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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Minnesota's rural voters will have a rural issue forced upon them by their beloved Republicans, including the propagandist in chief.

It has reached local publication attention; "China’s tariffs have Minnesota soybean producers scrambling," being an item from a limited local news outlet, stating in part:

According to Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) President Michael Petefish, the price of soybeans has “dropped nearly 20 percent since the tariffs were first proposed this spring.”

Tariffs on soybeans have left soybean producers across the nation wondering what the future will hold.
Photo courtesy of MetroCreativeConnection

With the already low commodity prices for soybeans, China’s tariff has become a huge concern in Minnesota, said Randy Pepin, interim crops educator at the University of Minnesota Extension.

In 2017, the United States produced 4.39 billion bushels of soybeans, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Of that figure, Minnesota growers contributed with 380.23 million bushels.

The amount varies by county. In Minnesota, the largest soybean producing county in 2017 was Polk County with 12.3 million bushels. Anoka County produced the least with 143,000 bushels.

The numbers vary in Central Minnesota, as well. Morrison County produced more than 1.5 million bushels in 2017. Growers in Todd County produced nearly 2.1 million bushels, Benton 1.4 million bushels and Stearns County more than 5.2 million bushels.

China purchases 61 percent of the total U.S. soybean exports, which equates to nearly $14 billion annually, said Doug Monson, MSGA director of public relations.

“Soybeans are Minnesota’s top export and number one cash export,” he said.

The normal expectation of "vote the rascals out" flounders on the fact that rural Minnesota really voted heavily to put the rascals in, they are those voters' rascals and not mine, so what are the rural Minnesota brain trust voters to do next? The sensible? Or something else?

A big problem I have with Richard Painter's emailings over his senate run. He fumes about Trump impeachment without even a casual nod to first having to Agnew Mike Pence as a prelude to impeachment and removal of Trump.

In a solicitation email, Painter's camp wrote:

When he gets to Washington, Richard will immediately call upon the leaders of the House and Senate to initiate Congressional investigations into Trump, his family, and his political cronies. If they uncover evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors, Richard will call for impeachment proceedings to begin immediately. We cannot allow our highest office to be run from Moscow while our President slanders our allies and glad-hands tinpot dictators.

[bolding in original]

In the Nixon purge the threat of a President Agnew was neutered at the outset. The identical need exists with Mike Pence. Pence is Trump's cynically appointed insurance policy against impeachment.

Take down Pence first. Then tell me about the beauties of an impeachment of Trump.

UPDATE: It is hard to take seriously one who rails repeatedly in email over Trump while as best as remembered his emailings have never included the word "Pence." It leaves one with a sense of being played. Whether true or not, the imprression is Painter is hunky dory with Mike Pence, as if Pence were "presidential" in some dimension and not deficient in most ways that matter.

As a thought experiment and a major challenge try to think of a single way you'd regard Mike Pence as presidential.

Not a way you can think of, surely, but the fault is not in your ability to think, inside or outside of the box. Where then is the fault? Go figure. Why is Painter silent over Pence? Go figure. I cannot think of a single reason to shout "Impeach" without a recognition of the Pence problem such an impetuous cry necessarily includes. And Painter is far from being an ignorant man or a sloppy thinker. Hence: He knows.

Is there even one in the ten which is NOT a right to work state?

CNBC, reports its list of the ten worst states in which to live. Not worth my time to research, but a bet is each is 'right to work," whereas strong union state may offer better lives. Readers are invited to prove me wrong by offering one or more of the ten which can be proven to not be right to work tainted.

Tell it to Alito. Or to one of the other hacks empowered for the remainder of their lives to make egregiously bad decisions.

Proof the brains of many have become fully waterlogged and dysfunctional.

Wterlogged and dysfunctional.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Cornel West via an interview explains his belief that Obama is an inappropriate speaker at a Nelson Mandela celebration..

The item's intro first two paragraphs:

Former US president Barack Obama will deliver the Nelson Mandela annual lecture in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

His invitation to speak has drawn widespread criticism from South Africa's civil society who say Obama's record as president deems him unworthy of the honour of speaking at the late anti-apartheid icon's birth centennial.

There is insult to such a choice, which West amply explains.

