- Pass ESSB 5082 to end Push Polls on Washington State ballots
- Michigan begins campaign to join National Popular Vote to elect US President and Vice President
- Support the Democratic Association of Secretaries of State
- Nov 3, 2021 update of Seattle City Election of Nov 2, 2021
- NPI Media Advisory – “Advisory votes” are propaganda and can’t be used to “gauge public opinion”
- Pass ESSB 5082 to end Push Polls on Washington State ballotsTestimony To Washington State Legislature supporting ESSB 5082 – encouraging electoral participation and making ballots more meaningful by abolishing advisory votes My name is Steve Zemke, speaking for Majority Rules. Please pass ESSB 5082 to end these phony advisory votes … Continue reading →
- Michigan begins campaign to join National Popular Vote to elect US President and Vice PresidentAn initiative late last year was filed in Michigan on signature gathering on a ballot measure to join the National Popular Vote. So far 15 states and the District of Columbia with a total of 195 electoral votes have joined … Continue reading →
- Support the Democratic Association of Secretaries of StateThe following e-mail was received from the . Quick question: do you support the Electoral College? YES NOIt’s as big of an impediment to free elections in this country as the new wave of voter-suppression laws.Despite losing by over 7 MILLION votes … Continue reading →
- Nov 3, 2021 update of Seattle City Election of Nov 2, 2021Data from King County Elections site – Updated: 11/3/2021 3:44:41 PM City of Seattle Ballots Counted: 153,662 * Registered Voters: 489,996 31.36 % Mayor Bruce Harrell 97,763 64.22 % M. Lorena González 53,965 35.45 % … Continue reading →
- NPI Media Advisory – “Advisory votes” are propaganda and can’t be used to “gauge public opinion”“Advisory votes” are propaganda and can’t be used to “gauge public opinion” MEDIA ADVISORY DATE: Wedsnesday, November 3rd, 2021TO: Washington State Reporters, Editors, and ProducersFROM: Andrew Villeneuve, Executive Director, Northwest Progressive Institute firstname.lastname@example.org) In the last fifteen hours, our team … Continue reading →
- Urge Washington Legislators to End Eyman Push Polls on Our BallotsWashington State Legislators – Pass SB 5182 now! Washington State needs to end Washington taxpayers subsidizing Tim Eyman’s anti-tax initiative campaigns. They need to stop putting his so called Tax Advisory Votes on our ballots. They are really anti-tax push … Continue reading →
- 2021 Bill to End Tim Eyman’s Push Poll Tax Advisory Votes Filed in Washington State Legislature.Time to End Eyman’s Push Polls on Washington State Ballots Senator Patty Kuderer has again introduced a bill, SB 5182, in the Washington State Senate to remove Tim Eyman’s phony anti-tax push polls on our November General Election ballots. These … Continue reading →
- Majority Rules 2020 Primary Endorsements – Washington StateMajority Rules Endorsements – August 4, 2020 Washington State Primary Governor – Jay Inslee Lieutenant Governor – Denny Heck Secretary of State – Gael Tarleton State Treasurer – Mike Pelliccotti State Auditor – Pat (Patrice) McCarthy Attorney General – Bob … Continue reading →
- A Dishonorable Senate – New York Times OpinionThe New York Times has written a very insightful opinion on the continued partisan politics of the GOP in the US Senate and its relationship to Trump. Entitled A Dishonorable Senate, it raises many points that the public needs to consider … Continue reading →
- Urge WA Legislators to Pass SB 6610 to End Push Poll Advisory Votes on our BallotHelp end Tim Eyman’s use of our ballots to promote his business! Why is Washington State allowing Tim Eyman to have access to our ballots to do anti tax push polls done under the guise of so called “tax advisory votes”? … Continue reading →
- Pass ESSB 5082 to end Push Polls on Washington State ballots
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An initiative late last year was filed in Michigan on signature gathering on a ballot measure to join the National Popular Vote. So far 15 states and the District of Columbia with a total of 195 electoral votes have joined the National Popular Vote.
On November 3, 2020, Colorado became the first state in the country to approve the National Popular Vote at the ballot box. Other states that have the initiative process that haven’t yet signed on can follow Colorado’s example and do what Michigan is doing.
