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The Postal Service is steadily getting worse — Can it handle a national mail-in election?

Postal delays and mistakes have marred primary voting, and after years of budget cuts and plant closures, mail delivery has slowed so much that ballot deadlines in many states are no longer realistic. by Ryan McCarthy…

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Wisconsin voters deliver a blow to block purges

New Orleans The days when Wisconsin was famous for dairy are long gone. In recent years it has been the home of partisan and ideological divide, voter suppression, anti-unionism, and just about every other rightwing fad…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020 The Conversation

How socialism became un-American through the Ad Council’s propaganda campaigns

Bernie Sanders was asked at a CNN-sponsored town hall about socialism. CNN screenshot Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy, Miami University Bernie Sanders has emerged and then dissipated as the Democratic front-runner in the race for the presidential nomination. The…

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Posted in Columns Elections Hightower Politics Race for the White House 2020

The irony of the centrist-progressive debate

Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can’t win “the middle.” But just look at the polls. By Jim Hightower | February 12, 2020 With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Off the wire Race for the White House 2020

Iowa caucuses did one thing right: Require paper ballots

“…Amid everything they did wrong, the Iowa Democratic Party did one thing right: It required that votes be counted on paper, and then tallied electronically. To those of us who study cybersecurity carefully, that’s crucial.”  …

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Posted in Campaign finance Dark Money Elections National News Off the wire Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

Donald and Ivanka Trump were involved in inauguration’s inflated payments to family business, new suit says

“Members of the Trump family were aware of and involved in the negotiation of this unconscionable contract,” the District of Columbia’s attorney general wrote in the suit. by Ilya Marritz, WNYC, and Justin Elliott, ProPublica January…

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Posted in Campaign finance Democracy Elections Off the wire Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression Voting rights

Don’t let your vote get stolen – 5 essential reads about disinformation in 2020

Who’s manipulating what you know before you vote? AntonSokolov/Shutterstock.com Jeff Inglis, The Conversation As the 2020 election season heats up, there will be a massive number of people competing for your vote. Only some of them…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Elections Off the wire Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter suppression

More and more on pernicious voter suppression

Culebra      This is a warning on the eve of a new year:  I’m obsessed with stopping voter suppression as we countdown the months and days to the election in November.  Besides my general obsession, I’m especially…

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