Read it. It presents truth. West's commentary not only distinguishes Obama from Mandela, but he aptly differentiates between Obama and Trump with little praise for either; but with a lesser regard for Trump.

The drone strike guy gave his speech. Reportedly:

Obama opened by calling today's times "strange and uncertain," adding that "each day's news cycle is bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines." These days "we see much of the world threatening to return to a more dangerous, more brutal, way of doing business," he said.

Irony? It could not be a lack of self awareness. The drone guy gets a free pass in U.S. media.

Calling bullshit on the "Trump economy." It is now reported; and it will be livestreamed!

Bernie, of course making the call, with support of fact and logic, yet having to go outside the U.S. national press to have an outlet publish notice of the obvious; bless Guardian:

Opinion - Bernie Sanders:
If the economy is 'roaring', why are so many Americans still struggling?
On Monday night at a town hall with low-wage workers, we will address the disparity between the wealth of executives and the wages and treatment of employees
Mon 16 Jul 2018 09.12 EDT - Last modified on Mon 16 Jul 2018 10.36 EDT

Donald Trump tells us every day the US economy is “strong”, “booming” and “roaring”. Yes. That’s true for his billionaire friends. Not so true for tens of millions of workers.

[sidebar link: Disneyland workers face ruthless exploitation. Their fight is our fight | Bernie Sanders]

On Monday night, at a town hall meeting that will be livestreamed, we will discuss what rarely gets seen or heard in mainstream media. And that is that despite the fact that the unemployment rate in the US is relatively low, real inflation accounted for, wages for the average American worker continue to decline and 140 million Americans lack the resources to pay for housing, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation and a cellphone without going into debt.

All over America workers are asking themselves why, if the economy is “booming”, are they forced to work longer hours for lower wages. Why, if the economy is “roaring”, are they not able to afford childcare, send their kids to college or put aside enough money for a decent retirement.

The American people also want to know why, as taxpayers, they have to subsidize and provide corporate welfare to the wealthiest and most profitable corporations in the country. How does it happen that there are major corporations in America where CEOs receive extravagant compensation packages, who pay their workers wages so low that many of them are forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid and public housing – subsidized by taxpayers – to survive?

I could be wrong, but I doubt that you will ever hear these questions asked in the corporate media. That is why on Monday night, 16 July at 7pm ET in the US Capitol, we will be holding a town hall meeting with low-wage workers from Amazon, Disney, Walmart, McDonald’s and American Airlines. This town hall will be livestreamed on my Facebook page. Importantly, we have invited the CEOs of these corporations to sit on a panel with their own employees. Tune in to see if they have the courage to show up.

Here are just a few facts about what is going on inside these corporations:

During the first four months of this year, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, saw his wealth increase by $275m – every single day. Bezos makes more wealth in 10 seconds than the median Amazon employee makes in a year. While Amazon paid no federal income taxes last year, it has been reported that one out of three Amazon workers in Arizona and 2,400 of its workers in Pennsylvania and Ohio rely on food stamps to feed their families.

Disney made $9bn in profits last year and gave its CEO Robert Iger a four-year compensation package worth up to $423m. Meanwhile, almost three-quarters of Disneyland workers say they don’t earn enough money to cover basic expenses every month, more than two-thirds are food insecure and more than one out of 10 report having been homeless over the last two years.

The average cashier at McDonald’s would have to work over 895 years to make what the company’s CEO, Steve Easterbrook, earns in one year. While McDonald’s had enough money to reward its wealthy shareholders with $7.7bn in stock buybacks and dividends, it reneged on a commitment it made to its low-wage workers to pay them at least $1 an hour above the local minimum wage.

American Airlines is using $2bn of its profits over the next two years on stock buybacks and will pay its CEO, Doug Parker, up to $31m in total compensation this year. Meanwhile, many of its ticket agents at Envoy Air make as little as $9.48 an hour, forcing many of them to rely on taxpayer assistance to make ends meet.

Over the past few months, my staff and I have spoken with workers at several of these companies who are struggling desperately to provide for themselves and their families.

