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White House narrows income limits for stimulus checks
"Of a threat from far right groups, including followers of the Cuban on conspiracy. Those extremists claim Donald Trump will retake the presidency today. This is not stopping the Senate from carrying on the House adjourned, but not before Democrats passed two major bills last night. One on voting rights, the other on police reform for more. We're joined by NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis. And so Democrats have railed against bills passed in state houses across the country that would make it harder to vote curbing things like mail in voting and early voting that work expanded last year during the pandemic. So what would this federal voting rights bill do about that? Well, this legislation has been a top priority for the party. It's not new. It was introduced in passed in the house in the last Congress. So this vote this week was a bit of a do over. They've called it the most sweeping government reform bill since the post Watergate era. And what wouldn't do it would do things like allow for automatic voter registration, it would make Election day of federal holiday. It would restore voting rights to people with past felony convictions. It would also expand early voting that we saw you so much in the 2020 elections. It would also do things like create more independent redistricting commissions to sort of end party controlled drawing of congressional district. On campaign finance. It would require more disclosure of big donors. It would require transparency about those ads you see in your social media feeds, and it would create a new public financing system for congressional candidates. Would also do things like expand conflict of interest laws that would ban members of Congress from serving on corporate boards and require presidents by law to disclose their taxes. Okay, sweeping to say the least. Thea other bill passed last night is the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Police reform has been a democratic priority for a long time. What's in this one? This is another bill that passed in the previous congress. So they're doing it again. This'll legislation would do things that would ban choke holds, it would change so called qualified immunity protection so it would make it easier to pursue claims of misconduct against police officers. It would put restrictions on no knock warrants, and it would require new data collection on a police encounters. It would also direct more money to community based policing programs. This one is not. I mean, it's not as controversial as the voting reforms Bill, which has very strong Republican opposition. No Republicans supported it. There is a bit more support among Republicans for police reform, especially in the Senate. There's competing measure by Tim Scott, who's a Republican of South Carolina. So there's maybe a chance there could be more bipartisan effort to move that bill forward, But the other measure is purely a symbolic one of the stage. It's still a tall order in the House Democrats know based on previous failures that these bills don't have much hope of getting to 60 votes in the Senate, which, of course, is the magic number to break a filibuster, they would need 10 Republicans to vote with Democrats. So why are they so determined to pass them if the prospects looked in Part of this is just elections are making good on their promises. These issues are very important to the Democratic base, and I think it's about keeping that promise. But you're right. I mean, I think that's going to be one of the cork tensions, if not the court tension of this Congress. I think Democrats really sensitive this fact that they control Washington. Now they have Congress and the White House and they want to be able to run in 20 to 2022 on accomplishments. But they have these really narrow majorities in the House and Senate, which really limits what they're going to be able to do. You know, it's not just the filibuster to the parties are really divided right now. There's not much that they agree on. The bigger picture, though, is Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer just doesn't have the votes to change the filibuster, and it's not clear that he ever will in this Congress. One of the biggest opponents, a centrist Democrat, Joe Manchin, of West Virginia. He was asked last week if he could ever see changing his mind. And he literally yelled never at the reporters who asked him the question, Okay, digging in on the filibuster, So just in the moment we have left we have the Senate is still in session. They're debating that Cove in 19 relief package. What's the latest? You know they're making some tweaks to the bill. They've done things like reduced the income limits for people to get those $1400 stimulus checks. There was concerns among Senate Senate Democrats that too much money was going to people who didn't need it. Otherwise, The bill seems to be on a glide path. They don't expect to get any Republican support. But Democrats seem pretty unified behind it. If it passes this week, they gotta send it back over to the house to pass it back over there, but Right now. They're on track to meet a march 14th deadline that they've set, which is when current extended unemployment benefits run out, and they don't want to see those benefits lapsed. So there's a real pressure campaign to get it done by then. OK, that's NPR congressional correspondent Susan Davis with the latest thanks to your right welcome. Well, every
House passes sweeping voting rights bill, a Senate filibuster may stand in the way
"Voting rights bill has passed in the House over Republican opposition House Democrats passed a sweeping voting and ethics bill Wednesday, sending the legislation to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate. The bill would be the largest overhaul of U. S election law in at least a generation HR. One would restrict partisan Jerry Mandarin of congressional districts strike down hurdles to voting and require so called dark money political groups to disclose anonymous donors. The House vote was to 22 to 10 with every Republican voting against passage. Although vice president Kamila Harris holds the tie breaking vote for most legislation in the 50 50 Senate, 60 votes would be needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Mike Rossi, a Washington
House passes sweeping elections and police reform bills
"Bill has passed in the house over GOP opposition House Democrats passed a sweeping voting and ethics bill Wednesday, sending the legislation to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate. The bill would be the largest overhaul of U. S election law in at least a generation HR. One would restrict partisan Jerry Mandarin of congressional districts strike down hurdles to voting and require so called dark money political groups to disclose anonymous donors. The House vote was to 22 to 10 with every Republican voting against passage. Although vice president Kamila Harris holds the tie breaking vote for most legislation in the 50 50 Senate, 60 votes would be needed to overcome a Republican filibuster. Mike Rossi, a
House passes sweeping voting rights bill over GOP opposition
"Hi Mike Rossi a reporting the house passes sweeping voting rights legislation over GOP opposition house Democrats passed a sweeping voting and ethics bill Wednesday sending the legislation to the Senate where it faces an uncertain fate the bill would be the largest overhaul of the U. S. election law in at least a generation H. R. one would restrict partisan gerrymandering of congressional districts strike down hurdles to voting and require so called dark money political groups to disclose anonymous donors the house vote was two twenty two to ten with every Republican voting against passage although vice president Kamilla Harris holds the tie breaking vote for most legislation in the fifty fifty Senate sixty votes would be needed to overcome a Republican filibuster Mike Rossio Washington
Dallas-Fort Worth Representative Ron Wright Dies After Contracting COVID-19
"Texas republican u s representative ron. Right had battled health challenges over the past year including lung cancer treatment as died more than two weeks after contracting covid nineteen. His office said monday. He was sixty seven. Right died. Sunday spokesman matt langston said. He said he did not know the cause of death but right and his wife. Susan had been admitted to a dallas hospital in the previous two weeks after contracting covid nineteen right announced in january that he had tested positive for the virus. He was also hospitalized. Last year over treatment for lung cancer complications despite years of painful sometimes debilitating treatment for cancer. Ron never lacked the desire to get up. And go to work to motivate those around him or to offer fatherly advice. His office said in a statement right represented the sixth congressional district in the dallas fort worth area. He was first elected in two thousand
Congressman Ron Wright battled lung cancer multiple times in recent years
"Congress has died after contracting covert 19, Texas Republican representative Ron right, had dealt with health challenges. Over the past year, He was battling lung cancer and announced in January he had tested positive for covert 19. The congressman and his wife had been admitted to a Dallas hospital following the diagnosis. Wright is the first city member of Congress to die due to complications from Cove it he was first elected in 2018 and represented Texas is six congressional district right was 67 years old.
