Two social justice heroes bravely carrying on my grandfather’s legacy today. Thank you @DoloresHuerta & @Emma4Change for joining us at today’s memorial service. pic.twitter.com/Gg8p0PNVdX
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) June 6, 2018
Dolores Huerta was on the stage with Bobby Kennedy the night he was assassinated & with his grandson today. https://t.co/ZXftDBvehM
— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) June 6, 2018
Bobby Kennedy was neither a plaster saint nor the potential savior-president that some have fantasized about since his assassination. But he surely did leave a legacy worth preserving!
(Although, given the political climate fifty years ago, I suspect he’d be astonished that a Cuban-American activist might be a “leftist”, like him. Things do change, sometimes for the better.)
Alain has scheduled today’s “On the Road” post for 9am EDT, so I’ll share some more snippets from Tuesday’s primaries…
Today, I voted in America for the first time. Felt better than yelling at the telly. #BeTheChange #vote #CaliforniaPrimary2018 @RepAdamSchiff @AmandaRenteria
— Minnie Driver (@driverminnie) June 5, 2018
The Democratic establishment strikes back in California, New Jersey and other primaries. @jameshohmann has more in today’s Daily 202:https://t.co/Ap3lMheMRo
— John Wagner (@WPJohnWagner) June 6, 2018
Feinstein wallops a liberal challenger in the heart of the #resistance; Tester wins renomination unopposed. Senate conservaDems are all coasting without serious primaries. There's a lot going on with the left but it's nothing like the 2010 tea party.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 6, 2018
This just demonstrates what Democrats have been trying to tell reporters for the last two years – the party-hating far left, while certainly loud and attention-grabbing, is not our base and not even a significant portion of our voting bloc. https://t.co/qIYvIbylBU
— Shannon ??????? (@TheStagmania) June 6, 2018
New Mexico candidate Deb Haaland hopes to be first Native American congresswoman.
“In 230 years, there’s never been a Native American woman in Congress. I have never seen myself in that body of our government." https://t.co/KOIhmtP9FZ #18for18 pic.twitter.com/N8sdHC5RUz
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 5, 2018
Seven years ago, a brave & composed 19-year old named Zach Wahls stood up in front of the Iowa legislature and delivered a speech about growing up with two mothers in a lesbian household.
Tonight, Zach Wahls won his primary for an Iowa state house seat!https://t.co/ROZQqLGGci
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) June 6, 2018
Former Navy pilot Mikie Sherrill, state Sen. Jeff Van Drew and former Obama official Tom Malinowski have secured the Democratic nominations in three of the most competitive House races in the country: #NJPrimary https://t.co/udTrb81RAr
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 6, 2018
Tuscaloosa Mayor and @momsdemand Gun Sense Distinction candidate Walt Maddox just won Alabama’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. https://t.co/zuUtE1cqRP
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 6, 2018
Comments from yesterday morning’s Primaries Open Thread, on specific races:
NJ4 just picked a great candidate, Josh Welle, a Naval Officer and entrepreneur who has some big money backing. I actually preferred and voted for his more muckracking and progressive opponent, Jim Keady, but Welle is probably a better candidate for this Wall St worker heavy district.
Uber misogynist Chris Smith is on notice. He’s gonna need to find a new job for the first time in 40 years. When he files for unemployment, I at least hope he has the decency to do it in his state of residency, VIRGINIA! (Where his son gets in-state tuition).
While I want to regale you jackals with tales from the deep I will demure for now to show you some great shots of our new city council person at her swearing in. Angela Davis would be proud!
“Mariah Parker takes her oath of office for County Commissioner District 2 with her hand on the autobiography of Malcolm X and her mother Mattie Parker by her side on the steps of City Hall in downtown Athens, Ga., Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Parker filled the county commissioner seat vacated by Harry Sims who left his seat to run for mayor. She won the election for District 2 by 13 votes.”
Count your blessings.
I love how the wingnuts are trying to tell their followers that California was a disaster for Dems. I give NPR a week before they are on board with that framing
Sadly, we have to wonder if any help will come from the richest nation on Earth. In normal times US aid would already be on its way. Today, maybe lord tinyhands will toss some paper towels at them
Good Morning,Everyone ???