A Walmart worker told us: “Right now I just can’t make ends meet. I’ve been on the verge of eviction for falling so far behind on my rent. I’m getting by on food stamps.” Another worker from Florida said: “Even after Walmart’s company-wide wage increase to $11 an hour, I cannot afford to pay my bills … Although I’ve been here for almost two years, I make the same $11 that someone walking through the door makes.” Another in Texas said: “At Walmart, you work as hard as you can it’s always the same. ‘Ladder of Opportunity?’ There’s no such thing. You work and you work, but you can’t get ahead.”

[...] An Amazon worker told us: “I gave myself a hernia trying to hurry up and go to the bathroom within one minute and 30 seconds.”

A Disneyland worker told us: “I currently don’t make enough to eat three times a day. I eat cans of tuna or celery sticks and carrots because that’s what I can afford. I typically eat once sometimes twice a day because I can’t afford three meals a day.”

These are just a few examples of a much larger story about the growing divide between the top 1% and everyone else. In the year 2018, no one in America, especially those working for a profitable corporation, should be living in poverty or struggling economically.

At the town hall meeting that will be livestreamed on Monday night on my Facebook page, we will be hearing from these workers and discussing how we can create an economy that works for all of us, not just those on top. I hope you will join us.


Why the U.S. national press is letting the myth of a strong economy fly, while letting the actual truth linger, is a question as important as Bernie's clear distinctions. In effect, why is the press not calling bullshit on the Republican apologia over an economy that only fucks the little guys but keeps those kept, in luxury?

(Would it be a kept press, honoring the owner/publisher class as their worker dressing for success.? It does kind of answer itself . . .)

One of my favorite Bernie images; credit MPR. The man shows integrity exactly when it is in a short supply scenario. Compare Bernie's record to that of Pawlenty -- who Bernie represents, who Pawlenty has lovingly represented. In short, Pawlenty took bankster money. "I owe, I owe, so on campaign I go." But it is not like the student debt thing; merely payback for that well compensated guiding career light where the right man surely was found for the job he so clearly fits; Shilling for megamoneyed interests.

"The states the RNC is focusing on are Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The most vulnerable Democratic senators heading to the midterms include Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Joe Donnelly of Indiana -- all of whom voted for Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch last year."

CNN coverage yielded the mid-item quote used in headlining this post. The CNN post title: GOP targets 10 key midterm states ahead of SCOTUS confirmation battle -- By Daniella Diaz and Eric Bradner, CNN -- Updated 6:01 AM ET, Wed July 11, 2018.

Those poor suffering embryos in those ten target states. Get out the fundie crying towel, while it's laid on them with a trowel. GOTV when you've nothing else to argue in your favor, wave embryo pics and scream loudly. If an abortion provider is shot in the frenzy, too bad, stuff happens.

Sunday, July 15, 2018


This link.

Beyond the specifics of the item, Kavanaugh seems about as principled as Roberts and Alito.

. . . but his face sure rings a bell.

This link.

Strib reporting on how Minnesota GOP governor candidates are vying to articulate the lowest common denominator in immigrant bashing, as a trusted appeal to their base: Like Johnson, Pawlenty has called for a moratorium on refugee resettlement. This is a change in approach from when he was governor: In a 2004 letter to the Minnesota congressional delegation seeking funding to support 5,000 Hmong refugees, Pawlenty described the immigrants as “resourceful, they value education, and they believe strongly in family and community.”

Headlining above is from a Strib local coverage item, "Echoing Trump's emphasis, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty focuses on immigration in bid for old job - The immigration debate has emerged as a polarizing cultural fracas in recent years, but Pawlenty said it's not a new issue for him. By J. Patrick Coolican -Star Tribune
July 14, 2018

The headlined quote, in context:

Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, also running for the Republican nomination for governor in the Aug. 14 primary, said Pawlenty’s immigration emphasis is a poll-tested play for the GOP electorate.

“If [Pawlenty] is talking about it, that means it’s polling well,” Johnson said, citing $96,000 the Pawlenty campaign spent on polls in recent months, according to state campaign filings. Johnson said in a news conference last week that one of his first actions as governor would be to fly to Washington to tell the Trump administration that Minnesota is no longer accepting refugees.

As governor, Pawlenty, who served from 2003 to 2011, sent the Minnesota National Guard to the southern border to help combat illegal immigration and proposed legislation and signed executive orders meant to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants to Minnesota.

