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Virginia Governor Northam

03 February 2019 - 06:42 PM

I think there does need to be a thread on this topic. I considered starting one yesterday, but decided to procrastinate a little until we started to get a more accurate story.

I'd mentioned Ralph Northam in the thread on Virginia elections in 2013 (when he was elected Lieutenant Governor) and 2017, when he was elected Governor.

I'd observed that his biography looked more like a moderate Republican or an old school southern Democrat: from a small town on the Virginia Eastern Shore, went to Virginia Military Institute, after becoming a physician, served for a number of years in the military before entering politics. It seems that this picture extends to less admirable tendencies of racial insensitivity if not outright racism.

Whether that was or wasn't him in the yearbook picture, he approved the picture being there, so a distinction without a difference.

Coincidently, the current Lieutenant Governor is African-American. If Northam ends up resigning, Fairfax would be Virginia's second African-American governor (Doug WIlder was the first).

Of course, the Republicans are somewhat hidebound by their own hypocrisy. Did they say "Racism has no place in Virginia politics" after Charlottesville?

538: The four types of constitutional crises

18 January 2019 - 09:43 PM

This is kind of an interesting article. Gee, I wonder what led them to write it now?


I do wonder if the emoluments issue is in a fifth category. Namely, the Constitution is clear, but no implementing law exists. Most Amendments enacted in the last century or so include the clause that


The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Video: let's talk about that planned border wall

08 January 2019 - 08:53 PM

I stumbed across this YouTuber a couple months back, and the more of his videos I watch the more I like him.

On Trump's latest antics re: the border wall and declaring a state of emergency


The urban-rural divide

08 November 2018 - 09:01 PM

One thing that this week's election underscores is the urban-rural divide in the country. For example, two of the D pickups (as the vote totals stand right now) are urbanish districts centered on Salt Lake City and Oklahoma City. Yes, they're more or less urban, but...Utah and Oklahoma? So really urban vs. rural seems a much more significant differentiation than regional.

538's take (see the table broken down by party and categorization, which goes from 100% D in urban districts to 85% R in rural ones): https://fivethirtyei...e-to-democrats/

The obvious questions are 1) what is causing this? 2) can anything produce a more unified consensus?

Stormy Daniels' book about Trump

18 September 2018 - 07:53 PM

I should really wait until Friday...




1. Trump had a plan with "crooked Hillary" back in the day. About what, who knows.
2. President Toadstool has a rather nice ring to it.