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☹️☹️☹️ If it exists, she needs to release the video. And who would have been filming it?


Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her — an allegation that came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the congressman is among several Democrats running for state attorney general.

The allegation first surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had seen hundreds of angry text messages from Ellison, some threatening his mother. He also wrote he had viewed a video in which Ellison dragged Monahan off the bed by her feet. Monahan, a Minneapolis political organizer, said via Twitter that what her son posted was “true.”

Ellison denied the allegation of physical abuse. A spokesman for his campaign also denied the congressman had sent threatening text messages.

“Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being,” Ellison said in a statement. “This video does not exist because I have never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.”

Minnesota Public Radio News reported Sunday that it reviewed more than 100 text and Twitter messages between Ellison and Monahan that showed the two communicating over months after their breakup, including coordinating her getting her things from his house. MPR said the tenor was sometimes friendly, sometimes combative. MPR said in one message, Monahan told Ellison she planned to write about their “journey” and Ellison warned her not to, calling it a “horrible attack on my privacy, unreal.”

MPR said there was no evidence in the messages it reviewed of alleged physical abuse.


A lot of people reacting to this who have thrown Keith overboard without any proof being presented yet. I hate this kind of stuff.


I do as well, I wait till proof is presented. I don’t care if an R or D that’s accused of something of this nature.


This is purely conjecture. The first person who pops into my mind is:


Political views and fundraising

Saban says his greatest concern is to protect Israel. At a conference in Israel, Saban described his formula. His three ways to influence American politics were: make donations to political parties, establish think tanks, and control media outlets

Keith Ellison
Saban has said that Keith Ellison, who ran for the leadership of the DNC, “is clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual.” Saban also called Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “an anti-Israel person.

Saban, a long-time supporter and donor of many pro-Jewish and Israel causes, has stated his main goal in multiple interviews: “I’m a one-issue guy, and my issue is Israel


What a load of, frankly, bullshit. Ellison is getting smeared. Haim Saban is just a Jew/Netanyaboob loving (insult intended) FRightwing equivalent to the Kochs, Mercers, DeVos’s, Scaifes, Mellons, Bushes, etc., etc. I despise these yahoos and their mindset, period. T and R, Benny!!


Saban just earned the award

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She doesn’t have to publicly release it. She could have it confirmed by a third party.


The former girlfriend accusing DFL Congressman Keith Ellison of physical abuse said she never intended for the public to know about an alleged video that captured the abuse and she doesn’t plan to release it.

The video and what it shows has become a focal point as Ellison tries to refute a single incident of alleged domestic abuse just one day before a critical election. Ellison has denied the accusation and says no video exists. Karen Monahan, Ellison’s former girlfriend, says there is video, but for several reasons, she won’t make it public.

“It’s humiliating, it’s traumatizing, for everyone’s family involved, and for me,” she said in an interview with MPR News on Monday.


Thanks Benny for the opening!


The content of the ads has not been announced, but O’Rourke’s campaign said they should begin airing this week.lockquote>Rep. Beto O’Rourke turned television attack ads Sen. Ted Cruz ran against him earlier this month into a fundraising bonanza. Now, O’Rourke’s campaign said it is investing the funds into its first television advertising buy.

Cruz released several campaign ads Aug. 3, including some attacking O’Rourke for his comments suggesting he is open to discussing narcotics legalization, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement and impeaching President Donald Trump. O’Rourke leveraged the ads as a fundraising appeal to supporters and raised $1.27 million, according to a campaign email to supporters first reported by the Texas Tribune.

The campaign described the new ads as “positive,” and said they will run in all of Texas’ 20 media markets.

The content of the ads has not been announced, but O’Rourke’s campaign said they should begin airing this week.



For the first time in Gallup’s measurement over the past decade, Democrats have a more positive image of socialism than they do of capitalism. Attitudes toward socialism among Democrats have not changed materially since 2010, with 57% today having a positive view. The major change among Democrats has been a less upbeat attitude toward capitalism, dropping to 47% positive this year — lower than in any of the three previous measures. Republicans remain much more positive about capitalism than about socialism, with little sustained change in their views of either since 2010.


