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Crying about voter fraud is all these fuckers have left.
I recall Kari Lake stopped complaining about voter fraud when she won. As far as I know, she didn't even say that she overcame an enormous amount of voter fraud directed against her.
 

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Running against Matt Gaetz in FL-01 will be Rebekah Jones, who won the Democratic primary with 62.6% of the vote.

Rebekah Jones wins U.S. House primary, will face Rep. Matt Gaetz
An ousted Florida data scientist who said she was fired for refusing to manipulate COVID-19 numbers and emerged as a critic of Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis over his handling of the pandemic won her U.S. House primary race and will challenge Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of former President Donald Trump's staunchest supporters, for a seat in Congress.

Rebekah Jones won Tuesday's Democratic primary in northwestern Florida’s first congressional district, setting up a chance to unseat the incumbent Gaetz, who has represented the district since 2017.

From 538, FL-01 is R+38, meaning that it will be a steep uphill struggle against that district's yellow-dog Republicans.
 

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Dave Wasserman on Twitter: "Lots of focus on Dems being more engaged/energetic post-Dobbs, which is undeniably true. But to me, the GOP/Trump base appears less engaged than it was last November, which is just as big a part of the story." / Twitter
No details, however.

Ben Collins on Twitter: "A lot of users in pro-Trump forums have fundamentally given up on voting. ..." / Twitter
A lot of users in pro-Trump forums have fundamentally given up on voting.

Shockingly, constantly saying every election bigger than a headcount is rigged has had a deleterious effect on voter turnout in national races.

The focus of Trump's base now is at the hyper-local level.

They feel like they can sway a five-person school board, then ban books or curricula once they have power.

That's the kind of power they're currently interested in—and you can get it through harassment and intimidation.

Plenty of reasons for the hyperlocal focus of Trump's online base.

Some are silly: The school board meetings still have cameras. You can clip up your anti-CRT rant and post it to FB.

But it's mostly disbelief that any vote they disagree with—or don't personally see—is real.

For example, the top post in the last hour on The Donald.
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I'm telling you, we would win EVERY ELECTION in the country if the democrats didn't cheat.

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We also have to get rid of the main stream media.
That falloff let the Democrats win two Senators in Georgia in 2020, and it may be happening here also.


Karen Defilippi on Twitter: "Couple things on Dem's victory in #NY19 tonight:
1. There are 222 House seats better than NY19 by Biden performance
2. Republicans spent heavily to lose
3. This is the 4th House special election in a row where Dems have outperformed Biden
Congrats @PatRyanUC" / Twitter


Republicans ought to be running scared.
 
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He then examines some raw broccoli, asparagus and carrots, and explains, “My wife wants some vegetables for crudités.” Fetterman, a cargo-shorts and hoodie-wearing Joe Average in everything but height, responded: “In PA, we call this a veggie tray” and issued a bumper sticker with the slogan “Let Them Eat Crudité.”

That's pretty stupid BS issue. "Crudités" is a perfectly normal word and makes Fetterman look like an illiterate motherfucker.

Öz also got him back:
Oz campaign on John Fetterman: If he had 'ever eaten a vegetable in his life,' he wouldn't have 'had a stroke'

He may be a horrible candidate and peddler of insane Oprahesque pseudoscience, but that was funny.
 

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Mehmet Öz could have changed his last name into Oez or Euz. My father's last name is originally Petrić (c with a forward accent), but he changed it to Petrich for the convenience of English speakers.

He then examines some raw broccoli, asparagus and carrots, and explains, “My wife wants some vegetables for crudités.” Fetterman, a cargo-shorts and hoodie-wearing Joe Average in everything but height, responded: “In PA, we call this a veggie tray” and issued a bumper sticker with the slogan “Let Them Eat Crudité.”
That's pretty stupid BS issue. "Crudités" is a perfectly normal word and makes Fetterman look like an illiterate motherfucker.
"Perfectly normal word"? This incident is the first time I've ever seen that word.
 

