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jcitybone

https://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/Ocasio-Cortez-has-got-the-GOP-rattled-13442980.php

Who’s afraid of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

A whole lot of Republican white men, it seems. I can smell the fear coming from Fox News host Tucker Carlson, radio host Rush Limbaugh, podcaster Ben Shapiro and others.

Congress has more than enough lawyers. What it could really use is a few more bartenders.

The latter often have good social skills. They tend to understand customer service. And they’re usually good listeners. It also turns out that some of them have a lot of grit.

jcitybone

humphrey

Spring Texan

That’s hilarious!

jcitybone

https://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/campaigns/article222459440.html#storylink=cpy

At every step of the 2018 election, House Democrats at the DCCC relied heavily on a data and analytics team that guided the committee through two years of tumultuous politics and an ever-fluctuating path back to the majority.

The results speak for themselves: Democrats gained 40 House seats, a gargantuan total for a party once hoping to simply eke out 23 seats necessary for a majority. They were the party’s largest House gains in a single campaign since 1974.

DCCC officials were also delighted that, in an election where the party earned overwhelming support for women and benefited from a surge of female candidates, the team analyzing the numbers behind-the-scenes was also led by three women: Rosa Mendoza, who ran the analytics team at the group’s independent expenditure operation, Amber Carrier, the group’s director of polling and modeling, and Low, the targeting director.

Throughout the campaign, House Democratic candidates focused on the GOP’s attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act and its passage of a tax-cut law. The relentless focus on pocketbook issues — while avoiding a fixation on President Trump — paid off for a party often criticized for lacking a coherent message or being distracted by culture war fodder.

Their unwavering focus wasn’t by accident: Throughout 2017 and 2018, the DCCC’s data team conducted extensive research on the GOP’s health care legislation and later its tax law, devising the messages that would best resonate with voters. For health care, for example, research showed the message needed to connect directly with people’s lived experience of rising health care costs and the number of people who would lose insurance in their community. Criticism of the tax law, meanwhile, worked best when not emphasizing big corporate tax cuts but the harmful effect it could have on Social Security and Medicare, and big breaks for specific corporations such as pharmaceutical companies.

Torabs
Torabs

Riight…it was the analysts who made the Democrats win in November, not an actual desire for progressive policies. Anything but that.

humphrey

There likely would have been more victories if the DCCC hadn’t conspired against the more progressive candidates during the primaries.

jcitybone

House Dems Will Push for Background Check on Every Gun Sale

House Democrats plan to prioritize a bill that will require a background check for every gun sale, according to multiple sources close to the matter. The legislation represents an aggressive shift in strategy by Democrats and their gun reform allies, who in previous years had tended to pursue more modest background check bills that would have exempted large numbers of gun purchases.

The precise details of the legislation have not been finalized; Thompson is still discussing the bill with his fellow Democrats and plans to release more specifics sometime before the end of the year. Pelosi’s office told Mother Jones it could not confirm details about when the bill would be introduced in the next session, but its emergence makes good on a promise Pelosi made to the student survivors of the Parkland shooting—with whom she regularly discusses gun reform priorities—about passing universal background checks if Democrats regained control of the House.

And while the bill will almost certainly pass the House, there’s little evidence to suggest Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will bring it up for a vote or that President Donald Trump would be willing to sign it. But success in the House would be a signal to voters of Democrats’ commitment to the issue. A House vote would also put Republicans on the record on the matter—something that hasn’t happened during eight years of GOP control.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/05/trump-america-grassroots-radical-democrats-republicans

The paradox of US politics is that whenever Americans are asked whether they support universal healthcare, guaranteed paid leave for carers, free education at public colleges, higher taxes on the rich, or any number of items from the Bernie Sanders campaign platform, a majority are always strongly in favour. The passage of ballot measures raising the minimum wage in Arkansas and Missouri, expanding Medicaid coverage in Nebraska and Idaho, and legalising medical marijuana in Utah suggests that even where voters don’t vote for Democratic candidates, they still favour progressive policies.

Even ideas long deemed too radical to be taken seriously by mainstream media – having the government produce inexpensive generic drugs or guarantee employment for anyone genuinely unable to find work, or treating the internet as a public utility, with publicly owned providers replacing private corporations – turn out to be favoured by a majority of Americans. Yet here we are with Trump in the White House, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch on the supreme court, and Mitch McConnell in command of the Senate.

