Facebook’s Attempt To Clean Up “Fake News” Was a Huge Fail

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

The Guardian sums it up: Facebook hired a PR firm that attempted to discredit the company’s critics by claiming they were agents of billionaire George Soros, the New York Times reported Tuesday.Soros is a Jewish philanthropist who is the frequent subject of antisemitic conspiracy theories. At the same time, the social media company urged the Anti-Defamation League to object to a cartoon used … Read More

Democrats Are Still Winning the 2018 Election

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Testy Trump is tweeting about criticisms that he didn’t attend an event in Paris to honor WWI fallen soldiers.  He didn’t go because of rain — yet all the other world leaders somehow managed to make it. “Cemetery” is a hard work to spell. Why is Trump so testy?  Probably because Democrats are still winning the 2018 elections, which were … Read More

It Really Looks Like The Elections Hit Trump Hard

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Either that, or he is not well. It is worth noticing this series of events over the last week: Trump held a news conference after the midterm elections in which his affect was clearly depressed, until he engaged in a confrontation with CNN’s Jim Acosta.The president traveled to Paris to take part in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the signing … Read More

Election 2018 Ain’t Over

Ken AshfordElection 2018Leave a Comment

Fucking Florida.  Fucking Palm Breach County. Fucking Broward County. Fucking Recounts. Fuck Fuck Fuck. On the one hand, there is a process that has to be followed for close races, so those procedures need to be followed. But already, just like in the Bush-Gore race, the lawsuits are flying faster than a wet cat in the shower. At issue are … Read More

What The New Dem-Controlled House Should Do Out Of The Gate

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Election 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Infrastructure, Political Scandals, Trump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Dear Dem-Controlled House and Nancy Pelosi: Don’t let Trump bait you into go whole hog on investigations of him. That’ll come in time. No talk of impeachment. And let Mueller do his thing.  In the meantime, act for the American people. The new Democratic House majority should devote its first 100 days to passing five pieces of legislation, then dare … Read More

Election Night Results

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A blue wave, as predicted. Democrats took back the House, as predicted. GOP gained a few seats in the Senate, as predicted. Dems flipped several governorships, as predicted. And there were a few surprises, as predicted. Almost nothing happened last night that was outside the margin of error. I like what Claire Malone wrote at 538 — Election Night Defied A … Read More

Election Day 2018

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This post will be a hodgepodge of happenings around the country (and locally) as Election Day goes forward.  I won’t be monitoring the results in real time as I have things going on this evening, but I may update late tonight. We’ll see. Early voting is high, surpassing the last midterm election in 2014 in most states. Indications this morning … Read More

Everyone Is Pulling Trump’s Racist Ad

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

CNN: Facebook has stopped the Trump campaign from running its racist anti-immigration commercial as an ad on the site.“This ad violates Facebook’s advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it. While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution,” Facebook said in a statement Monday afternoon.The move came shortly after NBC and Fox … Read More

Races To Watch

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GOVERNOR GovernorRatingPredictionFL Open (Scott, R)Toss-upDemocratic winKim Reynolds (R, IA)Toss-upDemocratic winKS Open (Colyer, R)Toss-upDemocratic winME Open (LePage, R)Toss-upDemocratic winNV Open (Sandoval, R)Toss-upDemocratic winOH Open (Kasich, R)Toss-upDemocratic winKate Brown (D-OR)Toss-upDemocratic winSD Open (Daugaard, R)Toss-upGOP winScott Walker (R-WI)Toss-upDemocratic win SENATE:  GOP over Dems 52-48 (GOP picks up one seat) SenatorRatingPredictionAZ Open (Flake, R)Toss-upDemocratic winBill Nelson (D-FL)Toss-upDemocratic winJoe Donnelly (D-IN)Toss-upGOP winClaire McCaskill (D-MO)Toss-upGOP winDean … Read More

Leaving Out The “White”, Trump Admits He Is A “Nationalist”

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

President Trump: "I'm a nationalist." pic.twitter.com/3lxCrtSkrN— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 23, 2018 Some reactions from history: Greg Sargent: “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, okay? I’m a nationalist,” President Trump shouted at a rally in Texas on Monday night. Just before saying this, Trump claimed that “we’re not supposed to use that word,” suggesting that it required great courage to make this declaration.Sure enough, … Read More

Polarization Isn’t The Problem; It’s Conservatism, Stupid

Ken AshfordCampaign Finance Reform, Election 2018Leave a Comment

Food for thought, from Eric Levitz at NY Magazine: While Democratic and Republican voters earnestly (and vehemently) disagree on plenty of issues, surveys suggest these disputes are hardly more numerous or severe than they were three decades ago (when bipartisan comity was still alive and well on Capitol Hill). When asked to opine on discrete questions of public policy, the … Read More

Got One

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2018, L'Affaire Russe, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

From the Department of Justice, just now: Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political SystemALEXANDRIA, Va. – A criminal complaint was unsealed here today charging a Russian national for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election.“The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, … Read More

Georgia Blocking Voters From, Uh, Voting

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With early voting starting Monday, a range of efforts to restrict voting in the Peach State could cause big problems at the polls.  Reports that Georgia is keeping 53,000 voter registrations on hold because of minor discrepancies have received widespread attention since Monday. But in fact, the state has recently adopted a range of controversial voting practices. The combined effect … Read More

A Scary Time For Men

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Trump apologized “on behalf of America” to Brett Kavanaugh last night at his induction ceremony. It marked the end of one of the ugliest chapters in Supreme Court history — ugly in the sense that this asshole got on the court despite his obvious lying and political manipulation, made worse by Trump’s victory lap. Trump framed this as a victory … Read More