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Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:41 pm
by Greg
Democrats shift toward impact on jobs as climate change moves to front of 2020 agenda:

". . . The proposal . . . calls for a special committee in the House to draft a plan by 2020 for a historic multitrillion-dollar federal spending and loan program with the goal of building a '100 percent greenhouse gas neutral power generation system' and providing millions of jobs in low-income areas."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics ... 955625b644

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:52 pm
by Okri

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:03 pm
by Sabin
I fucking love Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“What is this in reference to?”

Just... everything.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:40 pm
by Big Magilla
MSNBC just called him "The Manchurian President" which might be a better title for this thread.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:03 pm
by Big Magilla
And from Trump's neighborhood, no less!

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:47 pm
by Greg
The First Trumpsgiving Performed by Fifth Grade Kids:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gwgxf9e7AUc

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:33 am
by Precious Doll
Interesting developments in terms of US elections for the future:

https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-amer ... 50gdk.html

What the US should do, but I concede change is often reluctant and slow but all Americans who care about and want to improve democracy should read this opinion piece from Australia. Despite my dismay with politics in my own country one thing I can say in the positive is that I have ABSOLUTE confiedence in the manner in which voting is undertaken and carried out by a Government funded and independent apolitical body:

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal ... 50es9.html

The only aspect of the above article I disagree with is that this paragraph "Australians should be grateful to have a well regarded, independent agency doing the job – and resist all attempts to politicise any part of the public service, because it’s a slippery slope and the AEC might be next." I'm afraid numerous departments of the Australian Public Service have been politicised over the last 22 years (I should know - I spent my working life of 33 years in one of them and one only has to be familiar with local issues to see it across most departments), however the AEC is one of the few exceptions and the Australian public must diligent to insure that the AEC is never comprimised.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 6:53 pm
by Big Magilla
The Broward County re-count found fewer ballots for Nelson (D) but it's OK because the Broward County re-count has been thrown out because it was submitted two minutes late. It was two minutes late because the clerk uploading the count to the Florida Secretary of State's system didn't know how to work the website. Makes you wonder if Scott (R) and Trump don't have a point that something doesn't smell right when all the Broward County incompetence has benefitted Nelson to Scott's detriment.

The State will now go to a manual recount in all counties.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:04 am
by Big Magilla
Trump wouldn't know that. He's never purchased a box of cereal in his life. I doubt he's ever purchased anything for himself. He's always had flunkies around.

He's not having a nervous breakdown. He's having a fit because he didn't get his way like a petulant toddler. People keep hoping he cracks up and resigns ahead of his impeachment like Nixon but he's not about to make it easy for us. We're going to have to do the hard work or he'll be with us for the next two to six years.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:43 pm
by Greg
Trump may very well be having a nervous breakdown.

Trump: Photo ID Is Needed to Legally Purchase Cereal. (It Isn’t.)

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/11/ ... -isnt.html

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:20 pm
by Greg
Bill Nelson files lawsuit challenging Florida’s election signature match law amid Senate recount:

https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politi ... e-recount/

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 1:29 pm
by Mister Tee
Everyone knows my opinion of the Awards Watch folk, but I have to admit someone there came up with a good analogy for the pundit election reactions on Tuesday and the reality uncovered since: "On Tuesday, Republicans saw the Les Miz screening tweets. Now they're reading the actual reviews"

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:58 pm
by Greg
Rick Scott sues Broward elections supervisor over vote count:

https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politi ... ote-count/

"'I will not sit idly by while unethical liberals try to steal this election from the great people of Florida,' Scott told reporters as he stood on the steps of the Governor's Mansion in Tallahassee."

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:49 pm
by Mister Tee
The Original BJ wrote:As disappointing as the results in TX and GA (and maybe AZ) were, the optimistic read is that Republicans should be pretty scared of the narrow outcomes in all three. These are states that seem to have been "on the cusp" of turning blue for a while, that could very well be legitimate swing states in the next election -- assuming the upper Midwest reversion to its Democratic mean lasts, that's going to force Republicans to play defense in a lot of places it's used to having in the bag.


When people speak of the advancing demographics that will favor Democrats as time goes on, it's states like these three you note that they have in mind (along with some that have already moved into lean-blue territory, like NV and CO). GA and AZ were in fact pretty close in the 2016 election -- Hillary lost GA by 5% and AZ by only 3.5% -- but Dems have struggled up till now to make a similar showing in statewide races. Here, though, you have Sinema with a lead as outstanding ballots have come in, and Abrams behind by a miniscule 1.6%. The fact that Abrams didn't run the way Michelle Nunn did a few years back ("I'm really kind of Republican, honest") but as full-fledged Dem makes her showing even more impressive.

Texas, though, has been the truly tough nut to crack. The state has a significant minority population and has seemed for years like it ought to be trending blue, but GOPers have been routinely scoring 55-60% of the vote in statewide races. Until Tuesday. Beto's 2.6% loss-margin is breathtakingly close -- a quantum leap over what Dems have managed to now. (And he apparently made a big difference down-ballot, bringing along House members, State reps and judges in the urban areas.) It may be that he's a truly one-of-a-kind candidate and this won't be replicated -- but maybe not. Maybe he's just finally found the key that party folk have been seeking for a decade or more. Note: when Obama carried Virginia in 2008, LBJ in 1964 had been the only Dem since Truman to take the state (most Republicans had been winning the state easily). But it wasn't a one-off: Dems have now carried the state solidly in two subsequent elections, and Tim Kaine won re-election by a landslide. It's such a blue state at this point, one barely remembers how recently it wasn't. Maybe Texas can travel a similar route.

Which, for Republicans, would be death. Texas is the only EV-rich state the Pubs have been able to count on in recent years. There are plenty of big boppers they compete for -- GA, NC, OH, FL of course. But TX is the only one they've been able to take for granted. Take it away, and they're in dire shape. Consider this: Trump could pull off his improbable WI/MI/PA parley in 2016 -- but if TX had gone the other way, Hillary would have won the College. Simply moving the state to swing status -- alongside FL, NC, OH, all states that have been carried by more than one party in the past three elections -- would make the GOP task massively more difficult.

By the way, wave update: It's now almost definitively a wave, with late-breaking calls leaving Dems looking at something like 37 House seats, maybe even 40; with Sinema looking very possible to take AZ Senate; and with FL numbers getting so crazy close that a hand recount will have to be done, which might uncover issues in Broward count that could reverse the Senate call (and even conceivably rescue Gillum). It's possible we'll end this process with Dems losing only one Senate seat -- which, given the map they faced, would be outstanding. Nate Silver notes tonight that some pundits will need to revise the analyses they hastily wrote between 8 and 9 PM ET on Tuesday and have been clinging to since.

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:21 pm
by Greg
Here's a thought:

Someone who was an infant during the Bush/Gore recount could now have his/her vote be part of the Nelson/Scott and Gillum/DeSantis recounts.