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Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:27:28 +0000
So much for Obama being an unpopular President, eh GOP?
I’d say that President Obama has already proved that he is more “big league” than Donald Trump will ever be.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 17:37:38 +0000
Elite Daily put out a video that pretty much explains how Republican nominee Donald Trump nailed the coffin shut on his presidential campaign, and what little chance he may had to win before the final Presidential Debate. Calling the Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during the debate will most likely follow him the rest of his sad life because in essence, during his whole campaign, Trump has called all women nasty in one way or another. American women who have shown continued intolerance for Trump’s misogyny have turned the word “nasty” around to an idiom of strength, intelligence, and pro-choice/pro-women empowerment.
Here is the 59-second silent video. There’s no transcription as the text is all there, and it’s spot on.
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 04:03:49 +0000The final voter registration numbers look quite similar to those from 2012. And that’s very good news indeed. The Nevada SOS website has posted its final numbers for the close of registration for the 2016 elections. Overall, there’s a lot to be happy about. Here are the final numbers for Clark County among active voters: Democrats 438,822 (43.09%) Republicans 296,559 (29.12%) Independents 221,545 (21.76%) Total: 1,018,301 It warrants repeating that this election marks the first time that Clark County has ever had more than one million active registered voters. Our margin at the close of registration in Clark County is 142,263 among active voters. At the same point in 2012, it was 127,471. Here are the numbers for Clark County from the same point in time from 2012: Democrats 390,277 (45.82%) Republicans 262,806 (30.85%) Independents 151,490 (17.78%) Total: 851,803 So as we can clearly see, there has been a movement toward registering as an independent as both parties have taken a hit in Clark County percentage-wise from 2012 to 2016. And Democrats have lost a slightly larger percentage of the share of active voters than Republicans have. Nevertheless, at the moment, the Clark County numbers are still extremely solid. And whereas Clark County active voters comprised 67.73% of all active voters in Nevada in 2012, as of now, they comprise 69.52% of active voters statewide. And that figure will only grow as the population growth of Clark County continues to accelerate. But what about the statewide numbers this time around? They’re very solid, although not quite as good as they were in 2012. Here are the statewide figures among active voters at the close of registration for the 2016 elections: Democrats 577,679 (39.67%) Republicans 488,861 (32.60%) Independents 304,528 (20.79%) Total: 1,464,819 So Democrats have a statewide registration advantage of 7.07% among active voters. Here are the statewide figures among active voters at the close of registration from 2012: Democrats 526,986 (41.90%) Republicans 436,799 (34.73%) Independents 219,299 (17.44%) Total: 1,257,621 Again, it’s worth noting that on a statewide level, both parties have taken a hit since 2012. But the statewide margin for us in 2012 was 7.17% so we have barely lost any ground on that metric at all. And our margin of advantage among active voters was 90,187 among active voters in Nevada in 2012 and this time it’s 88,818 so there hasn’t been much change there either. Overall, we are looking at a slightly blue state. And it’s a state that promises to become more and more blue as time goes by, given the state’s growing diversity. For instance, in 2006, Latinos made up 24.4% of the population in Nevada. In 2013, that figure was 27.5%. In 2006 African Americans made up 7.9% of the population in Nevada. As of 2013, that figure was 9.0%. In 2006 Asian Americans made up 6.0% of the population in Nevada. In 2013, that figure was 8.1%. White, non-Latino persons made up 58.9% of Nevada’s population in 2006, but in 2013, that figure had plummeted to just 52.2%. So as we can clearly see, Nevada is not only one of the most ethnically diverse states in the country, it is also a rapidly changing state — one where diversity will continue to accelerate. And that’s a very wonderful thing. Unfortunately, I had to use archive.org to find all these figures on quickfacts.census.gov, so a link is not readily available. Quickfacts.census.gov has changed to some other website which is kind of incomprehensible so I prefer to use archive.org to go back and look at the different statistics that are available. Anyway, here’s a link to the NV SOS website where you can poke around and look at all kinds of statistics: www.nvsos.gov/... [...]
Sat, 22 Oct 2016 01:12:23 +0000On today's BradCast, as a major, mysterious automated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack took huge Internet sites like Twitter, Netflix and Amazon offline for hours today, Democrats and Republicans, including the President, continue to mislead the public about the vulnerability of our voting, tabulation and voter registration systems. [Audio link to show posted below.] Just weeks ago, as you'll recall, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security were warning of the vulnerability of U.S. election systems to intrusion, manipulation and attack from outsiders (and all but ignoring the more direct threat from election insiders). Now, as Donald Trump has ramped up his claims that the election is being "rigged", Democratic and Republican officials alike are claiming the opposite is true, that "there's no way to rig an election in a country this big". They are either misinformed or lying. Take your pick. Either way, they are misinforming the American people. I explain in detail on today's show. Speaking of disrupting the election... "Unnamed intelligence officials" float yet another warning of how bad actors could cause havoc during the elections in November. (And recent evidence suggests that route would be quite easy.) A federal court ordered Ohio this week to allow millions of unlawfully purged voters to be allowed to cast a provisional ballot this November, after the state's Republican Sec. of State Jon Husted (who also claimed this week that the election can't be rigged) fought an earlier court order to restore those voters to the rolls; Republicans in Tarrant County, Texas may have violated a federal court order by targeting Democratic polling places with an "EMERGENCY VOTER FRAUD ALERT"; The state of Utah (Utah!) has been moved into the toss-up category in the Presidential contest; Early voting numbers look promising for Democrats; Evidence that Donald Trump loved both Bill and Hillary Clinton very recently...at least until he ran for President, started losing "big league" and decided she was a "nasty woman"; And, finally, the GOP Presidential nominee offered a little noticed admission during the final debate that Democrats have been right all along the necessity of regulations on businesses. All of that and much more on today's BradCast, as our Shocktober Spooktacular continues... CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW!... * * * While we post The BradCast here every day, and you can hear it across all of our great affiliate stations and websites, to automagically get new episodes as soon as they're available sent right to your computer or personal device, subscribe for free at iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or our native RSS feed! [Cross-posted from The BRAD BLOG...] [...]
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:18:59 +0000
“I’m a Leninist,” Bannon proudly proclaimed.
Shocked, the writer asked Bannon what he meant.
“Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Bannon was employing Lenin’s strategy for Tea Party populist goals. He included in that group the Republican and Democratic Parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.”
Bannon went on to state:
“National Review and The Weekly Standard,” he said, “are both left-wing magazines, and I want to destroy them also.” He added that “no one reads them or cares what they say.” His goal was to bring down the entire establishment including the leaders of the Republican Party in Congress. He went on to tell me that he was the East Coast coordinator of all the Tea Party groups. His plan was to get its candidates nominated on the Republican ticket, and then to back campaigns that they could win. Then, Bannon said, when elected they would be held accountable to fight for the agenda he and the Tea Party stood for.
If they didn’t, “we would force them out of office and oppose them when the next election for their seats came around.”
[Emphasis added.] Read the article in its entirety, link below, and you'll see that Bannon is as good as his word. Neo-Nazi Dave Brat of Virginia was a replacement for Eric Cantor, when Eric Cantor didn't quite toe the Bannon line. Bannon is seeding the Republican party with his disciples. And Louis Gohmert of Texas conveniently fits in with Bannon's agenda.
... "Rep. Louis Gohmert, the fiery congressman from Texas, was also at the party. [where Bannon made these remarks] Gohmert, who is part of the self-proclaimed anti-establishment wing of the Republican Party, was an ally of Cruz in the government shutdown."
And so it goes. It will come as no shock that Bannon was asked to confirm these statements in a follow-up interview and denied ever having met the writer, let alone the statements.
Steve Bannon is the guiding force behind Donald Trump's power play for the throne of the White House. To narcissist Trump, the White House is just another icon on his personal Monopoly board. Steve Bannon, by electing Trump, plans to flip the board over. As Americans, we can no longer tolerate this active and openly declared subversion in our midst. Literally, we must act now to save our democracy from Steve Bannon and Donald Trump.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:09:02 +0000
North Carolina Republicans have done everything they can to restrict voting access for people they don't like (i.e. non-Republicans and voters of color, in particular). Remember that recent Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the state’s sweeping voter suppression law?
“The new provisions target African Americans with almost surgical precision” and “impose cures for problems that did not exist,” Judge Diana Gribbon Motz wrote for the panel.
Following that decision, many Republican-controlled Boards of Elections voted to slash early voting hours and locations, resulting in the long lines pictured above. But between the NC GOP's dogged efforts to turn people away from the polls, its reprehensible HB2 law, and Donald Trump, Republicans appear to have simultaneously motivated Democratic and Unaffiliated voters while demoralizing their base. This 2012-2016 comparison in returned early voting ballots as of October 19 represents a significant drop off in GOP ballots.
"Faced with a choice between one candidate they have been taught to despise and another they find appalling," writes the InsightUs blog, "it appears that over 40% of Republican voters are just tuning out."
Congrats to Gov. Pat McCrory and his fellow Republicans! These are some truly historic voter turn out numbers.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:14:11 +0000
Hillary Clintons website: Source
Guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave to care for a new child or a seriously ill family member, and up to 12 weeks of medical leave to recover from a serious illness or injury of their own.
Ensure hardworking Americans get at least two-thirds of their current wages, up to a ceiling, while on leave.
President Bill Clinton signed the Family Medical Leave Act. This alone guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave for families while protecting their job.
Hillary's Website: Source
Provide comprehensive support to survivors. Every campus should offer survivors the support they need—no matter their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or race. Those services, from counseling to critical health care, should be confidential, comprehensive, and coordinated.
