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http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/11/michigan-senate-republicans-only-allow-their-democratic-colleagues-half-the-resources-to-serve-their-constituents.html

lPerusing the Facebook pages of some of the Democrats who won their elections last week, I came across a post by Jeff Irwin, the newly-minted Democratic Senator in Michigan’s 18th state Senate district. In it, he reveals that Democratic members of the state Senate are given $129,700 plus two staff benefit packages (for two staff members.) Republican senators, in sharp contrast, are given $212,700 plus four staff benefit packages (for FOUR staff members.) In other words, Democrats get HALF the staff and 61% of the financial resources to run their offices that Republican senators are allotted.

Benny
orlbucfan

Man, does that picture make a powerful. statement. 🙂

Benny

JD Scholten: Here’s how I nearly beat Steve King and here’s why he keeps winning. So far.

In the 4th district, Republicans (191,540) have a registration advantage of more than 70,000 over Democrats (121,079). Gone are the days when I was growing up that people voted more on the person than the party. In those days it was Republicans voting for Democratic Senator Harkin and Democrats voting for Republican Senator Charles Grassley. We are now very polarized and partisan. That allows folks to vote for candidates with that “R” by their name regardless of what they say or do.

The district contains 39 counties which cover seven media markets. With television the easiest way to communicate with constituents, it’s extremely difficult to get your message across in every market.

And in our newspapers, Rep. King doesn’t create the same headlines that he does nationally. Some of the national headlines break through. But for the most part, if you are a farmer on your combine listening to talk radio and getting reports about record low soybean prices, your congressman meeting with Neo-Nazis or tweeting in support of a Toronto mayoral candidate who is a white nationalist just seems far away from day-to-day life.

The lack of interest and investment in rural Iowa by the Democratic Party has also caused weak infrastructure to hold our representative accountable. When I launched my campaign in summer of 2017, only seven of the 24 state representatives from the district were Democrats and only two of the 12 state senators were Democrats. There’s not a large bench of Democrats in the district.
Steve King is not invincible. Change will come.

In Iowa, we’re that “other” district. If Iowa wasn’t the first state in the nation to hold the presidential caucus, this race would have most likely been abandoned and written off for dead. But I thought the people of the 4th district deserved a viable alternative.
Is Steve King invincible? Absolutely not. We ran a campaign that I am damn proud of. We did a lot of things right. We went from nothing to within 3 points earning votes all along the way from Republicans, independents and Democrats who felt that after 16 years of his failed leadership, it was time for change.

Rural Iowans are struggling with a depressed farm economy, skyrocketing health care costs and continued depopulation as young folks move to more thriving economies. I’m convinced that if we continue listening to their voices, we can eventually dethrone Steve King.

polarbear4

Don’t stop there, JD (Scholten)! 🙂

orlbucfan

She is absolutely correct. She needs to run again in 2 years just like Beto needs to do so. JD was defeated by 3% in her area? That speaks volumes right there.

Benny

CNN sues White House to regain access for reporter Jim Acosta

CNN sued the Trump Administration on behalf of reporter Jim Acosta on Tuesday, asking a court to restore Acosta’s White House press pass after President Trump suspended it last week.

The unusual lawsuit, an escalation of Trump’s longrunning war of words with CNN, seeks a judge’s intervention after Trump banished Acosta from the White House grounds for an indefinite period after a brief altercation between Acosta and a White House press aide.

After a testy exchange between the president and the reporter, the unidentified press aide went up to Acosta to take a microphone out of his hands. As a result, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced a few hours later that the White House had revoked Acosta’s “hard pass,” which enables reporters to enter and leave the grounds each day.

CNN filed suit in U.S. District Court in Washington. “We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process,” the network said in a statement released Tuesday morning.

Benny

I hope Chuck Schumer is looking at these lawsuits, knowing he gave away the task vetting the federal bench judges.

polarbear4

Unforgivable, what the Dems have allowed out justice system to become. But it suits the corpses, so it suits the neolibs.

orlbucfan

Both Acosta and orange dumbo are arrogant narcissists. Somehow I can’t get worked up about the whole matter.

magsview

Michael Tracey incurred the wrath of the centrists recently when he said this:

and then went on to say this:

It’s not unprofessional to ask followup questions, even rudely if necessary — the problem is that his questions are bad

and I totally agree. Acosta’s questions can be painfully bad.

