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Hi Benny, have fun and thanks!


If you want change, vote for them that brings it….

i really like that he includes a link to help you keep track of your critters’ votes: https://www.govtrack.us




Sanders Speaks Out for UVM Medical Center Nurses

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) criticized administrators of the University of Vermont Medical Center and called on them to meet face-to-face with hospital nurses during a press conference at his Burlington office on Friday.

More than 1,000 nurses are prepared to strike on July 12 and 13 amid contentious contract negotiations. Nurses are calling for salary parity with the nurses at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, N.Y., which is a member of the UVM Health Network. The union says the hospital is dangerously understaffed because low salaries create long-term vacancies and high turnover rates.

“Like so many other things, this contract negotiation is about priorities,” said Sanders. “I find it really hard to believe that the hospital has enough money to pay nearly $11 million to 15 administrators, including more than $2 million to the CEO, but apparently doesn’t have enough money to pay their nurses the same wages as nurses earn just across the lake in Plattsburgh, where the cost of living is, in fact, lower.”


Sanders said nurses are the backbone of any hospital, but that they cannot provide the quality of care patients need and deserve when they are stretched too thin by hospital vacancies. He criticized the hospital for planning to spend money to hire replacement workers during the strike rather than agreeing to pay permanent nurses a competitive wage.

If the medical center does not pay nurses enough to live in dignity and raise families, Vermont will lose them to other states, said Sanders.

“I find it even harder to believe the medical center when it says it has to pay these inflated administrators’ salaries to attract the best and the brightest people to run the hospital,” said Sanders. “How about paying competitive wages to attract the best and the brightest nurses who actually care for the patients?”


Judge does not give Trump admin more time to reunite all separated families

A federal judge on Friday appeared to reject the Trump administration’s request to extend the deadline to reunite families separated at the border under the “zero tolerance” policy.

U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw said that the department must comply with the July 10 deadline to reunite children under 5 years old with their parents, and July 26 for other children, “unless there is an articulable reason.”

The Justice Department had requested an extension on the court-ordered deadlines, saying that it needed more time to match 101 under-5 children with their parents using DNA testing.

“The Government does not wish to unnecessarily delay reunifications or burden class members,” the Justice Department argued in the filing, according to the Associated Press. “At the same time, however, the Government has a strong interest in ensuring that any release of a child from Government custody occurs in a manner that ensures the safety of that child.”



Thank you Benny! Your trip sounds wonderful. I’m glad you’ve had time to reflect, and I hope that you experience some great memories that gladden your heart. XO


Beto’s town hall in Arlington last night, over a thousand people showed up and as I didnt get there until late so was in the overflow… so heres Beto’s video:

Arlington town hall

Posted by Beto O'Rourke on Friday, July 6, 2018


::posting pics requires text of some sort… so here it is::


Thanks, LD! So cool that you are covering so many important candidates.


Good morning, just wanted to say hello before heading outside.

Weather today is truly glorious. A rare respite from the weeks of high heat and miserable humidity.

Hubby has the log-splitter running right now (we’re working on some of the downed trees from that wild storm we had in May) so I’m off to stack the pieces for firewood and take advantage of the gorgeous day!

There’s a catbird right outside my window right now complaining to me that I should get outside stat!


I hope you all have a great day and I hope to check in later with some tidbits I’ve gathered.


The Bern returns to Duluth

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will pay a repeat visit to Duluth next week.

Sanders, who rocked an enthusiastic audience of thousands in January 2016 in Duluth, will speak at 5 p.m. Friday, July 13 at Denfeld High School on behalf of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, DFL-Minn., who is running to be Minnesota’s attorney general.

Sanders will visit Duluth three weeks and two days after President Donald Trump, who stumped on behalf of Republican congressional candidate Pete Stauber at Amsoil Arena on June 20. Like Sanders, Trump also rallied in the Twin Ports on his own behalf while running for president in 2016, speaking in Superior that April.

Sanders on Friday endorsed Ellison, saying that as attorney general he would give Minnesota “a fighter for working people, the discriminated-against and the economically oppressed.”

It’s not the first time the progressive senator has backed Ellison. In November 2016, he supported Ellison for chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison lost, but then was unanimously elected as deputy chair.


Keith sounded so happy in his tweet about this. You could hear him smiling through his words.


Meet the millennial candidate for the US Senate who says it’s time for young faces in Washington

Zak Ringelstein, a former teacher who at one point aspired to be a country music star, is vying to be the first millennial in the US Senate.

Ringelstein, 31, is the Democratic candidate for the US Senate in Maine. He faces stiff competition from the popular incumbent, Sen. Angus King, but is determined to bring fresh leadership to both Congress and the Democratic Party.

“I think millennials need to step up,” Ringelstein told Business Insider. “I am a millennial. I will be the first US senator who comes from the millennial generation and I think that’s pretty powerful.”

Coming on the heels of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning victory against Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic Party congressional primary, Ringelstein is feeling positive about his chances of defeating King.

Ringelstein said he “can’t wait” to work with Ocasio-Cortez in Congress.

“The establishment is morally corrupt and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s values are exactly what the Democratic Party needs in order to lead America for decades to come,” Ringelstein said. “Like Ocasio-Cortez, we find it disgusting that big money in politics controls policy in Washington. We are living in a time of crisis and it is our duty to stand up for the American people by enacting Medicare For All, raising wages, defeating climate change, and abolishing ICE.”

