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    [IMc - Just a little wave of hope. Perhaps we can turn away from the old DLC now DNC model of pander to the money and have candidates who are unafraid to stand for something.]

    Published on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, by Common Dreams

    Big Primary Wins for Socialists and Progressives Who Ran on 'Popular Demands That Were Deemed Impossible'
    "Welcome to the political revolution."

    by Jake Johnson, staff writer

    "This is what happens when you run grassroots campaigns."

    "We're just getting started."

    "Welcome to the political revolution."

    Defying national and state-level Democratic establishment forces that have worked to crowd out left-wing candidates and demonstrating that there is a deep hunger among the American electorate for a bold progressive agenda, candidates running on platforms of Medicare for All, free college, and a living wage emerged victorious in several state primaries on Tuesday and tore through the boundaries of what is conventionally considered politically feasible.

    "It feels like a monumental shift," Arielle Cohen, co-chair of Pittsburgh Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), told the Huffington Post after four DSA-backed candidates defeated establishment Democrats in Pennsylvania. "We won on popular demands that were deemed impossible. We won on healthcare for all; we won on free education."

    Running in Pennsylvania's State House Districts 34 and 21 respectively, Summer Lee and Sara Innamorato—both running on platforms consisting of Medicare for All, strong environmental protection, and campaign finance reform—toppled what local news outlets described as a "political dynasty" by trouncing Democratic cousins Paul Costa and Dom Costa by a wide margin.

    "They said it wasn't possible without institutional support. That we couldn't talk about Medicare for All, a living wage, about ending corruption in Harrisburg," Innamorato said during her victory party Tuesday night. "And you know what we did instead? We built something."

    "The establishment's scared," Pittsburgh DSA wrote on Twitter in response to the upset victories, which also included wins by Elizabeth Fiedler and Kristin Seale over their establishment counterparts. "When we fight, we win."

    Signs of the grassroots progressive wave that some predicted will ultimately sweep across the country could also be seen in Idaho on Tuesday, where progressive Paulette Jordan handily defeated her establishment-backed Democratic opponent A.J. Balukoff in a bid to become the nation's first Native American governor.

    If she wins in November, Jordan—who ran on protecting public land from corporate plunder and criminal justice reform—would be Idaho's first Democratic governor in over 20 years.

    "Today's elections prove movement politics candidates, who rely on people power, can win, and win powerfully," Ryan Greenwood, director of Movement Politics for People's Action, said in a statement on Wednesday. "Candidates for public office who commit to a racial and gender justice agenda that puts people and our planet before profits are winning."

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    Interesting. Seems there are more Socialists out there than I thought. There may be hope yet.
    "The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed." William Gibson

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    Primary wins are good. Clearly winning the general is even better.

    And if voters heed my signature, things will improve.
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    Next election, vote against EVERY Republican, for EVERY office, at EVERY level. Be patriotic, save the country.

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    Poor Steny Hoyer & the DCCC. Looks like they had a bad night.
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    Honestly, in almost every case I care very little who wins a Democratic primary, as long as they win the general election.
    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
    for nature cannot be fooled."

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    Anybody else thinking “Venezuela”?
    Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country. John Fn Kennedy. (D)

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdh View Post
    Anybody else thinking “Venezuela”?
    Nope!
    Looks like you're the lone crackpot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdh View Post
    Anybody else thinking “Venezuela”?
    Venezuela?? What in the name of Yahweh would prompt you to make that analogy? Well, I'll take a guess - There's very little similarity in policy, but much in personality. Mr Trump does somewhat resemble Hugo Chavez; the disproportionate ego, the lack of a trace of moral code except for self-aggrandizement, the narcissism, the corruption, the followers willing to forgive just about anything, the incompetence (although Trump far exceeds Chavez in this respect). Well, let's hope the US comes out of this better then Venezuela has.
    Last edited by Keith Wilson; 05-16-2018 at 02:44 PM.
    "For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations,
    for nature cannot be fooled."

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