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http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/22024/bernie_sanders_labor_plan_wage_boards_just_cause

Bernie Sanders released his Workplace Democracy Plan on Wednesday. His campaign’s labor platform makes the strongest case of any of the candidates so far that he would be unions’ best ally in the White House in generations.

At a time when the Democrats’ official labor law reform proposal, the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, would essentially overturn the anti-union Taft-Hartley Act, the race to the left for labor’s support in the primaries demands bolder policies. Bernie Sanders does not disappoint.

The stand-out measures

Where Sanders’ labor platform is most exciting is its proposal for new workers’ rights and forms of union representation that transcend the National Labor Relations Board framework of enterprise-based contract bargaining.

magsview

orlbucfan

T and R, LD!! I’m out of town and my Android pad is starting to show its age so keeping my big mouth quiet today. LOL Appreciate the great pics of Sacramento! I really feel that there will be a yule turnout next November.

orlbucfan

That is supposed to be yuge.

jcitybone

The Yule turnout will have to wait for December🎅🏻🎅🏻🎅🏻

jcitybone

https://newrepublic.com/article/154835/biden-bubble-burst

This is not exactly the stuff of which inspiring campaigns are made. It’s condescending at best—existential policy imperatives like climate change and health care are hardly trivial, regardless of who occupies the White House—but it also contains an air of menace. Biden and his supporters are trying to create a binary choice: Vote for Joe and beat Trump, or don’t vote for Joe and lose. But most early polling has suggested that any candidate with near-universal name recognition—something that would automatically follow a major party presidential nomination—would lead Trump in a head-to-head competition.

If voters are transitioning away from electability, that would be good news for Sanders and Warren, in particular. Both candidates have used policy as the backbone of their campaigns, and both have large and deeply loyal bases. Recent polling puts Warren and Sanders in the top tier of Democratic candidates; though they still trail Biden in most opinion polls, each have significant advantages should his campaign falter. Sanders, in particular, has gained momentum in recent weeks, releasing a flurry of policy proposals, including a $16 trillion plan to fight climate change and remake the country’s energy infrastructure.

Most polling shows Sanders and Warren each defeating Trump in a general election matchup. Biden and his surrogates have gone to great lengths to make the argument that he is the only candidate who is guaranteed to beat the president in such a contest, but like most election-year promises, there are caveats. The fact is, nothing succeeds like success. Despite what Jill Biden said, whomever Democratic voters like the best, whomever gets the most voters to the polls on election day, that will be the candidate with a very good chance of defeating Trump. Deep down, most voters know this; now, it seems, the people who purport to know what most voters know may finally be waking up to this, too. That’s probably better for just about everyone’s future, except maybe Joe Biden’s.

jcitybone

https://theintercept.com/2019/08/23/democrats-wisconsin-2020/

DEMOCRATS, LABOR UNIONS, and progressive groups are investing heavily in new organizing techniques in Wisconsin, where electoral victory is considered crucial to the party’s path to the White House. They are hoping to boost voter turnout in a state that the national party took for granted in 2016.

The efforts, spearheaded by Wisconsin leaders and liberal donors across the country, include massive new investments in field organizing, a targeted focus on communities of color, and capitalizing on the Democratic Party convention that will be held in Milwaukee next July.

“I think the whole country recognizes that Wisconsin is not only a necessary state, but may be the necessary state to stop Trump and elect a Democratic president,” said Ben Wikler, the former D.C. director of the national progressive group MoveOn, who was elected chair of Wisconsin’s Democratic Party in June. “Activists, small donors, large donors, and independent groups are all looking at Wisconsin for 2020.”

jcitybone

The Root has t always been the friendliest of outlets to Bernie

https://www.theroot.com/bernie-sanders-criminal-reform-plans-are-catching-up-wi-1837483886

In Sanders’ second run for president, he appears to be strengthening his positions on key issues that will persuade black voters that he is the candidate for them. The campaign released a video, exclusive to The Root, of Sanders speaking with young black and brown people in Miami about their issues with policing, healthcare and student debt. Facilitating the conversation was Phillip Agnew, co-founder of Dream Defenders and a national surrogate for the Sanders campaign. At 8:24 into the video, Agnew discussed the for-profit prison system in his home state of Florida. An African-American man told Sanders and the rest of the small group that, out of 10 of his friends, only two of them don’t have an arrest record or any charge.

