Archive for January 3rd, 2017

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Van Jones is getting some run these days over remarks he made on Sunday on CNN about President and Hillary Clinton and the Dem Party. I agree with some of what he says in the story below from CNN and don’t on other stuff.   Here is the CNN story:

Washington (CNN)The Clinton family’s grip on the Democratic Party has come to an end and it’s time for a new generation of leadership to lead the party, CNN political commentator Van Jones said.

“You have to understand, I think that the Clinton days are over,” Jones told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that aired Sunday on “State of the Union.” “This idea that we’re going to be this moderate party that’s going to move in this direction, that’s going to throw blacks under the bus for criminal justice reform, and for prison expansion, that’s going to throw workers under the bus for NAFTA, those days are over.”

He added that Kamala Harris, a California Democrat who was just elected to the US Senate, is “unreal.”

“She’s going to be out there defending those DREAMer kids because they’re a big part of her constituency,” he said. “But she’s got African-American roots. She’s got Asian roots. She’s female. She’s tough. She’s smart. She’s going to become a big deal.”

Jones also called Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress who is eying the Democratic National Committee chairmanship, “important” because he’s progressive.

“I think that Keith Ellison is very important because he is somebody who represents the progressive wing of the party,” he said. “One thing that happened, when Hillary Clinton had a chance to make a VP pick, she didn’t pick someone from the progressive wing, which made it much harder to heal those wounds with the (Bernie) Sanders and Elizabeth Warren wing. Keith Ellison represents that wing very, very well.”

He continued, “You also, I think, have to remember that Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are going to be there on the Senate floor every day. That’s going to be an important part.”

Folks know how Commentary felt about our nominee for president and the ticket. She should have hung them up after her Secretary of State days.   Most, if not all of the DC Dem elite are also to blame.

Van Jones puts too much focus on folks in DC, the DC Dem elite, and I consider Sens. Sanders and Warren part of the DC Dem elite.   The fight is not just in Washington, it is all across the country and the DC Dems needs to take notice to what is going on across the country.

As far as the DNC chair goes, I want a full-time chair who isn’t an elected official and someone who is not handpicked by the DC Dem elite.

On Hillary Clinton not picking a VP nominee from the “progressive wing”, how about adding “of color”.

On the NAFTA thing, NAFTA has been banged on for the past 18 months. It has not been defended. Yeah, there have been job losses, but NAFTA and trade with Canada and Mexico supports hundreds of thousands of USA jobs.

Look, the Clintons have done a lot for the Dem Party so I am not going to tell them to go away. The face of the Dem Party needs to be the faces of Dems from all over the country. The face of the Dem Party does not need to be the faces of the DC Dem elite which is what it is today.

Jeff Bagwell is getting some Hall of Fame run these days. We all know he was drafted by the Red Sox back in 1988. What round was he drafted?

Kuffer has a take today on H-Town elections this year. Here is a part:

Whatever else happens with the term limits lawsuit, there will be elections in HISD and HCC. The following trustees for each board are up for election this year:

HISD – Anna Eastman (District I), Mike Lunceford (District V), Greg Meyers (District VI), Anne Sung (District VII), Wanda Adams (District IX) HCC – Carolyn Evans-Shabazz (District 4), Robert Glaser (District 5), Chris Oliver (District 9)

Mike Lunceford is not running for re-election, so his seat will be open. Greg Meyers has already submitted his resignation, and a replacement Trustee will be selected by the Board in January. It is not clear if the Board will prefer a caretaker who will not run for election in November or if the new member will try to stake a claim. Anne Sung of course won the special election to succeed Harvin Moore a couple of weeks ago. Whatever happens in November, the Board will have three different members in the traditionally Republican districts than it had at the start of 2016. That has some negative potential, as all three were devoted to public schools in a way that is not necessarily characteristic of modern Republicans, meaning that whoever wins in November could be more antagonistic than what we are used to seeing. We’ll have a better idea when we know who is selected to replace Meyers, and who emerges to run for these seats. As for Eastman, she is my Trustee and as far as I know she is in for another term, but I haven’t spoken to her in the last few weeks, and she has not made any formal announcements. I’m not aware of any reason why Adams would not run for another term.

If we don’t have City of H-Town elections this year, it will be interesting to see what level of voter turnout stand alone HISD and HCC trustee races produce:

Also from Kuffer:

Mayor Turner has stated his intention to put a referendum about the revenue cap on the ballot this year, though one presumes that could change if his pension reform bills do not pass. You can be sure that the opposition to this, mostly from the likes of Paul Bettencourt and no doubt with the help of the statewide Republican cabal, will be ferocious and very well-funded. Which in a way will be good for Mayor Turner, because if he can successfully cast this as a partisan issue, especially a “statewide Republicans meddling in our business AGAIN” issue, he ought to at least begin with the larger share of the vote. Getting those people to vote, whether or not there are other city elections to draw them out, will be the challenge. I suspect Mayor Turner doesn’t do anything without planning out how it will go, so I sure hope he has a plan for this one.

I don’t know about trying to make this a partisan issue. I am thinking a lot of Dems are going to want to be convinced why the cap should be lifted. What is in it for them?

Here is all of Kuffer: http://offthekuff.com/wp/?p=78221.

I saw this tweet yesterday:

Fox News ‏@FoxNews 6m6 minutes ago

.@seanspicer: “This Cabinet is probably the most qualified and star-studded that we’ve seen in modern history.”

I honestly didn’t know Cabinets were supposed to be star-studded. Oh, well!

Jeff Bagwell of course was taken with the 24th pick in the 4th round and the 110th pick overall.

I got nothing from The Yard today.

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