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demmiblue's Journal
demmiblue's Journal
February 25, 2021

GOP Sen. John Kennedy calls Haaland a "neo-socialist left-of-Lenin whackjob," per Hill pool.

GOP Sen. John Kennedy calls Haaland a "neo-socialist left-of-Lenin whackjob," per Hill pool. On Tanden, he says, "I'm not saying she's a smoked turkey, but the smoker is heating up."

Kennedy says there is "concern by both Republicans Democrats" that Tanden's "allegiance is not to America and it's not to President Biden, it's to Secretary Clinton."


Well, there goes his mean tweet argument.
February 25, 2021

I won't mince words: If Manchin and Sinema don't get on board with ending the filibuster...

I won't mince words: If Manchin and Sinema don't get on board with ending the filibuster, this will be their legacy.

All across country Republicans weaponizing Trump’s lies to make it harder to vote. This is one of most disgusting things I’ve ever seen & underscores why Dems must urgently pass John Lewis Voting Rights Act & For the People Act to stop voter suppression

253 new voting restrictions introduced in 43 states so far this year finds @BrennanCenter

Dems can keep Jim Crow filibuster & allow GOP to pass explosion of Jim Crow 2.0 laws

Or they can eliminate filibuster & pass John Lewis Voting Rights Act & For the People Act

Voter suppression bills introduced by Georgia Republicans:

-ends Sunday voting when Black churches do Souls to Polls

-ends no excuse mail voting used by 1.3 million in 2020

-requires witness signature AND photocopy of ID for mail ballots

"Jim Crow with suit and tie"

February 24, 2021

Close ally of Marjorie Taylor Greene among those in Capitol mob

Source: CNN

(CNN)A close ally of Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene took part in the January 6 mob at the Capitol and said he was among those who eventually made their way into the building.

Greene, a freshman congresswoman with a history of promoting dangerous and violent conspiracies and comments, encouraged the big lie that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump by voting to object to the election certification and fanned the flames of the insurrection by telling her supporters to "fight for Trump."

In tweets after the Capitol insurrection, Greene falsely suggested that those who had broken into the Capitol were not Republicans and instead falsely implied so-called "Antifa" dressed as Trump supporters were to blame.

In fact, Anthony Aguero, a conservative livestreamer, activist and associate of Greene, said on video following the January 6 assault on the Capitol that he had been among those who entered and attacked those who falsely claimed it was done by "Antifa."

"We were all there. It was not Antifa and it was not BLM. It was Trump supporters that did that yesterday. I'm the first to admit it, being one myself," said Aguero in a video posted on January 7.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2021/02/24/politics/kfile-marjorie-taylor-greene-close-ally-in-capitol-mob/index.html

February 24, 2021

My story of working with Governor Cuomo

“Let’s play strip poker.”

I should have been shocked by the Governor’s crude comment, but I wasn’t.

We were flying home from an October 2017 event in Western New York on his taxpayer-funded jet. He was seated facing me, so close our knees almost touched. His press aide was to my right and a state trooper behind us.

“That’s exactly what I was thinking,” I responded sarcastically and awkwardly. I tried to play it cool. But in that moment, I realized just how acquiescent I had become.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has created a culture within his administration where sexual harassment and bullying is so pervasive that it is not only condoned but expected. His inappropriate behavior toward women was an affirmation that he liked you, that you must be doing something right. He used intimidation to silence his critics. And if you dared to speak up, you would face consequences.

That’s why I panicked on the morning of December 13.

While enjoying a weekend with my husband and six-year-old daughter, I spontaneously decided to share a small part of the truth I had hidden for so long in shame and never planned to disclose. The night before, a former Cuomo staffer confided to me that she, too, had been the subject of the Governor’s workplace harassment. Her story mirrored my own. Seeing his name floated as a potential candidate for U.S. Attorney General — the highest law enforcement official in the land — set me off.

February 24, 2021

SCOOP: Biden set to nominate three Democrats to USPS board of governors NAMES:

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SCOOP: Biden set to nominate three Democrats to USPS board of governors
- Ron Stroman, former deputy postmaster general
- Amber McReynolds, CEO of Vote at Home Institute
- Anton Hajjar, former APWU general counsel



President Biden will nominate a former U.S. Postal Service executive, a leading voting-rights advocate and a former postal union leader to the mail service’s governing board, according to three people briefed on the nominees, a move that will reshape the agency’s leadership and increase pressure on the embattled postmaster general.

Biden will nominate Ron Stroman, the Postal Service’s recently retired deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, the chief executive of National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union, said the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal policy.

If confirmed, the nominees would give Democrats a majority on the nine-member board of governors, with potentially enough votes to oust DeJoy, who testified Wednesday before a House panel that his new strategic plan for the mail service included slowing deliveries.

The composition of the postal board elicited sharp remarks before and during Wednesday’s hearing. Several lawmakers have decried the lack of diversity among the governors.
February 21, 2021

Malcolm X family unveils letter alleging NYPD, FBI assassination link

Source: Axios

The family of Malcolm X released a letter Saturday purportedly written by a now-deceased police officer alleging that the New York Police Department and FBI were behind the 1965 assassination of the Black civil rights leader.

Why it matters: Scholars and civil rights advocates have long said men charged with killing Malcolm X, later known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, in New York’s Audubon Ballroom were wrongly convicted. Some have alleged police and federal agents played a role in his death.

Driving the news: The family made public the letter attributed to Raymond Wood, a former undercover NYPD officer, who confessed before dying that the NYPD and FBI conspired in the assassination.

Wood wrote that he was ordered to see that Malcolm X would have no door security in the Harlem building where he was scheduled to speak.

Read more: https://www.axios.com/malcolm-x-letter-nypd-fbi-assassination-link-d6076718-4c28-4d04-be43-65e0e1e0004e.html

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