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polarbear4

NYCVG

good morning LieparDestin.

And a good morning it is! No Neera, for one thing. Plus, Cuomo hanging way back out of camera range.

Ha anyone but me noticed that whenever a Corporate Dem is in trouble the PTB try to shift the reasons why the individual is in trouble?

In Neera’s case, trolling nit-wits like Jennifer Rubin are saying Neera got the ax because she is a “woman of color.” Really? Neera’s replacement, pre-approved by Bernie, is named Sholonda Young and is black.

Team Cuomo seems desperate to narrow the scope by talking ONLY about the sexual harassment charges. which they are confident won’t matter.

The actual threats to Cuomo staying in power (ego) is that the NY State Assembly and Senate are taking away his power bit by bit, exercising their SuoerVeto rights and that his Dereliction of Duty killed 15,000+ elderly patients in nursing homes.

If Cuomo announces he isn’t running for his fourth term, it will be because of his loss of Dominance, Control, and Raw unchecked Power.

Paul ADK
Paul ADK

Cuomo won’t survive this. He’s already admitted wrongdoing, when he said that what he said was ‘misinterpreted’. In this state perception is everything. Intent doesn’t matter in cases of sexual harassment.

NYCVG

I hope you’re right.

orlbucfan

You guys are lucky. The voters voted to change the power in Albany. I will be long dead before something close to it happens here in FL.

jcitybone

Interesting article about Tish James. It would be something if she takes both the governorship and the AG after me too scandals. She has impressed her former opponent Zephyr Teachout.

https://theintercept.com/2021/03/02/andrew-cuomo-working-families-party-letitia-james/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter

IN 2003, Letitia “Tish” James shook the New York Democratic political establishment, becoming the first City Council candidate to win office solely as a nominee of the Working Families Party. James spent the next 15 years as an outspoken, independent-minded progressive and a leading voice for the city’s social movements. In 2013, despite being vastly outspent, she won a tight race for New York City public advocate, a stepping stone to mayor.

Her close alliance with the city’s grassroots was considered by political observers to be both a benefit and an obstacle. She had people behind her, but she didn’t have money — and moving to the next level required lots of it.

When New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was forced to resign amid a #MeToo scandal in 2018, James was quickly discussed as a potential successor. But could she raise the funds?

That’s where Andrew Cuomo came in. The state’s governor, who was seeking his third term, was in the midst of a long-running feud with the organization that was so intimately linked with James’s rise, the WFP. Under pressure from Cuomo, local unions had left the party, taking their clout and financing with them. In April 2018, the WFP came for the king, endorsing activist and actor Cynthia Nixon for the Democratic primary over Cuomo, who vowed to destroy the organization. Cuomo had long treated figures in New York politics — his playground — like kids to be bullied. He turned his attention to James.

In May, Cuomo made James an excruciating offer: He would endorse her and open his donor network to her, but it would come at a price. Not only would she have to endorse him, she would have to publicly refuse the support of the WFP. Ripped from the pages of a cliched mafia screenplay, James would have to prove her loyalty by executing her longtime ally.

Cuomo made James an excruciating offer: He would endorse her and open his donor network to her, but it would come at a price.

James was left with two bad options: Accepting Cuomo’s offer was the most likely route to winning the election, but it would come with accusations that she had traded in her trademark independence and social justice values. Rejecting it could cost her the election and make Cuomo into a fatal enemy.

James took the deal. The WFP endorsed her anyway, against her public will, while jointly endorsing Zephyr Teachout. The bulk of their spending went toward opposing the most right-leaning candidate, Sean Patrick Maloney, who represents a congressional district upstate.

In the fictional version of these parables, a deal with the devil always ends the same way: The devil always gets his due. But New York politics is not a parable. The story’s new plot twist conforms more closely to a Disney version: Cuomo is getting his due of a different kind, with scrutiny over his failed coronavirus response and an investigation into sexual harassment claims. His fate now rests with Tish James.

