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Published: Sun, 23 Apr 2017 09:48:24 +0000

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Democrats, Progressives and Eistein

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 22:47:09 +0000

Democrats, Progressives and Einstein      Einstein is quoted as defining insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  Democrats and progressives are not insane, but they are trying to fit the definition. Despite the fact that the identity silo politics of 2016 and previous elections have produced disastrous results for Democrats, neither they nor progressives seem to be able to abandon this approach.  Seemingly, they are hopefully that this repeatedly failed approach will somehow miraculously produce a different result in 2018.  At the least, this insistence is insane. Just look at the semi-hysterical emails that many of us get daily from various allegedly progressive groups, failed candidates, and hopeful ones.  These emails are merely trying to raise money from the same people and in the same way as during the 2016 election.  None of them is reaching out to the population as a whole or even presenting a public policy message to the recipients of the emails.  One is reminded of the Clinton campaign repeatedly calling the same small number of Democrats, until some of them threatened to not vote for Hillary if the phone calls didn’t stop.            What most Democrats and progressives fail to recognize and what conservatives/Republicans understand very well, is that you can’t have a movement without ideas.  It’s not enough to just throw mud at the other candidate or to promise various identity groups various goodies.  Political success only comes if you win the underlying propaganda war.  Conservatives have been engaged in an all-out propaganda war for over 40 years.  Unfortunately, progressives have skipped the whole contest.              For decades, conservatives/Republicans have been telling the American public that all their problems are caused by various “others,” by their personal failures and by the fact that business people and the rich just work harder and are smarter.  None of this is true, of course.  These lies are tied into a fantasy of how the economy works, particularly a fantasy “magical free” market that “fairly” sorts out who gets what in the economy.  While a small number of progressives have been telling each other that all of this is entirely wrong and why, that discussion rarely makes it into the public conversation.            For example, when President Trump publicly said that if the country got rid of immigrants, the number of jobs would rise hugely and wages would shoot up, not a single Democratic or progressive leader publicly challenged the statement in a noticeably public way.  Likewise, starting with Reagan, Republicans have been saying that women, African-Americans, Hispanics and immigrants are taking jobs away from white men.  Oddly, no Democratic politician has publicly challenged that lie.  More strangely, no organized identity group, not the NAACP, not NOW, etc., has challenged that lie.  So the lie goes on.  Some of Trump’s supporters and Republican voters are indeed bigoted to the core.  However, many of them are just people who believe the lie that women, African-Americans, Hispanic and immigrants are the cause of their economic problems because no one even tries to tell them the truth.            Why are Democrats and progressive groups unwilling to publicly and repeatedly challenge conservative/Republican lies about how the economy works or the causes of the economic inequality?  Obviously, because they are so tied to the money that comes from the 1%, including many of the same people who fund the Republicans, that they can’t bring themselves to tell the American people the truth, namely, that the massive economic inequality was created by and continues to be fed by the Chamber of Commerce, the CEO’s of big business organizations and members of the 1%.  Put another way, all the babbling by progressives and Democrats about the effects of big money on politics and the evil effects of Citizens United are, for most of them, just lip service.  They would rath[...]

NJ-Gov: Phil Murphy (D) Goes After Trump's Anti-Environment Assault On The EPA

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:43:12 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Phil Murphy’s (D. NJ) gubernatorial campaign:

We have a president who believes that climate change is a hoax invented by the Chinese, and an EPA administrator who holds both the environment and his own agency in contempt.

We have a governor who slashes funds for renewable energy -- where New Jersey was once a leader -- allowing other states to become thriving hubs of green technology jobs while our economy lags behind.

Despite these challenges, I believe the Garden State can still lead the way for environmental protection and the clean energy jobs of the future.

With your help, I will be the progressive, data-driven governor who puts us on a path to 100% clean energy by 2050. My plan invests in solar and makes the most aggressive push in the nation for wind-based energy, and I hope you'll read more about it on

But with President Trump's budget proposal calling for a 31% funding cut to the EPA, we can't wait to act. On Earth Day, make a stand for the health of our children and our future -- sign the petition and call on Congress to reject Trump's cuts to the EPA.

While we have not even reached the end of President Trump's first 100 days, we have already seen his administration attack the environment and green energy: the gutting of clean water rules; the elimination of efforts to fight climate change; the ignorance of science and data; and a single-minded focus on promoting fossil fuels, especially coal, instead of renewable and alternative sources.

That's why I addressed the League of Conservation Voters Conference today. We must work together to undo the damage Governor Christie has caused to advance environmental protection and lead the green economy, despite President Trump's reckless proposals.

New Jersey has more Superfund sites than any other state -- and an astounding 89% of New Jerseyans live within a mile of a contaminated site. We have far too many old homes and buildings that expose children to dangerous amounts of lead. Our beautiful shore, with its multi-billion dollar tourism industry, must continue to ensure its waters are safe for wildlife and recreation.

So we must both lead our state forward in the green economy and fight back against President Trump and his allies. I am committed to the task, and I'm proud to have the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club standing with me in this campaign.

Will you stand with me on Earth Day and sign the petition telling Congress to reject President Trump's budget that decimates environmental protection and clean energy?

Thank you,

Phil Murphy

Click here to add your name.

The truth is now out just 6 months after the guy in the white house won, we now know ...

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 18:44:08 +0000

The truth is now out just 6 months after the guy in the white house won, we now know what really caused his “victory.” We didn’t bother to turn out the vote.  45% of Americans sat home and scratched their asses and did nothing and we let them.  Ok not all of that 45% sat at home a majority might have been denied voting by the republicans in their well honed voter suppression tactics. Again something we let happen. But for Democrats to still point blame at our candidates, to dwell on that we cannot change isn’t addressing what we can change. The makeup of every state legislatures in America. We are witness to the oligarch’s unfettered attack on the very democracy founded in the 1770’s as they seek to control the states to eliminate our franchise. “I don’t want everybody to vote. Elections are not won by a majority of people. They never have been from the beginning of our country, and they are not now. As a matter of fact our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” Paul Weyrich At every opportunity we have been pushed into a defensive mode. We who are the majority stand on the precipice of a new form of Apartheid the destruction of the American experiment. We are letting it happen, yes the Democratic Party and we are going without a fight, or are we? I knew that even though my first choice was Bernie Sanders (thanks to Thom Hartmann for allowing Bernie air time) I knew he was the right man. I also knew that if he didn’t get the nomination I had to work with Hillary. There wasn’t a choice of the lesser of two evils. That isn’t a realistic argument or decision process. The choice has always been who is better for my family, my country and my job. In the half century I have been voting and involved in politics there is nothing that has said that my choices were a lesser of. And in that half century the choice has been Democratic. So now we have the ability to turn America around. There are special elections going on now that the wealthy will spend millions if not billions on. We are seeing their return on investment happening right now and it doesn’t favor you or I. They want to change healthcare to increase their wealth They want to kill the Unions with a national RTW law (The real meaning of RTW is Republicans Taking your Wages.) They want to send your tax money to the wealthy. And spend us into bankruptcy. They want to give our infrastructure to private ownership so we’ll pay multiple times to use what was once ours to use because we paid for the infrastructure with our tax dollars. Oh, the list goes on and seems to be endless. And yet the solutions we come up with in almost every case plays into the hands of the wealthy. The first solution seems to be term limits. Don’t write a comment about how it will help by kicking the bastards out. Term limits is what got us in this mess. Since Bush One, every four years we have had a lame duck president unable to get or keep a vision for this country going.  Good or bad our country grows when there is continuity in government. I have written before about how there would never had been a Bush one or Two. I believe that Regan would have served three terms before leaving for his illness and Clinton would have enjoyed a minimum of six terms. (OK it might be a stretch but Hey it’s my piece.) Then there is buying into this false hope of the republicans selling their never ending tax cuts, that have never benefited you or I, that are elected over and over. A fact folks, government IS NOT a business. You cannot run it as if it is.   Just the other day the Washington State Legislature had a huge public debate on how unkempt the state capital was. This after the republicans cut funding to maintain the Capital grounds.  Originally  it was more important to give a tax break to wealthy donors than to keep up appearances. What’s amazing is that they suggested that volunteers might be employed to landscape the grounds. Again with the Republi[...]

McAuliffe and VanValkenburg!! A Powerful Combination!

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:06:59 +0000

Schuyler VanValkenburg is running for an open seat in the Virginia House of Delegates (VA-72).  His chances are so good for winning — Clinton-Kaine carried the district - that the incumbent Republican dropped out. 

Schuyler’s campaign is gaining momentum and needs your help.  Even small donations are welcome!  Donate here - and thank you!

OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Goes After Trump's Plan To Defund The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:22:04 +0000

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


As a kid, I remember looking out on Lake Erie and seeing how polluted it was. We've come a long way since then.

Back in 2010, we launched the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, GRLI has supported more than 3,400 projects throughout the Great Lakes region, including right here in Ohio.

But right now, our progress is at risk.

In his proposed budget, President Trump eliminated all $300 million in funding to the GLRI.

Not only will it put all of our restoration efforts at risk, it will cost Ohio jobs and jeopardize public health.

My colleagues in the Great Lakes region and I will not let a budget pass that guts Great Lakes restoration and puts the health of our communities at risk.

Join Senator Baldwin, Senator Franken, Senator Klobuchar and me: Stand against Trump's budget. Add your name >>

Thank you.


Click here to add your name.

CO-Gov: Kennedy (D) Pushes Call To Protect CO's Public Lands From Trump's Anti-Environment Agenda

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 17:08:52 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Treasurer Cary Kennedy’s (D. CO) gubernatorial campaign:

Cry Kennedy (D. CO)

Today I join you in celebrating Earth Day. For almost 50 years, April 22 has been dedicated to honoring our environment and advocating to protect it.

And here in Colorado, our belief in protecting our public lands and our open spaces makes Colorado the place we all love.

But in Washington, Donald Trump has a different view.

I’m asking you to join me and stand up for Colorado. Tell Donald Trump we will never sell our public lands.

Donald Trump sees public lands as a resource to be sold off to the highest bidder, putting our lifestyle and recreation economy at risk. Can you imagine The Great Sand Dunes, Rocky Mountain National Park or Browns Canyon National Monument being sold to the highest bidder?

Add your name to help me protect the Colorado we love.

Coloradans see things differently than Trump. We know our public lands and beautiful open spaces define who we are. It’s what makes Colorado special, and is a vital part of our strong economy.

My family, like many of yours, loves and uses our beautiful public lands. Access to these places helps make Colorado the place we love. And we will not go backwards.

Colorado’s treasured lands, our outdoor recreation economy all deserve better than Trump’s misguided approach.

Take a stand: sign my petition and protect Colorado’s public lands.

- Cary Kennedy

Click here to add your name.

