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Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said on Sunday he supported the recently released “Green New Deal” resolution from New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Ed Markey.

Buttigieg announced an exploratory committee last month for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, and his remarks Sunday reflected a growing consensus among much of the prospective 2020 field in support of the “Green New Deal.”

“I think it’s the right beginning,” Buttigieg said of the resolution on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.

Calling climate change “a national emergency,” Buttigieg said the concept matched “a sense of urgency about that problem of climate change with a sense of opportunity around what the solutions might represent.”



A sea of students are taking part in climate strikes around the world, and on March 15, young activists in the U.S. will add their voices to the escalating #FridaysForFuture movement.

Ever since 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg called for the first global climate strike last month, it has become a weekly routine for students to skip class on Fridays to march for their futures and those of future generations.

Now, kids, teens and young adults in the U.S. will take their own action with support from environmental groups such 350.org, Extinction Rebellion and the Sunrise Movement, Earther reported.



With Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) expected to introduce the Medicare for All Act of 2019 in the coming days, nurses, progressive activists, and ordinary people who have felt firsthand the crushing weight of America’s for-profit healthcare system took part in nationwide “barnstorms” this weekend to build grassroots support for transformative change.

“Through recruitment efforts, we can make people understand, they have the power to make this happen. We don’t have to resign ourselves to centrist politicians. We can take back our power!”
—Emily HibshmanFrom Texas to Kansas to California—around 150 total locations across the country—Medicare for All supporters gathered to discuss the necessity of a single-payer system that leaves no one behind, at a time when over 30 million Americans are uninsured and two-thirds of personal bankruptcies are caused by medical bills.

“I know of people with diabetes literally dying because they cannot afford their insulin. It’s very scary and very real,” said 30-year-old Medicare for All organizer Briana Moss, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 12.

Robyn Gottlieb, who hosted a barnstorm Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, described the U.S. healthcare system as “terrible.”

“We are so far behind,” she added. “I feel so passionate about this movement and winning Medicare for All. People shouldn’t be going bankrupt and dying. We’re the generation that’s going to get this done.”



It’s not clear that Harris sees our economic and political system as flawed. Take for example Harris’ response last week, when asked whether it’s morally defensible to have multi-billionaires in a country where 1 in 5 children live in poverty. Yes, she affirmed, “we have had policies in this country … that have disproportionately benefited the top 1% to the exclusion of working families”. She added: “We have babies in America today that are on the verge of starving. We have families who cannot pay their bills.” Harris is adept at speaking these truths. But blame the system that got us here? She wouldn’t go so far as doing that. This betrays a lack of political imagination that extends far beyond Harris’s approach to crime.

Compare Harris’s response to the answer given by New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Martin Luther King Jr Day. When asked by author Ta-Nehesi Coates if it was a “moral outcome” to live in a world that allows for billionaires, Ocasio-Cortez replied without hesitation. “No, it’s not.” It’s not that all billionaires are immoral, she explained, but a “system” that allows such extreme poverty when Americans’ basic health needs aren’t even being met is wrong. “What kind of society do we want to live in?” she asked. “Where do we draw the line in excesses?” Ocasio-Cortez clearly is driven by a positive vision of the future. But what drives Harris?

Harris increasingly speaks in class terms. She seems to have taken the advice of a Demos study from early last year, which confirmed that the most effective messaging with “persuadable” voters stresses the shared class interests of “working people” of all races as distinct from the “wealthy few”, and to evoke racism as a tool elites used to keep working people divided. She now routinely hits populist themes, referencing the fact that 40% of Americans are $500 away from an economic emergency, and arguing “they’re trying to divide us. They’re trying to have us point fingers at each other”.

In these moments, Harris is at her best. But she hasn’t yet internalized the bigger truth behind the messaging – that a concentration of obscene wealth in the hands of a few has undermined our democracy.

In her Oakland speech, Harris noted that “America’s story has always been written by people who can see what can be unburdened by what has been”. It’s hard to see Harris as that person. Speaking truth is an important first step. But it’s not a substitute for having the courage and vision to do something about it.


T and R, la58!! I chuckled at your line about the beer drinkers. 🙂 The link below is a Brexit read. It’s somewhat lengthy but well worth the time. I can not get over how identical this unfolding disaster across the pond is to what we’re dealing with here in the states. I get that the US is a relatively young (and dumb) country, but England?? The United Kingdom is at least 2000 years old. Yikes!!



