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toddamus
Seattle, WA
Born and raised in Northwest, I am a University of Washington political science graduate turned online progressive activist. From 2004 until 2009, I authored The Blue State. I am particularly passionate about campaign finance reform. Money is truly at the center of what is polluting our political and socioeconomic way of life. This is a generational issue. We will be unable to fully address issues like poverty, taxes, funding, and political reform until we have a constitutional amendment banning corporate money from our political system. Our country is based on 'one person one vote,' and it is up to us to protect that basic principle.
Interests: political culture, public policy, seattle sports, physical fitness, travel, electronics
Recent Activity
A few days ago CNN host Pierce Morgan went off on the pro-gun lobby, and put US gun laws in a global context. Lots of emotion: Right, so gun control apparently kills people? Some food for thought: Of the 45 school shootings in the world since the Columbine tragedy in 1999, 31 of them have taken place in the United States. The US has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world. There are 270 million firearms - that is nine guns for every ten Americans. Between 2002 and 2003 there was a spike in gun ownership, from 34%... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at Western Progressive
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George Will on ABC News' Sunday Show This Week with host George Stephanopoulos: “There is something like an emerging consensus,” Will said, noting voters in three states recently endorsed same-sex marriage initiatives. “Quite literally, the opposition to gay marriage is dying. It’s old people.” In just eight years marriage equality ballot measures went from a tool that increased conservative turnout to a net plus for the progressive movement. Same-sex couples in Washington state were able to receive marriage licenses as of a few nights ago. I know someone who was there at midnight at the steps of the state capitol... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Western Progressive
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From Macro Trends, showing the Dow Jones Industrial Average rise and decline over the last 10 years. The stock market has nearly doubled under Obama, adding $7.3 trillion in market cap, according to Bloomberg Businessweek in mid-October. Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Western Progressive
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I want a budget deal to get done. Fear and panic, which Wall Street never has responded well to in modern history, could sink the stock market and lead to short-term job losses and potentially a 2013 recession. But what happens if Democrats and Republicans do not agree on a deal, and we go into the new year with a set of tax increases? This chart shows that the tax increases that would take effect in January would help put us on path to long-term budget sustainability. And remember, there is a difference between debt and deficits. When it comes... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Western Progressive
It has been one heck of a first quarter in graduate school. I pledged that when my fall classes came to an end that I would focus more on the web site here. Expect more posts to come! Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2012 at Western Progressive
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If you just listened to conservatives you would think that Barack Obama is responsible for our high budget deficits. Actually, if you look at something called math, the budget deficit is shrinking at the fastest rate since WWII. Obama inherited a disaster, as most people reading this post might agree. Over the last three years it definitely has been heading in the right direction: From fiscal 2009 to fiscal 2012, the deficit shrank 3.1 percentage points, from 10.1% to 7.0% of GDP. That's just a bit faster than the 3.0 percentage point deficit improvement from 1995 to '98, but at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Western Progressive
I have been blogging politics off and on for more than eight years. I kept a reasonably low profile during the 2012 election, while still following the race like a true political junkie. Working nearly full time while trying to earn an MPA has been a difficult challenge for me. Though I am still balancing my first quarter of graduate school with work, family and social life, I remain dedicated to building this web site. Another reason for the lack of blogging can be attributed to my struggle over the best way to present information to help influence social change.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at Western Progressive
An interview with Nate Silver about correctly predicting the electoral college victory for Obama. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Western Progressive
Romney leads narrowly by one point in both Rasmussen and Gallup polling this morning, while nine polls show Obama leading, and five polls have the race tied. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Western Progressive
From Des Moines, Iowa. In a very personal speech, different than his usual stump speeches, Obama reflects on his road to the presidency. This guy is truly the most remarkable political figure of our time. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2012 at Western Progressive
..as do the rest of the anti-science crowd in his not grand but very old party. Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2012 at Western Progressive
