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Democrats trying to unseat each other II

Derec

Contributor

What was "racist" in that race pray tell?

A big example of such hippie-punching by mainstream Democrats is Bill Clinton slamming Sister Souljah in 1992.

Lisa Williamson is a racist who wanted to see black people kill more whites. She is scum, and Clinton rightly attacked her. Unfortunately, that kind of racism would be fully embraced in the modern Democratic Party. :rolleyes:
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Shahid Buttar continued with the San Francisco Chronicle once "maliciously and recklessly published a series of stories about allegations from a person who had for years accused me and many other people (including an 80 year old peace activist in North Carolina) of a long litany of cartoonishly implausible crimes including murder, human trafficking, and various conspiracies."
The defamatory Chronicle stories were planted by Democratic Party operatives who I had hired in 2019, and then replaced in 2020 after we won the top-two primary that spring. In addition to bringing the false accusation of sexual misconduct to the press, the same voices also hid from journalists the further facts about my accuser that they knew, and then added false claims of their own, based on never-specified behavior that no one else beyond them ever witnessed, lacking any evidence.

Back to Nina Turner, she has been quoted out of context about her "bowl of shit" remarks. She said that Joe Biden's policies are only half a bowl of shit compared to Trump's policies' full bowl of shit.


Also, about charisma, I think that it would be hard to compare to Nina Turner in that department.
 

Harry Bosch

Contributor
Shahid Buttar continued with the San Francisco Chronicle once "maliciously and recklessly published a series of stories about allegations from a person who had for years accused me and many other people (including an 80 year old peace activist in North Carolina) of a long litany of cartoonishly implausible crimes including murder, human trafficking, and various conspiracies."
The defamatory Chronicle stories were planted by Democratic Party operatives who I had hired in 2019, and then replaced in 2020 after we won the top-two primary that spring. In addition to bringing the false accusation of sexual misconduct to the press, the same voices also hid from journalists the further facts about my accuser that they knew, and then added false claims of their own, based on never-specified behavior that no one else beyond them ever witnessed, lacking any evidence.

Back to Nina Turner, she has been quoted out of context about her "bowl of shit" remarks. She said that Joe Biden's policies are only half a bowl of shit compared to Trump's policies' full bowl of shit.


Also, about charisma, I think that it would be hard to compare to Nina Turner in that department.

Well, if you read her posts and interviews, she comes across as being much more against Biden than Trump. I don't know. To me, Nina Turner seemed to be more running to be a member of the "Squad" rather than running to represent the democrats.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Shontel Brown's big-money PAC supporters could have made the sorts of ads that progressives often make. Like present her a Burkean conservative, a very cautious reformist.

Burkean conservative? The more highbrow of conservatives have long admired a certain Edmund Burke, who rather famously criticized the French Revolution as reckless and ideological.


That aside, Brand New Congress is now endorsing Imani Oakley NJ-10. Her district includes Newark NJ.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Brand New Congress – Fighting for a better America. has a nicely redesigned site. Justice Democrats - Let's Elect the Next Generation now features Jessica Cisneros.

  • Angelica Dueñas - CA-29 - C San Fernando Valley - D+50 - Tony Cárdenas - January 3, 2013 - id inc 0.22
  • Shervin Aazami - CA-30 - W San Fernando Valley - D+39 - Brad Sherman - January 3, 1997 - id inc 0.34
  • Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick - FL-20 - Ft. Lauderdale, W Palm Beach - D+55 - (open seat)
  • Melanie D'Arrigo - NY-03 - NW Long Island - D+10 - Thomas Suozzi - January 3, 2017 - id inc 0.34
  • Imani Oakley - NJ-10 - Newark - D+66 - Donald Payne Jr. - November 15, 2012 - id inc 0.22
  • Kina Collins - IL-07 - parts of Chicago, W SW suburbs - D+74 - Danny K. Davis - January 3, 1997 - id inc 0.19
  • Rana Abdelhamid - NY-12 - E Manhattan, NW Brooklyn, W Queens - D+69 - Carolyn Maloney - January 3, 1993 - id inc 0.17
  • Odessa Kelly - TN-05 - Nashville - D+23 - Jim Cooper - January 3, 1983 - id inc 0.30
  • Jessica Cisneros - TX-28 - - San Antonio suburbs to Laredo - D+4 (D+19) - Henry Cuellar - January 3, 2005 - id inc 0.57
Let's look back at the previous successes of BNC and JD.

2018:
  • AOC - NY-12 - E Bronx, N Queens - D+45 (D+58) - Joe Crowley - January 3, 1999 - id 0.09 prev 0.31
  • Ayanna Pressley - MA-07 - 3/4 of Boston - D+72 - Mike Capuano - January 3, 1999 - id 0.05 prev 0.24
  • Rashida Tlaib - MI-13 - parts of Detroit, suburbs - D+59 - (open seat) - id 0.08
  • Ilhan Omar - MN-05 - Minneapolis, some suburbs - D+63 - (open seat) - id 0.10
2020:
  • Jamaal Bowman - NY-16 - N Bronx, S Westchester Cty - D+52 - Eliot Engel - January 3, 1989 - id prev 0.22
  • Marie Newman - IL-03 - W SW Chicago suburbs - D+13 - Dan Lipinski - January 3, 2005 (succeeded father Bill Lipinski) - id prev 0.41
  • Cori Bush - MO-01 - St. Louis, some of N suburbs - D+61 - Lacy Clay - January 3, 2001 (succeeded father Bill Clay) - id prev 0.26

Ideology scores from the report cards at govtrack.us -- 0 = liberal, 1 = conservative
 

ZiprHead

Loony Running The Asylum
Staff member
Well, this is an unusual campaign ad.

[TWEET]<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today, I’m launching my campaign for Congress here in FL-15. It’s gonna be a different kind of campaign, for a challenging moment in our country, so I made a different kind of video. <br><br>Watch it now, then chip in a buck or two to help us start strong: <a href="https://t.co/O9nBT8Ae20">https://t.co/O9nBT8Ae20</a> <a href="https://t.co/47axwgMh2q">pic.twitter.com/47axwgMh2q</a></p>— Eddie Geller (@gellered) <a href="https://twitter.com/gellered/status/1425804436425818118?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 12, 2021</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>[/TWEET]
 

lpetrich

Contributor
AOC's commercials:
For the most part, both ads are very positive. She didn't make her first ad mostly about Joe Crowley and her second ad mostly about Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

She did make a negative ad against MCC in 2020, but that ad is much less well-known. She said in it that MCC is "not one of us", saying that MCC is a Wall Street carpetbagger from Trump Tower. MCC, however, did mostly negative ads.


Yvette Simpson Schools ABC News On Nina Turner's Loss While Rahm Emanuel Squirms - YouTube - "Yvette Simpson, the CEO of Democracy for America, debated why Nina Turner lost in Ohio's 11th district with Rahm Emanuel and host George Stephanopoulos on ABC News."

YS claimed that Shontel Brown lost to Nina Turner in her own district, and that appealing to affluent voters in the Shaker Heights neighborhood is what gave SB enough votes to win.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "A screenshot in hopes this won't get lost in the Twitter noise...I fully supported you @AOC ! Can you go back to fully supporting #Medicare4All again?

