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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AHCA Whip Count on: March 21, 2017, 08:15:16 pm
"Tax reform" is not likely. I'm confident Trump can pull together a good old-fashioned tax cut.
2  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2018 Senatorial Election Polls / Re: NV-PPP (D): Heller on track to get Blanched apparently on: March 21, 2017, 12:15:37 pm
On a side note, the last time an incumbent Senator from Nevada was tossed out of office was in 1988, when Republican Chic Hecht lost his seat to Democrat Richard Bryan.

Although 1998 was a very close call for Reid.
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reuters: Tillerson to skip April NATO meeting - travels to Russia instead on: March 21, 2017, 05:53:30 am
It's not "instead." He's skipping NATO to stay in the U.S. for a visit by Xi Jinping. A few weeks later, he goes to Russia.

Are you saying that "Tillerson to skip April NATO meeting to meet with China instead, then travels to Russia" is better?

It's more accurate than the headline which links two separate events to make it look like Tillerson is flipping the bird to NATO by skipping a meeting to visit its enemy.
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reuters: Tillerson to skip April NATO meeting - travels to Russia instead on: March 20, 2017, 09:40:42 pm
It's not "instead." He's skipping NATO to stay in the U.S. for a visit by Xi Jinping. A few weeks later, he goes to Russia.
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Protestors confront politicians at town halls megathread on: March 20, 2017, 02:29:14 pm
Republicans broke Town Halls in 2009-2010. Democrats literally copied their playbook.

It's probably a bad thing that getting your message heard means making this Congressman and his staff's lives a living hell for several weeks, but what can be done about it?
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Donald Trump refuses to shake Angela Merkel's hand, makes mean faces at her on: March 17, 2017, 01:02:27 pm
I totally remember that time Merkel went to the U.S. to campaign against Trump, give a speech slamming him to Congress, and raise money for his Democratic opponent. No wonder he's angry!
7  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: District Court, Splitting 2-1, Finds Texas Congressional Districts Violate VRA on: March 16, 2017, 09:07:16 am
It is hard, intuitively, to understand that a district held entirely within Hidalgo County (pop. 842,000) is unkosher because it constitutes packing. When you have a county larger than a congressional district that is 91% Hispanic...
8  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Pat McCrory can't find work on: March 15, 2017, 02:24:12 pm
It's not as if the Trump administration doesn't have several hundred empty executive branch positions with no nominees submitted for approval. 
9  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Protestors confront politicians at town halls megathread on: March 13, 2017, 08:16:19 am
Tom Cotton said this weekend that passing the current TrumpCare bill could throw the House Majority into danger, so clearly the town hall meeting he held was effective for the opposition.
10  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: District Court, Splitting 2-1, Finds Texas Congressional Districts Violate VRA on: March 13, 2017, 08:15:24 am
I'm shocked the courts found there can be 3 VRA districts in the Metroplex when Republicans were confident they could pack all of the Metroplex's minority voters into 1 vote sink and hold all other districts in the area for Republicans. I know voter turnout is extremely variable in Texas...
11  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rep. Jason Chaffetz Suggests Dispersing Federal Agencies Across the Country on: March 09, 2017, 07:34:00 am
Matt Yglesias has an excellent piece about this:

http://www.vox.com/new-money/2016/12/9/13881712/move-government-to-midwest

Some agencies have synergies and need to be close together, but many don't. Clearly the concentration of power and jobs in the Washington DC metro area has gotten ridiculous.  
12  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Brownback may soon quit as Kansas governor to become ambassador to UN on: March 09, 2017, 07:32:09 am
Position is in Rome and he is a convert from evangelical Protestantism to the Catholic Church as an adult, so that may be part of the appeal.
13  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: What are Hogan's chances to be re-elected? on: February 25, 2017, 01:21:11 am
Hi all,

