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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)óCook 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)
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