House Democrats are looking at reversing some of the Trump tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest in order to pay for the proposed $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” bill known as the “Build Back Better” Agenda. Continue reading “Democrats May Reverse Some Trump Tax Cuts For Corporations & Wealthy”
Wow, that was quicker than I expected. Just hours after the Senate passed a bipartisan bill to improve the nation’s infrastructure, Democrats approved a $3.5 trillion budget that could help address climate change, expand Medicare, provide for pre-kindergarten and more. Continue reading “Senate Approves $3.5 Trillion Budget In 50-49 Vote”
Democratic lawmakers in the state of Texas are reportedly leaving the state today in order to break the quorum required to pass new voting laws. The governor had called the special session into order primarily for the purpose of passing the legislation.
From the Texas Tribune:
Upping the ante in both the legislative fight at home and the national debate over voting rights, most House Democrats are expected to board a flight out of Austin headed for the U.S. capital without a set return date.
At least 51 of the 67 Democratic representatives — the number needed to break quorum — were in the process of leaving, most arriving at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Monday to board a chartered flight.
The House is set to reconvene Tuesday morning, but the absent Democrats would mean there will not be enough members present to conduct business under House rules.
Texas Democrats are hoping to find some (any) leverage to force their way to the negotiating table as them say they’ve been shut out of drafting of the voting bill.
My Democratic colleagues and I are leaving the state to break quorum and kill the Texas voter suppression bill.
We’re flying to DC to demand Congress pass the For The People Act and save our democracy.
— James Talarico (@jamestalarico) July 12, 2021
BREAKING: Texas Democrats will leave the state to deprive the Republican-led legislature of the quorum needed to pass their voter suppression bill.
The special legislative session can last 30 days, meaning these Texas Dems will be out of state for weeks.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) July 12, 2021
Ted Cruz fled Texas to avoid the cold.
Texas Democrats are fleeing Texas to continue the fight against voter suppression for Texans.
Don't be like Fled Cruz.
BE like Texas Democrats.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) July 12, 2021
Some news items you might have missed:
• Kenneth-in-the-212: Kenneth’s weekly ‘Mask4Masc’ feature is a winner with all kinds of inspiration this week (plus more at the link).
• TVLine: NBC’s streaming platform Peacock has ordered a reboot of the landmark queer TV series Queer As Folk. Described as a “vibrant reimagining,” the new Queer as Folk will center on a diverse group of friends in New Orleans whose lives are transformed in the aftermath of a tragedy. The original QAF debuted on Britain’s Channel 4 in 1999 and ran for 10 episodes. The American version was created for Showtime and lasted five seasons (from 2000 to 2005).
• Axios: A new Gallup poll shows more Americans identify as Democrats by the largest margin since 2012. Per the recent survey, 49% say they support Democrats, 40% support the Republican Party and 11% say they are Independents with no partisan leaning.
• Instinct Magazine: Grammy-nominated singer Kehlani shared this past weekend during an Instagram Live chat that she identifies as a lesbian. “You want to know? You want to know what’s new about me? I finally know I’m a lesbian,” said the singer.
• Herald Leader: A southern state is actually making it easier to vote? Gov. Andy Beshear (D-KY) signed into law Wednesday a significant election reform bill that will make it easier for Kentuckians to vote early, bucking a national trend of more restrictive election laws in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
• The Gaily Grind: The office of embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz released a statement purportedly written by female staffers defending the pro-Trump lawmaker amid his ongoing sex trafficking scandal. Despite being signed by “The Women of the Office of U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz,” not a single woman is named in the statement.
• Instagram: Just a quick reminder that baseball is back – and I ain’t mad 🙂
At this point, the most powerful weapons in science’s arsenal to contain the COVID-19 pandemic are the vaccines approved to combat the virus.
But will Americans take it when it becomes available to them?
In an average of Axios/Ipsos polls taken in January and February, 74% of Democrats said they’d either been vaccinated, or were extremely or very likely to get vaccinated as soon it’s available to them. Just 51% of Republicans said the same thing. Independents were in the middle of these two groups at 61%.
When Gallup asked respondents whether they would agree to get vaccinated if the vaccine were available to them right now, the partisan gap stood at 40 points (91% for Democrats and 51% for Republicans) in their most recent poll.
CNN goes on to report that those partisan differences could be dangerous for Republicans since friendships have become filtered by political leanings more than ever.
