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Benny

I bet this is Maddow’s replacement:

I was hoping she would be scooped by CNN. Clintonistas still have game in the media space.

orlbucfan

Is that a wig or a dye job?

wi64

I’ll go with Dye

Benny

She has her hair colored. I don’t begrudge her for that. I color my hair too to keep the gray away. Call it vanity, but letting it go gray right now would age my appearance by a decade. If I knew it would turn totally white, I’d be cool with it, but I’m pretty certain it would be a yucky gray that looks frizzy. People with straight hair can get away with gray better than I can.

orlbucfan

Ms. Benny, I have never dyed my wig. But I’m lucky genetically. I was born a dark redhead and my hair is going silver, not gray. 👍 Still, you always look good when you post photos with you in them. IMNSHO.😊

Benny

Benny

wi64

Fetterman knows this will be an attack ad. I believe he’ll put it to rest during the debates and probably an ad of his own.

“I believe I did the right thing,” Mr. Fetterman told WTAE-TV at the time. “But I may have broken the law in the course of it. I’m certainly not above the law.”

Mr. Miyares told the TV station in 2013 that Mr. Fetterman had pointed the gun at his chest; the mayor denied doing so. Mr. Miyares said the incident unnerved him, and he maintained that what Mr. Fetterman took to be gunshots were bottle rockets set off by a group of kids. Mr. Fetterman said no traces of fireworks were found in the area.

No charges related to the incident were brought against Mr. Fetterman, who was in his second of four terms as mayor. A search of public court records did not find any complaint or action taken by Mr. Miyares following the incident. A spokesman for the Allegheny County Police Department said on Tuesday that Mr. Miyares never filed a complaint with the department.

Mr. Fetterman is the first declared candidate in what is expected to be one of the marquee Senate races nationwide next year, and he is running at a time when law enforcement violence against Black men, racial profiling and other policing abuses are urgent concerns among Democratic voters. Mr. Fetterman has highlighted his work developing a community policing plan for Braddock with buy-in from the town’s predominantly Black population, and firing police officers with a history of complaints.

Defined by his progressive politics as well as an imposing appearance — he is 6-foot-8, has a shaved head and favors work clothes over suits — Mr. Fetterman built a national profile during his 14 years as mayor of Braddock, a town of fewer than 3,000 in the shadow of closed steel factories and struggling with high poverty. The dates of nine murders in the town are tattooed on his right forearm, a symbol of his commitment to stopping street violence. His efforts to revive Braddock with arts programs and urban farms earned him widespread media coverage, and he was elected lieutenant governor in 2018.

Last month, Mr. Fetterman quickly raised $1.5 million after emailing supporters and telling his 400,000 Twitter followers that he was exploring a Senate race. In his campaign announcement video he pledged to unify voters with left-wing politics and those in left-behind communities who flocked to former President Donald J. Trump. He is expected to face challenges in the Democratic primary by two or more of the state’s centrist members of Congress, including Representatives Conor Lamb and Chrissy Houlahan.

Mr. Fetterman’s nascent Senate campaign on Tuesday first emailed The Times a five-page document with contemporary news accounts that sought to emphasize that Mr. Fetterman did not know Mr. Miyares’s race when he pursued him, and to place their encounter in the context of what the document called a spate of gang-related gun violence in Braddock. The campaign then sent the video and a statement by Mr. Fetterman; he declined a request to be interviewed.

In 2018, Mr. Miyares was charged with multiple felonies in a separate incident, including kidnapping for ransom, making terroristic threats and reckless endangerment, according to publicly available court records. He is currently incarcerated in state prison in Somerset County, Pa., and could not be reached for comment.

Mr. Fetterman’s run-in with Mr. Miyares surfaced briefly in 2016 during an earlier Senate bid by Mr. Fetterman, when he ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic primary. At the time, he told The Philly Voice that his pursuit and detainment of the runner had nothing to do with race.

“The runner could have been my mother for all I knew, thanks to what the jogger was wearing,” he said.

In his statement released along with the video, Mr. Fetterman said the incident with the jogger had been spread by political opponents since 2015 “and it’s never gone anywhere because people here know that I did the right thing for my community.”

Most recently, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully last year for a House seat from western Pennsylvania, Sean Parnell, tweeted about the incident in July 2020. Donald Trump Jr., the former president’s eldest son, retweeted Mr. Parnell.

“I’m not going to just sit here while a bunch of Republicans who have never given a damn about racial justice launch these bad-faith attacks from the safety of their gated communities,” Mr. Fetterman said in his statement. “They’ve never had stray bullets hit their home, or had a bullet whiz by so close that you can feel the air move. When I ran for mayor, I made a commitment to do whatever I could to confront this gun violence — and that’s exactly what I’ve done.”

