More news, tweets, and videos in the comments!
More news, tweets, and videos in the comments!
Across the US, more cities ditch Columbus Day to honor those who really discovered America Just this year, at least a dozen US cities — including San Francisco and Cincinnati — decided to stop observing Columbus Day and will instead celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday. For Joe Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, the decision was easy. “Columbus Day is a relic of an outdated and oversimplified version of history,” the mayor wrote when announcing the decision last month. “This issue is a lot like the Confederate flag for southerners. As an Italian-American it feels good that there is … Continue reading →
Pointing the Finger at Jeff Bezos Worked More news, tweets, analysis, and videos in the comments. See you there! … Continue reading →
A welcomed judicial pushback on Trump assault on the environment, this time in the form of a judge overruling Trump’s efforts to remove grizzlies from the threatened species list.
Judges in the US ordered protections to be restored to grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park, halting plans for the first licensed trophy hunts of the bears in the region in more than 40 years.
US District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula, Montana, sided with environmentalists and native American groups by overruling the President Donald Trump’s decision to strip the grizzlies of their status as a threatened species.
The outcome caps one of the most high-profile legal battles over the Endangered Species Act, rivaling previous disputes surrounding the gray wolf and northern spotted owl.
The ruling came as the Trump administration is seeking to rewrite regulations that scientists say would erode wildlife protection for the benefit of commercial interests.
While the decision only affects about 700 of the remaining 2,000 grizzlies in the ‘lower 48’, it’s a great step towards protecting the magnificent beast known as the grizzly!
The de-listing, welcomed by big-game hunters and cattlemen, had applied to about 700 Yellowstone-area grizzlies in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.
Grizzlies, which are slow to reproduce, number fewer than 2,000 bears across the Lower 48. That is far below an historic high of 100,000 before widespread shooting, poisoning and trapping reduced the bears’ population to just several hundred by 1975, when they were placed under federal protection.
Environmentalists have said that while grizzlies have made a comeback, their recovery could falter without continued federal safeguards. They point to, among other things, alterations in the bears’ food supply from climate change and high levels of human-caused mortality.
And a win for Native American tribes as well!!
Native American tribes, which revere the grizzly as sacred, sought reinstatement of its threatened status as essential to protecting their religious practices.
Please add any news you want to share below. ?
A follow up to a tweet I shared yesterday of a mailer that Ted Cruz’s campaign sent to an 88 year-old woman with very deceptive wording on the envelope. Our polarbear4 had asked if it was legal. It appears that it was not: Hello. This is violation of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA). I know, because I passed this law in 2015. See below: https://t.co/9oga4Gq8Zy — Gene Wu (@GeneforTexas) September 16, 2018 Please feel free to share below and I hope you all have a great day!! UPDATE: LOL, you all are so nice to me-as far as … Continue reading →
Andrew Gillum vows support for anti-BDS legislation in unreleased campaign document Gillum’s 413-word platform on the issue outlines his belief in a two-state solution, support for former President Barack Obama’s 10-year, $38 billion military aid package to Israel, and endorsement of strong anti-BDS (Boycott, Divest and Sanction) policies that go as far as to include a bill preventing Florida “from investing in or doing business with” companies that protest Israel. “I will continue to support anti-Boycott, Divest and Sanctions [BDS] legislation passed last year with overwhelming support in both houses of the legislature,” Gillum said, referring to Florida’s Senate … Continue reading →
With 100% of precincts reported, Lori Trahan leads Daniel Koh by just 52 votes in yesterday’s MA Democratic primary for the 3rd Congressional District.
This means that there’s a very good chance of a recount being requested for this race.
Despite the tight numbers, an automatic recount will not be issued since the results appear as if they would have a difference of less than 0.5 percent. Candidates can petition for a district-wide recount if they have 500 signatures by registered Democrats. They will have until 5 p.m. Friday to do so.
Should there be a recount, it would be done by hand in public with a welcome to spectators.
By my calculation, a margin of 52 votes means that the difference is less than 0.3 percent. The wording above is awkward, but certainly seems to say that a recount could happen if formally requested.
Koh is the former chief staff for of Mayor Marty Walsh and Trahan is the former chief of staff for former Congressman Marty Meehan. Both candidates were a part of a dozen individuals who ran to replace outgoing U.S. Rep. Nikki Tsongas, who announced she wasn’t seeking re-election last year.
“I would like to congratulate all of the amazing candidates on a wonderful race, especially Lori Trahan. And I ask you all to stick with me, to stay and we’re in for a little bit of a ride. So thank you, and let’s go,” Koh said.
Trahan has already declared victory.
