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jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/13/political-funding-dark-money-anti-corruption-trump?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

The influence of “dark money” in American politics that allows billionaires to fund political campaigns through third-party groups without disclosing their involvement will be put under the spotlight at a congressional hearing on Thursday as the Democrats crank up their sweeping new anti-corruption measure, HR1.

In the first hearing on the bill, the House Administration committee will explore how undisclosed donations from some of the country’s richest individuals is distorting they way politicians are elected. Under the title, Our American Democracy, the committee will hear from a range of election experts as well as from civil rights activists who will illuminate the impact of such “dark money” on the lives of ordinary people.

A key example of the corrosive influence of secret political funding that will be presented to the committee will be the John Doe Files, the vast tranche of documents leaked to the Guardian in 2016 and posted in their entirety on the Guardian website. The 1,500 pages of material exposed how big corporations and some of the wealthiest rightwing donors in the US used their fortunes to prop up prominent politicians, in some cases going on to extract political favors in return.

jcitybone

Good to know that one out of every four voters is a batshit crazy religious lunatic. At least I live in a part of the country where that % is lower.

https://www.newsweek.com/god-wanted-donald-trump-become-president-25-believe-according-new-poll-1331180

After White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she believed God wanted Donald Trump to be president in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, a new poll showed that a quarter of U.S. voters shared that belief.

The poll, which was conducted by Fox News, found that 25 percent of voters believed that God wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential election. Sixty-two percent of votes did not agree, however, while 14 percent said they were unsure.

jcitybone

At least Gillibrand admits she was wrong about her former positions on gun control and immigration when she was an upstate representative

https://theweek.com/articles/823425/unaddressed-sins-kamala-harris-amy-klobuchar

If Harris and Klobuchar are sincere in their present commitment to reform, they cannot follow in Clinton’s footsteps. They must confront the negative parts of their records in a way she would not. They should give an unflinching explanation of why their old approach was wrong and how they came to see it that way.

Scrap the thin narratives of underlying consistency and admit to a change of mind and heart. Apologize for the real damage done to those who may still be experiencing the consequences of overzealous prosecution and onerous sentencing. Stop laughing about smoking a joint in college and face up to the years of adulthood spent locking people away for nonviolent offenses.

This sort of honesty wouldn’t be easy, but it would be refreshing — and it could be these former prosecutors’ only chance to win the support of rightly skeptical voters whose commitment to criminal justice reform predates this campaign.

jcitybone

I’m hoping he takes this path

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/13/schumer-beto-castro-2020-senate-bid-1168554?nname=playbook&nid=0000014f-1646-d88f-a1cf-5f46b7bd0000&nrid=0000014e-f0fa-dd93-ad7f-f8ffe0400000&nlid=630318

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer met with former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke last week to discuss a possible 2020 Senate campaign against GOP Sen. John Cornyn, according to a source familiar with the meeting.

O’Rourke, a Democrat who lost narrowly against Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, is considering running for president and hasn’t publicly discussed running again for Senate in 2020. But he also hasn’t ruled it out.

Benny

Some reporters were discussing it last night on “The 11th Hour” and they don’t think Beto will run for Senate again; if anything, the split screen of Trump vs Beto and the citizens of El Paso may have inspired him to seriously consider a POTUS run.

jcitybone

I do think family considerations will play a part though. It will be easier to be with his young children in a Texas Senate run than a national presidential campaign

Benny

The immigration issue though is what kept Beto from winning in addition to his lackluster last debate performance vs Cruz.

One of the reasons I’m in favor of Beto throwing his hat in the POTUS primary ring is because I’d like to see how he would do in the debates.

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/10/18/frank_luntz_hosts_focus_group_with_16_beto_orourke_and_ted_cruz_supporters.html

orlbucfan

He’s not ready for POTUS; he’s ready for a Senate run. His rich wife wouldn’t be such a dead albatross around his neck.

