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polarbear4

Glad to see that Soros threw his support behind him.

Andrew Gillum Becomes First African-American Nominee For Florida Governor

We may have a real shot here.

Yet while DeSantis’ love for and from Trump clearly helped him against Putnam in the Republican primary, it may wind up hurting him in the November election against Gillum. Trump is not popular with many independents and even some moderate Republicans. Democrat Margaret Good defeated the son of sitting Republican congressman Vern Buchanan in a special election for a state House seat in Sarasota earlier this year, even though the district leans solidly Republican.

jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/08/29/a-new-way-to-slay-trumpism-shocking-florida-outcome-sets-up-a-big-test/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.623103899442&utm_source=reddit.com

The stunning victory of Andrew Gillum in the Florida Democratic gubernatorial primary sets up a test for one of the left’s biggest propositions: That the most potent weapon against Trumpism lies in combining an unflinching vow to roll back President Trump’s inhumane and incompetently executed ethno-nationalist agenda with unabashed progressive economics — including the promise of health care that is truly universal, as a matter of right.

The general election will pit Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee, an African American with a working-class background, against GOP nominee Ron DeSantis, one of the most slavish, worshipful and virulent Trumpists in the country, which means this race will carry important implications for the 2020 presidential race as well.

Gillum defeated his more moderate primary opponent on a platform that includes Medicare for All, abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in its current form, a $15-per-hour minimum wage, and corporate tax hikes to fund education.

Gillum does represent a test of sorts. As Crooked Media’s excellent podcast series on the Democratic Party details, a big question for many liberals is whether a new popular majority can be built in a diversifying country by combining a refusal to back off a robust defense of minority rights in the face of Trump’s white identity politics with a kind of pragmatic progressive populist economics that promises more inclusive prosperity for all. The idea is to energize core Democratic constituencies and to win over white voters who are now alienated by both the xenophobic nationalism and the corrupt plutocracy of Trumpism.

It’s early days, but Gillum’s candidacy — which already showed a capacity to energize those Democratic constituencies, and will now play out in a big, diverse swing state — is already taking on those echoes. And if Gillum can pull it off, you can bet that 2020 Democrats will be taking some big lessons from it.

Benny

This is the narrative to set up for Gillum. And we should be retweeting that too.

polarbear4

Praise the lord. And now we have to make sure the vote is so overwhelming that any shenanigans FAIL. #illbedonatingtothisone

polarbear4

says please fill out the required fields but they’re all filled out.

haha i had the link from the msnbc vid here but not only did it not post, it disappeared! so you’re a step ahead of me. 🙂

polarbear4

Media Continues Writing Premature Obituaries for the Democratic Left
When one takes a historical look at socialism in the United States, Sanders’ insurgency seems to be
doing remarkably well.

But rather than comparing coverage of the Sanders wing of the Democratic Party to that given the successful but heavily astroturfed Tea Party, a more apt contrast might be to the way media have dealt with the large-scale electoral failures of the establishment wing of the Democratic Party. The Obama-led Democratic Party leadership has been largely spared media scrutiny of its electoral record, despite losing more offices in Obama’s two terms than any president since Eisenhower, including 69 House seats, 14 Senate seats and nine governorships, not to mention losing a whopping 968 state legislature seats, the most of any two-term president. Many pundits in the corporate media actually rushed to defend Obama’s tenure, insisting that it’s normal for two-term presidents to lose governorships and congressional seats for their party–which is true, though Obama set records for such losses.

When one takes a historical look at socialism in the United States, Sanders’ insurgency seems to be doing remarkably well: The previous high point of socialism in the United States was perhaps the early 20th century, when the US elected two Socialist Party congressmembers in 1910 and 1917, and socialist Eugene V. Debs garnered 6 percent of the popular vote in the 1912 presidential election. In the wake of the Red Scare crackdowns that followed both world wars, the US socialist movement has hardly sniffed political power during the Cold War, and has been pretty much nonexistent on the national level over the past 30 years, save Bernie Sanders and former DSA vice chair Ron Dellums, who represented Berkeley in the House of Representatives from 1971–1998

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Some examples of articles–i had no idea how much fear the media is pushing and it scares me that they are convincing some of the voters that we need.

