Happy Friday friends! I had a great time seeing Bernie yesterday and will put some of my video of the rally in the comments. My phone died shortly after I arrived so I was not able to get many pics/video on it for twitter, etc, and then my camcorder was also giving me issues so I couldn’t get clips longer than about 5-6 minutes so many speakers are divided into multiple parts… but I think I managed to get about 95% of things. The crowd was pretty evenly split between young and old, male and female of multiple races/ethnicities. Local politicians were working the line, OurRevolution and other groups were seeking membership, merchandise was being sold and there wasn’t a negative vibe in the air.
Bernie Sanders came to North Texas on a mission Thursday.
The Vermont senator and former Democratic presidential candidate told Texans that if they are unhappy with the way the government is being run, they should do something about it.
“Texas: Are you ready for a political revolution?” Sanders asked nearly 2,000 people gathered at the Verizon Theater. “We are at a pivotal moment in American history.”
That is why the 75-year-old politician has joined Democratic leaders on a multi-state “Come Together and Fight Back” tour geared to unite Democrats in opposition to Republican President Donald Trump and encourage people to run for office and become politically active. He didn’t keep most of North Texas from sticking with Republicans last year, but now he’s looking to the future.
Texas, a longtime red state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office in more than two decades, was the latest stop on this tour geared to rev up Democrats not just for the 2020 presidential election, but the 2018 mid-terms as well.
“It’s about you,” Sanders told the crowd during a high-energy, nearly two-hour event. “We can transform this country. We can do extraordinary things in this country.”
Good morning world! As I’ve rearranged my schedule so to be able to catch Bernie today I probably won’t have too very much for you as far as links go, but will certainly add what I do come across in the little time that I do have. If you are reading/watching/listening to anything interesting… please share!
I will doing my best to recording the entire event (and then post it later in the evening) but will also Tweet pics/etc for as long as my phones battery will allow from the TPW twitter account: @ProgressiveWing. Doors open at 10:30 central so I’ll probably start sometime around then if you want to keep an eye out for updates.
In the meantime… here’s the ‘Come Together, Fight Back Tour’ in Miami:
Whether we like it or not the Trump people are promoting election integrity issues to a large audience that has ignored them in the past – and while I believe Trump must never be President with every ounce of energy that i have – 100% – I strongly believe we must continue to join them in the fray to control and promote the [real] election integrity issues – at the same time – with the same intensity – 7 new links follow: 6 Million Lost Voters 10-26-2016 – AL.COM – Alabama law blocks 1 in 13 adults from voting 10-2016 – …Continue reading →
STORY OF THE WEEK: The GOP’s Stealth War Against Voters – Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump’s advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November [editors note: more likely 1 to 7.2 million, 85% of who will be people of color] Plus 14 links with Crosscheck background information. Crosscheck – GA, VA, OH, NC, and perhaps 25+ more 8-24-2015 – Rolling Stone – by Greg Palast – The GOP’s Stealth War Against Voters Will an anti-voter-fraud program designed by one of Trump’s advisers deny tens of thousands their right to vote in November [editors note: more likely 1 to …Continue reading →
National Updates 9-2-2016 – techdirt – DHS’s New Election Cybersecurity Committee Has No Cybersecurity Experts – from the prepare-to-be-memoed-at,-hackers dept – There’s not much to be said about Georgia’s Brian Kemp and California’s Alex Padilla — in terms of cybersecurity. However, there’s plenty to be said about safeguarding elections. Padilla has been sued twice over alleged election fraud. And Kemp’s office mistakenly released the personal information of six million registered voters. But there’s one thing they can all agree on: there’s nothing to worry about. Fortunately, this lack of technical prowess won’t prevent the working group from achieving the DHS’s goal, which appears to …Continue reading →
Sections Below: Voter Party Registration Switching (NV, CA) New Story Links Voter Suppression Lawsuits (TX, NC, WI) Ohio Election Integrity Lawsuit Multiple CA Local Grand Jury Investigations JAM PAC – National Class Action Lawsuit seeking redress for the fact that the Bernie Sanders Donors and Voters were defrauded by how the DNC and Debbie Wasserman Schultz ran the Dem party primaries – now with OVER 1,000 class members and over 13,000 Voters asking to join the Class Action Lawsuit CA 7-12-2016 SAN BERNARDINO Election Lawsuit Election Justice Resource Links Section Links in the Past Updates: Action Item Links Closing Thoughts …Continue reading →
A federal judge is ordering Texas prison officials to stop forcing inmates to drink water laced with dangerous levels of arsenic.
The cancer-causing chemical has been found in the water at one Texas prison for the past 10 years. Yet, according to the judge, state prison officials have done little or nothing to make the water safe.
WFAA-TV has previously reported conditions in Texas prisons is so bad, they’ve been put on a United Nations watch list.
When they built the Wallace Pack Unit in Navasota, Texas, in 1983, state officials chose not to provide inmates with air conditioning. In fact, only a few of the state prisons in Texas are air-conditioned.
“It’s like you can’t breathe at all,” said Keith Cole, an inmate at the Pack Unit. “You feel like you are suffocating all the time — especially when it’s extremely hot.”
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down one of the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortion, a Texas law that women’s groups said would have forced more than three-quarters of the state’s clinics to shut down.
The decision was 5-3.
Passed in 2013, the law said clinics providing abortion services must meet the same building standards as ambulatory surgical centers. And it required doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.
Since the law was passed, the number of clinics providing abortion services in Texas dropped to 19 from 42. Opponents said that number would fall to ten if the Supreme Court upheld the law.
Texas defended the restrictions, saying that states have wide discretion to pass laws in areas where there is medical and scientific uncertainty. The state said the law was passed “to ensure patient safety and raise standards of care.”
The court’s decision will affect similar laws in twelve other states, some now on hold because of court challenges. The restrictions in Texas represented a new front in efforts to restrict abortion by focusing on protecting the health and safety of the mother rather than the life of the fetus.