I'm asking for all of my friends & supporters that believed in you too. #MedicareForAll (link)" / Twitter

(on AOC tweeting less and less about M4A over the last few years)

Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "@Meko4403 @AOC It's all semantics and theatrical at this point when she used #Medicare4All to enhance her career. I'm still mind blown that she considers this a career at all. She acted like she was the rest of struggling Americans to get elected." / Twitter

She got a response:
Meg Kremer on Twitter: "@paulajean2020 @AOC Theatre and culture wars are big. Maybe I am naive, but I think Bernie, AOC, and the rest do want medicare4All. Yet, it wasn't the ONLY thing she ran on. I'm not a single issue voter. I accept our system is jacked & change is slow." / Twitter

Then,
Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "@Meko4403 @AOC She also campaigned on a livable wage, the green new deal and a federal jobs guarantee. *crickets*" / Twitter


Susan Sarandon, Paula Jean Swearengin Joining Action At AOC's Bronx Office Today Demanding She Fight For Medicare For All


PJS again:
Paula Jean Swearengin on Twitter: "Are we in this movement to give politicians a pass for the lies they tell or are we in it to build better & safer communities? I choose the latter. That is why I left the 2 party system. I'm tired of making excuses for people that wouldn't piss on us if we were on fire!" / Twitter

Meg Kremer on Twitter: "@paulajean2020 I would like a multi-party system also. In a way the in-fighting inside R/D show that there are at least two other possible strong parties. People need to vote in primaries , push for change, and continue to try to multip party, but I think it's kind of futile bc $" / Twitter
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Brand New Congress on Twitter: "BNC is thrilled to welcome @amy4thepeople back to the slate! A small business owner, military spouse, and mom of 5, Amy is a national progressive powerhouse. We're excited to help one of our original candidates win in 2022. Split a donation w/BNC & Amy: (link)" / Twitter
then
Amy Vilela for Congress on Twitter: "Couldn’t be more excited to have @BrandNew535’s support once again for our 2022 campaign demanding more.

Together, we’re taking our fight for a #GreenNewDeal and #MedicareForAll to the Halls of Congress!" / Twitter


Justice Democrats (@justicedems) / Twitter has been highlighting its latest endorsement in its Twitter banner, and most recently, that is Jessica Cisneros for TX-28.

Brand New Congress (@BrandNew535) / Twitter has been highlighting all its endorsements in its Twitter banner, and is now at 13.


Nina Turner Teases Upcoming Announcement - YouTube
Host David Doel speculated about what it might be.
  • Getting involved in some PAC to elect like-minded people? Amy Vilela did that.
  • Running for US Senate
  • Running for US House in OH-11 again
That latter possibility is not as farfetched as it might seem. Shontel Brown will likely be elected this November for OH-11, but she will be in office for only one year, and she'd have to run for re-election. NT may run again for that seat in 2022.
 

Derec

Contributor

I looked her up. She is a strange one. According to her wikipedia entry, we don't know when she was born, not even the year (either 1974 or 75). Why is she hiding her birth date?

Also, she is trying to primary Dina Titus in NV-1, who is already the most left-leaning of Nevada Congressional Democrats, according to this article.
Vilela announces challenge to Titus in 1st District
So what's the point of her running?

Together, we’re taking our fight for a #GreenNewDeal and #MedicareForAll to the Halls of Congress!" / Twitter[/url]
The almost $100T GNG where most of the cost is not about climate or environment at all but about things like "federal job guarantees". In an environment when a lot of money has been spent already on CoVid and more will be spent on infrastructure (~$1T) and non-infrastructure spending (~$3.5T)? When the inflation rate is already over 5%?
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Another BNC endorsement: Morgan Harper, running for US Senate for Ohio. Rob Portman is retiring, making it an open seat.

I checked on Report Cards for 2020 - GovTrack.us to see what the incumbents are like for BNC's and JD's challengers:
  1. CA-29 - Angelica Dueñas BNC - Tony Cárdenas - 0.22
  2. CA-30 - Shervin Aazami BNC - Brad Sherman - 0.34
  3. FL-20 - Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick BNC - (open seat)
  4. IL-07 - Kina Collins JD - Danny K. Davis - 0.19
  5. IL-16 - Marsha Williams BNC - Adam Kinzinger R - 0.66
  6. KY-SEN - Charles Booker BNC - Rand Paul R - 0.66
  7. NJ-10 - Imani Oakley BNC - Donald Payne Jr. - 0.22
  8. NV-01- Amy Vilela BNC - Dina Titus - 0.26
  9. NY-03 - Melanie D'Arrigo BNC - Thomas Suozzi - 0.34
  10. NY-11 - Brittany Ramos DeBarros BNC - Nicole Malliotakis R - (newcomer)
  11. NY-12 - Rana Abdelhamid JD - Carolyn Maloney - 0.17
  12. OH-11 - Nina Turner BNC JD - (open seat) - lost primary
  13. OH-SEN - Morgan Harper BNC - (open seat)
  14. PA-SEN - Malcolm Kenyatta BNC - (open seat)
  15. TN-05 - Odessa Kelly JD - Jim Cooper - 0.30
  16. TX-28 - Jessica Cisneros JD - Henry Cuellar - 0.57
  17. TX-30 - Jessica Mason BNC - (open seat)
  18. WA-06 - Rebecca Parson BNC - Derek Kilmer - 0.38
Scale: 0 = left, 1 = right
Mean: 0.30, Median: 0.28
The most liberal Democrat targeted: Carolyn Maloney NY-12 - 0.17
The most conservative Democrat targeted: Henry Cuellar TX-28 - 0.57
Rep. Dina Titus is about average for Democrats.

I looked at the numbers for the US House in 2018-19 (116th Congress), and I found (mean, median, min, max):
  • All: 0.48, 0.44, 0, 1
  • D: 0.28, 0.28, 0, 0.64
  • R: 0.70, 0.70, 0.44, 1
Rep. Josh Gottheimer D-NJ-05 at 0.64 was the most conservative Democrat in the House in 2018-19.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
In 2020, Morgan Harper ran against Joyce Beatty for OH-03.

JB was first elected to the House in 2012, and she was in the Ohio House before that. Her 2020 ideology score is 0.25

MH lost the primary: JB 68.1% MH 31.9% - a loss margin of 36.2%

Other returnees are Melanie D'Arrigo NY-03 (lost in 2020 by 40.7%), Jessica Cisneros TX-28 (lost in 2020 by 3.6%), Rebecca Parson WA-06 (placed 3rd in 2020 with 13.6% behind 2nd), and Amy Vilela (placed 3rd in 2018 with only 9.2%).
 

lpetrich

Contributor
I decided to check on the Nevada delegation.
  • NV-01 Dina Titus D - 0.26
  • NV-02 Mark Amodei R - 0.59
  • NV-03 Susie Lee D - 0.41
  • NV-04 Steven Horsford D - 0.25
  • NV-SEN-I Jacky Rosen D - 0.34
  • NV-SEN-III Catherine Cortez Masto D - 0.29
Rep. Titus is a little bit on the liberal side compared to the rest of the NV D delegation, but that's about it.

It's not like she's a member of The Squad.
  • NY-14 AOC (Joe Crowley) - 0.09 (0.31)
  • MA-07 Ayanna Pressley (Mike Capuano) - 0.05 (0.24)
  • MI-13 Rashida Tlaib (open seat) - 0.08 ()
  • MN-05 Ilhan Omar (open seat) - 0.10 ()
  • NY-16 Jamaal Bowman (Eliot Engel) - (0.22)
  • NY-17 Mondaire Jones (open seat) - ()
  • IL-03 Marie Newman (Dan Lipinski) - (0.41)
  • MO-01 Cori Bush (Lacy Clay) - (0.26)
 

lpetrich

Contributor
This is where Nina Turner has gone, it seems.

Nina Turner's REAL Experience Running For Congress - YouTube

With Cenk Uygur and Rashad Richey in The Young Turks.