@Schlemazel: My 2nd thought.
I would have said 3 days, but it will take longer for the Kochs to write the stories with one of them drafting from a sickbed.
@Schlemazel: even more sadly, there’s a large chunk of voters who are absolutely fine with never sending another dime of foreign aid out of the country because they think it takes money away from them here. Despicable, not deplorable.
Edit to fix Kindle fixes.
It appears that the pres is complaining about the upcoming G-7 summit..
WaPo headline: “Democrats strengthen hand in seeking control of House, even if odds of a blue wave are diminishing”
@satby: Why not both? There’s been little coverage on the Guatemala volcano and thank you @OzarkHillbilly: for the link.
@Schlemazel: I think I largely disagree with you here. The good news for the dems is obviously that no races ended up with 2 republicans in the primary. However, there really are a couple of not terrible results for CA. First, the republicans got a candidate in for governor which will help turnout (as opposed to the potential nightmare of having no candidates on the top two tickets.) second, the increase in dems voting in the primaries was generally not as big as we have been seeing in some other states. Plus the dems lost a state senate seat, right?
2018 still looks to be a wave, but you can’t cite primary voting data when it is really positive as a signal there is a blue wave coming and then ignore primary voter data when it isn’t as positive.
More cold water from WaPo:
Well you can’t expect the media to have a lot of space left over for Guatemala when they are covering suck important topics as the FWOTUS mysterious disappearance. They have to focus on the important stuff!
They out performed expectations and some of the results are because there were 32 candidates running for top two so a lot of people making protest votes. I believe a larger proportion of those will vote D in November than R based on past history. But it was hardly the disaster that was predicted or that the wingnuts now want to pretend it was. It tells me we need to continue to GOtV
@Schlemazel: Besides, no sense getting people all worked up with sympathy. We don’t take refugees any more and we would arrest this family at the border and take their kids away if they wanted asylum.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
That picture is hilarious ?. Love it
It’s the G6+1 now, Dolt45?
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch:
How can we overcome such a disadvantage? OH NOES!
Additionally, polls have consistently shown D voters are more enthusiastic & committed than Rs.
Great compilation of ‘dems are in disarray’, AL.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
Naturally, California is being misread
1. Cal is a big absentee ballot state. A large chunk ballots have yet to be received, let alone counted.
2. Cal is already the 3rd bluest state; behind Hawaii and Vermont. It’s bluer than Massachusetts. Which triggers the law of diminishing marginal returns (ie there’s little room for growth).
They already were yesterday, in that they’re reporting the Blue Wave proved to be a myth.
@rikyrah: Good morning.
Not to mention not very Christian.
@rikyrah: Good morning rikyrah ?!
General comment: I have two different Farmers Markets today and I should already be at the first one. But I spent almost three hours at the Indiana DMV yesterday and after finally getting all the hoop-jumping bullshit documents they needed to register both me and my car in the state I was almost $1700 poorer. I had no proof of sales tax paid two years ago when I bought my car, so they charged me the whole tax as if it was a new sale. Even though they all conceded I had probably paid it to MI, and that the total on my bill of sale probably included the previous tax. So I paid a tax on the tax. I despise living in red states. The stupid is weaponized. And that the car was out of state for a year while my kid had it? They made me pay a late registration for that year, even though the car wasn’t in the state at all.
@germy: Great dental.
@Victor Matheson: Fortunately for Gavin Newsom, the GOP gubernatorial candidate is a batshit insane Trump-humping businessman who isn’t even from California. Unlike Dems, California Republicans are brilliant at voting for *their* most extreme candidates.
Unsurprisingly, there’s Republian pushback to the notion that a blue wave is coming. One only has to note how reports simply state R talking points as facts. And how the “but they’re all girls” meme keeps getting repeated as though it’s so weird and has never been noticed before. So, boys, how about some analysis of why and how that happened?
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: Very good news for John McCain.
@satby: What was the penalty for not crossing all the “T”s or dotting all the “I”s? Was it a “per infraction” penalty or just a “improperly filled out” aggregate penalty?
