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Barbara Jordan is one of my lifelong political heroines. Obama doesn’t come close.


T and R, LD!! 😊 Very good news for us here in the Nest from the voters yesterday. ☮️👍🇺🇸👍🕊👍🍀👍🗽


I would like to post a candidate spotlight OT for FL State House Rep. Anna Eskamani. Any tips, help, etc. will be greatly appreciated. 🙂


Siena is rated A+. They are coming out tomorrow with a poll of six swing states and the Senate. Their swing state polls from the Clinton/Trump matchup gave one indication that the race would’ve close and that Trump could win even though losing the popular vote. With a 14% lead nationally, I would expect Biden to be leading the swing states too.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. has taken a commanding lead over President Trump in the 2020 race, building a wide advantage among women and nonwhite voters and making deep inroads with some traditionally Republican-leaning groups that have shifted away from Mr. Trump following his ineffective response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new national poll of registered voters by The New York Times and Siena College.

Mr. Biden is currently ahead of Mr. Trump by 14 percentage points, garnering 50 percent of the vote compared with 36 percent for Mr. Trump. That is among the most dismal showings of Mr. Trump’s presidency, and a sign that he is the clear underdog right now in his fight for a second term.

Mr. Trump has been an unpopular president for virtually his entire time in office. He has made few efforts since his election in 2016 to broaden his support beyond the right-wing base that vaulted him into office with only 46 percent of the popular vote and a modest victory in the Electoral College.

But among a striking cross-section of voters, the distaste for Mr. Trump has deepened as his administration failed to stop a deadly disease that crippled the economy and then as he responded to a wave of racial-justice protests with angry bluster and militaristic threats. The dominant picture that emerges from the poll is of a country ready to reject a president whom a strong majority of voters regard as failing the greatest tests confronting his administration.

The limited passion for Mr. Biden among other Democratic constituencies does not appear to be affecting his position against Mr. Trump. Though only 13 percent of people under 30 said they had a very favorable opinion of the former vice president, that group is backing Mr. Biden over Mr. Trump by 34 percentage points.

Nicholas Angelos, a 20-year-old voter in Bloomington, Ind., who said he supported Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries, said he would vote for Mr. Biden as the “lesser of two evils.” He said he believed the former vice president would “try his best,” in contrast to Mr. Trump, whom he described as “an autocrat” and “anti-science.”

“We all have to compromise,” said Mr. Angelos, who described himself as very liberal. He added of Mr. Biden, “I don’t think he’s anything special.”


Byedone’s VP choice will determine the election.



Democrats have opened up a 302,000-voter advantage over Republicans in vote-by-mail enrollment, an edge that could pay big dividends in President Donald Trump’s newly adopted must-win state.

Five months before Election Day, more than 1.46 million Democrats have signed up to vote by mail compared to 1.16 million Republicans, according to state Division of Election data released Friday. By comparison, in 2016, Democrats held an advantage of about 8,800 in vote-by-mail enrollment.

The reason for the success is twofold. Democrats have put heightened emphasis on getting more people to cast ballots from home, an effort that preceded the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. And Trump has demonized this type of voting so much that Republicans, who once dominated mail-in ballots, are souring on it.

Florida’s vote-by-mail enrollment gap is among a number of warning signs for Trump, who carried the state by fewer than 113,000 votes, or 1.19 percentage points, four years ago.


Already done here. 🙂


Coronavirus hospitalizations in Arizona and Texas have hit record numbers as cases continue to surge in states in the South and the West, overwhelming medical professionals.

Arizona reported a record high of 3,591 new cases Tuesday, with nearly 60,000 known cases in the state overall. The swell in cases comes as President Donald Trump is set to hold a rally at a Phoenix megachurch Tuesday.

There was a surge in the number of inpatient beds occupied by positive or suspected COVID-19 patients, with 2,136 beds occupied, compared to 1,992 Sunday, according to data from the state’s Department of Health Services.

Meanwhile, 84 percent of intensive care unit beds were in use at Arizona hospitals and 83 percent of inpatient beds were in use as of Monday, according to the data.

“Each day I’ve been going into work over the last month is worse, and what I mean by worse is … just overwhelmed with COVID patients,” said Dr. Frank LoVecchio, who works in several Arizona hospitals in emergency medicine and public health.


Meanwhile in Phoenix

WATCHING FROM HOME, at first it was hard to say which moment in Donald Trump’s rally at a Phoenix megachurch on Tuesday was the ugliest. Was it when the president of the United States repeated the racist joke he told last weekend in Tulsa, calling Covid-19, the viral disease that emerged in China last year, the “Kung Flu;” or was it a spilt second later, when thousands of his young supporters erupted in cheers?

The president’s attempt to divert attention away from his botched pandemic response, which has cost tens of thousands of Americans their lives, by inciting racist resentment against the nation where the virus jumped from animals to humans, is deeply ugly. As is the fact that thousands of Republican student activists, packed tightly together inside, ignoring social distancing and mask-wearing, responded with thunderous applause.

But there was something even more disturbing about the incident that was not immediately apparent on the live broadcast. Video recorded from inside the packed Dream City Church by the photojournalist Nick Oza revealed that Trump and his fans had shared a moment of call and response hatred in the build up to the joke.

