Jones Beats Moore In Close Result

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Election 2016, Election 2018, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Moore has not conceded, but the margin of victory is high enough to ensure no automatic recount. African-American turnout played an important role in Jones’ victory. Race played a bigger factor than education as white men AND WOMEN(!) preferred Moore. Of the 20 counties that saw their turnout rise in comparison to the 2014 midterm elections in Alabama, an election … Read More

And Now It’s…. Oh Dear… Senator Al Franken’s Turn?

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Political Scandals, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

The sexual harassment purge is getting ugly. WaPo: Broadcaster and model Leeann Tweeden said Thursday that Al Franken “forcibly kissed” and groped her during a USO tour in 2006, two years before the Minnesota Democrat’s election to the U.S. Senate. “You knew exactly what you were doing,” Tweeden wrote in a blog post for Los Angeles radio station KABC, for which she works as … Read More

DNC Bloodshed

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

We knew things were bad with the DNC during the last presidential election. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwomen, was forced aside on the eve of the Democratic National Convention due to the release of thousands of embarrassing emails among party officials that appeared to show co­ordinated efforts to help Clinton at the expense of her rivals in the Democratic primaries. That … Read More

Interesting Poll Numbers From North Carolina — Trump Underwater

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Local Interest, Polls, Republicans, Trump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

From PPP: PPP’s new North Carolina poll finds strong, bipartisan opposition to cuts the General Assembly has made to the budget of the North Carolina Department of Justice. Only 18% of voters support the 10 million dollars in cuts that have been made, to 60% who say they are opposed to them. This opposition is shared by independents (9/68), Democrats … Read More

Highlights From DNC Day 4

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

It was a very well-orchestrated Day 4 of the convention, with some extraordinary speeches.  Unfortunately, the networks and 24 hours cable news stations didn’t cover some of the best ones, like these: (1) The father of a deceased Muslim soldier offering Trump his copy of the Constitution: (2) North Carolina’s Own, Reverend Barber shakes the walls: (3)  Friend of mine … Read More

Day Four Of The DNC Already?

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

The stream of news that usually comes from political conventions has been a torrent for the past two days. This has not been a conventional convention. On Day One, you had the homage to Bernie, which spilled into Day Two with the Bernie Deadenders (that’s what I’m going to call those Bernie supporters who won’t vote in unity behind Hillary … Read More

Let Me Remind You Fuckers Who I Am

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

GUEST POST BY HILLARY CLINTON: What the fuck is your problem, America?? I’m Hillary goddamn Clinton. I’m a political prodigy, have been since I was 16. I have an insane network of powerful friends. I’m willing to spend the next eight years catching shit on all sides, all so I can fix this fucking country for you. And all you … Read More

Democrats Filibuster For Gun Control

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

Props to Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut for starting and leading a filibuster to enact some sort of gun control measure, something the Republican Congress won’t even consider, even in the light of such massacres as Newtown and the Orlando Pulse Club shootings. Senate Democrats ended a nearly 15-hour filibuster early this morning after Republican Party leaders reportedly agreed to allow … Read More

Breaking: Senate Democrats Engaging In Filibuster Re: Gun Control

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Congress, Democrats, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

About an hour and a half ago (around 11:30 am), Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) started embarking on a talking filibuster in order to push the Senate to address gun control in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Murphy and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) alternated speaking about gun control on the Senate floor, according to Fox 61 in Connecticut. … Read More

The Rude Pundit On Clinton’s Debate Win

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

He’s not endorsed anyone yet, and yes, he’s rude, but he’s a great writer too: See, after nearly three decades in the public spotlight, a good chunk of that spent in the cross-hairs of every scandal gun Republicans could load, nothing you can throw at Hillary Clinton is gonna dent her. She ran out of fucks sometime in 2008, and … Read More

Debate Wrapup

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

The point of any debate is to draw contrasts and attract new voters. Did anyone do that in last night’s first Democratic debate? Perhaps, but only with those who hadn’t decided up until now.  I don’t think Sanders swayed any Hillary voters and I don’t think Hillary swayed any Sanders voters. Still, it was a good debate in that it … Read More

Democratic Debate Tonight — The Also-Rans

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016Leave a Comment

Five Democrats take the stage tonight for the first Democratic Presidential Candidate Debate on CNN, and all eyes will be on Hillary Rodham of Chicago and Bernie Sanders of Vermont. Here are the other three: Martin O’Malley — former governor of Maryland National polling average: 1.0 percent Iowa: 4.0 percent New Hampshire: 1.7 percent O’Malley is the only life-long Democrat … Read More

The Death Of The Moderate Republican

Ken AshfordDemocrats, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Yes, the moderate Republican is extinct.  Like the dodo bird of the days of yore.  But just in case you need a graph showing this, I proffer the following from the Washington Post wonkblog. The graph employs a widely-used measure of political polarization, a score of ideology based on voting developed by Kenneth Poole and Howard Rosenthal.  Let’s look, for example, at the … Read More

Short Takes

Ken AshfordDemocrats, Election 2016, Republicans, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Yeah, I’m playing catch-up.  Been very busy since last week.  I have a little to say about a lot of things, so now comes a slam of quick posts. (1)  As for the clash in Phoenix between Islamophobes and would-be terrorists, the Islamophobes went home disappointed.  No violence. No anything, really: Protesters at Friday’s “Freedom of Speech” rally outside a … Read More