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Community activists/ watch dogs demand senate reject Trump’s pick to manage US public lands

300+ Groups: ‘Worst possible person’   “When a nominee is clearly unfit for a position, it is the Senate’s constitutional and moral duty to reject the nomination.” by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Monday, August 3 Over…

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The West stays weird

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   We humped the highway back home through Texas. It was a great trip. It was time. We have some observations for what they are worth. We read that the governor…

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Mnuchin uses debunked GOP talking point to justify slashing $600 unemployment boost

The Millionaire Treasury Secretary is “Inflicting suffering on tens of millions of Americans by cutting unemployment benefits because of an anecdotal ‘some cases’ argument that has been refuted again and again is a stupid way to make…

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Counting matters

by Wade Rathke New Orleans   In yet another concern, with the US election looming ever closer, is a new report that Commerce Department officials and others around the White House are trying to speed up…

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BLOOMIE AND TRUMP

BLOOMIE AND TRUMP A bipartisan effort. By Khalil Bendib | February 26, 2020

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Obama eulogy for John Lewis includes powerful call for Americans to rise up for Voting Rights

“That seemed to me to be the most explicitly political Obama has been in his post-presidency.” by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Thursday, July 30, 2020 Former President Barack Obama on Thursday in a fiery eulogy of…

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Rathke: Protest by the powerless…congressmen

“The cap is off of that bottle! We’re now in the land of “no limits,” even in the halls of Congress. Everybody is ready to throw it up against the wall!”

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Economic recovery sputters as benefits expire, GOP takes heat

“Enhanced unemployment insurance benefits expire tomorrow because congressional Republicans failed to extend them. ‘Malpractice’ is far too weak a word for this epic, cruel failure.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer On May 11, Senate Majority Leader…

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Rathke: Lessons from the South for 2020

New Orleans      It may be too early to make a definitive list of lessons learned from the off-year elections in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Kentucky, but the one thing that seems crystal clear is that the…

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Rathke: “The Organizer” Comes to Ole Miss

Oxford   Having breakfast at the University of Memphis before leaving for Oxford, Mississippi, home of the University of Mississippi, we were in a good mood after the Hooks Institute event the previous evening.  We laughed…

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Rathke: Surging voter registration in the United Kingdom

New Orleans      Here’s an interesting voter registration story, but it’s not in the United States, but the United Kingdom.  I had been hearing about this phenomenon for weeks whenever I spoke with our organizers in…

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Rathke: Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me, says NRA’s Wayne LaPierre

New Orleans      It turns out that there’s a reason that Wayne LaPierre, the embattled chief of the National Rifle Association, doesn’t give many interviews to the press.  It because he comes off as an oblivious,…

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Rathke: When political parties lose control, welcome to crisis

New Orleans   Big ideas and popular demands move political parties, pro or con.  Politicians have to put their fingers in the air and see how the wind is blowing, especially if they lack core principles and…

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Rathke: How quickly can we get past impeachment?

New Orleans       Weather was miserable in New York as we schlepped from lower Manhattan to Newark Airport.  We prepared for the worst, but arrived early with hours to spare only to be victimized by almost…

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Rathke: In praise of door to door canvassing

New Orleans      In modern politics obsessions run hot and heavy as election day looms ahead.  One cycle it might be microtargeting with sophisticated databases categorizing voters and messages.  Another cycle it’s small donors and social…

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Rathke: We’re so sorry about Louisiana’s Senator John Neely Kennedy

New Orleans      Those of us who live in Louisiana or care about the role of the state and its people in public affairs are just as sorry as we can be every time our junior…

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Majority of Americans back Black Lives Matter protests and think demonstrations will help racial justice: Gallup poll

A new Gallup survey shows that 65% of U.S. adults support the protests. by Andrea Germanos, staff writer Tuesday, July 28 Nearly two-thirds of Americans support the nationwide protests for Black lives and racial justice that…

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Rathke: Voter Purges Coming in Wisconsin and Georgia

New Orleans       A Georgia judge allowed a 300,000 voter purge to happen hours ago in that state.  A lawsuit filed by Fair Vote Action seeking to prevent the purge will happen later this week on…

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Urban planning as a tool of white supremacy – the other lesson from Minneapolis

Minneapolis, a city still split along racial lines. Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images by Julian Agyeman, Tufts University The legacy of structural racism in Minneapolis was laid bare to the world at the intersection…

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New ACLU analysis of crime data shreds GOP’s argument against decarceration during pandemic

“With additional decarceral efforts, many further infections can be prevented in the… cities analyzed and many others.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Monday, July 27 An ACLU report released Monday uses data from 29 locations across…

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Texas is a mess

by Wade Rathke Wichita Falls   For years signs along the Texas highways, bumper stickers, and just about everything else proudly declared, “Don’t Mess with Texas.” It was classic Texas. Designed to stop litter with a chest-thumping…

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Polling shows Trump’s Secret Police in Portland — and GOP lawmaker complicity — could have 2020 consequences

MoveOn says voters are “fed up” with GOP senators from the battleground states of Arizona, Maine, and North Carolina “carrying water for him as he trundles toward authoritarianism.” by Jessica Corbett, staff writer Friday, July 24…

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The Constitution doesn’t have a problem with mask mandates

A protester during an anti-mask rally on July 19 in Indianapolis, Indiana, against the mayor’s mask order and the governor’s extension of the state shutdown. Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images by John E. Finn, Wesleyan…

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) listens as President Donald Trump talks to reporters in the Oval Office at the White House July 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: ScreenShot excerpt from photo by Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images).
Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus Elections News Voter suppression

McConnell proposing $0 in election assistance

“It is outrageous that this proposal contains not one penny to help states conduct safe elections during a global pandemic.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Thursday, July 23 Progressives are accusing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

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