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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from CleverSonicUsername in Police Brutality Thread   
    "Liberal" Democrat Governors pretty much unanimously calling in National Guard units to support the police now even as evidence mounts of police mishandling.
    You see, now that the primaries are over, they're free to do this to people because they know they'll win most people over with "but Republicans are so much worse" come November.
     
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from KHCast in Police Brutality Thread   
    The store that called the police on Floyd has announced they will no longer be involving police in nonviolent incidents.
    NYPD is doxxing the mayor's daughter now.
    Meanwhile we're seeing politicians donating everything they received from police lobbies to bail funds, mutual aid, etc.
    Police departments are quite possibly othering themselves during all this, actively intimidating the people who are supposed to be their superiors. Executives and legislators across the country should honestly pass bills to fire everyone in these departments and create new bodies that understand their place in the constitutional hierarchy.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) reacted to Tornado in Police Brutality Thread   
    Seems like the police departments are finally starting to drop the hammer on some of the cops who were having just a little bit too much fun wailing on people during this. Everyone who was even in the frame of that Atlanta disaster where the two kids got tased and dragged out of the car when they were trying to get home was apparently either fired or dumped on desk duty pending investigation. The guy who made absolutely sure to neutralize the threat posed by the old man with the cane supposedly is too.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from Penny in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Re: the Supreme Court. The GOP is playing to lose with how openly they want to pack it, honestly. The thing about the Supreme Court is it derives its power entirely from legitimacy... which it derives from giving an illusion of not being partisan hacks.
    The moment the Supreme Court starts throwing out Roe and Obergefell and all those is the moment we stop paying attention to what a bunch of unelected old people in robes yell at us.
    I am not optimistic Dems will carry the Senate with or without Biden at the top, either, so what we would really be playing is "Biden cannot put anyone on the bench as the GOP's Senate majority grows in 2022 so the next GOP President can efficiently pack it."
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    Plus, political considerations aside, I really can't bring myself to vote for a guy getting buried in sexual misconduct accusations.
    Yeah yeah, the whole "lesser evil" thing. But at what point do you make a stand? I'm gonna go full Godwin on this one: "well he committed atrocities against fewer people" is literally the argument fascist apologists make to say Hitler was better than Stalin. No, they were both mass murdering sociopaths.
    In 2016, I was told not voting for a candidate because they were not an ideal choice was a sign of privilege. I took that to heart, and largely considered it to be true; black people have to work with less than ideal choices all the time, this is true.
    But Hillary was different. For all her flaws and for how obnoxiously the Democratic leadership and media pushed her on us, she didn't perpetrate sexual assault. She was a typical boring neoliberal as opposed to someone who actively is going around hurting people directly.
    So yes. Choosing not to vote Biden is a privileged thing to do. But on the other hand, choosing to vote Biden is giving a blank check to every despicable human being that they are free to be our President, that all the backdoor politics (I'm sure it was entirely chance everyone suddenly dropped to endorse Biden the eve of Super Tuesday) is a-okay, all on the basis of "well he's the lesser evil."
    No thanks. I will vote downticket for Democrats to check the abuses of Trump (who I think is a favorite to win anyway unless the economy just collapses), but I can't really get behind backing Biden at the top.
    While I'm here. There is one big problem with the black voter comparison and the privilege narrative that stems from it. Black voters tend to fairly solidly support the moderate in the primary anyway, so of course there's no issue with backing them in the general; this was true this year, when Biden absolutely destroyed Bernie among black voters (especially older black voters). Once you go beyond that community, however, there is often a lot more incongruency between your primary pick and the nominee. This is going to lead to a very different electoral experience and voting decision. Or, another way to put it: privilege is multifaceted here. Chances are a black voter's primary election preference is the nominee anyway, so of course it's not difficult to get behind the nominee.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) reacted to KHCast in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    It seems one of the main arguments I’m seeing from people wanting people to vote for Biden is Trump and his Supreme Court picks. Here’s the thing tho... is there any guarantee the fears about that hold? Seems a lot of liberals main concerns pertaining to the Supreme Court is that policies relating to women’s rights (primarily abortions), and LGBTQ rights, will be passed that endangers them or allows for discrimination, but I don’t think either of those groups are in any long term danger. Especially if the senate can be taken by democrats. The idea of pushing to say, reverse same sex marriage, or allow for blatant discrimination against trans or gay people looking for work, or hospitals being allowed to turn away gay people, while being policies pushed for by smaller republicans, I do not believe would have any serious footing in a Supreme Court case, even if trump appointed republicans judges. This holds true in regards to abortions, and in general women’s healthcare. This “long term damage to these groups” I do not believe would be as long term as some will try and make out. 
