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This Is Insane: Another Congressman Floated to Be Next Chairman of the Democratic National Committee

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NCRM EDITORIAL: It’s Time for the DNC to Wake Up

Dear Democratic National Committee, 

Stop. Just stop.

Are you insane?

The DNC has presided over one of the worst decades of Democratic losses, and at the local, state, and national levels we continue to lose tremendous ground. 

This is historic.

Republicans next year will control the White House.

Republicans next year will control the U.S. Senate. 

Republicans next year will control the U.S. House. 

Republicans next year will control the Supreme Court.

Republicans next year will control 34 governors’ offices – matching the all-time high set in 1922. Literally two out of every three governorships.

Republicans next year will control 68 out of 98 state legislative chambers. Literally more than two out of every three.

In 23 states – nearly half the nation – Republicans will control both houses of the state legislatures and the governor’s office.

“For only the second time since 1929, the Republican Party will control the House, Senate, the White House, most governorships and state houses, and will decide a Supreme Court pick,” The Week observed Wednesday, in the wake of stunning and extensive losses at every level of elected government.

Americans know all too well the accusations against former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile, and this is not the forum to address those. 

But for a moment, let’s address the fact that Democrats have just lost the expected control of the White House and expected control of the Senate, and, for a brief shining moment, the glimmer of hope of controlling the House.

The Republican Party is kicking our collective asses.

As a result, children right this minute are being bullied by their fellow classmates who support Donald Trump. Women, Hispanics, Muslims, LGBT people, and other minorities are all reporting acts of physical and emotional violence and hate, all in the name of President-elect Donald Trump.

There now is no real leader of the Democratic Party.

In towns, cities, states, and nationally, Democrats have not only lost a lot of ground, we have no bench. 

Who is in line and prepared to challenge Donald Trump in 2020 – a race we should all be thinking about this very minute?

Who is in line and prepared to challenge Republican Congressmen and Senators in 2018?

People are hurting today, people are in real pain today, and the DNC is supposed to be the uniting, organizing force to set the groundwork to help move America forward on a progressive path.

“Sen. Bernie Sanders is backing Rep. Keith Ellison to be the next permanent chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Sanders’s office confirmed,” Politico just reported.

This is insanity.

This is not about Senator Sanders or Rep. Ellison, both excellent lawmakers.

This is about doing your job. One job.

Being Chairman of any large organization is a full time job. At least, it should be.

It is not being a figurehead, not if you want real change to occur.

Why is the Chairman of the Republican National Committee always a full-time position, yet the Chair of the DNC is always given to an existing elected Democrat with full-time duties?

How has that worked out for us? 

Can you honestly say that a Congressman, Senator, or Governor has enough free time to lead an organization, especially one as beleaguered as the DNC?

It’s time to wake up.

It’s time to stop everything you’re doing and clean house. It’s time to stop everything you’re doing, realize you have gotten it all wrong, and reorganize.

It’s time for a dedicated full-time Chairman or Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Because Democrats today across America are in real pain, we’re scared, and we’re looking at you.

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First Lady Unveils White House Christmas ‘Gifts from the Heart’ Decorations – as Some Remember ‘Creepy’ Trump Holidays

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden on Monday unveiled the White House’s 2021 Christmas decorations.

“Inspired by the acts of kindness and experiences that lifted our spirits this year, decorated rooms in the White House reflect the Gifts from the Heart that unite us all: faith, family, friendship, the arts, learning, nature, gratitude, service, community, peace, and unity,” Dr. Biden said in a social media post, which included photos.

The Hill’s Alex Gangitano posted some images from today’s tour:

In a monumental gesture of inclusiveness and spirit of bipartisanship the Bidens even included a nod to Donald Trump and Melania Trump, the former President and First Lady.

