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  1. JaneAusten

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    They got so many complaints they changed their headlines, of course not before it went click crazy. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/05/us/wisconsin-power-republicans.html
  2. JaneAusten

    The Politics Thread

    You should feel good they still have Rubio another worthless nothing.
  3. JaneAusten

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    Burke is a longtime alderman from Richard Daley Sr. admin days. He also runs a law practice specializing in property tax appeals and if you know anything about one of the big scandals in Illinois, it centers around property taxes, which are a mess in Illinois partially due to people like Burke. Yes he represents trump but unless he's somehow involved in some of the Trump deals(which is possible), not sure if there is a connection. We'll see. But this could center around his involvement in moving the 100 million dollar workers compensation fund to Rahm Emmanuel's office. Burke has been overseeing the fund and has been unwilling to disclose the identity of recipients and payouts. Movement to Emmanuel's office also removed oversight by the City of Chicago inspector General.
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    Guess what the NYT did. Not shocking
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    And McCarthy gets awarded for this with a minority leadership position. While democrats are fighting over Pelosi who helped win them the house back
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    Hard to believe you are African American when you support Jim Crow style voter suppression. The only thing that was missing in Georgia, where the GOP candidate for Governor was running his own election, purged 500k voters from the rolls(70% African American) and hid hundreds of functional voting machines in a warehouse, using the lack of equipment to close hundreds of precincts in primarily poor and African American areas, is having armed white men patrolling African American neighborhoods with guns with hoods on. Oh wait that happened also except the hoods are gone.
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    Sherrod Brown doesn’t represent me and Marceline can likely share a lot more about him, but an interesting topic the last few days about comments Brown made about the Abrams race in Georgia. I have to say he didn’t let weasel Chuck Todd get away with his usual finger wagging at democrats for using the word “stolen”. I bring this up because there was a battle on social media the past couple of days at why and why not the term #stolenelection may or may not be appropriate when referring to the election. A debate between Richard Hasen and Charles Pierce. Me, Brown is right and Abrams is right. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/georgia-stacey-abrams-brian-kemp-election-not-stolen.html https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a25224334/sherrod-brown-stolen-election-georgia-brian-kemp-chuck-todd/
  8. JaneAusten

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    @max That is a completely reasonably position to take and you'd be surprised to find out I think how many people actually agree with the fact that the democratic party cleared the table in a sense for Hilary. We won't ever know how competitive a race it might have been had Warren, Biden, and perhaps a couple of others like IMO more serious contenders like Deval Patrick or Beshear would faired.
  9. JaneAusten

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    After democrats won a wave election due to healthcare and the flop of a taxcut, anyone who believes John Kasich would have any kind of place on a democratic ticket is - I don't have any words for it. Republicans like him are the reason many in the GOP in 2016 voted for Trump. He has no new ideas - the same policies that lost 16 GOP establishment candidates the primary to Trump. and he certainly has his hands in place in terms of voter suppression in Ohio. I wonder what demographic the majority of those 2 million voters dropped off the Ohio voter rolls were.
  10. JaneAusten

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    @alphanguy74 I can’t answer you if you fail to realize Why. Bernie lost. All this stupid rigging narrative the Bernie folks bought into is BS. The 2008 primary was much nastier. Hillary got 4mil more votes in 2016 and like it or not Bernie won not one southern state. You seem to think someone can win a primary while ignoring the people in states across the south and think the rust belt are the only important states? There’s a big difference between a primary and GE and sorry in that case that 6 to 12 percent is an influential number of voters. Barack Obama understood that. He campaigned in the south during the primary and won The Carolinas, Mississippi, Louisiana, etc while losing Ohio and Pa. he also won those 2 states in the GE. He understood how to build a coalition.
  11. JaneAusten

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    You missed my point. Bernie lost the democratic primary because he ignored the south and referred to minorities as low information voters. You have to win a primary before you can run in a general election. And you cannot win a primary without the black vote particularly women. They are the base.
  12. JaneAusten

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    It's not uncommon. There are lots of voter education efforts here in Cook County and even so, people are still confused. I read a couple of months back that the League of Women Voters who are nonpartisan, were prohibited from conducting voter registration efforts and voter education in Florida by Rick Scott. We all know why
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    New maps coming in North Carolina for 2020 elections let’s hope. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/north-carolina-gerrymandering-lawsuit-anita-earls.html And truly amazing. Orange County a bastion of Reaganism no longer has ANY republican representation. Let that sink in. And New Jersey has been left with 1. California has basically made the GOP non existent in state offices, now they have done the same for federal offices.
  14. JaneAusten

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    Nope. First he voted for Trump which IMO will make him a democratic non starter. There are too many people in the party, particularly the party base BLACK WOMEN who will never vote for him. Like Bernie, he'll ignore the south and refer to the base as low information voters. And someone who supports coal? No thanks. The country is changing and finally we are seeing the roots of the changes take hold. Focusing on Arizona, Texas, Florida, Georgia, and yes North Carolina which will have new maps with a fair court, is where the focus should be, That said I don't hate this guy. He stood behind the teacher walkout in WV and was an integral part I understand in getting them a better deal.
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    Zuckerberg and Sandberg need to resign or at a minimum step down from their current positions.
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