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Marquita and Paula Jean are longshots but worth supporting




Obviously, in NY, Biden support is a plus. This is a Syracuse area district currently held by Republican Katko. Balter has not come out for M4A but emphasizes how Medicare is a great system and all who want it should be able to get it (public option). Obviously, a big upgrade over the Republican.



With two weeks until Election Day, more than 34 million Americans have already voted in the 2020 presidential election, according to data updated Tuesday morning by the U.S. Elections Project.

Votes cast by mail and in person this election cycle have now reached 24.5% of the more than 136 million total ballots cast in the 2016 presidential election. By Oct. 23 four years ago, only 5.9 million Americans had voted early.

While Democrats have dominated vote-by-mail, Republicans are starting to make up ground with in-person early voting.

Out of about 13.7 million mail ballots tracked by the U.S. Elections Project, registered Democrats have returned 54.4%, compared to 23.6% by Republicans and 21.5% by voters with no party affiliation.

When it comes to in-person voting, the margin is narrower. Registered Democrats have cast 43.3% of in-person ballots, with Republicans closely trailing at 35.4% and unaffiliated voters at 20.8%, according to the project.

“If I were running a campaign, I’d much prefer to be the one where I’ve already banked millions of votes more than my opponent,” Michael McDonald, director of the U.S. Elections Project and political science professor at the University of Florida, wrote on the project’s website Sunday.

High early voting turnout allows Democratic organizers to cross off names on their targeting lists and focus resources on turning out less likely voters closer to Election Day, McDonald said. Democratic challenger Joe Biden’s campaign is not resting on its laurels.


Look at the high number of Indies. Not good news for the fascists and their fruitcake religious allies.




Prominent Republican pollster Frank Luntz blasted President Trump and his campaign on Tuesday for focusing on Hunter Biden in the stretch run to Election Day, calling Trump’s campaign the worst he’s ever seen and saying the president’s advisers should be “brought up on charges of political malpractice.”

Speaking at a briefing for the British strategic advising company Global Counsel, Luntz said Trump’s advisers have “their heads up their asses” if they think Hunter Biden will be a winning issue for them.

“I’ve never seen a campaign more mis-calibrated than the Trump campaign. Frankly, his staff ought to be brought up on charges of political malpractice,” Luntz said.

“It is the worst campaign I’ve ever seen and I’ve been watching them since 1980. They’re on the wrong issues. They’re on the wrong message. They’ve got their heads up their assess…Your damn job is to get your candidate to talk about things that are relevant to the people you need to reach. And if you can’t do your damn job then get out.”


Frank Luntz can take his phony shit and shove it. He’s no more changed his stripes than Karl Rove.



But not every Democrat seems intent on pursuing a bolder agenda. Moderate Democratic senators have said that the filibuster helps them grab more federal funding. Their progressive counterparts must continue to push their colleagues to look at the big picture: Working families don’t just need federal funds; they also need legislation that ensures affordable housing, public works programs and accessible health care.

And then there’s the White House, which will hopefully be occupied by President Joe Biden. His coalition will determine what he achieves. So far, Biden has distanced himself from the progressive wing of the party and allied himself with moderates. But if he’s elected, it will be with the help of progressives. Those who once supported Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) have raised and spent millions for Biden’s campaign. The Biden-Sanders joint task forces put forth progressive policies on health care, climate change and the economy. Progressive groups have provided an aggressive ad campaign, a nationwide network of activists and a new approach to rural organizing to help move working-class voters beyond Trumpist resentments.

The progressives who support Biden now must prepare to push him later. On Friday, a group of progressive organizations and individuals called on Biden not to appoint chief executives and corporate lobbyists to his administration. As Robert L. Borosage wrote in the Nation, if Biden wins next month, “progressives will not give him a pass but will seek to drive bold reforms from the get-go” — ensuring that Biden forms and consults an inclusive coalition as he advances his agenda.

