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This year will have many challenges, not the least of which will be comparing and contrasting Bernie and Hillary while sifting through the Frank Luntzian messages coming from the dozen or so remaining GOP presidential candidates. You might wonder why Progressives would even want to spend time inviting blood pressure problems by trying to decoding right-wing messages? For one thing, hearing out the opposition is a habit of mind that we see most often on the left because of our appreciation of nuance and our understanding of our own imperfections of thought. We have trouble putting Progressive politics on bumper stickers and placards because, well, modern life and government are complicated and difficult to distill into catch phrases.…

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Whatever happened to the Democrats' "Big Tent"?

Whatever happened to the Democrats’ “Big Tent”?

Remember when the Democratic Party was the party of the “big tent?” As of today it seems to have become a two-candidate party. But it certainly didn’t happen in an organic way, that is by voters hearing what each candidate envisions for the U.S. and why, and then winnowing out the candidates that lack vision, leadership skills, or more importantly the ability to win in the general election. Jim Webb, an estimable candidate, has now opted out of the Democratic race, Lincoln Chafee will soon be too broke to run, and Martin O’Malley has been so marginalized that the best he can hope for is a VP nod.…

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Frmr. Dem presidential candidate Wesley Clark calls for placing "radicalized" Muslims in internment/reeducation camps

Frmr. Dem presidential candidate Wesley Clark calls for placing “radicalized” Muslims in internment/reeducation camps

Retired four-star general Wesley Clark was the Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO from 1997 to 2000. Following his illustrious military career, he became a prominent Democrat, running for president in 2004 and supporting other Democrats financially and with endorsements since then. He was critical of the Bush administration’s response to the 9/11 attacks, saying, “You’d be taking them to the Better Business Bureau if you bought a washing machine the way we went into the war in Iraq.”

But this past week, Clark showed a side of himself not seen before. On an MSNBC interview, he called for placing “radicalized” Muslims in what sound like internment camps, both here in the United States and also in our allies’ countries.…

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If Democrats campaigned like Republicans…

Chris Christie wants to gut the most popular thing our government does — Social Security. Marco Rubio is proposing a tax cut so big that even the Wall St. Journal doesn’t buy it. Ted Cruz wants to abolish the IRS and somehow keep the military.

In 2013, the party reaffirmed its opposition to same-sex marriage, a stand only currently held by a majority of people who only use landlines. The GOP platform calls for the elimination of reproductive rights, even in cases of rape and incest, the opinion of a whole 1 out of 5 Americans. That same platform also explicitly calls on Congress to reject the U.N.…

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What Goes Around Comes Around…WAY Around!

A few weeks back, in what I knew would be a predictable response to my support for Proposal 1, MANY of you took me to task for my “fascist” and anti-Democratic reasoning to why I supported Proposal 1 (which you can read here). You have that right, I have that right, and we now find ourselves approximately eight weeks away from the May 5 election decision that looks like a much higher mountain to climb than I thought it would.

Soon, as we know, camps on both sides of this issue will be spending the small fortunes they will have amassed to fund their point of view in an attempt to try to persuade you and the “undecided’s” why you should see things their way.…

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When You Vote Republican

Why this solid anti-Proposal 1 advocate is voting YES and why you should, too

In less than 10 weeks from today the voters of Michigan will be asked to vote on the ballot question titled Proposal 1, or as it is commonly being called the “road fix bill”. Here are the main elements of Proposal 1:

  • An increase in transportation revenue of $1.3 billion, with $1.2 billion a year going to roads and about $112 million going to mass-transit.
  • Removal of the sales tax from fuel sales.
  • An increase in wholesale fuel taxes that will result in about a 3-cent-a-gallon increase from the average fuel price.
  • An increase of $45 million in vehicle registration fees and $50 million in fees for heavy trucks.
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As the Michigan Democratic Party convenes tomorrow stop blaming Lon Johnson for Democrat’s problems and blame who is really at fault: YOU!

Update:  The program I mention toward the end of this story was called “The Win Machine” and it was delayed for use but eventually went up and was successfully used by 2500 people, a significant number.  Also, and this did deserve a mention earlier today, but the app/site was VERY successful and helped both many Democrats and Republicans register to vote.  Lon and his leadership team deserve lots of kudos for that piece of brilliance.That clarification was important to include.

Tomorrow Democrats from across the state will convene in downtown Detroit for their semi-annual convention. The spring convention will hold no surprises tomorrow.…

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USA Today commentator: Hillary Clinton will be the Democrats' nominee because they are afraid of women

USA Today commentator: Hillary Clinton will be the Democrats’ nominee because they are afraid of women

An op-ed in USA Today this week, penned by Rutgers University political science professor Ross K. Baker, puts forth the argument that Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic nominee for president in 2016 because Democrats are afraid of “powerful women”. It’s such an utterly preposterous idea that it’s worth exposing for all ridiculosity.

Here’s what Prof. Baker has to say:

Democrats do have a gender problem — but it’s not in the electorate, but at the party leadership level where two women have assumed dominant positions and have scared off serious male challengers.

Take Hillary Clinton and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

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Why the right messaging is essential to a winning campaign strategy

First, you need to be clear on what you stand for. Then you need to make sure everyone knows exactly what that is.

While LOLGOP was posting an excellent piece on how Democrats fell short of making the best possible case for voters to elect them (and if you haven’t read it yet, you really should), I was posting along similar lines at my personal blog. Except my focus was on content and communications strategy.

LOLGOP is exactly right that Democrats need to put forth much more decisive policies to win elections. But they also need to pay more attention to their communication strategies.…

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If you're being helped by the Affordable Care Act, thank the Democrats with your vote

If you’re being helped by the Affordable Care Act, thank the Democrats with your vote

Wisconsin woman who couldn’t get insurance without Obamacare urges everyone to remember who supported the law on Election Day.

Jenell Larson is a healthy 61-year-old woman who could not buy insurance at any price due to a single illness in her 30s — an illness that was treated successfully. But thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, she didn’t have to go a single day without insurance when her COBRA coverage ran out.

Larson had cerebral aneurysms in her 30s, and neurosurgery repaired the problem. Even though her doctors told her she would be just fine, no insurance company would cover her.…

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Curtesy of Sharon Baseman with her permission

With Mark Schauer, it’s the little things

There are many variations of the saying that the ultimate measure of a man (or woman) is not what they do when they are in public but what they do when they are alone. Another simple, quaint saying is, “it’s the little things.” If we were to juxtapose those two sayings we might just end up with something that would be a fair predictor of the people we know, or wish we knew better, including candidates.

During the Town Hall forum televised Sunday evening between Mark Schauer and Rick Snyder, I was live-tweeting during the telecast and interacting with those who were hanging in there with me.…

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