“I don’t think this is an election in which older folks are going to sit back and think, ‘this is something only younger people care about,’” said Agnew. “We’re far beyond that and I think the criminal justice platform like the one he puts forward not only reaches the generation that suffers from the war on drugs but also that generation that saw the war on drugs come into their communities that’s affected the children, the grandchildren, but also the parents. I think they are looking for a platform that begins to repair the wrongs of the war on drugs.”

Since 2016, Sanders has been recalibrating his ideological outlook on criminal legal reform. In 2017, for example, The Root reported on his Senate federal cash bail bill, as well as his sitdown with Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner to learn more about how progressive elected officials are addressing criminal legal reform at the local level.

His conversation in Miami with young people of color is an extension of the public engagement he’s made over the years, admittedly, with some criminal justice legal policies that have some actual teeth. The Root was at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, in Detroit, watching the second primary debate with a mostly black audience who all very much were won over by Sanders’ performance. As I wrote that night, Sanders is likely the person to beat in Detroit and the rest of the state, with Harris and Warren not too far behind.

He’ll need every black vote he can get in this primary pool, but it seems like his engagement with young activists on the ground and their efforts to push his messaging through to older voters may prove to be formidable when Super Tuesday rolls around.

polarbear4

the young ones di the talking and it’s a good reminder that things are wven tougher for these.

jcitybone

Hey Seth, like your campaign no one cares what you have to say or who you endorse. I hope somebody primaries your ass out of office.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/us/politics/seth-moulton-2020-drop-out.html

Representative Seth Moulton of Massachusetts is dropping out of the presidential race, ending a candidacy that emphasized Mr. Moulton’s centrist politics and military service but gained no traction with Democratic primary voters.

Mr. Moulton, 40, said in an interview that he had no immediate plans to endorse another candidate, but he warmly praised former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Mr. Moulton planned to announce the end of his campaign in a formal speech before the Democratic National Committee on Friday.

Mr. Moulton suggested that most of the other Democratic candidates were also laboring in vain at this point, with only a tiny few — Mr. Biden and Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — remaining as real competitors for the nomination. He warned in the interview that if Democrats were to embrace an overly liberal platform, it could make it harder for the party to defeat President Trump.

“I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders, and really it’s a debate about how far left the party should go,” Mr. Moulton said.

Mr. Moulton said he would run for re-election to the House, representing a coastal district to the north and east of Boston. Several other Democrats filed to run for his seat while Mr. Moulton was a presidential candidate, and he is likely to face a contested primary.

polarbear4

I did not remember that we tried to overthrow Nicaragua’s government a year ago.

WindDancer13

How many people do you think remember our war against Grenada?
(Also covers some of Honduras and Chile and the media’s role.)

In Part 1 of this discussion (this is Part 2), Kinzer lists US interventions in a long display of US interference.

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

I remember Maurice Bishop. Sad, sad, sad.

polarbear4

polarbear4

polarbear4

jcitybone

https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/8/23/20828842/bernie-sanders-electric-school-buses

Bernie Sanders’s just-released Green New Deal plan is huge — $16 trillion, dozens of different clean energy and climate adaptation programs. But one of its more modest proposals stands out as a spectacularly good idea.

That’s his proposal to make school buses stop poisoning our children.

Lots of the proposals in Sanders’s Green New Deal proposal are exciting, and some of them have much greater potential than the bus proposal to fight climate change. But the bus proposal is worth paying attention to. It’ll give 24 million kids cleaner air to breathe and support the development of an emerging green technology — electric buses — that are needed the world over. The net costs to the government might be zero (thanks to the lower long-term costs of electric buses), and the net benefits to society look enormous.

Sometimes, a serious look at policy turns up some clear wins. This is one of them — and whoever becomes president, I hope it becomes policy.

polarbear4

glad to have the support, but this kind of endorsement also irritates me. Whoever becomes president better do the whole shebang as soon as possible.
🙅🏻‍♀️

magsview

ASAP

polarbear4

polarbear4


yikes. A good reason not to shop Amazon.

WindDancer13

I have mentioned this before: Amazon sells illegal software and has been doing so for quite some time. So I am not surprised that they ignore other legalities.

polarbear4

WindDancer13

My eulogy for David Koch: Oh, gee, golly darn. Say “Hello” to Satan for me and enjoy the roasting.

