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Wisconsin Governor: Scott Walker (R), at 48%, is in a virtual tie with Mary Burke (D) 47%: Rasmussen Reports.

Democratic challenger Paul Davis is at 51%, beating Republican Governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback, who's at 41%: Rasmussen Reports.

Rasmussen has been described as a "conservative-leaning polling group."

Hey Wisconsin, remember this?

Hey Kansas, remember this?

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Heads up, Dems! You know what to do: Help get as many people as you can registered and to the polls. Get out the vote. Without a huge turnout, without Democrats swarming to the ballot box, we cannot win.

It's up to you.

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Republicans Eating Their Own: Episode Eleventy-Thousand

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The Hartford Courant has a fascinating-- not to mention entertaining-- report about how a Connecticut Republican gubernatorial candidate (John McKinney) manipulated an audio clip of a fellow Republican, his rival (Tom Foley). By editing the audio in one of his political ads, McKinney managed to turn Foley's message into something evil and sinister and icky. Welcome to another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own. Enjoy!

Below is McKinney's ad. The wording in question is at about :07, where Foley supposedly said, "I'm not going to cut spending." Twice! What a terrible person that Tom Foley is! What self-respecting Republican would ever vote a big spender like that?! Presenting Candidate Foley the Double-Crosser in his own words... at least according to McKinney:

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Foley's actual words were, "I'm not saying I'm going to cut spending; I'm saying I'm going to hold spending flat" They were completely distorted and taken out of context. As Scott McLean, professor of political science at Quinnipiac University points out in the Courant piece, messing with context is one thing, but this kind of editing is quite another.

Below is a clip in which WNPR experimented with the audio, "editing to see if we could replicate the McKinney campaign's edit":

Well done, WNPR.

Negative advertising strikes again. It's the American way!

And this concludes another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.

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Is You Is Or Is You Ain't GOP Crazy?

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Sheila KihneThe many faces of Sheila Kihne

Minnesota, the 'land of 10,000 lakes,' is also home to a GOP woman running for the statehouse who's coincidentally 10,000 kinds of crazy. The Countess of Cuckoo is Sheila Kihne. She hopes to unseat state Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), who she claims is insufficiently conservative to represent the district. Now you know you're onto something when you're running against a certifiable Loon.

So how far out there to the right do you have to go to make yourself electable to right-wingers? Try some of this on for size. Candidate Kihne espouses that single mothers be denied formal wedding ceremonies, according to her blog site.

Raw Story:

“Don’t you think that if you’re having a baby — and you’re not married — that you should forgo the shower?” she asked. “I also think that if you get married — and are knocked up — you should get married quietly. At a courthouse, at a private home.”

Kihne specifically said that there should be no dancing or dinner for prospective brides who are pregnant. She acknowledge that “I’m seen as very cold-hearted with this issue and it’s caused a couple of big arguments in my family,” but insisted on standing her ground against “the idiots in Hollywood who make it look ‘cool’ to tote a baby around sans daddy.”

All she's missing is the reference to the home for wayward women for which, of course, she'd be proposing a cut in funding. It's obvious that the Dame of Dizziness is dead serious in her stand on unwed mothers.

In that same post, she complains that an unwed mother included a portable DVD-player on her Target registry, addressing a complaint about the “extravagant lives” of people who are below her station.

How interesting that a right-wing conservative nutcase like Kihne bills herself as a “small-government conservative,” but is unafraid to insert herself into every aspect of a person’s life. Is it possible she didn't get the Tea Party memo?

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WI GOP may allow cameras next: Poll watchers already allowed 3 feet from voters

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a bill this year that let poll observers intimidate get within thirty-six inches of the voters they are hovering over monitoring. Nothing like having the rabidly right wing poll police breathing down your neck while you try to make private choices in what used to be a country that believed in democracy. Now Wisconsin may allow cameras. Now they want their "observers" to be able to record your personal information, too.

Steve Benen at The Maddow Blog on the original law:

The law would allow observers to stand 3 to 8 feet from the table where voters announce their names and addresses and are issued voter numbers, or from the table where people register to vote.

Gee, who could possibly mind if a total stranger, a fanatic extremist partisan with fervently opposing views, overheard your name and address? Or scrutinized and challenged your vote? What could possibly go wrong?

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Here's a video of Rachel Maddow explaining the original law in full back in April:

Clearly, that's not enough Dem harassment for Wisconsin Republicans. Now the election bullies observers would be able to unnerve their fellow citizens not just with their presence, but also with cameras and video recorders. If Americans exercising their voting rights happen to rub the monitors the wrong way, then hey, chill them to the bone. Document them. Record them. Use your cameras as weapons. Make them as uncomfortable as possible. Terrify them. Try to suppress their votes by causing them to avoid the polls in order to avoid the poll watchers.