She discussed her campaign, and how she ran an issues-oriented campaign. She seemed to concede that she was blindsided by the Democratic establishment and that establishment's anointing of Shontel Brown as its chosen candidate. She ran as a slavishly loyal and obedient Democratic apparatchik, someone who will follow the party line decreed by the party's leadership no matter what it is. Or more precisely, she attacked Nina Turner for not being such an obedient apparatchik.


Looking for additional progressive organizations, I find that BoldProgressives.org now endorses Morgan Harper for OH-SEN, joining Brand New Congress. But I can't find any other candidates that BP endorses this time around.


I've been following Donna Imam (@donnaimamTX) / Twitter and she's waiting for redistricting in Texas before she decides where to run.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
I saw a prog is trying to get the Dem nomination for the US Senate seat race. They are nuts!

I concede that their track record is not very great. But then again, the record of newcomers in the House is not all that great.

Cori Bush ran for US Senate in 2016. She lost the Democratic primary: Jason Kandler 69.87% CB 13.27% others 9.51% 7.35%

 Brand New Congress -  Justice Democrats

2018:
  • Deedra Abboud AZ: Democratic primary: Kyrsten Sinema 79.25%, DA 20.75%
  • Alison Hartson CA: Nonpartisan primary: Dianne Feinstein D 44.12%, others 12.07% 8.34% 5.26% 4.85% 4.01% 3.08%, AH 2.21% large number of others
  • Kerri Evelyn Harris DE: Democratic primary: Tom Carper 64.59%, KEH 35.41%
  • Zak Ringelstein ME: Democratic primary: uncontested. General election: Angus King I 54.3%, Eric Brakey R 35.2%, ZR D 10.5%
  • Paula Jean Swearengin WV: Democratic primary: Joe Manchin 69.86%, PJS 30.14%
2020:
  • Jessica Scarane DE: Democratic primary: Chris Coons 72.85%, JS 27.15%
  • Kimberly Graham IA: Democratic primary: Theresa Greenfield 47.71%, Michael T. Franken 24.88%, KG 15.02%, others 10.99% 1.21% 0.19%
  • Charles Booker KY: Democratic primary: Amy McGrath 45.41%, CB 42.62%, several others
  • Betsy Sweet ME: Democratic primary: Sara Gideon 71.47%, Betsy Sweet 22.94%, Bre Kidman 5.59%
  • Maggie Toulouse Oliver NM: Withdrew before Democratic primary
  • Paula Jean Swearengin WV: Democratic primary: PJS 38.39%, Richard Ojeda 32.90%, Richie Robb 28.70%. General election: Shelley Moore Capito R 70.28%, PJS D 27.00%, David Moran Lib 2.72%
2022:
  • Charles Booke KY
  • Morgan Harper OH
  • Malcolm Kenyatta PA
 

Harry Bosch

Contributor
This is where Nina Turner has gone, it seems.

Nina Turner's REAL Experience Running For Congress - YouTube

With Cenk Uygur and Rashad Richey in The Young Turks.

She discussed her campaign, and how she ran an issues-oriented campaign. She seemed to concede that she was blindsided by the Democratic establishment and that establishment's anointing of Shontel Brown as its chosen candidate. She ran as a slavishly loyal and obedient Democratic apparatchik, someone who will follow the party line decreed by the party's leadership no matter what it is. Or more precisely, she attacked Nina Turner for not being such an obedient apparatchik.


Looking for additional progressive organizations, I find that BoldProgressives.org now endorses Morgan Harper for OH-SEN, joining Brand New Congress. But I can't find any other candidates that BP endorses this time around.


I've been following Donna Imam (@donnaimamTX) / Twitter and she's waiting for redistricting in Texas before she decides where to run.

To me, Turner comes across as a whiner. I actually listened to a couple speeches by Brown and found her to be pretty charismatic. I think that the real reason that Turner lost was that forgot a very elementary fact: that democrats tend to like democrats! And after four years of Trump, to run against Biden was an odd strategy.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
I decided to do the calculations for all the BNC and JD candidates. There is some overlap, but taking that into account would be time-consuming, so I'll treat them separately. I will count mainly newcomers, even those that ran more than once.

BNC:
  • 2018 newcomers: total 30 (H 28, S 1), won primary 10 (H 9, S 1), won general 1 (H 1, S 0)
  • 2020 newcomers: total 44 (H 38, S 6), won primary 8 (H 7, S 1), won general 2 (H 2, S 0) -- incumbents: 2
JD:
  • 2018 newcomers: total 70 (H 66, S 1), won primary 21 (H 21, S 0), won general (H 4, S 0) -- incumbents: 3
  • 2020 newcomers: total 9 (H 8, S 1), won primary 5 (H 5, S 0), won general 3 (H 3, S 0) -- incumbents 7
All the endorsed incumbents are in the House, and they all got re-elected.

The newcomers' initial-to-final ratios: 30, 22, 17.5, 3

Of the newcomers, AOC and Jamaal Bowman won in their first attempts to run for public office, Marie Newman the second time, and Cori Bush the third time. Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar won in their first attempt to run for their House seats, though they had previously held local and state offices. Kara Eastman and Paula Jean Swearengin, among others, ran twice and failed both times.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
For NY-SEN is a certain Moses Mugulusi. I had to dig into his "Issues" section to find out that he supports Medicare for All.

Marianne Williamson's Endorsed Candidates - a big list

MoveOn, Catch Fire, and Democracy for America have started endorsing candidates.

Rachel Ventura ran last year for IL-11 and got 41.8% of the vote. She will be running for IL State Senate 43, according to Catch Fire.

DfA is now endorsing the "Squad" for re-election - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).
 

Derec

Contributor
DfA is now endorsing the "Squad" for re-election - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).
I'd donate to anybody mounting a serious primary challenge against any of these Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse!
 

lpetrich

Contributor
DfA is now endorsing the "Squad" for re-election - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ayanna Pressley (MA-7), Ilhan Omar (MN-5), and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13).
I'd donate to anybody mounting a serious primary challenge against any of these Four Horsewomen of the Apocalypse!
Even someone on their left? Like someone who attacks AOC for calling Nancy Pelosi "Mama Bear" and for not doing enough to push Medicare for All.

Presumably while hoping that they will do a Kyrsten Sinema sort of flip-flop while in office.

But the sort of candidate that Derec might like *did* run against AOC last year: Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. She lost with less than 1/4 of the vote.


Something fun from Shontel Brown's campaign:
Nina Turner's Challenger Caught Using Fake Applause - YouTube
Shontel Brown Caught Using Fake Applause Sound, Meanwhile Nina Turner Nets Big New Endorsements - YouTube


Kara Eastman ran for NE-02 and lost twice to Dan Bacon. She now has a new job: Kara Eastman on Twitter: "One week from today, I begin my new role as CEO of @TPANetwork in my hometown!" / Twitter - "Our mission is saving lives and empowering people affected by #HIV & health disparities. Cutting edge care provider in Chicago."


Brand New Congress is now endorsing Stephanie Gallardo WA-09. Nothing new with Justice Democrats, but JD is now showing its four candidates on its Twitter banner image.
 

Derec

Contributor
Even someone on their left? Like someone who attacks AOC for calling Nancy Pelosi "Mama Bear" and for not doing enough to push Medicare for All.
Only if they can be used to split the far-left vote with AOC in order for both of them to lose.

Brand New Congress is now endorsing Stephanie Gallardo WA-09. Nothing new with Justice Democrats, but JD is now showing its four candidates on its Twitter banner image.

She describes herself as a "union thug". I guess her role is to break the bones of everyone who refuses to sign the card. That's why secret ballots are a necessity.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Even someone on their left? Like someone who attacks AOC for calling Nancy Pelosi "Mama Bear" and for not doing enough to push Medicare for All.
Only if they can be used to split the far-left vote with AOC in order for both of them to lose.
See if you can recruit such a candidate.

