Democratic Strategies Lost Big. Here’s Why and How to Fix It

By George Lakoff, 11/13/14

It is time to shine a light on the perpetually losing strategies used by Democrats, and particularly on the Democratic infrastructure that promotes those strategies.

I am asking whether the old strategies can be separated from the community of strategists, so that new strategies can be adopted by that community that are authentic, moral, and fully general.

The strategists form an infrastructure that all Democrats have come to depend on—candidates, elected officials, Democrats in government, and citizens who align, or might align, either morally or practically with progressive policies. This well-funded, and well-connected strategic infrastructure includes public relations firms, pollsters, consultants, researchers, trainers, communication specialists, speechwriters, and their funders.

Democrats depend on this expensive infrastructure. The strategists seem to assume that their strategies are natural and obvious, the best that can be done. It is time to look closely at these strategies and question them. The same mistakes, if they are mistakes, should not be repeated….

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Muncipalities are fighting against gun lawsuit act

editorial, Daily Local News, 11/14/14

National Rifle Association officials and other lobbyists for the gun industry are fond of crying foul of their Second Amendment Rights whenever the least suggestion is made of any kind of gun control.

Their deep pockets have enabled them to ensure that even common-sense gun laws such as the bipartisan, universal background check bill that failed to achieve a super-majority in the U.S. Senate last year, are not enacted.

One of the most outrageous examples of this occurred recently in Harrisburg when state legislators passed Act 192, special standing/preemption legislation that allows the NRA and other gun advocates to sue Pennsylvania cities that enact their own gun control ordinances….

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Fixing the System: President Obama is Taking Action on Immigration

The White House, 11/20/14

America’s immigration system is broken. The President is taking executive action to fix what he can to help build a system that lives up to our heritage as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants…..

keep reading at The White House, including a video of the president’s address and a graphic that sets forth his plan as well as the basics of the bipartisan plan passed by the Senate almost a year and a half ago.

House Republicans just passed a bill forbidding scientists from advising the EPA on their own research

By Lindsay Abrams, Salon, 11/19/14

The “reform” measure makes room for industry-funded experts on the EPA’s advisory board

Congressional climate wars were dominated Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, which spent the day debating, and ultimately failing to pass, a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While all that was happening, and largely unnoticed, the House was busy doing what it does best: attacking science.

H.R. 1422, which passed 229-191, would shake up the EPA’s Scientific Advisory Board, placing restrictions on those pesky scientists and creating room for experts with overt financial ties to the industries affected by EPA regulations…

keep reading at Salon

Pa. checks potential duplicate voter registrations

Bucks County Courier Times, 11/19/14

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of registered voters may soon be asked to verify that Pennsylvania is their residence or risk being purged from its voter rolls.

State elections officials said Wednesday they are in the process of sending to county elections officials lists of nearly 43,000 Pennsylvania voters who apparently have registered more recently in other states….

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Drug Warrior Mitch McConnell Tied To Millions In Cocaine

By Heather, Crooks and Liars, November 18, 2014

Who thinks a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate would have survived this?

As we mentioned here prior to his re-election, Sen. Mitch McConnell is one of the wealthier members of Congress thanks to his wife Elaine Chao’s family’s shipping company and as Lee Fang reported in The Nation last month, their offshore business deals, which just happen to include smuggling a large amount of cocaine.

Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company:

After drugs were found aboard the Ping May, a vessel owned by his wife’s family’s company, Colombian authorities are investigating….

keep reading and view video with Cenk Uygur at Crooks and Liars