Sabotaging Democracy

Jim Hightower, Oct 2020, Common Dreams FacebookTwitterPinterestRedditShare Little-known fact: In more and more races, the GOP doesn’t have broad enough appeal to fairly produce an election majority, so it has resorted to rigging the system so a minority prevails. As far-right tactician Paul Weyrich once bluntly put it: “I don’t want everybody to vote. … Our leverage in the elections …

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire. Juliana implications and Maui case.

New Polling Shows Voters Want to Hold Big Oil’s Feet to the Fire (Earther) by Dharna Noor, October 13, 2020 Oil and gas companies have spent decades spewing ungodly amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, and there’s ample evidence that oil and gas companies covered up the climate-warming effects of that pollution. New polling shows that Americans want to do something about that. A national …

‘60 Minutes,’ ‘The Guardian,’ and Michael Mann on Climate: “The future of this planet is now in the hands of American citizens.”

The climate crisis is a scientific reality, not a partisan issue—and one of America’s most widely watched programs just gave it the weight it deserves. By Mark Hertsgaard, Twitter, OCTOBER 7, 2020 On Sunday night, America met Michael Mann on 60 Minutes, one of the country’s most watched and influential television news programs for nearly 50 years now. A professor at Penn …

Racial inequality and voter suppression in action

“When Elizabeth Brownlie showed up at Chastain Park to cast her ballot at 10:45 a.m. Monday, the 32-year-old Atlanta resident expected to wait up to two hours to vote. But after an hour and a half of standing in line, Brownlie was still nowhere near the entrance to the polling place inside the park gym. With an appointment to get …

61% of voters in key Election 2020 battlegrounds like Arizona, North Carolina, and Iowa would be “more likely” to vote for Senate candidates who support placing a 2 percent wealth tax “on the assets of individuals with a net worth over $50 million”

polling that Data for Progress has been conducting this past summer in 11 states, among them key Election 2020 battlegrounds like Arizona, North Carolina, and Iowa. Overall, the poll found that 61 percent of voters in these states would be “more likely” to vote for Senate candidates who support placing a 2 percent wealth tax “on the assets of individuals with a …

‘Abuse or violation of some public trust’: President’s negligent and partisan treatment of the COVID pandemic qualifies for impeachment

October 2, 2020 LA Progressive Trump’s negligence on the coronavirus ought to be the greatest stain on his presidency—and that’s saying a lot considering the lengthy list of his cruel deeds, lies, and many potential conflicts of interest and crimes. If the House of Representatives felt a year ago that Trump’s attempt to use his office for political gain by …

Is the Electoral College systemic racism?

Proposition 113 on the November ballot in Colorado shines a light on the nation’s electoral system at a moment of racial reckoning SEP 23, 2020 The Colorado Sun | evan@coloradosun.com The current national reckoning on racial inequality is leading Americans to grapple with questions of systemic racism throughout many of the nation’s most long-standing institutions, whether policing, education or housing. One …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Direct attention toward the powerful elites who benefit from divide-and-conquer politics: Democrats should call for Americans to unite against the strategic racism of powerful elites who stoke division and then run the country for their own benefit

Excerpt from Sept 2020 NYT article. This shifts the basic “us versus them” story — the staple of most political messaging — away from “whites versus people of color” to “us all against the powerful elites pushing division.” Here’s what this looks like: We had come so far, but now Covid-19 threatens our families — for instance with health risks, …

Colorado’s new redistricting process

An image of a congressional district map crafted as part of the 2011 redistricting process. (Screenshot) A look at how the new redistricting commissions are selected and how they will draw new congressional and legislative maps in Colorado August 17, 2020 By a landslide, Colorado voters decided in 2018 to overhaul the state’s once-a-decade redistricting process. The goal: finally putting …