     
    Now sure, you can make arguments regarding pay distribution among the working class, and how another trump term wouldn’t help that, however, I can’t exactly say Biden holds any advantage on that subject either, especially when he’s running on a “capitalism works” platform like Trump. Most of the fears outside “but women and lgbt people and immigrants” can honestly to varying degrees be applied to Biden as well. Hell, worse so in most cases given how empty in policy his platform is.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from KHCast in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    So Biden and Bernie neck and neck in Washington.
    A ton of delegates still remain uncounted from the pro-Bernie states of March 3rd's race.
    Biden won Idaho and Michigan despite Bernie's supposed rural appeal.
    Short of some miracle after the 15th's debate impacting the 17th primaries, Biden is the nominee.
    He generally polls better than Trump but given he's clearly losing his marbles, I would not be surprised if that changes.
    We can only hope that Dems can still do well downticket so Trump doesn't enter his second term with both Houses of Congress again.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) reacted to KHCast in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Progressive black groups do tend to be at odds I notice with popularly promoted black leaders the DNC tries to push on them. It’s kinda similar to when Trump and the GOP tried to push Ben Carson and any republican black politician in order to convey the idea that black groups loved him and his policies. 
     
    What’s even more telling here is that damn near every other minority group seems to poll wise prefer Bernie over Biden.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from 8ther in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    We have about 115 delegates from Super Tuesday to go, and Biden is ahead by 91. He will most likely maintain his lead.
    Current polls put Bernie as non-viable in Florida. If that continues, Biden will win 200 delegates from it, and this is basically over.
    Now, as for this upcoming Tuesday. I looked at polling averages, which admittedly are flawed since most don't account for this being a two candidate race (lol Tulsi), and split the delegates in each state proportionate to the candidate's share of the vote:
    Idaho (20) – No polling. Sanders stomped Clinton here in 2016.
    Michigan (125) – 70 Biden, 55 Sanders
    Mississippi (36) – 25 Biden, 11 Sanders
    Missouri (68) – 43 Biden, 25 Sanders
    North Dakota (14) – No polling. Ditto with Idaho.
    Washington (89) – 46 Sanders, 43 Biden
    Net: 181 for Biden, 137 for Sanders. Even if Bernie sweeps Idaho and North Dakota, he remains behind.
    It looks like Biden is on the path to crush Sanders. But a lot can change in a two-candidate race. If you are a Bernie supporter, going out to vote is more important than ever now.
    What is most eye-opening about the current polls is Biden's surge in Michigan. It is possible he's just enjoying a boost from every single Democrat coalescing behind him, but if Bernie can't beat Biden in the Rust Belt, I just don't see a path forward.
    Multiple things. In general, the South is more conservative, so black voters from there will reflect that.
    Speaking of the black community as a whole, there has been some research done on the topic. In some cases, it's the influence of the church in many communities that pushes it a little more towards conservative ideology, but the racism of the Republican Party keeps even conservative black people from joining the GOP for the most part.
    There are other factors in play as well. What has been found is black voters tend to feel moderates deliver more on their promises than radicals. Clinton signed into law a bill that fell heavily on African Americans, but he also oversaw their greatest period of economic prosperity. Meanwhile, black radicalism in the 1960s paved the way for Nixon's Southern Strategy and the modern American police state that imprisons and murders black people with impunity. In addition, the experience with racism seems to have overall lowered black voters' expectations, so going with a moderate means the least chance of being disappointed.
