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“We are inheriting generational issues where we kicked the can down the road so long,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, when asked about the ‘OK Boomer’ meme. “It almost feels like all of this procrastination was just like using our generation like a credit card to say, ‘Ok, well you’re gonna deal with it.'”

Ocasio-Cortez, a 30-year-old millennial, rocketed to political fame after unseating a powerful New York City incumbent in a 2018 primary election. She ran a campaign based on fighting for substantial change to address issues such as student loan debt levels, universal health care and income inequality.

“Sometimes those solutions and the ambition of those solutions [from younger people] are waved off,” she said about the generational confrontation.

The progressive star, who’s known as AOC among supporters and opponents, sat down with KETV NewsWatch 7 after a campaign event at Iowa Western Community College with Sen. Bernie Sanders. AOC endorsed the 78-year-old as he seeks the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

Wait, two people from two very different generations are on the same page?

“We have to push a positive and inclusive movement where it is, in fact, inter-generational but progressive,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Sanders was quick to smile.

“I agree,” he said. “Despite the fact that Alexandria is so much older than I am.”

Ocasio-Cortez earned national headlines with a climate and economic justice plan she and other supporters, such as Sanders, called The Green New Deal.

Sanders said he found that response from his Senate colleague disappointing.

“Climate change is going to impact Iowa very severely,” he said. “You’ve already seen in this state more flooding in recent years than has been previously the case.”

Ocasio-Cortez has maintained The Green New Deal was misrepresented by Republicans. She says she sees farmers and ranchers as playing an important role in fighting climate change.

“It actively invites the farming and ranching community to not just have a seat at the table, but to actually lead solutions for de-carbonizing our economy,” she said of The Green New Deal plan. “What we’re really talking about is centering family farms, breaking up big ag and factory farming, and also turning to solutions like regenerative agriculture and even exploring things like carbon farming.”

Sanders argued the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress have left agriculture communities behind.

“We’ll provide a sane and stable trade policy, how’s that?” he said if he moves into The White House. “We won’t make trade policies by tweet. We won’t make them in the middle of the night and we will involve the agricultural community in those discussions.”


Well Lake Michigan is up around 15″ in water level so when the wind is right is pushes water inland causing flooding. Now local resident are upset about the flood damage and had a meeting with local officials about what they were going to do about it. and yes its an deep red district where the meeting took place a lot of them don’t believe in climate change they think its just an anomaly that takes place once in a while. BUT the once in a while is occurring more frequently. In my home town we’ve had more freak storms with high rain fall that caused severe flooding in the last 5 years than I can remember. Local officials called the first one(About 5 years ago) a once in a 500 year event but since then we had 2 more of those. Local officials don’t use that phrase to explain it any more. I expect another one this spring as the farmers almanac is predicting a very wet (snow) winter and when it melts in the spring…..


This is what I don’t get it. Who you gonna believe, trump or your lyin’ eyes?


Vogue and Teen Vogue actually have had some good Bernie articles.

Given all of this, it was somewhat surprising to see that, a day after Sanders announced his plan, not many major news outlets gave much emphasis to his announcement. The New York Times did cover the news, sparingly, and the Washington Post framed the story as a more general commentary on several candidates’ immigration stances. It fell to smaller and speciality outlets to spotlight Sanders’s announcement as worthy news on its own.

But, then again, it was only somewhat surprising that Sanders’s immigration proposal was glossed over by major news outlets, given the general lack of focus on the senator’s campaign throughout this seemingly endless election cycle.

It’s doubtful that there’s some sort of media conspiracy going on to misrepresent Sanders’s standing in the 2020 race, but the numbers speak for themselves; for example, between October 28 and November 8, the New York Times appeared to have published more than four times as many articles about Warren than it did about Sanders, despite the fact that Sanders is consistently polling just a few percentage points behind Warren (in fact, a Reuters poll this week found Sanders ahead of Warren by 4%, crediting the rise in support for Sanders to a post-debate spike). Sanders’s top aide Jeff Weaver criticized the “undiscriminating coverage of polls that fit existing narratives” from CNN, MSNBC, and major newspapers in August.

It’s an incontrovertible fact that much of Bernie’s base is younger and more diverse than the myth the “Bernie bro” implies; as usual, there seems to be a disinclination to amplify the voices of young people, women, and people of color, particularly when they’re telling a story that deviates from expectations.

Sanders already proved himself a viable candidate as the Democratic runner-up in the 2016 presidential campaign, finishing at 46% to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s 54%, consistently outraising Clinton on the 2016 campaign trail. He continues to outraise many of his 2020 opponents; his campaign announced that it had raised $25.3 million in 2019’s third quarter, outdoing Biden, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris, with the average donation being around $18. (In contrast, Biden’s average donation was more than double that sum, reflecting his popularity with older, more solidly middle-class voters.)

Sanders’s campaign also led the race in volunteer-organized events as of this summer. That’s the kind of community organization money can’t buy, the kind that drove nearly 26,000 people, among them many working-class women of color, to Sanders’s New York rally in October.

That grassroots-level support, along with political factors like the zero-tolerance progressivism of his immigration plan, is why young voters are increasingly tending toward Sanders; this excitement and sustained volunteer action among young, diverse voters feels analogous to Barack Obama’s success with small donors in the early days of the 2008 campaign. Like Obama, Sanders isn’t perfect—his 2007 vote to kill immigration reform still rankles—but his campaign’s momentum is real.


This should hurt Biden with Hispanics a good demographic for Bernie.


that’s why we changed so much about ICE, decreasing deportation and detention. oh wait.


