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Dems do what they are paid to do

This was a comment by Alligator Ed on caucus99percent.com

It was in another excellent piece by gjohnsit

Are Democrats trying to lose?

the alligator ed began his comment with the title

Elegant essay but rhetorical

Then he made his comment

Who here doesn’t know Democrats are paid to lose?

For me, an amazing insight

explains so much

why would they put up Hillary? they are paid to loose

in a comment I explained why dems not gone after voting integrity … paid to loose

both parties are playing a game that depolitizes the county to enable the establishment to continue

try it out yourself about what is going on

democrats paid to loose

Spring Texan

Thanks, really enjoyed the interview with the annoying BBC interviewer. Sanders rocks!



David Toscano ought to be the most comfortable Democrat in Virginia.

He represents a university town so deeply blue that Republicans aren’t bothering to challenge him for reelection to the General Assembly. From his perch as minority leader in the House of Delegates, Toscano shapes his party’s strategy and priorities.

But he has been put on notice: Toscano has a primary opponent, a fellow Democrat trying to unseat him. And his opponent’s message is that there should be no comfortable Democrats right now.

For a party that has struggled in recent years to field candidates even against Republicans, the intramural challenge to Toscano shows a new level of restlessness in the era of Trump. Democrats motivated by last fall’s presidential defeat have poured into Virginia House races, where all 100 seats are on the ballot this fall and Republicans enjoy a 66-34 advantage.

In Mittiga’s case, if the predictable happens and he loses the primary, will he support Toscano in the fall? Would he support Northam if Perriello’s bid for governor falls short?

“My feeling is — keep ’em in suspense,” Mittiga said. “It’s not appealing right now for me to be afraid enough to vote for Ralph Northam and David Toscano. What’s appealing is for them to be afraid enough that they’ll lose the progressive vote that they’ll become progressives. That’s where the fear should be.”


I like Mittiga’s attitude.


7 states challenge Trump’s EPA for ignoring science, failing to ban pesticide linked to brain damage

Seven states and a dozen health and labor groups separately challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday to ban the use of a controversial insecticide linked to human health issues. Earlier this spring, the EPA rejected calls to ban the use of chlorpyrifos, an insecticide widely used to control pests on crops like Brussels sprouts and almonds.

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, along with six other attorneys general, submitted legal objections arguing that the use of chlorpyrifos at any amount could have adverse effects on farmworkers and children. In the legal filing, the attorneys general argue that the EPA “failed to make a key safety finding needed to continue to allow levels of chlorpyrifos.”

Attorneys General argued that allowing chlorpyrifos residue on human food violates federal law because the EPA has not been able to make “the finding of safety required.” The states call on the EPA to ban the use of chlorpyrifos on food within 60 days.


I grew up in Somerset and still have family there. The two massive power plants used to provide the bulk of the town’s revenue.


Somerset, Mass. — New England’s largest — and one of its last — coal-fired power plants was shutting down permanently on Wednesday.

The Brayton Point Power Station was scheduled to power down before a midnight Thursday deadline, culminating a decades-long shift from coal, oil and nuclear energy to lower-cost natural gas.

The plant has burned coal since 1963 along Mount Hope Bay in Somerset, near the Rhode Island border. It has generated controversy for almost as long, with residents, fishermen and environmentalists decrying the damage that its cooling canals — nicknamed “killing canals” by activists in the 1970s — caused to fisheries.

The coal plant’s final hours came on the same day that President Donald Trump’s administration said he expects to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement. The Republican president has moved to delay or roll back federal regulations limiting greenhouse gas emissions while pledging to revive long-struggling U.S. coal mines.

Many of the plant workers are in their mid-50s or early 60s, said Clark, the union president.

He fears it will be difficult for them to find other jobs at that age.

He said the closure hits the small town especially hard since another coal plant closed there in 2010.

“We were our own little economic engine for this area,” he said. “All the employees made good money. We all bought homes. People sent kids to college. The contribution to the gross domestic product was huge. It was a massive contribution, which is all gone.”


any miner who’s over 50 or 55 should just get a decent stipend along with the offer of training, but only if they want. for cripes sake, i don’t know about modern mines, but isn’t mining a hard enough job and a toxic enough job that we can demand the owners and the govt. pair up and provide a decent living for those older, worn out bodies? If they want to learn something in windmills or solar panels or teaching or whatever, great. If not, enjoy the rest and thank you.