The closest I can think of for last year was Badrun Khan, who run against AOC. She lost by a large margin, even more than MCC.

As to your type of candidate, I'm guessing MCC for AOC, Brenda Jones for Rashida Tlaib, and Antone Melton-Meaux for Ilhan Omar.

Brand New Congress is now endorsing Stephanie Gallardo WA-09. Nothing new with Justice Democrats, but JD is now showing its four candidates on its Twitter banner image.
She describes herself as a "union thug". I guess her role is to break the bones of everyone who refuses to sign the card. That's why secret ballots are a necessity.
Seems like humor to me.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
There is a PAC called The Six PAC

About — The Six PAC
The Six PAC is a Federal PAC created to support six carefully selected rural and progressive Democrats. We will focus on candidates who need early money, who face tough primaries against establishment candidates, and who are committed to building power for their community.

We will accept no corporate money. This is grassroots money for grassroots candidates.
Its first endorsee this election season: Jessica Cisneros.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Blue America has also been doing endorsements, like Blue America’s First Incumbent Endorsement Of 2022: Marie Newman – Blue America

They note: The Republican Party Is Targeting Marie Newman – Blue America - presumably because they think that they might be able to win.
A few days ago, the NRCC announced ten new targets they’re working on flipping. Most of the seats are held by a pack of conservative New Dems and Blue Dogs from the Republican wing of the Democratic Party.

One of them isn’t: our old friend Marie Newman, who we helped– over the course of two cycles– oust one of the anti-woman conservative Blue Dogs, Dan Lipinski, and show the Chicagoland residents of her district what it means to have a really good member of Congress working for their interests.

Last year, Marie won her district 56.4% to 43.6%, even better than Biden’s 55.5% to 42.9% win over Trump in the district.
Then about how busy MN has been.
Last year, Marie won her district 56.4% to 43.6%, even better than Biden’s 55.5% to 42.9% win over Trump in the district. She immediately jumped into the fray, co-sponsoring Medicare-for-All, the Green New Deal, the For the People Act (HR-1), the PRO Act, DC statehood, the Equality Act, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and bills in favor of postal banking, student debt relief, ending the filibuster, expanding the Supreme Court…

On top of that, she has written– either alone or with partners– an incredibly large number of bills for a freshman, including America’s Clean Future Fund Act (which would establish a new independent agency tasked with providing grants and loan guarantees for finance climate mitigation, support job creation, and encourage private investment., while providing transition assistance and workforce development programs; decarbonization transition payments to improve carbon-reduction practices; and providing low- and middle-income consumers with quarterly rebates) and two micro-loan acts that have come out of the Small Business Administration Committee, of which she is a member, and that encourages equality and efficiency in small business loans.

NRCC Expands Offensive Map, Announces 10 New Targets Following Reapportionment - NRCC I've added their 2019-20 govtrack.us ideology scores, where available. Nearly all of them are relatively conservative Democrats.

GA-07 – Carolyn Bourdeaux – (new)
IL-03 – Marie Newman – (new) *
NC-02 – Deborah Ross – (new)
CT-05 – Jahana Hayes – 0.10
CA-45 – Katie Porter – 0.24

NV-04 – Steven Horsford – 0.25
IL-06 – Sean Casten – 0.26
OR-04 – Peter DeFazio – 0.27
CA-49 – Mike Levin – 0.28
NY-25 – Joe Morelle – 0.28 *

NY-20 – Paul Tonko – 0.29 *
PA-07 – Susan Wild – 0.29
IL-14 – Lauren Underwood – 0.30
MI-05 – Dan Kildee – 0.30 *
NY-18 – Sean Patrick Maloney – 0.30

NY-26 – Brian Higgins – 0.30 *
CA-03 – John Garamendi – 0.33
FL-13 – Charlie Crist – 0.34
NY-03 – Tom Suozzi – 0.34
AZ-02 – Ann Kirkpatrick – 0.35

KS-03 – Sharice Davids – 0.35
MI-11 – Haley Stevens – 0.35
OH-13 – Tim Ryan – 0.35
WA-08 – Kim Schrier – 0.35
PA-08 – Matt Cartwright – 0.35

CA-36 – Raul Ruiz – 0.36 *
NJ-07 – Tom Malinowski – 0.36
GA-06 – Lucy McBath – 0.37
IL-17 – Cheri Bustos – 0.37
CA-07 – Ami Bera – 0.38 *

NJ-11 – Mikie Sherrill – 0.38
TX-34 – Filemon Vela – 0.38
NH-01 – Chris Pappas – 0.40
TX-07 – Lizzie Fletcher – 0.40
NV-03 – Susie Lee – 0.41

PA-06 – Chrissy Houlahan – 0.41 *
CA-16 – Jim Costa – 0.42 *
MI-08 – Elissa Slotkin – 0.42
MN-02 – Angie Craig – 0.42
NJ-03 – Andy Kim – 0.42

NY-04 – Kathleen Rice – 0.42 *
PA-17 – Conor Lamb – 0.42
TX-32 – Colin Allred – 0.44
VA-02 – Elaine Luria – 0.44
OR-05 – Kurt Schrader – 0.45

CA-10 – Josh Harder – 0.46
FL-07 – Stephanie Murphy – 0.46
ME-02 – Jared Golden – 0.46
NY-19 – Antonio Delgado – 0.46
TX-15 – Vicente Gonzalez – 0.47

AZ-01 – Tom O’Halleran – 0.50
VA-07 – Abigail Spanberger – 0.50
WI-03 – Ron Kind – 0.50
IA-03 – Cindy Axne – 0.51
MN-03 – Dean Phillips – 0.54

TX-28 – Henry Cuellar – 0.57
NJ-05 – Josh Gottheimer – 0.64
 

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Ryan Grim on Twitter: "> ⁦@AOC⁩ in this clip notes that several of the Democrats holding up the reconciliation bill are in pretty safe blue districts, “kind of like the one I ran in.” She doesn’t often publicly float primaries against Dems, despite the reputation she came in on… (vid link)" / Twitter

She doesn't want to pick fights, it seems, and while she supported Cori Bush in 2018, she did not support CB in 2020. But CB nevertheless won.

But it seems like a Mafia sort of threat: a threat made while disclaiming explicit responsibility. "Nice career you have there. It would be a shame if someone primaried you."
  • NY-14 - Joe Crowley 0.30 - AOC 0.09
  • MA-07 - Michael Capuano 0.24 - Ayanna Pressley 0.05
  • NY-16 - Eliot Engel 0.22 - Jamaal Bowman
  • NY-17 - Nita Lowey (retired) 0.28 - Mondaire Jones
  • IL-03 - Dan Lipinski 0.41 - Marie Newman
  • MO-01 - Lacy Clay 0.26 - Cori Bush

Another progressive PAC: Way to Lead - Contribute to Way to Lead

So far, the candidates with the most endorsements are (4) Shervin Aazami CA-30 (against Brad Sherman 0.34), Nina Turner OH-11 (open seat, lost), (3) Bryan Osorio CA-21 (against David Valadao (R)), Christine Olivo FL-24 (against Frederica Wilson 0.13), Marie Newman IL-03 (incumbent), Kina Collins IL-07 (against Danny Davis 0.19), Brittany Ramos DeBarros NY-11 (against Nicole Malliotakis (R)), Alexandra Hunt PA-03 (against Dwight Evans 0.22), Jessica Mason TX-30 (open seat), Jason Call WA-02 (Rick Larsen 0.30)

I have given the incumbents' govtrack.us ideology scores where available.

The PACs with the most endorsements are Blue America (24), Marianne Williamson's PAC (22), Brand New Congress (20)
 

lpetrich

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No new endorsements in several days.

