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How can Democrats win every single election many years to come? Here is how:

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:59:36 +0000

How can Democrats win every single election many years to come?  Here is how: A~  Run on the platform to cut or eliminate taxes for the bottom 40% of the Americans.  Increase the tax rate by 3.2% to the top 1% earners and 1.2% to the following 19%.  This will add about $250 billion a year to the economy and help the economy grow at the same time.   B~ Bring the corporate tax rates even further down to 15% but collect that 15%, simplify and eliminate all other deductions.  Eliminate taxes on any corporate money that is brought into the USA.   This would bring in about $250 billion in new revenues, contributing to the economy. (The actual numbers, study, and the opinions are below.  Please let me know if you think any number is off and I will explain it further.) There are two important issues needs to be properly identified by the party and addressed.  Once those are addressed, it will become easier to win almost every election at all levels.  1)  Change the image on Taxes, 2) don’t take your base for granted, and you will be guaranteed to win.  The BASE that the Democrats should have learned by now that when you stray away from your base, you will have greater chance to lose an election.  If they learned something from the last election, it should be the one that Trump stuck with his base at any cost and won.  Hillary left the base in favor of reaching out to the independents and lost.  It was assumed that the base would stick around regardless, but when it did not, the election was lost. If the Democrats keep the base in mind and adopt a nationwide tax platform that it will not only guaranty winning elections but also will move tons of Republicans to the Democratic side. One of the first and most important issue to most voters are taxes.  Most people have the impression that the Republicans cut their taxes and the Democrats raise it.  The “Tax and Spend Image” that has stuck with Democrats has to change.  Democratic Party should also let the people know better that they are the fiscally responsible party and when they were in control, the economy grew faster and almost twice as many jobs created.  When the word about the elimination of the taxes gets out, the rest of the people will be more receptive to your message of economic accomplishments. One way to change this image is to eliminate all income taxes for the qualified income groups, the bottom 40%. Democrats need to run on the platform of not only cutting but also eliminating taxes for people earning less than the median income of the state they live in.  40% of the all US Income earners earn far less than the US median household income that stands at $59,039 or $31,128 per capita as of 2016.   But, we have to and let the people understand how eliminating all income taxes to qualified groups can actually help the economy to grow.  First, we need to recognize that the only money coming into our domestic markets actually contribute economy to grow.  Anyone spending each dollar that they earn is already fully contributing to the economy.  Any increased spending will further help the economy to grow by increased demand that will be met with increased manufacturing in terms of supply meeting the demand.  Eliminating the taxes to this group allows them to have more disposable income, spend more and plan for future.  The money that does not come back into the economy slows the economy down.  So, eliminating taxes to the people who do not have a major net worth or savings do not need to be taxed for a better economic growth.  Because they already put all of their money back into the economy. The criteria for who qualifies not pay any income taxes could also be categorized based on the average living income of the state that they live in.  When this segment of the demographics don’t pay taxes, they actually contribute to the economy at a much greater level due to, 1) Increased spending, 2) the dollar entering into the economy on the base levels, therefore have a greater circulation  and velocity, in return each dollar creat[...]



WI-Gov: ThinkProgress, "Scott Walker's (R) war on the poor is kicking into overdrive"

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:48:15 +0000

Kudos to ThinkProgress for reporting on this: Poor families in Wisconsin will soon get kicked off of food stamps and evicted from their public housing under a package of laws passed Tuesday by the state Senate. Gov. Scott Walker (R) pushed state lawmakers to double down on his previous tweaks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other safety net systems. Taken together, the earlier changes and those passed Tuesday make Wisconsin a living experiment with very old conservative policy ideas. The changes are hard-hearted and soft-brained, a recipe for greater human misery masquerading as a plan to lift the destitute back toward dignity. One bill ups existing work requirements for food stamps. Another sets humiliating new conditions for eligibility to live in public housing. Others set aside money to pay private companies that contract with the state if those companies can realize further savings. And Walker’s plan is very dangerous: “It’s going to create hunger in the Dairy State. More children, more families, more working people of low incomes are going to go without food,” said Sherrie Tussler, executive director of the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force. “Vilifying low-income people for needing assistance to put food on the table is just bad policy.” Ed Bolen, a senior policy analyst at the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, said a statewide program would fail to adequately account for all of those receiving assistance. Some of those people might not be able to work, for reasons the state program does not fully grasp. “Any time you mandate that in order to get food assist you have to do X, Y and Z, especially for 30 hours a week, you’re going to find people who can’t do it but the state hasn’t identified that they can’t do it,” Bolen said. “You just can’t screen them closely.” The Wisconsin proposal includes more money for workforce training programs, something Tussler said was not the case in other states where Republican governors have proposed workforce overhauls. Both proponents and opponents of the overhaul say they believe the Wisconsin plan will serve as a blueprint for other states looking to reform their welfare programs. Maine and Nebraska have already implemented similar plans, and Republican governors in other states have suggested welfare reform is on their agendas. “You want to have a welfare system that’s compassionate, that gives assistance to those who need it, but welfare shouldn’t be a one-way handout,” said Robert Rector, a senior research fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation’s Institute for Family, Community and Opportunity. “You don’t want to just be giving month after month of assistance without requiring anything for that assistance. It’s bad for the taxpayer and for the recipients.” It is not an accident, observers say, that Walker is the governor taking the lead on the new overhauls. A quarter-century ago, Walker’s predecessor, Tommy Thompson, led state-level welfare reform that spurred and informed federal welfare reform signed into law by former President Clinton. We have a real opportunity to unseat Walker this year and we have a number of great candidates running for governor. Below is a list of the top candidates. Click below to donate and get involved with their campaigns. Tony Evers Dana Wachs Kathleen Vinehout Andy Gronik Paul Soglin [...]



HI-Sen: Hirono (D) Hits Back At GOP's Plan To Gut Social Security & Sabotage Paid Family Leave

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:29:39 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono’s (D. HI) re-election campaign:

The GOP is pushing a plan they’re trying to pass off as paid family leave – and they want to pay for it by gutting Social Security.

Republicans cannot claim to support American families while undermining retirement security for our kupuna. This isn’t a serious attempt at helping families, it’s just a scheme to slash Social Security – which would hurt children, adults and seniors alike.

Families from Hawaii and across the country face difficult decisions every day, and I won’t stand by while the GOP tries to force us to choose between caring for loved ones or having a secure retirement. But I need 7,500 people with me to tell Congress not to force this dangerous proposal on millions of families.

Add your name to tell the GOP: Don't make families choose between retirement and paid family leave!

Mahalo for standing up for what’s right,

Mazie

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PA-Sen: Bob Casey (D) Mounts Pressure On The Senate To Save Net Neutrality From Trump's FCC

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 04:15:47 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr.’s (D. PA) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA)
 

This is a crucial window, and we need to act fast: The Senate has just a few weeks to pass legislation to save net neutrality, which the Trump administration repealed late last year.

A free and open internet is crucial to our democracy — no one should have to pay a premium for full access to the web, but that's exactly what could happen if the Senate doesn't act fast.

If you use the internet to read the news, communicate with your friends or promote your business, this affects you. That's why we need to show the Senate that they need to act by getting 5,200 signatures before midnight tonight.

Time is running out to protect the internet as we know it. Add your name right now:

https://petitions.signforgood.com/save_net_neutrality

Thanks.

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How We Could Erase All Student Debt, as Students March, Threaten to Vote: 'BradCast' 2/21/2018

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:28:31 +0000

Guest: Eric Levitz of New York Magazine; Plus: Dems flip another legislative seat deep in the heart of 'Trump Country'... On today's BradCast, students are mad as hell, for a lot of very good reasons, and now they are taking things into their own hands, not a moment too soon, by threatening to vote. Where Republicans appear to have little interest in helping them, Democrats certainly can and should, but they'll need to step up with a clear, progressive agenda to do exactly that in advance of the 2018 mid-terms.  [Audio link to show is posted at end of story.] First up today, there was another Special Election on Tuesday in another deep "red" district, this time in rural Kentucky, where Democrats picked up their 37th "red-to-blue" state legislative flip since the 2016 Presidential election. The GOP believes the "odd" circumstances around this particularly election make it an outlier (the Republican preacher who held the seat killed himself in December, following allegations of sexual misconduct with a 17-year old), and show little concern that Democrat Linda Belcher reportedly defeated her Republican opponent by some 36 points in a district that went to Trump in 2016 by 49 points. (That's a huge 86 point swing towards the Democrats, for those keeping score at home!) Meanwhile, high school students across the country walked out of class on Wednesday to hit the streets in a call for gun safety legislation following last week's school shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida.  Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School pressed lawmakers at the Florida statehouse in Tallahassee, where Republicans quickly voted to shelve the possibility for any major gun reform before the end of the legislation session early early next month. At the nation's capitol in D.C., among other places, students also marched and promised to vote out legislators who clung to support from the NRA while rejecting calls to reform our nation's permissive and deadly gun laws. But while Democrats, in this environment, would seem well positioned to take over the U.S. House in this year's mid-terms, a recent series of Dem-sponsored focus groups reportedly finds voters complaining that while "Republicans have the wrong agenda, Democrats have no agenda." We're joined today by ERIC LEVITZ, Associate Editor of the Daily Intelligencer blog at New York Magazine, to discuss that problem, by way of his recent article highlighting a new research paper [PDF] from the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College. The authors of the report found that, rather than blow a $1.5 trillion hole in the national debt with tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, as recently passed by the Republican Party, we could have completely wiped out every penny of the nation's collective and sky-rocketing student debt for the same or less cost. And that money, as Levitz reports, would have "benefited all Americans by increasing economic growth and lowering unemployment" by allowing young Americans to purchase new homes, cars and make other investments which would also help to raise middle-class wages. Levitz describes the student loan debt as a real "crisis", which has spiraled wildly out of control since the 1990s. "You've got 44 million people saddled with these debts, and that's limiting their ability to participate in the economy. All of these wages that would be going into local businesses, and circulating throughout the economy, and creating markets and stimulating demand is going to either private lenders or actually the government," he argues, charging that the government could "just completely eliminate all that debt, which just so happens to be roughly the same price as the GOP tax cuts." In another crazy idea cited by Levitz, the federal government could offer free tuition to public colleges and universities for the same cost we currently spend on grants and tax breaks for students, without saddling them with debt for decades. That's right, it would cost the [...]



IL-Gov: Sierra Club Endorses Daniel Biss (D) For Governor Of Illinois

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 02:00:27 +0000

Received this e-mail today from State Senator Daniel Biss’ (D. IL) gubernatorial campaign:

Hello there,

For over a century, Sierra Club has been on the frontlines of a mission to protect the water, air, land, and open spaces in our state. With Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner, that mission has never been under attack more than now.

To take on the big fights ahead, we’ll need a partner who will put the health of our communities ahead of big polluters. That’s why Sierra Club is proud to endorse Daniel Biss and Litesa Wallace to be the next governor and lieutenant governor of Illinois.

Now we want to hear from you -- will you join Sierra Club and add your endorsement to Daniel’s campaign for governor?

Daniel’s fight for clean energy and a people and planet first agenda is proof of his commitment to fighting climate change. Daniel was the first gubernatorial candidate to pledge to not take money from the fossil fuel industry, and to call for a transition to a 100% clean energy future for Illinois. And during his time as a lawmaker, he fought and won battles for clean energy, recycling, and equality.

We trust Daniel to continue this commitment in the governor’s office by fighting for 100% clean energy, funding for green infrastructure, and reduction of carbon pollution. And Daniel knows that we can create good jobs in clean energy across the state, especially in communities that need them most.

Join Sierra Club Illinois in our fight to protect our state’s most precious resources. Add your name to show you’re committed to putting Daniel in the governor’s office.

While Donald Trump and Bruce Rauner take us backwards by doing favor after favor for their polluter friends, we need a leader who will stand up to the companies that are poisoning our communities. Daniel is the candidate we can trust to put our planet over profit.

Glad to have you as a partner in this fight,

Kady

Kady McFadden
Deputy Director
Sierra Club Illinois

P.S. -- Please forward this to a friend who should know that Sierra Club is on Team Biss!

