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DNC announces Convention Virtual Roundtables

Join the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee, in partnership with Business Forward, for a series of thought-provoking Policy Round Tables!

Throughout the duration of the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee and Business Forward are organizing a series of virtual, hour-long round table briefings with senior campaign advisors, elected officials, business leaders, philanthropists, community organizers, and state and local officials. Inspired by the needs of communities across the country, these briefings will examine the critical challenges America faces, including our country’s response to the severe hardships amplified by the COVID-19 crisis.

With a network of more than 100,000 local business leaders, Business Forward works to connect business leaders across the country to Washington decision-makers to discuss how to create jobs and accelerate our economy.

Below, please find the Policy Round Table schedule and RSVP form, where you can sign up to attend as many round tables as you would like. Details on how to watch these discussions will be shared in the coming days. Please note that if you sign up for a meeting, you will receive invites to all of the meetings throughout the week.

Monday, August 17

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Protecting the Integrity of the Election

To ensure safe, secure, and fair elections, efforts are being taken to educate and mobilize voters, while combating voter suppression. Join this briefing to hear from leaders on the front lines of protecting the integrity of the election.

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Investing in a Sustainable Future

Investing in a sustainable future for America has proven to yield financial returns. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the environmental, social, and governance (“ESG”) movement about how sustainable practices are moving both society and the economy forward

4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Ensuring High Quality Health Care and a Strong Caring Economy

To protect and strengthen our current healthcare system, efforts and being taken to provide access to quality health care for every American, while ensuring that our caregivers receive the respect and dignity they deserve. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the fight to strengthen our healthcare system.

Tuesday, August 18

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Building A Modern Sustainable Infrastructure

To achieve net-zero emissions economy-wide in the next 30 years, efforts are being taken to build a more sustainable and resilient infrastructure now. Join this briefing to hear from job-creating companies that are working to develop a clean energy future.

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Respecting Rule of Law and Protecting an Independent Judiciary

Join this briefing to hear from state attorneys general and leading advocates who have been leading those efforts to ensure partisan politics do not influence judicial conduct or judgment.

4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Securing Retirement for Working Americans

As almost two-thirds of working Americans have almost no retirement account access, our country is in the midst of a retirement income crisis. Join this briefing to hear from leading experts on their efforts to address the pension crisis and protect Social Security for working Americans.

Wednesday, August 19

11:00 am – 12:00 pm CT – Closing the Homework Gap During COVID-19 and Beyond

Our schools have long struggled to provide low-income students with the tools they need to compete, including affordable laptops, broadband access, digital literacy (for students, parents, and teachers), and curriculum that prepares them for the future of work. Experts call this the “homework gap,” and COVID-19 has amplified the crisis to a dangerous level. Join this briefing to hear from leading experts who are solving one of the greatest educational challenges of our time.

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Ending Gun Violence in America

Ending gun violence requires a national and comprehensive response that involves advocates, educators, legislators, gun violence victims, and more. Join this briefing to hear from leaders in the gun violence prevention movement who are working to combat this crisis for all communities.

4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Creating Jobs and Investment in the Heartland

To create jobs and investment in the heartland, efforts are being taken to invest in innovation infrastructure by delivering broadband access to resource-lacking communities, helping workers get to and from new jobs, and drawing venture capital that is increasingly concentrated on the East and West Coasts. Join this briefing to hear from leading job creators who are turning these efforts into a reality for rural communities.

Thursday, August 20

1:30 – 2:30 pm CT – Advancing Racial Equity Across the American Economy

To advance racial equity, efforts are being taken to close the racial wealth gap, expand affordable housing, reform our police and criminal justice system, and invest in educational opportunities for all children. Join this briefing to hear from leaders who are taking action to urgently address these challenges.

4:00 – 5:00 pm CT – Meeting the Climate Crisis Challenge

To address our climate crisis emergency, experts are pushing government leaders to take bold measures that invest now in a clean energy revolution, while creating good jobs and addressing environmental justice. Join this briefing to hear from leaders who are working to address the grave threat of the climate crisis.


AND.....Trump responds

Lazy conservative boilerplate:


Assume they had an ad ready for any choice...

