As you may have read earlier in the news roundup, candidate Paul Perry dropped out of the congressional race for PA’s 7th district.
““As I depart this race, I leave with real questions about the sustainability of our democracy. It is awash in money and influence-peddling on both sides of the aisle,” said in a release published first by Roll Call.”
The good news is that there’s still a progressive in the fight and his name is Daylin Leach. Daylin:
represents Delaware and Montgomery Counties in the Pennsylvania State Senate where he has passed some of the most meaningful bi-partisan legislation in Pennsylvania’s history including medical marijuana and the strongest anti-human trafficking legislation in the country. Daylin has worked hard to build and grow the middle class; is a steadfast supporter of public education, civil and LGBT human rights; and a vigilant protector of the environment.
Daylin is running for the U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s 7th congressional district to bring the sort of bold, creative leadership he’s known for in Pennsylvania to Washington. His priorities include Investing in infrastructure to create good jobs, raising the minimum wage, and creating a free college option. He supports enacting Medicare for all that can’t be taken away. Daylin will press for a constitutional amendment to end Citizens United, and he wants to end political gerrymandering and enact a Voter Bill of Rights so every vote is counted.
Growing up in Northeast Philadelphia’s Jewish community, Daylin learned the importance of fighting injustice and discrimination. He also learned to value education and investing in our communities. Daylin was raised by his mother Rhonda, who struggled to care for both her son and her ill mother. Daylin was able to thrive because his community invested in him through good public education, school lunches, and Pell grants that allowed him to attend college. Daylin believes that investing in our communities is the best way to ensure prosperity for all Americans.
*Average Americans increasingly can’t afford college for their kids and have to work 2 jobs just to get by. The middle class in our area has shrunk from 59% of the adult population in 1970, to just 39% today. The middle class is shrinking in all 50 states as more and more people fall into poverty.
*I’ve introduced legislation in Harrisburg that would raise the minimum wage to a livable $15 per hour, and once and for all eliminate the obscene tip minimum wage. And I’ll fight for this in Washington.
*If you have a new child, or a sick relative, you should be able to take some time to take care of your family. We are one of only 3 industrialized countries on the planet that have no mandatory paid family leave. I introduced family leave in Harrisburg, and I’ll fight for that Washington.
*It is time America joins much of the rest of the world and creates a cost-free college option for kids who want nothing more than to better themselves and serve their country.
*We can create millions of jobs by finally investing in our infrastructure, building badly needed roads and bridges, public transportation and clean lead-free water pipes.
Healthcare – I support extending Medicare to all Americans so we can drive down the overall cost of our healthcare system and ensure no one has to go broke paying for insurance or care. We cannot allow our healthcare system to continue to be hijacked by corporate interests that exist only to deny coverage to people when they need it most and leave people with a choice between unaffordable insurance or relying on the emergency room for care.
*In congress, I will follow five core principles in shaping how we solve the healthcare crisis in America:
A Medicare-for-all system is the most efficient way of delivering quality care to every American, which is our right, at the lowest overall cost to the system.
*Corporate profits, CEO salaries, and insurance advertising budgets should not be allowed to inflate the cost of insurance premiums for middle class Americans.
*Healthcare providers are best served by a system that pays for everyone so that people who are unable to afford care do not create a burden on hospitals and healthcare professionals.
*Access to preventative care is essential to driving down the overall costs of healthcare, because when providers are able to intervene early, costs go down and outcomes improve.
Happy Monday friends!
Plenty of news to sort through today so I’ll just start with Sanders in Rollinsford and go from there:
Bernie Sanders was the keynote speaker for the Strafford County Democrats’ fall event, and he drew a large crowd, including many state Democrats.
The Martel Roberge American Legion Post was set up with 500 chairs, but Rollinsford Selectman Mike Rollo estimated 600 people were present.
Sanders talked about health care, education, workers’ wages and the politics of Washington.
“We can sit here and make fun of Donald Trump and that would be easy to do,” said Sanders. “What we need to be doing is focusing, and uniting so we can bring this country back to where it should be, to where all Americans have rights and not just the top tier. We need to not allow this administration to divide us on any level, not on race, religion, country of origin, color of skin or sexual orientation.”
