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Benny

Want to defend democracy? Start with your public library

Public libraries provide information in an era of misinformation. They offer facts and nuance. They offer the opportunity for enlightenment. They offer every visitor the resources they need to find answers. The American Library Association reports that many public libraries are, for instance, “developing programs to help community members spot ‘fake news’ and evaluate information online.”

It’s not surprising, then, that in a time such as this, people are turning to their local library for information. Pew Research Center recently found that 87 percent of millennials say the library “helps them find information that is trustworthy and reliable.” Seventy-four percent of baby boomers say the same.

It’s also not surprising that the Trump administration doesn’t seem to like libraries. Earlier this year, the administration moved to cut funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services. In late August, the Senate, rebuffing the administration, approved a funding increase for the institute. As Sue Halpern, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College, explained in the Nation, the institute has been “crucial for sustaining libraries, especially those in struggling urban neighborhoods and rural areas.”

In communities across the country, local libraries are struggling to stay open, and funding for local libraries is on the chopping block. Right now, in Mobile, Ala., a budget proposal is on the table that could lead to shorter hours or fewer programs within the library system there. If passed, the impact of such a cut would be significant. Scott Kinney, the director of the Mobile Public Library, stated, “We are probably the most widely used city and county resource.”

orlbucfan

If people can’t learn to read and have access to books, SERFDOM R US!

polarbear4

much as i despair at a prop tax that is climbing to over half of my mortgage, we do fund our libraries. :O) silver lining. and parks. and schools. etc.

magsview

I hope this turns out to be the case!

Kavanaugh’s downfall, once impossible, now seems likely

magsview

Group Behind Kavanaugh Nomination Has Spent Years Reshaping Judicial Benches

It is well reported that the Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) has been the principal spender supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, shelling out nearly $3.1 million, triple the next biggest spender, according to Brennan Center data.

But what may be less known is that JCN is well-versed in these sorts of campaigns. For a dozen years, JCN has used multi-million-dollar infusions from shadowy donors to support putting conservative judges on state, local, and federal benches — and to prevent others from reaching the bench. And JCN has been remarkably successful at helping to tilt the judiciary to the right.

It’s way past time that donors are transparent.

Because of lax disclosure laws, JCN, like other “social welfare organizations,” is generally not required to disclose its donors. What is known about JCN’s funding comes from publicly available tax filings and tends to generate more questions than answers.

JCN’s recent funding, for instance, can be traced only as far as a single opaque donor. In 2016, JCN’s primary financier was the Wellspring Committee, a conservative nonprofit that donated $23 million to JCN. Of Wellspring’s $32 million in receipts that year, $28.5 million came from a single, anonymous donor. Wellspring also funds the conservative law group the Federalist Society, whose executive vice president, Leonard Leo (currently on leave), has advised the Trump administration on judicial nominations.

polarbear4

while the dems twiddle their thumbs and have interesting conversations in other corners of the room.

this is not the way the founding fathers envisioned the appointments of USSC Justices.

magsview

I don’t get the sense the Democrats even come close to having any kind of similar long-term plan (to push leftish judges up the ladder of influence in our case).

I realize the $$$ is a factor, but the left needs to counter these right-wing efforts.

polarbear4

the neolibs have lots of money and could get more with a plan–i don’t believe they feel the need. sadly and maddeningly.

Benny

Fans of Ranked Voting See an Opportunity in Massachusetts

Nearly two weeks after voters went to the polls, Lori Trahan emerged Monday as the official winner of a 10-person Democratic primary for the congressional seat based in Lowell, Mass., held for a decade by Representative Niki Tsongas, who is retiring. [MA-03]

The sprawling district, north of Boston, votes reliably Democratic and is expected to stay in the party’s hands in November. What makes the race interesting is its potential for changing the way Massachusetts votes in future elections.

After a recount of votes was finished Monday, Ms. Trahan, a former congressional aide and now a business consultant, was declared the winner — with less than 21 percent of the vote, according to the secretary of state. That slim margin could strengthen calls for Massachusetts or some of its municipalities to convert to a system known as ranked choice voting, which ensures that the eventual winner earns a majority of votes.

Advocates say this system is more democratic than relying on a mere plurality, which often does not reflect the will of most voters.

magsview

There is nationwide action taking place right now against sexual harassment at McDonald’s:

magsview

humphrey

A bit of truth is finally spoken. But the atrocities will likely keep happening.

humphrey

Meanwhile Haley. Bolton,Pompeo and the neocons shed a tear.