Trahan declared victory shortly after midnight. “We’re going to claim victory,” Trahan said. “We are leading right now with 99 percent of the votes in,” she said. “I look at the numbers tonight and with 99 percent reporting, the numbers look good, so I’m very confident that we’re winning this election.”
The biggest news, of course, was the historic win by Ayanna Pressley, who it appears will become MA’s first black woman elected to Congress. And how could you not love Pressley’s initial reaction?
Ahhhhh, “We”, sweet music to my ears.
Thanks to Benny and all of the participants for the lively election coverage last night!!
Please share what you will below.
Just saw the clip of Andrew Gillum on Morning Joe and was so happy to see how laser-focused he is on the issues.
— Andrew Gillum (@AndrewGillum) August 29, 2018
Sam Stein tried his best to have the conversation turn to Trump (natch) but Gillum handled it wonderfully.
See the 5:40 mark.
I think Gillum is on the money on this.
They finally posted the clip to YouTube about an hour ago, so that’s easy.
The comments under it are very positive which makes me happy.
Here’s a very good one, imo, from Elaine:
Mayor Gillum’s response should be the Democratic Mantra going forward, do not focus on tRumpf, focus on the people and their needs!!!!!!
Gillum is striking a chord with people!
This comment is also one that I’m in agreement with and I’ll bet many others will be/are too:
I really like his stateman-like, calm demeanor. That suddenly matters to me post 2016.
Update #2 at 7:30 pm,
Elaine’s comment now has 170 likes 🙂
Not much going on today,
but, I managed to find a few things I wanted to share with you.
And I’ll begin with a happy picture. Because that’s how I’m wired.
— Tracee Ellis Ross (@TraceeEllisRoss) August 27, 2018
Good piece on Rashida Tlaib posted on The Guardian by Khaled Beydoun, a man with solid credentials (whom I follow on Twitter).
I walked into Rashida Tlaib’s election watch party shortly after midnight.
Rashida sounds like the sort of candidate we need to pull this country back from the brink.
Hip-hop, salsa, Detroit house and Arabic music thumped from the speakers. The cafe walls, where the party was being held, were adorned with the work of local artists. There were no suits or gowns, just the squeak of sneakers and blue campaign T-shirts filling the room. Tlaib’s party felt like a real party, where millennials of all races mingled naturally with middle-aged and elderly supporters that were celebrating as the results rolled in.
When I read about her primary win I was surprised that I’d never heard of her before. How did I miss her?
Her message was intersectional long before “intersectionality” was catapulted into the prevailing social justice lexicon. Fighting American Islamophobia was her mandate before the phenomenon became a catchy buzzword. She tenaciously challenged anti-black racism years before the Black Lives Matter movement mainstreamed it into popular consciousness. Rashida defiantly stepped up against the state, and land-seizing billionaires, to defend the rights of vulnerable elements in her community, south-west Detroit, which was predominantly Latinx.
“brilliantly diverse sea of people”
Twelve years later, this commitment to social justice and grassroots organizing is what fueled Rashida to knock down the ultimate door, and make history as America’s first Palestinian and Muslim congresswomen. And indeed, that was the very spirit represented by the brilliantly diverse sea of people that celebrated until Rashida was ready to declare victory, at 2.46am on Wednesday morning.
And she has such a positive message that resonates:
Flanked by her son, Adam, her younger brother Rachid, and her campaign staff, Rashida, in tears, shouted: “I love this campaign and what it represents. It inspired people around the country to know that you do not need to sell out, you do not need to change who you are, to run for office. Be who you are – it’s what our country needs right now.”
Khaled is doing his part on pushing back on the hate and the fear (two negative forces that so often seem bound together). That is also what this country “needs right now”.
Please share anything you’ve picked up on the beaches of our media below!
Bernie was up in VT yesterday for Montpelier, VT’s Independence Day Celebration. It looks like he made at least one person happy.
— Rodney Latstetter (@proviewsusa) July 4, 2018
More down below, please feel free to throw something in.
I hope you’re all having a great day!!
This is what I’m sipping on right now:
The story of Yuengling is the story of the American Spirit. It’s a tale of shared dreams, individual tenacity and an unwavering dedication to standards of quality. Like many American stories it starts amid the dreams of countless young immigrants looking for opportunity and emerges from the strength and will of one family determined to build their legacy in a new country. The story of America’s Oldest Brewery began when David G. Yuengling arrived from Wuerttemberg Germany to settle in the sleepy, coal-mining town of Pottsville, Pennsylvania.
The Yuengling story is not without its controversies, but right now I’m just enjoying the refreshing flavor thinking about some lovely people I know in Ohio who are the ones who introduced this brand to me. Plus, I’m grateful have been able to splurge a little on beer today, lol. 😉
Yes, the World Cup of soccer is going on and you don’t need to be a soccer fan to hear some of the goings on!
