Welcome back, Saturday Campaign D.I.Y.ers! For those who tune in, welcome to the Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic campaign. Each week we discuss issues that help drive successful campaigns. If you’ve missed prior diaries, please visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. When this series first began, I ran a companion series “AARGH” about campaign mistakes. While we haven’t done an AARGH piece in a while, some of the advice within those diaries—about campaign mistakes—remains important and this week, we’re going to cover a few of the things that your small campaign needs to avoid in order to be successful. Mistakes during a campaign will happen, but keeping them small or minimizing the damage they can do is important. No campaign is flawless—we are all humans. But making sure minor problems don’t become big ones? That is one of the big keys that make a good campaign different than a bad campaign.
The New York Times reports that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford will, tentatively, testify Thursday about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged attempt to rape her when they were teenagers: The Senate Judiciary Committee and lawyers for the woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers reached a tentative agreement on Saturday for her to publicly testify on Thursday, an apparent breakthrough in halting negotiations. After a brief call late on Saturday, the lawyers and aides to Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, planned to talk again Sunday morning to continue negotiations over the conditions of the testimony, according to three people familiar with the call. Aides to Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the committee’s top Democrat, were also involved. You can bet that the 12 white male senators that make up the entire Republican cohort on the Judiciary Committee have already planned how to undermine Dr. Ford with attacks on her character. It is, as feminists have said for decades, a standard approach. In the wake of Anita Hill’s 1991 testimony that Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas had sexually harassed her when she worked for him, Judith Lewis Herman wrote the book “Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror.” There she lays out what that standard approach is: “In order to escape accountability for his crimes, the perpetrator does everything in his power to promote forgetting. Secrecy and silence are the perpetrator’s first line of defense. If secrecy fails, the perpetrator attacks the credibility of his victim. If he cannot silence her absolutely, he tries to make sure that no one listens. To this end, he marshals an impressive array of arguments, from the most blatant denial to the most sophisticated and elegant rationalization. After every atrocity one can expect to hear the same predictable apologies: it never happened; the victim lies; the victim exaggerates; the victim brought it upon herself; and in any case it is time to forget the past and move on. The more powerful the perpetrator, the greater is his prerogative to name and define reality, and the more completely his arguments prevail.”
This post was written and reported by contributor Bryant Telfer through our new Daily Kos freelance program. After a particularly dangerous summer of gun violence in Canada and two mass shootings sparking public outcry, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done something that would perhaps be unthinkable in America: he’s called on government officials to examine the impact of a full ban on handguns and assault weapons. Shootings in Toronto and Fredericton have been a flashpoint for an already growing urgency about the gun debate. On July 22, two people were killed and eight others wounded after a gunman fired into restaurants and patios packed with evening patrons on one of Toronto’s busiest streets. On Aug. 10, four people, including two police officers, were shot to death in an apartment complex by another resident for yet unknown reasons. The percentage of crimes involving handguns has grown by 30 percent over the past four years in Canada. In addition, a Canadian Press report this summer stated that more than 40 percent of weapons used in crimes in Canada are of domestic origin, bought by straw purchasers who are legally licensed and then sell the weapons illegally to others. That report has come under fire recently, as Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials failed to locate records to support the stated rise in domestically-sourced firearms in either their Ottawa or Edmonton archives, and Toronto Police officials released information that stated only 9 percent of weapons seized in 2017 originated in Canada. While an all-out ban on handguns and assault weapons is broadly supported by the majority of Canadians, it faces entrenched opposition from a number of groups and communities across the country, with the strongest divide along rural-urban lines.
Not that we needed much more evidence to show what a scam the Republican “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was, but the evidence doesn’t care—it just keeps coming. The $0.03 per hour (inflation-adjusted) bump in bonuses between the fourth quarter of 2018 [sic] and the second quarter of 2018 is very small and not necessarily attributable to the tax cuts rather than employer efforts to recruit workers in a continued low unemployment environment. [...] The $0.03 increase in inflation-adjusted bonuses per hour over the last two quarters came as W-2 wages (defined as direct wages plus wages for paid leave and supplementary pay) actually fell $0.25 and overall compensation rose just $0.07. Looking over the last year we see a rise in bonuses of $0.09 per hour accounting for nearly all of the very small increase in W-2 wages of $0.12 while overall compensation did not grow at all. So Republicans are looking for a do-over. But of course, they don’t want to do it over to make changes that benefit working people, they want to do it over to double down.
