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Don midwest
Don midwest

MORE THAN 170 NEWS OUTLETS from around the world with a combined audience of hundreds of millions of people have now signed up for Covering Climate Now, a project co-founded by CJR and The Nation aimed at strengthening the media’s focus on the climate crisis.

All outlets have committed to running a week’s worth of climate coverage in the lead-up to the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York on Sept. 23. At that meeting, the world’s governments will submit plans to meet the Paris Agreement’s pledge to keep global temperature rise “well below” 2 degrees Celsius.

“The need for solid climate coverage has never been greater,” said Kyle Pope, CJR’s editor and publisher. “We’re proud that so many organizations from across the US and around the world have joined with Covering Climate Now to do our duty as journalists—to report this hugely important story.”

list of outlets in the article

Covering Climate Now signs on over 170 news outlets

orlbucfan

🙂 🙂

Don midwest
Don midwest

Bernie bashing continues

jcitybone

The article doesn’t express an opinion about why the fact checker did this (which is certainly an omission), but we can all guess.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/bernie-sanders-medical-bankruptcy-washington-post-fact-check-878120/

To review: the Post fact checker, going straight to the source, a Harvard lecturer, found that Sanders’ was sticking to close to the facts, and if anything understating the problem.

So why didn’t the Post give Bernie a coveted “Geppetto Checkmark” for truthfulness. (Yes, it’s really called this — you can’t make this shit up.) Who knows?!?

The author spends the rest of the 1,600 word piece splitting hairs and then tying them into knots. He takes it upon himself to not simply fact check Sanders, but the medical journal that Sanders relied on. And it turns out that, if you dig down far enough, you can uncover a minor-league academic beef about bankruptcy statistics, with professors arguing about the extent to which one can say the contributing factor of medical debt is actually what “caused” the bankruptcy.

Despite his pageant of pedantry, the fact checker doesn’t get to the bottom of anything. He doesn’t prove that one side in this ivory tower debate is in fact right, while the other is actually wrong. More important, he doesn’t offer any evidence that Sanders was aware of this teapot tempest or that he in any way set out to deceive voters. Instead author proudly presents the unholy tangle he, himself, created to conclude: “The omissions and twists are significant enough to merit Three Pinocchios for Sanders.”

The process by which the Post fact checker transmogrified a basically true statement into a ruling of “mostly false” is a case study in the uselessness of the political fact-check as it is often practiced.

wi61

What the Post doesn’t realize is; 500k or 530k it don’t matter as Bernie will get it to 0 bankruptcies once M4A goes into effect for all

Don midwest
Don midwest

#TrumpHatesMilitaryFamilies

is trending on twitter

jcitybone

Gimme a break Fox. That interview was not tense. Bernie just refused to agree with the interviewer that he needs to go after Warren.

jcitybone

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/bernie-sanders-killer-mike-intervew-877912/

Bernie Sanders turned heads during his 2016 presidential campaign when he drew an unlikely endorsement from Atlanta rapper Killer Mike. The two met over soul food in the fall of 2015, and Killer Mike, real name Michael Render, went on to campaign for the progressive senator. “I am here because working class and poor people deserve a chance at economic freedom,” he said at an event for Sanders at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. “In my heart of hearts, in my heart of hearts, I truly believe that Bernie Sanders is the right man to lead this country.”

Four years later, Killer Mike is still riding the Bernie bandwagon. The 44-year-old rapper and activist recently sat down with the 77-year-old senator to discuss wealth inequality, and health care, particularly diabetes and the exorbitant cost of insulin, which is used by 7.5 million Americans, around 25 percent of which are forced to ration the drug because of how expensive it is. “Black people are more disproportionately affected by diabetes than any other group,” said Killer Mike. “So when you say diabetes and are talking about free health care, I want people who look like me on the other side of the camera to recognize this is a black issue.”

