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Colorado teachers are marching – and they know neither the GOP nor the Democrats are on their side. It’s been decades of Dems & GOP’s joyfully coming together in our legislature to starve the public schools.


Please note our brave Dem leader making “tough choices”- how can they possibly go against their big money donors?


The Denver Classroom Teachers Association announced teachers with Denver Public School will walk out on April 27.

According to a release, teachers will teach Friday morning and then head to the Capitol for a rally. The rally is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

DPS teachers will be pushing for lawmakers to support more funding for education.



A good overview of what the Colorado teachers are up against. Centrist governing at its’ most greedy.


Which means despite being the nation’s 12th richest state, our public schools land at the bottom of the list for both per pupil spending and teacher pay.


Let the record show- at this moment the local NBC affiliate has NOTHING on its’ website regarding the protests.


The state currently is underfunding schools by more than $800 million each year, and the teacher shortage and education budget shortage are hitting rural schools hardest.



Colorado shows that the movement is growing beyond the dark red states


THE TEACHERS STRIKES that have roiled red states across the country burst onto the national scene seemingly out of nowhere. But a closer look at the people who make up this movement reveals the distinct Trump-era nature of the uprising.

In the four states where teachers movements have erupted over the past few months — Arizona, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Oklahoma — educators and community members are encountering broadly similar circumstances. In all four states, residents are reacting to years of Republican-controlled legislatures, a decline in state funding for students and teachers, an expansion of private school vouchers and charter schools, and an increasingly galvanized electorate that is motivated by all sorts of other organizing efforts that have emerged since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election.

And while the ranks of the educators are stocked with progressives, the strikes would have flopped had they not been joined by conservative Republican teachers who are, in significant ways, manifestations of what Washington pundits have begun to believe are purely imaginary people outside of the Beltway: folks who remain ardently conservative but are rejecting the direction the party has taken in the White House, back home or both.


This one is a bit long. It is one of the best reads summarizing the blowback that is building here IMHO. I just hope the explosion is peaceful. I’m scared of the alternative.



Of course the Democratic Socialists are coming! Oh noes!!


Bernie weighs in:

First it was teachers in West Virginia. Then it was Oklahoma. Then Kentucky and Arizona. And this week, teachers across Colorado are rallying to call for better pay and funding for education. This is not an issue that is going away soon. This is a movement that is bringing tens of thousands of people together across the country to say: No. We will not stand by while billionaires get tax cuts and schools are underfunded. We will not stay silent while teachers in the wealthiest country in the world have to work two or three jobs to get by. Congratulations to those speaking out in Colorado.



That Boulder Camera article is so balanced. Nice they only talked to legislators against increasing school funding. “But we already promised ALL the money to our construction & real estate donors!”


An article by David Wong I keep bookmarked & return to often – 5 Ways Powerful People Trick You Into Hating Protestors




On Tuesday, New Jersey will become the 13th state to adopt automatic voter registration—and the third to do so this year—continuing a trend that has seen blue states expand access to the ballot in an attempt to combat Republican voter suppression efforts. “The ability to exercise your basic right to vote has become a right that’s more important now than arguably any other time in our nation’s history,” Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat who was elected last year, told Mother Jones. “Opening democracy up and making it work for as many folks as possible has never been more important.”

Murphy will sign the bill, which was passed by the Democratic-controlled legislature, on Tuesday afternoon at Trenton’s Hughes Justice Complex, which houses the state’s justice system. The new legislation could register nearly 600,000 new voters, according to a study by the Center for American Progress. “It will get a ton more people registered,” said Murphy. “We will be in the top rung of open democracy.”


Too soon, Donna Red Wing. We’ll keep fighting.


“Donna was a force to be reckoned with and will be greatly missed by individuals across the country. She called herself an activist and an agitator and prided herself in being called the most dangerous woman by the Christian Coalition at one point.” One Iowa Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel said.


To scare azzholes like The Christian Coalition, Focus On The Family, and James Dobson is a compliment! RIP.



Allegedly serious people have spent the past couple of weeks wondering why Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, didn’t do more to push back against a clearly unbalanced president before chickening out on his 2018 re-election campaign. This is why. Paul Ryan has dedicated his political life to the division of society into makers, who own the country, and takers, who should be left to die in the streets. He believes it as deeply as he believes anything. Paul Ryan would have been fine if Vlad the Impaler had been elected in 2016 as long as President Impaler did things like this.

One of the real tricks of the trade here is to fashion every federal aid program into “welfare,” even though Bill Clinton ended the federal role in welfare over 20 years ago. But, now, food stamps are “welfare.” Medicaid is “welfare.” (They’ve repeatedly tried to brand both Social Security and Medicaid as “welfare,” too. So far, they’ve failed at that. Ryan sheds salty tears over this every time he gets behind a microphone.) If you rebrand a program as “welfare” in the public mind, you can do pretty much anything you want to the people who depend on it.


Does anyone on here know of any organizations who sell the ‘peace’ button for donations? I sure would like to get a few. Thanks! 🙂


Not for charity but union printed. Lots of designs.




