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CT-Gov: Dan Drew (D) Lays Out Ways You Can Help Fight Back Against Trump's Transgender Military Ban

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:24:14 +0000

Received this email yesterday from former Middleton Mayor Dan Drew’s (D. CT) gubernatorial campaign: Friends -- What Donald Trump did this morning was bigoted. It is not normal. It does not represent the America we love.   Trump's values of hatred do not reflect who we are. They do not reflect our values. And his bigotry certainly doesn’t reflect the America we want our children to grow up in. Instead of embodying our hopes and aspirations or what is best about the American spirit, instead of fighting for the wellbeing of the many, of standing up for those who need our help, he wants to divide, intimidate, and make us afraid. We are better than this. Together we have the capacity to build the kinds of communities and the kind of country that lift all of us up. That don’t leave people behind because they weren’t born rich, or happen to get sick, or because of their race or gender or sexual orientation. We are better than this. We must fight for all Americans. That’s who we are. By discriminating against transgender service members – men and women who have given far more to our country than he ever has – President Trump has proven once again that he is exactly the sort of unpatriotic bully we saw him to be during the campaign when he attacked a federal judge of Mexican heritage and a Muslim Gold Star mother. I can't think of anything less patriotic than refusing someone the right to serve because of who they are. His latest ban marks a major step backwards for our country. We, the American people, must stand up for all people. It is our duty as Americans to speak out against this senseless bigotry, and against the divisive, immoral political evil behind it. For those who are looking for ways to help right now, here are some nonprofit organizations that are working to protect trans rights who could use our support today: The Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coalition National Center for Transgender Equality Transgender Law Center Lambda Legal Human Rights Campaign The American Civil Liberties Union If you can make a contribution to any of these groups today, please consider doing so, because the President’s assault on the LGBTQ community just made their jobs that much harder and more important. Please speak out on social media, and to your friends and family, about how important it is for us to stand against intolerance and bigotry. Donald Trump thinks he can divide us on civil rights because he doesn’t understand the American spirit. He does not represent our values. He thinks we are base, cruel, selfish, and hateful, because that's how he is. We need to stand together and prove him wrong. Sincerely, Dan Click the links above to get involved. [...]

NV-Sen: Cortez Masto (D) Fuels Jacky Rosen's (D) Campaign To Take Down Dean "Trumpcare" Heller (R)

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:12:40 +0000

Received this email yesterday from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) in support of Rep. Jacky Rosen’s (D. NV) U.S. Senate campaign:

Rep. Jacky Rosen (D. NV)

Yesterday, Republicans took one step closer to repealing Obamacare, squeaking forward by just ONE vote.

This NEVER would have happened with just one more Democrat in the Senate. That's why I'm asking you to give now to my friend Jacky Rosen, who is running for Senate in Nevada.

Jacky winning is our best chance at picking up that one Senate seat. But polls are already saying this race is a dead heat, so I need you to step up for Jacky on behalf of all Americans who will be affected by this disastrous health care vote. Will you give $5 or more to send Jacky to the Senate and turn Nevada's Republican-held seat blue?

Take a stand against the GOP's attempts to gut critical health care for millions of Americans: Give $5 or more to help Jacky win in 2018 and turn Nevada blue.

Every. Seat. Matters. Yesterday, we saw this play out the hard way. But if we help elect Jacky, we'll add one more voice of opposition to Donald Trump and the GOP's extremist policy agenda.

It's never been clearer that we need a fighter like Jacky in the Senate. And we need to show her that she can count on this team through every tough fight, because the stakes are too high to give this anything less than our very best effort. Can you donate $5 or more to help Jacky flip Nevada's Senate seat and fight for our shared values?

Please, chip in $5 right now to help Jacky win and build a Democratic firewall in the Senate.

¡La lucha sigue! The fight continues!


Click here to donate to Rosen’s campaign.

TN-Gov: Karl Dean (D) Keeps Up The Fight To Make Medicaid Expansion A Reality In Tennessee

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:01:00 +0000

I’ve had a long and busy week at work so I am playing catch up with emails from today and yesterday. Received this e-mail today from former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean’s (D. TN) gubernatorial campaign:

I’ll be blunt. We should have expanded Medicaid in Tennessee. We lost millions of dollars -- federal funding paid for by our own taxes -- that went to other states instead. We missed out on years of health care coverage for almost half a million uninsured Tennesseans and had several of our hospitals close.

We can’t make that mistake again. Looking forward, Tennessee must put our people first and find the health care solution that is best for our state.

If Congress passes a new health care law, the federal government could soon make available billions of dollars for health care in one form or another, and we owe it to the residents of Tennessee to bring home as much of that funding as we can.

Will you join me in calling for Tennessee to put our people first when it comes to federal health care funding? Sign on to say you support accepting federal dollars for health care -- either through a new health care law or a Medicaid expansion -- so we can use the funds to help people and create jobs right here in our state.

It’s simple. People need health care. Without it, families can’t thrive, businesses can’t grow, and children can’t learn.

But right now, hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans don’t have health insurance for when they get sick -- they can’t afford it, and the state has rejected the federal funding that would have helped them. We can’t keep leaving these families behind. It’s time to help our state get healthy and stay healthy.

This isn’t a Republican issue or a Democratic issue. It’s a Tennessee issue. We can’t afford to let federal tax dollars pay for health care in other states but not our own.

Please sign on to support taking full advantage of federal health care funding to help Tennessee.

Thank you,


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For God's sake, start calling this the "sabotage bill." When will Democrats learn?

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:02:11 +0000

Republicans have now come up with their new option which they call a “skinny repeal” or the “skinny bill.”  This bill option is not fully known yet, but seems certain to include a repeal of the individual mandate, the employer mandate and some of the medical device taxes.  Again, millions will be hurt:

Without the mandate, they will just return to their previous uninsured status, frequently turning into emergency-room patients and bad debts for hospitals and doctors. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that, in a decade, about 15 million people would be hurt, including independent professionals and small-business employees.

The CBO further predicts a 20% increase in premiums, and there is well founded fear that removing the mandates would undermine all pre-existing conditions coverage.  Plus, the whole thing is just a ruse to get into a House-Senate conference where any other damaging idea can be brought back in.

So, with all that damage in mind, how in the world do the Democrats allow Republicans to control the messaging by calling this a “skinny repeal”?  FFS, call it a “sabotage repeal” or a “suicide repeal.”

As J.B. Silvers explains in the NYT:

Skinny is often read as good today. We like skinny jeans, skinny models and, apparently, skinny health reform. It is likely that the Senate, which has just rejected repeal-and-replace and repeal-without-replace bills, will vote on a “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. What does this actually mean, and what would it produce?

It would produce sabotage, so call it that.  Just this morning I have watched or read this bill referred to as the “skinny repeal” by MSNBC, CNN, the Washington Post, the NYT and Huffington.  Why in the world do we allow Republicans to control the terms of the debate?  Shouldn’t the headline read “SENATOR X UNSURE WHETHER TO VOTE FOR SABOTAGE BILL”?

And this isn't limited to this issue; it happens over and over again.

It is so f*cking infuriating to watch the Democrats continually get their asses handed to them by being so incompetent on such a basic task of politics.

Senate Democrats to Trumpcare protesters: 'Fill the streets outside every Republican office'

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:16:55 +0000

Senate Republicans are determined to jam through an Obamacare repeal bill, no matter what it takes, and Democrats don’t have much power to stop them. So Senate Democrats are looking for whatever leverage they can get to make the votes as painful for Republicans as they can. One way they’re doing that, Dave Weigel reports, is by teaming up with protesters:

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) saw a crowd of a hundred-odd protesters that had gathered across the plaza. They started out to meet them — and were stopped by Vice President Pence’s motorcade, rolling out.

“Get the sergeant of arms out here,” Schumer said to a staffer. “The vice president’s gone. We want them to come up here.” [...]

After 15 minutes, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) led Democrats back to the steps. They spoke through a bullhorn, urging activists to keep pressure on their Republican colleagues.

“How about we fill the streets outside every Republican office in America?” asked Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).

How about we do that?

Make your Republican senator feel the heat. Call their office EVERY DAY at (202) 224-3121 to demand that they say NO to repealing Obamacare and ripping health care away from millions of Americans. (After you call, please tell us how it went.)

Joe Kennedy debases Trump's gutless transgender ban. We might think it—but Kennedy says it.

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:00:27 +0000

Once again, the very vocal Democratic House Rep Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts speaks out against Donald Trump and the continuous slew of atrocious actions by the Republicans Party and injustice at its worst. On Wednesday, after Trump announced his ban on transgender people serving in the military, Kennedy adamantly censured Trump for the ban, adding ALL of our soldiers serving for ALL of our country deserve at minimum common decency and respect show to them. Here is the lede to his Facebook post followed by the YouTube video of his speech. “Our soldiers do not discriminate. They do not offer to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect some lives and not others. Their government owes them that courtesy – that decency – in return.” -Joe Kennedy III Video: x YouTube Video Transcript: Mr. Speaker, When our bravest men and women raise their hand and volunteers to defend our nation, they defend all of her people: rich and poor, young and old, Democrat and Republican, gay straight— Americans of all races, religions, ethnicities, beliefs, gender identities...  Our soldiers do not discriminate.They do not offer to pay the ultimate sacrifice for some Americans and not for others. Their government owes them that same courtesy, that same decency in return. Instead, this morning, our president told thousands of American soldiers that they will fight for us, but we will not fight for them — that their deeply personal medical decisions are somehow the public’s business—that although they are willing to sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom, we will not offer them the most basic freedom in return. Today, the president of the United States looked American soldiers in the eye, and dared to question their patriotism, their courage. He doubted their commitment to their brothers and sisters in uniform. He said that our military couldn’t or wouldn’t stand for all of us. To  the thousand of brave transgender men and woman seeing today in uniform, please know the great nation does not take your service, your patriotism for granted. You deserve better from the president, you deserve better from your government, you deserve better from your country. Thank you. I yield back.   Kennedy continues to speak out on point regarding a plethora of reigning Republican attacks that have most of the country in a terrifying and overwhelming tailspin. And it will be lawmakers like Kennedy and the persistent resistance of the people that will ultimately put an end to the horrendous Trump era. We could use more like Joe Kennedy and remain grateful to all the Democratic lawmakers and elected officials who are not only doing their jobs, but whom also refuse to back down in the face of adversity and injustice. More stories on Rep. Joe Kennedy III: Rep. Joe Kennedy III slams Paul Ryan on ACA repeal—then forces GOP lawyer to admit major exclusion Boom. Kennedy strikes again—educates GOP on what defunding Planned Parenthood would Joe Kennedy III Lays Out The Trump-Russian Collusion & Corruption In 3 Minutes: 'Raise Your Voices!' [...]

Learn about Virginia women taking the fight to Republicans. UPDATED

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:18:40 +0000

Required Disclosure: My name is Donald Braden. I am the founder of The Full Slate Project and Full Slate Consulting. I am presently under contract with Freinds of Kimberly Anne Tucker, candidate for Virginia Beach District 81.

Important campaigns this fall and Democratic women are leading the way!

Virginia is the epicenter of the political fight this year. It’s proximity to DC means it is a hotbed of activism from all sides. The witnessed first-hand most of the flood of people that poured into the capital for the Women’s March on Washington.

Well, women in Virginia have kept the march going right into the fall campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates campaign. What is happening is truly inspiring to see.


  • Number of Delegates = 100
  • Republican-held seats = 66
  • Democratic-held seats = 34
  • Seats not contested by Democrats in the last cycle = 44
  • Contested races Republicans needed to win to secure majority last cycle = 7
  • Constituents per House District = 80,010
  • Constituents represented by Democrats = 2,720,340
  • Constituents Democrats DID NOT SEEK to represent = 3,520,440


  • Number of Democratic Candidates = 88
  • Contested races Republicans will need to win to secure majority = 39
  • Increase in number of Democratic Candidates from last cycle = 32
  • Total constituents Democrats are seeking to represent this fall = 7,040,880
  • Constituents Democrats are not seeking to represent this fall = 960,120
  • Number of Republican Candidates = 72
  • Contested races Democrats will need to win to secure a majority = 23

Fifty-five of the sixty-six Republican-held seats are being contested by Democrats. Thirty Women make up more than half of these challenges to Republican incumbents.

