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Joe Manchin can bring the Democratic Party back to prominence in West Virginia. Is that a stretch?

I've been thinking over last couple of days about the leverage that Joe Manchin has in the Senate. In West Virginia's state government is majority Republican but that only just recently happened. The current governor got elected as a Democrat. I was also recently informed that it was Joe Manchin that got the current governor to run (I have yet to confirm that with my own actual research).

I'm not sure if it's safe to say that if the party in Congress would be willing to bathe WV in infrastructure projects, healthcare funding, education funding or anything else. However, I think the party would do that for Joe Manchin if he's willing to pass some of the party's top priorities like voting rights (perhaps not a Green New Deal).

If West Virginians see and feel the benefits, I think it would give the Democratic Party of West Virginia an actual leg to stand on and a shot at regaining power in West Virginia over the next few election cycles. The ability to get those benefits to West Virginians rest on Joe Manchin. I imagine the Democrats coming out of WV will likely be "moderate" or conservative Democrats but I'd rather they be Democrats.

I think that Joe Manchin not only has the ability to lift the Democratic Party's standing in West Virginia (and perhaps regain the dominance that it held just a few years ago), but also help to ensure that a Democrat succeeds him should he chose to retire since he's already in his 70s. Is that a stretch for West Virginia?
Posted by In It to Win It | Tue May 4, 2021, 05:19 PM (11 replies)

Supreme Court won't take Maryland bump stock ban case

AP via Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (AP) ó The Supreme Court is declining to take up a challenge to Marylandís ban on bump stocks and other devices that make guns fire faster.

The high court on Monday turned away a challenge to the ban, which took effect in October 2018. A lower court had dismissed the challenge at an early stage and that decision had been upheld by an appeals court. As is typical, the court didn't comment in declining to take the case.
Posted by In It to Win It | Mon May 3, 2021, 05:41 PM (8 replies)

Rep. Charlie Crist likely to launch campaign for Florida governor

Charlie Crist is making a "major announcement" Tuesday morning in St. Pete, and odds are strong that he'll tell us he plans to be the first Democrat to officially step up to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022.

Driving the news: Crist formed a political committee named "Friends of Charlie Crist," which would allow him to start raising money for a 2022 state-level election, Florida Politics reports.

Posted by In It to Win It | Mon May 3, 2021, 09:33 AM (7 replies)

Congressional candidate wants federal judge to order DeSantis to schedule election to replace Alcee

A candidate who wants to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Gov. Ron DeSantis, claiming multiple violations of the Constitution because the governor hasnít scheduled a special election to fill the vacancy created by Hastingsí death.

The candidate, Elvin Dowling, wants a U.S. district judge to order DeSantis to schedule election dates no later than this fall.

Hastings died on April 6 and the governor, who has the power to call special elections to fill congressional vacancies, hasnít set primary or general election dates. Some political insiders believe heís waiting to sign legislation that would change election laws and alter procedure for replacing current elected officials who resign to run for other offices.

Posted by In It to Win It | Sat May 1, 2021, 02:54 PM (0 replies)

Florida legislature passed a bill making it illegal for schools to require COVID-19 vaccines - but a

Florida legislature passed a bill making it illegal for schools to require COVID-19 vaccines - but a long list of shots are already required to attend school in the state

The Florida legislature passed a bill Thursday that would ban schools from requiring students to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination, despite the fact that the state already requires students to receive a long list of shots.

The bill, which now heads to Gov. Ron DeSantis' office for signing, was aimed at updating protocols for emergency planning and management, including public health emergencies. A brief section towards the end of the bill outlaws schools, businesses, and government entities from requiring coronavirus vaccine documentation.

Posted by In It to Win It | Fri Apr 30, 2021, 08:41 PM (3 replies)

West Virginians eager for Biden money despite senator's concerns

Reuters via Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Shortly before President Joe Biden's speech urging Congress to pass his $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, fellow Democrat Senator Joe Manchin told reporters he was "uncomfortable" with the vast sums of money Biden was proposing to spend.

