Democratic socialist – Gurugama http://gurugama.org/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 15:58:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://gurugama.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/favicon-16.png Democratic socialist – Gurugama http://gurugama.org/ 32 32 Who is Abigail Spanberger? Incumbent Democrat in the Virginia primary http://gurugama.org/who-is-abigail-spanberger-incumbent-democrat-in-the-virginia-primary/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 14:10:12 +0000 http://gurugama.org/who-is-abigail-spanberger-incumbent-democrat-in-the-virginia-primary/ Abigail Spanberger has been a Democratic congresswoman from Virginia’s 7th congressional district since 2019. She is running unopposed in her party for a third term, and there will be no Democratic primary. Six Republican candidates are vying to run against her in the general election this fall. Virginia’s primary election is June 21. Spanberger defeated […]]]>
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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney gets the main challenge he so richly deserves http://gurugama.org/rep-sean-patrick-maloney-gets-the-main-challenge-he-so-richly-deserves/ Sun, 19 Jun 2022 21:13:00 +0000 http://gurugama.org/rep-sean-patrick-maloney-gets-the-main-challenge-he-so-richly-deserves/ We’re not fans of ultra-left state senator Alessandra Biaggi, but she certainly picked a big target as she challenged Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary for the 17th District: He’s the most arrogant and selfish titular in all of New York. His most recent low was failing to even inform another […]]]>

We’re not fans of ultra-left state senator Alessandra Biaggi, but she certainly picked a big target as she challenged Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary for the 17th District: He’s the most arrogant and selfish titular in all of New York.

His most recent low was failing to even inform another incumbent, Rep. Mondaire Jones, before declaring that he would run in the district that the new fair voter maps (required after the courts rejected the Democrats’ attempt to gerrymander Republicans in Insignificance) put them both, even though the new district had more of Jones’ old than Maloney’s.

Then again, Maloney played a big part in this ill-begotten gerrymander effort that backfired so badly on the Dems, pitting not only Jones and Maloney, but also senior reps Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney.

On Nov. 30, 2020, he told Politico, “We have to win the redistricting war,” as he prepared to take over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. And he clearly encouraged the legislature to try to do just that, because his plan was to cut Republicans to just four House seats in New York out of the roughly eight that any fair map would allow.

The ploy was a clear violation of the state Constitution’s redistricting rules and the opinions clearly expressed by most New Yorkers in multiple ballot voting.

State Senator Alessandra Biaggi is currently a candidate in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary for the 17th district.
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But Maloney’s sleaze goes back further: He’s also the guy who ran for two offices at the same time in 2018, entering the state Attorney General’s primary even as he remained in the running for his seat. in the room.

As we noted then, “The wealthy three-term holder clearly thinks he can attempt a better job without risking the one he currently holds. What if that was a slap in the face to his constituents?” And a bet that risked entrusting the swing Congressional District to the Republicans.

He also spent money from his federal campaign fund running for statehood, a legally dubious move that only disadvantaged his fellow Democrats – although Tish James ended up winning easily anyway.

Tweet from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also announced her endorsement of Rep. Biaggi.
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In short, Maloney’s apologetic behavior was an invitation to Biaggi, who said as he entered the race, “We want a champion in Congress who will fight for all of us – not a corporate Democrat like Sean Patrick Maloney who passes the interests of its donors before ours.”

She has a shot; Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the entire Democratic socialist machine are in his corner.

We have no desire to see the House of AOC’s “squad” win another member, but you have to admire this movement’s ability to pick Democratic enemies who deserve to lose.

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Retired federal judge warns Trump will attempt another election coup http://gurugama.org/retired-federal-judge-warns-trump-will-attempt-another-election-coup/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 05:12:22 +0000 http://gurugama.org/retired-federal-judge-warns-trump-will-attempt-another-election-coup/ More than 17 months after former President Donald Trump and his fascist Republican Party supporters tried to overturn Biden’s election, a retired federal judge warned during the Thursday, Jan. 6, hearing that Trump and its allies “would try to cancel this 2024 election in the same way they tried to cancel the 2020 election.” This […]]]>

More than 17 months after former President Donald Trump and his fascist Republican Party supporters tried to overturn Biden’s election, a retired federal judge warned during the Thursday, Jan. 6, hearing that Trump and its allies “would try to cancel this 2024 election in the same way they tried to cancel the 2020 election.”

This stark message was delivered by John Michael Luttig, who, along with former Vice President Mike Pence’s White House attorney Greg Jacob, were the two in-person witnesses presented on the third day of hearings held by the Jan. 6 special committee investigating the attack on the Capitol.

Michael Luttig, a retired federal judge who was an adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence, testifies as the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 16. 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Luttig, a longtime Republican who was on former President George W. Bush’s shortlist for Supreme Court nomination, warned that Trump, “his allies and supporters are a clear and present danger to American democracy. “.

He added: “To this day, the former president, his allies and his supporters promise that in the 2024 presidential election – if the former president or his designated successor as the Republican Party’s presidential nominee were to lose this election – that they would try to cancel this 2024 election the same way they tried to cancel the 2020 election, but they succeeded in 2024 where they failed in 2020.”

Luttig, former clerk to then-Judge Antonin Scalia, ended his statement and the hearing by saying, “The former president and his allies are executing this plan for 2024 in full view of the American public.”