After Record Turnout, Republicans Are Trying to Make It Harder to Vote
"Louise Kelly, a record 158 million Americans voted last November. Many cast their ballots early and by mail well now, in the aftermath of President Biden's victory, some Republican state lawmakers are proposing bills that would effectively make it harder to vote. Here to talk us through what is happening with voting laws in three states where the 2020 election was really close our Stephen Fowler of Georgia Public Broadcasting, Abigail, since key of WK are in Lansing, Michigan. And been Giles of Cage's in Phoenix. Arizona. Welcome all three of you. Thanks. Thank you. Thank you for having us, Steven. I've got to start with you. Not only because George is my home state, but because there has, of course been so much focus on Georgia and on Trump's efforts to throw out Biden's victory there. What are GOP lawmakers they're discussing. Well this week, Many Republican lawmakers who pushed false claims of election fraud have signed on to a number of bills in the Senate aimed at making it harder to vote. And that's after Democrats flipped both U. S Senate seats and help defeat President Trump. They would do things like Ban absentee ballot. Dropbox is severely restrict who could request a mail in absentee ballot and would undo the so called motor voter law that automatically updates your voter registration. Whenever you go to the D. M V. Now there are a few proposals that seem most likely to be enacted. One would add some sort of security requirement when you request an absentee by male vote in the future, such as writing your driver's license I d number or sending in a photocopy of your I D when you request a ballot, All right, let's head west over to Arizona Been a zoo, you know Well, Biden's victory was razor thin there as it was in Georgia. What is the debate unfolding where you are? Well, we're seeing voting laws that would impact every step of the voting process. Starting with getting registered. One measure would make it more difficult for county officials to go out into the community and hold voter registration drives. There was even a bill to abolish the incredibly popular vote by mail system in Arizona. The sponsor backtracked off that idea within hours of introducing the bill. What other ideas include requiring people to get early ballot envelopes notarized that's been described by some as a poll tax, and another proposal says You could get an early ballot mailed to you, but you couldn't tell it back. They want you to hand deliver it to a polling place, and perhaps the most controversial ideas would directly impact the presidential election results. One plan would divvy up electoral college votes by congressional district like Maine and Nebraska. Another would actually let the Legislature straight up, revoke the certification of results and let lawmakers pick who gets the electoral college votes. Wow. Um, Abigail. How about Michigan Democrats control the executive branch, but Republicans control the Legislature. How does that dynamic play out in terms of what's happening with voting laws on the discussion over what to do with him in Michigan? Well, it's been a real split screen. We have Democrats and clerks who are pointing to this election as the safest and most secure of their careers. Bar. Bayram is one of the clerks from the larger counties and Michigan, and she called on Republicans this week to say what's been clear throat. All of these hearings that this election was fair and free of fraud. At the end of the day. If people do not want to believe this backed, they're not gonna believe it. Regardless of how many audits are performed. Reports are issue or how transparent the processes and in Michigan are. Democratic Secretary of State is saying she wants to do things like male absentee ballot applications to registered voters and federal elections. Republicans are countering with things like putting cameras on unstaffed ballot. Dropbox is neither of those are likely to get very far. But there is middle ground on issues like making sure there's common training for pole challengers on Stephen and been a quick quick reaction from each of you on that. How much of this in your state? It is. Real policy proposal. How much is for show? Well, Mary Louise after the last couple months of hand wringing over votes we've seen top Republican lawmakers in Georgia say that they're not going to do some of the more extreme proposals. They're not for cutting, no excuse absentee voting, and many of these bills are likely just to appease their constituents who say that more needs to be done. Why do Republicans in your states say changes like this are necessary, Given that there were no major issues with absentee voting in the 2020 election, Given that federal officials have confirmed it was the most secure election in American History. Stephen Bendy one. Do you want to take that one? Justification in Arizona is Pretty simply put as distrust, citing the misinformation that's out there and citing the fact that there are a lot of these Republicans constituents who say they have doubts whether or not those doubts are based on any valid information. Republicans have kind of push past that and just said the fact that there are doubt justifies continued discussions about the election. And changes to the law that they say might inspire some more confidence
Some republicans condemn Marjorie Taylor Greene for promoting conspiracy theories
"Republican members of congress are suddenly facing tough questions about a newly elected lawmaker in their ranks representative. Marjorie taylor green. There should be no debate about marjorie taylor green. She's nutty she's an embarrassment To our party there's no place For her in the republican party there ought to be no place. This is senator todd. Young republican from indiana for people have her congressional district. It's their prerogative if they want to a base themselves by by voting to elect Someone who indulges in antisemitic conspiracy theories and all manner of of other nonsense. But i got no tolerance for for people like that this week. Republicans like young had been considering whether to sideline green in congress because of her history promoting conspiracy
Local Democrats Call For An Independent Redistricting Board In Texas
"To stay in power. But that may be coming to an end. The Democrats nearly 800 page for the People Act includes Provisioned, calling for a change to the way congressional districts are drawn. It would require that states adopt independent redistricting commissions. Michaeli with the Brennan Center says it would alter the power structure in Texas because the majority would not be able to use their muscle the draw districts to their advantage. What happened in Texas over the course of multiple decades, including 2011 with Texas is maps were found to be intentionally discriminatory. Democrats argued that reforms have give citizens a chance to offer their input. Michael board. NewsRadio 1200 W II,
Democrats make federal election standards a top priority
"Democrats are planning to move quickly in the new Congress on Alexion's reform bill states have long had disparate and contradictory rules for running elections and Democrats in the house and Senate say national rules are needed to shore up American democracy especially after a tumultuous post election period and the deadly riot at the U. S. capitol the for the people act would establish federal election standards mandating early voting same day registration and other voting rights reforms would also put the job of drawing congressional districts in the hands of independent commissions and obligate presidents to disclose their tax returns Republicans are calling it federal over reach Ben Thomas Washington
Country Before Party
"Okay so like i said we have congressman castro's in d. c. The reason why. I wanted to bring him on it actually. I wanted to talk to him at the start of the joe biden transition and then the capital attack happen and then i found out during this whole impeachment proceeding that. He was one of the nine impeachment. Manager's name by speaker of the house. Nancy pelosi and i said i gotta talk to representative castro who represents the twentieth congressional district in texas and on wednesday before talked to him. He was on the floor of the house during the second impeachment. Vote and this is what he said. Donald trump is the most dangerous man to ever occupy the oval office. I wanna take you back one week ago. Today when people were barging through these doors breaking the windows with weapons armed pipebombs coming here to harm all of you to harm the speaker to harm the senate. Let me ask you a question. What do you think they would have done if they had gotten in. What do you think they would have done to you. And who you think sent them here. The most dangerous man to ever occupy the oval office if inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to get a president impeached. Then what is all of us. Must answer that question today. The constitution requires us to impeach and remove. Donald john trump. So here is the conversation that i had on wednesday evening literally about fifteen minutes after the house of representatives voted to impeach donald trump for the second time congressman castro was in his office in dc. And i was in my latino rebels studio in an undisclosed location. So here's the conversation. First of all thank you so much for saying yes to this. I'm honored that you said. I'm talking to julio before anybody so that means a lot all right so here. We go representative castro. Were talking literally right after the vote to impeach. Donald trump for the second time happened before we get into the events of this wednesday. Can you talk to me about the events of last wednesday and what. It really meant being there. Because i honestly feel congressman. That people are starting to forget what's happening and it's only been a week. Can you tell me what went on. Since the election for weeks months actually donald trump had been saying that he won the election and that it was stolen from him and that he wanted landslide and finally asked his supporters to come to washington on january six and the president held a rally and he repeated those claims about this idea that he was denied a second term in the presidency. And of course these are supporters who were die hard supporters of donald trump. So the idea to them that the guy that they trust is saying these democrats the election from me that incited them to march to the capital and for some of them to become violent and engage in an insurrection. Attempted coup at the united states capitol takeover the senate floor and try to make their way into the house chamber and so it was very scary and intense period. I was in my office in the rayburn building and There were in the halls in the tunnels police officers. Who were frantic. Who were asking everybody to lockdown and shelter in place because the security has been breached by that point and it turns out but it was actually even worse than we imagine. People were armed. Some of them had arms. Five people lost their lives that day. It so this will go down as an ugly tragic and sad moment in american democracy in american history.
