On Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live!” recently, Andy Cohen asked former President Obama Senior Advisor and current CNN star Van Jones who his next Democratic pick would be to run for President in the upcoming 2020 election. Here was his answer:
JONES: Umm… Oh well, I mean… I like — right now — uh, Tulsi Gabbard.
COHEN: Who is that?
JONES: She’s an amazing — She’s a Hawaiian veteran. She’s like 37, or something like that. She’s representing out of — and she’s in Congress — out of Hawaii. And she is just brilliant and indecent. She’s beautiful.
JONES: She is like an action hero. She could have done the Wonder Woman stuff, like, with no stunt double… She should be President.
That’s high praise. Jones has been a long time supported of Tulsi though, so it comes as no surprise. Here he is in CNN name dropping her in 2012 after working to help reelect President Obama:
And again in 2016 via Twitter supporting her after Trumps election:
Here is a throwback to how most mainland Americans became familiar with the Senator from Hawaii, after she stepped down as Vice Chair of the DNC to endorse Senator Bernie Sanders in back 2016 with this emotional ad:
In an interview with NPR, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón spoke with Ari Shapiro about the recent move from his office to dismiss thousands of marijuana-related convictions dating back to 1975 in response to California legalizing recreational marijuana this year.
SHAPIRO: In real-world terms, if somebody was convicted of marijuana possession or use 20 years ago, what kind of an impact would that have had on a person’s life?
GASCON: If you have a felony conviction on your record, let’s begin by saying you cannot vote. There are many places where you will not be able to rent or buy a home. There are employers that will not hire you. You cannot get certain types of student loans, cannot get certain public assistance. So there’s a whole bunch of things that preclude you from participating to the fullest in the social society by having that conviction. And what we’re saying is, the public in California has determined that this should not be a crime. Then let’s go back and repair some of the harm… It looks like we may have about 5,000 cases that actually would qualify under Prop 64 for felony relief.
What cities will be next and follow San Francisco in dismissing these life-harming convictions now that Marijuana is legal in multiple states? Sound off below.
Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th District, the heart of the Silicon Valley. His progressive constituency supports his more extreme positions, like for example supporting a basic income. He won his House seat by challenging fellow California Democrat Rep. Mike Honda in 2016 and is also encouraging a progressive to run left of Diane Feinstein.
Just this week, Rep. Khanna is continuing to put himself out there as a Democrat who is brave enough to challenge the norms with this tweet — in which he aligns himself with the 6 in 10 Americans who oppose increases in Defense Spending:
The article that Senator Khanna compares the increases in defense to progressive proposals that Congress hasn’t moved forward on, making it clear how blindly voting to increasing our defense spending contradicts our progressive priorities:
… many Democrats agreed to boost defense spending by more than what Bernie Sanders estimates it would cost to make every four-year public college and university in America tuition-free and by more than what Andrew Kolodny, the co-director of opioid policy research at Brandeis University, estimates it would cost to end the opioid crisis.
Rep. Khanna understands that blindly agreeing to increases in Defense Spending goes against American Progressive values. Especially when we are losing so much potential tax funds with the recent Trump Tax Cuts, we need to be vocal about how tax funds can be better used instead of Defense increases — such as making colleges & universities tuition free has the Representative proposes in his tweet.
Last year’s Wired Article on Basic Income above sums Khanna’s perspective well: “For Khanna, the Democrats lost in 2016 because they failed to lay out a clear vision.” Part of laying out a clear vision is sticking to it on every vote — and it seems that Rep. Khanna’s point is that is the responsibility of progressives in the Democrat party to take charge by leading efforts to paint that clear vision that the party can offer.
Do you live in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District & wish that Senator Bernie Sanders represented you in Congress? Well, you might be getting the second best thing. Bernie’s son, Levi Sanders, has announced that he is running for the open House seat in New Hampshire. In 2018, the new #FeelTheBern is #VoteLeviSanders.
Never heard of Levi? He served as his father’s Senior Policy Strategist during his 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary Campaign. Why don’t we let Levi’s Official Campaign Statement serve as your introduction to the New Hampshire candidate:
“After much thought and consultation with my family, friends, and the people of New Hampshire, I am excited to announce today that I am running for Congress in New Hampshire’s 1st District. This is a unique opportunity to listen to the hard working men and women of New Hampshire about the issues that matter to them.
“The majority of voters in New Hampshire, and around this country, agree that we need a Medicare For All healthcare system which guarantees healthcare to every man, women, and child without out of pocket expenses. We need an educational system which says that whether you are rich or poor, you have the ability to go to a public college and/or university tuition free. We need to demand that we have a minimum wage which allows people to work forty hours a week without being in poverty. It is urgent that we address the opioid problem which is at a crisis level in New Hampshire. We must demand that women finally earn the same pay as men. It is unacceptable that we haven’t found the political courage to pass sensible gun legislation. That time is up – we must be bold and unwavering in our fight for the people.
“For 15 years, New Hampshire has been my family’s home. For over 17 years, I have represented the working class who have been beaten up by the system. It is time to demand that we have a system which represents the 99% and not the 1% who have never had it so good.
“This campaign is about each and everyone of us, who strive each and everyday, to make this great state and country a better place in which to live.”
More about Levi Sanders here: https://sandersforcongress.com
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