“Democratic Socialism Is Dem Doom” (New York Times, 7/6/18)
“Venezuela’s Inflation Will Hit 1 Million Percent. Thanks, Socialism.” (Washington Post, 7/27/18)
“Democrats Embracing Socialism Is Dangerous for America” (The Hill, 8/12/18)
“Bernie Sanders and the Misery of Socialism” (Wall Street Journal, 6/25/18)
“Sorry, Democratic Socialists—You’re Still Pushing Poison” (New York Post, 8/5/18)
“They Call Themselves Socialists, but They Don’t Know the Meaning of the Word” (Miami Herald, 7/26/18)
“It’s the Spoiled Children of America Who Are Drawn to Socialism” (Chicago Tribune, 7/26/18)
“Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities” (The Atlantic, 8/9/18)
“Democratic Socialism: Who Knew That ‘Free’ Could Cost So Much?” (Investor’s Business Daily, 8/8/18)
“Socialism Returns: An Old Adversary” (Commentary, 8/14/18)
“Democratic Socialism Breaks the Bank” (Las Vegas Review-Journal, 8/16/18)

i love “Democratic Socialism Threatens Minorities” (The Atlantic, 8/9/18). hahahaha!

Lots of the affordability canard.

Whether left-leaning Democrats fall flat in the midterms or not, their ideas have persuaded America that socialism is a legitimate and popular political movement, and will likely be a strong voting bloc in the next Congress. Whether corporate media choose to acknowledge its relevance or continue its fear-mongering remains to be see

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Don midwest
Don midwest

on The Intercept

ANDREW GILLUM BRINGS IT HOME: TALLAHASSEE MAYOR’S UPSET IS LATEST INSURGENT VICTORY

as someone pointed out in the comments, why the word “insurgent”

these are just good old American positions

orlbucfan

That’s for sure. Gillum ironically will help old man Nelson over the finish line against Sick Rott.

polarbear4

Finally! Someone from the neolib global government comes out and says what all these nations are doing. A shame, though, too, bc we need real advocates like him in the system.

‘I Don’t Want to Lie to Myself Anymore’: Calling Macron’s Timid Steps on Climate Inadequate, French Environment Minister Resigns in Protest

“We strive to maintain an economic model that is responsible for all these climatic disorders,” charged Hulot, who has been described one of the public’s favorite cabinet members and “France’s best-known environmentalist” as the former host of a television program.

“Have we starting to reduce the use of pesticides? The answer is no. Have we started to stop the erosion of biodiversity, the answer is no,” he continued. “We’re taking little steps, and France is doing a lot more than other countries, but are little steps enough? …The answer is no.

Macron’s first year in office “has proven that he is…an old-fashioned, right-leaning neoliberal determined to overhaul France’s hard-won social model under the guise of modernism and emancipation.”

Don midwest
Don midwest

Common Dreams dot org has more articles by their staff. Here is the top of the page right now

‘Disgusting’ and ‘Racist’: Trump-Backed Ron DeSantis Tells Florida to Not ‘Monkey This Up’ By Electing Andrew Gillum as First Black Governor
“It’s disgusting that Ron DeSantis is launching his general election campaign with racist dog whistles,” Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo said

Nothing to see in this article but a video from Fox News and

In an appearance on Fox News less than a day after his victory in Florida’s Republican gubernatorial primary on Tuesday, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.)—who was enthusiastically endorsed by President Donald Trump—called on Floridians to not “monkey this up” by electing his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, who became the first black gubernatorial nominee in Florida’s history in an upset victory Tuesday night.

Back years and years ago, there was a truly outstanding internal AT&T magazine. Someone put in a cartoon and it showed monkeys in Attica. I don’t think that it was a reference to blacks, but an artists’ drawing.

All hell broke loose.

Magazine discontinued

The PC of the super liberals who hide their neo liberalism under “human rights” issues

And don’t know if this Kate Arnoff article on Tom Carper’s environmental record was posted here so in any case here it is again

TOM CARPER TOUTS HIS ENVIRONMENTAL RECORD, BUT A CLOSER LOOK SUGGESTS IT’S NOT SO CLEAN

orlbucfan

Hey Don m: this Gillum win hopefully will carry over into November. Canova is running against DWS as an Indie. Unfortunately, Shalala won down in the D primary in that district. El Barfo!

polarbear4

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I’m sorry, bears, that I haven’t done enough….

