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Progressive attorney and activist Chokwe Antar Lumumba defeated incumbent Mayor Tony Yarber in the Democratic primary on Tuesday ― virtually assuring his ascent to power in the heavily Democratic city of Jackson, Mississippi.

Lumumba secured 55 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff. The general election is on June 6, when Lumumba is expected to easily defeat Republican, third-party and independent candidates.

Progressive groups closely watching the race praised the outcome as a win for social and economic justice in the city, as well as a sign of rising left-wing energy at all levels of government.

The Working Families Party, which has the backing of labor unions and typically functions as a progressive faction within the Democratic Party, endorsed Lumumba and sent two organizers to help elect him in the final weeks of his campaign.

Don midwest
Don midwest

How President Bannon’s Whiteboard Sank Trump

Bannon had an interview which showed white board in the background


Conservatives Disappointed in Trump’s EO for Religious Liberty

The biggest disappointment for religious conservatives was that Trump did nothing to assist them in ongoing conflicts with gay rights advocates that have played out, most conspicuously, over the rights of Christian bakers or photographers who do not want to provide services for same-sex weddings. The most pressing concern for most religious conservatives is what they see as growing hostility to their religious beliefs about sexuality and marriage.

“Twice now, he has failed to stand up for common-sense policy on religious liberty when liberal opponents lashed out against it,” Anderson wrote.

Anderson pointed to the leak in February of an earlier draft version of the executive order, which did include language that would have given religious conservatives protections in disputes with the LGBT community. LGBT groups denounced the language in that draft as bigotry.

Anderson said that after the draft leaked, Trump “caved to the protests of liberal special interest groups.”

And he said the language that was eventually signed by Trump in a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House on Thursday morning was “a mere shadow” of the leaked draft and is “woefully inadequate.”

The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal group, said in a statement that while “President Trump stated that the first priority of his administration would be to preserve and protect religious liberty,” the order issued Thursday “recalls those campaign promises but leaves them unfulfilled.”

The ADF said that “no specific relief is offered” to people like Donald Vander Boon, a west Michigan meat plant owner whose business is under threat of closure by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because Vander Boon placed pamphlets explaining his conservative views on marriage in an employee break room.


It is the first step in weakening the Johnson Amendment though and could pave the way for more dark money in campaigns–at the taxpayer’s expense.



The young mother started getting advice early on from friends in the close-knit Somali immigrant community here. Don’t let your children get the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella — it causes autism, they said.

Suaado Salah listened. And this spring, her 3-year-old boy and 18-month-old girl contracted measles in Minnesota’s largest outbreak of the highly infectious and potentially deadly disease in nearly three decades. Her daughter, who had a rash, high fever and a cough, was hospitalized for four nights and needed intravenous fluids and oxygen.

“I thought: ‘I’m in America. I thought I’m in a safe place and my kids will never get sick in that disease,’ ” said Salah, 26, who has lived in Minnesota for more than a decade. Growing up in Somalia, she’d had measles as a child. A sister died of the disease at age 3.

Salah no longer believes that the MMR vaccine triggers autism, a discredited theory that spread rapidly through the local Somali community, fanned by meetings organized by anti-vaccine groups. The advocates repeatedly invited Andrew Wakefield, the founder of the modern anti-vaccine movement, to talk to worried parents.

Immunization rates plummeted and, last month, the first cases of measles appeared. Soon, there was a full-blown outbreak, one of the starkest consequences of an intensifying anti-vaccine movement in the United States and around the world that has gained traction in part by targeting specific communities.


Who is funding this latest con? It’s way beyond pathetic! T and R to the usual Suspects!! 🙂


How Democrats Can Win the West by Steve Bullock, Gov of Montana

On health care, for example, Montanans aren’t in love with Obamacare — but they don’t want to see it eliminated, either. Our state voted overwhelmingly for Mr. Trump, yes, but voters of all stripes here want a system where everyone is covered, and they supported me when I expanded Medicaid to cover 70,000 low-income Montanans. And yet many of us were puzzled by the Democrats’ resistance to make any changes at all to the Affordable Care Act, given the often outrageously high premiums and deductibles.

And there are some progressive battles that Western Democrats have been left entirely to ourselves to wage. It wasn’t long ago that the Citizens United decision focused the nation on the corrupting influence of money in politics. Washington has apparently moved on, but in Montana we kept fighting; in the past few years we eliminated all of the anonymous corporate campaign expenditures that used to plague our state elections, often millions of dollars a year. This dark money is now illegal in Montana, and we are bringing, and winning, legal actions against the bad actors.

