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TC's support:
Three members of the Louisiana state Senate's Republican caucus contributed to Carter's campaign: "Big Mike" Fesi, a zealous supporter of the oil and gas industry even by Louisiana standards, who is currently trying to prevent the Biden administration from enacting environmental regulations; J. Rogers Pope, has previously described disability rights enforcement as “intimidation”, and who took the time in his most recent election to let voters know that a one-time procedural vote to advance a bill doesn’t change his opposition to Medicaid expansion; and Tea Party-affiliated Bodi White, who held a rally with Trump as a candidate. Ex-State Rep. Joe Toomy left the legislature a while ago, but has stayed active in right-wing causes. Three more donors— Kirk Lepine, Clint Cointment, and Ricky Templet—have parish-level elected positions. (Parishes, we should note, are the Louisiana equivalent of counties.)

That’s just the actual elected Republican officials. There’s also the Republican donor class. Troy Carter’s campaign fillings are riddled with regular Republican donors.

KCP lost, sad to say. In the election last Saturday, TC got 55.2% and KCP 44.8%.

In the first round, the candidates got these vote pcts:
TC 36.4%, KCP 22.9%, GC 21.3%, others 9.8%, 3.4%, 2.5%, 0.8%, 0.7%, 0.6%, 0.4%, 0.3%, 0.3%, 0.3%, 0.1%, 0.1%

Scaling TC's and KCP's votes for them alone, I find TC 61.4%, KCP 38.6%. So KCP did a little better in the second election than in the first one.
 

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Mondaire Jones NY-17 now has his own PAC:
Mondaire Jones on Twitter: "For too long, our elected representatives have not looked like us, loved like us, or fought for us, because they don’t live like us.

Today, I'm launching Policy Is Personal PAC to help elect more leaders who will pursue bold policy solutions to our nation's greatest challenges." / Twitter

Endorsing KCP and Nina Turner.

EMILY's List also endorsed KCP.

That page has an article on Jim Cooper, the TN-02 incumbent that Odessa Kelly is now challenging. He helped kill Clintoncare back in 1994.

OK may have more success than a previous challenger, but the article points out that TN-02 may end up gerrymandered out of recognition.
 

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Mondaire Jones NY-17 now has his own PAC:
Not that guy again! Btw, I though he was a woman at first, based on the name. It really sounds like a chick's name!


Mondaire Jones on Twitter: "For too long, our elected representatives have not looked like us, loved like us, or fought for us, because they don’t live like us.

Racist much? Or why else is he obsessed with "elected representatives" looking like him?
As to "not living like us", who is he trying to bullshit? First off, he is now living like a Congressman as he is one of them, with all the benefits of the position. And second, it's not like this lawyer was not enjoying a fancy standard of living even before bamboozling people of NY-17 to vote for him.


Today, I'm launching Policy Is Personal PAC to help elect more leaders who will pursue bold policy solutions to our nation's greatest challenges." / Twitter[/url]
Endorsing KCP and Nina Turner.

EMILY's List also endorsed KCP.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?

That page has an article on Jim Cooper, the TN-02 incumbent that Odessa Kelly is now challenging. He helped kill Clintoncare back in 1994.

OK may have more success than a previous challenger, but the article points out that TN-02 may end up gerrymandered out of recognition.

I thought Odessa Kelly was challenging Jim Cooper in the 5th.

Also, isn't naming your kid "Odessa" blatant cultural appropriation of Ukrainian culture?
 

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I have noticed that there are SOOOOO many Muslims among the ranks of Democratic Socialists. Of course the alliance of political Islam and Leftism has a long history. Marxist and Islamist groups worked together to overthrow the pro-Western Shah government in Iran, resulting in the theocracy that is running the place today. Leftist German terrorists worked with Palestinian terrorists to hijack an El Al plane to Entebbe, Uganda. And so on.

“Rising rent costs in our neighborhood also pushed us out of our home and so I came to organizing both from a class perspective and also just growing up post-9/11 as a Muslim New Yorker,” Abdelhamid said.
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The rent prices are a result of supply and demand. If the rent is too damn high in Manhattan, move to Westchester County or something and take the Hudson Line or New Haven Line or something.

“My neighborhood community was a community that was targeted specifically by the NYPD. We had informants in our community centers and mosques, we had stop-and-frisk, we had surveillance and deportations and random detentions, so for me, a lot of that really politicized me at a young age.”
Your community also blew up the World Trade Center after trying to blow it up before. Your community also committed a number of terrorist attacks since:
2017 - bombing in the Times Square subway station - the perpetrator survived and was sentenced to life in federal prison last week
2017 - a "truck of peace" attack in the Lower Manhattan
2016 - pressure cooker bombs in Chelsea/Manhattan and also NJ
2015 - two separate attempted pressure cooker bombing that did not get past the planning stage apparently
2014 - stabbing murder of two police officers (this one overlaps with #BLM)
2014 - hatchet attack on police officers in Queens
2010 - attempted car bombing in Times Square
2009 - planned bombings of synagogues and Stinger attack against a air force base in suburban NYC
2004 - attempted bombing of a Manhattan subway station

And probably others, just in NYC and its environs. Quite a resume for a community that is only a few percent of the population. If anything, we are not surveilling mosques, etc. enough!

But many aspects of her congressional career, like her strong support of aggressive policing tactics and tough-on-crime legislation and her opposition to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement have become political liabilities in recent years.
Both of these are quite sensible positions though, as unpopular as they are among fauxgressives.

Abdelhamid is also trying to make the case that Maloney, who is a millionaire and rakes in cash from a range of corporate interests,
As opposed to those, like Patrisse Cullors, who have become millionaires by raking in cash from supposedly non-profit ventures?

Neither LA nor PH seem to be running this time around, though Indiana Catfish SP is doing so.
Indiana catfish? What? Did he use fake photos? Or what makes him a catfish?
In any case, I hope he runs and splits the far left vote. Maloney may not be perfect, but she is by far the lesser of the evils.
 

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As to "not living like us", who is he trying to bullshit? First off, he is now living like a Congressman as he is one of them, with all the benefits of the position. And second, it's not like this lawyer was not enjoying a fancy standard of living even before bamboozling people of NY-17 to vote for him.
Let's see. AOC is bad because she was a bartender -- lower middle class. MJ is bad because he was a lawyer -- upper middle class.

Derec, what class origin will you not object to?
Today, I'm launching Policy Is Personal PAC to help elect more leaders who will pursue bold policy solutions to our nation's greatest challenges." / Twitter[/url]
Endorsing KCP and Nina Turner.

EMILY's List also endorsed KCP.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?
Karen Carter Peterson

I thought Odessa Kelly was challenging Jim Cooper in the 5th.
Oops. Typo.
 

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Let's see. AOC is bad because she was a bartender -- lower middle class.
That doesn't make her bad. Perhaps underqualified, but not bad per se.
What is bad about her resume is that she went to a very expensive school to get an economics degree and then did not use it, preferring a bartending job that allowed her to gallivant all over the place (e.g. driving 2000 miles to North Dakota to protest against oil) being an activist. She also doesn't seem to have understood any of the material she supposedly learned, or else she would not be a socialist.

MJ is bad because he was a lawyer -- upper middle class.
That doesn't make him bad. What makes him bad is pretending he was somehow of the working class and wasn't already living the high-on-the-hog lifestyle years before joining Congress.

Derec, what class origin will you not object to?
I am not objecting to anybody's class origin, but Modare Jones plays fast and lose with his background, pretending he was some kind of working class hero with his "[they] don't live like us". Who is "us", Modaire? He was already living like them long before he ran for Congress!

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?
Karen Carter Peterson
Thanks. I googled "KCP" and all I got was the basketball player for top results. Even the wiki page for  KCP only gives his, a couple of communist parties (how fitting!) and some other irrelevant things.
 

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About AOC,
She also doesn't seem to have understood any of the material she supposedly learned, or else she would not be a socialist.
Define "socialism".

I know that AOC calls herself a socialist, but what she calls "socialism" is working people having dignity in the workplace. She also calls "capitalism" an ideology that makes acquiring profit a priority above everything else. Rather atypical uses of those words, it must be pointed out.
 

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Define "socialism".

An economic system where, in the main, means of production are publicly owned. It can involve direct state ownership and control of means of production or something more convoluted, like  workers' self-management, which is I think the model of socialism favored by Democratic Socialists of America.
Marxist socialism generally involves the belief that socialist societies will eventually evolve into communist ones, where the very notion of a state has withered into non-existence and irrelevance. That explains jokes like these:
Radio Yerevan said:
Q: "When the final phase of socialism, namely communism, is built, will there still be thefts and pilfering?"
A: "No, because everything will be already pilfered during socialism."

Q: "We are told that the communism is already seen at the horizon. Then, what is a horizon?"
A: "Horizon is an imaginary line which moves away each time you approach it."


I know that AOC calls herself a socialist, but what she calls "socialism" is working people having dignity in the workplace. She also calls "capitalism" an ideology that makes acquiring profit a priority above everything else. Rather atypical uses of those words, it must be pointed out.

Yes, but she is also a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, and they believe in socialism as public ownership of means of production. AOC may be confused, but people pulling the strings at DSA most certainly are not.