Ahead of the hearing, the Jan. 6 panel revealed further details about Trump’s plot. As part of Trump’s efforts to stay in power, Trump’s top coup lawyer, John Eastman, corresponded with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. This follows revelations Virginia Thomas texted White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urging Meadows to bring in far-right lawyer Sidney Powell and send Trump’s political enemies to Guantanamo Bay. .

Although the contents of the emails have not been revealed, there is no doubt that they related to Trump’s efforts to stay in power. In previous text messages with Meadows, Virginia Thomas expressed “disgust” at Pence’s reluctance to overturn the Constitution.

For the first time on Thursday, Thomas agreed to testify before the Jan. 6 committee, saying she hoped to clear up any “misconceptions” about her role in Trump’s coup.

Highlighting the danger of the attack on the Capitol, and at the same time refuting claims that the attack was a “spontaneous riot” that just “spinned out of control,” the committee cited the statement of a witness for a confidential informant in the seditious conspiracy case against five members of the Proud Boys militia.

The informant, known as “Witness-1” in the documents, said the Proud Boys were targeting Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the attack on the Capitol, and that if they captured either of the politicians, it is likely that they would have been killed.

The committee found that when Trump’s mob broke into the Capitol, they were at one point about 40 feet (~12 meters) from Pence and his entourage who were fleeing the Senate Chamber.

Thursday’s hearing, like the two before it, was dominated by witnesses and testimony from Republicans. It’s part of the Democratic Party’s deliberate strategy to use the hearings to present the narrative of a ‘sane’ Republican Party, in opposition to Trump and the ‘crazy people’ who include longtime Republican lawyers John Eastman. and Rudolph Giuliani.

As in Trump’s second impeachment trial, Democrats and Republicans on the committee used their time to praise Pence for not doing something that was blatantly illegal and unconstitutional. Bennie Thompson (Mississippi Democrat) started the hearing by reciting a quote from Pence. Senior committee member Liz Cheney (Republican of Wyoming) released in her opening comments a video of Pence saying the exact same quote, describing Pence as a valiant defender of democracy unlike his boss Trump.

This misrepresentation ignores the fact that for more than four years and until January 6, 2021, as Trump’s vice president, Pence dutifully followed Trump’s lead. After Biden’s victory, Pence continued to support Trump’s claims that the election was illegitimate, saying in a November 2020 speech to the National Policy Council that he and Trump would “keep fighting until every legal vote is counted and until every illegal vote is cast.”

During that speech to the powerful Republican think tank, which includes Virginia Thomas among its nine-member CNP Action board, Pence told members that “we are waiting for the results of our election,” even if the election had already been declared for Biden.

Pence refused to testify before the committee and did not speak publicly about many aspects of Trump’s coup, further shielding Trump and his co-conspirators. Still, that didn’t stop the committee from calling the former Indiana governor a paragon of democracy.

The Democrats won the presidency and control of both houses of Congress in the 2020 election. But they immediately proclaimed their desire for “unity” with the same Republican Party that had sought to stage a coup. Biden said, “We need a strong Republican Party.

In the year and a half since then, Democrats have systematically concealed the scale and significance of the January 6 coup attempt, seeking Republican support to pursue policies of mass infection and of military aggression. This, in turn, has only emboldened the fascists who dominate the Republican Party.

The ongoing revelations of the massive scale of the January 6 conspiracy and warnings of yet another coup attempt by Trump make it clear that working people cannot defend democratic rights through the machinery of the Democratic Party. The struggle against dictatorship requires the independent mobilization of the working class on the basis of a socialist perspective.

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Live primary election updates: South Carolina, Maine News and more http://gurugama.org/live-primary-election-updates-south-carolina-maine-news-and-more/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 15:41:22 +0000 http://gurugama.org/live-primary-election-updates-south-carolina-maine-news-and-more/ CHARLESTON, SC — At a campaign event the weekend before the South Carolina primary election, Tom Rice, a conservative congressman now on the wrong side of former President Donald J. Trump, made a confession . “I have made my next election a little more difficult than the previous ones,” he said on Friday, imploring his […]]]>

CHARLESTON, SC — At a campaign event the weekend before the South Carolina primary election, Tom Rice, a conservative congressman now on the wrong side of former President Donald J. Trump, made a confession .

“I have made my next election a little more difficult than the previous ones,” he said on Friday, imploring his supporters – a group he called “reasonable and rational people” and “good and solid Republicans. traditional” – to support him at the polls on Tuesday.

Two days before and about 100 miles south, Rep. Nancy Mace, another Republican from Palmetto State who drew the former president’s ire, acknowledged her position by knocking on doors on a sweltering morning.

“I accept everything. I take responsibility. I’m not backing down,’ she said, confident that voters in her Lowcountry district would be sympathetic. “They know that ‘hey, even if I disagree with her, at least she’s going to tell me where she is,'” she added.

Ms. Mace and Mr. Rice are the former president’s two targets for revenge on Tuesday. After a pro-Trump crowd stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, they were among those who blamed the president for the attack. Ms Mace, just days into her first term, said Mr Trump’s fake rhetoric about ‘stealing’ the presidential election had stirred up the riot and threatened his life. Mr. Rice, whose district borders Ms. Mace’s to the north, immediately condemned Mr. Trump and joined nine other Republicans (but not Ms. Mace) in later voting for his impeachment.

