Wednesday Open Thread

“Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.”

–Victor Hugo

26 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Prove you are not a robot.

    Report that Trump stinks.

    Then Stay Upwind, America.

  2. SamCat says:

    Kim Jong Trump stinks twice as bad as both those guys. devil


  3. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Some good news from Ohio —

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (Reuters) – Ohio’s secretary of state announced on Tuesday that the state will not start purging people from voter rolls until after November’s midterm elections. His decision came the day after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state’s policy of removing infrequent voters from voter lists was constitutional.

    And some good polling (aka speculation) from Ohio

    A new Enquirer / Suffolk University poll – the first statewide, independent poll since the Ohio primary – showed Democrat Richard Cordray leading Republican Mike DeWine in the governor's race, 43 percent to 36 percent among likely voters….

    In Ohio's 2018 race for U.S. Senate, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown stands in good position for re-election, the poll showed. He led his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth, 53 percent to 37 percent.

    • Genghis says:

      I had the pleasure of meeting Rich Cordray back in 1998 when he first ran for Ohio Attorney General. I bailed out of Ohio and moved here in 2003, but Cordray is still fighting the good fight in a state that's devolved into something of a wingnut shithole.

  4. flatiron says:

    Jared Polis holds a lead over Cary Kennedy atop the four-way Democratic primary to be Colorado’s next governor, but both would defeat Republican frontrunner Walker Stapleton by the same margin, according to a new survey.

    The survey was conducted by polling and communications firm Strategies 360 for the Service Employees International Union’s Colorado Small Donor Committee …..

    According to the new survey, Polis, one of the wealthiest members of Congress, was favored by 34 percent of likely primary voters. Kennedy, a former state treasurer, came in second with support from 23 percent, while former state Sen. Mike Johnston had 12 percent and Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne had 2 percent. Twenty-nine percent were undecided.

    Almost 30 percent undecided still.

  5. PseudonymousPseudonymous says:

    Many will strive, but only one can be SWAMP KING!

    EPA chief Scott Pruitt tapped aide, donors to help wife land job at conservative group

    Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt last year had a top aide help contact Republican donors who might offer his wife a job, eventually securing her a position at a conservative political group that has backed him for years, according to multiple individuals familiar with the matter. 

    The job hunt included Pruitt’s approaching wealthy party supporters and conservative figures with ties to the Trump administration. The individuals said he enlisted Samantha Dravis, then serving as associate administrator for the EPA’s Office of Policy, to line up work for his wife.

    And when one donor, Doug Deason, said he could not hire Marlyn Pruitt because of a conflict of interest, Pruitt continued to solicit his help in trying to find other possibilities.

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Did she get bounced by Chick-fil-A

      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        Apparently she/they never completed the franchisee application for Chick-fil-A. So she didn't get bounced, but certainly isn't on their list of approved applicants, either.

        if reporting is correct and their net worth is $400,000, and having a hard time affording a house in Oklahoma and accommodations in Washington, DC, they may not qualify as franchisees, anyway.

  6. MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

    Senator Chuck Grassley is missing yet another opportunity to be on the right side of history and siding with agriculture.  Yesterday the Senator filed an amendment to the Farm Bill that would exclude CBD from legal hemp products and put its fate in the hands of the Attorney General.   The good news?  McConnell addressed his unwavering support for the industry and the entirety of the plant's opportunities in opening statements to the committee this morning, both CO Senators are on the right side of this argument and it looks like the Senator's 1930's idea is going to be put out to pasture. 

    • MichaelBowmanMichaelBowman says:

      Good news.  The Farm Bill just passed the Senate Agriculture Committee by an overwhelming 20-1 vote, and will soon go to the Senate floor. The Grassley Amendment was never even voted on. The battle isn't over – Senator Grassley has indicated that he would like to meet with other Senators to incorporate his ideas after the committee votes on the Farm Bill. (I'm not sure you can call the perpetuation of a myth an "idea") 


      • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

        Good news, indeed. With a 20-1 vote, I'm assuming various punitive proposals for SNAP did not make it to the final bill being voted on.

        Now, assuming the Senate does not intuit some sort of objection from the White House that will prevent it from being called up for floor debate, we can see if compromise legislation has a chance.

  7. JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

    Enjoying the new visibility of our Republican Senator.  From Vox

    Tara Golshan – Was it appropriate for the president to say that the people of North Korea love their leader?

    Cory Gardner – Look, I think what we have is a summit where Kim Jong Un agreed to denuclearization. Hopefully, that advances peace. Clearly, there is more work to be done. Obviously, we need more information on the details of the summit —

    Tara Golshan – But was it appropriate for the president to say that the people of North Korea love their leader?

    Cory Gardner – I hope what we focus on is the fact that we are moving toward denuclearization, which will address many of the egregious actions that the heinous regime has carried out.

    Tara Golshan – So do you think it was appropriate for the president to say?

    Cory Gardner – [Walks into closed-door meeting]

  8. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    Late word out of Winnipeg is that Prime Minister Trudeau has contacted Kim Jong Un to see if he can get help jump starting a nuclear weapons program. Said Trudeau, in an e-mail to the North Korean dictator, "You aren't gonna need all that stuff, and it looks like we may need them to protect ourselves from the US dictator."



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