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polarbear4

Lord, why can’t they just say the ed stuff didn’t work bc it’s based on some freaky coporate austerity/streamline-the-process-even-if-we-gut-the-teachers-and-lose-the-kids process, and get with the human-centered movement?

orlbucfan

T and R, Ms. Benny, and the rest of the usual excellent TPW suspects!!☮️😊👍👏

jcitybone

😥😥😥

jcitybone

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wi62

The Bezos machine had the scare adds running, I believe that Amazon is the major employer in Bessemer so they couldn’t afford to lose jobs if Orls favorite Borg closed and moved the plant to a city an hour away. It also Alabama where wages are substandard and the people were afraid to lose what they have.

orlbucfan

It looks like the best way to kick Bezos’s azz will be thru anti-trust and breaking up Amazon. Plus Google, FB, etc.

polarbear4

they didn’t have a chance. one of the wealthiest men on the planet knows how to “win.”

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/budget/547412-sanders-expresses-serious-concerns-with-bidens-defense-increase

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) expressed “serious concern” Friday over President Biden’s proposed $12.3 billion increase in defense spending.

“At a time when the U.S. already spends more on the military than the next 12 nations combined, it is time for us to take a serious look at the massive cost over-runs, the waste and fraud that currently exists at the Pentagon,” Sanders said.

Sanders’s words carry extra weight given his position at the head of the Budget Committee and as a progressive leader in the Democratic Party.

He joins a slew of progressives in speaking out against the proposed 1.7 percent boost in defense spending.

“We need a fundamental shift in how we address national security issues and invest in climate action and pandemic response,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), calling the proposal “disappointing” and noting that it is well above defense spending levels at the end of the Obama administration.

“Those are the issues impacting the security of the American people and will keep Americans safer than spending billions on more deadly weapons.”

Biden Friday morning proposed a defense budget of $753 billion and a nondefense budget of $769 billion for the 2022 fiscal year, which begins in October.

Progressives including Sanders praised the 16 percent increase Biden laid out for nondefense spending, with particular focuses on education and health.

But their critiques on defense spending demonstrate tough battles ahead for Biden.

orlbucfan

Somehow, the propaganda and brainwashing that the War Department jobs program is absolutely essential for survival needs to be defeated. How?

jcitybone

https://www.democracynow.org/2021/4/8/joe_biden_us_landmines_policy

The Biden administration is facing criticism from human rights groups after it announced this week it will leave in place a Trump-era policy to allow military commanders to use landmines across the globe. A Pentagon spokesperson described landmines as a “vital tool in conventional warfare” and said restricting their use would put American lives at risk, despite Biden’s campaign promise to promptly roll back Trump’s policy. Jody Williams, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, says landmines were invented “in order to maim people” and have a devastating impact on children, women and the elderly around the world. “It is an indiscriminate weapon that has no place on this planet.”

jcitybone

https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/mcconnell-corporate-speech/

As is so often the case with McConnell, it was necessary this week to read around the doublespeak in order to get to his actual point: The minority leader has a problem with CEOs who openly and publicly object to the enactment of noxious legislation in Georgia.

But McConnell has no problem with CEOs that give millions of dollars to his campaigns and then use the access they have purchased to further the enactment of noxious legislation in Washington.

jcitybone

Email from Nina supporting Karen Carter Peterson

I’m about to ask you to split a donation between my campaign and Karen Carter Peterson, who is in a runoff election on April 24 to represent Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District. But first, please give me a minute to explain why your support right now is so crucial to her success.

Karen Carter Peterson is running on a bold, progressive platform. We’re talking about Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, true COVID relief, AND a $15 minimum wage increase.

But she’s in a tough race, and her opponent is spending BIG on false and misleading advertisements. With just 15 days until the runoff, we can’t let these attacks go unanswered. So what do you say?

If you can afford it, please split a $27 donation between our campaign and Karen Carter Peterson’s campaign in LA-02. The ONLY way she’s going to be able to fight back and win is if we have her back today. Let’s Geaux!

For too long, working families in Ohio’s 11th and Louisiana’s 2nd District have been locked out from opportunities to thrive, let alone get by. We cannot be content with inaction and nibbling around the edges of the issues — It’s time for bold, transformative change.

That’s why Karen is running, and that’s why I’m so excited to support her campaign. On April 24, we have a chance to send the first Black woman from the state of Louisiana to Congress, baby — but it’s up to US to put in the work to make it happen.

jcitybone

An email from Jane Sanders

We are pleased to announce that the Sanders Institute is resuming operations!

In a moment of unprecedented crisis, we have brought together some of the most prominent progressive thinkers from around the world. These leaders are tackling the major issues facing our country and the planet: income and wealth inequality, the growth of authoritarianism, the existential threat of climate change, racism and more. Bill McKibben, Stephanie Kelton, Jeffrey Sachs, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Cornel West, Niki Ashton, Danny Glover, Nina Turner, Robert Reich and Harry Belafonte are just a few names you may be familiar with. We will be announcing four new Fellows next month, all of whom are leading the effort in addressing the most pressing issues we face.

As we think many have recently observed, progressive values and the progressive agenda are enormously popular. There’s a reason for that — and it begins with you. For decades, it has been the corporate world and right-wing ideologues who have determined what can or cannot be discussed, what is or is not possible. But, because of you and millions of others, that is beginning to change.