Click here to join Biss’ campaign.




OH & PA-Sen: Council For A Livable World Refuses To Let Trump's GOPers Defeat These Democrats

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 22:49:59 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World in support of U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (D. OH) and Bob Casey, Jr.’s (D. PA) re-election campaigns:

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Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA)

Staggered elections of Senators can be of great benefit to the country, especially in mid-term election years when many constituents are upset about those in power.

This year, that momentum could be with progressives, even those in states that went for President Trump in 2016, like Sherrod Brown of Ohio andBob Casey of Pennsylvania.

Will you help us keep Senators Brown and Casey in office and show President Trump that voters still prefer progressive national security policies over bluster and rhetoric?

Senator Sherrod Brown is the most prominent elected Democrat in Ohio, having risen steadily from the Ohio State House, to Ohio Secretary of State, to becoming my colleague in the U.S. House of Representatives before defeating an incumbent Republican Senator in 2006. Senator Brown is a strong supporter of the Iran nuclear agreement and has urged talks with North Korea. The Council has backed him in House and Senate races, and we are proud to stand with him again.

Senator Bob Casey, known for his national security knowledge despite not serving on the Armed Services or Foreign Affairs committees, was first elected to the Senate in 2006 after serving as Pennsylvania’s Treasurer and Auditor General. He is a firm supporter of the Iran nuclear agreement and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and supports negotiations with Russia to reduce each country’s nuclear arsenals. We have endorsed him since his first Senate bid in 2006, and we are proud to endorse him for a third time.

Will you help us send Senators Brown and Casey back to the Senate, where they can continue to champion smart, effective, progressive national security and foreign policy?

Thank you for your constant support.

Sincerely,

John Tierney
Executive Director

Council for a Livable World
Member of Congress (former) 1/03/19971/03/2015 

Click here to donate to Brown and Casey’s re-election campaigns.




FL-Sen: Gravis Poll Gives Bill Nelson (D) A Slight Lead Over NRA Puppet Rick Scott (R)

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 19:04:50 +0000

The latest news out of Florida courtesy of Gravis Marketing’s latest poll:

A new poll shows Florida voters should expect a close race in November if Gov. Rick Scott decides to challenge U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla.

Gravis released a poll of registered Florida voters on Tuesday showing Nelson taking 44 percent with Scott behind him with 40 percent while 16 percent of those surveyed are uncertain on who they will vote for.

Scott is approved by 43 percent while 35 percent disapprove of him and 23 percent are uncertain about him despite having served two terms in Tallahassee. Gravis did not poll to see where Nelson stood with Florida voters.

The governor does win high marks for his handling of Hurricane Irma with a strong majority of those surveyed—70 percent—approving his response to that storm while only 16 percent disapprove of it. Scott gets lower marks when asked about how he managed nursing homes and medical facilities during Irma with 45 percent approving the governor and 30 percent disapproving of him. More than 6 million Floridians lost their power during Irma and 14 senior citizens at a nursing home in Hollywood died as the facility was without power.

This was already going to be an expensive race to watch but we have to hold this seat because this race will be a referendum on the NRA’s influence. Gabby Giffords group isn’t wasting any time going after Scott’s love affair with the NRA:

Shooting victim and former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is targeting Florida Gov. Rick Scott for a lack of action to prevent mass killings.

Giffords, an Arizonan who survived an attack in 2011, released an advertisement targeting the Republican after 17 people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week — just the latest bout of gun violence for the Sunshine State.

“Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Parkland. We need to stop dangerous people from getting guns,” says the ad released by Giffords's political action committee on Tuesday.

Florida’s gun laws, in addition to perceived apathy in Washington, have come under scrutiny since Nikolas Cruz used his legally purchased AR-15 to massacre former classmates at the school.

Let’s make Scott pay for doing the NRA’s bidding. Click here to donate and get involved with Nelson’s re-election campaign.




PA-18: Gov. Tom Wolf (D) Doubles Down To Help Conor Lamb (D) Pull Off Another Special Election Win

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:33:33 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Governor Tom Wolf (D. PA) in support of former Federal Prosecutor and Marine Veteran Conor Lamb (D. PA-18) in the special election to flip disgraced Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R. PA-18) seat: Conor Lamb (D. PA-18) If you asked the "experts" six months ago if they thought a Democrat could win in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, they might have laughed at you. They'd tell you it was a Trump stronghold, and it would stay that way. But Conor Lamb is a different kind of candidate. He's a former federal prosecutor and veteran who knows that Pennsylvanians need leaders who will put common sense ahead of politics. He won his first debate Monday night - and the latest polls say he's just three points away from beating his opponent. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and out-of-state PACs know that Conor is a threat to their plan to elect another rubber stamp for their radical agenda. That's why they're outspending Conor 5-to-1 -- and why we need to have Conor's back. We can't let Paul Ryan buy this race or stop our momentum. Will you rush a donation to help ConorLamb score a victory for Pennsylvania on March 13? I know what it’s like for the pundits to count you out. When I announced my campaign for governor, I was an outsider, and the conventional wisdom said I couldn't pull it off. But people like you believed in me and believed in what we could accomplish together. With supporters like you, we built an incredible campaign - and now I’m grateful to be Pennsylvania's governor. So with just weeks until the special election, Conor needs us to believe in him. He needs that same grassroots support to put him over the top. Chip in to help send Conor Lamb to Congress so he can fight just as hard for Pennsylvania as I have. Rush your donation of $5 or more now: https://secure.wolfforpa.com/Send-Conor-to-Congress Thanks for your support, Tom Click here to donate to Lamb’s campaign. [...]



MA-Sen: Elizabeth Warren (D) Fights Back To Stop The Senate From Gutting Dodd-Frank

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:21:22 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: In 2008, Wall Street’s reckless greed crashed our economy. While millions of hard-working people lost their jobs, their homes, and their life savings, the big banks got a $700 billion no-strings-attached bailout from the American taxpayers. A bailout and nobody went to jail for causing the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. After the crash, Congress passed legislation called Dodd-Frank, which put new rules in place for the biggest financial institutions to stop another crisis and taxpayer bailout. But now, less than a decade later, Senate Republicans – and some Senate Democrats – are getting ready to gut a lot of those rules for some of the country’s biggest banks. The bank lobbyists have been hitting Capitol Hill hard, and they have a Dodd-Frank rollback bill lined up with the support of every Republican and twelve Democrats. We need to make some noise about this big wet kiss to the big banks by reminding Senators as loudly as possible: they work for the American people, not for big bank lobbyists. Sign our urgent petition right now to tell the Senate not to weaken the rules on big banks. Dodd-Frank said that every bank with more than $50 billion in assets – that’s roughly the 40 biggest banks, or the top 0.5% of all banks by size – would have tougher rules than smaller banks. That means mandatory stress tests to analyze how they would react to another financial crisis and plans for how they would break apart, sell off assets, and liquidate in bankruptcy if they started to fail. There’s a reason for this common-sense oversight of big banks: They are so big that they could potentially bring down the whole economy again if they failed and taxpayers didn’t bail them out again. The bill that could be up in the Senate in the next few weeks would let almost 30 of the 40 biggest banks in the country could go back to looser rules like the ones that let them run wild before the 2008 crisis. What could possibly go wrong?!? The big bank lobbyists want you to believe that this bill is protecting poor little mom and pop banks from getting buried under red tape. But this bill is aimed at helping the big guys. These 30 banks got nearly $50 billion in taxpayer bailouts during the 2008 crisis. And remember Countrywide? It was at the heart of the financial crisis. At its peak, Countrywide was financing one out of every five mortgages in the country. It was a major player in blowing up the economy. You know how big Countrywide was when it was leading the toxic mortgages that blew up our economy? About $200 billion – smaller than some of the banks that would be turned loose by this bill. Let’s be clear: Banks of all sizes are making record profits right now. And if that wasn’t enough, the Republican tax bill just gave away billions to the big banks. They are swimming in money. There is no reason at all to roll back the rules on these big banks so they can pad their pockets even more – and cut them loose to take on wild risks again. The American people – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – want tougher rules on big banks, not weaker ones. It’s time to hold Republican AND Democratic Senators who support this bill accountable for siding with their big bank donors instead of working families. I get it: Wall Street has money and power. But there are a lot more of us than there are of them. The only way to slow down this Bank Lobbyist Act is if we speak out and fight back. Sign our petition to protect Dodd-Frank and make your voice heard – and ask your friends to sign as well. The big banks will do anything they can to pass this dangerous bill into law. We need you out there giving everything you’ve got. Thanks for bei[...]



WI-Sen: Tammy Baldwin (D) Mounts Pressure On Congress To Protect Robert Mueller's Investigation

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:07:59 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s (D. WI) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D. WI)
 

Recently, a number of high ranking U.S. intelligence officials went on the record to confirm their suspicions that Russia intends to interfere in our midterm elections.

This comes as the FBI special investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election indicted three companies and thirteen Russians.

Prosecutors charged that these Russians stole Americans’ identities, had contact with individuals affiliated with the Trump campaign, and focused their meddling on battleground states.

This investigation is a matter of national security. All indications say Robert Mueller is conducting a thorough, independent, and impartial investigation.

But some Republicans are trying to undermine Mueller’s credibility and the entire investigation!

Mueller must be allowed to continue his work — unobstructed by the White House or Congress.

We deserve to know the truth. Demand Trump, his administration, and Congress let Mueller complete his investigation without interference.

Sign the petition here: https://www.tammybaldwin.com/LetMuellerWork

Thank you,

Tammy

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Bringing the Blue Wave to Ohio

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:26:44 +0000

I guess it started about five years ago. Late Summer, early evening. I’m at a park behind an elementary school down the street, pushing my daughter on the swing. She’s five, about to start kindergarten. There’s a “Welcome Back” event going on at the school, so there are a number of kids about. Two young girls take the swings to my right, chatting away as kids do.  “They took away my art class,” said one. “That was my favorite.”  “They took away music, too.” “But at least we get another recess.” They went about their play, not understanding the enormity of what they had just said. But I couldn’t un-hear it, nor would I ever forget it. *** Our legislative response has been silence. I’m an English teacher, and I see many first-year college students. The first paper I assign in most of my classes is a personal narrative. I find it easier to get people into writing if they’re able to write about themselves. One stayed after class, told me she wanted to write about addiction. “Yours?” I asked. “No.” “Someone close?” She stared at the floor. I get more and more of these each year. Stories about friends, parents, brothers and sisters, but all of them, every single one, contain the same line: “I just don’t know what to do.” *** Endless talk about jobs, zero talk about wages. Like many sons, I often turn to my father for advice. How to fix some broken thingy, or how to manage the family’s finances. He’s done well for himself; he worked 30 years as an engineer for the same company, saved, and retired at 55, free of worry about how to make ends meet. One day, as we’re talking about how job tenure has dropped below four years in most fields, how pensions no longer exist, and how the average young person will have almost 12 jobs in a lifetime, he tells me that this is because we no longer care about American workers. Engineers are nothing if not precise. *** Every day, it seems, there are new and terrible stories about people with power abusing that power, abusing people, especially women with less power. Then they started speaking up, and the power started to change hands. I caught mom nodding her head at a news report, so I asked if she had any of these stories of her own. The conversation lasted several hours. *** Every day I see people trying to teach me how to hate. They tell me about religion, about where people were born, about how skin color is the best way to identify my enemies. They want me to be afraid. They need me to be afraid. Because if I don’t see the differences, I’ll come to the conclusion they truly fear – I’ll discover that most of us are almost economically identical, and the sheer tonnage of our shared interests make our differences truly silly. And we outnumber them ten thousand to one. My district has been red since I was a young boy. This year, that changes. I’m in my classroom one evening some months ago, speaking to a particularly smart group of young students. Heather Heyer’s death is in the front of my mind. We talk about Nazis marching in the streets. Bright as my students are, they’re all too young to have anything in memory to compare this to. Some seem to almost accept it as the way the world is now. “This is not normal.” I tell them. “This is not who we are.” I’m emphatic, passionate, more so than usual. They notice. One of the more vocal members of the class challenges me, as I often encourage my students to do. “Well why don’t you do something about it then?” Speechless, I fumble for an answer, both embarrassed at my lack of one and flattered that she considers me someone who should do something about it. It is a seed, planted very deep, and it would grow. *** This is my[...]