Back in 2020,  Brand New Congress endorsed 40 Reps and 6 Senators, including 2 incumbent Reps
So far, it has endorsed 2 reps for 2021 (both lost their primaries), and 16 Reps and 3 Senators, including 4 incumbent Reps

Back in 2020,  Justice Democrats endorsed 15 Reps and 1 Senator, including 6 incumbent Reps
So far, it has endorsed 1 rep for 2021 (she lost her primary), and 4 Reps

Their only overlap so far is Nina Turner, and she lost her primary this year.

So it looks like BNC, JD, and similar PAC's still have some more endorsements that they may want to do.


One of the JD candidates:
Rana Abdelhamid grew up being ignored by Carolyn Maloney. Now she's trying to replace her. - by Jordan Zakarin - Progressives Everywhere

She is the daughter of two Egyptian immigrants, and she grew up in Queens.
She was just eight years old when the towers fell, so most of her life has been shaped by the explicit post-9/11 harassment of American Muslims; her adolescence was spent under the watchful, ever-present eye of the NYPD, which terrorized communities like hers in Astoria. Abdelhamid’s dizzying experience typified that of a generation in this city: She was rushed out of school with her classmates the day of the attacks, and when school re-opened, her classmates asked if the attacks were her fault.

“People in my life were being deported and nobody knows why. People were changing their names and taking off their hijabs. There were police outside of our mosque and there was the FBI knocking on our door and everyone was really confused and terrified,” Abdelhamid remembers. “And there's the balance of that and being afraid because you're a New Yorker and your city just got hit by a terrorist attack, and then there are people in your life who are both Muslim and first responders.”

Life under that regime turned Abdelhamid into a community organizer.
Rana Abdelhamid on Twitter: "I was 9 years old ..." / Twitter
I was 9 years old when I watched my Congresswoman wear a burqa in Congress to justify the invasion of Afghanistan.

For the rest of my life, I knew that as a Muslim woman my identity would be weaponized to justify American wars.

20 years of war later, what did we accomplish?

Now, the US leaves a political vacuum where the same women they claimed to save are the ones paying the cost.

Now, the Taliban, an evil force of violence, has only increased its human rights abuses & destruction of Afghan civil society.

The US must hold itself accountable.

It's time to root foreign policy in peace and diplomacy — not endless wars and bottomless Pentagon budgets.

Our officials must be held accountable for misleading the public nearly every step of the way.

But right now we must do everything we can for the Afghan people who are living in fear for their lives.

We brought 20 years of war to Afghanistan and thousands of civilians were killed.

We must be accountable to the crisis we helped create.

We must welcome & bring in more Afghan refugees and support Afghan civil society.

We must immediately expedite & increase the processing capacity for Afghan refugee resettlement & make family reunification a major priority.

Anything less is unacceptable.
 

lpetrich

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Rana Abdelhamid on Twitter: "I was 16 when a man grabbed my hijab and tried to rip it from my head.

New Yorkers helped me find the courage to fight back and organize for safety and power.

I'm running for Congress because we need true representation that reflects all of us, not just those at the top. #NY12 (vid link)" / Twitter

This is the third straight campaign cycle in which Maloney has faced a serious primary challenge, and had the multiple candidates running against her last year all thrown their support behind just one challenger, Maloney would likely be an ex-member of Congress. She received less than 43% of the primary vote in 2020, edging out her top opponent by three points. It’s proof that the district is ready for a new leader and new direction.

The progressive electoral activist group Justice Democrats have backed Abdelhamid, helping to consolidate the field and put her in position to be Maloney’s one main challenger this time around. As a longtime resident of the district myself, I can attest to the need for change — Maloney has been MIA for the past decade, save for some weird recent YouTube ads boasting about her deep love of infrastructure.
Carolyn Maloney - Ballotpedia

CM was unopposed in 2012 and 2014.
  • 2012, 2014: unopposed
  • 2016: 90.1%, Pete Lindner 9.9%
  • 2018: 59.6%, Suraj Patel 40.4%
  • 2020: 42.7%, Suraj Patel 39.3%, Lauren Ashcraft 13.6%, Peter Harrison 4.2%, Other/Write-In 0.2%
Back to that article on RA.
“I was involved with mutual aid efforts to fight food insecurity, to fight housing insecurity, all things that I'd been involved with for a long time, and not seeing a similar kind of urgency from our representative, it made me look around and think we deserve better,” Abdelhamid says. “I saw my community coming together time and time again with deep love for each other and having each other's back and we need the same kind of representation.”

Maloney has assembled a mildly liberal voting record in Congress, but her unwillingness to actually work for any of the progressive policies she supposedly supports, including Medicare for All, renders it hollow.
govtrack.us has her 2020 ideology score as 0.17. It's under Members of Congress > Report Cards > 2020 > Ideology
Abdelhamid has for years been an activist for housing justice, focused on winning the kind of real affordable housing policies that are exceedingly unlikely to be supported by someone that just took a $10,000 donation from the National Multifamily Housing Council, the trade group representing major corporate landlords and builders.
 

lpetrich

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Carolyn Maloney was born in 1946, making her 75 years old this year. From Ballotpedia, her career:
  • 2013-Present: U.S. Representative from New York's 12th Congressional District
  • 1993-2013: U.S. Representative from New York's 14th Congressional District
  • 1982-1992: New York city council
  • 1980-1982: Director of special projects, office of the New York state senate minority leader
  • 1979-1982: Executive director, advisory council, office of the New York state senate minority leader
  • 1977-1979: Senior program analyst, New York state assembly committee on cities
  • 1977: Staff, New York state assembly committee on housing
  • 1975-1976: Staff, New York, N.Y., board of education center for career and occupational education
  • 1972-1975: Community affairs coordinator, New York, N.Y., board of education welfare education program
  • 1968: Graduated from Greensboro College with a B.A.
She has been in Congress for 28 years, and she is currently head of the House Oversight Committee, succeeding Elijah Cummings after his death.

The REAL Progressive Candidates Directory of 2021-2022 – Progressive Graffiti
  1. Real progressive candidates reject corporate money.
  2. Real progressive candidates support universal healthcare, like single-payer Medicare for All.
Since it is a directory, it may list more than one candidate for the same seat.
 

lpetrich

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Brand New Congress on Twitter: "Last year we befriended the good folks at @BNBundestag, a grassroots progressive org looking to elect unbought community leaders to the German parliament. They just had their first election & THREE of their candidates won. Amazing victory for the global progressive movement!💜✊" / Twitter
notes
Brand New Bundestag on Twitter: "3 years after @BrandNew535 successfully supported @AOC to #KnockDownTheHouse we are honored to announce our 3 candidates @rasha_nasr_, @kassem_ts & @ArmandZorn to become members of the German parliament. #btw21" / Twitter

Brand New Bundestag (@BNBundestag) / Twitter
...findet progressive Kandidat:innen und unterstützt sie auf ihrem Weg ins Parlament.
...finds progressive candidates and supports them on their way to parliament. (Google Translate)

Brand New Bundestag on Twitter: "BÄM 💥 Wir machen den Bundestag bunter, weiblicher, jünger: Mit @rasha_nasr_ (SPD), @ArmandZorn (SPD) und @kassem_ts (GRÜNE) sind 3 von 11 unserer unterstützten Kandidierenden drin #btw21" / Twitter
"BÄM 💥 We make the Bundestag more colorful, more feminine, younger: Mit @rasha_nasr_ (SPD), @ArmandZorn (SPD) und @kassem_ts (GREEN) 3 out of 11 of our supported candidates are in it #btw21"

SPD = Social Democratic Party of Germany. Germany's Green Party is bigger and more mainstream than the US Green Party.

