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Dems Champion Against Child Abuse, Because We’re Awesome

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:48:06 +0000

This is what I would regard as a “no-brainer”: Members of the US Congress introduced the "first-ever" bill that seeks to promote the rights of Palestinian children living under Israeli military occupation. Introduced on Tuesday by Betty McCollum, a Democrat and US Representative from Minnesota, the bill has at least nine co-sponsors and seeks to prohibit US funding that facilitates human rights abuses that impact Palestinian children in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The obvious logic behind this, is that no children should be abused, and thus since Palestinian children are children, then Palestinian children should not be abused (and therefore, this bill should be supported).  Yes, we all know, all too well, how contentious the general topic of I/P is, but this bill ought to be something that we can all agree on (goddammit...)    And, those 9 co-sponsors are- Introduced by Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN), the act is jointly support by original co-sponsors Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), André Carson (IN-D), John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), Danny K. Davis (D- IL), Peter A. DeFazio (D-OR), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL), and Chellie Pingree (D-ME). I.e., all Democrats… So when I see this, I think, “This makes me proud to be affiliated with this party.”  And if I’m thinking this, then there’s a fair chance that others are thinking this way, as well.   I’ve always favored the Democratic party.  But lately, our opponents have reached levels of loathsomeness beyond anything I could have ever even previously imagined.  I remember thinking during the W era, how he was so inept, that he made his father seem like Churchill… And now, comparing W with who’s currently in office… it’s like a grotesque, exponential decay.   So the urge to bash our adversaries has become practically irresistible (and I won’t deny that I’ve done a fair bit of this myself), but I feel it’s important to bear in mind that winning popular support is a matter of not only showing how mightily our opponents suck, but also, how spectacularly awesome our side is.  And being the party that champions ethical foreign policy and human rights, can distinguish us from the Republicans in a magnificently positive way, thus leading to “more & better Dems”. So, you may say to me- “Sandra, I’m really sick of hearing about this.”   And I say back to you- “Actually, this is directly related to the primary mission of this blog.”   But, again from the Al Jazeera article I linked to in the beginning of this diary… In order to become law, the bill would first have to pass the House of Representatives and then be introduced and passed in the Senate. While that is unlikely to happen, the bill's supporters hail its introduction as a positive development and an attempt to change public opinion on Israel and Palestine. Oh darn… so in spite of the unquestionable no-brainer that this is, they don’t think it will pass!  I find this to be rather disappointing, because I would prefer for these abuses to not happen.  Well, perhaps if we all speak out in favor of this bill, that might help?  So, here- I’ll give you two petitions to choose from: this stellar one from CODEPINK- As a constituent, I urge you to support the Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act. This bill would prohibit Israel from using any US funds for the military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children. Israel is the only country in the world that subjects children to a military court system. Their segregated and unequal system applies only to Palestinian, not Israeli, children. The conviction rate in Israeli military court is 99.74%. Please support this important bill. or this equally stellar one from the American Friends Service Committee- I am writing to ask you to support the "Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act" which seeks to pro[...]



PA-Sen: Bob Casey (D) Refuses To Let Trump & GOP Gut Health Care To Give Tax Cuts To The Wealthy

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:21:04 +0000

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

We’ll get right to it: The Republican tax plan is a giveaway to the super-rich, paid for by raising taxes on many middle-class families and gutting health care. Click here to tell the GOP that we’re watching, and we’re infuriated.

Their plan would:

Raise taxes on 13.8 million middle-class families

Result in 13 million Americans losing their health insurance

Lead to a 10% health care premium hike for many Pennsylvania families

Click here, right now, and add your name to tell Republicans in Congress that we see their disgusting tax scheme for what it is, and we won’t stand for it.

Click here to add your name.




NM-Sen: Martin Heinrich (D) Builds Momentum For Chis Murphy's (D. CT) Background Checks Bill

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 03:11:02 +0000

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

Yesterday, a bipartisan bill was introduced in the Senate to strengthen our nation’s background check system for buying a gun.

I’m proud to co-sponsor the Fix NICS Act, a bill that will help ensure criminal history and domestic violence records are submitted to the national background check system.

Too many states and government agencies are failing to submit these records. That means guns are ending up in the wrong hands, and we’ve seen how that can lead to devastating results.

That’s why this legislation is so important, and why I need your help to make sure Congress passes it.
 

Will you join me and become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the Fix NICS Act? We need to show this bill has the support of the American people to help end gun violence. Please, add your name today.

Like many New Mexicans, hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation are part of who I am. And all of us know there are common sense solutions to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands, and it is time we take meaningful steps to enact them.

If, like me, you want Congress to act to reduce gun violence, then I need your support right now.
 

Become a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the Fix NICS Act today and urge Congress to pass it.

Thanks,
 

Martin

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Of Pipelines, Tax Cuts, and Corrupt Trump Appointments: 'BradCast' 11/17/2017

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 02:19:24 +0000

On today's BradCast: It's astonishing how many GOP policies, practices and nominees must be pushed through by force, scheming, lying and the breaking of norms and traditions. If any of the stuff they are pushing was actually popular and sought by voters, it doesn't seem like the strong-arm tactics would be necessary. But... [Audio link to show follows below.] Among the stories covered on today's show: Nebraska law disallows state officials from considering Thursday's massive Keystone Pipeline tarsands oil spill in South Dakota in their upcoming decision on permits to build the even larger and more dangerous KeystoneXL Pipeline expansion in Nebraska; Things are getting ugly in the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as the GOP attempts to ram through massive, unpopular tax cuts for the rich before the Thanksgiving break; Even Fox "News" now finds Alabama's GOP U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore to be in trouble with voters before the December 12 special election, following growing allegations of sexual assault on minors; The U.S. Senate Judiciary Chair does away with 100-year old "blue slip" tradition in order to ram through more of Trump's lifetime appointments to the federal bench; Those appointees, a new analysis finds, are almost exclusively white and male; They're also "not qualified", dishonest and racist, as investigative journalists have recently discovered; So are Trump's appointees to other areas of the federal government, more of whom were forced to resign in disgrace this week; In other "Filling the Swamp" news, Trump continues to spin the revolving door with Big Pharma exec nominated to head Health and Human Services (HHS), a Big Coal exec gets rammed through the Senate to head the office of Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), but one wildly inappropriate appointee to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may actually get blocked...by Senate Republicans! What are the odds? Well, we'll believe it when -- and if -- we actually see it... CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO TODAY'S SHOW!... * * * While we post The BradCast here every day, and you can hear it across all of our great affiliate stations and websites, to automagically get new episodes as soon as they're available sent right to your computer or personal device, subscribe for free at iTunes, Stitcher, TuneIn or our native RSS feed! [Cross-posted from The BRAD BLOG...] [...]



NM-Gov: Lujan Grisham (D) Calls For Releasing Trump's Tax Returns Before Senate Vote On Tax Plan

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:46:27 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s (D. NM) gubernatorial campaign:

Yesterday, the House passed the GOP's disastrous tax plan – and to no one’s surprise, my Republican opponent, Rep. Steve Pearce, voted yes. Now, the Senate is racing to pass its own version that would be even more damaging to middle-class families.

We already know that both plans would cut taxes for big corporations and the mega-rich by raising taxes on everyday Americans and gutting Medicare. But here's what we don't know: how much of a tax cut Trump would give himself if and when he signs such a bill into law.

 Trump is the only president in recent U.S. history not to release his tax returns, and Americans deserve to know just how much of a payday he'll get before ANY tax reform is passed. But the Senate could vote any day now, so we need to speak up right away:

Please, click here to add your name and demand that Trump release his tax returns before Republicans pass their disastrous tax plan!

Thanks,

Michelle

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MT-Sen: Jon Tester (D) Continues To Fight Back Against Betsy DeVos' Assault On Rural Public Schools

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 01:35:15 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jon Tester’s (D. MT) re-election campaign:

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I’m a father and a grandfather. I know firsthand how important it is to make sure your children have the best possible education.

I’m also a former teacher and school board member. I know what it’s like to try and do everything in your power to provide the best education to your students.

And I’m a Montanan. My wife Sharla and I both are proud products of Montana public schools. My grandkids go to Montana public schools. We all know how vital it is that our schools have the resources and support they need to provide a safe and enriching learning environment for our children.

Most of you probably know me as Montana’s Senator. I voted against Betsy DeVos to head the Department of Education. I could not support her history of prioritizing private institutions over public education.

And now that she’s in office, she’s taken a number of steps which have jeopardized funding for rural schools and targeted students trying to pay off their loans.

Make sure Secretary DeVos knows that whatever moves she makes, we’ll be there to hold her accountable. Stand up for our children and stand up for their future. Add your name.

Thanks,

Jon

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Trump Must Resign first , Al Franken apologize to Americans on TV

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 23:12:59 +0000

Trump Must resign before Al Franken does anything. Al Franken was an actor and a comedian.  I am not condoning his behavior. However, I strongly think Trump must resign or get kicked out by the American people soon. Trump loves to grope women by their genital. But Al Franken was just acting. What do you expect from a comedian and an actor?

Trump should have resigned 1 year ago for groping women, insulting women, for mistreating women and Lying every single day to Americans. Trump must have resigned long time ago for ripping off those elderly people in NY. Trump must resign for colluding with Russians and keep on lying to the Americans that he and his family and his campaign are innocent.  Trump also wanted to have sex with his own daughter.

This story about Al Franken will disappear eventually and all the evil republican creatures are going to be very very disappointed. That gal definitely must be a republican and maybe she was paid by Roger and Trump campaign. Don't have lots of hope lady because your friend Trump is not going to be in power for long time. Everything is going to be over very soon. Trump you are a loser and you will always remain as loser forever. You will not get anywhere , the show is over. Trust me Trump. You will not make a lot of progress. Consider this as a curse coming  straight from Heaven.

The tweet, by a person using the handle “Proud Resister,” stated that Trump and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) should resign from their jobs and that Republican Roy Moore of Alabama should step aside from running for the Senate. It also blamed the Republican Party for “making sexual assault a partisan issue,” adding: “It’s a crime as is your hypocrisy.”more

US senator and former comedian Al Franken has issued an apology after being accused of kissing and groping a woman without her consent.

Leeann Tweeden, a Los Angeles-based news anchor, came forward with the allegations in an op-ed published by KABC radio on Thursday that detailed an encounter with Franken during a tour of the Middle East to entertain US troops in 2006.more




Now they are on to Sen. Richard Blumenthal...

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:55:11 +0000

Sorry guys. This is my 1st story and I am not good in my writing skills…

Unfortunately we are living in a new brazen world of social media where anybody can place fake story or attack and you have people on Republican side running with it…

Here is Daily Beast reporting on fake sexual attack from fake twitter IDs promoted by Republicans:

A woman claiming to be from Connecticut made an explosive allegation of sexual assault against Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) on Friday. Her account quickly made its way through conservative chat forums, where contributors roundly called for the Senator to address the allegations and be held accountable for them.

We can NOT lose this battle as this is killing this great country of ours...what can we do to stop this?




CT-Sen: Chris Murphy (D) Keeps Up The Momentum To Kill Trump & The GOP's Tax Scam Plan

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:27:56 +0000

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

Make no mistake about it: the “tax cut” bill Republicans passed in the House of Representatives yesterday wasn’t for you.

