Democratic News

AS you may well know we are in the process of picking a Dem nominee to take on His Majesty in November of 2020……so I thought I would help my readers out by posting on the candidates….the real news not that fluff the MSM gives you…..

A second candidate has dropped out of the running…little known Gravel from Alaska…..

The second Democratic presidential contender has officially dropped out of the race and is mulling who among those that remain to endorse.

Mike Gravel, 89, a former Alaska Senator, announced plans to drop out on Aug. 1. That follows the withdrawal of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) last month.

Gravel didn’t meet the thresholds for the first or second rounds of debates, and an increased threshold for the next round made it unlikely he would appear then either.

(ntd.com)

I wrote about the cheap shot Harris took at Tulsi after the debate….I said then and now if you cannot respond face to face STFU!

Supporters of Sen. Kamala Harris’ run for the 2020 Democratic presidential primary nomination suggested Thursday that criticisms of Harris’ record as a prosecutor in California were being driven by a Russian disinformation plot, a theory that was met with ridicule from progressives.

second primary debate on CNN, Harris faced tough questions on her record as San Francisco district attorney from 2004 to 2011 and California attorney general from 2011 to 2017 from Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). In a blistering series of criticisms of Harris’ tenures, Gabbard accused Harris of not doing enough to change the brutality of the criminal justice system. 

“The bottom line is, when you were in a position to make a difference and an impact in these people’s lives, you did not and worse yet in the case of those who are on death row, innocent people, you actually blocked evidence from being revealed that would have freed them until you were forced to do so,” said Gabbard. “There’s no excuse for that and the people who suffered under your reign as prosecutor—you owe them an apology.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/01/progressives-say-kamala-harris-team-inventing-conspiracies-about-tulsi-gabbard

Sorry to the supporters of Harris but my impression is that she is black when she needs to be…..just my opinion.

As long as we are talking about Harris….

Her plan, KamalaCare, has one problem….it trusts the health industry…..bad move….

It’s hard to disagree with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) when she says: “Right now, the American health care system is a patchwork of plans, providers and costs that have left people frustrated, powerless and insurance companies in charge. And . . . health care just costs too much.” That makes it all the more confusing that Harris’ new health care plan would maintain the broken status quo — one that leads thousands of Americans to die each year.

Like Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-Wash.) “Medicare for All” legislation, Harris would open up an improved, traditional Medicare public plan to all Americans. Unlike Sanders and Jayapal, Harris also would allow anyone who wants to opt into a commercial Medicare plan to do so.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/05/kamalacare-fails-address-big-problem-we-cannot-trust-insurance-companies

Then there is her donors list….seems Big Pharma likes the cut of her jib……

Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign, while releasing a new health care proposal yesterday, balked at criticism that private industry interests would seek to influence her election effort.

Ian Sams, the national press secretary for the Harris campaign, told CNN on Monday that Harris “is not taking any money from pharmaceutical executives.”

Federal Election Commission campaign finance records, however, show that the California senator has received thousands of dollars from executives at drug companies this year, most of which has not been returned.

Donors include Therese Meaney, a vice president at Endo Pharmaceuticals, a company that manufacturers opioid painkillers, who has given $1,250 to the Harris campaign; Ted Love, the president and chief executive of Global Blood Therapeutics, a startup biopharmaceutical company, who gave $2,800; J. Dana Hughes, a vice president at Pfizer, gave $250; Damian Wilmot, an executive at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, gave $1,000; and Jeffrey Stein, the chief executive of Cidara Therapeutics, another drug startup, who gave $1,000.

https://theintercept.com/2019/07/30/kamala-harris-big-pharma-donations/

So we cannot depend on her to do anything substantial about drug prices….I’m thinking.

I know politics is a back stabbing profession but I will not support those that take cheap shots because they are too cowardly to do it face to face…..or those that take the cash from the industries like Pharma.

Speaking of debates…..CNN prove to me that these debates should be independent of the media….this last debate showed how industry controlled they are.

CNN painfully demonstrated this week why we need independently run presidential debates. With its ESPN-like introductions to the candidates, and its insistence on questions that pit candidates against each other, CNN took an approach to the debates more befitting a football game than an exercise in democracy.

The CNN hosts moderated as if they weren’t even listening to what candidates were saying, inflexibly cutting them off after the inevitably too-short 30-to-60-second time limit—in order to offer another, often seemingly randomly selected, candidate the generic prompt, “Your response?” At times, these followed on each other so many times it was unclear what the candidate was even supposed to respond to, or why.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/02/cnns-industry-spin-shows-need-independent-debates

Fact check me, please….but I will make it easier…..my critique of the last debate….https://lobotero.com/2019/08/01/2019-dem-debates-part-2/

At least someone agrees with me……https://truthout.org/articles/presidential-debates-reflect-all-that-is-wrong-with-dominant-media/

Having this many candidates debate each other in 2 or 3 hours is a waste of time…..no one will learn anything and the candidates they supported before the debate will remain the one they support after.

It is a SILLY WASTE of time.

As usual…the wealthy are deciding the path of Democratic politics……

The Democratic primary season is upon us, and the party’s candidate list is a useful starting point for assessing the impact of affluence on American politics. Classic works by sociologists of decades past, including C. Wright Mills and G. William Domhoff, posited that U.S. political institutions were captured by elite economic actors, who seek to enhance their own material positions at the expense of the many.

It’s no accident that affluence is tied to political elitism. Donald Trump is the wealthiest U.S. President in modern history, and is one of the most pro-business in his policies, pursuing tax cuts for the wealthy, and pushing environmental and health care policies to benefit health insurance corporations and the fossil fuel industry, at the expense of access to quality care and environmental sustainability.

System Capture 2020: The Role of the Upper-Class in Shaping Democratic Primary Politics

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