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jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/10/politics/pete-buttigieg-green-new-deal-cnntv/index.html

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.”

jcitybone

https://www.ecowatch.com/youth-climate-strike-2627959531.html

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.

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https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/02/10/people-shouldnt-be-going-bankrupt-and-dying-nationwide-week-action-aims-build-mass

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.”

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/10/how-convincing-is-kamala-harris-leftward-shift

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.

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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!!

https://psmag.com/ideas/brexit-how-austerity-and-a-cowardly-ruling-class-brought-down-england

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Highlights from a fairly even handed article

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/09/bernie-sanders-2020-outsider-campaign?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_reddit_is_fun

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.

jcitybone

Well at least she supports the GND

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/sen-amy-klobuchar-set-to-announce-2020-presidential-campaign-sunday

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.

jcitybone

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

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/liberals-eye-2020-takeover-of-wisconsin-supreme-court/2019/02/10/d3bdd4e0-2d4b-11e9-8781-763619f12cb4_story.html?utm_source=reddit.com

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.

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jcitybone

If only Perreillo had won.

humphrey

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

jcitybone

This one is even worse than Klobuchar

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/colorado-sen-bennet-hints-about-joining-crowded-democratic-race-for-president/2019/02/10/0b816f8e-2d49-11e9-86ab-5d02109aeb01_story.html?utm_source=reddit.com

Bennet, 54, cast himself as a centrist Democrat who would bring business and managerial experience to the crowded field, should he decide to run. Before being appointed to the Senate in 2009, Bennet, an attorney, served as superintendent of Denver Public Schools and worked for a large private company.

“I’ve got a different set of experiences than the other folks in the race, many of whom are my friends and people that I like,” Bennet said. “I spent time in business and time as a schools superintendent before I was in the in the job that I’m in now.”

Speaking with moderator Chuck Todd, Bennett criticized President Trump for the rising federal deficit. In another gesture toward the center, Bennet declined to embrace the call for “Medicare-for-all,” a single-payer proposal where Medicare benefits would be offered to all Americans. The idea has become popular among some Democratic voters and 2020 presidential candidates.

Bennet said he would support a “public option” on health care, but does not want to eliminate private insurance.

“Now what Democrats are saying is, ‘If you like your insurance, we’re going to take it away from you,’ from 180 million people that get their insurance from their employer and like it, where 20 million Americans who are on Medicare Advantage, and love it. That seems like a bad opening offer for me,” he said.

Benny

Says the guy who gleefully stood up to applaud Trump’s line “we will never be a Socialist country.”

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Says the guy who said Hillary Clinton was going to run again and could win.

humphrey

They are trying to tie the Dems to the GND as a strategy. Hopefully it will blow up in their faces as it is quite popular with most of the population.

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From 538.com

How Amy Klobuchar Could Win The 2020 Democratic Nomination

In some ways, this will recall the old distinction between “beer-track” (“flyover-state” moderates) and “wine-track” (coastal liberals) Democrats. However, Klobuchar isn’t likely to have the beer track to herself; Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown could be playing in the same lane, and, more significantly, so could former Vice President Joe Biden. There’s also what you might call a “craft-beer track,” consistenting of candidates who are from the middle of the country but whose appeal might be stronger among college-educated voters, such as O’Rourke and (craft brewery founder!) John Hickenlooper, a former governor of Colorado.

Does that mean Klobuchar is liable to run explicitly as a moderate — campaigning, for instance, against policies such as “Medicare-for-all”? Her campaign wouldn’t quite say as much, instead describing her as a pragmatist and a realist — but that’s a fussy distinction at best.

But there is an interesting twist to Klobuchar’s triangulation: Although she has a relatively moderate voting record, it’s fairly liberal relative to Minnesota, which (despite its reputation as a bastion of liberalism) is a purple state. Of the 13 Democrats who are either already running for president or are clearly telegraphing a run and who served in Congress during President Trump’s tenure, Klobuchar has the 12th-highest Trump score, meaning she’s voted with Trump comparatively often (31.5 percent of the time, trailing only former Maryland Rep. John Delaney among the presidential contenders). But she has the 10th-lowest Trump plus-minus rating, meaning that she’s voted with Trump much less often than you’d expect from someone from a purple state or district. Only Oregon’s Jeff Merkley, and Brown and Rep. Tim Ryan from increasingly red Ohio have a lower Trump plus-minus among the potential presidential candidates. By contrast, O’Rourke, although he voted with Trump slightly less often than Klobuchar, has the highest Trump plus-minus in the field because he represents an extremely blue district in El Paso.

humphrey

This part of Nate’s analysis is quite important.

2. Staffing a campaign and building support among insiders. Articles published by HuffPost and BuzzFeed News have included allegations of abusive behavior by Klobuchar toward her staff, citing both statistics showing her high turnover and heretofore largely anonymous accounts of bad behavior from former staffers.

These rumors have been widespread for a long time. (To insert myself as a barometer here, as someone who doesn’t live in Washington and who is sort of ambivalent to political gossip, I’d heard about them several times.) In some ways, the HuffPost and BuzzFeed stories are relatively gentle in that they don’t contain that many details and are largely anonymous. Furthermore, this criticism can be gendered: A woman who exhibits the same behavior as “tough” or “demanding” male boss might be typecast as as “b—-.”