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

Lol

wi61

One down, one to go, cant forgive Koch for what his group; Americans for (The 1%s) Prosperity did to Wi over the past 10 years. Oh by the way I wonder whom he willed his congress critters that he owned in Wi.to.

wi61

I guess the longevity treatments didn’t work on Koch

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WindDancer13

David has a least one son. He designs very brightly (some may even call them garish) men’s shirts. The piece I saw on him did not give the feeling that he is of the same ilk as his father and uncle, but that is not a guarantee that he isn’t. I do not know if there were siblings.

Not just WI, but I can see a major income decrease for a lot of politically-purchased pundits and agents. Little did they see THAT recession coming.

Benny

I guess the Westboro Baptist Church won’t be protesting at his funeral.

magsview

Friday Funny

magsview

Is it just me, or do most of these extremely brave environmental defenders putting their very lives on the line seems to be women?!

magsview

A good thread describing that unhelpful new version of Monopoly (Monopoly:Socialism) that Hasbro put out.

magsview

I hope this sets a precedent. (or does this mean it already has?)

RELEASE: Judge Dismisses FOP Lawsuit Over DAO Police Misconduct Disclosure Database

PHILADELPHIA (August 23, 2019) — The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas this week dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the Fraternal Order of Police(FOP) Lodge 5 against the City of Philadelphia and District Attorney Larry Krasner. The ruling allows the District Attorney’s Office (DAO) to continue to comply with Brady v. Maryland by maintaining and disclosing all evidence and information regarding police misconduct that is favorable to defendants.

The DAO maintains a database of police officers, called the Police Misconduct Disclosure Database, who have histories of arrests, convictions, disciplinary violations or documented behaviors that warrant disclosure to defendants. For instance, an officer who has previously been found to have provided inaccurate or false testimony in prior cases is entered into the database. Prosecutors working on a case involving that officer disclose that information to the defendant and, in some cases, that officer is not called to testify or participate in the criminal case.

“I am pleased that the court has thrown out this frivolous, politically motivated lawsuit that was meant to distract from the urgent need to increase transparency and accountability within the Philadelphia Police Department to ensure a truly fair, ethical, and efficient system of criminal justice,” District Attorney Krasner said. “To ensure just outcomes we must have assurances that defendants’ constitutional rights are respected and upheld. The DAO Police Misconduct Disclosure Database seeks to ensure there is integrity in the criminal justice system. The FOP leadership that opposes Brady disclosures regarding police misconduct tells us a lot about its priorities: to protect and often promote officers who do wrong at the expense of officers who do right. The prosecutors of the District Attorney’s Office will continue working with the thousands of dedicated Philadelphia Police officers who work hard every day to protect the public while upholding people’s constitutionally protected rights.”

https://medium.com/philadelphia-justice/release-judge-dismisses-fop-lawsuit-over-dao-police-misconduct-disclosure-database-eea7969997ef

polarbear4

EyeRound
EyeRound

Happy Birthday to JD! 😁

polarbear4

‼️🤗🌸💫🎂🍦🎆🎁🎉🎈🧸🎈🧚🏽‍♂️🧚🏼‍♀️🧞‍♀️🐻🦊🦁🐶💕🦜JD 🌝

polarbear4

someone please pull the plug.

WindDancer13

‘Beware the Philanthropist, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
(with apologies to Lewis Carroll)

polarbear4

I encourage everyone to RT this as often and as widely as you can. The MSM likely won’t even cover this. Can you imagine if Bernie supporters did this wind come along was speakin I encourage everyone to RT this as often and as widely as you can. The MSM likely won’t even cover this. Can you imagine if Bernie supporters did this when Kamala was up?

Benny

The Clinton apologists.

polarbear4

im shocked and mad that this won’t likely be publicized. dearly hope it backfires.

polarbear4

😂 Wind come along = when Kamala.

polarbear4

and double words. sorry! wonder qhy it does that.

humphrey

Have you been drinking? (just kidding) 😜

polarbear4

polarbear4

you must’ve done something great with WordPress @liepardestin. I haven’t been kicked off of login all day. Yay!

humphrey

Finally Joe tells the truth!

humphrey

humphrey

polarbear4

+Saudis.

WindDancer13

Not as funny as yesterday’s posting (imo), but cute.

