Sunday Morning Open Thread: Reports from Netroots Nation 2016

No garden pics this week — guess everybody’s too busy working outside and/or melted down into puddles of mulch-enriched sweat — so here’s a different form of uplift. From that Washington Post article:

ST. LOUIS — Hillary Clinton will call for a constitutional amendment to “overturn Citizens United” in her first 30 days as president and plans to make that announcement today to progressive activists at the annual Netroots Nation conference.

“I will also appoint Supreme Court justices who understand that this decision was a disaster for our democracy,” Clinton will say in a video message, scheduled to run near the end of today’s final keynote session. “I will fight for other progressive reforms, including small-dollar matching and disclosure requirements. I hope some of the brilliant minds in this room will seek out cases to challenge Citizens United in the courts.”…

Since 2010, the Citizens United decision has become a metonym for a series of conservative Supreme Court decisions that unwound campaign finance regulations. Democrats have repeatedly tried to pass disclosure measures, as well as an amendment to the Constitution, intended to reverse the decisions. Republicans, often led by Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.), have characterized those efforts as attacks on the First Amendment.

Even though the case was fought over an anti-Hillary Clinton documentary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) became its most prominent critic in the 2016 primaries. He never finished a speech without mentioning Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, blaming it for the money gushing into politics, and pledging to appoint a Supreme Court that would undo it…

netroots nation st louis BLM protest

Chris Savage of Eclectablog reported:

[Saturday] afternoon, I was sitting in a Netroots Nation 2016 panel titled “Rejecting the Pale, Male and Stale Leadership Pipeline: Roadmap to Building Inclusive Orgs”. Suddenly, a group of young, mostly African American burst into the room carrying a spay-painted banner that read “Fight back”. They told us they were marching to meet a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown St. Louis. They went from room to room, including the “Townhall” area where the booths and social area were located, encouraging attendees to join the protest.

Anne and I joined the march which went through the middle of town chanting and doing call-and-response before we ended at the entrance ramp to Interstate 64…

The entire event was well-organized, well-executed, and peaceful. The St. Louis police monitored the situation but kept their distance without interfering. In a conversation with one cop afterwards, he told us that they had to have a presence because if something had happened and someone got hurt, they needed to be there. They faced being accused of not caring otherwise. But he commended the protesters for being peaceful and respectful…

Also a certain Very Serious Person took a well-earned victory lap, via video:

Netroots Nation 2017 will be held in Atlanta, August 10-13.

Apart from #Don’t Mourn Organize, what’s on the agenda for the day?



Open Thread: Changing the Direction of the Conversation, Hopefully

nra gop ventriloquist sheneman

(Drew Sheneman via GoComics.com)
.


Read more



KY and a dry screw

Kentucky submitted their Medicaid Expansion waiver today. and it is a doozy.  There are a couple of interesting and potentially useful nuggets ( I liked the wrap-around policies so that a family that qualifies for multiple categories of aid stay on one plan for simplicity’s sake), a couple of things that I could live with but don’t like and then work requirements tied to health insurance which CMS has always shot down.

Below is a pair of screen shots from the cost justification section of the waiver that I found utterly fascinating.  The top shot is what the state projects will be the enrollment and cost per person per month (PMPM) growth without the waiver.  The  bottom is what the state projects would happen to enrollment and costs with the waiver.  The 1115 waiver is supposed to be at least budget neutral and coverage neutral.

TLDR: Fewer people enrolled at higher costs.

Let’s look at the data below the fold:

Read more



Open Thread: Waiting on the Morning After the Night Before

… Republicans moved to adjourn immediately after the Zika vote to shut down a round-the-clock sit-in by Democrats demanding votes on gun-control bills. Democrats denounced the GOP plan as “cowardly” and stayed on the floor to demand votes on bills to strengthen background checks and prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns…

Thanks to Adam, y’all have a clean thread just below where all the things that are not #NoBillNoBreak can be discussed. The sensible people — even the ones on PDT — have mostly gone to bed, and I have very few functioning brain cells left after enduring (another) round of dental work. So I’m gonna dump a bunch of stuff here, put most of it below the fold for speed of reloading, and let Betty or Richard update as necessary come the morning.

