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by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:30 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections
Replies: 190
Views: 20471

Re: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections

Indeed! Although I''m a little disappointed that it was a 4-3 decision rather than a 7-0 decision, since, as that article notes, Ohio voters passed an amendment to the state constitution in 2018 requiring something more fair than what was in place before. Right now, Ohio has 16 Congressional seats, ...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:48 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections
Replies: 190
Views: 20471

Re: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections

Fair about Siskind. I hesitated on citing it, but I saw that Josh Marshall, who edits Talking Points Memo, said that it broadly comported with his understanding of Sen. Sinema's position.
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:08 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections
Replies: 190
Views: 20471

Re: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections

The U.S. House is set to gain a member now that the seat representing Florida's 20th Congressional district, which had been vacant since the death last April of Rep. Alcee Hastings, was won in a special election on Tuesday by Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, a Democrat who won 79% of the vote. Her Republ...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:58 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2527
Views: 227451

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

On January 11, 2021, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader, was on a call with House Republicans, and he said this about Donald Trump and the January 6th insurrection: "I say he has responsibility. He told me personally that he does have some responsibility." And McCarthy went on ...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:52 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections
Replies: 190
Views: 20471

Re: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections

Apparently Senator Kyrsten Sinema, Democrat of Arizona, has told confidants that she plans to run for President in 2024. It's not clear whether she'd challenge Joe Biden in the Democratic primary or would run as an Independent or both. According to that report, she is said to have told friends that...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jan 14, 2022 6:13 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 979
Views: 101722

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Some Republicans are making much hay of the fact that Democrats used the filibuster today to stop Ted Cruz's bill that would have blocked completion of the Nordstream 2 pipeline which will provide Russian oil to Germany. 49 Republicans plus 5 Democrats voted to advance the bill, but because of the f...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:37 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 979
Views: 101722

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

Just a day or two ago, Stacey Abrams opted not to appear with President Joe Biden when he gave a speech in Georgia pushing for Congress to pass voting rights legislation. Today, Senators Sinema and Manchin both announced that they wouldn't change the filibuster in order to allow the Senate to pass v...
by N.E. Brigand
Fri Jan 14, 2022 12:27 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: US Supreme Court Discussions
Replies: 260
Views: 92699

Re: US Supreme Court Discussions

Elie Mystal, who writes about SCOTUS for The Nation , argues that Solicitor General Prelogar's response to Justice Gorscuch's comment indicates that she understood him to be saying that the number of flu deaths is in the hundreds of thousands. While I enjoy Mystal's punchy argument against those de...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jan 13, 2022 11:33 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 979
Views: 101722

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

More police officers in the U.S. died "in the line of duty" in 2021 than in any year since 1930: 458. Here's a story about this which has been shared by multiple news outlets across the country -- in that case by a Columbus, Ohio television station. But it's not until you reach the last se...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jan 13, 2022 10:42 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: US Supreme Court Discussions
Replies: 260
Views: 92699

Re: US Supreme Court Discussions

Depraved indifference?

As you say: It will cost lives. They have to know that.

Edited to remove an intemperate comment.
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jan 13, 2022 10:01 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: US Supreme Court Discussions
Replies: 260
Views: 92699

Re: US Supreme Court Discussions

Expected, but bloodthirsty.
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:33 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2527
Views: 227451

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

According to the charging documents, at about 1:30 p.m. on January 6, 2020, an Oathkeepers member who was not in D.C. that day sent a message on the group's "Leadership Intel Chat" messaging channel asking if it was Antifa who had attacked the Capitol, and Rhodes replied: "Nope, I'm r...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:53 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2527
Views: 227451

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

The Washington Post reports that Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers militia group, has been arrested and charged for his role in the January 6th insurrection and that the eleven charges includes "seditious conspiracy." I believe Rhodes had not previously been charged in connec...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jan 13, 2022 7:38 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections
Replies: 190
Views: 20471

Re: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections

This is for 2024 not 2022: the Republican National Committee has informed the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates that the RNC next month will be making a rule change to require Republican presidential candidates NOT to participate in the CPD's debates. However, it's possible that the RNC ...
by N.E. Brigand
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:49 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2527
Views: 227451

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

ETA: I had to look up who Pauline Kael was. Kael was an influential but often contrarian movie critic from about 1960 to her retirement in the early 1990s. While she generally expressed a preference for unpretentious "movies" to more serious "films," she was fired from McCall's ...
by N.E. Brigand
Wed Jan 12, 2022 8:18 pm
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2527
Views: 227451

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

Well, maybe it isn't important. Who is to say that we are right and they are wrong? The ghost of Pauline Kael? But this may largely be moot, if pillow entrepreneur and right-wing conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell is correct. As shown in this video , Lindell foresees the imprisonment of 90% of the Am...
by N.E. Brigand
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:44 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions
Replies: 2527
Views: 227451

Re: 2020 Election: Predictions, Results and Reactions

Interesting but somewhat disturbing (if not completely hopeless) summary from a McClatchy reporter of how two focus groups of moderate voters respond to questions about January 6: broadly speaking, they don't understand why something they think was no big deal is still in the news.
by N.E. Brigand
Wed Jan 12, 2022 3:13 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections
Replies: 190
Views: 20471

Re: 2022 U.S. Congressional (and Other) Elections

North Carolina generally votes Republican, but recently not by much. Here are the past six presidential election results in that state: 2000 -- 43.2% Gore vs. 56.0% Bush 2004 -- 43.6% Kerry vs. 56.0% Bush 2008 -- 49.7% Obama vs. 49.4% McCain 2012 -- 49.4% Obama vs. 50.4% Romney 2016 -- 46.2% Clinton...
by N.E. Brigand
Tue Jan 11, 2022 4:52 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)
Replies: 979
Views: 101722

Re: The challenges ahead (Biden's America)

The Mine Workers of America union, whose members include coal miners in West Virginia, says they back the Build Back Better plan because they recognize that the demise of coal mining is inevitable and they believe that Joe Biden's plan will help them transition to other careers. After a representati...
by N.E. Brigand
Tue Jan 11, 2022 1:05 am
Forum: Lasto Beth Lammen
Topic: US Supreme Court Discussions
Replies: 260
Views: 92699

Re: US Supreme Court Discussions

Elie Mystal, who writes about SCOTUS for The Nation , argues that Solicitor General Prelogar's response to Justice Gorscuch's comment indicates that she understood him to be saying that the number of flu deaths is in the hundreds of thousands. While I enjoy Mystal's punchy argument against those def...