Best comment:

theDARKTURRET
This video is so British that it colonized my computer.

humphrey

Liz once again doing her Bernie impersonation.

humphrey

Or maybe Bernie is moonlighting as her speechwriter. /S

humphrey

humphrey

Shahid Buttar is getting noticed. Now we need to get him elected.

polarbear4

Does he look like a mafia guy or what?`

if you socialists know what’s good for ya….

polarbear4

this Would make a great tweet.

polarbear4

haha! spoke too soon. got kicked out. 😂
anyhoo

polarbear4

humphrey

polarbear4

dangerous to fossil fuel money and all the corporate dems.

humphrey

Change of pace.😁

jcitybone

The pitties did it!

polarbear4

humphrey

jcitybone

Subir is taking a break from DK. Even less reason to visit. I thanked him for fighting the good fight there and asked him if he was going to spend more time here.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/23/1880933/-I-wish-you-good-fortune-in-the-primaries-to-come?utm_campaign=recent#comment_74769376

Benny

I’ve also asked him to publish here.

Here are the parts of the diary that resonated with me:

This site’s owner has never really been comfortable with left-leaning views. Moderation here has always been haphazard, and often easily gamed by camps who curry favor with moderators. Moderation on an open site is, in general a thankless task, so I have empathy for the folks tasked with dealing with the baroque characters assembled here. With Trump in the White House, the fear that many feel has created an ever more absurd environment.

Quality has suffered in lock step. Even a small UI change, moving the Community Spotlight below the rec list, I have lately found, is a jarring signal of changed priorities. I rarely got on Community Spotlight in the past few years. But I always knew that’s where the actual cream of the community crop was. I also know that it did not always rise to the top of the rec list.

It’s been dead easy to get to the top of the rec list in the Trump era. Take a clever tweet or a line from a speech attacking Trump and put it in the title. Or, weave a breathless tale about the imminent impeachment of Trump. For months, that sugar rush was what we craved and many of us still do. I say we because I was a participant. It was and is a comfortable story to tell ourselves. The unfortunate flip side is that all other, meaningful stories are shouted down in defense of “unity”.

snip

Where, how and from whom candidates raise campaign funds is a legitimate topic of discussion. It also matters to voters, many of whom distrust politicians who seem to be too cozy with wealthy Americans. The median household in this country makes less than $60,000 a year. Nearly 1 in 5 American children live in poverty.

Think for a moment, of the optics of hosting fundraisers at a private mansion where the landscaping bill for a summer season exceeds the median household income of the US. If you think these optics don’t matter, I have four bridges across the East River that I’d like to sell you.

It’s not just optics. Fundraisers and who has your ear at them influences policies. Who a candidate pitches their campaign to, and the words they use to appeal to them matter. These words influence their platform, these events influence their hiring, and eventually they influence the policies they support. It’s systematic, yet many in this community seem willing to pretend that it isn’t. The voters we need to support us are not so naive or willfully ignorant.

It is not the “politics of destruction” or a “gratuitous attack” to point out what a candidate plainly says at campaign events, or where these campaign events are held. It is not malicious to point out a candidate is back-tracking or watering down a proposal they claimed to support. Campaign finance is one of the biggest structural factors to have influenced our politics over the past few decades.

It’s a sign of enormous weakness to claim simultaneously that the venues and donors don’t matter, or should even be celebrated, while condemning factual reporting on them. I suspect all of you, in your heart of hearts, know this. Heck, I don’t have to suspect, most of this community seems to support Elizabeth Warren, who has eschewed such fund-raisers, precisely because she too knows the optics are terrible.

Our eventual Democratic candidate’s success will actually depend on having an honest and open primary. If we hide the differences between the candidates, or seek to paper over issues and optics that send signals voters recognize, we will end up with a weak candidate and a weak general election campaign. We will not be furthering the supposed goal of this site, “more and better” Democrats.

humphrey

Thanks for the link as it as it is a good read. I haven’t participated ( except for occasional lurking) at that site since 2016 or I would have recommended it.

humphrey

Reading the comments re enforces that I made the correct decision.

jcitybone

😁😁😁

https://www.theonion.com/bernie-sanders-launches-16-trillion-climate-plan-1837515504

Democratic 2020 contender Bernie Sanders announced the most expansive climate plan among the field, spending $16 trillion to decarbonize the economy by 2050 and allegedly creating 20 million jobs, although the plan does not include technologies such as nuclear power or carbon sequestration. What do you think?

