November 12, 2022

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Democrat Fontes wins Arizona secretary of state race (ZACH MONTELLARO, 11/11/2022, Politico)

Democrat Adrian Fontes will be Arizona's next secretary of state, defeating a supporter of former President Donald Trump who has spread conspiracy theories about elections.

Fontes, a former election official for the state's largest county, Maricopa County, defeated Republican Mark Finchem, a state lawmaker who was endorsed by Trump for the position. Fontes ran on a platform promising to defend Arizona's voting system, calling his opponent a danger to democracy.

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White House Hails Russia's Retreat From Kherson As An 'Extraordinary Victory' For Ukraine (Radio Free Europe, 11/12/22)

"It does look as though the Ukrainians have just won an extraordinary victory where the one regional capital that Russia had seized in this war is now back under a Ukrainian flag -- and that is quite a remarkable thing," national-security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters as he accompanied President Joe Biden to the ASEAN summit in Cambodia.

...crushing Vlad too is just gravy.

Posted by orrinj at 7:18 AM


Mark Kelly wins Arizona Senate race, bringing Democrats one seat away from majority, NBC News projects (Chelsey Cox, 11/11/22, CNBC)

Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly will hold on to his U.S. Senate seat in Arizona, pushing Democrats closer to retaining control of the Senate, NBC News projected.

Kelly was leading Republican candidate Blake Masters, who was former President Donald Trump's pick in the key swing state, by almost six percentage points with 85% of the votes in as of Friday night. With Kelly's win, Democrats need just one of the two seats in Nevada or Georgia that haven't been called yet.

In Nevada, Republican candidate Adam Laxalt was ahead by 1 percentage point with 88% of the votes counted as of Friday morning. 

What does a believer in Girardian twaddle do when he turns out to be his own scapegoat?

Blake Masters and Peter Thiel Thought They Could Buy an Arizona Senate Seat. They Were Wrong. (Noah Lanard, 11/11/22, MoJo)

During his days as a Stanford libertarian, Blake Masters was nothing if not principled. The 36-year-old Peter Thiel protégé turned Arizona Republican Senate candidate considered voting morally indefensible, taxation theft, and nationalism a scourge. He called for open borders and full drug legalization. He was an anarcho-capitalist. 

But as I reported this summer, this was not the Blake Masters that Arizona voters saw in one of the closest and most consequential Senate races in 2022. Masters entered the race as a Republican with $10 million from Thiel as the avatar of a young and highly online New Right. He called abortion "demonic." He tweeted that "not everything has to be gay" after a bisexual Superman was announced. He plugged the Unabomber's manifesto. 

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Election Deniers Got Thrashed in the Midterm Elections (Cameron Joseph, November 11, 2022, Vice News)

Republicans nominated a cadre of far-right conspiracy theorists to try to take over the offices that run elections in a number of swing states, posing a huge risk to democracy and the 2024 election if they won.

But as of Friday morning, it appears that every single one of these candidates will lose.

The latest vote counts in Arizona and Nevada make it highly likely that the QAnon-affiliated candidates running for secretary of state in the two states will go down to defeat. If those results hold, that means that every secretary of state candidate in a swing state that backs former President Donald Trump's false claims about the 2020 election has lost their race.

It's the January 6th Committee's America, not Donald's.