In this open thread/news roundup:
*Bernie Sanders’ Statement About Heather Heyer Emphasizes What Really Killed Her
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*The crackdown on protests across the US
*Bernie Sanders to push for government-funded healthcare and abolition of private insurance
*The Latest Pipeline/Water Protector Actions & More
Lots more on Hildrebrand to come in the coming days but as I do some backend work on the website I wanted to out at least throw out a post for people to watch and then inspire them to do some research:
Hildebrand’s Official Website
Residents without healthcare are forced into the emergency room for medical care. These visits increase wait times for severely injured patients, and increases healthcare costs for everybody else. Hospitals and insurance companies will always pass on the costs of the uninsured to those who are. In essence, those covered by health insurance are already paying for those who are not covered, but those prices will rise immensely as emergency room care becomes more widely used.
While we are seeing a push for single-payer in California (SB 562, also known as the Californians for a Healthy California Act), we still need to fight for single-payer on the national scale. SB 562 stipulates that healthcare is a right for all Californians, and cites the rising costs of healthcare in a for-profit system. Coverage is decreasing as premiums grow, an issue of which most Californians are keenly aware.
It is time that the United States joined the rest of the industrialized world and adopt Single-Payer healthcare that includes dental care, mental health care, and prescription medication. Americans cannot afford to be exploited by an overpriced healthcare system.
I support H.R. 676, and I will support all future single-payer healthcare legislation.
Fracking and Oil Pipelines:
I will introduce legislation that will ban fracking, and establish a moratorium on all new fossil fuel pipelines.
Clean water is a human right. We cannot allow corporations and their puppets in Congress to destroy our limited clean water resources.
I will support all legislation that allows the EPA to investigate and punish corporations that pollute our water.
Diane Russell is making a splash in the 2018 Democratic Maine primary by declaring her intention to run for governor.
From Newman’s Official Website:
Healthcare is a right, it is not a privilege. While I continue to support improvements to the Affordable Care Act, I believe Congress needs to step up to protect and expand health care for all Americans. There are many great elements of the ACA that need to be protected, including requiring insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions, allowing people up to the age of 26 to stay on their parent’s health insurance and providing preventive services like mammograms and cancer screenings. However, the ACA is far from perfect and there are many elements that need to be addressed to bring down costs. Simultaneously to fixing issues with Obamacare, we need Healthcare-For-All solutions to be implemented in the near future. We should be looking at uniquely American versions of universal care that solves the nation’s current issues once and for all, such as Medicare For All.
Congressman Lipinski was the only Democrat from Illinois to vote against establishing the Affordable Care Act, and he has voted repeatedly with the Republican majority to defund Planned Parenthood, which provides vital women’s healthcare, prenatal care, mammograms and much more to tens of millions of Americans and working families.
Money in politics continues to spiral out of control and it’s time something is done about it. Congress must act to reverse the destructive effects that the Citizens United decision has had on our elections and country. We also must end the millions of dollars in “dark money” being spent to influence our elections without identifying the source and the private agendas it’s supporting.
My opponent takes the majority of his money from corporations and business PACs. Conversely, I refuse to take part in this system of influence-peddling and will not take any donations from corporate PACs.
This could potentially be interesting for a multitude of different reasons. Thoughts on if he’s the real deal or not? Please add any research to the comments!
New challenger for Rep. Ed Royce kicks off race with a $2-million loan to his campaign
Villa Park health insurance executive Andy Thorburn is entering the 39th Congressional District race against Rep. Ed Royce, and he’s loaned his campaign $2 million to get started.
The Democrat’s $2-million personal loan gives him a war chest far greater than anyone else in the race, except for Royce, who had $3.1 million on hand at the end of last month.
Thorburn was raised in New Jersey and went to college in Pennsylvania. He taught English at a high school in Newark, N.J., then worked in leadership at the American Federation of Teachers.
He was sentenced to 30 days in jail for contempt of court during a strike for better teacher wages in 1970, something he cites as a life-changing moment in a campaign video accompanying his announcement.
Thorburn later left teaching for insurance. He is director of strategic planning at Orange County-based Global Benefits Group Inc., an international health insurance company in which he bought a controlling stake of in 2005.
He expects healthcare to be a prominent issue in the campaign, and he said he wants the country to keep the Affordable Care Act in place and to see it move toward single payer healthcare.
“I’ve been in the health insurance business since ’99 and I’ve seen it operate all around the world,” Thorburn said. “I can tell you from firsthand knowledge this system is not efficient.”
Arkansas Democrats rely on political newcomers
Paul Spencer teaches politics and government to high school students in Little Rock and for the past several years led a group that’s pushed for stricter ethics rules and campaign finance limits. He’s never held elected office or appeared on the ballot, but he’s now hoping to retake a central Arkansas congressional seat in what had been a reliably Democratic district.