Updated: House of Delegates History from VPAP:

See below the fold to learn about these candidates. Click the District number for links to district profiles, click on their name to connect with some element of the candidate's web presence. Most of all, learn about and support these women leading the way in Virginia. We all need to follow their example.

Schumer calls Trumpcare process a 'sham,' says Democrats won't be a part of it

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:24:16 +0000

Campaign Action Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has declared the Trumpcare process in the Senate a "sham" and says that Democrats will not participate in it by offering any more amendments until "the majority leader shows his hand, reveals what his bill will actually be," at which time, "Democrats will use the opportunity to try and amend the bill." We know the Republicans are not going to take a final vote on the underlying house bill, which is still the pending legislation. And now the Republican leadership team has been telling the press about a yet to be disclosed final bill. If the reports are true, the Republicans will offer a skinny repeal plan. […] If the reporting is accurate and skinny repeal is their plan, it makes premiums far higher than they are today. We don't know if skinny repeal is going to be their final bill. But if it is, the CBO Says it would cause costs to go up and millions to lose insurance. Now in the meantime, madam president, Democrats are not going to continue to try and amend the house plan that is already dead. Certainly while we're not going to do that while there's some secret legislation—skinny repeal it's reported—waiting to emerge from the leader's office. The Republican leader has said that this is a robust amendment process. No, it isn't. Far from it. We don't even know what bill to direct our amendments to. Certainly a process that bypassed the committees and public hearings was never an open and transparent process. It was never a robust amendment process to this bill. But now it's gotten even worse. Since the beginning of this debate, we've just been taking votes on amendments to a piece of dead legislation. What kind of process is this? Then he gave a little dig at Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)  and his colleagues for playing along, saying "Anyone who listened to that speech should blush at this sham of an amendment process thus far." By the way, what he's talking about with the CBO is some fast work they did on behalf of Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Patty Murray (D-WA) on what "skinny repeal" could mean. One outcome: 42 million losing insurance next year. Schumer is showing what a farce this whole process is, and if Republicans were capable of feeling shame, they would. However, Democrats are losing an opportunity to get Republicans on the record on some really politically damaging things already. It is stopping Democrats from dragging this process out, but there were real limits to how long they could keep the Senate from moving. At any point, McConnell could have called an end to the amendment process, so their were limits on that protest as well. And maybe they figure a Republican taking a vote to raise premiums astronomically and kick 42 million people off of insurance in one year (an election year) is embarrassing and politically damaging enough. Make your Republican senator feel the heat. Call their office EVERY DAY at (202) 224-3121 to demand that they say NO to repealing Obamacare and ripping health care away from millions of Americans. (After you call, please tell us how it went.) [...]

Why ANY "Health" Bill Passing Within Days is Terrifying

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 00:32:53 +0000

McConnell is pushing his agenda so fast that I’m throwing my thoughts together here so that I can ask people with actual expertise if my fears are grounded. It could take me longer to research my questions sufficiently than it will for them to finish this atrocity. If you have expertise in this area, please comment! From what I have gathered, once they get any bill through the Senate via the reconciliation act, it goes to conference to reconcile the difference between the House and Senate versions of the bills. The bill is expected to be a “skinny repeal” bill which may do as little as repeal the individual mandate and the medical device tax.  McConnell seems to be arguing for this within his caucus by telling Senators that once they get it into conference, then they can improve it and make it into something workable. The building blocks for the reasons this sounds disastrous to me are as follows: Senate and House rules dictate that nothing can be added to a bill in conference that wasn’t presented to either chamber’s conferees. To the best of my current, shaky understanding, this means that they’re generally restricted to items in the AHCA, which the House passed, and items in whatever bill gets through the Senate. New material can be introduced, but is subject to a point-of-order challenge. There are no requirements that I have found for the makeup of committees, and it seems to me from this document that the critical points are: No guideline on respective sizes of House and Senate contingents No guideline on partisan makeup of the contingents Conferees appointed not by vote, but directly by the Speaker and the Chair Once a 3/5 majority of each chamber has approved the changes, the resulting conference report is returned to the House and Senate for a vote to adopt it. At this point, it cannot be amended. Floor debate on the motion to adopt is limited to 10 hours, with no filibuster possible. Putting these together, this is the scenario I fear McConnell is pursuing: At the last possible moment, he introduces the “skinny repeal” text in an amendment which declares all previous text invalid. It is as narrowly defined as possible so that the Senators at the ideological extremes of the caucus are either willing to believe they could address their concerns in conference, or they can plausibly claim to their constituents that they believed it. The bill goes to conference. The appointed conferees are all Republican, and are all clustered together ideologically. They construct the bill however they want it. They can add whatever they want, because they’ve excluded anyone who is likely to raise a point of order (i.e. Democrats). They can take their time coming up with ways, which they think will get past the parliamentarian, to buy off dubious members, as well as exerting additional pressure on them, until the votes are there. The conference report is returned, and now there’s not even an option for Democrats to try to amend it, or for any Republicans who were not conferees to do so (Senators Murkowski and Collins are almost certain not to be part of this process). The Republicans have their 50 votes, and will call a vote as soon as the report has been publicly available for the mandatory minimum of 48 hours. No filibuster is possible, either, and floor debate is only 10 hours.  Is this as plausible as I’m afraid it is? If so, those 10 key states need to be flooded with advertising and grassroots actions immediately, aimed at convincing their Senators that their constituents are aware of the strategy. Those Senators need to fully believe that no tweaks, no means of conferring something to be sold to the constituents as an advantage, no legislative sleight of spin will placate their state or save their seat in the next election [...]

As GOP commits political malpractice on health care, Democrats sign up to run for office in droves

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:14:43 +0000

Any chance you've gone to a town hall to quiz your representative on health care, and they've either not shown up or locked you out or slipped out the back door? Maybe you've called their offices only to hear an automaton chirping, "I'm sorry, this mail box is full. Goodbye!" Well, if it's any consolation, you are not alone—and it's got people like Atlanta resident Joel Cobbs, who leans Democratic, spitting mad. Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery writes:

Last week, for the first time in his life, he signed up to run for office. He’s mulling a run against [GOP Rep. Doug] Collins.

“How can you represent people when you’re not even willing to meet with them? You’re going to cower in the corner where it’s safe?” Cobbs asked. “That really gets on my nerves.” [...]

As Senate Republicans’ fight over Obamacare repeal reached a fever pitch last week, Run for Something saw a nearly 500 percent increase in its daily candidate recruitment. The organization, which recruits and trains Democrats under the age of 35 to run for office, typically has five to 10 people sign up on the weekends and 15 to 20 sign up on a weekday. Between last Sunday and Tuesday, more than 220 people signed up. Cobbs was among them. [...]

“Republican elected officials are playing partisan politics with a literal life-or-death issue,” said Amanda Litman, a co-founder of Run for Something. “People are signing up to run because their kids are at risk of losing coverage or their families have struggled because of lifetime caps. This isn’t an abstract policy with a faceless statistical impact.”

Emily's List, which helps Democratic women mount bids for office, has reported steady monthly increases in interest from women, about 16,000 of them, many of whom are specifically motivated by the health care battle.

Polls in Context—Is This a Democratic Wave?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:21:26 +0000

Donald Trump increasingly finds himself in a precarious political position, as the scandal involving Russian collusion with his campaign creeps ever closer to the Oval Office. But the question remains, will this controversy translate into a Democratic wave? Over the next 17 months, political pundits will offer a myriad of predictions attempting to correctly guess the outcome of the next general election. Presently, an oft-cited parallel is 2006, when the Democrats captured both the House and Senate, powered by an unpopular Republican president and a series of scandals that enveloped the Republican Party. Do the many controversies currently swirling around the White House ensure a similar fate for the Republicans in 2018? It's too soon to tell, but there are many tried-and-true indicators that have proven accurate in years past, which will help you make sense of the political environment. It's all About Trump During the campaign, President Trump obsessed over his standing in the polls. Similarly, the eyes of the political world will be on his approval rating as the next midterm election approaches. In years past, presidential approval has been an accurate measure of his party's fate in congressional elections. The more unpopular a president, the deeper the losses his party will likely sustain. Recent wave elections provide a perfect demonstration of this continued truth. President Midterm Election July Previous Year Approval Rating Election Night Approval Seat Change Nixon 1970 63% 58% -12 Ford 1974 N/A 53% -48 Carter 1978 66% 49% -15 Reagan 1982 59% 42% -26 Reagan 1986 67% 64% -5 Bush 1990 66% 57% -8 Clinton 1994 41% 45% -52 Clinton 1998 58% 65% +5 Bush 2002 55% 67% +8 Bush 2006 48% 37% -30 Obama 2010 46% 45% -63 Obama 2014 45% 41% -13 Trump 2018 38% N/A N/A In 2010 when the Democrats lost a staggering 63 House seats, President Obama's job approval ratings had dropped consistently due in part to the prolonged debate over healthcare reform. In all, his approval rating dropped by 18.3 percentage points over the first 28 months of his presidency. By the eve of the election, his approval stood at 44.9 percent following a consistent slide in successive quarters. Likewise in 2006, President George W. Bush's approval rating was hampered by an increasingly unpopular war in Iraq, the botched response to Hurricane Katrina, and a series of damaging ethics scandals that rocked Republican congressional ranks. Bush's approval rating dipped to just 37 percent on the eve of the election, which led in part to a net gain of 30 seats for the Democrats that year. President Trump's approval rating has dipped far more quickly than his recent predecessors, which could signal an increasingly positive environment for the Democrats. In fact, he registered the lowest second-quarter average of any US president in almost 60 years. However, with 17 months remaining until the election he has time to rebound. Should his approval remain mired in the high 30s though, the Democrats could be positioned for big gains on Election Day, 2018. Voter Enthusiasm Another useful metric to watch as the next election approaches is voter enthusiasm. Naturally, the party out of power experiences an increase in enthusiasm after an election loss. At the same time, supporters of the party in power can lose passion watching their side engaged in nagging legislative skirmishes. But when these numbers spike, it can be indicative of a wave election. Recent elections have shown that a near[...]

So-Called “Progressive” Purity Politics Will Keep the GOP in Power for Decades

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:51:52 +0000

    Know what Republican voters never do? Stay home on election day. Know what they also don't do? They never refuse to vote for their party’s nominated candidate just because they don’t like their behavior or if they exhibit a major lack of understanding of how government works. They don’t protest vote or cast their ballot for a non-viable candidate that has less than a 5% chance of victory. The GOP is nothing if not strategic. Even if their nominee is a repulsive, deplorable, gelatinous orange turd - they will still vote for him. Why? They vote for whomever wears the R label to get their policies put in place. They are aggressive in exposing the less than perfect qualities in liberal candidates because the left wing has proven easy to manipulate. They call us bleeding hearts because they know that for a good faction of the progressive population, many will sit out, or protest vote, or cast a wasteful ballot rather than vote for the most qualified candidate because the Koch-invented smear tactics aimed mostly toward the democrat front runner have successfully fooled them into putting their rights to healthcare and free speech and equality up for grabs, simply because they became convinced that front runner didn’t pass their purity tests. Again, something Republican voters never do. That certain faction of so-called progressives fall for these common Koch campaign tactics often. From Ralph Nader to Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein, it wasn't being popular that led to a George W. Bush or Donald J. Trump victory. Both lost the popular vote, one by far much more than the former. Both presidencies could have been entirely avoided if left leaning voters hadn't been so easily convinced by the GOP that their nominee just wasn't blue enough to deserve their vote. Like the serpent of Biblical fame who convinces people to go against their own interests, the forked tongues of the Kochs and Roves of the world are slick, silver, and they slither their slimy & salacious smears into the ears of liberals wishing to be pure, vote their conscience, and to not be morally responsible for voting for a less than perfect candidate. In a perfect world, that'd be great. If everyone already had equal rights, health care, equal pay, paid family & medical leave, and if people of color weren't being gunned down by one acquitted police officer after another, liberals could maybe afford to play purity politics and choose to cast our ballots for whichever candidate spoke to our heart the most - regardless if that person actually had a snowball’s chance in hell of making it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. A utopia this is not, however, and we cannot afford to continue proving the smarmy strategies to pit liberals against one another effective. There are actual lives at stake here. Present policies of the GOP are limiting everyone's access to health care, equal rights, equal pay, & at this point - simple human dignity. Just because a few of us may have these rights already doesn't mean every citizen has had their humanity yet recognized. This means that in 2018, if you really consider yourself a liberal who deeply cares about others and their basic rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, then not even one liberal can afford to stay home or place purity tests on the democrats running. We have to consider ourselves to be at least as capable of strategizing together as the Republicans have been. It isn't because they're the greatest people that Republicans have been picking up congressional seats left & right, i.e.; Karen Handel and Greg Gianforte. Not to mention the ever decreasingly popular POTUS, Donald. J. Trump. Obviously, the voting machine hacks commissioned of Russia by GOP candidates and the alway[...]