That bill was written for the billionaires and the mega-corporations Republican elites count as their core constituency. For ordinary Americans out there who don’t count themselves as part of the top 1/10 of 1 percent, this bill is a massive redistribution of wealth from your family to those who already have it all.

But as bad as the House bill is, the Senate bill is even worse. Because not only does it have many of the same giveaways to the ultra-rich, it also has provisions that would all but destroy the Affordable Care Act.

As if it wasn’t cruel enough to take away people’s health care to get back at President Obama, now Republicans are trying to do it to fund tax cuts for billionaires.

The Senate is likely going to vote on this bill soon, and the first step to stopping them is getting the public on the record opposing their scheme. Say you’re with me.

Sign my petition calling on the Senate to REJECT any legislation that asks working people to pay for massive tax cuts for the millionaires and billionaires of this country.

Republicans have repeatedly gone on the record that this tax bill is written to placate ultra-rich donors and the large CEOs of this country who stand to gain the most. And to do it in a way that will take away health care from millions? My God.

It’s time to mobilize. Right now.

Every best wish,

Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator, Connecticut

Click here to add your name.




AL-Sen: Big League-Gravis Poll Has Doug Jones (D) Leading Roy Moore (R) 47-42

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 22:02:17 +0000

More news out of Alabama today:

Democrat G. Douglas Jones has taken a five-point lead over Republican Roy S. Moore, 47 percent to 42 percent, as the two men vie for the Senate seat to be decided in the Dec. 12 special election, according to the lasted Big League-Gravis poll of 628 likely Alabama voters conducted Nov. 14 through Nov. 15.

“In the last week, the Alabama electorate has turned on Judge Roy Moore,” said Doug Kaplan, the managing partner of Gravis Marketing, the Florida-based company that executed the poll. The poll carries a 3.5 percent margin of error.

“Eleven percent of the participants said they were undecided, but of them, 17 percent said they lean Moore and 22 percent lean Jones,” he said.

In the Nov. 10 Big League-Gravis poll, Moore held his lead over Jones: 48 percent for Moore and 46 percent for Jones.

“There is a 7-point swing, but it’s more dramatic,” he said. “The amount of undecideds has basically doubled.”

More than anything else, this race was Moore to lose and he is losing it, he said.

“Can he win? Yes,” he said. “If the election were held today? He would lose decisively.”

Kaplan said Moore has not expanded his voter base.

“Moore has basically held his primary vote,” he said.

“That is not enough to win,” he said. “The people deciding the elections. The independents and Luther Strange voters, your suburban voter does not believe the Moore.”

Let’s keep up the momentum and win this race! Click here to donate and get involved with Jones’ campaign.




Ohio Supreme Court Justice and Candidate for Governor Loses His Mind, Brags About 50 Sexual Partners

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:13:33 +0000

Justice Bill O’Neill is the only “Democrat” on the Ohio Supreme Court and has recently entered the race for Governor. Today, he lost whatever was left of his mind on Facebook. First, some background. I put Democrat in quotes because O’Neill has always shunned support from the party and basically was elected to the high court in a fluke. Judicial races in Ohio are nonpartisan so voters are often left to choose based on surname familiarity and a common joke in Ohio is if you have an Irish or Catholic sounding name, you’re assured a spot.  More recently, O’Neill announced that, as a veteran, he would no longer attend Cleveland Browns games because he was offended about what he characterized were protests of the flag. Clearly the guy is a little off. Today, O’Neill lost whatever was left of his goddamned mind. Jumping into the fray over allegations of sexual misconduct, he posted a pre-emptive defense of his own past behavior. It was a stunner: Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males. As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time. In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females. It ranged from a gorgeous blonde who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn and ended with a drop dead gorgeous red head from Cleveland. Now can we get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago. Peace. !!!! That is actually the edited version of the post. In its original form, O’Neill actually identified the sex partner in his hayloft tryst. I guess he thought outing his former lover was going too far. What is actually wrong with this dude? As you might expect, the Ohio political press corps is absolutely ablaze with general WTF reactions to this post, which among other things, completely conflates consensual sex with the subject at hand, which is unwanted contact, harassment and assault. One of O’Neill’s opponents, Former Congresswoman Betty Sutton, has already called for O’Neill’s resignation from the bench: The Ohio media is going absolutely nuts, especially given that earlier this week, a family-values Ohio lawmaker was forced to step down after being caught having sex with another man in his office.  Here’s a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch reporting what happened when he tried to get a comment from O’Neill: xJustice O'Neill hung up on us when we called to ask about his Facebook post disclosing his 50 "hetersexual" lovers as his way of decrying "feeding frenzy" over sexual harassmnt by public officials https://t.co/tOWVlKNfQd— Darrel Rowland (@darreldrowland) November 17, 2017 This is going to set off quite a firestorm. Some in the GOP were already calling for O’Neill to step down from the bench in order to run for Governor. Now it appears the Democrats are going to join them. Happy Friday from the Buckeye State y’all! Update 1: His campaign manager just resigned:  xThe comments made today by @BillForOhio were both disturbing and misguided. As a victim of sexual assault, I cannot in good faith remain a part of #TeamONeill.— Chris Clevenger (@ChrisEClevenger) November 17, 2017 Update 2: The Plain Dealer was able to catch up with O’Neill, who decided to defend Roy Moore: O'Neill also defended Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment from seven women, including molesting a 14-year-old girl. " Roy Moore apparently seems to be a challenged individual when it c[...]



Who Killed Outrage & Replaced It with Zombie Indifference and Complacency?

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:33:26 +0000

Outrage is alive and well – at least in my world. Andover Massachusetts Chief of Police Patrick Keefe is unfit to serve as the top law enforcement officer of that town, and he must be replaced immediately.  I have been demanding that he be made to resign or be fired. I will make it happen with the help of others, or I will do it alone.

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  Looks like washing one’s hands!

Never try to wash your hands in any bloody mess, expecting that somehow you will be cleansed. The blood stain on Pontiff Pilate’s hands remain infamously vivid in history. 

I never stood by, and will never stand idly by and allow others to be victimized by any one person, system, or institution.  I Do Not seek battles. I avoid them like the plague. I am a person of peace, kindness, generosity, forgiveness, and mercy. However, I will always stand firm for what is right, in particular when it comes to injustice and unfairness, as well as the immoral, unethical, and illegal. And once I do take a stand, I will see changes through.

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I Do Not believe in waiting for the world to change. I intend to help change the world one transcendent act at a time. In the very same vein, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are never going to be creeping around enforcing rights. I will enforce mine own, and anyone else’s rights that may need enforcing.

Andover Town residents must step up to this plate. Rallying around a rotten tree is always a bad idea. It is understandable, as by nature, we all tend to get used to our rotten trees. The problem is that rotten trees produce nothing but rotten, and sometimes, poisonous fruits.  They also tend to crash and cause immeasurable damage.

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The original post with contacts for local, county, state, and US officials can be found here:

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IN-Sen: Deja Vu! Another Indiana Senate Candidate Busted For Not Living In Indiana

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:03:04 +0000

Seeing shades of 2012 and 2016: A campaign stop for Rep. Luke Messer in his bid for Senate involves traveling from his family’s home in suburban Washington back to Indiana, where he typically stays overnight with his mom. Although living outside the state is hardly a first for members of Indiana’s congressional delegation, past elections signal Messer’s address could complicate his plans to win the Republican primary and ultimately unseat Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly next year. Towering figures in Indiana politics, including former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh and Republican Sen. Richard Lugar, were toppled in recent years after struggling to explain whether they still lived in the state. Others took major steps to head off the issue, including former GOP Sen. Dan Coats, who rented and later purchased a home in Indiana, while selling off one elsewhere. Then there’s Messer. His family lives in McLean, Virginia, keeps a vacation house in Dandridge, Tennessee, yet sold their home in Indiana two years after his election to Congress in 2012. They now say a two-bedroom house Messer co-owns with his mom in Greensburg is the family’s Indiana residence. One of his chief primary rivals, fellow Rep. Todd Rokita, has already seized on that as a line of attack. “Luke Messer doesn’t live in the state — I do,” Rokita told Indianapolis-based WXIN-TV in July. “I’m accountable to voters and taxpayers here. I live among them every week.” Here’s a little more context: For his part, Messer says he relocated his family in order to stay close. He was raised by a single mother and wanted to be engaged in his three kids’ day-to-day lives, unlike his own father. Plus, his family’s move to Virginia was well known and never a secret, he said. “I am proud to serve our state, but being a dad comes first,” Messer said in a statement Wednesday. “My opponents think that’s gonna cost me this election. If it did, I would never regret it.” Still, changes made to the mortgage on the family’s Virginia home in August 2016 suggest he’s aware it’s a liability. Messer and wife, Jennifer, switched the home’s designation from a “principal” residence to a “second home,” records show. His campaign says the change was made on their bank’s recommendation while refinancing the house. But the switch also coincides with a rough patch in Bayh’s bid for his old Senate seat, when he faced widespread ridicule for forgetting his Indianapolis address during a TV interview. Additionally, Messer’s other home in Tennessee, which overlooks a lake at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, also carries a “second home” designation, according to records. Messer’s campaign says he sleeps at his mom’s house in Greensburg when staying overnight in the state. He’s listed on the deed and pays a portion of the mortgage. The address appears on his driver’s license and is where he is registered to vote. “It’s Luke’s house,” said campaign manager Chasen Bullock. But as recent as May, he was not on the water bill and is not listed as the “borrower” on a second mortgage taken out on the home, records show. Jennifer Messer, an attorney, lists the home as her in-state business address. However, voting records show she’s no longer registered in Indiana and hasn’t cast a ballot since her husband’s 2012 election. Of course, this opens up attack lines from Messer’s primary opponents: But one of Messer's Republican primary opponents and fellow Congressman Todd Rokita, in a separate interview with Katz on 93 WIBC, challenges Messer on his the amount of time he spends in Indiana. "What's best for our family is living right here amongst our constituents, amongst our [...]



"Proud Resister" calls for Trump and Franken to resign and Pentagon retweets it:)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:16:13 +0000

The Defense Department’s official Twitter account retweeted a message Thursday calling for three politicians, including President Trump, to step away from politics amid sexual assault allegations, but quickly deleted it and said it was a mistake. The tweet, by a person using the handle “Proud Resister,” stated that Trump and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) should resign from their jobs and that Republican Roy Moore of Alabama should step aside from running for the Senate. It also blamed the Republican Party for “making sexual assault a partisan issue,” adding: “It’s a crime as is your hypocrisy.” PROUD RESISTER   @ProudResister The solution is simple... Roy Moore: Step down from the race. Al Franken: Resign from congress. Donald Trump: Resign from the presidency. GOP: Stop making sexual assault a partisan issue. It’s a crime as is your hypocrisy. 11:35 AM - Nov 16, 2017  336336 Replies    2,1762,176 Retweets    4,8024,802 likes Alas.  After its main account retweeted the above to 5.2 million people, it chickened out. Sad. Dana W. White - DoD  ✔@ChiefPentSpox An authorized operator of the @DeptofDefense’s official Twitter site erroneously retweeted content that would not be endorsed by the Department of Defense. The operator caught this error and immediately deleted it. 1:30 PM - Nov 16, 2017  567567 Replies    357357 Retweets    561561 likes Well I don’t know about you guys but I’d take that deal.  I mean we’d miss Al Franken in the Senate but for Trump and Moore to go away I think we’d manage and Franken could go back to SNL. But then we’d be stuck with Pence. I dunno.  This is tough guys. www.washingtonpost.com/... [...]