Benny

What I’m reading is that NYC is paying $48K per job. That means less money for investing in public schools. The good news is that NYS will be forced to work on infrastructure.

Biggest winner: those who sell the Million Dollar listings.

humphrey

humphrey

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jcitybone

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/amazon-jeff-bezos-new-york-helipad_us_5beb2569e4b0caeec2bec952?utm_source=reddit.com

New Yorkers, take note: While you commute in dilapidated and decaying subways, know that Jeff Bezos will be able to rely on a more upscale mode of transit to get to Amazon’s forthcoming New York City headquarters in Queens.

That’s because New Yorkers are buying a helipad for Bezos, the richest man in the world.

Buried in the 32-page, $1.5 billion agreement between New York’s various economic development agencies and Amazon is a promise by the city to help the company secure rights to a helipad on, “or in reasonable proximity to,” the company’s new site in Long Island City.

(Amazon’s other recently announced headquarters, in Virginia, also includes a clause for a helipad).

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/11/13/18075494/house-democrats-federal-minimum-wage

But House Democratic aides involved in labor policy discussions say there are two specific issues near the top of the list: raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour with the next few years, and expanding overtime pay to millions more workers.

That doesn’t mean Democrats will immediately get what they want, considering both measures would likely face stiff resistance from the GOP. But two House Democratic aides involved in the policy discussions told Vox that passing legislation to raise wages and expand overtime pay will put pressure on Senate Republicans and the White House to take a position on policies that have broad appeal among American workers, even in conservative states.

“This is not just a fairness issue. When workers earn a fair wage, it’s good for the economy,” one aide told Vox.

House Democrats also plan to use their oversight power to investigate some controversial moves by the Department of Labor, including efforts to allow employers to keep workers’ tips, and to permit teens to do more hazardous work in apprenticeship programs.

polarbear4

yes. we have to push loudly and let the people see who is stopping what. doesn’t matter if it passes right away. just look at M4A.

orlbucfan

VOX is partially owned by Markos Moulitsas, right? If they are reporting progressive issues gaining traction, then mebbe it’s serious.

Benny

Actually he sold it some years ago, but he’s got his hands in other pies. Neoliberal ones.

polarbear4

Keeping employers’ tips? There was a time that no one would have even thought of doing that.

polarbear4

“When” no one would’ve….”

polarbear4

Federal Judge Orders Georgia to Review Thousands of Provisional Ballots

The ruling found “substantial likelihood” that Brian Kemp failed to maintain a “reliable and secure” registration system.

A federal judge on Monday ordered officials in Georgia to review thousands of provisional ballots that have not been counted, citing the “substantial likelihood” that Republican candidate Brian Kemp, who until last week was Georgia’s Secretary of State and therefore oversaw election rules in the state, had failed to “properly maintain a reliable and secure voter registration system.”

Judge Amy Totenberg’s ruling delays Georgia from certifying its election results until Friday. It also called for the Secretary of State’s office to immediately establish a voter registration hotline to assist voters in determining whether their provisional ballots were accounted for.

jcitybone

The decision, which also allows for absentee ballots to be counted with mismatched birth dates, could swing another House seat to the Dems. Bourdeaux is currently behind by only 900 votes.

orlbucfan

Har 🙂 Har 🙂 Har 🙂

polarbear4

Cindy Hyde-Smith Refuses to Apologize for “Public Hanging” Comment

Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi—who is facing a runoff to keep the seat she was appointed to earlier this year—is refusing to apologize for saying that if a local cattle rancher “invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.”

That particular base you’re playing to, Cindy? It’s shrinking fast.

jcitybone

Unfortunately, probably not fast enough for this election in Mississippi.

orlbucfan

Depends on who turns out to vote. She’s the usual trailer park trash who always takes the rubes down here for granted.

humphrey

This is her response to her inflammatory statement.