The missile strikes in Syria are put on hold.

polarbear4

Good.

humphrey

Coupled with this the war mongers had a really bad day. LOL

polarbear4

i bet Kim Jong Un could use some real hugs. as could most of us, but just sayin’.

wi60

Leave the 2 Koreas alone I.E. the US and China and they might accomplish something on their own with out their big brothers interfering. the 5 letter word the MIC’s of the world cant stand “PEACE”

polarbear4

haha. good one. too bad it’s so true.

polarbear4

“Only A Matter of Time” Before Category 6 Hurricane Hits U.S.

Indeed, author Jeff Nesbit’s forthcoming book “This Is The Way The World Ends” is published later this month. At its height Florence was a category 4 Hurricane. Nesbit argues that “There is no such thing as a category 6 hurricane or tropical storm – yet. But a combination of warmer oceans and more water in the atmosphere could make the devastation of 2017 pale in comparison.”

He too warns that more water vapour and water temperatures could create “super storms” that “we haven’t seen before – and aren’t really prepared for”.

“No one in America has ever experienced the wrath and fury of a category 6 hurricane, which now genuinely seems possible and realistic. We’ve been lucky,” Nesbit writes: “Unofficial category 6 hurricanes have appeared in other parts of the world, and we’re seeing much stronger storms on a regular basis …. It’s only a matter of time before one hits the US.”

wi60

Going to have to change the scales at some point to reflect the changes mother nature is throwing our way.

polarbear4

The “No IDC NY” State of Mind

Knocking on doors, telephoning, mailing handmade postcards, even covering sidewalks with chalk messaging, they got out the word. Elections, especially primaries, are all about turnout, identifying the voters who back your candidates and getting them to the polls. Large infusions of cash from real estate and financial interests made the IDC incumbents complacent; the insurgents beat them using all the tools of electoral, asymmetric warfare. This was old-fashioned retail campaigning, neighborhood by neighborhood, augmented by a savvy use of email and social media.

As Politico New York’s Bill Mahoney reported, “The IDC defeats were unprecedented in a state in which incumbents almost never lose. From 2006 through 2016, there had never been a year in which more than three members of the 213-person Legislature were defeated in a primary… Sen. Jeff Klein, who led the conference since its creation in 2011, became the first former legislative leader not under indictment or federal investigation to lose in four decades.”

“If you are a progressive, these are the results that matter,” Charlie Pierce wrote in Esquire. “Turnout was robust all over the state; Nixon got more votes on Thursday than Cuomo did the last time he ran. Cuomo got shoved to the left on a number of issues and now he doesn’t have the votes in Albany to walk those new positions back. If you want Andrew Cuomo defanged, and what sensible person doesn’t, then this is the next best thing than beating him outright. To get anything done, he now has to deal with people he otherwise would have ignored.

This may be a tectonic shift, that fundamental change in the political landscape that Nixon talked about in her concession speech. It is, she said, “what happens when we hold our leaders accountable… We have changed what is expected of a Democratic candidate running in New York.”

With luck and hard work, it could be just the beginning, especially if more of us get involved, not only as volunteers but even as candidates. As primary winner Rachel May told a Syracuse newspaper Thursday night, “We need to encourage people to run. I’m not doing this to be a career politician. I’m doing it so someone great can challenge me in a few years.”

And if I read this right, Winship may get more actively involved. Does that mean a run for something, Mr. Winship?

magsview

Winship?

polarbear4

Yeah. Moyers buddy. He can be a little neolib sometimes, but I think his heart is in the right place.

magsview

Thanks! Will look into.

polarbear4

Well, from reading the article, i’m not too sure. He said he was thinking about being more active.

polarbear4

The US-Led Global War on Terrorism Has Succeeded… In Creating More Global Terrorism

“Since 9/11, the regions where the U.S. military has been most active—countries in Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia—have seen a five-fold increase in violent attacks”

File under “dah.”

humphrey

As long as BIG $$$$$$$$ keep flowing into the hands of the MIC it is mission accomplished. The war on terror and the war on drugs are just happy sounding phrases. In reality they accomplish absolutely nothing.

magsview

Mennonite found guilty after protest at Standing Rock

Judge James Hill sentenced Lehmann to 90 days of unsupervised probation and ordered him to pay court fines. If he’s arrested for any reason within that period, Lehmann will have to serve five days in jail for his conviction.

