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https://theintercept.com/2019/05/06/kat-brezler-white-plains-new-york/

BREZLER, ORGANIZER FOR ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ, OFF LOCAL BALLOT
Aída Chávez
May 6 2019, 6:08 p.m.
FOR DECADES, political bosses in New York have clung to power by using the state’s complicated election laws to keep primary challengers off the ballot — laws written just for that purpose.

The laws are enforced, in turn, by judges appointed by and intertwined with the very machine they are ostensibly keeping in check.

A textbook case is unfolding this week in White Plains, Westchester County, where New York’s Democratic machine is trying to force a progressive Common Council candidate off the ballot. Kat Brezler is a public school teacher, but the role that has her in the machine’s sights goes back to the 2018 midterms. She was a lead organizer for the primary campaign of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and if she can get a foothold in the council, she’s a potential threat to run for Congress herself.

To get on the ballot on the Democratic Party line, Brezler had to turn in a minimum of 696 signatures. She submitted 1,175 signatures, 780 of which the Board of Elections found to be valid. Her opponent objected to the signatures, and Westchester County Supreme Court Judge Sam Walker threw out dozens of them after comparing the signatures collected from people on the street to the ones on their voter registrations cards, some of which are up to 40 years old. Walker also refused the campaign a handwriting expert.

humphrey

This happens far too often on both the national and state level. Change certainly won’t come easy.

polarbear4

Can you imagine if we had the power and we were doing it to the hill bought? Oh the outrage!

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jcitybone

Biden continues to rise in the MC poll. Bernie and everybody else are down. (Warren 8, Harris 7, Buttigieg 6, Beto 5). Biden does best among older voters (53%), especially older black voters (61%!) Thanks Obama!. Bernie leads 18-29 voters at 36%.

This poll has a huge number of respondents and has a tiny MOE of 1%. Bernie continues to be Biden voters’ most popular second choice. (31% to 13% for Harris) so if Biden starts to come down, Bernie will benefit the most. On the other hand, since Biden is Bernie voter’s most popular second choice (by far) when Biden goes up, Bernie is going to come down. Probably going to have to wait for the debates for things to change.

https://morningconsult.com/2019/05/06/biden-continues-post-launch-surge-grows-lead-among-likely-democratic-voters/

Joe Biden’s stock continues to rise among the Democratic primary electorate.

Morning Consult’s latest 2020 tracking data measured an increase of 4 percentage points from the previous week in the share of voters who picked him as their first choice for the party’s presidential nomination. It gives the former vice president a 10-point bump in the two polls conducted since he launched his bid for the presidency last month, an upward swing unmatched by any other candidate in the race.

Four in 10 likely Democratic primary voters ranked Biden as their first choice in the primary, up from 36 percent in the prior week, cementing his early status as the front-runner amid attacks on his progressive bona fides from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).

Other than a 2-point bump last week for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Biden’s the only candidate to increase his share of the vote in the past two weeks, with others stagnating or dropping. Sanders – who’s polling second with 19 percent – is down 5 points since Biden’s April 25 announcement, while South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg is down 3 points over the same time period.

Biden leads Sanders by 24 points, 44 percent to 20 percent, among likely Democratic primary voters in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — the first four states to hold nominating contests.

Tyrannocaster

Very good article by Cory Doctorow on big tech and how we are (not) regulating it. Not Bernie specific stuff, but it certainly is in accord with what he says.

Excerpt:

A lack of competition rewards bullies, and bullies have insatiable appetites. If your kid is starving because they keep getting beaten up for their lunch money, you can’t solve the problem by giving them more lunch money – the bullies will take that money too. Likewise: in the wildly unequal Borkean inferno we all inhabit, giving artists more copyright will just enrich the companies that control the markets we sell our works into – the media companies, who will demand that we sign over those rights as a condition of their patronage. Of course, these companies will be subsequently menaced and expropriated by the internet distribution companies. And while the media companies are reluctant to share their bounties with us artists, they reliably expect us to share their pain – a bad quarter often means canceled projects, late payments, and lower advances.

