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Benny

National exposure for Beto doesn’t play well in rural Texas (commentary)

Tuesday’s debate, the final of a planned three between the Senate candidates (we got two. Politicians always leave us shortchanged) was more widely broadcast than the first Dallas-and-livestream-only affair, allowing easier viewing. Unless you live in Lubbock. Or tried to watch via YouTube, which reportedly had a system-wide outage about halfway through.

The third question of the night allowed Cruz to revitalize his accusation that O’Rourke supported a tax increase on oil production, anathema for large parts of Texas. And livened things up considerably.

Given the chance to point out that he only voted against a non-binding measure opposing a 2016 Barack Obama idea of an added levy on oil production (which, let’s face it, is a bit of a mouthful), O’Rourke instead went on the attack, bringing out the tried-and-true “Lyin’ Ted” moniker against his opponent.

“He’s just going to make up positions that I never held,” O’Rourke said. “He’s dishonest, and it’s why the president called him Lyin’ Ted, and it’s why the nickname stuck. Because it’s true.”

Benny

O’Rourke borrows Trump’s attack line against ‘Lying Ted’ Cruz in Texas Senate debate

The change in approach could be necessary for O’Rourke. A new CNN poll out Tuesday showed Cruz with a 7 percentage point lead — consistent with other recent surveys that have shown the Republican clearly ahead. O’Rourke had $22.9 million in the bank at the close of the third quarter of 2018, giving him enough money to advertise across the state in the race’s final three weeks.

Minutes into the debate, as Cruz accused O’Rourke of supporting a $10-a-barrel tax on oil, the El Paso congressman shot back that Cruz is “dishonest.”

“It’s why the President called him ‘Lying Ted,’ and it’s why the nickname stuck — because it’s true,” he said.

The vote in question was a 2016 House GOP resolution that rejected the idea of a new oil tax. O’Rourke and most Democrats opposed the measure.

“Congressman O’Rourke sides with liberal extremists on the national level, instead of the people of Texas — instead of jobs in Texas,” Cruz said.

O’Rourke continued his more combative approach through the debate. He highlighted Cruz’s 2016 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, saying Cruz hasn’t visited all of the 254 counties in Texas, “but has been to all 99 in Iowa.”

“Ted Cruz is for Ted Cruz,” he said.

magsview

I woke up to this headline:

O’Rourke comes out swinging at ‘Lyin Ted’ Cruz in Texas debate

I hope Beto showing some feistiness helps him.

jcitybone

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ted-cruz-debate-silence_us_5bc6d1d3e4b055bc947b6b65

It was the kind of softball question often used in debates to break up the tension and give the candidates a chance to show their personal sides.

But for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), one of those questions led to a long and awkward pause during his Tuesday night debate against Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

The question: “Tell us something you’ve done in the last year that has nothing to do with politics that would give Texans insight to who you are as a person.”

Cruz waited about six seconds, then let out a sigh as the audience laughed.

Benny

He whined about having to stay in DC for the tax vote instead of being with his family.

jcitybone

After a more aggressive debate, Beto had launched more aggressive ads

orlbucfan

LD: does this local rag trend GOPuke?

Benny

This is one point I wish Beto would have addressed the tax cuts/debt question last night, and answer that most corporations bought back stocks with it, or if employees had paychecks with more money, it was very little due to tax cuts, not companies giving our raises. He just said business benefited the most, then pinned Cruz on corruption.

No, Trump’s Tax Cut Isn’t Paying for Itself (at Least Not Yet)

The Treasury Department released figures on Monday showing the federal budget deficit widened by 17 percent in the 2018 fiscal year, to $779 billion. That’s an unusual jump for a year in which unemployment hit a five-decade low and the economy experienced a significant economic expansion. But the increase demonstrates that the tax cuts President Trump signed into law late last year have reduced federal revenues considerably, even against the backdrop of a booming economy. Some conservatives don’t see the rising deficit numbers that way. They note that the Treasury reported that federal revenues rose by 0.4 percent from the 2017 fiscal year to the 2018 fiscal year, and view that as a sign that the tax cuts are “paying for themselves,” as Republicans and Mr. Trump promised. That’s not the case. There are several ways to ask the question, “Are tax cuts paying for themselves?” Based on the data we have right now, they all arrive at the same answer: “No.”

magsview

Apologies if this has already been posted, but Abigail Disney felt compelled to make another video telling what the 1% did with the last round of tax cuts (none of which has trickled down to me yet, nor do I expect it to after visit to accountant recently, would have cost me almost $300 for 2017 taxes I was told), and Abigail also throws in what she calls a ‘Disney Secret’.

