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Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version
The GOP mess has crossed over into popular culture; it ain't going' away

One week ago, Politico interviewed Mike Madrid, a well-known Republican political consultant in California. "The Democrats," he reminded them, "were absolutely convinced that running against Trump down-ticket...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Progressives like Keith Ellison, Pramila Jayapal and Jamie Raskin-- as well as other Democrats-- joined the folks at PFAW this week at an event introducing the launch of their newest in a series of progressive bench-building initiatives the Next Up Victory Fun. the purpose of the new program...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

The CBO sums up their report on the new version of TrumpCare with one sentence: "CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $119 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of people who are uninsured by 23 million in 2026...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

The biggest group of mainstream conservatives in the House, the Tuesday Group felt betrayed by one of its leaders, New Jersey Rep. Tom MacArthur, who worked with radical right extremist Mark Meadows of the Freedom Caucus to help pass TrumpCare. Officially, on Tuesday he resigned from the...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version
A brief 2015 video report from the WSJ about the Airbus all-electric airplane, the E-Fan. Airbus is not the only company doing this. Go here for an interesting video about Pipistrel's electric plane.

by Gaius Publius

A brief follow-up to our recent piece on the coming death of Big Oil as...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

Today's the day. A quarter million people have already voted in Montana but whatever analysis of that available shows that neither side has any advantage so far in the early voting. [For comparison's sake-- even if it's an apples-to-oranges comparison-- the June 6 special election in CA-34 has...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

On February 1, 2016, the day of the Iowa caucuses, Trump was still just a joke. He was sputtering that Iowa Republicans had brain damage from too much fertilizer after polls started showing him losing to Ben Carson and Ted Cruz. On the day of the caucuses Cruz won-- with 51,666 (27.6...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

The wave that's forming up now could well be an anti-Trump/anti-Ryan tsunami by 2018. When Republicans say there are 18 months and a lot can change they are sweating under their suit jackets because they know the intensity of voters' reaction against the Republican agenda is intensifying, not...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-25 - Original post - cached version

There are 16 House Democrats with perfect scores from ProgressivePunch for the current session-- a score of 100. One, Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) is a freshman, which means her lifetime crucial vote score is also 100. The other freshmen with eye-popping great scores are Jamie Raskin (D-MD...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

Looking at the cluelessness, the incompetence (and, yes, the corruption) of the DCCC, we often worry if they will, once again, wreck the chances of Democrats to take back the House. Between Trump's unpopularity and Ryan's draconian anti-working family agenda, it should be hard for...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

A new poll of GA-06 voters is a dire warning to congressional Republicans. Paul Ryan's SuperPAC has put more money into the campaign on behalf of Karen Handel than any outside group has ever spent on any congressional race in history. And those millions and millions of dollars appear to have...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

The Republican-dominated North Carolina legislature has given Governor Roy Cooper every reason in the world for him to want to do them some harm. The House has 74 Republicans, 45 Democrats and an independent and the Senate has 35 Republicans and 16 Democrats. Yesterday, after the 5-3 U.S....

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

Zach Carter is one of Huff Po's most perceptive reporters and yesterday he warned his readers that while we were all distracted by the clown show Trump had finally delivered one on big campaign promise-- not for his voters, of course, but for his Wall Street donors-- he pretty much...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

Everyone knows how Roger Stone said watching Trump bowing and scraping-- actually curtsying-- to the Saudi dictator made him want to puke. And we all know how clueless doofus (and murderer)Wilbur Ross slept thru Trump's speech after his strenuous sword dance and that he then went on...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

The short version is that the budget proposal cuts vital programs including Social Security and Medicaid in order to pump money into tax cuts for the very richest Americans and for money cash for the bloated and wasteful Pentagon. Trump was always consistent and insistent on the...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

When Politico needed a writer do do a story on the false narrative of how successful Rahm Emanuel was in 2006 and how it's the model for 2018, ultimate DC establishment shill Edward-Issac Dovere, the most superficial reporter in Washington, was the obvious choice. Mr. Superficial: "...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