And yet, when a lack of competition creates inequities, we do not, by and large, reach for pro-competitive answers. We are the fallen descendants of a lost civilization, destroyed by Robert Bork in the 1970s, and we have forgotten that once we had a mighty tool for correcting our problems in the form of pro-competitive, antitrust enforcement: the power to block mergers, to break up conglomerates, to regulate anticompetitive conduct in the marketplace.

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I replied that progressives see Biden for who he is, liberals do not.

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Good thread.

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humphrey

Mind boggling!

polarbear4

Paul Craig Roberts has a lot of cred.

jcitybone

https://splinternews.com/republicans-underestimate-bernie-sanders-at-their-peril-1834581508

This isn’t to say that a Bernie nomination would be a slam dunk in the general, or that a majority of Americans love socialism. But of all people, in all of America, the people whose opinions on what the American public really wants I trust least are senators, particularly GOP senators. The Republican party constantly overestimates how popular its policies are with the public; if it doesn’t do that, it simply doesn’t care when its ideas are unpopular. It’s happy to squeeze through massively unpopular ideas like the tax bill, and if they had had just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they would have done it and owned it, instead of running scared on healthcare.

The most important men in Washington, the Moderate Senate Democrats, who apparently have some kind of legal right to express their concerns about the left in the media whenever they like (as do the ones who left the Senate because they lost their fucking elections), make an appearance too. Joe Manchin and Jon Tester “acknowledged that the GOP’s strategy of painting the entire Democratic Party as in lockstep with Sanders could work in a national election,” though Tester also gave a quote pivoting to criticism of Trump, which is a nice change from Democratic moderates openly shitting on the left.

While we’re talking about Democrats, remember how many prominent Democrats thought Donald Trump was the best candidate to run against? Remember how, according to Amy Chozick’s book, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager asked, “How do we maximize Trump?’”

Neither Democrats nor Republicans in the Senate, or really in Washington in general, know a whole lot about how the electorate will feel about a Bernie candidacy. Most of them didn’t see Trump coming, and most of them didn’t see Bernie coming this far, either. They are detached from the material forces in America that are pushing people away from the dominant neoliberal politics of the last 40 years. If they think beating Bernie would be easier than beating Hillary Clinton was, be my guest.

jcitybone

Good detailed article about Bernie by a Princeton history professor

https://www.thenation.com/article/bernie-sanders-jeff-weaver-2016-campaign-books-review/

It would be wrong to say that the Democratic Party, in its current institutional form, is anything like the party of Bernie Sanders. Business-friendly moderates still make up its largest congressional caucus, billionaire donors (and billionaire politicians) remain close to its leadership, and even many Washington progressives appear willing to dump Medicare for All for some plausible-sounding substitute. Nevertheless, the larger pattern is clear. On issue after issue, from wealth taxes to climate change to corporate PAC money, the national debate has moved away from the cautious incrementalism of the Clinton campaign and toward the bold social-democratic agenda laid out by Sanders in 2016.

For all his remarkable consistency, Sanders has evolved, too. Throughout the 1980s, he argued that the “corporate-controlled Republican and Democratic parties…are, in reality, one party—the party of the ruling class.” His Vermont career was built not on cooperation with Democrats but on bitter competition with them. When he appeared at a county Democratic meeting to endorse Jackson in 1988, a local partisan slapped him in the face—for speaking against the official favorite, Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, as well as for trying to break up the party by “passing himself [off] as a Democrat.”

In the years since, Sanders has gotten much better at passing himself off as a Democrat—not in order to break up the party but to transform it through popular struggle. But as the 2020 primary takes shape, some have wondered if he will become a victim of his own success: With a slate of Democratic candidates who now endorse much of his 2016 platform, what distinguishes him from his progressive rivals?

