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I’ll start here cuz I see la58 was in here and this story has a labor angle.

How a 25-year-old woman took over Oklahoma’s Democratic party

For years, Oklahoma has been considered hostile terrain for Democrats and progressives.

In the 2016 election, not a single Oklahoma county voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. And in January 2017, Gallup ranked Oklahoma the nation’s 4th most conservative state, just ahead of Alabama, based on the percentage of the state’s population that self-identified as conservative. In February, the Washington Post placed Oklahoma on its list of 10 states where the Democratic Party is on “life-support.”

Then something changed. In May, Anna Langthorn, then 24 years old, ran for and won the race to become the chair of Oklahoma’s Democratic Party, on a platform of better preparing candidates to run for office.

This young lady sounds like she’s got that ‘something-something’:

“It’s our goal to field candidates in every seat that we can, up and down the ticket,” she said. “However, we also have statewide races this year and obviously legislative races, which those are our priority because we have a lot of ground to make up. It’s our goal to make sure that we have a full ticket of statewide candidates and a healthy bench of legislative candidates. Then we’ll look at Congress.”

Now 25 years old, Langthorn is also changing the way that the state party approaches a younger generation of voters.

“I think I have little bit better understanding of a broader spectrum of voters, that I understand a better way to communicate with my peers and I understand my peers’ perceptions better,” Langthorn said. “The reality that most Millennials don’t believe in a two-party system, that they associate the people who have been in power regardless of whether they’re Democrats or Republicans with the status quo and therefore with failure.”

At a time when many seem to be making millennials a target, Langthorn is embracing them. Smart.

Millennials as a generation are significantly more progressive than previous generations, even the ones that live in deeply conservative states. They also far outnumber any other generation, and mobilizing them to vote has the potential to radically change the political character of any state.

Langthorn is also bringing her values as a young progressive to bear in other ways. She’s openly supportive of her staff’s decision to unionize the state Democratic Party offices.

We’re in the process of actually unionizing our staff which is going to be really cool,” Langthorn said. “The staff initiated that themselves before I was elected, but when that is finished — when we finish our contract negotiations, which we’re in the midst of right now — we’ll be the only state party in the country that has a unionized staff.”

Anna thinks it’s “cool” to unionize the state Dem party office! And she sounds feisty.

“We’ve allowed the Republican Party to define us, but [Democrats] believe in the basic principles of fairness and hard work and equality.” Langthorn said.

“When we’re talking about health care, when we’re talking about things like Medicaid expansion or a living wage — having a living wage affects someone in rural eastern Oklahoma just as much as it affects someone in urban Oklahoma City and maybe more so because those are the places actually where the jobs are disappearing, poverty conditions exist and having a government that protects people is more vital than ever before.”



Thanks for the threads. I’ll post one in each


Three major business groups alone—the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Realtors, and the Business Roundtable—spent $56 million in the last three months of 2017 lobbying Congress to give them a massive tax cut. According to Public Citizen, 6,243 lobbyists—more than half of the total number of active lobbyists in DC—worked on the bill, which works out to 11 for each and every lawmaker in Congress.

For their effort, they got massive, permanent cuts to the corporate-tax rate. Republicans had talked about closing loopholes so that their cuts wouldn’t blow up the deficit, but that fell by the wayside, and in the end we’ll mostly be financing this huge giveaway through public debt.

Now many of the corporations that lobbied for the bill are trying to make what began as a historically unpopular law more palatable with a series of high-profile announcements crediting the tax cuts for investments that they’d already planned to make or touting one-time bonuses for workers.



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