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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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Yes, I AM better than some people.

If anyone thinks it's ok to murder journalist because their favorite reality TV star says so, I AM better than them. If there is anyone who approves of ripping kids from their families and locking them up in filthy cages, I AM better than them. And if anyone encourages another country to meddle in our elections, I AM better than them. I refuse to lower myself or my standards for a civil society to try and understand the American substrata that are the deplorables. And if that makes me a smug elitist, than so be it.

Hecklers Curse at Pelosi

“A group of hecklers angrily confronted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi during a campaign stop for a congressional hopeful in South Florida, cursing at her and calling her a communist in a moment that was captured on video,” the Washington Post reports.

“It was yet another incident which stoked fears that the country’s bitter and emotional political environment is at risk of leading to violence.”


Progressives, Keep an Eye on These 10 Races

1. Andrew Gillum, candidate for governor of Florida: The 39-year-old Tallahassee mayor upended conventional wisdom by running a progressive primary campaign that proposed criminal-justice reform, adoption of gun-safety measures, state-based Medicare for All health care, and a plan to create jobs and address climate change by making Florida the country’s “solar capital.”

2. Janet Mills, candidate for governor of Maine: The state’s Republican governor, Paul LePage, is one of the most Trump-like figures in the country. In 2016, he failed to respond to the state’s opioid crisis by vetoing a bill making it easier to obtain the overdose drug Narcan.

3. David Zuckerman, candidate for Vermont lieutenant governor: An incumbent backed by the Vermont Progressive Party (of which he’s a longtime member) and the Democratic Party, in a state where votes on separate party lines can be combined, Zuckerman is an organic farmer who has a talent for getting urban and rural voters together in support of progressive initiatives: legalizing marijuana, labeling genetically modified food, defending net neutrality, raising wages, and welcoming refugees.

4. Dana Nessel, candidate for Michigan attorney general: “The AG’s job is to protect Michigan citizens against the individuals and corporations that would do them harm, not the other way around,” says Nessel, who has mounted an unapologetically progressive campaign to take charge of one of the most powerful law-enforcement posts in the country. With experience as a prosecutor, civil-rights attorney, and head of the LGBTQ-rights group Fair Michigan, Nessel promises to “aggressively prosecute hate crimes and all cases of discrimination, protect women’s rights to access health care, and defend immigrants from federal overreach.”

5. Ricardo Lara, candidate for California insurance commissioner: Big states like California can lead the nation in developing single-payer health-care models, just as Saskatchewan did in Canada. State Senator Ricardo Lara knows this; he led the fight for the Healthy California Act, one of the most innovative single-payer proposals in the country. As insurance commissioner, he’d be uniquely positioned to implement desperately needed reforms—a fact the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee has emphasized in its advocacy for his bid.

6. Ammar Campa-Najjar, candidate for California’s 50th Congressional District: “Country Over Party” is the central message of Campa-Najjar’s campaign, which offers a progressive alternative to the low-road politics of Representative Duncan Hunter, one of Trump’s closest allies.

7. Jahana Hayes, candidate for Connecticut’s Fifth Congressional District: Raised in a public-housing project by her grandmother as her own mom struggled with drug addiction, Hayes says she was “cast aside.” Yet she worked nights, attended community college, and earned an education degree. Her remarkable ability to connect with students in her history classes earned her the 2016 National Teacher of the Year Award.

8. Kara Eastman, candidate for Nebraska’s Second Congressional District: When Progressive Caucus co-chair Mark Pocan made an Omaha stop on her behalf, Eastman told him, “I can’t wait to join you in the Progressive Caucus.” While many candidates in swing districts mount insipidly cautious campaigns, Eastman is running as a true progressive. A social worker who has made Medicare for All central to her bid, she declares in ads that “I won’t take a penny from insurance companies.”

9. North Dakota Measure 3, the Marijuana Legalization and Automatic Expungement Initiative: Willie Nelson’s Texas has not legalized marijuana, and neither has Andrew Cuomo’s New York, but North Dakota might just do so on November 6, when jurisdictions across the country vote on legalization.

10. California Proposition 10, the Local Rent Control Initiative: Access to affordable housing has become a front-burner issue across the country. Candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York and Ben Jealous in Maryland have made housing central to campaigns that address economic and racial inequality.


