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  • Should We Reform the Electoral College?

    02/05/2018 9:04:48 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 66 replies
    Cato Institute ^ | March/April 2013 | Robert A. Levy
    Article II of the Constitution gives states broad authority to decide how their electoral votes are selected and divided among the candidates. In 48 states, the candidate who gets the most votes wins all of the state’s electoral votes. But the Constitution doesn’t require that rule. Maine and Nebraska have implemented district- by-district voting. One electoral vote goes to the winner in each congressional district, and the remaining two electoral votes are awarded to the winner of the statewide popular vote. Assume, however, that a state enacts a law giving all its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins...
  • November 12, 2012: George P. Bush Is Ready to Save the GOP

    02/11/2014 2:39:23 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 11/12/12 | Andre Tartar
    The Republican grousing began right away on Election Night once Florida began tilting towards Obama, with some on the right predictably blaming Romney as too middle-of-the-road, while the vast majority of GOP pundits zeroed in on what really lost them the White House: the party's horrendous performance among Hispanics, the fastest growing slice of the electorate. All of a sudden Fox News's Sean Hannity was in favor of "a pathway to citizenship" for illegal immigrants, and his peers were all gaga for rising Hispanic GOP stars like Florida Senator Marco Rubio, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, and Texas Senator Elect...
  • Disgraced Dem Party boss ‘proud’ of her DNC tenure (Debbie Wasserman Schultz)

    11/04/2017 7:58:16 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Gears of Biz ^ | November 4, 2017 | Bill Cooke
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has responded to a searing critique running the Democrat National Committee, saying she is ‘proud’ of her controversial tenure but failing to address claims she essentially handed over the party to Hillary Clinton. The former DNC chair issued a statement after her successor, interim chair Donna Brazile, released a book excerpt where she said Wasserman Schultz was ‘not a good manager’ and allowed Clinton to virtually take over the party even before she captured the nomination. ‘It was a tremendous honor to be asked by President Obama to serve as chair of the DNC,’ the Florida...
  • Threats are preventing Rep. Frederica Wilson from voting in Washington

    10/25/2017 9:29:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    MSN ^ | Alex Daugherty, McClatchy Washington Bureau
    Congressional Democrats celebrated Rep. Frederica Wilson on Wednesday by wearing stickers adorned with a red cowboy hat and posing for a group picture on the steps of the Capitol. But one notable person was missing: Wilson herself. A source close to Wilson confirmed that the Florida Democrat was not in Washington this week due to ongoing threats against her after she criticized President Donald Trump's handling of a conversation with the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed during an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger. Congressional vote tallies show that Wilson last voted Oct. 12, before the House...
  • Exploiting tragedy to excoriate Trump

    10/23/2017 10:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Southeast Missourian ^ | October 24, 2017 | Adrienne Ross
    I'm all about holding leaders' feet to the fire, even taking it to them hard if necessary. Being subject to a critical eye is part of their job, and it is our job as responsible citizens to hold them accountable. So yeah, I like it. What I don't like, however, is the abandonment of decency and truth for partisan political advantage. This is exactly what we are witnessing in this firestorm that Rep. Frederica Wilson has ignited with President Trump. The Florida congresswoman should be ashamed of herself. No evidence of shame exists, however. Rather, Wilson seems pleased with herself,...
  • Dem rep's office reportedly overwhelmed by calls amid Trump feud (Frederica Wilson)

    10/21/2017 12:36:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 21, 2017 | Olivia Beavers
    Rep. Frederica Wilson's (D-Fla.) offices in Washington and Miami have reportedly been inundated with phone calls and threats following a war of words with President Trump this week. Staffers at one point had to turn off the phones in Wilson's D.C. office after callers bombarded the phones lines, forcing many callers to only reach a voicemail, a local CBS affiliate reported Friday. The number of calls has apparently reached the thousands over the past few days, according to the report, which said that fax machines were turned over to investigators as threats rolled in, pulling in the Capitol Police, Homeland...
  • Rep. Frederica Wilson strikes back at John Kelly: ‘Lying,’ ‘racist’

    10/20/2017 7:06:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 20, 2017 | S.A. Miller
    Rep. Frederica Wilson on Friday accused White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly of lying about her and using a “racist term” when he publicly admonished her for politicizing the president’s condolence call to a Special Forces’ widow. Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine general whose son was killed in action in Afghanistan, on Thursday denounced the Florida Democrat for listening in on President Trump’s call to Army Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow and then accusing the president of being disrespectful. “He has my sympathy for the loss of his son, but he can’t just go on TV and lie...
  • Hillary’s Campaign Spokesman Calls Gen. Kelly ‘Odious’