AL-Sen: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D. RI) Gives Doug Jones (D) A Boost In Defeating Roy Moore (R)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:40:28 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D. RI) in support of Doug Jones’ (D. AL) campaign: BREAKING: Cook Political Report says Alabama Senate race is now a toss-up! We need your help: Doug Jones has a huge opportunity to win Jeff Sessions’ former Senate seat in December’s special election. This is the best chance we’ve had in decades to win in Alabama, and a Doug Jones victory would also keep Roy Moore, who even Republicans admit is totally unfit for office, out of the Senate. But with recent polls still showing that this race is too close to call, Doug needs our help: Will you give $5 or more right now to help Doug Jones win? Click here to give $5 or more right now to elect Doug Jones and win in Alabama! We were U.S. attorneys together, and Doug Jones has always fought for what’s right. If he wins this race, he’ll fight for good jobs and real health care. Steve Bannon’s been pushing for Doug’s opponent, Roy Moore, since the very beginning, and Bannon wants Moore to advance his extremist agenda. Doug needs our help, Bill: Will you give $5 or more right now to help elect Doug Jones and win in Alabama? Click here to give $5 or more right now to elect Doug Jones and win in Alabama! Doug Jones has taken on the KKK, successfully prosecuting two former members who were behind the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. Meanwhile, Doug’s opponent, Roy Moore, has proved over and over again that he would be a disgrace in the Senate. Time’s running out to make sure Doug has the resources he needs to win: Click here to give $5 or more right now to elect Doug Jones in Alabama. By the way, if you know anyone in Alabama, make sure they’re voting! Thank you, Sheldon Whitehouse Click here to donate to Jones’ campaign. [...]



Call for Franken's resignation if you want - Republicans still dont give a damn.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 03:47:06 +0000

If you think centrist/moderate Republicans and swing voters will be impressed with the Democratic Party if Al Franken resigns in a show of relative moral superiority, you’re naive and setting yourself up for disappointment.  

All a Franken resignation will accomplish is the risk of opening his seat to a solid GOP Senate majority. They don’t give a shit.




FL-Sen: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH) Helps Bill Nelson (D) Take Down Trump & Rick Scott (R)

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 04:23:50 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D. NH) in support of U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s (D. FL) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Bill Nelson (D. FL)
 

My friend Bill Nelson is running in one of the most competitive and expensive Senate races, and he desperately needs our immediate support.

President Trump is personally recruiting Tea Party Gov. Rick Scott to run against Bill, and CNN says Florida’s Senate seat is one of the most likely to flip. That’s why Bill needs every single dollar we can give him.

I told Bill we could raise him another $7,500 by midnight, but right now we’re falling short of that goal, and time is running out to protect Florida’s Senate seat. Will you step up now and give $5 – every dollar you can – to protect Florida’s must-win Senate seat?

Click here to donate before midnight to reelect Sen. Bill Nelson and protect Florida’s Democratic Senate seat.

Mitch McConnell’s Super PAC is already airing false attack ads against Bill that Politifact has rated “Pants on Fire.” And we know that millions more in outside money will be spent in this race.

We cannot maintain our Democratic Senate firewall without Bill Nelson. If Bill loses, we all lose – because Democrats will no longer be able to fight back against President Trump and the GOP’s most dangerous policies.

But Bill still needs to raise another $7,500 before midnight, so please give $5 or more now to reelect Bill Nelson, protect Florida’s Senate seat and defend our Democratic firewall.

Thank you,

Jeanne

Click here to donate to Nelson’s campaign.




Recall Effort Underway for GA SoS After Election Disasters, 'Server Wipe': 'BradCast' 11/17/2017

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:27:47 +0000

Guest: John Ziegler of 'A Voice for All Georgia'; Also: Keystone Pipeline oil spill in SD; Tax bill passed by U.S. House; Menendez mistrial in NJ; Moore tanking in AL... On today's BradCast, we head back to Georgia on today's show, to cover the recall effort that is now under way against the state's top election official. But first... [Audio link to show follow below.] We've got a lot of breaking news as we go to air, including a new spill of some 210,00 gallons of dirty tar sands oil in South Dakota on the Keystone Pipeline. Details were scarce as we went to air, and that number is based on pipeline owner TransCanada's own estimate, but the new spill is likely to affect Nebraska's upcoming decision on the proposed route for TransCanada's controversial KeystoneXL pipeline, which was previously rejected by President Obama, but later approved by President Trump. The Republican tax cut plan narrowly passed today in the U.S. House on a nearly-party line vote. The scheme, according to non-partisan analysts, would add $1.5 trillion to the national deficit and cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy, while actually resulting in a tax increase for many low- and middle-income Americans.  Passage of the unpopular measure is still far from certain, meanwhile, in the U.S. Senate. Also today, a mistrial was declared in the federal bribery trial against New Jersey's Democratic US Senator Bob Menendez, after the jury was found to be hopelessly deadlocked, with 10 jurors insisting on full acquittal on all charges and two favoring conviction. The situation for Senate Republicans has not improved following allegations of sexual assault on several teenagers by Roy Moore, Alabama's GOP nominee for next month's US Senate Special Election. An internal GOP poll, according to Politico, finds Moore's numbers tanking against Democratic challenger Doug Jones since the charges came to light. Moore had been up by 16 points in the poll last month. He is now said to be trailing Jones by 12! And, next door in Georgia, following a massive, covered-up security breach on the state's election server last year, a US House Special Election with questionable results earlier this year in GA's 6th Congressional District, a multi-partisan lawsuit filed to challenge those results and force the state to move away from its wildly-hackable, 100% unverifiable, 15-year old Diebold touch-screen voting systems, and recent blockbuster news revealing that the election server in question was "wiped clean" in the middle of the lawsuit (which the Republican state AG's office now refuses to defend), an official recall petition effort is now underway to demand the removal from office of GA's Republican Sec. of State Brian Kemp. We're joined today by JOHN ZIEGLER, chair of A Voice for All Georgia, the organization heading up a herculean effort to gather the more than 778,000 signatures of registered GA voters that are required to trigger a recall election (which, he tells me, would be run on the very same 100% unverifiable touch-screen voting systems at the heart of this entire mess!) Ziegler explains why his group has launched the effort, the obstacles created by the state for successfully obtaining what would be the first recall anywhere in the country of a sitting Sec. of State, and how folks both inside and out of Georgia can help with what HuffPo recently described as "The Biggest Story Nobody's Talking About". "Kemp and other individuals associated with him have mislabeled our group," Ziegler tells me. "A Voice For All Georgia is a non-partisan group. We have Democrats, we have Republicans, we have Cons[...]



CT-Sen: Chris Murphy's (D) Newest Background Checks Bill Actually Gains Republican Support

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 01:24:06 +0000

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

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Sen. Chris Murphy (D. CT)

Today, I joined up with Senator John Cornyn to introduce a breakthrough bill on background checks. To put it bluntly, this is a big deal.

Along with three other Republicans and three Democrats we introduced the Fix NICS Act, a bill that will help make sure criminal history and domestic violence records are submitted to the national background check system.

Right now, too many states and federal agencies don't submit these records to the background check system, allowing lots of people to buy guns who shouldn’t be able to. Our bill will keep dangerous people from buying guns and it will save lives.

Add your name as a Citizen Co-Sponsor of our Fix NICS Act and help me show my Republicans colleagues just how much support we have for getting this bill passed.

It’s no secret that I believe much more needs to be done. But this is a watershed moment for our movement.

The Fix NICS Act is the most important piece of bipartisan gun violence prevention legislation since Manchin-Toomey. And it shows that it’s possible for Congress to find common ground on this issue, despite the gun lobby’s best efforts to use it as a wedge.

Senator Cornyn and I couldn’t be more different. He’s a stalwart Texas Republican, a guy who has an A+ rating from the NRA. I’m a New England progressive and arguably the gun lobby’s number one target in Congress. Yet we were able to come to the table and find a way to work together so that we could do something to make our constituents safer.

Help me show Congress that coming together on this issue is the right thing to do. Add your name as a Citizen Co-Sponsor of the Fix NICS Act.

Far too often after a horrific shooting, we find out that the perpetrator shouldn’t have been able to buy a gun. If we can close the loopholes in our background check system, if we can make sure that these dangerous people can’t get their hands on weapons, I know that we can save lives.

Today we’re one step closer to doing that. Let’s get it done.

Every best wish,

Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator, Connecticut

Click here to add your name.




OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Refuses To Let The GOP Make Big Gains In The Senate Next Year

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 00:20:13 +0000

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

Last month, The Washington Post came out with a "Top 10 Senate Races of 2018" list. Eight of the 10 were incumbent Democrats.

I was one of the names on the list.

The others were: Tammy Baldwin [WI]; Joe Donnelly [IN]; Heidi Heitkamp [ND]; Joe Manchin [WV]; Claire McCaskill [MO]; Bill Nelson [FL]; and Jon Tester [MT].

We will all need the help of grassroots supporters like you to win our races. Today, we're combining our efforts to build a groundswell of grassroots support in the run-up to 2018. Contribute $8 or more to help out.

Since the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United, dark money spending in elections has exploded.

Back in 2012, special interests made me the "Hunted Democrat." They spent $40 million attacking me and propping up my opponent.

They're going to do it again this time around -- Bannon and Trump's people are already on the ground strategizing my defeat. And they're going to do the same to every one of my colleagues on that list.

The attacks have already started. We know they won't let up. And we're the ones who have to do something about it.

I've always relied on your support. My colleagues need it as well. So if you can, chip in $8 or more for the eight top Senate candidates of 2018.

With gratitude,

Sherrod

Click here to donate to Brown and to any and all of the Senate Democrats up for re-election.




AL-Sen: Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) Helps Doug Jones (D) Take Down Bigoted Extremist Roy Moore (R)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 23:16:41 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) in support of Doug Jones’ (D. AL) U.S. Senate campaign:

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I’ve had the pleasure of serving alongside some wonderful public servants on both sides of the aisle during my time in the Senate. It takes teamwork to pass bills that help working families, and in its special election in December, I’m hoping Alabama adds Doug Jones to the team.
 

Let’s keep Democrats’ winning streak going by helping Doug Jones flip a Senate seat next month. Donate $25, or whatever you can, today.

Doug is the son and grandson of a steelworker and a coal miner, respectively. As a U.S. attorney, he successfully prosecuted former KKK members for the infamous 1963 church bombing that killed four children. He is a civil rights champion, and I would be honored to serve alongside him.
 

Roy Moore, on the other hand, has proved time and again that he is unfit for office. He's an extremist who has been removed from the bench for refusing to uphold the Constitution and for ethics violations, and it is clear he has no business being a United States Senator.
 

The polls are neck-and-neck right now, and Doug Jones needs our help to keep the momentum going. Join me and chip in $25 or whatever you can, right now, to make sure that Doug Jones is the next senator from Alabama.

