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  • Redoing the Electoral Math

    09/17/2017 7:17:27 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 32 replies
    New Republic ^ | September 14, 2017 | John B. Judis
    If any force on Earth could be powerful enough to unite the Democratic Party, you’d have thought the words “President Donald Trump” would do the trick. Instead, Hillary Clinton’s defeat last November only served to intensify the split within the party. Nine months in, two warring camps continue to offer seemingly irreconcilable versions of what went awry and how to fix it. On one side, populists like Bernie Sanders and Rust Belt Democrats like Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio argue that the party lost by neglecting working-class voters while catering primarily to “identity politics.” On the other side, an equally...
  • College Park’s measure to let noncitizens vote did not actually pass

    09/16/2017 7:19:59 AM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 29 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | September 15, 2017 9:47 pm | Teta Alim | @teta_alim
    WASHINGTON — Noncitizens will still not be able to vote in local elections in College Park, Maryland, after city officials said Friday it did not have the required number of votes to adopt a much-debated measure. The announcement came several days after city council seemingly passed the measure Tuesday. The measure, known as Charter Amendment 17-CR-02, would have allowed noncitizens to vote in local elections. But according to the statement from College Park officials released Friday night, there were not enough votes. Most council actions require a simple majority, but changes to the charter require affirmative votes from six elected...
  • Robert Mueller, Meet Mark Zuckerberg

    09/15/2017 4:04:34 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 5 replies
    The candidate ads look like independent expenditures by a foreign national in a U.S. election in violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act. Under FECA, the term “foreign national” includes corporations organized under the laws of a foreign county or with a principal place of business in a foreign country. If done knowingly and willfully, such spending by a foreign national is a crime. But what about the First Amendment? That should not be a concern in this case. In 2012, after Citizens United v. FEC, the Supreme Court confirmed in Bluman v. FEC that barring foreign nationals from spending...
  • 'Slippery Slope'? Cities across the country allowing non-citizens to vote

    09/15/2017 4:58:49 PM PDT · by topher · 41 replies ^ | 15-Sept-2017 | Brooke Singman
    Brooke Singman By Brooke Singman Published September 15, 2017 Fox News Now Playing Maryland city considering letting non-citizens vote A small Maryland city drew national attention this week for allowing non-citizens including illegal immigrants to cast ballots in local elections – but it's just the latest municipality to do so, in a trend that has some worried the changing definition of 'voter' could erode what it means to be a citizen. “It’s a slippery slope,” said Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). College Park, which approved the policy Tuesday, became the 11th municipality in Maryland...
  • House GOP Worries About ‘Mass Exodus’ Of Frustrated Members

    09/14/2017 2:36:33 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 93 replies ^ | 9/14/17 | Cameron Joseph
    Following a rash of retirements, House Republican leaders are scrambling to get something done legislatively to convince other frustrated members not to toss in the towel in a tough political environment. It’s not much fun to be a House Republican these days. President Trump has repeatedly taken potshots at their conference. Primary challenges burble on the right. Congress has been unable to pass much meaningful legislation in spite of unified control of Washington. Every trip home means an earful both from liberals furious at their support of the president and conservatives irate they’re not doing enough to support his agenda. And members who haven’t seen real competition for...
  • Corker draws first primary challenger

    09/14/2017 2:29:16 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 20 replies ^ | 9/14/17 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) has drawn his first Republican challenger, days after allies of President Trump threatened to back a primary challenge in retribution for Corker's critical comments about Trump's ability to govern.   Andy Ogles, the head of the Tennessee chapter of the Charles and David Koch-funded conservative group Americans for Prosperity, kicked off his campaign Thursday. In a statement announcing his bid, Ogles blasted Republican senators for letting Trump down. "Republicans who promised to govern as conservatives if we would just ‘give them a majority’ are letting us down the most, including our Senators from Tennessee," he said in...
  • Senate Judiciary Committee clears four of Trump’s judges

