Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Internets has made us dumb

Headline:  WisconsinState Journal, 7/9/2022

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

GET ME REWRITE: Randy Hopp gets creamed in Kane County Board primary election

Daily Herald, 6/28/2022
District 22, unofficial vote totals showed incumbent Vern Tepe leading in the Democratic primary with 895 votes and his challenger, Randy Hopp, with 270 votes. 
Tepe, first elected to the county board in 2020, charged the county has been "kicking the can down the road" for too long and that it needs to address funding needs related to inflation, employee salaries and other county expenses. He said mental health, retention of county employees and inflation are among some of his top concerns. 
His opponent, Randy Hopp, did not respond to a candidate questionnaire.


3/16/2022 update, "Spring elections in Illinois mean that Randy Hopp is back in the news", starts here.

Daily Herald, 3/14/2022

But just barely.  His name appears in paragraph 20.
In District 17, incumbent Deborah Allen is being challenged by Franklin Ramirez in the Democrat primary. Incumbent Verner (Vern) Tepe is being challenged by Randy Hopp in the Democrat primary for District 22.

3/14/2021 update, "The Daily Herald sums up Randy Hopp's library board experience  in one word:  DISASTER", starts here.

Daily Herald,  3/8/2021
Randy Hopp has the most experience with the Gail Borden Library, having been an elected trustee from 2009-2013. But his tenure was a disaster.
He was accused of exhibiting harassing and threatening behavior toward library staffers and was banned from the library for a time, being allowed to attend board meetings only in the presence of security. 
The day after his loss in another bid for the library board in 2017, he was arrested after police found hundreds of stolen political yard signs at his home. 
In 2019, he ran for the library board again, coming in sixth out of six candidates. 
To this day, Hopp must make a request to visit the two branch libraries for a time when security is present.

3/4/2021 update, "HE'S BAAAACK!!!  Randy Hopp is running for Gail Borden Library Trustee again", starts here.

Going to the candidates' debate?  No!

As the League of Women Voters moderator reports, "Randy Hopp did not respond to the invitation."

3/24/2020 update, "Randy Hopp defeated in Kane County Board Democratic primary race", starts here/

Reported in Democrats choose Tepe in Kane County District 22.  (Daily Herald, 3/17/2020)

3/13/2020 update starts here

Reported in Democrats Hopp, Tepe on how they would serve Kane County District.  (The Daily Herald, 3/12/2020)

3/11/2020 update, "Kane County Board District 22 candidates on the issues", starts here.

Kane District 22 candidates put spotlight on taxes.  (Aurora Beacon News, 3/10/2020)

2/29/2020 update, "The Daily Herald does not endorse Randy Hopp for Kane County Board", starts here.

Endorsements: Berman, Davoust, Hanson, Starrett, Tepe, Thomas for Kane County Board seats.  (Daily Herald, 2/28/2020)

2/1/2020 update, "Letter writer explains why Randy Hopp should not be elected to the Kane County Board", starts here.

Letters to the Editor:  Hopp not a viable choice for Kane County Board.  (Courier News/Chicago Tribune, 1/31/2020)

1/25/2020 update, "Randy Hopp is going to the candidates' debate at the Gail Borden Public Library", starts here.

Reported in Elgin Area League of Women Voters to host four candidate forums in February.  (Daily Herald, 1/23/2020)

11/26/2019 update, "Randy Hopp wants a rematch with Douglas Scheflow", starts here.

Reported in First day of Kane County filings ensures chairman, state's attorney will be contested.  (Daily Herald, 11/25/2019)

Hopp lost to Scheflow by nearly 700 votes in 2016.

4/4/2019 update, " More evidence that some folks have no idea what they're doing when they vote", starts here.

Hopp finishes in last place but still manages to snag 1,749 votes.

Source:  Kane County IL

Elgin library incumbents win re-election.  (Daily Herald, 4/3/2019)

3/16/2019 update, "Randy Hopp relentless in his pursuit of a seat on the Gail Borden Public Library District board", starts here.

Editorial:  Endorsements: Bednar, Henderson, Gross, Garcia for Gail Borden Public Library District board .  (The Daily Herald, 3/15/2019)

7/13/2018 update, "Former Elgin library board trustee Randy Hopp snaps again", starts here.

