It's a giant game of Red Rover. Literally half the people I know went or are going out of state for their shots. You come to my state for yours, I'll go to your state for mine. It's a huge waste of gas and probably costing lives in car accidents.
I'm glad we have 20% of the population vaccinated -- better than most countries and I thank the Biden administration -- but the rollout could barely be worse if someone tried to think of how not to set up a vaccine distribution plan and did it that way. We need a national healthcare system.
Congratulations to #Wisconsin voters and organizers and to Jill Underly on her win on Tuesday to be the next State Superintendent of Schools. Public education in Wisconsin is now in excellent hands.
Jill Underly defeats Deborah Kerr in state superintendent race-
I hope Joe Manchin remembers that the Republicans already got rid of the filibuster when it came to confirming judges.
The Republicans in the last administration didn't have any policy goals that would require 60 votes: tax cuts (also achievable thru reconciliation) and appointment of judges (simple majority because they made it that way.)
We can be sure Republicans would abolish or weaken the filibuster when it suits their needs – regardless of whatever McConnell says now. Did McConnell ever act out of fairness, respect for the rules, or concern for the minority party's rights when he held the majority? No, and he won't in the future.
Removing the right to vote permanently from felons is ridiculous. Also extends punishment beyond the original sentence.
Washington governor signs bill restoring voting rights after prison release -
He is right and I am thankful that we have a President who's taking this issue seriously. The time of the Republican plan of "we've tried nothing and we're all out of ideas" is overdue for an end.
To those who say stronger safety measures won't work, facts are not with you: https://www.latimes.com/projects/if-gun-laws-were-enacted/
Biden says gun violence in U.S. is an epidemic, unveils executive actions and calls for national red flag law:
Everyone's running for Senate!
I still think Fetterman has the best chance of winning and I've liked him since he ran in 2016.
I'm also a Malcolm Kenyatta fan and like him in the state house. I could see him in the US House, but don’t trust racist, homophobic PA to elect a gay, Black man for Senate next year.
I don't know anything bad about Sharif Street other than his crime family, but he ran unsuccessfully for city council then state house before winning the state senate seat. He wouldn't have to give it up because his seat isn't up until 2024, but I don't see him winning either.
Mongtomery County's vaccination is a mess. I don't know that Val Arkoosh is to blame, but I’d want my county commissioner working on a better rollout before she got my vote for senator.
Dean, Houlahan, and Lamb are just rumors at this point. Please hold those House seats!
The Republicans? None worth a damn. We didn’t want Bartos last time and Sean Gale is talking about socialists and communists.
@YinzPittsburghers I want to see them all! Maddow said the other night that they have them for different states. If anyone else sees one, please post it!
Great to hear about food benefits increasing. Especially helps children and the older Americans, the vast majority of the people whose nutrition benefits from SNAP.
Many studies indicate that adequate food has many, many positive outcomes (i.e. school performance, health care costs, completion of HS, future earnings.) And please understand, the people in need get the food and the middle class gets the $.
Farmers, food processors, the transportation sector, grocery stores, etc., etc., etc., all benefit. SNAP is a $ windfall for the middle class and a nutrition windfall for those not earning enough. Just like rent subsidies, health care coverage, or public school funding, the people get housing, medical care, and education. The middle class gets good jobs. Win, win, win. It is short-sighted, mean-spirited, or uninformed to be against such efficient and human-based policy.
Biden Effort to Combat Hunger Marks ‘a Profound Change’: https://nyti.ms/3ukOulp
@TonyStark Anyone who cares about helping families to provide enough food for their children should applaud Joe Biden for tackling this urgent problem. Having sufficient food to feed your family is a human right.
Well-rounded candidate with lots of pertinent experience. A foil to all the NRA sycophants is appreciated.
AP sources: Biden to nominate former special agent, gun control advocate David Chipman as ATF director-
Recap- Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz -
Lone vote against sex trafficking law 434-1.
One of two to vote against revenge porn law 433-2.
Sought blanket pardon from Trump after his accomplice was arrested.
Passed nude pics of sexual exploits around on House Floor in-Session.
Under investigation for sex trafficking of minor females plus several other crimes.
Upcoming: Official Speaker at “Women for America First” Conference, Trump’s Doral Country Club.
Republicans, party of 0 values.
How I see this news:
President Biden and other Democrats will negotiate with the GOP. The GOP will present their utterly pathetic version of a stimulus bill, paid for with tax cuts to the wealthy or something, which they will say will trickle down to us, even though numerous studies have shown it will not.
Once the Democrats are finished laughing, they will say "The GOP are not negotiating in good faith so we are proceeding with our version, which the Senate parliamentarian has recently ruled we can use reconciliation for. Have fun, GOP."
Biden says he’s open to compromise with Republicans on $2 trillion infrastructure plan-
Since January 20th, Biden and the Democrats have been coming out with incredibly progressive programs and proposals and we are still in the first 100 days.
The Republicans had four years to come up with any meaningful programs (cutting taxes for those who don’t need it is not meaningful) including infrastructure but did nothing.
The problem for Republicans is that they things they want to pass are not popular with voters, and the things Democrats want to pass are popular with voters of both parties and Independents. Even when Republicans, in the majority, used reconciliation to try to repeal the ACA, they couldn't muster 50 votes.
They should shrink into nothing.
Opinion | Someone shrunk the GOP:
Vote and vote blue.
No birdsite links, please.
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