Disney Heiress Abigail Disney Says The Wealthy Don’t Need Another Tax Break

https://nowthisnews.com/videos/politics/abigail-disney-the-wealthy-dont-need-another-tax-break

orlbucfan

Cough-cough-cough-that’s real ‘big’ of her.

jcitybone

This summer, Saudi Arabia promised the Trump administration $100 million for American efforts to stabilize areas in Syria liberated from the Islamic State.

That money landed in American accounts on Tuesday, the same day that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, for discussions with the kingdom’s leaders about the fate of a missing Saudi dissident.

Securing the funding is a win for President Trump, who has complained about how much the United States spends abroad and has tried to get allies to foot more of the bill. But the timing of the money’s arrival raised eyebrows even among some of the bureaucrats whose programs will benefit from the influx of cash.

“The timing of this is no coincidence,” said an American official involved in Syria policy who spoke on condition of anonymity because this person was not authorized to speak to journalists. The official confirmed that the money arrived on Tuesday.

jcitybone

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/first-read/trump-defense-saudi-arabia-another-helsinki-moment-n921076

Yesterday, in response to accusations that Trump has been easy on Saudi Arabia due to his past business ties with the Saudis, the president tweeted: “For the record, I have no financial interests in Saudi Arabia (or Russia, for that matter). Any suggestion that I have is just more FAKE NEWS (of which there is plenty)!”

But here’s what Trump said a July 2015 rally, per CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski: “I like the Saudis; they are very nice. I make a lot of money with them. They buy all sorts of my stuff — all kinds of toys from Trump. They pay me millions and hundreds of millions.”

The New York Daily News reported that Trump sold the 45th floor of Trump World Tower to Saudi Arabia’s kingdom in 2001 for $4.5 million, and a former Saudi crown price purchased Trump’s yacht for $20 million in 1991.

And as the Washington Post noted, the entourage of Saudi Arabia’s current crown prince stayed at Trump’s hotel in Manhattan, boosting that hotel’s revenue after two years of decline.

magsview

Wow! Just a little blatant. (Grrrrr, as polarbear might say)

Saudi Arabia buys U.S. silence on the Khashoggi murder, the details of which only get more gruesome as each day passes, AND SA buys our military might to due their bidding in Syria. Two birds with one very expensive stone.

humphrey

The Onion has it all figured out. (not necessarily satire.)

https://www.theonion.com/saudis-admit-journalist-khashoggi-died-during-botched-a-1829787419?utm_medium=SocialMarketing&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=SF&utm_content=Main

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—In a press conference ahead of a meeting with U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman admitted Tuesday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during a botched assassination attempt. “We lured Mr. Khashoggi to our consulate in Turkey for what was supposed to be a straightforward, routine execution, but things went off the rails at some point during the torture portion, and he accidentally bled out,” said the crown prince, adding that under normal circumstances, journalists who negatively portray the Saudi regime are eliminated efficiently and without international uproar. “We offer our sincere apologies to the Khashoggi family for mishandling Jamal’s slaughter. This should have been a quick in-and-out death and dismemberment situation, not the drawn-out, hours-long bloodbath it turned into. We flubbed this one big time.” The crown prince also assured journalists that Saudi leaders plan to implement new murder guidelines to standardize future assassinations and reduce instances of bungled hits.

humphrey

Oh My! How ironic is this?

https://thehill.com/policy/international/411970-khashoggi-calls-for-freedom-of-expression-in-middle-east-in-final-column

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi extolled the need for a free press and free exchange of ideas in the Arab world in a Washington Post column published Thursday, more than two weeks after he was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

“The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events. More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices,” Khashoggi wrote.

“We suffer from poverty, mismanagement and poor education,” he continued. “Through the creation of an independent international forum, isolated from the influence of nationalist governments spreading hate through propaganda, ordinary people in the Arab world would be able to address the structural problems their societies face.”

