Where did BETTER BALLOTS land on the US PUBLIC POLICY LEADERBOARD? Welcome to SUPERMAJORITY SUNDAY, when we update the Sweet Sixteen and the Voting Reform standings. We've invented a nonpartisan scoring system to make dry public policy more like watching the big game in a sports bar. "May the best ideas win," says the leaderbard. https://policykeys.com/publicpolicyblog/supermajority-sunday-better-ballots-and-the-us-public-policy-leaderboard-49/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_content=PolicyKeys%2Fmagazine%2FPolicyKeys%3A+Where+Can+We+Agree%3F Where can we agree? #politics #nonpartisan #congress #scotus
The people of Hindi heartland have rejected the Congress raising questions about the grand old party's strategy to win elections. What should worry the Congress is that neither its poll guarantees seem to be working in the Hindi heartland nor its strategy to rely heavily on established regional leadership. The assembly election results have once again exposed the inability of the Congress to take on BJP in a direct contest. The Telangana victory comes as the only compensation for the Congress.
The recent assembly polls highlight India's political divide, with the BJP dominating the Hindi heartland while the Congress emerges as a strong alternative in the South. The BJP's success rate in retaining governments surpasses that of the Congress. However, the BJP faces challenges in the South, losing power in Karnataka to the Congress and struggling to gain support in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Despite setbacks, the BJP shows improvement in Telangana.
#BJP #Hindi #Congress
The leaders of opposition's INDIA (Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance) are likely to meet in Delhi on December 6 to chalk out strategy post assembly poll results. The INDIA, launched to counter the BJP in Lok Sabha elections, had been lying in a limbo for the last two months. The assembly election results will have a huge impact on the way forward for INDIA and the bargaining power of the Congress. If the Congress victory is limited to Telangana, it will put the grand old party in a spot of bother as the regional parties will bargain hard.
Having won 64 out of Telangana's 119 seats, Congress state unit chief Revanth Reddy and Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar met the governor on Sunday night to stake claim to form the government in the state.
#Congress #TelanganaGovernor #Stakes
What does BJP’s hegemony in the Hindi belt mean for Indian politics?
A glance at a map of India shows the stark geographical division between states that have BJP-led government and those led by the Opposition. This divide is unprecedented in Indian politics. What does this mean for Indian politics? Shoaib Daniyal writes.
Three Things BJP’s Definitive Victory in the Assembly Elections Tells Us
Things cannot look darker for any opposition alliance hoping to stand against the BJP at this point. The state assembly poll results are a hard wake-up call for all the INDIA alliance members. Deepanshu Mohan writes.
"Battle Of Ideology Will Continue": Rahul Gandhi On Congress' Loss In 3 States
#Battle #RahulGandhi #Congress
Union Minister Smriti Irani has welcomed BJP's victory in three out of the four states, attacking Congress for reducing Chhattisgarh to "just their ATM."
#ATM #Congress #SmritiIrani #BJP
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh draws parallels between past and present election outcomes.
I am sure they have not envisioned the self-consuming shit show they have become
Kanhaiya Lal's murder, massacre of Hindus cost Congress dearly, lost elections in 3 states!
#hindu #HindusOfTheWorld #hinduism #hinduismfacts #hinduismforlife #hinduismisnotareligionitsawayofliving #IndianNationalCongress #Congress #congressnews #CongressParty #BJP4India #BJP4IND #BJP4Rajasthan #BJP4MADHYAPRADESH #bjp4chhattisgarh #BJP4Telangana #congressrajasthan #congressmadhyapradesh #congresschhatisgarh #congresstelangana #CongressParty
Just three hours into counting of votes for Rajasthan assembly polls, the BJP has surged ahead and is on course to displace Congress in the state.
#Magic #BJPLeader #Jibe #AshokGehlot #Congress
The Congress is losing in three states and in a sort of consolation winning in one, according to the early trends of the assembly election results in four states today.
The BJP's electoral juggernaut may have faced a setback in Karnataka earlier this year, but it seems to be peaking just when the party needs it to.
