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I’m just over the border from Delgado’s district in Poughkeepsie. I’m hoping that in NY’s redistributing we get moved into his district. He’s no
progressive but he’s not a corporate tool like our current Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney

Is there any hope for this hopelessly divided nation?

We can’t agree on who won the presidential election. For months, Congress has failed to deliver desperately needed assistance for people suffering during a pandemic. We can’t even agree on whether to wear masks — so how can we possibly come together to advance racial justice, safeguard our democracy or save the planet?

I put the question to someone who lives it every day: a young, Black Democrat who just handily won election to his second term in Congress from an Upstate New York district that is overwhelmingly White, rural and well-stocked with Republicans. To do so, Antonio Delgado carried several counties President Trump also won handily.

Delgado, who unlike some politicians prefers talking about his constituents to talking about himself, reframed the question: Who are the people who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and for Donald Trump in 2016?

His answer: They are people who are losing faith in the system, who desperately want change, but who have not — yet — dropped out entirely.

“The way they express their frustration with how dysfunctional and nonresponsive and broken and corrupt our democracy has become, rather than totally check out as they typically might do, is go for something that looks completely different from the status quo,” he said in a telephone conversation last week. “That applied to Barack Hussein Obama — hope and change — someone to shake up this mess. And then some of those folks felt the need to go even further.”

In 2020, many of them stuck with Trump, not because he had kept his promises, but because they felt connected. “The way he communicates, how directly he communicates, there’s a familiarity of a sort we’ve never seen before in politics,” Delgado said. “He’s very intimately in their lives in ways we’ve never seen.”

Delgado aimed to establish a similar level of comfort, but in a totally different way. Two years ago, in his first race, he squeaked into office, overcoming unfamiliarity and some vile, racist ads.
He spent the next two years almost fanatically focused on his district — New York’s 19th, which is larger than Connecticut and Rhode Island combined — and its concerns. He turned down almost every invitation to appear on national television while visiting any farm, hospital, volunteer fire station or town hall that would have him.

At those sessions, he listened. “I associate liberalism with that commitment to let all points of view be aired, not be dogmatic,” he told me.
That didn’t mean trimming his sails or pretending to agree when he didn’t. He said having a positive agenda was key to not being forced on the defensive.

“If someone’s talking about the Green New Deal, if I don’t have my own bill, the Green Jobs and Opportunity Act, then I have to engage on their terms,” he said. “If you want to talk about defund the police, well, I was a proud co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act, and it does not defund the police, but here’s what it does do.

“I’d rather say, this is what I’m working on, no disrespect to anyone else out there.”

And when deciding what to work on, Delgado said, he is hoping to build coalitions, not agendas. “I’m trying to push something that has a really good chance to land on the president’s desk and become law,” he said.


Agree that Sean Patrick Maloney is the worst of the worst. That’s why he’s been richly rewarded by Dem leadership.

I’ll never forgive him for his spoiler campaign against Zephyr Teachout.


Labor stalwart John Mannion has been officially elected to the New York state senate to represent a district in the Syracuse suburbs. Mannion is the president of a local New York State United Teachers (NYSUT/AFT-NEA) union and he received steadfast support in his campaign from the Central New York Area Labor Federation and its affiliates.

A popular high school teacher in his district, he leveraged his ties with his community and his regional labor movement to secure the win. “This year we have faced unimaginable challenges—an uncontrolled pandemic, the economic uncertainty that followed and a federal government that has failed to respond….As I head to Albany next session, I hope that my work there will help restore our faith in our elected leaders and government,” Mannion wrote in an email to supporters. His election to the state senate in a close race means that pro-labor senators will hold a 43–20 supermajority in the upper house for the first time ever.


Sure wish we had something even close to possible down here in FL.




A grateful T and R, Ms. Benny!!☮️😊👍

Don midwest
Don midwest

Stephen Miller is trending on Twitter

Here is his FOX appearance this morning in which he claims that there will be alternative electors and they have until Jan 20 to get the election correct.

Stephen Miller: ‘Alternate’ electors will keep Trump election challenge alive

In the meantime count is up to 60!


oy vey What next?


At what point do we jail these bastards for treason? How many more people have to be hurt unnecessarily?


One for 60 and the batting average rolls on

Don midwest
Don midwest

Fox news host Juan Williams describes his Covid.

Will Fox realize that Covid is real?