CT-Sen: Murphy (D) Calls On Congress To Fix The National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:49:58 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy’s (D. CT) re-election campaign:

In just a moment, I am going to ask you to take action on a bipartisan piece of legislation I introduced a few months ago that will help fix our background check system. It's a bill that actually has a chance right now, but only if we apply maximum pressure.

It's called The Fix NICS Act, and here's what it will do:

My bill, introduced with four Democrats and four Republican co-sponsors, would make it much more likely for states and federal agencies to upload information about people who are supposed to be barred from purchasing firearms into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

This is a big deal, because the existing background check system is broken. But I do want to be clear here, while this is the most important piece of bipartisan gun legislation since Manchin-Toomey, no one should pretend this bill alone is an adequate response to this epidemic.

Even if this passes, we still have a long way to go.

But this bill will make a big difference.

We know, for example, that until recently, the Department of Defense was not uploading data into the system, but states aren't doing their part either.

Over the course of 2016, my state of Connecticut uploaded 363,000 felony records onto the NICS system. In the same year, Colorado uploaded 10. New York uploaded 57,000 domestic violence records, North Carolina just 261.

The Fix NICS Act will improve this system dramatically. It will prevent more criminals, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill from getting their hands on guns. But if it's going to pass, we have to make our voices heard.

Sign my petition: Tell Congress to pass my Fix NICS Act -- legislation that will dramatically improve our background check system and prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from purchasing firearms.

We all remember how Congress was supposed to close the Terror Gap after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

Or how we were going to ban bump stocks after the Las Vegas shooting.

This bill may have bipartisan support in Congress, but Senators and Representatives need to know it has yours as well.

Sign my petition -- say you support my Fix NICS Act.

http://action.chrismurphy.com/fix_nics

Let's fix the background check system. We can do this. And I appreciate you making your voice heard.

Every best wish,

Chris Murphy

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The Last Real Evangelical.

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:38:45 +0000

Regardless of your beliefs; your religions, your status or politics or race, or even sex, a True man of principal has went to meet his maker for his final judgement. The Rev Billy Graham has passed away at the age of 99. While so many fake Religious Leaders have risen since his time and have corrupted the word of God for financial and political and power gains, Dr Graham lived the life he preached. He truly practiced what he preached. He showed his beliefs by standing against racism during a time it was considered normal to segregate and separate. He preached to hippies and patriots, blacks and whites, the poorest of us to the wealthiest among us. He welcomed atheist and Buddhist, Muslim and Jew. He preached to dictators and communists. Democrats and Republicans. He admitted his flaws and never professed perfection. He wasn’t loud and blusterous. he stayed humble. He drew us together, not separated us.  He refused to preach political dogma and ideology. He wouldn’t condone any one policy except the messages of Jesus. He offered his ear and guidance to Presidents, Senators and Representatives of all parties. He preached the "Good News. Sadly at his passing, I feel the last true Evangelical has died. Franklin has corrupted his father’s message.  Orel Roberts, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim and Tammy Faye Baker, have all corrupted the Word of God for personal and political gain. They have shamed the pastoral style of the original Evangelical, Dr. Graham. Money, power, and politics has corrupted the modern Evangelical Christian movement. They play Politics. They Play with Party powers. They can and are corrupted by money. They preach Hellfire and damnation and Heaven as things to be bought for a price. They condemn other political parties as the party of Evil and Attempt to tell you "what God would have you do, if you’re a Christian”. They want you to vote how God would have you vote, forgetting Jesus refused to get involved in politics. Billy Graham Taught the "Good News" to "all the people. He didn’t promote a particular party or candidate. He didn’t choose to listen to and promote the NRA. He didn’t see one race as superior over another. He didn’t see God or Jesus as old White men who carried guns, and beat the sinners over the head with Bibles insisting they vote Republican or be damned. He didn’t defend the sins of sinners, giving them Mulligans. If he thought you were wrong he said so. He preached how to be forgiven and how to try to live a better life. He lived what he preached. He didn’t have multi-million dollar estates with maids and nannies. He didn’t have Bentley's and Porsche's. He didn’t wear 2000.00 suits and 1000.00 shoes. He didn’t flash gold and diamonds. Sadly, lessons his children and grandchildren never learned. He gave his answers founded in solid scripture,. Not twisted and taken out of context to support a personal or political view. He didn’t seek to rule or have Christianity deemed as a "National" religion. He knew it was up to each of us to choose our own paths and that only God can judge that path and only God could judge us for the path we chose. He chose to preach about the love and humility of Jesus. The forgiveness of his message. The path of forgiveness. He worked to bring us together as a people; not divide us on politics and wealth and skin color. He taught the love of Jesus for all men, not just a chosen few. He taught a very different message than his own son now preaches in his father’s legacy. I remember Billy Graham’s revivals being shown on TV. It was the only time my dad would watch a church message on TV. He watched and he listened. He had us watch. Dad wasn’t religious. He didn’t [...]



Is Sarah Huckabee Sanders Competing with the President of the United States?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:00:31 +0000

I spend a lot of time pondering tactful words to use to describe the current Trump administration. I am running out of vagaries and innuendo.  Simply stated, the President of the United States is an embarrassing, lying, con artist, who has infected everything and everyone he comes into contact.  Unlike a lot of Americans, I respect politicians and feel the great majority are looking to do the right thing. Oh sure, we have had agenda driven Presidents since Washington.  Some have been racist, some anti-Semites, some adulterers and some guilty of genocide.  For fear of sounding like I am endorsing the ends justifying the means, I believe they all, even those who were wrong, held some sort of sincere conviction. For the first time in American history, I think we have rolled craps. Instead of rolling snake eyes we just got left with the snake.  A racist, adulterous, scammer who has elevated lying to a blood sport.  Injecting his enemies with as many lethal lying fang bites as possible.  Yes, I meant those words to be outrageous because I feel outraged. The woman who unleashes this serpentine barbarity daily, is Sarah Huckabee Sanders, wife, mother of three, Christian and a liar. She strolled onto the podium in the White House briefing room yesterday and said Donald Trump has always acknowledged that Russia meddled in our election process.  She went on to assert he [Trump] has done more to counteract Russian aggression in one year than Barack Obama did in eight years. Sometimes lying is its own petard, Ms. Sanders is so coiled in her own lies that it is getting hard for her to hem and haw her way through; “…the president hasn’t said that Russia didn’t meddle, what he’s saying is that it didn’t have an impact, …” x YouTube Video As the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller’s snare comes closer and closer to ensnarling the President the people willing to lie their way into jail for him seems to be shrinking.  Rick Gates is negotiating, George Papadopoulos pleaded, Michael Flynn rolled, and a new player, Alex Van Der Zwann, a London based, Belgian-born, Dutch lawyer, entered a guilty plea and is reportedly ready to snitch.  I know, I know it all sounds like Tom Cruise will jump from a helicopter and yell Mission Impossible, but the real world implications are frightening. There seems to be a growing and world paralyzing chance that the most powerful man in the world is no longer the President of the United States, incredibly it may be Vladimir Putin.   Whatever banking loans, porn star tryst or pee stained sheet being held over Donald Trump’s head by Putin, something has his sphincter as tight as his description of Haiti or Africa.  So here we are back where we started the day after Donald Trump was sworn in — listening to lies from the podium in the White House briefing room.  Phony crowd sizes, desecrating Gold Star families or screaming HILLARY will not be enough to keep Donald Trump out of an orange jumpsuit that matches his bottled tan. Vote in ’18 for Change             [...]



Open Letter to Vladimir Putin: I Beg You!

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 04:45:30 +0000

Dear President Putin, I write to you not as an American citizen, but as an environmentalist and as a citizen of the World. I’m also writing to you as the great-nephew of a Lithuanian Communist Party leader who was assassinated in a right-wing, military coup d'etat in the 1920’s. I know I must sound incredibly naive, but please stop supporting Donald Trump and the Republican Party. I can only image how excited you must be to have Trump in the White House. You’re definitely going to be in the history books. No one is ever going to forget you. You’ve made your point! Democracy is badly flawed and easily manipulated. I know you must be thinking: Why in the world would you want to give up having such leverage? Here is my argument: The ice is melting. The tundras are thawing. The world is getting a lot hotter. By supporting the most extreme right wing, anti-environmental, Republican lunatics imaginable in USA politics you are helping to endanger the entire world. The last time I looked Russia is a very big part of the world. Don’t you want your descendants to inherit a world that’s not substantially under water and over heating? President Putin, for short term gains the Russian people (and the rest of humanity) are going to experience long term losses. Think of the big picture, please. For the life of me I don’t know why you would want to support billionaire thugs like the Koch Brothers and Robert and Rebekah Mercer. I realize you’re as capitalist as any American, but you’re supporting the very people who would be only too happy to destroy Russia politically if they were given the chance. They also have a total disregard for the environment. They could care less about destruction they are causing that will take generations to repair. They don’t care about their own country, the rest of the world, the future, or even their descendants. All they care about is getting their way like a five-year-old child and making as much money as possible, and nothing more. I know you care about Russia and the Russian people. You see yourself as a patriot. I respect that. But lets say the Koch’s and the Mercer’s succeed in making American democracy totally dysfunctional, how does that benefit you and the Russian people? Do you really think the horrific environmental destruction they will cause will simply stop at the American border? Or, that their destructive political shenanigans won’t spread to Russia? I’m also a student of history. 99% of Americans don’t know that the USA (American Expeditionary Force Siberia) invaded Russia after World War 1. Nor, do most Americans know that the bulk of World War 2 was fought on Russian soil that cost approximately 27 million Russian lives. Or, that the Soviet Union literally helped save the rest of the world from Nazism. American cities should have statues honoring the ordinary Russian soldier and civilian who sacrificed so much during World War 2. But instead the vast majority of Americans are in total ignorance. The Russian people have been portrayed very poorly in Hollywood and in the news media. Does your support of the invasion of the Ukraine and the Crimea have anything to do with national pride? I realize you support the Republican party and Donald Trump because the Democrats are unified against the invasion in the Ukraine and have imposed sanctions. I can only imagine all the grievance you have against the West and the USA in particular. You think of us as hypocrites, and rightfully so. But two wrongs don’t make a right! You should not invade sovereign nations just because the United States did the same exact thing in Iraq. You come from a Christian tradi[...]



GOP Keeps Cheating to Win: 'BradCast' 2/20/2018

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 02:25:02 +0000

Guest: Redistricting expert Brian Amos on new PA U.S. House map; Plus; Trump's bump-stock ban gimmick; Buying a gun is easier than voting in Florida; Maine GOP's fake news site; The GNR's 9th Anniversary... There is big news out of Pennsylvania again on today's BradCast, concerning the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections. And it appears to be very good news indeed for Democrats. [Audio link to show is posted at bottom of article.] But first up, Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that he is directing the Dept. of Justice to propose new regulations that, if adopted, would ban the sale of so-called bump stock devices that turn semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic machine guns. That, nearly four months after such devices were used in the massacre that killed 58 concert-goers and wounded some 500 others on the Las Vegas Strip in a matter of minutes in October, and less than one week since a 19-year old gunman killed 17 at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, without using a bump-stock, on his legally purchased AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle. The process Trump called for will take months and likely face legal challenges, if it ever results in any such devices being banned for sale. Congress could ban them today, if they wished to. Republicans supported by the NRA however, do not. At the same time, as we discuss today, it is easier in many states to purchase an AR-15 or similar weapon than it is to cast a vote, including in Florida. While an ID is needed to both register and then to cast a ballot at the polls on Election Day in the Sunshine State, an unlimited number of semi-automatic rifles can be purchased there without any ID or background check at all. And, unlike voter registration in FL, gun sales can be carried out online, completely anonymously, even as GOP lawmakers in the state have made it harder and harder to both register and vote in the state in recent years. Next, following up on a story we covered in detail on Friday's show, regarding fake news sites (actual fake news sites!) set up to look like real ones by Republican officials across the country to support Republican candidates and attack Democrats. The Executive Director of the Maine Republican Party has now admitted that he is behind the anonymously-run Maine Examiner site which, last December, falsely claimed leaked emails of the Democratic candidate for mayor in Maine's second largest city called voters a "bunch of racists".  Days later, after the fake news story took off, that candidate, Ben Chin, is said to have lost his election by just 145 votes to the Republican. While many are worried about Russians posing as Americans to post attacks on social media in support of Republicans and attacking Democrats -- using fake claims about "voter fraud" taken directly from GOP outlets like Fox 'News' and Breitbart -- this new scheme by GOP officials (from coast to coast) to create fake news websites in support of Republican candidates should be very troubling for Dems in advance of the 2018 mid-terms. But, there is some better news today for Democrats in Pennsylvania where, after the Republican-controlled state legislature failed to draw "fair and equal" U.S. House maps, as ordered by the State Supreme Court, the Court itself released its own map to be used in the 2018 election. The commonwealth's primaries are set for May, with candidates beginning their signature gathering process in days. The new map follows a finding by the state's high court in January that the map drawn by the GOP-controlled legislature in 2011 was an unlawful partisan gerrymander under the state constitution. The previous map res[...]