Today, in the face of major challenges championed by the former president, the two have taken starkly different approaches to political survival. Ms Mace withdrew her criticism of Mr Trump, seeking instead to discuss his conservative electoral record and libertarian streak in policy discussions. Instead, Mr. Rice dug in, defending his impeachment vote and further excoriating Mr. Trump in the process.

If they fend off their main challengers on Tuesday, Ms. Mace and Mr. Rice will join a growing list of incumbents who endured the wrath of the Trump wing of the GOP without ending their political careers. Yet their contradictory strategies — a reflection of both their political instincts and the differing politics of their districts — will offer insight into how far a candidate can go in challenging Mr. Trump.

Credit…Madeline Gray for The New York Times

In the eyes of her supporters, Ms Mace’s past comments are less concrete than an impeachment vote. She has sought to improve her relationship with pro-Trump parties in the GOP, spending nearly every day of the past few weeks on the campaign trail reminding voters of her Republican good faith, not her unfiltered criticism of Mr. Trump.

“Everyone knows I was unhappy that day,” she said of Jan. 6. “The whole world knows it. All my constituents know it.

His district, which stretches from the left corners of Charleston to the conservative country clubs of Hilton Head, has an electorate that includes far-right Republicans and liberal Democrats. Ms. Mace ran not just as a conservative candidate, but also as one who could defend the politically diverse district against a Democratic rival in November.

“It is and always will be a swing neighborhood,” she said. “I’m a conservative, but I also understand that I don’t just represent conservatives.”

This is not, however, a positive message for all in the Lowcountry.

Ted Huffman, owner of Bluffton BBQ, a restaurant nestled in the heart of touristy downtown Bluffton, said he was backing Katie Arrington, the former Trump-backed state representative who took on Ms Mace. What mattered against Ms. Mace was not her feud with Mr. Trump, but her relative absence from the restaurant portion of the district, Mr. Huffman said.

“Katie Arrington, she’s been here,” Mr Huffman said, recalling the few times Mrs Arrington visited Bluffton BBQ. “I’ve never seen Nancy Mace.”

At an event in Summerville with former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, Ms. Mace gave a stump speech that ran through a list of right-wing talking points: high inflation driven by the president’s economic agenda Biden, an influx of immigrants to the southern border, support for military veterans. She did not mention Mr. Trump.

Ms Mace is predicting a decisive primary victory against Ms Arrington, who has placed her endorsement of Trump at the center of her campaign message. A win over that, Ms Mace said, would prove “the weakness of any endorsement”.

“I generally don’t give too much weight to endorsements because they don’t matter,” she said. “He really is the candidate. He’s the person people vote for, that’s what matters.

Speaking from her porch in Moncks Corner, SC, Deidre Stechmeyer, a 42-year-old stay-at-home mom, said she wasn’t following Ms. Mace’s run closely. But when asked about the MP’s comments condemning the January 6 riot, she changed.

“That’s something I agree with her on,” she said, adding that she supports Ms. Mace’s decision to certify the Electoral College vote — a move some GOP members have opposed. characterized as the definitive betrayal of Mr. Trump. “There were so many conflicts and uncertainties. I feel like he should have been certified.

Mr. Rice’s impeachment vote, on the other hand, presents a more identifiable reversal.

That’s part of the reason Ms Mace has a comfortable lead in her race, according to the latest pollswhile Mr. Rice faces many more primary challengers and is most likely heading for a runoff with a Trump-endorsed state representative, Russell Fry, after Tuesday.

Mr. Fry’s campaign centered Mr. Rice’s impeachment vote in his message, turning the vote into a referendum on Mr. Rice’s five terms in Congress.

“It’s more than Donald Trump. This is about an incumbent congressman losing the trust of a very conservative district,” said Matt Moore, former chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party and adviser to Mr. Fry’s campaign.

Yet Mr. Rice is betting on his hyper-conservative economic record and his once unabashed support for the former president to win him a sixth term in one of South Carolina’s most pro-Trump congressional districts.

Credit…Logan R. Cyrus for The New York Times

In an interview, Rice noted the Republican Party’s tendency to put social issues above politics – which he said was driven in part by the former president’s party wing, who helped redefine it.

He also explained what the Republican Party should stand for: “less taxes, less government, more freedom, individual responsibility, the American dream,” he said. “If we’re not for this, then, my God, I don’t know what the Republican Party is doing.”

The impeachment vote also won him favor with some voters. Rick Giles, a Rice supporter in Conway, SC, said he admired Mr. Rice for his vote.

“He stood up to Trump when a lot of people didn’t,” Mr Giles said. “He was true to his values. He did not toe the party line. I like this.”

Credit…Madeline Gray for The New York Times

Mr. Rice’s district in the northeast corner of South Carolina along the North Carolina border is one of the most conservative in the state, favoring Republicans by nearly 30 points . And before the impeachment vote, Mr. Rice was one of Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters, with a voting record that matched Mr. Trump’s position more than 90% of the time.

“This is not my voting record. It’s not about my support for Trump. This is not my ideology. It’s not because that other guy is good,” Rice said. “There’s only one reason he’s doing this. And it’s just for revenge.

Mr Trump has had less success in the states behind his main challenger push. In Georgia, two of his most important perceived enemies, Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, handily won their primaries against challengers backed by the former president. The two House races where he did not endorse incumbents went to a runoff.

