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Published: Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:34:03 +0000

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PA-Gov: Tom Wolf (D) Mounts Pressure On Congress To Pass A Permanent Fix To Health Care Subsidies

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:32:49 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Governor Tom Wolf’s (D. PA) re-election campaign:

Politicians in D.C. lived down to expectations, and failed to prevent a completely preventable catastrophe.

President Trump unilaterally announced that he would cut the cost-sharing program established under the Affordable Care Act. As a result, more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians will likely lose the lifeline that allowed them to purchase health insurance, and millions more will see their premiums rise by 30 percent. Worse, Trump's actions will result in seniors being kicked out of nursing homes and people with pre-existing conditions losing protections.

Let me make this clear: the President of the United States is sabotaging a federal law that helped millions of Americans get covered just to settle a score for failing to pass repeals.

But I have your back and I'm going to do everything in my power to protect our healthcare. Help me send this message to Congress: stand up to President Trump and pass a permanent fix to the subsidies.

Since I took office, I've been working hard to make sure we get more people covered. One of my first acts was signing Medicaid expansion, which has provided access to quality, affordable healthcare to 715,000 Pennsylvanians.

There's no time for the political games that Republicans in Washington are playing while lives are on the line.

Millions of low-income Americans could lose their health insurance next year, but there's still time to act. Get your name on this petition and show extreme politicians that you want action now.


Tom Wolf

Click here to add your name.

WI-Gov: Tony Evers (D) Goes After Trump & Scott Walker's (R) Assault On The First Amendment

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 20:21:59 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Superintendent Tony Evers’ (D. WI) gubernatorial campaign:

Superintendent Tony Evers (D. WI)


Last week, I wrote to you about being the lone vote against Scott Walker’s attempt to chill free speech on University of Wisconsin campuses. The fact that Governor Walker and his appointees were so willing to disregard the First Amendment of our Constitution is yet another example of his lack of fitness for office.

Sadly, he has this in common with President Trump. Like Walker, Trump recently questioned the right to free speech and openly asked whether the press should be able to “write whatever they want.”

Sign here if you agree with me that the right to free speech is an important American value that we must protect from desecration for political reasons by those in power >>
The Founding Fathers saw the right to free speech as an essential part of American life. Without the right to express ourselves, America would cease to be the country that we all grew up learning about in school.
Walker and Trump are not only in the wrong here — they are expressing a fundamentally unpatriotic idea, and I will not tolerate it without using my voice to fight back. The open questioning of our fundamental rights is extremely dangerous and has been the beginning of a slippery descent into tyranny for many other nations. I refuse to allow that to happen in Wisconsin or the United States of America.  

Stand up for the First Amendment and sign here to tell Governor Walker and Donald Trump that all Americans have the inalienable right of free speech >>


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FL-Gov: Gwen Graham (D) Takes Aim At Scott (R), AG Pam Bondi (R) & Big Pharma On Opioid Crisis

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:36:35 +0000

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

Gwen Graham (D. FL)

We have a crisis on our hands in Florida -- and Rick Scott and his administration aren’t doing enough to stop it.

The effects of the opioid epidemic are as heartbreaking as they are far-reaching. In 2016, an average of 14 Floridians died every day from opioid use -- mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, sisters and brothers, husbands and wives. And the crisis shows no sign of slowing down.

What we’re doing is clearly not enough. That’s why I’m calling on Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi to use the legal system to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for all the harm they’ve inflicted on our state. Will you join me?

The opioid crisis has forced Florida to spend billions of dollars to treat people with addiction and to pay for an increase in first responders. These costs are being borne by families and communities -- when they should be borne by the companies responsible for causing this problem.

It’s now clear that pharmaceutical companies knew very well that opioids were extremely addictive and that rampant use could lead to overdoses, but they hid this information from the medical community. As a result, millions of people nationwide are addicted to opioids.

I met some of these people, and the health workers who care for them, on a recent Workday at an addiction treatment center in Boca Raton. My conversations with them deepened my belief that we must do better for our state.

In the 1990s, Florida led the country in suing tobacco companies for poisoning our people. We could and should take that sort of leadership role again, by suing pharmaceutical companies for getting people addicted. Five other states have already filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies -- but Rick Scott has refused. He isn’t doing his job -- he isn’t protecting Floridians.

Together, you and I are going to show him the right thing to do. Will you add your name to call on Rick Scott and Pam Bondi to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the damage they’ve caused?

Thank you,


Click here to add your name.

Joe Biden Endorses Danica Roem (D) To Unseat "Bigot Bob" Marshall (R) In The VA House Of Delegates

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 19:16:57 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Victory Fund in support of Virginia House Delegate candidate, Danica Roem (D. VA):

Danica Roem (D. VA) with Lt. Governor Ralph Northam (D. VA)

HUGE news, team!

Vice President Joe Biden just endorsed Danica Roem -- our historic LGBTQ candidate running for the Virginia House of Delegates!

In case you missed it, Danica is running against “Bigot Bob” Marshall -- a champion of bathroom bills and an anti-LGBTQ culture warrior who the Washington Post calls a “standard-bearer of zealotry.” But Bob has anti-trans activists and even a hate group on his side -- not to mention he’s held this seat for decades. So kicking him out won’t be easy.

But ousting homophobic extremists like “Bigot Bob” -- and electing LGBTQ champions like Danica -- is our mission at Victory Fund. And we need your support to make the most impact before time runs out. Chip in today to elect Danica and other rock star LGBTQ candidates across the country!

This election is in less than three weeks, and WE CANNOT MISS THIS CHANCE TO GET BOB MARSHALL OUT OF OFFICE so that he can no longer try to legalize discrimination against us.

We’re proud to stand with Joe Biden, proud to help elect candidates like Danica, and proud to help kick homophobic incumbents out of office. Are you with us? Contribute to help elect pro-equality representation!

  Thank you for all your support,

  Sean Meloy
  Political Director

Click here to donate to Roem’s campaign.

TN-Gov: Rep. Diane Black (R) Says Emergency Rooms Should Be Able To Turn People Away

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:57:39 +0000

These fucking people:

Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) proposed on Friday that hospital emergency rooms should be able to turn patients away to help keep health care costs down.

“I’m an emergency room nurse,” Black told MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Friday. “There are people that came into my emergency room that I, the nurse, was the first one to see them. I could have sent them to a walk-in clinic or their doctor the next day, but because of a law that Congress put into place to say, no, I have to treat everybody that walks into that emergency room.”

“You took away our ability to say, ‘No, an emergency room is not the proper place.’ And then, you put a burden on top of that to say, ‘You must do that,’” added the congresswoman, who is also running for governor of Tennessee.

At issue is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which was signed into law by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986. It was a congressional response to stories of “patient dumping” ― hospitals would deny treatment to patients or send them elsewhere, usually because the individuals didn’t have insurance. Many of these patients were unemployed or were people of color.

Those transferred individuals were more likely to die, and the delayed care often jeopardized the patients’ health.

The law put a particular focus on pregnant women (hence “active labor” in the law’s name), to ensure that they would be able to deliver their babies and receive full care.

Changing the law, as Black advocates, would send America back to a time when hospitals can use their discretion to turn people away.

We have a real shot to win this Governor race because the GOP primary is a clown car of bozos like Black. Luckily, former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean (D. TN) is in the race and he’s a strong supporters of Medicaid Expansion:

Dean dutifully gave his stump speech, which centered on public education, jobs and economic growth and healthcare, but he became most excited when speaking about healthcare.

He said state legislators made one of its biggest mistakes of the past 30 years when they didn’t vote for Medicaid expansion in 2015. Since then, Dean said the state has left some $3.5 billion on the table.

“That has hurt us. And it’s hurt us in a very human way that I don’t think we should ever lose track of,” he said.

“When you don’t do Medicaid expansion it doesn’t mean people won’t get sick,” he continued. “It doesn’t mean that people don’t still need to go to the hospital or go to a doctor. It just means they’re going to have a real hard time with paying their bills.”

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

WA-Sen: Maria Cantwell (D) Mounts Pressure On Congress To Stop Trump From Sabotaging The ACA

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 18:28:15 +0000

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

All of our efforts to protect affordable healthcare won't matter if we let Donald Trump get away with his most insidious plan yet -- killing the Affordable Care Act through thousands of small cuts.

Through executive actions, Donald Trump has cut funding for enrollment programs, allowed companies to sell junk insurance, and is rolling back women's access to birth control. And now, he's announced that he will not be funding the law's subsidies that allow millions of low-income families to afford health insurance.

That's irresponsible and reprehensible. Donald Trump's attacks on the ACA will throw insurance markets into disarray, and threaten health insurance for millions of Americans.

Unable to get his own healthcare solutions passed through Congress, Trump wants to see the ACA go up in flames -- and isn't concerned about who will be hurt in the process.

I'm calling on Congress to stop Trump's attacks on the ACA, and to preserve funding for low-income Americans -- will you join me?

Tens of thousands of you have joined me in standing up to Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act over the past year. And thanks to your support and voices, we've been able to preserve healthcare for millions.

But the Trump administration's newest strategy is underhanded. It's essentially ACA repeal without a public vote. And unless Congress acts, they'll throw our healthcare system into disarray.

I'm urging Congress to fund these crucial ACA payments -- and protect the healthcare of millions today. As the Trump administration threatens healthcare for our family, friends, and neighbors, we need to make our voices heard once more.

Add your name: Condemn Trump's attacks on our healthcare, and urge Congress to stand up for the Affordable Care Act today!

Thank you,

Maria Cantwell
U.S. Senator

Click here to add your name.

AL-Sen: Roy Moore (R) Says Kneeling During National Anthem "Against The Law", Except It Isn't

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 17:26:35 +0000

How did this guy get a law degree again? Roy Moore, the Republican candidate to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat in the U.S. Senate, incorrectly said Wednesday that football players who take a knee during the national anthem are breaking the law. “It’s against the law, you know that?” Moore told Time in an interview. “It was a act of Congress that every man stand and put their hand over their heart. That’s the law.” Moore was referring, Time reported, to a section of the U.S. code that says those listening to the national anthem when the flag is displayed “should” stand at attention with their hands on their hearts. “Should” falls far short of making standing during the anthem a legal requirement. Relatedly, the Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that students could not be punished for failing to stand for the pledge of allegiance in public schools. According to Time, Moore also said that standing for the anthem was a matter of “the rule of law,” and that “[i]f they didn’t have it in there, it would just be tradition. But this is law.” “If we disobey this, what else are we going to disobey?” he asked. Then again, this is the same doofus who’s disobeyed federal judges orders on removing the Ten Commandments statue from the state courthouse and refused to allow gay couples to get married despite it being legal. So clearly, Moore thinks he’s above the law and can interpret it any way he wants. Meanwhile, Democracy for America is doubling down to help Doug Jones (D. AL) defeat this clown. Received this e-mail from DFA today: This is stunning: a new Fox News poll shows Democrat Doug Jones and right-wing extremist Roy Moore are tied 42%-42% in the upcoming U.S. Senate special election in Alabama. Doug Jones took on the KKK and won. Roy Moore is a racist, anti-gay radical who was kicked off the Alabama Supreme Court twice for his hateful views. Democracy for America is supporting Doug Jones's run for U.S. Senate not just because his opponent is unfit to serve -- but because he has the progressive track record the Democratic Party needs in this key Senate race in the Deep South. Polls show we can stop Roy Moore from going to the U.S. Senate. Chip in $3 or more to help DFA elect Doug Jones in the Alabama special election! Just last week, we learned even more about Roy Moore’s extremism: it emerged that in 2010, he signed onto a resolution supporting states’ ability to nullify federal laws. This is the same theory that slaveowners and their supporters espoused before and during the Civil War. Oh, and Roy Moore's foundation hosted pro-Confederate "Secession Day" events in 2009 and 2010. By contrast, Doug Jones has spent his life fighting for racial and economic justice. He comes from a union family of steelworkers and miners. He grew up working class in Fairfield, Alabama, and went to law school because he wanted to be a part of the solution in working for a more just, free, and equitable country. As a civil rights attorney, Doug Jones successfully won the long-overdue conviction of the KKK members who murdered four little Black girls -- while they were attending Sunday School -- in the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. We have to be clear: this is still going to be an uphill battle. But the poll shows a path to victory. If Democratic Party candidates run authentically on their values, prioritize and invest in voters of color, and build strong grassroots organizing operation, we can reverse the right-wing trend. Polls show a Democratic, KKK-fighting civil rights attorney named Doug Jones can stop Roy Moore from becoming the next U.S. Senator from Alabama. Will you help? Chip in $3 or more to elect Doug Jones in Alabama! Thank you for joining this crucial campaign. - Robert Robert Cruickshank, Senior Campaign Manager Democracy for America Click here to d[...]