Michigan has 15 electoral college votes. When states with a total of 270 Electoral Votes join the National Popular Vote, the President and Vice President winners will be those with the largest popular vote across the country.
The National Popular Vote would mean every vote of citizens across the country will be equal and not dependent on which state you live in. One-person, one-vote is what other democratic nations around the world rely on. The US Electoral College is an outlier.
Washington state is one of the 15 states already signed on – a bill was passed in the Washington State Legislature in 2009 and was signed by Governor Gregoire.
The New York Times has written a very insightful opinion on the continued partisan politics of the GOP in the US Senate and its relationship to Trump. Entitled A Dishonorable Senate, it raises many points that the public needs to consider and respond to in moving forward. The necessity for voting Trump out of office as well as his GOP enablers is made clear by their actions. McConnell also needs to be removed as a priority. The need for continued investigations by the US House and the media is also urgent.
Below are some quotes from the New York Times. I urge you read the whole opinion.
Alas, no one ever lost money betting on the cynicism of today’s congressional Republicans. On Friday evening, Republican senators voted in near lock step to block testimony from any new witnesses or the production of any new documents, a vote that was tantamount to an acquittal of the impeachment charges against President Trump. The move can only embolden the president to cheat in the 2020 election.
The vote also brings the nation face to face with the reality that the Senate has become nothing more than an arena for the most base and brutal — and stupid — power politics. Faced with credible evidence that a president was abusing his powers, it would not muster the institutional self-respect to even investigate. …
The precedent this sets is alarming enough: the Senate abandoning its role as the ultimate guard against a dangerous president. Just as bad is the rationale on which most Republicans have settled for refusing to hear from witnesses — that whatever you think of Mr. Trump’s behavior, it wasn’t impeachable, and there is no evidence that could change their minds.
Given the seriousness of the charges against Mr. Trump, it’s hard to envision anything that this president could do that would require Republican senators to vote for his removal. …
Senate Republicans’ indifference to the overwhelming public support for calling witnesses was of a piece with the party’s minority politics. Its president lost the popular vote by three million votes. Its Senate majority represents 15 million fewer Americans than the Democrats’ minority. In states like North Carolina, it rigs the maps to turn popular-vote losses into legislative majorities, then strips power from duly elected Democratic leaders.
And just in case Americans want to register their unhappiness with Republican leadership, the G.O.P. passes laws across the country to make voting harder and discourage turnout. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” Paul Weyrich, a leader of the modern conservative movement, said in 1980. “Our leverage in the elections, quite candidly, goes up as the voting populace goes down.”
That is becoming the rightful slogan of today’s G.O.P. leaders, who are in thrall to a would-be autocrat, fearful of their own constituents, desperate to lock in control of the courts and the nation’s legal system before a diversifying nation can pry their political authority away.
That was the game Mitch McConnell was playing in 2016, when he blocked any consideration of Judge Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee picked by Barack Obama, a popularly elected president, and held the seat hostage until it could be filled by Mr. Trump. That’s the game Mr. McConnell played again this week.
Make no mistake: The Senate may acquit Mr. Trump, but it will not, it cannot, exonerate him. Mr. Trump is the most corrupt president in modern times, a reality Americans will continue to be reminded of — by continuing investigations by the House, which should immediately issue a subpoena to Mr. Bolton; by a trio of cases in the Supreme Court that seek to reveal Mr. Trump’s shady finances; and, of course, by the behavior of the man himself.
America is better than this. Our democratic government and society is at risk because of the GOP and Trump’s disregard for following the nation’s laws. An aberration has been created by Trump and McConnell that puts the President above the law and the Constitution. The GOP is allowing an autocratic President to operate with no checks and balances. It is an open conspiracy that is allowing plutocrats and money interests and corporations to put their financial and self interests above that of the nation and its people. This November’s election is critical to the future of America.
The following quote is taken from an article in Vanity Fair written in Sept. 1990 by Marie Brenner. The article is entitled After the Gold Rush. Trump is not known to be a reader. Yet it appears that Trump had one book he liked. Trump was fascinated with Hitler and his propaganda speeches. The book was the sequel to Meim Kampf entitled My New Order.
