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2016 Primaries: Wisconsin’s Turn

The polls in Wisconsin primary opened at 7 AM CT. The primary is also a general election for state and local judicial candidates. Wisconsin voters are very highly engaged and the turn out, even for local elections tends to be higher than other states. That may change. This is the first election since the new …

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SCOTUS: One Person, One Vote Upheld

The US Supreme Court handed a conservative challenge to one person, one vote principle a unanimous defeat. In Evenwel v Abbott the court ruled (pdf) that states could count the total population, not just eligible voters, in drawing legislative districts. The plaintiffs claimed that redrawing electoral districts based on the population of citizens and non-citizens …

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About Privacy and Security

A Conversation on Privacy With Edward Snowden, Noam Chomsky, and Glenn Greenwald Alex Emmons, The Intercept NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined MIT professor Noam Chomsky and The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald on Friday for a discussion on privacy rights hosted by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The panel was moderated by …

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Long Lines for Voters in AZ: Blame SCOTUS

The voters in Arizona’s heaviest populated district, and largest Latino population, Maricopa County faced waits as long as five hours. Why? Because of a lack of polling places. Why did they lack polling places? The Robert’s Supreme Court, when the conservative majority gutted by declaring the Voting Rights Act’s Section 5 unconstitutional. The Arizona Republic …

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It’s Not Achievable

What Atrios said   I get trying to stop people from blowing up planes, but you can’t realistically stop them from blowing up the parking lot. But despite a series of episodes in recent years that have targeted transportation hubs worldwide, security experts predict that the latest attacks will revive — but not resolve — …

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Obama’s Bad SCOTUS Choice

President Barack Obama’s choice of Merrick Garland, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, to replace late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme court is not the nominee the left was dreaming about last month. Any justice who has won the praise of neocon Senator Orin Hatch and Fox …

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2016 Primaries and Caucuses: Go West – March 22

Three western states are holding their primaries or caucuses today,two Republican and three Democratic. In Arizona: Primaries: Republican and Democratic presidential primaries Delegates: 58 Republican delegates, 85 Democratic delegates According to available polling at Real Clear Poltics, Hilary Clinton has a sizable lead over Bernie Sanders. The polling for Republicans show Donald “Drumpf” Trump with …

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The Wall

During the Cold War of the last century when the news media talked about ” the wall” everyone’s mind turned to East Berlin and the wall that the Soviets built to keep the citizens of that part of the divided city from defecting to the west. Now talk about “the wall” is back. This time, …

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Some Fascinating Factoids About U. S. Supreme Court Nominations…

Since the Johnson Administration, Republicon presidents have enjoyed 13 of the 17 successful nominations to the U. S. Supreme Court. Jimmy Carter never had the opportunity to make such a nomination during his four years in office. Bill Clinton and Barack Obama have had two successful nominations each, all four occurring during their first two …

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Black Lives Mattered

There is change in the air. Bernie Sanders didn’t fair well in Tuesday’s primaries but his presence in the race is making a difference. Not just the kind of difference that is keeping Hillary Clinton on the left of center, but the kind that is changing the down ticket races where it really counts. Voters …

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2016 Primaries and One Caucus: March 15 – Another “Super” Tuesday

“A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.” Brutus to Caesar, Julius Caesar Act 1, scene 2, 15–19   The super of the “Super Tuesday”s is here with hundreds of delegates for Democrats and Republicans up for grabs in five states. There is one caucus for the GOP in The Northern Mariana Islands that …

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A Message To Trump Protesters

The Nightly Show’s Trevor Noah and Charles Pierce of Esquire Politics have some really good advice for the protesters at Trump rallies: Stay Out Of The Building. As Uncle Charlie says: Don’t become part of the show. Stop being played for such suckers. Stop enlisting yourself in his bloody vaudeville. Stop giving him stuff to …

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