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Yes, Democrats Had Huge Wins at the Polls – Here Are 11 Reasons to Celebrate That You May Not Even Know About

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It’s a Blue Wave and a Rainbow Wave and a Women’s Wave and More

There seem to be a lot of Democrats feeling glum, defeated, angry, upset, and betrayed after Tuesday night’s elections. I certainly was.

But there are a huge number of big wins that Democrats have every right and reason– and frankly, obligation –  to celebrate right now. It’s hard to see them when the national media is rarely focused on anything but Washington D.C., so let me share with you some huge accomplishments that we need to shout to the rooftops and build upon as we fight to place America back on course towards the union we believe in our hearts it should be.

Yes, there is a white nationalist (and probably a white supremacist) in the Oval Office. Yes, Florida (and probably Georgia) GOP voters once again proved just how racist they can be. And yes, Ted Cruz beat Beto O’Rourke.

But let’s start with that.

Beto O’Rourke is the first Democratic Senate candidate in Texas who almost won. He raised enough money to mount a presidential campaign. He embarrassed the heck out of Ted Cruz. And most importantly, he proved that Democrats in “red” states who stick to true Democratic principles, rather than being moderates, have a true chance at winning.

Now, more wins:

    • A record number of women, more than 100 – mostly Democrats – were elected to Congress Tuesday night. (94 Democrats and 16 Republicans total elected Tuesday to serve in the House and Senate.)
    • Over 100 LGBTQ candidates won federal, state, and local races, according to GLAAD, which is calling it a “rainbow wave.” The LGBTQ Victory Fund, which supports both Democratic and Republican candidates, currently lists LGBTQ candidates winning 8 federal, 86 state, and 34 local races.
    • Transgender rights were on the ballot and won in Massachusetts.
    • The first Native American women were elected to Congress. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland, both Democrats, will serve in the House. Davids is a lesbian, making her the first openly-lesbian Congresswoman from Kansas.
    • The first Muslim women, Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, were also elected to Congress. Again, both are Democrats.
    • New Hampshire elects its first openly-gay member of Congress. Democrat Chris Pappas will become Congressman Chris Pappas.
    • Minnesota elects its first openly-LGBTQ member of Congress: Democrat Angie Craig, a lesbian.
    • The first openly-gay man was elected governor. Colorado Democratic Rep. Jared Polis will become Governor Jared Polis.
    • Texas, which is 40% Hispanic, finally elects its first Hispanic women to Congress. Veronica Escobar and Sylvia Garcia, both Democrats, are headed to D.C.
    • Both legislative chambers plus governorships in six states flipped from Republican to Democratic (Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Nevada, New Mexico and New York.)
    • Democrats beat Republican Senators and Governors in the three states that gave Trump his electoral college win: Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

These are certainly not the only wins Democrats should be celebrating – what others should we include? Post them in the comments below!

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Newsmax Blames ‘Angry CRT Activists’ for Outrage Over District Official Telling Teachers to Offer ‘Opposing’ Holocaust Views

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Americans should not be outraged that a curriculum director of a Texas school district instructed teachers to offer “opposing” views if they have books in the classroom on the Holocaust, suggests Newsmax, the right wing outlet founded by longtime Trump friend Christopher Ruddy.

A Newsmax article published Friday blames “Angry CRT Activists” for what appears to be massive nationwide outrage, saying they are claiming a Texas school is pushing “Holocaust Denial.” The article does not actually mention any CRT “activists.”

It does, however, quote U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, saying he “pounced in a tweet Thursday night.”

This is the Connecticut Democratic Senator’s tweet:

Newsmax does note that the “narrative of pushing books denying the Holocaust was started by Gina Peddy, the Carroll school district’s executive director of curriculum and instruction, who was recorded on audio published by NBC News,” which is part of Senator Murphy’s tweet (above).

The Newsmax piece also mentions this tweet from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez:

 

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Tucker Carlson Unleashes Ugly Homophobic Attack on Pete Buttigieg – and Every Parent Taking Paternity Leave

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New dads in Japan can take 35 weeks off with full pay for paternity leave. Spain’s news dads? 12 weeks full pay. Sweden: 11 weeks. Iceland’s new fathers get nine weeks of full paid time off. Canadian new dads get between five and eight weeks. In the U.S., no federal law requires paid paternity leave, although the Family and Medical Leave Act allows unpaid time off.

Unlike 86 percent of Americans who support paid paternity leave, Fox News personality and fascism and white supremacism promoter Tucker Carlson opposes it, apparently, and made that crystal clear in the form of a homophobic attack against U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg Thursday night.

That attack was so broad and so ugly it extends to every man who takes paternity leave, which is unfortunate given that studies show men who take paternity leave are less likely to get divorced, among other long-term benefits.

“Pete Buttigieg has been on leave from his job since August after adopting a child. Paternity leave, they call it, trying to figure out how to breastfeed – no word on how that went,” Carlson said, mocking new dads, fathers in general, men who take paternity leave, and gay fathers.

 

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Stephen Miller’s Legal Org Concocts Conspiracy Theory to Demand Inspector General Investigate Merrick Garland Memo

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Former Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller‘s legal group is demanding the U.S. Department of Justice Inspector General launch an investigation into Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s memo that directs the FBI to discuss threats against school board officials.

The Garland memo is exceptionally weak, stating: “I am directing the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working with each United States Attorney, to convene meetings with federal state, local, Tribal, and territorial leaders” to “facilitate the discussion of strategies for addressing threats.”

Nothing more.

After months of coaching and training of “grassroots” activists by right wing groups, including parents across the country, the nation has witnessed countless threats against school board officials and education professionals by parents whose anger is falsely ginned up by Fox news and other right wing media claims over critical race theory, masks, and vaccines.

Miller sees it differently, claiming his group is “demanding an investigation into AG Garland’s memo unleashing federal law enforcement against parents fighting racism/CRT. Letter includes shocking info on origins of the memo.”

Look at that language: “unleashing,” “parents fighting racism,” “shocking info” – all designed to create outrage.

(Also, parents who oppose CRT are not “fighting racism.”)

Meanwhile, in addition to threats, school board officials have been subjected to verbal and even physical abuse – including death threats.

As NCRM has previously reported, school board members and educators in at least nine states this year have been targeted with threats, death threats, and often racist death threats, including in Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Vermont, according to local news reports.

According to Miller, who was one of the architects of Donald Trump’s child separation policy, parents engaging in these threats should not be subjected to legal investigation, but protection.

Miller’s Senior Counselor Reed Rubinstein claims that “the nationwide protests by parents against public school policies and practices—regarding Critical Race Theory indoctrination; anti- religious and anti-family gender ideology; and/or forced online education and mask mandates—are entitled to the most robust federal constitutional protection.”

Rubinstein claims that “the National Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers, and others, have combined to oppress, threaten, and intimidate parents to chill and prevent them from exercising the rights or privileges secured by the Constitution,” offering no reason why they would do this, especially given they have not done it before.

He also claims, again, offering no proof, that in “early September, Biden Administration stakeholders held discussions regarding avenues for potential federal action against parents with a key Biden Domestic Policy Council official (Jane Doe #1) and White House staff (John Doe #1). Stakeholders also held discussions with senior department officials, including at least one political appointee in the department’s Civil Rights Division (Jane Doe #2). Jane Doe #1, John Doe #1, and others in the White House separately expressed concern regarding the potential partisan political impact of parent mobilization and organization around school issues in the upcoming midterm elections.”

 

 

 

 

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