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Andru Volinsky lost the Dem primary for governor though. It will be a long shot to beat Sununu.

In the Democratic governor’s primary, Dan Feltes, the majority leader of the State Senate, defeated Andru Volinsky, his Sanders-backed opponent.

In the Democratic primary for governor, the support of Mr. Sanders, who won New Hampshire’s presidential primary in February, helped rally progressive voters for Mr. Volinsky, a lawyer and education activist.

But Mr. Feltes had progressive credentials of his own. A former legal aid lawyer, he favors raising the minimum wage, paid family leave and getting the state to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

Mr. Volinsky broke with New Hampshire Democratic tradition and refused to take “the pledge,” a promise not to introduce sales or state income taxes. Mr. Feltes said he would veto a sales or income tax if it passed the Legislature.

Now Mr. Feltes, 41, the youngest Senate majority leader in state history, will face a popular incumbent, Mr. Sununu, who has the approval of seven in 10 New Hampshire voters.



T and R, LD!!😊☮️👍 It will be interesting to see the turnout %. So far, all the state primaries are reporting heavier than usual turnout. 😊


While excluding any funding for direct cash payments to Americans struggling to afford basic necessities amid the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis, the purportedly “targeted” relief legislation put forth by Senate Republicans Tuesday calls for a $161 million handout to the coal industry—a proposal Sen. Bernie Sanders condemned as “pathetic.”

“Senate Republicans tell us we can’t afford to give $2,000 a month to the working class during the economic crisis,” tweeted the Vermont senator, but “the Covid-19 ‘relief’ bill they just released provides $161 million in corporate welfare to the coal industry during a climate emergency.”

Sanders pointed to a provision buried in the 285-page GOP bill (pdf)—titled the Delivering Immediate Relief to America’s Families, Schools, and Small Businesses Act—directing the Department of Energy to “carry out a program under which the secretary shall develop advanced separation technologies for the extraction and recovery of rare earth elements and minerals from coal and coal byproducts.”

The massive coal industry handout was just one of many provisions crammed in the so-called “skinny” relief bill that progressive advocacy groups and Democratic lawmakers denounced as unacceptable.

Lisa Gilbert, executive vice president of Public Citizen, said in a statement that the new legislation spotlights the extent to which “Senate Republicans’ priorities are completely upside down,” pointing to the measure’s proposal of a sweeping liability shield for corporations that expose workers and customers to Covid-19.

“They’re against providing state and local governments with critical aid to fund public services and schools but in favor of granting businesses immunity from lawsuits related to the coronavirus,” said Gilbert. “The pandemic is already widening social and economic divisions. Shielding corporations from accountability will endanger workers, consumers, and patients, and make the pandemic even worse.”


The coal industry is dying according to every reliable business/commercial energy source. So, who owes who and why? The Senate GOPukes are nothing more than a bad FRightwing paid off rabble. The PMC/craporate RWing DINOs are right behind them. 😡


Since becoming president, Donald Trump has overseen historic increases in defense budgets, fawned over military equipment, installed a number of defense industry insiders in top Pentagon positions and made a major push to sell weapons overseas.

But on Monday, Trump said leaders at the Pentagon “want to do nothing but fight wars so that all of those wonderful companies that make the bombs and make the planes and make everything else stay happy.”

Trump’s backers compared his comments to those made by former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who closed out his time in office by warning of a permanent national security apparatus that guaranteed money would keep flowing toward arms manufacturers.
Yet Trump’s record tells a different story. All three of his hand-picked defense secretaries had ties to the defense industry: Jim Mattis was a member of the General Dynamics board of directors, Pat Shanahan was an executive with Boeing, and Mark Esper was Raytheon’s top lobbyist. Mattis also returned to his board position shortly after leaving the Pentagon, showing the revolving door between industry and the Defense Department.

Nearly half of senior Defense Department officials are connected to military contractors, according to an analysis by the Project on Government Oversight.

But beyond personnel choices, Trump has made the purchase, public display and foreign sales of military hardware a major priority of his administration.

He has championed two defense budgets that blew past $700 billion, and is preparing to sign a third. The bill that Trump signed in 2018 locked in the largest budget the Pentagon had ever seen, only to top it the following year.

He also approved more than $55.6 billion in foreign weapons sales in fiscal 2018, his first complete fiscal year in office, compared to $33.6 billion in foreign military sales in fiscal 2016, the last year of the Obama administration.

The idea that Trump is taking on the defense industrial base is “pure fantasy,” National Security Action, a liberal advocacy group composed of former Obama administration staffers, said on Tuesday. “Trump has consistently prioritized the financial interests of America’s defense contractors — and, in doing so, turned our values and long-term interests into collateral damage.”


