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Benny

magsview

Honestly don’t see how anyone who ‘scales back’ minimum wage can sleep at night.

polarbear4

It’s the Dominionist way!

Benny

What House Democrats need to do

Expanding health coverage, reforming our democracy, restoring upward mobility with well-paying jobs, curbing gun violence and moving to repair our immigration system.

Oh, yes, and protecting our constitutional republic from President Trump while rooting out corruption.

This should be the agenda of Democrats in the House of Representatives. Already, some pundits are warning that the new majority will “overreach.” But overreach is not the problem for a party that controls only one chamber of Congress.

The bigger threat is underachievement. Democrats will squander their victory — their largest gain in House seats since 1974 — if they fail to use their power to show what the alternative to Trumpism looks like.

Yes, many of their ideas will die in the Senate. But Republicans in that increasingly unrepresentative body should be made to pay a high price for thwarting progress. If the cost proves high enough, some good things might happen before 2020.

This is not about Democrats going “hard left,” a phrase we’ll hear a lot on Fox News. What unites the staunch progressives and their less overtly ideological brethren who won many of last week’s contests is a desire to demonstrate that government, used intelligently, can make life better for the vast majority.

Are some establishment journalists finally listening to Bernie?

humphrey

If some are they certainly are in the minority. As in the past Bernie is either being ignored or downplayed. I don’t believe that this will change anytime soon.

Benny

magsview

I was a huge fan of Sherrod’s for years.

I still remember at TOP, years ago, when I brought up the possibility of him running for Prez, how I got shot down viciously by people saying that he was needed in the Senate (with shades of ‘what the hell’s wrong with you?’). (Sure don’t miss the vitriol over there.)

Then he really disappointed me in 2015/2016. Felt like he turned his back on progs.

If he runs in 2020 AND he strongly reaches out to progressives AND he looks like he’s scoring lots of points and looking strong vis-à-vis Trump, well maybe. But as of now I don’t want to get burned by him again.

Remember this? I do.

Hillary Clinton has been absolutely crushing Bernie Sanders when it comes to endorsements from elected Democrats. She has 34 of the US Senate’s 44 Democrats, 10 of the 18 Democratic governors, and 120 of the US House’s 188 Democrats.

But Clinton’s most surprising endorsement is the 34th and most recent senator to get on board: Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

https://www.vox.com/2015/10/27/9621380/bernie-sanders-sherrod-brown

Clinton didn’t even need Sherrod’s endorsement. I wish he’d stayed out of it.

humphrey

I fully agree with you mags. I was going to post something similar but got distracted.

polarbear4

same here. do not trust him anymore. too many real progs around.

jcitybone

Yes, the strategy of mobilizing voters of color and progressive whites is limited by the demographic composition of particular states. But what Mr. Obama showed twice is that it works in enough places to win the White House. And that is exactly the next electoral challenge.

Democrats can go the old route that has consistently failed to come close to winning and demoralized supporters down the line, or they can do the math and follow the example of Ms. Abrams and Mr. Gillum and Mr. Obama before them. Invest in the infrastructure and staffing to engage and mobilize voters. Stand as tall, strongly and proudly for the nation’s multiracial rainbow as Mr. Trump stands against it. And mobilize and call forth a new American majority in a country that gets browner by the hour and will be even more diverse by November 2020.

jcitybone

Thetr are going to many contenders

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/416223-ojeda-announces-2020-bid-to-challenge-trump

West Virginia state Sen. Richard Ojeda (D) on Monday announced that he will run for the Democratic nomination to challenge President Trump in the 2020 presidential election, less than a week after losing a congressional bid.

“I don’t think that this office is not obtainable. I believe that I can relate to people,” Ojeda, an Army veteran, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

Ojeda is joining what could potentially end up being a crowded Democratic primary field, with names such as former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) being floated.

