the president
The midterm elections brought an end to a period of one-party rule in Washington. In January, Donald Trump will face a newly empowered House Democratic majority eager to take him on.
The incoming Democratic committee chairs have vowed rigorous oversight of Trump and his administration. Armed with committee gavels, they will now have the power and resources to pursue investigations, issue subpoenas and compel testimony.
Trump in response has threatened to adopt a “warlike” posture, signaling a tumultuous end to an already-volatile first term.
Here are the men and women most likely to torment the president.
politics  gov2.0  congress  trump  Dems 
20 days ago by rgl7194
Michelle Obama Is The Most Powerful Person In Politics Who Hates Politics | FiveThirtyEight
In the calm before 2020, FiveThirtyEight is taking a look at the ideas and people who are nudging the country’s rapidly changing political conversation in one direction or the other. We’re calling these people and ideas “nudgers.” (Creative, we know.) Our second nudger? Michelle Obama.
“If you make me miss Michelle, that’s grounds for breaking up,” a young woman said into her phone Wednesday night in Brooklyn. She was crossing the street to get to the Barclays Center, where former first lady Michelle Obama was speaking. While most authors struggle to corral their mother’s friends into a bookstore, Obama is a month into a six-month-long worldwide stadium book tour. The events are political rallies masquerading as pop culture phenomena. The talk brought out vendors selling bootlegged T-shirts with her face on them and “Black Is Beautiful” pins. Women, many of them dressed to the nines, some still in workwear, streamed into the stadium.
leadership  politics  news  obama  michelle  Dems  538  books 
24 days ago by rgl7194
California Dominates Among House Democrats. What Does That Mean For The Next Congress? | FiveThirtyEight
California is huge — it has 39.5 million residents, making it the largest state in the U.S. by population. As a result, it has by far the most House members — 53 in total. Texas, by comparison, is the second-most-populous state and only has 36 representatives. So it’s not necessarily surprising that California is sending more Democrats to Congress than is any other state — 46 Democratic representatives in the new Congress will be from California. Still, since the end of World War II, the House’s majority party has never had this large a share of its membership come from a single state.
The state that had the most members in a party’s caucus in a given year has always, of course, been one of the more populous states, like New York, Pennsylvania or Texas. But those large states hold a bigger share of the caucus when they’re dominated by a single party, like California is now. For instance, in the 1946 election, Texas elected Democrats to all 21 of its House seats, which amounted to 11 percent of all House Democrats; the party was in the minority that year after a GOP wave. And New York, which had the most representatives before California took over, sometimes had more seats than any other state in both parties’ caucuses, as it did in 1948 and 1960. Back when California was less of a single-party state, it occasionally pulled off the same feat, including as recently as 2006, when it led the Democratic caucus and tied Texas for the lead in the GOP caucus.
gov2.0  politics  state  congress  california  538  Dems 
24 days ago by rgl7194
Jerry Brown wraps a 5-decade history in California politics | PBS NewsHour
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was a matter of life and death in 2015 when California Gov. Jerry Brown pondered an assisted suicide bill granting terminally ill people the right to choose when they die.
After much speculation, Brown signed the measure, a victory for “death with dignity” advocates and a blow to the Catholic Church, which vigorously opposed it. Brown, who once considered becoming a priest, added to his signature a five-paragraph statement outlining how he made his decision: He sought contradicting perspectives from the church, families of the terminally ill, his friends and doctors. And he pondered his own existence.
“I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain. I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill,” Brown wrote. “And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”
Brown, who leaves office Jan. 7, has signed thousands of bills, but this one stands out to Dana Williamson, Brown’s cabinet secretary at the time.
“His ability to articulate his deliberations and why he landed the way he did — to me that’s quintessential Jerry Brown,” she said.
gov2.0  politics  state  california  Dems 
24 days ago by rgl7194
Jerry Brown's Tours Bookend California's Modern History - The Atlantic
After disparate tours in which he served as California’s youngest and oldest governor, Brown never lost his quirky asceticism.
LOS ANGELES—When Jerry Brown first took the oath as governor of California on January 6, 1975, he succeeded Ronald Reagan, who was still six years away from the White House. Gerald Ford was president, Paul VI was pope, the Watergate conspirators John Mitchell, H. R. Haldeman, and John Ehrlichman had just been convicted, the Khmer Rouge was beginning its bloody rise to power in Cambodia, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at around 600 points, and Bradley Cooper had been born the day before.
It is no exaggeration to say that Brown’s tenure as governor of the Golden State—two disparate tours, separated by nearly 30 years, four terms and16 years in all—bookends virtually the entire modern history of California. He is both the youngest and oldest man in modern times to preside over his state, and five years ago he surpassed Earl Warren’s tenure as the longest-serving California governor. He leaves office next month, at 80, at the top of his game, California’s once-depleted coffers bursting with surplus, his flaky youthful reputation as “Governor Moonbeam” long since supplanted by his stature as perhaps the most successful politician in contemporary America.
gov2.0  politics  state  california  Dems 
25 days ago by rgl7194
Nancy Pelosi and the Coming Battle for House Leadership - The Atlantic
The question for Pelosi’s critics is: Why fire the top woman?
In Nancy Pelosi’s office, steps away from the House floor, there’s a mahogany cabinet that encloses four separate television screens. They’re tuned to the cable-news networks and C-span at all times.
Leaning against that cabinet is a stack of baseball bats. It’s the bats, not the screens, that tell the story of Pelosi’s approach to leadership, including maintaining her own in the Democratic caucus.
I frequently sat in Pelosi’s office when I was the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in 2012 and again in 2014. I watched her negotiate legislation, manage disparate factions of her caucus, and contemplate her future. There was always an amply filled bowl of Ghirardelli chocolates on an end table. And off to the side, in my peripheral vision, were those bats. The message was clear: We can achieve our goals pleasantly or unpleasantly, but we will achieve our goals.
congress  Dems  gov2.0  hate  pelosi  politics  sexism  women 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Democrats Have Officially Gained 40 Seats In The House Of Representatives
A win in California cements a huge election for Democrats in Congress.
Democrats have now won a California House race that was called, erroneously, for the Republican incumbent on election night, giving the party a net gain of 40 seats in the House of Representatives.
The delayed victory in California’s 21st District is likely the final win for Democrats in the November midterms. It ties up a string of wins that has transformed what looked like a modest House victory on election night — some called it a “blue trickle,” rather than the predicted “blue wave” — into a Democratic rout, the party’s strongest performance in a midterm in decades. Rep. David Valadao conceded the race to TJ Cox on Thursday.
gov2.0  politics  Dems  congress 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Is a Winning Climate Strategy - The Atlantic
After years of infighting, the Democrats may finally have found an environmental consensus in the Green New Deal.
On Monday, speaking at a town hall led by Senator Bernie Sanders, Representative-Elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez framed her chosen climate policy—the Green New Deal—through the lens of gallant American exceptionalism. “This is going to be the New Deal, the Great Society, the moon shot, the civil-rights movement of our generation,” she said.
The Green New Deal aspires to cut U.S. carbon emissions fast enough to reach the Paris Agreement’s most ambitious climate goal: preventing the world from warming no more than 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. In a blockbuster report released in October, an international group of scientists said that meeting this goal could skirt the worst climate effects, such as massive floods, expansive droughts, and irreversible sea-level rise.
climate_change  gov2.0  Dems  politics  congress  green_new_deal 
4 weeks ago by rgl7194
Avenatti Was Never Going to Be the Democratic Trump - The Atlantic
The Democrats are too ideologically and ethnically diverse to field a presidential candidate who resembles the man in the White House.