The column was filed by Khashoggi’s translator the day after he was reported missing in Istanbul, Global Opinions Editor Karen Attiah said in a note attached to the column. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and Turkish officials and U.S. lawmakers have indicated he was likely murdered there.

wi60

“There was a time when journalists believed the Internet would liberate information from the censorship and control associated with print media. But these governments, whose very existence relies on the control of information, have aggressively blocked the Internet. They have also arrested local reporters and pressured advertisers to harm the revenue of specific publications.”—-Jamal Khashoggi

magsview

Trump must have accidentally listened to a staffer negatively affected by the high cost of pharmaceuticals?

But, no matter, Big Pharma is there to rescue him:

Big pharma: Trump rule mandating drug prices in TV ads might be unconstitutional

The Trump administration’s proposal to require prescription drug manufacturers to disclose prices in TV ads may be primed for legal challenges.

The rule proposed Monday would require ads for drugs paid for by Medicare or Medicaid to include the “list price” or Wholesale Acquisition Cost for products costing more than $35 for a month’s supply. That proposal announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is part of an effort by the Trump administration to lower drug prices.

PhRMA, an organization that represents many of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, including Pfizer Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Bayer Corp., Abbvie, Merck & Co., and AstraZeneca, said forced price disclosures could violate the First Amendment’s protection against compelled speech.

“We believe including the list price in DTC television advertisements without additional context is misleading and that there is a better way to provide patients with medicine cost information,” said Holly Campbell, PhRMA’s Deputy Vice President of Public Affairs.

Hours before the administration’s announcement Monday, PhRMA announced plans saying its members would begin its own version of supplementing television ads.

The organization, which spent $15.5 million on lobbying in the first six months of 2018, said its members’ DTC (direct-to-consumer) television advertisements “will soon direct patients to information about medicine costs, including the list price of the medicine, out-of-pocket costs or other context about the potential cost of the medicine and available financial assistance.”

Stay tuned.

polarbear4

Oh, yeah, direct me to a bunch of print, that’s the ticket.

magsview

Canada becomes second country and largest economy in world to legalize marijuana

The new law allows Canadians who are at least 18 years of age to carry and share up to 30 grams of weed in public. In public stores, they will have access to a range of cannabis items including pre-rolls joints, cannabis oil, and dried weed flowers. Canadians everywhere will be able to order weed online run by both provinces and private retailers, and simply have the goods delivered by mail.

The Canadian government is expected to take one step further, and provide pardons for individuals who were convicted by the federal government for possession of small amounts of marijuana.

“The fact that we are moving away from a Prohibition model is a victory for human rights and social justice, an economic windfall for the Canadian economy and a sign of social progress,” Adam Greenblatt, a director at the marijuana producer Canopy Growth, told The New York Times.

orlbucfan

Give me a M!
Give me an A!
Give me a R!
Give me an I!
Give me a J!
Give me an U!
Give me an A!
Give me a N!
Give me an A!
What’s that spell?
MARIJUANA!
h/t Country Joe and the Fish 🙂

Benny

Weren’t the lyrics slightly different? 🙂

magsview

Treason. It used to be a word/subject saved for the most serious of cases, but now heard twice just this week.

First, from the Daily Beast, a site I don’t like at all, and whose site crashes my computer, but I’m there now so will clips a couple of paragraphs:

And the sleaze got even worse on Monday, when Hunter’s campaign released a letter signed by three retired military types charging that Ammar Campa-Najjar, his Democratic opponent who is half-Palestinian and half-Mexican, would be in a position to commit treason if he were elected to Congress. The letter says in part: “If Democrat Candidate Ammar Campa-Najjar should get elected and sees secret information on U.S. military operations that would endanger members of the Najjar family in the Middle East, would he compromise U.S. operations to protect his relatives, the Najjars?”

We’ve seen a lot from Republicans over the years accusing Democrats of being soft on crime and terrorism, but a preemptive accusation of treason is a new low.

And then the other night in the Sinema-McSally debate in Arizona:

Republican Martha McSally accused Democrat Kyrsten Sinema of “treason” Monday night, latching onto recent reports about Sinema’s comments as an antiwar activist at the end of a contentious, fiery Arizona Senate debate.

Near the end of the hourlong debate, McSally attacked Sinema over the comments from a radio show in 2003, reported last week by CNN. The host made a hypothetical comment about joining the Taliban, to which Sinema responded: “I don’t care if you want to do that, go ahead.”