Kamala Harris works for me...


All - the grassroots fundraiser I circulated a notice about w the VP choice will be TOMORROW...

(per CNN)


BREAKING (CNN): The VP choice is...NOT Karen Bass

CNN showing a short list of:

It's Primary Day in CT, VT, MN, WI and GA

Vermont (polls close 7 PM Eastern)

VT-GOV-D (vs Republican Phil Scott)
Douglas Cavett (D) - Recently Released Sex Offender & Felon
Ralph Corbo (D) - Progressive Activist
Rebecca Holcombe (D) - Ex-State Education Secretary, Ex-Elementary Principal & Ex-Teacher
Patrick Winburn (D) - Attorney
David Zuckerman (D/PP) - Lt Governor, Ex-St Sen, Ex-State Rep & Farmer

VT-AG-R (vs Democrat T.J. Donovan
H. Brooke Paige (R) - Newsstand Owner, Historian & Frequent Candidate
Emily Peyton (R) - Artist, Industrial Hemp Legalization Activist & Frequent Candidate

VT-AL-D (vs Democrat Peter Welch)
Ralph Corbo (D) - Progressive Activist

VT-AL-D (vs Democrat Peter Welch)
Miriam Berry (R) - Nurse & Screenwriter
Jimmy Rodriguez (R) - Businessman & Arizona Resident
Justin Tuthill (R) - Healthcare Executive
Anya Tynio (R) - Newspaper Sales Representative & '18 Nominee

Georgia runoffs (polls close 7 PM Eastern)

GA-1-D (vs Republican Buddy Carter)
Joyce Griggs (D) - Attorney, Retired Army Officer & '00 Nominee
Lisa Ring (D) - Bryan County Democratic Chair, Ex-Corrections Officer & '18 Nominee

GA-9 R (open Republican seat)
Andrew Clyde (R) - Fireams Dealer, Retired Navy Officer & Gulf War Veteran
Matt Gurtler (R) - State Rep. & Political Consultant

GA-9 D (open Republican seat)
Devin Pandy (D) - Limousine Contractor & Retired Army NCO
Brooke Siskin (D) - Businesswoman, Democratic Activist & '12 St Rep Candidate

GA-14-R (open Republican seat)
John Cowan (R) - Surgeon & Businessman
Marjorie Greene (R) - Businesswoman & Conservative Activist, QANON supporter

Connecticut (polls close 8 PM Eastern)

Presidential Primary

CT-2-R (vs Democrat John Larson)
Mary Fay (R) - West Hartford Town Councilor & Financial Executive
Jim Griffin (R) - Nonprofit Executive, Ex-Businessman, Army Veteran & '88/'96 Candidate

CT-3-R (vs Democrat Joe Courtney)
Justin Anderson (R) - Retired Correctional Officer & Retired National Guard Lt. Colonel
Tom Gilmer (R) - Businessman, GOP Activist & '09 School Bd Candidate

Minnesota (polls close 9 PM Eastern)

MN-SEN-D (vs Democrat Tina Smith)
Steve Carlson (DFL) - Business Consultant, Conservative Activist & Frequent Candidate
Ahmad Hassan (DFL) - Real Estate Broker & Texas Resident
Paula Overby (DFL) - Technology Analyst, Transgender Rights Activist & Frequent Candidate
Chris Seymore (DFL) - Teacher, '18 Gov Candidate & '16 St Rep Candidate

MN-SEN-R (vs Democrat Tina Smith)
John Berman (R) - Washington State Resident
Bob "Again" Carney (R) - Non-Profit Consultant & Frequent Candidate
Cynthia Gail (R) - Teacher, Community Activist & '16 St Sen Candidate
Jason Lewis (R) - Ex-Congressman & Ex-Radio Show Host
James Reibestein (R) - '12 City Council Candidate

MN-3-D (vs Democrat Dean Phillips)
Cole Young (DFL) - Retail Store Employee & '18 Candidate

MN-4-D (vs Democrat Betty McCollum)
Tiffini Flynn Forslund (DFL) - Political Organizer & '17 City Council Candidate
Alberder Gillespie (DFL) - Ex-School Board Member, Political Consultant & '16 St Rep Candidate
Reid Russell (DFL) - Woodwork Restoration Contractor & '18 Candidate
David Sandbeck (DFL) - Network Engineer & Progressive Activist