“Donald Trump appears to take aspects of his German background seriously. John Walter works for the Trump Organization, and when he visits Donald in his office, Ivana told a friend, he clicks his heels and says, “Heil Hitler,” possibly as a family joke.
Last April, perhaps in a surge of Czech nationalism, Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler’s collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. Kennedy now guards a copy of My New Order in a closet at his office, as if it were a grenade. Hitler’s speeches, from his earliest days up through the Phony War of 1939, reveal his extraordinary ability as a master propagandist.
“Did your cousin John give you the Hitler speeches?” I asked Trump.
Trump hesitated. “Who told you that?”
“I don’t remember,” I said.
“Actually, it was my friend Marty Davis from Paramount who gave me a copy of Mein Kampf, and he’s a Jew.” (“I did give him a book about Hitler,” Marty Davis said. “But it was My New Order, Hitler’s speeches, not Mein Kampf. I thought he would find it interesting. I am his friend, but I’m not Jewish.”)
Later, Trump returned to this subject. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them.”
Is Ivana trying to convince her friends and lawyer that Trump is a crypto-Nazi? Trump is no reader or history buff. Perhaps his possession of Hitler’s speeches merely indicates an interest in Hitler’s genius at propaganda. The Führer often described his defeats at Stalingrad and in North Africa as great victories. Trump continues to endow his diminishing world with significance as well. “There’s nobody that has the cash flow that I have,” he told The Wall Street Journal long after he knew better. “I want to be king of cash.”
See also – Donald Trump’s ex-wife once said Trump kept a book of Hitler’s speeches by his bedside, Business Insider, Sept 1, 2015
Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns during the 2016 Presidential Election has spurned a lot of attention and effort to require future candidates running for President to release their tax returns. Below is some relevant background material on the status of efforts to change this in 2020 and beyond.
“In polls, the populace wants disclosure of the president’s tax returns 67%-24% with some polls showing that 64% of Republican’s desire disclosure.”
Candidates who won’t disclose taxes shouldn’t be on ballot, Lawrence H Tribe, Richard W Painter, and Norman L Eisen, CNN, April 14, 2017
Sign Here – Change.org petition – We want to see Trump’s tax returns.
Can States Ban Trump From the Ballot If He Doesn’t Release His Tax Returns? New Republic, March 7, 2018
Maryland Senate Bill 256, March 1, 2018 passed State Senate
Md Senate Passes Bill Requiring Presidential Candidates to Release Tax Returns, NPR, March 6, 2018
Rhode Island -2018 – S 2612 Substitute A June 19, 2018 passed State Senate
Rhode island latest state to try and fail to force Trump to release his tax returns, CNN Politics, June 22, 2018
New Jersey – 2017 – S 3048, passed 2017 by Legislature, vetoed by Governor Christie
Christie vetoes Trump-inspired bill to require tax returns, Matt Friedman, Politico, May 1, 2017
Oregon – Proposed Law would make Trump reveal his tax returns to be on Oregon’s 2020 ballot, Oregonlive.com, Jan 24, 2018
California – California’s Brown Vetoes Requirement that Presidential Candidates Release tax Returns , Common Cause, Oct. 16, 2017
Preliminary Results August 1, 2017 Primary – Washington State Special Legislative races
Legislative District 7 – State Senator
Karen Hardy (D) 7,585 32.74%
Shelly Short (R) 15,579 67.26%
Legislative District 7 – State Representative Position 1
Susan Swanson (D) 7,849 34.04%
Jacqueline Mayamber (R) 15,211 65.96%
Legislative District 31 – Senator
Michele Rylands (D) 6,331 41.45%
Phil Fortunato (R) 8,942 58.55%
Legislative District 31 – State Representative Position 2
Nate Lowry (D) 6,548 43.12%
Morgan Irwin (R) 8,636 56.88%
Legislative District 37 – State Senator
Rebecca Saldana (D) 12,356
Legislative District 45 – State Senator
Parker Harris (I) 1.620 6.86%
Jinyoung Lee England (R) 10,052 42.59%
Manka Dhingra (D) 11,9928 50.54%
Legislative District 48 – State Senator
Richard Knierim (I) 2,284 15.98%
Patty Kuderer (D) 8,628 60.36%
Michelle Darnell (L) 3.392 23.66%
Legislative District 48 – State Representative Position 1
Vandana Slatter (D) 10,649 76.6%
Ciaran Dougherty (L) 3,253 23.4%
Updated results will be available from WA Secretary of State’s website August 2, 2017 4:30 PM
Joint statement from Seattle State Senators last night
Marilyn Chase Bob Hasegawa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — July 20, 2017
Failure to pass capital budget will hit Seattle communities hard
OLYMPIA — Seattle area state senators warned today that the Senate’s failure to pass a capital budget will have dramatic effects on proposed investments for the Seattle area in K-12 education, community colleges, housing and health care, including mental health, among other critical needs.
