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Thank you magsview! Theres a lot I’ve read that Id like to share but unfortunately lack in time at the moment but hopefully can get more of it up this afternoon if not in an open thread in the morning. I think this is an important story and deserves some attention:


Charlo Greene did not plan to curse on live television, but on 22 September 2014, the words came pouring out.

Then a reporter for KTVA, a station in Alaska, Greene ended her segment on marijuana by revealing that she was a proponent of legalization – and was the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, the subject of her news report.

“Fuck it, I quit,” she said, before abruptly walking off camera. The 26-year-old’s stunt shocked her colleagues and made her a viral sensation overnight.

Greene quickly became a full-time cannabis advocate, working to help Alaskans access pot after the state became the third in the US to legalize recreational pot in November 2014.

But despite the voter-approved initiative, Alaska has not helped her start a legitimate marijuana operation. On the contrary, the state launched a series of undercover operations and raids at her club, ultimately charging her with eight serious criminal offenses of “misconduct involving a controlled substance”.

If convicted, she could face 24 years behind bars.

“It’s almost dizzying when you try to make sense of it,” Greene said in an exclusive interview with the Guardian about her upcoming trial. “It could literally cost me the rest of my adult life.”

The 28-year-old’s case – which she has called a “modern day lynching” – has raised a number of questions about the ongoing war on drugs and could have broader law enforcement implications as more US states move to legalize cannabis and regulate it like alcohol.


Via DemocracyNow:


Alabama Guards Stage Work Strike Months After Prisoner Uprising at Overcrowded Holman Facility


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: We begin today’s show in Alabama, where prison officials have confirmed a group of correction officers refused to report for the evening shift Saturday at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore. The apparent work strike comes as guards have been walking off the job amid safety concerns and overcrowding throughout the summer. Prisoners say there are stabbings on a regular basis, and call the facility “The Slaughterhouse.” A guard stabbed by a prisoner earlier this month died last week. The warden was stabbed in March.

This is incarcerated organizer Kinetik Justice speaking from inside the Holman prison on Saturday. Listen closely.

KINETIK JUSTICE: It’s official. At 6:00, no officers came to work. None came to work. None of the officers came to work. We have Deputy Commissioner Culliver, Warden Peterson, Sergeant Franklin from across the street. Who else? Yeah, Warden Peterson from across the street, Warden Stewart, the captain and a white guy, Wilson. Who else? And one other. Those are the only ones here running the facility. Right now, the commissioner is passing out tray. Warden Peterson is pulling the cart. Deputy Commissioner Culliver passed me my tray. Every cell, he’s passing out the tray. I can’t believe it. To my black sliding shoes, brown knitted pants, white tweed shirt with the collar bust open, sweating at the temples. It’s real. No officers came to work. They completely bucked on the administration. No more will they be pawns in the game. Nighttime it’s going down.

AMY GOODMAN: Democracy Now! reached out to the Alabama Department of Corrections to confirm reports of the strike by correction officers at the Holman Correctional Facility in Alabama. The department described the reports as unofficial and erroneous, but the department did confirm nine officers did not report to work on Saturday.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: The events at Holman come as the largest prison work strike in U.S. history has entered its third week. Organizers report that as of last week at least 20 prisons in 11 states continued to be involved in the protest, including in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington. The Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee says at one point about 20,000 prisoners were on strike. With the protest has come punishment, however. Several facilities were put on lockdown, with prisoners kept in their cells and denied phone access both before and during the strike. Organizers were also put in solitary confinement.


