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Candidates Draw Straws for Seat After Electoral Tie in Mississippi

Turns out that in the event of an electoral tie, where equal votes are cast for both candidates – some state allow a coin toss or drawing a straw to decide the matter. It is a lot less expensive than holding an entire new election. Perhaps an Act of God, or just sheer luck will save the state from going down the rabbit hole like Kansas and Louisiana with failed conservative economic policy. Mississippi is already the poorest state in the Union…At least the Rethugs don’t get to turn it into a 3rd world hell hole….Yet.

Democrat Wins Mississippi House Race After Drawing Straw

Candidates Tullos (l) and Eaton (2nd from l) Drawing Strawa

Sometimes American politics is about ideas, powered by Jeffersons and Adamses and Reagans. Sometimes it is about strategy, with races determined by the chess-match machinations of Axelrods and Roves.

But every once in a while, the fate of governments is determined by a considerably less eminent character, one usually found lurking in back-alley craps games and on the Vegas strip: Lady Luck.

In Mississippi on Friday, luck smiled on a Democratic state representative, Blaine Eaton II, who had been forced, by state law, to draw straws for his seat after his race for re-election ended in a tie. On Friday afternoon, in a short, strange ceremony here presided over by Gov. Phil Bryant and Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, Mr. Eaton and his Republican challenger, Mark Tullos, each removed a box from a bag. Mr. Eaton opened his box to reveal a long green straw.

And with that, a mathematically improbable tie for the House District 79 seat — each candidate had received exactly 4,589 votes — had been broken, though not by the voters.

Moments after winning, Mr. Eaton, who raises cattle and grows timber and soybeans, attributed his win to a farmer’s luck. “There’s always happiness in a good crop year,” he said.

An attorney for Mr. Tullos said that a challenge had been filed with the State House of Representatives. Mr. Tullos, a lawyer, declined to comment but had said he planned a challenge if he lost the draw. He had cited concerns about the way a county election board handled nine paper “affidavit ballots” filed by voters who believed their names were erroneously left off the voter rolls.

Resorting to a game of chance to break an electoral tie is common in many states, and coin tosses are often used to settle smaller local races. But in few instances had the pot as rich as this: If Mr. Tullos had won, his fellow Republicans would have gain a three-fifths supermajority in the State House of Representatives, the threshold required to pass revenue-related bills.

At stake, potentially, was hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. The three-fifths requirement has allowed the Democratic minority to block Republican tax-cut proposals in the past on the grounds that Mississippi needs the revenue to finance schools and other services. Republicans, who also control the State Senate and governor’s mansion, say the cuts, including a proposal to phase out the state’s corporate franchise tax, will jump-start the economy and promote job growth….Read the Rest Here


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Cornel West Stump Speech for Bernie Sanders in Iowa

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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Democrat Primary


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Why Asian Americans Fled The Republican Party

In the 2012 election, President Obama got 73% of the Asian American vote. Looking at the anti-immigrant and anti-minority message, that somehow Asians are “coming here” and taking jobs from white folks…

Is a driving reason, along with the use of Asians as the “Model Minority” wedge against all other minorities in racially coded right wing arguments.

Why Asian Americans don’t vote Republican

During the recent No Labels-hosted Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire, things got a little uncomfortable.

When Joseph Choe, an Asian-American college student, stood up to ask a question about South Korea, Donald Trump cut him off and wondered aloud: “Are you from South Korea?”

Choe responded, “I’m not. I was born in Texas, raised in Colorado.” His answer prompted laughter from the audience, and nothing more than a shrug from the GOP presidential candidate.

A fellow conference attendee who walked by Choe subsequently joked, “You’re gonna have to show him your birth certificate, man!”

Although Trump probably did not intend to offend, this interaction likely reminded Choe and other Asian-American voters that being Asian often translates to being perceived by fellow Americans as a foreigner.

However innocuous Trump’s question may seem, this is exactly the sort of exchange that could, in part, be pushing Asian Americans – the highest-income, most-educated, and fastest-growing segment of the United States – toward the Democratic Party by landslide margins.

n the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama won 73% of the Asian-American vote. That exceeded his support among traditional Democratic Party constituencies like Hispanics (71%) and women (55%).

Republicans should be alarmed by this statistic, as Asians weren’t always so far out of reach for Republicans.

When we examine presidential exit polls, we see that 74% of the Asian-American vote went to the Republican presidential candidate just two decades ago. The Democratic presidential vote share among Asian Americans has steadily increased from 36% in 1992, to 64% in the 2008 election to 73% in 2012. Asian Americans were also one of the rare groups that were more favorable to President Obama in the latter election.

The hated question

Asian Americans are regularly made to feel like foreigners in their own country through “innocent” racial microaggressions. Microaggressions are “everyday insults, indignities and demeaning messages sent to people of color by well-intentioned white people who are unaware of the hidden messages being sent.” An example is being asked “Where are youreally from?” – after answering the question “Where are you from?” with a location within the United States. Another is being complimented on one’s great English-speaking skills. In both cases, the underlying assumption is that Asian Americans are outsiders.