Seems like Brand New Bundestag works much like Brand New Congress: running its candidates inside of existing political parties rather than creating a new party.

Brand New Bundestag | Unabhängig & Überparteilich
Unabhängig, überparteilich und jede Menge Power: Bring mit uns neue Politiker:innen ins Parlament.
Independent, non-partisan and lots of power: Bring new politicians with us to parliament. (GT)
 

lpetrich

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Brand New Congress has now endorsed Odessa Kelly for TN-05, alongside Justice Democrats.

Election Results Summary | NYC Board of Elections - under "New York Democratic Borough President New York" is how well Lindsey Boylan did in running for Manhattan Borough President.

How she did in each round:
  1. #4, 10.3%
  2. #4, 10.3%
  3. #4, 11.6%
  4. #5, 12.5%
She dropped out in the fifth round, and the final round was the seventh.

Rachel Ventura is now running for Illinois House District 45.


National Ranked Choice Voting — Jesse for New York
Issues | Ridley for Congress - also mentions RCV
Issues | Rev Wendy for Congress | Washington DC - also mentions RCV
TERM LIMITS | ANTHONY DILIZIA - for Congress: 3 House terms and 2 Senate terms
Long Term Constitutional Changes — Jeffrey Phillips for Congress
  • National Popular Vote - for electing the President
  • Ranked Choice Voting & Proportional Representation - including mixed-member PR for the Senate
  • Digital Privacy
  • Statehood - every state should have at least 2 million people, and Puerto Rico should be admitted as a state
  • Overcompetition between states - extending tax breaks and outright grants to get businesses to move there
  • Tax evasion - hiding assets in foreign tax havens
  • Wealth tax
 

lpetrich

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Nina Turner: OH-11 Race Came Down To ‘Anyone But Nina’, Files Campaign Papers For Possible 2022 Run - YouTube - Shontel Brown was the one that the Democratic establishment chose to support.

She has not declared herself to be in the race, but she has made it so that she can easily do so.

Nina Turner says pro-Israel businessman called on her to ‘disavow the Squad’ — leading to Ohio loss – Mondoweiss
notes
Deconstructed: Nina Turner on Her Loss and Future
... And I was told very early on by very well-connected people in the political world and in Cleveland that there was going to be a “Anybody but Nina” campaign launched, and that they were going to come at me with a type of firepower unseen in an election of this type.

And what I mean by that, the seat is securely Democrat. So for more corporatist Dems, or people who are “any blue will do,” it shouldn’t have mattered, because the seat was gonna go to a Democrat. And what that person told me, as we know, now turned out to be true: 13 people in the race, and all of the firepower came in against me. And it was clear that Ms. Brown was the selected one; I think it could have been any of the other candidates — at least maybe two or three of the other candidates. So it was not so much about her as it was about me.
In places where one major party dominates, it is in the primaries where one can have real contests, as opposed to ones where the victory of one of the participants is almost a certainty.

Then how Shontel Brown was in the local Democratic establishment, and clearly an establishment pick.
RG: And so you knew the big money was coming.

NT: I did, Ryan. I knew they were coming. I guess I did not realize how deep and how hard they would go.

RG: Nina Turner is not a real Democrat. You can’t trust her. When she had the chance to endorse Hillary Clinton, and help the Democrats beat Donald Trump, she was flirting with Jill Stein. You can’t trust her.

NT: And I should have because I was side by side with Senator Bernie Sanders. And as I recall, even the hint that he may run in 2020, there were all kinds of articles and big, major national newspapers making it clear that there was gonna be an “Anybody but Bernie” campaign launched as well. And that impacted me. And I did have some people tell me because I supported Senator Sanders, they were coming for me, too.
NT raised over $6 million, and SB only $2.7 million. But some big PAC's came in can campaigned heavily for SB.
RG: So while the stats will, on paper, say she raised almost $3 million, and then something like $2.6-$2.7 million was spent on the outside to benefit her, actually, a lot of the money that she raised came from the super PACs. But you know, there’s a way you can use Facebook and text messaging and email to kind of drive money —

NT: That’s right.

RG: — so it appears like she has more, and also then she can control how she spends that money, rather than having to signal through the red box. And let’s talk about that red box.
Shontel Brown’s Campaign Website Is Low-Key Pleading for Super PAC Support - "Turner’s opponent in the Ohio House primary appears to be messaging straight to pro-Israel super PACs."

From that article,
Brown’s campaign has listed on its website a set of negative talking points about her opponent Nina Turner, all enclosed in a bright red box. Directly under the red box is a quote from Democratic consultant Mark Mellman, the leader of a major pro-Israel super PAC that has consistently spent large sums of money against Sen. Bernie Sanders and his congressional allies. (“Red box” is a campaign industry term, referring to the spot on the website that candidates use to communicate with outside groups like super PACs.).
 

Harry Bosch

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Nina Turner: OH-11 Race Came Down To ‘Anyone But Nina’, Files Campaign Papers For Possible 2022 Run - YouTube - Shontel Brown was the one that the Democratic establishment chose to support.

She has not declared herself to be in the race, but she has made it so that she can easily do so.

Nina Turner says pro-Israel businessman called on her to ‘disavow the Squad’ — leading to Ohio loss – Mondoweiss
notes
Deconstructed: Nina Turner on Her Loss and Future

In places where one major party dominates, it is in the primaries where one can have real contests, as opposed to ones where the victory of one of the participants is almost a certainty.

Then how Shontel Brown was in the local Democratic establishment, and clearly an establishment pick.

NT raised over $6 million, and SB only $2.7 million. But some big PAC's came in can campaigned heavily for SB.
RG: So while the stats will, on paper, say she raised almost $3 million, and then something like $2.6-$2.7 million was spent on the outside to benefit her, actually, a lot of the money that she raised came from the super PACs. But you know, there’s a way you can use Facebook and text messaging and email to kind of drive money —

NT: That’s right.

RG: — so it appears like she has more, and also then she can control how she spends that money, rather than having to signal through the red box. And let’s talk about that red box.
Shontel Brown’s Campaign Website Is Low-Key Pleading for Super PAC Support - "Turner’s opponent in the Ohio House primary appears to be messaging straight to pro-Israel super PACs."

From that article,
Brown’s campaign has listed on its website a set of negative talking points about her opponent Nina Turner, all enclosed in a bright red box. Directly under the red box is a quote from Democratic consultant Mark Mellman, the leader of a major pro-Israel super PAC that has consistently spent large sums of money against Sen. Bernie Sanders and his congressional allies. (“Red box” is a campaign industry term, referring to the spot on the website that candidates use to communicate with outside groups like super PACs.).

Those pro-Israeli business meanies are the worst!
 

lpetrich

Contributor
Back to the recent interview. NT explained what a red box is.
... I even have emails right now, to this day of local, primarily business leaders in the Jewish community where they were encouraging Republicans to vote in this primary, and were saying things like: We must support Shontel Brown, in no way can we let Nina Turner win this race.

Some of the Squad members are my friends, and many of them I knew before they became congresspeople, so I have a relationship with them. And I was told by a prominent Jewish businessman that: We’re coming at you with everything you got, you need to disavow the Squad. And people are hearing this first with you and me talking, Ryan, because I have not told this level of truth.

And I was told that I needed to disavow the Squad; if I didn’t do it, they were coming for me; and that also Palestinian community didn’t have rights that were more important than the State of Israel.

...
RG: And I think when DMFI saw it happening, they pumped neighborhoods full of mailers —

NT: And they also sent emails out to the Jewish community nationally, painting me as an anti-Semite, which nothing can be further from the truth.
Seems like anyone who does not support Israel beating up Arabs is automatically an anti-Semite.