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Oregon gubernatorial election, 2022 - Ballotpedia
  • Democratic - Tina Kotek
  • Republican - Christine Drazan
  • Libertarian - R. Leon Noble
  • Independent - Betsy Johnson
The Gubernatorial Races: Look to the West – Sabato's Crystal Ball - rates the race a tossup, because Betsy Johnson may act as a spoiler, letting the Republican win instead of the Democrat.

Oregon’s Next Governor Could Be a Machine-Gun Toting Darling of GOP Megadonors – Rolling Stone
Betsy Johnson, an independent candidate for governor of Oregon, wears wildly oversized glasses and campaigns at homey events billed as “Beers With Betsy.” A former state senator who abandoned the Democratic Party, Johnson markets herself as the “goldilocks” alternative to the “extremes” of partisan politics, insisting she’s beholden to “only to Oregonians” and not to ”special interests.”

It’s an attractive pitch. But in Johnson’s case, it bears little relation to reality.

Johnson is not a middle-of-the-road politician. She owns a MAC-10 submachine gun — and received an A-rating from the NRA. On the campaign trail, she comes across like a pro-choice Ron DeSantis, vowing to give a voice to “really pissed off” Oregonians who are “terrified of the progressive left,” while blasting “wokeness” as “another form of intolerance.”

And for all her claims of independence, Johnson is only relevant because she’s received millions from some of the state’s most powerful corporate leaders, including $1.75 million from Nike founder Phil Knight. (What explains the donor-class devotion? Perhaps it’s because Johnson vowed in a recent debate to keep the state’s CEOs on “speed dial.”)
Then discussing her in detail.
It starts with the fact that Johnson is immoderately wealthy. She calls herself “the people’s candidate,” but she is not of the people, economically; she is a multimillionaire heiress of a timber fortune, as well as a legacy politician, with her father also having served in the state legislature.
She inherited $11 million, but she keeps her tax returns secret, as Donald Trump does.

“You can see the deterioration of the beautiful City of Roses, now the city of roaches.”
from Unexpected Losses - The New York Times - June 22

But “I never called homeless people roaches,” she tells Rolling Stone. “That is total crap!”

She is also an extreme gun nut.
As a state senator, Johnson received both an A rating and an endorsement from the National Rifle Association. In Salem, Johnson was a surefire vote against gun control, opposing bills to ban weapons from school grounds and public buildings, to take guns from convicted stalkers, to authorize courts to remove guns from suicidal individuals, and to require background checks for all gun sales.

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Now that she’s running for statewide office, Johnson has suddenly adopted new views on guns. “My thinking has evolved,” she says, claiming she now supports background checks. “If we’re going to make progress on guns,” she says, “we need responsible gun owners at the table — not being told that it’s evil to have a gun.”
Then climate issues.
As a Democrat in the state legislature, Johnson worked to undermine her party’s efforts to ban fracking in Oregon and reduce climate emissions, while accepting donations from Koch Industries. In 2019, the state’s Democrats nevertheless gathered the votes needed to pass a historic cap-and-trade bill. But Republican lawmakers made national headlines by fleeing the state to deny the legislature the quorum needed to pass the bill.
She is willing to associate herself with these opponents of climate activism, "Timber Unity".
In the recent debate, Johnson declared that “climate change is real” but accused progressives of seeking to punish “hard-working Oregonians.” Johnson insisted the state should increase logging to diminish wildfire risk. “The biggest thing we can do to mitigate climate change is not let the place burn down every year,” she said.
But,
One of the leaders of Timber Unity, Angelita Sanchez, reportedly went on to participate in the events of Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. She recently posted on Facebook that she’s kept in touch with Johnson and that they spoke this summer when Johnson was seeking Timber Unity’s endorsement.

Johnson did not give a straight answer when asked about her connection to the Timber Unity leader, insisting that she was “not a friend of mine” and accusing Rolling Stone of trying “to put views and words in my mouth.”
Another such fan was Rep. Mike Nearman, who was expelled from the Oregon legislature after opening a door for armed militants back in 2020.
 

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Perfectly normal word"? This incident is the first time I've ever seen that word
Hey!
It’s not Derec’s fault you’re a barely literate hick.
Join the club. If we’re real nice maybe Derec will share his Crudités recipe!

Anyhow, Fetterman needs Joe plumber and his friends.
 