Back in Manchin's home state of West Virginia, several elected officials, including Republicans, have a different message: The more money the better to draw new workers to the state, especially with high-speed broadband services.
Posted by In It to Win It | Fri Apr 30, 2021, 10:19 AM (3 replies)

Florida legislature passes election bill imposing new restrictions on mail-in voting

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Despite the push from activists, corporate leaders and Democrats to reject legislation imposing new restrictions on voting, late Thursday, the Florida legislature passed an omnibus election bill that, among other things, limits ballot drop boxes compared to current law.

The state Senate removed a provision the state House added Tuesday that would have required voters to present a photo ID to an election official when returning a mail ballot via drop dox. Democrats in the state House blasted the ID requirement since a voter is never required to show one when using a Postal Service mailbox.

No Democratic lawmakers supported the bill, and one Republican state senator opposed it as well. The bill, SB 90, now heads to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis' desk. A spokesperson for the governor said DeSantis supports the bill, saying it "will ensure that Florida remains a national leader in election security, integrity and transparency."

Following the 2020 general election, which former President Donald Trump and allies falsely but repeatedly claimed was illegitimate and filled with fraud, there has been an unprecedented effort among states to enact legislation with new hurdles to casting a ballot. According to the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice, nearly every state has introduced bills like this and at least five have already been enacted.


In addition to new drop-box provisions, the Florida bill also bars local agencies from accepting outside money for nearly all election-related expenses and from mailing unsolicited ballots to voters; expands the no-solicitation zone outside polling facilities by 50 feet; reduces the number of elections a single vote-by-mail application covers; imposes new voter ID requirements for updating one's registration record and applying for a mail ballot; allows counties to begin canvassing returned mail ballots sooner pre-election; sets up a state-run "live turnout data" dashboard for Election Day turnout and election night mail ballot processing; and gives poll watchers, candidates, political parties and committees, or their designees, more access to certain election processes and materials.
Posted by In It to Win It | Thu Apr 29, 2021, 10:18 PM (1 replies)

Republicans join Senate Dems in restoring Obama climate rule


The Senate on Wednesday voted to reverse the Trump administration's rollback of a crucial Obama-era climate regulation, delivering a bipartisan victory for President Joe Bidenís lofty goals of curbing heat-trapping greenhouse gases.

The 52-42 vote, including three yeas from Republicans, would restore the Obama administration's 2016 restrictions on the potent greenhouse gas methane. Democrats passed it using a legislative maneuver that allows them to get around the Senate's filibuster rules ó and had unusually robust support from many oil and gas industry companies, which now support direct methane regulations amid mounting international pressure for cleaner production.

The measure is now expected to move to the House for a vote, which would then send it to Biden's desk upon passage. A vote in that chamber has not yet been scheduled.
Posted by In It to Win It | Thu Apr 29, 2021, 08:41 AM (1 replies)

I had absolutely no idea President Biden was giving an address to Congress today

...and I'm not kidding about that.

But it's cool. I'm sure everything went well. I trust Joe!

I hear it was phenomenal!
Posted by In It to Win It | Wed Apr 28, 2021, 10:16 PM (3 replies)

The Trump admin awarded a firm $1.3 billion to make Covid vaccine syringes. Where are the syringes?

NBC News via Yahoo!

WASHINGTON ó A year after a Connecticut company was awarded almost $1.3 billion in federal loans and contracts to supply an essential syringe for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, no syringes have been made. The syringe hasn't received even the first of a series of approvals it needs from the federal government before it can be manufactured, and a factory promising 650 jobs remains unbuilt.

ApiJect Systems Corp. positioned itself as the company that would make the difference between a stumbling rollout and delivery of lifesaving vaccines. But as the U.S. vaccine rollout hits full stride, with about half of adults in the U.S. having already received at least one injection, the need for ApiJect's device has waned, leaving the contracts and loans in question.
Posted by In It to Win It | Wed Apr 21, 2021, 04:19 PM (6 replies)
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