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The race for Illinois governor is expected to be one of the most expensive statewide races in U.S. history — with some anticipating as much as $300 million in spending.

On the Democratic side, J.B. Pritzker, heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune, has spent $21 million of his own money in a bid to win the nomination for his party. The Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner has dropped $50 million of his own money into his campaign.

Democratic state Sen. Daniel Biss doesn’t have a lot of money. And as a mathematics professor who went into politics when he was elected to the state legislature in 2011, Biss isn’t from a long-time political family, like rival Chris Kennedy.

But what he does have is conviction that his organizing approach to the race can not only overcome this mountain of money, but change the way Illinois does politics.

Biss is running a small, donor-backed campaign that has made him the third-largest fundraiser in the crowded contest, raising $1 million in the second quarter of 2017 — putting him behind Rauner and Pritzker.
Should he succeed, Biss is promising a broad agenda that seeks to reform both Illinois’s political and economic system.

For instance, he is campaigning to change the way campaigns are funded in Illinois. He’s proposing the creation of a public financing program that would open up funding for candidate who achieve a certain number of small donors and promise to cap individual donations at $500. That’s not just an empty campaign pledge — it’s something Biss has already had some success in moving. In May, the state Senate passed his small donor match bill.

Biss is also proposing that Illinois establish a single-payer health care system. Under this system, a single public health insurance plan would cover all Illinois residents, who would be able to get health care regardless of ability to pay. Pritzker has countered with a proposal for a public option, which Biss considers a half-measure.


A few words of wisdom from Caitlin Johnstone.

View story at Medium.com

One of the stories that got lost in the shuffle while everyone was waving their arms shrieking that Kim Jong Un is about to nuke Guam was the fact that the Trump administration is on track to have dropped more bombs during the first year of his administration than Obama did in his last. Foreign Policy reports that as of July 31, the Trump administration had dropped 20,650 bombs, which is already 80 percent of Obama’s sum total in 2016.

Foreign Policy rightly notes that this trend runs in stark contrast to some of Trump’s campaign rhetoric in which he criticized Hillary Clinton for her consistent pattern of opting for military aggression over peace. Many of the people who voted for Trump — and many outsiders like myself who did not — had desperately hoped that the 45th President of the United States would at the very least pull back on America’s relentless warmongering to some extent and adopt a more non-interventionist military posture.

This has not happened. Just as Obama came in on a platform of hope and change only to end up continuing and expanding all of Bush’s most evil policies, Trump came in promising to make America great “again” and start putting America first. In his inauguration speech the new president President talked about defending America’s own borders instead of the borders of other nations and not wanting to impose its way of life on anyone but to rather “shine as an example” instead. His speeches early in his administration saw him panned as an “isolationist” by proponents of interventionism.

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Even the opposition in Venezuela doesn’t want Trump to come in (probably already enough undercover lol).

Trump’s Threats of Military Action in Venezuela Rejected Across Latin America

The Venezuelan opposition and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have both joined the growing chorus of voices in Latin America warning the Trump administration against any possibility of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela. …

The Venezuelan opposition party, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), said Sunday that it rejected “the use of force, or the threat of applying such force, by whatever country against Venezuela.” The statement followed emphatic denunciations of Trump’s threats by the governments of Latin American countries including Argentina and Chile, both of which are strongly opposed to the Maduro regime’s recent actions, and which Pence will be visiting this week.


It certainly won’t hurt but much more than this is needed.


Trump’s milquetoast initial comment sure has them scurrying for cover!


President Trump declared Monday that “racism is evil” in public comments at the White House, and for the first time called out the KKK, Nazis and other hate groups specifically for their role in this weekend’s violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

“Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to what we hold dear as Americans,” Trump said in a surprise statement from the Diplomatic Reception Room.

But where were Trump and Sessions when this was happening?

“States prepare ok to run over protesters legislation.”





But Trump sends a different message to his base by means of Fox News.


Don’t believe what Trump says. Watch what he does.


The Trump administration’s decision to cut federal funding for groups fighting right-wing violence has come under new scrutiny following his controversial response to violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend.

Trump, who faced a firestorm of criticism for not initially calling out white supremacists, the KKK and neo-Nazis on Saturday, explicitly denounced the hate groups by name on Monday and vowed to fight against violent extremism.

“It’s a disgrace that Trump is cutting out Countering Violent Extremism funds for white supremacists and neo-Nazis. We know that the domestic terror threat from them is as great as it from Islamic radicals. It’s a very serious situation,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the intelligence project for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In the final days of the Obama administration, $10 million in Countering Violent Extremism funding was awarded to 31 different applicants, including several groups dedicated to combating white supremacy and de-radicalizing neo-Nazis.

But the Trump administration froze funding for the grants while it reconsidered the applications, re-examined the goals of the program and altered how the grant program would measure efficacy.