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Johnson insists that, because she is not a part of the two-party system, she is free from the influence of special interests — examples of which, she’s said, include unions that back Democrat Kotek and Oregon Right to Life, which backs the Republican, Drazan.

“We need a governor,” she said on the debate stage, “who’s loyal only to the people of Oregon.”

But Johnson’s campaign is only relevant because of the enormous war chest she’s built with the help of executives and CEOs from across the state.
People that she's vowed to keep on speed dial.
Pressed on the contradiction of denouncing special interests while being dependent on them for her political fate, Johnson deflected, insisting that her corporate donors are just great citizens. “If people who love Oregon are a ‘special interest’ then we’re more screwed up than it seems,” she says.

Johnson even characterized the huge contributions by Nike’s founder as an investment: “Phil Knight is investing in a candidacy that is trying to bring more balance into our Oregon political life, and I welcome his participation and his friendship.”
She brags about her independence from labor unions and anti-abortion activists, but she admires her paymasters.
 
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Mehmet Öz could have changed his last name into Oez or Euz. My father's last name is originally Petrić (c with a forward accent), but he changed it to Petrich for the convenience of English speakers.

He then examines some raw broccoli, asparagus and carrots, and explains, “My wife wants some vegetables for crudités.” Fetterman, a cargo-shorts and hoodie-wearing Joe Average in everything but height, responded: “In PA, we call this a veggie tray” and issued a bumper sticker with the slogan “Let Them Eat Crudité.”
That's pretty stupid BS issue. "Crudités" is a perfectly normal word and makes Fetterman look like an illiterate motherfucker.
"Perfectly normal word"? This incident is the first time I've ever seen that word.
There's nothing wrong with the word, but it is very rarely used outside the nouveau riche circles in which grifters like Oz move. Certainly it's not a word one would use while attempting to appear working class, unless one were a clueless fucking wanker.

The wannabe aristocracy use a lot of cant that has evolved to make it difficult for ordinary people to infiltrate their class. The actual aristocracy generally speak more like the working class do, at least in terms of vocabulary; They don't need a cant to exclude outsiders, because they are sufficiently few in number as to simply know each other, or at least identify each other via networks of family connections.

In the UK, there's a distinct aristocratic accent that one might learn from the expensive and exclusive Public Schools (which are private schools; it's an historical thing), but the "posh" vocabulary, as exemplified by the fictional Hyacinth Buckét, is exclusively a middle class thing. Things like saying 'serviette' rather than 'napkin', 'soirée' rather than 'party', or 'crudités' rather than 'vegetables' are quite specifically linked only to people who imagine themselves better than the hoi polli, but who haven't the rank or status to support their fantasy of superiority.

It's notable that much of this cant derives directly from French, probably as a result of attempting (consciously or otherwise) to associate with the use of French at court. So this is a linguistic hangover from the Norman conquest, which divided England very sharply between powerful aristocrats who spoke French, and powerless serfs who spoke English. That divide existed in courts of law in England and Scotland until the Proceedings in Courts of Justice Act (1730), even though pleas were required to be entered in English as early as the 1362 Pleading in English Act, in an attempt to prevent lawyers from operating as a cartel (because it would be disastrous if lawyers were to be too expensive for commoners to access, right?).

These very English social divides are, of course, anathema to the egalitarianism of the United States, which means that Americans are supposed to pay lip service to their absence from their nation, despite their very obvious presence (particularly in New England).

American aristocracy may have become unofficial in 1776, but it certainly persists, and use of language is one of the more obvious ways to determine the position of an individual in that supposedly non-existent hierarchy.

Another way to position an individual on the ladder is the more explicitly aristocratic approach of studying his family history. Discussion of the origins of the surname 'Oz', and hinting at its failure to appear in the lists of Pilgrim Fathers, by mention of its foreignness and links to regions other than Western Europe, is a time honoured way to label someone as déclassé, without the vulgarity of explicitly discussing their social position.

This stuff is so ingrained in society that it's often done without conscious awareness that it's even happening.
 

