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Dreamers have many of the same experiences we have: they go to school, they buy homes, they raise families, they run companies. Many serve to prect us and our country. They are as American as any of us, and that’s why we must not waver in our fight to defend them.
In the comments of this post I’ll be sharing pretty much every Democratic ad I’ve run across since the start of the year (and maybe a couple from the end of December as well).
If you have any to add to the mix, please do!
Just as a reminder for those who have not read my previous posts about Allen, here are a few stances on issues
*A single-payer system is now a part of the national conversation and one many Americans are interested in exploring. As your representative, I will advocate for this approach and work to improve healthcare accessibility and cost for all Americans.
*The American middle class deserves a tax break. Let’s put money back in working American’s pockets. When working Americans have more money, they spend it in their communities, creating jobs. A prosperous and robust middle class means a healthy American economy.
*To ensure Social Security is around for the next generation, we must address funding now. One simple fix would be raising the salary cap on contributions. That way, we correct the problem on the front end by bringing in more revenue and avoid reliance on complicated formulas to determine how benefits are paid out.
More info @ Todd Allen For Congress
John Fetterman, the charismatic and tattooed mayor of this Pittsburgh suburb who ran a fiery but unsuccessful campaign for U.S. Senate last year, announced his campaign for lieutenant governor Tuesday morning.
“I’m going to be going out all across Pennsylvania, campaigning town to town [in] many of these forgotten places — second-chance cities, whatever you want to call them — that have become my professional passion,” he told about 100 supporters in a Braddock theater space.
He pledged to fight for progressive issues including a higher minimum wage, better police-community relations, and marijuana legalization.
His campaign was endorsed by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. Peduto said that although much of contemporary politics foments division between communities, “There’s no one talking about the similarities” between the challenges faced by inner-city communities and more rural areas. “What is needed … is somebody who can not only speak for all, but who has proven through their leadership in a community that has been knocked down to its knees,” he said.
Fetterman grew up in York, and earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University. He moved to Braddock after participating in an Americorps program that helped people earn high-school equivalency degrees, and ran for mayor in 2005, winning by a single vote.
More news/video/tweets/etc. in the comments, including:
*GOP Tax Bill Would Trigger $25 Billion in Cuts to Medicare, Warns CBO
*62 Natural Wonders of the World at Risk From Climate Change
*Study: Black People Are 75 Percent More Likely to Live Near Toxic Oil and Gas Facilities
*Congress, Trump Exploit Fire Tragedy to Promote Logging Agenda
*Dem wins Albuquerque mayoral race after eight years of GOP control
*Water Protector news, Pipeline updates & more
In Southwest Virginia, we know all too well what happens when economic decisions are made by and for Wall Street; when farmers, small business owners and working folks are neglected by both political parties; when great teachers and smart students have to hold fundraisers just to get the basics; when coal mining communities are left for dead; when the playing field for ordinary people is steeper than a Wise County hillside.
I wrote a book about building healthy economies from the bottom up, because I know that good work almost always starts with local communities. That’s true whether we’re revitalizing downtown Galax, manufacturing energy efficient building products in Radford, tackling drug addiction in St Charles or building infrastructure to help farmers in Duffield. We’re “bootstrap” people, with a strong commitment to taking care of ourselves and our neighbors. The problem is that too often, the rules that come out of Richmond and Washington undermine rather than support effective local initiatives. That’s ridiculous. Public policy should help us help ourselves, as individuals and communities.
I’m running to help level the playing field for the 9th District of Virginia; to put people and communities first. To restore our land and rebuild our livelihoods. To build a strong, diverse and resilient economy from the bottom up. That’s the work I’ve been doing for more than 30 years, as a farmer and an entrepreneur, here in Southwest Virginia and many other parts of our region. I want to take that experience to Washington DC as your representative.
A small selection From Anthony’s Issues Page:
Trickle-down economics just doesn’t work. Forty years of cutting tax rates for the wealthiest people and the biggest corporations has not led to widespread prosperity. On the contrary, it has made a few people unimaginably rich, while diverting resources away from fixing serious problems and building real wealth. Nowhere could this be more true than in Southwest Virginia.