A Special Conversation with Congressman Ritchie Torres
"Representative ritchie. Torres is a freshman member of congress. From new york's fifteenth congressional district. He is proudly progressive and proudly pro israel and we had hoped to have him on to talk about how important it is to make that progressive case for israel the riot at the capitol changed our plans unfortunately and he joins us now to talk about what comes next representative torres so much for joining us and honor for me to be here. Last wednesday was extremely scary for all of us. But i can't even imagine what it would have been like to be in the capital for it and we're also not entirely out of the woods yet with possible. Threats still brewing. Think so let me start here and just ask this. How are you holding up. It has been the most draining and disorienting week of my life. If a year ago you had said that. I would become a member of congress during infectious disease outbreak and that i would witness of violent insurrection against the us capital during the electoral college. Vote count and that i would then impeach donald trump. Not only once but twice. I would have said that has the feel of movie. I'm still in a state of shock. And i'm in a state of shock that a sitting president would instigate a violent mob to storm the us capital in an attempt to overturn the results of a presidential election. You are among the members of congress calling for the house to impeach president trump again. Although i suppose this is your first time impeaching him and that's a process that looks set to move forward this week. People are also talking about a resolution censuring ham or demanding resigned or using the twenty fifth or the fourteenth amendment's to remove him from office. What would satisfy you hear. What kind of action do you think that this moment calls for will. The best outcome is removal. And we've presented the vice president would alternate him. Is you invoke the twenty fifth amendment or else. We have no choice but to move forward with impeachment. It is clear that the vice president refuses to invoke the twenty fifth amendment in conjunction with a majority of the cabinet so we have no choice but to impeach donald trump the violent mob. He unleashed on the. Us capital represents unprecedented assault on the separation of powers between the congress and the president. A represents an unprecedented assault on the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next if striking at the core of our constitutional republic is not an impeachable offense. Then what is impeachment for no choice just moments before you and i connected. The new york times reported that senate majority leader mitch. Mcconnell is actually pleased with the impending impeachment. do you think with mcconnell. 's implicit blessing. There's actually a chance that the senate might remove president trump from office so there are three outcomes spouse majority is required for impeachment a senate super majority is required for conviction and then once impeach convicted a senate majority is required for disqualification so the ultimate goal is not simply removed donald trump from office but to disqualify him from ever pursuing federal office again because he has shown himself to be a lethal threat to the republic is clear and present danger to the constitutional republic and what about aside from president. Trump are their members of congress. Either with you in the house or in the senate who you think crossed the line in what took place last week. There were several enablers of donald trump in the united states congress and elsewhere who spent months inflaming the disaffected supporters of donald trump. One example is congressman. Mel brooks went to the march and instigated an armed angry mob to vote. Take names and kick ass. He should be held out. We as elected officials have to be mindful of the words believes. What does it mean to be held accountable in this instance though. What does that look like expulsion at the conduct of for me. The attempt to overturn the results of an election the attempt to instigate a violent mob to take over the us capitol if that is not grounds for expulsion. That i honestly don't know what it's these members of congress and donald trump inspired a violent mob that led to the murder of police office was bludgeoned to death by a fire. Extinguisher are their image. Is of a rioter in the senate chamber wearing tactical gear with plastic handcuffs. As though he were planning to take hostages right. I'm convinced that there were rioters. Who were intent on apprehending and assassinating members of congress. The majority leader the speaker and even the vice president is a video of rieter screaming. The vice president should be hanged a news and a gala were erected outside the capitol and the president was tweeting out against his own vice-president in real time while the capitol was under siege was pouring more gasoline on the fire above violence. He put not only congress at rescue. Put the life of his own vice president. Aris one of your fellow freshman members Also said something to the effect of when speaking to people who are concerned about the outcome of the election He said it's okay to threaten them a little right. It's okay to to threaten members of congress a little. This was madison cawthorn from north carolina in addition to representative brooks. Are there other people who you think you know. Their actions kind of rise to a certain level needs to be a conference investigation to determine which members of congress had a role in inciting insurrection. Against the us congress which is disqualifying which should disqualify you from holding office and it's worth pointing out that. There was a deep strain not only racism antisemitism among the elements of the violent bomb. If i recall correctly one or several of the writers had a shirt that read kim auschwitz. You had confederate flags who had symbols of racism and antisemitism white supremacy for aiding the violent mob. That attempted to take over the capital. It should be cause for concern and you know trumpism is going to have more staying power than trump. I worry that violent white nationalism. Violent antisemitism and racism is going to be a fact of life that will continue to haunt us. Now i think of politics as an alternative to violence. Politics is about the resolution of conflict by means other than violence and if there is a set of the population that loses confidence in politics that sees it as illegitimate and trump has convinced them. That it's illegitimate then. That segment is going to resort to violence. The d. legitimation politics is an open invitation to violence. And i think the jewish community in particular has the most state because history has taught us that paranoid. Conspiratorial politics is often a breeding ground fantasy sentences. I know if we have the most at stake or among the most at stake but certainly everything that we saw last week out of that riot was vile but certainly the racism. The anti semitism really terrible to our listeners. Who don't yet follow. Ajc dot global on instagram. I would encourage you to check out the instagram slider that our team put together detailing some of the anti semitism that the congressman talks
Anthony Brown Urges Another Impeachment of Trump Following Insurrection at U.S. Capitol
"President Trump a subversive And says in a statement that the president should be removed from office after today's rioting on Capitol Hill that even led to the deadly shooting of a trump supporter, representative Anthony Brown, called President Donald Trump, a rogue commander in chief, and a credible threat to national security. Brown, who serves Maryland's fourth congressional District, issued the call for impeachment. After a day in which the U. S. Capitol was breached by rioters, Brown said an after action review is needed when we could do that. Then we'll get to the business of figuring out what we need to do differently and better so that this doesn't happen again. Kate Ryan w. T.