DFL critics say Pawlenty’s focus on immigration, then and now, are attempts to distract voters from his record on issues like education, health care and the $6 billion budget deficit that existed when he left office.

[...] “This is the Pawlenty playbook,” said Javier Morillo, the president of Service Employees International Union Local 26. Morillo supports U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the DFL race for governor.

“Whenever his poll numbers would go down, he would come up with something divisive,” Morillo said. In the Trump era, Morillo said, Pawlenty is using the same approach “on steroids.”

While Pawlenty tries to win over voters loyal to Trump, he could alienate suburbanites and business interests who are more open to immigration and much less likely to support the Trump administration’s child separation policy. Pawlenty said he opposed that.

“The Republican establishment is pretty powerful and they’re rooted in the business community, and they’ve taken a pro-immigration stance,” said Ryan Allen, a professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs who published a 2017 report positing that Minnesota needs immigrants if the state is to meet its labor shortage. That report was commissioned by a group that included the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Greater MSP.

Between 2007 and the first half of 2017, Minnesota became home to more than 21,000 refugees, with nearly 80 percent to either Hennepin or Ramsey counties. Although Somali refugees have received much of the attention from local and national media, nearly as many refugees came from Burma during that time.

“Many Minnesotans are understandably concerned with the tremendous cost this influx of refugees brings with it,” Johnson said.

Johnson also referred to concerns about security. The state has seen more than 30 defendants charged in Al-Shabab and ISIS-related cases in the past decade, although some were native-born American citizens — often of Somali descent — not Somali refugees.

Like Johnson, Pawlenty has called for a moratorium on refugee resettlement. This is a change in approach from when he was governor: In a 2004 letter to the Minnesota congressional delegation seeking funding to support 5,000 Hmong refugees, Pawlenty described the immigrants as “resourceful, they value education, and they believe strongly in family and community.”

The dilemma of Pawlenty: Either insincere about the Hmong voters, or now insincere in his immigrant bashing, exists as a characterization of Pawlenty which arguably is too narrow; in that he might simply be insincere about most everything besides Congress existing to serve the bankers for whom Pawlenty dutifully lobbied over the recent better part of his life, the paycheck being great and the duties fit to the character of the man.

While arguably out of place on a post primarily about Pawlenty; there is recent Slate reporting from New Orleans:

Jaguar Escapes Enclosure in New Orleans Zoo, Kills Six Animals, Injures Three

A male jaguar somehow managed to slip out of its habitat at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans early Saturday morning, killing six animals and injuring three others. The three-year-old jaguar, Valerio, escaped at around 7:20 a.m. and it took almost an hour before the zoo’s veterinarian staff managed to sedate him and return him back to his quarters at around 8:15 a.m. By the time he had been recaptured, Valiero had killed four alpaca, one emu, and one fox. He also injured another alpaca and two foxes.

[...] The zoo immediately dismissed the idea of euthanizing Valerio because he didn’t act out of the ordinary for a jaguar. “He was doing what jaguars do. His behavior wasn’t out of the ordinary for that kind of animal. Just a normal jaguar as far as we’re concerned,” said Joe Hamilton, vice president and general curator at the zoo. The zoo’s doctor, Frank Burks, explained that “it was most likely a territorial situation.”

In a Facebook post earlier this year, the Audubon Zoo described Valerio as “incredibly smart” and said his care staff described him as a “big lovable goofball.”

A "Sam's Club Jaguar" might be a term coming to mind, for some.

Sack cartoons the great Erik Paulsen saying "No" to Trump.

This link. Domesticated lapdogs can bark independence, but it's not like real, it's less than convincing no matter how often the little chum barks.

CHANGE can take small steps when REAL change becomes clearly overdue. California Dems find the sensible wherewithal to suggest an adaptive capability not prevalent enough, nationwide. A/k/a an overdue Feinstein reality awakening.

Strib carrying an AP feed:

OAKLAND, Calif. — The California Democratic Party snubbed U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Saturday by handing its official endorsement and a badly needed boost to state Sen. Kevin de Leon, her longshot Democratic challenger.

In backing de Leon, a majority of the party's 360-member executive board ignored Feinstein's calls to stay neutral in the race.

