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la58

orlbucfan

Great tune, la58!! Very appropo to phatkhat’s posting the parody. 🙂

We reggae freaks lost another great one. Toots of Toots and the Maytals. 🙁

magsview

I was sad to see that news this morning. 🙁

magsview

magsview

orlbucfan

T and R, Ms. Benny!! 😊☮️👍

magsview

Thank you Benny!

Always great to see all you birdies.

Here’s one for polarbear:

polarbear4
polarbear4

😊🐬🐬

orlbucfan

Hope you are staying safe. Be well, pb4. 🙂

magsview

Apologies if this was already posted, but it was the best news I could find.

Bernie-Inspired Organizers and Rhode Island Voters Deliver ‘Crystal Clear Message’ With Progressive Primary Wave

“No one is entitled to their seats,” said Medicare for All advocate Cynthia Mendes after winning a high-profile race. “If you’re not working for people, you will be replaced.”

State-level progressive candidates across Rhode Island celebrated victories Friday after 38,000 mail-in ballots were tallied in this week’s primary elections in which more than a dozen centrist Democratic incumbents were rejected by voters in favor of challengers offering more visionary solutions.

The victories of candidates including Cynthia Mendes, a Medicare for All advocate and single working mother who beat state Senate Finance Committee Chairman William Conley, and Briana Henries, who faced homelessness as a child and campaigned on affordable housing in her state House race, follow tireless organizing by progressive groups established in recent years in the state.

Reclaim RI—established in May by former volunteers for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign—celebrated the victories of four of its endorsed candidates, including state Sen. Sam Bell, a Medicare for All supporter who easily retained his seat despite being challenged by an establishment-backed Providence City Council member.

The group led volunteers in knocking on “thousands of doors” during the primary campaign with the aim of ensuring working families in Rhode Island have a voice in the state capitol.

orlbucfan

That last paragraph sure sounds like the 50-state-strategy. 😊 If so, no wonder RI Progressives won big. ☮️✊👍

jcitybone

In some ways I think this is also an opening shot for post election if Biden wins

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bernie-sanders-expresses-concerns-about-biden-campaign/2020/09/12/a0ccc4fa-f4a1-11ea-b796-2dd09962649c_story.html

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is privately expressing concerns about Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, according to three people with knowledge of the conversations, urging Biden’s team to intensify its focus on pocketbook issues and appeals to liberal voters.

Sanders, the runner-up to Biden in the Democratic primary, has told associates that Biden is at serious risk of coming up short in the November election if he continues his vaguer, more centrist approach, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe sensitive talks.

The senator has identified several specific changes he’d like to see, saying Biden should talk more about health care and about his economic plans, and should campaign more with figures popular among young liberals, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Asked for comment, Sanders’s team provided a statement from Faiz Shakir, the senator’s former campaign manager in the presidential race, saying that Sanders is “working as hard as he can” to get Biden elected but has advised some strategic adjustments.

“Senator Sanders is confident that Joe Biden is in a very strong position to win this election, but nevertheless feels there are areas the campaign can continue to improve upon,” Shakir said. “He has been in direct contact with the Biden team and has urged them to put more emphasis on how they will raise wages, create millions of good paying jobs, lower the cost of prescription drugs and expand health care coverage.”

Shakir said Sanders “also thinks that a stronger outreach to young people, the Latino community and the progressive movement will be of real help to the campaign.”

But it is rare that a prominent party figure to repeatedly voice private criticisms of the party’s nominee and acknowledge them publicly, especially in the campaign’s final stretch. Sanders’s decision to do so suggests the ongoing frustration among liberals, who urgently want Biden to defeat President Trump but are upset that he has taken a relatively centrist path.

Still, Sanders has worked hard to publicly support Biden, and Democrats are eager to avoid the divide between the senator and Hillary Clinton that hurt the party in 2016. On Saturday, Sanders is slated to host a virtual town hall that is expected to express support for Biden.

But Sanders contends Democrats have the best chance of winning if they stress economic populism, those close to him said, rather than if they embrace a sole strategy of attacking Trump and avoiding hot-button issues.

The people familiar with Sanders’s private conversations said he has a expressed a sentiment that the liberal, millennial slice of the party has not received the attention its merits. As a candidate, Sanders drew big crowds of hundreds — sometimes thousands — of young, enthusiastic people with left-leaning views.

Another Sanders concern, according to one of the people, is that the Biden campaign has kept its distance from some of the marquee surrogates who campaigned for Sanders and helped him attract a large following. Ocasio-Cortez, for example, has not campaigned closely with Biden.

The people familiar with Sanders’s private conversations said he has a expressed a sentiment that the liberal, millennial slice of the party has not received the attention its merits. As a candidate, Sanders drew big crowds of hundreds — sometimes thousands — of young, enthusiastic people with left-leaning views.

