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jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/452337-harris-ocasio-cortez-pitch-bill-to-increase-housing-assistance-for

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a 2020 White House hopeful, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) are introducing legislation aimed at making it easier for individuals with criminal records to get federal housing assistance and limit evictions.

The bill, named the Fair Chance at Housing Act, would ban tenants from being evicted after one incident of criminal activity and over the activities of guests.

“Too many people become involved in our criminal justice system and serve their time only to return home to face additional barriers to employment, education, and housing. …By requiring a higher standard of evidence and a more holistic review process, we are taking a significant step toward giving Americans a fair chance to succeed,” Harris said in a statement.

Ocasio-Cortez added that “denying housing to those that have been formerly incarcerated increases recidivism. Today we are taking a step to make our communities safer.”

In addition to adding restrictions on how individuals are able to be evicted, the bill would increase the level of evidence required to screen public housing assistance applicants or evict current tenants based on criminal activity.

humphrey

I am aware that AOC had nothing to do with people getting criminal records. The other one not so much.

polarbear4

ikr i was a little irritated.

jcitybone

Because the left is overly concentrated in cities, our winner take all legislative districts give conservatives a structural advantage. And the unequally apportioned Senate (e.g. California 2 votes/ Wyoming 2 votes) is even worse. That’s why Bernie’s (and others) attempts “to increase the salience of bread-and-butter issues to residents of low-density areas by formulating an agenda that addresses rural America’s very real economic problems“ is so important.

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/07/aoc-pelosi-feud-gerrymandering-why-cities-lose.html

Public opinion in the U.S. may be somewhat more conservative than it is in Continental Europe. But this alone cannot explain the gulf between our nation’s threadbare safety net and the Nordics’ comprehensive one. Surveys consistently find majoritarian support for progressive fiscal policies among the U.S. electorate. America does not lack a robust welfare state because its people are uniquely allergic to redistribution but rather because our electoral institutions systematically diminish the influence of left-wing people.

All of which is to say: In a world without gerrymandering, the present extent of urban-rural polarization would be sufficient to bar America’s majority party from securing full control of the federal government in all but the most fortuitous of circumstances (i.e., in the wake of a recession or a historic scandal, such as say, Donald Trump’s presidency), or from governing a majority of American states in all conceivable circumstances.

If urban America’s structural disadvantages can’t be mitigated, perhaps urban-rural polarization can be. Democrats could try to increase the salience of bread-and-butter issues to residents of low-density areas by formulating an agenda that addresses rural America’s very real economic problems.

Or perhaps, demography will solve Democrats’ problem for them. In recent years, the Republican Party has grown more reliant on its rural, socially reactionary base — while America’s suburbs have grown more racially diverse and ideologically progressive. Liberal cities’ passion for exclusionary zoning seems to be expediting the latter process by forcing would-be urban leftists to settle for suburban sprawl. Which is awful for the environment and the economy, but good for the left’s political representation (go NIMBYs, go?). Meanwhile, the sprawling geography of America’s fast-growing Sun Belt cities is also dispersing cosmopolitans more widely across space, thereby reducing their underrepresentation. For these reasons, among others, it’s possible that the Democrats’ success in traditionally Republican suburbs last fall was not a one-off reaction to Donald Trump but the beginning of a realignment. And if America’s suburbs do turn durably blue, then the tables could turn: Support for Republicans could become so heavily concentrated in rural areas that winner-take-all districting starts hurting the right more than the left.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/10/bernie-sanders-2020-neoliberal-pundits

There are plenty of people in the political establishment who have it out for Sanders. But it’s bigger than the tantalizingly simple explanation of a mainstream media plotting with Democratic party elites against socialism; that would give both of them too much credit.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s worth being honest about bad poll numbers, and Sanders – amid a crowded field of candidates running on ideas he helped push into the mainstream – isn’t picking up the kind of runaway momentum that he did in 2016. For his supporters, that’s worth reckoning with – and crying conspiracy won’t cut it. But it’s also worth reckoning with the fact that the mainstream media isn’t some neutral body interpreting the world.