[...] "Today's vote is a clear-eyed rejection of politics as usual in Washington, D.C.," de Leon said in a statement after the vote. "We have presented Californians with the first real alternative to the worn-out Washington playbook in a quarter-century."

A total of 217 delegates voted for de Leon, of Los Angeles, while 22 cast ballots for Feinstein and 94 voted for no endorsement.

Party members and activists are typically more liberal than the wider California electorate that has sent Feinstein to Washington five times.

Feinstein serves moneyed interests; not the public's good. She's one of the multimillionaire roadblocks, and traffic is always better when roadblocks are pushed aside.

UPDATE: CNN coverage.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Read all about: "Sen. Bernie Sanders to campaign for Keith Ellison in Minnesota attorney general race - The Vermont senator will host rallies in Duluth and Minneapolis next week. By MAYA RAO Star Tribune July 6, 2018"

This link, for time and place.

If Bernie draws a normal sized Bernie crowd; it will be the biggest crowd since the Timberwolves made the playoffs. But, will it be covered by mainstream media as they'd cover it if it was a Clinton coming to town?

It will be worth watching to see coverage.

Friday, July 06, 2018

"Sater—who once had an office at New York’s Trump Tower, Trump Organization business cards, and claims to have worked as a senior adviser to Trump—has recently emerged as a key figure in the federal investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. In the lead-up to the election, Sater worked extensively with Trump attorney Michael Cohen in a failed effort to build a Trump Tower in Moscow with the aid of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, which Sater said would help Trump win the presidency. According to statements made by Cohen last year, Trump personally signed-off on the project. Sater and Cohen also collaborated on a proposal early in the Trump administration to resolve the years-long conflict in Ukraine’s Crimea region, and to lift sanctions imposed against Russia for their military intervention in and annexation of the region. According to a recent BBC report, Sater even helped Cohen facilitate a meeting between Trump and Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko, for which Cohen was secretly paid $400,000. Sater and Cohen both denied that report."

I neither researched nor second sourced the extended-quote headline, but it is so excerpted without its five Daily Beast embedded links; story and links, here.

Hegseth again - How will he handle the early discharge pattern showing now within the Army?

Strib carrying an "AP exclusive" titled, "AP NewsBreak: US Army quietly discharging immigrant recruits, By MARTHA MENDOZA and GARANCE BURKE, Associated Press - July 5, 2018.

Given self-effected spokesman status per the Koch-backed veterans organization, Concerned Veterans of America, a seeming astroturf politicization of veteran matters from an ultra-right Koch and FOX friendly perspective; how will Hegseth handle this affront to those who volunteered to serve?

At a guess, courage showing, Hegseth will say absolutely nothing. Zippo. Finding another tub to thump, another ax to throw grind. One of the most powerful editorial moves is to decide what to not present as news, or as subject for analysis and editorializing.

Hegseth silence is the forecast - with a hope he proves me wrong.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Hegseth - And his FOX friends - Never letting a fact get in the way of a vile polemic.

This link. Bias and idiocy, just fine, but counter evidence? Petey must think nobody cares. For FOX mavens that likely is a truth, and who else would spend even a minute to listen to sick blather from Petey and friends?

Hatefulness being its own reward, keeps the Hegseth machine running. Then there is the money FOX is paying - icing on the Hegseth cake.

The item has a Hegseth quote:

“They hate who we are, for what we represent in this country,” co-host and Trump cabinet finalist Pete Hegseth later chimed in.

I don't hate that FOX idiot factory - despite who they are and the nastiness they represent. I feel sorry for them being as they are. Fueled by Rupert's money, which could instead be spent on doing good.

FOX is a manure spreader.

Have a happy Fourth of July. A holiday in honor of revolutionaries.

REPOSTED TO TOP FOR JULY 4, AND UPDATED: Websearch = supreme court unions - yielding, e.g., CNN: Supreme Court deals major blow to public sector unions [Updated 12:54 PM ET, Wed June 27, 2018]

Short post. CNN link.

Cramdown. Ms. Clinton. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. DNC bias. Tom Perez, not Kieth Ellison.

Progressives. Respect, not for granted.

Flat learning curve. Learn. Please. Alter behavior. Biden cramdown? No.

If wanting solidarity, it is a two-way street.

