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May 28, 2018

"Stacey Abrams's Win Is Just the Beginning"

From New York Magazine's The Cut:

The Lessons
1. People of color matter.

When Hillary Clinton lost, Democratic pundits and campaign strategists across the country insisted that “identity politics” lost the race. Not likely Russian collusion, not thinly veiled sexism, not “racial anxiety” (read: plain ol’ racism). No: They insisted the problem was that we’d ignored rural white voters for too long.

Abrams chose to buck popular thinking and insist on a simple principle: Everyone, including people of color, must be central to a winning strategy. The question of whether this would work was answered by her victory. It is now up to us, and every Georgia voter, to prove this point once and for all by sending her to victory in the general election.

2. Black women are leaders for all people.
3. We need more fully franchised voters.

The Homework
1. Donate, donate again, then donate more.
2. Go local.
3. SHOW UP. Yes, in ALL-CAPS. A primary is an important battle, but Nov. is the war.

May 26, 2018

America's First Ramadan Break-Fast Was Hosted by Thomas Jefferson

"In 1805, the month of Ramadan fell in December. Far from his friends, family and home, one Tunisian man was attempting to observe it in Washington, D.C. This was the statesman Sidi Soliman Mellimelli, who was spending six months in the United States, on a diplomatic mission..."

Read the rest here:

May 23, 2018

Vox: 3 winners and 3 losers from primaries in Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, and Arkansas

For what it's worth, here's Matt Yglesias' takeaway from Tuesday.

Medicaid expansion
Black Democrats

The GOP mobilisation strategy
Our Revolution
Georgia Republicans

May 18, 2018

Buddy Roemer firm invests $4 million in Young Turks Network

April 2014

A firm led by former Republican governor and congressman Buddy Roemer is investing millions into The Young Turks Network to significantly increase its content, sales, and platform presence.

The investment of $4 million, with an option to go up to $8 million, came out of a conversation Roemer and The Young Turks Network founder Cenk Uygur had backstage before speaking at a conference about money in politics last year. The relationship between the conservative Louisiana politician and the founder of the progressive media outlet stemmed from both making the removal of money’s influence on politics their signature issues.

Fast forward to yesterday's announcement:

The Young Turks Launch 24-Hour YouTube Channel

The new channel will run TYT programming 24/7, including The Young Turks, TYT Interviews, NerdAlert, What The Flick?!, Think Tank, and Pop Trigger.


TYT generates over 200 million views a month and ranks number one in News and Politics on all digital platforms in the 18-24 demographic.

Nothing says "let's take the money out of politics" like accepting a $4,000,000 - $12,000,000 investment deal from a Republican multimillionaire.


May 4, 2018

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