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Values Are Vital PAC Uses Las Vegas Money To Push Its Agenda

Are the Republican voters of Florida’s 19th congressional district content to allow political operatives from Nevada and New Jersey to tell them which values are vital? We’ll find out when the polls close Tuesday night. [...]

With Extra Political Parties in California, Big Two Still Pack Big Punch. Why?

Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News points me to fresh polls in a California Secretary of State race reopened by the revelation that gun control candidate Leland Yee had been brokering illegal gun sales on the sly. The story of Leland Yee is surely an entertaining one, but the polls in the race he leaves behind [...]

Cindy Sheehan Is Running For Governor Of California in 2014

Cindy Sheehan is best known for her work organizing the anti-war movement of the Aughts. The anti-war movement splintered after Barack Obama was elected President, but Sheehan never stopped advocating peace and progress.

This year, Cindy Sheehan is running for Governor of California as a candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party.

The Sheehan for [...]

Isolation: Where in America Do They Want You to Just Go Home?

A few days ago, I saw a bumper sticker in Central Maine that read, “Welcome to Maine… Now Go Home!” It didn’t take me too long to react emotionally to that statement; I hear some version of that sentiment almost every day living here in Maine. Whether it’s someone talking about what “real Mainers” would [...]

Do They Tell People to Go Home Where You Are?

“Welcome to Maine… Now Go Home!”

This is the bumper sticker I saw in Jefferson, Maine today. I’d seen it before. Today I started to think, “How insular and parochial of Maine!” — but then I stopped mid-thought. It could be that such sentiments are part of the scene in every part of the country, [...]

1 Day of Same-Sex Marriages in Michigan Provides a Test of Angry Anti-Gay God Theory

Susanne Atanus, the Republican Party winner in Illinois’ 9th District congressional race, is the latest in a long line of preachers and politicians to proclaim that God controls the weather and uses dire weather to punish political jurisdictions that are kind to gay people:

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” [...]

Maine Green Party Fails To Run A Single Candidate For Congress in 2014

The Maine Green Independent Party has some exciting things to show on its front page this morning. Yesterday was the deadline for Green Party candidates to file their campaigns to run for Congress. Maine has three seats in Congress in play for this year’s election – one U.S. Senate seat and two seats in the [...]

Put Alaska First Doesn’t Have Much Alaska In It

Put Alaska First is a fairly straightforward name for a Super PAC. A person would think that the Put Alaska First PAC is dedicated to making the needs of Alaskans the top priority… if that person was a sucker.

The funny business going on over at Put Alaska First came to my attention this [...]

Congressional Contender Nick Troiano Parrots his Billionaire Patron Without Attribution

Mr. Troiano, you have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from the prestigious Georgetown University. Surely someone, somewhere along the way to those two fine degrees taught you the fine art of citing your sources. It works like this:

When you pledge your congressional candidacy to the cause of slashing social security, medicare and medicaid [...]

The True Spirit Of The Desert Bighorn

Today in Phoenix, Arizona, I ran across a statue by Pat Mathiesen, claiming to represent the “Spirit of the Desert Bighorn”. A plaque on the statue explained how bighorn sheep that used to live in the desert where the city has grown required a very particular habitat…

… like a habitat without valet parking…

[...]

Long After Reaching Threshold, Unanswered Snowden Petition Still Adds 100s of Signatures a Day

217 days ago, the official petition to President Barack Obama to pardon the whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed 100,000 signatures. That number matters because President Obama and his White House staff promised explicitly that after petitions garner more than 100,000 signatures “White House staff will review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and [...]