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RandySF's Journal
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May 27, 2020

Magic Johnson offering $100 million in loans to minority-owned businesses left out of PPP loans

With the future of small businesses in urban communities at risk, former National Basketball Association great Magic Johnson has stepped in to offer assistance.

The CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises collaborated with MBE Capital Partners to offer $100 million in loans to minority- and women-owned companies hurt by stay-at-home orders due to Covid-19. The loans were funded through Johnson’s EquiTrust Life Insurance Company and will be provided through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

“This will allow them to keep their employees and keep their doors open,” Johnson told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Tuesday.

Congress set aside $349 billion for PPP funds in April as part of a $2 trillion stimulus package, but the money depleted quickly, forcing another round of aid. New funds include $60 billion set aside for small businesses.

But even with new money available, African-American and Latino-owned businesses have been left out of the new PPP funds due to a lack of relationships with bigger banks. Democratic lawmakers including Sen. Kamala Harris of California have even called on the SBA and Treasury Department to ensure minority-owned businesses are not shut out of aid.


May 27, 2020

Biden says he hopes to resume campaign events after pandemic restrictions lifted

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he hopes to resume in-person campaign events soon after conducting his campaign from his basement in Delaware for the past two months.

Biden said he will continue to follow his state’s stay-at-home orders but will hit the campaign trail once they’re lifted.

“I hope to be able to do more,” he said on CNN.

The former vice president has been relegated to his home for the past two months, sparking handwringing among Democrats that he was ceding the spotlight to President Trump, who has resumed travel to key swing states and had been holding near-daily press briefings.


May 27, 2020

Democrats more likely to boost House majority than lose it

ANALYSIS — The battlefield for control of the House is shrinking and divided, and that’s bad news for Republicans. Indeed, Democrats at this point in the cycle look more likely to gain seats than to lose their majority.

The latest round of rating changes by Inside Elections saw seven races shift to Solid and off the list of the most competitive contests (viewed as seats where either party has a significant chance of winning). The dropped districts currently held by Democrats are California’s 10th (Josh Harder) and 45th (Katie Porter), and New York’s 19th (Antonio Delgado). The four districts that shifted from Likely Republican to Solid Republican are North Carolina’s 9th (Dan Bishop), Ohio’s 12th (Troy Balderson), and Texas’ 2nd (Daniel Crenshaw) and 31st (John Carter).

With those changes, the House battlefield consists of 31 districts currently represented by Democrats, 28 districts currently held by Republicans, and the open seat being vacated by Michigan Libertarian Justin Amash, who is not seeking reelection. Republicans need to gain 17 seats in November to retake the House.

With that battlefield and President Donald Trump struggling to reach his 2016 marks in key districts, the most likely outcome for the House is close to the status quo. The most likely range is a Republican gain of five seats to a Democratic gain of five seats, or something in between.

The size and composition of the battlefield can foreshadow the election to come....

Vulnerable Democrats in better shape for reelection include Lauren Underwood (Illinois’ 14th, Tilt Democratic to Lean Democratic), Andy Kim (New Jersey’s 3rd, Tilt Democratic to Lean Democratic), Anthony Brindisi (New York’s 22nd, Toss-up to Tilt Democratic), and Ben McAdams (Utah’s 4th, Toss-up to Tilt Democratic)......

Democratic chances also improved in Nevada’s 3rd District, represented by Democrat Susie Lee, where the race moved from Lean Democratic to Likely Democratic, and Texas’ 21st, where GOP Rep. Chip Roy is facing a well-financed fight from Democrat Wendy Davis, and the contest shifted from Likely Republican to Lean Republican. And the race for Montana’s at-large district was added to the battlefield from Solid Republican to Likely Republican with a strong early showing by Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock in the Senate race at the top of the ballot.


May 27, 2020

The Most Important Texas Elections No One is Talking About.

So, what’s the deal with the Texas Supreme Court?
The thing that a lot of people, (especially non-voters), fail to realize is that voting in an election, isn’t just about picking the president or the governor. All the way down ballot, candidates at state and local levels may have a bigger impact on your daily life than president does. Most specifically, judicial candidates are important to vote for.

There are 9 Supreme Court Justices, 4 of which are up for reelection this year. All 4 that are running, also happen to be Republicans. As part of the expected blue wave in 2020; voting these justices out is also important.