Thanks,

Bob

Click here to donate to Jones’ campaign.




MN-Sen: Russ Feingold Helps Build Momentum For Amy Klobuchar's (D) Register America to Vote Act

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:45:37 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D. WI) on behalf of his PAC, LegitAction:

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Russ Feingold (D. WI)

Friend,

We automatically register eligible Americans for the draft when they turn 18. Shouldn’t we automatically register eligible Americans to vote, too?

Well, that’s why Senator Amy Klobuchar just introduced the Register America to Vote Act. This new bill would work hand in hand with the other bills Congress is already considering to automatically register folks to vote or update their registration whenever they update their information with a federal agency.

Thousands of Legit members have already stepped forward to tell Congress to support automatic voter registration. But with less than a year until the general election, we need to keep building momentum now.

Sign LegitAction’s petition now. Urge members of Congress to support automatic voter registration and get more people participating in elections.

Automatic voter registration (AVR) improves democratic legitimacy by increasing the number of people who participate in elections.

When Oregon adopted a statewide AVR law in 2015, it provided an incredible boost to participation in 2016. Hundreds of thousands of people cast ballots for the first time.

Now other states like Massachusetts are considering AVR too, because AVR is also cheaper and less error-prone than the current paper process. And AVR would clean up existing voter rolls and reduce the potential for phony voter roll purges and other shady efforts at disenfranchisement.

With Congress now considering bills to automate ever more of our voter registration process, we need to expand our show of support for the sake of democratic legitimacy.

Urge members of Congress to support automatic voter registration for the sake of democratic legitimacy. Sign the petition today.

Automatic voter registration is a simple and effective way to improve accessibility to the ballot and strengthen our democracy. It’s up to us to push Congress to modernize our outdated electoral system.

Thank you for standing up for our democratic legitimacy today,

Russ Feingold
LegitAction

Click here to add your name.




Grassley paves the way for federal judiciary to be taken over by ghost hunters, far-right bloggers

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:42:23 +0000

Campaign Action Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, announced Thursday on the Senate floor that he will still observe the courtesy of allowing Democrats to provide "blue slips" approving of judicial nominees, but that he won't wait for that agreement before moving ahead with hearings. He also spent a lot of time bashing Democrats for trying to obstruct popular vote loser Donald Trump's nominees. To which the only response can be: Merrick Garland. But here we go. The way is now clear for Trump's ridiculously unqualified people (mostly men) to the federal judiciary. Like Brett Talley, the ghost-hunting, gun-loving lawyer who has never tried a case and who conveniently forgot to mention that he is married to the chief of staff of the guy who is in charge of vetting Trump's nominees. Oops. John Bush, now a lifetime-appointee appellate judge, blogged for years under the pseudonym “G. Morris.” Under that name, he spread Birtherism and reposted threats to shoot Obama supporters. Then he lied about doing so to the Senate. Then the Senate confirmed him anyway, on a party-line vote, with not a single Republican breaking ranks. He’ll likely still be on the bench in 2050. The Senate is also poised to confirm Damien Schiff, another right-wing blogger who has opined on his blog that the entire New Deal and Great Society programs (including Social Security and Medicare) are unconstitutional, has called Justice Anthony Kennedy a “judicial prostitute,” and said that environmentalists “push an agenda that has more to do with stifling productive human activity than fostering ecological balance.” Those aren’t even among the four nominees that the American Bar Association has deemed unqualified, though Talley is (that whole never-having-argued-a-case thing, again).  Blue slips were a problem when they were being hypocritically used by Republicans to block President Obama’s judges, so the end of this Senate tradition isn’t the issue—it’s the hypocritical exploitation of them by Republicans when they were in the minority and Democrats were insisting on playing fair and recognizing them. That prevented Obama from naming many qualified judges, paving the way for dozens of vacancies where Republicans are happy to install absolute wing-nuts. One hopes that Democrats will remember this when they’re back in charge, and they will be. But for the moment, they only have one option. Do everything in their power to Shut. This. Shit. Down. [...]



Slate Takes the Bait

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:03:16 +0000

Sigh, okay. Here goes —  I am about to attempt something genuinely radical, folks. It’s going to require some “nuance”, yes, and some critical thinking – on both my part and yours. Because, dear reader, I am about to assume the heretical role of defending an accused sexual assaulter, on the heels of an article I wrote just yesterday, wherein I ripped a man accused of very same thing. Except for the fact that this isn’t the same thing, and that’s the point. But you wouldn’t know that if you happened to peruse the headlines of Slate.com this morning, the largest of which proclaimed “Al Franken Should Resign Immediately”. The grounds for this, according to Mr. Mark Joseph Stern, are based upon the recent allegations that Mr. Franken groped and harassed a former playboy-model-turned-Fox-News-guest-turned-morning-news-show-host. And after skimming the original piece myself, my initial impulse was certainly not to doubt the victim’s statements. But try as I might, some irrevocably broken and cynical corner of my psyche forced an eyebrow-cock at the sight of the following words: “Fox News”.  “Okay, okay, anothergodlessliberal, we all know Fox News is a propoganda outfit working in service of the Republican Party. But come on – there’s photographic evidence of the crimes that she’s alleged!” Indeed — a single photograph of Mr. Franken pretending to honk Ms. Tweeden’s breasts through a bulletproof army jacket, at the end of their mutual comedy tour. Now look, I don’t know about you, but it seems like it’s playing pretty fast and loose with the English language to refer to this behavior as “groping”. I would certainly say that it’s low-brow, but little more than that. What’s more, if the gonzo-reporting of a number of twitter eggs is to be believed (which is certainly not a given), the photographer himself has apparently claimed that Ms. Tweeden was only pretending to be asleep for the photo opp, and was part of the gag herself — which, if true, would completely undermine this allegation.  The second allegation is more serious, and it pertains to the invasion of the victim’s mouth by the Funny Man Senator’s tongue. I won’t recount the entire incident here, but there were two main takeaways from the victim’s description of this encounter. The first is that Franken acted pretty gross and creepy, and that he came on way too strong. The second is that she verbally agreed to accept the kiss. Of course, she clearly felt at least somewhat compelled to agree, and was acting under duress – but she did, in fact, agree to kiss the man. Also, for what it’s worth, Franken immediately disputed her rendition of the story. Friends, I am not typically one to engage in whataboutism. But before we go calling on a Democratic Senator to resign on the basis of scant evidence of creepy-but-not-criminal conduct, perhaps we would be wise to remember that the President of the United States has been accused of far worse, and I don’t hear any Republicans calling for that loudmouth’s resignation. I am also not typically one to employ ad hominem attacks. But this woman has repeatedly appeared on panels with the likes of Greg Guttfeld and Sean Hannity, and was no doubt nodding right along with every regurgitated talking point they barfed out into the airwaves. Finally, I would point out that the timing could truly [...]



NE-Sen: PPP Poll Shows Deb Fischer (R) Unpopular & Vulnerable Against Jane Raybould (D)

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 19:09:43 +0000

Latest news out of Nebraska today courtesy of Public Policy Polling’s newest poll:

A new Public Policy Polling survey finds that Nebraska voters are very unhappy withCongressional Republicans, and Senator Deb Fischer is quite vulnerable headed into the2018 election. Only 35% of Nebraskans approve of Fischer ’s job performance, while 45%disapprove, and 19% approve of the job the Republicans in Congress are doing. A large majority of voters (73%) disapprove of how Congressional Republicans are handling the issue of health care, and 56% disapprove of how they are handling taxes. When asked if they think Senator Fischer deserves to be re-elected or if they think it is time for someone new, 48% said it is time for someone new and only 35% believe she should be re-elected.

In 2012, Fischer won her election for U.S. Senate by a 15-point margin, but the upcoming election is looking to be closer. In a hypothetical election matchup, Fischer (42%) was leading against Democrat Jane Raybould (31%). After being given Democrat Jane Raybould’s background and asked again who they would vote for, Raybould leads: 38%said they would vote for Raybould and 35% said they would vote for Fischer. Once they were presented with Raybould’s background, the number of independents who said they would vote for her went from 38% to 51%. A large majority (71%) of Nebraskans don’t yet know who Raybould is, but as voters learn about her background it is likely that Fischer will become even more vulnerable.

Let’s be sure to keep on eye on this race. Click here to donate and get involved with Raybould’s campaign.




Stranger Economics: Looking Behind the Curtain

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:46:45 +0000

In the Stranger Things episode, “Dig Dug,” Nancy and Jonathan rush to Murray’s bunker to share smoking-gun evidence: a tape recording of a lead scientist describing the inner-worlds of the project that killed or displaced their friend, Barb. When Nancy asks Murray whether this evidence is enough to incriminate the operation, Murray responds with, what is important for the following: “Those people [“your priest, your postman, your teacher, the world at large”]…They don’t spend their lives trying to get a look at what’s behind the curtain. They like the curtain. It provides them stability, comfort, definition. This would open the curtain.” Today, the curtain does not hide monsters or mad scientists, but real-world issues, of which economics is at the fore. While Nancy and Jonathan search for Barb, families across the world are searching for answers to why they, and more than 800 million people, continue to live in extreme poverty. While many of these families may have an understanding of the systemic issues – such as the excesses of free trade or the structural adjustment policies of the IMF – that ground them in desolation, beneficiaries and bystanders will not listen; perhaps because, as Murray rightly states, others derive their stability, comfort, and definition from the curtain. Importantly, this is not all of the media’s fault – but the nature of the news cycle and revenue streams perpetuates our passive, incomplete consciousness. Samantha Power, in her work, A Problem from Hell, vividly demonstrates how this inattention, whether through intention or negligence, shaped the world’s response to the horrific genocides that have happened in the past century. For instance, media concerning Syria illustrates a profound cycle of headline biases. Nevertheless, some artists, like Brett Dennen and Dizzy Wright, have worked to infuse these realities into their art. Consider, for example, that Dennen sings “prisons wall still standing tall” and “slavery stitched to the fabric of my clothes” and Wright raps that “We living in a world of pain,” “Children, no Mommas no Daddies,” and “kids…scared to admit that they scared of the news.” Here’s the critical insight: many of us see what is happening around us, but either cannot fully explain it, and therefore, remain quiet, or, like Dennen and Wright, are frozen out of the mainstream, in favor of something, more “contemporary” or “conventional.” In turn, advocates at all levels, like Murray, are left preaching in isolation – forced to place their words on blogs with limited followings and, therefore, delegitimized, instead of given the stamp of “legitimacy” though mainstream dissemination. But even this is one step removed from the essential problem: how does someone like Dennen get out his message of “slavery stitched to the fabric of my clothes,” when renowned economists like Sachs, and far larger artists like Bono, preach the opposite? Sachs in his work, The End of Poverty, with a foreword by Bono, writes that, “The main objective of economic development for the poorest countries is to help these countries to gain a foothold on the ladder…they need to invest enough so that these countries can get their foot on the ladder.” In the first chapter, Sachs writes that the early steps of this “ladder” will entail creati[...]



