This week at progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Here is the October 13th edition. Inclusion of a blog post does not necessarily indicate my agreement with—or endorsement of—its contents. At Plunderbund of Ohio, Ryan Michael writes—An Ohio Woman’s Place Is In The House — And The Senate: We’ve all seen far too often what happens when legislative bodies are non-representative of their constituents. Infamous images abound of panels of elderly, white, wealthy, Republican men staring down on women and people of color from their positions of power, enacting policies to benefit and enrich themselves at the harm of everybody else. It’s long overdue that we should see an influx of women into the Ohio House of Representatives and State Senate. To say the least, it’s incredibly frustrating that 27 of the 33 State Senate seats and 76 of the 99 House of Representative seats in Ohio are held by men, with both bodies controlled by Republican supermajorities. There’s a movement of women hoping to change that on Nov. 6 as the midterm elections rapidly approach. 46 elections in our state’s legislative bodies will feature a Democratic woman running to defeat a Republican man or claim a seat in an unopposed election. The future is female and Ohio’s women have come to claim that future now.
17 days remain until the last ballots are cast in the 2018 midterms • What’s coming up on Sunday Kos…. Republicans are coming for your Medicare in 2019, by Jon Perr Coal is dying, and Trump knows it, by Sher Watts Spooner Examining the nature of true and pure «Evil,» by Frank Vyan Walton Republicans want to take away your Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, by Laurence Lewis Stop the handwringing and conjecture about the 'Latino vote,' and support groups doing GOTV, by Denise Oliver Velez Cripple healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, driving huge deficits & win? by Egberto Willies We must choose to solve climate change, by Mark E Andersen Don't we want a president America can be proud of, by Ian Reifowitz • Analysis shows Georgia leaders wrongly purged more than 340,000 voters from registration rolls: An investigation commissioned by Greg Palast, a journalist and the director of the Palast Investigative Fund, revealed that 340,134 voters were removed from the Peach State’s registration rolls in 2016 and 2017 on the grounds that they had moved. But they were actually still living at the addresses where they were registered. “Their registration is cancelled. Not pending, not inactive—canceled. If they show up to vote on 6 November, they will not be allowed to vote. That’s wrong,” Palast told reporters on a call on Friday. “We can prove they’re still there. They should be allowed to vote.” The Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda joined Palast in filing a lawsuit against Secretary of State Brian Kemp on Friday to force him to release additional records related to the state’s removal of voters. Kemp is running against Stacy Abrams in a close contest. • If somebody wins the next drawing of the Mega Millions lottery, s/he will likely have a net worth larger than Donald Trump’s: Nobody won the top prize in Friday’s drawing, and the estimated take for the next drawing rose to $1.6 billion, the largest prize ever. Lottery officials say the lump-sum pay-out on that would be around $905 million. But the total will likely be a lot higher than $1.6 billion by the time Tuesday’s drawing takes place. MIDDAY TWEET xRegistration required on your 18th birthday and last for life. Each election should have a one month voting window. Every post office should be a polling place. There should be a legally mandated minimum number of polling places per district. Voting is a right, not a privilege.— Bearded Stoner (@beardedstoner) October 20, 2018 • Biohackers are implanting chips in everything from dancer’s shoulders to sex toys. Forecasts are that the human augmentation industry will hit $2.3 billion by 2025: A Spanish dancer named Moon Ribas has a chip in her arm connected to seismic sensors, which is triggered when there are tremors anywhere on the planet. She uses it in a performance art piece called Waiting for Earthquakes. Neil Harbisson, a colorblind artist from Northern Ireland, has an antenna-like sensor in his head that lets him “hear” colors. And Rich Lee, from St. George, Utah, has spent about $15,000 developing a cyborg sex toy he calls the Lovetron 9000, a vibrating device to be implanted in the pelvis. Lee hasn’t sold (or used) the Lovetron yet, but he’s got magnetic implants in his fingertips to pick up metal objects, two microchips in his hands that can send messages to phones, and a biothermal sensor in his forearm to measure temperature. “We’re the first movers,” Lee says. “But as the technology becomes more mainstream, there will be potential uses for pretty much everybody.” • Student loan debt continues to soar: America’s student loan debt crisis may be about to get much worse amid rising tuition and borrowing costs. Student loans are the only consumer debt segment with continuous cumulative growth since the Great Recession, with an almost 157 percent surge over the last 11 years. By comparison, auto loan debt has grown 52 percent, while mortgage and credit card debt actually fell by about 1 percent, according to Federal Reserve and Equifax data compiled by Bloomberg. All told, there’s a whopping $1.5 trillion in student loans out there, marking the second largest household debt segment in the country, after mortgages.
