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la58

Tip jar for LD and JD.

wi62

And with continued hopes that his job situation improves for them both!!

orlbucfan

Amen!😊

la58

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/08/07/dnc-appears-ready-sideline-progressive-standout-ocasio-cortez-upcoming-convention

Progressives expressed their discontent with the Democratic establishment Friday after reporting from Politico indicated that it was “unclear” if popular Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez would be guaranteed a speaking slot at the party’s convention.

“It would be stupid not to give” Ocasio-Cortez a role at the convention, Corbin Trent, a former top adviser to the New York Democrat, told Politico. “She’s one of the best speakers the Democratic Party’s got.”

polarbear4
polarbear4

they so scared

wi62

As they should be. One by one seats are slipping thru their fingers as the DNC tries to tighten its grip. Demographics are against them and they know it. If you saw the meme with Ike the current R party is way far away from that 56 platform. As the freedom caucus of the R’s has influenced the R party by being a pain in the ass on Progressive movement will do the same over time. Hopping that progressives take over the D party or force them to move to their corporate fascist R party. What is scary is that the US is well on its way to reinstating corporate servitude and most people are clueless about it.

polarbear4
polarbear4

“ What is scary is that the US is well on its way to reinstating corporate servitude and most people are clueless about it.” amen.

jcitybone

Another Tennessee race in which the progressive candidate did much better than expected

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2020/08/06/jim-cooper-house-election-results-tennessee-primary-challenge/3302026001/

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper will stay on the job after winning his first primary challenge in a decade to represent the Nashville-based 5th Congressional District.

The veteran of Congress and member of the Blue Dog Coalition of Democrats — a moderate wing of the party — fended off a challenge from progressive attorney Keeda Haynes and Joshua Rawlings, a former Republican small businessperson.

The Associated Press called the Democratic race for Cooper at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. As of 2 a.m. Friday, Cooper held a 57% to 39.7% lead over Haynes. He faces no Republican opposition in the Nov. 3 general election.

In a statement, Haynes said one thing is clear: “Our movement has shaken the status quo.”

“We ran the fiercest primary challenge Jim Cooper has seen in over a decade,” she said. “Our voices are stronger than ever. We will continue to speak out, we will continue to lead, and we will bring change to this district.”

Cooper, 66, raised about seven times as much as Haynes. The challenge, though, forced Cooper to take the race seriously, including airing television ads, as Haynes, 42, attracted support as she’s been considered Cooper’s first legitimate Democratic challenger in recent memory.

Nashville voters generally favor the stability of incumbents. But the surprising strength of Haynes, a relatively unknown outsider, suggests Cooper could be vulnerable against the right candidate in the 2022 primary.

Haynes, a first-time political candidate, ran to “take on the system” as African Americans like herself, have felt “locked out, abandoned and silenced” by a government that was designed to represent everyone’s interests.

She served 6½ years as an assistant public defender at the Metro Nashville Public Defender’s Office, compelled to serve after spending nearly four years in jail after college for a marijuana-related crime she says she did not commit.

Several local Black activists and community advocate groups backed her as they hoped she would replace Cooper, who they say is out of touch with Nashville voters.

jcitybone

Moved

orlbucfan

These Progressives need to run again. They need to get the name recognition and work on a campaign plan adapted from the 50-state strategy. It works. I’ve been watching it for over 16 years. I worked Howard Dean’s campaign and saw it up close and personal. 😊👍

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/opinion/coronavirus-us-recession.html

But things could get much worse. In fact, they probably will get much worse unless Republicans get serious about another economic relief package, and do it very soon.

I’m not sure how many people realize just how much deeper the coronavirus recession of 2020 could have been. Obviously it was terrible: Employment plunged, and real G.D.P. fell by around 10 percent. Almost all of that, however, reflected the direct effects of the pandemic, which forced much of the economy into lockdown.

What didn’t happen was a major second round of job losses driven by plunging consumer demand. Millions of workers lost their regular incomes; without federal aid, they would have been forced to slash spending, causing millions more to lose their jobs. Luckily Congress stepped up to the plate with special aid to the unemployed, which sustained consumer spending and kept the nonquarantined parts of the economy afloat.

Now that aid has expired. Democrats offered a plan months ago to maintain benefits, but Republicans can’t even agree among themselves on a counteroffer. Even if an agreement is hammered out — and there’s no sign that this is imminent — it will be weeks before the money is flowing again.

The suffering among cut-off families will be immense, but there will also be broad damage to the economy as a whole. How big will this damage be? I’ve been doing the math, and it’s terrifying.

jcitybone

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/511055-pelosi-schumer-say-white-house-declined-2t-coronavirus-deal

Democratic leaders said Friday that the White House rejected an offer for a roughly $2 trillion coronavirus relief package.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that as part of a closed-door Thursday meeting, Democrats offered to reduce their $3.4 trillion price tag by $1 trillion if Republicans would agree to raise their roughly $1 trillion package by the same amount.

That strategy, effectively trying to split the difference between the two sides, would result in legislation costing between $2 trillion and $2.4 trillion.

“‘We’ll take down a trillion, if you add a trillion in.’ They said absolutely not,” Pelosi said during a joint press conference with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Friday.

Pelosi and Schumer are expected to meet with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday. Pelosi said she would make the offer again as part of the private negotiations.