    But yes, last I saw, about 40% of black voters identify as conservative and 40% as moderate. Social pressure goes a long way to maintain cohesion with the Democratic Party, but there are strategic reasons to as well.
    Of course, then you have black leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who are tied very heavily to moderate Democratic politicians. But it's better to look at black leaders in the aggregate... the issue they tend to rank most highly is not police brutality, but affirmative action in college. They, the relatively well to do black Americans, are more interested in putting their kids in college than keeping everyone else's kids out of jail.
    There is a reason Black Lives Matter groups tend to politely tell traditional black leaders to piss off. They recognize the affiliation with the neoliberal leadership of the Democratic Party only benefits wealthier black people.
    This is the same pattern we have seen for hundreds of years. A colonized population's leaders are just agents of the colonizer. The Palestinian leaders live in plush mansions while their people can barely fit in their housing, if their house isn't demolished by Israeli settlements. Is it any surprise that black leaders tend to celebrate moderates like Biden as helping to fend off the evils of Republican racism, even though Biden's weak commitment to ending the Drug War or overdue investment in black communities means oppression will continue with little change?
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from SenEDDtor Missile in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    We have about 115 delegates from Super Tuesday to go, and Biden is ahead by 91. He will most likely maintain his lead.
    Current polls put Bernie as non-viable in Florida. If that continues, Biden will win 200 delegates from it, and this is basically over.
    Now, as for this upcoming Tuesday. I looked at polling averages, which admittedly are flawed since most don't account for this being a two candidate race (lol Tulsi), and split the delegates in each state proportionate to the candidate's share of the vote:
    Idaho (20) – No polling. Sanders stomped Clinton here in 2016.
    Michigan (125) – 70 Biden, 55 Sanders
    Mississippi (36) – 25 Biden, 11 Sanders
    Missouri (68) – 43 Biden, 25 Sanders
    North Dakota (14) – No polling. Ditto with Idaho.
    Washington (89) – 46 Sanders, 43 Biden
    Net: 181 for Biden, 137 for Sanders. Even if Bernie sweeps Idaho and North Dakota, he remains behind.
    It looks like Biden is on the path to crush Sanders. But a lot can change in a two-candidate race. If you are a Bernie supporter, going out to vote is more important than ever now.
    What is most eye-opening about the current polls is Biden's surge in Michigan. It is possible he's just enjoying a boost from every single Democrat coalescing behind him, but if Bernie can't beat Biden in the Rust Belt, I just don't see a path forward.
    Multiple things. In general, the South is more conservative, so black voters from there will reflect that.
    Speaking of the black community as a whole, there has been some research done on the topic. In some cases, it's the influence of the church in many communities that pushes it a little more towards conservative ideology, but the racism of the Republican Party keeps even conservative black people from joining the GOP for the most part.
    There are other factors in play as well. What has been found is black voters tend to feel moderates deliver more on their promises than radicals. Clinton signed into law a bill that fell heavily on African Americans, but he also oversaw their greatest period of economic prosperity. Meanwhile, black radicalism in the 1960s paved the way for Nixon's Southern Strategy and the modern American police state that imprisons and murders black people with impunity. In addition, the experience with racism seems to have overall lowered black voters' expectations, so going with a moderate means the least chance of being disappointed.
    But yes, last I saw, about 40% of black voters identify as conservative and 40% as moderate. Social pressure goes a long way to maintain cohesion with the Democratic Party, but there are strategic reasons to as well.
    Of course, then you have black leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who are tied very heavily to moderate Democratic politicians. But it's better to look at black leaders in the aggregate... the issue they tend to rank most highly is not police brutality, but affirmative action in college. They, the relatively well to do black Americans, are more interested in putting their kids in college than keeping everyone else's kids out of jail.
    There is a reason Black Lives Matter groups tend to politely tell traditional black leaders to piss off. They recognize the affiliation with the neoliberal leadership of the Democratic Party only benefits wealthier black people.
    This is the same pattern we have seen for hundreds of years. A colonized population's leaders are just agents of the colonizer. The Palestinian leaders live in plush mansions while their people can barely fit in their housing, if their house isn't demolished by Israeli settlements. Is it any surprise that black leaders tend to celebrate moderates like Biden as helping to fend off the evils of Republican racism, even though Biden's weak commitment to ending the Drug War or overdue investment in black communities means oppression will continue with little change?
