The States Racing to Copy Georgia

Our friend TokyoSand reminds us that Georgia isn’t the only state that has passed a restrictive voting law this year.  Some 43 states are working on or have already passed voting laws that will strictly restrict voting by minorities, the poor, the elderly and the young.  In other words, they only want fat, old men to vote!  Read Tokyo’s post to learn which states are coming up on Georgia’s heels …


The States Racing to Copy Georgia

I’m happy that the media is covering the travesty that is the new Georgia law that restricts all kinds of voting rights for its citizens. But, that coverage is drowning out other, similarly important stories.

First and foremost, the media barely covered the Iowa governor signing a voter suppression bill a few weeks before the Georgia bill was signed. The Republicans in the state House and state Senate pushed their bill through, using the tired, old GOP talking point that it was all about “guarding against voter fraud,” even as they admitted that “Iowa has no history of election irregularities and that November’s election saw record turnout with no hint of problems in the state.”

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 4/3

Once again, TokyoSand has found the best selection of political cartoons from the hundreds out there.  This week’s biggest topics have been Matt Gaetz (who, in my book, deserves to be consigned to the annals of idiocy and forgotten), the trial of Derek Chauvin, the man who murdered George Floyd, and the horrendous voter suppression bill signed into law in Georgia by Governor Kemp.  Thank you, TS, for all your hard work putting these weekly cartoon posts together!

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 3/20

As she does every week, TokyoSand has scavenged the ‘Net for the best political cartoons of the past week.  Thank you, TS, for all your efforts to bring us the ‘toons that tell a whole story with a single picture.


On one hand, there was a lot of great news this week: Americans got help thanks to the COVID relief bill, we confirmed more great folks to the Cabinet, and Biden beat his own goal to get 100 million vaccine shots administered in his first 100 days. But, there was also a lot of terrible news, which was covered by editorial cartoonists.

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Let’s Talk About Joe Manchin

Our friend TokyoSand has given us an overview of Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia.  She reminds us that he is a Democratic Senator from a heavily Republican state, and as such, he cannot be expected to vote favourably on legislation that will be unpopular with the people in his state (he’s a politician, not a philanthropist).  Take a look at her post for a better understanding of Senator Manchin …


Senator Joe Manchin is in the news a lot now, because he represents the key 50th vote in the Senate. Let’s look at Manchin’s background to see what clues there are for how he might operate under President Biden.

When we won the two Senate seats in Georgia and made the Senate 50-50, it was inevitable that Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia was going to start getting a lot of press. Which he has.

To put it mildly, Manchin is a rare bird when it comes to politics today. And I want to see the Democrats pass a lot of important legislation, and getting Manchin on board will be crucial to that goal, so I set out to understand him a bit better.

It’s About West Virginia

To say that Joe Manchin is a West Virginian politician is an understatement. Unlike those Senators who have an eye on the presidency, Manchin is about West Virginia, and West Virginia only. He was born there, raised there, got his college degree there, and has spent a lifetime in politics there, starting as a state representative and rising through the ranks up to the governorship, prior to becoming the Senator in 2010 in a special election. He is not interested in what the rest of the country thinks of him, he is only preoccupied with his own state and its voters.

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 3/6

I thought perhaps some of the political cartoonists would be standing in the unemployment line once the former guy left and peace was once again restored to the nation.  But, I couldn’t have been more wrong!  The Republicans are keeping the cartoonists just as busy as ever with their horrible attempts to stifle voters’ voices, disregard the pandemic, and more.  Thanks to TokyoSand, we can see the best of the lot all in one place!

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Where Are We With Biden’s Cabinet Nominees?

Last week I fully intended to write a post about the status of Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees — who has been confirmed, who hasn’t, etc., but as often happens, my best-laid plans go astray.  This morning I logged on and one of the first things I saw was that TokyoSand has done an assessment and also added some enlightening information, so … again, why re-invent the wheel when she’s done such an excellent job of it?  Thank you, TS!