Via the Green Bay Press Gazette:

Wisconsin officials may lift the ban on camera usage by election observers.

The state elections board will meet Monday to vote on proposed changes to election observer rules, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. The Republican-controlled Legislature proposed the ban reversal.

Election observers have been prohibited from shooting photos and video at the polls for the past eight years.

If the ban is lifted, cameras can start being used during the August primary. So much for your privacy, Wisconsinites.

Via nutsandolts.com

This is going from "creepy" to downright scary.

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Black voters in South could play big role in midterm elections

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Republicans don't treat black voters well at all. They disenfranchise them, they suppress their votes, they make it nearly impossible for them to get to the polls, they put up all kinds of obstacles to keep them from registering, and they do everything they can to make those Voter I.D.s they insist upon as inaccessible as possible.

Or as I like to call it, GOP outreach.

Thank you, Supreme Court, for your decision last year to gut the Voting Rights Act. How impartial of you.

Consequently, African American voters won't exactly flock to the Republican party any time soon. Nor will they be inclined to fill in a dot next to anyone with an R after their name on the ballot. Can the GOP be any more shortsighted?

Ironically-- with a twist of karma-- black Southern voters are about to play a prominent role in the November elections.

Via Nate Cohn for the New York Times:

Nearly five decades after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, black voters in the South are poised to play a pivotal role in this year’s midterm elections. If Democrats win the South and hold the Senate, they will do so because of Southern black voters. [...]

This year’s closest contests include North Carolina, Louisiana and Georgia. Black voters will most likely represent more than half of all Democratic voters in Louisiana and Georgia, and nearly half in North Carolina. Arkansas, another state with a large black population, is also among the competitive states. [...]

If Democrats win this November, black voters will probably represent a larger share of the winning party’s supporters in important states than at any time since Reconstruction. Their influence is not just a product of the Senate map. It also reflects the collapse in Southern white support for Democrats, an increase in black turnout and the reversal of a century-long trend of black outmigration from the South... Southern black turnout today rivals or occasionally exceeds that of white voters.

You know what this means, right? Say it with me:

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As Cohn reminds us, black voters played a big role in Thad Cochran's primary win against a tea party candidate. Please read his chock full o' info, background, and history article in full, here.

And then help everyone you can to register, and in November, to get to the polls. Swarm the polling places. Vote in droves. Use your voices. Because it doesn't do much good to have winning numbers without access to the ballot box.

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Darkhorse Candidate Soars Into Lead In Kentucky Senate Race

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Gil FulbrightPhoto courtesy of Represent.Us

It's that time of year when campaign ads are starting to infiltrate and pollute our radio and TV viewing. Candidates sling accusations and innuendos causing more irritable bowel syndrome than the hash at the local greasy spoon. Isn't it time to take a serious look at how these campaign ads are put together and what they really say?

The people over at Represent.Us have done just that. They've chosen a candidate who's so real, so sure to garner a huge amount of votes with his write-in candidacy, that it could just spell disaster for Mitch McConnell.  This man, Gil Fulbright is so honest and sincere you just can't turn away. You will want to watch more than once. So go ahead -- check out Gil Fulbright (not affiliated with the similarly named scholarship), Phil Gulbright, or Phillip Mamouf-Wifarts. No matter what you call him, "Funny" is his middle name.

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Convicted felon to challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham for US senate

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Who better to challenge a self-righteous South Carolina conservative chickenhawk than a "libertarian-leaning" former state Treasurer, convicted felon, and reality TV show star ("Southern Charm" on Bravo)? How fitting. How entertaining.

How implausible.

Then again, this is good ol' Southern "charm" we're talking about. And what could be more charming than a 51-year-old ex-felon with a 3-month-old daughter married to a 22-year-old fellow state politician? Especially a guy who was busted for dabbling in cocaine who claims "he has the right ideas to save the country."

Why, Ah do declay-uh, Thomas, you're about as confused as a fart in a fan factory. Which makes us Dems as happy as a puppy with two tails.

Get out the mint juleps, the fainting couch, the feather fans, and the popcorn, because a new reality show is about to debut.

Via The Hill:

Reality TV star and former South Carolina state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel is launching an independent bid against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

Ravenel, a one-time rising star from a famous political family in the state Republican Party, was forced from office in 2007 following a bust for cocaine possession.

Ravenel will need 10,000 signatures by July 15th in order to qualify.

John McCain's BFF doesn't have a lot to worry about. He easily won his primary against the Tea Poopies, so an independent with a record won't faze him.

As for the rest of us:

get out the popcorn

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