The election long since over, James owes Cuomo nothing. And, in fact, nobody could blame her for appreciating the opportunity to demonstrate — to him as much as to her detractors — that she was never for sale and that she’s just as independent as she’s always been. In late January, she released a damning report on the state’s handling of Covid-19 in nursing homes, setting off Cuomo’s descent.

Teachout, her progressive opponent in the primary, said she has been impressed by James’s tenure, including her willingness to take on both Big Tech and the governor. “It’s no secret that I was worried about James’ close connection to Cuomo, because being willing to take on the Governor is part of the job, but the key moment in Cuomo’s unraveling was when she published the nursing home report,” Teachout told The Intercept. “[Assembly Member] Ron Kim and others had been yelling about it since the beginning, and [journalist David] Sirota has followed it closely, but Cuomo trusted that none of the big figures in New York politics would say a word, because the usual rule in Albany is that no one publicly crosses Cuomo in a big way. That report changed the entire dynamic, and she proved her independence in a way that really matters to all New Yorkers, and especially those in nursing homes, with family in nursing homes, those who died.”

New York Working Families Party State Director Sochie Nnaemeka also praised James’s response. “What New Yorkers are seeing is the fearless Tish we know and love, who stands up to bullies, whether they’re Amazon or Trump, the NRA or Cuomo,” Nnaemeka said. “In this moment of crisis, she brought crucial information to light around the Governor’s handling of Covid-19 in nursing homes — which precipitated massive calls for accountability.”

Implications that she had sold out her integrity for Cuomo’s backing rankled James from the beginning. “What’s so interesting and kind of comical is that prior to this vacancy no one ever questioned my independence — nobody,” James told the Albany Times Union editorial board in 2018 in response to the backlash. “All the groups, all the advocacy groups, all the Indivisible [groups], all the True Blue, all the activists: ‘We want Tish James. We want her voice, her moral suasion.’”

Yet as soon as she accepted Cuomo’s endorsement, all that changed, she said, snapping her fingers. “Just like that, my independence is questioned. So it’s somewhat disheartening after 20 years of public service, 20 years of exercising independence,” she said. “Gov. Cuomo did have a fundraiser for me. Do you know how much it netted? $70,000.”

pnczur
pnczur

She definitely has the right pedigree and really seems like the real deal. I wish her nothing but the best and hope she is also working to create a farm system for progressives to get involved in electoral politics.

jcitybone

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Credible reports having been coming in stating that the regular flu season in the US has been pretty much non-existent. 😊👍👏

polarbear4

wimpy flu doesn’t have a chance with corona mafia in town.

wi63

The 2 main spreaders of flu are basically shut down, Schools as the kids bring it home due to parents sending thier kids to school as most have no sick leave for this and people going to work sick for the same reason, by next winter the flu will be back to normal levels

jcitybone

jcitybone

orlbucfan

FRightie dumbazz. Him/It and DeathSantis.💩💩

pnczur
pnczur

Seriously, man with the power outages, outrages bills that followed for some, and now this? Hopefully people there can finally see how deranged the republicans are and switch over to blue. Sadly I’m sure many will stay red until dead.

jcitybone

Dolly adapts one of her songs to the vaccine. She might actually have some influence on her audience which is likely more reluctant to get vaccinated.

jcitybone

Interesting stuff in this article about voting and demographics etc.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/amp/2021/03/david-shor-2020-democrats-autopsy-hispanic-vote-midterms-trump-gop.html?__twitter_impression=true

To gain some insight into these matters, Intelligencer turned to our favorite socialist proponent of ruthlessly poll-driven campaigning, David Shor. A veteran of the 2012 Obama campaign, Shor is currently head of data science at OpenLabs, a progressive nonprofit. We spoke with him last week about how his analysis of the 2020 election has changed since November, what Democrats need to do to keep Congress after 2022, and why he thinks the Trump era was great for the Republican Party (in strictly electoral terms).

What’s your (way too early) assessment of Democrats’ odds of retaining Congress after the midterm? What do they need to achieve, in statistical terms, to pull that off? And then, from a substantive point of view, are there things that they can do in office to make hitting those marks easier?

