The Week in Toons


Clay Bennett, Chattanooga Times Free Press


"Tisk, Tisk, Tisk" (Mark Streeter/Savannah Morning News)

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Editors at media outlets explain that they cover frontrunners because they're frontrunners. What they rarely concede is that frontrunners are frontrunners because they get coverage, and that that process begins years before the first voter has even taken a second to consider who to support in a future election years from now.

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Bruce Plante Cartoon: Bernie Sanders, Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic Presidential Primary 2016, Presidential Campaign 2016, DNC, Democratic Party, PAC, Political Action Committees, campaign financing, GOP, Republican Party, RNC, Plante 20160126

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GOP front-runner, Donald Trump is putting the heat on competitor, Sen. Ted Cruz.

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111 Responses to “The Week in Toons”

  1. 1 MightyPamela
    January 31, 2016 at 12:10 pm


  2. 3 Wilson Michael
    January 31, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Good Morning Lovely Plains, and TOD contributors.

  3. 7 MightyPamela
    January 31, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    โญ ByeBye! ๐Ÿป โค

  4. 9 vcprezofan2
    January 31, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Yeah! I got over here before Amk! Wooot!

  5. January 31, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Thank you sooooooooooooooooooooo much LP, fantastic toons!!!

  6. 16 vcprezofan2
    January 31, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks, LPlains. Nice to see you’re awake and …. awake. Does this mean your team won?

  7. 19 vcprezofan2
    January 31, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    For those who check out @Interior, here you go for the past week

  8. 20 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Great toons, desi.

  9. January 31, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I sent that email to Rep. Keith Ellison and I ask him to please tell me how did President Obama let down the Progressives. While on his webpage I saw a picture of Ellison with Corny West.

    • 27 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Bella, please let us know if you get a reply. The fact is there is no answer to how PBO let down Progressives because he’s been the best Progressive president in history.

    • 28 Roberta in MN
      January 31, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      I did too bella, I sent him 2 tweets direct messages. See what happens. He is from MN and is a great disappointment. He has gone off on his own many times since President Obama became POTUS. And Obama stumped for him. Amy wrote and her FB page about he equal pay stuff. She was just bad mouthed, it was awful. Sometimes I don’t agree with her and I let her know, but it was really abusive and abusive to our POTUS.

  10. 29 desertflower
    January 31, 2016 at 12:31 pm

  11. 32 arapaho415
    January 31, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    GM/GE TODville.

    So THRILLED that PBO sent this tweet:

    Posted this here on Wednesday:

    From the article:

    “It turned out that Cedrick, the son of a Salvadoran maintenance worker and a Filipina nurse, had scored perfectly on his Advanced Placement Calculus exam. Of the 302,531 students to take the notoriously mind-crushing test, he was one of only 12 to earn every single point.”


    “Cedrick is the son of Lilian and Marcos Argueta, both of whom came to the United States as young adults โ€“ she from the Philippines, he from El Salvador. Lilian, a licensed vocational nurse, works two jobs at nursing homes. Marcos is a maintenance worker at one of those nursing homes. He never went to high school.”

    Cedrick has GOT TO BE on CLOUD 9 right now!

    How exciting for him, his family and everyone at “Lincoln High, a school of about 1,200 students in the heavily Latino Lincoln Heights neighborhood.”

    Kudos to Cedrick’s math teacher!!!

  12. 36 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 12:45 pm

  13. 37 amk for obama
    January 31, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    via bj

    did you know that there are seven states with a sufficiently small population to have only one congress critter – Alaska, Delaware, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming but they have two senators?

    I didn’t. Crazy.

    • January 31, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      I wish Vermont had none.

    • 43 99ts
      January 31, 2016 at 3:36 pm

      Our country works the same way – the small states get very disproportionate representation in the senate.

    • February 1, 2016 at 12:34 am

      Sadly, they each have 2 U.S. Senators for a total of 14 Senators although their combined total population is less than 7 million. By way of contrast, California, with a population of over 37 millions, has only 2 U.S. Senators. It’s no wonder American politics is so messed up. Here is one of the most well kept secret: in 20

      • February 1, 2016 at 12:49 am

        My comment was chopped off. Here is what I wanted to say about “the most well kept secret”: In 2014, Democratic Representatives in the House of Representatives received 1.4 million more votes than Republican Representatives. Yet, because of “gerrymandering,” Republicans are the majority in the House although they were elected by a minority of Americans. The situation in the U.S. Senate where each state, no matter its population size has two Senators, is even more lopsided. Republicans control the Senate because many of their Senators come from less populous states like Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

  14. January 31, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    David Plouffe ain’t havin’ it.

    • January 31, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    • 48 amk for obama
      January 31, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      egg.sack.lee. don’t fucking flip-flop every other day.

