• I had a choice of voting for Clinton, or writing in Bernie — which wouldn’t have done anything — or vote for Jill Stein.”

    I voted for Jill

  • http://www.eclectablog.com/2018/06/michigans-largest-democratic-club-issues-unprecedented-anti-endorsement-of-democratic-gubernatorial-candidate-shri-thanedar.html

    Today, I was joined by the Grosse Pointe Democratic Club, a group that claims to be “the largest chartered Democratic club in the State of Michigan.” The GPDC took a step I have nev…

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  • Good I hope they do, now if Fed ex was Union, the Teamsters could shut down this country!

  • Your welcome mags. I try to post positive things. Because I completely agree with pb4, you can only put up with negative shit for so long!

  • This is a must WATCH, best interview in a long time. ( Bernie is running again )

  • http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180605/news/662906/michigan-voters-to-decide-on-legalizing-recreational-pot

    State has had legal medical marijuana for almost a decade
    Proposal would allow people 21 or older to possess 2.5 ounces, grow 12 plants
    10 percent excise tax would be assessed at retail level
    LANSING — Michigan voters will decide w…

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  • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/05/despite-rightwing-fearmongering-experts-say-now-time-expand-social-security

    As corporate media outlets predictably trumpeted the right-wing narrative that Social Security is in dire financial straits after the Social Security Trustees’ annual report was released on Tuesday, advocacy groups and experts…

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  • http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21182/chicago_tribune_union_labor_media_tronc_newsguild

    On May 7, glasses clanked and cheers echoed across a downtown Chicago bar as journalists openly celebrated what would have been a whispered fantasy just a few short months ago. The Chicago Tribune, the mother of all major anti-union newspapers—both in i…

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  • Thousands of AT&T employees across the Midwest are entering the sixth day of a rare, rank-and-file-led work stoppage over alleged unfair labor practices. The union representing them, Communications Workers of […]

    • http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21182/chicago_tribune_union_labor_media_tronc_newsguild

      On May 7, glasses clanked and cheers echoed across a downtown Chicago bar as journalists openly celebrated what would have been a whispered fantasy just a few short months ago. The Chicago Tribune, the mother of all major anti-union newspapers—both in its editorial philosophy and newsroom policy—had just bowed to its employees’ desire to form a union.

      Mary Wisniewski, sidling up to a table, beamed broadly as she recalled receiving a colleague’s phone call a day before informing her that the company had relented and agreed to recognize the NewsGuild.

    • https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/06/05/despite-rightwing-fearmongering-experts-say-now-time-expand-social-security

      As corporate media outlets predictably trumpeted the right-wing narrative that Social Security is in dire financial straits after the Social Security Trustees’ annual report was released on Tuesday, advocacy groups and experts were quick to denounce the fearmongering and correct the record, arguing that the new analysis shows the program is “stronger than ever.”

      “The right question is not how can we afford to expand Social Security, but, rather, how can we afford not to expand it.”
      —Nancy Altman, Social Security Works

      “Each year, the release of the trustees report provides an occasion for Social Security scaremongering by those wanting to shrink our social insurance system,” Monique Morrissey, an economist with the Economic Policy Institute, noted in a blog post on Tuesday. “But not only can we afford current benefits, we can afford to expand them.”

    • http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20180605/news/662906/michigan-voters-to-decide-on-legalizing-recreational-pot

      State has had legal medical marijuana for almost a decade
      Proposal would allow people 21 or older to possess 2.5 ounces, grow 12 plants
      10 percent excise tax would be assessed at retail level
      LANSING — Michigan voters will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

      A citizen-initiated measure wasn’t approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature before a 40-day deadline passed Tuesday. That means the ballot initiative will get a public vote in November.

      Michigan has allowed medical-marijuana use for nearly a decade. If the ballot measure is successful, Michigan would become the 10th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

      The proposal would allow people age 21 or older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana outside their home and grow up to 12 plants at home. A 10 percent excise tax on marijuana would be assessed at the retail level.

      The Michigan Senate leader wanted legislators to pass the bill to make it easier to change later, but support was lacking in the House.

    • T and R, la58!! 🙂

    • The Nation endorses Cynthia Nixon. (Even DK has endorsed her—to the disgust of some there)

      https://www.thenation.com/article/cynthia-nixon-governor/

      In the end, this election—like all elections—is a referendum on the future. Do we want four more years of pay-to-play, where developers and political insiders call the shots? Or do we want a state government devoted to improving the lives of working people, with mass-transit systems that function, fully funded schools, criminal-justice reform, and health care and decent housing for all? Because if we do, there is only one candidate on the ballot in September who will even try to deliver those things. Her name is Cynthia Nixon, and she deserves your vote.