Mark Sanford, a former congressman who was beaten by Ms Arrington in 2018 after Mr Trump backed her main challenge, predicted Ms Mace would win.

“I think she’ll be fine,” he said, pointing to the growing number of state transplants in northern states that tend to favor settlement applicants. “It bodes well for Nancy, it doesn’t bode well for Katie.”

Still, he said, Tuesday’s result is unlikely to change the former president’s approach to politics.

“It’s binary with Trump,” Mr. Sanford said. “You’re not halfway, halfway – you’re either in or out.”

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Bernie Sanders and Lindsey Graham will debate live on Fox http://gurugama.org/bernie-sanders-and-lindsey-graham-will-debate-live-on-fox/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 12:20:49 +0000 http://gurugama.org/bernie-sanders-and-lindsey-graham-will-debate-live-on-fox/ The senses. Bernie Sanders and Lindsey Graham will face off in an economic policy debate on Monday. The 12 p.m. debate will air on Fox Nation, a subscription video-on-demand service. It is the first between senators in a series intended to “reintroduce the culture of seeking common ground”. Loading Something is loading. The senses. Bernie […]]]>
  • The senses. Bernie Sanders and Lindsey Graham will face off in an economic policy debate on Monday.
  • The 12 p.m. debate will air on Fox Nation, a subscription video-on-demand service.
  • It is the first between senators in a series intended to “reintroduce the culture of seeking common ground”.

The senses. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont, and Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, will face off on economic policy on Monday in a live debate that is the first in a series between leading U.S. senators.

The debate will be an unusual duel between the most progressive member of the Senate and a southern conservative loyal to Trump.

The hour-long event, beginning at 12 p.m. on Monday, June 13, will be hosted by FOX NEWS Channel’s Bret Baier and will air on Fox Nation, a subscription video-on-demand service. It will also air on Fox News on Saturday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

“I think it will be fun,” Graham told Roll Call, joking that he accepted the debate because he had “nothing else to do”.

Sanders, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist, said he looked forward to a “sharp discussion.”

The aim of the debate series, titled “The Senate Project”, is to “reintroduce the culture of seeking common ground and consensus that has been the essence of the Senate since its conception in 1789” , according to the Bipartisan Policy Center, which is launching the series with the Orrin G. Hatch Foundation and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.

“We hope this inspires policymakers to not only defend their views, but then work toward the example set by Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Orrin Hatch for building bipartisan bridges,” said the Bipartisan Policy Center. . the ad says.

While the topic of debate is “the state of the US economy,” foreign policy and Ukraine will “most certainly” be part of the conversation, Steve Scully of the Bipartisan Policy Center told Insider. Scully said the topic has been broadened to give senators the leeway to move in a number of policy directions.

Both senators are former presidential hopefuls who serve on the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders as chairman and Graham as top Republican.

“I hope it’s fun and hopefully informative,” Graham told Roll Call. “I love Bernie, and we’ll find out – maybe there are some things even we agree on.”

The debate will take place in the life-size replica of the Kennedy Institute’s US Senate chamber. Other debates will take place in July at George Washington University and in the fall in Utah.

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As the Jan. 6 select committee prepares for public hearings, Trump and his accomplices roam free http://gurugama.org/as-the-jan-6-select-committee-prepares-for-public-hearings-trump-and-his-accomplices-roam-free/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 04:55:46 +0000 http://gurugama.org/as-the-jan-6-select-committee-prepares-for-public-hearings-trump-and-his-accomplices-roam-free/ The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 coup attempt by former President Donald Trump will begin holding a series of six public hearings beginning Thursday. The hearings come 17 months after Trump and his Republican allies led a fascist assault on Congress aimed at blocking certification of the 2020 election results and overturning […]]]>

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 coup attempt by former President Donald Trump will begin holding a series of six public hearings beginning Thursday. The hearings come 17 months after Trump and his Republican allies led a fascist assault on Congress aimed at blocking certification of the 2020 election results and overturning the Constitution.

Last week, the Justice Department announced it would not press charges against Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff and a key architect of the coup plot, as well as Dan Scavino. Trump’s former deputy chief of staff. Then on Monday, Enrique Tarrio, the former president of the Proud Boys, and four other members of the far-right group were charged with seditious conspiracy.

This is how the Democrats hope the hearings will unfold: while a handful of fascist foot soldiers, small fry of the putsch, will be charged, the Republican Party figures who organized and led the plot must be freed.

Trump supporters at the US Capital Building on January 6, 2021. (Image credit: Flickr?blinkofanaye)

The Democratic Party’s main political goal in the January 6 hearings is to make the Republican Party a legitimate instrument of class rule by presenting a narrative that omits the role of nearly all of the GOP, as well as significant sections of the police. , the army and the intelligence apparatus. to facilitate the attack on Congress. The goal, as US President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi have repeatedly stated, is to maintain a “strong Republican Party”.

Both Meadows and Scavino have for months refused to comply with committee subpoenas and are deeply implicated in Trump’s coup. They now join Trump and his Republican co-conspirators in escaping responsibility, more than a year and a half after the fact, for trying to overthrow the government.

While Meadows briefly cooperated with the committee last year, including passing thousands of incriminating text messages revealing that Trump’s conspiracy had spread to Congress, the Supreme Court and major news networks such as Fox News , committee members such as Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger have publicly stated that there are huge gaps in text messaging.