NH-Gov: Steve Marchand (D) Puts Pressure On NH General Counsel To Reject The Northern Pass

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:56:01 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Portsmouth Mayor Steve Marchand’s (D. NH) gubernatorial campaign: On this Earth Day, it is important to remember a big part of what makes New Hampshire wonderful. Our environment - lakes and rivers, mountains and forests - is central to our quality of life.  It’s what allows us to hike, swim, climb, bike, and breathe the clean air that makes New Hampshire one of the best places in America to live, work, and play. It’s also what helps drive our tourism and agriculture - important to our economic future. More important, it is critical to attracting and keeping the future young talent we need to grow our economy. Prioritizing the protection and cherishing of our environment is one key reason I am running for Governor, and is one of the reasons I have always been, and continue to be, opposed to the Northern Pass project.   Stand with me this Earth Day: Sign the petition to join thousands of New Hampshirites and oppose the Northern Pass! The financiers of Northern Pass have been fighting for years to bring Northern Pass through New Hampshire’s forests and mountains. If not for the grassroots efforts and passion of thousands of New Hampshire residents like you and me, it would likely already have seen the light of day. It will not help our residential and business ratepayers, and it would damage our most important asset - our natural environment. But Northern Pass has not defeated us.  And it is only through continued grassroots effort that we will keep it out of our state. I’ll be honest: It does not help me as a candidate to oppose Northern Pass. There are thousands in corporate donations I will not get.  But as Governor of New Hampshire, it will be my job to focus on what is best for our state, and to lead. We don’t need large-scale hydro or natural gas lines coming through New Hampshire to address our future energy needs. We can upgrade our electric grid, lower demand, and reduce costs by far more than Northern Pass ever would. And we empower small-scale wind and solar onto an upgraded grid in the process. It is good for ratepayers, renewable energy, our economy, and our environment. Stand with me this Earth Day: Sign the petition. Join the thousands of New Hampshirites who know we can strengthen our economy and our environment - we don’t have to choose between the two.  And help stop Northern Pass. Steve Click here to add your name. [...]

OH-Gov: Pillich (D) Slams Trump's Plan To Eliminate Funding For Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:46:15 +0000

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

Connie Pillich (D. OH)
Growing up, I remember seeing firsthand the devastating effect that pollution had on the water quality of Lake Erie. One time, we went as a family to the lake and it had turned orange! The Great Lakes are one of the greatest treasures of this region and over the past few years, we’ve made significant progress in our efforts to clean up Lake Erie.
But now President Trump is ready to turn back time again.
In his proposed budget, funding for the Great Lakes Restorative Initiative (GLRI) is eliminated entirely. And the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sea Grant program -- which researches algal blooms, invasive species like the zebra mussels and Asian carp, and other issues plaguing Lake Erie -- would be terminated.
All of our hard-earned progress could be reversed in just a few years if Trump gets his way.
This isn’t just about being able to go swimming in the lake without those awful algae blooms. The Trump administration’s actions could even jeopardize the drinking water for thousands of families in Toledo and across the state of Ohio. That’s unacceptable.
A recent study found that the GLRI’s work generates more than $80 billion in health, tourism, fishing, and recreation benefits. Instead of creating jobs and economic opportunity, this proposal from President Trump will cost Ohio jobs and recklessly put our health at risk.

Click here to add your name.

VA-Gov: Ralph Northam (D) Continues To Stand Up To The NRA & GOP For Universal Background Checks

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:25:23 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Lt. Governor Ralph Northam’s (D. VA) gubernatorial campaign:

      Growing up on the Eastern Shore, I spent a lot of time hunting and fishing. I went to college at the Virginia Military Institute, then served in the Army. I know guns.
      But as a doctor, I also know the dangers guns pose. I saw it firsthand treating soldiers during Desert Storm, and as a pediatrician in Norfolk, I’ve treated too many kids who’ve hurt themselves or their loved ones by accidentally discharging a loaded firearm.
      We’ve tried time and time again to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people by implementing universal background checks, but the gun lobby continues to stand in the way of progress. Republicans are putting the interests of the NRA ahead of the safety of Virginia families—and it’s got to stop.
      Friends, you and I both know that requiring background checks for gun purchases is commonsense. It keeps guns out of the hands of folks with mental illnesses, domestic abusers, and convicted felons—and any Republican that doesn’t understand that is unfit for office.

      Standing up to the NRA—and the Republicans who support it—will take all of us. Thanks for your help.
      Take care,

MO-Sen: Claire McCaksill (D) Goes After Climate Denying EPA Admin Scott Pruitt For Ignoring Science

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:09:10 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D. MO) re-election campaign:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D. MO)

Today is Earth Day, and I’m thinking about all the Missourians who have reached out to share with me their concerns about climate change and its impacts on the health of our families and communities in Missouri. They see the droughts that make life tough for farmers, the heat waves that get hotter every summer, the increased flooding – and they’re worried about what these changes mean for their futures.

But EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt refuses to look at the science – or the changes happening in our own backyards. And he’s not lifting a finger to help the families whose health is threatened by climate change.

We can’t let him ignore reality while Missouri families are at risk. Will you add your name and tell Scott Pruitt to stop ignoring science and start protecting our environment?

Click here to tell Scott Pruitt: Listen to science and protect the environment!

Thanks for speaking out.


Click here to add your name.

List of Democratic Challengers for 2018

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 14:02:05 +0000

I’ve been reading a lot of stories like this one:… It made me want to start creating a list of who is challenging whom in 2018, but that are realistic shots based on PVI (My Opinion).  So, here is my inaugural list of challengers in races. I got most of my information from Ballotpedia Currently, there are candidates in 22/84 of the races listed. Not bad for April 2017.  Now, if the election becomes more favorable to Democrats, this list might expand.  PS — If I have missed anyone, please mention them in the comments. Thanks! GOP vs. DEM 2018 PVI State CD LN FN PVI Democratic Challenger Democratic Challenger Democratic Challenger Democratic Challenger IA 1 BLUM, ROD D+1 NA MN 3 PAULSEN, ERIK D+1 NA VA 10 COMSTOCK, BARBARA D+1 Kimberly Adams Daniel Helmer Lindsey Davis Stover Jennifer Wexton CO 6 COFFMAN, MIKE D+2 David Aarestad Jason Crow NY 24 KATKO, JOHN D+3 NA CA 21 VALADAO, DAVID D+5 NA FL 27 ROS-LEHTINEN, ILEANA D+5 Scott Fuhrman FL 26 CURBELO, CARLOS D+6 NA CA 25 KNIGHT, STEVE EVEN Katie Hill Jess Phoenix CA 39 ROYCE, ED EVEN NA CA 10 DENHAM, JEFF EVEN NA WA 8 REICHERT, DAVE EVEN NA AZ 2 MCSALLY, MARTHA R+1 Billy Kovacs CA 49 ISSA, DARRELL R+1 Doug Applegate IA 3 YOUNG, DAVID R+1 Anna Ryon NJ 2 LOBIONDO, FRANK R+1 NA PA 7 MEEHAN, PATRICK R+1 Dan Muroff Molly Sheehan TX 23 HURD, WILL R+1 NA IL 6 ROSKAM, PETER R+2 Austin Songer ME 2 POLIQUIN, BRUCE R+2 NA MN 2 LEWIS, JASON R+2 NA NJ 3 MACARTHUR, TOM R+2 NA NY 19 FASO, JOHN R+2 Steven Brisee Brian Flynn PA 6 COSTELLO, RYAN R+2 Bob Dettore Chrissy Houlahan PA 8 FITZPATRICK, BRIAN R+2 NA CA 45 WALTERS, MIMI R+3 Kia Hamadanchy Dave Min Katie Porter IL 13 DAVIS, RODNEY R+3 David Gill NJ 11 FRELINGHUYSEN, RODNEY R+3 NA NJ 7 LANCE, LEONARD R+3 N[...]

Positive messaging: My illustrated, do-it-yourself guide to promoting the Democratic brand

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 15:37:10 +0000

The freeway blogger shows how to make big signs that reach thousands and thousands of eyes over a span of a few hours.  And then there’s the old-fashioned way:  thousands of little signs reaching thousands of eyes every day, year after year.  I believe promoting the Democratic brand — touting the party’s values, achievements, and aspirations — is a key — not the only key, but one of them — to increasing the Democratic vote.  It also helps remind Democratic politicians of what is expected of people who wear that label. STEP 1.  Go to Now, this server is sometimes slow, so be prepared to think to yourself “Why is this taking so long?”   Nowadays 5 seconds seems like a long time.  But imagine how long it took to load Tom Paine’s blog in 1776! STEP 2.  Choose one or more messages: There’s no markup (no profit for Rob!) at this shop, so you can get these messages on bumper stickers and T-shirts at CafePress’s base prices.   Magnetic or regular bumper stickers are just $3.49 each.   If you’re really into this, you can buy the regular ones in bulk for further discount. .   Yep, magnets work fine on this car! STEP 3.  Wait for delivery.   This is the only kinda hard part — 5 seconds I can deal with, but 10 days?   I’m impatient!  But it’s worth the wait.  When you get them, you’ll see they’re high-quality products.   STEP 4(a).  Apply sticker to rear of car.   Note: some cars don’t have any rear components that magnets will stick to, but that’s OK — just buy the regular stickers instead of magnets.  This type of sticker actually peels off easily, if you ever need to sell the car to your rightwing cousin Freddy.  (Seriously, if you’re thinking of buying magnetic stickers and you aren’t sure if they’ll work on your car, test your car first with a refrigerator magnet.) STEP 4(b).  Insert body into garment. STEP 5.  Take your Democratic brand messages out for a spin.   (But don’t drive like my brother!) Inside the brain of the observer  Most successful organizations and companies don’t get by on just having objectively better ideas and products — they also put a lot of effort into marketing their brand — proudly touting their values and achievements and aspirations.  So that over time, more and more people develop — even unconsciously — a subjectively positive view of that brand. When a reliable Democratic voter sees the message on your bumper or T-shirt, you can bet they’ll really appreciate it.   If someone who leans Democratic sees it, the message will bolster their inclinations: your message reminds them of why they’re correct to lean that way, and you yourself are providing confirmation that they are not alone.  And those totally on-the-fence people?  Your message gives them a good, positive reason to think favorably of Democrats.  Even if a person doesn’t consciously think about the message, they’ll be influenced by it at the subconscious level (because that’s what advertisements do).   Now, if a person is a hardcore Republican, they may be somewhat nonplussed, somewhat frustrated, because you’re offering a positive message, you aren’t attacking them.  You smile, they stew. It’s fun! [...]

GA Blocks New Voter Registrations in Advance of U.S. House Run-off Election: 'BradCast' 4/21/2017

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:42:55 +0000

Also: Federal court finds TX intentionally discriminated (AGAIN!); NV Sec. of State invents non-citizen voting scare; Trump sold millions in access for inauguration; Stolen SCOTUS helps AR kill a man; Much more... On today's BradCast, more Republican efforts to keep (certain) voters from voting in several states where demographics are quickly moving against them, and they're beginning to get very worried, for good reason, in advance of 2018 -- but even ahead of the important U.S. House special election run-off election set for June in Georgia! [Audio link to show is posted below.] Among the many stories covered on today's news-packed show... The Republicans' stolen U.S. Supreme Court helped Arkansas kill a man on Thursday night; Trump sold millions of dollars of access to corporate giants during his inauguration in January; Nevada's Republican Sec. of State invents a "non-citizen" voting scare in the state; Georgia's GOP Sec. of State is sued for blocking new voter registrations in violation of federal law, in advance of June's high-profile U.S. House special election run-off in GA-06; Yet another federal court finds that Republican legislators in Texas intentionally discriminated against Hispanic voters when drawing up statehouse districts. (The 4th finding by a federal court of intentional racial discrimination by the TX GOP in the past two months, making the state more than eligible for special oversight under the Voting Rights Act!) Sen. Ted Cruz (and other Republicans) may find themselves in big trouble in 2018; Britain goes coal free for the first time since the industrial age; Desi Doyen joins us for the latest Green News Report as Saudi Arabia invests $50 billion in renewable energy and scientists prepare to march for science; U.S. Treasure Dept. rejects ExxonMobil's request to lift sanctions against Russia so that the company can drill for oil in the Arctic... Enjoy!... CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE 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...] [...]

