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Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Reply #210 on: November 28, 2018, 04:12:17 am »
The fact that it was this competitive and this close should be a surprise though.

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Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Reply #211 on: November 30, 2018, 07:03:42 pm »
Meanwhile, Bruce Poliquin, who lost re-election in ME-02 due to Maine's use of Hare (he had a plurality on first preferences but lost when the independent candidates' votes were redistributed) is throwing a hissy fit and trying to have the whole thing thrown out because the system is unconstitutional.

EDIT: Also, the Republicans probably cheated because of course they did, and even the Republicans agreed.

https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article222436915.html

The North Carolina State Board of Elections, composed of four Democrats, four Republicans, and one Independent, has refused to certify the results of the election for North Carolina's 9th Congressional District as evidence has come to light that Republican campaign volunteers committed voter fraud with absentee and mail-in ballots. The Board's vote was unanimous, 9-0.

Among other acts, the volunteers are alleged to have thrown away ballots marked for Democratic candidate Dan McCready, or to have crossed out McCready's name and written in Republican candidate Mark Harris instead.
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Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Reply #212 on: December 02, 2018, 03:26:21 pm »
GEE REPUBLICANS COMMITTING VOTER FRAUD TO WIN!?  WHO WOULD'VE THUNK IT!?

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Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Reply #213 on: December 02, 2018, 03:34:21 pm »
GEE REPUBLICANS COMMITTING VOTER FRAUD TO WIN!?  WHO WOULD'VE THUNK IT!?

Projection extraordinaire.

EDIT: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/04/republicans-democrats-michigan-wisconsin-voting-midterms
https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/wisconsin-repoublicans-weaken-governor-attorney-general-1.4933168

Another form of vote theft: Now that Democrats have won statewide offices in Wisconsin, the outgoing legislature and lame-duck Republican Governor are changing the rules to strip the executive offices of power.

Oh, you voted for something we don't like? That's nice, now we'll change the nature of the position so you effectively voted for something other than what you thought you were voting for. And then we'll point out how the new Governor was unable to get anything done (and not mention that it's because we emasculated him).
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Being required by someone else’s religious beliefs to behave contrary to one’s sexual identity is degrading and disrespectful.

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Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Reply #214 on: December 06, 2018, 03:11:06 am »
The dude in Wisconsin is at least honest about being a total dickhead. There's an interview where he literally says that they are making the changes because they want to prevent liberal politics being made.
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Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Reply #215 on: December 06, 2018, 03:34:48 am »
The dude in Wisconsin is at least honest about being a total dickhead. There's an interview where he literally says that they are making the changes because they want to prevent liberal politics being made.

They know they don't have to bother to hide it any more. The media never calls them out for it (never mind that states with heavily Democratic legislatures, like Massachusetts, don't do this when the voters elect people like Gov. Baker), and if they didn't try to stop the Democrats their base would get angry at them and they'd lose their primaries, which is more important than the general since they drew the maps so finely after winning in 2010.

In Michigan, meanwhile, the attacks are being made on voter-passed initiatives. (There were a few where they decided to circumvent the voters by passing a law to implement the initiative... then repealing it in the lame-duck. Michigan's rules are such that if the legislature passes the initiative into law before it's voted on, it's not on the ballot, but such a law, if passed by the legislature, can be repealed by a simple majority, but if passed by the voters, requires a three-fourths majority of the legislature to repeal. Hence, stop the people from voting on it entirely and get rid of it later.)

In fact, here's how badly gerrymandered the Wisconsin state districts are: in the State Assembly, Democratic candidates got around 53% of the vote, to about 45% for Republican candidates. Republicans lost one seat from the previous election, dropping from 64 to 63, even though their vote share dropped from 51.7% and the Democratic share rose from 45.5%. (I should note that many Democratic-held districts are not even contested by anyone--of the thirty-six now held by Democrats, one was a flip from 2016, and of the thirty-five they already held, twenty-seven were uncontested, three were contested only by third party candidates, and five were contested by Republicans.)
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Being required by someone else’s religious beliefs to behave contrary to one’s sexual identity is degrading and disrespectful.

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Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Reply #216 on: December 09, 2018, 07:29:53 am »
Gee, only now that a democrat is governor, only now are republicans doing anything resembling the "small government" they have boners for?

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Re: The lead-up to the 2018 midterms begins
« Reply #217 on: December 10, 2018, 02:38:05 pm »
Gee, only now that a democrat is governor, only now are republicans doing anything resembling the "small government" they have boners for?

Because these dickheads have never, ever cared about "small government"; they just want the government to worry about two things: funding the military to invade other countries and forcing everyone to follow Modesty Culture rules?  Otherwise, everything should be left to the "Free Market" (read: rich oligarchs who want even more money)...