According to a Sept. 10 release by the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), Lehmann said after the conviction: “I see it more as an honor than as a stigma. Any time I have to report my conviction I’ll be able to communicate why I’m actually proud of what I did.”

What he did was serve as a “water protector,”

“We’re all living on land that was once occupied by Native people,” Lehmann said, “and we often forget that. People should find out which tribes lived on the land where they live and try to develop relationships with those tribes.” He’s done that in the Freeman area through the Freeman Network for Justice and Peace.

humphrey

I wonder if he will throw out paper towels like he did in Puerto Rico?

polarbear4

It occurred to me that he may be highly medicated just to keep him going. perhaps that partly explains the extremely odd behavior.

magsview

I dare him to go to one of those huge hog farms, one in which their sewage pond has overflowed.

Or, even better, help some chicken farmers see if any of their chickens survived. I double dare him!

Hurricane Florence Has Killed At Least 1.7 Million Chickens In North Carolina

At least one livestock company has reported massive losses in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Sanderson Farms, one of the country’s largest poultry producers, said in a notice to investors Monday that at least 1.7 million of its chickens had perished in North Carolina after dozens of broiler houses and other facilities were flooded because of the storm.

The company added that about 30 farms in the state ― housing more than 6 million chickens ― remained unreachable because of flood waters. Unless feed trucks are able to access those farms, Sanderson warned that loss of life could quickly “escalate.”

polarbear4

ugh. as in barf. poor things. and of course the people that are suffering, too.

humphrey

A sad story deserves a happy story. Too bad there are not more of them.

polarbear4

beautiful.

humphrey

I wish that I was surprised by this interpretation. But I am not.

polarbear4

jesus. literally.

wi60

Gwad I wish we could ship some of these asshats of to another planet and then leave a bouy quoting general order 7

polarbear4

for those of you not into sci fi, that’s a warning buoy in space. very helpful for fellow aliens.

wi60

Other than the chicken farmers affected, the other producers are drooling at the aspect of raising prices on poultry products citing the “shortage” due to the hurricane. let the price gouging commence 🙁

polarbear4

boycott time. i love quesadillas. and i’m beginning to use beans, quinoa in soup, protein powder in drinks, etc. sick of being a part of it.

magsview

I hear that sweetie! Last night we had some refried beans on nachos and it was amazing! Of course the peppers and onions and cilantro and pepperjack cheese and salsa didn’t hurt. Lol 😉

So grateful for the ingredients that are available for cooking with.

humphrey

Good! But the pressure was not coming from feckless Leader Chuck Schumer.

humphrey

Ouch!

humphrey

Actually this is a pretty good idea.

polarbear4

👍🏼🙌❤️

polarbear4

For OBF:

‘Say No to Red Tide Rick’: Florida Governor Forced to Flee Event After Angry Protesters Shame Him Over Anti-Environment Record
“Scott can’t run from his record of eviscerating Florida’s environmental protections,” says the state’s Democratic Party

“Scott’s critics say his policies have exacerbated the problem. Red tide blooms start offshore but can feed on nutrients found in nearshore waters. Leaky septic tanks, lawn fertilizer found in stormwater runoff, and other factors can add to nutrient levels in nearshore waters.

Scott signed off on legislation that repealed a mandatory septic tank inspection program. The inspections were intended to identify failing septic tanks that are leaching pollutants.

The governor also cut $700 million from the state’s water management districts, which help implement a range of water quality programs. And Scott reduced staffing at the state Department of Environmental Protection and pushed to speed up and streamline environmental permitting, leading some to accuse the state of cutting corners in protecting the environment.”

wi60

To borrow Orls “Sick Rott” just like a light being turned on in a room with cock roaches

orlbucfan

The ecological damage here is beyond horrendous. Green algae has infested canals, lakes, rivers all over the state. The red tide has spread in the Gulf from Naples all the way to Clearwater. Sick Rott needs to be flayed alive along with plenty of other greedball cretins. Shame it won’t happen!

magsview

Oh Orl, that’s so sad. 🙁

I grew up on the heavenly aspect of Florida. One set of grandparents spent one-half-year-less-one-day in FL after they retired. That’s how you can live there without a visa. So they took full advantage with their winter house in FL.

One super-strong memory that remains with me today was back in the 70’s when we landed in Tampa to visit them. Back then it was the old-fashioned debarking from the plane via a staircase being put up against the plane’s door, where you had to walk down the steps to the tarmac.