@satby: Holy cow. My blood pressure went up just reading that.
@satby: rant includes typo, it was $1170. That’s essentially what I get from SS for the month. I pulled it from my savings, but was steaming the entire time about how they do shit like this just to screw poor people… Because they know people have to use their vehicles and so will drive unregistered, get tickets and burdensome fines, won’t have all the documents for a driver’s license (my passport wasn’t enough, I needed it, my old license, my original SS card or other SS proof, two utility bills to show residence… Half of the documents they required would require having a license in the state already). So clearly designed to be burdensome, at least 1/2 of the people there while I was didn’t have all the documents needed including me. I had to go home and get another utility bill because one was “too old” (over 60 days). I was nearly homicidal by the time I left.
The US continues to make a good impression on the Germans. According to Rachel Maddow, the ambassador’s spokesperson apparently cited D-Day as part of her claim that the US and Germany had a strong bond.
I’ll take a wild guess and say he’s guilty. Of exactly what I am unsure, but I would not be in the least surprised if he has taken up residence in a Russian airport.
David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch
When Bill Clinton took off in 1993, unemployment was 7.1%. By June 1994, it had fallen to 6.1%. By election day 1994, it fell even further to 5.6%. GDP grew at a whopping 4% in 1994. The deficit fell 35%. All that great economic improvement and Dems still lost 54 seats.
So the Village can go fuck themselves with their latest pro gop meme
@OzarkHillbilly: Or being followed around by guys with umbrellas. I doubt that Mr. Putin has warm feelings toards the Mueller investigation.
I am told there is no good statistical link between primary turnout and general election results. Fair enough, I’m ignoring that aspect of the news we’ve been having. However, the actual special election we just had, we crushed with the same 20 point swing we’ve been observing in earlier elections, California has a great ballot for the Fall, and it looks more and more like people are abandoning the Sanders Revolution and are becoming Democrats instead. I am pleased.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch: What about the fucking stupid voters?
Ignore the prognostications. Just do the work.
@Frankensteinbeck: Historical trends in primary turnout numbrs are an R talking point, so you’re not permitted to disparage it.
Gin & Tonic
@OzarkHillbilly: I read that entire story last night, in between watching the Cleveland Cavaliers’ wake. It’s fascinating. I’d love to see what the IRS thinks about Mr. Fotiadis.
Fake, fake, fake.
That’s crazy. Can you get a refund if you can get the sales tax document from
MI? Is there someone higher up you can talk to about not having to register a car if the car isn’t in state?
A functioning State Department would have recalled this walking embarrassment to America when he opened his yap about interfering in Germany’s domestic politics.
Personally, I think Canada should bar the Tariff Trump from entering the summit.
Uh huh ???
He is 19 and running for office???
@Gin & Tonic: It is rather fascinating.
@David ??Merry Christmas?? Koch:
Watch Chris Hayes’ last segment from yesterday’s show. The lady with the black hair named Goldberg was talking about all the women who have become engaged in politics since Dolt45 was ‘elected’. As she spoke about their anger, all I could do was nod in agreement.
Why do I get the feeling that Mueller has already spoken with him ?
@satby: Red states: where life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness go to die. Hope you had a tall beverage of your choice after all of that.
The Upshot at the NYT says it looks like 2006. That sounds pretty wavy to me.
Oh wow, thanks for the quote. Making a long time lurker blush a little.
As for NJ4, most people don’t view it as competitive, but I disagree. There is a Democratic message focused on taxes, infrastructure, education and health care that will resonate. Also, environmental issues play well because of the large stretch of the Jersey Shore that the district covers.
Chris Smith is an absentee lord. Welle, as a white male 40-something (maybe 30 something? He’s young looking) retired Naval Officer will play up in the district. I plan to contact his campaign this weekend to volunteer.
I see that the Commander of Cheese held the first White House Iftar meal without any American Muslim guests.
He was 19 seven years ago, when he spoke to the Iowa legislature about his mothers.
