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GOP Congressman Jim Jordan wants deputy AG Rosenstein to dismantle the Mueller's investigation

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:20:02 +0000

Republican Congressman Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan want deputy AG Rosenstein to dismantle the Mueller investigation . No congressman you might be a congressman in a small tiny district in Ohio congressman but you don’t have the power to control or  design the fate and destiny of this country . You don’t have the power to change Mueller’s future or Trump’s future. You are a con man and a devil just like Trump . Your wish will not be full filled. I know one thing for sure your political future and your future doesn’t look good . Trust me you will get kicked out from your district for no reason soon . You will pay for your crimes just like Trump. You will know why people suffer because they do evil things just like you. So you keep on doing whatever you are doing. I know what you  con artist said during the Hillary Email investigation. Now you want AG to stop the Mueller investigation so that you can sweep and hide all the crimes committed by the Trump under the rug. I can guarantee something your future doesn’t look good . I can guarantee the Justice will be served and you won’t be dancing around like this for long time .You have been lying ,  conning and trying to fool the Americans for long time with  your intimidation and with your loud mouth. I know you are trying to protect Trump and your fellow congressmen in 2018. Trust me congressman I can foresee your future and it doesn’t look good.  I know you want Mueller to stop the investigation because you don’t want him to send all of your friends and Trump to prison. I know you don’t want the American people to know the Truth whatever happened in 2016 when  Trump campaign colluded with Russia.  I know you want a second special council to distract the American people and hide and sweep all of the Trump’s crime under the rug. Trust me you evil con man congressman your desires and wishes will not be fulfilled. You will be very disappointed about what is going to happen to Mueller’s investigation and what is going to happen to your party and to your fellow congressman in 2018. Trust me. I can guarantee that you will be very very disappointed soon. You are an evil con Artists just like Trump and you are a worthless trash with a tiny brain. Your desires will not be fulfilled. No You dumb evil con Artists Congressman Neither DOJ nor FBI nor Mueller’s investigation is controlled and  run by your people. It is run by something beyond your intellect, you worthless trash. Neither Mueller’s fate nor the fate of the democrats are decided by your cheap attacks or by your small tiny brain or by any idiots. It is all something beyond your very tiny brain. You wanted congress to investigate Hillary’s emails. But now you want the AG to stop Mueller’s investigation and sweep everything under the rug. So Now you know why people like you end up in Rotten hell and suffer.  Justice will be served. Trust me Con Artist Congressman Justice will be served by the Creator of this Universe especially for you. You will get the Hell directly from the Creator himself . It will be delivered personally by the Creator of this Universe. Trust me congressman you don’t have any control over the destiny of Trump or destiny of the democrats. Your yelling and threatening at the AG is not going to change the fate of this investigation or the fate of Trump.  You have been lying to the American people for long time. You are a tiny devil with tiny brain but with a big loud mouth. The devil always gets destroyed and sent to Rotten Hell . Republican Jim Jordan pressed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday morning to appoint a second special counsel to investigate allegations of anti-Trump bias within Robert Mueller's team More The second-highest ranking official at the Justice Department stepped back into the national spotlight Wednesday to say he believes there's no good cause for firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller and that to date no one has asked him to remove the special counsel. More Republicans in Congress redoubled their attacks on the integrity of [...]



Veteran Recount Attorney Sees Little Chance for Moore 'Recount' in AL: 'BradCast' 12/13/2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 02:30:53 +0000

Guest: Election recount expert Chris Sautter of American University... On today's BradCast: It was an all too rare moment of good news, of late, for Democrats and, indeed, the nation on Tuesday, after what appears to have been a stunning upset by Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in Alabama's U.S. Senate Special Election. But Dems may not want to spend too much time celebrating. [Audio link to show is posted below.] Following Jones' apparent stunning victory on Tuesday, his highly controversial opponent has so far refused to concede or reportedly even speak to Jones. At the same time, despite Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's demand in 2010, when Democrats controlled the U.S. Senate, to wait to hold a vote on the Affordable Care Act ('ObamaCare') until Republican Sen. Scott Brown could be seated after his special election in Massachusetts, the GOP appears to be barreling ahead with their plan to vote on their radical and wildly unpopular tax scheme in the coming days, before Jones can be seated. That, even after McConnell had held a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court open for almost a year, claiming that "the American people should have a voice" in who would be the next Supreme Court Justice during the 2016 Presidential election. In the meantime, even after the voice of AL voters seems to have quite clearly said they want to be represented by a Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Moore suggested on Tuesday night that he may hold out for a "recount" of paper ballots processed by computer scanners across the state. AL's Sec. of State John Merrill told CNN Tuesday night that Moore has the right to do so, but election statutes in the state seem to say otherwise. We're joined today by veteran recount expert, attorney, author and professor CHRIS SAUTTER of American University, to discuss all of this. Sautter, formerly an adviser to Barack Obama, Bernie Sanders and many other Democrats, worked on the recount efforts by Al Gore in Florida in 2000 and Al Franken in Minnesota in 2008, among many other such efforts going back decades. "I've been doing recounts now since the 1984 [U.S.] House recount in Indiana that was ultimately decided by 4 votes -- still the closest House race in modern times," Sautter tells me. "One thing I've observed is that in the heart of the narrowly-defeated candidate lies the belief that he actually won or at least the hope that a recount will somehow salvage a victory. It's another way of describing denial in an election that is close, heartbreakingly close, for the loser." Sautter was also part of the team supporting the multi-partisan lawsuit recently filed in Alabama in hopes of forcing the state to retain digital "ballot images" created by their paper ballot computer scanners.  Those images, many election integrity advocates argue, can be useful for public oversight of results, particularly in states like Alabama which make it virtually impossible for citizens to oversee tabulation of paper ballots, and which simply rescan them through the same computers a second time in the rare event of a "recount". As we have been reporting, the transparency advocates who filed that lawsuit appeared to have won it on Monday afternoon, but by Monday evening, in a ruling that Sautter describes as "extraordinary" the night before the Election, the Sec. of State was successful in convincing the state Supreme Court to allow counties to destroy those "ballot images" altogether. Sautter offers insight, among other things, as to Moore's chances of success in a potential "recount" (and of being allowed to have one at all under state law); on the bizarre circumstances under which the AL Supremes reversed the lower court's "ballot images" ruling at the last minute without input from the plaintiffs; and how he and other election integrity advocates hope to take their fight for transparency nationwide in 2018. Finally, while Jones' apparent victory on Tuesday may have been good news for Democrats, Alabama, the nation as a whole (and even the Republican Party), we explai[...]



AZ-Sen: PCCC Helps Spread Viral Video Of Jeff Flake (R) Lying To Dying Man About GOP Tax Scam

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:28:59 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: x YouTube Video My name is Ady Barkan. I'm 33 years old, I have an 18 month old son, and until last year I was healthy. Then I was diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. I will likely need to be on a ventilator in order to live. I confronted Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) on a plane recently with the fact that the Republican tax bill could kill me and leave my baby fatherless. Click here to see the video millions have seen on MSNBC and CNN of what he said -- and help fight back against this Republican tax disaster. Then, sign the petition demanding Not One Penny in tax giveaways to big corporations. It is being delivered at events across the country. The American people are waking up to the life-and-death impacts of the Republican tax bill. It pays for huge giveaways to big corporations by taking healthcare away from millions of families like mine and slashing Medicare. xPart 1 of the #flakesonaplane saga @AdyBarkan tells his story to @JeffFlake, the swing vote on the #GOPTaxScam. pic.twitter.com/PPiuv5Rrc8— Liz - We're doing it (@lizjaff) December 8, 2017   Congress will vote on a final bill within the next 2 weeks. We can still defeat the Republican tax scam, but we're running out of time. We need everyone in this fight. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment. Donate $3 toward the organizing the PCCC and the Center for Popular Democracy are doing to fight this Republican tax disaster, including pouring thousands of calls into congressional offices, building crowds at rallies across the nation and, now, pressing to get Doug Jones (newly elected Democratic Senator from Alabama) seated BEFORE the next tax vote. Then, sign the petition demanding Not One Penny in tax giveaways to big corporations. For me and tens of millions of others, this tax fight isn't about politics -- it's a matter of life and death.Make sure Republicans in Congress know that Americans won't stand by while they sacrifice our health and our lives to pay for giveaways to billionaires and big corporations. Thanks for fighting back. -- Ady Barkan Click here to add your name. [...]



NV-Sen: Jacky Rosen (D) Fights Back Against Trump's FCC's Assault On Net Neutrality

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:01:28 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Jacky Rosen’s (D. NV) U.S. Senate campaign:

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Tomorrow, the FCC will force a vote on the fate of net neutrality. President Trump's FCC chairman wants to gut these rules, which currently guarantee a free and open internet for all.

Net neutrality protects consumers, small businesses, schools and hospitals. Repealing it would force people to pay cable and internet companies more just to avoid slower internet speeds. But if you're with me, time is running out to put a stop to this.

My opponent, Republican Senator Dean Heller, is siding with wealthy corporations and his campaign donors by opposing net neutrality.

Please speak out before tomorrow's vote. Add your name now to tell the FCC: Protect net neutrality >>

Thank you,

Jacky

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Does Doug Jones's win portend a wave election like Scott Brown's did in 2010?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:09:01 +0000

On January 19, 2010, it was Democrats who were stunned, trying to pick up the pieces of their agenda and figure out what Republican Scott Brown's Senate win in the solidly blue state of Massachusetts would mean for the midterms.

We don't have to wonder about that outcome. President Obama famously calling it a "shellacking," in which Republicans picked up a net total of six seats in the Senate and 63 seats to win back control of the House.

But any Democrat who remembers that feeling that the bottom might be dropping out is now likely likely aflutter with potential for 2018 after Doug Jones’s almost unthinkable win in Alabama Tuesday night. The good news is that generic ballot (i.e. predictor of likely election outcomes) is looking pretty good for Democrats. While a new Monmouth poll released Wednesday put that generic ballot at +15 for Democrats, the FiveThirtyEight average of polls currently shows Democrats with a +11-point advantage.

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That margin exceeds the +8 advantage David Wasserman at Cook Political Report has estimated Democrats need to win back the House in 2018.

Other indicators of course include Democratic v. Republican enthusiasm and Donald Trump's popularity, which is not only tanking nationally but sat at a stunning 48-48 approve/disapprove among Alabama voters according to exit polls, with only 32 percent saying they "strongly approve" of him while 41 percent said they "strongly disapprove." 




FL-Sen: Bill Nelson (D) Fights Back Against Trump's FCC To Protect A Free & Open Internet

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:01:50 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s (D. FL) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D. FL)

Tomorrow, the FCC is expected to vote to GUT net neutrality.

If approved, this reckless plan will end the free and open internet as we know it – allowing internet service providers to decide what websites and services consumers can access.

I'm fighting to stop this radical plan, but with this vote quickly approaching, time is running out.  

We need you to join us and make your voice heard right now by signing our petition to tell the FCC: Protect net neutrality!

Click here to tell the FCC to protect the free and open internet.