Benny

He’s about as ready as Kamala Harris and Tim Ryan are. 🙂

Torabs
Torabs

Bingo

jcitybone

Another teacher’s strike seems to have come to a satisfactory end

Denver Public Schools, union reach tentative agreement to end city’s first teachers strike in 25 years

Negotiators from Denver Public Schools and the district’s union agreed on a tentative deal early Thursday morning to end the city’s first teachers strike in 25 years following an all-night negotiating session.

After reviewing the Denver Classroom Teachers Association’s latest compensation proposal — presented at 5:30 a.m. — DPS Superintendent Susana Cordova said: “We really only have one change recommended. We’d like to add a signature line to the proposal.”

Rob Gould, the union’s lead negotiator, said: “We are recommending now to our members that we officially end the strike.”

Highlights of the deal, according to the union, include:

Between a 7 percent and 11 percent increase in base salary

A “transparent” 20-step salary schedule that starts at $45,800 a year and tops out at $100,000 for teachers with 20 years experience and a doctorate.

Full cost-of-living increases in the second and third years of the agreement

The ability to use professional development units — free in-district courses offered to advance teachers’ education — to move up lanes on the salary schedule

An end to bonuses for senior DPS administrator

Gov. Jared Polis, who had declined to intervene ahead of the strike, praised deal struck by DPS and the teachers union on Wednesday.

jcitybone

We fight, we win!

Early Thursday morning, we reached an an historic agreement with Denver Public Schools on behalf of Denver’s educators. The tentative agreement, which must be ratified by the full DCTA membership, reforms a pay system which largely relied on unstable bonuses, and provides stability for students who, for the past ten years, have had their education disrupted by a compensation schedule that drove their teachers away from the district. DCTA teachers may return to the classroom today.

orlbucfan

🙂

wi60

!!!

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Benny

Did Hell Freeze Over in Oklahoma Recently? (my title, not the title of the article)

James Cooper will be Oklahoma City’s first openly gay councilman, winning a five-way race in Tuesday’s primary to take inner-northwest’s open Ward 2 seat.

JoBeth Hamon will succeed retiring Meg Salyer as the central city’s councilwoman in Ward 6 on the strength of a grassroots campaign that topped a far better-funded competitor.
Voters in northwest and southwest Oklahoma City chose to stick with names they knew, electing Mark Stonecipher to a second term from Ward 8 and David Greenwell to a third term from Ward 5.
Cooper, 36, was making his second bid for the Ward 2 seat after losing four years ago to Ed Shadid, who is retiring after eight years on the council.

Cooper, a public school teacher and member of the Central Oklahoma Transportation and Parking Authority board, ran on promises to strengthen neighborhoods.

He advocated doubling the bus fleet and adopting a “human needs” component in MAPS 4 to tackle homelessness, domestic violence and other social ills, and improkquote>ve educational outcomes.
Hamon, 28, upset Nathaniel Harding, an oil-and-gas executive who raised more than $140,000. An education coordinator at the Oklahoma Mental Health Association, Hamon depended on many donations of $25 to $50 and reported raising only $18,600.

Those teachers have been empowered. Good for them and OKC.

orlbucfan

Hell froze over when the Bernster won the OK Democratic primary.

Benny

Group asks Trump to rescind medals of honor for soldiers in Wounded Knee Massacre

A group promoting voting rights for Native Americans has asked President Trump to rescind medals awarded to soldiers who participated in the 1890 Wounded Knee massacre.

Four Direction Inc., a voting rights organization that began in South Dakota told the Rapid City Journal that it sent letters to the White House last week in the hopes of convincing Trump to ask Congress to rescind the medals by inserting language doing so into the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“No earthly power can bring my ancestors back to life,” one of the letters reads, according to the Journal. “But the United States can stop honoring the men who butchered those defenseless Lakota women and children in cold blood.”

