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Down With Tyranny - 2020-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Late last year, Texas progressive Julie Oliver wrote a spectacular guest post for us about universal healthcare. She was in the midst of a primary battle with another worthy challenger eager to take on crooked conservative incumbent Roger Williams in the gerrymandered 25th...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-29 - Original post - cached version

Progressive challengers-- especially in races against well-heeled incumbents who can write themselves big checks or appeal to corporate SuperPACs-- have two new handicaps: grassroots funds from small donors have largely dried up because of financial uncertainty and grassroots campaign...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

In the 2018 election, Democrats increased their majorities in the Massachusetts state legislature, picking up 3 seats in the state Senate and 10 in the state House. There are 4 special elections on March 31, a week from Tuesday. Tomorrow the state legislature will decide whether or...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-08 - Original post - cached version

As of the last FEC filing deadline in the TX-10 3-way primary-- February 12-- about $2 million had been spent by the Democrats' campaigns.

• Shannon Hutcheson- $915,411, of which $361,550 was self-funded
• Pritesh Gandhi- $772,486
• Mike Siegel- $348,908...
Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-07 - Original post - cached version

In December we looked at Republican congressional candidate Pierce Bush, the grandson of George H.W. Bush who was planning to run against freshman Democratic backbencher Lizzie Fletcher in gramps' old Houston seat, but switched districts when Republican Pete Olson announced he was...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-03-01 - Original post - cached version

Not every state holding presidential primaries Tuesday is also holding congressional primaries. But the two biggies-- California and Texas-- are. Both these states are polling strongly for Bernie. The CNN poll for California that was released Friday shows Bernie in the top slot with...

The Duran - 2020-02-29 - Original post - cached version

The “liberal versus conservative” political polarization has been on a massive increase over the last three decades in the United States. Where there used to be dispassionate policy discussions, debate and often some sort of compromise over policy decisions based in ideological theories,...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-26 - Original post - cached version

Blue America hasn't waded into too many Senate races this cycle. That's because our top concern is not replacing horrendous Republicans with somewhat less horrendous Democrats. Take my word for it, I feel confident that more-or-less-Democrat Mark Kelly will beat Trump-hugging...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-24 - Original post - cached version

A few weeks ago, we looked at the vote in the House for the PRO Act-- Protecting the Right To Organze (H.R. 2474)-- which passed 224-194. There were seven anti-union Democrats who voted against the bill:

• Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX)
• Joe Cunningham (Blue...
Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-22 - Original post - cached version

In 2018 an old friend of mine from the music business, Dayna Steele, ran for Congress in east Texas. She ran a really good campaign and raised $878,940 with no help on any kind from the DCCC. Many people see TX-36 as a hopelessly red district. Hillary only got 25.2% of the vote and...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-21 - Original post - cached version
Sane people don't think of the Green New Deal as "Fools Gold"

As you may recall, Mike Siegel fought a tireless grassroots battle in the gerrymandered 10th Texas congressional district, which goes from northern Austin through the city's northern suburbs, across Bastrop, Lee, Fayette,...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-15 - Original post - cached version

As of January 29, Republican oligarch Michael Bloomberg-- who is spending a million dollars a day on Facebook ads alone and who has the largest paid campaign staff in American history-- had spent $24,090,200 on TV ads in Texas. The only other presidential candidate who had spent any...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-09 - Original post - cached version

March 3 isn't just Super Tuesday for the presidential candidates, it is also the big day for many congressional candidates all over the country. One of the best candidates Blue America has endorsed, Mike Siegel-- who has the best chance to replace a toxic Trump enabler (Michael McCaul)-- needs...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-31 - Original post - cached version

Electability: Trump is unlikely to lose Texas in November but a new Texas Lyceum poll shows that if anyone can beat him there, it's Bernie. Trump is leading Bernie 50-47% in Texas, a 3 point lead. Trump has a5 point lead over Status Quo Joe, an 8 point lead over Elizabeth Warren and an 8 point...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-29 - Original post - cached version

This story has a happy ending-- but it didn't always seem like it would while Kate Aronoff was writing it in real time last week in Austin. The big Texas AFL-CIO convention was considering which candidates to endorse for November. The building trades unions and the unions involved...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-29 - Original post - cached version

-by Kelly Stone
candidate, Texas Railroads Commissioner

The Texas Railroad Commission is one of the most powerful elected offices that most people have never heard of, and I am working hard to make sure that more people know about this wildly corrupt government position....