“The Democratic Party is supposed the party that looks out for the working class citizens. That’s what they do. We don’t have that today,” Ojeda said on Monday.

orlbucfan

c99 has just posted a diary talking about the same topic. My only complaint is the lack of experience as a public servant in the halls of power. POTUS is the biggest shark pit of power any public servant has to manipulate. JFK got killed cos he was naive. The power hogs are even more ruthless now.

Benny

Click Read More to read it in its entirety. From: Beto O’Rourke Subject: Grateful Amy is watching Last of the Mohicans in the other room with the kids. We started it last night after Ulysses’ basketball game. Pizza, carrots, Mohicans and then early to bed. This morning, before everyone got up, I went on a run with Artemis and then made breakfast. Scones, German pancakes, bacon, eggs, and some bread that Jim and Christine brought by last night with butter and jam on it. Some coffee from beans that a friend in Austin sent to us last week. It’s not Whataburger, but… After breakfast, we went on a hike in the Franklins with friends and dogs. Glorious morning in El Paso, crisp and clear, you can see for miles at the top of Crazy Cat. Listening to the war cries and shots firing from the TV speaker in the other room, I’m smiling because we are all together again. Doing something—just hanging out, just being around, just being—that I haven’t done in almost two years. Been to all the kids’ games over the last few days, made dinners at home, seen some friends and got to be outside, on the mountain and down at the river with Artemis. I can hear Amy yelling in the other room “Don’t watch this part! Don’t watch it!” And Henry saying “I’m watching it!” and laughing. Already miss the road. Miss our team and the volunteers we’d see in every city, every town. Miss the energy and smiles and joy that I found all over Texas. Miss the purpose, the goal. Miss being part of something so much bigger than me or my life. Organized for a common cause and end. We were all together, really together. Never felt anything like that. While there is loss, I also feel intense gratitude, waves of it every day. How was I so lucky to be part of something so amazing? I can close my eyes and see so many faces and smiles. Hear the laughing and the cheering. I can see us hopeful and connecting as we shook one another’s hand, looking at each other and nodding, knowing. All the stories that have been shared with me, all part of me. Every gift and kindness, every word of encouragement. Every bit of faith in what we had set ourselves to. We were doing this for one another, doing this the right way, doing this for our country at what we all know to be a defining moment of truth. The loss is bitter, and I don’t know that I’ve been able to fully understand it. I try not to ask what I could have done differently because I don’t know that there is an end to those questions or thoughts. There are a million different decisions I could have made, paths I could have taken, things I could have said or not said, said better or differently. I did my best, everyone did. For our democracy to work, for us to be able to continue to work together, it’s important to be at peace with the outcome. But what remains is this: I’m the luckiest guy in the world to have had the chance to do this with you. To bring power and joy to politics. People instead of PACs. Communities instead of corporations. Polls and consultants left to the wind and hopefully to the past. To have the confidence to move with the courage of our convictions. To open our hearts to one another. To not allow our differences (of party, of geography, of race or anything else) to divide us. To not know how it would end but to know that we had to give it everything. I don’t know how to fully make sense of what remains or to measure the impact we’ve had. Certainly, we changed something in Texas and in our politics. At the very least our campaign reflected a change already underway in Texas that hadn’t yet been seen in statewide campaigns. Future campaigns will be won, influenced by the one we built. Candidates will run who otherwise wouldn’t have. Some will take heart in knowing that you don’t have to accept PAC money, you don’t have to hire a pollster to know how you think or what you want to say. They will have seen in our campaign that there is real joy and power in being with people, all people. Republicans, Democrats, Independents. People who’ve never voted and never will. People who will vote for you, people who won’t. People who live in the forgotten neighborhoods of the biggest cities. People who live in small towns that no Senate candidate has been to in 70 years. I am grateful that you gave me a chance to be part of this. I feel responsible to you, to our country, to my kids and to my conscience to make sure that we continue to find a way to respond to the urgency that we still feel. It didn’t go away Tuesday night. Our ability to convert hope and inspiration into action and change must not be wasted or kept to a candidate or campaign lest it dissipate and be rendered unusable at the most challenging time in our country’s history. Just know that I want to be part of the best way forward for this country — whatever way I can help in whatever form that takes. Know that I am honored to have run this campaign with you and that I want to continue to honor and be honest to what was powerful about it. For the time being, I am going to focus on being a better dad to our kids who have not had much of one for the last 22 months. Movie is over. Now going to Molly’s basketball game and then we’ll see what’s next. Grateful to you for being a part of this, for giving me a chance to be a part of this.… Read more »