Their efforts followed Trump’s mention of the massacre in a Jan. 13 tweet that was intended to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who has faced questions over her past claims of Native American ancestry.

jcitybone

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/02/centrist-democrats-2020-amy-klobuchar-sherrod-brown.html

In this way, the center lane is starting to take shape. If you watch long enough, though, you’ll spot these candidates weaving in and out of the left lane. Indeed, how and when they shift between the two will be as illuminating as which one they decided to start in.

Consider Klobuchar: She is now the most high-profile candidate in the race who has not signed on to Sanders’ Medicare for all effort, instead voicing her support for more incremental expansions in Medicare. And yet she is a Senate co-sponsor of the Green New Deal, which lists universal health care as one of its goals. Notably, Klobuchar avoided mentioning the nonbinding resolution by name during her Sunday kickoff speech in the Minnesota snow, instead promising to reinstate and reinforce the Obama-era climate rules Donald Trump has rolled back. But with Mitch McConnell planning on holding a show vote on the Green New Deal in the Senate, Klobuchar may soon have to choose between the smaller measures she prefers and the far more sweeping effort she also says she supports.

Or consider Brown, who is often mentioned in the same breath as Klobuchar given they both can boast of winning big in Midwestern swing states, ostensibly giving them a leg up with the white, working-class voters who helped propel Trump to the White House. Brown has not yet launched his campaign, but he’s spent the weekend in the Granite State with his left-turn signal blinking—touting his past opposition to free trade deals, the Defense of Marriage Act, and the Iraq war. But by Tuesday, he was back in Washington pointedly declining to endorse either Medicare for all or the Green New Deal. “I don’t need to co-sponsor every bill that others think they need to co-sponsor to show my progressive politics,” he said. “I know the easy thing to do is say, ‘Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes,’ but I don’t know that that serves my constituents.”

Brown isn’t sitting out the Medicare debate entirely, and his position illustrates the difficulty of trying to straddle both lanes. “It’s easy to say ‘Medicare for all’ and make a good speech, but see no action,” he said last month. Instead, he’s pushing to expand access to Medicare more slowly. Among the options he supports is opening the program up to retiring police and firefighters. The idea has its merits—many first responders retire before 65, so they face a gap in health coverage—and it’s one that seems tailor-made to appeal to a subset of (white) voters who aren’t currently part of the Democratic base. But it’s also easy to see why such a pro-police plan infuriates progressives who see Brown effectively prioritizing cops over disadvantaged communities with even less access to health care coverage. How forcefully Brown decides to defend that plan on the stump will tell us a lot about the path he’s plotted out.

jcitybone

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be just the beginning.

Less than eight months after Ms. Ocasio-Cortez stunned the political world by unseating a powerful Democratic congressman, her home state is emerging as an epicenter of House primary challenges in 2020.

Party insurgents are plotting and preparing to battle with the entrenched establishment — targeting as many as a half-dozen Congress members in and around New York City — over what it means to be a Democrat and a progressive in the age of President Trump.

The coming New York uprising could result in a series of races that lay bare some of the same generational, racial, gender and ideological cleavages expected to define the 2020 presidential primary.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/joe-bidens-2020-campaign-decision-quietly-agonizing-as-months-go-by/2019/02/14/f6abf718-2fb0-11e9-86ab-5d02109aeb01_story.html?utm_term=.1c89c38c5844

Joe Biden was going to decide whether to run for president by the end of 2018. That deadline slipped. Just after New Year’s, he said he would decide “soon.” Mid-January came and went with no decision. By the end of January?

“We’ll make the decision soon,” he said at the time.

Now into mid-February, with a burgeoning field of Democratic candidates, Biden is still on the fence, neither in nor out, in a lingering state of political limbo. Some potential staffers have already defected, and some of his supporters worry the prolonged indecision could begin to threaten his chances.

If former Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke, another on-the-fence candidate, has had a public quest — Instagram-living and Medium-posting his way toward a presidential run — then Biden has been quietly agonizing, with a decision-making process that has been lengthier, yet utterly familiar.

