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  • Election Day is just around the corner. I’m ready. Are you?

    10/19/2018 5:21:52 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 12 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | October 19, 2018 | Lily Eskelsen García, President of the National Education Associ
    I’ll never forget the first time I voted.It was way back in the, ahem, 20th century. I remember how proud I was to finally carrying out my civic duty and vote. I actually decided before Election Day to be a volunteer on one of the campaigns.  A great man, Senator Frank Moss, had led the fight on so many issues I cared about: Medicare, Social Security, assistance for hospice care, money for special education. I signed up to help him.He’d been in the Senate for 18 years. His challenger’s platform was pretty much that 18 years was too long to serve...
  • Iowa Absentee Ballot REQUESTS (Statewide, IA#1, IA#2) 2018 vs 2016 at equivalent points in election

    10/19/2018 4:43:34 PM PDT · by Ravi · 15 replies
    Iowa SOS ^ | 10/19/18 | me
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  • Breaking: Gov. Bill Walker drops out of campaign for Alaska governor

    10/19/2018 4:22:32 PM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 39 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | 10/19/2018 | Tegan Hanlon
    Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday he is dropping his bid for re-election and endorsing Democrat Mark Begich against Republican Mike Dunleavy. Walker made the announcement Friday afternoon at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, three days after former Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott stepped down from both his office and the re-election campaign over unspecified "inappropriate comments" he made to a woman.
  • Politico: Say, Republicans Might Hold Onto The House After All

    10/19/2018 4:01:51 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 53 replies ^ | 10/19/2018 | ED MORRISSEY
    Could Republicans do the unthinkable on November 6th and keep a majority in the House? Politico’s Rachel Bade calls it “unlikely,” but not impossible. Bade hears from Republicans and “even a few Democrats” that the political winds have shifted enough this month that it might result in a slight GOP majority once all the votes have been counted. ....Just about every poll predicts it won’t happen: Suburban voters are too fed up with Donald Trump, and Democrats too awash in cash, for Nancy Pelosi’s party not to seize the House on Nov. 6. And yet House Republicans — and privately,...
  • It Is Impossible For The Marchers To Get Here By Election Day

    10/19/2018 3:53:16 PM PDT · by knarf · 42 replies
    self ^ | October 19, 2018 | knarf
    Look at the map A thousand miles by election day is impossible for an army marching 25 miles a day.
  • Warren, Diehl to Dabate Tonght

    10/19/2018 3:53:08 PM PDT · by Sparky1776 · 27 replies
    Berkshire Eagle ^ | 10/19/2018 | AP Staff
    BOSTON — Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and her Republican challenger, state Rep. Geoff Diehl, are set to face off in their first debate of the campaign. The two will go head to head tonight at 8 in the televised debate on WSBK-TV. The debate will also be streamed live on Warren, a potential candidate in the 2020 presidential campaign, is running for her second six-year term representing Massachusetts in the Senate. Diehl, who co-chaired President Donald Trump's 2016 Massachusetts presidential campaign, is hoping to unseat Warren who has been a frequent critic of Trump. Warren on Monday released...
  • Playing Trump’s game in culture war a losing Dems’ strategy [but they aren’t]

    10/19/2018 3:43:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 6:27 PM EDT | Errin Haines Whack
    More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama’s citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric. After years of taunting from Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren revealed her DNA results this week proving her Native American roots. If it was an effort to take on Trump directly, it didn’t seem to work. The president continued his mocking references to her as “Pocahontas” and she managed to offend Native Americans who felt their heritage was being used as a political prop. […] As Democrats...
  • The Secret History Of The Saudi Consulate Affair: Turkey's Counter-Attack

    10/19/2018 2:56:05 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 18, 2018 | Melik Kaylan
    Almost everything we know about what actually happened in the Saudi Consulate comes from the Turks. Make that everything we know. And make that what we think we know. One thing is certain at this point. The US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi is dead. The rest, down to how long it took for the Saudi executioners to kill him – seven minutes – we have from Turkish sources. Now ask yourself – why are the Turks so determined to be so informative? The regime in Ankara is hardly a champion of human rights for journalists. Hardly a paragon of selfless...
  • Caravan migrants break Guatemala border fence, rush Mexico (Update)

    10/19/2018 2:56:02 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 72 replies
    AP ^ | 19 Oct 18 | SONIA PEREZ D. and MARK STEVENSON
    TECUN UMAN, Guatemala (AP) — Central Americans traveling in a mass caravan broke through a Guatemalan border fence and streamed by the thousands toward Mexican territory Friday, defying Mexican authorities’ entreaties for an orderly migration and U.S. President Donald Trump’s threats of retaliation. Arriving on the Mexican side of a border bridge, they were met by a phalanx of police with riot shields. About 50 managed to push their way through before officers unleashed pepper spray and the rest retreated. The gates were closed again, and a federal police officer used a loudspeaker to address the masses, saying, “We need...
  • Street artist Sabo places Maxine Waters’ head on ‘Halloween’ billboard

    Conservative street artist Sabo has found a new way to scare his fans. On Friday, an image of the artist’s latest work surfaced online featuring a “Halloween” movie billboard that displays the face of Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters instead of the head of horror movie killer Michael Myers. Sabo also added the words “#Uncivil Democrats” above the massive letters that spell out “Halloween.” (SABO) According to The Hollywood Reporter , the fourth installment of the 1978 original film has been advertised with massive billboards all over the city, but the one that now sports Waters screaming head sits above Pico...
  • War on Red State Values: Claire McCaskill Coming After Gun Shows, Semiautomatic Rifles

