Bernie Sanders supporter’s work from the ground up seeking Democratic party change ….

The primary fight of last year’s Democratic nomination is on going with the election this week of a Democratic national Party Chair…

Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination and general election vote, but lost the election…

Bernie Sanders campaigned for her, but his supporters never really left his side…

Now , with Clinton just visisting Broadway show’s….

The guy who isn’t a registered Democrat seems to have movement going in his adopted party….

In these days of Donald Trump’s party adoption….

The Democrats seem to be  following  suit….

Which way will the party go?

How will this movemnent do with the moderate and establishment Democrats who form the majority of those who ACTUALLY vote?

Will the left/progressive movement split the party, enabling Republicans to gain even more elected offices?

The party will choose its new chairman on Saturday at a meeting in Atlanta. Some in the Democratic old guard harbor concerns that a sharp turn to the left could alienate centrist voters, jeopardize the party’s position in the next presidential election and, before then, lead to primary challenges to incumbent Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.

“Is the Bernie Sanders-Elizabeth Warren wing of the party going to push us too far to the left?” asked former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, who also served as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. “Only if they start going after incumbent moderate Democrats in primaries like the tea party did.”

Last week, a group of former Sanders campaign aides launched a super PAC with the explicit goal of mounting primary challenges to Democratic incumbents. Party leaders are urging Democrats to focus on fighting Mr. Trump and his GOP allies instead of turning their fire inward.

For now, the strategy of Mr. Sanders’s followers is to infiltrate and transform the Democratic Party’s power structure, starting with the lowest-level state and county committee posts that typically draw scant attention.

“From where I come from in the Bernie movement, people believe that there are permanent obstacles to change,” said Larry Cohen, the board chairman of Our Revolution, the political organization that grew from the 2016 Sanders presidential campaign.

The broader goal is not only to pull the party to the left on policy, but also to fundamentally alter how it operates by eschewing corporate donors, shifting resources from television advertising to neighborhood organizing and stripping power from longtime party elders—including the “superdelegates” who can tip presidential primary contests—ahead of the 2020 election.

Mr. Sanders said the mobilization efforts are a legacy of his presidential campaign…..


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Trump guy Miller…new ‘No Enter’ ban is just a reworked verison of the old one…

The Trump advisor might NOT have wanted to say this outloud where the over 20 Federal judges could hear it and think this young guy is trying to ‘get over ‘ on them….

White House adviser Stephen Miller said President Donald Trump’s new travel ban will accomplish much the same thing as the old one.

Last month’s executive order banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations and halting the influx of all refugees led to nationwide protests, an act of rebellion in the Justice Department and multiple court rulings against the administration.

Miller said the White House will issue a new order soon, but it will include only “minor technical differences.”

“Fundamentally, you’re still going to have the same basic policy outcome for the country,” Miller said on Tuesday’s broadcast of “The First 100 Days” on Fox News. “But you’re going to be responsive to a lot of very technical issues that were brought up by the court.”

Miller insisted that “nothing was wrong with the first executive order” and dismissed the rulings against it as “flawed” and “erroneous.”

Miller ― who made headlines earlier this month when he declared that Trump’s national security decisions “will not be questioned” ― also claimed that terrorism and radicalization were “a serious problem” in the United States….


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Rep. Beto O’Rourke… a Texas Democrat who could run against Sen.Ted Cruz in Texas…

The Washington Post spotlights a possible second Democrat that could arun against Texas Republican US Senator Ted Cruz…..Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Tx)), who looks like a Kennedy….

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image… of O’Rourke….KVIA

The first is Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat who is a rising star in the state that is slowly starting to turn purple with addition Democrats…..

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Beto O’Rourke has long believed that the closer you get to the Mexican border, the less you fear it. So on a recent afternoon, the Democratic congressman who may challenge Ted Cruz for his U.S. Senate seat walked into Juarez for lunch.

The mere name of this Mexican city conjures images of bloodthirsty cartels or seedy red-light districts — the kind of place, some have argued, against which the United States should seal itself with a big, beautiful wall.