Smoke filled rooms may well exist. But the success of the neoliberal revolution is that there are plenty of people – including in the media – who don’t need anyone to give them orders that Sanders and his ideas should be taken down. That’s just how ideology works. “By ideology,” the theorist Stuart Hall wrote, “I mean the mental frameworks – the languages, the concepts, imagery of thought, and the systems of representation – which different classes and social groups deploy in order to make sense of, figure out and render intelligible the way society works.”

It’s not that pundits or even their network bosses are all scheming against Sanders. Neoliberalism, the ideology that Sanders challenges, is just the water they’re swimming in. Its influence is reinforced by the fact that six corporations own about 90% of US media. Commentators, in other words, are working with a set of ideological tools and frameworks that are far from neutral.

That wasn’t hard to spot from the debates. Amid staggering wealth inequality, stagnant wages and a climate crisis threatening to impale human civilization, night one host and NBC anchor Savannah Guthrie, asking Elizabeth Warren about her free college plan in the first question of the night, raised a pressing concern – at least for the political establishment: “What do you say to those who worry this kind of significant change could be risky to the economy?”

Risk to whom, exactly? Debt forgiveness and free college probably aren’t so risky to the millions of people shouldering the burdens of America’s $1.6tn in student loan debt. But it certainly is to the companies like Navient getting rich off them.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I may have been wrong. Or maybe was totally wrong on my post the other day that the Seth Rich murder was a closed case. I might have been duped by an establishment who wanted another way to say Russia, Russia, Russia and didn’t really ask why the DC police didn’t investigate the murder like it has with other murders.

The post that keeps the case open is from Moon of Alabama. One of the comments is from a person who has done extensive work on how murder cases were handled in DC and some day they will publish the results.

Isikoff, Who First Peddled The Fake Steele Dossier, Invents New ‘Russian Influence’ Story

Michael Isikoff was the first reporter who peddled the fake Steele dossier about alleged Russian influence over Donald Trump. He later admitted that the claims therein were ‘likely false’. Today Isikoff came up with a new fake story about ‘Russian influence’.

Isikoff claims that the conspiracy theory, that Seth Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed because he stole the DNC emails which Wikileaks later published, was planted by Russia’s foreign intelligence service.

polarbear4

I tend to go with Moon of Alabama.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I hope that this comes true

The Deepening Crisis in Evangelical Christianity
Support for Trump comes at a high cost for Christian witness.

when have the republicans gone too far?

destroy democracy

destroy the earth

destroy science

destroy legal system

destroy politics

in the name of money

**

The French scholar, Michael Serres, who just died in his 90’s, tells the story of seeing his first body at age 6 in the Spanish Civil War. He said that his entire life was framed by nuclear war possibility.

The youth today go to schools which are armed camps which cannot protect them, and face the clear and present danger that the earth will not be whole for thousands of years, and even that human beings will be eliminated by Gaia

Whether or not the youth know it, their entire life will be in the frame of climate destruction and earth destruction and the evangelical witness will not save the earth

from the article linked above

Last week, Ralph Reed, the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s founder and chairman, told the group, “There has never been anyone who has defended us and who has fought for us, who we have loved more than Donald J. Trump. No one!”

Reed is partially right; for many evangelical Christians, there is no political figure whom they have loved more than Donald Trump.

jcitybone

https://theweek.com/articles/851631/kamala-harris-sincerity-problem

The Harris campaign seems to be trying to thread this needle by arguing that mandatory integration was necessary back in the bad old days of Jim Crow, but not today. “Federally mandated busing was essential in the ’60s/’70s to force the integration of schools,” Harris spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement, but today “we need a comprehensive approach[.]” Harris has not released a formal desegregation program of her own, though she says she supports the Fudge-Murphy plan which would provide $120 million in grants for voluntary integration.

But this historical distinction doesn’t hold up, because segregation is not much better today than it was in the 1950s. Indeed, it has gotten considerably worse over the last few decades, as whites have moved out of cities and schools which got out from under court desegregation orders rapidly re-segregated themselves. White Americans generally loathe integration, whether they’re liberal or conservative — even those without school-age children, because wealthy white parents buying into “good” (read: white) school districts increases neighborhood property values, and thus integration might reduce them.

