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Name: Chris Bastian
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How ActBlue has transformed Democratic politics


For four years, President Donald Trump and allies have dismissed signs of opposition, from rough polling numbers to big protests. But there’s no denying the overwhelming force of millions of people hitting ActBlue’s “donate” buttons.

Democrats from Joe Biden all the way down the ballot have buried Republican opponents under a remarkable avalanche of campaign ads, fueled by billions donated this year through ActBlue, the ubiquitous online fundraising processor for Democratic campaigns. Their wild success in 2020 has reshaped the way candidates not only raise money but campaign for office, building a culture of contributions as civic engagement that has grown into an overwhelming force. Republicans have tried to match it, but they still lag behind.

Amid all the once-in-a-lifetime features of this election, the explosion of online fundraising may be the one that truly transforms politics over time. And at the center is ActBlue, whose staff carefully grew a small startup over 16 years, enticing more and more Democratic campaigns to use it, making donating as easy as possible and guaranteeing that the platform essentially never crashes, especially in the most important and high-traffic moments — like if a Supreme Court justice dies unexpectedly and small donors rush to give a combined $70 million to candidates and causes in 24 hours.

Some Democrats already worry about a different kind of crash, questioning what happens to the online fundraising machine they’ve built when Trump is no longer president. But those nagging concerns are nothing compared to the disbelief, confusion or even anger from some Republicans, who have struggled to come to grips with the idea that this many online donors are really lining up against them.

New Michigan Poll (PPP, B): Biden +10, Peters +10

If the election for President was held today, and the candidates were Democrat Joe Biden, Republican Donald Trump, Libertarian Jo Jorgensen, and Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, who would you vote for?
Joe Biden 54%
Donald Trump 44%
Jo Jorgensen 1%
Howie Hawkins 0%
Not sure 1%

If the election for US Senate was held today, and the candidates were Democrat Gary Peters, Republican John James, and Green Party candidate Marcia Squier, who would you vote for?
Gary Peters 54%
John James 44%


"Our doctors get more money if someone dies from Covid."


Super Typhoon Goni explodes into 2020's strongest storm on Earth, moves toward Philippines

Source: Washington Post

In just a day’s time, Super Typhoon Goni transformed from an ordinary Pacific cyclone into the year’s most intense storm on the planet. The typhoon is on a beeline for the Philippines, where it is expected to roar ashore Sunday.

Goni’s explosive intensification occurred over the warm waters in the western Pacific Ocean. Its peak winds catapulted from just shy of 100 mph to nearly 180 mph between Thursday and Friday night local time.

Once its peak winds surpassed 150 mph, it qualified as a “super typhoon,” which is equivalent to a strong Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic. But it grew even more intense, comparable to a strong Category 5.

Its leap in strength occurred over waters about 2 to 3 degrees (1 to 1.5 Celsius) warmer than normal. Such rapid intensification is made more likely by human-caused climate change, which has raised ocean temperatures globally.

Read more: Link to source

I've lived through a CAT 5 Typhoon in the Philippines. I don't recommend it.....

Your COVID vaccine is coming TOMORROW!!!!!


"Politically Correct"


Georgia governor, First Lady in quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure

Source: WAGA News

ATLANTA - Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and First Lady Marty Kemp are quarantining after recently being exposed to COVID-19.

Kemp's Press Secretary Cody Hall tweeted that that the governor and his wife were recently exposed to someone who received a positive COVID-19 test. Hall said the governor and First Lady received a coronavirus test and are currently quaranting per Department of Public Health guidelines.

Read more: https://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/georgia-governor-first-lady-in-quarantine-due-to-covid-19-exposure

New North Carolina poll (NBC/Siena, A+): Biden +6; Cunningham +10, Cooper +19

Biden 52-46
Cunningham 53-43
Cooper 59-40


SEE SAY 2020: Report/Review polling site incidents


Endorsed by Democratic Municipal Officials

Currently 536 issues reported

LINCOLN PROJECT: "Don't Mess With Texas Voters"

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