Every town is unique.
Trudy Busch Valentine (D) continued her grassroots oriented campaigning for the open U.S. Senate seat yesterday with a late morning stop on her RV tour through small town Missouri. Vernon County Democrats and other interested voters gathered at a coffee house in Nevada, Missouri to meet Valentine and hear what she had to say.
She greeted everyone as she entered the venue, then sat in a number of conversations on whatever subject was on anyone’s mind. This does take time. Voters appreciate that.
In her remarks Trudy Busch Valentine (D) spoke on access to health care (including a women’s right to make a decision about abortion) among many other issues. There was enthusiastic applause. She also spoke of our current political and cultural environment, where the opposition’s inability to accept the results of the 2020 election and their actions to limit voter access continue to be a serious threat to our Democracy and our unity.
After her remarks she spent time in conversations with anyone who had a question and who wanted to talk with her.
Retail politics. A statewide mass media blitz may be able to buy a candidate something, but not this.
Trudy Busch Valentine (D) in Jackson County, Missouri – August 13, 2022 (August 13, 2022)
Governor’s Ham Breakfast – Missouri State Fair – August 18, 2022 (August 18, 2022)
Definitely left a mark (September 22, 2022)
Eric Schmitt (r) gets pwned…again (September 22, 2022)
Trudy Busch Valentine (D) – Kansas City, Missouri – September 22, 2022 (September 24, 2022)
Trudy Busch Valentine (D): campaign ad (September 28, 2022)
Trudy Busch Valentine (D): with working people (September 29, 2022)
Trudy Busch Valentine (D): this is what it is (September 30, 2022)
It is the season (October 1, 2011)
Post Oak, Johnson County, Missouri (October 2, 2022)
Trudy Busch Valentine (D): Warrensburg, Missouri – October 7, 2022 (October 7, 2022)
Trudy Busch Valentine (D): Raytown, Missouri – October 7, 2022 (Ocrober 8, 2022)
Schmitt’s Twitter Cry (October 9, 2022)
Tool! (October 10, 2022)
That’s it, that’s everything (October 10, 1011)
Here for the ratio (October 11, 2022)
The choice in Roevember (October 11, 2022)
Trudy Busch Valentine (D) – Raymore, Missouri – October 14, 2022 (October 14, 2022)
Trudy Busch Valentine (D) – Butler, Missouri – October 15, 2022 (October 15, 2022)
In Jefferson City, of course. What else is new?
At the end of the special session, reportedly signed on to by sixty-six republicans:
Confirms the Missouri House’s lack of faith in the 2020 election results
Sponsor: Hill, Justin (108)
Proposed Effective Date: 8/28/2020
LR Number: 1241H.03I
Last Action: 12/10/2020 – Referred: Special Committee on Government Oversight(H)
Bill String: HR 2
The resolution text:
SECOND EXTRAORDINARY SESSION OF THE
SECOND REGULAR SESSION
House Resolution No. 2
100TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
INTRODUCED BYREPRESENTATIVE HILL.
1241H.03I DANA RADEMAN MILLER, Chief Clerk
WHEREAS, the President of the United States has immense enumerated powers and serves as both the head of the executive branch of government of the United States and as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, the election of the President of the United States should be free and fair in order to preserve the legitimacy of the government, avoid constitutional crisis, and promote the general welfare of the people of the United States; and
WHEREAS, the legislatures of the states are delegated primary responsibility to ensure that free and fair elections for the office of the Presidency of the United States are held under Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution of the United States which allows each state to appoint presidential Electors in such manner as the legislature thereof may direct; and
WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States is authorized under Amendment XII of the Constitution of the United States and the Electoral Count Act of 1887 to independently evaluate whether or not free and fair elections have occurred and to uphold the fundamental principle that the laws governing elections that are enacted by the legislatures of the states prior to the election are fully complied with during the election process; and
WHEREAS, historically low absentee ballot rejection rates occurred in the 2020 election despite the overwhelming new and unprecedented use of absentee ballots and mail in votes by many different persons and organizations; and
WHEREAS, a razor thin margin favoring Biden was reported in the days after election day in many swing states including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada and political analyst Robert Barnes observed that Trump would win the election if any historical absentee ballot analysis process and rejection rate was assumed;
WHEREAS, statistically abnormal vote counts were reported in numerous states late on election night and the Biden-to-Trump ratio in reporting was 90 percent or more for some batches of votes;
WHEREAS, the manifest lack of any absentee ballot and mail in ballot oversight by unelected election administrators shows that the laws passed prior to election day were likely ignored and violated in numerous ways and that this violation was of significant magnitude to change the results for the election of the President of the United States; and
WHEREAS, in Pennsylvania 23,000 absentee ballots have impossible return dates, 86,000 absentee ballots are questionable, 50,000 votes held on 47 USB cards are missing in Delaware County, and signature matching for mail in ballots has been rendered impossible by the destruction of ballot envelopes; and
WHEREAS, in Georgia, Matt Braynard’s Voter Integrity Project estimates that 20,312 nonresidents cast ballots, there is video evidence of the statistical anomalies that occurred when Biden overtook President Trump with 89 percent of the votes counted, and for 53 different individual batches of votes counted, Biden led by the same 50.05 to 49.95 percent margin in every single batch; and
WHEREAS, a full and fair investigation of the election results, including analysis of absentee and mail in ballot samples for compliance with state election law, is necessary to ensure a free and fair election and should be conducted by Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada:
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the members of the House of Representatives of the one Hundredth General Assembly, Second Extraordinary Session, hereby have no faith in the validity of the results of the 2020 presidential election reported by the states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if a full and fair investigation is not completed, that the United States Congress sitting in joint session refuse to accept electoral votes for the office of President of the United States from the states of Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Georgia, Arizona, and Nevada; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Chief Clerk of the Missouri House of Representatives be instructed to prepare a properly inscribed copy of this resolution for each house of the United States Congress.
