Good day Widdershins!
There’s a song by Dinah Washington called “What a difference a day makes“. When it comes to voting and in particular early voting, let’s say what a difference a state makes. You would think that there might be some uniformity in early voting by the states but there’s not. And where exactly did the idea of early voting come from and how did it get started? Time magazine says the precursor to early voting was absentee voting which allowed an individual to still vote if they were not going to be in the area on election day.
“Excuse-required absentee voting started during the Civil War —a product of the competition between Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan,” says Paul Gronke, a professor of political science at Reed College and founder and director of the non-partisan Early Voting Information Center. “Lincoln wanted to assure that he got the votes of the soldiers who were serving away from home.”
The National Conference of State Legislatures‘s Wendy Underhill says the earliest evidence the organization could find was “a list of eligible persons [who] were permitted to vote before Election Day” when Louisiana established “in-person absentee voting” in 1921.
According to Paul Gronke the founder and director of the non-partisan Early Voting Information Center :
The earliest example of early non-absentee voting that Gronke can recall dates back to the late 1970s. California adopted a type of early voting called “no-excuse absentee balloting” — in which voters don’t have to have an excuse to apply for an absentee ballot — because the state was dealing with “an increasing number of people who were simply lying, saying ‘I couldn’t make it to the polling place’ when what was apparent is that they had really long commutes or it was otherwise really inconvenient to make it.”
So, let’s just say that early voting is now a given. It’s a thing. It is something that helps out the individual voter who may not be able to vote on Election Day due to work, other commitments such as kids in daycare or whatever reason. Hell, these days it could be due to the fact you have a parent in adult daycare or you have Fido in doggie daycare.
And indeed, early voting is popular, and maybe especially among Democrats. An article in the Miami Herald shows that in Clark County Nevada (Las Vegas):
Fifty-five percent of Clark County voters who cast their ballot on Saturday were registered Democrats, while 27 percent were Republicans. Total Clark County turnout of 39,309 broke a 2012 record in raw numbers, but not as a percentage of the active registered voter base.
Democrats accounted for 51 percent of early voters Saturday in Washoe County, while 33 percent were Republican.
Indeed, Clark County makes it incredibly easy to early vote. If you go here, you can then download a link that shows all of the early voting locations in Clark County along with the dates and times. They have early voting locations in shopping centers and in trailers set up in parking lots at some locations.
All of the seven shopping center sites below have the same hours of operation:
Oct. 22 – Nov. 3 (Sat. – Thurs.): 9am – 7pm / Nov. 4 (Last Friday): 9am – 8pm
Early voting kicked off on Thursday in the key swing state of North Carolina, and voters turned out to the polls in droves. Across the state, but especially in the urban centers of Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem, voters waited for hours to cast a ballot.
But its Board of Elections is controlled by white Republicans, who recently voted to slash the number of early voting sites from four to one, and only open that location during weekday businesses hours and a couple of hours on Saturday morning.
The Republican board members said cutting the number of early voting hours by more than three-quarters would save the county money and allow them to “monitor voter fraud more effectively,” though extensive studies in North Carolina and across the country have found in-person voter fraud to be nearly non-existent.
Yep, there’s that good ole voter fraud meme once again.
The Brennan Center for Justice has some very good info on voting, voting rights restrictions, and especially about the 14 states that changed their voting laws after the Supreme Court decision that basically gutted Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.
Of the 14 states with new restrictive voting laws in effect for the first time in a presidential election this year, six were previously covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Five of these states — Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina*, Texas†, and Virginia — have new voter ID laws in place.
Yet another reason we must have Hillary as our next President. New Justices and then buh-bye Shelby County v. Holder.
What’s on your minds today Widdershins?
GooooOOOOOOoooood Monday, all! Life has kept me from posting during this extremely fraught few weeks. It’s amazing to think back on all the things that have happened, but to summarize, the Orange Creamsicle has melted down.
I like to remind people that before the infamous Access Hollywood tape was leaked, revealing Drumpf as an self-described sexual predator, Hillary’s first debate performance had already started to cause the Donald’s precarious cool to dissolve into hot Tasmanian rage, and his poll numbers to tank. A dizzying and devastating tumble of bad news, including leaked tax returns, terrible 3 am tweets, 2 more awful debates, 11 women (so far) coming forward and stating that he did, in fact, molest them as he described in that tape, and unpatriotic whining about the election being “rigged,” applied so much heat he could no longer stand. “What a world, what a world, and what a nasty woman!” he cried from a puddle of man-tan, as he feebly swore to sue everyone and everything that had been mean to him. Yes, just like he sued the New York Times for “illegally” obtaining his tax return from 1995! Oh, wait….
So now that the inevitable Drumpf implosion has happened, leaving Our Girl up 6 points in the national average (and an unprecedented 12 points in one new poll), I think it’s safe to start imagining the possibilities of the Titanium Pantsuit attaining the office of the President of the United States, in a historic win as the first woman president ever.
A good weekend to you Widdershins!
Pardon me while I try to type while also rubbing my hands together in glee at the shellacking the Republicans are almost assuredly going to get on November 8th. Now I realize that we’re still two weeks out from election day, but barring anything really bad happening, the Republicans are definitely going to be crying the blues on November 9th. And, uh, those blues are going to be Democratic blue.
The Democrats, besides retaining the Presidency, also have a good shot of regaining the Senate – especially important if Hillary wants to get her nominations to the Supremes approved. There’s also a slimmer chance that they regain the House. Should we hit the trifecta this will indeed be a disaster for the Republicans. So in keeping with the theme of disasters, let’s take a look at some disaster movies. We know there are lots of them out there and I’ll add mine below.
(1) San Andreas
(2) The Hindenburg
(3) The Doomsday Flight
(4) Deep Impact
(5) Airport ~ 1970
(6) [for a laugh] Several scenes from Airplane
Okay those are my choices but there are tons of others ranging from natural disaster movies, disasters in the air, under the water and others. However I don’t think anything we can come up will compare to what the Republicans will go through next month. Please add your choices in the comments below.
Good morning Widdershins. I’m offering up a short post to move us along since loading up 240 comments is a slow lift for most ISPs.
Last evening it appears the Great Trumpkin got what looks like a fatal case of the gummy stem blight. His orange pallor seemed inordinately pasty.
After the Great Trumpkin’s pronouncement he would ignore what every candidate for President since George Washington has seen as a sacred obligation, nine kinds of hell broke loose. Most relatively intelligent people saw it as a major faux pas. Of course, relatively intelligent excludes #socklessdeadintern and #drunkmika.
This morning I was listening to Morning Schmoe on Sirius radio while driving to a two-day meeting. It sounded like a bunch of long-tailed cats had been thrown into a marathon rocking chair contest. Schmoe was ballistic. Bill Kristol was his normal gag reflexive self. And Harold Ford seemed to have grown weary of trying to cram ten pounds of Schmoe crap in a five-pound bag.
The argument was about the peaceful transition of power and whether or not it is a big deal. In fact, comparatively speaking since there’s thermonuclear weapons involved nothing else comes close.
Last evening a strange species of talking head discussed the concept of peaceful transition of power. For all appearances, it seemed as though it was a sane Republican. Steve Schmidt, a living and breathing sane Republican declared it was a disqualifying event for the Great Trumpkin to “wait and see” if he was down with the concept. Schmidt is a serious student of history and of the presidency in particular. His words seemed very familiar.
It then occurred to me where I had heard them – Game Change, the movie based on the book by Halperin and Heilemann. Woody Harrelson played Schmidt and Sarah Palin was played by Julianne Moore, who won a Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, Screen Actor’s, and an Emmy for the role.
I found the scene and it does a much better job than I ever could in explaining the ramifications.
One last thing: Here’s something as rare as a grammatically correct sentence from the Great Trumpkin. It is a highly laudatory article about our gal. It was written after last night’s debate, but it details how extraordinary Hillary’s performance has been in all three debates. The catch phrase on the article is: Donald Trump didn’t just destroy himself. Hillary Clinton destroyed him. Or as we like to say around here, Donald was whipped by a girl.
What’s on your mind today?
Good evening Widdershins.
It’s the last and final debate. If you are scoring at home, it’s about to be 3 for Hillary and Z-effing-RO for the orange dingleberry.
The Trumpanzee whines about our culture being too politically correct. He says we should speak more frankly which is shorthand for self-indulgence. Be careful what you wish for Cheeto crumb. Let’s see what that would look like.
Donald Trump you are a menace and disgrace to mankind. Sexual predation was once such an anathema to society it was routinely excised without question by summary execution. Your lack of character gives us pause to consider whether or not due process for your transgressions should be considered progress.
You have as your guests this evening, Patricia Smith and Malik Obama. Patricia Smith, in a PC world, would be forgiven as a grieving mother. In a post-PC world, she’s a vindictive, attention-seeking, mentally-compromised woman who is not Sean Smith’s next of kin. She has repeatedly contravened her son’s wife who is speaking for herself and their children.
Patricia Smith manufactured her story a full year after the events of which she now complains so loudly. At one point, she wanted to sell her house in order to launch her son’s ashes into space. She now gladly sells herself for temporal cruel and imaginary revenge.
Malik Obama merely reminds us that you, Donald Trump, are a racist – a birtherism racist who used and was used by a hate-mongering television network to spread vile discredited garbage. You are the nominee of a party that sits atop a base of like-minded bigots. You are a vile, reprehensible creature.
We have learned at least two things from you Donald Trump. The first is: Money doesn’t make you any more sophisticated or learned than a drunk sitting slumped at the end of the bar. You are a boor, a lout, and intergalacticly ignorant.
The second learning is this: It’s often said that power corrupts. That is incorrect. It’s scientifically proven that power and money only free what was already there. They merely erase the veneer of impulse control. So Mr. Trump, you would be the same miserable excuse for a human being if you had nothing at all or really had all the money you claim. Ironically, that might be the only consistent thing in your entire pathetic life.
I will enjoy your humiliation tonight and your ignominious loss three weeks from now.
And have a nice day.
Good afternoon Widdershins.
Here’s a question: Why don’t reporters just read our TW? Here’s one of today’s big scoops — the Trumpanzee is thinking about starting a Trump-a-vision channel.
We covered that concept last week, but I guess it is official now since it has appeared in publications that have a few more subscribers. Here’s the money shot from New York magazine:
If you do assume that Trump is acting rationally, then it is very hard to explain his campaign moves as steps in a considered plan to get elected president, and much easier to explain them as steps toward monetizing his audience through a media empire. This theory would explain why Trump handed control of his campaign to a media mogul (Steve Bannon), why he has needlessly attacked fellow members of his party, and why he has risked demoralizing his own voters by repeatedly calling the election rigged. These are logical decisions if his end goal is to wrest the intense loyalty of a large minority of the country away from other conservative organs and center it around a media brand he can control.
Given that journalists seldom have strategic thinking skills, let’s help them out. The Orange Sexual Predator has support from somewhere between zero and 35% of the Republican base. Where does that leave the “tea cozy” sniffers of the Tea Party and the flesh-eating Freedom Caucus members? They will have to obey their new tangerine-hued overload, Darth Drumpf.
So the long and short of it: All these gerrymandered districts of which the Republithugs have long been so proud will now officially bite them in their ample buttocks. Of course, they could bite them anywhere since they are all buttocks, but I digress. These Congress critters will be forced to take on such crazy positions they will look like yoga instructors who just snorted a new batch of bath salts.
Paul Ryan is about to be one of three things — powerless, without an ounce of principle, or retired. The Rethug House Caucus is about to become the House Carcass Caucus. If Hillary’s “tunic tails” are not enough to wrest control of the House, she understands well enough, unlike Obama, that the midterm election is another bite at that apple. She will not let it escape.
Two years of ape-crazy, biscuit-eaters will convince an overwhelming majority of the country that the Republican Party is a thing of the past worthy of being put down. The conservodroids will be ensconced in their bunkers eating their Glenn Beck apocalypse provisions wringing their little hands to nubbins.
The nation’s Capitol will have one adult and she has come to clean the House.
What’s on your mind today?
GOOD WEEKEND TO YOU WIDDERSHINS!
Another week has passed and yet even more disgusting stories about Trump have made the news. Not only have we learned he thought he could grab a woman by her genitalia, but he also felt free to try to get a woman to join him in the mile high club. Another one of the Trumpian tidbits is that he referred to Marlee Matlin as “retarded” when she appeared on his show Celebrity Apprentice.
Trump, who was accused on Wednesday of making sexual comments to Marlee Matlin, an Oscar-winning actress who once competed on Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, also apparently had a habit of insulting, mimicking, and demeaning as mentally handicapped his star female contestant—all because she was deaf.
In 2011, Matlin, who is still the only deaf actor or actress to win an Academy Award for best actress, appeared on Trump’s NBC reality-TV series. By the end of the season, she had come in second place and earned her fair share of compliments from Trump in the aired footage. But according to three longtime staffers who worked on Matlin’s season of Celebrity Apprentice, Trump would regularly disrespect the actress and would even treat her as if she were mentally disabled.
I’m not totally sure who we should be crying a river for: we Americans for having to hear about all of this, the people who were the objects of his attacks and insults, or the Republicans who are getting their much deserved desserts for allowing this to grow in their body politic, with this foul fruit being the result. It will be extremely difficult to rid themselves of this and will be their legacy for some time to come. Nah, to hell with the last one.
So along those lines let’s look at some songs about crying, tears, anything along those lines. Now we all know some songs involving those things. Here are mine.
(1) As Tears Go By ~ Marianne Faithfull
(3) Lonely teardrops ~ Jackie Wilson
(4) Tears of a Clown ~ Smokey Robinson and the The Miracles
(5) There’ll be no teardrops tonight ~ Tony Bennett
(6) Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall ~ Coldplay
(7) Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain ~ Willie Nelson (who else but??)