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NYCVG

As I mentioned in the previous post, Andrew Yang is likely to enter the NYC mayoral race. As a Democrat. The Democratic primary is in June.

Andrew enters a very crowded field. None of the current contenders has a shred of genuine Progressive credentials much less any charisma.

The front runner had been the excellent Speaker of the NYC Council, Cory Johnson. Cory dropped out last month citing personal problems.

I’m not saying that Yang is in any way Progressive.

He is, however, undeniably interesting.

There are a number of very corporate Bloomberg types in the race. yawn

What is striking about Yang is that 1) On a poll done by godknowswho, Yang got 20% of the vote and no other candidate managed double digits.

2) Not to mention that Yang has Bradley Tusk and Chris Coffey on his team. Both are heavyweight NY political consultants.

Early days and anything can happen.

wi62

He’s on the fringe. He started with M4A and then went back to keeping the greedy ins. co’s. involved. He was on the edge of some progressive ideas but he didnt go the distance with them. I liked his UBI for the most part but it was to low as i do agree with him Robotics will eliminate a lot of low level jobs causing more poverty. Capitalism to the contrary will never lift all boats as it were, the system will never have full employment and maintain a sustainable living standard for all Americans.

NYCVG

We’ve had de Blasio with his entirely progressive policies and actions for 7 years now and the anti-progressive factions of my city have smeared him without mercy day in and day out. i wonder how many NYC residents, other than the very poor and the undocumented even realize what de Blasio has done. M4A. 1/2 Fares for the needy. Free breakfast and lunch for every public school student regardless of need. No hungry kids or kids with “lunch debt” and the crap that goes on elsewhere.

This has made the higher income portions of the City furious and no candidate running now is seeking a de Blasio endorsement.

Andrew won’t be looking for approval from de Blasio or Bloomberg and this makes him more viable.

wi62

Keep the nest informed about Yang, as i said i find some of his policies interesting

NYCVG

I will.

NYC politics is my special interest area and if it seems interesting to others I can go deep into the history, numbers, strategies, etc, of past campaigns.

polarbear4

i like de Blasio, too. but sometimes he does pull some real neolib dingers. smaller stuff, mostly, iirc. i might prefer him over yang, tbh. idk. yang seems to enamored of people like Bloomberg and Buttegieg and too libertarian for me.

NYCVG

Yang is definitely not left or progressive enough for us Berners.

Nobody currently running even comes close. Mostly Bloomberg left-overs and has beens that run in every contest for every open office and lose again and again.

For example—Chris Quinn. Bloomberg lap poodle and Speaker of the NYC Council who runs and loses every chance she gets.

Benny

polarbear4

0 in the bipartisan? how can that be???????

polarbear4

me, too, orl! ty :O)

polarbear4

lolol

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Yep. this made me chuckle.

polarbear4

wi62

I would replace the all with “Only”

polarbear4

must keep the rabble sedated

polarbear4

and there it is.

LieparDestin

jcitybone

https://www.businessinsider.com/aoc-slams-mitch-mcconnell-for-opposing-stimulus-checks-2020-12?utm_source=reddit.com

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez briefed her followers on the state of Congress’ COVID-19 relief bill negotiations and slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over his opposition to stimulus checks during an Instagram livestream on Thursday night.

Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly called for a $1,200 direct payment to be included in the relief bill Congress is aiming to pass during the lame-duck session. She pointed out that some Republicans, including Sen. Josh Hawley, also support stimulus checks, but argued that Sen. McConnell is leading the resistance.

“This is a matter of Mitch McConnell not wanting a check,” she told nearly the nearly 40,000 people who tuned in to watch her “Cooking and Q&A” session.

Ocasio-Cortez called the liability shield proposal a “corporate bailout.” She argued that allowing Republicans to include the liability protections in the bill in exchange for stimulus checks or state and local government funding would be a bad deal for workers.

“You may get a $1,200 check on one hand, but you may also get a multi-million hospital bill with no recourse and no ability to protect yourself from a negligent corporation or employer,” she said. “Why do we need to exchange people’s well being and ability to survive for yet another corporate bailout?”

Other progressive lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ have also demanded stimulus checks in the bill and decried the liability shield.

