Provisional ballots

It’s All About Dealing with Voter Suppression

The Republicans, worried that the party may lose two Senate seats, a Governor’s mansion, and probably a bunch more close races for the House over the counting of disputed mail-in ballots and provisional ballots, are drumming up conspiracy theories now. I just drove through Trump Country last night and listened to Fox Radio as the …

Thinking longer-term about the election

Not a Blue Wave, but Perhaps a Foreshock of the Big Blue One Coming

The 2018 election looks at first glance like a wash: Republicans gained seats in the Senate and Democrats regained control of the House with enough of a margin to ensure that they can put some limits on presidential power. But longer term impacts of 2018 are, I believe, more significant. In this election, with President …

Election Special:

Many Rural Citizens Vote Against Their Own Medicaid in State and Federal Elections

This story was written for Tarbell.org. It is being co-published with the Hancock Herald in Hancock, N.Y. and West Virginia Public Radio’s 100 Days in Appalachia.   Fishs Eddy, NY — Most of Betty Rosengrant’s extended family needs Medicaid. They’re also mostly Republicans. Rosengrant, a resident of this little villlage in the Town of Hancock, says she …

The solution to the refugee crisis is generous aid to struggling Central American countries, not a Pentagon mobilization

Scaremongering is the Only Thing Trump and Republicans Have Got

Here it is. See for yourself the terrifying “caravan” advancing through Mexico from Honduras, set to “invade” the US, bringing, according to President Trump and the reactionary media that support him, “rapists, killers, Arab terrorists, and diseases.” This “caravan,” according to a report in the UK newspaper the Independent,  is actually an assemblage of several …

Computer voting is driven by the media circulation/ratings obsession

Why do we even have voting machines?

Word that Hart eSlate voting machines in Texas, which are also commonly used in states like Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and Pennsylvania, many of them jurisdictions with tight races this election year, are switching party-line votes form one party to the other with disturbing frequency, beg the question that rarely gets asked:  Why do we need …

Business as usual:

US INF pullout will delight arms industry as it threatens to reignite Cold War

President Trump has been tearing up treaties since taking office, from halting negotiations on the TPP to NAFTA, but his latest threat to pull out of the nuclear deal, negotiated by President Reagan in the 80s, may be the biggest mistake of his disastrous presidency. Meanwhile, while Trump and his National Security Advisor, the neoconservative …

What about those White House 'kill lists'?

When It Comes to Having Leaders Who Murder the US is a Pace Setter

The brutal murder of sometime Washington Post visiting columnist Jamal Khashoogi, apparently on orders from Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader Prince  Mohammed bin Salman, has many American journalists and columnists in high dudgeon. How, they ask, can the US be allied to a country run by such a blood-thirsty leader? How can the US ally …

Different strokes for different folks

US ‘Outrage’ over Slaying of US Residents Depends on the Nation Responsible

The US media are in high dudgeon over the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi living in the US in self-imposed exile who among other things had been writing articles critical of the current Saudi royal leadership, and especially Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Certainly outrage is justified. It …

It’s not all bad as 'boofer' Brett sullies the whole institution

Kavanaugh on the High Court will be a Source of Ridicule

  It looks like Brett “I like beer” Kavanaugh will soon be the ninth member of the Supreme Court. The FBI has turned in a submissive fig leaf of a report on its cursory, rushed and presidentially circumscribed “investigation” into the claims of sexual abuse leveled against him by several women who assert that he …