These people really are that stupid.
Uh, Robert Barnes (whatever non-entity he is) is not the arbiter of any election in this country.
Uh, Matt Braynard (whatever non-entity he is) is not the arbiter of any election in this country.
Uh, the job description says Missouri (December 9, 2020)
A party in disarray (December 10, 2020)
There was a Democratic Party presidential candidate debate in Las Vegas, Nevada last night. Who won?:
1. Elizabeth Warren
She’s the one.
@markos “What Warren is doing to Bloomberg? Imagine her doing it to Trump.”
@JoyAnnReid “Elizabeth Warren came to this debate with a clear plan and Bloomberg in her sights and she is executing that plan with authority, and side-swiping her rivals onstage too. It’s honestly not even close. #DebDebate”
@laurenthehough “The thing about @ewarren is she knows, now matter how dead the monster looks, you fucking kill him again.”
@CharlesPPierce “That Warren answer on foreclosure was a serious bit of leadership.”
@tonymess “The invisible one is winning. @ewarren”
@AoDespair “And this, good people, is why Warren Is my first choice. Progressive politics and a taste for the jugular in a political contest that will only get uglier as we march to November. I want her coming off the top rope with a folding chair on Donald Trump.”
@curtismharris “Elizabeth Warren is channeling an inner fury that only comes from grading papers that have no thesis statement.”
2. Joe Biden
Joe’s a nice guy. I like Joe.
3. Bernie Sanders
@JRubinBlogger “maybe it is Buttigieg or Klobuchar but Bernie’s yelling old man routine is quite noticeably irritating tonight”
If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.
@EricHolthaus “Bernie Sanders: “Mike Bloomberg owns more wealth than the bottom 125 million Americans. That’s wrong. That’s immoral.””
@Johngcole “Bernie is right. You don’t earn a billion dollars. You take it.”
4. Amy Klobuchar
@kenklippenstein “buttigieg vs. klobuchar was so much repressed midwestern rage I thought they were gonna open a black hole”
@RachelEPotucek “”Are you saying I’m dumb?” @amyklobuchar calling out @PeteButtigieg’s tone is everything”
5. Pete Buttigieg
@Will_Bunch “Never find someone who hates you the way Amy Klobuchar hates Pete Buttigieg”
@MBersin “Translation: “The two most Jewish candidates on this stage.””
78. Mike Bloomberg
It was like watching a mink coat get clubbed.
@CharlesPPierce “I am stunned at how really bad Bloomberg is at this.”
@justinbaragona “Bloomberg brought a wallet to a gun fight tonight”
@andizeisler “Listen, some pundits may say that it was unsporting for Elizabeth Warren to kick off this debate by ripping Mike Bloomberg’s arms off and using them to punch him in the dick, but i respectfully disagree”
@MEPFuller “Michael Bloomberg is paying hundreds of millions of dollars to do this to himself.This is what we call a “self-own.””
3,256. Chuck Todd
Useless. The pundit class’ conventional wisdom is going to kill us all.
@CharlesPPierce “Chuck ends with an idiotic horse race question.”
@MBersin “The invisibility hand of Chuck Todd strikes again. What a useless tool. #DemDebate”
@Wolfiesmom “I just yelled, ‘Oh my God shut up Chuck Todd’ out loud in my hotel room by myself if you’re wondering how I’m feeling about the #DemDebate”
This morning, after their polling and reporting yesterday evening erased Elizabeth Warren (D):
Claire McCaskill @clairecmc
This is going to be interesting. Bloomberg on the debate stage tonight. Tune in and join us for pre debate and post debate analysis. @msnbc @BWilliams @NicolleDWallace
6:46 AM · Feb 19, 2020
I just had to respond:
So, is the pre debate analysis going to erase @ewarren? Is the debate coverage going to pixelate her face and mute any of her responses? Just curious.
