Monday, October 24, 2016

First Day of Early Voting in Alaska!

Well you know what I'M doing this morning.

I am going to stop by 2525 Gambell St. Suite 100 in Anchorage this morning on the way to my workout, to cast my vote for Hillary Clinton as well as all of the Democrats down ballot.

I have been looking forward to this day for over a year now, and it will feel really great to finally get a chance to do my small part for the good of the country.

Remember voting fraud may be a figment of the Republican's imagination, but voter suppression is a real and present danger to our democracy, so if you have the opportunity to vote early take it and send a message that NOBODY takes away your right to participate in our democracy.

Who knows, perhaps if enough progressives get out and vote in red states like Alaska, Texas, and Georgia we might be able to hand our first female President the largest electoral map victory in decades.

And wouldn't it be great to see Donald Trump trying to accept a defeat of that magnitude?


  1. Anonymous6:20 AM

    Good for you, Gryphen!!! I live in rural Ohio, in a very conservative town that I've privately termed Trumpistan (there's Trump signs all over - one rare Clinton sign was ripped up by vandals). I've voted already, and it's a great weight off of my shoulders. I also travel a distance, when I can, to help volunteer with my brother in Cleveland to help Hillary win (phone bank the other day). I agree heartily with you that an electoral landslide will prove to any rational being that this election is *not* rigged. If Drumpf does not concede, he makes history in the most negative way possible.

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    3. Anonymous9:16 AM

      I have no idea if you're joking or are really insane 7:31, because I refuse to click an Infowars link.

    4. Anonymous11:19 AM


      From the looks of her snap chat, it's public, this nutter is for real. She sounds crazy as a bedbug but has nice tits though ;-)

    5. Anonymous4:48 PM

      11:19 She sounds crazy as a bedbug but has nice tits though

      uh, okaaaay.... I guess the relevancy escapes me.

  2. Anonymous6:31 AM

    I'll be doing my part to turn Georgia blue -- and so will my friends, colleagues, and the congregation at my very liberal church. We're all highly motivated, especially now that we know our state is in play!

    1. Anonymous9:54 AM

      @Anonymous 6:31 AM

      I strongly believe Georgia will be blue one day.

  3. Anonymous6:44 AM

    We're mailing our absentee ballots today here in Michigan. And we each voted a straight Democratic ticket. We vote straight ticket anyway but this year it's special because our GOP legislature and governor tried to pull a fast one on all of us by eliminating the "straight ticket" option. How sweet of them; their reason was to get voters to think more about their options. Well, a federal court and ultimately the Supreme Court (6 to 2) thought about it too and ruled that the "straight ticket" option had to be restored. Ah, the deviousness of the GOP. They fret so much about voter fraud but not at all about voter suppression or intimidation.
    Happy early voting!

    1. Yes, Beaglemom, the party of "small government" wanted to take it on themselves to decide if each individual had pondered each electoral choice long enough. Right. How noble of them. I am so glad (and surprised) that taking away the straight ticket option was shot down.

    2. Anonymous6:42 PM

      Yes, they would have plenty of time to think about each Republican to vote out of office!!!

    3. Anonymous7:08 PM

      Just finished my absentee ballot in Michigan also.

      It took some research but I made sure I didn't vote for any Engler or Synder judicial appointees.

  4. Anonymous6:48 AM

  5. Anonymous6:51 AM

    I, too, have voted (Absentee) and it was a pleasure marking it as a straight Democratic ballot!

    I have high hopes that Mrs. Clinton will win and become our next POTUS and that The Donald will be nothing more than a huge 'loser'!

  6. Anonymous7:15 AM

    I will be very interested in your take on the mood of voters you encounter.

    Pat Padrnos

  7. Anonymous7:30 AM

    Before careful Alaskans, Sarah Palin is supposedly monitoring your polling stations.

    1. Anonymous11:20 AM

      I just returned from early voting in Wasilla and I was the only person there. Maybe Sarah was hiding behind a column or something.

