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OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Slams Trump On Another Broken Promise, Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:24:28 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D. OH) re-election campaign:

"Prescription drug spending has increased 10 percent annually for Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) members since 2010, an overall rise of 73 percent”
- NBC News, 5/3/17

American families are being forced to line the pockets of Big Pharma. And it’s partially because Big Pharma’s lobbyists and their Republican allies want it that way.

According to a report from CBS News, the cost of prescription drugs from Americans under age 65 is projected to go up 11.6 percent this year. For older Americans, costs are projected to rise 9.9 percent.

All while wages are only expected to rise 2.5 percent.

We need to address prescription drug costs. This is something President Trump has said he wants to see happen -- but he hasn’t done anything so far. Sign our petition and tell Trump and the Republicans to get to work on bringing down prescription drug costs.

When it’s your kid who’s sick, or when it’s your mom who needs a prescription, you don’t really get to say, “Tough luck.” Instead, millions of American families go without, so they can maintain access to lifesaving medication.

Big drug companies are getting rich by sucking up ever-greater amounts of Americans’ income. That’s money that millions of families could use to save for college, or make a down payment on a house. Instead, it’s being used to pad the bonuses and stock options of drug company CEOs.

The health of the American people is not something to exploit for financial profit. We need to take action on prescription drug costs -- add your name to mine and tell Republicans to put the American people ahead of Big Pharma lobbyists.

Thank you,

Sherrod

Click here to add your name.




MT-AL & GA-06: LCV Doubles Down To Help These Dems Flip Their Districts From Red To Blue

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:13:43 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the League of Conservation Voters in support of Rob Quist (D. MT-AL) & Jon Ossoff’s (D. GA-06) campaigns:

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Jon Ossoff (D. GA-06)
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There’s only 72 hours left to win the special House election in Montana.

The latest polls on the race have me cautiously optimistic. LCV Action Fund-endorsed candidate Rob Quist is within single digits of Trump ally Greg Gianforte, a staunch enemy of public lands. But there are only hours left for him to close the gap.

Both this special election and Jon Ossoff’s race in Georgia’s 6th District will be decided in the days ahead, and pro-environment candidates have a real shot at winning them both — but not if we don’t rush them the resources they need.

The country is distracted by the disturbing allegations and chaos coming out of the Trump administration, but this might be our best chance to reject the Trump agenda. Please, can you make an emergency gift to these two candidates today?
 

Rob Quist and Jon Ossoff are in the home stretch against anti-environment Trump allies. Make an emergency contribution to their campaigns today »

The Republican House leadership is terrified of losing these two races. Vice President Pence and Donald Trump, Jr. rushed to Montana to try to save Gianforte, whose lead in the polls has steadily shrunk. He lost the Montana governor’s race just months ago, and we have to make sure he loses this race too.

In Georgia’s 6th District, polls continue wobbling back and forth. This race has already become the most expensive House race in history — if polluter allies outspend Jon Ossoff in the final month, he won’t have a chance. Electing a pro-environment candidate in this typically Republican district is truly now-or-never. We can’t pass up this opportunity.

Rob Quist has made protecting public lands a pillar of his campaign and believes in strong protections for our air and water, and Jon Ossoff wants to make Georgia a leader in clean energy. Most importantly, they’re not afraid to stand up to Donald Trump, Republican leadership, and their polluter allies.
 

Help erode Trump’s dwindling support: Make an emergency gift to Quist and Ossoff today »

The next two years will be difficult, but these candidates are standing up to Big Polluter allies and fighting to defend the EPA, our air, our drinking water, and our climate. Let them know you stand with them: Please, chip in today.

Vinnie Wishrad
Senior Vice President, Membership and Online Engagement

Click here to donate to Quist & Ossoff’s campaigns.




VA-Gov: WaPo Poll Shows Trump A Huge Drag On Ed Gillespie (R), Both Dems Have Double Digit Leads

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:56:37 +0000

Latest news out Virginia today:

Widespread opposition to President Trump and his policies has heightened the challenge for Republicans hoping to retake the Virginia governor’s mansion this year, with GOP front-runner Ed Gillespie trailing both Democratic contenders by double digits in a new Washington Post-Schar School poll.

The Virginia governor’s race offers a significant test of how much Trump’s sagging job approval ratings could hurt Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections and gauges whether anti-Trump activism will benefit Democrats. Although the general election isn’t until November, the poll suggests a hostile environment for Republicans.

Republican favorite Gillespie, who has a wide lead in the party’s three-way primary race, trails both Democratic candidates by almost identical margins: Tom Perriello by 50 percent to 37 percent, and Ralph Northam by 49 percent to 38 percent among registered voters.
Voters seem to be punishing Gillespie for Trump’s performance, which they don’t like. Trump’s job approval rating is at 36 percent, while 59 percent of Virginia residents disapprove of his performance as commander in chief. More than half say they “strongly disapprove,” according to the poll, which was co-sponsored by The Post and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government.

Lets punish Republicans at the polls big time this year and next year. Click below to donate and get involved with the Democrat you support:

Ralph Northam

Tom Perriello




22 Days Until Virginia Stands Up to Resist Trump

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:09:41 +0000

In September of 2016 I kicked off my campaign to represent Virginia’s 67th House District and be a voice for everyone who needs to be heard in Northern Virginia. I’ve dedicated my life to public service and far too often I’ve seen firsthand how policy decisions can affect children, women, working families, and our community.  

Now since November’s election of Donald Trump, I’ve talked to countless voters who fear that Trump’s dishonesty, temper, and recklessness is taking our country down a dangerous path.  

One touching conversation I had this month was with a voter whose biggest concern is the irresponsible actions Trump is taking with the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect his family and our Commonwealth.

And he is right. This year a lot more is on the line for Virginia when voters go to the polls on Election Day. For example, 3.4 million Virginians with preexisting conditions will lose health care if the ACA is fully repealed and that is unacceptable. With Trump continuing to push a volatile agenda that puts the country in danger, it is up to our elected officials here in Virginia to stand up and fight back.

To finish our conversation at the door, the man did something very unexpected. He called his 10-year-old nephew over, who had been playing video games during our conversation, and told him “I want you to meet Mrs. Delaney because I need you to know, not all representatives are like Trump. She is going to fight for you and protect you down in Richmond.”

As I met his shy smile with a nod, I felt an overwhelming sense of resolve to stand-up and represent the values of our 67th District. Now more than ever we need representatives who will serve the people, and I have committed my entire life to doing just that.  

2017 is the year of the resistance and I ask you to join my campaign and fight back today!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter or visit our website to join the movement with a contribution Here!




A Challenge for Candidates and the Ad Writers who Love Them

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:58:44 +0000

A couple of pieces in this morning’s Abbreviated Pundit Roundup urge Democrats looking forward to coming elections to steer clear of All-Trump-Alll-The-Time and craft messages based on the issues that affect voters where they live—jobs, cost of living, quality of life, security. This is a good idea, and not that hard, as Democratic policies tend to favor the average person more often than those championed by the GOP. 

What is difficult is making these “kitchen table” messages without succumbing to the temptation to nerdsplain the issues. Political junkies, particularly those of us on the left, are rightly proud of our “reality-based” views. We want facts to back up our assertions, the more the better. Tables and graphs make us all tingly.

This love of empiricism is a virtue, but it can be a handicap when trying to craft messages for a large audience, particularly messages that have to tell a positive, pro-my-candidate story in 30 seconds.

I don’t have a template for such messages, but I do have a suggestion for those thinking about how to craft them in coming months: ditch the math.

Say what you want to say without a single number, graph or chart. Make people, like the people you want to reach, the focus of your message. You don’t have to go totally fact free like Hal Riney’s famous ads for Reagan, but make the people the story.

I know this isn’t a startling, new idea, but I think it’s one we all should keep in mind as we go about trying to move voters—not just ad targets, but our friends and families—to our way of thinking.

Numbers and graphs are wonderful, but finding ways to show what they mean is essential if we want to change minds.

Just a thought.




"Politics Ain't Beanbag !"............ Who Knew ??!! Tom Brock - Dem Candidate Virginia Beach HD-21

Sun, 21 May 2017 22:40:17 +0000

Below is my press response to the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Virginian Pilot regarding their articles about years old Facebook posts.  I presented this statement 2 days ago at the request of the RTD reporter; it has yet to be published. My name is Tom Brock. I am a Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates in Virginia Beach (District 21). On June 13th 2017 a primary election will be held. Two names will appear on the Democratic ballot: Tom Brock and Kelly Fowler. One of us will be elected to be the Democratic nominee in the 2017 general election. During the past 12 to 14 weeks, accusations about my character and fitness to serve have been circulated around the district and the state, on many platforms, among them, blogs, Facebook, the news media. The principle accusations have centered on misogyny and racism, in relation to years old Facebook postings which were presented without context. I have previously addressed the accusations of misogyny. The recent accusations of racism brought the harsh spotlight and censure of the Democratic House Caucus to my campaign; criticism which would be appropriate and deserved if these accusations were true; however, they are not. I'm running to represent the voters and residents of the 21st District. The Virginia Democratic House Caucus can speak for itself, it has done so. My campaign, and my opponent’s, will speak for themselves. My campaign will remain positive, speaking to the voters about my relationship to them, and only them. I will not involve myself with my opponent's campaign, or with her personal life or personal matters; that's her business. I have no ill will or resentments about the actions of anyone involved in attempts to damage my campaign or question my character. This is politics; and it is certainly true, "politics ain’t beanbags". I will continue my positive, personal appeal to my neighbors in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. I look forward to meeting and speaking with as many of them as possible during the next few weeks and months, listening to their concerns, and addressing them to the best of my abilities. I am grateful to you  for your attention, and for your active participation in the electoral process. In Solidarity, Tom Brock I would like to sincerely thank the Daily Kos Community for providing the space for me to talk about my campaign. It is my firm belief that I have conducted my campaign with absolute honesty and in a manner that brings no shame to my staff or any of my volunteers. We will continue to bring our message to the voters of the 21st district.  If the voters of my district have questions regarding the comments that have been released or the ones that will be released in the future, I will personally talk with them about how important the underlying issues are and, I will share with them the personal stories that have helped me to transcend attitudes of privilege.  Say what you will about anything I have said in the past; I am a human being, I’m learning day by day, one day at a time.  More may be coming, we will talk about those when they come out.  The primary election will be held on June 13th, the voter registration deadline to vote in the primary is 5 pm tomorrow night, early voting has already begun. If you live in Virginia please vote! Tom Brock Candidate for VA HD-21 Donate | Facebook | Website [...]



"Russia is important to the American public, but health care hits home directly..."

Sun, 21 May 2017 11:36:22 +0000

NY Times

As the nation’s capital was rocked by revelation after revelation from the investigation into any connection between the Trump campaign and Russia, Democrats in Washington were focused on what they saw as nothing less than saving the republic. More than 1,800 miles away, Rob Quist, a Democratic candidate in one of the House special elections that will gauge the mood of the country this spring, was concentrating on high insurance premiums, not high crimes.

"I call it the un-American Health Care Plan," Quist said, noting that health care quickly became the number-one issue of his campaign after the AHCA was passed by the U.S. House.

