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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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22,000 reinstated to voting rolls as Georgia attorneys defend purge

The Georgia secretary of state’s office announced Thursday that it would reinstate about 22,000 voters that it had removed from the rolls earlier this week.

The announcement came two hours before state attorneys returned to federal court to defend the cancellation of more than 300,000 voter registrations Monday night.

Those reinstated to “inactive” voting status will have until the next state-scheduled update to the voter list in 2021 to contact election officials or vote to become “active.”

Josh Belinfante, an attorney representing Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, told U.S. District Judge Steve Jones that the office chose to re-evaluate when a voter’s inactivity started after receiving documents from a voting rights organization that is suing the state.

Jones is considering whether to restore the registrations of about 120,000 infrequent voters who were removed from the state’s voting rolls Monday night.


Obama Golfed as Trump Was Being Impeached

While President Trump was hunkered down in the White House monitoring impeachment proceedings, Barack Obama was hitting the links in Hawaii, the New York Post reports.


In full statement, Gabbard calls impeachment a "partisan process", Democrats "extreme".

Washington, DC -- Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D, Hawaii) today released the following statement today on her vote regarding the impeachment of President Trump:

Throughout my life, whether through serving in the military or in Congress, I’ve always worked to do what is in the best interests of our country. Not what’s best for me politically or what’s best for my political party. I have always put our country first. One may not always agree with my decision, but everyone should know that I will always do what I believe to be right for the country that I love.

After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no.

I am standing in the center and have decided to vote Present. I could not in good conscience vote against impeachment because I believe President Trump is guilty of wrongdoing.

I also could not in good conscience vote for impeachment because removal of a sitting President must not be the culmination of a partisan process, fueled by tribal animosities that have so gravely divided our country. When I cast my vote in support of the impeachment inquiry nearly three months ago, I said that in order to maintain the integrity of this solemn undertaking, it must not be a partisan endeavor. Tragically, that’s what it has been.

On the one side — The president’s defenders insist that he has done nothing wrong. They agree with the absurd proclamation that his conduct was “perfect.” They have abdicated their responsibility to exercise legitimate oversight, and instead blindly do the bidding of their party’s leader.

On the other side — The president’s opponents insist that if we do not impeach, our country will collapse into dictatorship. All but explicitly, they accuse him of treason. Such extreme rhetoric was never conducive to an impartial fact-finding process.

The Founders of our country made clear their concerns about impeachment being a purely partisan exercise. In the Federalist Papers, Alexander Hamilton warned against any impeachment that would merely “connect itself with the pre-existing factions,” and “enlist all their animosities, partialities, influence, and interest on one side or on the other.” In such cases, he said, “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.”

Donald Trump has violated public trust. Congress must be unequivocal in denouncing the president’s misconduct and stand up for the American people and our democracy. To this end, I have introduced a censure resolution that will send a strong message to this president and future presidents that their abuses of power will not go unchecked, while leaving the question of removing Trump from office to the voters to decide.

I am confident that the American people will decide to deliver a resounding rebuke of President Trump’s innumerable improprieties and abuses. And they will express that judgment at the ballot box. That is the way real and lasting change has always occurred in this great country: through the forcefully expressed will of the people.

A house divided cannot stand. And today we are divided. Fragmentation and polarity are ripping our country apart. This breaks my heart, and breaks the hearts of all patriotic Americans, whether we are Democrats, Republicans, or Independents.

So today, I come before you to make a stand for the center, to appeal to all of you to bridge our differences and stand up for the American people.

My vote today is a vote for much needed reconciliation and hope that together we can heal our country. Let’s work side-by-side, seeking common ground, to usher in a bright future for the American people and our nation.


Williams: "Gabbard, who was mysteriously missing all day, is in the chamber and has voted present.


Brian Williams: "Tulsi Gabbard, who was mysteriously missing all day, is in the chamber and has voted 'present.'"
Fmr. Sen. Claire McCaskill: "That's just stupid."