Even without a Hillary Clinton–like juggernaut in the race, Sanders faces a tough fight for the 2020 nomination. Despite his broad popularity, there is little evidence that he has made inroads with his most difficult demographic, the very reliable voters over the age of 65. Nor is there much reason to believe that the politicians and donors atop the Democratic Party will view this Sanders campaign more favorably than the last one—and if an inconclusive primary race leads to a brokered convention, it is difficult to imagine him emerging as the nominee.

Above all, Sanders must contend with a mood inside the Democratic Party—powerful among its leaders and voters alike—that the only issue of consequence in 2020 is defeating Trump. Bernie’s struggle, from Chicago to Burlington to Capitol Hill, has always been much larger than defeating a single opponent. As he said in his March 2 speech in Brooklyn announcing his 2020 run, his goal is not simply to win an election but to build a movement that can “transform this country.”

From Weaver to Ocasio-Cortez, nearly every progressive figure today is urging the Democrats to reclaim the bold mantle of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Yet Sanders rounds out the introduction to Where We Go From Here with a quotation from another president who led an even bolder movement and whose election spurred an even greater transformation. The hoariest words in American history—Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg vow to defend “government of the people, by the people, and for the people”—are also, Sanders reminds us, some of the most radical. To overthrow an entrenched oligarchy and claim a “new birth of freedom” based on democratic equality for all: That would be a political revolution worth fighting for.

humphrey

Likely a repeat comment but Rachel deserves it.

orlbucfan

No such thing as “liberal militarism.” It’s an oxymoron and a lousy one.

polarbear4

Clinton+ performed a neat trick pushing the mainstream democratic party almost completely to pro war.

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The “Electability” Arguments Against Bernie Sanders Are Falling Apart

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Hillary’s Horrible Advice For 2020 Candidates

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Pentagon Report on China’s Military Expansion Hypocrisy: Col. Lawrence Wilkerson

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Thanks. I love Wilkerson.

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Blair? /s

orlbucfan

Seriously, who cares?

jcitybone

Definitely! My eyes glaze over when people drone about the Brit royals.

wi61

We’ve got bigger problem’s in the US than to worry about that

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orlbucfan

Fundie churches will make sure that doesn’t happen!

wi61

Hughes is a complete moron, the 65-over voting block mostly vote R. So he’s wants to rid voters that will vote for an R as they cant get themselves to a polling place. This guy belongs right with Orls 2 idiot senators and Johnson from Wi. None of these guys combined could spell fire if you gave them a letter each to figure it out… If passed another law headed for the USSC to overturn. Even the USSC isn’t this stupid though nothing surprises me these days.

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Well Ms. Hill has not moved on.

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Would be nice if this becomes a trend.

London to build seven-mile ‘bee corridor’ to boost dwindling numbers of pollinators

A London council is growing a seven-mile long “bee corridor” of wildflowers in an effort to boost the numbers of pollinating insects this summer.

Brent Council in north London is sowing 22 wildflower meadows in the borough’s parks and open spaces, which together will form 50,000sq m of new flowering spaces and stretch seven miles in length.

The council said it believed the initiative to be the first of its kind in the capital.

The authority said workers were ploughing plots that have been picked as meadow areas. Once the ground is ready, seeds including ragged robin, cowslip and common poppy are to be sown to encourage more visits from pollinating insects.

https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/london-bee-corridor-wildflower-meadows-brent-council-climate-change-a8903456.html

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/07/bernie-sanders-campaign-plan-prevent-sexism

Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign has unveiled sweeping new guidelines to combat sexual misconduct and discrimination among his campaign team. The move comes after months of talks with former staffers who felt mistreated during the senator’s 2016 White House bid.

The 17-page document, a copy of which was seen by the Guardian, is the result of an effort to reckon with a culture Sanders has acknowledged was “too white” and “too male”. It draws on the experiences of former staffers as well as research and industry best practices to compile what the authors hope will serve as a “blueprint” for other candidates and campaigns.