O’Rourke is strongly opposed to that plan. Among other things, it would make it harder to visit the bar he took his wife to on their first date….

Democrats might look at O’Rourke — a small-business owner with hipster credentials, a Gen Xer who speaks fluent Spanish and looks more like a Kennedy than the Kennedys do — and see a candidate of thrilling national potential, marred only by where he happens to live. But then again, maybe it’s where he lives that makes him exciting.

With its growing Hispanic population, Democrats have long believed that Texas would eventually belong to them — just not imminently. But the 2016 election has scrambled the way people think about these things.

“I wouldn’t have said it last year, but I think he has a chance,” said Anne Caprara, of the Priorities USA super PAC, who is advising O’Rourke on his 2018 potential.

Naturally, others see opportunities as well. Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio Democrat deemed a rising star, is considering the race, too.

“You won’t have a problem raising money. Cruz will basically fundraise for you,” said Castro’s twin brother, Julián, the former housing and urban development secretary who recently ruled out a 2018 bid for governor of Texas.

The Cruz camp maintains that it isn’t worried about either but sees Castro as slightly more of a threat than O’Rourke. But while the Castros have the fundraising prowess and name recognition, their pragmatism and caution could keep both from seeking higher office so soon…..


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Donald J. Trump…First Month…You Bought it….

…from Robert Reich who got it from Rosa Figueroa…..

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White House Petition Demanding Trump Release Tax Returns Gets Over 1 Million Signatures

He ain’t gonna release them….

But It’s nice to up the count on people asking to see them…

A petition on the White House website demanding the immediate release of President Donald Trump’s tax returns received more than 1 million signatures.

The petition, which closed Sunday, asks the federal government to “immediately release Donald Trump’s full tax returns, with all information needed to verify emoluments clause compliance.”

“The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution,” the description of the petition says.

The White House petition system, which President Barack Obama’s administration created in 2011 to increase government accessibility, requires the White House to provide an official response within 60 days if a petition garners at least 100,000 signatures.

The Trump petition surpassed that threshold within 24 hours. It subsequently broke the petition website’s record and inspired a New York Times editorial. The previous record-holder was a petition demanding the Westboro Baptist Church be designated a hate group.

A White House spokesman has told HuffPost the Trump administration will maintain the online petition system.

But the White House press office on Tuesday didn’t respond to a question asking whether the administration will respond to the tax returns petition, or to other petitions that get 100,000 signatures within 30 days….


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Political Roundup for February 21, 2017…Trump Supporters…RRH Elections…


NSA:  Lt. General H.R. McMaster has been appointed National Security Adviser replacing Michael Flynn, the former General who was sacked resigned for defying Vice President Pence and the Deep State, and colluding with the Russians.  McMaster is a more conventional pick from a worldview and is known as a warrior-scholar.

Trump Supporters:  The Washington Post looks at how President Trump’s supporters view him as the greatest thing since sliced bread while not understanding why everyone else does not view him as the greatest thing since sliced bread as well.  I guess they feel the same way I felt when people on the right accused former President Obama of being anti-energy while he was the most pro-fracking president in history (before Trump).

Cuomo:  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D / IDC / RINO / Whatever gets me votes today) released New York’s DNC delegates to vote their conscience in the DNC chairperson race.  This is clearly a sign there is no frontrunner so Andy needs as much cover as he can get.

Identity Politics: Victor Davis Hanson examines identity politics and whether we are seeing the End Times of identity politics with the era of Trump.  Hanson argues increased diversity and conflicting goals in the various political coalitions might mean we are seeing the apex of identity politics with a decline occurring in the near future.  We can only hope!

Trump-LBJ:  National Review examines the similarities between President Trump and former President (and the worst president of the last 50 years) Lyndon Johnson.   National Review in particular looks at how the left loves the results LBJ obtained while using Trump style tactics.

RNC:  The RNC has had two record months in a row.  It broke its previous post-presidential election record for January by raising $19.8 million, which is higher than the record breaking December the RNC had.

