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The California Senate approved a measure Thursday aimed at establishing a government-run universal health care system in the Golden State.

The system, which would replace Obamacare – or what follows it under the Trump administration – would dramatically overhaul the health care market in California. Approved on a 23-14 vote, it now moves to the Assembly.

“With President Trump’s promise to abandon the Affordable Care Act as we know it, it leaves millions without access to care and Californians are once again tasked to lead,” said Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens. “Senate Bill 562 will finally enable California to cover all of its residents, creating a healthier and stronger state.”

Lara introduced SB 562 with Sen. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, earlier this year.

Under the plan, government would negotiate prices with doctors, hospitals and other providers, acting as the “single payer” for everyone’s health care in the place of insurance companies. All Californians would receive coverage regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.


Good luck with that proposal Republicans


Senate Republicans set on reworking the Affordable Care Act are considering taxing employer-sponsored health insurance plans, a move that would meet stiff resistance from companies and potentially raise taxes on millions of people who get coverage on the job.



A former campaign surrogate for Bernie Sanders is preparing to mount a bid to challenge House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for his southeast Wisconsin House seat, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Local labor activist Randy Bryce is looking to tie Ryan, who has been in Congress since 1998, with an unpopular President Trump in hopes of riding what Democrats say could be a wave of victories for their party in the 2018 midterm elections.

“They’re handcuffed together,” Bryce told the Wall Street Journal. “People are having buyer’s remorse and they’re seeing what’s going on. Trump made a lot of promises that I can see why working people would support, but now they’re waking up.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, Bryce has recruited the help of Bill Hyers, who managed successful campaigns Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

A survey conducted last month by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling found that only 46 percent of voters in Ryan’s district say they would cast their ballot to reelect Ryan.


Oh, thank goodness! I saw a tweet from another would-be candidate, a man who moved to Wisconsin from Ohio, that was entirely off-putting.

His tweet was basically, “I’m running against Paul Ryan. How much do you want him gone?”

Predictably there were some gullible souls who instantly started throwing $ at him.

This fellow though, Bryce, who goes by the twitter handle IronStache 🙂 sounds much more solid!

Thanks for this good news jcitybone!


I’ll LOVE (love, love!) to see a debate between Bryce and Ryan!! I bet Ryan would be shaking in his expensive shoes.


That debate would be epic. Not only does Bryce appear to be a great candidate, he appears to have recruited significant management help in Myers.


That’s Hyers


Scott Walker and the Fate of the Union

On his first day of work in three months, Randy Bryce asked his foreman for the next day off. He wanted to go to the Capitol in Madison, Wis., and testify against a proposed law. Bryce, a member of Milwaukee Ironworkers Local 8, was unloading truckloads of steel beams to build a warehouse near Kenosha, and he needed the job. He has an 8-year-old son, his debts were piling up and a 10-hour shift paid more than $300. But the legislation, which Republicans were rushing through the State Senate, angered him enough to sacrifice the hours. Supporters called it a “right to work” bill, because it prohibited unions from requiring employees to pay dues. But to Bryce, that appealing name hid the true purpose of the bill, which was to destroy unions.

The next morning, Bryce, who is 50 and has close-­cropped black hair and a horseshoe mustache, woke up at 5:30, got dressed in his usual jeans, hoodie and Local 8 varsity jacket with an I-beam and an American flag stitched on the back and drove 90 miles to Madison in his gray Mustang

At 6pm Bryce’s name came up as his turn to speak, but he was outside and also they were told the meeting had adjourned:

Bryce still wanted to speak. He had lost a day’s wages, and the committee’s two Democratic senators had remained to hear more testimony. State troopers were now blocking the door to the hearing room, though, so he decided to address a group of protesters in the hallway outside instead.

“My name is Randy Bryce,” he began in a loud voice.
“I’ve been a member of Ironworkers Local 8 since 1997. I’ve had the privilege in that time to work on many of Wisconsin’s landmarks, private businesses and numerous other parts of our infrastructure.” As he spoke, the protesters began to quiet. Bryce described how he had wandered from job to job after he left the Army, how Local 8’s apprenticeship program had given him direction, a real career. Finally, he presented the case against what he called “a blatant political attack” on his union. “All of our representatives are elected,” he said. “All of the decisions that we make are voted on. The general membership is given monthly reports on how every dime is spent. Every dime spent is voted on. Unlike what is taking place this week, Ironworkers Local 8 is pure democracy. I am disappointed beyond words at not just what this bill contains, but how it is being passed.”