They also reek of inside-baseballness. Having a reputation as a bad boss can be problematic within your industry. But without salacious details, it’s not the sort of scandal that voters are liable to care all that much about.

At the same time, the nomination process is to some extent an inside game. If, as the HuffPost story claims, Klobuchar has trouble recruiting the layers of highly talented staffers that the other candidates have because of a reputation (well-earned or not) for being an abusive boss, that will hurt her. It will hurt her more if it signifies a general wariness about Klobuchar among Washington insiders, which could yield fewer endorsements and less willingness by “party elites” to rally around her if the field has been winnowed down to two or three candidates.

Underlying by me.

Benny

NBC News captured her kickoff speech in its entirety. Guess that was their contribution to her campaign.

At first glance, it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Except I thought it was unwise for her to speak without gloves.

humphrey

The networks have been quite selective on which campaign that they are covering. Could it be that they have favorites?

humphrey

Duh! Such campaign planning. Anyone with half a brain should know that weather in Minnesota in February is like. They should have booked a hall.
Someone is likely to get screamed at for this fiasco.

Benny

Except for the Dome, I don’t know where she could hold a rally that could accommodate 4500 peeps. Orchestra Hall, The Orpheum, State Theater only hold 2100 at most. Also, it was probably free parking around Boomer Island, and there was likely no restrictions on vendors to use for handing out hot chocolate and cookies.

Benny

Bernie will have a similar problem of announcing indoors if he does so from Burlington in the next 3 weeks. I think the largest place is Patrick Gym and it only holds 3200 people. He probably has the money to rent Patrick Gym (unlike Klobuchar who has very little money) but timing is important because it is roundball season.

jcitybone

Minnesota may be purple but it’s on the very blue side of purple. Latest example: voting for Ellison as AG

Benny

The other sleezy ways how to circumvent with Citizens United in play and tax loopholes are discussed in this video.

humphrey

Now if Tom Steyer would get off of his impeachment crusade and spend his money on the GND.

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Benny

Gag!

jcitybone

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He certainly wasn’t a typical Republican.

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jcitybone

Well to be correct, even if Pelosi was 100% behind M4A, it would still be completely blocked by the Republican Senate and Trump. Maybe send some bills there way too

humphrey

They just let the MSM attack the crazy socialist.

humphrey

https://fair.org/home/washington-post-ran-16-negative-stories-on-bernie-sanders-in-16-hours/

In what has to be some kind of record, the Washington Post ran 16 negative stories on Bernie Sanders in 16 hours, between roughly 10:20 PM EST Sunday, March 6, to 3:54 PM EST Monday, March 7—a window that includes the crucial Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, and the next morning’s spin:

March 6, 10:20 PM: Bernie Sanders Pledges the US Won’t Be No. 1 in Incarceration. He’ll Need to Release Lots of Criminals
March 7, 12:39 AM: Clinton Is Running for President. Sanders Is Doing Something Else
March 7, 4:04 AM: This Is Huge: Trump, Sanders Both Using Same Catchphrase
March 7, 4:49 AM: Mental Health Patients to Bernie Sanders: Don’t Compare Us to the GOP Candidates
March 7, 6:00 AM: ‘Excuse Me, I’m Talking’: Bernie Sanders Shuts Down Hillary Clinton, Repeatedly
March 7, 9:24 AM: Bernie Sanders’s Two Big Lies About the Global Economy
March 7, 8:25 AM: Five Reasons Bernie Sanders Lost Last Night’s Democratic Debate
March 7, 8:44 AM: An Awkward Reality for Bernie Sanders: A Strategy Focused on Whiter States
March 7, 8:44 AM: Bernie Sanders Says White People Don’t Know What It’s Like to Live in a ‘Ghetto.’ About That…
March 7, 11:49 AM: The NRA Just Praised Bernie Sanders — and Did Him No Favors in Doing So
March 7, 12:55 PM: Even Bernie Sanders Can Beat Donald Trump
March 7, 1:08 PM: What Bernie Sanders Still Doesn’t Get About Arguing With Hillary Clinton
March 7, 1:44 PM: Why Obama Says Bank Reform Is a Success but Bernie Sanders Says It’s a Failure
March 7, 2:16 PM: Here’s Something Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders Have in Common: And the Piece of the Argument That Bernie Doesn’t Get Quite Right.
March 7, 3:31 PM: ‘Excuse Me!’: Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Know How to Talk About Black People
March 7, 3:54 PM: And the Most Partisan Senator of 2015 Is … Bernie Sanders!

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Benny

Seems pretty obvious he was a Kossack at one time.

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Just a bit of info on Zerlina Maxwell.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zerlina_Maxwell

Occupation Political analyst, commentator, speaker, writer
Zerlina Maxwell is an American political analyst, commentator, speaker, and writer. She writes and speaks about rape culture, sexual assault, gender inequity, sexual consent, racism, and similar topics. She is herself a survivor of sexual assault and describes herself as a survivor activist.

Maxwell worked as a field organizer for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign, and was Director of Progressive Media for the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign. She is now Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM, and hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM, “Signal Boost.” In September 2017, Maxwell interviewed Hillary Clinton for a SiriusXM Progress Town Hall.

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Big brother is watching!

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