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Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:01:39 +0000

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Daily Kos Elections weekly open thread #2

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 20:01:25 +0000

The Specials — “Rat Race”


Donald Trump plans 100 days of bloody vengeance, promises to sue women who accused him

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:25:13 +0000

Donald Trump visited the site of the most memorable speech in American history on Saturday morning  to give a speech that in its way was also particularly memorable. Memorable partly for its darkness, over-the-top-invective, and warnings against zombie voters.

Trump, who has accused opponents of rigging the election against him, again raised the specter of voter fraud. He said — without evidence — that "1.8 million dead people are registered to vote, and some of them are voting."

But what Trump’s Gettysburg speech will be most remembered for is promises of sweet, sweet revenge. Billed as a “positive policy speech” with the “aim of putting controversy behind him and focusing on the actions of his first 100 days in office,” Trump instead rambled away from the TelePrompTer to rant about the system being rigged, about Hillary Clinton being a criminal somehow in cahoots with the FBI, and about the media “poisoning” American voters against him.

And it turned into promises to avenge himself against the media, against opponents and against those women brave enough to speak up about his past acts.

He also vowed to file lawsuits against the women who have accused him in recent weeks of inappropriate sexual behavior, saying: "All of these liars will be sued after the election is over."

As side notes, Trump promised to take away funding for climate change and make it easier to sue the media. Because what America apparently needs is lawsuits.

You may not remember that part of the Gettysburg Address where Lincoln said he’d jail his opponent and sue everyone who insulted him—because it wasn’t there. Trump made up for those omissions.


Daily Kos Elections weekly open thread

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:26:50 +0000

 Montell Jordan — “This is How We Do It”


Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 250: Justice delayed, and delayed, and delayed…

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 19:03:22 +0000

It's Friday, October 21, and Day 250 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 219 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy. 

While Senate Republicans are off trying to save their political asses, this is the ongoing result of their obstruction.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is offering new evidence that the short-handed court is having trouble getting its work done.

The justices have yet to schedule three cases for arguments that were granted full review in January, about a month before Justice Antonin Scalia died. The cases involve separation of church and state, class-action lawsuits and property rights, issues that often split liberal and conservative justices.

Those were likely cases Scalia was instrumental in convincing three other justices to hear, since it takes just four to agree to take a case. We'll never know for sure, because the court doesn't make those votes public. With Scalia there, a right-wing decision was guaranteed. Now the reduced court is almost certain to deadlock on these cases. So they're just putting off hearing them until the eventual time—possibly as far away as March, longer if John McCain has his way—that they've got a full court.

This is not sustainable. Had Republicans any principle at all, they'd recognize that. But they'd rather break everything than allow the country to function. 

Can you chip in $3 to each of these candidates to end Mitch McConnell's Senate leadership? 

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Marco el miedoso: Rubio backs out of Univision debate

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:52:14 +0000

Marco Rubio is using his skill at avoiding showing up to work, honed in the Senate, to his campaign. He's pulled out of a debate on Univision, and the network cancelled. Democrat Patrick Murphy's campaign disputes that, saying he's still willing to debate as long as Rubio gives up on his one, unprecedented condition—that the debate be in Spanish. Murphy campaign manager Josh Wolf emails this statement:

"Our campaign is continuing to work with Univision to make this debate happen, and for Senator Rubio to throw these kinds of misleading accusations around exposes his real goal: to avoid debates," said Murphy campaign manager Josh Wolf. "The goal of a debate is to allow the voters the opportunity to see a vibrant exchange of ideas between the candidates, but that will not be possible if the candidates are not speaking the same language.

"In 2010, Marco Rubio agreed to the exact parameters we are requesting, debating Charlie Crist and Kendrick Meek in English on Univision, so we were shocked that he no longer thinks that arrangement is reasonable. Whether it's a reaction to Marco Rubio's weak debate performance in Orlando or a decision to hide from his record of turning his back on Hispanic voters, it is clear his campaign does not want this debate to happen."

For the record, the 2010 debate was definitely in English. One of the ongoing themes of the Rubio campaign has been Murphy's refusal to agree to as many debates as Rubio wanted. This kind of blows that argument to hell. And it bolsters a blistering attack on Rubio from Murphy's stellar surrogate, President Obama, delivered Thursday in Miami. 

"That is the sign of someone who will say anything, do anything, pretend to be anybody just to get elected," said Mr. Obama, as he praised Representative Patrick Murphy, who is waging an uphill battle to unseat Mr. Rubio. "If you're willing to be anybody just to be somebody, man, you don’t have the leadership that Florida needs in the United States Senate."

That attack was focused on Rubio's ongoing support for Donald Trump, who Rubio called "a con man" and much worse. But it applies to pretty much everything Little Marco does. 

Can you pitch in with $3 to help Patrick Murphy (and President Obama!) oust Rubio?

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Russians trying to throw shade on our election ... wonder where they got that idea

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:02:10 +0000

Just when you think 2016 couldn't get any weirder:

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma has turned down a request from Russia to have personnel in the state to study the Nov. 8 election, Bryan Dean, Oklahoma State Election Board spokesman, said Thursday.

Louisiana and Texas received similar requests in an election in which the GOP nominee, Donald Trump, has said the election is rigged and others have alleged that he is in cahoots with Russia as it tries to influence the U.S. election in his favor. […]

Keith Gaddie, chairman of the Political Science Department at the University of Oklahoma, said Russia is "trying to throw shade on our election process."

It's absolutely what they're trying to do, as ham-handed as the effort is. Because the nation and the rest of the world will really believe that the U.S. elections system needs to be monitored by Russia? No, this is a sign that Putin has given up on the idea that he'll have his puppet Trump in the White House come January. The next best thing would be to delegitimize Hillary Clinton's presidency by pushing this "rigged" election claim. He wants to weaken her as president even before she takes office. Something that he has in common with the GOP.

It's not just these ridiculous requests to "monitor" our election. U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials are warning states "that hackers with ties to Russia's intelligence services could try to undermine the credibility of the presidential election by posting documents online purporting to show evidence of voter fraud." Our elections system is too diverse and mostly too antiquated for hackers to actually change the outcome of the election, so the best they can do is amplify Trump's "rigged" complaints. Manufacturing the voter fraud he's constantly carping about is one way to do it.

President Obama nailed this. He said Trump is "doing the work of our adversaries for them" when he suggests he won't accept the results of the election. That's the definition of "puppet" and Trump fits it to a T.

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Donald Trump to Judge Curiel: please don't let my groping mess up my grifting

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 17:00:01 +0000

It was already clear that Trump University is a complete scam. But since Trump University wasn’t an actual university, didn’t have a campus, and only kept students around until they’d turned over their last dime, you’d think there wouldn’t be a problem with Trump getting overly aggressive with Trump U “coeds.” 

However, Trump is now fighting to make sure he doesn't get his grope on his grift.

A decade-old recording of Donald Trump making crude comments about women may already have done serious damage to his presidential campaign, but now Trump's lawyers are trying to make sure that and other revelations about his personal behavior don't doom his defense at a civil trial set to begin next month over alleged fraud in his Trump University real estate seminar program.

In addition to keeping his brags about sexual assault off limits, Donald Trump also wants the judge to keep all those other messy little items that have turned up since people started taking a serious look at Trump.

Trump's attorneys also want to bar discussion of allegations that Trump may have paid no federal income taxes for as long as two decades, his personal charitable foundation, bankruptcies of various companies he owned or managed, and a series of comments he made alleging that Curiel was irredeemably biased because of his Latino background.

Oh, and Judge Curiel? All that “rapists and criminals” stuff, can we just put that behind, oh, let’s call it a wall. Is it too late to call it Scion University?

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Washed-up 'comedian' Joe Piscopo mulls bid to replace washed-up 'governor' Chris Christie

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:35:21 +0000

With termed-out Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings in the gutter in this blue state, the 2017 GOP gubernatorial nomination isn’t looking like an incredibly valuable prize right now. But Team Red’s prospects probably aren’t so bad that they need to just hand it off to former 1980s Saturday Night Live cast member Joe Piscopo. However, Piscopo reportedly met with Christie on Thursday about a possible bid.

When Piscopo is mentioned at all these days, he’s usually noted as a washed-up former C-list celebrity. But that would be to ignore his appearance as a holographic comedian in the awful 1988 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “The Outrageous Okona.” For a taste of how bad that whole affair was, here’s a portion of The A.V. Club’s review:

The first warning sign hits you in the opening credits: "Joe Piscopo as The Comic." You have to be a certain age to see that name and be horrified, but even if you don't recognize the presence of one of the eighties worst break-out comedic actors, your heart is sure to break once you realize why "Okona" needs a "The Comic." Data wants to be funny. And now he's going to take lessons.

So yeah, this guy should totally be governor of New Jersey.


