Your next congressman in KS-04? MAKE IT HAPPEN!

Today, in Kansas's 4th congressional district, is the first of several Very Important Special Elections, for seats what got emptied out when Donald Trump appointed people for his administration from "safe seats" that would never be in danger of Democrats stealing them, with votes. Turns out those seats aren't as automatically safe as they assumed, though, because Democrats and all other smart people are PISSED right now, and everybody hates Donald Trump, even some of the country fried idiots who voted for him.

Wichita civil rights lawyer James Thompson is the Democrat running for the seat vacated by Benghazi congress-idiot Mike Pompeo, who is now the president of the CIA. The Republicans figured this district would be EASY PEASY, since Donald Trump won it by 27 points. Apparently it is not such a slam dunk, though! It turns out this race, between Thompson and some GOP idiot named Ron Estes, is within single digits, and the Cook Political Report, which is an expert in polling the way Wonkette is an expert in SPY-BLOGGING, has moved the race from "Likely Republican" to "Lean Republican." Could there be an upset if people get out and vote? Well, we'll never know if you don't go vote, WHY ARE YOU STILL HERE?

In the final hours of the special election to replace new CIA Director Mike Pompeo in Wichita, Kansas, Republicans are expressing alarm that Democrat James Thompson is within striking distance of carrying a seat President Trump won by 27 points last November. Although GOP state Treasurer Ron Estes remains the favorite heading into Election Day, we are shifting our rating from Likely Republican to Lean Republican.

Republicans familiar with recent polling describe extremely high Democratic intensity and very low GOP enthusiasm in what is likely to be a very low turnout special. More than that, Estes appears to be swept up in a last-minute vortex of factors outside his control: Democrats' anger towards Trump, independents' anger towards Gov. Sam Brownback and GOP dissatisfaction with early administration failures.

Oh that's right, we are talking about Kansas, where on top of how Donald Trump is a shitty president, everybody hates Republican Governor Sam Brownback, who literally broke the entire state.

One thing about this race is that, out of the various special elections on the calendar, it's one of the biggest long shots. Over there in Georgia, things are much scarier for the GOP, where in Georgia's 6th -- which Cook now calls a toss-up -- 30-year-old whippersnapper Jon Ossoff is making quite a showing to replace that asshole Tom Price (who is now secretary of Health and Human Services) in a district Trump only carried by one little tiny percentage point. As Cook notes, if the Republican only wins by single digits in KS-04, that in and of itself will scare the crap out of the GOP.

That's why such esteemed and beloved Republicans as Senator Ted Cruz have traveled to Kansas to campaign for their guy, and Donald Trump did a robo-call for Estes, saying of the race that “There’s really few very much more important.” Actually, you need to see the whole transcript of this robocall, which we think Trump maded up all by himself, and which is very stupid:


Mike Pence did a robo-call too, Paul Ryan has been fundraising, and the National Republican Leadership Committee and other super PACs have been pouring money in, in a district where Mike Pompeo won his re-election by 31 DAMN POINTS.

So basically, if all the Democrats who ever lived (as long as they live in KS-04) get out and vote, the WORST case scenario is Republican rando dude wins by way fewer points than he's "supposed to," and the GOP goes to bed tonight scared. Or maybe there could be a big upset and the GOP will literally CRY ITSELF TO SLEEP, and what better way is there to spend Holy Week than by making Republicans cry? We can't think of one.

Here, meet the nice Democratic guy James Thompson, in a video from his website! He talks about how he used to work at Army and wants to help the veterans and other nice stuff like that. When you're done watching, GO VOTE.

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[Cook Political Report / RollCall]

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Hell of a coincidence we have here! On the very same day that a Russian spy gets arrested for using the NRA as a conduit to the Republican Party -- ahem POLITICAL PARTY 1! -- the United States Treasury announces that it won't be collecting donor information from "social welfare groups." Guess which "GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION" is a tax exempt social welfare group that raised $337 million in 2016 and will now be able to hide its donor list from the prying eyes of the American public?

Here's a hint:

That's right, donors to the the NRA and those Kochsuckers at Americans for Prosperity can now dump infinity political dollars into their lobbying and electioneering efforts without having their names disclosed to the Federal Election Commission. Or the IRS. Or anyone who might object to propping up lunatic politicians who want to arm preschoolers.

In the bad old days, i.e. yesterday, "social welfare organizations" had to give the IRS names and addresses of anyone donating over $5,000. But now they get to keep it all secret, as White Jesus and Charles Koch intended. Here's how the Treasury explains the change on its website.

Tax-exempt organizations described by section 501(c), other than section 501(c)(3) organizations, are no longer required to report the names and addresses of their contributors on the Schedule B of their Forms 990 or 990-EZ.

Okay, now 'splain us how awesome this is gonna be, Steven Mnuchin!

Americans shouldn't be required to send the IRS information that it doesn't need to effectively enforce our tax laws, and the IRS simply does not need tax returns with donor names and addresses to do its job in this area. It is important to emphasize that this change will in no way limit transparency. The same information about tax-exempt organizations that was previously available to the public will continue to be available, while private taxpayer information will be better protected.

BOOOOORING! Hey, Mitch McConnell, you're a big old whore -- say the quiet part out loud to the Wall Street Journal.

The IRS's decision is a move in the right direction to end activist regulators' culture of intimidation to silence political speech. [...] More and more states were using these documents to chill political discourse, rather than encourage it.

That'll do it! Can't do anything about the pizza racists running their mouths and ruining the grift. But you can make it harder for customers to work out what corporate owners do with their earnings. Because money is speech, and speech is free, and we all have a First Amendment right to secretly fund organizations that team up with Russia to ratfuck American elections and starve the poor.

Thanks, Justice Kennedy!

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Fox News has been LI'L BIT CONFUSED about how to cover Donald Trump's treason meeting with Vladimir Putin. There was a lot of tut-tutting from Fox's daytime journalists (the "real" ones) on Monday, but then it was Double Dipshit Time on Monday night as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity took over the commentary. Carlson found the real election hackers (brown Mexican people who either move to America and become legal citizens who vote or brown Mexican people who are just born here, as if THAT is allowed!) and declared that Russian meddling is like number 115 on the list of things that threaten America. (The other 114 are the blacks and the Mexicans and the gypsies, because Tucker Carlson is a white supremacist.) Meanwhile, Hannity hosted Donald Trump for some kind of mutual lick-off session where Trump said that Putin had informed him that there was NO COLLUSION. It's good to have a KGB handler who remembers stuff like that!

But even then, there was a hopeful moment! Fox News's Chris Wallace committed an actual act of journalism Monday night when he interviewed Vladimir Putin, going so far as to stick Robert Mueller's indictments in the Russian leader's stupid fucking face and dare him to read them. He even asked Putin why he constantly murders people with poison. GO GET HIM, CHRIS WALLACE!

Usually the next morning's "Fox & Friends" is like Carlson and Hannity's afterbirth, but Tuesday morning was a little bit different! For some reason, Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade and Abby Huntsman were not 100% pleased with Dear Leader's behavior in Helsinki! So they put on their Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski masks and did their best impression of a more dumber version of "Morning Joe," and oh my god it was SO WEIRD. Like, they would be outraged for a second, but then they would immediately compliment him and reassure him that he is a Very Good Boy who won that presidential election fair and square.

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