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la58

I’m waiting until after lunch to vote, to give me a better idea what turnout is like.

orlbucfan

Will be watching for your reports! Appreciate them, la58!! Hope I can wear out my victory fist for good news from MI and KS. Turnout*Turnout*Turnout to vote can not be emphasized enuff!! T and R to you la58, and the rest of the usual suspects!!!!!! 🙂

la58

Just got back from voting. I was #274 out of about 1200 registered voters.

PARTISAN SECTION
VOTE ONLY 1 PARTY SECTION
REPUBLICAN PARTY SECTION
STATE
GOVERNOR
Vote for not more than 1
Brian Calley $ Republican
Patrick Colbeck $ Republican
Jim Hines $ Republican
Bill Schuette $ Republican
CONGRESSIONAL
UNITED STATES SENATOR
Vote for not more than 1
John James Republican
Sandy Pensler Republican
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
12th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Jeff Jones Republican
LEGISLATIVE
STATE SENATOR
18th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Martin Church $ Republican
REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE LEGISLATURE
54th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Colton A. Campbell $ Republican
Ora Wright $ Republican
COUNTY
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
2nd DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Kevin Jardine Republican
DELEGATE
DELEGATE TO COUNTY CONVENTION
Vote for not more than 6
William Jarratt Republican
Amy Kilbourne Republican
Edward Post Republican
DEMOCRATIC PARTY SECTION
STATE
GOVERNOR
Vote for not more than 1
Abdul El-Sayed $ Democratic
Shri Thanedar $ Democratic
Gretchen Whitmer $ Democratic
CONGRESSIONAL
UNITED STATES SENATOR
Vote for not more than 1
Debbie Stabenow Democratic
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
12th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Debbie Dingell Democratic
LEGISLATIVE
STATE SENATOR
18th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Michelle Deatrick $ Democratic
Jeff Irwin $ Democratic
Matthew Miller $ Democratic
Anuja Rajendra $ Democratic
REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE LEGISLATURE
54th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Roderick Casey $ Democratic
Isaac L. London II $ Democratic
Ronnie D. Peterson $ Democratic
William Cullen Riney $ Democratic
COUNTY
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
2nd DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
Tom Brennan Democratic
Rodrick K. Green Democratic
Sue Shink Democratic
DELEGATE
DELEGATE TO COUNTY CONVENTION
Vote for not more than 2
Valerie Constance Democratic
LIBERTARIAN PARTY SECTION
STATE
GOVERNOR
Vote for not more than 1
Bill Gelineau $ Libertarian
John J. Tatar $ Libertarian
CONGRESSIONAL
UNITED STATES SENATOR
Vote for not more than 1
No candidates on ballot
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS
12th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
No candidates on ballot
LEGISLATIVE
STATE SENATOR
18th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
No candidates on ballot
REPRESENTATIVE IN STATE LEGISLATURE
54th DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
No candidates on ballot
COUNTY
COUNTY COMMISSIONER
2nd DISTRICT
Vote for not more than 1
No candidates on ballot
DELEGATE
DELEGATE TO COUNTY CONVENTION
Vote for not more than 2
No candidates on ballot

PROPOSAL SECTION
TOWNSHIP PROPOSALS
Charter Township Of Superior Law Enforcement Services Millage Proposal

Shall the Charter Township of Superior impose an increase of 2.75 mills ($2.75 per $1,000 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for four (4) years, 2019 through 2022 inclusive, for providing complete law enforcement services for the Washtenaw County Sheriff for Superior Township, raising an estimated one million seven hundred fifty four thousand nine hundred and ninety two dollars ($1,754,992.00) in the first year the millage is levied. A portion of the millage levied on Hyundai’s facility will be disbursed to the Local Development Finance Authority of the Charter Township of Superior.

