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26  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Should Ireland be reunited or stay as is on: November 10, 2017, 03:19:42 pm
I expect to see all of Eire unified under this flag before the end of this century:

 
27  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Unpopular/Bad Opinions on: November 10, 2017, 03:13:36 pm
Iím really grossed out by couples (especially two men) who have a 20 year or higher age gap. Like, when one partner was an adult, the other was a baby.

I feel the same way, especially when it comes to heterosexual couples where the man is twenty years older.  Am I the only one who mistakes him for being her father?  Tongue

And what does that say about her? 
28  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Roy Moore accused of sexual abuse on: November 10, 2017, 02:55:03 pm
I thought we would've learned by now to never assume logical consistency from Republicans
Hypocrisy is the only constant.

.......with both parties.

Yes, but it's worse with Republicans and conservatives (especially after the rise of the Religious Right) given they have always claimed for political gain that they are morally superior to Democrats and liberals.  For those types (like Catholic priests caught molesting little boys), they have much further to fall. 
29  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: It's a Wave (GE: Nov 7th - Thread #2) on: November 10, 2017, 12:07:29 am
He appears to have won 58 districts.

Oh wow. This means that Democrats still have plenty of room to grow in the next election. There could be a clear majority by 2019.

Yes. In fact, it would be fair to say Democrats are favored to take back both the state Senate and HoD in 2019 if the election is even half as good as it was this week. They don't have over a dozen incumbents to take out next time around, and because those were almost all Clinton districts, they will be easier to keep. In many ways this was a massive correction on an over-extended GOP that got greedy in the last round  of redistricting.

As it stands now, there are a few Clinton districts and like a half dozen marginal Trump districts Democrats could make serious plays for. As soon as they take complete control, the HoD gerrymander comes down and there will probably be a slew of pro-voter reforms passed.

It would be nice if someone (DDHQ, perhaps?) could come up with a map showing partisan control district-by-district in the Virginia Senate, like we saw with the House of Delegates in the run-up to this Tuesday. 
30  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Rep. Al Green (D-TX) promises vote on Impeachment before Christmas break on: November 10, 2017, 12:02:47 am
Pushing an impeachment resolution before the conclusion of Mueller's investigation makes it look blatantly political and hurts the case of any similar resolution in the future.

Agree. Jumping the gun will only let Republicans conflate an impeachment attempt of Trump after genuine crimes are revealed with the bogus one earlier. Be patient and let Mueller finish his job.
31  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: $1.5 Trillion GOP Tax Cut Thread on: November 09, 2017, 08:33:38 pm
I said this once in another thread, and I'll say it again here:  if this bill passes, it will be the albatross around the neck of the GOP that Obamacare was for Democrats for years to come, especially if we succeed in casting it primarily as a tax cut for the rich and multinational corporations at the expense of the middle class:

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Democrats are signaling that their strategy on the Republican tax overhaul plan is right out of the GOP's health care playbook: Criticize relentlessly and do little to help make it better.

"Want to pass this tax bill? Want to hurt the suburbs? Make our day," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, evoking tough-talking movie star Clint Eastwood.

Of course, Democrats are not explicitly saying they're giving up working with Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress.

"You have to tell us where the secret room is first," said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. "They've written the bill in secret with no input from Democrats. We've made it clear a million different ways we want to work with them on it, but they don't seem to have any interest."

Democrats witnessed a week of debate this week on the House GOP plan in the Ways and Means Committee, where countless Democratic amendments and ideas were consistently rejected. The committee Thursday sent the bill to the House floor, where it's due for a vote next week, on a party-line vote.

Democrats expect a similar pattern to unfold in the Senate Finance Committee next week when that panel writes its version of the tax bill.

Republicans are bound to criticize Democrats for not appearing eager to help improve legislation the GOP negotiated behind closed doors. The current Democratic posture, however, is similar to the strategy Republicans employed in 2009 and 2010, as the Democrat-controlled Congress advanced the Affordable Care Act without GOP input.

Republicans' ultimate decision to offer little or no constructive input, and instead yell from the sidelines, helped them retake the House in 2010. Every Republican voted "no" on final passage on Obamacare legislation that to this day remains disliked by the base.

Tribune News Service

It is delicious satisfaction to watch Republicans be given a taste of their own medicine.  
32  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: How do you feel about Ralph Northam's victory? on: November 08, 2017, 10:48:44 pm
Satisfaction.  Smiley
33  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Elections coming up on: November 08, 2017, 10:46:14 pm
What happened with Australia's gay marriage referendum?
34  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Trump approval ratings thread 1.2 on: November 08, 2017, 10:41:16 pm
Trump's low approval rating masks his support among likely voters: Reuters/Ipsos poll

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President Donald Trump is more popular with likely voters than he is with the general public, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll that underscores why Republican lawmakers have largely stuck with the polarizing president despite his plunging approval ratings.

The poll, released on Wednesday, shows he polls better among people who voted in the 2016 presidential election than with the overall U.S. adult population Ė a group that includes both voters and non-voters. Only about 60 percent of the voting-age public took part in last yearís election.

In October, for example, 44 percent of 2016 voters said they approved of Trumpís performance in office, compared with 37 percent of the general population. Among Republicans, 82 percent of voters approved of Trump in October, compared with 75 percent of all Republicans.

Some 85 percent of those who voted for Trump in 2016 said they would do so again, the poll found.

35  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Washington '17: The Calm Before the Drizzle on: November 08, 2017, 04:27:27 pm
Moon losing makes me sad, even though I only really made my final decision in the race while filling out the ballot. Seems like all good news apart from that, though.