So how do we, as they say in New England, “get there from here?” Over the past two years I have interviewed dozens of activists in different parts of the US and profiled seven of them at length. These are people you have probably never heard of but whose efforts are laying the groundwork not just to take back the White House and the Senate in 2020 (when the electoral map will be far more favourable to Democrats) but also to take back the country, by assembling a new radical majority committed to fighting for the things Americans have long wanted but which a broken political system has kept off the agenda.

jcitybone

These companies claimed the GOP tax bill would ‘boost jobs.’ Now they’re laying off employees.

In the lead-up to the enactment of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, Donald Trump’s massive tax cut that mostly benefited rich people and big corporations, a coalition of powerful business interests formed with one major priority in mind: slashing the corporate tax rate. The Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably (RATE) Coalition comprised dozens of companies and trade groups that all insisted lowering corporate taxes would mean more jobs.

A ThinkProgress review found that about half of RATE Coalition’s members have made layoffs since the law’s enactment. In other words, not only did the expensive tax cut not bring more jobs, it couldn’t even forestall significant job losses.

Benny

Benny

I’m watching some of the coverage of the HW Bush funeral on C-SPAN, and it’s very interesting to see the differences in POTUSes Trump, Obama, Clinton, and Carter. Obama, Clinton, and Carter appear very relaxed, whereas Drumpf does not; he looks out of place. Mrs. Drumpf exchanged pleasantries with the Obamas and Bill Clinton, whereas the baroness just nodded her head in acknowledgement.

The baroness is also not engaging with anyone.

Benny

Benny

Not that these actually compare because of their situations, but still a point to be made:

polarbear4

And Wisconsin and….

Benny

And this guy who is challenging Maine’s voters’ will for ranked choice:

Benny

polarbear4

Yuge! And go Greta!

humphrey

Unfortunately having read the article it seems to be just a feel good statement. The technology to do this does not exist.. A noble idea but …..

magsview

I believe I read that their pledge was to do it by 2050? I hope we have that long.

polarbear4

https://theintercept.com/2018/12/04/israel-anti-boycott-act-lame-duck/

Still hoping to punish BDS supporters by slipping it into spending bill.

humphrey

Torabs
Torabs

And whose name is on it? Ben Cardin, Democrat. Shameful.

polarbear4

“I am fully aware that the Supreme Court has declared that “money is speech.” That’s nonsense. The day my wallet starts talking to me, I might reconsider that view. Until then, I believe that the pernicious influence of money on our elections must be removed.”

John Dingell

And abolish the Senate. +

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/12/john-dingell-how-restore-faith-government/577222/

jcitybone

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2017/03/george-bush-president-trump-iraq-war-katrina-torture

George W. Bush has to be high in the running for the worst president in the history of the republic, and he probably would’ve reigned unchallenged for at least a few decades had Hillary Clinton’s inept campaign not led to her defeat. As it is, the less than two months of Donald Trump’s volatile presidency suggests his full four years will at least be neck and neck with Bush’s eight.

Still, Bush’s presidency was historically disastrous, which makes it understandable that since Trump’s ascent, Bush appears to be waging an understated media campaign to rehabilitate his image — one which the media has happily assisted him with.

Let’s get the basics out of the way: The cuddly George W. Bush who struggles to put on a rain poncho and paints pictures of dogs and Jay Leno is a war criminal.

Torabs
Torabs

As if the paeans to the father weren’t bad enough, we have fools now lionizing the son?

Good that the sellouts among us are identifying themselves, I guess…

polarbear4

2Qs:

How are the moves in Wisconsin and elsewhere even legal? (Rhetorical)

