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Like it or not, Jimmy Dore is becoming a political force on the far left? How? Why? I’m still trying to figure that out. I’m sure it has do with some sort of Joe Rogan connection or something. Or maybe it’s just that he screams about Julian Assange all the time. Still, many progressives either love him or can’t stand him.

I can’t stand him.

Honestly, I don’t dislike him because of his support for Assange. I don’t even dislike him because he has been funded by the pro-Assad Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees. I don’t like the…


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As Democrats start to celebrate their wins in both Georgia US Senate races (thus taking control of the US Senate), many Democrats are asking themselves how they can replicate this successful electoral model in other states? With a lot of money and organization, surely this model can be used in other states.

Unfortunately, it’s not likely.

Georgia, like most states, has its own unique demographics and geography which makes this model being replicated very unlikely. …


Blanchet asking for Freeland to be “acting Prime Minister”. (Credit: GlobalTV)

Two weeks ago, Bloc Quebecois leader Yves-Francois Blanchet didn’t call for Justin Trudeau to step aside, but instead asked for Chrystia Freeland to take over.

In the grand scheme of things, this granular detail is actually quite significant.

With a fragile minority government and the possibility of an election being called once the COVID-19 pandemic has died down, the Bloc could be positioning itself for their best electoral results in 14 years. A recent Leger poll shows the Bloc surging in Quebec with a 9-point lead over the Liberals (39% to 30%). Over the coming weeks, this lead could possibly…


Mélanie Joly giving her “support” of Bill Morneau. (Credit: CBC)

It looked as if she was reading a hostage statement.

Granted, she wasn’t reading off a a sheet of paper, but her message delivery came across as if she was giving a eulogy at a distant uncle’s funeral. After stating that embattled Finance Minister Bill Morneau “showed leadership and came up with programs that we’ve never seen as a country”, I expected her to start blinking T-O-R-T-U-R-E in Morse Code. Her delivery was less than convincing.

Of course, we all know about “party discipline”, but there surely has to be a line between breaking with your party on politics and…


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A lot of conservatives want to see Trump win so that they can “Keep America Great”. A lot of progressives want to see Trump win so that they can have their “we told you so” moment. But in the end, the polling data is clear. Donald Trump will not be reelected.

Recent polling numbers show that the 2020 election will not be the same as 2016. In fact, many of the crosstabs show what we are actually seeing a flip in voting behavior. In 2016, Trump benefited from voters who disliked Clinton. In 2020, Biden will benefit from voters who…


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It all started in 2015, with the Charlie Hebdo shooting in France. After the horrific shootings, which took the lives of twelve innocent people, politicians and pundits alike, from different ideologies and partisan loyalties, treated the massacre as an attack on freedom of speech. They argued that these twelve people were silenced because of their political views, and that their freedom to express themselves was violated.

But it wasn’t.

In fact, the opposite is true. The Charlie Hebdo writers had absolute freedom of speech. Never was their freedom of speech violated. From what I have researched, I have not seen…


September 6th, 2019: My birthday.

It was only my third day as the Executive Director of the Idaho Democratic Party. I had a new job. I just secured my apartment in the middle of downtown Boise. It was a nice apartment, and extremely convenient. It was next to Trader Joe’s and all of the downtown restaurants and cafes were within walking distance. As I sat in my new office, which was nothing fancy, I pressed the “submit” button for my security deposit on my apartment. Life seemed to be headed down the right path.

Then then chair of the party…


The Tam-Sloan debate exposes the creep of Conservatives toward Trump-style populism. (Credit: HuffPost Canada)

Over the last few months, Conservatives on social and traditional media have sounded more like Donald Trump than Brian Mulroney. First, we had the Buffalo Declaration, which spurred debate about provincial rights, as well as increased exposure for Alberta’s separatist movement. Next we had Conservatives railing against the Trudeau Government in regards to holding regular, in-person sittings of Parliament, as well as the pace of “reopening the country.” More recently, we have had Conservative leadership candidate Derek Sloan taking to Twitter and criticizing Dr. Theresa Tam, insinuating that her loyalties lie with China, not Canada.

Overall, it’s not a good…


Did Biden just expose the Democratic playbook regarding voters of color? (Credit: Politico)

Democratic pundits and consultants always look at elections in the same way. It all has to do with having a “winning coalition”. If Democrats “win the black vote, win the Hispanic vote, and win women voters then Democrats win”, or so goes the logic. However, Biden’s interview with Charlamagne tha God showed the real problem with the Democratic Party’s mentality…they take certain voters for granted.

Throughout the years, Democrats have presented themselves as the “lesser of two evils” choice. This is especially the case with marginalized communities, with the Democratic Party simply saying “what are your other options?” …


In September of 2018, I decided to leave my profession. I had worked in politics for over 28 years, and I was absolutely tired of it. I didn’t like the backstabbing, the attitudes, and, yes, the politics.

I was finally liberated! I wanted to see the world. I wanted to be a digital nomad. See new places and experience new things. Mark things off of my bucket list that I had been wanting to see since I was a child. …

Dave Trotter

PhD candidate, focusing on elections and partisanship in the US and Canada. Previously, worked in Democratic politics for 28 years. Twitter: @danumbersguy

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