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by Bjinse on Sun Nov 5th, 2017 at 08:41:59 PM EST
From Current Affairs. (Not about Northam who voted for Bush twice)
Something else happened in Virginia, though: the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, became the second African American elected to statewide office in Virginia history. More important than his race, though, are his beliefs: Fairfax was a progressive whose environmentalist stance against new pipeline construction alienated him from the Democratic Party, to the point where they even left his image off campaign flyers. Yet Fairfax beat the Republican candidate by a healthy margin, proving that you don't actually have to compromise your values in order to win.

The other most-noted story was Philadelphia District Attorney's race, in which the Unelectable Larry Krasner, a career defense attorney and critic of mass incarceration who supports Black Lives Matter and the ACLU, beat the Republican candidate by 40 percentage points. Krasner has been called an "ultra-progressive": the police union can't stand him, and he was considered the least likely person to ever be chosen as a prosecutor. Again, there's a lesson here about not compromising your principles: Krasner was clear on what he stood for, clear on what he intended to do, and people responded positively even though he was well outside the "mainstream."

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 04:33:50 PM EST
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Krasner got a lot of free air time in (regional) radio interviews over the past 18 months just by running for the DA office. Philly is rough, always has been.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 05:23:02 PM EST
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And the City (sic) Council of Montgomery County, Maryland unanimously approved a $15 minimum wage.

This information is incorrect. Residents elect a nine-person County Council and an County Executive form the county's government. The county's boundaries contain several incorporated and unincorporated cities and towns whose boundaries can overlap electoral district borders. The County Council has been deliberating the minimum wage hike nearly two years, ostensibly fearing a veto by Leggett. The issue was not offered for vote by referendum. MoCo is one of the wealthiest counties in the USA with median HH income last reported ~$94K.

Similarly, the Council members of the city-state known as the District of Columbia has been deliberating the minimum wage hike nearly two years, ostensibly fearing a veto by the Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed Nov 8th, 2017 at 05:55:05 PM EST
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America's global influence has dwindled under Donald Trump - The Economist

So far, Mr Trump's foreign policy has been less awful than he promised. Granted, he has pulled America out of the Paris accord, making it harder to curb climate change, and abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a big trade deal. However, he has not retreated pell-mell into isolationism. He has not quit NATO; indeed, some of America's eastern European allies prefer his tough-talk to the cool detachment of Barack Obama. He has not started any wars. He has stepped up America's defence of Afghanistan's beleaguered government, and helped Iraq recapture cities from IS. In the parts of the world to which he pays little attention, such as Africa, an understaffed version of the previous administration's policy continues on autopilot. As Mr Trump makes a 12-day visit to Asia, it is hard to dismiss him as a man wholly disengaged from the world.


Perhaps the greatest damage that Mr Trump has done is to American soft power. He openly scorns the notion that America should stand up for universal values such as democracy and human rights. Not only does he admire dictators; he explicitly praises thuggishness, such as the mass murder of criminal suspects in the Philippines. He does so not out of diplomatic tact, but apparently out of conviction. This is new. Previous American presidents supported despots for reasons of cold-war realpolitik. ("He's a bastard, but he's our bastard," as Harry Truman is reputed to have said of an anti-communist tyrant in Nicaragua.) Mr Trump's attitude seems more like: "He's a bastard. Great!"

This repels America's liberal allies, in Europe, East Asia and beyond. It emboldens autocrats to behave worse, as in Saudi Arabia this week, where the crown prince's dramatic political purges met with Mr Trump's blessing (see article). It makes it easier for China to declare American-style democracy passé, and more tempting for other countries to copy China's autocratic model (see article).

by Bjinse on Thu Nov 9th, 2017 at 08:59:55 PM EST
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Ken Vogel Tweet series flogs Ken Vogel NYT article. NYT is back to demanding subscription fees. Ken Vogel NYT article contains little info about DoJ subpoenas.

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Tony Podesta leaves lobbying firm amid Robert Mueller probe

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat Nov 11th, 2017 at 11:03:17 PM EST
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