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Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

I have no idea how many Alabama voters even read newspapers, let alone factor their endorsements into their decision-making, but the 3 biggest newspapers in Alabama have a message for the voters there: "Stand for decency; reject Roy Moore." All three-- the Birmingham News, the Mobile...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey is a woman who knows what she wants and what she looks for in a senator. She wants the best her party has to offer! That's why she supports Judge Roy Moore!

If Moore wins, I wonder if she'll bring her granddaughters to the victory party...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version
Are ALL ultra-conservative Republican state legislators child rapists?

Last week I professed bewilderment as to why Ohio state Rep and rising star Wes Goodman-- heir apparent to Jim Jordan-- faced political erasure after he was caught having consensual sex with another adult male in...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

As you probably know, the Blue Dogs, New Dems and DCCC are all furiously pushing Brad Ashford on Omaha voters again. Ashford, an opportunist who changes parties like normal people change underwear, was one of the 3 worst Democrats in the House for his one miserable term. Having been...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-21 - Original post - cached version

I'm afraid that if Pelosi stays on as House Democratic Leader for another decade-- she'd only be 87, barely older than DiFi when she starts her next 6-year Senate term-- there will be no Democratic members of Congress who aren't multimillionaires. Pelosi's net worth is around $192 million. She...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version
A shot heard round the world? (source)

by Gaius Publius

Two broad points before the specifics of this story.

First, the Divest from Oil and Gas movement is a real threat to Big Oil as an industry in the same way the Divest from South Africa movement was a threat to South African...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

The DCCC launched an on-line ad campaign against something like 40 Republicans, including 9 California targets: Jeff Denham, Devin Nunes, David Valadao, Steve Knight, Ed Royce, Mimi Walters, Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, and Duncan Hunter. I'm sure there's a reason they're not including...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

Be assured. Be sooo assured. The so-called president has returned to the White Supremacy House at 1600 Pennsylvania from his "Sell America Out To China Tour." The tweet storms are back! There will be no interruption in Trump Chinese-made ties hitting the shelves! And...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday I was all excited that Kirsten Gillibrand had boldly endorsed progressive reformer Marie Newman against Blue Dog Dan Lipinski. It was probably the first time I've praised Gillibrand since 2006 when she was first elected to Congress-- with a little help from Blue America. (Watch that...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Dayna Steele virtually put her campaign for Congress on hold for nearly a month in the aftermath of the devastation Hurricane Harvey brought to the Houston area so she and her campaign volunteers could work with their neighbors on the immediate effects of the storm. Now Texans-- not...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Normally, Democrats win districts where the PVI is D+something and Republicans win districts where the PVI is R+something. The higher the "something," the more likely that party will win. But it's not always the case. Conservative Blue Dog Collin Peterson represents a Minnesota district with a...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

TX-25 is another one of those gerrymandered Texas districts created as part of Tom DeLay's plan to disenfranchise Democratic voters. It twists and turns and winds its way from East Austin and the UT campus west and and south to Dripping Springs and north through Lake Travis and...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

The more that comes out about the Republican Tax Scam bills, the worse it looks. The latest version is a very anti-education bill, targeting deductions for teacher out-of-pocket spending and for research by graduate students and eliminating student loan deductibility while keeping...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

As speculation as to which Trumpies will eventually be indicted next increases, I thought I'd post this meme.

This is also a preview of my annual list of DownWithTyranny holiday gift suggestions which will, like the holidays themselves, be here before you know...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

As you may know-- I hope so-- Frank Schaeffer is driving around the country making a film. He's interviewing progressive Democrats who can beat Republicans next year. Meanwhile he's been posting videos each time he gets to a district. He started with Randy Bryce in Wisconsin and then went to...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

Alas, there are virtually no good Republicans any longer, even if, occasionally, a Republican-- a McCain or a Walter Jones or a Justin Amash-- does something good. Electorally, it virtually never happens that a Democrat, no matter how awful is worse than a Republican. When I was...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-19 - Original post - cached version