CPAC:  Showing yet again why CPAC should be banned from occurring by constitutional amendment for the sake of the Republic, the organizers have embarrassed themselves by inviting and uninviting mentally/morally compromised Milo Yiannopoulos over the holiday weekend.  Milo, the gay male Ann Coulter, got himself into real deep sh*t by essentially trying to justify inappropriate relationships between older men and teenage boys.  As conservatism is dead, it is fitting that CPAC and the ACU commit ritualistic suicide by first inviting Milo angering the remaining socially conservative rump then sticking the knife back in their gut by uninviting him unleashing the wrath of his militant sympathizers….


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Trump Admin considers tax credit to channel public money to private schools…

With private school supporter Betsey DeVos at Education head will this move forward as w ay to resegerate the nation’s public schools?

The Trump administration is considering a first-of-its-kind federal tax credit scholarship program that would channel billions of dollars to families from working-class households to enable their children to attend private schools, including religious schools.

The federal tax credit proposal is one of several ideas under review by the White House to fulfill Donald Trump’s campaign promise to promote the expansion of charter schools and vouchers that would allow families of low income to use public money for private school tuition, sources tell POLITICO. During a recent meeting with parents and teachers at the White House, Trump said he wants “every single disadvantaged child in America, no matter what their background or where they live, to have a choice about where they go to school.”

But the federal tax credit proposal already has critics on the left and right. Public school advocates say such a tax credit is a voucher program in disguise and would divert tax dollars from struggling public schools.

“The end result is the same — federal tax dollars going to private schools,”…..

Those on th Right are NOT happy with this idea either ….

Critics on the right, meanwhile, worry such a plan would increase the federal role in education and pressure states to standardize state tax credit programs, many of which now allow nonprofit groups to prioritize a particular type of school, such as those of particular religious denominations, for instance….


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A blind eye to the Resistance could surprise Republicans come the next elections

I KNOW....

Democrats do NOT show up for state and House and Senate voteds during off year midterm elections….

THAT was before Trump & Co…..

Suppose ALL of this Resistance protesting  = a LOT of Democratic votes ,  and a MORE votes in places that everybody thought Republicans owned?


In that summer of the Tea Party, conservative activists packed the town-hall meetings of Democratic congressmen and peppered them with hostile questions. It was an early sign of the abiding opposition that Obamacare would encounter, and the prelude to Democratic defeats in 2010, 2014, and 2016.

Now, progressive activists are tearing a page from that playbook. The scenes are highly reminiscent of 2009, with Republican officeholders struggling to control unruly forums and leaving their town-hall meetings early or not holding them in the first place.

The partisan temptation in this circumstance is always to dismiss the passion of the other side, which is what Democrats did to their detriment in 2009 and Republicans are doing now.

It’s not often that White House press secretary Sean Spicer sounds like his Obama predecessor Robert Gibbs, but on this, he might as well be reading leftover talking points. Gibbs dismissed the Tea Party’s town-hall agitation eight years ago as “manufactured anger” reflecting “the Astro-turf nature of grassroots lobbying.” Spicer says of the town-hall protests, “It’s not these organic uprisings that we’ve seen through the last several decades — the Tea Party was a very organic movement — this has become a very paid, Astro-turf-type movement.”

What was true in 2009 is true today….


Most Republicans in swing districts are steering clear of in-person town hall gatherings this week, hoping to avoid the anti-President Trump protesters determined to make them the star of a viral YouTube video.

Instead, these at-risk Republicans are holding small roundtable discussions, Facebook chats and virtual town halls — formats that can more easily be controlled than traditional meet-and-greets.

It’s a safer strategy, but one that comes with a political risk: Democrats are mocking Republicans for running away from their constituents as their party seeks to gut ObamaCare, build a border wall and temporarily ban travel from seven Muslim-majority nations…


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Democrats have stalled Trump & Co.

Cabinet picks are still percolating ……

Not much in Trump’s 100 days stuff has gone anywhere….

Trump and friends are being probed by Republicans with Democrats looking over their shoulders…

Resistance protests are all around Republicans….

And Trump will only venture to ‘safe’ venues….

Democrats won and election , but lost the White House….