Though capital budget projects around the state were agreed to by Democratic and Republican negotiators on Tuesday, Senate Republicans continued to insist that a separate water rights bill be resolved first before they would agree to vote on the budget and its corresponding bonds. As a result, the Legislature adjourned from its third special session with no action on this vital budget that historically makes critical investments in Washington’s future.
The negotiated $4 billion dollar budget would have created thousands of jobs in all parts of Washington, including throughout the Seattle area.
The budget provided state matching funds for over $1 billion in school construction projects already approved at the local level, including at least $35 million for schools in Seattle, $15 million for Lake Washington School District and $8 million for Edmonds School District among others. Additionally, the budget provided for hundreds of millions of dollars in buildings for the higher education system from community colleges in this region to the University of Washington. At UW, the budget provided matching funds for the Burke Museum as well as the new Population Health Science building, leveraging the UW’s partnership with the Gates Foundation to make Seattle the world leader in global health. There was an additional $40 million to UW for advanced materials and clean energy test beds, the Evans School’s Parrington Hall, and renovation of the Medical School’s Health Sciences T-Wing.
The agreed-upon budget would have provided over $100 million for the Housing Trust Fund, including investments in local housing projects through innovative modular housing and tiny home projects to a new workforce housing development in Mt. Baker. It contained a first-of-its-kind investment in Community Health Centers to address Washington’s ongoing dental health crisis for the poor, who often lack access to dentists and wind up in local emergency rooms.
The budget would have built on the state mental health system by providing new facilities in a number of regions where the lack of treatment options is acute and where the state is under court order to find remedies. It would have invested in critical water infrastructure and flood control projects east of the mountains while also providing record investments in stormwater controls and conservation and restoration in the Puget Sound area.
“Having negotiated for the Senate Democratic Caucus and having reached across the aisle to reach an agreement on all of the proposed expenditures, I am very disappointed that this budget agreement was essentially held hostage to a resolution of a separate water rights bill,” said Sen. David Frockt, D-Seattle. “I recognized that that was an important issue, but the fact is we just ended the longest session in Washington State history without a new biennial capital budget for the first time in decades. These two issues – the budget and the water rights bill — need to be delinked for the good of the entire state. That is what we are supposed to be doing. Regrettably, they weren’t delinked, even though there were solutions on the table that would have provided immediate relief for rural property owners to dig wells.”
“The governor has indicated an openness to a continued effort to resolve this impasse so that these critical investments in Washington can be made. I will continue to work with him and with both parties to get this budget passed and funded.” Said Frockt.
“The Senate Republicans have taken it upon themselves to deprive our community of important projects and economic development investments that our most vulnerable depend on,” said Sen. Rebecca Saldaña, D-Seattle. “From critical affordable housing for seniors and the homeless, to community and arts centers and parks, my constituents will feel the impact of the GOP’s inability to govern.”
“The failure of Senate Republican leadership to pass a capital budget is both disappointing and frustrating,” said Sen. Jamie Pedersen, D-Seattle. “This reckless decision will prevent investments in schools, community healthcare, and the arts and cost thousands of jobs.”
“The Republicans’ refusal to allow the passage of this budget, approved by all but one Republican in the other chamber, is nothing less than a dereliction of their duties as public servants,” said Sen. Maralyn Chase, D-Shoreline. “They have committed to a course of action that will harm Washingtonians in every corner of our state.”
