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Blue Wave Sweeps Mom Into Office

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      When one is said to be riding the coattails of another it is meant that they wouldn't be where they are if they had not hitched themselves to the others popularity. In politics it means that if one does exceptionally well those whom share their same view, through no great effort of their own, may as well.

      But what do you call it when a group of people gather in support of one candidate but the candidates most rewarded for their effort aren't the one whom folk had gathered in support of? This is not a trick question; it is about the Blue wave; it is about the momentum: the push built up by liberals and progressives going into election day, especially women voters and candidates, and the resulting rising tide.

      Though the wakes and waves generated by the hoopla surrounding the party's top candidates may not have been as great as called for, wanted, or predicted, the benefit to fellow Democratic candidates, whom were not seen as promising in comparison to those at the top of the ticket, were greater than expected in some quarters.

      The story of the victory of Lucy Mcbath over Karen Handel, and how it came to be, is one of those.

      Many may remember the national campaign to replace former Georgia congressman Tom Price, who had vacated his seat after being appointed by Donald Trump to be the nations Health and Human Services Secretary. It became the most expensive congressional campaign in history. Millions upon millions of dollars, most from out of state, were spent to elect either Karen Handel or Jon Ossoff as Georgia's next Representative from District 6. When the votes were tallied, Karen was, temporarily, sent to Washington.

      Though the Democrats shaved a lot of points off of the margin of victory for the Republican candidate in comparison to past elections for the district, where Price normally won handily by 20 percentage points or more, the Republicans celebrated their keeping of that particular seat in Congress because it use to belong to their party's leader, Newt Gingrich. It was one they didn't especially want to lose. Democrats, with an eye on the future, vowed that they would get'em next time. That they would learn from the defeat.

      The next time finally came around. But the money didn't. Not in record amounts. This time around the Republicans and Democrats were like misers, not spending nearly as much on their candidates for this particular house seat campaigns as before. The previous year's special election cost was a whopping $55 Million, more than many statewide and Presidential campaigns. This campaign ended with Handel out raising McBath better than 4 to 1, neither raising more than $10 million.

      Candidate Raised Spent Cash on Hand Last Report


      Karen Handel, a well known political figure even before going into the special election, was now nationally known. In the minds of many there was no way a political rookie, with much less money, only known for being the mother of a teenage son who was shot to death because a man with a gun decided the music he was playing in his car was too loud. Enter Lucy Mcbath. The lady whom son's life didn't seem to matter to an upset man with a gun.

      Just so happens the former Democratic party leader in the Georgia House, Stacey Abrams, an African-American woman running for Governor with a real shot at winning. A real shot at becoming the first African-American woman elected Governor of any State in the union in the country's history. Along with those possibilities came the attention. The attention needed to move even more women and progressive whom were already stirred by the actions of Trump. From every corner of the country it, and they, came! Attention poured in. Oprah Winfrey came out to play. Barack Obama came out to show support and get out the vote. People who didn't politic in Georgia before now were going door to door and giving speeches in support of Abrams. The Blue wave was going to change things in the South, starting in Georgia and hopefully Florida. And just by chance, close proximity, McBath was caught up and elected, primarily by the women of the 6th district who came out to vote for Abrams.

      The didn't elect a politician. They elected a fed up mom with an agenda. I wonder what Newt thinks of this?


      By Dajuan Candle.


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      Women Speaking In Support Of Their Husband Candidates.

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          [A Good Man]

          Women speaking in support of their husband candidate, is nothing new. It is expected when they are asked such things as "what makes him a good man?", "what did you first see in him?" "is he a man of his word"?

          But? [Yeah there is a But.]

          But what is to be made of Wives of male candidates taking to the microphone to speak in place of their husband? And, no, I'm not talking about when one is campaigning in one area and the other is campaigning for him in another ..."please vote for my husband". I'm talking when the political ads run on TV are of the Wife and not the candidate and she is saying, basically, "you can trust me, and if you trust me you can trust that I wouldn't steer you wrong, vote for my husband".

          I was watching TV and during the breaks every local commercial was a campaign ad. As to be expected this time of year. But what jumped out at me was that many of the male Republican candidate running for office had commercials featuring their Wives, and not them. In a way I understand. The Republican candidate for Governor, Brian Kemp, has been bashed about how terrible his ads, the ones featuring him, are. During the primary campaign he ran one that feature him holding a gun, being the tough guy, but it was so awful it made national news. And another, with him standing, and bombs bursting in a distance behind him was said to be even worst. In another he brags about being endorsed by Trump and how he too stands against illegal immigration. So now, after feeling the blow back, he has taken to running ads that feature his wife ...to remake his public image one would assume. To go from that of a fake good ole boy action hero and narcissist into an outstanding man of good character and strong family values. In addition, with his opponent for Governor being a woman, having his wife as an equal figure, if not dominant figure, in his commercial campaign also serves to keep Republican and suburban women from being tempted to vote for Abrams. Vote for me, my wife is a good woman and I know you are too.