‘Scary’: After Abnormally Warm Winter, Arctic’s Strongest Sea Ice Breaks Up for First Time on Record

Ice that’s generally about 65 feet thick has become much thinner due to warming trends, allowing the unusually warm winds blowing through the region to push the ice apart.

The new development is causing grave concerns among climate scientists regarding their previously-held beliefs about the Arctic’s ice.

“Open water off the north coast of Greenland is unusual,” Ruth Mottram of the Danish Meteorological Institute told the Guardian. “This area has often been called ‘the last ice area’ as it has been suggested that the last perennial sea ice in the Arctic will occur here.”

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Taibbi on the Real News Network. Explores the difficulty of using the Atlantic Council, which is quasi-government (Kissinger, Hayden, etc.), yet avoiding actual government status, thus avoiding First Amendment scrutiny. Still listening.

The photo of the napalmed Vietnamese girl running wiped out; 10,000 accounts wiped out ahead of Mexican elections, and more. They are so scared of us that they are doing all they can to ensure that we don’t get the truth out.

Continues to relate how Israel and China are working with Google and Israel with FB, too. Good vid.

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polarbear4

She likes Holder for 2020 and didn’t believe me when I mentioned his record of amnesty for white collar crime. Just discounted it.

This is truly what we’re up against, on a large scale. Same will go for Biden, big time. That nice old Uncle Joe.

orlbucfan

These yahoos aren’t liberals.

jcitybone

She must be gaining if the other candidates have focused on her.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-attorney-general-debate-20180828-story.html

Four Democratic candidates for state attorney general sparred Tuesday over who’s best-equipped to take on President Trump, Wall Street, pervy politicians and Albany itself.

As the candidates for A.G. — Public Advocate Letitia James, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Fordham Law professor Zephyr Teachout and former Cuomo aide Leecia Eve — faced off in their first televised debate a little more than two weeks before primary day, it was Teachout who seemed to attract more critical attention than Trump.

When each candidate had an opportunity to question one of their rivals, James, Maloney and Eve each of the hopefuls took aim at Teachout.

Teachout said she was “flattered by the attention,” but the focus was not unexpected. While James has the most institutional support — including that of Cuomo, in recent weeks Teachout has been gaining momentum, locking up endorsements from newspapers and from one New York city councilman who had previously endorsed James.

jcitybone

My “favorite” rep

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/29/new-york-attorney-general-debate-zephyr-teachout/

The GOP welcomed the announcement of Maloney’s AG candidacy, as it could open up an until-now unlikely path to victory for Maloney’s Republican opponent, Orange County legislator James O’Donnell. One GOP pollster told Politico that “Republicans in Orange County are more likely to turn out in midterm elections, so it should be very competitive.” In any case, running for two offices simultaneously doesn’t make for a strong case that Maloney is excited to serve NY-18. Dutchess County Democratic Chair Elisa Sumner, who supports Teachout, called the dual race “an insult to the people in his congressional district. He’s basically saying to them, ‘If I can’t be AG then I’ll still be your representative, but if I can, I’m leaving.’” In the event that Maloney were to win the nomination, Democratic Party officials would have to scramble to find someone to run a less-than-two-month campaign for the seat.

While speaking occasionally on his own policy priorities, most of Maloney’s purpose on stage seemed to be helping Tish James pile onto and rebut Teachout — the only candidate in the race not taking corporate PAC or LLC donations — in a move that made it seem as if both of them saw her as the frontrunner; she recently racked up endorsements from the New York Times and New York Daily News.