Truth, Lies, and the Trumpery of American Politics

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:15:41 +0000

In July 2016, Trump Jr. was asked about the alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic National Convention. “It’s disgusting, it’s so phony. I can’t think of bigger lies,” he said. Recently, it was discovered that one month earlier he received an email promising dirt on Clinton and replied minutes later: “if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.” From Trump’s campaign through his presidency, Democrats have been struggling to pin him down. Everywhere we see Democrats fact-checking, exposing Trump’s lies, lies, lies and, when exasperated, resorting to ominous prophecies and even spiteful curses. Yet Trump remains tweeting away in the Whitehouse, seemingly unfazed with the broad support of his base intact, conjuring up new scandals du jour while the world watches, astonished. What kind of Trumpery is this? Trump is often referred to as a Cheeto because his artificial tan glows similarly orange. But there is a more profound parallel. The Cheeto, like it’s round cousin, the Cheezy Puff, is scientifically engineered to be the perfect snack. They’re compulsively edible and completely lacking in substance so you continue to inhale them. This is basically the situation with Donald Trump: he’s a reality TV star, perfectly designed for mass consumption. There isn’t much there to digest – his policies are slogans, his positions are vague and mercurial – but people love and hate him. America is fascinated with Trump. The interesting thing about Trump is not simply that he became president of the United States, but that he is occupying that office as an actor playing the role of the president of the United States. He treats the Whitehouse like a film set and his staff like co-stars bracing to be fired on his former TV game show, The Apprentice. And this is part of the reason why Democrats are struggling to regain control of the script. There’s an ancient quarrel between philosophy and theatre, truth and masquerade. In one of Plato’s dialogues, Socrates wrestles with an actor named Ion who thinks playing the part of the general makes him, basically, a general. But Socrates struggles to pin him down definitively because Ion keeps performing – his virtue is to pretend, there’s nothing behind whatever role he’s playing at the time – a charioteer, a physician, a lover.   Similarly, Trump moves from comic blunder to tragic scandal as if there were nothing at stake beyond entertainment. Even when he discloses classified information that poses a threat to our national security, Paul Ryan is there to remind us that it’s all a play because, after all, Trump isn’t a real politician. The Democratic party has become the de facto party of reason and rationality. Trying to grasp why rural America voted for Trump, the Democratic question was “why would people vote against their own economic interest?” This question operates according to the same misguided premise that confuses “rational agent” economists – why don’t people spend and invest according to their rational self-interest? If people were strictly rational, economics would be an exact science. But economics, like politics, has very little to do with rational agents – and much more to do with desire. The poor and working-class in rural America didn’t vote against their own self-interest. They didn’t even consider themselves poor. Their plea is more passionate. They consider themselves cheated. And resentment is a feeling that plays right into Trump’s arena. The literary critic Roland Barthes was fascinated by pro wrestling because it presented a spectacle of excess. “What the public wants is the image of passion,” he wrote, “there is no more [...]

LYNCHPIN RACE IN VIRGINIA: Keeping the Wheels on the Blue Express

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:55:57 +0000

An earlier version was published on Blue Virginia Courtney Lynch is running for the Brookland seat on the Henrico Board of Supervisors in Virginia and Democrats everywhere need to pay attention.  It's hard, I know.  "Board of Supervisors" just does not sound sexy.  We get, well, bored (there - I said it!).  But we need to wake up and pay attention, because if Courtney wins this race DEMOCRATS WILL BE IN THE MAJORITY ON THE BOARD AND WILL CONTROL THE BELLWETHER COUNTY IN A CRUCIALLY IMPORTANT SWING STATE.  (Does THAT get the juices flowing?). Wait, there's more.  This is an OPEN seat and Brookland went blue in the last election (as did every district of Henrico for the first time in living memory).  Courtney Lynch is a dynamic and dynamite candidate.  She's a highly successful entrepreneur, a Marine, and a lawyer.  She's smart, she's practical, she's progressive, and she's got energy and fresh ideas.  Her opponent is running on the platform that he's the chosen handmaiden of the guy who came before him (YAWWWWWNNNN). This is a flippable seat whose win would give Democrats the majority on a body that governs 300,000 people in a state that gets more solidly blue every year — but that’s still a swing state.  Winning this race would help us keep the wheels on and the momentum going of our nice blue express train for every year that follows (and there's an election every single year in Virginia!). But that's not the only reason it's a lynchpin race.  Two great candidates are running for flippable state delegate seats:  Schuyler VanValkenburg (VA-72) and Debra Rodman (VA-73).  These districts are entirely in Henrico and partly in Brookland, and I'm happy to report that all three candidates are working together to support one another's efforts.  Stronger Together:  that is how we win. Every voter whom the candidates reach out to and energize is another voter for Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring (the same holds true for the August 29th Fairfax School Board election, where the wonderful Karen Keys-Gamarra is set to flip a set, as I wrote about here.  And we will need every vote.  I still have nightmares about the 2013 Herring recount (before which, Herring had a 165 vote lead out of 2.2 million votes cast.  Contemplate that).  Having good strong local candidates gives voters one more reason to make it to the polls and it prevents the other side from being able to characterize our message however they want.  Aren't you tired of hearing them do that? Strategizing aside, Courtney is worth supporting for what she wants to do - and what her election would permit the Democratic majority on the Board to (finally) do:  improve public transportation, broaden the tax base by attracting well-paid professionals to Henrico (many of whom can work virtually), revitalize depressed areas, direct educational resources equitably in order to make all the schools in Henrico excellent (instead of only the ones in the wealthy areas), make county-level government more open and transparent, and help to create a safe and inclusive environment for all Henricans.  These are among Courtney's positions.  You can find out more HERE. your heart beating faster yet?  Do you now think that NOTHING could be racier than a Board of Supervisors race?  Or, well, almost nothing?  GOOD!  because now it's time to:                  ⇓⇓  ⇓⇓  ⇓⇓  ⇓⇓ Website $$ DONATE $$ Facebook [...]

'People Will Die': GOP Senators Vote to Debate Unknown Health Care Scheme: 'BradCast' 7/25/2017

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 01:41:07 +0000

Guest: Health reform advocate Jacki Schechner | Also: Trump continues attacks on his own Attorney General; White House plans purge... On today's BradCast, we try and figure out WTF Republicans in the U.S. Senate are doing, and why, since even they don't seem to have a clue -- and many of them don't seem to care. [Audio link to show follows below.] Without even knowing what bill they were actually voting on, fifty Republican Senators on Tuesday voted to proceed to debate some scheme or another to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), or just repeal it, or even just kick the can down the road to worry about it later in conference with the U.S. House. They had help from Sen. John McCain, who flew back from Arizona after surgery and a diagnosis of brain cancer, and a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. Just two GOP Senators (Collins of Maine and Murkowski of Alaska) had the courage to join all of the Democrats and vote 'no', though McCain, just after his 'yes' vote, offered remarks excoriating Republican Senate leadership for their secretive process in creating unworkable legislation without committee processes or input from Democrats. We're joined by journalist and health care reformer JACKI SCHECHNER to help us try and make sense of what is being characterized as one of "the most chaotic, rudderless, un-Senate-like" moments in modern American history. She explains how today's process differs from the one that resulted in ObamaCare in 2009 and 2010, when she served as Communications Director for one of the nation's largest health care reform organizations. "There is this myth that things happened behind closed doors [in 2009], but that's not in fact the case. There was plenty of public disclosure when it came to what was up for consideration, and it took a long time," Schechner tells me. "We worked from the outside pushing the President to do what he campaigned on. The myth that Republicans were excluded is just that -- a myth." She charges that the various GOP plans, if adopted, will result not only in tens of millions of Americans losing health care coverage, but that, in many cases, "people will die" in the bargain. She explains why that is, and how it'ss going to "throw our system into a spiral that's going to jack up premiums for the people who are still paying private health insurance costs." "It's really dangerous when partisanship overtakes policy, and that's what happening here. This is about Trump getting a win. He has no idea what health care is, how the health care system works. Twice now he's confused it with life insurance. He has no clue," she tells me before declaring she's "over mincing words" and really unloads on the President. (You'll have to tune in for that part.) "People who worked on health care reform [during Obama's Presidency] actually care if people live or die," Schechner continues. "I don't understand how you stand up and vote for a bill that's going to strip millions and millions of Americans of their access to quality, affordable health care." She also explains how related moves from both Congress and the White House suggest the U.S. is rapidly devolving into an authoritarian nation, before offering a number of critical words for Democratic Party leadership in the bargain. Also today, speaking of authoritarianism, Trump continues his extraordinary attacks on his own Attorney General (we discuss why), and the President's new Communications Director moves to purge White House staffers who leak to the media and aren't sufficiently loyal to the President...according to a number of leaking White House staffers... CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE SHOW!... * * * While we post The Brad[...]

Republicans Just Voted to Take Healthcare Away From Millions. Fight Back!

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:08:42 +0000

Republicans in congress voted to proceed to debate a “we don't know what bill we’re voting on” bill. Let’s be clear: none of the options available are good. Straight repeal? 32 million lose coverage. BCRA? 22 million lose coverage. AHCA? 23 million lose coverage. Skinny repeal? Healthcare markets collapse. Make no mistake Senators just voted to kill thousands of Americans all just to give their wealthiest donors a tax break.

I’m not going to mince words. I'm fucking pissed off by these cowards in congress willing to kill people just so that they can score a political win for Donald Trump. THIS IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE.

Yeah, yeah, yeah you say, but what can we do about it? Well that's easy. Continue calling your Senators and House members daily to vote against whatever monstrosity they come up with. Make them feel so overwhelmed that they know they will lose their job if they vote for it.

Take that anger and despair and use it to create change. We’ve got vulnerable Senators and vulnerable House members on the ballot in 2018. If you’re as angry I am please spare $5 or more to give our recruits a boost in their battle for saving America and while you’re at it make it a monthly recurring donation to ensure our candidates are well funded from now until November 2018.

Jacky Rosen is taking on Dean Heller

Beto O’Rourke is taking on Ted Cruz

A fund for opponents of GOP House members that voted for AHCA 

We’ve got to give until it hurts. This is a battle for the very soul of America and the everyday life we live. Please give now and spread the word. We raised $4.2 million dollars in 24 hours the last time Republicans voted to take away our healthcare. Let’s annihilate that number this time so that Republicans of all stripes know we are an unstoppable force and we will not stop until we save the country we love.

Today's example of the differences between Democrats & Republicans; ACA version

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:25:21 +0000

Lately there have been a plethora of news stories and diaries about what Democrats stand for; here’s one really good example of the difference between the two parties:

Two Senators with cancer come to town to vote on healthcare for millions of Americans.  

One Senator votes to provide healthcare to millions and protections in the form of coverage for pre-existing conditions, and bans on lifetime limits. 

The other Senator votes to advance an unwritten bill that will remove those protections, destabilize the current insurance markets and kick people off Medicaid; all to provide a huge tax cut to billionaires.  This same Senator then has the nerve to give a speech on the loss of Senate parliamentary norms; the norms he just voted to break!