TheLeftistheCenter

PS: if you click read more it will format it also

orlbucfan

LD/Benny: what was the final (honest) tally of votes between Beto and Cruz? I know it was a lot cleaner than what’s going down in FL.

polarbear4

i’m still betting that he didn’t actually win.

humphrey

It appears that Pelosi’s speakership is running into some headwinds.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/416314-pelosi-allies-push-back-on-proposed-speaker-nominee-rule-change

A group of House Democrats is pushing back against a contentious proposal that would make it tougher for Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — or any Speaker hopeful — to secure the party’s nomination.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter sent Monday, more than a dozen Pelosi allies urged fellow caucus members to reject the proposed internal rule change, which would significantly raise the threshold that it takes to become the party’s nominee. The group said such a change would undermine “Democratic unity, coherence and effectiveness.”

“Now that we are finally in the Majority, it will be baffling to the public and self-defeating to block the Caucus’ choice on the floor, either through a formal change to the Rules or an informal abandonment of the Caucus,” the lawmakers wrote. “We should stand by the Rules which have served us well rather than alter our long-standing Rules and court strategic mischief and endless ballots.”

humphrey

It appears as if they want to maintain their cushy leadership positions.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/12/cummings-pelosi-democrats-speaker-984948

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), an influential House Democrat, pleaded Monday with colleagues and incoming House freshmen to reject the efforts of a “small group” of Democrats he said is “trying to generate opposition” to Nancy Pelosi’s bid for the speakership.

“For two years, they asserted that with Nancy Pelosi as our leader, Democrats could never win back the House. They claimed that these relentless Republican attacks made Leader Pelosi appear too divisive, and they argued that she should step aside for the good of the party,” Cummings wrote in a “Dear Colleague” letter to the incoming class of Democrats. “But then last Tuesday happened. And the American people obliterated the theory that Nancy Pelosi could not lead House Democrats to victory.”

Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who has represented a Baltimore district since the 1996 elections, offered a preview of how Pelosi’s allies will attempt to counter arguments that she’s overstayed her welcome as Democratic leader — she’s led the party in the House for 16 years — and has become a divisive figure that has jeopardized Democratic gains in swing House districts.

orlbucfan

Elijah is getting up in years just like Pelosi.

humphrey

It is not so much the age of the leadership. It is more their lack of progress. Bernie is no spring chicken but he proposes beneficial changes while the present leadership is more status quo or wimpy incremental change.

wi60

Its time for the next generation of progressives. The boomers have let us down for the most part and the future gen’s as well

polarbear4

Pelosi didn’t lead anyone to anything.

humphrey

Pelosi must be concerned. Now playing the woman card!

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/12/nancy-pelosi-speakership-984949

Pelosi warns against ousting a woman
She and her allies argue she can’t be denied the speakership after Democrats seized the House on a wave of female support.

Nancy Pelosi is making gender a central part of her bid to reclaim the speaker’s gavel — leaning hard into the pitch that Democrats cannot oust the only woman at their leadership table following a historic election for women.

In addition to arguing she’s the best qualified for the job, the California Democrat and her allies are also framing a Pelosi victory as a matter of protecting political progress for women at a critical moment. Push her out, and men may take over the party at a time when more than 100 women are heading to Capitol Hill and after women voters have been thoroughly alienated by President Donald Trump. Embrace her, and she’ll prioritize legislation empowering women from equal pay to anti-harassment legislation.