#BJPRetains #States #Scoops #Congress
Dholpur Chunav Result 2023: Who is ahead on 4 seats of Dholpur district, know how many seats BJP and Congress got.
#Dholpur #dholpur_rajasthan #DholpurNews #dholpuriya #election #Elections2023 #electionrajsthan #BJP4India #BJP4IND #Bjp4Rajsthan #IndianNationalCongress #IndianNationalCongressPunjab #Congress #CongressParty #PoliticalNews #PoliticalParties #electionresults2023 #ElectionResults #ElectionResult #rajsthanelectionresult #AssemblyElections
Election results: The BJP is also leading in Madhya Pradesh. In Chhattisgarh, the gap between the BJP and the Congress is narrow.
Kamal Nath has declared himself "very confident" the Congress will win the 2023 Madhya Pradesh Assembly election and told news agency ANI, "I have not seen any trends, I don't need to look at any trends till 11 am."
#Trends #KamalNathConfident #Congress
Counting of votes for the Madhya Pradesh election began this morning with the overall narrative pitting the ruling BJP against the opposition Congress in a two-way fight for the state.
#Battle #MadhyaPradesh #Congress #Revenge #BJPPlots
BETTER BALLOTS: Voting for the person you hate the least is absurd when you could so easily vote for all the candidates you approve of, perhaps even in order. The SATURDAY KEYSTONE lands this week’s flight of articles on replacing Plurality Voting with either Approval, Ranked-Choice, or STAR voting. We've invented a nonpartisan scoring system for private and public sector solutions. May the best idea win. Or we could just settle. https://policykeys.com/publicpolicyblog/better-ballots-are-the-keystone-to-saving-our-democratic-republic/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_content=PolicyKeys%2Fmagazine%2FPolicyKeys%3A+Where+Can+We+Agree%3F #politics #nonpartisan #congress
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/dec/02/us-house-biden-impeachment-mike-johnson The more you see of the #MAGA cult in the #Congress, the more you realize that they are doing everything they can except #govern to benefit the American people.
When a group of pro-Palestine state legislators and activists launched a five-day hunger strike outside the #WhiteHouse this week, members of #Congress and major unions showed up in solidarity. The movement against Israel's war on Gaza keeps growing.
I’m quite exhausted,” admitted #socialist Zohran Mamdani yesterday, speaking by phone a few hours before ending a five-day hunger strike
One of the reasons #Santos lasted this long is knowing what his fellow 'representatives' do all day.
imo, if he drags any of the ENDEMIC & BIPARTISAN #InsiderTrading, #SexualAbuse, & corruption into the light of day, it's a way God can redeem the stench his brief tenure uncorked in the halls of #Congress
Counting of votes will be held today in assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana in what is seen as a semi-final contest ahead of the general elections in less than six months.
'As folks move forward in solidarity with Palestinians, either as individuals, small groups, or within organizations, we hope you ask yourself how you will hold the elected officials accountable who have authored the deaths of thousands of loved ones. You only need to ask yourself a few guiding questions: if I continue to vote and donate to the politicians who have enabled this genocide, what happens to Palestine? If I don’t pressure my friends around me to move boldly to hold decision-makers to account, what happens to Palestine? If I allow organizations to prioritize access to power over Palestinian life, what will happen to Palestine? '
To ‘push them left’ we will need more than protests
Following the passage of H.R. 888 it is clear that organizers and activists will have to adopt new strategies to hold elected officials accountable.
My performance schedule for next week. See you in Tilburg!
#bassclarinet #electronics #motion #sensors #motionsensors #augmented #music #contemporary #composition #trio #violin #piano #piazzolla #tango #argentina #fourseasons #european #clarinet #congress #eca #tilburg #Netherlands #basklarinet #klarinet #congres
To hell with this place?
Nah, to hell with you, George, you miserable conman and liar!
When growing up I guess we all knew that one child that would either be allowed to join and play or would destroy all the sand castles of the others if not. Let's be honest: Nobody ever liked that child. And hardly anybody would still side with #GeorgeSantos after the #shitshow that was his short term in #Congress and his belated expulsion.