The actions by both Sen. Kennedy & Sen. McCain are not an aberration from party norms.  They encapsulate their respective party’s ideals and values.  All 48 Democratic Senators voted no on the Motion to Proceed.  Only two GOP Senators voted no today; Sen. Collins & Sen. Murkowski.

Elections have consequences, we are seeing that again today.  This example is one that shows there’s a difference between the parties, so, please make sure you can vote in next year’s elections.  It’s the only way we can make change in Congress.

House Democrats band together to hand Republicans embarrassing defeats on two bills

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:27:19 +0000

House Democrats are tired of the fact that nothing in the GOP-controlled Congress is being done through regular order—no open debate, no amendment process, and often times, their votes are inconsequential after Republicans rig the system on controversial bills like health care.

But on Monday Democrats had the opportunity to make a statement on two bills—one related to intelligence funding and the other to veterans' affairs—that Republicans were trying to rush through once again without debate or amendments by suspending House rules for an expedited vote. The catch is, the bills had to be approved by two-thirds of the House, which made Democrats relevant. It's a process typically used for measures that are deemed non-controversial, but Democrats opposed one on procedure grounds and the other on substance, handing GOP leaders an embarrassing defeat. Politico writes:

First, the House voted down the 2018 intelligence authorization bill, which sets policy for intelligence agencies and authorizes funding for classified programs.

Democrats opposed the bill after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi argued in a letter to her Caucus on Sunday that the expedited process was inappropriate given the ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling prompted by U.S. intelligence findings — and the failure to establish an independent commission to look into the matter.

From her letter:

Democratic Members have expressed interest in engaging in full debate on critical intelligence matters and offering amendments to this intelligence legislation.  We are therefore asking Members to vote no on the bill when it comes up under suspension so that we can take it up under a rule.

Bottom line: Pelosi asked her caucus to stick together to sink a bill that wasn't necessarily controversial on the merits in order to send a message to GOP leadership and, guess what? Her caucus backed her.

Amanda Marcotte and Steve Phillips Need Don’t Understand Elections

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:16:14 +0000

On July 20, Steve Phillips had an op-ed piece in the New York Times in which he asserted, in effect, that Democrats should focus on getting votes in 2018 only from those groups who voted for Hillary and should ignore white working class voters.  On July 22, Amanda Marcotte had a piece in Salon which also argued, in effect, that Democrats should ignore rural white voters and focus on those who voted for Hillary.  Unfortunately, they are not the only people to have gotten pieces in various media outlets saying similar things.  To understand why this approach makes no sense, let’s look at the way elections work in the US, especially federal elections like those coming up in 2018.            First, as everyone who took a US politics course in college knows or noticed the 2016 election results, a person can be elected President without getting a majority of the votes.  Al Gore had this happen, although only through the interference of the 5 Republican Justices on the Supreme Court, and Hillary Clinton had this happen all on her own.  Since the Electoral College system isn’t going away, it is folly to forget this.            Second, as progressives, political science students and other fans of democracy keep pointing out, the Congressional and state legislative districts in almost every state are heavily gerrymandered in favor of Republicans.  This has created a lot of undemocratic results where a majority of the voters in a state do not elect a majority of the US Representatives or the state legislators.  This situation is also not going away soon.              As a result, a progressive Democratic strategy to win enough elections, particularly in 2018, to make a difference at the state or federal level has to include getting the votes of either, and preferably both, some of the rural white voters who voted for Trump or people who didn’t vote in the 2016 election.  The latter amounted to 40% of the eligible voters.   This is because of a couple of factors.  First, a lot of women voted for Trump, so just counting on them to unseat Republicans seems dicey.  Second, putting aside that some African-American and Hispanic voters voted for Trump, the districts where these voters live are so gerrymandered that their votes are concentrated in a very small number of districts that are already represented by Democrats.  The exception is that in a small number of places, if a significantly larger number of Hispanics voted, that could significantly aid in unseating a Republican.  But in general, if Democrats want to get control of the House, Senate, some more state houses and state legislatures, or at least one house thereof, they need to find more votes among other voters. This is very doable, if Democrats will face reality and be logical, instead of just doing some variation of what got the country into its current situation where a minority of voters control the government of most of the country.  No large group of voters for any candidate are doing so for the same reasons.  Nor do they all have the same views on everything.  Not all Trump voters are hard-core racists.  Some are, but some who seem racist are reacting to being told by Republicans for 40 years that all their economic problems are caused by women, African-Americans, Hispanics and immigrants (a claim which progressives and Democrats have not bothered to refute).  Some of them are open to a message that their problems are actually caused by Republicans and big money in politics.  So are non-voters who have noticed that neither party shows any[...]

Identity Politics Cannot Be Separated From Economic Opportunity

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:40:20 +0000

First: Fuck white racist voters. It’s a waste of time to court them at all, at all, at all. That means not giving one damn inch to them. They can get over it or rot in their own racist hell. I don’t give a good goddamn about any of them. So please don’t tell me about abandoning People of Color in pursuit of economic fairness and opportunity.

The Actual Big Lie Is This: that we cannot have both economic opportunity and fairness and an expansion of the rights of People of Color, LGBTQ rights, Immigrant rights, Women’s rights. 

We Democrats are not weak! We are capable of doing all these things at once. Anyone who tells you otherwise either:

  • lacks faith in the strength of progressives (Hello? We made the weekend a thing. We got women the vote. The Civil Rights movement? WE ARE NOT WEAK.)
  • lacks conviction in our values.
  • or has an agenda or constituency to please.

There are millions of us, all colors, all religions and none, all ages. We are the future of this country, we are darker skinned than previous generations and we have solutions and ideas that work for people. 

Don’t let people tell you that, yeah, we can protect your voting rights, but increasing minimum wage is a strategy to appeal to white blue collar voters! That’s a lie!

Don’t let them tell you that you get the right to safe, legal reproductive care at the cost of pay equality! That’s bullshit. 

Don’t let them say we can save public education but you’ll have to live with redlining. That’s a goddamn lie!

And don’t fucking tell me I cannot support a fair economic playing field and rights for my fellow Democrats of all races, creeds, colors, countries of origin, sexual orientation, genders! I didn’t fall off the turnip truck yesterday! If the Democratic party cannot support identity politics and economic opportunity for all on a fair playing field then why does it even exist?

What good is the right to vote if you cannot use your vote to get the government to aid getting you out of poverty? What is the point of a decent public education if it ends in a redlined ghetto or barrio that you can’t leave? 

Dem's "A Better Deal" on NPR Now. Good cast.

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:18:11 +0000

NPR’s On Point is currently discussing the Dem’s “Better Deal” and they have a good group of guests.

That’s all : )

TRUE DEAL! That sounds a lot better than "better deal"

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:35:10 +0000

Here is my free branding consultation to the Democratic Party.  The notion of a “better deal” implies that Trump and his Republican enablers have given us something.  Which they absolutely have not.  All they have given us are lies and false promises.  I believe the Democrats offer a TRUE DEAL!

Democrats don’t hide in secret plotting against the medical security of millions of Americans.  Democrats bring their negotiations into the open and bring everyone to the table—including their opposition.  Trump Care is fake healthcare.  We need a TRUE DEAL that provides universal healthcare for all Americans, not a fake deal that risks the lives of millions.

Democrats don’t falsely promise to just go after the “bad hombres.” Democrats want to bring millions of undocumented Americans into the light and prosperity of our nation through fair and humane policies, not through terror and police-state roundups of many who are but political pawns in heartless Republican ploys to divide and conquer.  The TRUE DEAL speaks to the real issues in the immigration debate and doesn’t divide families as illegal and legal members.

Democrats don’t give cover to the lies of an administration that is more concerned with protecting its own interests than what is best for the country it has sworn a Constitutional oath to protect.  Fake dealers look to shady operatives outside of our nation to get an advantage in an electoral system that privileges moneyed interests over the democratic rights of the people to choose their leaders. The vast majority of our citizens cry out for a TRUE DEAL that protects and improves democratic institutions in our nation, not denies and represses voices that should have a say in the fate of our nation.

I am sick and tired of this fake presidency.  I grow weary of the false hope that Congressional Republicans will discover their patriotism and provide the Constitutional check and balances demanded of them to keep our executive branch from embarrassing and plundering our nation. My heart breaks for many decent conservative Americans who have been tricked into believing the deceitful narrative spun by right wing politicians and their media enablers. Finally, I am exhausted by a Democratic party that chooses safe, banal slogans over decisive, meaningful appeals that cut to the heart of what we are fighting for.

I don’t want a “better deal”.  I want a TRUE DEAL, not the fake stuff offered by Trump and his cronies. 

PA-Sen: Watch Bob Casey (D) Serve Free Pizza To Health Care Protestors Outside GOP Senators Offices

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:47:21 +0000

Pure awesome: x"Go Bob Casey!" as @SenBobCasey delivers pizza to protestors who do not support GOP efforts to repeal & replace. @fox5dc— Ronica Cleary 🇺🇸 (@RonicaCleary) July 24, 2017 Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) personally delivered free pizza to protesters against the Republicans’ efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The demonstrators have been protesting and camping out in the nation's capital since Sunday night outside of the Russell Senate Office Building and plan to stay there until the Senate votes on the proposed health care bill. On Monday evening, Sen. Casey handed boxes of pizza to several people in wheelchairs to chants of “Go Bob Casey!” “We are here because we are fighting for our lives, we are fighting for Medicaid, which funds so many of these people sitting here in front of these services, the way a lot of these people get up out of bed to go to their jobs, to do their daily lives,” one protester told FOX 5. Casey has been tireless in his efforts to stop this disastrous Trumpcare bill from passing by reaching out to his constituents: Few people disagreed with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey on Saturday morning. And he could tell. The roughly 200 constituents who attended a town hall the Scranton Democrat held in Blasco Library’s Hirt Auditorium had been given “agree/disagree” signs to indicate where they stood on his responses to questions. Throughout the hour-and-a-half event, it became clear that most of them supported his efforts against congressional Republicans working to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and it was clear that they wanted something to be done about Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Casey was prepared for questions on both topics. He has been talking about them online, over the phone and in person since March, when he kicked off a series of constituent outreach events, spanning Philadelphia, Scranton, Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Altoona, Harrisburg and Lancaster. People in attendance on Saturday — many were from the city of Erie, a Democratic stronghold — applauded the senator for his efforts, and contrasted Casey with the rest of Erie County’s delegation in Congress. None of those members, all Republicans, has held an in-person town hall in Erie this year to face opposition to their efforts to roll back former president Barack Obama’s signature health care law. “You are very brave,” one person told Casey. “A lot of your colleagues are not doing this.” Casey said the fight over health care is not over yet, even as support in the Senate for a Republican bill he said would “take a sledgehammer” to Medicaid has waned in recent weeks. A sense of resolution may arrive in the coming days, when the Senate is expected to vote on some form of health care legislation. “It may all come to a conclusion this week,” Casey said. And Casey wasn’t shy in rooting for the latest attempt at Trumpcare to fail: Casey said he hopes the vote Tuesday fails and is the last one before what he termed "another chapter." He said the president could show leadership on some issues and Congress could tackle bipartisan fixes on things like cost-sharing reduction payments. "If those cost-sharing reduction payments stop, we're going to have premium increases and even greater problems than some communities have now," he said. Casey urged the president and congressional leadersh[...]

