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jcitybone

Three prominent female Democrats all but openly began running for president this week, taking their most active steps yet to challenge President Trump and claim leadership of a movement of moderate and liberal women that has come to define their party during the 2018 elections.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York campaigned in the early primary state of New Hampshire on Thursday, while Senator Kamala Harris of California was poised to visit similarly crucial South Carolina and Iowa. And Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts left little doubt about her intentions when she released a genetic test indicating she has Native American ancestry — a move to blunt Mr. Trump’s taunts alleging she had mischaracterized her heritage.

These women are beginning to offer themselves as potential presidents at a time when stark divides around gender are shaping the midterm campaigns: A record number of women are running for Congress, mainly on the Democratic side, and polls show women favoring Democrats by a huge margin. Yet Mr. Trump has begun sharply assailing the #MeToo movement and making increasingly explicit appeals to male identity.

Ms. Gillibrand, 51, said the political energy among Democratic women this year far exceeded anything she saw in 2016, when Hillary Clinton stood a chance of becoming the first female president. Alluding to the Women’s March of 2017 and the recent protests against Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination, she said that energy would help define the 2020 election.

“It will carry over to the presidential race,” Ms. Gillibrand said in an interview. “You’ll have many women running. It’s not going to be just one woman running.”

jcitybone

Yet another poll finding that more people disapprove of Kavanaugh than approve.

https://apnews.com/bcd192055e694f2b9365f0c321483fad

Overall, 43 percent disapprove of Kavanaugh’s confirmation while 35 percent approve. More independents disapprove than support his confirmation, 35 percent to 17 percent, while the remaining respondents do not have a strong opinion either way.

Benny

jcitybone

I don’t know how Ted and Heidi make ends meet!

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wi60

Well Cruz can take Walkers wife’s advise and quit being a politician and go make some real money as a lobbyist.

Benny

If I were Betsy Londrigian, I’d be tying this with Rodney Davis:

GOP tax cuts aren’t working.
#IL-13

Benny

Rodney nDavis goes along with GOP talking points of denying they would remove pre-existing conditions in new healthcare bills. The biggest whopper of the election cycle.

Londrigan said Davis voted 11 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act with no replacement.

“It effectively eliminates protections for people with pre-existing conditions from being discriminated against,” she said. “The AARP and the American Cancer Society agree that the AHCA (American Health Care Act of 2017), which is the bill that Congressman Davis celebrated on the White House lawn, would not help people with pre-existing conditions. It would weaken those protections.

“What I want to do is to make sure that, when we fix the Affordable Care Act, that we keep those essential benefits.”

Davis denied voting 11 times to get rid of coverage for pre-existing conditions.

“Those votes were votes on budget reconciliation rules, those votes were on budgeting bills that specifically had a replacement language in them. I fought personally, and the vice president just last week reminded the folks of central Illinois that I sat around the table with him. My number one priority when writing the American Health Care Act was protecting pre-existing health care coverage. It specifically says nothing in this bill shall allow the insurance companies deny coverage for pre-existing conditions.”

http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/2018-10-19/davis-londrigan-odds-most-issues-urbana-debate.html

humphrey

Sadly this is how things work in Trump’s economy. The rich get richer the rest not so much.

But wait. The rest of us get the shaft!

polarbear4

yes, grocery lists are shrinking! 😉

polarbear4

I admit, I’m wondering if those of us who finally made it to Medicare (sad that we wanted to get older, eh?) are going to be paying the same higher tax rate to support M4A. I’ll research it, eventually.

If so, I would of course still support it, but between the recent tax bills and this, if it is so, it will be a significant hardship. I am so working on growing, learning and finding new ways to welcome money in my life. AND I cannot get past some of the changes that come with an older age, including finding a way to truly dig in to something and have one last meaningful, satisfying both emotionally and financially, career. I’m more than willing, the funds and perhaps some of the capacity aren’t there just yet, anyway.

I’m thinking the bill must have a way to protect seniors from this.

humphrey

I may be wrong but this is the way I understand it. If at present you are paying for health care out of pocket any tax increases will be less than your current premiums. Also if M4A came to pass the burden would not fall onto the shoulders of lower income individuals but rather those with the higher earnings.

wi60

👍

humphrey

Many people are trying to improve their lives. In reality their wallets will be emptier.

Benny

Bernie at Liz Watson’s Rally in IN

https://www.facebook.com/HoosierNinth/videos/488476128331517/

Benny

Link on FB goes to a rally goer’s video

The kids love Bernie!

Benny

Benny

In another tweet, the punk from Buzzfeed apparently couldn’t keep up with Bernie without breaking a sweat!

Benny

WHCA condemns Trump’s Remarks about Guardian Reporter at Gianforte Rally Last Night

The White House Correspondents’ Association condemned President Donald Trump Friday after he lauded a lawmaker from Montana a day earlier for body slamming a Guardian reporter.

“All Americans should recoil from the president’s praise for a violent assault on a reporter doing his Constitutionally protected job,” White House Correspondents’ Association president Olivier Knox said in a statement. “This amounts to the celebration of a crime by someone sworn to uphold our laws and an attack on the First Amendment by someone who has solemnly pledged to defend it. We should never shrug at the president cheerleading for a violent act targeting a free and independent news media.”