6:50 AM · Feb 19, 2020
Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP President and CEO, July 10, 2010:
….And there are, there is once again an insurgent movement in this country to tear this country apart. And if we pull off the veneer what we see behind them are wealthy law firms and fancy lobbyists like Dick Armey, this faux populist rage represented by the Tea Party. There is nothing new, and what is new is that this group of people is smaller than they have ever been in our society, smaller than the White Citizens Council, smaller than the Klan of the nineteen-twenties, but divisive and dangerous….
Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, NAACP National Convention, July 11, 2010:
….And I thank you professor very much. I’m going to be engaging you with those very powerful numbers that you have offered on what the tea party recognizes, uh, or is recognized as. Might I add my own P.S.? All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party. Don’t you be fooled. [voices: “That’s right.”, applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement. Don’t let anybody tell you that those who spit on us as we were walking to vote on a health care bill for all of America or those who said Congresswoman Jackson-Lee’s braids were too tight in her hair had anything to do with justice and equality and empowerment of the American people. Don’t let them fool you on that [applause]….
Reverand Al Sharpton, NAACP National Convention, July 14, 2010:
….You cannot have people who are now trying to have tea party for state’s rights coming and celebrating the day that asked the federal government to overrule where states were segregating and allowing segregation to go forward. There clearly is some racial leaves in their tea bag, but this is not just about race. This is about how you see government….
Well, this is interesting (via Think Progress):
….the 2010 Multi-state Survey of Race & Politics examines what Americans think about the issues of race, public policy, national politics, and President Obama, one year after the inauguration of the first African American president.
The survey is drawn from a probability sample of 1006 cases, stratified by state. The Multi-State Survey of Race and Politics included seven states, six of which were battleground states in 2008. It includes Georgia, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, and Ohio as the battleground states. For its diversity and its status as an uncontested state, California was also included for comparative purposes. The study, conducted by the Center for Survey Research at the University of Washington, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent and was in the field February 8 – March 15, 2010….
….Since the public has become aware of the data, several people have come forward to challenge our initial findings, specifically, that supporters of the Tea Party appear racially intolerant. A principal charge, one not without intellectual merit, is that the observed relationship between support for the Tea Party and racial resentment is more about the relatively conservative politics of Tea Partiers than racism. Indeed, conservatives tend to believe in a small government, one that doesn’t do much to help people who, they believe, should make an effort to do for themselves. This is certainly a legitimate view; it’s one to which many Americans have adhered from the beginning of the Republic. In short, some of our critics charge that, instead of the racism we observe associated with support for the Tea Party, we’re merely observing Tea Partiers’ conservatism at work. In other words, support for the Tea Party, they suggest, is simply a proxy for conservatism.
To address this issue, we turn to regression, a statistical technique that allows analysts to tease out how one variable affects another. This is important because it permits us to account for the presence of other variables that may also affect the outcome while isolating the impact of the effect of the variable of interest on the result. So, in this case, if support for the Tea Party is truly a proxy for conservatism, the relationship between racial resentment and support for the Tea Party should evaporate once we control for conservatism. Otherwise, there’s something else going on with support for the Tea Party; it’s not just conservatism. To make things a little easier, we combined all of the items (questions) that comprise racial resentment, making them into a scale.
As the figure shows, even as we account for conservatism and partisanship, support for the Tea Party remains a valid predictor of racial resentment. We’re not saying that ideology isn’t important, because it is: as people become more conservative, it increases by 23 percent the chance that they’re racially resentful. Also, Democrats are 15 percent less likely than Republicans to be racially resentful. Even so, support for the Tea Party makes one 25 percent more likely to be racially resentful than those who don’t support the Tea Party….
Obviously not everyone, but a few. Wasn’t that the point of the NAACP resolution?
I have the good fortune of being able to afford, both in money and time, to go to Netroots Nation.
This is my third one. I’m now in my fourth session.
I have attended one from Rich Mellman’s polling on the concern people have that we are no longer a manufacturing country, health care reform, social security, and the fights in education standards over evolution in Texas and Kansas.
The one on Social Security is the scariest. I will talk about it below.
The fear, the panelist reported on, is the commission that Obama put together will be reporting in December. With such deficit hawks on the committee, the great fear is that there will be a strong move to reduce benefits for younger workers.
The coalition gearing up to fight any proposals to do that has the cry: “Strengthen Social Security, but Don’t Cut Benefits.”
The group is organizing at strengthensocialsecurity.org.
The message was clear: by changing the cap on the system will survive for 75 more years.
We have to make sure that McCaskill understands that.
Yet think about what happened in the special session. The General Assembly funded a tax incentive program by reducing the retirement benefits for new state workers. That shows how strong the notion is that retirees are too well-off.
More reports coming. The fight will never end and we have to remember that.
You know it’s going to be horrifying, but just like a train wreck you can’t avert your eyes as it all unfolds.
Sharron Angle (r) in Nevada via the Great Orange Satan:
But then, in Missouri we’ve known about the intellectual rigor and logical consistency of teabaggers for quite some time.
Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (r) via Twitter:
I rest my case.