America’s shifting politics, Part One

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:01:06 +0000

In 2020 and beyond, traditional political strongholds for both parties may change significantly. Changing demographics in states like Texas and Georgia might move them into the purple category and possibly even the blue state category in future elections. Meanwhile, once Democratic bastions, like Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin could shift into the swing state category. On top of this traditional battleground states like Ohio and Florida could begin become “safe seats” for Republicans or Democrats. The first red states to go blue could be Texas, Georgia, and Montana. Growing Hispanic & Latino populations are driving force to move the state in the Democratic category for the first time since 1976 when Jimmy Carter ran for President and beat Gerald Ford. Currently, Hispanics & Latinos make up 40% of the population. On top of this, African-Americans make up 11% of Texas. Now, clearly, all minorities don’t vote Democrat. However, according to the Pew Research Center, Democrats hold an 80%-11% advantage with blacks, 65%-23% of advantage with Asians, and 56–26% advantage with Hispanics across the United States. This means the Democrats for the foreseeable future will hold onto the minority vote by wide margins in all states. Unlike California, however, Texas’ population hasn’t seen a large dip in its white population. In fact, from 2000 to 2015 the white population declined by 1%. But 70% of the children under the age of 1 in Texas is Hispanic or Latino. That means by 2036, the first year these children can vote, the greatest majority of them will be Democrats. Though when you look deeper you find that many Hispanics came from Northern Mexico, which is a stronghold for the PAN, Mexico’s conservative party, to Texas while more left leaning Hispanics & Latinos come from Southern & Central Mexico and Central America to California. Most large cities have been more or less Democratic strongholds, and this holds true for almost any city in any state. The reason they’ve remained Democratic strongholds is that urban populations tend to be left leaning, regardless of race, with cities with larger minority populations being more Democratic. That’s why most large cities have a Democratic mayor or a liberal majority on the city council. Though there are few exceptions where heavily Conservative states have staunchly Republican cities and an occasional Republican might win a mayoral race in an otherwise liberal city, like Rudy Giuliani in New York City. Georgia probably won’t a Democratic stronghold anytime soon but it very well could be a purple state in the future, maybe even 2020. The reason for this is, like Texas, it has a large minority population as Blacks and Hispanics & Latinos make up around 35% of Georgia’s population. And 59% of children under the age of 1 are minorities. If this trend holds and minorities keep voting blue in a state where Hillary Clinton only lost by 300,000 votes then Democrats could begin to fight to win the state in future Presidential elections. Georgia’s cities are Democratic strongholds, like I mentioned above, especially Atlanta. Atlanta is currently keeping Democrats electorally competitive, at least somewhat, and is one of the nation’s fastest growing cities. If it continues to grow along with a rising minority population then Democrats could carry the state for the first time since 1992 when Bill Clinton was running for his fi[...]

MI-Sen: Sen. Gary Peters (D) Warns Us To Not Laugh Off Kid Rock's (R) Senate Campaign

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:38:37 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Gary Peters’ (D. MI) in support of U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s (D. MI) re-election campaign:

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D. MI)

Kid Rock is hinting that he's running for Senate against my friend Debbie Stabenow.

He even launched a "campaign" website from a record label.

Here's the thing: folks thought that Donald Trump’s campaign was a public relations stunt, but now he's president. That is why we can't assume, even for a moment, that Kid Rock's Senate campaign is anything but the real deal.

Can you donate to Debbie's campaign today? She's not taking anything for granted and we can't either. Please click here and donate to help re-elect my friend Debbie Stabenow.


Debbie's been a friend, a mentor and a champion for Michigan as our Senior Senator.

We can't afford to lose her as we fight back against Donald Trump's agenda.

Please click here and donate to Debbie's campaign today.

Thank you for standing with my friend Debbie,


Click here to donate to Stabenow’s re-election campaign.

MN-Sen: Amy Klobuchar (D) Helps Her Colleagues Keep Up Momentum To Defeat GOP Health Care Vote

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:26:21 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (D. MN) re-election campaign:

I just got back from the Senate floor where I spoke out about the latest Republican attempt to take away health care from millions of Americans. A vote could happen as soon as tomorrow, and I hope you'll raise your voice now.

Republican leaders say they are on Plan C. In reality, we've seen them propose not only a Plan A and B in the House, but also a Plan C, D, and E in the Senate. Now we are on Plan F -- and, as the daughter of a teacher, I know there's nothing worse than an F.

We should work together on bipartisan solutions to improve the Affordable Care Act and lower costs for the American people -- for example, strengthening the exchanges and making prescription drugs more affordable. But we should not undermine the care families count on.

I’m fighting as hard as I can in the U.S. Senate, and I need your help. Before tomorrow’s vote, will you sign my petition to make clear that we should improve, not undermine, health care in America?

Thank you for everything you do,


Click here to add your name.

WI-Sen: Tammy Baldwin (D) Keeps Up The Momentum To Stop The GOP From Taking Away Your Health Care

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:13:50 +0000

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

I was in Neshkoro, WI this month at one of our grassroots barbecues, when a good Samaritan pulled me aside.

She told me there was a man named Robert sitting on the sidewalk, and very upset that he had missed the event. On his way, one of his legs stopped cooperating, which happens sometimes when you’re 86.

Well, that just wasn’t going to do, so I immediately jogged down the block to go find him.

Sure enough, there was Robert.

I sat down, put my arm around him, and before I could even introduce myself he turned to me with tears in his eyes and said, “What’s going to happen to Medicaid?”

We sat under the Wisconsin sky, and I told him what I’ll tell you — I’m going to do everything I can to make health care more affordable and more accessible. And that means fighting the GOP repeal effort every step of the way.

Mitch McConnell has scheduled the vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act tomorrow. I’m not going to stop speaking out until it’s dead once and for all. Join me by signing here.

It’s not just Robert — Americans are terrified of what the GOP is going to do to health care. I hear it day-in and day-out.

At this point they’ve proposed so many scary “plans,” all of which would result in millions losing coverage and skyrocketing premiums. And they’ve all been wrong for hardworking families.

From 86 year-old Robert to 2 year-old Maren and everyone in between, Americans need stable health care coverage. I’m fighting to do the right thing for our families, but I need you with me.


Put your name down to reject repeal once and for all!



Click here to add your name.

MA-Sen: Elizabeth Warren (D) Helps Keep Up Momentum To Defeat Trumpcare Vote Tomorrow

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:03:53 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D. MA) re-election campaign:

The Senate Republicans’ “health care” bill is back from the dead. In fact, they’re planning a vote as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday.

If you haven’t heard about this, you’re not alone. Mitch McConnell is counting on the fact that everyone thought this bill was dead, and they are now distracted by news of the Russia investigation. For Mitch, this looks like the perfect moment to jam an Affordable Care Act repeal bill through the Senate.

So we need your help:

I’m fighting my heart out – but I can’t do it alone. We need you in this fight today, tomorrow, and as long as it takes to stop this bill.

Thanks for being a part of this,


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Breaking Down The Fascinating Gallup 50 State Poll

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:26:47 +0000

Gallup is the Warren Buffett of US Polling Firms. As old as time itself but still good at what it does. Gallup is most useful for presidential approval rating polls, as they update nearly daily a national presidential approval rating, and have since Harry Truman, which makes it useful to compare presidents historically, for history nerds like myself. But today, Gallup came out with a very different type of approval poll, one that polled Donald Trump’s approval in each individual state and published the results. Intrigued by it, I decided to do a quick breakdown of my thoughts on this treasure chest of data.  The Time Frame Perhaps the most puzzling aspect of this poll is the time frame. The poll was conducted by sampling 81,155 US adults from January 20-June 30, 2017. That raises a few questions, but most notably, there’s a big chance that someone who viewed Trump favorably on January 21 didn’t approve of him on June 30. After all, FiveThirtyEight’s Trump approval rating tracker had him at 47.8% approval and 42.5% disapproval on January 26. Today he sits at 39.1% approval and 55.1% disapproval. He’s lost 8.7 approval points and gained 12.6 disapproval points since he entered office, and thus, it is absolutely feasible to believe that a number of people in this survey could have changed their minds since they were recorded. I know conducting a poll of this sample size takes a lot of effort and thus, time, but I just wish they hadn’t done the timeframe in this fashion. Therefore, take these results with a grain of salt, but given the way Trump’s numbers have trended (nint: down), the actual values today could be lower.  The Expected Some of these numbers aren’t terribly surprising. Trump’s below 40% approval in every state that Hillary won except for three (Nevada, New Hampshire, and Maine). Trump’s above 50% in classically red states, but perhaps most interesting is that Trump’s approval in every state he won is lower than the percent of the vote he won except two (Alaska he’s at 51% after receiving 51% in 2016, but remember there’s a big 3rd party/Libertarian streak in Alaska. And Utah, which had the weird McMullin thing going on. Trump’s at 50/45 after getting 45 in 2016). That plays into a theory I have about how Trump’s biggest asset in the 2016 campaign was Hillary Clinton’s unpopularity, especially in red states and working class areas.  The Not So Expected The single most stunning piece of data is Texas. What in the world? Trump did very poorly for a Republican candidate in Texas post-Southern realignment, getting 52% of the vote and winning by only 9 points (Mitt got 57% and won by 16, McCain got 55% and won by 13). This poll has Trump at 42/51!! Is that real? Who knows? Texas polling is few and far between, especially in a non-election year, which is frustrating for polling geeks like me who are really interested in what could happen if a legit Democratic candidate runs a statewide race in modern Texas, like Beto O’Rourke (translation: not Wendy Davis). UTexas Austin has done polling that shows Trump with these types of numbers and this only adds to the puzzle.  Another WTF piece of data is Mississippi. While Trump is strong in most of the South, he’s just a net +2 in in Mississippi. Yes, Mississippi!!!! I know [...]

Myths, Dangers and Powers of the Presidential Pardon: 'BradCast' 7/24/2017

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 01:03:51 +0000

Guest: Constitutional expert Ian Millhiser; Also: Senate vows ObamaCare repeal vote; Dems unveil 2018 plan, put 'single-payer on the table'; Healthcare fight moves U.S. to the left; Impeachment getting popular... On today's BradCast, the turmoil continues in the Senate over the GOP undead attempt to repeal health care for millions, and in the White House where Team Trump faces the ongoing investigations of the Dept. of Justice's Special Counsel. [Audio link to complete show follows at end of article.] A new analysis out late Friday from the U.S. Senate Parliamentarian suggests that a number of provisions in the GOP's scheme to repeal and replace ObamaCare may not pass muster under Senate rules for passage under 'budget reconciliation' with just a 51 vote majority. Instead, 60 votes may be needed, in which case, the scheme may be in even more trouble than it already appears. Or, Senate Republicans could simply try to kill the legislative filibuster instead. Either way, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising a vote to proceed on Tuesday, even though it remains unclear exactly what Senators will be voting on. At the same time, Democrats are unveiling their own scheme ("A Better Deal") to try and win back voters in 2018. Comments over the weekend from Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer suggest that the passionate advocacy from progressives for a "Medicare-for-all" style system (single payer) or, at least a public option for health care insurance, may finally be moving the party establishment. Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues publicly attacking his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions and talking about Presidential pardon powers for some reason. But some of those powers, contrary to conventional wisdom, may not be as absolute as he and others have argued, including the power to pardon himself. We're joined by author and Constitutional law expert IAN MILLHISER, Senior Editor of ThinkProgress Justice, to discuss legal assessments from the Nixon era though the Clinton era through now, in regards the power of the Presidential pardon, and the dangers that power could present for Donald Trump himself if he chooses to exercise it for some of his close aides and family members. Among the man related questions and "myths" discussed: What dangers lurk for the President from those he may pardon? Can the President really pardon himself? Can a sitting President be criminally indicted? But, of course, much remains unknown when it comes to the various extraordinary ways we are discussing the power of the Presidential pardon, of late, because the U.S. Supreme Court has not rung in on most of it. That's because, as Millhiser notes, "most Presidents don't commit federal offenses when they're in office." "Here's what this really comes down to: Everyone has assumed that the President would be capable of shame. I'm dead serious about that. Why did Nixon resign? He resigned because he was capable of shame," Millhiser argues. "Everyone assumes that if the President somehow was not capable of shame, then the Congress would be capable of shaming him. When you go back and you read James Madison or Alexander Hamilton, they did not understand the inevitability of political parties," Millhiser argues. "So the Constitution was written on this assumption [...]