US Senate Holds Chilling Hearing on Presidential Use of Nukes: 'BradCast' 11/15/2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 02:30:29 +0000

Guest: Nuclear analyst Stephen Schwartz: Also: Dems win again in OK; Moore madness in AL; Maddening new details on N. Cal mass shooting... On today's BradCast, more good news for Dems, more bad news for Republicans, and more disturbing news for all Americans -- and the world. [Audio link to show follows below.] We start today with the encouraging news for Democrats, as a 26-year old lesbian candidate for state Senate in deep "red" Oklahoma has unseated yet another Republican in a special election this week.  It's the third time a state Senate seat has been flipped by Dems in OK since a 24-year old woman became the youngest chair of a state Democratic Party last year. Speaking of trouble for Republicans, we've also got the latest on the Roy Moore mess in Alabama, as President Trump, also accused of sexual assault by multiple women before his own election last year, has frustrated fellow Republicans by failing to speak out in the matter, following bombshell allegations that Moore assaulted a number of teenagers, as young as 14 years old, while serving as a 32-year old prosecutor. But Moore and his supporters are fighting back today, as is his wildly embarassing attorney.  A robocall falsely claiming to be from a reporter at the Washington Post (which originally broke the initial allegations against Moore last week) has reportedly been circulating in Alabama, in advance of the December 12 election, claiming to be offering money in exchange for new allegations against the far Rightwing GOP nominee for US Senate. And, far Rightwing radio propagandist Rush Limbaugh has come up with a very novel defense for the accused GOP child molester at the same time. Also today, more news on the mass shooting at and near an elementary school in Northern California that killed 5 and wounded 10 others on Tuesday. Many new questions have surfaced about why the shooter, a local man with a criminal record and anger management issues, was able to purchase and then retain semi-automatic weapons even after recent encounters with police including domestic violence complaints and being charged with stabbing a neighbor. But, at least the mass killer wasn't Muslim, so NRA-bribed Republicans can begin ignoring yet another domestic mass shooting immediately. Then, as concerns continue to grow worldwide over Donald Trump's saber rattling with North Korea and his access to nuclear weapons, the U.S. Senate held a hearing this week to discuss Presidential authority to wage war and launch nuclear weapons without anyone having the ability to prevent him from doing so, if he chooses. Longtime nuclear weapons policy analyst STEPHEN SCHWARTZ of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies joins us to discuss what, if anything, was accomplished at the Senate hearing, the first on the topic since 1976, and what, if anything, can (or should) be done to restore a more sane use-of-nukes policy in the only nuclear-armed nation in the world which rests sole decision-making power on whether to use such weapons with one single person. That person, currently being Donald J. Trump, has raised many worries from Democrats and Republicans in Congress alike.  Whether they're willing or able to do anything about it, however, is a different matter, as we also discuss today. "The reality of the situation is that you're putting enormous power in the hands of one person,[...]



PA-Sen: "Senate GOP tax bill is a thief in the night that takes away health care, raises taxes"

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 23:38:10 +0000

That’s some good fighting words: U.S. Sen. Bob Casey did not like the Republican tax plan before, but now that it contains a provision to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, he can barely contain his anger about the legislation. “How many lose coverage and, and, have their taxes increased as a result of this bill?” Casey, D-Scranton, asked during a Wednesday Senate Finance Committee meeting, his voice rising as he spoke. “This should be a question we’re asking!” Citing the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation, Casey said 13 million Americans will lose health coverage and nearly 14 million will see a tax increase in 2019 under the Republican plan. Some Americans might suffer a “double hit” of no health insurance and tax hikes, he said. “When I say this bill is a thief in the night, I mean it,” Casey said. “That’s exactly what it is, ripping health care from people at the same time you’re jacking up their taxes.” In a later call with Pennsylvania reporters, Casey, reiterated his steadfast opposition to the plan, adding his complaint about Senate Republicans “ramming through” a plan that would affect $9 trillion overall. “The process here is almost as objectionable as the substance,” he said. Casey scoffed at Republican arguments that they are fixing an unwieldy and burdensome tax code to help the middle class when he said the “super rich” benefit from tax cuts. “This isn’t about reforming the tax code or making the code simpler and fairer,” Casey said. “That’s a lot of hooey.” Thank God Pennsylvania has one Senator telling it like it is.  Unlike Pennsylvania’s other, Republican Senator: The congressional fight over Obamacare isn’t over yet. The latest battleground will be in the Senate tax overhaul bill, where Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and GOP leaders said Thursday that they would be seeking to include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that individuals must have health insurance coverage. Toomey has supported included a repeal of that mandate in the tax bill, which is being debate in the Senate Finance Committee this week. “The individual mandate is based on a flawed premise that the federal government should force Americans to buy an overpriced health insurance plan even if they don’t want it, and can’t afford it,” Toomey said Tuesday. “Including the repeal of the tax penalty in our pro-growth tax reform bill gives direct relief to hard-working Pennsylvanians and assists in making permanent desperately needed changes to our outdated tax code so American businesses can be globally competitive once again.” The Pennsylvania Republican had introduced a bill last month that proposed exempting Americans from the individual mandate if they met certain conditions, such as earning less than the national median income, living in a state where average premiums increased by more than 10 percent during a year, or residing in a county with only one health insurer. As you may or may not know, Casey is likely going up against Trump’s “Political Godfather”, Rep. Lou Barletta (R. PA), next year. Terry Madonna, director of the Franklin & Marshall poll, and other Pennsylvania political experts believe Trump will have a big presence in [...]



MA-Sen: Elizabeth Warren (D) Gets Ready To Fight Trump & GOP Over Richard Cordray's Replacement

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:44:36 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D. MA) Just a few hours ago, my friend Rich Cordray announced that he will be stepping down as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It was seven years ago this week that Rich agreed to help me set up the brand new agency, and he’s given a huge part of his life to making government work for people. I’m very grateful. Now we face an all-hands-on-deck moment for everyone who cares about holding Wall Street accountable and protecting the safety of our economy. Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will now control the future of that little agency. Trump talked a big game about standing up to Wall Street during his campaign. Now he can step up and prove it. Please join me in calling on the Trump Administration to show some political courage and name a new director with a track record of protecting consumers and holding financial firms accountable. After the 2008 financial crisis, we fought hard for a new consumer agency to put a stop to the tricks and traps hidden in mortgages, credit cards, and other financial products – and to help hold Wall Street accountable when they break the law. And that’s what Rich Cordray has done. At the CFPB, Rich has been a tireless watchdog for American consumers. Under his steady hand, that new little agency has handled more than a million complaints and forced the biggest financial institutions to return $12 billion directly to people they cheated. That’s government that works for the people. I am amazed at what Rich has accomplished at the CFPB over the past seven years – and also deeply proud. With Donald Trump in the Oval Office, all that work is in danger. Donald Trump has already promised “a major elimination of the horrendous Dodd-Frank regulations” on poor little Wall Street. The 2016 GOP Platform said the director of the CFPB had "dictatorial powers.” Ted Cruz has introduced a bill to abolish the agency entirely. The last thing we need is another Trump-appointed industry hack – or worse, another attempt to gut the agency of its power. Click here to speak out right now and tell Donald Trump and the Republicans: The next director of the CFPB must have a proven record of commitment to American consumers. Thanks for being a part of this, Elizabeth Click here to add your name.  [...]



AZ-Sen: GOP Poll Gives Kyrsten Sinema (D) A Slight Lead Over Both Ward (R) & McSally (R)

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:23:37 +0000

GOP pollster, OH Predictive Insights, released their poll on the upcoming U.S. Senate race in Arizona. First, the GOP primary: Moving on, before we get into the head-to-head matchups for the Arizona U.S. Senate Primary and General election, let’s see where the main contenders sit regarding name ID and favorability. The key findings were among the two Republican challengers regarding party affiliation and geographic location. ·       Kelli Ward has 85% name ID among Republicans; with 59% favorable and 26% unfavorable. ·       Martha McSally has 60% name ID among Republicans; with 48% favorable and 13% unfavorable. ·       Among Independents Kelli Ward has 80% name ID; with 36% favorable and 44% unfavorable. ·       Martha McSally has 56% name ID among Independents with 29% favorable and 27% unfavorable. Based on geographic location Martha McSally has 97% name ID in Pima county where much of her current congressional district covers although she is far less known in Maricopa county (57%) and rural Arizona (44%). Arizona’s Maricopa county has almost 2/3rd’s of the 2018 General Election vote but that is also where Kelli Ward is underwater with a 34% favorable / 47% unfavorable rating. Although she performs much stronger in rural Arizona with 45% favorable / 31% unfavorable. Continuing with the subject of Kelli Ward and Martha McSally, if the election were held today, who would likely Republican primary voters vote for? Don’t worry, we have the answer. Currently, Ward has an advantage of +7-points over McSally where Ward’s most notable strength derives from males, high school or less education level, rural Arizona, and self-identified “very conservative” voters – basically, Trump’s base.  McSally’s strength lies in self-identified “somewhat conservative” and “moderate” voters and a +30-point advantage in Pima County. Now the general election: Republicans hold a +12 Republican likely voter advantage in the 2018 General Election, and that’s how we conducted this poll, with a +12 Republican advantage.  But in both matchups the Democrat is winning by a very slim margin. McSally has the best chance being 1-point behind Sinema with Ward close by trailing by 3-points, but they’re both in the margin of error. So, why is a Democrat leading when Republicans hold a +12 point advantage? The answer is slopes. Whether it was Ward or McSally against Sinema, support based on political ideology was almost identical for either potential GOP nominee. This chart probably looks familiar because it basically mirrors Trump’s numbers in this lens. This is going to be one tough race but it’s one seat we can flip blue. Click here to donate and get involved with Sinema’s campaign. [...]



Game of Groans

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 21:11:52 +0000

Like most of you, it does not take long before my daily groan in disbelief or frustration at a move from the Trump/Conservative regime, creates echoes in my home.  It has nothing to do with partisan rancor or cheerleading for my political philosophy. It is just tiring and frustrating to wait for the next, ‘breaking news’ graphic to crawl across the bottom of my tv screen or smartphone.  Brett Talley is being considered for a lifetime judicial appointment with just three years of experience in his briefcase and zero courtroom time.  The son of the President just admitted passing notes between Russian “cutouts,” like a sixth grader and the Attorney General is on his third try at the revised truth.   Lost between the tabloid headlines of the Trump show, nuclear war looms with childish threats being volleyed between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Trump calls Kim, fat and short, Kim shoots back a spitball with some silly moistened epithet and it goes on and on. Meanwhile, Republicans are again plotting incremental healthcare repeal and blowing a potential 1.7 trillion-dollar tax cut hole in the budget, and blond Nero fiddles, “believe me.” The American public’s grasp on it moral certainty is being reduced to the microcosm of the Senate race election in Alabama. Republicans over a four-day period have gone from calling a group of women, liars-- for exposing they were targets of possible sexual misconduct, pedophilia and alleged attempted rape, to Mitch McConnell’s declaring them authentic.  This from a party that has castigated liberal Hollywood publicly paraded Bill Clinton accusers before TV cameras at one of his wife’s debates performances and has had its propaganda machine, Fox News, call Democrats everything from un-Godly to un-American. Today the President trolled for thanks from three young men just returned from China for shoplifting but is his ethical high ground deeply compromised. The President who is asking for self-congratulation in his role for their release, cannot find the words to condemn an accused pedophile, maybe his own audio confession of multiple groping incidents prohibits a full-throated condemnation.  We have a President who looks for ego stroking to elicit decency.  Thanks for the “beautiful letter” but say something negative and you are wiretapping me, thanks, Obama. AG Jeff Sessions who did everything but bow at the feet of the President on the campaign trail was humiliated by the President for not bending the integrity of the Department of Justice to his [Trump] will. Did you just hear yourself groan…?   This administration is a daily exercise in patience and endurance; from the hopes of no embarrassing international encounters to edicts from either the WH or its staff, that is full of either lies, miscalculations or just plain distortions to create good press for an insecure President. So, another sunrise and another day of Trumpism.  This leads me to ask, if you have not already said to yourself, “sheesh” or, “not more Trump” I am not sure if I should pity or congratulate you, but what keeps bringing us back for more? Vote in 18’ for Change     [...]