Some of those gaps include messages exchanged between the Meadows and lifelong Republican agent Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The fact that Ginni Thomas was not subpoenaed by the committee demolishes any claim that its findings will represent a full account of events.

The only “high-level” Trump advisers to be indicted by the DOJ so far are former Trump advisers, fascist Steve Bannon and recently indicted Peter Navarro. Like Meadows and Scavino, the two refused to comply with subpoenas issued by the Jan. 6 select committee.

While the Democratic Party and sections of the Republican Party opposed to Trump presented the hearings as a chance to expose the full extent of the attack, in reality their response to January 6 was intended to conceal the social and political roots of the coup d’etat and the complicity of whole sections of the state apparatus. In one form or another, the committee will seek to perpetuate this cover-up.

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CO PO calendar | June 6-12 | Content reserved for subscribers http://gurugama.org/co-po-calendar-june-6-12-content-reserved-for-subscribers/ Mon, 06 Jun 2022 06:00:00 +0000 http://gurugama.org/co-po-calendar-june-6-12-content-reserved-for-subscribers/ CoPo’s Weekly Political Calendar will help you find political and public policy events throughout Colorado. It includes candidate and issue campaign events, public policy meetings, court hearings, state and local party conventions, assemblies, debates, rallies, parades, speaking engagements, appearances by traveling dignitaries , Water Meetings, Book Signings, County Commission Hearings, City Council Meetings and Suite. […]]]>

CoPo’s Weekly Political Calendar will help you find political and public policy events throughout Colorado. It includes candidate and issue campaign events, public policy meetings, court hearings, state and local party conventions, assemblies, debates, rallies, parades, speaking engagements, appearances by traveling dignitaries , Water Meetings, Book Signings, County Commission Hearings, City Council Meetings and Suite. As a subscriber, you can submit your own events for publication to calendar@coloradopolitics.com for free publication on this page. Please include who, what, when, where and why for each event.

(Party designations: R-Republican, D-Democrat, L-Libertarian, G-Green, S-Socialist, U-Unit.)

MONDAY, JUNE 6

(R) Larimer County Republican Party: Republican Breakfast Club, 7-8:30 a.m., 2842 SE. Frontage Rd., Johnstown, cost of breakfast and meet $10

(R) Jefferson County Republican Party: Men’s Club11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 608 Garrison St., Unit A, Lakewood, contact Dan Bidstrup 303-882-54569 or jeffcorepublicanmensclub.orgcosts $5

City of Denver: City Council meeting and public consultation session5-6:30 p.m., join the meeting at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3GN7Zv99SluXrlm4UC8NLQ

(R) Summit County Republican Party: Central Committee Meeting5:30-7 p.m., 151 Peak One Blvd., Frisco

(S) Denver Democratic Socialists of America: NEWR Weekly Meeting7-8pm, contact Housing@denverdsa.org for Zoom link

(R) Adams County Republican Party: Education Forum7-8:50 p.m., 400 W. 104th Ave., Northglenn

TUESDAY JUNE 7

(R) Collegiate Peaks Republican Women’s Forum: Meeting11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 217 Crossman Ave., Buena Vista, contact Millie Meardon at 719-395-3228 for more information

(R) Delta County Republican Party: monthly meeting6-7 p.m., 21987 Austin Rd., Austin, contact Angie Many at 970-210-0948 for more information

(S) Denver Democratic Socialists of America: Election Committee Meeting6-7pm, contact electoral@denverdsa.org for the Zoom link

(D) Denver Democratic Party: HD 6 Monthly Meeting6:30-8:30 p.m., 690 Colorado Blvd., Denver

(D) Boulder County Democratic Party: Field Leadership Action Group6:30-8:30 p.m., 5735 A. Arapahoe Ave., Boulder

(D) Jefferson County Democratic Party: Presidents’ Advisory Meeting6:30-8:30 p.m., join the meeting at https://us06web.zoom.us/j/95390103549

(D) Douglas County Democratic Party: HD 45 monthly meeting7-8:30pm, contact tcourington@gmail.com for Zoom link

WEDNESDAY JUNE. 8

(S) Denver Democratic Socialists of America: Mutual Aid Task Force5-7 p.m., register in advance at https://www.denverdsa.org/events

(R) Larimer County Republican Party: Republican Women’s Meeting5:30-7 p.m., 1441 E. Horsetooth Rd., Fort Collins

(D) Boulder County Democratic Party: Executive Committee Meeting5:30-8:30 p.m., join the meeting at http://bcdp.co/EC-Meeting

(R) Eagle County Republican Party: Central Committee Meeting6-7 p.m., 1055 Edwards Village Blvd., Edwards

3rd Congressional District: Virtual Primary Candidates Forumfrom 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., join the virtual meeting on https://lwvcolorado.org/cd3forumsubmit your questions to https://lwvcolorado.org/cd3forum

(D) Colorado Democratic Party: Stonewall meetingfrom 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., prior registration on https://www.mobilize.us/stonewalldems/event/399074/

(D) Jefferson County Democratic Party: Latin American Initiative Meeting6:30-7:30 p.m., 5151 W. 1st Ave., Denver

(D) Arapahoe County Democratic Party: HD 36 monthly meeting6:30-8pm, contact hd36@arapahoedems.org for more information

