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Battle of the Editorial Pages in Texas Senate Race plus Resurrecting and Transforming Important Facebook Bernie Group

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Despite all the recent hubbub and furor over Facebook, I am absolutely sure that it is still a vital and valuable charismatic presence in American politics. As for OpEdNews article that I write, I spread to 100 times more readers through Facebook political groups. I created one of my own: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Win in 2020, with over 5000 members.

I recently helped to resurrect another one (now called Americans for Bernie Sanders, Focused on 2018 and 2020). We have finally managed to delete (and in a few cases, approve) the backlog of 6200 prior posts going back to March 2016. to clear out this group and really tear into the planning necessary to win substantially in Nov. 2018.

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It was a fascinating but very time consuming process to clear these. It was all there to educated me as an activist and as a guy who likes Facebook political groups, all encapsulated in those 6000+ posts: the hysterical, the angry, the Russians/Serbs/Macedonian posts of phony news, the anguished, and the hopeful-bordering-on-the-absurd sadness as thousands held out hope that somehow Bernie would be able to prevail.

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Alas, logic, polling, and the gravitas of crooked DNC manipulations were dooming him in 2016, but that is not the case for 2018 and 2020. He is doing everything right now, and showing up in all the right places. I believe he deserves the nomination, and if the same corrupt DNC powers are muzzled and defeated, he has every good chance, really the best chance of all, to get the 2020 nomination. Nothing really may have changed, when I read about the DCCC getting involved in blocking candidates who are Democrats but somehow don't meet with their explicit approval.

It was very clear that the Russian influences were not strictly from advertising or surreptitious efforts through Cambridge Analytics, a now disbanded and bankrupt company. The influences were far more pervasive from INDIVIDUAL POSTERS spewing all sorts of intransigent, naive, and just plain stupid stuff all over the many Facebook groups they joined. Their efforts were quite obvious, at least to me, and way back in 2016 removed them entirely from my own group. I recently repeated this more forcefully in the group I resurrected.

We, the admins and moderators of both of these groups, want to hear from you. There will be no delays in approving posts, none whatsoever. I personally want to hear about progress being made for November 2018.

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Beto O'Rourke wants to debate Ted Cruz 6 times, including twice in Spanish

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Early in the 2016 Primary campaign, I started a Facebook group: Bernie Sanders: Advice and Strategies to Help Him Win! As the primary season advanced, we shifted the focus to advancing Bernie's legislation in the Senate, particularly the most (more...)
 

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I look forward to comments and replies on this, especially from those who comprehend the implications of the Battle of the Editorial Pages, and from those who want to see this brilliant Texas populist Congressman take the US Senate seat, thus moving the political pendulum further to the left, where it is already inevitably heading...


New Texas Poll Puts Democrat Within Striking Distance Of Ted Cruz In Senate Race | Kasie DC | MSNBC With a new poll showing Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke only three points behind Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the upcoming Senate race in Texas, O'Rourke is .
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Dennis Kucinich is another stanch progressive, and he's running for Ohio governor. Primary is May 8th, I'm sure support is appreciated...

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Thanks for the reminder. I am relatively sure Dennis will win decisively.



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Stephen: You really need to look at what we're doing. This book evolved into this site, No Contract No Vote, based on Bernie's presidential campaign platform. That has been further perfected into this effort, the Contract For American Renewal, SPECIFICALLY AIMED at electing a Bernie-friendly Congress in November 2018. It goes by the acronym CFAR2018.

Part of the reason progressives fail is there are many excellent but completely separate efforts going on at the same time. These activists work compartmentalized, either unaware of one another or unintentionally competing. We should be cooperating, reinforcing one another's best efforts. I look forward to YOUR COMMENT AND REPLY. We already have a defined, highly refined strategy, a decent head of steam, and are increasing participation by the day. We have as of this morning 80 candidates signed on to be genuine "people's candidates", challenging the right wing juggernaut and the complicit faux-progressive establishment.

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That is really great news and great strategics!


Keep up the good work. Such levels of organization and focus will go very far and will pay off superbly in November, I am sure.

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Alas, Beto has little chance of winning. He has an NRA F rating, while Ted Cruz, scurvy knave he may be, sports an A rating. The difference gives an extra 3-7% of the popular vote to the progun candidate anywhere away from the three coasts. This margin is impossible to overcome in a historically evenly-balanced librul-conservative state like Texas.

Per a recent CBS poll, half of gunowners report voting against an antigun candidate independent of any other issue and Texas has a lot of gunowners. Thus, the firearms issue has determined statewide races in Texas ever since then-governor Ann Richards and many other Dem stalwarts lost reelection in 1994 in what has since become a typical "gunfight".

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You may in time be correct in your assessment, but I hope Beto proves you wrong. My favorite candidates are ALL NRA-rated "F"! On border issues, he is tops, and much of this election will depend on getting Hispanic Texans out to vote. He here speaks on securing the border:



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Hispanics are no exception to the Texas rule of liking their guns. In fact, until very recently, three of the seven Dem Texas congressmen from predominately Hispanic districts carefully maintained NRA A ratings. There is a reason for this.

In fact, I sometimes wonder whether this may be a factor in the poor Hispanic turnout for Dem candidates. They are not going to vote for the likes of Dan Patrick et al. But neither are many going to vote for any party that threatens, even marginally, their second amendment rights. So they sit home.

BTW, ND Dem senator Heidi Heitcamp is in a similar situation. She justifies her refusal to vote for "sensible" gun legislation by the fact that her voters consider ANY such vote to be antigun. Adopting the same principle allowed Coner Lamb to win a congressional seat in a district that had given a 20% margin to Trump. Alas, I doubt the Dems are going to learn from these lessons.

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