Michael Avenatti was never going to be president. The Avenatti boomlet, which began in August, lasted for a little less than three months, until the attorney officially took himself out of the running on Tuesday, citing concerns about his family.
Avenatti made a name for himself representing the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, whom President Donald Trump paid during the closing months of the 2016 campaign to keep quiet about an alleged affair a few years earlier. Avenatti has a telegenic presence, and he satisfied a need among angry liberals for a champion who was as nasty to the president as the president is to, well, almost everyone.
“I believe our party must fight fire with fire,” Avenatti told a crowd at a Democratic event in Iowa in August. “When they go low, I say we hit harder.”
politics  gov2.0  trump  Dems 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton's Famous Friendship - The Atlantic
In his later years, the 41st president became quite close with his successor, the man who kept Bush from a second term in the Oval Office.
In early March 2005, in George W. Bush’s second term as president, former President Bill Clinton underwent chest surgery right around the time that Bush was hosting the Gridiron Club Dinner in Washington, D.C. At the dinner, Bush gave a lighthearted update on Clinton’s progress; he told the audience that as Clinton had recovered from his procedure, “he woke up surrounded by his loved ones: Hillary, Chelsea … and my dad.”
The most notable partnership in the life of former President George H. W. Bush, who died Friday at the age of 94, was, of course, the one he shared with Barbara Bush, his wife of 73 years who died in April; they were married longer than any other U.S. president and his spouse. But in the last decade and a half of his life, Bush entered into another companionship that would both enrich his personal life and intrigue the public: a close friendship with Clinton. “I will be forever grateful for the friendship we formed,” Clinton wrote in a joint statement with his wife, Hillary Clinton, after Bush’s death.
POTUS  90s  RIP  Dems  GOP  bush 
7 weeks ago by rgl7194
The 2016 Primaries Were Weird. Will Things Get Even Weirder In 2020? | FiveThirtyEight
Now that the midterms are over, the speculation and leaks about who will run for president in 2020 begin in earnest — even though we’re still more than a year out from the Iowa caucus. This is all part of the much-talked-about “invisible primary,” where bids for office aren’t yet public and the primary season hasn’t truly kicked off. For now, many politicians will politely demur when asked whether they’ll run. But that doesn’t mean those conversations aren’t happening behind the scenes now. We have some idea of how this process has worked in the past, but 2016 brought some surprises and revealed underlying tensions between party elites and their voters. Which raises the question: Is everything different now?
politics  gov2.0  Dems  GOP  election  538 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Playing nice is not an option, Democrats: It never works. It’s time to stand up for something |
As always, pundits call for bipartisanship. That’s always been a trap. The way forward is to stand on principle
It isn’t nice to block the doorway.
It isn’t nice to go to jail.
There are nicer ways to do it.
But the nice ways always fail.
-- Malvina Reynolds, “It Isn’t Nice”
In the wake of the midterm elections, there's tremendous pressure from all directions for Democrats to play nice with Donald Trump and the Republicans. That would be a huge mistake — for one thing, because Trump will attack them with outrageous lies whatever they do. There’s no cheese down the "playing nice" tunnel. No point going there. The only way to “play nice” on Trump’s terms would be to roll over and play dead, to let Trump be Putin, as he’s always yearned to be. Only a total sacrifice of American democracy — checks and balances, rule of law, consent of the governed, all of it — would be sufficiently nice in his eyes. And that might last 24 hours —48 hours tops.
gov2.0  politics  Dems  trump 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » The Election
Trump is no fluke.
That’s what we learned as a result of the 2018 midterms. And that you can’t change anybody’s mind. You can get out the vote of your party, changing demographics can flip seats, egregious behavior can be penalized, but not in all cases, and states that are half and half can switch leaders. But it’s the same as it ever was, only we didn’t know it was this way, it took Trump to tell us so.
They were waiting for someone to harness their anger, who promised to flip the script, go back to where they once belonged, or at least believed they did, bring back mom and apple pie, along with a lot of racial hatred, but that was baked in anyway.
Then again, there are right wingers who are pissed I said that.
But the left should stop listening to them, the way the right stopped listening to the left.
election  politics  gov2.0  trump  Dems  lefsetz 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Nancy Pelosi Is Likely to Be House Speaker Again - The Atlantic
When it comes to dealing with her opponents inside the Capitol’s marble walls, no one in her party even comes close.
A few years ago, the Brookings Institution scholar Thomas Mann said that during her time running the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi had proved to be the “strongest and most effective speaker of modern times.” To understand why, just look at the way Pelosi has engineered her likely return to the job over the past week.
In August, NBC asked Democrats running for the House whether they supported making Pelosi speaker again. A whopping 58 refused to endorse her. Even more ominous, the abstainers hailed from every wing of the party. They included many of the moderate Democrats with the best chances of winning in Republican-leaning districts: Conor Lamb in Pennsylvania; Mikie Sherrill in New Jersey; Jared Golden in Maine; Gil Cisneros in Orange County, California; and Max Rose in Staten Island, New York. But some of the party’s rising progressive stars—Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—snubbed Pelosi, too. It appeared to be one of the few points of consensus among Democrats of all stripes. “There is widespread agreement,” Representative John Yarmuth of Kentucky told Vox in July, “that we need a rejuvenation of leadership.”
pelosi  congress  Dems  gov2.0  politics  sexism  women  strategy 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Can a Group of Scrappy Young Activists Build Real Progressive Power in Trump Country? | The Nation
Through a mix of “inclusive populism” and nonstop organizing, Lancaster Stands Up is betting it can reclaim its corner of Pennsylvania.
In January 2016, after nearly a decade of living in liberal cities on both coasts, Becca Rast returned home. Intuition told the 28-year-old organizer that it was time to kick-start a political renaissance in the small Pennsylvania city where she grew up.
“I felt increasingly annoyed at the sentiment that the place that I was from would always be conservative,” Rast says of Lancaster, her hometown. “I wanted to help redefine what politics looked like there.”
So along with her husband, Jonathan Smucker, the progressive organizer and author, Rast packed her bags, traveled for days, and finally rejoined her family and friends in so-called fly-over country.
politics  activism  gov2.0  state  Dems  trump  organizing 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Democratic House’s First Step: Voting Rights - WhoWhatWhy
After winning back control of the House, many are wondering whether Democrats will “legislate or investigate when they take control next January.”
According to a recent report, Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) first legislative item will be a bill to “strengthen democracy at home.” Pelosi is once again vying to become speaker of the House but is facing some opposition.
The proposed bill includes, among others, provisions to bolster ethics laws and limit the influence of money in politics.
Voting rights, notably, will make an appearance as well. Building on the momentum of widespread public support from ballot initiatives during the recent election, Democrats are seeking to codify some of the more popular voting rights reforms nationwide.
voting  rights  gov2.0  politics  congress  Dems  election 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Was There a ‘Blue Wave?’ - WhoWhatWhy
There seemed to be a singular narrative on election night.
Democrats were making an impressive showing, recapturing a majority in the House, while Republicans were strengthening their majority in the Senate.
So was election night an electoral wash or, as President Donald Trump claimed, a GOP victory? No.
Democrats are projected to win a net of 37 House seats. This number may climb as high as 40 once the final races are called, which would be the largest Democratic gain in the House since the Watergate fallout in 1974.
Even more impressively, the Democratic surge occurred while the president’s party is overseeing a relatively healthy economy, with the unemployment rate hovering around 3.7 percent and inflation at a paltry 2.3 percent.  