"This is merely a tax break for the super-rich. That's all it is. In the greatest country on earth, people should not have to declare bankruptcy just because they have a health care issue."

The contrast between what Democrats in Washington are consumed by and what their candidates are running on illustrates an emerging challenge for the party as the president becomes ever more engulfed in controversy: For all the misfortunes facing their foe in the White House, Democrats have yet to devise a coherent message on the policies that President Trump used to draw working-class voters to his campaign.

On the contrary, Quist and Bernie Sanders, who joined him for several rallies yesterday, have a compelling and lucid message. Together, they decried the passage of AHCA, saying it will boot 24 million people off insurance, 70,000 of them in Montana.

Calling it “disastrous,” and “one of the ugliest, most dangerous, most un-American” bills ever passed in Congress, Sanders said he and Quist would work together to create a Medicare for all, single-payer health care system to ensure universal coverage: “Now is the time to make sure we have an economy that works for all of us. Now is the time to make sure we have a health care system that works for all of us.”

“Russia is important to the American public, but health care hits home directly in people’s lives,” said Nancy Keenan, executive director of the Montana Democratic Party. “Regular Montanans are talking about the heck of a spring snowstorm we just had, this health care bill, the stuff that’s hitting them every single day. They know something is amiss in Washington, but in their everyday lives it doesn’t affect them right now.”




I just gave 25 bucks to the DLCC.

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:59:39 +0000

What is the DLCC? the Democratic legislative campaign committee is focused on the state legislatures. I normally don’t give money to the alphabet soup organizations and stay focused on individual candidates but the DLCC is the exception.

We really need to retake the state legislatures and build the Democratic bench especially because the state legislatures control the district maps and the house is gerrymandered by the republicans to hell and back.




At the down home county fair this summer the local Democratic Party booth should...[help me out]

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:11:42 +0000

We are going to be working on our County Dems fair booth soon and I wanted to beg for some help from all you wonderful people who frequent DK.

Anything you’ve done/seen done/imagined/thought would be fun or want to share? We live in a rural WI county and our booth is seen by quite a few people. We aren’t overwhelmingly conservative and often get a lot of positive reactions from people passing by. I would like to make it engaging and fun for our volunteers too. We all know volunteering for a shift doing anything these days can be tough with the busy schedules everyone has. 

If you have any ideas I’m grateful if you share them :) Thanks! 




MA-Gov: Setti Warren (D) Kicks Off Gov Bid Proposing Free Public Colleges & Single-Payer

Sat, 20 May 2017 20:13:39 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Newton Mayor Setti Warren’s (D. MA) gubernatorial campaign:

My parents grew up in two of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City. My dad served in the Korean War, came home, and used his G.I. bill benefits to purchase the home where I grew up--the same home where I live now with my wife and two kids today.
Massachusetts is a place where families like mine have always found a better future, but people and communities are falling behind. Today, I am announcing my candidacy for Governor of Massachusetts because I believe we can do better. Check out the video:
Confronting economic inequality is the challenge of our time, but despite years of solid economic growth, our state budget is a mess. Fixing it starts with telling the truth: we must raise revenue by eliminating tax breaks for special interests and asking those who make more than a million dollars a year ($20,000 a week!) to pay their fair share.
As governor, I plan to use this new revenue to fund strategies that will reduce the scourge of economic inequality, like making public colleges free and moving us towards single-payer healthcare.
 We must make a generational commitment now to secure a better future for our children. That’s what my parents did when they purchased our home in Newton, and that’s what I intend to do as governor.
 -Setti

Click here to donate and get involved with Warren’s campaign.




MT-AL: Sen. Jon Tester (D) Gives Rob Quist (D) A Big Boost Before Thursday's Election

Sat, 20 May 2017 18:52:09 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D. MT) in support of Rob Quist’s (D. MT-AL) campaign:

Do you know why my friend Rob Quist deserves to win Montana's House seat next Thursday? Because he gets it.

He gets how a Montana family could struggle with medical bills. After experiencing complications due to a surgery, Rob had to go into debt to pay for his care. He knows what it's like to worry about the bills when you should be worrying about getting better.

Rob believes no one in Montana should face bankruptcy just because they get sick. So do I. It's part of the reason I'm supporting Rob in the election Thursday.

Rob will go to Congress and help me hold Washington politicians accountable. The election is THIS Thursday, and Rob's team is gearing up for a last minute push. Can you chip in $5 or more to help them out?

You probably already know that the House of Representatives forced through a health care plan that could raise costs for seniors, eliminate health coverage for 70,000 Montanans, and end many protections for folks with pre-existing conditions. It would also give huge tax breaks for millionaires.

Rob's opponent is one of the millionaires that could benefit from the tax breaks. He supports this.
 

But Rob wants to represent all Montanans. That's why we need Rob in Congress. And this Thursday, we can make it happen.
 

Help Rob out in the final week of his campaign. Give $5 or more.

Oh, and if you're in Montana: Don't forget to vote on Thursday!

Jon​​​​​​​

Click here to donate to Quist’s campaign.




How Democrats can use Trump’s scandal to force the Republicans to reverse the Election.

Sat, 20 May 2017 17:37:35 +0000

Not a day goes by without Trump becoming an ever greater burden on the Republican Party. Not only have Democrats been demanding his impeachment for weeks, but leading Republicans supported the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the connection between Russian agents and organized crime, Trump, and other Republican leaders before that occurred on May 17. Despite the appointment of a special prosecutor, the Democrats have the ability to not merely force Trump and Pence out of office, but compel the Republicans to effectively reverse the 2016 election by replacing Trump with a Democrat, and putting a liberal majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. As has been wisely related, the appointment of a special prosecutor may be exactly the wrong way to get rid of Trump and Trumpism; slowing the investigation while concealing the most shocking discoveries in secrecy and rumor. Ultimately, a special prosecutor might decide that, although probable cause exists to suspect Trump of crimes like espionage, the evidence is not strong enough to get a conviction. Removing Trump from the presidency, and replacing him with another Republican conservative, is just as self-defeating for Democrats. Whether that replacement is vice-president Mike Pence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, or as explained by Free California Journal, Senate President Pro Tempore, U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the chief executive of the United States will remain a conservative extremist, exactly the kind of leader that a plurality of American voters chose not to empower. If history is any guide, few things are worse for a majority party in mid-term elections than having just pardoned a president who has just resigned. In the 1974 elections, conducted two months after never-elected president Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon, Democrats gained 43 seats in Congress, three U.S. Senate positions, and even four governorships changed hands. In 1976, the Democrats turned out another Republican congressman, and won the presidency. Given that experience, the best plan for Democrats is to force the Republicans to give into Trump’s demands for a full pardon in return for his resignation from the Presidency. Although Trump is not demanding a pardon, he will likely do so — at least privately — when he begins to consider resigning. Trump will be particularly determined to exact a pardon from the new President — whomever that is — once he accepts that he has already been indicted by at least one grand jury for crimes that could put him in prison for life. Indeed, recent news reports indicate that Trump has already been indicted for conspiracy with Russian mobsters, but it has been sealed to avoid a constitutional crisis between the Executive Branch and federal prosecutors. In short, without a pardon, Trump could face immediate arrest and a humiliating perp-walk the minute he leaves office. Of course, the Democrats should not just flatly refuse to help Republicans remove Trump. Although they can and should continue to demand Trump’s impeachment, they should also demand that the results of the 2016 election be effectively reversed. This can be achieved by making sure that a reliable Democrat like Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama complete the term of Trump, not Pence, Ryan, or Hatch. In addition, either Trump’s appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch must resign from the Court, and Merrick Garland must be sworn in without further delay, or Congress must enlarge the Supreme Court to 11 justices, and agree to confirm the people the new Democratic president nominates to the Court. A “re-vote” is unnecessary because Clinton not only won the popular vote, but among the candidates not disqualified by colluding with foreign adversaries, she also w[...]



Bernie Campaigns with Quist in Montana. Bonus: Quist's Closing Ad Hitting Opponent on Trumpcare.

Sat, 20 May 2017 17:30:19 +0000

Bernie is campaigning this weekend with Rob Quist, the Democratic candidate for Montana’s one House of Representatives seat in Montana:  Sanders will join Democratic candidate Rob Quist, a folk singer and political novice, on four campaign stops on Saturday and Sunday, just days before polls close here May 25. Absentee voting has been underway since late April. The Montana contest is shaping up to be a test of whether Trump's scandal-plagued early months and the largely unpopular new GOP-backed health care plan can put a seat into play in this rural, rugged and largely Republican state thousands of miles from Washington. snip Montana's single at-large House seat has been in Republican hands since 1996, and the state voted in a landslide for Trump over Hillary Clinton last November. But Montanans have elected Democrats to other statewide office over the years — including current U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Gov. Steve Bullock, both of whom are supporting Quist. Bernie in Montana to Help Quist. The Quist campaign already is booking bigger venues for crowds larger than first anticipated: A Billings rally for Rob Quist featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders in Billings will now be held at MetraPark's Expo Center on Saturday. The event for the Democratic candidate for Montana's congressional seat was originally scheduled for The Billings Depot. Campaign staff decided a larger venue than the 300-person room was necessary and booked the front portion of the Expo Center, which can hold 800 to 1,000 people, said Ray Massie, MetraPark marketing director. Billings Gazette MISSOULA, Mont. - Bernie Sanders, along with U.S. House candidate Rob Quist, will be campaigning at the Adams Center Saturday morning. The event was originally slated for the Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula. It holds 1,400 people. With more people planning to attend the event, it was moved to the Adams Center, which holds up to 7,500 people. nbcmontana.com Rob Quist’s closing ad hits his opponent on Trumpcare: x x YouTube Video It’s good. Here’s a little about the ad from HuffPo if you don’t watch it. In a new ad released Monday, Montana Democrats attacked Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte for trying to hide his support for the deeply unpopular health care bill passed this month by the U.S. House of Representatives. The multimillionaire Republican backed the proposed American Health Care Act ― which could imperil health insurance for more than 70,000 Montanans ― in a call with wealthy donors this month. After The New York Times published audio of the call, Gianforte walked back his comments, suggesting last week that he would have voted against the bill. The ad cuts together clips of local TV news reports about Gianforte’s changing stance on the bill, along with ominous piano music. The ad is running statewide ahead of the May 25 special election to fill the House seat vacated by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The campaign to elect Democrat Rob Quist, a musician and ranchers’ son running on a populist platform, paid for the ad. “Gianforte said he was thankful for a bill that takes away protections for pre-existing conditions and raises premiums,” says the ad’s narrator. “Thankful, because he got a huge tax break in return.” Update I: And this ad that is longer: x x YouTube Video [...]



"I want the truth!"