Charter Township Of Superior Fire Protection And Prevention Millage Proposal

Shall the Charter Township of Superior impose an increase of 3.5 mills ($3.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution and levy it for four (4) years, 2019 through 2022 inclusive, for providing complete fire protection, prevention services and emergency medical response throughout the township, raising an estimated two million two hundred thirty three thousand six hundred and twenty six dollars ($2,233,626.00) in the first year the millage is levied. A portion of the millage levied on Hyundai’s facility will be disbursed to the Local Development Finance Authority of the Charter Township of Superior.

orlbucfan

Did the poll workers at your precinct comment on turnout?

la58

They were thinking about 20% turnout.

orlbucfan

Bummer. 🙁

humphrey

Not necessarily. It depends on who is the most motivated. Let’s hope the bernie bros show up in large numbers.

jcitybone

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/07/politics/michigan-democratic-primary-abdul-el-sayed-gretchen-whitmer/index.html?utm_source=twCNNp&utm_term=image&utm_medium=social&utm_content=2018-08-07T12%3A46%3A05

For now, though, El-Sayed and other Whitmer critics are keeping up the charge that her opposition to “Medicare for all” has been influenced by allies at Blue Cross Blue Shield. Executives who run the insurer’s PAC organized a fundraiser for Whitmer earlier year, netting her campaign $144,000. In a recent interview with The Nation, El-Sayed alleged that it “bought her silence on single-payer.”

During a canvassing event last week, Whitmer called those attacks “phony,” adding that it was “extremely sexist to say that a woman is beholden to her father’s former employer.” Her father, Richard Whitmer, was the insurer’s chief executive from 1988 to 2006. El-Sayed has steered clear of making a direct connection. Others have been less careful.

Whitmer insists she backs “universal coverage” but also called it “deceptive to pretend a governor can count on two waivers from the Trump administration, and a constitutional amendment and a hundred billion dollars.”

Asked about that logic, El-Sayed’s campaign said, “Senator Whitmer here clearly shows that Blue Cross Blue Shield has written her talking points on health care.”

polarbear4
polarbear4

The Hill types are diluting the meaning of “sexist,’ to the point that many will not even pay attention.

jcitybone

Yeah I’m sure no one would be questioning the relationship if Whitmer was a son of the insurer’s former chief executive. 😒

humphrey

Looks to me as if Whitmer has adopted the Hillary playbook. Will she claim that the Russians are out to get her.

Lets hope that she also copies Hillary’s election results.

Benny

jcitybone

Expanding the electorate—something that all Dems can agree on.

https://thinkprogress.org/democrats-aiming-for-nonvoters-9b4fb0c6f234/

The path to a progressive majority is not about convincing Republicans — or even independents — to vote for Democrats, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has recently argued. It’s about a different kind of swing voter.

“Our swing voter is not red-to-blue,” said Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old socialist who shot into the spotlight after beating 10-year party boss Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in the May primary. “Our swing voter is the voter to the non-voter, the non-voter to the voter.”

It’s an idea she expanded on in an interview with CNN while campaigning for Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed recently.

“I don’t think that swing voters decide based on how much a candidate has run to the middle the most,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “I know people who are swing voters, and when I think about how they decide, they don’t say, ‘Oh I’m voting for this person because they became the most Republican out of the whole race to earn my vote’ … Expanding the electorate is the path.”

Ocasio-Cortez made similar remarks at progressive conference Netroots Nation over the weekend, and on Monday, former First Lady Michelle Obama announced that she plans to hit the road on a voter registration drive this fall.

“Sometimes it’s easy to forget all the work it took to get [the Voting Rights Act passed,” Obama said in a video posted to Twitter Monday. “All the organizing and marching. All the volunteers who registered voters. All the folks who, even if they knew they’d be turned away at the polls, stood up time and again for their right to vote.”

The former first lady continues, saying, “Today, we want to honor their legacy and continue their work to ensure that every eligible American casts their vote. Work that is far from finished.”

polarbear4
polarbear4

Yes, Michelle, all of us volunteers who registered voters, just to vote for a man that would soon betray them.