The 2006 midterm election, which was called a “wave” election, saw only a net gain of 32 seats for the Democrats.  
congress  gov2.0  Dems  election  politics  state 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Who Could Become Speaker Of The House If Pelosi Doesn’t? | FiveThirtyEight
The drama over who exactly will lead the newly elected Democratic House majority is continuing — and getting more complicated. There’s no guarantee House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will become speaker in January. Her critics are numerous and appear to be intensifying their efforts, with a bloc of them releasing a letter on Monday pledging to oppose her. And this process may go on for a while.
But Pelosi has a big advantage: There is no obvious alternative to her. It is, as the cliche goes, hard to beat something with nothing. Right now, despite all the buzz about Pelosi’s future, no Democrat is actually running against her for speaker. She is almost certain to win the internal House Democratic vote next week to be the party’s nominee for speaker, in part because she might be running unopposed. Her critics’ best bet to defeat her is probably to wait till the formal speaker vote in January, refuse to back Pelosi then, and force her to step aside — and then hope someone else emerges with enough support to get the job.
To explain Democrats’ lack of options, let’s look at some factions within the caucus, none of whom have coalesced around a candidate who could easily supplant Pelosi.
Dems  pelosi  gov2.0  politics  women  sexism  congress  hate  538 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
No, Democrats Didn’t Win The Senate. But They Did Better Than It Seems. | FiveThirtyEight
The 2018 election has become a tale of divided government: the House broke for Democrats, but the Senate held for Republicans — and what’s more, Republicans were even able to expand their majority in the Senate. The election has also become a tale of blue waves. But don’t those tales contradict one another? Not really. What the “split decision” narrative sometimes misses is just how well Democrats performed in the Senate despite having to defend more seats than Republicans1 — and in territory that was largely more favorable to the GOP.
Much of this is overshadowed because Democrats did lose Senate seats. But if we look at a state’s partisan lean2 and the vote share margin in each Senate race, we see Democrats managed to outperform how their states leaned politically in almost every single race — including in the 10 states with a Democratic incumbent that President Trump won in 2016.
gov2.0  Dems  congress  politics  538  election 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
At Least 123 Women Will Be In The Next Congress. Just 19 Are Republicans. | FiveThirtyEight
Democratic women did really well last Tuesday. And many broke new ground: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won a New York U.S. House seat, is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Rashida Tlaib, who won in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District, and Ilhan Omar, of the Minnesota 5th, will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. Women also flipped districts blue in competitive races — Navy veteran Elaine Luria won in the Virginia 2nd, and former CIA analyst Elissa Slotkin, who served in the Obama administration, won in the Michigan 8th.
According to ABC News projections and FiveThirtyEight analysis, 113 women U.S. House and Senate candidates — from both parties — are expected to be winners.1 And there are eight unresolved races with at least one woman candidate.2 The number of women winners is certain to grow to 115, because both of the major-party candidates in two of the unresolved races are women. In the other six races, two of the women candidates are favored to win — Republicans Cindy Hyde-Smith in Mississippi’s Senate runoff and Mia Love in Utah’s 4th District — according to FiveThirtyEight’s analysis.
congress  election  gov2.0  women  538  Dems 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Blue Wave Is Bigger Than Many People Thought - The Atlantic
It was a blue tide, not a blue wave: While some results have been slow to arrive, they show that Democrats had more success in the elections than was immediately clear.
Thursday was a bad day for House Republicans.
In the morning, Maine officials declared that Democrat Jared Golden had defeated Representative Bruce Poliquin, the last Republican in Congress from New England, with the aid of the state’s new instant-runoff voting system. Then, in the evening, the Associated Press projected that Democrat Katie Porter would unseat Representative Mimi Walters, yet another loss for the GOP in historically rock-ribbed Orange County, California. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the O.C., Democrat Gil Cisneros edged ahead of Republican Young Kim.
gov2.0  election  politics  Dems  congress  state 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Push Washington. Will Washington Push Back? - The New York Times
A history-making candidate prepares to enter the establishment, but hopes not to be changed by it.
Minutes after starting her acceptance speech on election night, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected congresswoman from Queens, was surprised to hear groans.
“Whoa — room turned fast,” Ms. Ocasio-Cortez joked.
She, along with everyone in the room, had noticed a news update that had flashed across one of the giant screens above the crowd: Democrats had narrowly lost the Senate race in Texas. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez took quick stock of the mood of the crowd and resumed speaking.
“What we need to do as well, is realize that these short-term losses do not mean we have lost in the long run,” she said.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Alexandra Chalupa: The Ukrainian-American who exposed Manafort | KyivPost
Alexandra Chalupa is the Ukrainian-American woman who is credited with getting Paul Manafort fired when he was managing Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. She also warned that Moscow would interfere in the election, but her accurate predictions were ignored at the time.
During the 2016 presidential cycle, Chalupa was a part-time consultant at the Democratic National Committee, the governing body for the Democratic Party, which eventually chose Hillary Clinton as their presidential candidate against Trump, and where she now serves as a committeewoman and co-chair of the DNC Ethnic Council.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
How Big A Difference Does The House Speaker Really Make? | FiveThirtyEight
The fight over whether Democrats should choose Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be the speaker of the House again is really a fight over what Democrats should want in a speaker. Do they need someone skilled at the inside game — tucking small-but-significant provisions into appropriations bills or convincing other House Democrats to campaign on health care a lot and impeachment almost never? Or do they need a master of the outside game — an articulate, engaging spokesperson for the party who can appeal to the party’s liberal base as well as Obama-Trump voters in the Midwest?
Of course, that’s not what the Pelosi debate on Twitter and in op-ed columns has revolved around; instead, Pelosi’s advocates and critics are going around and around about her age and gender. But that debate is different than the one taking place on Capitol Hill, where this decision will actually be made. There, the Pelosi fight is not really about gender — some of Pelosi’s critics are women, and virtually all of them, I think, would accept a female speaker not named Pelosi. It’s not really about ideology either — some of Pelosi’s critics are pretty liberal, as are some of her supporters; opinion about her also seems to be mixed among more conservative Democrats. It’s also not solely about age — Pelosi’s critics are suggesting that the party needs a new generation of leaders, but some were recently touting 66-year-old Marcia Fudge of Ohio for speaker. Fudge is 12 years younger than Pelosi but hardly represents a generational shift. (Fudge on Tuesday announced that she was backing Pelosi and ending her own brief flirtation with running for speaker.)
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
First Up if Democrats Win: Campaign and Ethics Changes, Infrastructure and Drug Prices - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Democrats would use their first month in the House majority to advance sweeping changes to future campaign and ethics laws, requiring the disclosure of shadowy political donors, outlawing the gerrymandering of congressional districts and restoring key enforcement provisions to the Voting Rights Act, top Democratic leaders said on Tuesday.
If they win, they would then turn to infrastructure investment and the climbing costs of prescription drugs, answering voter demands and challenging President Trump’s willingness to work on shared policy priorities with a party he has vilified. The idea, said Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the Democratic leader, is to show voters that Democrats are a governing party, not the leftist mob that Mr. Trump describes — and to extend an arm of cooperation to the president after an electoral rebuke.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The rebellion against Nancy Pelosi is absurd - The Washington Post
Something exceedingly bizarre is going on in Congress right now. Kevin McCarthy, second in command among House Republicans, watched his party get trounced in the midterms, and was rewarded with a promotion to Republican leader. Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer were quickly confirmed by their respective caucuses to stay in charge in the Senate. Yet Nancy Pelosi, who just engineered the biggest Democratic win in the House since the post-Watergate election of 1974, is the one facing a challenge to her leadership:
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday faced solid opposition from at least 17 Democrats and encountered a significant bloc of undecided women in her bid for speaker, setting the stage for an intense battle over who will ascend to one of the most powerful positions in Washington.
