UPDATED: “Welcome to MAGA Country motherf*cker” Viral video shows Trump supporters choking man involved in car wreck during Santa Maria MAGA Drag

By Joe Payne — Nov. 9, 2020: Santa Maria, California *See update video below, including direct accounts from those involved in the incident. A video of a Santa Maria man held in a chokehold by Trump supporters has gone viral across the internet. The motorist was being “detained” by members of a “Stop the Steal”Continue reading “UPDATED: “Welcome to MAGA Country motherf*cker” Viral video shows Trump supporters choking man involved in car wreck during Santa Maria MAGA Drag”

MAGA Drag: Trumpists idea of political action

Trump supporters took to the streets last weekend, just not on foot. MAGA Drag the Interstate, as it was called, saw Trump flags flying as trucks, SUVs, convertibles, and bikers cruised through interstates, cities, and even blocked bridges nationwide, including here on the Central Coast of California. Some of these events included violent altercations withContinue reading “MAGA Drag: Trumpists idea of political action”

Political Payne 2020 Election UPDATE

There’s now less than a week until the 2020 election and several things are happening at once—efforts to suppress the democratic process, massive early voter turnout, and questions on how the newly stacked conservative Supreme Court will factor in to the president’s strategy to hold power. President Donald Trump and the Republican Party are uppingContinue reading “Political Payne 2020 Election UPDATE”

How Trump and Republicans are working to STEAL the 2020 Election

The Republican Party and President Donald Trump are truly masters of projection. Despite the fact that there’s virtually no evidence of widespread fraud committed through vote by mail in the United States, it doesn’t stop Trump and the Republicans from claiming there is and seeking to delegitimize the will of the electorate. Trump has beenContinue reading “How Trump and Republicans are working to STEAL the 2020 Election”

Pro Trump and counter protestors scuffle in Santa Maria, CA

Oct. 3, 2020: As another heat wave rolls through the Central Coast, along with the smoke from deadly wildfires raging throughout California, tensions between Santa Maria Trump supporters and counter demonstrators reached a boiling point. While live streaming the demonstration and counter protest at the Crossroads Shopping Center in my hometown, I approached and interviewedContinue reading “Pro Trump and counter protestors scuffle in Santa Maria, CA”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passes away and Republicans rejoice

The Republican Party has been waiting for this moment for years. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Sept. 18, 2020, after another battle with pancreatic cancer, and her dying wish was that her seat wouldn’t be filled until after the election. No such luck. Even though Senate Majority Mitch McConnell stole aContinue reading “Ruth Bader Ginsburg passes away and Republicans rejoice”

Trump promotes logging while the West Coast burns

The air throughout the Western United States is choked with smoke. Looking out my window makes me feel like I live in Mordor, not the sunny Central Coast of California. Dozens of people scorched to death, millions of acres charred, and hundreds of millions of dollars of property damage in a still young fire season.Continue reading “Trump promotes logging while the West Coast burns”

How #FreeTianna Burst San Luis Obispo’s Progressive Bubble

San Luis Obispo, California, likes to pat itself on the back, like a lot. The city has been named the “Happiest Place to Live” in the US by many magazines, boasts progressive Mayor Heidi Harmon and her goal of carbon neutrality for the city, and the celebrates companies like Jamba Juice that began at theContinue reading “How #FreeTianna Burst San Luis Obispo’s Progressive Bubble”

America descends into deadly political street violence

As the era of Donald Trump sinks deeper into an HP Lovecraft-style nightmare, as if a bungled pandemic and hundreds of thousands of Americans dead from coronavirus wasn’t enough, the streets of the U.S. have now descended into deadly politically-motivated street violence. After Kenosha, Wisconsin police shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back, concernedContinue reading “America descends into deadly political street violence”

Trumps assault on the Postal Service is unprecedented

It doesn’t get more shameless than working to destroy a cornerstone of American democracy, but that’s exactly what President Donald Trump is trying to do in his attack on the United States Postal Service. Since the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the need for vote-by-mail to every state in the country for the 2020 Election, TrumpContinue reading “Trumps assault on the Postal Service is unprecedented”