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.
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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 →
ActBlue Progressive Candidate Donation Page The list now Includes State & Federal Candidates !!! – 160 Candidates on Nov ballots on the list !!! Progressive, Berniecrats, Primary Winners, 2016 State & Federal Candidates, an ActBlue $$$ Page. All Candidates on this list were taken from the BernieCrats Progressive Candidate network list for Candidates that had ActBlue fundraising pages Please consider adding your $$$ to the $54,000+ in 21,000+ very small donations the ActBlue site has received for these candidates so far in 2016 !!! Change begins with you. These 160 candidates are anchor candidates for progressive change in our future. Each … Continue reading →
about taxes my favorite name for Don of course not releasing his taxes might be about of course Wall Street laughs at his business acumen and Don in the 2nd half of the debate every 30 seconds….. … Continue reading →
Good Morning All. I hope that recollections of 9/11 are not making you too blue today. Not having the constitution to endure Sunday morning TV shows, I rooted around the internet a bit to get a flavor for the fallout from Clinton’s remarks about “the basket of deplorables”. On Twitter #BasketOfDeplorables doesn’t show as trending for me anymore (how do those algorithms work anyway?) but, considering I’ve seen over 2,500 new tweets using that hashtag this morning, I think it’s safe to say that it should be. Clinton’s ‘deplorables’ remark sums up a deplorable election season If Campaign 2016 needed some … Continue reading →
Happy Saturday Peeps! So let’s first address the elephant…I mean donkey, in the room – “basket of deplorables”?? I think it was a stupid thing to say if you’re trying to win an election. Last night, when I heard that at her fundraiser with Barbra Streisand, Clinton said to laughter: “To just be grossly generalistic, you can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables,” Clinton said. “Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.” Nice. Insult a big chunk of voters. I thought liberals were supposed to be caring people, people who often went the … Continue reading →
In other news DWS has finally agreed to at least one debate
S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Thursday she would debate her primary challenger Tim Canova.
“I have always said that when we got to August that I would focus on the question of whether or not I was going to debate my opponent,” she said in a brief telephone interview. “I am going to debate my opponent.”
Canova’s campaign treated the development like a victory. “It’s good news for the residents of South Florida,” Canova said. “Debbie Wasserman Schultz has never had to account for her record. She’s never engaged ina debate as long as she’s been a member of Congress. And it’s well past time to have that accounting.”
Until Thursday, Wasserman Schultz declined to say whether she’d debate Canova, saying a decision would come after Congress started its summer recess and the national political conventions concluded. “I’m home now and turning my attention to it,” she said Thursday.
Canova said there’s plenty of time for several debates before the Aug. 30 primary. “It would be beneficial for the voters to hear more than once from us and I would suggest three to four debates of a couple of hours each would make a lot of sense.”
He welcomed her decision, but expressed some skepticism. “I will believe it when I see it. She has been dodging me for four months and dodging her own constituents for weeks,” Canova said.