Let’s look at some more recent happenings at the Texas Supreme Court.

You may have heard lately, we could vote by mail during the pandemic, then we couldn’t, then we could again, then once again we could not. Where is that case at? Right now, it’s at the Republican majority Texas Supreme court, where they said it was to be put on hold for now.

Recently, the Texas Supreme Court sided with Abbott, when he wrote an executive order that required some people to pay money to get out of jail during the coronavirus pandemic, but not others, even though it was a violation of the US Constitution. Texas jails are still hot-spots for coronavirus.

Earlier this year, a new lawsuit from a millionaire GOP donor asserted that the Texas Supreme Court almost always sides on whoever gave the most campaign cash.
One of the court justices called Judge Amy Clark Meachum selfish for wanting to break the glass ceiling.


May 27, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Aleta Borrud for MN-SD26

I have a vision of government where what is valued and matters most are the people and our needs. A government that sees each of us as worth investing in. And a community where everyone belongs, because the truly bright future needs each of us to bring our best selves. I believe we can create this together.

I grew up on the North Dakota Plains where farmers brought in their sick neighbor’s harvest, and each child was everyone’s responsibility. I attended public high school in Anoka, Minnesota, and then went on to college in Massachusetts. College was where I first encountered the kind of inherited wealth that defines those born with opportunities that others only dream of.

My Midwest values bristled at seeing how power came attached to wealth and this started a lifelong commitment to fighting for economic justice. I have worked all kinds of jobs—cleaning, waitressing, retail, automotive, bookkeeping. This made me appreciate that all work has value and should bring with it a life of dignity. My father, a family doctor, likewise had deep respect for all his patients. This influenced me to spend 12 years putting myself through my pre-medical studies, medical and public health school. I returned to Minnesota to train at Mayo to be a physician specializing in the care of older people.

I left practice after 17 years as a hospitalist geriatrician and have since worked to make healthcare accessible for everyone, particularly for our rural communities. I find it profoundly painful to see rural hospitals and clinics close. I struggle to understand how our government accepts the argument that big healthcare entities must close facilities because they can’t recruit providers and that providing care for our rural people is not profitable enough. Resources follow priorities. Profit shouldn’t determine access to healthcare. Profit is creating the inequalities we see.

And I have children, like many of you, who wonder what their future holds. They see rising inequality, loss of autonomy and dignity in the workplace, increasing addiction and despair, and a climate emergency that is destroying our planetary home. The next decade in Minnesota will be challenging. Some politicians will use uncertainty about the future and breed fears of scarcity to try and get us to turn against each other. We will be encouraged to blame newcomers, or our neighbors of different races and faiths, for our hard times in order to distract us from the fact that they have no solutions.

I won’t and can’t promise a fix for everything, but I do commit to fighting for the best interest of all of us. We can do powerful things on the state level that will have a meaningful impact on everyone’s lives. That is why I am running.


May 27, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Lindsey Port for MN-SD56

I’m Lindsey Port. I’m a mom, a wife, a nonprofit executive director, and a longtime resident of Burnsville. My two young girls attend Lakeville public schools, and my husband runs a small business out of a warehouse in Burnsville. We chose this community as the place we would raise our family, and I am so proud to call Burnsville my home. I’m running for the Minnesota Senate because I believe in a better way of leading: one where our legislators work alongside the people in our community, helping to solve the real problems that working families face each day. I hope you’ll join me!


May 27, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Aric Putnam for MN-SD14

My mother grew up in St. Paul, and my father was born in Washington, DC. I was born at Andrews Air Force Base, my father having recently returned from war in Vietnam. When I was very young, my family moved across the country to California so that my father could pursue his dream of working with computers. When I was in middle school, he followed his dream even further and created his own company in our garage, but it didn’t work out. When he tried to re-enter the tech workforce he couldn’t find a job, so he worked as a volunteer who taught computer literacy to underprivileged children. Meanwhile, my mother worked as a hotel maid and retail clerk to pay the bills.

When I finished high school, I went to San Francisco State University. I wanted to run track and develop career skills, but I also wanted to grow, find my purpose. I waited tables to pay for college and continued to do so for a few years after graduation. It was a good life, but I felt driven to do something else, to learn more. I also wanted to see more of our country, so I moved to Maine. While I was there I completed a Master’s degree. In the late 1990s I moved to Minneapolis to earn a Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, and then was hired as a professor of communication at Saint John’s University and the College of St. Benedict, where I’ve taught and researched for 17 years.