Benny

Benny

I don’t think I know much about this candidate from MO:

magsview

Renee is another lady I’ve been following for quite awhile. Not sure what her chances are looking like, but she emphasized healthcare and the environment, two of my most important issues.

Here are a couple of tweets she posted today (I posted the one you posted to get that bonus bit on the bottom):

Benny

107,000 purged from Georgia voter rolls for not voting in past elections: report

Georgia officials removed an estimated 107,000 people from voter rolls because they decided not to vote in prior elections, according to a new report.

An APM Reports analysis found the voters were removed under the state’s “use it or lose it” law, which starts a process for removing people from voter rolls if they fail to vote, respond to a notice or make contact with election officials over a three-year period.

After that three-year span, those who don’t vote or make contact with authorities in two elections can be purged from the voter rolls under the Georgia law.

And of course, I bet the registration deadline has passed. You can vote provisional, but that’s about it.

polarbear4

Deja vu the Bronx. Sux, as Benny would say. Aaaaaaasrrrrgghh!

Benny

With eyes clear but certainly not starry, we enthusiastically endorse Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate. The West Texas congressman’s command of issues that matter to this state, his unaffected eloquence and his eagerness to reach out to all Texans make him one of the most impressive candidates this editorial board has encountered in many years. Despite the long odds he faces – pollster nonpareil Nate Silver gives O’Rourke a 20 percent chance of winning – a “Beto” victory would be good for Texas, not only because of his skills, both personal and political, but also because of the manifest inadequacies of the man he would replace.

Ted Cruz — a candidate the Chronicle endorsed in 2012, by the way — is the junior senator from Texas in name only. Exhibiting little interest in addressing the needs of his fellow Texans during his six years in office, he has kept his eyes on a higher prize. He’s been running for president since he took the oath of office — more likely since he picked up his class schedule as a 15-year-old ninth-grader at Houston’s Second Baptist High School more than three decades ago. For Cruz, public office is a private quest; the needs of his constituents are secondary.

It was the rookie Cruz, riding high after a double-digit win in 2012, who brazenly took the lead in a 2013 federal government shutdown, an exercise in self-aggrandizement that he hoped would lead to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Cruz, instead, undercut the economy, cost taxpayers an estimated $2 billion (and inflicted his reading of Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham” on an unamused nation). Maybe the senator succeeded in cementing in his obstructionist tea party bona fides, but we don’t recall Texans clamoring for such an ill-considered, self-serving stunt.

Cruz’s very first vote as senator was a “nay” on the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, a bill authorizing $60 billion for relief agencies working to address the needs of Hurricane Sandy victims. More than a few of Cruz’s congressional colleagues reminded him of that vote when he came seeking support for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Cruz’s Texas cohort, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, was effective in those efforts; the junior senator was not.

Voters don’t send representatives to Washington to win popularity contests, and yet the bipartisan disdain the Republican incumbent elicits from his colleagues, remarkable in its intensity, deserves noting. His repellent personality hamstrings his ability to do the job.

smip

What sets O’Rourke apart, aside from the remarkable campaign he’s running, are policy positions in keeping with a candidate duly aware of the traditionally conservative Texas voter he would be representing in the U.S. Senate. Representing a congressional district that includes Fort Bliss and numerous military retirees, he has focused on improving the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, with special attention to mental health. He’s a strong believer in free trade and global markets, an economic position that should appeal to pragmatic Houston business interests.

As a lifelong border resident, O’Rourke supports our trade ties with Mexico and our need to sustain and encourage those ties (despite the anti-Mexican malice that emanates from the White House). In fact, he once partnered with Cornyn on a bill to improve those economically critical border crossings. He opposes Trump’s wall, not only because it’s an absurd and colossal waste, but also because he objects to the government’s use of eminent domain.

“While he may look like the second coming of Bobby Kennedy to D.C. pundits,” political scientist Jay Aiyer of Texas Southern University has written, “Texans can see that O’Rourke has more in common with the politics and approach of former Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby, who advocated for modernizing Texas through bipartisan cooperation during his time leading the Texas Senate.”

There’s one more reason O’Rourke should represent Texas in the U.S. Senate: He would help to serve as a check on a president who is a danger to the republic. Cruz is unwilling to take on that responsibility. Indeed, the man who delighted in calling the Texas senator “Lyin’ Ted” all through the 2016 presidential campaign, who insulted Cruz’s wife and his father, is bringing his traveling campaign medicine show to Houston next week to buoy the Cruz campaign. The hyperbole, the hypocrisy and the rancorous hot air just might blow the roof off the Toyota Center.

While the bloviations emanate from the arena next week, imagine how refreshing it would be to have a U.S. senator who not only knows the issues but respects the opposition, who takes firm positions but reaches out to those who disagree, who expects to make government work for Texas and the nation. Beto O’Rourke, we believe, is that senator.

humphrey

The Houston Chronicle endorsement is getting some coverage.

https://www.newsweek.com/houston-chronicle-endorses-beto-orourke-1179388?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=NewsweekTwitter

In 2012, in line with its long history of supporting Republican candidates for office, the Houston Chronicle editorial board endorsed Republican Ted Cruz for the Senate. Now, after closely covering his first term and the rise of a popular Democratic challenger, the editorial staff broke with tradition and endorsed his rival, Congressman Beto O’Rourke.