Citing Cardi B’s recent sit-down with Sanders, Killer Mike also shed some light on why an elderly Jewish man from Vermont has picked up so many endorsements from the hip-hop community. “It’s not like you sent out feelers in the hottest clubs,” he said. “You don’t have Bernie Sanders in the compound, buying bottles, recruiting us. Kids in hip-hop come from working class and poor environments.”

“In America, There Will Be Blood, the movie, we live that movie, that you can be rich,” Killer Mike went on after explaining that he has no problem paying high taxes if they go to services that can lift families up, like education. “Rich is a long life with your children. My grandparents were never rich. They raised three successful homeowners. We never had to go back to them and ask them. That’s rich. Rich is being able to spend the time with your family. Rich is not an endless pursuit of money, and I’m a rapper, right? I’ve got a chain and a Rolex.”

“Hey, you know what?” Sanders said after shaking Killer Mike’s hand. “I’ve been trying to say that for several years and this guy just did it a lot better than I did.”

jcitybone

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/29/sanders-and-warren-surging-wall-streets-2020-nightmare-coming-true

For plutocrats, this summer has gotten a bit scary. Two feared candidates are rising. Trusted candidates are underperforming. The 2020 presidential election could turn out to be a real-life horror movie: A Nightmare on Wall Street.

“Wall Street executives who want Trump out,” Politico reported in January, “list a consistent roster of appealing nominees that includes former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California.”

But seven months later, those “appealing nominees” don’t seem appealing to a lot of voters. Biden’s frontrunner status is looking shaky, while other Wall Street favorites no longer inspire investor confidence: Harris is stuck in single digits, Booker is several points below her, and Gillibrand just dropped out of the race.

Meanwhile, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are drawing large crowds and rising in polls. In pivotal early states like Iowa and especially New Hampshire, reputable poll averages indicate that Biden is scarcely ahead.

“Bankers’ biggest fear” is that “the nomination goes to an anti-Wall Street crusader” like Warren or Sanders, Politico reported, quoting the CEO of a “giant bank” who said: “It can’t be Warren and it can’t be Sanders. It has to be someone centrist and someone who can win.”

Like many other progressives, I continue to actively support Sanders as a candidate who bypasses euphemisms, names ultra-powerful villains—and directly challenges those in power who’ve been warping and gaming the economic systems against working-class people.

Those systems are working quite nicely for the ultra-rich, like the giant bank CEO who told Politico that “it can’t be Warren and it can’t be Sanders.” That’s the decision from Wall Street. The decision from Main Street is yet to be heard.

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polarbear4

have to admit, the optics are good. Yes, they are both elderly, but there is a lot of experience, camaraderie, and wisdom in that photo, to me.

humphrey

A big quibble with this!

https://www.commdiginews.com/business-2/elizabeth-warren-progressive-capitalism-champion-117398/

WASHINGTON. Senator Elizabeth Warren is emphatic in her opinion of capitalism: She loves it. She said as much in an interview with CNBC editor John Harwood:

I am a capitalist. Come on. I believe in markets. What I don’t believe in is theft, what I don’t believe in is cheating. That’s where the difference is. I love what markets can do, I love what functioning economies can do. They are what make us rich, they are what create opportunity. But only fair markets, markets with rules. Markets without rules is about the rich take it all, it’s about the powerful get all of it. And that’s what’s gone wrong in America.

People lump Warren and fellow presidential contender, Senator Bernie Sanders in the “progressive” basket. Neither objects to the label. But Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist.” He makes no bones about his view that capitalism is the problem, not the solution to America’s economic woes.

On the other hand, Warren says that the problem is not capitalism, but capitalism without rules. She wants better rules.

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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-07-03/elizabeth-warren-wins-respect-in-unlikeliest-place-wall-street

There’s a new whisper on Wall Street — maybe Elizabeth Warren isn’t so bad.

The Democratic senator, who rose to national prominence by calling for tough regulation after the financial crisis, is winning respect from a small but growing circle of senior bankers and hedge fund managers. As the presidential candidate from Massachusetts takes aim at the “rich and powerful” with a slew of tax-raising policy proposals, some financial types who fit that description say she’s proven capable and makes some good points.