VA-Gov: New Quinnipiac Poll Has Ralph Northam (D) Leading Ed Gillespie (R) 53-39 With Likely Voters

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:19:57 +0000

Latest news out of Virginia today courtesy of Quinnipiac University’s latest poll: With strong support from women and non-white voters and a double-digit lead among independent voters, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam holds a 53 - 39 percent likely voter lead over Republican Ed Gillespie in the Virginia governor's race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Libertarian Party candidate Cliff Hyra has 2 percent.    Today's result compares to a 51 - 41 percent likely voter lead for Northam in a September 19 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.    From October 12 - 17, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,088 Virginia likely voters with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.    Women likely voters back Northam 61 - 31 percent, with 2 percent for Hyra. Men are divided as 47 percent back Gillespie and 44 percent back Northam, with 2 percent for Hyra.  Independent voters back the Democrat 53 - 39 percent, with 3 percent for Hyra. Democrats back Northam 93 - 2 percent, with 2 percent for Hyra. Republicans back Gillespie 92 - 5 percent, with 1 percent for Hyra.    White likely voters are divided with 48 percent for Gillespie, 47 percent for Northam and 2 percent for Hyra. Non-white voters go to Northam 71 - 15 percent, with 3 percent for Hyra.    The economy is the most important issue in deciding how they will vote for governor, 25 percent of Virginia voters say, while 23 percent say health care and 11 percent cite education.    "One number says it all. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam's 14-point lead among independent voters is all you need to know about the race to be Virginia's next governor," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.    "The two major-party candidates do about the same among their respective party bases, but a candidate who carries independent voters by double-digits is almost always a winner.  Virginia likely voters give Northam a 51 - 30 percent favorability rating.    Gillespie gets a negative 39 - 45 percent favorability rating.    For Hyra, 85 percent haven't heard enough to form an opinion. President Trump's Approval  Virginia likely voters disapprove 62 - 35 percent of the job President Donald Trump is doing. Republicans approve 81 - 15 percent and white voters with no college degree approve 55 - 41 percent. White men are divided 49 - 49 percent. Every other party, gender, education and racial group disapproves.    If a candidate for governor supports President Trump, 51 percent of Virginia likely voters say they are less likely to vote for that candidate, as 18 percent say more likely and 30 percent say Trump support makes no difference in their vote.    Virginia likely voters disagree 61 - 23 percent with Trump's tweet that Northam is fighting for MS-13 gangs and for sanctuary cities.    "The drag from President Donald Trump's unpopularity on Republican Gillespie is gigantic. President Trump has a 35 percent approval rating in the Old Dominion - a very low number by historical standards," Brown added.    Now this poll seems like an outlier for sure but given Virginia’s blue trend, it makes a little more sense than Monmouth University’s poll yesterday. However, it’s no secret that the race is close: Virginians will head to the polls to choose a new governor in less than a month, and as three new surveys show, the race is shaping up to be a close one. Two surveys released Tuesday give the Democratic candidate, Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a modest edge over Ed Gillespie, the Republican former chair of the Republican National Committee. One poll, from Christopher Newport University, puts Northam up by 4 points ― the first time, the pollsters note, that they’ve found his lead within the margin of error. T[...]

MO-Sen: Mitch McConnell's (R. KY) Own Candidate Won't Commit To Voting For Him For Senate GOP Leader

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:57:24 +0000

 And now another example of just how toxic U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R. KY) has become for GOP candidates: Missouri Attorney Gen. Josh Hawley, Republicans’ top recruit to challenge Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, won’t commit to voting for Mitch McConnell as Senate Republican leader if elected in 2018. Hawley’s campaign spokesman, Scott Paradise, was asked directly whether his boss would support McConnell. Paradise deflected the question. “The Senate is broken and failing the people of Missouri,” he said in an email. “Josh is running because he is not willing to tolerate the failure of the D.C. establishment any longer,” Paradise said. “He won’t tolerate Claire McCaskill’s failure. And he won’t tolerate Republican failure, either.” Paradise’s statement did not mention McConnell by name. The spokesman did not respond to a follow-up question about how Hawley defines D.C. establishment, and whether he considers McConnell part of it. And if you need proof that McConnell is toxic, here you go: A collection of conservative political groups released a letter Wednesday calling for Senate Leader Mitch McConnell to step down, saying the leader has been a "failure" during the Trump presidency. "It’s time for new leadership. Mitch McConnell has been a failure in the Senate and has cost Republicans almost a year of victories," said Adam Brandon, president of the group FreedomWorks. "He has demonstrated that he either does not understand the frustration coming from conservatives and the urgency of passing key legislation – or he does not care." The letter, signed by Brandon and the leaders of conservative groups including the Senate Conservatives Fund and Tea Party Patriots, took particular umbrage with the Senate's failure to pass a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. "We are now in October of 2017," the letter said. "The Republicans control the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate. The GOP controls it all, thanks to that commitment. President Trump and the House of Representatives have done their part. You sank it all." A senior Republican aide dismissed the calls from conservative groups and noted that this is not the first time these groups have called for McConnell's head. "These groups are paid to attack Republicans, and they say the same thing year after year," the aide said. The right flank of the party has long expressed misgivings with McConnell's leadership. Rep. Mark Walker, the head of the conservative-leaning Republican Study Group in the House, said the party would be "better off" without McConnell leading the Senate. That’s because Hawley would rather have this clown’s backing: Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is courting former White House strategist Steve Bannon as he moves forward with his bid to challenge U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, according to sources close to both men. Hawley is the top Republican recruit considering a run against McCaskill, a Democrat, in 2018. Hawley and Bannon spoke after the Breitbart executive played a role in helping controversial candidate Roy Moore win the Alabama primary for Senate last month. Moore’s decisive defeat of incumbent Sen. Luther Strange, who had been backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, drove speculation that Bannon could wade into other Republican primaries, including in Missouri. Hawley and Bannon spoke on the phone last week for an “introductory conversation” about “who he is, his vision,” according to a Missouri Republican who is close to Hawley. A source close to Bannon confirmed that account of the call. Of course, Hawley isn’t the only GOP candidate courting Bannon’s backing. State Auditor Matt Rosendale (R. MT) is also a Bannon-approved candidate to take on U.S. Senator Jon Tester (D. MT). But even McConnell’s o[...]

AL-Sen & UT-03: Russ Feingold's PAC Goes All In For These Pro-Democracy Red State Champions

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 15:00:39 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold’s (D. WI) PAC, LegitPAC, in support of Doug Jones’ (D. AL) & Kathie Allen’s (D. UT-03) campaigns:

Dr. Kathie Allen (D. UT-03)


Red states have just as much to gain from bolstering democratic legitimacy as blue and purple states -- and so do the rest of us. Indeed, participation from red states is critical to legitimacy.

But the way things stand right now, we need to do more to build up pro-democracy champions in red states.

That’s why Legit supporters throughout the country are coming together to support Kathie Allen for Utah’s 3rd congressional district and Doug Jones for Senate in Alabama today. Allen and Jones have winnable elections this fall, so our support right now can make a big difference.

Contribute $3 today to support red state champions of legitimacy with winnable elections this fall: Kathie Allen (UT-03) and Doug Jones (AL-Sen).

Kathie Allen has committed to fight to end partisan gerrymandering, strengthen voting rights, and reduce the influence of super PACs in elections. These are positions Utah voters support, but her opponent will be tough to beat without support from small donors and grassroots folks.

Doug Jones represents our opportunity to fill Jeff Sessions’ seat in the Senate with a lifelong advocate of civil rights. The Republican in the race, Roy Moore, opposed removing segregation from the Alabama state constitution and has been kicked off the state Supreme Court twice for undermining the rule of law. Electing a non-conservative in a state like Alabama is hard, but Jones has an excellent shot if we stand behind him.

These would both be great races to win. With both candidates’ elections coming up soon, we have to act now to make a difference.

Contribute $3 today to support red state champions of legitimacy with winnable elections this fall: Kathie Allen (UT-03) and Doug Jones (AL-Sen).

When we win in red states, we don’t just elect champions of democratic legitimacy from areas that need to be a part of the solution -- we also make a statement for the nation to see.

Thank you for standing up for democratic legitimacy today,

LegitPAC Team

Click here to donate to Allen and Jones’ campaigns.

Was Trump's statement to La David Johnson's widow yet another sad WH stunt

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:28:06 +0000

More interesting will be whether Orange Menace made the same, crass statement to the families of the other three soldiers, or was he reacting to having a Black Congresswoman in on the speakerphone call. xDemocrat Congresswoman totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a soldier who died in action (and I have proof). Sad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2017 xI disagree and I will publish proof shortly: @realDonaldTrump— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) October 18, 2017 xRep. Frederica Wilson says she overheard Trump's comment to #SgtLaDavidJohnson's widow. "It's so insensitive."— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 18, 2017 xThis little girl doesn't have a father.Regardless of what was said by who, this is who we should be concerned about.#SgtLaDavidJohnson— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) October 18, 2017 The mother of Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger earlier this month, said President Trump did disrespect her family, despite Trump's insistence that remarks about a phone conversation he had with Johnson's widow were "fabricated." "President Trump did disrespect my son and my daughter and also me and my husband," Johnson's mother, Cowanda Jones-Johnson, told The Washington Post. [...]

PA-Sen: Bob Casey (D) Targets Trump & GOP's Medicare Cuts To Pay For Tax Breaks For The Rich

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:30:51 +0000

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

Sen. Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA)

President Trump isn't being truthful: After promising to protect Medicare on the campaign trail, he and other Republicans are now determined to cut nearly $1.5 trillion from Medicare and Medicaid.

That's why their tax "reform" plan is so dangerous: It's not just that they're giving the 1% a massive tax cut – it's that they're doing it on the backs of hardworking Americans by cutting Medicare and Medicaid in order to pay for it.

I'm fighting back with everything I've got to protect Medicare from these disastrous cuts, but I need 50,000 people to sign the petition and stand with me.

Add your name to tell the GOP: No cuts to Medicare.

Thanks for standing up,


Click here to add your name.

Great News from 538 Democrats up 10 in Generic ballot

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:02:32 +0000…

Sorry but I am posting on an old outdated computer that won’t copy and paste the graphs.

The latest Nate Silver calculation has the Republicans at 38.2 to Democrats  48.6 This is huge, maybe big enough to  overcome the gerrymandering advantage.  Of course polls are fluid and will change But if you look at the summaries of the polls, Democrats have been running at an advantage for some time. But let me say This is not the time to be complacent . Get involved, contribute, volunteer I am personally involved in NY 19 John Fasso has to go and we are doing everything to bring this to fruition. Let’s fight  and fight and fight.

Thank you  

AL-Sen: Sen. Al Franken (D. MN) Gives Doug Jones' (D) Campaign A Boost In Beating Roy Moore (R)

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:30:34 +0000

Sorry for missing this but I received this e-mail yesterday from U.S. Senator Al Franken (D. MN) in support of Doug Jones’ (D. AL) U.S. Senate campaign:

There is one race for U.S. Senate going on in 2017 -- the Alabama special election to replace Jeff Sessions.

That means we have exactly one chance left this year to elect someone who will fight to preserve access to affordable, quality health care.

Someone who believes in science and protecting our environment.

Someone who will fight for middle class families.

That someone is Doug Jones -- and he needs our support.

The special election is coming up in December. Can you rush in $5, $10 or more to boost his campaign?


If you learned a little more about Doug, I know you'd like him. One of Doug's grandfathers worked for U.S. Steel. The other was a coal miner. His father also worked for U.S. Steel, and his mother stayed at home with the kids. He was born and raised in Alabama, and worked all the way up to prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and eventually U.S. Attorney.

I want Doug to add "U.S. Senator from Alabama" to that list.