Ode to Democrats

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:08:05 +0000

...motivated by a breakfast meeting with a close millennial friend. Life is a set of journeys; some chosen, many forced by circumstance, fate and the wind. Along each journey multiple paths give opportunities for choices and from the experience of those good, bad, happy and grey decisions, knowledge comes. Hence more journeys, more wisdom, potentially... Culturally, our county inhibits many, far too many, especially children, from this simplicity: to travel is to learn. Leaving growth in a vacuum, a narrowness of experience with the power to vote, to express, own, capitalize, manage and even dictate 'en mass.' The right of voting must be secured, but we cannot expect different results from the shortsighted until we invest in journeys, each other, and the importance thereof. “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ~ Anais Nin want a revolution, make a friend a "west side story" x YouTube Video dance x YouTube Video Bittersweet x YouTube Video take flight x YouTube Video love x YouTube Video easy x YouTube Video the mission, friendship x YouTube Video it's possible x YouTube Video immigrants, friends, too! x YouTube Video lucky x YouTube Video “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” ~ Anais Nin want a revolution, make a friend x YouTube Video [...]

No member representing House or Senate's southwest border supports paying for Trump's f**king wall!

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:21:20 +0000


Now that I got that out of the way. This is some funny shit right here.

Donald Trump is threatening to shutdown the government and kill Obamacare, if he doesn't get his precious wall funded. The problem is, not one Republican or Democrat who represents the southwest border supports Trump’s request. 

I guess Trump didn't know governing would be this hard. Delicious!…

WASHINGTON—Not a single member of Congress who represents the territory on the southwest border said they support President Donald Trump’s request for $1.4 billion to begin construction of his promised wall, according to a Wall Street Journal survey, testing the administration’s ability to reach a deal on government funding next week.

Most lawmakers representing the region—both Democrats and Republicans—said they are opposed and many said they have unanswered questions. A few were noncommittal, but not a single member of the House or Senate representing the region said they supported the funding request. That includes nine members of the House and eight senators across four states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

GA-06: PCCC Doubles Down To Help Jon Ossoff (D) Fight Back Against Trump's Attacks

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 22:17:16 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:

Cold, stark, sweaty-palmed fear is what makes a President of the United States personally attack a candidate for Congress.

Trump knows that if Jon Ossoff wins in a red district, it’ll reflect on his failure as a president. And it will scare Republicans away from supporting his anti-worker, anti-immigrant agenda.

Let’s make that happen.

Chip in $3 to Jon Ossoff’s campaign to win the special runoff election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on June 20.


Jon Ossoff came in 1st place on Tuesday with 48.1% of the vote. The Republican he’ll face in a runoff on June 20 only got 19.8%.

Ossoff can win with our help.

Chip in $3 to Jon Ossoff’s campaign to win the special runoff election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on June 20.

Thanks for being a bold progressive.

-- Keith Rouda, PCCC organizer

Click here to donate to Ossoff’s campaign.

If we Want to Stop the Firing Squad, we Need to Talk About why There is one in the First Place

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:15:46 +0000

Hi! I have been following Daily Kos since the 2008 elections, but this is my first diary. I want to apologize in advance for my rudimentary English writing skills since English is not my first language. I hope you will be able to understand my humble babbling anyway! I have seen some diaries today about stopping circular firing squads on Daily Kos because everyone has to unite in the face of the catastrophe that is the Trump White House. And this is absolutely right. We have to unite, because otherwise the madness will continue in the United States and around the World. Democrats have to start winning races right now, and this begins with Jon Ossoff in Georgia. One of the problems I see at the moment with the will to stop firing squads is that as we tell everyone to stop with their personal grievances, shut up and work for the cause, there is a feeling that not everybody is on board with that. It becomes hard to do when you have the impression, rightfully or not, that one of the most prominent leader in the Party is not on board with that. Bernie Sanders is a great progressive and really appreciated by millions of Americans. He is doing a lot of gestures to show that he wants to help Democrats get elected... But sometimes, maybe not realizing it fully, he tends to send other signals that are less helpful. This is hard for a lot of rank-and-file democrats who want to follow the team and not engage in any intra-party infighting when one of your leaders feels free to, occasionally, criticize the Democratic Party or Democratic candidates. Not joining the Democratic Party sends the message that you disapprove of it at least in some way. And Bernie to this day criticizes the team, our team, on the trail. About the Ossoff incident, Bernie seems to want to categorize the "good democrats" by calling them "progressives", while the others are not. This, at its core, is divisive. The Democratic party is the progressive party in America while republicans are the conservatives. We all know that there are a lot of nuances to that and that Democrats in red districts have to walk a fine line in the way they categorize themselves or in some of the positions they take publicly. But team wise and between ourselves, when you are fighting Trump, things are and must be simple : there are only the "good guys" and the "bad guys". Anyone who is on our team is a good guy and is a progressive. Sending any other message publicly is divisive, unfortunately, and especially when you are in a leadership position. Criticizing (constructively) some of Bernie's words and actions, in this context, to me, is not about starting a firing squad, but rather about stopping it. I think that Bernie is a really great man and a great progressive, but as every human being, he is not perfect, and I think that throughout the years, he has been used to act by himself and speak freely his mind, being part of no political party. Having the freedom to criticize every party, democrats and republicans alike, is something Bernie seems to have cherished during his political life, and I can understand where he comes from. But right now, at this moment, After everything we have been through, after the primaries where he played no small role, things have changed - a lot. I think Bernie needs help (from friends, other party leaders, and from us) to understand how a few words from him, from now on, carry enormous weight in the Democratic Party and around the United States, and that for those reasons, if we want to unite together and defeat Trump, he needs to be really careful about how he talks about the Democratic Party and individuals in t[...]

Democrats To Trump & GOP: Right Now,'We Have The Leverage'—Here's Why

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:38:18 +0000

As Trump approaches his first 100 days in office and prepares to lie to America, Democrats are not about to let him take credit for anything. In fact, they are going to make sure America is well aware of the destruction Trump has caused/created in just several months in office. On Friday, Greg Sargent with The Washington Post writes: “Senior House Democrats held a conference call on Thursday night with members of the Democratic caucus, and according to a Dem aide, one of the key conclusions reached on the call was this: In the battles over Obamacare, Trump’s border wall, and funding the government, Democrats — not the White House — must behave as the ones with the leverage. As the 100-day mark of the Trump presidency approach, panic has set in among aides who fear that the press coverage will brutally (and accurately) reflect his historical lack of accomplishments. This is leading to questionable decisions on their part that could prove destructive to the country — and could backfire and make the 100-day mark coverage even more brutal for them. But this worry should also be seen as handing more leverage to Democrats in the near term. Dems seem both aware of this and inclined to act accordingly.” Right now there is strength in the Democratic Party and in their resolve is to call out Republicans for their responsibilities as a majority. House Dems fully intend not to back down in the face of pressure, according to a Democratic aide. The aide also spoke for Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in saying, “We have the leverage and they have the exposure,” and that “because Republicans are in the majority, keeping the government funded will be seen as their responsibility.”  The Democrats do, indeed, have leverage right now. “It looks likely that Republicans will need Democratic votes to pass a government funding bill, both in the Senate (where Republicans only hold 52 seats and will need to break a Dem filibuster) and in the House (where conservatives may bolt, leaving Republicans short of a majority on their own). Democrats want Republicans to drop the White House demand for funding for the border wall and increased deportations, and they also want Republicans to fund the “cost sharing reductions” (CSRs) that subsidize low out-of-pocket costs for lower-income people, to prevent insurers from fleeing the individual markets, which could leave at least 10 million uncovered.” Sargent writes, “Absurdly enough, even as the White House is demanding concessions in exchange for not sabotaging the ACA, it is also pushing Congress to vote on a new version of the GOP repeal-and-replace bill that would be even more regressive and destructive than the last one was.” Sargent adds Trump would likely take the blame for the “chaos and loss of coverage” and asks why should Dems bail him out of that problem? You can read the full Washington Post story here.  Bail him out? Democrats have no intention of bailing Trump out on any level, and the American people will continue to march, protest, petition and show up at town halls in support of the Democratic anti-Trump anti-GOP corruption posture. It will be the people, the indivisible and persistant Resistance, along with Democrats, that will ultimately topple Trump. And right now, there is no doubt — We are stronger together. [...]

Keep the Momentum Going: Trends from Kansas and Georgia Special Elections

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:42:06 +0000

A couple of weeks ago, I used the results of the Kansas special election to note that the trends were showing an enthusiasm gap. In comparing the results of the 2016 Presidential vote to the special election’s results in that district, it appeared Dems were able to maintain 60% of their 2016 votes, while the Republicans were only able to hold 40%.

Using those figures, I made an estimate of what the results of the Georgia 6th District special election would be, using the same trends:

My Calculation:

Democrats:   93,046      59%

Republicans: 64,009      41%

Here’s what the actual vote totals ended up being:

Georgia 6th District

2016 Presidential:

Hillary Clinton: 155,077       47%

Donald Trump: 160,022      48%

2017 Jungle Primary:

All Democrat Candidates: 93,911       49%

All Republican Candidates: 97,997     51%

Democrat Dropoff: 39.4%

Republican Dropoff: 38.8%

In other words, while Republicans were able to do better than their Kansas showing, keeping about 60% of their 2016 vote, here the Democrats, once again, were able to maintain about 60%.

So, in two special elections now, Democrats have shown that they can keep their numbers high, considering we are comparing an off-year Congressional vote to a Presidential year top-of-the-ticket.

That’s pretty amazing people.

So...let me do this calculation again for the next special election: the Montana at-large district. 

2016 Presidential:

Clinton: 177,709    36%

Trump:  279,240    56%

I will again apply a Democrat Dropoff of -40% — what happened in both Kansas and Georgia — and average the Republican Dropoff in those two to -50%.

Democrats:   106,625      43%

Republicans: 139,620      57%

What this tells me is this: If we really want to win it here folks, Democrats will have to be even more energized and engaged than even the last two special elections. That doesn’t seem like a barrier to me though: it seems more like a challenge.

My message here, is this: the persistence of Democrats is working. These results are not coming in a vacuum: they are a direct result of those of you on the Left rising up to #resist, and working your butts off with all the grassroots organizations working on the ground knocking doors and pounding pavement and making those calls.

Keep it up, people.