Trump doesn’t understand the culture of the American armed forces. Trump may say publicly that he loves the military, but what he really seems to admire is a show of strength, and even violence. He delighted in then-Defense Secretary James Mattis’ “Mad Dog” nickname, promoted the use of torture against prisoners of war, gave pardons to service members accused or convicted of war crimes, and relaxed the rules of engagement for forces in Afghanistan. The president also loves to bask in the glory of a little bit of spit-and-polish pomp: His 2019 “Salute to America” military parade was prompted by a case of Bastille Day envy.

It is the military’s job to be prepared to inflict great harm on the country’s enemies. But American military culture emphasizes discipline and honor. Every soldier, marine, sailor, and airman takes an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Cadets at the nation’s military academies, which educate many future generals and admirals, are governed by an honor code. Adultery is a criminal offense under the Military Code of Justice. Those institutional values — which are completely in contrast to how Trump speaks and acts — are why so many current and former officers spoke out against his desire to use the military against protesters this summer.

He is incoherent on matters of war and peace. Publicly, at least, the president wants to have it both ways. His party spent its convention making the case that Trump had kept the United States out of “endless foreign wars.” The U.S. military footprint abroad isn’t really any smaller than when he was inaugurated, however, and Trump’s actions — killing a top Iranian general, ending the nuclear accord with that country, ripping up arms control agreements with Russia, and moving to an increasingly confrontational stance with China — have actually moved the United States closer to a major conflict. Trump has tried to withdraw troops from Syria and end the war in Afghanistan, only to be stymied by opposition from the military and hawkish allies like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) Those confrontations have helped fuel the tension between the president and service leaders.


Journalist Bob Woodward has released tapes of his interviews with President Trump for a new book, including audio of Trump acknowledging he purposely downplayed the risks of the coronavirus.

Portions of the audio were played by CNN and MSNBC and released on The Washington Post website, where Woodward is an associate editor.

“Well I think, Bob, really to be honest with you…” Trump says in one audio clip of a March 19 interview posted by CNN.

“Sure, I want you to be,” Woodward replies.

“I wanted to — I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down, because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump says.

In another interview, in February, Trump called the virus more deadly even than a bad flu, a sharp contrast to his public remarks at the time downplaying the risks from the virus.

“It’s also more deadly than your — you know, your, even your strenuous flus,” Trump said on Feb. 7.


Other tidbits caught on tape. At least he managed to refrain from using the n word

— ON RACE RELATIONS: “In a second conversation, on June 19, Woodward asked the president about White privilege, noting that they were both White men of the same generation who had privileged upbringings. Woodward suggested that they had a responsibility to better ‘understand the anger and pain’ felt by Black Americans. ‘No,’ Trump replied, his voice described by Woodward as mocking and incredulous. ‘You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don’t feel that at all.’”

— ON THE MILITARY: “‘Not to mention my fucking generals are a bunch of pussies. They care more about their alliances than they do about trade deals,’ Trump told White House trade adviser Peter Navarro at one point, according to Woodward.”

— ON NORTH KOREA: “Trump was taken with [KIM JONG UN’S] flattery, Woodward writes, telling the author pridefully that Kim had addressed him as ‘Excellency.’ Trump remarked that he was awestruck meeting Kim for the first time in 2018 in Singapore, thinking to himself, ‘Holy shit,’ and finding Kim to be ‘far beyond smart.’ Trump also boasted to Woodward that Kim ‘tells me everything,’ including a graphic account of Kim having his uncle killed.”

— GIVING AWAY SECRETS … U.S. HAS A NEW WEAPONS SYSTEM: “In the midst of reflecting upon how close the United States had come in 2017 to war with North Korea, Trump revealed, ‘I have built a nuclear — a weapons system that nobody’s ever had in this country before. We have stuff that you haven’t even seen or heard about. We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before. There’s nobody — what we have is incredible.’ Woodward writes that anonymous sources later confirmed that the U.S. military had a secret new weapons system, but they would not provide details, and that the sources were surprised Trump had disclosed it.”

— ON BARACK OBAMA: ““I don’t think Obama’s smart. … I think he’s highly overrated. And I don’t think he’s a great speaker.’ Trump added that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un thought Obama was ‘an asshole.’”


The fruitcake orange maggot really has a royal hair up his arse about PBO. Is the imbecile really that racist?


When we outsourced manufacturing things that had to do with weapons and surveillance we gave away a lot of secrets. Not saying Trump is innocent but it’s been happening for a while, we just don’t notice it under Democrats because the media won’t talk about it


These two cartoons sum up the race pretty well
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Biden’s teleprompter delivers speech to some enthusiastic vehicles in Michigan.🤔🤦‍♀️🤦‍♂️
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The first few seconds of the video show that Biden is truly a people magnet. 😁😎


Were the participants supposed to dance first?