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Holy shit:

The Guardian: Republican candidate charged with assault after 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter

"Allegedly", while a legal requirement at this point, means that, among other things, the Fox News team also present wrote this about Gianforte's alleged attack on Ben Jacobs:

Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"

Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken. He asked Faith, Keith and myself for our names. In shock, we did not answer. Jacobs then said he wanted the police called and went to leave. Gianforte looked at the three of us and repeatedly apologized. At that point, I told him and Scanlon, who was now present, that we needed a moment. The men then left.

To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies.


Oh, and it was all caught on audio tape.

Fox News: Key Montana newspapers pull Gianforte endorsement after incident

Here's [personal profile] colorblue's post on the Montana election -- the polls close today so I'm guessing it's too late to donate to Gianforte's opponent (ETA: see comment, no it's not too late, you can donate now and apparently he currently has 5X matching), but you never know:

Action: Montana Special Election

Note: Given the extreme bizarreness and how incredibly close to the special election it was, I'm sure there will be alt-right conspiracy theories about how Gianforte was deliberately provoked by a sinister foreign journalist from some sort of commie foreign paper.

For context: the Guardian is an extremely reputable, deeply earnest, moderately left-of-centre (by UK standards) newspaper. Think New York Times crossed with Slate and far, far less money, perhaps? Its capacity for sinister scheming is minimal.
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Democracy in Color and the American Majority Project Research Institute just released their roadmap for retaking the House and state legislatures through mobilizing progressive voters in key states.

Their report focuses on the 17 states and 13 congressional districts that Democrats won or lost by single-digit percentages in 2016. Their perspective is that rather than trying to persuade white swing voters, we should work on getting minorities and other progressives who don't vote (yet) to actually get to the polls.

They link to a number of local and state organizations that have proven success in registering and mobilizing new voters, and want to expand those and start similar organizations in other states that need them.

There's a great overview article about it at The Nation.
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from [personal profile] resonant : original post here


Anybody out there in Georgia's 6th Congressional District? There's a special election coming up for the House of Representatives -- the seat's open because Tom Price resigned to be part of the Trump Administration. Putting a non-Republican in that seat would be a serious public service.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia%27s_6th_congressional_district_special_election,_2017

Not registered? You can register online until Monday, March 20.

https://swingleft.org/register-to-vote

Please take two minutes to register, and put April 18 on your calendar. This is how change happens: one tiny action at a time.

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League of Conservation voters petition asking Army Corps of Engineers to do a full environmental impact study before DAPL goes through:

https://secure3.convio.net/lcv/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=00000000.app326b?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3725&autologin=true&NONCE_TOKEN=665B91EC22EC0872DA54C381FA4475B5

The Army Corps is accepting public comments until February 20.

Want to know where your local Democratic Party office is?

Association of State Democratic Chairs, www.asdc.democrats.org/state-parties

They have a page on the site where if you belong to (or can subvert) a relevant organization, they'll send a trainer. They want six weeks' notice though.

#Knockeverydoor: https://www.knockeverydoor.org, nationwide volunteer canvassing to mobilize communities against Trump

Movement2017, www.movementvote.org collects donations for Resistance groups and local voter organizing groups.

Flippable: http://www.flippable.org focuses on 23 elections and special elections in 2017 that could be close, and could go anti-Trump with enough organizing effort. One of them is the New Jersey gubernatorial, whoo-hoo!
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Saw this on tumblr by sandlewoodandsunlight

“Never stop believing that fighting for what is right is worth it.” - Hillary Clinton

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Several States, Districts, Municipalities and Counties are having elections this year, from governorship down to the school boards, especially Virgina, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. Find out if there’s an upcoming election you can vote in:

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