Liuba Grechen Shirley’s new campaign video highlights her life story and the fight to flip NY02:
The process to pass landmark tax reform legislation “has been just a disaster,” as the American public does not understand what all it involves, Sen. Bernie Sanders complained Thursday.
“Are you suggesting that a bill that impacts the entire economy, virtually every American, should be read before people vote upon it?” the Vermont independent and former presidential candidate told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.
The bill was discussed and determined “around back doors,” Sanders continued. “Some 5,000 lobbyists have participated in it, but the American public does not know what’s in it. Bottom line, and I think some of the Republicans have been honest enough about acknowledging this, this is a gift for Republican wealthy campaign contributors.”
“At the end of 10 years, 83 million middle class families will be paying more in taxes,” said Sanders. “This means 32 million people will lose their health insurance. Premiums will go up by 10 percent with people in the individual market. This is going to exacerbate incoming wealth at a time when we have to protect the middle class and working families.”
Sanders also sounded off against the FCC’s vote to end net neutrality provisions, saying it’s “almost unspeakable” to speak about what a disaster the ruling will create.
“The internet has been a real effort to enhance democracy and level the playing field in this country,” he said. “It means that if you are a small business person right now, you were a start-up company, you can use the internet to get the word out about why people should come to your business. You can have the same opportunities on the internet as Walmart does, or as a large corporation … they’re going to do away with that and it’s going to be much more expensive for the little guy to play and compete against the big corporations.”
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I’ve stumbled across a couple of articles in the past couple of days that have profoundly troubled me. We know that Bannon wants to demolish the government and create something different, some dystopian land harking back to the 19th Century or worse. He admires Stalin. Ivana said Trump kept a copy of Mein Kampf in his nightstand. (Not sure how well he can read it, but perhaps it is rambling and crazy enough to make sense to him.) We know they both dog whistle the Alt-Right constantly. (Did you catch the Nazi salute by Bannon in Alabama?) One story is … Continue reading →
Like many of you, I initially despaired when reading exit poll results from the Alabama senate election. It seemed unbelievable that over 63% of white women would vote for a man who was credibly accused of molesting young girls. My first reaction was, “we won this by a hair-breadth, but we have a lot of work to do”. Then I realized that this not the whole story: A very interesting piece of data from Alabama exit polls: While White women overall voted for Moore 63 to 34, when you break out evangelical vs non you get evangelical white women … Continue reading →
While this year’s final renegotiation talks for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) continued behind closed doors on Wednesday, members of more than 70 advocacy groups and multiple lawmakers hosted an event on Capitol Hill and launched a social media campaign as part of the #ReplaceNAFTA Day of Action.
“Americans have had enough with trade deals that make it easier to outsource jobs to wherever workers are the most exploited and environmental regulations are the weakest,” said Arthur Stamoulis, executive director of the Citizens Trade Campaign, one of the groups that helped organize the event in D.C.
“It’s time to replace NAFTA with a new agreement that prioritizes the creation of good-paying jobs, the protection of human rights, and increased wages for all working people,” he said.
Activists with labor, environmental, faith, consumer, family farm, and other advocacy groups came together to demand that through the renegotiation, the United States, Mexico, and Canada—the three nations party to the agreement—end NAFTA’s outsourcing incentives and craft “labor and environmental provisions that are based on fundamental international standards and include swift and certain enforcement,” Stamoulis said.
“When Donald Trump campaigned for president, he promised that he was going to stop corporations from shifting American jobs to Mexico,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who spoke at the event alongside Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.). Addressing the president directly, Sanders added: “For once in your life, keep your promises.”