President Obama brings the star power to close the deal for Senate Democrats

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:10:40 +0000

Senate Republicans have the Chamber of Commerce and, um, Trump. Senate Democrats have the elections weapon to beat them all.

President Obama has recorded a remarkable number of personalized television commercials for down-ballot Democrats to air across the country during the next two weeks.

“I will not be on the ballot, but everything we’ve done is going to be on the ballot,” he explained last week at a fundraiser for Ohio Senate candidate Ted Strickland. […]

POTUS will appear in closing TV spots for at least five Senate candidates and radio ads for two more: Florida’s Patrick Murphy, California's Kamala Harris, North Carolina's Deborah Ross, Pennsylvania's Katie McGinty, and Illinois’ Tammy Duckworth. He's on radio for Nevada's Catherine Cortez Masto and New Hampshie's Maggie Hassan.

The spot running for Murphy features Obama speaking directly to the camera in Spanish. He carried the Sunshine State twice and narrowly won in 2012 because of strong voter registration among Puerto Ricans. Marco Rubio's narrow lead can be chalked up, in part, to the fact he is over-performing Trump among Hispanics. "Gracias, amigos," the commander-in-chief signs off at the end.

You can watch that ad for Murphy below the fold. In addition, he's done radio and television ads for nearly a dozen House members, for several governors and candidates, and headlined 21 fundraisers for down-ticket candidates. It's his legacy that's on the line here, and he most definitely wants it preserved. There might be just a bit of revenge mixed in—can you imagine how could it would feel for him to see the Republican Congress that has obstructed him for six years ousted?

Can you chip in $3 to each of these candidates to turn the Senate blue? Do it for President Obama. 

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Sorry North Carolina GOP, the only voters you've suppressed are your own

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:09:02 +0000

North Carolina Republicans have done everything they can to restrict voting access for people they don't like (i.e. non-Republicans and voters of color, in particular). Remember that recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the state’s sweeping voter suppression law?

“The new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision” and “impose cures for problems that did not exist,” Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote for the panel.

Following that decision, many Republican-controlled Boards of Elections voted to slash early voting hours and locations, resulting in the long lines pictured above. But between the NC GOP's dogged efforts to turn people away from the polls, its reprehensible HB2 law, and Donald Trump, Republicans appear to have simultaneously motivated Democratic and Unaffiliated voters while demoralizing their base. This 2012-2016 comparison in returned early voting ballots as of October 19 represents a significant drop off in GOP ballots.


"Faced with a choice between one candidate they have been taught to despise and another they find appalling," writes the InsightUs blog, "it appears that over 40% of Republican voters are just tuning out."

Congrats to Gov. Pat McCrory and his fellow Republicans! These are some truly historic voter turn out numbers.


Chamber dumps Trump, tries to save the Republican Senate

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:02:17 +0000


The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Koch brothers' older cousin in owning the Republican party, has decided like the Kochs that their only hope is hanging on to a Republican Senate. So they're starting an ad campaign on the assumption that Hillary Clinton is president, stressing the need for a check on her power.

The ad from the US Chamber of Commerce does not explicitly say the group believes Hillary Clinton will be president, but the intent is to make clear to voters that possibility is very real.

"America's future is far from certain," the narrator says over a picture of an empty presidential debate stage, followed by one of the White House.

"But no matter who the president is, New Hampshire needs a strong voice in the US Senate," the ad continues, declaring that incumbent Sen. Kelly Ayotte works across the aisle to get things done.

This is the first ad of the cycle to basically acknowledge that Trump is toast, and to try to nudge Republicans down-ticket to dump him already. The first state they're running in is New Hampshire, because it is the "most needed" according to a source close to the chamber, says CNN. They will likely expand the ad to all the other states where Republicans are in danger. Because they really, really need a corporate-friendly Senate. With the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic conference on the ascendant, they're getting a little panicky.

Let's keep them panicked. Can you chip in $3 to each of these candidates to turn the Senate blue? 

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Democrats are racking up some good early voting numbers

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:56:25 +0000

Millions of people have already voted this year—close to 1 million in Florida alone—which means election observers have lots of tea leaves to read. If you read the whole cup of tea leaves at once, things look good:

Most of them voted during a period when Clinton had a national lead — a narrow lead, if they voted a few weeks ago or a large lead if they voted more recently. So while it's probably not a surprise that early vote tallies in several swing states show a shift to the Democrats since 2012, it still means that Clinton has a greater percentage of banked votes than President Obama did at this point four years ago.

State by state, there’s some definite good news:

Democratic early turnout has stayed steady in North Carolina compared to 2012, while Republicans have dropped by about 14,500. In Nevada, Democrats have a smaller early voting deficit today than they did at this point in 2012. And Democrats are slightly ahead in Arizona in the early vote so far, though they are lagging Republicans in the tally of how many Arizonans have requested ballots.

In Florida, Republicans hold a narrow lead in ballots returned, but at this point in 2008 they held a much larger lead.

There are also some places where it looks like Democrats need to make a push, like Iowa, where they hold a lead in ballots returned, but a smaller lead than at the same point in 2012. But then again, that’s still an early vote lead and, on top of it, Clinton has a pretty substantial electoral vote lead without Iowa, according to current polling.

It’s almost like investing in a ground game might have concrete benefits. But never mind that—let Donald Trump tell you about his rally size.

In many states, any registered voter can request an absentee ballot. Check to see if you can get one and vote early this year.


The RNC begs voters: don't listen to Trump, don't become polling place vigilantes

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:30:57 +0000

Donald Trump has been calling on his followers to monitor polling stations.

Warning darkly of a stolen election, Donald J. Trump has called on supporters to turn out in droves on Election Day to monitor polling places, telling them they need to be vigilant against widespread voter fraud and a rigged outcome.

The call has turned into Trump supporters #CodeRed where red-wearing Trumpistas plan to surround polling places to intimidate voters and also enter them as “observers.” Trump is especially encouraging his red shirts to go into minority districts …

“Voter fraud is all too common, and then they criticize us for saying that,” he said at a rally Tuesday in Colorado Springs. “But take a look at Philadelphia, what’s been going on, take a look at Chicago, take a look at St. Louis. Take a look at some of these cities, where you see things happening that are horrendous.”

Though it’s unclear if any of his supporters are willing to bring their bigotry and racism to places where someone might … object. 

While Donald Trump is constantly expounding on nonexistent voter fraud, the RNC has begun desperately calling on Republicans not to go through with it because there’s a deal in place that could be broken if Trump voters actually turn up to challenge voters, and overly zealous actions from Trump’s goon squads could end up costing Republicans more than just this election.

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Reince Priebus is still in the denial stage of grief over how terrible his candidate is

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:06:04 +0000

Donald Trump’s refusal to say he’d accept the results of the election has created an emergency for Republicans, and they’re having a little trouble finding a unified response. Some, especially incumbents in tight races, are distancing themselves. Others, like party leaders Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, are refusing to comment. And still others are insisting there’s nothing to see here:

“All he’s saying is, ‘Look, I’m not going to forgo my right to a recount in a close election,’ ” [RNC Chair Reince] Priebus said. “We accept the results as long as we’re not talking about a few votes where it actually matters. I know him. I know where his head’s at. . . . I promise you, that’s all this is.”

I don’t think that’s a promise you can make, Reince. This is not someone whose behavior you’ve had a whole lot of luck predicting or influencing to this point, so why would it be any different when he’s branded as a giant loser in front of the entire world? Rudy Giuliani has seemed a lot more in tune with Trump in recent weeks than has Priebus, and he ...

… argued that any Republican would be “stupid” to accept the integrity of results before they are known.

“Suppose she wins Pennsylvania by 50 votes,” Giuliani said. He speculated, without evidence, that Democrats would “steal a lot more than 50 votes in Philadelphia. I guarantee you of that. And I’ll tell you how they will do it — they’ll bus people in who will vote dead people’s names four, five, six times . . . or have people in Philadelphia paid to vote three, four and five times.”

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Republican congressman defends Trump: 'A lady needs to be told when she's being nasty'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:42:19 +0000


It takes a Trump supporter:

Republican Rep. Brian Babin on Thursday defended Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton "a nasty woman" at the final presidential debate, saying "sometimes a lady needs to be told when she's being nasty." […]

Appearing on the "Alan Colmes Show" on Thursday evening, Babin, a Trump supporter, was asked if he thought Trump's comment was appropriate.

"You know what, she's saying some nasty things," the Texas congressman answered.

Colmes asked again if the comment was appropriate, to which Babin responded, "Well, I'm a genteel Southerner, Alan." "So that means no?" Colmes asked.

"No, I think sometimes a lady needs to be told when she's being nasty," Babin replied. "I do."

He's a not-so genteel Texan. But that pretty much tells you how much of the Republican House—Trump's deplorables—is going to work with the nation's first woman president.

Can you chip in $3 to each of these House candidates? Do it for the nasty ladies.

