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Elizabeth Warren Has Divined and Deployed Her Life's Work


We all get grrrreat liberal email, amidst the junk, but it's especially exciting when something new about our amazing Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is waiting to be opened.

This morning it was Howard Dean in tandem, a good pairing for progressives. The active and admirable group, Democracy for America, is turning ten.

Hi Sherry -- I just wanted to make sure you had a chance to read the inspiring email that Sen. Elizabeth Warren wrote to DFA members below. I'm so thrilled with what we've built together over the last 10 years. With your critical support now, we can super-charge our people-powered legacy and elect more "Elizabeth Warren Democrats" to Congress -- the kind of leaders who will take our country back from the banks and billionaires.
- Howard

DFA has perhaps not embraced the absolute most progressive candidate for every round of their online grassroots inspired 'Dean Dozen' ... but they've come mightily close and have helped elect 801 Dems besides Elizabeth Warren who would collectively and individually freak the be-jeebus out of Sarah Palin and her Lipton Brigadiers.


An arugula munching crowd that in toto would send Rush Limpbaugh dashing for enough manufactured hysteria to keep him in leather ass-less chaps for years. [Long running Free Range joke, The Rushbot has a purported fondness for frolicking in asslesss leather chaps while high. ;) ]

Warren's own message was typically optimistic and energizing.

DFA fought shoulder-to-shoulder with me to defeat Scott Brown in 2012, but that's not the only way they've had my back. Over the past year, they've made my fight for the middle class their fight -- and they have doubled down on leveling the playing field for working Americans, fighting with energy and passion.

When I introduced my very first bill, the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act,more than 50,000 DFA members signed a petition supporting it. Together, we fought back against cuts to Social Security, helping President Obama decide to drop "chained CPI" from his budget completely.


For sheer enjoyment, plus the splendid edification(!)some great audio of Warren from a recent discussion of where the middle class is headed in the Twenty Teens … 'to hell in a highly gussied hand basket' would be the Jeopardy answer. The Young Turks get the sincere tip of the hat, for Roaring Warren!



Chicago Shakman 'Patronage' Decrees Lifted, To the Delight of Mayor Rahm



On the tap-shoe heels of Hot Rod Blagojevich (was that scandale really before we fully knew that we loved Obama?!?) and his incarceration-worthy gubernatorial cabaret, one wouldn't have thought Illinois would start deregulating their oversight on what Republicans deplore about Chicago politics.

One would be wrong. According to the New York Times earlier this week, it's only going to get easier to maintain the decades of Democratic leadership unique to the 'nuanced' political practices in the Windy Cit-ay. The old 'patronage' oversight has been lifted.

The so called Shakman decrees, that lashing out of the GOP at what they saw as the runaway union led embrace of Democrats that is ongoing to this day - despite Shakman's best efforts in 1969.



It's fitting for Rahm Emmanuel to be handed back the freedoms and original #UniteBlue spirit that were stolen away via that debacle. And to restore some dignity after Blago up there.

The judge said at a court hearing that the administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken proper steps to prove that it has complied with a decades-old accord, known as the Shakman decrees, named after the lawyer, Michael Shakman, who successfully took a stand against the Chicago political machine in a lawsuit in 1969.

Rahm Emmanuel taking the reins from the Irish Machine, the dynastic brotherhood of political dedication that brought the best of Old and New world corruption and consensus knowledge together … that was a transition worth noting.

The Daley family sacrificed a great deal in the name of public service to benefit Democrats and the Unions that the City of Big Shoulders was raised up by - but the power that clan held in return needed hands as strong as those of an Emmanuel brother to carry it safely forward.

The Times unpacked the decision's import going forward.

Mr. Shakman, now 71, supported the lifting of the decree and said in an interview on Monday that he had not anticipated how long it would take.

“Patronage is a cultural problem, and cultural reform is difficult,” he said. “I think it reflects the progress that’s been made.”

Now this is where a mental picture of a happy as hell Rahm Emmanuel comes in handy. Oh, here you go.

Image, Washington Post

Image, Washington Post

The decision was gleefully welcomed by Mr. Emanuel, who is eager for Chicago to shed its image as a place where political favoritism rules. Mr. Emanuel testified on Monday, telling the judge that the end of the Shakman decrees would point “the way to Chicago’s future.”

This is a victory for the People. Clans, tribes, unions, organized communities … all those scary-to-Fux-Nation groups that aren't corporations.


Lincoln Chafee is switching to Dem. Why? Something about worsening GOP obstruction, hostility to working with Obama


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Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is switching from "independent" and will join the Democratic party. He used to be a Republican.

His spokesman, Christian Vareika, said he thought about it long and hard and felt he shared "principles and priorities and values" with the Dems, on minor little things like "affordable public education, investing in infrastructure, equal rights, marriage equality.”

Via Greg Sargent, Vareika went on to say this:

“If you look at what the party has focused on in recent years, it’s increasingly been social issues that excite the base but aren’t what matters to working Americans,” Vareika said. “The governor has seen the Republican Party has become much more hostile to reaching across the aisle and compromising and finding a middle ground. The governor has the feeling that at every juncture, Republicans in Congress have worked actively to thwart the president’s agenda, not for substantive policy reasons, but for political ones.”

I just realized he is following me on the Twitter Machine and sent my congratulations. He is clearly a very, very wise man... not for following me (although that does point to his fine taste and superb sense of humor, wink wink), but because of his astute observations about the GOP. Although his spokesman did understate it a little.

