Fox News did not air several speeches from the 2016 Democratic National Convention that focused on gun violence, equality, immigration, national security, and reproductive rights. Here are some of the speeches they ignored.
My James often talks about the 12 years of Republican rule in the White House during the Ronald Reagan and George Bush presidencies. Those were the years he was a boy–James was only 7 years old in 1980. Would it not be nice, he says, if the current generation could have 12 years of Democratic presidents.
I tell him that Donald Trump is working every day to make it so.
In 2008 I stated on this blog after the election Obama would be a transformative politician for the nation. I based that on the states he carried, the fact he was our first African-American leader, and the issues that he wanted to not just talk about but align our time in history with so to work at resolving. Obviously the absolute contempt from the GOP–much of it based on racism–about the victory by Obama and his move to mend the broken fabric of the nation has not made it possible for him to reach the length of his desires as president.
But with Hillary Clinton as the next president the generation now coming of age will experience more of that transformation which Obama ushered in with his election.
Today Politico reports Sen. Chuck Schumer “is feeling good enough about the battle for Senate control to essentially predict he’ll be majority leader next year. Not only that, the veteran New York Democrat believes his party is on the cusp of something much bigger: An era of electoral dominance.”
Schumer added that “We’re going to have a Democratic generation. President Obama helped create it. But it’s just where America’s moving demographically, ideologically and in every way. We’ll have a mandate to get something done.”
America needs to have a government that continually reflects the diverse nation we call home. We know which party allows that to happen.
A federal appeals court has struck down North Carolina’s voter identification law, holding that it was “passed with racially discriminatory intent.” That hardly comes as any surprise to those who have followed the voter ID ‘rationale’ that has been used by Republicans all over the nation.
The ruling today also invalidated changes the state made in 2013 to early voting, same-day registration, out-of-precinct voting, and preregistration. The list of attempts made by conservatives to undermine the ability of Americans to cast a ballot is stunning and sickening.
North Carolina could seek to appeal the decision to the full bench of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals or to the Supreme Court, but it seems unlikely those courts will step in to restore the voter ID law and other voting-related changes in advance of the November election.
That is good news as the people need to have a clear and unfettered means of casting a ballot for the 2016 presidential election and other offices down ballot.