When I was very young, my family used to rent a summer bungalow in Ft. Freedom, New Jersey, northwest of Morristown in what is now Rodney Frelinghuysen's congressional district (NJ-11). He inherited this political domain from the Frelinghuysen dynasty and his great wealth from his mother's...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

You know how states are supposed to be petri dishes for new ideas? Long before the federal government was looking into protecting consumers from predatory mortgage banksters, Assemblyman (and then state Senator) Ted Lieu was hammering out and passing controversial legislation that did...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-23 - Original post - cached version

Earlier today we looked at the need for Democratic candidates to talk with voters more about the issues voters are most concerned with and less about what a walking freak show Trump is. Trump and Putin-Gate may be lots of fun to watch and discuss with friends and colleagues but...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version
The classic shape of an economic bubble (source). Notice "New Paradigm" at the top, the point at which market participants decide "this can go forever." Big Oil CEOs think nothing can topple the technology that turns fossil fuel into energy — that unlike every other technology in history, their...
Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, writing for The Hill, Christina Marcos reported that Republican members of Congress are now afraid angry constituents will kill them or do them physical harm.

A growing number of House Republicans are facing physical threats from angry constituents in...
Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

-by Noah

I, Noah, am proposing a total and complete shutdown of so-called President Trump, and his associates, re-entering the United States, until our country’s investigators can figure out what the hell is going on. We have no choice. We have no choice. Until we are able to...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version
Why's everybody laughing?

I'm going to guess you've seen enough human interest stories on white Trump voters by name and that you already either feel their pain or wish they're all on rocket ships headed out to colonize Pluto. But while American media has been tripping all over itself...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

While Señor Trumpanzee [السيد ترامبانزي] was embarrassing America by bowing and scraping in front of a genocidal desert despot in Riyadh this weekend-- even making Roger Stone (the guy with the Nixon tattoos on his back) want to throw up-- the very precient Louise Mensch and Claude Taylor,...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

In 2008, when Obama faced off against John McCain, turnout for an American presidential election was relatively high-- 63.7%. This past year it fell to 55%. France's voter turnout ion their presidential election earlier this month was also down-- to around 65%. Yesterday Iran voted. The voter...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

It was a big ha, ha/LOL moment when the GOP House leaders decided to make crackpot Texas Christian Scientist Lamar Smith chairman of the House Science and Technology Committee. One Republican staffer told me "one of them" (presumably Boehner but he would;t confirm my suspicion) was "...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Four months into his term and just 34% of Americans say Señor Trumpanzee has the judgement to be president. Before taking him on his trip abroad, his aides staged an intervention in the hope of getting him to behave well-- at least on twitter. They told El Señor he's painting himself...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Dana Rohrabacher's Orange County district is the reddest in what is now purple Orange County. It stretches along the coast from Seal Beach, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach through Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. Romney had beaten Obama...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

This weekend the California Democratic Party may feel the Bern. The Party's convention is in Sacramento and late this afternoon, the resolution committee will be working on getting the undo influence of money out of the political system. The video above explains what they're trying to...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

Even the worst Democrats in Congress-- and the most unpalatable DCCC recruits-- have caught on to the fact that railing against Trump is profitable. A case can be made that it is Debbie Wasserman Schultz who is responsible, at least as much as Putin or Comey, for installing Trump in...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version
Rob Quist might be hard for Steny Hoyer and his K Street goons to relate to

The Montana special election to fill Ryan Zinke's seat is this Thursday-- 5 days from today. Recent public polling shows Democrat Rob Quist getting closer. Internal polling-- done for both parties after Comey...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version
Pennsylvania Republicans Gale and Meeham

Pat Meehan is a pretty ho-hum Republican member of Congress-- someone I'd call a back-bencher or, in a feistier mood, a knee-jerk GOP zombie. He's cautious not to freak out independent voters in his swingy ultra-gerrymandered suburban district...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

According to a new poll from Morning Consult, just around a third of Americans feel Trump is trustworthy, about the same number who say he has the judgement need to be president. 77% of respondents, on the other hand, feel he's arrogant and 60% say he's reckless, unwilling to admit...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-20 - Original post - cached version