Buydone and his kid should be investigated anyway and clear the air one way or another. (big)IF he would win the R’s are gonna do it any way.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Oldies but goodies – Naomi Klein interviews Bernie on climate change Dec 3, 2018

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religious reaction to climate change is grief

Theology Slam: Hannah Malcolm on Theology and the Environment

7 minute video

from the UK


Seattle’s nationally known socialist City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant, has mounted a dramatic comeback in her race against challenger Egan Orion, surging to a lead Friday after trailing Orion by a wide margin on election night. Sawant is almost certain to win.

The District 3 incumbent’s share is now 51.6%, up a sensational 6 percentage points from election night, thanks to a high-energy, get-out-the-vote push and thousands of votes that were cast by Tuesday night but weren’t counted right away. The Seattle election-night results were based on about 50% of ballots. About 97% have now been counted in District 3.

Neither Sawant nor Orion immediately commented Friday.

A win for Sawant would mean defeats in five of seven contests for candidates backed by Amazon and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, which long ago vowed to use the 2019 elections to reshape the council. One of the two chamber-endorsed candidates set to win also had support from progressive groups.

Sawant gained a lot of ground Thursday, watching her share climb from 45.6% Tuesday to 48.6%, and ballots tallied Friday afternoon and evening have put her over the top.

There are an estimated fewer than 1,000 votes that have yet to be tallied in District 3, according to King County Elections. Sawant is up 1,515 votes.

More progressive candidates, such as Sawant, tend to surge in Seattle’s vote-by-mail elections as later ballots are counted. That may be because many younger voters wait longer to cast their votes and because many younger voters favor left-wing politics.


One thing that wasn’t backed up, however, was ballots. Department of Election workers crossed their legs and diligently flushed through some 26,761 of them, leaving 1,500 mail ballots and 14,000-odd provisional ballots to begin working through on Saturday.

Provisional voters tend to lean left — way left. “They vote like hippies,” one longtime city political operative told me.

If so, the hippies may yet carry DA hopeful Chesa Boudin and District 5 challenger Dean Preston to victory. It was a very good Friday for them. Boudin erased an 879-vote hole and is now atop interim DA Suzy Loftus by 156 votes.

Yes, 156 votes: 78,809 to 78,653. Boudin has 50.05 percent of the vote to Loftus’ 49.95.

That’s close. But District 5 is even closer. Preston, who led by 35 votes over Supervisor Vallie Brown at the end of yesterday, now leads by — 35 votes. This is a statistical anomaly.

Rarely does a flipped coin land on its side, but, dios mio, it does happen.

These are amazingly close races. But S.F. State political science professor Jason McDaniel said both Boudin and Preston are now in commanding positions with some 1,500 late absentee ballots and 14,000 provisional votes to be tallied.

“I will be shocked if the provisionals change this now,” said McDaniel. “It’s very clear to me Boudin will be the winner of the DA’s race and it’s most likely that Dean Preston will win the D5 race.”

A provisional ballot, if you’re wondering, is a ballot given to a voter when there are questions regarding that voter’s eligibility.

And, again, if you’re wondering, 86 percent of them have been deemed valid over the past four San Francisco mayoral elections, per John Arntz, the city’s election director.


what a relief, on all of them. Where are all the pundits and the DNC, talking about what kind of politician wins races?


Oh good news! And, my faith in Seattle voters is restored (at least for now). ?

Don midwest
Don midwest

A Billionaire Is Someone Who Runs a Very Important Tollbooth

Most people think a billionaire is someone with a lot of money, a sort of Scrooge McDuck who goes swimming in a pool of gold coins. And why wouldn’t we? The name billionaire has the word billion contained within it, so clearly it means having a net worth of at least ten figures. And in a sense, that is technically true. But if you look at the top ranks of the Bloomberg billionaire index, you’ll notice that nearly all of the leaders are people who own a corporation with substantial amounts of market power in one or more markets.

Matt Stoller posts many long articles on his substack. Here is one from today.


excellent. billionaire as extractive toll booth operator.


Way to go, orl!!!! much appreciated. ????❤️?


You did good for an old wrinkle! LOL



Very good endorsement.



3 million years.





God i hope so.


seems like a great addition.


Joined by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Friday night, Sen. Bernie Sanders held the largest rally of any 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to date in Iowa, drawing more than 2,400 people to Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs.

The campaign and its supporters applauded the evening as the latest evidence of Sanders’s momentum.

“Thousands of Iowans joined together tonight to say loud and clear that it’s time for a fundamental change in this country,” said Bernie 2020 Iowa State Director Misty Rebik. “This is a grassroots movement built to transform this country. Together we’re going to expand the electorate and win the Iowa caucus.”

Contrary to the predictions of the corporate media, Ocasio-Cortez won raucous applause in the key state as she rallied the crowd, and attendees shared positive feedback on the congresswoman with the press.

“I love her,” Hannah Cook of Glenwood, Iowa, told the Des Moines Register. “I was so excited when I saw that [she was going to be here].”

In addition to holding the largest rally in Iowa so far, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez drew the largest crowd of any candidate in any state when they spoke to a crowd of 25,000 people in Queens.

In Council Bluffs Friday, Ocasio-Cortez spoke about the need to “stitch together” a coalition of people from all backgrounds and demographics who would benefit from having a president intent on passing Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and other bld initiatives to drastically narrow the wealth gap in the United States.

“We need to stitch this movement together, bit by bit, stitch by stitch, and that’s how we’re going to win,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “That’s not just how we’re going to win a Bernie Sanders presidency, but that’s how we’re going to win our future back. That’s how we’re going to win our country back. That’s how we’re going to win it all.”


Cool clips. Did you see Billy?


Yes once in London and several times on Broadway. Solidarity is one of the best numbers.