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ALL DUers: Devote NOW at LEAST 20% of your primary TIME and money to Congressional races!!!!!!

I see enormous energy poured as in 2008 into the clash of forces between the Democratic presidential nominees. I would say that the relative attention given to Democrats in all Congressional races on DU to be less than 1% of the time given to the Bernie/Hillary clash. I have been a Bernie supporter from day 1 donating multiple times. But if the relative attention given to the Congressional races is any indication (and I think it is, though perhaps not one-to-one) I would guess that my own general formula of donating at least half or so of what I donate cumulatively (in a series of modest donations) to Bernie to Democrats in Congressional races is probably not widespread at DU. And that is a great weakness on DU. The tendency to draw attention to a fight (fight!fight!) like in grade school accounts for much of the disproportionate focus, and why attention usually declines once the primaries decide on the nominee.

It is true that many of the Congressional races are undecided -- still to have primaries, like the FL senate race -- but I see almost no attention paid to these competitive races (as in the national media). But DUers need to rise way above high-school type thinking or reflecting the attention given to political matters in the MSM (and online too to some extent) and focus on how to try to bring the GOP down to a goal of being the defunct -- as in the Whigs -- party that they deserve to be. At that point, the polity might redivide along new lines, most likely would, but at least the present total veto power in the hands of a Party with ZERO of relative benefit in their national platform relative to the Democrats (who need to change drastically, which is one reason I support Bernie) would be brought to an end and not a minute too soon
Posted by cloudythescribbler | Sat Mar 26, 2016, 01:46 PM (11 replies)

Cruz Wins All of Utah's Delegates, Sanders Wins Both Caucuses and Trump and Clinton Win Arizona Prim

Source: LA Times

Cruz wins all 40 delegates in Utah

Sen. Ted Cruz had such a big win in Utah that he captured all 40 delegates at stake, even as caucus results are still coming in.

Republican Caucuses

Last updated: 3:38 AM

85.4% reporting

1,909/2,235 precincts

Leader by county Leader by margin

Cruz is projected to win by the AP




TedCruz k 40 118,904 69.2%

JohnKasich 0 29,015 16.9%

DonaldTrump 0 23,984 14.0%

Other 0 0.0%

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-live-updates-utah-arizona-primary-trailguide-20160322-htmlstory.html
Posted by cloudythescribbler | Wed Mar 23, 2016, 06:39 AM (0 replies)

Anita Alvarez Concedes Bid For Third Term in Chicago

Source: CNN

(CNN)—Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez conceded the Democratic nomination to challenger Kim Foxx on Tuesday, according to her campaign manager, Mike Carson.

But it was the Laquan McDonald case that proved her undoing.

Alvarez, who was first elected in 2008, had been seeking a third term.

McDonald, a black teenager, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer in October 2014. Video of the shooting was released more than a year later, and only then, after a judge ordered it be made public under a reporter's Freedom of Information Act request.

Shortly before the video was released, Alvarez announced charges against Jason Van Dyke, the officer who fired 16 shots at McDonald.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/15/politics/anita-alvarez-election/index.html

Finally some the beginning of justice for Laquan McDonald
Posted by cloudythescribbler | Wed Mar 16, 2016, 08:21 AM (2 replies)

Excellent Critique of Left/PseudoLeft Attacks of Sanders' Candidacy


In other political fora that I participate in, this is a bigger issue than on DU, but some might find this line of reasoning helpful and clarifying
Posted by cloudythescribbler | Mon Sep 14, 2015, 04:26 PM (0 replies)

excellent critique of Left/pseudoLeft attacks on Sanders

Posted by cloudythescribbler | Mon Sep 14, 2015, 04:22 PM (4 replies)

how would DUers go about stopping this site from allowing ULTRA-intrusive ads

If DU needs money and runs some ads, OK. But lately, both on DU and generally, I have seen an exponentially rising number and intrusiveness of ads -- eg "you have been selected for a free gift" with ONLY an accept button and impossible to turn off without disconnecting DU altogether and signing back in. This kind of ad that can't and won't be readily erased is becoming increasingly common. Both DU as a site should ban them and they should be banned in law, and if there is some protestation about free speech (somehow with all the crap that's tolerated, my own speech never seems to be protected) then it should at least be heavily taxed.
Indeed any ad that delays or blocks even part of your view, requiring an extra click to get rid of it, should be heavily taxed -- a good way to both raise revenue and to reduce crap on the internet

Posted by cloudythescribbler | Mon Mar 23, 2015, 11:36 AM (24 replies)

Eurozone Ministers Approve 4-Month Extension to Greek Bailout

Source: Huffington Post

BRUSSELS (AP) — Greece's creditors in the 19-country eurozone have approved a list of reforms Athens proposed to get a 4-month extension to its bailout, which would keep the country afloat.

An encouraging initial reaction from the so-called institutions — the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund — was backed by the eurozone Tuesday. It now goes to some member nations for approval.

"We therefore agreed to proceed with the national procedures with a view to reaching the final decision on the extension by up to four months," a eurogroup statement said.

Greece's bailout program ends at the end of the month and without further support over the coming months, the country faces the possibility of going bankrupt, imposing capital controls and ditching the euro

Read more: http://naarpr.org/legislation-create-cpac/
Posted by cloudythescribbler | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 01:43 PM (4 replies)

Can ANYONE provide a link to a COMPLETE and WORKING video of Coombs' ENTIRE press conference today?

They stopped for a ten minute break after a while, and ideally, the full video would be a WORKING one (not like fdl at this point as far as I've been able to tell) from the beginning to the portion AFTER the break, when many msm left. And it should be archived

I KNOW that there are excerpts, even up to 12 minutes, like at Raw Story, I am looking for the FULL MONTE
Posted by cloudythescribbler | Wed Aug 21, 2013, 08:01 PM (2 replies)

A thread for updates about the vote count in the Arizona Senate Race

Please post up-to-the-minute articles, commentary etc on the ongoing count of votes in the statewide senatorial election in AZ
Posted by cloudythescribbler | Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:16 PM (1 replies)

German Court Backs ESM Rescue Fund in Double-Edged Ruling

Source: The Telegraph (UK)

Germany's highest court has cleared the way for ratification of the eurozone bail-out fund but capped German contributions and fired a cannon shot across the bows of the European Central Bank.

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
8:34PM BST 12 Sep 2012

Markets breathed a sigh of relief across the world after the Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe ruled that the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) and the EU’s Fiscal Compact are compatible with the country’s Basic Law. The euro surged to a four-month high of €1.29 to the dollar.
Yet it was a double-edged ruling, with plenty of cheer for the 37,000 citizens who had filed complaints in an outpouring of civic protest, including the neo-Marxist Left Party, the More Democracy movement and a core of eurosceptic professors. In keeping with rulings on the Lisbon Treaty and earlier rescues, the eight judges issued a “Yes, but” verdict, imposing constraints that greatly reduce Berlin’s room for manoeuvre in the future.
The court capped Germany’s ESM share at €190bn and ordered the government to “express clearly that it cannot be bound by the Treaty” if the limit is breached. This stops the ESM increasing Germany’s share if Spain and Italy seek top-up funding. “The cap could prove a real obstacle,” said Raoul Ruparel from Open Europe

Read more: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/9539695/German-court-backs-ESM-rescue-fund-in-double-edged-ruling.html

This is a very important story -- it should have been reported on LBN yesterday
Posted by cloudythescribbler | Thu Sep 13, 2012, 05:17 PM (0 replies)
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