And this is another reason why I think AOC is not very bright. Very good formal education, sure, but not really very intelligent. That's what you get when college admissions are decided by race, ethnicity and gender instead of just by individual merit.
 

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(what "socialism" is)
An economic system where, in the main, means of production are publicly owned. It can involve direct state ownership and control of means of production or something more convoluted, like  workers' self-management, which is I think the model of socialism favored by Democratic Socialists of America. ...
"Worker self-management" seems like worker-run cooperatives, something that seems like a form of capitalism to me, even if many capitalism apologists seem to dislike it. Early in 2020 in a MLK-Day conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, AOC stated that Jeff Bezos ought to turn Amazon into a worker-run cooperative, at least if I remember it correctly.
 

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Contributions to Swing District Democrats by AOC Add Obstacle for Challengers - "The contributions also signal a retreat from the theory of change upon which Ocasio-Cortez originally ran."

Written by Eva Putzova. She ran for Congress in AZ-01 in 2020, running against Tom O’Halleran, a Republican who became a Blue Dog Democrat, and she got 41.4% of the vote.

"At the end of March, approaching the first quarter fundraising deadline, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez used her Courage to Change PAC to make political contributions to dozens of Democrats who had won close races in 2020."

Including her opponent, TOH.
The contributions also signal a retreat from the theory of change upon which Ocasio-Cortez originally ran. The idea then was that progressive and populist ideas had mass appeal and could win not just in deep blue districts, but in red seats and swing districts too. That was the animating idea behind Brand New Congress and its offshoot, Justice Democrats. Do we no longer believe that?
I don't think so. It seems to me that she is supporting whoever is there. I think that it was a mistake to support incumbents who might have progressive challengers, as TOH did last year. Also, some of the recipients of this largesse have rejected these gifts, like Jared Golden ME-02.

EP notes that AOC's PAC, Courage to Change, has this stated purpose: "Contributions will be used to make early investments in progressive challengers that can even the playing field against established incumbents, and bolster progressive leaders in Congress who take difficult but righteous stands. All endorsees will embody the ideals of racial, social, economic, and environmental justice. Courage to Change will refuse all corporate PAC donations, as will our candidates."
In 2020, my anti-war heroine Rep. Barbara Lee contributed her congressional campaign money to my opponent just as Ocasio-Cortez did in 2021. Ironically, before these contributions were made, I listed both representatives as my role models on Ballotpedia’s 2019 candidate connection survey. I share many, if not most, of their policy positions but disagree with their approach to transforming the political system by supporting those who work actively against our political agenda.
I think that AOC and BL simply want Democrats in office, even centrist or conservative ones, because nearly every Democrat is better for them than nearly every Republican. But the best time in the election cycle for such Democrats is after the primaries, not early in the election cycle.

"Ocasio-Cortez’s contribution to my former opponent and the incumbent in Arizona’s 1st District has definitely had a chilling effect on me as I get closer to my decision on whether to run or not."


So AOC's gifts got attacked from both sides. Some left-wingers call her a sellout because of those gifts, and some candidates have rejected those gifts because they don't want to be associated with AOC and her positions.
 

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Brand New Congress on Twitter: "Today we celebrate how 5 years of work, with over 1M hours from 3K+ vols, 70+ campaigns, got 4 progressive visionaries elected to Congress. We couldn't have done it without you! You paved the way for progressives to run -- and win. Let's keep building. ➡️ (links)" / Twitter

I like to mention BNC because its founders had two very sensible ideas:
  • The Presidency is not enough. Even the best President would not be very effective without a good Congress, something that they had seen an abundance of in recent years.
  • Running as a third party is a recipe for failure. It's better to run one's candidates in the two major parties and compete in the primaries.
So they avoided being Presidency-only and third party, two big problems with the Green Party. I like its platform, but it has been totally ineffective in getting anyone worthwhile into office. One might even say worse than ineffective, because it has been a Presidential spoiler in 2000 and likely also in 2016.

AOC, for instance, wouldn't have gotten anywhere as a Green Party candidate. She would have had to face incumbent Joe Crowley in the general election instead of in the Democratic Party primary, and she would have been creamed there, crushed, walloped, clobbered, you name it, getting only a few percent of the vote. Many voters who would likely have agreed with her would likely have voted for Joe Crowley instead, because he was a known quantity and a fellow Democrat rather than some obscure bartender-turned-activist.

However deplorable such yellow-dog party-line voting might be, BNC was right to avoid taking it on. In fact, BNC planned to run some Republican candidates in some heavily Republican districts. BNC ran one such candidate in 2018, but he lost, and none in 2020.
 

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Home - Brand New Congress - the BNC's site has been redesigned.

They list a lot of candidates from 2020 and one from the 2021 NM-01 special election: Roza Calderón CA-04, Michael Owens GA-13, Anthony Clark IL-27, Charles Booker KY-SEN, Ihssane Leckey MA-04, Mckayla Wilkes MD-05, Rashida Tlaib MI-13, Cori Bush MO-01, Zina Spezakis NJ-09, Selinda Guerrero NM-01, Shaniyat Chowdhury NY-05, Melquiades Gagarin NY-06, Isiah James NY-09, Lauren Ashcraft NY-12, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez NY-14, Tomas Ramos NY-15, Jamaal Bowman NY-16, Nick Rubando OH-05, Adrienne Bell TX-14

Nothing on whether any of them are likely to run again in 2022, and no endorsements from BNC, at least not yet. Nothing new from the Justice Democrats either.


But Amy Vilela is running for office again, running for NV-01 as she did back in 2018. She sat out the 2020 election and instead worked for other candidates, like Bernie Sanders, but she didn't do well in the 2018 election. In the Democratic Party primary back then: Steven Horsford 61.7%, Patricia Spearman 15.2%, Amy Vilela 9.2%, others 6.0%, 5.8%, 2.0%.

Amy Vilela on Twitter: "It's official! I couldn't be more excited to announce that I'm running for Congress in Las Vegas to represent #NV01 because we deserve more. Nevada deserves more. (pic link)" / Twitter
with an image file of an announcement statement.
"From Covid to climate change, politics-as-usual simply isn't working for regular people. Here in Las Vegas, we are facing record unemployment, we suffer perpetual underfunding for education we and other critical services, our housing prices are sky-rocketing a we face an unprecedented evictions crisis," Vilela said. "Our progressive movement has been organizing tirelessly from the grassroots up to address these problems and to build a more just and sustainable future. Meanwhile, our elected officials are nowhere to be seen. As an accountant, I'm ready to open the books and audit their tenure to ensure that everyone them working for the people."
Amy Vilela on Twitter: "It’s time for political leadership who will fight like lives depend on it, because they do. I know that, and I'm running for #NV01 because we deserve more. Nevada deserves more.

Join me today and become a founding donor to my 2022 campaign! (link)" / Twitter

Her campaign graphic: (handwritten) Amy Vilela (block letters) for (reverse video) Congress
The background is a blurred image of some city, likely Las Vegas
You may have heard the story about Amy’s daughter, Shalynne, who died at the hands of our nation’s profit-driven healthcare system after she was denied care because she couldn’t provide adequate proof of insurance to the local emergency room. It was a life-changing moment for Amy, who has since found purpose in fighting for justice.

Nina Turner on Twitter: "My friend and leader in the fight for Medicare for All, @amy4thepeople knows just too well how cruel our healthcare system is.

Together, we are going to make sure that healthcare is guaranteed as a human right.

Please join our fight: (links)" / Twitter
 

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The People’s Party Opens Candidate Nominations, Will Compete For Congress In The Midterms
Seems like the People's Party is serious about being a political party, as opposed to being supporters of vanity candidates like what the Green Party seems to be. The PP plans about a dozen House candidates and maybe also a Senate candidate.
“It’s very important to the movement to run candidates who truly internalize the policies and embody the values of the People’s Party,” said Candidates Director Zeynab Day, who has helped train and support dozens of candidates, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Cori Bush. “We’re giving a real voice and choice to voters across the country. We’re fighting for a new kind of representation that will put the people before corporate interests, lobbyists and political games.”
ZD had been in Brand New Congress.
While the party is focused on electing a slate of federal candidates, nominations are also open for state and local candidates. Following candidate vetting, selection, and training, the first candidates will be announced by early summer. ...

The People’s Party has officially registered state parties and is pursuing ballot access in California, Colorado, Ohio, Maine and Oregon, with organizers working on dozens of other states. The party will have its national founding convention in the fall of this year.
 

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AOC’s PAC donated over $100k to right-wing Democrat incumbents | by Justin, Unify the Left 🦖🌻 | Apr, 2021 | Medium
Contrary to the mission statement of her PAC Courage to Change, she
... in fact gave over $100,000 in campaign donations to right-wing incumbent Democrats who took corporate PAC money, including $5,000 to Ron Kind, the Wisconsin Democrat who succeeded Joe Crowley as chair of the New Democrat Coalition in 2013, according to FEC filings (link 1).

Courage To Change, which alleges to back candidates who don’t take corporate PAC donations, started off the 2021–22 election cycle by giving the maximum amount to 31 candidates, almost all of whom directly received corporate PAC money, according to those candidates’ filing documents accessed through Opensecrets.