Privilege and Primacy in America: Roy Moore and White Supremacy

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:35:03 +0000

Years ago I listened to an NPR interview with a sociologist.  I think he was African American, but I’m not sure.  He and the interviewer were discussing Jim Crow legislation and he said something that stuck in my mind long after his name and university affiliation slipped away:  “Jim Crow laws were designed to keep black men from white women and to make black women accessible to white men.”   These laws of course came about, as I’m sure every DK reader knows, in a desperate effort to preserve the ante bellum status of the races as poor whites and blacks were beginning to find common ground and “mingle.” Before and after the Civil War, the value of a white woman’s word in any sexual situation involving a black man was absolute, even if it was a lie, while a black woman’s was absolutely worthless against a white man’s.  The tragic story of Emmett Till — among hundreds of others — tells us that the merest whisper from a white woman could be a death sentence for a black man or boy, while the sufferings of black women went unheard, if indeed they were ever even voiced. This brings us to Roy Moore via a path that may not be obvious.  We have a white man whose targets, so far as we know, have been white women and girls, not black.  What do the sexual politics of Jim Crow have to do with that?  Well, underlying the whole system — and something that the sociologist left out of his description — is that women of both races and classes are to be accessible to the white man, or at least to those with money or power.  In this calculus, the ostensible virtue and purity of the white Southern belle is formulated against the supposed immorality of the black woman:  the belle is to be everything the black woman is not — and vice-versa.  The characterization of the one found its complement in, and was dependent upon, the other.  The white woman is meant to produce “legitimate” children for the upper echelon white man, so had better remain “pure”; the black woman, to be available for his pleasure. And that is why, until now (and let’s hope we’re witnessing the beginning of a major shift), the word of a white woman, as potent as it has been vis-a-vis black men, has been largely valueless against white men, at least powerful ones.  The position of white men has been supreme, bolstered by the subordination in different ways and to different degrees of those beneath them.  The situation is far more complicated than what I’ve described.  Feelings of sin and shame play their roles, as well, and the class dynamics are certainly more complex:  a wealthy white woman might well feel empowered to accuse a poor white man, and a powerful black man like Bill Cosby might well succeed in silencing the voices of his targets, black and white.  In the case at hand, Roy Moore clearly improved his odds by pursuing young girls and women with no idea of how to defend themselves or to retaliate and who may have felt that, having been “sullied,” they were no longer worthy of defense. This basic dynamic is not peculiar to the South, by any means: it has its Northern version(s), where the racial aspect may be more hidden, but is certainly present nonetheless.  But of [...]



BrietFart, Faux News, Moore, Trump, Taxes and its only Wed...

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 18:46:42 +0000

A couple of thoughts for today. First: Alabama, I understand you’re "not wanting to vote for the Democrat", I do. I had a similar choice in 2016. A republican I found vile, petty, sexually abusive, and a liar. Or I could pick a Democrat who had a checkered past, but experience. I chose the latter. I just couldn’t look at Donald Trump without seeing the women he victimized, abused, threatened and lied about, I asked what I would do if he had did this to my daughter, and I didn’t like the thoughts or the answers. I hated her less. Beyond the Brietfart scandals, she at least had the experience to keep us safe. The problem you face is a little different though. He may win, but will not be allowed to be seated in congress. What does that mean? He can’t vote, debate, request or introduce ANYTHING in his holding the office. You basically are paying him to NOT BE able to represent you about anything. He is useless. You at least have a representative with the Dem. He has to listen to your Governor and you can call and petition and write. You can protest and give opinions at town halls. You at least have a voice. If he doesn’t listen, you vote him out. But Moore strips these from you. You have no say. For the so called Evangelical Christians; Yes Jesus forgives, forgave the thief on the Cross, but he allowed the punishment to continue for what he was convicted of and he died on the cross also.  We must acknowledge our sins, then try and make them right to whom we have sinned against, then ask for forgiveness, to be truly forgiven. This is Gods way of insuring we don’t sin our whole life and then suddenly "ask for forgiveness upon our deathbeds" and expect forgiveness "just because." Quit accusing the victims and defending the sin. That isn’t Christian or any form of Christianity ever practiced. Satan was once the highest of all angels. He know scripture, chapter and verse better than all Preachers. He twists and connects scripture to equate false assumption that lead us astray from the path given. Matthew 18:6 “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” Suicide is a safer sin than harming an innocent child. Roy was "banned for life" at his hometown mall. His associates found him strange the way he chased little girls. He threatened them and is still threatening them after forty years. Everyone in the world is lying except the guy who says he wants to bring God to the Senate. Who won’t even be allowed IN the Senate if he is voted in? Wake up Alabama and smell the coffee. Grandma used to say "if it quacks like a duck. And looks like a duck, it aint no dang dog. It’s a duck." One way you get represented. The other, you pay a man who can do nothing. The choice should be easy, not difficult. Think of your daughters and granddaughters; then vote who best stands for “Them.” Next thing is the "new Obamacare repeal and Rich folks tax cut" bill they are voting on tomorrow. !3.8 million people lose their insurance, the rest get a big rate hike. The reason? To give a tax break to rich folks while "increasin[...]



Steny Hoyer says the 2016 election was "free and fair."

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:55:01 +0000

Today the Hill has an article titled “House Dems introduce articles of impeachment against Trump.” Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer are against that. Hoyer said

Do we disagree with the policies? We do. But disagreeing with the policies is not enough to overturn an election, a free and fair election," Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol shortly after Cohen's press conference.

I strongly disagree-it was NOT a fair election and not free — gerrymandering, voter suppression, bots, Russia ... Here is Hoyer’s telephone number if you want to tell him you disagree. I called (& promised there would be more calls). 202-225-4143

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OH-Gov: Betty Sutton (D) Keeps Up The Momentum To Kill Trump & GOP's Trickle-Down Tax Scam

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:35:50 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Rep. Betty Sutton’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign:

I wrote to you last week about Congressional Republicans’ tax planan attack on hardworking families across the nation.

And now, it’s gotten worse. If passed, this bill will not only deliver a massive tax cut to the wealthiest among us at the detriment of low and middle-income Americansaccording to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, it will also trigger $136 billion in cuts from necessary areas next year, including $25 million from Medicare funding.

The bill just keeps getting worse and worse, and it’s up to us to stop it. Add your name here to tell Congress that we reject the GOP tax bill.

With each new set of unfair tax policies, Republicans’ explanations grow more and more tiresome. Their claims that tax cuts for the wealthy will in turn create opportunity for low and middle-income families are lies, plain and simple.

Trickle-down economics has never worked for anyone but those at the very top. GOP leadership would rather make their rich donors even richer than create a tax plan that works for everyone, and I won’t stand for it.

I’m sick of the tax cuts for the wealthiest and most influential at the expense of working people. If you agree, add your name here to tell Congressional Republicans that it’s time we created an economy that works for everyone instead of focusing on the special interests.

Thanks for taking action with me,

Betty

Click here to add your name.




AL-Sen: Sen. Jeff Merkley (D. OR) Helps Doug Jones (D) Take Down Pedophile Roy Moore (R)

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:22:00 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D. OR) in support of Doug Jones’ (D. AL) U.S. Senate campaign:

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Roy Moore does not belong in the U.S. Senate.

To say his views are extreme is putting it too politely. He is the former Alabama Chief Justice who repeatedly refused to follow federal court orders, questioned whether President Obama was born in America, and claimed the September 11attacks were a punishment from God.

But the latest accusations, of his predatory actions against multiple children, are absolutely sickening.

Roy Moore is refusing to step aside, so that means we need to stop his campaign in its tracks.

Please chip in $3 right now to Doug Jones, Roy Moore's Democratic opponent.

Doug Jones is a relentless fighter for justice. He is a former U.S. Attorney who won convictions against KKK members for bombing and killing four young African-American girls in an Alabama Baptist church. In the Senate, he will be a voice for affordable health care, for a clean and healthy environment, for equal rights for all Americans, and for living-wage jobs here in America.

I won't sugarcoat things: Alabama's tough territory for Democrats. But the latest polls show that Doug Jones and Roy Moore are tied. This race is going down to the wire. We could be in for a historic win.

Donald Trump and the far right are counting on Roy Moore to be a crucial vote for their agenda. They're also hoping we sit this one out.

Let's make sure Doug Jones has the funds to win Alabama's special election in a few weeks: please chip in $3 right now.

For our children and future, this is a fight we must win.

Onward,

Jeff

Click here to donate to Jones’ campaign.




'This bill is like a fish carcass:' Lawmakers sound off on Republican tax plan on Twitter

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:48:16 +0000

As Republicans continue to push forward on their terrible tax plan, what do individual lawmakers have to say about the bill? Let’s check out what both sides of the aisle have to say on Twitter. Democrats are bringing a ton of specifics to the table, as you can see below, but Sen. Chris Van Hollen hits the basic Democratic message: xHave you ever been invited to go out to dinner and then got stuck with the bill? That's the Republican tax plan—good meal for millionaires and you pick up tab.— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) November 15, 2017 Republicans have a lot less to say, but check out what Marco Rubio is saying here and the headline he’s linking to back it up: xGood news for working families, the Senate #TaxCut bill now has #ChildTaxCredit at 2K. We are making progress https://t.co/EMTMJQW1Pr— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 15, 2017 Yay! Expanded child tax credit … oh, and by the way, individual tax cuts will be temporary while corporations will get permanent tax cuts. Call your senators and representatives now at (202) 224-3121 and urge them to vote no on this healthcare-taking, Medicare-threatening giveaway to corporations and the wealthy at the expense of working families. [...]