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Donald Trump gets booed and heckled at Al Smith dinner

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:03:32 +0000

Cardinal Dolan joked that he was fighting off a cold after sitting in the iciest place on the planet, and there’s no doubt that being the one man barrier between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump had to be about as much fun as being the ump at a Yankees vs. Sox game seven. And that was before Donald Trump spoke.

The Al Smith dinner has a long-standing tradition of being about unity and gentle humor. The idea is to show that yes, we’re opponents in the campaign, but we’re all decent folks and there are higher goals than our personal ambitions. Only, Donald Trump never got that message.

Donald J. Trump began this quadrennial exercise in campaign humility and self-deprecation on Thursday by comparing himself to the son of God — just another “carpenter working for his father” in his youth.

Then, rather than moderate his position toward Clinton and try to find some semblance of a high road, Trump broke out lines better suited to his rallies.

Breaking with decades of tradition at the gathering once he took the microphone, Mr. Trump set off on a blistering, grievance-filled performance that translated poorly to the staid setting ...

Trump’s opening was so pretentious and un-funny, and his attacks on Clinton so out of the spirit of the occasion, that Donald Trump broke another tradition of the Al Smith Dinner. 

By the end, facing cascading and uncomfortable jeers from a crowd full of white ties and gowns, he had called Hillary Clinton Catholic-hating, “so corrupt” and potentially jail-bound in a prospective Trump administration. … 

Mr. Trump was being booed at a charity dinner.

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Morning Digest: Joe Arpaio could lose his election and his freedom

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:01:21 +0000

Leading Off:

Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff: It's hard to believe, but Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's decades-long reign of terror might finally come to an end next month. According to a new poll from the Behavior Research Center, conducted on behalf of several local Arizona media outlets, Arpaio trails his Democratic challenger, former Phoenix police sergeant Paul Penzone, by an astounding 15-point margin, 46-31.

And it's not just this one poll. A week ago, a survey from a Republican pollster found Penzone beating Arpaio 51-41, while several prior polls have also had Penzone ahead. Only an old Arpaio internal from back in August took the opposite view, and Republicans haven't coughed up any new polling since then.

What's more, not only could Arpaio lose re-election, he might also soon lose his freedom: On Monday, federal prosecutors charged Arpaio with criminal contempt of court for violating an agreement to curtail racial profiling by his department. If he's found guilty, he could face six months in prison. In a searing new editorial, the New York Times sagely observes, "'Contempt' is a fitting word for this long-overdue prosecution—not just contempt for the court, but for the people, for civil order, for justice."

But Arpaio will go down swinging, and even after spending millions on his own campaign, he still had a huge cash advantage over Penzone, $1.2 million to just $290,000, at the end of the most recent reporting period. And Maricopa County is still a pretty conservative place that almost always votes Republican. It's looking more and more possible, though, that voters there could finally make a different choice this November.


Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 10/21

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:01:37 +0000

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today's campaign news. Please note: This is a 2016 Democratic presidential primary-free zone. Friday, Oct 21, 2016 · 3:56:23 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer LA-Sen: On behalf of Fox 8 and Raycom Media, Mason-Dixon gives us our first independent poll of the November jungle primary in months. They show Republican John Kennedy and Democrat Foster Campbell grabbing the top two spots that would take them to a December runoff: State Treasurer John Kennedy (R): 24 Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell (D): 19 Attorney Caroline Fayard (D): 12 Rep. Charles Boustany (R): 11 Rep. John Fleming (R): 10 Ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke (R): 5 2014 Senate candidate Rob Maness (R): 3 The only other poll we’ve seen in the last month was an internal for Fleming that showed Campbell easily taking first place with 25 and Fleming, Boustany, and Kennedy tied for the second slot with 16 percent each. P.S.: While Duke’s 5 percent in this poll is thankfully pretty small, it was large enough to earn him a place in the Nov. 2 candidates debate. Friday, Oct 21, 2016 · 4:27:43 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer NJ-Gov: With termed-out Gov. Chris Christie’s approval ratings in the gutter in this blue state, the 2017 GOP gubernatorial nomination isn’t looking like an incredibly valuable prize right now. But Team Red’s prospects probably aren’t so bad that they need to just hand it off to former 1980s Saturday Night Live cast member Joe Piscopo. However, Piscopo reportedly met with Christie on Thursday about a possible bid. When Piscopo is mentioned at all these days, he’s usually noted as a washed up former C-list celebrity. But that would be to ignore his appearance as a holographic comedian in the awful 1988 “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Outrageous Okona.” For a taste of how bad that whole affair was, here’s a portion of The A.V. Club’s review: The first warning sign hits you in the opening credits: "Joe Piscopo as The Comic." You have to be a certain age to see that name and be horrified, but even if you don't recognize the presence of one of the eighties worst break-out comedic actors, your heart is sure to break once you realize why "Okona" needs a "The Comic." Data wants to be funny. And now he's going to take lessons. So yeah, this guy should totally be governor of New Jersey. Friday, Oct 21, 2016 · 4:52:55 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer NJ-Gov: And as Steve Kornacki reminds us, Piscopo mulled a 2005 gubernatorial bid as an independent. Friday, Oct 21, 2016 · 5:24:10 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer CA-44: The all-Democratic general election for this Compton seat has been a pretty quiet affair. However, Business Insider has an interesting report about why Greg Glassman, the CEO of the exercise company CrossFit, is getting involved, and why the two candidate’s differences when it comes to soda warning labels could make a real difference next month.  As Maxwell Tani writes, Glassman tried to lobby state Sen. Isadore Hall last year to convince him to drop his opposition to a legislative bill that would require some drinks with high sugar contents to carry a health warning label. However, Glassman says he became furious after Hall canceled on meeting with him twice without warning and refused to return his calls. Glassman soon learned that Hall was running for Congress, so he met with Hall’s opponent, ex-Hermosa Beach City Councilor Nanette Barragan. After learning that Barragan shared his views about[...]

President Obama: Trump 'doing the work of our adversaries for them'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:45:50 +0000

President Obama campaigned for Hillary Clinton today in Miami, Florida, and, boy, did he deliver. In an relaxed, upbeat, and funny speech, Obama rallied an exuberant audience of Florida voters.

He told the audience "we got to do it big, we got to leave no doubt," because "the Donald is already whining that the vote's going to be rigged before the game is even over." And he joked that "this is just about him worried that he's losing." But then he gets serious, very serious.

This is more than just the usual standard lie. Because when you suggest rigging or fraud without a shred of evidence, when last night at the debate, Trump becomes the first major party nominee in American history to suggest that he will not concede despite losing the vote and then says today that he will accept the vote if he wins, that is not a joking manner. 

I want everyone to pay attention here. That is dangerous. Because when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people's minds about the legitimacy of our election, that undermines our democracy. Then you're doing the work of our adversaries for them. Because our democracy depends on people knowing that their vote matters. That those who occupy the seats of power were chosen by the people. Even when your preferred candidate loses, even when you are the one who is running and you lose, you've got to see the bigger picture and say that here in America, we believe in democracy and we accept the will of the people.

You can watch below. After last night's soul-crushing display from Trump, and his astounding display today, Obama's speech was a perfect antidote. But it had a critical message. What Donald Trump is doing is dangerous, and he has to be defeated so soundly it'll make his head spin.

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Daily Kos readers push our candidates' fundraising past opponents in three key House races

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:35:11 +0000


With the help of YOU, three Daily Kos endorsed candidates surpassed their opponents in fundraising during the third quarter specifically because of contributions made by Daily Kos readers. Alaska's Steve Lindbeck, California's Doug Applegate and Pennsylvania's Christina Hartman all bested their competitors, but they couldn't have done so without your help!

Alaska-At Large

Daily Kos' Steve Lindbeck: $352,000

Rep. Don Young: $323,000

DK raised: $44,000


Daily Kos’ Doug Applegate: $605,000

Rep. Darrell Issa: $549,000

DK raised: $64,000


Daily Kos’ Christina Hartman: $352,000

Lloyd Smucker: $324,000

DK raised: $52,000

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Deborah Ross to North Carolina: 'Go to the polls and make your voice heard'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:52:13 +0000


Early in-person voting has started in North Carolina, and Democrat Deborah Ross is urging her supporters to get to the polls.

“I believe voting is a fundamental right that none of us can take for granted, and that our state and country are stronger when more people participate—not fewer. I fought to strengthen voting rights and protections in the State House. As early voting starts this year, I’m encouraging everyone to take a minute, commit to when and where you are going to vote, and then go to the polls and make your voice heard.

“It’s dangerous and extremely disappointing that the Republican nominee for President of the United States wouldn’t commit to accepting the results of this election. I hope Senator Burr will reject these harmful, inaccurate statements even if he continues to support Donald Trump and serve as an advisor to his campaign.”

Speaking of Sen. Burr, here's what he has to say about Trump's ongoing refusal to say he'll accept the results of the election: "I'm not worried about America's ability to conduct fair elections." Really going out on a limb there. And notice how he completely avoided that whole not-accepting-the-results-of-a-democratic-election thing? Another GOP profile in courage.

