In today’s news roundup/open thread:
*The Nina Turner Show: Hygiene as a Human Right
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*Elizabeth Warren Calls For A Rejection of Centrism
*Most Americans want universal healthcare. What are we waiting for? by Bernie Sanders
*Bernie Sanders Talks Health Care, Cows During Franklin County Visit
*Analysis Concludes DNC ‘Hack’ Was Insider Leaker
*Pipeline & Water Protector Updates
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
In today’s News Roundup/Open Thread:
*Everything should be working!
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*Sanders Schedules some speaking dates
*Nina Turner on the difference between ‘call outs’ and ‘call ins’
*Democrats Finally Take A Look In The Mirror
*Activists Organize To Bypass The Democratic Party
In this News Roundup:
*Democrats freak out over the possibility of primaries backed by Single-Payer advocates
*More back and forth over Kamala Harris
*Randall Woodfin on the urgent need for neighborhood revitalization
*Keystone XL activism
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Good morning friends! If you get a moment please check out campaign ad below this post for Justin Kanew who is looking to take TN’s 7th congressional seat.
This open thread/news roundup contains:
*The recent rise in #’s of the Democratic Socialists of America
*A CNN Panel (Including Nina Turner) Discussing the Harris vs Sanders feud
*Beto O’Rourke Travels Texas
*The Latest Environmental/Pipeline updates
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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.
Today’s news roundup/open thread includes:
*Bernie’s Op-Ed on supporting Nissan workers’ fight for the right to unionize.
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*Bernie’s Medicare-For-All Digital Campaign
*Tim Canova Responds to the DWS IT Scandal
*Jimmy Dore on the Democratic establishment’s scheming
*Cory Booker’s Marijuana Bill
*The latest pipeline/environmental/Water protector updates
Sanders introduces rule to require fair pricing on taxpayer-funded Zika drug
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Rep Peter DeFazio (D-OR) proposed a rule Monday that would end price gouging on prescription drugs and other health care products developed with taxpayer money. Sanders and DeFazio reintroduced their bill, which they first proposed two decades ago with bipartisan support, after drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur refused to agree to fair pricing on a Zika virus vaccine developed with over $1 billion in taxpayer dollars.
The US Army is offering French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi an exclusive license to develop and market a vaccine for the Zika virus. American taxpayers have already spent more than $1 billion on Zika research and prevention efforts, including millions to develop a vaccine. The Department of Health and Human Services gave Sanofi $43 million to develop the vaccine with $130 million in federal funding still to come.
But Sanofi has refused to agree to sell the drug back to Americans at a fair price. Without a fair pricing agreement, the company can charge Americans whatever astronomical price it wants for its vaccine.
“Americans should not be forced to pay the highest prices in the world for a vaccine we spent more than $1 billion to help develop. Sanofi gets more than one-third of its roughly $34 billion in revenues from the United States alone, and its CEO made nearly $5 million in salary last year. Yet they have rejected the U.S. Army’s request for fair pricing. That is simply unacceptable,” Sanders said.
“Americans pay more out-of-pocket for prescription drugs than individuals in any other country, including Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and France.Additionally, billions of U.S. tax dollars are spent every year underwriting the development and distribution of prescription drugs and insulating private drug companies from direct competition,” said DeFazio. “Bizarrely, there is no adequate regulation on the pharmaceutical industry to ensure drug companies can’t reap massive profits on the taxpayer’s dime. Our legislation will ensure a more equal playing field and rein in the drug companies’ reckless greed.”
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Happy Saturday progressive friends! A blustery one here today in CT. We are just north of the real action, weather-wise, today. Cool and great for the yardwork and housepainting I’m about to tackle. Saw this just now and wanted to share what I think is a misleadingly-titled story from The Intercept: Senators Promise to Amend Israel Boycott Bill After Backlash First of all, I don’t read any ‘promises’ in the story and, second of all, forget amending the bill, scrap it! Sen. Ben Cardin (MD): “A lot of the co-sponsors are pretty strongly committed to the freedom of speech,” Cardin … Continue reading →
Happy Thursday friends!
Starting the day off with one of my favorite politicians outside of the US, Wab Kinew. Kinew is a Canadian indigenous hip-hop artist, author, broadcaster and now candidate to lead Manitoba’s New Democratic Party. Running on a progressive platform of an increased minimum wage, funding of education and recreation, outreach to youth and disaffected/disenchanted cultural communities Kinew has released a new video ‘Healthcare Is An Act Of Love’ that you can see below:
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Leahy, Sanders rip GOP ‘lockstep’ vote
Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders are lashing out after the Senate voted Tuesday to begin debating a health care plan that would repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act and leave tens of millions of Americans without health insurance.
Leahy, a Democrat, and Sanders, an independent, voted Tuesday afternoon against a motion to proceed to debate on a House-passed health care bill. The vote was held Tuesday before Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., revealed the legislative language that senators will be debating, however.