Steve Bannon and the extreme right have their support behind Roy Moore. Moore is an extremist who lost his position as a Chief Judge on the Alabama Supreme Court twice for ignoring the rule of law.

Let's make sure Doug has the power he needs to win. Give $5, $10, or whatever you can to help me help Doug.



P.S.: Did I mention that Doug's team has a goal to reach by the end of this month? Contribute to help get them there!

Click here to donate to Jones’ campaign.

MO-Sen: Sen. Maggie Hassan (D. NH) Goes After Mitch McConnell's (R. KY) Pro-Sexist Chosen Candidate

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:16:50 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D. NH) in support of U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill’s (D. MO) re-election campaign: Sen. Maggie Hassan (D. NH)   Earlier this month, the Trump administration granted bosses the power to deny their female employees access to birth control. Instead of calling out this sexism for what it is — an attack on reproductive rights — ultraconservative Republican Josh Hawley openly applauded it. Josh Hawley is running to unseat Missouri’s Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in the race The Washingon Post recently ranked as the #1 most likely to flip, and Republicans have already launched over a dozen attack ads to defeat Claire. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D. MO)   This race is going to be VERY tight, so Claire needs to hit every single fundraising benchmark if she’s going to fight these attacks and win. She’s counting on us to help her raise $10,000 by midnight tomorrow — otherwise she’ll fall behind and we’ll have a far-right Senator Hawley making decisions about women's health care. Can you please give $3 or more to help us get there? Women shouldn’t have to live in fear about whether Donald Trump and Josh Hawley will take away access to the care they depend on. But we’ve seen time and time again that if we’re not careful, that’s EXACTLY what will happen. With so much at stake, we can’t afford to come up short. $10,000 is a lot of money but if we all give $3 or what we can, we can hit our goal and keep Claire in the Senate to fight for women and families like yours. Here’s the best link to give: Thanks for everything you do — it really, truly makes a difference. — All of us on Team Maggie Click here to donate to McCaskill’s campaign. [...]

Impeachable Offenses: Trump's Malevolent 'ObamaCare' Lie: 'BradCast' 10/17/2017

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 01:33:20 +0000

Also, Guest: Pastor Michael McBride on the 'Cost for Peace vs. Death' and cutting gun violence rates in communities which need it most... On today's BradCast: Donald Trump's assertion at the White House on Monday that "ObamaCare is finished, it's dead, it's gone...There is no such thing as ObamaCare anymore" is a blatant, cruel and malevolent lie. It is also, along with Trump's other efforts to undermine the federal law, an impeachable offense. Also today, very real and proven effective solutions to gun violence, which do not receive attention or funding they deserve. [Audio link to full show is posted at bottom of article.] First up, Trump's recent comments and actions to sabotage American health care are, as I argue, in violation of his sworn oath to "protect and defend the Constitution", which includes the Article 2 requirement that the President must "take care that the laws be faithfully executed." Instead of faithfully executing the law, Trump is undermining it, and putting millions of Americans at risk of losing access to affordable health care, as provided by the Affordable Care Act. In addition to his unforgivable lies about ObamaCare on Monday, thanks to his announcement late last week that he will stop payments to help cover out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles and co-pays for low-income citizens (as mandated by the ACA), insurance premiums have now sky-rocketed in a number of states, including in Pennsylvania, which, its insurance Commissioner announced on Monday, will see average increases of more than 30%. (Similar increases are also slated for Florida, Arkansas, Oregon, Alaska and dozens of other states, thanks to Trump and the GOP's attempt to gut the Obama-era law that has helped some 30 million obtain and pay for health care, while improving health care insurance plans for hundreds of millions of Americans.) Despite Trump's dangerous and impeachable lie, ObamaCare still very much exists. Its Open Enrollment period runs November 1 through December 15 at (Please spread the word, since Trump also cut millions of dollars of funding to do exactly that, so most simply don't know.) At the same time, Republicans continue to block gun safety legislation, even after 58 were murdered and more than 500 wounded in a matter of minutes by a gunman in Las Vegas just over two weeks ago. But while such mass murders make momentary headlines and gun safety legislation continues to be mired at the state and federal level -- thanks to the arms industry representatives of the terrorist-enabling National Rifle Association (NRA) -- very successful efforts to curb gun violence in the areas that need it most go largely overlooked by both Democrats and Republicans alike across the country. We're joined today by PASTOR MICHAEL MCBRIDE, National Director for the campaign, comprising hundreds of faith congregations throughout the US committed to addressing gun violence and mass incarceration of young people of color. McBride explains how, despite the organization's remarkable success rate in curbing gun violence in minority communities (see his recent NYTimes op-ed), such programs are often shamefully overlooked or ignored by public officials. "We have been able to, over the years, figure out strategies to target those at the highest risk of shooting and being shot. And help make sure that their lives are saved, their lives are redirected, they're behavior is transformed and changed," McBride explains. "And, most importantly, we have communities that are not over-determined, that are not traumatized, that are not filled with fear because of the prevalence of gun violence." "We believe t[...]

NJ-Gov: Fox News Poll Has Phil Murphy (D) Crushing Christie's Lt. Gov. (R) 47-33

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:41:26 +0000

In case you were cynical about that Fox News poll I posted about the Alabama U.S. Senate race (and i totally understand why), here’s the Fox News poll on the New Jersey Governor’s Race: In the contest for New Jersey governor, Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno trails Democrat Phil Murphy by double digits.  That’s according to a new Fox News Poll of likely voters in New Jersey, the first this season.   The poll also finds a large majority wants Sen. Bob Menendez to resign immediately if he’s convicted of corruption charges.  More on that later. If the election for governor were held today, 47 percent of NJ likely voters would opt for Murphy while 33 percent would pick Guadagno.  Still, 2-in-10 voters are either undecided or would vote for someone else (19 percent). “New Jersey is a deep-blue state, and Murphy’s lead there reflects that,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll along with Democratic pollster Chris Anderson. “But the defining characteristic of this race so far is the lack of engagement on the part of voters. The fact that one-in-five haven’t decided shows us that people haven’t tuned in yet.” Equal numbers of Republicans are supporting Guadagno (77 percent) as Democrats are supporting Murphy (78 percent).  Independents prefer Murphy by a 19-point margin (41-22 percent), but 37 percent are unsure or would pick somebody else.   Sixty-seven percent of likely voters are “extremely” or “very” interested in the governor’s race.  It hurts Guadagno that slightly more Democrats (70 percent) than Republicans (64 percent) are interested. Overall, Murphy leads “extremely” or “very” interested voters by 19 points (52-33 percent). The two gubernatorial candidates are viewed favorably by likely voters in the Garden State:  Murphy nets positive by 27 points (53 percent favorable vs. 26 percent unfavorable) and Guadagno by 9 (43-34 percent). Guadagno, however, may be getting hurt by two other Republicans’ dismal ratings.  Gov. Chris Christie’s numbers are deep underwater, by a 56-point margin (21 percent favorable vs. 77 percent unfavorable), while President Donald Trump receives a net negative 24 favorability rating (37-61 percent).  The embattled Menendez in the midst of a corruption trial is viewed more favorably than Trump, though just slightly with a net negative 20 rating (28 percent favorable vs. 48 percent unfavorable). Pretty consistent with other polls out there on this race. By the way, Murphy’s campaign is looking to sign up people to help get out the vote. Here’s the e-mail I received from his campaign today: Now is the time! My name is Mike Beson and like you I have committed myself to get our Democratic candidates, from Governor and Lt. Governor to candidates for the legislature to candidates for local office, elected in November. As a lifelong Democratic activist, I have never been so concerned about the future of our state. As a father of two immigrant children, I have never been so worried about their futures.   It's time to stand up and get walking and dialing for the Democratic Ticket that will be fix the damage caused by Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno. Please take a shift, knock a door for change!   There's no better way to resist the intolerance we see around us than by helping to Get Out The Vote. This week we have two different requests of you.   First - Can you help us make calls to Get Out The Vote (GOTV) on either November 4th , 5th, 6th  or Election Day, November 7th? Click here to let us know which day(s) you're available.   Second, can you join with Democrats[...]

AL-Sen: WOW! Fox News Poll Has Doug Jones (D) & Roy Moore (R) TIED 42-42

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:44:47 +0000

Yeah, I know, it’s a Fox News poll, but still:

Republican Roy Moore, the anti-Republican establishment candidate, is tied at 42 percent apiece with Democrat Doug Jones in the U.S. Senate race in deep-red Alabama.

A Fox News Poll also finds that among just the 53 percent of Alabama registered voters who are extremely or very interested in the race, Jones has a one-point edge over Moore (46-45 percent).

The special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is December 12.

The competitiveness of the race is striking.  Donald Trump won Alabama by 28 points in 2016, yet the Steve Bannon-backed Moore defeated the president’s favored candidate, incumbent Luther Strange, in the GOP primary.  

“This race exemplifies the difficulty the Republican Party has now,” says Republican pollster Daron Shaw, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Democrat Chris Anderson.

“There is an element of the party that has had it with the establishment, had it with politics as usual, had it with political correctness. The fissure within the party means divisive primaries, controversial candidates, and hard choices for GOP voters once the general election rolls around.”

Jones is helped by greater party loyalty, and hesitancy among Moore’s own backers.  

The poll, released Tuesday, shows 42 percent of Moore’s supporters have some reservations about their candidate.  For Jones, that number is 28 percent.  

Plus, 21 percent of those in the Jones camp say they’re voting against Moore as opposed to for Jones.  That’s three times the number of Moore supporters who say their vote is based on dislike of Jones (7 percent).  

Nearly half of those backing Jones (47 percent) and Moore (48 percent) say they “strongly” support their candidate.

I’ll take this poll with a grain of salt but I saw we keep up the momentum. Click here to donate and get involved with Jones’ campaign.

OH-Sen: Watch Josh Mandel (R) Continue To Prove Mitch McConnell (R. KY) Is Toxic For GOP Candidates

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 23:32:26 +0000

Kind of hard to take in: x YouTube Video Josh Mandel, the front-running Republican in Ohio's 2018 U.S. Senate race, refused to say today whether he agrees with conservative firebrand Steve Bannon and others calling for the ouster of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Tea Party activists and other Republicans rebelling against the  GOP establishment blame McConnell, who sets the Senate agenda, for failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act and press for other Republican priorities. Republicans, who have a bare, two-vote Senate majority and control the House of Representatives and White House, promised 2017 would bring big political and policy changes, and critics say McConnell should have better harnessed his party's power rather than see its priorities defeated. Bannon, a Breitbart News executive who served briefly in President Donald Trump's administration and remains an informal presidential adviser, says McConnell is ineffective and weak. His demand to depose McConnell was joined recently by the Tea Party Patriots, FreedomWorks and several other influential groups and ultra-conservative leaders. That’s right, McConnell is so toxic that Mandel has had to turn to these clowns: Josh Mandel, a U.S. Senate candidate from Ohio, has agreed to accept the first endorsement from a new political fundraising group put together by conspiracy theorists, a move that deepens an unlikely relationship between a Jewish politician and the “alt-right,” an amorphous political movement that has anti-Semitic elements. On October 4, Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec launched the Super PAC #REV18 with the goal of advancing anti-establishment Republican candidates in the mold of President Donald Trump. Mandel, Ohio’s state treasurer and the putative Republican candidate against Senator Sherrod Brown in the 2018 elections, is the group’s first beneficiary. Cernovich, who prefers to describes himself as “new right” rather than “alt-right,” is a leading social media voice of the movement who has used his platform to spread mostly-unsubstantiated rumors and claims against Democrats and to launch campaigns targeting feminists and establishment Republicans. Posobiec is an online provocateur who mixes journalism and pro-Trump activism while disseminating conspiracy theories involving Democrats and anti-Trump activists. Mandel, 40, had publicly allied himself with them even before they created the PAC. Mandel defended them when the Anti-Defamation League had put Cernovich and Posobiec’s names on a list of provocateurs, dubbing them “alt-light,” a term referring to far right activists who “generally shun white supremacist thinking, but who are in step with the ‘alt-right’ in their hatred of feminists and immigrants, among others.” Mandel sided with the Cernovich and Posobiec and attacked a national Jewish organization: xSad to see @ADL_National become a partisan witchhunt group targeting people for political beliefs. I stand with @Cernovich & @JackPosobiec— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) July 20, 2017 By accepting #REV18’s endorsement, Mandel is sharpening his credentials in the emerging wing of the Republican party led by Steve Bannon, the financier-turned-publisher-turned-political kingmaker who made Breitbart into a “platform for the alt-right.” Bannon has already proven his ability to launch candidates by backing the successful dark-horse candidacy of Roy Moore in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary race. “I would guess Mandel has said: ‘This is a train I want [...]