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Todd Akin shows how it could get much worse for Trump—and cost Republicans control of Congress

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:41:21 +0000

Donald Trump’s braggery about sexual assault sparked immediate outcry and condemnation from Republican Party leaders, with many pulling their support. Although House Speaker Paul Ryan didn’t reverse his endorsement, he said he’d stop defending Trump and told members of his caucus they were free to support or oppose the GOP’s nominee as they pleased. Many wondered if Trump’s meltdown would lead to a true landslide loss, but so far the polls don’t quite show it—yet. He trails by 6.7 points nationally in the Huffington Post Pollster average, virtually unchanged from his 6.4 percent deficit when the Access Hollywood tapes surfaced on Oct. 7. Still, with a little under three weeks to go, we can’t yet say whether things will get worse for Trump, since we simply have no modern precedent for a major party abandoning their nominee. However, there is one telling downballot precedent that offers many parallels: Missouri’s extraordinary 2012 Senate election. In that race, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill was unpopular with voters and faced a hostile electorate in a red state. It’s easy to forget now, but she narrowly trailed Republican Rep. Todd Akin at the time he won the GOP primary (with McCaskill’s now-legendary assistance). But soon after earning his party’s nomination, Akin’s campaign totally fell to pieces. On Aug. 19, he infamously defended a ban on abortions that allowed for no exceptions by preposterously claiming pregnancy could not result from rape. In lines that will live forever, Akin declared, “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” Amazingly, Akin’s shocking ignorance now manages to pale in comparison to all the countless offensive things Trump has said. Akin’s statement was more than outrageous enough, though, and it led his own party’s leaders to call on him to drop out of the race—not out of any moral conviction, mind you, but because they quickly concluded he’d destroyed his own candidacy. But the same kind of bull-headed stubbornness that McCaskill knew would benefit her if Akin became the GOP nominee also ensured that he wouldn’t step aside at the establishment’s behest, and his outside financial support dried up. As a result, many pundits immediately presumed Akin had rendered himself dead man walking, but—and this is the crucial point—the polls simply didn’t show it. Two weeks after “legitimate rape,” Akin only trailed McCaskill by 1 percent, according to the Pollster average. Even a full month later, he was behind just 3.3 percent, and on Election Day—two and a half months after his meltdown—polls “only” showed her 8.7 points ahead. You can see it all unfold in the chart below from Huffington Post. [...]

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 249: Really Republicans? You're still holding out for Trump?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:27:14 +0000

It's Thursday, October 20, and Day 249 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 218 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy. 

Last night was the final presidential debate, one in which Donald Trump definitively proved that he is completely unfit to be president of the United States. But let's just focus on one part of it, on the part that matters here: the Supreme Court.

Asked about their overall vision for the court, Clinton and Trump diverged wildly. Clinton began by talking about what she'll focus on: "Namely, what kind of country are we going to be? What kind of opportunities will we provide for our citizens? What kind of rights will Americans have?" 

Trump began by attacking a woman. "Something happened recently where Justice Ginsburg made some very inappropriate statements toward me and toward a tremendous number of people. Many, many millions of people that I represent and she was forced to apologize. And apologize she did. But these were statements that should never, ever have been made."

Then he got down to the key stuff. Or the key stuff for Fox News moderator Chris Wallace, anyway: guns and abortion. Because that's really what the Supreme Court is about in Republicanland. "The justices that I am going to appoint will be pro-life. They will have a conservative bent. They will be protecting the second amendment. They are great scholars in all cases and they're people of tremendous respect." Tremendous people who "will interpret the constitution the way the founders wanted it interpreted." Because Trump and only Trump can read the minds of the founders to determine that. He sure as hell isn't going to read anything they actually wrote to try to figure out their intentions. He'll let the Heritage Foundation do that work for him.

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New Patrick Murphy ad features Marco Rubio urging voters to 'make sure' Trump is elected

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:15:49 +0000

If there's one thing Marco Rubio can't escape, it's his continued support for Donald Trump. Patrick Murphy's latest ad starts with footage of Trump's rankest comments about being able to do "anything" to women and grab them by the "p***y," then cuts to a Rubio rally. "We have to make sure that Donald wins this election," Rubio emphatically tells the crowd. This ad caps a very good week for Murphy, who remains the underdog in the race. He finished off a clean sweep of the state's big four editorial endorsements with one from Rubio's hometown newspaper, the Miami Herald. Plus, a second poll this month put Murphy running behind Rubio by just two points. That's spitting distance. Overall, Rubio still leads by an average of nearly five points, but the gap could narrow as Hillary Clinton's hold on the state solidifies. Finally, Trump's unwillingness to accept the outcome of this election was like a bomb going off last night in each one of these down-ballot races. Murphy's ad is poised to amplify Trump's self-destruction.  Can you pitch in $3 to send Marco Rubio packing and turn the Senate blue? Do you live in a state that will determine the presidential race and/or who controls the Senate? Get involved this weekend in crucial door-to-door canvasses and phone banks. [...]

Donald Trump didn't just lose the debates. Hillary Clinton won.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:06:44 +0000

With all three 2016 presidential debates finished (phew), it’s time to step back a little and take stock. We know Hillary Clinton won all three. We know Donald Trump screwed up a lot. But the relationship between those two things needs to be given a little more attention. Clinton didn’t just win because Trump screwed up. Trump didn’t just screw up in a vacuum. As Ezra Klein argues: Trump’s meltdown wasn’t an accident. The Clinton campaign coolly analyzed his weaknesses and then sprung trap after trap to take advantage of them. The campaign may have done the analyzing and designed the traps, but Hillary Clinton had to personally spring them. She had to deliver lines intended to get under Trump’s skin without letting them look like attacks, so that his meltdown would be what stood out. And she had to do that while keeping her cool onstage with an abusive bully. And while being prepared to answer any question that might get thrown at her. That’s a tall order. But it’s not all Clinton had to do. She faced a set of additional pressures as a woman. We know how it goes. Smile, but not too much. Be warm, but don’t seem weak. Be passionate, but for heaven’s sake don’t raise your voice even a little. And Clinton somehow hit the magic balance throughout most of all three debates. She smiled, she laughed, she was serious and empathetic when the subject called for it, she did not back down, she was genuine and personable without sacrificing her formidable knowledge.  She couldn’t entirely avoid some people arguing she smiled too much or interrupted too much (even as she interrupted Trump nine times and he interrupted her 37 times). But those criticisms were remarkably muted in commentary on these debates compared with the primary debates or her speeches. This shouldn’t be a pressure Clinton faces as a woman, but it is, and she navigated it beautifully. Daily Kos is teaming up with Color of Change to mobilize black voters in crucial swing states, with groundbreaking texting technology. Click here to get involved from the comfort of your home. [...]

Fill your library with these Donald Trump book reports

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 18:17:14 +0000

During Wednesday’s debate, Donald Trump talked a lot, but not so much about the questions he was asked. On the few occasions when he was forced to say something not part of his standard talking points, he blabbered in a way that struck a lot of people like a sixth grader forced to stand before the class and give a capsule review of a book that didn’t come out of the backpack all summer.

For example, here’s Trump discussing the D.C. v. Heller case—and keep in mind that Trump has already been given the name of the case, knows that Hillary didn’t like the outcome, that the subject was the Second Amendment, and that Scalia’s was involved.

Well the D.C. versus Heller decision was very strongly, and she was extremely angry about it, I watched, and she was very, very angry when upheld, and Justice Scalia was so involved, and it was a well-crafted decision, but Hillary was extremely upset, extremely angry, and people that believe in the Second Amendment, and believe in it very strongly, were very upset with what she had to say.

Uh-huh. Answers like that inspired tweets like this from St. Louis Alderman and mayoral candidate Antonio French.


Which in turn produced an continuing flurry of #TrumpBookReport tweets that are sure to replace Cliff Notes as the go-to summary for those needing a bit of instant literary cred.

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Pro-Clinton Super PAC zeroes in on the one-word answer Kelly Ayotte will 'absolutely' regret

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:50:48 +0000


This is what happens when your party's presidential candidate is hemorrhaging votes so badly that his opponent's Super PAC turns its eyes down ballot. A brilliant ad comes forth to pinpoint what will become the most regrettable moment of GOP New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte's re-election campaign. 

Asked during an October 3 debate whether she would point her children to Donald Trump as a role model, Ayotte responded, "Absolutely, I would do that."

Clinton Super PAC Priorities USA has now revisited that moment in a devastating ad called, "No Principles"—the PAC's very first down-ballot effort. Kelly Ayotte has put forward an impressive display of mental gymnastics trying to find a perfectly electable position vis-a-vis Donald Trump. 