Sanders, speaking at a news conference outside the Capitol alongside Democrats after the vote, repeated his assertion that what the GOP is seeking “ is the most dangerous and destructive piece of legislation ever to be discussed on the floor of the Senate in the modern history of our country.”
“ Do not kid yourself, when you throw 22 million Americans off the health care they have — people with cancer, people with diabetes, people with heart disease — thousand of those people will die,” Sanders said. “This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. Our job is to make sure all Americans have health care, not throw 22 million people off the health care they have.”
Sanders said people across the country must continue to speak out as Democrats and independents in the Senate try to prevent the GOP from passing a repeal of the ACA.
“We’ll do our job here, but we need millions of Americans from coast to coast to stand up and tell the Republicans, ‘This is America, we are not going to pass legislation that allows thousand to die.’”
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Lawyer with links to Bernie Sanders runs for Congress in Kansas
A labor lawyer who worked on U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has launched a campaign for Congress in the Kansas City suburbs.
Brent Welder, a Bonner Springs attorney who previously worked for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, was nominated to the Democratic National Platform Committee by Sanders last year after helping organize grassroots support for the Vermont senator’s victory in the 2016 Kansas caucus.
Welder is seeking the seat in Kansas’ 3rd Congressional District, which is currently held by U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, an Overland Park Republican. He promised to forgo money from corporate political action committees and repeatedly railed against the country’s “rigged economy” like Sanders did on the presidential campaign trail.
“I think only a populist candidate can win this district for the Democratic Party,” Welder said in a phone call.
Welder, who grew up in Iowa, said that when he was a child, his family would have “hot dogs for every meal because that’s all we could afford.” He supports raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and called access to quality health care a human right.
Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article163276003.html#storylink=cpy
Learn More @ Brent Welder’s Official Website
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Good morning friends! Below is some information on Ryan Stone, a Justice Democrat who is looking to take on Michael McCaul in Texas’s 10th district and then the rest of the news will be in the comments.
I’m a native son of Texas. Born in Nacogdoches, and raised in Canton, I worked my way through college and graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University. I worked a lot of different jobs along the way. I’ve waited tables, I’ve been a teacher, and I’ve been self-employed as a consultant coaching foreign business executives to improve their English skills. Today I am an accountant for a small business — and a city council member in Manor, TX.
Growing up in a working-class family in East Texas, I know first-hand what it’s like to struggle to put food on the table, pay bills and have to borrow your way to a higher education. The poverty I grew up with has, unfortunately, only worsened in recent years with the erosion of rural job prospects and an ever-widening pay gap. Although Texas has one of the most robust economies in the nation, many of our residents have been left further behind since the recession.
For years I’ve watched friends, family and community members suffer the effects of rural poverty and lack of access to quality healthcare. I see hopelessness and inequality as the unchanging condition for millions of Texans — tens of thousands located right here in the 10th district. Smart, capable, hard-working people strive to make a good life for their families, but they’re hemmed in by lack of opportunity, and priced out of an education that could be their only path to a stable income in the new, global economy. I want to change that.
– Ryan Stone’s Brand New Congress Site .
Good Morning Birdies! I’ll start with a bit of Bernie news, then all of us can pitch in with other progressive news or excerpts to interesting things we’ve seen around the Net. Last night, MIC news reported that Bernie has come out against a new energy bill that supports fracking and continues to uplift the Oil & Gas Industry. From the article: With the Senate focused on health care reform, a little-noticed bill that could increase America’s production of fossil fuels may see a vote on the Senate floor as soon as next week. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) does not plan to … Continue reading →
I have recently been advocating non-stop for healthcare across Nevada, as well as across the nation. I’ve been telling the story of my daughter, Shalynne. Two years ago, Shalynne went to the emergency room with nearly all the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of a blood clot. Because she was unable to provide proof of health insurance, she was denied the appropriate care, which ultimately led to her dying in my arms of a pulmonary embolism.
Her death at the hands of our Nation’s barbaric, profit-driven healthcare system, tragically, is a all too familiar story. The fight, not only against repealing the ACA, but for expanded and improved Medicare for All has become my calling. I didn’t choose this fight, it chose me.
I’m tired of witnessing self-proclaimed progressive congressman regurgitating the same old corporatist rhetoric, circumventing the real reason our healthcare system is failing Americans: profit.
As a business woman, I understand all too well that insurance and pharmaceutical companies are solely motivated by profit margins. But I’m not just business woman. I am a human, a grieving mother, a Nevadan, and, now, an activist. I know that healthcare is a human right, not just another consumer product. In order to ensure that all Americans have quality, comprehensive healthcare, we must remove profit motive from the equation. We must fight loudly and proudly for Medicare for All, and I intend to bring this fight all the way to Washington.
Amy Vilela’s Official Website
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