Thanks,

Bill

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Open primaries? Thanks but no thanks

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:45:07 +0000

  I agree with Bernie on a lot of things (get the pitchforks). Yes, we should get out of the Middle East and other regions where we do more harm than good. Yes, we should rein in Wall Street. Yes, we should not get in trade deals that are transparently written so that corporations can subvert local laws. Yes, we need strong unions. And yes, we need infrastructure improvement across all of America. Even the part whose people will consider infrastructure as part of some conspiracy to herd Christians into gas chambers or whatever the big conspiracy will be on InfoWars.

What I don’t agree with is the idea of open primaries. Open primaries, for those who don’t know, is a system where you can select the candidate who will be on the party’s ballot in the general election whether or not you’re a member of that party (with the caveat that you can’t vote in the other party).

The reasons why I’m against this are twofold:

1. Security

David Clarke, pictured above, says things Nazis say. From everything he’s ever said, it’s clear that he won’t be happy until criticizing police in any way shape or form is punishable by summary execution. Here’s the dirty secret: He’s a Dem. How did somebody like that get on the Dem ballot in a heavily Dem county? The open primary. GOPers hopped in and forced the Nazi on the ballot against the wishes of actual fucking Democrats.

Open primaries are a security risk. There is no reason to give the Nazis an extra avenue for dirty tricks. If I have to choose between risking a Nazi getting under the Dem banner or missing out on some “enthusiasm” from independent voters who will more likely than not, stay home if their preferred candidate doesn’t get on the ballot as an act of “protest,” I’ll take keeping the Nazis off the ballot.

2. Fairness

Let’s say you look for a roommate. Two guys show up but one guy says you hurt his feelings somehow.  You may not have and he’s just being a hypersensitive little twit. Either way, he leaves and the other guy stays. But the guy who left the house decides to tie up the phone lines and tell you two what your house rules should be.

To me, that is what the “I want to vote in the Dem primary without actually registering as a Democrat” people sound like.

How hard is it to register as a member of the Democratic Party, really? You go to your election office, and on the form where it says “Which party are you a member of?” And you put a checkmark under the Democrat box. If voting in the Democratic Party’s primary is that darn important to you, you’ll do it.

And if a person doesn’t want to perform the simple act of putting a checkmark on a piece of paper, either because he’s too lazy to research the issues, or because he wants to maintain his smug “I’m above party politics” hipster bullshit routine, then he shouldn’t his opinion shouldn’t matter in comparison to the people who have.

You don’t like the people being nominated? Join the party. Stop expecting us to send you a gift basket when you won’t even show up.




ME-Sen: Angus King (I) Keeps Up The Momentum To Stop Trump's FCC From Killing Net Neutrality

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:48:35 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Angus King’s (I. ME) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Angus King (I. ME)

The Federal Communications Commission is on the verge of making a monumentally bad decision for our country: repealing the agency’s net neutrality rules.

This would mean an end to the internet as we know it. Right now, net neutrality means that finding the information we want is essentially a matter of typing the right words into our search bars. If this repeal goes forward, the internet would be divided into “fast lanes” and “slow lanes,” with speed and access sold to the highest corporate bidders.

This repeal would give telecommunications companies full power over your online experience, enabling them to limit your access to content – or charge you more to see what you want to see. It would let telecom companies sell internet the way they sell cable bundles, as opposed to allowing you the full, open access to the web that you enjoy now. We can’t let this happen.

The FCC’s vote is happening December 14, which means we have only a narrow window in which to make our voices heard. Will you join me in speaking up for net neutrality?

Please hurry and add your name: Tell the FCC to protect open, free and fair internet.

I really can’t overstate what’s at stake here. The open internet has transformed what business looks like in America. It has transformed what college can look like. It has transformed what communities look like and how we connect and communicate with one another. It’s a major force in 21st-century life and a driver of our economy, and all those benefits are wrapped up in – you guessed it – net neutrality.

This proposed repeal threatens to stifle innovation and slow the creation of new businesses, hurting individuals and delivering a huge blow to our economy. All that to serve the interests of big corporations? No, thanks.

I’m hoping you’ll join me by signing this petition and voicing your support for protecting net neutrality. Let’s stop this ill-conceived plan in its tracks.

Add your name to tell the FCC not to repeal net neutrality.

Thanks for making your voice heard.

Angus

Click here to add your name.




I refuse to get co-opted into the Doug Jones euphoria

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:00:09 +0000

From a derelict media to a party that fails to see that there is a problem with our electorate that must be actively solved before anyone in this country can govern for the people. To be clear, one must be happy for the Doug Jones win. It tells the faithful that for a change the best person, a perceived Progressive can win. But the underlying numbers should scare. The numbers in the Doug Jones win is pathetic x x YouTube Video My first blog post after Doug Jones win titled "Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican pedophile Roy Moore but hear this …" pointed out the most significant fear. The exit polls sadly reveal something that should be concerning to the entire country. 52% of white women and 62% of white men were comfortable to vote for the misogynist, sexist, xenophobic homophobe Donald Trump. Worse, in Alabama, 63% of white women and 72% of white men were comfortable to vote for the alleged pedophile Roy Moore. Nothern and southern Alabama, white rural strongholds did not vote in numbers as did the black middle of the state. Blacks overperformed making up 30% of the votes while only 26% of the electorate. Likewise, whites underperformed. The sleepers are but time bombs as many were in the right areas for Donald Trump. America is a white country. Forget about the demographic information that many are feeding us about the browning of America by 2050 or whenever. If Democrats are to have a governing majority the browning of America will not come fast enough. I tried to make that case in a piece I wrote several years ago titled "White People Not “Latinos” Will Be The Real Swing Vote For The Foreseeable Future" that tries to bust the myth. I pointed out the following. Democrats need to take this time and understand who the real swing voters are. White people will be the only swing voter in America for the foreseeable future. As such it is in the best interest of Democrats that as Republicans start fighting for Latinos (likely the white ones), Democrats start fighting to bring more white men (and women) into their ranks. A party perceived to be the party of minorities is not viable. Many will balk at that statement, specifically black women who have been the one group that the Democratic Party can depend on for near 100% loyalty. The problem is one cannot escape the numbers game for a governing majority. Only a governing majority can create the systemic changes this country needs from health care to a new economic system. Until we transform America where Americans finally realize that race is but a social construct designed to control the masses, we must be in the game accordingly. Democratic activists must use psychological tools and methods as indicated in books like Drew Westen's "The Political Brain" and Thomas Frank's "Listen Liberal" to start re-expanding the party. Articles like Daily Kos article “The demographics that fueled Jones' win in Alabama will eventually sweep the nation” is a snapshot of the present. My concern with articles like this is that it makes many Progressives sit back with the belief that demographics will answer systemic problems, some that are just as racial on the Left as they are on the Right. In fact, on the ground, I am seeing formerly reliable Progressives buy into some of Trump’s narrative as they are hit economically. The Republicans played a psychological number on us all with their continuous enactment of the Powell Manifesto. Unfortunately, to date, Democrats have yet to respond appropriately. Let us get busy. [...]



Winning the Unwinnable

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:36:00 +0000

I heard stories of my father being a feisty pitcher back in the day. He went on to become an Iowa High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame baseball coach for his time leading Mason City Newman and Nevada High Schools. In 1983, he was hired to be the head baseball coach at Morningside College (a small liberal arts school here in Sioux City, Iowa) where he went on to coach for almost thirty years. There are many things he has passed on to me throughout the years, but the two that helped me play professional baseball and are relevant to beating Steve King are fiery competitiveness and a strategic mind.      Being around sports my entire life, I understand what it takes to pull off an upset. It’s about preparation. It’s about using your strengths and exploiting your opponent's weaknesses. It’s about how you react when you get punched in the face. It’s about having the heart and the mentality that you’re going to win regardless of what other people think. And it’s about luck. Not blind luck, but the type of luck Thomas Jefferson was describing in the paraphrased, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”     That’s what we saw in Doug Jones and his campaign in Alabama. The last time that seat was up for election, the Democrats didn’t even field a candidate, and Jeff Sessions won with 97% of the vote. This year, the Democratic Party had a good candidate who ran a great campaign. He suffered a couple of blows but persevered, and put himself in a position to get lucky.     That’s also what we saw in the Iowa State Senate special election in my district last night. We had a great candidate in Todd Wendt. We witnessed the power of fired up Woodbury and Plymouth County Democrats. We saw what happens when you combine that passion with a well executed game plan. Although we ultimately didn’t win, it resulted in a 30 point shift from the 2016 presidential election.     So where do we go from last night? In baseball, there’s an expression that “momentum is tomorrow’s starting pitcher.” Our campaign is putting itself in the position to defeat Steve King. A great example of that is Friday when Steve King tweeted that “Diversity is not our strength.” we seized that opportunity and gained 3,000 new followers on Twitter. As I’ve said before, tell me this race is unwinnable, tell me Steve King is unbeatable, and that only adds fuel to my fire. And I will tell you that I have felt the energy and the buzz in this district and together we can make the seemingly impossible happen. This campaign is about beating Steve King, but our movement is about much more than that. It’s about re-establishing the Democratic Party in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District by having a vision for this district and invoking the voice of the working class. Join our movement, and together we’ll be celebrating once again in November! Standing Tall for All, J.D. Scholten J.D. Scholten is a fifth-generation Iowan, a paralegal, a former professional baseball player, and the Democrat challenging Steve King in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. You can show your support for J.D. Scholten’s campaign against Steve King in several ways: Follow the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube. Learn more about the campaign and sign up for email updates:www.scholten4iowa.com Volunteer with the campaign: www.scholten4iowa.com/… Contribute to the effort to dethrone Steve King: www.scholten4iowa.com/... [...]



AL-Sen: DFA Goes After Mitch McConnell (R. KY) Demanding That Doug Jones (D) Be Seated Immediately

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:23:54 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America:

Doug Jones just won a massive victory against Roy Moore and Donald Trump. But Republicans are trying to undermine the election result -- by refusing to seat Doug Jones in the Senate.

Mitch McConnell and Trump are trying to rush the horrible tax plan through Congress, in order to give rich people and big corporations a huge tax cut while raising everyone else's taxes. They only have 52 seats in the Senate. With Doug Jones' victory, Republicans are down to just 51.

So McConnell's plan is to refuse to seat Doug Jones until after the Senate approves the final version of the tax plan -- and news reports this morning say Republicans are ready to pass it.

Senate Democrats are fighting back. Elizabeth Warren, Jeff Merkley, and Kamala Harris have stepped up to demand that Doug Jones be seated immediately. If he's not, then they insist the Senate should not take any votes on legislation -- including the tax plan.

Will you stand with them? Sign the petition and tell the Senate: Seat Doug Jones immediately -- and refuse to take any votes until he is seated.

There's precedent for this. In 2010, when Republican Scott Brown won the special election for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat, Democrats held up Senate business until Brown was seated -- as Mitch McConnell demanded.

And as former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander pointed out, Congress has routinely seated election winners even before the election results have been certified.

Doug Jones has clearly won this election and his margin of victory is well beyond the threshold for an automatic recount. There's no reason to delay giving Doug Jones the Senate seat he just won.

