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Screen NameWA Indy   
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LocationSeattle, MD, USA
Emaildkhill0 [at] gmail
BirthdayJune 04, 1988
AffiliationIndependent
First LoginMarch 09, 2004 02:21pm
Last LoginDecember 01, 2021 08:58pm
Predictions Points: 1454.9387
Predictions: 941/1066 (88.27%)
Points Per: 1454.9387/1066 (1.36)
Emote Messages 597
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
December 01, 2021 10:25am
The GOP is likely to win control of the House next year, but I'm already wondering how long McCarthy stays as Speaker.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
November 29, 2021 04:21pm
Looks like a margin of error more than anything. But doesn't matter, Rubio's gonna win and continue being an empty suit.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
November 23, 2021 01:26pm
Because it's a public office where you're regularly interacting with officials and occasionally with, ya know, the public, so there's interest and not just from the big bad media.

But it's 2021 and everything is political and some attack on every little person's freedom, so whatever.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
November 23, 2021 11:46am
Hey Kyle, ^ there's your answer about why GOP officeholders don't answer questions honestly.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
November 22, 2021 04:14pm
Trump only endorses the best people!
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
November 19, 2021 08:41pm
Kyle called it last year, she's Fox News' favorite "Democrat." She's got no base, no political future, but she can get a few likes from the MAGA crowd for being one of the few based Democrats and that does enough to soothe her lil ego now.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
November 18, 2021 10:33am
Might be helpful to copy-and-paste the first paragraph or two of a story into the description box.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
November 09, 2021 02:52pm
He's gonna win.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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November 03, 2021 04:47pm
Italics is sarcasm, sweetie.

And Byron got the votes, apparently. Progressives love The People right up until they vote for anything other than what they want.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
November 03, 2021 04:26pm
So Nina hates democracy?
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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October 21, 2021 03:43pm
It's easy to assume that's your intent, the same way you make assumptions about other folks' arguments.

People disagree with you. Discussions aren't going to typically change minds but are occasionally fun to do. And then there's talking with you.

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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
October 20, 2021 05:49pm
$3.5 trillion is negotiated down?
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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October 20, 2021 05:47pm
So, if we ignore the extremes, defund means doing what plenty of folk have been trying to do for decades: reforming policing and law enforcement from the ground up by reducing funds for police departments and transferring them to other responders who can de-escalate non-emergency situations and address community problems with kneeling on necks or feeling the need to pull out a gun.

The problem with that is just what you said, it's easy to take it to the extreme and it's not helped by genuine defenders who introduce legislation to defund departments by 20-50%. Seattle cut it's police budget by about 20% in 2020 only to restore some of that this year. And Minneapolis' city council pledged to defund in 2020, only to disappoint after a few months and return to the more responsible line that "reform is a process, it doesn't happen overnight" line.

Abolistionism is just that, abolishing, not even cutting. But, I think of "defund" as reform of enforcement agency responses and "abolish" as reform of the entire criminal justice system to the point where it no longer exists because there would be no need for it. The schools-to-prison pipeline and prison industrial complex are real and have been studied to death and activists/politicians have tried confronting them for decades, just like reform of police. Abolitionists want wholesale reform of that because despite having the highest incarceration rate on the planet, the US isn't the safest place and public safety won't come about by imprisioning primarily low-income and BIPOC people. Last time I read it, NTK's platform said as much and noted the City Attorney only prosecutes misdemeanors, not higher level or white-collar crime. Her platform didn't mention that higher-level criminal prosecution is the purview of the county prosecutor...

Some abolitionists acknowledge that their goal is years off. Considering the history of this country, I'd say about two centuries off.

My biggest issue, not that anyone asked, with "defund" and "abolish" are that they are dumb campaign lines. The policies behind them are sound, the intent is sound - make sure police and the entire criminal justice system serves everyone and doesn't just persecute people of color and poor folk. They're slogans that work well on twitter and campus rallies, but give people who aren't going to spend time reading campaign platforms or looking to see what defund "really means" an excuse to tune out decent policy. Maybe in 10-15 years the needle will move and defund will be an accepted part of the political lexicon and not sound so extreme even to my Black ass, but it ain't working for me now.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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October 20, 2021 03:05pm
Your argument fails in assuming that just because he has a D next to his name means he has to agree with you all the time. I wish he'd fall in line sooner, or have policy demands to be negotiated faster, but your whole all-or-nothing schtick all the time is tiring.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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October 20, 2021 12:29pm
BrentinCO: So, am I right to say this race is turning into a referendum on the defund the police movement?

