Donkey Dispatch: 7/18/2020
“My philosophy is very simple: When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to stand up and just say something. You have to do something. I got into good trouble, necessary trouble. Even today, I tell people, ‘We need to get in good trouble.’”
— Rep. John Lewis, quoted by CNBC.
Political ads and humor:
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This morning, the DNC War Room released a new television ad, “Wolves” revealing how Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus failed the very people who are most vulnerable to its outbreak: America’s seniors. When the coronavirus hit, Trump threw America to the wolves.
How to vote by mail on Nov. 3
Unlike the June primary, mail-in (absentee) ballots will not be sent to all residents prior to the Nov. 3 election. Instead, all residents will be sent an application which they need to fill out and return to the Board of Elections. The Board will then send you your ballot.
But DO NOT WAIT. You can order your ballot NOW and put it somewhere safe. Go to:
Or go to our website at demcluboflw.com and look under “vote”.
The tone-deaf decision on the election was made by Gov. (and presidential wanna-be) Hogan, despite the advice of his county Boards of Election and many precinct chairs. He advertises himself as the “new face of the Republican Party.” But Hogan constantly uses the right-wing, Republican play-book. He has moved to voter suppression in this time of Covid, as he continues to pander to the mainstream Republican Party.
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The General Election will take place as scheduled on November 3, 2020, with early voting centers and all polling locations open if they can find poll workers. Early voting and voting at off-peak times are encouraged in order to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any changes will be available from the Board of Elections once they are determined and will be included in the “Donkey Dispatch.”
Email Hogan and demand that he reverse course and send out mail-in ballots to everyone. Go to:
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Biden’s position is clear: “No American should ever have to choose between staying healthy and exercising their fundamental right to vote during a pandemic.” While President Trump, Hogan and the GOP are doing everything they can to stop vote-by-mail efforts, Joe Biden is advocating for the expansion of vote-by-mail.
“Rigged”– The Democratic Club will screen the award-winning movie “Rigged” on August 12 at 6:30 pm. Afterwards, a panel of experts will answer your questions on voter suppression. Stay tuned for more details.
Donkey Dispatch: 7/10/2020
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Political ads and humor:
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+ The Maryland legislature is slated to change the Maryland state song, which is part of the legacy of Maryland being a slave state:
+ The cost of slavery:
+ “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ML King
+ (A contribution from Lois) National commentator Van Jones on the power of this moment: https://youtu.be/-oHHRv–8fc
+ November voter information:
The General Election will take place as scheduled on November 3, 2020, with early voting centers and all polling locations open. In addition, every voter will be sent an absentee ballot request application to facilitate voting by mail. Early voting, absentee voting by mail, and voting at off-peak times are encouraged in order to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Further details will be available from the Board of Elections once they are determined. (From the League of Women Voters)
New Presidential Polling Data:
(As with all polling information, these results come with a note of caution. All polling–particularly before Labor Day– is more speculative than predictive. However, the “Democratic Strategist” interprets the latest data.)
A new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds President Trump is facing broad disapproval for his management of the two major crises gripping the nation, with 67% of Americans giving him low marks for both his response to the coronavirus pandemic and his handling of race relations.
The new Gallup poll shows President Trump’s approval rate sinking to a dismal 38%. He is now below the majority level among the key groups that make up his political base: non-Hispanic white Americans, men, older Americans, Southerners and those without a college degree.
This suggests that his strategy of encouraging racial unrest in the hopes of waking up a “silent majority” is not working. In fact, Trump’s “base first” strategy has caused pretty much every single Democrat to abandon him. Only 2% of Democrats now approve of his job performance.
Recent presidents facing re-election fall into three groups:
Easy Winners: Richard Nixon with a net approval rating of +26, Ronald Reagan at +16 and Bill Clinton at +14.
Contested Races: Barack Obama at +2 and George W. Bush at -3.
Losers: George H.W. Bush at -18 and Jimmy Carter at -26.
With a net approval rate of -19, Trump is now squarely with the losers.
The consensus electoral map now shows Biden already with 280 electoral votes, ten more than is necessary. (Click on the consensus electoral map and make your own predictions.)
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