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*World’s richest 0.1% have boosted their wealth by as much as poorest half
*Almost 100 million people a year ‘forced to choose between food and healthcare’
*Tax Scam Opponents Rally as GOP Aims for Final Vote Next Week
*Alabama’s warning for Democrats: Don’t take black vote, poor whites for granted
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Before last night, this is what the Senate looked like: Notice the sea of red stretching from North Carolina to Texas? It’s now got one unexpected kink in it, Alabama. There are three senate seats that will be contested across that belt in 2018 (yes, I’m going to totally ignore Florida). An open seat in Tennessee (Bob Corker’s retiring), Mississippi (Roger Wicker) and Texas (Ted Cruz). A lot of attention will be focused on Tennessee, where Corker’s open seat creates a lot of possibilities. A Democrat has not represented Tennessee in the Senate since 1995. I’m going to ignore Mississippi But I want … Continue reading →
Moore, Trump and the RNC deserve to be tarred and feathered for what they tried to pull. They tried to send a child molester to the Senate. The good people of Alabama saw the light, and with a heavy lift from many black voters, have decided to send a good man to the senate. But we cannot let this rest. I am seething, seething with anger at the people who allowed a f***ing child molester come within 10-20,000 votes of a Senate seat. They can never be allowed to live that down. We cannot allow the country make the same mistake made … Continue reading →
In a striking repudiation of President Donald Trump, his former top strategist Steve Bannon—and, of course, Republican candidate Roy Moore himself—Democratic candidate Doug Jones claimed victory Tuesday night in Alabama’s hotly contested special election for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat.
“I have said throughout this campaign that I thought that Dec. 12 was going to be a historic day,” Jones declared in his victory speech to cheering room of supporters. “We have shown the country the way that we can be unified.”
Despite the Moore’s history of bigotry, outlandish religious extremism, and the credible accounts of sexual misconduct and assault levied against him by multiple women—both Trump and Bannon had campaigned aggressively on his behalf and said getting him to the Senate was vital for the president and the GOP in Congress to carry out their agenda.
Networks began calling the race for Jones shortly after 10 PM local time after it was clear that high voter turnout in key areas was the key in delivering a rare victory for a Democrat in a state that leans heavily Republican. But even with 100 percent of precincts reporting—with Jones winning 49.9 percent and Moore at 48.4 percent—as of this writing, Moore was still refusing to concede his defeat.
But as Jones was calling for a night of celebration and thanking his supporters, Trump’s most ardent backers and the GOP establishment didn’t wait to start pointing figures at one another, as Sean Hannity immediately said Senate Majority Mitch McConnell “deserves a lot of the blame” for Moore’s loss while a former aid to McConnell blasted Bannon “for showing [Republicans] how to lose the reddest state in the Union.”
Congratulations to @GDouglasJones for his great victory. Congratulations to the people of Alabama for doing what few thought they would do. This is a victory not just for Jones and Democrats. It is a victory for justice and decency.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 13, 2017
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Greetings Birdies! Today has been full of vitriolic commentary and game playing. As reported earlier today, Fats the Dummy Trump could not ignore a NY senator’s criticism about him (or a public demand to resign) and decided to re-enter the bull fighting arena, twitter. From NYT: President Trump aggressively returned to the issue of sexual harassment on Tuesday, again dismissing his own accusers as fabricators and attacking a female Democratic senator as a “lightweight” who “would do anything” for campaign contributions. The president’s attacks came in early morning Twitter posts after three of the accusers had come forward on … Continue reading →
The DNC Unity Reform Commission finished their recommendations of reforms to the Democratic National Committee this weekend, which included a 60 percent reduction in super delegates, more democratic rules in caucuses, greater DNC budget transparency measures, and the creation of an elected Ombudsman Committee to hold the DNC accountable during the presidential primaries. The recommendations will be sent to the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee, who have six months to accept or propose amendments to the recommendations before the 447 DNC members vote on whether to enact the recommendations in the DNC’s Fall 2018 meeting.
“There’s going to be a lot of organizing between now and then to get the members of the DNC to vote for in favor of the changes that the Unity Reform Commission has recommended,” said Our Revolution President Nina Turner, a member of the commission, in an interview with the Real News Network. “We need the grassroots. This is a insiders’ game, so the only people who get a chance to vote are the people who are members of the DNC. But we need the grassroots to use their voices, to say to the DNC that they support the recommendations of the Unity Reform Commission.”
