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Related to Democratic Socialism,DSA member Lee Carter won his primary as VA state delegate:

And by a good percentage!

Lee Carter VA State Delegates primary results June 2019.JPG

Excellent piece on socialism:


In keeping with the theme of learning what socialism is (best to be well-armed):


We will know who debates who on Friday


Which night will the candidates appear on stage?

The DNC will hold a random drawing on Friday morning at NBC’s headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City to determine where the candidates are placed on stage and which night they’ll appear.

It’s unclear whether the proceedings will be televised or streamed online, but representatives from the campaigns have been invited to witness the drawing.

To ensure that there is no appearance of an undercard debate, the DNC will divide up the highest polling and lowest polling candidates so that they’re evenly dispersed on each night.

The results are expected to be announced shortly after the drawing.


OK, I’ll say what everyone here is thinking:

“. . .the DNC will divide up the highest polling and lowest polling candidates so that they’re evenly dispersed on each night” = “The DNC will ensure that Biden doesn’t have to debate Sanders in the ‘debates’.”

The DNC no longer fears public knowledge of their rigging activities. Like Trump, isn’t it? “Sure, I’m an underhanded bully. Why hide it? That’s how I win!”


Well they are dividing the highest polling equally so they would have to actively cheat to ensure Bernie and Biden don’t get to debate. The draw is supposed to take place in front of campaign reps. I’m actually ok with Bernie on a different night than Biden. Mostly everybody has an interest in taking on Biden


Here’s hoping this backfires spectacularly. The debate without Bernie will be a nonevent, totally irrelevant.



Far from being deeply divided into blue and red states, the most significant division in the US is between the majority who work to survive and a small minority of billionaires who profit off our labor. There is a massive, and mostly untapped, reservoir of support for independent working-class politics in this country.

Raising the specter of the electorate’s purported conservatism has long served as a convenient justification for the Democratic party’s stubborn refusal to embrace redistributionist policies. But winning in 2020 will require inspiring and organizing millions of workers who have been rightfully disenchanted with business-as-usual. Running yet another corporate Democrat would play straight into the hands of the right.

To defeat Trump, we need to give an electoral expression to the insurgent spirit and politics of the revolt already quietly taking place in many parts of America. This can only be achieved by an anti-establishment campaign focused on fighting for structural reforms in the interests of the working-class majority. Polls show that improving public education is an especially popular plank across partisan, demographic, and geographic divides. We might as well start there.

It will take a powerful grassroots movement to prevent the nomination of another made-to-lose centrist backed by the Democratic establishment and its corporate funders. Faced with such powerful opponents, it won’t be easy for a popular insurgency to win out this primary season. But defeating Trump may depend on it.



Senators have locked in the votes needed for an initial move to block President Trump’s Saudi arms sales, paving the way for a high-stakes veto showdown.

The Senate is expected to take up the 22 resolutions of disapproval as soon as next week, to block each of the sales, after Trump invoked an emergency provision under the Arms Export Control Act to push through the sales without a congressional review period.

Because lawmakers are challenging the sales under the same law, they need only a simple majority to send the resolutions to the president.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), part of the group sponsoring the resolutions, predicted that as many as 70 senators may vote to block Trump’s arms deal.

“We’ll be somewhere in between 55 and 70,” Murphy told The Hill on Tuesday.



When Scott Daniel Warren was arrested last year after allegedly providing food, water, beds and clean clothes to undocumented immigrants near Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, the question was whether he had broken the law or upheld it.

“No Más Muertes,” an advocacy group that wants “no more deaths” of people crossing the desert regions linking Mexico and the southwestern United States, sees Warren — one of its most visible members — as an apostle of humanitarianism. His advocates say the geographer, who has taught courses at Arizona State University, was heeding both religious rules and international covenants that require sanctuary for the persecuted and the dispossessed.

The government, however, sees Warren, 36, as a felon. Arrested by Border Patrol agents in January 2018 at a property offering aid for immigrants in Ajo, Ariz., he was accused of helping border-crossers evade authorities, which is prohibited under federal law.

The activist faced up to 20 years in prison on charges of harboring and conspiring to transport undocumented immigrants.

At his trial, which began last month, a federal jury in Tucson was presented with two different versions of the accused. Had he acted on “basic human kindness,” providing only the necessities enabling migrants to survive, as his lawyer contended? Or had he aided and abetted those making a mockery of the nation’s immigration laws? Of the migrants he assisted, “They were not injured,” a federal prosecutor said, according to the Associated Press. “They were not sick. They were not resting and recuperating.”

Deciding who Warren is and what he did proved a task too tortuous for jurors, who said on Tuesday they remained deadlocked in their deliberations and could not reach a unanimous verdict.

The judge, Raner C. Collins, dismissed them and scheduled a status hearing in the case for July 2. The U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona did not immediately indicate whether it would seek another trial.

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