With my mind on my money and my money on my mind

Here’s Benny, laid back.

Let’s push Balloon Juice reader Aaron Matson over the 1K mark — he’s running for State Treasurer of South Dakota.

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If you want to stick it to the man by helping defeat Scott Walker, give here to Tony Evers, running for governor of Wisconsin.

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A lot of people are interested in giving to “under the radar” races, myself include. Anne Laurie highlighted one today, FL-15, and the Democrat there, Kristen Carlson, sounds very good, so I’m putting up a thermometer for that one too.

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34 replies
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    Patricia Kayden says:

    Now that is a beautiful baby!!

    When you hear McConnell whining about losing the Senate, you know things are bad for Republicans. Good.

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    Benny is cute as a button.

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    jacy says:

    That’s some baby!

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    Nicole says:


    And I really needed that today. I’ll throw in a few bucks just for the mood lift alone. Thanks.

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    Oof, I am just outside of FL District 15. But yeah, many of my co-workers live there, they were jacked that Ross was retiring, they had a good feeling the Democratic shift is good in that part of Polk County.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    So maybe Chinchilla is finally waking up to how awful Trump really is? At least for one day.

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    eclare says:

    Sweet baby!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Benjamin is one very appealing baby. What fun!

    He needs to come to a DC meetup sometime!

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    Jeffro says:

    Kavanaugh vote has been delayed until next week.

    We might yet stop this thing, people!!!

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    gene108 says:

    We need a meet-up, so we can all take turns making goo-goo noises and faces to Benny.

    Really cute.

    Made my day.

    @Patricia Kayden:

    Chuck Todd also had a bit of mea culpa recently, but I don’t know, if they have the ability to translate it into action on their respective media platforms.

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    Jeffro says:

    Can I have some moderator help please ?

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    Jeffro says:

    Oh I see I typed in my email address incorrectly on the fly

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    dmsilev says:

    Just read that the Senate Judiciary Committee postponed the Kavanaugh vote by a week, ostensibly because of additional documents which the Democrats are trying to subpoena. I wonder whether behind the scenes there are some GOP Senators who are wobbly for some reason or another, since ordinarily the GOP would be operating under its standard “ram the vote through no matter what” operating procedure.

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    I’m in Florida District 17, right next to 15, and we’ve got a good candidate in April Freeman running for that office.


    Anything we can do to get more women elected into Congress, I say.

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    I’m thinking they’re terrified that the Democrats – Leahy in particular – will hit Kavanaugh with perjury charges the day before the vote, so they’re gonna keep delaying until they force the Dems to react.

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    @Jeffro: I have released the jackals.

    That baby is what is needed this a.m. Thank you.

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    dmsilev says:

    @PaulWartenberg: If that’s the case, isn’t the obvious “reaction” to do nothing and wait until the vote is actually called? I mean, if they want to keep postponing and postponing, I see no reason to complain about that.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    Benny is absolutely adorable. Does Gary Trauner in Wyoming have a prayer? I gave to him after learning about him here on BJ but understand that Wyoming is so reliably red that it probably won’t make a difference.

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    Gremcat says:

    Has anyone seen the tweet from Josh Marshall, saying the fix is in for a Manafort pardon. Seems Giuliani made some comment about Manafort’s attorney being in touch with TOTUS’s attorneys. If the attorneys are working together then any negotiation with Mueller wouldn’t be about cooperating, but rather pleading guilty so that he can be pardoned.
    I’m on my phone so can’t link.

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    Patricia Kayden says:

    @dmsilev: Heitkamp has said that she sees no red flags vis-a-vis Kavanaugh’s testimony so he’ll probably be easily confirmed with some Democratic support.

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    Doug! says:

    Email me a blurb and I’ll put something up for her.

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    SiubhanDuinne, Badass Jackal says:

    Benny is really adorable. I thought I’d mention that since it doesn’t seem to have occurred to anyone else to mention it.

    But am I crazy or did you reorient the photo?

    Hoping for income in next few days which will allow me to donate to these good candidates.

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    Doug! says:

    @SiubhanDuinne, Badass Jackal:

    Yeah it went up with a funny orientation so I fixed it.

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    divF says:

    When I read Brazelton’s book of three case studies of infant development, a phrase stuck in my mind: “Days were easy and full of fun [for Louis]”, Louis being one of the infants being studied, and it came with a photo that looked very much like this one. Whenever I need a smile, I look up that picture.

    I would guess that Benny’s days are full of fun.

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    SiubhanDuinne, Badass Jackal says:


    I didn’t see the Marshall tweet but Wonkette had a thing about it earlier:


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    Doug! says:

    @Felanius Kootea:

    I think it’s a tough race in WY but I’m all for funding tough races. You never know what will happen in the last 60 days.

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    Jeffro says:

    @TaMara (HFG): You’re awesome, thank you!

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    Uncle Cosmo says:

    @SiubhanDuinne, Badass Jackal: i keep tellin’ yinz, Vlad the Paler’s real endgame strategy is to permit the removal of Twitler (after Orangemandyas has done as much damage as possible to the USA) in order to have Mikey Dense installed as POTUS. Everyone will breathe a yoooooge sigh of relief that “our long national nightmare is over” when in fact Pence is the real sleeper agent (with “Mother” the most logical candidate for his controller). Mikey is too stupid to do other than exactly as he’s told & too beaten down emotionally to fly off the handle like Needy Amin.

    Think of it as Vlad sacrificing his Crook in order to promote the Crook’s Pwn, then check, check, mate.

    That, IMHO, is what Manafort is hiding. And in all likelihood Bobby 3Styx (via the IC) already knows it, but he hasn’t yet built a case he can present in open court without revealing sources & methods the IC wants to keep hidden. Manafort’s cooperation would take the IC off the hook.

    If Mueller cannot build such a case without burning some deep assets, there is going to be (maybe happening as we post) a very interesting & intricate ballo in maschero involving the SP’s office & the IC re how many minor pieces the latter is willing to sacrifice in order to sweep the traitors off the board. /jmo

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    they want the Dems to move first, because the counterpunch is going to be the one that wins.

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    jacy says:

    MSNBC is reporting that word is out that ICE will be trolling the shelters, so people are leery about going. I figure that it doesn’t matter whether ICE is there or not, if the rumor goes out the administration figures that it’ll effectively kill people by keeping them from evacuating, so it’s a win/win for them. I really hate these people.

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    “…As your representative, April will defend our community, our seniors, our children, our veterans and our environment by pursuing policies that make sense and work. April will work with other elected officials to ensure everyone benefits from policies that will impact them positively.

    April has the experience necessary to help lead our country into and through the next decade. She spent several years educating young voters enrolled in two year programs on the importance of voting. Her extensive work and studies in communications at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, along with additional courses she completed in Environmental Science, Economics and Political Science at Yale University make her a perfect advocate for Florida residents and our extremely sensitive ecosystem. Freeman is a 2013 Graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, through Yale Law School…”

    endorsements page http://www.aprilfreeman.com/endorsements17

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    Mary G says:

    Donated for the baby. He’s a cutie.

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    JamesKPolkEsq says:

    Baby Taco ftw!

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