Posted on August 20, 2019 in 2020 Presidential Candidate Profiles
Mike Gravel abandoned his campaign for the Presidency on July 8, 2019.
Mike Gravel was a candidate in the early stages of the Democratic 2020 primary.
"Former Alaska Senator and anti-war activist Mike Gravel, who announced in April he was running for president in order to get the other 20-something candidates to reckon with American imperialism, has officially declared the end of his run." (8/6/2019, Vox)
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John Hickenlooper pursued a career as a geologist after receiving a master’s degree in geology from Wesleyan University in 1980. In 1988,
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Steve Bullock has served as...
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Posted on July 25, 2019 in Advocacy
Your Member of Congress is home-- it's time to go to work!
Posted on July 24, 2019 in Countdown Vol 21 No 3: Under The Headlines
How many years does the average special interest group leader serve in prison for undermining our democracy with big money donations to politicians? Zero years, because special interest influence over politicians is 100% legal. But you know who was sentenced to 5 years in prison? Crystal Mason, a Texas citizen and resident of Tarrant County, who is set to serve time for... trying to vote. Here’s what happened: In 2016, Mason cast a provisional ballot while she was on “federal supervised release,” a preliminary period out of federal prison for those who have completed their time...
Posted on July 18, 2019 in Countdown Volume 21 No 2: No They Didn’t (Yes, They Did)
Remember California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter? When his seat was first challenged by Arab American Ammar Campa-Najjar, Hunter resorted to a campaign of bigotry, releasing an ad portraying his opponent as a member of a plot by “radical Muslims… trying to infiltrate the U.S. government.” Hunter managed to hold on to his seat. But now that prosecutors are accusing him of using hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions on personal expenses, including (get this...) multiple affairs, Hunter’s wife is cooperating with prosecutors. All of this is really bad for Hunter, which...
Posted by Guest on July 17, 2019 in Blog
Posted on July 11, 2019 in Countdown Vol 21 No 1: Emotional Rollercoaster
Four years ago, we were overwhelmed trying to report on 17 Republican presidential candidates. But, damn it, the Democrats will not be outdone here, so they’re running… 26 candidates? Oh, two dropped out already? Oh, that’s really nice. Any chance a dozen more could drop out soon, please? There is one super interesting thing about this election though: Israel’s human rights record is part of the conversation. Last month, the New York Times asked all the Democratic candidates to reflect on Israel’s human rights performance, and the responses ranged from "not bad" to "OMG that’s so...