I’ll continue to work with leaders around the region to:
*Level the playing field for workers, local businesses and the community banks that lend to them
*Expand broad band access, including support of public providers where appropriate
*Bring both public and private investment to innovative manufacturers creating products that make us more resilient and productive
*Focus investment and support on retaining and expanding existing businesses rather than subsidizing transient corporations
*Expand workforce and technical training, closely connected to area businesses and employers
*Foster and support entrepreneurship, especially among younger people
*Reinvigorate anti-trust laws to reverse the extraordinary concentration of power held by a handful of giant corporations
Dramatically Improving our Health Care System – Obamacare didn’t create this mess; it’s been going on for a long time. It’s time for us to move away from incremental steps that do nothing to improve health or challenge the power and profits of the insurance industry and Big Pharma. It’s time to begin the transition to a system of universal health care, or “Medicare for all”. I will support this shift over the next several years, and in the interim fight for:
*Medicaid expansion so that the working poor, young people and elderly people in nursing homes receive quality care.
*Expanded support for community clinics and rural hospitals, tied both to Medicaid expansion and debt relief opportunities for young doctors and health care professionals
*Innovative educational and action programs in schools to improve eating, health and wellness among young people
*Expanded, community-based treatment for mental health and addiction
My name is Ginger Jentzen. I was the Executive Director of 15 Now, the grassroots campaign that led the way in making Minneapolis the first Midwest city to pass a $15 minimum wage. Now I am running for Minneapolis City Council because our city needs a political revolution. For too long, City Hall has been dominated by developers and big business, while housing prices skyrocket, economic and racial inequality grows, and social services go underfunded.
Like Bernie Sanders, my campaign is not for sale. I don’t accept any money from corporate executives or big developers. As a city council member I will only accept an average worker’s wage, and will donate the rest of my $80,000/year my city council salary to support social justice movements. Last election, tens of thousands of dollars of corporate cash flowed into Ward 3. I don’t think politicians can serve two bosses – working class people and wealthy corporate donors.
Minneapolis is at a crossroads. Nowhere is this more evident than in Ward 3, where US Bank stadium sits on one edge while working people and people of color are increasingly being priced out of the city. A $15 minimum wage is just one step in dealing with the devastating inequality in the Twin Cities.
Our campaign is about building a new kind of politics, based on the needs of people and the environment, not what’s acceptable to the billionaire class and big business. Let’s make $15/hour the first chapter in a new history for Minneapolis, where working people are empowered to shape society in our own interests. To do this, we need elected representatives and a new party who fight for working people and the oppressed, and who use their office to work together alongside social movements, community organizations and labor to win real progressive gains.These campaigns can be a step towards a new party that organizes to change society not only in elections but also in our communities, workplaces and campuses.
I want to live in a democratic socialist society—a city, nation and world free from racism, sexism, corporate greed and exploitation. A society based on cooperation and solidarity, where everyone can work and live in dignity.
If you agree and want to fight against the billionaire class and for a better kind of society, please join us.
Just a few of the issues on Jentzen’s Priorities Page
From Tom Prigg For Congress:
I grew up in Washington, PA, in a poor, blue-collar family. My two grandfathers both worked in the steel mills, and I still remember how Pittsburgh’s economy was devastated when the steel mills closed. Entire neighborhoods went from middle-class to poverty. But, unlike Cleveland and Detroit, we brought in new industries and created new middle-class jobs. We should use this same model around the U.S.: invest in sustainable industries that will keep good jobs inside the United States.
Like many of us in the 12th district, the military is a family tradition. I am an Army Veteran who served in Panama and in the 82nd Airborne as a scout sniper and machine gunner. My father is a Vietnam veteran, and my daughter is currently a U.S. soldier serving in the Middle East. A lot of politicians have used veteran’s issues to pander for votes, but very little progress has been made. I promise that I will fight to fix our VA system, and ensure that our servicemembers have the support they need when they return from active duty.