As a baseline, midterms are usually very bad for the party in power. In the past 70 years, the incumbent party has gained seats in the House and Senate maybe once or twice. The last one was in 2002. The regularity of how bad midterm environments are for the president’s party is one of the most striking findings in political science. Generally speaking, over the last 30 to 40 years, the party that controls the presidency gets about 47 percent of the vote nationwide. Add in the fact that the House already has a fairly substantial pro-Republican bias — the median House seat is something like three points to the right of the country overall — it means that in the base scenario, Democrats are headed for near-certain doom. If we replicate the GOP’s post-9/11, 2002 midterm performance, we have a chance. If we replicate the second-best presidential-party midterm from the past 40 years, we lose.

The good news is that there’s a strong case for thinking this time might be different. I’m not a macroeconomist, but it seems like Joe Biden might preside over a post-corona economic boom. Already, Biden’s approval rating is very strong. The best predictor of how a midterm is going to shake out is how popular the president is. So, for now, everything looks about as good as you could hope for.

But we have no margin for error. If we conduct ourselves the way we did after 2008, we’re definitely going to lose. And due to the way that our electoral system works, we really could be locked out of power for a very long time, just like we were after 2010. So that means the need for messaging discipline is stronger than ever. But keeping the national conversation focused around popular economic issues probably won’t be enough. Since the maps in the House of Representatives are so biased against us, if we don’t pass a redistricting reform, our chance of keeping the House is very low. And then the Senate is even more biased against us than the House. So, it’s also very important that we add as many states as we can. Currently, even if we have an exceptionally good midterm, the most likely outcome is that we lose one or two Senate seats. And then, going into 2024, we have something like seven or eight Democrats who are in states that are more Republican than the country overall. Basically, we have this small window right now to pass redistricting reform and create states. And if we don’t use this window, we will almost certainly lose control of the federal government and not be in a position to pass laws again potentially for a decade. In terms of putting numbers on things, I think that if we implemented D.C. and Puerto Rican statehood and passed redistricting reform, that would roughly triple our chance of holding the House in 2022 and roughly the same in the Senate. The fact that it’s possible to triple those odds is a testament to how bleak the baseline case is. So we need to pass those reforms and we need Biden to remain popular. If his approval rating is below 50 by the end of the year, we’re probably fucked.

jcitybone

Either the current filibuster goes or we are in big trouble.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2021/03/democrats-need-hr-1-and-new-vra-protect-voting-rights/618171/

The most explosive battle in decades over access to the voting booth will reach a new crescendo this week, as Republican-controlled states advance an array of measures to restrict the ballot, and the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the federal legislation that represents Democrats’ best chance to stop them.

It’s no exaggeration to say that future Americans could view the resolution of this struggle as a turning point in the history of U.S. democracy. The outcome could not only shape the balance of power between the parties, but determine whether that democracy grows more inclusive or exclusionary. To many civil-rights advocates and democracy scholars I’ve spoken with, this new wave of state-level bills constitutes the greatest assault on Americans’ right to vote since the Jim Crow era’s barriers to the ballot.

“This is a huge moment,” Derrick Johnson, the president and CEO of the NAACP, told me. “This harkens to pre-segregation times in the South, and it goes to the core question of how we define citizenship and whether or not all citizens actually will have access to fully engage and participate.”

polarbear4

and then, say, we continue to withhold help for our people. who benefits from no filibuster in maybe 2 years? go back to the old one, the public arguments, please.

i wonder if some of the neolibs arguing for it don’t realize this and are fine with Republican rule with no filibuster. of course, Dems don’t use it half as much as they could…

i am open to being mistaken, but i’m wary that i never see this argument, even. i can’t get it out of my mind.

i would be much more open to this if we had someone who was willing to supercharge these 2 years, like a Republican prez would be doing. if we could change the gerrymandering, get a real climate program going, expand M4A, then i wouldn’t be as afraid of giving this gift to the Republicans.