He noted that he was re-elected in 2013 by voters in Braddock, which is 80 percent Black.

orlbucfan

He will win the Senate race. I’ll die laffin’. Talk about image: over 6’6″ tall, shaved head, tats on both arms, wife looks like a covergirl and they’ve been married for a few years–no scandal. He looks like a biker, and I should know 🙂 He is the duly elected Lt. Governor of his state so he’s got statewide recognition. Goddamn, I wish this would happen where I live. It is that bad.

Benny

orlbucfan

After spending my entire working life toiling in a Right to Work aka Serf state, all I can scream is YA-HOO!

Benny

Benny

President Joe Biden’s new budget again proposes to continue a rider blocking Washington, D.C. from legalizing recreational marijuana sales. It does also include a separate longstanding provision to protect state medical cannabis laws from federal interference, however, and additionally proposes to change the names of several government bodies by removing mention of the stigmatizing term “drug abuse.”

The House Judiciary Committee published a nearly 500-page report on the federal marijuana legalization bill that’s set to receive a floor vote this week. It previews the pro- and anti-reform arguments Democrats and Republicans are likely to make during the debate.

Bipartisan members of Congress began filing amendments to the marijuana legalization bill that’s up for a floor vote this week. Several would simply require studies, but one Democratic-led measure would maintain certain cannabis penalties.

Michigan activists launched a signature drive to qualify a ballot initiative to legalize possessing, cultivating and sharing psychedelics while setting up a system for their therapeutic and spiritual use.

The Maryland Senate Finance Committee discussed revisions to a marijuana legalization bill to make it more in line with House-passed proposals—including by delaying setting rules for the cannabis market until after voters approve a ballot referendum.

A new poll found that most New York voters oppose regulators’ move to prioritize marijuana dispensary licenses for people with prior cannabis convictions in their families.

orlbucfan

Hey Byedone, it’s 2022 not 1982, you moron!

Benny

Chicago’s pandemic-ravaged industries eager to pitch city for 2024 Democratic National Convention

Touting the city’s bona fides, Chicago politicians and business leaders on Thursday said the city was prepared to host the Democratic National Convention in 2024 and that the major national event would provide a much-needed spark to Chicago’s pandemic-ravaged hospitality industries.

Boosterism and optimism aside, the effort would require a major organizational feat to pull off, and though officials proclaim an estimated economic boost of $150 million, economists have long been skeptical of such figures. They point to security costs, displacement of regular tourism and business and note that those estimates often include spending that would happen regardless.

Still — from the city’s mayor and business executives to heads in food, lodging and hospitality — leaders eagerly talked up the city’s neighborhoods, downtown amenities and experience hosting large events, such as the 2012 NATO Summit and the 1996 Democratic convention.

“We need to bring these conventions back to Chicago following the pandemic,” said Jack Lavin, president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, estimating that it could bring 35,000 delegates and visitors to the area. “It will be a great shot in the arm for Chicago.”

Democrats have given cities until October to express whether they will submit a bid to host their convention, with Las Vegas and Nashville also under consideration. A source with knowledge of the process said hotel capacity is expected to be a significant factor in the DNC’s decision-making.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is working on the effort with Gov. J.B. Pritzker and U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, among other Democrats, said the city will be “all in” to get the convention if the opportunity presents itself.

“We have lots of hotel space, we’ve got a great, world-class restaurant community,” Lightfoot said Thursday. “We’ve got tons of entertainment, arts and culture, really bar none in the world.”

Chicago has a number of options to choose from for a convention location, including the United Center, where the 1996 Democratic convention was held, as well as Wintrust Arena and Navy Pier, she said.

orlbucfan

The DNC dummies need to have it in Detroit cos that would make a real statement about the sad condition of this country!

Benny

Problem is that Detroit would use it as an excuse to evict people.

orlbucfan

The bozos who can are already doing it.😡

Benny

Judge strikes down Florida election-law changes

Saying that “Florida has a grotesque history of racial discrimination,” a federal district judge struck down most of a controversial election law passed in the state last year, and said the state can’t make any major changes to election regulations for the next 10 years unless a judge clears them first.

U.S. District Judge Mark Walker agreed with voters who sued the state that the bill “runs roughshod over the right to vote, unnecessarily making voting harder for all eligible Floridians, unduly burdening disabled voters, and intentionally targeting minority voters — all to improve the electoral prospects of the party in power.”

Walker said that for the next decade, changes to voting laws that affect third-party registration efforts, drop boxes or “line warming” — in which volunteers offer water or chairs to people waiting in line to vote — must be approved first by the court.

“Florida has repeatedly, recently, and persistently acted to deny Black Floridians access to the franchise,” Walker wrote. “This Court also finds that preclearance would prevent future violations.”

Voting rights activists hailed the ruling as a “landmark decision,” while Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) dismissed it as “performative partisanship.”

“This is a huge victory for voters in this state,” said Jasmine Burney-Clark, founder of Equal Ground, one of the groups that sued the state. “It also feels like we are moving the needle forward in expanding access to the ballot box in Florida.”

DeSantis (R) signed the bill, known as SB 90, into law in May, live on Fox News. Although he had touted the state’s elections seven months earlier as flawless, he still pushed changes that critics say would make it harder to vote.

