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Thanks, Benny!


Def better than King:

Fighting for an economy that works for all of us, putting Main Street ahead of Wall Street on behalf of family farmers and working families

A health care system that is affordable and accessible for all of us to ensure that Iowans never again need to worry about healthcare as a barrier to living free, productive, and successful lives.

Putting Iowa values back at the center of public service by having a government that works for us, not corporate interests and mega donors.

Every stand I take in Congress will be in pursuit of these goals, and the needs of the people in Iowa’s 4th Congressional district.

I was going to make supporting M4A my defining measure of support, but some of these guys are so much better than their Republican opponent, I’d have to say yes. I feel for them, bc if they were a bit more progressive and inspiring, they’d have an even better chance (imho, of course).

Some of them may be persuadable, once they get in.

It’s hard for me personally, though, to send my little amounts to someone who’s not for M4A. Never say never.

Who are those 2 you are supporting, Benny, again?

James Thompson and ___________?


Here’s “Something Bold” Democrats Can Do: Conduct the Kavanaugh Probe White House and GOP Refused to Have

With a thread on Twitter Friday evening, Briahna Gray, the senior politics editor for The Intercept and a contributing editor for Current Affairs magazine, laid out a plan of attack for Democrats that would rely not on hand-wringing over their Kavanaugh defeat, but instead focus on truth-telling and fact-finding that would put the Republicans, especially Collins, on the hook for the sham process they facilitated to ram him through. In the series of tweets, she wrote:

Instead of their reactive brand of politics, Democrats might consider doing something bold, like publishing the results of an independent investigation into all the sources the FBI neglected to question, & holding an hours long press conference at which those witnesses speak.

They’ve let Collins & the like get away with pretending like Ford’s is an isolated claim. They should ask the Princeton theology professor (we know how the right like’s credentials) to “corroborate” Ramiriez’s claims. And if she’s willing, she should give testimony too.

They should have all of the classmates who’ve been calling into the news shows and writing letters, including the clerks who have withdrawn their support, take the mic: Make visible the testimony that the FBI ignored, & make a spectacle of their mishandling of the investigation.

Even if Kavanaugh is confirmed, Collins should not be able to get away with the claim that it’s “more likely than not” that Kavanaugh is innocent of behaviors beneath the dignity of the court. It’s obvious to most of us, but it needs to be made more obvious to Maine voters.

Last point: Let’s not forget that we’re still waiting on these Kavanaugh documents, and Dems will look silly objecting to whatever eventually comes out if they act complacent now

Obviously, if they won’t turn Manchin, they aren’t likely to do this. Still, maybe Bernie and Warren could lead on something like this. We know people like Whitehouse would likely follow. Like M4A, just bc it doesn’t seem likely doesn’t mean we shouldn’t push for it and let our critters know what we expect.


Wouldn’t it be funny since since Murkowski plans to vote present and have her vote not count Manchin would change his mind and vote No thus Kavanaugh isn’t appointed–one can dream 🙂 🙂 Right now the R’s lose one vote due to his daughters wedding.


Murkowski’s voting “present”? People can stop thanking her.


as of last night anyway, that was a long time ago though


It’s Your Post Office. Keep It.
Take it from a postal worker: If the U.S. sells its public mail service, consumers will lose big time

The USPS has long been a concern of mine. Postal workers are protesting on Oct. 8th, with the chant, “U.S. mail is not for sale.”

“A bipartisan 2006 law, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, law mandated that the USPS pre-fund future retiree health benefits 75 years into the future. That means we have to fund retirement benefits for postal employees who haven’t even been born yet.”

“[This Congressional mandate] drained $5.5 billion a year out of Postal Service funds and accounts for more than 90 percent of its losses. In fact, if it weren’t for this manufactured pre-funding crisis, the USPS would have reported profits in four of the last five years — all without receiving a dime of taxpayer money.”


These survivors saw “tears” well up in his eyes. Must be a crocodile.

West Virginia Survivors Say NO To Kavanaugh
For the sake of every survivor, and for and every one of us who will be harmed by the anti-democratic decisions Kavanaugh will make if he gets a lifetime appointment to the Court, it’s time for your conscience to be heard loud and clear


Here’s a Reality-Based Battle Plan for the Midterms and Beyond
It is imperative that Democrats win, and win big, in order to bring the Trump agenda to a screeching halt

There is a subconscious fantasy we are all carrying around inside our heads: that once the Democrats win the House, and maybe even the Senate, they will form a bulwark against all the efforts by Trump and the Republican Party to destroy the nation. The fantasy extends to the 2020 presidential race, when a Democrat will supposedly win the White House, and we will finally see every horrific undoing of our rights reversed. Departed federal staff will be reinstated, Environmental Protection Agency deregulations will be reversed, fuel-efficiency standards will be restrengthened, and the Paris Accord rejoined. Immigrants will be freed from detention, allowed to remain in the country safely, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will be abolished. Future Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will be impeached (and maybe even Clarence Thomas!), and so on and so forth. Such fantasies are a coping mechanism for the despair we are feeling.

But given the lack of fiery conviction among Democrats, none of those things will come to pass, and at best we can expect a holding pattern against worse damage. Democrats want to ride to victory on the wave of Trump hatred and resume business as usual. But nothing will change unless we push them hard to be so much more than simply “not-Trump.” Not only does the party need to actively undo Trump’s damage once it takes power, it needs to go well beyond what Obama achieved and address the very ills that generated the rise of Trump in the first place. Yes, it is a tall order. But then again, so much of our safety and security is at stake.

We have (sort of) been here before. During the last months of George W. Bush’s presidency, liberal and progressive activists, horrified by his regressive policies, poured all their energy into replacing Bush with anybody but a Republican like him. Once progressives met Obama, we were enamored by just how different he was from Bush on the surface, and, like a handsome boyfriend who gets away with abusive behavior by virtue of his attractiveness, we let Obama get away with far too much because we were carried away by the romantic notion of progress he offered, simply by being so different from his predecessor—articulate, brilliant, seemingly empathetic and compassionate. Ultimately, Obama helped make some modest gains toward a progressive future but fell short in so many ways.

If the past two years has taught us anything, it is that we must remove Republicans from power and do so with aggression and righteous anger. If that means replacing them with Democrats (or independents or third-party candidates), then that is our immediate task, first and foremost. Our next task is to hold Democrats’ feet to the fire with as much fervor as we demanded an end to Trump and Trumpism. It is imperative that we remember Democrats are politicians, not activists. They want power and have adopted lip service to the ideals of liberalism to get it. They are not inherently compassionate and progressive. It is we who are and we who must keep the fire under them alive.

Most of me is saying, “yes!” Another part of me is saying, “How do we elect Dems just because they are Dems AND hold their feet to the fire?”