... Through 2020’s cycle, candidates like Kara Eastman & Katie Porter received boosts from CTC. However, the first candidates to get 2022 primary campaign donations from Courage To Change PAC were not AOC’s Squad sisters, but a group of 31 Democrats that skew overly corporatist.
AOC unseated Joe Crowley back in 2018.
Out of the 31 recipients of Courage To Change donations in 2021, just 6 of 31 — a measly 19.4% — cosponsor the Medicare For All bill, HR1976, currently proposed by Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal. (Interesting side note: Of the 6 CFC PAC recipients that also signed on as cosponsors for HR1976, only 3 are CPC members: Peter DeFazio, Mike Levin, & Katie Porter.) Further, taking both the 2019 and 2021 Resolution for a Green New Deal into account, only 4 of the 31 cosponsored either version of the Resolution. In fact, 21 of 31 of Courage To Change recipients in Q1 2021 for the 2022 primaries didn’t cosponsor any of three key pieces of progressive legislation: Medicare For All, the Green New Deal, or the bill to end the Yemen War.

Further, 54.8% of the recipients — 17 of 31 — received money from the New Democrat Coalition, including Ron Kind, the successor to Joe Crowley at the NDC. The former Democratic Leadership Council has made their life’s work into the corporatization of the Democratic Party & fighting the left influences within their own party, which made this a stark departure from the 2020 cycle for CTC.

...
Going one step further than this, while analyzing the 2020 campaign finance data for each of these candidates, I kept track of three specific groups of corporate PAC money that would be antithetical to the M4A/GND/End The Wars leftist ethos; namely, the fossil fuel, pharmaceutical/health insurance, and defense industries. The results are damning: 17 of 31 took money from military contractor PACs, 19 took fossil fuel PAC money, and 20 took money from the health insurance or pharmaceutical industries.
In effect, why is AOC supporting candidates on the wrong side of issues that she has championed?
 

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fec.gov is back again, and I found a list of recipients of AOC's largesse. I got their ideology rankings and scores from govtrack.us (0 = most liberal, 1 = most conservative).

Carolyn Bourdeaux D-GA-07 (none), Cindy Axne D-IA-03 200 0.51, Abigail Spanberger D-VA-07 201 0.50, Ron Kind D-WI-03 204 0.50, Tom O'Halleran D-AZ-01 205 0.50, Vicente Gonzalez D-TX-15 208 0.47, Josh Harder D-CA-10 210 0.46, Jared Golden D-ME-02 211 0.46, Antonio Delgado D-NY-19 214 0.46, Colin Allred D-TX-32 217 0.44, Elaine Luria D-VA-02 220 0.44, Conor Lamb D-PA-17 224 0.42, Andy Kim D-NJ-03 225 0.42, Elissa Slotkin D-MI-08 227 0.42, Angie Craig D-MN-02 229 0.42, Susie Lee D-NV-03 231 0.41, Lizzie Pannill Fletcher D-TX-07 233 0.40, Chris Pappas D-NH-01 235 0.40, Mikie Sherill D-NJ-11 239 0.38, Lucy McBath D-GA-06 243 0.37, Kim Schrier D-WA-08 254 0.35, Matt Cartwright D-PA-08 257 0.35, Sharice Davids D-KS-03 262 0.35, Haley Stevens D-MI-11 263 0.35, Lauren Underwood D-IL-13 298 0.30, Susan Wild D-PA-07 305 0.29, Mike Levin D-CA-49 326 0.28, Peter DeFazio D-OR-04 329 0.27, Steven Horsford D-NV-01 352 0.25, Katie Porter D-CA-45 359 0.24, Jahana Hayes D-CT-05 423 0.10

For comparison ("The Squad" has *):
Ro Khanna D-CA-17 414 0.14, *Ilhan Omar D-MN-05 425 0.10, *Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez D-NY-14 429 0.09, *Rashida Tlaib D-MI-13 430 0.08, Pramila Jayapal D-WA-07 431 0.07, *Ayanna Pressley D-MA-07 433 0.05, Barbara Lee D-CA-13 436 0.00

From the World Socialist Web Site (WSWS),

About the WSWS
The WSWS is the online publication of the world Trotskyist movement, the International Committee of the Fourth International, and its affiliated sections in the Socialist Equality Parties around the world. It launched publication in February 1998, and has been publishing continuously for the past 22 years.
About the ICFI the International Committee of the Fourth International
The World Socialist Web Site is published by the International Committee of the Fourth International, the World Party of Socialist Revolution founded by Leon Trotsky. Its aim is to unite the international working class, on the basis of a socialist and internationalist program, to put an end to the capitalist system and establish socialism on a world scale.
I was most amused by
The International Committee was founded 15 years later, in November 1953, to defend the Fourth International against an opportunist and revisionist current, known as Pabloism, that sought to liquidate the Fourth International into the parties and organizations controlled by Stalinism, social democracy and bourgeois nationalism. The struggle against Pabloism within the Fourth International spanned more than three decades. It was brought to a conclusion in 1986 with the defeat of the opportunists by the orthodox Trotskyists of the International Committee.
Not surprisingly, AOC seems like a right-winger to them. Like in Ocasio-Cortez and fellow “progressives” supply votes to reelect Nancy Pelosi as speaker of the House - World Socialist Web Site
 

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Under "Report Cards" at Members of the United States Congress - GovTrack.us I checked on the ideology scores of supplanted Democratic incumbents.
  • NY-14 - Joe Crowley 336 0.30 - AOC 429 0.09
  • MA-07 - Michael Capuano 383 0.24 - Ayanna Pressley 433 0.05
  • NY-16 - Eliot Engel 374 0.22
  • NY-17 - Nita Lowey (ret) 319 0.28
  • IL-03 - Dan Lipinski 230 0.41
  • MO-01 - Lacy Clay 343 0.26
Out of 436 House members counted.

Ideology scores by party and chamber:
  • House
    • R: 218 0.44 - 1 1.00
    • D: 436 0.00 - 150 0.64
  • House
    • R: 55 0.57 - 1 1.00
    • D: 100 0.00 - 47 0.68
The most liberal one is Bernie Sanders I-VT, and I counted him as an honorary Democrat. The most conservative Democrats back in the 116th Congress were Kyrsten Sinema AZ, Doug Jones AL, and Tim Manchin WV.
 

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"Worker self-management" seems like worker-run cooperatives, something that seems like a form of capitalism to me, even if many capitalism apologists seem to dislike it.
Worker self-management generally refers to a government enforcing it for (most) companies in its jurisdiction. It is thus a form of socialism (in fact, it is the form of socialism practiced in Titoist Yugoslavia) and is very different than voluntary arrangement to form an employee-owned co-op.

As I said, from their website, DSA is favoring that form of collective ownership of means of production.

Early in 2020 in a MLK-Day conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates,
He is the guy who wants to take money from white people and give it to people with his skin color.
Not very impressed by that racist grifter!

AOC stated that Jeff Bezos ought to turn Amazon into a worker-run cooperative, at least if I remember it correctly.
Government (AOC is in the government) expropriating business owners and turning them into worker-cooperatives is socialism.
 

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NRCC adds 10 Democrats to target list after release of census tally - Roll Call - "All members are from states due to lose House seats"
These 47 House Democrats are on the GOP’s target list for 2022 - Roll Call - "Members in districts Biden lost or facing redistricting on list"