Increasing prevention efforts. It’s not enough to address this problem by responding only once sexual assault occurs—we need to redouble our prevention efforts and start them earlier. We should increase sexual violence prevention education programs that cover issues like consent and bystander intervention and make sure we have programs not only in college but also in secondary school.
President Clinton signed the Violence Against Women Act. She also has the support of Joe Biden who authored it.
Hillary’s Website: Source:
Expand background checks to more gun sales—including by closing the gun show and internet sales loopholes—and strengthen the background check system by getting rid of the so-called “Charleston Loophole.”
Take on the gun lobby by removing the industry’s sweeping legal protection for illegal and irresponsible actions (which makes it almost impossible for people to hold them accountable), and revoking licenses from dealers who break the law.
President Clinton signed the Brady Bill imposing a five-day waiting period on handgun purchases. He also signed the 1994 Omnibus Crime Bill which expanded the death penalty to drug kingpins and killers of federal law enforcement officers.
The reason I did this is because Donald Trump is thinking he is running against Bill Clinton with the way he has been attacking him. From 1994 -2011 President Clinton had to work with a Republican Congress. By the end of his term, we ended up with a budget surplus. President Clinton ended his presidency with an around a 60% approval rating. Bill Clinton is the first Democrat to win re-election since FDR. (look at my story on FDR) that won two terms. The ideas of Hillary have already been started. Let us continue progress and move forward not backward.
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:24:34 +0000
as of 10:30 Friday morning, October 21.
First the aggregators/models in all cases Clinton percentages or #s first
Pollster.com 48.1-41.0 down slightly in past few days with addition of things like IDC
RealClear Politics 4-way +6.0 with no tossup states 333 EVs
DailyKos 95% (340 EVs) US Senate 58% for 50-50 Senate
Five Thirty Eight
Now Cast 86.5%
polls only 86.2%
polls plus 83.5%
Huffington Post 96%
Princeton Election Consortium Baysesian 98.6% meta margin +4.9% US Senate 50-50 79% Metamargin +1.7%
Consensus on electoral votes 272 solid for Clinton
Uphot’s estimates on competitive states with running EV totals as each is added in
FL (29) 80% 301
NV (6) 79% 307
NE-CD2 (1) 71% 308
NC (15) 71% 323
OH (18) 55% 341
ME- CD2 (1) 50% (342)
AZ (11) 42%
IA (6) 40%
GA (16) 39%
Just noting that some of the other models/predictors are more favorable on the last three states
One more — Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball on the electoral college
Safe D 183
Likely 75 258
Lean 94 352
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:34:37 +0000
Guests: Heather Digby Parton of Salon, David Dayen of Fiscal Times...
On today's BradCast: Bad hombres! Nasty women! And SUSPENSE! Real coverage of the final Presidential Debate of 2016, some of which is almost guaranteed to piss off just about everybody in one way or another. You're welcome! [Audio link to show posted below.]
For our analysis of the final -- and, by our count, 25th! -- debate of the 2016 cycle, I'm joined once again by award-winning journalist Heather Digby Parton of Salon and the Hullabaloo blog, and by David Dayen, of Fiscal Times and author of Chain of Title: How Three Ordinary Americans Uncovered Wall Street's Great Foreclosure Fraud.
As you probably expect, we spend some time focusing on Trump's dishonest claims that the election is being "rigged" and his refusal to promise a peaceful transfer of power. But we also discuss the, at times, disingenuous outrage about it all from the media as well as both Republicans and Democrats, each of whom seem to have developed more than a bit of convenient amnesia about recent elections, about the mechanics of our electoral system, and even very recent assertions about all of the above.
Yes, election fraud and election integrity are topics about which we have some familiarity around here. And, while nuance and complexity and facts may not play well in the corporate media or among angry partisans near the end of an insane election cycle, no small amount of each are called for today. We do our best.
"Digby" and Dayen also bring insight on a number of the other surprisingly substantive issues raised at the debate (as well as important issues that, once again, were not), many of which have been largely overlooked in the wake of Trump's latest embarrassing tantrum(s)...
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Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:37:03 +0000x YouTube Video The third US Presidential debate, although maybe not as extremely low brow as the second, displayed more of the characteristics that make most US voters dislike Republican candidate Donald Trump. His bullying, constant complaints and interruptions continue to increase his reputation as the least rational of the two candidates. His most intelligent response seems to be, "Wrong!" He has cast the 2016 election as nothing but a bad reality TV show starring, of course, himself! As I take note of the many international news reports on his campaign, I am often embarrassed and disheartened. Is this really the face we want to show to the rest of the world? www.youtube.com/… One also trembles at the thought of his proposed new "Trump TV" network, especially when you consider just how willing he is to launch into potentially libelous charges without any verifiable sources to back him up. You thought Fox News was unfair and biased? Example pf Trump's willingness to make slanderous accusations: (Referring to the Clinton Foundation) "It's a criminal enterprise." Yet, as Clinton points out, The GOP candidate is completely unapologetic about any accusations of corruption directed towards him. "He never apologizes for anything." In fact, "The Donald" is launching his accusations of corruption and criminality from a very weak position on many fronts. I will remind the reader that the Attorney General of New York State sent a "cease and desist" letter to The Trump Foundation because the organization had been operating without proper certification. What really worries a lot of the public is just how nasty and uncivilized Trump has become during the campaign season, causing many lifelong Republicans to flee the party in disgust. There is apparently no step too low for Trump to take. He dragged the audience and moderators of the second debate through a dark miasma of sexual and personal innuendo and crass posturing. There is nothing in recent memory that can compare with that low brow and distasteful exercise in political self-destruction. Hillary Clinton has labeled Trump as a "misogynist” and “racist". At a speech in Seattle on October 15 Bernie Sanders echoed that view and it was reiterated again during that rally by Washington State congressional candidate Pramila Jayapal. Hillary Clinton described Trump's dangerous and frightening legacy when she confronted him on the violent tendencies of some of his election rally participants. "...a dark, and in many ways a dangerous vision of our country where he incites violence..." But in his usual arrogant and immature style, Trump simply nodded and then accused Clinton of causing the violence herself. x YouTube Video Currently our national news media and our political candidates suffer from an unfortunate lack of literacy coupled with a serious dearth of expertise in logic and rhetoric. The results are very clear for all to see - El Duce is now running for the White House! Ignorance is not a good excuse for the popularity of a man like Donald Trump. Inadequate education in law and civics has resulted in an uninformed electorate, for sure. There are millions of voters who are now all too glad to swallow false accusations "hook, line and sinker", as they say. P.T. Barnum quote: "A sucker is born every day". Apparently, Donald Trump's nomination for the presidency is one fine example of that tried and true adage… Granted, I wish this election were about the issues that affect people's lives on a daily basis: healthcare, environment, economic inequality, etc. But Trump's personal cult of fascism and intolerance must be challenged if we are to have any hope of protecting our constitutional civil liberties. The work of many generations is now at stake. The United States c[...]
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:49:10 +0000
Latest news out of West Virginia courtesy of the latest MetroNews Poll:
Democratic Candidate Jim Justice leads Republican Candidate Bill Cole by an 11-point margin in the race for Governor of the state. The MetroNews West Virginia poll of 408 likely voters was conducted from October 12th through the 17th after the second gubernatorial debate.
Justice leads 44 to 33 percent. The Mountain Party candidate Charlotte Pritt would receive 8 percent of the vote if the election were held today, while Libertarian David Moran would receive 5 percent. Nine percent of people polled are undecided on which candidate they’ll vote for on November 8th.
The poll was conducted by Repass Research and Strategic Consulting through interviews conducted on landline phones, cell phones and op-in internet panels.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:32:30 +0000
Not sure if this was posted already but … an incredible milestone was reached in this election: 200 million registered voters. And it’s not like total registrations have been ticking up slowly year by year for eons. This has happened relatively quickly, as noted in www.politico.com/...
The figure means more than 50 million new people have registered to vote in the past eight years. Only 146.3 million were registered as recently as 2008, when then-Sen. Barack Obama first won the White House — a remarkable 33 percent surge in the electorate during a single presidency.
This has direct political implications for this Presidential election today … and represents real peril for Republicans, especially in battleground states ...
The wave of new voters this year has dramatically favored the Democratic Party, according to TargetSmart, which analyzed the expected party preferences of the new registrants in 15 of the first- and second-tier presidential battlegrounds.
Overall, TargetSmart found that 42.6 percent of the new voters registered this year lean Democratic, and only 29 percent lean Republican (28.4 percent lean independent).
Worse for the GOP, registration trended more Democratic in every single battleground state, from a small margin in Georgia (4.3 percentage points) to massive leads in diversifying states like Colorado (29.3 points), Nevada (20.4 points) and North Carolina (9.2 points).
I think it’s fair to say that this represents early evidence of the incredible effectiveness of first Obama’s and now Hillary’s GOTV. We will see on Nov 8th how effective Part 2 of her GOTV efforts will be — getting those registered voters to the polls to vote. If I was a betting man I know where my chip would be placed ...
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:22:57 +0000
The latest news out of Vermont:
Results from the first head-to-head poll of the 2016 race for governor have arrived. And the VPR Poll, conducted by the Castleton Polling Institute, shows Republican Phil Scott and Democrat Sue Minter locked in a statistical dead heat with just under three weeks until Election Day.
The general-population poll of 650 Vermonters – it used both cell phones and landlines – was conducted between Sept. 29 and Oct. 14.
Of the 579 respondents determined to be “likely” voters, the poll shows Phil Scott taking 39 percent of the vote, and Sue Minter getting 38 percent. That’s well within the survey’s 3.9 percent margin of error, and means the candidates are locked in a tie as they head down the home stretch.