Here it is as a link: http://trustvote.org/

And excerpts from the letter from Lori Grace just posted yesterday. It refers to exit polls conducted by Edison Media Research (EMR). Exit polling is used throughout the rest of the world to determine if there has been election fraud — in this case, by checking against electronic vote counts:

As you may know, there was a highly significant, unexplainable difference reported in the exit polls in the Democratic primary for twelve states this year between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Although Bernie appeared to be winning more votes than Hillary, based on the voters leaving the polls, at the end of the day there was a huge discrepancy in 12 states between the exit poll data and the official vote awarded Clinton. When attorney Cliff Arnebeck, an associate of attorney Robert Fitrakis requested that EMR release its raw data on the Democratic primary, EMR not only refused to release the raw data but canceled all further exit polls for the remaining primary elections. An emergency exit poll that TrustVote.org sponsored in three counties in California, Alameda county, Santa Clara county and Contra Costa County revealed that Bernie Sanders won over Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary by 7.9% rather than 3.1% as shown in the California Secretary of State’s website. It appears that the votes in these counties were electronically manipulated.

TrustVote has filed a lawsuit against EMR, whose legal representatives “Baker & Hostetler LLP … reports a company income of $650 million dollars a year. They have responded to our lawsuit with a motion to dismiss it.”

If we prevail in this lawsuit, we will be able to see the raw data collected by EMR during the last primary. Bernie Sanders will be able to see the more accurate percentages of votes that he really received before the exit polls were edited. And both the USA and the rest of the world, will become aware of the editing of American exit polls that happens routinely in the higher office elections in the US on a regular basis.

They could use donations of all sizes! They’re operating on a very small budget, but need to raise more money. Just yesterday someone offered to match all donations they bring in.

Don midwest

CA Democrat – Election cases


You probably keep track of the website trustvote.org

They have a big announcement up now



Hi @Don midwest.

I got the e-mail and sent $100. I hope the EMR case does not get dismissed, which the company has asked for. Trustvote has been trying to get the original data before the “adjustments” were done after polling had closed in Ohio.

From their website trustvote.org:

“Edison Research is the exclusive provider of election exit polls to the National Election Pool consisting of ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, MSNBC and the Associated Press….” Johnson points out, “The results of the ‘exit polls’ that EMR conducted on March 15, 2016 during the Presidential Primary Elections in the State of Ohio did not match the actual election outcomes when the votes were counted.


Oooops. Don midwest, my post above was supposed to be in response to this. Thank you for the update!


Comey on Clinton email probe: ‘Don’t call us weasels’

FBI Director James Comey is passionately defending the integrity of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email setup, arguing that critics are unfair to suggest that agents were biased or succumbed to political pressure.

“You can call us wrong, but don’t call us weasels. We are not weasels,” Comey declared Wednesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. “We are honest people and … whether or not you agree with the result, this was done the way you want it to be done.”

The normally stoic FBI chief grew emotional and emphatic as he rejected claims from Republican lawmakers that the FBI was essentially in the tank for Clinton when it recommended that neither she nor any of her aides be prosecuted in connection with the presence of classified information on Clinton’s private email server. He acknowledged he has “no patience” for such allegations.

“I knew there were going to be all kinds of rocks thrown, but this organization and the people who did this are honest, independent people. We do not carry water for one side or the other. That’s hard for people to see because so much of our country, we see things through sides,” Comey said. “We are not on anybody’s side.”


Evan Bayh’s shadow lobbying

Evan Bayh has pushed back hard against Republican attacks on his post-Senate career as he attempts a comeback in Indiana. “My opponent is attacking me as a lobbyist,” Bayh says in a recent campaign ad. “That’s just a lie.”

The truth is more complicated: Because of loopholes in public-disclosure laws, former senators like Bayh can use their influence routinely on behalf of high-paying clients and never have to use the word lobbyist.

Indeed, Bayh never registered as a lobbyist while working in Washington between leaving the Senate in 2011 and trying to come back in 2016.

But he did carve out a lucrative niche in public advocacy, speaking and corporate board positions that allowed him to wield influence as a former lawmaker with decades of policy experience. Bayh sought to sway public policy to favor clients of McGuireWoods, the law and lobbying firm where he has worked since 2011, as well as other groups he affiliated with while out of office.

