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30.08.2018 - 09:02 [ forapeoplesparty.org ]

DNC Kills Caucuses, Keeps Superdelegates, Retains Joint Fundraising Agreements, and Expands Control Over 2020 Primary

The DNC took several steps to expand and consolidate its power over the 2020 presidential primary at its summer meeting in Chicago this weekend. The party reduced caucuses, which heavily favored Bernie in 2016, and replaced them with primaries. It rebuked progressive demands to eliminate superdelegates, moving them to the second round of voting at the nominating convention instead. It preserved the use of joint fundraising agreements, which Hillary used to launder money to her campaign and take over the DNC. It approved a rule allowing the DNC to block candidates who have not been “faithful” Democrats from running. It kept nearly a hundred lobbyists on the DNC. And it did nothing to extricate corporate and billionaire money from the party, preserving rampant corruption.

The Democratic Party is a committee of corporations. Goldman Sachs, CitiGroup, News Corp., Pfizer, CitGo, Verizon, Aetna, and many other corporations sit alongside high-priced consultants on the national committee.

30.08.2018 - 08:28 [ Huffington Post ]

Ron DeSantis Tells Florida Not To ‚Monkey This Up‘ By Electing Andrew Gillum

“The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda with huge tax increases and bankrupting the state,” said DeSantis to Smith.

Gillum, mayor of Tallahassee, is backed by Bernie Sanders and is campaigning on progressive policies. President Donald Trump has expressed his support for DeSantis.

29.08.2018 - 18:26 [ Washington Examiner ]

Ron DeSantis and Andrew Gillum absolutely wallop the Florida political establishment

Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum won the Republican and Democratic nominations for Florida governor Tuesday. The political establishment, in both cases, lost.

Neither party got their preferred gubernatorial candidate, and now a hard-charging conservative will square off against a liberal progressive in an encapsulation of the current political moment.

29.08.2018 - 18:21 [ Miami Herald ]

Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum shocks Democratic rivals, wins nomination for governor

Running to the left of his rivals and despite being vastly outspent, the charismatic and proudly liberal Gillum built a devoted statewide following of progressives. He had a well-received message of social justice and lifting up the downtrodden and an appeal to Florida’s growing diversity.

23.08.2018 - 09:59 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Democrats rigged the 2016 primary for Hillary Clinton, claims former DNC chair

(2.11.2017) In an interview with CNBC, Mr Perez said, “We’re moving forward”, when asked about the Ms Brazile’s allegations.

“One of my goals here as DNC chair is to make sure that the nominating process for 2020 is a process that is totally fair and transparent for everybody,” he said.

Ms Clinton has so far declined to comment.

23.08.2018 - 09:49 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) we draw on decades of senior-level experience – with emphasis on cyber-intelligence and security – to cut through uninformed, largely partisan fog. Far from hiding behind anonymity, we are proud to speak out with the hope of gaining an audience appropriate to what we merit – given our long labors in government and other areas of technology. And corny though it may sound these days, our ethos as intelligence professionals remains, simply, to tell it like it is – without fear or favor.

We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack.

23.08.2018 - 09:46 [ CBS News ]

FBI, DNI back CIA judgment that Russia meddled in election and favored Trump

(16.12.2016) “Earlier this week, I met separately with (Director) FBI James Comey and DNI Jim Clapper, and there is strong consensus among us on the scope, nature, and intent of Russian interference in our presidential election,” Brennan wrote, U.S. intelligence sources confirmed. “The three of us also agree that our organizations, along with others, need to focus on completing the thorough review of this issue that has been directed by President Obama and which is being led by the DNI.”

23.08.2018 - 09:42 [ CBS News ]

Obama, GOP senators call for probe to examine Russia’s meddling in U.S. election

(9.12.2016) “See, the problem with hacking is that if they’re able to disrupt elections, then it’s a national security issue, obviously,” McCain told the Post.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, who’s close with McCain, told CNN earlier this week that he thinks Russia “did interfere with our elections.”

“It’s pretty clear to me that Wikileaks was designed to hurt [Democratic presidential nominee Hillary] Clinton and it could be us tomorrow,” Graham said. “I’m going after Russia in every way you can go after Russia.”

23.08.2018 - 09:16 [ thinkprogress.org ]

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns From DNC In Wake Of WikiLeaks Email Dump

(24.7.2016) The DNC’s vice chair, longtime party official Donna Brazile, would serve as interim chair, the DNC said. CNN’s Jeff Zelany said that it took a call from President Obama for Wasserman Schultz to agree to resign. Obama’s statement, released after Wasserman Schultz’, was supportive of her work for the party.

23.08.2018 - 09:05 [ New York Times ]

Released Emails Suggest the D.N.C. Derided the Sanders Campaign

(22.7.2016) WikiLeaks posted almost 20,000 emails sent or received by a handful of top committee officials and provided an online tool to search through them. While WikiLeaks did not reveal the source of the leak, the committee said last month that Russian hackers had penetrated its computer system.