Benny

I have a little bit empathy for him in the sense that he sees he is ahead in most of the polls but can read the tealeaves that someone more progressive may be the primary voters choice. It would be a humiliating to lose a 3rd primary.

jcitybone

On the other hand

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/430028-exclusive-biden-almost-certain-to-enter-2020-race

Former Vice President Joe Biden is almost certain to enter the 2020 presidential race, according to sources familiar with his plans.

“It’s pretty clear he’s jumping in,” said one source with direct knowledge of the would-be campaign’s moves, adding that Biden is “95 percent there.”

In recent days, Biden has sought to build support from grassroots activists and is specifically asking donors for their help in the lead up to an announcement, according to sources.

In phone conversations, Biden has been making the case for why he’d be the best candidate in what is already a crowded field.

“Here are the facts: He’s coming off a great midterm,” said Robert Wolf, the Democratic megadonor who confirmed he spoke to Biden on a 25-minute call on Wednesday.

“He has been the most popular surrogate during the midterms and one of the only surrogates that can play in all 50 states and that has given him a lot of confidence that he can do well in a national election,’ Wolf said.

Benny

He may be the only one willing to take PAC money and encourage super PACs. If he does that, it will be a test for Harris, Booker, and Klobuchar to see if they will remain strong on just accepting $2700 or less.

jcitybone

Booker would probably be the first to crack given his history and the tiny amount of people on his small donor list

Benny

Tucker Carlson: “Screechy Moron” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Not Demanding China To Adopt ‘Green New Deal’

Tucker Carlson dismissed the Democratic-proposed Green New Deal as a “religious document” in climate theology. Carlson said the rhetoric about the Deal is “not the language of compromise and moderation, it’s the language of fundamentalist theology.”

The FOX News host said the Green New Deal, like gun control, is not about what they say it is, it is really about “punishment and control.” The left believes America must be punished for its prosperity, he said, through “atonement.” The “indulgence” is turning over control of the U.S. economy to the Democratic party.

“The Green New Deal isn’t about the environment,” Carlson said Wednesday. “Just like gun control isn’t about school shootings, and speech codes have nothing to do with sensitivity. Nothing is what they say it is. What it’s really about is punishment and control.”

“The Green New Deal is a religious document,” the FNC host said. “It punishes America for the sins of its prosperity. The only atonement it offers is turning over control of the entire US economy to the Democratic Party. That’s the indulgence they require. They’re using moral blackmail to get it. Theocrats always do.”

Carlson also called out “screechy moron” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for not telling China to give up coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power within ten years. Carlson said you don’t see activists demonstrating at the Chinese embassy because “the left loves the Chinese government.”

“If you’re worried about killing polar bears and poisoning fish with mercury, you should worry most about China,” he said. “But nobody in our ruling class is. You don’t see Democratic activists camped outside the Chinese embassy in protest. They’re not demanding sanctions on China. That screechy moron Ocasio-Cortez isn’t telling China to give up coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power within ten years. No way. The left loves the Chinese government. It’s their model for governing.”

polarbear4

He must have a small maga following.

orlbucfan

🙂 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day fellow TPWers!! 🙂 🙂 I will always support ‘love.’ Matt Taibbi’s new book Hate, Inc. is coming out. Richard Eskow has it serialized on his blog. It’s terrific. Reminds me of Hunter Thompson covering the 1972 Muskie campaign and Tim Crouse’s Boys on the Bus. These books are important reads about the WWF type relationship between the press and politicians. That relationship has only gotten worse, not better. 🙁 T and R to the usual excellent TPW suspects!!

polarbear4

In the Yemen HJ Res. 37, on antisemitism.

Note the ref to BDS.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DzYOqBjXgAAEOHR?format=jpg&name=small

I thought I had copied the text. Hopefully this link will take you there.

jcitybone

Hopefully those billions in bribes can now be put to a better use

https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/14/tech/amazon-hq2-nyc/index.html

Amazon is ditching its plans to build a new headquarters in New York after facing backlash from members of the community.