AZ-Sen: Sen. Ron Wyden (D. OR) Helps Kyrsten Sinema (D) Get Ready To Defeat Jeff Flake (R)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 22:24:02 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D. OR) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

We all know how important it is that we take back the Senate in 2018 – that's why all eyes on are on Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema's run for Arizona's Senate seat.

The best part: This is a race we can win.

Donate today to elect Kyrsten Sinema to the Senate!

We know that Krysten will fight for us because of her track record so far in the House:

Kyrsten shows up for working class families. Why? Because her family lived in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity for nearly three years. But, she persevered. With help from family, friends, and the community, she was able to graduate college and go on to serve in Congress. She is living the American dream.

Kyrsten knows just how important it is to provide opportunity for families. When it comes to key issues like protecting health care for millions of Americans, Rep. Sinema stands up and fights back. In the Senate, she would be a key voice in our ability to fight for affordable health care – and we need her in office.

Stand with Kyrsten Sinema for Senate and chip in today!


Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign.

MD-Gov: Sen. Cory Booker (D. NJ) Endorses Ben Jealous (D) For Governor

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:44:25 +0000

Another Cory Booker related diary: Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, considered a rising star in the Democratic Party, has endorsed former NAACP head Ben Jealous’s campaign to be Maryland’s next governor, Jealous aides announced. Booker and Jealous will campaign together at an event in Prince George’s County Thursday afternoon. Jealous has scooped up several endorsements from the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, including the support of Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, for whom Jealous worked as a surrogate during the 2016 presidential primary. Indeed, Jealous has been running on a Bernie Sanders type platform including this: Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous is calling for Maryland to join the state of New York in providing public higher education for a large segment of the population free of charge. “College is as important in the 21st century as high school was in the 20th century,” the former NAACP president and tech investor told a group of students and progressive activists gathered Tuesday night at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He said he would help pay for the plan by reducing the number of people in prison and cutting corrections costs. Jealous spoke after the students participated in a virtual town hall hosted by 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who was touting his plan for tuition-free college nationwide. The Vermont senator endorsed Jealous’s gubernatorial bid in July . Jealous has not estimated how much a Maryland tuition-free state program would cost, how many students would benefit or what type of income-eligibility requirements would be required. “We’re still looking at those numbers,” he said. Still, the proposal is likely to help set the tone on college-affordability issues as the 2018 Democratic gubernatorial primary campaign gets underway. And Jealous also has a big union backing: Service Employees International United, a labor union with 45,000 members in Maryland, will support former NAACP CEO Ben Jealous in the Democratic primary race for governor. SEIU leaders plan to formally endorse Jealous during an event on Thursday, according to his campaign. “Ben Jealous is speaking to all of the issues that our members are interested in, not just the work issues, but the social justice issues and health care issues,” said Lisa Brown, executive vice president of SEIU 1199, the D.C.-Maryland chapter of the union. Click here to donate and get involved with Jealous’ campaign. [...]

AL-Sen: Sen. Cory Booker (D. NJ) Helps Get Out The Vote For Doug Jones (D) To Defeat Roy Moore (R)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:31:10 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D. NJ) in support of Doug Jones’ (D. AL) U.S. Senate campaign: Doug Jones (D. AL) There’s a special election for Alabama’s open U.S. Senate seat coming up in December, and the differences between the candidates could not be more stark. The Republicans recently nominated Judge Roy Moore — an ultra-right politician who has said that 9/11 may have been punishment from God. He’s referred to Native Americans and Asians using blatantly derogatory terms. He was suspended from the Alabama Supreme Court for ordering judges to defy federal orders regarding marriage equality. Moore is so extreme that Republican groups have spent millions of dollars warning the people of Alabama about his radical record. As Democrats, we must now do everything we can to stop Moore and his far-right agenda.   That’s where Democratic nominee, Doug Jones, comes in — and while he faces a tough race in a state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump, he has a real shot at winning. But he needs our help.   Will you chip in $10 to stop Moore’s extreme far-right politics, and help elect Doug Jones to the Senate? Doug Jones is a lifelong Alabamian who has proven time and time again to be a principled leader who fights for what’s right. As a former U.S. Attorney, Jones successfully prosecuted two of the KKK members who bombed the 16th Street Church in the 1960s that resulted in the tragic deaths of four young girls. For decades, these KKK members who carried out this heinous act remained free until Jones was able to bring them to justice.   This fight for justice and a strong moral compass — that’s what Doug Jones will bring to the Senate and the people of Alabama.   We need to ensure Doug has the resources to win the general election in December. Will you chip in $10 to help elect Doug Jones to the Senate? Thank you, Cory Click here to donate to Jones’ campaign. [...]

VA-Sen: Kaine (D) & Bennet (D. CO) Roll Out Medicare-X Plan That Paves The Way For Single-Payer

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:44:36 +0000

I’m liking the sound of this: Now, nearly a decade later, two centrist Democrats have offered a proposal for a public health plan that is far more aggressive than the 2009 House bill’s public option. Neither Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) nor Michael Bennet (D-CO) represents the Democratic Party’s rightmost flank, but both have distanced themselves considerably from the Democratic caucus’ left faction as well. Kaine threw cold water on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VA) proposal for a single-payer system, saying that he would rather offer “more choices” for health plans. Bennet, meanwhile, has also sounded cool on single-payer. Yet Kaine and Bennet’s alternative to Sanders’ rapid transition to single-payer would still be a significant step towards the universal coverage and lower costs that a nationwide single-payer system would offer. Indeed, it may be the leftmost proposal that has a realistic chance of becoming law in the next decade. And, should it become law, it offers the United States a path to single-payer that simply does not exist right now. Kaine and Bennet want to create a new public health plan, which they label “Medicare-X.” This plan would be available to non-elderly individuals on the Affordable Care Act’s health exchanges. As the Washington Post’s Paul Kane summarizes this new health plan, it “would allow anyone to buy into a publicly provided plan using the network of Medicare providers and physicians, at similar rates, with lower-income workers receiving tax credits for the plan.” The plan would initially be available only in “areas where there is a shortage of insurers or higher health care costs due to less competition,” according to a statement circulated by Bennet and Kaine’s offices. By 2023, however, “Medicare-X would expand to every ZIP code in the country.” The next year, it would also be available on health exchanges serving small businesses and their employees. Significantly, a spokesperson for Senator Bennet tells ThinkProgress, Medicare X would reimburse health providers for their services at the same rate as Medicare. This is a significant improvement over House Democrats’ 2009 proposal, which would have enabled health providers to charge higher rates to people covered by its public health plan than providers are allowed to charge Medicare. Here’s why this important: Bennet and Kaine are offering a proposal that they believe is both realistic and politically viable. The original targets for Medicare-X would be in rural areas that have been hardest hit by insurance providers fleeing ACA exchanges. This would create, Bennet said in a statement given to The Washington Post, “a plan that begins to fix this problem by giving families and individuals a meaningful and affordable alternative.” “Consumers can compare it with available private options and make the choice best for their health,” Kaine said. Other Democrats have been trying to advance their own plans. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) is proposing a bill that would allow people from ages 55 to 64 to buy into the actual Medicare program, while Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), sometimes mentioned as a 2020 contender, is preparing a buy-in proposal to Medicare that would be available to most of the public but would still compete with private insurers. The public-insurance backup plan has gained currency in recent months as more insurers have withdrawn from the ACA’s marketplaces and left nearly hal[...]

NJ-Gov: Fairleigh Dickinson U. Poll Has Phil Murphy (D) Crushing Christie's (R) LT. Gov 47-32

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:21:27 +0000

Latest news out of new Jersey courtesy of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s latest poll: If the gubernatorial election were held today, Democrat Phil Murphy would beat Republican Kim Guadagno by 15 points, at least among those who have made up their minds in the race to replace Governor Chris Christie. The most recent statewide survey of likely voters from Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind finds Murphy with the support of 47 percent of the voters. The two-term lieutenant governor has some distance to cover if she is to become New Jersey’s second female governor, as significantly fewer voters (32%) intend to vote for her. Five percent say they like someone else, and 13 percent remain undecided. Democrats and Republicans break for their respective candidates as expected, but among independents who don’t align with either party, both candidates get about a quarter of their support (25% Guadagno; 26% Murphy; 26% undecided). “It’s been an uphill climb for Guadagno in this race. She’s facing an electorate that is not very fond of the governor, and a majority align themselves with the opposing party. Despite the difficult odds, you can never say never in politics. With another debate looming, there’s still time to convince voters she’s the right choice,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of the poll. Neither candidate hit a home run in the debate last week. Only a third (33%) of likely voters said they watched or listened to the debate. Among all likely voters, there was no consensus as to who outperformed the other, with Guadagno (29%) and Murphy (27%) polling about even, and a third saying neither can claim a win (31%). However, it’s notable that among those who describe themselves as independents, Guadagno (25%) performed significantly better than Murphy (5%). “If the tide is to turn in her favor, she’s going to need to not only do well, but get more people to actually watch or listen to the debate this week,” said Jenkins. The long shadow of Chris Christie is visible in this race, and appears to be complicating Guadagno’s chances. He is deeply unpopular among likely voters, with only 16 percent approving of his job performance. And 43 percent say he is a factor in the gubernatorial election, with a full third (34%) who indicate he is a major factor and another nine percent who rate his influence as minor. Fifty-six percent say Christie is not a factor in their choice to replace him. A majority of those who consider Christie a major or minor factor say they’re supporting Phil Murphy. Seventy-nine percent who say Christie figures prominently in their minds like Murphy, as do 60 percent who consider Christie a minor factor. Of those who do not report influence by Christie, a plurality (48%) are supporting Guadagno. “He’s a tough act to follow, and he leaves in his wake big concerns about the direction the state is headed and significant disappointment with his leadership,” said Jenkins. Around three-quarters (73%) say the state is headed down the wrong track, with only 17 percent happy with the way things are going. She continued, “For better or worse, and whether it’s fair or unfair, Guadagno seems paired with Christie in the minds of many voters. By an almost three to one margin, the wide swath of the electorate who disapprove of Governor Christie find Murphy more palatable than Guadagno.” Let’s seal the deal and[...]

GA-Gov: Michael Williams' (R) Campaign Promotes ‘Bump Stock Giveaway’ After Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:46:20 +0000

Disgusting: A Republican candidate for governor in Georgia on Monday suggested that bump stocks—devices that make semi-automatic weapons act more like automatic weapons, several of which were found on the Las Vegas shooter’s guns—may have prevented further casualties in what was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The candidate, State Sen. Michael Williams, also announced that his gubernatorial campaign would give away a bump stock “as a show of support” for the Second Amendment. “The tragedy in Las Vegas broke my heart, but any talk of banning or regulating bump stocks is merely cheap political lip service from career politicians,” Williams said in a statement. “In reality, the bump stock is the new, shiny object politicians are using to deceive voters into believing they are taking action against gun violence.” “Many firearms experts determined the Las Vegas shooter’s use of a bump stock actually prevented more casualties and injures due to its inconsistency, inaccuracy, and lack of control,” he claimed. “There is zero evidence that banning bump stocks would prevent any gun violence deaths.” TPM cited Quartz to explain how bump stocks work: “This replacement shoulder stock turns a semi-automatic rifle into a weapon that can fire at a rate of 400 to 800 rounds per minute,” California senator Dianne Feinstein, who is a vocal opponent of the add-on, once explained in an interview with the AP. Here’s how Wired succinctly describes the way a bump stock works: That device adds a spring mechanism to the part of the rifle that presses into a shooter’s shoulder, so that the entire rifle bounces forward with every detonation of a round of ammunition. The shooter merely holds his or her trigger finger in place, and that bouncing pulls the trigger again and again at a rate that approximates machine gun fire The devices do result in lower accuracy, since they cause the shooter to jolt. (If Paddock was using them, it probably did not make his attack less deadly, since he seemed to have been firing indiscriminately into the large crowd.) However, Army Ranger Frankie McRae explains in the video below that that factor didn’t matter in the case of the Las Vegas shooter “Because he was firing down, he was able to use the inaccuracy of that to cover a larger area, which inflicted more damage.” x YouTube Video This is what we’re up against in Georgia and we have to get ready to take on GOP gun nuts like Williams. Fortunately, we have an excellent candidate in Georgia House Minority leader, Stacey Abrams (D. GA), who is destined to make history: The GOP has held a tight grip on the governor’s mansion in Georgia since 2002, when Sonny Perdue, promising to restore the Confederate battle cross to the state flag, defeated Democratic incumbent Roy Barnes to become the first Republican to hold the position in the Peach State since Reconstruction. But a motivated Democrat is looking to change that and shatter a glass ceiling that has never been broken in the United States. Stacey Abrams, the Georgia House minority leader who holds degrees from Spelman College and the Yale School of Law, is seeking to become America’s first black female governor. “It’s a very humbling experience to know that, if I win this election, I would have achieved something that black women, as far back as Barbara Jordan and Shirle[...]