After I finished my military tour, I started working in Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh in 1996 to support my daughter Brooke. I was able to take advantage of tuition discounts to begin working part-time on a degree. It took a long time, but I eventually earned a Bachelors of Science in Neural-Psychology and Sociology. After 9/11, I learned that the Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health created a new program to train professionals in emergency management. I jumped at the chance to serve my country again, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Public Health Preparedness while continuing my research full-time at Pitt.
In 2013, my scientific funding expired and I found myself without a job. Knowing that scientific funding was not going to get better (and will only get worse under the Trump administration), I decided to pursue journalism after earning a Bachelors for Creative Non-fiction writing, mainly focusing on environmental and political issues. For my efforts I was awarded the Heinz Endowment Grant for an internship at Allegheny Front Radio. Later, I became a contributing writer for USA Today – College, and I’ve been published by National Geographic, Alpinist Magazine, and a host of other publications.
Today, I’m a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University, where I study brain cell circuitry of learning and plasticity. In normal terms, I study how our brains change as we learn. Our brains form new connections (aka, “circuits”) between cells as we are exposed to new information or stimuli from the environment. Newly-created circuits change (aka, “plasticity”) as our brains collect more data.
The scientific approach I routinely use at work can be used to address important issues in our district. I want to combine my diverse experience and knowledge to create policies that work for people and their communities. My educational background may not be in politics, but it is relevant for a congressional seat – not only for the public and government policy work that comes with it, but in the way it helps me interact with — and fight for — all of you. We have all seen where our “trained” politicians have gotten us. But, with your help, we can create real, concrete, attainable solutions that can be implemented now, and in the future, to help small communities flourish.
As a progressive candidate, I know that change is needed in D.C. We need people to get involved in the political process, and concerned citizen-candidates, like me, that are willing to take on our corrupt government. If I am elected, I plan to work with local Pennsylvania groups so that I can introduce and fight for legislation that will help our state’s communities grow and stay strong.
Prigg’s Progressive Platform is one of the strongest and most detailed that I’ve seen:
*I support the establishment of a universal healthcare system – Universal healthcare isn’t simply economically sound, it’s a right.
H.R.676 Medicare For All Act 32 works towards this goal of providing free universal healthcare, and proposes to cover:
*medically necessary care, including primary care and prevention
*dietary and nutritional therapies
*emergency and long term care
*mental health services
*dental services and vision care
*I support the development of renewable energy industries. – Unlike fossil fuels, these renewable energy industries aren’t going away. The sun will not stop shining, the wind will not stop blowing, and the water will keep flowing. These industries will provide a sustainable economy and provide jobs far into our country’s future. One important first step towards this initiative, to ensure efficient distribution of power to our homes and industries, would be to upgrade the existing power grid. Not only would this improve our environment, but boost our economy as well.
*More jobs. More job security – The industries of wind, solar, enzyme, and wave turbine would create millions of manufacturing, engineering, sales, technical support, and service repair jobs. Unlike fossil fuel jobs that often disappear when the fossil fuel is depleted, renewable energy jobs provide good-paying work with job security.
*Lower cost to consumers – the economy is stimulated when consumers have more to spend.
*Energy Independence – Save billions of dollars of government spending on importing fossil fuels.
“The only way you beat an incumbent is by out-working them.”
As part of their 2017 election series “The People’s Guide to Power,” WNYC is releasing a series of reports called the ‘Queens Machine’ from Brigid Bergin that breaks down how the Democratic Party in Queens works, including the story of a group of women going up against one of the last vestiges of New York City’s machine politics (including our very own Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez).
Her opponent, Representative Joseph Crowley, accepts three million dollars a year in Wall Street, real estate, and corporate finance industries. He has lived in Virginia for the last 20 years. It’s time for the Bronx to be represented by someone who actually lives there and will champion a progressive vision for the future.
I have stood up to and defeated, bullies all my life, and the biggest bullies in the world are corrupt governments and corporations that put profits over people. My experiences as a veteran and civil rights advocate prepared me to safeguard your civil liberties in Congress. Together we will secure healthcare as a human right through Medicare for All, end mass incarceration, build a renewable energy economy, and ensure the right to an education with debt-free public college. I am a patriot and will always put people over politics and profits.
