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Colorado Democrats overwhelmingly reject Democrats for Education Reform at state assembly

This is how Democrats can earn back the enthusiastic support that previously gave them decades of control in Congress: stop supporting efforts to privatize schools and "prove" they are failing through redundant standardized testing that is then used to punish teachers and close schools. No one has ever proved how the latter helps any student by making them travel farther to an even more crowded classroom.

If Democrats could say no to Wall Street on this one issue, we could see a huge difference.

My wife is a public school teacher, but we put our kid in a private school that we can't afford because of all the destructive dictates that come down from the state because some hedge fund manager spread some cash around and had their astroturf foundations claim it would somehow help.

And they never seem to demand public school educate everyone else's kids the way theirs are in private schools.

This is low hanging fruit if Democrats are willing to grab it.

Colorado has shown you the way.

Delegates at the Colorado Democratic state assembly Saturday sent a clear message to the state chapter of Democrats for Education Reform: You don’t have a place in our party.

After booing down the head of the education reform organization, who described herself as a lifelong Democrat, delegates voted overwhelmingly Saturday to call for the organization to no longer use “Democrats” in its name. While it’s unclear how that would be enforced, the vote means a rejection of DFER is now part of the Colorado Democratic Party platform.

The one-sided platform fight revealed a growing divide among party activists and establishment politicians on education policy that could have implications for the governor’s race. Cary Kennedy, a former state treasurer who has the backing of the teachers unions, got 62 percent of the vote at the assembly, easily securing a place on the ballot alongside U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who got 33 percent of the vote.


The platform amendment reads: “We oppose making Colorado’s public schools private or run by private corporations or becoming segregated again through lobbying and campaigning efforts of the organization called Democrats for Education Reform and demand that they immediately stop using the party’s name Democrat in their name.”


Poll: 55% of REPUBLICANS say Trump should NOT fire Mueller, 22% say he should

Maybe Republicans in Congress will realize it's time to cut their losses with their trust fund baby Forrest Trump on bath salts.

FL budget: $133-$1,000 per charter student, $18 per public school student

If Democrats want to rebuild a lasting majority instead of falling in and out of power by razor thin wins and losses, they could break with the privatizers of public education unequivocally and permanently.

Most people send their kids to public schools, and a lot are realizing that charters steal money from regular schools as this budget shows. Almost as many realize they don't necessarily do a better job--they just get to pick the best students.

On education at least, Democrats need to put good policy ahead of their Wall St. donors.

In working out a proposed state budget deal in the wee hours of the morning, state House and Senate leaders divvied up Public Education Capital Outlay money for such things as repairs and renovation this way:

* $4.7 million, or $1,000 per student, for Florida Lab Schools, a small group of schools connected with universities across the state. They have about 4,700 students.

* $1.6 million, or about $133 per student, for Polk charter schools. They have about 12,000 students.

* $1.5 million, or about $18 per student, for the Polk County School District. It
has about 85,000 students, not counting those in charter schools.


In One Tweet, Former Obama Speechwriter Sums Up Why Conor Lamb Won #PA18

He won on this platform in a deep, deep red district.

What are "centrists" excuses for not running on and fighting for these progressive policies?

https://twitter.com/jonfavs/status/973919365119737858?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 14, 2018</a>

If Lamb won running on these issues, in a heavily red gerrymandered district, then Democrats in 114 bluer districts can win too. Bottom line, Trump’s agenda is not in step with the majority of the American people. Not even in a red district like #PA18.

But the contest was never supposed to be competitive. In fact, there are 114 Republican-held House seats more competitive than Pennsylvania's 18th, according to a Democratic tabulation of the Cook Political Report's partisan voting index.

November 6th, 2018 is the reckoning for the Republican Party.

Via DailyKos

TOON: a British take on centrism:


TOON: Senator Squish & Senator Stalwart

This sums up why Democrats still manage to lose to a party of grifters and sociopaths.

courtesy of DailyKos.

Dems voting to roll back Dodd-Frank shows how centrists tie Democrats hands in MAJORITY

Even when Democrats are in the majority or even supermajority in the Senate, centrists Democrats give Republicans a de facto supermajority on privatization of government services, economic, trade, foreign policy, and many budget priorities, which is why even if Obama had wanted a more progressive healthcare reform policy, stimulus, or strings on Wall Street bailouts, he probably could not have gotten it.

And because he was constrained by those centrists, he could not draw a stark enough contrast with Republicans to hold the Congress or even the presidency at the end of his term.

If you don't like what Republicans are doing, Democrats who support them in all but the Klan & NRA rallies are not the ones to keep them out of office, and more importantly, not the ones to keep the worst of their policies from being implemented.

I would be glad to see Trump go down for collusion but if not, will Mueller pursue other charges?

The collusion charge seems to hang not just on whether Trump actively worked with Russia on the election, but whether Russia is our enemy in the wartime sense as opposed to an economic rival in some sectors.

Will Mueller pursue other charges as well, or just let the whole investigation stand or fall on that?

The money-laundering, organized crime ties, and even other Russia related charges like ending sanctions in exchange for his Russian debts being forgiven seem more substantive.

The other reason these other charges should be filed: I don't want to see Trump merely leave office. He should go to prison for all that other stuff, not just because he did it and because he's a vile person, but to send a message to politicians and their owners that no one is above the law, not even the President.

When Obama first mentioned this stuff publicly on his way out the door, that was a sea change for the Democratic Party that has largely given the GOP a pass on political dirty tricks from Nixon's treasons promises to South Vietnam before the '68 election to the October Surprise in '80, to Iran Contra, and the various Baby Bush war lies and ties to business crimes like Enron.

Putting Trump in prison would be a step toward real democracy. If a couple of the billionaires who are backing him managed to get there too, so much the better.

TOON: GOP INaction figure

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