Lets not forget about this race. Click here to donate and get involved with Minter’s campaign.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:49:54 +0000
More good news today out of Indiana:
A new poll shows John Gregg, the Democratic candidate for governor, leading in the race over Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, but not by as wide of a margin as in another survey conducted this month.
Gregg is ahead of Holcomb, the GOP candidate, by more than 5 points in a Hoosier Survey poll released Wednesday by WISH-TV and Ball State University.
Gregg garnered support from 48 percent of likely voters to Holcomb’s nearly 43 percent. A Monmouth University poll released Friday showed Gregg with a 12-point lead over Holcomb.
Holcomb’s campaign had criticized the Monmouth poll as an “outlier.” But the new poll conducted Oct. 10-16 maintains a lead for Gregg heading into the last leg of the race. The Hoosier Survey represents responses of 544 likely voters and has a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points.
Lets kick some GOP ass in the Hoosier State. Click here to donate and get involved with Gregg’s campaign.
Thu, 20 Oct 2016 03:25:14 +0000
Latest news out of New Hampshire, Missouri and Pennsylvania courtesy of Emerson College’s last poll:
Four new polls by Emerson College show Hillary Clinton increasing her favorability and her support in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Missouri while, in Utah, Evan McMullin leads Donald Trump by 4 points, 31% to 27%, with Clinton taking 24%.
Utah, which has voted for Republican presidential candidates in every cycle since 1964, is a cause of concern for the Trump campaign. It appears that the divisive GOP primary, which was won by conservative Senator Ted Cruz with 69%, has left voters looking for an alternative to the GOP nominee. For example, 51% of Cruz primary voters are backing McMullin while 29% are voting for Trump. Among Utah’s Republican primary voters who supported the second-place finisher, Ohio Governor John Kasich, only 4% say they plan to vote for Trump in November. McMullin draws his strongest support from young people, ages 18-34. He is winning 36% of their vote while Trump and Clinton each get 22%. Trump leads McMullin 35% to 24% among those who are 55 and over.
In U.S. Senate races, Republican incumbent Kelly Ayotte is tied with New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan at 45% apiece after leading 48% to 46% in September. Ayotte has struggled to distance herself from Trump. GOP Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is now tied with Democrat Jason Kander at 44% after trailing Kander 42% to 40% in a prior Emerson poll. The Senate race in Pennsylvania has also tightened with the GOP’s junior senator, Pat Toomey, holding a 46% to 43% lead over Katie McGinty after leading McGinty by 7 points (46% to 39%) in August.
The polls were conducted mainly with landlines which is never the best way to poll but at least this poll shows improvement for McGinty than from their poll back in August. Nevertheless, these are still three races we can win. Click below to donate and get involved with Hassan, Kander and McGinty’s campaigns:
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:23:39 +0000Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America in support of former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto’s (D. NV) U.S. Senate campaign: Donald Trump's collapse is making a Democratic Senate majority possible, which is extremely bad news for John McCain and Paul Ryan. But it's excellent news for Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren -- and the entire progressive movement. John McCain is now preparing for the possibility Democrats retake the Senate. On Monday, he said Republicans would block any Supreme Court nominee Hillary Clinton makes -- even if that means years of gridlock and 4-4 ties on key decisions on voting rights, women's rights, and corporate power. Paul Ryan had his own freakout, telling right-wing voters that a Democratic Senate majority means Bernie Sanders could chair the Senate Budget Committee. (That sounds like a good idea to me!) Since Trump began sliding in the polls, one of the biggest beneficiaries has been Catherine Cortez Masto, the DFA Democrat running to succeed Harry Reid in Nevada's all-important U.S. Senate seat. Catherine has surged to a narrow lead in the polls over her right-wing opponent. But we have to get out the vote to ensure she wins. Of course, polls don't vote -- people do. That's why we're launching an urgent DFA Dialer this Saturday -- DFA members across America will be making calls to Nevada to help get voters for Catherine Cortez Masto to the polls. Will you sign up right now and help Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren significantly increase their power in the Senate? YES, to help flip the Senate, I can make urgent DFA Dialer calls into Nevada for Catherine Cortez Masto on SATURDAY (Oct. 22)! No, I can't get on DFA Dialer, but I will chip in $3 or more to help DFA and Catherine Cortez Masto win -- and put Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in power in the Senate. Catherine Cortez Masto took on Wall Street fraud when few other elected leaders in America would. She joined Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren to fight the big banks when their fraudulent practices led millions of people to lose their homes in the Great Recession. She'd make history as the first Latina in the United States Senate, ever -- and she would be only the second currently serving woman of color, joining Mazie Hirono. At a time when Donald Trump and his Republican allies are ramping up their hateful, bigoted attacks on Latinos and other people of color, we need to fight back and show that DFA members are committed to a reflective democracy. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto and are campaigning for her because they know this candidate from Nevada will be an important ally on the key issues we face. We need to elect Catherine Cortez Masto to help take the Senate back from Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio -- and ensure that we can nominate and confirm progressives who will lead the Supreme Court for a generation. Even better? Nevada is a key state for the political revolution in 2016. Strong progressive turnout could mean retaking the U.S. Senate AND flipping the state's legislature, where Republicans are hanging onto their majority by just one seat. Winning it back could stop the GOP's anti-choice, anti-worker, voter suppression machine in its tracks. Together, DFA members are closing in on 2 million (!) calls to elect down-ballot progressive candidates -- can you make just a few more DFA Dialer calls on Saturday for Catherine Cortez Masto? YES, to help flip the Senate, I can make urgent DFA Dialer calls into Nevada for Catherine Cortez Masto on SATURDAY (Oct. 22)! No, I can't get on DFA Dialer, but I will chip in $3 or more to help DFA and Catherine [...]
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:12:45 +0000
More good news out of Wisconsin:
A poll of Wisconsin voters conducted for End Citizens United by PPP shows Russ Feingold with a six-point lead over Ron Johnson in the race for U.S. Senate. Feingold leads with 47 percent to Johnson’s 41 percent.
In the presidential race, Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump by a 12-point margin, 50 percent to 38 percent.
Feingold has positive approval ratings among voters (43-41), while Johnson is underwater with Wisconsinites (39-43).
The survey, which was conducted from October 18-19 (completed today), included 804 likely voters with a margin of error of 3.5 percent. Eighty percent of participants were reached by phone, while 20 percent were reached online.
Lets keep up the momentum and win this race. Click here to donate and get involved with Feingold’s campaign.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:35:57 +0000Deplorable Donald Trump, for those who are living in a log cabin off the grid, is a wealthy (according to him) white guy running for President of the United States. Deplorable does not begin to define all that Trump embodies – ignorance of the constitution, sexism, racism, misogyny, white privilege, xenophobia, and institutionalized lying. And since this is a pro-science website, Trump’s anti-science beliefs fall far below the low bar I set for your average Republican. But his anti-vaccine rants are particularly loathsome. As I’ve written before, Trump is completely wrong about vaccines by claiming that the “massive combined inoculations to small children is the cause for big increase in autism.” Wrong Donald Trump, there is no scientific evidence that vaccines are related to autism. It’s hard to choose which of his hatreds are most dangerous, but I would nominate his anti-vaccine stance, because vaccines prevent diseases which can harm children, and protecting children has got to be society’s most important goal. A little less than 2 years ago, a Huffington Post/YouGov poll found only a modest ideological divide between Democrats and Republicans regarding the science of vaccines – in fact, the difference was 1 percentage point, or essentially, vaccine support was the same between adherents of both political parties. Unfortunately, the basket of deplorables hang on to every word uttered by the King of Deplorables himself, so one has to wonder if that difference has grown at all over the past couple of years as a result of Trump’s ignorant statements about vaccines. Lucky for us, we’ve got some data. Deplorable Donald Trump turning Republicans into anti-vaxxers The Daily Beast commissioned a study this past summer to examine whether there has been a change in attitudes towards vaccinations in the Republican Party. And guess what they’ve found? Republicans have become more anti-vaccine in a relatively short period of time. The survey of 400 people found that 25% of respondents affiliated with the Republican Party said that it was more like that they would not vaccinate themselves or their families. That is a remarkable difference from the approximately 90-95% vaccine uptake seen recently in the USA. By comparison, only 15% of respondents who identified with the Democratic Party said they would not vaccinate – this number is close enough to the national vaccine uptake rate to be considered essentially equivalent. And if we look at Trump supporters vs. Clinton supporters, 23% of the former were unlikely to get vaccinated versus 13.5% of the latter. There seems to be a strong correlation between Trump supporters and vaccine denial. However, as I’ve stated frequently, correlation is not causation. It’s impossible to “prove” that Trump has caused this decline in support for vaccines – for example, vaccine deniers may be predisposed to Trump’s anti-government message. Or, possibly, Trump supporters are disinclined to accepting real science, like they do with climate change and evolution, so rejecting the science behind vaccines just fits with the overall anti-science tropes of the deplorables. At a minimum, this study shows that there is a small, but significant and growing, gulf between Democrats and Republicans. The problem is that the selfishness and ignorance of the Trump supporters toward vaccines can cause great harm to children across the country, irrespective of their parent’s political leanings. Go away Trump Again, the deplorable Donald Trump is wrong on so many issues that I’m sure it would take a 1000 page [...]
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:36:18 +0000
More good news today out of Wisconsin courtesy of Monmouth’s latest poll:
In the state's U.S. Senate election, Democrat Russ Feingold holds a sizable 52% to 44% lead over incumbent Ron Johnson, with 2% supporting Libertarian Phil Anderson. This is down from Feingold's 54% to 41% advantage in August. Six years ago, Johnson unseated then-incumbent Feingold by a 5 point margin in that year's Republican wave.