(L) Denver Libertarian Party: Monthly Meetup6:30-8:30 p.m., 141 S. Broadway, Denver

(D) Arapahoe County Democratic Party: HD 38 Monthly Meeting6:30-8:30 p.m., contact info@arapahoedems.org for more information

(S) Denver Democratic Socialists of America: Guidance Callfrom 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., prior registration on http://bit.ly/DDSA-Orientation

(D) Democratic Party of Denver: Criminal Justice Task Forcefrom 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82241189196contact walkerlknight@gmail.com for more information

(R) Douglas County Republican Party: Executive Committee Meeting7:00-8:30 p.m., 1660 S. Albion St., 2nd Floor Conference Room, Denver

(R) Park County Republican Party: Central Committee Meeting7-9pm, 880 Bogue St., Fairplay, contact Richard Eisner at 303-838-7491 for more information

THURSDAY JUNE. 9

(R) Foothills Republicans: 2022 State Treasurer and Attorney General Candidate Luncheon11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 1717 Denver West Marriott Blvd., Golden, RSVP to https://www.foothillsrepublicans.org/events

(R) Montrose County Republican Party: Central Committee Meeting6-7:30 p.m., 930 Colorado Ave., Board Room, Montrose, contact Scott Riba at 970-596-9998 for more information

(S) Denver Democratic Socialists of America: Palestine Task Force6-7:30 p.m., join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89426246321

(D) Denver Republican Party: Monthly District 1 Meeting6:30-8 p.m., 6800 W. Hampden Ave., Lakewood

(D) Jefferson County Democratic Party: HD 29 Monthly Meeting6:30-8 p.m., contact

(R) UC Republicans: meeting7-8pm, contact coloradocr@gmail.com for location information

(D) Democratic Party of Denver: Education Task Force7-8:30 p.m., contact donna_morganstern@yahoo.com for more information

(D) Arapahoe County Democratic Party: HD 42 Monthly Meeting7-8:30pm, contact hd42@arapahoedems.org for Zoom link

(R) Denver Republican Party: District 9 monthly meeting7-8:30 p.m., 3355 S. Monaco Pkwy., denvercohd29chair@gmail.com for more information

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(R) Republicans @ Denver Athletic Club: Reunion12 p.m.-1 p.m., 1325 Glenarm Pl., Denver

SATURDAY JUNE 11

(R) Douglas County Republican Party: Executive Committee Meeting8 a.m. to 9 a.m., 4000 Justice Way, Castle Rock

(R) Weld County Republican Party: Working Breakfast8-9:30 a.m., 701 Vasquez Blvd., Platteville, RSVP to Marge Klein at 303-246-2716

(D) Douglas County Democratic Party: Executive Committee Meeting8 a.m. to 10 a.m., 100 S. Wilcox Street, Castle Rock

(D) Jefferson County Democratic Party: Second Saturday Breakfast8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., join the meeting at https://zoom.us/j/5539826712

(D) Arapahoe County Democratic Party: Aurora Democratic Breakfast Forum8:30-10:30 a.m., 15350 E. Illiff Ave., Aurora, contact ckboller@comcast.net to RSVP

(R) Republican Forum of the northern suburbs: meeting9am-10:30am, 541 E. 99th Pl., Thornton, contact info@northsuburbanrepublicanforum.com for more information

(R) Republican Party of Denver: Republican Women’s Club9 a.m. to 11 a.m., 597 S. Clinton St., Denver

(D) Denver Democratic Party: HD Meeting 19:30-11am, contact hd1@denverdemocrats.org for more information

(R) Adams County Republican Party: Poll Watcher Training9:30-11:30 a.m., 150 W. 60th Pl., Denver

(G) Denver/Boulder County Libertarian Party: Liberty Toastmasters-North10 a.m.-12 p.m., 315 S. Bowen Street, Longmont

(D) Democratic Party of Denver: Monthly Website Team Meeting10am-12pm, contact larry@toaboyt.com for more information

NAACP Aurora Branch: General Assembly10am-12pm, contact naacpauroracolroado@gmail.com to join the meeting

· (L) Colorado Libertarian Party: Money Bomb!3-7:30 p.m., 727 E. 16th Ave., Denver

(L) Douglas County Libertarian Party: County Congress5 to 8 p.m., 519 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock

SUNDAY JUNE 12

(R) Jefferson County Republican Party: Liberty Picnic @ Clement Park4-7pm, Clement Park corner W Bowles Ave and S Pierce St., Littleton

(S) Denver Democratic Socialists of America: Abolition Task Force Meeting and Book Clubfrom 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., join the meeting at https://bit.ly/abolition-wg

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Reviews | Biden can’t blame his staff for his turbulent presidency http://gurugama.org/reviews-biden-cant-blame-his-staff-for-his-turbulent-presidency/ Thu, 02 Jun 2022 22:14:34 +0000 http://gurugama.org/reviews-biden-cant-blame-his-staff-for-his-turbulent-presidency/ Placeholder while loading article actions President Biden is would have been upset to his staff for the low public notoriety of his administration. He should look in the mirror instead. Political consultants have a saying that a campaign always reflects the candidate. If the person at the top is unruly, like former President Donald Trump, […]]]>
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President Biden is would have been upset to his staff for the low public notoriety of his administration. He should look in the mirror instead.

