Morning Reads – Wednesday, May 8, 2019

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Benevolus
Benevolus

I mean, what is the harm in having a close look at an election return with such a large statistical anomaly? Granted, you don’t want to open up every race to some elaborate examination, but this is a big anomaly and with these voting machines, a mathematical anomaly is the only sign you are going to get that something may have gone wrong.

Amico is not going to win anyway, but we need to know what happened there. And why won’t the state just cooperate and get it done? Just do it!

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

The real mantra for last year’s election was to cast doubt on the election process itself. All the talk about voter suppression was toward a specific end, that of making the typical voter feel that the process was rigged against them. At some point, you have to call it a day and move on to the next election. An alternative explanation to the disparity between the numbers of votes cast in each election could also be viewed as a reflection of the candidates themselves. Oh, dare I say it, they were “boring”?

Benevolus
Benevolus

No. The talk about voter suppression is really about voter suppression. North Carolina. Virginia. Texas. And here. It is really happening. Two days before the election, Brian Kemp claimed to be investigating Democrats for hacking the voter database, with zero evidence and apparently zero basis in fact. Between that and slow processing of applications, “exact match” requirements, and purging voter rolls, is it any wonder people are suspicious. Why should we call it a day? Why doesn’t the state just allow the investigation so we can move on? What if there really is a problem? If we ignore it and… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I think that a simple statistical examination of the likelihood of an undercount of that magnitude occurring by chance would be illuminating. I anticipate it would be one in tens of thousands or more—beyond any reasonable doubt and a court will find it so. As to the cause of the undercount, who knows? Evidence in the machines themselves, if any, is likely lost or damaged just the way the GaGOP wants it to be. Wouldn’t want Kemp to be shown a four time SoS incompetent especially when a former lobbyist for a ballot marking machine company is a senior official… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Yeah, the next six races on the ballot, SoS, AG, Ag Com, Ins Com, Schools Supt and Labor Com were all so electrifying as to each attract 70,000 to 100,000 more votes, a rather narrow range I might add, than the Lt. Gov race.

I hope your explanation of it is a reflection of the Lt. Gov candidates is in jest.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

When you’re totally innocent and have been completely exonerated…

https://twitter.com/nprpolitics/status/1126129478177099777

Ellynn
Ellynn

Things to add to my next DC visit…

https://www.spymuseum.org/

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Highly endorse. If you haven’t done so, go to the Air & Space Museum’s larger gallery our bear Dulles.

Ellynn
Ellynn

This is the newly built one opening on Saturday, replacing the existing one which was closed last year leading up to the move.

Grindelwald
Grindelwald

Did not know that they’d closed the old one or were building a new one. I’m adding to my list of things to do as well.

O_O
O_O

They have a weekly podcast, it’s an interview format and they pull very interesting guests from the national security field. It’s probably my favorite thing to listen to.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Between soy beans, swine flu, flooding, lets just add more ag related tariffs to the mix. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-06/grains-soy-trump-tariff-threat-to-china-drives-ag-prices-lower. On Tuesday, my 3rd cousin on my mom’s side had his farm in Iowa foreclosed. Next week, some of the property in my father’s direct family held farm will be sold to a developer to keep the other 9 properties functioning. We are lucky we have a private family co-op which has resources out side of the farms, the herd, and cash crops to hold the main framework together. That land was bought by my great, great grandfather in 1891. It’s the 2nd… Read more »

xdog
xdog

Remember those gopers who claimed to be free-traders? They’re probably the same ones who said the firm hand of Congress would help mitigate Trump’s worst impulses, and the ones now standing in line to write additional checks to soybean farmers.

Gregs
Gregs

You always hurt the ones you love and everyone knows Trump loves farmers.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Love = bailouts to farmers = Socialism! (But is it really socialism if they promise the socialized bailouts to look like they are helping those loved farmers, but don’t pay up?)

Ellynn
NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

follow the money and the branding, especially the branding… https://www.asbestos.com/news/2018/07/11/russia-asbestos-trump/ “On June 25, the (Russian mining company Uralasbest), which operates a giant asbestos mine in the Ural Mountains in Western Russia, posted photos of its asbestos on palettes wrapped in plastic and stamped with a seal of Trump’s face in red ink. A message of support for Trump and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt accompanied the photos. In an English translation provided by the Environmental Working Group, the Russian mining company praised Trump for his outspoken support of asbestos. A loose translation generated by Facebook backs that… Read more »