This ad renders all of those efforts moot. Given Trump's irredeemable tack over the past few weeks, "absolutely" will likely become Ayotte’s singular disqualifying moment of the race. Keep those ads coming.

Watch it below.

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Donald Trump calls on Hillary Clinton to resign, says he'll respect election 'if I win'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:41:24 +0000

At Wednesday night’s debate, Donald Trump refused to say that he would respect the outcome of the presidential election. It was astounding to everyone, but there’s good news this morning. Donald Trump says he will now accept exactly half the possible outcomes. 

We are going to do something that has never been done before in this country. Believe me. Ladies and gentlemen, I want to make a major announcement today. I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all of the people of the United States that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election if I win.

Yes, that is historic all right. Checking with the Federal Election Commission, Census Bureau, and National Weather Service, we can now confirm that Donald Trump has broken the record for divisive jackassery. It’s a record unlikely to be matched by another candidate (though Trump may break his own record at any moment).

As for the very, very good chance that Hillary Clinton will win on November 8, Donald Trump has a solution—Hillary should resign from the race.

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Nancy Pelosi to Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell: 'Silence is complicity'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:26:22 +0000


Now that Donald Trump has made his intentions regarding accepting election results clear, the fact that Paul Ryan isn't holding a press conference right now to denounce him just shows the GOP is beyond bankrupt. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi agrees.

“Last night, Donald Trump once again threatened the foundation of American democracy itself, and Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell can’t find the courage to stand by the sanctity of our electoral system.

“Never before in our history has a major party candidate refused to accept the results of an election.  The deafening silence of Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell only worsens the lasting damage that will be caused by this unprecedented assault on our values as a nation.

“Silence is complicity.  Evasion is unacceptable.  Speaker Ryan and Senator McConnell must make it unequivocally clear that they reject Trump’s horrifying attack on our elections.”

Crickets so far from "leadership." 

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From 'debunked' to denial, Donald Trump lies about sexual assault accusations

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:14:18 +0000

Donald Trump predictably spent Wednesday night’s debate lying on the subject of the nine women who say he’s sexually assaulted them. First, he claimed that “those stories have been largely debunked.” Then he denied having said things about the women that he most definitely said. Maybe Trump thinks “debunked” and “I denied it” are synonyms, but they’re not, and the women’s stories have not been debunked according to the traditional definition of the word. Sorry, but producing a guy who claims to have been on a plane with Trump and one of his accusers 35 years ago and to clearly remember that the woman was flirting with Trump and he wasn’t touching her? That is not debunking either. Even if the alleged witness didn’t have a history of making wild claims. But, okay. Nine women might have very believable claims about Donald Trump that line up with what Trump was recorded saying about his own behavior in 2005. They might have told friends what happened at the time of the assaults. But none of those assaults are on tape. What is on tape, though, is what Trump said about the women after they came forward. And Trump lied about that: Clinton: At the last debate, we heard Donald talking about what he did to women, and after that a number of women have come forward saying that's exactly what he did to them. Now, what was his response? Well, he held a number of big rallies where he said that he could not possibly have done those things to those women because they were not attractive enough for – Trump: I did not say that. Clinton: -- them to be assaulted. Trump: I did not say that. Clinton: In fact, he went on to say -- Wallace: Her two minutes. Sir, her two minutes. Trump: I did not say that. Oh yes, he did. And Clinton just happened to be ready with the quotes: He went on to say “look at her, I don’t think so.” About another woman, he said “that wouldn't be my first choice.” He said that. He absolutely said that. And when he lies about the accusations having been debunked, and he lies about this part of his treatment on women, something we can see for ourselves he’s lying about, why would he expect us to believe that he didn’t assault them to begin with? Does Donald Trump scare you so much that you want to vote early? Request an absentee ballot by clicking here. [...]

Wow, we could actually win this thing: New poll shows Sheriff Joe Arpaio losing by 15 points!

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:52:31 +0000


It’s hard to believe, but Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s decades-long reign of terror might finally come to an end next month. According to a new poll from the Behavior Research Institute, conducted on behalf of several local Arizona media outlets, Arpaio trails his Democratic challenger, former Phoenix police sergeant Paul Penzone, by an astounding 15 points!

Paul Penzone (D): 46

Joe Arpaio (R): 31

And it’s not just this one poll. A week ago, a survey from a Republican pollster found Penzone beating Arpaio 51-41. And not only could Arpaio lose re-election, he might also soon lose his freedom: On Monday, federal prosecutors charged Arpaio with criminal contempt of court for violating an agreement to curtail racial profiling by his department. If he’s found guilty, he could face six months in prison.

But Arpaio will go down swinging, and even after spending millions on his own campaign, he still has a huge cash advantage over Penzone, $1.2 million to just $290,000. It would be truly atrocious if America’s worst lawman could somehow snatch victory from the jaws of defeat by using his bank account to flood the airwaves. That’s why it’s on us to make sure Penzone has enough money to fight back.

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Thanks, Trump! Now all the Republican lies are exposed

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:20:06 +0000

A funny thing has happened on the way to the election—the lies Republicans have been getting away with for years are finally being exposed. Donald Trump's extreme, outrageous, and conspiracy-tainted lies are all just longstanding Republican lies, but exaggerated to such a ridiculous degree, he's helping discredit them. Voter fraud? How many times in the past two weeks have you seen traditional media report the statistic that there have been just 31 cases of proven in-person voter fraud in 14 years, out of 1 billion votes? Plenty of times, right? But what have we been hearing from Republicans for years? The threat of voter fraud is so great that they have to pass more and more restrictive voting laws to prevent it. That voter fraud exists has been taken as an article of faith by the traditional media and, as a result, the public believes that voter ID laws are necessary. But Trump's blown the lid off that, forcing even one of the stalwarts of voter suppression—Ohio's Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted—to debunk voter fraud myths and to rebuke Trump.  "I can assure him, as a fellow Republican, that it is not rigged," said Husted, who intends to vote for Trump. "I hope Donald Trump will focus on issues people really care about and not on issues that are not based on fact and undermine confidence in our democracy." Physician, heal thyself. Even Fox News—FOX!!!!—has debunked voter fraud, with reporter Peter Doocy quoting experts and a chyron reading "experts say voter fraud is rare." FOX!!!! It's not just voter fraud, though. How many times in the past three years have you seen headlines about "skyrocketing" Obamacare premiums? Trump's crazy claim in last night's debate that they "are going to go up over 100 percent" gives us this from the AP; an actual fact check on premium hikes. "A study this summer by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation looked at 14 metro areas with complete information and found premiums were rising in 12 of them. The average increase for a popular option called the 'lowest-cost silver plan' was 11 percent." Reporting! Facts! And the next time a Republican says premiums are skyrocketing, let's remember this. This might be the best gift from Trump, though. xThanks @realDonaldTrump for ensuring @HillaryClinton's call for the wealthiest to pay their fair share into #SocialSecurity is all over TV!— SocialSecurityWorks (@SSWorks) October 20, 2016 Well that and the civil war that's going to destroy the GOP. That's pretty good, too. Can you chip in $3 to help Hillary Clinton finish off the GOP? Conservatives want to stop people from voting on Election Day. Fight back against voter suppression by clicking here and signing up as a volunteer for Protect the Vote. Help make sure all Americans have the chance to cast their ballot. [...]

Step aside Paul Ryan, Hannity has announced your replacement as Speaker: Rep. Louie Gohmert

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:18:08 +0000

Fox News host Sean Hannity is all out auditioning to be chief correspondent of the loons once the new Trump-bart debuts. And first on the chopping block after Trump is roundly defeated by overwhelming majorities at the polls: Paul Ryan, whom Hannity called a "saboteur" of Trump's campaign. Allegra Kirkland writes: Speaking to the Washington Post in the spin room after the final presidential debate, the devoted Donald Trump ally hinted that the intra-party war between far-right conservatives and their more moderate counterparts would continue regardless of who wins the presidential race on November 8. Hannity told the Post that Ryan, who has offered only tepid support for the Republican nominee during the 2016 race, “needed to be called out and replaced.” Nice! Ryan, who hasn't even had the guts to disavow Trump, is now responsible for the miserable failure of a campaign Trump has run. Sorry, Paul. Hannity also had a lot of good ideas about members of the House Crazy Caucus who could unite the party (ahem) upon Ryan’s ouster: Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (chair of the Crazy Caucus), North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows (who devised the wildly popular 2013 government shutdown), and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert! LOL. Gohmert! The wackiest of the wack jobs, who has called Hillary Clinton "mentally impaired." Speaker Gohmert! ROFLOL. Can you pitch in $1 to each of our 14 House endorsees to help make sure sane people are running the House? Frustrated you don't live in a swing state? Now you can call swing state voters no matter where we live. Click here to sign up for a phone banking shift with MoveOn. [...]