DCCC - stop, then, reform. DC consultants - quell your greed.

Progressives can get sick and tired, and did. And will.

Clintons-Podesta brothers, post-election: Who wanted them? Who engineered it all? Who got punished for grotesque failures? Anyone?

Public sector unions have been too self focused. Compromise is a two-way street.

Bernie or Warren, 2020, or if not, why not, why buy into anything less? Less than honest progress is too little.

Organized labor must make the effort to strongly boost unorganized labor goals of a livable life and income, or be isolated when in need.

Old party regulars, inner party, must actively recruit young grassroots people.

Sound-bite campaigning is a failure. Hard work, instead, should be the rule.


We HOPE that real CHANGE actually happens.



If you cannot understand or accept progressive people wanting progress, and being pissed off when a bad status quo goes unaltered for the better, then everyone gets their part of "GOP for the worse." Year after year there is opportunity for change. 2018 is not too soon to adapt.

Bernie has made the necessary agenda clear. It only needs to be sincerely embraced and followed.

Goldman Sachs has few actual votes. Tons of money, however. Accumulating wealth via a career in politics is a questionable practice. Former office holders should be barred for life from lobbying.

Well? Make us an offer we'd not want to refuse.

Dan Burns at MPP.

Reprehensibility. And they are the ones saying Trump has a disconnect with reality. Knumbskulls.

Timmer at "The perils of insularity and tribalism." Saying "knumbskulls" in a kinder, gentler way.

Someone with sense should be at DNC. All that payroll, for knumbskulls. I am reminded of Norris at Control Data, and Ken Olsen at DEC. In each instance a failure to change. In each instance a viable venture died.

Ergo . . .

The establishment Dems do not want progress. There is no other viable conclusion. Do they deserve a lifeboat, or the plank?

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What about the "Abolish ICE" stuff? Not, repeal the so-called Patriot Act. Not a focus on the people being screwed economically. Not about stagnant wages when the Wall Street bailout and debt financing has driven the dollar down. Not about income inequality. Not about a fair wage for an hour's work. Not about the young getting screwed with early debt loading. Not about anything touching upon healthcare reform. Not about too many things. It's going to be a failure absent messages to progressives aside from the Latino/Latina vote. About those bad Republicans on border/citizenship policy. Not about those bad Republicans and their latest tax grab for the tenth of the top one percent mainly but also for the top ten percent. The remainder are felt to be crap? What? Gin up emotions, the poor separated kids, when how the pie gets sliced is always the main need for reform. And always the core issue conveniently diverted to crying towel stuff.

The true bought and paid for nature of DNC and DCCC appalls. The simple fact is the donor class rules both parties. How about this? Raw enough for you?

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Seriously, shouldn't regime change start here? Is there a more corrupt regime? One more in need of CHANGE?

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Three videos. Here, here and here. Notice how nobody gets at all to cut the pie more fairly. Nothing to see there, look here instead.

And Gillibrand lying aobut the Gorsuch vote in the one item. Gee, called out over a fact getting in the way of rhetoric. Some say Gillibrand is presidential. Perhaps when pigs fly.

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How many corporate lawyers does it take to fund a Gillibrand? These days, and it is harder to find ProjectVotesmart funding data for 2010, for balance of Clinton term or 2012, running as incumbent. But this cycle, tons of money talking while progress can walk.

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Shakedown Street: Making money off of email lists, as reported by Intercept:

Heading into the 2018 midterms, with Democrats hoping to take back the House of Representatives and even make a run at the Senate, the party has spent more than $2 million worth of campaign resources on payments to Hillary Clinton’s new group, Onward Together, according to Federal Election Commission filings and interviews with people familiar with the payments.

The Democratic National Committee is paying $1.65 million for access to the email list, voter data, and software produced by Hillary for America during the 2016 presidential campaign, Xochitl Hinojosa, a spokesperson for the DNC, told The Intercept. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has paid more than $700,000 to rent the same email list.

Clinton is legally entitled to rent her list to the party, rather than hand it over as a gift, but in 2015, Barack Obama gave his email list, valued at $1,942,640, to the DNC as an in-kind contribution. In 2013 and 2014, OFA had similarly made in-kind contributions exceeding $3.4 million for uses of the list that cycle.