Meanwhile, the shorter: All praise to Rep. John Lewis, my personal Rep. Katherine Clark (who asked Rep. Lewis about tactics & timing), and all the Democrats who remembered Joe Hill’s injunction — Don’t mourn, organize!

The Washington Post has an explanation here of why House members had to sit in instead of filibustering. The GOP are still stuck between the rock of NRA dollars and the hard place of primary challenger ads. If they allow a (purely ceremonial) vote to keep individuals on the no-fly list from buying guns (NoFlyNoBuy) the NRA will do its considerable best to unseat them, and if they don’t allow it, their next opponent will remind everybody that Rep. GOPer is in favor of letting ISIS terrorists buy semi-automatics. And of course a tiny minority of Democratic supporters, or at least leftists who might theoretically vote for a Democrat someday if only we weren’t all hopelessly compromised, are having a hissy fit because this particular bill is kinda stupid (agreed) and only bad people care about “optics”. If I missed anything, let me know in the comments.

Standard reminder: You do not have to sign up on Twitter to read tweets. If you’re curious about the context of any particular embedded tweet here, click on the box, and you will be re-directed to that person’s twitter stream.


Read more



Late Night Open Thread: The Sit-In Continues

My personal Rep, who’s done good replacing Ed Markey when he moved to the Senate:

It ain’t bragging when you’re sharing a leadership role with Rep. John Lewis.

TIL (today I learned) that my senior senator and my favorite Blogmaster share a birthday!



Late Night Self-Indulgence Open Thread: #BernOuts on Parade

I’m writing up a post about last weekend’s Sanders-centric “People’s Summit”, which was… not nearly as big a fustercluck as one might have expected, given the participants. But there’s still an excitable #BernieorBust core having a little trouble with a certain enemy of the state known as “math”…

In related anti-DNC actions: Cheri Honkala has some experience at grabbing free media, but I’m not 100% convinced this is her most viable publicity idea. (On the other hand, since she’s protested food insecurity among the homeless, collecting canned beans could be useful.) Via commentor Ecomcon:

Cheri Honkala, the leader of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, announced that her group was organizing the world’s largest “fart-in” to be held on July 28 at the Wells Fargo Center during Hillary Clinton’s anticipated acceptance speech for the Democratic nomination.

“We will be holding a massive bean supper for Bernie Sanders delegates on American Street in my Kensington neighborhood on the afternoon of July 28,” she said. “We are setting up a Clintonville there, modeled on the Hoovervilles of the 1930s where the poor and unemployed built shanty towns. The Sanders delegates, their bellies full of beans, will be able to return to the Wells Fargo Center and greet the rhetorical flatulence of Hillary Clinton with the real thing.”

Honkala said she would issue an invitation to Sanders to join the bean supper, which she is calling Beans for Hillary. She has asked donors to send cans of beans to 1301-W Porter Street, Philadelphia, Pa., 19148.
h/t truthdig

Offering oneself as an expert in flatulence seems… open to misinterpretation?



Open Thread: Nice — Sandra Fluke Is Still Punishing Rush Limbaugh

Per Politico:

[T]here are signs that all is not well in the Limbaugh radio empire. Because even as his influence is sky high and his dominance at the top of talk radio remains unchallenged, as a business proposition, Limbaugh’s show is on shaky ground. In recent years, Limbaugh has been dropped by several of his long-time affiliates, including some very powerful ones: He’s gone from WABC in New York, WRKO in Boston and KFI in Los Angeles, for example, and has in many cases been moved onto smaller stations with much weaker signals that cover smaller areas.

Why? Because four years after Limbaugh called Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” on air, spurring a major boycott movement, reams of advertisers still won’t touch him. He suffers from what talk radio consultant Holland Cooke calls a “scarlet letter among national brand advertisers.” And for someone who has said that “confiscatory ad rates” are a key pillar of his business, that spells trouble. (Limbaugh ignored multiple interview requests.)

Limbaugh’s extremely lucrative eight-year contract—estimated to be worth roughly $38 million a year—is up this summer. What will happen to “America’s Anchorman,” as Limbaugh quasi-ironically refers to himself, once the contract is up, is anybody’s guess. Because as he is learning, political power does not necessarily a stellar business make…