          I wonder if it is like this in other states. Are Republican males using their wives as a political draw.


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          Louis CK Sayd He Has Been To Hell And Back This Past Year. Really, Louis?

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              https://people.com/tv/louis-c-k-stand-up-set-prote...

              Get a grip, dude.

              You are not entitled any right to come back. Your victims - some of whom lost their careers because of you - are all of them okay today? Did Louis CK spend any time this past year - checking on that. After harassing and preying on women for years and years and years. Ruining, absolutely ruining their lives.

              Louis CK - Just because this industry that employed MEN like you for decades - shielded you and your indefensible criminal conduct and you went along with it all - like every other indefensibly lowly sexual predator worldwide, what exactly did you think would happen next after you were (ironically) fully exposed to the world -this year and the year after it and every year to come - decades and decades and decades to come. You made your money debasing women in your shows - remember that? What happens next, Louis? How about just showing up every day to sling hash somewhere. How about that.

              Interesting how he doesn't want to sit down and discuss what exactly he did with this year - atonement wise - or it he did anything atonement wise at all. Its being such a hard year for Louis and all - really?

              Louis CK - still not cool - at all. Still not "entitled". Louis CK - you really, really, really haven't spent any time getting that. You harmed too many - too arrogantly. Too long.

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              14 And Alone: The Girls Risking Everything To Get To America

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                  Sky news' Stuart Ramsay and Tom Acres report on the perils facing women and girls fleeing destitution.

                  Singing happily into the wind, 14-year-old Karla Vazquez looks like a carefree teenager embarking on a day trip.

                  It is an exciting moment after all - it's the first time the youngster has ever left home and the first time she has travelled alone.

                  The reality is chilling - she may not know it, but Karla is embarking on a path that for many young women ends in rape, abuse and forced prostitution.

                  She is no longer free - she is now "human cargo" under the control of a people smuggler who is guiding her group on a truck from Guatemala to Mexico, with the US border their ultimate destination.

                  But she does not appear to be perturbed as she braves the perilous mountain paths in the naive hope of securing a better future for her family.

                  https://news.sky.com/story/14-and-alone-the-girls-risking-everything-to-get-to-america-11526712

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                  Why Are Female Suicides Most Common In India?

                  As Indian women feature at the top of global female suicide rate, we met a group of survivors from Bangalore city who explained how suicidal thoughts crept into their minds.
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                  Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, And The Rule Of Pampered Princelings

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                      Naomi Klein, writing for the intercept.

                      Always worth reading imo.

                      How exactly do you rationalize being lifted up by an intricate latticework of familial and social supports (tutors, prep schools, connections at the best universities, entry-level executive jobs, capital to play with), and then setting about shredding the meager safety net available to those without your good luck? How do you convince yourself that, despite having been handed so much, you are not just right but righteous in attacking the “handouts” received by single mothers working two jobs? How, when you know your own family fortune has benefited from enormous government subsidies (cheap housing loans for the Trumps, oil subsidies for the Kochs and Scaifes, direct weapons contracts for the Olins) do you begrudge paying the same tax rate as your employees?

                      What is the theory, the worldview, that makes all this OK? And how has it shaped the broader “free market” revolution paid for by these men — a crusade that has just achieved a new level of impunity with the ascent of Brett Kavanaugh, a product of this same world of unchecked privilege, to the Supreme Court?

                      You can claim to be a wealth-creator, sure. But because you didn’t actually create the wealth yourself — you inherited it — other rationales are required for why you deserve still more, while others should get far less. That’s where uglier ideas come in, about one’s inherent superiority, about a greater deservedness that apparently flows from being a member of a particularly good family, with better values, better breeding, a better religion, or as Trump so often claims, “good genes.”

                      https://theintercept.com/2018/10/10/donald-trump-inherited-wealth/

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                      Opinion | Taylor Swift, The Grown-Up In The Room

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                          Another telling, important, reason not to be a blind purist come 6 November: the Dems of TN have nominated a bland, business-friendly, corporatist old white guy for the Senate. Should socialists and progressives, liberals concerned with decency and the common good, vote for this old fart (he's actually older than me, though not by much)? Taylor Swift leads the way in explaining why Tennesseans with any sense should (and will) vote for him:

                          https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/13/opinion/sunday/...

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