Chris Wallace was truly the moderator from Fox News

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:02:33 +0000

Chris Wallace is getting some good reviews for his performance as a debate moderator, but let’s take a closer look, shall we? In part, Wallace is getting credit for Donald Trump having been slightly more prepared than he had been in the previous two debates. Early on, Trump was at least making an effort to talk policy (in that detail-free, lie-filled Donald Trump way) and avoid interrupting. It deteriorated as the evening went on and was always kind of a sham, but let’s not give Wallace too much credit for improvement on that front. And let’s take a look at his questions, shall we? Wallace was the moderator from Fox News, not just in title but in spirit. But if you need to know more than that, well: The Supreme Court is a question of guns and abortion and that’s it, in Wallace-world. He made free use of the propaganda term “partial birth abortion.” On the economy, Wallace claimed that Clinton’s plan “is similar to the Obama stimulus plan in 2009, which has led to the slowest GDP growth since 1949” and “is your plan basically more, even more of the Obama stimulus?” Dude. The stimulus came during a massive financial crisis and economic collapse. The problem was that the stimulus was too small to address the magnitude of the crisis … so if Clinton’s plan is “basically more,” then that’s a good thing. The stimulus did not lead to slow GDP growth—that was a result of the problems the stimulus was intended to address in the first place—it just didn’t lead away from a crashing economy quickly enough. Because, again, it wasn’t big enough. Wallace might get credit for getting Trump on the record that he won’t necessarily respect the outcome of the election—but having done that, Wallace proceeded with his questions as if it was business as usual. Those questions included an attempt to coach Trump into a semi-accurate answer on Syria:  Wallace: Let's turn to Aleppo. Mr. Trump, in the last debate you were both asked about the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, and I want to follow up on that because you said several things in that debate which were not true, sir. You said that Aleppo has basically fallen. In fact, there are — [...] Wallace: Well there are quarter of a million people still living there and being slaughtered. [...] Wallace: If I may just finish here. And you also said that Syria and Russia are busy fighting ISIS. In fact, they have been the ones who have been bombing and shelling eastern Aleppo, and they just announced a humanitarian pause, in effect admitting they have been bombing and shelling in Aleppo. Would you like to clear that up, sir? Mr. Trump, here are the specific things you got wrong. Care to take a second stab at it? That, though, was eclipsed by the moment in which Trump denied having advocated more countries, including Japan, getting nuclear weapons. Wallace’s response: Wallace: Okay. Here’s the thing. Trump didn't just say Japan should get nukes. He said it to Chris Wallace. And Wallace let his denial slide with a simple “okay.” But the final segment of the debate was the Fox Newsiest of them all: the national debt. Yes, we ne[...]

The GOP is at war with itself, and there's no way it survives intact

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:46:18 +0000

I’ve long tracked the split of the GOP into its three warring factions—establishment, religious right, and Tea Party. It is the split that gifted us Donald Trump, and it’s the split that will continue giving headaches to Republicans for years to come, as a new Bloomberg poll confirms

For starters, Paul Ryan has ended up on the short end of his feud with Trump:


Republicans are in no mood to indulge anything resembling sanity, even if it comes in Ryan’s fake respectability. The Trumpian approach to Republicanism has majority support inside the GOP. And there are no signs of that abating. 


Going back to our three buckets, Mike Pence (a quarter) represents the religious right, Donald Trump represents the Tea Party deplorables (a quarter), and Paul Ryan-John Kasich represents the establishment (a quarter). Ted Cruz is an odd duck, ingratiating himself with both the Tea Party and theocratic wings of his party (which is why he’ll be the GOP nominee in 2020 if Trump doesn’t run again). 


Trump whines! Declares that Fox News slipped Hillary the debate questions in advance.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:42:18 +0000

Donald Trump spent a lot of time in Wednesday night’s debate blaming the media for his failures, but now he’s adding a another name to his list of enemies. Here’s Fox News’s Chris Wallace as he introduced the final debate.

Wallace: For the record, I decided the topics and the questions in each topic. None of the questions have been shared with the commission or candidates.

Sounds clear enough. However, here’s what Donald Trump is tweeting this morning.


Trump’s rampant paranoia has led him to believe that even Fox is in the can for Hillary. Which is probably easier for Trump to take than the idea that Hillary is simply that much smarter, better, and more competent than he is.

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There is no 'Al Gore defense' against what Trump said

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:18:54 +0000

When your candidate has just made a basic assault on democracy, it’s understandable that some desperate ploys might get made in searching for an excuse.

But Trump’s surrogates say the Republican presidential nominee isn’t doing anything that hasn’t been done before — by 2000 Democratic presidential nominee Al Gore.

This is a great excuse—in Opposite Land. But Trump wasn’t asked what he would do if the results of the election were so close that there was no way to determine the outcome on the evening of the election.

Here’s what Trump was asked.

Mr. Trump…  You have been warning at rallies recently that this election is rigged and that Hillary Clinton is in the process of trying to steal it from you. Your running mate Governor Pence pledged on Sunday that he and you, his words, will absolutely accept the result of this election. Today your daughter Ivanka said the same thing. I want to ask you here on the stage tonight, do you make the same commitment that you will absolutely, sir, that you will absolutely accept the result of the selection?

And here’s what Donald Trump said in reply.

I will look at it at the time. I'm not looking at anything now I will look at it at the time. 

That’s nothing like what happened with Al Gore, not the night of the election. Not ever.

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What you need to know about debate fact-checks: Donald Trump lies. A lot. Tremendously. Big league.

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:06:25 +0000

Throughout the presidential campaign, from the primaries to the general election, Donald Trump has been a special kind of liar. So why would things change during the third and final debate of the campaign? Trump continued to lie an astonishing amount, according to fact-checks. He repeated his many-times-debunked claims to have opposed the invasion of Iraq and to have been endorsed by a government agency. He claimed that the stories of women who say he’s sexually assaulted them have been largely debunked, which they haven’t, and that he hasn’t said they weren’t attractive enough for him to sexually assault anyway, which he has definitely said. He made a series of outlandishly false statements on the Middle East. But as much as the content of his lies is important and eyebrow-raising, their frequency is maybe more noteworthy. 

So let’s look at a couple key numbers:

  • NBC News fact-checked 36 statements from the debate, 29 of them by Donald Trump. They found 25 of them to be some variation on false or wrong, with an additional “half right.”
  • The New York Times fact-checked 29 statements, 18 of them by Trump. Classifying the statements red, yellow, or green, Trump got two greens, seven yellows, and nine reds. By contrast, Clinton got eight greens, two yellows, and one red.

Every politician will get something wrong sometimes, or give an overly self-flattering account, or fail to parse their words in a way that makes fact-checkers happy. But Trump goes way, way beyond that. Every. Single. Time. He cannot make a public statement without lies, big and small, it seems. There’s something wrong with the man, and it would be something very wrong in a president.

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Trump refuses to say he'll accept the election results, Ryan and McConnell refuse to comment

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:05:40 +0000

The entire world is buzzing about one thing after last night's debate: Donald Trump's refusal to say he'd accept the results of the election. It's the lead story on all the morning news shows. It's been condemned by pundits and politicians alike—Democrats and Republicans. But from Republican leadership, well, we're still getting radio silence.

The top elected Republican in the land, House Speaker Paul Ryan, seems to be skipping ahead to 2020. The only thing out of him this morning is a campaign video about his "better way forward." One seemingly without Trump.


Oh, and a tweet about how awful Obamacare is.

How about Mitch McConnell, the Senate's Republican leader? 

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Just 10 mega-donors are responsible for one-fifth of all super PAC donations in the 2016 elections

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 14:01:25 +0000

A recent Washington Post report finds that a mere 10 mega-donor individuals or couples are responsible for a staggering 20 percent of the $1.1 billion that super PACs had raised in the 2016 election cycle by the end of August. Following the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling, these groups have been able to raise unlimited sums from individuals and corporations, but this fundraising total far exceeds the $853 million that Super PACs raised for all of 2012—and it doesn’t yet include the last two months of this year’s campaign. While most mega-donors lean heavily Republican, these top 10 had a mix of people giving to both parties. Chief among them for Democrats was environmentalist hedge-fund founder and Citizens United critic Tom Steyer. His net worth is approximately $1.6 billion, and he had given $38 million by the end of August. Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam, topped the list for Republicans, having given a combined $21.5 million. Sheldon Adelson is reportedly the world’s 22nd richest person, with a net worth of $32 billion dollars, roughly 20 times Steyer’s wealth. Independent Michael Bloomberg, the world’s eighth-richest person with an estimated net worth of $40 billion, has divided his $20.2 million between the two parties and various ballot measures. Conspicuously absent are Charles and David Koch, the two fossil fuel robber barons and frequent progressive boogeymen. However, the two brothers, who are tied for world’s ninth richest at nearly $40 billion each, have built up a massive fundraising network capable of spending hundreds of millions, rather than relying just on their own personal fortune. Many of the other top-10 mega-donors writing eight-figure checks unsurprisingly come from the world of finance and energy extraction, and it’s pretty clear what they’re getting for their money: a Republican Party completely beholden to their interests on deregulation. And even the Democratic Party often finds it needs these sorts of donors unless it wants to face a massive spending disparity. Citizens United isn’t responsible for everything wrong with our politics, but letting the ultra-rich dominate the conversation has done a lot of damage when their policy views are far out of sync with the general public’s. If every citizen’s voice should matter equally in a democracy, that simply cannot happen when one donor can write a check for tens of millions while most voters don’t—and many can’t—donate at all. Fortunately, if Democrats win the presidency and Senate in 2016, they are poised to install a new Supreme Court majority that could overturn Citizens United and allow us to start passing some meaningful new campaign finance restrictions. [...]