But Mitch McConnell is planning to delay -- unless there is a national outcry. He knows that once Doug Jones officially becomes a Senator, he may not have the votes to pass the horrible tax plan.

The voters have spoken: it's time for Doug Jones to take his seat in the Senate and cast what could be a deciding vote against this destructive, reckless, greedy, tax plan. Will you help?

Sign DFA's petition and tell the Senate: Seat Doug Jones immediately -- and refuse to take any votes until he is seated.

Thank you for standing up to Mitch McConnell's scheming.

- Robert

Robert Cruickshank, Senior Campaign Manager
Democracy for America

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Take your Bow Ms. Manigault-Newman…

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:27:52 +0000

The coincidence is not lost on me that a black woman either quit or as most believe was relieved of her duties the day after 98 percent of Black female Alabamians put the first Democrat into statewide office in twenty-five years. The irony is also not missed that a black woman with the title of Outreach Liaison for the White House, with a special charge to African Americans, Omarosa Manigault-Newman is leaving the White House having failed to persuade in two southern states, Virginia and Alabama, Black women to vote for a Republican and the furtherance of the Trump agenda. Having no sense of irony or coincidence, Donald Trump, whom Ms. Manigault-Newman once said, “More importantly, every critic, every detractor will have to bow down to President Trump,” fired a woman who looked like his biggest opposition.  I want this moment to be an object lesson to the Democratic Party and its stubborn refusal to admit that Black women are the current backbone of the caucus. Exit polls showed that somewhere between 94 and 98 percent of Black female voters cast a ballot for Doug Jones in Alabama last night. This dogged insistence that Democrats chase, the white working class ‘Mitch from Gulchditch,’ is fruitless and I was never more convinced of that than watching the interviews of white Moore supporters over the past 6 weeks.  In the buildup to the Alabama Senatorial race, every excuse and kitchen sink was thrown, including biblical comparisons to Mary and Joseph, to the unsuitable lack of purity of Alabama women past their teens.  All to find some lasting excuse for the alleged pedophilia of failed candidate Roy Moore. Cell Phone company logic…   The Democratic Party must stop treating its most loyal customers like longtime cell carrier dupes.  Nothing is more galling than listening to sales being offered to new customers, like free phones, multiple line deals and almost pleading appeals to attract people away from their old service providers. Meanwhile, loyal customers who have paid their bills faithfully are discarded, with no such offers, for the lure of the new guy who may stiff them on the first billing period.   Democrats are obsessed with the idea of constructing new cells towers in places that only want landlines.  Time after time in the post-game coverage of the Alabama election, I listen to pundit after pundit ask, how do Democrats reach those 65 percent of white woman who voted for more of Moore? I agree that is a large chunk of the electorate, and ripe for the right message; but the Democratic message is not what they want, racism and misogyny are not on the list of liberal options.  Senator Cory Gardner of the NRSC [ National Republican Senatorial Committee] played phone tag with ‘Mitch of Gulchditch,’ when he issued a statement saying, “I hope Senator-elect Doug Jones will do the right thing and truly represent Alabama by choosing to vote with the Senate Republican Majority.” With that statement, the Republicans have staked out their position to Black voters, suppression and disrespect.  Gardner is saying to Jones, ignore your base come with us. Time and his Senate voting record will tell the tale of Doug Jones -- I hope he does not get his signals crossed. Vote in 18’ for Continued Change [...]



Monmouth Poll Has Trump At Record Low 32% Approval, Democrats Have 15 Point Edge Over House GOP

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:09:18 +0000

More good news today courtesy of Monmouth University’s newest poll: Donald Trump's current job approval rating is the lowest registered in the Monmouth University Poll  since he took office, with the biggest drop coming from independent women. Most voters think that the president has not been successful at moving his agenda through Congress and feel his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel will destabilize the Middle East. Monmouth's initial generic House ballot match-up for the 2018 election finds Democrats holding a 15 point advantage over Republicans. Pres. Trump's current job rating stands at a net negative 32% approve and 56% disapprove. This marks his lowest rating in Monmouth's polling since taking office in January. Prior polls conducted over the course of the past year showed his approval rating ranging from 39% to 43% and his disapproval rating ranging from 46% to 53%. The decline in Trump's job rating has come much more from women - currently 24% approve to 68% disapprove - than from men - currently 40% to 44%. In September, Trump had a 36%-55% rating among women and a 44%-42% rating among men. The gender gap in the president's rating crosses party lines. Republican women (67%) are somewhat less likely than Republican men (78%) to give Trump a positive rating. These results are down by 9 points among GOP women since September and by 5 points among GOP men since the fall. The biggest drop has occurred among independent women - just 14% currently approve of Trump's job performance, which is down by 25 points since September. Among independent men, 31% approve of Trump, down 10 points. Democrats' ratings of Trump have held steady at just 8% approval among Democratic men and 7% among Democratic women. "This result is not good for the president, especially coming off the loss of his endorsed candidate in the Alabama Senate race. Republicans have to be worried about being dragged down by the weight of Trump's negatives in 2018 if this trend continues," said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. In a look ahead to 2018, Democrats currently hold a 15 point advantage on the generic Congress ballot. If the election for House of Representatives were held today, a majority (51%) of registered voters say they would vote for or lean toward voting for the Democratic candidate in their district compared to 36% who would support the Republican. In counties that Trump won by at least 10 points in 2016, voters prefer Republicans for the House by a relatively small 48% to 41% margin. Democrats, not surprisingly, are in the driver's seat in counties that Hillary Clinton won by at least 10 points, with a 65% to 23% advantage. Democrats have a slight 43% to 40% edge over Republicans on the generic House ballot in "swing" counties where the 2016 presidential margin of victory was less than 10 points. Other poll results show that only 24% of Americans feel the country is going in the right direction while 66% say it is headed down the wrong track. Public opinion of the U.S. Congress continues to lag behind the president at 16% approve and 65% disapprove. Just over 4-in-10 (42%) feel that Trump has been at least somewhat successful in getting Congress to pass his legislative agenda, while a majority (53%) say he has not been successful. This result is slightly better than the 36% successful and 59% not successful opinion recorded in September. After last night, I am even way more excited about next year’s midterms. Stay tuned. [...]



A Democrat in every Texas State House race, FINAL

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:20:25 +0000

Texas Democrats have a candidate filed in each of our congressional races, an amazing achievement from a hopelessly red state. We have filled 133 out of 150 races for state house, where the nuts and bolts of Texans’ lives have real and direct impact. After a decade of Rick Perry and Greg Abbott posturing for national approval by refusing to accept the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, it’s not that difficult to point to our shameful maternal mortality rate and worst percentage of uninsured children in the developed world as cause for real and immediate change.

Here’s our MAP! Zoom in and you’ll find photos and links to candidates’ fundraising sites as they are made available. Holler if you catch any glitches!

https://demprecincts.org/tx-house-2018/

Congress by the numbers:
Seats Contested of 36
# of Candidates
36 (100%)

Texas House by the numbers:
Seats Contested of 150
# of Candidates
133 (89%)

Texas Senate by the numbers (comparable to 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2014 when 15 seats are up):
Seats Contested of 15
# of Candidates
14 (88%)

Texas Democratic Party Candidate Recruitment Director Cliff Walker issued the following statement:

“Folks from all walks of life sense there’s a sea change coming, and that now is the time to fight to save Texas. They aren’t just riding the wave, they’re building it.

“Texas Democrats are already making history in 2018. We set a new record for the number of candidates recruited for Congress, Texas House, and Texas Senate in modern history.

“The Republican establishments in Austin and Washington D.C. are a threat to our families and the progressive movement is fighting back.”

Nowhere is change more evident than in the race for HD82, where 24-year old activist Spencer Bounds is challenging 50-year incumbent and ALEC champion Tom Craddick (R-Midland). It is fitting that in a blue wave election year that Craddick could lose to an upstart the exact same age as he was when first elected to the Texas House in 1968. Spencer’s energy has been contagious in west Texas, (help him out!) where he helped in recruiting another young gun, 25-year old Armando Gamboa in HD81.

Texas can flip for a generation if these young energized down-ballot candidates can connect the dots on how government can positively impact their lives and future generations. They would be smart to craft an inclusive yet unabashedly progressive message that does more to challenge disenfranchised and apathetic voters than it does the inflexible rear-guard priorities of the GOP.

It’s okay to be a Southern Democrat. It’s a fine day to be a Southern Democrat.




KY-06, NJ-11 & PA-06: VoteVets Doubles Down On Helping These Female Veterans Take Back The House

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:59:15 +0000

Received this e-mail today from VoteVets:

Last night's result in Alabama was incredible. The kind of victory that is enough to let you to believe there is a light at the end of the tunnel -- that anything is possible. 

And to have it come after a morning in which Donald Trump sunk the stature of his office to a new low with a sexually suggestive tweet about Senator Gillibrand ... the win felt good.

But let's not stop now. Let's send a message to a president and his party that coddles sexual abusers and harassers. And one way we can do that is by electing a handful of progressive, women veterans who will take the fight to Trump.

Split a $3 donation between VoteVets and the campaigns of progressive veterans Amy McGrath, Mikie Sherrill and Chrissy Houlahan. Nothing would make Trump more upset than strong women who will stand up to him in Congress.

Last night's win proved that we can win anywhere. But that's only possible if we all chip in and do our part. Help us send these three terrific veterans to Congress.

All my best,

Jon Soltz 
Iraq War Veteran and Chairman 
VoteVets

Click here to donate to these Democrats’ campaigns.




AZ & NV-Sen: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D. OR) Helps These Two Women Take Back The U.S. Senate

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:28:57 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D. OR) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D. AZ) & Rep. Jacky Rosen’s (D. NV) U.S. Senate campaigns:

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HUGE news this morning.

Thanks to the the people of Alabama, with a big assist from grassroots activists like you, Doug Jones is coming to the Senate.

And that means control of the Senate is very much in play for 2018.

We need to flip two more seats to take the Senate. And we have two strong candidates, in Arizona and Nevada, to do it.

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Please chip in today to help Kyrsten Sinema win in Arizona and Jacky Rosen win in Nevada and help take back the Senate!

We've been reminded lately how important it is to have strong women in the Senate. We started the comeback in Alabama last night. Let's finish it next November in the Southwest.

Please chip in today: let's send Kyrsten Sinema and Jacky Rosen to the Senate.

It's on!

Jeff

Click here to donate to Sinema and Rosen’s campaigns.