    10/20/2017 1:52:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 19, 2017 | Chuck Ross
    Hillary Clinton’s former campaign spokesman called retired Gen. John Kelly “odious” on Thursday after the White House chief of staff and Gold Star father spoke about President Trump’s decision to call the families of four soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month. “Don’t be distracted by the uniform,” Brian Fallon, a CNN contributor and past communications director for Clinton’s campaign, wrote on Twitter following Kelly’s remarks. (TWEET-AT-LINK) “Kelly isn’t just an enabler of Trump. He’s a believer in him. That makes him as odious as the rest,” wrote Fallon, who is also an adviser to the Democratic political action committee,...
  • Jeb Bush praises Trump's leadership handling hurricanes

    09/08/2017 11:22:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | September 8, 2017 | Ashley Killough
    Jeb Bush offered some rare praise Friday for President Donald Trump and the way he's handling two back-to-back hurricanes. "President Trump has done a good job keeping, showing his concern for the victims of Harvey and I'm sure he'll do the same (for Irma)," the former two-term Florida governor said on CNN's "New Day." "The key, though, is to make sure Washington's here for the long haul, for the long-term. The intense hurricane season is all too familiar for Bush, who dealt with the catastrophic storm seasons of 2004 and 2005, in which eight hurricanes and four tropical storms slammed...
  • [FLASHBACK] Trump’s army: behind the scenes at a campaign HQ

    09/02/2017 3:31:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Financial Times ^ | October 21, 2016 | Courtney Weaver, US political correspondent
    It is late September, the morning after the first presidential debate, and the reviews for Donald Trump’s performance are grim. The betting markets, pollsters and most pundits have pronounced Hillary Clinton the winner. “Trump choked”, declares William Kristol, editor of the conservative Weekly Standard.Yet Randy Ross is a man in high spirits as he bounds into the Trump campaign’s downtown Orlando office. He watched the debate with other supporters, sipping white wine at a local bar. Despite the negative reaction elsewhere, Ross deems Trump’s performance “amazing”. “Hey! We’ve got the same shirt on!” he calls to a fellow volunteer, pointing...
  • Sunday Political Brunch—Will Florida Mark the End of Trump Presidency? (Jeb? Hahahaha!)

    08/20/2017 12:18:25 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Telegram & Gazette ^ | August 20, 2017 | Mark Curtis
    The “brunch” is on the road for the next two weeks, assessing what’s going on in the politics of some key states. Those states might decide the fates and fortunes of the Trump Presidency and the Republican-led Congress in 2018 and 2020, so let’s “brunch” on that this week: “As Florida Goes; So, Goes the Nation” – The Sunshine State is becoming a bellwether of American politics, not only a key battleground for the White House, but for Congressional influence as well. In the last ten Presidential elections, Florida has been on the losing side only once. Now, as the...
  • Republicans rip media, praise Trump Charlottesville leadership

    08/18/2017 1:34:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | August 18, 2017 | George Bennett
    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Republicans have faulted President Donald Trump’s response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., but there was little criticism — and even some praise — for Trump’s handling of the issue when more than 400 activists, donors and candidates gathered Thursday for a GOP dinner outside Boca Raton. There has been some “chaos and turmoil” of late, Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Michael Barnett acknowledged to the crowd at the party’s annual Lobsterfest event at the Polo Club. But, Barnett added, “God is on his throne, Republicans are in charge and...
  • A GOP lawmaker wants Trump to stop listening to Steve Bannon

    08/14/2017 9:10:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | August 14, 2017 | Sophie Tatum
    Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Florida, criticized White House aides Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller by name on Monday evening, arguing that it's "pretty clear" the two staffers think alt-right groups "should be accommodated." The GOP congressman's comments follow a weekend of unrest and violence in the United States as demonstrators took to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, where a white supremacist rally was scheduled to take place. One person died and several more were injured when a car drove through a crowd of counterprotesters. "I think that the President would go a long way toward improving his approval rating...
  • Jeb Bush slams ‘incompetence’ shown by Wasserman Schultz