Highlights from a fairly even handed article


Sanders has sought to address other issues that were seen as shortcomings in 2016 – his record on gun rights and his lack of foreign policy expertise. In the Senate, he led an effort to end US support for the Saudi-led military operations in Yemen. In December, a handful of Republicans joined Democrats in passing the measure, which amounted to an unprecedented rebuke of the president.

Last year, in a Republican-controlled Washington, Sanders successfully pressured Amazon to raise minimum wages for hourly workers. He is now turning his attention to McDonald’s and Walmart.

“He can go into communities that have been left behind and say, “I raised wages for hundreds of thousands of American workers,’” said congressman Ro Khanna, a Democrat from California who joined Sanders in the effort. “That is a real accomplishment.”

As a decision draws nearer, media speculation – or what Sanders derisively calls “political gossip” – has intensified. Did he miss his moment? Has he lost his spark? Is he too old? To all of these questions, his advisers and allies believe the answer is a resounding “no”.

Campaigning for candidates in 2018, Turner said he drew crowds as large and energized as ever. He was “tireless”, not tired, she said. And as for his age: “By their standard, Nelson Mandela would never have been president.” Mandela was 75 when be became president of South Africa. Sanders would be 78 when the Iowa caucuses are held in February 2020.

In recent weeks, Sanders’ legion of supporters have staged hundreds of gatherings in bars, coffee shops and living rooms across the country to draw him into the race — and soon.

“They’ve got the blue wave, we’ve got the tidal wave,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, the former executive director of National Nurses United.

DeMoro has supported Sanders for most of his political career. In 1981, she read about a self-described socialist running for mayor in Vermont and the California resident made her first donation to a Sanders’ campaign. Like many of his longtime allies, DeMoro is pleased to see the party warm to Sanders’ progressive populism. But for her, he’ll always be the original.

“As far as I’m concerned there are no other candidates in the race,” she said.


Well at least she supports the GND


Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is set to join the 2020 presidential race Sunday, becoming the most prominent Midwestern candidate as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House.

“I’m asking you to join us on this campaign,” she says in remarks released before her afternoon announcement at an event along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Klobuchar, who already is scheduled to speak Feb. 21 in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucuses on the nominating calendar, says she doesn’t have “a political machine” and doesn’t “come from money,” but does have “grit.”

She is citing the need to “heal the heart of our democracy and renew our commitment to the common good,” according to her prepared remarks.

Klobuchar, 58, is known as a straight-shooting, pragmatist willing to work with Republicans, making her one of the Senate’s most productive members at passing legislation.

Klobuchar’s focus in recent months has included prescription drug prices, a new farm bill and election security. She supports the “Green New Deal,” a Democratic plan proposed this past week to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy.

But her legislative record has drawn criticism from both the GOP and some fellow Democrats. Some Republicans say Klobuchar is able to get things done because she pushes smaller issues. Some progressives say she lacks the kind of fire and bold ideas needed to bring significant change and excite voters.


Yeah I’m sure those personal views will be left at the door of the court room. We have heard that before and before and before


Wisconsin liberals hope to take a key step this spring toward breaking a long conservative stranglehold on the state’s Supreme Court, in an election that could also serve as a barometer of the political mood in a key presidential swing state.

If the liberal-backed candidate wins the April 2 state Supreme Court race, liberals would be in prime position to take over the court when the next seat comes up in 2020 — during a presidential primary when Democrats expect to benefit from strong turnout.

The bitterly partisan court, which conservatives have controlled since 2008, has upheld several polarizing Republican-backed laws, none more so than former GOP Gov. Scott Walker’s law that essentially eliminated collective bargaining for public workers.

If liberals can win in April and again in 2020, they would have the majority until at least 2025.

“It is absolutely critical we win this race,” liberal attorney Tim Burns, who lost a Wisconsin Supreme Court race in 2018, said of the April election. “It does set us up for next year to get a court that’s likely to look very differently on issues of the day like voters’ rights and gerrymandering.”

Hagedorn’s law school blog from 2005 and 2006 has become a flashpoint in the race. He wrote about his evangelical Christian beliefs, calling Planned Parenthood a “wicked organization” and denouncing court rulings favoring gay rights by likening homosexuality to bestiality.

Hagedorn hasn’t apologized for what he wrote and said his personal views don’t affect his judicial rulings.




If only Perreillo had won.


The Clinton crowd and the establishment were against Perriello from day one. He didn’t stand a chance. He was too much like Bernie.

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