Archive for the ‘Democrats’ Category

May 15th, 2022 - 5:12 pm § in Democrats, News Media, Politics

Philly paper: None of the above

The Philadelphia Inquirer, which has endorsed Republican candidates in the past, is taking a pass this year. Of the 7 GOP candidates for Senate and 5 for governor, the paper went with “none of the above.” That’s partly because the GOP isn’t a pro-business party anymore, and p[...]

May 14th, 2022 - 11:46 pm § in Democrats, Politics

America, the tribal society

Politics, a WSU professor says, is “not about the facts or any sort of reality, it’s about group identity.” Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat, a longtime observer of Washington politics, agrees. He says, “Social or cultural sorting is what drives elections; policy stands, not so muc[...]

May 13th, 2022 - 6:21 pm § in Democrats, Politics

All subpoenas are not equal

The House committee investigating the Capitol riot issued subpoenas this week to several GOP House members, including GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy. They debated it for months, “wrestling with whether they had the constitutional right to do so, and … if they wanted to set such a preced[...]

May 8th, 2022 - 2:46 am § in Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics, Racism

Why do Republicans vote for bad candidates?

USA Today has identified “at least nine candidates, mostly Republican men, running for Congress or governor who have been stung with of a range of accusations … from sexual harassment to stalking and domestic abuse.” (Read story here.) Republican voters for the most part don’[...]

May 5th, 2022 - 8:23 pm § in Democrats, Politics, Racism

Sorry you moved to a red state?

These people are. Shifting political sands are “jarring” liberal-minded young people and professionals who moved to blue enclaves in red states during the pandemic, either for a change of scenery or in pursuit of work opportunities, and now some are having second thoughts, NBC News says [...]

May 5th, 2022 - 12:51 am § in Democrats, Israel/Palestine, Jews, Politics

A rabbi explains why Orthodox Jews are rightwingers

In an article here, Rabbi Avrohom Gordimer (profile here), writing in the Times of Israel (profile here), explains “the connection between Orthodox Jews and right-wing politics in America.” I’ll let him speak (“fair use” and brevity requires some editing): “Why ar[...]

May 2nd, 2022 - 11:44 pm § in Democrats, Law and Courts, Politics

Democrats accuse Trump’s justices of lying, but did they?

“Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused ‘several’ Republican-appointed Supreme Court justices of lying to the Senate about their views of Roe v. Wade,” Huffington Post reported after a draft opinion by Samuel Alito leaked to the media. [...]

May 1st, 2022 - 12:55 am § in Democrats, Politics

Which party do voters trust?

It depends on the issue (see chart below; read story here). This is a snapshot of where public sentiment is at the moment, which can change quickly, and doesn’t necessarily predict how people will vote. It doesn’t weight how strongly respondents feel about specific issues, take party loy[...]

April 24th, 2022 - 4:13 pm § in Democrats, Politics, Racism

Why you’ve gotta read candidate biographies

“Trucker Randy” Bishop is well-known in northern Michigan politics. The ex-felon hosts a rightwing radio show, is an outspoken promoter of gun rights (for ex-felons, too?), and was kicked off Facebook, a badge of honor in his circles (details here). Now he’s running for state sena[...]

April 19th, 2022 - 11:35 pm § in Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, Economics, Politics, Racism

No, police won’t be defunded

And bail reform is likely to fall victim to rising crime, too. “Defund the police,” interpreted literally, was always a bad idea. But it was mostly a slogan and rallying cry for police reform, and such “defunding” efforts as were undertaken were modest in scope and aimed at r[...]