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List of companies with Texas headquarters:


Of particular note:
Airlines- American Airlines, Southwest
Kimberley-Clark, maker of paper products, including women’s hygiene products (don’t switch to Koch owned Georgia-Pacific products)

Lots of restaurant chains, computer companies, and of course, oil companies.

Let your dollars be your voice.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Thu Sep 2, 2021, 12:48 PM (12 replies)

9 Blue Dogs stall infrastructure; CPC: 95 can play that game

It’s called “All or Nothing”.

If the Blue Dogs force a vote on the bipartisan bill before the reconciliation bill, the Progressives, or a significant portion of them, can block passage. Fact is, Pelosi won’t even let it come to the floor if that is the case. The Blue Dogs, on the other hand, are already on record opposing the advancement of the reconciliation bill.

Theoretically, the Blue Dogs are much more vulnerable to charges of “failure to govern”, “gridlock”, and “politics as usual” from their swing state voters than the progressives are in their safe blue districts. Primary challenges from other centrists who support Biden’s agenda, and the fact that 4 of these Blue Dogs may lose their seats in TX/GA to gerrymandering in 2022 should extinguish this political theatre quickly.

So, by all means, Rep. Gottheimer and his band of merry mutineers, please proceed.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 11:25 AM (32 replies)

A Closer Look: as US withdraws from Afghanistan, refugees must be evacuated immediately

Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Mon Aug 16, 2021, 10:08 PM (7 replies)

Rachel: Voting Rights and Infrastructure have greater support among WV voters than COVID relief

COVID relief: 68% support
Infrastructure bill: 69% support
For the People Voting Rights Act: 79% support, including 65% of Republican voters


Rev. Barber is leading his Poor People’s Campaign in a protest on the streets of West Virginia next Monday, June 14, to demand Joe Manchin support ending the filibuster and pass voting rights.

You can donate here:

Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Mon Jun 7, 2021, 09:32 PM (4 replies)

Joe Manchin's imaginary friends:


Get ready for a long, hot summer, J.C. Joe.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Fri Jun 4, 2021, 08:42 PM (7 replies)

Hey, Joe Manchin! Watch this video: HR1 or we're fucked...

From the great folks at Crooked Media/Pod Save America.

Includes info on how constituents can pressure their fence-sitting senators on HR1.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Thu May 13, 2021, 02:02 PM (5 replies)

My concrete suggestion on how to handle Manchin & Sinema, and pass jobs bill and voting rights:

1) Biden and Schumer announce that Manchin and Sinema are in charge of bipartisan outreach, and responsible for generating 10 Republican senate votes on some version of both infrastructure and voting rights bills- these bipartisan supported drafts would become the opening negotiating point between the parties.

2) give them a deadline for obtaining these Republican votes- end of May for infrastructure, end of July for voting rights.

3) if the deadline passes and Republicans aren’t on board with some version of the bills, and aren’t negotiating in good faith, then Schumer moves to reconciliation for infrastructure, and executes the nuclear option to kill/modify the filibuster to pass HR1 as currently written. As Republicans have been given the opportunity for bipartisan cooperation and input, Manchin and Sinema will be expected to support both votes for reconciliation and the rule change to pass HR 1.

4) If Manchin and Sinema don’t vote to move these bills forward, and continue to obstruct, they will return to their home states for the August recess to find the streets filled with vaccinated constituents demanding action on Biden’s jobs bill and on voting rights. In addition, billboards and media ads will demand that Manchin and Sinema support these bills. Before adjourning, Schumer warns Manchin and Sinema of the consequences if they don’t vote to support these bills, as written, upon their return to DC after Labor Day, which will be:

5) if, after all this, Manchin and Sinema still refuse to support passing the infrastructure bill through reconciliation and changing to filibuster rules to allow HR1 to pass by simple majority, then Schumer strips them of all committee assignments, including Manchin’s chairman position, leaving them as members of the Steve King/MTG club. Their assignments would be reinstated once they vote to support the bills. (Edit to add: Ok, so that process is more complicated than I initially described it- it doesn’t mean Schumer is powerless, or should stand by and do nothing, if it comes down to it, Manchin and Sinema’s peers may have to weigh in as well) If, by The end of September, they still don’t support the bills, then Jamie Harrison informs them both that they will receive no more campign funds from the DNC moving forward.

The stakes are too high for the future of the Democratic Party and for American democracy to cater to these two any longer. If they value their careers, they will comply. Switching parties is not a viable option, unless they both plan to retire from the senate in 2024.

to those who oppose my concrete suggestion:
What is your concrete suggestion on how Dems should move forward on Biden’s jobs bill and voting rights? (Edit to add: still waiting to hear constructive, realistic ideas)

(Note: “work hard to flip more senate seats to blue in 2022 to make Manchin and Sinema irrelevant” or “make DC and Puerto Rico states so the new senators would make Manchin and Sinema irrelevant” are both unrealistic, unviable options, since, without out passage of HR1, which must pass by this fall to block gerrymandering that will cause Dems to lose the house before a single vote is cast in 2022, Dems lose their majorities for a decade or more, and the GOP install their candidate as president in 2024, regardless of the will of the people. So, what else you got?)
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Mon Apr 12, 2021, 10:43 AM (28 replies)

Rep. Clyburn rips Manchin and Sinema over filibuster and voting rights bill

From his interview with Politico:

"This whole thing that the filibuster cannot be changed, that's almost like saying to me Brown vs. Board of Education was wrongly decided. That's what you're saying?" Clyburn said in a Politico interview. "We've got 50 Democrats, Warnock and Ossoff are two. Since when did Sinema and Manchin get to be more important than Ossoff and Warnock?" said Clyburn. "They all got us to 50. So this whole notion that we've got to do what Manchin says—Warnock is up in two years for reelection."

Clyburn knows how critical the voting rights bill is, that it’s not some “puffed up” piece of political strategy, that it is essential to protect Dems majorities and to protect democracy itself.

Clyburn knows it
Schiff knows it
Schumer knows it
Klobuchar knows it
Durbin knows it
The entire progressive caucus knows it.
Obama knows it

Do you know how critical passage of HR1/SB1 is? That without passing it, which requires at the very least the modification of the filibuster so it can pass with 50 votes, Dems will lose their majorities, and the WH in 2024, for a decade or longer?

If you do know how critical the voting rights bill is, and how devastating the consequences of not passing it will be, smash the rec button (since I can’t create polls).
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Thu Mar 18, 2021, 03:55 PM (31 replies)

Progressives turn up the Heat on Manchin and Sinema!



Interesting tidbit: Bernie Sanders carried every county in WV in the 2016 primaries.

This is just the beginning- as more folks get vaccinated, more will take to the streets; if the filibuster survives until the August recess, it’s going to be a long, hot summer for Manchin and Sinema.
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Sat Mar 6, 2021, 05:10 PM (30 replies)

Pod Save America: Democracy vs. The Filibuster

The title says it all...

These guys used to work for Obama, and their hair is on fire about the cataclysmic effect on American democracy if HR1 fails and the filibuster stands. Lots of important info along with sounding the alarm, in the second half of the video (first half is about COVID relief).

These are some of the folks who are adamant that Republicans will control all three branches of government for a decade or longer if HR1 doesn’t pass- they know their stuff.

Interesting tidbit:
There are 253 recently passed or pending voter suppression bills in 43 states...
Posted by Fiendish Thingy | Thu Mar 4, 2021, 08:41 PM (0 replies)
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