A more positive piece on Ellison (that I hope won’t be swamped by the tabloid crap).

David Dayen basically discusses why Keith may have opted to run as AG. One does have to wonder if there are forces that would prefer the Keith not get the opportunity to wield the power that is inherent in an AG role.

What Is Keith Ellison Thinking?

The influential congressman is among a wave of Democrats running for attorney general to take on Trump directly.

By David Dayen

August 13, 2018

In June, hours before the 5 p.m. filing deadline, Keith Ellison submitted papers to Minnesota’s secretary of state announcing his intention to run for attorney general. Since then, the six-term congressman from Minnesota’s most liberal district has taken the talking points he honed over a decade in Washington to family restaurants in Crookston and farms in Holdingford, promising to stop predatory lending practices and fight for the rights of workers.

Small-town Minnesota might seem like a step down from Washington, where Ellison’s name regularly pops up on MSNBC and CNN, and where he is a leader in the national debate about single-payer health care and a $15 minimum wage. But in Donald Trump’s Washington, where the partisan blood wars on Capitol Hill have ground the federal legislative machinery to a halt, his decision is less career suicide and more common sense.

Over the last year and a half, state attorneys general have fought Trump’s worst excesses in the courts, and they’ve stood in for a Department of Justice that has long since abrogated its duty to safeguard the public. If he wins the state’s August 14 Democratic primary, Ellison, along with the other liberal candidates vying for state attorney general seats this fall, can be expected to expand that role further still—into areas like antitrust enforcement and financial regulation, which regulators have ignored for decades. “When this moment in history is written, there’s got to be a chapter on state attorneys general, standing up for immigrants, standing up for students,” he told me in July. “It’s why I want to be a part of it.”

some attorneys general have begun to make tentative moves to force divestitures and contest mergers.

“The outer limits haven’t been tested,” said Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University who is running for the New York attorney general seat vacated by Eric Schneiderman in May. “People are waking up to corporate consolidation, often with hopelessness. It’s critical that attorneys general lead the fight.”

Part of their power lies in their efficiency: Attorneys general can act quickly, without having to navigate the bureaucracy, infighting, and red tape on Capitol Hill. In 2015, for example, Ellison introduced a bill that would have made it illegal for a company to agree not to hire someone who’d previously been employed at a competitor. Three years later, it still hasn’t gotten out of committee. “When was I going to get a hearing on that?” Ellison said. By contrast, it took state attorneys general just three days this summer to extract similar concessions from the fast food industry.

Someone like Ellison (or Teachout, though she has a much more daunting path to the Democratic nomination in New York) could exert a leftward pull on the law nationally. A conservative Supreme Court stands ready to construct a fortress around oligarchs and multinationals. States may be the only territory left for a new vision based on corporate accountability, freedom for workers, and justice for all.


Don midwest
Don midwest

Dave does excellent work

I get a weekly update of his articles and comments and other links


I think of you every time I read one of Dayen’s pieces 😉


A good rundown by David Cay Johnston that will help give us all facts/angles to fight with if the opportunity presents itself!

Rest of modern world knows this system works

Many productive taxpayers become unproductive tax-eaters because they lack proper healthcare. Replacing our patchwork sick care system with universal healthcare would enable many more people who get sick or are injured to resume working. It would also allow for major tort reform by removing from litigation (and defensive medical practice) the costs of lifetime healthcare for the few patients who are wronged.

Eliminating health insurance would also end the payments of bonuses to doctors who literally kill people by denying them expensive care such as heart transplants. Dr. Linda Peeno testified before Congress that the health insurance company she worked for paid her bonuses for killing people by denying surgery, facts cited in Unhealthy Economics, a chapter in my 2007 bestseller Free Lunch.

Universal healthcare exists in 123 countries including China, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and Pakistan. Our economic competitors in Europe, Canada and Mexico have it. We remain in the same denial of care neighborhood as war-torn Afghanistan, South Sudan and Syria. Many nations with universal care have better societal health status, study after study shows. And while longevity in America has been growing for decades, the growth rate is far less than that of countries with universal healthcare that requires little to no out-of-pocket costs.

