Jimmy Dore interviews Paula Jean Swearengin on her primary run against West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin.
While TPW has two new excellent posts up by Subir (please read them and make comments!), I’m creating an open thread. Bernie slammed Trump on his budget proposal this afternoon and had the ranking Budget member from Congress, John Yarmuth, join him in the presser. Spoiler warning: the Minority leaders also give remarks but they are the last two. Sanders highlighted the tax savings the wealthiest Americans will see and the cuts to welfare programs. “This is a budget that says if you are a member of the Trump family, you will get a tax break of up to $4 … Continue reading →
While much of the discussion of Kushner’s real-estate empire has focused on glitzy high-rises in New York City, Kushner also owns far more modest low-rise residential rental complexes across the country. The NY Times has a superb exposé of shoddy conditions and exploitative, extortionate tactics used in Baltimore housing complexes owned by a company called “JK2 Westminster”. The JK stands for Jared Kushner’s initials. The article describes the travails of one young woman who terminated her lease early, with permission from the landlord, a few months before Kushner bought the property. Kushner’s lawyers filed a court-case to extract several thousand dollars … Continue reading →
Mayor Landrieu’s speech concerning the removal of Confederate monuments deserves a lot more attention because it really is quite an excellent speech. It is being compared to LBJ’s commencement address at Howard as a clear-eyed exposition on racism and white supremacy by a white politician. The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together every step of the way—for both good and for ill. It is a history that holds in its heart the stories of Native Americans—the Choctaw, Houma Nation, the Chitimacha. Of Hernando de … Continue reading →
The American Health Care Act [aka TrumpCare or Trump Doesn’t Care And If You Get Sick, Die Quick] is an abomination and everyone who voted for it needs to be punished. Nancy Pelosi was on the right track when she said “Do you believe in what is in this bill? Some of you have said … well, they’ll fix it in the Senate. But you have every provision of this bill tattooed on your forehead. You will glow in the dark on this one”, but she did not go far enough. The original version of TrumpCare was so bad that … Continue reading →
They called it the “Weekend with Bernie.”
Senator Bernie Sanders criss-crossed Montana for a rapid-fire series of events over the weekend to boost Rob Quist, the folk-singing Democrat on the ticket for Thursday’s special election to replace now-Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, for the state’s seat in the House of Representatives.
“Rob and I are going to do everything we can to bury that horrific, disgusting piece of legislation that passed two weeks ago,” Sanders bellowed, referring to the recent House passage of the American Health Care Act, during the duo’s final stop together in Bozeman on Sunday morning.
From Missoula to Butte to Billings and Bozeman, the primary rallying cry for this race was health care—and the skyrocketing costs for care that could result if AHCA is signed into law.
During the second-to-last stop of the tour in Butte on Saturday, a union stronghold that was formerly a copper boomtown throughout the end of the 19th century, some 2,500 or more poured into the Butte Civic Center in the late afternoon.
To the bane of Congressional Republicans, the Congressional Budget Office score on the GOP’s new health care bill will be released next Wednesday. On Thursday, the polls will close in Montana’s closely watched congressional race between Democrat Rob Quist and Republican Greg Gianforte.
Hoping to get a boost from the inevitable Democratic outrage over the health care news next week, Quist is releasing his last few political ads; with two of them focusing entirely on health care.
In his ad, “Half,” Quist addresses the pre-existing condition rates in his state. Serving as his own narrator over b-roll of a picnic with the stunning Montana skyline painted behind them, Quist says, “Did you know half of all Montanans have a pre-existing condition? One out of every two.” Quist goes on to tell the story of a few other people attending the picnic, including one woman who survived breast cancer, and a man who made it through a major back surgery. “One thing I can tell you,” Quist says, “we’re all thankful to be here.”
“Greg Gianforte says he’s thankful for the new healthcare bill,” he continues. “The one that eliminates protections for pre-existing conditions and raises premiums on every Montanan who has one. I think Greg’s thankful because he gets another big tax break at our expense.”
More news, video, etc in the comments, See you there!
In about a half hour, Rob Quist will hold his last rally with Bernie Sanders in Bozeman. The event is being held on the campus of Montana State University. Here’s a tweet sent by Quist’s campaign, just moments ago. KBZK TV is planning to livesteam the event on FB. Update: it is live now! There are signs in the audience which read “Save the Wilderness” and “Resist with Quist.” ! @RobQuistforMT #BigSkyBern #MTAL #MTPolWhat a day. Thanks for coming to Montana, @BernieSanders! pic.twitter.com/llzBsw4sdJ — Dan O'Sullivan (@dan_osullivan) May 21, 2017 More news about the rallies, which Quist has deemed “Big … Continue reading →
Ovarian Bioprosthetics Many young girls, some prepubescent, undergo cancer treatments that lead to sterility. The tragedy is that while their lives are saved, they cannot themselves have children later in life. Some of these cancer victims have their eggs harvested before the onset of the inevitable chemo, but that doesn’t help them to carry offspring to term, a devastating consequence of their necessary medical interventions. Now it seems that scientists at Northwestern University, in conjunction with Lurie Children’s Hospital, are working to reverse this outcome. Dr. Monica Laronda — working with Drs. Teresa Woodruff and Ramille Shah, and using “3-D printing of … Continue reading →
An article to start things off. Rainer Shea over at newslogue: When It’s The Pragmatists That Want War With Russia Reality doesn’t have much cultural favor in modern American society. When forty years of escalated economic exploitation has made the country regress to third world status for the majority of the population, we tell ourselves it’s because the majority of Americans aren’t trying hard enough. When seven decades of perpetual war has destabilized the middle east and driven up the national debt to record levels, the countries we’ve invaded and welfare recipients are respectively to blame. When two centuries of carbon … Continue reading →
Seems like all kinds of news on take out the trash day. The Washington Post reported a few minutes ago that someone familiar with the Russia probe has identified a WH official as “a person” of interest. … Continue reading →
Good morning friends! A mini Quist roundup to start things off and then more will be in the comments. (Including DNC lawsuit discussion, the latest Sanders news, environmental updates, etc). See you there!