“If she ends up being the nominee, I’d have no trouble supporting her at all,” said David Schamis, chief investment officer of Atlas Merchant Capital, where he’s a founding partner alongside former Barclays Plc head Bob Diamond. While Warren isn’t Schamis’s top choice, he said: “I think she is smart, hardworking, responsible and thoughtful. And I think she thinks markets are important.”

humphrey

Sorry. I just couldn’t resist the temptation.😜

polarbear4

if the articles to be believed, the Democrats are doubling down on who they will allow consultants and others to help win primaries. Now it’s their candidate or no one.

And I did not know that Kamala is endorsing Hickenlooper. true colors. thinking lyrics—“ what color are you on the inside? “

polarbear4

this newscaster seems really good.
@liepardestin.

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LieparDestin

jcitybone

I found this interesting. The article itself from a Fox News contributor praising the New Dems less so

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/459094-looking-for-electability-in-all-the-wrong-places

To this end, members of the New Democrat Coalition, the largest ideological caucus in the House, sent a letter to the Democratic presidential candidates requesting individual meetings with them. New Democrats were responsible for winning 32 of the 40 seats Democrats took back in 2018, sending home big Republican names such as Barbara Comstock in Virginia and Pete Sessions in Texas.

Now there is a new class of big (Democrat) names, a majority of whom are part of this moderate ideological coalition offering advice and lessons from hotly contested elections.

Thus far, only Sanders and former congressman John Delaney have met with the group. Though both were closed-door, off-the-record meetings, someone familiar with the meetings told me that New Democrat members’ ideas and experiences were well received. Even Sanders, who acknowledged a huge gulf in policy priorities with the New Democrats and an aversion to “middle-ground” thinking, reportedly listened intently.

jcitybone

Biden is the only main contender who has stayed silent on this. Even Harris whose sister is married to the chief legal officer of Uber has given some support

https://prospect.org/article/bill-california-has-split-democratic-party

On Wednesday, a caravan of Lyft and Uber drivers, some 200 in total, arrived on the steps of the state capitol building in Sacramento. It marked the most recent stop in a multiday demonstration that started Tuesday, as drivers have traversed a route from Los Angeles to Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco, then on to the capitol, all in support of AB-5, a bill currently under consideration in the California State Senate.

If passed, that bill would reclassify Uber and Lyft drivers as employees, rather than independent contractors, a decision that could have profound and lasting consequences for both drivers and ridesharing companies themselves, along with numerous other companies that use freelancers or independent contractors. For the 220,000 Uber and Lyft drivers in the state, some of whom have been shown to make far less than minimum wage and all of whom are without benefits, reclassification as employees could result in significant increases in pay; for the ridesharing companies themselves, an increased cost of labor would make things even more difficult as they struggle to turn anything resembling a profit even currently. The decision could send shock waves not just through Silicon Valley, but through the gig economy broadly.

Drivers aren’t the only ones taking a keen interest in the bill. It’s quickly become a political litmus test for Democrats at the national level. And it’s fracturing the Democratic Party along battle lines, with Obama-era Democrats lining up behind Uber and Lyft while the presidential candidates and recently elected Democrats stump on behalf of AB-5.

The tumult over AB-5 paints a vivid picture of the Obama-era Democratic Party and the stark differences being seen in the new crop of Democratic figureheads. Democrats during the Obama years were criticized for their coziness with Silicon Valley; indeed, the revolving door between the Obama administration and companies like Google, Facebook, and the aforementioned ridesharing companies was robust throughout his two terms, while donations from the Valley poured in. Now, these deep-pocketed tech firms are calling in the support they paid for.