Washington State sues government, push for COVID vaccine uptake, and indigenous rights activist dies
"The national native news on tonia gonzales washington state attorney general bob ferguson announced. The state is suing the federal government to stop. Its plans to sell the national archives building in seattle the government which ship off digitize records to archive centers out of state as steve jackson reports. Tribal nations are among those that. Want the information to stay in the pacific northwest. Bob ferguson says. The plan violates current law. Because there's an exemption for buildings the archive being put up for sale if it's used for specific types of research in addition he says the federal government didn't consult with those who would be impacted by the closure that includes twenty nine native american tribes have signed onto the suit. Fawn sharp is the president of the chronology indian nation. She says native americans in the northwest are seeing a resurgence of language and culture and the archive is a vital source for information leading to a point of just having a basic understanding of this rich and baskets and if if this information were to ever leave the pacific northwest there would be a loss gnarly his tribal nation. It'd be lost entire at pacific northwest and put a price on a value of what those are. House at tribal nations ferguson says the suit seeks an injunction to stop the sale of the building. He hopes the case will receive an expedited hearing in federal court for national native news. I'm steve jackson reporting from spokane leaders and tribal communities are getting creative to encourage uptake of the cove. Nineteen vaccine the mountain west news bureaus savannah mar reports. The northern arapaho tribe has been hit hard by the pandemic and many tribal members are eager to be vaccinated. That's according to lisa. You're walking with the tribes medical clinic. However there are some that do have questions she says. Clinic staff have been fielding those questions via social media. And they've been getting help from arapahoe. Ceremonial elders like george moss. Who agreed to get the first shot in to have it. Broadcast live on facebook people. To have mr moss him so i can take the vaccine is speaks volumes tribes like the navajo nation had council members get vaccinated on camera. The black feet nation in montana is using the black veep language to counter misinformation and educate members about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine for the mountain west news bureau. I'm savannah mar georgina. Lewis from alabama pueblo in new mexico intends to run for congress. The five term state democratic lawmaker and attorney is joining the race for the anticipated of the first congressional district currently held by deb holland holland. Who's a member of laguna pueblo has been picked by the biden harris team for secretary of the interior. If holland's confirmed the state would call for a special election wants the. Us house vacancy occurs with candidates nominated by major political parties in new mexico on her campaign website. Lewis says she's been a tireless champion for the earth people and future generations and would continue. The fight holland began holland. Strong advocate for native american issues environmental issues and missing and murdered indigenous women and girls rancher and indigenous rights advocate carry. Dan has died in nevada. At the age of eighty eight democracy now reports kerry and her late sister. Mary long fought the federal government over land rights and environmental issues. The western shoshoni sisters were committed to protecting their way of life and the rights of their people fighting for land back and land restoration from poisoning. Their legal and political battles began in the nineteen seventies and they spent their lives advocating for indigenous rights. I antonio
Episode 67: the Million Mom March-- Continuing it's Legacy 20 Years Later
"So Donna I want to start with you. Can you talk to our listeners? I know you're going to have to be brief about it. But tell our listeners what prompted you to begin the million mom, March, what was the million mom, March you off and can you take us through your journey? Sure. Well, it was August 10th 1999 typical vacation day on Fire Island. I was with my daughters who were four and five years old that summer they had also gone to a JCC day camp in New Jersey and never what I dreamed that suddenly I would be frightened that they would be targets off from a white supremacist on that day a white supremacist storm to JCC Day Camp, Granada Hills, California. He opened fired on Little Campers and fortunately none of the kids dog. But they suffered great injuries, including a sixteen-year-old day camp counselor and my world changed at that moment at the time. I was a part-time publicist for Late Show with David Letterman. I felt like, you know, I have time to do something serious like volunteer to do PR for gun violence prevention organization. And and really the only one I knew of and usually get through to was was called handgun control Inc then but for purpose of this podcast, I'm calling it by its since rebranded name since 2001 the Brady organization, so I called Grady but I filled a volunteers and it was very hard to volunteer at that particular moment because Congress had just a few weeks before failed to close the gun-show loophole that was exposed when Columbine happened. That's how those Shooters got their guns through a loophole. And so there was a lot of discouragement in the basic. I was told but we still tell people who call your cock. Spend and I was embarrassed that I hadn't actually called my congressman at all since becoming a mother and you know, I knew the number by heart because I had worked on Capitol Hill for years right out of college. So I know the importance of making your voice heard and I even understood the importance when like five women would sit out in our reception area five women used to terrify my boss US senator Russell long. He thought five women sitting out and reception area meant five thousand women were right behind them. So I am going to tell you a secret JK I I wrote a book so I had more detail about how the whole minimum March came together and it's a great book. Thank you, but I left out as a little secret and I know I've told a lot of people that you're not the first person I'm talking but I think it's frozen on a broadcast. My goal was never to really get a million moms. My goal was to get five moms in every congressional district in this country but to Orange Is the 2175 person March just in the sounded interesting so because I'm a pure person million mom, March a little more Pizzazz, but I thought okay million. Mom March million is a thousand million as a metaphor, you know for a lot of people and so we launched it on Labor Day when I say we I get all my friends who I'd worked with. I worked at CBS news for several years. I worked in different, you know different places that immediate mavens and they helped me put together, you know logos slogans a press release and we launched on Labor Day. I was actually shocked on how newsworthy they they considered a million mom March and Mother's Day. It was nine months from the day. I applied to the permit on August seventeenth two Mother's Day that made fourteen. We were the headlines wrote them, you know takes nine months to make a baby nine months to make March, you know, maybe you know, we get congressmen to pass laws to protect those
Max Rose On Defeat in New York's 11th Congressional District
"Today a rare sequel. Which is the congressman from the eleventh district new york which is all of staten island and parts of brooklyn. A guy by the name of max rose. He was on our program before is he's got a fascinating story in history. You're a very very good race in two thousand eighteen and defeated a republican incumbent in that race and then lost this time around in a district. That was a difficult district. Everyone knew it would be a frontline district and so as with. Deb mukherjee powell. I thought rather than going to the pundits or looking at big aggregate polling data one of the best ways to find out what was happening on the ground in this election in various different places to go to people that ran those races. And so it's a great pleasure to have congressman. Max rose back in the program. How you doing I i should note Out the top that you've announced an exploratory committee to run for mayor. And i just want to sort of enter that evidence and put that to the side because we agreed to do this You know before that. That news was broken I think the new york mayoral race can be fascinating. And i think my last check. There's one hundred and seventy three candidates so your brother hasn't signed up for any of that true. Actually here her you right about that. We'll be a determining factor who wins. Well i'm sure he'll appreciate that. So so congressman. Tell me you know. let's let's go back. I just tell me a little bit about your district if if folks did not hear that first episode will you know where your district it's politics are like absolutely and pleased for the duration of this conversation