After a campaign in which some Democrats prevailed in competitive districts by promising to oppose her, a coalition of incumbents and newly elected members have denied her a smooth path to the speakership. Those ranks could swell as more races are called.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Nancyness of Nancy Pelosi: What hating her says about us - The Washington Post
The Nancyness of Nancy Pelosi is like the Hillaryness of Hillary Clinton: It’s not a definition so much as a collection of amorphous descriptors — cackling, scheming, elitist, ex-wife-like — that nobody can ever quite articulate, other than to say they don’t like it.
An assessment that she’s off-putting is often presented as an objective matter of concern, not one of personal taste: It’s not me who dislikes her but some other people. Attempts to defend her are often accompanied by caveats: “I was in no mood to support Pelosi and the ‘corporate Democrats’ she represented,” wrote former congresswoman Donna Edwards in an op-ed this week, before going on to declare that her initial misgivings had been wrong.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Don’t blow it, Democrats. There’s only one choice to be the next speaker. - The Washington Post
Donna F. Edwards, a Democrat, represented Maryland’s 4th District in the U.S. House from 2008 to 2017.
Dear newly elected House Democrats,
Congratulations on your historic victory. I hope you take time to reflect on how and why you won. But not too much time. Your first big decision awaits you — your choice for speaker of the House.
I remember when I was sent to Congress in a special election in 2008, having beaten an eight-term incumbent for whom then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi had campaigned. I was the progressive champion. I brought to the table a 20-year career as a nonprofit lawyer, advocate for women and progressive philanthropist. I was in no mood to support Pelosi and the “corporate Democrats” she represented. I was wrong.
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8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Democrats Can Help The Mueller Investigation Now. But They Also Might Make Things Worse. | FiveThirtyEight
Robert Mueller’s stock is about to go up on Capitol Hill — or at least, it’ll go up in the newly Democratic-controlled House. After a two-month stretch where Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election barely made headlines and was notably absent from the campaign trail, some Democrats are now vowing to do everything in their power to protect the special counsel as he enters what may be the final phase of his work.
At the same time, Democrats are also promising to begin aggressive investigations of their own. Adam Schiff, the incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman, says he plans to reopen the panel’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, starting with a list of 70 people, organizations and companies that he and other Democrats believe the GOP failed to examine fully. This is both good and bad news for special counsel Robert Mueller: On the one hand, Democrats’ desire to get to the bottom of what happened in 2016 could help fortify his work, especially after supervision of the Russia investigation was transferred last week to acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker, who has been openly critical of the investigation. On the other hand, it could create new headaches for Mueller or even undermine his work.
conspiracy  crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump  congress  Dems  538 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
How Democrats Won Big in Michigan in the Midterms - The Atlantic
A Democratic tsunami in the midterms engulfed the state Trump won most narrowly in 2016—and could keep the state blue in 2020.
Detroit—gretchen whitmer had her red water bottle with the Wonder Woman logo. Debbie Stabenow was touching up her makeup. Dana Nessel was up front, sitting with her wife, right behind the stack of boxed salads that was the food for the day.
The top of the Democratic ticket in Michigan—candidates for governor, Senate, and attorney general—were rolling along to the 77th and final stop of a statewide bus tour, hours before polls closed on Election Day. When the dust settled on 2016, no one would have been counting on any of them to be in contention, let alone win.
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9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Do White Women Vote for Republicans or Democrats? - The Atlantic
Some progressives are blaming a single demographic group for a string of losses in the midterm elections—but that distorts the actual results.
After Democrats gained a House majority, causing most of them to celebrate the biggest check on Donald Trump’s power since he was elected, a tiny faction in the progressive coalition reacted in anger and frustration, fixating on races that would have made the Democrats’ “wave” even bigger: Beto O’Rourke in Texas, Andrew Gillum in Florida, Stacey Abrams in Georgia.
In all of these Democratic defeats, there was an easily identifiable group that voted overwhelmingly against the progressive candidate: Republicans. But members of this progressive faction did not lash out at Republicans. They instead directed their ire at another group, defined by race and sex. They lashed out at white women.
women  election  voting  politics  gov2.0  Dems 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
First Ever Ranked-Choice Vote Flips Seat to Dems - WhoWhatWhy
Democrats netted their 36th House gain on Thursday as Democratic challenger Jared Golden unseated Republican incumbent Bruce Poliquin in Maine’s 2nd District.
Golden pulled ahead thanks to Maine’s ranked-choice system of voting. Under the system, voters rank their preferred candidates under their top choice. If neither major party candidate secures the necessary 50 percent threshold for a victory, ballots cast for third-party candidates are reallocated to their second choice.
On election night, Poliquin (R) led Golden (D) by a 46.4–45.5 percent margin. Under Maine law, since Poliquin failed to reach 50 percent, ballots for independent candidates Tiffany Bond and William Hoar were reallocated to one of the two major party candidates selected by those voters as their second choice.
Dems  congress  voting  election  gov2.0  politics 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
A Third Rail No More: Incoming House Democrats Embrace Gun Control : NPR
The deadly mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., last week came less than a day after dozens of Democrats who campaigned on promises to strengthen gun laws were elected to the House of Representatives. Across the country, candidates from Virginia, Georgia, Texas and Washington state bluntly called for more gun safety, seemingly emboldened to take on the National Rifle Association.
In total, 95 candidates endorsed by Giffords PAC won seats in the House. Giffords PAC is the gun-violence prevention group founded by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband. Giffords was shot in the head in a 2011 attack that left six people dead.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Nancy Pelosi Problem - The Atlantic
The first female speaker of the House has become the most effec­tive congressional leader of modern times—and, not coinciden­tally, the most vilified.
Last may, The Washington Post’s James Hohmann noted “an uncovered dynamic” that helped explain the GOP’s failure to repeal Obamacare. Three current Democratic House members had opposed the Affordable Care Act when it first passed. Twelve Democratic House members represent districts that Donald Trump won. Yet none voted for repeal. The “uncovered dynamic,” Hohmann suggested, was Nancy Pelosi’s skill at keeping her party in line.
She’s been keeping it in line for more than a decade. In 2005, George W. Bush launched his second presidential term with an aggressive push to partially privatize Social Security. For nine months, Republicans demanded that Democrats admit the retirement system was in crisis and offer their own program to change it. Pelosi refused. Democratic members of Congress hosted more than 1,000 town-hall meetings to rally opposition to privatization. That fall, Republicans backed down, and Bush’s second term never recovered.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
For Democrats, a midterm election that keeps on giving - The Washington Post
In the early hours of election night on Tuesday, a consensus began to take hold that the vaunted Democratic blue wave that had been talked about all year was failing to materialize. Now, with a handful of races still to be called, it’s clear that an anti-President Trump force hit the country with considerable, if uneven, strength.
Democrats appear poised to pick up between 35 and 40 seats in the House, once the last races are tallied, according to strategists in both parties. That would represent the biggest Democratic gain in the House since the post-Watergate election of 1974, when the party picked up 49 seats three months after Richard M. Nixon resigned the presidency.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Democrats Had A Big Night In Governors Races, But It Could Have Been Bigger | FiveThirtyEight
The Democrats made substantial gains at the gubernatorial level, as we expected. They won control of the governor’s offices from Republicans in Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico and Wisconsin. Connecticut is still too close to call, but Republican Bob Stefanowski is narrowly trailing Democrat Ned Lamont, and a Stefanowski comeback there is the GOP’s only remaining shot at picking up a state from a Democrat. The majority of Americans are likely to have a Democratic governor when the results are finalized.
That said, the Democrats did not have the banner gubernatorial night that our forecast suggested was possible. Let me run through the details.