A few months before announcing his comeback Senate bid, Bayh flew to Connecticut, in his capacity as co-chairman of a nuclear industry group, to press officials there on issues affecting a power company that retains McGuireWoods. Years earlier, Bayh leveraged his well-known name in a public campaign against the medical device tax in Obamacare, soon after his firm took on a device manufacturer as a client. In another role, according to a source, he advised colleagues on how to message issues to members of Congress. And Bayh served as an adviser to advocacy groups that spent millions on ads opposing the Iran nuclear deal, a contentious issue that divided Democrats and has sparked campaign attacks on some of Bayh’s would-be Senate colleagues this year.

Only people who spend at least 20 percent of their time lobbying for a client and contact at least two government officials have to register under federal law. The ease with which former lawmakers, including 80 of the 352 people who left Congress alive since January 2008, can duck that threshold is often called the “Daschle loophole,” after the former Democratic Senate majority leader who advised clients for a decade before registering as a lobbyist this year.


Well it’s better that it was exposed now and have an understanding where his bread is buttered. The Dems want him back very badly–and I suppose because of these money connections. Makes me wonder what kind of SCOTUS he would recommend if HC becomes POTUS.

Clinton will never stop the revolving door, but neither will Trump.

Spring Texan

I’m disgusted with Evan Bayh but very grateful neither Obama nor Clinton chose him as VP as they would have liked to do. Kaine is awful, but not quite as awful as Bayh.



Barack Obama has a “0%” chance of getting his nomination for ambassador to Cuba approved by Congress, according to the union representing US diplomats.

The president this week announced Jeffrey DeLaurentis as his choice to become the first American ambassador to Cuba in more than half a century, aiming to put the seal on his detente with the communist island nation.

But while Havana welcomed the move, Republican senators including Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas have pledged to block any ambassador nomination, citing a lack of progress in democracy and human rights.

Asked to rate the chances of DeLaurentis being approved, Ásgeir Sigfússon, spokesman for the American Foreign Service Association, said: “I would say 0%. With Marco Rubio on the Senate foreign relations committee, it’s never going to happen.”

Rubio and Cruz are both sons of Cuban immigrants. “They have sworn to do anything they can against the normalisation of relations,” Sigfússon added. “He might not even get a hearing.”



Legal papers filed by the New York police department reveal that the department sent its own undercover officers to protests led by Black Lives Matter after the death of Eric Garner. The NYPD documents also show that it collected multimedia records about the protests.

The NYPD disclosed its undercover operations in response to a group of New York attorneys requesting records under the state freedom of information law. The department has thus far declined to provide the records requested. But its descriptions in August court filings of the records it is refusing to release provide new details about its monitoring of protests at Grand Central Station:
The first set contains “multimedia records” relating to the petitioners’ request for “pictures, videos, audio recordings, data, and metadata” collected or received by the NYPD at the Grand Central Station protests, which Black Lives Matter groups are still leading, according to the NYPD response.
The second “consists entirely of communications between and among NYPD undercover officers and their handlers”, pertaining to the protests. According to a 22 August NYPD Memorandum of Law, these undercover communications “consist primarily of immediate impressions concerning ongoing events”.
The third “consists of a single record, which is a communication from an NYPD officer working in an undercover capacity and his base”, pertaining to the protests, the response indicates.


U.S. Military Is Building a $100 Million Drone Base in Africa

From high above, Agadez almost blends into the cocoa-colored wasteland that surrounds it. Only when you descend farther can you make out a city that curves around an airfield before fading into the desert. Once a nexus for camel caravans hauling tea and salt across the Sahara, Agadez is now a West African paradise for people smugglers and a way station for refugees and migrants intent on reaching Europe’s shores by any means necessary.

Africans fleeing unrest and poverty are not, however, the only foreigners making their way to this town in the center of Niger. U.S. military documents reveal new information about an American drone base under construction on the outskirts of the city. The long-planned project — considered the most important U.S. military construction effort in Africa, according to formerly secret files obtained by The Intercept through the Freedom of Information Act — is slated to cost $100 million, and is just one of a number of recent American military initiatives in the impoverished nation.