On several accounts James and Maloney used the same language in reference to their opponent, remarking on what a luxury it is for Teachout to be “holier than thou” and swear off donations from corporate PACs or LLCs, with Maloney claiming that such a stance was equally as poisonous to American democracy as corporate money, because, well, he didn’t offer a reason. He laughed as James called their opponent “Professor Teachout” (she’s a professor at Fordham Law) in an attempt to paint her as a head-in-the-clouds academic, a jab notably deployed against Elizabeth Warren in her 2012 Massachusetts Senate race.

polarbear4

Hopefully, more will respect profs going forward. Most are taking less pay for a job they love, often to inspire and help our youth. Sure, it’s a good job once you’re tenured, but many of them could be making a lot more in the more corporate world. They know a lot, too! Go figure, eh? /s we have some here, don’t we?

jcitybone

Why Zephyr is needed

https://thinkprogress.org/andrew-cuomo-harvey-weinstein-lawyers-probe-01009b46ecbf/

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) ordered his attorney general’s office to stop the probe into the handling of the case against movie producer Harvey Weinstein after Weinstein’s law firm donated $25,000 to Cuomo’s reelection campaign, according to a report Wednesday.

The report, from Capital & Main, noted the outrage when it was revealed last year that Weinstein’s lawyer, David Boies, had donated $10,000 to Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. Ultimately, despite audio recordings proving Weinstein had groped at least one woman, Vance declined to prosecute the producer.

Cuomo instructed his attorney general — who was, at the time, Eric Schneiderman, who has since resigned after the surfacing of allegations of domestic abuse — to investigate Vance’s handling of the case. He has now halted that investigation.

humphrey

Nothing to see here. A mere coincidence. LOL

https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1034873231629418497

humphrey

Cuomo has everything under control. A blast from the past.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/cuomo-anti-corruption-panel-won-probe-party-article-1.1474800

Cuomo’s anti-corruption panel stops at investigating his own Democratic party

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s anti-corruption commission killed a subpoena to the state Democratic Party that he controls, the Daily News has learned.

Sources said the subpoena sought to seek information on the party’s spending from its “housekeeping” account — which raised millions this year used to fund ads promoting Cuomo’s legislative agenda.

https://www.newsweek.com/rain-your-wedding-day-cuomo-under-investigation-feds-shuttering-corruption-260898

In a textbook case of paradox, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is under investigation by federal prosecutors for corruption after he shuttered the Moreland Commission, which was set up by Cuomo to investigate corruption among elected officials in New York state.

A three-month investigation by The New York Times published today reveals a pattern of interference by the governor’s office “when it was looking into groups that were politically close to him.”

The first sign of trouble came barely two months after the commission was established. An investigation into Buying Time, a media-buying firm that had placed “millions of dollars’ worth of advertisements for the New York State Democratic Party,” was stymied when word came down from the governor’s office that the firm was off-limits, the Times reported. The firm, investigators learned, had placed ads for Cuomo during his campaign for governor in 2010.

When the commission attempted to subpoena the Real Estate Board of New York, “whose members have been among Mr. Cuomo’s most generous supporters,” Regina Calcaterra, the commission’s executive director, scrubbed the investigation, the Times investigation revealed.

Benny

DeSantis already uses dog Trumpet on Gillum:

DeSantis said, via videos posted online.

“Florida elections are always competitive. And [Gillum] is a guy who, although he is much too liberal for Florida, I think he’s got huge problems with how he’s governed Tallahassee. He is an articulate spokesman for those far-left views and he’s a charismatic candidate. And I watched those Democrat debates, none of that was my cup of tea but, I mean, he performed better than the other people there. So, we’ve got to work hard to make sure that we continue, Florida, going in a good direction. Let’s build off the success of we’ve had [under] Governor Scott. The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state. That is not going to work. That’s not gonna be good for Florida.

Via Newsweek

Notice the two words: describing Gillum as “articulate” and “don’t monkey this up”.

polarbear4

Yes. And one of the first questions on the msnbc interview was something like, So what are you going to do, besides raise taxes?

That is going to be the yuuuuge mantra for the MSM from now on. And yes, we will raise taxes. AND the rest of the costs in our lives will go down so much that we’ll save money. And we’ll raise taxes on those that have been hoarding, not investing in their workers. And so on. I hope we are proactive on getting the word out.

And i believe that doctors will even get a slight raise in the amount M4A will play, not a 40% reduction. Hopefully, someone at OR is compiling some simple FACTS we can have at the ready.