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from KHCast in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    We have about 115 delegates from Super Tuesday to go, and Biden is ahead by 91. He will most likely maintain his lead.
    Current polls put Bernie as non-viable in Florida. If that continues, Biden will win 200 delegates from it, and this is basically over.
    Now, as for this upcoming Tuesday. I looked at polling averages, which admittedly are flawed since most don't account for this being a two candidate race (lol Tulsi), and split the delegates in each state proportionate to the candidate's share of the vote:
    Idaho (20) – No polling. Sanders stomped Clinton here in 2016.
    Michigan (125) – 70 Biden, 55 Sanders
    Mississippi (36) – 25 Biden, 11 Sanders
    Missouri (68) – 43 Biden, 25 Sanders
    North Dakota (14) – No polling. Ditto with Idaho.
    Washington (89) – 46 Sanders, 43 Biden
    Net: 181 for Biden, 137 for Sanders. Even if Bernie sweeps Idaho and North Dakota, he remains behind.
    It looks like Biden is on the path to crush Sanders. But a lot can change in a two-candidate race. If you are a Bernie supporter, going out to vote is more important than ever now.
    What is most eye-opening about the current polls is Biden's surge in Michigan. It is possible he's just enjoying a boost from every single Democrat coalescing behind him, but if Bernie can't beat Biden in the Rust Belt, I just don't see a path forward.
    Multiple things. In general, the South is more conservative, so black voters from there will reflect that.
    Speaking of the black community as a whole, there has been some research done on the topic. In some cases, it's the influence of the church in many communities that pushes it a little more towards conservative ideology, but the racism of the Republican Party keeps even conservative black people from joining the GOP for the most part.
    There are other factors in play as well. What has been found is black voters tend to feel moderates deliver more on their promises than radicals. Clinton signed into law a bill that fell heavily on African Americans, but he also oversaw their greatest period of economic prosperity. Meanwhile, black radicalism in the 1960s paved the way for Nixon's Southern Strategy and the modern American police state that imprisons and murders black people with impunity. In addition, the experience with racism seems to have overall lowered black voters' expectations, so going with a moderate means the least chance of being disappointed.
    But yes, last I saw, about 40% of black voters identify as conservative and 40% as moderate. Social pressure goes a long way to maintain cohesion with the Democratic Party, but there are strategic reasons to as well.
    Of course, then you have black leaders like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, who are tied very heavily to moderate Democratic politicians. But it's better to look at black leaders in the aggregate... the issue they tend to rank most highly is not police brutality, but affirmative action in college. They, the relatively well to do black Americans, are more interested in putting their kids in college than keeping everyone else's kids out of jail.
    There is a reason Black Lives Matter groups tend to politely tell traditional black leaders to piss off. They recognize the affiliation with the neoliberal leadership of the Democratic Party only benefits wealthier black people.
    This is the same pattern we have seen for hundreds of years. A colonized population's leaders are just agents of the colonizer. The Palestinian leaders live in plush mansions while their people can barely fit in their housing, if their house isn't demolished by Israeli settlements. Is it any surprise that black leaders tend to celebrate moderates like Biden as helping to fend off the evils of Republican racism, even though Biden's weak commitment to ending the Drug War or overdue investment in black communities means oppression will continue with little change?
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) reacted to KHCast in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Hilary really has no place to be talking when she lost against Trump and only got to be the nominee due to the establishment democrats clearly wanting her over Bernie, “first female president” hype, and from what I recall, cheating. It should also be noted that before democrats decided to focus all their energy on defeating Bernie, more energy it seems than they put to trying to defeat trump, he was making a hell of a lot of progress that started to clearly make them nervous. Doesn’t sound like a weak candidate to me. Especially when you’re supposedly needing the entire party to rally up against him 
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) reacted to CrownSlayer’s Shadow in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Even if we get another Trump term, that would be mitigated if the Democrats take the Senate.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) reacted to CrownSlayer’s Shadow in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    ...how the fuck does anyone let that come out of their mouths?
