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NC Voting Update: October 19

October 15 was the first day of Early Voting in NC. After the sites closed on Saturday, October 17, here are the totals:

Mail-in ballots received: 605,321
Early voting (3 days): 828,456

Total: 1,433,777

Party breakdown of those who have voted:

Democratic: 665,012
Unaffiliated: 408,012
Republican: 355,632
Libertarian: 4,185
Green: 543
Constitution: 393

19.7% of registered voters have already voted!

Source: https://carolinaelections.com/votetracker/

NC Voting Update: October 16

October 15 was the first day of Early Voting in NC. After the sites closed yesterday, October 16, here are the totals:

Mail-in ballots received: 592,175
Early voting (2 days): 656,710

Total: 1,248,885

Party breakdown of those who have voted:

Democratic: 586,813
Unaffiliated: 357,440
Republican: 300,286
Libertarian: 3,536
Green: 480
Constitution: 330

Source: https://carolinaelections.com/votetracker/

NC voting update: October 15

October 15 was the first day of Early Voting in NC. After the sites closed yesterday, here are the totals:

Mail-in ballots received: 556,366
Early voting (1 day): 333,466

Total: 889,832

Party breakdown of those who have voted:

Democratic: 438,931
Unaffiliated: 256,193
Republican: 191,666
Libertarian: 2,451
Green: 371
Constitution: 220

Source: https://carolinaelections.com/votetracker/


If someone would have told me in 2008 that they would react to Obama the way they did, I wouldn't have believed it. The right totally lost their shit when Obama was elected. It made me sad AND angry at the same time.

They had to manufacture controversies for Obama because the man literally had no major faults. Were they jealous? Racist? Assholes? a combo of all that?

Even now, I've seen people post that Obama set race relations back 50 years, and I want to scream, "HOW?!?!?!" What did he do that was so terrible, besides Presidenting-While-Black??

Increase the size of the House!!

I don't know why this idea hasn't gained more traction.

The size of the average US House district is now well over 700,000 people. In some of the states that only have 1 member of Congress, the size of that 1 district is well over a million people. That is WAY too many people for 1 Representative.

The size of the House hasn't been changed in over 100 years. It was routinely increased after every census - including 1910, when the size of the House was set at 435 members. After the 1920 census, the size was not increased, because there were a lot of Representatives who saw that large cities were full of immigrants, and they didn't want them to have more representation (sound familiar)?

We now have the same number of Reps that we did in 1911, before New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, and Hawaii were states. The US population is now three times what it was then. Plus, women couldn't vote at that time, and neither could most African-American men. After the 2020 census, some states will lose Representatives, even though their populations increased. It's absolutely insane.

Plus, the number of electors is based on the number of Congressional districts. California is woefully under-represented in the Electoral College. California's population is almost 80 times that of Wyoming, but they only have 53 times as many representatives.

The Senate is already undemocratic. The House needs to make up for that!

We are truly living in Bizarro World

If 20 or 30 more women come forward with their stories about Trump, it would cause barely a blip or a passing mention in the press. It is truly unbelievable what has been normalized in the Trump era. In fact, we've gotten to the point where every insult, every tweet, and every pussy-grab can be written off as "Trump being Trump."

It's not unique to Trump either, although he is the most egregious example. I've never understood why John Edwards became a pariah while Newt Gingrich, who pretty much did the same thing that Edwards did, is still taken seriously and still makes the talking-head rounds on cable news. And of course, the Clenis still provokes the right-wing to this day.

I still can't figure out what it is about Trump that causes them to defend him. Trump literally has NO redeeming qualities. He is repulsive, stupid, narcissistic and butt-ugly. He can't put together a coherent sentence. He knows nothing about ANY issue.

Any Democrat who did one-millionth of what Trump has done would be run out of town on a rail.

It scares me to think of what they've covered up

Whatever we imagine Trump has done, I am sure it is SO much worse. He has probably done things that have been covered up and no one even suspects. I mean really, as much of a womanizer as Trump has been in the past, I find it hard to believe that he hasn't hit on many, many women or even assaulted a few, WHILE he was President. And the business dealings I'm sure have been sleazy and dirty as well. I still can't figure out WHY they would attempt to cover it all up. Deep, deep down, ALL the Republicans in Congress know what a lying, amoral dirtbag he is. I keep hoping that we will reach a tipping point, but so far I've been disappointed.

Wow. Just wow

Sometimes we forget this. The Republican party has, since the early 20th century, been the party of the rich and of big business. That is what they really care about - making rich people even richer. Democrats need to be more like Truman, and tell the TRUTH about Republicans.

Republicans have controlled both houses of Congress AND the Presidency only three times in history - in the early 1920's, leading up to the Depression; in the George W. Bush years, leading up to the Recession; and in the first two years of Trump's presidency. There's a reason why they were booted out of office each time - when they have total control, the results are disastrous. They lost the presidency for 20 years after the Depression. They lost the House, Senate, and the Presidency after George W. They were creamed in 2018 and lost the House after Trump's bumbling first two years.

Democrats never learn how to play hard ball. They should be out there screaming from the rooftops that Republican policies are disasters. All they care about is cutting taxes for the rich - the only major legislation passed under Trump was the tax cut bill. They want to starve the US treasury and grab all the dough they can, and they've conned the poor religious deplorables into doing their dirty work for them.

I've seen it with my own eyes!

And it's always people who were very conservative to begin with. No one has been "converted" or anything. It's just a steady drip-drip-drip reinforcing beliefs they already had, but magnifying them with the outrage meter turned up to 11. On Fox News, they repeat the same talking points over and over and over again, until it becomes deafening. It's no longer enough for them that Democrats have different political opinions. They are now telling their viewers that Democrats are evil, and are the enemy of America.

I really, truly think that most people, deep down, think there is a law out there somewhere that says that "news" programs are not allowed to blatantly lie. I've actually heard people say a version of "if it wasn't true, they wouldn't be allowed to say it." They have no idea that Fox News is an entertainment network masquerading as a news network. All those bobbleheads on Fox and Friends, along with Tucker and Hannity, are actors on a set. It's the same with people who blindly share memes on Facebook all day long that are, at worst, blatantly false, or at best a stretch of a grain of truth.

Sometimes it's so depressing, I feel like giving up. You can't reason with the true believers. I've gotten into comment flame wars with people who insist that the Republican Party is the party of civil rights, or who are convinced that Obama kept kids in cages. Or the latest one I've seen, that we could have built the wall with all that money that Obama sent to Iran.

However, there are some who CAN be reached, even if it's just planting a seed in their heads. I have one co-worker who would seem to be a typical MAGA voter. She's 68, Baptist, and was married to a Baptist preacher before he died last year. She is your typical Southern preacher's wife, but she absolutely despises Trump and thinks he's the biggest hypocrite who's ever lived. So there is a little hope here and there!

So what's the best way to respond to this?

We've all seen this on social media, I'm sure: an article, tweet, or post about Trump's cavalier dismissal of receiving information from foreign governments or agents, and someone inevitably replies "But Hillary's campaign got help from a foreigner - Christopher Steele!!1!1!!'"

What's the best way to deflate that line of thinking? By pointing out that Steele is British, so he doesn't represent a hostile foreign government? By saying that Steele was paid, first by Republicans and then by Democrats, and that's not the same as foreigners offering information in return for something later on? By saying that Steele was an intelligence agent who had investigated many things in the past, and he didn't have his own agenda?

I know that the hardcore Trumpers won't listen to reason, but we have to push back, lest that line enters the popular consciousness as just another "both sides do it" alternative fact.....
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