Daily Kos Elections 2016 forecast: These three states will decide control of the Senate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:31:26 +0000

At this point, it’s looking pretty clear that Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president. The Daily Kos Elections model currently gives her a​ 95 percent chance of winning the election two and a half weeks from now. Even if you don’t go in for all that fancy-pants modeling stuff and just want to look at the polls state by state, the fact that the states where we’re unsure about the results include Arizona, Georgia, and Texas … rather than Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Virginia … should tell you that the race is nailed down. (If you want to just look at crowd sizes and social media, I’m not sure there’s anything I can tell you that will help you at this point.)

Future President Clinton, however, would probably like to pass some progressive legislation once she’s in office, which would require control of both chambers of Congress. Failing that, she’d still like to fill the vacant Supreme Court seat right away, which will go a long way toward limiting gerrymandering, reviving the Voting Rights Act, getting big-donor money out of politics, and other actions that’ll help put us on track toward retaking the House in the 2020s. To do that, though (and to make other executive and judicial appointments without interference), at a bare minimum, we’d still need Democratic control of the Senate.

The Democrats do have better-than-even odds of controlling the Senate, but it’​s more perilous than our odds in the presidential race; we calculate that the Democrats have a 59 percent chance of holding 50 or more seats in the Senate, which gives them control so long as Tim Kaine can act as the tiebreaker. Basically, what it boils down to is that there are three races right at the tipping point, and are all tossups: Nevada, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. We need Democratic candidates to win two out of those three races. If you’re looking for a last-minute place to send your financial contributions, to do some long-distance phone banking, or, if you’re in or near those states, to do some in-person GOTV, these would be the optimum places to do it.


Morning Digest: Hillary Clinton's allies start spending to make sure she has a Democratic Senate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:01:22 +0000

Leading Off: ● NH-Sen, PA-Sen: With Donald Trump's numbers in the gutter nationwide, the well-funded pro-Hillary Clinton super PAC Priorities USA can devote some of its resources to ensuring that Clinton gets to work with a Democratic Senate. Last week, several media organizations reported that Priorities was readying ads in key Senate contests, and on Tuesday, they confirmed it. Priorities says that they'll launch commercials in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania tying Sens. Kelly Ayotte and Pat Toomey to Trump. The group did not say how much they'll spend in each state, or if they plan to get involved in any other Senate races. Polls show that while both Ayotte and Toomey are in tight races, they're still doing much better than Trump in their states. However, a recent DSCC poll argued that, when voters are informed that their GOP Senate candidate used to back Trump but only recently withdrew their support, Team Red lost critical support. Ayotte infamously spent most of the campaign saying she was voting for Trump, and only dumped him after his "grab them by the pussy!" video surfaced; Toomey continues to be evasive about who he plans to vote for in the presidential race.   Both Republicans are absolutely aware that if too many voters associate them with The Donald, they're in trouble. Toomey recently launched a strange ad where he halfheartedly noted that he has "a lot of disagreements with Donald Trump," though he didn't provide any actual examples. Ayotte and Toomey's Democratic foes, Maggie Hassan and Katie McGinty, have been airing their own ads tethering the two senators to Trump. Priorities has run some of the most effective commercials of the cycle that used Trump's own words against him. If they can use Trump's many awful comments to drag down Ayotte and Toomey, Democrats will have a lot to smile about on election night. [...]

Daily Kos Elections Live Digest: 10/20

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:01:31 +0000

Welcome to the Daily Kos Elections Live Digest, your liveblog of all of today's campaign news. Please note: This is a 2016 Democratic presidential primary-free zone. Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 · 3:43:12 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer LA-Sen: This week Abhay Patel, a Republican businessman, dropped out of the race and endorsed Rep. Charles Boustany. Patel aired a least one ad but he barely registered in the polls, so his departure probably won’t make much of an impact. Still, with polls showing a competitive race to reach the December runoff, even a very small boost for Boustany could matter. Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 · 3:51:09 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer Honolulu, HI Mayor: On behalf of Civil Beat, Merriman River Group is out with a survey giving Democratic incumbent Kirk Caldwell a 48-41 lead over Charles Djou, a former Republican House member. The poll was conducted before President Obama endorsed Caldwell in this officially non-partisan race. Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 · 4:23:45 PM +00:00 · Jeff Singer Nassau County, NY Executive, Oyster Bay, NY Town Supervisor: On Thursday, Republican County Executive Ed Mangano, his wife Linda Mangano, and Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, another Long Island Republican, were indicted as part of a federal corruption probe. Prosecutors allege that Ed Mangano and Venditto schemed “to solicit bribes and kickbacks” from a restaurateur who received “lucrative” government contracts. They also argue that Linda Mangano was paid $450,000 from the restaurateur “for performing little or no work,” and that she also made false statements. Both Ed Mangano and Venditto are up for re-election next year. Mangano unseated Democratic incumbent Tom Suozzi by 386 votes in 2009 in an utter shocker. In 2011, the state seized control of Nassau’s finances, and Suozzi soon kicked off a comeback bid. However, Mangano pulled off a 59-41 win in 2013. The two rivals fortunes have very much reversed this year. Suozzi is running for New York’s 3rd Congressional District, and national Republicans recently axed almost all of their ad reservations after polls showed Suozzi easily defeating Republican Jack Martins. (In 2006, Suozzi also badly lost the gubernatorial primary to Eliot Spitzer, whose own career dramatically self-destructed soon after. It’s almost like beating Tom Suozzi carries a horrible curse.) Venditto has been Oyster Bay’s town supervisor since early 1998. Despite his modest sounding-title, Oyster Bay is a large community of almost 300,000 people, and town supervisor is its top elected office. In 2015, Venditto[...]

Three-for-three: Post-debate polls declare Hillary Clinton the winner—again!

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:37:51 +0000

As they did both the first and second times, polls of debate watchers once again have declared Hillary Clinton the winner.


Hillary Clinton: 52

Donald Trump: 39


Hillary Clinton: 49

Donald Trump: 39

But even if Clinton wins the election just like she won all the debates, she's still going to need a Democratic Congress to get anything done.

That’s why you need to give $1 to each of our endorsed House candidates to make sure Clinton can enact the progressive agenda we’ve always dreamed of.


Final Presidential Debate: 'I will look at it at the time'

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:03:53 +0000

Before the debate began, the narrative was simple enough: Donald Trump’s biggest problem was his need to demonstrate steady leadership, while Hillary Clinton’s lead allowed her to play defense and take a cautious approach. That didn’t happen. Donald Trump didn’t present a reasonable face, because it’s not in his ability. Hillary Clinton didn’t take a timid approach, because it’s not in her nature. Instead, Hillary Clinton delivered the most forceful presentation of progressive ideas that America has seen in decades. She unabashedly spoke out for women’s right, did not shy away from defending Planned Parenthood, didn’t back away when pressed by either Trump or Wallace — and the two were often aligned — even when questions were framed in the most leading (and inaccurate) ways. Hillary Clinton left no doubt at all who was the toughest person on the stage. She was clear, confident, and absolutely a force of nature. And Donald Trump … was Donald Trump. As in the second debate, Trump started the debate biting his tongue and making an obvious effort to seem reasonable. But he couldn’t do it. Not for twenty minutes. Not even for the space of the first question, which ended with Trump’s graphic claim that aborted babies were “ripped” from the womb a day before they were due. And that was Trump’s high point. In the end, Hillary won on every issue. Every. Issue. She didn’t back down. Didn’t dodge. And seized the territory in every instance. This was particularly clear in the case of Wikileaks were, more than just coming up empty trying to convict Hillary via emails, Trump was left mounting a defense of Vladimir Putin, to the point where when Chris Wallace offered him an out, he couldn’t find it, and when Hillary called him a “puppet” of Putin, it hit like a ton of bricks. Trump fumbled on Mosul and ISIS, was caught out on the weakness of his economic plan, and was revealed as beyond shallow on every other point. When pressed over using Chinese steel in his hotel, and over not paying taxes, Trump’s answer was absolutely astounding—“you should have made me.” It was an amazing admission of selfishness on a grand scale. Far from playing rope-a-dope, Hillary went directly into Trump and landed blow after blow, while barely receiving a tap in return. In fact, there were a dozen moments in the debate where Trump delivered lines—“I didn’t even apologize to my wife”—that would themselves be memorable as massive, campaign-ending gaffes in most years. But none of that matters. None of it. Because there was an utterly disqualifying moment in this debate. No matter where you live, sign up with MoveOn to call voters in swing states from the comfort of your home. Get out the vote and take nothing for granted! [...]

