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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:30 pm 
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Ya know, I honestly have never been Debbie's biggest fan. Personally, I thought she ran the DNC in a lousy way, but that was independently of her lack of neutrality toward Bernie Sanders. I was glad to see her go from running the org.

I am not in her district, but my Mom is. Her voters seem to like her ... like most incumbents, she keeps going back ... strictly speaking, as a Congresswoman, I think she's been OK, though I really am tired of her ridiculous opposition to cannabis and other things in the state.

I kinda liked Tim Canova initially ... I've never met him, but I've met other faculty from his university, and I've heard about him, and he certainly seems adored as a teacher. Seems to lean toward critical legal theory and BTW it's interesting some of his writings in that area.

As a politician ... well, c'mon Tim, get out of crank territory. Stop promoting Seth Rich CTs. He also claims Debbie's people attacked his computer - somehow - on the night he decided he'd run against her a second time. Yes, Tim, Debbie, using her Black Lightning like super powers, fried your surge protector. :roll: Lastly, while abjectly denying Russian interference in 2016, he DOES think Debbie and the DNC hacked - I'm taking directly, not just poor scheduling of debates - the votes for Sanders in the primary. No evidence for this, of course.

I can see why he's having trouble raising money. As an Independent, he will have a ghost's chance in the 9th circle of hell of beating her. I do not see him doing better than last time, only worse. Also, he seems to have become a nut. :|

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:30 pm 
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House Dems select new midterm slogan: 'For the people'

House Democrats have agreed on a new campaign slogan ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, announcing it at a private meeting Wednesday.

Politico reports that party leaders chose the slogan “For the People” after a first try, "A Better Deal," failed to resonate with voters.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/39 ... the-people


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:33 pm 
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In some close House districts, Democrats outraise GOP incumbents

WASHINGTON - Democratic challengers in competitive House races are posting strong fundraising numbers for the midterm elections as they benefit from a surge of individual donations from supporters eager to see a new generation of leaders elected to Congress.

In 11 of the 17 competitive House races where a Democratic challenger has already been selected, those Democrats have outraised the GOP incumbents in donations from individuals, according to a Washington Post analysis of Federal Election Commission records. In another of the districts, the Democratic challenger came within about $13,000 of the GOP incumbent.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:23 pm 
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Brand New Congress is russian op.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:37 pm 
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the people versus the businesses they patronized

Michigan Supreme Court to hear arguments on plan to fight gerrymandering

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Grotesquely shaped congressional districts.

Republicans, who control all branches of Michigan government, consistently winning a higher percentage of seats than their share of the statewide vote would dictate.

And a plan for change that would remove the drawing of political district lines from the partisan Legislature and place it in the control of what proponents say would be an independent commission.

All of that lands at the feet of the Michigan Supreme Court at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the seven-member court hears arguments on whether the Voters Not Politicians anti-gerrymandering proposal should appear on the November ballot.

A group called Citizens Protecting Michigan's Constitution, financially backed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, is suing to try to quash the question. The Michigan Court of Appeals in June ruled against the chamber-backed group, which then appealed to Michigan's highest court................

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 11:14 am 
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New tactic by politicians: Set up fake news websites as a campaign gambit

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Despite complaints from Congress about the Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign that included “fake news” sites designed to sway voters, at least three members of Congress seeking re-election have posted similar sites designed to help them win re-election.

Three sitting senators fighting tough re-election campaigns as well as at least one House member, have created sites that masquerade as internet news pages.

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politi ... 84495.html


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:43 am 
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DCReport.org - A Dozen More Congressional Seats Move Left

By Jillian S. Ambroz

Everyone is working the math. Democrats need to pick up 23 seats to take back the House. Forty-three seats would give them a majority the Republicans now enjoy. The ram-legislation-through kind of majority. And each day it is looking like Democrats will win one of the two in November.