GA-06 & MT-AL: DFA Wants To Kill Zombie Trumpcare By Winning These Two Special Elections

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:33:51 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: Rob Quist (D. MT-AL)   Trumpcare is back, it's worse than ever -- and this time, it might pass. On Thursday morning, news broke that Republicans have found a version of Trumpcare that they hope can pass the House. They could vote on it as soon as next week, before the 100th day of the Trump presidency. This new Trumpcare is anything but improved. It's full of cruel changes designed to win over the ultra-conservative "Freedom Caucus" -- including a provision that would allow insurers to charge people with pre-existing conditions tens of thousands of dollars more for insurance. We need to make it crystal clear to House Republicans that passing this draconian attack on our health care will cost them their jobs. Here's how we can scare them: There are two House special elections coming up in the next few months. Progressive populist Rob Quist will have the chance to steal a House seat in Montana this May, and Jon Ossoff, who just shattered expectations in his Georgia runoff, faces his final GOP opponent in June. Both of these candidates are running in deep red districts. If they win, it will shake the GOP to its core and prove that politicians who attack our health care will pay a steep price for it. Can you chip in $3 or more right now to support Rob Quist and Jon Ossoff -- and DFA's efforts to help them -- so Democrats can win big in these upcoming House special elections and show the GOP that threatening to take peoples' health care has consequences? Here's what the Washington Post's Greg Sargent had to say about the proposal Congress is considering: "The big story is that, while the new plan would ostensibly keep the prohibition against refusing to cover people with preexisting conditions, allowing premiums to be jacked up would functionally price a lot of those people out of the market, gutting that protection." The Center for American Progress just released a study showing just how much premiums could rise, and the numbers are horrifying. Premiums for cancer patients could go up as much as $140,000 per year -- and if a woman chooses to get pregnant, she could be forced to pay a whopping 425% more for her insurance. The GOP's previously proposed attacks on health care have been phenomenally unpopular, hated by Democrats and Republicans alike. But Republican members of Congress are under enormous pressure from corporate donors to destroy the Affordable Care Act anyways. The only way we can kill Trumpcare for good is to prove to GOP elected officials that voters, not donors, have the final say -- and that people will turn out in droves to protect their health care. Rob Quist and Jon Ossoff can demonstrate this in their upcoming special House elections, but they need resources to get their message out to voters now. Together, we can win big in the upcoming House special elections and make the GOP think twice about attacking health care access. Will you pitch in $3 or more to help Rob Quist and Jon Ossoff win now -- and to support DFA's work to put them over the top? Thanks for your support -- and for being a part of the fight to protect and expand health care access. - Karli Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager Democracy for America Click here to donate to Ossoff & Quist’s campaigns. [...]

DeLucia Outraises Republican Incumbent 3-1

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:46:32 +0000

YORKTOWN, Va. – Democrat Kelly DeLucia has far outperformed Republican opponent Brenda Pogge in first-quarter campaign fundraising, raising $9,924 to Pogge’s $3,214.

DeLucia’s campaign is powered by grassroots funding, with 121 donations coming in at under $100 or less and a median contribution amount of $100. DeLucia has received 154 individual contributions compared to Pogge’s 23.  

“These donations come from hardworking people who know that I will work hard for them,” said DeLucia. “The overwhelming grassroots support we’re seeing sends the message that people are ready for change in the 96th district. I am ready to bring about that change.”

DeLucia grew up in Yorktown. She graduated from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with a Bachelors of Science degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental science. DeLucia resides in Yorktown with her wife Dee and their two infant sons.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” said DeLucia. “When I look at the faces of my sons, and then look at the state of politics today, the sense of responsibility is overwhelming. My mission is clear: to fight for change in the political sphere. It’s the only way to ensure my sons can flourish in the same community that made me who I am today.”

PA-Gov: PA Dems Ad Slams Trump Wannabe Scott Wagner's (R) Opposition To Raising The Minimum Wage

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:23:22 +0000

Hit him hard: x YouTube Video The Pennsylvania Democratic Party released a new web video hitting Gubernatorial candidate state Senator Scott Wagner (R-York) for his opposition to increasing the minimum wage, and his comments about friends skiing in Chile.   The video uses clips from a ‘Scott Wagner Coffee and Donuts’ from the end of March where Wagner voiced his opposition to the minimum wage.   “Scott Wagner is an out-of-touch Harrisburg insider who spends too time roaming the halls of the capitol and rubbing elbows with special interests to care about what matters most to Pennsylvanians,” PA Dems Communications Director Beth Melena said in statement.   Melena also provided these quotes and links to Wagner’s past statements: “And I have friends that ski, and a lot of my friends go to Chile over the summer and ski on the glacier.” [Newsradio 1070 WKOK Interview, 4/7/17, Audio] “I am not in favor of raising the minimum wage to $12. I don’t really know of anyone who is paying minimum wage now because you can’t find anybody.” [Scott Wagner Coffee and Donuts in York, 3/31/17] “I don’t really know of anybody that is paying the minimum wage today,” Mr. Wagner told print reporters. [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1/12/2017] Meanwhile, Governor Tom Wolf (D. PA) continues the fight to raise the minimum wage: Gov. Tom Wolf wants to raise Pennsylvania’s minimum wage to $12 an hour, a nearly $5 increase from the status quo. But getting that done this year with the Republican-controlled assembly will be “tough,” state Sen. Jay Costa told The Incline on Thursday after a rally outside the City-County Building. He was joined by Mayor Bill Peduto, state Rep. Ed Gainey, County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Councilman Corey O’Connor. “We have to continue to be advocates, strong advocates,” Costa continued. “That’s why events like today, raising awareness about where Pennsylvania stands as it relates to the states in this region, the Northeast region, [are] important. Talking about the face of the minimum wage person: that they’re minorities and primarily women and older adults. That conversation, that advocacy has to take place.” Pennsylvania’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, the lowest allowed by federal law. The state is surrounded by higher minimum wages in New York ($10.40 an hour), Maryland ($9.25), West Virginia ($8.75), New Jersey ($8.62), Ohio ($8.32) and Delaware ($8.25). As Peduto pointed out Thursday, Pittsburgh is gradually raising the minimum wage for city employees to $15 an hour. But that’s about all the city can do, because of its second-class status. Wolf’s budget calls for the state to increase the minimum wage to $12, which if implemented by Jan. 1, 2018 would increase revenue by $40 million, according to an analysis by Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office. The IFO also projected a loss of nearly 54,000 jobs because of the increase, while more than 1.2 million workers would have a higher wage as a result. The governor’s office disputes the analysis. Wolf is also gearing up for another major fight against Republican State Senate extremists like Wagner on this issue: Seated to Shay's right were Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. "We're heading into the next round in Congress when these issues are being debated, and we're going to have to lift them up," said Richards, referring to the expectation that Republicans in [...]

OH-Sen: Sherrod Brown (D) Calls Out Trump's Bait & Switch On Social Security

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:24:40 +0000

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

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D. OH)

“I am going to save Social Security without any cuts.” -Donald Trump, 5/21/15

“[Trump’s] proposal is a Trojan horse [...It] would, if enacted, lead to the destruction of working Americans' fundamental economic security.” -Nancy Altman, co-chair of Strengthen Social Security, quoted in Los Angeles Times, 4/10/17

Another day, another broken promise from Donald Trump.

This time, it’s seniors who stand to lose -- and they stand to lose a lot. Trump is proposing a drastic change to the way we fund Social Security, removing the dedicated funding streams from payroll taxes and making Social Security subject to political fights every time budget season rolls around.

For seniors who spent a lifetime paying into Social Security, this means that their economic future would be in the hands of Washington politicians. The income that seniors depend upon could become yet another partisan bargaining chip.

We can’t let this happen. Social Security is a promise between generations, and unlike Donald Trump, the American people take their promises seriously. Add your name to mine and speak out to protect Social Security.

When Franklin Delano Roosevelt was creating Social Security, he was aware that someone like Trump might try to pull something like this. (Not a big surprise from a President who spoke out against “malefactors of great wealth.”) Here’s what FDR said back in the 1930s:

“We put those payroll contributions there so as to give the contributors a legal, moral and political right to collect their pensions. … With those taxes in there, no damn politician can ever scrap my social security program.”

Trump is planning to test not only FDR’s wisdom but also Americans’ resolve. Our current president has made a career out of making promises he has no intention of keeping, and we are not going to let him stiff our seniors the way he stiffed the contractors at his hotels.

Stop Trump’s attack on Social Security -- sign your name and demand that Trump keep his promise to American seniors.

Thank you,


Click here to add your name.

Democrats Likely on Defense in 2018 Senate Race

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:16:06 +0000

Earlier this month, Mitch McConnell radically changed United States Senate rules to force through Donald Trump's right-wing Supreme Court nominee. Invoking the so-called "nuclear option" will fundamentally alter how the Senate works in the future, and makes regaining control of the US Senate more important than ever for Democrats. In 2018, they will be defending 23 seats, compared to the Republicans who must defend just 9 seats. Democrats need at least three more seats to control the chamber, and there are some vulnerable Republican targets facing reelection. Of course, the Trump administration’s struggles have created a far more advantageous political environment than could be imagined at the beginning of the year, but capturing the necessary seats to regain the chamber will be a challenge. Democratic Opportunities Of the nine Republican-held seats up for reelection in 2018, the most obvious targets are Arizona and Nevada. Arizona—Jeff Flake Hillary Clinton managed to expand the battleground map to Arizona in 2016, coming within 3.5 points of carrying the state. Demographically, the state is becoming more Hispanic and, should the current trends hold, it’s possible that a Democrats could unseat Republican Senator Jeff Flake. Flake already has a primary challenger—the former State Senator Kelli Ward, who challenged Senator John McCain in 2016—and others may follow. He has declined to fully embrace Donald Trump, which could prove beneficial or detrimental as Election Day nears. Potential Democratic challengers include state Representative Kyrsten Sinema and former Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who lost in her bid to unseat McCain in 2016. Nevada—Dean Heller Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's victory in Nevada represented one of the few bright spots for the Democrats in 2016, as they fell short of retaking the chamber. Now, Democrats will attempt to win the other Senate seat in Nevada, and recent election results suggest that they have a good chance to do it. Congresswoman Dina Titus (D-1st District) is said to be considering a run, which would give the party a strong candidate. Nevada continues to trend Democratic and Heller, who narrowly won reelection in 2012 by 11,000 votes, will be the Democrats’ top target. Red State Democrats—Most Vulnerable In all, there are 10 sitting Democrats who face reelection in states carried by Donald Trump in 2016. Each one of these incumbents faces a tough race ahead. Indiana—Joe Donnelly Senator Joe Donnelly won a close race in 2012. He defeated Tea Party darling Richard Mourdock, who himself unseated longtime Republican Senator Dick Lugar in a primary that represented the height of the fringe group’s influence. Lugar’s loss created the pickup opportunity for the Democrats, which was still a close race despite repeated inflammatory comments by Mourdock throughout the campaign. We don’t know if Senator Donnelly will once again enjoy the benefit of a self-destructive opponent, but Donald Trump carried the state by 19.1 points in 2016. Former Dan Coats aide Mark Hurt has already announced he's running, and Congressmen Todd Rokita and Luke Messer both say they're being encouraged to run. Missouri—Claire McCaskill Claire McCaskill won a 2012 campaign that most political observers had written off as a certain Republican victory. Republican candidate Todd Akin ultimately torpedoed his campaign with comments about “legitimate rape.” Mis[...]

To Markos and others cynical about Democratic messaging, I say: ¡Sí se puede!