For an example of how to do this, Democrats can look to New York’s Working Families Party. The WFP has spent 22 years forming such a coalition, organizing progressive organizations and replacing moderate Democrats in Albany with WFP-endorsed lawmakers. In 2018, its activism paid off: The New York legislature had enough progressive members to pass long-overdue bills on issues ranging from climate change to voting rights. The WFP’s effective progressivism has refocused the legislature’s work squarely on populism.

At the same time, the WFP’s progressive push has challenged Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s tight grip on New York politics — a challenge the centrist governor has not taken kindly to. This year, Cuomo (D) retaliated by more than tripling the vote threshold that the WFP must cross to maintain its legal status — to more than 160,000 votes, based on this year’s turnout estimates. Now, even though the party is backing the likely-to-win Biden/Harris ticket, it could be removed from the state ballot.

But let’s assume that the WFP gets the 160,000-odd votes needed. Let’s assume the gavel remains in Pelosi’s hands and McConnell is sent packing. Let’s assume the White House is occupied by a qualified leader.
Just because we’ve won doesn’t mean the work of progressives is done.

On the contrary — it is just beginning. Looking past the election, the WFP’s recent People’s Charter provides guidance for policymaking moving forward — a “roadmap out of our current state of crisis, and to an America that works for the many, not the privileged and powerful few.” It suggests universal health care, a tax increase on corporations and job creation through public works programs. Whether these policies will be enacted will depend on the actions of Democrats at every level of government.

The chaos of recent years — from the pandemic to inequities, structural racism to climate change — demands a paradigm shift. In 2020 and beyond, that will determine the future of the Democratic Party and the nation. It’s time to think ahead.




Whose fault is that? These red idiot states have plenty of access to competent CV info. They choose to ignore it. Example: Sturgis Biker Rally. Talk about a major CV disease event!



Daily coronavirus case numbers in the US are at levels not seen since the summer, and more than a dozen states set record highs for Covid-19 hospitalizations in the past week — yet more evidence, experts say, of a difficult fall and winter ahead.

The country’s seven-day average of new daily cases was above 58,300 as of Monday — a level not seen since the first week of August, and climbing closer to the summer’s peak of 67,200 on July 22.

Average daily cases have soared 70% since September 12, when the country was at a two-month low of about 34,300.

As cold weather is likely to drive more gatherings indoors, the case level appears too high to avoid dangerous levels of infections and hospitalizations in the coming weeks, experts have said.

“(With) the fact that we’re only going to see more transmission occur with indoor air, people inside, this is going to be a rough fall,” Michael Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told CNN on Tuesday.

Case rates and hospitalizations are rising especially in the Midwest, Great Plains and parts of the West.

Fourteen states reported their peak Covid-19 hospitalizations in the last week: Alaska, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Montana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the Covid Tracking Project.
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The virus’s prevalence is bad enough that the director for the National Institutes for Health says his family won’t gather for Thanksgiving this year.

“It is just not safe to take that kind of chance with people coming from different parts of the country of uncertain status,” Dr. Francis Collins told National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” on Tuesday. “The problem with this disease is it is so easy for people to be infected and not know it, and then spread it to the ones next to them without realizing it.”

“All of this, I’m afraid, happens because we have not succeeded in this country in introducing really effective public health measures,” Collins said.

“Simple things that we all could be doing: Wear your mask, keep that six foot distance, and don’t congregate indoors, whatever you do, and wash your hands. And yet people are tired of it and yet the virus is not tired of us,” Collins said.

The country has now topped 220,000 Covid-19 deaths, a number some experts worry may also begin to climb faster.



Ten people living at a Kansas nursing home have died after an outbreak of Covid-19 infected every resident, according to a news release Monday from the Norton County Health Department.

All 62 residents at the privately owned Andbe Home in Norton have tested positive for the virus, the release states.

“Steps are being taken to prevent any further outbreak including quarantining residents in their rooms and not allowing outside visitors into the facility,” the release says, adding that relatives of all residents have been notified.

Some staff members have also tested positive, and the rest are being tested, the release states.




Screw him.


I’m quite a few digits off 🙂


Guess where every one of those worthless SOBs live? USA! USA!