2020

Track My Paper Ballot

Sep
03

NYTimes put out a pretty complementary article on how elections are managed in Massachusetts. They also included this interesting feature for tracking ballots online:

Ms. McReynolds also pointed to an online ballot tracking system that Massachusetts set up this year, which allowed voters to track the status of their ballots and allowed them to be proactive if any problems arose.

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What America Needs

Sep
01

Great lecture given to current president by Mayor of Portland:

What America needs is for you to be stopped, so that we can come back together as one America while recognizing that we must demand that all people, black, brown, white, every color from every political persuasion, pull together and hold all people accountable in stopping racism and violence. We together are peaceful again under new leadership that reflects who we really are. We the people of this great nation.

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Resign Rather Than Run?

Jul
03

Really I don't recall an earlier period with so much opposition from the president's own party. Will we be talking reelection or resignation?

  • Hundreds Of Former Bush Officials Form New Super PAC To Help Elect Joe Biden (HuffPost)
  • A Group Of Conservative Political Strategists [the Lincoln Group] Is Urging Republicans To Vote For Biden (WBEZ)
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Someone’s Listening

Jun
24

Good news from our friends and neighbors up north:

Biden’s emphasis on Milwaukee, meanwhile, reflects [campaign manager] O’Malley Dillon’s insistence that reclaiming Democrats’ Upper Midwest “Blue Wall” isn’t just about white voters in small towns. In 2016, Clinton won Milwaukee County by an even wider percentage margin than Obama managed in 2012. But her raw vote total in the state’s most Democrat-rich county fell about 39,000 votes shy of Obama’s — far exceeding her statewide deficit to Trump.

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2020’s Secret Recipe

Mar
04

Just mix Liz’s results with Bernie’s and only then compare with Joe’s (more here).

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Media’s Out-of-Focus Focus

Feb
11

We’re only a couple hours away from actual election results in New Hampshire so speculation might seem as unnecessary as premature. That said, my general impression at least for the past few days is that the focus is on Bernie, Buttigieg and Klobuchar (for some reason) while ignoring or downplaying Elizabeth Warren. You hear this on radio, you hear and see this on tv. Even in newspapers and even in articles focusing on Warren (here’s an example from NYT), the best they can say is,

“... [S]ome veterans of losing campaigns wonder if her best 2020 moments have passed.”

So I guess the Media consensus is, it’s ‘Liz the Write-off’. (Hope not.)

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Step by Step, Drop by Drop ...

Dec
22

So (highly blacked out) emails have been released to the Center for Public Integrity indicating involvement by the Trump administration in halting funds to Ukraine.

I wasn't that old when Nixon was impeached but I do recall it was a slow, graduated process, where more and more details continued to come out. That's what I think we're witnessing here as well.

Update (12/29/2019): Drip, Drip, Drip... Incredible article in today's New York Times, "Behind the Ukraine Aid Freeze: 84 Days of Conflict and Confusion" (link).

Update (1/27/2020): Drip, Drip, Drip... New York Times again, "Trump Tied Ukraine Aid to Inquiries He Sought, Bolton Book Says" (link).

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Wrong Side of History

Dec
13

Yee Gads, these people have the world upside down. The British election results -- Boris Johnson and all -- aren't a model for our own election next year. Rather they're a reflection to a certain extent of what happened here in 2016. In both cases, the wrong guy won. That's not going to happen next year.

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Warren Town Hall (Chicago)

Nov
30

Warren town hall rally at the Broadway Armory. First picture is of Warren speaking to the crowd and the second picture is part of the crowd.

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