NM-Sen: Heinrich (D) Calls For Ending Prohibition Against The CDC To Conduct Gun Violence Research

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:52:47 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich’s (D. NM) re-election campaign:

How much longer will the cycle of gun violence continue?

After every mass shooting, some Republicans offer their thoughts and prayers before going on television and claiming that we cannot do anything about these senseless deaths. It is as if they believe we don’t know enough about the gun violence epidemic to address it.

But how can we ever know enough when government scientists are blocked by law from researching gun violence?

It’s time to finally end the prohibition against researching gun violence in America.

Passed into law twenty-two years ago, the Dickey Amendment prevents the Center for Disease Control from researching gun violence. If Republicans are going to make their support for common sense gun control conditional on more information, then it’s time we allowed the CDC to do its job and treat gun violence as what it is — a public health crisis.

I need you to join me and call on Congress to come together so we can protect our children, students, and families. Add your name to the growing list of Americans demanding the Dickey Amendment be repealed now.

Three of the worst shootings in American history have happened in the past two years.

How many more tragedies must we face before things change? How many more parents will get a text that their kids are hiding in a classroom? How many more communities will gun violence tear apart before Congress acts?

We have tried for a bipartisan solution to end this cycle of gun violence for years, and yet here we are again.

This is not the solution, but it’s a place to start.

Repealing the Dickey Amendment will give us the facts to tackle gun violence head on.
Scientific studies, not politics, should be our guide to solving the gun violence epidemic in our country.

Add your name to the list of Americans who are demanding the Dickey amendment be repealed.

Thanks,

Martin

Click here to add your name.




OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Continues To Hammer Trump For Putting The Great Lakes At Risk

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:42:04 +0000

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

The Great Lakes are in jeopardy again.

The Trump administration released its budget. For the second year in a row, President Trump has proposed slashing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 90 percent -- from $300 million to $30 million.

The last time President Trump proposed such a drastic and misguided cut, Ohio’s elected officials in the House and Senate made a successful bipartisan effort to save funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

We also had the support of concerned citizens from all over America. They made their voices heard by the administration and those in Congress.

Now we have to rescue Great Lakes Restoration funding again. We need you by our side, making noise. Demand the Trump administration protect the Great Lakes and keep our waterways clean.

Lake Erie is vital to Ohio. The lake provides drinking water for three million Ohioans and generates $1.8 billion in tourism revenue. It’s a stunning natural resource and part of our way of life.

However, there are threats facing Lake Erie and all the Great Lakes. We must take them seriously.

An invasive species of Asian Carp is getting closer and closer to infiltrating the Great Lakes. If they do, they could decimate native species and throw the Great Lakes’ ecosystem out of whack. There are also toxic algae blooms, which could threaten drinking supplies. This is not the time to be drastically scaling back funding.

The Great Lakes are critically important to our region and to our nation. Sign my petition to demand the Trump administration preserve funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

With gratitude,

Sherrod

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Why is the GOP alienating a generation of soon-to-be voters who were raised on school shootings?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:30:35 +0000

Politicians owned by the NRA may still be saying it’s “too soon” after the latest mass shooting to talk about gun control, but apparently “about a week” is just the right amount of time for those on the right to come after the survivors, who have demanded action in a way that one would think nobody could deny. Survivors who have demanded action have a closeness to the situation that grants them a unique authority on the matter, and one would think that nobody could deny them. Nobody could possibly dismiss these survivors, these children, after what’s happened. Nobody could be that terrible in the face of such tragedy. Enter the conservatives from stage left. x Embedded Content Over the weekend, really gross Facebook posts started popping up, trying to cast doubt on the intelligence of Douglas High students, but they initially came from the fringe, right down the street from the factory where the tinfoil hats are made. But this week, we’re hearing these same nonsense theories and dismissals in the mainstream, and we’re hearing them from government officials, not just on 4chan or InfoWars. Rather than accept the possibility that children who just survived a shooting would fight to ensure nobody else ever goes through what they did, GOP pundits, aides, and politicians are grasping instead at the Trumpian™ Method: deflect and discredit. (And in one Texas school, they’re also using threats to stifle student outrage.) xThe big question is: should the media be promoting opinions by teenagers who are in an emotional state and facing extreme peer pressure in some cases?— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) February 20, 2018 They were coached, they cry! They’re too articulate, they say! They can’t possibly have formed these conclusions on their own! They couldn’t possibly organize like this on their own! They’ve been hijacked by the left, you see! xGenuine grief I can empathize with. But grief organized for the cameras—politically orchestrated grief—strikes me as phony & inauthentic— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) February 21, 2018 Wrong answer. And it's going to bite the right in the butt. HARD. [...]



OH-Gov: Richard Cordray (D) Rolls Out His Plan To Combat Gun Violence In Ohio

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:35:15 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Attorney General and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director, Richard Cordray’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign: What happened in Parkland, Florida is sickening and a tragic reminder of the pressing need to stop the epidemic of gun violence that is plaguing our communities. We need an honest discussion and debate about how to keep innocent people — and innocent children — safe. But it's not just Parkland. Daily gun violence touches every corner of Ohio. Two police officers in Westerville lost their lives in recent days. And gun violence disproportionately affects our African-American community. This debate can't be driven by politics or posturing. It's not about left or right, Democrat or Republican. It’s about figuring out what works and making it happen. We need to bring together everyone — law enforcement, health experts, school officials, faith leaders, gun owners, crime victims — to put all options on the table and find solutions. This problem will not be solved on TV talk shows or by empty promises on the campaign trail. Voters deserve to know where candidates stand, and what they will do if elected. So here is how we can start to address this problem: Background checks must be conducted on all gun sales. I will work closely with federal and local law enforcement officials to target all straw-man purchases, gun thefts, and illicit gun trafficking for intensive prosecution. I will push to ban the sale and purchase of ‘bump-stocks’ and any other mechanisms that convert legal firearms into illegal fully-automatic weapons. I will work for increased school safety, including placing school resource officers on-site in schools to enhance security, train personnel, help spot warning signs, and speed emergency response times in order to save lives. I will appoint a Gun Violence Prevention Czar in my administration to coordinate a comprehensive response to this issue that runs the gamut from bolstering local law enforcement, supporting and funding tip hotlines, improving mental health efforts, and providing resources and best practices to local officials. I will work with prosecutors, local law enforcement, and social services to create gun violence task forces that use proven tactics from Ohio and around the country to target illegal gun trafficking and gang violence, and to stage early interventions to stop likely offenders from committing gun crimes. It's time to rethink our approach to military-style weapons used to perpetrate mass shootings. I have supported responsible gun ownership by law-abiding citizens and I continue to do so in accord with the Second Amendment. But as a supporter of responsible gun ownership, I believe we must strongly enforce existing laws, take steps to ensure these laws are not being circumvented, and take further steps to make sure these guns don't get into the wrong hands and are not being enhanced to engage in mass killings. Criminals, people who suffer from addiction or mental illness, domestic abusers, and anyone who is at high risk of using a gun to commit a crime should not be able to obtain these guns or any gun — period. We must do more to keep these weapons out of the hands of criminals and of those who would inflict unimaginable suffering upon our children and communities. Like countless other Americans who fall on all sides of the debate over gun issues, I have been deeply shaken by the mass shootings afflicting our country in recent years. I know this work won't be eas[...]



Behold in 4 paragraphs the difference between Republicans and Democrats

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 22:30:24 +0000

Barring something really weird from Mueller, Trump is going to sail through the GOP nomination for the 2020 presidential election. But broken down by party ID, it turns out Trump is more popular among Republicans than W. or Poppy Bush, Gerald Ford, or even the beloved Ike. At 7.20, he trails only the Gipper (8.03) in the esteem of his fellow partisans. To put that in context, Trump’s rating among Republicans is higher than JFK’s (7.09) among Democrats. Within his own party, Trump’s actually up there in that territory where you’d expect people to start naming babies after him. You never know with a strange and erratic man like him what the future will hold; he seems entirely capable of the kind of self-destruction that brought down Nixon. But for now, the idea that he is going to be vulnerable to a primary challenge in 2020 or that the GOP will return to its pre-Trump legacy after he’s gone seems highly improbable. They love this guy. They are in love with this guy: Donald Trump, an American businessman and current President of the United States, has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least fifteen women since the 1980s. Those accusations have resulted in three widely reported instances of litigation: his then-wife Ivana made a rape claim during their 1989 divorce litigation but later recanted that claim; businesswoman Jill Harth sued Trump in 1997 alleging breach of contract while also suing for nonviolent sexual harassment but withdrew the latter suit when the former was settled; and, in 2017, former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit after Trump called her a liar.[5] Meanwhile, Democrats are worrying whether to hide Bill Clinton for the next mid-term election campaigns NANCY CORDES: Midterm elections are coming up, and it's been reported that Democrats are telling your former boss, Bill Clinton, that in light of the Me Too movement, they, they think he should sit it out, he should be benched, and they're not looking for him to actively campaign for them. Is that true? And do you think that that's the right call? JOHN PODESTA: Look, I think he remains, I think, a figure who is popular with a lot of Democrats across the country. And I think that people are calling him, candidates are calling him and asking for advice. But whether he's going to be an active participant, I think that's not you know really on the top of his mind right now. I think he's doing other things, and, and people make their own judgments about whether he can be helpful in the campaign. NANCY CORDES: Do you think it's a good idea, very quickly, for him to sit it out? Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States (1993–2001), has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct by three women: Juanita Broaddrick accuses Clinton of raping her in 1978; Kathleen Willey accuses Clinton of groping her without consent in 1993; and Paula Jones accuses Clinton of exposing himself to her in 1991 and sexually harassing her. The Jones allegations became public in 1994, while Willey's and Broaddrick's became public during the 1998–99 time period, toward the end of Clinton's second term as president. [...]



New Quinnipiac Poll Gives Democrats A 15 Point Lead On General Congressional Ballot

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:15:19 +0000

Some good news today courtesy of Quinnipiac University’s latest poll:

2018 Congressional Elections 

American voters say 53 - 38 percent, including 47 - 36 percent among independent voters, they want the Democratic Party to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives this year. Voters say 54 - 39 percent, including 51 - 38 percent among independent voters, they want the Democrats to win control of the U.S. Senate this year. 

The Democrats can do a better job handling immigration, voters say 52 - 38 percent. Democrats can do a better job handling gun violence, voters say 52 - 31 percent. 

From February 16 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,249 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones. 
 

Let’s keep up the momentum and usher in that Big Blue Wave!