The base is the latest sign, experts say, of an ever-increasing emphasis on counterterror operations in the north and west of the continent. As the only country in the region willing to allow a U.S. base for MQ-9 Reapers — a newer, larger, and potentially more lethal model than the venerable Predator drone — Niger has positioned itself to be the key regional hub for U.S. military operations, with Agadez serving as the premier outpost for launching intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions against a plethora of terror groups.


Our tax dollars at work, while our bridges, roads, schools and infrastructure go without.


thanks for the info LD


Yeah… funny (not) how that works….



Apple promises that your iMessage conversations are safe and out of reach from anyone other than you and your friends. But according to a document obtained by The Intercept, your blue-bubbled texts do leave behind a log of which phone numbers you are poised to contact and shares this (and other potentially sensitive metadata) with law enforcement when compelled by court order.

Every time you type a number into your iPhone for a text conversation, the Messages app contacts Apple servers to determine whether to route a given message over the ubiquitous SMS system, represented in the app by those déclassé green text bubbles, or over Apple’s proprietary and more secure messaging network, represented by pleasant blue bubbles, according to the document. Apple records each query in which your phone calls home to see who’s in the iMessage system and who’s not.

This log also includes the date and time when you entered a number, along with your IP address — which could, contrary to a 2013 Apple claim that “we do not store data related to customers’ location,” identify a customer’s location. Apple is compelled to turn over such information via court orders for systems known as “pen registers” or “trap and trace devices,” orders that are not particularly onerous to obtain, requiring only that government lawyers represent they are “likely” to obtain information whose “use is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation.” Apple confirmed to The Intercept that it only retains these logs for a period of 30 days, though court orders of this kind can typically be extended in additional 30-day periods, meaning a series of monthlong log snapshots from Apple could be strung together by police to create a longer list of whose numbers someone has been entering.



September’s carbon dioxide output failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm) despite historically being the year’s low point for CO2 emissions, which means the Earth has very likely passed that symbolic climate threshold forever.

The Earth has hit 400ppm before, but seasonal cycles have always reduced carbon dioxide output back below that level. Now, climate scientists say it is “almost impossible” that will ever happen again.

According to Climate Central:

September is usually the month when carbon dioxide is at its lowest after a summer of plants growing and sucking it up in the northern hemisphere. As fall wears on, those plants lose their leaves, which in turn decompose, releasing the stored carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere. At Mauna Loa Observatory, the world’s marquee site for monitoring carbon dioxide, there are signs that the process has begun but levels have remained above 400 ppm.

“Is it possible that October 2016 will yield a lower monthly value than September and dip below 400 ppm? Almost impossible,” scientist Ralph Keeling, who runs the carbon dioxide monitoring program at the Scripps Institute for Oceanography, wrote in a blog post this week. “Brief excursions towards lower values are still possible but it already seems safe to conclude that we won’t be seeing a monthly value below 400 ppm this year—or ever again for the indefinite future.”


This is scary. It was only seven years ago that my friends and I were organizing folks for a big 350 photograph — like people in communities all over the world, in the hopes that we would be able to get politicians to wake up — and that we could get carbon dioxide down to 350 ppm. It’s really depressing to think that it might not ever drop below 400 ppm.


‘Next Generation of Leaders’: Our Revolution Boosts Seven Progressive Women

Hoping to capitalize on the grassroots energy inspired by Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, the Our Revolution organization is fundraising for seven progressive female candidates who seek to ignite nationwide change from the ground up.

In an email sent out Wednesday afternoon, Our Revolution board member Lucy Flores—among the first to benefit from Sanders’ down-ballot endorsements, though she ultimately lost her June primary—introduced supporters to seven candidates who she said “represent the next generation of leaders in our country.”

