Tuesday Open Thread

“The usual fortune of complaint is to excite contempt more than pity.”

–Samuel Johnson

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  1. kickshot says:

    Facing a Deluge of Misinformation, Colorado Takes the Offensive Against It

    The state will combat false information on social media and even buy Google ads against it. But not enough other states are following suit.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Good for her. A lot of Republicans are throwing rocks at her, but I think Griswold is doing a really good job of trying to keep this election honest.

      • kwtree says:

        Indeed. If we still had Wayne Williams, or, god forbid, Scott Gessler as Sec State, they would have let DeJoy’s instructions to “Get that ballot in the postal mail ASAP!” slide.

        They also would be encouraging voter intimidation via open-carrying militia wannabes near ballot drop boxes, allow ominous warnings about ICE and old traffic tickets waiting to jail unwary voters that look “foreign”, and more.

        Gessler would have purged a few hundred thousand folks from voter rolls by now. Williams would do the same, but wouldn’t brag about it. 
         

        Caldara and the Independence Institute would have likely achieved their goal of defunding elections via huge discounts to the business side of Sec State operations.

        And a Republican Secretary of State would still be bragging about how smoothly Colorado elections run and what high turnout we have ( Hello all mail ballot elections, same day registration, 17 year old pre-registration, etc) -all reforms put in place by Democrats and bitterly resisted by Republicans. 

        Secretary Jena Griswold is doing a fantastic job- as she was elected to do. Not only for Colorado voters, but as a leader on election reform nationwide.

  2. davebarnes says:

    So appropriate.

    Today is International Sloth Day

  3. davebarnes says:

    I received 15 pieces of election crap in the mail today.
    Fifteen!
    What part of "received my ballot on the 15th and voted" do these idiots fail to understand?

    • Conserv. Head Banger says:

      Reminds me of a comment I made here couple years ago; I think about the Senate District 20 election; that I had received enough mailers to wall paper a bathroom. Even Tom Tancredo publicly complained about the waste of paper. I recycled all mine at Lakewood’s Quail St. recycling center.

      • kickshot says:

        I heard the same from SD16 residents when I door-knocked for Tammy Story. But the paper wasteage was one-sided from Tim Neville. That's all they saw of him because he was ashamed to show his face around most of the district.

        He got smoked by 14+ points.

  4. ParkHill says:

    WOTD from Stanley Greenberg at the Atlantic: “After Trump the Republican Party may become more Extreme

    If victorious, Democrats will be united around an agenda that includes defeating the coronavirus; providing economic relief to states, cities, and individuals, prioritizing the neediest Americans; large-scale infrastructure investment; a new Medicare-type public option for health insurance; a new research-centered Manhattan Project to address climate change; and much more. The demands of this moment will bring them together—even more so if the United States Supreme Court declares the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

    Frankly, I find it very convenient to have a Republican Party so extreme it will wander in the wilderness for the next decade, while the Democratic Party has a civil discussion about priorities.

    • kickshot says:

      Ya. They need to get lost while the repair work is conducted.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        The Republican TDSers will be carping 24/7 about the federal deficit; which is a problem. But they will quietly downplay their role in creating the deficit.

        TDSers = Trump's Deranged Supporters

        • RepealAndReplace says:

          Oh, yes ….. Ron Johnson (Sack of Shit-WI) has already started complaining about it. He of the 20% pass through tax deduction provision which was part of Trump’s Big and Beautiful Tax Cut.

          • Duke Cox says:

            As the days and weeks go by, much of my loathing is directed at Ron Johnson, who becomes more noticeable for his arrogant, pig-headed, hypocrisy.

            Shame is not a thing these ass-clowns know anything about. Don’t know how the sorry motherfucker sleeps at night.

          • MichaelBowman says:

            Our debt-GDP ratio peaked at 120% following WWII.  We then entered into a prosperous era, with debt declining over time until someone introduced the idea of trickled-on-down economics and Ttump Presidential Medal of Freedumb recipient Arthur Laffer as a valid economic theory. 

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        @ParkHill: what will be an adventure is watching the US electorate and citizenry; which are basically centrist with a light leftist tilt due to socialist programs like social security and Medicare; cope with a hard right Supreme Court and appellate courts created by the Federalist Society.

        Example: there are about 34 drop-off stations for ballots here in JeffCo, for about 600,000 people. In Harris County, Texas, thanks to three Trump appointed appellate court judges overruling a district court judge, there will be 1 drop-off box for 4+ million people. This isn't just wrong; it's totally lacking in common sense.

        • ParkHill says:

          Well, you are right. We will need to unpack the courts faster than most moderate Dems are willing.  

          No choice, unless you can write voter rights legislation that will survive the Conservative courts. The majority of states actually have right-to-vote clauses in their constitution, and the question is whether the SCOTUS will try to over-ride those.

          Put some really good constitutional lawyers on that one, and back up national legislation with state-by-state efforts.

        • kwtree says:

          The TX ballot boxes issue is  still in courts. Another judge smacked down the Gov's limitation, but of course they're appealing it. Stalling for time, I think, trying to run out the clock so people have as much trouble voting as possiblle. Despicable.

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