There’s at least 75 miles of the U.S.‐Mexico border where National Guard troops can’t go, no matter what President Donald Trump says.

The Tohono O’odham Nation says its people have inhabited what is now southern and central Arizona and northern Mexico since “time immemorial—in other words, way before any borders were put in place.

But a U.S.-Mexico land deal in the 1800s “dissected” the nation’s indigenous lands in half. The tribe has been fighting border walls ever since so that their people can travel freely.

Now the Tohono O’odham people are worried about Trump’s plan to send “anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000″ members of the National Guard to the border.

Tohono O’odham chairman Edward D. Manuel recently went on a local radio station to tell members of the tribe that no National Guard or military personnel were welcomed on the land, according to a spokesperson for Manuel’s office. The tribe also released a statement announcing the Border Patrol has agreed to not send military personnel to its land.


I read at the Hill that the IRS website is having issues today. If you are filing your taxes and you owe the IRS, I urge anyone to file a tax extension. You still have to pay something, but file, especially if you owe $100 or more.

I did file on Sunday night, as I had done a first pass 2 weeks ago, and knew we owed money. However, I didn’t know how much of a tax cut I would get until we actually filed. .48 percent..that is nearly 5/10 of one percent cut.

More than ever, we need to vote the GOP out for two reasons:

Real Tax reform and keep the judiciary from eroding further.


This will not be helpful to his campaign. He initially failed to disclose the payments.


Kucinich, currently running for Ohio governor, has revealed that he received $20,000 from “a group sympathetic to the Syrian government,” Cleveland.com reported Tuesday. New ethics filings show that the Association for Investment in Popular Action Committees, a group tied to the pro-Assad Syria Solidarity Movement, paid Kucinich for 2017 speeches.


This is dirty work from the Dems.

The person who Portia is responding to is named Brian Hester:

Former Deputy Communications Director, Ohio Democratic Party



Even after becoming the president’s whipping boy, Sessions persevered—advancing his own personal vendetta against marijuana and all the hippies and darkies that use it.

Too bad for him all of Trump’s friends want to make money off that cash crop. With so many states legalizing marijuana, you can either beat them or join them.

So, in Trump’s latest move to make Sessions look like an idiot, he has sided with states that have legalized marijuana and pledged to support a legislative fix to the federal and state conflict that has arisen as more states have moved toward legalization.

The Washington Post was the first to report that Trump struck a deal with Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado last week, promising him that despite Sessions’ memo to the contrary, the marijuana industry in Colorado would not be targeted by federal authorities.



When the focus is not on an economically progressive agenda — which, again, is supported by majority of voters – it leaves a vacuum that can be filled by the more divisive campaign, such as the sort Trump conducted. When voters don’t think anyone is going to take on their economic concerns, a certain percentage will turn to a demagogue who scapegoats ethnic minorities, immigrants and other groups.

As for Democrats, there is no reason to choose between different groups of working-class voters. A progressive economic agenda can be emphasized with more reminders that it reaches many groups — that ensuring equal pay for equal work improves the prospects for everyone in a household, that retirement security is an issue for everyone from the lower to the upper middle class, and that no one deserves to watch their financial lives destroyed when struck down by an illness. As Madland said, “It’s a clear winner.”


Dennis Kucinich statement on Cordray’s smear attack

The war in Syria is not a civil war and never was. Hundreds of thousands of troops, soldiers of fortune, mercenaries, intelligence agents, war profiteers, and religious fanatics, from over 90 countries, have descended on Syria, under the cover of the revolutionary Arab Spring.

The result was a war which has fragmented the country, produced millions of refugees, destroyed the infrastructure, wrecked houses of worship and killed nearly a half million people.


Polls certainly seem to favor Cordray, but it’s not that simple.

In a poll of 500 respondents:

27.5% said they’d vote for Cordray
13% said they’d vote for Kuchinich

more than half of respondents still undecided

Also, Kucinich has a more ‘favorable opinion’ than Cordray (42% vs 38%), but also has a higher ‘unfavorable opinion’ 24% (K) vs. 10% (C). Weird, eh?


p.s. I hate dirty tricks like Cordray is trying to pull.



The reason Congress hasn’t sanctioned America’s perma-war is because they’re captured, with some notable exceptions, by the same national security apparatus as the past three administrations.

American politicians on both sides of the aisle love war. On Monday, an In These Times survey found that 92 percent of U.S. Democratic and Independent senators did not mount meaningful opposition to Donald Trump’s April 13 air strikes against the Syrian government. The primary point of contention that Democrats—and most of the partisan Democratic media—leveled were vague legal or constitutional meta-objections that Trump did not have the “authority” or should consult Congress. But the bulk of the “resistance” did not raise meaningful objections to the strikes themselves.

Only a handful of Democrats—Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Christopher Murphy, D-Conn., Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.—opposed the air strikes on substance. The vast majority, instead, relied on process demands that Trump get congressional approval—without saying if the strikes themselves were good or bad.


And they could address those “constitutional meta-objections” by voting down the AUMF and similar legislation as they continually refuse to do, knowing that they are relinquishing their constitutional duty to the Prez.


Eliminate the Patriot Act, too.

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