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#DropOutHickenlooper, Say Indigenous Activists, After ‘Disgraceful’ Photos Surface of Former Gov in Imitative Native American Dress

A group of Indigenous women and their allies issued a public letter Saturday urging former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to withdraw from the state’s Democratic Senate primary over his involvement in an event in which participants dress in imitative Native American garb.

“This sort of red face racism has no place in our politics,” tweeted journalist Julian Brave Noisecat.

The letter cites multiple appearances by Hickenlooper at the One Shot Antelope Hunt in Wyoming, an event where participants compete to see who can fell an antelope in one shot. The winners dress in an imitation headdress while the losers dress as so-called “squaws,” a racist term for Indigenous women.

“Gov. Hickenlooper displayed an unacceptable lack of judgement in choosing to participate in this event, while disrespecting Indigenous women and appropriating traditional dress of Native peoples,” says the letter.

The letter’s primary signatories are Tara Houska of the Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe, Amanda Blackhorse of the Diné, Tokata Ironeyes of the Hunkpapa Lakota, Lyla June Johnston of the Diné/Tsétsêhéstâhese, Kandi White of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara, Ann Abeyta of the Enrolled Eastern Shoshone, and Joye Braun of the Cheyenne River Sioux.

A number of groups, including Sunrise Movement, Converge Colorado, and the Indigenous Environmental Network joined the letter, as well as allies like Keep It in the Ground campaigner Dallas Goldtooth of the Dakota Nation and Mexica Hip-Hop artist and climate activist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez.



The protesters marching through St. Louis on Sunday evening were armed only with posters and chants, all meant to put pressure on Mayor Lyda Krewson to redirect city funds away from law enforcement.

“Resign Lyda, take the cops with you,” they shouted on the way to the mayor’s house in the Central West End, banging on drums and carrying signs that said, “Respect us.” The first-term Democrat had publicly released the names and addresses of some fellow activists, and now they wanted to bring their demonstration to her door.

But as the peaceful crowd of about 500 walked along a private, gated street, a white couple who emerged from a marble mansion had something else in mind.

Around 6 p.m. Sunday, a barefoot man in a pink collared shirt walked out from the five-story house, carrying a semiautomatic rifle as he appeared to threaten the group. A few feet away, a woman pointed a pistol at the crowd, her finger directly on the trigger.

The Washington Post was unable to independently confirm the couple’s identity as of early Monday, at which point a video of the scene on social media had been viewed almost 9 million times. The video had been so widely shared on social media that President Trump retweeted the video without explanation on Monday morning.


The couple look like they’d be more at home in a trailer park than a mansion in the CWE. (I live in a mobile home, so I can say that! It isn’t in a park, though.)


A largely peaceful protest in Detroit against systemic racism and police brutality turned violent on Sunday night as a police SUV plowed through a group of protesters, striking multiple people and sending a couple of demonstrators who had climbed on the hood flying from the vehicle.

Police accelerated the vehicle multiple times as dozens of protesters surrounded it, according to videos of the incident posted to social media. After each acceleration, protesters could be heard shrieking in shock, pleading for the driver to stop hitting the gas while people were in front of the vehicle and being thrown from its hood.

“Detroit Police Department just ran straight through a bunch of our protesters,” Ethan Ketner, a protester who filmed the scene, wrote on Facebook. “Myself and 10-12 others were struck by this reckless driver who somehow has a badge.”

The extent of the injuries remains unclear as of early Monday. Ketner wrote that “multiple people injured” were receiving treatment at local hospitals.


T and R, Ms. Benny!! 🙂 It would take more than a cold day in h3ll for these greedy, corporate yahoos to make such a progressive, futuristic move. Nice dream tho.


Democrats are stepping talks about reforming or abolishing the filibuster if they win back the Senate and White House in November.

The renewed discussions are being spurred by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), an outspoken liberal who has long championed a revamping the procedural tactic that Democrats see as a serious obstacle to passing legislation and confirming nominees.

Merkley has floated various proposals with colleagues in recent days as polls show former Vice President Joe Biden widening his lead over President Trump and Democrats increasing their odds of picking up the three Senate seats needed for majority control if Biden wins.

“I just heard they started talking and I’m interested in listening to anything because the place isn’t working. I just heard about it this morning,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), a prominent moderate, said Thursday of the uptick in discussion about filibuster reform should Democrats win back the majority.

Manchin said he expected to review proposals from colleagues soon, and cited Merkley as a key player.

His willingness to review filibuster reform is a reflection of how frustrated Democrats — and many Republicans — have become with legislative gridlock.

Merkley is discussing an array of possible reforms with his colleagues.

He argues that even if the 60-vote threshold is reduced to a simple majority, the rights of the minority party could still be protected by enhancing the power to offer and adopt amendments.

“I am talking with everyone in the caucus about how to make the Senate work and restore it as a legislative body,” he said.

Merkley said when he was a Senate intern in the 1970s and later worked for the Congressional Budget Office in the 1980s, power was much more evenly distributed among senators.

“The most important piece of that was the ability to do amendments and amendments were simple majority, motions to proceed were simple majority and most final passage was simple majority,” he said, referring to votes on adopting amendments, beginning debates and passing bills.

“You basically had the legislative body operating as designed by our founders,” he said.

Merkley noted that in Federalist Paper No. 58, James Madison rejected a proposal for requiring more than a majority for a legislative quorum because it would reverse “the fundamental principle of government.”

“It would be no longer the majority that would rule: the power would be transferred to the minority,” Madison wrote.

The other big change in the Senate over the years, Merkley said, was that it’s become “routine” to require “super majority” 60-vote thresholds to move legislation, even items that are relatively noncontroversial.