Here are the numbers:
AZ-01 Tom O’Halleran * 205 0.50 3.2, AZ-02 Ann Kirkpatrick . 255 0.35 10.2, CA-03 John Garamendi . 276 0.33 9.4, CA-07 Ami Bera . 242 0.38 13.2, CA-10 Josh Harder * 210 0.46 10.4, CA-16 Jim Costa . 226 0.42 18.8, CA-36 Raul Ruiz . 249 0.36 20.6, CA-45 Katie Porter * 359 0.24 7.0, CA-49 Mike Levin * 326 0.28 6.2, CT-05 Jahana Hayes * 423 0.10 11.6, FL-07 Stephanie Murphy . 212 0.46 12.1, FL-13 Charlie Crist . 264 0.34 6.0, GA-06 Lucy McBath * 243 0.37 9.2, GA-07 Carolyn Bourdeaux * -- -- 2.8, IA-03 Cindy Axne * 200 0.51 1.4, IL-03 Marie Newman . -- -- 12.8, IL-06 Sean Casten . 339 0.26 7.4, IL-14 Lauren Underwood * 298 0.30 1.4, IL-17 Cheri Bustos . 246 0.37 4.0, KS-03 Sharice Davids * 262 0.35 10.0, ME-02 Jared Golden * 211 0.46 6.0, MI-05 Dan Kildee . 302 0.30 12.7, MI-08 Elissa Slotkin * 227 0.42 3.6, MI-11 Haley Stevens * 263 0.35 2.4, MN-02 Angie Craig * 229 0.42 2.2, MN-03 Dean Phillips . 194 0.54 11.2, NC-02 Deborah K. Ross . -- -- 28.2, NH-01 Chris Pappas * 235 0.40 5.1, NJ-03 Andy Kim * 225 0.42 7.7, NJ-05 Josh Gottheimer . 150 0.64 7.6, NJ-07 Tom Malinowski . 252 0.36 1.2, NJ-11 Mikie Sherrill * 239 0.38 6.6, NV-03 Susie Lee * 231 0.41 3.0 2.5, NV-04 Steven Horsford * 352 0.25 4.9, NY-03 Tom Suozzi . 267 0.34 12.5, NY-04 Kathleen Rice . 228 0.42 13.1, NY-18 Sean Patrick Maloney . 304 0.30 12.5, NY-19 Antonio Delgado * 214 0.46 11.6, NY-20 Paul Tonko . 312 0.29 22.4, NY-25 Joseph D. Morelle . 322 0.28 20.2, NY-26 Brian Higgins . 125 0.67 41.2, OH-13 Tim Ryan . 260 0.35 7.6, OR-04 Peter A. DeFazio * 329 0.27 5.3, OR-05 Kurt Schrader . 216 0.45 6.8, PA-06 Chrissy Houlahan . 232 0.41 12.2, PA-07 Susan Wild * 305 0.29 3.8, PA-08 Matt Cartwright * 257 0.35 3.6, PA-17 Conor Lamb * 224 0.42 2.2, TX-07 Lizzie Fletcher * 233 0.40 3.3, TX-15 Vicente Gonzalez * 208 0.47 2.9, TX-28 Henry Cuellar . 178 0.57 19.3, TX-32 Colin Allred * 217 0.44 6.0, TX-34 Filemon Vela . 240 0.38 13.6, VA-02 Elaine Luria * 220 0.44 5.7, VA-07 Abigail Spanberger * 201 0.50 1.8, WA-08 Kim Schrier * 254 0.35 3.6, WI-03 Ron Kind * 204 0.50 2.6

District, candidate, whether AOC donated to them, rank in ideology score, ideology score itself, margin of victory

There are some squeaker victories in this list, but not many.
 

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Amy Vilela on Twitter: "We're officially launching our first campaign video! ..." / Twitter
We're officially launching our first campaign video!

In it, I talk about the struggle—the struggle I’ve faced throughout my life and that so many others across Las Vegas and the country face every single day.

It's time to elect leaders who have experienced the struggle, and who will bring that experience with them in everything they do while serving and representing us in Washington, D.C.
Amy Vilela - Ballotpedia lists her as running in NV-01. She ran in NV-04 back in 2018. Her campaign literature is short of mentions of her district, though her Twitter signature mentions #NV01.
 

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Checking on Sunrise Movement - We Are The Climate Revolution it currently endorses Nina Turner and also some candidates for VA Gov and Lt Gov.


Brand New Congress on Twitter: "Thank you, @doctorow! We've got some exciting candidate announcements coming very soon. If you can pitch in, please click below!" / Twitter
But nothing new at Home - Brand New Congress

I then checked on Official BNC Nomination Form
"Please do not nominate yourself. It's important that nominations come from members of the community."

It has a sizable list of possible parties: Democrat, Democratic Socialist, Green, Independent, Libertarian, Progressive Democrat, Republican, Socialist, Working Families, Other

One can run for the US House or the US Senate, and BNC wants which House district or which state, as appropriate. BNC does not do state or local offices.

Relationship with nominee: Family, Friend, Supervisor, Coworker/Colleague, No personal relationship, Other
So one can nominate an employee.

Ages can be 25 - 35, 35 - 50, 50 - 65, 65+, unknown

Gender identities can be Female/Woman, Genderqueer/Gender nonconforming, Male/Men, Non-Binary, TransFemale/TransWoman, TransMale/TransMan, Decline to Answer

Also available: "Nominee LGBTQ+ Identity is Not Listed (Please Add Below)"

Might be fun to see the answer for Maebe A. Girl.

Race/Ethnicity can be some combination of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Asian Indian, Black and/or African American, Caribbean, Chinese, Hispanic and/or Latinx, Japanese, Korean, Mexican and/or Chicano/a, Middle Eastern, Multiracial, North African, Puerto Rican, Native Hawalian/Pacific Islander, White and/or Caucasian, Prefer Not to Respond
 

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The questionnaire asks about the nominee's website, Facebook URL, LinkedIn URL, Instagram URL, and Twitter handle, if any.

How Long has Nominee Lived in District? < 1 yr, 1 - 5 yrs, > 5 yrs, Unknown
I don't think that BNC wants any carpetbaggers.

Career is a sizable list: Activist/Community Organizer, Agriculture/Food/Natural Resources, Arts/Entertainment, Caregiver, Construction/Industrial, Creative/Design/Media, Education, Environmental Science, Finance/Business, Health/Medicine/Nursing/Wellness, Hospitality/Tourism/Service Industry, Law, Military, Non-Profits, Politics/Public Service, Public Safety/Corrections/Security, Religious Organization, Science/Technology/Engineering/Math, Social Services, Transportation/Distribution/Logistics, Volunteer/Organizing, Other

Has the nominee run before? No (Nominee has not run before), Yes (sizable list), Unknown

Under "Yes": Lost Local or State Race, Won Local Office, Won State Office, Lost Congressional Race, Lost Congressional Race with 40% or greater votes, Won Congressional Race

Does Nominee Refuse Corporate PAC Money? Yes, No, Unknown
Doubtful that BNC will like anyone who likes corporate PAC money, even money from PAC's funded by greentech companies.

Also asked about support for Medicare for All, Green New Deal, Criminal Justice Reform

Which Progressive Policies Does Nominee Support? Any of a big list: Abolish ICE, Affordable Housing, Cancel College Debt, DACA, Empower Tribal Nations, End Private Prisons and Detention Centers, End School-to-Prison Pipeline, Equality Act, Equal Pay for Equal Work, Free College, Gun Safety, Immigration Reform, Legalizing Marijuana, LGBTQIA Equality, Police Reform, Racial Justice, Reparations, Reproductive Rights, Trans Rights, Universal Childcare, Women's Rights, Other Progressive Policies

Why is this Nominee a Good Fit for Congress? "Please summarize in detail"

Is Nominee an Activist or Organizer? (Very / Some / No demonstrable involvement) in community

Share any notable Articles, Blogs, Videos, or Media Appearances by Nominee. (URL's)

Finally, the incumbent name, website, and party (Republican, Democrat, Independent, other)
 

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It was hard to find anything in BNC's new site about who runs that org. But under Media - Brand New Congress I found Brand New Congress on Instagram: “Please join us in celebrating Adrienne Bell (@adrbelltx ) as our new Executive Director! An educator and two-time Democratic Nominee for TX14 (2018 and 2020), Adrienne has been with BNC since the beginning as one of our very first endorsed candidates. Her leadership and advocacy across a host of progressive policies make her the perfect fit to lead our movement forward! #welcome #brandnewcongress …” - Mar 31
So Robb Ryerse is no longer the Executive Director of BNC. He ran for Congress in 2018 as a Republican, though he lost the party's primary.

I checked his Twitter feed and he makes no mention of that. Instead,
Robb Ryerse on Twitter: "Woo Pig" / Twitter
and then a lot of tweets about campaigning. Too much for me to quote, though I like these ones:

Robb Ryerse on Twitter: "Here’s something people don’t talk about very much re why regular people don’t (or can’t) run for office - they have a day job. In the church world, we have a word for this - bivocational. Until you’ve done it, you have no idea how hard it is to be a bivocational candidate." / Twitter

Robb Ryerse on Twitter: "What do Mitt Romney, Bernie Sanders, Mike Huckabee, and Cori Bush all have in common? (pic link)" / Twitter
(They lost the first time they ran)

Robb Ryerse on Twitter: "Lesson from my 2018 campaign: Have something for volunteers to do. When I first launched, 50 people immediately wanted to help. I got excited. They got excited. But I wasn’t prepared, and a lot of the excitement fizzled. If I were to do it again, I would do it differently." / Twitter
Good sense of humility about mismangement.

Robb Ryerse on Twitter: "“We may not be able to out-spend our opponents. But we can put-organize them.” @AOC said this in 2017. Prophetic. (pic link)" / Twitter

Robb Ryerse on Twitter: "If there was a cable channel of just @katieporteroc and @AOC asking committee questions ... take my money." / Twitter
then
Rep. Katie Porter on Twitter: "Big Pharma says they need to charge astronomical prices to pay for research and development. Yet, the amount they spend on manipulating the market to enrich shareholders completely eclipses what's spent on R&D. Today, I confronted a CEO about the industry's lies, with visuals ⤵️ (vid link)" / Twitter
 

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Robb Ryerse | Blog has some stuff on campaigning.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Run for Office (in the 2022 Elections)
  1. Do you really want to do this?
  2. Is your family on board?
  3. How will this impact your day job?
  4. Are you a good fit for your community?
    • Are people like you underrepresented by your current elected officials?
    • Do you have deep roots in your community?
    • Do the issues that matter to you matter to most of the people you’d represent?
    • Have you lived in your area long enough?
    • Will others rally around your campaign?
    • Do you have the experience and ideas necessary for the position you’re running for?
  5. What’s holding you back?
How Covid-19 Changed Political Campaigns Forever
About digital organizing,
Political organizing is the art and science of building personal relationships with people. These relationships can be leveraged to raise funds, recruit volunteers, and turn out voters. Digital organizing is using technology tools to accomplish all of this online. Covid-19 took away the tools of traditional political organizing - knocking on doors, clipboards, weekly gatherings. The campaigns that were successful in 2020 were able to use technology tools to do this same work.
Digital campaigning is different. "Examples of digital campaigning are going live on Facebook to talk about an issue, running targeted and retargeted ads, and having a quality website."