That’s what I’m seeing. A lot of women who were barely aware of politics saw Hillary lose, saw why, and decided they’re not going to take it anymore. The ACA repeal attempt drove home how their actual lives are on the line. Most importantly, a year and a half later, they’re still just as pissed off and determined. No one has calmed down. No one has forgiven. No one has forgotten. They’ve had it with this shit.
And thank goodness, because my demographic has only gotten more determined to kill everyone in our temper tantrum, including ourselves.
@JGabriel: Arrest him at the border for illegal entry, separate him from his children (who are then kept in small cages), hold him at a deportation facility for months, and then unceremoniously dump him at the border.
His children? They will be “lost” by then.
Driver decides that if he can’t get anywhere going forward, well, he’ll just drive backwards. (don’t try this at home folks, it’s hard on transmissions)
Because they are Black, and Ted Cruz is dogwhistling ?
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@rikyrah: Michelle Goldberg, the NYT’s best hire since Krugman
@JPL: At this point he’ll be lucky to be treated as even an equal.
So Jerry Maren passed away. The last munchkin from the Wizard of Oz. Dues-paying member of the Lollipop Guild.
He was also Little Professor Atom in the 1939 Marx bros. film “At The Circus”
I think the “Sanders Revolution” was mainly a creation of 1. Sanders and 2. the MSM in order so they could have a horse race to cover rather than a primary. Most Democratic primary voters turned out to be Democratic primary voters, which is why Sanders lost.
When you confuse trash with the person who takes the trash out, it’s no wonder you can’t clean up the environment..
The junegrass moved in so, after extending or stay 2 days, I’m fishing the really nice bay bridge fishing area. The bonus is shade and the bohdi is with me.
@Platonailedit: The answer to that tweet is what Frankensteinbeck said at 59:
They’re actively demonstrating the old saying of, “Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way”.
I believe his official position is that: “It’s not my revolution! It’s their revolution! I have no responsibility for the actions of this revolution!”
King turd. He still looks like an asshole.
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…. gasp…. wheeze….
via Doug Mataconis at OTB
the fact that the economy was strong in 2016 didn’t seem to help the incumbent party, and trump’s sub-40% approval goes to show the same here. the economy ain’t what this election is about.
@OzarkHillbilly: I had a friend who tried this on Laclede’s Landing after a night at Boomer’s. He ended up in the Mighty Mississippi. He also failed out of law school a semester later. Keep missing you on threads…”Our” Red did some amazing mosaic work here in my eventual Air BnB rental while I was in NC. The kitchen is going to be gorgeous. I have just turned her loose here for the last 21 years and she creates magic. Love to be surprised. Have a great day! Sweating copper today!
I’m going with 1. Sanders 2. Russian active measures 3. MSM
@Quinerly: Turning Red “loose” is never a mistake.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
That right there is poetry.
@Baud: You sound like Krishna, Mahatma Baud. Well said.
Top headlines on the Google news page about the primaries…
You’d almost think Tuesday was a bad day for Dems…
I have probably had more say so about this, our 4th project here. I firmly said, “no…” And before I could say “blue” she said, “no blue.” Didn’t even ask how she knew. We kept a lot of the 140 year old limestone walls so her work is all “organic” materials that goes with that look. We are doing a penny floor in the bathroom, though. ? Have template!
Gin & Tonic
@OzarkHillbilly: Free market, bitches.
Gin & Tonic
@Jim, Foolish Literalist: Who will cheat more?
@Groucho48: Village Conventional Wisdom Narrative is a hard thing to break.
When you lose the pig castrater…
Of course, one must keep in mind she voted to approve Pruitt for the position (Collins of Maine was the only R to vote nay).
Reality rudely intrudes into gun nut fantasy world. Bummer for NRA that they can’t stop the insurance industry from compiling data of gun injuries and deaths and actuaries calculating risk. Easy, peasy to corrupt the GOP.
Expect Republicans to try to ram through generous tax breaks for those companies that do provide coverage.
Trump Not Consulting Officials Ahead of Summit
After two months on the job, Trump’s new national security adviser has not called a single top-level National Security Council meeting on North Korea.