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Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 on Twitter: "After losing her primary to Daniel Webster, Laura Loomer tells her voters not to vote for the Republican nominee in Nov, and calls for him to resign. (pic link)" / Twitter
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DO NOT CONCEDE. And I encourage all of my supporters and and all of my voters to NOT support Daniel Webster and the corrupt ESTABLISHMENT RNC and Big Tech voter fraud machine that is propping his feeble body up and depriving my constituents of the representation they deserve and need. I am calling for Daniel Webster to RESIGN, because everyone knows he is beyond unfit to serve. He didn't campaign. He refused to debate me, and it's because his health is worse than Joe Biden's.
(OCRed by me)

Even if that means the Democratic candidate winning.

Laura Loomer is not allowed to run as an independent for the general election because of her state's sore-loser law: When states adopted sore loser laws - Ballotpedia

What Redistricting Looks Like In Every State - Florida | FiveThirtyEight - rates FL-11 as R+19, meaning that there are likely enough yellow-dog Republicans to elect Daniel Webster.
 

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In reference to bilby's post, the Norman Conquest is very far off, and there is a much more recent motivation for using "crudités" instead of "veggie tray". Over the last century at least, France has had a reputation as a home of haute cuisine: fancy cooking. In fact, "haute cuisine", "gourmet", and "gourmand" are borrowings from French.

So using "crudités" instead of "veggie tray" shows which sorts of people Dr. Öz like to associate himself with: people with fancy taste in food, and food snobs.
 

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In Arizona, Blake Masters backtracks on abortion and scrubs his campaign website​

Masters, the GOP Senate nominee in Arizona, said on his campaign website that he supported a "a federal personhood law" — until Thursday.

Arizona Republican Senate candidate Blake Masters softened his tone and scrubbed his website's policy page of tough abortion restrictions Thursday as his party reels from the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
In an ad posted to Twitter on Thursday, Masters sought to portray his opponent, Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, as the extremist on the issue while describing his own views as "commonsense."

"Look, I support a ban on very late-term and partial-birth abortion," he said. "And most Americans agree with that. That would just put us on par with other civilized nations." (Late-term abortions are extremely rare, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracker.)
Just after it released the ad, Masters' campaign published an overhaul of his website and softened his rhetoric, rewriting or erasing five of his six positions. NBC News took screenshots of the website before and after it was changed. Masters' website appeared to have been refreshed after NBC News reached out for clarification about his abortion stances.
"I am 100% pro-life," Masters' website read as of Thursday morning.
That language is now gone.
 

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Is there an echo in here?
 

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There's nothing wrong with the word, but it is very rarely used outside the nouveau riche circles in which grifters like Oz move.
It may be rarely used on your side of the pond (either one) but it is not that rarely used here.

Certainly it's not a word one would use while attempting to appear working class, unless one were a clueless fucking wanker.
I do not think Öz is attempting to appear working class. He is not hiding that he is a physician cum TV celebrity. It is Fetterman who is trying to do that.

Things like saying 'serviette' rather than 'napkin', 'soirée' rather than 'party', or 'crudités' rather than 'vegetables' are quite specifically linked only to people who imagine themselves better than the hoi polli, but who haven't the rank or status to support their fantasy of superiority.
That is your opinion. It may even be somewhat true in England for all I know, except that crudités refers specifically to raw vegetables, so the meaning is not even the same.

It's notable that much of this cant derives directly from French, probably as a result of attempting (consciously or otherwise) to associate with the use of French at court. So this is a linguistic hangover from the Norman conquest, which divided England very sharply between powerful aristocrats who spoke French, and powerless serfs who spoke English.
Like using "meat" instead of "flesh", "pork" instead of "swine flesh", "beef" instead of "cow flesh" or "veal" instead of "young'un cow flesh"?

I disagree with your analysis here. Dishes often have loan words from the language of origin.

And it is Fetterman who is trying to present himself as working class, and his Joe the Plumber shtick is part of it. In reality, his parents were quite well off and even gave him quite a bit of money while he was playing the mayor of Bumfuck, PA.
 
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Hey!
It’s not Derec’s fault you’re a barely literate hick.
Hey. You said it, not me!

Join the club. If we’re real nice maybe Derec will share his Crudités recipe!
It's raw vegetables. Just cut them up in a visually pleasing way.