PA-18: Jason Kander's PAC Doubles Down To Pull Off Another Doug Jones-Style Victory

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:05:23 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Secretary of State, Veteran and U.S. Senate candidate, Jason Kander’s (D. MO) pro-voting rights PAC, Let America Vote, in support of former Federal Prosecutor and Marine Veteran Conor Lamb’s (D. PA-18) campaign in the special election to fill disgraced Rep. Tim Murphy’s (R. PA-18) seat:

Doug Jones won in Alabama. Mike Revis flipped House District 97 in Missouri.
Something is happening in America. Seats that many thought were out of reach for Democrats are now back in play, and we're fighting like hell to win them.
Conor Lamb is just the person to flip Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional district. He's a Marine, a former federal prosecutor, and now he's ready to go to Washington to serve our country in Congress.
From state house districts to U.S. Senate seats, Democrats have been flipping seats in places pundits never thought possible. Let's do it again by electing Conor Lamb.
Thanks,
Let America Vote

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Will 2018 Be Canceled? You Can Bet On It!

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:32:04 +0000

It's obvious to me that most politicians enter that carrier to either make money or to make more money.  It's a sweet deal provided you have what it takes; a lot of narcissism and a little bit of sociopathy.  Having said that, there must be someway to make lots of money from politics without having to become a politician.

And a friend of mine  has figured out a way.   While most everyone else argues and bets on whether or not the Democrats will flip the House and impeach the president, my friend, Junebug, sees a whole different set of issue. "The Man be doing all kinds of weird shit and getting away with it," he told me.  "And if the Democrats win the House, the president will be impeached and there will be all kinds of investigations and other shit hitting the fan.  If that's the case, lot of rich white dudes gonna go to jail.  Now do you really think those other rich white dudes in Washington are gonna let that happen?  And that's something I'm taking bets on."  Granted, my friend Junebug may be a crazy, but he's crazy like a fox and thinks like a sociopath.

Walter Lide




FL-Sen: Democrats Waste No Time Slamming Rick Scott's (R) Love Affair With The NRA

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:23:34 +0000

Hell yeah: x YouTube Video An ad produced by a California-based Democratic super PAC has its eye on Gov. Rick Scott’s political future as an elected official in Florida.  On Saturday, former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer’s PAC For a Change began running digital ads that take a swipe at Scott’s pro-gun platform, as well as his affinity for one longtime campaign donor in particular, the National Rifle Association. In text over a black-and-white image of the Republican governor, the ad reads: "Florida Gov. Rick Scott offered only 'thoughts and prayers' after the latest tragic school shooting. No surprise."  "Isn’t a child’s life worth more than that?" the ad asks viewers, referring to Scott’s history of coasting on the NRA’s support. "Enough."  The ad – part of a digitally focused buy targeting voters in the Sunshine State – was produced in light of Scott’s likely attempt at a U.S. Senate campaign later this year due to Florida’s gubernatorial term limits. Although Scott has yet to announce his intentions to run, he would challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson – whose re-election prospects have been deemed vulnerable in recent months – later this year in the 2018 mid-term elections.  Barbara Boxer isn’t the only targeting Scott: x YouTube Video Gov. Rick Scott hasn't declared he's running for the Senate this fall, but a gun control group is already hammering him over his record on guns. Giffords, founded by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is spending "a strong six figures" on a television ad attacking the governor for his defense of the 2011 "Glocks vs. docs" bill, the organization's executive director, Peter Ambler, said. "Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Parkland. We need to stop dangerous people from getting guns, but Gov. Rick Scott made it illegal for a doctor to ask a patient if they owned a gun, even a mental health professional," the gravelly voice in the 30-second ad says. "This law was so dangerous that a court had to strike it down. "Gov. Scott, we need more than your thoughts and prayers. Stop putting the gun lobby ahead of our safety." The ad is running in the Tampa, Miami, Orlando and Palm Beach markets starting Tuesday, Ambler said. Also, Rick Scott is a fucking coward: This coming Wednesday, CNN will hold a televised town hall event on the recent horrific mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The live event, which will be held at BB&T Center, will include classmates of the victims, parents, and members of the community. CNN also invited prominent Florida lawmakers and politicians to take part in the town hall. While Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) have all confirmed that they will attend the forum, the state’s Republican governor has told CNN he won’t be there. “With only two weeks left of our annual legislative session, Governor Rick Scott will be in Tallahassee meeting with state leaders to work on ways to keep Florida students safe, including school safety improvements and keeping guns away from individuals struggling with mental illness,” Gov. Rick Scott’s office told CNN. As he gets ready to run for the Senate, Scott’s love for the gun lobby could cost him financially: A prominent Republican political donor demanded on Saturday that the par[...]



TX-Sen: NYT Must Read, "The Lone Star Long Shot Who Wants To Topple Ted Cruz (R)"

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:13:05 +0000

The New York Times has a piece out about U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) campaign to unseat U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R. TX). It’s a must-read about a campaign we should all be paying close attention too and I wanted to pass this along to all of you.

But there is power in the giant-killer narrative and signs that his anti-campaign playbook campaign is working. He raised $2.4 million in the last quarter, and gets applause when he notes that was $500,000 more than Mr. Cruz took in.

He has a restless energy that has put him in 217 of Texas 254 counties, driving tens of thousands of miles, fueled by bad coffee and Hostess cupcakes that supporters bring him.

In Lufkin, he was greeted with chants of “Beto, Beto, Beto.” His campaign took in $1,258 in checks and cash dropped into a large jar.

“I think he can win. I think he can inspire Texans,” said Susan McCulley, adding, “we’re not just mad, we’re scared.”

Another supporter, Ferryn Martin, said, “In 2010, the Tea Party was mad. This year, we are mad.”

Mr. O’Rourke tries to tap into that emotion. He livestreams almost every aspect of his campaign — the coffees, the town halls, “bowling with Beto,” stops at Whataburger, the drives between stops, which often include calls to voters and activists and from his wife, Amy. Driving with his left forearm and right elbow on the steering wheel, he asked her about the science fair projects of their three children.

His theory of the case is that he can make the sale in rural Texas in part simply by showing up. If he can cut down Mr. Cruz’s margins there and generate energy in urban precincts and suburbs, he can become the first Democrat since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988 to win a Texas Senate seat.

Give the whole piece a read and pass it along. If you like what you read, I strongly suggest you get involved with O’Rourke’s campaign to crush Cruz. Click here to donate and get involved with Beto’s campaign.




Are Democrats Speaking Out about Gun Control?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:54:06 +0000

I would expect that our Dem leaders and politicians would be speaking out about what happened in Florida and calling out for gun control, but maybe I’ve missed it.  Please add some links in the comments to point me to their responses. 




One Link That Destroys “Both Sides are the Same” Argument

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:09:43 +0000

This is going to be short and sweet.

How often have you come across a friend, family member or social media user who believes in the Republican pushed myth that “both parties are the same” or “Democrats are corporate” or “Democrats are Republican-lite”? And no matter how much you argue that they aren’t you can’t seem to get through to them and it’s better to just bang your head against the wall. Well I just came across a table of most votes taken in both the House and the Senate that shatters that myth.

Here’s the link:

Both Sides Are The Same Counterargument

Please bookmark this and spread it far and wide so we can finally have an effective tool to fight back against this damaging narrative.

Thanks for reading!




While 'Black Panther' draws record-breaking crowds, this group is at theaters to register new voters

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:18:06 +0000

Marvel’s Black Panther continues to destroy box office records on the final day of its opening weekend, making $218M at the time of this writing. Headlines insist that the film’s instant success was a surprise to the industry, since the industry notoriously insists there’s no mass appeal for films that don’t center around white people. However, the Movement for Black Lives knew that this film would be a phenomenal way to connect with black people, and activated a new project designed to capitalize on the crowds and get out the vote, just in time for 2018’s crucial midterm elections.  In October,  Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd and Rukia Lumumba launched the Electoral Justice Project (EJP), which is a project by the Movement for Black Lives that aims to fight for and advance the rights of black Americans. Now, as part of the EJP's initiative and to coincide with the much-anticipated theatrical release of Black Panther, the women told Blavity that they are launching a new mission called #WakandaTheVote, an initiative that plans to mobilize political engagement at several "Black Panther" screenings around the country during the first few weeks of the film's opening. When Roy Moore was defeated in Alabama, everyone figured it out right away: black people did that. Black women, in particular. A coordinated BLACK effort to elect Doug Jones kept an alleged pedophile out of office. It’s wild, wild stuff, we know, but when voters are informed AND motivated to go to the polls, our country wins—along with our values. That includes black people, even if politicians don’t quite seem to get that. As Daily Kos writer Denise Oliver Velez said after Jones’ victory, black voters get the short shrift from both the left and the right, and that must change. In spite of concerted and ongoing efforts by white people to suppress and disenfranchise the black vote—not just in Alabama—we continue to be the most dependable Democratic Party voting block.  Period. Wake up and smell the black coffee, folks. I have been saying for years that the Democratic Party needs to focus major efforts on getting black folks their voting rights. There is nothing progressive about ignoring black Democrats. The forces behind EJP know this, and thus their work goes further than just encouraging people to get a voting sticker. The org is determined to engage people who have never felt like the “conversation of electoral justice” has been a place where they were welcome, and give them a political home that helps them build their community’s political involvement, which drives political power. So far, more than 40 registration locations have been established. [...]



IL-03: NARAL Teams Up With PCCC To Replace This Anti-Choice Blue Dog With A Progressive Democrat

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:19:34 +0000

Received this e-mail today from NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC president, Ilyse Hogue, on behalf of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support of Marie Newman’s (D. IL-03) congressional campaign: Marie Newman (D. IL-03)   I’m Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC, and I’m writing to say how excited I am that PCCC and NARAL are teaming up to support Marie Newman’s campaign to defeat anti-choice Democrat Dan Lipinski. Dan Lipinski may have a D next to his name—but he doesn’t have true Democratic values, and his record proves it. Rep. Lipinski is the only Democrat ever to lead the Pro-Life Caucus. He opposed the Affordable Care Act, voted with Republicans to gut Wall Street regulations, and voted against student debt relief. He's consistently undermined the rights of women, immigrants, and the LGBTQ community. But, that’s going to change this year. With our help, Marie Newman is going to defeat Rep. Lipinski in the Democratic primary in just 29 days. Let’s make sure he’s the last Democrat to lead the Pro-Life Caucus. Will you chip in $3 to help Marie Newman defeat anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ Rep. Lipinski? Marie Newman is on the side of working people and will be a champion for issues they talk about across the kitchen table. She will fight for livable wages and tax relief to working families, not the 1%. And, she says she will be a "worker bee" for Medicare for All. The people of Illinois deserve a real Democrat and progressive leader who will side with them—not with Wall Street. And this isn't some deep-red district. This district is solid blue. The seat has been held by a Democrat for 58 out of the last 60 years, yet Lipinski votes more like a right-wing Republican. Rep. Lipinski has been an enemy of reproductive freedom for years, voting to restrict abortion access even in cases of rape and incest. He's long skated by without a serious primary challenge. But not this year. Now he's being challenged by Marie Newman, a REAL, progressive Democrat who has a great chance to win. Will you chip in $3 to help Marie Newman as she sprints toward the finish line in the final days of the primary election? With the GOP becoming more and more ideologically extreme in its opposition to abortion rights, we simply can't afford to let anti-choice Democrats off the hook. Thanks for being a bold progressive. -- Ilyse Hogue, President, NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Click here to donate to Newman’s campaign. [...]



PA-18: Gravis Poll Shows A Single Digit Race Between Conor Lamb (D) & Rick Saccone (R)

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:08:43 +0000

The latest news out of Pennsylvania courtesy of Gravis Marketing’s latest poll:

As the March 13th special election approaches for Pennsylvania’s 18th congressional district, Gravis Marketing has released a new poll conducted February 13th through the 15th.  State Representative Rick Saccone holds a 45.5%-40% lead over former Assistant United States Attorney Connor Lamb.  The previous poll gave Saccone a larger 46.4%-33.7% advantage.  The two polls used the same demographic weighting.