The highest-profile hopefuls on the list are Zephyr Teachout, running for Congress in New York, and Pramila Jayapal, a candidate for Congress in Washington state.

The lesser-known names are:
Eloise Reyes, running for California State Assembly. Reyes “worked in grape and onion fields to put herself through college,” reads the email from Flores. Her backers include labor unions and environmental groups who have blasted her opponent, incumbent Cheryl Brown, “as beholden to the oil industry and big business,” the local Press Enterprise reported this month.
Nanette Barragán, running to represent California’s 44th District in the U.S. House. An advocate for foster children and herself a daughter of Mexican immigrants, Barragán is running for Congress “on a platform of social justice and taking on greedy oil companies,” Flores said. She’s recently received three major newspaper endorsements, including from the Compton Herald, which praised Barragán as “unbought, uncompromised, and unbeholden to special interest groups.”
Nicole Cannizzaro, seeking state senate office in Nevada. “A strong fighter for public education,” as Flores put it, Cannizzaro has the backing of the Nevada State Education Association, among others. Republicans currently have a one-seat majority in the Nevada Senate, and “both parties consider the district to be one of a handful of races that will determine control” of that house, according to local station KNTV. Cannizzaro recently released an ad accusing her GOP opponent of being one of controversial Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s “biggest cheerleaders.”
Sabrina Shrader, running for West Virginia’s House of Delegates. Shrader, who has spoken openly about her difficult childhood, “is using her personal experience to give a voice to women and families living in poverty,” according to Flores. In 2013, she testified before Sanders and other lawmakers on Capitol Hill about growing up in impoverished conditions. In supporting Sanders, she was inspired to run for office herself.
Sara Niccoli, New York State Assembly hopeful. “Albany’s culture of corruption has forced our communities to struggle needlessly,” Niccoli told a crowd when announcing her run in March. “Politicians who are more interested in serving their wallets than their constituents are killing local economies and devastating schools.” With a platform that embraces clean energy, Niccoli earlier this month testified against the Dominion pipeline expansion in New York.

Though its launch hasn’t been without problems, Our Revolution seeks to show “what happens when a people-powered political revolution takes on the political establishment,” Flores said.


Independent poll shows Teachout race to be a tossup


“The race to replace retiring Republican Rep. Chris Gibson of Kinderhook really is a tossup, according to a new poll.

Republican John Faso of Kinderhook, a former state assemblyman, led Democrat Zephyr Teachout of Clinton Corners, an associate law professor, by 1 percentage point, 43-42 percent, in the Time Warner Cable News/Siena College poll of 678 likely voters. That’s well within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

The race in the 19th District, which covers the mid-Hudson Valley and Catskills region, is touted as one of the closest in the nation by the non-partisan Cook Political Report.”


It is going to be close. Faso has massive resources pushing negative ads in heavy rotation on television.
If you have any extra funds Please donate at this link to Zephyr Teachout’s campaign


According to her campaign’s latest email, in the last nine days, Republican SuperPacs have spent $1,114,221 in advertisements against her.

Raggedy Ann

Good morning, friends!
I just wanted to alert you to this exciting new activist endeavor being led by Shaun King called the Injustice Boycot. Let’s all join and make a difference! http://www.injusticeboycott.com/

Here’s an explanation from him:
Good Afternoon from Brooklyn,

First and foremost, thank you for signing up for the Injustice Boycott. As I write this, 67,501 of us from all 50 states (and countries all over the world) have signed up to say that we are ready to put our money where our mouth is on injustice in America.

That so many of us have taken this single simple step is a form of protest in and of itself.

Our protests have made the entire world aware of police brutality and racial violence in the United States, but the question I hear over and over again is how do we go from mass awareness to substantive change?

Our protests must continue, our trending topics must continue, our organizing and activism must continue, but on top of all of that, it’s time that we show cities, states, and corporations that if they don’t make serious, substantive reforms on the issues that matter to us, we will do what we see happening right now in North Carolina in response to the anti-LGBT bill they passed – HB2. I called for this very type of boycott last week in the New York Daily News.