GOP turns on Trump on Sanctions and Investigations; Democrats' Fates Improve: Tuesday's Good News

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:04:04 +0000

So I had a bad night last night.   Our man-baby president spoke to the BOY SCOUTS and managed to make it all about him and the election and his lunacy.  He swore and embarrassed himself.   Sometimes I can just laugh at that stuff, but this time I just couldn’t.  You know when you watch him and it just hits you that he is the President of the United States of America and it is such a gut punch?  I had one of those. And then McCain said he was coming back for the vote, which I assume is to send it over the edge so they can take healthcare away from millions of people.   So I felt awful, and I was wondering what the heck I was going to tell all of you — I felt like there wasn’t good news. Then I went to the folder on my desktop where I save good news as I see it throughout the day and there were 29 articles saved!  Here I was thinking there was no good news and I had managed to save more good news articles than I do on most of the best days. And that cheered me up. There is a lesson in that somewhere.  I guess that there is always good news.  Even when the good news lady is feeling down. So onto that good news! Hard to say how it will end, but there is pressure on the GOP to vote against Wealthcare Bill from all over David Durenberger, a Republican senator from Minnesota from 1978 to 1995,  a former chairman of the Senate Finance subcommittee on health urged  republicans to resist the bullying. Don't vote for a mystery health care bill. listen to this honesty:  There will be no hiding this vote. Let me assure you, as the official scorekeeper, the CBO will eventually score the entire bill, and that’s what your vote will be evaluated on. For those who worry about re-election politics, I can assure you that going into a campaign confident that you've done what’s best for every one of your constituents, not just for those who want to stick you with a stale slogan, is the best medicine you’ll ever have prescribed for you. also there is a NEW AARP letter opposing all versions of health care repeal & urging NO vote on motion to proceed. And Thousands of nuns urge senators to vote against Obamacare repeal.  C’mon — NUNS!  for heaven’s sake.  What kind of monsters ignore thousands of nuns?  Do the right thing. Whatever happens on healthcare, there are super good positive signs that: G.O.P. Support for Trump Is Starting to Crack Below the leadership level, Republicans are defying Trump more often, and McConnell and Ryan aren’t always standing in their way. You can see this defiance in the bipartisan Senate investigation of the Russia scandal. You can see it in the deal on Russian sanctions.  “The current congressional G.O.P. seems less supportive and more constraining of the Potus than basically any in history,”  Many of today’s Republicans avoid going on television as Trump surrogates. They mock him off the record, and increasingly on the record, too. In recent weeks, eight senators have publicly stood in the way of a health care bill. Republican senators are also helping to conduct an investigation of Trump’s campaign and have backed the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel. The House looks set to vote yes on a bill taking power [...]

GA-Gov: Civil Rights Icon, Rep. John Lewis (D), Endorses Stacey Abrams (D) For Governor

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:56:02 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Civil Rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D. GA-05), in support of Stacey Abrams (D. GA) gubernatorial campaign:


Dear Friend,

Stacey Abrams is a deeply compassionate and thoughtful leader who is always committed to fighting for justice for the Georgians she serves.

I have watched her career for a long time, and I have seen her work tirelessly to build coalitions that have helped protect the poor and middle class, fight voter suppression, and register hundreds of thousands of people to vote.

That is why I am supporting her campaign. Stacey Abrams is the only leader in the race who has the experience and an ambitious vision to uplift all families in our state.

Will you join me in committing to vote for Stacey Abrams, and bring a friend to the polls?

The right to vote is precious — almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument in a Democratic society. We must use it.

Georgia must seize the opportunity to be a model for our nation by electing Stacey Abrams, a transformative leader who strives to empower the people she will serve.

Please join me in committing to vote for Stacey Abrams — and let me know who you'll bring to the polls:

Thank you,

Representative John Lewis

Click here to sign up to help get out the vote for Abrams.

OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Keeps Up Momentum To Protect The ACA & Medicaid Expansion

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:41:36 +0000

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

Senate Republicans are pushing forward with a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and make major cuts to Medicaid just 5 days shy of the 52nd Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid.

One of our most significant victories in the Affordable Care Act was expanding Medicaid so millions more working class Americans could access quality care. They could receive routine check-ups, preventative services, and treatment for mental illness and addiction. In Ohio, Medicaid expansion gave health care access to 700,000 residents.

We can't let Senate Republicans turn this week into the beginning of the end of Medicaid as we know it.

We need to protect the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion. Help us get to 10,052 signatures by the 52nd anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid on July 30th.

Rolling back Medicaid Expansion and making large funding cuts to Medicaid is especially reckless given that Ohio -- like many other states around the country -- is in the midst of a major opioid addiction crisis.

In Ohio, opioid-related deaths rose 775% over a 13 year period. This crisis is ravaging families and overwhelming community support networks. It’s claiming the lives of mothers and fathers, sons and daughters. Addiction knows no political party. It’s a problem that we all have to tackle together.

Ending Medicaid expansion would weaken our efforts to address the opioid crisis. It would limit treatment for those who are literally fighting for their lives.

Medicaid has never been so important to struggling communities. I refuse to turn my back on them. Add your name to protect Medicaid as we approach its 52nd Anniversary.

With gratitude,


Click here to add your name.

Democrats may finally be seizing on a moment rife with opportunity—let's see if they deliver

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:07:48 +0000

Democrats appear to have finally recognized the opportunity that is staring them in the face. After Donald Trump rode a populist wave of anger to office, the fatally flawed Republican pr*sident is readily tossing aside those that brung him in a seemingly limitless quest to feed his insatiable ego. In the meantime, on the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a deeply uncreative and uninspired group of middle managers known as Republican lawmakers have failed to grasp the lessons of 2016—that the only thing that ever made Trump's candidacy viable was the disdain he expressed, even if insincerely, for nearly everything that defines the GOP and its preferential treatment for the rich in every policy debate from trade to health care to taxes and more. The fact that the guy who now sits in the Oval Office took a wrecking ball to the core of the Republican agenda has left them rallying around the crumbling remains of an ideology a majority of Americans—including Democrats, independents, and even some Trump voters—despise. Finally, Democrats are making a bid to claim the mantle of exactly what Trump and the GOP abandoned just as soon as he took the oath of office. It is in that spirit that Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer posted an op-ed in the New York Times seeking to re-establish Democrats as a party that truly stands for the working class ideals Trump pretended to care about during the election. In it, Schumer moves beyond a call for passing a jobs/infrastructure bill, raising the minimum wage, and providing paid family/sick leave to lay out several new prongs on the way to leveling the playing field for Americans who haven't benefitted equally from the many opportunities the 20th century brought our country. Schumer writes: Right now, there is nothing to stop vulture capitalists from egregiously raising the price of lifesaving drugs without justification. We’re going to fight for rules to stop prescription drug price gouging and demand that drug companies justify price increases to the public. And we’re going to push for empowering Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for older Americans. Right now our antitrust laws are designed to allow huge corporations to merge, padding the pockets of investors but sending costs skyrocketing for everything from cable bills and airline tickets to food and health care. We are going to fight to allow regulators to break up big companies if they’re hurting consumers and to make it harder for companies to merge if it reduces competition. Right now millions of unemployed or underemployed people, particularly those without a college degree, could be brought back into the labor force or retrained to secure full-time, higher-paying work. We propose giving employers, particularly small businesses, a large tax credit to train workers for unfilled jobs. This will have particular resonance in smaller cities and rural areas, which have experienced an exodus of young people who aren’t trained for the jobs in those areas. None of these ideas are entirely new, but the Democrats' pledge to recommit to them as a party could certainly put a force behind them that has been missi[...]

The Terminator Is Back! To Make Sure Majority Rule Is Restored

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:07:58 +0000

In the 2016 Presidential election Donald Trump got 62,984,825 votes, Hillary Clinton got 65,853,516 votes over 2 million more votes than Donald Trump but on January 20th it was Donald Trump sworn in as President. In 2012, despite the fact that Democratic candidates for the House of Representatives won 1.1 million more votes than Republicans, Republicans maintained control of the House. What’s wrong with this picture? Does American democracy no longer mean one person one vote? Does majority rule no longer exist in America? The redrawing of district boundaries every 10 years is designed to ensure that Congress and state legislatures are representative. But all too often redistricting is not used by elected officials to safeguard electoral fairness, but to manipulate boundaries and stack the deck in favor of a political party or incumbent candidates. This is called gerrymandering and it is a big problem in America. New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice has done extensive studies and concluded gerrymandering impacts communities across the country. Underrepresented minority communities are often hit the hardest when redistricting dilutes their political influence and makes it hard to gain a foothold in our democracy. With technology now making it possible to draw maps with highly accurate precision, the result is a political system where most electoral battles are fought in primaries and elected officials more and more seem to cater to the partisan extremes that dominate those contests. It’s no wonder then that citizens are left feeling increasingly that their votes — and voices — don’t matter. The Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger is back doing his part to make sure that whether we vote Republican or Democrat, our votes mean something and majority rule is restored in America. Listen as he explains our current problem of partisan gerrymandering x YouTube Video One manifestation of gerrymandering occurs when the majority party in a state legislature manipulates district boundaries so that voters for the opposing party are either dispersed throughout the state so they won’t make up a majority in any district, or packed together in a minimum number of districts and don’t have enough representation in other districts to win the majority of the state’s House seats. The country's first drawn district for political reasons Gerrymandering can also be used to protect incumbents, such as when legislators create districts that strategically group together supporters of sitting representatives to minimize competition. And then there’s racial gerrymandering when district lines are intentionally drawn to disperse minority groups to dilute their influence in a district making it impossible for them to elect representatives, or packing minorities together in a minimum number of districts so they don’t have enough representation in other districts. This ensures that African-Americans or Latinos or other communities of color don’t have a sufficient seat at the table. Both Democrats and Republicans have been known to gerrymander, but Republicans were able t[...]

Eight years after the last minimum wage increase, Democrats want to give 41 million workers a raise

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:45:45 +0000

The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since July 24, 2009—for eight years. Thanks to Republicans in Congress and the White House, it won’t be going up any time soon, and though many states have raised their minimum wages, 21 states remain stuck at $7.25 an hour. That’s a poverty wage. A new analysis from the National Employment Law Project shows what the Democrats’ Raise the Wage Act of 2017—which would take the minimum wage up to $15 by 2024, a gradual raise by any standard except the Republican “no raise ever” standard—would do for low-wage workers:

  • 20.7 million workers would see pay raises in the 21 states whose minimum wages are stuck at $7.25.
  • Fully half of the 41.5 million workers who would see pay increases are in the 21 states stuck at $7.25.
  • In the 13 other states with minimum wages of less than $9, nearly 13 million more workers also would see their hourly pay rise.
  • Of all the workers nationwide who would receive raises, 8 in 10 are in the 34 states with the lowest minimum wages.
  • In 19 of the 21 states at $7.25, more than 30 percent of wage-earners would benefit from raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2024; the highest share is in Mississippi, with 44.4 percent.

Republicans want these workers stuck at poverty wages. There’s no other serious explanation for their refusal to raise the minimum wage over the past eight years.

Trump Is Gonna Try and Flip Russia Discussion Back on "Crooked Hillary" and GOP May Well Collude

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:08:44 +0000

Yep.  I’ve been waiting for this one.  Trump in one of his glorious Twitter Tirades has unleashed not only upon his “beleaguered” attorney general, one Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, who apparently should have remained loyal to the King President but who had the poor taste to recuse himself from the Russia investigation because, I guess, he still has a slim little modicum of respect for the law; he has (but naturally) conjured the vision of #Crooked Hillary who according to himself should be the true focus of the Russia investigation.

From the NYT,…

WASHINGTON — President Trump turned up the pressure on his own attorney general on Monday, calling him “beleaguered” in a tweet questioning why the Justice Department is not investigating Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Trump’s comments are remarkable because if the attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is beleaguered of late it is largely because of Mr. Trump himself.

He also attacked Rep. Adam Schiff, of course, referring to him as “sleazy” which is hilarious under the circumstances but given Trump’s ability to sway his base may not be a harmless calumny; they are all too willing to cast aspersions on those opposing their Chosen One  President (apparently not our President because he has no intention of listening to or taking into consideration the majority of Americans, since we didn’t vote for him!)