VA-Gov: New Roanoke & CNU Polls Continue To Have Ralph Northam (D) Leading Ed Gillespie (R)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:34:27 +0000

Two new polls out of Virginia today. FIrst one is from Roanoke College: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam leads Republican Ed Gillespie by six percentage points (50%-44%), while Libertarian Cliff Hyra garners two percent of likely voters, and only four percent remain undecided, according to The Roanoke College Poll. The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research interviewed 607 likely voters in Virginia between Oct. 8 and Oct. 13 and the poll has a margin of error of +4 percent. Democrat Justin Fairfax leads Republican Jill Vogel (45%-42%) in the race for lieutenant governor, and incumbent Democrat Mark Herring leads Republican John Adams (47%-42%) in Virginia's attorney general contest. Both Northam (38%-28%) and Gillespie (38%-33%) are viewed more favorably than unfavorably by voters. While 20 percent still don't know enough about Gillespie to have an opinion about him, and 27 percent don't know enough about Northam, both figures continue to decline. Cliff Hyra remains largely unknown with 87 percent of respondents not knowing enough about him to have an opinion.   The economy and health care continue to dominate as the most important issues in the campaign. Economic issues (jobs, growth, etc.) are seen as most important by 18 percent of respondents with another four percent saying taxes and two percent referencing debt. Health care was named as the most important issue by 16 percent of likely voters, while education was thought to be most important by eight percent and seven percent named immigration.  Among two important groups, Northam leads among ideological moderates (61%-28%), and holds an insignificant lead among political Independents (45%-42%). Northam has the support of 94 percent of Democrats, while Gillespie is supported by 93 percent of Republicans. Liberals favor Northam (89%-3%) while Conservatives prefer Gillespie (81%-15%).  Trump has a lousy 58% disapproval rating in this poll. The second one comes from CNU’s Wason Center: Three weeks before Virginians choose their next governor, current Democratic Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam maintains a lead in a tightening race with former Republican National Committee Chair Ed Gillespie. Northam’s lead stands at 4% (48% to 44%), according to a Wason Center survey of likely voters. Libertarian Cliff Hyra polled at 3%, with 5% undecided. This is the first poll in the Wason Center’s tracking series in which Northam’s lead is within the survey’s margin of error. In the benchmark poll, released September 25, Northam’s lead stood at 6% (47% to 41%), and it grew to 7% (49% to 42%) in the first tracking poll, released October 9. The current survey is also the first in which Northam’s share shrank as Gillespie’s increased. “With even a weak third-party candidate on the ballot, the winner may not cross the 50% mark,” said Rachel Bitecofer, assistant director of the Wason Center. “But there’s plenty of room and time left for Northam to close the deal or for Gillespie to close the gap.” Monmouth University will have their poll out later today. Also, it's not just polling Northam is leading Gillespie in: Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam maintained his commanding financial lead over Republican Ed Gillespie through September, new campaign finance filings show. Northam, the current lieutenant governor, ended the month wit[...]

Schumer: Republicans 'own the health-care system in this country from top to bottom'

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:50:41 +0000

Campaign Action Senate Democrats hold a lot of cards right now as Republicans are scrambling to clean up the mess popular vote loser Donald Trump has dumped on them with just about every action he's taken, but particularly with regards to the Affordable Care Act. His sabotage efforts have been both broad and deep but the latest, most extreme action of cutting off cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers who are legally obligated to subsidize some lower-income customers’ costs has Republicans panicking. That leaves Democrats in a position to hold firm on protecting the law. Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Patty Murray of Washington have been working in the Senate Finance Committee on legislation to make it abundantly clear to Trump that he has to pay the CSRs, clearing up any legislative language to the contrary. But Republicans being Republicans, they want to do what they can to undermine the law while they're doing that. That means giving states more "flexibility," and when they say "flexibility" they mean making it easier for insurance companies to only cover healthy people, or as The Hill, a right-leaning D.C. paper puts it, "to expand a program that allows states to waive Affordable Care Act regulations." Democrats, however, are coming around to to the idea that they don't have to play any part in that “Republicans in the House and Senate now own the health-care system in this country from top to bottom, and their destructive actions, and the actions of the president, are going to fall on their backs,” Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Friday. Or as one senior Democratic aide says, "[Trump]  is taking hostages you can't shoot. […] Add his personal unpopularity and I promise you no Democrat is feeling the heat  […] to cave to what the president wants because he is asking for unpopular things and threatening things [that] are popular." Health insurance that you can afford and that you can't lose because you get sick is one of those popular things, the thing that got so many people outraged that it meant the Senate couldn't pass Trumpcare to take it away. There's no reason on earth for Democrats to negotiate on that, not as we're inching closer and closer to an election year. Republicans, for the first time, are negotiating to make Obamacare better—that's how scared they are by this. Democrats really seem to get that, and really seem to have internalized the idea that they don't have to make concessions that will hurt people. [...]

Progressives and Democrats Rise or Fall Together

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:50:41 +0000

Great Confucian Truths:

1. A several-million-majority of Democrats chose Hillary over Bernie and therefore Bernie, and his policies, did not get voted in, and those policies did not change the laws to effect our lives.

2. Many progressives chose to stay home or not to vote for Hillary, who they saw as corporate, and therefore none of her policies became laws that could effect our lives.

Progressives can walk away from the Democratic party, perhaps with the belief that “the two party system is corrupt”  and they can effectively sabotage the Democrats from ever getting in unless they, the Democrats, move left.

Democrats can walk away from any progressive candidate they don’t like in the Democratic primaries and effectively prevent any of those candidates from winning, and prevent those policies from ever becoming law.

So what do we do?

VA-Gov: Photojournalist Launches Online Campaign Against Ed Gillespie (R) Over Stolen Image

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:44:50 +0000

Kudos to ThinkProgress for catching this: xNot only @EdWGillespie criminalizes immigrants in his campaign, he steals photos from others. RT to help us #TakeDownTheAd #NotInOurName— RUIDO Photo (@RUIDOPhoto) October 16, 2017 Spanish photojournalist Pau Coll Sanchez launched a social media campaign on Monday targeting Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Ed Gillespie. Coll is demanding that Gillespie to stop using his work without permission and to pay him what he’s owed. Gillespie’s campaign appropriated one of Coll’s photographs in a political attack ad about the MS-13 gang, ThinkProgress reported last month.   Coll and his photo agency, RUIDO Photo in Spain, told ThinkProgress that after contacting Gillespie’s campaign and being ignored, they decided to launch a public campaign demanding that Gillespie stop using the photograph in the ad, which has been broadcast aggressively on television commercials since it first aired. Yes, the image was used in a series of ads from Gillespie where he was trying to channel the very man he’s trying to distance himself from: It's perhaps not surprising that Gillespie is taking a cautious approach when it comes to the commander in chief. Virginia was one of the few swing states that Trump lost in 2016, but the race was close and he still enjoys healthy support among Republicans there. Gillespie's problem is that moderate Republicans and independent voters, both of which are growing in Virginia, appear to be increasingly wary of Trump. Gillespie's recipe is to embrace Trump's policies without embracing the man. He checks all the traditional Republican boxes on social issues and fiscal policy and he is emphasizing key tenets of the Trump campaign, including a heavy focus on immigration. He's currently running a hard-hitting ad tying illegal immigration to the rise of the MS-13 gang in Virginia, a position that led Trump to tweet his support. But despite their similar stances, Gillespie still refuses to connect himself to Trump. When askedby Virginia's WVEC-TV if he is happy with Trump's endorsement, Gillespie replied, "I wasn't surprised he endorsed me." He also refuses to say if Trump will appear alongside him in the closing days of the campaign. Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Gillespie Saturday night, but at this point, a visit by the President himself has not been ruled in or out. "We don't discuss campaign strategy with the media," Gillespie spokesman David Abrams said. Similarly, the White House declined to comment. While the campaign and the White House remain coy, talk show host John Fredericks, who chaired Trump's campaign in Virginia and hosts a popular syndicated radio show, claimed the two sides are preparing for a last-minute rally. But neither the campaign or the White House were willing to back up his claim. Trump also might be reluctant to expend political capital if Gillespie -- who was trailing Northam, 53% to 40%, in a Washington Post-Schar School poll released earlier this month -- isn't assured of victory. Sources have told CNN the President was furious after establishment-backed Alabama Sen. Luther Strange lost a primary race last month despite his endorsement. As a GOP adviser to the White House put it, "Losing is b[...]

GA-Gov: Stacey Abrams (D) Stands With The LGBTQ Community Against Legalized Discrimination

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:20:02 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Stacey Abrams’ (D. GA) gubernatorial campaign: Dear Friend, Yesterday, Team Abrams marched in solidarity with the LGBTQ* community in the Atlanta Pride Parade – celebrating the progress Georgia has made and recommitting to fight against discrimination of all kinds. In 2017, our state has plenty to celebrate – but Georgia still has a long way to go before achieving full equality for all. The four Republican candidates for Georgia governor just unanimously backed a controversial measure – vetoed time and time again – that would legalize discrimination under the guise of “religious liberty.” This shouldn't be a partisan issue. Team Abrams knows that standing with our LGBTQ* family, friends and neighbors to create a stronger Georgia is the right thing to do – but we need your help. Add your name now to join us in this fight. While serving in the Georgia House, I stood as an unwavering ally to the LGBTQ* community, and I continue to reject the false narrative that my religious liberty requires my neighbor’s oppression. Instead of legalizing discrimination, Georgia leaders must do everything in our power to outlaw it. We must oppose RFRA and any legislation that enshrines in law discrimination of any kind. We must expand civil rights protections under the law and ensure more LGBTQ* Georgians are at the table sharing their vision for a state where everyone can succeed, not just survive. Please stand with us today to help move Georgia forward, not backward: Yesterday, LGBTQ* Georgians and their allies celebrated. Today, and in the months ahead, we must work together to build a state that uplifts every Georgian – regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Thank you, Stacey Click here to add your name. [...]

AZ-Sen: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) Helps Kyrsten Sinema (D) Get Ready To Defeat Jeff Flake (R)

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:06:15 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D. NY) in support of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D. AZ) U.S. Senate campaign:

Huge news – my friend Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema just entered Arizona's Senate race!

This is one of our best chances to turn a red seat blue in 2018 – and the latest Cook Political Report calls the race a "toss-up"!

Kyrsten has the grit and dedication it takes to win, and I know she'll be a champion for our values in the Senate. But Republicans are desperate to hold on to this seat, and Kyrsten needs our help to make sure she's ready to fight back.

That's why I told Kyrsten that this incredible team could raise $10,000 to help her start her campaign strong and win this critical race. Will you come through with a donation of $5 or more right now?

Kyrsten is running for Senate because she believes in the American dream – and she's lived it herself. Growing up, Kyrsten's family lived in an abandoned gas station without running water or electricity for nearly three years. Thanks to hard work and help from family, church and government, she made it to college, and then to Congress.

We need Kyrsten's unique perspective and experience at the decision-making table in the Senate. She knows firsthand what struggling families need to get ahead, and she's fighting to make sure that every American has the same opportunity she had to achieve the American dream.

But the only way she'll win is if we stand with her from the very beginning. I'm asking for your help: Will you give $5 or more now to help Kyrsten win in Arizona?