How does Durkan compare to Moon when it comes to Sound Transit?
36  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ralph Northam 2020? on: November 08, 2017, 12:37:37 am
If we want a Southern white male Governor for VP I prefer Roy Cooper.

Why him, and not Ralph Northam (or John Bel Edwards, for that matter)? 
37  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: 2018 Congressional Recruitment / Fundraising / Generic ballot Megathread on: November 08, 2017, 12:31:19 am


And based upon the results in Virginia, we have the candidates, the enthusiasm, and turnout to make that margin felt.  
38  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: Ralph Northam 2020? on: November 07, 2017, 11:58:42 pm
I like Ralph Northam - he has a storied past of being a very genuine and honorable person - but I feel like, in terms of political goals, I would like a more left-wing Democratic nominee.

If he's a decent Governor, he would be a good running mate for someone like Kamala Harris.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Like I said in that other thread, he strikes me more as vice-presidential material.  
39  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: It's a Wave (GE: Nov 7th - Thread #2) on: November 07, 2017, 11:47:13 pm
Berniecrat Lee Carter defeated the Virginia House Republican Whip.

Oh right, Berniecrats can't win in Virginia.

Eternally bitter, lmao

I can somewhat understand his disappointment.  Just think, a moderate Democrat like Ralph Northam not only handily beats Tom Perriello (the Bernie candidate) for the nomination, but goes on to defeat Ed Gillespie by about 9 points in the general election.  Not only that, his victory carries the other statewide Democrats to the finish line, and might even win the House of Delegates (in Republican control for nearly twenty years) as well.

If you are a Bernie Bro hardliner like him who was counting on Northam either losing outright or barely winning to bolster his campaign of reshaping the Democratic Party in Bernie Sanders' image, it must be a bitter night indeed.  
40  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Will the VA landslide set off a panic and a stampede of GOP retirements? on: November 07, 2017, 11:38:16 pm
The statewide races were not landslides by any means. The legislative losses were almost exclusively in NOVA, so I would presume some Clinton-Suburban Republicans might consider that when determining whether to run for reelection. While tonight was not good, it isn't time to sound the alarm that 2018 is going to be wave. If Trump cuts taxes, suburbanites will come home.

The problem with the tax plan is that it targets mortgage deductions and a lot of suburbanites have mortgages.

If that tax cut plan passes, it will be the albatross around the GOP neck that Obamacare was for us.  
41  About this Site / The Atlas / Re: Can we set a size limit on signatures? on: November 07, 2017, 11:27:49 pm
I hope my sig passes muster...   Tongue

I'm keeping my Northam/Fairfax/Herring campaign banner in there until the end of the week. 
42  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: It's a Wave (GE: Nov 7th - Thread #2) on: November 07, 2017, 11:23:42 pm

Trump fixed whatever GOP trend was emerging from them.

God bless him!
43  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Will Gillespie run for make up seat in VA-10? on: November 07, 2017, 11:20:03 pm
He should run for Senate just so Corey Stewart doesn't get the nomination and sinks Congressmen Brat and Taylor.

After his loss tonight, no one is going to nominate him for anything ever again.  
44  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Congressional Elections / Re: Will the VA landslide set off a panic and a stampede of GOP retirements? on: November 07, 2017, 11:16:03 pm
I also think this election signals the beginning of the end of the Virginia Republican party.

If you mean as a governing party, I would tentatively agree.  They should get ready to head back into the wilderness...   
45  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: $1.5 Trillion GOP Tax Cut Thread on: November 07, 2017, 08:37:45 pm
Senate GOP tax bill could delay corporate tax cut and make other major changes that break sharply with House plan

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Senate Republican leaders are considering a one-year delay in the implementation of a major corporate tax cut, four people familiar with a draft of the legislation said, a move that would postpone a centerpiece of the GOP tax plan in order to comply with Senate rules.

This change would lower the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent in 2019, not 2018 as currently constructed by a House GOP bill.

To ensure that companies donít postpone major investment decisions and wait for the lower rate in 2019, Senate Republicans are considering allowing companies to immediately deduct capital investments in 2018 from their taxable income, the people said.

WashPo
46  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Utter Panic and Doom (GE: Nov 7th - Thread #2) on: November 07, 2017, 08:26:52 pm
Someone please tell me how those shills over in Fox are reacting!
Tucker is very neutral, he's not too upset. He's not a Gillespie type of Republican, but he still "endorsed" him because he said (and I agree) that Northam is beyond awful with his racial dog whistling (see the Confederate Pickup ad).

Apparently that ad worked, or at least it can be spun that way.  It would be nice to have you be the brunt of all those racial dog whistles for a change.  And see how you like it.  
47  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Utter Panic and Doom (GE: Nov 7th - Thread #2) on: November 07, 2017, 08:19:35 pm
How did Tidewater and the Eastern Shore vote?  
48  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Utter Panic and Doom (GE: Nov 7th - Thread #2) on: November 07, 2017, 08:12:56 pm
Trump is the Republican Party's Obama.

Don't insult Obama by tying him with that trash in the same sentence.  
49  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Utter Panic and Doom (GE: Nov 7th - Thread #2) on: November 07, 2017, 08:10:45 pm
Virginia, I think you can change the thread title now. Smiley

It can stay -it is an accurate depiction of the Republican mood tonight.  Smiley
50  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: VA-GOV 2017: Utter Panic and Doom (GE: Nov 7th - Thread #2) on: November 07, 2017, 08:08:44 pm
Black turnout surged compared to estimates.

What were the numbers in Charlottesville?

Results not in yet.  
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