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With Election Day little more than a week away, a politician posting an endorsement to their social media page is usually no big deal. But in the case of PA State Senator Camera Bartolotta, a Republican seeking her second four-year term in the counties immediately south of Pittsburgh, the timing and source of a particular endorsement raises serious questions regarding anti-semitism and gun-related hate crimes. Bartolotta, who raised eyebrows recently when she protected the rights of gun owners over victims of domestic abuse by casting the lone ‘NAY’ vote on a bipartisan measure to protect victims of domestic violence by securing guns from abusers, may have one-upped herself on Saturday, October 27. At approximately 3:30 PM, mere hours after news of the terrorist shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue…

As the 2018 Election Cycle begins its wind into the homestretch, some Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania State House and Senate will wake up one day in early October to realize those months of planning, personal sacrifice, and hard work will likely not be enough to put their campaigns over the top. Most voters may not understand this, but many campaigns are decided well in advance of Election Day; not by the voters, but by “the Stakeholders” who fund most closely-contested political campaigns. Who are the Stakeholders and why do they matter? It’s not as clandestine as it sounds. In Democratic politics, the stakeholders are composed mainly of labor unions, the legal community and other professional groups that have a vested interest in what happens in the State Legislature. Because most…

The release of the anonymous op/ed in The New York Times from a senior White House official elicited a wide range of responses, including the need for every talking head on cable news to let us know that they’ve “never seen anything like this before,” which is quickly becoming the political equivalent of telling people that you vape. We get it- nobody has seen anything like this before. Enough already. Move on to what matters. We’re watching a coup, people, and serious f*cking business. Adults in the Room? Says Who? The response I found to be particularly disturbing came from Democrats expressing their relief that there are “adults in the room” preventing President Trump from taking any overly destructive actions. The anonymous op/ed states: “So we will do what we can…

Since noted conspiratorial idiot Alex Jones from Infowars is telling everyone about the Second American Civil War the Democrats are planning for July 4, which is obviously totally true, we thought we’d start publishing some of the letters from the front. Here’s Alex Jones with his head inserted in his posterior: BREAKING: Democrats Plan To Launch Civil War On July 4th https://t.co/38AWiUFaag — Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) July 1, 2018 Please, keep these brave patriots in your prayers as they fight for freedom during these horrific times.

In the days leading up to the 2018 California Primary Election, media outlets became obsessed with the unique “jungle primary” format in regards to determining whether Democrats could successfully pick up enough seats to retake the House of Representatives. After doing a little research, I am convinced that moving to a jungle primary would go a long way towards fixing many systemic institutional problems in Pennsylvania state government. So What Exactly is a Jungle Primary? The most straightforward definition of a jungle primary, technically referred to as a nonpartisan blanket primary, is a primary election open to all voters, but instead of picking a nominee from each of the two major parties, the two candidates with the highest vote totals win. The result is the real possibility (and in some…

Seventy years ago, way back in 1947, Republican Senator Arthur Vandenberg lent vocal support to President Harry Truman’s flailing post-war foreign policy efforts, likely costing him the opportunity to seek his party’s nomination to seek the Presidency himself. The bipartisan Vandenburg Resolution passed by an overwhelming margin and is generally considered essential to the formation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. When asked about crossing party lines to assist Truman, who was about as weak as a President could be back in those days, Vandenberg’s answer became more well-known than the act of bipartisanship that preceded it. He said, “we must stop partisan politics at the water’s edge.” After being thrown out of the Republican Party for such patriotic nonsense, Vandenberg was forced to change his name and make his way in the private…

Like the rest of the country, I watched in shock and shame as Nazis marched through an American city, inciting violence that claimed an innocent life. I watched in disgust as the President of the United States stopped just short of congratulating the White Supremacists with his half-assed, dog-whistle response that virtually guarantees things are going to get much worse before they get better. (But hey, at least nobody’s talking about Russia anymore, am I right?) But let’s forget Trump for a minute. What I want to know is where the hell are all the people who’ve been warning us all along that we may need to stand up to our own government someday? The ones who cite the need to be ever-vigilant in the fight against tyranny? The ones…

The floundering presidency of Donald Trump gives the Democratic Party a golden opportunity to take back a significant number of seats in Congress and State Legislatures, but as the recent special election ass-kicking in Georgia’s 6th District demonstrated, victory doesn’t happen on its own. The Democratic Party is searching for an identity and a winning message, but what the party needs to do is acknowledge just how badly they’ve done in recent cycles. But who are we kidding? That would make way too much sense. Here are ten tactics the Democrats must change to retake Congress in the 2018 midterm elections: 1. Progressives Should Adopt the Tactics Used by the Tea Party or Shut Up Already In 2010, the Tea Party arose seemingly out of nowhere and effectively took control of…