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
How Democrats Won The House | FiveThirtyEight
After two years of pent-up anticipation, Democrats have finally done what they have long been favorites to do: win control of the U.S. House of Representatives. As of this writing, our colleagues at ABC have projected 223 seats for Democrats and 201 seats for Republicans. Democrats have turned 29 Republican-held seats blue, while Republicans have flipped one Democrat-held seat, for a net Democratic gain of 28 (so far). Here are all the seats that have changed parties as of 3:43 a.m. on Wednesday...
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10 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Education Gap That Explains American Politics - The Atlantic
The gulf between the party identification of white voters with college degrees and those without is growing rapidly. Trump is widening it.
One of the most striking patterns in yesterday’s election was years in the making: a major partisan divide between white voters with a college degree and those without one.
According to exit polls, 61 percent of non-college-educated white voters cast their ballots for Republicans while just 45 percent of college-educated white voters did so. Meanwhile 53 percent of college-educated white voters cast their votes for Democrats compared with 37 percent of those without a degree.
The diploma divide, as it’s often called, is not occurring across the electorate; it is primarily a phenomenon among white voters. It’s an unprecedented divide, and is in fact a complete departure from the diploma divide of the past. Non-college-educated white voters used to solidly belong to Democrats, and college-educated white voters to Republicans. Several events over the past six decades have caused these allegiances to switch, the most recent being the candidacy, election, and presidency of Donald Trump.
gov2.0  politics  education  trump  Dems  GOP 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Mid-term election results: What it all means for Trump - BBC News
The Democrats have clawed their way back to a measure of power in the US federal government. The era of unified rule for Donald Trump and the Republicans is over.
Calling just two years an "era" may be a stretch, of course, but in the age of Trump even days and weeks can seem like an infinite and expanding series of news cycles.
For the duration of his presidency, Mr Trump has benefited from a friendly Congress - generally supportive of his words and deeds, accommodating of his policy priorities and deferential when it comes to oversight.
In two months, when the new Democratic-controlled House arrives in Washington, all that will change.
gov2.0  politics  election  congress  trump  Dems 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Key House Democrats outline Trump investigations if they take back House Majority - CNNPolitics
(CNN)Democrats in the US House of Representatives are beginning to quietly prepare to hold the Trump administration accountable if they win the majority in November.
In more than a dozen interviews, CNN has learned that Democrats on virtually every committee in the House of Representatives are carefully positioning themselves to be ready in the event that they find themselves in the majority after the midterms.
But, sources say, it is a delicate balance. After nearly a decade in the minority and two years having limited power to pursue oversight in the Trump administration, Democrats need to be prepared. But leaders are encouraging members to use restraint and be mindful of the fact they haven't won the majority yet and pursuing oversight too aggressively could set the party back in 2020.
Dems  gov2.0  politics  congress  trump  election 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Beto O'Rourke's Powerful Response to the NFL Protests - The Atlantic
By answering a question most Democratic politicians have refused to touch, the Texas Democrat has tapped into a powerful movement.
There are few issues Democratic politicians have been more reluctant to address than the NFL-player protests. “It doesn’t get talked about by candidates and office holders, because no one wants to mess up and have that compromise that ability to win an election or stay in office,” Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat running for the Senate in Texas, told me. “It’s also precisely the thing where if you do not talk about it and don’t have these kind of conversations publicly, it’s never going to get better.”
When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked about an NFL policy requiring all players on the field to stand for the national anthem, she backpedaled away faster than Deion Sanders. “I love the national anthem. I love the flag,” Pelosi told the CNN anchor Chris Cuomo at a televised town hall hosted by the network in May. “And I love the First Amendment, and I’ll just leave it at that.”
Dems  gov2.0  politics  state  football  protest 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Tom Steyer's Plan to Impeach Trump - The Atlantic
Having spent $120 million and signed up 6 million people, Tom Steyer has assembled, in a year, an organization with more reach than the NRA.
SAN FRANCISCO—In one room, they’re building multicolored matrices matching purchases in their online store to hashtags in affiliated Twitter accounts. In another, they’re texting supporters, tracking and amping up RSVPs to the first-anniversary town hall coming up on Saturday in New Jersey. Over at the creative pod, they’ve already cut a 30-second web ad off the idea that came up in the morning meeting. They’re tracking down supporters’ cell-phone numbers. There’s a staffer scanning bar codes on personalized postcards that have been returned, which will now be digitized and emailed to the people whose mailing addresses weren’t working. They’re prepping a glossy mailer that will hit 3.1 million people next week.
And if Democrats win the House, Need to Impeach will immediately move to the next phase, with a plan that includes activating its list to immediately pressure new members to sign on with Donald Trump’s impeachment, flooding them long before they have staffs set up in Washington. A group of constitutional lawyers is already under contract drafting specific articles of impeachment against Trump, which it will then mail to supporters. (If and when Bob Mueller puts out a report, they may do an update.)
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october 2018 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Taking A Stand Is Good Business
In case you missed the memo, voter registrations went way up after Taylor Swift took a side.
You should too, it humanizes you.
Call it the millennial ethos. To succeed in the world today you must have an identity, and be proud of it. Sure, there will be backlash from those who don’t agree, but if you think everybody loves you, you’re absolutely wrong. That’s what the internet has taught us, there is no monoculture, chances are people have never heard of you or don’t know your music. Then again, it’s those who are uninvolved who take umbrage and protest the most. Like the Republicans who attacked Taylor Swift. Were they really her fans, did they really listen to her music? OF COURSE NOT! So what does it matter? Music is not about the court of opinion, people vote with clicks on streaming services, by buying concert tickets, never forget your fans keep you alive, not the media, so play to them, and what fans want most is a 3-D personality that they can relate to. They’re looking to identify, they’re looking for instruction, I learned more about love and life listening to Joni Mitchel and Jackson Browne than I did from my friends, I thought they got me, I thought they understood me, fans feel the same way about Taylor Swift. And the truth is Taylor Swift is an oddball who doesn’t fit in, didn’t she tell us that from the very beginning, on her first two albums? She couldn’t believe she got all the adulation, then she tried to create a girl posse to counteract the backlash, she grew up in public but she never grew up. Taylor Swift is not a rapper, not part of a community, she’s sui generis, a party of one, as are all true artists, by taking a stand she only burnishes her image, when an artist lets their freak flag fly, shows their true beliefs, it bonds fans to them. It’s the wishy-washy pop stars who fade away.
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october 2018 by rgl7194
Fox & Friends Pissed at Taylor Swift’s Political Remarks | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Charlie Kirk says he's a bigger fan of Kanye West, anyway
Called it. When Taylor Swift broke with her standard silence yesterday and publicly endorsed Tennessee’s Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper, we knew Fox & Friends would have something to say about it. This morning, they didn’t let us down.
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk was a guest on the program to talk about Swift’s remarks. He took a number of shots at the pop star, even going so far as to suggest she couldn’t have possibly written the statement herself. “It’s rather evident and clear that — I don’t want to accuse her of this, but I don’t think she was the only one that wrote that post on Instagram,” he said, while accusing her of just that. “She probably got some very bad information.”
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october 2018 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Taylor Takes A Side
You play offense, not defense.
Ever since Kavanaugh was confirmed the spin is Republicans have benefited, the Democrats have been pointing fingers, will it become a self-fulfilling prophecy?
Republicans are spinmasters, they understand the game, the Democrats are wimps who believe in their hearts they’re on the right side and should win and when they don’t they whine. GROW A PAIR!
Oh, can I say that?
Now that’s one place the Democrats have lost the plot, with the political correctness, the trigger warnings, the decision to offend no one. Get over it, go on the playground, your mommy and daddy cannot defend you there, you’ve got to fight for your right to party, and the Democrats keep laying down arms until…
Taylor Swift takes a side.
