…so I wouldn’t want to be the one trying to lay odds on the outcome of today
Election day in Georgia’s Senate runoffs is Tuesday, and both races have already seen enough TV and radio spending to become the two most expensive Senate contests (by ad spending) in U.S. election history.
Combining runoff spending with the general election, both contests (GOP Sen. David Perdue v. Democrat Jon Ossoff, and GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler v. Democrat Raphael Warnock) easily clear the record of $251 million spent on the airwaves in North Carolina’s 2020 Senate race.
The Perdue-vs.Ossoff race is set to have about $382 million spent on TV and radio, and the Loeffler-vs.-Warnock race is set to have about $284.3 million in TV and radio spending (this total includes money booked to be spent on Monday and Tuesday), per AdImpact.
The majority of that spending has come in the compressed runoff window — $250 million in the Perdue/Ossoff race and $235 million in the Loeffler/Perdue contest.
Another trend that’s common across both races since the runoff began is that Democratic candidates have been consistently outspending their GOP rivals on the airwaves, but GOP outside groups have more than filled the void to give Republicans a final spending edge.
Through Tuesday, Ossoff is expected to spend about $87 million to Perdue’s $50 million, compared to Warnock’s $70 million and Loeffler’s $50 million. But in both races, GOP outside groups have outspent Democratic outside groups by more than 3 times — with Democratic groups spending about $26 million in each race to the GOP’s more than $80 million.Georgia Senate elections set new ad spending records powered by massive outside spending [NBC]
…but if it turns out that georgia can swing it so mitch no longer gets to choke legislative efforts in the senate I know I for one would breathe a little easier…which would be handy because it feels like I haven’t caught my breath in a while
[…if you’re really looking to get angry & you haven’t already the whole thing is available to listen to at the top of that article…or if you’d prefer a transcript]
…& tomorrow’s going to be a doozy
President Trump’s relentless effort to overturn the result of the election that he lost has become the most serious stress test of American democracy in generations, led not by outside revolutionaries intent on bringing down the system but by the very leader charged with defending it.An Insurgency From Inside the Oval Office [NYT]
…even if unlike today’s the outcome of tomorrow is ultimately beyond legitimate doubt
Regardless of what has happened since the election two months ago, or what may happen in the next few weeks, Joe Biden will almost assuredly be inaugurated the president on Jan. 20, and Donald J. Trump’s official reign of presidential terror will end that day.
But, that is cold comfort, as we have trudged through these last months of President Trump trying, at every turn, to overthrow the will of the people by overturning the election he lost in November. Even if his ultimate loss is inevitably secured, it seems as though he is burning down the village as he retreats.Supreme Leader of Voter Suppression [NYT]
…not that it’s just the legitimate doubts we’ve got to worry about in the current climate
…& a lot of ground to make up
…so, signs of progress are welcome…even if they don’t seem like all they could be
A group of nearly 280 workers from Google parent company Alphabet on Monday launched a union, a move that could push tech worker organizing beyond petitions and protests.
But because the union is not seeking ratification through a federal agency, it won’t have collective bargaining rights, potentially limiting the leverage the group may be able to wield within the tech giant.Google, Alphabet workers launch unconventional union with help of Communications Workers of America [WaPo]
The union’s creation is highly unusual for the tech industry, which has long resisted efforts to organize its largely white-collar work force. It follows increasing demands by employees at Google for policy overhauls on pay, harassment and ethics, and is likely to escalate tensions with top leadership.https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/04/technology/google-employees-union.html
But unlike a traditional union, which demands that an employer come to the bargaining table to agree on a contract, the Alphabet Workers Union is a so-called minority union that represents a fraction of the company’s more than 260,000 full-time employees and contractors. Workers said it was primarily an effort to give structure and longevity to activism at Google, rather than to negotiate for a contract.
We’d had enough.
The two of us are software engineers, and we were recently elected executive chair and vice chair of the Alphabet Workers Union, a group of more than 200 workers in the United States who believe our company’s structure needs to change.We Built Google. This Is Not the Company We Want to Work For. [NYT]