Poll Shows Warnock Leading Walker, Abrams Tied With Kemp, in Georgia Races

A Quinnipiac University poll published on Wednesday suggests that Democratic candidates running for Senate and governor in Georgia are faring much better than they were just a few months ago — and are on possible paths to victory come November. The poll asked voters which candidates they’d prefer to vote for if the election were being held today. In the governor’s race, Democratic challenger Stacey Abrams tied with Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, in a rematch of their 2018 gubernatorial race in which Abrams narrowly (and controversially) lost. Both candidates received 48 percent support from respondents in the poll. When it…

Brutal Supreme Court Rulings Rain Down on Another January 6 Hearing

Historically, hearings such as those currently investigating the January 6 sacking of the Capitol have usually left a footprint in memory. For Watergate, it was John Dean’s statement about “a cancer on the presidency,” along with the revelation of recording devices in the Oval Office. For Iran/Contra, it was President Reagan repeating some permutation of “I don’t remember” more than 200 times, along with Oliver North’s ghastly emergence as a right-wing superstar. These January 6 hearings are no different in content — a number of no-bullshit “smoking guns” have been revealed, with more potentially to follow — but they are…

Afghanistan: The Taliban must immediately release YouTuber Ajmal Haqiqi and his colleagues

QUOTE Responding to the arbitrary arrest of YouTuber Ajmal Haqiqi and his colleagues yesterday on charges of “insulting Islamic sacred values” after they posted a video in which they allegedly used Quranic verses in a humorous manner, Samira Hamidi, Amnesty International’s South Asia Campaigner, said: “Arbitrarily detaining YouTuber Haqiqi and his colleagues and coercing them […] The post Afghanistan: The Taliban must immediately release YouTuber Ajmal Haqiqi and his colleagues appeared first on Amnesty International.

Global Applause as Leftist Gustavo Petro Wins Colombian Presidency

Former guerrilla fighter and longtime lawmaker Gustavo Petro defeated a millionaire businessman viewed as Colombia’s Donald Trump on Sunday to become the South American nation’s first leftist president-elect, riding a wave of mass anger over inequality, poverty, and the corruption of the right-wing political establishment. “The government of hope has arrived,” Petro, a former member of the M-19 rebel organization that disarmed in 1990 and became an influential political party, told supporters gathered in Bogotá. “This story that we are writing today is a new story for Colombia, for Latin America, for the world. We are not going to betray…

To Win Midterms, Sanders Tells Democrats to Take Fight Directly to GOP

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) believes Democrats in Congress need to be more aggressive between now and November if they hope to retain the House and the Senate in this year’s midterm elections. In an op-ed for The Guardian, Sanders acknowledged that numerous polls show that Republicans have a higher chance at winning control of Congress than Democrats. Sanders also noted that enthusiasm for voting among Democrats’ base — Latinx, Black and Asian voters, as well as young and working class people — is lower than among Republicans’ base. Several indicators demonstrate that Democrats are losing support, Sanders went on, including…

High Voter Apathy and Amped-Up Fears About Crime Shaped California Primaries

There are three main takeaways from California’s elections this week. First, the level of voter apathy ought to send a shudder through the political establishment. Voter turnout was shockingly low. Despite all 22 million registered voters in the state being sent mail-in ballots weeks ago, as of Election Day, only 18 percent of ballots had been returned early. Voters’ fury at high inflation and, in particular, high gasoline prices, as well as the sense of lingering anxiety unleashed by the pandemic, didn’t necessarily translate to a tsunami against California’s Democratic state leadership; but it did result in a mass abstention…

GOP Senator Ron Johnson Used Taxpayer Money for Vacation Travel Expenses

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has been using taxpayer dollars to pay for trips from his Florida vacation home to Washington D.C., spending thousands of dollars this year alone, a new report has revealed. Johnson, whose net worth is estimated to be greater than $39 million, traveled at least nine times last year to a vacation home he and his family own in Fort Myers, Florida. A company owned by his family trust purchased the home for $1.6 million in 2013. For his travels to the vacation home, Johnson has personally paid the bill. However, federal records show that the two-term…

In a Different World, Mark Meadows’s Evidence-Burning Would Be Shocking

If I had any remaining faith whatsoever in the reach of the “justice” system as it pertains to the rich and powerful, I’d be halfway convinced Donald Trump and his pals are in impressively deep shit. In the immortal words of Ted “Theodore” Logan, “Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.” Back in February, it was revealed that while in office, Donald Trump was in the habit of destroying official documents once he was finished looking at them (or not looking at them, as was usually the case). These papers, most of which were supposed to go to the National…

Trumpist Perdue Seems Poised to Lose Georgia to Brian Kemp

The 2022 Republican midterm primary season rolls on, and like a chipmunk stuck in the waffle of a truck tire, Donald Trump rolls with it. The former president’s days since his defeat two Novembers ago have been tinged with a seething taste for vengeance: He has spent most of his time handing out his endorsement to any and all GOP office-seekers who might knock off those who refused to back his play when he tried to overthrow the government. Now, with the midterm primaries underway, those tickets are coming due. Trump had a decent go of it last week; a…

Pennsylvania’s GOP Nominee for Governor Is Arguably the Scariest Man in Politics

Tuesday’s big GOP primary day has come and gone, and one terrifying threat to the republic has been replaced by another. Madison Cawthorn, the GQ model and pocket Nazi for North Carolina’s 11th district, was narrowly defeated in the primary by Chuck Edwards, a three-term GOP state senator, largely thanks to the efforts of conservative Sen. Thom Tillis, who had endured more than enough of Cawthorn’s disturbing antics. To this, we owe Tillis a nod of thanks; Cawthorn was going places, and none of them were good. Exit Cawthorn, enter Doug Mastriano — the far right election denier who just…

It’s Primary Night in Pennsylvania, and All Hell Is Set to Break Loose

The congressional midterm elections are upon us again, with major primary votes taking place today in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho and Oregon. Lovers of shame and schadenfreude will be tuned in to North Carolina, where scandal-factory Madison Cawthorn will find out just how fed up his fellow Republicans are with his act. Cawthorn’s defeat tonight would mean one less incoherent fascist in the House, another fine haircut down in the ditch of history. For our purposes, however, we will stick to the Keystone State of Pennsylvania, where a wild, Trump-lathered primary season is finally concluding. Of all the states…

Sanders Tells DNC to Reject Super PAC Spending Against Progressives in Primaries

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) has written an open letter to Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Jaime Harrison, imploring him and the party to reject the use of super PAC dollars in primary election contests. In his letter, Sanders recognized that Democrats have “condemned Republican ‘dark money’ super PACs which spend huge amounts of money to elect their right-wing candidates.” Just this week, the Supreme Court sided with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a dispute on campaign finances, ruling that, post-election, he and other candidates are free to use unlimited funds from donations raised to pay back personal loans they incurred…

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