The freshman congresswoman also argued that Republicans haven’t been “in a rush” to pass additional stimulus legislation because Wall Street was already given a massive bailout last spring. About one-fifth of the $4 trillion in stimulus that the federal government has spent since the pandemic hit has gone to workers and families. About $2.3 trillion went to businesses, many of which didn’t have to show that they were hurt by the pandemic or they would use the money to prevent layoffs.

jcitybone

Well I wasn’t expecting this. I like dance pop and I like Dua Lipa a lot

https://pitchfork.com/news/watch-bernie-sanders-present-dua-lipa-the-powerhouse-award-at-2020-billboard-women-in-music-event/

Last night (December 10), Dua Lipa earned the Powerhouse Award at Billboard’s 15th Annual Women in Music event. She was presented the award by Senator Bernie Sanders (with whom she’s previously conversed about politics). “What this year has made clear, more than anything else, is that none of us can go back to business as usual,” Sanders said. “The winner of tonight’s Powerhouse Award understands that.” The Vermont senator continued:

She has said loudly and clearly, with her actions, that now is the time to fight for a better future for all. She’s fighting for young people, women, refugees, the LGBTQ community. She’s using her platform to bring people into the democratic process. She’s raising her voice to demand real change. I spoke with Dua over Zoom a few weeks ago, and it is clear to me that she knows the rules have to change, that it is time for new rules to create a world that works for all of us and not just the very wealthy.

Benny

What a great honor for Dia, first from Billboard, but also presented by Bernie!

polarbear4

never heard her. fave is break my heart so far. nice videos and dancing.

jcitybone

Glad she’s joining Kelly Loeffler in trying to remedy this awful problem. I guess now that she’s on her way out of the House there’s no need to pretend she’s an LGBTQ ally.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tulsi-gabbard-anti-transgender-bill-title-ix_n_5fd2de33c5b66a75841389b5

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) introduced legislation in the House on Thursday that would bar schools from receiving federal funding if they allow transgender girls and women and non-binary people to compete on sports teams consistent with their gender identities.

The bill — co-sponsored by Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma — was met with immediate outrage from transgender activists and allies who labeled the legislation “blatantly transphobic.”

The “Protect Women’s Sports Act” seeks to clarify that Title IX protections for female athletes are “based on biological sex,” Gabbard and Mullin said in a statement.

Title IX protects people from discrimination based on sex in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. The new bill would bar schools from receiving such funds if they permit “a person whose biological sex at birth is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls.”

A similar bill was introduced in the Senate earlier this year by Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Georgia) and other Republicans. Loeffler is one of two Republican senators facing competitive runoff elections in Georgia in January.

Gabbard faced immediate backlash for the legislation.

“Tulsi Gabbard is now introducing a blatantly transphobic piece of legislation aimed at trans and non-binary young people,” civil rights activist Charlotte Clymer wrote on Twitter of the bill.

“Remember when Tulsi Gabbard tried to convince us she was an LGBTQ ally? We knew she was a liar, a fraud,” wrote Zeke Stokes, former chief programs officer of LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD.

Gabbard faced scrutiny last year after homophobic remarks she’d made in 2004 surfaced. At least twice that year, the Democrat had publicly called the LGBTQ community and same-sex marriage supporters “homosexual extremists.”

Benny

I think the bill is wrong, but you would be surprised at some feminists who still feel strongly about their identity of having a uterus, AND proclaim to be allies of GLBQs. Just not so much the trans community. I’ve seen them on twitter. One of them is a wife of a former well-known blogger.

It’s not the first time this sentiment has surfaced in the women’s movement. Betty Friedan struggled with it (she called lesbians “the lavender menace”) but with prodding from Bella Abzug and Gloria Steinem, she came around. The series Mrs. America dealt with this issue deftly.

I think staunch feminists may have been pushing this bill. Tulsi has nothing to lose as she won’t be running for public office again, but we definitely don’t want her in the Dept of Ed. It’s helpful to know where she stands.

jcitybone

Well Loeffler is the Senate sponsor so someone else is pushing it too.

Benny

Just providing some possible context.

I wish Tulsi hadn’t co-sponsored this. It weaponized the issue for GOP for sure. OTH, it may innoculate Warnock and Ossoff a bit with a Dem co-sponsor. I hope they come out against it if asked.

jcitybone

Most Members of Congress don’t give a crap because most are rich.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/12/11/finance-202-us-wealth-just-hit-new-record-even-more-people-steal-order-eat/?utm_campaign=wp_the_finance_202&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_finance202&utm_source=reddit.com

Americans collectively are richer than ever and getting more so. That fact would come as a surprise to tens of millions, including those who now have to steal to eat.

But the bottom line for the total household net worth in the United States continues to swell: It rose 3.2 percent in the third quarter to $123.5 trillion, a Federal Reserve report showed Thursday. The surging stock market accounted for most of the gain, padding overall wealth by $2.8 trillion over the three-month period. Rising real estate values and increased savings contributed, too.

The numbers gild an increasingly dire reality for those beneath the apex of American affluence. The latest evidence, in case any was needed: Retailers report a sharp rise in people shoplifting food, as federal support for those struggling and out of work runs dry.

The uptick is higher than in past economic downturns, Abha Bhattarai and Hannah Denham report, and there’s another distinguishing feature: “What’s being taken — more staples like bread, pasta and baby formula.”
The scale of the food security crisis indicated by the rise in petty theft is grim.