Anyway, I’m worried that the Republicans might well go along with this ugly charade.  Rachel Maddow said something the other night that really troubled me, which was that the Senate Judiciary Committee under Chuck Grassley decided not to hold public testimony from Manafort and Jared Kushner but wants to hold an inquisition into Fusion GPS, the research group that hired Christopher Steele, instead.

Stop Attacking the Democratic Party with Your Useless Cynicism

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:48:30 +0000

So, this weekend news broke that the Dems were working on a new slogan, and a strategy to embrace a more populist economic message focusing on wage stagnation, underemployment, and the broken system that has been leaving too many working Americans behind. The Internet rejoiced, congratulating the Democrats on taking its advice, and projected a hopeful optimism for the path forward. Just kidding. The Internet gleefully eviscerated this plan in the most cynical way imaginable. On every big center to left-leaning website where Americans consume their political information, the resident progressives teamed up with the resident Trump Trolls to tear this down, using all the greatest hits. “Both sides”, “Neoliberals”, “Nancy Pelosi something something”, “lies”, etc etc. The “Your” in my headline is a general “you”. It  might not even apply to a single person reading this diary. But I’m tired of the cynicism online. The “other side” can be pure evil and it's whatever, because they’re supposed to be. But the Democrats can’t do anything without being eviscerated with equal ferocity by people across the political spectrum. Like Democrats are supposed to be twice as good to get half the credit. I used to think the internet didn't matter because it wasn't a representative sample. But 2016 taught me I was dead wrong. So goes The Internet, so goes the narrative. It doesn’t matter if only 2% of the population are the ones doing this because that 2% makes up 95% of the comments on every political website, news website, and social media website. It appears to actually affect the way America views events. One example is how the Democratic Party became the “out of touch” party because... the internet said so. That’s basically what happened. I can already see what’s going to happen over the next 15 months until the midterms. The Republican Party is going to be Teflon-Coated Evil while the Democrats are going to be scrutinized and attacked for every syllable, no matter what. And “you” and your cynicism are going to be a vehicle for all of this. [...]

VA-Gov: Monmouth University Poll Shows A Tied Race Between Ralph Northam (D) & Ed Gillespie (R)

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:13:31 +0000

Latest news out of Virginia today courtesy of Monmouth University’s latest poll: The race for Virginia governor is neck and neck in the first Monmouth University Poll of the 2017 election there. Pres. Trump could be having a small but decisive impact on the election as it stands now, driving some voters toward the Democratic nominee. The poll also finds that health care is the top issue for Virginia voters in this election. Currently, 44% of likely voters support Republican Ed Gillespie and 44% support Democrat Ralph Northam. Libertarian candidate Cliff Hyra gets 3% of the vote and 9% are undecided. Gillespie has 91% support among his fellow Republicans and Northam has 88% support among his fellow Democrats. Independents prefer the GOP nominee by a narrow 42% to 38% margin. Donald Trump may not be the top issue for most Virginia voters, but he is having an impact on the 2017 election. Specifically, 4-in-10 voters say that Pres. Trump is either a major factor (26%) or minor factor (14%) in deciding how they will vote for governor. Those saying Trump is a factor include 52% of Northam supporters, 32% of Gillespie supporters, and 32% of those who are undecided or are supporting the third party candidate. While Trump is a presence in this election, few voters would actually alter their intention at this point if he wasn't a consideration. Nearly all Gillespie voters (99%) would stick with their choice if Trump was not a factor in their vote. Somewhat fewer Northam voters (88%) say they would stay with the Democrat, with many of the potential defectors (7%) moving into the undecided column. Taken together, these results suggest that Gillespie could actually have a lead of 45% to 40% over Northam - with 12% being undecided - if Trump did not currently figure into the equation. "A small but crucial portion of Northam's support is coming from voters who are primarily anti-Trump. Unless one of the candidates breaks out with a clear advantage on Virginia-centric issues, the president could wind up as a decisive factor in the outcome," said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute. Murray added, "National pundits like to paint Virginia gubernatorial races as referenda on whichever president was just elected and they are almost always wrong. 2017 may turn out to be the first time you can credibly draw a direct link between the Oval Office and the race for governor." Currently, just 37% of likely voters in Virginia approve of the job Trump is doing as president while 57% disapprove. Among Gillespie voters, 78% approve of Trump and 18% disapprove. Among Northam voters, less than 1% approve of the president's performance and 96% disapprove. Among those who are undecided or support the third party candidate, 22% approve and 60% disapprove of Trump. The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from July 20 to 23, 2017 with 502 Virginia residents likely to vote in the 2017 gubernatorial election. The results in this release have a margin of error of +/- 4.[...]

CT-Sen: Chris Murphy (D) Goes After Tom Price For Using Taxpayer Dollars To Sabotage The ACA

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:00:53 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Chris Murphy’s (D. CT) re-election campaign: Sen. Chris Murphy (D. CT) Late last week, Senators Cory Booker, Brian Schatz and I wrote a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services requesting information about any money the department has spent effectively running a paid, negative advertising campaign against the Affordable Care Act on social media. As you know, shortly after he was sworn in, President Trump canceled advertisements designed to encourage people to sign-up for the Affordable Care Act, an act of sabotage meant to undermine the law’s ability to keep premiums down. Our concern is that the Trump administration, and specifically the Department of Health and Human Services, is violating the law by using funds appropriated to implement and help Obamacare succeed, and instead spending those to undermine its effectiveness and lobby for its repeal. The campaign makes it clear Secretary Price is trying to influence the public, so that makes it even more important he hear from you. So I am asking: Sign my petition calling on the Department of Health and Human Services and its Secretary, Tom Price, to stop spending taxpayer dollars to undermine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, and to lobby for its repeal. Then forward this email to friends and asking them to do the same. Here’s one example: Who paid to produce that video and the many others like it being promoted on government social media accounts? How much did they cost to make? Who approved the videos, and under what authority? Because here is the truth: like it or not, the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land. And that means until that is no longer the case, the Department of Health and Human Services has an obligation to uphold and implement it. Anything less invites serious legal questions about the work of the department. Add your name if you agree: Sign my petition calling on the Department of Health and Human Services and its Secretary, Tom Price, to stop spending taxpayer dollars to undermine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, and to lobby for its repeal. We are likely gonna have a vote here tomorrow on the future of the Affordable Care Act. And if we’re able to defend the law, we need to know that government funds aren’t going to be used to undermine its potential for success. Every best wish, Chris Murphy U.S. Senator, Connecticut Click here to add your name. [...]

Fighting for our progressive values

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:08:52 +0000

Like so many of us, I clearly remember the night of last November 8th. I remember where I was and who I was with. I remember every election update that further crushed our hopes. My name is Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and I am running to serve New Mexico's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Since November 8th, I have seen the terror and fear that Trump's Presidency has inflicted on our communities: Children of immigrant parents afraid to go to school; domestic violence survivors afraid to go to courthouses to seek justice, and residents afraid to even leave their homes. The terror is palpable.  And for anti-domestic violence advocates like myself, the reality of the Trump administration has exceeded our worst fears. Before this past year, I had never considered seeking elected office. I was the executive director of Enlace Comunitario, a non-profit that serves immigrant women who are survivors of domestic violence. The agency is one of the few bilingual and culturally proficient programs in the country that focuses on violence prevention and intervention. The week after Trump’s election, 70% of the victims we were slated to serve were no-shows. When we followed up, it was fear of deportation that these victims cited as their reason for not pursuing their cases. Like many of us, I decided to mobilize and advocate for our community. I got involved in every way I could. I joined up with progressive groups who were getting active to fight a bevy of destructive and alarming federal nominations. I donated to Jon Ossoff for Congress in Georgia. Perhaps most importantly, I co-founded a group called Defend our Neighbors whose mission is to protect our immigrant communities from the terror and uncertainty brought on by the now omnipresent threat of deportation and violent raids. We brought together a coalition of allies to force Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents out of our courthouses. The issue has made it all the way to our state supreme court and continues today. I believe in a progressive, inclusive government that works for everyone. My guiding principles throughout my career have been to seek justice and fairness. But our progress has been stymied. Here in New Mexico, we face uphill battles in all directions: we have a growing epidemic of working poor. We rank 50th in the U.S. with a poverty rate at 20%, including, nearly a third of our children here in New Mexico living in poverty. New Mexico's rate of drug overdose deaths is nearly twice the national average. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed we will see more than 133,000 New Mexicans lose healthcare coverage and over 11,000 jobs. We no longer have the luxury of aspiring to do better tomorrow. We must urgently stand up and fight for our neighbors and for ourselves today. We need to champion a 21st Century New Deal Act that invests in our national infrastructure and helps us lead the green energy renaissance that’s yet to fully flourish.[...]

Battle Him (not Her) for the Republic

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:14:54 +0000

The battle for America is not being helped by poll watching Democrats.  The Senate Minority leader, a week after a poll stating that Democrats have no innovative ideas, is back to blaming Hillary Clinton for the 2016 Presidential loss.   Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stupidly has spent the past four days worrying about polls as opposed to ignoring them in favor of principle.  People do not like Republicans, they are overwhelmed by them.  In the face of polls after the Sandy Hook massacre that indicated 90 percent of the population wanted gun registration reform, Republicans laughed.  When the President made up from whole cloth three million undocumented immigrants who all voted for Hillary Clinton, they allowed the formation of a sham commission to prove it.  Republicans do not respond, they swarm. Hillary was pilloried for her Goldman Sachs connections; Trump supporters are hailing him for his clever choices of billionaires to ruin their lives.  Democrats need to stop cowering in the face of our principles being challenged.  A loss in the recent Georgia special congressional election for the 6th district by Democrat Jon Ossoff, (in a heavily Republican stronghold) immediately spurred a backlash against a successful Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi.  I understand the need for new blood and fresh faces but Ronald Reagan was a year older than Hillary Clinton the day he took office and Donald Trump turned 71 in June.  Republicans do not worry about age, they thrive off the appearance of unity and strength. Republicans have talked about a nanny state for years, but that is precisely what they have created for themselves. Elect a daddy, protect them from the hordes of brown invaders and spank them when they fail to live up to daddy’s expectations.     The irony of Chuck Schumer’s sudden realization that it was, ‘Hillary’s fault’ is that he quoted her ideas as the way forward, “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future.”     If you check the pages of Hillary’s website she tried expressing those very same views the entire campaign and her message was drowned out by the breathless sighs of cable news program anchors televising an empty podium awaiting the arrival of Leader Trump.  Republicans long ago devised and followed the strategy of destroying their young, minorities and the sick, Democrats have now decided to eat their old as a response.  Unfortunately, with that old garde is a history of tax reform, welfare reform, healthcare reform, environmental reform, banking reform and opposition to nuclear armament. The list is too exhaustive, so I will stop there. A poll says, the Democrats have no ideas just opposition to Trump, and as per usual, the stampe[...]

The Fight of our lives

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:31:22 +0000

Progressives are mobilizing to resist the assaults on democracy, human rights, the safety net, the environment, and our health care – all are coming from the Trump administration, as we must. His government is certainly the most right-wing extremist in history, a collection of billionaires, corporate chieftains, ideologues purposely placed to undermine the very agencies they lead. I believe that we  must clearly communicate to voters that had disaffected from Obama the values that undergird our beliefs. Though this isn't a retreat from #Resistance we can not lose sight of the fact that right extremists now have total control of state and federal offices in nearly 31 states. We've seen once they took power they rolled back rights and hurt working families – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker war on labor unions to the draconian anti-latino law signed this month by Greg Abbott in my beloved Texas . Their extremism knows no bounds. When Democrat Roy Cooper ousted the Republican Governor last November, Pat McCrory, the Governor who signed the infamous potty anti-LGBT law, HB 2, veto-proof majorities in the North Carolina legislature preemptively attempted to restrict the Governor’s power. They failed but it was the lesson the rights extremist knows no bounds! Just like Trump, the extremists who have taken over the nation and statehouses were swept into power by votes, and they must be taken out by the vote. Democrats have a lousy record on midterms and it's something I truly have worries about.  The first opportunity to do this since we lost all 4 special elections is less than five months away, with important elections for the North Carolina legislature. Also for the Governor, and legislative body in both Virginia and New Jersey (Christie isn't seeking reelection and has low ratings but Trumps victory showed we should not take anything for granted). One year llater from now, 35 governorship, legislative bodies in 46 states will be in play – not to mention the composition of the U.S. House, which must be a check on Trump. These elections will be critical for us to stand up to him and his enablers, it will play a huge role in determining the balance of political power in the United States for years to come. If we don’t focus on this rather than the persistent screeching of Russia and  immediately, we’ll have a steeper battle, it likely will be too late to reverse threats to our winning the house. So to be clear, we have to mobilize, right now! I don't believe any progressive denies that Right-wingers made huge gains in the midterm elections of 2010 because democrats became complacent and allowed a smaller, older, whiter, midterm electorate to hand overwhelming control of government to the obstructionist Tea Party along other ultra-right Republicans. The right has been at this for a very  long time, funded by powerful groups[...]