DMFI is the Democratic Majority for Israel PAC
NT: And the outer-ring suburban communities that were more fluent, when you compare it to the turnout and portions of Akron that represent the 11th Congressional District, and then Cleveland itself outnumbered because I won those areas. I won the working class, blacks, whites, and Hispanic community both on the east side and also the west side, which was a beautiful thing. They just didn’t turn out at the same level as the more fluent communities and also the — and you ended up losing by roughly 4,000 votes. And, by my calculation, I think in Beachwood, that kind of neighborhood alone, you lost 4,000.

NT: And, let us not forget, Republicans were encouraged to vote in this primary and they did.
It was an open primary, so this tactic worked. I think that if primaries are to be open, they must be nonpartisan, with the top two or some other small number continuing on to the general election. Alaska now has a top-four system, followed by an IRV general election.
 

lpetrich

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NT's opponents also presented her as Not A Real Democrat, not very supportive of fellow Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. Like considering Jill Stein in 2016 and what she compared Joe Biden's plans to.
No, I am a Democrat! But I am a Shirley Chisholm Democrat. Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm — “Unbought and unbossed.” That was her campaign slogan when she ran for president in 1972.

So they got us off our game a little bit, because here we are trying to prove how much of a Democrat I am. Democratic nominee for Secretary of State in 2014; Democratic member of the Ohio Senate; Democrat as a councilwoman; Democrat for President Obama twice to the convention. What more do you want?
BNC and JD are still well behind their 2020 numbers of candidates, but they are planning to take on several big-name incumbents, like they did in 2018 and 2020.
 

lpetrich

Contributor
I found a few other gov't-reform proposals.

Democracy Reform Policy Platform — Shervin Aazami
  • Abolishing gerrymandering and the US Senate's filibuster
  • Use systems of voting like Ranked-Choice Voting and STAR Voting
Solutions – Sylvester Ani Jr. for Congress CA-38
Term Limits For Congress -- Establish 12-year term limits for Congress to eliminate career politicians who are more invested in enriching themselves as opposed to serving the people and then ushering in the next generation to take the reins.

Government Reform | Congressman Ro Khanna - he wants term limits, but he does not address the question of how many terms.

STAR is Score then Automatic Runoff. The voters rate every candidate from 0 to 5. In the first round of counting, the ratings are added up and the top two candidates advance to the next round. For each ballot, whichever of these two had the higher score is the one voted for.

The automatic-runoff part is presumably to make it worth doing to give different candidates different ratings, instead of only best or worst ratings.
 

lpetrich

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Kara Eastman ran twice for NE-02, losing against Don Bacon (R) twice: in 2018, 49.0 - 51.0, and in 2020, 46.2 - 50.8 - (libertarian) 3.0.

She's not running this time, but she's supporting someone else's run for that seat.
Kara Eastman on Twitter: "Nebraska friends. I have an announcement to make. Today I'm endorsing @AlishaKShelton for Congress!

Alisha is a kind, caring person who truly respects others. She'll listen to ALL parts of the district & would be exponentially better than Don Bacon on literally every issue.🙏 (pic link)" / Twitter

DB's govtrack.us ideology score is 0.77.
 

lpetrich

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Jessica Cisneros on Twitter: "8 years ago, for the first time, I knocked on doors for a Texas governor candidate named @wendydavis.

Now, I am proud to say I have been endorsed by that same Texas trailblazer.

It’s an honor to have you on our team, Wendy!💪🏾 (pic link)" / Twitter

Who is Wendy Davis?
 Wendy Davis (politician)
Wendy Russell Davis[1] (born Wendy Jean Russell;[2] May 16, 1963) is an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician from Fort Worth, Texas. Davis represented the 10th district in the Texas Senate from 2009 to 2015. She was previously on the Fort Worth City Council. She is a public speaker and political commentator, as well as the founder of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit for engaging young women in politics.

On June 25, 2013, Davis held a thirteen-hour-long filibuster to block Senate Bill 5, a measure which included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas.[3] The filibuster played a major role in Senate Democrats' success in delaying passage of the bill beyond the midnight deadline for the end of the legislative session, though it ultimately passed in a second session. The filibuster brought Davis national attention, leading to speculation about a run for governor of Texas.[4] She subsequently ran for governor of Texas in 2014, but was defeated by Republican Party nominee Greg Abbott by 59% to 38%.[5]

On July 22, 2019, Davis announced she would run for Texas's 21st congressional district in 2020, which she subsequently lost by approximately seven percent to Chip Roy.[6]

Also,
With Texas at Center of Abortion Fight, NARAL Backs Cisneros Over Cuellar for 2022 - "Jessica Cisneros will take bold action to fight back against unyielding attacks from anti-choice politicians in Texas and across the country."
then
Common Dreams on Twitter: ""We are proud to endorse @JCisnerosTX at this critical moment in the fight for reproductive freedom, and our members in Texas are excited to roll up their sleeves and help send her to Congress," says @NARAL's @cwlobue. (link)" / Twitter

It's clear what side she is on about abortion.

No new endorsements from either BNC or JD, however.
 

lpetrich

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'We have a lot at stake': Progressive state Rep. Summer Lee kicks off U.S. House campaign | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
At a news conference Tuesday morning, Ms. Lee said she would support the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and labor unions if voters send her to Washington.

“We have a lot at stake here,” she said to a crowd of supporters at Braddock Civic Plaza. “I’m running because I understand that we cannot afford to wait another election. We can’t afford to wait another moment. We can’t afford to hesitate. We have an urgency right now in the issues that we’re facing in communities just like this.”

Summer Lee on Twitter: "My hometown was supposed to be the American dream.
Our labor made the steel that built America but when the mills left, we paid the price.
Now I’m bringing the fight I’ve been in my whole life to Washington - to win a Green New Deal, Medicare For All, and racial justice. #PA18 (link)" / Twitter


Progressive champion Summer Lee enters Pennsylvania primary to replace retiring Rep. Mike Doyle - CNNPolitics
The race is on to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Summer Lee, a leading progressive organizer and democratic socialist, formally entered the primary in the state's 18th Congressional District on Tuesday with the support of Justice Democrats, the group that launched New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first run and has helped send a new generation of young leftist lawmakers to Capitol Hill.

...
But the precise challenge ahead for Lee is unclear, as redistricting is expected to re-write the borders of a district that currently encompasses Pittsburgh and some of its suburbs and as additional candidates consider entering the contest, which already includes law professor Jerry Dickinson.
Summer Lee on Twitter: "I'm proud to have the support of @JusticeDems on Day One of this amazing grassroots campaign.
I'm running for Congress so I can fight like hell in Washington for investments in housing, child care, education, and health care for our communities. (link)" / Twitter
 

lpetrich

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Brand New Congress now has a new candidate: Jerry Dickinson, running for PA-18, near Pittsburgh. "Jerry is a civil rights lawyer fighting for #HousingJustice, #GND & #MedicareForAll. He’s running a bold progressive campaign to fight for the working families of Pittsburgh."

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I found this thread about whether BNC / JD / "The Squad" properly represents Black and Hispanic communities.

Matthew Yglesias
@mattyglesias
I keep reading these "David Shor wants Democrats to abandon Black people" takes, but I'm pretty sure what he really wants them to abandon are immigration and climate activists.

Will Stancil on Twitter: "The trick here ..." / Twitter
The trick here is that Matt also argues that the "African-American base" doesn't ACTUALLY want any of the civil rights agenda items that are front and center for almost literally every black-led political organization, but basically the same things as the white working class

Why listen to black-led organizations, elected officials from predominantly black districts, or your own black peers, when you can invent a fuzzy group called "working-class people of color" and then just assign it the exact views that are most convenient for your theory?

