Hello friends! Hope you all had a great 4th and are recovering well enough. As I catch up on the news this morning I’ll post the better findings in the comments and encourage you to do the same (as well as to write your own posts)! Until I figure out whats slowing us down I’ll skip the video of the day in the main-post to see if that helps a bit. Any issues can be reported in the comments, TPW-Mail, or tpwhelpdesk@[google].
While the Republican bill in the United States Senate continues to suffer from recent setbacks, residents of Wisconsin have remained committed to stop the Ryan-Trump Health Care Plan. At stake is the loss of health coverage for 22 million Americans, with a direct impact to Milwaukee’s underserved population.
One of the challengers for Paul Ryan’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democratic congressional candidate Cathy Myers, launched a petition drive to stop the roll back of vital ACA protections. The 1,600 signatures were collected to urge a No vote by U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.
“The Ryan-Trump Health Care Bill stacks the deck against working people, middle-class families, and anyone who has a pre-existing condition. Whether your health care covers patients with genetic disorders as rare as Jack’s or people who have undergone routine C-sections like myself. The bottom line is that this bill touches all of our lives, and so many stand to lose.”
Among those supporters delivering the petition was a 9-year-old boy named Jack, who Myers met on a motorcycle trip through Wisconsin in early June. Jack suffers from a rare genetic disease, and his situation highlights the dangers proposed by the pending bill, which would end his medical treatments.
“I was born with this pre-existing condition that makes me have no antibodies. It’s called Bruton’s X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia, or XLA,” said Jack. When asked what would happen if he lost his health care, he added, “Basically, I dіе.”
Here’s Our Revolution’s new President, Nina Turner (video released about an hour ago) “With These Hands, We will Continue To Rise” Rep Seth Moulton called for new leadership in the Democratic Party while being interviewed on NPR. SIEGEL: What was so big about the loss in Georgia that it shows the Democrats need a new message, a new vision? MOULTON: Well, now we’re 0-4 in these congressional special elections. And we’re at the worst electoral position that the Democratic Party has been in in decades. And so when you keep losing like that, you can’t keep doing the same old …Continue reading →
Native communities and environmental justice advocates in Louisiana opened a new resistance camp Saturday to oppose the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline project. Called L’eau Est La Vie, or Water is Life, the camp will consist of floating indigenous art structures on rafts and constant prayer ceremonies during its first two weeks.
The Bayou Bridge project, owned in part by Dakota Access Pipeline owner Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), would transport crude oil over 163 miles of natural heritage swampland to a terminal in St. James Parish in Louisiana. St. James residents and environmental advocates recently filed suit to overturn the pipeline’s permit, claiming that the state did not adequately address impacts of a potential spill on the community or surrounding wetlands.
“Once again Indigenous communities are being put in harm’s way and over 700 bodies of water will be threatened by one of the worst environmental offenders known to date,” said the Indigenous Environmental Network in a statement. “We stand with the Water Protectors here in southern Louisiana to protect these critical wetlands that serve as protection for the people of this region from floods and storms.”
The Indigenous Environmental Network announced the opening of the camp with the video above explaining why completion of the Bayou Bridge pipeline must be stopped.
Nebraska residents again pack a room and Nebraska residents again offer drastically different views of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Hundreds attended the third public meeting held by the Nebraska Public Service Commission on TransCanada’s application to cross the state and complete the $8 billion Keystone XL pipeline. This time the setting was the Divots Conference Center in Norfolk.
Becky Van Housen, who farms in York and Polk Counties, told commissioners she worries about the impact on the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies ten wells on her farm.
“This proposed Keystone XL pipeline cannot be allowed to cross the Ogallala Aquifer,” Van Housen stated. “A spill to the Ogallala Aquifer would not only threaten the drinking water of millions of Americans, but threaten the livelihood of hundreds and thousands of farmers and ranchers.”
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PAUL JAY: So, something like 23 million bucks was spent on the Ossoff campaign in a district where the median income is about $84,000. It’s been a Republican stronghold for decades since Newt Gingrich held office. True, Hillary Clinton did much better there, and Trump’s … during the presidential election than Democrats usually do, Trump’s ratings there, about 35 percent of people say they actually approve of the Trump presidency.
But still, in a district that sees lower taxes as the number one priority for them, and traditionally are wedded to Republican quote-unquote “values,” why pick this state to spend so much money? Like I said, 23 million bucks spent on Ossoff’s candidacy.