The Art of Midterm War: The Importance of Attacking Areas Like Alabama

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:08:04 +0000

Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense whose opponent does not know what to attack. -Sun Tzu, The Art of War If it is one thing that I took away from last night’s victory for Doug Jones in Alabama’s special Senate election, it is the value in Democrats attacking, investing in these deep-red seats, even when they have almost no expectation of winning. For awhile now, I have thought about the partisan political battles of the United States, more in the sense of a traditional military war. You will see the concept of thinking in terms of war and battle utilized a lot in political strategy and talking points, such as the aptly named Infowars, but I think the rhetoric does not often display much actual military-style thinking. I am no expert, I have never been in the military or anything, but after reading Sun Tzu’s The Art of War long ago, I have found that thinking quite compelling. How then, can we utilize this thinking, in preparing for the 2018 Midterm Elections? The 2018 Midterms represent many tiny battles — all the seats in the House of Representatives, control of the Senate, as well as state and local elections too many to count. Much like a conventional war, there are two sides, the Democratic and Republican Parties. Each hold significant ground, but also want to make significant captures of enemy territory. Each side has key weaknesses and advantages. For instance, we can think of the Republican Party as being the larger army, with more resources represented by the dark money that funnels in from their wealthy fundraisers. They hold more territory at the start of the conflict, but that also means they have the most to lose. So, this is the lay of the land, for me. Being the outnumbered and outgunned side, Democrats should work to even that playing field. Here are my overall themes of why I think one of the overall strategies of the Democratic Party should be attacking deep-Red seats, like the one that was just fought in Alabama. Attacking deep into Red territory seems to diverge from conventional political wisdom, as we have seen national Democratic organizations abandon such areas, rather than invest any resources. Obviously not a fortress in a literal sense, as Democrats can most surely send a million dollars to a deep-red district as easily as a deep-blue one. But, these seem like the most impregnable fortresses, where the calculus does not show that Democrats will win very often, if any at all. Still, I believe it is worth investing into attacking these areas: even if the battles may not result in many Democratic victories on paper, it aids the overall strategy of weakening the enemy. Being perceived as a strong fortress can be a strength as well as a weakness. Not only does it mean that it is hard for Republicans to lose, but on the remote off-chance that they do lose it, it would be catastrophic. One need only look at how the Alabama Senate race turned out to see this in action. We also saw similar trends in the special elections in Kansas, Georgia, and Montana. When Democrats threaten these strongholds, it is perceived as an existential threat on the Republican Party itself, and they have no choice but to invest far more than they otherwise would have. Who would have thought that Republicans would have to spend as much as they did, in what is essentially their own backyard? But invest they did. First, there were the millions poured into the campaign of Luther Strange during the GOP primary. After Roy Moore won, they pretty much had no choice but to back him as their candidate,[...]



AL-Sen: Sen. Kamala Harris (D. CA) Puts Pressure On Senate GOP To Seat Doug Jones (D) Immediately

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:03:54 +0000

Received this e-mail today from my U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D. CA):

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Hi, Team —

Last night, the people of Alabama rejected the politics of bigotry and hate and elected a progressive Democrat to the U.S. Senate. It was an historic night and a powerful reminder that Democrats can win anywhere in 2018.

But before we can take a break and celebrate our victory, we have a problem: Republican leaders are planning to wait until January to seat Doug Jones — after we vote again on their tax plan.

This is an outrage. Doug opposes this plan to give massive tax breaks to the top 1% and strip health care from millions of Americans. He should get to vote on it.

Sign the petition to demand Doug Jones be seated in the U.S. Senate as soon as possible — before we vote again on the tax bill. Alabama voters deserve to have their voices heard in this fight.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said just a few weeks ago that we should “let the people of Alabama make the call” in this race. Well, they did — now Republicans need to give that will a voice in the Senate.

So much is at stake in Washington right now — from the tax bill, to net neutrality, to the urgent issue Doug mentioned in his victory speech: the ongoing fight to save health care for nine million lower-income kids.

There is no reason other than craven political opportunism to delay seating Doug and that’s why we need to put pressure on the Republicans today before they get away with this:

Click here to sign our petition demanding Doug Jones be seated in the U.S. Senate before we vote again on the tax bill.

Last night was a tremendous victory in the fight for the best of who we are as a country and if we continue to do the hard work over the next year, I believe next holiday season we'll be celebrating a Democratic and progressive Congress.

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senate, California

Click here to add your name.




This is what democracy looks like in New York's 2nd District

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:49:45 +0000

I am a New Yorker, community organizer, and non-profit leader.  I’m not a career politician. I am proud of my Long Island roots, international work, and uniquely American story.

My grandparents were immigrants who moved to Long Island to escape the Russian revolution and build a better life for their children. Inspired by their example, I have spent my entire career fighting for working families both at home and abroad.

I have forged partnerships between nonprofits, government, and businesses to lobby for paid family leave, improved healthcare access, and government transparency. I’ve worked to restore economically depressed communities around the world, helping farmers use technology to negotiate prices and grow their businesses and holding the use of international aid funds more accountable.

While serving as a UN Women’s Global Champion, I started the #IAmParent campaign to bring attention to and share stories about the need for paid parental leave. My current representative, Peter King, has voted against that repeatedly -- and that’s not all.

King voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would have left 74,000 people in our district without care. He voted to allow coal companies to dump waste into our waters. Whatever the issue at hand may be, he is on Trump’s side.

In the wake of the 2016 election, I founded the New York’s 2nd District Democrats group. We’ve grown to nearly 2,500 Long Islanders involved in grassroots politics: making phone calls, registering voters, and engaging our communities to best effect change.

More than half of our Congressional representatives are millionaires who don’t represent middle-class American families, and only 19% of Congress is female. To change Congress, we need to change the people we send to Washington to serve us.

Visit www.liubaforcongress.com to learn more about my campaign. I hope to earn your support, and help take back the House in 2018!




Celebrate Doug Jones' win in Alabama ... and fight to make it matter starting now

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:54:09 +0000

”Democrats are jubilant—and newly confident about 2018—as Alabama delivers win on Trump’s turf,” the Washington Post headline reads. Jubilant, yes. Newly confident? Let’s try to keep it to “cautiously optimistic and with renewed energy for the fight ahead,” okay?

Long before we know what Doug Jones’s win in Alabama says about the 2018 elections, he will be in the Senate, reducing the number of votes Republicans can afford to lose as they push their bills through. That’s big:

“It’s a hard thing to generalize since Moore was such a singular figure,” said David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. “The practical implication in the Senate is that the Republicans’ margin slips to 51 seats, and it’s now very difficult for [Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell to navigate. Democrats will certainly have a role to play in moderating any legislation that comes through.”

The Alabama results also throw fuel on the fire of the Republican civil war:

“You’ve got to have a good candidate and unified party. You can’t have Steve Bannon going one way with Trump and the Republican Senate committee going another way,” said Ed Rollins, an adviser to the pro-Trump Great America Alliance super PAC. “It’s going to make everything more difficult. Everyone is going to start panicking.”

There’s a lot to celebrate. There’s a lot of work to do—looking toward November 2018 and stopping the Republican tax bill now. Take a little while for jubilance, and then channel that energy into those fights and the dozens of others congressional Republicans will present us with in the coming months.




Trump lost the Election in Alabama , Congratulations Democrats

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:41:33 +0000

First of all, I want to congratulate Mr. Trump, Wise man Steve Bannon, Fox News and Sexual Predator Roy Moore. You Mr. Trump did it again. You were so amazing. Mr. Trump without your help democrats would not have done this. You Mr. Trump deserve all the praises for your hard work.  You Mr. Trump without your sexual misconduct, without your lies, without your deception, without your flip flops, without your manipulation, without your corruption, without your conflict of interest , without your collusion with Russia, without your Hollywood Sex tape, without your sexual abuse these democrats would not have done this.  I have a special congratulation for the FOX News Fake Judge, Evil witch Jeanine Pirro . As Professor and Saint Steve Bannon said you Judge Jeanine Pirro will a have special place in Rotten Hell. Special congratulations for Trump defenders and Trump supporters on this forum. Now let’s get serious.  People in Alabama have spoken in Alabama last night. So I want to congratulate all the women in America. I want to congratulate all the women who were abused by the sexual predators. This is your victory.  I like to congratulate all the volunteers, all the campaign staffs, all the African American people, all the young people, all the college students, all the Latinos, all the people who contributed money and everyone who voted in the election. This is your victory.  I also like to congratulate Doug Jones. Democrats since the devil is destroyed he doesn’t have the power to deceive the American people anymore. Its all over for Trump. Trump, You are a loser and you will remain to be a loser forever. Trust me Trump. You are not getting anywhere. In a stunning setback for the Republican Party, Democrat Doug Jones was elected Alabama’s next senator Tuesday, flipping a deeply red state after a campaign that showcased the increasing power of sexual misconduct allegations and the limits of President Trump’s political influence. More Alabama earthquake: Democrat Jones wins Republican Roy Moore is defeated in a huge blow for President Donald Trump and his former strategist Steve Bannon. More Alabama election: Doug Jones scores stunning win, but Moore won't concede [...]



Noted Left-Wing Blog USA Today Scorches Occupant In Editorial

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:43:51 +0000

It’s been an amazing night for Democrats and for women!  Cheering!  And now there’s more. USA Today tonight posted this editorial. Quote of the day: A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.   This editorial was written in response to this despicable (but entirely predictable) tweet from the Occupant today: xLightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017 (I blocked him some time ago, but here we are.) xWe won't be silenced. pic.twitter.com/Di2J4hvn1R— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017 xYou cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017 More from USAToday: And as is the case with all of Trump's digital provocations, the president's words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment.  e (snip) Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed. It should surprise no one how low he went with Gillibrand. When accused during the campaign of sexually harassing or molesting women in the past, Trump’s response was to belittle the looks of his accusers. Last October, Trump suggested that he never would have groped Jessica Leeds on an airplane decades ago: “Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you.” Trump mocked another accuser, former People reporter Natasha Stoynoff, “Check out her Facebook, you’ll understand.”  Other celebrities and politicians have denied accusations, but none has stooped as low as suggesting that their accusers weren’t attractive enough to be honored with their gropes. (snip) The nation doesn’t seek nor expect perfect presidents, and some have certainly been deeply flawed. But a president who shows such disrespect for the truth, for ethics, for the basic duties of the job and for decency toward others fails at the very essence of what has always made America great. There’s a reader poll at the end of the editorial.  Currently more than 92 percent of readers “strongly agree.” As we saw in Virginia last month, Democrats nationwide are FIRED UP.  We are working elections!  We are seeing historic voter turnouts.  We have an historic number of number of women running for office: xThere are now 354 women running for US House in 2018 (291 Democrats & 63 Republicans, for 435 seats). In the 33 US Senate races at stake next year, there are 38 women running (25 Democrats & 13 Republicans). This is unprecedented (and long overdue).https://t.co/Y590u7i8oM— Al Giordano (@AlGiordano) December 5, 2017 When women step up, we win. Congratulations, SENATOR Doug Jones!  And thank you, S[...]



Victory in Alabama is Bigger than Most on DKOS Realize

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:32:08 +0000

One of the pernicious problems living in a one-party, soviet style state like Alabama, is the strong social pressure on people to vote identity. It is not socially acceptable to be a white Democrat in Alabama. Even many black folks here assume all of their white friends are Republican. 

Combine that with a basket case mess of a statewide democratic party and a lack of statewide office holders who can build a political base, and you’ve got a toxic, ugly, no-fun mess. 

Democrats in Alabama now have a senate seat. Jones is a blue dog, but he is still an unashamed democrat. The seat may be vulnerable in 2020, but Jones has 4 years to fundraise, mobilize, build infrastructure, and revitalize the state party. Nothing motivates like victory, as any Alabama football fan knows.