According to a 2005 study by Sapna Cheryan and Benoit Monin, Asian Americans are right to feel excluded. The study shows Asian Americans are seen as less American than other Americans.

A 2008 study by Thierry Devos and Debbie Ma confirmed this result. The study found that in the mind of the average American, a white European celebrity (Kate Winslet) is considered more American than an Asian-American celebrity (Lucy Liu).

But while Asian Americans are perceived as less American by other ethnic groups, Cheryan and Monin found that Asian Americans are just as likely as white Americans to self-identify as American and hold patriotic attitudes. This makes attacks on their identity as Americans hurtful…

When we examined the 2008 National Asian American Survey (NAAS), a nationally representative sample of over 5,000 Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we found that self-reported racial discrimination, a proxy for feelings of social exclusion, was positively correlated with identification with the Democratic Party over the Republican Party.

Analyzing the NAAS data, we find that racial discrimination is not rare. Nearly 40% of Asian Americans suffered at least one of the following forms of racial discrimination in their lifetime:

  • being unfairly denied a job or fired

  • being unfairly denied a promotion at work

  • being unfairly treated by the police

  • being unfairly prevented from renting or buying a home

  • treated unfairly at a restaurant or other place of service

  • being a victim of a hate crime.

Republicans have positioned themselves, in trying to solidify the white southern vote – as the Party least likely to defend rights, and resist discrimination.


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Republicrat Drops Out of Dem Primary


Jim Webb To Drop Out Of Democratic Presidential Primary


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Posted by on October 20, 2015 in The Clown Bus


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Cenk Uygur Gives “Awful” Annie Coulter That Operation She’s Been Needing

Androgynous Annie is the right wings flame thrower. She has made a good living attacking anyone on the left with any outrageous statement she can make up…

Cenk is best known for his “The Young Turks” YouTube Channel. The name of which is a play on Turkish History (Cenk is of Turkish origin) and the Progressive left.

Cenk cuts her a new Trailer Park..Or to quote Awful Annie…A new “clitorectomy”.

The bombs start getting tossed at about the 16 minute mark.


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Politics and the “Time to Die” Algorithm in the Internet

In the early days of building large communications networks which led up to the Internet, Network ENgineers noticed an interesting problem. After midnight, in those pre-Porn days their networks would show 30, 40, or even 50% or higher in catastrophic situations, capacity use by traffic. With nobody on the network.

Turns out there was a little engineering glitch in the early implementations of the little packets which haul data from point to point, including TCP/IP. If for any reason the Packet header which contains the destination address to which it will travel gets messed up (or a bad address is entered)…The little lost packets would travel the Network, or Internet forever…Searching for a home.

Day after day the number of little “lost” packets would add up, until they constituted a significant number of total traffic on the network, preventing valid packets from reaching their destination.

To prevent that, Engineers created what became known as the “Time to Die” counter, which said that after 10-15, or 20 jumps across the network without reaching it’s destination …The little lost packet would self destruct.

Seems like that sort of Algorithm should be built for the political world, eliminating the “lost politicians” still bouncing around on the Clown Bus, with no one interested in taking them on as an elected candidate.

Case in point…

Poll: O’Malley gets 4 percent support from home state

Martin O’Malley, who is hoping to jumpstart his presidential campaign with a strong debate performance here Tuesday, continues to get little love from his home state of Maryland.

The former governor is backed by just 4 percent of voters who are Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents in a potential presidential primary matchup in the state, a new Washington Post-University of Maryland pollfinds.

O’Malley lags far behind former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton, who gets the support of 43 percent, followed by Vice President Biden — who is mulling a run — with 26 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with 20 percent.

Former Virginia senator Jim Webb is the choice of 1 percent, while former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chafee attracts less than 1 percent.


And case 2 –

Gilmore brushes low poll numbers aside

Presidential candidate Jim Gilmore says he’s not concerned with his low polling numbers in the race for the Republican nomination and he remains unshaken in his belief that he is most qualified to be the next president of the United States.

“There is still time for this race to turn to substance and experience, and I believe when it does, I will be the nominee,” Gilmore said in a phone interview Wednesday.

There is nothing going on right now in the field on either side, Republican or Democratic, that would cause him to drop out of this race, said Gilmore, Virginia’s governor from 1998 to 2002.

“I am satisfied that I should be the president based upon the field that I see right now. I am not going to watch my country continue to decline, both in its inner economic policy or in its international relations.”

If the people pick somebody else, then fine, Gilmore said. “But I am the best candidate.”

Gilmore has struggled to set apart his campaign from the wide field of Republican candidates since he formally announced his bid earlier this month, becoming his party’s 17th candidate.

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Posted by on October 12, 2015 in The Clown Bus


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Trumped…The Hispanic Vote

Last Presidential election only about 48% of the eligible Hispanic voters in this country turned out to vote. Something between 71-73% voted for President Obama.

Due in no small part to the anti-immigrant vitriol and racism of Trump and other Republican candidates – this group, “Latino VIctory Project”, aims to rectify that situation. Hopefully other Hispanic groups in the country (Latino and Hispanic mean different things, although all Latinos are also Hispanic – the reverse is not true).


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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life


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