Part diagnosis and part prescription, the document lays out “guiding principles” as well as policies and “key learnings from inside and outside political campaign work – and from conversations with former staff who have shared often painful personal experiences and ideas to keep them from happening again”.

It addresses issues including a lack of diversity among staff and leadership, pay disparity and sexual misconduct.

“While campaigns may be temporary,” the document states, “the choices candidates make about their workplace and their staff can have a lasting impact on careers and reputations.”

magsview

Hmmm, yes, funny that.

wi61

A ‘Caravan’ of Americans Is Crossing the Canadian Border to Get Affordable Medical Care

Lija Greenseid, who joined the caravan on behalf of her 13-year-old daughter—who lives with Type 1 diabetes— told Newsweek that she first realized just how vast the difference was between the cost of insulin in the U.S. when compared with Canada while on a family vacation there years ago, when her daughter needed an emergency supply.She said her family also has traveled to other parts of the world and consistently found the medication their daughter needs for a fraction of what it costs in the U.S.Whereas in the U.S., Greenseid said, five insulin pens might cost $700, in Canada, purchasing the same amount of insulin cost her family just $65. In Italy, it was $61. In Greece, $51, and in Taiwan, even less, at $40.Greenseid said in the U.S. the exorbitant cost of insulin has been a “big economic burden” on her family, with both her and her spouse being small business owners.But, in Canada, not only was the cost of insulin dramatically lower, but gaining access to the type of insulin her daughter needed was also significantly easier.”This year it took me 15 phone calls to a variety of parts of the healthcare system over 11 days before I could get my daughter’s insulin refilled. And this is exactly the same insulin we’ve been getting for many years,” Greenseid said. “But, in Canada, you just walk in and you buy it…It’s literally just as easy as you know, walking up to the pharmacy counter and asking for what you need.”For Greenseid, the realization was a startling one: “It definitely illustrated for me how wrong it is that we’re paying the prices we’re paying. It just doesn’t have to be like that. It feels frustrating,” she said. At the same time, she said that she takes some solace in knowing that she can turn to other countries, like Canada, to help get her daughter the life-saving medication she needs.”There’s a little bit of a sense of relief in knowing that only 5 hours away we can drive to Canada and easily get insulin, but it’s a little crazy to rely on another country,” Greenseid said. And, she said, heading north to Canada for medicine is “obviously not the solution to this problem.”

https://www.newsweek.com/caravan-americans-crossing-canadian-border-get-affordable-medical-care-1417582

Also check:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/americawehaveaproblem?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1124685970010443776&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsweek.com%2Fcaravan-americans-crossing-canadian-border-get-affordable-medical-care-1417582

wi61

Courtesy of LSM59

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LOL

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For pb?

magsview

Wait, I think pb lives in Washington? lol

Well, in case anyone from Oregon drops in.. 🙂

humphrey

I may be wrong but I think she does live in Oregon.😊

jcitybone

Actually I do think PB is an Oregonian. If there’s such a thing 🤗.

polarbear4

There is such a wonderful thing! 🌊🏕🐻🏕🦜

polarbear4

I am indeed in Oregon and I was shocked to find this out. I voted for her because she helped us save a crucial area of wild coastal range forest. Will be a topic of discussion at the next show ORLC, that’s for sure.

humphrey

BWAHAHAHA!

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/03/joe-biden-parody-website-is-beating-official-campaign-site-on-google.html

A parody website with embarrassing photos of Joe Biden is outranking his official campaign page on Google.

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign is already sunk — at least on Google.

Users are reporting that the former vice president’s official 2020 campaign page is nowhere to be found on the first page of results for the search term “Joe Biden.”

Even worse for the Democratic front-runner: A realistic-looking parody site featuring images of Biden touching women and children appears to be doing quite well on Google and other major search engines, particularly for the search “Joe Biden website.”