The successes of the progressive movement over the last several years have been enormous. Millions of people have been standing up and fighting for economic, social, racial and environmental justice. They are rejecting the status quo and developing solutions that address the needs of the working class. Together, we have elected members of Congress, many of whom are women of color, who are transforming the way Congress does business. With a strong grassroots movement led by young people, and a huge voter turnout, we defeated the most dangerous president in American history. Ideas that just a few years ago were considered “radical” are now mainstream, supported by the vast majority of the American people.

Now is the time to congratulate each other on some decisive achievements. And then, get right back to work.

Clearly, we have a long, long way to go.

We have to ask what it means that 30% to 40% of the American people no longer believe in democracy, and are prepared to support authoritarianism and even white nationalism. We have to change the fact that we are the only industrialized nation in the world that doesn’t offer health care for all citizens. We have to fight for a minimum wage that ends the travesty of people working 40 hours a week and still living in poverty. We have to ask why our educational system, from childcare to graduate school is in crisis and so many leave school deeply in debt. We have to deal with the climate crisis as a crisis in a comprehensive way. Mostly, we need to rally the American people around a progressive agenda.

The Sanders Institute and our Fellows are engaging in communities and developing policies to create real, transformative change. These ideas need to be heard and amplified in Congress, in state houses, in cities and towns, in conferences and meetings around the country, online and on the streets.

A true democracy requires an informed electorate, civil discourse and bold ideas. That’s what the Sanders Institute is all about — and we need your participation and support to make a progressive and just future a reality.

polarbear4

she had me at ” Bill McKibben, Stephanie Kelton, Jeffrey Sachs, Carmen Yulín Cruz, Cornel West, Niki Ashton, Danny Glover, Nina Turner, Robert Reich and Harry Belafonte.”

polarbear4

be vewy careful lol

orlbucfan

If they are related to mud daubers, they are nasty little critters.

wi62

Lesson in lightning provided by mother earth at Wi HS

https://www.facebook.com/NWSGreenBay/videos/522099975619840/

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Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Wooow!

wi62

In a rare Victory for Dems in Wi
Wisconsin Supreme Court rules voters who may have moved don’t need to be purged

Riley Vetterkind | Wisconsin State Journal
The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday ruled the state does not need to purge from the voter rolls around 70,000 people identified in 2019 as potentially having moved — a win for Democrats who vigorously opposed the move pushed by Republicans.

The controversial voter rolls case has worked its way through the court system since late 2019, with the Supreme Court deciding to take it up in June.

The court ruled 5-2 to side with a court of appeals decision to not require that the Wisconsin Elections Commission remove the voters from the rolls. Conservative Justices Brian Hagedorn and Patience Roggensack, and liberal Justices Ann Walsh Bradley, Rebecca Dallet and Jill Karofsky joined to form a majority.

In doing so, they reversed an Ozaukee County Circuit Court judge’s 2019 ruling ordering the Elections Commission, which helps oversee elections in the state, to deactivate thousands of registered voters who were flagged by a nationwide database as potentially having moved. The Supreme Court ordered the case dismissed.

Hagedorn, who wrote the majority opinion, said Wisconsin law gives local election officials, not the state commission, the ability to change a voter’s registration status and chided the plaintiff in the suit for bringing legal arguments he said ran counter to a plain reading of the law.
“As the surrounding context, definitions, and text make clear, these duties are the responsibility of municipal clerks and a municipal board of election commissioners. The Commission has no mandatory duties under (state law), and therefore cannot be compelled to act,” Hagedorn wrote, adding that the plaintiff’s legal argument disregards nearly every foundational principle of statutory interpretation.

Conservative Justices Rebecca Bradley and Annette Ziegler dissented. Bradley, in countering the majority opinion, wrote the Wisconsin law provision that states the Elections Commission is “responsible for the design and maintenance of the official registration list,” among other things, dictates the commission should purge the voters.

The case was brought by plaintiffs represented by the conservative Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL). Republicans wanted the Supreme Court to purge voters suspected of moving in order to maintain clean voter rolls. WILL argued the state should keep its voter rolls orderly by removing voters who may no longer reside at the addresses indicated on their voter registrations.

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Riley Vetterkind | Wisconsin State Journal
In a statement, WILL president and general counsel Rick Esenberg said it’s now up to the Legislature to change state law to deactivate from the rolls voters flagged as having moved.

“This is a disappointing setback for those who expect Wisconsin state agencies to follow the law,” Esenberg said. “The court held today that the Legislature created a duty and failed to provide an effective way for that duty to be carried out or enforced by voters. We respectfully disagree.”

The Elections Commission, represented by the state Department of Justice, argued it was under no duty to treat as reliable the information it received about voters who may have moved.

“As today’s decision explains, the argument in this case that the Wisconsin Elections Commission had a duty to deactivate many registered voters was based on a ‘plainly incorrect’ reading of the law. This decision is a clear win for Wisconsin voters,” Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul said in a statement.

More than 232,000 voters were initially identified in 2019 as potentially having moved. The Elections Commission wanted to wait until after the presidential election before removing anyone because of inaccuracies found while previously attempting to identify voters who may have moved.

Nearly 17,000 people on the list had not moved and registered at their same address, more than 7% of the total, a commission report found.

Republicans had pushed for the state to deactivate voter registrations for everyone on the list who did not respond within 30 days to a postcard notifying them they had been flagged as potentially moving. But because the voter list included more people from Democratic-leaning areas, Democrats said the lawsuit was aimed at lowering turnout on their side.

A post-election report compiled by the Elections Commission found the number of voters initially identified as possibly having moved in Wisconsin shrunk by two-thirds before the November presidential election, and none of the people still on the list cast ballots in 2020.