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In New Hampshire, the campaign has been dialing back the number of big rallies and large crowds — something Sanders was famous for in 2016 — for more intimate gatherings throughout the state.

Utilizing Ben Cohen, who is a national campaign chair and cofounder of Ben & Jerry’s, the campaign has held “ice-cream socials with Bernie” all across the state.

Caiazzo said the strategy is to hold smaller events with a compact schedule to make it more personal for Sanders and voters.

“No rallies, no big podium,” he said. “Let’s give them a chance to meet him.”

At these meetings, Sanders has been asked to autograph forearms, take family pictures, and pose for hundreds of selfies. Caiazzo said the one thing the Vermont senator will not do is hold people’s babies, out of fear he will drop them.

“We know we can fill the stadiums, let’s go roll it back, let’s do it the Vermont way,” he added.


I’m hoping that the campaign has a plan to build up to the larger crowds in a kind of stepping-it-up process.


Bernie’s op ed on affordable housing. He is definitely drawing more on his past for this presidential campaign.


I was born and raised in a three-and-a-half room apartment in Brooklyn. My father was a paint salesman who worked hard his entire life, but never made much money. This was not a life of desperate poverty — but coming from a lower middle-class family, I will never forget how money, or really lack of money, was always a point of stress in our home.

My mother’s dream was that someday our family would move out of that apartment to a home of our own. She died young, and her dream was never fulfilled. But during her life, at least our family was always able to afford a roof over our heads, because we were living in a rent-controlled building. That most minimal form of economic security was crucial for our family.

Today, that same ability to obtain affordable housing is now denied to millions of Americans. In the United States, more than 11 million renter families pay more than half of their limited incomes on housing and utilities. Even worse, on any given night, there are more than half a million Americans who are homeless.

Though this is the wealthiest country in human history, wages have stagnated at the same time many locales offer almost no affordable housing. Make no mistake about it: this crisis is enriching Wall Street investors and real estate speculators — and making it impossible for many families to survive.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Indigenous people under threat around the world

China does not consider Uyghurs as an indigenous group

They have been subject to “re education” for some time and there is some international outrage of the Chinese government

I looked them up on wikipedia and found out how complex this Turkic language group is and the year of 842 AD is but one example of how long they have been around.

On the other hand, a couple of people I know have been very involved with Tibet and how the Chinese are wiping out that culture. A Han Chinese can go there and marry a Tibetan and get a life pension. The destroyed the Mosque and then rebuilt some of them for tourism. They are extracting resources from Tibet.

Long introduction to this disappointing article that 50 ambassadors are supporting the Chinese government, and this includes many Muslim countries as well.

Fifty ambassadors throw weight behind China on Xinjiang


Good poll for Bernie. The only downer was the close race with Trump, but Biden and Bernie both lead by two shooting holes in Biden’s electability argument.


In Emerson’s latest poll, former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead the Democratic Primary by a significant margin. Biden’s numbers increased slightly to 33% from the last Emerson national poll in which Biden received 30% of the vote. Sen. Bernie Sanders had the largest bounce of any candidate, increasing by 5 points to 20%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped a point to 14% and Sen. Kamala Harris dropped 4 points to 11%. The only other candidates above 3% are Mayor Pete Buttigieg at 6% and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke at 4%.

Sanders re-established his lead among 18-29 year olds receiving 36% support among that age group, in the earlier July poll Sanders was at 24% of the vote among 18-29 year olds. Warren follows him now with 17% of the youth vote, followed by Biden with 12% and Buttigieg with 10%. Among 30-49 year olds, Biden leads with 24%, followed by Sanders with 21%, Warren with 14% and Harris with 10%. Biden has a greater lead with those age 50-64 with 46% support, followed by Sanders with 15%, Warren with 14% and Harris with 13%. And then among those over the age of 65, Biden also leads with 51% support, followed by Harris with 11%, Warren with 10% and Sanders with 8%.

In potential head to head matchups, President Trump runs slightly closer to some of his potential Democratic opponents than in previous Emerson polls. Biden and Sanders each lead Trump by 2 points at 51% to 49%, Warren is tied at 50% with Trump, and Harris and Buttigieg both trail by 4 points, 48% to 52%.



Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) plans for eliminating student debt have reportedly sparked the most attention online among policies proposed by 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Axios reports that an analysis of the 50 top stories for each of the top eight 2020 Democrats since March 1 shows Warren and Sanders each received the most interactions — which include reactions, comments, Facebook shares, and likes and retweets on Twitter — for articles written about student debt cancellation.

Warren’s plan to eliminate student debt and create tuition-free college generated 2 million interactions, while Sanders’s student debt cancellation proposal generated 1.7 million interactions, the analysis of NewsWhip data found.


This may be the one achievable legislative act that either Liz or Bernie could get done in the first two years of their term. It would probably be a one time appropriation and Congress would make it means tested. It could be paid for by less military appropriations.

Spring Texan

I hope it won’t be means-tested.


I’m suggesting that’s likely in order to get a few moderate R’s on board.

Don midwest
Don midwest

I hope he gets elected and/or keeps active in politics

Count every vote and count them all by hand | Tim Canova


Counting votes could be a great temporary jobs program, too, infusing the economy with some cash.

Don midwest
Don midwest
Don midwest
Don midwest


When Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) unveiled her long-awaited health-care plan on Monday, some of her opponents criticized it for going too far while others said it lacked ambition. But there was one criticism that seemed to unite both sides: Its long phase-in window would leave the proposal deeply vulnerable for whoever might succeed Harris’ presidency.

“If President Obama had passed a health-care bill that called for a 10-year horizon, he would have left it to Donald Trump to execute,” Faiz Shakir, Sanders’ campaign manager told The Daily Beast. “Just think about the opportunities you give to the insurance industry and political opponents to water down and chip away and morph and cut the plan you’ve passed,” he said. “That is our historical experience with Obamacare.”

Shakir was referencing how easily the Affordable Care Act has came under attack when Obama left office—both through Trump’s regulatory actions and legislative efforts by the Republican-led Congress. Though Obamacare remains standing, many of its provisions have been scrapped, weakened, or dramatically curtailed. Veterans of the past administration recognize that had Obama lost re-election to Mitt Romney in 2012, the law may never have been implemented at all.

“Yes, you would like to do as much as one can within the first four years and the first eight years,” said Phil Schiliro, director of legislative affairs for the Obama administration from 2009 to 2011, when asked about Harris’ 10-year phase-in. “There is a theory that once popular programs start they take on a life of their own and it becomes difficult for subsequent administrations to do them.”

Another Obama veteran who worked on the ACA conceded that they were naive in their assumption that Republicans would simply grow accustomed to Obamacare overtime, even if they tinkered around the edges. That GOP lawmakers didn’t, the veteran said, should have animated how Harris structured her own plan.

“The dangers are obvious on their face to everyone who has watched what has happened with the Trump administration and the Affordable Care Act. You expect the other party to act in a rational way with legislation that advances the public good or is reasonably popular. But that doesn’t happen,” the Obama veteran said. “So if you go beyond even the four-year mark and don’t have implementation down, it is tough to take that completely seriously.”

Even former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, which has proposed a health-care plan including a public-insurance option but no promise of Medicare for All, sought to portray the proposed timeline from Harris as unrealistic.

“This new, have-it-every-which-way approach pushes the extremely challenging implementation of the Medicare for All part of this plan ten years into the future, meaning it would not occur on the watch of even a two-term administration,” Kate Bedingfield, deputy Biden campaign manager said on Monday.


Oh sorry jcitybone! I should have read all of the comments before posting mine.


This shows up in the current Dem primary. Warren does much worse among less educated, less wealthy voters. She also does better with Dems than with Dem leaning Indies.


Elizabeth Warren has long struggled to capture independent voters in her home state of Massachusetts.

This dynamic betrays a fear among Democrats who are already thinking ahead to a high-stakes general election matchup with President Donald Trump. Some worry Warren’s low approval numbers among Massachusetts independents — particularly men — foreshadow a potential lack of appeal to independent voters she would need in crucial states like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin should she become the Democratic nominee. Those states were all sources of a painful Electoral College loss in 2016.