Go Randy.


Interesting article about Gillibrand. There’s a lot of pros to her but there are some cons, especially in the fundraising area, but that is par for the course with most Dems. I do like her better than most of the other Senators mentioned who are interested in running. She’s way better than her colleague from across the Hudson, Cory Booker.


Donald Trump provided the opportunity, but New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has been working for years to become a national Democratic leader.

Once overshadowed by the woman she replaced, Hillary Clinton, and New York’s senior Senator, Chuck Schumer, Gillibrand has emerged as the vocal leader of the opposition to President Trump.

She’s rallied a following by seeking equality and justice for women, She’s also built one of the Senate’s most potent fundraising operations and used the money raised to help elect allies in Congress.

It’s put Gillibrand on the presidential wish list of many Democrats waiting for 2020.


Both Booker and Gillibrand are keynote speakers at the Personal Democracy Forum, which is being held right before the People’s Summit. PDF was pretty cool when it was the grassroots, but now it’s turned more than ever into a democracy in a tech world forum, which means geeks are peddling their products but also giving their views about using technology for democracy. More of a Clinton crowd these days. I’m surprised she wasn’t asked or perhaps didn’t accept an invite to that forum.


Oh, tooo bad. Those two are not my candidates.


Gillibrand is better than Booker in my view. But plenty of time to shop around.


Democratic Loyalists Are Only Attacking Bernie’s Revolution Because It Threatens Their Privilege

It’s also apparent in the kinds of messages expressed in their arguments against Bernie and his movement. At the core of them, there always seems to be a declaration that the status quo should just be left alone. Bernie Sanders (more than arguably) is non-pragmatic or too radical because perpetual war, unprecedented rule by the 0.1%, and a profit-oriented criminal justice system shouldn’t be challenged. Sanders supporters (as it’s been empirically disproven) are a bunch of entitled white men because only entitled white men want social and economic equality. Bernie Sanders shouldn’t be allowed to influence the Democratic Party because real Democrats support unconstitutional mass spying and the persecution of whistleblowers. Sanders supporters are sexist because it’s sexist to criticize a female candidate for taking Wall Street money. The electorate won’t embrace Sanders’ message (as recent political events and all the opinion polls show otherwise) because most Americans are too sensible to want the reforms that will lift them out of poverty and take away the disproportionate influence of elites. And on it goes.

That last attack line reveals a particular amount of desire to maintain the status quo, because it arrogantly assumes the peasants, so to speak, largely want to continue serving their aristocratic masters. And like every other bit of shade the oligarchy throws towards Bernie Sanders, along with every defense the oligarchy makes of the Democratic establishment, its essence is the same: things are going great for us, so you common people had better work to keep things this way.

Thankfully, as aristocracies go, the oppressors are far outnumbered. …


I’m just getting around to the Q & A. Maybe one of the best Bernie has done, but I think it is partly because the questions aren’t as sanitized or ridiculous CNN/MSNBC type ones where they are looking to make a headline. He has an opportunity to fully answer the questions, and then some.


I’m not quite tapped in as some of our regulars (and perhaps lurkers) are, so am not sure if Matt Stoller’s characterization of the writer, Stanley Greenberg, is accurate, but this article is interesting:

The Democrats’ ‘Working-Class Problem’

It’s not only with whites. It reaches well into the party’s base.

This part of the article I agree with (other parts not so much, especially the sections on immigration):

Working-class Americans pulled back from Democrats in this last period of Democratic governance because of President Obama’s insistence on heralding economic progress and the bailout of the irresponsible elites, while ordinary people’s incomes crashed and they continued to struggle financially. They also pulled back because of the Democrats’ seeming embrace of multinational trade agreements that have cost American jobs.

That mix of heralding “progress” while bailing out those responsible for the crisis and the real crash in incomes for working Americans was a fatal brew for Democrats.

But, in what may border on campaign malpractice, the Clinton campaign chose in the closing battle to ignore the economic stress not just of the working-class women who were still in play, but also of those within the Democrats’ own base, particularly among the minorities, millennials, and unmarried women. It likely diminished turnout in the cities and Clinton’s vote across the base.

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