I’m still celebrating Gillum!!!!! So glad you are all here.

polarbear4

saw the words. how clueless does he think people are? what an arrogant, racist jerk. he will lose if the votes are counted correctly. did you see last night where the DOE was saying the Dem votes were counted wrongly? didn’t seem to go anywhere.

orlbucfan

Can’t wait for him to call AG a ‘nigger,” and he will, believe me. 🙁

polarbear4

no way!

jcitybone

http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/404155-warren-if-democrats-take-senate-theyll-vote-on-marijuana-bill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Ma.) said she is confident that Democrats would vote on a marijuana bill that would allow states to regulate marijuana without federal interference should they retake the Senate in November.

“I feel confident that if the Democrats recapture the Senate we’ll get a vote on this, and the vote will carry,” Warren said in an interview with Rolling Stone of the bipartisan bill, which Warren co-sponsored. “I think we’ve got the votes for this.”

Warren said she has been pushing Republicans to convince Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to relax his hard-line stance against the federal ban on marijuana.

The bill she is touting, the Strengthening the Tenth Amendment Through Entrusting States (STATES) Act, has stalled in the House despite support from 10 senators from both parties and 28 members of the House.

“We’ve got plenty of colleagues on the Democratic side who will support this, and Donald Trump said it sounded like a good idea to him,” Warren said. “He’s said it, I think, three different times now. So I’m pretty hopeful that if we could get a vote in Congress that we could actually get this passed.”

jcitybone

Getting them to respond is a good thing

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/29/amazon-bernie-sanders-claims-are-inaccurate-and-misleading.html

Amazon just rejected criticism by Sen. Bernie Sanders, saying his repeated claims of poor worker conditions in its fulfillment centers are “inaccurate and misleading.”

“We have been in regular contact with his office and have offered several opportunities for Senator Sanders and his team to tour one of our fulfillment centers,” the company said in a blog post Wednesday. “To date he has still not seen an FC for himself.”

Sanders has been dinging Amazon on Twitter and in public statements for months, claiming the company doesn’t pay its lower-level employees a fair wage. He recently issued a call for Amazon employees to share their experiences in a form that asks, “Have you used public assistance, such as food stamps, Medicaid or subsidized housing, in order to make ends meet?”

“While Senator Sanders plays politics and makes misleading accusations, we are expending real money and effort upskilling people,” Amazon said in the blog post. “No one knows what it’s like to work in one of our fulfillment centers better than the skilled and dedicated people who do it every day. That’s why we are encouraging all employees to take Senator Sanders up on his request and respond with their actual experience.”

polarbear4

for sure! as long as it’s not followed by an inference that they are tracking responses…. 😉

jcitybone

https://techcrunch.com/2018/08/29/bernie-sanders-fires-back-against-amazon-calling-subsidy-reliance-absurd/amp/

Earlier today, Amazon accused Sanders of issuing “inaccurate and misleading” statements as he called the company out of warehouse conditions. The Vermont senator has since responded with a release, calling Amazon fulfillment center wages “absurd.”

“Thousands of Amazon employees are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing because their wages are too low,” Sanders says, “including 1 out of 3 of its workers in Arizona and 2,400 in Pennsylvania and Ohio, according to The New Food Economy. Bottom line: the taxpayers of this country should not have to subsidize employees at a company owned by Mr. Bezos who is worth $155 billion. That is absurd.”

In an interview yesterday, Sanders told TechCrunch that the company had not been forthcoming with information about employment. The company shot back, noting that the Senator had yet to take it up on its offer of a warehouse tour.

“In terms of visiting a fulfillment center, last month I was visiting Wisconsin and requested to visit the fulfillment center in Kenosha,” Sanders says. “Unfortunately, Amazon could not accommodate me then. In September, I look forward to visiting the fulfillment center in Chester, Virginia, and working out the details with Amazon. We have heard from workers there, including Navy veteran Seth King, about unsafe working conditions and at least one person has reportedly died at the warehouse.”

jcitybone

https://gizmodo.com/why-is-amazon-scared-of-bernie-sanders-1828688943/amp

But still, why is Amazon so concerned with what Bernie Sanders thinks? Investigative journalists have, for years, documented the rotten culture and raw deal Amazon creates for its employees and contractors—from high-paid engineers reportedly sobbing at their desks to delivery drivers Amazon won’t even recognize as employees. Unlike reporters, Bernie Sanders, who was recently polled as the most popular politician in American, is vested with the power to potentially make business much harder for Bezos. And in the current climate of Republicans marching in lockstep with Trump, himself a staunch opponent of Amazon (though for deeply misguided reasons), the company may be concerned that it is rapidly running out of allies on the Hill.

