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Old 01-24-2018, 04:29 PM
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I'm glad mainstream publications have finally had enough of the GOP's projection and false equivalency BS and finally have enough of a spine to call out their blatant corruption, hypocrisy, and general acts of bad faith.


https://www.rollingstone.com/politic...-money-w515664


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To say that Republicans are facing a toxic political environment heading into the 2018 midterm elections would be a massive understatement. Donald Trump is the most unpopular president at this stage of his term in modern American history. Just three in 10 Americans have a favorable view of the Republican Party, and Democratic voters' enthusiasm to vote in 2018 tops Republican voters' by 17 points. But because of sophisticated gerrymandering, Republicans who should be vulnerable, like Wanggaard, have been seen as untouchable. "It's more challenging than it should be because of the way the districts are drawn," says Jenni Dye, who works for Democrats in Wisconsin's state Senate. Wanggaard is among 11 Republican state senators up for re-election in 2018, but no one has stepped forward to challenge him yet.

The gerrymandering in Wisconsin, which experts call among the most extreme in U.S. history, is but one part of Republicans' stealth plan to stay in office. Since Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican Legislature took power, they've also introduced some of the country's harshest voting restrictions, passing laws that make it harder for Democratic-leaning constituencies to register to vote and cast ballots. At the same time, the state has become the "Wild West of dark money," according to Lisa Graves, a senior fellow at the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy, with Republican politicians like Walker raising unprecedented sums from billionaire donors to finance their campaigns.
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"There are millions of people whose votes effectively don't count." And as a measure of the GOP's ability to maintain a political advantage, despite widespread public opposition to its policies, look no further than Wisconsin. "We've been under a counterrevolution here for the past six years," says Matt Rothschild, executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, which tracks the influence of money in politics. "Walker has urged other states to follow his model. Reactionary politics is a big Wisconsin export now."
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This isn't just a problem in Wisconsin. Following the 2010 elections, Republicans had full control of the redistricting process for state legislative and U.S. House seats in 21 states, compared with eight states for Democrats. Republicans now hold as many as 22 additional House seats because of gerrymandering, according to an analysis by the Associated Press – nearly the same margin as the 24 seats Democrats need in order to take back the House. During the 2012 elections, Democratic House candidates won 1.4 million more votes nationally than Republicans, but the GOP won 33 more seats.
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Even the recent Democratic victories foreshadow some of the problems the party may face in 2018. In Alabama, Jones defeated Moore by 1.5 percentage points but carried only one of seven congressional districts. In Virginia, Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates won 224,000 more votes than Republicans but were still denied a majority. A Virginia-like result would produce few gains for Democrats in more heavily gerrymandered states like Wisconsin. Democrats need to win 57 percent of the statewide vote there, an almost impossible number, to take back the state Legislature in 2018, says Nicholas Stephanopoulos, a law professor at the University of Chicago.

Nationally, Democrats must win the popular vote for the House of Representatives by eight points to get a bare majority of seats. That might be doable given the unpopularity of Trump, but Democrats still worry about facing a rigged system. "If you have a wave election in 2018, it's entirely possible Democrats could win a significantly greater number of votes and not have the Congress that reflects that wave," says Holder. And that's not how democracy is supposed to work. Hanging in the balance are basic rights for millions of Americans – the right to vote, the right to fair representation, the right to not have elections auctioned to the highest bidder. Welcome to the 2018 election season.

Anyways read the article, the GOP can only win by cheating, Gerrymandering, Voter Suppression, and outright lying and fearmongering.

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This is Rolling Stone who published a Sabrina Erdely bogus expose "A Rape on Campus". They are still settling lawsuits.
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I find the title of this thread ironic given how the DNC screwed over Bernie Sanders to give Hillary the nomination.
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I find the title of this thread ironic given how the DNC screwed over Bernie Sanders to give Hillary the nomination.
Yeah. The DNC totally forced the voters to give Hillary 3 million more votes than Bernie. Totalllyyy.
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I find the title of this thread ironic given how the DNC screwed over Bernie Sanders to give Hillary the nomination.
Let's not forget that in 2008 Ms Clinton had more of the popular Democratic vote in the primaries than Mr Obama did.
Kinda tells you that Democrat party leaders decide the candidate, not the Democrat people.
2 examples, just saying.
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