Ready to Step Up? It's 'National Run for Office Day'!: 'BradCast' 11/14/2017

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 02:21:30 +0000

Guest: Ross Morales Rocketto of 'Run for Something'; Also: Another mass shooting at an elementary school... On today's BradCast: Have you ever considered running for office? If so, and if you're a progressive, you probably couldn't come up with a better year to it than in the upcoming 2018 mid-term elections! And my guest on today's show says he'd love to help you do it! [Audio link to show follows below.] But, first up today: It was another day in America, so another mass shooting. We cover today's breaking news out of Northern California where 4 were killed and 10 shot by a gunman who was eventually shot by police in a very rural and economically depressed part of the state. The shooter reportedly fired, sometimes randomly, at some seven different scenes and targeted an elementary school before he was finally taken down. While still officially unidentified as of airtime, the gunman is said to have had a history of domestic violence and neighbors who complained that he was threatening and had recently been heard firing off large magazines of gunfire in recent days. Despite his record, however, he was somehow able to legally obtain the semi-automatic rifle and two hand guns found with him after he was killed. Republican elected officials who represent the area offered "prayers", as usual, in the wake of this latest shooting. Democratic Gubernatorial hopefuls in the state vowed to take action to help curb American's continuing gun epidemic. In not-unrelated news, it happens to be "National Run for Office Day", as declared by a host of progressive organizations. To help celebrate, we're joined today by ROSS MORALES ROCKETTO, co-founder of Run for Something, a national progressive organization dedicated to helping first- and second-time progressive grassroots candidates -- particularly millennials, women and people of color -- step up and run for state and local offices. The group, "born of the tears of the 2016 election", hopes to run more than 1,000 candidates across the country next year, for everything from state representative to city council to local library boards and Boards of Education. They also saw at least 32 of their endorsed candidates win races in last week's 2017 off-year elections, including a number of stunning underdog Democratic victories by first time candidates against long-entrenched Republican office holders. Rocketto explains how and why he formed the group along with a former Hillary Clinton Campaign staffer; how they determine which candidates to endorse and help; what is needed to run and win a successful grassroots progressive campaign; and how you -- yes, YOU! -- may wish to consider visiting their webpage and getting started to run for something yourself in 2018! "What we're really trying to do is recruit and support the next generation of progressive Democrats running down-ticket," he tells me. "We think that 2018, for example, is going to be the year of the down-ballot candidates. We know that only 5% of state legislators across the country are millennial, and the millennial generation is goin[...]



Rep. Hakeem Jefferies questions Attorney General Jeff Sessions ability to remember things.

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:18:29 +0000

On 11/14/2017 during a   House Judiciary Committee hearing.  Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), pressed the attorney general on his claims that he didn’t recall certain moments during testimony. This didn't go well for Sessions.




Southern Democrats in 2018: An Outside Shot at Renewed Relevance

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 22:01:44 +0000

A youth emergence, suburban swing, diversified voter base, and energetic “resistance” fueled by diversity, independence, and a thirst for equality, has some Democrats itching for success in the South.  2018 could be the prime opportunity to travel those inroads toward a renewed relevance for southern democrats.  With Georgia and North Carolina home to swingy suburbs, South Carolina and Mississippi eager to replenish a long-depleted bench, and Alabama hosting a very contentious senate race, southern democrats have a new spring in their step. For the purpose if this diary we will focus on the following states: North & South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee.   Strong recruiting has southern democrats eager to remake the Gubernatorial Map in 2018, one that has long plagued democrats in southern races like Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.  However, all three states have a fresh face emerging as a strong contender for Governor. In Georgia, Democrats have the chance to elect the nation’s first-ever Black Woman to a Governor’s seat.  Stacey Abrams, former House minority leader in Georgia, is campaigning on a strong progressive platform and has a vision to re-engage democrats, and voters, from every corner of the state. She has wowed national groups, received endorsements from big names, and raised a decent amount of money.  In her neighboring state of Florida, another woman is looking to shatter the gubernatorial glass, and become Florida’s first woman governor, and first Democrat elected to that office in nearly two decades. Gwen Graham is last democrat to call the governor’s mansion home, as a child of course, when her father was Governor.   She is mounting a strong statewide campaign to connect rural southern voters in the panhandle to her platform, whilst remaining competitive in more traditional democratic strongholds (ones that many would not consider “southern”) like Central and South Florida. Nonetheless, she’s from the South, represented a very rural southern seat in Congress, and would be a good Southern Democratic success story. As would South Carolina’s James Smith.  A veteran, state representative, and fresh face for South Carolina. He has the potential to make the race competitive, re-engage South Carolina’s Democratic Party, and give the party another southern Governor. Congressional elections will also entice southern democrats.  If Florida can elect a Democrat as Governor, Gwen Graham’s former district might get re-drawn, in redistricting, to be more similar to what she represented- a Tallahassee-based seat that connects rural panhandle counties to elect a democrat with a strong performance in Leon and Jefferson. Stacey Abrams will be looking for her party to perform well in GA-6 and GA-7, and will need strong turnout in both districts to find herself as a victor in ’18. Suburban seats in North Carolina could also add a few Representatives to our bench if veterans, progr[...]



OR, CO & MD-Gov: Victory Fund Wants To Make These LGBTQ Champs Governors

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:46:42 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the LGBTQ Victory Fund:

2018 is right around the corner, and Victory Fund is wasting no time. Here are our first THREE endorsements in governors’ races!

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We have a fantastic opportunity to TRIPLE the number of LGBTQ governors in 2018. It’s one of our most ambitious plans ever -- but we’re relying on your help to carry it out.  

Will you pitch in for THREE TIMES the representation in governors’ offices?

If our wins last week showed anything, it’s that early organizing and fundraising are the keys to successful campaigns. We were able to elect great candidates like Danica Roem, Andrea Jenkins, and Jenny Durkan because YOU stepped up.

But 2018 is going to be a much bigger challenge. There will be hundreds, even thousands, of elections and candidates. We need the resources to make sure ours stand out.

-- Sean

Click here to donate to Brown, Polis and Madaleno’s campaigns.




MI-Gov: Gretchen Whitmer (D) Fights Back To Protect Michigan's Public Schools From Betsy DeVos

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 20:56:05 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Michigan Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer’s (D. MI) gubernatorial campaign: Gretchen Whitmer (D. MI) Michigan has seen the damage firsthand when people like Betsy DeVos prioritize privatization and profits over preparing our kids to succeed. And now DeVos has a national platform to continue to undermine our public education system, not just here in Michigan, but across the country. Making sure our kids can prosper right here in Michigan is at the top of my mind as a mother and will be at the top of my agenda as governor. This week is American Education Week, and it’s time to rededicate ourselves to making our public education system once again the envy of the country. Join me in this fight to make sure our kids’ and our state’s futures are bright. Add your name today! Providing our kids with a great education is the best thing we can do as Americans to ensure that our children, and our nation, can succeed. It all begins with education -- the foundation for growing a strong economy, having an informed and engaged citizenry, and preparing future generations to solve problems and become leaders themselves. To do that, we have to commit to strengthening our public education system, not privatizing our classrooms and cutting salaries for teachers -- exactly the type of failed policies that we’ve witnessed in our state from people like Betsy DeVos. Every child deserves the same chance to learn and grow -- no matter what zip code they live in -- and I can’t think of a better time to commit to making sure our kids have every opportunity for success than during American Education Week. Help me stop Betsy DeVos’ continued attacks on our public school system. Add your name to join me! >> From early childhood programs to making college affordable for all Michiganders, I’ve stood up for our students and for the teachers who give so much to make sure those students can succeed in and out of the classroom. Thanks for standing with me, Gretchen Click here to add your name. [...]



FL-Gov: Gwen Graham (D) Calls For Ending Massive Unfair Utility Taxes In Florida

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 19:26:22 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Rep. Gwen Graham’s (D. FL) gubernatorial campaign:

For 20 years, the Republican politicians in Tallahassee have turned a blind eye to special interests as they've run roughshod over seniors, small business owners and families.

Florida’s families have been forced to pay “advanced nuclear recovery taxes” for nuclear power plants that were broken or never built -- more than $3 billion since 2006.

And if some Tallahassee politicians have their way, Floridians could be forced to pay a new fracking tax to the tune of $500 million a year for unregulated fracking projects!

Gwen Graham is running for governor to be a consumer advocate for the people of Florida. If elected, she will put an end to these massive utility taxes. Will you add your name to show she has your support?

Gwen is pledging to take action -- and it’s not a moment too soon.

Under Republican control, Florida’s regulatory commissions have sold out to the special interests. This must change. As governor, Gwen will appoint consumer advocates to the Public Service Commission. She will fight to repeal the advanced nuclear recovery tax and to ban utilities from ever charging customers a speculative fracking tax.

Now Gwen wants to hear from you. Will you add your name to let her know you support her plan to end unfair utility taxes?

Thanks,

Team Graham

Click here to add your name.




AL-Sen: Quinnipiac's Newest Poll Shows Republicans Divided On Pedophile Roy Moore (R) Dropping Out

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:41:08 +0000

Quinnipiac University’s newest poll focuses on the national affairs but has a key section dedicated to Roy Moore (R. AL): American voters say 63 - 23 percent, in questions asked Friday through Monday, that Roy Moore should drop out of the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Republicans are divided, as 38 percent say he should stay in the race and 42 percent say he should drop out. Every other listed group says by wide margins he should get out.    Voters disapprove 43 - 25 percent, with 31 percent undecided, of the way Republican officials have responded to accusations against Moore. Republican voters are divided, as 31 percent approve and 29 percent disapprove, with 40 percent undecided.    All American voters believe 51 - 19 percent the charges against Moore.    "Roy Moore has to go, say American voters," Malloy said. "But the only voters who matter are in Alabama." Trump and the Media    American voters disapprove 58 - 38 percent of the way the media covers Trump, but trust the media more than Trump 54 - 34 percent to tell the truth about important issues.    Voters say 53 - 42 percent that the media focuses too much on negative stories about Trump, but do not believe 57 - 39 percent that the media makes up negative stories about him.    From November 7 - 13, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,577 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, including the design effect. For the 937 voters asked about Roy Moore, the margin of error is +/- 3.8 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.  Trump’s approval rating is at an abysmal 58/35. With Republican voters so divided on Moore, it’s no wonder Doug Jones (D. AL) decided to go this route in his newest campaign ads: x YouTube Video Jones has not aggressively attacked Moore about the scandal. In general, Democrats have been sitting back while Republicans say whether they think Moore should stay in the race and whether they believe his accusers. The Jones ad doesn’t directly address the Moore scandal, but does seem to reference The Washington Post story breaking the news about the first four accusers. “He’s already been removed from office twice,” one Republican in the ad says. “This time it’s even worse,” says another. “You read the story and it just shakes you,” adds the third. x YouTube Video The second Jones ad, which is also running statewide, features a man who says he is a lifelong Republican but is now going to vote for Jones in the Dec. 12 special election. “I’m urging all Republicans, if they will, to take a look a Doug. There’s no way we can vote for Roy Moore. There’s no way in the world that we can have that kind of representation on our Senate. We need a guy that can bring unity to this state, as well as the nation. Doug Jones is that,” he says. Late last mon[...]