      • January 31, 2016 at 1:06 pm

        Bernie is just a noise machine. He has no clue how to get anything done. I love that Plouffe challenges him to stick his neck ALL THE WAY out.

        • January 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm

          I think Sanders wants to be the first white president.

          • February 1, 2016 at 1:23 am

            Poor Sanders! He is way too late! George Wahington, and the 42 white presidents that followed him were away ahead of Sanders. Unless, of course, he thinks that President Obama was the first President of the United States. Come to think of it, the extremist on the right and the left treat him as if he was the first and only president of this country, which explains why they blame him for everything they don’t like, including things that happened before he became president.

    • 52 vcprezofan2
      January 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    • 65 catrst
      January 31, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Absolutely cements, I mean cements, my revulsion of Sanders and his campaign. Every moment of friendly fire that the President took the last seven years is rising up from my gut like bile just as I think of it and it burns. These people couldn’t last one round with the President in any capacity. God help us if they get near the nomination. That being said I am sure David Plouffe knows how we feel and what kind of tweet he just put out. Yes be honest, Sanders.

      • January 31, 2016 at 1:22 pm

        EVERY WORD YOU SAID X eleventy million.

      • 67 jackiegrumbacher
        January 31, 2016 at 2:33 pm

        If you read the article above about what Hilary Clinton did and said in Philadelphia and compare that to Bernie’s criticisms of President Obama, you can see he’s living in an alternative reality. He’s not a Democrat and obviously has no idea how to run like one.

        • February 1, 2016 at 1:59 am

          Jackie G, I am so glad that you pointed out that Berbie Sanders is not a Democrat. He is and independent who represents, in Congress, the second less populous state in the nation. Vermont, which is 98% white, has no problem electing a socialist. In states with large non-white populations, however, race trumps class. Bernie, and all the purity progressives, will soon find out that the majority of white working class in South Carolina would prefer to vote for a race baiter like Donald Trump, a capitalist billionaire, than they would the so called advocate of socialism.

    • 69 Ladyhawke
      January 31, 2016 at 1:23 pm

      Oh boy, this tweet makes me giddy. David Plouffe is not holding back.

    • February 1, 2016 at 1:12 am

      Go ahead and speak the TRUTH, David Plouffe! Thanks Meta for sharing Plouffe’s spot-on tweet!

  15. 71 PrayerWarriorforObama
    January 31, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Have a super Sunday everyone. I pray that something wonderful comes your way everyday of this week and beyond. I also pray that the right Democrat wins in Iowa tomorrow. Blessings!

  16. January 31, 2016 at 1:20 pm

  17. January 31, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Dear Sen. Sanders, I voted for Barack Obama twice and would a third time if he could run. No Buyer’s Remorse for this Democrat. I will email that to Sen. Sanders.

  18. January 31, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    I don’t see Bobfr on here yet, but I wanted to comment on his post on the Early Bird thread. Last week Snyder (will NOT give him his title) of Michigan signed into law SB 0571. It was a 12 page campaign finance law that was supposed to pass with no real objections. On the night before the last day of the 2015 legislative session, Republican leadership added over 40 pages to it, and told their membership not to bother reading it, just vote on in the next day. Nothing to see, no big changes. Democrats tried to warn them that no one adds 40+ pages of harmlessness to a bill, but they didn’t listen and it passed the next day with no hearings. Here is what was added:

    Prohibits public bodies like government agencies (think librarians and Secretary of State staff) from distributing information about ballot proposals 60 days before the election.
    Senate Bill 0571 is designed to keep voters in the dark about important issues in their community, including school millages and bonds to fund police and fire departments. Because of Gov. Snyder’s actions, local governments and school districts will not be allowed to pay for materials to educate voters on these issues. Meanwhile, corporations face few limits on their influence on elections. “The most nefarious effect of this particular element of this bill is to amplify the impact of money in politics because it silences objective sources of information for the entire two-month period before an election, ceding the floor to those who spend astonishing amounts of money on a media blitz of radio and television commercials, mailings, billboards, web ads, and anything else they can think of to sway your vote” -Eclectablog

    Eliminates a February filing deadline for independent and political committees.
    This means that candidates don’t have to file their financial reports until after the election. People won’t know who is funding them.

    Requires political and independent committees to file annual reports.

    Effective doubling of the amount of money PACs can donate to candidates for the second time in two years, effective quadrupling the limit since 2013. (From $68,000 to $136,000)

    Prohibits corporations from collecting contributions from its employees to a unionโ€™s PAC. They have already done this with school districts. Our union had to scramble to find an alternative way to collect dues about two years ago. It was a mess. Luckily only a very small percentage of teacher state-wide elected not to pay with the new system. (Of course with right-to-work, you don’t have to join the union to receive its benefits.) ” It literally prohibits ANY company, privately-held or otherwise, from making payroll deductions that will end up in the hands of unions even if the employee agrees to it and/or the union and the company have a contract to do so.”

