Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Progressive Breakfast: The Sanders Endorsement and the Political Revolution


Sanders has it right: The next step is to work to ensure that Donald Trump is routed in 2016, and to use the Democratic platform as the minimum standard that all Democratic candidates must endorse. Sanders isn’t selling out; he is staying in, loyal to the political revolution that he has helped to build.

Sanders Takes NExt Steps

Sanders plans to launch two or three organizations to further “revolution.” W. Post: “One will be devoted to policy formulation. A second will focus on recruiting and training candidates. And a third might engage in other political activity, possibly registering as a political action committee … [Campaign manager Jeff] Weaver said he expects the organizations to be up and running in a matter of weeks, with the aim of fully participating in the fall elections.”
Weaver tells Politico Sanders will stump hard: “I think the senator’s intentions is to stump quite heavily for the secretary all across the country, obviously and specifically in the battleground states. In addition to that, he’ll be campaigning for down-ballot progressive Democrats in states all across the country — whether they are battlegrounds or not in battlegrounds.”
Campaign advisor Larry Cohen says Sanders will move to change party nomination rules, in In These Times oped: “The Sanders delegation will now pivot from the platform to the Democratic Party rules—issues like eliminating the nominating power of ‘super’ delegates. The Rules Committee meets next week, and once again the debate will be about change vs. continuity and the populist moment vs. the party establishment.”
Warren gets convention speaking slot. NYT: “In an apparent sign that Senator Elizabeth Warren will not be namedHillary Clinton’s running mate, Ms. Warren was invited by Mrs. Clinton’s campaign on Tuesday to deliver a prime-time address on the first night of the Democratic convention this month — a marquee speaking slot but one that is earlier than vice-presidential picks typically appear.”
Democratic candidates rally behind Clinton-Sanders college affordability plan. NYT: “The Progressive Change Campaign Committee says that multiple candidates in top-tier Senate races are jointly endorsing the concept [including Iowa’s] Patty Judge … Russ Feingold in Wisconsin; Kamala Harris in California; Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, who is seeking a Senate seat; and Deborah Ross in North Carolina. Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Michael Bennet of Colorado, who are both seeking re-election, have also lent their support.”


Final GOP platform draft firmly on the right. NYT: “Republicans moved on Tuesday toward adopting a staunchly conservative platform that takes a strict, traditionalist view of the family and child rearing, bars military women from combat, describes coal as a ‘clean’ energy source and declares pornography a ‘public health crisis.’ … [The] text [is] almost Victorian in its moralizing and deeply critical of how the modern American family has evolved.”
Trump turns down NAACP invite. W. Post: “Nominees from both parties usually address the conference and the GOP’s last nominee, Mitt Romney, did so in 2012 … Trump said in an interviews with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night that the term ‘Black Lives Matter’ is ‘a very divisive term.'”


Speaker Ryan tells Politico TPP won’t pass this year: “No … I’ve got problems with [the trade deal] as they drafted it. Obviously I’m for trade agreements, I wrote [the fast-track trade bill] and I got it passed. But I think they made some pretty big mistakes in how they negotiated it and they gotta fix those. And I don’t know when that’s going to happen. … We don’t have the votes for it now, and I believe they have to fix some of these things. And I don’t know if and when they’re going to be able to fix those things.”

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