and our whole going forward. Just call me max out your max as of january we just did maximum so you know although thanks for for for searing in so eleven. Congressional district comprising staten island in south brooklyn is the only traditionally republican conservative congressional district in new york city. And it's also a district on the highest rate of unionization in the country. Town of city workers state workers. Some federal workers alive retirees middle-class. But i definitely a district that i described as extraordinarily patriotic not republican or democrat though at the federal level has traditionally voted republican. That's the only district in the country that went for mccain in a way that obama in twelve trump and sixteen by more than the state of texas Twenty twenty voted for donald trump at an even higher marching than twenty sixteen Eleven points this time around. And i'll sure we'll get into the details of what actually went down. But it remains a district that i am a deeply fond of in place that i call home practical home and i'll continue to call. Actually what my wife and i closed on an apartment the day after day bottled blonde apartment. And i'm sitting there and signing the mortgage. I'm thinking you guys a what did you watch the news last night or did thankfully it went through. That would have been cold if the banker and the next day was like sorry. We were watching new york one and We're not sure revenue stream here. It would have been cold blooded but also quintessentially new york. Sorry for the l. But this ain't gonna go through. They have some confidence. It'll be able to find some gainful employment confidence do well. So so let's start on that. One thing that i think is is really interesting is just that there were districts that swung trump in two thousand sixteen. And then you know. The nation as a whole in the aggregate probably swung About two and two and a half points away from trump right Now there are some places like the joe. The atlanta suburbs. That swung way more than that. And there's You know there are some places that swung even more towards trump your district and particularly. Let's let sort of distinguish between the brooklyn part of the district. Which i'm gonna put aside and just talk about. Staten island even though your district is both but staten island is a really distinct part of new york city. And you're saying that that that's one towards trump and twenty sixteen and then even more towards trump in two twenty twenty. No that's not what happened to note that staten island voted for donald trump. By less out fascinating brooklyn swung extraordinarily towards donald trump. So it's it's really really important that we not try to say old slice of the electorate to the point where we are overlooking where trump voters are in actually all four the four boroughs beside staten island all shifted towards donald trump by five to twelve percentage points.
Mexico unveils monument to murdered U.S. women, children
"And what would be an historic selection puzzle. Elect joe biden has nominated a native american new mexico representative to serve as the us interior secretary if confirmed by the senate holland would be the first native american cabinet secretary gussie. Lord is a managing attorney of travel partnerships for the environmental law firm earthjustice and beliefs holland as a representative of the nation's indigenous. Peoples is the right person for the job. Native women hold leadership positions in tribal communities in trouble government. Tro businesses than. It's really gratifying to see this leadership. That's an apparent for so long. Any country be reflected in the national leadership. I'm roz brown. would use elected. Who's one of the first two female native americans in the congress and represents new mexico's first congressional district. Which covers most of albuquerque. This is be. Ns
Judge dismisses Georgia lawsuit alleging mishandling of absentee ballots
"Dismissed a Republican lawsuit seeking to ban the use of absentee drop boxes for two Senate run offs next month in Georgia. Stephen Fowler from Georgia Public Broadcasting reports the 12th Congressional District Republican Committee suit to halt drop boxes and prevent counties from processing ballots before Election Day, among other changes to absentee voting. They said there was potential for fraud that could impact the runoff election that will decide control of the U. S. Senate. But Judge J. Randall Hall of George W. Bush appointee said the claims about fraud were quote highly speculative and that he wouldn't change rules in the middle of an election. So far more than 914,000. Georgians have voted in the runoff for both U. S Senate seats and a spot on the statewide Public Service Commission for NPR News. I'm Stephen Fowler.
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"That would extend the life of the program and thank the one that has the greatest cash is to raise the tax levels as set cotton at one twenty but had higher levels that you pay into athletic. That's things. When most people talk about considered barest. would. That be do you think that would be just a a flat tax on wages up to that amount or should should the should there should be a progressive? Tax the so you pay the full rate up to one twenty and then maybe half half of that one, twenty, two, two, hundred, and a half of that from beyond that or should it just be a flat rate on all wages up to a higher amount than it is now and I guess more of a graduated situation I am steadied the numbers yet before mids anything I'd have to do that if indeed they move in that direction, but it seems to be graduated would be better now cars when we've already discussed. The Medicare, all program, you are I think the first and if I'm not mistaken the only a person in Nevada delegation who has who has supported extending the Medicare program to everybody We know that that's probably not going to happen anytime soon certainly, the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden does not support that idea but even keeping the the program as it is for people with disabilities, and those were sixty five years older. If we just kept it as the trustees of the Medicare system estimated in just six years, it's not gonna be able to pay full benefits now a our. Poll found the ninety three percent of its members want congressional candidates to talk about the longevity of the Medicare program. So here's your opportunity to to speak to that ninety three percent Are you concerned about the lunge, any of the program and and what ideas do you have to make sure it's in place for when people are about to retire actually do. s certainly want to be sure that we keep it in place and that we keep it saw I think it's one of the most important programs that we have. One of the things that we could do to save money just right off the bat that would be so simple is to allow Medicare to negotiate for drug prices like the be a does to bargain for prices as opposed to just kind of have to take whatever the pharmaceutical companies give us, and we've tried to do that through legislation. We can't seem to get it out of the Republican Senate. President not hasn't supported on the pharmaceutical companies are very powerful then so I think that's one thing he could certainly do..
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"That's right. She represents the Las Vegas, strip S- congresswoman There are other people who said that we should increase the current withholding tax from its current level. may be increased that on everyone not just on a wealthier people but everybody from from when they start paying those taxes all the way to win they stopped the they percentage. Do you do you think that's a good idea? Thank you need to start talking about raising taxes on people right now we have such high unemployment. So maybe that something that they look at in the future, but I'm not advocating that at this point. Now this one's a controversial in that is people say perhaps we need to look at reducing benefits to social security recipients I was speaking with your colleague Congressman Stephen Horse for the other day. He said the average social security benefit in his district. Fourth Congressional district is just a thousand dollars a month I'm not sure what it is in your district, but would you Would you support any way reducing benefits order to extend the life of the program? No. I wouldn't do that. That's not the point of the pro. The program is there to help you thing is about fourteen hundred dollars really statewide is the average benefit. Now, you think about trying to live off of that and then you want to reduce that further and you've got the whole notion about raising those benefits based on Kosta living, and yet the cost of living seniors is higher because they have got the cost of medicine transportation sometimes things that. Should be tied more to that in next that measures what their costs are so no, I wouldn't support reducing it. In fact, you might look at scale and see where you give higher benefits to the oldest citizens. I think Biden is looking at something like that because their expenses are greater. Yeah now..