Anyhow, Fetterman needs Joe plumber and his friends.
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Good comparison! Thanks.
 

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Mehmet Öz could have changed his last name into Oez or Euz. My father's last name is originally Petrić (c with a forward accent), but he changed it to Petrich for the convenience of English speakers.
Right. Except that "ch" loses the nuance between the hard sound ('č') and soft sound ('ć').

"Perfectly normal word"? This incident is the first time I've ever seen that word.
Really? It's not really obscure. Do you know charcuterie? Bouillabaisse? Chiffonade? Roux? Sous vide? A lot of common culinary terms originate form the French. And one does not have to be Öz or the Bucket woman to use them.
 

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"Perfectly normal word"? This incident is the first time I've ever seen that word.
Really? It's not really obscure. Do you know charcuterie? Bouillabaisse? Chiffonade? Roux? Sous vide? A lot of common culinary terms originate form the French. And one does not have to be Öz or the Bucket woman to use them.
One would have to be a food snob to insist that "crudités" is a "normal" word. I'll estimate its frequency by doing an Internet search. Google stopped giving number-of-hit estimates, so I'll use Bing.

crudités - 536, "veggie tray" - 49,000

charcuterie - 13,700, bouillabaisse - ?, roux - ?, "sous vide" - 32,800

Bing listed recipes first for the first two, which may be why that search engine did not give number of hits for them.
 

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Like using "meat" instead of "flesh", "pork" instead of "swine flesh", "beef" instead of "cow flesh" or "veal" instead of "young'un cow flesh"?
Beef derives from French, Cow from Anglo-Saxon.

Pork derives from French, Sow from Anglo-Saxon.

Mutton derives from French, Ewe from Anglo-Saxon.

If you are tending the animals, you're a serf. If you are eating them, you're a lord.

These linguistic differences all stem from the Norman Conquest.
 

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Things like saying 'serviette' rather than 'napkin', 'soirée' rather than 'party', or 'crudités' rather than 'vegetables' are quite specifically linked only to people who imagine themselves better than the hoi polli, but who haven't the rank or status to support their fantasy of superiority.
That is your opinion. It may even be somewhat true in England for all I know, except that crudités refers specifically to raw vegetables, so the meaning is not even the same.

One data point:
I knew the word "crudités" but probably just from reading (or film) since I've never said the word nor heard it spoken in person. Maybe Derec hangs with a high-falutin crowd. Or maybe the U.S.A. — ranked 4th in the world by land area — has more cultural and dialectical diversity than he seems to imagine.

If I ever heard "serviette" I think it was in jest rather than an attempt to be high-falutin. "Soirée", on the other hand, is a word I have heard. My sisters may have used it to describe a long evening or over-night all-female gathering. I suppose they chose this exotic word to add mystique to such an all-female gathering, perhaps hoping to tantalize any males who overheard.


[Venison / deer and Poultry / fowl are other examples of animals who are eaten in French but slaughtered in Anglo-Saxon.]
 

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I knew the word "crudités" but probably just from reading (or film) since I've never said the word nor heard it spoken in person.
+1
If I hear someone use more than one of those words in conversation, I assume they’re either putting on airs, mocking people who put on airs, or is inordinately preoccupied with food.
 

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This conversation is taking me back to 2008 and Obama's ArugulaGate scandal:

Opinion: Barack Obama needs to comparison shop for his arugula

Last summer while campaigning in Iowa, Barack Obama told voters in the farm state: ‘Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? I mean, they’re charging a lot of money for this stuff.’

The comment was one of those that the Democratic presidential candidate probably wishes he had kept to himself -- it got ridiculed at the time, and periodically gets recycled by critics as a sign that Obama is an out-of-touch elitist (an image he perpetuated with his remarks about bitter attitudes in small-town America).

I confess to having never heard of arugula lettuce or crudites prior to their use by Obama and Oz respectively. I guess I'm just a dyed-in-the-wool meat & potatoes (and iceberg lettuce) guy.

Dr. Oz is about the biggest quack and grifter on planet Earth. He probably has webbed toes. There is no shortage of legitimate things to bitch about the guy. Why are you all focusing on stupid shit like his use of fancy food words?
 

