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July 30, 2019

Heard some good advice on how to watch the debates.

1. Stay away from social media.
2. Don't watch the commercials. Get up and walk around whenever there is a break.
3. Don't listen to commentary before or after the debate. Give yourself a chance to absorb what you just heard.

Just someone's two cents that I'm passing along. Here's hoping we get a good discussions about the issues tonight.

July 25, 2019

It's primary season, folks. Candidates are going to confront each other.

It's apparent that all of the major candidates, except maybe Warren, have engaged other candidates on their records and/or positions on the issues. No one is breaking the Unity Pledge for running a normal campaign. There's no need to criticize candidates for "going after" one another during the campaign so long as confrontations are done honestly and in good faith.

That is all. Thank you.

July 23, 2019

Sanders campaign union accepts contract offer. Will make at least $17/hr + 100% med insurance

Contained within the video below. The union accepted the same offer that was brought forth by the campaign a couple months ago. Everyone gets a raise and most staffers will receive health insurance paid for 100% by the campaign.

For context, the staffers in Bernie's campaign were previously making what is considered standard wages and benefits for political campaigns. Now they will be the highest paid staffers of any campaign in the race. Will other campaigns follow?

July 22, 2019

2020 Democracy for America Poll: Sanders wins across the board, Warren also does very well.

Harris comes in 3rd. Top issues were typically Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, and Impeaching Trump. Polls were taken in early primary states and can be viewed individually or as a national result.


Edit: Should add this is a poll of DFA members, not a scientific poll.

July 19, 2019

Joe Biden Is 'Dangerously Close to Using Republican Talking Points', Says Ex-Clinton Adviser


A former adviser to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that 2020 hopeful Joe Biden is "dangerously close to using Republican talking points" and sounds like President Donald Trump when he discusses Medicare for All.

Appearing as part of a panel discussion on CNN's New Day on Tuesday, ex-Clinton aide Jess McIntosh shared her perspective on the former vice president's healthcare pitch. Biden has criticized the proposal of several 2020 Democratic candidates to create universal healthcare for all Americans by expanding Medicare. Biden, who served under former President Barack Obama, prefers instead to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare.

"The risk he [Biden] has here though, is he comes dangerously close to using Republican talking points when talking about Medicare-for-all," McIntosh said. "There was a lot of 'Medicare as you know it will go away, seniors will be left with nothing,'" she said.

"That sounds suspiciously like Donald Trump, and as long as Biden is trying to appeal to the Democratic base during the primary, they're not going to like him engaging with this topic using that kind of language," she asserted.
July 16, 2019

Who Said It?

Find out how Joe Biden's comments about Medicare for All compare to Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and the health insurance industry. There's also a surprise twist at the end. Have fun!


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