But the post-Obama Democrats aren’t nearly as smitten with Silicon Valley, and have articulated a set of labor policies notably to the left of his administration. The bill has exposed the ongoing identity crisis for Democrats as they search to find their political footing in the post-Obama years. The widespread support from the presidential candidates shows the party may indeed have moved meaningfully to the left, but it will have to continue to contend with Obama holdovers who have proven hesitant to do the same.

jcitybone

JC Superstar is one of my favorites

polarbear4

Cannot tell you how many times I sang with and danced around to that album back in the day. this guy is a hoot!

wi61

Had to play that twice 🙂

WindDancer13

Your moment of Zen:

This is how an ecosystem works. Notice what species of animal is not needed.

Don midwest
Don midwest

smaller and larger ecosystemn

No microbiome is an island, unprecedented survey of Hawaiian valley reveals

Even the internal world of microbes on which almost every plant and animal depends is part of a larger ecosystem, findings from a Hawaiian valley suggest. Researchers have tended to study such microbial communities—found in animal guts and in nitrogen-fixing nodules on legume roots, for example—in isolation. But by sampling and analyzing bacteria throughout Oahu’s Waimea Valley, a team has found that each organism’s microbiome is a subset of what exists in the broader environment and in organisms lower on the food web. “The real surprise was the extent to which microbes are spread across hosts and habitats,” said microbial ecologist Anthony Amend, one of about two dozen researchers at the University of Hawaii (UH) in Honolulu who conducted the survey. “We have been wearing blinders.”

Instead of individual microbiomes, picture a single “ecosystem microbiome,” says Amend, who presented the findings here at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America this month. The work “has the possibility of giving us a whole picture of how microbes move within and across environments,” adds Kabir Gabriel Peay, an ecologist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California, who heard the meeting presentation. “This approach is really critical if we really want to know how microbiomes assemble.”

UH’s Margaret McFall Ngai, whose studies of bioluminescent microbes in squid over the past several decades revealed how intimate the connections between microbes and their hosts can be, thought the Hawaiian islands might do for microbes what they have for other flora and fauna: provide a laboratory for testing key ecological principles. And she realized that newly hired UH microbiome researchers had the range of expertise needed to do the work. Her colleagues were quickly sold on the idea, and they identified the Waimea Valley as a promising setting. A watershed just 12 kilometers long, Waimea encompasses a wide range of habitats, from dry beach to tropical rainforest.

polarbear4

common sense? great to have proof, but surprised that wasn’t the starting point.

sometimes academia forgets to go barefoot.

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Sound familiar?

WindDancer13

Good short video about the indigenous people’s fight against Bolsonaro’s destruction of the Amazon.

Karma: If Bolsonaro has his way and soy crops replace a chunk of the forest, what does he plan to do with it all? The video points out that the current indigenous people produce 70% of the country’s food stuffs. So what is the soy for? Could it be for exportation to China? That would leave Trump who supports Bolsonaro with having to explain to US farmers how he managed to lose the entire soy export business.

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jcitybone

Outrageous

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/29/sociopathic-disregard-our-future-trump-epa-set-gut-restrictions-planet-warming

Amid dire scientific warnings that the international community must act immediately to slash greenhouse gas emissions, President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency is reportedly set to take another step in the opposite direction Thursday by unveiling a rule that would gut restrictions on the fossil fuel industry’s methane pollution.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the proposed rule change Thursday, the EPA’s plan would scrap regulations requiring the oil and gas industry to “install technologies that monitor and limit leaks from new wells, tanks and pipeline networks and to more frequently inspect for leaks.”

“It would also forestall legal requirements that would have forced the EPA to set rules on emissions from thousands of pre-existing wells and industry sites,” the Journal reported.

Environmentalists reacted with outrage to the new proposal. “This administration is ultimately driven by sociopathic disregard for our future,” said Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch.

Earthworks policy director Lauren Pagel called the rule “reckless” and said it will “impact millions of families living with oil and gas air pollution in their backyards.”

“President Trump once again signaled his ignorance towards the science of climate crisis and his indifference towards public health,” said Pagel.