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:28:49 +0000

The Illusion of truth While a proper investigative experiment would need to be designed and carried out to confirm the hypothesis, I believe it is worthwhile to suggest that, in response to the numerous plaintive inquiries in the comments of many posts on Daily Kos as to why Trump supporters believe him when nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is false, the answer can be found on page 62 of Daniel Kahneman's book, Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011) which I quote: A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.  Authoritarian institutions and marketers have always known this fact.  But it was psychologists who discovered that you do not have to repeat the entire statement of a fact or idea to make it appear true.  People who were repeatedly exposed to the phrase “the body temperature of a chicken” were more likely to accept as true the statement that “the body temperature of a chicken is 144°” (or any other arbitrary number).  The familiarity of one phrase in the statement sufficed to make the whole statement feel familiar, and therefore true.  If you cannot remember the source of a statement, and have no way to relate it to other things you know, you have no option but to go with the sense of cognitive ease. (Cognitive ease being the concept that your mind will naturally go with the easiest option, not necessarily the correct one.) (Italicized emphasis mine.) We here at Daily Kos all know the lies spread by Trump and the Republican Party.  As sometimes slow thinking people (using Kahneman's System 2 reference, not the popular “not smart” understanding) that actually think about what is being said and the underlying premise, if any, upon which the statement rests, we know now the reason for the repetition:  to create familiarity and thus the illusion of truth. Understanding it is the easy part.  How do we combat it?  The Republicans since the '80s have engaged in this lying operation in order to achieve their ends of political power which allows them to look out solely for No. 1 (themselves and their big money donors).  They did so through a systematic effort that started at the local level, getting Republicans elected through promises that – and this I believe is important – at the local level were not necessarily lies.  Lies of your township supervisor, mayor, councilman, board member, etc., are not easily made because they are so publicly disprovable:  they are, in Kahneman's words, relate-able to other things you know and the dissonance created thereby tells you, “Whoa, Frank is way off base with this! That's just not right and he knows it.”  At the local level, you call them out on it in front of the rest of the board, their friends or wherever the setting happens to be. So at the local level, there likely is not a lot of Republican lying going on but that actually serves a very useful purpose for the up ballot Republicans:  it creates familiarity, a willingness to believe what a Republican says at any level.  Once you've gotten people to believe their local Republican is telling the truth and is therefore OK, it's easy for the national Republicans to simply say “I'm a Republican...” and whatever follows that can be a lie, the truth, or anything in between.  People will believe it because a Republican said it.  Contrariwise, when the Republican starts out a comment or a statement with “The Democrats stand for....” people believe what follows is the truth even though it is demonstrably false. The Democrats need to do the same thing.  On steroids.  While the Republicans have always been a more disciplined party me[...]



Email the Senate about the Horrendous Health Care law - with email address included!

Sat, 20 May 2017 12:42:36 +0000

This will be a very short post.

The senate is asking for opinions on their health care bill, only from insurance people. 

Topher Spiro was able to get hands on the letter and the email address.

Here’s the email: HealthReform@finance.senate.gov

Have fun everyone!

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SATURDAY MORNING GOOD NEWS ROUNDUP

Sat, 20 May 2017 11:06:28 +0000

Hope is to a Resistance as Oxygen is to a Fire Well that was another stunningly bad 24 hours for 45.  Things are coming apart for him and coming apart fast.  The WP has a nice summary of how bad the last couple of weeks have been for him and his crew of not-so-merry racists.  We all knew that this Russia stuff was bad and now it is finally coming out!  It was our phone calls and pressure on the government which pushed this thing!  Well, that and how incompetent and arrogant 45 is.  Anyway, great job Resistance and KEEP IT UP!!! Looks like Comey is going to be testifying in public some time after Memorial Day.   White House lawyers have started to research how impeachment works.  Oh child, you could have called any one of us from the Resistance.  We have been researching that since November.  Rep Elijah Cummings is not letting Pence off the hook in any of this.  Another D working hard for us! Here is a fun one on the ACA.  If Wednesday’s CBO numbers are bad on the budget reduction side, House Rs will have to redo this and re-vote.  Oh Paul Ryan, you just can’t catch a break can you?  Where is your “family” when you need them? In the strange allies category: Energy Companies Urge 45 To Remain In Paris Climate Agreement.  Whatever works!  Ds are keeping up the hard work for us and taking advantage of the lack of focus Rs can give with 45 in disarray. Senate Democrats are now going to shift their attention to killing the Republicans’ back-room negotiations to repeal Obamacare. More on Ds working for and with us: Senate Dems warn 45 admin shows 'pattern of hostility' to press.   Speaking of the press.  I love this analysis!  45 took on the press and boy did he lose that one.  I love this because the press is one of the pillars of our democracy and its perseverance in this crisis shows that the America we love is STRONG.   You know who else is strong?  Our young people.  A large group of Notre Dame students plan walkout during Mike Pence speech We are winning battles all around the world: Iran’s Youth, Women And Middle Class Elevate Rouhani To Second Term You know who I love?  Anderson Cooper.  He went from rolling his eyes at them to telling it like it is.  You go Coop! My other love, Ted Lieu is fighting 45 with humor and wisdom. And finally, on the lighter side, my girl HRC has some tips for Comey on avoiding hugs from 45.  There won’t always be a curtain to hide in Comey.  HRC shows you how it is done.   [...]



MT-AL: Progressive Change Campaign Committee Doubles Down On Weekend GOTV Efforts For Rob Quist (D)

Sat, 20 May 2017 04:17:37 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support of Rob Quist’s (D. MT-AL) campaign: If Democrat Rob Quist wins the Montana special congressional election next week, there will be a political earthquake. Trump is under siege. Republicans are already frustrated with his constant self-inflicted scandals and nervous about their agenda. A Quist win in Montana's historically red U.S. House seat will up the ante. Some Republicans could abandon Trump altogether and focus on saving themselves. Trump's agenda in Congress could be dead in the water. Republicans are pouring money into this race! They know what the stakes are. So we’re going to out-organize them. PCCC has partnered with MoveOn, Democracy for America, SwingLeft, and Flippable to launch Special Election House Parties all around the country where volunteers can call Montana voters leading up to Election Day on May 25th. Can you attend a house party near you to volunteer for the Montana special election? If there isn't one near you, consider hosting one. Yes -- I'll sign up to attend or host a house party this weekend or before Election Day on May 25th. No -- I can't right now, but I'll chip in $3 to Quist's campaign for his GET OUT THE VOTE push. Bernie Sanders was just in Montana campaigning with Rob Quist and had this to say: "Rob is the only person in this race who understands that we need a government in Washington that works for all Montanans and all Americans and not just the special interests and the billionaire class." Wherever you live, your conversations with voters in Montana could easily mean the difference between a win and a loss on May 25th. Can you attend a house party with other volunteers for the Montana special election? Yes -- I'll sign up to attend or host a house party. No -- I can't right now, but I'd like to support this work with a donation directly to Quist's campaign. Thanks for being a bold progressive. -- The Progressive Change Campaign Committee P.S. The most effective way to make an impact on these races is still in-person voter contact. If you're in Montana or can make a trip before May 25th, sign up here for more information on in-person volunteer opportunities in Montana. Click here to sign up to attend or host a house party. Click here to donate to Quist’s campaign. [...]



How Health Care and Russia Connect - GOP selfishness, lust for power and money

Sat, 20 May 2017 03:32:55 +0000

We all have been enthralled by the news hitting on a daily basis of Russia and the Trump administration. You wake up, and bam there’s something. Go to work, and bam, there’s something. Go to the bathroom and bam, there’s something. I think you get the point, right?

It’s almost like clockwork. What else is like clockwork? Unwavering GOP defense of Donald Trump. Time and time again, when a story breaks, the GOP at large says things like; “concerning”, “disturbed”, “witch hunt”, “overblown”. Nothing of substance is actually said, which means absolutely no action is taken. As a citizen of this country you sit and wonder, where is the courage to stand up? Where is the courage to do the right thing?

There is no courage only selfishness. It’s about maintaining power. It’s about making sure they have a President who will happily pass their laws without giving one iota of a care of what is in it. 

This is exactly how the GOP views healthcare. The GOP does not give a damn about anyone’s health insurance. If they did, this conversation over health care would actually be a conversation and not a 1 month jam the bill down your throats ordeal. All they care about are their tax cuts. The only way to finance those cuts is through killing Obamacare taxes, gutting Medicaid and Medicare. Oh, people who need these programs to stay healthy or just survive might get severely hurt by this? Oh well, as long as we get our tax cuts, it’s no risk to us. 

You have to look at these two issues as coming from the same place of selfishness, lust for power and money. The actions taken by GOP representatives is not what normal human beings do. We are empathetic creatures. When we see someone suffering, we want to help them. When we see an injustice occurring, we want to fight back. Selfishness, Power and Money have destroyed any semblance of a soul in these GOP reps. 

I’ll end this rant by saying it is possible to talk about healthcare and Russia at the same time because the root causes come from the same place. The GOP only cares about how they can help themselves, not the American people. If that means gutting health insurance to pay for tax breaks or blindly supporting the President during one of the worst scandals since Watergate so they can get Tax reform (cuts), then that is what they will do. It’s always about the GOP’s bottom line, not the American people’s bottom line. 

Rant over. 




OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Mounts Pressure On Trump To Reject Joe Lieberman To Run The FBI

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:07:41 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D. OH) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D. OH)

The Trump Administration is currently looking for a new FBI Director. One name that's been mentioned is former Senator Joe Lieberman.

I have a few thoughts about that. The most important of which is this: No way.
 

Joe Lieberman is a politician. He has no real law enforcement credentials. This post needs someone with the know-how to run investigations independent of politics -- especially now, with Trump's ties to Russia under a microscope.

After retiring from the senate, Lieberman went to work for a law firm that represents Donald Trump.

He is too divisive a nominee at a time we need to restore our commitment that justice does not have a political party.
 

Tell the Trump Administration: No politicians should lead the FBI. Add your name.

Thank you.

Sherrod

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MT-AL: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) Helps Rob Quist (D) Get Ready For A Big Win Next Week

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:00:00 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) in support of Rob Quist’s (D. MT-AL) campaign:

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This may come as a surprise, but one of our first and BIGGEST chances to take back the House is next week in Montana – yes, ruby-red Montana!

Democrat Rob Quist is closing the gap in the polls as he fights to flip Montana's only House seat. And with less than a week to go, this race is closer than anyone could have imagined.

Rob's race is an important opportunity to tell Donald Trump and the GOP that we will never stand for their dangerous, extremist agenda. Rob can win this seat and turn Montana blue, but with less than ONE WEEK until Election Day, he needs our help more than ever. We've set a goal to raise $10,000 by midnight tomorrow, but right now we're falling short. We need you to give now to ensure that Democrats can flip this seat.

Can you give right now to help Rob win, turn Montana blue and take back the House for Democrats?

The GOP is getting desperate to stop Rob and his progressive priorities: National Republicans have been pouring floods of money into this race, and Vice President Pence even flew out to campaign against him. We CANNOT afford to let Rob be outspent.

If Rob's going to pull ahead in the next six days, he NEEDS to hit this goal. But right now, we're falling short. Can you step up and contribute today to help Rob flip this seat and put us on track to take back the House?

Please, give $5 right now – every dollar you can before tomorrow night – to help us meet our deadline and turn Montana blue!

¡La lucha sigue! The fight continues!

Catherine

Click here to donate to Quist’s campaign.




Trump and the Koch Brothers are trying to bring the swamp to Virginia. Kos, we must fight back!