David Shor doesn't want Democrats to abandon black voters!

He just want Democrats to stop talking about *checks notes* civil rights, discrimination, racial inequality, police reform, reparations, school integration

Anyway it's darkly funny how the popularists can't get any substantial number of their own nonwhite coworkers and peers to agree with them, so they've come up with elaborate side theory to try and argue they're more attuned with REAL people of color than those peers

Look, David Shor and Matt Yglesias are totally free to argue that they understand black voters' interests better than, say, the NAACP. But if that's their position, they should say so out loud so people can evaluate it.

“We should listen less to black people in our own political circles because we have a poll showing that a black silent majority doesn’t care about all that stuff” is, I dunno, pretty gross?

Like ultimately what these guys appear to be saying is that Democrats can and should ignore politically active people of color and don’t even have to feel bad about it, because those people educated themselves out of an authentic connection with their communities. It’s messed up!

“On one hand, actual black leaders and writers are constantly telling us that racial inequality and discrimination are massive political issues. On the other, black voters strongly preferred Biden, which probably means they are signaling for us to ignore the first group.”

David Shor has so completely broken some dudes’ brains that they have literally forgotten “The History of America, 1776-Present”
Or even before, to 1619, the first delivery of enslaved Africans to the Anglo colonies.
 

lpetrich

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Ross Barkan on Twitter: "Black voters might be the most moderate members of the Democratic coalition. ..." / Twitter
Black voters might be the most moderate members of the Democratic coalition. They're not nearly as culturally leftist as you want them to be. Shor, truthfully, is proposing you listen to them a lot more.

"Black-led" organizations invoked in the media tend to be NGO's that employ people from elite schools not really representative of the general population. That's Shor's whole point. The Working Families Party isn't speaking for Black people in Atlanta or Southeast Queens.

I agree with @ddayen that, in the end, the Democrats must deliver tangible stuff to people or they won't win. If it's a culture war, they're going to lose in a lot of places.

People are smoking mad about the WFP tweet from above but they endorsed Warren in 2020 and the number of working-class Black people who voted for Warren is some number approaching zero.
William Earl Burns on Twitter: "@RossBarkan The weird thing is that everybody knows this when talking about Presidential primaries, then forgets it for four years." / Twitter
then
Ross Barkan on Twitter: "@williameburns13 yeah my politics could probably be described as socialist but it's the moderate candidates in presidential primaries who win the Black vote (minus Obama). Leftists/socialists/left-liberals should really think about how to change that, not pretend it's fake news." / Twitter
 

lpetrich

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Then Imani Oakley, a BNC candidate:
Imani Oakley for Congress on Twitter: "I’m gonna try not to thread y’all to death today ..." / Twitter
I’m gonna try not to thread y’all to death today but we need a “stop misunderstanding the Black vote challenge” ASAP (1/)

1. I’ve been Black 31 years and I don’t even know what “culturally leftist” means?

Black people share resources for survival—a leftist concept—Black matriarchs (women) are central to our communities—a more left concept—Black people reuse materials (plastic bags jars) (2/)

Idk what “culturally leftist” means but I can tell you the ideals of the left have more in common with how the Black community runs itself in PRACTICE than the way white communities typically do for a bunch of reasons too much for this thread (3/)

2. The younger Black voters are the more likely they are to have more leftist politics JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER RACIAL GROUP.

I’m not explaining this more because it’s not difficult. It’s a trend among every group. (4/)

3. Now this is the most important one: Black people are voters for SURVIVAL and in a two party political situation survival looks like voting Democrat for Black folks. (5/)

Now often the establishment (moderate dems) put up other moderate Dems as their party pick or otherwise message and signal that a moderate Dem is their party pick. (6/)

If the party instead put up a more leftist candidate and signaled that said leftist candidate was their pick, Black voters would not pack it up and go home or switch and vote Republican, they would vote for that Dem party (the party of survival) candidate. (7/)

Essentially it’s not a matter of leftist or not leftist so much as it is a matter of lack of options presented in a country where oppression makes people vote for survival rather than for their true political feelings (FIN)
Back in 2020, the Democratic Party establishment promoted Joe Biden as much more "electable" than Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Also, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out just before Super Tuesday, presumably to avoid splitting the "moderate" vote.
 

Harry Bosch

Contributor
Then Imani Oakley, a BNC candidate:
Imani Oakley for Congress on Twitter: "I’m gonna try not to thread y’all to death today ..." / Twitter
I’m gonna try not to thread y’all to death today but we need a “stop misunderstanding the Black vote challenge” ASAP (1/)

1. I’ve been Black 31 years and I don’t even know what “culturally leftist” means?

Black people share resources for survival—a leftist concept—Black matriarchs (women) are central to our communities—a more left concept—Black people reuse materials (plastic bags jars) (2/)

Idk what “culturally leftist” means but I can tell you the ideals of the left have more in common with how the Black community runs itself in PRACTICE than the way white communities typically do for a bunch of reasons too much for this thread (3/)

2. The younger Black voters are the more likely they are to have more leftist politics JUST LIKE EVERY OTHER RACIAL GROUP.

I’m not explaining this more because it’s not difficult. It’s a trend among every group. (4/)

3. Now this is the most important one: Black people are voters for SURVIVAL and in a two party political situation survival looks like voting Democrat for Black folks. (5/)

Now often the establishment (moderate dems) put up other moderate Dems as their party pick or otherwise message and signal that a moderate Dem is their party pick. (6/)

If the party instead put up a more leftist candidate and signaled that said leftist candidate was their pick, Black voters would not pack it up and go home or switch and vote Republican, they would vote for that Dem party (the party of survival) candidate. (7/)

Essentially it’s not a matter of leftist or not leftist so much as it is a matter of lack of options presented in a country where oppression makes people vote for survival rather than for their true political feelings (FIN)
Back in 2020, the Democratic Party establishment promoted Joe Biden as much more "electable" than Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Also, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out just before Super Tuesday, presumably to avoid splitting the "moderate" vote.

I've always wondered, what is wrong with voting for the person who is more electable? Maybe I'd vote my conscience if the guy on the other side was a moderate or something. However, I think that it's no exaggeration to say that Trump was the worst president in our history. Why shouldn't I vote for "most electable" in the primary?
 

Derec

Contributor
I found this thread about whether BNC / JD / "The Squad" properly represents Black and Hispanic communities.

Matthew Yglesias
@mattyglesias
I keep reading these "David Shor wants Democrats to abandon Black people" takes, but I'm pretty sure what he really wants them to abandon are immigration and climate activists.
I think he has a point. After all, black people are statistically most likely to be harmed by crime, especially violent crime. And yet the lefty activists see the criminals as their base with the "defund police", "abolish police" and "abolish prisons" rhetoric. Who do they think will be mostly harmed by that? Note also that it was blacks who generally supported the 1990s crime bill for this very reason.
 

Derec

Contributor
Back in 2020, the Democratic Party establishment promoted Joe Biden as much more "electable" than Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Also, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out just before Super Tuesday, presumably to avoid splitting the "moderate" vote.
Yes, Biden was sold to us as a "moderate". But as soon as he took office, he proved to be a Trojan Horse for the Bernie/Warren/Squad wing of the Democratic Party. Unfortunately.
 

TV and credit cards

Veteran Member
Yes, Biden was sold to us as a "moderate". But as soon as he took office, he proved to be a Trojan Horse for the Bernie/Warren/Squad wing of the Democratic Party. Unfortunately.
I see Biden as doing what he needs to do and appealing to whom he needs to appeal to to get legislation passed. If he has to split the baby between Sanders and Manchin then so be it.
 
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