As if all the female members of the caucus are Pelosi supporters.

Benny

She and the baroness are two peas in a pod.

polarbear4

It’s OK, Nancy, just make room for Barbara. It’s all good.

humphrey

Although I think that the Dems could have done better but she is not McSally.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/12/2018-arizona-senate-election-sinema-mcsally-984928

Arizona’s Senate race isn’t over. But Kyrsten Sinema should be feeling awfully good about her chances.

Down narrowly on election night, the Democratic congresswoman overtook Republican Martha McSally two days later and has since padded her lead to nearly 32,000 votes as mail-in ballots have been tallied. At this point, it would take a stunning reversal for the Republican to mount a comeback, since the vast majority of outstanding votes are in areas of the state where Sinema is ahead, in some cases by significant margins.

Even some Republicans have begun to acknowledge the increasing likelihood of defeat.

“I think it’s over,” said Chuck Coughlin, a veteran Republican strategist in the state, crediting Democrats’ turnout operation, particularly among early voters. “It’s just not there. It’s not in the math.”

humphrey

I guess that it is oficial.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/414604-sinema-defeats-mcsally-in-key-arizona-senate-race

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) has won Arizona’s marquee Senate race, handing Democrats a huge victory in the heated battle for the Senate.

Sinema defeated Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) in one of the most closely watched Senate races this cycle. Sinema led by a margin of 38,197 votes, or about 1.7 percentage points, out of more than 2.1 million votes cast, when the Associated Press called the race on Monday, six full days after Election Day.

Arizona was one of the few states this cycle where Democrats had an opportunity to flip a seat in an uphill fight for the Senate majority. While traditionally a red state, President Trump carried Arizona by less than 5 points in 2016, which is a closer margin than previous GOP presidential nominees.

jcitybone

Looks like the Secretary of State will flip to the Dems too. Love those late voters!

Benny

Better Sinema than the Trumpette. The other thing is that McSally did not ask for any heavy hitters to help campaign on her behalf. That speaks well for her candidacy. But it also shows independence, which voters probably liked.

humphrey

I think that the McSally Above should be Sinema.

TheLeftistheCenter

On the head topic of the post, round 2 of the Revolution is about to begin and we are going to need progressives running everywhere, especially if Bernie runs, we have to have enough people for those coat tails to pull.

humphrey

humphrey

The hard work begins!

polarbear4

yes!

humphrey

Time for a breather! A little bit of cuteness.

jcitybone

🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶

Benny

He favors your avatar!

polarbear4

Too sweet.

Benny

Gillibrand was on “All in with Chris Hayes” peddling a new slim volume and Chuck Schumer to be re-elected as Minority Leader. Bleah!

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/416338-progressives-flex-muscles-as-dems-return-to-washington

House progressives are flexing their muscles after a midterm election that put Democrats in power and is expected to trigger a series of battles within the caucus between the left and center over what issues to prioritize going forward.

“We have 20 new people that we endorsed elected to Congress, and there’s still a few more that are coming,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), said Monday at a press conference presenting the group’s new members.

Pocan added that the CPC will have more than 90 members in the next Congress, making it the “largest value-based caucus” on the Hill.

Pocan made the remarks from the AFL-CIO’s headquarters in Washington a day before most lawmakers are set to return to Washington.

He was backed by more than a dozen incoming lawmakers in the next freshman class, including Rep.-elects Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the first Somali-American elected to Congress.

The show of force is targeted as much at moderate Democrats and party leadership as it is at President Trump and his Republican allies.

humphrey

Good to see this. It is about time that the CPC gets some respect.

humphrey

Sad! But I am afraid that it only is going to get worse.

humphrey

When will it ever stop?

polarbear4
polarbear4

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/11/12/urging-house-democrats-go-bold-climate-group-says-probing-fossil-fuel-giants-must-be

An article on 350.org petition to the new congress to get real on climate chaos. And link to the petition, of course. :0)

humphrey

It is hard to make sense of this?

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