Fri, 19 May 2017 21:23:32 +0000

In case you missed it, there was a fundraiser last night for Republicans in Northern Virginia. As Frank Anderson and Lowell Feld reported in this diary: Last night, the Republican Party of Virginia held an (unethical) event with Press Secretary Sean Spicer at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA.  A Trump/Spicey supporter posted the following video online. See below for a few “highlights.” According to the right-wing Washington Examiner, there were only 75 people there last night – SAD!!!  x x YouTube Video They didn’t have this fundraiser unanswered, though. Grassroots groups organized immediately to show that the Resistance is strong in Virginia — x x YouTube Video But there’s more - as I wrote in a previous diary, the Koch Brothers have opened up a new office in Northern Virginia and have a plant running for the Virginia House of Delegates this year. They are pushing an agenda to suck funds out of our public school system, and shoving “school choice” down the throats of Virginia families. They are trying to bring the swamp across the Potomac River folks, and we have to stop them. How do we do that? There’s a three-step process to fighting back against this attempted coup by Trump and his billionaire buddies who are trying to lead our nation to ruin. It goes like this: 1. Educate — ensure that folks understand the true repercussions of these bills, and the fact that their representatives support them. 2. Organize — start to build coalitions of stakeholders (in this case, parents and allies in education) to take the issue directly to the public. Canvassing, phonebanking, and other outreach methods are proven to work. Showing up to county board and school board meetings to speak is also quite helpful. 3. Vote them out — Electoral power is the ultimate power when it comes to these issues. Our elected officials need to understand that there are consequences to their actions. Voting against students and deceiving the public are definitely actions that deserve repercussions at the ballot box. Make sure everyone you know is registered to vote (including 17 year olds who will be 18 by election day) and has a plan for voting. Virginia has Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and all 100 House of Delegates up for election this November. There are primaries on June 13th. In Virginia, the final day to register (or update your current registration) is May 22nd (Monday!). We have just 3 days to make sure we have as many folks on the voter rolls as possible, and to make our voices heard on both June 13th and November 7th. And this is why it’s so important — Folks who vote in Primary Elections in these off-years are surefire voters for General Elections, especially in Congressional and Presidential years. By registering and getting folks out to vote now, we’re building the kind of electoral wave we’ll need to take on Trump and his lackeys for years to come. After all, if voting didn’t matter, why are these regressive extremists always trying to take your vote away from you? Food for thought. Virginia HD 51 - Ken Boddye WEBSITE      FACEBOOK     TWITTER DONATE [...]



MO-Sen: McCaskill (D) Proposes Letting People Buy Insurance From Same Exchange As Congress

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:52:22 +0000

Love this: Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., has introduced legislation that would allow Americans who live in counties without insurance choices under Obamacare to sign up for coverage through the same Washington, D-C.-based exchanges used by members of Congress and their staffs. McCaskill told reporters it was a bipartisan attempt to fix the Affordable Care Act, but not replace it. She said she hoped Republicans signed onto the legislation, and she blamed the Trump administration for trying to undermine the current law to make a case to repeal and replace it. Republicans, including her counterpart, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., have said the ACA – known as “Obamacare” – is failing. Blunt cites the fact that a majority of Missouri’s counties – most of them in rural areas of the state – are down to one insurance provider in the exchange markets as evidence of a need to replace it with something else. Republicans have also pointed to entire states, like Iowa, being on the verge of having no companies offering insurance in the exchanges. So far, no counties in Missouri are in that predicament. But McCaskill said that the Trump administration, by talking down the law and threatening to withhold funds designed to help stabilize exchange markets under Obamacare, is responsible for its bad condition. Her bill is preventative in case some counties are shut out of the exchange market altogether by the withdrawal of private insurers, she said. Here’s a little more info: McCaskill’s bill would allow people in these counties to purchase insurance through the District of Columbia’s exchange, which is where many members of Congress and their staffs get their insurance. The D.C. exchange has national plans, so a person working in a congressman’s district office in Alabama, for example, can get insurance in that state, she said. McCaskill, who called the bill a preventive measure, said she was hopeful that she could find bipartisan support for the idea. “The biggest problem we’re going to have here is whether there’s an acknowledgment that we need to repair whether than repeal,” she said. It won’t pass but it’s a very smart move on McCaskill’s end and she’s playing it a good angle. If Congress can have great quality health care, why can’t those who don’t have the same option? Plus, it sounds like McCaskill is anticipating going up against this idiot: U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-St. Louis County), a shrieking harpy who would happily feast on any one of her constituents if her corporate paymasters gave her a couple hundred bucks to do so, made a rare public appearance today.    Not before her constituents, of course. She's steadfastly refused to do that, because those people vote for her for free, and Ann Wagner doesn't respect anybody who does something without getting paid.    Instead it was before the second great love of her life, a camera. Positively giddy with anticipation at ripping healthcare away from millions of American citizens, she preened and cooed while relaying the substance of today's meetings in the House in the run up to the vote.  Let make Republicans like Wagner pay big time for their health care votes. Click here to donate and get involved with McCaskill’s re-election campaign. [...]



PA-Gov: PP's Cecile Richards Helps Wolf (D) Fight Back Against Harrisburg GOP's War On Women

Fri, 19 May 2017 20:00:43 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards, in support of Governor Tom Wolf’s (D. PA) re-election bid: Right now, extremists in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, emboldened by President Donald Trump's extreme agenda against women, are trying to force passage of a dangerous, intrusive anti-women's health bill -- and they're just getting started. Fortunately, women and families have strong allies in Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf. They've volunteered together at Planned Parenthood, and they know decisions around health care should be left to a woman and her doctor, without interference from politicians in Harrisburg. Trump's allies introduced legislation that would outlaw abortion for some women with the most tragic of medical circumstances, even in cases of rape or incest -- but Governor Wolf not only pledged to veto it, he's also toured the state to stand with women.   Now it's our turn to stand with him. Chip in $3 or more to show you're with Governor Wolf in the fight to protect a woman's right to make her own health care decision. In April of last year, I stood with Governor Wolf and several women, such as Karen Agatone, at a press conference to share personal stories in opposition to this extreme legislation.   "My husband squeezed my hand and I tried not to panic. Then the doctor told us our baby had a form of dwarfism so severe that her chance of survival was incredibly low, actually non-existent, incompatible with life. I want people to know abortion is not about the unwanted, the unvalued, and the unknown babies of the word. Abortion is my story and what happened to my family. The decision we made for Evelyn was made because her life mattered to us." - Karen Agatone The anti-women leadership in Harrisburg refused to hold public hearings on their bill. They just weren't interested in taking into consideration stories like Karen's or testimony from medical experts before voting. They even refused to listen to a Republican senator who had an experience similar to Karen's. It's clear Trump's allies are more intent than ever on rolling back women's rights, and we can't let that happen. Governor Wolf has always been one of our fiercest champions. He'll always fight for women's rights -- and right now, he's all who stands in the way of Harrisburg politicians enacting their extreme, anti-women's health legislation into law.   If you're proud to have a governor who has your back in this fight, then now is the time to show it -- chip in $3 or more to Governor Tom Wolf's campaign. Thank you, Cecile Richards President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America On behalf of Planned Parenthood Pennsylvania PAC Click here to donate to Wolf’s campaign. [...]



WA-Sen: Maria Cantwell (D) Fights Back Against Trump & Pruitt's Assault On Bristol Bay

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:38:21 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D. WA) re-election campaign: Sen. Maria Cantwell (D. WA) EPA Director Scott Pruitt has dealt the Pacific Northwest a serious blow -- siding with Canadian miners over American jobs. Pruitt struck a deal with foreign mining companies to proceed with one of the largest gold and copper mines in the world. The proposed Pebble Mine project would threaten Alaska's Bristol Bay, America's west coast and waters, and more than 22,000 fishing jobs in the Pacific Northwest and across the nation. Thousands stood beside me to fight the Pebble mine in 2012 and 2014, and we won! But the Trump administration is doubling down on their attacks against the environment. Now, we must all work together again to fight against these irresponsible policies. Join me, and keep up the fight to protect Bristol Bay from Trump and multinational mining companies. Sign on today! Bristol Bay is home to the largest king salmon run in Alaska, and its sockeye salmon run alone supports almost half of all wild sockeye on the planet. 22,000 fishing jobs in Washington state and throughout the nation are reliant on Bristol Bay's sockeye salmon fisheries. For years, the only thing standing between the pristine waters of Bristol Bay and countless tons of toxic waste were the safeguards put in place by President Obama's EPA and the Clean Water Act. But now, Scott Pruitt has placed thousands of fishing jobs, and the bay that provides them, in grave danger. Pebble Mine could generate up to 10 billion tons of toxic mining waste, which could devastate nearly 100 miles of spawning streams and destroy up to 5,000 acres of wetland. It is hard to fathom what this could mean for the fish populations and the thousands of Washingtonians who depend on them for jobs. Will you join me in the fight to protect our water from irresponsible offshore drilling? I have spent the last six years in the Senate fighting to preserve Bristol Bay. I'm certainly not giving up now. Thank you, Maria Cantwell U.S. Senator Click here to add your name. [...]



MT-AL: Analysis Shows That Millionaire Gianforte (R) Would Get An $800,000 Tax Cut Under Trumpcare

Fri, 19 May 2017 19:21:04 +0000

That explains the waffling: Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for Montana’s open House seat, stands to get tax cuts worth nearly $800,000 a year if the House health care bill becomes law, according to a new analysis. The American Health Care Act, as the Republican bill that passed the House of Representatives is known, repeals the two tax hikes on higher earners that the Affordable Care Act used to fund expansion of insurance coverage: a 3.8 percent tax on net investment income and a 0.9 percent increase in the Medicare Hospital Insurance tax. Both taxes apply to individuals making $200,000 a year or more, and married couples making $250,000 a year or more. Based on Gianforte’s average yearly investment and wage income from 2005 to 2014, his annual tax bill would go down $785,413 if the AHCA passed, according to an analysis released Friday by the Center for American Progress Action Fund and Tax March, an organization backed by labor unions and progressive groups. CAP Action Fund senior fellow Seth Hanlon, a tax attorney who worked for former President Barack Obama, conducted the report. Hanlon calculated the size of the tax cuts based on the income reported in Gianforte and his wife Susan’s tax returns from 2005 to 2014. Gianforte released them as part of his failed bid for governor of Montana in 2016. Gianforte, 56, founded two successful software companies, including RightNow Technologies, which he sold to Oracle for $1.5 billion in 2011. He and his wife made, on average, over $20 million a year in investment income and $1.6 million a year in ordinary wages over the ten-year period for which Gianforte disclosed his earnings. Assuming he continued to maintain this average going forward, he would get a $772,981 annual tax break from repeal of the net investment income tax and another $12,432 from elimination of the Medicare Hospital Insurance surtax. Rob Quist (D. MT-AL) has been making health care a signature issue in his race against Gianforte by citing the New York Times article catching Gianforte telling GOP donors that he supports the GOP’s health care plan while telling voters he opposes it. Quist has been campaigning on making Medicare For All a reality in Congress and has caused the race to tighten significantly. It’s also been a big factor in helping Quist raise a lot of money for his campaign: Donations to Rob Quist, the bluegrass legend who won an unlikely bid for the nomination in March, have surpassed $5 million, his campaign announced on Thursday. The contributions averaged less than $25 each and came from roughly 200,000 individuals. For context, donations to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who has endorsed Quist, averaged $27 donations during his insurgent bid for the Democratic presidential nomination last year. Fundraising surged this month after Greg Gianforte, Quist’s multimillionaire Republican opponent, waffled on his support for the controversial health care bill just passed by the House. Gianforte told conservative lobbyists he backed the bill in a private call later published by The New York Times. He walked back the comment days later amid uproar from the more than 70,000 voters whose health insurance could be imperiled if the deeply unpopular American Health Care Act becomes law. Quist, who supports single-payer health care and legalizing marijuana, has weathered his own history of fina[...]