A 2020 Pew Research Center poll showed 59 percent of Trump supporters said a lot of their close friends voted for Trump, 30 percent said some of their close friends did, and only 10 percent of Trump backers said few or none did.
If Democrats get vaccinated but Republicans choose not to, it could lead to breakouts in those communities that lean conservative.
At this writing, there have been 27,428,733 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 475,786 COVID-19 related deaths.
There are currently 67,023 people hospitalized due to the virus.
In related news, Politico reports that doctors, nurses, and public health groups are trying to build confidence in Covid-19 vaccines on social media using coordinated campaigns to combat anti-vaccination disinformation.
Doctors and nurses trying to build confidence in Covid-19 vaccines on social media are mounting coordinated campaigns to combat anti-vaccination forces prevalent on those platforms https://t.co/0xKpXXaMlD
— POLITICO (@politico) February 15, 2021
Well, here on the west coast, we woke up to the surprise news that the House Managers prosecuting the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump were going to call witnesses.
Five Senate Republicans voted with Democrats to hear witnesses at Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial: Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mitt Romney of Utah, Ben Sasse of Nebraska, and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
BREAKING: Rep. Jamie Raskin calls for subpoenaing Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler who tweeted a statement last night about talk she had with House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy regarding former Pres. Trump’s possible involvement in the Capitol siege. https://t.co/OThXf9lYk8 pic.twitter.com/txevNFdj1j
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) February 13, 2021
And, suddenly, it appears they’re now folded and the two legal teams are moving to closing arguments with a possible vote by the entire Senate today.
From ABC News:
After an 11-hour scramble, the Senate has determined it will be calling no witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial.
The written testimony of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., — one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump — was admitted into evidence, instead of moving further with the process for hearing from witnesses.
Neither the Trump legal team nor the House impeachment managers made any further motions. The parties mutually came to the agreement to admit Herrera Beutler’s statement and not request further witnesses.
Closing arguments are underway, for which each side is allotted two hours.
There won’t be witnesses.
Democratic impeachment managers surrender their earlier demand after, remarkably, winning a procedural vote on it 55-45.
Now underway: Each side has up to two hours to make their closing arguments.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) February 13, 2021
And just like that, the witness controversy is concluded. Closing arguments will play out for up to four hours — or less, if they don’t use all of their allotted time.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) February 13, 2021
Closing arguments now for up to four hours. Acquittal vote afterwards
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 13, 2021
LATEST: Saturday morning Trump Impeachment trial updates:
• Raskin seeks to subpoena Republican Rep. Herrera Beutler to testify about Trump-McCarthy call
• Senators agree to hold votes on witnesses
• McConnell tells Republican colleagues that he will vote to acquit Trump
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 13, 2021
The whole *point* of this thing was to make Republicans own every last bit of treasonous behavior they were voting to acquit. How are the Democrats this fucking bad at political analysis?
— Chris Kluwe, Irredeemable Pudgy Nobody (@ChrisWarcraft) February 13, 2021
The two Democratic candidates in the Georgia Senate runoff races for U.S. Senate are far outpacing their Republican opponents in fundraising.
From Fox News:
Democrat Jon Ossoff, who is taking on Republican Sen. David Perdue, took in more than $106 million from Oct. 15 through Dec. 16, according to his latest campaign finance report.
The Rev. Raphael Warnock, the Democrat trying to unseat Sen. Kelly Loeffler, was close behind with a little over $103 million.
Perdue reported $68 million over the same two-month span, with Loeffler collecting just under $64 million. Three of the campaigns reported their financial data on Thursday. Loeffler submitted hers a day earlier.
The two races will determine which party will control the Senate in 2021.
If the Democrats win both seats, there will be 50 Dems and 50 Republicans in the chamber, but with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris – who serves as president of the Senate – control would swing to the Democrats.
We all know Donald Trump has bad-mouthed and demonized voting by mail because Democrats tend to use the voting method more than Republicans.
Plus, with the ongoing pandemic, Dems have (in general) been more likely to embrace safety guidelines regarding the COVID-19 crisis than Repubs.
Which brings me to these tweets.
While we don’t know which presidential candidate received votes in the returned ballots, if the majority of ballots are for the party aligned with the voter, you can see why Trump has been so vocal about mail-in ballots.