The Trump administration expects the rule, which must go through a 60-day public comment period, to take effect early next year. The rollback was immediately praised by the American Petroleum Institute, a major trade group representing the fossil fuel industry.

WindDancer13

Maybe we are pointing our anger in the wrong direction? Trump could deregulate to his heart’s content, but if fossil fuel companies were the focus of that anger, rather than the middle man (Trump), it might be possible to get them to curb at least some of their enthusiasm for destruction. The free market claim is that corporations will regulate themselves . . . Prove it!

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WindDancer13

The farmers of the US need to revolt against Trump, but because so much farmland is now in the hands of corporations, it won’t happen. Trump’s selective bailout (aka socialism) of “farmers” now amounts to around $30 billion of taxpayer money. In essence, we are paying for yet another war . . . a war on the US food supply and sanity.

polarbear4

wow.

humphrey

John Anzalone a neutral observer. HAH!

https://theintercept.com/2019/05/10/biden-lobbying-usmca-nafta/

JOHN ANZALONE, AN adviser and pollster for Joe Biden, is working for an industry-funded lobbying group formed to help pass President Donald Trump’s NAFTA 2.0, which unions have thus far opposed. The announcement was first made in Politico Playbook.

Anzalone is the president of Anzalone Liszt, a prominent Democratic polling firm. He is joining Trade Works for America, an organization co-founded by Marc Short, who is now Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff. Funding for the group, which expects to spend $15 million to $20 million, comes from “the pharmaceutical industry, oil and gas, the automotive and agricultural sectors, and traditional GOP donors.”

He is a partner in ALGreasearch

https://algpolling.com/team/

ALG Research is a full-service public opinion research and consulting firm that bridges the gap between data and action. We leverage cutting edge quantitative and qualitative research techniques, and we go beyond the numbers to offer meaning, not just data. We put in the work and turn over every rock until we find the insights that unlock your success. Our clients’ causes are our causes, and we are there with you every step of the way. Learn more about our unique team and how our research can make your efforts more effective and efficient.

Under lining by me. Some might call it cooking the numbers.😁

JOHN ANZALONE
PARTNER

John Anzalone has over twenty-five years of polling experience and has polled for the presidential campaigns of both Barack Obama (2008 & 2012) and Hillary Clinton (2016). He has helped elect U.S. senators, governors and dozens of members of Congress. In 2018, John helped elect new governors in Michigan (Gretchen Whitmer), and Nevada (Steve Sisolak). In 2016, he polled for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the fight against the state’s anti-LGBT laws and is polling in 2019 to help re-elect Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards. During the 2018 midterms, John’s firm helped flip five GOP congressional seats as well as electing Kyrsten Sinema to the Senate in AZ.

polarbear4

Is that a socialist on your doorstep?

Don midwest
Don midwest

is it a criminal ring?

WindDancer13

In the wake of the college news that tends to show the elitism at many colleges, it is good to be reminded that there are those in the college system who do fight the system, for justice.

The following is from a listserv that I belong to. It is a part of the Modern Language Association (MLA).

Resolution Condemning Affiliations between ICE and Higher Education

Whereas several US universities have contracts with, and host recruitment
for, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);

Whereas ICE has been cited for numerous human rights abuses at the border
and in detention facilities;

WHEREAS university contracts with ICE legitimate ICE as a branch of
government and potential employer;

Be it resolved that the MLA urge university faculty, staff and
administrators to sever existing ties and forgo future contracts with ICE;

Be it further resolved that the MLA support sanctuary movements on campuses
that seek to protect immigrant students and workers.