MT-AL Election. 4 Steps, 5 Points, 6 Days. Let's Win This!

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:26:44 +0000

You may or may not have heard from myself or my other fellow KOS’ers about a special election upcoming. It's the first chance we have to send a message to Trump and Republicans in congress that we are awake, we are angry and unless we start to see them represent us and not their billionaire donors (Ha! Like that'll happen) we will be voting them out come next election.

How can we support Rob Quist for MT-AL? Well there's 4 ways to do it.

1) Donate $5 to help his grassroots campaign run by the people for the people to compete against the dark money flooding into the contest to boost the NJ millionaire trying to buy a seat. The latest of which is a $200,000 buy from the Chamber of Commerce that puts business above people.

2) Volunteer to make calls to talk to every day Montanans about Rob Quist's exciting campaign to represent them and not corporations.

3) Have friends or family in Montana? Call them, text them, send them an email or if they're really old school send them a fax! We all have large numbers of relatives and one to one interaction with someone they trust makes them more likely to hear what you have to say and convince them to vote for Rob Quist!

4) Use your social media circles to spread the word to our resistance family across America on the importance of this race and help supercharge the number of donations and volunteers that will help Quist win. If you use Twitter use the hashtags #MTAL #Vote4Quist #EnlistForQuist

The race is close, like really close and Republicans are getting nervous pouring huge last minute money bombs in and sending high profile surrogates to save the race that's moving away from them. In fact it’s only A 5 Point Race!

Republicans watching the race say they fear that Gianforte, hindered by attacks that labeled him as a rich carpetbagger, is losing ground in the race’s final weeks. One source familiar with polling of the race, in fact, says his lead is as small as five points.

6 Days. We’ve got 6 days left to pull off a major upset and send Republicans scrambling. We can do this. Join the grassroots army doing everything we can to elect the next congressman of Montana: Rob Quist and get one less seat away from taking the House Majority in 2018!




PA-Sen: New York Times Takes Notice Of Bob Casey's (D) Emergence As Leading Figure In The Resistance

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:57:58 +0000

The New York Times has a piece out today that takes notice of U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) has become a role model in the Resistance in the age of Trump: Mr. Casey is not behaving like a senator approaching a re-election race next year in a state Mr. Trump carried, erasing any expectation that vulnerable Democrats would edge toward Mr. Trump en masse and distinguishing himself from some more reticent colleagues. Nor is Mr. Casey behaving, according to some friends and supporters, entirely like himself — or, at least, the iteration they had come to expect during his even-tempered decade in Congress under presidents not named Trump. Yet, as the anti-Trump movement continues, it has accommodated a leadership role for Mr. Casey, 57, the son of a governor from a suddenly-red state, initially elected to the Senate as an anti-abortion, pro-gun product of Scranton, Pa. — that irrepressible exporter of blue-collar political narratives for Bidens and Clintons and most any other candidate with a credible Rust Belt connection and a story to tell. Of course, times change, and senators, too. But Mr. Casey insists his higher gear has existed all along, suggesting that his circumstances have shifted far more than his legislative priorities, which have long skewed toward a familiar sort of Democratic Catholicism: programs for children, people with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups. “We’re in a period of time where we’ve never been before,” Mr. Casey said in an interview at his office in the Capitol — once occupied by another noted Catholic Democrat in the Senate, John F. Kennedy. “I’ve been fighting these battles for years.” Composure is central to the Casey political brand. There is a family joke about a stubborn mood ring given to Mr. Casey in the 1970s: It never changed colors. Still, admirers say they can identify Mr. Casey’s recent spark. “Trump has gotten his Irish up,” said Paul Begala, the Democratic strategist who first encountered Mr. Casey when his father, Robert P. Casey, ran successfully for Pennsylvania governor in 1986. From Trump’s Muslim ban to trying to stop a deportation of a mother and her child to FBI Director James Comey's firing, Casey hasn’t missed a beat to get under Trump’s skin. The whole article is worth a read. Casey earns high praise from his colleagues like U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D. OH), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D. NY) and former Governor Ed Rendell (D. PA). Rendell is stated that Casey and Governor Tom Wolf (D. PA) have a lot to gain from being strong voices of opposition to Trump but they also risk riling up Trump’s most ardent supporters, like this clown: Republican Congressman Mike Kelly has decided not to run for governor in 2018 -— but he’s keeping his name in the mix for a Senate run challenging Bob Casey. “Earlier this week I reached out to several of the potential Republican candidates for Governor to inform them that I will not be pursuing the GOP nomination for that race,” said the Third District congressman in a statement this morning. “This is in no small part because I believe our party has a promising field of strong candidates.” But Mr. Kelly’s statement added that he “plan[s] to spend much of the coming weeks thoroughly considering a campaign for the GOP nomination for next year’s U.S. Senate [...]



MT-AL: Sen. Maggie Hassan (D. NH) Helps Rob Quist (D) Get Ready To Win On May 25th

Fri, 19 May 2017 15:47:17 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D. NH) in support of Rob Quist’s (D. MT-AL) campaign:

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Are you angry about the House vote on healthcare? Frustrated by the direction Donald Trump is taking our country?

Well, voters in Montana are about to head to the polls to fill what used to be a red House seat, and we have a chance to elect one more Democrat who will resist the Trump administration's reckless agenda.

Polls show that Rob Quist, the Democrat in the race, is within striking distance. But he needs a surge of grassroots support to help him get there. Can you donate $3 or more to help us raise $3,000 for Rob's campaign by midnight tonight?

The news makes it clear — the last thing we need in Congress is another rubberstamp for Donald Trump.

Rob's a fighter for small businesses, and he'll oppose any legislation that takes resources away from public schools and directs it toward private schools.

He'll put hard-working families before billionaires and corporate special interests — he's exactly the kind of person Montana needs in Congress.

His election is just around the corner, and he needs our help to power the last big push of his campaign. Please, donate $3 or as much as you can now to help elect one more Democrat to resist Trump's dangerous agenda.

Thanks for stepping up to the plate.

— Team Maggie

Click here to donate to Quist’s campaign.




On June 6th, 2017, New Jersey Democrats will make a choice. What kind of party are we?

Fri, 19 May 2017 14:23:32 +0000

On June 6th, 2017, New Jersey Democrats will make a choice for Governor. What kind of party are we?

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Joe Lieberman is Back to Screw Us Again: First Healthcare Now the FBI - Edwin Santana - VA-01

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:26:57 +0000

Democrats were one vote away from a single payer, universal healthcare system in 2009 until one man came along and screwed us. Former “Democrat”, and currently independent Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut decided that “I can't see a way in which I could vote for cloture on any bill that contained a creation of a government-operated-run insurance company.” With Joe Lieberman about to come back and screw us again as the FBI Director, I thought now would be a good time to summarize why single payer, universal healthcare is the only answer. Healthcare is a human right. The Declaration of Independence states: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed It’s not life and liberty, only if you can afford it. A majority of the population wants federally funded, universal healthcare, and the founders believed that it was the governments job to secure that right. Implementing a plan like Bernie Sander’s single payer system can save Americans over $6 trillion in healthcare costs over the next ten years. Premiums are replaced with a tax, removing the middle man and allowing cheaper, more direct access to healthcare. Universal coverage ensures no one is missed, and a larger pool reduces costs for everyone. Healthcare wouldn’t be subject to local politics, where a GOP dominated state legislature can deny expanding access to healthcare, like they did to 400,000 Virginians for partisan reasons. For my full diary on single payer healthcare that I wrote on May 12, follow this link here. And while I’ve got healthcare and preexisting conditions on my mind, a quick shout out to the doctors, nurses, corpsmen and medics who delivered my daughter Valerie on May 10. The experience was amazing and everyone there made it their point to make sure it was as pleasant an experience as possible. Government run healthcare has been great for our family so far. Virginia CD 1 - Edwin Santana WEBSITE     FACEBOOK     TWITTER   DONATE [...]



FRIDAY MORNING GOOD NEWS ROUND UP

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:43:33 +0000

Hope is to the Resistance as Oxygen is to a Fire So much good news once again!  It is hard at this point to know how quickly this special counsel will work and what he will find (although I have some guesses) but no matter what he finds and when, this *WILL* slow down 45 and the Rs in their word to dismantle our democratic institutions and safety nets.  And THAT is great news.  Already, the scandal-plagued White House is unraveling Republican unity in Congress More and more leaks are leaking.  Reuters reports that 45’s campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians.  Isn’t it a huge relief that all of this is FINALLY coming out in the main stream media?  Well, a huge relief to us.  :) In my favorite 45/Russia story of yesterday, not only did Mother Jones do a great story on a few Rs starting to turn on 45, but after it went to press they had to issue a correction, not because an R wanted to deny turning on 45, but because he wanted credit as the first R to turn on him.  The tides are turning!   And the Ds are still doing a great job with our help!  House Dems raise $20M in record online fundraising haul.  We are going to OWN 2018! Another D to love: Bob Casey.  He is fighting for us. Our local amazing Resistance is still fighting hard to get racist dirtbag and embarrassment Paladino removed from the school board.  We are everywhere and we are not going away! Lawyers: my new favorite citizens.  Check out how prosecutors Are Fighting Trump’s Deportation Plans A federal class action lawsuit filed yesterday by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU of Alabama, and the Civil Rights Corps was the first to challenge the the constitutionality of felony bail practices which violate the constitutional rights of people charged with misdemeanors or felonies because it creates a “two-tiered” system of justice based on wealth. Within hours of the lawsuit's filing, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order preventing officials from continuing to jail Kandace Edwards for her inability to pay bail.  Yes!  More from the amazing judicial branch: A skeptical U.S. District Judge Richard Jones has ruled that the Justice Department’s cease-and-desist order to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project would violate the Constitution. And finally, I lied earlier.  THIS is my favorite 45/Russia story.  Comey, the 6’8” head of the FBI, was so grossed out by 45 that he literally tried to hide in a giant blue curtain in the hopes that 45 wouldn’t see him.  You can’t make this shit up.  :) Have a great Friday everyone!   [...]