In the past decade Democrats in the West have battled a bizarre but powerful right-wing movement to allow wealthy individuals to take ownership of public lands and close them off, an issue on which even some of the most conservative voters here side with Democrats. These are our forests and parks and rivers, great equalizers where all citizens can escape to hunt, fish and hike, activities central to our heritage. But it barely moves the needle in Washington, because it seems like such a faraway issue to people inside the Beltway bubble.

Read the rest here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/opinion/steve-bullock-democrats-montana.html

This guy has a new recipe and when I see Clinton deciding to form her own PAC to help races, she could harm those in the west. She seems to be supporting Swing Left. For those unfamiliar with Swing Left, this is their premise:

    The 2018 House elections are the next best chance for progressives to regain power in our government.

    There are 65 Swing Districts. These are places where the last election was won by 15% of the vote or less, where Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump, or where a high concentration Swing Left volunteers make certain districts very winnable. We need to win 65% of all Swing Districts to take back the House.

    If we hold the 17 vulnerable Democratic-held districts, we only need to flip 24 House seats—exactly half of the 48 Republican-held districts on our list—to take back the house in 2018. This is a winnable fight.

    The 2018 Senate map heavily favors Republicans, making the House a more viable place to focus our efforts.

    House races receive less attention, so your dollars, hours, and talents count more.
    We’re starting early to unify progressives who promote tolerance, equality, unity and fairness. To out-organize Republicans, we can’t wait.

It’s not a bad idea, but I think Clinton’s name alone hurt the downtix.


“Clinton’s name alone hurt the downtix”


Eileen R
Eileen R

Personally, I get tired of hearing about trump, but found this interesting over at Crooks & Liars

“This post appears in The Wall, part of our ongoing series Broken Promises, a project to track the campaign promises of Donald Trump and if they hold true.
Who’s To Blame For Trump’s Failed First 100 Days? The Constitution, Of Course

Donald Trump, in typical Donald Trump fashion, has refused to take blame for literally anything that has occured in the first 100 days of his Presidency*.”

“Now that he has used up his ability to blame Obama for most things and it is becoming crystal clear that the failure lies solely with him for proposing utterly ridiculous, mostly illegal and obviously racist laws, he is taking a new position.

What is to blame? The U.S. Constitution. Yes, you read that right.”


That’s true to a certain extent. But also the congressional/senate engagement rules that the GOP are choosing at the moment.


Note that he’s from Wasilla, the home of Sarah Palin. What’s in the water there that produces dingbat right wingers?


One Alaska state representative thinks some women are “glad” to get pregnant because they have access to receive a state-funded Medicaid-funded trip to get an abortion. Because, you know, women get abortions for the fun travel opportunities.

On Wednesday, local Alaska radio station KTOO reported that Rep. David Eastman (R-Wasilla) believes the state should stop Medicaid funding for abortion, which can include coverage for women to travel to Anchorage or Seattle, WA to obtain the procedure during their second trimester.

Eastman believes the state is incentivizing women to get abortions by paying for a trip to either of the two big cities, according to KTOO.

“You have individuals who are in villages and are glad to be pregnant, so that they can have an abortion because there’s a free trip to Anchorage involved,” Eastman said. “… We’ve created an incentive structure where people are now incented [sic] to carry their pregnancy longer than they would otherwise and then take part in that when they wouldn’t otherwise be doing it.”


Definitely Crazytown!


The editor of Alaska’s largest newspaper said Wednesday that a state senator slapped one of his reporters when the reporter sought the senator’s opinion on a recently published article.

Herz recently reported on a bill from Wilson, a Wasilla Republican, that would strip funding from nonprofits in Wilson’s area. However, Wilson’s former employer would not have been impacted by the bill. Wilson declined to comment at the time.

The alleged slap occurred Tuesday after Herz spotted Wilson at the Capitol and asked him if the story was reasonable and fair.

According to an audio recording that Herz provided the newspaper, Wilson repeated the words reasonable and fair, in response to Herz. Then there was an exhale and what sounds like an impact, followed by Wilson’s voice saying, “There we go.”

Herz could be heard asking if that was meant to be serious or playful and later said: “‘He uh, slapped me. That was interesting.”

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