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eve

Thanks, LD.
People everywhere warm to Bernie’s message – warm is the wrong word – joyously react in solidarity with Bernie’s message.

It’s remarkable.

Benny

Maybe Thomas Frank is finally getting his message out. Well, probably not necessarily Frank saying “What’s the matter with Kansas”, but there is hope in the horizon for Kansas. From WSJ:

Kansas Legislators Repudiate Governor by Overriding Tax Veto

Kansas legislators Tuesday night repudiated the tax-cutting experiment that brought Gov. Sam Brownback national attention, with even fellow Republicans voting to override his veto of a plan reversing many of the income tax reductions he’s championed in recent years as a way to fix the cash-strapped state’s budget.

The state will increase its personal income-tax rates and end an exemption for more than 330,000 farmers and business owners. Legislators expect the changes to raise $1.2 billion in new revenue over two years to close projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019 and provide additional funds for public schools.

The conservative Republican governor still touts the income tax cuts enacted in 2012 and 2013 as pro-growth policies. But voters soured last year on the governor’s policies, ousting two dozen of his allies from the Legislature and giving more power to Democrats and moderate Republicans who then backed this year’s tax increase. The Legislature’s action leaves his main political legacy in tatters.

“He believes—still believes—in this, and that’s OK. I don’t,” said Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning, a conservative Kansas City-area Republican who supported the first round of tax cuts in 2012 but voted to override the veto. “I’ve made many, many bad decisions in my business career, as many bad as good, but I’ve always backed up and mopped up my mess. That’s what I’m doing now.”

The Senate’s vote to override was 27-13, exactly the two-thirds majority required. The vote in the House was 88-31, giving supporters of the bill four votes more than a two-thirds majority.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/kansas-legislators-repudiate-governor-by-overriding-tax-veto-1496841464 (the article is free)

It turns out the school districts are in desperate need of funding. Even the State Court said so:

The tax increase was designed to also cover extra aid to the state’s 286 local public school districts because the state Supreme Court ruled in March that education funding is inadequate. The state spends about $4 billion a year on its schools and lawmakers passed a plan Monday night to phase in a $293 million increase in education funding over two years.

Benny

Just a reminder that I have time to submit questions on our behalf. I sent one this morning that I thought of that I don’t hear on the bigger circuit. Seems to me this needs to be addressed since it is “The People’s Summit”.

My questions are more basic: one of the issues I see for Congress/Senate is the use of the rules/procedures to either pass legislation with haste or slow it to a halt. In some instances, that is helpful, but more often, it is not. Thus, I believe that is why Congress’s poll ratings are low because of the obscurity of the rules govern Congress and their calendars, and the perception is that Congress/Senate is out of session more than the 40 hr-60 hour week working person. How can Congress explain these special rules/procedures better to ensure that the people understand how they are beneficial, and do you support having more calendar days for Congress/Senate to do the people’s business?

Thank you, Senator Sanders. I’m a blogger at The Progressive Wing.

polarbear4

Now that the media is alive with conversation about how our voting system can be hacked, would this be a good time to bring up legislation to get rid of the machines?

Thank you for all you do and all you are, Sen. Sanders. I’m a PCP with my county Democratic organization and a member of The Progressive Wing.

jcitybone

Total Meltdown: Sessions Rift Exposes Trump In Free Fall

The latest and most glaring sign of President Donald Trump’s growing isolation in the West Wing is his rift with Jeff Sessions, who prior to taking the helm at the Justice Department served as a critical bridge between Trump and Congress as one of the earliest, most vocal supporters of his presidential campaign. Sessions reportedly offered to resign as U.S. attorney general late last month because of the deteriorating relationship.

Trump’s slow-burning fury apparently stems from Sessions’ voluntary recusal from the sprawling federal investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election, as well as any matters concerning the Trump campaign, according to a bevy of fresh reports from CNN, ABC News, the Washington Post and Politico. The President felt that move was unnecessary, and anonymous sources close to the administration told news outlets that he blames Sessions both for the expansion of the Russia probe and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee it.

Trump also lashed out at Sessions’ Justice Department this week, blaming the agency for the “watered down” second iteration of his executive order temporarily barring immigration from a handful of majority-Muslim countries.

jcitybone

https://www.scribd.com/document/350634877/Sanders-s-report-on-Trump-s-infrastructure-package?irgwc=1&content=10079&campaign=Skimbit%2C%20Ltd.&ad_group=&keyword=ft750noi&source=impactradius&medium=affiliate

Donald Trump’s so-called infrastructure plan is a huge giveaway to Wall Street that fails to create the millions of jobs we need to modernize our roads, bridges, water systems, rail, airports, levees and dams.