NINA TURNER: Only God knows. That really is a good question when the Democrats had a very real opportunity to invest some of that money into the race in Montana, for example. It just really makes no sense. And as you stated, I think Republicans have been winning that particular district, Georgia’s 6th district, since 1979. Romney won that district by about 23 points. So even though Mr. Trump … Governor Romney, let me just say that … even though Mr. Trump did much worse, that district is very much a Republican stronghold.
I think also the message was that people are not looking for folks to run “Republican lite.” Either you are going to run on the values of the Democratic party, be authentic about those principles and those values, or you’re not. But people don’t want a substitute for the real thing, and that is what Mr. Ossoff was doing. He was being a substitute for what a real Republican is, and that district is a very strong Republican stronghold, no doubt about it.
Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren hosted a Facebook Live Q&A on Monday to take questions on what the GOP’s new health care bill might mean for the average American family.
The left-leaning lawmakers noted that the Senate has not yet held a single public hearing on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) set for a vote before July 4, which Sanders called an “embarrassing, disastrous process and an embarrassing, disastrous bill.”
Sanders noted what he considers the potentially disastrous consequences of the House’s version of the bill, which passed by a slim margin last month. The Vermont independent said 23 million Americans would lose coverage under the House plan, a figure the Congressional Budget Office cited last month, and Medicaid would be cut by more than $800 billion.
“Let’s put a face on who actually takes these Medicaid dollars,” Warren said. “It’s people in nursing homes.”
Warren, D-Massachusetts, expressed skepticism about the prospects of the House bill, suggesting that many more changes must be made and adding that the legislative process should be public. She encouraged viewers to share their own health care stories and reach out to family, friends and lawmakers across the aisle.
“Having diabetes, having cancer — it’s not something that picks parties,” Warren said.
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HOLY SHITA! GIF from Holyshit GIFs Wholly Shita, is right Bluto! (with belated RIP to Flounder, who sadly passed away yesterday) Reddit and twitter is on Fire about the RNC Data Breach that happened last week. From Upguard website: The RNC Files: Inside the Largest US Voter Data Leak …Continue reading →
Good Morning! Happy Father’s Day to all of those who are dads, will see or talk to their dads, miss their dads, wish they could be a dad, or love the dad they’re with (so to speak) today! I will be busy in the kitchen soon cooking for hubby’s dad, but thought I’d offer up a thread to put up some updates on a few of the things on my mind these days. The Castile verdict. I still can’t get over it. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but that one was an extra ‘wow’, and not wow in a …Continue reading →
I found a feed to the Champlain Union Valley HS commencement. If that doesn’t work, try this link: http://www.retn.org/show/cvu-high-school-2017-graduation This is all so new to me. When I graduated 40 years ago last month, we were lucky to get a clip on the local news. I’ve liveblogged the speech in the comments below. Please add your news and commentary in this thread in order to avoid another line pile up. …Continue reading →
On Tuesday the Senate narrowly defeated legislation blocking $500 million in arms sales to Saudi Arabia. The measure authored by Chris Murphy and Rand Paul was defeated 47-53.The deciding factor in the vote was the 5 Democrats who voted against the arms blockade (and for terrorism): Florida Sen. Bill Nelson, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, and Virginia Sen. Mark Warner.
Bernie Sanders took to the Senate floor to delivery a fiery speech against the arms deal and called for a re-examination of the entire United States/Saudi Arabia relationship:
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 Tuesday all! Starting today’s post off with Paula Jean Swearengin discussing her primary campaign against West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and then the rest of what I’m reading/watching will be in the comments. See you there!
Good Evening! It’s been quite a conference so far. And McCormick is a huge convention center! I just saw Rob Quist and Rep Pramilla Jayapal. Great talk. More in the comments! Nina is busy at her new job with The Real News. This evening’s keynote speaker is Senator Bernie Sanders. The title of the program is The Political Revolution Now. It’s scheduled for 7-8:30PM. The livestream link is below, once you click on it, it takes you to a yet link. People’ Summit via Our Revolution …Continue reading →
Good Morning Birdies! After a long evening and a short night, I’m back at McCormick to watch some more panel discussions at The PS. I’m pretty close to the stage. Energy amazing, wish you were all here! Lots of kindred spirits. But you can some of the action on the livestream. The livestream link is here: http://www.thepeoplessummit.org/livestream/