Ted Cruz sweats as Democrat Beto O’Rourke surges in popularity in Texas Senate Race #BetoForTexas

Texas wants to be a liberal state, and this year it will have a chance to declare that to the world if the state chooses to help end the Republican Congressional control by removing Sen. Ted Cruz from office.

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The Hill reported last month that Rep. Beto O’Rourke is within single digits of the incumbent Senator from Texas:

End Citizens United, a campaign finance reform group, released a pollconducted by Public Policy Polling that finds Cruz leading O’Rourke by 8 points, 45 to 37 percent. Eighteen percent were undecided.

Rep. O’Rourke has been in US Congress since he won his House race for the Texas seat in 2012 against an eight-term incumbent.

Since losing the presidential election to someone with no political experience, the unliked Ted Cruz has been making headlines for sharing his porn habits on Twitter and getting in feuds with beloved animated TV show runners… Not a winning strategy.

Learn more about Beto here: https://betofortexas.com

Former Obama Advisor Van Jones proclaims his support for Tulsi Gabbard in 2020 on “Watch What Happens Live!” with Andy Cohen

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.

COHEN: Wow.

JONES: She is like an action hero. She could have done the Wonder Woman stuff, like, with no stunt double… She should be President.

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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:

Inspired by Parkland — Jon Lovett, of Pod Save America fame, calls for the Voting Age to be Lowered to 16

Crooked Media’s Jon Lovett has recently called for the Voting Age to be lowered to 16, after the impressive and inspiring actions taken by teenagers from Parkland, Florida over these past weeks in response to the tragedy they faced in their high school.

In his piece Lovett makes it clear why he believes these young people need to be armed with the right to vote:

In our actions, in our failures, America is sending a message to teenagers: this country doesn’t give a shit about you. Teenagers deserve the vote because the rest of us have proven that we are not adult enough to have their interests at heart. The NRA is right about the importance of self-defense, but wrong about the means. Voting is how America’s young people can protect themselves.

For those who think that this is an impossible idea — let’s not forget our US History. Rachel Maddow recent highlighted the moment in July 1971 when young people met with President Nixon as the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 thanks to activism from young people.

Watch the clip from the Rachel Maddow show here from MSNBC: https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/young-activists-wanted-to-lower-the-voting-age-and-made-it-happen-1165383747550?v=b

President Nixon commented that “America’s young generation will provide what America needs.” Maybe that’s true again today — as Lovett suggest.

If you Love It — Read Lovett’s full post about this idea from Crooked: https://crooked.com/article/lower-voting-age-sixteen/

 

Representative Ro Khanna has the guts to oppose increases in Defense Spending

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.

 

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Evolution on Guns — How She Proudly Earned Her F Rating Voting Against the NRA

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