McSally demanded an apology, accusing her fellow congresswoman of saying “it’s OK to commit treason.” Sinema didn’t respond to the attack or explain her past comments, instead accusing McSally of running a negative campaign by using “ridiculous attacks and trying to smear my campaign.”

This kind of language seems dangerous.

orlbucfan

mags: this bullshite will not stop until the voters demand accountability, and these yahoos are defeated across the board.

magsview

Again, apologies if this was already posted, I’ve been super busy.

The source for the next article is a site I love! From CurrentAffairs.org, a piece from Dr. Abdul El-Sayed & Micah Johnson:

Caring For All

The Trump op-ed says “the Democrats’ plan means that after a life of hard work and sacrifice, seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised.” In fact, current versions of the plan would actually add benefits to Medicare, like dental and vision, and would make care more affordable for seniors by eliminating most co-pays and deductibles.

Here, Trump plays to the refrain we’ve heard about Medicare for a long time now from both sides of the aisle: Medicare is becoming unsustainable. That’s true. But it’s exactly why we need Medicare-for-All.

No one here will be surprised by any of the info, but it makes for a nice one-stop primer on MFA, and even conservatives I know are not happy with the consolidations that have happened in my area. Even they know, but rarely admit, that with consolidations comes less choice and higher cost…for the consumer (while less cost for the hospitals of course).

A major way that Medicare-for-All saves money is by repairing the broken incentives in our current system. Today’s system rewards big hospitals and big insurers with massive profits when they collude to keep prices high. They use their size to negotiate pay rates for services and procedures in bulk that drive small providers and insurers out of the market. That’s caused massive consolidation among both hospital systems and insurance providers. Who suffers? People—the ones who get healthcare and the ones who provide it. Independent physicians can’t compete with the big health systems, and doctors are increasingly being driven to work for huge conglomerates that take away their autonomy. This loss of competition also jeopardizes the ability of healthcare workers to secure fair working conditions and a living wage. Meanwhile, patients suffer because profit-seeking oligopolies on both sides of a healthcare payment leave us with less choice and higher costs.

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/10/caring-for-all

humphrey

The Republicans have other ideas.
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magsview

Nathan J. Robinson is a writer I respect tremendously. So when he says that Warren blew it, like big-time blew it, I think we need to take that seriously:

Elizabeth Warren’s Native Ancestry Response Is A Complete Disaster

After offending Cherokee people and doubling down on an indefensible claim, Warren really cannot run for president.

I like Elizabeth Warren a lot. She’s probably my second-favorite elected official. It’s only thanks to her that we have the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the best agency in the U.S. federal government. She is gutsy, smart, and she cares about the economic well-being of ordinary people.

Which is why I am so frustrated that Warren has so badly mishandled this native ancestry issue.

So who does Nathan think needs to run for President?

magsview

!

TheLeftistheCenter

I disagree Warren is gutsy, in fact my main issue with her is that she isn’t a boat rocker and plays it too safe, which makes her a great VP where her wonkiness can be applied to things Bernies brazenness dares to tackle.

Of all the things she can get into it with trump about, the least meaningful of them all is her DNA, its a shallow way to spar with trump without ruffling any feathers over policy, reinforcing shes not gutsy nor particularly wise in choosing her battles.

Only Bernie has the sincerity, focus and force of will to inspire the nation, everyone else is some flavor of milquetoast that will fold to establishment pressure should they win.

humphrey

The Onion appears to agree with you.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/10/17/unsealed-divorce-records-rep-keith-ellison-says-ex-wife-abused-him/?utm_term=.ffe6fc6aaf07

A Minnesota County Court unsealed divorce records of Rep. Keith Ellison, the Democratic candidate for Minnesota attorney general, and his ex-wife Kim on Wednesday, ending a legal battle between the former couple and two media outlets.

The documents, which were obtained by the Star Tribune, contained no allegation that Keith Ellison abused his ex-wife. They did, however, contain a 2015 statement in which he reported that his ex-wife had hit him throughout their 25-year marriage. The affidavit, written in response to a motion for increased spousal maintenance, said that “it was very humiliating to admit that I was a domestic abuse victim.”

The former couple has presented a united front.

“There was never any abuse in our marriage and there’s nothing in our files to say that there was,” Kim Ellison said at a news conference Tuesday. She explained that the court documents include her medical and health records, which detail her years-long battle with depression. Her ex-husband, whom she has known since she was a teenager, was arguing to keep them private on her behalf, she said.