At a time when the American Society of Civil Engineers says we need to spend $2 trillion above current spending levels just to get our infrastructure back to a state of good repair, Trump actually cuts direct federal spending on our crumbling infrastructure by nearly $145 billion over the next decade. This would force state and local governments to shoulder more of the financial burden for our infrastructure needs at a time when they can least afford it.

Just like Trump’s “health care” bill is actually a $231 billion tax cut for the top 2 percent, his infrastructure plan would create $200 billion in new tax loopholes and other giveaways for wealthy investors, and it would reward corporations that have stashed their profits overseas with huge tax cuts.

Under Trump’s proposal, billionaires on Wall Street, wealthy campaign contributors and even foreign governments would receive hundreds of billions in tax breaks to purchase our highways, airports and water treatment plants. They would then be allowed to impose huge new tolls and fees on the backs of American commuters and homeowners

polarbear4

Their Plan Becomes Clear: US Bombs Pro-Government Forces In Syria Yet Again

On how the USA is going to get their regime change, come hell or high water. I could just sob. Oh, and did I mention that we’ve been eyeing Syria for a long time? That there are fossil fuel and strategic positions involved? And that it’s neighbors with Russia? Caitlin again, with many vids and tweets.

The United States is already presently at war with Syria. The American people by and large do not realize this, and the notion of yet another costly regime change invasion in yet another Middle Eastern nation is still largely unpopular with most US citizens, but that regime change invasion has already happened, and war is underway. The Pentagon is just going about it a little differently this time. …

What is actually happening, however, is that America has been amassing troops in Syria without the permission of Syria’s legitimate government under the pretense of fighting ISIS, and is now bombing Syrian government coalition forces with increasing regularity. The first time it was a missile strike upon a Syrian airbase on April 7, purportedly in retaliation for the government’s alleged gratuitous use of sarin gas on a bunch of children in Idlib. The second and third have been suspicious in a different way, with a deadly strike on May 18 and another just hours ago reportedly occurring because pro-Assad forces got too close to the occupying US invaders and ignored “warnings”.
These are provocations, and they are happening more and more often. All the US coalition has to do now is keep taking up space under the pretense of humanitarian peacekeeping, and eventually someone will wander a little too close, at which time they can be attacked. All they have to do is launch enough of these attacks to force the Syrian government to retaliate, and then they’ve got their Pearl Harbor. They’ll have the photos of dead US soldiers that they can parade in front of corporate media cameras all day, every day, whose names the president can solemnly read from a teleprompter while explaining the need for increased military aggression against the Syrian government. Public support will have been manufactured, enabling America’s unelected power establishment to take control of a key strategic region they’ve been trying to capture for a long, long time.

humphrey

Bwahahaha!

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/336751-poll-trump-job-approval-rating-falls-to-34-percent

President Trump’s job approval rating has fallen to a new low, according to a poll released Wednesday.

The new Quinnipiac University poll finds Trump has a job approval rating of 34 percent, compared to 57 percent who disapprove of the way the president is handling his job as president.

In a poll released at the end of last month, 37 percent of respondents approved of the job the president was doing and 55 percent disapproved.

jcitybone

Lucky Dog!! LOL

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https://extranewsfeed.com/border-collie-who-almost-became-trumps-white-house-pet-discusses-narrow-escape-4dcad5df21a5

REPORTING FROM HERTFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND, 6/3/17 — In the past week, it has come to light that in late March, Donald Trump briefly considered getting a dog as a White House pet, as so many presidents have done before him.

Before he ultimately scrubbed the idea (“Dogs are filthy,” he told his daughter), he instructed his staff to focus on finding a Scottish breed to honor the heritage of his mother (Trump’s mother was not a dog, but she did have Scottish bloodlines).

Trump’s canine search team quickly found Merle, a Scottish border collie of rare pedigree living on an exclusive breeding farm outside of London.
Merle practicing one of the quizzical looks he hoped would convince Trump’s canine search team that he was not special or smart, but dumb and untrainable.

While in England, this reporter drove to Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, an area replete with country charm and open spaces, about 50 minutes from the nation’s capital. It is also home to the acclaimed Wakefield Breeder Farm, where Merle agreed to lie down for a vigorous belly rub and a brief interview about his narrow escape from the clumsy, yet tiny grip of the American president.

jcitybone

Lucky Dog! LOL

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https://extranewsfeed.com/border-collie-who-almost-became-trumps-white-house-pet-discusses-narrow-escape-4dcad5df21a5

REPORTING FROM HERTFORDSHIRE, ENGLAND, 6/3/17 — In the past week, it has come to light that in late March, Donald Trump briefly considered getting a dog as a White House pet, as so many presidents have done before him.