    • Jealous has momentum

      https://www.buzzfeed.com/darrensands/new-polls-show-ben-jealous-surging-in-maryland-governors?utm_term=.jlpjJMZz8#.pqPVoMPvO

      The Maryland Democratic primary for governor is a toss-up between the two top candidates, with former NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous surging, according to a new poll made available to BuzzFeed News Tuesday.

      The poll was commissioned by Maryland Together We Rise, a pro-Jealous independent expenditure campaign, and conducted by Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies from May 22 to 27. The poll, which queried 600 likely voters in the primary, has Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker leading the field at 22%, with Jealous just behind him at 21%.

      The Brilliant Corners poll found that Jealous and Baker are holding down their geographical bases in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, respectively. A memo accompanying the results said that a third of voters in the June 26 primary are undecided, however, with three weeks left to fight for those votes. “Whichever of the two candidates garners the resources to most effectively communicate, in the closing month, will be well-positioned to win,” it said.

      At the same time, a Washington Post–University of Maryland poll out Tuesday has Jealous with a five-point lead.

      • For me, Ben is one of those rare creatures that I like more the more I learn about him. So far at least (been snakebit in the past).

    • https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/06/06/50-years-after-1968-can-young-change-politics-striking-new-poll-says-yes

      A new survey from the University of Chicago’s GenForward project suggests that these voters could pull the Democratic Party, and American politics, sharply to the left. The survey of 1,750 respondents found that “Majorities of Millennials across race and ethnicity believe a strong government rather than a free market approach is needed to address today’s complex economic problems.”

      What is this growing group of voters likely to make of Democrats like the three senators – Heitkamp, Tester, and Donnelly – who recently cosponsored a bill to loosen the Volcker Rule’s safeguard provisions on America’s banks?

      In the survey’s most striking finding, 61 percent of Millennial Democrats polled – nearly two-thirds – expressed favorable views of socialism. The report notes that 32 percent of independents and “only” 25 percent of Republicans say they are favorable toward socialism.

      “Only?” t’s fascinating to ponder the prospect of a Republican Party that’s one-quarter socialist.

      The study also shows that the “rising Democratic majority” of black and brown voters isn’t very fond of capitalism, for understandable reasons. Only 45 percent of Latinxs and 34 percent of African-Americans hold favorable views of capitalism.

      These results suggest that Democratic leaders are ill-advised to insist, as Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton both did recently, that theirs is a strictly capitalistic party. Clinton’s dismissive tone toward socialist-leaning Democrats seemed especially counterproductive.

      This young, black, and brown rejection of capitalism is consistent with a recent Harvard-Harris poll, which found that a majority of Democrats (again, of all ages) “support… movements within the Democratic Party to take it even further to the left and oppose the current Democratic leaders.”

    • This one makes Biden look like a progressive warrior

      https://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/06/democrats-must-reject-howard-schultz-president-democrats-radical-ideology.html

      Howard Schultz is the quintessential corporate Democrat. As CEO of Starbucks, Schultz preached (and, arguably practiced) the gospel of “conscious capitalism” — a creed that insists corporations can do well for their shareholders, by doing good for the world. He supports a wide variety of progressive goals that do not involve taking money away from rich people — and even endorses a few that do. His bona fides as a “woke” billionaire are so robust, Hillary Clinton had reportedly planned to make him her Labor Secretary.

      On Monday, Schultz resigned from the board of his coffee company, and signaled interest in a potential run for president. The coffee magnate has left his precise intentions for 2020 unclear — but he’s made his desire to influence the Democratic Party’s internal politics unambiguous.

      In recent interviews, Schultz has argued that progressive Democrats have grown so rigidly ideological, they can no longer recognize basic political and policy realities.

      He has also contended that the wealthiest nation in human history can’t afford to provide public health insurance to all of its citizens; that the national debt is a bigger threat to the United States than climate change; and that Democrats would be wise to demonstrate “leadership” to the electorate — by calling for cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

      • Forget Schultz. Any CEO yahoo will not make a good government/public servant. The Orange Swamp Thing has already proven that (failed) biz boys make horrible POTUS!

        • Oddly the one silver lining is other nations see him as just unstable enough to start a world war so NK is at the table talking and China has bent on trade rules as well as removed g2a missles from their constructed island.

      • Great read. I’m chewing on the term “radical centrism,” don’t think I care for it. It implies that what Schultz is peddling is some kind of new or groundbreaking idea, rather than the tired Republican talking points (which we’ve been hearing for ~30 years or longer) they actually are.

