Democrats Have Growing Fear That Minnesota Could Flip To Red For President Trump

Trump only lost Minnesota by a small margin in 2016 and he is working extremely hard to win the state this year.

His efforts seem to be paying off, because Democrats are starting to sweat over what could happen there on Tuesday.

If Trump pulls this off, it would cause a political earthquake.

Breitbart News reports:

Democrats Increasingly Worried Minnesota Could Flip for President Trump

Democrats are increasingly concerned that Minnesota, which has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate in 48 years, could flip for President Trump next week, given the GOP’s “significant operation” in the state and the Democrats’ stunning lack of canvassing in recent months.

The GOP is vying for battleground states such as Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan, and hopes to expand the map by flipping Minnesota red. President Trump came close four years ago, losing the state by fewer than 45,000 votes. In

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Everyone Loses the Culture Wars

In Texas we have a saying: “When you throw a rock into a pack of dogs, the first one that yelps got hit.” The biting responses from Scott Yenor and Paul Ludwig tell me that I hit a nerve among some segment of potential readers. Others, like Lee Trepanier, seem to have mostly agreed with me. But my measured defense of civility wasn’t meant to provoke. The interesting question is why it did.

I’ll admit I was surprised by the harsh replies. No, I do not think that reading Aristotle’s Ethics or my own essay about civility—only the latest in a long line of apparently ineffective essays on the topic—would have changed the minds of the Kavanaugh accusers, pace Yenor. And though I’ve undoubtedly been called many things, “conservative warrior” has never been one of them. I don’t think it’s apt.

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Friday Night Owls: State revenue loss not as bad as expected. But, as with pandemic, worse is coming

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At the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Micheal Leachman and Elizabeth McNichol write—Pandemic’s Impact on State Revenues Less Than Earlier Expected But Still Severe:

The pandemic’s impact on state revenues this spring was smaller than the historical record predicted. Nevertheless, states, localities, tribal nations, and U.S. territories like Puerto Rico still face large shortfalls for this fiscal year and the next in funding schools, health care, and other basic public services. They desperately need more federal aid to avoid more layoffs and other cuts that would further weaken the economy, increase hardship, and worsen racial and class inequities.

State and local revenues have fallen as the pandemic has forced businesses to close or scale back, costing millions of jobs. Sales taxes, a major revenue source for states and, to a lesser extent, localities, have

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“Whose Ever Got the Guns Can Win- Let’s Take Over the Buildings!” -WOW! Lisa Fithian, BLM, Radical Leftists Are Working with Federal Workers For Post Election Mass Violence (Video)

Lisa Fithian is a radical revolutionary who has been organizing chaos operations and antigovernment demonstrations in the United States for decades.

Lisa Fithian was a key organizer of violent demonstrations that caused the shutdown of the 1999 WTO meetings in Seattle, Washington.

Fithian is an anti-capitalist revolutionary.

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Police use gas to push back World Trade Organization protesters in downtown Seattle on Nov. 30, 1999. The protests delayed the opening of the third WTO conference in Seattle. (Indymedia)

Lisa Fithian later became a top street organizer of the violent Occupy Wall Street movement.
Occupy Oakland goons rioting in 2011.

While you were going to work, paying your bills, taking the kids to their ballgame… Lisa Fithian was training activists.
This is an eye-popping video by the EAGFoundation.
The video shows anti-capitalist radical Lisa Fithian training Chicago union teachers on how to stage their arrests for the camera in … Read the rest

Halloween and the Confrontation with Evil

John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) introduced one of the most famous images of evil in our pop culture, Michael Meyers, a child murderer who returns as an implacable adult suburban America must face. Unfortunately, as the movie turned into a franchise and the American imagination seized on the knife-wielding masked murderer, the point of Halloween was completely lost. But the confrontation between evil and clueless youth, abandoned by adults, is timely, so I offer some reflections.