Reuters reported at the time that the White House was considering retooling the program to focus more on radical Islamic extremism than on white supremacist groups. Trump also proposed entirely eliminating the program in his 2018 budget request.

When the administration finally released its revised list of grant recipients this summer, funding was pulled for a total of 12 grant recipients — including $400,000 for a group called Life After Hate, which was one of the only original grant recipients focused on fighting far-right extremism.


Trump was on the back 9 somewhere most likely


I found Sessions



Easily the most disturbing part of a disturbing Saturday for this country was watching the tame police response to white men marching around as a heavily armed “militia.” You have the Governor of a large state explicitly admitting to reporters that the police stood on the sidelines while people were beaten and killed – which I’m pretty sure falls under any definition of a riot – because they claimed they were outgunned by fat white losers in eBay tactical gear.

Really? Because in Ferguson the police were able to summon up almost out of thin air armored vehicles from Operation Iraqi Freedom, snipers, military-caliber rifles, and more body armor than anyone thought the Kevlar industry was capable of producing. Police militarization is nationwide and totally out of control. Yet here the police responsible for handling a literal Nazi rally claimed they just couldn’t stand up to someone’s unemployed biker uncle. …

Just imagine all the same facts – the guns, the torches, the mob mentality, the murder – if 5,000 black guys took the place of the people who showed up. Tell me how many would have gotten out of there alive, and tell me that the police would have lightly armed themselves and then used that as an excuse to stand around with thumbs in asses.

Gin and Tacos, via naked capitalism


Not exactly sure what this is about but I consider this a good thing.


A New Solidarity in the North Country

An unlikely coalition of Trump voters, lefty activists, and indigenous people is trying to stop the construction of a power line in New Hampshire. What does it bode for the future of politics?

“The only good thing about Northern Pass so far are all the people we’ve met,” Samson says. “They’re amazing. Who would have thought we’d all work together? We’re farmers, loggers, millworkers, lawyers, doctors, and now the Yale students.” He says they even found an accidental point of solidarity: the color orange, which is worn both by opponents to Northern Pass and by members of Yale’s Local 33. “I wore my orange tie,” he says, during a trip to Yale, only to discover Yale’s union organizers in the same shade. …

This dilemma is not unique to Coös County. It exists in southwest Virginia, where landowners in a rural, conservative area have filed suit to halt construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline; and in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where locals are working with an order of nuns to try to stop the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. “It’s not a political issue of the ‘left’ or ‘right’ but rather a pure issue of constitutional law and individual property rights,” an attorney for opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline told The Roanoke Times.

But in a more profound sense, the issue is about whether our institutions—be they located in government, education, or the corporate world—are capable of responding humanely to criticism and legitimate grievances. There is a gap between landowners and corporations, between voters and the statehouse, between students and university endowments. It is the kind of gap that sows distrust between urban and rural voters, many of whom wrap their resentment of big-city dwellers in a broader animosity toward an aloof and unresponsive government. It is a democracy gap, one that leads to the likes of Donald Trump.

The question is where people will go, and how they will express their frustration, once Trump inevitably disappoints them. Most Coös County residents wouldn’t call themselves progressive, but they are comfortable speaking in a language that resembles solidarity. They are wise to the dangers of an extraction economy, and understand in their bones the value of protecting the environment. They distrust corporations almost as much as they distrust state government and the loathed politicians in Washington, D.C. They are by no means natural constituents for the Republican Party.

But for now, they have more immediate concerns. The SEC must rule on Northern Pass by the end of September, and there is only one more public hearing left to attend.


A little bit of “not me Us” or we the people


If Trump’s new policy in Syria is stopping the Islamic State will he give kudos to the Syrian Army?


BEIRUT (Reuters) – The Syrian army and its allies advanced in the central Syrian desert on Monday and could soon encircle an Islamic State pocket, part of a multi-pronged thrust into eastern areas held by the jihadist group.

A Syrian military source said the Syrian army and its allies had taken a number of villages around the town of al-Koum in northeastern Homs province.

This leaves a gap held by Islamic State of around only 25 km (15 miles) between al-Koum and the town of al-Sukhna to its south, which was taken by the Syrian government on Saturday.

If the army, supported by Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, closes this gap they will encircle Islamic State fighters to their west in an area of land around 8,000 km square, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.


People are taking matters into their own hands!

Not that I can blame them. It makes it tough for the racists to protest after the fact.


Not gonna lie, it makes me a bit nervous.


If true, sounds like Trump picked a bad time to come “back home”

For the first time as president, Donald Trump is now back home at Trump Tower. Motorcade arrived from east, away from protesters on 5th Ave

That posted at 9pm, won’t link to spare you the twitter thang.


A lot going on atm

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