      • Howard Schultz’s Third Way

        But for all his headline-grabbing innovations, Schultz cuts a familiar profile in Democratic politics by combining socially liberal policies with a conservative economic bent. The Democratic Party will be tempted by independently wealthy candidates like Schultz, since it faces a financial disadvantage in its battle against the Republican Party. What Schultz represents though, is a centrism that is not only out of step with the party’s base but also with the larger electorate as well.

        In particular, Schultz is obsessed with the hoariest concern of serious Beltway types: the national debt.

    • https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/sen-bob-menendezs-poor-primary-showing-creates-a-new-headache-for-democrats-in-new-jersey.html

      National Democrats got their preferred candidates in each of New Jersey’s House primaries on Tuesday night, but the very same voters sent a strong rebuke to Sen. Bob Menendez, who barely mustered 60 percent of the vote running against an unknown challenger. The lackluster showing by Menendez, whose federal corruption trial ended in a mistrial last year, shocked Democrats and could create a new headache for the party as they try to win back control of the Senate.

      Lisa McCormick, a first-time candidate with no money, no endorsements and no campaign appearances, captured 38 percent of the primary vote against Menendez, a two-term senator who has raised more than $8 million and had the endorsement of every major Democrat in the state.

      To put Menendez’s poor showing in perspective, he did only slightly worse in the general election in 2012, the last time he was on the ballot.

    • New PPP poll has Cruz at 48 and Beto at 42. When voters were presented with info about their stands on guns, it was Cruz 45, Beto 44

      https://www.scribd.com/document/381154820/PPP-poll-of-TX-SEN-for-Giffords

    • Obviously the Democratic leadership hasn’t got a clue as to what works for us!

      http://thehill.com/homenews/house/390898-dem-leaders-embrace-pay-go

      House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other top Democrats are vowing to abide by fiscally hawkish pay-as-you-go rules if they seize the majority next year, rejecting calls from liberals who feel they’d be an impediment to big legislative gains.

      Pelosi, who adopted “pay-go” rules when she held the Speaker’s gavel more than a decade ago, says she’ll push to do it again if the Democrats win the House in November’s midterm elections.

      “Democrats are committed to pay-as-you-go,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said Tuesday, affirming the policy would be a 2019 priority.

      Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), the minority whip, is also endorsing the notion that a Democratic majority should adopt the budget-neutral rules next year.

      “The pay-go rule is a good rule and we ought to reinstitute it,” Hoyer told The Hill last week.

      • They have the nerve to call themselves leaders. HAH!

        With leadership like that it almost drives me to drink no matter what time of the day it is.

        • Speaking of driving me to drink we have DINOs like this!

          https://www.politico.com/story/2018/06/06/manchin-trump-west-virginia-midterms-626437

          Manchin goes full MAGA.

          The vulnerable West Virginia Democrat is embracing Donald Trump, figuratively and literally: ‘We just kind of do the man-bump type thing.

          Joe Manchin wants you to know he really likes Donald Trump.

          The West Virginia senator doesn’t put it quite that way. But more than any other Democrat in Congress, he’s positioned himself as a vocal Trump ally. In fact, the senator, up for reelection in a state Trump won by more than 40 points, told POLITICO he isn’t ruling out endorsing Trump for reelection in 2020 — a position practically unheard of for a politician with a “D” next to his name.

          “I’m open to supporting the person who I think is best for my country and my state,” Manchin said this week from the driver’s seat of his Grand Cherokee, insisting he’s game to work with any president of either party. “If his policies are best, I’ll be right there.”

        • Amen!!

    • Very happy to hear about the AT&T strike. I’m so happy I ditched that underregulated, scummiest of the scumbag wireless companies.

      • There are almost no good choices! Scratch that, there are no good choices!

        • Very true. But AT&T is the worst. They lied to the Public Utility Commission when I had a long outage of my home phone and said there were two outages each fixed the next day. Complete false (that’s when I went to ooma).

          Years before, when I cancelled an expensive long-distance plan (in the days when LD was expensive), they tried to charge me for another month – $70 – saying I had failed to cancel the intralata — that time, appealing to the Public Utility Commission DID work after they had just sneered at me before.

          They are really REALLY bad thieves and liars.

    • The sorry state of affairs in today’s Democratic party.

      https://theintercept.com/2018/06/04/democrats-set-to-re-nominate-sen-bob-menendez-after-preventing-challengers-showing-how-calcified-the-party-is/

      June 4 2018, 9:55 a.m.
      FRESH OFF ESCAPING a federal bribery conviction thanks to a hung jury, two-term Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is almost sure to win his party’s nomination on Tuesday for re-election in New Jersey against only token opposition. That Menendez — who has been in Congress for 26 years and is seeking his third Senate term — is about to become the Democrats’ nominee without any real primary challenge says a great deal about the party and the U.S. political system.