He said the Senate’s rule requiring an intervening day to pass between when the majority leader files a cloture motion to cut off debate — which requires 60 votes — and when the chamber votes was instituted because filibusters were considered so rare, and voting to end them was a momentous event.

Changing Senate rules by regular order requires 67 votes, which means Democrats would likely have to employ a controversial tactic often referred to as “the nuclear option” to change the filibuster rule by a simple majority.

Such a vote would likely break strictly along party lines. That would put Democrats in a position of needing at least 50 votes from their caucus if Biden wins the White House.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) triggered the nuclear option in 2017 to reduce the threshold for confirming Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority. He did so to confirm Trump’s first nominee to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

That move came four years after Democrats, under then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), used the same controversial tactic for votes on most presidential nominations.


If Romanoff and Booker pull off upset wins in their primaries, the Senate will switch parties. The Hill showing its RW, calling Manchin a “moderate.” Sure hope Swearengin wins.


However, things look less promising for Democrats if we turn to the Senate. They will need a big victory there to take control — and a gigantic landslide if they want to be able to break a filibuster, which requires 60 votes. Realistically, for a Biden administration to be able to govern effectively, they will have to abolish the filibuster, and likely make the District of Columbia and/or Puerto Rico a state.

There are some signs Democrats are beginning to take the Senate obstacle seriously, with growing talk of filibuster reform and a House vote to make D.C. a state. Whether they will follow through may well determine whether the United States survives into the medium term.

This difficulty reflects the fact that, thanks to historical happenstance and our crummy Constitution, the Senate has recently developed a marked Republican bias. Each state gets two senators regardless of population — thus a resident of Wyoming has nearly 70 times the Senate representation as California — and less populated, over-represented states have trended Republican over the last couple decades. The median state in Senate terms, North Carolina, leans 3 points to the GOP.

Falling statues and the collapse of moral authority
The Senate filibuster further entrenches this bias. Senators from just the 21 most conservative states can bottle up almost all legislation — the major exception for this being reconciliation bills, a complex procedure that can only be done once a year, and contains limits on what can be included. Even if a party has a filibuster-proof majority, the minority can still gum up the Senate calendar by constantly requiring time-consuming cloture votes.

The filibuster, in turn, is yet another accident of history. It came about only because when the Senate reorganized its rules in 1806, it accidentally deleted the clause allowing for debate to be ended by majority vote. It didn’t even occur to anyone to try to halt legislation by endlessly talking for several more decades. For over a century afterwards, filibusters were primarily used by racists to stop civil rights legislation. Only during the Obama years did they become routine, with Republicans trying them on almost every piece of legislation (and now Democrats doing the same to Trump).

However, that may be changing. America is in the grips of a world-historical crisis. It will need a stupendous amount of work to even get back to the pre-coronavirus status quo, let alone address other festering disasters like police brutality, extreme inequality, climate change, and so on. It will be all but impossible to fix this country with Republicans able to jam up the wheels of government whenever they want. Thus as Ed Kilgore writes at New York, previous stalwart defenders of the filibuster, like Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), are beginning to change their tune. Coons, a close Biden ally, told Politico this week: “I will not stand idly by for four years and watch the Biden administration’s initiatives blocked at every turn… I am gonna try really hard to find a path forward that doesn’t require removing what’s left of the structural guardrails, but if there’s a Biden administration, it will be inheriting a mess, at home and abroad. It requires urgent and effective action.”

Meanwhile, the movement for D.C. statehood has gotten fresh momentum lately. The House is expected to pass a bill granting statehood on Friday, and while it will certainly not be passed by the Senate or signed by Trump, it could be if Biden wins, Democrats take the Senate, and they abolish the filibuster. Even moderate Democratic elites are getting behind this move. The most important consequence would obviously be to provide congressional representation for the roughly 700,000 Americans who are currently treated like quasi-colonial subjects, but of course it would also add two Senate seats that would be safely Democratic and help redress that chamber’s partisan skew somewhat. Adding Puerto Rico as a state as well (so long as its residents agree) would help even more.

Democrats have often been queasy at the prospect of doing what is both morally right and helps them politically — as if it’s somehow illegitimate to enfranchise your own voters, or provide benefits for them. (Republicans, of course, think nothing of outright cheating by disenfranchising Democratic constituencies — indeed, it has become their key strategy for holding power.) But the plain fact is that the United States simply cannot afford another presidential term of do-nothing legislative gridlock. As historian Patrick Wyman writes, Trump’s smoking ruin of a presidency has compounded a generation of previous mistakes and atrocities that now have us dangerously close to a full-blown crisis of legitimacy. Other countries in similar straits have seen mass political violence, civil wars, or simply fallen to pieces. If Democrats don’t want to oversee the demise of the American republic, they better choose to govern, and fix the Senate.


just take it to the floor. Want to abolish it, that means it’s abolished for the other party too. Taking it to the floor worked for a long, long time. When you have a fight in front of the American people, it makes a huge difference. They don’t want to have these fights anymore because they don’t believe in anything.


They’ve long since forgotten the American people, Its about keeping the donors happy for most of them


Leading Democratic Senate candidates from around the country are open to at least reforming the filibuster, according to a HuffPost survey, with at least two supporting wholesale elimination of the Senate’s 60-vote hurdle.

The candidates uniformly argue that the filibuster has empowered obstructionists and prevented the country from making needed progress on issues like gun control and health care. Republicans currently have a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and Democrats are counting on the candidates in these targeted races to defeat incumbent Republicans and help the party win back control of the chamber.

So far, Democratic groups have reserved airtime for ads in Senate races in six states with incumbent Republicans: Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Montana and North Carolina. In all six states, the leading Democratic candidate is open to eliminating the filibuster if the party wins control of the Senate in November.


First of all the Dems have to locate this


^^Amen, brother^^!


noooooooooooo. frack.