2018-11-02: News Headlines

Don Fitz (2018-11-02). Restricting Election Reporting to Issues That Don't Matter – A guest perspective. fair.org by Don Fitz According to news reports, candidates in a Missouri auditor debate "question[ed] each other's qualifications" (Kansas City Star, 9/14/18)…A campaign for state auditor can provoke an intense, even exciting, discussion of significant issues via their cost to government. Or they can sink into boring aspects of state finance. Or politicians can try to turn debates into a circus of insults. Which campaign the voters see depends very much on which aspects news media choose to cover. | As the Green Party candidate for Missouri state auditor, I brought up in the first candidates' debate (9/14/18) the

pip.hinman (2018-11-02). Doco shows remarkable program helping Aboriginal kids. greenleft.org.au Backtrack Boys
| Documentary by Catherine Scott
| In cinemas now | The best documentary films are ones that tell a story. Backtrack Boys allows Aboriginal kids from around the Armidale region in NSW to express themselves and show how hard life is for them. | These are kids who are who are close to totally off the rails. Luckily, they have become involved in a youth program run by an ex-roustabout called Bernie Shakeshaft. By teaching the kids how to train farm dogs, he gets them to calm their emotions, develop self-discipline and find a path for themselves. | The scenes where he teaches the kids how to qu…

Barbara Nimri Aziz (2018-11-02). US Midterm Elections: Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) Will Not "Restore Democracy to America" globalresearch.ca There's a big push underway- it appears to be primarily a Democrat plan— for GOTV. GOTV is not a videogame; it's the acronym of Get-Out-The-Vote. Behind this drive is the conviction: 'If registered Democrats will simply get off their butts, …

Nick Pemberton (2018-11-02). Violence Will Ensue If The GOP Loses. counterpunch.org In the wake of yet another preventable massacre here in the United States, Donald Trump and his lying team of sociopaths are scrambling for excuses. In my mind, the American culture of violence as seen in the Pentagon, Hollywood and elsewhere is first to blame. Next comes the woefully corrupt Republicans and their allegiance to More

Paul Street (2018-11-02). What Debate? Some Strategic Electoral Considerations. counterpunch.org Someone recently asked me my opinion on "the left debate over lesser evil voting" this year. What debate? There's no debate. Anyone who doesn't understand that the creeping fascist white nationalist Republicans are more horrific than the dismal dollar Democrats in ways that matter enough to hold one's nose and vote "for" the Dems in More

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-02). The X Factor in the Midterms. truthout.org While some Americans are mentally focused on the 2020 presidential election, all eyes seem to be on the rapidly approaching midterm election. With both Democrats and Republicans vying for control of the House and Senate, the majority party will have the advantage to pass their legislative agendas — producing outcomes that could hugely impact the future of Trump's presidency and the direction of the nation. | On this episode of Making Contact, we speak with Dr. James Lance Taylor, professor of political science at University of San Francisco, about the how the midterm elections actually work, its significanc…

Green Party (2018-11-02). Bay Area Green Party Election Recommendations. indybay.org Below are recommendations from county Green Party groups in Alameda, San Francisco, Solano, and Sonoma counties. The Alameda and San Francisco groups have also written articles about their endorsements (see the links provided below).

Shared by Samantha Borek (2018-11-02). Anti-Choice Measures Are on the Ballot in Three States Next Week. truthout.org Whether Democrats or Republicans win control of state governments next week may determine how each state legislates reproductive rights in the coming years. But voters will weigh in directly in three states where abortion is literally on the ballot: Alabama, Oregon, and West Virginia — two of which are moving to explicitly state that abortion rights aren't protected within their borders. | The three ballot measures come at a tumultuous time for abortion in the United States. R…

wsws (2018-11-02). New York Times tries to shame "disillusioned young voters" into supporting the Democrats. wsws.org As masses of people grow increasingly disillusioned with capitalism and the two-party system, the Times is doing its best to shore up support for the Democratic Party.

Zaid Jilani (2018-11-01). Kansas and Oklahoma May Deliver Surprise Victories for Democrats on Election Day. theintercept.com As the nation tunes into election results next Tuesday night, they may end up seeing a few spots of blue in an unusual place — smack dab in the middle of America's heartland. | In both Kansas and Oklahoma, the GOP's hold on its governors' mansions is in peril, as polling has tightened and the elections in these states are now considered toss-ups. Alongside these two heartland states, Democrats are running competitive races for governor in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, and Ohio, meaning that the splotch of blue could become a broad swath running across the middle of the country. In addition to various…

Eric Zuesse (2018-11-01). Gallup Poll Finds Only Republicans Don't Want a Third Party. mintpressnews.com According to a new Gallup poll, most Democrats and Independents want a third major political party in the United States. But only 38% of Republicans do.

RT (2018-11-01). Google throttling Candace Owens's Blexit, search comparisons show. rt.com Searching "Blexit" on Google will get you criticism, controversy, explainers, tweets and videos — but not the actual page for the African-American movement critical of Democrats, not on the front page anyway. Is this by design?

Ramón Castellblanch (2018-10-31). Republicans' Fake Pre-Existing Condition Coverage. progressive.org Unless candidates tell us how they're going to pay for their healthcare promises, we better not believe them.

David Dayen (2018-10-31). Progressive Groups Make Last-Minute Push for Kara Eastman, as Corporate Democrats Prep Victory Lap. theintercept.com Leading progressive organizations have joined together for a final-week, six-figure ad buy for the heavily outspent progressive Kara Eastman in Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District, even as a corporate Democratic group begins an early victory lap, forecasting her defeat. | The ad features a Trump voter touting Eastman's support for "Medicare for All," a rare rebuttal to the enduring conservative ad barrage against the idea. | Two groups that had declined to back her during the primary — EMILY's List and House Majority PAC, the main…

aclu (2018-10-31). Ohio's Congressional Map is Broken. Here Are 3 Ways to Fix It. aclu.org Ohio's map consistently gives Republicans 75 percent of the states' congressional seats, regardless of the votes they earn. | As Ohio voters head to the polls next week, many will struggle to overcome congressional districts that have allowed politicians to choose their voters instead of the other way around. | Thanks to an aggressive redistricting operation, Ohio's current congressional map, enacted in December 2011, is gerrymandered to lock in a 12-to-4 district advantage for Republican candidates. | In each subsequent election, it has w…

Lawrence Wittner (2018-10-07). What's Happened to the Big Wage Increases Promised by Republicans? zcomm.org The recent announcement by the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, that his company would give substantial raises to its lowest-paid employees should not blind us to the fact that most American workers are not receiving big wage increases. In fact, the real wages (that is, wages adjusted for inflation) of average American workers are declining. Read more…

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