Trump began by observing that the pandemic illness he has spent the past two months downplaying is known by a confusing array of terms. He then paused to ask the assembled student activists if they had seen his speech in Tulsa where he made the same point. When they cheered in response, he started to list some of what he said were the “19 or 20 names” for the disease, most of which referred in some way to its origins in China.

As soon as Trump said, “Wuhan — Wuhan was catching on,” the crowd began to murmur with excitement, clearly anticipating that the president was about to repeat the slur his aides had spent the previous day denying was racist. When Trump drew out the tension by offering “Coronavirus” as the next name in his list, one excited voice after another shouted from the crowd: “Kung Flu!” “Kung Flu!” “Kung Flu!”

The president completed the call-and-response by saying, “Kung Flu, yeah,” and was met with frenzied applause. Oza’s footage shows that several young men leaped to their feet, pumping their fists in the air in exultation, apparently thrilled to see their hero transgress all bounds of common decency right in front of them.

Weijia Jiang, a White House correspondent for CBS News, who reported in March that a White House staffer had made the same racist joke about the disease to her face, noted on Twitter that “Trump relished the feedback” from the crowd in Phoenix. “He often tests out material at rallies like a stand up comedian, and it appears this is going to be part of his act,” she added.


The orange moron figures he doesn’t need Asian American votes.


Most voters in Jacksonville, Fla., do not want the Republican National Convention to be held in their city, according to a University of North Florida poll.

The poll found that 58 percent of voters in Jacksonville oppose holding the convention in the city and 42 percent said they support the move. Of those surveyed, 71 percent said they were concerned about the spread of the coronavirus and 65 percent said they worried about “social unrest” if the convention is held in the city.

When broken down by party, the survey found 19 percent of Republicans oppose hosting the party’s keynote convention events in Jacksonville, while about 90 percent of Democrats are opposed to the convention. Sixty-two percent of independents said they opposed having the convention in the city.


They also polled the presidential matchup in Jacksonville (Duval County). Biden is doing significantly better than Clinton did.

If the presidential election were held now, 41 percent of respondents said they would vote for Trump, while 48 percent chose the prospective Democratic nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden.

In 2016, Trump received 48.5 percent of Duval County’s votes,


Opposition was so intense down here in attractions-ville that FRighties ruled it out.


All hell will probably let loose after the November election.

The Federal Reserve’s aid efforts successfully lifted liquidity concerns, but keeping the central bank’s spigot open too long can create a massive market threat, Ed Yardeni, president of Yardeni Research, said Monday.

The central bank’s March 23 announcement of new intervention marked a turning point for financial markets. The Fed’s move into corporate credit markets set a backstop for risk assets and drove investors back to highly volatile markets after weeks of severe sell-offs.

The rally from March 23 to June 8 was the market’s biggest since 1933, and Yardeni now fears the “Mother of All Meltups” can give way to an equally steep crash if risk-on attitudes turn overextended.

“The goal was to restore liquidity to the credit markets. They are clearly functioning well again,” he wrote in a note to clients. “If the Fed persists in flooding the markets with liquidity, the risk is that the Fed will create the greatest financial bubble of all times.”


Yeah Joe I’m sure your staff was more diverse than Bernie’s. If you have so many people of color on the payroll, why decline to make those numbers public?

“Look at my staff,” Joe Biden said back in December.

The subject of diversity had come up in an NPR interview: Only white candidates had qualified for the next Democratic debate, one of the last before the start of the primary, and the reporter asked if Biden would commit to selecting a person of color as his running mate. Aboard his campaign bus in Iowa, the 77-year-old candidate looked equal parts frustrated by the question and confident in his answer.

“I have the most diverse staff of anybody running. I’ve always done that.”

Biden’s campaign refused to give any detail about the claim after he made it. And more than six months later, he has yet to back up the assertion or provide any data on the diversity of his campaign staff — marking a significant break at a time of national reckoning over racism and issues of inclusion and equity with the standard of transparency set by Democratic candidates during the last presidential election.

Biden’s presidential campaign, staffed at the top by a predominantly white team of advisers, declined this week to disclose the number of people of color on payroll, or detail the way in which they track diversity data internally. In response to questions from BuzzFeed News about hiring and inclusion practices, the Biden campaign pointed to the creation of a diversity and culture committee and its employment of a chief people, diversity, and inclusion officer. Michael Leach, a former NFL labor relations official serving in that role, has worked for Biden for a year, but the campaign did not externally announce his job prior to the publication of this story.

Campaign officials did not explain why they have yet to share diversity numbers publicly but indicated they expect to do so soon.






This was reported yesterday but now Fayette County has decided to release the results. Lexington is part of the district that McGrath ran and lost in two years ago. It also was reported that Booker had a huge lead in the Jefferson County (Louisville) in person vote.

Charles Booker led Amy McGrath by 49 percentage points among Fayette County voters who cast their ballot in person Tuesday, but most of the votes in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate were submitted by mail and have not yet been counted.

Booker won 72 percent of the vote, with 1,566 votes. McGrath won 23 percent of the vote, with 499 votes.

Fayette County has processed 67,973 absentee ballots so far — 73 percent of the 92,611 ballots that were requested. Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said 12,000 ballots came in the mail Tuesday and that his office had processed around 6,000 of them so far.


Hoping for more good news from the Bluegrass State. Booker wins, Beijing Mitch is history. Also, it is issuing a WARNING on blatant voter suppression.