Among the emails released on Friday were several embarrassing messages that suggest the committee’s chairwoman, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, and other officials favored Hillary Clinton over Mr. Sanders — a claim the senator made repeatedly during the primaries.

23.08.2018 - 09:00 [ Washington Post ]

Russian government hackers penetrated DNC, stole opposition research on Trump

(14.6.2016) One group, which CrowdStrike had dubbed Cozy Bear, had gained access last summer and was monitoring the DNC’s email and chat communications, Alperovitch said.

The other, which the firm had named Fancy Bear, broke into the network in late April and targeted the opposition research files. It was this breach that set off the alarm. The hackers stole two files, Henry said. And they had access to the computers of the entire research staff — an average of about several dozen on any given day.

The computers contained research going back years on Trump.

16.08.2018 - 07:33 [ Washington Post ]

Comey cautions Democrats against ‘socialist left.’ Democrats pounce.

(23.7.2018) James B. Comey, the former FBI director and a registered Republican most of his adult life, is trying out a new role: armchair strategist for the Democratic Party.

Days after urging voters to paint the country blue in the midterm elections this fall, Comey took to Twitter on Sunday to caution Democrats not to move too far to the left.

12.08.2018 - 12:31 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Hawaii 2018 primaries: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supports Democratic Socialist Kaniela Ing

Centrist politicians, Democratic Socialists, Never Trumpers — and lava. Hawaii politicians are fighting tooth and nail for last-minute votes in a primary election that reflects the divides seen within the Democratic Party nationwide.

08.08.2018 - 16:41 [ Bobby Goren ‏/ Twitter ]

Unbelievable election night. No matter what the results end up being, there is a giant cloud cast over the Kansas primaries. It could be a computer glich or some genuine shady shit but there needs to be massive investigation done beginning IMMEDIATELY

08.08.2018 - 16:16 [ Steve Vockrodt ‏/ Twitter ]

Similarly, Sharice Davids‘ lead over Brent Welder in Johnson County two updates ago was 2,599. The last update increased her lead to 3,131 over Welder. Davids still trails 113 votes in the overall tally.

08.08.2018 - 16:10 [ Tom Dempsey, reporter for @41actionnews / Twitter ]

JoCo election commission: 1 encrypted USB drive for each of the 196 voting locations. Each one should take seconds to upload. Tonight, they are taking around one minute (or more).

Multiple that by 196 and you get a LONG delay

08.08.2018 - 16:05 [ kshb.com ]

Officials cite ’slow reporting‘ for Johnson County vote delay

The county recently spent more than $10 million on 2,100 new voting machines. It’s unclear if Tuesday’s delay is connected to the new machines.

The results were key in determining the outcomes of two high-profile races: the Republican nomination for Kansas governor and the Democratic nomination for the 3rd Congressional District.

01.08.2018 - 22:15 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011) As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

01.08.2018 - 22:10 [ Al Jazeera ]

Obama: Gaddafi must leave Libya now

(27.2.2011) Obama’s remarks came in a call on Saturday to Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, sharpening US rhetoric after days of deadly violence – and criticism that Washington was slow to respond.

„When a leader’s only means of staying in power is to use mass violence against his own people, he has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,“ the White House said in a statement, summarising their telephone conversation.

27.07.2018 - 11:16 [ Haaretz / googleusercontent.com ]

Steve Bannon Tells Haaretz Why the Russians Aren’t the Bad Guys and Why He Can’t Be an anti-Semite

Bannon seems to have discovered something that for members of the American intelligentsia is not only strange, but practically incomprehensible: Racism is not an issue that interests the majority of Americans. The economy, not racism, was the issue of the election. What truly interests Americans is not the Mexicanness of illegal migrants, but the illegality of so much Mexican migration. “The Democrats,” Bannon told an infuriated Robert Kuttner at The American Prospect a few days before he was sacked from the White House, “the longer they talk about identity politics, I got ’em. I want them to talk about racism every day. If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go with economic nationalism, we can crush the Democrats.”

17.07.2018 - 06:09 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) we draw on decades of senior-level experience – with emphasis on cyber-intelligence and security – to cut through uninformed, largely partisan fog. Far from hiding behind anonymity, we are proud to speak out with the hope of gaining an audience appropriate to what we merit – given our long labors in government and other areas of technology. And corny though it may sound these days, our ethos as intelligence professionals remains, simply, to tell it like it is – without fear or favor.

We have gone through the various claims about hacking. For us, it is child’s play to dismiss them. The email disclosures in question are the result of a leak, not a hack.