MN-4-R (vs Democrat Betty McCollum)
Sia Lo (R) - Attorney
Gene Rechtzigel (R) - Farmer, Property Manager & Frequent Candidate

MN-5-D (vs Democrat Ilhan Omar)
Les Lester (DFL) - Freelance Journalist, Ex-Teacher & '18 Candidate
John Mason (DFL) - Community Organizer
Daniel McCarthy (DFL) - Attorney, Army Veteran, '94 Candidate & '96 St Rep Candidate
Antone Melton-Meaux (DFL) - Attorney, Mediator & Ex-Congressional Aide

MN-5-R (vs Democrat Ilhan Omar)
Dalia Al-Aqidi (R) - TV Journalist
Lacy Johnson (R) - Systems Engineer, Charter School Co-Founder & '18 State Rep Nominee
Danielle Stella (R) - Teacher & GOP Activist

MN-6-D (vs Democrat Collin Peterson)
Stephen Emery (DFL) - Attorney, Ex-Agricultural Consultant & '18 US Sen Candidate
Alycia Gruenhagen (DFL) - Food Co-Op Manager

MN-6-R (vs Democrat Collin Peterson)
Noel Collis (R) - Physician, GOP Activist & '92 Candidate
Michelle Fischbach (R) - Ex-Lt Governor, Ex-State Senate President & Attorney
Dave Hughes (R) - Instructor Pilot, Retired USAF Officer, Aerospace Engineer & '16/'18 Nominee
William Louwagie (R) - Farmer
Jayesun Sherman (R) - Ex-Windom City Councilman, Teacher, Pastor & '18 Candidate

MN-8-R (vs Republican Pete Stauber)
Harry Welty (R) - Ex-Duluth School Board Member, Ex-Teacher & '18 Candidate

Wisconsin (polls close 9 PM Eastern)

Wi-1-D (vs Republican Bryan Steil)
Josh Pade (D) - Attorney & '18 Gov. Candidate
Roger Polack (D) - Nat'l Security Analyst, Attorney & Afghan War Civilian Intelligence Officer

WI-3-D (vs Democrat Ron Kind)
Mark Neumann (D) - Pediatrician

WI-3-R (vs Democrat Ron Kind)
Jessi Ebben (R) - Marketing Generalist

WI-4-R (vs Democrat Gwen Moore)
Tim Rogers (R) - Delivery Driver & '18 Nominee
Cindy Werner (R) - Property Manager, Army Veteran, GOP Activist & '18 Candidate
Derrick Van Orden (R) - Retired Navy SEAL & Afghan/Iraq War Veteran

WI-5-R (open Republican seat)
Cliff DeTemple (R) - Land Surveying Company Owner
Scott Fitzgerald (R) - State Senate Majority Leader, Ex-Newspaper Publisher & Retired Army Officer

WI-6-D (vs Republican Glenn Grothman)
Michael Beardsley (D) - Business Analyst
Matt Boor (D) - Businessman

Democrats Announce Inspiring Lineup of Americans Who Will Speak at the 2020 Democratic National Conv

Source: DNC

MILWAUKEE— The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that an unprecedented lineup of Americans from across the country will share their stories at the 2020 Democratic National Convention, and discuss why we must unite around the critical task of electing Joe Biden as president in November. These individuals come from different backgrounds, different communities, and different political affiliations, but they all believe Joe Biden is the steady and experienced leader America needs right now to lift us out of the constant chaos and crises of Trump.

From small business owners to teachers, factory workers, frontline healthcare workers, parents worrying about their children’s health and safety as the school year begins, farmers struggling in Trump’s failed trade war, to people with preexisting conditions worried about Trump repealing the Affordable Care Act, and lifelong Republicans putting country over party, we will hear over the course of four nights why Joe Biden’s vision to build a better future will benefit all Americans.

