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Progressive twitter reacts to Buttigieg's "pocket change" remark

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Oct 14, 2019, 04:53 PM (21 replies)

She's a baller

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Oct 12, 2019, 10:24 PM (0 replies)

Warren Marches in Las Vegas Pride Parade

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren danced to Aretha Franklin and posed for selfies as she marched Friday night in the Las Vegas Pride parade.

The Massachusetts senator, who is gaining momentum in the crowded field of White House hopefuls, was the only candidate to appear at the parade in the early voting state.

Nevada, which holds presidential nominating caucuses on Feb. 22, is the third in line to cast votes for the Democratic nominee.

Warren, wearing a rainbow-hued feather boa, walked Friday night behind a banner with supporters and her campaign staff, cheering, raising her fists and dancing. But she frequently broke away from the marchers and ran to the sides of the parade route to give out hugs and pose for photographs. She would then sprint back to her spot behind the banner, drink a swig of coconut water, and keep going.

Warren did not make any comments or hold any other public campaign events in Nevada Friday.

Other Democratic presidential candidates sent family members on their behalf and had supporters marching carrying their signs.

More at https://kdwn.com/2019/10/12/warren-marches-in-las-vegas-pride-parade/

Posted by BeyondGeography | Sat Oct 12, 2019, 01:58 PM (2 replies)

Warren saves her fire for Republican attacks

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Her dismissal from a job 48 years ago had been catapulted into the news by a conservative media outlet, and she herself had just ignited a fresh round of hand-wringing about her willingness to court big donors for the Democratic Party if she is the presidential nominee. So as Senator Elizabeth Warren faced a knot of reporters after a walking tour of an environmentally degraded neighborhood here on Wednesday, she had to work to keep the focus on the matter at hand. “Did anyone,” she asked pointedly, “have a question on environmental justice?”

Warren’s steady climb in the polls is drawing increasingly frequent barbs from her rivals and heightened scrutiny of her every move, opening up a new phase for a disciplined candidate that could distract voters from the core message and policy proposals that have helped propel her rise. But as the heat picked up in recent days, Warren’s strategy — as shown in her remarks in South Carolina this week — has started to emerge. While the idea of combat has long been central to Warren’s political brand — the word “fight” is in her campaign slogan and two of her book titles — she appears to be carefully picking her battles.

She has largely ignored jabs from her Democratic opponents while saving her fire for attacks more central to her political identity — an approach that seems intended to project strength and focus ahead of a potential contest with President Trump while downplaying her Democratic rivals.

Warren strongly fought back when the conservative Washington Free Beacon questioned the accuracy of a story she frequently tells on the campaign trail, turning it into a galvanizing moment for her female supporters. At the same time, she declined to respond to overt or subtle criticism from Democratic rivals like former vice president Joe Biden, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, even though it is something she could face more of on the debate stage Tuesday in Ohio as her opponents scramble to change the trajectory of the race.

“The clock’s running out,” said Colin Reed, a Republican strategist who worked on Scott Brown’s unsuccessful Senate race against Warren in 2012. “I don’t think she’s going to implode on her own.”

...Warren’s allies have used the incident to draw favorable comparisons between her and Biden, who responded tentatively as Trump began making unfounded claims about his son’s activities in Ukraine before he finally called for the president’s impeachment this week. “He comes out of a generation of Democratic politicians that tends to be a little more cautious,” said Mike Lux, a former staffer for Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign who supported Warren during her fight to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

“Elizabeth, I think, is used to hitting back harder and faster,” Lux said, recalling the words from a sign he kept on the wall when he worked on Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign: “Speed kills.”

More at https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2019/10/10/elizabeth-warren-picks-her-battles-attacks-pick/9eXRLicIKmgFPv3MEzQezK/story.html
Posted by BeyondGeography | Fri Oct 11, 2019, 08:36 AM (2 replies)

LGBTQ Forum: Warren puts "old-fashioned" marriage takes on the rocks

Elizabeth Warren has a plan for responding to people who come up to her at rallies to say, “my faith teaches me that marriage is between one man and one woman.”

The question came from an audience member, channeling a phrase often invoked by marriage equality opponents who, as he put it, describe themselves as “old fashioned.”

“Well, I'm going to assume it's a guy who said that,” Warren deadpanned, “and I'm gonna say, ‘Then just marry one woman. I'm cool with that.”

Then she twisted the knife: “If you can find one."


Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:36 PM (8 replies)

Warren used Republican attacks on her authenticity, a sexist trope in politics, to rally supporters

As Elizabeth Warren Rises, the G.O.P. Deploys an Old Tactic

WASHINGTON — President Trump and his allies have struggled for months to come up with effective ways to confront Senator Elizabeth Warren, whose steady rise in the polls put the lie to Mr. Trump’s boasts last spring that she was “finished” and “gone,” undone by her past claims of Native American ancestry. Republicans have tried to brand her as a socialist, attack her policy ideas and portray her as too left-wing for the American electorate. None of those arguments have diminished her political momentum, robust fund-raising or polling.

But in the past week, conservative news sites have challenged Ms. Warren’s story about how a public school principal forced her out of a teaching job in 1971 because she was “visibly pregnant,” and the Republican National Committee grabbed onto the issue to wage its own attack. In doing so, Republicans employed a tactic — questioning a female candidate’s authenticity — that is at once often a sexist trope in politics and a strategy used against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Ms. Warren and her team, in turn, have confidently parried those attacks and used them to rally supporters. Rather than take a defensive posture, Ms. Warren has responded by offering her personal story as one of countless instances of pregnancy discrimination that have occurred in American workplaces, where it remains a widespread problem. In a video that has been viewed more than a million times across social media platforms, Ms. Warren read messages from women sharing their own experiences. Christina Reynolds, who was an aide on Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and is now a spokeswoman for EMILY’s List, which supports female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights, said the Warren campaign’s move to solicit stories from people was a better response to the line of attack “than just saying, ‘No, it’s not true.’”

“I think it’s a really powerful thing that she’s done,” she said, “which is turn this into a learning opportunity for all of us as to what women have faced at past times, what they might still face and how can we do better.”

...Ms. Warren’s campaign demonstrated readiness for the attacks as news outlets began publishing articles in recent days about her public-school teaching career and pregnancy. Ms. Warren spoke with CBS News to go into greater detail about her story, and she and her campaign sought to shift the focus onto the broader issue of pregnancy discrimination. Her admirers praised her on social media and others offered support, including some rivals in the 2020 race, a sign of the protectiveness that many Democrats feel toward their candidates in the face of Republican attacks.

Jennifer Palmieri, who was the communications director for Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 campaign, noted the extent of that unity around Ms. Warren. “This could have been something that really got pounced on by her opponents,” she said, “and that didn’t happen.”

More at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/10/us/politics/elizabeth-warren-fired-teaching.html#click=https://t.co/QBgcDGD7py
Posted by BeyondGeography | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 05:34 PM (3 replies)

Elizabeth Warren calls for environmental justice in addressing climate change in new proposal

WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren released a plan Wednesday calling for environmental justice in responding to climate change, proposing steps to reduce what she called the disproportionate effect that pollution has on low-income and minority communities.

Warren, who has made the fight against climate change a key to her Democratic presidential campaign, said that a “just transition” to clean energy as outlined in the Green New Deal has to happen by “prioritizing communities that have experienced historic disinvestment.” She cited studies showing that toxic waste sites, landfills, congested highways and other sources of pollution hit harder in places such as predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods.

Warren would direct the Environmental Protection Agency to extensively map which communities are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change so federal clean air and water rules can be adjusted and promised to hold an environmental justice summit within her first 100 days in office if elected president. She would also direct one-third of a proposed climate investment under the Green New Deal into communities most at-risk of adverse environmental impact, which she said would equal at least $1 trillion dollars over the next decade.

...In an effort to better understand the far-reaching impact of climate injustice, Warren said she recently visited what is considered Michigan’s most polluted zip code with Representative Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Detroit and its suburbs. Warren toured a school located next to several industrial plants and a community center, where she talked to people affected by the high levels of pollution that has caused cancer among their family and friends.

“These big corporations have enough muscle with the government that they squeeze it to get tax breaks,” Warren said to community members outside the community center in a video released by her campaign. “So the cost of running these schools and keeping these roads paved falls disproportionately on you. So you’re not only paying the cost in terms of what you breathe, what your children breathe…you’re also paying the cost out of pocket.”

More at https://www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2019/10/09/elizabeth-warren-calls-for-environmental-justice-addressing-climate-change-part-new-campaign-proposal/NEwS5uF7skb2xd3JVJ2P3I/story.html

Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Oct 9, 2019, 08:48 AM (0 replies)

Elizabeth Warren asked women to share their stories of pregnancy discrimination with her

Posted by BeyondGeography | Wed Oct 9, 2019, 01:32 AM (10 replies)

The wingnuts will have to come up with another angle on Warren

Elizabeth Warren stands by account of being pushed out of her first teaching job because of pregnancy

On the campaign trail, Elizabeth Warren often tells the story of how she was fired from her first teaching job in 1971 because she was pregnant, a pivotal moment that ultimately put her on a path to Harvard, the United States Senate, and quite possibly the presidency. But recently, several media outlets have questioned the veracity of these claims. In an exclusive interview with CBS News on Monday evening, Warren said she stands by her characterizations of why she left the job. "All I know is I was 22 years old, I was 6 months pregnant, and the job that I had been promised for the next year was going to someone else. The principal said they were going to hire someone else for my job," she said.

