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Yosemito's Journal
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March 2, 2019

Centrist Democrats push back against party's liberal surge

Source: Washington Post

At a closed-door meeting of House Democrats on Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said some of her colleagues could find themselves “on a list” of primary election targets, after they voted for a Republican amendment requiring that undocumented immigrants who try to buy guns be reported to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to people in the room who were not authorized to comment publicly.

Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.), a co-chairman of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, said he has confronted party leaders about such threats, which have also come from the Justice Democrats, a liberal group that backed Ocasio-Cortez’s primary campaign.

“Being unified means ensuring that Democrats aren’t primary-ing other sitting Democrats,” Gottheimer said. “Since when is it okay to put you on a Nixonian list? We need to have a big tent in our party or we won’t keep the House or win the White House.”

Some warned that imposing purity tests could lead to a Democratic version of the conservative tea party revolt that transformed the GOP in recent years. That surge has brought Republicans new energy and new voters, but it’s also cost the GOP some congressional races and legislative victories.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/centrist-democrats-push-back-against-partys-liberal-surge/2019/03/01/a6674430-3c38-11e9-a2cd-307b06d0257b_story.html

March 2, 2019

A statistic about moderate Democrats that you will not believe

After reading this statistic about the 2018 midterms, I realize that I underestimated the strength of moderate Democrats in our party:

Thirty-three of the 40 GOP seats that Democrats picked up were won by candidates who had been endorsed by the moderate NewDem PAC.

March 1, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard's Financial Disclosures Leave Out Ties To Koch-Funded Think Tank

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat

Here’s something you might not know about U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: She’s an advisor to a Charles Koch-funded foreign policy think tank based at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

One of the reasons that’s a surprise is because it’s nowhere to be found on her latest financial disclosure form.

The revelation comes in a new report from Sludge, an investigative news site that tracks money in politics, that highlights the Koch connection to the university’s Center for the Study of Statesmanship. The center was founded in 2017 through a $2.35 million grant from the billionaire’s foundation.

Gabbard, who’s running for president in the Democratic primary, is one of a dozen advisors to the center with strong ties to the Charles and David Koch network — which the author calls “The Kochtopus.”  

Read more: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/03/tulsi-gabbards-financial-disclosures-leave-out-ties-to-koch-funded-think-tank/

Makes sense. She's not a big fan of Obama.
February 28, 2019

Cynthia Nixon attacks Joe Biden for calling Mike Pence a "decent man"

That's ok. Joe, if he runs, wants to be a uniter (Same as Obama) in order to attract moderates and differentiate himself from the more liberal primary opponents.
Recall that President Obama (Of whom almost all of us view favorably) said we are a kinder and gentler nation because of George HW Bush.

Below are links to Biden's comment, Nixon's tweet, and Obama's "very fine man" comment.



"Obama added: “We are surely a kinder and gentler nation because of you and we can’t thank you enough.” "

February 28, 2019

Tomorrow is the GDP report.The number to look at is 4

We will soon know how much the GDP grew in 2018 compared to 2017.
Don’t let pundits let’s say that 3% is OK. Donald Trump promised 4% growth during the campaign in 2016. He made his prediction based on no real analysis whatsoever.

It’s 4% growth or bust.

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