The Top 3 Reasons Why First-Time Candidates Lose
  1. The System Is (kind of) Rigged
    • One candidate I know was fired from her job because her well-connected opponent pulled strings with the owners of the company for which she worked.
    • A candidate in Illinois faced a costly legal battle over the signatures he collected to be on the ballot. He won the court case but spent most of his campaign budget doing so, leaving him in a terrible position to continue his run for office.
    • A first-time candidate in Florida was encouraged by the local police not to hold any campaign events after they received threats of violence from an “anonymous” tip.
    • Candidates across the country have been denied equal access to voter information and data from state political parties when they challenged incumbents in primaries.
  2. Fundraising
  3. Political Inexperience
The first two are related to being unknown. If nobody knows why you are, then why might anyone want to support you? Being unknown also means being short on social clout, thus the first difficulty. Without it, one is vulnerable to bullying like what was described, though with it, these same bullies might consider your rear end very kissable.

The Top 3 Reasons Why First-Time Candidates Win
  1. Be Yourself. "Voters want authenticity in their leaders. Be your authentic self. Don’t pander for votes. Don’t tell people what you think they want to hear. Be honest. Be true to yourself. Authenticity has a magnetic force all its own that will draw voters to you."
  2. Fundraising, Seriously Fundraise. It takes believing in yourself, courage, and consistency (set aside some time each day for fundraising).
  3. Out-Organize Your Opponent. AOC in 2017: “We may not be able to out-spend our opponents, but we can out-organize them.”
 

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First-Time Candidates Are Freaking Out about Fundraising (with good reason)
  1. Commit to Fundraising
  2. Invest in Tools to Help You. Compliance with FEC regs, Platform (ActBlue, ...), Customer Relationship Management systems...
  3. You’ve Got to Dial for Dollars
  4. You Need an Email Program. Collect e-mail addresses, e-mail regularly, vary your message.
  5. Know Your Goal: The Campaign Budget Template
About the fourth one, one ought to be honest about what one's doing.

This Is Why Social Media Can Make or Break Your Campaign (for first-time candidates)
  1. Your Voice. In general, be yourself. If you are funny, be funny. If you like details, go into detail. But don't be sarcastic very often.
  2. Numbers. Having a big social-media following is not the same as campaigning.
  3. Trolls
  4. Memes
  5. Double-Check Your Personal Social Accounts. Even if that means deleting some old posts.
  6. The Platforms: Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Clubhouse
For Facebook, create a page for one's campaign. Twitter is more of a conversation than a megaphone. Instagram is for images. LinkedIn not very good for campaigning if one has a day job. Clubhouse is audio-only.

4 Unexpected Obstacles First-Time Candidates Face
  1. Imposter Syndrome
  2. Worrying About Other People’s Feelings
  3. General Anxiety
  4. Emotional Rollercoaster
 

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The Issues That Will Make You Connect with Voters
  1. What issues matter to you?
  2. What issues matter to your voters?
  3. What are within the purview of the office you seek?
  4. Writing Your Platform
    • 1000 words - for a website: "several paragraphs with examples and anecdotes"
    • 100 words - for social media and voter guides: "a paragraph that focuses on the facts"
    • 10 words - memorize it and be able to answer questions about it: "a sentence"
    • 5 words - for graphics and slogans: "a phrase"
That last one reminds me of Gary Hart back in 1984. He started out making long, detailed descriptions of his positions, but when it became evident that that didn't grab people very much, he switched to "new ideas". Sen. Gary Hart ran for President back in 1984.

Volunteers Will Make You Successful (as a first-time candidate)
  1. Have some onboarding and training
  2. Have some consistent method of communication
  3. Have something for them to do
  4. Have some way to make it fun
  5. Have some gratitude

This Is Why You Need a Powerful Stump Speech (for beginners)
  1. Introduce Yourself
  2. Answer the Question - Why Am I Running for Office?
  3. Answer the Question - Why Should People Support You?
  4. Answer the Question - What Can Supporters Do Right Now to Help?
  5. Length - 5 to 8 minutes
  6. Stories - tell some anecdotes, but keep them related to your campaign
  7. Your Opponent - make your campaign about you, not your opponent
 

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I checked on Nominate - Justice Democrats and I'd have to enter some info about myself before I can continue.

But it states "Please don't nominate yourself, we want to hear from supporters first." Much like BNC.

Checking on the Nominations FAQ page, I find
Who Is Supposed To Submit Nominations?

Justice Democrats believes that for a leader to truly represent their community they should be an integral part of that community. We are trying to find nominees who work and live in their districts, who choose to devote their lives to helping people, who look like the people in their district, and are proud to live a life similar to their neighbors. A lot of times, those future leaders aren’t seeking the spotlight, and only people in the district know how incredible they really are.
No new nominations from JD at this time.

I've found this:
Justice Republicans (@JusticeRepubs) / Twitter "Working to build a Republican Party for the American working class, not corporate donors! Working hard to ensure a bipartisan Squad with Justice Repubs on it!"

But no site and no organizing that I could find.
 

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The Issues That Will Make You Connect with Voters
  1. What issues matter to you?
  2. What issues matter to your voters?
  3. What are within the purview of the office you seek?
  4. Writing Your Platform
    • 1000 words - for a website: "several paragraphs with examples and anecdotes"
    • 100 words - for social media and voter guides: "a paragraph that focuses on the facts"
    • 10 words - memorize it and be able to answer questions about it: "a sentence"
    • 5 words - for graphics and slogans: "a phrase"
That last one reminds me of Gary Hart back in 1984. He started out making long, detailed descriptions of his positions, but when it became evident that that didn't grab people very much, he switched to "new ideas". Sen. Gary Hart ran for President back in 1984.

Volunteers Will Make You Successful (as a first-time candidate)
  1. Have some onboarding and training
  2. Have some consistent method of communication
  3. Have something for them to do
  4. Have some way to make it fun
  5. Have some gratitude

This Is Why You Need a Powerful Stump Speech (for beginners)
  1. Introduce Yourself
  2. Answer the Question - Why Am I Running for Office?
  3. Answer the Question - Why Should People Support You?
  4. Answer the Question - What Can Supporters Do Right Now to Help?
  5. Length - 5 to 8 minutes
  6. Stories - tell some anecdotes, but keep them related to your campaign
  7. Your Opponent - make your campaign about you, not your opponent


That’s a very decent list. A good starting point.
 

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Gary Hart switched from too long to too short, it seems.

An ‘Army of 16-Year-Olds’ Takes On the Democrats - The New York Times
After mentioning how they helped Ed Markey defeat Joe Kennedy III last year,
But the Markeyverse carried out a devastating political maneuver, firmly fixing the idea of Senator Markey as a left-wing icon and Representative Kennedy as challenging him from the right. They carried out ambitious digital organizing, using social media to conjure up an in-person work force — “an army of 16-year-olds,” as one political veteran put it, who can “do anything on the internet.”

They are viewed apprehensively by many in Massachusetts’ Democratic establishment, who say that they smear their opponents and are never held accountable; that they turn on their allies at the first whiff of a scandal; and that they are attacking Democrats in a coordinated effort to push the whole party to the left, much as the Tea Party did, on the right, to the Republicans.
Then about a 17-year-old campaigner.
Both of his candidates lost, but narrowly, and he said he had learned something bigger: Outside of major cities, Massachusetts Democrats are not running sophisticated grass-roots campaigns.

“It’s this lax culture of ‘Who do you know?’” he said. “A lot of the state has never really seen any type of campaign political structure.”
Then about some of these young activists' opposition research.
 

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The surge of grass-roots activism has come as a jolt in Massachusetts, which, because it is so firmly in the grip of one party, does not have a history of competitive primaries.

The old guard, the consulting class, hasn’t figured out a way of combating it,” said Jordan Meehan, 29, who turned to Ms. Walsh to organize digital outreach for a campaign last year, when he challenged a 34-year incumbent for a State House seat. He lost but credits Ms. Walsh with devising a creative approach, reaching out individually to his social media followers and recruiting them for events and volunteer shifts.

“It really does threaten the whole consultant-industrial complex,” he said.
One will get a lot more meaningful choice in primaries than in general elections in such places, and these activists are taking advantage of that.

I don't know when "primary" as a verb got started, but it seems to be very recent, and I think that it was during heyday of the Tea Party movement. Some Tea Partiers made it a strategy to challenge Republican incumbents in primaries, and the movement had a major success: Dave Brat primaried Eric Cantor in 2014. DB was an economics professor and EC was a long-time incumbent and party leader.

But DB was a nobody while in office, and he was defeated after two terms.