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from Ryan92 in General British Politics Thread.   
    Honestly, from everything I hear, it sounds like Corbyn is going to keep this from going in a good direction. I hear a persistent frustration is he's basically the obnoxious centrist who won't give a clear position on Brexit, and it makes him and Labour look really bad.
    Of course, a lot can change during a campaign (May sure got a surprise when she held that election with good polling numbers only to lose seats), but the likely scenario is Conservatives come out ahead and this moves forward.
    Now unless the Conservatives get a super clear majority yet their plans still fall apart due to infighting, (Lord knows stateside how hilariously bad the right wing Party's grand plans collapsed once they actually got back in power) I just hope that Scotland, Northern Ireland, etc. are all given a choice to break off and do their own thing. The Scottish people in particular voted against economic uncertainty, yet England gave them it anyway. So I say let them have another chance to make their own destiny.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from Patticus in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Democrats took the Kentucky Governorship and both legislative chambers in Virginia on Tuesday.
    Kentucky is likely one of those fluke elections where the Republican is so bad the red state picks a Democrat (see also, the Dems taking Kansas in 2018 and Missouri in 2012), but Virginia's trifecta is huge. This puts Democrats in a position to revenge gerrymander (making a House majority in 2020 a little more likely), but they can also now repeal the work requirements for Medicaid that the GOP forced through in the previous session (the only way to expand Medicaid in the state was to compromise on work requirements).
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/06/politics/jeff-sessions-senate-run-alabama/index.html
    The 2020 Senate race is about to get interesting. Jeff Sessions will be running for his old Senate seat in Alabama. This will put him against the other establishment GOP candidate and far right Roy Moore.
    Unless the establishment vote comes out hard, there's a serious possibility that it will be split between Sessions and his establishment rival, Roy Moore will secure the nomination, and then he runs against Jones in the general.
    Now, last election, Jones had the benefit that it was a special election without Trump at the top of the ticket. But Roy Moore getting the nomination again would greatly increase Democrats' chances of keeping that seat.
    That's the interesting thing. We know from sources within the Party that large numbers of Republicans would be happy to impeach and remove him... if the votes were secret.
    Under the current circumstances, however, going against Trump is a good way to ensure one is thrown out of power in the next primary election. Republicans can probably survive a general challenge, but primaries are a whole other ball game, where they need to win the support of the conservative diehards to stay in. Consider: there used to be many Republicans who would sit down with Democrats on gun control. Lobbyists like the NRA ensured they were all kicked out in primaries. And that's why the GOP's rank and file tread carefully with working with Democrats now.
    Really, there has never been a stronger case for term limits than politicking like this. Go figure, that was one of Trump's few proposals that was actually pretty cool. Of course it was the one he stopped caring about once he was in.
    Failing that, making impeachment and removal votes secret would also be a path to take. Now some fear this would make Congress supreme but... honestly? I'm all for it. The historical record for Presidentialism is not that good, so I don't mind weakening the executive in this country.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from Supah Berry in Five Nights at Freddy's - Help Wanted in Virtual Reality   
    Well the furry jokes are gonna abound with that FNAF World one.
    ...also I'm 99% sure that's a female version of Twisted Wolf. Wolf really wants to steal Foxy's theme, doesn't he?
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from Sonictrainer in Five Nights at Freddy's - Help Wanted in Virtual Reality   
    And the ride continues. Scottgames has updated with a new teaser image for a 2020 title, it seems.
    Looks like Chica, Freddy, Foxy and... someone new. Presumably a canine based on the pointy ears.
    But they don't have a tail like Foxy.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from Supah Berry in Five Nights at Freddy's - Help Wanted in Virtual Reality   
    And the ride continues. Scottgames has updated with a new teaser image for a 2020 title, it seems.
    Looks like Chica, Freddy, Foxy and... someone new. Presumably a canine based on the pointy ears.
    But they don't have a tail like Foxy.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from 8ther in Five Nights at Freddy's - Help Wanted in Virtual Reality   
    And the ride continues. Scottgames has updated with a new teaser image for a 2020 title, it seems.