All this is why the Sanders campaign has a considerably more aggressive desegregation plan than Fudge-Murphy. In addition to more subsidies, he would bring back desegregation orders and end the ban on federal funding for busing, in addition to other measures. Warren and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, on the other hand, would indirectly address the problem by overhauling housing subsidies and regulations, allowing more low-income people to live in wealthier neighborhoods. (As my colleague Jeff Spross argues, ending the funding of schools by local property taxes altogether would be better still.)

The problem with Harris instead is her tendency to say what is popular in front of progressive audiences while defaulting to the political status quo when it comes time to make tough decisions. It would have taken real courage to stand up to the Obama administration in 2012 when it was pushing states hard to sweep the robosigning scandal — which involved flagrant document fraud on an industrial scale — under the rug. But Harris was the top law enforcement official in the largest state in the country. She certainly could have gotten far better terms than she did.

Even attempting to fix the many crises afflicting the United States — from hideous inequality, to climate change, to structural racism, to a broken foreign policy — is going to take some steely resolve, not just talking a big game. So far Harris’ is not promising on this front.

jcitybone

Practice what you preach Nancy. Well I guess you do because you are worried only about attacks on centrists. Actually just STFU.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Democratic leaders on Wednesday scolded Democrats for publicly taking shots at each other and pleaded for unity as they head into key debates in the coming weeks.

“You got a complaint? You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK,” Pelosi told Democrats in a closed-door caucus meeting Wednesday, according to a source in the room.

Pelosi warned that Democratic infighting plays into GOP hands and defended the moderates in the caucus.

“I’m here to help the children when it’s easy and when it’s hard. Some of you are here to make a beautiful pâté but we’re making sausage most of the time,” Pelosi said. “Without that unity, we are playing completely into the hands of the other people.”

Pelosi also forcefully defended the centrists in the caucus and said it’s better for Democrats to criticize her than attack the most vulnerable members publicly.

“I hope there will be some level of respect and sensitivity for our — each individual experience that we bring to this Caucus,” Pelosi said. “You make me the target, but don’t make our Blue Dogs and our New Dems the target in all of this because we have important fish to fry,” Pelosi said.

“It was a very stern and forceful speech,” said a senior Democratic aide in the room.

Pelosi also told the assembled Democrats that if they, or a member of their staff, had thoughts to attack another lawmaker on social media they should “think twice,” according to the senior aide.

“Actually, don’t think twice; think once,” Pelosi said.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Nancy, it is not going to work this time

Bumble B
Bumble B

::spam::

Don midwest
Don midwest

is this an advertisement?

have not noticed Bumble B before

jcitybone

Right back at you Haim

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/07/10/billionaire-mega-donor-haim-saban-says-he-loves-all-2020-democrats-except-bernie?amp

Billionaire mega-donor Haim Saban said Wednesday that he loves every 2020 Democratic presidential candidate—before quickly correcting himself.

“No, minus one. I profoundly dislike Bernie Sanders, and you can write it,” Saban told The Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t give a hoot.”

Saban, whose net worth is estimated to be around $3 billion, said his disdain for the Vermont senator stems from his frequent denunciations of the “billionaire class,” which, said Saban, is “how communists think.”

“He’s a communist under the cover of being a socialist,” Saban said of Sanders. “He thinks that every billionaire is a crook. He calls us ‘the billionaire class.’ And he attacks us indiscriminately. ‘It’s the billionaire class, the bad guys.'”

“So, 22 are great,” he said of the field of White House hopefuls. “One is a disaster zone.”

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/452455-sanders-blasts-ceos-and-billionaires-with-anti-endorsement-list

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) unveiled a list of “anti-endorsements” on Wednesday, touting criticism he has received from wealthy executives and other officials as evidence that his campaign is fighting to change the economic status quo.

“You can tell who is truly fighting for working families by the enemies they make, and we’ve made a lot of enemies,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said in a statement, calling for “guts” to take on corporate interests in the country.

“Therefore, it should come as no surprise that corporate CEOs and billionaires have united against our movement. These people have a vested interest in preserving the status quo so they can keep their grip on power and continue to exploit working people across America. We welcome their hatred.”

polarbear4

polarbear4

jcitybone

Right back at you Nancy

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/452440-ocasio-cortez-democrats-have-become-party-of-hemming-and-hawing-and-trying-to

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) expressed some concern with the direction of the Democratic Party in an interview with the New Yorker published Wednesday.