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"When we get there is There's a way that we can expand it. I'll be on the forefront I'll be right on that soapbox fighting short. Yeah. So you heard about this on the campaign trail people have asked I've heard. Yeah because it is expensive. We haven't really gone into detail on it and haven't heard all the different options of how to do it but it's definitely something that I would love to be able to add to Medicare. there's other. There's other things, eye exams, prescription glasses, routine foot care, which is important for for people who suffer from diabetes. Fittings for hearing aids, things that you would think would be covered right as you get older you hearing aids in need eyeglasses and and they're entered to find out. They're not covered a lot of initially surprise me look at their booklet and say oh that's not covered. Yet my GRANDPA, he has diabetes and get special shoes. and. He he worked for years and years and years, and he has separate insurance but. No I think you folks need it. They should be able to get it. Yeah. Yeah. Absolutely. Absolutely. All right. Well, Mr Obama I really appreciate you the time to speak with us on these issues and and. Talk with us about your ideas for What's going to come if you are elected to Congress A, you're our first first candidate who we've as scheduled this flint. So I really appreciate you taking the time. To do it so So thank you again for for being available. Thank you Steve. Absolute. Bless God. Bless America. Absolutely. Let's all the time we have for our. CONGRATS. Congressional Interview Series Today I'd like to thank my guest Mr Dan Rhode Islander who was the Republican nominee in the third congressional district, and thank you also to the AARP for their sponsorship of this debate series, you can stay up to date on the twenty twenty political news on our website at www review journal dot com. Also check.
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"True enough without that will be a A. And I'd love to I'd love to be in on that conversation by the way if if that happens so. Let's Let's let's switch subjects and and and start telling you a little bit about The other big program that that seniors rely on its the Medicare program seniors sixty five and over we've already discussed earlier in our conversation the. You don't want that apply to other people like like Bernie Sanders decided You know he wants that a lot of other. candidates especially on the democratic side, and they're running for president that was a radical idea and twenty sixteen. When he said it all of a sudden in twenty, a twenty, a yet a lot more Democrats coming out for that you we've already, we've already established. You're not in favor that So but even keeping the program, the weight is just birth for sixty five year old and older and people with disabilities. The Trustees of the Medicare system estimated in just six years it may not be able to pay full benefits. Now Aarp poll found that ninety three percent and overwhelming majority of older voters want candidates discuss what they will do to prevent cuts in the Medicare program. So here's your opportunity. What do you tell that? Ninety three percent? How are you going to avoid those cuts in the Medicare system? Keep doing what we're doing we after. After Co bid. I want to make sure that we reduce prescription prices for folks I WanNa make sure that Our seniors are covered across the board. What I? What I don't want to see is. Folks going onto a socialized medicine across the board where I said ration care. You know we need to we need to expand. telehealth. We need more options for. For for the the seniors that are out there to make sure that they need to see somebody right away. They can see somebody whether it be tele help if they need to get prescription prices. and. I believe in transparency for prescription dries rises at. CVS and Walgreens and all the other prescription companies out there. If they are completely transparent than you know what they got to compete with each other, it's alone was. Mr Road Our you sat and you've said this on your on your website that transparency in pricing can help bring down costs. People can see how prices are arrived at there was a bill in the Nevada legislature on very subbed very same subject of bipartisan bill brought by Democratic Senator Ivana Ken Selah It was ultimately a supported by Republican signed by Republican governor. Brian. Sandoval who would you support a process like that her bill by specifically drugs To treat, Diabetes Insulin and then asthma drugs, but she wants to expand it to all drugs do support that kind of approach. mean I.
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"We don't need to and look at it. We need to bring it back. This is a this is an ongoing issue. It's it's ongoing issue spending more than we're bringing in Reallocating money. Responsible. Responsible than how do we do that? How do we bring more money back? It's just it's been rebuilding this economy to to to to have that GDP that was on the way it was just going higher and higher and higher. Protect our seniors. So if somebody said, hey, why don't we increase the current withholding tax the people are paying into. Now you would not be in favor of that sounds like. When I get there Steve I'm not in Congress yet and like I said, I have not seen. You know where budget isn't where they're spending. But I do know that we are spending way too much money. On amores and dumping money outside the year should be whistle security it should be rebuilding our infrastructure it should be promoting more jobs should be promoting things that we need here. You until I get there and mule, actually see our numbers, ways and means. Hey The problem we have Right now Steve is we don't have a voice. The People here do not have a voice you know. You know my opponent. Finally, decided to try to start being bipartisan. What did she do? She got fifty votes US fifty. Right she's not voice unfortunately. Don't how voice here. We don't have an ao see on the afterward a Dan Crenshaw on the right that if they were working on a bipartisan deal, you know what they would have gotten a lot more votes why? Because they would go on CNN and MSNBC Fox and they fight for the people we don't have that. So. You speaking of. bipartisanship there is a a group called the committee for a responsible federal budget. It has Republicans and Democrats on it. they are basically saying that According to the trustees. The solvency date of security could be extended out with small smaller changes now as opposed to larger changes later. So I just asked about, for example, the withholding tax, they said a three point, one percentage point increase that withholding tax now would extend that day whereas if we waited until twenty thirty five when those benefits could not be paid in full, it would take four point, one percent Ditto for a other other measures So So so let me ask you this. I think you said from the very beginning that you would not support reducing benefits paid in social security. That's something you would not ceramill. Okay. How about raising retirement age to get full benefits right now, a you have to reach a certain age before you can get the full benefits. If you wait till that age were even after you get a pretty healthy check. If you retire early you get less should we raise that age?.
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"Thank you for joining us for the Review Journal. AARP. Twenty. Twenty Congressional Interviews Series I'm your host Steve Sibelius. We'd like to thank our sponsor, the AARP and all of the candidates for the United States House of Representatives who've agreed to join us for this series in this conversation, conversation will be speaking with Dan Romer, who is the Republican nominee for? Congress in the third Congressional district, that's the that's currently held by Democrat Suzy Lee Mr Road. Amer thanks for joining us today. Thank you for having me Steve a modern. Unemployment during the coronavirus crisis in Nevada has reached levels that we have not seen in Nevada a sense, the Great Depression. Older Americans especially have been kinda disproportionately affected by that if you're elected what ideas do you have to help those older Americans recover economically from the devastation that they've seen from the coronavirus. COVID has been obviously horrendous. It's been horrible. We we need to recover. We need to recover as fast as possible. In the last recession we were hit the hardest las. Vegas, what's it took us the longest to rebuild and you know this is a major issue with our economy. We need to bring back manufacturing. We need to bring back jobs we need to. Work on our infrastructure. And we need to get back to where we were with the lowest unemployment. You know for Latinos, Hispanics, African American, Asian, and drive that GDP up. How are we GONNA do it we're gonNA continue on the same path. But we need to bring jobs back. Right now obviously, they're talking about the trying to to. With with all the debt that we have because unfortunately, we're spending for every dollar we spend. We borrow a dollar I. think it is a dollar forty. I believe I think it may be a little bit more now because after the last. The last They sent out to to help folks. relief bill. We dumped a ton of money and unfortunately by doing that, obviously, our debts going to go higher and higher and higher I put out a plan that's online to for recovery. I believe from the very beginning. You know I'm not happy with what? Rules and regulations were implemented that shut us down for so long. You're businessman yourself I mean this. This is affected you as well as as so many other business people in southern Nevada right H-. How is this affecting your business we've been crushed. You know we're in the restaurant industry and you know sixty percent of the restaurants are not going to reopen the ones shut down. We've been having a very, very hard time and talked to folks every day. You know they come to me they ask me You know what can we do? Differently, Outta we reopen faster. You know what I did was I didn't lay off anybody. Opponent she laid off five hundred people I didn't lay off anybody I've done out of my way to make sure that everybody had.