“After much thought and deliberation, we’ve decided not to move forward with our plans to build a headquarters for Amazon in Long Island City, Queens,” Jodi Seth, an Amazon spokeswoman, said in a statement.

In the statement, Amazon noted that “a number of state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others envisioned in Long Island City.”

Benny

Some of the LIC residents who have Airbnb’s may be unhappy, but I’m glad they are backing out. Cuomo and DeBlasio made major blunders by being furtive in the discussions and not consulting with the various stakeholders.

Benny

jcitybone

Well it’s a better reaction than Cuomo’s

Benny

Cuomo got busted.

jcitybone

Not so long ago, left-wing activists were dismissed as fringe or even kooky when they pressed for proposals to tax the superrich at 70 percent, to produce all of America’s power through renewable resources or to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Then along came Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — and her social-media megaphone.

In the two months since her election, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has had the uncanny ability for a first-term member of Congress to push the debate inside the Democratic Party sharply to the left, forcing party leaders and 2020 presidential candidates to grapple with issues that some might otherwise prefer to avoid.

jcitybone

Bang those war drums

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo dropped any remaining pretense about the goal of a conference the United States opened in Warsaw on Thursday, with Mr. Pompeo telling reporters, “You can’t achieve peace and stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran.”

The comments were the most explicit yet about the purpose of the gathering of foreign ministers and diplomats from five dozen countries for a meeting that the State Department had formally described as being about “Middle East security.”

It is unusual to have a secretary of state and a vice president at the same meeting, and Mr. Pence forcefully reiterated the administration’s stance on Iran in a keynote speech on Thursday afternoon.

In a lengthy discourse — delivered after Mr. Pompeo had accidentally been introduced as the vice president — Mr. Pence accused European allies, including Britain, France and Germany, of leading “the effort to create mechanisms to break up our sanctions” on Iran, and he called for them to back out of the current nuclear deal with Tehran.

In a sign of their displeasure, France and Germany rebuffed American entreaties and sent only high-ranking career diplomats rather their foreign ministers. The European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, a sharp critic of the Trump administration’s approach to Iran, also stayed away.

Once the event got underway, however, American officials made it clear that Iran provided the subtext of almost every issue, including its sponsorship of terror groups and its heavy investment in a cyberforce that has attacked targets in Saudi Arabia and the United States.

polarbear4

“Peace and stability”

hahahahahahahshahahahaha x a trillion

orlbucfan

Double dose of greedy sheer stupidity-barf-gag!

jcitybone

Good for Schumer here

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/14/republicans-are-trolling-green-new-deal-heres-how-democrats-will-troll-them-back/?utm_term=.f365b7392a93&utm_source=reddit.com

Many commentators have scowled in agreement with McConnell’s theory. But what’s discussed far less often is the politics of the big-picture contrast that forms the backdrop of this debate: one pitting a Democratic Party that recognizes the scale of the global warming challenge and wants to do something about it, and a Republican Party that simply does not.

Democrats now hope to change that.

On Thursday, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) will deliver a speech on the GND on the Senate floor, in which the minority leader will call on Republicans to acknowledge that climate change is a serious threat and is largely human-created, and to pledge that Congress will act to address it, according to a source familiar with his plan.

“I challenge Leader McConnell to say that climate change is real, that it’s caused by humans, and that Congress needs to act,” Schumer will say. “This is what two-thirds of the American people agree with. Two-thirds.”

“Since Leader McConnell became majority leader in 2014, there has not been a single Republican bill to meaningfully reduce carbon emissions on the floor of the Senate,” Schumer will add.

“We’re supposed to conduct the business of the nation,” Schumer will continue. “We’re supposed to tackle our country’s greatest challenges. Climate change is probably the number one threat to the planet. And yet not a single Republican bill that addresses climate change in a meaningful way. Not one.”