In 2016, some Bernie Sanders campaigners formed Brand New Congress, with a willingness to primary excessively centrist or conservative Democrats. Though neither it or its spinoff group Justice Democrats was ever very successful, but in 2018, a BNC/JD candidate scored a success at least as spectacular as DB vs. EC: AOC vs. Joe Crowley, also a long-time incumbent and party leader.

AOC was joined by Ayanna Pressley in 2018, and Jamaal Bowman, Cori Bush, and Marie Newman in 2020. Who might join her in 2022?
 

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Another rematch in 2022: Melanie D'Arrigo vs. Tom Suozzi in NY-03. She's Brand New Congress's first endorsement of this campaign season.

Brand New Congress on Twitter: "Queens and Long Islanders, this is your candidate! Melanie D'Arrigo is running to represent #NY3, and we proudly welcome her to BNC's 2022 slate! Follow @DarrigoMelanie, boost the signal, and support Melanie's campaign as a founding donor- right now! (links)" / Twitter

She responded
Melanie D'Arrigo for NY3 on Twitter: "I’m a mom of 3 running for Congress to fight for my daughters’ future and yours. I will fight to repeal the dangerous Hyde Amendment and center reproductive justice. #NY3 has never elected a woman, can you help make history? Launch our campaign strong: donate & RT this 🧵 (link)" / Twitter

She's gotten a lot of endorsements:
Melanie D'Arrigo for NY3 on Twitter: "I am humbled and proud to launch with the endorsements of @NationalNOWPAC @BrandNew535 @MomsInOffice @herboldmoveUSA @progwomenofny and @es_indivisible. We're not taking a single dime of corporate PAC money, chip in here: (link)" / Twitter
She's for
  • reproductive justice
  • equal pay
  • paid family leave
  • ending our maternal mortality crisis.
She's had a lot of success so far:
Melanie D'Arrigo for NY3 on Twitter: "WOW - we’ve raised $20K online within the first hour of announcing my candidacy! Can you chip in now to show you are with us on day #1? (link)" / Twitter

Rep. Tom Suozzi will be challenged by progressive Melanie D’Arrigo - New York Daily News describing her as "a progressive health care consultant from Long Island"
Melanie D’Arrigo, who lost to Suozzi in the 2020 primary by more than 40 percentage points, said in an interview that her chances at winning “are very different this time around.”

“We have a base that we didn’t have last time, and I think the appetite is there for change,” said D’Arrigo, whose campaign announcement came along with endorsements from six prominent progressive groups, including Brand New Congress and the National Organization for Women.
 

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More of that interview:
The congressman, 58, is known on Capitol Hill as a moderate and serves as the vice-chair of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, making him vulnerable to primary challenges from the Democratic Party’s increasingly influential left wing.

...
“Congressman Suozzi takes a lot of money from insurance groups and pharma groups that give him money so that he will not support ‘Medicare For All,’” said D’Arrigo, who’s a proponent of the single-payer health care system favored by progressives. “If you’re going to represent the people, you cannot take money from groups that work against the people.”
MDA is 40 years old.

Melanie D'Arrigo for NY3 on Twitter: "Today, our campaign is proud to announce that we’ve raised 50K in the first 12 hours of our launch, placing us among the top Progressive challengers in history. In fact, more than any challenger not backed by @justicedems. Thank you so much for your overwhelming support! (link)" / Twitter

Much like AOC vs. Joe Crowley.
 

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Nina Turner, running for OH-11, has gotten an endorsement from Rep. Katie Porter, and that endorsement was recently trending on Twitter. She's already gotten numerous endorsements.

It got this odd response:
Silent Amuse on Twitter: "In honor of Katie Porter's endorsement of Nina Turner,
I invite everyone in the sanity-based community to please send a quick donation to Shontel Brown.
Please Retweet (link)" / Twitter



Youseff Baddar is running in OH-05, and he seems like a long shot. He is running as an independent.
 

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Are We Entering a New Political Era? | The New Yorker - "The neoliberal order seems to be collapsing. A generation of young activists is trying to insure that it’s replaced by progressive populism, not by the fascist right."

"Justice Democrats is reshaping the Democratic Party by giving moderates an unignorable reason to guard their left flank." Along with lots of less-prominent ones, like its parent Brand New Congress.
“It’s one thing for the progressive movement to tell a politician, ‘It sure would be nice if you did this,’ ” Alexandra Rojas, the group’s executive director, told me. “It’s another to be able to say, ‘Look, you should probably do this if you want to keep your job.’ ” This insurgent approach has caused establishment figures from both parties to refer to Justice Democrats and its ilk as the Tea Party of the left. Max Berger, an early employee, said, “If that’s supposed to mean that we’re equivalent to white-supremacist dipshits who want to blow up the government or move toward authoritarianism, then I would consider that both an insult and a really dumb misreading of what we’re trying to do. But if it means that we come out of nowhere and, within a few years, we have one of the two major parties implementing our agenda—and if our agenda is to promote multiracial democracy and give people union jobs and help avert a climate crisis—then, yeah, I’m down to be the Tea Party of the left.”
Also mentioned the Sunrise Movement (climate activist), Data for Progress (polling), New Consensus (think tank), United We Dream (immigrants' rights), Momentum (organizer training)
Rhiana Gunn-Wright, one of the main authors of the Green New Deal, said, “You can put together the perfect policy plan, but if it doesn’t fit within the dominant ideological frame then you’re getting laughed out of the room. So, while we argue for our ideas, we also keep trying to push out the frame.”
Waleed Shahid of the JD's:
“In any other country—a parliamentary system in Europe or Asia or South America—we’d be called either social democrats or democratic socialists,” Shahid told me. “Our party would win twenty-five per cent of the seats, and we’d have real power.” But, in a two-party system, “the way to get there is to run from within one of the two parties and, ultimately, try to take it over.”
What the Tea Party did to the Republican Party. The Tea Party is still with us, as the Trump cult.
 

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Gary Gerstle, an American historian at the University of Cambridge, has argued, in the journal of the Royal Historical Society, that “the last eighty years of American politics can be understood in terms of the rise and fall of two political orders.” The first was the “New Deal order,” which began in the thirties, when Franklin Delano Roosevelt established a social safety net that Americans eventually took for granted. Next came the “neoliberal order,” during which large parts of that safety net were unravelled. The axioms of neoliberalism—for instance, that deficit spending is reckless, free markets are sacrosanct, and the government’s main job is to get out of the way—felt radical when they were proposed, in the forties and fifties, by hard-line libertarian intellectuals like Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. In the sixties and seventies, these axioms became central to the New Right. By the late eighties, the ideas that had been thought of as Reaganism were starting to be understood as realism. A new order had taken hold.

A political order is bigger than any party, coalition, or social movement. In one essay, Gerstle and two co-authors describe it as “a combination of ideas, policies, institutions, and electoral dynamics . . . a hegemonic governing regime.”
Then about how Dwight Eisenhower keeping the New Deal going, Bill Clinton slashing welfare, Richard Nixon proposing a universal basic income, and Barack Obama not doing so.

Gerstle argues that dominant orders seem like common sense, “making alternative ideologies seem marginal and unworkable.” As Margaret Thatcher liked to say, TINA: there is no alternative.

 Cyclical theory (United States history) - the US has gone through roughly six political regimes. Here, with the Schlesinger periods:
  • Founding - (LC) Revolution and Constitution (C) Hamilton Era (L) Jefferson Era (C) Era of Good Feelings
  • Jackson - (LC) Jackson Era (C) Slaveowner Dominance
  • Civil War - (LR) Civil War, Slavery Abolition, Reconstruction (C) Gilded Age
  • Progressive - (LC) Progressive Era (C) Roaring Twenties
  • New Deal - (L) New Deal (C) Eisenhower Era (LCR) Sixties Era
  • Neoliberal, Gilded Age II - (C) Gilded Age II
L = liberal, C = conservative; C = Huntington creedal passion, R = race-relations upheaval
Peter Turchin's cycles:
  • Rising - Founding
  • Falling - Jackson, Civil War
  • Rising - Progressive, New Deal
  • Falling - Gilded Age II
The first Gilded Age lasted some 30 years, and the second one has so far lasted 40 years.

Frank DiStefano discusses these regimes in "The Next Realignment", and he proposes that they begin with two parties each taking different stances on what kind of nation the US is to be. As they achieve their goals, they lose their sense of purpose, and they degenerate into career vehicles and grifts.

That is happening now, and we are due for a realignment. That is also evident from Schlesinger's theory. A liberal phase ends from society-scale activism burnout, and a conservative one from accumulation of unsolved social problems. The latter is what is now happening.
 

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Barack Obama in a recent interview: “Through Clinton and even through how I thought about these issues when I first came into office, I think there was a residual willingness to accept the political constraints that we’d inherited from the post-Reagan era. Probably there was an embrace of market solutions to a whole host of problems that wasn’t entirely justified.” He and others felt constrained by the ideology of Gilded Age II.