I think that she repeated this many more times than this video.

jcitybone

Racist nutjob

polarbear4

Arrests are underway. Still, we’re singing for a better day and a #GreenNewDeal pic.twitter.com/wxRAFGp5qJ

— Sunrise Movement 🌅 (@sunrisemvmt) November 13, 2018

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polarbear4

Ocasio-Something-Something just joined the #GreenNewDeal protests in Nancy Pelosi's office. These people prefer the environment over our donors. It's disgusting.#StillWithering 🥀 https://t.co/K6yQvqABbG

— Peter Douche's Liaison (@SilERabbit) November 13, 2018

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polarbear4

This weekend the entire town of Paradise, CA was incinerated—but this wealthy neighborhood was able to buy itself protection from the flames. This is what climate change will look like under neoliberalism. https://t.co/4BprcVnPZU

— Robert R. Raymond (@robpertray) November 13, 2018

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polarbear4

While I am of course grateful when anyone survives with home intact, this isn’t right.

magsview

I saw a picture of firefighters pushing an expensive-looking car around a very expensive looking house’s driveway in Malibu, presumably pushing it to a safer place and thought, “Why the heck are they wasting so much energy on saving a car??” But this morning I heard that the Kardashian/West people had hired their very own personal firefighters to keep their place safe.

polarbear4

This cannot be real.

Last time Nancy Pelosi held the Speakers’ gavel, she led the most productive, progressive Congress since the New Deal. PFAW believes there is no one better to lead the House as we stand up to Trump and his ugly, extreme agenda. #ForThePeople pic.twitter.com/UhiBSe5Wcb

— PFAW (@peoplefor) November 12, 2018

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polarbear4

Apparently it is real. Email sent. WTH.

humphrey

There will be much more of this as Pelosi puts out the call for support.

The usual suspects like Planned Parenthood, Naral, and Emily’s list (all Clinton supporters) are quick to chime in.

orlbucfan

Either her semi-senile paranoia is kicking in, or she has some serious worries about getting elected. Hope it’s both.

humphrey

She is going all in.

If you have a strong stomach I would recommend reading the full article.

Here are a few snippets.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/13/nancy-pelosi-freshman-democrats-987699

Nancy Pelosi’s wooing of the incoming Democratic freshmen is in full force, with private meetings, deployment of Democratic bigwigs and lavish dinners with members-elect and their spouses.

Pelosi secretly showed up at the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ freshman orientation session on Monday to try to ingratiate herself with about 20 members-elect in attendance. There, Pelosi played up her role creating the caucus as an original founding member of the group and touted her background working as a progressive community organizer in California.

On Tuesday afternoon, Pelosi held a reception for all Democrats at Osteria Morini, an Italian restaurant by the D.C. waterfront. On Wednesday, the members-elect will be introduced to their colleagues at a Democratic Caucus meeting, a lengthy process that will put them onstage with Pelosi. The California Democrat will follow that up with an appearance at the Congressional Black Caucus, a powerful faction inside the Democratic Caucus. Then, Pelosi will host a private dinner for members-elect and their spouses Wednesday evening in Statuary Hall, right off the House floor.

polarbear4

I hope the newcomers are wary of fancy dinners.

jcitybone

https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/local/vermont/2018/11/13/burlington-college-federal-investigation-ends-no-charges-jane-sanders/1989505002/

Jeff Weaver, a spokesman for Jane Sanders and the former presidential campaign manager for Sen. Bernie Sanders, emailed reporters Tuesday to announce the end of the investigation.

“Jane Sanders has been informed that the U.S. Attorney in Vermont has closed its investigation of the Burlington College land deal and has decided not to bring charges of any kind,” Weaver said in the email.

“Jane is grateful that the investigation has come to an end,” Weaver continued. “As she has said from the beginning she has done nothing wrong and Jane is pleased that the matter has now come to a conclusion.”

polarbear4

“Whoops there goes another rubber plant….”

Bernie’s looking better and better.

humphrey

It was simply a hit job in the first place.

wi60

I expect it to be resurrected by the R’s if Bernie runs though. Some Trumpcorp superpac will run some BS ad which wont be anything close to truthful

humphrey

I wouldn’t be surprised that some Dems indirectly do the same thing.