MA-Sen: Watch Warren (D) Expose Steven Mnuchin & Trump's Fake Promise To Break Up The Banks

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:23:32 +0000

This is why she’s my top pick for 2020: x YouTube Video Sen. Elizabeth Warren had a confounding exchange with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin at a Senate Banking Committee hearing today. Mnuchin indicated that the Trump administration supports a 21st century version of the Glass-Steagall Act, except for the part about separating commercial and investment banks, which is substantially what is meant by Glass-Steagall. Warren wasn’t having it. Responding to Mnuchin’s earlier testimony that the White House didn’t support “a separation of banks from investment banks,” the Massachusetts senator pointed out that “The president and this administration have repeatedly said that they support a 21st century Glass-Steagall.” Indeed, Mnuchin said these words in his confirmation hearings. National Economic Director Gary Cohn has said the same. And the 2016 Republican Party platform adds explicitly, “We support reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act of 1933 which prohibits commercial banks from engaging in high-risk investment.” As Warren said to Mnuchin, “Now you’ve just said the opposite.” Mnuchin responded that there wasn’t any reversal, despite Warren’s incredulity. He said that the administration merely supported a 21st century version of the law. “Which means there are aspects of it, OK, that we think may make sense. But we never said before that we supported a full separation —” “There are aspects of Glass-Steagall that you support but not breaking up the banks and separating commercial banking from investment banking?” Warren interrupted. “What do you think Glass-Steagall was if that’s not right at the heart of it?” Vanity Fair provided the complete transcript of the exchange: Elizabeth Warren: You said we need a 21st-century Glass-Steagall at your confirmation hearing. And now you’ve just said the opposite. In the past few months, you and the president have had a number of meetings with big-bank C.E.O.s and lobbyists—is that the reason for the reversal on Glass-Stegall? Steven Mnuchin: Not at all; there actually wasn’t a reversal. Warren: There wasn’t a reversal? Mnuchin: Let me explain. Warren: I’m ready. Mnuchin: The Republican platform did have Glass-Stegall. . . . The president said we do support a 21st-century Glass-Steagall, that means there are aspects of it that we think may make sense. But we never said before we support a full separation of banks and investment banking. Warren: Let me just stop you right there, Mr. Secretary— Mnuchin: You’re not letting me finish— Warren: Yeah, I'm not, because I really need to understand what you’ve just said. There are aspects of Glass-Steagall that you support, but not breaking up the banks and separating commercial banking from investment banking? What do you think Glass-Stegall was if that's not right at the heart of it? Mnuchin: Again, I’m well aware of what Glass-Steagall was, as you may know the original concern of Glass-Steagall was about conflicts not about credit risk, and if we had supported a full Glass-Stegall we would have said at the time we believed in Glass-Stegall, not a 21st-century Glass-Stegall. We were very clear in differentiating it. Warren[...]



CA-Sen: Feinstein (D) Puts Pressure On Trump To Fully Cooperate With Robert Mueller's Investigation

Fri, 19 May 2017 04:05:51 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D. CA) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D. CA)

The Justice Department has announced that Robert Mueller will serve as special counsel in the investigation into potential links between Donald Trump and Russia.

This is a real victory. We have the best special counsel possible in Robert Mueller. I know him — he is honorable, beyond reproach, and a total professional. I have confidence his investigation will be rigorous and he will act without delay.

President Trump is already tweeting about how angry he is regarding this news. I have one thing to say: Too bad. Even though Donald Trump holds our highest office, that does not mean he is above the law.

I want to thank everyone who stepped up, called elected officials, and demanded a proper investigation. Your action helped make this progress possible.

But we cannot stop, because now is when the hard part begins.

In Robert Mueller, we have the special counsel we need. Now we must ensure we have a thorough and timely investigation. We must ensure we uncover the truth, whatever it may be.

Stand with me in calling for the Administration to fully cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Thank you again for your work on this issue and making your voice heard.

Dianne

Click here to add your name.




IA-Gov: Todd Prichard (D) Raises Money To Keep Four Of Iowa's Planned Parenthood Clinics Open

Fri, 19 May 2017 01:24:41 +0000

Received this e-mail today from State Senator Todd Prichard’s (D. IA) gubernatorial campaign:

Planned Parenthood is being forced to close four clinics in Burlington, Keokuk, Sioux City, and Bettendorf -- and I'm furious.

But anger won't provide care to all the patients losing their doctors.

I just chipped in to ensure Planned Parenthood of the Heartland can keep providing vital medical care to as many Iowans as possible, and I'm hoping you’ll do the same.

Will you chip in an urgent donation of $5 to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland so they can continue providing care to Iowans?

Governor Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Reynolds and Republican leaders knew this would happen when they defunded Planned Parenthood. It was their plan all along.

Now almost 15,000 patients -- half with incomes under the poverty line -- will be forced to change doctors, go without treatment, or travel over an hour if they want to continue receiving free or low-cost care from Planned Parenthood in Iowa.

We need to fight back. And we need to show anti-woman politicians that we're not backing down.

But more than that, we need to ensure that Planned Parenthood has the resources to continue providing care to Iowans.

Will join me and chip in $5 or whatever you can afford to Planned Parenthood of the Heartland today?

I've stood with Planned Parenthood and Iowa women in the House, I'm standing with them today, and with your help, I'll stand with them as governor.

Thank you for standing with me,

Todd Prichard

Click here to donate to Planned Parenthood clinics in Iowa.




Jim Johnson: "We either fight, or we fold."

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:11:59 +0000

On Tuesday, Jim Johnson unveiled his “Trump Protection Plan,” a five-point agenda to defend New Jersey from President Trump and his administration. He called for a special prosecutor and independent commission should be established immediately to find out the truth in a way that would ensure public trust. And If the findings are such that President Trump obstructed justice, Congress must begin impeachment proceedings.

From today’s  New York Times — “Democratic Leaders Try to Slow Calls to Impeach Trump

Jim Johnson, a former Clinton administration official running on the left in the New Jersey primary, similarly invoked Watergate. “If the findings are such that President Trump obstructed justice, Congress must begin impeachment proceedings,” Mr. Johnson said in a statement.

For the most part, more establishment-aligned Democratic candidates declined to go that far. In New Jersey, for instance, Mr. Johnson’s chief Democratic opponent, Phil Murphy, a former ambassador to Germany, stopped at the appointment of a special prosecutor.

We either fight, or we fold. 

Join Jim Johnson in fighting Donald Trump. 




CA-Gov: CREDO Action Calls On Jerry Brown (D) To Say Yes To Single-Payer Health Care Bill

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:32:09 +0000

Received this e-mail today from CREDO Action: Trump and his extreme Republican party are putting the lives of millions of Americans at risk by using Trumpcare to end Medicaid and Medicare and dismantle the Affordable Care Act. In California, lawmakers are fighting back, and they need our support to win. Progressive lawmakers in the California Senate just voted to advance the Healthy California Act (S.B. 562), a bill that would guarantee health coverage for every Californian regardless of their gender, race, age, ability to pay or immigration status through a state-funded health program, also known as single-payer health care.1 S.B. 562 needs a two-thirds majority to pass in the state legislature, which is why we must build momentum now. Will you add your support? Tell California lawmakers and Gov. Brown: California says yes to single-payer health care. Click here to sign the petition. A single-payer system would leave the current medical system in place, but replace the for-profit insurance companies that drive up costs without making us any healthier. So it makes sense that most Americans – including 41 percent of Republicans – support single-payer health care.2 If S.B. 562 becomes law, California would be the testing ground for a national push. The Healthy California Act would: Cover every California resident under one government-funded health plan Give patients the power to pick their own doctor Cut out insurance company waste and duplication Eliminate steep co-pays and high deductibles Provide transparent public oversight of cost and quality of care Lower prescription drug prices3 In California, advocating for single-payer health care is nothing new. In 2006, California Democrats pushed a single-payer bill through the state legislature that was later vetoed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.4 And now, more than 10 years later, we have another chance to make health care for all a reality in the state. Tell California lawmakers and Gov. Brown: California says yes to single-payer health care. Click here to sign the petition. Click here to sign the petition. Since Election Day, California has obstructed Trump’s hateful administration at every turn. When Trump signed racist executive orders to criminalize immigrants, California leaders immediately introduced legislation to protect them. When Trump reinstated his unconstitutional Muslim ban, California was one of the first states to join a lawsuit against it. And now, while Trump and heartless congressional Republicans are trying to destroy our health care and social safety net, California’s progressive lawmakers are advancing policies that would not only protect Californians from the dangers of Trumpcare, but also guarantee health insurance coverage for all state residents. The health insurance industry is organizing massive opposition to S.B. 562. And because the bill needs a two-thirds majority to pass in the state legislature, every single California Democrat must hold the line if we want a single-payer system in the state. That’s why we’re teaming up with our friends at Courage Campaign to show sta[...]



OH-Gov: VoteVets Endorses Connie Pillich (D) For Governor

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:37:38 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Connie Pillich’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign:

We have BIG news: VoteVets Political Action Committee has endorsed Connie Pillich because of her relentless dedication to public service. The VoteVets PAC represents over 500,000 veterans across the country to raise awareness of foreign policy, energy security, and veterans’ unemployment.

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Connie has dedicated her life to service. She’s served overseas as an officer in the Air Force and worked as a public defender and an elected public servant.
Connie is dedicated to making sure veterans have a smooth transition and warm welcome when returning from deployment or re-entering civilian life. In the Ohio Statehouse, Connie worked to address the challenges of deployment for the service member and their family, and introduced the Ohio Veterans Bonus. Most recently, Connie has spent two years advocating for veterans and helping those with medical needs get diagnosed and treatment so they can return to work.
Thank you for stepping up,
Team Pillich 

Click here to add your name to support Pillich’s campaign.




CAP 2017 wasn't about Bernie. You all got #PushPolled right here on Dkos.

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:53:06 +0000

I just love the schadenfreude of reading a clickbait title

and then checking the story out, only to find that it’s just another bitchfest by someone whose Bernie Worship is still on overload.

Now, on to the Rest of the Story…




MT-AL: Sign Up With DFA To Help Dial Out The Vote For Rob Quist (D) Before Next Tuesday's Election

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:23:58 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America in support of Rob Quist’s (D. MT-AL) campaign: Republicans are panicking -- and they have every reason to be worried. As impeachment talk swirls around Donald Trump, and as voters reject his hateful, greedy agenda, Congressional Republicans fear they're going to lose elections. The special election in Montana is one week from today. The polls are close and voters are fired up for Rob Quist, the prairie populist who has taken Montana by storm. Bernie Sanders is coming to Montana to campaign with Quist, and they're proving to be so popular they needed to book a bigger venue. Quist's Republican opponent continues to defend Donald Trump and supports Trumpcare. Voters are ready to send Quist to Congress to fight back. But until Republicans lose elections, they're going to continue to try and take away our health care, attack immigrants and refugees, and cover up for Donald Trump's crimes. This is our final weekend before the election, and we don't have a minute to waste. Can you help send a message to the Republicans and to Donald Trump by signing up to make calls for Rob Quist on the DFA Dialer this weekend? Yes! I'll make calls this weekend to help Rob Quist win. No, I can't make calls, but I will chip in $3 or more today to support Rob Quist's grassroots campaign -- and all the work DFA is doing to help him win. The polling shows we can win this election -- last week the Billings Gazette reported Rob Quist is within single digits in one poll -- and he's gaining HUGE momentum heading into Election Day. Quist's billionaire Republican opponent just dumped another $1 million into the campaign, desperate to stop us from winning. Grassroots excitement about Rob is kicking into overdrive: Just last weekend, DFA members and progressives across the country made more than 82,000 calls on DFA Dialer to help Rob Quist win. Republicans in Congress are watching this special election closely. As talk of impeachment grows on Capitol Hill, they're trying to decide whether to stand by their bigoted president and help him destroy health care. Let's take this opportunity to show them the strength of the movement to resist Trump. If you're angry about Republicans standing by Trump, or concerned about your health care, there is no better way to fight back than helping Rob Quist to win this critical race. Can you hop on DFA Dialer this weekend to make calls? Yes -- I'll sign up to make DFA Dialer calls for Rob Quist to help send a message to Trump and the GOP. No, I can't make DFA Dialer calls, but I'll chip in $3 or more right now to build Rob Quist's campaign and help DFA support progressive candidates who will stand up to Trump. Thanks for pitching in to help win this seat back from Trump and the GOP. - Eden Eden James, Political Director Democracy for America Click here to sign up to make calls. Click here to donate to Quist’s campaign. [...]