The board wasn’t shy in offering up its criticism of Cruz’s “repellent personality” while praising O’Rourke’s “eagerness to reach out to all Texans,” making the Democrat one of the “most impressive candidates” the board has seen in years. It called Cruz the “junior senator from Texas in name only,” saying the former 2016 presidential candidate exhibited “little interest in addressing the needs of his fellow Texans during his six years in office” because he always eyed a much larger prize: the presidency.

“He’s been running for president since he took the oath of office—more likely since he picked up his class schedule as a 15-year-old ninth-grader at Houston’s Second Baptist High School more than three decades ago,” the board said.

Since 1932, the Houston-based paper’s editorial board—which is separate from its newsroom, which remains nonpartisan—has endorsed 14 GOP presidential candidates, compared to just seven Democratic candidates.

“For Cruz,” the board said, “public office is a private quest; the needs of his constituents are secondary.”

Benny

Cartoon says more than the GOP does (through the party’s sheets of lies).

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TheLeftistheCenter

Yep, I fully believe the main reason the establishment makes such a big deal about upholding the 2nd amendment is to keep the yahoos from realizing the lost the other 9.

magsview

😀

TheLeftistheCenter

The live band is just epic 😀

Benny

We’ll try this…Nina starts the rally:

polarbear4

too cool for school.

Benny

Frank Luntz does a focus group of likely Texas voters in Dallas about Cruz/Beto

I know Luntz is despised in Dem circles, but he’s actually pretty adept at conducting focus groups. There’s a few surprises in this one.

magsview

For those of you who saw my comment yest about the hex on Kavanaugh, lol.

Benny

This is quite a turn of events in Alaska:

From KTUU in Alaska:

The announcement came at a candidates’ forum at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention, billed as the largest gathering of indigenous people in the country.

“Every decision I”ve made as your governor, I’ve made on the basis of what I believe is best for Alaska,” he said before the candidates’ forum began.

“It’s become clear we cannot win a three-way race,” Walker said, with newly sworn-in Lt. Gov. Valerie Davidson at his side.

It’s been just days since Walker announced that his Lieutenant Governor, and until then, running mate Byron Mallott, was stepping down from office after making unspecified “inappropriate overtures.”

Does anyone know what these “inappropriate” remarks by Mallott were?

Benny

How about not at all?

polarbear4

i like your idea best, Benny.

yeah, transitioning us back to “safe” territory asap.

humphrey

I wonder who is the second Democrat on the ballot in Pelosi’s district?

Benny

I think it is an R. Stephen Jaffe ran against her and unfortunately, didn’t get a lot of support.

humphrey

You are correct.

California’s 12th congressional district election, 2018
Primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Nancy Pelosi (incumbent) 141,365 68.5
Republican Lisa Remmer 18,771 9.1
Democratic Shahid Buttar 17,597 8.5
Democratic Stephen Jaffe 12,114 5.9
Democratic Ryan A. Khojasteh 9,498 4.6
Green Barry Hermanson 4,217 2.0
No party preference Michael Goldstein 2,820 1.4
Total votes 206,382 100.0

Benny

Bernie is railing against the status quo again in campaigning for Gretchen Whitmer. I’m not certain how Gretchen likes the speech, but I guess she’ll be gracious about it.

Benny

Benny

Those on FB, go here to see Bernie’s speech:

or https://www.facebook.com/GretchenWhitmer/videos/403915656811685/

TheLeftistheCenter

Im sure she likes the turn out, few can pull an ethusiastic crowd like Bernie can, that makes a rally a real rally and not just some dull political speech.

Benny

Meantime, there are two debates going on, one of them is Evers and Walker. John Nichols is at the event and tweeted this:

It proves the GOP are lying through their Trumpting teeth!

Benny

Other debate is Rosen & Heller in NV.

https://www.lasvegasnow.com/2018-senate-debate

There are two livestreams, the one on the right shows the focus group’s live reaction. They don’t appear to be impressed with either one of the candidates.

Benny

Heller is on the attack and I’m not certain the focus group approves.

Benny

But in a final result of the focus group, Heller won 8 to 7 (15 total in focus group).

wi60

Typical walker rhetoric

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/the-nation-appoints-anti-corruption-powerhouse-zephyr-teachout-to-editorial-board/

The Nation, America’s leading source of independent journalism, progressive politics, and culture, today announced that Zephyr Teachout will be joining the editorial board to advise on issues close to her work combating corruption, crony capitalism, monopoly power, and corporate-friendly politics.

“We’re so pleased Zephyr is joining our masthead,” says Nation editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel. “She has spent much of her life working to restore America’s democracy. Zephyr believes in holding the powerful and corrupt accountable, as does The Nation. Her deeply informed insights into why our current political system is broken—and how it can be repaired—will inform our journalism and thinking.”

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