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Mrs Elixir made me grow kale and chard in our greenhouse one year. What a waste of space! Never again.
 

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Mrs Elixir made me grow kale and chard in our greenhouse one year. What a waste of space! Never again.
Well then, I guess you've never tasted anything like Mr. Sohy's sautéed chard. It's delicious, although I would never go to all that trouble to prepare it. It's certainly better than the Southern greens like collards and turnip greens.

So, what are we talking about? Oh the 2022 election. I'm still appalled that Herschel Walker is only 4 points behind Warnock in the polls, although it was 3 points previously, so I guess that's progress.

Abrams was tied with the idiot Kemp, but she's fallen behind by 3 points in the most recent polling.

What. happens in Georgia is going to be based on turn out. I've known a few people who never vote in the midterms. I've known some who have never voted. We'll see if Stacey's organizations can help get out the vote. Despite the attempts at voter suppression, it's still fairly easy to vote in Ga. And, for those who don't want to wait in line. Requests for absentee ballots started last week. Too many people don't understand the importance of exercising their right to vote.

My district is so gerrymandered, that it's rare that we ever have a Democrat running.
 

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My district is so gerrymandered, that it's rare that we ever have a Democrat running.
Do you have one this year?

Apparently so, but I doubt he has a chance of winning.
Interesting though, to see how they do. With nothing to compare it to, it means less...
My city is Black majority by a very small percentage, but my district extends to the rural or exurban areas that are mostly white and very conservative. All of my Black friends who vote are Democrats. The majority of White voters in my small city are Republicans. I can usually tell who they are because they tend not to be careful during the pandemic and most aren't vaccinated. My White atheist friends are all Democrats, but that's a small number.

Once you leave the city limits, you begin to see Trump 2020 signs along with religious signs in people's yards. If every single Democratic leaning person would vote, we might have a chance to defeat a Republican, but voter apathy has been a big problem since I moved here about 25 years ago. It's true that more people are voting, thanks in part to Stacey's organizations to get out the vote. I'm still not very optimistic that Democrats will win many positions in Georgia this year. But, I didn't expect we'd have two Democratic senators after the 2020 election, so anything could happen.
 

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Masters and other Republicans have made rising prices a centerpiece of their campaign messages.

“Democrats tell us the economy is doing just great,” Masters tweeted on Monday. “Anyone who’s pumped gas or bought groceries or looked at their savings account lately knows that’s a lie.”

Masters is certainly not alone in sneering at the value of diversity at the Fed.

Currently, for the first time in its history, the Federal Reserve’s seven-person board of governors includes a Black woman. Lisa Cook faced a racist, sexist smear campaign after President Joe Biden nominated her to the position in January.

Historically, the Fed’s leadership has been overwhelmingly white and male, according to a 2021 Brookings Institution analysis of Fed personnel backgrounds.
 

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Masters and other Republicans have made rising prices a centerpiece of their campaign messages.

“Democrats tell us the economy is doing just great,” Masters tweeted on Monday. “Anyone who’s pumped gas or bought groceries or looked at their savings account lately knows that’s a lie.”
What is "sexist" or "racist" about that tweet?

Currently, for the first time in its history, the Federal Reserve’s seven-person board of governors includes a Black woman. Lisa Cook faced a racist, sexist smear campaign after President Joe Biden nominated her to the position in January.

How is the criticism of this nominee "racist"? Just because she is black?
 

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What happened to the Republicans' campaign money? Senator Rick Scott is in charge of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, but under his leadership, the money became depleted so fast that the NRSC has had to cut back on its ads. But this Senator has a history that does not reflect very well on him.

Rick Scott's Fraud Settlement Resurfaces as Senate GOP Runs Low on Cash
Critics of Senator Rick Scott, a Florida Republican who chairs the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), resurfaced a past Medicare fraud settlement from his tenure as CEO of a hospital corporation, as his committee reportedly is running short on cash and pulling ads in support of GOP Senate candidates with less than three months until the midterm election.