I don't have a private jet; never did. But... I sort of did. I was the president of a division of TimeWarner and the company had private jets. All I had to do was call and say I need a jet and I could fly anywhere I wanted. You knowhow many time I did that? Zero, never once. That's...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Incumbents always-- always-- circle the wagons around other incumbents of their own party who are challenged in primaries. Even when they know the incumbent being challenged is a corrupt bucket of slime bringing disrepute on the party and on Congress, incumbents will turn their backs...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

At 6:59 (PT) on Thursday night, Rachel Maddow left her MSNBC audience with a classic tease that she promised would be explosive by Friday. It started exploding immediately after the tease, when various news sources started reporting that the Trump family is involved in money laundering, the...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

I've said in previous posts that, among other things, I think most Republicans think they've been abducted by aliens. It goes right along with their thinking that Obama was a secret Muslim who was going to take all of their guns and install Sharia Law as the law of the land,...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

It's no secret what I think of the "ex"-Republican potato chip taster and lottery winner Gil Cisneros. He's a carpetbagger trying to bribe his way into a congressional nomination to represent CA-39 in northwest Orange County, Diamond Bar and Hacienda Heights in L.A. and Chino Hills in...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version

Frank Schaeffer got me to step away from my computer last week and this morning he sent me the little film he made about me. He's in the middle of traveling around the country filming progressive congressional candidates. He was out here in L.A. for his movie... driving around Orange County...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-18 - Original post - cached version
Daniel Biss can be the next governor of Illinois-- if he beats 3 billionaires

We've mostly talked about the Trump/Ryan toxicity fallout in terms of congressional races-- and I imagine we'll stay on that subject right through the end of 2018. However, as we saw in Oklahoma Tuesday,...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version
Trump calls her his "Foxxy Lady" because she helps him with his whole toxic agenda

That thing with the Trump family and the elephants is just so horrifying, I can't express with words the depths of my sadness. Reversing the ban on hunters importing trophies of elephants killed in...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Ryan got his Republican tax scam through the House yesterday 227-205. No one doubted it would pass the House. Only 13 Republicans dared to stand up for their constituents instead of the multimillionaires and billionaires who will benefit from this travesty. Most were from New York,...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

The scandal of Republican Senate Candidate Judge Roy Moore didn't happen in a vacuum. Politicians of all stripes have all too often felt entitled when it comes to depravity. But, one party, the Republican Party, has perfected it. That Moore has openly acted as he has...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Governor John Kasich (R-OH) is term-limited and cannot seek re-election. Former Senator and current Attorney General Mike DeWine, current Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, current Lt. Governor Mary Taylor and multimillionaire backbencher Rep. Jim Renacci are all competing in a fiery...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

"I would build a great wall, and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me, and I build them very inexpensively."
-Señor Trumpanzee

From the day he announced his candidacy, Senor Trumpanzee played on the paranoid prejudices and fears of...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Do you read the Style Section of the NY Times? Me neither, but there was a piece yesterday about gossip columnist Liz Smith, who died Sunday. I didn't know she had died and didn't know she had lived her life in the closet. In fact, I probably wouldn't have even known she existed at...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version
Your methane bridge to nowhere (source)

by Gaius Publius

I've seen this report referenced several times, but none of those mentions is getting traction. So time to repeat. The idea that methane, so-called "clean natural gas" or "clean energy," is a bridge fuel that can make our climate...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version
Worth 10 DCCC Red to Blue Endorsements

The DCCC claims to be neutral in primaries but always puts its fingers on the scale for corrupt conservatives from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party, Blue Dogs and New Dems, never for progressives. The DCCC favors wealthy self-funders...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

I suppose that some may say that today's meme is, maybe, a bit harsh, or at least crass. So what. The other night, I was watching Bill Maher's show. He only had two panelists this time. Usually, there are three and at least one is of the Republican variety. Sometimes,...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