“Over the last several months in planning this convention, we had two goals in mind: to include more Americans than ever before, and to ensure that all Americans see themselves reflected in what they were viewing,” said Stephanie Cutter, 2020 Democratic National Convention Program Executive. “These are the stories of the millions of working Americans that are struggling in the Trump recession, and as a result of Trump’s complete mismanagement of the COVID crisis. Like the overwhelming majority of the American people, they are looking for a steady, experienced leader who is fighting for them, not for himself or for those at the top.”

Below is a sample of the many Americans who will participate in the 2020 Democratic National Convention:

Read more: https://www.demconvention.com/press-releases/democrats-announce-inspiring-lineup-of-americans-who-will-speak-at-the-2020-democratic-national-convention-uniting-america/

Rick Telesz – Lawrence County, Pennsylvania: Rick runs a farm that has been in his family for generations. In 2016, Rick voted for Trump, but after seeing how Trump’s trade war has threatened his family farm, he plans to vote for Joe Biden.

Aldo Martinez – Fort Myers, Florida: Aldo is a paramedic responding to 911 calls, a DACA recipient on the frontlines of COVID, and a member of United We Dream Action (UWDA). Born and raised in Mexico City, Aldo immigrated to the U.S at the age of 12. He previously worked in one of the busiest emergency rooms in the country. Aldo wants a President who will fight for people like him, so he can focus on caring for others and becoming a surgeon.

Luz Chaparro Hernandez – Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Luz is a mom, teacher and member of the National Education Association (NEA). She teaches a bilingual program for second and third graders at a Milwaukee elementary school. When the pandemic began, Luz had to quickly adjust in order to continue teaching children against the backdrop of a pandemic. She is hopeful about the future, but concerned for her students’ safety and wellbeing.

Dr. Angie Taylor – Reno, Nevada: Dr. Taylor is an assistant pastor and cancer survivor who understands firsthand why providing safe and affordable care to all Americans is a sacred, moral obligation. That’s why Dr. Taylor is a passionate believer that we must protect and strengthen the Affordable Care Act—which is why she’s voting for Joe Biden.

DeAndra Dycus – Indianapolis, Indiana: In 2014, DeAndra’s 13-year-old son, Dre, an honor student and star athlete, was shot and sustained major injuries at a birthday party he was attending. DeAndra started a non-profit dedicated to helping families and survivors of gun violence, and she volunteers with the Everytown Survivor Network and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Jeff Jeans – Sedona, Arizona: Jeff was a conservative Republican his whole life. When the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, Jeff strongly opposed the legislation. Later, when Jeff’s employer went out of business and he no longer had health insurance coverage, Jeff was diagnosed with throat cancer. Because of the Affordable Care Act, Jeff was able to get covered even though he had a preexisting condition. Jeff received his cancer treatments, and they saved his life. He’s now a supporter of the Affordable Care Act—and Joe Biden.

Gerald Lang – Lake Orion, Michigan: Gerald is a proud United Auto Worker (UAW) and team leader at a General Motors assembly plant in Lake Orion, Michigan. Increasingly, Gerald and his team are building clean, electric vehicles, including the Chevy Electric Bolt. The auto industry has been through a lot in recent years, and Gerald wants a president who will fight for workers like him, so that American workers build American cars in America. That’s why Gerald supports those who support America’s workers, like Joe Biden.

Natasha Taylor – Atlanta, Georgia: Natasha drives a bus for MARTA, the public transit system in Atlanta. She takes great pride in helping people travel across Atlanta, but she worries about her safety amidst the pandemic. Natasha is a proud member of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 732, and a strong Joe Biden supporter.

Julie Buckholt – Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Julie is a retired educator, who—like her two daughters—suffers from Myasthenia Gravis. Julie is grateful for the protections in the Affordable Care Act, and for the peace of mind it provides her and her family. She opposes Donald Trump’s efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and she is voting for Joe Biden in November.

Over the past two months, the Democratic National Convention Committee collected nearly 1,000 crowd-sourced videos from Americans and delegates as part of an online engagement campaign. Many of these videos will be featured throughout the four nights of the convention. In addition, over the course of 30 minutes, the reimagined roll call process will take convention viewers to all 57 states and territories. Viewers will hear from voters of all kinds—delegates, parents, teachers, small business owners, essential workers, activists and elected leaders in the Democratic Party as they officially cast votes to nominate Joe Biden to become the next president of the United States of America. This is yet another example of how Democrats are finding new, innovative ways to engage more Americans than ever before, and amplify the stories and diverse voices that make up the party.

