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#241 gmat

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 10:19 AM

View Postpnwguy, on 12 January 2018 - 04:13 PM, said:


I'm going to guess that the Florida GOP is going to follow the national playbook and do everything possible to keep those US citizens and immigrants from "shit-hole" countries from being able to vote. I'd venture to say that the former confederacy will be going all out on the disenfranchise front this year, and especially before the 2020-based reapportionment. They'll count them when it comes to state census for numbers of congressional seats. But they don't have to let them actually vote.

The GOP has been doing that with major prison sites too. They count for federal largess. But they don't get to vote on their representation.

Probably so.

That’s why the Dems need to focus on getting out the vote between now and November. Or better yet, now and June; use the primaries as a rehearsal for the general.

Get everybody registered (or re-registered, if necessary), ID’d, absentee ballots where appropriate, transportation to the polls where necessary...work th churches like they did in AL

I think the ROI on that kind of energy-allocation will be a lot better than freaking out every time Trump comes up with a new vulgarity



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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:22 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 13 January 2018 - 08:56 AM, said:

Well, sure -- but not all rocks are equal. Or dumb in the same way.

People are lazy and entitled. CA had good to great infrastructure and schools...a legacy of the 1960's. Voters take it all for granted. They haven't had to think about infrastructure for a while and they don't intend to start now, instead preferring to fall back on the anti tax, the "government doesn't do anything right", and the "too many Mexicans are here" rants to excuse their inattention.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:01 PM

View PostD. C. Sessions, on 13 January 2018 - 08:56 AM, said:

Well, sure -- but not all rocks are equal.

Yeah, the white one's are worth more.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:14 PM

 LFC, on 13 January 2018 - 02:01 PM, said:



Yeah, the white one's are worth more.

But are apparently dumber...

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 02:57 PM

View PostProgressive whisperer, on 13 January 2018 - 02:14 PM, said:

But are apparently dumber...

Dumb as a rock?
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:01 PM

I do believe we're back to where we started.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:22 PM

Not sure what it means, but recently found in a 1%er community.

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:27 PM

 LFC, on 13 January 2018 - 02:57 PM, said:



Dumb as a rock?

Some appear to dumber - recall Dump really did win in a landslide - if you only count white people’s voted.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 09:25 PM

View PostProgressive whisperer, on 13 January 2018 - 03:27 PM, said:

Some appear to dumber - recall Dump really did win in a landslide - if you only count white people’s voted.

Sooooooo ... (a dumb as) a rock landslide?
" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 14 January 2018 - 04:52 PM

Make of this what you will:

NM district 2's incumbent US House member (Steve Pearce, R) is leaving the House this year to run for Governor (to replace term-limited Susanna Martinez, R) [1].
The NM National Guard adjutant general, Brig. Gen Andrew Salas ®, announced that he was running to replace Pearce last year.

This week, he announced that he would be withdrawing from the campaign [2].

[1] One might wonder why he would choose to do so. Wonder away.
[2] Ditto.
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 06:43 PM

Martinez struck me as relatively sane, as ®s go. What are Pearce and Salas like?
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Posted 14 January 2018 - 07:20 PM

Dunno 'bout Salas -- he hasn't really been in politics much.

Pearce was a founding member of the Tea Party Caucus.

As for Martinez, let's just say that "sane as Republicans go" leaves a lot of room for destroying a State. And she's had a long time to do it. LGM had a recent essay on what she's done in her tenure, and it isn't pretty.
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Posted 15 January 2018 - 10:21 AM

How a Duke professor helped bring down NC’s controversial Congressional map

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With most of the maps, it being a Republican year, the 2016 precinct totals should have translated into a Congressional delegation split 8-5 in favor of the GOP.

The actual result of the General Assembly-written district map was a 10-3 split in favor of Republicans – an outcome Mattingly found would’ve resulted by chance less than 1 percent of the time.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 11:47 AM

Wisconsin Republicans just lost what should have been a gimme' seat in the State Senate.

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Democrats pulled off a shocking upset to win a rural Wisconsin state Senate seat Tuesday night, triggering alarm bells for Republicans across the state and nation.

Democrat Patty Schachtner defeated a well-known local Republican in a district that President Trump had carried by a whopping 55 percent to 38 percent just over a year ago.

