Babylon throne gone down gone down

Via the comments, there was a big upset in the New York State assembly race in Long Island tonight:

Democrat Christine Pellegrino has defeated Republican Thomas Gargiulo in the District 9 State Assembly special election.

With all election districts reporting, unofficial results have Pellegrino ahead of Gargiulo by margins of 3,338-2,282 in Suffolk County and 2,252-1,767.

Trump won 60 percent of the vote in this district in 2016, and it’s a longtime Republican stronghold:

Typically, Democrats would hardly compete in the 9th, a horseshoe-shaped district on the Nassau-Suffolk county line that includes Massapequa, West Babylon, Babylon Village, West Islip and West Bay Shore.

More evidence that Dems need to compete EVERYWHERE over the next few years.

When the papa found out he began to shout and he started the investigation

The Comey debacle isn’t going to be the end of Trump anymore than the Billy Bush tapes were. Republicans in Congress will stand by him until it’s their ass or his. If they lose a couple special elections, they may rethink things, but until then they won’t. Truthfully, the only way we’re likely to get a real investigation is if Democrats get control of Congress. You can give money to Rob Quist here:

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You can give money to Swing Left, which sounds like an operation with a lot of potential, here.

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Please also use this as an open thread to discuss protests that are going on and how we can get involved.

And, finally, I talked to my mom last night about the Comey firing. She’s no totebagger — okay, maybe a little but mostly not — and she was saying “oh, it makes sense, Comey’s done such a bad job” (granted this was before the subpoena story broke). So, while I know talking to others in the liberal echo chambers is bad blah blah blah, this is one issue where it’s worth explaining things to like-minded people.

I am stretched on your grave

I like this:

One newly formed progressive super PAC is planning to cart caskets to Republican lawmakers’ districts and hold mock funerals for their constituents. Another activist is encouraging protesters to ship their own ashes — should they die without health care —to GOP lawmakers. And other progressive groups are planning graphic “die-in” protests as they work to derail GOP plans to repeal Obamacare.

What really matters of course is winning elections. Let’s reach our goal for Rob Quist in Montana. The polls are close and there’s nowhere near as much money being spent there as in GA-6.

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What this is really all about

Here’s a tweet from The Hill a couple of days ago and my response:

Here’s a link to the article. I think it’s spot on regarding Trump’s goal here, and I’m glad the writer used the word “brand,” even though it’s usually annoying to see life-or-death matters discussed in the language of an ad campaign.

It’s appropriate because Trump thinks in those terms. Fellow citizens, our country has empowered a malignant narcissist with a massive inferiority complex. And he is bent on unmaking President Obama’s legacy because it drives him insane(r) that Obama is more loved, accomplished and respected than Trump will ever be.

Does Trump have a fucking clue what’s in the AHCA? Nope. He might actually believe the lies he’s telling about the bill covering more people and costing less. More importantly, that’s not what matters to him. Probably the only thing that confers wood to the flaccid little appendage Trump’s wife dreads is the prospect of undoing something Obama achieved.

What’s worse, the Republicans have figured this out, so they’ll continue to manipulate Velveeta Voldemort to their nefarious ends with “wins,” like ripping away healthcare for millions, unleashing predatory bankers, getting rid of consumer protections, disenfranchising voters and persecuting women, gay people, black and brown people, Muslims, immigrants, etc.

They’ll stop at nothing, the GOP — both in Congress and their hate-filled base — including collusion with a hostile foreign power. So we have to stop them. We simply have no other choice. Suit up, Juicers. We’re in for the fight of our lives, and I don’t know about you, but if I’m going down, I’m going down swinging.

I done told you once you son of a bitch

It’s baaaaack:

The White House is pushing for another showdown vote on repealing Obamacare next week, to coincide with President Donald Trump’s hitting the 100-day milestone in office.

Legislative text of a new deal that could revive the House Republican bid to repeal Obamacare is likely to be circulated Friday “or by the weekend,” according to two senior White House officials, with an eye toward holding a House floor vote next Wednesday or Thursday.

I don’t say this lightly but….to the barricades.

If you can hit a townhall, do it.

Open Thread: The Tax Rallies

The Washington Post reports:

In all, dozens of protests occurred throughout the country. The main march unfolded in the nation’s capital, where protesters gathered for a rally in front of the Capitol and then marched west along Pennsylvania Avenue. In South Florida, activists marched to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, where the president is staying this weekend. Thousands more gathered at a large march in New York City, where activists, comedians and a state senator spoke. Many of the protests featured an inflatable chicken, a mascot of sorts for the march…

C.J. Ingram, a D.C. resident in her 50s who works in a funeral home, attended the march, her first protest during Trump’s presidency.

“I’m really mad because he made Barack Obama produce his birth certificate, and he’s not even producing his tax returns,” Ingram said. “Come on, really? What are you hiding?”…

The non-profit, Electronic Privacy Information Center filed suit in D.C. federal court Saturday over Trump’s tax returns, arguing there is a provision in IRS regulations that allows their release.

During the march in the District, the lineup of speakers included Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) and others. The speakers derided the president, and called on him to act ethically and read the Constitution.

“Releasing your tax returns is lowest ethical bar for a president,” Wyden said. “And we’re going to make sure he clears that hurdle.”…

h/t Buzzfeed therealdiggysmalls / Via

Vote him out

From Pete Sessions’ most recent town hall.

Fuck yeah