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I've signed up for one month of Bulwark+ because I want to participate in these discussions. Up front: I'm a Democrat.

I appreciate Charlie Sikes' comments on BLOC in Milwaukee, a group I've supported in the past. I would like to see some discussion of the following topic:

It seems to me that most Republicans, pro-Trump or never-Trump or all points in between, seem to believe that Democrats always cheat. I have a personal friend from High School (I'm 69) who is proudly a Republican and a conservative, who has no use for Trump whatsoever and yet insisted to me recently that Democrats always cheat. He "proves" this assertion by saying that cities always come in later. My friend has never been a poll watcher. I have. There are many reasons why urban areas come in later:

1. Simply more votes to count

2. Inexperienced election officials in many precincts

3. More chances for random glitches to occur.

I might retort then, why don't we always win? Couldn't we have cheated just a little bit more and kept the damned House of Representatives?

It's bullcrap, and yet "speak no ill of fellow Republicans" should not mean that this canard should go unchallenged by other Republicans.

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I’m no military strategist, but maybe piecemeal increases in the weapons systems we provide Ukraine is the right way to do it. Maybe it lessens the chances of a catastrophic escalation from the Russian side. (I do think they are now ready for faster, stronger battle tanks, though.)

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Re: Sam B. Gurgus piece On American Jews and the American Idea. Aside from the anachronistic and gratuitous swipe at George Washington's "notorious position as a major slaveholder", an excellent essay.

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Just when I thought Charlie and Adam Kinzinger giggling about what a piece of sh*t Kevin McCarthy is was the ultimate in podcast listening pleasure, along comes Charlie and Michael giggling about Matt Schlapp “pummeling”. Whenever I’m upset about the state of the world I’m going to play these two episodes! Thanks Charlie!!!

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Instead of looking at the differences between the two cases, what is the same? It is unacceptable to take classified documents with you when you leave the government. They are not your property, and you can't provide the degree of protection from compromise that they receive while stored in special safes, within buildings with armed guards and technical security like alarms, CCTV, etc.

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Perfect tshirt or bumper sticker: "There go the people. He must follow them, for he is their leader."

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Doesn't the information the CPSC has released indicate that its concern is based on the release by gas stoves of air pollutants that are particularly harmful to children prone to asthma — documented by both recent and earlier health studies? And that banning the manufacture of new ones is only one of a number of potential actions, including emissions limits and other performance standards? My spouse is susceptible to breathing difficulties. We would regretfully but cheerfully replace our current gas cooktop, when its condition degrades from inconvenient to unsatisfactory, with an electric model if the evidence indicates that will keep our household healthier.

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Jan 13, 2023·edited Jan 14, 2023

RE: Gas Stoves. Years ago my grandmother and I nearly died and almost blew up our apartment building due to a leaking gas stove. 30 years of owning stoves and they have always been electric. I think cooking over an open flame is so old fashioned and should go away like land lines and typewriters..

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I wholeheartedly agree with you. Give Ukraine what it needs to push Russia back. I believe that's what our former president Ronald Reagan would have done. Russia will keep pushing it's boundaries even into Europe if giving the chance.

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It's not just Wisconsin. Heritage Society Action has poured all kinds of money into reducing voter access in swing states all over the country. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/13/heritage-foundation-voter-suppression-lobbying-election-action-plan

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This is what voter fraud is: not adding fake votes, but hindering voters from casting votes. Long live hypocrisy and racial animus. I must have been naive thinking this is a free country.

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I was talking about the candidates

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My Governor in Ohio, Mike DeWjne has been touted continuously as one of the “good” Republicans. I admit, he was very good as Governor with COVID - at the beginning, but backed off quickly when other Republicans balked. And our COVID deaths increased exponentially.

In 2018, Ohio voters passed a bill to prevent gerrymandering. DeWine is on the committee to determine Ohio’s district. The committee is Republican majority and they completely ignored the new law, gerrymandering Ohio even worse. The Dems sued and lower courts agreed with the Dems. The Rs appealed to the OH Supreme Court which is not only R majority (3-2) but DeWine’s son is one of the R judges. His son refused to recuse himself but, thankfully, the R Chief Justice sided with the Dems agreeing the committee was not following the law and sent the issue back to the committee to FIX (3 times!) - but they didn’t. The Federal court then became involved and of course came to no decision other than the Rs would get their latest gerrymandering for the 2022 midterms! This supposed man of honor worked feverishly to ignore the desires of the Ohio voters just like his fellow Rs on that committee and ignoring the law and not keeping his oath of office.

DeWine also signed in very egregious abortion bans in his last term (remember the 10 yo who had to go to Indiana?).

Now, in January of his new term in office he has signed an OH voting bill targeting blacks even more rules to get more voter suppression. And folks believe it’s a “test” to what can be done in other states. Of course Elias will contest it in court.

So PLEASE, when anyone says DeWine is one of the “good” Republicans - DO NOT BELIEVE. He’s anything but. He just hides behind his aw-shucks demeanor.

And James Carvelle on his podcast last night finally called for DeWine to be removed from that list of “good” Republicans. Thank you, James (and Al Hunt), for finally realizing he never belonged there!

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I promised Charlie I’d call him out anytime he brought up Ron Johnson. Spindell is another POS Republican that will do anything to ensure that ANY Republican will get into office, and boasts on Ron’s re-election. Well, Charlie, you used your platform (Bulwark) to help Ron too by denigrating Ron’s Dem opponent just as much as you did Ron, leaving your Republican followers to either not vote or believing there’s no difference in a vote for Ron or his opponent. You will always own this IMO, Charlie. Just a reminder. Enjoy your senator.

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Agreed. I met RJ in a business setting soon after he was elected to his first term. I was deeply disturbed by the man and his campaign, another entitled guy who woke up on third and thought he hit a triple, selling one product to one customer, his father in law.

But on that day others were absent and it became my duty to host the man and discuss issues of the day. Everything about that 45 minutes was more horrible than anticipated and I delegated the obligatory golf cart tour around the site to someone less offended.

This was all way before he became completely delusional and a participant in the insurgency. I like so much of what Charlie says and stands for, but on this one, he was wrong all the way back to the beginning.

And now we continue to be stuck with the fool.

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Oh please, the gas stove/appliance issue is one that impacts future installations in California. It's not an unreasonable move, and I say this as someone who has a gas stove that was converted from electric a number of years ago. When I need a new stove, I'll go back to electric. In Washington state future construction will require heat pumps rather than oil furnaces as well...I'm about to take advantage of the IRA and convert our oil furnace to a heat pump even though no one is forcing me to do so. I hope to both save $$$ and do the right thing to move away from fossil fuels. The migration from appliances that negatively impact our carbon footprint is not unwise and does not mean current homeowners have to change anything. However, with incentives in place, I imagine more people like myself will choose to do so. I'm also thinking of taking advantage of the incentives to have an EV charging plug installed at the house even though I don't currently own an electric vehicle. Eventually, I'll replace my current car and so why not take advantage of this now so I can easily purchase an EV when the time comes. Gradually weaning consumers off fossil fuels is prudent is it not?

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Banning gas stoves is one of those remarkably dumb ideas to stick out there.

Currently, Natural gas is burned all over the place to generate electricity which is in turn being sold back to us by the equivalent hedge fund utilities at exorbitant rates.

Here, in New Hampshire, Eversource doesn't care if it ever generates another watt of electricity. It wants to charge for delivering it at a staggering price. Quite frequently, the cost of delivery exceeds the actual cost of power. Anyone who associates themselves with this being good government is a fool.

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