The managing partner of Gravis Marketing, Doug Kaplan points out that “each candidate is taking away a similar ratio of votes from the opposing party.”  Saccone is taking 16.9% of Democrats while Lamb is taking 13.4% of Republicans. Lamb holds a 39.7%-31.6% lead among Independents.  Kaplan said, “There are still a lot of undecideds for a likely voter sample at this point.  There are certainly enough voters there to turn this into a narrow Lamb victory of a double digit Saccone win.”

Kaplan observes, “Trump is till reasonably popular in the district holding a 50.1%-41.5% approval.  His tax reform law is also above water in this district by a 48.2%-36.4% split.”  Kaplan continued, “With these numbers, it is a little surprising that the race is as close as it is.  Trump is more popular in Pennsylvania’s 18th district than he was among the Alabama electorate in December.”  The previous Gravis poll of Pennsylvania’s 18thdistrict was 54%-38.8% while the Real Clear Politics average at the national level was 40.4%-55.9%.  Real Clear Politics currently has the President’s approval at 42.1%-53.4% nationally.

We have a real shot flipping this seat and we need to be ready to pull off another Doug Jones-style victory. Click here to donate and get involved with Lamb’s campaign.




A little something for (most) Presidents' Day

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:07:09 +0000

Many good people enthusiastically anticipate Trump’s removal from office, and with good reason...but then there’s Pence, the next in line. I understand Pence is now part of Muller’s investigation, so it’s possible he would have to leave, as well.

According the US Law of Succession, next in line to act as President is…

Paul Ryan, House Speaker.

He’s followed by a long string of other republicans —  all disgusting pigs whose least evil feature is incompetence...including Betsy DeVos...and Ben Carson...and even Rick Perry.

Sorry..we really should have had about a million ore Democrats voting in 2016, but...her emails…

For your edification, the US line of Presidential succession as it is right now.

en.wikipedia.org/...




OH-Sen: Jim Renacci's (R. NRA) Tone Deaf Response To Mass Shootings: Monitor All Social Media

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 04:11:07 +0000

Talking Points Memo highlighted the six worst ideas from conservative gun nuts to respond to mass shootings that don’t involve any form of gun control so as to not make the NRA have a sad. This idiot made the list:

Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH), who is running to challenge Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his seat, on Thursday morning rebuffed Fox Business host Stuart Varney’s calls for tighter restrictions on who can buy guns and instead proposed a way to track social media platforms for hints that somebody could become violent.

“We’ve got to come up with a model that starts to look over all of the social media and pick up these issues, and then says, ‘Hey we got a problem.’ That’s probably going to be the next best invention coming forward because that is a necessary thing for our country,” Renacci said.

He did not specify what such a monitoring service would look for or how it would alert authorities to those “issues.”

The FBI said on Thursday that it investigated a comment posted by a YouTube user who used the same name as Nikolas Cruz, the suspected gunman in Wednesday’s shooting, but was unable to identify him.

It should be noted that Renacci, while still running for Governor before switching races, was bragging about being a proud NRA member:

Having received an “A” rating from the NRA three times and been consistently endorsed by Ohioans for Concealed Carry and the NRA, I have always been a strong defender of gun rights.

And as a life member of the NRA, I have always been an avid gun owner, but it was the day my children were born that I became a concealed carry permit holder. Experiencing the simultaneous joy and doubt that every new parent goes through, my concern became protecting my growing family.

Like I did as a new parent, a majority of Americans turn to their Second Amendment right when concerned with the welfare and safety of themselves or their loved ones. The No. 1 reason people cite for owning a firearm is self-defense. And whether you’re a new parent or living on your own for the first time, you should always have the ability to exercise your right to protect yourself against those who wish to do you harm.

We can’t allow another NRA puppet into the U.S. Senate so it’s important we make sure U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D. OH) is ready to win this year. Click here to donate and get involved with Brown’s re-election campaign.




I agree. It is time to call BS...

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:53:22 +0000

... And not just on the endless Republican self-centered policies that, by design, serve and strengthen their own interests at the expense of all others, and therefore weaken democracy.  For most people it is not possible to understand how so many have gone so far, in lock-step, from the center, from reason and even from their own (claimed) values that originally  justified their beliefs and policies. Regardless of the issue, whether it be guns, gays, race, religion or etc... The goal posts have been and continue to be moved so far afield in the unending quest to "win", absolutely, by any and all means, that, quite simply they are no longer on the same field or even playing the same game. One day, maybe not soon, but there will be a day that they will run out of things to look forward to and will be forced to look back. By that time, whether there is anything left to see, is hard to say.  But at this time, there still is. And as much as we each and all have to go forward and do what we can in the ways we believe to be the best, at this time, so too (as unequivocally proven by the alternative described above), we must also, always, look back. For all the reasons why it is necessary to know where you are and how you got there, to know how best to proceed. (and of course also, at least periodically, to likewise be sure you can still see the goal posts). I have been reading this blog daily for at least 18 years. I haven't written a diary for at least 10 and it was so long since I logged in to post that I didn't even have the email address to recover my password. But, for whatever reason, I remembered it today.  I know my writing skills pale in comparison to the countless many here that amaze me daily both in content and clarity of expression of issues that are what affect us all. There are more authors on this blog than I can count that I constantly look forward to reading their next post. And so too are there so many who are new, or just write a few, that have, over the years, been just as informative and important.  I do not expect this diary to be either, as it really is about nothing more (at least to me) than common sense and respect.   So, that brings me to the purpose of this post. Of course I call BS on all that is obvious, of which most here will agree. But this is something less obvious, but not any less BS...  ... What (I feel) needs to be called BS here, daily, in many if not most comment sections, is the unending BS comments by many who get stuck and cannot see past their own point of view and find it necessary, regardless what the topic of the diary is, to devolve the conversation into some rehash of some past finger-pointing, pie-fight, meta (as in pointless) debate over a difference of opinion to (for no other reason I can see) justify their own or score "points" with others who share their view.  I call BS on that BS.  Because, it is. Most recently it was people calling out those that voted for Jill Stein in that diary today, but honestly, (and as I said, I've been lurking here for nearly 20 years), the same BS has been going on and will continue to unless we[...]



Better for Tampa, Better for Florida

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 18:48:01 +0000

It isn’t easy taking that first step to run for office, but I have faced much harder challenges over my lifetime. I grew up in a household full of love, but short on financial where-with-all. “In between checks,” was code for we aren’t eating tonight, or you aren’t getting those new clothes for your first day of school. 

But that challenge didn’t keep me from moving forward. I graduated in the top 10% of my high school and was one of the first to go to college and later, the first to own my own business. 

Now, I am the first to run for public office. 

I am running because I want to restore respect and funding for Public Education. In Florida, money is being taken from our public schools and sent to for-profit charter schools without any accountability. As a mother of a child in public school, this trend to defund our public schools is devastating and one of the main reasons why I am running for Florida House.

I am running to defend smart development. Understanding that the State of Florida is growing, we need to address development and make sure we are protecting our land, coastline, and waterways. Our resources are limited and finite and we must remember that as we address our projected growth.

I am running to keep State Legislators from pre-empting local municipalities. Those closest to the people are the best to govern them. Tallahassee, FL, our State Capitol, shouldn’t be able to decide if a City puts up billboards along their highways or within their cities… the voters in that particular city should. 

I am running to address the challenges that the growth of the State of Florida brings. Transportation and Affordable Housing to name just a few.

Now, even more, I am running to correct, create, or enforce the laws regarding gun responsibility in the State of Florida. School shootings are becoming way too regular and we must find a way to address this uniquely American issue.

Join me, support me, and let's elect leaders to get something done… finally!

http://votebellanti.com

Debra Bellanti

Candidate for Florida House — District 60




"We Call BS."

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 15:34:23 +0000

By now many of us have seen, heard and/or read the words of Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Emma Gonzalez in the impassioned speech she delivered yesterday in Florida.  Here it is again if you haven’t: x YouTube Video Money quote: Politicians who sit in their gilded House and Senate seats funded by the NRA telling us nothing could have ever been done to prevent this. We call BS. They say that tougher gun laws do not decrease gun violence. We call BS. They say a good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun. We call BS. They say guns are just tools like knives and are as dangerous as cars. We call BS. They say no laws could have prevented the hundreds of senseless tragedies that have occurred. We call BS. I’ve been saying for years, during and since my high-school teaching career, that teenagers have much better bullsh** detectors than adults tend to give them credit for. And I think this teenager just issued a clarion call for the next Democratic campaign, and for everyone else who is tired of the masturbatory hero-fantasies of a few million ammosexual gun-stroking c*nts (a/k/a Responsible Law-Abiding Gun Owners®) being the only thing that matters in this country.  [Apologies in advance for the harsh language, here and in the rest of the piece.] Of course the DNC won’t adopt it, but wouldn’t “We Call BS!” be a perfect sort of secondary campaign slogan, analogous to “Lock Her Up!” but with a far more altruistic purpose in mind? Wouldn’t it be great if Democratic candidates on the stump this summer and fall would rile up their crowds to shout out, “We Call BS!” over and over again? Especially in the context of calling for sensible gun control? Overall I think there needs to be a lot more calling of BS, on a lot more BS. But let’s just focus for today on all the things Emma Gonzalez called BS on yesterday.  In fact, if it were me, I would call BS on the entire concept of “Second Amendment Rights®” (or “gun rights”) because, no matter what the for-profit firearms industry (and its bottom-bitch, the NRA (and its bottom-bitch, the GOP)) has programmed millions of ammosexual gun-stroking c*nts (a/k/a Responsible Law-Abiding Gun Owners®) (and the late Right Reverend Justice Antonin Scalia) to believe, the idea that one particular category of manufactured consumer products could plausibly be the subject of a “constitutional right” never made any sense. Nor did it ever make sense that of all the consumer products that were available to 18th-century consumers, the Founding Fathers would select firearms — not food, not clothing, not shelter, not fuel for winter nights, not medicine — as the one indispensible product to which consumers must have unfettered access in the commercial marketplace.  I’ve written far too extensively on this subject to go back over all of it again; the bottom line is that guns are products, goods, chattels, mass-produced manufactured hand-held portable mechanical death toys, nothing more. As a practical matter, one particular consumer product can’t[...]



TX-Sen: A Major Texas Newspaper Tells Ted Cruz (R) To F@#$ Off

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 02:13:36 +0000

I just love it anytime he’s a punching bag: The Dallas Morning News‘ editorial board chose not to endorse Ted Cruz in the upcoming Republican primary, instead telling voters to cast ballots for a 37-year-old Houston energy lawyer. The board cited Cruz’s few legislative wins, infamous unpopularity in Washington, and his decision this week to vote against opening bipartisan debate over immigration as reasons to vote for his competitor, Stefano de Stefano, one of five candidates vying to clinch the Republican nomination on March 6. The Morning News wrote: Our senator has made few allies, even among Republicans in the Senate. He has a thin legislative record to show for it, though he has been more focused since the end of his bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. This shift toward productive results enabled him to push for billions in Hurricane Harvey relief for Texas and steer a bipartisan NASA authorization bill to passage. Texas would be well served if it saw more of that work from its junior senator. Cruz’s elbows have been so sharp and his disdain for deal-making so pronounced, that he’s often stymied his own party’s agenda. In 2013, he helped shut down the government to protest the Affordable Care Act. Even fellow GOP senators criticized the effort as grandstanding. Upset over a setback over the Export-Import Bank in 2015, he called the Senate’s Republican leader a liar, poisoning prospects for progress. You can read the whole Dallas Morning News article here. I can’t blame the newspaper. Nobody fucking likes Ted Cruz, not even members of his own party who he likes to go after: The old Ted Cruz reemerged Thursday as he castigated his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate for even considering renewing and expanding anti-deportation protections for Dreamers—children of undocumented immigrants who were brought into the country in violation of immigration laws. During his first years representing Texas in the Senate, Cruz often attacked the Republican leadership as the “Washington cartel.” Since losing his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, Cruz has been portraying himself as Ted Cruz 2.0, a kinder gentler politician who often voted with his party’s leadership. But as the Senate started to debate proposals to provide deportation protections to young immigrants who have been raised in this country, the beta version of Cruz returned. “I find myself flabbergasted with my own party in this debate,” Cruz said in a speech from the Senate floor. Cruz said giving deportation protections and a path to citizenship to some immigrants was nothing more than a repeat of the amnesty program given to three million immigrants in the late 1980s. Because the federal government did not secure the border, he said, the number of people living in the country without having immigrated legally now exceeds twelve million. “I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, waking up reliving the same day over and over and over again.” Cruz has been a hardliner against Presiden[...]



