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Trump 29, Clinton 27, Johnson 26 in Utah 4th Congressional District: Internal Poll for Rep. Mia Love
Reported today by the Salt Lake Tribune:
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Philadelphia Airport Workers Call Off Strike During Democratic Convention
Hundreds of airport workers who had threatened to strike for a $15 minimum wage have backed down after moving closer to their goal of joining a union that can negotiate higher pay.
Some Daily Kos community members are excited about Tim Kaine, others ? less so. One thing I can say for sure, though, is that while I was familiar with the broad strokes of Kaine?s career, there?s plenty I didn?t know about him, and judging from many of the comments I?ve read, I?m not alone. I?ve also found that the more I?ve learned about Kaine, the more I?ve grown to like him?a sentiment that, again, it?s apparent quite a few others here share.
So in the spirit of further learning, I?m posting this open thread in the hopes that we can all share links that will teach us more about Kaine, whether positive or negative. I?d encourage folks to post newspaper articles, YouTube videos, profiles, editorials, you name it. Anything that you?ve found informative about the life and career of Tim Kaine is fair game.
And if I can get us started, I?d like to suggest this excellent Washington Post profile of Kaine from his successful 2005 bid for governor. As a narrative hook, it describes in great detail Kaine?s journey to the Honduras as a missionary in 1980-81, when he worked with some exceptionally poor people and while there, learned to speak fluent Spanish. But there are a ton of great tidbits about a range of things. Here are a few I appreciated:
Have any good ones? Please drop them in comments!
On June 22, the Marijuana Party filed its petition to be recognized as a party in Nebraska. See this story.
Darcy Richardson will seek the Reform Party?s presidential nomination
Originally published at American Third Party Report:
IPR contributor and commentator Darcy G. Richardson will be seeking the Reform Party’s presidential nomination at the party’s national convention in Bohemia, New York, which will be held next week from July 29th-31st, this ATPR/IPR editor has learned.
In an an email sent today to this editor, Richardson said:
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Glenn Beck says that he will likely vote for Gary Johnson
From Jeff 4 Justice at the No More 2 Party System YouTube channel, July 21st, 2016:
Praising Kaine: How Clinton's choice of a widely respected senator drives a deep wedge into the GOP
Hillary Clinton announced her selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate late on Friday evening, and something incredible has already happened: Major Republican figures are speaking up to offer their praise. Here, for instance, is Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake:
And here?s Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey:
There will be more to follow, because, in the words of Virginia's Republican state House speaker, Kaine is an ?honorable public servant? who commands respect both broad and deep from fellow lawmakers?even Republicans. Now, there?s no question that other considerations are playing a role for guys like Flake, who is positioning himself as the post-Trump leader of the sane faction of the Republican Party, or Toomey, who is seeking re-election this fall in a blue state and is very vulnerable.
But that?s precisely the point: Clinton knows that these fissures already exist, and they?ve only been exacerbated by Donald Trump?s toxic candidacy. Tim Kaine is her wedge to split those fissures wide open. And it?s not just about winning in November but looking toward January as well: Kaine is the sort of person who will help her forge good deals with Congress and pass good legislation if she?s president.
When Trump tapped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his VP slot, Republicans hoped?prayed, really?that Pence would serve as an escape hatch for an estranged establishment to wander in from the wilderness and embrace Trump. So far, though, there?s been no sign of that happening. Instead, it?s Kaine who?s offering a way for Republicans disgusted with their own nominee to accept Hillary Clinton. In this bitterly polarized age, that?s a remarkable feat. It will only send the GOP even deeper into disarray and, with any luck, pay dividends at the ballot box.
Republicans and Virginia Supreme Court disenfranchise 200,000, McAuliffe gets last laugh
This is remarkable. First, the terrible news:
Why this mattered:
I literally gasped when I read that. So what was McAuliffe?s response?
Take that, asshole Republicans! Also, I hope Terry has a signature stamp.
News Analysis: With Pick, Hillary Clinton Signals She?s Looking Past Inauguration Day
The Virginia politician?s value is almost entirely about governing ? it?s less about his ballot box impact than about what he?ll bring to the White House.
Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine as her running mate, Thread #2
Tim Kaine is the guy. Some of us are unhappy, some of us are resigned, some of us are happy. And no one is too shy to express their feelings! That?s why this place exists...
The progressive case for Kaine seems to boil down to this:
The pundit case for Kaine seems to boil down to this:
In other words, he?s safe and boring and that?s appealing given what Trump is dishing on the other side. (The ?battleground? argument is pretty moot, VPs don?t deliver states that the ticket wouldn?t already deliver without him or her.)
Those are both decent arguments. Kaine isn?t a monster. He?s safe and boring and objectionable on some things, great on others.
My problem with Kaine is that the Clinton campaign, rather than use this pick to excite the party and truly bring it together, now has to deal with new discontent and anger, and will waste how many weeks convincing people that Kaine isn?t all that bad?weeks that could?ve been spent unified and singularly focused on Trump. It is absolutely a wasted opportunity and a self-inflicted wound. I?d garner that it?s downright idiotic.
Any number of candidates could?ve had us here celebrating tonight, instead we?re relitigating the primary wars, and really, who the fuck had the energy to do that? Remember, there were two big objections to Clinton?Wall Street and Trade. Kaine is great on all those other things except ? Wall Street and Trade. Clinton literally just reinforced and validated the primary arguments against her. So yeah, here were are, in discord, on the eve of our convention.
But let?s also not lose perspective. This isn?t the end of the world, and the VP doesn?t wag the president?s tail. Remember the biggest argument against Elizabeth Warren being VP, that she?d disappear from public sight and be rendered impotent? Well, that?s now Tim Kaine. The VP position might matter with a crusading advocate like Warren, but someone as vanilla and boring as Kaine? It?ll all be harmless in the end.
It?s clear I?m not happy about this pick, but I?m also not losing perspective. This is a minor distraction in the end, and we?ll plunge forward with the ticket we have, not the one we wish we had (and I bet, at this point, that the number of people who had both Clinton and Kaine as their top picks for the ticket is down to like 3% of the party). And in a few weeks, we?ll forget Kaine is a thing and head into battle with Clinton because this week reminded us what the alternative is.
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