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jcitybone

NYC take note

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/11/27/thousands-lost-their-homes-epic-fight-build-gms-detroit-plant-now-its-closing/?utm_source=reddit.com

The Poletown standoff would go down as a landmark battle royal pitting residents against American industrial might. The controversy landed in the national spotlight, sparked a legal battle, and eventually ended with a dramatic SWAT raid on Immaculate Conception to clear out holdouts.

Although today the neighborhood is long gone, the legacy clinging to Poletown has suddenly been reignited following the dramatic news that GM is planning to close five factories and lay off 15,000 workers in North America. The Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant will cease production, putting 1,540 workers in jeopardy, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Interestingly, the fates of both the plant and the neighborhood destroyed at its expense hinge on the same question: What is the true cost of the sweetheart deals between local governments and industry in the long run?

“They destroyed homes and churches and local businesses, all to build that plant,” Karen Majewski, the mayor of Hamtramck, told Reuters on Monday. “Now that the plant is going to close, people will wonder why that neighborhood had to be sacrificed in the first place.”

jcitybone

Who cares what Axelrod’s fear is? Bernie and Liz are hardly virulent. On the other hand, Amy can put you to sleep.

As Democrats look ahead to 2020, Ms. Klobuchar’s presence in a jam-packed field of potential contenders raises a core question about what kind of candidate can beat Mr. Trump. At a moment when confrontational progressives such as Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are captivating the party’s imagination and tapping into its anger, do Democrats need a firebrand Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders type who can whip up the liberal left and match Mr. Trump’s pugnacity?

Or do they need a calm, reasoned, reliable (but not flashy) Democrat from the American heartland to provide a stark contrast to the president — in short, Amy Klobuchar?

“My fear for the Democratic Party is that people are going to see who can be the most virulent, anti-Trump person — and that is his game; his game is to be angry and snide,” said David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Barack Obama. “I think people are exhausted. I think people want to believe that we can be better than that.”

But while winning over independents and some centrist Republicans, as Ms. Klobuchar has done, may be an asset in a general election, it could be a hindrance in a Democratic primary dominated by the left. Although she is hardly a centrist, Ms. Klobuchar departs from progressive orthodoxy on several fronts.

She has not signed onto Mr. Sanders’s single-payer health care bill, commonly called Medicare for All; she said it “should be considered,” but prefers “a sensible transition” such as allowing people to buy into Medicare, or expanding it to cover those 55 and older. Her push to make college more affordable is not as expansive as the left would like. While she has denounced Mr. Trump’s border policies, she has not joined the movement to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

“She’s a perfectly fine Democrat,” said Adam Green, a founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, “but if we’re looking for a transformational leader and someone who’s going to elevate big, bold ideas and systemic change, others like Elizabeth Warren seem to fit the bill a little bit more head on.”

polarbear4

Axlerod go home. And the PCCC doesn’t sound all that progressive if the first person they mention is Warren.

Sensible is killing us all.

jcitybone

The new House will have an unprecedented number of members who support repealing Hyde

For the past four decades, lawmakers in Washington, D.C. have largely prohibited federal dollars from paying for low-income people’s abortions. But with a record number of Democratic women elected to office in November and their party holding the majority in the House next year, momentum is building to lift the ban.

By ThinkProgress’ count, at least 183 House members support repealing the Hyde Amendment, a legislative provision that prohibits federal Medicaid dollars from covering abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Hyde is not permanent law but written and passed through congressional appropriations bills annually. Reproductive rights and justice advocates are cautiously optimistic 2019 is finally the year Congress doesn’t attach the coverage restriction or other similar riders to an appropriation bill. The number of members backing repeal so far is a feat of its own.

Lawmakers will also have the opportunity to formally put an end to Hyde. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) told ThinkProgress she will re-introduce the EACH Woman Act for the second time next year; the legislation ensures that anyone who gets health care through the federal government will have coverage for abortion services and that legislators cannot interfere with what private insurance covers. The bill needs support from at least 35 more representatives to pass, according to a ThinkProgress analysis.

Benny

It won’t make it through the Senate, but never hurts to get the ball rolling.

jcitybone

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-poverty-wealth-conservative_us_5bfc52cbe4b03b230fa59f96?utm_source=reddit.com

Ocasio-Cortez has herself explained the political motives behind the attacks on her. “The actual fear driving the attacks on my clothes, my checking account, my rent, isn’t that these folks are scared that I shouldn’t represent people in Congress,” she wrote on Twitter. “It’s fear that they’ve allowed their riches, their privilege, + their bias to put them to a point where they can’t.”

If working-class people are fully human and fully able to govern themselves, then the political sway of the wealthy and their contempt for those with less is hard to justify. Money is power, but that power is sustained by ideology. The attacks on Ocasio-Cortez are an unusually blatant reminder that inequality is perpetuated by prejudice. If we didn’t hate the poor, the poor wouldn’t exist.

orlbucfan

A good friend of mine is a true conservative, not a FRightie nor Fundie nut. She does not know what to make of AOC. When I raised cain about Sick Rott being elected to the Senate, and his buying seats with stolen Medicare, etc. monies, she paused in disagreeing with me. We have always agreed to disagree. She is so fed up with the GOPukes, it takes an effort for her to vote.

polarbear4

Good for you two. Hang in there. :O)

Torabs
Torabs

The quote is jarring, but true. This society encourages a mentality that poor people deserve to suffer, that because one person is able to make it out of poverty, all people should do the same. All delusional fantasies promoted by those who prey on the poor.

polarbear4

i hope he got wild cheers when he first came on.