As of today:
• Florida – Democrats 791,730; Republicans 450,447; No Party 287,704
• North Carolina – Democrats 238,789; Republicans 81,913; No Party 142,633
• Maine – Democrats 56,623; Republicans 16,623; No Party 18,502
• Iowa – Democrats 59,768; Republicans 23,247; No Party 12,917
• Pennsylvania – Democrats 198,448; Republicans 42,447; No party 19,448
As Amy Siskind says below, we need to build up these “cushions” because the Trumpers will show up as well.
Florida just updated returned ballots again:
Democrats – 791,730
Republicans – 450,447
No Party – 287,704
We are building up some nice cushion in a state where Trump *encouraged* his supporters to vote!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 10, 2020
Senate battleground – early voting – returned and accepted by party:
Democrats – 56,623
No Party – 18,502
D – 59,768
R – 23,247
No – 12,917
8.9 million Americans have voted so far. Get out our vote!
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 10, 2020
Other battlegrounds – early voting – returned ballots:
PENNSYLVANIA – coming in fast and furious!
Dems – 198,448
Reps – 42,447
No Party – 19,448
D – 228,740
No – 135,533
8.3 million Americans have voted – 6% of all who voted in 2016.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) October 9, 2020
I know the polls and the early voting numbers are encouraging, but we can easily screw that up by not voting.
Don’t get complacent now. Vote.
— Angry Staffer (@AngrierWHStaff) October 10, 2020
Some news items you might have missed:
• The Advocate: Monica Roberts, the transgender activist and blogger who founded TransGriot 15 years ago, has died. She was honored with special recognition award for her blog at the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards and named one of The Advocate’s 2020 Women of the Year in May.
• Pink News: CNN’s Anderson Cooper condemned Trump’s “recklessness” while carrying a deadly disease (coronavirus) while pointing out that HIV positive people can be jailed for the same offense.
• Instinct Magazine: How do you show up for Black Lives? By actually showing up where they are and getting to know them.
• Forbes: Democrats raised $15 million in just over 12 hours after the start of Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate—a sign that Sen. Kamala Harris’ (D-Calif.) performance against Vice President Mike Pence resonated with at least some viewers.
• Fox News: Take a few seconds to take in the epic clap back from former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg when he dropped by Fox News prior to last night’s veep debate. The hosts tried to score a dig at Sen. Kamala Harris and Buttigieg didn’t hesitate to throw shade with a straight face. Watch below.
Pete Buttigieg really went on Fox News and asked “why an evangelical Christian like Mike Pence wants to be on a ticket with a president caught with a porn star.” pic.twitter.com/PQnodtivC8
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) October 8, 2020
Former Vice President Joe Biden announced today that Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is his choice for running mate in the 2020 presidential election.
From the New York Times:
Joseph R. Biden Jr. selected Senator Kamala Harris of California as his vice-presidential running mate on Tuesday, embracing a former rival who sharply criticized him in the Democratic primaries but emerged after ending her own campaign as a vocal supporter of Mr. Biden and a prominent advocate of racial-justice legislation after the death of George Floyd in late May.
Ms. Harris, 55, is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party, and only the fourth woman in history to be chosen for one of their presidential tickets. She brings to the race a far more vigorous campaign style than Mr. Biden’s, including a gift for capturing moments of raw political electricity on the debate stage and elsewhere, and a personal identity and family story that many find inspiring.
Susan Rice, former Ambassador to the UN, viewed by many to be a top contender announced her support for the pick.
GLAAD points up Sen. Harris’ record on LGBTQ issues which includes:
Establishing San Francisco County’s first LGBTQ hate crimes unit, LGBTQ victim advocacy unit, and LGBTQ sexual assault awareness program, as San Francisco District Attorney
Creating the first-in-the-nation law to ban gay or trans “panic” defenses used to justify violence against LGBTQ people, and later, as U.S. Senator, introducing a bill to ban its use in federal trials
Introducing legislation to prevent the use of religious beliefs to justify LGBTQ discrimination
Supporting the Equality Act, which bars discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity nationwide including in education, federal funding, housing, education and public accommodations and the jury system
Introducing legislation to ensure LGBTQ Americans are counted in the U.S. Census
I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
Back when Kamala was Attorney General, she worked closely with Beau. I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse. I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 11, 2020
.@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals.
I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) August 11, 2020
— NBC News NOW (@NBCNewsNow) August 11, 2020
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) August 11, 2020