"The race has narrowed but, Feingold remains well placed to return to the Senate barring any major shakeup in this race," said Murray.
Johnson's rating has improved a bit since the prior Monmouth poll, now standing at 40% favorable and 30% unfavorable, compared with a 34% - 30% rating in August. Still, Feingold's rating is nominally better at 46% favorable and 31% unfavorable, compared with his 46% - 26% rating two months ago.
In some ways, the Senate contest is being overshadowed by the presidential race. Currently, 23% of Wisconsin voters say Johnson has been too supportive of his party's presidential nominee, 14% say he has not been supportive enough, 35% say Johnson has given Trump the right amount of support, and 28% have no opinion. Johnson has been trying to walk a fine line with his endorsement of Trump. Nearly half of Trump supporters (48%) say Johnson has given his party's presidential nominee the right amount of support compared with 27% who say he has not given enough support.
On the Democratic side, 14% of Wisconsin voters say Feingold has been too supportive of Clinton, 8% say he has not been supportive enough, 50% say Feingold has given his party's standard bearer the right amount of support, and 28% have no opinion. Most Clinton supporters (71%) say Feingold has given the Democratic presidential nominee the right amount of support compared with just 12% who say he has not given enough support.
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from October 15 to 18, 2016 with 403 Wisconsin residents likely to vote in the November election. This sample has a margin of error of ±4.9 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute in West Long Branch, NJ.
Lets keep up the momentum. Click here to donate and get involved with Feingold's campaign.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 15:30:46 +0000
Priorities USA, a Super PAC supporting Hillary Clinton, is starting to spread the love downticket.
The group, Priorities USA, will run ads in the Manchester, N.H., and Philadelphia markets, as Senators Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania face difficult re-election battles.
The move is a new phase for Priorities. Mrs. Clinton's lead over Mr. Trump has allowed the group to focus on down-ballot races.
That's in addition to expanding the map for Clinton, including radio and television ads going up this week in Georgia. Yes, Georgia. It's not enough to have a Democratic president—she's got to have someone to work with in Congress, and it's a sure bet that won't be Mitch McConnell.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:55:01 +0000
How badly must Donald Trump be doing in Florida in the GOP’s internal polling?
Marco Rubio’s statement on Wikileaks may be our answer. He’s probably dragging Rubio down with him, which is a good thing for team D!
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:28:51 +0000
Received this e-mail today from comedian Sarah Silverman in support of Russ Feingold’s (D. WI) U.S. Senate campaign:
Hi Angels! It's your friend, Sarah Silverman.
Lemme tell you a couple truths:
Russ Feingold is one of the very few totally righteous politicians who has always voted on the right side of history. Even when, at the time, it was unpopular. He has that kind of foresight and vision -- and we need him in the Senate.
Plus, he's running against Senator Ron Johnson, who is a Trump supporter. STILL. Need I say more? I do?? Okay: Senator Johnson is a bought-and-paid-for Tea Party shill who has spent the past five years voting consistently in support of big corporations, and against middle-class and working families.
If Senator Johnson doesn't want to listen to Wisconsinites, he doesn't deserve to represent them. So let's get him out of office. Help to unseat this guy and replace him with an honest-to-goodness progressive rockstar, Russ Feingold. Donate $5 today to Russ's campaign and let's get Senator Johnson out of office.
Wisconsin needs a thinker in the Senate, not a company man towing the company line at the people's expense. Not a freaking Trump employee. Good Lord -- we gotta help Russ. Donate now and VOTE!!
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 12:10:32 +0000
If you are a reasonable person, then the polling numbers for the Presidential contest are undeniable. Hillary Clinton is not only going to win, but she will win with a stronger margin than any contest since Reagan in 1980.
If you are tired of Congressional gridlock, this election provides a singular chance to make a dent in it by supporting Democrats up and down the ticket.
The modern Republican Party is one who recently ousted their own Majority Leader, tinkers with shutdowns, and is cavalier with our sovereign debt. They have hobbled our Courts, and the government as a whole, by denying their responsibility in the nominations process. They voted over 50 times to repeal ACA to no avail; embodying the definition of insanity.
Little needs to be said regarding the Republican Presidential nominee, other than one simple fact. No matter how far he has strayed outside the bounds of common decency, the Congressional Leadership has been too craven to express their beliefs and values in opposition to him. Their desire to win now outweighs their principles.
The Republicans have surely lost their way. They should not be leading our Country.
End the madness and gridlock in Washington. Return the reins to the Party that actually gives a damn about governing, and values, and is not afraid to say it. Vote Democratic this Fall.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:19:45 +0000
So today is the deadline to register to vote in Nevada. Here are the current counts in Clark County for active registered voters:
The margin right now is 141,791. This could change given the fact that the county registrar’s office is probably playing catch-up given the amount of last-minute registrations that were likely submitted. I will be very interested to see what the final official numbers are. In any case, Democrats netted an additional 1,232 active registered voters in the last 24 hours for a really terrific day.
Early voting begins on October 22nd and lasts two weeks. Two of the prominent locations for early voting in Las Vegas are the Meadows Mall and the East Valley Community Center. In total, there are 97 early voting locations in Clark County, which is awesome!
Let’s kick some ass in Nevada!!!
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 03:43:26 +0000
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I. VT):
Since earlier today, 10,000 people have donated more than $400,000 to Catherine Cortez Masto, Deborah Ross, Maggie Hassan, and Katie McGinty.
That's how much people want Paul Ryan's warning about Bernie Sanders becoming chair of the budget committee to become true.
What you're doing for these candidates is yuuuge. It's game-changing for their campaigns. But there's still more to do, because we can do more than just take back the Senate. We have a chance to take back the House. It starts with helping candidates for Congress who are inspired by the political revolution.
So we're going to set an audacious goal that we don't know is possible to hit by tomorrow night's final FEC fundraising deadline – but it's one that is very important to try to reach.
Let's raise $1 million for candidates for the House and Senate by tomorrow's final FEC fundraising deadline of the campaign. Split a $3 contribution between Deborah Ross, Zephyr Teachout, Nanette Barragan, Tom Nelson, Pramila Jayapal, Rick Nolan, and Morgan Carroll.
Adding a contribution to these candidates – even if you've already supported them – is so important right now. Every poll shows these races within a handful of percentage points. And every contribution you make to these candidates will go to the critical work of communicating with voters and organizing for Election Day.
We don't know if we can reach $1 million for House and Senate candidates tomorrow. But it's very important that we try.
Adding a contribution to these candidates – even if you've already supported them – is so important right now. Every poll shows these races within a handful of percentage points. And every contribution you make to these candidates will go to the critical work of communicating with voters and organizing for Election Day.
We don't know if we can reach $1 million for House and Senate candidates tomorrow. But it's very important that we try.
Jeff Weaver Team Bernie
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:33:21 +0000
Ohio U.S. Senate Race Candidates
Rob Portman (R) (i)
Ted Strickland (D) - Former Governor
Portman - Public Policy Polling
44% Approval Rating
24% Not Sure
Strickland Public Policy Polling
31% - Favor
48% - Unfavorable
21% Not Sure
Head to Head
Portman 56% Strickland 40% CNN/ORC
Portman 51% Strickland 36% Public Policy Polling
Portman 54% Strickland 41% Quinnipiac
My Final Projection Rob Portman 53% (R) Ted Strickland 45% (D)
I thought Portman would be vulnerable and an easy pickup. Elizabeth Warren campaigned hard for Ted Strickland and it doesn't seem to be moving the polls much. In the 2010 Gubernatorial election, the last public policy polling was dead on. I don't think Ted Strickland was a good choice. I know Ohio Dems would criticize me for saying that. Would it be better if Richard Cordray is a statewide candidate again? Especially after Wells Fargo incident. In Wisconsin, we had a gubernatorial candidate that progressives were not excited about. I think my numbers are pretty good,
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:01:20 +0000The importance of winning back the U.S. Senate cannot be overstated. TobyRocksSoHard’s earlier recommended call to action hits home in fine detail many of the reasons why we need a Democratic majority in the Senate and why our nation would benefit from Democratic-run Senate. As Laura Clawson points out in a related front-page story, Republicans understand the ramifications of the Senate leadership changing hands, which is why they’re going deep into debt trying to buy their hold on the upper chamber of Congress. Most recently, David Jarman highlighted the three states most likely to decide which party controls the Senate. I just donated via ActBlue to the Upgrade the Senate effort to support Deborah Ross, Katie McGinty, Jason Kander, Catherine Cortez Masto, and Maggie Hassan—all great candidates and all well-known names with reliable support from our community. We need to do all we can to support these and other competitive Democratic Senate races to ensure that, as Toby’s story headline reads, President Hillary Clinton “can have one of the most productive and consequential first terms ever.” But what of the underdogs? The new kids? The Spielbergs and Kubricks? (H/T X Ambassadors for those refs.) As the good people at 90for90.org have listed, a number of unsung heroes are stepping up to the plate in Red States to challenge their Republican opponents and give them a reason to fight harder for their “safe” seats. Take Ron Crumpton of Alabama. After he had to cease his landscaping business due to a disability, he became a passionate patient’s rights advocate and activist. He’s running against Senator Richard Shelby on a platform that includes investing in education and infrastructure, ending for-profit prisons, raising the minimum wage, and rebuilding our nation’s social safety net. There’s also Caroline Fayard of Louisiana. At only 38 years old, she’s the only woman and by far the youngest in the race to fill the open Senate seat being vacated by Republican Senator of diapers fame David Vitter. She’s earned endorsements by Senator Mary Landrieu and the Louisiana Democrats for Education Reform, and is running on a platform that includes education and relief of student debt as well as energy security, infrastructure rebuilding, and putting Louisianans back to work. And Eliot Glassheim of North Dakota. He’s running to unseat Republican Senator John Hoeven. A Grand Forks City Councilman in the late 1990s, Glassheim put pressure on his colleagues to take swift action following the 1997 Red River Flood. The Bismarck Tribune highlights his goals of... ...making sure Social Security was available for future generations, increasing minimum wages, making community college free for those who couldn’t afford it, lowering student loan burdens, improving deteriorating infrastructure and helping women earn equal pay. “It’s 2016, and it’s about time women were treated equally,” he said, drawing cheers from the crowd. Witness Misty K. Snow of Utah, a traditionally very red state that is groundbreaking in that a new poll has independent candidate Evan McMullin beating both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Beating U.S. Senator Mike Lee is a long shot, but Misty Snow breaks even more ground—and makes history—being the first-ever transgender nominee of a major party [...]