    09/14/2017 2:25:40 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 9/14/17 | Alex Swoyer
    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced four of President Trump’s judicial nominees Thursday, including one appeals court pick who won unanimous approval from the panel. The committee voted 20-0 for District Court Judge Ralph Ericsson for the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Senators also approved two of Mr. Trump’s district court judges, Donald Coggins Jr. for the District of South Carolina and Dabney Friedrich for the District of Columbia, by voice votes. But the committee was more divided on Stephen Schwartz, Mr. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, clearing him on an 11-9 party-line vote. Sen. Dianne...
  • McConnell: Blue slips shouldn't 'blackball' circuit court nominees

    09/13/2017 2:52:54 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 18 replies ^ | 9/13/17 | Jordan Carney
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is weighing into a looming fight over judicial nominees, saying an obscure Senate rule shouldn't be used to block some judicial nominations. "My personal view is that the blue slip, with regard to circuit court appointments, ought to simply be a notification of how you're going to vote, not the opportunity to blackball," Mr. McConnell told The New York Times. The Senate's "blue slip" practice-which isn't a rule but a tradition enforced by the Judiciary Committee chairman-allows home states senators to sign off on a judicial nominee on actual blue slips of paper before the committee holds a...
  • Polls Show Roy Moore on Track to Crush Luther Strange

    09/12/2017 2:17:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 62 replies
    This is a typical “Tea Party” story you might have heard from 2010, and indicative of the GOP’s failed attempts to kill the Trump movement. Roy Moore appears set to steamroll Mitch McConnell-backed Luther Strange. The GOP has been pouring money into Alabama to try to defeat Moore, but it looks like a huge waste of cash:
  • Alabama Senate primary: Moore's popularity shakes GOP establishment

    09/12/2017 2:15:03 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 9/12/17 | Doug McKelway
    WASHINGTON –  In a political year that has blown up conventional wisdom, the special election to fill the Alabama Senate seat vacated by Sen. Jeff Sessions’ confirmation to Attorney General, may further upend the status quo. In an August 15th GOP primary, controversial former Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, bested interim Senator Luther Strange by roughly 6 percent, forcing a September 26 run-off. On primary night, Moore touted his maverick reputation. "I'm running to make a difference in Washington, and those in Washington are scared," he said.
  • You are not superior to me!

    09/12/2017 11:01:41 AM PDT · by areukiddingme1 · 36 replies
    Vanity | 12 September 2017 | areukiddingme1
    So, here we are, 2017. America finds itself bumping along with two distinct camps lined up vehemently opposed to one another, those that love the America of their grandparents era (1940s and 50s) and those that hate everything about that era. The left has long been at war with "the best ideals" of America and American culture. Why? Why does the left hate Mom, baseball, apple pie, Norman Rockwell, and Chevrolet? And love abortion, transgenderism, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, anti-Patriotism, anti-Americanism, and anti-Capitalism? Because the left could never measure up to the lofty goals that come with being that kind of...
  • Steve Bannon is recruiting a challenger for a GOP senator who has feuded with Trump (Corker - TN)

    09/11/2017 11:19:40 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 44 replies ^ | 9/11/17 | Peter Jacobs
    A Republican senator who was once on Donald Trump's short list for a Cabinet spot but has since feuded with the president could be targeted by a primary challenger backed by Steve Bannon. Trump's former chief strategist is seeking primary challenges to several GOP senators, including Sen. Bob Corker, of Tennessee, the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, according to Politico and CNN.
  • Republican Sen. Bob Corker weighing retirement, while another House Republican calls it quits

    09/11/2017 11:19:37 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 52 replies ^ | 9/11/17 | Sean Sullivan and Mike DeBonis
    Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) is considering whether to run for reelection or retire, he said Monday, drawing fresh attention to a dilemma with far-reaching implications for his party. Corker is an influential Republican who at times has clashed with President Trump. If he retires, it would probably put a seat that analysts expect to stay in GOP hands into a more uncertain state. It would also mark the end of the tenure of a well-respected member of the Republican Party’s mainstream governing wing, which has frequently collided with Trump and his nationalist, populist allies.
  • Norwegian votes to be counted manually in fear of election hacking