And how many more Dems do we have to elect before we can undo these laws?
(Mostly rhetorical)

wi60

In WI the state senate currently stands at 18 – 15 in favor of the R’s, The Assembly is 57-26 in favor of R’s. With the extreme gerrymandering it will be 2020 for Evers to approve redistricting because of the census. The R’s will certainly send him more half assed redraws but he will veto it using the line item veto power he has as GOV. Thus having the redraw done by and independent commission. If this plays out it should give the Dems a good chance to take back the Senate in 2022.(After today could be 2020 people are pissed) The Assembly would be a lot tougher as that’s a lot of rural area’s that are R but with the redraw and some major R donors and voters being pissed about this lame duck session so who knows. Besides the forthcoming lawsuits and hopefully injunctions to stop this R lust for power and overruling the will of voter. Evers does have a very powerline item veto pen. I haven’t looked into it much but I wonder if Evers can hold off on signing the Budget until some of the overplay by the R’s is taken out of the next budget? Due to the Senate make up the R’s don’t have the 2/3rds vote of both chambers to over rule a Evers veto. Its gonna get interesting in WI for 2020 as the Ads just wrote themselves for 2020 for the D’s t.o use against the R’s. But for now the litigation will begin next year

polarbear4

You certainly are living in exciting times! 😜

wi60

As I was growing up Wi used to be known for clean and not a lot of controversy in our politics, Since Walker arrived on the scene the slime and villainy are second to none to D.C. and Chicago. Courtesy of the R’s whom really are in a fascist mode to hold on power no matter the damage to our Democracy.

I wouldn’t say exciting times with the result of what happened today I would say very dangerous times when the will of the voter due to the results of an election is suppressed. What next Vos and Fitzgerald? You can only vote if your and R as you’ve already gerrymanderd the maps to keep R’s in power regardless of the vote senate and assembly wise.

wi60

Adding: Evers
Evers called the bills “a hot mess” in a Wednesday afternoon news conference and said they set “a dangerous precedent.”
Asked if he’d have any recourse if the bills become law, Evers said “everything’on the table, from litigation to other actions.”
He also released a statement slamming what happened overnight.
“Wisconsin has never seen anything like this,” he said. “Power-hungry politicians rushed through sweeping changes to our laws to expand their own power and override the will of the people of Wisconsin who asked for change on Nov. 6.”

Cost estimates of the bills passed Wednesday remain unclear. Legislative Fiscal Bureau director Bob Lang said his staff is working to put together a memo for release sometime this week. Estimate’s are an additional 7 million for taxpayers to pony up for elections!!!! And the R’s claim thier fiscally responsible. Bold me

jcitybone

Good things arrive to those who wait

polarbear4

Looking more and more like Beto equals Obama and or Clinton.

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/12/what-does-beto-orourke-actually-stand-for

polarbear4

Interesting interview with Sema Hernandez, the Berniecrat who ran against Beto in the primary and was ignored by the party and, apparently, by Justice Democrats.

Sema Hernandez on Meeting with O’Rourke, the Democratic Party, and Her Future in Texas Politics

Spring Texan

You know, I am NOT enthusiastic about Beto for president, I do not think he’s qualified and he is too centrist for me, but I WAS for real enthusiastic about him for Senator and Sema Hernandez was not a good possibility here in Texas. Beto really campaigned in all areas, talked to people, and did not use stupid campaign consultants or take big money. Lots of props to him for that. Hernandez could NEVER have done what he did or had the down-ballot effect that is going to benefit the state a great deal. It was great and I am very grateful to him for running and sad he didn’t win. So I thought the article in Current Affairs was off-base.

It’s mostly right on his actual policies, though. Have zero interest in him for president. Sanders or Warren.

But you can not like him for president and not like the neoliberals reaching for their idea of “another Obama” (which we do NOT need) and still give him some credit on what he did do, on his courage in speaking out in Texas very genuinely on some not-popular things like Kaepernick, and so forth. Balance!

The neoliberals are excited cuz they kind of think he did well cuz of some magic charisma. He’s not that magic. What he did – and what will work for others – is he worked incredibly hard and for real campaigned at the grassroots level instead of doing the usual Democratic Party thing of thinking demographics or identity or big donations or a military background will be the key. I wish all the Democrats would learn from him to TALK TO PEOPLE for real (and listen to them) and IGNORE CAMPAIGN CONSULTANTS. That’s the magic!

Torabs
Torabs
humphrey

We can’t forget the names when it comes to the next set of primaries. It should be a rather large list when we consider this and other upcoming events.

humphrey

LOL Manchin is showing off a couple of fancy dance moves.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-05/manchin-changes-mind-on-trump-s-pro-coal-nominee-amid-pressure?srnd=politics-vp

Senator Joe Manchin reversed course Wednesday and voted against President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission amid a drive by his party’s progressive wing to stop him from becoming the top Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Manchin was the sole Democrat to advance the nomination of Bernard McNamee out of committee, but he said in a statement that he changed his mind after viewing video footage of McNamee denying the human impact on climate change. Even without Manchin, McNamee’s nomination advanced on a 50-49 procedural vote, paving the way for his confirmation later this week.