I deleted a bunch of posts toward the end of the argument, but am not going to back further to delete more as it looks like it has stopped. Please keep on topic and ping me (report posts) if problems resume. Thanks.
14  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Possible All-Time Worst Political Cartoon? on: February 14, 2017, 07:54:46 pm
I'm surprised not to see the Statue of Liberty shedding a tear in the background of that last cartoon.
15  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: Census population estimates 2011-2019 on: February 12, 2017, 11:09:10 pm
AL = Loser; Montgomery and Birmingham shrinking
AZ = Winner; Area around Phoenix exploding
CA = Winner; Mexicans entering state
CO = Winner
FL = Winner; Cubans + Old people moving to state
GA = Winner; Atlanta growing
IL = Loser; R.I.P. Chicago
MA = Loser; Boston shrinking
MI = Loser; R.I.P. Detroit
MO = Loser; R.I.P. St. Louis
NV = Winner; Las Vegas exploding
NY = Loser; people getting the heck out
etc.

I'm not sure I understand this post, but Boston is growing in population faster than it has in decades.
16  General Politics / Political Geography & Demographics / Re: US Religion by County, 1950 Census on: February 10, 2017, 09:24:36 am
Hamilton County, NY has 13 churches and I'd guess a minimum of 6 are Methodist.

http://newyork.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,church,scfips,36041.cfm
17  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump has “hostile” phone conversation with Malcolm Turnbull on: February 01, 2017, 08:47:57 pm
He's going to boast about his electoral college win and the size of his crowds to the Queen when they have the state visit.
18  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Cruz and Sanders to debate Obamacare on CNN Next Tuesday on: February 01, 2017, 09:42:22 am
This sounds like a deeply unpleasant and unedifying program.
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: (D)s are losing in the polls on the Ban, despite big protests. HOW do we fix it? on: February 01, 2017, 08:58:31 am
We don't. Harness the energy of the "Strongly Disagree" against the administration, fight it in the courts, and know that by 2018 and 2020 this will not be a deciding factor in elections.

I don't have an answer for what happens the next time there's a shooting or a terrorist attack and Trump leverages that for the next order.
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Reuters: More Americans support travel ban than oppose it on: January 31, 2017, 07:16:36 pm
Letting in refugees has always polled very poorly with a few weird exceptions. I can believe this; I can also believe that Republicans really, really don't want to deal with the 25% "Strongly Disagree" who are making their lives very difficult at the moment.
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Voting rights bills and lawsuits megathread (Updated: Jan 13th) on: January 31, 2017, 03:55:47 pm
In Texas it is illegal for public schools to inquire about citizenship because it might be discriminatory.

I'm guessing they don't want the children of undocumented immigrants, whether undocumented themselves or not, to be kept out of school by parents afraid of being exposed.
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Paul Ryan has angry meltdown at GOP presser: says "Waste of my fukking time" on: January 31, 2017, 01:26:42 pm
That really does not sound like Ryan, and besides he's one of the most disciplined Republicans in Washington.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump signs new EO to repeal 2 regulations for each new 1 on: January 30, 2017, 10:46:33 pm
When's the regulation to require the air force to hold a bake sale when they want a new jet?
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Richard Spencer punched in the face at protest on: January 23, 2017, 10:42:34 am
Millions of refugees have fled from Afghanistan to Pakistan, so clearly the best possible form of government is a corrupt dictatorship where terrorists are tolerated and the army controls much of the economy.
25  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Richard Spencer punched in the face at protest on: January 22, 2017, 01:32:08 pm
Reports stating that most of the 230 arrested in the DC riot on Friday will be charged with Felony rioting by Federal Prosecutors. The penalty for is up to 25,000 dolar fine and up to 10 years in prison. One of Jeff Session's first jobs will be to ensure that these people receive substantial prison sentences.

Honestly, if Sessions focuses on jail terms for anarchist rioters who smashed windows instead of on vote suppression and defending "bathroom bills", racial gerrymandering, and voter purges in red states we should all be happy.
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