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Old 08-10-2017   #31 (permalink)
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Centrist Democrats begin pushing back against Bernie Sanders, liberal wing

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The high-profile stars of the Democratic Party’s populist wing have steered the agenda their way on Capitol Hill this year, but the fight over the party’s direction is far from settled.

As the party faces great expectations of big gains in the 2018 midterms, Democratic centrists are increasingly worried that the disproportionate share of attention shown to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and the agenda pushed by his anti-establishment allies will do more harm than good.

That direction, the thinking goes, will energize liberals in places that Democrats are already winning by big margins. But it might drive away the voters needed to win inland races that will shape the House majority and determine which governors and state legislators are in charge of redrawing federal and state legislative districts early next decade.

Enter a group called New Democracy, a combination think tank and super PAC trying to reimagine the party’s brand in regions where Democrats have suffered deep losses.
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Tsongas retirement sparks flurry of interest - POLITICO


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Massachusetts Rep. Niki Tsongas’ retirement announcement Wednesday sparked a flurry of interest in her Merrimack Valley-based seat.
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While Tsongas typically won reelection by comfortable margins — and Hillary Clinton carried the 3rd District by more than 20 percentage points in 2016 -- Republicans insist the right GOP candidate has a shot at winning the open seat.
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GOP has lost the district by wide margins, but....
No one left in the family that wants the job?
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The Bernie Bros and sisters are coming to Republicans’ rescue

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But here come the Bernie Bros and sisters to the Republicans’ rescue: They’re sowing division in the Democratic Party and attempting to enact a purge of the ideologically impure — just the sort of thing that made the Republican Party the ungovernable mess it is today.

Bernie Sanders’s advisers are promoting a “litmus test” under which Democrats who don’t swear to implement single-payer health care would be booted from the party in primaries. Sanders pollster Ben Tulchin penned an op-ed with a colleague under the headline “Universal health care is the new litmus test for Democrats.” Nina Turner, head of the Sanders group Our Revolution, told Politico this week that “there’s something wrong with” Democrats who won’t “unequivocally” embrace “Medicare-for-all.”
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Kind of unfair to blame Bernie supporters for applying a litmus test. Dems already have one for abortion. Both parties have a severe problem with backlash against the establishment and for good reason. They have failed and are owned by different entities (banks, unions, Pharma, etc) and people are tired. How we got Trump. How we will get some leftist Democrat next time.
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The next Kennedy weighs his next move - POLITICO

A rising Democratic youngster, Rep. Joe Kennedy.

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Those who know Kennedy best say two things in his life particularly influenced the worldview he has today. His mother, Sheila Rauch, took care to give Joe and his twin brother Matt an upbringing that was separate, although not excluded from, the Kennedy family spotlight. And Kennedy spent two years serving in the Peace Corps — the organization started by his great uncle, President John F. Kennedy — in the Dominican Republic, an experience he has called “formative” to his life and the way he operates as a lawmaker.

Another, perhaps surprising, experience that left an indelible mark on Kennedy? A conversation he had with then-Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) early in his first term in 2013.

“He said, essentially, in this business there’s always another round,” Kennedy recalled. “Your ally today could be your adversary tomorrow and your ally the next day. Work hard, be polite, be respectful and don’t take it personally.”

“That last part is sometimes the hardest part,” particularly with the partisanship surrounding the health care debate, he said. “But I try to remind myself that my colleagues would not be here if they didn’t care passionately about these issues.”
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A rising Democratic youngster, Rep. Joe Kennedy.
Bootleggers, criminals, murderers, adulterers, abortionists, traitors, etc. So much political blood in that family, how could we go wrong?
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Bootleggers, criminals, murderers, adulterers, abortionists, traitors, etc. So much political blood in that family, how could we go wrong?
Right, sins of the fathers and all that. How quaint.
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Right, sins of the fathers and all that. How quaint.

That family has been through enough - they should stick to philanthropy and out of politics. Someone always ends up dead.
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Right, sins of the fathers and all that. How quaint.
Yet the only reason for your interest is those same "fathers". How hypocritical.
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Yet the only reason for your interest is those same "fathers". How hypocritical.
You can guess what my interest is. How hypocritical of you.

I have heard some of his speeches and was impressed with some of what he said.

Each generation stands on its own merits, but may get some benefit from name recognition. From the article and other things I have read, he is a work horse in Congress, not a show horse.
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Here is a long article on Rep. Kennedy

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Interview with Congressman Joe Kennedy III
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Since removed from her Facebook page and denounced by some state GOP leaders.

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A candidate for mayor in Charlotte, N.C., listed "white" among her qualifications in Facebook comments that have since been deleted.

The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party rebuked Kimberley Paige Barnette, who has since apologized, for her remarks

"VOTE FOR ME!," Barnette, 53, wrote on her Facebook page, the Charlotte Observer reported.

"REPUBLICAN & SMART, WHITE, TRADITIONAL."
Candidate for Charlotte mayor puts 'white' among qualifications | TheHill
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The California Senate leader, a relatively young man, might run against 84 year old Dianne Feinstein if she chooses to run again

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Judge Moore won. In Alabama that means he will be the next Senator. But, lets look beyond Alabama...

I think it may mean (probably means) that mainstream GOP Senators will get primary opponents next year, those who do not take Senator Corker's example and retire.

In some states, winning the GOP primary is pretty much the same as winning the general election. In other states, 1) a successful challenge to the "establishment" Republican in a primary, or 2) a successful candidate kind of in the mold of a Judge Moore, will more likely result in a successful Democratic candidate, incumbent or not. Think Sharron Angle in Nevada in 2010.

It is going to be very interesting to watch, for those of us who enjoy politics.
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