...In an interview that year at the University of California, Berkeley, Warren gave the first known public account of her time at Riverdale. "I worked in a public school system with the children with disabilities. I did that for a year, and then that summer I didn't have the education courses, so I was on an 'emergency certificate,' it was called," Warren said in 2007. "I went back to graduate school and took a couple of courses in education and said, 'I don't think this is going to work out for me.' I was pregnant with my first baby, so I had a baby and stayed home for a couple of years."

Asked by CBS News why she told the story differently at Berkeley a decade ago, Warren said her life since her election to the Senate in 2012 caused her to "open up" about her past. "After becoming a public figure I opened up more about different pieces in my life and this was one of them. I wrote about it in my book when I became a U.S. Senator," she said in a statement from her campaign.

...Warren also told CBS News that she was, in fact, officially offered the job for the following year as the school board minutes indicate. "In April of that year, my contract was renewed to teach again for the next year," Warren said. She also said she had been hiding her pregnancy from the school. "I was pregnant, but nobody knew it. And then a couple of months later when I was six months pregnant and it was pretty obvious, the principal called me in, wished me luck, and said he was going to hire someone else for the job," Warren said. Asked repeatedly whether she meant she was fired when she said the principal showed her the door, Warren said, "When someone calls you in and says, the job that you've been hired for for next year, is no longer yours, we're giving it to someone else. I think that's being 'shown the door.'"

...Interviews with retired teachers who worked for the Riverdale Board of Education at the same time as Warren suggest that while they do not remember Warren or the circumstances of her leaving the school, the workplace culture at the time may have left Warren with no option but to move on when her pregnancy became apparent.

Two retired teachers who worked at Riverdale Elementary for over 30 years, including the year Warren was there, told CBS News that they don't remember anyone being explicitly fired due to pregnancy during their time at the school. But Trudy Randall and Sharon Ercalano each said that a non-tenured, pregnant employee like Warren would have had little job security at Riverdale in 1971, seven years before the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was passed. ”The rule was at five months you had to leave when you were pregnant. Now, if you didn't tell anybody you were pregnant, and they didn't know, you could fudge it and try to stay on a little bit longer," Randall said. "But they kind of wanted you out if you were pregnant."

As the school board minutes show, no member of the Riverdale school board at the time was a woman. A full year after Warren's dismissal, the Associated Press wrote that a recent New Jersey State Division of Civil Rights decision meant that "pregnant teachers can no longer be automatically forced out of New Jersey classrooms."

More at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/warren-stands-by-account-of-being-pushed-out-of-her-first-teaching-job-because-of-pregnancy/

Warren's tweet on pregnancy discrimination this morning:

Posted by BeyondGeography | Tue Oct 8, 2019, 08:00 AM (12 replies)

Trump supporter pulls gun on Democrat during road rage incident on busy Moorhead road

MOORHEAD — A West Fargo man is in jail after police say he threatened a woman with a handgun after getting into an argument on the road with her over her bumper sticker supporting Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren.

About noon Monday, Oct. 7, officers were sent to the area of 24th Avenue and Eighth Street South in Moorhead for a disturbance call, according to a news release from the Moorhead Police Department.

A woman told police she was driving south on Eighth Street when a man pulled up next to her and yelled at her saying he disliked her bumper sticker supporting Warren.

Moorhead police spokesman Capt. Deric Swenson later said the man’s vehicle had a pro-Donald Trump sticker on it.

Police said in a news release that the man then pointed to his own political bumper sticker and talked about his different political views. Swenson said the woman had “engaged” with the man for about eight blocks before he drove past the woman's vehicle and held up a handgun.

Officers were able to locate the suspect inside a restaurant in the Brookdale Shopping Center and found a loaded handgun in his vehicle's center console, according to the release. Police said the passenger in the suspect's vehicle confirmed what reportedly happened.

The driver was arrested and identified as Joseph Schumacher, 27, of West Fargo. He was booked into the Clay County Jail. Police have requested that prosecutors charge Schumacher with felony terroristic threats and having a loaded handgun inside a vehicle without a permit, which is a misdemeanor.

More at https://www.westfargopioneer.com/news/crime-and-courts/4710059-Police-Trump-supporter-pulls-gun-on-Democrat-during-road-rage-incident-on-busy-Moorhead-road

Posted by BeyondGeography | Mon Oct 7, 2019, 10:47 PM (27 replies)
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