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CEO Tillerson

State Department Has Spent Zero To Fight Election Meddling

As of March 2018, none of the “23 analysts working in the department’s Global Engagement Center—which has been tasked with countering Moscow’s disinformation campaign—speaks Russian, and a department hiring freeze has hindered efforts to recruit the computer experts needed to track the Kremlin’s efforts.”

March 6, 2018

Will Midterm Become A Nightmare For Senator Ted Cruz?

The latest voting news gives Republican Sen. Ted Cruz even more reason to panic. Democratic voters in Texas are turning up in droves to cast their ballots in the party primary. And they are crushing Republican turnout. In the 15 largest counties, Democrats are up 105 percent over the turnout during the 2014 midterm elections. By comparison, Republicans are only up 15 percent.

March 4, 2018

The Zeitgeist, It Is A-Changing

One thing these victors have in common is that each of them is openly transgender. Even two years ago, political pros assumed that transgender people were unelectable nearly everywhere. So these eight barrier busters show how rapidly attitudes are changing, even in this bigoted time of Trump.

March 1, 2018

Ryan Dumps Election Official — For Being ‘Too Nonpartisan’

This week, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan revealed that he was not re-nominating Matthew Masterson, the current chairman of the four-member U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) who was known taking non-partisan approaches and lead the agency’s efforts to help states enhance cyber-security and anti-hacking protocols.

February 26, 2018

Reformers File Lawsuits In Four States To Fix Electoral College System

Harvard law scholar and democracy reformer Larry Lessig has launched his latest David-vs.-Goliath fight to change one of the most unfair, unequal and seemingly invincible pillars of presidential elections: the Electoral College’s winner-take-all system of awarding votes in 48 states.

February 24, 2018

Why Florida Legislators Can Ignore Those Parkland Teens

Surely, you’ve seen the pictures. A handful of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students watched in dismay as the Florida House blocked debate on a bill to ban assault rifles, less than a week after 17 people were gunned down at their school.

February 23, 2018
Voters mark their ballots on Election Day in Las Vegas, NV - home to major Democratic ground force

Election Security A High Priority — Until It Comes To Paying For New Voting Machines

When poll workers arrived at 6 a.m. to open the voting location in Allentown, New Jersey, for last November’s gubernatorial election, they found that none of the borough’s four voting machines were working. Their replacements, which were delivered about four hours later, also failed. Voters had to cast their ballots on paper, which then were counted by hand.

February 21, 2018
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Former Schoolteacher Flips Kentucky GOP Seat Trump Carried By 49 Points

The Republican who had most recently held the seat, Dan Johnson, was a Trump supporter and self-described “pope” who ran a half-biker bar, half-church complete with its own “gun choir.” He won office despite a series of racist Facebook posts advocating a ban on Islam and comparing President Obama to a chimpanzee, and one of his most prominent proposals in office was a bill to make miscarriages a felony.

February 21, 2018

GOP Conducting Dirty Cyber Warfare To Win

As speculation builds over the extent of Russian meddling in 2018’s elections, the deceptive and influential tactics revealed in last week’s indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller—as well as some newer tactics—are already in use by U.S. politicos with pro-corporate, pro-GOP agendas.

February 21, 2018
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Florida Democrat Flips Trump District Blue In Stunning Win

Despite the district leaning red, Good campaigned on a number of liberal causes, including environmental protection, preventing school privatization, and maintaining Obamacare protections. And the voters rewarded her for it. Republicans had a lot riding on this seat, and it is a danger sign for the party’s prospects in other races next fall, including holding onto the governorship and challenging Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

February 14, 2018
mercer

Trump’s Choice To Run Census Bureau Forced To Withdraw

According to a report by Mother Jones’ Ari Berman, Thomas Brunell — a Texas-based Republican who advocated for GOP gerrymandering in multiple states and wrote a book arguing against the merits of competitive elections — has removed his name from consideration to become the next deputy director of the U.S. Census Bureau.

February 13, 2018

Why Russian Hacking Isn’t Biggest Threat To US Elections

Americans who care about democracy and voting should stop jumping to conclusions about Russians hunkered down in Moscow cyber-bunkers, and instead look at what’s happening on these shores as shoddy journalists and Silicon Valley’s content curators are doing Vladimir Putin’s work for him.