Schumer intends this floor speech, which will also list numerous examples of the GOP refusal to act, as an opening shot in a series of efforts by Democrats to highlight Republican climate denialism, which variously concerns the science, the scale of the problem and the need for legislative action against it.

Benny

His speech should less than 5 minutes, then yield the remainder of the time to Jeff Merkley.

jcitybone

But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. At this moment, the proposed policies of the Democratic Party — from modest initiatives to incentivize savings to expansive programs for guaranteed employment — aren’t socialism. Even if they were, Americans are less afraid of the label than one might think: 37 percent say they have a positive image of socialism, a two-point increase from 2016. Given the continued popularity of Bernie Sanders and the rise of politicians like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, these numbers have room to grow. And those who hope to see them grow almost certainly got an assist from Trump when he elevated the term in his State of the Union address.

The mechanism is simple: Trump is unpopular and drives Americans away from his positions. According to a Gallup survey last summer, after almost a year and a half of anti-immigration rhetoric from the president, 75 percent of Americans said immigration was a “good thing” and 29 percent said immigration levels should “decrease.” Most wanted either stasis or an increase in the number of immigrants. Just this January, in a poll taken during the partial government shutdown, 58 percent of Americans said they opposed “substantial expansion” of a border wall between the United States and Mexico, a direct rebuke to the president.

If anything can put socialism in a more positive light, it is Trump raging against it. Which means conservatives and Republicans may want to think a little harder before they embrace a campaign strategy that relies on him for messaging. If “socialism” is like every other idea Trump has attacked and disdained, then the Republican Party should prepare for even more Americans embracing the term — and the ideas that come with it.

jcitybone

jcitybone

Their votes aren’t needed to pass the bill so they can make this vote to highlight their opposition to ICE

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/430040-progressive-freshman-dems-to-oppose-spending-bill-over-increase-in-dhs-funding

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and three other progressive Democrats said Thursday they will vote against the bipartisan border deal because of its increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Freshmen Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), who along with Ocasio-Cortez have electrified the progressive wing of the Democratic base, said they are opposed to giving more money to DHS agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

“The Department of Homeland Security has separated thousands of children from their parents, denied asylum to those fleeing danger, and used taxpayers’ dollars as a slush fund to incite terror in immigrant communities,” the four lawmakers said in a statement. “By any reasonable measure, Donald Trump’s weaponization of ICE and CBP has been a failure. The Department of Homeland Security does not deserve an increase in funding, and that is why we intend to vote no on this funding package.”

“We want to be abundantly clear: this is not a rebuke of federal workers or those who depend on the services they provide, but a rejection of the hateful policies, priorities, and rhetoric of the Trump Administration,” the congresswomen said in their statement.

jcitybone

https://www.thedailybeast.com/bernie-sanders-called-ilhan-omar-to-offer-his-support-amid-anti-semitism-controversy?via=desktop&social=Reddit

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) reached out to Rep. Ilhan Omar on Tuesday to offer his support amid criticism from both Democrats and Republicans that the progressive freshman lawmaker trafficked in anti-Semitic tropes on Twitter.

Omar’s office confirmed that the congresswoman spoke with Sanders—who is Jewish and rarely speaks publicly about his faith—but the conversation was off-record and so they could not go into further details about the contents of the discussion. A source familiar with the conversation confirmed to The Daily Beast that Sanders expressed support for Omar.

Earlier on Thursday, Jewish Insider reported that Sanders was asked about Omar’s tweets on a conference call hosted by James Zogby, founder of the Arab American Institute and a former member of the Democratic National Committee’s executive committee.

“I talked to Ilhan last night to give her my personal support,” Sanders was quoted as saying. “We will stand by our Muslim brothers and sisters.”

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polarbear4

Just love.

Benny

Why can’t I/P let these two work out a peace summit?

