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Autumn's Journal
Autumn's Journal
February 21, 2020

Biden, Sanders tied for first place in South Carolina: poll

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are running neck and neck in South Carolina, with billionaire activist Tom Steyer not far behind, according to a new poll released exclusively to The Hill.

The poll, conducted by Change Research for the Democratic group The Welcome Party, shows Biden and Sanders knotted at 23 percent support each in the Palmetto State. Meanwhile, Steyer is running in second place at 20 percent.

Only one other candidate, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, registered in double digits in the poll, with 15 percent support.

The poll, which was fielded from Feb. 12-14 in the wake of the New Hampshire Democratic primary, suggests that Biden, the longtime front-runner in South Carolina, is losing ground in a state that he’s counting on to power his presidential bid into Super Tuesday and beyond.

February 20, 2020

Where's Tom Steyer? A Few People in Las Vegas Were Wondering

Mr. Steyer did not make the cut for the Democratic debate. He was missed!


But while Mr. Steyer did not poll high enough to make the debate stage this round after landing distant finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire, he has emerged as a genuine threat to a number of his rivals in South Carolina and, potentially, here in Nevada, as the largely self-funded candidate spends millions on the airwaves in both states.

He is also spending his money on splashy campaign events: On Friday, he is set to rally here with the group TLC, known for 1990s hits like “No Scrubs.”
Mr. Steyer, a spokesman said, was spending the evening meeting with precinct captains and making calls to his teams around the state to encourage them in the homestretch before the caucuses.

“Tonight’s debate helped one person — Donald Trump,” Mr. Steyer said in a statement after the debate, also saying it was “clear that Bloomberg is probably running in the wrong primary.”

“Instead of focusing on how we can improve the lives of Americans and build a diverse coalition to beat Donald Trump,” Mr. Steyer said, “we saw a lot of bickering over policy discrepancies that won’t matter if we don’t win in November.”
February 19, 2020

We don't need another racist president

Is Michael Bloomberg, the man who saw potential suspects in every Black and brown face, all that different from Donald Trump?

By Renée Graham Globe Columnist,Updated February 18, 2020, 2:43 p.m


Michael Bloomberg is expected to make his presidential debate debut Wednesday night in Las Vegas. Given how much he’s already spent on his campaign — $400 million and counting — I expect to see him on the stage in a $38,000 Bolotas armchair with a $20,000 cashmere Hermès blanket draped across his legs.
We should also expect excuses, equivocations, and evasions about the racist policies he enforced, as New York’s mayor, against communities of color.

Bloomberg will probably apologize again for “stop-and-frisk,” which allowed anyone to be stopped, searched, and questioned by police if there was “reasonable suspicion.” That suspicion fell disproportionately on young Black and brown men. Bloomberg did not start “stop and frisk” — that dishonor belongs to his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani. Yet he expanded the program, terrorizing communities of color in ways that continue to have devastating repercussions.

Is the man who saw potential suspects in every Black and brown face all that different from the man who called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals?
But it also speaks to the divide between those willing to accept as appropriate another man who views constitutional rights as negligible. On social media, white liberals are scolding people of color for criticizing Bloomberg’s candidacy, preferring to see a billionaire businessman as the best way to beat another billionaire businessman. (If Trump wasn’t a billionaire when he came into office, his grifting presidency has probably gotten him a lot closer.)

That’s an easy calculation to make for those who’ve never experienced fear every time you see a police officer, even when you know you’ve done nothing wrong. (The vast majority of those stopped and frisked were innocent.) And that doesn’t even cover the deep psychological impact of knowing that, for someone like Bloomberg, the skin you’re in makes you a suspect.

Now you might have heard that Bloomberg is super sorry about all that. After years of defending this policy, even after studies proved it was both racist and ineffective in lowering crime rates, Bloomberg conveniently offered up his first apology just before launching his presidential campaign. And since he said it in a Black church filled with Black people, you know he really, really meant it.
February 19, 2020

Sanders Would Crush Bloomberg In Two Person Race


February 18, 2020 at 5:57 pm EST By Taegan Goddard 295 Comments

Michael Bloomberg is framing the Democratic presidential race as if it’s between just him and Bernie Sanders.

However, the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows Sanders would trounce Bloomberg in a head-to-head match up, 57% to 37%.

February 18, 2020

Major Latino group backs Sanders on eve of Nevada caucus

Mijente is making its first-ever presidential endorsement.


A prominent national Latino group is endorsing Bernie Sanders four days ahead of the caucuses in Nevada, a state with a significant Hispanic electorate.

Mijente, a grass-roots organization that mobilizes Latinx and Chicanx voters, decided to make its first-ever presidential endorsement in response to President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and policies targeting Latinos. The endorsement adds to the growing collection of progressive groups coalescing around the Vermont senator, after earlier expectations they would be divided between him and Elizabeth Warren.

Marisa Franco, director and cofounder of Mijente, said the group’s members picked Sanders after a lengthy process that included sit-downs with multiple candidates. In January, its members voted on four options: endorsing Sanders, Warren, both of them, or no endorsement at all. In the end, 70 percent of its members voted to endorse Sanders.

Sanders’ economic justice platform and moratorium on deportations were key to Mijente’s members in addition to Sanders' exhaustive outreach to Latinos this cycle.
“Something that's very appealing to people is his consistency and the concept of palabra,” said Franco, “And what that means in our community is giving people your ‘word.’”

