Posted in Analysis Elections Kaiser Health News Politics Race for the White House 2020

‘It’s science, stupid’: A school subject emerges as a hot-button political issue

  Victoria Knight October 30, 2020 At the top of Dr. Hiral Tipirneni’s to-do list if she wins her congressional race: work with other elected officials to encourage mask mandates and to beef up COVID-19 testing…

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Posted in Columns Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Productive incoherence and thinking differently about change

by Wade Rathke October 24, 2020 Pearl River   A book entitled, The Sex Obsession: Perversity and Possibility in American Politics, arrives in the mail with the word SEX in capital red letters along with obsession…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail Voter suppression

Trump lawsuit to stop mail-In vote counting in Nevada condemned as suppression attempt

“This suit is nothing but a sham.”  ‘Obvious’ and ‘Desperate’ by Jake Johnson, staff writer Saturday, October 24 In a move the Nevada Democratic Party denounced as a “desperate play” to suppress votes just ahead of…

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“It’s actually AOC plus 115”: Ocasio-Cortez corrects Trump on popularity of Green New Deal

“I am so deeply proud and grateful for each and every one of my House and Senate colleagues who stand for our future and champion the Green New Deal,” the progressive standout declared. by Kenny Stancil,…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Race for the White House 2020 Vote by mail Voter suppression

Voters implored to submit ballots ASAP as ‘unacceptable’ mail delays caused by DeJoy persist in key states

“Parts of the presidential battleground states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Ohio fell short of delivery goals by wide margins.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Friday, October 23 With a staggering number of Americans voting…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter Columns Police Killings Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Police plus shots equal feet on the street

by Wade Rathke October 23, 2020 Little Rock   About twenty Georgia State University School of Social Work students watched the film, The Organizer, in Atlanta recently. I zoomed in for a questions-and-answers session after it…

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Trump executive order denounced as ‘declaration of war’ against federal employees

The order sets up Trump’s “cronies to burrow into permanent jobs in the U.S. government,” said one critic. by Julia Conley, staff writer Friday, October 23 After years of complaining that career federal employees are part…

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1968’s presidential election looks a lot like today’s – but it was very different

Richard Nixon, celebrating his election on Nov. 7, 1968, campaigned against a backdrop of racial inequality, civic unrest and polarized politics. AFP via Getty Images by  David Stebenne, The Ohio State University Thursday, October 22, 2020 In…

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Trump officials weigh deep funding cuts to Covid-19 relief, newborn screenings in Democrat-led cities

“Besides shameless graft, Trump’s central agenda is tormenting the people who didn’t vote for him.” by Jake Johnson, staff writer Wednesday, October 21 Documents obtained by Politico reveal that the Trump White House is weighing millions…

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

Lincoln Project’s anti-Trump ads show power of biting satire

If he’s laughing, it’s probably not at the Lincoln Project’s satire. by  Chris Lamb, IUPUI Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The narrator in a recent Lincoln Project ad tells listeners, “In six months, COVID-19 has killed more…

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Posted in Analysis Conspiracy theories Religion The Conversation

How QAnon uses satanic rhetoric to set up a narrative of ‘good vs. evil’

A QAnon supporter waiting to see Donald Trump at a rally in Pennsylvania. Rick Loomis/Getty Images by  Paul Thomas, Radford University Tuesday, October 20 In front of a TV audience on Oct. 15, President Donald Trump…

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Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump campaign’s secret weapon: Door knocking!

by Wade Rathke October 18, 2020 Pearl River   With hardly two weeks before the election in the United States, it’s down to the wire. It will be interesting and important to see the final strategy and…

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Posted in News Race for the White House 2020 Racism

‘Well that is incredibly racist,’ says Kamala Harris campaign after David Perdue’s dogwhistle attack at Trump rally

“This kind of vile, race-baiting trash talk is what President Trump has unleashed from sitting Republican members of the Senate,” said Perdue’s Democratic challenger, Jon Ossoff, in response. by Jon Queally, staff writer Saturday, October 17…

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Payment is coming due for a Deal with the Devil

by Wade Rathke October 16, 2020 New Orleans   We’re on the election countdown, but, frankly, that’s been the case for almost four years, so in some sense, what’s new? The polls don’t look good for…

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Posted in Common Dreams News Race for the White House 2020 SCOTUS

Lindsey Graham openly violates committee rules to schedule vote on Barrett nomination

‘This Is Unprecedented’ “Senator Graham just further proved the illegitimacy of this sham process by again breaking the rules to ram through a justice to rip away healthcare from millions in the middle of a pandemic.”…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Common Dreams Coronavirus News Public Policy

As Pelosi battles White House, Ro Khanna says Democrats can win morally—and politically

‘Millions of Real People’s Lives Are at Stake’ “It is in the interest of progressive Democrats to show that government can be a force of good, and this is the time for us to act.” by…

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Posted in Columns Policing Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Scary police crowd control tactics

by Wade Rathke October 13, 2020 New Orleans   My ears perked up as I was listening to a radio broadcaster in Austin relate a story about a novel and dangerous police crowd control tactic used…

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Posted in Analysis Politics Right Wing Militias The Conversation

Plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor grew from the militia movement’s toxic mix of constitutional falsehoods and half-truths

by John E. Finn, Wesleyan University The U.S. militia movement has long been steeped in a peculiar – and unquestionably mistaken – interpretation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and civil liberties. This is true…

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Climate emergency activist Greta Thunberg endorses Biden in rare political tweet

“Damn! Just get organized and get everyone to vote #Biden” by Common Dreams staff Saturday, October 10 Climate emergency activist Greta Thunberg on Saturday endorsed Democrat Joe Biden, urging climate voters to make their voices heard…

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Posted in Analysis Common Dreams Democracy Elections Voter suppression

‘A threat to a fair election’: Danger posed by armed pro-Trump poll watchers

“This is the stuff of our worst nightmares.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Friday, October 9 Following President Donald Trump’s refusal last month to denounce white supremacists along with his longstanding pattern of undermining democratic norms—and…

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Federal Judge bars Ohio from limiting ballot sites to one per county

‘GOP Loses a Big One in Their War on Drop Boxes’ “Drop boxes have proven to be a secure method of collecting ballots, and are crucial in allowing voters to safely cast their vote during this…

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Demanding a nation that ‘Cares for all’ not just the wealthy few, Working Families Party unveils People’s Charter

“The People’s Charter provides folks with something that is outside of [Biden’s] politics to vote for.” by Kenny Stancil, staff writer Thursday, October 8 A coalition of progressive lawmakers, union leaders, and social justice advocates on…

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Posted in Common Dreams Democracy News Race for the White House 2020

Pence joins Trump in refusing to commit to peaceful transition

‘This Is Their Desperate Attempt to Cling on to Power’ “Should Donald Trump and Mike Pence refuse to accept the will of the people, we will be ready to mobilize in unprecedented numbers to demand that…

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Posted in Common Dreams Coronavirus News Race for the White House 2020

Trump says he won’t participate in debate as format changed to prevent spread of Covid-19

“I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate” The Commission on Presidential Debates said Thursday morning that the town hall-style event will take place virtually to “protect the health and safety of all…

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