“I think we became the party of hemming and hawing and trying to be all things to everybody,” she said when describing the evolution of the party. “And it’s not to say that we need to exclude people, but it’s to say that we don’t have to be afraid of having a clear message.”

“To say, we believe in the human dignity of all people. We believe that health care should be a right. We believe that all people should be paid a living wage.”

Ocasio-Cortez explained that the party has a tendency to “fall into Republican frames” rather than sticking to its convictions.

“And what we call bold agendas, or Republicans call socialist, are things that they’ve always called socialist. And [we should] wear it, understand that that’s what they’re going to say, but don’t run away from the actual policies that can transform people’s lives.”

polarbear4

aoc is a 🎩. ( that’s magician.)

jcitybone

In Maine, the DSCC has endorsed Sara Gideon, the Speaker of the House.

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/452447-justice-democrats-endorses-3-new-progressive-candidates

The liberal advocacy group Justice Democrats on Wednesday endorsed two primary challengers to Democratic House incumbents and one Senate candidate looking to unseat Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).

The progressive organization, which rose to national prominence after backing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in her 2018 primary bid against former Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), endorsed Marie Newman, who is running against Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), and Cori Bush, who is challenging Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.).

On the Senate side, Justice Democrats backed Betsy Sweet in her bid for the Democratic nomination to take on Collins next year.

humphrey

If the DSCC endorsed someone the alternative is much better.

humphrey

For example!

There is a candidate running for the Senate in Kentucky who got glowing interviews on CNN and MSNBC last night.

But there is a large problem.

Aren’t Joe Manchin and Kristen Sinema more than enough?

jcitybone

Just peachy 🥴

humphrey

polarbear4

Indeed.

humphrey

humphrey

jcitybone

Bernie’s op ed in WaPo. Wonder if Rubin approves 😱😱😱

https://beta.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bernie-sanders-the-straightest-path-to-racial-equality-is-through-the-one-percent/2019/07/10/730a7206-9f6b-11e9-b27f-ed2942f73d70_story.html?outputType=amp

Americans owe many of our freedoms to those who put their lives on the line for racial equality: people like Fannie Lou Hamer, Medgar Evers and Daisy Bates. But a racial wealth gap of 10 to 1 exists between white and black Americans, and that gap, along with the effects of racism, fuels disparities in areas ranging from health care to housing and from college debt to criminal sentencing.

Many black Americans are disillusioned about politicians who champion the organizing power of black women when it’s time to turn out the vote but neglect their needs between election cycles. They are tired of politicians offering meaningful yet inadequate reforms — kicking the can of progress down the road instead of using their political capital to fight for reforms that current generations desperately need.

They’re tired of coming in second to groups that hold the power of the purse or the might of demographic majority. And they’ve said enough is enough: The status quo is simply insufficient.

I couldn’t agree more.

humphrey

These tweets are intended to be snarky.

polarbear4

hope Zirlina sees this.

polarbear4

Bernie rocks.

humphrey

polarbear4

OMG no. At least we are hearing about it.

humphrey

A pat on the back from a worker. 👌😁👍

humphrey

Here is the full statement.

humphrey

polarbear4

humphrey

Against my normal standards I will have to watch Rachel tonight.

She is going to interview Bernie. Curious how FAIR she will be?

polarbear4

report, right? 😁

magsview

Yes, I’m with pb, please let us know how it goes.

humphrey

NYCVG
NYCVG

Why would anybody find this surprising?

It’s what the (D) leadership is for. Keeping power in their own hands.

magsview

It would certainly seem that way!

jcitybone

Florence is a city of 38,000 in NE SC

https://www.wbtw.com/home/florence-mayor-endorces-bernie-sanders-in-2020-presidential-race/

Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela has endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders in his bid for the 2020 Democratic Presidential nomination, according to John Wukela at the Mayor’s Office.

Mayor Wukela said “This election is about one simple question: What candidate is out there fighting every day for working families? Time and again, the answer to that question is always Senator Bernie Sanders. We don’t need a plan to appease insurance companies; we need Medicare for All. We don’t need to raise teacher salaries, we need to double them. We need real change. We need a leader to finish the work FDR started. We need Bernie Sanders.”