Obama’s list was at one point considered to be the most valuable in politics and raised more than twice as much money for the 2012 Obama campaign as Clinton’s did for hers in 2016.

[...] Clinton’s willingness to turn her email list over has been flagged as evidence of her commitment to the Democratic Party, often as a counterpoint to the refusal of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to do the same. Sanders has argued that the DNC would misuse the list, spamming it with off-message entreaties that would do net damage to the goal of building progressive power.

A joint fundraising agreement she had struck up with the DNC during the campaign was hailed as evidence of her commitment to build the party’s infrastructure. Politico later revealed that the money she raised jointly with the DNC through the Hillary Victory Fund was almost exclusively going to her campaign, with little left over for the state parties. Onward Together has continued using the list for its own purposes, even, in one case, when that may conflict with the DNC. In April, she sent her list a request for people to pay $10,000 to join the Onward Together Leadership Council, which would be hosting an event on April 30 in New York City. That same day, Tom Perez planned to host a DNC event.

Hillary for America did not respond to requests for comment.

Well, well, well, you can never tell.

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A red-to-blue litmus test, Kathleen Williams, Dem primary winner in Montana running for its single House seat against Republican millionaire single-term incumbent Greg Gianforte, at some point making Emily's list but not the DCCC red-to-blue roster. Not so much a progressive that DCCC would be biased against her over that. But she got to where she has without funneling cash to DCCC favored DC consultants and without the promise of raising enough to threshold the DCCC spending radar.

Go figure that one. Williams' Wikipedia page, suggesting she's not ripe to be funding DCCC hangers-on since she's not starting off things wealthy. What does red-to-blue mean then from the DCCC persepctive?

The chance to flip a GOP seat is clearly there (by a candidate short on feathering to be plucked).

Could it be that DCCC is not averse to environmental policies of Montana's Ryan Zinke, and the working toward single payer healthcare approach clearly advocating Medicare negotiations with Big Pharma might not resonate with DCCC consultancies skill sets for working the process?

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Strib has a local content item, not a wire service feed, looking at the Janus decision from a Minnesota perspective as well as nationally. Since police seem to have the strongest union brotherhood culture, how they motivate their rank and file should be looked at by the building trades, who seem unable to deliver a consistent rank-and-file election pattern. If the rank-and-file cannot perceive their own best interests because of being propagandized against their interests, what can and should union leadership do to improve communication within ranks and inclusiveness toward all labor? The public employees have been effective GOTV workers, and they are the point of deep-pocket decimation effort; possibly because of GOTV and policy effectiveness. Mobilizing young laborers, union or otherwise, should be a target. There is labor and enemies of labor, and the latter presently show more solidarity; while also owning the media that propagandize laborers.

FURTHER: The Atlantic posts an analysis.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Cowardly lion.

This link.

Until after you've voted, "Trust me," he says. Why would anyone do that?

" At the same time, ABC is ambitious, which is why it doesn’t want to simply hire a hard-nosed executive who can be aggressive at the negotiating table. The goals here are much bigger than just reducing a corporate line item. That’s why the choice of Gawande to run ABC might well turn out to be an inspired one. Gawande has made it his life’s mission to improve people’s health while keeping costs low, and he deserves an enormous amount of credit for being able to successfully navigate the notorious internal politics of two different Boston institutions in order to achieve that outcome at Ariadne. Clearly, he’s more than capable of managing up, even when he has multiple bosses who work for entirely separate institutions."

A mid-item quote is headlined above, taken from a Slate analysis of the Bezos-Buffet-Dimon private sector healthcare experiment; with what amounts to a large scale proof of concept. If it works. And it should. Quality leadership with greed held in relative abeyance, why would it not be better than the near-worthless status quo of greed ruling?

UPDATE: The item's ending paragraph:

Gawande’s job is not going to be easy, and there’s a real chance he won’t succeed. American health care is a mess, after all, and it has defeated thousands of well-intentioned individuals in the past. But he’s coming in with an enormous tail wind of goodwill, as well as the explicit backing of two of the three richest men in America. He’s seen the system from the inside, he’s seen how broken it is, and he’s seen what works.