If you haven’t heard of Deb Haaland, you might just be living under a rock, and we welcome you back to the sunshine. She, alongside Sharice Davids of Kansas, could very well become the first Native American women ever elected to Congress in November. The New Mexico attorney and former state Democratic Party chair has long been fighting to advance progressive values—both in and out of the Native community. At the first-ever She the People Summit in San Francisco, a unique convening of women of color who are determined to transform political representation as we know it, Haaland took a few minutes to chat with Daily Kos guest reporter Iara Peng, former COO of Solidaire Network. It was an absolute honor to discuss Haaland’s bright future (and storied past) within the Democratic party, where the Pueblo of Laguna tribe member first got her start as a volunteer. As a single mother who has faced the realities of living paycheck to paycheck, Haaland is uniquely positioned to challenge the constant right-wing efforts to make life even harder for the bulk of Americans. In fact, those lived experiences are what make Haaland certain that she, and folks like her, are best qualified to shape our nation’s policies. “When I think about the folks who are in charge now making decisions—like kicking people off of their SNAP benefits and implementing work requirements for Medicaid—those are folks who have likely never had to struggle a day in their lives. We need someone to speak up for the folks who have struggled—who know what it’s like to apply for food stamps, and have to put groceries back at the checkout line because you don’t have enough money to pay for it, or struggle between paying your rent, or buying food. (W)e need more people like that to speak up.” Take three minutes to watch the full interview below, and you’ll find her as powerful as we did. x YouTube Video It’s beyond time for women to be involved in the leadership of this country. Click here to support our stunning slate of women candidates running across the country!
This is the 573rd edition of the Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue). Here is the September 8 edition. Inclusion of a story in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. OUTSTANDING GREEN STORIES Now you see it. OceanDiver writes—The Daily Bucket - now you see it … “Saw this grasshopper yesterday late afternoon. I’ve seen others like it at this site, a dirt road by a field. They’ve either been parked on the ground or darting around looking like a butterfly — all colorful and flitty. This time it flitted its wings as if it was flying, but didn’t lift off. Not sure what that was about. But it gave me an opportunity to look at it more closely, and even identify it. It’s a Carolina grasshopper or locust, Dissosteira carolina. In spite of the name, this species is native to the whole US. These grasshoppers are quite large. Now you don’t. They eat grasses mostly, and are not considered bad crop pests. Typical habitat is weedy disturbed sites. While resting on the ground with wings folded the grasshopper is nearly invisible, exactly the color of the ground, a mix of dirt and dried grass. Wings open, it exposes not just its dark brown hind wings margined yellow with a pretty pattern in the corners, but brilliant metallic blue highlights on its thorax and abdomen. Completely obscured by the forewings at rest.” Desert Scientist writes—The Destruction of La Frontera: “I grew up along the border, La Frontera, and I spent over 50 years of my life there, living first in Arizona and then New Mexico, with occasional visits to southern Texas and California, as well as a number of forays into Mexico itself from the Mexican border states of Baja California Norte to Tamaulipas and further south. In some ways, although I was not born there, it is more my home than any place I have lived. Unfortunately it is being threatened by political maneuvering and drug wars and may never be the same. It was always a bit dangerous, but not as much so for many years as it has been in recent times. You have to go back to the days of Pancho Villa to get the same level of danger, at least from my impression. However I still love the area and its people and am very saddened by how immigrants, both legal and illegal, and the environment are now being treated.”
Oil firm Surgutneftegas has joined a list of Russian energy companies that are ready to get rid of the US dollar in favor of the euro and other currencies in international settlements, Reuters reports. Read Full Article at RT.com
The Lepai LP2020TI stereo integrated amplifier and a pair of Dayton Audio B652 Air speakers dazzle the Audiophiliac.
Pichai says the idea that Google alters search results to favor a political agenda is «absolutely false.» He also says employees will be held accountable.