Early Obama donor Reed Hundt wrote a book about the Obama years called "A Crisis Wasted" (2019) where he argued that the Obama admin's inadequate response to the 2008 financial crash was from feeling constrained by “neoliberal dogmas”. When Obama's economic advisors discovered that “the economy needed $1.7 trillion of additional spending in order to produce full employment”, chief of staff Rahm Emanuel objected that Congress would be spooked by any price tag “starting with a t.”

Back to the article. "After the financial crisis, it became increasingly clear that the market was not going to self-correct, and that inequality was likely to keep widening." The Tea Party emerged on the right, and Occupy Wall Street on the left. OWS fizzled out after crackdowns on their campsites after a few months of occupying city parks -- the OWS people didn't bother to find new meeting places.

Gerstle again. “The Great Recession of 2008 fractured America’s neoliberal order, creating a space in which different kinds of politics, including the right-wing populism of Donald Trump and the left-wing populism of Bernie Sanders, could flourish.” Three years ago, he wrote a journal article, “The Rise and Fall (?) of America’s Neoliberal Order.” He stated that by the end of the decade, we will see if it “can be repaired, or whether it will fall.” He is now writing a book by that name, but without the (?).

“We’ve already seen, under Trump, an early version of what a right-wing post-neoliberal order might look like. Ethno-nationalist, anti-democratic, trending toward authoritarianism.”

He concedes that a progressive version is “harder to nail down,” but “we might be starting to see it unfold under Biden.” He noted that “for all of Obama’s charisma, and Joe Biden’s reputation for political caution and for stumbling over his words, Biden seems likelier to emerge as the larger-than-life figure. This is where personality matters less than circumstance. Obama was stuck within a preëxisting order, but Biden is inheriting a more fluid moment.”

Joe Biden seems very boring to many people, a pleasant and friendly elder figure, but without much charisma. Republican strategists can't find anything that gets their party's base to hate him, so they are focusing on other Democrats.

So yes, he is a very unlikely revolutionary. But the US's founders were also rather unlikely revolutionaries, except for Thomas Paine and maybe some others.
 

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About a Justice Democrats meeting,
In the public imagination, political movements are associated with picket lines or with throngs amassing on the National Mall, but a surprising amount of the work takes place via spreadsheets and PowerPoint decks.
Behind-the-scenes activism work.
If politics is the art of the possible, then there are two kinds of radicals: those who disdain all worldly forms of politics, and those who engage in politics in order to change what’s possible. The former may make a disproportionate amount of noise, especially on the Internet, but the latter tend to notch more tangible victories.

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If the jaded, bellicose young socialists who post and podcast for a living are sometimes referred to as the dirtbag left—or, even more derisively, as the Patreon left—this nascent cohort might be called the PowerPoint left: anti-incrementalist but not anti-pragmatic, skeptical but not reflexively cynical, willing to speak truth to power but not averse to acquiring some. Its collective outlook is sweetly earnest, sometimes to the point of treating politics as a spiritual practice. More than one person, contrasting the abrasiveness of the Bernie bros to female-led groups such as Justice Democrats and Sunrise, described the cohort as “matriarchal.”
Brand New Congress has recently joined them with former BNC candidate Adrienne Bell taking over.

The groups are mostly run by people in their 20's, and they are short on hierarchy and cash.

"Officially, the groups are all independent. In practice, everyone seems to be everyone else’s co-author, drinking buddy, former mentor, or romantic partner."
Just as pragmatic liberals pursue piecemeal reforms and orthodox Marxists hold out for the proletarian revolution, the lodestar of the PowerPoint left is ideological realignment. “For as long as I’ve been old enough to be conscious of politics, all I’ve known is a Democratic Party that has defined itself as ‘We’re less bad than Republicans,’ ” Girgenti told me. “With J.D. and Sunrise, the starting point is more like, ‘If we as a society didn’t accept the busted logic of anti-government austerity, what would that allow us to do?’ ”

Waleed Shahid: “There are segments within the left that have always been allergic to anything having to do with elections or politics. Our basic feeling was, Sure, we can cede the entire terrain of electoral politics to the center and the right, but how does that help us achieve our goals, exactly?”

Getting good people into office is not the only thing, but it's an essential thing. A successful movement will need both activists and elected supporters.

Civil-rights activist Bayard Rustin: “If we only protest for concessions from without, then [the Democratic Party] treats us in the same way as any of the other conflicting pressure groups. . . . But if the same amount of pressure is exerted from inside the party using highly sophisticated political tactics, we can change the structure of that party.”
 

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When Movements Anchor Parties | Princeton University Press by Daniel Schlozman
Throughout American history, some social movements, such as organized labor and the Christian Right, have forged influential alliances with political parties, while others, such as the antiwar movement, have not. ...

Taking readers from the Civil War to today, Daniel Schlozman shows how two powerful alliances—those of organized labor and Democrats in the New Deal, and the Christian Right and Republicans since the 1970s—have defined the basic priorities of parties and shaped the available alternatives in national politics. He traces how they diverged sharply from three other major social movements that failed to establish a place inside political parties—the abolitionists following the Civil War, the Populists in the 1890s, and the antiwar movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
Back to the article. The two major US parties are "weak parties". "In other countries, parties decide which policies they favor, then select candidates who will implement them; in the United States, the parties are more like empty vessels whose agendas are continually contested by internal factions." I think back to when AOC said that in most other countries, she and Joe Biden would be in different parties. With more ideologically coherent parties, that would indeed be the case.

"In the U.S., the only successful insurgency was happening on the right." Then discussing Dave Brat's victory over Eric Cantor in the 2014 Republican primaries, with DB portraying EC as soft on immigration, though DB had $200K and EC $5M in campaign cash. That doomed a major immigration-reform bill.
Shahid, who was then working for an immigrants’-rights group, was crushed by the news, but he also saw it as a proof of concept. “My first reaction was, Looks like a small faction really can change the direction of an entire party,” he recalled. “My second reaction was, I bet I could raise two hundred thousand dollars.”
If Dave Brat could bring down a major Republican leader, could someone bring down a major Democratic leader?
 

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The article described a leftist-activist coalition called All of Us or #AllofUs. In 2016, its members were sure that the Presidential candidates were Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Both of them were favorites of the establishments of their parties. But Hillary almost lost to Bernie Sanders and Jeb Bush lost to Donald Trump, alongside candidates ranging from experienced politicians to vanity candidates. Then Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump.

Yong Jung Cho: “We were getting ready to make the case that, even if it looks like the establishment is still in control, the American people are going to be ready for populism soon. Then we looked around and went, Oh, it looks like people are ready for populism right now.”

They delivered a presentation that stated that neoliberalism was now spent and that a big shift in “the terms of political debate” was both necessary and possible. “A movement-aligned faction can take control of the party.”

When YJC and WS meet Alexandra Rojas of Justice Democrats at a sort of left-wing activist convention, they explained to her their theory of realignment, and she said "Oh, yeah, that’s kind of how we see it, too, we just haven’t had time to write it down."

The article mixes up the history of Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats a bit, describing some events in BNC's early history as JD events.

Corbin Trent, once of the founders of BNC, "sometimes insisted that a candidate with a bold enough platform should, in theory, be viable anywhere." WS protested “Dude, I’m Muslim! There are a lot of districts in this country that I could not even run in.”.

The article: "They hoped that the novelty of their plan would attract national media attention and a wave of small donations. It didn’t work."

BNC and JD founder Zack Exley: “It was a nice dream, but we ended up realizing that the partisan divides were just too strong.”
... Justice Democrats had received some ten thousand nominations—an organic-cotton farmer in Wyoming, a pastor in South Carolina. Employees interviewed applicants by phone, taking notes in a Google spreadsheet. Ocasio-Cortez, nominated by her brother Gabriel, was rated a four out of four in several categories (strength as a nominee, good fit for district). Under “Would this applicant do well on TV?” the interviewer wrote, “Absolutely.”
That was BNC.
 

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By late 2017, JD was very short on money, and found it hard to get enough to pay its staff. Its organizers listed as internal goals “Get (at least one) incumbent establishment scalp to become a credible threat” and “Lead (at least one) national policy/ideological fight in the Democratic Party.”

They decided to go all-out on three candidates: Anthony Clark IL-07 (a Chicago teacher), Cori Bush, and AOC. "Shahid, Chakrabarti, and Trent spent the next few months in New York, devoting most of their time to the Ocasio-Cortez campaign." AOC won and the other two lost.
Ocasio-Cortez’s ascent had many causes, from quirks in New York election law to her raw political skill. On cable news, her election was often framed in personal terms. At every opportunity, though, she talked about herself as part of a burgeoning faction. Last year, when a reporter from New York asked her how she might legislate under a Biden Presidency, she said, “In any other country, Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party.” This, too, was interpreted through an interpersonal lens. She later clarified that she hadn’t meant it as an insult; it was simply a fact. It was also the kind of thing you might say if you’d been subjected to one too many PowerPoints about factional realignment.
The article then described pushing the Green New Deal and also Biden's campaign proposals, complete with how they went farther than Bernie Sanders in 2016. "When Exley embarked on his diplomacy campaign, in 2019, this was just the sort of outcome he was hoping for."