And in questioning Biden’s outreach to Latino voters, among whom Sanders showed strength in the Democratic primary, the senator is touching on a topic that is increasingly on the minds of Democratic leaders.

wi62

Assuming that Byedone gets thru the debates thru chemistry and wins the election, I wonder what Bernie and elected progressives will do to hold Ole joe’s feet to the fire as it were for movement on Bernies policies. Right now Byedone and his owners are ignoring Bernie and his supporters. Their will be votes in congress that will need the support of progressives or they wont pass even if the Dems control all three houses Another reality that is coming for R’s and their voters. If Trumpcorp loses in Nov you’re gonna see R politicians drop Trumpcorp like a bad habit and say he was a horrible president on so on. They don’t have the balls to say it right now. A lot of his supporters will climb back under their rocks where they came from and others will claim they never supported him in the first place. Sure some will claim voter fraud and so on but once 1/20 hits and Byedone is sworn in or the speaker is the temp president until the constitution kicks in and elects one.

orlbucfan

ByeDone also sounds like he is slightly antagonizing the young folks with his old fart RW stance on ending the destructive and STUPID Drug War. He needs all the votes he can get cos orange maggot and his fascist/ religious yahoo pals have declared war on our Right to Vote! 🗽☮️✊

magsview

Antagonizing the “young folks” might not work out the way Biden thinks.

magsview

jcitybone

https://jacobinmag.com/2020/09/joe-biden-trump-2020-election

Bernie Sanders failed to become the Democratic nominee for president, but the core of his analysis — that political victories are the product of mass mobilization and struggle from below — would still have been correct in the event he’d succeeded. Whatever we think is in their hearts, political leaders rarely pass necessary reforms, let alone transformative ones, out of instinctive deference to what’s written in platform documents or said rhetorically in the heat of primary contests that are watched almost exclusively by devoted party loyalists. Contrary to what many liberals mistakenly think, we don’t get progress through hashtag campaigns or by electing nice people who use the correct language and surround themselves with our preferred caste of celebrities.

Political victories have always been the product of confrontation whether those in power willingly endorsed them or not. Left activists and progressive Democrats could indeed make gains under a Biden presidency, but only by adopting an aggressive posture that issues bold demands and is merciless about compelling Democratic leaders to honor their stated goals. That starts with having no illusions about the kinds of things Joe Biden and those around him will probably be seeking to do if Donald Trump is defeated in November — and the legislative priorities that won’t be on their agenda without an aggressive struggle from below.

polarbear4
polarbear4

they’ve proven that they are unmoved by our aggressive struggles from below.

replacing or 3rd party might work. my usual, chipper self today.

every time I blow my nose, I smell smoke. I found a half open window in the bedroom I rarely go into. ugh

jcitybone

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-09-12/nevada-2020-fight-for-bernie-sanders-voters-biden-trump

Seven months and a thousand political light-years ago, Bernie Sanders trounced the competition in the Nevada caucuses. To medical student Alex Cabrera, it seemed a dream of true progressive change might be at hand.

“It was still against the odds,” said Cabrera, 27, an activist for climate action, expanded public healthcare and the like. “A lot of forces were working against us, but I felt we were going to win.”

Now Cabrera looks forward to the November presidential election with a combination of sadness, anger and reservation, consigned to a choice between the “fascism” of President Trump and the “neo-liberalism” of Joe Biden, which feels like no choice at all.

“I think I am going to be forced to hold my nose and pull the trigger for Biden,” Cabrera said. “I blame the Democrats for not picking a more inspiring candidate. But Trump is so appalling. This is what I feel I have to do.”

Progressive voters like Cabrera could be key Nov. 3 in Nevada, a battleground state and one where thousands of disappointed Sanders voters — who made up nearly half the Democratic primary electorate here — will decide what to do in the general election.

No poll has measured how backers of Biden’s former rival will vote in the fall, but more than a dozen interviews this week with Sanders voters and former campaign staffers suggested that most will support the Democratic nominee, if sometimes reluctantly, in a bid to prevent Trump from winning a second term.

wi62

A lot of voters will hold their nose and vote for Byedone. But if Harris would take over in lets say 23 and runs in 24 I very strongly recommend that she better do something to appeal to progressives or she doesn’t stand a chance in 24. Progressives will strongly look at where the peoples party is by that time…

polarbear4
polarbear4

“hundreds, sometimes thousands”. try thousands, sometimes tens of thousands. always with the subtle backstab.

good for Bernie. You can only take so many slaps in the face after you do everything in good faith that you can to support him.

NYCVG
NYCVG

THIS!!!

25,000- 30,000 in Queens.

polarbear4
polarbear4

TY Benny 🌸

First show I’ve seen showing the general public wearing masks is 12 monkeys on Hulu.

magsview

Briahna and someone I’ve been following on twitter forever (Virgil Texas@virgiltexas) have started a new podcast.

https://badfaith.libsyn.com/

Charliehorse
Charliehorse

It’s entertaining and they had a star studded inaugural panel discussion. Virgil is funny and I miss him on Chapo. I haven’t subscribed to a podcast but I think I may for this one.

jcitybone

orlbucfan

Not if the ‘opposing’ party puts up a candidate who’s half dead. 🙁

wi62

or ignores progressives

polarbear4
polarbear4

polarbear4
polarbear4

polarbear4
polarbear4

thank god for phones and ok, FB

polarbear4
polarbear4

polarbear4
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jcitybone

Who is Eric G and who gives a flying f what he thinks? In any case Vermonters will overwhelming send him to WA as long as he wants. Sorry Eric G

wi62

I’ll take Bernie any time as my senator in WI

orlbucfan

Hear, hear X 1000 from FL!

magsview

Eric G is awful and the less I see his name and face the better.

He’s got a screw, or two, loose, and is basically an attention seeker that uses inflammatory rhetoric that presses some people’s buttons, in his case liberal Bernie haters’ buttons, people who look down on progressives. A kind of liberal version of Sean Hannity (except Sean Hannity might be more intelligent than Eric, but they’re about equal in the assholery category).