Election 2020

GOP’s Harsh Reality TV Show

Update 468: GOP’s Harsh Reality TV ShowFeat. a Spinning Stage without a Platform Amid the various Hatch Act violations and lots of Fauci-pas, speakers at the GOP Convention this week warned about events that would happen under a Biden administration that are already happening now under Trump. With various hyperbolic and denialist accounts of and prescriptions …

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Biden, Democrats Outline Recovery Plans

Update 466: How to Restart Stalled Economy?Biden, Democrats Outline Recovery Plans Last night, Democrats across the country watched as Vice President Biden took the stage to deliver his keynote address. He met the moment with poise, painting a detailed picture of a future without Trump. But his message reassured with clear vision. He presented a …

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Big Tent on Display, Convention Day 1 & 2

Update 465: Broad Progressive Message,Party’s Big Tent on Display at Convention Democrats are gathering this week, albeit virtually, for the Democratic National Convention “hosted” in Milwaukee. Though unconventional, the program for the first two nights has showcased a breadth of support and degree of unity of purpose rarely seen among Democrats.  The Party’s platform, which …

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Trump’s Irregular Orders

Update 463 — Trump’s Irregular Orders:What’s Done and What’s Left to Congress You can perhaps understand the frustration. Fractured Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t — and can’t — get a Corona relief/stimulus bill larger than a thimble through the Senate. Trump watches helplessly as the prospect of a swift and sizeable fiscal shot of stimulus …

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What Price for Democracy?

Update 461 — What Price for Democracy?The Costs of Accommodating to COVID The 2020 primary season is nearly done, a season of voting amid COVID. The experience has prepared the country for the adjustments and accommodations needed to conduct fair and legitimate elections in the fall. Problems old and new abound, from long and distanced …

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The Ballot is on the Ballot

Update 447 — The Ballot is on the Ballot:What Georgia Means for Voters in November  Scenes this week of the long voter lines in urban Georgia in the face of COVID, machine malfunctions, and state suppression remind us that the ballot itself is on the ballot in November. We bring visions, or memories, of democracy …

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Democracy in the Era of Corona

Update 435 – Democracy in the Era of Corona:U.S. to Have a Legitimate Election in November? Canceled primary elections, depressed turnout in elections held, the prospect of virtual conventions, massive small donor withdrawals, physical risks of in-person voting, and skewed outcomes make ballot access and democratic participation urgent matters this year. To enact even temporary …

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Economic Issues and the Des Moines Debate

Update 405 — The Purple, Populous Midwest:Economic Issues and the Des Moines Debate The 2020 Democratic nomination process alighted on Des Moines, IA last night as six qualifying candidates answered moderators questions for two hours. Close to a third of the debate time focused on economic issues. The fireworks at the event occurred elsewhere, with …

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