Here's the best link:

Thank you,


Click here to donate to Sinema’s campaign.

Something's Happening Here (Maybe): 'BradCast' 10/16/2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:34:20 +0000

Guest: Heather Digby Parton on Trump rage, GOP 'cowardice', so-called 'Values Voters'; Also: Deadly hurricane in Ireland(?!), fires in CA, war between US-armed allies in Iraq... On today's BradCast,something's happening here. Or is it? [Audio link to full show follows below.] On the climate front, something is definitely happening. As of air time, three were killed in Ireland -- yes, Ireland -- from what, over the weekend, had been a Category 3 hurricane named Ophelia. It is the farthest east and north that a major Atlantic hurricane has ever been recorded. We also explain why the storm turned the blue Irish sky into an eerie orange as it came ashore. In California, at least 40 are dead with nearly 200 still missing as of airtime and some 5,700 houses and commercial structures completely incinerated after more than a week of record wildfires have ravaged Northern California's wine country and other areas. The blazes follow California's record drought, then wettest winter ever, followed by its warmest summer ever -- all symptoms of the global warming which helped fuel the conditions that thousands of fire officials are still battling across the state. Donald Trump made his first public remarks about the deadly CA fires today, over a week since they broke out, when pressed at a hastily convened White House press conference (with hostage Mitch McConnell at his side.) In related news over the weekend, an oil rig platform blew up in Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans, injuring seven (three critically), with one worker still missing. And the US-armed and trained Iraqi army faced off against the US-armed and trained independent Kurdish army in battles over oil fields in Northern Iraq. The US arms industry is, no doubt, rejoicing in the wake of Trump's increasingly chaotic and incoherent foreign policy, even as Iraq's Prime Minister had just days earlier described a possible military confrontation with the Kurds as "fake news". (Sound familiar?) Then we're joined by the one and only HEATHER 'DIGBY' PARTON of Salon and Digby's Hullabaloo blog to discuss whether something is actually happening inside the White House and among Republicans in Congress as Trump's Fox "News"-fueled (read: largely fact-free) versions of both foreign and domestic policy have begun to catch up with him, and as his fury is reportedly increasing with his failure to enact any substantive legislative policies nearly nine months into his Presidency. "This is like a cry for help that's coming from inside the White House," she tells me, citing numerous reports from dozens of sources, "that the man is losing it." But, she warns, if "cowardly" Democrats in Congress are waiting for their Republican counterparts to actually do something about it, they may be waiting a while. She descries the GOP as "the worst-of-all-possible-worlds cowardly. 'Sure, let's threaten nuclear war, let's have the entire world look down on us, let's have all soft power by the United States be completely destroyed because, you know, I might lose my seat and that's just too much.' I mean, these people are really, really cowardly." Also over the weekend, Trump spoke at the far-right Family Research Council's so-called "Values Voter Summit" in D.C., [...]

NV-Sen: Jacky Rosen (D) Outraises Trumpcare Supporting Dean Heller (R) In Q3 Fundraising

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:25:48 +0000

Latest news out of Nevada:

Nevada Rep. Jacky Rosen has raised $1.2 million for her campaign next year to try to unseat Republican Sen. Dean Heller.

The Democratic congresswoman on Monday announced her fundraising report for July through September, which shows her bringing in $100,000 more than Heller in the same time frame.

Heller still finished the quarter with more money in his campaign account. Heller's latest Federal Election Commission report shows he has $4.2 million to spend.

Here’s a little more info:

Rosen’s campaign told The Nevada Independent that the freshman Democrat will report raising $1.185 million over the July through September reporting period, with more than $1.2 million cash on hand, only about a quarter of what the incumbent has in his coffers.

That likely exceeds Heller’s reported fundraising haul of nearly $1.1 million over the reporting period, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The incumbent Republican has nearly $4.2 million in available cash, and spent roughly $530,000 during the reporting period.

Rosen, a former synagogue leader, won a narrow race against Republican Danny Tarkanian in 2016 before officially announcing her intentions to take on Heller in July. She’s been backed by several national and state Democratic powerhouses, including former U.S. Senator Harry Reid, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and abortion rights group NARAL.

Rosen’s campaign said she received more than 20,000 contributions during the reporting period, with approximately 92 percent of the contributions made under $100.

Let’s keep up the momentum and unseat Heller next year. Click here to donate and get involved with Rosen’s campaign.

OH-Gov: Nan Whaley (D) Wants To Make Big Pharma Pay For Creating The Opioid Epidemic

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:06:44 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s (D. OH) gubernatorial campaign: The other night, 60 Minutes and the Washington Post broke a huge story about the opioid crisis in America. It turns out the man Donald Trump recently named to be his drug czar -- former Congressman Tom Marino -- had actually helped push legislation that made it harder for the government to take action against drug distributors for their role in the opioid epidemic.   This legislation was something drug distributors had been asking Congress to pass for years. These companies actually worked to undermine efforts to stop the flow of opioids on the black market! This is outrageous. We need to hold drug companies and distributors accountable -- not weaken the government’s ability to go after them!   I believe Ohio can be at the forefront of the effort to make enablers of the opioid crisis take responsibility -- especially in the absence of leadership from the federal government. Add your name if you believe the next governor of Ohio must hold drug companies and distributors accountable for the devastation they’ve caused.   As governor, I pledge to make drug companies and distributors pay for what they did. For years, drug companies pushed opioid painkillers on doctors and patients, while distributors refused to stanch the flow of drugs to the black market.   By the time the medical community realized how addictive these painkillers were, it was too late. Hundreds of thousands of people were hooked, and when their prescriptions ran out, they turned to synthetic opioids and heroin. Now those people are dying at a rate of over 140 a day.   I won’t make the same mistake Governor Kasich and Attorney General DeWine did -- waiting too long to take action. From Day 1, I will make addressing and ending the opioid crisis a priority -- no matter what the federal government does.   As governor, I won’t let drug distributors act with impunity. They need to pay. Add your name if you believe Ohio needs a governor who will hold drug companies and distributors accountable.   Nan Click here to add your name. [...]

WI-Sen: PCCC Refuses To Let The Kochs Defeat Medicare For All Champion Tammy Baldwin (D)

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:07:50 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in support of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin’s (D. WI) re-election campaign:

Senator Tammy Baldwin is up for re-election in 2018, and the Koch brothers know it. She is the only openly gay senator and a bold progressive.

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL: "Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin, the conservative group backed by industrialists Charles and David Koch, said Thursday it will launch a 'seven-figure' TV ad buy against Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin."

In 2012, the Koch brothers attacked Tammy Baldwin with fear-mongering TV ads about the debt and deficit. Now, they want massive tax cuts for themselves and their rich friends, so the hypocritical Kochs are taking out ads pressuring Tammy to support the Republican tax scam the New York Times says could increase the national debt by $2 trillion dollars.

We need to keep Tammy in the Senate to fight against these tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations.

In 2012 PCCC members made over 92,000 calls and donated $55,000 to Tammy's campaign, and she WON! She needs us again.

Can you chip in $3 to Tammy’s campaign so she can fight back against the Koch brothers’ attacks and smears?

Tammy has been under fire all year by the Republican machine. Just look at these headlines:

May: Conservative group attacks Baldwin in new ad (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

August: GOP launches billboard attack against U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

October: Rep. Sean Duffy rips Sen. Tammy Baldwin for backing single-payer healthcare bill (Washington Examiner)

Republicans think that Trump's 2016 Wisconsin victory means they can unseat Tammy Baldwin, but we can beat them and help Tammy win by giving her support early.

Can you chip in $3 now to Tammy's reelection campaign so she can fight off the Koch brothers' attacks?

Thanks for being a bold progressive.

-- Progressive Change Campaign Committee

Click here to donate to Baldwin’s campaign.

Democrats Need To Make Reforms To Democracy A Centerpiece Of Their Platform

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:18:37 +0000

Ever since the Democrat’s electoral wipeout of 2010, Republicans have made it a point to do everything in their power to restrict American democracy. Through “Voter Fraud” initiatives churning out new restrictive Voter ID Laws in the States, alongside ruthless partisan Gerrymandering, Republicans have succeeded in enshrining a new Conservative Majority requiring merely a plurality of votes. From Wisconsin to North Carolina, Republican majorities are here to stay, at least until Democrats can win their own wipeout election. 

But what will Democrats do once they finally regain control of State Legislatures or Congress?

By the looks of it, it’s back to legislating moderately Progressive causes, like more Universal Healthcare coverage, more family friendly labor laws like Paid Family Leave, and tighter regulations. All worthwhile causes. 

The argument it seems, is how best to get those things done. Should we use tax breaks and credits to influence business behavior? Or should Democrats push for more direct Federal and State Government interventions?

The problem is that when Republicans inevitably regain the upper hand, they’ve shown a willingness to outright repeal Democratic policies and, if necessary, cheat, swindle and lie to get their Conservative policies enacted. Each time they gain control of government, whether on the State or Federal level, they make it more and more difficult for Democrats to regain control of government and to enact even slightly left-of-center policies.

Republicans have proven again and again that they are more than willing to dispense with centuries-old democratic norms in order to further their donor’s agenda. Their desperation reached new lows when Majority leader Mitch McConnell revealed the depths of his disregard for democracy by refusing to even bring for consideration President Obama’s choice to replace Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Republican animosity for democratic norms means that no matter how many elections Democrats win, we will never be as effective at implementing policies as the Republicans. The answer to this problem is a concerted effort to push for more Democracy. 

Democrats need to make the expansion of ballot initiatives at the state level a centerpieve of their platform, as well as a Federal version of the ballot initiative, alongside other democratic reforms such as public funding of elections, mandatory voter registration and other laws with the goal of eventually severing the financial ties between wealthy, right-wing reactionaries and their Republican stooges. 

Until this happens, any progress we make on the policy front will continue to be undermined and reversed the moment Republicans regain control of State legislatures and Congress. We won’t always get as lucky as we have so far with ACA repeal and replace efforts, and even those wins haven’t stopped Trump from undermining the law via Executive action. 

The answer to authoritarianism will always be more Democracy, before we find ourselves living under single-party rule.

VA-Gov: Gabby Giffords (D. AZ) Helps Ralph Northam (D) Defeat Ed Gillespie (R) & The NRA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:10:09 +0000

Received this e-mail today from former Congresswoman, Rep. Gabby Giffords (D. AZ), in support of Lt. Governor Ralph Northam’s (D. VA) gubernatorial campaign: Dear Team Ralph, On January 8, 2011, a disturbed young man shot me and 18 other people while I was holding a constituent meeting in Tucson, Arizona. Six people died, including a nine-year-old girl. On April 16, 2007, at Virginia Tech, 32 people were killed and another 17 were wounded when a gunman opened fire. The shooter was able to purchase his guns, despite the fact that a Virginia judge had ordered him to seek outpatient care for making suicidal remarks. Two weeks ago, a deranged gunman killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 at a concert in Las Vegas. Across our country the horror of gun violence has cut short lives, leaving the heartbroken survivors to try and make sense of the inexplicable. It is a terrible, complicated problem that requires thoughtful, compassionate, and courageous leaders. Here in Virginia, you have the chance to elect such a leader, and his name is Ralph Northam, and he needs your support to make sure he can fight the gun lobby’s huge investments in his opponent. Can you spare $5 to help power Ralph’s campaign? As a physician, Ralph is all too familiar with the destruction that a bullet causes to the human body. As an Army doctor, he treated soldiers wounded during Desert Storm. As your governor, he will stand up to the gun lobby and work with the legislature to pass commonsense laws that make our schools, our churches, and our streets safer.   The gun lobby is spending $1.5 million to elect Ed Gillespie. They know that he will block any efforts to pass even the most commonsense gun safety measures, like universal background checks that could help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people, including felons, suspected terrorists, domestic abusers, and the dangerously mentally ill. This choice could not be more clear: Ed Gillespie is funded by the gun lobby and supports their radical agenda. Ralph Northam knows the devastating impact of gun violence and will stand up to the gun lobby for lifesaving legislation that keeps Virginians safe.   Make sure Ralph can counter the gun lobby’s deep pockets and fight for commonsense gun legislation as your next governor by chipping in $5 right now. The past few weeks have shown us that the stakes could not be higher. Please, on November 7th vote for Ralph Northam for Governor. Do it for yourself, and for all those whose lives have ever been touched by gun violence. Thank you, Gabby Giffords Click here to donate to Northam’s campaign. [...]