In response to that bill, the state is losing tens of millions of dollars as concerts and events are canceled, the NCAA removes bowl and championship games, conferences are rescheduled, the NBA moved the All-Star Game, and so much more.

It started, though, with people making it clear that they’ve had enough and that they were going to make sure their dollars matched their passion.

On December 5th, 2016 we are going to launch a nationwide boycott of the cities, states, and corporations which continue to stand in the way of reasonable, meaningful, practical reforms for police brutality and racial injustice in this country. We chose that date, because it is the anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott which launched on that date in 1955 and continued for 381 amazing days until they won!


But it’s going to take at least 3 things:

1. More of us. Please invite everyone you know to join us @ InjusticeBoycott.com.

2. The best plan we’ve ever had for such a boycott in the 21st century.

3. An unflinching, unwavering committment. Our boycott will not be for a day, or a weekend, but for as long as it takes to make change happen.

Tomorrow, I am going to publicly announce a very basic framework for our boycott. We will not yet name cities, states, or corporations – because we want the entire nation to know that they might be called out by us if they don’t take police brutality and injustice seriously. It’s important that we hold those cards close to our chest until we launch.

Together, we can do this. Together, we are strong. Together, we are going to make the changes happen that we know are possible.

I’ll email you the framework tomorrow.

Be Courageous!

Shaun King

Senior Justice Writer, NY Daily News


Wow, The corporate overlords suck! It’s hard to remain positive when faced with the continual push against regular people’s interests. Winnie is acclimating well to being an only horse with one eyed vision. She sometimes has a small amount of anxiety about being alone. Ms. jbob is going to move her to a boarding facility close to our place this weekend and see how that works out. I will be out of town for a week. Here is a close up of her damaged left eye healed up as much as it ever will. Taken just before they removed the medication tube from the eyelid about a week ago.
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Here she is at home yesterday afternoon.
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Thank you for the update! I hope she finds a good buddy at the boarding facility to help her adapt.


Thanks magsview!

Pressure definitely will be needed


Sanders, who during the primary often accused Clinton of coziness with Wall Street, instead told ABC News’ David Wright that he would rely on and expect demonstrations and persistence from progressives to keep pressure on Clinton to “do the right thing.”

“People should not be shocked about what Wells Fargo did. Every major bank in this country has paid billions of dollars in fines and settlements for illegal behavior,” Sanders said in a backstage interview with Wright at a joint event with Clinton in New Hampshire.

“What we need is millions of people standing up … demanding the re-establishment of the Glass-Steagall legislation and breaking up the large financial institutions,” Sanders said, referring to the now-repealed 1933 law that limited the links between commercial banking and investment banking. “I think with that pressure, I think Secretary Clinton is prepared to do the right thing.”

One of Sanders’ closest teammates on Capitol Hill, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, made headlines earlier this month when she grilled the Wells Fargo CEO during a Senate hearing and called for his resignation and a criminal investigation into the scandal. Warren has already reportedly indicated to the Clinton campaign that Clinton could face a fight within her own party, should she, if elected, nominate anyone with close banking ties to a cabinet post.

Sanders and Warren have both repeatedly called for supporters to stay engaged in politics beyond the presidential election and Sanders added during his interview today, “Clinton can’t do it alone. I can’t do it alone. People have got to be involved.”


Bernie and Warren definitely need to know we’ve got their backs. I’m so grateful to them for all their hard work, and for their feistiness.


This is on ur website @HillaryClinton. Ur silence on the Dakota Access Pipeline is deafening. This is an emergency. pic.twitter.com/6SvCPKwtoE

— Susan Sarandon (@SusanSarandon) September 6, 2016

from Clinton’s webste:

“As President, Hillary will:

Protect Tribal Assets and Resources and Resolve Long-standing Disputes: Hillary will continue to work with tribes to settle litigation over breach of trust and mismanagement claims over trust assets and natural resources and to resolve other long-standing disputes.

