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Change Comes to Albany, if Not the Governor’s Mansion

Most exciting, reformers across New York City ousted entrenched incumbents in races for Democratic State Senate nominations, all but eliminating a once-powerful group who had formed a rogue alliance that handed power to Republican senators in exchange for perks, campaign cash and other benefits. Six of the eight former members of the alliance, known as the Independent Democratic Conference, were ousted.

The sweetest victory was Alessandra Biaggi’s hard-fought defeat of the former I.D.C. kingmaker Jeffrey Klein in a district straddling the Bronx and Westchester.

“We have now cut the head off the I.D.C. snake,” Ms. Biaggi, a former Cuomo administration official, told supporters at her raucous election party Thursday night.


First Medicaid, Now SNAP Will Have a Work Requirement?

The House is Trying to Sneak In Controversial Changes in the Farm Bill

As the world churns in Washington, Congress is quietly trying to finalize the farm bill. Surprise, surprise: Negotiations are beset by clashing, and likely irreconcilable, House and Senate visions for this omnibus legislation that shapes US agriculture and hunger policy for five-year intervals.

The House farm bill would ramp up work requirements on food stamp recipients, bouncing an estimated 2 million people off of the program.
As I laid out in detail here, the stalemate centers on the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, the most important US anti-hunger initiative. The House version would ramp up work requirements on SNAP recipients, a move that the Congressional Budget Office estimated would bounce around 1.2 million people off of the program. Last week, the non-partisan think-tank Mathematica put the number at 2 million people—with about a third of the affected households containing senior citizens, nearly a quarter with children, and 11 percent with a disabled person.

So while the TV blares about the hurricane (which deserved some attention) and Kavanaugh, media doesn’t find as soundbite worthiness the fine print of what the House is up. More food insecurity. Yet wealthy trust fund children aren’t required to work for their tax cuts.


No wonder the FRightwingnut rats are sneaking this crap under the radar. Then they’re all jumping ship afterwards. Guess they’re worried about doing some serious jail time if they are ever caught. T and R, you all for holding down the fort this weekend!! 🙂


And their income in the form of capital gains is taxed at a low rate. And believe me, they do everything in their power to avoid paying any taxes at all if given half the chance.

Also, this sounds like the sort of thing that just shifts the burden to the states.

When right-wing people go on about ‘state’s rights!’ I doubt many of them thought that would mean the right to keep up the shredding social safety net.


This cheers me to see!


Chief Justice Roberts halts campaign finance ruling

Chief Justice John Roberts stepped in Saturday to halt a federal judge’s order last month that a conservative political group said threatened to discourage independent expenditures by raising the prospect that anonymous donors could be exposed.

Roberts acted Saturday after a three-judge D.C. Circuit panel turned down the same arguments for a stay earlier in the day.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell in August issued a ruling invalidating a Federal Election Commission regulation that has allowed donors to so-called dark-money groups to remain anonymous.

That decision was the result of a lawsuit filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) against the FEC after Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS failed to disclose the names of contributors behind its effort to defeat Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2012.

The district court’s ruling was set to take effect on Sept. 17, until Roberts intervened Saturday.

“Upon consideration of the application of counsel for the applicant and the response filed thereto,” Roberts wrote in his brief order, “it is ordered that the order of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, case No. 16-259, is hereby stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the Court.”

FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub on Saturday promoted the news of the D.C. Circuit’s decision to deny Crossroads’ emergency stay appeal. But following Roberts’ granting of the group’s request, she quipped on Twitter: “Nice while it lasted.”

Attorney Robert Kelner described the D.C. Circuit’s denial of the stay as a “significant decision” on Twitter.

“This case isn’t getting a lot of attention,” Kelner wrote in another post. “But it’s potentially consequential for outside groups (not FEC registered) running election related ads. It impacts how they raise funds right now. Past fundraising may impact future reporting, including donor disclosure.”


Wonder how much that bribery/dark money lines Roberts’ pockets? Love to see all these crooks in jail. I know, I know, dream on. 🙁


Guess I missed this one.

GOP Senate candidate to African Americans: Stop begging for ‘government scraps’

Republican Senate candidate Chris McDaniel was booed by a crowd during a live taping of “Morning Joe” on Friday after saying that African Americans have spent 100 years “begging for federal government scraps.”

The comment from the GOP candidate came during a segment of the MSNBC show taped at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

Panelist Eddie Glaude Jr. asked McDaniel about his stance on the Confederate flag, saying that 38 percent of Mississippi residents are black while asking McDaniel how he would appeal to those voters and convince them “you are not a danger to them.”

“I’m going to ask them, after 100 years of relying on big government to save you, where are you today?” McDaniel said. “After 100 years of begging for federal government scraps, where are you today?