“The fact that Warren underperformed Hillary Clinton in 228 of Massachusetts’s 351 towns, and did so in a blue wave year, speaks to her weakness with working-class white voters on the ballot,” said Cook Political Report editor Dave Wasserman, who analyzed the two-party vote share in each Massachusetts town in the 2018 midterms, when Warren was reelected. “Many parts of Massachusetts are culturally more similar to Wisconsin or Michigan than they are to Cambridge or Boston or Amherst. And that has to be a serious concern for next November, should it get to that.”

It’s not a perfect comparison; Wisconsin and Michigan are different from Massachusetts. But Warren’s home-state standing gives us a glimpse into how she might perform elsewhere. Warren won reelection by a decisive 60 percent in 2018. But not only did she underperform Clinton’s 2016 vote share by 3 points, she also underperformed relative to Barack Obama in 2012 during her first Senate campaign.

Given that Warren is a progressive senator representing the liberal state of Massachusetts, the fact that she’s on Morning Consult’s list of the 10 most unpopular senators has raised eyebrows. If Warren’s such a great candidate, some wonder, why isn’t she doing better in her home state? And does it raise legitimate electability questions if she winds up winning the nomination?

The answer to Warren’s home state question is complicated, much like her political identity in Massachusetts. It’s wrapped up in her national fame before she became a politician and how she defeated Republican Sen. Scott Brown in 2012. And it’s connected to the same gender politics she’s facing as a presidential candidate.


Even ex-Obama officials are “perplexed” by Harris’ 10-yr implementation pseudo-MFA plan.

The pushback from Obama veterans and fellow campaigns helped illustrate a truism of the politics of health care—that things get incredibly complicated once you are the one offering a specific set of reforms. Harris’ positions have, at times, been unclear throughout the primary.

Where’s Tom Watson to yell “Racism!” at the Daily Beast?

“No issue is more personal to Americans than their health care, so as Kamala implements a plan like this, she thinks it’s important to get it right,” Ian Sams, national press secretary for Harris said in a statement. “Americans need to have confidence in the transition, and during this transition, there would be an immediate Medicare buy-in, as well as automatic enrollment for the uninsured and newborns in a public Medicare plan. Ten years is a responsible transition period to ensure that every American can move onto the Medicare system smoothly.”

I gather that will be her angle? She’s the “responsible” one? Gag.

“I’ll wait to hear more details, but it sounds to me like someone is just kicking the can down the road in hopes that another president will pick up the pieces,” said Jim Manley, a 21-year veteran of the Senate who helped get the ACA passed. “We struggled with this while crafting Obamacare. You needed some time for the bill to be implemented but you also need to put in some benefits as quickly as possible. You can’t possibly depend on someone else to follow through on what you proposed.”





The best comment I saw was “I think you should wait ten years to run for president.”

Whoops – it was already posted above. No DELETE button.


warm fuzzies


Warren announced a bunch of endorsements just in time for the debate. I’m very disappointed in Grijalva and somewhat disappointed by Haaland.


m2!!!! frack. wth, both of them.


Wonder if Raul has some potential election issues himself?

Spring Texan
Spring Texan

And I’m very sad that so much of the Democratic leadership is AVOIDING confronting this . . . but not Elijah Cummings, thank goodness.

Spring Texan

The US citizen held for three weeks in Dallas lost 26 pounds because food was inadequate . . . ticks bit the detainees . . . sick men were threatened that if they asked for a doctor they would stay in this hellhole even longer.

But Schumer visited some border and then as far as I have seen said NOTHING about it or conditions, we hear bupkis from them.


Spring Texan

In fairness, I found this when I looked some more https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/19/schumer-detention-border-migrants-1424112 but it certainly didn’t get much attention and people need to CONTINUE on this . . .

Faxing Cornyn and Cruz this morning, probably won’t do any good but ya gotta try. I like faxzero.com for that.

Spring Texan

Oops, turns out Cruz doesn’t take faxes! unlike all the other people I’ve faxed 🙁

Guess I’ll either snail mail to a district office or email 🙁 – for all the good it’ll do . . .