MI-GOV: Bernie Sanders rallies for Gretchen Whitmer, rails on President Trump

Ann Arbor — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders brought his star power to the University of Michigan late Friday, urging supporters to turn out the vote for gubernatorial hopeful Gretchen Whitmer and other Democrats in what he called "the most most important mid-term election in the history of our country."

An enthusiastic crowd packed the 1,100-seat Rackham Auditorium to hear Whitmer and Sanders, who also spoke to a smaller overflow crowd on the fourth floor of the building before joining the larger rally.

“No more complaining, no more despair,” said Sanders, who blasted Republican President Donald Trump and what he called “ugly” policies coming out of Washington D.C. “Now is the time to stand up, fight back and vote.”

The 77-year-old democratic socialist from Vermont, who scored a surprise win in Michigan’s 2016 presidential primary by energizing young voters, has not yet said whether he’ll run for president again in 2020. But in his speech, he said he understood why Michigan voters picked Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the general election.

"You’re hurting financially. You’re working longer hours for lower wages. You’re worried about your jobs leaving the country,” Sanders said. “But what I want to say to you, and what I think people are realizing, is that in Donald Trump, we have a president who is a pathological liar.”

Whitmer, the former state Senate minority leader from East Lansing who is running for governor against Republican Bill Schuette, rallied the crowd on state and national issues, drawing Democrats to their feet with calls to stand up for reproductive rights, LGBT rights, clean drinking water, worker’s rights and education.






Early voting is surging in Central Indiana.

If early voting is an accurate barometer of interest in an election, then voters in Central Indiana are historically hyped for this year’s midterm Nov. 6.

Residents in Hamilton County are casting ballots at a rate 10 times higher than four years ago and almost as high as in the 2016 presidential election. Similarly, Marion and Johnson counties are on pace for early voting totals far higher than in 2014.

“These numbers are striking … eye-popping,” said Robert Dion, a professor of political science at the University of Evansville. “You normally do not see this kind of intense interest in a midterm.”

Voting started in single sites in all three counties Oct. 10 and will be expanded next week to satellite locations.

Unlike in 2014, Dion and political operatives note, Indiana this year is the focus of one of the tightest and most pivotal U.S. Senate races in the country and voters are motivated by the contentious confirmation battle of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Absentee voting in Virginia on pace to rival 2016 numbers

Absentee ballot voting in Virginia this year is on pace to rival numbers from 2016, according to an analysis by Virginia Public Access Project released on Friday.

Almost 78,000 residents have cast a ballot since early voting began on Sept. 15, more than double the amount who did so during last year's gubernatorial election, the group found. In the 2014 midterms, state voters cast 123,221 absentee ballots.

But with more than 2 1/2 weeks to go before the Nov. 6 midterm elections, the number of early ballots may come close to the 496,452 absentee votes cast in 2016.

“It’s actually quite shocking,” Richard Keech, deputy director of the elections office in Loudoun County, told The Washington Post. “This would be the first time without a president on the ballot that we’ve seen this kind of increase."

Loudoun County has seen a 239 percent rise in absentee voting this year, with 11,106 ballots either already cast or mailed to voters so far.

The analysis showed early voting is particularly high in tight House races, especially in Virginia’s 2nd, 5th and 7th Congressional Districts.

The numbers indicate a hyper-charged electorate heading into a midterm election that will determine which party controls the House of Representatives and the Senate.


Michigan absentee ballot update.


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New absentee ballot #s out from Michigan secretary of state. Of 958,000 sent out, 297,000 are back in with fewer than 3 weeks until the election. In 2014, 199,000 absentee ballots were cast out of 783,000 sent #migov #misen #miag #misos #mi08 #MI11
12:47 PM - 19 Oct 2018

Wisconsin Democrats Get Out the Vote Event with President Obama

Wisconsin Democrats Get Out the Vote Event with President Obama
Milwaukee, WI 53206
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The Democratic Party of Wisconsin will host a Get Out the Vote Event with President Barack Obama in Milwaukee! Join us to hear from President Obama, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Tony Evers, and Democrats up and down the ticket!

Date: Friday, October 26

Location of Event: Milwaukee

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Big victory for voting rights on Missouri


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BREAKING: In a major victory for voting rights in Missouri, Court has enjoined the Sworn Statement requirement in its Voter ID law. As a result, law will be even more expansive than before GOP tried to restrict voting. Congrats to @prioritiesUSA for bringing this important case.
1:49 PM - 9 Oct 2018
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