“I’m ashamed that a judge thinks it’s okay to exploit somebody’s mental illness,” said Kim Ellison. “And it’s unconscionable to me that Alpha News and the Star Tribune want to use it to influence the results of an election.”

jcitybone

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/151766/beto-orourke-shows-democrats-talk-climate-change

Global warming is an existential threat to human life, but most candidates aren’t talking about it. One of the few exceptions has been O’Rourke, the Democratic congressman from El Paso, who’s running a heavily covered campaign against incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

In the past, O’Rourke has focused on the potential for economic growth in fighting climate change. But in a televised debate against Cruz on Tuesday night, he tried out a new tactic: directly tying Cruz’s climate denial to negative consequences in voters’ lives. “I continue to wonder why Senator Cruz voted against more than $12 billion in FEMA preparedness knowing full well that we will see more Harveys going forward,” O’Rourke said, according to ThinkProgress. “Mind you, that was the third 500-year flood in just the last five years. We know that there will be more of these floods coming, and I want to make sure that the people of Texas, especially southeast Texas, are prepared for the next one.”

When Democrats do talk about climate change, they usually warn about the consequences in the future. O’Rourke’s attack is different. He’s framing climate change as a problem affecting voters right now. He’s also holding Cruz accountable for making the problem worse, since Texans would have been better prepared for Hurricane Harvey had Cruz and other climate-denying Republicans not ignored the scientific consensus. (Scientists found that Hurricane Harvey’s record-breaking flooding was made 50 percent worse by global warming.)

humphrey

Indicted Republican still remains a popular candidate. LOL!

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/411964-gop-rep-chris-collins-raised-80-from-within-district-after-indictment

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) received a total of $80 in contributions from donors within his district after he was indicted in August on insider trading charges.

Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show that Collins reported close to $33,000 in campaign contributions in the third quarter of 2018, down more than $70,000 from the previous quarter.

Of his third quarter haul, most came from political action committees. After he was charged on Aug. 8, just three people from New York’s 27th Congressional District contributed to his campaign for a total of $80.

The statistic was first reported by WGRZ in Buffalo.

humphrey

There is an added bonus.

Thanks to the wisdom (sic) of the Democratic party believing that Collins was unbeatable we get Nate McMurray who was uncontested in the primary.

Some of his positions.

Nate McMurray: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

McMurray Believes “Healthcare is a right, not a privilege”

McMurray Supports the Legalization of Marijuana, Student Loan Reform, & the Right to a Living Wage.

McMurray Was a Fullbright Scholar & has Experience in the Private Sector Practicing Law.

Now for the widom part of the New York Dems!

Since New York’s 27th Congressional District is often viewed as a lost cause for Democrats, the party’s leaders, both statewide and nationally, didn’t view McMurray’s run as viable. McMurray earned the primary nomination by default, as no other Democrats chose to run against him. McMurray told The Public that when the Democratic Party started paying attention to him earlier this year, they didn’t exactly impress him.

“They offered me all kinds of things,” McMurray said. He told them they didn’t have anything to offer that he wanted. Governor Andrew Cuomo even asked him to leave the race to run against Republican State Senator Chris Jacobs. Cuomo wanted Lieutenant Governer Kathy Hochul to run in McMurray’s place, as Hochul previously held the seat.

Cuomo went as far as to put his support behind Hochul at a rally in April and suggested that Nancy Pelosi felt the same way.

wi60

With the Rs lust for power at any cost it wouldn’t surprise me that he would win re-election and the R’s wouldn’t have any issues with him being in prison and still doing his job as a congrescritter

Benny

James Thompson had a 30 min debate with Ron Estes. He did OK until his closing statement. He didn’t have his answer ready and he forgot to ask voters for their vote. So important to have the basic elements in the closing!

Benny

Dang, that’s really good. I hope IL has a record turnout this year!

wi60

Its gonna take presidential turnout if not more to get Walker out in WI.

jcitybone

https://www.businessinsider.com.au/bernie-sanders-elizabeth-warren-send-amazon-letter-over-union-video-2018-10

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren want answers from Amazon.

The pair has drafted an official letter to Amazon, inquiring about a video about union activity that is reportedly being shown to Whole Foods managers, according to the Washington Post.

“We write to express our alarm at recent reports that your company is distributing anti-union materials to Whole Foods managers that directs and encourages potentially illegal interference with the rights of thousands of workers,” Sanders and Warren wrote in the letter, the Post reports.

