HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » RandySF » Journal
Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 1649 Next »


Profile Information

Gender: Male
Hometown: Detroit Area, MI
Home country: USA
Current location: San Francisco, CA
Member since: Wed Oct 29, 2008, 02:53 PM
Number of posts: 32,646

About Me

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

Journal Archives

MT-SEN: Montana's ticket-splitters could decide a race that's put the Senate within Democrats' reach

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — Republican Steve Daines, the freshman senator in this sparsely populated state of hunters, fishers and big-government skeptics where President Trump crushed Hillary Clinton four years ago, was supposed to coast to reelection in November.

Democrats were mounting a modest field to oppose him. Daines, if not defined by legislative wins in Washington, had forged a close alliance with the president. He’s a reliable conservative in a state that has voted Republican for president every year since 1968, except for Bill Clinton 28 years ago.

Then came Steve Bullock and the coronavirus pandemic. And with less than three months until Election Day, the faceoff between the two-term Democratic governor from Helena and the wealthy former software executive from Bozeman has transformed into a margin-of-error race that has helped put Senate control within reach for Democrats. It will measure whether Montana’s proud history of political individualism is sustainable in an era when voters are more polarized than ever.

Bullock, a moderate who last year ran a long-odds campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, got into the Senate race relatively late in March, relenting to pressure from top Democrats in Washington who saw an opening in a conservative-leaning state with a key distinction from its neighbors Idaho and Wyoming.

Montanans, stubbornly independent, like to split tickets. And Bullock, a lawyer who narrowly won reelection to the governor’s mansion in 2016 on the same ticket Hillary Clinton lost by 20 points, is betting that voters will send him to Washington even as they’re expected to support Trump — albeit by a smaller margin than four years ago.


FL: Cash pouring in for Monique Worrell's State Attorney campaign

Democrat Monique Worrell and her supporters have turbocharged her campaign’s cash chase for the State Attorney Office in Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit.

Worrell’s campaign reported pulling in $20,000 and her independent political committee another $16,500 during the last week in July, suddenly swamping the other three Democrats seeking the open seat.

And that was before Worrell’s big August 1 fundraising event featuring a live, albeit online, show by music superstar John Legend. That event had tickets ranging in price from $50 for a select few all the way to $10,000 apiece for super supporters of her political committee Fighting for Justice.

None of Worrell’s opponents in the August 18 Democratic primary brought in so much as $5,000 during the final week of July.

Worrell’s official campaign continued to tap the national progressive Democrats’ movement at both high and low ends of the donor scale. In the week of July 25-31, she received hundreds of small-dollar donations from California, New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado and just about every other state. She also picked up some four-figure checks from around the country.


Newcomers Rick Blangiardi and Keith Amemiya to face off in November for Honolulu mayoral seat

Second printout election returns on Oahu show former television executive Rick Blangiardi and fellow businessman Keith Amemiya will advance to a one-on-one battle in November to win the Honolulu mayor’s seat.

The two rookie candidates are the two top vote-getters among a field of 15 candidates with three veteran politicos behind them: former U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa, City Councilwoman Kym Pine and former Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann.

By percentage points, the second printout showed Blangiardi with 25.74%, Amemiya with 20.61%, Hanabusa with 18.60%, Pine with 14.44% and Hannemann with 10.08%.

While an unknown amount of votes were still out, it accounted for an astounding 256,344 votes tabulated on Oahu alone. That eclipses the previous record of 225,306 total votes cast on Oahu in the 1994 primary.


FLIPPABLE: Rida Cabanilla Arakawa for HI-SD19

State Representative Rida Cabanilla Arakawa was first elected to office in 2004. Since then, she has been a Symbol of leadership among women and as an inspiration of people with humble beginnings. She is a registered nurse, retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States army, businesswoman and legislator. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaii, the Army’s Combined Arms, Services, and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Western Legislative Academy. She earned the title as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in the United States and the World, Legislator of the Year, and as a recipient of various leadership awards as a nurse. In the House of Representatives, she held various chairmanships in the House of Representatives and as a Majority Floor Leader.