This admin is giving all the signals of holding back on anything that benefits us and going fast forward on a terrible foreign policy.

polarbear4

i meant “realize this.” and expand medicare.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/541328-democrats-worry-senate-will-be-graveyard-for-biden-agenda

Liberal Democrats are growing more and more worried that the Senate will serve as a legislative graveyard for President Biden’s agenda unless he and other centrists rally behind doing away with the filibuster.

The tensions for now are mostly under the surface as the party approaches an initial victory under Biden: passage into law of a giant $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

The Senate is expected to pass it this week, and when it becomes law it will serve as an unmistakable victory in Biden’s first 100 days.

Yet this initial victory will cover up for fears among Democrats that big-ticket items passed in the House will die in the Senate unless the party greases the gears for change by ending the filibuster.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is insisting the Senate won’t be a graveyard — the term Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) welcomed in describing what would happen to legislation passed by the Democratic House to the Senate he controlled over the past two years.

“I believe and I believe my caucus believes that we need big, bold action, and we’re going to figure out the best way to get big, bold action on a whole lot of fronts,” Schumer said, vowing that “people are going to be forced to vote on them.”

But the White House on Tuesday sought to avoid the issue in some ways: Biden didn’t take questions from Democratic senators on Tuesday during a brief, eight-minute call to their weekly luncheon.

The call ended up serving as a pep rally ahead of the vote this week on the relief measure, but by taking no questions, Biden also avoided hearing from liberal senators about the filibuster or the push for a $15 minimum wage, which was included in the initial COVID-19 relief bill passed by the House early Saturday morning but is now on ice.

Progressives now want to build pressure on Biden to end the filibuster in the hopes it will add to the pressure on Manchin and other Democrats to do so.

Without Biden’s support, however, liberal advocates for changing the rules of the Senate say there’s no chance of convincing Manchin or Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) to back rules reform.

They warn the votes of other centrists — Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.), Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — are uncertain without Biden’s intervention.

“They’re not going to feel pressure on themselves to do it unless Biden himself gives them that pressure,” said Robert Borosage, co-founder of Campaign for America’s Future, a progressive advocacy group.

During Tuesday’s conference call, Biden expressed strong support for raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour, but he stopped well short of endorsing scrapping the filibuster.

jcitybone

Maybe something like this could work

polarbear4

yes. make em stand there day and night and make their argument to the people and be there for a public vote. make the msm cover the arguments.

jcitybone

Could be something that could actually get by Manchin and Sinema because it does t technically do away with filibuster, just the McConnell filibuster

jcitybone

The stimulus bill definitely continues to be very popular.

https://morningconsult.com/2021/03/03/coronavirus-stimulus-voter-support-bipartisan/

As the Senate prepares to advance President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, new Morning Consult/Politico polling shows strong bipartisan support for the measure is holding against an uptick in Republican attacks on its size, scope and price tag.

In the new survey, conducted Feb. 26 to March 1, 77 percent of all voters and 59 percent of Republicans said they supported the measure which provides direct payments to some Americans, extends enhanced unemployment benefits through July and provides funding for state and local governments as well as K-12 schools and universities.

That level of backing from the public is consistent with findings from a survey conducted ahead of the House’s Feb. 27 successful vote on the bill, which passed without any GOP support.

The latest survey also sought to test whether a more partisan framing to Biden’s plan would materially impact the level of support: Half of voters were shown question wording that did not mention that the plan was Democratic in nature, while half were informed that it was the Democrats’ proposal.

The distinction mattered little. When provided the partisan framing along with the details of the proposal, 71 percent of voters — including 53 percent of Republicans — still supported it.

jcitybone

Passing a $15 minimum would also be helpful.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/03/02/biden-infrastructure-agenda-combat-trumpism/#click=https://t.co/WKVJKl1HBP

This suggestion — that feverish anti-leftist delirium is becoming the central organizing principle for much of the GOP as it remains captive to former president Donald Trump — provides Democrats with a big opening.

The coming debate over a major infrastructure package will show how. If President Biden and the Democratic Congress can pass such a package, it could deal a big blow to Trumpism, aided by the faction’s own continuing descent into hallucinatory anti-leftism.