National Security Adviser John Bolton has yet to convene a Cabinet-level meeting to discuss President Donald Trump’s upcoming summit with North Korea next week, a striking break from past practice that suggests the Trump White House is largely improvising its approach to the unprecedented nuclear talks.
For decades, top presidential advisers have used a methodical process to hash out national security issues before offering the president a menu of options for key decisions. On an issue like North Korea, that would mean White House Situation Room gatherings of the secretaries of state and defense along with top intelligence officials, the United Nations ambassador, and even the treasury secretary, who oversees economic sanctions.
But since Trump agreed on a whim to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un on March 8, the White House’s summit planning has been unstructured, according to a half-dozen administration officials. Trump himself has driven the preparation almost exclusively on his own, consulting little with his national security team outside of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
A week? You are too generous. I fully expect to hear this morning from the withered crone that is Cokie Robert’s about how bad this was for the Democratic Party.
This is Trump’s entire career. Just riffing on actual work. Why do anything to figure out and plan things. Just act on whims. WTF is the point of strategy or knowledge? The King wants his pudding!
I love and adore the Mariah Parker pictures. She is the image of what they always feared. Go ye forth and kick ass, Ms Parker!
BREAKING: Colin Kaepernick’s legal team is going to subpoena Donald Trump in the @NFL collusion case.
Donald Trump and NFL team owners have illegally colluded together to prevent Colin from ever entering the league. https://t.co/LufXmedJWa
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) June 7, 2018
Well, it WAS! Did they flip the House? NO!!!! Did they flip the Senate? NO and NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!
You libtard snowflakes, always complaining when the leftwing media calls BS on your something something.
This government is putting children in cages in our name.
State cites bad example to emphasize U.S., Germany relationship
Rachel Maddow points out that State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert should maybe not have used D-Day as an example of the strong relationship between the United States and Germany.
Chances of California going red zoomed from nil to naught.
Sounds like witness protection to me. I doubt he’s in NJ.
Ivanka eyed by investigators for referring Russian to Cohen
Rachel Maddow shares a report from Buzzfeed news that Ivanka Trump referred a Russian promising a meeting with Vladimir to Michael Cohen as Cohen pursued plans for a Trump tower in Moscow.
And 3. The press/media really hate Hillary Clinton, so they promoted Sanders as a plausible rival. It was the same thing with Al Gore and Bill Bradley.
Let’s hope Kaepernick gets some justice.
What I’d REALLY like to see is the Jets picking him up as the experienced QB to help Darnold become a pro. Not as good an outcome as if Kap were the Jets number 1, but it’s better than the bullshit going on currently. That the Johnson’s (at least initially) flipped Lying Littledick the bird re: kneeling during the Anthem gives me some hope that they’ll also find a place for Kaepernick, but I realize that’s not very likely.
Fuck the NFL owners — especially YOU, Bob Kraft. Everyone knows that if YOU showed any kind of accommodation for Kaepernick, most of the rest would follow.
Another from the veritable army of bottom level coffee gophers.
@satby: My nephew spent 4 years in Indiana working for a university whose name is well known. By the end of year 1 he was actively seeking other jobs. In that period he’d had a supervisor who sooo should have known better include in a written evaluation that his mannerisms were insufficiently masculine and an ER nurse insert without inquiring into his medical record that he was HIV positive ( he is not) based on her assumption that all gay men must be. He fought and won on both issues but, as he says, it’s exhausting.
Well, that’s something like a 1000-percent increase. Suck it, libtards!!
You libtards, always lying about reality.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
I just saw the video of Rudi Giuliani ragging on Stormy Daniels and his very Rudi-ish attempts to stammer and babble between “Please, my pal Don would never go out with that skank” and sounding like he’s all about female empowerment. Given that I had to google her name a couple of weeks ago, I guess Donna Hanover keeps a low profile and/or has decided she doesn’t want to talk about her former husband (IANANYer), but how long before people start reminiscing about that whole fiasco. And Christine Lagetano (sp?) and god knows how many others
@Victor Matheson: We won’t have good turnout numbers for at least a week, here in California.