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:49:20 +0000
Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) seemed to do some damage control on Tuesday about how Republicans might approach Supreme Court nominations if Hillary Clinton is elected to the White House.
“If that new president happens to be Hillary, we can’t just simply stonewall” her nominees, Grassley said in a conference call with local reporters captured by Radio Iowa.
The Iowa senator had been asked about the firestorm his colleague from Arizona, John McCain, sparked on Monday when he said he’d be willing to block any and all nominees to the high court a President Hillary Clinton might choose to fill future vacancies.
“I promise you that we will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up. I promise you,” McCain said during an interview with a Pennsylvania radio station. A spokeswoman later in the day tried to walk back some of McCain’s remarks.
Right but he can still hold up a current Supreme Court nominee. Lets get real, Grassley remembered what his job was because McCain idiotically reminded voters how much of obstructionists Grassley and his buddies have been. We may not be able to unseat Grassley but McCain deserves to get the boot. Click here to donate and get involved with Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s (D. AZ) campaign.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:18:44 +0000Guest: Pamela Smith of President of VerifiedVoting.org... There's been a lot of talk of "rigged" elections this year, but not only from Donald Trump and his supporters. Democrats, until recently, have also been warning that our electoral system was under threat of manipulation by outsiders. But, today, the President offered a very different message to voters, arguing that "there is no serious person out there who would suggest somehow that you could even rig America's elections." Huh? Well, that's confusing. So, we try and get a bit closer to the facts on all sides of this issue on today's BradCast. [Audio link to show posted below.] While Hillary Clinton appears to be opening up a substantive lead in a number of nationwide polls, Trump's rhetoric of a "rigged" election grows more desperate and incendiary each day. Oddly enough, however, his message does not appear to be winning over many converts. In fact, evidence suggests his own supporters are not growing less confident in the election, but his rhetoric may actually be improving confidence among Dems that votes will be counted as cast. But, is that confidence warranted? Just weeks ago Democrats were warning us about the possibility of voting, tabulation and voter registration systems being hacked by foreign entities like Russia. But now, many Democrats and Republicans alike, including the President in the Rose Garden today, are making the case that our election systems are secure and cannot be hacked. So which is it? I'm joined today, to try and figure it all out, by Pamela Smith, president of VerifiedVoting.org, a non-partisan organization which closely tracks voting and registration systems -- and their well-documented vulnerabilities to manipulation -- in all 50 states and at the federal level. As longtime BRAD BLOG readers know well, yes, our voting and registration systems -- in every state -- remain vulnerable to error and tampering by outsiders and, more directly, election insiders. Because we use computer tabulation systems, it's often impossible (as with touch-screens) or unlikely (as with op-scans) to know that results accurately reflect voter intent. That alone remains a threat to confidence in our electoral system, no matter how confident many would like voters to be today. "The challenge we have when we use electronic systems is that some problems that can be introduced into those systems are difficult or impossible to detect," says Smith. "Evidence-based elections is a really important standard for us to have nationwide. It builds confidence when jurisdictions can demonstrate that votes were counted correctly." Smith and I discuss all of that, examine some of the most vulnerable areas (Hello, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada!), and talk about what, if anything, can be done to try and assure that votes will be counted as cast in Election 2016 for President, Congress, the U.S. Senate, state and local contests as well as ballot measures and everything else. Much more detail than I can effectively summarize here. So, please give it a listen for yourself. Near the end, however, with voting already under way in many states and Election Day just three weeks from today, Smith adds this important thought: "The one way we know for sure that your vote won't count is to not show up. And, whether or not y[...]
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 01:09:24 +0000
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D. MT) in support of Governor Steve Bullock’s (D. MT) re-election campaign:
It’s not Election Day yet. Not until November 8th. But guess what?
Montanans are already voting. And if we want them to vote for Steve Bullock for Governor, we need to act fast.
First I want to tell you that Steve’s team needs to hit their goal to finish off the last 21 days of this campaign. Will you chip in $5 or more to help him out?
Next I wanted to tell you all the reasons that Steve deserves our help. Well, not ALL the reasons -- that’d be a really long email. I’ll just give you some highlights.
Steve’s a Montana family man. He and his wife Lisa were both born and raised here. They built a family here. They’ve got three kids in Montana public schools. You get the idea.
Steve knows how to get things done. It doesn’t matter who he has to take on. When the going gets tough, Steve gets going -- and he gets results for Montana families. Under Steve’s leadership, Montana’s economy is getting strong every day.
Steve’s taken on some of the toughest challenges facing our state. Last year he worked across the aisle to pass the Montana Disclose Act, to get special interest money out of our elections. He expanded healthcare aceess to tens of thousands of Montana families. He balanced our state budget, maintained our rainy day fund, reduced taxes and cut red tape.
Montanans can count on Steve. But right now, Steve’s counting on us. Samuel -- with Montanans already voting, this is our time to have the biggest impact.
Help me help Steve Bullock continue his service to the people of Montana. Chip in whatever amount makes sense, even if it’s just $5, to help Steve out.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:14:20 +0000
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D. MA):
With three weeks to go until Election Day, I’m criss-crossing the country to take back the Democratic majority in the Senate.
Because lets be clear: Electing Hillary Clinton for President won’t be enough for our country if we can’t confirm her nominees to the Supreme Court and cabinet. It won’t be enough if we can’t even get a vote on legislation like raising the minimum wage, or refinancing student loans, or equal pay for equal work.
And if the worst happens on Election Day and we have a President Trump, a Democratic Senate will be the only thing stopping his agenda from being rubber-stamped into law.
I hate to ask for money again, but it’s on a knife’s edge out there. And with three weeks to go, our Democratic candidates are having the kitchen sink thrown at them by Karl Rove, the Koch Brothers, and all the powerful interests.
Will you help us raise $10,000 each for Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada, Deborah Ross in North Carolina, and Jason Kander in Missouri? Even $5 makes a difference for a Democratic majority on November 8th.
The Republicans and their powerful friends are terrified that they’re about to lose the Senate – and they should be. Last week in Kansas City, Jason Kander and I spoke to an over-capacity crowd of more than 1000 people on a Friday afternoon. Hundreds more people couldn’t get inside. (Jason and I called that a high-class problem.)
And it’s not just Kansas City – I wish you could see the same energy and excitement that I’ve seen in Las Vegas and Milwaukee and Columbus and Manchester and Philadelphia.
People are ready for change – and they’re ready for a Senate that will stand up and fight for working families. But it’s up to all of us to make sure those people make it to the polls three weeks from today.
Please donate now to help Maggie, Catherine, Deborah, and Jason keep fighting back for the next three weeks. It will make a difference – a powerful difference – for our fight.
Thanks for being a part of this to the very end,
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 23:05:20 +0000Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Al Franken (D. MN) in support of Russ Feingold (D. WI) and Rep. Tammy Duckworth’s (D. IL) U.S. Senate campaigns: Two states we really need to pay attention to today: Wisconsin and Illinois. Democrats must win both to take back the Senate. First to the Cheddarhead state (that’s what they call it, right?), where Russ Feingold has his second debate today. Russ is a progressive champion. He had his name on campaign finance reform laws before Citizens United existed. If he wins this Senate seat, he’ll dedicate serious amounts of time to reversing that decision and be a steady ally in getting outside money out of our elections. But of course, the special interests know that too. That’s why they’re spending millions to defeat him. Debates are important moments and I’d like to make sure that Russ knows we’re with him. Russ’s campaign is trying to get 12,000 contributions to match the 12 right-wing groups supporting his opponent. Can you be one of them? Next to the Land of Lincoln, where Tammy Duckworth is racking up endorsements and working hard against the flood of special interest spending against her. Tammy’s faced some vicious attacks so far. But political ads don’t scare her. She’s a veteran and would never back down because of a little special interest mudslinging. And that’s a good thing -- because according to the New York Times, this seat is Democrats’ best pickup opportunity. That kind of talk is going to attract even more special interest attention. And yes, by “attention” I mean “huge amounts of money.” Which means we need to do everything we can to help Tammy. If you can, click here and contribute. Thanks for helping me help Tammy and Russ today! Al Click here to donate to Feingold and Duckworth’s campaigns. [...]
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:11:29 +0000
"Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?"