Rob Quist, the once-longshot, banjo-strumming populist running for Montana’s empty U.S. House seat, is giving Republicans a scare.
On Thursday, Quist’s campaign announced a startling $5 million fundraising haul that came from more than 200,000 individual donations over the course of 85 days. What’s more, the political novice has refused contributions from lobbyists and corporate political action committees, earning him the respect of progressives like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who will hold a campaign rally in Missoula on Saturday, as well as events in Butte, Billings, and Bozeman ahead of the May 25th special election.
Many believe the healthcare issue could prove to be the GOP’s downfall in many state-level races, including Montana.
“Rob’s story is resonating with voters who want someone who will stand up for them,” Quist campaign spokeswoman Tina Olechowski told The Hill. “After medical complications following surgery, Rob got into debt. He paid off his debt, but Rob believes no one should ever face bankruptcy just because they get sick. Greg Gianforte supports the health care bill that would raise costs for consumers, eliminate health coverage for seventy thousand Montanans, and end protections for pre-existing conditions—all to pay for huge tax breaks for millionaires like Gianforte himself.”
Similarly, Sanders said last month, “Rob Quist is the only person in this race who understands that we need a government in Washington that works for all Montanans and all Americans and not just the special interests and the billionaire class.”
In the weeks leading up to Montana’s special congressional election, Rob Quist and his surrogates fanned out across college campuses throughout the state, hoping to tap into a trove of progressive votes in a place that’s known to elect Democrats while maintaining conservative values as sturdy as the nearby Rocky Mountains.
With just a week left to campaign before the May 25 election, Quist is counting on college-age voters to provide the sliver of ballots he needs to prevail in a nationally watched election for Montana’s open congressional seat, vacant since Ryan Zinke resigned to become U.S. interior secretary.
Quist is running as a populist and political outsider who supports strengthening President Barack Obama’s health care law, not repealing it. He backs abortion rights, same-sex marriage, pay equity for women and lower interest rates for college loans — themes that resonate with younger voters.
“Democrats know they have to swing a lot of those middle or independent voters, so young voters are incredibly important. It should be a pretty coveted group of people because they aren’t always decided,” said Rachel Huff-Doria, executive director of Forward Montana, which helps get out the vote on college campuses across the state.
As he did in his bid for governor, Gianforte has largely ignored college campuses. His campaign has focused on rallying older, established voters to cast ballots.
Bernie Sanders had another show today on Facebook. It is now on YT and here’s the video, it’s about 40 minutes long. His guest is Larry Wilmore, formerly of The Larry Wilmore Show on Comedy Central, and now has a podcast series (free) called “Black on the Air“. Some of you may remember he was the last keynote comedian for the White House Correspondents Dinner during the Obama Administration. This is also an open thread for this evening. … Continue reading →
Hello friends! Starting the day with some Rob Quist material and then everything else will be in the comments!
.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ rally Saturday for Rob Quist has been moved to the Adams Center in Missoula, which holds up to 7,500 people.
Quist, the Democratic candidate for Montana’s lone U.S. House seat, was originally set to appear with Sanders, the former Democratic presidential candidate, at the Wilma, which holds 1,200 people
The move was announced Wednesday morning on Quist’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Gov. Steve Bullock subsequently set the special election for Thursday, May 25.
“Montanans can RSVP by texting BERNIE to 30644 or by going to http://robquist.org/bernie”
Just food for thought as a lot of pundants and die hard Hillary people are throwing around the I word a lot. Behind the scenes if Trump would get impeached we get Pence as president. If he(Pence) would go down in flames with Trump for some reason then it would be Paul Ryan, then you can kiss goodbye every new deal program FDR passed. Be careful what you wish for America. Don’t get me wrong Trump is bad but whats behind him has potential to be a hell of a lot worse. Anyways just thought I would take a crack … Continue reading →
This is just a slight rant. I’ve been mumbling about it here, but I want folks in the Indie media, particularly those with investigative reporting and punditry that is progressive liberal left, to hopefully see this via tags. Not centrists or neo-liberals but Democratic Socialists like me, aka Berners. … Continue reading →