    Clarifies that robocalls have to identify who is paying for the call and some contact information, but do not have to use a disclaimer (the words “authorized by” or “not authorized by.”)

    Allows candidates to use contributions to pay down debts from previous election cycles. So basically “it authorizes candidates to accept up to $68,000 from a PAC in one campaign cycle and apply it retroactively to expenses incurred in a previous cycle โ€” even if the same PAC wrote a previous $68,000 check in the heat of that campaign.”

    When the Republicans saw what they had voted for. well they’re kind of upset. Some even wrote Snyder asking him to veto the bill so they could rework the language. “The most disgusting part about Gov. Snyderโ€™s signing this bill into law is that he did it with a public acknowledgement that it is flawed and an affront to free speech and democracy.” He’s asking the legislators to send him a bill that ‘fixes’ this one. Who does that??? Who signs a bill so deeply flawed that even the Republicans who were too stupid to read it first, wanted him to veto it? And of course they’ve already done away with straight-ticket voting.

    In related news, there is now a bill in the House to take away teachers’ pensions. They would take back the state contributed portion, keep the interest, and hand back our contribution into a 403.b account that, I think, they would manage.

    Really, democracy is dead in Michigan. My biggest fear about Sanders is that he will peel enough votes away from Clinton or actually be the nominee and get crushed in the general. And then, welcome to Michigan. As Bobfr said, “the combination of hate, greed & lust for unrestrained power is the most toxic brew humans have ever concocted”. They don’t want smaller government, they want unrestrained power.

    (All the quoted sections of my post are from Eclectablog. Here is the link: http://www.eclectablog.com/2016/01/michigan-gov-rick-snyder-signs-sb-571-into-law-and-its-probably-way-worse-than-you-thought.html

    • 80 vcprezofan2
      January 31, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Sigh! I’m convinced Republicans want leadership positions for what they can get, nothing more. Dems shouldn’t have needed to point out that the 40 extra pages should be read before approval was given. In truth, Maryl, I only read the first two paragraphs before shaking my head at how often Repubs show disdain and a lack of integrity for doing the work of the offices they covet.

      • January 31, 2016 at 2:36 pm

        It is really frightening.

        • 82 vcprezofan2
          January 31, 2016 at 2:48 pm

          More frightening to me because they get rewarded with positions election after election, regardless of what they do (like Flint) or don’t do (like federally).

          • January 31, 2016 at 3:46 pm

            Yes. We had a chance to recall Snyder, which failed, and then they reelected him. I think it’s because they do things to people with little standing in the society and the rest of the population has the attitude “it can’t happen to me”. Sickening. No empathy. Or imagination. Or empathetic imagination. Or something.

    • 85 jackiegrumbacher
      January 31, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Maryl1, I don’t think Sanders will be the nominee. Once New Hampshire is behind her, Clinton has solid support and leads in the remainder of the primary states. Sanders has played a useful role in helping to sharpen Clinton’s talking positions for the general election. It’s been good for her to have a challenge, but, I don’t believe that the Democratic Party will, in the end, nominate a Socialist.

      • January 31, 2016 at 2:45 pm

        From your mouth to God’s ear, jackie. I guess I have a lot of Sanders supporters on my facebook feed, and also some among my friends which I just can’t understand. They are sort of like the Tea=Party and want to deny facts and reality altogether.

  19. January 31, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Also, I saw a Sanders’ poster on line with the slogan, “#NOTMEUS – Together we can make a change”. I guess it’s hard to copy a successful slogan and try to make it sound like your original idea.

  20. 90 globalcitizenlinda
    January 31, 2016 at 2:20 pm

  21. 91 jacquelineoboomer
    January 31, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Just heard a reference to trump on a PBS news show, that the content of his rhetoric is “anti-intellectualism” (no shit, Sherlock), and that he speaks “like a fourth grader.”

    I find that highly insulting to fourth graders!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. January 31, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I can’t bring myself to post it here, but do check

    …. https://twitter.com/Marmel/

    …. time line for a ‘comparative video’ of the #Trumpster and …. !!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  23. January 31, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Back to work, but wanted to share this …

    Take care everyone ….

  24. January 31, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Ugh. Afternoon, all.

    I woke up just in time to fumigate trolls from TPV. Had an awful night with my sinuses; finally had to take Claritin to get back to sleep.

    How’s tricks here?

  25. January 31, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    In breaking news: Trump staffer is suing him for sex discrimination.

  26. 109 Don
    January 31, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    “We’re going to work with our hospitals,” Trump replied. “We’re going to work with our doctors. We’ve got to do something. … We’ll work something out. That doesn’t mean single-payer.”

    Donald Trump “We’ll work something out.” I shit you not.

  27. 111 sjterrid
    January 31, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    Great toons, LP! Thanks.

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