Posted in Columns Wade Rathke

Georgia reveals the Trump Tribute

by Wade Rathke February 24, 2021 Atlanta     Big news in Atlanta was the seeming flipflop by former Senator David Perdue on his commitment to run in two years to reclaim the seat he recently lost…

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Posted in Insurrection 2021 News

Citing anti-KKK law, NAACP and Rep. Bennie Thompson sue Trump and far-right allies over Capitol attack

“Donald Trump needs to be held accountable for deliberately inciting and colluding with white supremacists to stage a coup, in his continuing efforts to disenfranchise African-American voters.” by Brett Wilkins, staff writer Tuesday, February 16, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis

The government Donald Trump left behind

Trump ultimately fell short on many of his signature promises, but his administration’s successes in cutting taxes, rolling back regulations and reshaping the judiciary will cast a long shadow. by Chris Morran Saturday, January 30, 2021…

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Posted in Analysis Pro Publica Right Wing Militias

Capitol rioters planned for weeks in plain sight. The police weren’t ready.

Insurrectionists made no effort to hide their intentions, but law enforcement protecting Congress was caught flat-footed. by Logan Jaffe, Lydia DePillis, Isaac Arnsdorf and J. David McSwane The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Wade Rathke

The scary Trump wannabes

by Wade Rathke January 4, 2021 Pearl River, La.    When Kentucky Senator and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is the voice of reason for the Republicans, you have to know we’re facing real trouble. McConnell had…

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Posted in Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

Members of Congress demand prosecution of Trump for election tampering

‘Open-and-Shut Federal (and State) Crime’ “We must hold him fully accountable, even after he leaves office. There must be justice.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Monday, January 4, 2021 Democratic members of Congress late Sunday joined…

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Posted in Analysis Politics

I never thought Democrats could win Georgia. Could it happen twice?

The critical Senate run-off race is too close to call. But a massive voter mobilization effort may just tip the balance. by Mary Fitzgerald Sunday, January 3, 2021 My mother was 23 when she accidentally got…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression

Trump accused of ‘criminal extortion’ after asking Georgia officials to ‘find’ 11,000 votes for him

“Knowing what Trump has said in leaked phone calls, just imagine what he’s said in calls that weren’t.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Sunday, January 3, 2021 President Donald J. Trump speaks on the phone as…

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Posted in Election Tampering News Race for the White House 2020

Trump calls Ga Governor and demands Dem vote be tossed. – Audio clip

‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’ by Meteor Staff from reports Sunday, January 3, 2021, 12:31 pm  MST In a recording of Trump’s call to Georgia’s governor yesterday, President Trump urged fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger,…

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Posted in Columns Elections Voter suppression Wade Rathke

Voter suppression unmasked and undaunted

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Pearl River.  What’s the saying, “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride….” The old Scottish nursing rhyme harkens to the days when the differences between the rich and poor might…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News Voter suppression

Civil Rights groups denounce Georgia officials for closing Early Voting Sites ahead of Senate Runoffs

“Restoring all early voting sites isn’t a concession—it’s restoring a baseline for voting access.” by Julia Conley, staff writer Thursday, December 24, 2020 Voting rights groups on Wednesday accused officials in at least two Georgia counties…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression

From ‘Alternative Facts’ to ‘Alternate Electors’: Stephen Miller pushes absurd new strategy in face of Trump loss

“They’re actively attempting a coup. It’s extremely stupid. But that is what it is and it’s beyond troubling.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Monday, December 14, 2020 As we speak, today, an alternate slate of electors…

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Posted in Arizona Elections

As more red states legalize marijuana, some officials try to nip it in the bud

“This is a bipartisan issue [and] I think we’re at a tipping point. We’ve passed it in big states and small states, liberal states and conservative states.” by Justin Franz December 9, 2020 With his state…

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Posted in Columns Race for the White House 2020 Wade Rathke

Election results stand, but not for lack of trying

by Wade Rathke December 8, 2020 New Orleans   In this time of radical polarization in American politics, I want to make sure there is a clear footnote to the Trump shenanigans that gives some praise…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Elections Politics Race for the White House 2020

Years of grassroots organizing forged Biden’s Georgia win

Atlanta, often called the “cradle of the civil rights movement,” was the birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr. and made up much of the congressional district represented by the late John Lewis. The story behind how…

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Posted in Analysis First Peoples News Navajo Politics

How Native Americans shaped Trump’s presidency – and helped bring him down

by Darren R. Reid, Coventry University Thursday, November 26, Thanksgiving Day When Fox News called the state of Arizona for Joe Biden, it sent shockwaves through Donald Trump’s campaign team. Since 1952, the state had only…

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Posted in Columns Elections Wade Rathke

Election security means standardization

by Wade Rathke November 24, 2020 New Orleans   Here’s a full disclosure first. I read everything that passes in front of me that is written by tech wizard and take-no-prisoner-analyst, Zeynep Tufekci, a professor at the…

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Posted in Columns Politics Wade Rathke

Did relational organizing do the job for dems?

by Wade Rathke November 25, 2020 New Orleans    Now that the transition has finally begun to the White House, the post-mortem on the recent national elections in the United States will begin in even more…

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Posted in Columns Elections Race for the White House 2020 Wade Rathke

The Bolivian election mystery

by Wade Rathke Friday, November 20, 2020 New Orleans   In the United States now we wait and watch while President Trump stoops to historically new lows in trying to subvert the vote of the people…

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Posted in Columns Race for the White House 2020 Wade Rathke

Clock ticking on Trump expiration date

by Wade Rathke Wednesday, November 18, 2020 New Orleans    The Trump meltdown is going from the dangerous to the ridiculous to the absurd now, and then back again to the dangerous. Everyone knows Trump has…

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Posted in Election Tampering Politics Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020

Trump campaign officials started pressuring Georgia’s Secretary of State long before the election

The Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, rejected repeated demands to endorse Trump. As the official overseeing the voting, he believed he should remain neutral. by Jessica Huseman and Mike Spies Long before Republican senators began…

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Posted in Common Dreams Courts News Politics

McConnell readies Lame Duck push to further pack courts with Trump’s judicial appointees

“That’s His Priority as the Pandemic Rages On” “It is literally sickening to see Mitch McConnell continue to indulge his partisan obsession with confirming far-right judges, instead of taking action on the Covid pandemic that continues…

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Posted in Analysis Elections Pro Publica Race for the White House 2020 Voter suppression

The Trump Campaign can’t find a judge who will ignore facts — but it’s trying

The Trump campaign’s legal strategy has come down to this: Even as judges dismiss lawsuits as baseless, it files nearly identical ones in new courts, hoping for more favorable judges. Failure has not slowed it down….

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Posted in Columns Elections Wade Rathke

People move on, politicians stuck in place

by Wade Rathke November 10, 2020 Columbus   It’s hard to call Ohio a battleground state once you look out the window and see Columbus in the rearview mirror. Trump-Pence signs dominate the roadways and car bumpers….

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