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Discriminating Democrats

In ten days, the Democratic Party will hold a presidential debate that, according to the rules established by the Democratic National Committee, includes six qualified candidates all of whom are white. Which is apparently not the right color. “Of course, there is nothing wrong with Democrats selecting a white presidential

Tim Eyman, governor, Washington State, democracy,

One of Us?

As the Democratic Party presidential campaign began heating up earlier this year, one of the stars faintly streaking across the sky was Washington State Governor Jay Inslee. In the over-populated ranks of presidential wannabes, he stood out not for being exceptionally nutty, but for so memorably presenting the new Nut

gatekeeper, Twitter, Facebook, censorship, political advertising,

The Silence Option

“While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers,” Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said last month in announcing a complete ban on political advertising for candidates or issues, “that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives

Michael Bloomberg, president, democracy,

Billions Of, By and For Bloomberg

Might Gotham’s gun-and-Big-Gulp-grabber-in-chief catapult to Commander in Chief?  Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor, “is actively preparing to enter the Democratic presidential primary,” writes Alexander Burns in The New York Times. Bloomberg’s estimated $53 billion could financially pummel even Democratic candidate Tom Steyer, working with a mere $1.6

Donald Trump, twitter, censorship, Kamala Harris threat,

Twitter Abuse

“Look,” tweeted Sen. Kamala Harris, “let’s be honest. . . .” When a politician talks about being honest — presumably “for a change” — it’s gonna be a doozy. President Trump’s “Twitter account should be suspended.” “What?” the reader will likely object, “Trump’s Twitter account is the second-best thing about

Sara Gideon, candidate, Portland,

Straw Candidacy

“No Corporate PACs,” says a Facebook ad by the Sara Gideon for U.S. Senate campaign, “Just You.” “Gideon is running to unseat Republican Sen. Susan Collins in 2020,” the Portland Press Herald reports, noting that “fighting corporate money in politics” has been a prime “focus of her campaign.” Yet, as

land grab, eminent domain, theft, property, border,

Such Is Today’s Politics

“You do have a problem with a President demanding the federal government go ahead and seize private land and then promising to pardon those who seized the land,” challenged Joe Walsh, the former Illinois congressman running in the Republican Party primaries against Donald Trump.  “Don’t you?” Matt Welch, writing in

Andrew Yang, zoning, land use, visionary, presidential, election,

Recognizing a Problem

Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang has at least one good policy preference: he opposes tough land use and zoning regimes. And he is not alone.  “Yang’s criticism of zoning is pretty close to what other Democratic primary candidates have said on the subject,” writes Chistian Britschgi at Reason. “Sens. Cory

MIke Gravel, president, candidate, war, draft,

And Then There Were 20-Something

The media won’t have my favorite Democratic presidential candidate to kick around anymore.  “Mike Gravel drops out of 2020 race,” Vox headlined Catherine Kim’s report. “He never wanted to be president anyway.” A subhead continued: “The former Alaska senator simply ran to get other candidates to talk about American imperialism.”

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A Different Conversation

“Here’s the difference between me and the other candidates,” says billionaire investor-turned-presidential aspirant Tom Steyer. “I don’t think we can fix our democracy from the inside. I don’t believe Washington politicians and big corporations will let that happen.” Of course, if this Democrat becomes president of these United States, that’s

Beto, Paul Jacob, term limits,

Beto’s Best Reform

“All too often politicians focus on their own re-election,” says Robert Francis ‘Beto’ O’Rourke, “at the expense of addressing the challenges our country faces.”  A supporter of term limits during his six years in Congress, in 2018 Beto left a safe House seat to challenge U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, also

Knock Down the House, socialism, term limits,

Knock Down the Incumbency

Over the weekend, I suffered through Knock Down the House . . . so you don’t have to.  While the documentary heralding four inexperienced Democratic women running for Congress in 2018 cost Netflix $10 million, I did not have to spend a dime — beyond my regular monthly subscription. The

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