Remember that Fox went after Obama when 4 died from a flu when he was president

Juan Williams: My battle with COVID


It was Ebola. I remember that.


I do remember that Obama send out teams to help fight it in Africa


A former adviser to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused him of sexually harassing her “for years” while she worked in his administration.

Lindsey Boylan, who is running for Manhattan borough president, made her allegations on Twitter Sunday morning and claimed that she wasn’t the only woman to have been victimized.

“Many saw it, and watched,” she said in a Twitter thread. “I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation?”

Cuomo’s press secretary, Caitlin Girouard, denied the allegations against the governor in a statement to HuffPost on Sunday. “There is simply no truth to these claims,” she said.

Boylan worked for the Cuomo administration from March 2015 to October 2018. She served as deputy secretary for economic development and as a special adviser to the governor, according to her LinkedIn profile.

“I’m angry to be put in this situation at all. That because I am a woman, I can work hard my whole life to better myself and help others and yet still fall victim as countless women over generations have. Mostly silently,” she wrote. “I hate that some men, like @NYGovCuomo abuse their power.”

Boylan, who did not provide any corroborating evidence of the misconduct, said in comments posted to Twitter that she has no interest in speaking with journalists about her allegations.

“I am about validating the experience of countless women and making sure abuse stops,” she said.

Boylan’s allegations came after she tweeted last week that working for Cuomo was the “most toxic team environment” and that people were “deathly afraid of him.”

“I’ve had many jobs. Waitressing at Friendly’s as a teenager was an infinitely more respectful environment. Even when I had bad customers who tipped poorly,” she tweeted. “If people weren’t deathly afraid of him, they’d be saying the same thing and you’d already know the stories.”




“working class”

Is Bernie offering a compromise on means-testing? 🙁


I hope not, but he’s always used working class.


The bipartisan group of lawmakers working to agree a $908 billion COVID-19 stimulus are expected to present their final proposal on Monday in two separate parts, Politico reported.

The group has broken off the two most contentious parts from the main body of the package, where agreement is more settled, two people familiar with the negotiations told Politico.

“We’ve broken the gridlock,” Sen. Joe Manchin, who is part of the group, separately told The New York Times.

The solution is meant to get around the lack of agreement on the two main issues holding up progress: The question of liability protections for businesses in the pandemic, pushed for by the GOP; and the higher levels of state and local government funding wanted by the Democratic Party.

These issues are now addressed in a $160 billion compromise proposal to be voted on separately, according to Politico.

In addition, a less controversial $748 billion package will be put forward, the outlet reported. This would provide for coronavirus vaccine distribution, small business loans, unemployment insurance and support for healthcare workers and education.

Together they make up the $908 billion total.

It means that the bulk of the package stands a stronger chance of passing, while the more contentious aspects could be ditched. It echoes an idea pushed for last week by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who suggested putting the hardest issues aside until early next year.
The move to break the proposal into two parts came during a week-long extension, granted at the eleventh hour last week, for the government’s deadline to agree overall spending. Lawmakers hope to attach a stimulus bill to this, with a new deadline of Friday to avert a government shutdown.

McConnell has withheld his support for the bipartisan group, instead bringing forward his own, much-slimmed-down $550 billion package, as well as signing off on a separate $916 billion proposal from the White House.

Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s chief of staff, said in a Twitter thread that she and Mnuchin spoke for around 30 minutes on Sunday in a conversation which suggested that she is still prepared to fight for state and local government funding.

She also signaled willingness to compromise on a business liability shield if it “does not jeopardize workers’ safety,” Hammill wrote.

“There’s no guarantee” that the bipartisan proposals will pass, Manchin told Politico. “I can’t guarantee they’re all going to vote for it and pass it, but I can tell you one thing: What’s the alternative? What are you going to do?”


That liability BS is a no deal and no brainer. It’s long past time that Beijing Mitch got kicked in his worthless corrupt FRightwing teeth By chickenshit Pelousy and Hoyer. Manchin needs to change parties. Who is he kidding?


I’m sorry, but fuck this framing. To equate giving blanket immunity to any employer to endanger their employees with saving the livelihoods of struggling Americans is both-sidesism at its absolute worst.


“There’s no guarantee” that the bipartisan proposals will pass, Manchin told Politico. “I can’t guarantee they’re all going to vote for it and pass it, but I can tell you one thing: What’s the alternative? What are you going to do?”

if only he felt the same way about the GND


i wish they’d join Bernie and hawley (sp)