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october 2018 by rgl7194
Taylor Swift Makes Rare Political Statement, Endorses Democratic candidates | Consequence of Sound
"In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life... I feel very differently about that now"
In the past, Taylor Swift has been criticized for staying political silent, especially during the 2016 President election. Now, though, ahead of the November midterms, Swift has publicly endorsed Democratic Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper, who are both running in her home state of Tennessee.
“I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now,” begins Swift in a lengthy statement posted to Instagram on Sunday night.
music  pop_music  politics  Dems 
october 2018 by rgl7194
The answer to GOP dog whistles? Democrats should talk more about race, not less. - The Washington Post
Since Donald Trump’s ascension to the White House, various political insiders have warned Democrats not to talk about race issues or what they term “identity politics” — a phrase that intentionally downgrades a raft of critical concerns. In an op-ed last year, for instance, Mark Penn, a former consultant to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Andrew Stein, a former New York City Council president, said Democrats had lost support among “working-class voters” (read: white working-class voters) because their politics were “mired too often in political correctness, transgender bathroom issues and policies offering more help to undocumented immigrants than to the heartland.” In New York magazine, Briahna Joy Gray argued that “identity politics, despite its benefits, has the potential to be most dangerous.” Even Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) cautioned after the election that “it is not good enough for somebody to say, ‘Hey, I’m a Latina. Vote for me.’ . . . One of the struggles that you’re going to be seeing in the Democratic Party is whether we go beyond identity politics.”
If they want to stay relevant on the ballot and win back centrist voters who defected to Trump, these critics say, liberals should avoid identity politics and focus on economic concerns.
politics  gov2.0  racism  Dems  economics 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Beto O’Rourke Shares Song Feat. Cedric Bixler-Zavala | New Music | Consequence of Sound
He also recalls his time in El Paso's DIY scene and meeting Leslie Feist
By now, you’ve probably heard the name Beto O’Rourke. The hunky Democratic Texas congressman is currently leading a campaign to take away the Senate seat from under Ted Cruz’s corrupt fat ass and, well, he actually has a shot in doing exactly that. It’s kind of crazy.
More recently, however, O’Rourke’s musical past came into question, thanks to an incredibly stupid intern running the @TexasGOP Twitter account. The morons over there actually thought his ties to artists like Cedric Bixler-Zavala would be seen as lame.
gov2.0  politics  congress  Dems  music 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Texas GOP Mocks Dem. Senate Candidate for Being in Band | Politics | Consequence of Sound
What better way to slam a guy than pointing out how cool he is
With the midterm elections coming up, voters everywhere are looking to rebuke of the current political leadership at the ballot box. In Texas, that’s led to a surprisingly close senate between entrenched incumbent Republican Ted Cruz and upstart Democratic US Representative Beto O’Rourke. The latter is building a strong base amongst young voters, thanks in no small part to his views on cannabis legalization, immigration reform, and single-payer healthcare.
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september 2018 by rgl7194
“It Seems Like Iowa in 2007”: Is Beto O’Rourke the Left’s Obama-Like Answer to Trump in 2020? | Vanity Fair
O’Rourke offers not just a path to victory in Texas but an antidote to the entire stupid artifice of American politics in the Trump era. He’s authentic, full of energy, and stripped of consultant-driven sterility. On what planet is Beto O’Rourke not a presidential contender, even if he loses?
By now you’ve probably heard a lot about Beto O’Rourke and his surprisingly durable challenge against Ted Cruz in bright red Texas. You’ve heard about how he’s visited all 254 Texas counties in his Toyota Tundra. You’ve seen videos of him sweating through a button-down shirt at one of his jam-packed town halls. You’ve watched the rangy 45-year-old congressman skateboard through a Whataburger parking lot in Brownsville. And if you’re following the 2018 midterms, you know that O’Rourke only trails Cruz by a single digit while running an unabashedly progressive campaign, making Democrats around the country salivate at the prospect of a blue wave crashing everywhere from Galveston to El Paso.
politics  gov2.0  Dems 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Elizabeth Warren's Definition of Capitalism - The Atlantic
A conversation with the Democratic senator about why she’s doubling down on market competition at a moment when her party is flirting with socialism
While so much of the action on the American left in recent months has come in the form of revived enthusiasm for socialism, Senator Elizabeth Warren has positioned herself quite differently. During the past two weeks, she has expounded about the prospects for capitalism in a much-covered speech and in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.  Instead of championing the system’s demise, she presents herself as its savior.
Embedded in her musings were two aggressive proposals for overhauling American business. One is the Accountable Capitalism Act, which would require the largest corporations to allow workers to choose 40 percent of their board seats. The proposal is meant to provide an antidote to short-term thinking in the biggest businesses—and to short-circuit the ease with which CEOs make decisions that enrich themselves at the expense of workers and the underlying health of their firm. A similar system exists in Germany, and it goes by the name “codetermination.”
gov2.0  politics  congress  Dems  capitalism 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Warren’s New Goal: Actually Draining the Swamp - WhoWhatWhy
Perhaps the GQ headline put it best: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren Chose a Hell of a Day to Unveil Her Sweeping Anti-Corruption Bill.”
That phrase could be taken two ways: the evils Warren (D-MA) targeted were dramatized on August 21, when she unveiled her anti-corruption package in a hard-hitting speech at the National Press Club. That, of course, was the day that Paul Manafort, former chair of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, was convicted of tax and bank fraud, and Trump’s long-time personal lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to tax and bank fraud as well as violating campaign finance law.
With so much breaking news, the big mainstream media sites did not have much time to actually report what she proposed.  
And when Warren did get some space, the media largely viewed her anti-corruption pitch as an indictment of Trump. But from the outset, Warren made clear that wasn’t the case. “The problem is far bigger than Trump,” she said.
There’s a “crisis of faith” in government now, and fewer than one in five Americans trust that federal policymakers will do the right thing most of the time, she said. In 1958, 73 percent of Americans put their trust in Washington.
gov2.0  politics  congress  corruption  Dems 
september 2018 by rgl7194
The 5 Big Takeaways From Our House Forecast | FiveThirtyEight
Democrats are favored to gain control of the House of Representatives in this year’s midterm elections, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast model. But — a very FiveThirtyEight-ish sentence follows — the range of possible outcomes is wide and Democrats’ prospects are far from certain. Relatively small shifts could allow Republicans to keep control of the House, or could turn a blue wave into a tsunami.
What’s behind all of this? Our methodology post goes into a lot more detail about how our forecasts are calculated. But that explanation is rather abstract, so in this article, I’m going to focus on how these factors are playing out given what we know about the political environment this year.
gov2.0  election  congress  politics  Dems  538 
august 2018 by rgl7194
In case of Mueller firing, break glass: Democrats prep an emergency plan
Congressional action and protest rallies are among the contingencies being planned if Trump tries to shut down the Russia probe.
WASHINGTON — It would start within minutes of special counsel Robert Mueller being fired — a torrent of activity ricocheting through the halls of Congress and over television airwaves, including nearly a thousand protests being prepped from the Virgin Islands to Alaska.
Democrats have drafted a wide-ranging contingency plan should Mueller be fired or President Donald Trump take other steps to quash the Russia investigation, like firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or pardoning key witnesses.
Of top concern in the first 24 hours of such a move would be preventing Mueller’s documents from being destroyed and his team disbanded, according to interviews with nearly a dozen lawmakers, congressional aides, Democratic operatives and attorneys involved in the planning.
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august 2018 by rgl7194
Dems on fire in Farmington for McMurray rally - News - MPNnow - Canandaigua, NY
FARMINGTON — Farmington not long long ago didn’t have a Democratic committee.