“I will once again make the offer: We’ll come down a trillion, you go up a trillion, and then we’ll be within range of each other,” Pelosi said. “But again, this a very different set of values across the table.”

Asked about raising their price tag by $1 trillion, Mnuchin told reporters on Friday: “That’s a non-starter.”

jcitybone

jcitybone

jcitybone

Of course, Biden-Rice might be even worse

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/08/07/joe-biden-kamala-harris-2020-election-vice-president-crime-column/3309744001/?ref=hvper.com

Biden-Harris. This is a match made in, well, about as far from heaven as you can get. More like at a public execution.

Remember that racist 1994 crime bill that Biden authored, championed, and defended for so many years? The same crime bill that fueled the mass incarceration that decimated the African-American community in the United States? Well, it was that bill that gave Harris the bricks to build her own political career on the west coast.

According to many legal experts, Harris was not the fabled “progressive prosecutor” she pretends to be. While she was San Francisco District Attorney, lawyers who worked for her were routinely accused of prosecutorial misconduct and cutting corners to rack up convictions even if some innocent people went to jail. About this, she did nothing.

Our view:Complicating coronavirus stimulus is the last thing struggling unemployment offices need

She seems to have decided early on that, as a black woman, the only way to climb the ladder politically in the Golden State was to reassure white liberal donors that she could protect them and their belongings from people who looked like her. It worked. She rose alright — on the backs of the less connected: the poor, the dispossessed, people of color.

Biden-Harris 2020? That’s not the ticket. As anyone who has been paying attention already knows, the theme of this rotten year is racial justice. America needs a fix to our criminal justice system, not another glaring reminder of just how broken it really is.

humphrey

wi62

I have low expectations for his VP unless its Nina which delegates me to winning the lottery on Saturday as well.

orlbucfan

Bass might like Scientologists but she comes off as a moderate with her head on straight. Between Harris 🤮, Rice, 🐍 (h/t humphrey), Bass doesn’t stink. Byedone needs to drop the senile arrogance and choose her. He could use all the good PR he can get esp. against the orange maggot!

jcitybone

Op Ed from Warren

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/08/06/nation-is-facing-housing-crisis-private-equity-firms-just-see-dollar-signs/?utm_source=reddit.com

The nation is facing an accelerating housing crisis. Too many people had no stable housing before the pandemic hit, and covid-19 has made the problem even worse. Renters who were already facing an affordable housing shortage (with many spending more than half of their income on rent) now have no federal rental assistance or federal protection from eviction. Homeowners have less than a month left of foreclosure protection. And more than 30 million people receiving unemployment insurance just saw their benefits cut by $600 a week, raising the threat of a wave of defaults that could trigger a double-dip recession.

Families see a looming catastrophe. But private equity firms just see dollar signs.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that investors are “preparing for what they believe could be a once-in-a generation opportunity to buy distressed real-estate assets at bargain prices.” This profiteering is far from “once-in-a-generation” though: It’s straight out of private equity’s playbook during the 2008 financial crisis. We all know what happened then: Homeowners targeted by predatory mortgages lost their homes to foreclosure, and private equity swept in to buy those homes at depressed prices. Communities of color were hit fastest and hardest. Just a handful of years after Black homeownership hit its highest point, the devastating waves of foreclosures wiped out nearly all of the growth in Black homeownership since the Fair Housing Act repealed Jim Crow redlining in 1968.

As federal unemployment benefits expire, tell us what this means for you and your family.

Following the 2008 crash, corporations that grabbed up properties on the cheap converted those homes into rentals, and turned into the worst kind of slumlords — jacking up rents, neglecting maintenance requests and health and safety concerns, and eagerly assessing fines, fees and eviction notices. Other corporate-owned homes were left vacant in a hoarding of housing stock.

We cannot stand by while this history repeats itself. If we fail to prevent another private equity real estate grab, we risk allowing another massive upheaval in the housing market that could wreak more havoc on low-income Americans, especially Black and brown families still recovering from losing their homes a decade ago. Against a decades-long backdrop of racist federal policies that have impeded Black homeownership, lawmakers’ refusal to proactively address this problem would be an indefensible oversight that would again give Wall Street carte blanche to use a national crisis to enact a massive, generational transfer of wealth from vulnerable Americans to corporations.

polarbear4
polarbear4

Last time it was a black Democrat. With both houses.

jcitybone
polarbear4
polarbear4

orlbucfan

Sounds like a virtual vomitathon. 🤮🤮 I will be sure to miss it!

wi62

same here, I’m sure someone here with a iron stomach will report it here for us

magsview

What the hell has Kasich done to deserve to stand (virtually) share the spotlight with Bernie? That’s just gross to put those two names next to each other!

polarbear4
polarbear4

polarbear4
polarbear4

2 systems of justice

polarbear4
polarbear4

humphrey

orlbucfan

Is the Nest doing any linking on this one? Sounds important!🗽☮️

wi62

Gotta be better than the DNC BS that’s going to be on. I thought about watching it for Bernies part but someone will probably post it here.

humphrey

humphrey

humphrey

wi62

You can murder a revolutionary, Hmmmm what if that person is elevated to a martyr for his or her cause you cant murder that. Change is as relentless as the passage of time no one can stop either process.

humphrey

humphrey
polarbear4
polarbear4

the next wave of voters. way to go drumpf