PA-Lt.Gov: Braddock Mayor John Fetterman (D) Officially Kicks Off His Campaign For Lt. Governor

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:11:01 +0000

Big news today out of Pennsylvania: x YouTube Video The longtime mayor of Braddock who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate last year plans to run for lieutenant governor in next year’s election. John Fetterman on Tuesday became the latest Democrat to announce that he’s willing to challenge the sitting lieutenant governor, Mike Stack, in the party’s primary. Mr.  Fetterman was something of a national media darling for his efforts to revive struggling Braddock before he ran for U.S. Senate. He garnered nearly 20 percent of the vote in his losing primary effort. "For the last 12 years, we've been building our community back up,” he said. “I'm proud of what we've accomplished in Braddock, but there are struggling towns like mine all across Pennsylvania, places that helped build this country but have since been forgotten. I'm running because I believe that every community is worth fighting for, and that together, we can build Pennsylvania back up -- so that every child born here has an equal shot, regardless of their zip code." Mr. Fetterman had been expected to announce a campaign for some time, and did so with a Tuesday morning tweet that included a two-minute video. That grittily shot video, shot in a style very reminiscent of Mr. Fetterman's 2016 Senate campaign spots, features the candidate driving through the area, alternated with shots of residents and his family. Current Lt. Governor Mike Stack (D. PA) has been facing some very negative press since April: He has gone quiet since news broke in April that he and his wife had berated state troopers and staffers employed to protect and serve them. Gov. Wolf pulled the staffers, Stack apologized and his wife, Tonya, sought in-patient treatment for mental-health issues. And just like that, Stack went from someone people didn’t think too much about to a political liability for Gov. Wolf. Fetterman, who arrived in Braddock in 2001 for an AmeriCorps job after graduating from the Harvard School of Government, stands 6-foot-8 and covers his tattoo-adorned massive frame in black work shirts and shorts. He finished third out of four candidates in last year’s Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate but made a name for himself as an authentic populist in a time of so much faux-populism. And just like that, Fetterman becomes a danger to Stack’s political longevity and a tricky balancing act for Wolf. Fetterman declined to comment Friday about his plans. His personal website was undergoing a tune-up, with just the words “coming soon” on display. Look for Wolf to stay out of it and let things unfold. He would shed no tears over a defeat for Stack. And Fetterman would add a much-needed boost of energy for a general election campaign. Billy Penn covers the whole timeline of what happened to Stack back in April. While it’s hard to tell right now what impact F[...]



MA-Sen: Elizabeth Warren (D) Keeps Up The Momentum To Kill Trump & The GOP's Tax Plan

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:19:57 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D. MA) re-election campaign: For 30+ years, the Republican Party has been trying to sell us snake oil. “Cut taxes for billionaires and giant corporations, and all of us will do better.” They repeat it in every interview, every press conference, and every bad tweet. Do they think we’re dumb? The tax plan that the Republicans are voting on this week is just another giant tax giveaway for corporations that are already making record profits. The megadonors who funded all those right-wing attack ads and elected a White House full of billionaires and bankers expect a return on their investment – and this tax plan is their big payoff. If we’re going to stop them, we’re going to need people in Massachusetts and across the country to step up and fight back – the same way we defeated their “health care” bill just a few months ago. Speak out now and let us know that you’re in this fight. Tell the Republicans not one penny in tax giveaways to the rich or big corporations. This isn’t a middle-class tax plan – this is just one more round of rigging the system for the wealthiest Americans and giant corporations. Here’s what the Republican tax bill actually does: Shovels $1.5 trillion in tax breaks to giant corporations; Gives gigantic tax cuts to super-rich families and heirs to family fortunes; Cuts tax deductions for people trying to pay their student loans, pay their medical bills, or buy a home – and could even RAISE taxes overall on lots of working families; and Adds trillions of dollars to the national debt – which Republicans will use as an excuse to slash Medicare, Medicaid, affordable housing, and education programs. There’s a lot this country could do with an extra $1.5 trillion. We could rebuild our roads and bridges and put Americans to work in good paying jobs. We could end childhood poverty or figure out a way to help parents afford childcare. We could help young people crushed with student loan debt. We could invest it in medical research for autism, Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Heck, we could just write middle-class families a big fat check. But Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell aren’t interested in working for working families – they’re interested in helping a handful of donors. It happens all the time: a handful of billionaires gather in fancy hotels, sip champagne, and threaten to withhold hundred of millions of dollars in donations to Republicans if they don’t deliver trillions in tax giveaways. I know, it’s outrageous – but money slithers through Washington like a snake. And that’s why we have to fight this bill. Democrats didn’t have the votes in the Senate to kill the health care bill, but we succeeded because people in Massachusetts and across the country fought tooth and nai[...]



New Assault Allegations Against Roy Moore, More Trouble for Senate GOP: 'BradCast' 11/13/2017

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 01:53:49 +0000

Callers ring in on the controversies plaguing AL's U.S. Senate nominee... On today's BradCast, we were live today on our flagship station in Los Angeles, after the latest round of fund drives at KPFK/Pacific Radio, and had lots to discuss with callers in the wake of the Roy Moore mess and new developments and allegations. [Audio link to show is posted below.] Another accuser stepped forward on Monday, charging that Alabama's Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate Special Election, sexually assaulted her when she was a minor, while he was serving as District Attorney in the state. And, even prior to today's new allegations, the news for the GOP Senate was becoming increasingly grim by the hour following the Washington Post's explosive exposé of charges by four different women against Moore published late last week. A new poll shows Moore's Democratic opponent, former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, is now up over the controversial GOP candidate by 4 points, just weeks before the December 12th election, in the wake of the initial allegations that Moore sexually pursued four teenagers, one as young as 14 years old, in the late 70s and 80s. Three Republican U.S. Senators rescinded their endorsements for Moore over the weekend and, on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called on him to step aside -- without using the "if true" qualification he'd used previously -- saying that he now believed the women who had accused Moore. McConnel also added he is now seeking a write-in candidate willing to run, since it's too late to remove Moore from the ballot. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) head of the Senate Republicans' campaign committee, called on the Senate to expel the controversial far Rightwing "conservative" "Christian" if he wins. But some Republicans are now calling on Alabama's Governor and legislature to cancel the Special Election to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions all together. (Good luck in federal court if they decide to take such an unprecedented move to cancel an election, because it looks like they may lose.) And, of course, all of that was before yet another woman stepped forward on Monday to say that she was "attacked" by Moore as "a child". The new accuser says she feared Moore was going to rape her when she was 16 and she had to physically fight him off in his car, after she'd received a ride home from Moore, a regular patron at the restaurant where she worked as a waitress while he was a prosecutor in his 30s. Meanwhile, Moore and his wife both claim the charges against him are all part of a "witch hunt" by media, the Republican establishment and the Democratic party and have said they plan to sue the Washington Post which reported the initial allegations last week. We cover all of those late details, and then open the phone lines to callers today,[...]



PA-Sen: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) Is Determined To Defeat Trump's "Political Godfather"

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:03:39 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) in support of U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr.’s (D. PA) re-election campaign:

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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV)

Democrats CAN take back the Senate in 2018, but not if Senator Bob Casey loses in Pennsylvania. Here's what you need to know about Bob's critical race:

  •  Republicans are desperate to replace Bob Casey with Republican Representative Lou Barletta, Trump's "political godfather" who would rubber-stamp his dangerous agenda.
  • Right-wing groups linked to Mitch McConnell and the Koch brothers are already funneling money into ads to defeat Bob and flip this must-win seat.
  • Roll Call has called Bob Casey one of the 10 most vulnerable senators of the cycle.
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Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA)

The only way Democrats can take back the Senate is if grassroots donors like you give now to protect every single Democratic Senate seat. But the GOP is making defeating Bob a top priority – and with just hours until our fundraising deadline, we're still falling short of our must-hit goal. Please, will you give $5 or more – whatever you can before midnight – to help Senator Bob Casey defend Pennsylvania's Democratic Senate seat?

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




George F. Will Endorses Doug Jones

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 22:08:53 +0000

Whoa.  Here we have an old fashioned Republican not only decrying the likes of Trump and Moore, but actually ENDORSING A DEMOCRAT. This is a beautiful editorial actually, which not only describes the qualifications of Jones, who is clearly worthy of the Senate, but also calls into question the “vanity about virtue” of the white Evangelical Right. Vanity about virtue — how well stated! — and yes — it’s true isn’t it!  It’s all too easy to preach fire and brimstone about gay people and attack NFL protesters while completely ignoring the real issues that bedevil our country:  inequality; the stubbornness of Jim Crow, especially in the South; misogyny; economic injustice.  And coming from an utter hypocrite to boot —  An excerpt from his piece: Evangelical Christians who embrace Moore are serving the public good by making ridiculous their pose as uniquely moral Americans, and by revealing their leaders to be especially grotesque specimens of the vanity — vanity about virtue — that is curdling politics. Another public benefit from the Moore spectacle is the embarrassment of national Republicans. Their party having made the star of the “Access Hollywood” tape president, they now are horrified that Moore might become 1 percent of the Senate. Actually, this scofflaw, twice removed from Alabama’s Supreme Court, once for disobeying a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, is a suitable sidekick for the president who pardoned Joe Arpaio, Arizona’s criminal former sheriff. Even after Donald Trump conceded that Barack Obama was born in United States, Moore continued rejecting such squishiness. He concludes, Nothing about Moore’s political, financial or glandular history will shake his base, unless the credible accusations of serial pursuit of underage girls are suddenly overshadowed by something his voters consider serious, such as taking sides in the Alabama-Auburn game. Jones’s hopes rest with traditional white Democrats (scarce), Republicans capable of chagrin (scarcer), and African Americans. They are 27 percent of this state in which “civil rights tourism” (the 16th Street church, Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Montgomery church, and more) is economically important. This month, Virginia’s African Americans turned out for Gov.-elect Ralph Northam, a Democrat who, like Jones, invited voters to take a walk on the mild side. Approximately a quarter of Alabamans live in the metropolitan area of Birmingham, which has had an African American mayor since 1979. National Democrats are helping Jones, but delicately. They rashly treated a Georgia special congressional election as a referendum on the president and want to avoid that mistake in a state Trump carried by 28 [...]



WI-01: Bernie Sanders Endorses Randy Bryce's (D) Campaign To Repeal & Replace Paul Ryan (R)

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 21:00:34 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Randy “Ironstache” Bryce’s (D. WI-01) campaign: Thanks to your support, our campaign against Paul Ryan keeps making history, and today, Senator Bernie Sanders endorsed our campaign. I'm a union ironworker, a veteran, and a cancer survivor from Caledonia, Wisconsin. I build things with my hands every day to put food on the table for my son and to help support my mom. When we launched our campaign and began our fight to give working families a voice, never in my wildest dreams did I expect to get endorsed by the most popular politician in America. I'll be blunt: Bernie's support in our race is a big deal.   I traveled to DC last week to meet with Senator Sanders and ask him for his support. Watch the video of our conversation about the problems facing working people, Bernie's endorsement, and the type of bold solutions, like Medicare for All, that we need: x YouTube Video Click here to share on Facebook. Click here to share on Twitter. We've got to protect Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid from people like Paul Ryan. I think you've got an agenda that is going to make sense to working families and members of your community. Work hard and get elected - we need you here in the Congress." - Senator Bernie Sanders I am humbled to have Bernie's support as a part of this campaign, just as I am humbled and grateful to have yours. Together, we will win the fight for Medicare for All, a $15 minimum wage, an end to Citizens United, and equal rights for all Americans. And we're going to do it the people-powered way.   Let's get to work on giving working people a voice in Congress. Watch the video, share it with your friends, and chip in $3 (or $27) to stand with us and keep momentum for this grassroots campaign going. This campaign is a big tent, and I'm going to need everyone's support to defeat Paul Ryan in 2018. With Bernie Sanders, and even more importantly, with you, we've got a key new ally. For everything that you do. Thank you. Randy Bryce @IronStache   Click the links above to spread the word. Click here to donate to Ironstache’s campaign. [...]