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-26 - Original post - cached version

The Texas AFL-CIO is meeting in Austin's Omni Hotel this weekend, the only union hotel in the city. On the umbrella organization's agenda is endorsing 2020 election candidates. Many locals already have done so but these endorsements are for the state organization. And there was a...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

Before running for Congress to replace Rep. McCaul in TX-10, Mike Siegel was best known in Texas as the lead lawyer for the City of Austin in the statewide legal battle over Texas Senate Bill 4, a "show me your papers" anti-immigrant law passed after Trump took office in 2017. Mike...

Need To Know News - 2020-01-15 - Original post - cached version

An executive order signed by President Donald Trump allows states and local governments to consent or decline before refugees can be resettled there.

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-03 - Original post - cached version

About 3 weeks ago, independent polling firm SSRS did a survey of Texas voters for CNN. Texas isn’t a blue state but it will be part of Super Tuesday on March 3, so-- like California-- will play an outsized role in determining who the Democratic nominee will be. The horse race question...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-29 - Original post - cached version
John Cornyn and Cristina Ramirez

It’s bizarre predicting who will win congressional seats even before primaries determine who the candidates will be in November. Texas has especially spirited primaries all over the place, starting with the Senate race. Incumbent John Cornyn isn’t...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-26 - Original post - cached version

After her first run against corrupt Republican Roger Williams-- in a gerrymandered central Texas district where she did far better than anyone expected-- Julie Oliver was unsure if she would run again. But at that time-- back in February-- she wrote a post about universal healthcare...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-22 - Original post - cached version

Beto did well in Texas last year-- but not well enough to beat Ted Cruz. Almost... but almost didn't do it. Today Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez is building on some of the foundations his campaign put in place. There are close to a dozen Democrats who want the Texas senatorial nomination....

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-20 - Original post - cached version

Bernie has been advocating cutting prescription drug prices in half for decades. His Medicare-for-All proposal would do that. Ge wrote in his plan that "to lower the prices of prescription drugs now, we need to:

• Allow Medicare to negotiate with the big drug...
Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-10 - Original post - cached version

On Sunday, Abby Livingston and Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune reported that George H.W. Bush's grandson, Pierce Bush, is ready to get into the family business. He was going to run against freshman Democratic backbencher Lizzie Fletcher in grandpa's old seat (TX-07), but when...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-09 - Original post - cached version

Heidi Sloan, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, is running for Congress in Texas' gerrymandered 25th district, which stretches from Burleson, split between Tarrant and Johnson counties, just south of Ft. Worth, through Gatesville, Ft. Hood/Killeen and Texas Hill Country and into...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-06 - Original post - cached version

Neo-fascist Trump supporter, Stephen Bannon, decided to ignore all the legal barriers and just build a wall of hatred and bigotry with money from Trump racist, xenophobic supporters. He probably shouldn't have picked bright blue Hidalgo County, Texas for the stunt. In 2016, Hillary...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Early this month, we took a look at the conservative establishment candidate, Shannon Hutcheson, who EMILY's List and the DCCC have recruited to prevent progressive Democrat, Mike Siegel, from beating Republican Michael McCaul in Texas' 10th district. Since the, I found the FEC...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Last cycle Mike Siegel held Trump enabler Michael McCaul to just 51.1%, McCaul's worst showing in his political career. McCaul, one of the two or three richest members of Congress-- his in-laws are robber barons-- spent  $1,754,122 on the race, swamping Mike's $477,926. The DCCC...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-23 - Original post - cached version
Lt Gov. Dan Patrick, Gov. Greg Abbott, Speaker Dennis Bonnen

You probably read the Dennis Bonnen, the Speaker of Texas' House of Representatives, announced yesterday that not running for reelection to the state legislature. The 47 year old Rep, first elected in 1996, is embroiled in...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-22 - Original post - cached version

Texas is very much up for grabs this cycle. There are at least half a dozen Republican-held seats that are flippable. TX-12, though, isn't on anyone's radar, primarily because incumbent Republican Kay Granger, first elected in 1996, is so well-liked by her constituents. She usually...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-14 - Original post - cached version
Russian Bribes And Election Interference-- The Texas Connection

Texas Republican Pete Sessions has a well-deserved reputation as a complete sleaze-ball. A crony of Jack Abramoff, he was never charged with bribery, even though he accepted over $20,000 in tribal money for his role in a...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-09 - Original post - cached version
John Carter (R-TX) is very right-wing-- but his district no longer is

TX-31 has a misleading PVI that hasn't kept up with reality. R+10 doesn't give you a good idea of where this district north of Austin is anymore. Most of the voters live in Williamson County, which basically went...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-05 - Original post - cached version
Who'll be the next Texas Republican to raise the white flag and skedaddle?

