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  • Think About This – Monday 8/8/16

    fb headerHere are a few things to think about this week when you are talking politics and policy: • The world grows more peaceful and prosperous everyday. Violence and warfare have been declining since World War II. • Respect for civil and human rights in the U.S. is growing greater every day. More police are wearing cameras, and more are being… Read more… 

  • Haters, Whine All You Want. Hillary’s Nomination Is Unprecedented.

    151222_DX_Clinton-Praise1.jpg.CROP_.promo-xlarge21I just wanted to write a quick note to Hillary supporters with some info for when you hear haters complaining that Hillary is not the first woman to run for president. That is true, however:   • The Clinton campaign is not making that claim. Maybe some in the media have. • Hillary is the first woman to win the… Read more… 

  • A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

    democrat-protest.jpg.size.custom.crop.867x650Today Dems are staging a sit in in the House. Regular readers can probably guess my position on the matter. I don't want to denigrate other people's actions for change, but since the story is being so widely reported and commented on, I feel like I would be remiss in not sharing an opinion.   A sit-in is not legislating.… Read more… 

  • This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

    murphySo Dems are conducting a filibuster in the Senate. I have to tell you this is another major fail, and exactly why Dems prove so ineffective so often.   We all know that with a Democratic president the Republicans main objective in the Senate is to do nothing. So far from making an impact on Republicans, a Dem filibuster actually… Read more… 


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FLORIDA: Voting Begins This Monday. Here’s What You Need To Know

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Florida ballot recommendations: U.S. Congress, Florida State Legislature, Florida State Supreme Court, 11th Judicial Circuit Court, Miami-Dade Questions

Early voting for this November’s election begins in Florida this Monday October 24th.  Besides the election of the President, there are 40 offices up for vote. The number of offices on your ballot will vary depending on where you live. By now you may have received a sample ballot in the mail. If not, you can look yours up here, or go to your county’s elections department website.

Below are recommendations for voting this year. This article is written by a progressive, or what some would describe more generally as a lefty, so most of the ballot is easy: vote Democrat, not Republican.

The reason is simple: for all the talk of blue states and red states, almost every state is red. Yes, many states go reliably for Democratic presidential nominees, but when you look at the state governments, you find that the majority of politicians across the country are Republican.

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Florida, in particular, is a Republican trifecta, holding the governorship, the state senate, and the state house. That means fracking, increased cancer-causing chemicals in our water, no expansion of medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, no high speed rail, and very little action on climate change.

So vote Democrat all the way down the ballot.

That leaves Judges, Amendments, local seats and local charter amendments.

In Florida, Judges either win elections, or are nominated by a commission and appointed by the governor. So even if Judges are removed, the new appointees will likely be favored by Republicans. However, in the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal, a new appointee only serves a year before facing a retention election. Five of those judges are on the ballot this year. If they are retained, they then serve a 6 year term. So voting against retaining partisan judges now limits the length of time the court is under Republican influence.

• Charles T. Canady: NO
Republican appointee, only justice to dissent on requiring death sentences to be unanimous, on Donald Trump’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees, allowed deceptive Amendment 1 on the ballot.

• Jorge Labarga: NO
Havana, Cuba born Republican appointee, refused a new vote in the 2000 Gore v Bush election, allowed the deceptive Amendment 1 on the ballot.

• Ricky L. Polston: NO
Republican appointee, rated more conservative than average, often sides with business and Justice Canady.

Edwin A. Scales: NO
Republican appointee.

Linda Ann Wells: NO
Republican appointee, sided with condo developers over Vizcaya Gardens.

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11th Judicial Circuit

• Mark Blumstein
The edge: length of experience, history of community service, interest in veterans issues.

• Carol “Jodie” Breece
The edge: Length of experience, experience in government ethics, diverse gender and ethnicity,

Local seats, for example on Community Development Districts, are highly local. I will not recommend individuals here. This is something that if it directly concerns you, in my opinion you should know the issues, or leave them blank and let those who do decide. I don’t think it ethical to guess.