His enthusiasm for changing election laws continued this year, but Thursday’s court ruling means that many of those changes may not be enacted.

At a news conference in West Palm Beach on Thursday, DeSantis said Walker’s ruling “was not unforeseen,” and that it will be reversed on appeal.

“It’s just a matter of how quickly it’s going to get reversed,” he said.

Florida House Speaker Chris Sprowls (R) called Walker’s pre-clearance order “an egregious abuse of his power.”

Walker presided over the nonjury trial in Tallahassee for three weeks this year. His 288-page decision issued Thursday included the recounting of several acts of violence against Black voters in Florida in the past, including a massacre of more than 30 Black residents in Ocoee in 1920 on Election Day after a Black voter went to the polls.

“What is this Court to make of this history? To be sure, there are those who suggest that we live in a post-racial society,” Walker wrote. “But that is simply not so. Florida’s painful history remains relevant; it echoes into the present and sets the stage for SB 90.”

Brenda Wright, senior adviser for legal strategies at the think tank Demos, said Walker recognized the “extremely egregious history of racial discrimination in voting” in his ruling.

“He put together the picture of what SB 90 has done to voting rights in the context of Florida’s history of discrimination,” Wright said. “I would hope this would give pause to those who would enact further restrictions on voting rights.”

orlbucfan

Word down here is it will be reversed, unfortunately.

Benny

Yea!!! Alabama, you are next!

Benny
Benny

from Business Insider

Amazon workers at a warehouse in Staten Island are the first in the company’s history to successfully form a union, a labor organizing milestone and a major blow to Amazon’s efforts to keep unions out of its facilities.

The National Labor Relations Board concluded its counting of votes on Friday morning, with a majority of workers voting to join the upstart Amazon Labor Union, founded last year by former Amazon employee Christian Smalls.

The Amazon Labor Union won with 2654 votes for, versus 2131 against. A union needs a simple majority to win an election with the NLRB.

The union’s success, in the Staten Island borough of New York, is likely to propel a cascade of organizing at other Amazon warehouses and retailers. The past several months have seen union victories at companies that some labor leaders previously thought were immune to unionization, such as Starbucks, where nearly 200 branches have filed to unionize. Workers at another Amazon warehouse in Staten Island, also organized by the Amazon Labor Union, will vote on a union in the next few weeks.

The Amazon Labor Union has overcome long odds. Winning a union on the first attempt at a major company is almost unheard of. Amazon has successfully kept unions out of its facilities for decades. Until now, the company has found success with an anti-union playbook that by turns intimidates and woos workers, while churning through employees at such a pace that nascent organizing efforts have had little time to take hold.

It’s even rarer for workers to back an independent union, which tend to lack the financial backing and legal expertise of more established unions, according to labor scholars.

An Amazon spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for a comment.

The Amazon Labor Union raised about $100,000 in two GoFundMe campaigns, and relied on other unions for legal advice, office space and volunteers. By the end of the union drive, the union was operating on a week-to-week budget, Smalls told The City.

Amazon, by contrast, has waged a lengthy and expensive anti-union campaign. The ecommerce behemoth spent $4.3 million last year trying to quash union votes in Staten Island and in Bessemer, Alabama, according to filings with the Department of Labor, previously reported by HuffPost. Workers at the warehouse in Bessemer overwhelmingly voted to reject a union last year, but the NLRB ordered a new election in November, ruling that Amazon illegally influenced the vote. Those workers, who have already cast their votes for this second election, are attempting to organize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. As of Friday morning, the vote tally there was too close to call.

Benny

orlbucfan

You can bet Bezos the Borg ahole is aware of it. He and his mindset puke can go shove it where the sun don’t shine.👍👍✊✊

orlbucfan

They win in Bessemer…….simply yuge!! ✊👍

Benny

Alabama vote..

Union supporters are narrowly trailing opponents in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama, the National Labor Relations Board said on Thursday. But the count was far closer than a vote at the same warehouse last year, when workers rejected the union by a more than 2-to-1 ratio.

The union had 875 yes votes versus 993 no votes, but the more than 400 challenged ballots are sufficient to potentially affect the outcome. The challenges will be resolved at a labor board hearing in the coming weeks.

Overall, roughly 2,300 ballots were cast in the election in Bessemer, Ala., out of more than 6,100 eligible employees.

The labor board mandated the revote, which was conducted by mail from early February to late March, after concluding that Amazon violated the so-called laboratory conditions that are supposed to prevail during a union election.

from the NYT.

orlbucfan

I lived and worked non-union book retail in Birmingham back in the late 1970s. Benefits? Like what?? It was SOP so if this happens, it will be yuge!

orlbucfan

👏👏👏👏✊✊

Torabs
Torabs

Huge win, this news made my weekend!

wi64

Happy for those workers!!!!! If it happens in AL or another R state that will turn heads like the exorcist