    2. Anonymous6:48 PM

      She was the one wearing the babushka and probable isn't even registered to vote, since she now is working as a Russian poll watcher.

  8. Anonymous7:41 AM


    OCT. 24 2016 10:51 AM
    A Trump Employee Is Suing for Extreme Anti-Gay Harassment and Discrimination
    By Mark Joseph Stern

    Shortly after Eleazar Andres took a job as a maintenance worker at New Jersey’s Trump National Golf Club in 2014, his life became a living hell. When he told his co-workers that he was gay, Andres became the target of intense homophobic harassment.Shortly after Eleazar Andres took a job as a maintenance worker at New Jersey’s Trump National Golf Club in 2014, his life became a living hell. When he told his co-workers that he was gay, Andres became the target of intense homophobic harassment. His co-workers routinely called him “maricón,” “faggot,” and “fag,” and regularly threw rocks and golf balls at him. One of his harassers threw a rock at his head so hard that it sent him to the hospital.

    ... Andres is now suing Trump National Golf Club under New Jersey’s robust nondiscrimination law, alleging that he experienced sexual orientation harassment, a hostile work environment based on sexual orientation, discrimination based on sexual orientation, and unlawful retaliation. He is also suing for assault and battery. He argues that the club is liable “for the acts constituting hostile work environment” and “sexual orientation harassment” because it “failed to properly address” his complaints and “failed to implement any preventative or remedial measures to protect against unlawful harassment” and discrimination.

    ... We already know that a culture of sexual harassment poisoned other Trump properties, that many women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, and that Trump himself has boasted of committing criminal sexual assault. Andres’ lawsuit may not tie directly back to Trump himself, but it does confirm that Trump’s misogynistic beliefs and lax attitudes toward harassment permeate his properties from the top down. The discrimination Andres allegedly suffered may be horrific and shocking. But at this point, we should not be surprised that it occurred—and was allowed to spiral out of control—in a workplace owned by Trump.

  9. Anonymous7:52 AM

    Kellyanne Conway there's no crying in politics

    Washington Post:
    Donald Trump’s campaign manager admits: ‘We are behind’
    By Jenna Johnson Post PoliticsOctober 23 at 11:29 AM

    MIAMI — Donald Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, a longtime Republican pollster, admitted Sunday that her candidate is currently losing to Democrat Hillary Clinton.

    "We are behind," Conway said on NBC's "Meet the Press." Clinton, she said, "has some advantages, like $66 million in ad buys just in the month of September, thereby doubling her ad buys from August. Now, most of those ads are negative against Donald Trump — classic politics of personal destruction, cesspool kind of ads. And she has tremendous advantages: She has a former president, who happens to be her husband, campaigning for her. The current president and first lady, vice president, all much more popular than she can hope to be." ...

    Read more at:

    1. Anonymous9:17 AM

      I watched her on TV Sunday morning for less than five minutes. It was hilarious how she was now repeating what Trump wants her to, that the whole system is rigged.

    2. Anonymous9:28 AM

      Trump has said so many horrible things about the Clintons, but after the election I can see him expecting the Clintons to be warm toward him when he starts making moves to get himself included in certain functions and step foot in that WH. And he'll probably also use Ivanka's friendship with Chelsea to do it. I don't want any Trump to ever get invited to a soiree there. The Trumps are scum. If Trump doesn't do his Trump Channel thing and keep continuing to do what he's doing now, and so he reverts back to just being Trump the so-called mogul, it is easy to see him once again trying to attach himself to the people he considers super-A-list. He is going to use his renovated hotel in D.C. to make himself look like he's such a bigwig. He thinks he stands among the Carnegies, Vandervilts and Rockefellers. I can see him planning the biggest bashes for this holiday season at that hotel so that he rub elbows with real politicians and old money. And I can see him inviting the Clintons to make himself look important and thinking he's going to get a reciprocal invite to the WH to a state dinner or other prestigious affair. Groan.