“Here were are, six months later, with 100 in a room,” said John Hurley, chair of the Ontario County Democratic Committee, inside a noisy Mertensia Park Lodge Tuesday evening filled with people waving Vote McMurray signs.
Democrat Nate McMurray, the Grand Island town supervisor running for the 27th Congressional District, arrived to a cheering crowd energized by recent developments. U.S. Rep. Chris Collins, who was to be McMurray’s Republican opponent, was indicted last week on insider trading charges and then suspended his campaign. Now, Republicans are scrambling to find a way to replace Collins on the ballot.
“With the recent indictment on, it is chaos for the Republicans and its seems pretty on our side,” McMurray remarked during his address to a packed lodge. “The biggest worry is that he will coast through this — the Republican party will do anything to keep this seat, even prop this man up,” he said.
“It’s about to get uglier,” McMurray said. “There is a lot of anger out there — the good news is they know who he is now.”
Dems  victor  gov2.0  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
What The Rise Of Kamala Harris Tells Us About The Democratic Party | FiveThirtyEight
In the days after Hillary Clinton’s defeat, the two people who seemed like the Democratic Party’s most obvious 2020 candidates, then-Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, hinted that Clinton had gone too far in talking about issues of identity. “It is not good enough for somebody to say, ‘I’m a woman; vote for me,’” Sanders said. Other liberals lamented that the party had lost white voters in such states as Ohio and Iowa who had supported Barack Obama, and they said Democrats needed to dial back the identity talk to win them back.
But that view never took hold among party activists. Liberal-leaning women were emboldened to talk about gender more, not less, after the 2016 election. We’ve had women’s marches and women running for office in greater numbers than ever — all while emphasizing their gender. President Trump’s moves kept identity issues at the forefront, too, and gave Democrats an opportunity both to defend groups they view as disadvantaged and to attack the policies of a president they hate.
politics  gov2.0  Dems  congress  immigration  538  women 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Driving New Energy And Money To Progressive Candidates | HuffPost
After defeating a Democratic Party boss, she’s a new kingmaker — and even the establishment wants in.
At a Democratic gubernatorial candidate forum in Detroit on Monday, progressive underdog Abdul El-Sayed knew just the thing to get the crowd going.
“Who here has heard of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?” he asked.
Had they ever. More than 600 miles away from Ocasio-Cortez’s district, the crowd of several hundred Michiganders roared with excitement.
“She showed us that when we are honest about our message, when we are truthful about where our money comes from, when we are willing to speak clearly about the policies we believe in, and we are willing to stand up to the establishment, we win elections,” El-Sayed continued.
Dems  gen_z  gov2.0  politics 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Has the Right-Wing Spin Machine Met Its Match? - WhoWhatWhy
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the perfect figurehead for the progressive movement in the US. At 28, she represents a new generation of Americans. As a Hispanic woman, she represents minorities. As a Democratic Socialist, she represents different solutions to the growing inequality in the US.
But don’t be surprised if conservatives, who will attack her for precisely the reasons listed above, will be the ones to talk about Ocasio-Cortez the most. To them, the Democratic Socialist who shocked the political world by beating Democratic incumbent Joseph Crowley in the primary for New York’s 14th Congressional District, is the ideal person to scare their base into action.
politics  gov2.0  Dems  gen_z 
august 2018 by rgl7194
Democrats Are Wrong About Republicans. Republicans Are Wrong About Democrats. | FiveThirtyEight
Welcome to Secret Identity, our regular column on identity and its role in politics and policy.
The defining divide in American politics is probably between Republicans and Democrats. It encapsulates all our other divides — by race, education, religion and more — and it’s growing.
This partisan divide is such a big part of people’s political identities, in fact, that it’s reinforced simply by “negative partisanship,” or loyalty to a party because you don’t like the other party. A Pew Research Center poll from last year found that about 40 percent of both Democrats and Republicans belong to their party because they oppose the other party’s values, rather than because they are particularly aligned with their own party.
politics  Dems  GOP  538 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Why The Republican Party Elects So Few Women | FiveThirtyEight
There has been a lot of buzz recently about the wave of women running for office in 2018. It’s record-breaking. But that’s not quite right. At least, it’s too broad.
There are a lot of Democratic women signing up as candidates and winning primaries, particularly for the U.S. House. So far this cycle, according to the Center for Women and American Politics at Rutgers University, 350 Democratic women have filed to run for the House, compared with 118 Republican women. Democratic women have won 105 House primaries, compared with just 25 by Republican women.
That pattern isn’t new. The overall male skew of Congress gets a lot of attention, and rightly so, but that skew looks very different in each party. There are almost three times as many Democratic women as Republican women serving in Congress — and November’s elections might exacerbate the disparity. A Democratic wave could both send many more Democratic women to Congress and also end the careers of several Republican female incumbents.
Dems  GOP  politics  election  women  gender  538 
june 2018 by rgl7194
My primary vote goes to Rachel Barnhart
Democrats face a hostile environment due to President Trump and the current GOP in Congress. America’s future economic viability, international standing, and foundations of justice and fairness (our core values!) hang in the balance. Rachel Barnhart is the right choice in the Democratic primary due to her skills and experience. To support her progressive positions she brings strength to talk truth to power, intelligence to understand the complexity of issues, skills in communicating with our community, and a profound love of Rochester.
politics  rochester  rachel_barnhart  new_york  congress  Dems 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Doug Jones Thinks He’s Supposed To Be Here | FiveThirtyEight
ou probably know Alabama’s new senator, Doug Jones, because he narrowly won a special election last year against a man accused of molesting underage girls. But there are probably quite a few things you don’t know about him. His first name is actually Gordon, and he is left-handed,1 hitches his head a bit when he’s making a point and is what experts on emotions might call an “active listener.”
That last point dawned on me while I was sitting in the back of an SUV as he praised the virtues of the peanut butter factory we’d just been to — “the technology!” — and we jostled along a central Alabama road on a late May afternoon. Throughout a sweaty, hair-netted tour, he had nodded and peered into things and patiently asked questions. (I, meanwhile, had strained to hear over the nut-rumbling din and contemplated a literal death by peanut butter underneath some sort of hot, belching still that smelled unnervingly like cookies.) The visit was a reminder of just how much the life of a politician is filled with interactions that are mundane for him but momentous for the other person; the conscientious officeholder knows that a bit of attentive listening can go a long way. That’s perhaps doubly the case for Jones, an Alabama Democrat wading through his state’s overwhelmingly Republican politics. Sometimes, he might not agree with what people have to say to him, but, by God, Jones will smile, nod and hear them out.
gov2.0  politics  Dems  538  racism 
june 2018 by rgl7194
In the U.S., the left trusts the mainstream media more than the right, and the gap is growing
s Facebook moves to privilege “broadly trusted” sources in its News Feed, our research — more of which you’ll find in this year’s Reuters Digital News Report — shows that broadcasters and newspapers are more trusted than digital-born outlets across a number of countries.
Earlier this year, Facebook announced that it would prioritize news from brands that its users perceive as trustworthy, as part of a response to allegations related to the spread of misinformation on the platform. “As part of our ongoing quality surveys, we will now ask people whether they’re familiar with a news source and, if so, whether they trust that source,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote. Facebook measures news brand trust by asking its users if they have heard of a news brand and then to rate it as trustworthy from 1 (entirely) to 5 (not at all).
Critics have speculated that allowing ordinary people to decide what news sources should be deemed trustworthy could result in niche or highly partisan sources being prioritized at the expense of legacy brands that sometimes offer more balanced coverage. Others have worried that sources that produce the most widely shared content could be seen as the most trustworthy. However, data from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism’s 2018 Digital News Report shows that on average people have fairly conventional views about what news brands to trust — views that probably differ little from expert consensus. [Ed. note: Research also suggests that Facebook’s plan could work well, but with some important caveats.]