Last cycle, House Democrats elected Ted Lieu to run the DCCC operations on the West Coast. Ted's success was beyond anyone's dreams. He helped-- really helped-- 7 Democrats win Republican seats in California and one in...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-26 - Original post - cached version

-by Mike Siegel

My friend Harvey Hayek is a vintage Texan. A third generation pecan farmer in Fayette County, he owns a gun club, hundreds of prime agricultural acres on the Texas Colorado River, and a bottomless store of homespun stories. Unfortunately, the most compelling of these...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-24 - Original post - cached version

There are 10 congressional seats or parts of congressional seats in the Dallas-Ft Worth Metro, 5 in the San Antonio Metro, 6 in the Austin Metro and 9 in the Houston Metro, although some of these districts are shared between Metro areas. The Atlanta Metro has 6 congressional districts...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-07 - Original post - cached version

Mike Siegel, the progressive candidate running for the Austin-to-Houston area corridor seat (TX-10) shakily occupied by Trump enabler Michael McCaul, put the above video together as part of his campaign to bring Texans along on the Green New Deal. It's worth listening and watching. About a...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-22 - Original post - cached version
When Blue Dogs and Republicans Get Together, Only Bad Can Come Of It

Americans love bipartisanship. When Long Island Republican Peter King signed on as the first Republican cosponsor of the bill to ban the sale of assault weapons, he may have been the only Republican to do so-- but he...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-20 - Original post - cached version

"Texodous" isn't in any dictionaries yet; it's just being written about and discussed by talking heads... and it's a hashtag on Twitter. But for Texas Republicans it's frightening real. Texas is hemorrhaging congressional Republicans. Last year the Democrats stumbled into two...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-14 - Original post - cached version
Beto by Nancy Ohanian

Unsurprisingly, NBC reported that Trump is sinking in the suburbs. And those suburbs include the vote-rich areas around Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso and Corpus Christi. And that helps explain by Texas Republicans are bracing for a...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-11 - Original post - cached version

On September 21, at Huston-Tillotson University, an historically-black college in Austin, progressive congressional candidate Mike Siegel convenes a conference on the Green New Deal with representatives from political organizations, youth and environmental movements and labor unions...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-10 - Original post - cached version

Last cycle, just as the elections were getting started, the DCCC vice chair for the Texas region resigned. Ben Ray Lujan and Nancy Pelosi both said they would get a replacement quickly. They never did. The DCCC left several districts on the table out of shear incompetence. But...

Grayzone Project - 2019-08-06 - Original post - cached version

The shooting massacre in El Paso is the latest manifestation of a long history of white supremacist violence against Mexicans…

The post White supremacist terror against Mexicans has deep roots appeared first on The Grayzone.

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-04 - Original post - cached version

A few hours ago Washington Post reporters Hannah Knowles, Morgan Krakow and Michael Rosenwald wrote that "Multiple people were shot and killed at a Walmart and nearby mall in El Paso on Saturday afternoon, sending shoppers racing for cover in a chaotic scene that prompted a massive...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-03 - Original post - cached version
Hurd and Jones

Thursday night one of the most vulnerable Republicans, Will Hurd (TX-23), announced he is retiring. His gigantic district has the longest border with Mexico of any district in the U.S. and stretches from a sliver of east San Antonio down to the Rio Grande and then...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-07-26 - Original post - cached version

Latino Decisions surveyed Latino registered voters in Florida, Arizona and Nevada for a new memo released by Priorities USA this week. They will likely be an Anti-Trump bulwark in all three states, but could provide the Democrats with a much bigger share of the votes, if the Democratic Party...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-06-18 - Original post - cached version

So many new polls! And they all pretty much say the same two big things, neither of which, so far out from the primaries, let alone the 2020 election day, should be taken as a sure thing:

• Any Democrat could beat Trump
• Status Quo Joe will be the nominee...
Need To Know News - 2019-06-10 - Original post - cached version

African migrants began illegally crossing the South Texas border at the end of May and by June 5, more than 500 African migrants had crossed illegally in this single port at the Del Rio Sector in less than a week.

Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-18 - Original post - cached version

Aside from being Republicans serving in Congress, what do these 8 men and women have in common: Susan Brooks (R-IN), Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Brain Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Will Hurd (R-TX), John Katko (R-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Greg Walden (R-OR)? They were the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-05-11 - Original post - cached version
Ro & Beto, 2 charismatic Democrats-- both refuse to give blanket endorsements to just anyone in a blue uniform... but for very different reasons

According to a CNN report last night, a Democratic Party robot in New Hampshire, Deb Nelson, the chair of the Hanover/Lyme Town...

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