The Cook Political Report currently rates 60 Congressional seats as competitive; 56 of those seats are held by Republicans and four are held by Democrats. Of those 60 seats, 26 are considered toss-ups at the moment. But if we split the toss-up districts evenly down the aisle today, Democrats would pick up 19 seats.

https://www.dcreport.org/2018/07/16/a-d ... move-left/


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Centrist Democrats Want A Presidential Candidate To Take On Bernie. They Just Don’t Know Who It Is.

At a centrist Democrats’ conference in Columbus, Ohio, the burning question was how to create an economic message that could beat two people in 2020 who have crystal clear economic messages: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

When it came to who they hoped would run for president on that vision, though, many of the moderate Democrats in attendance had the same answer.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mo ... 020-bernie


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Centrist Democrats Want A Presidential Candidate To Take On Bernie. They Just Don’t Know Who It Is.

At a centrist Democrats’ conference in Columbus, Ohio, the burning question was how to create an economic message that could beat two people in 2020 who have crystal clear economic messages: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

When it came to who they hoped would run for president on that vision, though, many of the moderate Democrats in attendance had the same answer.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mo ... 020-bernie


It's Kamala Harris.


I'm glad I was able to straighten that up. :)


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The super rich boost political giving ahead of November's tough midterm elections

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Super-wealthy donors escalated their political giving this spring, led by Republicans racing to protect their party’s hold on Congress in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, a USA TODAY analysis of newly filed campaign reports shows.

Donors who have given $1 million or more in this cycle contributed $120.1 million to super PACs in the April-to-June fundraising quarter. That's more than twice the $58.8 million they donated during the previous three-month period.

Republicans accounted for six out of 10 of the biggest super PAC donors in the second quarter.

The biggest contributors: Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, who gave a combined $30 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is aligned with House Republican leaders.

“Our donors are excited with the results that Congress has delivered and the thought of Nancy Pelosi becoming speaker next year is scary enough to keep them up at night,” said Corry Bliss, who runs the Congressional Leadership Fund.

“That’s why our donors are giving money, and we are breaking every record,” he said.

The group has raised more money than any other super PAC in the first 18 months of the election cycle, $93.5 million, and is on track to exceed its $100 million fundraising goal for the 2018 contests by month’s end, officials said..............

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Omaha labor federation endorses Bob Krist's gubernatorial bid

The 20,000-member Omaha Federation of Labor announced its support Tuesday for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bob Krist, citing his legislative record of support for working Nebraskans.

"Senator Krist, unlike his opponent, understands what it is like for the everyday working Nebraskan in this state," federation president Mike McDonnell said.

https://journalstar.com/news/state-and- ... 182fc.html


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:13 pm 
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I have some remarks in general to make and maybe they resonate as "making sense".

There seems to be something very true in this article below. Republican-lite no doubt has a distinct odor about it, and hasn't it been tried long enough. Polls usually discount voters who don't show up to vote. The working class, the largest coalition, is under attack and all they need, all they got to have, is somebody with their issues to vote for. Bring them to the voting booths.

https://theintercept.com/2018/07/21/ber ... nt-welder/

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Though the first of two rallies held Friday was ostensibly in support of James Thompson, a candidate for Kansas’s 4th Congressional District, the gestalt of the day’s remarks was something bigger than any one race. The speeches — particularly Sanders’s — announced a unifying theme that felt too coherent to have been thrown together for a House primary or two. Individually, the remarks were compelling. Together, they comprised an unabashed declaration of post-partisan movement building — a rebuke to those in power who fetishize every identity-based division in order to diffuse the largest coalition in the country: the working class.


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“I thought this was a red state,” crowed Dennis Romero, head of the SEIU Local 513 who introduced Ocasio-Cortez as he looked out over the unexpectedly large crowds. Soon after, Ocasio-Cortez teased, “And they said what we did in the Bronx no one would care about it in Kansas.” The crowd roared. Kansas, she said, referencing the state’s rejection of slavery, is a “tipping point” for the nation. It might be a bit premature, but their confidence isn’t entirely unfounded.

