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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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WV-SEN: Blankenship Questions McConnells Marriage

West Virginia U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship (R) questioned Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) marriage to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, suggesting the Senate leader faced a conflict of interest in foreign relations since Chao’s father is “a wealthy Chinaperson,” the New York Times reports.

He added that “there’s a lot of connections to some of the brass, if you will, in China.”

Said Blankenship: “I read in books that people think he’s soft on China.”



My name is Ann Groves Lloyd, I was born and raised on my family’s farm right outside Lodi and I’m asking for the opportunity to serve you in government.

Like many of you, I was upset to see policies coming out of our State Capitol attempting to deny us democratic representation in our government. I know that Wisconsin works better when everyone gets a fair shot, and unfortunately the policies coming out of our State Capitol over the past seven years benefit the rich and powerful over the rest of us. State and local government is meant to be a force for good when they partner with communities to foster growth and development. I am proud to be doing just that as an alderperson on the Lodi Common Council.

I have also been dismayed at how the Wisconsin I love has been turning away from local control, clean government and public education. When I served as the Director of Career Services for the University of Wisconsin Madison, I saw first hand that there is no better on-ramp to the middle class than a quality education. Investing in our classrooms and our students is our state’s economic future.

The Wisconsin I know treats people right. When our neighbors are down on their luck, we help them get back on their feet. Our state should be working to provide everyone health care - nobody should miss life-saving treatment because of what’s in their checking account or a pre-existing condition. We also used to look out for future generations by protecting our environment and natural resources. Wisconsin is not just for us, it’s for our children and theirs as well.

Growing up, my family taught me that you don’t just complain when you see a problem, you do something about it. My grandfather, Bill Groves, and my great-uncle, Harold Groves, did just that when they served in their state government on the Progressive ticket.

My family was right. The Wisconsin I love is facing some serious problems, and I feel it’s my responsibility to step up and do something about it.

That is why I am proud to announce that I’m running for the 42nd District of the Wisconsin State Assembly.

I can’t wait to travel across our district and hear your ideas on how to improve our communities. If we work hard, stand together and refuse to be divided, I know that we can build a Wisconsin to be proud of again.

Ann Groves Lloyd


Michael Browns mother contemplating run for Ferguson city council

The mother of Michael Brown, the black man whose fatal shooting by a police officer in 2014 set off nationwide demonstrations, said Monday that she is considering running for a seat on the Ferguson, Mo. city council.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that Lezley McSpadden discussed running for office while speaking on a panel at Harvard University.

“What I’m contemplating is running for City Council of Ferguson, McSpadden said, prompting audience members to cheer and chant “Run, Lesley, Run.”

There are people who are willing to help get a campaign started and “make sure that I’m treated right,” McSpadden said.

Benjamin Crump, her family's attorney who was also a panelist, encouraged McSpadden to enter the race.

"What a legacy that would be — elected to the City Council and supervising the same police department that killed Michael Brown," Crump said.

The death of McSpadden’s 18-year-old son in 2014 acted as a major catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement.


Mulvaney: If youre a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didnt talk to you.

We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress. If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.”

— White House budget director Mick Mulvaney, quoted by the New York Times.


AZ-08: Lesko carried her old State Senate seat area by only 3%


Mulvaney to Banks: Increase campaign donations to diminish consumer protections.


AZ-08: Hiral won the same-day vote (Republicans usually do)


AZ-08: Everyone, look at this


Tweet of the Night


Congratulations, Republicans

You only had to spend $1 million-plus to barely hold onto Joe Arpaio's home district.
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