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Okay, as a lawyer, I feel a need to interject

The prosecution blew it. Itís a given that this nut job went to WI looking for trouble. OMG, but letís turn it into whether this poor teenager can protect himself? Thatís not what it was about and any objective observer should see that. It was never about self defense! Why would he have to defend himself from a situation he should never have injected himself into? But the prosecutor fell into the ďthere are riotsĒ trap and focused on whether the defendant felt threatened. Of course he did, subjectively, but of course he created the threat. And the prosecutor exacerbated the problem by not seeking leave to address evidence that had previously been excluded. Rookie mistake by a non-rookie. Sorry, the prosecutor seemed woefully unprepared. This is just the tip of my analysis. Sorry for being contrarian.
Posted by Patton French | Wed Nov 10, 2021, 09:07 PM (50 replies)

Big lesson..

.. sorry for the pessimism, but disinformation clearly can take hold. The solution? Shit , I donít know. I just know I donít get it.
Posted by Patton French | Tue Nov 2, 2021, 10:47 PM (9 replies)

Roll Tide!

That is allÖ.
Posted by Patton French | Sat Oct 9, 2021, 06:09 PM (4 replies)

Why the Senate doesn't work anymore

Interesting read:

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To many observers, those limited opportunities underscore the need for Democrats to improve their competitive positive in at least a few more states. It's telling that the Senate seats they flipped in 2020 came not in states they had bombarded with late television advertising, but in Arizona and Georgia -- states where they had invested for years in grassroots organizing that also lifted Biden to victory. North Carolina is a plausible next target for Democrats to add a Senate seat in 2022 with that strategy, but after that the options, particularly Florida and Texas in the Sun Belt or Ohio and Iowa in the Rust Belt, look more daunting.

The other implication of these dynamics for Democrats is the increasing pressure in the party to end the filibuster so that they can govern during the periods when they squeeze out a narrow Senate majority.

"There's no real room to build coalitions that give really any chance of overcoming a routine requirement of 60 votes to get anything done," notes Mann. Even Breaux, a centrist who built his Senate career on finding deals with Republicans, thinks Democrats need to end the filibuster for what he calls "constitutional issues" such as voting and abortion rights. The filibuster, he says, can encourage cooperation "when you have an aggressive middle on both sides, and you don't have that now." As a result, he believes "in getting rid of [the filibuster] for constitutional issues, like voting rights. We've done it for the Supreme Court and federal judges, so I guess you could do a limited carve-out for constitutional issues. That at least would help get some things done."

One final ingredient makes the operation of the modern Senate even more combustible. Because Republicans now so thoroughly dominate the less-populated, heavily rural, predominantly White states across the Plains and Mountain West, the GOP can exercise enormous power in the Senate even while representing many fewer people than Democrats do. If you assign half of each state's population to each senator, Democrats now represent 56% of the country and Republicans 44% -- even though each side holds 50 Senate seats.

As population continues to concentrate in the largest states, this partisan imbalance will likely widen. Without a change in the filibuster, that would allow states representing an ever-shrinking share of the national population to block legislative action supported by senators representing a clear majority of the country.

"The dynamic is that a smaller and smaller segment of the American electorate will control more and more seats in the Senate," says Mann. "So that there will be, in my view, a distortion that is so great it puts into question the entire legitimacy of the Senate as a governing body."

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https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/10/05/politics/senate-broken-biden-agenda/index.html
Posted by Patton French | Tue Oct 5, 2021, 07:31 PM (12 replies)

Assuming it's when, not if (which I believe)

When will the deal happen?
Posted by Patton French | Sat Oct 2, 2021, 01:49 PM (4 replies)

White House gives a wink to progressives as they threaten Biden's infrastructure bill

Found this interesting. I hope it works.

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One by one, liberal lawmakers have announced that they will vote to defeat a bipartisan infrastructure bill if moderate Democrats and the White House do not offer a firm outline for an accompanying social and climate spending package as well. And just as tensions within the party were at a seeming boiling point this week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) turned it up even further, urging House Democrats to vote against that bipartisan infrastructure bill when it is scheduled to hit the floor on Thursday.

Though some of those same progressives have loudly complained that President Joe Biden isnít doing enough to reach out to them individually on his legislative agenda, the White House seems utterly unbothered by it.

Instead, theyíre hoping that the prospect of a progressive revolt will only add to the pressure theyíre attempting to exert on Sens. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, the two moderate Senators most noncommittal about supporting a party-line reconciliation bill. Two sources familiar with the White Houseís messaging to progressives said that officials have made it clear to them that they are not displeased with all the talk about voting down the infrastructure package.

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https://www.politico.com/amp/news/2021/09/30/white-house-progressives-manchin-sinema-514775

Edit: sorry, forgot link

Posted by Patton French | Thu Sep 30, 2021, 08:36 AM (7 replies)

We now know why President Biden was in a hurry to exit Afghanistan

Spoiler: because he was right.

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/09/biden-afghanistan-exit-troops-milley.html
Posted by Patton French | Wed Sep 29, 2021, 08:03 PM (10 replies)

Saw Pramila Jayapal on CNN this morning

She makes a compelling case. I donít understand the logjam.
Posted by Patton French | Sun Sep 26, 2021, 09:23 AM (1 replies)

Please indulge a completely (seemingly) irrelevant question

Do you flash your lights at people to warn them of a speed trap? Someone did that for me today and Iím pretty certain it saved me from a ticket. I was going downhill about 15 mph over the speed limit and wrapped up in my own thoughts. The flashing lights got my attention and I lowered my speed. Sure enough, there was the speed trap. A silly revenue generator if you ask me. Anyway, I will definitely do that for others from now on.
Posted by Patton French | Fri Sep 24, 2021, 10:50 AM (42 replies)
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