    Looks like Chica, Freddy, Foxy and... someone new. Presumably a canine based on the pointy ears.
    But they don't have a tail like Foxy.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from 8ther in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Well round one of the debates was interesting. Warren was allowed to have both the opening and closing statement. She started off pretty strong, and while she seems a little weak on policies like how to handle Mitch McConnell and gun reform, she was a solid candidate at the start.
    Some basic takeaways:
    -Booker, Beto, and Castro are desperately trying to get the Hispanic vote, because they kept randomly switching into Spanish during the debate. Clearly, they did not learn anything from how Tim Kaine pissed a lot of Hispanic voters off because "I can speak Spanish!" does not actually impress rank and file Hispanic voters and instead speaks to a very narrow understanding of issues facing those voters.
    -Booker and Castro both seem in favor of nuking the 60-seat filibuster to pass gun reform, and probably anything else. Booker specifically mentions races in South Carolina and Iowa.
    -On healthcare, only two candidates said they would replace all private insurance with Medicare for All: Warren and De Blasio. In Warren's case, she demonized private insurance as an industry that gambles with people's lives, since its goal is to maximize fees and minimize how much it pays out.
    -Beto was basically getting destroyed all night. When he said he supports keeping private healthcare and public to create "choice," De Blasio interjected that millions of people do not have healthcare in our current "choice" based system. When he said he supports keeping immigration law the way it is to prevent human trafficking, Castro called him out, saying there are sections of the code that already cover that. Overall, while everyone expected Beto to come out as Warren's main rival, he looked pretty bad.
    -Tim Ryan kept going on about the need to funnel money into the Rust Belt to bring back manufacturing jobs. Elizabeth Warren called him out on traditional attempts to revive American industry, saying it's almost always "let companies do what they want," and emphasized that American manufacturing should be based on leadership in renewable energy (several other Dems share this view).
    -When asked about the greatest geopolitical threat to the United States, most Democrats mentioned climate change, Iran, or China. Jay Inslee went "Donald Trump."
    -Castro spoke for the need to have social justice as well as economic justice (rebutting Amy Klobuchar), and how he wants to decriminalize illegal entry and make it a civil issue. He wants a Marshall Plan for Latin America so people won't feel the need to migrate to the US.
    -Klobuchar is painting herself as the more realistic left candidate, outright saying she isn't promising as much, e.g. she only wants community college to be free.
    -Class solidarity: De Blasio called for the Democratic Party to remember its working class roots, while Booker, Castro and Warren basically all favored a 50 state strategy to keep the Senate.
    -Taxation: De Blasio said all Democrats should support a 70% marginal tax rate on the highest income bracket. OH DAMN.
    There's a lot of content in 2 hours, but the winners I'm seeing are:
    Warren's powerful opening and closing statements (regarding American inequality and how she's only on that stage because she got a government-funded education, and wants it an option for everybody) make her a clear winner.
    Booker and Castro both seem very strong.
    De Blasio looks like he will have very strong left wing credentials that could help him last.
    Moving forward: Warren, Castro, Booker, De Blasio
    Not moving forward: Ryan, Gabbard, Beto, Inslee, Delaney, Klobuchar
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from PaddyFancy in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Well round one of the debates was interesting. Warren was allowed to have both the opening and closing statement. She started off pretty strong, and while she seems a little weak on policies like how to handle Mitch McConnell and gun reform, she was a solid candidate at the start.
    Some basic takeaways:
    -Booker, Beto, and Castro are desperately trying to get the Hispanic vote, because they kept randomly switching into Spanish during the debate. Clearly, they did not learn anything from how Tim Kaine pissed a lot of Hispanic voters off because "I can speak Spanish!" does not actually impress rank and file Hispanic voters and instead speaks to a very narrow understanding of issues facing those voters.
    -Booker and Castro both seem in favor of nuking the 60-seat filibuster to pass gun reform, and probably anything else. Booker specifically mentions races in South Carolina and Iowa.
