In Today’s News Roundup & Open Thread:
*Nina Turner Denounces The Enablers of Racism
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*Video Of Bernie Speaking @ The St Albans Senior Center
*Ben Jealous Gets Arrested
*Tim Black & Jimmy Dore Try To Understand Keith Ellison
*Pipeline & Water Protector Updates
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Official Website has more about her an her platform::
New York’s 14th congressional district urgently needs access to more reliable jobs, increased access to family support services like parental leave and free childcare. I will fight for universal access to quality education from pre-K until college regardless of income and enrollment status because your ZIP code should never determine your quality of life.
Specifics On Issues:
*PROVIDE A TUITION-FREE EDUCATION TO QUALIFIED STUDENTS AT ALL PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES, COLLEGES, AND TRADE SCHOOLS
*RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $15/HOUR — AND TIE IT TO INFLATION
*INVEST THE $4.6 TRILLION NEEDED TO REPAIR OUR COUNTRY’S CRUMBLING INFRASTRUCTURE
& to: FIX THE HEALTHCARE MESS:
Everyone knows health care in America is broken. It was broken before Obamacare, and it is still broken. Obamacare forces millions of people to pay for insurance they can’t afford to use because deductibles are so high. Millions are still left without coverage and costs are skyrocketing for everyone.
There has always been a simple solution to our health care mess: cover everyone with Medicare.
Private insurance companies have been allowed by generations of corrupt politicians to become monopolies with the power to extort many hundreds of billions of dollars from the American people each year. The health insurance industry spent $150 billion dollars last year in lobbying expenses alone, to protect their monopolies — money that could have been spent on providing care and saving lives. Our Medicare for All plan will provide all Americans with Medicare, increase the number of doctors and care facilities and stop Big Pharma from gouging American consumers.
PROVIDE ALL AMERICANS WITH HEALTHCARE THROUGH MEDICARE
This will include high-quality general, dental, vision, and mental health coverage. Medicare is more efficient than any private insurance provider and is accepted by 95% of doctors. Under our plan, private insurance companies will be allowed to compete with each other in a truly free market to offer supplemental insurance plans.
Texas needs a leader who serves all of us – and Lamar Smith is not that leader.
Like most Texans, I’m fed up with the current stagnation in DC. The news is full of professional politicians, getting nothing done but preserving their jobs and pleasing their corporate sponsors. For too long, Representative Smith has been part of the problem.
After 30 years, Lamar Smith only serves corporate lobbyists and political bullies, not the citizens of TX21 or the United States. It’s time to retire Lamar Smith, and I’m ready to take his place.
Our district and our country are in trouble. While big corporations hit record profits, most Texas families struggle to get by. Wages are flat, and good jobs are harder to find. Climate change threatens our way of life. Our American values are under siege.
For many here, it’s harder and harder to access the American Dream. And up in Washington, politicians like Lamar Smith are only making it worse.
Vote for me, Joseph Kopser, a real alternative: primed with real-world experience, fed-up with the current Washington nonsense, and ready to meet the challenges ahead. Join me, and let’s change things.
Kopser’s Official Website
From joining the military at West Point to creating good-paying jobs right here in Texas, I’ve dedicated my life to service. I served in the Army for 20 years, earning the Combat Action Badge, Army Ranger Tab, and Bronze Star. I’ve dedicated my post-military career to building innovative companies and empowering workers. In Congress, I’ll put your interests ahead of the special interests, and I’ll hold the powerful accountable.
And when I asked him his thoughts on a single-pay health care system this was his response:
Yes, I am working for health care for all, just as I enjoyed with my family in 20 years of the Army. We are the greatest nation in the world, we should be able to care for all our citizens.
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.”
Blackburn challenger Justin Kanew meets with Williamson Democrats
Justin Kanew, who’s running in 2018 for the seat in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, spoke to Williamson County Democrats at his first public engagement since announcing his candidacy earlier this summer.
The 38-year-old College Grove resident, who moved to Tennessee with his wife and daughter a year ago from southern California, said he was mobilized by the outcome of the November election and was dissatisfied by the voting record of longtime incumbent Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn.
“This all started after the election, when the enthusiasm and resistance picked up. I had the same question you did: ‘Who’s going to run against Marsha?'” Kanew said.
Kanew criticized Blackburn’s support of the recently halted effort to replace Obamacare.
“She was out there championing the (health care bill) as though it was going to help people, when it would really hurt all the most vulnerable people, to give a tax cut to those who need it the least,” he said.
Kanew said he’s not ashamed to say he stands for health care as a right, not a privilege, and supports paid maternity leave and raising the minimum wage.
From Kanew’s Website:
Health care is a right, not a privilege. It’s also an issue that will affect every last one of us, and it’s one of the main reasons I’m running.
I can’t sit by and watch Marsha Blackburn run unopposed as she has too many times before, especially as she champions this effort to rip health care and support away from the people who need it most, sending the number of uninsured Tennesseans skyrocketing. The CBO says the bill in its current form would take health care from 22 Million Americans, raising premiums and gutting essential health benefits, leaving sick people and the elderly unprotected. Only 12% approve of it, Tennessee opposes it, as do countless patient-centered foundations, yet Marsha says the senate passing it would’ve been a nice “Independence Day present”.
For who, exactly? That’s merciless. This is a campaign of many things, but above all it’s a campaign of mercy. It isn’t about left vs. right, it’s about right vs. wrong.
It’s time to stop putting corporate America first, and start putting Tennesseans first.
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
I had made a comment this morning about the seemingly coordinated attempt to smear progressives with the term ‘Alt-Left’. Jimmy Dore has caught on as well and created a video on the topic that you can watch within the post.
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Bernie Sanders: Every state should have a public option
Two days after Republicans in the Senate failed to roll back Obamacare, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said there should be a government-funded health insurance option “in every state in this country.”
“If people don’t like the private insurance that they’re getting, they should have a Medicare-type public option available in every state in this country,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Sanders, an independent senator who caucuses with Democrats and became a member of the Senate Democratic leadership following his presidential bid last year, has long made a call for universal coverage one of his key objectives.
Asked on Sunday if he would follow through on his pledge to submit single-payer legislation, in which the government would shoulder the health care costs for all, Sanders said, “Absolutely, of course we are.”
As part of this new push for single-payer legislation, Sanders said his team was looking at a way to build a popular consensus around health care as a right, regardless of income level.
“We’re figuring out how we can mount a national campaign to bring people together,” he said.
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Hello friends! Starting off with Bernie’s appearance on MSNBC discussing the health care process and then will have his CNN and Senate Floor appearances in the comments, as well as the rest of the news I’m catching up on.
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:
Thanks for visiting and I’ll see you in the comments! If you are having any issues (theres a password quirk at the moment with a couple users) please email the tpwhelpdesk @ the googles.
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 .