NJ-Gov: President Obama Coming To Newark On Thursday To Campaign For Phil Murphy (D)

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:57:55 +0000

OBAMA ALERT! Former President Barack Obama plans to campaign in New Jersey for Phil Murphy this week, the latest in a parade of big-name Democrats to show public support for the party's nominee for governor. Obama is scheduled to join Murphy and his running mate for lieutenant governor, Sheila Oliver, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, according to an advisory. The event is listed as a "canvass kickoff." Murphy served as Obama's U.S. ambassador to Germany from 2009 to 2013. Before that, he was the Democratic National Committee's finance chairman. Before Obama was elected the 44th president, in 2008, he attended a fundraiser at Murphy's Middletown home that featured a performance by neighbor Jon Bon Jovi. Click here to sign up to help Get Out The Vote for Murphy to enter a chance to see Obama this Thursday. Murphy had another big name recently hit the campaign for him: When Al Gore stepped on a stage in Monmouth County on Sunday afternoon, the former vice president told the crowd that the word "friendship" is thrown around too loosely in politics. "But in this case," Gore said, mentioning the man next to him, Democratic New Jersey governor candidate Phil Murphy, "we really have been extremely close friends." Over the last 20 years, Gore said, he and Murphy's family have vacationed and worked on projects together. And on Sunday, Gore played the role of cheerleader for Murphy, appearing at a packed campaign rally at the Ocean Township Community Gymnasium as his friend enters the final three-week stretch of the race to succeed outgoing Gov. Chris Christie. "This is a good man," Gore told the crowd of hundreds about Murphy. But Gore also played the role of attack dog. He ripped into both Christie, whose approval ratings have fallen to historic lows in recent months, and Kim Guadagno, Christie's lieutenant governor and Murphy's Republican opponent in the Nov. 7 election. "Has anybody here been embarrassed by what's gone on here?" Gore, a 69-year-old Tennessee native, asked in his deliberate southern drawl. "Here you have an administration in Trenton and a presidency in Washington, D.C., and sometimes it's kind of hard to take." "I have been a keen observer of the many, many times of late that New Jersey has been in the news for something the current administration has done," Gore added. Meanwhile, Christie’s Lt. Governor has been trying to channel Donald Trump in desperate late attempt to score votes: x YouTube Video Brigid Harrison was surprised when she saw the recent campaign ad on illegal immigration released by Republican New Jersey governor nominee Kim Guadagno. "I found it rather uncharacteristic of Kim," Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University, said of Guadagno, the state's lieutenant governor, who is running to succeed Gov. Chris Christie. "It was not how she's played politics for the last eight years." Indeed, the ad sounds less like Guadagno -- a plain-spoken, middle-of-the-road Republican -- than it does a far-right member of the GOP. You[...]

PA-Sen: Bob Casey (D) Takes To Twitter To Troll & Expose How Trump Sabotaged The ACA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:27:45 +0000

Everyone here should be following U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D. PA) on Twitter because he’s been using it asa perfect weapon to resist Trump: xToday, I’m issuing a new report on how @realDonaldTrump has sabotaged our health care system from day one:— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) October 16, 2017 The report is called The Blatant Sabotage Of Your Health Care. Click here to read the whole report.  Here are more Tweet from Casey: xThis @realDonaldTrump premium tax will make it harder for middle class families to make ends meet.— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) October 16, 2017 xThese premium increases are a direct result of @realDonaldTrump’s sabotage of our health care system. This sabotage must be stopped.— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) October 16, 2017 And Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D. PA) is also helping Casey fight back: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he’s joining his counterparts in at least a dozen states to sue the Trump administration over its decision to stop paying cost-sharing subsidies to insurers. Shapiro on Friday said premiums for the more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians who buy individual insurance plans will skyrocket without the cost-sharing subsidies. He says Trump is in clear violation of his legal responsibilities under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Also, Trump was in Harrisburg last week to promote his bull shit tax plan where he gave his chosen Senate candidate, Rep. Lou Barletta (R. PA), a little shout out: They weren’t “boo”-ing. They were “Lou”ing — and the president of the United States joined in. The “Lou” is Lou Barletta, whose name made it to a national television audience Wednesday night when fellow Republican Donald Trump squeezed in a short stump speech for the congressman from Hazleton during an appearance with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “We need more Republican senators to be honest with you,” Trump said to Hannity, eliciting the drawn-out “Lou” chant from the crowd at the National Guard hangar at Harrisburg International Airport, where the president had just touted his federal tax reform plan. “And you have a good one running — Lou.” Barletta, R-11, who is aiming to unseat Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, attended Wednesday night’s event and had earlier joined Trump on Air Force One. “Lou Barletta, great guy. He’s running,” Trump told Hannity. “He was an incredible congressman, and I think ... I think you’re going to have an incredible surge for Lou Barletta. I think he is going to do a fantastic job.” Trump also mentioned Barletta during his speech to the gathered crowd, though he initially said Barletta is running for governor before correcting himself. Barletta, who shares similar views with Trump on key subjects like immigration, is also behind Trump on his tax reform plan, which among other things would establish four tax brackets — 0 percent, 12 p[...]

CT-Sen: Chris Murphy (D) Pushes Call To Pass Legislation Preventing Trump From Sabotaging The ACA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:05:32 +0000

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

Last week, President Trump took his deliberate sabotage of our health care system to the next level.

On Thursday, he signed an executive order that opens the door for insurers to go back to the days of not covering necessities like prescription drugs or hospital visits, and allowing insurance companies to drop you if your care gets too expensive. And yesterday, he announced that he would cut off funding used to reduce costs of coverage for low-income families. This comes after he’s already cut the enrollment period in half, and slashed funding that goes to help families sign up for coverage.

Let’s call this what it is—the president is intentionally hurting every American because he’s having a temper tantrum over Republicans' unwillingness to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Congress has the power to stop this. Add your name to send a message that Congress should pass legislation preventing the president from pulling health care funding from families who need it.

Donald Trump’s behavior isn’t a surprise to anyone in Congress. We’ve seen how he’s worked to destabilize the health care system since taking office. On the very first day, he signed an executive order undermining the law.

That’s why many of us have been racing to come up with a bipartisan health care bill to prevent this exact sort of blatant sabotage.

Well, the sabotage is here in full force. Republicans can either work with us to fix the health care system, or stand aside when the president breaks it beyond recognition.

Add your name to tell Congress - we want legislation to stop the sabotage.

If Republicans reject compromises to fix this, they will own every piece of what’s left of the American health care system when Donald Trump is through with it.

I hope you’ll join me in urging my colleagues to make the right choice.

Every best wish,

Chris Murphy
U.S. Senator, Connecticut

Click here to add your name.

WV-Sen: Joe Manchin (D) Comes Out Against Trump's Pro-Big Pharma Nominee For Drug Czar

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:30:39 +0000

Glad to hear: xI asked @realDonaldTrump to withdraw Rep. Tom Marino’s nomination to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) October 16, 2017 Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) urged President Donald Trump to pick a different nominee for the so-called “Drug Czar” position after a Washington Post and “60 Minutes” investigation revealed that the current nominee, Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA), was behind legislation that significantly constrained the DEA’s ability to freeze shipments of drugs such as opioids. “I urge you to withdraw the nomination of Congressman Tom Marino to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP),” Manchin wrote to Trump Monday, adding that the new report “calls into question Congressman Marino’s ability to fill this critical role in a manner that will serve the American people and end the [opioid abuse] epidemic.” “Congressman Marino no longer has my trust or that of the public that he will aggressively pursue the fight against opioid abuse,” he wrote. Here’s more info: In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets. By then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam War. Overdose deaths continue to rise. There is no end in sight. A handful of members of Congress, allied with the nation’s major drug distributors, prevailed upon the DEA and the Justice Department to agree to a more industry-friendly law, undermining efforts to stanch the flow of pain pills, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and “60 Minutes.” The DEA had opposed the effort for years. The law was the crowning achievement of a multifaceted campaign by the drug industry to weaken aggressive DEA enforcement efforts against drug distribution companies that were supplying corrupt doctors and pharmacists who peddled narcotics to the black market. The industry worked behind the scenes with lobbyists and key members of Congress, pouring more than a million dollars into their election campaigns. The chief advocate of the law that hobbled the DEA was Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican who is now President Trump’s nominee to become the nation’s next drug czar. Marino spent years trying to move the law through Congress. It passed after Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) negotiated a final version with the DEA. Again, Manchin is not my favorite Democrat but I thank him for leading on this. Click here to urge your Senator to tell Trump to pick another Drug Czar. [...]

Progressive Change Campaign Committee Helps These Virginia Democrats Defeat The NRA

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:17:32 +0000

Received this e-mail today from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee: Election Day in Virginia, home of the NRA’s $40.3 million headquarters building, is less than a month away. That’s why PCCC members have given $30,000 $40,000 over $50,000 to Virginia candidates, including these 12 running against unrepentant NRA-endorsed candidates who are proud of their NRA “A” ratings. Crush the NRA in their own backyard. Make Republicans PAY for accepting the NRA’s endorsement. Donate $1 each to Virginia anti-NRA candidates now. These Virginia candidates bravely spoke out calling for more than just thoughts and prayers: Elizabeth Guzman (VA-HD31): “We can't wait anymore! Delays are costing lives!”  Her opponent sponsored the repeal of the one gun a month law, and chairs the powerful committee that has killed countless gun violence prevention bill. Donte Tanner (VA-HD40): “There's a lot we can do in VA, starting with closing the gunshow loophole.” Danica Roem (VA-HD13): "The ATF had no clue about the Las Vegas shooter even when he owned more than 30 guns. You would figure somewhere along the line, someone would have said, "Wow, that's a lot of guns... probably should ask why you're buying them at the rate you fill up gas in your car." Donate $1 each to Virginia Democrats facing an onslaught of opposition from the NRA in their elections NEXT MONTH. We’re also supporting Chris Hurst (VA-HD12), who lost his girlfriend Allison Parker and co-worker Adam Ward to gun violence, and Justin Fairfax (VA-LTGov) who is publicly calling out the NRA for propping up his opponent. And we're supporting more candidates running in districts that Donald Trump lost against Republicans with an NRA endorsement: Schuyler VanValkenburg (VA-HD72), Wendy Gooditis (VA-HD10), Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-HD02), Karrie Delaney (VA-HD67), Hala Ayala (VA-HD51), David Reid (VA-HD32) and Shelly Simonds (VA-HD94). With your help, they will defeat unrepentant Republican NRA stooges in less than one month. Deliver the NRA their next defeat, with Election Day in just 1 month. Donate $1 each to anti-NRA Virginia candidates. Thanks for being a bold progressive. --Kenton Ngo, PCCC Director of Analytics Click here to help these Democrats defeat the NRA. [...]

Democrats won't help Trump destroy Obamacare

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:41:41 +0000

Campaign Action Democrats are having no part of popular vote loser Donald Trump's efforts to shift the responsibility of his latest attempt to blow up Obamacare on to them and his efforts to force them into negotiations to help him destroy the law. Steve Bannon just gave them a hand, telling the whole world Trump isn't doing this for any reason other than destroying what President Obama built. Senate Democrats are making their position very clear: they will fight to preserve the law, and all the damage Trump is knowingly doing to Americans' health care, he will own. "In this, politically, he's in much worse shape than we are," Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on a conference call with reporters Friday. "The American people, even a large number of Republicans, are on our side in terms improving the system, not destroying it. So I don't think he has much leverage to threaten or bully." […] Democrats argue that if Trump was so concerned about the constitutional arguments against the payments, he would have stopped them as soon as he took office, rather than after watching congressional repeal efforts collapse multiple times. "This is just creating uncertainty and instability in the markets and it's going to raise premiums and I think that everyone knows that Republicans are going to own this," a Democratic staffer of the Senate HELP committee told TPM. There are more than a few congressional Republicans who understand the damage Trump is doing not just to the law, but to their 2018 prospects. It doesn't help when you've got Steve Bannon publicly declaring at the Values Voters Summit that the only thing Trump had in mind here is blowing the law up. "Then you had Obamacare," Bannon said. Trump is "not gonna make the [cost-sharing reduction] payments. Gonna blow that thing up. Gonna blow those exchanges up, right?" So much for that whole "the government cannot lawfully make the cost-sharing reduction payments" legal charade from the Trump team. [...]