polarbear4

well, he does have a contract with the CIA,, although it looks like the almost $1 Billion one might not go through. i think. 😉

jcitybone

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/08/29/beto-orourke-ted-cruz-yard-signs/

The conversation unfolding before a campaign event for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz here last week echoed similar ones popping up among Republican groups around Texas. With a mixture of frustration and bewilderment, attendees were discussing the proliferation of black-and-white yard signs in their neighborhoods brandishing a single four-letter-word: BETO.

The signs have become a signature calling card of Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s bid to unseat Cruz. While Democrats posting yard signs for candidates is nothing new, even when it happens in some of Texas’ most conservative conclaves, what’s been different this summer is the extent to which O’Rourke’s signs have seemingly dominated the landscape in some neighborhoods.

Meanwhile, Cruz signs are far tougher to spot, and many Cruz supporters have become increasingly agitated at their inability to obtain signs to counter what they see on their daily drives.

O’Rourke told the Tribune Tuesday that the signs have helped boost his campaign’s reach — particularly in more conservative communities.

“We go to a town hall in Waco, or we were in Huntsville the day before yesterday, and folks are hopeful — and I’m in turn hopeful — they say, ‘Hey, there are yard signs all over the place in neighborhoods that I never would’ve expected to see one. That gave me some courage to come out to this town hall or to get a yard sign myself,'” O’Rourke said. “‘Now I know it’s OK in this suburb of Houston or this stretch of West Texas to be for you or to be with other people who think the way that I do.’ It’s been a real surprise for us, but a positive one.”

Benny

jcitybone

Randy’s at it again

https://www.advocate.com/comedy/2018/8/27/randy-rainbow-trolls-trump-oz-themed-if-you-ever-got-impeached

Satirist Randy Rainbow is back with another parody song skewering the Trump administration. And the latest goes right for Donald Trump with “If You Only Got Impeached,” set to the tune of “If I Only Had a Brain” from The Wizard of Oz.

With no disrespect to the Scarecrow from the beloved movie, Rainbow inserts himself into Trump’s repeated denials of knowing anything about his former attorney Michael Cohen’s hush payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels, which may or may not have violated campaign finance laws.

“With the crimes you’ve been fixin’ you could be another Nixon if you only got impeached,” Rainbow sings.

“Find a lawyer because you’ll need one. Write a book or learn to read one,” he continues. “You’d be more than implicated for laws you violated and protocols you breached.”

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How Democrats Killed Their Populist Soul
In the 1970s, a new wave of post-Watergate liberals stopped fighting monopoly power. The result is an increasingly dangerous political system.

A long, but very interesting (so far) article about the history of the boomer takeover and how, in our anti-war, social issues zeal, we helped throw out a powerful populist and set the stage for our current situation. I didn’t know that J. Brandeis actually helped write some of the legislation that kept monopolies at bay! Cool. Wish we had someone like him in the Supreme Court still.

Far from the longwinded octogenarian the Watergate Babies saw, Patman’s career reads as downright passionate, often marked by a vitality you might see today in an Elizabeth Warren—as when, for example, he asked Fed Chairman Arthur Burns, “Can you give me any reason why you should not be in the penitentiary?” Despite his lack of education, Patman had a savvy political and legal mind. In the late 1930s, the Federal Reserve Board refused to admit it was a government institution. So Patman convinced the District of Columbia’s government to threaten foreclosure of all Federal Reserve Board property; the Board quickly produced evidence that it was indeed part of the federal government.

“We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can’t have both.”

Patman was also the beneficiary of the acumen of one of the most influential American lawyers of the 20th century, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis. In the 1930s, when Patman first arrived in Washington, he and Brandeis became friends. While on the Court, Brandeis even secretly wrote legislation about chain stores for Patman. Chain stores, like most attempts at monopoly, could concentrate wealth and power, block equality of opportunity, destroy smaller cities and towns, and turn “independent tradesmen into clerks.” In 1933, Brandeis wrote that Americans should use their democracy to keep that power in check. Patman was the workers’ and farmers’ legislative hero; Brandeis, their judicial champion.