Erick Erickson of Red State blog won't be upset if Romney loses. No really, I'm serious. He won't be upset: My world view is pretty simple. I think this world is destined to go to hell in a hand basket by design. I think things are supposed to go to pot. So if Barack Obama wins, I won’t be upset. If Mitt Romney wins, I won’t be running through the streets cheering. I think, either way, it is all part of the design. And now the conservative narrative begins to change, as some of the more influential activists recognize the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2012 at Western Progressive
Looks like someone is already getting ready for 2016. More importantly, it underscores a growing sentiment among conservative insiders that Romney has already lost (via Americablog): The email, titled “What’s really at stake this Tuesday …” came from Gingrich Marketplace and went out to people who’d given their contact information to the Gingrich campaign when the former speaker of the House was still in the presidential race. Bygone candidates, such as Gingrich and Herman Cain, regularly rent out their email address lists to advertisers. “The truth is, the next election has already been decided. Obama is going to win. It’s... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2012 at Western Progressive
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On Marine One, touring the devastation with Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2012 at Western Progressive
Barack Obama is either tied or holds a lead in every Ohio poll released today. In the Time Poll he is out in front by five. Obama also holds a slight lead in Virginia. Though, Florida is a bit more of a challenge. Obama supporters should be more confident in Ohio because of the huge advantage over Romney on the ground there. While Obama's campaign is more meticulously nationalized, Romney has given up field operations to the RNC and state parties. There are less offices and volunteers. The only two states where Republicans are adequately organized are Virginia and Florida.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Western Progressive
The lesson I learned after voting in my first election the day after I turned 18. We cannot afford to sit this one out! Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Western Progressive
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Encouraging news on the campaign organizing front. Molly Ball: Four years ago, Barack Obama built the largest grassroots organization in the history of American politics. After the election, he never stopped building, and the current operation, six years in the making, makes 2008 look like "amateur ball," in the words of Obama's national field director Jeremy Bird. Republicans insist they, too, have come a long way in the last four years. But despite the GOP's spin to the contrary, there's little reason to believe Romney commands anything comparable to Obama's ground operation. Ball indicates that huge edges in a campaign's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2012 at Western Progressive
Obama did what he needed to do! He came out swinging, had the upper hand, and dictated the topics that were discussed. The highlight of the debate was the comment about horses and bayonets. Let's hope this debate gives Obama the added momentum he needs in the last two weeks. Above all, I hope it fires up the base. Obama still leads among registered voters. We need to make sure all of those voters turn out! Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Western Progressive
Follow my comments live on Twitter. Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Western Progressive
The third and final debate coming up at the top of the hour is really President Obama's last chance to turn this around. Unlike Kos and other progressive bloggers, I am not as optimistic. The right is energized to get out the vote as a result of their vehement hatred of the President. While the race is close, the trend has been heading in Mitt Romney's direction. It will be up to Obama to come off strong on foreign policy. Outline what you did, Mr. President. You said you would end the war in Iraq. You did. You said we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2012 at Western Progressive
I appreciate the follow-up questions from host Chris Matthews. This Romney supporter thinks Obama is a communist, but can't explain what that means. I don't even think she knows what it means. Just another conservative voter reciting crazy talking points, not even thinking about their context or validity. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2012 at Western Progressive
One of many flat-out lies from the debate last night: MR. ROMNEY: Let — well, actually — actually it’s — it’s — it’s a lengthy description, but number one, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Western Progressive
OK, so we've heard the term "prevent defense" thrown around numerous times over the last 24 hours. So I won't go there. Needless to say, Obama must show more passion in his second debate, and actually come prepared with examples of how Romney is flat out lying through his teeth about taxes and whether his health care plan covers preexisting conditions (which it doesn't!). And that starts with Joe Biden beating Paul Ryan next week, and Barack practicing his butt off over the next two weeks. Come prepared next time, Barry! My future, our future depends on it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2012 at Western Progressive
Almost living up to Romney's 47% comment, in a 2010 speech Paul Ryan ironically complained that the Cayman Islands is the place that the one percenters are painfully forced to hide their money. What a hard life! Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2012 at Western Progressive
And also a wonderful parody of Douchey and FOX and Friends. Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2012 at Western Progressive