Sanders said he came with good news and bad news out of Washington.
“The good news is that even though the Republican Senate has a 52-to-48 majority, in the last five months, they have tried and failed five times to repeal the Affordable Care Act. That would have made 20 million people lose health insurance.”
Sanders said health insurance is a right for every American. He said the answer is to expand Medicare to everyone and bring in a single-payer health system. He said other countries do it and spend 50 percent less per capita than we do now.
“The bad news is that the Republicans just passed a budget, the ugliest and most destructive budget ever passed in the history of the United States,” said Sanders. “It is a framework and not a done deal and we need to work to defeat it because it is a moral obscenity.”
If/when video becomes available, I’ll have it up!
In the meantime, the rest of the days news will be in the comments, including:
*Sanders To Seek Senate Re-Election As An In Dependent
*2018 Candidates Hit The Streets
*US prepping nuclear bombers for 24-hour ready alert status
*Jimmy Carter says he is willing to go to North Korea on peace mission
*California fires took thousands of homes. Now rent in hardest-hit areas is soaring
*Half a Million March in Massive Uprising Against Spanish Plan to Overtake Catalonia
*Pipeline Updates, Waters Protector News & More
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), whose selection as a major speaker at the upcoming Women’s Convention set off a heated debate among feminists, said he won’t attend the event, but will instead visit Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from the extensive damage left by back-to-back hurricanes.
In a statement issued by his office Thursday, Sanders said: “I want to apologize to the organizers of the Women’s Convention for not being able to attend your conference next Friday in Detroit. Given the emergency situation in Puerto Rico, I will be traveling there to visit with San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz and other officials to determine the best way forward to deal with the devastation the island is experiencing. The U.S. Congress cannot turn its back on the millions of people in Puerto Rico who, four weeks after the hurricane, are still without electricity, food and running water.
The convention, scheduled for Oct. 27-29, is the first major event since last January’s Women’s March, in which millions of women across the country took to the streets to protest the election of President Trump, and vowed to fight policies that they said would hurt women and families, including repealing the Affordable Care Act, cracking down on undocumented immigrants and curbing abortion rights.
When organizers announced last week that Sanders would speak on the opening day of the convention, some women criticized the choice. Some were still angry at Sanders, who they say ran a negative primary campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the first woman to win a major party presidential nomination. Others simply argued that it was an insult for a man to be the opening speaker at a national gathering of women.
Organizers noted that Sanders was one of only two male speakers at the gathering and that he was not the headliner. That honor went to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), whose unrelenting criticism of the president has made her the most popular figure of the opposition to the Trump administration.
Via twitter from@WomensMarch:
— Women's March (@womensmarch) October 19, 2017
I’d of course love to hear your thoughts and reactions in the comments section where I’ll also have more of the days news, including:
*”People Are Dying’ But Trump Gives Himself Perfect ’10’ for Puerto Rico Response”
*Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin
*’Ecological Armageddon’: Warnings From Scientists as Flying Insects Disappear
*Concern of Progressive Purge as Bernie Wing ‘Left in the Cold’ at DNC
*A month after Stockley verdict, demonstrators stay in the streets
*Water Protector News, Pipeline Updates & More
Here’s a snapshot of the remarkable citizens driving this movement for change in #NY19. Jeff Beals went out to a recent #FasoFriday in Kingston and saw friends old and new, all driven by different outrages to push for one goal: winning back our seat in Congress from corporate power and corrupt lobbying groups. We’re going to make our government work for working people again
I am a little late with this but I think Beals is a great candidate and hope that someone out there on the internets who wouldnt have seen it… somehow makes their way here and does. It would be even better if that person could vote for him, and if not… send a little cash.
Happy Monday friends! It’s my last day of vacation so by this time tomorrow I’ll be sitting back in my corporate cubicle and dreading every minute of it! But thats tomorrow so lets go ahead and get on with today’s news. Starting with Bernie of course:
After failing to pass a “healthcare” bill that would have thrown up to 32 million Americans off of health insurance, a bill that was more unpopular than the Wall Street bailout, Donald Trump and the Republican leadership in Congress are back.