Brandeis did for many New Dealers what he did for Patman, drafting legislation and essentially formalizing the populist social sentiment of the late 19th century into a rigorous set of legally actionable ideas. This philosophy then guided the 20th-century Democratic Party. Brandeis’s basic contention, built up over a lifetime of lawyering from the Gilded Age onward, was that big business and democracy were rivals. “We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few,” he said, “but we can’t have both.” Economics, identity, and politics could not be divorced, because financial power—bankers and monopolists—threatened local communities and self-government.

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from the same article:

Competition policy was also a powerful political strategy. Democrats lost the U.S. House of Representatives just twice between 1930 and 1994. To get a sense of how rural Democrats used to relate to voters, one need only pick up an old flyer from the Patman archives in Texas: “Here Is What Our Democratic Party Has Given Us” was the title. There were no fancy slogans or focus-grouped logos. Each item listed is a solid thing that was relevant to the lives of conservative white Southern voters in rural Texas: Electricity. Telephone. Roads. Social Security. Soil conservation. Price supports. Foreclosure prevention.

lots of history in here.

polarbear4

so much taken, over and over:

In 1968, there was a great debate about the future of the Democratic Party. Robert F. Kennedy sought to win the primary with a “black-blue” coalition of black “have-nots” and working-class whites. He sought continuity in the policies of protecting independent farmers, shopkeepers, and workers, all of which formed the heart of the New Deal—yet he also wanted to end the war in Vietnam and expand racial justice.

But Kennedy’s strategy to merge these ideas disappeared when he was assassinated.

Torabs
Torabs

This may belong in the other thread, but big pat on the back for LD and all the other contributors to this site. Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, I heard of Gillum here first, months before the primary, and will be happy to lend them support in the lead-up to November. Keep up the great work.

LieparDestin

Thanks Torabs! Wish some of the bigger sites and organizations would pick up on some of the other more ‘obscure’ candidates, but in their absense… here we are!

humphrey

Not exactly sure how to add to this but it seems typical.

Benny

Donors over justice. This stinks worse than a feedlot.

https://twitter.com/davidsirota/status/1034852817926684673

jcitybone

Even in Bernie’s state—solid Dem Vermont

https://www.theroot.com/vermonts-only-black-female-lawmaker-withdraws-re-electi-1828694474

The state of Vermont’s lone black female lawmaker, Rep. Ruqaiyah “Kiah” Morris (D-Bennington), announced that she will not be running for re-election this year, in part because of the overwhelming amount of racist threats she’s received.

Morris, who won the Democratic nomination earlier this month, shared her decision to withdraw her candidacy last Friday on Facebook. If elected, it would have been her third term as a representative for the state’s House.

“The last four years of service have been incredible; an enormous honor and significant responsibility,” Morris wrote. “The last two years have been emotionally difficult for many. Political discourse, and in particular within the sphere of social media has been divisive, inflammatory and at times, even dangerous.

Earlier this month, Vermont state NAACP Director Tabitha Pohl-Moore released a statement calling out the hateful vitriol directed at Morris.

“It may be easy to think of this as everyday political dissent until one examines the reality that not one other legislator is facing the same level of vitriol or personal attack,” the Aug. 9 press release read.

“No other Vermont state lawmaker’s family is the target of hate filled verbiage, such as ‘go back where you came from” or racist remarks referring to her child as an ‘ugly mongrel’—a well-known epithet used to disparage children of mixed race,” the press release said. “Let us not forget that more than a few non-native Vermonters serve in our legislature and vote similarly to Ms. Morris, yet none are being attacked or threatened racially, nor are they told to return to where they came from.”

polarbear4

what a shame. wish they could give her super protection. hate to see the bullies win.

And find those who threaten, charge and jail them.

Benny

Dem Gov nominee will be on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.

Even Rachel Maddow had a guest to discuss the race. (he was from Politico, sigh)

Benny

FYI..

Dem Gov nominee Andrew Gillum will be on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.

Even Rachel Maddow had a guest to discuss the race. (he was from Politico, sigh)

polarbear4

Can someone post? late to the party, as usual when it’s a Berniecat.

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