We know who has our back.
February 16, 2020

De Blasio: 'I have spent literally six years undoing what Michael Bloomberg did'


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called out Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s previous support for stop-and-frisk policing, saying his predecessor as mayor is “out of touch with what Democrats are looking for and talking about right now."

"This is a guy who really reinforced the status quo every chance he got in New York City, and I have spent literally six years undoing what Michael Bloomberg did, and stop and frisk is one of the most obvious examples, but there’s a lot of others” de Blasio said Monday in an interview with "The Young Turks."

“With stop and frisk, I can’t tell you how many years people pleaded with Michael Bloomberg. Leaders in the African American and the Latino community said over and over, 'this was hurting our children.' This was holding back our communities, creating a rift between police and community.”

Bloomberg endorsed a "very aggressive approach to policing in a country, bluntly, that still is coming to grips with the reality of race-based policing. That is what he encouraged," de Blasio said in the interview.
February 15, 2020

I know all I need to know. I know he's healthy, I know what meds he takes.

takes, I know his blood count, I know his cholesterol levels I know the surgeries he has had, he has had gout,( so have I) esophageal reflux, he has had diverticulitis. He had a hernia repaired, he had a cyst removed from his vocal cord. He had a skein lesion removed. Oh and he has had lumbar strain. He's current on his colonoscopies and his electrocardiogram showed normal sinus rhythm.

He has had one heart attack and had two stents inserted, he has never had any signs of congestive heat failure. The heart chambers sizes, wall thickness and heart valves are all normal. His doctors say he's very healthy.

What the hell else do you need to know?

Talk about bullshit.

February 14, 2020

ENVIRONMENTAL VOTER GUIDE. See how your choice stacks up.

The Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund evaluated each candidate on four key environmental issue areas:
saving wildlife, protecting public lands, ensuring environmental justice and ending the climate crisis.

We evaluated every candidate polling above 1% in the latest national polls. We did not evaluate former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg because of his decision not to participate in any Democratic debate, build a grassroots network of supporters or compete in any of the early state caucuses or primaries.

Released January 27, 2020

My top 3 choices get two As and one B

Bernie Sanders.

Overall Grade = A

Overall Grade = A

Wildlife = B+
Public Lands = A-
Environmental Justice = A
Climate = A+

Elizabeth Warren

Overall Grade = A-

Wildlife = B
Public Lands = A-
Environmental Justice = A
Climate = A-

Tom Steyer

Overall Grade = B

Wildlife = C+
Public Lands = C+
Environmental Justice = A-
Climate = A-
Climate = A+


February 14, 2020

Why Does Mainstream Media Keep Attacking Bernie Sanders as He Wins?

Bernie Sanders keeps surprising cynical pundits in his second presidential run.

Poor Chuck Todd.

After a week of Todd using his MSNBC evening show Meet the Press Daily to assail the senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders has won—clearly—in New Hampshire. It’s not if Todd hadn’t tried.

On Monday, Todd quoted conservative outlet the Bulwark, characterizing Sanders’s online following as “digital brown shirts,” essentially likening a Jewish politician’s supporters to Nazis. The Friday prior, Todd led a panel in hand-wringing over class warfare against billionaires. He has long had his crosshairs on Sanders. In May, he told the senator “the right will hammer and sickle you to death.” In 2015 after a shooting, he called Sanders, who has a D minus rating from the NRA, “pro-NRA.” And in December, he balked at the idea of refraining from the unjournalistic phrase “Bernie Bros,” asking, “What do we call them, Bernie siblings? Bernie people?” His guest suggested the obvious: “Bernie supporters.”

Of course, Todd is one among many in an anti-Bernie chorus. After the New Hampshire debate last week, his colleague Hardball host Chris Matthews went on a socialism rant, warning of “executions in Central Park” and exclaiming that “I might have been one of the ones getting executed”—perhaps revealing elite pundit anxiety that a growing consciousness about wealth inequality and its enforcers might turn on them. Matthews continued: “I don’t know who Bernie supports over these years, I don’t know what he means by socialism. One week it’s Denmark...Well, what does he think of Castro? That’s a great question.” On Morning Joe, James Carville, the old Clinton strategist, warned: “That’s it. If we go the way of the British Labour Party, if we nominate Jeremy Corbyn, it’s going to be the end of days.” Nevermind that Corbyn is deeply unpopular in the UK, with a net favorability rating of -40 percent according to YouGov polling, while Sanders is America’s most popular politician.

And all of that was just MSNBC.
After the New Hampshire results came in, political reporters and pundits put facts into linguistic pretzels, instead of just stating what the numbers did: That Sanders had won, taking the popular vote for two straight contests in a crowded field. Not all of it was pure ideological offense. New York Times politics reporter Jeremy Peters, tweeted: “Pete, after winning Iowa, is almost beating Bernie in a state Bernie won four years ago by 22 points. Under any normal standard of assessing the Democratic race, Pete would be called a frontrunner.” Likewise, Trip Gabriel also of the New York Times, also asserted an upside-down analysis tweeting, that the number one story of the night was Amy Klobuchar (who came in third) and the number two story of the night was Pete Buttigieg (who came in second) coming closer to Sanders than expected.


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