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Re: The American Progressive Movement
« Reply #150 on: June 23, 2020, 08:11:12 PM »
Primary voting is happening in NY and Kentucky, but due to covid and heavy reliance on mail-in ballots, don't expect much in the way of results until at least next week.

Stakes are very high for progressives....

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/todays-elections-in-kentucky-and-new-york-are-high-stakes-for-the-progressive-movement/

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« Reply #151 on: June 24, 2020, 10:01:22 AM »
Early returns look great for progressives in NY.  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

AOC appears headed for a blowout win and two of the candidates she backed for other seats in the House are leading as well.

Jamaal Bowman is leading in his race against 30 year incumbent Eliot Engel and Mondaire Jones is leading in a race to fill an open seat. Jones could become the first black male LGBTQ congressman.

It looks like progressives may pick up several seats in the state assembly as well.

New York is moving left !!


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« Reply #152 on: June 24, 2020, 12:12:31 PM »
If Biden wins the POTUS election, would that be a advance for Progressivism or just BAU?
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« Reply #153 on: June 24, 2020, 01:09:53 PM »
If Biden wins the POTUS election, would that be a advance for Progressivism or just BAU?

A Biden win will be infinitely better than a Trump win, but not nearly as good as a Sanders win would have been.
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« Reply #154 on: June 25, 2020, 06:06:53 AM »
https://jacobinmag.com/2020/06/new-york-city-election-primary-democratic-socialists-of-america

Last Night’s Elections Were a Political Earthquake

article highlights.....

The undisputed highlight is New York’s Sixteenth Congressional District, where middle school principal Jamaal Bowman successfully ousted Representative Eliot Engel — the most senior Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and unquestionably one of the worst Democrats in Congress — by a double-digit margin.

Engel was the party establishment’s favorite, counting Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and even the Congressional Black Caucus among his endorsers.

Ocasio-Cortez won easily, improving on her result against Crowley and taking home more than 70 percent of the vote.

Thirty-three-year old Mondaire Jones, backed by Sanders, AOC, and the Working Families Party maintains a lead in his NY-17 House primary.

Though the outcome of Kentucky’s Democratic Senate primary won’t be known until mail-in ballots are counted at the end of the month, Charles Booker also looks to be nipping at the heels of pro-Trump Democrat Amy McGrath.

Last night’s races refreshingly suggest that plenty of incumbent Democrats remain vulnerable to challenges from left insurgents — and that, despite Sanders’s defeat, the appetite for a transformative agenda that includes a Green New Deal, ambitious criminal justice reform, and Medicare For All hasn’t gone away.

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« Reply #155 on: June 25, 2020, 03:04:46 PM »
Booker has made the race quite competitive, and the results may not be known until later next week.  The delay is less because of the closeness of the race, as opposite to the large number of mail-in ballots.  Since Booker made a late surge, the early ballots may not help him much.  Still, there is a chance.  A Booker victory would help progressives, but not so much the Democratic party, as his chances against McConnell would be much less than McGrath, would could pull moderates away from the conservative Senator.

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« Reply #156 on: June 25, 2020, 06:27:22 PM »
A Booker victory would help progressives, but not so much the Democratic party, as his chances against McConnell would be much less than McGrath, would could pull moderates away from the conservative Senator.

A Booker win would be huge for progressives who have to first win the battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party first before they can go toe to toe with corporate Republicans.

Schumer and the DSCC put McGrath on a pedestal which helped her raise over $40 million and she's a total dud of a candidate. Which Democratic voters can be excited about someone who campaigns by saying she'll be better for Trump's agenda than McConnell ?? Yuck.

The fact that Booker is running on grass roots enthusiasm and not some cynical republican-lite agenda will motivate people to show up and vote for him in November. I agree that he is a significant underdog to McConnell but at least he will have some passionate working class support.

America is in a class war and we need people willing to fight that battle.

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« Reply #157 on: June 25, 2020, 09:49:40 PM »
A Booker victory would help progressives, but not so much the Democratic party, as his chances against McConnell would be much less than McGrath, would could pull moderates away from the conservative Senator.

A Booker win would be huge for progressives who have to first win the battle for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party first before they can go toe to toe with corporate Republicans.

Schumer and the DSCC put McGrath on a pedestal which helped her raise over $40 million and she's a total dud of a candidate. Which Democratic voters can be excited about someone who campaigns by saying she'll be better for Trump's agenda than McConnell ?? Yuck.

The fact that Booker is running on grass roots enthusiasm and not some cynical republican-lite agenda will motivate people to show up and vote for him in November. I agree that he is a significant underdog to McConnell but at least he will have some passionate working class support.

America is in a class war and we need people willing to fight that battle.

I do not doubt that he would motivate Democrats more than McGrath.  It just will not help much in a Republican state.

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Re: The American Progressive Movement
« Reply #158 on: June 27, 2020, 05:47:41 PM »
Sanders Unveils Amendment to Slash Pentagon Budget by $74 Billion

Link >> https://truthout.org/articles/sanders-unveils-amendment-to-slash-pentagon-budget-by-74-billion/
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« Reply #159 on: June 27, 2020, 05:55:20 PM »
And that is only 10%.

