Susan J Demas/Slate:
Dixon’s ‘parental rights’ message: You’re only a real mom if you vote GOP
What a slap in the face to millions of moms in Michigan and beyond
A little over 20 years ago, at the beginning of my career as a journalist, I gave birth to my first child.
In the years that followed, several editors, some of whom tried to be helpful and others who seemed to still be living in the Stone Age, told me that my decision to start a family with my husband was a very bad professional move.
I’m moving forward, as women should be, and working on covering state and national politics. By then I was a single mom with no choice but to bring my daughter to the evening and weekend events I was expected to cover (which some of my male colleagues called unprofessional as they happily left most of the parenting to their wives). .
At an event, I saw then-state senator Gretchen Whitmer juggling her children, and we closed our eyes like struggling moms do. I went back to my office and mentioned the moment. An elderly journalist rolled his eyes and declared, “I knew she was not a serious person and would never enter politics when she got pregnant after being elected.”
That was about 15 years ago. Of course, this injustice has not aged well, as Whitmer is now the 49th governor of Michigan.
Nazi analogies are dangerous. But nowadays they are becoming more and more relevant.
For a long time, politicians, the media, and Jewish organizations agreed that it is virtually never appropriate to equate modern political movements with the Nazis, or to compare modern human rights atrocities to the Holocaust. If every right-wing politician was labeled a Nazi and every inhumane policy decision was compared to the Holocaust, the memory of historical crimes against the Jewish people would become cheap.
Then came the rise of Donald Trump, full of racist rhetoric, demonization of immigrants, open antisemitismgrand conspiracy theories, scary mass rallies and incitement to violence for political purposes.
This survey looks at likely voters. Marist is looking a bit better looking at registered voters. Who is right? Who could be a voter this year? Follow along.
This little-known election forecaster should worry Democrats
According to pollster John Couvillon, 52 percent of 2022 primary voters voted in the GOP race, while 48 percent voted in the Democratic race. That’s a good sign for Republicans. High primary turnout indicates enthusiasm for the general election, and a party with higher primary turnout tends to do better in the midterms.
We don’t yet know if this pattern will repeat itself in November. But a close look at the data shows that Republicans have a major electoral advantage — even on balance Dobbs and other complications of this election cycle.
Except when they don’t. Couvillon is a good pollster, but n is small here, and sometimes other factors come into play (ie, defending incumbents means a less interesting primary task; see New Hampshire).
However, it brings up an interesting point about parallel elections.
Democrats are motivated by abortion and the defense of democracy. Republicans are motivated by crime and immigration. Everyone cares about the price of gas and eggs.
So the election clichés have never been truer: candidates matter, turnout will determine it, and cross-currents are hard to predict.
‘Huge mistake’: DeSantis’ migrant haul could cut support in South Florida
DeSantis’ move dominated radio and television airwaves in South Florida, home to a large number of Hispanic voters.
Democrat Charlie Crist, who is challenging DeSantis, rushed to launch a new digital ad Saturday targeting Hispanics and the Venezuelan community as part of a six-figure buy for DeSantis for his attention-grabbing move.
“From Miami’s perspective, this is a huge mistake,” said state Sen. Annette Taddeo, a Democrat challenging the incumbent. Maria Elvira Salazar (R-Fla.). “All these Republicans — including my opponent — historically talk about socialism and communism and us standing up against these terrible dictators. Migrants are fleeing the very thing Republicans say they are fighting.
The Republican Party is an authoritarian shift
Compared to center-right parties in advanced democracies, the GOP is dangerously far from normal.
Experts in comparative politics say the GOP is an extremist outlier, no longer in the same conversation as “normal” right-wing parties like the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) or Germany’s Christian Democratic Party (CDU). Instead, it is more akin to far-right parties — such as Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party in Hungary or Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s AKP in Turkey — that have actively worked to undermine democracy in their own countries.
The Supreme Court saga cannot be viewed in isolation. It’s a sign of a deep breakdown in American politics, one party pulling us away from the developed-world political standards we aspire to, and toward a battle over the most basic tenet of democracy: whether power should be shared. And that is a disaster for American democracy.
“The only way we’re going to move forward is if the Republicans reform and stop being an increasingly authoritarian party of white nationalists,” says Steven Levitsky, a Harvard professor and co-author (with Daniel Ziblat). How democracies die.
Trump’s lawyers admit the Mar-a-Lago probe could lead to impeachment
Explaining whether Trump’s declassified documents could be a ‘defense’ to future criminal charges, lawyers say
Trump’s lawyers have repeatedly suggested in court filings that the former president could have declassified the documents, but they have not actually argued that he did.
In Monday’s filing, Trump’s lawyers wrote that they don’t want Darry to compel Trump to “fully and specifically disclose a defense to the merits of any future indictment, absent such a requirement in a district court order” — a remarkable statement that acknowledges at least the possibility that the former president. or his aides may face criminal charges.
In the article above, Trump seeks protection from Judge Eileen Cannon. He thinks what we think.
Here’s an inside look at how long it takes to legally work with classified documents:
Secrets and Laws/Twitter:
Here we are:
– Since [Special Master] Darius is still a judge, he won’t have to recuse himself (the government doesn’t require clearances for federal judges). But any staff he wants to hire will have to be cleared and then familiarized with the various compartments under discussion.
–Trump advisor will have to be released (probably not all; I also doubt Trusty consent is active). They will receive what is called a “limited security clearance”. I could see the DOJ arguing against Corcoran because he is exposed or at least a witness.
– They will have to figure out where to securely store the classified documents (in SCIF format) so that Daria, Trump’s advisor, and even Trump himself can access them. Daria will want them in Brooklyn. Trusty is based in DC. Kise is located in Florida.
– Documents will need to be copied and delivered securely to these SCIF locations. You can’t just email TS/SCI/SAP records even on a classified computer network. Given their size and lack of infrastructure, they may need to be hand-carried.
So Trump saw it as a winner because of the delay. However, Judge Raymond Deary said, “Get your arguments together by yesterday,” and it may be that if Trump can’t prove he has declassified the documents, he won’t get them back, no matter how long the delay.