“Our infrastructure and quality of life will deteriorate, and all Washingtonians will share the pain to varying degrees,” said Sen. Bob Hasegawa, D-Beacon Hill. “It doesn’t make sense to hold a $4 billion jobs and infrastructure bill hostage for the right of developers to trump other people’s senior water rights.”
“I remain deeply committed to resolving this crisis, and finding a path forward in the weeks and months ahead,” said Sen. Reuven Carlyle, D-Seattle “I was proud to have secured funding to reduce class sizes through school construction and am devastated the deal has fallen apart. I’m not giving up and will fight to secure these vital dollars. Our Seattle delegation is 100-percent on board to support a responsible capital investment budget.”
Had it passed, the budget would have funded these projects in in Saldaña’s 37th District:
$3 million for Othello Homesight;
$3 million for Aging in PACE;
$2 million for Valley City Recovery Place;
$1.5 million for the Amara Building;
$1.3 million for the Multicultural Community Center in Seattle;
$1.1 million to clean up Mt. Baker Properties for new housing;
$750,000 for the Georgetown Steam Plant Historic Steam Plant;
$737,000 for El Centro e la Raza;
$600,000 for the Filipino Community Innovation Center;
$520,000 to expand Pratt’s Campus
$400,000 for Washington Care Services;
$400,000 for Ethiopian Community Affordable Senior Housing;
$360,000 for the Cherry Street Fellowship;
$315,000 for Children’s Playgarden;
$250,000 to increase dental clinic capacity via the Seattle Indian Health Board;
$200,000 for the Seattle Indian Health Board; and
$141,000 for the Mount Baker Community Club.
In Pedersen’s 43rd District, the budget would have funded:
$1.855 million for the Country Doctor Community Health Centers;
$1.5 million in renovations to the Asian Art Museum;
$1.5 million for the Campaign for Town Hall;
$1.5 million in improvements to Hugo House;
$1.3 million for Neighborcare;
$1.1 million to the University YMCA;
$750,000 for upgrades to the 5th Avenue Theater;
$643,000 for preservation of the historic University Heights Center;
$600,000 for University YMCA;
$500,000 to purchase the Lambert House;
$491,000 for upgrades to the Paramount Theatre;
$475,000 for redevelopment of the Arboretum Waterfront Trail;
$354,000 for the Cornish Playhouse;
$257,000 for Lighthouse No. 83;
$257,000 for Phase Three rehabilitation of the Stimson-Green Mansion Building;
$75,000 for NW Choirs;
$29,000 to replace the deck of the MV Lotus; and
$21,000 for Nikkei Herigate.
In Chase’s 32nd District, the budget would have funded:
$50 million for the Dept. of Ecology for leaking tank model remedies at the Strickland Chevron in Lynnwood;
$37.7 million for the Edmonds Community College’s Science, Engineering, Technology Building;
$3.5 million for Allied Health, Science & Manufacturing in Shoreline;
$2.8 million for an addition to the Public Health Lab South Laboratory;
$2.5 million for an addition to a Newborn Screening Wing;
$2.2 million for the South Snohomish County Community Resource Center in Lynnwood; and
$650,000 to increase dental clinic capacity at International Community Health Services in Shoreline.
In Hasagawa’s 11th District, the budget would have funded:
$7.5 million via the Department of Ecology for Floodplains by Design;
$3.5 million in construction loans for the Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station;
$3.05 million for Sunset Neighborhood Park in Renton;
$698,000 for roof repairs to the Museum of Flight;
$500,000 to develop the Lake to Sound Trail;
$500,000 for Geriatric Diversion;
$412,000 for the Sunset Career Center in Renton;
$11 million for conservation projects; and
$2.6 million for Community and Technical College projects.
In Carlyle’s 36th District, the budget would have funded:
$1.5 million for improvements to the Seattle Opera at the Center;
$900,000 for improvements to Interbay PDAC;
$400,000 in improvements to the Seattle Aquarium;
$258,000 for renovations to the PONCHO Forum;
$167,000 in improvements to the Millionair Club;
$65,000 in improvements to the Seattle Opera; and
$30,000 for renewal of the lower Yamasaki Courtyard.
