You’ve been so kind and generous

Aaron Matson would like to thank you for giving to his campaign for South Dakota State Treasurer. I think we owe him thanks too! Running for office is hard, hard work, and without great Democrats like him putting in that work, well, we’d all be speaking Trump pretty soon.

To the Balloon Juice community:

I am blown away by the great response from this community to my campaign. There are no words to describe how humbled and grateful I am for the kind words and the donations from so many of you. The $1100 you raised for me will make a huge difference in my race – in a campaign for State Treasurer of South Dakota, that is a substantial amount of money. In the last couple of days, you all have put new wind in my sails to keep pushing and working my heart out for these last 50+ days. If I win, this community will have been an essential part of that victory.

Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart.

I’d also like to re-up another fundraiser at readers’ request, since it came out a few minutes before some big Kavanaugh news broke:


Ballon Juicer Paul Wartenberg is from Florida-17 and wants us to know about the great Democratic candidate there.

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…”

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9 replies
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    ruemara says:

    I just gotta juggle the books for the October bills, but I’ll be chipping in for that end of the race finish. We gotta win it.

  2. 2
    Yutsano says:

    @ruemara: My money is a bit lean until October 8th, then I can have some fun and start donating. Of course some of that is for sausage and cheese in Milwaukee but I got a budget going for that also.

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    oldster says:

    pretty good work for a bunch of jackals.

    Thanks to all involved, candidates and donors.

  4. 4
    TenguPhule says:

    Nuck Fazis!

    I’m supposed to be at the beach where it is 84 and sunny instead I am at home where it is 70 and muggy but hey my rain gauge says we only got an inch of rain today so there’s that#IHATEEVERYTHING

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    TenguPhule says:

    Trump administration slaps tariffs on roughly $200 billion more in Chinese goods — a move almost certain to trigger retaliation

    Trump threw his biggest punch yet at China, imposing tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports and gambling that American consumers are willing to pay more for popular products to wring trade concessions from Beijing.

    With Monday’s announcement, roughly half of the $505 billion in goods that Americans buy annually from Chinese firms will face new import levies.

    Unlike the $50 billion in Chinese products that Trump hit in the first tariff wave in July — which fell mainly on industrial goods — Monday’s action will affect consumer products such as air conditioners, spark plugs, furniture and lamps.

    Starting Sept. 24, American importers will pay an extra 10 percent tariff for the affected items, rising to 25 percent at the end of the year, according to senior administration officials, who briefed reporters on the condition that they not be identified by name.

    Christmas shopping season will not be merry or bright.

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    TenguPhule says:

    Its still only Monday. JFC.

    The United States will admit no more than 30,000 refugees in the coming fiscal year, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, the lowest number in decades and a steep cut from the 45,000 allowed in this year.

    The new number is a small fraction of one percentage point of the almost 69 million displaced people in the world today. But Pompeo said the United States remains the most generous nation in the world when other aid to refugees is taken into account.

    He said the lower cap should not be the “sole barometer” of American humanitarian measures, but “must be considered in the context of the many other forms of protection and assistance offered by the United States.”

    Pompeo said the new ceiling would be less than a third of the 110,000 refugees when Trump came to office.

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    Thank you again for the link, Doug. I put in a donation through ActBlue for April Freeman this weekend!

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    Another Scott says:


    These state and local positions are hugely important in helping to turn the county back from the brink of Trumpism. Fingers crossed.


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    Honored to donate to April Freeman. My mother has lived in that district since 1988. Our family moved to SoFL (Miami) in 1968, and my parents later “retired to the West Coast” (a uniquely FL thing to say). With the exception of Obama in 2008, and maybe Bob Graham a couple of times, I think she probably always voted GOP. Her beach condo in Venice has been unlivable during the recent Red Tide event. (I was there 2 years ago at this time and had to leave, and it wasn’t as bad then.) She recently said to me “why does Lake Okeechobee even exist?!” That gave me an in to talk about the existing model of governing in FL vs. the “old days” when–irrespective of party–the environment was paramount in governing actions because of tourism and, she had to admit, it’s what Floridians care about, dang it. This area of FL is one of the most conservative in the country, and Ms. Freeman will have a long, hard, slog to win, but be it known there are some old timers who are looking for change.

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