Donald Trump is not entitled to absolute presidential immunity against criminal charges over his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, a federal judge ruled, saying the office doesn’t come with a "lifelong ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ pass.” https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2023/12/02/world/politics/trump-immunity-denied-election/?utm_content=bufferfbf7f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #worldnews #politics #capitolriot #washington #donaldtrump #congress #2020uspresidentialelection #joebiden
News at 9AM: Qatar mediated in the Israel-Hamas negotiations, but a seven-day truce has ended. The BBC special covers the negotiations and hostage releases, with 110 Israeli and 240 Palestinian prisoners freed. Child hostages face lasting trauma. Palestinian detainees claim abuse by #Israel; UN experts condemn it. George #Santos is expelled from #Congress, and world leaders meet in #Dubai for the COP28 #climate summit to discuss food's impact on climate change. #BBC #News
Good morning. It's 6AM, Saturday, 2nd December. The headlines: The seven-day truce between #Israel and #Hamas has ended, with Israeli military operations resuming in #Gaza. During the ceasefire, Israel released 240 Palestinian prisoners, who now allege abuse. Qatar played a key role in the negotiations. George #Santos has been expelled from #Congress, facing multiple federal charges. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the US Supreme Court, has passed away at 93. #BBC #News
Brian Tyler Cohen, after the vote: "I think my official analysis is going to be, My God, what a piece of sh!t." (after discussing a letter in which a member of the #GOP disclosed that Santos charged his *and his mother's* credit cards over $3,300 each, without their knowledge).
The problem is we have to vote for the candidates we dislike the least. The solution is open primaries and BETTER BALLOTS where we can vote for all we approve of, perhaps even rank them. Welcome to BOX SCORE FRIDAY, when we recap public policy solutions like the big game. https://policykeys.com/publicpolicyblog/the-better-ballot-box-score-on-replacing-plurality-voting/?utm_source=flipboard&utm_content=PolicyKeys%2Fmagazine%2FPolicyKeys%3A+Where+Can+We+Agree%3F We've invented a nonpartisan scoring system and are open to private and/or public sector solutions. Are you? #politics #nonpartisan #congress
Santos expelled from Congress; the race is on for a replacement
According to CNN, Governor Kathy Hochul said, “I’m glad he’s gone.”
“When you look at his lack of ethics and the fact that, you know, he has not served the people of our state, particularly New York 3 where he resides, it's be
#Congress #ethics #expulsion #GeorgeSantos
"The #House voted Friday to expel Rep. #GeorgeSantos (R-N.Y.) from #Congress — an action the chamber had previously taken only five times in US #history and not for more than 20 years — in response to an array of alleged #crimes and ethical lapses that came to light after the freshman lawmaker was found to have fabricated key parts of his biography."
Members of the #HouseofRepresentatives voted 311 to 114 Friday morning to expel N.Y. Rep. #GeorgeSantos from #Congress. #Santos is facing more than 20 federal criminal charges, including: wire fraud, money laundering, theft of public funds, conspiracy against the United States, aggravated identity theft, and credit card fraud.
To be fair, George #Santos isn't the worst criminal in the #US #Congress. There are members of Congress who continue to support Donald #Trump, even after he encouraged a mob with his election lies to a violent insurrection at the #Capitol itself, putting members, staff, Congressional employees and #police in deadly danger, causing millions of dollars in damage, and leading to at 5 deaths and at least 4 subsequent suicides
Oh. A GOP history maker.
"Rep. George Santos expelled from Congress in historic vote"
"The House on Friday voted to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.) over his many fabrications on the 2022 campaign trail and his two federal indictments.
The vote makes Santos just the sixth lawmaker – and first Republican – to be expelled from the House in U.S. history."
Raids, Seizures, Searches: How Central Agencies Have Taken Poll Position
ED’s latest round of searches and seizures have, again, been directed against important opposition leaders of states which are in the midst of high-pitched electoral battles, with BJP among the principal players.