For those unfamiliar with the MLA or only know it by its handbooks, there is a Wiki page with a brief explanation of who they are. It doesn’t go much into the association’s or its affiliates’ activism, but it does contain this one piece to give you an idea of how college associates lean:

The association has been criticized by some for considering the proposal of an academic boycott of Israel, in December 2016.[12] The proposed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution was met with backlash from scholars, lawyers, and organizations that denounced its sentiments and potential illegality.[13] The Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law issued a letter to the association’s President Kwame Anthony Appiah and Executive Director Rosemary G. Feal, warning the association that the resolution was ultra vires.[14][15] The MLA rejected the boycott in a 113 to 79 vote during its annual meeting in January 2017.[16]

No one is immune from political/corporate lobbying.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/458966-colorado-women-senate-candidates-ask-dscc-to-rescind-hickenlooper

Six of the seven women running in Colorado’s Democratic Senate primary are asking the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) to rescind its endorsement of former Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).

Their letter to the DSCC, obtained by a Denver ABC affiliate, was sent Monday, on U.S. Women’s Equality Day, and lamented that qualified women are often “passed over” in favor of male candidates.

“We are writing today to urge the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to reconsider its early endorsement of former Governor John Hickenlooper,” wrote Alice Madden, Diana Bray, Stephany Rose Spaulding, Lorena Garcia, Michelle Ferrigno Warren and state Sen. Angela Williams.

“All of us, like many women in Colorado and across the country, have seen well-qualified women passed over for male candidates in the workplace time and again,” they added in the letter to the DSCC, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), the chairwoman of the DSCC.

They also raised questions about Hickenlooper’s comments regarding progressive Democrats.

“Governor Hickenlooper is utterly disrespectful and tone deaf to the contributions of activists and communities that make Colorado a leader on progressive values,” they wrote.

orlbucfan

He’s just another GOPuke Lite from the Raygun era. Piss on him!

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orlbucfan

Looks like a real highly evolved human-not!

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orlbucfan

He needs to get off his apathetic butt and show some leadership.

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before Hickenlooper had even entered the race. no surprise, really, but it seems that we’ve got to have serious discussions about building a third political power. at some point, the boulder will be lighter on another hill.

humphrey

How Bernie Sanders Would Pressure Bolsonaro to Stop Destroying the Amazon Rainforest

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humphrey

Latest MSM spin.

Now they are trying to equate Biden’s numerous gaffes with Trump’s blatant lies. To me it is comparing apples to oranges. There is a remote possibility that Trump could stop lying but it is impossible for Joe to stop committing gaffes.

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A serious question! How long before Biden offers Stacey Abrams as his running mate?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/stacey-abrams-rules-out-senate-run-in-georgia-after-sen-isaksons-resignation/ar-AAGsaaa

“Our thoughts are with Senator Isakson and his family. Leader Abrams’ focus will not change: She will lead voter protection efforts in key states across the country, and make sure Democrats are successful in Georgia in 2020,” said Seth Bringman, her spokesman. “While she will not be a candidate herself, she is committed to helping Democratic candidates win both Senate races next year.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/14/us/politics/stacey-abrams-vice-president.html

Stacey Abrams made it official this week that she would not seek the presidency after months of speculation among Democrats, becoming one of the most prominent party leaders to pass on the 2020 race. But in an interview Tuesday night, she said she was open to being considered for the No. 2 spot by “any nominee.”

Ms. Abrams, who drew national attention during her unsuccessful run for governor of Georgia last year, said that she would focus her next year on identifying and stemming voter suppression efforts throughout the country, a major priority for her for years, instead of running for president or the Senate.

But she has remained close to the presidential race, meeting privately with several candidates and topping lists of potential vice presidents.

orlbucfan

Abrams is that clueless and that is a shame.

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WindDancer13

Sent tweet to Macron suggesting he divert to Bolivia the G7 money Bolsonaro turned down to fight the Amazon fire.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/459360-progressive-group-no-longer-considering-harris-for-endorsement

White House hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) is no longer being considered for the endorsement of a prominent progressive group after her campaign said she could not participate in a scheduled Q&A next month.

The labor union-backed Working Families Party (WFP) is conducting a series of live streamed sessions with six candidates ahead of a mid-September vote by its grassroots members and board to make an endorsement. WFP will be one of the first left-leaning groups to throw its support behind a 2020 candidate.