I was very excited yesterday. Do you recall the post about how the big shots and recruiters at the DCCC are not among the 110 co-sponsors of John Conyers' Medicare-For All Act? In it I made the point that Wall Street-captive and Pelosi/Hoyer heir apparent, former New Dem chairman Joe...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Wednesday, the Kaiser Family Foundation released a new study that goes a long way towards shedding light on what enactment of TrumpCare would actually mean to the millions of people with pre-existing conditions. Short version: over 6 million Americans will wind up unable to afford...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

At a meeting of Democratic thought leaders earlier in the week, Elizabeth Warren posed a rhetorical question "Do you get the feeling that if Bernie Madoff weren’t in prison he’d be in charge of the SEC right now?" I wonder if New Dem chairman and former Goldman-Sachs banker Jim Himes...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version
Rob Quist might be hard for Steny Hoyer and his K Street goons to relate to

The Montana special election to fill Ryan Zinke's seat is this Thursday-- 5 days from today. Recent public polling shows Democrat Rob Quist getting closer. Internal polling-- done for both parties after Comey...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Last night Trump's Art of the Deal ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, told CNN viewers on Anderson Coope’s 360 that Señor Trumpanzee is having a "significant meltdown. He’s in pure defensive mode. I think that he’s being run by the part of his brain that’s reactive and impulsive, not capable of...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

No one ever accused House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of being brilliant but, according to a report from the Washington Post yesterday there's a tape of him telling fellow Republicans that Putin was paying Trump and Dana Rohrabacher, the Orange County GOP crackpot long known as "...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

My go-to place for TV news and political commentary is Chris Hayes' MSNBC show. He's smart, insightful and careful to present a news show well beyond the standards of today's garbage cable news programming. Out here in L.A., we watch Hayes' show at 5 PM. I often keep the TV on for...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version
The bulk of the country identifies as "independents" and they're not a patient lot (discussed here). This is who progressives have to look reasonable to when the airship Age of Trump comes crashing to the ground.

by Gaius Publius

There seem to be two groups of Trump attackers these days...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

The other day, Axios asserted that Republicans are getting nervous about Democratic House recruitment, implying-- incorrectly, of course, that the DCCC is recruiting top quality candidates. I bet I'm more nervous about their recruiting than House Republicans are, and for the opposite...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

It infuriates garbage Democrats and their media shills that Bernie is the most popular and beloved politician in America. It absolutely unhinges them. I wonder which contemptible establishment whores-- "many" contemptible establishment whores-- Edward-Isaac Dovere was referring to...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version
Tom Cole (R-OK): "I won’t defend anyone who obstructs justice. Time for Comey to appear before Congress.”

Late this afternoon, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could no longer dither and finally announced that he had appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller to serve as a...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Everyone who's had any interactions with Señor Trumpanzee has probably been doing the same Jim Comey was doing, namely keeping a careful record. Trump has a long, well-documented history as a real scumbag who lies more easily than anyone you've probably ever met. Comey wrote a memo after every...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

The substantial generic 2018 congressional ballot lead Democrats had last month (6%) almost doubled in the latest PPP survey (to 11%). That, unfortunately, has little to do with voters embracing Democrats-- just with them rejecting Republicans-- which is a very different thing. PPP...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

I bet if Pelosi held her town hall back in her San Francisco district instead of on a CNN set with Chris Cuomo, it would have been a very different event. I suspect she would have faced a similar response from activists that other members of Congress have gotten from their constituents. First...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version
America's most gerrymandered district-- drawn to protect Pat Meehan's career

DWT has obtained an advance copy of the introduction to progressive congressional candidate Mary Ellen Balchunis. We endorsed her in 2016 and we have urged her to run again in 2018. I want to share the...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday an OpEd in USAToday, which ran before the reports about Trump feeding two top Russian spies classified information, asked Can American Democracy Survive Donald Trump? I suppose it depends whose crystal ball your looking at. USToday's Brian Klaas compares Trump to Turkey's...

Down With Tyranny - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version
Republican money has flooded into Ahn's campaign war chest

As part of our series on "ex"-Republicans, we have a guest post today by Paul Ahrens, one of my neighbors in Northeast Los Angeles. Paul has been a member of the entertainment labor union IATSE for 30 years and has served as...

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