Political consultants have a saying that a campaign always reflects the candidate. If the person at the top is unruly, like former President Donald Trump, then the campaign will be too. If that person is reclusive and secretive, like Hillary Clinton, or obsessed with political details and maneuvering, like her husband Bill, then campaigns will inevitably reflect those tendencies. As 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis said, in another context, the fish rots from the head.

So if Biden is upset his team isn’t giving him a clear message, is it because he himself doesn’t? After all, he dithered and dithered on a host of issues throughout his career. He was anti-abortion and pro-choice on abortion. In 1981 he voted for the kind of tax cuts he now denounces. Every politician who’s been around as long as Biden will have changed his mind about something, but Biden’s protean ability to magically recast himself in the image of the current Democratic Party consensus is astounding. And when your main political talent is to change your views according to the moment, it is difficult, if not impossible, to craft a coherent message.

Biden also can’t complain about his staff’s tendency to backtrack on his off-the-cuff comments about politics. Biden’s tendency to talk about issues without thinking is part of DC legend. That is why he has long been known as a walking gaffe, as he himself admitted. It might be cute when gaffes don’t matter, but it’s dangerous when every word he says can have global consequences. So if Biden blurts out he thinks Vladimir Putin must not stay in power, you’re absolutely right, his staff will take action to say he didn’t mean what he said. The alternative is too frightening to consider.

If Biden really doesn’t want his staff to do this, he should do what any competent chief executive does when undermined: fire the offending staff. He doesn’t, of course, which either means he knows he has to go back, or he doesn’t have the guts to fire people. Neither trait is commendable in a CEO.

Biden himself is also to blame for his inability to craft notable speeches and persuade people to adopt his view. He’s legendaryly talkative, but how many people can quote a memorable line from a speech he gave during his 50 years in public life? Arguably one of his most enduring remarks – that he was the first in his family to go to university – was plagiarized by British Labor leader Neil Kinnock, a revelation that forced Biden to stand down. of the 1988 Democratic presidential race.

Biden also demonstrated his inability to get people excited in the 2008 presidential contest, when he quit after being given just 1 percent voting in the Iowa caucuses. His 2020 campaign was heading for oblivion after a disaster showing fifth place in the New Hampshire primary until the party establishment rallied around him in a final bid to defeat socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. The staff can’t do much with the equipment provided to them.

Biden surely has good intentions and he has a commendable ability to retain long-serving staff deeply. But none of these qualities is sufficient to effectively exercise presidential authority. The person in the Oval Office must be capable of decisive action. He or she must be adept at persuading people in establishments large and small, setting and maintaining a course in difficult times, and ruthlessly promoting staff who can help and dismissing those who cannot. If the top dog doesn’t have the goods, a team of star consultants can’t keep the ship afloat.

Unsuccessful presidents uniformly lack one or more of these qualities. Jimmy Carter alienated potential congressional allies, while George HW Bush was particularly inarticulate when he didn’t utter speechwriter Peggy Noonan’s words. George W. Bush sat too long with poor subordinates in Iraq, while Trump alienated half the country and could not find or retain enough talented staff to effectively run the White House.

Biden’s shortcomings so far sound all too familiar. He has reason to be unhappy with his political position. The fault, however, lies not in the stars, but in himself.

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Why Nancy Pelosi may argue with progressives while Mitch McConnell fears conservatives http://gurugama.org/why-nancy-pelosi-may-argue-with-progressives-while-mitch-mcconnell-fears-conservatives/ Tue, 31 May 2022 14:02:57 +0000 http://gurugama.org/why-nancy-pelosi-may-argue-with-progressives-while-mitch-mcconnell-fears-conservatives/ Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke for many on the team when she expressed anger that House Democratic leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, threw the full weight of their political capital behind Rep. Henry Cuellar, the House’s only anti-abortion, pro-gun Democrat. Mr Cuellar faced Jessica Cisneros, whom Ms Ocasio-Cortez endorsed, in a runoff last week […]]]>


Last week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke for many on the team when she expressed anger that House Democratic leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, threw the full weight of their political capital behind Rep. Henry Cuellar, the House’s only anti-abortion, pro-gun Democrat. Mr Cuellar faced Jessica Cisneros, whom Ms Ocasio-Cortez endorsed, in a runoff last week after neither won a clear majority in the first primary.

“On the day of a mass shooting and weeks after Roe’s announcement, the Democratic Party leadership rallied behind a pro-NRA, anti-choice incumbent under investigation in a tight primary,” tweeted the New York Democratic Socialist MP. “Robocalls, fundraisers, all that stuff.”

Of course, Ms Ocasio-Cortez came to Congress after ousting House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley in 2018 and her sister-in-arms Ayanna Pressley did so after beating incumbent Democratic Rep. Mike Capuano while in 2020 , team members Cori Bush of Missouri and Jamaal Bowman of New York successfully elected longtime incumbent representatives William Lacy Clay and Eliot Engel, respectively.

Of course, this is not the first time Ms Pelosi has coerced progressives into submission. Last year, as it planned to submit the bipartisan infrastructure bill without a vote on Build Back Better to appease moderates (including Mr. Cuellar), the Congressional Progressive Caucus tried to run out of time by convening an extended meeting. While your dispatcher and other reporters waited outside the meeting, we noticed many phones buzzing and ringing (including one with a ringing of a sexy saxophone solo). Later, New York Times reporters and friends of the newsletter Carl Hulse and Jonathan Weisman reported that the caller blowing up progressives’ phones was none other than the speaker herself. In the end, Ms Pelosi’s strategy worked and all progressives except the Squad voted to put the infrastructure package in place.

