Tag Archives: Democratic Party

Perez draws rebuke from Pelosi after declaring Dems can't be pro-life

Source: Fox News

"Democrats no longer have a choice about being pro-choice. So says Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, who drew a swift rebuke from Republicans and a public swipe from a top leader of his own party after declaring Friday that 'every Democrat' should be pro-choice — no exceptions. Asked Sunday if a Democratic politician could be pro-life, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was unequivocal. 'Of course,' Pelosi told NBC's 'Meet The Press.' 'I have served many years in Congress with members who have not shared my very positive — my family would say aggressive — position on promoting a woman’s right to choose.'" (04/24/17)


Should democratic socialists be Democrats?

Source: In These Times
by Chris Maisano and Jessie Manisto

"Bernie Sanders'[s] historic campaign for the Democratic nomination, accompanied by his unabashed embrace of the S-word, has propelled the concept of democratic socialism into the mainstream. As a result, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), the only thriving descendant of the Socialist Party of Eugene V. Debs, is being rejuvenated. Since 2015, DSA membership has increased by more than 200 percent and now stands at more than 19,500. … DSA will hold its biennial convention in Chicago on August 3-6. At the top of the agenda: What is a democratic socialist strategy in the Trump era? And what does that look like in the electoral arena?" (04/20/17)


KS: Republican Estes wins special election for US House seat

Source: ABC News

"Republican Ron Estes has won the special election for the U.S. House seat in the 4th congressional district of Kansas, according to The Associated Press. In this conservative, rural district, which President Donald Trump won by nearly 30 percentage points in November, anxious Republicans needed to make a frantic push in the campaign's final days …. Despite the very conservative district — where a Democrat has not held a House seat since 1994 — and the last-minute GOP star power, Estes won by only a 53-45 percent margin, with 100 percent of precincts reporting." [editor's note: I wouldn't categorize a 53-45 result as "tight" (the original headline characterization) or "only," but it is an interesting shift. Oddly the story doesn't even identify Estes's opponent, James Thompson – TLK] (04/12/17)


New DNC chief asks for staff-wide resignations

Source: United Press International

"The new head of the Democratic National Committee began the long-promised overhaul of the organization on Tuesday, asking for the resignations of all staff members in the first step to rebuild the party after November's demoralizing defeats. … 'This is longstanding precedent at the DNC and has happened during multiple chair transitions,' DNC spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa said Tuesday." (03/28/17)


California Democrats' never-ending war on the poor

Source: The American Spectator
by Steven Greenhut

"California Democrats frequently bloviate about helping the poor and downtrodden, yet two recent examples — a campaign by the nation's second-largest public-school district to crush charter alternatives and new state legislation that will boost the cost of housing development — demonstrate how liberal policies can be a direct assault on the financial prospects of the state's lowest-income residents. California's largest school systems are bureaucratic disasters that send the most incompetent teachers to those schools in need of the best teaching help. There's a reason parents camp out overnight to get their kids accepted into various magnet and charter schools in Los Angeles, Oakland, and elsewhere. And California has the highest poverty rate in the nation (24 percent), according to a newer Census Bureau standard that accounts for our inordinately high cost of living." (03/09/17)


Was Hillary Clinton's progressive [sic] presidential bid doomed from the start?

Source: Independent Institute
by Sam Staley

"One person who pays keen attention to political fundamentals is Grover Norquist, head of the anti-tax advocacy organization Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). After the election, ATR compiled revealing data about politics on the state level with profound implications for interpreting the national election results and thinking about the future of politics in America. Most Americans, it turns out, live in states where Republicans have a virtual lock on state policymaking. More than half of the U.S. population, 162.3 million, lives in 25 'Red' states where the GOP controls the governor's office and the state legislature (both houses). This is not a trivial accomplishment. Securing and maintaining this kind of partisan control is very, very difficult. A reasonable interpretation of this result is that a majority of Americans live in states where the Republican Party political platform resonates more deeply and directly than the Democratic Party platform." (02/18/17)


HI: Fukumoto replaced as House minority leader, wants to leave Republican Party

Source: Hawaii News Now

"Hawaii's Republican Party on Wednesday elected State Rep. Andria Tupola as House Minority Leader, hours after passing a resolution that ousted Rep. Beth Fukumoto from the leadership role. The change in leadership happened after Fukumoto said she was considering switching parties, a decision she says has not yet been made official. Earlier Wednesday, Fukumoto notified her constituents of her intentions but says she will let them decide if she should switch parties. … Fukumoto had said she was under pressure from the GOP after criticizing President Donald Trump for his treatment of women and minorities. Tupola said that wasn't the case." (02/02/17)


Why are Republicans backing Betsy DeVos?

Source: The Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"US president Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, faces a great deal of opposition to her confirmation. Most of that opposition comes from Democratic politicians and Democratic organizations. But if both parties stuck to their stated principles and goals, the Senate would vote 100-0 against her nomination." (01/27/17)


The case against Democratic unity

Source: The New Republic
by Sarah Jones

"The Democratic Party has failed. The evidence of its failure—Donald Trump—took office last Friday, 19 months after launching a campaign soaked in ethno-nationalism and misogyny. Trump and his cabinet nominees are poised to decimate public education, the Affordable Care Act, and the Environmental Protection Agency. They threaten our diplomatic relations with world powers and our labor protections. They are racist, they are clueless, they are corrupt. In response, Democrats have undergone some remedial soul-searching. But too often the response from party officials and certain liberal pundits has been to cast the blame elsewhere, and to claim that the party is basically in good health. Above all, they call for unity on the 'left,' an entity that somehow always ends up excluding critics actually located on the left side of the spectrum." [editor's note: This one nails the hypocrisy of the Dem elites – SAT] (01/24/17)


Some election interference is more equal than others

Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

"A couple of days ago, Politico published a fascinating piece describing how factions associated with the current Ukrainian government apparently interfered in the U.S. election on behalf of Hillary Clinton. The findings seem pretty damning, and certainly warrant at least some conversation within the American media given the 24/7 obsession with Russia. Nevertheless, most of you have probably never heard of this saga, since when it comes to the corporate media news cycle, some election interference is more equal than others." (01/13/17)