Exit polls predict Congress win in Telangana, BRS likely to be close second
With the BRS having been in power for two terms since 2014, the party helmed by Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has faced a huge anti-incumbency challenge in the 2023 elections.
Good riddance! George Santos expelled. "He is the first person to be expelled from the House w/o first being convicted of a fed crime or supporting the Confederacy."
@RickiTarr Cripe, I’ve had so many careers - US Senate press secretary, talk show producer, news reporter, documentary producer, singer/comedian, podcast producer, historian, author, museum exhibit researcher. I studied history and what was called “broadcast journalism.” So I *guess* that’s *mostly* what I studied to be. But I fell into some awesome stuff out of the blue. Congress because I wanted to. Comedy because of #Congress. Singing because of #comedy. Wonderful life so far.
Two weeks ago James Comer said he would testify publicly next to Hunter Biden. Why is he backing down?
James Comer lashes out after Hunter Biden demands oversight testimony be public
Speaker Mike #Johnson (R-La.) said he is “confident and optimistic” that #Congress can push through supplemental funding for Israel and Ukraine — but he did not commit to tying the two together, saying Ukraine funding must be accompanied by border policy changes.
Almost half of Americans, 45%, believe the U.S. is sending too much aid to #ukraine
38% say the US is sending the right amount, 14% say too little.
Jewish-led #IfNotNow said this is "a clear example of how groups like #AIPAC and [its #superPAC, #DemocraticMajorityforIsrael] try to undermine the will of voters and attack representatives who truly represent our values"
Just talked threats in Congress on CBS Streaming, & after my comments, was asked re: calming things down at T’sgiving tables.
Desperate to focus on the dangers of now, I said: if Uncle Bert acts up at the table, move on. But we CANT just move on from this increasingly threatening presidential election.
I have no Uncle Bert.
No idea where he came from.
But I made my point! 🤣
Seit 01.01.2019 ist das Veranstaltungsticket ein offizielles Angebot der Deutschen Bahn, welches auch in den Beförderungsbedingungen codifiziert wurde. Daher werden ab sofort bei Fahrscheinkontrollen auch die Voraussetzungen zum Erwerb eines Veranstaltungstickets geprüft!
#CAP is disappointed with a lack of progress in addressing the #OverRepresentation of #IndigenousPeoples in the broken #CorrectionalServices system – especially the traditional #Elders & #IndigenousWomen. It also points to the lack of investment in #HealingLodges.
The state of #abortion #rights across the U.S. remains bleak more than a year without #Roe. Come 2024, the threat of a national abortion ban looms if Republicans take #Congress and the #whitehouse Running on abortion—and exposing #Republicans’ lies—could be a deciding factor in preventing such an outcome. Kylie Cheung on what the anti-abortion candidates are planning:
"Oh so since you're about to be #expelled from #Congress, you're suddenly the #moralitypolice?"
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #NewYork #Politics #Conservatives #Extremism #Fascism #Hypocrisy #RepublicanParty #Hate #Bigotry #Violence #Genocide #Discrimination #Homophobia #Transphobia #ThePartyOfHate
"Amid a torrent of legal threats, #Biden has repeatedly called on #Congress to pass a comprehensive bill that sets the rules for when & how companies can charge extra fees. But even some of the more #popular, bipartisan efforts to promote price transparency have faltered in an ever-divided, heavily lobbied #Capitol...
Biden has tried... to pressure companies into changing their practices even without new legislation."
George Santos Is a Buffoon. The Bigger Story of Corruption in Congress Is Less Funny. The New York lawmaker’s biggest mistake was not mastering the way the get-rich-quick game is played in Washington.
"When Moody’s Investors Service lowered its outlook last week on the US govt’s creditworthiness, it specifically cited Washington [ #GOP ] dysfunction: “renewed debt limit brinkmanship, the first ouster of a #House Speaker in US #history, prolonged inability of #Congress to select a new #HouseSpeaker, & increased threats of another partial govt #shutdown ”"
Apple! Congress has some questions for you!