But some were quick to remember the disturbing Christmas decorating efforts of the former White House occupants:

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‘Praise Be!’: Melania Mocked for ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ White House Christmas Trees Video

After ‘Give Me a Break’ Complaint Melania Mocked for ‘Pretending to Like Christmas’ as White House Tree Is Delivered

 

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DeSantis Courts Anti-Vaxx Voters by Changing Unemployment Rules to Give Them Benefits if They Get Fired: Report

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Florida’s DeSantis administration is expanding the Republican governor’s anti-vaxx policies by altering state unemployment insurance rules to allow those fired for refusing the coronavirus vaccine to be eligible for benefits.

“Extending unemployment benefits to the unvaccinated is just the latest in a series of proposals aligning the GOP with people who won’t get a COVID shot,” Axios reports, noting that Iowa, Kansas, and Tennessee have also changed their rules to favor anti-vaxxers.

“Republicans see a prime opportunity to rally their base ahead of the midterms. No matter how successful their individual efforts, the campaign is a powerful messaging weapon,” Axios adds.

Up until now being fired for cause – for refusing an employer’s requirements, including being vaccinated – has made terminated employees ineligible for unemployment benefits.

“The general proposition is that it is lawful for an employer to mandate the vaccine and so if an employee doesn’t get it, it’s a choice,” labor attorney Domenique Camacho Moran told CBS News in October.

“It’s like if your employer said, ‘Come in at 9 o’clock and you said, ‘Thanks for sharing, I’ll come in at 11.’ If you engage in deliberate misconduct like that, you won’t be entitled to unemployment benefits which are designed to be provided to those who are separated through no fault of their own,” he added.

But DeSantis and his administration have been downplaying COVID and the coronavirus vaccine, promoting expensive COVID treatments over vaccines – treatments that financially benefit one of his top political donors.

Related:

DeSantis Hires New Surgeon General: A Hydroxychloroquine-Pushing Physician Who Appeared in ‘Demon Sperm’ Doc’s Video

Revealed: Ron DeSantis Has Been Taking COVID Advice From a California Psychiatrist Pushing Ivermectin

DeSantis Says ‘Deal With’ It as Coronavirus ‘Waves’ Rage Through Florida

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THIS IS WHAT FASCISM LOOKS LIKE

Trump Supporters Have New ‘Ambitious Plan’ to Have Loyalists Oversee Elections Across America: Report

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Donald Trump and his supporters are enacting an “ambitious plan” to place loyalists in key positions overseeing elections after his unsuccessful efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, which was won by Joe Biden.

“In Michigan, local GOP leaders have sought to reshape election canvassing boards by appointing members who expressed sympathy for former president Donald Trump’s false claims that the 2020 vote was rigged. In two Pennsylvania communities, candidates who embraced election fraud allegations won races this month to become local voting judges and inspectors,” The Washington Post reported Monday. “And in Colorado, 2020 doubters are urging their followers on conservative social media platforms to apply for jobs in election offices.”

The report comes as Trump continues to push his “Big Lie” of election fraud, releasing a Sunday statement falsely claiming the “2020 Election was rigged and stolen.”

“Citing the need to make elections more secure, Trump allies are also seeking to replace officials across the nation, including volunteer poll watchers, paid precinct judges, elected county clerks and state attorneys general, according to state and local officials, as well as rally speeches, social media posts and campaign appearances by those seeking the positions,” the newspaper reported. “If they succeed, Trump and his allies could pull down some of the guardrails that prevented him from overturning Biden’s win by creating openings to challenge the results next time, election officials and watchdog groups say.”

READ: Trump has a plan to make it easier to ‘subvert the will of the voters’ in 2024: CNN

There are QAnon-linked candidates running for secretary of state to oversee elections, including Rachel Hamm in California, Jim Marchant in Nevada, Kristina Karamo in Michigan, Mark Finchem in Arizona, and Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA) in Georgia.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) warned how the focus has shifted from overturning the last election to overturning future elections.

“The attacks right now are no longer about 2020,” Griswold explained. “They’re about 2022 and 2024. It’s about chipping away at confidence and chipping away at the reality of safe and secure elections. And the next time there’s a close election, it will be easier to achieve their goals. That’s what this is all about.”

Read the full report.

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