I’ll never forget it, stepping out of the plane at Tampa airport into an incredibly fragrant and humid air, such a contrast from where I’d just come from, the air smelled like oranges, literally, but with the humidity it smelled to me like a creamsicle! Do you remember those? Orange ice-covered vanilla popsicles. That’s what it smelled like.

orlbucfan

I loved orange creamsicles. Ate plenty of them as a kid. 🙂 My maternal grandparents lived in Miami back in the ’60s. We would drive down there from the MD/DC area for Christmas. There was an OJ processing plant and coffee company in the general area. The mingled smells were incredible. The air was clean, too, back then. So was the ocean and the sand. Good memories, for sure!

wi60

I was down in Miami a couple years back as one of her friends let us use her time share on Miami beach for almost nothing (off Season). Me a the Mrs walked the beach and watched the waves roll in, couldn’t believe the amount of garbage I saw in the waves, just shook my head in disgust as I can remember going to spring break way back in the day and garbage wasn’t to be seen like now. The resorts do try to keep the beach clean but cant do nothing about the water.

polarbear4

After Russian Military Aircraft Shot Down Near Syria, Russian Claims Israel ‘Deliberately Staged This Provocation’

Proving just how dangerous the situation remains in Syria—where the U.S., Russia, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, France and other nations are all maintaining military operations amid a civil war that has dragged on for nearly seven years—the Kremlin on Tuesday is blaming Israel after the Syrian military reportedly downed a Russian military aircraft by mistake, killing all 15 airmen on board.

According to Russian Defense Ministry spokesperson Igor Konashenkov, the Russian transport plane was shot down Monday night, local time, as Israel F-16’s attempted to use it as cover while carrying out a bombing mission against targets in the Latakia region of western Syria near the Meditarranean coast.

humphrey

This graphic helps to understand the situation.

humphrey

You can come to your own conclusions from this following article.

A part of which I quote below. I consider it informative.

The Syrian defence system shot down by mistake a Russian Ilyushin IL-20M 90924 surveillance plane in Syria with 15 servicemen on board on Monday evening, the day after an Israeli F-16 destroyed an Iranian military cargo plane on the Damascus airport runway killing the second pilot. Simultaneously with the downing of the Russian plane, four Israeli F-16s attacked Syrian and Iranian military targets around the northern city of Latakia. The Syrian air defence system responded against the incoming missiles and hit the Russian plane while in landing position over the Hamymeen military airport. This took place only hours after the signing of a deal between presidents Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan to halt the battle of Idlib and defuse the possibility of seeing Syrian army barracks and military airports destroyed. Who is pushing for a wider war and why are Russia and Iran refraining from responding to the many provocations in Syria?

War drums sounded loudly over Syria the last few months after Syria and its allies, mainly Russia, liberated the south of the country and directed all military resources towards the northern city of Idlib. This city is under Turkish control but hosts fewer than 2 million inhabitants, of whom tens of thousands are jihadists and heavily armed Turkish proxies. The US and Europe voiced their will to bomb Syria “if chemical bombs are used against the city”. That was a clear invitation for specialised groups in Idlib to stage an attack and give an excuse for US-EU forces to unleash their firepower and destroy the Syrian army’s air power and airports. That is indeed the key to the Russian/Syrian/Iranian lack of reaction to Israel’s many provocations and to the Russian-Turkish deal to suspend the war in Idlib.

Decision-making sources said “Russia was seriously concerned about the US and European intention to destroy the Syrian army in the event of a staged chemical attack. The US had managed to gather behind it a coalition including Britain, France and Germany to bomb Syria, making it very difficult for Russia to react militarily. Putin is aware of US intentions and is not in Syria to start WWIII but to stop the war. But it goes against US interests to see Syria recovering and Russia expanding its control in the Middle East”.

Russia, USA, Israel, Iran and Syria: a continuous struggle to trigger or avoid war

polarbear4

we and our allies are dangerous now. flailing as we lose control of the world. scary where my thoughts can go….

orlbucfan

Just exactly how do you avoid war by waging more war??

magsview

I don’t know why all of the bomb strikes that Israel has been doing to Syria aren’t getting more attention.

humphrey

Likely AIPAC has a lot of sway in the coverage and the muted responses.

polarbear4

From an article on Trump’s “space force,”

magsview

‘It’s impossible to understand the world around us without understanding how we got here’

The only way forward is for socialists to offer a clear alternative to fascism. It is neoliberals like Blair, Thatcher, Bush, Obama, Macron and Merkel who have pushed austerity budgets and free trade deals and imperialism. They have handed over their countries to people like Trump in the US, Le Pen in France and AfD in Germany.

