A group of more than 15 protestors was arrested on Tuesday afternoon in the Georgia State Capitol for demanding that every vote in the recent midterm elections be counted. Among them was State Senator Nikema Williams, who apparently was only standing silently with her constituents as they insisted that elected officials do their jobs and fix the election mess that Republicans have created. x#Breaking: Police arrested state Senator Nikema Williams during rally at the Capitol demanding every vote be counted. #gapol #Atlanta #Georgia pic.twitter.com/GgOsBlykcV— Adam Murphy (@MurphyCBS46) November 13, 2018 In a press release issued by local activists, organizer Tameka Middleton said the following about what happened: “Senator Nikema Williams was arrested in the Georgia State Capitol for literally doing her job as an elected official. We are disgusted by the aggressive intimidation tactics by police -- the latest effort at voter suppression to silence the voices of Black people. This is 2018 and we will not allow Jim Crow South to rear its ugly head again in Georgia. We demand the immediate release of Senator Williams and all of the peaceful protestors who were arrested.”
Ah, traditional media. In a story talking about all the new victories that Democrats have racked up since vote counting began last Tuesday night, the AP's Steve Peoples leads with the sentence «No, it wasn't a blue wave.» He goes on to say «Democrats have steadily chalked up victories across the country, firming up their grip on the U.S. House and statehouses,» and that the «slow roll of wins has given the party plenty to celebrate.» And he notes Democrats have «picked up at least 32 seats in the House—and lead in four more—in addition to flipping seven governorships and eight state legislative chambers.» So what he needs to call it a wave is unclear. Like maybe the most House seats picked up by Democrats since Watergate, with races still being called? Oh, and don’t forget three Republican states—Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah—wholly embracing Medicaid expansion on their ballots. Beyond the fact of which party has emerged victorious, look at who has won. That would include «Massachusetts' first African-American female member of Congress, Ayanna Presley, and Michigan's Rashida Talib and Minnesota's Ilhan Omar, the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress, along with Kansas' Sharice Davids, the first lesbian Native American» to go to Congress. As MoveOn's Ben Wikler tells Peoples, it's a «a genuine wave of diverse, progressive and inspiring Democrats winning office.» Yeah, and then there's the part about how «Democrats have not lost a single House incumbent so far.» Or the fact that Democrats won the popular vote for the Senate by about 12 percent. But we can't call it a wave? It was a wave and a realignment, with voters in the Southwest and college-degree holders and women (even the white ones) increasingly turning Democratic. The latest flip is the Arizona Senate race, called Monday night for Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. Add to that Rep. Jacky Rosen's defeat of incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller in and you've got a Nevada that really isn't even tinged purple anymore and Arizona dipping its toe into the blue in a pretty big way. Even Rep. Beto O'Rourke made a statewide race in Texas a close call. There's still a deplorable Senate majority and still the orange behemoth in the White House, so we can't rest on the laurels of a landslide House victory, not for a second. But Tuesday also has to be recognized for what it is—a wave of repudiation of Trump and the Republicans.
Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi wants us to believe that she’s completely unaware of her state’s ugly, violent, and long history of lynching black people. That’s why she’s playing innocent and doubling down on her comments about attending a public hanging with a supporter of hers. Hyde-Smith is currently locked in a runoff race for her senate seat with Democrat Mike Espy, who is black. Apparently, at a campaign event, Hyde-Smith and her supporters got a chuckle out of her joke referencing how highly she regards the person she was talking about. As written in the New York Times, the scene went as follows: With her arm around a cattle rancher, Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Republican of Mississippi, drew laughter and applause at a recent campaign event when she gushed about how highly she thought of him: “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.” We all know this isn’t remotely funny. And if this is really a saying in Mississippi (or anywhere else), it should have been retired long ago. Hyde-Smith likely knows this. Even though she’s from the Deep South, at 59, she’s just not old enough to credibly claim this is an acceptable thing to say publicly amongst her age group. Except she doesn’t really need credibility or a reason, does she? She doesn’t care. Her party doesn’t care. And the racists that support them most certainly aren’t bothered by it. Republicans have been doing this kind of thing with increasing frequency over the last few years. They make racist, white supremacist statements and then feign shock and confusion when they get called on it. It is not quite the “Trump effect” per se (hint: the Republican Party didn’t suddenly get racist in 2015) but there’s definitely a direct correlation between who is currently leading the party and the hateful, racist rhetoric which is now the bedrock of the party’s platform and ideology. Republicans know racism works with their base and though they had the common sense to disguise it decades ago, they can’t be bothered to now. Hyde-Smith’s strategy is to make this a partisan issue. She seems to think the real problem is that anyone would even be offended by her remarks. In a statement released this statement over the weekend, Hyde-Smith said: “In referencing the [person] who invited me [to a speaking engagement], I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.” Want to help Mike Espy win? Sign up here to call Mississippi voters and help send another Democrat from the South to the Senate!
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