Now, they are pushing one of the most destructive and unfair budget and tax proposals in the modern history of our country – a plan that would do incalculable harm to tens of millions of working families, our kids, the sick, the elderly and the poor.
The Republican budget, which will likely be debated on the floor of the Senate this week, is the Robin Hood principle in reverse. It takes from those in need and gives to those who are already living in incredible opulence.
Donald Trump and Republican leaders claim their plan would provide a “big league” tax cut for the middle class. Nothing could be further from the truth. According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, by the end of the decade, nearly 80% of the tax benefits of the Republican plan would go to the top one percent and 40% would go to the top one-tenth of one percent.
Meanwhile, while the Republicans want to give a $1.9tn tax break to the top one percent, they are proposing massive cuts in programs that working class Americans desperately need.
More @ the link
All the other news/video/etc will be in the comments, including:
*The Night When Bernie Was President
*Iran’s Foreign Minister Rips Trump as Congress Faces Call to “Defend Diplomacy”
*To Halt ‘Drift Toward War,’ Sanders Urges Congress to Defend Iran Nuke Deal
*The Establishment Still Doesn’t Recognize The Political Revolution That’s Happening
*Dr. Kathie Allen on 3 Questions with Bob Evans
*Pipeline updates, Water Protector News, and more
How are my birdie friends doing tonight? I thought I’d share a piece about Charles Darwin that I read today. It’s not recent, was posted in 2010, but I’d never see it before, and it was fun to read about some scientific research about altruism/sympathy/compassion (Darwin’s word for it back then was “sympathy”). In 1871, eleven years before his death, Charles Darwin published what has been called his “greatest unread book,” The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex. His little-known discussion of sympathy in this book reveals a facet of Darwin’s thinking that is contrary to … Continue reading →
Ryan is a 31-year-old data analyst living in Palatine. He is a lifelong resident of Chicagoland, having grown up in Elgin and attended public schools in District U-46. He graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2008, and earned his Master of Public Policy degree with Honors from the University of Chicago in 2015. His professional career includes time at the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Crain’s Chicago Business, Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, and the White House. He’s proud of what he’s accomplished in his career, but it has been anything but a smooth ride. Like so many of his generation, Ryan found gainful employment almost impossible to come by in the aftermath of the Great Recession. He carries six figures of student loan debt that he won’t pay off until 2045. He knows what it means to struggle, and he will fight tooth and nail to build a new economy that includes millennials too.
Huffman has a rather large priorities page, which you can access via his main site. I’ll just do some random blockquotes below:
Money In Politics – The most important thing we can do is get money out of politics. Not only has the disastrous Citizens United ruling made it easier than ever for corporations to buy elections, but our elected officials spend hours every day calling donors to raise money for their next election. It’s no wonder representatives like Peter Roskam don’t vote in the interests of their constituents. Do we really think he voted to sell our internet search histories to the highest bidder because he thought it was good for the residents of the 6th District? I pledge that I won’t take a dime of special-interest money during the campaign or while serving as your congressman.
Healthcare – Ensuring that every American has access to affordable healthcare must be our number-one priority. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) made a great deal of progress on not only insuring more people, but also on making certain that everyone’s health insurance plans met certain minimum quality requirements. Even so, people in this country still die or go bankrupt due to lack of affordable care. It is a tremendous injustice that, in this land of plenty, we still allow people to suffer so much from preventable problems. We also need to address rising premium costs, excessive prescription drug prices, and barren counties that will have no plans offered on the individual market.
Ultimately our country needs to transition to a single-payer, Medicare for All health system similar to what has worked so well in other countries around the world.
Wages– In today’s economy, too little of each worker’s productivity is returned as income to that worker. In fact, 95% of all new wealth created in this country goes to those at the very top. This is not only bad for the workers, it is bad for the economy as a whole. Working class people are much more likely to put that money right back into the economy than those at the top. In short, higher-paid workers means higher-spending consumers. Everyone wins in a world where workers get a higher portion of a company’s revenue.
Unfortunately, this is not happening naturally, as the decline of unions and rampant underemployment has allowed corporations to get away with underpaying their workers for decades. Wages for the middle and working classes have remained stagnant for years, even as income for those at the top has risen to unprecedented highs.