Halloween is a story about suburban America, where teenagers leave high school not knowing what to do with their lives—and worse, clueless about life’s purposes. Our freedom and love of change confuse our kids, who see the future as a black wall. Halloween shows the liberation of sex, drugs, and parties as the democratic consequence of this cluelessness; but we also hear about teenagers stealing headstones and some minor larceny. The only student who knows … Read the rest

Thursday Night Owls: Kavanaugh and Barrett show they're political operatives not impartial justices

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Matt Ford at The New Republic writes—Brett Kavanaugh Will Have His Revenge on AmericaHe and Amy Barrett have demonstrated this week that they should be thought of as political operatives, not justices: 

Two years ago, Justice Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend himself against allegations of sexual misconduct. He lashed out at Democrats, left-wing activists, and those who sought “revenge on behalf of the Clintons,” whom he had investigated in the 1990s. Then he gave a stark warning. “This grotesque and coordinated character assassination will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country,” Kavanaugh angrily told senators. “And as we all know, in the United States political system of the early 2000s, what goes around comes around.”

“What comes around goes around” echoed in

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Lifelong Democrat And City Council Official In Flint, Michigan Announces He’s Backing Trump (VIDEO)

Maurice Davis is the Vice President of the city council in Flint, Michigan. He is a lifelong Democrat. And he is backing President Trump.

Over the years, we have seen many Democrats cross party lines to support Trump. It takes a lot of courage for some of them to do this.

Davis is obviously a man with the courage to think for himself.

Breitbart News reports:

WATCH: Democrat Vice President of Flint, Michigan, City Council Endorses Trump

Maurice Davis, a lifelong Democrat who serves as vice president of the Flint, Michigan, city council, endorsed President Donald Trump for re-election on Wednesday ahead of a speech by Vice President Mike Pence in a visit to the city.

“God uses whoever he wants to to bring His people out of whatever the problem has to be,” he said.

“President Trump is full of hate? Let me tell you something, the Democrats is

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The New Court’s Docket

Blockbuster Supreme Court cases come in two varieties. One kind resolves the legality of one of the current administration’s top priorities. Another establishes constitutional law on an important issue along the contested fault lines of society. Occasionally cases do both, as when the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Bank of the United States. But most of the current term’s blockbusters fall into one of the first two broad categories.

Fulton v. Philadelphia

The current docket’s most important case on the fault lines of society is Fulton v. Philadelphia. There the Court must decide whether it is consistent with the Free Exercise Clause for Philadelphia to exclude a Catholic agency from placing foster children with families on the grounds that the agency refuses same-sex couple placements. The case will help determine whether religions with traditional views of sexuality will be able to continue to participate fully in public … Read the rest

Wednesday Night Owls: Beating Trump is just the beginning

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Heather Digby Parton at Salon writes—Progressives and power: If Trump is defeated, the real fight begins:

Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir wrote a thoughtful piece this week about political engagement in which he makes the case that merely voting is a tepid form of activism anyway, particularly in America, where it often becomes “a bizarre form of symbolic theater or public therapy.” He suggests that direct action is necessary to move the country forward and cites the civil rights movement, the in-your-face ACT UP AIDS activism of the 1980s and the anti-globalization protests of the late ’90s as movements that were considered far outside the mainstream at the time but pushed their agendas much more quickly than they could have through traditional lobbying or partisan politics. He points out that the post-Parkland student movement, Greta Thunberg’s

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Biden Calls Travel Lid for Wednesday an Hour After Bobulinski Interview Airs

Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden called a travel lid within an hour of the bombshell interview with Tony Bobulinski on the Fox News Channel Tuesday night in which Bobulinski accused Biden of lying about not being involved with son Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings.

With just one week left until the presidential election on November 3, Biden will stay home Wednesday and make remarks on the COVID-19 China coronavirus after receiving a briefing by public health experts. Biden is also scheduled to do a remote fundraiser.

Bloomberg’s Jennifer Epstein posted at 9:57 p.m. EDT, just under an hour after the Bobulinski interview with Tucker Carlson finished airing, “Biden isn’t traveling tomorrow. Instead, he’ll be focused on Covid, getting briefed by public health experts and then speaking on “his plans to beat COVID-19, lower health care costs, and protect Americans with pre-existing conditions,” his campaign says.”

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