This Putin-Gate scandal is getting really complicated and harder to follow. Thank Heavens for Team Maddow! Last night's biggest piece of the puzzle wire transfers amounting to at least $380,000 from a Putin-controlled bank to Putin spymasters in DC (Sergei Kislyak at the Russian...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The Ryan/Trump tax plan (short version): over the long run, it raises taxes on the entire middle class while repealing health coverage for around 13 million people, all to give corporations and the 1% gargantuan tax cuts. No one should have expected anything else from these two serial...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

Gene Green is one of the worst Democrats in Congress-- very conservative and very corrupt, a pairing that you often find together. And he's retiring early. No realistic explanation why since he's been raising money hand over first all year. He raised $474,164 so far this year and has...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version
Kara Eastman (Democrat) and Brad Ashford ("ex"-GOP Blue Dog)

Alixandria Lapp, a poster child for the DC Dem's revolving door problem worked for New Dem Adam Smith (WA) from 1997-2005 and then went to work for the DCCC. In 2007 she became executive director of the New Dems, the...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

There's a battle raging in Maine right now because, after the Trumpist governor of the state, Paul LePage, kept vetoing the legislature's Medicaid expansion, the citizens voted to expand it in a ballot initiative. LePage then announced he would "veto" that too! Yesterday, Jared Golden...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

Judge Roy Moore's presence first slimed the national consciousness back in 2003 when, as Chief Justice in the Supreme Court of an American Taliban-ruled state called Alabama, insisted on promoting his own version of Christian Sharia Law by placing a tacky Ten...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version
Laura Oatman would be a great replacement for Dana Rohrabacher

Ted Lieu, the hero of today's Jeff Sessions grilling at the House Judiciary Committee hearing, is also the West Coast regional vice-chair of the DCCC. He's the only one who's doing a good job. This evening he told us that...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

If you've been following DWT for any length of time, you're aware this isn't exactly Blue Dog headquarters. The Republican wing of the Democratic Party is not something we celebrate here. The bullshit about how you need a reactionary Democrat to win in a "red" district isn't something...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

Kakistocracy is a relatively new word for most of us. It was coined in the 1600s but didn't come into popular usage until the election last November. Kakistocracy is "a system of government which is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens." In case you were...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle."
-Plato

It's election day in Oklahoma today... well sort of. There are 3 special elections, 2 state senate seats and one state House seat. Some Democrats-- naive Democrats-- seem to think...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Most discussion of the Ryan/Trump tax bill is about how it will, overt time, raise taxes on the middle class to transfer immense wealth to the very wealthy. But there's a lot more in the details, scores of details that need to be addressed. Education is one. This is an incredibly anti-...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

We all encounter Republikooks who whine on and on about "socialism" and how they don't want any of their money going to other people (Translation: "Those people"). "It's my money. I should keep it." Of course, they constantly prove that they have no idea what socialism...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version
Meet Roy Moore: Pedophile and sexual predator, and quite possibly the next Senator from the great state of Alabama.

-by James Newton

Roy Moore is a pedophile.

I am the father of a young girl, and if Roy Moore did to her what the Washington Post’s reporting said he did--...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

This was originally written as part of today's first post, so if you haven't already done so, you might want to read that for context.

Catherine Vaughan is the CEO of Flippable, a Democratic organization founded right after last year's election by a gaggle of Hillary Clinton...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Endorsements for candidates by other politicians don't generally mean much. They can even backfire... look what Trump's endorsements did for North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers. An incumbent, she lost her House seat. And look what happened when Trump endorsed-- multiple times-- Luther...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

Matt Taibbi, Mark Ames and a sample eXile cover (source)

by Gaius Publius

Nothing catches the writer's life from the inside like this piece from Matt Taibbi.

He wrote the following paragraphs as part of a long apology responding to criticisms of his life and writing as a...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

You thought the SNL sketch was funny? David Wade a former John Kerry chief of staff, now makes his living as a lobbyist (GreenLight Strategies) and Democratic strategist; über--establishment. He says Democrats can win back Congress next year "by making Donald Trump the issue in [suburban]...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

Me miserable! Which way shall I fly
Infinite wrath and infinite despair?
Which way I fly is hell; myself am hell;
And in the lowest deep a lower deep,
Still threat'ning to devour me, opens wide,...

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