Manchin’s reversal came as progressive and environmental groups began a campaign to prevent him from becoming the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources panel, calling the coal-state senator an impediment to action on climate change and other environmental priorities. They are lobbying Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer to take the unusual step of skipping him under the Senate’s seniority system if the current ranking member, Washington Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell, leaves the post to lead Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee.

humphrey

It appears as if Canada is becoming Trump’s lapdog.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-05/huawei-cfo-arrested-in-canada-as-u-s-seeks-her-extradition

Huawei Technologies Co.’s Chief Financial Officer Wanzhou Meng was arrested in Vancouver in connection with potential violations by the Chinese-based company of U.S. sanctions on Iran, Canada’s Department of Justice said.

Meng, who is also the deputy chairwoman of the company and a daughter of the founder, is facing potential extradition to the U.S., Ian McLeod, a Canada Justice Department spokesman, said in an email. A bail hearing has been set for Friday. Her arrest Dec. 1 came after the U.S. Department of Justice in April opened an investigation into whether the smartphone and telecommunications giant sold equipment to Iran despite sanctions on exporting to the region.

humphrey

magsview

Canada being the “lapdog” of the U.S. is nothing new and has nothing to do with Trump. And the govt of Canada has been pro-Israel, anti-Iran for as long as I can remember.

Canada’s Trudeau condemns BDS in apology to Jewish WWII refugees

“We apologise to the 907 German Jews aboard the St Louis, as well as their families,” Trudeau said. “We are sorry for the callousness of Canada’s response. We are sorry for not apologising sooner.”

The prime minister then pivoted away from the historical episode to condemn anti-Semitism in the world today — and that’s when he linked anti-Jewish racism with the Palestinian-led BDS movement.

Launched by 170 Palestinian civil society groups in 2005, BDS seeks to pressure Israel to end its occupation of the Palestinian territories, ensure equal rights for Palestinian citizens of the state and allow the return of Palestinian refugees.

“Anti-Semitism is far too present. Jewish students still feel unwelcomed and uncomfortable on some of our colleges and university campuses because of BDS-related intimidation,” Trudeau said.

“And out of our entire community of nations, it is Israel whose right to exist is most widely and wrongly questioned.”

“The BDS movement, like Israeli Apartheid Week, has no place on Canadian campuses,” he tweeted.

Needless to say, it’s particularly disingenuous to link BDS with turning away German Jews in 1939. Justin Trudeau is a very disappointing prime minister to progressives around the world. But, with his words and actions, he is just continuing the usual Canadian policies, unfortunately.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/trudeau-bds-848286726

humphrey

There are no shortages of DInos at the State level.

humphrey

This is a good thing.

jcitybone

I guess Akexandria has some influence 👌

Chuck Schumer: Ad for Unpaid Interns Was Posted in ‘Error’

The same day Ocasio-Cortez shared her story, Pay Our Interns tweeted out an advertisement for an unpaid position in Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office. As the organization pointed out, Schumer, himself, started his political career as an intern, bringing in $1,800 a month in 1969. But that was long before the LBJ Congressional Intern program was axed under President Clinton’s deficit reduction plan in 1994. (The program had guaranteed interns were paid.)

On Monday afternoon, a Schumer spokesman Angelo Roefaro told Rolling Stone in an email, the advertisement for an unpaid intern “was made in error. Starting in January, Senator Schumer’s office will offer a stipend to eligible interns.”

humphrey

Good one.😜

humphrey

A pause that refreshes!

He sees his owners video in the smart phone he died sometime ago Lovely 1

magsview

Awwwwwwww, kitty..

orlbucfan

Hey fellow TPWers: I just got a scam from here in my email. It’s a classic claiming it’s Maureen from Australia who’s 42 and needs financial help, etc. You see anything like this, let LD and the rest of us know. I hit the ‘delete’ asap, needless to say! 🙂

humphrey

It is being dealt with.

Eileen R
Eileen R

I got the scam e-mail, too. Thanks, humphrey, for letting us know it is being dealt with.

wi60

Excellent Humphrey

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