One in eight Americans say they often or sometimes haven’t had enough food to eat in the past week, triple the number before the coronavirus pandemic, my colleagues recently reported. Fully a quarter of jobless Americans with children say they have gone hungry.

The situation is primed to deteriorate further. Per Abha and Hannah: “With food aid programs like SNAP and WIC being reduced, and other federal assistance on the brink of expiration, food banks and pantries are being inundated, reporting hours-long waits and lines that stretch into the thousands.” And federal food programs face a year-end expiration date, too: “The largest among them, the Farmers to Families Food Box, has provided more than 120 million food boxes during the pandemic and is already running out of funding in many parts of the country.”

At the Capitol Supermarket, in downtown Washington, thefts have more than doubled, my colleagues report. “People will say, ‘I was just hungry.’ And then what do you do?” manager Joo Park says.

The urgency hasn’t reached enough lawmakers less than two miles away in the Capitol itself. More below on the ongoing mess hobbling congressional progress toward new emergency relief, as some Senate Republicans object to a bipartisan effort.

But the disconnect could owe partly to the fact that most members of Congress are, relative to most of their constituents, very rich: More than half are millionaires, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. That puts them on the rarefied side of a wealth gap that is grooving ever deeper into the economy.

The divide is nothing new. “In almost every economic cycle since 1975, the incomes of the wealthiest American families have grown faster than those of the middle class, according to recent analysis by Rand economist Kathryn Edwards and Rand mathematician Carter Price,” Andrew Van Dam writes. “Unequal income growth has caused most earners — the bottom 90 percent — to earn a total of $2.5 trillion less over that time than they would have if income had been distributed as equitably as it was in 1975, researchers found.”

Now, the crisis is accelerating the divergence between the wealthiest and everybody else.

The benefits of the stock market’s gains concentrate heavily at the top of the wealth ladder without registering for those at the bottom:
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The other major driver of the record U.S. wealth, rising housing prices, is likewise boosting the already-prosperous. Low interest rates and the desire for extra square footage have drawn more buyers from the white-collar, work-from-home crowd.

The demand they are generating is driving up home prices, “making homeownership harder to attain for lower-wage workers and for some younger buyers,” the Wall Street Journal’s Nicole Friedman reported last month. “First-time buyers made up 31% of all primary-home buyers in the year ended in June, down from 33% the year before and the historical norm of 40%,” according to the National Association of Realtors.

Meanwhile, nearly 12 million renters will owe an average of $5,850 by January, as a federal eviction moratorium is set to expire at the end of the year, per Heather Long.

That and other safety-net protections are falling away just as the jobs recovery shows more signs of stalling out.

polarbear4

in this skewed society, averages mean less and less.

jcitybone

Good news from Dems most loyal voters

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/529763-nearly-90-percent-of-black-women-voters-in-georgia-say-theyre-likely-to

Nearly 90 percent of Black female voters in Georgia said in a new survey that they are likely to vote in the Senate runoff elections taking place in the state next month, which will determine which party controls the upper chamber.

The findings were included in a survey coming out this week that was conducted by HIT Strategies on behalf of Higher Heights for America, an organization committed to increasing Black women’s political power in the country.

jcitybone
Benny

Wonder what the AA male vote looks like for both Ossoff and Warnock. More AA and Latino males voted for Trump this cycle.

jcitybone

Those voters are probably low propensity and probably won’t vote with no Trump on the ballot. I can see some of them voting for Warnick against a woman though

jcitybone

Shades of Bernie. Ossoff goes after Perdue for not supporting COVID relief

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/529771-haaland-backers-ask-udall-to-step-aside-amid-consideration-for

A coalition of indigenous and progressive groups is calling on Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) to withdraw himself from consideration to serve as Interior secretary under the coming Biden administration and instead back Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.).

The two New Mexico lawmakers are on President-elect Joe Biden’s short list to run the department.

While Udall would be the second in his family to run Interior, Haaland would be the first Native American to run the agency and serve in a Cabinet position.

“You have long been a champion for Indian Country and a leader in the fight for climate justice,” the groups wrote to Udall, a chair of the Senate Committee in Indian Affairs.

“At the same time, there has already been a Udall who has served as Secretary of the Interior — your father Stewart. It would not be right for two Udalls to lead the Department of the Interior, the agency tasked with managing the nation’s public lands, natural resources and trust responsibilities to tribes, before a single Native American,” NDN Collective, an indigenous rights group, Sunrise Movement, a youth climate organization, Data for Progress and Justice Democrats wrote in the letter.

The letter continues stating that a second Udall at Interior is not “what you or your father have stood for in your tireless advocacy for strong Native representation at all levels of government.”

Benny

That’s a gentle way to apply pressure. It may work.

jcitybone

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