– it would save money! (we knew that already, but always a great point)
– it would help businesses save money by not having to waste time on private health ins!
– it helps taxpayers be more productive! (a good point not usually brought up)
– it would lead to tort reform! (even conservatives would love that!)
– it would lead to longer life spans in the U.S. & keep up with the rest of the world!

The bottom line?

Right now we ration care, denying all but emergency room patch-ups to one in ten Americans. We give people without insurance healthcare only when they are so sick they are on an almost certain spiral towards death from often treatable and even curable conditions. But we could have healthcare for all while saving trillions of dollars.



The bottom line right now is big pharm and insurance want the profit machine to roll along just as it is.


Reminds me of the quandary I often find myself in of alerting people to what could/will happen if we continue to ignore climate change without making them give up all hope.

An 11-Year-Old Changed The Results Of Florida’s Presidential Vote At A Hacker Convention. Discuss.

Election hackers have spent years trying to bring attention to flaws in election equipment. But with the world finally watching at DEFCON, the world’s largest hacker conference, they have a new struggle: pointing out flaws without causing the public to doubt that their vote will count.

In a room set aside for kid hackers, an 11-year-old girl hacked a replica of the Florida secretary of state’s website within 10 minutes — and changed the results.

“There’s an interesting paradox.” Blaze said. “We know these systems are wildly insecure, and there’s been precious little evidence of these vulnerabilities so far being exploited in real elections. I think we’ve been very lucky, and I think there’s a little bit of a ticking time bomb here.”



I don’t know much about Jennifer Lewis, but at least she’s against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline! Interesting, though, that Goodlatte is using that language->”Let’s flip the 6th.”

GOP lawmaker’s son wants to flip his district

Washington (CNN) — The son of a prominent House Republican announced Sunday that he was supporting the Democratic candidate to succeed his father — and he encouraged others to do the same.

“I just gave the maximum allowed donation to Jennifer Lewis, a democrat running for my father’s congressional seat,” Bobby Goodlatte wrote on Twitter. “I’ve also gotten 5 other folks to commit to donate the max. 2018 is the year to flip districts — let’s do this!”

Goodlatte’s father, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has represented Virginia’s 6th Congressional District since 1993 and chairs the House Judiciary Committee. He announced in November 2017 that he would not seek re-election.

Bobby Goodlatte did not immediately provide any explanation for his support for Lewis, and a request for additional comment was not immediately returned Monday morning. Rep. Goodlatte’s office and Lewis’ campaign also did not immediately respond.

Lewis is “a mental health worker, community advocate, and leader in the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” according to her campaign website. She is running against Ben Cline, a Republican Virginia state delegate, for Goodlatte’s vacant seat. CNN rates the race as Solid Republican.


He’s an idiot. I’m glad he got fired. Did you see him smirking during those hearings??

Peter Strzok fired from the FBI

I imagine that this will help the gofundme account that liberals set up for him awhile ago..

Oh god, I found out that a new gofundme account has just been started. As of this minute it’s raised $8,171 toward this one’s goal of $150,000. Giving $$ to people who don’t need it (he’s due pension benefits for one thing) to own Trump. (facepalm)


‘A National Disgrace’: Port Truckers Demand an End to Misclassification

A new California bill aims to end indentured servitude in the port-trucking industry.

For nearly seven years, Hector Zelaya has worked for K&R Transportation as a truck driver in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The company makes clear to Zelaya that he can’t work for anyone else, and it tightly controls his daily schedule. Yet it classifies him as an independent contractor.

“The company is the only one who benefits,” Zelaya told me. “It’s my truck, but they put a GPS on it, they tell me what to do, and if I want to work for another company, they retaliate against me.”

Zelaya pays for all the diesel fuel, insurance, parking fees, and truck maintenance. In all, he said these expenses add up to about $2,600 a month. He is also not paid for the time that he waits in the long queues at the port to receive loads. Port employees, on the other hand, receive hourly pay, vacation days, paid holidays, and sick time.



It seems to me that she is the most popular politician in Hawaii.