The fact that Ms. Pelosi – whom many on the right call an out-of-touch, extreme liberal from San Francisco – often goes to war with her party’s left flank puts her in stark contrast to her counterpart, House Minority Leader Kevin . McCarthy, who went to war with Liz Cheney because she dared to call out her party for repeating Donald Trump’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen. This weekend, Mr McCarthy went so far as to send a video message to be played at a Trump rally for Ms Cheney’s main opponent, Harriet Hageman.

Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell still has to look over his right shoulder to make sure he hasn’t angered the more conservative faction in his conference – despite the fact that he is responsible for cementing conservatism on the courts.

Why? Why does Ms. Pelosi go to war with the more left-wing voices in her caucus (and often win) while Mr. McCarthy (who is often mocked for his recklessness) and Mr. McConnell (considered the only politician in DC whose prowess outweighs that of Ms. Pelosi) both afraid of their right flank?

The reason is that unlike the hardcore faction of the GOP, progressives aren’t necessarily at the heart of the Democratic base.

A Early Year Gallup Poll showed that 51% of Democrats identify as liberals, while 37% identify as moderates and 12% as conservatives, the fifth straight year of similar statistics. But among black voters, the Democratic Party’s most dedicated voting bloc, the numbers shift noticeably to the right: Only 29% call themselves liberals, while 43% identify as moderates and 25% as conservatives. according to a separate Pew survey. Meanwhile, 38% of Hispanic voters identify as moderate, compared to 23% who call themselves conservatives and only 37% who call themselves liberals.

That means Ms. Pelosi, Joe Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer are constantly having to strike a balance. They also need to recognize where conservative Hispanics are concentrated, and Mr. Cuellar’s district is full of counties that have shifted radically to the right — such as Jim Hogg, Webb, Hidalgo or Starr County — or swung outright to the GOP. like Zapata County in 2020.

Even though Pelosi’s progressive critics may hate her for it, her number one job is to hold the Democratic majority. And she made the clear political decision that a Democrat in the mold of the team cannot win in a county that has moved to the right (especially since even its most moderate members have been accused of supporting the funding of the police during the last elections).

On the other side, meanwhile, the same 2022 Pew survey found that 74% of Republicans identify as conservatives, compared to just 22% who identify as moderates and 4% who identify as liberals. Former Vice President Mike Pence’s aphorism that “I’m a Christian, conservative and Republican in that order” fits perfectly with the self-image shared by many grassroots Republican voters.

Accordingly, Mr. McConnell (who supported the right to abortion and had the support of the unions early in his career) and Mr McCarthy has to deal with the fact that their base is much more to the right than them.

For Mr. McConnell, that means embracing the conservative agenda as much as possible and confirming as many justices that will overrule liberal policies while keeping the most extreme candidates as far away from the Senate primaries as possible, while for Mr. McCarthy, that means means keeping as good a relationship with the most fringe members of his conference as possible – even if it means cutting some slack off Marjorie Taylor Greene.

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Elon Musk mocks AOC for wanting to ditch his Tesla vehicle over disagreements http://gurugama.org/elon-musk-mocks-aoc-for-wanting-to-ditch-his-tesla-vehicle-over-disagreements/ Sun, 29 May 2022 03:52:00 +0000 http://gurugama.org/elon-musk-mocks-aoc-for-wanting-to-ditch-his-tesla-vehicle-over-disagreements/ Elon Musk has become an enemy of the Democratic Party in recent months over his attacks on the “woke virus” as he calls it. One of the wiser politicians is certainly Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who is a die-hard democratic socialist and believes that all billionaires are a cancer to our society. In recent weeks, Congress has […]]]>

Elon Musk has become an enemy of the Democratic Party in recent months over his attacks on the “woke virus” as he calls it. One of the wiser politicians is certainly Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, who is a die-hard democratic socialist and believes that all billionaires are a cancer to our society.

In recent weeks, Congress has said she wants to get rid of her Tesla vehicle and try a different type of electric vehicle. This comes in reaction to Musk’s attacks on his ideology, but Elon already has an answer. He decided to run a poll that left the congresswoman with no real chance to respond with a credible retort right in front of her supporters.

How did Musk respond to AOC’s threats?

Elon Musk used his best social media tool to troll AOC: his Twitter account. He decided to launch a poll in which he asks one of the most controversial questions. Billionaires are seen as desensitized people who have no idea what ordinary people are going through.

However, ordinary people consider politicians in a very low concept which also includes people like AOC. Regardless of her ideas as a liberal, she is still a politician and people don’t trust her these days. So Musk decided to troll her on Twitter to ask users what they trusted more, bollionaires or politicians.

The results were staggering in favor of Musk, with nearly 80% of people saying they trust leftist politicians. After that, Musk dared AOC to run the same poll on her own Twitter profile and see what results she gets. Of course, AOC would completely ignore this challenge because it doesn’t suit his story.

But Musk is already asking ordinary people the question we all ask ourselves. Who is more trustworthy between these two polarizing figures? The final answer may surprise many as politicians tend to disappoint people as time goes by these days.

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