De Leon and the Importance of Primary Challenges

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:18:57 +0000

Yesterday, California state Senator Kevin de León revealed his decision to challenge Senator Dianne Feinstein in 2018. While many Democrats (Berniecrats) rejoiced, others are undoubtedly quite skittish about primaries after 2016. The wounds are still fresh between a lot of Sanders and Clinton supporters, and the grievances are legitimate. However, strong primary challenges are essential to a healthy democracy. They engage previously passive voters and keep our politicians honest without drastically draining the campaign chest. The biggest fear of wary Democrats is that poisonous primary campaigns give Republicans an advantage in the general election. In the case of the upcoming midterms, an expensive race between De Leon and Feinstein in one of America’s most expensive media markets could drain the coffers for vulnerable incumbents, such as Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Donnelly, and Claire McCaskill, who are facing tough conservative contenders, as well as potential pick up opportunities in Nevada and Arizona against the likes of Dean Heller and Jeff Flake. However, the worries are overblown. In the 2016 election, Democrats significantly outraised the GOP by over $300 million, but an anti-establishment backlash and a weak candidate (Clinton would have been one of the wonkiest executives ever, but she was poor at running for the job) made all that extra money worthless. Furthermore, the Republican party went through arguably the most intense party infighting in the history of American politics, but still managed to win over 1,000 state and federal seats from the Democrats over the last eight years. The truth is that the Steve Bannon and the Tea Party’s crusade against the GOP, for all their terrible ideas, managed to stir up a lot of otherwise politically passive citizens. That is what wins elections. Some critics may point at the 2012 election, in which poor Tea Party candidates like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock lost very winnable races in Missouri and Indiana. However, that has everything to do with the crazy comments they made, and nothing to do with finances. One thing is for sure, De León is an incredibly competent candidate who has played an essential role in leading the Trump resistance in California state politics. If he makes it to the general election, no Republican candidate will have a chance in the deep blue golden state. The fact that this primary challenge is happening in California is also very important. It is hard to find a more Democratic state. Besides stealing money away from other races across the country, many fear that primary challenges from the Left will lead to less appealing candidates during the general. I think this is a somewhat dubious claim, but that is an argument for another time. However, if the challenge is in a sold blue state, I don’t see how there is a problem. The GOP will not have a chance in many of these states. I[...]

WI-Sen: Tammy Baldwin (D) Builds Momentum For Her Plan To Expand The EITC & Child Tax Credit

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 02:13:42 +0000

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

Our tax code should reward work, not wealth.

For too long in this country, the wealthy and privileged have had a tax code specifically tailored for them. They've been able to jump through never-ending loopholes in order to avoid their obligations.

I think there's a better way — that’s why I’ve introduced the Stronger Way Act with my colleague Cory Booker which would reward people for hard work and help families keep more of what they earn. We can start by expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to boost wages and make sure people aren't taxed into poverty. We can also expand the Child Tax Credit to put more money in families' pockets.

If this sounds more like a tax plan that will work for you and your family, sign on to show your support.

On the other side, Republicans introduced a tax plan that is nothing short of a giveaway to the wealthy and corporations.

Those already bringing in millions of dollars do not need tax windfalls. The people who need tax relief the most are the families across the country who work full-time (or more) and still can't make ends meet.

Millionaires aren't struggling. Middle class families are. They work hard and see it pay off less and less. We need to reverse that trend before our middle class disappears.

There's a stronger way forward on tax reform. Sign on to support my plan.

Thank you.


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CA-Sen: Democracy For America Endorses Kevin de León (D) For U.S. Senate

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:42:42 +0000

Received this e-mail today from Democracy for America: The race for California's U.S. Senate seat in 2018 will be a defining moment in the resistance to Donald Trump and our fight for racial and economic justice. That is why Democracy for America is proud to endorse a proven progressive leader, State Senator Kevin de León, for U.S. Senate. This seat is currently held by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, and she's running for re-election. She has done great work on many issues, including gun violence and public infrastructure, during her time in office. But she no longer reflects the lived experiences or core values of Californians here in 2017. And she isn't willing to step up and lead on resisting Trump or in fighting for the issues that matter to this country in this vital moment. Sen. Feinstein voted for the Iraq War. She was a leader in passing and then expanding the Patriot Act and other surveillance programs. As one of the most Wall Street-friendly Democrats in Congress, Sen. Feinstein has always stood with corporate power. She doesn't support Medicare for All or free college. We haven't seen her show up for racial justice. Most shocking of all, Sen. Feinstein is reluctant to challenge Trump. She even recently called on progressives to have "patience" with Trump and hoped he'd become a "good president." That's not the leadership we need in the Senate right now. We need a proven progressive champion who will fight for California and the American people against Trump -- someone whose life experiences have made them a perfect leader in this moment. That's Kevin de León. This campaign will be a major turning point for California, the Democratic Party, and the country. Will you chip in $3 or more now to help DFA elect Kevin de León as the next U.S. Senator from California? We can't imagine a better candidate to take on Sen. Feinstein and lead progressives in Congress than Kevin de León. You may not have heard of him until now -- but Kevin de León is one of the most successful progressive legislators anywhere in the country. As President pro tem and thus leader of the California State Senate, he has been a progressive champion in fighting against Trump and fighting for racial and economic justice. Kevin de León led the California State Senate in passing a single-payer health care bill this past spring. He ensured passage of landmark legislation to fight climate change, to make housing more affordable, and to reduce sexual assault on campus. And he has done great work on passing gun safety legislation. He led the way in making California a sanctuary state. Kevin de León brings a perspective to the U.S. Senate that is clearly lacking -- and a life story that reflects the experiences of millions of his fellow Californians. The son of immigrants, he grew up in a working class family on both sides o[...]

Stronger Unions, Stronger Maine

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:53:10 +0000

Thursday night Jared Golden, the Assistant Majority Leader in Maine's House, and the progressive running for Congress in the sprawling 2nd congressional district, was the recipient of the Maine AFL-CIO's Edie Beaulieu Legislative Award for outstanding leadership and support for working class people and working families' priorities. He received this award because of his work to pass a new law to increase access to workers' compensation for firefighters, paramedics and police officers suffering from a work place injury related to mental health. He has also worked to increase fines for wage theft and to bring automatic voter registration to Maine.  This is what he told the union members who honored him Thursday night:  I am receiving this award in part because I took on a fight to pass a bill that had failed several times in the Legislature. Everyone in this room knows that hard work takes a toll on working men and women. That’s especially true of police officers, firefighters and paramedics. The people who show up to help and protect others, during the toughest times of their lives. When you put all your heart into helping others, you live their pain. You come to understand it in new ways. And it can take a toll on you. The repeated exposures and the risks that you take-- catch up and get ahead of you. I fought this fight for you because I know what some of you are going through. I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress when I came home from tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. And while I worked, pushing a broom in a mechanics shop, and working part-time at night to get by on dirt wages, I had to struggle with a government system that was broken and that let a lot of veterans like me fall through the cracks. Lucky for me I had friends and family to help and keep me putting one boot in front of the other. But I’ve also lost good friends with the same problems but no one there that knew how to help them or who even understood that they needed help. That’s why I have no tolerance for standing by and watching a broken system that’s failing good men and women that have given so much. I didn’t care when people told me that this bill had no chance in hell of passing. That it had already been tried. Or that the insurance and corporate lobbyists were too strong to defeat. Well I guess they weren’t strong enough to take on Labor. The success of this bill belongs to the union men and women-- the firefighters, paramedics and police officers who showed up in the Labor Committee and laid their hearts and souls out telling their stories. My life experience-- growing up having to earn every penny that’s come my way. Having to overcome struggles that are the result of the jobs that I’ve done. Living paycheck to paycheck. These experiences are what I call upon as a guide to se[...]

B/H = R - H/B = R. We Can Debate Until The World Ends And If We Don't Stop, it Might.

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:03:32 +0000

The Women’s Convention announced that Senator Sanders was speaking and Twitter went wild with rehashing, revisiting, relitigating and reviling the 2016 primary and election cycle. They both had the undying devotion of their supporters.  They both had their warts. They both claim that but for the actions and/or inactions of the other they might be president. But neither are and, for all our fractious fighting, we’ll truly never know. What we do know is that the current administration is led by the most racist destructive, spiteful, cheating, lying, bloviating bully in the history of presidents. What we do know is that this president is being enabled by his party leaders intent on delivering tax cuts and other “gifts” to their wealthy donors at the expense of Americans. What we do know is that Americans have been pummeled, pounded, embarrassed, horrified, disgusted and dismayed for over 250 days and, barring a heroic maneuver by Mueller and a chickenshit GOP Congress, we’re stuck for at least another 365 until we can change anything. So the in-fighting has to stop. The Purity Tests have to stop.  Every single candidate running will have a wart or two. We won't agree 100% with every position they took in the past or have on their platform.  90% will work. So will 80%. The stakes are too high in 2018 — Ginsburg and Kennedy aren’t gonna make it to 2020 (they’ve been talking retirement for 2 years or more) and a whacked out SCOTUS will last for decades. So we have to unite. Seriously. Because if we remain divided, if we allow our butt-hurt over 2016 to do what it did in 2016.  We can’t allow bots and trolls to stoke the fires.  Over 100 million voters stayed home in 2016; others cast “protest” or “message” votes. And we ended up with Trump. And Ryan. And McConnell. And Gorsuch, Price, Tillerson, Sessions, Mnunchin, DeVos, Chao, Zinke — the list goes on. Voting rights are under fire — DAILY. People of color, women, LGBTQ and non-Christians are under fire — DAILY. Children, seniors, disabled and poor are under fire — DAILY. Flipping the House and the Senate is critical.  Critical for reasons that would fill a book.   The supporters and die-hard fans of both have to find the common ground — and that ground is throwing Republicans out of power.  That ground is uniting with reasonable, sane, thoughtful folks of all parties to save America from war, environmental disasters, economic debilitation and the contempt of the world.  Can we make a deal?  Can we — each of the factions — stop bashing the other? Can we stop insisting that “but for” — our chosen candidate would have won? Can we decide to put our country and the future of ourselves, our children and our grandchildren before the need to “prove a po[...]

Iowa is not a swing state anymore

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:11:02 +0000

Trump won Iowa by a larger margin than Texas. Iowa is hemorrhaging voters with college degrees at an alarming degree and leaving behind less mobile and less educated more Republican voters. 

I know there are some in Kos (especially from the midwest) who still have hope that this rural state will swing back but its looking bleak. My prediction is that the South and the Midwest are on the verge of exchanging the label of the enfant terrible of America. Iowa and Ohio are getting less educated and less diverse while Georgia and North Carolina are getting more educated and more diverse. 

NYTimes article:

EDIT: I think its safe to say that Iowa (and similar states) will not be getting Amazon HQ2.

PA-Sen: Bob Casey (D) Hits Back At Trump's Executive Order Sabotaging The Affordable Care Act

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 21:01:15 +0000

Received this e-mail today from U.S. Senator Bob Casey, Jr’s (D. PA) re-election campaign: xThis decision by @realDonaldTrump means higher premiums & higher deficits. It’s a middle class wrecking ball.— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) October 13, 2017 President Trump’s executive order will mean higher premiums and fewer protections for people with preexisting conditions Fight back: SIGN THE PETITION President Trump is trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, and we can’t let him get away with it.   This week, he issued an executive order that effectively guts the ACA’s protections for people with preexisting conditions. He’s siding with insurance companies over people who have survived cancer, struggle with addiction or even had acne as a teenager. xThank you @JoshShapiroPA for fighting @realDonaldTrump’s sabotage of our health care system.— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) October 13, 2017 Add your name to tell President Trump to keep his hands off our health care:   This summer, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll showed that support for protecting people with preexisting conditions crosses party lines: A majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents agree that insurance companies shouldn’t be allowed to charge people with preexisting conditions more for their care. But that’s exactly what President Trump’s executive order allows them to do.   If you agree with the vast majority of Americans, tell President Trump that insurance companies cannot be allowed to drive up profits by discriminating against people with preexisting conditions.   Click here to add your name. [...]