WaPo’s best columnist talks Bernie


On Tuesday night, the two leading progressive candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), will appear on the same debate stage for the first time in the 2020 campaign. After a rocky rollout, Warren has risen in the polls on the strength of her bold proposals and detailed plans to achieve them. Yet while the Massachusetts senator’s influence on the Democratic “ideas primary” is undeniable, Sanders is shaping the race in ways that are often underappreciated by a media that often marginalizes and misrepresents him.

Sanders’s impact is most readily apparent in the domestic-policy sphere. The Democratic field is collectively running well to the left of where Hillary Clinton started her 2016 campaign. That is a credit to Sanders, whose insurgent primary challenge against Clinton forced ideas such as Medicare-for-all and debt-free college into the mainstream. In the wake of Clinton’s loss, Warren and Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) signed onto both Sanders proposals, all but ensuring they would get a hearing in the presidential campaign. (Warren has since introduced her own higher-education and student debt-relief plan, and Harris unveiled an alternative Medicare-for-all proposal Monday.) Even as former vice president Joe Biden has started echoing dishonest Republican attacks on Medicare-for-all, Sanders remains its fiercest champion in the race.

Willingness to venture beyond political caution is distinguishing the Sanders campaign. He regularly denounces institutional racism in many forms, but Sanders also goes further, challenging bias in systemic as well as specific terms. “Structural problems require structural solutions,” he wrote in The Post three weeks ago, “and promises of mere ‘access’ have never guaranteed black Americans equality in this country.”

Sanders rebuked the facile segregation of economic and racial issues, noting that politicians are too “beholden to the one percent” to target the very rich, yet doing so would close “the black-white wealth gap.” Both racial and economic disparity must be addressed, he wrote, or “some people, especially African Americans, are going to be left behind. We should not be swayed by those who would try to force us to choose one over the other.”

The 2020 campaign has yet to see much debate over foreign policy, but there, too, Sanders’s voice is essential. Since his previous run, when his lack of foreign-policy experience was widely viewed as a weakness, Sanders has become one of the most prominent critics of the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment.

Despite the evidence that the Sanders movement is very much alive and has had a profound effect on how issues are being framed in the 2020 race, some in the media seem eager to write him off. That impulse has been manifested in a recent trend of reports that seemed to intentionally play down Sanders’s position in the polls, in some cases by not mentioning him at all. MSNBC has been arguably the worst offender, repeatedly listing Sanders’s name below candidates he’s beating.

Sanders’s campaign may not feel as revolutionary, in some respects, the second time around. But that’s only because of how much Democratic politics has changed, in large part because of Sanders (though much more needs to be changed). Likewise, if his message to voters seems familiar, that’s because the predatory corporate power and systemic inequality that he has dedicated his career to fighting are only metastasizing. As Sanders recently said, “When the poor get richer and the rich get poorer, when all of our people have health care as a right, when we are leading the world in the fight against climate change — you know what? I will change what I’m saying.”


Bernie Sanders’ Press Secretary: Idea of a support ceiling is “ridiculous”

National Press Secretary for Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses the second debate of the Democratic Primary, the President’s attacks regarding the city of Baltimore, and the Senator’s campaign video with Cardi B.



I assume Bernie’s numbers would also rise if indies are included. Bernie is the top second choice for Beto’s voters so if Beto is out before the primary, Bernie could benefit. Weirdly Biden gets beat by Trump slightly while Warren, Bernie, and Harris are slightly ahead. Beto has a big lead.


Headed into this week’s Democratic presidential primary debates, former- Congressman Beto O’Rourke (27%) and former Vice President Joe Biden (24%) lead the field among 465 registered Texas Democrats. They are followed by Senators Bernie Sanders (15%), Elizabeth Warren (11%), and Kamala Harris (9%).

Independent Democratic-learners (especially women) are a key to O’Rourke’s success in our poll. When included, these voters expand his lead to 38 percent among primary voters (with Joe Biden receiving 19% support), though they are also the least likely to be enthusiastic about participating in the March primary (only 19% are “very” or “somewhat” enthusiastic about the race).


DNC cackling, turning of hands.




simple, easy to understand.



Tech entrepreneur and presidential candidate Andrew Yang ranks third among Democratic presidential candidates when it comes to traffic to campaign websites, according to new numbers compiled by analytics firm SimilarWeb.