Left parties in Europe and left electoral factions in Britain and the US are also growing – Die Linke, Melenchon, Corbyn and Sanders — but the fascists are growing faster, because they have become identified with local democracy, national sovereignty and economic protectionism.

magsview

A relatively small thing, but smart nonetheless:

Bangkok has designed a park for the coming age of flooded cities

To help the city combat the effects of climate change, Thai landscape architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom has created a public park in Bangkok designed to withstand frequent flooding.

During rainy season the park collects and stores water that is then used for irrigation in the dry season.

The park takes up 11 acres at the centre of Chulalongkorn University and includes space for outdoor meetings, an amphitheatre, a lawn for recreation, playgrounds, and a small museum. Crucially, though, it has been built to flood.

The park can hold up to one million gallons of water

It does this by using various floodwater-management systems: a green roof, wetlands, a lawn with a detention basin and a retention pond.

park.jpg
polarbear4

hope lots of places do the same.

magsview

We need to get a whole lot smarter about things. I would love to see young people take up the challenge. And not just in some tech kind of way, but in developing practical solutions custom designed for each area. The challenges on the east coast are far different than those on the west coast, for example.

magsview

I worked in an Amazon warehouse. Bernie Sanders is right to target them

The warehouse had the atmosphere of what I imagine a low-security prison would feel like. You had to pass in and out of gigantic airport-style security gates at the end of every shift and each time you went on break or needed to use the toilet. It could take as long as 10 or 15 minutes to pass through these gigantic metal scanners. A corporate, Orwellian form of double-speak was pervasive. You were not called a worker but an “associate”. You weren’t fired but instead you were “released”. Near the entrance to the warehouse, a cardboard cut-out of a fictional Amazon worker proclaimed, via a speech bubble attached to her head, that “we love coming to work and we miss it when we’re not here”.

Benny

Some of that testimony made my hair stand up on the back of my neck.

orlbucfan

Just take a good long look at Bezos the Bozo. That will explain the serfdom.

magsview

polarbear4

😎

orlbucfan

Kassebaum is conservative, but not a FRightwingnut. Big difference.

humphrey

polarbear4

Taibbi is one of the best and he’s right on on this one. a pox on vox.

orlbucfan

Markos Moulitsas had a hand in creating Vox. I rest my case. 🙁

polarbear4

From the New Yorker, confirming Kavanaugh may be in real trouble. If this happens, thank goddess that she came forward.

So much for all the talk. The real question is: Will the White House and Republican leaders actually allow a potentially sensational set of hearings, with all the political risks that would entail, just weeks before the midterm elections in which they are already struggling mightily to attract women’s votes in key suburban districts? Or will they decide to cut their losses and withdraw the Kavanaugh nomination? We’ll find out soon.

humphrey

humphrey

One of many reasons that Feinstein should lose in November.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/407325-feinstein-on-kavanaugh-accusations-i-dont-know-if-everything-is-truthful

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says she can’t be sure of the veracity of everything alleged by the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, though she later emphasized that she finds the witness “credible.”

Feinstein told reporters on Capitol Hill that Ford had been “profoundly impacted” by her experience, according to National Review, but added that she “can’t say” if the allegations are “truthful.”

“[Ford] is a woman that has been, I think, profoundly impacted,” she said, according to National Review.

“I’m the lead Democrat, so this is all up to the Republican side,” Feinstein added in the video recorded by Fox News. “I can’t say everything is truthful, I don’t know, she continues.”

Next thing you know she might vote to confirm him.

wi60

👍

polarbear4

unbelievable.

wi60

so many neodems you cant trust

polarbear4

Shall the TPW adopt DeLeon, her Dem opponent? i’m looking him up.

“It’s time we listen to the American people and create a Medicare for all plan that will foster a healthier, happier, and safer society where Americans no longer worry about losing their health insurance if they lose their jobs.”
— Kevin De Leon

https://www.kevindeleon.com/medicare-for-all-now/

magsview

DeLeon is far from perfect. Even some sexual harassment charges.

Here is a snippet from a recent interview. DeLeon is not particularly eloquent here, but I do appreciate his bringing up decorum vs. people’s real needs.