Congress wants to know what Apple's problem is with Jon Stewart - Desk Chair Analysts
This Mother Jones reporter asked wonderfully thoughtful questions about the meaning, importance, & history of this week's congressional mayhem.
Perhaps most important: it's a sign of weakness.
A sign that we should stand up & resist in the name of democracy.
11-16-23 Nicole Sandler Show – Thursdays with Howie Klein
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George Santos will not run for re-election, MAGA Mike averted a government shutdown, temporarily, but only thanks to Democrats, Tuberville is certifiable and more from Howie Klein at DownWithTyranny.com today.
A bipartisan ethics report concludes there is “substantial evidence” that U.S. Rep. George Santos violated federal criminal laws, which will almost certainly trigger another attempt to expel him from the House.
Politico reports the embattled Congressman allegedly "spent campaign funds on Botox treatments and lavish Atlantic City trips with his husband."
#SamCast for 11/16/23
1. #Gaza Israel signals wider offensive in south
2. #China Takeaways from Biden/Xi meeting
3. #Congress approves temporary government funding
4. #Musk agrees with racist post
11-13-23 Nicole Sandler Show — Saturday was Veterans Day
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Veterans Day this year fell on a Saturday. It always falls one week after my birthday, and 8 days before my father's. My dad never talked about his time in the Army. I always thought he was in the Korean War, but it turns out he was in WWII.
I don't think he ever saw battle though.
#NicolesBlog #Congress #EricAdams #MyDad #radio #Trump #VeteransDay #WarCrimes
The Biden administration and fellow Democrats are panning a proposal by House GOP leaders for a two-part U.S. government spending bill that would fund certain agencies through one date and other agencies through another.
NPR reports on House Speaker Mike Johnson's plan: https://flip.it/CuFuOf
“Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) announced on Sunday he plans to resign from #Congress in February after 19 years, citing frustrations in Congress during a particularly tumultuous year for the chamber.
Higgins, who represents New York’s heavily Democratic 26th Congressional District, cited growing dysfunction in Congress, in announcing his departure.”
Nothing shady to see here ... move on. /sarcasm
QuiverQuantitative https://www.quiverquant.com/ tracks trades made by members of Congress. Overall, it beats the market by 20% which is bad enough but some members of Congress are making a _killing_, banking 60% returns on $600K positions held for only 30 days.
Are these politicians (like #TommyTuberville) blessed with crazy luck ... or ... maybe just maybe objectively corrupt?
> I built a trading bot that buys stocks that are being bought by politicians.
> It is up 20% since it launched in May 2022.
> The market has been flat during the same time period.
How is this legal? Politicians should simply not be allowed to invest in stocks.
Some members of Congress are prescribed Alzheimer's meds?! 👀
Why are US politicians so old? And why do they want to stay in office?
But, I'm sad to say that seat will flip from blue to red unless the Dems can pull a rabbit out of the hat. Then again, how will we notice?
When I grew up in the 60s and 70s, West Virginia was solidly Democratic.
Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib is the only Palestinian American serving in Congress. She was formally censured by her peers supporting Palestine.
“My criticism has always been of the Israeli government and Netanyahu’s actions. It is important to separate people and governments. No government is beyond criticism.”
Correct. A government beyond criticism is not a democracy.
More on Rashida:
ICYMI, I covered a new anti-#surveillance bill in #Congress yesterday: "The #GSRA is a Christmas list for #privacy hawks and a nightmare for authorities who rely on secrecy and circumventing judicial review to gather data on Americans without their knowledge or consent."
The #censure resolution, authored by #Georgia Rep. #RichMcCormick, R, passed 234 to 188, with 22 #Democrats voting for it and four #Republicans opposing the measure. A censure vote only requires a simple majority to pass.
“Wait. I thought we weren’t doing that anymore?” If you believed the U.S. ended the practice of adjusting the clocks twice a year, you’re not alone. In 2022, the Senate passed the bipartisan Sunshine Protection Act, which promised to make daylight saving time permanent once and for all. But Congress failed to pick it up, and attempts to revive the issue have fallen flat. Read more from NPR about where the legislation stands.