News That Will Drive You To Drink

Happy Hour News

Good thing we never listen to Prznint Stupid, innit?

Axios afternoon email thingie:

I was going to write a grim newsletter today, but was blown away by the final stretch of early voting, which combines in-person and mail-in ballots.

The big picture: Early voting hit 61.7% of 2016’s total turnout as of this afternoon, Axios’ Ursula Perano reports.

  • Texas and Hawaii are over 100%.

Other states are close:

  • Montana: 91.2%
  • Tennessee: 89.6%
  • Washington: 88%
  • New Mexico: 87.9%
  • Georgia: 86.9%
  • North Carolina: 85.6%
  • Oregon: 82.4%
  • Nevada: 82.2%
  • Florida: 81.6%
  • Arizona: 80.4%
  • Wisconsin: 58.4%
  • Iowa: 53.8%
  • Michigan: 52.8%
  • Ohio: 46.3%

Between the lines: Pennsylvania is at 34.3%. Historically only about 5% of Pennsylvanians have voted by mail.

What’s next: Early voting ends today in Texas, Nevada, Massachusetts, Maine Idaho, Georgia, Arizona and parts of Utah.

  • It ends tomorrow in North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Virginia, West Virginia and parts of Florida.

The bottom line: Many states face an unprecedented task of handling this year’s volume of mail-in ballots.

  • While some states require only that ballots be postmarked by or shortly before Election Day, others require ballots to be received by election officials on Tuesday.
  • Many states also can’t begin counting their mail-in ballots until Election Day, which is likely to cause a backlog in results — and could shift results in Biden’s favor as more get counted in the following days.

Go deeper: Republican Party officials say they’re already looking to Pennsylvania, Minnesota and Nevada as likely battlegrounds for post-election lawsuits if the results are close, Axios’ Stef Kight reports.

Team Evil is going to really go full mental to steal the election, but that’s why they have the Trump Supreme Court (and let’s face it, Trump does own it), so we’ve gotta keep the momentum going into the final stretch.

And a bit on ownership: I read someplace that the vast majority of the laws on the books are about property: who owns it and what rights do the owners have. There’s a paltry amount of laws about civil rights and as the Roberts’ SCOTUS has shown us, they are all about taking Civil Rights away, especially about voting rights. They are soon to take away women’s rights, and LGBTQ rights. Make no mistake about it, they are coming for everyone.

Republicans see themselves as being the owners of the country, and they are all up about protecting their property. Everyone else is a squatter in their view. Our job this (and every election) is to disabuse them of the notion that they own it all.

You give Team Evil and inch and they are stealing SCOTUS seats. There’s no negotiating with terrorists, and by that reasoning there’s no negotiating with Republicans. Vote them out, squash them and laugh afterwards.  Make them crawl to us.

Vote them out. From Prznint, through the Senate, through the House, down to the local street sweeper and lamp lighter, vote them all out. Make a clean sweep, and then do a eff’ing victory dance and spike the ball.


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10 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. Diane says:

    I agree. I’ve repeatedly told a male friend of mine they’re coming for a woman’s right to her body. The next will be birth control. Then IVF. After that it’s voting rights. After that it’s a woman’s right to own property, everything from a savings account, checking account, IRA, investment portfolio, credit card, debit card, car, or her name on the deed to a house. If she’s married and her husband dies, if she has no male child or father, the husband’s estate will be managed by a court appointed trustee/guardian who will provide the wife and children with an allowance. Hope she didn’t like that house and car. They’ll soon be sold out from under her.

    These women who are for forced birth have no idea what’s coming down the line.

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    • ali redford says:

      I second this. Interestingly, we’ve only had the vote for 100 years.


      • julesmomcat says:

        Oh, yeah. Here in Camden, Tennessee, Mary Cordelia Beasley Hudson was the first woman to cast a vote in Tennessee on April 22, 1919. I got to re-enact her historic act last year, on the centennial of that event. ‘Twas an awesome event, re-creating history in the story of women’s suffrage. Tennesse was the 36th state vote which passed the 19th Amendment, making it possible for all American women to vote.

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      • E.A. Blair says:

        A lot of people seem to think that before the nineteenth amendment, women were totally disenfranchised in the US; in fact, only seven states (Pennsylvania, Maryland, both Virginias, both Carolinas and Alabama) completely barred women from voting. Fifteen states (mostly in the west, but also including Michigan & New York) granted full suffrage and the other twenty-six granted limited suffrage. What the nineteenth guaranteed more than anything else was that a vote was a vote, and that women could not be limited in their franchise. In fact, it represented the single greatest expansion of voting rights in the nation’s history.

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  2. E.A. Blair says:

    I’ve been working early voting here in Wisconsin since it started on 20 October, and will be on the front lines again for the last two days, Saturday the 31st and Sunday the 1st. Then, I’ll be managing a voting ward on election day itself, which means working from 6:00 AM to around 9:00 PM. Following that, I will come home, collapse into a chair and enjoy a small snifter of brandy¹. I will probably be unable to resist turning on election coverage, and will equally probably fall asleep in front of the TV.

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    • E.A. Blair says:

      ¹Brandy is very much a Wisconsin thing. I read once that Wisconsin consumes more brandy than the other 49 states combined – and that’s not the flavored stuff, like apricot brandy of peach brandy. This is the real thing.

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      • ali redford says:

        Enjoy. I love brandy, though I haven’t had a good one in several years (I live in KS.) Enjoy a second one for me, if you can stay up long enough. Heck, have it for breakfast Wednesday morning-you’ll have it coming!


    • tengrain says:

      Mr. Blair –

      Me old Scottish granny used to keep a wee drop of brandy near her chair for medical emergencies, which seemed to consist of when the scotch ran out.



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  3. Ten Bears says:

    I hear it’s fire-season out there, that DC hasn’t kept up with raking the debris.

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