Benny

Especially Neera Tanden and that ilk.

polarbear4

Claire McKaskill: “I hope that no one thinks that because some of the red-state Democrat moderates lost that means we have to nominate a progressive.” https://t.co/qU2OeUlRJD

— Matt Taibbi (@mtaibbi) November 12, 2018

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humphrey

SMH Claire certainly is consistent. LOL

polarbear4

Crucifying Julian Assange
What is happening to Assange should terrify the press. And yet his plight is met with indifference and sneering contempt.
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/11/13/crucifying-julian-assange

“Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has refused to intercede on behalf of Assange, an Australian citizen, even though the new government in Ecuador, led by Lenín Moreno—who calls Assange an “inherited problem” and an impediment to better relations with Washington—is making the WikiLeaks founder’s life in the embassy unbearable. Almost daily, the embassy is imposing harsher conditions for Assange, including making him pay his medical bills, imposing arcane rules about how he must care for his cat and demanding that he perform a variety of demeaning housekeeping chores.

The Ecuadorians, reluctant to expel Assange after granting him political asylum and granting him citizenship, intend to make his existence so unpleasant he will agree to leave the embassy to be arrested by the British and extradited to the United States. The former president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, whose government granted the publisher political asylum, describes Assange’s current living conditions as “torture.””

“What is happening to Assange should terrify the press. And yet his plight is met with indifference and sneering contempt. Once he is pushed out of the embassy, he will be put on trial in the United States for what he published. This will set a new and dangerous legal precedent that the Trump administration and future administrations will employ against other publishers….”

humphrey

Unfortunately we can’t look for support from the Democrats due to the releases of emails during the election. They are still upset because the truth hurts.

humphrey

Sorry! This is just too good to pass up. LOL

orlbucfan

UGH X 1M!!

jcitybone

But, galvanized by anger over the state’s voter ID law and aided by the intensive efforts of tribal leaders and advocacy groups, they turned out for last week’s election in numbers unprecedented even for a presidential election, much less a midterm.

In Sioux County, where the Standing Rock Indian Reservation is, turnout was up 105 percent from the last midterm elections in 2014 and 17 percent from the 2016 presidential election, according to data from the North Dakota secretary of state’s office. In Rolette County, home to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, it was up 62 percent from 2014 and 33 percent from 2016. In Benson County, home to the Spirit Lake Nation, it was up 52 percent from 2014 and 10 percent from 2016.

One of the most striking results of the night, though, came far from the reservations: in a normally Republican district in the Fargo area, where Ruth Buffalo became the first Native American Democratic woman elected to the North Dakota Legislature. She did it by unseating State Representative Randy Boehning, the primary sponsor of the very voter ID law Native Americans had feared would disenfranchise them.

For all the symbolic resonance of her victory, Ms. Buffalo, a public health professional with three master’s degrees, campaigned entirely on local issues — and her win underscored how partisan divisions can be scrambled when the national hot buttons are removed from the conversation.

polarbear4

NO DAPL helped. 😊

humphrey

Democratic leadership is resorting to playing various cards from their bag of tricks/

First it was Pelosi playing the gender card.

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

‘It would look ridiculous’: Pelosi and allies warn 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.

Next it was Clyburn playing the race card.

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/416547-clyburn-says-critics-using-race-to-oppose-his-bid-for-democratic-leadership

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) suggested on Tuesday that critics are using racially charged language to oppose his bid for House majority whip in the next Congress.

Clyburn, a leading member of the Congressional Black Caucus, told McClatchy that some people have suggested that he has not been effective in his role in Democratic House leadership, and that he was merely a figurehead.

“I don’t know where it’s all coming from,” Clyburn told McClatchy. “But someone came to me over the weekend and told me that (they heard), when I was whip before, I was a figurehead.”

Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) has launched a challenge against Clyburn for Democratic whip. She has served as chief deputy whip for more than a decade, and has touted her experience and the need to increase female representation on the leadership team.

Matt Inzeo, a spokesman for DeGette, denied to McClatchy that the congresswoman or her supporters were using racially-based arguments to undermine Clyburn’s push for the job.

humphrey

It might be an improvement from what we have now. LOL

Both types are highly programmed.

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