They can always become truck drivers, LOL. Hubs started at 50, and is still at it now. First couple of years suck, but after that, the money is good. AND the largest cohort in trucking is over-50 drivers, with most over 60. It’s hard, but not nearly as hard as mining!


I had this news item in a previous comment under the “Death Machine” that is the conservative ideology, but I don’t see it anymore.

So I’ll post it here with a little more context.

[Disclaimer: Of course I would love it if a whole lot of Republicans jumped ship, I just don’t want the left to pursue conservatives to the point of giving up some important lefty values and I don’t want the Dems to give scant support to progressive candidates!]

Former Vice President Biden to headline Romney summit

Just days after launching a new political action committee, former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden will join Republican officials and donors at a weekend retreat hosted by former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

Biden will be interviewed by Romney during a Friday evening event in Deer Valley at the invitation-only summit, according to a Biden spokesman and participants briefed on the schedule. The speaker lineup for what is traditionally a gathering of Romney allies is packed with high-profile Republicans, among them House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sens. Lindsey Graham and John McCain.

“Biden is attending because he believes in bipartisanship and the importance of keeping good lines of communication open across the aisle,” she said.

The former vice president, 74, last week unveiled a political action committee that stoked fresh speculation he may seek the presidency in 2020. The committee, named American Possibilities PAC, allows him to raise money for candidates, pay for politically related travel costs and maintain relationships with donors.

Interesting early event to participate in right after forming your PAC Biden! Especially considering your remarks in 2012:

“We got a real clear picture of what they (Republicans) all value,” Biden said. “Every Republican’s voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the – he said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules, ‘unchain Wall Street.’ They’re going to put y’all back in chains.”

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said, “In case anyone was wondering just how low President Obama could go in his campaign for re-election, we now know he’s willing to say that Governor Romney wants to put people back in chains.

The image of Biden yukking it up with McCain, Graham, Romney & Ryan turns my stomach, tbh.

re: Context – way too much advice to Dems about courting Romney voters nowadays for my taste:

Democrats’ Secret Weapon: Romney Voters

Yes, Democrats have a real shot to win Romney Republicans

Democrats Still Trying to Win Over Mitt Romney Republicans

The Chicago Tribune is an awful web site, super full of ads, so I added some text with this next one so you could avoid clicking on the link:

Democrats’ new base should be Romney Republicans

the recent official strategy of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee acknowledges those (labor roots voters) aren’t the voters they’ll be targeting. Their main focus will be targeting the 23 seats held by House Republicans in districts that Hillary Clinton won, plus an additional 10 seats in districts that Clinton narrowly lost.

And what we know about those districts that swung toward Clinton is that they’re full of rich people who voted for Romney in 2012. The five Republican-held House districts with the biggest swings toward Democrats in the presidential race in 2016 are in Texas and Georgia. All have average household incomes over $100,000 per year. Three of those five districts are on the DCCC list. Also on the list include four Republican-held districts in Southern California — the 39th, the 45th, the 48th and the 49th — which have average household incomes above $100,000.


Exhibit 1:
Ossoff is getting much more money and support from the Dems to court the Romney voters in his upscale Atlanta suburban district than Quist got to court Trump voters in his statewide district. Most of these switch Romney voters will go right back to the Republicans when Trump is out of the picture and they get to vote for an establishment Republican. I think most of these switch Trump voters would stay with a more populist Dem candidate over an establishment Republican.


Great point jcitybone. The fact that Trump is so awful is really only reason they would consider voting for a centrist Dem.


A lot of the Trump voters are not rabid republicans anyhow. A lot of them are Independents, and they will vote their own interests. They can easily swing between parties.


Biden is just another out of touch corporate Democrat. He and Clinton should just step aside and make way for some new blood that will return to the old Democratic ways of being supportive of the 99%.


Bernie and Joe are the same age. Yet, somehow, Joe is not to old to run and Bernie is. Uh-huh.