Wisconsin Republicans sounded the alarm about what the results could mean, including that Gov. Scott Walker ®, who faces reelection next fall, suddenly looks considerably more vulnerable than he did one day ago.

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The district where Democrats triumphed last night covers the western sliver of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, encompassing some Minneapolis exurbs as well as a good swath of rural territory. Trump won it big after Romney carried it by a six-point margin in 2012, and it’s long been one of Republicans’ best-performing parts of the state. No Democrat has held this state senate seat in nearly two decades.

But Schachtner won by a nine-point margin despite the district’s strong GOP lean and her allies being outspent by GOP outside groups by a comfortable margin.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 04:49 PM

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The district where Democrats triumphed last night covers the western sliver of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, encompassing some Minneapolis exurbs as well as a good swath of rural territory.

This description makes the district sound the teensiest bit gerrymandered . . . . If so, that would only make the victory sweeter.
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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:02 PM

Well that's gotta' sting a little. Maybe Trump will just pardon them.

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In a nightmare scenario for congressional Republicans, the trial for two former Trump campaign advisers who were indicted by the special counsel investigating Russian collusion with the campaign will start right before the 2018 midterm elections.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected special counsel Robert Mueller's request to schedule Paul Manafort and Rick Gates's trial on May 14. The rejection sets the stage for a September or October trial—the most intense time for campaign season.

The trial is sure to dominate news headlines and presents another barrier for Republicans trying to distance the party from the Trump-Russia investigation or downplay it altogether.

Republican strategist John Weaver, who worked on both of Arizona Senator John McCain's 2000 and 2008 presidential bids as well as Ohio Governor John Kasich's 2016 White House run, told Politico the trial will likely affect early voting. “The timing of the Manafort-Gates trial will dictate major coverage going into early voting,” he said. “And this is without knowing for certain how many more indictments and how much closer this Siberian political cancer gets near the Oval Office.”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:10 PM

This should scare the crap out of people.

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Faced with the likelihood of a “blue tsunami” in the 2018 midterm elections, President Donald Trump is holding out hope that terrorists will attack the country, reported the Washington Post on Wednesday.

“In private conversations,” said the Post, “Trump has told advisers that he doesn’t think the 2018 election has to be as bad as others are predicting. He has referenced the 2002 midterms, when George W. Bush and Republicans fared better after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, these people said.”

Matthew Yglesias at Vox.com wrote, “(T)his is a frightening line of thought for an incumbent president and his team to be entertaining.”

“(I)f the president and his top staff are not so concerned with democracy but purely political power, that’s a terrifying proposition,” said Yglesias.

If Trump believes that a terror attack will be a boon to his political fortunes, asked Vox, “How hard is he really working to keep the country safe?”

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:12 PM

And Obama may be coming out of retirement to become a stronger political force.

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Close associates to the 44th president predict a politically active year, including campaign stops and other displays of public support. Obama will "continue to be politically active in 2018, with more endorsements and more campaigning," his spokeswoman Katie Hill told The Chicago Tribune.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 06:56 PM

View PostLFC, on 17 January 2018 - 06:12 PM, said:

And Obama may be coming out of retirement to become a stronger political force.

That's fine and I hope it will help. However, I wish more Republicans like Senator Flake (he of good rhetoric, but poor voting record) started talking about truth and the American Way. Flake's speech is quoted and annotated in WaPo. He was talking about truth. With elections upon us it's a good time to talk truth.

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We are not in a “fake news” era, as Bashar Assad says. We are, rather, in an era in which the authoritarian impulse is reasserting itself, to challenge free people and free societies, everywhere.

In our own country, from the trivial to the truly dangerous, it is the range and regularity of the untruths we see that should be cause for profound alarm, and spur to action. Add to that the by-now predictable habit of calling true things false, and false things true, and we have a recipe for disaster. As George Orwell warned, “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

Any of us who have spent time in public life have endured news coverage we felt was jaded or unfair. But in our positions, to employ even idle threats to use laws or regulations to stifle criticism is corrosive to our democratic institutions. Simply put: it is the press’s obligation to uncover the truth about power. It is the people’s right to criticize their government. And it is our job to take it.






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