Senate Democrats, Shut. Down. Lieberman.

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:43:39 +0000

He's the bad penny. The skunk at the picnic. The disgusting skin on your pudding. And he will never, ever, ever go away as long as he's alive. But it appears that former Sen. Joe Lieberman (Connecticut for Lieberman) is Trump's top pick among the people who are still craven and self-serving enough to think associating themselves with this president is a good idea. OF COURSE it's Lieberman. Who else is that much of a troll, asks Vox's Matt Yglesias? Lieberman lacks the conventional qualifications for an FBI director, never having served as a law enforcement agent or federal prosecutor. He lacks the kind of administrative experience that one normally looks for in an agency chief. At the age of 75, he’s also very much on the old side for a 10-year appointment. But “Trump bonded with Lieberman” at their meeting on Wednesday, according to Politico, and though personal rapport between the president and the FBI director has not traditionally been considered necessary or even desirable, Trump enjoys breaking with tradition. Since leaving the Senate, Lieberman has landed as an attorney as Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, whose founding partner Marc Kasowitz happens to be Donald Trump’s lawyer on litigation matters. For the president to fire the FBI director in an effort to stymie an investigation into his associates, and then replace him with an unqualified successor who happens to be an employee of his personal lawyer, seems a wee bit fishy to me; indeed, Politico quotes a senior Democratic aide as saying it “could be an issue for Democrats.” Another issue for Lieberman will be that grassroots progressive activists hate his guts and have for years. Trump undoubtedly believes this would be a great bipartisan pick, like he still believe Democrats should have applauded his firing of James Comey because they're mad at him for that whole Hillary thing. Trump is not a smart man. To their credit, Senate Democrats are initially throwing cold water on it. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) called it a “mistake” to select an elected official to the post, saying that the FBI director should be a law enforcement official. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said the country needed a director with “unanimous support,” adding: “That’s not Lieberman.” A top Senate Democratic aide put the prospects of immense opposition to the pick bluntly in an email to HuffPost: “There couldn’t possibly be worse time to take the unprecedented step of handing the FBI over to a politician. That absolutely includes Senator Lieberman.” Hell, even Sen. Dianne Feinsten (D-CA) says it's a terrible idea. Here's the thing, though. Mitch McConnell is going to go with whoever Trump picks no matter how unqualified and how despised he is. He's not going to care what the Democrats think. He'll ram this through. Unless Democrats refuse to allow it. Total resistance. Boycott the Judiciary Committee confirmations. Wring every minute out of every legislative session taking votes and making Republican[...]



🚨 MT-AL Race Within 5 points! Help Push Rob Quist Over the Top in Montana!

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:44:55 +0000

We’re only 7 days away from our first chance to send a message to Trump and Republicans and the wide open skies of Montana continue to shine brighter by the day. I just wrote a previous diary about how close this race is and now we’ve got 3 more indications since then that it’s headed in the very wrong direction for the GOP. First and foremost we have had 2 separate nonpartisan prognosticators upgrade the race for Democrats. xNew ratings:#MESen Leans I→Likely I#OKGov Safe R→Likely R#MTAL Likely R→Leans R#SC05/#WV03 Safe R→Likely R... https://t.co/4IlgYTwr00— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) May 18, 2017 xRatings Change Alert: #MTAL moves from Likely R to Lean R https://t.co/ScOzBbajGH— CookPoliticalReport (@CookPolitical) May 12, 2017 Both have moved the race to the Lean R category basically showing a mid single digit race. This is in a state Trump won by 20 points! That's not the only indication however of just how bad things have gotten for Republicans. This article in Politico just came out. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/05/17/montana-special-election-238523 With the White House enveloped in crisis, a Republican-friendly group is rushing a last-minute $200,000 ad buy onto the Montana airwaves ahead of next week’s special congressional election. Republicans, concerned about the race and looking to gin up turnout, have dispatched high-profile surrogates. Donald Trump Jr. and Vice President Mike Pence have stumped for Gianforte in recent weeks. Not only are they pouring last minute cash in (Remember KS-04 anyone?) from a group that never was active in the race before, but they're also trying to gin up enthusiasm sending extremely high profile surrogates to campaign (again Remember KS-04?). This all sounds way too familiar to us and points to the growing panic among the GOP, but I've saved the best for last. McClatchy came out with an article today that could ordinarily be taken as expectations settings, but given everything else we’ve seen is actually a likely portrayal of where the race is 1 week out. http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article151135317.html WASHINGTON Democrats are ready to conduct fresh polling in South Carolina. In Montana, Republicans worry their nominee is losing ground just a week out. And in Georgia, operatives from both parties now consider the Democratic candidate a favorite to pull off what pundits would have considered in January a monumental upset. But Republicans watching the race say they fear that Gianforte, hindered by attacks that labeled him as a rich carpetbagger, is losing ground in the race’s final weeks. One source familiar with polling of the race, in fact, says his lead is as small as five points. “Quist has done a good job feeding an image as a Montana outsider, contrasted with the Jersey billionaire who wants to sell off public lands,” said one national Republican strategist, who reque[...]



Robert Just the Facts Mueller Appointed Now Can We Refocus

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:30:56 +0000

President Trump’s firing of James Comey and the revelation that Comey wrote a memo stating possible Presidential interference in an investigation, has the media and Democrats claiming Watergate history is repeating itself. As with Watergate a Special Counsel, former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed to conduct a where ever the facts lead investigation. But there is one thing that was happening during Watergate that unfortunately to America’s detriment is not happening now. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision to appoint Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to head the Russia investigation is a relief to many. His sterling record as the second longest serving FBI Director and his just the facts mam reputation assure everyone of a non-political investigation, but as Senator Susan Collins stated this morning on Morning Joe there’s a crucial thing that happened during Watergate that’s not happening now. Senator Collins said that the Watergate hearings as important as they were “did not stop everything, other things still got done unlike now everything has Senator Susan Collins stopped”. Senator Collins raises an important point if history is repeating itself Mueller’s Russia investigation could take several months to a year to complete. Meantime there are immediate issues that need to be addressed that are receiving little to no attention in the media or by elected officials. It’s in America’s interest that everything does not stop. Premiums and deductibles have not stop rising and will not until healthcare issues have been addressed. Tax reform will not magically occur and our economy can’t be provide enough 21st century jobs until we have a new tax code. These two issues have an immediate and direct effect on all Americans. As important as is for us to know what Russia did in its attempt to influence our election, it’s more important to have a healthcare law that guarantees every American access to the healthcare they need. As important as it is to find out if the President Trump is guilty of Watergate type crimes, it’s equally important that we have a new tax code that addresses the deficit and fosters a 21st century economy. Now that Robert Mueller has been appointed to right the wrongs of the past, everyone should now refocus to right the wrongs of the present and future. Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center. Growing up in one of the most socially and politically active families has given him a unique perspective into current events. Drop by his blog for straight talk free of one-sided political spin.   [...]



House Democrats are raking in small-dollar online contributions at a record-breaking pace

Thu, 18 May 2017 16:27:51 +0000

Donald Trump’s list of accomplishments as a popular vote losing president isn’t very long, but he can claim a hefty dose of the credit for this one: House Democrats have already raised more money online in 2017 than they did in all of 2015.

The DCCC raised $20 million in online contributions since the start of the year from contributions averaging just $18, according to the group, beating the $19.7 million the committee raised during 2015, the last off-year ahead of an election year.

Sure, there’s an asterisk next to Trump’s claim on this one, but that’s true of many of his “accomplishments” over the past four months.

Democrats continue to outpace Republicans at online fundraising by just a little bit:

The Na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an Con­gres­sion­al Com­mit­tee has been working to improve that, and touted breaking their own 2015 record in the first months of 2017 — but the haul­ was only $1.7 mil­lion, according to the National Journal.

Republicans don’t have as much motivation to increase their small dollar contributions, though, since they have the Koch brothers and other billionaires ready to buy elections for them.

Speaking of small-dollar donations, can you chip in $1 to each of our funds targeting 23 vulnerable House Republicans?




GA-06: DNC Is Adding More Organizers To Get New & Minority Voters To Help Jon Ossoff (D) Win

Thu, 18 May 2017 18:21:09 +0000

I posted some very good news here a few weeks ago: A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to temporarily reopen voter registration ahead of a hotly contested congressional runoff in the 6th District. U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten made the ruling as part of a broader lawsuit by a Washington-based advocacy group, which last month accused Georgia of violating federal law by reducing the amount of time residents have to register to vote. Voter registration shut down March 20 ahead of the deciding runoff June 20 for the 6th District election, which is being held in the northern suburbs of metro Atlanta. Batten, however, ordered registration immediately reopened until May 21. And Mother Jones emphasizes that this is a big boost for Jon Ossoff’s (D. GA-06) campaign: "It was a game-changer," says Tharon Johnson, a Democratic strategist based in Atlanta. "The extension of the deadline presents a tremendous opportunity for the Ossoff campaign to expand the electorate and bring a lot of new registered voters to the polls." One of the groups that quickly ramped up their efforts in the district was the New Georgia Project, which was launched by state House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams in 2013 to enroll minorities under the Affordable Care Act. It soon became apparent that many people of color in Georgia were not registered to vote. "We dug into the numbers," says Nse Ufot, the executive director of the New Georgia Project, and it turned out there were more than 800,000 eligible but unregistered people of color in Georgia. Since 2014, she says, the group has registered nearly 210,000 minority voters in the state. By overlaying voter registration information from the secretary of state's office with the latest census data, the group concluded that there are nearly 27,000 unregistered African Americans in the 6th Congressional District. Voter registration rates in the 6th District—a historically white, wealthy, and educated suburb—are the highest in the state. But like the rest of Georgia, it's becoming more ethnically and economically diverse. To reach these new residents, Ufot says, staff and volunteers are knocking on 1,200 to 1,400 doors a day and setting up voter registration booths at malls and grocery stores on the weekends. Several other groups are actively registering voters, as is the Ossoff campaign itself, which says it is registering about 100 people per day. As organizers and the campaign are aware, registering new voters is the easy part. Making sure they get to the polls is harder. "It's a combination of knocking on doors and helping people get voter IDs, and identifying people who need help getting rides to the polls," says Ufot. Ufot fears there could be one additional wrinkle: whether the three counties that make up the 6th District will be able to process all the new voter registrations. Ufot says her group is keepi[...]



