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
Hello friends! Starting the day off with Nina Turner being excellent as always during a CNN appearance. In just a few minutes she manages to highlight the losses of the Democratic Party over the past decade and used the opportunity call for a “New Deal Remix” and an “Economic Bill Of Rights”. She also pointed out that we can’t just talk about issues but also must “be about them” using the example of the California Dem Majority Leader killing Medicare-for-All she and how neither Republicans or Russians were responsible for that.
More news/video/etc. in the comments.
[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTw_BU0xtqY[/embedyt] This new “Secret Agent DeM” video, by Blue America, musically highlights f the misdeeds and misjudgments of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who faces on August 30 (and early voting Aug 20-27) the first-ever primary challenge to her re-election, by an expert on the TPP, NAFTA and bank regulation, Professor of Law Tim Canova. “Secret Agent DeM” is Blue America’s third music video on this primary election, after one focusing on Debbie’s “Skating From Debating” (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAx_OFHUZg8), and one focusing on Debbie’s dancing of the “Numbers Rahm-ba” (link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2REJjgoj0J8).
In other news DWS has finally agreed to at least one debate
S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Thursday she would debate her primary challenger Tim Canova.
“I have always said that when we got to August that I would focus on the question of whether or not I was going to debate my opponent,” she said in a brief telephone interview. “I am going to debate my opponent.”
Canova’s campaign treated the development like a victory. “It’s good news for the residents of South Florida,” Canova said. “Debbie Wasserman Schultz has never had to account for her record. She’s never engaged ina debate as long as she’s been a member of Congress. And it’s well past time to have that accounting.”
Until Thursday, Wasserman Schultz declined to say whether she’d debate Canova, saying a decision would come after Congress started its summer recess and the national political conventions concluded. “I’m home now and turning my attention to it,” she said Thursday.
Canova said there’s plenty of time for several debates before the Aug. 30 primary. “It would be beneficial for the voters to hear more than once from us and I would suggest three to four debates of a couple of hours each would make a lot of sense.”
He welcomed her decision, but expressed some skepticism. “I will believe it when I see it. She has been dodging me for four months and dodging her own constituents for weeks,” Canova said.
Cnn and Politico are reporting that Debbie Wasserman Schultz is stepping down, likely due to pressure from the DNC Party Officials. This morning, Bernie Sanders on MTP, This Week, and SOTU said that the DNC chairman should step aside. From Politico: Wasserman Schultz became fatally damaged goods in her own party after WikiLeaks released a trove of internal DNC emails, including correspondence in which Wasserman Schultz referred to Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver as a “damn liar” and an “ASS” and said the senator has “never been a member of the Democratic Party and has no understanding of what we … Continue reading →
Tim Canova, Democratic candidate in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, goes on a fact finding tour of the St. Lucie River in Stuart, Florida on July 3, 2016. Canova, who accepts no corporate donations, is challenging Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who has accepted more than $133,000 in campaign contributions from Big Sugar, in the August 30th Democratic Primary. Big Sugar uses massive amounts of fertilizer and pesticides which makes their way into Florida’s waters