I could believe Jones could get reelected in 2020, and a revitalized democratic pary cut the statewide partisan lean from +30R to about +15R in those four years. I’d even believe North Alabama could turn purple, and open up a competitive house seat. 




CA-25, 48, 39 & 49: Democracy For America Helps These Democrats Unseat These Trumpers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:14:07 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: The polls and recent election results make it clear: 2018 has the chance to be a wave election. With enough progressive, people-powered challengers, we could elect enough Democratic candidates to flip control of the House. But that requires Democrats to win big in California. California is ground zero in the battle for Congress in 2018. Democrats must win 25 seats to kick Republicans out of power. And there are as many as nine Congressional districts held by California Republicans that Democrats could win. These are districts Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. Districts with huge numbers of young people, people of color, and progressives who can tip the balance and take control of the House. Victories across California in 2018 are going to be absolutely critical to Democrats' chances of taking back the House and gaining the political power necessary to confront and defeat Donald Trump's bigoted and oligarchic agenda. That's why Democracy for America is announcing our first challenger endorsements for Congress in the key battleground state of California. We've worked alongside incumbent progressive champions like Maxine Waters and Nanette Barragán, and now we're sending more incredible leaders to join them in Washington. We're endorsing Bryan Caforio, Laura Oatman, Sam Jammal, and Mike Levin because they will not only help win the House -- they'll fight for the bold progressive agenda voters want and deserve. The path to a Democratic House majority runs through California. Will you chip in $3 or more to help DFA elect these progressives and win big in 2018? The four challengers we are endorsing today are running in Southern California districts that Democrats have nearly won in the past. And thanks to Paul Ryan and Donald Trump's extremist agenda, as well as these candidates' progressive vision, we have a better chance than ever before to win. The tax plan that Congress is on the verge of passing will hurt these districts incredibly hard. Republicans designed it to hammer California hard, trying to punish voters for electing Democrats. The Republican plan even ends a tax break for people who have lost homes to the wildfires currently ravaging these districts. As a result, voters are angry and ready to sweep out these extremist Republican incumbents -- people like Darrell Issa, who nearly lost in 2016, and who Mike Levin has the chance to defeat for good in 2018. Bryan Caforio, Laura Oatman, Sam Jammal, and Mike Levin are all running the smart, inclusive populist campaigns necessary not only to defeat the right-wing California Republicans who have been enabling Trump's agenda, but also inspire tens of thousands of new voters who want to join us in fighting back. California has long been a progressive beacon for the country and with these new leaders fighting for it in Washington it will continue to lead the battle for big, bold ideas like Medicare For All, comprehensive immigration reform, and a robust response to climate change. We have a chance to unseat the GOP in 2018 and derail Trump's bigoted, greedy agenda -- but we need to win big in California. Will you chip in $3 or more to help DFA elect these progressive champions? Thank you for helping win now and in 2018. - Jim Jim Dean, Chair Democracy for America Click here to donate to these California Democrats. [...]



Party in Disarray? Oh H*ll No!!

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:57:18 +0000

What this election shows is that Democrats aren’t in disarray. We know what we have to do. And what we have to do is make sure everyone is included: Blacks, whites, Latinos, gays, straight, trans, Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, everyone.

I don’t want to hear anything from the left or the right about this. And for anyone who wants to go running to whites:

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BREAKING: Democrat Doug Jones wins to become next U.S. Senator from Alabama

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:15:52 +0000

As of 10:23 pm EST Doug Jones leads Roy Moore by 10,000 votes with 90% reporting.

10:25 pm EST New York Times calls it for Doug Jones.

He is the next U.S. Senator from Alabama, replacing Sen. Jeff Sessions. The first Democrat elected to the Senate in Alabama in 26 years.

Tell your friends. 




MN-Sen: Amy Klobuchar (D) Fights Back To Save The Free & Open Internet From Trump's FCC

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:39:55 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (D. MN) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D. MN)

Just before Thanksgiving we got word that Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is planning to undo net neutrality, a set of rules that prevent big broadband companies from deciding what consumers see on the internet.
 

This may seem like a mundane issue, but it affects every single one of us. Under net neutrality, all internet content must be treated equally by providers. If net neutrality is rolled back, your internet provider will be able to slow down or block certain content.
 

The five-member FCC will be voting on Thursday on whether to adopt Pai’s plan. Will you join me in speaking out against the end of net neutrality?
 

Add your name to stand with me for an internet that doesn’t discriminate.
 

Thanks,
Amy  

Click here to add your name.




OH-Gov: Richard Cordray (D) Calls For Investing In Ohio's Education & Workforce Development

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:11:58 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, Richard Cordray’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign: Dear Friend — Our campaign is focused on the kitchen table issues — the challenges that we share, no matter our background or politics. And as we all do what we can to provide for our families, there’s a growing concern that I know is on many people’s minds: how to find and keep a job in a rapidly-changing economy. In a recent discussion with Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google, Governor Kasich accurately referred to this looming crisis as a “tsunami” of job disruption that will require a workforce ready to take on jobs that demand a new skillset, and require advanced training and technological expertise. I couldn’t agree more with how urgent this issue is for our state. But we cannot prepare the next generation of workers to succeed if we refuse to fully fund our most powerful tool: our education system.We’re asking our teachers to prepare young people for jobs that we can’t even imagine yet — while our legislators shrink school budgets and educators struggle to make ends meet. Long-underfunded schools across Ohio are being put in impossible positions, and administrators are being asked to do even more with far less. If we don’t get serious about investing in education and workforce development, our children will pay the price. Add your name and show your support for doing whatever it takes to ensure good jobs are within every Ohioan’s reach. This economic shift will affect our entire state — and many families are already feeling the impact. We have unemployed and underemployed workers trying to gain a foothold in a wave of jobs that require new technological fluency to stay competitive. We need an infusion of funding for workforce retraining programs to get them back on their feet. And we can’t let these jobs be relegated just to Columbus or the major cities — we need to expand workforce training across the entire state. Everyone deserves the economic security that allows them to plan for their future, from paying for college tuition, to putting a down payment on a home, to saving for retirement. We need to invest in our workers today so that they can be ready for the jobs of tomorrow. It’s time for more than talk — working families deserve real results. Add your name today: it’s time to invest in Ohio workers. Yours, Rich Cordray Click here to add your name. [...]



HI-Sen: Hirono (D) Keeps Up Momentum To Stop Trump's FCC From Killing The Free & Open Internet

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:39:35 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono’s (D. HI) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Mazie Hirono (D. HI)

This is urgent: The Federal Communications Commission is planning to undo one of our biggest consumer protections by dismantling the net neutrality rules that keep the internet open to all.

If this plan passes, internet service providers would have the power to charge more for certain websites and services they offer consumers. I am fighting to stop this dangerous plan, but I need your help before the FCC votes this Thursday: Will you sign the petition to keep the internet free and open? 

Add your name now – before the vote – to tell the FCC to protect net neutrality.

Mahalo,

Mazie

Click here to add your name.




Wow. I think they've jumped the shark - Democrats should sue WH

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:51:47 +0000

I’ve been listening to a few minutes of White House briefing starring Sarah Huckabee Sanders.  She viciously attacked Hillary Clinton, accused her of being bought & paid for; ditto Kirsten Gillibrand, whereas Trump Cannot Be Bought, sez she. 

This in service of a president who certainly appears to have been bought & paid for by RUSSIA.

I mean she said this with a straight face.  I can’t even.

Hello?????

Also, if the Democrats are in thrall to special interests what does that make the GOP which is hastily concocting and ramming through Congress a terrible tax bill that will benefit their donors and rich people ONLY and will threaten the lives and health of Americans from the middle class on down?  

I’m getting to the point where I want to throw shoes at the tube, and can only tolerate a few minutes of this nonsense before hitting the mute button and going AAARRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH.

Rigged system my sweet patootie.

Back on Planet Earth, The Mighty Orange King of The Rigged System has NO room to talk.  And SHS saying that “at least this president is honest about participating in the rigged system” is NOT an excuse for his corruption, nor that of the GOP, which as far as I can tell, statehouse by statehouse, corrupt, evil bill by evil bill, is far, far worse than any Democrat whatsoever, period.

At least the Democrats try to help the people and save the environment.

I’m starting to get mad here.

Also, her claim that “The American People Trust This President,” IE King Of the Rigged System Who Is Putin’s Puppet In Addition To Being Openly Corrupt is laughable.  Unless you think “the American people” consist solely of Trump supporters, which I suspect might be the case.

AAAARRRGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

PS we are paying this woman.  

AAARRGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH




WA-Sen: Cantwell (D) Keeps Up The Fight To Save Net Neutrality From Being Gutted By Trump's FCC

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:22:20 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D. WA) re-election campaign:

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If the Trump administration gets its way, your internet is about to get a whole lot slower.

In tw‌o da‌ys, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will be holding a vote to destroy President Obama's net neutrality and open internet protections. Once those are gone, cable companies and service providers will be able to create a two-tiered internet -- a fast lane for the corporations willing to pay and a slow lane for the rest of us.

I have spent years defending the free and open internet that is the backbone of our economy and fundamental to free speech and our democracy. And I'm not backing down now. Before Thur‌sd‌ay's vote, I'm sending a message to Donald Trump and the FCC. Will you join me?

Sign my petition to the FCC: Keep the internet open and free!

Millions of Americans depend on a free, open internet. It's a creative marketplace, an avenue for free expression and for the exchange of ideas. And the internet economy creates hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs.

We can't let the Trump administration change the internet as we know it. We have just two days to make sure that the FCC hears what a terrible decision this would be.

Sign on tod‌ay to tell Trump and the FCC to keep their hands off our free and open internet! 

Thank you,

Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senator

Click here to add your name.




Sarah says People Voted for Trump because Americans approve his sexual Misconduct

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 20:06:42 +0000

Yesterday what Sarah Huckabee saying was  that people supported and voted for Trump in 2016 although they knew that he was a sexual predator. No, you evil witch Sarah he lied, deceived and conned those American people that’s why they voted for him. Those people who voted for Trump thought that he would bring jobs from Mexico and China. However, its not going to happen and he will not bring any jobs from Mexico or from china. He wanted to become president to steal money from the American people and US government and to promote his business all over the world like Philippines, China, Turkey Dubai, Saudi Arabia. The White House responded to several of President Trump's accusers coming forward on Monday for a "round two" of sexual harassment allegations by saying that the "American people knew this and voted for the president" anyway. More Last night I heard a conservative Bloomberg reporter saying that Americans elected Trump although he is a sexual predator. In other words what she was saying is you Americans support  the sexual predator and approve his sexual misconduct. This is the dream of Trump and his supporters. They want the Americans to ignore his sexual misconduct and elect this sexual predator again. No America this man will not be elected again. His political life is over . These people are living under illusion and these people are living in their own reality. Most of them hallucinating and they need medication. Democrats devil was destroyed completely. Yes may be the devil had some power to manipulate people in the past and he was able convince some people by lying and conning them. But Trust me democrats since the devil has been destroyed he will not be able to deceive and con the American people anymore. His political life is over.  I noticed some of the Trump supporters who also might be sexual predators just like Trump hang around on this forum. These  con artists and evil creatures who support Trump  hang around on this forum are trying to con the democrats in the same way Trump is conning the American people. I got news for all of you con artists Trump will get Kicked out by the democrats in 2020 and all of you will have miserable life without any peace of mind and burn forever . So democrats not to worry the devil has been destroyed completely and you will see the real effect of the destruction at the end of his first term. Devil will be crawling and crying for help because of his pain and suffering. Trust me democrats All of you  will be able to watch that spectacular scene in 2020. Criminals must pay for their sins. The devil who is responsible for corrupting and making this world to suffer must pay for his sins and all of them will pay for their crimes. He kissed the dictator Duterte’s (Philippines president) ass by calling him and congratulating the dictator because Trump has buildings in Philippines although that thug insulted president Obama. You see America United States is considered as the 1st world country in the world. United states is number 1 for standing up for human rights. America is leading in economy, military, and technology . Also before Trump United States was leading in protecting environment and protecting the freedom of pre[...]



