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    I'm reading reports that say there was a lot of early voting in Montana, so I guess I shouldn't get my hopes up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy View Post
    I'm reading reports that say there was a lot of early voting in Montana, so I guess I shouldn't get my hopes up.
    No, but it's going to make it at least a lot closer. And not everyone early votes, so it's a huge who knows in a state they were saying is really hard to poll on a good day. I guess too that the Rs blocked D's attempts to make the whole state mail-in ballots, which would have made it even more likely people would have already voted.

    If the D wins, that's some own-petard-hoisting I can get behind.

    And let's say the R wins and by some miracle charges are brought against him and HE steps down... what then? Another special election or does someone appoint a replacement?

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    I've read 60%, others said only 37%. Which is true? But there is also same day registration, so fingers crossed.

    And apparently he wasn't arrested because the sheriff is one of his campaign donors. Because of course.

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    There's also a problem with how vulnerable the voting machines nationwide are to interference.

    As millions pour into Georgia’s congressional runoff, the voting machinery is among the worst in America

    http://www.salon.com/2017/05/16/as-m...iable_partner/

    The problem of unverifiable election results transcends Georgia’s state lines. Georgia is one of five states that use primarily touch screen machines (also known as DREs for direct record electronic) with no paper trail. New Jersey (a swing state), Delaware, Louisiana, and South Carolina all use voting equipment that relies 100 percent on computer totals and keep no paper record of how the voter actually voted.
    In Maryland, we went from touch screens to paper ballots just before last year's election, and that made the lines much longer, because most people were taken by surprise and had to have help using them.

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    I'm not sure if this is entirely true, as I'm not a MT lawyer, but would it surprise anyone?




    And I don't know what we're going to do as a country. Trumpism is a symptom of a very bad case of tribalism and ignorance.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Regina Phalange View Post
    And I don't know what we're going to do as a country. Trumpism is a symptom of a very bad case of tribalism and ignorance.
    That's what I've been wondering a lot about ever since the campaign. It seems to me that the GOP is turning into a party of all-out authoritarians. I've thought that ever since the chants of "LOCK HER UP!" during the election... You could feel that they meant it, even if he didn't.

    It's very disturbing, it's been a long time coming, and I don't know what the endgame of it is for your country's democratic traditions.

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    Five fresh setbacks for Republicans, who just can’t catch a break

    Gianforte charged with assault.

    "A Fox News crew was in the room when it happened, and veteran correspondent Alicia Acuna has written a damning first-person account:
    “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. At no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”"


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    "But he is a grown man responsible for his own actions; this has nothing to do with the precedents the president has established" whine all the trump trolls

    getting away with bad behavior is a-okay in the USA as long as you're "Merican"
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    Not to take away from MT while we await (most likely disappointing*) results, let's not forget this motherfucker




    *The bodyslammer is probably going to win but it'll be less of a blow if he wins by very little.

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    According to Vox : "Gianforte was projected to win the race at about midnight by Cook Political Report analyst Dave Wasserman and the Decision Desk. At the time of the call, his lead was roughly 10 percentage points."

    Oh well.

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    I guess some of the local media (not that it would have made a huge difference) weren't even covering the body slam story. They are owned by Sinclair, which is buying up more and more local stations and making them broadcast like mini-FOX news stations. We need to have a strong FCC and start breaking up these large media conglomerates, and also do something about Citizens United. Giafonte outspent Quist by like a factor of 10 with dark money. Again, it's a red state with a lot of early voting so it wasn't likely to ever be a real contest, but the GOP is fighting dirty and we're kind of over here just expressing our moral outrage instead of fixing the uneven playing field.

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    Also, I think too many people endorsed his behavior.
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    "Please look inward and don't look at our unprecedented levels of corruption and incompetence."

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    HAHHAA! I mean, points for trying to throw shade. But then you take away points for trying to anchor your shade in fictional sand.

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    Complete bullshit. That speech wasn't whining, it was trolling. Hilarious trolling. She looked strong and happy and she inspired her audience. It was actually one of the best speeches I've ever seen her give.
    At my core, I think we're gonna be OK.

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