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus - Mary Shelley, 1818
It will not be enough to slay the monster, we must destroy the laboratory that created him.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:45:33 +0000Received this e-mail today from President Barack Obama in support of Katie McGinty’s (D. PA) U.S. Senate campaign: Katie McGinty (D. PA) History is made on the Senate floor, but it’s people like you who decide who stands there. That’s why I’m asking you to support my friend, Katie McGinty. I know that she’s the best person to fight for Pennsylvania’s working families — but with the polls in a dead heat right now, special interests are spending BIG money to protect Pat Toomey. Will you join me in showing Katie we’ve got her back? Pitch in $5 today to send Katie to the Senate floor to stand tough for Pennsylvania's working families. Throughout her career, Katie has proven she can get things done. She created jobs in Pennsylvania, and spent decades protecting the clean air and water around us. Katie worked closely with my own administration to implement the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid coverage to more than 600,000 Pennsylvanians. That’s a job well done. But here’s what worries me: If we lose in Pennsylvania, it paves the way for another Republican Senate majority bent on dismantling everything we've worked so hard to build. When I first stepped into the White House, I knew that it was the grassroots donors behind my campaign who helped put me there. Now Katie is looking to her team — you — to do the same. We need to give it our all. Chip in today to help Katie win: www.katiemcginty.com/donate There are just 21 days left until Election Day. What we do together in that short amount of time will win or lose this race — so let’s get to work. Thank you, Barack Obama Click here to donate to McGinty’s campaign. [...]
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:44:37 +0000Republican Senator John Bonacic, of Mount Hope in Orange County, who has held the office of New York State Senate 42nd District for eighteen years is willing to do anything to run unopposed. He has not had a challenge in the last three elections and he was about to go unopposed for yet another term. But, Pramilla Malick, who is with Protect Orange County and fights against the CPV Valley Energy Center in Wawayanda that is under construction, submitted to the New York State Board of Elections a petition with some 1,600 signatures for the opportunity to ballot. (The 42nd District includes Sullivan County and parts of Delaware, Orange and Ulster Counties.) Bonacic and his cronies have made three attempts to usurp the right of 42nd district residents to elect a state senator of their choosing. The following three attempts are clear proof that Bonacic knows voters will reject him if they have a choice. Here are his three unsuccessful strikes: New York state Board of Elections spokesman confirmed Bonacic’s campaign filed a general objection to Malick’s petitions but could not support it the required specific objections. Bonacic tried to deceive Democratic voters in his district to stave off unexpected competition for his seat. Bonacic had encouraged voters, including the elderly and infirm, to write in his name on the ballot. In his letters to voters, Bonacic never revealed that he was a Republican or that he was already assured of four lines on the ballot in the general election. If he had succeeded in capturing the Democratic line as well, he would have been the only candidate on the ballot in November. He once again failed as Pramilla Malick obtained over 95% of the valid ballots. Bonacic wasn’t going to stop there- Republicans then filed an abusive lawsuit seeking to hijack the democratic process. According to a press release issued by the campaign: “State Supreme Court Judge Gerald W. Connolly dismissed a lawsuit brought by Republican operatives that sought to have Democratic State Senate candidate Pramilla Malick’s name stricken from the ballot. If the suit had been successful, incumbent John Bonacic would not have had to face an opponent on Election Day.” Malick’s lawyer, Lawrence Mandelkar, termed the lawsuit “abusive.” He believes it was intended to force the Malik campaign to spend money defending itself in court so it wouldn’t have the resources to mount an effective political campaign. (The nine-term incumbent has no such worries; Bonacic has amassed $750,000 in campaign contributions and has not had to face an opponent since 2010.) “Voters are entitled to a choice when they go to the polls. This is a basic principal of democracy, but it’s not one that Senator Bonacic seems to understand,” charged Ms. Malick. She recalled that in the run up to the Democratic primary, Bonacic sent letters to Democrats urging them to give him their vote. The letters, which targeted the elderly and infirm, did not disclose the fact that Bonacic is a registered Republican, or that he was already guaranteed four other lines on the ballot. If he had succeeded in getting the [...]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 21:13:54 +0000
It was terribly difficult in a house with middle schoolers, but I found a pen. Then I dropped it off at the registrar’s office in person, which took less than 2 minutes (excluding travel time, since I was headed that way anyway). Tracking it online now…
So, screw you hatemongers. We’ll be here when you come to your senses, but you will be expected to behave. In the meantime, you’d better watch yourselves, because we are smart, and we know how to take care of ourselves, and each other. Enough is enough.
Edit 2:30 PST- time to go get the kids from school :D
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 20:42:05 +0000
Some more encouraging news out of Florida today courtesy of Quinnipac’s latest poll:
Florida: Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio at 49 percent with 47 percent for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Democratic challenger, compared to a 48 - 44 percent Rubio lead October 5;
Independent likely voters could be the key to the hotly contested U.S. Senate race in Florida, going 47 percent for U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Democrat, and 46 percent for Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. Democrats back Murphy 86 - 11 percent, while Republicans back Rubio 88 - 9 percent.
There are wide gender and racial gaps: Women back Murphy 51 - 42 percent, while men back Rubio 57 - 41 percent. White voters go Republican 56 - 38 percent, as non-white voters go Democratic 63 - 33 percent.
"Sen. Marco Rubio's upper hand in a too-close-to-call race is at least partially due to his scoring better than most GOP candidates among non-white voters. His third of the minority vote is largely due to his Cuban heritage. If he wins that will be a lesson for the GOP going forward," Brown said.
From October 10 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed:
660 Florida likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percentage points;
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:58:38 +0000
Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I. VT) campaign:
Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan issued a very dire warning this week. You need to see it:
"If we lose the Senate, do you know who becomes chair of the Senate Budget Committee? A guy named Bernie Sanders. You ever heard of him?"
You heard the man. Let's take back the Senate.
Four of our best opportunities to take back the Senate are in Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania. Each race is incredibly close. But if the Democratic nominees win, we will have a far more progressive Senate – and a majority to enact our progressive agenda.
The final FEC fundraising deadline of the campaign is Wednesday at midnight. Split a $4 contribution now between Catherine Cortez Masto, Maggie Hassan, Deborah Ross, and Katie McGinty before tomorrow's deadline.
How close are these races? The latest poll averages have Deborah Ross down by just two points in North Carolina. In Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto is up by two. Maggie Hassan is down by a little more than two points in New Hampshire. And in the tightest race of all, Katie McGinty is up by less than a half percent in Pennsylvania.
Four Senate seats we need for a majority. Four dedicated leaders who could serve with Bernie Sanders. At most a two percent difference in the polls for every race.
Your contributions can be the difference between victory and defeat in each of these elections. Small-dollar contributions from emails like this can push Catherine Cortez Masto, Deborah Ross, Maggie Hassan, and Katie McGinty over the top on election day.
With tomorrow's FINAL fundraising deadline for the FEC, the time is now for us to step up and help take back a Senate majority.
You can make the difference in this election to take back a Senate majority. Thank you.
Jeff Weaver Team Bernie
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:40:14 +0000
More good news out of Colorado courtesy of Quinnpiac’s latest poll:
Colorado: Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet leads El Paso County Commissioner Darryl Glenn, the Republican challenger 56 - 38 percent, widening a 52 - 43 percent lead September 23;
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet has a 62 - 30 percent lead among independent likely voters. He gets Democrats 95 - 1 percent, while Republicans go to Darryl Glenn 90 - 9 percent.
Bennet also leads among men, women, white and non-white voters.