“The one thing we asked of candidates who wanted to be considered by WFP members is that they had to be willing to take questions from us in a live Q&A. Our members were eager to ask Senator Harris about how she would address over-policing of communities of color, the existential threat of climate change, her position on healthcare, and how we can make our economy work for the many, not the few,” Nelini Stamp, director of strategy and partnerships at the Working Families Party, said in a statement to The Hill.

“We regret that Senator Harris did not agree to a time for an interview, and consequently is not moving forward in our process,” Stamp added.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.); former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are the five other candidates under consideration. They have all already completed Q&A sessions.

WindDancer13

Fill Harris’s spot with Tulsi. She didn’t make the next debate, not drop out.

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WindDancer13

Underlying assumption here is that all Muslims are brown/black. That is a stereotype that needs to be stopped . . . now.

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polarbear4

cruel to the candidates and the audience

polarbear4

and

polarbear4

wth is happening in our world?

humphrey

Rubbing it in!

Just drop out Joe.

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An oldie but very relevant still.

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Sadly! It has gotten to this point.

humphrey

I am happy to share this.😁👌👍

polarbear4

have the regular caucus?

humphrey

That is the way that I took it. However on second thought the DNC 💩 will try to make it a closed primary.

humphrey

A bit of an update but it doesn’t clarify matters.

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2019/08/29/election-2020-dnc-reject-iowa-virtual-caucuses-first-nation-status-rules-democratic-committee-caucus/2158798001/

The Democratic National Committee will reject Iowa’s plan for virtual caucuses — a decision that both complicates the Iowa Democratic Party’s implementation of the 2020 presidential caucuses and threatens their very existence going forward.

The decision was confirmed to the Des Moines Register late Thursday by two sources close to the conversations. It follows a meeting of the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee last week in San Francisco, where members voiced concerns about the security of the Iowa plan and the potential for hacking.

Neither representatives for the DNC nor the state party immediately responded to requests for comment Thursday evening.

In February, the state party unveiled the most substantial changes to the Iowa caucuses since their inception, proposing a series of “virtual” caucuses that would allow registered Democrats to participate over the phone.

humphrey

More in the NYTIMES.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/30/us/politics/dnc-iowa-virtual-caucus.html

WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee is preparing to block Iowa Democrats’ plans to allow some caucusgoers to vote by phone next year, bowing to security concerns about the process being hacked, according to four people with knowledge of the decision.

The committee’s announcement, expected to come by Friday afternoon in the form of a recommendation to the party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, serves as a major setback to Democrats who have long hoped to expand the caucus-state electorate beyond those voters able to attend a winter-night gathering for several hours.

In August 2018, D.N.C. members adopted new rules for the 2020 presidential primary that encouraged states that held caucuses to switch to primaries and required caucus states to allow for a form of participation that did not require attending a caucus event. Other reforms included reducing the power of the party’s superdelegates.

Party forces allied with Hillary Clinton have argued for years that states should shift from caucuses to primaries — or at least make the caucus process more accessible to people who cannot attend in person.

Nine states that held Democratic presidential caucuses in 2016 — Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Utah and Washington — have switched to primaries for 2020 at the urging of the D.N.C.

polarbear4

Primaries, of course, being eminently hackable, as well.

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Party forces allied with Hillary Clinton have argued for years that states should shift from caucuses to primaries

The years being: 2016 (post election night), 2017, 2018, and 2019-to-date.

Paper ballots in any election — but if they went that route at all they would certainly restrict participation to “real” Democrats.

WindDancer13

The DNC passed a rule that caucuses would have to find a way to allow absentee voting. Iowa came up with the virtual caucus. So by not allowing that (rather than finding a way to make it secure), it would seem that the DNC is trying to eliminate the caucus.

polarbear4

polarbear4

Good fracking people.

polarbear4

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polarbear4


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