If they only used only half of the fraud in the pentagon budget for social programs and investments that actually helped (us jobs in upgrading roads, housing, the sewers whatever) they could make the US a much better place.
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« Reply #160 on: June 28, 2020, 09:16:25 PM »
116 California delegates to the DNC national convention signed a letter urging Pelosi to allow an up or down vote in the House on Medicare For All.

https://medium.com/@passthedamnbill/116-california-delegates-call-on-speaker-pelosi-to-schedule-a-floor-vote-on-medicare-for-all-9a1a037e10d5

Will they succeed? Extremely unlikely.

But it's still important to keep bringing the pressure. Pelosi has always been able to secure 80+% in her general election contests in San Francisco. If they can get her below 70% in November, that's a step in the right direction.

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« Reply #161 on: June 29, 2020, 01:57:39 PM »
After 1.5 years, the House Democratic select committee on the climate crisis will release their recommended action plan on the climate crisis. Their will be a press conference at 10AM est (2+ hours from now) tomorrow which can be followed via the link in the attached thread.

https://climatecrisis.house.gov/media-advisory-sccc-report

This should be seen as a political move. They are setting the Democratic Party platform for electoral purposes for Congress. Their goal is to get re-elected.

The reaction from progressive leaders like AOC and Sunrise Movement should be pretty quick.

Note: the chair of the select committee is FL Congresswoman Kathy Castor who is also on Biden's climate task force.
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« Reply #162 on: June 29, 2020, 02:10:49 PM »
Sanders endorses progressive Arati Kreibich in a New Jersey congressional primary vs. establishment incumbent Josh Gottheimer. Primary day is July 7th.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/06/15/she-understands-healthcare-right-all-sanders-endorses-dr-arati-kreibichs-bid-oust

Lot of primary news is coming tomorrow. Should get some updated counts on Booker v. McGrath in KY, Patel v Maloney in NY and the CO primary with Romanoff  v. Hickenlooper.

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« Reply #163 on: July 01, 2020, 11:05:53 AM »
Booker fell short of McGrath by a few points in Kentucky. Not the result we wanted, but considering that she outraised him by something like 20:1, not a bad outcome and much closer than expected. McGrath will probably lose to McConnell in the general election and then she'll be 0 for 2 with no political resume. Booker is still quite young and on the rise.

Romanoff lost as expected to Hickenlooper in Colorado.

No Senate breakthroughs for progressives to add to the House wins.








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« Reply #164 on: July 01, 2020, 11:11:15 AM »
What a bummer.  :-[
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« Reply #165 on: July 01, 2020, 11:46:07 PM »
As a donor to Sunrise Movement, the US youth climate movement, I receive e-mail regarding their political efforts. Thought I would share their glass half full take on yesterday's results.


Dear Charlie,

Today hurts—even more because of how high the stakes were. We could have been celebrating the win of a progressive Black man set to tackle Mitch McConnell in a head-to-head fight in Kentucky, and a win against a pro-fracking Democrat in Colorado. Instead, our champions were defeated in these two states. It’s okay to take a moment to grieve these losses.

But I can’t help but feel energized by how close we were, and I am so, so, so proud of you — of us — for trying. For taking on the establishment when no one else was there. For standing with candidates that so many others wrote off, and putting up one hell of a fight.

We are young, new, and learning every day. For a lot of us, 2020 has been our first experience with political organizing. Many of us aren’t even old enough to vote yet. We didn’t have anywhere near the money our opponents had to pour into these races. And yet, look what we accomplished.

We almost won. I have to imagine our opponents are congratulating themselves with a little sweat on their brows. These races were so very close—and you can bet they’re nervous about next time.

When no one believed in Charles and Andrew, our movement was there. We showed everyone that these races were within reach, that we can take on the Democratic establishment, even with all their money and out-of-state endorsements.

We have built—are still building—so much power. And that makes the establishment afraid. Our people power is a type of organizing that doesn’t go away when the election ends. It lingers in the streets, wakes them up at their houses in the middle of the night, and will show up in force at the polls next time.

I’m proud to be on the Sunrise side, with you.

Evan Weber, Political Director


P.S. - Help us keep fighting by signing up for a phone bank shift to uplift Mike Siegel in Texas and Arati Kreibich in New Jersey. We’re going to need all the volunteers we can gather to have a shot at winning these races.

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« Reply #166 on: Today at 02:45:20 AM »
There's been a bit of a debate between respected progressive media figures Krystal Ball (Rising) and Nathan Robinson (Current Affairs editor) about the topic of trying to cultivate a union between populists on the left and right.

Here's an interesting discussion between ace journalist Glenn Greenwald (Snowden's mouthpiece) and the two on the topic.

https://theintercept.com/2020/06/25/should-the-populist-left-work-with-the-populist-right-where-they-have-common-ground-or-shun-them/