The NRSC is the primary organization working to raise funds and support Republican candidates in the party's bid to take back the majority in the upper chamber of Congress. Scott has led the committee since January 2021, but The Washington Post reported on Friday that campaign advisers are asking "where all the money went and to demand an audit of the committee's finances" as the NRSC pulls ads and runs low on funds.

Many on Twitter pointed to Scott's past Medicare fraud scandal during his time as CEO of Columbia/HCA. When Scott was deposed in 2000 amid the investigation, he pleaded the Fifth Amendment 75 times.

Columbia/HCA later reached a settlement with the Justice Department of $840 million in 2000, and another settlement of $881 million in 2002, with the combined fines totaling $1.7 billion. At the time, this was the record health care fraud settlement, although it has since been surpassed, according to PolitiFact.
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Gary Legum on Twitter: "Rick Scott oversaw the biggest Medicare fraud in history, so the GOP in its genius put him in charge of its national campaign fund and now is wondering where all its money went. Incredible. (link)" / Twitter
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GOP spending under fire as Senate hopefuls seek rescue - The Washington Post - "A cash crunch at campaigns and the NRSC set off a panic as GOP candidates emerged from bruising primaries playing catch-up in polls and advertising"

What Sen. Scott did to the NRSC seems suspiciously close to what he did to Florida Medicare.
 

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Why Rick Scott is facing so many criticisms from his own party - "Rick Scott's leadership of the National Republican Senatorial Committee was already controversial within his own party. It's vastly worse now."
When Sen. Rick Scott sought the chairmanship of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, no one was especially surprised when he ran unopposed. The elevation seemed to make sense for everyone involved.

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The first sign of trouble came literally in the first week of the new Congress. Senate Republican leaders implored their members to be responsible and not oppose the certification of the 2020 election results. Eight GOP senators ignored the calls — including Scott.

In the months that followed, under Scott’s leadership, the National Republican Senatorial Committee set out to recruit their top choices in several key 2022 contests. Those efforts failed.

Soon after, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that his conference would not present a policy blueprint ahead of the midterm elections, Florida’s junior senator did the opposite — unveiling a radical vision that Democrats continue to treat as a pinata.

Scott nevertheless used NRSC resources to promote himself and his unpopular plan, fueling chatter that “NRSC” stood for the “National Rick Scott Committee.”
Then noting Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) draws criticism for actions as Republican Senate campaign chief - The Washington Post
From that article,
Sen. Rick Scott of Florida has been publicly dressed down by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, privately rebuked by his colleagues and repeatedly accused of running the National Republican Senatorial Committee in a way that benefits his own future over the candidates he was hired to get elected.

He has directed a sizable share of his fundraising as NRSC chair to his own accounts, while shifting digital revenue away from Senate campaigns and buying ads promoting himself that look all but identical to spots he does for the national committee.
What blatant corruption. One might expect that he might not want to rip off his fellow Republican Senators, but he has done exactly that.

How a Record Cash Haul Vanished for Senate Republicans - The New York Times - "The campaign arm of Senate Republicans had collected $181.5 million by the end of July — but spent 95 percent of it. A big investment in digital, and hyperaggressive tactics, have not paid off."
 

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Republicans Downplay Trump and Abortion on Their Sites Before Midterms - The New York Times - "At least 10 Republican candidates in competitive races have updated their websites to minimize their ties to the former president or to adjust their stances on abortion."
For months, the campaign website for Adam Laxalt, the Republican Senate nominee in Nevada, greeted visitors with a huge banner exalting his endorsement from former President Donald J. Trump in all capital letters. Now, that information is nowhere on his home page.

Representative Ted Budd, the Republican Senate nominee in North Carolina, also made Mr. Trump’s endorsement far less prominent on his website last month. And Blake Masters, the party’s Senate nominee in Arizona, took down a false claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from Mr. Trump and softened his calls for tough abortion restrictions.

... Mr. Masters’s overhaul, in which he deleted, among other elements, a call for an anti-abortion constitutional amendment that would give fetuses the same rights as infants and adults, was first reported by NBC News and CNN. Other news outlets have identified editing by several House candidates, including Yesli Vega in Virginia and Barbara Kirkmeyer in Colorado, Bo Hines in North Carolina and Tom Barrett in Michigan.
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Republicans in key races scrap online references to Trump, abortion - The Washington Post - "Attempts by GOP candidates in competitive contests to pivot away from these issues have emboldened Democrats to mount an aggressive offense"
Yesli Vega, a Republican running for the U.S. House in a competitive Virginia district, no longer mentions her connection to former president Donald Trump in the bio section at the top of her Twitter page.