The senators are demanding a copy of the video and details about how it is distributed and to whom.

The video laid out the consequences that the company would suffer if employees attempted to form a union.

“We do not believe unions are in the best interest of our customers, our shareholders, or most importantly, our associates,” a voiceover says in the cartoon video. “When we lose sight of those critical focus areas we jeopardize everyone’s job security: yours, mine, and the associates.”

polarbear4

be still my heart. 😉

Benny

It is time for this yahoo to go. But it is hard to get rid of him.

Benny

Black senior citizens ordered off Georgia bus taking them to vote

The bus, run by the group Black Voters Matter, was preparing to depart from a senior center operated by Jefferson County when the center’s director said they needed to disembark, said LaTosha Brown, a co-founder of Black Voters Matter.

A county clerk had called the senior center raising concerns about allowing the bus to take residents from the senior center in the city of Louisville, south of Augusta.

The senior citizens agreed to get off the bus and cast their ballots later. Monday was the first day of in-person early voting in Georgia in the election for governor between Democrat Stacey Abrams and Republican Brian Kemp.

Jefferson County’s administrator said Tuesday that the county government considered the event at the senior center “political activity,” which isn’t allowed during county-sponsored events.

snip

Black Voters Matter had received permission in advance for the event at the senior center, Brown said. The event was originally intended to encourage seniors to vote, and when some of the seniors asked whether they could ride the bus to an early-voting location, Black Voters Matter agreed to take them.

But someone apparently saw the bus, painted with the words “The South is Rising Tour,” and called county government offices, Brown said. That led to the phone call from the county clerk to the senior center. When they were asked, the senior citizens agreed to leave the bus.

“It was discouraging that they weren’t able to vote,” said Evans, who was on the bus. “When they’re suppressing votes, they’re going to come up with any kind of excuse about what your problem is.”

Evans said the event wasn’t political, nor did its organizers advocate for any candidates. Evans said she helped coordinate the event in her capacity as a private citizen, pastor and community leader, not as the chairwoman of the county’s Democratic Party.

During the event, the senior citizens got excited about voting and they danced near the bus as near the bus as “Say It Loud — I’m Black and Proud” by James Brown blasted through the speakers, Evans said.

After the seniors got off the bus, they were initially told they could ride in a county van provided by the senior center to go vote, Brown said. But then the seniors had to get off the van because the senior center’s leaders decided it was close to lunchtime, and the seniors could vote another day.

AACP Legal Defense Fund is asking SoS Kemp (who is running for Gov) for an investigation. Thankfully, Stacey Abrams showed up to encourage that group of voters to go vote again, not to be intimidated, according to TRMS.

Benny

humphrey

The Onion is certainly on a roll today.

https://politics.theonion.com/mike-pompeo-impressed-by-realism-of-saudis-halloween-d-1829793721

Mike Pompeo Impressed By Realism Of Saudis’ Halloween Decorations
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polarbear4

oh. my. gosh. i feel guilty for LOLing.

magsview

Oh god. I love you Humphrey, but I can’t upvote that. My nerves are shot from just what I’ve read!! I have no tolerance for horror films. I get laughed at by a lot of people (“It’s just a move!”), but I just can’t. I have a very vivid imagination. And I have nightmares. A big wimp, basically.

Ironically, I’m the one who handles medical emergencies without even flinching, but violence on tv/movies? I’m hiding my eyes.

humphrey

Sometimes I wonder if the Democrats are trying to lose the upcoming election.

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/411766-dems-damp-down-hopes-for-climate-change-agenda

Democrats are unlikely to pursue major climate change legislation if they win the House majority, despite a growing body of evidence suggesting time is running out to address the issue.

This represents a shift in strategy from when House Democrats last controlled the chamber. In 2009, they passed cap-and-trade legislation, which subsequently died in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The game plan for next year, House Democrats say, is more incremental steps and hearings.

With President Trump in the White House and Republicans favored to keep the Senate next year, climate legislation would face stiff headwinds, and pushing it could spark backlash from the right — both now and after the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

Considering those “constraints,” said Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Democrats should “focus on the practical and the opportunistic” to make short-term progress while fighting for bolder measures — “the aspirational goals” — over the longer term.

