Holder’s Texas Two Step: voter ID challenge begins


It's a battle on two fronts, necessitated by the Supreme Court's decision, last year, to nullify the pre-clearance formula sections of the Voting Rights Act, in Shelby County v. Holder. That left Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott free to pursue what is alleged to be targeted, minority voter disenfranchisement.On Tuesday, the United States Department of… Continue reading Holder’s Texas Two Step: voter ID challenge begins

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When the victors take all the spoils, they spoil it all for the rest of us


The drawbridge is down. The gate is up. The guards have fled to protect their own. Even those of incredible conviction, who have climbed the tower steps to defend the walled town, find the doors to the parapets obstructed by red-coated confederates in league with the invading horde. Inside the city walls, the citizenry is… Continue reading When the victors take all the spoils, they spoil it all for the rest of us

Fat Cat Fever and the Legacy of No


"I don't shake hands with socialists." Anonymous Duluth, GA, citizen, to Democratic businessman - and congressional candidate - Michael Coles (during a 1996 campaign event against then Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich (R-GA)) The Republicans did not wake up on the morning of November 5, 2008, and have some kind of revelation that they… Continue reading Fat Cat Fever and the Legacy of No

Lame relevance – pass the Disclose Act


“We are seeing an unprecedented amount of cash flowing into the 2010 elections from corporate sources through independent electioneering groups, most of it entirely unreported." - Robert Weissman, President, Public Citizen, in an October 28 statement Sometimes it pays to give attention to the long view. With the pending sunset of the Bush tax cuts… Continue reading Lame relevance – pass the Disclose Act

Building blue communities, birthing blue babies and illumintaing self interest


Which would you think could turn those red and pink states blue sooner? They are all important, but more vital than the birthing - and educating - of future socially conscious and culturally generous Americans, more challenging than enticing out-of-state progressives to accept the challenge of red state politics, is getting our fellow citizens to… Continue reading Building blue communities, birthing blue babies and illumintaing self interest

Elections 2010: A Requiem for Reason


American reason should not be an oxymoron, and irrationality should not be the flame that powers our politics. We are smarter than that. It is hard not to feel, that in a year where candidates use fictional beheadings, claim there is shariya law in American communities, and make hay about some stupid, bong-induced college prank,… Continue reading Elections 2010: A Requiem for Reason

This time, it really is Daddy Warbucks’ war


"I love money, I love power, I love capitalism." - "Daddy Warbucks," from the Broadway musical, Annie (1982) It's not hyperbole, or the overused metaphor of the battle for electoral victory. It's a war for political power - a war fought with ammunition of bucks rather than bullets. Ho hum, you say? A tiresome analogy?… Continue reading This time, it really is Daddy Warbucks’ war

Religion poll equates dense, Tea Party dunce demographic to Christian right


"Daily Beast columnist John Avlon called it 'Obama Derangement Syndrome—pathological hatred of the president posing as patriotism,' and says this 'demonizing of our president' has 'infected the Republican Party.'"

Power, Political Will and the New Movement for Democracy


Even centrist Republican strategist, Mark McKinnon, told the group that "something is happening in America..we've got a real opportunity to change the system."