On the heels of Sen. Al Franken’s announcement Thursday that he will resign following accusations of sexual harassment by several women, National Nurses United (NNU) began circulating a petition calling on Minnesota’s Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to appoint Rep. Keith Ellison to fill Franken’s soon-to-be vacant Senate seat.
“At a time when the Senate is poised to enact a disgraceful tax bill that shifts more resources from working people to big corporations and the one percent, on top of repeated attacks on health coverage, environmental and workplace protections, and other critical fights, we need the proven progressive voice of Keith Ellison in the Senate,” NNU co-president and Minnesota resident Jean Ross, RN, said in a statement.
According to news reports, Ellison is on Dayton’s short list of possible candidates, alongside Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Rep. Tim Walz. Because Franken did not specify the precise date of his departure, it is unclear when Dayton will announce his replacement. Whoever is chosen will face a special election in November of next year.
If selected, Ellison would become the first Muslim to ever hold a seat in the U.S. Senate. He would also “provide a critical voice of leadership in the Senate at this pivotal moment for working people in Minnesota and across the U.S.,” Ross argued.
“Keith has been an outspoken advocate for nurses and other working people in his distinguished service in the House, and has shown a broad national reach and worked to build coalitions across the country this year as the Deputy Chair of the Democratic National Committee,” Ross concluded. “He is exactly the representative we need in the Senate today.”
It's time to #DraftKeith!
Keith Ellison authored legislation to tax Wall St., he's an ardent supporter of #MedicareForAll and he fights for workers!
— RoseAnn DeMoro (@RoseAnnDeMoro) December 7, 2017
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Well the nightly news may not have covered it, but the daytime talk is not shutting the DNC conversation down. Here’s a clip from “The View”:
Goldberg: “Im sorry if you care about what we do and you have this information and you hold it I’m mad at you. I’m mad that you held it. Whoever else knew. whoever it is, Im mad at you just like I’m mad at these people who went to Russia. That’s not how we do stuff. If we are going to bitch and moan about young people and this is how you treat them how are they supposed to know what we are supposed to be looking at as a nation. How are we supposed to get a straight answer from either side?
In a new report unveiled on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democrats on the Senate Budget Committee offered a scathing assessment of the Senate GOP’s recently unveiled budget blueprint, which they said would result in “a massive transfer of wealth from working families, the elderly, children, the sick, and the poor to the top one percent.”
The report highlighted in particular the Republicans’ plan to slash funding for Medicare and Medicaid by $470 billion and $1 trillion respectively over the next decade—a move that would have devastating consequences for tens of millions of Americans.
The analysis also points to deep cuts the GOP budget would impose on other crucial safety net programs, including:
A $37 billion cut to affordable housing programs, which would “eliminate” housing assistance for over a million families.
A $6.5 billion cut Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
A $3 billion cut to Head Start, which the report says would strip educational assistance from 25,000 children per year.
A $37 billion cut to the National Institutes of Health, “which would cut funding for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and other critical medical research.”
In total, the report estimates that the Senate GOP’s budget would slash $5 trillion from non-defense spending over the next decade.
“Meanwhile, at a time when the U.S. already spends more on defense than the next 12 countries combined,” the analysis notes, “the Republican budget lays the groundwork for an increase of $91 billion to the Pentagon for Fiscal Year 2018 alone—more than enough to provide free tuition at every public college and university in America.”
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*”The Political Revolution Is Winning In The South”
*The Drug Price Relief Act: So who is telling the truth? & Bernie Sanders says to vote YES on Issue 2
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*Rev. Barber: Systematic Racialized Voter Suppression is the “Election Hacking” the U.S. Must Address
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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.
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Good morning friends! Below is Bernie speaking @ The Oxford Union over the weekend and then more recent news/video/etc will be in the comments. Hope to see you there!
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