    08/06/2017 6:20:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 6, 2017 | Julia Manchester
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) slammed the "terrible judgement" by former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) regarding a technology aide on her staff who is under investigation for fraud. "The incompetence and terrible judgment displayed by Debbie Wasserman Schultz and House Democrats is jarring," the 2016 presidential candidate said a tweet on Saturday. (TWEET-AT-LINK).....
  • Jeb Bush rallies Republicans to scold Trump on Russia

    07/24/2017 12:07:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 24, 2017 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Jeb Bush, former Florida governor, former presidential hopeful and former loud critic of President Donald Trump, has stepped back into the political arena to call out his fellow Republicans as hypocrites — for not publicly condemning Trump. Sigh. Why, why, why do these entrenched Republicans insist on picking public fights with their fellow GOPers? It doesn’t endear them to anyone but their own dwindling bases. And we know their bases are dwindling because try as they might, their candidates — their Marco Rubios, their Mitt Romneys, their Jeb Bushes — just couldn’t win against Trump. Yet six-plus months into Trump’s...
  • The simple decision Democrats must make in order to win again

    06/16/2017 11:43:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Florida Squeeze ^ | June 16, 2017 | Brook Hines
    A few weeks ago the new president of the Florida Democratic Party, Sally Boynton Brown, caught some flak when she told a group of progressives that changes in store for the party include messaging that makes a conscious appeal to emotion, and rigorous script testing, likely through soft polling and focus groups. The problem as many progressives see it is that after losing so much ground, message resurfacing is not the change we need. There is an urgent need to transform the party, to regain relevancy—and that doesn’t come with message tweaks more commonly associated with failed Centrist strategizing. Lucky...
  • Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s Mother, Mulling Run for Office

    06/14/2017 8:52:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Afro ^ | Lenore T. Adkins Special to the AFRO
    Months after campaigning for Hillary Clinton, Trayvon Martin’s mother is considering running for office herself, Miami news sources reported. “The only thing I can do is try,” Sybrina Fulton told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG. “And, I am not afraid to try.” Fulton spent part of 2016 campaigning for Clinton. In an op-ed she penned for CNN, Fulton explained she endorsed the former first lady because Clinton emphasized the Black Lives Matter movement and backed gun control efforts. George Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watchman, killed Martin, Fulton’s 17-year-old son, five years ago in Sanford, Fla. A Florida jury later acquitted Zimmerman,...
  • Florida Dems’ preemptive outrage levels rise over Trump Paris threat

    05/31/2017 4:01:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Palm Beach Post ^ | May 31, 2017 | George Bennett
    WEST PALM BEACH — Preemptive outrage levels rose precipitously among Florida Democrats on Wednesday over reports that President Donald Trump would pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson told reporters in West Palm Beach that U.S. withdrawal from the agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would be “a huge mistake – 197 countries signed that agreement, albeit a voluntary agreement. What we’re trying to do is save the planet from getting so heated up that there’s no return.” Nelson and others said Florida is in particular danger from sea level rise. U.S. Rep. Ted...
  • Jeb Bush on Trump: I predicted a chaos president

    05/19/2017 1:45:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | May 19, 2017 | Matt Egan
    Las Vegas (CNN) — Jeb Bush just gave the political equivalent of an "I told you so" to President Donald Trump. "When I ran for office, I said he is a chaos candidate and would be a chaos president," Bush said on Friday. "Unfortunately, so far chaos organizes the presidency right now," he said, speaking at the annual SALT hedge fund conference, which is headlined by bigwigs from the world of politics, finance, sports and entertainment. Bush said it appears the Trump administration is "living in the tyranny of the moment" instead of "executing on a clear agenda."(continued)
  • Sunshine State Battleground Poll: Trump's Approval Rating in Florida Remains Strong

    05/04/2017 10:02:48 AM PDT · by LS · 7 replies
    People's Pundit Daily Polling ^ | 5/4/2017 | Richard Baris
    The People’s Pundit Daily (PPD) Sunshine State Battleground Poll finds President Donald J. Trump’s approval rating in Florida far above his national numbers. The President is above water in his adopted state, 52% to 45%. Unlike other oft-cited surveys, PPD Battleground State Polls pegged President Trump’s victories on the statewide level in all but two states we identified as battlegrounds within tens of percentage points, including Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Our final PPD Sunshine State Battleground Poll released on Nov. 6 found him leading Hillary Clinton by 1.6%, rounded up to two points. He won by 1.2%....