Representative Rida Cabanilla was first elected to the State House in 2005, and represents the residents of Ewa, Waipahu, Honouliuli, and West Loch.

A registered nurse and Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserves (Surgical Readiness Command, Fort Shafter) Rida’s legislative priorities include: the reduction of traffic congestion and expansion of highways and roads which serve the Ewa Plain; exploration of ways to reduce overcrowding at Campbell High School, and construction of an additional high school facility; the continued repair and maintenance of all district public educational facilities; revitalization of the economy for the creation of jobs and business opportunities; and the expansion of affordable healthcare services from birth and beyond, including alternatives to hospitalization such as home care facilities.

Representative Cabanilla was born in the Philippines and has been a resident of Hawaii since 1970. She attended the University of Hawaii and holds a BS in Nursing. And she is the mother of two adult children, Melanie and Christopher.


FLIPPABLE: Patrick Pihana Branco for HI-HD50

fter defending American values across the world as a U.S. Diplomat, Patrick is running for the State House to be a voice for equality and collaboration in the State Legislature.

Patrick graduated from the Kamehameha Schools and received a full scholarship to Hawai’i Pacific University, where he served as Student Body President. After graduating, he earned a Congressman Charles B. Rangel Fellowship to fund his Master’s degree from John’s Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. While studying at SAIS, he earned fellowships at both the United States Embassy in the Republic of Korea and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

Drawn to public service, Patrick joined the U.S. Foreign Service as a Diplomat in 2012. Around the world, Patrick dedicated himself to promoting the values he grew up with in Kailua: equality, freedom of speech, and religious freedom. He served tours in Colombia, Pakistan, the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Secretary of State’s Operations Center, and Venezuela.

In some of the world’s most unstable areas, Patrick promoted security, free speech, and economic development. He brought people together in defense of democracy, human rights, and equality. Patrick pledges to bring the same approach to the State Legislature, building coalitions as he advocates for our community in Kailua and Kāne‘ohe Bay.


FLIPPABLE: Trish Quema LaChica for HI-HD36

Trish La Chica has dedicated her entire career to fighting against unjust systems and policies. As an investigative journalist in the Philippines, she fought for the truth, producing documentaries to expose corruption & shed light on the daily struggles of Filipino families. As a vocal public health advocate here in Hawaii, Trish works with our state leaders to enact legislation that will improve the health and quality of life of Hawaii’s keiki and families. Trish has led the successful campaigns to pass smoke-free cars for keiki into law, create a statewide program to improve healthy food access for low-income residents, and make children’s meals in restaurants healthier.

Now a mom raising two kids with her husband Cricket in Mililani, Trish is fighting even harder, for the future of her two children and the future of her community.


'This is unstoppable': America's midwest braces itself for a Covid-19 surge

Three months ago, the Republican governor of Missouri chose not to wear a mask in a shop, because he said he wasn’t going to let the government tell him what to do. Mike Parson visited a hardware store to celebrate its reopening after he lifted Missouri’s coronavirus lockdown over the objections of health professionals and mayors of major cities.

Parson said the worst of the pandemic was past and the economic impact of the shutdown was worse than the virus. As for masks, the governor dismissively claimed “there was a lot of information on both sides” over whether to wear one so he wasn’t going to require people to do so.

Three months later, Covid-19 is surging in Missouri and in many other parts of the midwest that imagined they had escaped the worst of the pandemic.

Related: 'Not a mask in sight': thousands flock to Yellowstone as park reopens

Health specialists predict a sharp increase in deaths across the region in the coming weeks that will be made significantly worse in some states by the politicians who followed Donald Trump’s lead in undermining medical advice and in questioning the value of masks.


Bonus Tweet of the Day


Tweet of the Day


Bonus Tweet of the Day

Go to Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... 1649 Next »