A quick rundown on President Biden’s Cabinet nominees. Who has been confirmed, who has been approved but not yet received a vote, and who is still stuck in committee.

Between a slow transition thanks to the feet dragging of the previous administration, the second impeachment trial, and then the negotiations to get the American Rescue Plan (COVID relief bill) passed — (pausing to celebrate that achievement!!!) — the Senate has gotten fairly behind getting all of President Biden’s Cabinet positions confirmed.

Normally, a month into a President’s first term, the average is to have about 84% of the Cabinet confirmed. (source) But with Biden, we’ve only seen 13 out of the 23 confirmed, which is only 56%. That said, his Cabinet is already shaping up to be the most diverse in our nation’s history.

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 2/27

This week the cartoonists certainly had plenty of material to work with, from Ted Cruz’ trip to Cancún, to the bigotry of Marjorie Greene to states’ renewed attempts at voter suppression to CPAC and more.  They didn’t let us down, and as she does every week, our friend TokyoSand managed to find the best of the lot!  Thanks, TS … you’re the best!

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The Week’s Best Cartoons: The GQP

As you might guess, the hot topic on the cartoonists pads last week was none other than Marjorie Taylor Greene.  Frankly, I’m so sick of that woman … I can’t wait until a day goes by without having to hear her name or see her ugly mug.  But I digress.  The impeachment trial that will start tomorrow was also a hot topic, as is the state of the Republican Party, which many are now calling the Party of Q, for QAnon.

Every week, our friend TokyoSand scours the ‘net for the best, most relevant political cartoons, and this week’s collection contains some gems.  Thank you, TS, for all your hard work and for giving us a few chuckles!

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Uh oh. Is It 2016 All Over Again?

TokyoSand is famous (in our blogging community) for her activism and the way she nudges us to stay involved, not to turn a blind eye to what our elected officials are doing.  I applaud her for this … I occasionally ask my readers to call or write their representatives or senators, but I don’t do it on any regular bases, whereas TS not only encourages us, but makes it easy, providing links to phone numbers, email addresses, and more. 

The impeachment trial for Donald Trump begins next Tuesday, and it appears that the vast majority of Senate Republicans haven’t the courage to vote to convict.  But, perhaps a few can be persuaded if they are forced to hear how seriously we are taking this, even if they are not. 

TokyoSand asked a question on Twitter and the responses are jaw-dropping.  I’ll let her tell you the rest of the story …


Uh oh. Is It 2016 All Over Again?

The 2016 election unleashed a torrent of activism, mostly because people realized being unengaged with politics was a terrible idea. Yet, four years later, that lesson feels like it’s already been forgotten.

Yesterday, I asked a simple question on Twitter. I was dismayed with the response.

With the Senate impeachment trial starting next week, I posted a quick poll with this question: Have you called your Senators about the impeachment trial yet? The poll offered 3 choices: 1) Yes, 2) I’ll do it today, and 3) No.

Not only did the Nos outpace the Yeses, here are the two replies I got over and over again:

I don’t need to call. I’ve got Dem Senators. I know they’ll do the right thing. or Are you kidding? I’ve got GOP Senators. It’s pointless to call them.

I’m like, has everyone forgotten the lessons from 2016? What happened to “I got complacent and wasn’t engaged, and that’s why we lost the presidency. I’ll never let that happen again.” But yet here we are, four years later, with the Democrats in control of the presidency and Congress, and all of a sudden, no one thinks its necessary to call their Senators anymore.

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The Week’s Best Cartoons 1/30

I thought this cold, dreary afternoon could use a bit of humour in the form of TokyoSand’s weekly cartoon roundup!  It’s amazing the difference in the tone of the cartoonists just in the past two weeks.  Not a single one has an orange-faced monster with a critter sitting atop his head!  Today’s batch is more humorous and uplifting than political ‘toons have been in a long time!  So, enjoy … and thank you, TS!

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