VA-Gov: New WaPo Poll Has Tom Perriello (D) & Ralph Northam (D) Neck-And-Neck In Primary

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:39:25 +0000

The latest news out of Virginia: Virginia Democrats Tom Perriello and Ralph Northam are battling in a very close contest for the party’s gubernatorial primary, with divisions reemerging from last year’s Democratic presidential race, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll. Democratic likely voters say Perriello’s endorsements by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), icons of the national progressive movement, carry at least as much weight as Northam’s support from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and nearly all other Virginia Democrats in Congress and the state legislature. With less than one month before the June 13 primary, 40 percent of likely Democratic voters support Perriello, while 38 percent support Northam, a difference that is well within the survey’s range of sampling error. Perriello is a former congressman, and Northam is the state’s lieutenant governor. More than 2 in 10 Democratic voters are undecided or have no current preference, a sign of fluidity leading into the final weeks before the June 13 primary, according to the poll co-sponsored by The Post and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. “I like both the guys,” said Shantanu Sharma, 46, of Sterling. “I’m torn between the guy with the establishment backing versus the guy with Bernie Sanders’s backing.” Among the broader group of Democratic-leaning registered voters, Perriello holds a slight edge over Northam, with 35 percent support to Northam’s 29 percent. Northam’s supporters are more apt to fit the profile of likely voters, though — a factor that could prove decisive given that fewer than 10 percent of voters have participated in nonpresidential primaries in the past decade. Age is a clear dividing line in support, with Perriello, 42, leading Northam by 20 percentage points among Democratic-leaning registered voters ages 18 to 39, while Northam, 57, leads by 16 points among those ages 65 and older. The two run more evenly among voters in between. The Post-Schar School poll was conducted May 9 to 14 among a random sample of 1,602 Virginia adults reached on cellular and ­landline phones. The margin of sampling error for individual percentage results is plus or minus 4.5 points among the sample of 654 Democratic-leaning registered voters and six points among the sample of 351 likely primary voters. The range of sampling error for the difference between candidates’ support is 10 points among likely voters. Click here for the full results. We have two great candidates and whoever wins the nominee needs to be ready to defeat likely GOP opponent, Ed Gillespie (R. VA). There’s a lot at stake this year and several great opportunities for Democrats to make big gains in Virginia this year. Click below to donate and get involved with the Democratic candidate you support: Ralph[...]



Our Revolution Is Organizing A Rally In Sacramento In Support Of Medicare For All Bill On May 19th

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:38:51 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Bernie Sanders’ group, Our Revolution: There are less than ten days left for the California State Senate to bring SB 562 to the floor for a vote. Also known as the Healthy California Act, this Medicare for All bill would guarantee health care to all Californians, regardless of their income. We are rallying on the steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento this Friday, the first day of the California Democratic Convention, to tell the State Senate to vote “Yes!” on SB 562. Joining with Healthy California and the California Nurses Association, we're making it crystal clear that we expect Democrats to support Medicare for All. It's a moral imperative for which we are all responsible. Join us at the Rally to Win SB 562. Rally to Win SB 562 Capitol West Steps 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA 95814 Friday, May 19, 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT Medicare for All is within reach in California. If you can't attend the rally, please call your State Senator and tell them to pass SB 562 before the end of their session next Friday, May 26. Folks without health insurance want to see their elected officials be proactive, not reactive. They cannot afford for us to wait around for the GOP to strip away health care first, and then react only once the problem has gotten worse. Building power is about making the change, not reacting to it. That's how we win. We need to pass Medicare for All in California, and we have a good chance of accomplishing it before next Friday. But insurance lobbyists and corporate Democrats are trying to defeat this bill -- we can't allow that to happen. Call your state senator today and tell them to bring SB 562 to a vote and pass it this session. We're not going to wait for the problem to get worse when we can do something to fix it now. We have to rely on one another to make real change possible. People are counting on us to make the difference here -- let's win SB 562 for all of us. In solidarity, Nina Turner Board Member Our Revolution Click here to RSVP. Click here to call your Senator and tell them to support SB 562. [...]



Trump, Putin and the Koch Brothers walk into a bar...

Thu, 18 May 2017 02:22:32 +0000

There’s no two ways about it — we’re at war. The very soul of our nation is at stake, and every day it seems as if it slips farther and farther away from us. Russians and white nationalists are in their heyday, our nation has never been more polarized, and we have a president who believes that the rule of law are just guidelines. As fellow Kos contributor pdxbuckeye points out, Trump is exhausting the resistance, and the GOP is useless. Trump and his Republican allies are trying to win this war through a battle of attrition. With a constant barrage of distraction and headlines that are even more outrageous than the next, they are trying to wear us down and force us to just accept defeat. But we can’t back down. Too much is at stake, and we can’t wait until 2018. This year, Virginia gets the first large-scale electoral response to the Trump presidency, and everything we’ve seen in the last 117 days. We elect a new governor, lt. governor, attorney general, and all 100 House of Delegates. Those who want to do something don’t need to wait until the 2018 midterm elections; the groundwork we’re putting in place in Virginia now will be vital to electoral power in electing congressmen and congresswomen next year. And if you thought for one second that our elections here didn't matter, ask yourself why the Koch Brothers are involved. We have just 5 days left until the first deadline for voter registration of the year. Delegate Candidates such as myself and Elizabeth Guzman have been pushing hard to get as many folks onto the voter rolls and committed to voting as possible. The more folks we get registered and voting in the June 13th Primary, the bigger our overall voter pool will be in November and for the congressional races in 2018.  Elizabeth Guzman (HD-VA-31) with the Fauquier County Democratic Committee at a Voter Registration Drive this past weekend. Registering folks to vote is one of the biggest ways we can begin fighting back against the Trump, Koch and Russian agenda, and it starts with you. Trump and the national GOP are fine with selling us out to the Russians, while the VA GOP is fine with selling us out to the Koch Brothers. The only way we can stand up to hatred and corporate greed is by getting a many people into the process as possible. People power is the strongest thing we have to take back our democracy. Virginia HD 51 - Ken Boddye WEBSITE      FACEBOOK     TWITTER DONATE [...]



What is 'Obstruction of Justice'?; Also: Special Counsel for Trump/Russia Probe: 'BradCast' 5/17/17

Thu, 18 May 2017 01:43:43 +0000

Guest: Former Asst. US Attorney Randall D. Eliason of GWU Law School... On today's BradCast, yes, like yesterday, more huge breaking news mid-show. [Audio link follows below.] But before we get to that, today, controversial, extremist and, perhaps, insane Milwaukee Sheriff David C. Clarke claimed today that he has been appointed to a position in Donald Trump's Dept. of Homeland Security. If true, his appointment would be disturbing. Not only given the number of people who have died in his jail cells, but also because he has, literally, called for about a million people in the U.S. to be rounded up and shipped off to Gitmo, indefinitely, without attorney or trial. Really. Then, the fallout from yesterday's huge mid-show breaking news concerning the report that, in February, Donald Trump asked then FBI Director James Comey to end the Bureau's investigation of Trump's former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Republicans, both last night and today on Capitol Hill, are having trouble grappling with and/or responding to the news, though at least one GOP Senator, John McCain, compared what's now going on to Watergate. And committees in both the House and Senate have now asked to see the Comey memos said to document his private meetings with Trump. And, along with all of that, the phrase "Obstruction of Justice" is being heard more and more regarding Trump's apparent efforts to shut down the FBI's probe into his campaign associates alleged coordination with Russia during the 2016 Presidential election. So, we are joined today by former Asst. U.S. Attorney, now Professor Randall D. Eliason of George Washington University Law School to discuss what "Obstruction of Justice" actually means, in both the criminal sense (as it might apply in an indictment) and in the political sense (as it might apply in Articles of Impeachment) Eliason recently discussed both applications in a lengthy article at his Sidebars Blog. "The important thing," he tells me today, "is to distinguish between Obstruction of Justice in the broader sense -- the way the term gets thrown around a lot -- and the more narrow criminal sense of an actual criminal violation that fits the Obstruction of Justice statutes. That's a much higher standard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt, all of the elements of an actual crime, as opposed to a more general claim that the President is kind of violating all these norms and rules and traditions that we have about not interfering with ongoing investigation, appearing to pressure the FBI Director, things like that." The key issue, Eliason explains, is whether there was "corrupt intent" in the many different incidents that now appear as Trump's obstruction. "It's not enough if the President does something that just has the effect of hurting the investigation,[...]



SC-05: James Thompson (D. KS) Is Back To Help Archie Parnell (D) Flip This Red District

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:23:02 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Bernie Sanders delegate and recent Special Election congressional candidate, James Thompson (D. KS-04), in support of Archie Parnell’s (D. SC-05) campaign: When I announced I was running for Congress in ruby red Kansas, no one thought my campaign would amount to much. But with support from progressives around the country we did what no one thought possible -- a 20-point swing for Democrats in the first federal election of the Trump Administration. It shocked the country, and energized grassroots progressives. I know with that same momentum behind him, my friend Archie Parnell can hand the political establishment the message they need to hear: we will hold irresponsible leaders accountable, and progressives are leading the way. I'm proud to stand with Archie's campaign for Congress. I hope you will too, with a donation of $100, $25, or even $10 right now. You have a tremendous opportunity in the Fifth Congressional District of South Carolina. Using the momentum growing across the country, you have the power to flip this district. CLICK HERE to invest in Archie Parnell's success! Progressives have the opportunity to send the message that we will not stand aside while the far right rips healthcare away from vulnerable South Carolinians. We won't cooperate when our education system is attacked by special interest billionaires. We won't back down when our immigrant brothers and sisters are demeaned and bullied. It's time to step up for Archie. He's a progressive who will fight for working South Carolinians. CLICK HERE to donate to his campaign. It's time to send one of South Carolina's own to represent working people again. Please join me in supporting Archie Parnell's victory!         Fighting for America,         James Thompson         Democratic Candidate for US Congress         Wichita, Kansas         P.S.: CLICK HERE to fight for working class South Carolinians! Click here to donate to Parnell’s campaign. [...]



May 25 Montana election takes on new importance

Thu, 18 May 2017 04:14:48 +0000

The Trump presidency is now downright dangerous. Yet as David Remnick writes, “Trump will survive until he loses the Republican Party.” We must show Republicans NOW that their majority is in peril.  May 25. Montana. Rob Quist for U.S. House. For the sake of the republic. Patriotic Americans must make it a to-do this week to back Quist and start a ripple effect. (Recent polls show Quist slightly trailing his opponent, but I’m a Kansan who knows a 20-point swing is possible with elbow grease.) Republicans will then see the consequences of propping up Trump. Quist already leads his opponent in fundraising, but let’s take no chances: donate, volunteer, and contact Montanans. This election is about health care, tax breaks for working families, and more. But above all, it is now about saving the country. Be able to tell your grandkids one day that you helped.  Update: While the appointment of Robert Mueller III as special counsel to investigate Trump/Russia has brought relief to some, Rachel Maddow and guests noted Wednesday evening that Trump is still able to fire Mueller. Dan Rather guessed that if Trump’s approval rating remains above a certain level (30 percent?), he may feel emboldened to terminate the special counsel. This underscores the need to show reduced voter support of the GOP, in the wake of Trump’s latest scandals. [...]