Local charter amendments are generally a matter of principle, even if you do not fully understand the amendment.

• Special Purpose District Control Measure: Miami-Dade County On the ballot: NO
• Public Records Measure: YES

 

 

 

Think About This – Monday 8/8/16

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Here are a few things to think about this week when you are talking politics and policy:

• The world grows more peaceful and prosperous everyday. Violence and warfare have been declining since World War II.

• Respect for civil and human rights in the U.S. is growing greater every day. More police are wearing cameras, and more are being held accountable for their

| Continue reading >> Think About This – Monday 8/8/16

Haters, Whine All You Want. Hillary’s Nomination Is Unprecedented.

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I just wanted to write a quick note to Hillary supporters with some info for when you hear haters complaining that Hillary is not the first woman to run for president. That is true, however: • The Clinton campaign is not making that claim. Maybe some in the media have. • Hillary is the first woman to win the nomination of the Democratic or

| Continue reading >> Haters, Whine All You Want. Hillary’s Nomination Is Unprecedented.

Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando

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Even worse was the messaging that came from an operative with CAP, who has become a little Twitter star among the Democratic faithful for his endless Cheneyite exploitation of terrorism fears to attack Republicans and justify gun watchlists. This is how he described Feinstein’s bill:

It’s hard to put into words how appalling that is. This CAP official is not only outright lying about

| Continue reading >> Democrats’ War on Due Process and Terrorist Fearmongering Long Predate Orlando

Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

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The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has proposed revising limits on toxic chemicals that can be released into surface waters, something it’s supposed to do from time to time under the Clean Water Act but hasn’t since the early 1990s.

The agency is updating human-health criteria for 43 dangerous chemical compounds it currently regulates and adopting standards for the first time for another 39.

| Continue reading >> Florida considering weakening restrictions on discharging chemicals in water

Where Does the Islamic State Get Its Weapons?

The new data were collected by a three-year-old, London-based group called Conflict Armament Research, which sends investigators to conflict zones to identify the types and origins of weaponry. Its latest report, financed by the European Union, lists the origins of more than 1,700 cartridges collected in July and August in northern Iraq and northern Syria by investigators working alongside Kurdish forces that had fought

| Continue reading >> Where Does the Islamic State Get Its Weapons?

House Democrats Stage a Sit-in on the House Floor on Gun Control

But members of Congress are among the most powerful political actors in the country, and they are acting on an issue that is endlessly discussed and debated, not one that requires unusual tactics, like subverting order in the national legislature, to air all sides of the matter. When Republicans respond to not getting their way by undermining legislative norms, the press objects.

It should

| Continue reading >> House Democrats Stage a Sit-in on the House Floor on Gun Control

A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

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Today Dems are staging a sit in in the House. Regular readers can probably guess my position on the matter. I don’t want to denigrate other people’s actions for change, but since the story is being so widely reported and commented on, I feel like I would be remiss in not sharing an opinion. A sit-in is not legislating. This is not 1960. Any

| Continue reading >> A House of Representatives Sit-In? Whatever.

Iraqi forces seize most of Fallujah from ISIS

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Iraqi special forces swept into Fallujah on Friday, recapturing most of the city as the Islamic State terror group’s grip crumbled after weeks of fighting.

Thousands of trapped residents took advantage of the militants’ retreat to flee, some swimming across the Euphrates River to safety.

Iraqi security forces advance their positions during heavy fighting against Islamic State group militants in Fallujah on Tuesday. (AP

| Continue reading >> Iraqi forces seize most of Fallujah from ISIS

This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

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So Dems are conducting a filibuster in the Senate. I have to tell you this is another major fail, and exactly why Dems prove so ineffective so often. We all know that with a Democratic president the Republicans main objective in the Senate is to do nothing. So far from making an impact on Republicans, a Dem filibuster actually HELPS Republicans. Secondly, once again

| Continue reading >> This Is Why Democrats Don’t Win

How Bernie Sanders Exposed the Democrats’ Racial Rift

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This puts a good point on it. But not only did the Sanders campaign downplay the historic accomplishments of the first Black president, hey downplayed all the accomplishments of the millions of Black voters that supported him and other Democrats in their efforts. Sanders may as well have pointed at Blacks and said “You ran twice as fast and got half as far. Not

| Continue reading >> How Bernie Sanders Exposed the Democrats’ Racial Rift

Poll: 61% Percent Concerned about Trump’s Experience

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Asked in the new survey about Trump’s experience, only five percent of registered voters said they were enthusiastic about his unconventional professional history, while another 15 percent said they were comfortable with it.