    09/11/2017 4:38:53 AM PDT · by Redmen4ever · 7 replies
    Barents Observer ^ | 9/11/17 | Thomas Nilsen
    People goes to the polls for Parliament elections on Monday, but results are likely not ready before Tuesday. Computer counting alone is not enough.
  • 2018 Could Be The Year Incumbents Are Shown The Door In A ‘Trumpian Manner’

    09/10/2017 6:21:10 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 43 replies ^ | 9/9/17 | Ginni Thomas
    Cuccinelli said Republican leaders like to play the “crisis game” of legislating up against a deadline or recess. In a recent Facebook post, he provided the empty leadership arguments given: If only we had [more power], things would be great. We need to just get past [current fight] and focus on [future election] so we can have [new higher electoral number] and then we will be able to [win policy we are not currently fighting for]. But they have “never played it with a president willing to take shots at them,” Cuccinelli said in this exclusive video interview.
  • 'The dogma lives loudly within you': The battle over Trump's effort to remake the courts

    09/10/2017 3:55:41 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 10 replies ^ | 9/9/17 | Alan Smith
    A whole heck of a lot happened this week in President Donald Trump's quest to reshape the federal judiciary. The ongoing effort turned particularly hot this week as Democratic senators moved to block two of his circuit court nominations while two of his other nominees to top courts were grilled during a Capitol Hill hearing. That hearing was followed up by Trump announcing his seventh wave of judicial nominees, an additional 15 names that are about to be submitted to the Senate, bringing the total number of district and circuit court judges he's nominated to roughly 50 — blowing far...
  • Liberal Groups Push Democrats To Slow Down Judge Confirmation Process

    09/10/2017 3:52:03 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 15 replies ^ | 9/9/17 | Daniel Marans
    A coalition of major progressive organizations has launched a campaign aimed at pressuring members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to slow down the confirmation process for federal judges, thereby limiting how many President Donald Trump can seat. “Tell the Senate Judiciary Committee: No lifetime judicial appointments for a white supremacist in chief with no respect for the Constitution or the rule of law,” Credo, one of the groups leading the charge, told activists. The coalition ― which also includes Democracy for America, Color of Change and UltraViolet ― plans to deliver petition signatures to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley...
  • Luther Strange Is in Trouble

    09/09/2017 2:48:14 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 36 replies ^ | 9/8/17 | Andrew Egger
    The best day of Sen. Luther Strange’s election campaign was Aug. 8, the day President Donald Trump tweeted that he had “done a great job representing the people of the Great State of Alabama” since being appointed to replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions and giving his “complete and total endorsement!” At that time, Strange was running neck-and-neck with fiery social conservative Judge Roy Moore in the polls, and it seemed possible that Trump’s endorsement would push him over the top in the race to Jeff Sessions’ seat. Since then, however, it’s been a perfect storm of bad news for the...
  • Trump promised Sen. Strange a rally, but it hasn't happened yet (poor Luther!)

    09/09/2017 2:43:42 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 14 replies ^ | 9/8/17 | Daniel Straus and Josh Dawsey
    President Donald Trump’s endorsement of Sen. Luther Strange was supposed to be the whole package: a tweet, a robocall and, at the right time, a packed campaign rally in Alabama like the one Trump enjoyed during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump himself promised Strange that type of rally in a recent phone call the two had, according to people familiar with the call. But with only 18 days to go before the Republican runoff between Strange and former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, the Strange campaign has been unable to schedule the event, and the White House has shown less...
  • If voter fraud by out-of-state Democrats managed to sway New Hampshire elections implications huge

    09/08/2017 10:11:21 PM PDT · by topher · 38 replies ^ | 8-Sept-2017 | John Fund
    Did voter fraud in New Hampshire save ObamaCare from being repealed? The Presidential Commission on Election Integrity is meeting Tuesday in New Hampshire and may eventually provide an answer. A debate is raging in the state, home of the first presidential primary, about whether state election laws were violated last November by out-of-state Democrats who entered New Hampshire and took advantage of the same-day voter registration law to falsely claim they were New Hampshire residents.