I don’t think it’s an “oops” on Mr. McDaniel’s part.


An interesting interview with Tulsi Gabbard.


LOL. Consultants fighting over campaign cash.


No Labels = donor class.


This is what you get with MSNBClinton hiring so many Republicans.


Jimmy Dore has really been on a roll lately.


Surely Chicago can do better than this after Rham.


I imagine that Obama will be endorsing him in three, two, one..


OH MY! If this is true?


Yet the call this the Justice Department!


FOUR VOLUNTEERS WITH a faith-based humanitarian group drove onto a remote wilderness refuge in southern Arizona last summer hoping to prevent an unnecessary loss of life. A distress call had come in, a woman reporting that two family members and a friend were without water in one of the deadliest sections of the U.S.-Mexico border. For hours, the volunteers’ messages to the Border Patrol went unanswered. With summer in the Sonoran Desert being the deadliest time of year, they set off in a pickup truck, racing to the peak where the migrants were said to be.

Once on the refuge, the volunteers were tracked by federal agents, beginning a process that would lead to federal charges. Now, more than a year later, they each face a year prison, and Trump administration prosecutors are fighting to keep the communications of law enforcement officials celebrating their prosecution from becoming public.

The legal wrangling began this week, when the volunteers’ attorneys filed a series of motions urging Arizona Magistrate Judge Bruce G. Macdonald to dismiss the charges against them, citing allegations of selective enforcement and violations of international law, due process, and religious freedom. Attached to the motions were several exhibits, including text messages between federal law enforcement officials. Justice Department attorneys quickly moved to have the motions sealed, but not before The Intercept downloaded them from Pacer, the public-facing repository for federal court records.


Like father like son.

It turns out that Obama was somewhat disappointing. But this.


Donald Trump Jr.

DONALD (DON) JOHN TRUMP said on Saturday that no intelligent people believe former President Obama helped the economy or foreign policy.

“No one with a brain actually believes he did anything good for our economy or for our foreign policy,” Trump told “Breitbart News Saturday.”

“The biggest joke I’ve seen in the last two years is Obama…trying to claim this economy because his policies of over-taxation, oppressive regulation,” he said, tearing into the former president for his claiming credit for the economy earlier this month.

“That drove this country into the ground. That led to the worst recovery in the history of probably economics but certainly our country’s history,” Trump added.


I would imagine a lot of the noveau rich felt that way, all in the name of Christianity.


Something GOOD for a change.


Costa Rica lives off eco-tourism. They protect their natural assets and are damned serious about it! Take it from someone who has been down there. Mr. orl has 2 very close pals who are yanks and live there.


I know of 2 co workers that are retiring their in the next two years, their retirement planning will allow them to live quite comfortable.


I hate stuff like this, trying to scare people into opening up their solicitation for campaign money.


I am curious to see what the response will be to this “Breaking News’?


The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has identified herself and is speaking publicly about her allegations against Kavanaugh for the first time, according to a Washington Post investigation published Sunday.

Christine Blasey Ford, now a 51-year-old professor at Palo Alto University in California, described an incident between the two in high school, alleging that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed one summer in the 1980s and forced himself on her.

Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh “groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it.”

She also said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream for help.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”


The hand over her mouth thing is extra awful. I’m glad her therapist kept her notes about it from 2012. I wonder if it’ll be enough to disavow Kavanaugh’s nomination.

Mind you we need Team B getting ready for the next Federalist Society nom they might try to push on us next.


It is getting a bit more interesting.


He’s the Lucy with the football in the game with Dems and media.


How about doing something about the fakes like Manchin?


Earlier today in Hong Kong. I certainly hope that the entire area had been evacuated beforehand.


After that scary video, I feel compelled to share a more peaceful short video of typical life at the Djuma game reserve waterhole live cam in South Africa.

First, a big herd of cape buffaloes have a quick sip, but then they give way to the young male leopard Hosana, whose mom is Karula, aka Queen of Djuma (presumed to finally be deceased, she had many babies over the years) in her last known litter. Then Hosana gives way to the true royalty of Africa, a momma elephant with her little ellie.

p.s. The camera operator, known as the ‘zoomie’ in this case is a very nice man doing it from his home in the Netherlands. This is good use of technology, lol.

Off to work on my taxes! 😉 Hope you have a great rest of Sunday. I’ll check in later if I have time and especially if I have anything good to share! 😉


I’ll repeat my comment from the other diary.

Another Justice Dem who could use some attention is Jamie Schoolcraft, MO-7.

You can check out his priorities here: https://www.electschoolcraft.com/priorities-for-congress.

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