Breaking: Big Victory For Voter Rights — No Voter ID In Upcoming NC Elections

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Courts/Law, Election 2016, Supreme Court, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

NC voter ID law will NOT be enforced in fall election after the U.S. Supreme Court denies stay request (in a 4-4 split — obviously, had Scalia lived, it would have been a loss for voting rights advocates, but he didn’t so……) The stay was a request by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory and state officials to delay a permanent injunction blocking provisions in … Read More

Media False Equivalence Watch – Example No. 35442

Ken AshfordElection 2016, PollsLeave a Comment

I’m really tired of hearing from the media that “both candidates” are wildly unpopular.  Historically unpopular. I don’t have historical figures of previous presidential candidates for comparison, so I will assume that the assertion is technically accurate. But look at this: Since May 2015, Trump’s unfavorable has never gone BELOW 60% and this favorable has never gone ABOVE 40%. In … Read More

Good Article In NY Times About Debate Prep

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

The first debate is when this campaign becomes a thing.  Unlike the endless cycle of “scandals” now, the debates can really move the needle.  High stakes stuff. The NY Times looked at the candidates’ debate prep so far.  Some highlights: Her team is also getting advice from psychology experts to help create a personality profile of Mr. Trump to gauge … Read More

PPP Poll Trolls Trump Voters

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Immigration and Xenophobia, PollsLeave a Comment

A new national PPP poll of likely voters puts Hillary Clinton 5 points ahead of Trump nationally, about on par with other polls of late (especially ones that follow likely, as opposed to registered, voters). But deep down in their survey results, it seemed they planted an interesting question to Trump supports: Well done, PPP. UPDATE:  Speaking of the PPP … Read More

Two Little Bits of Non-Election Good News

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

What with Gene Wilder’s death bumming everybody out, and the constant harangue of a senseless election, here’s a couple of political things to brighten your day: (1)  Governor LePage of Maine is considering resigning Gov. Paul LePage raised the possibility Tuesday that he may not finish his second term, amid mounting pressure from Democrats and members of his own party … Read More

RIP Gene Wilder

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

Gene Wilder, who regularly stole the show in such comedic gems as “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” and “Stir Crazy,” died today at his home in Stamford, Conn. His nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman said he died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83. He had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989. He had … Read More

I Feel Like An Octogenarian At A Rave

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

The thing about this election is that nothing stays.  It seems like there are two or three breaking stories every day.  And every story, had it popped up two or three decades ago, would be occupying the national conscience for a month or so.  Now, it is like the entire country has the attention span of a moth. And even … Read More

The Clinton “Alt-Right” Speech

Ken AshfordElection 2016, RaceLeave a Comment

Some people are saying this is the best speech of her campaign so far, as she finally takes off the gloves and calls Trump racist (in so many words) The response has been generally good on the left, although many would point out that the GOP was basically racist, and Clinton should have called out the whole damn party.  I … Read More

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) Doesn’t Like Being Called A Racist… But He Is

Ken AshfordRaceLeave a Comment

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) left a threatening voicemail for a Democratic state lawmaker on Thursday, using obscene language and challenging the lawmaker toprove the governor is racist. LePage believed that state Rep. Drew Gattine (D) accused him of being racist after the governor said he kept a binder full of drug traffickers arrested in Maine and that more than … Read More

Clinton Foundation Emails Show Praiseworthy Consideration Of Ethics

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux ScandalLeave a Comment

Twenty years ago, James Fallows wrote an essay for The Atlantic called “Why Americans Hate the Media.” Fallows’ thesis was illustrated today by the political media’s coverage of the release of emails associated with Hillary Clinton while secretary of state. His thesis was this: Instead of reporting the policy positions of candidates, and assessing their merits,…

Drug Price Gouging

Ken AshfordCorporate GreedLeave a Comment

EpiPens, made by a company called Mylan — are allergy injectors — sold two per pack — that contain epinephrine, a drug used to relax muscles. It can open the airways, and reduce swelling during a severe allergic reaction. Over the years, the price of an EpiPen standard two-pack gradually grew to about $600. The same two-pack cost only about $100 in … Read More

New Planet Discovered Around Nearest Star

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

…. and it might be a habitable planet.  As astronomy news goes, this is HUGE! The planet, called Proxima Centauri b or just Proxima b (exoplanets are given their star’s name plus a lower case letter in order of discovery, starting with “b”), orbits Proxima every 11.2 days. It has a mass of no less than 1.3 times the Earth’s, … Read More

The Clinton Foundation vs The Associated Press

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux Scandal, Election 2016, Political ScandalsLeave a Comment

Based on the frothy headlines, you might think the Clinton Foundation is some kind of illicit front company or sketchy offshore bank. Donald Trump wants to shut it down. The FBI has reportedly considered investigating it. A never-ending stream of once-private Hillary Clinton emails reveals donors to the foundation seeking special government favors when she was secretary of state. In … Read More