One way to correct this injustice is to raise the federal minimum wage, which has been stuck at $7.25 per hour since 2009. Even if a minimum-wage employee works full-time, they’d only receive an annual income of about $15,000. I support raising the minimum wage to $15 and indexing it to inflation. That will allow it to increase naturally along with the cost of living. We also need to raise the tipped minimum wage, which sits at a paltry $2.13, and institute a law capping corporate salaries at ten times the company’s lowest paid employee.
Jane O’Meara Sanders, the wife of Bernie Sanders, joined Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé on the Today show.
Dr Sanders was speaking ahead of her talk at Limerick’s Concert Hall as part of an Irish American festival.
She revealed that Bernie’s campaign was not supported by Harvey Weinstein, a well-known supporter of the Democratic party, and said that Weinstein advised the Clinton campaign on how to defeat her husband.
On whether or not Bernie would run for president in 2020 when he is 77 years of age, she simply said that they believe “age is just a number”.
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Also in this post:
*Senator Sanders Tours Williston Solar Testing Site
*Bernie Sanders, King of YA Lit
*SEIU labor union endorses Ben Jealous for Maryland governor
*Birmingham’s New Mayor Randall Woodfin on How to Win the Political Revolution Down South
*Atlanta Black Star Endorses Vincent Fort for Mayor of Atlanta
* Pipeline updates, Water Protector News & More
We joined workers in Hyde Park yesterday to speak out against another act of corporate greed – the Cuilinary Institute of America is firing 17 committed union workers and replacing them with low-wage, no-future contract labor. Why? It’s a renown school that enjoys not-for-profit status and dispenses millions in executive compensation. This is about greed and shattered lived. We must confront corporate greed with people power
Just in case you have forgotten, here are some of Jeff’s priorities:
We must #UniteNY19 behind a platform that benefits the vast majority of our citizens. I’ve brought people together before as a U.S. diplomat. Now I want to unite us here at home for these causes:
>*Unite to provide Medicare for all.
*Unite to lower prescription drug prices.
*Unite to increase Social Security benefits.
*Unite to rebuild our infrastructure.
*Unite to develop rural jobs, small businesses and local farms.
*Unite to fight income inequality and a rigged economy.
*Unite to make public education tuition free.
*Unite to end racial injustice, bigotry and violence.
*Unite to protect women’s reproductive health.
*Unite for a foreign policy that puts diplomacy over endless war.
Well holy crap, it looks like maybe some of my persistent tweeting on the Cathy Myers blackout may be paying off. ( yep, I’ll go ahead and take full credit for this just to boost my ego a bit). But Seriously… thanks Jimmy Dore!
Starting off with the TheProgressives Push for A Feinstein Primary Challenge:
Progressives are gearing up to challenge Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) after the long-time senator announced Monday that she will run for re-election next year.
Confirming her bid on Twitter, Feinstein vowed to keep working on “ending gun violence, combating climate change,” and addressing “access to healthcare.”
However, during her five terms in the U.S. Senate, the 84-year-old has also riled many progressives with her opposition to a single-payer healthcare system and her support for laws such as the Patriot Act and the FISA Act.
In a recent piece for Splinter, formatted as an open letter to the senator, Emma Roller captured a growing sentiment among California progressives:
Let’s face it: You are a hawkish, centrist Democrat in a state full of voters that have become much more liberal than you have shown yourself to be. Perhaps now would be a great time to retire and make way for a candidate who better reflects the views of your constituents?
Now that Feinstein has committed to running, though, constituents and even some other California lawmakers are calling for more progressive candidates to challenge her.
The article goes on to talk about potential challengers and such, but fails to mention that Feinstein already had a primary opponent for months, proud Democratic Socialist David Hildebrand:
More news/video/etc. in the comments section, including:
*Puerto Rico/US officials privately acknowledge serious food shortage
*Heart of disaster: California wildfire evacuees return to a wasteland
*2017 on course to be deadliest on record for land defenders
*A Bernie Sanders campaign veteran advises a surging opposition movement in Russia
*Despite GOP Dereliction, Warren Vows to Fight for Program That Insures 9 Million Kids
*Pipeline Updates, Water Protector News & MOre