"Sen. Michael Bennet is breezing to reelection in Colorado, a state that is morphing from red to blue with each passing election cycle," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
From October 10 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed:
- 685 Colorado likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points;
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 18:27:14 +0000Latest news out of Nevada today courtesy of Monmouth University’s latest poll: Turning to the U.S. Senate race, Rep. Joe Heck holds a small 45% to 42% lead over Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, with Tom Jones of the Independent American Party at 4% and "none of these candidates" at 5%. Heck led by a similar 46% to 43% in September and by 42% to 40% in July. Heck holds a 55% to 36% edge among white voters, compared with 52% to 38% in September and 47% to 35% in July. Cortez Masto has a 55% to 26% lead among non-white voters, compared with 55% to 32% in September and 49% to 29% in July. Neither U.S. Senate candidate has significantly raised their profile in the past month. Currently, 39% of Nevada voters have a favorable opinion of Heck and 32% have an unfavorable view of him, compared with a 36% favorable to 32% unfavorable rating in September and a 36% favorable to 19% unfavorable rating in July. While Heck's rating has held steady, Cortez Masto's rating has seen a slide with 29% of voters now having a favorable opinion and 36% having an unfavorable view of her. This marks a reversal of her 34% favorable to 29% unfavorable rating in September and her 29% favorable to 16% unfavorable rating in July, The Senate race has been characterized by charges that each candidate is unduly influenced by special interest groups. Overall, 36% of voters say special interests have too much influence over Heck, which is similar to the 38% who said the same in September. Likewise, 35% say special interests have too much influence over Cortez Masto, which is similar to 38% in last month's poll. Both candidates are dogged by their association with the top of the ticket, although Heck's problem is a little more complicated. Currently, 27% of Nevada voters say Heck has been too supportive of the GOP presidential nominee, 20% say he has not been supportive enough, 33% say Heck has given Trump the right amount of support, and 20% have no opinion. Heck recently withdrew his endorsement of Trump, which may be why 4-in-10 Trump supporters (41%) say Heck has not given his party's presidential nominee enough support compared with 42% who say he has given the right amount of support. On the other hand, more voters (42%) say Cortez Masto has given the Democratic presidential nominee the right amount of support, only 7% say she has not been supportive enough, 22% say she has been too supportive, and 29% have no opinion. Fully 65% of Clinton voters say the Democratic Senate candidate has given her party's nominee the right amount of support while just 9% say she has not been supportive enough. The poll does not give any clear direction on whether a connection to the top of the ticket can be used to sway the remaining persuadable voters. Among this group - including those who are undecided, are supporting a third party candidate, or are supporting one of the two major party candidates but may change their minds - 23% say Heck is too supportive of Trump and 11% say he is not[...]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 17:40:33 +0000Dear Future Democratic Majority, Secretary Clinton is poised to become the next president of the United States! Democrats stand to take back the Senate and now the House is in play! Donald Trump is so horrible that he is putting traditionally safe republican states into competition that could retake both chambers before the 2020 census! This is an unarguable fact given how Donald Trump has self imploded under the weight There ain’t no third party choice this time. of his own bigotry and narcissism. At this juncture in history the republican party has been exposed finally as the xenophobic, racist, deplorable, hypocritical, know nothing, underbelly that thought that George Bush Jr. could do no wrong. Even the media is hardly putting up the normal horse race false equivalency that Trump and Clinton are neck and neck. Republicans built this. The election of the first African American president, looking forward, not backward, unprecedented republican obstructionism, and massive inequality within our society; was enough to drive out the fringes of the republican party out in force. Trump has been a fantastic front man for high lighting to the American people just what a horrible party the modern republican party has become. Now. Secretary Clinton is expanding the map and going for the jugular. She is competing now in states that in a normal election year are Republican bastions. This means Texas. This means Arizona. This means Utah. Close your eyes. Imagine she wins your state and you, a former republican turned democrat, or democrat in a conservative district, or from a coal state, or from a flipped district victory, ect — You have been given a majority in the House that is nearly equal to that Obama enjoyed and sixty votes in the Senate. If you think your place is to serve as a counter to your party then you are wrong. (You were elected as a Democrat — if you run against your president and party you lose) Progressive democrats are expecting that the party adhere to their party platform. These aren’t just words that are meant to make people feel good. They are describing the aspirations of the modern democratic party and what, if given power by the people, will attempt to do. If you think that because you are from a traditionally red state that you can’t rephrase a progressive message in a way that would be palatable to a traditionally conservative audience then I suggest you take a case lesson from Bernie Sanders. If you think that the American people elected you because they don’t want to see Climate Change addressed then you are wrong. (You were elected as a Democrat — We know CC is real and it has to be addressed now. People don’t care if you are from a coal burning country. At this point you talk about restoring pensions, phasing out coal workers and transitioning to the next big thing like wind, solar, or hydro power) If you abandon your party on the Climate — you are paving the way f[...]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 16:07:18 +0000I’ve been out of town so I’m playing catch up with a few diaries. I received this e-mail from progressive Rep. Raul Grijalva (D. AZ) in support of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign: Ann Kirkpatrick (D. AZ) This is who I am -- I’m an Arizonan, I’m a Latino, and I’m a proud Ann Kirkpatrick voter. Arizona families don’t need more of the same leadership. We don’t need more years of John McCain, fighting for special interests instead of our needs. Thirty-three years is long enough. We need a new, principled leader in the Senate. I’ve served with Ann in the House for years, and I can tell you for certain -- Ann is exactly what we need. And we only have 22 days to come together and make that happen. I’m emailing you today to ask personally -- can you rush in a contribution to help her campaign in the final days of this race? Let’s examine the choice that Arizonans face this year. Ann is a proven ally for the middle class, fighting to create good-paying jobs in every corner of our state and supporting raising the minimum wage. McCain has voted against raising the minimum wage over 20 times, turning his back on thousands of Arizonans who only want a pathway to the middle class. Ann called for Joe Arpaio to resign immediately after a criminal investigation into his practices was recommended. John McCain said nothing. Ann will stand up to Donald Trump who she has called racist, sexist and unqualified to be president. John McCain endorsed Donald Trump more than 60 times. Ann has been a steady voice in supporting the DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform. McCain ran on “complete the danged fence” in 2010 to appease tea-party extremists and voted against the DREAM Act. Ann Kirkpatrick is focused on Arizona. John McCain has changed after 33 years in Washington and now puts his political career before doing what’s best for our state. If he wasn’t willing to stand up to Donald Trump for himself, how can we expect him to stand up to Washington insiders for Arizona? We need Ann Kirkpatrick in the Senate. And in these last 22 days, we all need to pitch in if she’s going to win. So please, if you can, make a contribution. Even if it’s just $5 or $10. Thank you. Rep. Raul Grijalva Click here to donate to Kirkpatrick’s campaign. [...]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:32:31 +0000
Some good new out of Wisconsin today:
Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold and Hillary Clinton have leads in their respective races in Wisconsin, according to a St. Norbert College Survey Center poll released Tuesday.
Clinton leads Donald Trump 47-39%, with Green Party candidate Jill Stein getting 3% and Libertarian Gary Johnson 1%. Only 5% said they were unsure.
Feingold has a 52-40% lead on current Sen. Ron Johnson. Of the 5% responding "not sure", Johnson has a 31-10% lead - but 59% of those say they still haven't decided, according to Wendy Scattergood, Assistant Professor of Political Science.
The poll surveyed 664 registered & likely voters from October 13th to the 16th. Lets keep up the momentum and win this race. Click here to donate and get involved with Feingold’s campaign.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 15:31:59 +0000By Karen Rubin, News & Photo Features I find it ironic that Republicans and especially Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are running on a “change” platform (that means change from a Democrat in the White House) and stoking and capitalizing on anger, frustration at the dysfunction, gridlock and polarization of Washington, when the source of the problem has been the Republican-controlled Congress. The Republicans in Congress who gathered together as President Barack Obama was wearing the oath of office and decided to make him a one-term President by causing his presidency to fail. That meant that the American people – who were losing jobs at the rate of 850,000 a month, losing health insurance at the rate of 20,000 families a month, losing homes, college and retirement savings, and were in a justifiable panic about the economy falling into a Great Depression – would also fail. Republicans, not Democrats, have used unprecedented tactics, including filibustering more than all presidents put together, shutting down government and threatening the full faith and credit of the US government to extort repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), which had been duly passed by Congress. Ah, that was in the few months when Obama actually had control of Congress – a majority in the House and a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. Then Ted Kennedy died, Republican Scott Brown took over, and progress that the American people hungered for was stopped in its tracks. Since then, the only major initiatives have come as a result of executive orders – climate action, immigration, raising the federal minimum wage and providing paid parental leave (only for federal workers and contractors). So sad, using the descriptor Donald Trump likes to tweet. Pathetic. Republicans are stoking the image of an America on the verge of Armageddon, an impending dystopia, because they believe it inflame their voters. But the reality is consumer confidence is up, employment participation, wages, real income are up, 20 million more people have health insurance. As Paul Krugman noted in a recent New York Times column, “Gallup finds that 80 percent of Americans are satisfied with their standard of living, up from 73 percent in 2008, and that 55 percent consider themselves to be “thriving,” up from 49 percent in 2008.” Indeed, the economic recovery, which Trump and Republicans chide as being slow (but breaking records for duration), would have been more accelerated were it not for their policies, consistently threatening to shut down government, default on the national debt, blocking funding for infrastructure projects or even disaster relief, as after Superstorm Sandy, cutting into the social safety net of food stamps and unemployment benefits (the list goes on). To the extent that Business requires some sense of stability, Congressional Republicans did their be[...]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:02:57 +0000It's Tuesday, October 18, and Day 247 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell decided no nominee would get any Senate attention: No meetings, no hearings, no votes. It's also Day 216 since Merrick Garland was nominated by President Obama to fill that vacancy. Senate Republicans are holding on by their fingernails to the hope that they'll keep the majority and have the chance to keep denying President Obama confirmation of his nominees until the bitter end. And there are an awful lot of nominees to deny. Senate confirmation of President Barack Obama's nominees slowed to a halt this election year, a common political occurrence for the final months of divided government with a Democratic president and a Republican-controlled Senate. The vacancy on the Supreme Court attracted the most attention as Republicans refused to even hold confirmation hearings for Merrick Garland, insisting that the choice to fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February rests with the next president. But more than 90 vacancies in the federal judiciary are taking a toll on judges, the courts and Americans seeking recourse. Obama has nominated replacements for more than half of those spots, including 44 nominees for the district court and seven for the appeals court. Yet the Senate has confirmed only nine district and appeals court judges this year — and only four since Scalia died. The U.S. court system has declared 35 of the vacancies "judicial emergencies," a designation based on how many filings are in the district and how long the seat has been open. There are 30 nominations already cleared through committee, just waiting for a floor vote. Some of these nominees have been waiting as long as 18 months. And it’s causing crises across the nation, justice delayed and denied. There's no indication that Mitch McConnell will all of a sudden be overcome with benevolence and grant these nominees—and President Obama—confirmations during the lame duck session. But we can help fix that. With a Democratic majority in the Senate next year, and 17 days between when it convenes and the new president is inaugurated, there's time for President Obama to renominate them and the Senate to confirm. It just means a Democratic majority, and that's in reach. Can you chip in $3 to each of these candidates to end Mitch McConnell's Senate leadership? No matter where you live, sign up with MoveOn to call voters in swing states from the comfort of your home. Get out the vote and take nothing for granted! [...]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 06:26:08 +0000
For the first time ever, there are over one million active registered voters in Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas). This is just astounding. Population growth has continued to be very strong in Clark County (even through the recession). In 2000, the population of Clark County was 1,375,765 and in 2010, that number skyrocketed to 1,951,269 for a 41.8% increase. A conservative estimate places the total population of Clark County at about 2,150,000 as of 2016.
