All In’s Chris Hayes talks to Michael Moore about this year’s midterm election. Two key points: take people with you when you go to vote; don’t trust the polls. [Read more…]
Indivisible 49 will hold one more rally outside the district office of Rep. Darrell Issa. Leaders of the coalition that hosted 65 weekly protests, and helped push Issa to retire, will honor nearly two years of volunteer effort and stand with Democrat Mike Levin to replace Issa in Washington.
Attendees at Otay Ranch, Olympian, Eastlake, University City, Westview, Rancho Bernardo and Temecula Valley High Schools, along with Palomar College will be leaving classes on Tuesday.
Don’t let real or imagined barriers keep you from voting on election day, 2018. “Look for the helpers!” as Mr. Rogers used to say.
There are many ways to get help, and we’ve tried to put them all in one place.
Two years ago Donald Trump lost the popular vote but still managed to become President thanks to the Electoral College. Americans now have the opportunity to weigh in on his performance, and early returns in many states are pointing to a significantly higher-than-normal turnout for a midterm election. By late Saturday, more than 33 million Americans had already cast their ballots.
The President’s name may not be on the ballot, but make no mistake; now we exist in Trump’s universe and it’s all about him.
A recent NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll had two-thirds of respondents saying Trump will be a factor in their midterm votes. A similar poll taken before the midterm elections of 2014 found that then president Barack Obama would be a factor in voting for only 47% of respondents.
This is perhaps the most crucial midterm election of our lives and all eyes will rightfully be on the national scene with everyone hoping for a Democratic take-over in the House of Representatives that will put a brake on the increasingly dangerous Trump Administration. Nonetheless, there are still a number of very important things that progressives can do at the state and local level that make it worthwhile to not neglect the down-ballot races and propositions.
This is it folks! And in case anyone needs to be reminded, here’s the Broadway cast of Hamilton with “The Election of 2018” reminding us what it’s all about: voter turnout on Tuesday, November 6th! [h/t to thoughtfulbear]
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the original Broadway cast approve this message. “The ‘room where it happens’ is wherever your voting booth is.” [Read more…]
One of the first new words the daughter of my friend learned at her elementary school was “actually.” In the first week of her school, she repeated “actually this and actually that,” proudly parading this new addition to her vocabulary. This 6-year-old was also testing the magic of the word “actually” her teacher used while talking to her students. She seemed to have discovered this adverb’s power to validate one’s claim and/or opinion by repudiating the authenticity of the opponent’s argument.
Anna Ziegler’s Actually uses this very word as its title to interrogate the political, gender, and racial dynamics revealed during the Title IX investigation and hearing of a sexual misconduct case at a college campus. [Read more…]
Regarding the synagogue catastrophe,
a friend of a friend of mine composed
these words setting a healing tone:
“But we Jews are strong;
we have been through this before;
I just had hoped
that we would never have
to go through it again”
and one’s mind,
as it assesses yet another tragedy
during these unquiet times,
wanders to how intensely out of hand
our world seems to be [Read more…]
Oprah Winfrey’s opening remarks at a town hall with Stacey Abrams demonstrate once again her skill and talent for engaging a crowd and being a stirring storyteller. In emphasizing the sacrifices made by those before us, she reinforces the significance and seriousness of exercising our right to vote. And she does it in a way that’s personal, intimate and moving. She reminds us that “this land was made for you and me. … That’s not just a song, that’s the truth. … We are not powerless. Every single one of us has the same power at the polls.” She reminds us, too, that she’s an independent woman. No one paid her to attend, no one asked her to come. She votes her values and Stacey Abrams is the one who best represents those values. [Read more…]
Just in time for the elections, the Union-Tribune’s contrarian
Everyone: Voting key to healthy democracy. Evidence: No, it’s not is thoughtful and, I suppose, logical in its own way. Ultimately it’s about debunking one of those oft-quoted things that “everybody knows.”
But seeing the article right before election day makes me think… Don’t vote? Really? What’s up with that?
What do you mean you haven’t voted yet? Damn, you’d better get moving.
Here’s our 2018: Printable cheat sheet, links to assorted voter guides, and your questions answered about where, when and how to vote.
What if Proposition 6, brought to the ballot largely through a campaign led by Carl DeMaio, was only partially about repealing Senate Bill 1?
It certainly looks like Prop 6 is going to fail, with a coalition of business, labor, and politicians raising ten times more to oppose it than supporters have raised. The argument that taxpayers collectively stand to lose more–via transportation infrastructure projects– is prevailing over the claim the individual pain–more $$$ at the gas pump–used by signature gatherers to get the measure on the ballot.
At this point, it appears the real winner will be Carl DeMaio, armed with a large, national network of small-dollar donors and statewide recognition for his Reform California platform.