MD-Gov: Ben Jealous (D) Mounts Pressure On Trump & Congress To Protect DREAMers

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:31:36 +0000

Received this e0mail yesterday from former NAACP Chairman Ben Jealous’ (D. MD) gubernatorial campaign:

As Republicans continue their efforts to strip away healthcare from millions of Americans, and ignore evidence of Russian collusion, their allies at the state and local level are busy undermining protections for Dreamers.

A group of Republican attorneys general is working to pressure President Trump to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA.

This law protects children of undocumented immigrants who are brought to this country at a young age. There are approximately 800,000 young people protected under DACA. They grew up here, attended school here, and are contributing to their communities and economy. These children are Americans.

Donald Trump claims he doesn’t “wish to do harm to Dreamers,” but without bipartisan legislation to protect them, 800,000 flourishing young people risk being torn away from their families and the only life they know.

Add your name to tell Donald Trump to protect DACA.

At the helm of the NAACP, I was able to ensure the passage of the DREAM Act in Maryland. And through our work, we heard your stories and learned so much about those directly affected by this legislation.

Across the country, an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants live in a permanent second-class status. Many immigrants come to the U.S. to find a better life, but find themselves living in the shadows, in constant fear of arrest and deportation. This segregation has a cost, especially for the children of immigrants.

The DREAM Act provides an opportunity for all Maryland students to have equal access to higher education. This is a crucial step toward building socially and economically healthy communities. Marylanders recognize that we may have come to this country in different boats, but we are all rowing together now. Now, we must stand up, once again, to protect these Dreamers nationwide.  

As Dr. King said, "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." We have a responsibility to stand up for social justice whenever it is violated and stand with our young people chasing the American Dream.

Tell Donald Trump to reaffirm his commitment to Dreamers, and ask Congress to pass the bipartisan Dream Act.

In power,

Ben Jealous

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PA, NM & MT-Sen: Council For A Livable World Helps These Dems Stop Trump's Undoing Of Iran Deal

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:24:07 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Council for a Livable World: With the Trump Administration threatening the Iran Deal almost daily, you might be asking: What can I do to help? First, write the White House! And be sure to contact your local representative and senators as well. The more public voices in support of the agreement, the better. But there is something else you can do right now: contribute to 2018 congressional candidates who will work to preserve the historic agreement. The election may seem far off, but we have to start now if we want to protect diplomacy. Will you donate to Council-endorsed candidates working to preserve the Iran nuclear deal? Without them in Congress, the deal will be even further at risk. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), and Jon Tester (D-MT) all face tough races in 2018. Hawks from around the country are converging on their states, attempting to oust these supporters of diplomacy and progressive national security. We simply can’t afford to lose these seats. Will you help Council-endorsed candidates fight off hawkish opponents and protect the Iran Deal? The future of diplomacy is in jeopardy. Thank you for supporting these outstanding candidates. John Tierney Executive Director Council for a Livable World Member of Congress (former) 01/03/1997-01/03/2015 Click here to donate to Casey, Heinrich and Tester’s campaigns. [...]

GA-Gov: Sign Up For Stacey Abrams' (D) Day Of Action On July 29th To Help Get Out The Vote

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:12:38 +0000

Received this e-mail yesterday from Stacey Abrams’ (D. GA) gubernatorial campaign: Dear Friend, Since kicking off this campaign in early June, Stacey Abrams has traveled to ten cities and towns in our state to share her vision for a stronger Georgia. Now, it's time for people in communities across the state — and country — to get involved together! On Saturday, July 29th, we're hosting a Day of Action across Georgia. Please join our team to talk to your friends and neighbors about why you support Stacey Abrams for Georgia Governor. Here are the ways to get involved: 1. Knock doors: Volunteers near Atlanta, Albany, Augusta, Milledgeville, and Macon can go door to door and talk to their neighbors about why they are supporting Stacey Abrams for Governor. We'll meet up for a training to give you the tools you need to effectively spread our message. RSVP for more details. 2. Make calls: Volunteers in other parts of the state — or country — can make calls using our Virtual Phone Bank system. Gather a few friends and help spread the word about Stacey — we'll give you all the tools you need! RSVP for more details. 3. Share, tweet, post: No matter where you are or what you're doing next Saturday, you can share, tweet, or post about Stacey and our Day of Action on social media. We will also unveil a fun way for you to show your support on Twitter that day — just check @teamabrams. Here's how you can spread the word. Join us next Saturday to help talk to voters and build a broad coalition to elect Stacey Abrams. We hope to see you there! Thank you, Team Abrams Click the links above to sign up and spread the word. [...]

TX-Sen: PCCC Doubles Down To Help Beto O'Rourke (D) Defeat Senator Shitkicker (R)

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:01:56 +0000

Received this e-mail last night from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support of Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D. TX) U.S. Senate campaign: There is BIG NEWS out of Texas. Check this out: The Intercept: Democrat Beto O’Rourke takes Bernie Sanders fundraising model local in run at Ted Cruz Boing Boing: Ted Cruz's Democratic challenger is a small-dollars fundraising monster who won't take PAC money Texas Tribune: Beto O'Rourke raises more than Ted Cruz in second quarter Metro US: Underdog congressman emerges as serious contender for Ted Cruz's Senate seat PCCC members have played a big role in Beto's ability to challenge Ted Cruz so far, because replacing Ted Cruz with a true progressive would shatter the status quo. Can you chip in $3 to Beto O’Rourke’s campaign to build on this momentum and keep headlines like this coming? There are two big reasons why O’Rourke is going to need massive, Bernie Sanders-style grassroots support to defeat Ted Cruz. First, Cruz has a nationwide network from his failed presidential run and -- love him or hate him -- almost everyone in Texas knows who he is. Second, Texas is a huge state with multiple expensive media markets. It costs plenty for any candidate to get their message out statewide. To make matters worse, O’Rourke is largely on his own when it comes to national Democrats: The Texas Tribune: "O'Rourke has deftly built an online following in recent months and standing-room only crowds have shown up at his events across the state. But he is still mostly unknown and on his own in this race. "The challenger will need every dime he can raise to build up his name identification. And for now, it is unlikely the national party will help him in this effort as they focus resources on other states... "National Democrats say they will prioritize supporting the ten Senate incumbents who represent states President Donald Trump carried in 2018." This makes our grassroots support for Beto all the more important -- and his ability to run a Bernie Sanders-style campaign built on small dollar donations one of the best pieces of news we've heard in a long time! Can you pile on and build on this momentum to keep the headlines coming? Chip in $3 to Beto O'Rourke's campaign now? Thanks for being a bold progressive. -- The Progressive Change Campaign Committee Click here to donate to O’Rourke’s campaign. [...]

CT-Gov: Dan Drew (D) Pushes The Call To Make Single-Payer Health Care A Reality

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:52:50 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Middletown Mayor Dan Drew’s (D. CT) gubernatorial campaign: Friends -- Millions of Americans are breathing a sigh of relief today, now that the Trumpcare bill is dead in the Senate. I want to congratulate everyone who defended our health against this assault by corporate interests. We showed that the Resistance is more than just a catchphrase -- it's a movement that's fighting every day for working families and the middle class. Now we need to shift our focus off of playing defense, and start looking towards the future of health care. And that future is clear: Single-Payer. Let's not get lost in the watered-down positions of the corporate wing of American politics. Let's start the next phase of this fight by aiming for a progressive victory on one of the biggest issues in the nation. Let's guarantee health care as a right to every American, and make sure that everyone has access to affordable, quality care. The most efficient, effective way to ensure universal healthcare is by creating a single-payer system, and if Congress isn’t willing to do it in Washington, then we should do it at the state level. That’s why I’m running for Governor. Join me in our fight for single-payer healthcare. Even with national Democratic leaders like Elizabeth Warren and Richard Blumenthal embracing the call for single-payer, none of the other potential Democratic candidates for Governor has embraced it. We can't afford to be weak on critical issues. We need bold, progressive solutions for Connecticut. We need bold policies that change lives. Single-payer healthcare will enable existing small businesses to expand, encourage entrepreneurs to start their own companies, and relieve large corporations of the burden of for-profit health plans that increase in cost by double digits each year, and which pay largely for lobbying and executive compensation. A single-payer system makes the cost of delivering healthcare less expensive, and it relieves providers of spending half their time fighting with insurance companies to get treatments approved. And for working families, it's less expensive than the exorbitant premiums we pay now. Most of all, single-payer healthcare ensures that every resident, every worker, every family will have the guarantee of quality, affordable care when they need it. Ten-and-a-half months ago, I donated a kidney to a brave Middletown woman named Olivia. I would make that same decision a thousand times over, but now I live as one of over a hundred million Americans with a preexisting condition that could disqualify me from coverage under some of the proposals coming out of Washington. Our lives are not a commodity, and our health should not be a profit center. Health care is, and must be, a right for every citizen.[...]

FL-Sen: Nelson (D) Keeps Up The Fight To End Trump & Kris Kobach's Voter Suppression Committee

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:43:55 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s (D. FL) re-election campaign:

Sen. bill Nelson (D. FL)

President Trump's so-called voter fraud commission requested that states turn over the names, addresses, birth dates, voting history and even partial Social Security numbers of every voter in the country.

In response, people all across the country submitted official comments to the White House to voice their concerns that this is a blatant invasion of privacy – and a disguised attempt to suppress the vote of some people.

And what did the White House do with all those comments? They released them, publicly! Without redacting any personal information including people's names, email addresses, home addresses or places of work.

If we can't trust the Trump administration to handle public comments, we certainly can't trust them to handle your sensitive voter information.

I'm going to continue to fight this irresponsible attack on voters, but I need your help. Click here to add your name to our petition and tell the Trump administration: Stop attacking our right to vote!



Click here to add your name.

VA-Gov: Northam (D) Exposes Gillespie's (R) Plan To Further Gerrymander Virginia For The GOP

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:33:53 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Lt. Governor Ralph Northam’s (D. VA) gubernatorial campaign: Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D. VA) Did you see this video, Friends? Ed Gillespie is so sure he’s going to win this election that he’s not even hiding his backwards, unethical plans to gerrymander Virginia beyond recognition. But it’s nothing new—it’s the same old plan he’s been peddling for most of his career. Ed has no interest in fair representation, no interest in your right to vote—he’ll do anything to win. And if he does, he’ll redraw our electoral maps to rig the system for his crony friends for decades to come. See for yourself what Ed has to say about his plans to redraw congressional and state legislative maps to his liking in our new video below. Click here to see Ed explain his position on gerrymandering Virginia to benefit Republicans. x YouTube Video Ralph is working hard to expand voting rights in Virginia and has introduced policies to make it even easier for people to vote. From passing same-day voter registration to making Election Day a statewide holiday, Ralph is committed to making it easier to vote—not harder Watch this video to see Ed himself share his plan to use partisan redistricting to rig elections for Republicans for years ahead. Then, forward it to a friend. Thanks, Team Ralph PS. If you want to help stop Ed Gillespie from redrawing our congressional and state legislative maps, chip in $5 right now. Click here to donate to Northam’s campaign. [...]