Union-Tribune: Well… and I don’t want to belabor this point, but so when you say switch tactics, no one was arrested, you would say you would get arrested? And how would you do that? What exactly are you saying?

DE LEÓN: So I’m not saying… I’m not saying that… that you have to be arrested as a U.S. senator. What I’m saying is that we have to start thinking about the American people as opposed to the decorum of being a U.S. senator, one of the oldest, you know, political institutions on planet earth, institution with the reputation of being the most deliberate body on planet Earth.

There needs to be a simple urgency to what’s happening because the comity of the institution in itself is not working with what’s at stake today and the potential real consequences that will be a whole generation. That’s what I’m saying.

But on energy DeLeon becomes more sure-footed in this interview, much more eloguent and passionate. The snippet below is just one paragraph after the interviewer brings up the challenges of ‘clean energy:

That’s very important because it’s about economics, too. It’s not about virtues or… or feel good measures or… I’m cognizant that I’m not going to move forward a measure that may sound good, may feel good, may look good, but may hurt the economy. So right now all the major energy retailers are poised to surpass 50 percent within the next few years. What Senate Bill 100 does… it sends a very clear signal to the private sector to help catalyze the capital that’s critical to create the technologies that are vitally needed for the future so we can continue to reduce our carbon footprint and get to zero carbon emissions technologies to deliver our energy to our homes, to our businesses and the idea is to get the lowest price point of fuel to drive our economy and right now that experiment is working for us, Chris, because renewable energy today is less per kilowatt than natural gas. Natural gas is still a subject to the wild gyrations.

magsview

I mean, he just goes off!

A bit later, he’s still on fire:

DE LEÓN: I’m not going to argue about a bridge with regards to that transition, you know, to renewable energy. You’re not going to get an argument from me. The biggest threat to the fossil fuel industry has not been renewable energy. The biggest threat to the fossil fuel industry is precisely what you just said right now. It is natural gas right now. So with regards to being the bridge, I’m not going to argue with you. I’m not right there, okay? What I… but what I will say statistically and factually correct is that renewable energy right now is less expensive than natural gas.
So whether you are a libertarian, a right-wing ideologue or free marketer, moderate, liberal, Republican or a conservative Dem or progressive Democrat, economics is economics and if you are a ratepayer in San Diego you want to pay the lowest price point for that energy that’s delivered to your house to power your house, and that’s what, I think, people care about at the most.

polarbear4

It’s easy to say: We want to give at least temporary subsidies to clean energy and not fossil fuels. If they had accepted weaning off years ago, it would have been easier, but we’re out of time.

You’re right, not perfect, especially if he was a harasser! Prolly not an adoptee, but geez i’d take him over Feinstein just on M4A. And in her own way, she’s like a harasser. If she doesn’t know the facts, find them the frack out and say yes or no! The woman is willing to testify, she has history with clinicians to back her up, fergawdsake.

magsview

Her apologies to Kavanaugh about the protestors are still ringing in my ears.

polarbear4

basically a Repub, Caitlin’s barb about being the only species to go extinct from politeness comes to mind.

magsview

In her circles, one just doesn’t make TOO much of a fuss.

orlbucfan

Feinstein and Manchin need to go out on a date. DINOs rule, y’know.

magsview

There may be some good news to report. I am cautious these days, but it SOUNDS good at least:

Supreme Court Orders Disclosure For Dark Money, As New Report Unveils Some Donors

The Supreme Court on Tuesday insisted that many donations to predominantly conservative political nonprofit groups — what’s often called dark money — be disclosed, seven weeks ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

The ruling closes, at least for now, a loophole that has allowed wealthy donors to finance aggressive ads while staying anonymous. Crafted by the Federal Election Commission nearly 40 years ago, the loophole flourished after the 2010 Citizens United ruling.

The court set aside an order issued by Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday. The social welfare group Crossroads GPS, a defendant in the lawsuit, had fought to stall disclosure while it prepares to appeal. It failed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and then appealed to the Supreme Court.

Judge Shuts Down Multimillion-Dollar Loophole In Election Law
The disclosure requirement is expected to apply to explicitly political ads by nonprofit groups for the remaining weeks of the campaign season.

This negates a stay that Chief Roberts applied over the weekend. This seems to have significant implications and effects. Is it possible that more transparency on donors is in our future??

Political nonprofits must now name many of their donors under federal court ruling after Supreme Court declines to intervene

A caveat, I did see something about now this ruling may not be in effect in time for the midterms.

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