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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
Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and his wife Jane O'Meara Sanders arrive for a meeting with Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a hotel in Washington, U.S., June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

RNC Email Shows Bernie Sanders’s Wife In Jail

The email’s subject line reads “jane in jail??” and features an image of Sanders behind bars alongside a logo with the phrase “Bernie 2020” on it, alluding to a possible 2020 presidential run for the Vermont senator.

January 9, 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 Administration Moves To Expand Oil And Gas Drilling Off US Coasts

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said the draft five-year leasing plan would commit 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves to leasing, with 45 lease sales proposed in 25 of 26 areas off the nation’s coastlines between 2019 to 2024.

January 5, 2018
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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

Conservatives Aren’t Done With Steve Bannon Yet

In an explosive statement, the president suggested that Bannon had “lost his mind” and was a source of leaks in his White House — comments that came after excerpts of a forthcoming book landed, quoting Bannon making stunningly critical comments about the Trump family and the investigation into the campaign’s connections to Russia.

January 4, 2018
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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

‘Extreme Tribalism’ Claws At The Republicans

The tensions between a Republican base unshakably committed to the Trump party line and a broader populace that is becoming ever more disillusioned have some conservatives worried about what Trumpian tribalism means electorally and to the soul of their party as the 2018 election year opens.

January 2, 2018

Trump Faces Likely Impeachment Before 2020

President Donald Trump may not want to look at betting odds on his impeachment if he wants to get 2018 off a positive start. The odds would likely leave the president on the brink of his first tweetstorm of the new year.

January 2, 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

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

How Virginia Will Settle Tied Delegate Race, In 19th-Century Style

Next Wednesday, the Virginia Board of Elections will literally pull a name out of a bowl to decide who won the apparently tied 94th House of Delegates race, and thus find out if a blue voter wave has broken this decade’s GOP lock on its legislature.

December 24, 2017

What Democrats Must Do To Win In 2018

What a difference one special election makes! Following Tuesday’s historic victory by Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race, Democrats and Republicans, to say nothing of pundits and election data-crunchers, have been revisiting old assumptions about 2018 and 2020.

December 19, 2017

Moore Defeat May Spur Voter Suppression Efforts

The franchise is a formidable weapon. That’s why it is despised by dictators, authoritarians and anti-democrats the world over: It is the one instrument that can reliably subvert their intentions, drain their power, interfere with their plans.

December 17, 2017

How Many Alabama Republicans Voted For Jones?

There’s one feature of the voting in this week’s Alabama special election that elected Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate that Republicans aren’t talking about—tens of thousands of white voters who were reliable Republicans voted for the Democrat.

December 17, 2017

Did Alabama Officials Rob Doug Jones Of Thousands More Votes?

Alabama Democrat Doug Jones was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday by a mere 21,000 votes. That margin would have been much larger if Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a strident partisan Republican, would have taken steps to inform his state’s voters than thousands of ex-felons were eligible to vote under a 2017 state law.

December 16, 2017

Alabama Legacies: George Wallace And His Hopeful Daughter

Just two years ago, 65-year-old Peggy Wallace Kennedy stood on the steps of the Alabama Capitol and renounced the acts of hate her father had committed there. This was no small moment. Kennedy’s father was the late Gov. George Wallace, who was an over-my-dead-body champion of segregation in the South.

December 15, 2017

Can Democrats Sustain Alabama Wave Into 2018?

Alabama’s election of Doug Jones to the Senate was not just an electrifying and reassuring victory for Democrats; it was, as Jones said Tuesday night, a victory for all Alabamians and Americans who want their political system to embrace “dignity,” “respect,” “the rule of law,” “decency,” “common courtesy” and “a fair shake in life.”

December 15, 2017

A Republican Civil War Has Erupted In Angry Blame Game Over Moore Defeat

The upset victory of underdog Democrat Doug Jones in conservative Alabama has brought out a Republican firing squad gathered in a circle. The GOP executioners want somebody, anybody, to pay for the loss of a Republican Senate seat in a state Trump won by 27 points.

December 15, 2017

Alabama Was A Win, And Not Just For Democrats

The obvious celebrants, of course, are Democrats. For them, it wasn’t all dumb luck. The state party had a strong candidate in place even when the race seemed a long shot. (There’s a lesson there for Democrats in all 50 states.) Democrats also had the good sense to discourage an invasion by out-of-state liberals ‘splaining what’s what to the locals.

December 14, 2017

Why Can’t Alabama Republicans Admit Doug Jones Won Fair And Square?

Roy Moore cannot get a recount under state law, a growing chorus of legal scholars said Wednesday, despite what the state’s top election official and the Senate candidate himself might have you believe. (Moore told rally goers Tuesday night that the race is “not over,” and that it will “take some time.”)

December 14, 2017

Right-Wing Liars Smearing Moore Accuser

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s allies in the conservative media have been trying desperately to undermine the numerous credible reports of sexual misconduct by Moore, and today they thought they’d finally spied an opportunity — which they immediately seized on with characteristic dishonesty.

December 9, 2017

Who Gave Roy Moore His First Judicial Gavel?

Maybe it was masochism, or maybe I felt the need to better understand the culture warrior’s demented version of American constitutional history, but something was nagging at me – as if I had forgotten some detail that would pull everything together if only I took the time to read his self-serving screed once again.

December 9, 2017