February 11, 2018
House

House Majority Leader To Trump: We’re Going To Lose

In the current political reality, the ten months until the midterm elections manages to feel like it is both light-years away and just around the corner. And for many in the Republican Party, under the “leadership” of Donald Trump, Election Day 2018 is not exactly something they are eagerly anticipating.

January 15, 2018
Tami Sawyer

After Successfully Bringing Down Her Local Confederate Statues, This Activist Says She’s Ready For Office

2017 wasn’t an easy year for progressive activists by any stretch. Between the Muslim ban, the riot in Charlottesville and the struggling Dream Act, it was hard to find any silver linings for social justice. But in cities throughout the U.S., grassroots activism resulted in the successful removal of some of the remaining monuments of our country’s dark past…

January 15, 2018

Ohio Senate Candidate Defends Trump’s Racist Remarks

During an interview with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, Renacci suggested that because Trump’s racist, vile language mirrors what some Americans privately think, that makes it OK for the president of the United States to give voice to those vulgar attacks.

January 13, 2018
Winfrey

Oprah Will Not Save Us—We Have To Save Ourselves

Despite the post-2016 surge of activism—the protests and the calls to Congress that have been the only silver lining in this cesspool of a presidency—the reaction to Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech at the Golden Globes suggests liberals have yet to give up on their dream of an avenging angel. It was not a campaign announcement; it was a call to arms.

January 13, 2018
A women shows her ink-stained finger after casting her vote during a legislative election

The Surprising Ways Voter Suppression Particularly Hurts Women

Every election, poor folks, transgender men and women and communities of color across genders have to jump hurdles to access one of their basic American rights, thanks to new rules that shorten polling hours, cut the number of polling places in districts, change up geographic voting lines and require IDs to vote.

January 12, 2018
Supreme Court

How The Supreme Court Could Empower The GOP Election Hijacking Crew

On Tuesday, a U.S. District Court in New Jersey reversed a 36-year-old court order barring the Republican National Committee from using a voter-ambush technique known as “caging,” which its insiders notoriously used to purge Democrats from voter rolls.

January 11, 2018

Racist Joe Arpaio Running For Senate In Arizona Opens Up GOP To Another Alabama

Less than a month ago, the Republican Party went all-in for pedophilia and lost an election in one of the reddest, most pro-Trump states. Now the party is again courting disaster with the announcement that criminally racist former sheriff Joe Arpaio is running for Arizona’s open U.S. Senate seat.

January 10, 2018

GOP Panics As Ohio Senate Frontrunner Quits A Month Before Filing Deadline

Mandel, a staunch tea party favorite who already ran against Brown in 2012, was an extremist candidate famous for his bald-faced lies about his Democratic opponent, including that he urged protestors to poop on police cruisers, that he invented outsourcing, and that he was behind the private jet exemption in the GOP tax scam.

January 6, 2018

5 Facts That Should Leave You Queasy About Michele Bachmann’s Possible Run For Senate

The president of the United States is threatening nuclear annihilation on Twitter, and the people of Alabama nearly elected to the U.S. Senate a man who believes homosexuality is a crime, claims Muslims should not be allowed to hold public office and stands accused of sexually abusing multiple teenage girls.

January 6, 2018
Trump voters

Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Is Gone, But Scrutiny Will Continue

In an unexpected executive order on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump abruptly dissolved the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which he’d set up after alleging with no evidence that he lost the popular vote because of millions of illegal votes.

January 5, 2018
Trump, Press, White House

Trump Forced To Shut Down Failed Voter Suppression Commission

Trump announced that he would be closing the “Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.” He complained in a press release that “despite substantial evidence of voter fraud,” many states have refused to cooperate with the commission. So, he “signed an executive order to dissolve the Commission.”

January 4, 2018

Seven Habits Of Highly Effective Resisters

Cleaning up the cultural and civic debris left by Donald Trump and his right-wing helpers will require concerted effort. The “resistance” is determined to do that, but to succeed, its members must develop some effective strategies and drop counterproductive ones. Here are seven suggestions:

January 2, 2018
Biden

Uncle Joe, Let It Go

In certain circles in Washington and Hollywood, you hear a lot about the virtues of Joe Biden running for president in 2020. Chris Matthews, the MSNBC pundit, and Donna Brazile, the former Democratic National Committee chair, as well as actor George Clooney, have been counted as supporters of Biden.

December 31, 2017