She will ensure that the Department of the Interior and Environmental Protection Agency work collaboratively with tribes and Alaska Native communities to sustainably and cooperatively manage fish and wildlife and protect the air, water, and other natural resources in Indian Country.

And Hillary will continue to stand for Tribal sovereignty and in support of Tribal resources and sacred sites.”

Looks like Clinton’s already thrown the American Indians under the bus…a primary campaign promise already broken and she hasn’t even been elected Pres yet.

Then she wonders why the millennials are skeptical about the promises she’s now making too them.



Democrats fret over Vermont governor’s race as Sanders sits out

Vermont Democrats: Where’s Bernie?” by POLITICO’s Kevin Robillard and Gabriel Debenedetti: “Bernie Sanders has endorsed Democratic candidates in Wisconsin, Washington State and South Florida. He’s campaigned in Pittsburgh, Akron and neighboring New Hampshire. But Sanders has done little for a Democrat who could be in trouble in a major race in his own backyard. Sanders, by far the most popular political figure in his state, has no apparent plans to assist Vermont Democrats’ nominee for governor, Sue Minter. Despite Vermont’s liberal leanings, popular Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott is a strong contender to win the race, and Sanders’ seeming lack of interest in the contest has provoked alarm among local Democrats, many of whom have developed frosty relationships with Sanders over the years.”

— “It’s not that Sanders is wholly avoiding home-state politics to tend to his new national movement: Indeed, Sanders has endorsed a candidate for lieutenant governor, state Sen. David Zuckerman, who has the backing of Vermont’s Progressive Party as well as its Democratic Party. Sanders has also endorsed a Progressive state Senate nominee. Sue is ‘very much a moderate Democrat, which is probably why Bernie is sitting aside,’ former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean said. But Sanders’ unwillingness to participate in the Minter race “is starting to generate ill-will” with the state’s Democratic establishment, a top Vermont Democrat said, adding: ‘Is he going to let a Republican win his home state?’”


New vid from RepresentUs: Lalalalala


oh gwd that was funny and sooooo right on….creative geniuses…..Lalalalala




Thanks for the laughs!


The Dems may not be great in this area but the Republicans are worse


As lawmakers frantically negotiate a last minute budget deal to avert a government shutdown, Republican lawmakers are attempting to use the standoff to help corporations hide their political spending. Any agreement to keep the government running, GOP leaders insist, must include a provision that blocks regulators from requiring companies to fully disclose their political spending to their own shareholders.

Republicans’ move to attach the provision to the must-pass budget measure comes amid a 2016 election that has seen companies dump an estimated $65 million into political campaigns and groups, according to data compiled by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, which supports stronger disclosure rules.

“The American people want to know if giant corporations are buying politicians,” Massachusetts’ Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “The Republicans don’t want you to know. They are saying they will shut down this government before they will let the SEC make corporations tell about the secret money they are pushing into political campaigns.”


NORTH DAKOTA Police setup blockade, drop teargas, point loaded guns at peaceful water protectors #NoDAPL #OurRevolution #WednesdayMotivation pic.twitter.com/I379CXXaaF

— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) September 29, 2016

Here are 5 things you might not know about the #DakotaAccessPipeline. pic.twitter.com/igF7WlOjN3

— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 28, 2016

We are protectors, not protesters. We pray for the water, for the land, for the seventh generation. #NoDAPL pic.twitter.com/KEWSYwwYT3

— tara houska (@zhaabowekwe) September 25, 2016

Rise up! 4 Days of International Action & Prayer with #StandingRock Oct 8-11 https://t.co/Bord3fdeXE #noDAPL #waterislife

— IndigenousEnviroNet (@IENearth) September 28, 2016

Water Protectors are reporting that Facebook is now blocking their videos of what is going on. 🙁

joe from Lowell

Conor Friedersdorf punctures the myth that Donald Trump isn’t a hawk.

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