    3. Anonymous6:55 PM

      So now their excuse is Hillary is winning because she is spending more on ads.

      What happened to all of Donnie's money?

      I seriously doubt Trump is going to be invited to anything at the WH, those days are over, not after all the personal attacks on Hillary.

      As for the old money elite, they already made it clear years ago, they want nothing to do with him and it has angered him ever since.

      So he can plan all the tacky parties he wants, only losers like Sarah Palin will attend.

  10. Anonymous7:53 AM

    It's the first day of early voting in Arkansas, too. I voted this morning after taking my son to preschool. Proud to vote for Clinton/Kaine and down ballot Dems. Unfortunately, Drumpf will win my state, but I look forward to the eventual electoral college shellacking he will hopefully receive.

    1. Cracklin Charlie8:50 AM

      Alaska...and Arkansas?

      Okay, this is really startin' to piss me off!!!
      I' not mad at ya'll, or anything, I just want to vote, dammit!

      ps...whereabouts in Arkansas do you vote? I grew up in northeast Arkansas.

  11. Anonymous7:54 AM

    VOTE FOR: Lindbeck (D) House Rep.
    donnie no longer young must go....

    1. Anonymous9:10 AM

      I voted for Lindbeck! Way past time Alaska rids themselves of Young and Lisa Murkowski!

      Alaska so needs a major change - in Congress and especially in their Alaska Legislature!

      Get rid of the Republicans!

  12. Anonymous7:55 AM

    NYT prints a list of everything "Donald Trump has insulted on twitter since declaring his candidacy." It's a two page spread.

  13. Lindsay7:57 AM

    Voting in NC soon. My husband never did find any Vietnamese speakers to go to the polls with him and speak Vietnamese in the line. Bummer. Some news outlets are reporting that Trumps lead in Texas is narrow. A Clinton win in Texas would be Awesome!

  14. Anonymous8:26 AM

    I waited in line this morning for 90 minutes to cast my straight Democratic vote. I live in a diverse area of Houston, TX and was thrilled with the turnout.

  15. Anonymous8:29 AM

    Donald Trump is the best thing to happen to American women in decades

    Following the release of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" recording on Friday, Oct. 7, in which Trump brags about how he likes to grab women "by the p----," Clinton's support among women surged. Within the week, Clinton was leading Trump among female voters by about 20 points, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    Among the women for whom the hot-mic tape prompted a turn away from Trump are married white women who typically vote Republican. In fact, according to polls, they are now making up most of the recent increase. And, in an unprecedented move for the conservative base, evangelical Christian women have broken ranks with their male counterparts in the church to disavow Trump.

    1. Anonymous9:30 AM

      Before this, I kept reading articles about how the younger generation was taking women's rights for granted and also that Roe was in peril. Younger women were complacent and not interested in learning about what times had once been like. Trump was a wake-up call.

  16. Anonymous9:28 AM


  17. Anonymous1:20 PM

    I voted early in Tx today. The line was long but moved fast and the crowd was largely African American, Latino and many, many women. I didn't see any Trump signs outside or Trump bumper stickers. I don't believe there were many Trump voters.

  18. Anonymous2:03 PM

    I too voted early in Texas today and the lines were long. I was looking around guessing who would vote which way. I guessed most of the old white guys were voting for Trump, there were about fifty fifty women and men there,

  19. Anonymous3:17 PM

    Today was the first day of early voting in Texas. I recently moved to poorly education, economically depressed area to help with my mother. After linVing most of my life in the blue oasis of Austin, I was expecting the worst. What I saw instead was courtesy and patience as more than a hundred people moved peaceably through the lines. And who were they? Women - older, younger and in between. And lots and lots of people of color. Such a relief!

  20. WA Skeptic4:03 PM

    Oregon voters getting their ballots in the mail now; mine is completed and mailed back. Go, HRC!!!

    Vote down any Rethuglicans on the ballot; they've had their chances for the past eight years and have put Party over Country for far too long.


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