Category Archives: Politics

Insider elected chair of the California Democratic Party, Sanders wing sings protest song

Though not a Bernie Sanders supporter, I thought his candidacy was important and that he represented and continues to represent an essential perspective in American politics. Lost among many who don’t follow politics obsessively is the importance of elections for … Continue reading

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Joe Scarborough discovers Trump lies constantly, shares “news” with viewers (video)

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Trump and the cost of taking on the FBI

Much has been made of the loyalty of Trump’s base as he bumbles and stumbles through the first months of his presidency. All things, however, have their limits. On Friday, a new Reuters/IPSOS tracking poll showed Trump with a job … Continue reading

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Being insufficiently Trump in the Alabama 2nd Congressional District

Some Republican politicians deemed not sufficiently supportive of the president will almost certainly be getting a primary challenge from their right. Alabama Rep. Martha Roby (AL-2nd) is getting this treatment from State Rep. Barry Moore who has said he made the decision … Continue reading

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Schumer steps up

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CNN Panel: Is Trump competent to be president? (Serious question, BTW)

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NY Lt. Gov. Hochul (D) won’t challenge Chris Collins (R) in the 27th Congressional District

The 27th Congressional District of New York is in Western New York, containing most of the “eastern and southern suburbs of Buffalo, most of the southern suburbs of Rochester, as well rural areas to the east.” Chris Collins (R) currently represents … Continue reading

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What lessons should we take away from special elections in Georgia and Montana?

A question the answer to which will become clearer over the next several weeks is how much of an impact TrumpCare will have on special elections in Montana and Georgia. Democrats are hopeful the health care issue in particular will help … Continue reading

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Trump launches “election integrity” commission to justify bogus illegal voter claims

It has been widely noted so many insane things have been happening at the Trump White House that it’s easy to miss important things that are not particularly sexy. One such item is the expected launch, via executive order, of … Continue reading

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Electoral vulnerability makes a patriot out of one House Republican

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) certainly has her eye on the prize, i.e., reelection. She’s in tough to retain her seat in the 2018 midterms in a district that is trending blue. Surprise, surprise, she’s calling for an “independent investigation” into Russian … Continue reading

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Maine will use a ranked ballot for the 2018 U.S. Senate. Less important news is that Gov. LePage is not running

One of the few political figures in America who could give Trump a run for his money in terms of crudeness and mental instability, Governor Paul LePage of Maine,  has decided against a run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. … Continue reading

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FBI Director Comey asked for more resources for Russia probe days before being fired

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White House Deputy Spox says HRC would have fired Comey, so what’s the problem?

It’s not very intellectually satisfying to have to point out the obvious when countering the most recent stupid thing said by a Trump spokesperson, but that’s what has to be done. If we don’t, people who don’t pay enough attention … Continue reading

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Rep. Rod Blum loses it, and may lose his seat in 2018 (IA-1st CD)

Maybe Trump has made it a thing for Republicans to walk away angrily from interviews that aren’t going well. Following the president’s lead, Republican Rep. Rod Blum (IA-1) went a little crazy when asked what seemed like a reasonable question … Continue reading

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Tom Brokaw: The voice of reason amidst insane events (take a deep breath and see where the facts lead)

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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin gets it right. A grotesque abuse of power (video)

CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was as succinct as could be on the firing of FBI Director James Comey calling it a “grotesque” abuse of power and raising questions about what it means for the country.

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Obama: “You get the politicians you deserve” (video)

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Some difficult truths on TrumpCare

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House Republicans are hiding from their constituents over TrumpCare

POLITICO cited a crowd-sourced database called TownHallProject to report that “only 14 of the 217 House Republicans who voted for the TrumpCare bill – less than 7 percent — are listed as holding town halls with their constituents.” Presumably they mean … Continue reading

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New GOP super PAC is preparing to take Sen. Manchin down in West Virginia. Bet they can’t do it

Incumbent Democratic Senator Joe Manchin is up for reelection in West Virginia in 2018.  He first won the seat in a special election in 2010, so this will be his second shot at a full term. Manchin is a Democrat, but … Continue reading

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