Of course, it’s always good to register, but this still irks me.

orlbucfan

It’s a fact that Michele Obama is a very powerful symbol of feminism whether right or wrong. Let’s see what she actually does with GOTV. Actions are not cheap, and always speak louder than words.

Benny

There is a good essay about electability linked within this tweet.

Benny

jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2018/08/centrism-democratic-party-lieberman-ocasio-cortez

Third Way defines “the age we’re in” in terms of technology: our age is a “digital” one, full of promise and innovation.

Yet if you define “the age we’re in” in terms of generational indebtedness, joblessness, police violence, and wage theft, “centrism” has very little to say. And in the face of something like climate change — an existential threat that demands radical action and a constancy of vision — to opt for a political orientation built around moderation and the perception of short-term electoral workability is to opt for disaster.

Or take Trump. In response to Trump’s bombast and rhetorical weirdness, centrists are offering a return to “normalcy” and national prestige. But “norms” are as vague a descriptor as “the center,” and just as volatile. To do anything worthwhile in politics necessarily means changing the norms and moving the center. The centrist’s grasping defense of emotional moderation and “norms” offers a kind of politics in which the only things left to argue about are the tone and volume with which we argue.

American centrism is a strange political ideology that does not ask, much less answer, the old and urgent political question, What is to be done? Instead, it announces in a carefully modulated tone of voice: whatever should be done should be done.

That’s weak-kneed stuff for a perilous time like ours.

orlbucfan

It’s major BS, too.

la58

https://www.clickondetroit.com/michigan-elections/races-to-watch-during-critical-2018-primary-election-day-in-michigan

As of Monday night, 529,320 absentee ballots have been returned, out of a total of 685,352. That’s an uptick both in ballots requested and return rate.

In 2014, only 433,219 absentee ballots went out. But when the numbers are put into context, it still doesn’t seem to be an overwhelming turnout.

The record turnout was 23 percent in 2002. Political strategist Dennis Darnoi said this year could come close to that number.

orlbucfan

Warming up my victory fist–sure hope I wear it out waving! 🙂 First Natural Law of Political Victory: HEAVY VOTER TURNOUT!!!!!!

la58

https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2018/08/06/thanedar-campaign-links-detroit-radio-hosts/918862002/

In addition to the $2.3 million he repaid to himself and the millions in television advertising he has purchased, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Shri Thanedar also paid one radio host and a company connected to another radio host to work on his campaign.

The first host — David Bullock — was paid a total of $24,000, including $6,000 while he was working as a host on the WFDF-AM (910) radio station doing interviews with Thanedar and promoting his candidacy.

polarbear4
polarbear4

I’m always surprised that we allow things like this.

Benny

On a lighter note, but still part of political landscape (pun intended):

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/weho-city-council-vote-removing-trumps-walk-fame-star-1132369

polarbear4
polarbear4

The NHS at 70: The Neoliberal Assault

Conclusion

…there is no “NHS crisis” condition that funding the service according to the historical, er, norm + surgical excision of the “internal market” won’t solve. Once again, this entire article article in the Spectator (!!) is worth a read, but here’s a summary:

The unintended consequence [oh?] [of the ‘purchaser-provider split” has been bureaucracy on a gargantuan scale.

Even last June’s Conservative manifesto acknowledged this, admitting that the NHS internal market can fail ‘to act in the interests of patients and creates costly bureaucracy’. … The introduction of the free market to healthcare was based on ideology and has shown itself to be costly, inefficient and a woefully inadequate system.

What’s more, there are the indirect costs due to inefficiency. … We were told by the free-marketers that the internal market would push up innovation, reduce costs and result in efficiency savings. The evidence shows this isn’t the case. I see this day in and day out in my own practice because I, like every other doctor, has to collect data that is essential to services competing for contracts.

As a rather surreal note:

“NHS privatisation soars as private companies win 70% of clinical contracts in England.” The deck: “[Grinning, photogenic gasbag enthusiast and squillionaire] Richard Branson’s Virgin Care won a record £1bn worth of contracts.”

