Ohio Voters Pass Gerrymandering Reform 75% to 25%

People get it, Ohioans do in droves – gerrymandering is a big part of the problem and its got to go.  What Republicans have done to weaponize elections has poisoned the well for everyone and it’s no longer okey dokey to allow politicians to pick the voters, we need reforms that take it out of the hands of the most interested parties.  Think of that, it’s been totally standard operating procedure throughout our history for legislators to decide who votes for (or against) them by designating who can vote and then designing the districts and who is in them.

With computers the science of redistricting became as pinpoint as laser surgery.  As with most norms we took for granted, the abuse of such a system was just something we thought no honorable politician would do.  Then came the modern Republican Party that, to paraphrase their hero Richard Nixon, said “well, if we do it it’s not a crime, or even wrong.”

The people who believe down to the bottom of their souls that the ends justify the means and that they’re in a holy war against modernity, science, liberalism etc. sought to gain electoral advantage in order to push that advantage to the point of invulnerability.  Then they could do whatever they want, period.  Starting after the 2010 Republican census, legislators gerrymandered states so that even when 52% of Wisconsinites, Pennsylvanians or Michiganders voted for Democrats, 55% (or more) of the seats went to Republicans.  Ohio is a 50-50 state (okay maybe 52-48) but Republicans have 75% of Congressional seats and a 2-1 advantage in the state legislature.  All of that alarmed Democrats in 2016.  In 2016!  Six goddamn years too late.  But you know, they’re doing their best.

Advocates say their success in Ohio on Tuesday could be the start of a record-breaking year for redistricting reform, which could be on the ballot in five more states. And that raises the question: Are voters who are sick of Washington now turning their frustration to gerrymandering?

In Ohio, it certainly seems that way. By a 75-to-25 percent vote, Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment designed to force state lawmakers to come up with a compromise congressional map in 2020 that doesn’t just benefit the party in control, which is now the GOP.

This electoral action is in addition to the legal actions having been taken in several states leading to state court and Supreme Court cases that have so far been sensible in showing toxic gerrymandering the door.  The Supreme Court will likely render a decision in June that could upend this sort of clearly politically motivated redistricting.

I don’t care who you are, if you are fair minded and want our representatives to do have honest debates on the battlefield of ideas, this is a key part of electoral reform that would make our elections more competitive and our legislatures more representative.

Silver points out that an April Pew Research Center survey found that 61 percent of Americans say “significant changes” are needed in the “design and structure” of American government.

Uh huh.

About Time – California to Make Solar Panels Mandatory on New Homes

Solar panels SHOULD be on every new home built everywhere and on every office building, every shopping center, etc.  I would have done this years ago if the universe had listened to me and put me in charge.  There is no reason not to do this before,  certainly no reason not to do this now.  The costs involved are negligible at this point, but the benefits are tremendous.  It’s as if when electricity for home use as developed by Edison and Tesla was a proven technology being utilized in a growing number of applications every year, but new houses were still being built with gas lamps.

The California Energy Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday, May 9, on new energy standards mandating most new homes have solar panels starting in 2020.

If approved as expected, solar installations on new homes will skyrocket.

About feckin’ time.


Is There a Trump Medical Mystery? Trump Org. “Raided” His Own Doctor’s Office

There is no bottom for these maniacs, they just keep digging down into the pile of weird and guilty and creating new lows.  But each new low also makes sense in its own way in the Trump universe. NBC is reporting that Trump’s former creepy and somewhat assaulty bodyguard Keith Schiller and other Trump organization shadowy figures “raided” the office of Dr. Bornstein, the original odd doctor who claimed Trump to be a miraculously healthy Rasputin.

They took Trump’s health files and even asked him to take a picture of him and Trump together off the wall.

If you’re thinking what the fuck?  I think you’re not alone.

In February 2017, a top White House aide who was Trump’s longtime personal bodyguard, along with the top lawyer at the Trump Organization and a third man, showed up at the office of Trump’s New York doctor without notice and took all the president’s medical records.

The incident, which Dr. Harold Bornstein described as a “raid,” took place two days after Bornstein told a newspaper that he had prescribed a hair growth medicine for the president for years.

If you’re thinking this maybe connects to Trump’s subsequent Dr. Feelgood, Dr. Ronny Jackson, you’re right.  Bornstein says there was a letter from Jackson given to him at the time of the raid.  But he doesn’t recall what was in it.  Okay.  No, I wouldn’t have made a copy of that either in all the violation, I’m sure.

So Bornstein leaked the classified information that he had proscribed Propecia for Trump. Trump goons raid his office and take his records.  At that point apparently Admiral Jackson becomes Trump’s personal physician, which he would have anyway… being the White House physician… but whatever.  We all know that Jackson too, like Bornstein, was made to issue a bizarre hostage video in which he claimed trump to have preternatural health.  Then Jackson is nominated to the VA and we find out Jackson has been a drug pusher to the WH elite and scumbag to everybody below him for a long time.  Don’t let the military haircut fool you, Jackson is every bit the freak that Bornstein is.  And he’s ruined now too.

Trump is the reverse Midas, it all turns to shit.

But what was in Trump’s records to be so jealously guarded that he just could not trust Bornstein with them anymore, he had to have his goon “raid” the doctor’s office?  Never mind the obvious question of who does that?  Trump does.

Can the Southern District of NY add this to the list of possible crimes committed before and after January 20, 2017?

What the fuck, indeed!!!

P.S. Sarah “Perfect Smoky Eye” Sanders said that the raid was standard procedure.  All presidents do it.  Of course.  It’s all so normal.  Go back to sleep.  So sleepy.