US citizens are joining up to save a few bucks on food, but when it concerns unity over affordable healthcare they call it socialism, says Max Keiser of Keiser Report. He thinks they are brainwashed by the mainstream media. Read Full Article at RT.com
He added that the state government was making continuous efforts to uplift the poor and implement welfare measures for them
If you really want a 1.6-liter V6 in your life, this is the only way to get it, unless you buy an actual Formula 1 car.
A draft executive order circulating around the White House “is not the result of an official White House policymaking process,” according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The Washington Post, Walters denied that White House staff had worked on a draft executive order that would require every federal agency to […]
The picture is becoming clearer regarding the chronic oral pain condition known as Burning Mouth Syndrome, or BMS, which mainly affects women who are middle-aged and older.
Researchers are continuing to make remarkable progress with research focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Each year, fishermen harvest more than $500 million worth of Atlantic sea scallops from the waters off the east coast of the United States. A new model, however, predicts that those fisheries may potentially be in danger.
Engineering researchers report a method for spraying invisibly thin antennas, made from a type of two-dimensional, metallic material called MXene, that perform as well as those being used in mobile devices, wireless routers and portable transducers.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Lawmakers have scuttled a plan to prohibit airlines from charging «unreasonable» fees for changing or canceling tickets. But U.S. House and Senate leaders say they will direct the Federal Aviation Administration to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats as part of a new spending bill. The bill ...
HONOLULU (AP) - The Latest on the reopening of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park after an eruption that caused widespread damage to infrastructure (all times local): 9 a.m. A national park in Hawaii has reopened after being closed for more than four months because of Kilauea volcano's latest eruption, which caused ...
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress is preparing to require the Federal Aviation Administration to set new minimum requirements for seats on airplanes. The aim is to give passengers a break from ever-shrinking legroom and cramped quarters. The regulation of seat legroom and width is part of a five-year extension of federal ...
Is Assassination Nation any good? I think it’s very good, but it will definitely be divisive. What’s is it, exactly? The trailers are a bit… obtuse. A searing howl of pent-up adolescent rage […] The post MovieBob Review: ASSASSINATION NATION appeared first on Geek.com.
WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - Authorities say they found the body of a Maryland hiker who went missing while he was celebrating his honeymoon on Molokai island. Maui County officials say 27-year-old Stephen Kramar's body was found Friday in an area called Pia Gulch, about a half-mile (805 meters) northeast of ...
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls tourism group is scrambling to cover a $220,000 budget gap from a tax mix-up that went unnoticed for three years. The South Dakota Department of Revenue recently notified the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau that the organization has been receiving more ...
Kevin Harvick finished second, Aric Almirola was third, Chase Elliott fourth and Brad Keselowski completed the top-five. Also collecting stage points were Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon, Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano. Following the break between Stages 1 and 2, Truex was the first off pit road and resumed the lead when Stage 2 went green on Lap 110. He was followed by Harvick ... ... Keep reading
Anthony Joshua is still eyeing a fight with Deontay Wilder after continuing his undefeated ways on Saturday night.Joshua beat Alexander Povetkin via seventh-round TKO at Wembley Stadium in London to improve to 22-0 with 21 knockouts. Though his nose was bloodied early in the fight, Joshua came on strong in the seventh, dropping Povetkin once and then finishing off his wobbly opponent soon thereafter.In his post-fight interview with DAZN, Joshua said he wanted to face Wilder next. Joshua has four heavyweight title belts and is viewed by many as the top heavyweight in the world, with Wilder being his best challenger. Wilder is 40-0 with 39 knockouts and holds the WBC heavyweight belt, though his critics question the level of competition he has faced. He can answer many of those questions with a win over Tyson Fury on Dec. 1.Joshua and Wilder were involved in fight negotiations this year that fell apart, so getting them together in the ring will not be easy. Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn even mentioned a second
Jake Bentley threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, and the South Carolina Gamecocks bounced back from their hurricane-forced break, routing Vanderbilt 37-14
It's like we always say -- Gus Johnson is a national treasure.
Aaron Hicks doubled home the winning run in the 11th inning, and the New York Yankees clinched an AL wild card with a 3-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles