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SUCH a great day!!! And quotes of the day (after):

“Women don’t want to die for Mike Johnson’s religious beliefs.” —Molly Jong-Fast

And from Jessica Valenti:

"I wish I was the kind of person who wins gracefully. Really, I do. But when you spend a year writing about raped children being denied care and women forced to carry doomed pregnancies to term, you tend to lose your magnanimity.

So to every Republican politician who tried to keep voters from having a say on abortion, and to every anti-choice activist who worked to keep women under the government’s thumb:

'Fuck you, we win.' "

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"Yesterday was a bad day for extremism in the United States of America."

We can do this . . . let's keep the defeat of right wing extremism going!!

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Democracy's future, ironically, will depend on its present.

Today, American democracy is threatened by US Congressional Republicans, extremist right-wing media including Fox News, and social media (X and Truth Social,) morbidly rich mega-donors and wealthy Corporations, the former guy, red state congresses and judiciary, SCOTUS majorities, Evangelicals and Christian Nationalists, misogynists, election, vaccine and climate change deniers, anti-abortionists, anti-LGBTQ "patriots," anti-immigrant, anti-Semites and other racists, white supremacists, gun-toting Second Amendment militia, (Proud Boys, Oath Keepers,) red state Governor "banners," (CRT, DEI, SEL, Disney, drag shows, books, trans healthcare,) Moms for Liberty, and Artificial Intelligence-using foreign nationals mis- and disinformation campaigns.

Their "Job One" will be to destroy American democracy by encouraging voter suppression and purges, gerrymandering, and voter intimidation, including through violence, (using firearms if necessary,) and stochastic terrorism.

Voting will be very important in '24, to the extent "permitted" by those with power, and their supporters, who'd rather we didn't.

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Yesterday really made me happy here in VA. And more good news that was reported nowhere: maybe some of y'all saw the Boogaloo Bois protest at the preschool in some nowhere town in VA. That was us, and it was about the school board craziness and extremism. It's been so bad here that a bunch of militia folks brought guns to a school board meeting on school property and made threats, the whole thing got locked down, they got charged by the sheriff's and hence the protest. But WE VOTED THEM ALL OUT ON TUESDAY. Even though we're more red than purple. The people have had enough of this chaos and they showed up and fixed it. So now our kids get a functional school board. One that still leans conservative but a far cry from what the extremists wanted. And that's despite the HUGE budget their ringleader had vs some of the competition whose campaign signs were handwritten with sharpies. It's a good day here.

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Further to dealing with Extremists, today there were another 4 criminal convictions of J6 Insurrectionists bringing the current total to over 1100 guilty pleas or convictions.

The 4 new convicts are from Southern California: 1 from Temecula, 2 from Lake Elsinore & 1 from Menifee.

Go to Jail fo not pass Mar-a-Lago.

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"In a conversation on the right-wing cable show Newsmax, former senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) complained that young people turned out because there were “sexy things” on the ballot like abortion and marijuana. He warned: “[P]ure democracies are not the way to run a country.” "

The most telling quote of all--and the demeaning implication that voters are not smart enough to think for themselves. As Beau OTFC says, they don't want to represent they want to rule

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ4BScJ-Nqg

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Yesterday was a good day for Democracy and the GQP is running scared with NO idea why it happened and how they could become more appealing to the American people who are not part of their cult.

In the wake if them drowning in this newest "Blue Wave" our representative in Michigan, Bill Huizenga, sent out an official note and survey about the "investigation" of financial wrongdoings by President Biden. It was an inflammatory note about "alleged" payments to him from his brother. So, they have subpoenaed James Biden and of course Hunter too....This is how they will deal with their defeats! No ideas, no new plan for making our lives better, no working on substantive solutions...just throw some dirt and see if it sticks! What a bunch of losers! In 2024, it will be time to VOTE all of them OUT!!!!!

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Heather, I watched your interview with Katie Couric last night and want to highlight a brief exchange you had. She made a comment that sounded a bit despairing. You responded by saying that people follow you because you offer historical context and provide a model that can move us all forward. I couldn't find it to quote you, but it reminded me that Joe Biden has the same message, he believes in democracy, and inspires us with his clarity. You both have a handle on the history of our times, and a clear vision of what can move us forward. It is a positive message. You are not selling propaganda, your message is grounded, with an option that we can get through this. Journalists report the drama, you provide context and a model to lean on and believe in... I'm not sure she got that. But your readers do.

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", former senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) complained that young people turned out because there were 'sexy things' on the ballot like abortion and marijuana. He warned: '[P]ure democracies are not the way to run a country.' "

It would be illuminating to hear what Santorum thinks a "(p)ure democracy is? One over which plutocrats and theocrats have no veto?

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I'd like to think that it is good for voters going into 2024 to have the tenacious Republican leadership in Ohio vow that they will keep fighting against Issue 1. It will remind them who they should be voting for when the time comes.

Also, I am glad for the clarification that Reeves being reelected may have been tied to one county of voters whose officials ran out of ballots.

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Reasonable people are leaving the Republican party because of the extremists not because of the ‘perceived’ weakness of the moderates. Those of us who believe in democracy and true freedom outnumber the extremists and we will continue to win. Have hope!

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Bravo for all of the Democratic victories. It has been clear since the overturning of Roe v Wade that women and the youth vote are turning out in greater numbers to reclaim or protect reproductive rights that every woman should have. As for MTG, her base is the bottom of a triangle that is upside down. It will be natural for it to fall over and right itself to the real base, which is the majority who do not want abortion restrictions, right wing policies, and in the next election, if the policies are trotted out, and we ignore that the mainstream press is trying to pressure Biden out of office by claiming he is too old, because they are all despicable ageists, even thought their ownership is largely old. According to this article, these 15 billionaires own most of the US news media.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevinton/2016/06/01/these-15-billionaires-own-americas-news-media-companies/

Rupert Murdoch is 92, and just turned over News Corp to his son Lachlin who is 52. He was not relegated to the dust at 80. Michael Bloomberg of Bloomberg News is 81, and not sounding like he is retiring any time soon. Donald Newhouse of Advance Publications is 94 years old. Atlanta Journal Constitution is owned by the Cox Family, but run by Andrew Morse who is 49. He just took over a couple of years ago from Jim Kennedy, who was 73 at the time, and survived a bout with cancer. Jeff Bezos is 59, making him 21 years younger than Biden. With his earnings he could retire now, but instead he is getting involved in space exploration. John Henry of the Boston Globe is 74. Sheldon Adelson of the Las Vegas Review Journal died 2 years ago at the age of 89. J Keith Moyer, who runs it now is 71, so 9 years younger than Biden. Joe Mansueto of Morningstar is a relative youngster at 67. Mortimer Zuckerman of US News and World Report, and New York Daily News is 86. Barbey Family of the Village Voice has the relatively young Peter Barbey at 65. Stanley Hubbard of Hubbard Broadcasting is 90. Patrick Soon Shiong of Tribune Broadcasting is 71. Carlos Slim Helu, largest share owner of NYT is 83. Warren Buffett of Berkeshire Hathaway owning several small newspapers is 93. Viktor Vekselberg foreign part owner of the Gawker is 66. So, there you have it. Of these 15 owners or part owners of US news media, 6 are older than Biden, yet the mainstream press only discusses his age, and how he is doing in polls, and does virtually nothing to explain his policies, and how they affect ordinary people. Given that Biden's Inflation Reduction Act is not understood by most Americans, it needs to be broken up piece by piece and explained. However, abortion does not need to be explained, and clearly social issues can outweigh others when people see how it affects their daily lives.

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How many votes were not cast in Mississippi? I find that situation incredibly sad and terribly scary.

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“Never interrupt your enemy when he’s making mistakes.” -Napoleon

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While I am constantly amazed by the disregard republicans have for the American people, I am convinced that they are expecting to win the presidency in 2024. Then the disregard won’t matter as they will simply take away the American people’s voice.

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Leonard Leo's The Free to Learn Action Program took a hit because the Moms From Hell lost big. Leo is trying to do to education what he did with the Supreme Court. A Bible in every classroom.

Republicans protect property, Democrats protect people.

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