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September 26th, 2022 - 6:06 pm § in Democrats, Donald Trump, Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Why Sinema is wrong about the filibuster

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) thinks “the Senate should reinstate the 60-vote threshold for all judicial and executive branch nominees,” The Hill reported (here) on Monday, September 26, 2022. She made that remark during a Q&A following a speech at the University of Louisville’s M[...]

September 23rd, 2022 - 8:18 pm § in Democrats, Politics, Republicans

Arizona secretary of state debate (video)

This office supervises elections in Arizona. It is being vacated by Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, who’s running for governor. The candidates are Mark Finchem (R), a Capitol rioter and election denier (see profile here), and Adrian Fontes (D), a former Maricopa County recorder (see profile here). Th[...]

September 23rd, 2022 - 1:49 pm § in Democrats, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Crime blotter: I don’t care what his excuse is

Isabella Thallas (photo, left) didn’t see her 22nd birthday, because Michael Close (photo, below right), 38, killed her over dog poop. Thaller and her boyfriend, Darian Simon, were walking a dog on June 10, 2020, outside Close’s apartment building in Denver. They stopped and encouraged t[...]

September 22nd, 2022 - 8:53 pm § in Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Election denial is a strange disease

Matthew DePerno, a far-right Michigan lawyer, is running for state attorney general. He won the GOP primary with the tailwind of Trump’s endorsement; and as you know, Trump doesn’t endorse anyone unless they endorse his election lies. Of course DePerno (photo below) shouldn’t be el[...]

September 18th, 2022 - 10:16 pm § in Democrats, Politics, Republicans

Republican calls his party “fascist”

Russell “Rusty” Bowers (photo, left; bio here) is an Arizona Republican legislator. As speaker of the state house of representatives, he derailed GOP-sponsored legislation that would enable the legislature to overturn elections, which he called “fascism.” (Read story here.) W[...]

September 17th, 2022 - 2:03 am § in Democrats, Politics

GOP Senate candidate wants to politicize the military

Few things in American democratic traditions are more sacrosanct than the idea that the military must be an apolitical institution. But Blake Masters, the boyish 36-year-old GOP nominee for the Arizona Senate seat once held by John McCain and currently held by Mark Kelly, a retired Navy officer and [...]

September 7th, 2022 - 2:00 am § in Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics

Is Trump a housefly?

Biden paid a visit to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall on September 1, 2022, but not as a tourist; using the birthplace of America’s freedom as a prop, he ripped into Trump’s MAGA movement as a threat to democracy (find my commentary here). David Frum, a political commentator and f[...]

September 5th, 2022 - 12:02 am § in Democrats, Politics, Schools & Colleges

College degrees divide Washington’s voters

That’s a loaded question, and the answer offered in this post won’t cover all the bases, and certainly isn’t definitive. This post focuses on a Seattle Times article (read it here) that’s based on the results of an Elway poll of Washington voters and another one funded by a w[...]

September 4th, 2022 - 3:08 pm § in Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics

Can Tiffany Smiley get 44% of the U.S. Senate vote?

One of Washington’s U.S. Senate seats is on the November 2022 ballot, and Tiffany Smiley is the GOP nominee. She was more or less anointed in the primary; all the other entries were nobodies, and none got 10% of her votes. She’s a political nobody, too, having never run for any public of[...]

September 1st, 2022 - 10:22 pm § in America, Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics

Was Biden’s “Soul of the Nation” speech political and divisive?

That’s what Republicans claim (here), but I doubt they’d praise anything Biden said, no matter what it was. Biden delivered his “Soul of the Nation” speech on Thursday, September 1, 2022, using Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and two U.S. Marines as props. (All politic[...]