"congressional district" Discussed on Seattle Now
"Year. `Love' says she's going to take some time to be a mom and reconnect with friends secretary of health. John. Wiseman. is also leaving at the of the year for a faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina And today is the great shakeout. The day we're all supposed to practice and envision we would do if there was an earthquake just as a reminder you're supposed to drop cover and hold on kind of like twenty twenty. Washington might not be a battleground state in this November's presidential election but in parts of the state, there's a battle underway over the future of the Democratic, party the race for Washington's Tenth Congressional district pits to Democrats against each other in the blue corner former Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and in the other blue corner state representative Beth dolio a former climate activist who won Bernie Sanders Endorsement Kyw's David Hyde is here to tell us how they're squaring up and heads up. There are a lot of birds in David's backyard where he's working. Hi David Trish okay. So first, let's Orient Ourselves. The tenth district is near Olympia and has parts of Pierce Thurston and Mason counties in it. What should we know about the tenth kind of a fun fact if you're newish to Seattle Washington up until recently actually had nine congressional districts but the population exploded. So the tenth got created after the two thousand, ten census. And it's a lot less liberal than Seattle as you're driving south. In fact, from Seattle if you start and picture seattle kind of through a deep Blue Lens, it gets progressively lighter in color later, blue visit district that as you mentioned, includes Olympia West Tacoma places where trump was very, very unpopular but also suburban areas in some rural areas where trump did really. Well and there are a lot of GOP voters here political consultant Ben Anderson tells me he expects forty percent of ballots cast this year to come from Republican voters who only have a choice between these two blue candidates. Okay. So fascinating a Democrat against Democrat clearly putting Republicans in a funny position. Let's talk about the candidates though what are they stand for Beth dolio? State representative climate activist, and she's running as you mentioned kind of as the progressive more left E. candidate in this race she supports the green new deal. She supports Medicare for all She also represent important I. if she wins, she'd be the first openly lgbtq person elected to Congress from Washington state ever Marilyn Strickland in the other corner, she's the former mayor of. Folks in Seattle know her as the former head of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce she sort of more business friendly running as a centrist kind of think Obama Biden Democrat sounds more like Joe Biden on the issues. Then Bernie Sanders a she also represents two firsts. She would be the first black person elected to Congress from the northwest ever that's Washington Idaho Oregon Alaska Wyoming. Any of those dates, she's also be the first Korean American woman elected to Congress ever. Okay. So a lot of firsts in this race David Yeah exactly. So why is the tent significant? We talked about how it's a newer district based on population growth but how does the battle for the direction of the Democratic Party in our state play into what we're seeing shakedown on the? National Stage Yeah, it's it's one of only two blue on blue congressional races in the country this year. So we've got Democrats paying attention to this race weighing in on both sides for Dolio Elizabeth Warren. You mentioned Bernie Sanders says are two of her biggest endorsers, sanders, of course was in town recently for his own campaign. Dolio also got the Congressional Progressive Caucus, which is Co.. Chaired by Seattle Representative John Paul Gye Tony She got one hundred percent a perfect score on her questionnaire. Deli also gets various labor, environmental groups, teachers, unions, lgbtq, groups, local tribes in her district, and a big list of state elected officials of for Strickland, there's the congressional black caucus groups that are working to get Asian Americans elected to Congress when it comes to. Labor the. Issue is one of her bigger endorsers and just generally speaking more business friendly groups and Democrats in this kind of Bill Clinton Barack Obama Joe Biden Mole. She's got former governor, Gary Locke Chris Gregoire Andrew Yang presidential candidate. At one time. Who you could argue is also kind of one of these business friendly Democrats David Andrew Yang isn't the only big name endorsement strickland is getting. Right, the Vegas was definitely celebrity snoop dog which she found out about on this talk show when the host asked her if she could wrap a snoops on if you rapids nuclear I'm sure he'd be down with so much drama in the LBC Kinda. Hard being the G. But. David I find it fascinating that she knew that snoop dogg's first name was Calvin. I think kind of impressive just for the spontaneity of it, but I'd say, maybe it's a good thing that strickland picked a career in politics. Rap Battles probably not in her future. What does this tell us about Washington's political future and the direction of democratic politics here we're in a blue blue state I was speaking to historian Margaret Amirah at the University of Washington who studies political history, and we were talking about the fact that. especially. In western Washington Republicans have become practically relevant to the conversation in many places like this race here in the tenth, and it's really much more of a case of which type of Democrats Washingtonians prefer. That's kind of where the battle is at right now we're also seeing this divide within the Democratic Party and western Washington is at this point kind of shades of blue there. Many politicians here at the local level and some of the state level that in any other place would be seen as a liberal. Democrat. And and here are relatively centrist or conservative even in Seattle you're seeing this with Mayor Durkan and the Seattle City Council Republicans have become almost irrelevant to the conversation here in western Washington when it comes to governance at least for now and really the question is you know which shade of blue are voters going to prefer?.
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"Twenty. Twenty candidate interview series We're speaking with marshawn former assemblyman retired tech entrepreneur hand Republican nominee for the fourth congressional district here in Nevada now, we've discussed earlier in the broadcast the the idea of expanding Medicare to grow larger portion of the population you've said that is not something that you would prefer us. Oh, so you're privy to keep it for people sixty five and older, and those who have disabilities and not extended to to people of younger ages. Exactly. Yes. I want to make sure that we preserve the Medicare system for the seniors that have it now, and once that are just coming in. To the age that can take advantage of it because it's hard enough to keep it going as it is. So I'm definitely floor. And Not in favor of cutting any benefits for seniors at all. I see. Includes all the Medicare benefits we currently have keeping. intact. And Yeah. Yeah. Well. The the trustees, of Medicare, estimate keeping it as is as we just said then in six years, the system is not going to be able to pay full benefits that was an Aarp poll that found that ninety three percent of older voters quite understandably. Want candidates to discuss what they're going to do to prevent cuts in the system. So this is your opportunity to to to talk to ninety. And say, what will you do to prevent custom? Medicare. Well. Once again, as an entrepreneur, I think that we have an opportunity to. optimize the system and operated more efficiently and gain a lot of money there save money. They're also there's a lot of froth and I think if we get rid of the fraud and tackle that and also you know once again the crony capitalism art and then you have a lot of middlemen that are. Making a lot of money off of this, and if we can streamline net and operated more is a business. I think that we could save a lot of money and. Back into. The system that goes out to the the the seniors..