“How’s he going to pay for it? And don’t tell me to read the explanation of how he’s going to pay for it.”

AINSLEY CANTRELL • WHISTLE INSTRUCTOR

“$16 trillion? From what disproportionate military budget are we gonna get that kind of money?”

LEO MOHAMMED • HOLE DIGGER

“Jesus, when I said we should do something about climate change, I meant maybe a little more recycling.”

STEVEN VALDEZ • BENCH TECHNICIAN

jcitybone
jcitybone

What a world! Teen Vogue outshines WaPo

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/bernie-sanders-green-new-deal-reminder-necessary-climate-crisis

Bernie Sanders released his vision of the Green New Deal, the climate policy plan the 2020 Democratic presidential contender hopes will prepare the nation and the world to cope with and mitigate the potentially disastrous consequences of the climate crisis. According to Vox, it’s his longest policy proposal to date and The New York Times reports that it’s the most expensive climate change proposal of any 2020 presidential candidate so far, making it clear how central the Green New Deal is to the Vermont Independent senator’s campaign.

By making such a bold vision a cornerstone of his run for president, Sanders offered up a reminder of what’s truly necessary when it comes to addressing the effects of climate change.

Sanders’s Green New Deal could not only be a form of progress in the fight against the climate crisis, but it could also fundamentally reshape our society in ways we can’t possibly imagine now. Whether or not he wins the Democratic nomination or becomes president, we may hope that some leader, someday, might display this level of ambition in the fight for the planet. We need it.

Tyrannocaster

Teen Vogue has had some great articles this season, and I never thought I would say that, but it’s true.

jcitybone
humphrey

polarbear4

oh my goodness


nobody does it like Nina

polarbear4

polarbear4
humphrey

I hope that this is the first of many unions feeling the Bern.

WindDancer13

The article is from 2015.

humphrey

Well it is time for a repeat.😏

WindDancer13

Then the tweet should have honestly stated that.

Tyrannocaster

Yeah – I was thinking, WTF?

humphrey

polarbear4

2016, but still, why hire a guy who’d pay Brock? super disappointed ☹️

humphrey

Small group but still significant.

polarbear4

humphrey

WTF!

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/458639-biden-asks-voters-to-imagine-if-obama-had-been-assassinated

Former Vice President Joe Biden raised eyebrows Friday when he asked attendees at a town hall in New Hampshire to imagine if former President Obama had been assassinated.

The remark at the event, which was billed as focused on health care, came while Biden was talking about his political heroes, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., who died in 1968.

“My senior semester, they were both shot and killed,” Biden said, according to multiple reports. “Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, if Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would’ve happened in America?”

The question was intended to spark a conversation comparing today’s political climate to that of the late 1960s. Biden told the crowd the dual assassinations of Kennedy and King helped spark his own political awareness as a young man.

The jarring question was raised on a day when the campaign would rather have focused on touting the 11th anniversary of Obama’s announcement of Biden as his running mate in the 2008 race.

WindDancer13

Having read that part of his speech in full, there is no excuse for this. I have seen his apologists trying to claim that the remark had to be taken in context with what he was saying, but it does not jive. In fact, I cannot think of a context in which this would ever be appropriate.

polarbear4

he can’t help it. someone truly needs to stop this. msm could start treating hus candidacy like Bernie’s.

nite all frustrating day for me I let myself get sucked in glad for you all.

WindDancer13

You are way more generous than I can be. He could help it if his enablers would deflate his ego which is the only reason he is running. I would suggest self-reflection, but that I do believe him incapable of.

Imagine if he had not entered the race what a robust discussion we could be having about progressive issues rather than his continuous gaffes that are getting worse by the day (much like Trump’s, it is almost like they are riding in tandem).

polarbear4

tru dat.

humphrey

This may be a repeat but that is OK

humphrey

I guess that I should scroll a bit more. Must be over tired.🙄 Time to call it a nite.

polarbear4

it’s a good one. 🤗

humphrey

I am not so sure about that Joe.

polarbear4

They’re all trying to sound like Bernie, but their heart and soul are not in it.

magsview

I’m going to start an Open Thread, unless anyone else beats me to it! 😉

If so, I’ll just put my few things in that thread.

See you soon! chirp

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