Ways to Watch and Get Involved

The Democratic National Convention will take place over four nights from August 17-20, 2020. Convention programming will air from 9:00-11:00 PM Eastern. Additional speakers, including national leaders, advocates and celebrities will be announced in the coming days.

Last week, convention organizers also announced over a dozen options for watching the 2020 Democratic National Convention, ensuring that this year’s convention will reach viewers where they are, however they prefer to watch, all across the nation.

Lincoln Project expands GOP target list, winning Trump ire

Source: The Hill

The former GOP operatives behind the Lincoln Project are expanding their list of Republican targets, infuriating allies of President Trump and national Republicans scrambling to preserve the GOP majority in the Senate.

In addition to a relentless negative ad campaign against Trump, the group has so far spent more than $1.3 million attacking Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), who is among the most vulnerable GOP senators up for reelection. That’s by far the most they’ve spent on any Senate candidate.

Federal Election Commission filings reveal the Lincoln Project has also targeted a half dozen other Republicans up for reelection in 2020, including Sens. Cory Gardner (Colo), Martha McSally (Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Thom Tillis (N.C.), Joni Ernst (Iowa), John Cornyn (Texas), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

The group is running ads in support of Democratic Senate candidates Steve Bullock in Montana and Al Gross in Alaska, who are seeking to unseat Sens. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), respectively.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/511401-lincoln-project-expands-gop-target-list-winning-trump-ire

Help! I Can't Believe My Son's Friend Fed Him Indian Food Without Calling Me First.


(Dear Prudie column)

Q. Inappropriate food: My son, “Chris,” is 9. A few weeks ago, we decided to open our bubble to include the family of “Neil,” Chris’s best friend. Both of Neil’s parents are doctors, so this seemed like a safe decision. Both parents were born and raised in India. We let Chris have dinner at their place the other night since both boys were having a great time together. When we came to pick up Chris, Neil’s mom recounted to me how much chicken curry and lentils and vegetables Chris ate. I couldn’t believe that they served my son spicy curries without even calling to ask us if that would be OK! I was taken aback and gently mentioned that spicy foods can be hard on small tummies, but it didn’t seem to register. Thankfully Chris didn’t get sick. My wife says to drop it because any conversation will look racial in nature and to only let the boys play at our place. Please help.

A: At the risk of taking the bait, you must realize that millions of people (presumably both of Neil’s parents, not to mention Neil himself) regularly eat lentils and vegetables as children in perfect safety. There’s something so grotesque about the infantilizing language of “gently informing someone”—especially when that someone is “two doctors”—about “small tummies,” coupled with the racist horror that your 9-year-old ate and enjoyed a few servings of chicken curry, one of the world’s most popular and adaptable dishes. Not all curries are spicy, and not all spices pack heat; your son ate a meal he enjoyed (one you didn’t have to prepare or clean up after ) and continued to enjoy good health for the rest of the evening. Neil’s parents didn’t take him to a ghost pepper festival and turn him loose. Your kid was not endangered by chicken curry, and your problem is not one that Neil’s parents can fix for you. Take your wife’s advice and let this go.

Taco Tuesday?

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best says she will retire amid protests, City Council cuts

Source: Seattle Times

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best will step down, she has announced, in the wake of protests against police brutality, criticism over the Police Department’s response and votes by the City Council to shrink the police force and cut her wages.

“This was a difficult decision for me, but when it’s time, it’s time,” Best wrote in a Monday night message to Police Department employees.

Best and Mayor Jenny Durkan have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday, the mayor’s office said.

The news about the chief was first reported Monday night on air by KIRO radio’s Dori Monson and on Twitter by Q13 reporter Brandi Kruse, citing anonymous sources.

Read more: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattle-police-chief-carmen-best-may-retire-amid-protests-city-council-cuts/?utm_medium=notification&utm_source=pushly&utm_campaign=632418
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