Free Topic Friday Megathread (better late than never edition!)

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As we've discussed, on Fridays we will make a megathread for all of your topics you would love to discuss that may not necessarily be on topic for the sub on a normal day.

So, please, comment with an article, tweet, etc. Discuss what bothers you about it, or concerns you, or you thought it was funny, whatever the reason, and let's facilitate some good discussion!

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Bernie will be back on Real Time with Bill Maher again June 1st for probably like the 10th time

I know all the reasons that this sub has for hating on Maher. Nobody would say that he's always on the right side of things, but he does lean left, does allow for frank discussion on all sides of an argument, was explaining the merits of Bernie early in the primary, and invites Bernie on his show a lot. Looking forward to it!

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Today (5/21) is the final day to register to vote if you live in California, Alabama, Virginia, and South Dakota before those states primaries.

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Nevada Voting Highlights – Primary Registration Deadline: May 24, 2018 (Online), May 22 (In-person)

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Nevada Voting Highlights

Primary Registration Deadline: May 24, 2018 (Online), May 22 (In-person)

Primary Early Voting: May 26 – June 8, 2018

Primary: June 12, 2018

General Election Registration Deadline: October 18, 2018 (Online) October 16 (In-person)

General Election Early Voting: October 20 – November 2, 2018

General Election: November 6, 2018

Election Information: https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/elections

Register to Vote: https://www.registertovotenv.gov/SOSVoterServices/Registration/Step0.aspx

Check your registration status: https://nvsos.gov/votersearch/

Vote by mail: https://nvsos.gov/sos/elections/voters/absentee-voting

Find your polling station: https://nvsos.gov/votersearch

ID Requirement: Yes – https://www.nvsos.gov/sos/sos-information/office-facts/faqs-all-division/elections#472

Bernie State Subreddit: /r/NevadaForSanders

Our Revolution Nevada Chapter: https://ourrevolution.com/groups/our-revolution-nv

Our Revolution Endorsed Candidates:

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Some Recommendations for Progressive Choices in the May 22 elections in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and the Texas Runoff

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The primary elections take place Tuesday May 22 in Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky. And May 22 is also the runoff election for the Texas primaries. Here are BKAS-recommended progressive candidates in those states. Hat-tip to /u/theghostofjoehill for researching and suggesting candidates in many of these races.


Arkansas

Arkansas has open primaries. There is no party registration in AR, and any voter is eligible to select either the D or R ballot. Arkansas has runoff elections if no candidate gets at least 50% of the vote. If there is a runoff, you may only vote the ballot of the party you voted in the primary itself.

If a runoff is necessary, the top two candidates will face off on June 19th (early voting for the runoff will start June 12th).

There is no race for US Senator in 2018.

US House:

AR-01: Neither primary is competitive.

AR-02: Paul Spencer

AR-03: Robb Ryerse. NOTE: Ryerse is an Independent/Progressive Republican, endorsed by Brand New Congress, and is very solidly Progressive. If you are in AR-3, and wish to vote for Robb, please take a Republican ballot.

AR-04: No recommendation.

Governor’s Race: no recommendation.

Secretary of State: Democratic primary is noncompetitive.

State Senate and Representative candidates Endorsed by Our Revolution:

Teresa Gallegos (District 16, State Representative)

Maureen Skinner (District 35, State Senate)


Georgia

Georgia is an open primary state. There is no party registration in GA, and any voter is eligible to select either the D or R ballot. Georgia has runoff elections if no candidate receives 50% of the vote or more. You may not switch party selection for the runoff (in other words you have to vote for the same party in the runoff as you voted for in the primary).

In the case of a runoff, the top two candidates will compete on July 24th (early voting for the runoff will be July 2nd).

There is no race for US Senator in GA in 2018.

US House:

GA-01: Lisa Ring

GA-02: Neither race is competitive

GA-03: Rusty Oliver. He has a decent Progressive platform, although weak in spots, but does support Medicare-for-All

GA-04: No recommendation

GA-05: John Lewis has no opponent in either the primary or general election

GA-06: Steven Knight Griffin. He has a strong left-libertarian platform, including nationalizing the Fed, anti-war, ending the War on Drugs, body cameras for police, ending corporate personhood, and automatic voter registration. While he does not support Medicare for All, he is for a beefed up public option, Americare

GA-07: Kathleen Allen

GA-08: There are no Dem candidates. No R candidate is worth a crossover

GA-09: Josh McCall

GA-10: Richard Winfield

GA-11: Neither primary is competitive.

GA-12: Trent Nesmith

GA-13: The D primary is noncompetitive. No R candidate is worth a crossover

GA-14: Neither primary is competitive

Governor: Stacey Evans

Although Stacey Abrams has received the endorsement of Our Revolution Georgia and the National Our Revolution Organization, her record as Georgia State House Minority Leader has been rather less than progressive, including writing legislation that made bank executives harder to sue, negotiating with Republicans to cut the HOPE Scholarship, and endorsing legislation that reduced black representation and voting access.

Secretary of State: John Barrow has committed to move Georgia to pen-and-paper ballots. If you are taking a Repub ballot for tactical reasons, Buzz Brockway has also committed to pen-and-paper ballots

State Senate and Representative candidates Endorsed by Our Revolution:

Shelly Hutchinson (State Rep, District 107)

Sheikh Rahman (State Senate, District 5)


Kentucky

Note that Kentucky has closed primaries, which means you need to be registered in a certain party to vote in their primary.


US Senator: No election for US Senator this year in Kentucky.

US Representatives:

KY-01: Paul Walker

KY-02: Rane Sessions

KY-03: The incumbent John Yarmuth is unopposed for the Democratic primary. He’s fairly progressive and has co-sponsored HR 676 (Medicare-for-All)

KY-04: Christina Lord

KY-05: Scott Sykes

KY-06: Amy McGrath seems the most progressive, though she supports a combined Medicare buy-in/public option enhancement to the ACA, rather than Medicare-for-All.

Secretary of State: No election for Secretary of State this year in Kentucky.

State Senate and Representative candidates Endorsed by Our Revolution:

Richard Becker (State Rep, District 35)


Texas

If you voted in the primary election on March 3rd, you must vote for the same party in the runoff elections. If you did not vote March 3rd, you can choose either party to vote for.

Congressional District 7 – Laura Moser

Congressional District 21 – Mary Wilson

Congressional District 22 – Sri Kulkarni

Congressional District 23 – Rick Trevino

Congressional District 25 – Julie Oliver or Chris Perri – both are pretty good candidates

Congressional District 31 – Christine Mann

Congressional District 32 – Colin Allred

State Senate and Representative candidates in runoffs who are Endorsed by Our Revolution:

Jose “Chito” Vela (District 46, State Representative)

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Iowa Voting Highlights – Primary Registration Deadline: May 25, 2018

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Iowa Voting Highlights

Primary Registration Deadline: May 25, 2018

Primary: June 5, 2018 – 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

General Election: November 6, 2018 – 7:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Election Information: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/primaryelection2018.html

Register to Vote: https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fVoterRegistration

Check your registration status: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regtovote/search.aspx

Vote by mail: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/absenteeinfo.html

Find your polling station: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx

ID Requirement: No but you will starting in 2019 https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterIDfaq.html

Bernie State Subreddit: /r/IowaForSanders

Our Revolution Endorsed Candidates:

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Today we have primary elections for 12 Our Revolution Endorsed Candidates in Texas, Arkansas, Georgia and Kentucky.

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