But at fighting the good fight as much as they can…

The Senate left town Friday with Trump’s administration barely staffed, Republicans’ legislative agenda stuck in neutral and Democrats using parliamentary tactics to make senators and staffers’ life a blur of partisan fights and all-night debates. The House left Thursday in barely better shape.

On Capitol Hill, it’s been a less than stellar start for Trump’s vows to shake up Washington.

“Slower than we want, certainly. We’d like to get these [nominees] behind us and get on to policy,” said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). But, he admitted, when it comes to Republicans’ top priorities — Obamacare repeal and tax reform — “Nothing’s ready to bring to the floor.”

In the Senate, Democrats have stymied Trump’s Cabinet to a degree that has no historical precedent, eating away at precious floor time and delaying the GOP’s agenda until the spring. The House doesn’t have the arduous task of confirming hundreds of Trump’s nominees, but Republican infighting over health care and taxes has raised serious doubts about whether a bill signing on either issue will ever be in the offing.

The bruising Cabinet conflict is boiling over in both parties after a bitter seven weeks in session. Democrats held the Senate in session overnight three times in the past two weeks, dragging out debates on nomination battles even they knew they could not win…..


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Joe Piscopo for Jersey Governor…Really….

As a Trump supporting Republican….

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Mr. Piscopo, 65, still managed to draw giggles from the $50,000-a-table crowd at the gala to help bring pandas to New York City. But his self-discipline is part of an effort to project a more sober image as he weighs his next move: trading in his Sinatra for a run for governor of his home state, New Jersey.

“I’m very serious about it,” he said. “I’ve never been more serious about anything in my life.”

While the daily whiplash out of Washington commands almost all the political attention, New Jersey is one of two states that will elect a new governor this year, as the eight-year reign of Gov. Chris Christie, once a national darling and now with historically low approval in his home state, comes to an end. And Mr. Piscopo is hoping to parlay his Jersey credentials and rising political profile — he campaigned for President Trump, and his radio show focuses on conservative politics — into a long-shot bid for governor as either a Republican or an independent in a state where Democratic voters vastly outnumber Republicans.

A recent poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University found that the category of “someone else” was within the margin of sampling error of equaling Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, the current leading Republican. Mr. Piscopo, who has not made an official announcement, trailed Ms. Guadagno and “someone else.”….



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CPAC in Milo on and off invite shows an identity problem?

…from Politico….

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference, had a clear message when he announced on Saturday thatright-wing agitator Milo Yiannopoulos would be highlighting this year’s event. “We think free speech includes hearing Milo’s important perspective,” he tweeted. Yiannopoulos was an unexpected invitee. The central figure in a number of campus controversies, he traffics in shock then spins it as free-speech advocacy. Schlapp had clearly gobbled up the spin.

But not everyone was buying it. The announcement drew immediate protests from prominent conservatives. Peter Wehner, a conservative writer and senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, called the invite “more evidence of the moral decay of conservatism.” Jonah Goldberg of National Review, who greeted the news as “sad and disappointing,” added, “This new big tent is gonna have some wild parties, but leave me off the invite list.”
It’s not hard to see why conservatives might object to Yiannopoulos. Emerging from the alt-right swamps of GamerGate and Breitbart (he calls himself a “fellow-traveller” of the alt-right, a white nationalist, misogynist movement), Yiannopoulos’s reputation hangs on his willingness to make all sorts of anti-woman, anti-Semitic, anti-gay (even though he is gay himself), anti-Islam, anti-everyone comments. His profanity and explicit sexual talk makes him anathema to the Christian right, and he’s never had a word to say about the economic policies that make the supply-side right tick. And this was before folks began to pay attention to his comments criticizing sexual consent and promoting sex with underage teens—comments that ended up getting him disinvited from the conservative conference on Monday.

So, why was he even invited to CPAC in the first place?

The answer has to do with an organization and a movement that have lost their way. CPAC, once the place where American conservatism defined itself, is in disarray because conservatives are in disarray. Having just traded much of their belief system to win an election, they’re finding it hard to reset their ideological compasses. Yiannopoulos is just a symptom. And withdrawing his invitation is not the cure….