In our survey, people were asked to rate a number of the most popular news brands from 0 (not at all trustworthy) to 10 (completely trustworthy). They could also respond that they had never heard of the news brand. The data presented here represents the views of the online population of each country (unlikely to differ significantly from the views of Facebook users).
In the U.S., we can see that people tend to place more trust in mainstream, legacy news brands. Digital-born and/or partisan sources are trusted less. The users of each brand tended to trust it more than the general population, but particularly so for more right-leaning brands like Fox News and Breitbart.
news  fake_news  trust  Dems  GOP  conservative  liberal  USA  uk 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Democrats’ Horrible 2018 Senate Map Couldn’t Have Come At A Better Time | FiveThirtyEight
You hear it all the time: The 2018 Senate map is bad, even “brutal,” for Democrats. Of the 35 seats on the ballot this cycle, 26 are held by senators who caucus with the Democrats, and just nine are held by Republicans. Democrats must flip two of those nine — without losing any seats of their own — in order to take a Senate majority. That’s not going to be easy given that only one of those Republican-held seats is from a state carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016. At the same time, 10 Democratic incumbents are running for re-election in states won by President Trump, including deep red ones like North Dakota and West Virginia.
But while the 2018 map is the party’s steepest uphill climb in a long time, defending red-state Senate seats isn’t a new challenge for Democrats. In fact, they’ve gotten pretty good at it over the years. They haven’t had a choice: It gets less ink than the gerrymandered districts in the U.S. House, but the Senate — which reserves the same number of seats for a sparsely populated state as for a crowded one — has an inherent Republican bias as well. Within the past 25 years, Democratic majorities in the Senate — up through 1995, briefly from 2001 to 2002 and then finally from 2007 to 2015 — were possible because more Democrats represented red states than Republicans represented blue states. To wield a majority in 2019 and beyond, Democrats will simply (OK, not so simply) have to pull off the same trick.
gov2.0  politics  election  congress  Dems  GOP  538 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Democrats discover another institutional check on Trump - The Washington Post
When discussing the institutional safeguards against President Trump’s overreach, many commentators have pointed to the courts, the free press, the potential (more theoretical, as long as Republicans have majorities in the House and Senate) for congressional oversight and even the military (e.g. refusing to accept a first-strike order that does not comply with the laws of war). Less discussed, because Democrats have been less enthusiastic about its use in other contexts, is the deployment of federalism to counteract a misguided or paralyzed federal government. However, increasingly it seems that local and state authorities and legislatures are guaranteeing some policy continuity on issues that progressives care deeply about and hobbling Trump’s most dangerous plans.
Dems  state  politics  trump  gov2.0  guns 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of New York | Consequence of Sound
Nixon is running as a Democrat, setting up a primary battle against the state's current governor, Andrew Cuomo
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon is running for governor of New York.
The 51-year-old actress launched her candidacy on Monday. She’ll be running as a Democrat, setting up a primary battle against the state’s current governor, Andrew Cuomo.
In a video announcing her candidacy, Nixon cited income inequality, health care, mass incarceration, and New York City’s deteriorating subway system as some of the issues she plans to focus on. “I love New York. I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else. But something has to change. We want our government to work again,” she says in the video. She’s also launched a campaign website, which you can find here.
Dems  gov2.0  new_york  election  politics  actress 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Pennsylvania’s New Map Helps Democrats. But It’s Not A Democratic Gerrymander. | FiveThirtyEight
Pennsylvania’s new congressional district map, released Monday by the state Supreme Court, is sure to improve Democrats’ electoral outlook in the state. Over the long term, Democrats can expect to occupy one to two additional seats compared with the current map, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis. (The state’s congressional delegation currently has 12 Republicans and five Democrats. One seat is vacant.)
The court ordered that the map be redrawn after finding that the current one, which was enacted by the Republican state legislature in 2011, was a partisan gerrymander and violated the state’s constitution. (Republicans were given a chance to submit a substitute plan — which they did. And the Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, was given a chance to reject the plan — which he did.) The map submitted by Republicans probably would have benefited them less than the current map does, but it would still have been better for the GOP than what would be expected based on the partisan makeup of the state. Because the legislature and the governor couldn’t come to an agreement, the court stepped in.
gov2.0  politics  state  gerrymandering  Dems  538 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Rage Against the Machine’s Democratic Convention gig to be released | Consequence of Sound
The six-song recording will be available in limited quantities for Record Store Day
For this year’s Record Store Day, a very special rarity from Rage Against the Machine is being let loose from the vault: a live recording of their 2000 concert protesting the American political party system.
Zach de la Rocha, Tom Morello & co. threw down a riotous concert in Los Angeles, holding it directly across from the Staples Center where the Democratic National Convention was being held. Their set, available in recorded form for the first time ever, features a total of six songs, including The Battle of Los Angeles hits “Testify”, “Guerrilla Radio”, and “Sleep Now in the Fire”.
RATM  concert  2000s  RSD  record  politics  Dems 
march 2018 by rgl7194
White Democrats Have Gotten Way More Liberal On Identity Issues | FiveThirtyEight
The ongoing fight over funding the government — which may finally be on the verge of a long-term resolution — has centered in large part on immigration. Democrats want a replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and if they settle for a deal without one, they’re likely to incur a good deal of wrath from their base.
That wrath probably would have been substantially milder even a few years ago. But there is a broader story happening here, according to public opinion polls and the moves of key elites in the party: Democrats have grown more liberal on issues of race, gender and identity — and not just the nonwhite and female Democrats.
gov2.0  politics  racism  sexism  Dems  liberal  538 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Why Democrats And Republicans Did A Sudden 180 On The FBI | FiveThirtyEight
President Trump is weighing allowing the release of the second of two memos addressing allegations of improper conduct by the FBI. The latest classified memo, drafted by Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, allegedly defends the agency in a rebuttal to a memo that was released last week. The earlier memo was written at the direction of the committee chairman, California Republican Devin Nunes, and criticized the FBI’s surveillance methods in the early part of the Russia investigation.
The tussle over the two memos is leaving many observers with a sense of political whiplash. Democrats who were once quick to castigate the FBI and other intelligence agencies for overreaching on surveillance are now defending the agency’s need for secrecy. Meanwhile, Republicans like Nunes — who led the charge just a few months ago to pass legislation extending the government’s surveillance powers — are arguing that agents abused their authority.
gov2.0  congress  politics  Dems  GOP  FBI  538 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Media Is Misreading How The Shutdown Blame Game Shook Out | FiveThirtyEight
Welcome to Pollapalooza, our weekly polling roundup. Today’s theme song is Sammy Davis Jr.’s rendition of “Chico and the Man” from the television show “Chico and the Man.”
Poll of the week
A new Quinnipiac University survey found that 32 percent of voters believe congressional Democrats were primarily responsible for the recent government shutdown; 31 percent blame President Trump, and 18 percent blame congressional Republicans. A number of news outlets have thus focused on the fact that Democrats and Trump are about equally to blame in the public’s eye. Quinnipiac’s own write-up of their poll led with this description.
I think, though, that’s a bad interpretation of the data.
gov2.0  politics  survey  trump  Dems  GOP  538 
january 2018 by rgl7194
Voting is just like driving: If you want to go backward, choose "R". If you want to go forward, choose "D". : PoliticalHumor
Voting is just like driving: If you want to go backward, choose "R". If you want to go forward, choose "D".
gov2.0  politics  humor  Dems  GOP  driving  quotes 
january 2018 by rgl7194
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