“It’s going to be, I think, more of an opportunistic strategy, where, in various pieces of legislation, across the board, we’re going to insert measures that address climate change,” said Connolly, a leader in the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition.

polarbear4

New motto: Becoming More Republican Every Day!

and people still want Pelosi?

Benny

This was TYT’s take on the TX senate debate last night:

humphrey

Does de Leon actually want to win?

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-california-senate-debate-20181017-story.html

Sparks don’t fly as Feinstein and De León go head to head in San Francisco forum.

In their only scheduled joint appearance before election day, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and her challenger, state Sen. Kevin de León, clashed Wednesday on, well, very little actually.

The two Democrats agreed that the U.S. Senate, if their party takes control, should take another look at the sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Neither are fans of Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $17-billion twin-tunnels project in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

And they agreed immigration should be a priority in the next Congress.

The discussion ended with the traditional handshake, and then a surprise hug and a kiss on Feinstein’s cheek from De León.

The hourlong “public conversation” took place at noon Wednesday in San Francisco. The format — a question posed to each with three-minute responses — did not allow Feinstein and De León to engage each other, and the two candidates rarely interacted during the cordial event, hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California. (The candidates’ campaigns disagree on whether the event constitutes a debate.)

Neither directly attacked the other, and the closest thing to criticism came when De León promised to be a “fresh” voice for California, likely a reference to Feinstein’s long tenure in office.

Benny

I liked this tweet because of the pic:

humphrey

It it rather effective.

magsview

Former cop says many officers are ‘time bombs waiting to explode’

Former law enforcement officer Matthew Horace explained in an interview that aired Thursday on Hill.TV’s “Rising” comments made in his new book “The Black and the Blue” that describes various police officers as “time bombs waiting to explode,” citing treatment from police departments.

“Police departments don’t treat their organizations like businesses in terms of wellness programs and monitoring officer behavior,” Horace told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball on October 3rd.

“Officers, many times, are rewarded for what police departments see as production: more arrests, more felony arrests, more fines, more ticketings. So then, your behavior becomes rewarded as you move up the ranks for the same behavior that’s detrimental to certain communities,” he continued.

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/412040-former-cop-says-many-officers-are-time-bombs-waiting-to-explode

Great book title, but disturbing message.

I’m old enough to remember when police officers got to know their communities and worked with them, rather than be put in a position that aggravates community tensions.

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Kamala Harris signals she’s running in 2020?

Harris rolls out bill to create new middle class tax credit

Under Harris’s bill, families would receive a tax credit of up to $6,000. Families making up to $100,000 annually would be eligible for the credit, with the credit amount phasing out as a taxpayers’ income increases. Taxpayers could receive the credit either at the end of a year or in monthly installments over the course of a year.

Harris envisions paying for the bill by repealing parts of President Trump ‘s tax-cut law that don’t provide relief for taxpayers making under $100,000, and by imposing fees on financial institutions with assets of more than $50 billion.

The rollout of the bill comes days before Harris is set to visit Iowa

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/412048-harris-rolls-out-bill-to-create-new-middle-class-tax-credit

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I’m concerned about that ‘caravan’ of migrants from Guatemala that’s moving north. I hope we are not subjected to images of American soldiers lined up pointing guns at them as they near the border in some kind of giant confrontation.

Between the trauma of the Kavanaugh hearings and everyone being subjected to the gruesome details about Saudi Arabia’s barbaric murder of Khashoggi, there’s just so much the public can take.

Trump threatens military action if Mexico doesn’t stop immigration ‘onslaught’

President Trump on Thursday warned that he may take military action to stop immigrants from crossing the southern border into the U.S. if Mexico does not take action to stop the “onslaught.”

Trump in a series of early-morning tweets also blamed Democrats for the “assault on our country,” adding that illegal immigration is “far more important” to him than trade or the recently negotiated trade pact with Mexico and Canada.

And he railed against Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, saying they “have almost no control over their population.”

The tweets come as a migrant caravan of more than 4,000 people moves north from Honduras toward the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump has threatened to withhold funds for some Central American countries over the caravan.

https://thehill.com/latino/411990-trump-threatens-military-action-at-border-if-mexico-doesnt-stop-immigration-onslaught

Between the anti-Russia fear-mongering from so many Dems and the anti-immigrant fear-mongering from Trump and so many Repubs, this country seems to be withdrawing into itself. I don’t think that’s healthy.

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