    -On healthcare, only two candidates said they would replace all private insurance with Medicare for All: Warren and De Blasio. In Warren's case, she demonized private insurance as an industry that gambles with people's lives, since its goal is to maximize fees and minimize how much it pays out.
    -Beto was basically getting destroyed all night. When he said he supports keeping private healthcare and public to create "choice," De Blasio interjected that millions of people do not have healthcare in our current "choice" based system. When he said he supports keeping immigration law the way it is to prevent human trafficking, Castro called him out, saying there are sections of the code that already cover that. Overall, while everyone expected Beto to come out as Warren's main rival, he looked pretty bad.
    -Tim Ryan kept going on about the need to funnel money into the Rust Belt to bring back manufacturing jobs. Elizabeth Warren called him out on traditional attempts to revive American industry, saying it's almost always "let companies do what they want," and emphasized that American manufacturing should be based on leadership in renewable energy (several other Dems share this view).
    -When asked about the greatest geopolitical threat to the United States, most Democrats mentioned climate change, Iran, or China. Jay Inslee went "Donald Trump."
    -Castro spoke for the need to have social justice as well as economic justice (rebutting Amy Klobuchar), and how he wants to decriminalize illegal entry and make it a civil issue. He wants a Marshall Plan for Latin America so people won't feel the need to migrate to the US.
    -Klobuchar is painting herself as the more realistic left candidate, outright saying she isn't promising as much, e.g. she only wants community college to be free.
    -Class solidarity: De Blasio called for the Democratic Party to remember its working class roots, while Booker, Castro and Warren basically all favored a 50 state strategy to keep the Senate.
    -Taxation: De Blasio said all Democrats should support a 70% marginal tax rate on the highest income bracket. OH DAMN.
    There's a lot of content in 2 hours, but the winners I'm seeing are:
    Warren's powerful opening and closing statements (regarding American inequality and how she's only on that stage because she got a government-funded education, and wants it an option for everybody) make her a clear winner.
    Booker and Castro both seem very strong.
    De Blasio looks like he will have very strong left wing credentials that could help him last.
    Moving forward: Warren, Castro, Booker, De Blasio
    Not moving forward: Ryan, Gabbard, Beto, Inslee, Delaney, Klobuchar
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) reacted to SSF1991 in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    Except it wouldn't because the entire point of the popular vote electing presidents is that every vote would actually have a say in a damn election and every state would actually fucking matter.
    It's not about a state being fucking big or small, it's about giving the person that got more votes from Americans the presidency and not having 3-4 states decide everything. I'm fucking tired of this outdated system of electoral votes. Land mass doesn't vote. People do.
     
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from 8ther in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/06/20/roy-moore-will-run-for-senate-in-alabama-after-trump-objects.html
    As we count down the days to Democratic debates on Wednesday and Thursday, Alabama has given the Dems a gift: Roy Moore is officially running for the Senate seat again, and he still has wide grassroots support.
    If he takes that nomination, Doug Jones' chances of keeping Alabama for Democrats next year are hugely improved.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from DabigRG in Five Nights at Freddy's - Help Wanted in Virtual Reality   
    The FNAF movie might be languishing in development Hell because Scott keeps rejecting every idea put before him, but... there's this.
    There is a rumor that it developed out of an early draft of the FNAF film that was rejected, but whether that's true or not, well... my God, it exists. And since everyone is comparing it to FNAF, I figured it appropriate to link it here.
    I feel sorry for all the 70s and 80s kids who grew up with the actual show.
    This is both an extremely bad and an extremely brilliant idea.
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    Legosi (Tani Coyote) got a reaction from Patticus in The General 'Murican Politics Thread   
    http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/nevada-governor-vetoes-national-popular-vote-bill.html
    Nevada Dem. Governor Sisolak has vetoed the state's bill that would have added Nevada to the National Popular Vote Compact. He cited the argument that Nevada would simply be ignored in national elections because it is small, whereas right now it benefits from being a swing state.
    It's also an argument that falls apart under increased scrutiny: people scream about Texas and California and New York, but those large states are hardly hive minds, and their political minorities will come out in full force if the national popular vote becomes a thing. Candidates will have to cast a wide net to win a truly national election.
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