Do Field Operations Really Matter? We will find out tonight!

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:08:07 +0000

It’s been a question for wonks for decades.  Political scientists and operatives constantly debate if field operations really matter.  We know what the data drones who ran the Clinton campaign think.   Thier idea of grassroots campaign is facebook ads and lots of polling.  Enthusiasm? Bah, humbug! Money for turnout in Philly or Detroit?, no thanks!  However, others remember when field and grassroots worked like magic.

By all accounts, Doug Jones has a good, traditional field and turnout operation on the ground in Alabama.  There are signs up!  There are buttons! Over 1 million phone calls and counting! There are rallies! African-American heros like John Lewis are campaigning.  There are dozens of field representatives working for Jones.  Fundraising is robust and has been consistant.

In contrast, Roy Moore has been in hiding (for good reson!).  There are very few, if any, field staff.  Fundraising is a mess.  His campaign spokespersons appear to be the only people in the south who are even more unhinged than the candidate.  The only good rally of the campaign was accross the state line in Pensaola, Florida.  National Republicans were divided until the end of the campaign.

Does field matter?  Can it make a difference? We will find out soon.




59 women in Congress hold press conference to demand an investigation of Trump's sexual misconduct

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:21:08 +0000

Campaign Action On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump tried to distract Americans from the attention surrounding the FBI investigation into his collusion with Russia. And because he’s a rabid misogynist and racist who is always lashing out at women and people of color when he thinks it's politically expedient to do so, he couldn’t seem to help himself by tweeting about the women who have accused him of sexual misconduct and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. He flat-out called his accusers liars and then implied Gillibrand was a prostitute who had traded campaign contributions for sexual favors.   This is why it's nothing more than delicious irony that a few hours later, 59 female lawmakers held a press conference in which they called on Congress to launch an investigation of the sexual harassment and abuse allegations against Trump himself. In a letter, 59 members of the Democratic Women's Working Group (DWWG) ask Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to open an investigation into the matter after more than a dozen women have "publicly accused the President of sexual misconduct." [...] "In the time of 'Me Too,' women across the country are coming forward with their own harrowing stories of sexual harassment and assault. Members of Congress have also come under scrutiny and investigation, with some resigning, for improper sexual conduct. We cannot ignore the multitude of women who have come forward with accusations against Mr. Trump," the DWWG members wrote. Right on, ladies. After all, in his own words, Trump has acknowledged that he kisses and gropes women—just because he’s famous and can. That wasn’t enough to stop millions of people from voting for him and landing us in this mess we are in today. But the stories of the 17 women who have accused him of misconduct deserve to be heard and taken seriously. We should absolutely believe them. Presumption of innocence aside (which only applies to defendants in a court of law), do we really need more proof Trump is predator? His own words and actions give him away. [...]



AZ-Sen: Kyrsten Sinema (D) Keeps Up The Momentum To Kill Trump & GOP's Tax Scam

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:55:28 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

In the middle of the night, the Senate rushed through a 479-page tax bill that increases our national deficit, gives tax breaks to the ultra wealthy, and increases taxes for middle-class families.
 

This is not a fair deal for hardworking Americans. We need tax reform that actually helps the middle class and small businesses thrive.
 

Click here to add your name right now to stand with Kyrsten against this harmful bill.
 

It is cruel to our teachers, students, and veterans. If the GOP gets its way, millions of American families will be left paying more in taxes, while those making millions will reap the rewards.
 

We can find the commonsense tax reform our communities need — but only if we work together. This bill is not the answer. It’s bad for middle-class families and it’s bad for our country.
 

Sign your name right away to stand with Kyrsten and middle-class families.
 

Thanks for taking action,
 

KyrstenSinema.com

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Mitt Romney Should Primary Trump In 2020

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 23:51:15 +0000

Partially in service of maintaining my own reputation, and partially because it’s the truth, I’ve gotten into the habit of characterizing my family as “Mitt Romney Republicans” when describing their political beliefs to other people. They — like many other lifelong Republicans, I assume — have arrived at the woeful realization that the political tent they once called home has been uprooted and steadily marched towards damn near the edge of the right-wing cliff, in recent months. What are these political orphans to do about this? What’s Mitt Romney to do? Shooting pool with Jeff Flake and reminiscing about the good-old-day only takes up so many hours in the day.  Hence, my proposal: Mitt Romney, who in 2020 will likely be a senator, should offer himself to Republicans as an alternative to the chaos sowed by Trump. While there’s been speculation as to whether certain other Senators could pose a threat to Trump in the primary (people like Ben Sasse, for example), none of them have the stature nor the name recognition to effectively challenge the President. In addition to this, with the exception of Jeff Flake, virtually none of the Republican Senators have made any real effort to differentiate themselves from the Orange One. Romney, on the other hand, has and continues to offer a vision of Republicanism that breaks from that of the current regime. He will also have minimal baggage in terms of his voting record when 2020 rolls around, and in the mean time he can use his position as a Senator to make his differences with the President more clear.  Most importantly, Mitt Romney is a household name in America, for obvious reasons (and just as a side note, “Ben Sasse” is not). The Republican party nominated him for President once already — has their voting base really changed that much since 2012? It may sound a lot like pie-in-the-sky, but if enough Republicans eventually tire of the chaos and aimlessness of the current White House, they may feel that their nominating Romney would constitute a return to some semblance of normalcy. There is little doubt in my mind that the business wing of the Republican coalition would support a Romney bid against the President, should Romney choose to seek it. And if four solid years of investigations, scandals, and overall incompetence can manage to depress the turnout of the “Lock Her Up” contingent, Romney could perhaps have a serious shot at dethroning the Mad King.  Finally, depending on the severity of the upcoming bloodmath a la the 2018 midterms, Romney could potentially make the case that Trump is serving to energize the opposition, and has thus become a liability; both to the party’s congressional majorities, and to their continued holding of the Executive branch. In short, there’s a lot that can happen between now and 2020, and depending on how the cards fall over the next 3 years, I genuinely believe it may be plausible for Mitt to launch a legitimate bid for the Grand Old Party’s nomination.  In summary, then: Help us, Romney-Wan Kenobi… yo[...]



Trump Accusers want Congressional Investigation , America you must support these women

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:42:05 +0000

Seven women want congressional investigation for Trump's sexual misconduct towards them. There  were 17 women accused Trump that they were sexually abused by Trump in 2016. I strongly support these women and America you must support these women who were sexually abused by Trump because Trump admitted and bragged that he would like to grab women by their genital. What else do you need America for evidence. Trump also  told Howard stern  that he used to go inside the beauty pageant’s dressing room to watch them  nude.  Also Trump told on view  that he wants to have sex with his own daughter. This man is sick and he really needs some help  and he is not fit to be a President of this beautiful , generous democratic country. Most people in this country think Trump doesn't represent them. May be he represent some people in Alabama and West Virginia. By the way Trump you are not getting any where and You will not be in the white house after 2020 election I can guarantee that 2000000% . Trump You are a loser and you will remain loser forever. Remember America when I said Trump will be stopped in 2016. Yes he is already stopped few months ago . It’s sort like a when a Truck was moving 100 mph and it was struck by a powerful object.  Because Truck was moving so fast it would take few minutes to come to a  full stop. Those few minutes would be equivalent to next 3 years. That's it. Whatever you are witnessing right now is the collapse of his administration and the destruction of Trump. It’s sort like collusion of the Truck. Panel Of Women Who Have Accused President Trump Of Misconduct Hold Press Conference | TIME   A group of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior on Monday demanded that Congress open an investigation.More 17 Women accused Trump for sexual abuse Trump abuse women A group of women who have publicly accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault detailed their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by the businessman-turned-politician at a news conference on Monday. More Trump cheated many people [...]



Remember: Democrats can't force the shut down of a government that's entirely in Republican hands

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 22:01:32 +0000

It's time to prep for a frenetic window of activity in the final days of 2017 that will decide whether the government doors stay open and services for citizens continue—or they don't. Amid this mayhem, reporters will inevitably ask whether Democrats will be shutting down the government by denying their votes for spending they don't agree with once funding runs out on Dec. 22. That framing is outright bunk, as conservative writer Jennifer Rubin notes: Wait. Democrats cannot shut down the government. They are the minority party and have neither the power nor the responsibility to keep the lights on and the government open. In fact, they could allow debate in the Senate to commence (not filibuster) and then vote no on passage of a spending bill. If Republicans don’t have the votes to pass it — because the Freedom Caucus in the House is in a tizzy or the hard-liners in the Senate insist on more cuts in domestic spending — Republicans will be responsible for the shutdown. Democrats should be clear and they should correct reporters who ask them if they are going to try to shut down the government Now, the real question is whether, in exchange for getting the GOP off the hook (if the GOP cannot find votes to fund the government), Democrats will condition their help on a DACA fix. They’d be nuts not to, if Republicans cannot keep the government running with their own party in the majority in both houses and a GOP president. Democrats should give their votes for a spending bill they don’t like for nothing? [...] A DACA fix (as well as reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP) should be a no-brainer for Democrats. A CBS poll this month showed 84 percent of Americans, including 74 percent of Republicans, favor keeping the dreamers. A Fox News poll found 83 percent of voters favor protection for the dreamers. Rubin is exactly right on multiple counts. Democrats shouldn't even entertain questions that ascribe them with responsibility for a government shutdown. Voters put Republicans at the helm—it's their show entirely. And demanding CHIP funding and a Dreamer fix is an absolute no-brainer. Both are widely popular with voters and are the only reason Democrats should throw a lifeline to Republicans who can't even govern their own party, let alone the nation. [...]



Fox News Poll Appears to be Designed to Suppress Votes for Doug Jones

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:50:52 +0000

Fox News has released a new poll showing Doug Jones with a 10-point lead in the Alabama Senate race. Great news, right! Um, maybe not.

Considering that other polls have shown Moore ahead and a close race, it strains credibility to believe that Jones has suddenly opened up a huge lead like this. If I didn’t know better, I’d suspect that this poll is #FakeNews designed to mislead Democratic voters into thinking they don’t need to get out and vote. Why bother if your guy is that far ahead? At the same time, it could panic Republicans into thinking they absolutely must get to the polls to stop the “Socialist” from winning.