    10/19/2018 1:56:50 PM PDT · by familyop · 35 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 19, 2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Sen. Claire McCaskill’s (D-MO) staff already admitted she is open to a semiautomatic rifle ban, and on Thursday night, McCaskill made clear that she, too, is coming after gun shows. She also called for other gun controls and maligned the NRA for standing against infringement of Second Amendment rights.
  • Trump again attacks O’Rourke, tweets he’s ‘a lightweight’

    10/19/2018 1:33:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 3:15 PM EDT
    President Donald Trump is again attacking Texas Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke ahead of his Houston rally supporting incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. The president tweeted Friday, “Beto O’Rourke is a total lightweight compared to Ted Cruz, and he comes nowhere near representing the values and desires” of Texans. Trump added: “He will never be allowed to turn Texas into Venezuela!” […] Polls have O’Rourke staying within 10 points of Cruz in deep-red Texas. …
  • PAC won’t pull ad suggesting ‘lynching’ if Democrats win

    10/19/2018 1:17:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2018 3:18 PM EDT | Andrew DeMillo
    A political action committee said Friday that it won’t pull a widely condemned radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch African-Americans if they win in midterm elections in Arkansas next month. Vernon Robinson with Black Americans for the President’s Agenda said Friday that the group won’t cancel the radio ad running in the Little Rock area in support of Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill. He said the group also won’t pull a similar ad he says is airing in Missouri. The ads in both states are scheduled to run through Friday, Robinson said. “There’s no plan to change the...
  • JOBS NOT MOBS (Video ad)

    10/19/2018 12:00:29 PM PDT · by bigbob · 27 replies
    TRUMP 2020 via YouTube ^ | Oct 17, 2018 | TRUMP 2020
    1:24 video ad about the 2016 election - Two Choices
  • Judicial Watch Files Bar Complaint Against Christine Blasey Ford’s Lawyers

    10/19/2018 11:57:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 19, 2018
    Dr. Ford’s lawyers neglected to inform their client that she could have been interviewed by female staffers at home, in private rather than the formal hearing in Washington, DC (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a complaint to the Board of Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals of Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks, and Michael R. Bromwich for violating the rules of professional responsibility in their representation of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee during the hearings on the nomination of the Honorable Brett Kavanaugh. According...
  • Turnabout: Nancy Pelosi confronted by anti-Commie TRUMP supporters in Fla. (Video)

    10/19/2018 11:55:20 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 25 replies
    The National Sentinel ^ | 10/19/18 | USA Features
    Fair Play: Given all of the times Republicans have been confronted by angry demonstrators in public, it was only a matter of time before a Democrat was confronted by angry pro-POTUS Trump supporters. And it couldn’t have happened to a more deserving Democrat: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
  • Pritzker Vows to Fight Discrimination Lawsuit

    10/19/2018 11:55:07 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 19, 2018 | Tina Sfondeles
    The plaintiffs — all field organizers — allege that while the campaign has hired African-American and Latino workers, “the vast majority are herded into race-specific positions where they are expected to interact with the public, offered no meaningful chance for advancement, and receive less favorable treatment than their white counterparts who engage with, as the campaign sees it, a more desirable constituency.” “At all times relevant, the J.B. Prtizker for Governor campaign has been cesspool of racial discrimination and harassment,” according to the suit. The campaign also released information designed to poke holes in some of the allegations.
  • Midterm Elections: What’s at Stake in the House?

    10/19/2018 11:51:33 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 11 replies
    Schwab: Washington Watch ^ | 18 October 2018 | Michael Townsend
    The policy analysis provided by the Charles Schwab & Co., Inc., does not constitute and should not be interpreted as an endorsement of any political party. With the midterm elections now less than three weeks away, it’s time to look at the battle for control of the House of Representatives. Republicans currently hold a 236-193 majority, with a half-dozen seats vacant. Will they hold on? Or will Democrats seize control for the first time since 2011? Republicans go into the contest with a few disadvantages. First, history isn’t on their side. In 35 of the last 38 midterm elections, the...
  • Was Gary Hart Set Up?

    10/19/2018 11:50:29 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 72 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Oct 18 | James Fallows
    In the spring of 1990, after he had helped the first George Bush reach the presidency, the political consultant Lee Atwater learned that he was dying. Atwater, who had just turned 39 and was the head of the Republican National Committee, had suffered a seizure while at a political fund-raising breakfast and had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. In a year he was dead. Atwater put some of that year to use making amends. Throughout his meteoric political rise he had been known for both his effectiveness and his brutality. In South Carolina, where he grew up, he...
  • Man arrested for threatening Kavanaugh-supporting senators

    10/19/2018 11:45:25 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 10/19/2018 | Emily Saul
    Ronald DeRisi, 74, was taken into custody early Friday, and is expected to be arraigned later in the day in Central Islip federal court... The Smithtown man is accused of leaving disturbing voicemails on the senators’ office phones following their public support of Kavanaugh’s nomination and confirmation, in an attempt to discourage the pols from voting in the jurist’s favor. In one message left on Sept. 27, DeRisi allegedly said he had a “present” for one of the senators, growling, “It’s a 9 millimeter. Side of your … skull.”