Though Turner and progressives on the commission did not come to a consensus with the Clinton appointed members of the commission on every proposal they pushed, Turner noted the fact they were able to come to a consensus on several reforms is progress in the right direction.
“One way or the other, the DNC members will have a chance to weigh in on these changes and vote them up or down,” added Turner. “So we need grassroots lobbying efforts to the members of the DNC to say that these changes should happen to make this party more accountable and more transparent, and to have real unity the Democratic Party’s going to have to reform.”
The DNC itself still has a long road of reforms ahead to earn back the trust of voters who were disenfranchised by the 2016 Democratic Primary process and subsequent DNC member appointments and staffing. In order to accomplish this, Turner noted, progressives and Berniecrats must, “go to our states and run for those seats, so that when members of the DNC are selected, that we have a real seat at the table because we were elected by our states. And so that increases the likelihood that someone who is a progressive can be appointed to those seats.”
Turner says that only by gaining access to these local seats can progressives make real change. “The more people we can get elected as committee persons and chair and vice chair persons, the more then that we can impact what happens on the national level,” she said. “So I want people to run if they really care about working inside the party.”
I do not have the video to go with the interview from the Real News Network so instead will provide one of Turner discussing the topic with Bill Press:
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Starting off the News Roundup today with Bernie talking taxes, impeachment & resignations on ‘Meet The Press’:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, and two of his Democratic colleagues have suggested that President Donald Trump should consider resigning, after a run of sexual harassment scandals that has driven out some members of Congress.
Sen. Al Franken “felt it proper for him to resign,” Sanders said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning, referring to the Democrat from Minnesota. “Here you have a president who has been accused by many women of assault, who says on a tape that he assaulted women. He might want to think about doing the same.”
Sanders’ comment, which built on a tweet he’d sent last week, came after Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley, Ore., and Cory Booker, N.J., suggested that the “#MeToo moment” should prompt another look at the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The president should resign because he certainly has a track record with more than 17 women of horrific conduct,” Merkley said last week in an interview for the weekday version of “Meet the Press.”
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*Nuclear annihilation ‘one tantrum away’, Nobel peace prize winner warns
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Happy Sunday Friends! 😀 I should be doing bookkeeping, but it’s not nearly as fun as sharing things with you all. Arvol Looking Horse (Far right) offering prayers at the Keystone spill site this morning. Pic via Sylvana Flute pic.twitter.com/TYPoSrSVyQ — Ruth H. Hopkins (@RuthHHopkins) December 9, 2017 Arvol Looking Horse (the man on the right) is a formidable person. Arvol Looking Horse is the 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe for the Great Sioux Nation. He is a leading voice in the preservation of sacred sites across the planet and founder of World Peace and … Continue reading →
Former Military Leaders Want to Expand and Improve Child Care — to Increase Future Recruitment The American Enterprise Institute, a right-leaning think tank in Washington, D.C., organized an event this week with the provocative title, “Military readiness and early childhood: What is the link?” (“right-leaning”, lol, the AEI is very much hard-right. ‘During the George W. Bush administration, AEI was regarded “as the intellectual command post of the neoconservative campaign for regime change in Iraq,” Vanity Fair noted.’) It turns out that it’s hard to keep a huge military going when: the Department of Defense estimates that 71 percent of … Continue reading →
The Democratic Unity Reform Commission had their last meeting this weekend and issued a statement: “The meetings that have taken place over the past year and the reforms recommended by this body are a productive first step and will better prepare us for elections on the horizon so that we can elect Democrats from the school board to the Oval Office,” the statement reads. One of the issues that many progressives are keeping a close eye on is the matter of superdelegates. The DNC’s Unity Reform Commission (URC) chair Jennifer O’Malley Dillon and vice-chair Larry Cohen said that the number … Continue reading →