The New York Times reports that some Democrats are already thinking about how to move a far-reaching infrastructure repair agenda, if they can get the economic relief bill through the Senate and into law.

This coming debate may be uniquely positioned to expose Trumpism’s bankruptcy as it sinks into QAnon-ification, cultishness and mythologizing about the Lost Cause of the stolen election.

jcitybone

https://www.businessinsider.com/elizabeth-warren-audit-the-ultra-rich-once-every-3-years-2021-3?utm_source=reddit.com

More wealthy Americans should be audited on a regular basis, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday, telling Bloomberg she wants to double the IRS budget to do just that.

“The audit rate of the top one-tenth of 1% — the 100,000 families that would be affected — the audit rate will be 30%,” the Massachusetts Democrat said. “That means every three years, in effect.”

Warren made the case for more IRS auditors as part of her pitch for a 2-3% annual tax on the wealth of America’s ultra-rich. As Insider reported, her proposal calls for a $100 billion investment in IRS enforcement and a statutory requirement that no less than 3 in 10 people subject to the “ultra-millionaire tax,” on fortunes greater than $50 million, be audited each year.

Those worth more than $50 million would also be hit with a 40% “exit tax” should they try to evade the tax by renouncing their US citizenship.

As ProPublica has reported, the IRS has in recent years audited people earning less than $20,000 a year almost as often as those in the top 1%. In part, that’s because it’s easier to audit the poor: generally, they cannot afford lawyers and the savviest tax professionals.

Since 2010, the Associated Press noted, the IRS budget has also been slashed by some 20%, with nearly a third of its workforce expected to retire by the end of 2025.

As a result of that depletion, according to IRS data reviewed by ProPublica, millionaires were 80% less likely to be audited in 2018 than they were in 2011; just over 1.5% of the top 1% were audited at all.

orlbucfan

Good luck, Lizzie.💩

jcitybone

I’m sure behind the scenes, Bernie’s relationship with Biden had something to do with this.

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/03/it-hasnt-happened-in-my-lifetime-a-labor-historian-on-bidens-pro-union-push/

Labor historians quickly weighed in to say it was the most pro-union message they’d ever seen from a sitting president. I spoke with Nelson Lichtenstein, a history professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara, to understand the significance of Biden’s message. Lichtenstein, the author of 16 books including a biography of labor leader Walter Reuther and State of the Union: A Century of American Labor, also directs the university’s Center for the Study of Work, Labor, and Democracy.

Have you seen a president deliver a message that was as pro-union as the one Biden delivered on Sunday?

I haven’t. It hasn’t happened in my lifetime. Roosevelt is usually quoted as [saying], “If I worked at a factory, I would join a union.” Something to that effect. But that was said in a more abstract sense. The unions ran with it. They put it on posters. But it was never as specific as what Biden said.

Biden did a number of remarkable things in this statement. Clearly, it’s pro-union. More than that, it denounces employer intimidation, anti-union propaganda, etc. Everything he was denouncing is perfectly legal. Big companies hire smart law firms and they figure out exactly what they can do right up to the edge of the law.

jcitybone

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-cuba-usa-exclusive-idUSKBN2AV1HS?utm_source=reddit.com

Eighty U.S. House of Representatives Democrats urged President Joe Biden on Tuesday to repeal Donald Trump’s “cruel” sanctions on Cuba and renew engagement, an early sign of support in Congress for easing the clamp-down on the Communist-run country.

In a letter to Biden seen by Reuters they urged the Democratic president to sign an executive order “without delay” to end restrictions on travel and remittances, noting that well over half of Cubans depend on the latter.

“With the stroke of a pen, you can assist struggling Cuban families and promote a more constructive approach,” they said.

The letter was led by lawmakers Bobby Rush, Gwen Moore, Barbara Lee and Steve Cohen, long-time supporters of engagement with Cuba. Signers also included the leaders of the influential House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Financial Services and Appropriations committees.

Biden, a Democrat, vowed during his campaign to reverse policy shifts by the Republican Trump that “have inflicted harm on the Cuban people and done nothing to advance democracy and human rights.”