Electoral Campaigns

Vote Trump Out – Message from Noam Chomsky to Swing State Voters

Here is the A Message to the Swing States video from Noam Chomsky and the Roots Action gang, which concluded yesterday’s Raucous Rooster PSA, The Perils of Low-Information Voters & Garbage People – A Raucous Rooster Public Service Announcement. It can also be viewed here. The embedded video failed to appear in the post email sent to subscribers. We apologize for the error, which was entirely editorial’s fault. – RR

The Perils of Low-Information Voters and Garbage People – A Raucous Rooster Public Service Announcement

Campaign 2020 – Vote Trump Out Petaluma, Sonoma County, California This message is addressed to Biden Harris voters, but may be of interest to anyone with a stake in the November 3, 2020 election. First, thank you so much for committing to vote Biden Harris! That is huge! I have never seen so many people…

Petaluma City Council Campaign 2020: First of Two Petaluma City Council Debates Online, Tuesday September 15 @ 5:30 pm

The Petaluma Community Relations Council (PCRC) is hosting the first of two debates amongst the candidates for Petaluma City Council, at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. According to a PCRC press release, this event will “focus on the General Plan, including Climate and Equity in Planning; and Housing, including Affordable Housing, Planning, and…

Pat Buchanan’s Speech Sounded Better in the Original German – Molly Ivins on the 1992 G.O.P. Convention

Still regularly seeking refuge from the present in the past, I found myself thinking about the roots of today’s GOP again, and a time when it seemed that Republicans were already beginning to get a little wacky and out of touch with the American people, the 1992 Republican National Convention in Houston, Texas. Who better…

Dawn of the New Booboisie – Reagan Found His Groove in Detroit in 1980 & Took the Anti-Tax Revolt Nationwide

Note from the editor: ‘Booboisie’ is a term coined by that legendarily discourteous American journalist, H.L. Mencken, which he used to refer to those prone to willful ignorance and stupid mistakes.- RR Forty years ago, as the sun rose, illuminating the gleaming skyrises of the Detroit, Michigan riverfront on the third week of July, 1980,…

Fear & Loathing, but Questionable Dynamic Foresight on the Petaluma Campaign Trail, 2018

Though we were unable to spend much time covering the 2018 Petaluma election campaign, we do feel obliged to touch upon it briefly before moving on to the 2020 electoral cycle already underway. It was, after all, the end of a significant era in Petaluma politics and culture, and the birth of an exciting new…

The Political Economy of a Collapsing Two-Party System & Warnings from 2014 Democrats Failed to Heed

Academics Thomas Ferguson, Paul Jorgensen and Jie Chen, writing for the Institute for New Economic Thinking, recently published an interesting working paper, Industrial Structures and Party Competition in an Age of Hunger Games: Donald Trump and the 2016 Presidential Election. It should come as no surprise at this point that they found that political and…

Petalumans Insist Upon Their Right to Vote, Defeat Mike Healy-Led Effort to Appoint Future Mayors

Appearing autocratic, oblivious to Petaluma public opinion, and apparently unaware that disenfranchising voters of their right to elect their mayor might be viewed as an anti-democratic move, the effort of Petaluma city councilmember Mike Healy and his fellow lawyers on the council, Kathy Miller and Dave King, to move the city to an appointed-mayoral system…

Do Pentagon Black Sites Have the Best Amenities? CIA Directors Who Oompa Loompa, but only for the Cause of Democracy + Make Wuv Not War from the Mr. Fish Archives

Responding to a lawsuit, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) told a federal judge last week that it had a right to leak classified information to one select group of journalists and then to deny release of exactly the same information to other journalists requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act. Though we are fascinated by…

We Need Keith Ellison as DNC Chair – a Message from Progressive Democrats of America

Will the Democratic Party lead the resistance to Trump and stand at the forefront of the populist revolt currently brewing, or will we be forced to abandon it altogether as we build the truly democratic and sustainable communities and nation so many of us seek? On February 23 the party will choose its new leadership,…