LD, I’ve posted this story twice now and it keeps disappearing.

Here is the truncated version. Maybe that’ll work? (if you are able to ‘release’ one of my previous attempts, I would prefer if you post the most recent one I tried posting just a few minutes ago with the links about the Dem party courting Mitt Romney voters. Thanks!)

Former Vice President Biden to headline Romney summit


hahahahaha! Biden 2020! Biden 2020!!!!


A counter-strategy to relying on capturing ‘Romney voters’:

Beyond “Stronger Together”

Ohio’s Mobilize88 Leadership Summit Seeks to Unite Rural & Urban Communities

Nina Turner, a former Ohio state senator, tells the Progressive Army that she is really excited to be invited to Mobilize88, and that she feels that the goal of pulling together rural and urban communities is extremely pertinent in today’s political landscape. Whether in the city or out in the rural community, Ms. Turner says that what people want in life is “universal.” When looking at the big picture, people both in cities and in rural communities want “the best for their kids, and to live with dignity.”


yes, and global. we all want and need the same things from life.


I love British humour.


This is Priceless. Check out the sign on the left.


Did you see this? (Context-Theresa May claiming to make Brits more secure but reality is that under her reign police forces have been cut quite a bit)

p.s. it’s NOT ‘sensitive’ viewing btw.


u 2 r FUNNY.






Trump has a knack for inviting insults!


Are the establishment Democrats out of touch?

LOL! I already know the answer.


This is UNacceptable. This is why we are leaving. NI NAH!!!!


Not shocking since her family and her husband’s family are world-class homophobes


While under questioning from Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), DeVos wouldn’t definitively say whether private schools receiving federal funds would be punished for religious discrimination or discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer students. She maintained that these schools would be required to follow federal antidiscrimination laws, but said the Department of Education would not be issuing any directives beyond that.

“On areas where the law is unsettled, this department is not going to be issuing decrees. That is a matter for Congress and the courts to settle,” DeVos said, when pressed by Merkley.

“I think you just said where it’s unsettled, such discrimination will continue to be allowed under your program. If that’s incorrect, please correct it for the record,” Merkley replied, then went on to ask about religious discrimination.

DeVos gave an unspecific answer again: “Schools that receive federal funds will follow federal law, period.”

In response, Merkley said DeVos had dodged the question.

“I think that’s very important for the public to know, that today, the secretary of education, before this committee, refused to affirm that she would put forward a program that would ban discrimination based on LGBTQ status of students or would ban discrimination based on religion,” he said.

“Discrimination in any form is wrong. I don’t support discrimination in any form,” DeVos replied.


Be still my beating heart.

It appears a fair while down into the article, but Caitlin talks election integrity. woo hoo! Worth a read, with a chart, too, if you’re a fanatic on getting an honest voting system, like I am.

A couple of bits:

In Detroit, the last election saw more votes than there were voters in 37 percent of its precincts. In this city where there were more votes than voters, in this city which was so horribly impacted by Clinton trade policies, 95 percent of voters supposedly cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton to Trump’s 3 percent. Ninety five percent. It’s amazing she still managed to lose Michigan, where Jill Stein fought unsuccessfully for thorough recounts.

Whatever the investigation into the Trump campaign concludes, however, it pales in comparison to the threat posed to the legitimacy of U.S. elections if the infrastructure itself can’t be secured. The NSA conclusion “demonstrates that countries are looking at specific tactics for election manipulation, and we need to be vigilant in defense,” said Schneier. “Elections do two things: one choose the winner, and two, they convince the loser. To the extent the elections are vulnerable to hacking, we risk the legitimacy of the voting process, even if there is no actual hacking at the time.”

(an excerpt from, iirc, The Intercept, that Caitlin uses.)

one quibble: “even if there is no actual hacking….” come on, if it’s possible (and likely easy), you know people are doing it.

Subir Grewal

This is doing the rounds today. Worth noting in this context that Arkansas had mandatory life-sentences without parole for juveniles at the time. They were repealed only recently. https://t.co/B6zwoeUAdS


Bernie handled that smarmy presenter like a champ.

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