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Charles Pierce | I'm Not Sure We're Ready for the Chaos That Will Follow the Midterms 
 


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  • "Over the weekend, Pierce writes, "there were a couple of ominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections."
  • Prepare for recount hell and the delegitimizing of the Blue Wave.
  • Related: Overcoming Voter Suppression

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Oct 15, 2018 | Over the weekend, there were a couple of ominous, if overlooked, statements from Republican officials touching on the upcoming midterm elections. In a radio interview, National Security Adviser John Bolton sang the new administration* tune of how what we really should be watching as regards outside interference in our elections is what China is doing. From the Washington Free Beacon:

On Chinese election meddling, Bolton said the problem is serious. "We are very worried about the question of Chinese interference not just in individual elections, but more broadly trying to influence the American political discussion with an influence campaign that I think could well be unprecedented," he said.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Charles%20P.%20Pierce_1.jpg Charles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.



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Overcoming Voter Suppression, The Progress Report, Center for American Progress

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Millian%20Fists%20%7C%20Illusion_0.jpgWith midterm elections 20 days away, it’s never been more important to expose voter suppression efforts—and to overcome them.
  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression

 



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Overcoming Voter Suppression

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  • With midterm elections 20 days away, it’s never been more important to expose voter suppression efforts—and to overcome them.
  • Check out this page from the ACLU for resources around knowing your rights and responding to voter intimidation.
  • Related: Five Truths About Voter Suppression

The Progress Report, Center for American Progress

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October 17, 2018 | Voter suppression has shamefully become a mainstream Republican Party tactic targeting low income communities and communities of color and justified with thoroughly-debunked propaganda about widespread voter fraud. The increasingly GOP-aligned Supreme Court has already gutted the Voting Rights Act and given states the green light to purge voters from the rolls. Now, they seem poised to further institutionalize attacks on voting rights.

Just last week, the Court upheld a North Dakota law requiring voters to bring proof of residential address in order to vote. The catch? Rural tribal lands are “typically without named and numbered roads” and do not have residential addresses; the law specifically aims to suppress Native American voting and effectively disenfranchises almost 1 in 5 otherwise eligible Native voters.

The Center for American Progress is an independent nonpartisan policy institute that is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans, through bold, progressive ideas, as well as strong leadership and concerted action. Our aim is not just to change the conversation, but to change the country.

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Five Truths About Voter Suppression, Connor Maxwell and Danielle Root, American Progress

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The strength of American democracy depends on the ability of citizens to express their fundamental right to vote. Instead of pursuing the myth of voter fraud and encouraging tougher restrictions on voting, the Trump administration should work to fight voter suppression and expand the electorate.

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Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines.

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  • We have significant numbers. But we need to continue to buildourranks, and mobilize behind a winning political strategy.
  • Related: Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.”

Max Elbaum and Calvin Cheung-Miaw, In These Times

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September 19, 2018 | The unending stream of horrors coming from the White House, combined with the looming 2018 elections, is keeping social justice activists working around the clock. The past few weeks have brought us Brett Kavanaugh's nomination hearing, John Bolton's all-out attack on the International Criminal Court, the Environmental Protection Agency's http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Only%20a%20progressive%20bloc.jpgrollback of methane emission regulations, the Department of Education's renewed intimidation of pro-Palestinian student activists at Rutgers, and Homeland Security's proposal to indefinitely detain migrant children. The demands of fending off one attack after another can be overwhelming—and there is no relief in sight.

Before things get even busier, and home-stretch electioneering accelerates to warp speed, it’s useful to take a step back to gain some perspective on what we are doing. We need to assess the terrain on which wearefighting, and to figure out how our day-to-day efforts can contribute to an effective strategy for beating back the racist authoritarians now running the country.

Max Elbaum and Calvin Cheung-Miaw : Max Elbaum is author of Revolution in the Air, recently reissued by Verso Books, and an editor of OrganizingUpgrade.com
Calvin Cheung-Miaw is with the Left Inside/Outside
Project, and an editor of OrganizingUpgrade.com.

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Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.” Jim Sleeper, Tikkun

  • Yes, Democrats are preferable. But they'restillspineless, and melted before Kavanaugh's white rage. 
  • Related: This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing.

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Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.”

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  • Yes, Democrats are preferable. But they're still spineless, and melted before Kavanaugh's white rage. 
  • Related: Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines.
  • Related: This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing.

Jim Sleeper, Tikkun

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October 7, 2018 | Although I’ll vote for any Democrat in November to keep Donald Trump’s Republicans from finishing off the American republic at his bidding, what I saw in the performance of most Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee last week reminded me that any victory by that terminally pusillanimous, corrupt, suppurating party — a zombie, if not a corpse, of our democratic hopes — isn’t likely to stop what’s coming at us any more than a speed bump will stop a tank.
 
Again, I’ll vote for any Democrat in November, just as I voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 even after writing here that “New Democrats” have done as much as Republicans to seed and provoke Trump’s rise. What’s different now is that the danger of Trumpism and the hollowness of Democrats have been more fully exposed. While we can hope that the latter will grow spines in some upcoming congressional elections, it’ll take a lot more to stop the creeping coup d’etat against the republic by Trump and his backers.

Jim Sleeper is an American author and journalist. Since 1999 he has also been a lecturer in political science at Yale University, where he has taught undergraduate seminars on American national identity and on journalism, liberalism, and democracy.

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Progressives Need a Clear Strategy for 2020 and Beyond. Here Are 5 Guidelines. Max Elbaum and Calvin Cheung-Miaw, In These Times

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  • We have significant numbers. But we need to continue to build ourranks, and mobilize behind a winning political strategy.
  • Related: Did Democrats do enough to stop Kavanaugh? Not even close, and don’t expect more from a “blue wave.”

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This Sort of Spineless Corporate Pandering Is Why Democrats Keep Losing. Jamie Henn, Common Dreams

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  • The DNC's vote to reverse a ban on fossil fuel industry giving is a deplorable step backward for the party.
  • Related: American Politicians' Shameful Pandering to Israel

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Under Kavanaugh cover, Republicans pass $3 trillion tax cuts for wealthy.

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  • Round one of this giveaway cost $2 trillion. Round two is even bigger—$3 trillion.
  • Related: From the Archives | Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies.
  • Related: America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone.

Frank Clemente, People's World

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October 5, 2018 | While Americans were transfixed by Senate hearings over Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assaults, House Republicans quietly passed another enormous tax handout for the wealthiest Americans.

Round one of this giveaway cost $2 trillion. Round two is even bigger—it would explode the deficit by more than $3 trillion. And once again, it’s largely a giveaway to the wealthiest Americans—and could mean devastating service cuts for ordinary people.

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From the Archives | Fools and hucksters are governing this country based on Ronald Reagan lies. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest.

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Joe%20Heller%20%7C%20Tax%20Cuts.jpgPart 1: Fools and hucksters are governing this country
  • Their very presence in the White House is a daily debasement of the values and traditions that once made America great.
  • Part 2: Ending the Ronald Reagan lie
  • A small group of wealthy interests has hijacked the federal government, driving policies that are strongly against public opinion and the public good.
  • Related: A Definitive Guide to the G.O.P. Insiders Enabling Donald Trump

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America's new aristocracy lives in an accountability-free zone. David Sirota, the Guardian

  • ‘If there are no legal consequences for profiteers who defrauded the global economy into a collapse, what will deter those profiteers from doing that again?’
  • Accountability is for the little people, immunity is for the ruling class. If this ethos seems familiar, that is because it has preceded some of the darkest moments in human history

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