FL-Gov: Gwen Graham (D), "Rick Scott's (R) legacy will forever be covered in blood"

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 20:02:20 +0000

Good: In the wake of Florida’s horrific school shooting, Gwen Graham, a Democratic candidate in the state’s gubernatorial race, called on Gov. Rick Scott to immediately suspend sales and permits of AR-15s and assault-style weapons. If no action is taken soon, Graham said, Scott’s legacy “will be forever covered in blood.” Graham, a former state congresswoman, called out the governor and the state’s Republican lawmakers in a statement released on Friday. Her plea comes days after a 19-year-old man confessed to walking into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with an AR-15 assault-style rifle and opening fire. Wednesday’s massacre left 17 people dead and 15 others wounded. The victims included both students and staff. “Listen to the children who survived this shooting and the mothers who lost their kids,” Graham said. “I stand with them in demanding our leaders take action now.” Graham pointed out that the gun used in Wednesday’s attack was similar to the weapon used during the horrific shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando two years earlier. The Orlando shooter reportedly used a .223 SIG Sauer MCX rifle, killing 46 people and injuring 53 others. “After the largest mass shooting in modern American history, Rick Scott sat on his hands,” Graham said. “After 13 school shootings, Rick Scott looked the other way. After the massacre of children, Rick Scott won’t even say the words commonsense gun safety laws.” “If Rick Scott and Republicans in Tallahassee won’t even confront the problem we face, how can we expect it to ever stop?” she added. “Rick Scott’s legacy will forever be covered in blood.” Scott’s legacy is already covered in so much blood. The Orlando Weekly provides a long list of action Scott has taken to crush gun control. Plus, Scott is trying to put the blame on someone else for his fuck up: Earlier this week, Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people at a South Florida high school with a legally purchased AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Last month, someone who knew Cruz warned an FBI tip line that the 19-year-old owned guns, had a “desire to kill people,” and could potentially target a local school. Under FBI protocols, this information should have been forwarded to the Bureau’s Miami field office — but it was not, the FBI revealed in a statement Friday. Christopher Wray has been the director of the FBI since last September. He has had no involvement in managing the Bureau’s tip line or Miami field office, and thus, had no means of knowing that the latter had failed to follow up on a tip about Cruz. Rick Scott has been governor of Florida for seven years. Throughout that time, he has done everything in his power to ensure that people like Nikolas Cruz would be able to legally purchase AR-15 assault rifles. Scott is literate and has access into the internet, so he had a means of knowing that such weapons have been repeatedly used to perpetrate mass shootings in the United States, and that banning assault wea[...]



FL-Sen: As He Edges Closer To A Senate Bid, Rick Scott (R) Sings A Different Tune On Gun Control

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:51:10 +0000

You know, I would love to believe him: Republican Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Thursday he is willing to look at “everything” in order to keep kids living in his state safe from another gun massacre like the one that occurred a day earlier at a high school in Parkland, Florida. “Everything’s on the table. I’m going to look at every way that we can make sure our kids are safe,” he said during an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I’m going to do whatever I can do to keep these kids safe, I’m going to talk about every issue to keep these kids safe.” That includes looking at gun control policy in his state, Scott said, which has some of the loosest gun laws in the nation. The state doesn’t require a buyer to have a permit or a license in order to own a gun, for example. “We’ve got to figure something out,” he said. “We cannot let this pass without making something happen that hopefully, and it’s my goal that this will never happen again in my state.” But maybe the timing about this makes it hard to believe him: Florida Gov. Rick Scott, in conversations with major Republican donors over the past week, has signaled that he is moving closer to challenging Sen. Bill Nelson and has mapped out financial and political plans that could guide his potential bid, according to three people familiar with the discussions. Scott’s study of the race’s dynamics and his confidence that the veteran Democrat is vulnerable has led those donors to conclude that the governor is now leaning toward running, the people said, requesting anonymity to discuss private exchanges. “He thinks Nelson isn’t ready for the velocity of a 2018 campaign,” according to one person who has spoken with Scott in recent days, describing the governor as a data-obsessed former businessman. A potential Scott and Nelson race could be a nail-biter in a state President Trump narrowly won in 2016. Senate Republicans, who hold a razor-thin 51-49 majority, see Florida as a pickup opportunity as they look to boost their numbers in what could be a tough year for the president’s party. Scott has spoken at length with donors about fundraising, the state’s media markets and the differences between running for Senate and governor, the person added. Scott has told donors that his possible Senate campaign would likely need more than $100 million to succeed — a total close to the amount he has spent in each of his gubernatorial races, the people said. The multimillionaire, who has self-funded past campaigns, has also made clear that he would count on donors outside of Florida — not just his fortune and Florida donors — if he were to help the GOP by getting into a tough Senate race, they added. Over the past week, Scott has met with Republican donors out West before quickly returning to Florida on Wednesday following the mass shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Let’s not forget that back in 2016, Scott was singin[...]



Diversity Rising: Democrats to Watch in 2018

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:14:15 +0000

Just finished a night of going over political data points. Below is a quick analysis of Democratic races to watch nationwide. Spoiler alert: Muslim Americans are looking to win big as Democratic nominees across the country. Who would have thought three successive attempts to ban them from entering the country would galvanize this community to stop being pin-cushions for right-wing media, and step up to Save the Republic.  1. IL-16: Illinois might be the first in the nation to have a Pakistani-American emerge as the Democratic nominee. Neill Mohammad is running an impressive race and taking no chances. His moderate GOP opponent is no friend to democracy, and in a year where the GOP is at risk to lose the House, Democrat donors would be wise to fund indpendent expenditures here, if only to troll the GOP into having to defend another seat.  2. CA-45: Kia Hamadanchy is the candidate to watch in California's Battle in the OC. He has found a way to galvanize Iranian-Americans & Middle Eastern donors nationwide to support his campaign. Moreover, private polling shows a tightening race, in favor of the district’s native born son with the rhythmic last name, and iconic first name. Hamadanchy might be the first Iranian-American in Congress. Hopefully he'll bring some Persian sophistication to the raucous House of Representatives if he prevails. 3. TX-29: Tahir Javed might lack major endorsements as of yet, but he is not kidding around in Texas. His Twitter following is staggering: over 77,000 followers. The Pakistani-American self-made millionaire is running a serious ground campaign, and banking that years of languish in his congressional district will not go unnoticed as he campaigns as an entrepreneur with new ideas to guide America forward. 4. MI-11: By most accounts, Fayrouz Saad's charm offensive as the most likable candidate in Michigan is working. Watch this candidate closely. While her smile and positive demeanor disarm even the nastiest of trolls (I kid you not, she’s a born politician), Saad’s campaign is well-oiled and by far the most serious among the Democratic challengers. She will surprise us all, especially when the gloves come off as we approach the August primary. 5. Michigan Gubernatorial: Islamophobic efforts to derail the campaign of Abdul El-Sayed have basically failed. It looks like he will be on the ballot, and momentum is gathering behind him. Fearsome consultant Martha McKenna is playing a major role in his campaign’s communications strategy, and is proving to be an asset.  Hamza Khan is a Democratic Strategist who is a regular on Fox News, Al Jazeera, Sky News Arabia and many other national news outlets. He is the founder of The Pluralism Project, a Hybrid PAC commited to electing Americans of diverse heritages to public office. Follow The Pluralism Project @pluralismusa. [...]



America, the Most Unstable Place on Earth?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:38:49 +0000

It must be said that with the forty-year stranglehold of influence from the National Rifle Association, neither political party has distinguished itself. Added to that is the insistence of the Republican Party that America must be the least mentally stable country on the Earth. I have come to this opinion because the prevalence of guns apparently plays no tangible part in the most violent civilized society, according to leading Republicans.  The only mentions of terrorism or senseless mayhem is attributed to Muslims and people of color, all others are deranged. Newscasters and those supposedly in the know, who vow to never mention an American mass murderer by name, use that tactic to feel self-righteous. Unfortunately, that hesitation is never applied to Muslims or immigrants.  We feel better maintaining the anonymity of native killers because it alleviates any complicity from a society that worships the gun. Politicians get to stand in solemn silence and bestow, “thoughts and prayers” on the bereaved.  They never do anything, even in response to the begging faces of survivors in the Parkland, Florida massacre. I watched the thousand-yard stares, wet eyes and quivering lips of kids begging the people who are charged with their protection, to save them. Japan, Germany, Australia, France, and England have either eliminated mental illness or gun control has worked. In 2014 Japan reported six guns deaths.  For that same year, in the United States, there were a reported 33, 599 deaths.  How much does it take for a good guy with a gun to stop at a minimum 33, 599 bullets? I can only conclude that Republicans believe, in defiance of statistics from around the world, that the United States is a walking, talking insane asylum. There are lots of Blue Dog Democrats, including Independent Bernie Sanders, who have voted on the wrong side of sensible gun restrictions. Most ashamedly, former Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Max Baucus of Montana, and Mark Begich of Alaska along with Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota voted against tougher gun registration following the Sandy Hook massacre of 26 people including 20 first and second graders. Right on time, Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who once tried frying a slice of bacon on the hot smoking barrel of a semi-automatic rifle, is riding to the rescue of gun-toters and accusing the Democrats of politicizing the argument.  Despite the literal begging of students and their parents in Florida to do something, anything, Cruz has never seen a hurtling bullet he did not like.   My hope is fleeting.  After 20 children were slaughtered by a gunman in Connecticut when their biggest crime was wanting more time for recess; two Congresspeople Steve Scalise and Gabby Giffords who are paying a physical toll for the rest of their lives due to the senselessness of separate gunman; fifty-nine patrons of a country music concert, literally dying with their boots on, and now fourteen budding teen[...]



Why I am a progressive (my first post)

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:17:29 +0000

While I live outside America, I have followed American politics pretty much since the 2016 election. And since the election of Trump, I have been very proud to see a growing progressive movement in the USA. I see that people are finally coming to their senses after eight years of Republican domination at the state and congressional level, and in this article, I’m going to explain why I’m a progressive.

I’m a progressive because I believe that you should not be defined by who you are, but what you do. I’m a progressive because I believe that race, gender, and creed shouldn’t be obstacles in today’s society. I’m a progressive because I believe that every single child should have a top-quality education, and should be safe from the threat of gun violence. I’m a progressive because I believe that in today’s America, it is not just small, incremental changes that we need, but a true social movement that will change American politics forever. I’m a progressive because I believe that healthcare and a college degree should be available to every person, so that we can realise the potential of every single person.

I’m a progressive because I am alarmed that figures such as Steve Bannon and Donald Trump are being normalised within the GOP, and because I believe that America needs to eradicate the disease that is called conservatism, in exchange for a more moderate, bipartisan GOP, just like the one before Reagan.

And that’s why Democrats need to flood the streets and the voting booths, and get every since goddamn Republican out of every single goddamn state legislature, judiciary, school board, mayoral office, governorship, congressional seat, and beyond.