Dimen's backing puts Wall Street into the brew, which cannot hurt effort backed by two of the richest. Wouldn't you trade fortunes with Dimen, even if his estate is less than that of Bezos or Buffet? This effort shows more promise than the folks Mike Hatch had to slap upside the head, back a few years ago, where they did not like it. Hatch even being a better man than who he lost the governor election to, was simply not as well positioned as Gawande, nor as grounded in exceptionally gifted Boston med professionals. At least pill pushing and fifteen minute primary care blood draws and urine sampling goes to a lab of whatever quality and diligence, and pill adjustments may or may not ensue. There has to be something better than that at a more reasonable cost. There's room for an advancement; price-benefit based, and otherwise.

Big Pharma: Cleaning up a drug cartel is cleaning up a drug cartel, be it one dealing in illegal substances or in licensed and lobbied price gouging.

Does this story ring a bell?

FURTHER: Note the authorship.

Migrant considerations.

Within the EU; Germany in particular.

Strib does hatchet job on DFL.

Three DFL candidacies exist going into a primary where two will close ranks around a victorious third, and the DFL will move on with a sounder, smarter, unified policy agenda which will contrast as superior to the money-influenced backwards-thinking GOP primary victor's approach.

Strib attempts to sow dissent as "reporting," online here. Each candidacy will be saying we offer the best choice, and supporters will until primary voting day have a crying towel out over a "lesser strength then our ticket outstate worry" which will disappear once the primary votes are tallied. Strib folks know that, as well as former GOP legislator and Strib owner Glen Taylor knows it.

Go figure.

Strib ignores this telling truth of who is who. Voters should not ignore it. Those of the GOP have Jeff Johnson as an untainted alternative. Johnson is more conservative than the bankster, that is a fault, but he's his own man and not big banking's brought in man. There is that difference. Trust is a personal thing GOP voters might need to wrestle with. On the DFL side, whichever of the three tickets gets the most primary votes is trustworthy from the get-go.

Strib is biased in omitting the Pawlenty truth. Not a peep!

The three DFL candidacies, any one of them, against bank-bought BS, is better than the alternative of DC moods and money buying the Governor's mansion and attendant powers. The likes of Eric Lucero, they may favor an out-of-state money backed trickster, or a super-conservative career politician who at least has been consistent in policy and in-state presence. Most in Minnesota are brighter less doctrinaire and more inclusive than Lucero.

A link given in 2014 appears to be viewed by a number of readers. Hence, the link is reposted for holiday reading.

Politics & Policy
Raising Minnesota's minimum wage: Washington state shows one way
By Doug Grow | 01/23/14

If Mexico can vote out the entrenched PRI with a reform ticket, what, besides entrenched Democratic Party inertia and donor-love, can stop us from ousting the GOP?

It was a reform candidacy. This websearch, two links, here and here. Strib carrying the AP's feed.

Our DNC-DCCC-DSCC is problematic, since they want only control, NOT reform. Ouster of entrenchment has to be a two party purge, or at least a one party, Democrats, feeling the faith. Improbable? Yes. Possible? Yes. A purge of the superdelegate fraud, or at least binding "superdelegates" to in-state voting results would be the first needed step. Let them convene. Do not let them continue to give us dreck.

Kissing the donor class hands while kneeling and swearing eternal allegiance, reform of that is needed too.

Absent reform, there is Trump; and Trump-lite. Ryan, and Ryan-lite. Bolton war-mongering, and Bolton-lite. Hardly an appealing choice.

Or is it just that the Mexicans are smarter than us, bolder, and better informed? Less propagandized into sheeple by moneyed interest owning the press? At least short-term it seems so. We do need to see how things work out, promises and hope aside, the elected always must govern and be judged by that measure.

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Pharmacy school student debt has taken an arguable diminished aura in the cost-hope balance for a well-paid career. A/k/a Bezos strikes.

This Ars link. With a lead image of smiling Jeff. He looks like such a kind businessman.

Of interest, atop that, recently appointing Dr. Atul Gawande to head a heavy-hitter health adventure was also recent news.

If UnitedHealth and that ilk get plowed under by efficiency and a lesser greed factor, bless Jeff. They have it coming.

If the Big Pharma price fixing stranglehold might also perish, dance, sing, and be joyous. They have it coming.