Among the more than 20 candidates seeking the Democratic party’s nomination for president, Senator Bernie Sanders led the pack with 12.7% of total traffic or about 1.82 million visits to his web page berniesanders.com. Senator Elizabeth Warren steered 8.6% of the traffic, or about 1,24 million visits, to her webpage elizabethwarren.com and Yang had 6.1% of the traffic or about 875,000 visits to his page yang2020.com. Yang was followed by Senator Kamala Harris, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind.

SimilarWeb also analyzed traffic redirected from each candidate’s web page to the Democratic party’s fundraising platform ActBlue. However, SimilarWeb only measures traffic, not actual donations visitors make after they are redirected from a candidates page to the ActBlue.

“There was a lot of media coverage that Sanders is getting a lot of donations” and the data helps explain how, Cohen said.

Sanders leads the Democratic candidates in total traffic redirected from a candidate’s web page to ActBlue — 63.1%. Warren’s rate was 13.9% followed by Biden, 5.1%, and Harris, 3.8%, and then Yang at 2.9%.


Ethiopia plants more than 350 million trees in 12 hours

The burst of tree planting was part of a wider reforestation campaign named “Green Legacy,” spearheaded by the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. Millions of Ethiopians across the country were invited to take part in the challenge and within the first six hours, Ahmed tweeted that around 150 million trees had been planted.

“We’re halfway to our goal,” he said and encouraged Ethiopians to “build on the momentum in the remaining hours.” After the 12-hour period ended, the Prime Minister took to Twitter again to announce that Ethiopia not only met its “collective #GreenLegacy goal,” but exceeded it.

A total of 353,633,660 tree seedlings had been planted, the country’s minster for innovation and technology, Getahun Mekuria, tweeted.

Ethiopia’s goal for the whole season is even bigger than that; the national tree planting campaign aims to plant 4 billion trees during “the rainy season” — between May and October — according to a May tweet by Ahmed.

According to Farm Africa, an organization working on reforestation efforts in East Africa and helping farmers out of poverty, less than 4% of Ethiopia’s land is forested, compared to around 30% at the end of the 19th century.

The landlocked country is also suffering from the effects of climate crisis, with land degradation, soil erosion, deforestation, and recurrent droughts and flooding exacerbated by agriculture. Eighty percent of Ethiopia’s population depends on agriculture as a livelihood.

In 2017, Ethiopia joined more than 20 other African nations in pledging to restore 100 million hectares of land as part of the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative.

A recent study estimated that restoring the world’s lost forests could remove two thirds of all the planet-warming carbon that is in the atmosphere because of human activity.



Of course, not surprising


If elected president, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will appoint commissioners to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will reinstate net neutrality rules, his campaign told the Daily Dot on Tuesday.

“Bernie Sanders believes net neutrality is fundamental to communication, commerce and competition,” a spokesperson for senator’s campaign told the Daily Dot. “When Bernie Sanders is president, he will appoint FCC commissioners who will reinstate net neutrality protections and make sure that giant corporations treat all content and traffic equally.”


m2 😊🦜🦜




Shenanigans like that from MSM leads to shit like this:

PLEASE let @SenSanders drop out to become @SenWarren’s running mate DURING tonight’s #DemocraticDebate and let them both just ANNIHILATE the rest of the candidates for two hours. FOR EXAMPLE…

Why in the world would anyone think for even a minute that Sanders, who is polling higher then Warren, should drop out? Could it be because of CNN and MSDNC’s misleading narratives??


I mentioned the Emerson poll at DK in a diary bashing Bernie for “lying” about Kamala Care. It was filled with people who were convinced that Bernie is dropping like a rock. If anybody has been dropping lately it’s Harris who appears to be losing that bounce she received from the first debate.


they think that if enough people say it loud enough and long enough, it will be true. Sad to say, they are partially right.




here for the gif—encapsulates austerity.

knowing Nates, the thread is prolly good, too.


apparently, the thread is no longer. And I’m just going to stay logged out, at least until the debate I probably have too much loaded on my phone or something.


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Oh c’mon, he just has to work a little bit harder to get that bone. A third job perhaps?


The car salesman is going with Harris. No surprise of course.




Don midwest
Don midwest

Obama worship makes me sick


There is a debate open thread.


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