The Real Reason Why Obamacare Now Has a 54% Approval Rating

by smirking – CNN had an eye opening story yesterday that’s been flying under the radar and really deserves to be given a lot more attention. In his article The cruel double standard that may have saved Obamacare, John Blake explores a very simple rationale for why Obamacare is suddenly gaining in popularity. The face of Obamacare is now white.  More Americans now realize Obamacare helps millions of working class whites and that it’s not — as once portrayed by conservatives — a form of welfare pushed by the first black president to help people of color, historians and scholars say. The media landscape is filled with images of the furrowed brows of anxious white residents at congressional town halls who fear they will suffer if they lose Obamacare, says Judy Lubin, a sociologist and adjunct professor at Howard University in Washington. This makes sense to me. This makes more sense to me than...

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What Democrats Need: Something Old and Something New

by SEAN POSEY – To rebuild its winning coalition, a Rust Belt writer argues, the opposition party has to advance younger leaders and go back to its working-class roots. Just a few weeks ago, the Republican Party was bracing for the end of what most observers considered a disastrous election season: Unlikely nominee Donald Trump, a Philistine of the highest order in the eyes of even many conservatives, appeared to be gleefully guiding the GOP to a third straight presidential defeat, combined with the distinct possibility of an ensuing internecine war. Instead, it’s the Democrats who now face a reckoning. Hillary Clinton, one of last well-known names in the party, is exiting stage (center)-left. Defeat in the presidential race is compounded by the Democrats’ minority status in Congress, a body they dominated for much of the last century. And it gets worse. Democrats’ historic reversals in Congress have been accompanied by...

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What Trump’s Youngstown Problem Says About Campaign 2016

by JOHN RUSSO AND SHERRY LINKON – It might take more than calling out blatant racism to derail the Trump train. Because of its potential for producing crossover Democratic votes for him in this year’s presidential race, Republican nominee Donald Trump has been paying a lot of attention to Youngstown, Ohio this year. This week, the old mill town gave him the kind of attention he didn’t want. The quick resignation of local Trump campaign chair Kathy Miller, after a series of jaw dropping remarks in an interview with The Guardian — including her opinion that racism did not exist until President Barack Obama took office — and the Trump campaign’s immediate decision to replace her with a Youngstown African-American talk show host suggest that maybe the blunt-spoken billionaire isn’t as enthusiastic about political incorrectness as he purports to be. Trump’s campaign has encouraged people like Miller to claim their racism...

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The Value of Talking Politics

by JOHN LIGHT – By this point in our multi-year election cycle, voters have already had plenty of exposure to the candidates through the media. Now, one group is banking on conversations among community members to tip the vote away from Trump During a half-hour speech in Youngstown, Ohio, Saturday evening, Hillary Clinton didn’t just make her pitch to voters — she encouraged those who already support her to talk to their neighbors who plan to vote for Trump. “Try having a conversation with them,” she said, according to The (Youngstown) Vindicator. Working America, an AFL-CIO affiliated outside spending group, is already on the case. In a sign of labor concern for traditionally Democratic areas like Youngstown, a quintessential Rust Belt town whose economy has been decimated by globalization, Working America has been hard at work for months already with the kind of tactics most campaigns reserve till fall. Since...

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Can Donald Trump Win? These Battleground Regions Will Decide

by teacherken – This article explores what it would take for Trump to truly be competitive.  After a brief introduction, it examines four states in the key areas in which Trump has to be competitive in order to win:  Florida, the upper Southeast, the Rust Belt, and the interior West.  In each case a different New York Times writer examines a specific state:  Alexander Burns examines South Florida; Jonathan Martin explores North Carolina;  Trip Gabriel goes to Pennsylvania, where he focuses on Luzerne County (Wilke-Barre) in the northeastern part of the state, and wealth Chester County (West Chester) in the Philadelphia suburbs; and Fernanda Santos goes to Arizona, with a specific focus on Maricopa County, where Trump’s strong early ally Joe Arpaio is up for re-election as Sheriff. Each article lays out where there are possibilities for Trump, but also points out how there are areas of difficulties for him as...

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