Okay, a lot.

How's that rebranding thing workin' for ya, GOP?




Howard Dean: "If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party."


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Points off for misspelling "independent," but anyway...

As BuzzFeed notes, Howard Dean is none too thrilled about the president's budget proposals, specifically over the increased defense spending and those wrongheaded Social Security cuts by way of the chained CPI plan. Here are all our posts about how such policies would negatively affect the elderly and disabled (scroll).

How about lifting the cap on taxable earnings, Mr. President? Or at least try to? Or at least voice support for those of us who would like some debate about that instead of contradicting your own vice president's 2012 campaign promise? Here’s what “chained CPI” would do.

I'm not sure I'd go as far as Howard Dean, but I would be very disappointed.


"I just think that's unacceptable... If this passed I would have to reevaluate if I belong in the Democratic Party. If this were passed with Democratic votes, I think it would be impossible to be Democrat.... I would have to oppose any Democrat that is supportive of this... If the article I sent you is correct, it means the Prez proposed chain CPI cutting SS benefits while asking to restore Pentagon spending. He would never get that through either chamber... What the hell are they thinking or is BW wrong?... I don't think Democrats will vote for it... I can't imagine Republicans voting for this in swing districts."

More at BuzzFeed.


VIDEO: Source says 2 members of Progress Kentucky behind recordings of secret McConnell meeting on Ashley Judd

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Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

Mitch McConnell and his aides were laughing it up at a secret meeting about opposition research they did on Ashley Judd's depression issues-- because, you know, her suffering, coping, and openness about it was so hilarious.

John Dean's reaction was, “McConnell campaign recording sounds like one of Nixon’s Tapes.” Here’s the AUDIO and Ashley Judd’s response.

Now Jacob Conway, who sits on the executive committee of the Jefferson County, Kentucky Democratic Party, is saying that Shawn Reilly and Curtis Morrison, who founded and volunteered for Progress Kentucky, respectively, bragged to him about how they recorded that meeting:

Video via TPM.

Jacob Conway, who sits on the executive committee of the Jefferson County, Ky. Democratic Party:

"The only reason that I came forward with what I knew was I was trying to protect the Democratic Party. I believe in our party's values, and I was doing what I thought was best for the party because I did not want their bad behavior, their poor mistakes — I shouldn't say "bad behavior" — their mistakes, their lack of judgment to hurt our party's efforts here in the state Kentucky and in Jefferson County, here in Louisville."

Public radio station WFPL is reporting that Conway said neither the local nor the state Democratic party had any part in the incident, but that Reilly and Morrison bragged to him about recording the meeting which they were able to hear from the hallway. Because the door had a vent at the bottom, they were able to document what was going on inside with an iPhone or some other small device.

Since the meeting was audible from the hallway, it's not clear if recording it qualifies as eavesdropping, so this remains the Big Question o' the Day.

More here.

UPDATE: Report: Progress Kentucky Co-Founder Denies Taping McConnell Meeting


Here's an idea, Republicans...


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Today on MSNBC, Alex Witt interviewed Republican freshman class president Rep. Luke Messer who hails from Indiana's 6th district. She was questioning him about the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad GOP dissension-slash-implosion, and he pretended to care.

How do I know he was only pretending? He dropped a few hints. One was his feigned concern about said growing division among his fellowGOPers. Or maybe he meant that, but considering the same old right wing talking points coming out of his own mouth, and his record, how sincere could he have been?

Another was when he rejected common sense gun safety law proposals while insisting that he "would listen" to any suggestions as he clearly sided with the radical NRA CEO, Wayne LaPierre (the NRA has given him a 100% rating). But hey, he's a great listener!

However, the obvious giveaway that exposed him to be the partisan hack that he is was when, as he claimed to support working across the aisle with the new "bipartisan" House members, he repeatedly used the word "Democrat" as an adjective. That's a well-known GOP slur, or as the New Yorker referred to such language, "The 'Ic' Factor":

To wit:

The Democrat Party has a clear record when it comes to taxes.


Nothing threatens our hard-won reforms and economic prosperity more than a Democrat victory this November.


The difference is clear: if you want the government in your pocket, vote Democrat.

Memo to Messer (and all Republicans): It's called the Democratic Party.

There’s no great mystery about the motives behind this deliberate misnaming. “Democrat Party” is a slur, or intended to be—a handy way to express contempt. Aesthetic judgments are subjective, of course, but “Democrat Party” is jarring verging on ugly. It fairly screams “rat.” [...]

In the conservative media, the phenomenon feeds more voraciously the closer you get to the mucky, sludgy bottom. “Democrat Party” is standard jargon on right-wing talk radio and common on winger Web sites...

So here's an idea, Republicans: If you want to maintain even a shred of credibility, stop insulting the very party you claim to want to work with so badly. Unless you want us to start calling you "Rushpublics."


Quickie: Missouri Democratic Party Files Ethics Complaints Against Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin


Today's Quickie, via NPR, St. Louis:

The Missouri Democratic Party has filed ethics complaints against Todd Akin, alleging wrongdoing for coordinating with a Super PAC in exchange for campaign cash.

Two complaints were filed against Akin by the party:

For details and a response from the Akin campaign, just follow the link.

And since we're on the subject of prickly legal issues for GOP candidates, MoveOn: “Strong possibility of Romney criminal liability” in personal financial disclosure filings.

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

UPDATE: Akin: McCaskill Was More "Ladylike" in 2006