Hillary Clinton gives full-throated defense of Planned Parenthood and reproductive freedom

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 01:57:11 +0000

At Wednesday night's debate, Hillary Clinton gave her complete and total support to Planned Parenthood—full stop:

It’s not only about Roe v. Wade. It is about what is happening right now in America. So many states are putting very stringent regulations on women that block them from exercising that choice—to the extent that they are defunding Planned Parenthood, which of course provides all kinds of cancer screening and other benefits for women in our country. Donald has said he’s in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. He even supported shutting the government down to defund Planned Parenthood.

I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade. And I will defend women’s rights to make their own health care decisions. We have come too far to have that turn back now. Indeed, he said women should be punished, that there should be some form of punishment for women who obtain abortions—and I could just not be more opposed to that kind of thinking.

Please donate $3 to help Hillary Clinton fighting for Planned Parenthood.


With the race in Kansas' 3rd District growing closer, we're upgrading our rating to Lean Republican

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:49:25 +0000

For the second time in little over a week, a Democratic poll sees a very close race in Kansas' 3rd Congressional District—and places the incumbent well below the 50 percent mark. On behalf of House Majority PAC, Global Strategy Group finds GOP Rep. Kevin Yoder leading Democrat Jay Sidie by just a 41-37 spread, while Hillary Clinton is bashing Donald Trump 44-35. That follows a recent DCCC poll from Garin-Hart-Yang that put Yoder up 44-40 with Clinton leading 52-42. Yoder's response to the latest survey didn't even try to address the numbers at all. Whined a spokesperson, "Washington Democrats are dumping millions in outside money into this race to try and steal this seat. We're going to continue to fight back against their lies and we are going to win." Weak. It is true, though, that Democrats have poured in a bunch of outside money: Just a few days ago, the DCCC reserved $1 million in TV time for the final weeks of the race to help Sidie. The committee's first ad yokes Yoder to deeply unpopular Gov. Sam Brownback, who sports a truly toxic 14-65 favorability rating in the new HMP poll. The spot's narrator says that Yoder "helped Brownback become governor" and "wrote plans to cut hundreds of millions from Kansas schools to pay for corporate tax breaks instead," the very thing that's made Brownback so despised. (Unsurprisingly, Sidie's own latest ad hits the same theme.) In a further sign of just how vulnerable Yoder is, the pro-GOP Congressional Leadership Fund is answering back with an $800,000 media buy of its own, though we haven't seen any actual ads from them yet. Yoder, meanwhile, began attacking Sidie immediately after the Democrat first started advertising late last month, and he’s continuing to take him seriously. Yoder’s newest spot stays on the offensive, accusing Sidie of being an "unlicensed and unregistered financial advisor, breaking Kansas law" who was "accused of cheating and defrauding a client, losing over a million dollars." (Sidie says he's exempt from the law and says that no action has been taken on the ethics complaint in question.) These are not the actions of a candidate—or party—who’s certain of victory. We're as surprised as anyone that a contest for a seat that Mitt Romney won by a wide 54-44 margin just four years ago is as competitive as this one, but Trump has done strange things to these elections. In particular, as we've noted many times, Trump has driven away scores of well-educated, affluent voters who were once reliably Republican, and this district is full of them. Brownback’s horrific approval ratings here also add an extra problem for Yoder that other congressional Republicans don’t have to deal with. Sidie still has a difficult "last mile," especially because Yoder still has a huge financial advantage. But with both parties spe[...]

National Democrats go on the offensive for Shelli Yoder in a red southern Indiana seat

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:31:17 +0000

House Majority PAC isn’t just out with a poll arguing that this race for this red southern Indiana congressional district is close, they’re actually putting their money where their mouth is and airing ads for Democrat Shelli Yoder.  We’ll start with their poll, which was conducted by Normington Petts. They give Republican Trey Hollingsworth just a 40-38 lead in Indiana’s 9th District; HMP did not include presidential numbers in their release. Two weeks ago, the DCCC dropped a poll showing Hollingsworth up 44-42, while Donald Trump led 50-43. Team Red never released contradictory numbers for that poll, and they have yet to respond to this one either. Romney carried this seat by a wide 57-41 margin and even disastrous 2012 GOP Senate nominee Richard Mourdock narrowly took it while he was losing 50-44 statewide, so this is not friendly turf for Democrats. However, Hollingsworth only moved to Indiana from Tennessee last year just before he launched his campaign, and Yoder has raised enough money to exploit his weakness. And she’s getting some help from House Majority PAC, which launched a $650,000 ad buy on Wednesday. Yoder has already been attacking Hollingsworth as a carpetbagger, and HMP continues the offensive. Right off the bat the narrator labels him “Tennessee Trey Hollingsworth,” and says that, “We know that dad’s money is trying to buy our congressional seat.” The spot goes on to accuse Hollingsworth’s company of getting Indiana taxpayer money while he was still living down south, and insists that he went to court to get out of paying Indiana property taxes. Hollingsworth may have an unappealing background, but he won’t lack the resources to fight back. Hollingsworth is wealthy and as the ad alludes, his father set up a super PAC to help him win the primary. The group, Indiana Jobs Now, recently dropped $174,000 in media placement for the general election, though we haven’t seen their new ads. It won’t be easy for Yoder to win on turf this red, but House Majority PAC’s poll and actions show that they believe she has a real shot. [...]

New poll shows Democrat Emily Cain leading Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in Maine's 2nd District

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:56:17 +0000

House Majority PAC is out with new numbers from Clarity Campaigns showing former Democratic state Sen. Emily Cain sporting a 47-43 lead over Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin. This northern Maine district is heavily rural, white, and working-class, meaning it’s been stubborn territory for Team Blue in 2016 despite a history of leaning toward Democrats. But Cain’s most recent internal had her up 46-45 two weeks ago, while Poliquin has failed to produce any contradictory numbers. Hillary Clinton’s campaign even recently devoted $250,000 to the district, with an eye toward boosting Cain. But even though Maine’s 2nd has voted for every Democratic presidential nominee since 1992, HMP’s poll also found the presidential race tied at 39-39 apiece. However, that’s a marked improvement from surveys several weeks ago, which found Donald Trump picking off the district thanks to his resilience with working-class whites. If that holds, a draw or even a Clinton victory here would make it much easier for Cain to prevail since she would not have to rely on as many Trump voters splitting their tickets for her. Both parties are treating this race as a top-tier contest, with Democratic groups having reserved $2.6 million in ads and Republican groups directing $3.7 million here. As part of that $3.7 million, the NRCC continues an appalling line of attack in a new ad that tries to slam Cain for supposedly wanting to fat-shame young girls by forcing schools to weigh them and report it to the state. The spot even shows several distraught-looking teenagers waiting in line to step on a scale. But the bill the ad actually refers to was one Cain sponsored to help fight childhood obesity by collecting data on it, and what the ad doesn’t tell you is that not only was any information gathered confidential, parents could also opt out—not that those details are going to stop the NRCC. After the last NRCC ad ran, Cain aired a spot accusing the GOP of “exploit[ing] the insecurities of teenage girls,” and also saying that, like many women, she’s struggled with her own weight. [...]

The contemptible Sheriff Joe Arpaio charged with being in contempt

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:02:54 +0000

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has repeatedly proven himself to be a repugnant human being who is uniquely devoid of ethical judgment. But as Arpaio runs for his seventh term of tyranny, he may have finally crossed the line from objectionable to illegal, writes the New York Times editorial board. On Monday, federal officials charged him with contempt of court. If the sheriff is found guilty at a misdemeanor level, he could go to prison for six months. The federal judge in a long-running racial-profiling lawsuit had told Sheriff Arpaio and his chief deputy in 2011 to stop abusing Latinos by pulling them over on suspicion of being in the country illegally, in the absence of any other charges. That is, for the sheriff to stop acting as a federal immigration agency unto himself. Naturally, he did not, according to the indictment. Arpaio's trial is set to commence in December, following the election. With any luck, he won't still be donning the star that he has wielded to take the law into his own hands. In fact, a recent poll shows his challenger, Daily Kos endorsee Paul Penzone, running ahead of Arpaio by 10 points. If you need a reminder of all of Arpaio’s deplorable misdeeds, the NYT's summation is below. Will you pitch in $3 to finally end the tyranny of Joe Arpaio and elect Paul Penzone?  Election Day is fast approaching, and we need all hands on deck! With the PCCC and Daily Kos, no matter where you live, you can call key voters in districts where progressive Democrats are in tight races. Click here to get started. [...]