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Professor Brat spent about $230,000 to Eric Cantor’s $5.7 million. However, David Brat more than made up for the money deficit with energy, focused barbs and the shoe-leather of his committed followers… Can’t progressives find that kind of energy with their many broader issues and larger support base? Can’t they find capable so-called “nobodies” with hidden talent to become publically heralded champions? There are fresh voices everywhere who can take on the corporate Democrats, like the Clintons, who work with Wall Streeters and espouse crony capitalism and with neocons to advance militarism abroad, along with corporate-managed, job destroying trade agreements and off-shore tax havens?

…Unfortunately the driving energy of progressives, including the dissipating Occupy Wall Street effort, is not showing up in the electoral arena. The political energy, the policy disputes and the competitive contests are among the Republicans, not the Democrats…

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Ralph Nader, "Can Progressives Learn From Eric Cantor’s Defeat?"

Republicans are willing to throw out the House Majority Leader in favor of a political newcomer whose beliefs they agree with more, but Democrats look the other way when Cuomo pushes corporate welfare or Obama bombs the Middle East and launches domestic spying programs the Bush administration only dreamed of.

I think most people I know are significantly to the left of their elected officials, but seem content to keep voting for pro-war, pro-Wall Street Democrats. I wish that would change. Say what you will about Republicans, but at least they don’t vote for people they disagree with.

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Marijuana arrests are up under De Blasio. That sucks.

Marijuana arrests are up under De Blasio. That sucks.

Beyond just the one issue, it’s a really good look at how Obama’s behind-the-scenes political calculations work— how he thinks, how he strategizes, etc.

Probably not surprisingly, Biden comes off really well.

This is potentially big! If enough states agree to this, presidential elections will go to the winner of the popular vote. I wasn’t sure Cuomo would be on board, but he was! One step closer.

Fingers crossed.

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I’m glad I’ll get to vote for someone who’s an actual progressive instead of a Wall Street tool.

a fun post about fun gubernatorial candidates

The Libertarian Party just became the first party to have more than one candidate. Out of the two Libertarians, I’m leaning toward preferring Chris Edes.

Out of all the candidates overall: still leaning toward Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, who I also voted for last time.

That’s all! Back to pictures of weird cats.

ugh there’s a gubernatorial election we have to deal with

Currently leaning toward Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, who I also voted for last time. But it’s early and I can be persuaded.

I’m keeping my political posts short and my music posts long to reflect the conversations I would like to have.

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After Councilwoman Diana Reyna noted that, during her tenure, she’d gone from being single to a married mother and Councilman James Oddo referenced his engagement, Peter Vallone Jr. joked that he felt left out of the club.

“Apparently I’m also the only person leaving the council still single,” quipped Mr. Vallone, who lost his bid for Queens Borough president. “If I could be more depressed.”

But Public Advocate-elect Letitia James quickly broke in.

“Single and satisfied!” she shouted through the chamber, drawing laughs, and an idea from Mr. Oddo.

“There may be a moment here! Peter, you’re single. Peter, Tish; Tish, Peter,” he said.

“Out of order! Just vote, Peter!” Ms. Quinn jokingly broke in.

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This article about the last day of the current New York City Council makes it sound like an endearingly shitty sitcom.

Girl, you meshugenah.

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