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

Ugh

Benny

At least we know about it. Clinton was furtive.

humphrey

This may have gone unnoticed as it was posted late last night. It is not a good thing.

Howard Dean to Lead Democratic Voter Data Effort

Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean “is set to return to prominence as head of a new operation that Democrats hope puts them back on par with Republicans in the never-ending race to use voter data to drive Americans to the polls,” the AP reports.

“Dean confirmed that he’s signed on to lead a planned data exchange hammered out by DNC officials, state party leaders and Democratic consultants. The agreement still requires the expected approval from state party leaders gathering Wednesday in Washington, but it would end more than 18 months of internal party wrangling that has dogged DNC Chairman Tom Perez amid fights over money and control.”

“The arrangement would allow the national party, state parties and independent political action groups on the left to share voter data in real time during campaigns.”

To me it is like a fox guarding the henhouse.

jcitybone

Big endorsement for Harris

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/02/14/politics/kamala-harris-barbara-lee-cbc/index.html

Kamala Harris just picked up her biggest endorsement to date in her fledgling 2020 campaign: Congresswoman Barbara Lee, former Congressional Black Caucus chair and all-around anti-war and social justice activist star.

Lee, who has been called “the House’s lefty conscience” will be California co-chair of Harris’ presidential campaign.

“Watching Kamala’s career in the East Bay and San Francisco for 20 years, I’ve witnessed her deep passion for justice and opportunity and I know she will be a president truly of the people, by the people, and for the people,” Lee said in a statement obtained exclusively by CNN.

“She will increase working Americans’ incomes, expand health insurance to more Americans and restore dignity and responsibility to the Oval Office. She is a leader uniquely qualified to bring us together and mobilize a movement of Americans to return power to the people.”

For Harris, who is set to go to South Carolina this weekend, it is an undeniable boost. While there is all sorts of data that suggests endorsements don’t really move voters, for Harris, Lee’s endorsement helps her burnish her progressive credentials and adds to her California show of force — and 400 delegates will be up for grabs in Harris’ home state on Super Tuesday.

A favorite of progressive outlets, Lee can amplify Harris’ message, help her explain how she was a “progressive prosecutor” — an issue that’s dogged her young campaign — and essentially be a force multiplier. Lee is the fourth member of Congress from California to back Harris.

Torabs
Torabs

Disappointing. Barbara Lee has been great on policy for her career, but does not have an insurgent bone in her body when it comes to shaking up the Dem establishment. She chickened out on endorsing Bernie in 2016, rolled over on not being selected as caucus chair last year, and now this. She probably belongs in the same category as Liz Warren, for better or worse.

Benny

Lee wants to continue winning elections with her new appointment as one of the steering committee co-chairs. I don’t necessarily fault her. Where it could get tricky is if Patrick Leahy turns his back again on Bernie.

polarbear4

At least Warren would’ve been a better endorsement.

jcitybone

Today is will he or won’t he day for Joe

https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/02/14/politics/dianne-feinstein-biden-president/index.html

Former Vice President Joe Biden privately met with Sen. Dianne Feinstein Thursday morning as he weighs a run for the 2020 Democratic nomination — and the California senator believes Biden plans to mount a bid for the presidency.

“Oh, yes,” Feinstein, a Democrat in her sixth term, told CNN Thursday when asked if she thinks he’ll run in 2020.

But Feinstein said it was only her impression that he would run and that Biden did not tell her one way or another about his intentions.

“No, he did not,” she said when asked if Biden said explicitly he would run while they met at his Washington office.

jcitybone

jcitybone

jcitybone

Attempting to steal money from disaster relief. Well I guess in the future Dem presidents will be able to declare national emergencies to grab money for health care etc. Except those will be actual emergencies

Benny

Fabulous. GOPers have a lot more senate seats up for grabs.

wi60

I guess the next Dem president can declare that Climate change is a national emergency or our health care problems is an national emergency and then move forward. Anyone remember how the R’s screamed when Obama used the EO power.

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