In Frockt’s 46th District, the budget would have funded:
$2 million for renovations at the Magnuson Community Center;
$1.2 million for Lyon Creek Fish Barrier Removal at Lake Forest Park;
$250,000 for improvements to Moorlands Park in Kenmore;
$250,000 for improvement to the Kenmore Public Boathouse in Kenmore; and
$75,000 for improvements to the St. Edward State Park Environmental Learning Center.
A list of all statewide and local capital budget projects is available upon request.
For information: Rick Manugian, Senate Democratic Communications, 360-786-7569
There have been a number of special appointments to fill vacated Legislative seats this year in Washington. As a result there are 5 Senate seats and 3 Representative seats up for election in 2017 because appointments to fill vacancies must stand election at the next General Election.
This provides a unique opportunity for Washington State Democrats to pick up the Senate seat in the 45th LD in NE King County. Democrats currently are in the minority in the Washington State Senate having only 24 seats to the Republican caucus having 25 seats. Republicans have 25 seats in their caucus because Senator Tim Sheldon, claiming to be a Democrat when he runs, actually caucuses with the Republicans, giving them 25 votes.
The special Legislative elections this year presents a great opportunity for the Democrats to take back the majority in the Washington State Senate. Democrat Manka Dhingra recently declared she is running for the Senate seat in the 45th LD. Republicans appointed Dino Rossi, a former Legislator and Gubernatorial candidate, to this seat. He has said he was not running in Nov. although this could change considering the importance of this election.
Filing to run in these elections is May 15 -19th. The Primary is August 1st and the general election is Nov. 7th.This is a big opportunity for the surging grassroots opposition to Trump and the GOP to make a big difference. It is also a chance to get ready for efforts for 2018 to train and challenge ways that grassroots activism can bring e a big change in 2018.
Democrats currently are only 1 seat away from a majority in the Washington State Senate. But they are also only 1 seat away from Republicans controlling the House. Democrats need to increase their numbers in both Houses to be effective and push their legislation. This year Democrats can start the necessary work now to join California and Oregon in having strong majorities in our Legislature and being able to move forward on the state level to oppose efforts nationally by Trump and the GOP to move our progress backwards.
List of Legislative races and appointments to the seats:
7th LD Senate – Shelly Short (R)
7th LD House – Jacqueline Maycumber (R)
31st LD Senate – Phil Fortunato (R)
31st LD House – Morgan Irwin (R)
37th LD Senate – Rebecca Saldaña (D)
45th LD Senate – Dino Rossi (R)
48th LD Senate – Patty Kuderer(D)
48th LD House – Vandana Slatter (D)
No Democrats have yet filed to run in the 7th or the 31st races. Republicans will field a candidate in the 45th for sure as well as the 2 seats in the 48th. It is expected that these will be very intensive campaigns with lots of money flowing to both Republicans and Democrats. Expect that out of state funds from right wing entities like the Koch Brothers will show up.
We need to have Democrats running in every seat – Republicans should have no free ride. And in all these races Democrats can start now registering voters and starting voter contacts to id voters likely to vote Democratic. Marching can get people energized – grassroots organizing is where we make a big difference by changing who’s in charge.
For many here is America, the world has changed. They have woken up in a strange land called Trumpland. Democrats, progressives, liberals, independents and even some Republicans are asking what the hell happened. How did we get here and what do we do now? Below is some recommended reading that attempts to give some insight as to this new reality that has set in. Suggestions are offered by some as to what to do. This is an ongoing search for answers. I will add new articles as they emerge.
Indivisible Guide – A Practical Guide for resisting the Trump Agenda has been written by former Congressional staffers, Jan 2017. They give suggestions based on the success of the Tea Party as to how Progressives can fight back, to limit the negative impacts of the GOP and Trump. They also provide links to Indivisible groups that have formed across the country.
‘Data-driven’ campaigns are killing the Democratic Party. Politico Feb 12, 2017 – This article argues that data driven campaign over the last 4 cycles have resulted in catastrophic losses for Democrats. It urges connecting with voters through storytelling, having a clear message that reaches voters on an emotional level.
A Low Tech Guide to Becoming Politically Active, New York Times, Feb 8, 2017 – Lots of good advice here – the title in the print edition is “How to Turn Your Facebook Rants Into Real-Life Activism”
How to Build an Autocracy, Atlantic March 2017 – Good discussion of the ways Trump and Bannon are working to convert our democracy to an autocracy that benefits the wealthy.