15.07.2018 - 11:04 [ Politico.com ]

Sanders-backed DNC plan sparks superdelegate revolt

The resisting superdelegates’ odds of success are long. The proposal has the support of DNC Chairman Tom Perez and two former DNC chairs — former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean and Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate. And the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, following months of discussion, voted without dissent on Wednesday to recommend the plan to full DNC. The proposal was backed by many Clinton supporters, as well.

30.06.2018 - 15:09 [ q13fox.com ]

Could progressive newcomer Sarah Smith upset 11-term incumbent in Washington primary?

Her opponent is on the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Adam Smith has a long history in the 9th Congressional District. So who is Sarah Smith?

„I work full time,“ Sarah Smith said. „I manage a mechanic garage. I have student debt. I have a husband. I can’t afford to have a kid. I’m every person in this district.“

30.06.2018 - 14:50 [ CNN ]

Who’s next? Progressive primary insurgents to watch

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s primary defeat of New York Rep. Joe Crowley on Tuesday hit like a shot of pure political adrenaline for progressives hungry to remake the Democratic Party.
The question now, as the last round of nominating contests comes into focus, is simple — and for parts of the party establishment, terrifying: Who’s next?

27.06.2018 - 08:41 [ CBS News ]

Primary results: Powerful NYC Democratic Rep. loses to progressive challenger — live updates

Crowley had been considered a candidate to become the next House speaker if Democrats win the majority. Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders organizer, whas never held elected office.Ocasio-Cortez ran a low-budget campaign and was outspent by an 18-1 margin. She won the endorsement of some influential groups on the party’s left, including MoveOn.

15.06.2018 - 15:18 [ CNBC ]

Democratic donors are pushing former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick to run for president in 2020

(9.5.2018) Just after Trump was elected, members of Obama’s inner circle, including former senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and chief campaign strategist David Axelrod, reportedly met with Patrick to discuss a possible run.

Obama himself, who is friends with the former governor, has also reportedly encouraged Patrick to make a move against Trump.

15.06.2018 - 14:53 [ Burlington Free Press ]

What it means that Bernie Sanders met with Barack Obama about 2020 run

Axios, which boils down news and analysis into concise takes, explains why this matters: “A meeting with Obama is an easy way for 2020 contenders to gain legitimacy and presidential wisdom — and, most importantly, a foothold with the man still largely considered to be the Democratic Party’s figurehead.”

13.06.2018 - 17:16 [ CNN ]

Mitt Romney predicts Donald Trump will win in 2020 ’solidly.‘ Is he right?

Much of Romney’s calculus is based on his belief that Democrats will ultimately choose „someone who is really out of the mainstream of American thought.“ And they might! But the 2020 Democratic field is totally in flux at the moment and it’s literally impossible to anticipate who might eventually be the nominee and why.

13.06.2018 - 16:10 [ Democracy Now ]

Rep. Ro Khanna: If U.S.-North Korea Summit Happened Under Obama, Democrats Would Be Cheering

„My disagreement with Senator Schumer in that letter is that’s basically parroting the talking points of John Bolton, saying that we should not engage in any diplomacy or make any concessions without complete denuclearization. That’s just not realistic. A far more realistic framework is what Bill Perry has advocated in the 1990s and worked on, which is an incremental approach, where we need to look at our joint military exercises, as the president has, where we need to ask for the cessation of testing, and make concessions on an incremental basis. And that’s what I think has begun with this process.“

13.06.2018 - 14:39 [ Movement for a People's Party ]

DNC Gives Itself the Power to Veto Presidential Candidates

Washington, D.C. — The DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee met in Providence, R.I. on Friday, June 8 and declared a new rule that allows the party to block presidential candidates from running on the Democratic ballot.

The rule states that in order to be accepted as a candidate by the DNC, the applicants’ “public writings and/or statements” must “affirmatively demonstrate that they are faithful to the interests, welfare and success of the Democratic Party of the United States.”

The new rule means that a committee of corporate lobbyists, consultants, and people who participated in rigging the 2016 primary election will decide if a progressive is eligible to run for president in the Democratic Party in 2020. When Bernie Sanders or another progressive files to run as a Democrat, the DNC can reject them before a single vote is cast.

13.06.2018 - 14:27 [ Newsweek ]

DNC Rule Change May Block Bernie Sanders from Running as Democrat in 2020

While Sanders has not said anything concrete about running for president again in two years, his 2016 campaign manager Jeff Weavers hinted at the possibility during an interview with C-SPAN host John McArdle in May.

“He is considering another run for the presidency and when the time comes I think we’ll have an answer for that. But right now he’s still considering it,” Weavers said.

06.06.2018 - 22:16 [ TYT Politics / Youtube ]

Alison Hartson Loses, Feinstein and de Leon Advance

TYT’s Cenk Uygur and TYT Politics‘ Emma Vigeland breakdown the results of the California primary election for U.S. Senate, where incumbent Dianne Feinstein (D) and challenger Kevin de Leon (D) advanced to the November 2018 election.