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Centrist Democrats Want A Presidential Candidate To Take On Bernie. They Just Don’t Know Who It Is.

At a centrist Democrats’ conference in Columbus, Ohio, the burning question was how to create an economic message that could beat two people in 2020 who have crystal clear economic messages: Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.

When it came to who they hoped would run for president on that vision, though, many of the moderate Democrats in attendance had the same answer.

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/mo ... 020-bernie

There is no 2020...it does not exist.

It literally does not exist, if we dont do certain things in Nov, there is no 2020 and most centrist Democrats know this and want people to focus on the NOW

Not sure what a centrist democrat is, by the way...

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 5:56 pm 
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In a first, no voter caging in North Carolina so far this year. We're watching for it. Coincidence?

In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, ”you can observe a lot by just watching.” To which any self-respecting physicist might add: “...and by merely observing a system, you change it.”

It’s a lesson that has practical consequences far beyond the subatomic world of gluons and charmed quarks, or even the baseball diamond. It’s also a practical guide for voting rights defenders.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7 ... oincidence


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2018 6:30 pm 
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Salazar takes aim at Dilan’s tenants rights record in state Senate primary

In the 16 years since Martin Malavè Dilan was sworn in as a New York state senator, market-rate rents in the North Brooklyn communities he represents have skyrocketed, transforming parts of working-class neighborhoods, including Williamsburg and Bushwick, into playgrounds for mostly young, affluent gentrifiers. Dilan, a Bushwick native whose parents came from Puerto Rico, describes himself as a “champion” of tenants’ rights and a bulwark against abusive landlords – but he has repeatedly come under fire for accepting donations from real estate developers and landlords’ associations. And this year, his tenure may be ended by Julia Salazar, a community organizer and member of the Democratic Socialists of America, who also happens to be a transplant from Florida.

Salazar, 27, is part of a wave of young, progressive insurgent candidates – many of whom are women – taking on longtime Democratic incumbents in this year’s primaries. Salazar’s political career couldn’t be more distinct from Dilan’s. He came up in Brooklyn’s political machine under longtime county Democratic party boss Vito Lopez, served on the New York City Council for 10 years, and is running for his ninth term in the state Senate. She started her political career as a grassroots organizer and she works with groups like Jews for Racial and Economic Justice, Communities United for Police Reform and the DSA. Salazar is running to Dilan’s left, with a platform that includes single-payer health care, tuition-free public universities, expanding protections for undocumented immigrants and establishing universal rent control.

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In a first, no voter caging in North Carolina so far this year. We're watching for it. Coincidence?

In the immortal words of Yogi Berra, ”you can observe a lot by just watching.” To which any self-respecting physicist might add: “...and by merely observing a system, you change it.”

It’s a lesson that has practical consequences far beyond the subatomic world of gluons and charmed quarks, or even the baseball diamond. It’s also a practical guide for voting rights defenders.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/7 ... oincidence


I think that voter caging is slime bucket bad suff. Basic civility, it amounts to off color garbage when ever it raises its horrory head.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 1:59 am 
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Scoopy’s Notebook, July 19, 2018

S.B.J.S.A. parley: City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s office will be meeting with members of the group Take Back NYC on July 23 to talk about the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. We’re told one topic will be whether a special panel will be convened to look at and try to resolve any legality issues surrounding the long-stymied S.B.J.S.A. — before the expected hearing on the bill, which is reportedly set for September, or sometime in the “early fall.” Columbia professor David Eisenbach, who is a leading member of Friends of S.B.J.S.A., may or may not play a role in that process, but he will definitely be at the meeting. On the other hand, members of the Small Business Congress and the Coalition to Save NYC Small Businesses will not be there. It’s basically a case of “playing the inside game versus playing the outside game,” as Eisenbach sees it. The latter two groups (which are basically the same bunch of longtime business activists, we think), by coming out early on and charging that Johnson has “rigged” it so that the S.B.J.S.A. will either fail to pass, or only be approved in a watered-down version, are basically on the outs with Johnson, Eisenbach said.

http://thevillager.com/2018/07/19/scoop ... y-19-2018/

http://stoprebnybullies.org/contribute.php


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:14 am 
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Local voter machine concern ahead of Georgia primary runoff election Tuesday

A computer science professor at CSU is being very vocal about her voting machines concerns. She says the machines in Muscogee Co. are at risk of being hacked.