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:41:10 +0000

[Note:  This diary is longer than I usually like to post, but I’m hoping you’ll find — as Vermont hikers say — the view is worth the climb.] “We don’t need any message beyond NO!” From Markos Moulitsas’s recent “Ask Me Anything” dialogue... kos:  Policy is useless right now.  We don’t need any message beyond “NO!”  2020 will be different, but next year?  It will ALL be about resisting Trump. Rob in Vermont: Can you elaborate on why you think policy is useless right now and “We don’t need any message beyond NO!”   For example, New York state is starting a free college tuition program, along the lines of the 2016 Democratic Party platform.  Does it not make sense that Democrats in Congress are currently pushing this at the national level?   kos:  Every midterm is a referendum on the president.  Always has been, always will be. Having a message in 2020 will clearly be important, but that’ll be dominated by our presidential nominee.  Look at how Trump stepped over the GOP’s carefully crafted messaging. Me, I don’t worry about message in 2018.  It won’t matter.  If Trump is popular, we’ll lose, if he’s not, we’ll win.  KS-04 wasn’t close because Dems had a message.  We don’t.  And we won’t, because we’re like herding cats.  No one will ever agree on a fucking message anyway. I’m more focused on Dems doing the right thing.  And right now, doing the right thing is easy—just oppose Trump.  It gets harder when you’re in power, as the GOP is now finding out.  But “NO!” got them to where they are today.  We’re not as incompetent as they are in governing. So, to summarize Markos:   Democrats don’t have a message, but that doesn’t matter in 2018, and anyway it’s an impossible thing to expect from them. After the 2014 blowout, Markos prodded the Democratic Party to “figure out how to inspire their voters” In a piece titled “The electoral boom-bust cycle, and why parties have no incentive to change,” Markos lamented that Democrats have been relying on “demographics and data” rather than inspiring voters: In 2012, Democrats won big, so they decided everything was fine. Demographics and data to the rescue! Republicans decided to rebrand, until they decided fuck that, no rebranding was needed. And now in 2014, Republicans are validated again in the Democrats' own 6-year-itch election. Democrats are scrambling for answers.   And I'll tell you what the future looks like: In 2016, Democrats will win big on the strength of presidential-year turnout. Republicans will realize they really have a shit time winning presidential elections, and maybe they should do something about that! ... And that cycle won't be broken until 1) the Democrats figure out how to inspire their voters to the polls on off years, or 2) Republicans figure out how to appeal to the nation's changing electorate. And given that each party is validated every two years after a blowout loss, the odds of either happening anytime soon? Bleak. Of course it turned out a “big win” for Democrats and a blowout loss for the hidebound GOP was not a “given” in 2016. Indeed, commenter “jabuhrer” presciently responded to Markos’s certitude about election cycles... I think almost everyone is making a huge mistake in the way they are interpreting "presidential years" and "off years." [...]

Democratic Standard-bearer? You mean Maxine Waters.

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 13:31:48 +0000

If the purpose of DKos, and for progressives everywhere, is to win elections, and once elected, to enact progressive legislation, to achieve progressive goals-- to make the US more just, more equitable, more peaceful for all its inhabitants— then we need leadership that reflects and defends core progressive values, has fought for them, and has served to make the Democratic Party more progressive. We need leadership that is fierce in fighting for social and economic justice, recognizing they are intertwined (discrimination is always economic in nature, and fighting discrimination means fighting for economic equity for all Americans). We also need leadership that is willing to confront the right-wing, and call out the crimes and lies of the GOP, every day.  One person demonstrates all of these qualities, lives and fights for progressive values, and has been doing this for nearly thirty years in Congress: Rep. Maxine Waters. She the ranking member of the House Committee on Financial Services, with a legislative history of protecting consumers, students, borrowers, and workers. She is a tireless advocate for women, for People of Color, for the LGBT community, immigrants, and religious minorities. She has consistently fought oil and coal interests, and worked to protect the environment from the  local to the international level. Where does she stand on the full spectrum of progressive issues? See for yourself: Voted NO on banning federal health coverage that includes abortion. (May 2011) Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Jan 2007) Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005) Voted NO on restricting interstate transport of minors to get abortions. (Apr 2005) Voted NO on making it a crime to harm a fetus during another crime. (Feb 2004) Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortion except to save mother’s life. (Oct 2003) Voted NO on funding for health providers who don't provide abortion info. (Sep 2002) Voted NO on banning Family Planning funding in US aid abroad. (May 2001) Voted NO on banning partial-birth abortions. (Apr 2000) Voted NO on barring transporting minors to get an abortion. (Jun 1999) Endorsed Recommended by EMILY's List of pro-choice women. (Apr 2001) Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record. (Dec 2003) Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006) Ban anti-abortion limitations on abortion services. (Nov 2013) Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007) Voted NO on prioritizing spending in case debt limit is reached. (May 2013) Voted NO on terminating the Home Affordable mortgage Program. (Mar 2011) Voted YES on $192B additional anti-recession stimulus spending. (Jul 2009) Voted YES on modifying bankruptcy rules to avoid mortgage foreclosures. (Mar 2009) Voted YES on additional $825 billion for economic recovery package. (Jan 2009) Voted YES on monitoring TARP funds to ensure more mortgage relief. (Jan 2009) Voted YES on $15B bailout for GM and Chrysler. (Dec 2008) Voted YES on $60B stimulus package for jobs, infrastructure, & energy. (Sep 2008) Voted YES on defining "energy emergency" on federal gas prices. (Jun 2008) Voted YES on revitalizing severely distressed public housing. (Jan 2008) Voted YES on regulating the subprime mortgage industry. (Nov 2007) Get minorities into home owne[...]

Stop the infighting.. Embarrassed enough that we pay for a pervert, loser and idiot visiting WH

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 11:50:55 +0000

They mock us and you people are talking primary crap !   Want to know why republicans take over everything?   They stand by their lousy candidates no matter what.  Good candidate...bad candidate...whatever.  Where does all the infighting get us?   A pervert giving advice I assume to another pervert on womens issues ..I am talking Nugent.   A word salad idiot who can see Russia from her house giving Trump foreign affairs advice.  Kid Rock in the mix for support.

All this fighting needs to stop.  Folks have learned little since Nov.   Mockery anyone?   People are heading to the back of the bus and back to closets while a nuclear winter may be upon us.  Wake the Hell up.

We Are Falling for Their Classic "Divide and Conquer" Tactics Once Again

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 02:25:48 +0000

I didn’t want to get too much further mired in the current debates going on at Dailykos about Sanders versus Clinton, but it is troubling to me that so many people here have not noticed the pattern. Doesn’t anyone else think it is more than a coincidence that all these stories, meant to drive a wedge between Sanders’s groups and the rest of the Democratic Party, are seemingly perfectly timed, when our Party should be super-energized by the recent outcomes in the Kansas and Georgia special elections? If you, too, find it strange, let me tell you why: We have seen this before. The most notable recent example I can think of, if when Wikileaks unleashed their first load of DNC leaks, right before the Democratic National Convention. At the time, I was one of the few kossacks to warn people not to fall for their tricks to divide us: But the Wikileaks release of the story about DNC officials colluding to smear Bernie Sanders as an Atheist looks to me like an attempt to divide the Democratic Party, sabotage the Convention, exploit our status as second-class citizens, and it seems to be working. Unfortunately, more people did not wake up to this reality, until it was more firmly established that Russian hackers were behind the leaks. But by then, it was too late, the damage had been done, and we all know how that turned out. We fell for one of the Right’s classic strategies against the Left: Divide and Conquer. And we are in the midst of a similar attack, yet again. When Democrats should be riding high, after the near upsets in the Kansas and Georgia special elections (to quote Biden, “a big f***ing deal”), and raring to go in Montana and beyond — we end up stuck, fighting the same primary battles we seemingly fall into every election cycle. Look. I am not criticizing anyone here for feeling the way you do, or responding to the revelations in whatever way you feel is appropriate. As a person of color, I understand the sentiments and frustrations many here and throughout the Democratic Party’s base feel with Sanders, Perez, and the Democratic Party in general from time to time. But, Do NOT let the Right manipulate those valid emotions to undermine our movement. They want us fighting amongst ourselves, which allows them a free-er hand to plot against us. Look at the source of much of the material being used to divide us: the Wall Street Journal. The Intercept. These are not exactly Liberal bastions here, people. I mean, the freaking Wall Street Journal, for crying out loud. Is it any wonder why they would paint an economic populist like Bernie Sanders in the most negative light, possible? Nor, would it be the first time. And — isn’t weird how stories about division within the Democratic Party always seem to outnumber stories about the very real and more prominent division in the Republican Party? It’s because they are trying to deflect attention away from their own side’s weaknesses. I am not trying to minimize or deny the fact that Sanders said what he said. But, just because something is true, does not mean that they should blind us to the very active manipulation being orchestrated against us. The Wikileaks leaks of DNC emails may have been authentic, but that should not have blinded us to the more real corruptness on the other side of the aisle, after all. Loo[...]

RI-Sen: Sheldon Whitehouse (D) Calls For Transparency, Demands Trump Make WH Visitor Records Public

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 23:18:35 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Whitehouse’s (D. RI) re-election campaign: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D. RI)         President Trump is on his way to becoming the most ethically challenged president in history. After promising to "drain the swamp," he's refusing to make his White House visitor records public – which will only make this swamp even murkier.       Congressional Republicans are aiding and abetting the president. They've passed the buck on oversight, making no efforts to compel President Trump to be more forthcoming. His lack of transparency is not only unprecedented, it poses a real threat to our democracy.       President Obama released records for nearly 6 million White House visitors. So far, President Trump hasn't released any.       What exactly is he hiding? And who really has his ear? We have a right to know who President Trump is meeting with. Add your name to demand President Trump publicly release White House visitor records!       This goes beyond the White House: His private club, Mar-a-Lago, which he calls the "Winter White House," charges wealthy guests exorbitant membership fees, allowing them to spend their leisure time where President Trump has spent nearly every weekend since his inauguration. And, shockingly, it doesn't keep track of the guests' comings and goings at all.       At Mar-a-Lago, President Trump has conducted government business and matters of national security out in the open. In the case of a president who spends so much time outside the White House walls, transparency must extend anywhere he regularly conducts government business. And with such an expensive entry price into these Trump-owned establishments, how can we be sure the ultra-wealthy and well-connected aren't receiving unfair access to government officials?       That's why my colleagues and I introduced legislation to require the disclosure of visitor logs anywhere that President Trump regularly handles official business. If he won't voluntarily release these records, we must mandate that he disclose them.       We need to know you're with us on this, Sam: Will you speak up and call for transparency from the Trump administration? Click here to sign our petition demanding more transparency from President Trump and the executive branch.       Thanks for helping hold the Trump administration accountable.       Sheldon Click here to add your name. [...]