Spencer faces a steep challenge in trying to win the 2nd Congressional District seat, as does a nonprofit executive running for the 3rd District seat in northwest Arkansas as well as a “semi-retired” rancher and farmer campaigning for the 1st District in the eastern part of the state. None of the three Democratic congressional hopefuls have ever held elected office before. It shows the difficulty Democrats may have in finding well-known candidates in a state where Republicans hold a firm grip on the top offices, but also is a sign that dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump’s agenda could draw candidates from outside the party’s traditional bench.
“This is going to be the great litmus test of American democracy,” Spencer said. “If the people are ready for a change from the status quo, maybe they are ready to start choosing people from their community. That’s the way the system was set up in the first place under our constitution.”
From Spencer’s Official Website:
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS
Elections that reflect the will of the people are paramount to upholding the integrity of a representative democracy. We must begin by acknowledging some basic truths:
Although non-human entities such as corporations, labor unions, etc., enjoy certain protections under law, they do not possess the same rights that are Constitutionally guaranteed to actual human persons in our electoral system.
Money spent on campaigns should not be equated with the political speech rights of actual humans.
This campaign operates under these core values and as such will only accept contributions from actual people.
Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege. Despite their divisions, Americans agree we need to fix our broken healthcare system. Compared to the other major nations of the world, we spend the most money on healthcare, yet we have a shorter average life expectancy to show for it. We must join the rest of the developed world and expand access to high quality healthcare to every citizen regardless of age or income. Universal coverage through a Medicare For All program will guarantee cost-effective healthcare to all citizens. We owe it to our future generations and to our country’s economic stability to fight for healthcare for all Americans.
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We’ve had four House special elections this year. Democrats have lost all four. All four were tough races to replace Republicans from very safe districts who were appointed to posts within the Trump administration. In 2016, the Republicans were all incumbents, and their Democratic challengers were: Mike Pompeo (60.7%) won against Daniel Giroux (29.6%) in KS-4 Ryan Zinke (56.2%) won against Denise Juneau (40.5%) in MT-AL Tom Price (61.7%) won against Rodney Stooksbury (38.3%) in GA-06 Mick Mulvaney (59.2%) won against Fran Person (38.7%) in SC-05 In KS-04, an Independent and a Libertarian won almost 10% of the vote in 2016. First for the good news, … Continue reading →
Cori Bush is running to represent the 1st district of Missouri, and after hearing her enthusiasm about single-payer healthcare, campaign finance reform, as well as other issues, you’ll fall in love with her. She’s setting a new standard in American politics with a campaign funded 100% by small grassroots donations, and she has the potential to emerge as an icon in the progressive community.
Support Cori Bush’s Campaign: https://www.votecoribush.com/
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Today is just bonkers in politics, and the evening with waiting for polls to close for the governor’s race in Virginia between Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello. As the Birdies know, Our Revolution, John Podesta and Bernie Sanders have endorsed Tom Perriello. … Continue reading →
Happy Saturday All! Minutes ago, the gofundme account for the veterans heading to Standing Rock passed the $375,000 mark and their stated attendance capacity has hit the maximum, meaning that 2,000 veterans, or peace protectors as they seem to be referring to themselves as, are getting prepared to join the water protectors. Stay tuned for #VeteranStandingRock official update, but we are at capacity for the Dec 3-7 mission. 2k+ Deploying Peace Protectors!!!!!!! — Michael A. Wood Jr. (@MichaelAWoodJr) November 26, 2016 2K EVENT CAPACITY ACHIEVED: Event capacity based on accommodations, travel logistics and supplies; given the time we have to coordinate, resources available … Continue reading →
I am sick, stomach upset, ill, extremely depressed. 25 initial thoughts on the 2016 election (in no ranked order): The Democrats had a VP candidate that would have guaranteed victory in nearly every state they lost that mattered. Trump and Sanders appealed to the same voter. Voters trusted Sanders more. Not sure where in the world we might go to escape his hate Everything that I believe in Trump hates Trump is a mean sociopath that only cares about himself – not Democracy – not anyone else The Democrats had a candidate that would have beaten Trump if they had … Continue reading →
It looks like corporatists all around in CA. No wonder CA is slowly moving backwards. HALL OF SHAME – 16 Democratic Legislators in progressive Districts voting as Republicans – voting so bad they got F’s The Hall of Shame includes the state legislators most out of step with their constituents, and most closely aligned with corporate and special interests that exploit Californians. To make the list, a legislator needs to have a Courage Score of 59 or lower — resulting in a grade of “ F ” — and represent a district which clearly supports more progressive policies than the legislator. … Continue reading →