Author: The BPI Squirrel

Democrat Wins in FL State House Race

Democrat Margaret Good won a Florida state house race … in a very red district. (More) “I just think people deserve better and want to have better” It was another good day for Democrats: Strike three. For the third Florida bellwether election in a row, the Republican candidate lost to the Democrat, giving activists and elites in both parties a sense that the GOP’s political grip is slipping in the nation’s largest swing state heading into President Donald Trump’s first midterm election. Aside from her big 7.4 percentage-point win, what made Margaret Good’s victory Tuesday night over Republican James...

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The God-King’s Cruel Budget

The God-King’s proposed budget is “science fiction” … of the dystopian kind. (More) “So we’re pretty excited about that” So declared Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney as he announced the God-King’s plan to partially replace SNAP benefits with boxes of canned food: The Trump administration wants to slash food aid to low-income families and make up the difference with a box of canned goods – a change that Office of Management and budget director Mick Mulvaney described in a Monday briefing as a “Blue Apron-type program.” “What we do is propose that for folks who are...

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Federal Judge Rules ICE-Request Holds Illegal, plus Other Stuff

A federal judge in California upheld the legal basis for ‘sanctuary cities.’ (More) “The LASD does not have authority to detain people exclusively on the basis of suspected civil immigration violations” For all the God-King’s and Klanmaster General’s clamoring about the “rule of law,” they don’t respect the actual rules of law with so-called “sanctuary cities.” For example, they howl a lot about “illegal immigrants.” But they rarely mention that most undocumented immigrants have committed no crime at all. Most arrived legally – on a tourist, student, or other visa – and then simply didn’t leave. And overstaying a...

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How Democracies Die, Part III: Saving Our Democracy

Saving our democracy will not be easy. We cannot simply “restore” what was, nor can we “kill it to save it.” (More) This week I’m reviewing the new book How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Wednesday we saw how gatekeepers in healthy democracies keep would-be autocrats away from power, and why they failed in 2016. Yesterday we looked at the authors’ “guardrails” of healthy democracies – unwritten but vital norms of mutual tolerance and forbearance – and how those eroded in the U.S. over the past 20 years. Today we conclude with whether the U.S. is...

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How Democracies Die, Part II: Guardrails Weaken

Our constitutional structures to block would-be autocrats are surprisingly frail. (More) This week I’m reviewing the new book How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt. Yesterday we saw how gatekeepers in healthy democracies keep would-be autocrats away from power, and why they failed in 2016. Today we look at the authors’ “guardrails” of healthy democracies – unwritten but vital norms of mutual tolerance and forbearance – and how those eroded in the U.S. over the past 20 years. Friday we’ll conclude with whether the U.S. is on a path toward autocracy, and how we can stop it....

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