Rev. Barber Says West Virginians Are Ready for ‘Non-Violent Sit-Ins’ Against Manchin for Abetting GOP Voter Suppression

“This is a moral issue, a constitutional issue, and we’re gonna stand and fight against it—even if we gotta go to jail.” Rev. Dr. William Barber II said late Monday that West Virginians are prepared to stage non-violent sit-ins at Sen. Joe Manchin’s office to protest the Democratic lawmaker’s ongoing obstruction of key voting rights legislation,Continue reading “Rev. Barber Says West Virginians Are Ready for ‘Non-Violent Sit-Ins’ Against Manchin for Abetting GOP Voter Suppression”

Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount

President Joe Biden used the 100th anniversary of Tulsa’s race massacre to make a plea for sweeping legislation in Congress to protect the right to vote as Republican-led governments in Texas and other states pass new restrictions making it tougher to cast ballots. Biden, marking the centennial in Oklahoma on Tuesday, called out lawmakers in Congress —Continue reading “Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount”

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema a no show on vote for January 6 Commission

Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema skipped a vote Friday that would create an independent bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6siege on the U.S. Capitol. Sinema, who supports the commission, is one of only a few Democrats in favor of keeping the filibuster. In a tweet on Tuesday, Sinema joined West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin imploringContinue reading “Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema a no show on vote for January 6 Commission”

‘It’s the Filibuster or Democracy,’ Say Progressives After GOP Tanks January 6 Commission

“Unless we abolish the filibuster, there will be no progress on any agenda focused on justice, fairness, or basic survival,” said Sen. Ed Markey. Intensifying progressive calls to eliminate the legislative filibuster, Senate Republicans wielded the archaic procedural tool on Friday to torpedo a bill that sought to establish an independent commission to probe theContinue reading “‘It’s the Filibuster or Democracy,’ Say Progressives After GOP Tanks January 6 Commission”

‘Strom Thurmond Disagrees’: Historians Refute McConnell Claim That Filibuster Has ‘No Racial History’

“Historian of the 20th century South here. I dispute Mitch’s statement. The filibuster has a ton of ‘racial history.’” Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday made the sweeping claim that the legislative filibuster has “no racial history at all” and further insisted that historians don’t dispute his view—an assertion that historians immediately disputed.Continue reading “‘Strom Thurmond Disagrees’: Historians Refute McConnell Claim That Filibuster Has ‘No Racial History’”

Joe Manchin says that he’ll block Biden’s next big package — $2 trillion to $4 trillion for climate and infrastructure — if Republicans aren’t included

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), America’s ultimate swing voter, told me on “Axios on HBO” that he’ll insist Republicans have more of a voice on President Biden’s next big package than they did on the COVID stimulus. The big picture: Manchin said he’ll push for tax hikes to pay for Biden’s upcoming infrastructure and climate proposal, andContinue reading “Joe Manchin says that he’ll block Biden’s next big package — $2 trillion to $4 trillion for climate and infrastructure — if Republicans aren’t included”

‘Abolish the Filibuster. Replace the Parliamentarian’: Ilhan Omar Says Democrats Must Go Big to Pass $15 Minimum Wage

“What’s a Democratic majority if we can’t pass our priority bills? This is unacceptable.” Imploring Democrats not to retreat in the face of mere advice from an unelected official, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota late Thursday urged her Senate colleagues to use their narrow majority to replace the chamber’s parliamentarian and abolish the archaic 60-vote filibuster—two obstaclesContinue reading “‘Abolish the Filibuster. Replace the Parliamentarian’: Ilhan Omar Says Democrats Must Go Big to Pass $15 Minimum Wage”

“Why don’t your leftists behave like leftists? Because Democrats aren’t leftist.” – Beau of the Fifth Column

GOP COVID19 Relief Package “Compromise”: History (from Wikipedia): On August 28, 1957, United States Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina began a filibuster intended to stop the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. It began at 8:54 p.m. and lasted until 9:12 p.m. the following day, for a total length of 24 hours and 18 minutes. This made the filibuster the longest single-personContinue reading ““Why don’t your leftists behave like leftists? Because Democrats aren’t leftist.” – Beau of the Fifth Column”

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