Gordon Dimmack reports that English journalists are talking about how nice Russians are being to them, one even said that they were “too friendly”. Gee, why do you suppose they thought that Russians were going to be less than friendly towards them? Hmmm.
— Gordon Dimmack (@GordonDimmack) June 18, 2018
Also, I have some fallout to report from the tournament’s opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia. You may have heard that Russia beat the higher-ranked SA soundly. Needless to say that didn’t go over very well in Saudi Arabia.
The first shot across the bow was when Saudi Arabia began to publicize that they were thinking of taking legal action against Qatar (a country currently out of favor with SA) over what they said was biased and negative coverage of the match on Al-Jazeera:
Saudi Arabia is accusing Al-Jazeera’s international sports network BeIN of one-sided coverage of yesterday’s soccer World Cup game, in which hosts Russia thrashed the Saudi national team 5-0, and has threatened legal action against the network.
One problem with that little SA hissy fit is that it brought to light the pirated soccer TV coverage in Saudi Arabia.
Fifa has confirmed that it is considering taking legal action against Saudi TV station BeoutQ, which it claims has been illegally broadcasting the 2018 World Cup in the Middle East.
Ooops! Maybe the Saudis should have just kept their mouths shut? And maybe the timing of blocking Qatar’s Al-Jazeera could have been better??
The illegal coverage has grown out of a trade ban between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which means fans in the former country are not able to watch BeIN. This has resulted in the World Cup not being officially broadcast in Saudi Arabia, despite its national team featuring at the tournament for the first time since 2006.
And you thought soccer was just about some robust young men kicking a ball around. ;~)
Please consider this an open thread if you have anything you’d like to share below!
Mountain Valley Pipeline protesters lock themselves to drilling equipment Opponents of the Mountain Valley Pipeline tried a new tactic Monday: chaining themselves to construction equipment. West Virginia state police arrested three people who were trying to slow down workers in Lindside, a community in Monroe County, West Virginia. They delayed construction for a few hours on Route 219. Police cut them out around 10 a.m., about two hours after they received a call. Police said Maxwell Shaw, 24, Evin Ugur, 21, and Sydney White, 18, are all from Massachusetts and are out on bond. Court documents showed they’re each facing … Continue reading →
I gather that JD & LD are still road-tripping and are now in Colorado! Nice.
(Sanders) has managed to marshal a loyal army of progressive activists who stand for principles of social and economic justice that had seemingly been abandoned by the Democratic Party since the Bill Clinton years. Many of Sanders’ followers will support no one else — unless and until he tells them too. That alone will make Sanders a formidable opponent for any and all Democrats who are considering taking him on.
Strange to see such a glaring spelling error, but I’ll give the writer a break because I like the title of the piece. I hadn’t heard this next bit in the Salon article – had you?
Warren, a potential rival who could have split the progressive vote, has apparently taken herself out of consideration for 2020
As usual, Bernie’s age comes up, but not in an entirely bad way.
The governor spent 2017 poking fun at the mayor. Now he’s under fire
I’m pretty sure that Cuomo might as well just give up on any presidential plans:
According to a recent Marist poll, 70% of New York Democrats do not want Gov. Andrew Cuomo to run for president.
Denied the Working Families Party nomination, Cuomo should have petitioned his way into a September WFP primary, challenging designated nominee Cynthia Nixon. It would have signaled his commitment to liberal principles and been taken as a sign of respect to grassroots activists.
Instead, Cuomo snubbed the party and threw down a gauntlet to its financiers, saying, “You’re either with me or against me.” Most of them sided with the governor. Widely credited with killing New York’s Liberal Party in 2002 when he accepted its ballot line for governor and then dropped out of the race, Cuomo appears on track to do the same to the WFP.
Cheers and I hope that LD gets to rest his “driving foot”!
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., will make a swing through California early next month ahead of primary elections in a state that is set to play a starring role in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary.
Sanders will make four stops in southern California next Saturday, June 2, just days before the state’s closely watched primary elections on June 5. But instead of backing candidates in any of those races during the trip, Sanders will speak to protesting workers and rally with activists.
His packed day will start with a roundtable with Disneyland workers in Anaheim, where unions are pushing a ballot measure that would raise wages for hospitality workers at companies that have received subsidies from the city.
Then Sanders will hold a town hall with dockworkers near the Port of Long Beach.
After that, he’ll head to downtown Los Angeles for a rally with Shaun King and Patrisse Cullors, two prominent activists affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement. More than 3,500 people have RSVP’d online to attend the event.
Los Angeles & All of SoCal!
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) May 17, 2018
More news/video/tweets/etc. in the comments.
Any issues with registering/commenting/etc. can be sent to the email@example.com.