Colorado state Sen. Barbara Kirkmeyer, also running in a battleground House race, has stopped promoting language defending the “Sanctity of Life” on her campaign website. Now, there is no mention of abortion at all, a review of the website showed.

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Republican candidates are changing how they handle abortion after Roe v. Wade - "At least three candidates have edited their campaign websites to remove references to strict abortion bans — a reflection of growing voter backlash to the overturning of Roe v. Wade."
Arizona U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters, who is trailing incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in recent polling, removed language from his website indicating support for a “federal personhood law” that would treat abortion as murder.

Tom Barrett, running in Michigan’s 7th Congressional District against Democratic Rep. Elissa Slotkin, removed language saying he would “always work to protect life from conception.”

And in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District, since winning the May 17 primary, Republican Bo Hines has removed his “life and family” issues section from his website, which previously linked to a fundraising page touting his belief “that life begins at conception and that we must protect the rights of the unborn.”

Masters’ website now suggests he supports a law banning third-trimester abortions, which are already allowed in only a handful of states. Barrett’s website describes him as “consistently pro-life.” Hines’ website has no reference to abortion.

Insider: Top Michigan Democrats may not need to debate GOP opponents, lawmaker suggests (paywalled)

Good to see Republicans running scared, trying to imply that they are not hardline Trumpies and fetus worshippers.

It's common for politicians to seem more centrist after winning primaries, but this takes such seeming centrism to a whole new level.

More broadly, this seems like a problem with partisan primaries. Seems to me that nonpartisan ones would be better, because candidates will have to get the votes of the same voters as in the general elections.
 

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More broadly, this seems like a problem with partisan primaries. Seems to me that nonpartisan ones would be better, because candidates will have to get the votes of the same voters as in the general elections.

I agree. But that is a double-edged sword. It would harm the extremists on the Left too who are using partisan primaries to primary mainstream/moderate Democrats.
 

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Back to the NYT.
Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster who is working with several campaigns, including Mr. Masters’s opponent, Senator Mark Kelly, said that “the magnitude of the changes and the volume” among Republicans were well beyond what she had seen in past election cycles.

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National Democrats have been quick to try to capitalize on these apparent attempts by Republicans to suppress their less popular stances. David Bergstein, a spokesman for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said in a statement: “Republican Senate candidates won’t be able to run away from their records. The truth is they’ve made their positions clear, and in many cases we have them on video tape.”

Other differences have been more subtle. Mr. Budd, for example, has made no changes to a page that outlines his views on abortion, but he has moved the link to that page lower on his website’s list of his positions; it was second as of July 23, but is now fifth.

J.D. Vance, the Republican Senate nominee in Ohio, once listed abortion sixth on his “issues” page, but now lists it 10th.

Why Abortion Has Become a Centerpiece of Democratic TV Ads in 2022 - The New York Times
“Rarely has an issue been handed on a silver platter to Democrats that is so clear-cut,” said Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster working with multiple 2022 campaigns. “It took an election that was going to be mostly about inflation and immigration and made it also about abortion.”

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“I clearly believe abortion is going to matter because I think it cuts across demographics and it really does get into many voters, including Trump voters and independents, and their concept of personal freedom,” said J.B. Poersch, the president of Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super political action committee that has already funded abortion commercials in multiple states.

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On the airwaves, though, few Republicans have had an answer. One notable exception has come in the New Mexico governor’s race; Mark Ronchetti, the Republican nominee to take on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, has been under fire over his stance on abortion.

“I’m personally pro-life, but I believe we can all come together on a policy that reflects our shared values,” Mr. Ronchetti said in a campaign spot that detailed his position on the issue.
Good that the Democrats are fighting so strongly on this one, instead of being cringing cowards, whimpering that they want abortion to be rare as well as safe and legal.
 
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