Category Archives: The Democratic Process

Even Absentee Votes Are Counted

There’d a weird rumor going around, particularly among conservatives it appears, that absentee ballots are not counted unless a race is close enough for them to make a difference. I find it odd that conservatives of all people seem so … Continue reading

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Trump’s Democrats

[cross-posted at Hit Coffee] While many Democrats are eager to deny that Trump is drawing support from their party, the data show a different story. That data also reveals the falsity of the pretense that Republican party leaders could somehow … Continue reading

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Why, Yes, Dave Agema, I Do

Dave Agema, one of Michigan’s representatives to the Republican National Committee, reposted on Facebook an anti-Muslim screed that’s reportedly been circulating for years. You know those things your friends forward on to you that you’re smart enough to ignore, or … Continue reading

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On Grading Scales

The standard grading scale is base 10 and sets the pass/fail frontier at 60%. Why? What’s magical about 60%? It seems pretty arbitrary to me. If there’s a meaningful logic to this, nobody’s ever told me what it is, and … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Equality

Maine and Maryland voters have legalized same-sex marriage, joining Massachusetts as “M” states that allow it. Coincidentally, those are the first three “M” states, alphabetically. Can Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri and Montana be far behind? Sadly, the answer is probably … Continue reading

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Another Tea Party Implosion

[This was meant to be a fairly short post, but it got away from me. I’ve chosen not to revise and edit for brevity, but leave it as an overly long rumination on the state of the Republican Party.] Once … Continue reading

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New Car Politics

Dude over at Gin and Tacos wants a new car.  Here’s what he’s looking for. I want a new car. I’m looking for something that meets the following criteria: drives like a Formula One car (0-60 in no more than … Continue reading

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Sick to Death of Politics

If you’re wondering why I haven’t written much lately (and who isn’t?), the simple answer is that I am thoroughly repulsed by politics right now. I can’t even read the League of Ordinary Gentlemen these days because I am sick … Continue reading

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How Will They Justify Gutting the First Amendment Now?

Liberals were outraged by the Citizens United Ruling that struck down restrictions on independent campaign expenditures. The Supreme Court ruling would allow corporations to buy the election outcomes they wanted, they said. Never mind that I, at least, never heard … Continue reading

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The Gerrymander

You may or may not know that the gerrymander is named after Massachusetts pol Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814). Gerry was one of only a handful of men who both signed the Declaration of Independence and was at the Constitutional Convention (but … Continue reading

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