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  • 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…  

  • Tamron Hall Interview with Nina Turner on the Nevada Dem Convention

    TamronHallYouTubeThis 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… Read more…  

  • Dear Berners: There’s No Getting Around Process

    web_3  One thing that has really been bothering me during the Democratic primary and about Bernie Sanders specifically is the severity of his ignorance and detachment from reality. Bear with me - I honestly believe that is an objective assessment, not an insult. At the root of it is a complete ignorance of process and any understanding of how to… Read more…  


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Progressivism is not an ideology at all, but an attitude towards the world of politics that is far less black-and-white than conservatism or liberalism, breaking free from the false and divisive dichotomy of liberal vs. conservative that has dominated American politics for too long.

Progressives aren't simply liberals; progressives see the world for what it is, accept it as ever-changing and dynamic, and choose the best course of action in line with decidedly American values.

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Expect gas prices to fall below $3

Is it possible the average price at the pump could be below $3 a gallon by the time leaves begin to change?

Absolutely, according to experts who follow fuel price trends, and some areas of Georgia have already broken the barrier. At one station in Macon on Friday, unleaded regular was selling for $2.90, and in Duluth and Suwanee prices were as low as $3.04 and $3.05, respectively.

Higher oil production, an existing ample supply of fuel, falling crude oil prices, lukewarm consumer demand and a drop in contracts for wholesale delivery of fuel to gas stations in the fall are the right ingredients for a further drop in gas prices.

Barring any unforeseen calamity that might disrupt production or distribution, such as a hurricane that would interrupt delivery from the Gulf of Mexico or block tankers from arriving in Savannah, or a major conflict in the Middle East, the price trend should continue, even with the arrival of summer and more vehicles on the road for vacations.

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