Putting out a fake poll to try to swing an election would be such a bizarre idea that it hardly seems believable. But this is Fox News, and there’s no limit to how low they could go.




Is a Picture Really Worth a Thousand Words?

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 19:52:49 +0000

To be accurate, there were four-hundred three legible words that preceded the phrase from Donald Trump that literally ‘grabbed’ the attention of the world.  Compare this to a 2006 photo from then comic Al Franken, that some considered lurid, and the result is a resignation and a successful campaign to be the leader of the free world.  In the photo, Senator Franken simulated touching the breast of sleeping fellow performer Leeann Tweeden and the President in very graphic and literal terms gave a clinic on how a star gets away with sexual assault and fondling. A cackling Billy Bush, who accompanied Donald Trump on the now infamous Access Hollywood bus ride, was fired within 48 hours.  The outcome for Mr. Trump is obvious. Somehow, we have been manipulated into believing that inconsequential TV chef(s), television talking heads, actors, producers and morning gabfest host are more important to be held accountable than the President of the United States.  The White House spokespeople and Trump surrogates are fond of saying, the matter has been litigated by the public, Mr. Trump was elected, case closed.  Funny, those same people loudly express righteous indignation calling Woody Allen a pariah for his sexual affair and eventual marriage to the adopted daughter of his partner Mia Farrow, Soon-Yi Previn. If you follow the Trump surrogate logic, Mr. Allen has been judged by movie ticket buyers, case closed. I am personally appalled at both and both should be excised from the public square. Just because people turn their backs to horrific acts of violence and abuse does not mean they did not happen.  What Mr. Trump has confessed to is far worse than a picture of a former comedian in an obviously stupid moment.  I will say-- it is not up to me to gauge the amount of pain or anguish Ms. Tweeden felt when she was made aware of the picture and one could hope Trump supporters would afford the same amount of compassion for Trump’s victims.  By the way, I am not holding my breath. The GOP elected a man on the promise he would drain the swamp, I wonder if they knew the runoff would empty into the gutter. The ramification of this sudden GOP quantification of morality has me punch drunk. I am not sure if I should counterattack or if taking an eight count is prudent.  I spoke to a friend this morning who lives about fifteen minutes from Midland, Alabama, where White Nationalist Steve Bannon is set to appear on behalf of Roy Moore. She is a Black woman overwhelmed with the excuses she has heard for her white friends throwing their support behind Moore. Not only is she offended by the prospect of an alleged pedophile as her state’s representative in the United States Senate, his abysmal civil rights stances, “hurts” her heart.  Roy Moore the Republican candidate for Senate has publicly advocated that every Constitutional revision after the Tenth Amendment was a setback for his skewed sense of democracy. In case we have forgotten, his proposal would eliminate the rights [...]



AL-Sen: Monmouth Poll Shows A Toss Up Between Doug Jones (D) & Pedophile Roy Moore (R)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:47:45 +0000

More news out of Alabama today courtesy of Monmouth University’s latest poll: Slight differences in turnout could change the outcome of tomorrow's special U.S. Senate election in Alabama. According to the Monmouth University Poll , a standard midterm turnout model gives Republican Roy Moore a slight advantage. A higher, although less likely, near-presidential election turnout would give Democrat Doug Jones a slim lead. An adjusted midterm estimate based on patterns seen in last month's Virginia gubernatorial race - i.e. relatively higher turnout in Democratic strongholds - puts Tuesday's election up for grabs. Using the 2017-based model, Moore and Jones each garner 46% of the likely electorate's stated vote intent, with 2% opting for a write-in candidate and 6% still undecided. A historical midterm model, akin to Alabama's 2014 turnout, gives Moore a 48% to 44% edge. A model with higher overall turnout, where voter demographics look more like the 2016 election, gives Jones a slight 48% to 45% advantage. It's worth noting that all of these leads are within the poll's margin of error for each model. The key difference between the 2017-based model and the standard midterm model is an upward adjustment in the statewide vote share coming from Jefferson County - home to the state's largest city, Birmingham - and twelve Democratic-leaning counties that form a belt across the lower portion of the state from Sumter to Russell, including Montgomery. These counties typically make up 24-25% of Alabama's electorate in any given election. The 2017-based adjustment increases that share to 27%.  The even higher turnout model that puts Jones in the lead is significantly younger (33% under age 50) than the 2017-based model (24% under age 50). "In a typical year, we would probably default to the historical model, which shows Moore ahead. It could still end up that way, but both 2016 and 2017 suggest that typical models may not apply. If we see a surge in Democratic turnout, especially in the Birmingham region, Jones has a chance. On the other hand, if turnout is significantly lower than a standard midterm election, Moore's prospects increase," said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. Another wrinkle in assessing voter intent in this election is the undecided vote or soft support that has the potential to change, particularly given the potential reluctance of voters to say they are supporting Moore given reports of his past behavior. The Monmouth University Poll  used responses to a series of questions - on party preference, candidate favorability ratings, and the impact of President Trump - to allocate undecided and "write-in" voters to either of the two major party candidates. This potential allocation works to the Republican's benefit. Using the 2017-based turnout model, Moore could take a slim 3 point lead if undecided and write-in voters decide to break in the direction of their overall partisan tendenci[...]



CO-Gov: PPP Has Jared Polis (D) & Other Dem Candidates Beating Tom Tancredo (R) By 4 to 9 Points

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 18:39:56 +0000

Latest news out of Colorado today courtesy of PPP’s latest poll:

A new Public Policy Polling survey of Colorado voters finds that Donald Trump is extremely unpopular in the state and that Democrats have the early edge for Governor next year over Republican front runner Tom Tancredo, with Jared Polis posting the biggest lead against him of the Democratic contenders.

Key findings from the survey:

-Trump has just a 36% approval rating in Colorado, with 56% of voters disapproving of him. Independents disapprove of the job he’s doing by a 2:1 margin, with 58% giving him poor marks to only 29% who are happy with his performance. He also has a problem within his own party, with 19% of Republicans rating him poorly. Trump’s only at 41/53 even with white voters.

-Early Republican primary polling has shown that Tom Tancredo is the front runner to be his party’s candidate for Governor, but he trails 4 prospective Democratic opponents by anywhere from 4 to 8 points. Jared Polis does the best of the Democrats with a 46/38 advantage, followed by Cary Kennedy who leads 45/38, Donna Lynne who leads 43/38, and Mike Johnston who leads 43/39.

-Democrats are both more unified around their candidates than Republicans are around Tancredo, and have the advantage with independents. Polis, Kennedy, and Lynne are all running 3 points better with Democrats than Tancredo is with Republicans. And all 4 Democrats have leads ranging from 4 to 9 points with independents.

Click here for the full results.

I for one am going with Polis and I hope you will too. Click here to donate and get involved with Polis’ campaign.




Members of #TheResistance, This is our Watershed Moment.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:42:15 +0000

I am reaching out to those of you who have been horrified by our so-called leaders in Washington. If you wished there was something – anything – you could do to help, now is your chance.   If you watched as your paychecks dwindled away while the cost of living increased, then this is for you.   If you lost your health care coverage, or if you are worried about losing your Medicare and Social Security, then listen up.   If you attended protests, signed petitions, wrote Congress, or knitted pink hats, we need to talk.   If you are fed up with institutionalized sexual harassment, the good ole boy network, dark money, and GOP pandering to special interests, then now is the time to rise up. Members of #TheResistance, this is our watershed moment. This war will only be won if we face each battle as fierce warriors, never tiring, never surrendering our ground. I need your help. No matter what state you live in, this is a pivotal moment as Arizona stands poised to realistically flip blue and lead the charge in Washington, following on the heels of Democratic victories in Virginia and New Jersey.   On Friday, a disgraced Rep. Trent Franks (R-Az.) announced he would be resigning his seat in Arizona’s Congressional District 8. Both Senate seats are also up for grabs as they are being vacated by John McCain and Jeff Flake.   Franks seat will be decided by a special election, one I plan on winning. It is expected there will be a primary in early March, and a general election at the end of April. Time is very short, but I am ready to meet this challenge.   We all know the amount of money Republicans have thrown at other special elections, and we expect this one to be no different. We are prepared for a long, ugly and costly battle. There are viable liberal and progressive candidates in all races across Arizona, many of them women, but Trump has pledged $10 million to one Senate race alone. Putting a Democrat and woman in this office is an essential victory for #TheResistance as Franks is the wealthiest member of Congress, a loyal supporter of Trump, and anti-choice. Frankly, he has been a longstanding embarrassment to this state.   We need to put this one in the win column. I have been writing each week about the issues, and have been careful to avoid looking like I have my hand out. But now, I am asking you to support not only me but my efforts to improve Arizona and send someone who cares to Washington.   I have been tirelessly campaigning for the past year, getting signatures, assembling my top-notch team of volunteers, and gaining important endorsements from groups like Justice Democrats and Run With Pride. We are building momentum.   I have dozens of people who have worked for my campaign for more than a year because they understand the importance of having a voice in Washington. With their help, I have conducted Town Halls, knocked on doors, [...]



TX-Sen: League Of Conservation Voters Endorses Beto O'Rourke (D) For U.S. Senate

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:46:24 +0000

Big news out of Texas:

The county judge gave Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke a dire warning earlier this year when the three-term El Paso congressman leaned down to sip from a water fountain outside the Lasalle County courthouse, a roughly two-and-a-half-hour drive from San Antonio.

Don’t drink the water.

A gas drilling company contaminated the water table, the judge told him, and no one trusted the water to be safe. It’s a story of industrial pollution that’s become familiar to O’Rourke since he began barnstorming the state in March in a bid to unseat incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

“We hear these stories around the state,” O’Rourke told HuffPost by phone on Sunday, calling during halftime at his daughter’s soccer game. “It becomes this very personal, critically important public health issue. They want to know someone is fighting for their water and their air.”

For at least one major environmental group, the 45-year-old congressman is that someone. On Monday, the League of Conservation Voters plans to throw its support behind O’Rourke, giving him its fourth Senate endorsement yet for the 2018 election cycle.

“He’s had a really strong record in Congress on our issues,” Craig Auster, League of Conservation Voters’ political action committee director, told HuffPost. “We’re excited that in a state like Texas that someone is running on our issues and has done so much for the environment in his legislative career.”

The League of Conservation Voters Action Fund spent a record $4,461,552 in 2016, including on 22 Senate candidates, according to data collated by the Center for Responsive Politics. Ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, the group has endorsed Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.), as well as Doug Jones’ campaign for Tuesday’s Alabama special election.

Let’s give Senator Shitkicker a swift kick in the ass out the door next year. Click here to donate and get involved with Beto’s campaign.




AL-Sen: Obama Returns To Help Get Out The Vote For Doug Jones (D) To Defeat Pedophile Roy Moore (R)

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:34:07 +0000

First off, here’s the latest news today out of Alabama courtesy of Fox News’ latest poll:

Democrat Doug Jones holds a 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore among likely voters in deep red Alabama.

Greater party loyalty plus higher interest in the election among Democrats combined with more enthusiasm among Jones supporters gives him the advantage in the race to fill the U.S. senate seat previously held by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

That’s according to a Fox News Poll of Alabama voters conducted Thursday through Sunday using traditional polling techniques, including a list-based probability sample with both landlines and cellphones.