“This is a big win for the campaign,” said Bernie 2020 SC State Director Kwadjo Campbell. “Mayor Wukela is a rising star not just in the Pee Dee, but across the state. He has proven repeatedly that an unapologetic progressive can win in South Carolina and we’re very excited to have his support.”

humphrey

polarbear4

I love how she is able to focus on getting people help, like Bernie, now.

magsview

humphrey

I am sure that this will help!LOL

polarbear4

Eat cake and pray.

humphrey

McGrath sure knows how to gain votes. SMH

humphrey

humphrey

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humphrey

MSNBC doesn’t even attempt to hide its bias.

humphrey

humphrey

Earlier I was asked to report on Rachel’s interview of Bernie. Unfortunately it was not until the second half of the show. (not pleasant)

All in all it was a good interview as Bernie was Bernie and he handled everything well, Even the last question about “passing the torch” Bernie aced it.

When the video becomes available it is worth watching.

Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death
Aint Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Yep, I loved the interview too.

polarbear4

thanks 🔥🦜🦜

NYCVG
NYCVG

Agree. Bernie was relaxed and smiling and still forceful and compelling. imho I think he’s getting better as this campaign progresses. Hits his points clearly. No fear.

magsview

polarbear4

keep shaking it up, Rip.

humphrey

polarbear4

😎

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

Bernie Sanders Launches ‘Anti-Endorsements’ Page

humphrey

jcitybone

https://www.thedailybeast.com/bernie-sanders-team-might-skip-netroots-over-moderator

Before confirming his attendance at this weekend’s Netroots Nation conference in Philadelphia, members of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) team raised concerns about one of the moderators who would be asking questions at a presidential candidate forum on Saturday, according to two sources who described the conversations to The Daily Beast.

The campaign’s questions centered on Markos Moulitsas, the founder and publisher of the progressive activist website Daily Kos, who has been publicly critical of the Independent from Vermont.

“We discussed the moderators after we announced,” Netroots spokesperson Mary Rickles said of conversations with his team. “There was a question about why we chose who we chose. I told them that both Markos and Cheryl have every intention of being unbiased moderators.”

As of late Wednesday afternoon, the candidates listed as attending were former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Warren is the only candidate among the top polling five that has committed to attending.

Sanders will not be able to attend due to scheduling difficulties, though his campaign announced that national co-chair Nina Turner would be there on Friday.

“We have a long and positive relationship with Markos, Mary, Eric, and the whole Netroots team,” an aide to the Senator said. “We of course trusted Markos’s commitment to neutrality, and we confirmed as much to them. Although Bernie’s schedule precludes his ability to attend, we wish the organizers and attendees a successful weekend.”

Sanders’ team had gone from a solid “no” last Friday, to, just a few days later, trying to figure out if they could make the event work. One source involved in the scheduling said the moderator was not a dealbreaker.

humphrey

Netroots isn’t what it used to be. Its time has passed.

humphrey

Up yours Haim!

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

His history is back and forth, but probably better than McGrath. i’ll keep my eyes open for better info.

polarbear4
magsview

She sounds like a Republican.

orlbucfan

She is (just) a GOPuke Lite. T and R, LD!!

polarbear4

breaking down to post something from the GOS


Love the image and the sentiment.

polarbear4

sorry if this is a duplicate.

polarbear4

magsview

Cool. Thanks pb, love that stuff.

polarbear4

humphrey

humphrey

magsview

That’s some ego you have there kos! Pretty sure that Bernie isn’t afraid of anyone, let alone you.

orlbucfan

What an (ex-)GOPuke arsehole!

magsview

I made the mistake of going to TOP just now, to see if anyone was talking about it, and sure enough there’s a diary up claiming that Bernie is afraid of kos.

One poster I recall from back then who was always a negative person took the opportunity, when it was related that Nina would attend in Bernie’s stead, to claim that Nina helped elect Trump. What?????? That place is a mess.

polarbear4

it’s Tragic, really, that there’s this whole swath of people who cannot see past their anger to support people who work hard every day for us.

polarbear4

More like he doesn’t have time for you.

You are a mosquito.

humphrey

This should give access to the Bernie Rachel interview

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show

polarbear4

thanks!

polarbear4

polarbear4

It’s broken down by segments. He is so obviously the best candidate. And he needs more of these, because it gives him experience for the debate. It’s the same kind of questioning.

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