The congressional hopeful thinks his generation has gotten the “short end of the stick” in a lot of respects and has been unfairly maligned by the media and older generations.



Candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed campaigns in Detroit’s North End neighborhood

Gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed (Democrat) is used to the heat. He is 33-years-old, Muslim, son of Egyptian immigrants, and some believe that those attributes will prevent him from becoming the next governor of Michigan.

But that did not stop El-Sayed from enduring the 90-degree weather to visit residents in Detroit’s historic North End neighborhood, as part of the “Knock Your Block” initiative to allow voters to get to know him and about his progressive ideals. The event was held at the WHLGN House (pronounced hooligan), which is home to a group of Detroit artists, entrepreneurs, photographers, and more. El-Sayed spoke to the crowd for 15 minutes, outlining his presence in the neighborhood just south of Highland Park and his plans as governor.

“These kinds of initiatives, that are formulated and driven to allow people to come together and build the best in each other, are the kind of things that we need in our politics, when we do it right,” said El-Sayed. “I was never supposed to run for office. I look a little bit different than the usual candidate for governor. My more established democratic friends tell me, ‘Abdul, it’s not that we disagree with what you have to say, it’s just that you’re a little bit young; you’re also a little bit brown and a little bit Muslim. How’s that going to work out for you?’”


Do Americans Know How Weird and Extreme Their Collapse is Getting?

Check this out, even if just for the photo. It may shock even you, knowledgable and perhaps a bit cynical TPWers.

Here’s a tiny question. Do Americans know how extreme, bizarre, and weird American collapse is getting? How far off the charts it is? Forget the charts of “normal” — I mean the charts of history. Even the Dark Ages, ancient Rome, and the barbarians might laugh, astonished, at the backwardness of America in 2018. Doubt me? Indulge me — while I prove it.

Consider a tiny but telling and particularly awful example. There’s a GOP candidate in North Carolina, I read today, who proclaims that “God is a white supremacist.”

I question his premise, extricating the declaration from movements in history. I imagine the sentiment was there, even if the declaration didn’t exactly fit into, say, Nazi Germany, part of our South, among others. But umair has a distinct way of uncovering some of the most uncomfortable aspects of life here now. I like him. 😉


Nation Horrified To Learn Child-Killing Death Merchants Have Racist Employee

Imagine if someone became immensely wealthy by slaughtering hundreds of thousands of human beings and selling their skins for money. Would they not be remembered for generations as one of the most evil monsters ever to walk the face of the earth?

Now imagine if someone became immensely wealthy by killing the exact same number of people, but instead of selling their hides, they simply sold the weapons which killed them after using legalized government bribery to ensure their use. Would you expect to see similar levels of revulsion? Or would you expect them to be treated as respectable members of society and elevated to a position of king-like power and influence?

The woman’s got a point.

I hope we soon see a day when the public turns on corporations like Northrop Grumman. Not for employing a racist individual who can be easily and conveniently sacrificed as the source and summit of all the world’s evils, but for what they are and what they do. May the enemies of humanity be defeated. May all obstacles to health be torn down.

Am I the TPW grinch, or what? Louise Hay would reel me in. Something like, Always affirm that everyone in your government is working for the greatest good…. Something I actually do on many days, believe it or not. :O) We are so full of contradictions, eh?


Bella dog had a blood hematoma in her throat which is draining, so I’m pampering her and have some extra time. One of these days I’ll learn how to upload fast and share some images.


Awwww, poor Bella!!!! I hope she heals quickly and is back on all four paws soon!!


Lets hope Bella has a speedy recovery. She is in good hands.


RIP Ed Schultz.


Awwww, thanks, humphrey. Did not know the Bernie part. Very telling. At about 8-9 min.

Son says he died of natural causes, wonder if it was a heart attack. Six kids. Quite a guy.


Part of the reason I liked Ed. He spoke truth to power!

It brings back fond memories.


Other than Bernie ,Ed was my favorite other progressive


OH! OH! It appears as if Pompeo’s strong arm negotiations aren’t doing so well.


North Korea is reportedly criticizing talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, calling the two days of meetings that ended Saturday “regrettable.”

An unnamed spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry in a statement accused the U.S. of unilaterally pressuring North Korea to denuclearize and “betraying the spirit” of the summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un last month, according to The Associated Press.

The statement said the discussions with Pompeo were “very concerning,” and suggested that the country is no longer as willing to give up its nukes as it had previously been.
Pompeo offered a differing view of the two days of talks, telling reporters that the conversations were “productive,” “in good faith,” and that “a great deal of progress” had been made, according to the AP

He told reporters “we made progress on almost all the central issues,” noted State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert on Twitter.


No surprise that this comes from an individual of the Obama administration.

He sure had some real winners.


Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Saturday calls to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency are misguided and doing so “would compromise public safety.”

“During the Vietnam War, millions of Americans demanded an end to the war; no one seriously demanded that we abolish the entire Defense Department,” Johnson wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Post. “Obviously, that would have completely compromised national security.”

A former top Obama administration official, Johnson is now among the most high-profile voices in the Democratic Party distancing themselves from the progressive rallying cry adopted by a number of influential voices in the party, including a handful of possible 2020 candidates. Others like Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckworth have said the problem is not ICE, but the president in charge of setting its policies.




This is for soccer fans. LOL

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