But a combined 61 percent say they have reservations (19 percent) or are outright uncomfortable (42 percent) with Trump’s lack of experience in the kinds of positions traditionally held by American

| Continue reading >> Poll: 61% Percent Concerned about Trump’s Experience

Hillary Clinton full CNN interview

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Hillary Clinton discusses EgyptAir, the war on terror, and Donald Trump with CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

 

Las Vegas police investigating death threats to Nevada Democrats

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The Las Vegas Police Department has opened an investigation into death threats directed at top officials of the Nevada State Democratic Party, a spokesman tells Newsweek.

“We are investigating that at this time,” a department spokesman, Larry Hadfield said in a brief interview. He called the probe “an open investigation into some of the death threats made to Democratic office holders that reside in

| Continue reading >> Las Vegas police investigating death threats to Nevada Democrats

Failing Central States Pension Fund is out of options

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The Central States Pension Fund has no new plan to avoid insolvency, fund director Thomas Nyhan said this week. Without government funding, the fund will run out of money in 10 years, he said.

At that time, pension benefits for about 407,000 people could be reduced to “virtually nothing,” he told workers and retirees in a letter sent Friday.

In a last-ditch effort, the

| Continue reading >> Failing Central States Pension Fund is out of options

Number of pregnant women with Zika in U.S. triples, CDC says

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Dr. Margaret Honein, chief of the CDC’s birth defects branch, said the agency is aware of “less than a dozen” babies or fetuses who have suffered the consequences of Zika infection, which can include devastating neurological birth defects. However, she emphasized that most of the 157 pregnancies are ongoing, so it’s not known how many babies will suffer. “The CDC’s top priority in the

| Continue reading >> Number of pregnant women with Zika in U.S. triples, CDC says

Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

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This is a fantastic interview. Ms. Hall is one of the best there is. She really gets to the heart of some of the issues with the Sanders campaign. Turner is clearly a very competent surrogate and she holds her ground very well, but in my opinion her entire premise in this discussion is flawed. Turner’s position, and seemingly that of the Sanders campaign,

| Continue reading >> Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

How Senate Democrats are trying to deal with Sanders

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The lawmakers met in a closed-door session days after Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) was shouted down at the Nevada Democratic convention, an incident that shook Democrats and raised fears about a chaotic fight at the party’s upcoming national convention that might cost the party the White House.

Democrats in the room decided the best course would be to let Senate Democratic Leader Harry

| Continue reading >> How Senate Democrats are trying to deal with Sanders

Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded

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Nevada’s delegate allocation process is complex, but Sanders supporters have accused the state Democratic Party of various crimes including ignoring attempts to change the rules, rigging the process in favor of Clinton and disqualifying several dozen delegates that supported Sanders.

Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver reiterated those concerns during a May 18 interview on CNN with John Vause.

“There was a horrendous breakdown, where

| Continue reading >> Allegations of fraud and misconduct at Nevada Democratic convention unfounded

Obamacare Cut The Uninsured Rate To Single Digits Last Year

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Obamacare’s health coverage programs remain works in progress, with 19 states continuing to refuse the law’s Medicaid expansion for the poorest uninsured and financial difficulties facing some major insurance companies participating in the exchange marketplaces where low- and middle-income households buy subsidized private insurance.

But when it comes to covering the uninsured, the law has been a clear success.

The CDC data demonstrate that

| Continue reading >> Obamacare Cut The Uninsured Rate To Single Digits Last Year