Then Rep. Conor Lamb vs. AOC after the 2020 elections. CL blamed the left, decrying “the message of defunding the police and banning fracking . . . policies that are unworkable and extremely unpopular.” By contrast, centrist Dems advocates positions “rooted in common sense, in reality, and yes, politics. Because we need districts like mine to stay in the majority.” He was responding to AOC, who stated in a NYT interview that for now, D's in purple districts might think it safe not to take bold positions, but that such centrists were “setting up their own obsolescence.”

"If some historians now see Jimmy Carter as the last President of the New Deal era, then it’s reasonable to wonder whether Biden will be the last President of the neoliberal era, or the first President of whatever comes next."

Is JB really a frustrated progressive? That's doubtful, though Gerstle pointed out that FDR and LBJ were also moderates who resisted big changes, but who ended up feeling forced to do so.
“Whenever progressives have won in America,” he said, they’ve done so by “pulling the center to the left.” The Civil War historian Eric Foner compared contemporary progressives like Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez to the Radical Republicans who goaded Abraham Lincoln, a moderate in his party, to abolish slavery. “In times of crisis,” Foner told me, “people with a clear ideological analysis come to the fore.”
 

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... it is inarguable that the Bernie Sanders-A.O.C. wing of the Party, which barely existed a few years ago, is now contesting for power in ways that were recently unimaginable. John Kerry is Biden’s climate czar—a job that was created only because Sunrise and other activist groups demanded it. Ron Klain, Biden’s chief of staff, actively courts leftist support, liking tweets from Shahid and McElwee along with the usual fare from Axios and the Center for American Progress.
All in all, a nice article.

Paula Jean Swearengin bows out. At least for now. Of her three Knock Down The House costars, AOC is in her second term, Cori Bush in her first, and Amy Vilela is running against after campaigning for Bernie Sanders in 2020.

Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "I don't want to disappoint but I doubt I will ever run for office again. I'll never ask anyone to sacrifice their dollars & time until I know that grassroots campaigns are not destroyed by the system that broke us in the first place. I'm not so sure anymore." / Twitter
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it's me monida! on Twitter: "@paulajean2020 People rarely win their first time please run again" / Twitter
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Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "@monidaw2 I never wanted to get into politics. I was in two national races out of desperation for survival. It's not about winning elections. It's about people not having to struggle like most of us do." / Twitter
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lfc13/14 on Twitter: "@paulajean2020 @monidaw2 A reluctant politician is the only kind of politician worth being. Please please, run again. The very fact that you’d consider not running for the reasons you’ve stated are the exact reason we need you to try again if you’re up for it" / Twitter
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Christina on Twitter: "@Akpaedem @paulajean2020 @monidaw2 "Great leaders aren't 'made' they're cornered." 🔥" / Twitter

chronicle of wasted time on Twitter: "@paulajean2020 @monidaw2 It sucks though because this is what they want. For the best of us to become demoralized and exhausted. I have no right to complain, I haven't done anything. It just sucks that Paula's out too now." / Twitter

austin bradfield on Twitter: "@paulajean2020 Organizing a strong union movement is a prerequisite for progressive Change." / Twitter
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Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "@culture_nit I'm sure Mother Jones, Joe Hill, Bill Blizzard, the coal miners of Blair Mountain and Matewan can relate." / Twitter

Roger on Twitter: "@paulajean2020 I don’t blame you. You did your job. We'll take it from here. You enjoy & spend time with that beautiful grandchild of yours" / Twitter
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Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "@Roger2dot0 I didn't say I was done." / Twitter
 

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Justice Democrats has a new candidate: Kina Collins IL-07 - Kina Collins, anti-gun-violence activist, announces primary challenge to Illinois Democrat Danny Davis - CNNPolitics
"From leading the gun violence prevention movement in Illinois, to fighting for Medicare for all and holding elected officials accountable after the murder of Laquan McDonald, Kina has already delivered results for her community," Alexandra Rojas, the executive director of Justice Democrats, said in a statement. "The people of this district are ready for a new generation of leadership who will show up everyday in Congress and fight for the change her community needs."
She argues that Rep. Davis has been neglecting his community.
"I've been at community meeting after community meeting on urgent issues like health care and gun violence, and Congressman Davis just doesn't show up," Collins told CNN. "We are in a watershed moment coming out of this pandemic, and in this recession we need someone who's been organizing on the front lines of the district. These urgent crises require urgent leadership."

Collins' activist work was recognized by then President-elect Joe Biden's team when she was asked to join the transition's task force on gun violence.

"I've been working on every single level on this issue, and it is one of the top issues in our district," Collins said. "People in the city of Chicago, people in the western suburbs, they want solutions and they want to make sure that they're going to elect somebody who's going to fight for prevention and reaction."
She criticized Rep. Davis for accepting corporate PAC donations, and she argued that she was the progressive candidate to get behind, to avoid splitting the vote in a FPTP election. Even if that might seem like "I believe in dictatorship, but with me the dictator." Back in 2020 she ran against JD choice Anthony Clark and a third challenger for Rep. Davis.
"I think that we are going to make it very apparent that I am the progressive challenger that progressive groups need to get behind," Collins said, pointing to Justice Democrats' decision and other early endorsers, including the Women's March Illinois. "We're building the rainbow coalition."
Danny K. Davis - Ballotpedia -  Danny K. Davis - he was born in 1941 and he has been in the House since 1977. He consistently beats Republicans with large margins - they get only 12 - 15% of the vote. So it is in the primaries where he is vulnerable.
  • 2012: DD 84.5%, Jack Conway 15.5%
  • 2014: (unopposed)
  • 2016: DD 81.2%, Thomas Day 18.8%
  • 2018: DD 73.9%, Anthony Clark 26.1%
  • 2020: DD 60.2%, Kina Collins 13.9%, Anthony Clark 13.0%, Kristine Schanbacher 13.0%
So at the rate of DD's vote-share decline, KC has a good chance to win in 2022.
 

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Brand New Congress now supports Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick for FL-20. That district is in the Everglades between Miami and Lake Okeechobee, with fingers extending to Hollywood, Ft. Lauderdale, and W Palm Beach.

This seat was vacated by the death of long-time Rep. Alcee Hastings. Whoever wins the Democratic primary will likely win the general election.
 

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There are already literally hundreds of third-parties, yet you all say "we need a 3rd party." Guess what? They already exist! The question is this: why aren't they viable? It's because there's momentum to create new parties but ZERO momentum for actual electoral reform.

Other than the Democratic Party and MAGA, the two strongest parties in the U.S. are the Libertarians — operated by and for psychotics and morons — and the Green Party — which did succeed in electing a President! (In 2000, the Greens were delighted to defeat Al Gore — the most pro-Green of any major Presidential candidate ever — and install George W. Bush as Prez.) Ross Perot's Party did rather well in 1992 — so well that its wrong-headed ideas have been largely adopted by MAGA.

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The recent Presidential election in Peru is bemusing. In a huge field, only the two highest vote-getters qualified for the run-off, despite that those 2 combined got less than 1/3 of the vote. Voters are asked to choose between a right-wing woman whose main campaign plank is to release a corrupt ex-dictator (her father) from prison, and a school-teacher whose left-wing party has zero seats in Parliament. Centrists in Peru must have felt more than a little exasperated. (Several days after the election, it is still too close to call; the left-winger is leading.)
 

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There are already literally hundreds of third-parties, yet you all say "we need a 3rd party." Guess what? They already exist! The question is this: why aren't they viable? It's because there's momentum to create new parties but ZERO momentum for actual electoral reform.

Other than the Democratic Party and MAGA, the two strongest parties in the U.S. are the Libertarians — operated by and for psychotics and morons — and the Green Party — which did succeed in electing a President! (In 2000, the Greens were delighted to defeat Al Gore — the most pro-Green of any major Presidential candidate ever — and install George W. Bush as Prez.) Ross Perot's Party did rather well in 1992 — so well that its wrong-headed ideas have been largely adopted by MAGA.

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The recent Presidential election in Peru is bemusing. In a huge field, only the two highest vote-getters qualified for the run-off, despite that those 2 combined got less than 1/3 of the vote. Voters are asked to choose between a right-wing woman whose main campaign plank is to release a corrupt ex-dictator (her father) from prison, and a school-teacher whose left-wing party has zero seats in Parliament. Centrists in Peru must have felt more than a little exasperated. (Several days after the election, it is still too close to call; the left-winger is leading.)

Yea, I never understood why the far left hated Gore so much. I think he would have been a great president. He is a true environmentalist who cares about the planet. Maybe they didn't want to be outflanked by a democratic moderate. But the US and the world really paid a price for this.
 

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Rebecca Parson is again running for WA-06.

Brand New Congress now endorses Shervin Aazami of CA-30

I was curious about his name, so I researched further. From About in his campaign site,
Shervin was born in Bologna, Italy, the son of two Iranian asylum seekers who faced religious persecution and fled for their lives in the wake of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Before his second birthday, his parents immigrated to the San Fernando Valley and settled in Canoga Park, California.
I'm guessing that his parents could be Bahais. The Bahai sect is an offshoot of Islam that emerged in the 19th cy., and that was persecuted rather heavily when the Khomeini regime took over in Iran. So if he is also a Bahai and if he gets elected, he will likely be the first of that sect to be elected in Congress.
 
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