And everyone in the audience got a copy of his book–nice!

la58

Benny

Benny

Benny

Just a side note: for my “Giving Tuesday” I donated to two digital sites: Wikipedia and TPW.

polarbear4

Dems are colluding to #FloodTheField to thwart #Bernie we are on to them https://t.co/2250l9XklX

— #EndSuperdelegates ⏳ (@pppatticake) November 27, 2018

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TheLeftistheCenter

I dont think its going to work and instead they are just going to skim a few points off him and then split everything else among all the rest.

polarbear4

In sum, the Guardian published an article today that it knew would explode into all sorts of viral benefits for the paper and its reporters even though there are gaping holes and highly sketchy aspects to the story. That's a media pattern we've seen over and over in this story. https://t.co/1s9E3trp5f

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 27, 2018

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polarbear4

Obviously, neither WL nor Manafort's vehement denials are dispositive, but If I were the Editor-in-Chief of the Guardian, I'd be having a very serious and grave discussion right now with my fellow editors and the reporters on this story to show the evidence on which it was based. https://t.co/g6ov0PqRFd

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 27, 2018

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polarbear4

Here’s Beto, “outflanking” Sanders on the Left (as the @nytimes claims) by chilling with AIPAC peops & praising our “special,” relationship with Israel . pic.twitter.com/YOmEFpjn9U

— Katie Halper (@kthalps) November 27, 2018

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TheLeftistheCenter

I wonder if he even realizes much of his shine was where he was running and who against, now that hes in a different arena that shine has dulled dramatically. Being a Dem who could beat Cruz is exciting, being one of 10 pseudo progressives running in a primary is not going to be anything like that and many who were excited for him then will be indifferent now.

I think the establishment are trying to fool him into thinking hes now a real national superstar and should run just to have him try and skim votes from Bernie.

People care about positions now and where his positions were great compared to Cruz to the point no one really cared about the details much, now that hes thinking national most of the left is pretty much like “Meh Neo-lib light like Warren” (which to be honest is still really good for the senate and many would have been more than happy with him there)

polarbear4

Agree, but what scares me is a lot of Dems don’t really understand the neolib danger and may get caught up in the excitement.

wi60

Walker and his cronies are not going down with out a fight.

Scott Fitzgerald: Moving 2020 presidential primary would give conservative-backed judge a ‘better chance’ in election

Lawmakers have acknowledged they expect a so-called “extraordinary” session to occur in December, while Republican Scott Walker remains governor.Among the topics being considered: Moving the date of Wisconsin’s 2020 presidential primary, Walker said last week.
The date now is set for the April 7, 2020, spring election — also when the presidential primary vote is set to be held.
Moving the presidential vote could help Kelly, a Walker appointee, win another term on the high court by decoupling the presidential primary from the date of the state Supreme Court election at which Kelly may seek another term.
Fitzgerald on Tuesday acknowledged concerns from local clerks across the state about moving the 2020 presidential primary. They have said it would create millions in costs for taxpayers to hold an additional statewide election. They also have warned it could create administrative nightmares by holding multiple statewide elections in close succession.
“It’s pretty easy to see the logistical issues it could create, including early voting in two elections at the same time. That’s a big problem,” Fitzgerald said. Estimate costs are an additional 6.4 million more to tax payers to make this change to change this bolding mine Other items on this special “session ”
Other “changes” include:
•Changing state law for the requirement to show a photo ID to vote,
•writing into law work requirements for some Medicaid recipients,
•a state subsidy package for paper giant Kimberly-Clark, and
•rolling back some powers of the governor’s office, including by adding more legislative appointments to the board of the state’s jobs agency, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Vos Fitzgerald previously acknowledged lawmakers might look at curtailing certain powers of the governor’s office before Evers is sworn in.

polarbear4

Amazing that is even legal.

orlbucfan

The voters hold the power and these FRightie aholes know it. Keep a bright light shining on these cockroaches and don’t give up.

humphrey

I have never watched the show but this boggles my mind.

We certainly have our priorities all f’d up!

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/418582-judge-judy-highest-paid-tv-host-earned-147-million-last-year

Judge Judy earned $147 million in pretax earnings last year, making her television’s highest paid host, according to a Tuesday report in Forbes.

The candid courtroom host, whose full name is Judy Sheindlin, launched her 23rd season on the air this fall, delivering an average of 10 million viewers in syndication on CBS Television Distribution.

The judge’s $147 million is earned in two parts. The first $47 million comes from hosting “Judge Judy,” while an additional $100 million was earned after selling the rights to the show’s 5,200-episode library, along with future episodes of the program, for an estimated $100 million.

TheLeftistheCenter

I was at my Moms for Thanksgiving and it was on in the background and to me she seemed rude and cranky, I dont get the appeal.

polarbear4

WikiLeaks launches legal fund to sue the Guardian for publishing entirely fabricated story "Manafort held secret talks with Assange in Ecuadorian embassy" — which spread all over the world today. It is time the Guardian paid a price for fabricating news. https://t.co/VaoMESN5RO

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) November 27, 2018

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polarbear4

I did not know this.

Just a periodic reminder that @MSNBC was founded under a partnership between @Microsoft and @generalelectric’s @nbc unit, and is now owned by @comcast. That is all. #CorporateNews

— Lawrence Bromden (@LawrenceBromden) November 27, 2018

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