And now for another milestone. We surpassed the 140,000 margin over the Republicans among active voters in Clark County. It will be so interesting to see what the final numbers are on Wednesday morning since Tuesday evening is the final deadline to register either in person or online in the state of Nevada. My prediction now is somewhere around 142,000.
Here are the current active voter registration counts:
So the current margin is 140,559 which represents a jump of 1,223 since my last report two days ago, or an average of 611.5 per day. These are very solid numbers. At the close of registration in 2012, we had an advantage of just over 127,000 among active registered voters. I will be so interested to see what percentage of the statewide active registered voters that Clark County comprises by the close of registration. My prediction is 71% so we’ll see if I’m right.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 01:07:27 +0000Guest: Former New Hampshire GOP Chair Fergus Cullen | Also: Good news for FL voters, more disturbing Rightwing terrorism, and a thought about that attack on a NC GOP election office... On today's BradCast, a self-identified "establishment Republican" pushes back against Donald Trump's claims that the election will be "rigged", but goes on to deny that his own party has promoted the very "voter fraud" conspiracies that the Republican nominee is now exploiting. [Audio link to complete show is posted below.] Trump has been increasingly strident of late in his rhetoric charging that the election is being "rigged" by "large scale voter fraud" and more. As he does so, his supporters are using more and more violent rhetoric to describe "bloodshed" and even assassination should their candidate fail to win on November 8th. As a disturbing Boston Globe report noted over the weekend, it has now fallen to establishment GOPers to try and calm the increasingly dangerous waters. Former New Hampshire GOP chairman Fergus Cullen, a self-described 'Never Trumper' who characterizes the increasingly violent rhetoric from Trump supporters as 'very scary', joins us today to rebut Trump's charges about fraud and decry threats of violence by his followers. "He's doing terrible damage to the Republican brand," Cullen says. "Even after he's defeated, he's going to be causing trouble for our party for quite awhile, probably, in terms of how it's identified in the eyes of millions of Americans." "On election night when Donald Trump is defeated, he's going to have a really important choice. Does he say responsible things that are aimed at accepting the outcome and telling his supporters that they should accept the outcome as well. Or, does he in fact pour gasoline on a fire, and continue the rhetoric that he's been using in the last ten days?" But later, in the course of our conversation, it took a very bizarre turn. Cullen went on to reject the very premise of the idea that the Republican Party bears some responsibility for the effectiveness of Trump's claims, given the party has loudly forwarded false claims of massive Democratic 'voter fraud', for political gain, for more than a decade. He doesn't think that has happened. "I don't think there's any argument that, certainly, some Republicans do believe that voter fraud takes place on significant scale enough to affect elections. I don't think the party has been pushing that line," Cullen tells me. As you'll hear, and as you might expect, that notion took me by complete surprise during the conversation. He compares "various conspiracy theories out there" with those from "the black helicopter crowd" and UFO spotters, but says "please don't blame the party for institutionalizing this nonsense." I remain as gobsmacked here as anyone who has ever spent more than 1[...]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:39:58 +0000This is a revised list of possible Democratic candidates for Governor of Wisconsin in 2018. The Comments on my last journal of this subject were generally positive. I was asked to widen my search and give a more detailed description of the candidates. Please if you voted in the last poll please do so in this one. Please, comments are very much welcomed. Tim Cullen - Former State Senator Tim is a former state senator from the Janesville area. He has expressed interest in running but he has also done so in the past. He was a former executive of Blue Cross/BlueShield. He was also Health and Human Secretary in Governor Tommy Thompson’s administration. Wisconsin's BadgerCare program was created when he was Health Secretary. Before he retired he was working with Senator Dale Schultz on a bipartisan plan to change the way we draw political districts. Jennifer Shilling - Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling is a state senator who defeated Dan Kapanke in a recall election for his vote on ACT 10. First elected to the state assembly in 2000. In 2014 She was elected the Senate Democratic Leader and is the current Minority Leader. Her main focus is college affordability for students. Kathleen Vinehout - State Senator Kathleen Vinehout was elected to the state senate in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. She ran in the 2012 democratic primary for governor. She expressed interest in running 2014 but was injured in a car accident. She is a small businesswoman and promotes the growth of small business. She currently sits on the small business committee. Ron Kind - Congressman Ron Kind has represented the 3rd Congressional District since 1997. He has been rumored to run for Governor and U.S Senate twice now. So far he has not jumped yet. He is a centrist and sits on the ways and means committee. Tom Nelson - Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson was former Majority Leader in the state Assembly, he ran for Lt Governor in 2010. He was elected Outagamie County Executive and is a 2016 candidate for congress. His main goal is to fight unfair trade deals and create family-supporting jobs. Peter Barca — Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca served in congress and currently serves as the Assembly Minority Leader . Peter Barca's main goal is to bring economic prosperity to Wisconsin. He also believes we should have a clean and open Government. Dana Wachs - State Representative Dana Wachs represents the Eau Claire area where he practiced law. His main bills that he proposed were 1. A member of the legislature has to wait 12 months before being able to become a lobbyist. 2. That employer must grant a paid day off to veterans on Veterans day. 3. Creating a referendum for nonpartisan redistricting. I encoura[...]
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 21:07:02 +0000Last night I read a diary on how Speaker Ryan's offices in Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin had full mailboxes. Apparently Paul Ryan was receiving a lot of phone calls asking him about his withdrawal of support from Trump; and his plans to bolster the GOP downballot. So I decided to telephone Trump’s other Worst Enemy, John McCain's campaign office in Phoenix this morning and chat with them. This is what was said: Staff: "Re-elect John McCain." Me: "Hello. Could you tell me what Senator McCain is doing to save Arizona from the Democrats?" Staff: "Just a minute." (different voice -- a male voice) Staff: "May I help you?" Me: "Yes, I wanted to know what Senator McCain is doing to save Arizona from the Democrats." Staff: "You're calling from California." Me: "What difference does that make? I have a home in both states. (A lie). And now I'm telling everybody about Dick Morris' book. (A real whopper.) So that's what I'm doing, what's he doing?" Staff: (pause) I’ll send you some literature. May I have your address, please?" Me: "I'm on the mailing list. I just want to know one thing. Is Senator McCain working to replace Trump?" (silence) Me still: "Hello?" Staff: "Yes -- no -- I don't know anything about that." Me: "So Senator McCain is just sticking to his knitting, just trying to get re-elected and forget about Trump? Or anybody? Is that right?" Staff: (pregnant pause) "Yes." Me: "Alright, thank you, enjoy your day." I doubt if they will enjoy much of the day over there at campaign headquarters because of this comment from a local businessman posted on the John McCain website, and it's not exactly atypical. "I do not appreciate your campaign using my business to stage a meeting place for your supporters. Over the last two days they've obstructed my parking laying out banners and signs across my parking lot blocking a path for exit in my parking lot. This morning dozens of your supporters met in my parking lot and frightened as good amount of my guests. We do not support you and do not appreciate your supporters littering my business with pamphlets and McCain propaganda. I do not allow your opponents to stage rally's at my business, so please stop staging these impromptu campaign meetings at my place of business." The man said, "littering my business with pamphlets and McCain propaganda." Oh, Sweet Jeebus, this is a hell of a long way from when the Straight Talk Express used to roll into town, with Big Name Republicans, straight from the Corridors of Power (straight from Hell, is more like it) and everybody used to genuflect! Oh, Arizona, Republican stronghold, bright red star in the firmament, where are you now? McCain is going to have so much fun being a re[...]
Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:12:47 +0000In 1927 author Sinclair Lewis, proved himself a soothsayer, with his bestselling novel Elmer Gantry. Donald Trump has adopted the mythical persona and taken it to new depths. Donald has made attempts to quote the Corinthians the “two” of them. Speaking of the Corinthians there is a passage in (1 Corinthians 13:11) “When I was a child I understood as a child and spake as a child. When I became a man I put away childish things,” Apparently Mr. Trump only believes in the first sentence because he has made no attempt to put away childish things. We have moved from the age of growth and optimism to relying on division, loathing and conspiracy to win an election. I am not going to make any pretense of false equivalency to make the point. This mess of an election process falls squarely on the shoulders of the Republican Party. The have nominated and allowed a man who makes fun of their heroes (John McCain) called their party boss a “disgrace” (Reince Priebus) and disparaged every thinking Republican from New York to California. Yet in some Kabuki dance of absurdity they endorse him but don’t support him, or it is it support…. ahhhh who knows. I do know what has replaced the TEA Party and its racist agenda is now Trumpism and its bigotry. When people in droves showed up less than nine months into President Obama’s ascendency into office, carrying racist signs, shouting slur laden epithets and vowing to “take our country back” the constant refrain from the right was, this is just a vocal group of concerned citizens expressing real anger. The “TEAtotalers” proceeded to take control of the House of Representatives and bludgeoned fair minded Republicans into submission. The knee-jerk response to anything out of the executive branch has been stunning. The prevailing joke is, “if President Obama found a cure for cancer the Republicans would blame him for ruining the pharmaceutical industry.” Now we have a group of misogynist, headed by the former head of the Right Winged conspiracy publication, Breibart News heading the Republican campaign for one of the most important elections in our glorious history. The comfort that racist and misogynist who feel supported by Breitbart executive Steve Bannon, is not hard to find just spend a second on their comment board. Just today in response to a Rep. Maxine Waters’ article someone calling themselves, ‘bluiddevil,’ wrote,” Maxine Waters, a female racist whose only purpose in D.C. has been to get freebies for her lazy non-productive un-patriotic ghetto district.” These same types of sentiments are now routinely a part of Trump gatherings. Men, women and unfortunately children, [...]