"If we lose faith in our fair election process then our democratic system will break down completely." says Dr. Lydia Ray, Computer Science Professor at CSU.

"I wanted people to know how easy it is to launch cyber attacks."- says Dr. Ray.

"Georgia is one of the five states that uses this direct recording equipment or DRE voting machines that don't produce a paper trail. So once a vote is cast there is no way to verify the vote or audit these votes. These DRE's are "hackable" in many different ways."says Dr. Ray.

Dr. Ray says those ways include hackers being able to change the vote-count.

https://www.wrbl.com/news/local-news/lo ... 1318409406


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:10 am 
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Bay Area’s Barbara Lee announces bid to lead House Democratic caucus

Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, on Monday announced she will run for chair of the House Democratic Caucus, making official what had been rumored for weeks following the surprise primary loss of the current chairman, Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.

Lee’s announcement makes her the second lawmaker to jump into the race for the No. 4 spot in House Democratic leadership. Her fellow Californian, Rep. Linda Sánchez, announced her bid last week.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/23/ ... ic-caucus/


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House Democrats vote to hold elections on or after December 5

(CNN) The House Democratic Caucus voted Tuesday to hold its elections on or after December 5, a move the gives members close to a month to organize and campaign for various leadership positions after the midterm elections.

Earlier this month, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recommended the elections be held after Thanksgiving, in keeping with the wishes of dozens of Democrats who wanted more time between the midterms and the leadership elections. In 2016, the caucus held its elections the week after Thanksgiving.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/07/24/politics ... index.html


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2018 Georgia Primary Runoff Results

http://www.wyff4.com/article/up-to-the- ... f/22515106


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Nevada could elect first-ever female-majority statehouse

RENO, Nev. — Nevada voters could soon make history by electing the country's first female-majority state legislature.

Women, after winning a record number of primary contests last month, could make up nearly two-thirds of the statehouse by Nov. 7, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/electi ... se-n894011


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This could be a Blue Tsunami instead of a Blue Wave

Kaiser Health Tracking Poll - July 2018: Changes to the Affordable Care Act; Health Care in the 2018 Midterms and the Supreme Court

Key Findings:

The July Kaiser Health Tracking Poll finds a candidate’s position on continuing protections for people with pre-existing health conditions is the top health care campaign issue for voters, among a list of issues provided. This issue cuts across voter demographics with most Democratic voters (74 percent), independent voters (64 percent), and voters living in battleground areas (61 percent), as well as half of Republican voters (49 percent) saying a candidate’s position on continued protections for pre-existing health conditions is either the single most important factor or a very important factor in their 2018 vote.

When it comes to the Supreme Court and possible future court cases, once again, continued protections for people with pre-existing conditions weighs heavy on the minds of the public. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) do not want to see the Supreme Court overturn these protections compared to half (52 percent) who do not want to see the Supreme Court overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more generally.

https://www.kff.org/health-reform/poll- ... eme-court/


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FOP of Ohio endorses Richard Cordray for governor

The Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, the state’s largest law-enforcement union with 30,000 members, is sticking with Democrat Richard Cordray.

FOP members today endorsed Cordray over Republican Mike DeWine for governor at their annual convention in the Cleveland suburb of Independence.

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180724/f ... r-governor


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Police want a Democrat, rump followers will now want to fire those police.

Blue tsunami, too late for SC and many many other judicial appointments. TOO late, damage done, Women and minorities are fucked for 50 years and that is IF we survive at all.

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