I met my wife Laurie while in Maine, and we’ve been together over 20 years. Laurie served as assistant principal at South Junior High, but she’s now Assistant Superintendent for District 742. We have two beautiful and silly children, Eliza (15) and Phineas (13) who go to school at Tech and South. I’ve volunteered at their schools and coached their soccer teams, but I volunteer in the community and serve on the boards of four local nonprofits too. I also do workshops about critical thinking, citizenship, and community for teachers in public schools throughout Minnesota and in the criminal justice system. In my down time I like to play basketball and soccer, camp and travel with my family, play video games with my kids, and re-watch Star Wars movies. But not the prequels.

I became a teacher because I had been blessed with so many great teachers in my life; I wanted to return the favor. Not all of our children get inspired. Too many get forgotten. Too many of our problems get forgotten, too much of our potential gets wasted, too many opportunities denied. I learned from my father and my teachers that you don’t sit back when things can be better. That’s why I chose to enter politics. I chose central Minnesota. I realized that after moving around so much, I’d finally found a home. Sometimes we just end up where we are, but I chose this life and this community, and I am driven to help it pursue our potential. In teaching and giving back to Central Minnesota, I have found my purpose.


May 27, 2020

California DA launches investigation into Tara Reade testimony

The Monterey County District Attorney’s office has launched an investigation into whether Tara Reade lied on the witness stand while acting as an expert witness.

Reade, under the name Alexandra McCabe, for years testified as an expert in domestic violence cases for the California D.A.’s office. Among the issues is whether she lied about her credentials to qualify as an expert.

“We are investigating whether Ms. McCabe gave false testimony under oath,” Monterey County chief assistant district attorney Berkley Brannon told POLITICO Tuesday.

Brannon said the office does not yet know how many cases in which Reade testified as an expert.

“We have no database or search engine to use to determine in how many cases she testified,” Brannon said. “However, that effort is ongoing.”


May 27, 2020

FLIPPABLE: Kristin Lyerly for WI-AD88

Politics as usual have failed us, and the stakes couldn’t be higher. The COVID-19 pandemic has only sharpened our need for responsive and responsible leadership. Our communities deserve leaders who listen, leaders who understand us, and leaders who don’t put our lives on the line so we can exercise the most basic of our constitutional duties — the right to vote. My name is Kristin Lyerly, and I am running for State Assembly, District 88, because I am that leader.

My roots and my heart are in Northeast Wisconsin. My mom’s parents were dairy farmers near Fond du Lac, back when family farms were a way of life in the Badger State. My uncle still owns the farm, although the cows are long gone. My dad was a foreman in the tool and die industry in Kaukauna, until that moved out of town. His entire family worked at the paper mill. My parents’ dream for me and my sister, a bank teller in Oshkosh, was to go to college, and they fought to get us there. I graduated from the University of Minnesota and then came home to the University of Wisconsin for medical school and residency training in obstetrics and gynecology, along the way earning a Master’s Degree in Public Health — as well as a student loan debt burden I am paying off to this day.

As a physician, I have the privilege of listening to my patients every day and helping them find solutions to complicated, individualized problems. These experiences fuel my work in healthcare advocacy, which lends itself naturally to a broader role in leadership, especially when healthcare is front and center. My passion for nurturing healthy communities, bolstered by leadership roles within my hospital and professional organizations and experience as a small business owner, give me a unique perspective that is sorely missing in our Legislature. The voice of medicine is absent from the body that determines much of what happens in your exam room, which is nonsensical at best and devastating — even deadly — at worst. I will be that voice, telling your stories and working with you to solve the problems that are closest to your heart and closest to your home.

I also care deeply and personally about our public education system. Our four sons have always attended public schools, and we couldn’t be prouder of our oldest, who is studying to become an elementary school music teacher at UW-Stevens Point. When we talk about issues at home, climate change is one of our greatest mutual concerns, although the conversation often drifts to the brazen, unacceptable behavior that continues to divide our communities and prevent us from moving forward together. We need to get beyond partisan politics to strengthen our communities by building relationships and bridging divides.


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