Democrats have reason to be cautiously optimistic based on New York Times/Siena College polling of 50 battleground House districts, Nate Cohn writes. But there is most definitely work to be done. “It all comes down to turnout” is a cliche of politics, but … it all comes down to turnout. Across the Times/Siena polls, Republicans have a six-point lead among voters who turned out in 2014. But Democrats counter with a 10-point advantage among voters who didn’t turn out in that election. Those voters are poised to represent more than one-third of the electorate, enough to essentially eliminate the Republican turnout advantage of the last decade. Democrats have had a turnout advantage in the New Jersey and Virginia state elections of 2017 as well as a host of special elections, but have to maintain that edge in districts across the country on November 6. There’s also reason for concern—and a giant flashing message for the future—in who is and is not planning to vote in large numbers: Across our polls, 58 percent of white registered voters say they’re “almost certain” to vote, compared with 50 percent of black registered voters and 43 percent of Hispanic voters. [...] And just 38 percent of registered voters who are 18 to 34 years say they’re almost certain to vote, compared with 62 percent of those over age 65. Campaigns and GOTV organizations should take that as a challenge over the next two and a half weeks, but it’s not just a challenge for this November, it’s a longer-term project that can’t just be answered with campaign-specific GOTV efforts. The news is good but it could be better and we have two and a half weeks to make it so. Then, hopefully, a celebration, followed by getting to work for the 2020 and 2022 and beyond. GET OUT THE VOTE for Democrats. Just click here, enter your zip code, choose the event that works best for you, and RSVP to attend.
In several tweets on Thursday, Donald Trump gave up Republicans' greatest weaknesses heading into the midterms: their biggest Achilles heel is how unpopular what they tried to do on health care was, in part, because what they did do on taxes turned out to be such a complete loser. «All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions,» Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon, «and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them. I am in total support. Also, Democrats will destroy your Medicare, and I will keep it healthy and well!» What Republicans actually attempted to do and are still gunning for is gutting pre-existing condition coverage. It was not only a centerpiece of the Trumpcare bill they celebrated passing through the House in a Rose Garden ceremony, it's also the very same provision Trump's Justice Department declared unconstitutional in a 180 degree reversal for the agency. In other words, Trump lied. But he didn't stop there. He then projected Mitch McConnell's stated goal—cutting Medicare—onto Democrats, who are in fact fighting to save the critical program. That deceptive midday tweet was a tell: Hey, forget about all this health care stuff, it's killing us! What Trump wants everyone to focus on was what he began his day with, devoting three tweets to racist anti-immigrant fear-mongering about a caravan of thousands of Honduran refugees walking toward Mexico, with the ultimate goal of reaching the U.S. «I am watching the Democrat Party led (because they want Open Borders and existing weak laws) assault on our country by Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, whose leaders are doing little to stop this large flow of people, INCLUDING MANY CRIMINALS, from entering Mexico to U.S.,» Trump wrote. «The assault on our country at our Southern Border, including the Criminal elements and DRUGS pouring in, is far more important to me, as President, than Trade or the USMCA.» Along with warning he might «call up the U.S. military» to stop the refugees from entering the U.S., Trump is now threatening to renege on his warmed over NAFTA trade deal with Mexico and Canada (i.e. USMCA) if Mexico doesn't stop the caravan. In other words, he's willing to kill the trade deals many Americans, including struggling farmers, have been praying for in order to wield immigration as an election issue. Certainly, immigration is the fight Trump's been longing for—he's convinced it's the silver bullet for Republicans even though every GOP candidate in a high-profile race who has made nativism the centerpiece of their campaign over the past two years has lost. Think GOP Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie last year, or Republican Rick Saccone who lost the PA-18 special election last spring to Democrat Conor Lamb in a district Trump had carried by 20 points.
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - The Discovery Museum has received a $20,000 grant to help fund an after-school program focusing on science, technology, engineering and math for Bridgeport Public School students. The grant comes from Sikorsky, the Stratford-based helicopter manufacturer. The program, STEM Accelerators, serves students in grades 5-10, who meet ...
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In a heated rivalry game against the Michigan State Spartans, Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones came through with the biggest play of the game on a go-ahead touchdown. Late in the third quarter, Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson unleashed a strike deep down the field to Peoples-Jones. The sophomore receiver slipped out of a tackle, stayed in bounds then took off for the 79-yard touchdown. This is always the danger for opponents with Peoples-Jones. He can have a quiet game then at any given moment, his athleticism and explosiveness come out and he delivers a big play. Patterson snapped Michigan’s six-year drought without a touchdown pass against Michigan State, and now he has two scores on the day as the Wolverines.
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