It is probably run by the Republicans. But that is OK. Let them do the dirty work. 😜

In case you want to check it out.

https://joebiden.info/

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wi61

Trumpcorps solution for MFA, SS and Medicare

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Small wonder that he won’t release his recent taxes.🙄

wi61

Explains why No US bank would give him a loan! So the Deutsche bank records may explain a lot. Who know what financial dealings he had with the Russians as well

polarbear4

Bernie killed it on M4A

jcitybone

President Grifter

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-tax-returns-show-over-dollar1-billion-in-losses-nyt?source=articles&via=rss

President Trump’s tax returns reveal that he suffered over $1 billion in business losses in a past decade, The New York Times reports. Trump reportedly “lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer” from 1985 to 1994, according to the Times. The numbers show that Trump lost a total of $1.17 billion in the decade. The documents, obtained by The New York Times, have previously been kept from public view.

wi61

I’m impressed with Trumpcorp it takes some real skill to lose that much money. I don’t think I could do it. Some of that had to be when he owned Casinos. He must have been skimming them like the mob did in Vegas in the old days but skimmed to much causing their failure. For any of you math guru’s. what does 1.17 billion equal in todays dollars. I wonder what 1995 to present taxes will show ?

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/5/7/18527646/pete-buttigieg-silicon-valley-donors-mark-zuckerberg?fbclid=IwAR2oPqN7zUsW-8qoo6352ZUb0uwge6HYnAT70h8A0qOsxm3Kkqk2-XjurUs

“I’m here with my friend, Pete Buttigieg, who’s the mayor here,” Zuckerberg said as the Facebook Live video rattled along the rutted Indiana roads. He had asked Buttigieg for a tour of the town as part of his personal challenge in 2017 to visit more of the country. “One of the youngest mayors in America.”

But when Buttigieg rushes to five fundraisers across Silicon Valley on Friday — what appears to be a record for a candidate here this cycle — it is he who very well might be the more popular celebrity. The ascendant Democratic presidential aspirant has become a Silicon Valley sensation in the early stages of the primary — while Zuckerberg has been perpetually on the ropes.

That’s because Buttigieg, though always stressing his bonhomie upbringing in the industrial Midwest — such as when giving a ride-along of South Bend’s abandoned factories — is quite comfortable in elite corridors like Silicon Valley. He is not an anti-tech firebrand politically, nor a total newcomer to the land of the uber-wealthy. And as his relationship with people like Zuckerberg shows, he also brings a Rolodex that gives him tech contacts that — with the right touch and message on Friday — can become exclusive supporters and maxed-out tech donors.

But what he has not done is cast the industry’s leadership as intentionally evil — as some other Democrats have. He instead describes them as scrambling in good faith to catch up to new realities.

“I think he’s taking those responsibilities seriously,” Buttigieg said when asked about Zuckerberg, for instance, by NPR. “But I think he’s also confronted — and every one of these big companies — with the reality that their corporate policy decisions are now public policy decisions. And I don’t know if he’s fully been able to master that, and I don’t know that anybody in the sector has.”

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🤮🤢🤮

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Not really a lot of options.

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This could get interesting!

https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/442635-doj-tells-house-judiciary-to-cancel-contempt-vote-or-it-will-ask

The Department of Justice (DOJ) says it will ask President Trump to invoke executive privilege over the Mueller report if the House Judiciary Committee goes through with its threat to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd in a letter on Tuesday to Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) threatened to turn to the presidential power on the eve of the contempt markup before the panel, a move that is certain to deepen the agency’s feud with Capitol Hill.

“In the face of the Committee’s threatened contempt vote, the Attorney General will be compelled to request that the President invoke executive privilege with respect to the materials subject to the subpoena,” Boyd wrote in the letter to Nadler, which The Hill obtained.

“I hereby request that the Committee hold the subpoena in abeyance and delay any vote on whether to recommend a citation of contempt for non-compliance with the subpoena, pending the President’s termination of this question,” he added.

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