04.06.2018 - 14:06 [ Washington Post ]

What challenge? Feinstein romps ahead in California primary with turns to the left.

It was supposed to be a defining battle for the Democratic Party’s future, Cali­fornia’s Sen. Dianne Feinstein against her party’s fired-up activist left. Amid predictions of a Democratic civil war, one of the state’s largest labor unions endorsed her opponent and urged voters to reject “establishment politics.”

Yet days before Tuesday’s top-two primary, Feinstein is cruising toward what even her field of opponents acknowledge will be a giant victory.

15.05.2018 - 12:12 [ GlobalResearch.ca ]

Sudden Death of Attorney Who Served the Lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) on Charges of “Fraud, Deceptive Conduct … and Negligence”

(8.8.2016) On Friday, July 1, just ahead of the long Fourth of July weekend, a happy, exuberant process server, 38-year old Shawn Lucas of One Source Process, served a lawsuit at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Senator Bernie Sanders’ supporters and named the DNC and its then Chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as defendants. It leveled the following serious charges: fraud, negligent misrepresentation, deceptive conduct, unjust enrichment, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence.

15.05.2018 - 12:00 [ Politico.com ]

Florida to monitor Broward election chief after judge finds ‘unlawful’ ballot destruction in Wasserman Schultz race

(14.5.2018) In light of the ruling, Gov. Rick Scott’s administration — which has expressed concerns with how Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes has handled the case — told POLITICO that he’s reviewing the judge’s order and will have her office monitored.
“During the upcoming election, the Department of State will send a Florida elections expert from the Division of Elections to Supervisor Snipes’ office to ensure that all laws are followed so the citizens of Broward County can have the efficient, properly run election they deserve,” Scott’s office said in a written statement.

15.05.2018 - 11:56 [ For a People’s Party ‏/ Twitter ]

@Tim_Canova WINS LAWSUIT! Court ruled that Broward Supervisor of Elections illegally destroyed all paper ballots in our primary against Debbie Wasserman Schultz!

Tim is walking the walk on election Integrity & needs your help now. Small donations at actionnetwork.org

15.05.2018 - 11:23 [ Peter Rosenstein / HuffingtonPost.com ]

Nina Turner ‚Our Revolution‘ President; From Democrat To Irrational

(6.7.2017) To bring about change one has to understand the system; understanding how Congress works. Like it or not when it comes to Congress there are only two parties, Democrat and Republican. If you don’t work to support one of them you are helping the other. We saw that in the last Presidential election and we saw it in 2000 when we ended up with George W. Bush.

15.05.2018 - 11:20 [ Cynthia Nixon for New York / Facebook ]

I’m so honored to receive the endorsement of Our Revolution! Here’s why this is such a big deal:

The inspiring and hardworking activists and grassroots organizers of Our Revolution are at the heart of the progressive movement in this country, working with leaders to address a rigged political system and growing economic inequality. Now, together, we’re bringing the political revolution to New York, and I’m proud to join them in the fight to create a more *democratic* Democratic Party!

14.05.2018 - 17:45 [ theHill.com ]

Schumer applauds Trump on moving US Embassy to Jerusalem

“In a long overdue move, we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital,” Schumer said in a statement. “I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it.”

20.04.2018 - 22:30 [ Consortium News ]

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

(12.12.2016) All signs point to leaking, not hacking. If hacking were involved, the National Security Agency would know it – and know both sender and recipient.

In short, since leaking requires physically removing data – on a thumb drive, for example – the only way such data can be copied and removed, with no electronic trace of what has left the server, is via a physical storage device.

18.04.2018 - 08:16 [ Shingetsu News Agency ]

Towards the New Centrist Formation

The break-up of the Party of Hope is proceeding in slow motion. A few key dissenters on different sides have been gumming up the works. Nevertheless, it’s only a matter of time before most of the current lawmakers of the Party of Hope and the Democratic Party come together into a new centrist formation that will likely become the largest opposition block—at least temporarily.

29.03.2018 - 09:24 [ Cleveland.com ]

Poll shows Dennis Kucinich and Richard Cordray tied in governor’s primary

The results indicate Cordray may be struggling to catch on after a strong start both in fundraising and endorsements from figures around the state, while the upstart Kucinich’s aggressive campaign schedule and progressive views may be clicking with Democratic voters.

29.03.2018 - 09:14 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

AGGRESSIVE PROGRESSIVES Ep 3: Voters Discuss Democratic Party Corruption

(11.9.2016) The Aggressive Progressives. Jimmy Dore and Steve Oh discuss why they do this show. The lessons of Elizabeth Warren’s Senate campaign. Universal health care. Hillary’s track record indicates that she is not in favor of the average American. #NeverHillary