Make Prince William Happen in Virginia Beach

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 22:14:40 +0000

Energy! That word describes what all the financial disclosures of the Virginia House of Delegates show, from the number of contributors to how much money was raised. We got to see for the first time just how competitive this year’s Delegate races are. They are a sign of what David Toscano, the House Democratic Leader, said was “the rising tide of resistance” among Democrats against Republicans, especially Donald Trump. Jacqueline Smith’s election night victory in Prince William County’s clerk of court race is not only the first victory, but a look at how November is looking more dangerous for Republicans everyday. But here’s what blew me away, and made me think: Can that happen in Virginia Beach? In raising $21,000, what really mattered was not the money, but the number of people who stepped up to support my race. Over 360 individual contributors, donating anywhere from $3 to $250, stepped up to support our growing effort to retake the 21st seat for Democrats this year. We already have more individual contributions and contributors than any past campaign for this seat since 2009... and it’s ONLY APRIL. That’s people power. It’s a reminder that I am truly beholden to the everyday Virginian, who is looking for us to bring Medicaid expansion, keep public money in public schools, and fight back against climate change. Virginia Beach has not had a Democrat representing us since Bobby Mathieson in 2009. Most Virginians here have assumed it is all Republican, and the fight is in Northern Virginia or Richmond. But just like last week, we found voters like this one in our canvass who said: Voter: Why are you wasting your time in this neighborhood? I’m the only Democrat on my block. Volunteer: I don’t think so. Your neighbor 3 doors down is a Democrat. So is the one across the street. Voter: Really?? I thought they were Republicans! Is it okay to talk with them? Volunteer: We need each other. Let’s get together and see who else is out here. Our community is waking up, and the 360 contributors to my campaign are building a campaign that can win. It’s a sign our message to support hard working families is resonating and momentum is building. And we still have seven months before the big day as our campaign grows and fights harder. That’s why every day I am building out, reaching out, asking ordinary Virginians to give whatever they can ($3, $21, $58.12) to fuel the movement. Because we can surprise Virginia on November 7th, just like June 18th. We can make Prince William County happen HERE in Virginia Beach. P.S. Check out other constitutional office candidates John Bell for Sheriff and Susan Hippen for Treasurer (website coming soon). My Website | Facebook | Donate [...]

HI-Sen: Mazie Hirono (D) Schools Jeff Sessions On Twitter Over 'Island In The Pacific' Remark

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:03:11 +0000

Schoolin’ them haters:

Hawaii’s Democratic senators on Thursday quickly went after Attorney General Jeff Sessions for questioning how a federal judge from the Aloha State, which he instead referred to as “an island in the Pacific,” was able to block the Trump administration’s travel ban.

“Hey Jeff Sessions, this #IslandinthePacific has been the 50th state for going on 58 years. And we won’t succumb to your dog whistle politics,” Sen. Mazie Hirono wrote on Twitter, adding that the attorney general’s remarks were “ignorant & dangerous.”

The attorney general made waves by telling conservative radio host Mark Levin on Wednesday that he was “amazed that a judge sitting on an island in the Pacific can issue an order that stops the President of the United States from what appears to be clearly his statutory and Constitutional power.”

Mazie’s Tweets:


U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D. HI) also chimed in:


Well said. Hirono it’s up for re-election next year so let's show her we have her back. Click here to donate and get involved with Hirono’s re-election campaign.

VA-Gov: Progressive Change Campaign Committee Endorses Tom Perriello (D) For Governor

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:55:54 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee:   Bernie Sanders wants to take back power for progressives in the states. So do we. That's why we are proud to join Bernie Sanders in endorsing Tom Perriello for Virginia Governor. Can you help win this key race -- not just for Democrats, but for bold progressives? Chip in $3 right now to help Tom Perriello win this nationally watched Virginia governor primary. I've known Tom for years. We grew up in the same hometown, and I was thrilled to pitch in and run his get out the vote operation when he first ran for Congress in 2008. Tom Perriello is the insurgent progressive challenger in the race. Tom is a former Congressman who worked closely with the PCCC and challenged powerful corporate interests. A new Quinnipiac poll shows Tom ahead in the primary and defeating the Republican in November! Tom is a longtime friend to progressives. In Congress, he voted for the public option, climate legislation, and the DREAM Act. While Tom lost in the Tea Party wave of 2010, he can be the biggest Resistance victory and progressive victory in the states in the 2017 -- impacting the grassroots energy and political conventional wisdom going into 2018. Imagine the signal it would send to have a genuine progressive in the Virginia's governor seat. The pundits will be stunned. Millions of regular people will be inspired before 2018 ... and 2020. Let's win this thing. Please donate $3 right now to help Tom win this nationally watched Virginia governor primary. Thanks for being a bold progressive. -- Stephanie Taylor, PCCC co-founder Click here to donate to Perriello’s campaign. [...]

A Democrat By Any Other Name...

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:56:26 +0000

I was born and raised in Berkeley.  I know about purity politics.  I lived in LA for 15 years establishing my film career.  I know about Hollywood politics.  I raised two kids in Oakland who attended public schools.  I know about identity politics.  I lived through the 2016 election.  I know about divisive politics.  In no way am I an expert on politics.  But, like most people navigating through their lives, I have shaped my views about politics.  I am a life-long Democrat.

Why do some Democrats insist on labeling others?  Who cares if you’re progressive, liberal, moderate, centrist or none of the above?  

Seriously, who gives a fuck?

Do you believe in helping people less fortunate than yourself?  Do you believe in civil rights?  Do you believe in LGBT rights?  Do you believe in women’s rights?  Do you believe in income equality?  Do you believe in immigrants’ rights?  Do you believe in science?  Do you believe in the arts?  Do you believe in gun control?  Do you believe in justice for all?

Do you believe we have to impeach Donald Trump?  Do you believe the current administration is undoing 100+ years of progress in all areas of government and possibly leading us into WWIII?  Do you believe we have to vote Democrats back into power to stop this dangerous madness?

All of this labeling leaves Democrats unable to see the forest for the trees.  We need to pull back and see that the forest is dying from climate change.   We need to start supporting Democrats in every part of this country.   Stop labeling who is “progressive” or “pragmatic” or “neo” this or “bleeding heart” that.

A Democrat by any other name is better for this country…and for the world.

MT-AL: Good News! The DCCC Is Jumping In To Make A Six-Figure Investment To Help Rob Quist (D) Win!

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 18:51:36 +0000

Some good news today out of Montana:

Two days after a surprisingly strong showing in a Georgia special election, congressional Democrats are adding a new race to their list of priorities, a contest in Montana that pits local musical legend Rob Quist against businessman and creationist Greg Gianforte.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is making an initial six-figure investment into the Montana state party to back Quist’s campaign, DCCC spokesperson Meredith Kelly told The Huffington Post.

It will be left to the state party and the campaign to decide how best to use the funds, whether on mail, television or door-knocking operations. The spending is in the low six-figures, but is unlikely to be the last cash infusion from the national party as attention increasingly turns to the state’s race.

Closer than expected finishes by Democrats in Kansas and Georgia have left progressive grassroots activists feeling more emboldened than ever, demanding that the national party compete in areas that once seemed impossible. Liberal blogging website Daily Kos, for example, and their contributors have stepped up where reluctant Democrats have not ― sending more than a million dollars to help flip an ultraconservative district in Georgia held consistently by the GOP since the late 1970s.

This is a winnable race and Quist needs all the financial help to get out the vote. Click here to donate and get involved with Quist’s campaign.

Democrats are enthusiastic about voting in 2018. Republicans, not so much.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:47:48 +0000

We’ve seen it in two special elections in deep red districts, and now Public Policy Polling finds it nationally: Democrats are a lot more excited about voting than Republicans.

Democrats lead the generic Congressional ballot 47-41. But what's more notable is the enthusiasm imbalance. 63% of Democrats say they're 'very excited' about voting in the 2018 election, compared to only 52% of Republicans who express that sentiment. When you look at the 2018 House picture just among the voters most excited about turning out next year, the lead for Democrats grows to 19 points at 57-38. Republican leaning voters are comparatively disengaged, with the GOP holding advantages only among voters who are 'somewhat excited' (48-40) and 'not that excited' (46-31).

Of course, there’s a long time between now and November 2018, and a lot could change. But one of the key factors is unlikely to suddenly start benefiting Republicans:

One reason for the comparative lack of Republican excitement may be the continued unpopularity of Donald Trump. Only 43% of voters approve of the job he's doing to 50% who disapprove. The core promise of Trump's campaign was to 'Make America Great Again,' but only 35% of voters actually think he's accomplished that goal to 55% who think he hasn't.

Unfortunately for the country, Trump is likely to keep doing things that raise Democratic enthusiasm for 2018. And the Democratic Party and progressive groups need to be making sure that Democratic voters aren’t focused only on Congress but on state and local races—especially heading toward 2020 redistricting, where which party holds state legislatures and governors’ mansions will make a massive difference for another decade to come. 

Signs are favorable. Let’s make the most of them.

MA-Sen: Sarah Palin's Latest Attack Against Elizabeth Warren (D) Is So Painstakingly Stupid

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:10:13 +0000

The stupid, it burns: It’s a fight over “fight like a girl.” In a recent interview with Breitbart News, Sarah Palin blasted Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for using the phrase, which has long been a favorite of the former Alaska governor. Warren used it several times while promoting her book, “This Fight Is Our Fight,” including in a tweet that featured an image taken with the “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street:   And here’s what Palin said: “I don’t know. Coming from liberals who urge women to claim victimization, ‘Fight like a girl’ just doesn’t sound the same as when legit fighters for equality say it, mean it, live it, and will never give it up,” she told Breitbart. Brietbart highlighted several instances in which Palin used the phrase in “more than a mere tweet,” including an anti-uniont even in Wisconsin and a Tea Party event. The phrase is obviously a popular one, being used for everything from songs to clothing to a foundation fighting breast cancer, with many predating Palin’s political ambitions. Leave it to Palin to bring the stupid to the party. As for Warren, “Fight Like A Girl” has become her awesome motto. She was recently a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: x YouTube Video Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) outlined her priorities for fighting President Donald Trump’s administration as she stopped by the “Tonight Show” to promote her new book. “We need to keep a focus on what he actually does, what he is doing to working families across this country,” Warren said on Tuesday’s show. “He’s been there for 100 days. I swear, it feels like dog years. You know? Like he’s been there forever!” Warren’s new book is called This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle To Save America’s Middle Class, and battles were a regular topic during her interview with Jimmy Fallon.   Warren also offered some pretty solid advice for all of us on Fallon: x YouTube Video By the way, it remains to be seen if Warren will going up against this nutball, Curt Schilling: Since October, when Schilling first told a Boston radio host that he planned to run for Warren’s seat, I’ve immersed myself in Schilling’s world – listened to his radio show, dug through his Twitter feed and blog posts, read old news clippings, and called former associates and Massachusetts political observers. Nearly everyone I spoke to agreed that Schilling’s extreme approach to politics had almost erased the joyous memories of his triumph in October 2004 and all but killed his Hall of Fame chances. It was ridiculous to think he could win a Senate race in Massachusetts, they said. “Curt’s not running,” one state GOP official told me bluntly this past winter. Schilling “doesn’t fit the mold of the kind of Republican that historically can be competitive here,” said Matthew Baron, a longtime Massachusetts political consultant. “If this were Alabama, maybe he’d have a shot,” said Dan Payne, a Democratic consultant. “But not in Massachusetts.” T[...]