David Frum – “What is spreading today is repressive kleptocracy, lead by rulers based on greed…Such rulers rely less on terror and more on rule twisting, the manipulation of information, and the co-option of elites.
What Effective Protest Could Look Like, Atlantic, Feb 6, 2017 – “Perspective From the Right, for Effective Challenge From the Left
Post-Fascist Europe Tells Us Exactly How to Defend Our Democracy -Yes Magazine Jan 13, 2017 – “Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are 20 lessons from the 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.”
10 Investigative Reporting Outlets to Follow, Bill Moyers, Jan 13,2017 – “Here are some new organizations to follow as well as a few established ones that are working to uncover the truth.
A Guide for Rebuilding the Democratic Party from the Ground Up, VOX, Jan 5,2017 -“Organizationally, the US right is light years ahead of the left. A leading political scientist explains what Democrats should do to change that”
To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn from the Tea Party, New York Times, Jan 2, 2107 – Op-Ed – “The Tea Party’s ideas were wrong, and their often racist rhetoric and physical threats were unacceptable. But they understood how to wield political power and made two critical strategic decisions. First, they organized locally, focusing on their own members of Congress. Second, they played defense, sticking together to aggressively resist anything with President Obama’s support. With this playbook, they rattled our elected officials, targeting Democrats and Republicans alike.”
The Democratic Ggame Plan for Making Trump Miserable – and Regaining Power, New York Magazine, Dec. 23, 2016
What Those Who Studied Nazis Can Teach Us About the Strange Reaction to Donald Trump, Huffington Post Dec 19, 2016 – “While its Important to watch the President Elect Closely, We also Must be Mindful of Our Own Response to Him.”
Why the Electoral College is the absolute worst, explained, VOX, Dec 19, 2016 – The Electoral College is a rigged archaic voting system that violates the one person, one vote 1962 Supreme Court Decision that changed state elections..
99 Ways to Fight Trump, Do One, Do them all, But do Something
Steve Bannon and Breitbart News, in their own words, New York Times, Nov 14, 2016 – Bannon and Breitbart News in their own words – necessary reading to help understand the man behind Donald Trump.
Trump’s Choice of Stephen Bannon Is Nod to Anti-Washington Base, New York Times , Nov 14, 2016 – ” In naming Stephen K. Bannon to a senior White House post, President-elect Donald J. Trump has elevated the hard-right nationalist movement that Mr. Bannon has nurtured for years from the fringes of American politics to its very heart, a remarkable shift that has further intensified concern about the new administration’s direction.”
Steve Bannon, Trump’s Top Guy, Told Me He Was a ‘Leninist” Who Wanted to ‘Destroy the State’, TheDailyBeast.com, August 21, 2016, – When the President’s top advisor’s goal is to tear America apart not build it up we as a nation are under siege. That is what is happening now.
Daily Beast – “I’m a Leninist,” Bannon proudly proclaimed. Shocked, I asked him what he meant. Lenin,” he answered, “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Bannon was employing Lenin’s strategy for Tea Party populist goals. He included in that group the Republican and Democratic Parties, as well as the traditional conservative press.”
Uneasy About the Future, Readers Turn to Dystopian Classics, New York Times, Jan 27, 2017 – Big surge in dystopian classics happening as people buy copies of Margaret Atwood’s Tales of a Handmaid, George Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm, and Sinclair Lewis’s It Can’t Happen Here. Not surprising considering what is happening.
Shape Tomorrow, Register and Vote – the Democrats’ Sleeping Giant – Down with Tyranny, Jan 18,2017 – Case Study on successful impact of registering people to vote.
Autocracy , Rules for Survival, New York Review of Books, Nov. 10, 2016, – “But Trump is anything but a regular politician and this has been anything but a regular election. Trump will be only the fourth candidate in history and the second in more than a century to win the presidency after losing the popular vote. He is also probably the first candidate in history to win the presidency despite having been shown repeatedly by the national media to be a chronic liar, sexual predator, serial tax-avoider, and race-baiter who has attracted the likes of the Ku Klux Klan. Most important, Trump is the first candidate in memory who ran not for president but for autocrat—and won.”