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Draft Keith Ellison for DNC ChairmanDebbie Wasserman Schultz resigned as DNC chairwoman after WikiLeaks published emails showing bias against Bernie Sanders during the presidential primary process. Donna Brazile took over as interim chairwoman and has since faced scrutiny after further WikiLeaks releases showed she had shared a question with Hillary Clinton prior to a CNN town-hall event during the primary. The recent DNC chairs have been mired in controversy that ripped the Democratic Party apart from within. As we debated what really happened, who was to blame, and pointed fingers, Democrats lost the White House to one of the most controversial Republican candidates in history and face a Republican controlled House and Senate. The Democratic Party needs new, unifying leadership. Congressman Ellison has shown that he can bring both wings of the party together. He is a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, who selflessly transitioned from supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders during the primaries to trying to organize the left in support of Hillary Clinton. Congressman Ellison is someone that Democrats from both wings of the party can easily support. The same can’t be said for others interested in the position. He is the only choice that can reinvigorate grassroots rebuilding of the party more in line with America’s present and future. We need to move away from old school party establishment style politics that failed to energize the party and win the hearts and minds of American voters. He has already lined up support from close to 100 elected officials, state party chairmen and labor leaders including U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director of National Nurses United, Lee Saunders, DNC Member/President, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers, and more (https://keithfordnc.org/endorsements/). Rep. Ellison sits on the House Financial Services Committee and the House Democratic Steering Committee, which determines the party's platform and committee assignments. He also serves as a Chief Deputy Whip for Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Democratic Whip. Congressman Ellison has the experience and would be a step in the right direction to reform the Democratic Party from within as a consensus leader and heal the internal divide by bringing all sides together. For the sake of the Democratic Party and for the sake of our country, we demand that Congressman Keith Ellison be selected as the next Chair of the Democratic National Committee. More on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DraftKeithforDNC/
Take Texas Back From ALEC!ALEC skirts the law restricting lobbying activities and gifts to politicians, and pushes its ideologically driven agenda through model bills that put corporate profits and the right-wing agenda before the needs of working people. What are just some of the laws that ALEC and Laubenberg have promoted, and in many cases, already imposed on Texans? • Stand your Ground Bill • Voter ID Bill • Women’s Sonogram Bill • Sanctuary Cities Bill • Anti-ACA Legislation These actions are hurting millions of Texans, undermining public education, damaging our environment, cutting off access to healthcare, and making our streets, homes and workplaces less safe.
Raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in WisconsinOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
Thomas Bakk- Minnesotans need $10.10 an hour!State Senator Bakk, In November of 2012 Minnesotans voted overwhelmingly for a Democratic House and Senate. As the leader of Senate Democrats we expect you to stand up for progressive values. We're very troubled to see you stand in the way of raising the minimum wage. This is not something we would expect from a Democrat. By blocking an increase in the minimum wage you are standing in the way of progress. There is absolutely no link between raising the minimum wage and job loss. In fact, in most instances raising a state's minimum wage has created jobs. After all, consumer spending makes up the majority of our state's and nation's economy. Your opposition to raising the minimum wage hurts us- your constituents. We are united in saying that your continued opposition to raising the minimum wage will cost you your seat as majority leader. We will not support a candidate who stands in the way of progress. Sincerely, Minnesotan Progressives
Raise the minimum wage to $10.25 per hour in Brownsville, TXOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
Raise the minimum wage to $ 15.00 an hour -Tampa, FLoridaOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Americans a raise.
Raise the minimum wage to $9.75 in IdahoOut of all developed nations, the United States has the most unequal distribution of wealth. Middle class wages have remained stagnant, while the top 1% have seen 95% of the gains. Idaho ranks worst in the nation for average annual wage, per-capita income, wage increases, and minimum-wage workers per-capita. Our minimum wage workforce constitutes 7.7 % of our workforce; 31,000 individuals. The average age of our minimum wage workers is 35 years of age, most are over the age of 20. It is estimated that for every minimum wage job that opens up, there are 10 applicants most of whom have been in the workforce for years, and have graduated or attended college. Small business typically pay more than the minimum, because they understand the importance of investing in their people- in Idaho, it is the corporations who do not. Corporations who then are subsidized again with our tax dollars for creating low paying, poverty wage jobs. A raise for these workers means a direct infusion of cash into our economy. It means a full time worker in Idaho trying doesn't have to live in poverty. RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE IS THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR IDAHO Raising the minimum wage is one of the best ways to combat income inequality and give Idahoans and Americans a raise.
Raise the minimum wage in the state of Arizona to $10.15 an hour
Suspend Indiana A-to-F School Grading SystemCurrently, this system is being used to evaluate Indiana schools and teacher effectiveness, as well as a tool for determining teacher compensation and career advancement. Due to recent revelations that the former Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Bennett, and his staff at the Indiana Department of Education manipulated the A-to-F School Grading System to change the school grade for a prominent GOP donor's charter school, we believe this calls into question the integrity of the system. Furthermore, there is ample evidence to suggest that the administration made the change based on an overt political motivation to push the advancement of the accountability system and the GOP's education reforms. We believe there is clear evidence to suggest that this system was designed and written, not for the citizens of Indiana, but by and for the corporate front group, the American Legislative Exchange Council (A.L.E.C.). We believe the evidence shows this legislation originated as an A.L.E.C. model bill, introduced at the December 2010 A.L.E.C. Education Task Force Meeting in Washington D.C. and was sponsored by the Goldwater Institute, based in Phoenix, Arizona. Any accountability system implemented in the state of Indiana should be fair, uniformly applied, free of political motivation, reflective of the principles of local control, and devoid of corporate influence.
Make Joe Berrios Pay His Own FinesCook County Assessor and Democratic Party Chairman Joe Berrios has claimed that county ethics rules do not apply to him. He is wrong. According to the Chicago Sun Times, at least 15 members of the Berrios family are currently on public payroll, including several that he hired to work at the Assessor's office. Unfortunately for Cook County, Berrios had to illegally terminate 11 people in the Assessor's Office before he was able to place his family members in those jobs. Cook County is now obligated to pay $529,000 to compensate the county employees that were illegally fired to make room for his trademark nepotism. That is half a million dollars that taxpayers need to pony up--on top of the $25,000 in court fees that they have already spent to defend Assessor Berrios from paying yet another fine for ethics violations. These numbers do not include the legal fees from a separate lawsuit over refusing a subpoena from the Cook County Inspector General, who is seeking information related to suspicious property tax breaks that were granted to Berrios's office manager. The citizens of Cook County should not have to pay the price for Assessor Berrios's lack of ethics. He cannot be allowed to blatantly violate county ethics rules and stick taxpayers with the bill. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will be reviewing the budgets for county-wide office holders this fall. She should hold Joe Berrios responsible for his actions, and seize his salary and the salaries of his family members at the Assessor's Office to pay the penalties resulting from his illegal actions.