      In 2015, the Obama Justice Department’s public integrity unit, with the personal approval of Attorney General Eric Holder, prosecuted Menendez on a dozen federal corruption and bribery charges. The 12-count indictment alleged that the senator received a slew of expensive gifts — including multiple lavish vacations in Paris and in Caribbean villas via a private jet and more than $750,000 in campaign contributions — from Menendez’s friend and supporter Salomon Melgen. Melgen also wrote numerous large checks to the New Jersey state Democratic Party to aid Menendez’s various campaigns and legal defense funds.

      These luxurious gifts, prosecutors said, were given in exchange for Menendez’s help with various disputes Melgen had with federal health agencies. Menendez also intervened to secure numerous government contracts for Melgen. The indictment also detailed how “Menendez helped three of Melgen’s foreign-born girlfriends obtain visas to visit the United States.”

      of course he won but there is a small sliver of hope. His Democratic challenger did receive a large chunk of votes. (small consolation).

    • https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/californias-primary-showed-why-the-democratic-party-is-stuck-in-place.html

      Tuesday’s results suggest Feinstein really is, as her supporters say, a candidate who reflects the current preferences of the Democratic electorate in the state of California. That fact does not fundamentally resolve, though, the question of whether it is good for the Democratic Party—and for a country whose democratic institutions are already wildly and intentionally unrepresentative of the population by age—that a 26-year incumbent, who will end her likely next term at the age of 91, will be returning to the United States Senate. This isn’t, of course, a fundamentally important question to party leaders—who aren’t solely motivated, as progressives seem to believe, by antipathy to progressive boat-rockers like de León, although that antipathy is clearly real. If they wanted to, party leaders could have pushed Feinstein to make an exit and replaced her with another establishment-friendly Democrat. They did not: As far as the Democratic Party is concerned, the seat that Dianne Feinstein currently holds belongs, personally, to Dianne Feinstein, who deserves to hold it until she drops dead.

      The Democratic Party is a gerontocracy driven primarily by careerism and convenience. The pathologies that make Feinstein’s return to the Senate a given and convince Democrats burning cash on the Republican Party’s Blankenships, Akins, and nobodies out in California are the dynamics keeping unambiguously corrupt New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez in the party’s good graces. They are the pathologies that encouraged Nancy Pelosi to resist asking John Conyers—an easily replaceable congressman representing one of safest Democratic seats in the country, a man who’d been in Congress for over a half-century—to step down for over a week after he was credibly accused of sexual assault and harassment by over half a dozen women. They are the pathologies that allow Bill Clinton to dismiss questions about his sexual misconduct with confidence that party leaders will never cast him aside. They are the pathologies that encouraged the Hillary Clinton campaign to consider, seriously and aptly, adopting “Because It’s Her Turn” as its slogan in 2016. The Democratic Party is a professional fraternity only secondarily interested in advancing the proposals in its grab bag of policy ideas—proposals that Democratic candidates are, in fact, free to oppose provided they can raise cash easily and appeal to voters who will inevitably tire of them and vote for the Republican candidates and policies they are likely to eventually prefer.

    • Thank you la58! Your thread gave me some much-needed hope tonight.

      • Your welcome mags. I try to post positive things. Because I completely agree with pb4, you can only put up with negative shit for so long!

  • la58 commented on the post, 6/1 Open Thread 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Have to agree that AIPAC has way to much influence on our Gov.

  • la58 commented on the post, 6/1 Open Thread 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    Having been a Steward on large industry job ( oil refinery), It’s a job that is a serious pain in the ass.

  • la58 commented on the post, 6/1 Open Thread 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    http://inthesetimes.com/article/21109/Bokoshe-Oklahoma-toxi-coal-ash-pollution-rain

    BOKOSHE, OKLA.—On the edge of Bokoshe, population less than 500, sits a hill about 60 feet high, covered partly with soil. From a distance, it could be a natural part of eastern Oklahoma’s rolling hills. But this mound isn’t like the others: It’s made of toxic f…

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  • la58 commented on the post, 6/1 Open Thread 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/21175/las_vegas_strike_stanley_cup_culinary_trump

    Over the next two weeks, Las Vegas will see an even larger influx of tourists than usual as the city hosts the Stanley Cup hockey finals, with the Las Vegas Golden Knights facing off against the Washington Capitals. But these visitors could soon find themselves…

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  • la58 commented on the post, 6/1 Open Thread 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/05/31/democracy-not-dictatorship-federal-workers-union-sues-donald-trump

    The nation’s largest union of federal workers filed suit against the Trump administration on Wednesday over an executive order signed by President Donald Trump that seeks to deny workers the right to job site representation—an e…

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