Yep, that’s the ever-smiling Virgin airlines owner, now apparently a go to guy in the UK for health care. Yuk.

orlbucfan

All the Brits have to do is look across the pond–at us. Are they really becoming politically dumbed down, too? 🙁

Benny

Benny

Clay accuses Cori Bush of accepting contributions made via BNC & JD as dark money.

polarbear4
polarbear4

If BNC and JD are laundering dark money, that WOULD be a story!!!! LOL. Say anything right before the election and some will believe it, although prolly not those that were going to vote Cori anyway.

humphrey

I like her reply.

Benny

polarbear4
polarbear4

I’d wager that a lot of these types get deep into debt once the roller coaster starts and are scared of leaving the corpses’ pockets. They might have to actually live with less. Their children might not be able to attend Yale. Etc.

humphrey

Looks like Booker is up to his old tricks.

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/139820/cory-bookers-explanation-voting-cheap-prescription-drugs-doesnt-track

Cory Booker’s explanation for voting against cheap prescription drugs doesn’t track.Booker has deservedly taken a lot of heat for voting against an amendment sponsored by Senators Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders that would have created a reserve fund to allow Americans to buy cheap prescription drugs from Canada. Booker was far from alone—12 other Democrats, including Mark Warner and Patty Murray, voted against the bill—but Booker has received the bulk of the attention, partly because of his profile (dude is definitely running in 2020) and partly because Booker often casts himself as a progressive.
But Booker may not have anticipated the backlash he’s received. On Thursday, he sent a defensive statement to Jezebel justifying his decision:

Benny

Political addiction to corporate donors is hard to overcome for some, I guess.

Benny

A view from across the pond:

Women, Especially Younger Ones, Could Swing the Mid-Terms

Mr Trump’s time in office has seen intensifying animosity towards him from women. CBS polling earlier this year suggested 50% of women think that the president’s policies have mostly hurt women, compared with 7% percent suggesting they have mostly helped. And his gender gap in presidential approval ratings is particularly large—about twice as large as those for Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton. As a measure of the strength of feeling against him, a Quinnipiac poll in late June found that 46% of women would like to see Democrats begin impeachment proceedings against Mr Trump if they win control of the House of Representatives this autumn. That compares with 29% of men. The nomination of a second Supreme Court justice who is seen as a probable vote for overturning Roe v Wade, and the ongoing harassment allegations against the president himself have not helped matters. They could sustain the depth of disapproval all the way to elections in November.

Most voters are looking at the mid-terms at least in part as a referendum on Mr Trump’s performance (26% positively; 34% negatively). Surveys suggest women have a slight edge over men in terms of enthusiasm to vote this year—the Quinnipiac poll had 51% of women reporting themselves more motivated to vote than usual, compared with 46% of men. That will favour Democrats even more than it usually does: 56% of women reported being Democrats or leaning Democratic compared with 37% leaning towards or identifying as Republican. The share of women leaning or identifying as Democratic is the highest-equal since 1992 (matching the level in 2008).

There are other signs of high motivation levels amongst left-leaning women. A series of protests led by women brought out more than 3m people in 2017 and more than a million at the start of 2018. And there has been a surge in women running for office. Democratic women have won a record 105 house primaries in this election cycle. Just 25 Republican women have done the same. Traditionally, women voters have not shown any preference for women candidates. But that is changing, particularly amongst the young. A third of women aged 18-34 report that they would prefer to vote for a woman candidate.

Anti-Trump feeling is particularly strong amongst that same demographic group. Just 5% of women aged 18-34 had a very favourable opinion of Trump in a March poll compared with 56% with a very unfavourable opinion. Whether that translates into polling-day results depends on how many come out to vote. Turnout amongst younger groups typically lags older ones, who swung behind Mr Trump in 2016 and have not changed their minds. In the 2014 mid-term elections, only 16% of 18-29 year olds voted, compared with 55% of those over the age of 60. Republican candidates will have to hope apathy overcomes antipathy amongst young women on November 6th.

polarbear4
polarbear4

55% of those over 60? I hang my head….