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Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster the Trump national security adviser…

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Gen. McMaster WILL take the job…..

President Trump on Monday named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn — a move meant to help put the White House on firmer footing after missteps on multiple fronts.

Trump called McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience” while briefly introducing him to reporters at the president’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida before returning to Washington.

In tapping McMaster, Trump turned to a widely respected and fiercely outspoken military strategist who was recognized for his battlefield leadership during both the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War.

But unlike many officers, McMaster has spent virtually no time at the Pentagon or in Washington, which could prove a challenge in his new role.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who has been serving as acting national security adviser, will return to his role as the National Security Council chief of staff….


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Democrats will continue to have more votes than Republicans…THAT probably won’t change things…

Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the popular vote in November by MILLIONS……


Donald Trump is the President…..

Since Barack Obama got in the White House Democrats have increased their numbers…..


They continue to lose ground in local/state and congressional  legislative seats ….

Why all of this?

That is because Democrats , who vote, are bunched together , mostly in states on both coasts…

Running up the TOTAL votes is NOT gonna help the Democrats….

It’s WHERE those votes are that matter….

These days, Republicans have a structural advantage in the fight for the House because of how district lines were drawn earlier in the decade. But the party’s current structural advantage in the Senate may be even more important, since it doesn’t depend on state legislators drawing favorable lines, and the Senate has responsibilities that the House doesn’t.

The GOP’s structural Senate advantage is simply a matter of numbers – the number of states that are reliably Republican or Democratic.

Currently, I would rate 21 states as reliably Republican and 14 states as dependably Democratic in federal races [see list below]. If each party “holds serve” in Senate seats in those states, the GOP begins with 42 Senate seats while Democrats hold only 28 – a substantial difference. (Readers surely will argue over my placement of some states, but disagreements about where Montana, Minnesota or Missouri should be placed does not dilute my point, and in some cases, strengthens it.)

That advantage is particularly noteworthy because the 21 Republican states send 128 representatives to the House of Representatives, while the 14 Democratic states send 156 representatives to the House. In those 35 states, the Democrats represent more people but have fewer Senate seats.

Of course, it has been widely noted that Democrats “waste” voters in the Electoral College by having their voters bunched in relatively few states. The same holds true for the Senate….


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FiveThirtyEight on Trump polls variances…

They are quite diffrent from different outfits….

But they are the lowest for any starting President in modern times…

Nate Silver: “Here’s what we can say for sure: It’s unprecedented for a president to face so much opposition from the electorate so soon. Recent polls show that anywhere between 43 and 56 percent of Americans disapprove of President Trump’s job performance. Even if you take the low end of that range, Trump’s numbers are much worse than any past president a month into his term.”

“But beyond that, there’s a lot of seeming disagreement in the polls about exactly how unpopular Trump is — and even whether his disapproval rating exceeds his approval rating at all.”

“What’s the real story? The differences between the polls aren’t random, or at least they don’t appear to be based on the relatively limited amount of data we have so far. Instead, Trump’s approval ratings are systematically higher in polls of voters — either registered voters or likely voters — than they are in polls of all adults. And they’re systematically higher in polls conducted online or by automated script than they are in polls conducted by live-telephone interviewers.”


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The Conservative Political Action Conference 2017….

The Conservative Political Action Conference is getting the White House star treatment: Senior adviser Steve Bannon and chief of staff Reince Priebus will be appearing together at the annual grass-roots gathering.

“A Conversation With Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus,” announced Saturday, will take place Thursday.

Bannon and Priebus have been the subject of palace intrigue amid recent reports of turmoil in the Trump administration. Bannon’s name appears above Priebus’ in the CPAC promotional flier.

Also set to appear at CPAC: Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Fox News host Sean Hannity, former GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Controversial author and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos is the keynote speaker for the gathering, hosted by the American Conservative Union. It will run Feb. 22-25 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C…..


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Milo Yiannopoulos…icon of the internet Right

A look at an  off the wall Breitbart guy trolling the American Conservative Right….

(He fits right in with Trump’s alternate Universe  thing)

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