A useful exercise is to track the county reporting status page the SOS maintains. At this point in the last primary, there were tens of thousands, probably hundreds of thousands, and potentially a million votes still to count.
Outside of (maybe) a paragraph at the bottom of page 38, final numbers will never be mentioned. A week is a century in MSM time.
They’re already into the “Pay no attention to the scads of print and pixels spent crying wolf last week, this week we’ve got a new wolf to yawp about.”
I’m OK with this. Two Democrats would not run a “it’s cool, vote for either of us” campaign, and I would not want to see two Democrats at the top of the ticket bashing each other. And Republicans know they don’t have a chance, so I don’t know that Cox on the ticket is an automatic turnout booster. GOP voters may be hot to keep some congressional districts Republican, but that is a separate matter.
Voter turnout in 2014 was 25 percent. Right now, turnout looks to be around 22 percent. Still, I read that turnout was so high in one county that they had to order more ballots.
And the point is to get people to come out for the November election.
So what? Nobody in the history of newspapers revisits old news. And unless it changes some results, the final numbers won’t matter for anybody who is not a big political junkie.
And in California we have about a million ballots still to count and a small mess of provisional ballots adding to the mix.
Hell, even in San Francisco, where the vote is still going on because of the ranked voting system they are using, election interest is still local front page news, but irrelevant to national reporters (and no matter what a Democrat will win).
I didn’t get shived that hard when I went to the DMV, but yeah, they soaked me while penalizing me . I loathe them.
Because it will more than likely conflict with the preconceived pabulum and therefore must be ignored.
@rikyrah: FWIW I have never had problems with getting a driver’s license (I have lived in 4 states). Last time I renewed my license I could do it online and they sent the new license in the mail.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
How could a golf game between two insane egotists possibly go well? Neither would concede to be the loser.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@bemused: I’m not an expert on North Korea, but my sense from watching the last few weeks is that KJU is more willing and able to put his ego on hold bait the Beast into a trap in exchange for a photo-op
It’s become much more of a burdensome process since the Real ID regs came into force.
In some jurisdictions one can still (up until 2020, anyway) opt for a non-Real ID complaint license, for which the qualifying material is less.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist
Dolt 45: “Eight!!”
That’s the way Trump likes it.
And Trump supporters are getting exactly what they want. A top down government with a Big Leader who is pig ignorant, but wins because he goes by his instincts.
Of course, this kind of crap rarely works out.
ETA. There were also some stories suggesting that Bolton was losing favor. The plot thickens.
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
You’re probably right.
Pre-trump, who would ever have thunk that any North Korean leader would have been saner and have more sense than an american president?
Again, not true, and not as big a deal as you are trying to make it.
It might be cool if the media did a front page update months from now with all the latest results, but this has never happened in the history of the universe.
If a good pundit digs in deeper, that person will be worth following and shouting about.
sheila in nc
@schrodingers_cat: Perhaps it has something to do with the new REAL ID. it was a 2005 law requiring states to upgrade to a higher security driver’s licence. All states have to implement. By 2020, you will not be able to board a plane without one.
ETA NotMax beat me to it.
@sheila in nc
Yeah. The only birth certificate I had was an ancient, but official, photocopy (so old it was from the time Xerox machines spit out copies in negative). No longer acceptable. Went through some agita from 6000 miles away to get a new official copy, and that took 6 weeks to arrive.
sheila in nc
@NotMax: Since I’m a federal employee, I’ve just been notified that we have a finite number of spots for processing a NC driver’s licence through our work’s security office. Haven’t been told yet what documents are needed, or even if my request for an appointment was granted. I’ve already had an augmented background check which was imposed on all Federal employees as a result of legislation passed after 9/11. What more do they need, FFS.
@sheila in nc: @NotMax: I have the passport card, so hopefully that should help.
Quite frankly, the less time Trump spends with Bolton, the better.
Ghost of Joe Lieblings Dog
Maybe partly in New Jersey …
@JPL: Oh, now there’s a shocker!
Comrade Colette Collaboratrice
Goddamit, raven, don’t make me cry at work.
The resistance lives.