Reported in Former Elgin library board trustee charged with domestic battery involving his mother, 90, police say.  (Chicago Tribune, 7/23/2018)

Original 11/16/2017 post, "Toweling around:  The crazy world of Randy Hopp", starts here.

Reported in Trial concludes for former Elgin library trustee accused of obstruction.  (Courier-News, 11/16/2017)

Related articles:
UPDATE:  Randy Hopp, guilty as charged.  (10/25/2017)
UPDATE. Randy Hopp's objection only serves to shine a light on his negatives.  (1/7/2017)

UPDATE. Randy Hopp participates in tangle at candidates' debate.  (10/15/2016)
Randy Hopp not running for a library board seat this year, now shooting for Kane County Board.  (2/26/2016)

Randy Hopp may continue to use the Gail Borden Library, but he will not be serving on the board.  (4/9/2015)

The Randy Hopp saga returns.  (1/8/2015)
Randy Hopp is no longer a Gail Borden library trustee.  (5/27/2013)
Elgin Library trustee Randy Hopp not yet fit to stand trial .  (5/23/2013)

Sign this guy up for anger management classes.  (1/19/2012)

Library board member from hell is here to stay. ( 6/19/2011)
Add Elgin Community College to the list of places where Randy Hopp is banned.  (5/2/2011)
Gail Borden's 'board member from hell' is back in the news again.  (3/26/2011)
Crossing t's and dotting i's aren't enough for this library board member. (1/15/2011)

The strange saga of Randy Hopp, library trustee.  (5/23/2010)

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Meet Tory Marie Blew, Kansas anti-abortion extremists who wants to punish women


Speaking the same language

Meet Klandiss the Klown, fringe, far-right, primary-losing candidate for Georgia governor


Meet Klandiss the Klown
HeadlineNPR, 7/2/2022
Election results:  New York Times
"I want y'all to know that I do not concede," Kandiss Taylor said in a video posted to social media. "I do not. And if the people who did this and cheated are watching, I do not concede." 
Kemp won Georgia's primary with about 74% of the vote. Perdue, who had the backing of former President Donald Trump, earned about 22% of the vote. 
And Taylor? Just 3.4%. 
Taylor is a fringe, far-right figure in Georgia with a history of making false claims about the 2020 election, voting machines and how elections are run. In the days following her defeat, Taylor has asked followers to sign affidavits stating they voted for her to prove she won the election — despite no evidence the vote totals are incorrect and with the deadline to challenge an election already passed. 
Taylor is not an outlier, but rather an indicator of a new crop of candidates who insist they won their elections, facts be damned.

Original 2/20/2022 post, "Betcha racist Moms for Liberty love this Georgia clown show whackjob", starts here.

New York Times, 2/19/2022
On Thursday, I saw tweets featuring the debut of a campaign bus for Kandiss Taylor, a Republican candidate for governor of Georgia. It is emblazoned with what is evidently her platform: “Jesus, Guns, Babies.” That’s it. No further explanation needed, or perhaps more accurately, no further explanation given. 
A lot of people mocked the bus online, seeing as “Jesus, Guns, Babies” doesn’t exactly make, you know, sense on its own (a friend joked that it sounded like Jesus was heaving babies out of a cannon). 
Polling at 3 percent, Taylor’s not a major factor in the race, but I am fascinated by what she represents. She is an example of how a lot of the biggest things that spark polarization in this country are performative.

"Performative" as in 'shtick'.  (Take your pick.)

GET ME REWRITE: Trump wants exclusive control of deceptive fundraising in his name


Headline:  Washington Post, 7/4/2022
The letter was one of dozens of demands that Trump’s attorneys and aides have sent in recent years. But those efforts have not stopped the deceptive solicitations that flood Republican phones and inboxes daily. Eighteen months after leaving office, Trump remains the biggest draw for GOP donors, especially those who give small contributions. While he continues to rake in money, he also faces armies of unaffiliated fundraisers who ape or mimic Trump appeals and sometimes threaten or bully Republicans in Trump’s name to get money. 
At the same time, Trump himself is no stranger to misleading fundraising appeals. His team often sends a dozen or more appeals in a day to gin up money, often with suspect claims, like saying donations will be matched 700 percent.