Archive for the ‘voting’ Category

Will Voters Overlook Shutdown, Sequester, Impeachment and Economic Chaos over ISIS & Ebola fears?

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In mid-2004, the BBC ran a three-part miniseries entitled “The Power of Nightmares”. The subject of the documentary was the idea that where we once elected people with the brightest vision of our future (the “sunny optimist”), today we elect the people with the biggest fears, ridiculing their critics as “naive” and “inadequately concerned” of whatever […]

 
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October 27, 2014
Posted in: Election, Partisanship, Politics, Rants, Right-Wing Insanity, Seems Obvious to Me, Terrorism, voting

Dems, If You Want To Win the Senate, stop accepting GOP line that Obama is a failure.

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I don’t know what angers me more: Hearing every pundit on TV talk about how “unpopular” President Obama is citing questionable polling numbers as the basis for their opinion, or Democratic candidates who believe it and then run in fear of being associated with him (again, I’m looking at YOU Alison Lundergan-Grimes. You are about […]

 
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October 13, 2014
Posted in: Economy, Election, myth busting, Partisanship, Politics, Rants, Right-Wing Insanity, Seems Obvious to Me, voting

Boehner Says House Has “focused like a laser” on jobs. Seriously. (Fact-checked.)

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We start this week with another quote: “A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” – Mark Twain Even more true today in the age of the Internet. And I hate to tell you this, but Democrats just lost the Senate. As soon as you start […]

 
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September 29, 2014
Posted in: Election, Jobs, Money, myth busting, Partisanship, Politics, rewriting history, Right-Wing Hypocrisy, voting

Mugsy’s Annual Predictions for 2014: No more predictions for Syria (kinda)

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I never put any stock in “13” being an “unlucky number”, but after the year I just had, one can’t help but wonder. My predictions for 2013 were a bit rushed. I cranked them out at the last minute as I spent my days preoccupied trying to save the life of my beloved cat “Lefty”. One year […]

 
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December 30, 2013
Posted in: Economy, Election, General, Guns & Violence, Healthcare, Jobs, Middle East, Partisanship, Politics, Predictions, Religion, Seems Obvious to Me, Taxes, voting, War

Why Don’t We Question Close Races AFTER We Win to See Why They Were So Close?

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I don’t know why, but before every election in recent memory, we hear lots of reports of Republican attempts to disenfranchise tens of thousands (millions?) of legitimate legal voters all in the name of “protecting elections from (non-existent) voter fraud”. So they pass laws, new restrictions, and implement despicable practices like “voter caging” to stop LEGAL […]

 
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November 11, 2013
Posted in: Election, Politics, Unconstitutional, voting

Today’s GOP Putting King’s Dream Back to Sleep

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Fifty years ago this Wednesday, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his rousing “I Have a Dream” speech (text) to a crowd of 250,000 (give or take 50K) mostly (but not exclusively) black supporters. King spoke of “Negros” not being seen as equals “in the eyes of the law”. He spoke of economic injustice that restricts “basic mobility […]

 
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August 26, 2013
Posted in: General, Partisanship, Politics, Racism, voting

Can You still Call It a “Response” If You Wrote It in Advance?

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I‘ll try to be brief. I just finished listening to President Obama’s first State of the Union speech of his second term. Great as always, he seemed to hit on every topic, from ending America’s longest war (sounding at times like he was about to call for its conclusion by the end of this year, […]

 
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February 13, 2013
Posted in: Economy, Partisanship, Politics, voting

Just Because We Won Doesn’t Mean Millions Weren’t Disenfranchised. My “Voter Security Act.”

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Democrats won big Tuesday. Not only did President Obama rake in 126 more Electoral Votes than Mitt Romney, but nearly 3-Million more of the “Popular Vote”. Many Republicans, in licking their wounds following Tuesday’s shellacking, point to one stat to make them feel better: “President Obama dropped 6 Million in the popular vote from 2008 to […]

 
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November 12, 2012
Posted in: Crime, Election, Politics, voting

Victory Matrix: Your Handy Swing State Guide to 270

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Using NBC Political Director Chuck Todd’s latest map of “safe” states (left) for each candidate showing only seven swing states remaining… Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Hampshire, Iowa, and Virginia… I stayed up late last night compiling this simple “Victory Matrix”, a brief table showing the swing states each candidate needs to reach the minimum 270 Electoral […]

 
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November 6, 2012
Posted in: Election, Politics, voting

Closing Arguments: Some thoughts on Romney

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Over the past 18 months (since the first Republican debate in May of last year… yes, it has been that long), two things have always been clear: one, Mitt Romney would be the GOP nominee and two, Republicans hate him. This will be the first “post Citizens United” presidential race. And because of that, not only […]

 
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November 5, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, General, Jobs, Money, Politics, Predictions, Rants, Taxes, voting

“Voter ID” Supporters: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

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September 26, 2012
Posted in: Crime, Election, Politics, Racism, Right-wing Facism, Taxes, voting

10 Things You WON’T Hear Mentioned at the Republican Convention This Week

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As you know, the GOP will be holding its Presidential Convention & Cross Burning Clambake all this week in Tampa Bay. Well, not ALL week, because for the second convention in a row, the first day of the RNC Convention will be canceled due to a hurricane lashing the pavilion. In 2008, religious morons “prayed for rain” to disrupt the […]

 
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August 27, 2012
Posted in: Economy, Election, Energy Independence, Environment, General, Global Warming, Guns & Violence, Healthcare, Middle East, Politics, Predictions, Religion, Right-wing Facism, Right-Wing Insanity, Taxes, voting, War