GA-06: Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) Helps Jon Ossoff (D) Get Ready To Win The Runoff

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:41:43 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D. NV) in support of Jon Ossoff’s (D. GA-06) campaign: Jon Ossoff (D. GA-06) 1 Tuesday night, Democrat Jon Ossoff won an incredible 48.1% of the vote in the special election in Georgia. Now, Jon's facing a runoff election – and Republicans are throwing everything they have into defending this traditionally GOP-held seat. This race is a HUGE opportunity for Democrats: If we win here, it'll be the first step toward taking back the House in 2018 and stopping the GOP's extreme agenda in its tracks.  But Jon can't win unless all of us stand with him right now. Giving now to make sure he has the resources he needs is the single most important thing you can do today to stop Trump and his dangerous agenda: Please, will you give $5 or more to help flip this key seat and elect Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia? There's a lot on the line in Georgia. If we win here, we'll have another Democratic vote in Congress to push back against Trump's dangerous agenda, from his draconian budget cuts to his reckless health care plan. Jon's made it this far, but the only way he'll win is if we give this race everything we've got in the final stretch. So before the runoff election, I need to know: Will you give $5 or more to help flip this seat and send another Democrat to Congress? Click here to give $5 or more to turn this Republican seat blue! ¡La lucha sigue! The fight continues! Catherine Click here to donate to Ossoff’s campaign. [...]

Republican Chairwoman Moves the Goal Posts in Electoral Politics

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 03:42:19 +0000

                           Republican Chairwoman Moves the Goal Posts on Electoral Politics In an interview on Greta today,  Republican Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel claimed victory for the Republican Party in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District based on Karen Handel’s second place finish in the Special Election to replace Rep. Tom Price. Price is the monster who President Donald Trump chose to head the newly renamed Department of  illHealth and inHuman disServices. While the AJC published some incorrect calculations of the data on the front page today, Weds. April 19, 2017, we can use most of it anyway since it’s getting late and I want to go to bed. According to most vote counters, Jon Ossoft garnered 48% of the vote, to Karen Handel’s 18%, Dan Moody’s 9%, Bob Gray’s 9%, and Judson Hill’s 7%. The 13 other candidates each earned 1%, 0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, 0 %, 0% and 1%., of the e Counting the actual votes on my fingers, Ossoft received 53,298 votes and the 18 Republicans received a total of 53616.  By Ronna McDaniel’s and my calculations, the Republican Party “won” the election by a surplus of 318 votes. On Greta today, Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel claimed victory because Ossoft did not earn the magic 51% .of the overall vote. Here is the RNC statement published online by Chairwoman McDaniel. RNC Statement on the Special Election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel - April 19, 2017 WASHINGTON – Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman released the following statement on the special election in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District:   “Georgia voters made it clear they want to keep conservative values in the 6th District, and I congratulate Karen Handel for emerging from a large and qualified Republican field,” said Chairwoman McDaniel.  “Tonight, voters listened to President Trump’s call to reject the tax-and-spend, soft on crime policies of Jon Ossoff, and I’m confident they will do the same when they return to the polls to elect Karen Handel as the next congresswoman from Georgia’s 6th District. These liberal Democrats failed to inspire voters with a candidate who couldn’t even vote for himself, received 97 percent of his donations from outside the district, and consistently lied about his own weak resume.  For the second week in a row, Democrats have misread the electorate, falling short to Republicans and wasting millions of dollars in the process.” By Chairwoman McDaniels logic, or lack thereof, second place is a “win.” so take that you lying, uninspiring, resume cheating, money raising, wow, so much money,  Democrat. Since Chairwoman McDaniel claimed a awesome “victory” for the Republicans in the 6th Congressional District  by finishing second, then,  the Atlanta Falcons should also claim “victory” for their second place finish in  last January’s Super Bowl. Hear me no[...]

FL-Sen: Bill Nelson (D) Goes After Trump & Rick Scott (R) For Defunding Planned Parenthood

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:21:43 +0000

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

Sen. Bill Nelson (D. FL)

This is too extreme:
      Right-wing extremists have been clamoring to defund women's health care programs for decades, and President Trump just signed a bill allowing states like Florida to do exactly that.
      If you ask me, we need to be doing the exact opposite. Organizations like Planned Parenthood provide thousands of people across the country and Florida with essential health care like cancer screenings and routine checkups. Taking that away is an extremist move to score a political victory, and the American people have had enough of it.
      Let’s stop these political games. I need you to add your name and fight with me to secure the safe and affordable health care that every woman has a right to:
Add your name to tell President Trump and Republican extremists: Don’t defund Planned Parenthood!
      Gov. Rick Scott – and now President Trump – have launched a direct attack on Planned Parenthood and women’s health care access.
      We have to speak out now, together, to protect women’s health care funding and access to care. Will you add your name right now?
Add your name to tell President Trump and Republican extremists: Support women's health care funding! Don’t defund Planned Parenthood!
      Thanks for signing on here.

Click here to add your name.

WA-Sen: Maria Cantwell (D) Demands Trump Form A Presidential Anti-Hate Task Force

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 02:09:10 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell’s (D. WA) re-election campaign:

In the past few months, Washington state and our nation have seen a distinct rise in extreme sexist, racist, and xenophobic rhetoric, and a rash of violence targeting racial and religious minorities.

     In response to this unacceptable violence, I led a group of 13 of my Senate colleagues to demand the Trump administration create a task force to address the spike in hate-based violence against our most vulnerable communities.

     Join me and insist that Trump establish a Presidential Task Force to make preventing and combating hate-related crimes a national priority.

     From the Muslim bans to his inflammatory statements on the campaign trail, President Trump's history of intolerance is well-documented. And Attorney General Jeff Sessions is no better: As a U.S. Attorney, he famously supported voter suppression in black communities. He spent his career in the Senate blocking legislation to protect women from domestic abuse and obstructing bills to expand LGBTQ rights.

     We must hold this administration responsible for ending these alarming attacks, and ensure that people of every gender, race, culture, religion, sexual orientation, and political affiliation are safe.

     Demand today that the Trump administration create a Presidential Anti-Hate Task Force.

     Thank you,

     Maria Cantwell
     U.S. Senator

Click here to add your name.

MO-Sen: Claire McCaskill (D) Pushes The Call To Pass The Campus Accountability & Safety Act

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:44:38 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D. MO) re-election campaign:

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D. MO)

As a mother, I know that campus sexual assault is every parent’s nightmare. But when I talk about this issue as a senator, I still hear way too many voices asking, “Is this really a big deal?”

Well, when about one in five young women is dragged into that nightmare and sexually assaulted during her college years, I say yes. This is a very, very big deal.

That’s why this month I reintroduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act alongside a bipartisan coalition of senators. We need due process for victims. We need transparency. And with so many students at risk, we can’t waste any more time.

Will you stand with me and add your name to urge Congress to pass this important bill to protect our students from sexual assault?

Click here to demand we protect our students by telling Congress to pass the Campus Accountability and Safety Act!

Everyone, no matter their party lines, understands that something’s wrong when so many of our students are either the victims of or live in fear of sexual assault. And it violates every measure of common sense that our colleges and universities aren’t responding.

So I’m proud of this united effort to make schools more accountable for student safety. We’ve got the momentum, but I need your help to get it across the finish line.

Will you stand with me and tell Congress to pass legislation to end campus sexual assault? Add your name here.

Thanks for speaking out to protect students,


Click here to add your name.

100% Unverifiable Diebold Touchscreens Save the Day for GOP in GA06!: 'BradCast' 4/19/2017

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:28:47 +0000

Plus: Disgraced Bill O'Reilly finally fired by Fox 'News'!... On today's BradCast, not that we enjoy saying "we told ya so," but, yeah, another election result goes south on 100% unverifiable Diebold touch-screen systems in a key election for Democrats, as we've been warning for weeks (years, really). And, yes, the disgraced Bill O'Reilly has finally been fired by Fox 'News'. [Audio link to full show follows below.] In Tuesday's U.S. House special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District, Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff appears to have soundly defeated a split Republican field in a very Republican district, in the "jungle primary" race for a House seat held by the GOP since 1978 and recently vacated by Trump's appointment of Rep. Tom Price as Director of Health and Human Services. However, the final results of Tuesday's contest, as taken from the state's 100% unverifiable Diebold touch-screen voting systems, report that Ossoff just failed to go over the 50% threshold by which he would have won the seat outright. Instead, he'll compete in a run-off in June against the second place finisher on Tuesday, Republican Karen Handel, former GA Sec. of State. So, are the reported results accurate? It is impossible, in fact, to know, as I've long been warning. That fact is made even more maddening by the fact that a reported central tabulator "error", said to have been caused by a faulty memory card from one of the voting machines, stopped all results from being reported for hours in Fulton County, as Ossoff results were stuck at 50.3%. At the time, all counties in the district but Fulton (Handel's home county) had reported 100% percent of their results. Hours later, after the computer tabulator problem was said to have been corrected, and results started coming in again from Fulton, Ossoff's numbers dropped to 48.6%, below the threshold that would have prevented a run-off. So, was the election stolen? Or was the all-too familiar problem during the tally just a routine error on the state's unverifiable, easily-manipulated, oft-failed voting system? The state's Diebold voting systems and tabulators were first installed in 2002. They are, shamefully, still used today, despite multiple massive vulnerabilities, including one that allows results to be flipped without detection, as first reported by The BRAD BLOG as early as 2006. At the very least, as I noted last night on Twitter during the hours long freak-out over the reported faulty memory card(s): "If I'm Ossoff, I get to court and have ALL of those memory cards in Fulton locked down and sequestered for forensic inspection."   Adding to the concerns in that GA-06 election: The reported "massive data breach" last month at the facility which programs both the voting machines and the state's electronic pollbook systems and, over the weekend, the theft of a number of those e-pollbooks from a poll workers car. (Widely mis-reported as a theft of "voting machines".) I discu[...]

WI-Sen: Baldwin (D) Slams Trump's Revival Plan To Charge People With Pre-Existing Conditions

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:36:39 +0000

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

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D. WI)

President Trump and Republicans in Congress seem to want to make life harder for people with pre-existing conditions at every turn.

I wish I were exaggerating.

President Trump and the GOP are trying to revive Trumpcare, which could allow insurance companies to charge people with pre-existing conditions higher prices for their coverage.

We’ve come too far, fought too hard, and had too many close calls to see protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions be gutted. Sign here to protect them.

I will not stand by and watch people who are sick get priced out of the insurance market. I’m passionate about this because I’ve been there. I was denied coverage as a young person. And my grandparents had to sacrifice and make hard choices to make sure I had health insurance. I don’t want anyone to fall into financial distress because of an illness they cannot control — we can and must do better than that. Penalizing a pre-existing condition is running roughshod over the idea of the American dream.

Add your name to protect people with pre-existing conditions and tell Trump and Republicans we’re going to fight hard on this issue.

If you or a family member have dealt with this issue, share your experience with us as well.

Thank you,


Click here to add your name.