PA-18: New Monmouth Poll Shows A 3 Point Race Between Conor Lamb (D) & Rick Saccone (R)

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:53:57 +0000

The latest news today out of Pennsylvania courtesy of Monmouth University’s latest poll: Republican Rick Saccone has a small advantage in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, even when the potential for a Democratic surge is taken into account. However, the Monmouth University Poll finds that a partisan gap in enthusiasm around President Donald Trump has helped Democrat Conor Lamb stay within striking distance. Saccone holds a 49% to 46% edge over Democrat Conor Lamb in the race to fill the open House seat on March 13, using a turnout model similar to voting patterns seen in other special elections over the past year. Another 1% opt for a third party candidate and 4% are undecided. A historical turnout model, based on lower turnout than the 2014 midterm, gives Saccone a larger 50% to 45% lead. A model with higher turnout overall, similar to a presidential electorate, gives Saccone a 48% to 44% advantage. It is worth noting that all of these leads are within the poll’s margin of error for each model. “Saccone has a slight edge, but it’s nowhere near the double digit advantage Republicans typically enjoy in this district. The potential for a Democratic surge like we have seen in other special elections helps Lamb stay in the hunt but it does not close the gap entirely,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. Monmouth used a similar multi-model approach in polling December’s special election for U.S. Senate in Alabama. That poll found a much wider 7 point swing between the low and high turnout models for that race. The key difference between Monmouth’s Democratic “surge” model and the standard low turnout model in PA18 is an increase in the districtwide vote share coming from historically Democratic-leaning and competitive precincts. Most of these precincts are located in Allegheny County with some in neighboring Washington County. These precincts typically make up about 19% of PA18’s electorate in any given election. The surge adjustment increases that share to 23%. Democratic voters are generally more engaged in this race than are Republicans. Among likely voters, 48% of Democrats compared with 26% of Republicans say they are following the PA18 special election closely. Among all potential voters interviewed for the poll – including those unlikely to vote in this contest – Democrats (65%) are more likely than Republicans (50%) to say they have a lot of interest in this race. If all potential voters were likely to cast a ballot next month, Saccone would hold an even larger lead of 48% to 41% over Lamb in the current poll. “The fact that Saccone does better among all potential voters than he does in any of the probable turnout models is a clear sign of higher enthusiasm among Democrats. However, this district’s strong Republican bent may simply be too h[...]



Pro-Life Until Birth: Five Outrageous New Right Wing Attacks on Reproductive Rights

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:30:05 +0000

Seventeen children died in yet another school shooting this week. The party that cares only about children before they are born has done nothing to stop more kids from dying. Instead, their focus on forcing women to birth babies they do not want or cannot care for remains steadfast. Here are five new ways anti-choice zealots are working to control women as they ignore the needs of living, breathing children.  Mississippi House Passes Nation’s Strictest Abortion Ban  Mississippi abortion clinics might soon be prohibited from providing abortions past 15 weeks gestation. The state already bans abortions past 20 weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest. This week, the majority-Republican house voted to ban all abortions beyond 15 weeks. The measure garnered some support from Democrats, apparently ever willing to throw women under the bus.  Crisis Pregnancy Centers Co-Opt Google Maps Women who seek abortion clinics or a pregnancy test on Google maps may be diverted to crisis pregnancy centers (CPC) instead. CPCs offer little or no medical care, but do tell women lies about the physical and psychological perils of abortion. Some even lie to women about the services they offer, in an attempt to stall a woman’s abortion. In so doing, they may cause a woman to wait until her second trimester, when abortions become more expensive and more legally restricted.  Georgetown University students recently tested what happens to women who call CPCs seeking help. They found that these centers are often dishonest about their intentions. Rather than using overtly anti-choice language, they use covert tactics to stall women seeking abortions, and to instill fear about the procedure. Yet they offer few or no resources or support for women undertaking the Herculean task of raising a child born from an unplanned pregnancy.  Arizona Wants Women to Justify Their Abortions In Arizona, the Health and Human Services committee approved Senate Bill 1394 along party lines. The bill would require abortion providers to review a checklist of possible reasons for abortions, allowing the state to gather data on why women seek abortions. While the law does not ban abortions for specific reasons, the process could make women seeking abortions feel threatened—or even create the illusion that a woman can only seek an abortion if the government thinks her reason is good enough.  Tennessee Votes to Force Women to Look at Pre-Abortion Ultrasounds Legislators in the Tennessee House recently approved legislation requiring women to undergo ultrasounds prior to seeking an abortion. The original version of the bill would have banned abortion after a heartbeat can be detected—usually around 6 weeks gestation. In a new version of the law, abortion providers would be required to perform an ultrasound, then share the results with women seeking abortions. Democratic Rep[...]



'This Happens Nowhere Else Other Than the United States of America': 'BradCast' 2/14/2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 02:44:03 +0000

Another school shooting leaves at least 17 dead in S. Florida as corporate 'dark money' continues to undermine our nation; Also: Still more stormy weather for the White House... Once again on today's BradCast, we must lead with breaking details of yet another mass shooting. This time, at a high school in South Florida where, by the end of today's show, authorities report that 17 had been killed, with a 19-year old former student in custody. [Audio link to show is posted below.] The horrific tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL led Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) to take to the Senate floor to note, yet again, that these this "epidemic of mass slaughter...happen nowhere else other than the United States of America", where Republican officials, controlled by the funding of the massacre-enabling National Rifle Association, refuse to take even the slightest action, year after year, massacre after massacre, to try and curb the nation's gun violence epidemic. Murphy, who represented Newtown, Connecticut as a U.S. House member during the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre, where 20 elementary school children and 6 adults were killed by a 20-year old with an assault weapon, notes that the South Florida shooting was the 19th school shooting since the beginning of this year, which is not even two months old. The Republican Party is, in fact, controlled from top to bottom by big money corporate donors. And, where many Democrats are similarly enthrall to corporate donations, at least a number of the leading Presidential hopefuls are finally beginning to swear off of corporate "dark money" PAC donations. As we have argued for years -- and do so again today, in light of this latest tragedy, get money out of politics, particularly anonymous "dark money" from corporate PACs like the NRA, and most of our nation's problems, including the 'American Carnage' from our worsening gun violence epidemic, can finally be dealt with. We cover a number of stories today that underscore that necessity. In one, House of Delegates candidate Lissa Lucas in West Virginia is physically dragged off the floor during a Public Comment period on new fracking legislation, because she dared to list the donations from the fossil fuel industry received by the Delegates who were preparing to vote on the bill. In another, Republicans in the Arizona statehouse are moving a bill forward that would bar cities from requiring that "dark money" donations be disclosed. The state legislation comes after the City Council in Tempe voted unanimously for a ballot initiative that, if approved by local voters, would require such disclosure. Voting on that local transparency measure began on Wednesday, even as the state government moved to nullify its effect. And, speaking of money in GOP politics, new disclosures from Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael [...]



Top Comments: A Romantic Evening with ... the Democratic Party?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 03:00:03 +0000

So today was St. Valentine’s Day (though the local rabbi likes to call it Valenstein’s Day), but despite that, there was a meeting tonight of the Erie County (PA) Democratic Committee members from the western portion of the county.  One of the members brought her (Republican) husband along, but he was well behaved.  I was appointed to the committee last year, but to be a voting member, I have to be elected in the upcoming primary.  So we all got our petitions today, and now I need to get signatures from 10 Democrats who live in my township.  Can I actually find 10 Democrats in my township?  I’m sure they’re out there.  I’ve got until March 6 to turn it in.

There will be a meeting of the full committee on Saturday morning, and I just learned that US Senator Bob Casey will be there!  (He’s running for re-election this year, in case you didn’t know.  I signed his petition tonight.)  Saturday morning meetings are generally not my forte, but this is something I won’t miss!  Later that evening, there will be a petition-signing party.

Hubby was planning a special dinner tonight, but we’ve decided to delay that until tomorrow.  I was unable to get to the florist today at all, and they were swamped, as they usually are.  Maybe I can make it tomorrow.

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Education and our electoral challenges...

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:29:44 +0000

Education level represents the biggest shift in support that led to what happened in 2016 While it is important that we have moved on from the 2016 election and forge the coalition we need to win moving forward, there is a component of our election losses from 2010 to 2016 that just has not been fully addressed and needs our attention. That is what happened to our support from people that do not hold college degrees. These numbers represent the change from 2012 cycle to 2016. We lost 4.7 million votes from non-degree holders while gaining 5 million votes from degree holders. For the first time in any American political parties history, we got more votes from college graduates than non-graduates. Sounds good, but it's not for a variety of reasons we will get into below. Trump gained 2.3 million votes from non-degree holders and lost about 400,000 votes from degree holders compared to Romney’s 2012 totals. In 2008 the vote for Obama was around 39,000,000 votes. That is the largest block of votes any Democratic presidential candidate has ever gotten from any cohort. Heck, Obama even surpassed Reagan’s slaughter of Mondale with this group (Kerry actually drew the second largest vote from this group). It was by far our largest bloc throughout our parties history (a lot of factors there, of course, principal among them the low number of degree holders historically, but still that means it is important). Non-degree holding voters dropped off by roughly 8 million votes since that high water mark. College degree holders are now our largest voting bloc by education level. That is a bad thing in our system. Why is it a bad thing our biggest voting bloc is college graduates? Look, I am not an anti-intellectual by any stretch of the imagination, although I do feel we have turned too many of our issue discussions into being comprehensible to only those familiar with the academic discourse on the topic. That is something to guard against. But the main problems with our largest voting bloc being degree holders include: It bear’s repeating, the largest voting bloc for any party in history was nondegree holders for Obama in 2008. To have it drop from that pinnacle by nearly 8 million votes in just 2 cycles should alarm us, and I am not sure why it doesn’t. If I remember correctly it is now only our 3rd largest voting bloc. The states with the highest percentage of degree holders per population are most of the solidly blue states. Running up the score with degree holders will not help us win majorities in the Senate, House or the Presidency if we are losing support from non-degree holders by the millions each cycle. I have a handy table to illustrate the problem below. And, despite our own bit of mythology building, the problem is not confined to white [...]



PA-Sen: PA Dems Celebrate Valentine's Day With Ad Hitting Barletta (R) & Trump's Bromance

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:07:31 +0000

Happy Valentine’s Day: x YouTube Video The Pennsylvania Democratic Party got in the Valentine’s Day spirit with a new web video on the “bromance” between Congressman and Senate candidate Lou Barletta and President Donald Trump. The 44-second video highlights tweets between Trump and Barletta where Trump endorsed Barletta’s Senate run after the PA GOP officially endorsed his bid. “As we saw last weekend, Donald Trump has chosen Congressman Lou Barletta to be his Valentine,” Pa. Dems spokesman Max Steele said.   The video highlights what Democrats will likely make major parts of the campaign moving forward; healthcare costs, medicaid, and tax reform.   “Here’s what that could mean for Pennsylvanians: higher health care costs, hundreds of thousands losing their insurance, and punishing seniors who rely on Medicaid for nursing home care. It means policies that encourage companies to ship jobs overseas and provide millionaires with massive tax cuts,” Steele said.  Meanwhile, U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) was recognized today for his work as an excellent public servant: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) recently received the Rural Health Legislator of the Year Award, presented by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH). This award recognizes an outstanding legislator from Pennsylvania for their work and support of rural health initiatives that address an identified need in their district or across the state. The award was presented at a meeting on Feb. 7, at the Senator’s office in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. Sen. Casey was elected to the U.S. Congress in 2006 and began serving his second consecutive term in 2012. Prior to his Senate position, he served as the Pennsylvania auditor general and the Pennsylvania state treasurer. Casey is a member of the Special Committee on Aging, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, the Finance Committee, the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee. He is also a ranking member of three subcommittees including the subcommittee on Nutrition, Specialty Crops and Agriculture Research, on Taxation and IRS Oversight, and on Children and Families. Lock Haven University faculty Beth McMahon and Laura Crawford recognized Casey for his tireless efforts on behalf of and support for rural health initiatives. He has introduced and supported pieces of legislation that address identified rural health needs, demonstrated leadership in rural communities, and incorporated community input into the planning process. Casey is a strong advocate for public health, state and local law enforcement, and opioid recovery. Recent bills he has voted for include the Comprehensive Addiction and Recover Act (CARA[...]



Representation for Working People

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 19:57:07 +0000

I decided at the beginning of this effort that I was going to make supporting the working people of this country a central tenet of my campaign.

No one in this country should be one broken bone or busted car part away from financial ruin. We are one of the wealthiest nations on this earth and it is inexcusable that there are so many people working so hard and barely getting by. We don't need to bring back yesterday. When we represent the working people of this country, we build a better tomorrow.

In Congress, I will fight for skilled workforce development and critical infrastructure like broadband, and I will fight to make sure no community in my district is left behind.

Feel free to learn more about our campaign by checking out our website at www.danwardforcongress.com. 

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