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New Progressive Mayor in Birmingham AL added to winning Jackson MS mayor

Congratulations! We can win!!!


Progressive challenger Randall Woodfin on Tuesday unseated William Bell, the mayor of Birmingham, Alabama, in a nonpartisan runoff election.

Woodfin’s ambitious platform and dogged ground game ultimately bested Bell, 68, a two-term Democratic incumbent who had been in city politics since before Woodfin was born.

But not even Woodfin’s most optimistic boosters anticipated the resounding margin of his victory. With all but one polling place reporting, Woodfin defeated Bell 58 to 41 percent.

“Our city, our 23 communities, our 99 neighborhoods, you all have spoken very clearly ― we deserve better,” Woodfin said at the start of his victory speech Tuesday night, prompting cheers from the audience.


When Chokwe Antar Lumumba won the Democratic primary for mayor of Jackson, Miss., last month, he was described as a "left radical" and a "radical activist" -- and that was by leftist publications like In These Times and The Nation.

People in Jackson say such labels are overstated.

"I've not seen any evidence of the radical side," says former Mayor Kane Ditto. "I've not heard any proposals that I thought were not in the mainstream."

Nonetheless, Lumumba -- who won Tuesday's general election -- has made it clear he intends to take the city in a liberal direction. He ran on a program of inclusive growth, and his mayoralty may offer striking evidence of a nationwide trend: strongly progressive policies being pushed in big cities, even in deep red states.

"He is a pretty progressive-minded person," says Councilman De'Keither Stamps.

In strongly Democratic Jackson, there was no doubt Lumumba would be elected once he won the primary. On Tuesday, he garnered 93 percent of the vote.

Sanders and Klobuchar will debate Graham and Cassidy on CNN on healthcare - Monday


Dan Drew for Gov in CT sounds like the real deal.

The Mayor of Middletown CT is running for Gov on a platform of Medicare For All, free tuition at public college, pro-labor, supporting paid family leave, recreational marijuana and more. Finally someone I can get involved with. Sounds really promising g and he has been reelected 3 times in Middletown so doing something right. Plus he is under 40! It's great to see Democrats like this running for state offices. Very excited.


Nation "Too Broke" for Universal Healthcare to Spend $406 Billion More on F-35

The nation's most expensive weapons program isn't done showing U.S. taxpayers how much it will ultimately cost them, with Bloomberg reporting Monday that the F-35 fighter jet budget is now predicted to jump by a cool $27 billion.

"Think about [F-35's] $405 billion price tag when a family member dies of a preventable disease. Get angry."
Though the estimated future cost of the program had previously hovered at a mind-boggling $379 billion, an updated draft that could be submitted to Congress as early as today will reportedly exceed $406 billion—a nearly 7 percent increase.

The new cost increases may come as a hit to President Donald Trump, who has bragged about his ability to get weapons manufacturers to offer the Pentagon "better deals."

From Common Dreams. [link:https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/10/nation-too-broke-universal-healthcare-spend-406-billion-more-f-35|

Shame on us.

Warren and Sanders endorse Tom Perriello for Governor

Unlike Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, Terry McAuliffe etc. who put their support behind Ralph Northam


Go Periello!
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