Lindsey Graham’s Potential Dem Challenger

A South Carolina Democrat, Jaime Harrison, has launched an exploratory committee to run for the South Carolina U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Lindsey Graham. As you know, Lindsey Graham is one of the 22 Republican Senators up for reelection in 2020.

It cannot be left unsaid that Lindsey Graham remains very popular in South Carolina and is heavily favored by pollsters to win reelection in 2020. That however was true for Senator Ted Cruz when Beto O’Rourke declared his candidacy against him yet as we now know the Cruz-Beto race went down to the wire.

Bottom line, the lesson for Democrats from the Cruz-Beto contest is never to cede any ground to Republicans based on initial unfavorable polls. If and when Jaime Harrison officially declares his candidacy(assuming no other Dem declares) the DNC must fully throw it’s weight behind his candidacy and help him fight vigorously against incumbent Lindsey Graham. Simply put there’s great enthusiasm among grassroots Democrats to knock off Trump’s Senate enablers Susan Collins, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and John Cornyn in 2020.

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GOP Set To Reward Gerrymandering Mastermind With Federal Judgeship

Thomas Alvin Farr–Nominee for Federal Judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina

In case you missed it earlier this week, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on a plan by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell(R-KY) and his fellow GOP Senators to reward a North Carolina Republican lawyer, Thomas Alvin Farr, with a lifetime federal judgeship. According to Maddow, the Senate vote is scheduled for Monday after Thanksgiving(Nov 26). The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below.

As Maddow correctly pointed out, Thomas Farr is the author of the racially gerrymandered North Carolina electoral map that a federal appeals court struck down for “targeting African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

Thomas Farr’s racially gerrymandered electoral map was struck down by a federal appeals court

It is because of Thomas Farr’s racially gerrymandered maps that electoral travesties like the one below are commonplace in North Carolina. In other words, no matter how well Democrats perform in elections, the GOP is assured control of the North Carolina legislature.

The effects of Thomas Farr’s gerrymandering in North Carolina

So while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is out there preaching bipartisanship now that the Democrats have taken over the House, behind the scenes and away from the limelight he is sticking true to form, packing the federal courts with radical right-wing judges with total disregard to the wishes of Senate Democrats.

Bottom line now that Democrats control the House, Senate Democrats must force concessions on some of these judicial nominees. Senate Democrats must make it absolutely clear to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his Senate Republicans that rewarding Thomas farr with a lifetime federal judgeship despite his well-chronicled history of racial gerrymandering will make it impossible for bipartisan cooperation on other issues of importance. Simply put, Senate Dems must confront Sen Mitch McConnell on his phony call for bipartisanship right after the November elections.

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Trump Admin’s Flagrant Attempt At Dem Voter Suppression In North Carolina


As the media is engrossed with the ongoing Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, the Trump administration is engaged in an effort that can only be seen as a flagrant attempt to suppress Dem voter turnout in North Carolina.

Mother Jones reports that the Justice Department working in conjunction with Immigration and CustomsEnforcemnt(ICE) has issued wide-ranging subpoenas to 44 Dem-leaning counties in North Carolina seeking voter information going back 8 years. They are apparently trying to catch immigrants voting illegally–a repeatedly debunked charge Trump made after the 2016 elections to explain how Hillary Clinton won the popular vote.


Because there is no “immigrants illegally voting” crisis, it is very troubling that DOJ & ICE would issue such wide ranging subpoenas to 44 counties right ahead of the midterms–counties that traditionally vote for Democrats. The county election officials have expressed concerns that this massive request for voter info right before the November midterms will negatively affect their preparedness for early and absentee voting for the midterms.  There is no other logical explanation as to why the Trump Admin would unnecessarily burden Dem-leaning states with such subpoenas this close to the midterms, other than they are trying to suppress Dem voter turnout.

Just recently there was a story about how the Trump Admin is denying passports to U.S. Citizens because their parents allegedly used “fake” birth certificates decades ago. One has to assume that there are a lot of similarly situated U.S. citizens in North Carolina and other states who for fear of being investigated for being a “fake” U.S. citizen will simply opt to sit out the midterms.

Bottom line this is yet another deplorable but not surprising move by the Trump admin against non-White immigrants. Dems and the mainstream media must call out this clear cut attempt at Dem voter suppression by the Trump Admin.

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Democrats Poised To Pick Up Congressional Seats In North Carolina

A special panel of three federal district court judges has struck down North Carolina’s congressional map as unconstitutionally gerrymandered with less than three months to the 2018 midterms elections. This means  a new North Carolina congressional map will have to be hastily drawn before the midterms.




Republicans currently hold 10 of the 13 U.S. House seats from North Carolina thanks in large part to the gerrymandered congressional districts which favored the GOP. If a “fair” congressional map is adopted before the 2018 midterms, political pundits expect a net gain in seats for Dems and a loss for Republicans. Simply put, with a fair North Carolina congressional district map, the GOP will not win 10 of the 13 seats.

There is also a chance that this gerrymandering fight might end up in the Roberts Supreme Court which currently has only 8 justices after Kennedy’s retirement. Without a ninth justice to tip the scales, it is highly likely that the Roberts Supreme Court will either punt on this case or be deadlocked(4-4 decision) in which case the decision by the district court would stand–new congressional map for North Carolina.

Bottom line Dems must take advantage of this great opportunity to pick up as many congressional seats in North Carolina as possible. Put another way, Dems must flip NC blue!!

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