Jones receives 50 percent to Moore’s 40 percent, with 1-in-10 undecided (8 percent) or supporting another candidate (2 percent) -- which could make a difference Tuesday.  That’s even truer with such an unconventional election with unconventional candidates.

Enthusiasm amongst Democratic and pro-Jones voters is helping Jones cross the finish line. Also, great move on the Jones’ campaign:

Former President Barack Obama is adding his voice to the Alabama Senate race, imploring voters to go to the polls Tuesday to reject the candidacy of Roy Moore as part of an aggressive effort by Democrats to try and counter President Donald Trump's full-throated endorsement of the controversial Republican candidate.

"This one's serious," Obama says in the call. "You can't sit it out."
Two Democratic officials familiar with the Alabama race tell CNN that Obama recorded the phone message in recent days, at the very time Trump stepped up his own involvement in the campaign with a recorded message. Obama does not mention Moore by name.
"Doug Jones is a fighter for equality, for progress," Obama says. "Doug will be our champion for justice. So get out and vote, Alabama."
Obama's message to voters -- intended to specifically reach black voters whose turnout is critical for Democratic candidate Jones -- comes on the eve of a special election that has drawn extraordinary national attention and divided the Republican Party over whether sexual allegations against Moore make him unfit for office.

Anything can happen tomorrow so let’s seal the deal and win this race! Click here to donate and get involved with Jones’ campaign.




Nomiki Konst calls out lack of transparency in DNC

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 14:20:30 +0000

Very little commentary.  Just watch the video:

She is absolutely right. 

Justice Louis Brandeis once said that “sunshine is to be the best of disinfectants”.  Why the DNC budget is not completely transparent baffles me.  This behavior is irresponsible, and it does not look good in the eyes of the voters.  It also helps explain some their fund raising problems.

I hope DNC leadership is listening.




VA-Sen: Confederate Corey Stewart (R) Heading To Alabama To Campaign For A Pedophile

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 06:26:54 +0000

Just FYI: Republican U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart planned to fly to Alabama on Sunday evening to campaign for Roy Moore, the candidate involved in a scandal over allegations that he pursued sexual relationships with teens while he was in his 30s. Stewart, who considers himself the likely nominee for Virginia Republicans next year against Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, was the first to announce in a field that includes Del. Nicholas J. Freitas, R-Culpeper, Bishop E.W. Jackson and Ivan Raiklin, a former military diplomat. Stewart will help with get-out-the-vote efforts for Moore, who faces Democrat Doug Jones in a special election Tuesday to fill the seat of former Sen. and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Something else about Stewart: A Republican candidate to challenge former vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine for a Senate seat in Virginia has suggested Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery, in a tweet that paired the debunked conspiracy theory with the controversial Alabama Senate race. Corey Stewart was Virginia state chairman for Donald Trump in 2016, then ran Ed Gillespie close for the Republican nomination in this year’s Virginia gubernatorial election. On Friday night, he tweeted: “@TheDemocrats got cocky forging @BarackObamabirth certificate. Thought they could slip phony #AllredYearbookFraud by on @MooreSenate. Sad!!” Stewart’s reference to the “AllredYearbookFraud” was a response to reports on Friday that one of the women who has accused GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was a teenager added text to what she says is Moore’s signature in her high-school yearbook. Gloria Allred is the celebrity attorney who is representing the accuser, Beverly Nelson. Moore, who is endorsed by Trump, has denied all accusations against him. Also, you heard correctly about E.W. Jackson (R. VA): Jackson will announce his candidacy on Monday in the Chesapeake area, said Steven Thomas, who said he is raising money for Jackson’s campaign and filled the same role during Jackson’s 2013 losing bid for lieutenant governor. A website registered to Jackson was updated Tuesday and announces “EW Jackson for U.S. Senate.” Jackson did not return calls seeking comment. “Rumors are flying that I’m going to run for US Senate in Virginia,” he tweeted last week. “Stand by for the official word sometime next month.” Jackson has a history of controversial comments, including calling gay men and lesbians “very sick people” and suggesting that the practice of yoga invites Satan to possess one’s soul. After humiliating loses this past year, the Virginia GOP is pushing to prevent Stewart from getting the nominee:  As Virginia Republicans gather Friday for their annual retreat, party lead[...]



"The attacks on Mueller push us closer to the precipice"

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 03:12:18 +0000

E. J. Dionne, Jr writes in the Washington Post, Until this point, there was an underlying faith in much of the political world that if Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian collusion in the election turned up unmistakably damning material about Donald Trump, Republicans in Congress would feel obligated by their commitment to the country’s well-being to accept Mueller’s findings and challenge the president. We would often hear recollections of how Republicans during Watergate — Sen. Barry Goldwater would inevitably come up — decided that the smoking guns were too smoky and that Richard Nixon had to go. They made clear to him that he no longer had the support of his party. Lately, though, the GOP is attacking Robert Mueller and the FBI itself — something I thought I’d never see — if anything the GOP, authoritarian as it is, has idolized law enforcement in general and the FBI in particular. But now?  Now we have some really unhinged-sounding (to me) Congresspeople making bizarre, unheard of, unpatriotic and dangerous accusations — claiming that the FBI is the KGB (talk about ironic!) and slandering Robert Mueller himself — an erstwhile hero of theirs. This is crazy and one wonders where it ends and how many of these nuts there are in Congress.  Jordan is particularly radical and ugly — if you’ve seen him ranting on TV you’ll know what I mean.  But he’s hardly alone.  I personally think the rot is pretty much clear through.  Lindsay Graham used to thought of as a patriot, a reasonable Republican — lately?  Lately I wonder.  I think John McCain remains old school patriotic but I’m not sure about the rest at all, probably Flake and Corker are OK.  I’d like to say Collins too — we’ll see. By “ok” I mean “not willing to destroy the Republic” which is a pretty low bar.  And in defense of TRUMP?  That’s insane.  It’s totally insane — especially considering that he’s clearly compromised — it’s difficult, apart from his emolument issues and so forth, not to see conspiracy with the Russians.  It’s just nearly impossible.  The sanctions haven’t been enforced.  He has long talks with Putin in public, in private and on the phone.  Our foreign policy has eroded.  The State Department is being gutted and he says his is the only voice that matters.  We’re actually talking about nuclear war again, for the first time in decades — again, something really unthinkable. Meanwhile what has been done to protect the 2018 elections from Russia and other ratf******?  Nothing!  They’re busy kicking Americans off the voting rolls.  Unbelievable. Only recently, it was widely assumed that if Trump fired Mueller, many Republicans would rise up to defend our institutions. Now[...]



We need to frame the mid terms as the election of our lifetimes. And NO, Trump won't resign.

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 02:25:45 +0000

He won’t be like Nixon, a man w/plenty of his own mental/emotional  problems, but STILL an inherently sane man.  I am just gob smacked by those here who think Trump will resign. Never seen a bigger case of wishful thinking. I do NOT think Trump will resign because of his sexual assaults. I do NOT think Trump will resign if Mueller finds him and/or his staff guilty of many things. I do NOT think Trump will resign for any reason, including “shooting a person on 5th Avenue.”  This is what happens when you have a crazy man in the White House. And we SO do. Really, it isn’t even about Trump anymore. It’s about the GOP. And that’s what we have to remember. Trump is such an oversized carnival barker of all that’s wrong with this country, that we can hardly keep up with him, nor can his own party. But till the elections of 2018, pretty much no matter what Trump does, or what Mueller says, we’re stuck with him.  And NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE THAT. NOTHING. Unless the GOP makes the decision he’s hurting them much more than he’s helping them. And I see NO, ZIP, NADA evidence of that.  We CAN hobble him in the mid terms. How many delicious ways can I put this? We CAN make sure that he doesn’t have a congress of sickeningly sycophantic reps who give us no choices. We CAN make sure of this by winning either house, but both would be nice. I realize we face a very difficult map, but with all the retirements I would like to get a new look at such a map. In any case, after two years of Trump as our president, if this country does not rise up to hobble his power, then really, there is no hope for us.  We had one of the best presidents of my lifetime get “shellacked” in his first mid term. A typical response of this country when all the levers of power are held by one party.  IF this country can’t rise up to vote against that happening for Trump, with what they’ve seen in this last year, then we are beyond my hopes for us, and I will immediately start looking for my own Walden Pond. Because really, if Americans don’t get this, I no longer trust in Americans.  The Democrats must frame the mid terms as “an election of a lifetime.” That is my marketing in-put. Don’t ever assume mid terms are minor elections, which too many Democrats do. NO. NO. NO. In 2010 we not only got shellacked, we got gerry mandered in ways that have sucked the power out of us for almost 10 YEARS NOW. We need to frame this election as we would a presidential election, and maybe even more.  We need to frame the upcoming mid terms as “the election of a lifetime” and then we need to back that up with EVERY FREAKING REASON WHY. In fact, I submit my idea for the mid terms--- “the election of a lifetime” to the De[...]



AL-Sen: Doug Jones (D) Uses Richard Shelby's (R) Own Words Against Pedophile Moore (R) In New Ads

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 01:42:51 +0000

This fucking guy: In a 2011 radio interview, Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore can be heard saying that the removal of all constitutional amendments — including ones that abolished slavery and granted women the right to vote — after the Tenth Amendment would “eliminate many problems” in America. Moore, an accused child molester endorsed by President Donald Trump and funded by the RNC, made the comments while appearing on the conspiracy mongering show Aroostook Watchmen, according to CNN. When Moore was asked by the radio hosts about his thoughts on eliminating all constitutional amendments outside of the Bill of Rights, the GOP candidate responded, “That would eliminate many problems. You know people don’t understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended.” Here’s a little more info: Moore made his comments about constitutional amendments in a June 2011 appearance on the "Aroostook Watchmen" show, which is hosted by Maine residents Jack McCarthy and Steve Martin. The hosts have argued that the US government is illegitimate and who have said that the September 11, 2001, attacks, the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, the Boston bombing, and other mass shootings and terrorist attacks are false flag attacks committed by the government. (False flag attacks refer to acts that are designed by perpetrators to be made to look like they were carried out by other individuals or groups.) The hosts have also spread conspiracy theories about the raid that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden and have pushed the false claim that former President Barack Obama was not born in the US. CNN's KFile obtained audio from Moore's two appearances on the show. In the same June episode, Moore invoked Adolf Hitler in a discussion about Obama's birth certificate. In a May 2011 episode, Moore told the two radio hosts, who have repeatedly rejected the official explanation for the 9/11 attacks, that he would be open to hearings looking into "what really happened" on that day. In Moore's June appearance, one of the hosts says he would like to see an amendment that would void all the amendments after the Tenth. "That would eliminate many problems," Moore replied. "You know people don't understand how some of these amendments have completely tried to wreck the form of government that our forefathers intended." Moore cited the 17th Amendment, which calls for the direct election of senators by voters rather than state legislatures, as one he particularly found troublesome. The host agreed with Moore, before turning his attention to the 14th Amendment, which was passed during the Reconstruction period following the Civil[...]