Before he ultimately scrubbed the idea (“Dogs are filthy,” he told his daughter), he instructed his staff to focus on finding a Scottish breed to honor the heritage of his mother (Trump’s mother was not a dog, but she did have Scottish bloodlines).

Trump’s canine search team quickly found Merle, a Scottish border collie of rare pedigree living on an exclusive breeding farm outside of London.
Merle practicing one of the quizzical looks he hoped would convince Trump’s canine search team that he was not special or smart, but dumb and untrainable.

While in England, this reporter drove to Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, an area replete with country charm and open spaces, about 50 minutes from the nation’s capital. It is also home to the acclaimed Wakefield Breeder Farm, where Merle agreed to lie down for a vigorous belly rub and a brief interview about his narrow escape from the clumsy, yet tiny grip of the American president.

polarbear4

No dogs? Sad!

Benny

I would say the dog would be fortunate not to be in Trump’s company. Ruby (whose breed is in the border collie family as an Aussie Shepherd) would say, “you were smart to be smart. Run away, Merle, Run far far away!”

Photo below is of Jaz (who is a very astute feline) and his sister, Ruby.

JazandRuby.jpg
polarbear4

OMG, they are beauties!

polarbear4

I hope the MIC and everyone that supports them enjoy their luxuries from inside the bunkers. “Welcome to the new age, to the new age, radioactive, radioactive….”

I can only say that I see this end result as inconceivable, but what are these countries on our hit list to do when they fall to our dominion, one way or another?

Amid Roiling Mid-East Tensions, Unprecedented Attacks Strike Iran

In an event that could significantly escalate security concerns and sectarian tensions in a region beset with civil war and spreading terrorist violence, several gunmen and a suicide bomber carried out two separate attacks in Iran on Wednesday, killing at least 12 and injuring dozens more.

One attack took place inside the Iranian Parliament building, and the other at the site of the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s founder. ISIS has claimed responsibility through its news agency

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good to see that Jake Johnson is now on the staff at CD.

polarbear4

Why Trump’s So-Called Infrastructure Plan Is Good for Wall Street But Bad for America

I might have seen this yesterday. If so, excuse the duplication. Just one example of many that Bernie lays out, showing how privatization is not good.

In 2012, Bayonne, NJ leased its municipal system to a multinational corporation and private equity firm in exchange for an up-front payment of $150 million.

For the residents of Bayonne, this deal has come with a significant cost. Water rates have skyrocketed nearly 28 percent since the system was leased to private interests. This is after the city told residents when negotiating the deal that rates would stay frozen for four years.

Bayonne residents are not able to afford these high rate increases, and the amount of government liens against properties increased from 200 in 2012 to 465 in 2015. People should not be at risk of losing their homes because a private company’s profits were more important than the needs of consumers.

polarbear4
polarbear4

“Sixty votes are needed to achieve cloture and close debate; only seven senators opposed the cloture vote: Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand, Dick Durbin, Carper, Jeff Merkley, and Tom Udall as well as Republican Rand Paul and Sanders.”

Thank you, Bernie and those who voted with you.

humphrey

Alot of the Democrats are spineless (they are afraid of Aipac).

Here is another example of it.

humphrey

Trump’s strong words against North Korea are sure having an impact. Ha!

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-missiles-idUSKBN18Y383?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

North Korea fired what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea’s military said, the latest in a fast-paced series of missile tests defying world pressure to rein in its weapons program.

The launches come less than a week after the United Nations Security Council passed fresh sanctions on the reclusive state, which said it would continued to pursue its nuclear and missile program without delay.

The missiles were launched Thursday morning from the North Korean coastal city of Wonsan and flew about 200 km (124 miles), South Korea’s Office of Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement.

humphrey

We need to see more states duplicate this action.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-hawaii-idUSKBN18Y37E?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=Social

Hawaii has become the first U.S. state to enact legislation to bring its environmental standards in line with the Paris climate accord, officials said on Wednesday, less than a week after President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the global agreement.

Hawaii Governor David Ige signed a bill on Tuesday requiring state officials to plan a response to climate change that aligns the state with the standards and goals of the Paris pact, according to Scott Glenn, an environmental adviser to the governor.

“People come to Hawaii to enjoy its environment,” Glenn said. “When climate change is threatening our reefs and threatening our weather … then it’s threatening our economy, too.”

Although Hawaii already has strong environmental rules, the new law is the first to directly refer to the standards of the Paris agreement, said Glen Andersen, who tracks energy and climate issues at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

bebimbob

From the Comey prelim statement, Trump is obviously concerned with the hookers in Russia thing, so I am going with it being true.

humphrey

This is what you get when the Republicans have a majority.!

humphrey

Also too!

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