MT-AL: Democracy For America Helps Dial Out The Vote For Rob Quist (D)

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:15:13 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Democracy For America in support of Rob Quist’s (D. MT-AL) congressional campaign: A wave is building across America -- a wave that can sweep Donald Trump and his Republican allies out of office. Last week, thanks in part to your calls, progressive populist James Thompson shocked the country by nearly winning a Congressional race in Kansas, in a district Trump won by nearly 30 points. Last night, thanks in part to your financial support and to an epic grassroots mobilization, progressive Jon Ossoff beat the polls and won a huge victory in a special election for a Congressional seat in Georgia that Democrats haven't held in four decades. Ossoff nearly won outright, and is in a strong position to win the June runoff. This proves we have the ability to flip enough seats and kick Paul Ryan and his cronies out of power in 2018 -- and set the stage for removing Trump in 2020 (or perhaps even sooner). The next big special election is in May, where DFA-endorsed candidate Rob Quist is in a tight race to pick up a House seat in Montana. He's running a great, populist campaign focused on fixing the economy and lifting up working families, but the political establishment is still sitting his race out. We proved in Kansas and in Georgia we have a shot at winning by running progressive candidates who fight for everyone and for our values. With the Montana election a month away, now is the time to organize. Can you help build on the grassroots progressive momentum we saw in Kansas and Georgia by signing up to call voters in support of Rob Quist? Yes -- I'll sign up to make DFA Dialer calls for Rob Quist and help a progressive populist pick off this winnable GOP House seat. No, I can't make DFA Dialer calls, but I'll chip in $3 or more right now to build Rob Quist's campaign and help DFA support progressive populist candidates in all 50 states. Making these calls is easy -- and even enjoyable. Voters in Montana are fired up and ready to throw Republicans out of office. And they love Rob Quist. Here's what DFA members shared with us after calling voters for Rob on DFA Dialer recently: "This was an inspiring and easy thing to do. The people I talked to were warm and supportive for the most part. The DFA Dialer system worked great!! Thanks for the opportunity." "I am from Washington state and just completed 1 hour of phone dialing. I only have one call that wasn't completed. All others were answered and I had a very friendly conversion with people. Only one person said he had already been called. It was a good experience and I am glad I could help. Thanks for the opportunity to help!" Rob Quist is building a strong campaign in Montana. He's a popular musician with a long history of public service. Rob supports Medicare for All and he opposes Citizens United. He has been holding listening sessions and rallies in counties all over Montana, and [...]

Please Stop Saying Bernie Isn't a Democrat

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 01:01:56 +0000

I need to get this off my chest.  Please stop with the “Bernie isn’t a Democrat” bullshit.

Bernie has caucused with the democrats forever, has been endorsed by the democratic party in Vermont forever, he ran in the democratic primary rather than as a 3rd party spoiler, he endorsed and stumped for the democratic who the fuck cares that he runs as an independent in the Vermont elections?

Seriously, I voted for Bernie, and a brief look at my history will show that I have been critical of some of his actions and very critical of some the assholes who supported him.

And even I am offended by the constant he’s not a democrat bullshit...if Bernie isn’t a democrat, neither am I.  Are you suggesting that I should not be part of the party either?  Cause that’s how your comment reads to an ally.

A narrow loss in Kansas and not quite what we hoped for in Georgia - What next?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:34:24 +0000

Looking at the results of the Georgia special election at 5:30am this morning I was not surprised but I was a little disappointed. It would have been simply wonderful to read about an Ossoff victory early in the morning.  So what now? At first I was down, now a few hours later I realized that we made HUGE progress and forced the mighty GOP to spend, spend and spend until it hurt to prevent a blue win in a deep red district. Now I am elated! Ossoff (a first time candidate) got 48.1% of the vote the last Democrat got around 36% of the vote so the total movement toward sour side and away from the GOP and Trump was huge. The GOP should have been able to keep that seat by nominating a pig with a red tie, instead they had to fight. The DNC stood by and did nothing about the race in Kansas and waited on the sidelines for far too long in Georgia. They stuck to their tried and true (and loosing) strategy of breaking the country into red, blue and swing districts, decided that GA 06 was deep blue and forgot all about it. Thanks to Daily Kos and thousands of small donors we woke them up. There are many reasons why the “We are going to lose so let’s let the other side win” is a losing strategy. Here are my thoughts. 1. The Democratic Base is fired up, thousands of donors ponied up $1, $10, $4 … and raised $8.3 million, that’s people power! We humble Democrats can’t write $5 million checks like the odious Adelson, but there are lots of us and we vote. I am going to give a few $ to every Democratic candidate that runs in a House or Senate special election. The Democratic Party needs to take advantage of this and lead, and if they can’t lead they should get the hell out of the way. 2. Failing to compete is failing to get our message out and allowing people like Trump, McConnell and Ryan to control the dialog. Our message, our policy has to be heard to be effective. Or to quote Edmund Burke “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It is simply inexcusable for the DNC to take a backseat in these elections and allow the triumph of evil. The race in Montana is probably more winnable than either Kansas or Georgia, the DNC must show up! 3. Failing to compete is telling Democrats in red or purple seats that they don’t count. They would love to see a Democrat take a red seat, imagine how much it would animate them for 2018. Getting a call from the DNC in Washington to help the DNC win races South Carolina does not mean much when you are a Democrat living in Kansas. 4. Failing to compete in red states is telling the population of that state that they don’t count and that the Democratic Party is the party of the elite coastal states. A narrative that the GOP eagerly reinforces while simultaneously plotting to take away the same people’s healthcare to give the 1% in the[...]

Guess What? I Don't Know if Jon Ossoff is a Progressive Either

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 22:32:41 +0000

What I do know is that, having just come off with an impressive 48% plus, first place finish and facing a runoff against a Republican in the heavily Red 6th district of Georgia, the last thing he needs is to be turned into a political football for purposes of a faction fight by those who put attacks on Democratic Outreach Chair Sen. Bernie Sanders above all other considerations.

Seriously, can anyone who chooses to entangle Ossoff’s campaign in this kind of internecine bloodletting believably present themselves as being concerned foremost in building a Democratic Majority? I think not.

The fact is that Ossoff’s thus far winning coalition is made up of both Sanders supporters and HRC supporters. They have put aside their differences in order to pursue the larger prize. Treating his candidacy as nothing more than fodder for anti-Sanders attacks does nothing to strengthen this effort and has every possibility of splintering and demoralizing the Democratic coalition prior to the June runoff.

No one who genuinely supports the effort to elect Ossoff could endorse such opportunistic sabotage.

It’s time for people in this “community” to make a decision. Is this a place for those interested in electing “More and better Democrats.”? Or is it really just a comfortable home for a particular party faction?

Steve Wozniak: Corporations regulate us

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:36:17 +0000

Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak wasn’t known in his youth as a public speaker. He was always the shy one, letting his gregarious partner Steve Jobs do the talking, with remarkable results. However, in his first TEDx talk in Brussels in 2012 (a year after Jobs died), Wozniak let go some passionate free thinking about corporations that is very relevant today, and which should perk up the ears of all progressives. More than once in his speech, Wozniak said that corporations “regulate” us. Here’s what Wozniak said specifically: I wanted the little guy … to be more important than the big huge companies that basically controlled our life and controlled what we could and couldn’t do. The ones that regulate us in a sense. Wozniak went on to talk about software and media companies that force us to sign user agreements that they write, in their favor, giving them ownership rights and absolving them of legal liability when things go wrong. According to Wozniak: What is regulation about? You know, everybody fears “regulation takes away freedom,” is a common thing that’s said. I disagree entirely…. Governments will regulate the bad guys that are already regulating our lives. Now, it might be big cable, it might be big telephone, that wants to regulate how we can use the Internet, what we can connect to, what data we’re going to receive, how much we’re going to pay. They want, they’re the ones who want to regulate the individual thinkers, the real innovators. Government regulation of the regulators is very appropriate in a case like this. (emphasis added) Now, lest anyone think that it’s somehow incongruous for the co-founder of Apple to complain about companies regulating us with standardized agreements that take away our ownership of products, and maintaining closed systems, Woz, always an advocate of open platforms, had some tough talk for Apple: We were open in that sense. We let the iPod be used by everybody in the world no matter which computer they were using. And then Apple took its big huge leap, and today with all of the i products that have followed on to the iPod, building in our music system, it’s basically, you know, “hey, if you want the music system today, we’re closed up.” If you want iTunes, you gotta buy an iPhone. We don’t write iTunes for Android. We don’t write it for Windows. And I think we should. We should treat every individual product of the company, including iTunes, as a valuable product on its own, and market it to the world. (Ed. note: Apple has provided a version of iTunes for Windows since late 2003. It’s possible that Wozniak was referring to something more, or to smartphones only, when he said Apple does not “write” iTunes for Windows.) In any case, Steve Wozniak’s character[...]

Can We Agree Now That To Support All Democrats Even Though Bernie Won't?

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:26:45 +0000

I am sick of the purity test. I am sick of the fragmentation. I am sick of a group of individuals trying to take down anyone, no matter the consequences because they aren’t “progressive” enough. When these people are not actual democrats.

Democrats Reload for Georgia Runoff, But Party Divisions Remain

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, in an interview Tuesday in Louisville, Ky., said he didn’t know much about Mr. Ossoff, a 30-year-old former House staffer. Mr. Sanders said he isn’t prepared to back Democrats just because of a party label.

“If you run as a Democrat, you’re a Democrat,” he said. “Some Democrats are progressive and some Democrats are not.”

Asked if Mr. Ossoff is a progressive, Mr. Sanders, an independent who challenged Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential primary, demurred. “I don’t know,” he said.

Jon Ossoff made HISTORY last night. He is the candidate for the district. Hillary had this district and he is a centrist democrat- BIG TENT PARTY

Rules for Resisters #1: Noscite vos ipsos.

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 21:49:07 +0000

One of the questions this last cycle has made us ask is, what does it mean to be a Democrat? Of course, in a two-party system, there are multiple “Democratic Parties” with different, sometimes conflicting agendas, each at the helm of the Democratic Party at various points. Insight magazine did a similar one about conservatives in the Bush era, with such neologisms as “theocon” (as opposed to “sociocon”, but I still fail to see the difference other than marketing), “Buchanocon”, and “radiocon”; Playboy magazine later added “South Park conservative” to the list. In that vein, I propose a Democratic family tree of our various factions, and do note that these factions may intersect: Ergocrats Unionized workers. Their power has waned, of course; some of the unions backed Nixon in 1968, which led to the disastrous choice to abandon unions in favor of an ambiguous “youth culture” and contributed to George McGovern’s loss. Ironically, advocates of abandoning labor and economic issues from the DLC to last year have insisted they were “not McGovern”. Their relationships with other parts of the Democratic Party are...rocky. They used to have a strong relationship with the civil rights wing, but the murder of Vincent Chin, the fact that some on the right opposed anti-labor policies (free trade, guest worker programs) for reasons more related to race, and some gaslights by the more economically libertarian side of the party, have weakened that somewhat. Egalicrats The civil rights wing of the party. This is the bulk of urban Democratic support, and why Democrats win California. There is, however, a bit of a split even among this faction on some issues, often because of a failure to grok intersectionality. (In simple terms, intersectionality is “Black women exist.” More complicated, black women face issues neither black men nor white women face. Repeat for any other two or more disempowered groups, with exceptions where it’s not logically possible.) And they have splits with other wings occasionally. They are the most reliable Democratic voters, though. You can’t win without them, but they’re the most reliable Democratic voters. The Republicans are included. Ecocrats Scientists who aren’t normally all that political, but anthropogenic global warming, coupled with one party’s steadfast denial of it, has made them resort to political means. They’re also harsh critics of the Trump administration, especially Betsy DeVos and the wretched hive of SCAM and villainy known as Neurocore. They often align with Dems’ socially liberal aims as well, not least because “socially conservative” in politics typically includes theocratic, racist, or otherwise antiscience themes. And[...]