Michigan Republican Fred Upton is concerned about Trump's insult of the Dingells


Fred Upton
I’ve always looked up to John Dingell - my good friend and a great Michigan legend. There was no need to 'dis' him in a crass political way. Most unfortunate and an apology is due.
7:50 PM · Dec 18, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Bonus Tweet of the Day


It Was A Good Day

ME-SEN: Collins announces Senate reelection bid

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced Wednesday morning that she intends to seek reelection, officially sparking what is expected to be one of the most competitive Senate races in the 2020 cycle.

In a letter to supporters, Collins said her brand of moderation still has a place in today’s “polarized political environment” and touted her record of bipartisanship as she seeks to win a fifth term in the purple Pine Tree State.

“I promised the people of Maine a decision this fall on whether I would seek reelection. The fundamental question I had to ask myself in making my decision was this: in today’s polarized political environment, is there still a role for a centrist who believes in getting things done through compromise, collegiality, and bipartisanship?” Collins wrote.

“I have concluded that the answer to this question is 'yes,' and I will, therefore, seek the honor of continuing to serve as Maine’s United States Senator.”

Collins underscored her bipartisan efforts in her letter, including her past work with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.), Doug Jones (D-Ala.) and former Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.).

“One reason why I have been able to pass so many laws is because of the bipartisan, commonsense approach I learned growing up in Maine. For the past six years, I have been ranked the most bipartisan member of the Senate,” she wrote.


Trump swipes at rally security for giving 'slob' protester who flipped middle finger 'so much time'

President Trump called out security personnel for not removing a protester more quickly at his Wednesday rally, which took place the same time that House Democrats voted to impeach him over his dealings with Ukraine.

Early during his event in Battle Creek, Mich., Trump was interrupted by loud boos from his audience that were directed at a protester. In footage captured at the rally, the woman could be seen flipping the bird while being escorted out by security.

“This is one person who made a horrible gesture only because the security man let her have so much time,” he began to say. “And usually, I have to say, the police do an incredible job. Incredible. They do it so quickly.”

“There's a real slob. Wait a minute. She’ll get hell when she gets back home with mom. ... She screams a little bit, and you know what I like to do to avoid them,” he continued.

"Because I’ll tell you the big problem. I could hardly hear her. What happens is all of you people go crazy. 'Look, look, look.' ... So there’s one disgusting person who made — wait, wait — who, I wouldn’t say this, but who made a horrible gesture with the wrong finger, right?" he continued. "Now, they won’t say that, the fake news media. They won’t say it. If one of us did that it would be like the biggest story ever."

“And I’ll tell you another thing,” he went on. “I don’t know who the security company is, but the police came up, but they want to be so politically correct. So they don’t grab her wrist lightly. Get her out! They say, ‘Oh, will you please come? Please come with me. Sir. Ma’am. Will you — and then she gives the guy the finger. Oh. Oh. You gotta get a little bit stronger than that, folks.”


It's the Year of the Woman - again.

The 2018 election was hailed as “Year of the Woman” as women ran for office and voted in record numbers, many of them Democrats furious about the election of President Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

Approaching 2020, that wave doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Besides the four women currently running for president, 2020 will be highlighted in particular by two types of female candidates: There’s women who ran previously, lost and opted to immediately get back in the mix — a decidedly male way of thinking, according to political strategists — and there are women like Weber, who never imagined they’d run for office until they saw a woman like them, with a similar story, capture a seat and open the door for someone else.

“This is so much larger than a political reaction,” says Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY’s List, an organization that recruits, trains and endorses female Democratic candidates who support abortion rights. Since early 2017, more than 50,000 women have reached out to EMILY’s List to ask for help running for office.

“That’s a cultural change,” Schriock says. “So many women are saying, ‘I need to serve, I have something to offer, I can do this’ … that’s not gonna go away when Trump’s out of office.”

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