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At the start of 2020, I was engaged to a petite woman. We’d been together for three years and had a puppy together.

She was also abusive. When the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdowns, I begged her to stop drinking, hoping it would calm the storm inside of her.

It worked for a couple of weeks.

Trigger warning: Descriptions of abuse below

Then one afternoon I found myself sitting on the couch, holding our dog while he licked my tears and blood ran down my neck and arms from where her nails had cut me. …


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Originally published at conorbronsdon.com

“Dems in Disarray” read the headlines. Elected officials from AOC to moderates like Conner Lamb are sniping at each other over the loss of seats, the US Senate is coming down to a runoff in Georgia, and Republicans have won local elections across the country and picked up seats in the US house. Sure, Joe Biden beat Donald Trump — but where is the Democratic wave that was supposed to materialize?

2020 was supposed to be the golden opportunity for Democrats, their version of Ronald Reagan crushing Jimmy Carter in 1980 and sweeping Republicans into power. Instead, Biden achieved a comfortable victory, and the rest of the Democratic party is left arguing over how they managed to lose US House seats. The Trump administration’s tragic and horrific failure to combat COVID-19 should have been the nail in the coffin for Republican hopes, so what went wrong for Democrats? …


President Trump’s path to a reelection victory has narrowed but also solidified. His odds are low(recession, mismanaged pandemic, terribly managed campaign, and a candidate that struggles to stay on message/is an asshole). Still, he has a clear path — and some genuine advantages.

What’s Trump’s path?

The states that are generally considered “battleground” or potential battleground states are mostly state’s Trump won in 2016 but include some states where Republicans are on offense. Trump can afford to lose 36 electoral votes from his 2016 electoral map (see below). Here are the battlegrounds:

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The final 2016 electoral map that led to President Trump’s election.
  • WI, MI, AZ, PA, NC, OH, FL: These are 6 states that Trump won in 2016 — if any 3 of them flip to Joe Biden, we’re looking at no candidate at 270 or a Biden win. …


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In 2020, the Donald Trump administration's horrifying, wanton mismanagement of a deadly global pandemic has led to over 209,500 American deaths (and counting) from COVID-19. More than 7,000 deaths in Georgia. Millions of lost jobs across the United States. 7,444,700 citizens infected and counted. Thousands of Georgia businesses permanently closed and 215,000 jobs have been lost.

With rising rage at the Trump administration’s incompetence and willful disregard for American lives, plus shifting demographic trends, Democrats have an opportunity for the kind of election success that hasn’t been seen across the country since 1980. …


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Something is wrong. Mass media and social media are increasingly polarized, and the problem of fake news is becoming worse. Our elections were disrupted in 2016 by a foreign adversary using social media misinformation tools and today the facts of a debate are different depending on who you talk to, what media they listen to, and what party they’re in.

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people.”

- Thomas Jefferson

As I watch the beginning of the impeachment trial, I’m struck once again by how polarized we are. Our nation used to have a common set of facts that were the basis for debate, back when the whole country tuned in to see Huntley and Brinkley, or Walter Cronkite’s nightly broadcast. …


Successful politics is all about marketing.

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Amazon dispatches goods, services, and communications to the market via multiple channels and in return, consumers pay money, provide information and offer their loyalty. Political campaigns are hardly different. A candidate will dispatch promises, preferences and their personality to the voters in exchange for their votes and contributions to the campaign effort.

As the digital world grows exponentially with little sign of slowing down, political campaigns need to keep up with their voters in the same way that Amazon has kept up with their buyers. Amazon uses artificial intelligence (AI) powered recommendations, Prime add-ons and new delivery options (including drones) to stay ahead of their competitors and the best political campaigns must embrace that same aggressive outreach mindset. Some of the same emerging technology innovations that are rapidly transforming business are likely to change the face of political campaigns if deployed effectively — for-profit marketing often leads the way in developing tools that are then seized on by political campaigns.


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With the news today that Michael Bloomberg will likely join the already crowded presidential primary field, you might be experiencing billionaire fatigue.

You might be asking: Will one of these guys kindly not run for president?

Will one of them take the millions of dollars that they’re wasting “making their case” to voters for what is highly likely to be an ultimately losing effort, and instead invest in down-ballot races? …


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Starting September 14th, 2019, the second Payment Services Directive went into effect, requiring Strong Customer Authentication (called SCA) across Europe for “customer-initiated” online payments. Enforcement of these regulations varies across countries, banks, and card networks, increasing complexity and blocking payments for online business. While the fragmented application of SCA rules and the numerous nuanced exceptions are causing headaches for businesses across the globe, the requirements are a crucial step forward in requiring secure financial transactions and maintaining customer security.

In today’s modern threat environment, we know that the network perimeter defense strategies of the past no longer meet the needs of the global economy. With the introduction of cloud technology and the Internet of Things, the proliferation of devices and ease of remote access has necessitated a move to a new plan for cybersecurity. Modern security most take on a zero-trust approach to user identity and authentication that compartmentalizes information, applies risk management to users, and makes it harder for bad actors to access sensitive information. The new SCA rules are requiring companies to make this change and to protect crucial financial information while encouraging them to take advantage of new security technologies such as biometric authentication and 3D Secure 2. …


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Viadoom. Carmageddon. Everywhere you look, everyone is complaining about Seattle traffic and offering dire prophecies. Even so, the current administration led by Mayor Jenny Durkan, is failing to take advantage of one of the key opportunities to reduce congestion and divert citizens to a more environmentally friendly form of transportation; electric scooters. These e-scooters have enjoyed tremendous success across the country since their arrival in 2017. Easy to ride, zero emission, and fun, e-scooters appear to be an ideal form of transportation. …


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Sugar is an addiction. So many of us are stuck in the cycle, and the health effects are undoubtedly negative. Constant soda drinking is the bane of dentists everywhere. Sugary candies and desserts provide empty calories that fill in American’s waistlines. While the term “crisis” is vastly overused in today’s political climate, the sugar addiction perpetuated by advertising has facilitated the modern obesity epidemic and deserves to be considered as a public health crisis.

Yet legislative prescriptions have fallen flat. Seattle’s beverage tax is seemingly failing in its stated mission of curbing sugar consumption. Proponents of the Beverage Tax claimed it would help reduce obesity and address epidemic levels of sugar abuse by disincentivizing drinking of sugary sodas while raising needed revenue for the city by creating a “sin” tax on negative behavior. …

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Conor Bronsdon

Political strategist and green tech entrepreneur — you can read more of my writing at https://www.conorbronsdon.com.

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