RIchardson is running on Brand New Congress’ Platform which includes:
*We believe healthcare is a right for ALL people, regardless of their ability to pay. Nobody should go without proper medical care in such a prosperous country.
*Our tax system should be structured so as to require everyone, especially corporations, to pay their fair share. Tax revenue is what we use to get things done for the public benefit, and it’s time corporations give back to the country that has helped them to thrive.
*The United States has made the business of other countries its business for way too long, all in the name of promoting democracy and security. The result of our government’s actions has often been the opposite. It’s time we reorient our foreign policy to include more cooperation, and stop acting like the world’s police.
*The influence of money in politics has moved our government away from a democracy and towards a plutocracy. In order to create a government that is truly accountable to the people rather than corporate interests, we need legislation that gets money out of politics once and for all.
From Jess 2018
I’ve seen the value of stepping up my whole life. Both of my parents were FBI agents for over 20 years. When you have people like that as your role models, loyalty, bravery, and integrity become your way of life.
Until now, my way of serving has been through working to understand our planet and how we can live with it…even the dangerous parts like volcanoes and earthquakes. I give back by helping educate the scientists of the future; young women and men from all backgrounds who will be the innovators, educators, and conservationists of the future.
I was moved to step out of my work boots and into the race for Congress because people like Donald Trump and Steve Knight are threatening that future by destroying some of the most basic things we all agree are important. Education, scientific research, disaster preparedness, critical parts of our communities like roads and bridges, national parks, and wildlife are all under assault. Our economy thrives when we invest in our people and our planet. Trump and Knight both deny the science of climate change, which impacts our economy, health and way of life. Their attacks on immigrant families, women’s rights and healthcare coverage are offensive and damaging to the most vulnerable people in our society.
I’m working to win the job of representing the people I care about and the places I love, and because everyone should have a bright today and a brilliant tomorrow.
Just One Bit From Jess’s Prorities Page:
I Learned from my parents to revere nature. Their way of teaching my siblings and I to respect the environment was to be in it, and so we spent a great deal of time outdoors. I fondly remember a family vacation at Dismal Swamp – rowing a boat up and down the swamp fishing for several days; once while at the beach in Virginia, my sister and I floated at least a mile out on the Chesapeake Bay on dime store blow up rafts. The Marine lifeguards who swam out to rescue us were surprised that my sister and I were not scared. We calmly sat atop our rafts because the ocean was a familiar place.
Running for Congress isn’t something I ever thought I would do. I got my start working to get out the Native vote, because I felt more of us needed to be active participants in electing people who would represent us. I persevered election after election, and eventually decided to run myself and won my seat as New Mexico Democratic Party Chairwoman. I was the first Native American woman to chair a state party. After years of grassroots organizing and advocacy, I decided to continue my mission to elevate our Native voice — in Congress.
If I win, I will be the first Native American woman elected to Congress. Over 10,200 people have been elected to Congress, and not one has been a Native woman.
But, that’s not the reason I’m running. Diversity is important, but I have a larger agenda, and it starts with saving our planet. Everything depends on our ability to sustainably inhabit this earth, and true sustainability will require us all to change our way of thinking on how we take from the earth and how we give back.
ECONOMY – We will double down on clean energy to create more good paying jobs; we’ll make it easier for those who want to start or expand their small business, and we must increase the minimum wage locally and federally. I believe in a fair society, where hardworking New Mexicans all have a shot at opportunities for success, and where corporations and the wealthiest all pay their fair share in taxes. Read my full education platform
HEALTHCARE – I support a woman’s right to choose when and how to have a child, full access to contraception, and believe that everyone should have access to affordable healthcare. Let’s fix Obamacare to protect healthcare for 250,000 New Mexicans, and move to a universal health care program. No American should face bankruptcy or death because of a lack of healthcare. Read my full healthcare platform
ENVIRONMENT – Climate change is real, and poses a real threat to our economy and our way of life; we must work for real solutions to stop it. We must fight for clean air and clean water, and drastically reduce our carbon emissions. We must make real change now so that we protect a future for our children. Public lands are there for all of us, and not for a few at the top to make a profit. Read my full environment platform