Florida Dems Rebuked by DNC

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From McClatchy:

The Democratic National Committee stripped Florida of its national convention delegates on Saturday, rendering the state’s Democratic presidential primary officially meaningless and delivering a stern message to states looking to bump up their presidential primaries.

There’s small print, of course. Democrats in the Sunshine State have 30 days to settle their differences with the national party before the change takes effect. And state party representatives are now saying they were “steamrolled” by Republicans in the legislature who were dead set on changing the primary date. Despite the DNC’s punishment for Florida, Michigan still looks likely to reschedule its primary for Jan. 15. That move could also bring retaliation from national party officials. Will Michigan and Florida back down before their attempts to make their primaries more relevant backfire? The Detroit Free PressDawson Bell doesn’t think so:

No one knows for sure if the DNC will follow through. It’s hard to imagine the Democratic nominee next summer telling the voters of the most critical swing state in the country — Florida — that their convention votes don’t count.

He has a point there.

— Nick Baumann

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Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

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Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

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Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

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Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

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