That's not how I'm reading it. As much as I think "defund the police" is a dumb ass phrase slapped on decent policies, I think if it were a straight referendum on defund this race would be much closer.

NTK got 36% in the primary, Ann Davison and the incumbent split the remaining 64%. It's easy for me to see people wanted a change from Holmes but weren't rushing into the abolitionist camp. The poll link has a good write-up of the dynamics of the campaign. Davison and the Seattle Times have been seizing on NTK's tweets and other statements to make her out to be someone who lacks the temperament to lead a law department. Even lefty voters like myself be more comfortable with Davison being a Republican vs voting for an angry tweeter, despite local Democratic Party leaders saying, “You can’t call yourself a Democrat and support a Republican for this job." Endorsements from big name Dems and retired judges is probably helping Davison as well.

I think NTK's decision to go all in on abolition vs being a progressive prosecutor who would advocate for the policies behind the Defund movement is hurting her in the couple polls I've seen. I get the whole "defund doesn't mean defund" and "abolitionism doesn't mean abolition" arguments and have had those discussions, but most folk hear those phrases and don't go investigating their "true" meaning, they look at the other options. Davison has no court experience, but blue ass Seattle might live with a red prosecutor and see who runs again in 4 years.

Major hedge: if NTK eeks out a win on Election Day, I will not be surprised, but I've predicted a Davison win here.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
October 07, 2021 10:22am
Maybe I'm just numb because of dirtier tricks, but it's not nearly as bad as I expected. Perry's likely going to win, but you wanna call you're opponent socialist, you're going to use the mmost voal proponents of the policies you dislike.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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September 21, 2021 02:49pm
Most useless election since the California recall.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
September 17, 2021 07:11pm
My Congressman is a Weiner:
What does that even mean?

There aren't enough fat, old, white men for his liking.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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September 07, 2021 05:02pm
Whatever he does, he’ll piss off progressives for not suddenly voting in lockstep with Bernie.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
August 29, 2021 08:51pm
Hikikomori Blitzkrieg!: Yeah, stuff like that always comes out about any Black Republican candidate. They do tend to live life on the more ragged side, as compared to most White folks.

Of course, when a Black Democrat has a checkered past (and he almost invariably does, LOL...unless he's some goody-two-shoes homo-type, like Obama), the media studiously avoids mentioning it.

This has been the playbook for over a decade now.
But I guess we're still supposed to take it seriously somehow?

What tf is wrong with you?
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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August 28, 2021 09:35pm
Hikikomori Blitzkrieg!:
Yes, yes, yes, I'm well aware that neo-liberals experience such intense cognitive dissonance, that they are forced to dehumanize everyone with whom they disagree (typically as some sort of "brain-washed zombie," or whatnot). Spare me the boring rigmarole.

Bruh, I know you didn't just try to high road me given a lot of what you've said about immigrants, trans folk, homosexuals, Pete Buttigieg...

I mocked you, I didn't dehumanize you. Most of us on this forum of guilty of mocking one another from time to time, but I don't dehumanize.

You're free to reject reality and keep going with The Big Lie if it makes you feel comfortable. I and others are free to call the crap.

I'd come with evidence, but I know it's been presented to you over the last few months and would likely be rejected as elitist, or ruling class, or corporatist propaganda. Wanna talk about boring...

Any who, this race should be deleted or recycled cuz it ain't happening despite the fantasies.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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August 27, 2021 05:05pm
Uh huh. I'm a freethinker, I just "happen" to agree with that bs propaganda.
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
August 26, 2021 01:21pm
I think the understanding is that this ISIS-K, not the Taliban
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I:1038WA Indy ( 1454.94 points)
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August 26, 2021 12:24pm
At least you're honest about your bs.
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