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"Thank you for joining us for the Review Journal Aarp Twenty, twenty, congressional candidate interview series I'm Steve Sibelius. We'd like to thank our sponsor the AARP, and all of the candidates for the United States. House of Representatives who agreed to participate in this debate series. Today, we're going to be speaking Jim Marshall. He is a former Nevada assemblyman, a four, a retired technology entrepreneur, and he is the Republican nominee for Congress in the fourth Congressional district Mr. Marshawn, thanks for joining us today our you stave. Thanks for having me and thanks to Aarp for doing this. I think it's a great service or for everybody out there to get to know us. Absolutely, and we're very pleased that you You agree to participate in and talk about some of these very important issues that that affect the older people. Let's say you know were in the midst of the coronavirus number you and I would be doing this live in studio sitting across from each other were not. We're doing it over a over a zoom which which you were not only pioneer with the voice over. Internet Protocol idea you were nearly pioneer Nat unemployment As you know especially here in our state of Nevada, reached Great Depression levels because of the corona virus because the shutdown of business in the state of Nevada a lot of older Americans have been disproportionately affected by that if you're elected what ideas do you have to help those Americans especially old over fifty Americans find employment recover from the effects of this corona virus. We'll first of all wave, we did the right thing and and shutting down the the staying I guess in America, you could say to prepare for this is this was an unprecedented of vent and we didn't know what it was gonNA do or how bad it was going to be, and we did the right thing and shutting it down and evaluate going on, and now that we WANNA have a track record of how it's doing I think it's time now that we should probably start opening up our state. A little bit more and get our economy going because as you know. What happened to our economy was terrible. Lot of people were out of work. A lot of businesses are lost forever lot of restaurants and it's terrible for our states I think we need to. Start opening up a little more a little faster, and that'll help our seniors with their jobs and. And that's first and foremost we have to think about that and not only senior but everybody I mean everybody is suffering because of this and I. Think we need to start paying attention to that and doing the best we can to get back open so we can get our economy going again. Yeah absolutely does I thing obviously if there are no jobs than people regardless of your age or are going to have trouble..
"congressional district" Discussed on RJ Politics
"We scrap it and start over how shall we proceed when it comes to national healthcare Well I fully support the affordable Care Act more than twenty million Americans now have access to healthcare because of the affordable care act in Nevada, we have been able to cut the rate of uninsured in half particularly among children. who were at a high rate of being uninsured prior to the passage of the affordable care act and as you indicated. Republicans in Congress and under the trump administration have. Attempted to repeal the affordable care act a more than one hundred times on since its enactment. And instead of working to make better, it's not a perfect bill but instead of working to make it better, they've worked to undermine. de-fund and obstruct at the successful implementation of the affordable care act. This is a very difficult especially because right now, the trump administration is a in court. They have a federal lawsuit Texas. Versus the United. States. Where they are literally petitioning the United States Supreme. Court. To strike down key provisions of the affordable care act and this is one of the issues. The does actually on the ballot for voters to decide I know that there are those who opposed the affordable care act. They think it goes too far that it costs too much that they don't. Want to provide the benefits or protections under pre existing conditions That's their position, but my position is we need to build from the affordable care act I support adding to the affordable care act a public option. This not be something that is mandated for people to enroll in, but it would be an option for them similar to Medicare where those individuals. at at fifty five years of age or thereabouts are able to enroll in Medicare as an option for coverage so that they have the same benefits and protections. This does a number of things. It actually provides more healthcare to more people. It helps spread the risk pool in Medicare two more healthy individuals thereby reducing the cost of Medicare and helping the solvency..
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"Your Vote, our fund thank you for joining us for the Review Journal Aarp Twenty Twenty candidate interview series I'm your host Steve Sibelius. We'd like to thank our sponsor, the AARP and all of the candidates for Congress who've agreed to participate in the debate in today's conversation, we're going to be speaking with Congressman Stephen Horford. He is the Democratic incumbent in the fourth congressional district also a former Nevada state senator former Senate majority leader in the state of Nevada and former director of the Culinary Training Academy. Congressman. Thanks for joining us today. We really appreciate your time. Thank you, Steve Good afternoon, it's great to be on and thank you to the Review Journal and the AARP for putting on. So, let's get. Let's get started right off the top with the probably the number one issue we've been facing in this in this very odd years was the corona virus here in the state of Nevada as you well know, unemployment soared to depression-era levels during be pandemic and the subsequent economic shutdown A lot of older Americans have been disproportionately affected What ideas do you have to help Americans older than fifty recover from the the economic chaos that the coronavirus has caused Thank you first and foremost as you said this. Pandemic has hit our community in our state in particular unlike anything we've seen before and our country as a whole. More than two, hundred, five, thousand people unfortunately have lost their lives and Millions across the world have been infected by the virus and so my primary focus has been to work. With my colleagues in the house in a bipartisan manner to deliver a the relief in the assistance that people need I proud specifically as taints to older Americans that we have sponsored. The Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Act, which is a bill that I sponsored and it was included in the Heroes Act and passed out of the House. It requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to publish demographic information on Kobe nineteen infections and deaths in long term care facilities. This is something that we heard directly from our constituents when we were conducting telephone town halls and other outreach events that people were very concerned about their loved ones, and in some cases up for themselves being in a long term care facility and whether or not they were getting the testing treatment and the contact tracing that was absolutely necessary we.
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"Been Max from Gotham Gazette for those you who turned and last week you heard representative that Clark and her challenger from two thousand eighteen and again this year book. Adecco talking through their candidacy. Their rationale for running. We're going to hear tonight from two of the three other candidates in that race. There are five people on the ballot for June twenty third. The one who is not joining us is city council member High Deutsche. He declined to respond to our invitation. So we'll speak to Lucci and Isaiah James about why they're running. And this is district that is in tiredly encompassed within Brooklyn represents kind of central stripe of the district that Clark has represented since two thousand seven and narrowly won last year in a low turnout race against them book. Adecco and obviously one of the major question marks one of the doubts variables. This year is what will turn out be like in two thousand twenty presidential year. So there's a lot of interest normally. It is a June primary which can be a weird time for New Yorkers to vote and typically results of low turnout and this year you have Cova nineteen wreaking havoc in so many ways. Obviously people have a lot to think about. Besides voting and voting is going to be weird for many of us Any active Democratic primary voters because most of the primaries involve Democrats although some in Staten Island do Republicans will receive a male imbalanced application from the state. You have to sign that. Send it back in. Then you get your ballot in the mail you vote on that and send that back in and your vote is registered. However in person voting will take place. They'll still be a polling places open obviously with all the standard social distancing rules in effect and they will also be early voting From June thirteenth to twenty first under the new thirty early voting policy. That state has been experimenting with so plenty of time to vote. No one really knows what turnout's GonNa be like. It's likely to be light. And so the question will be in the ninth district What the ultimate result of that is and so be hearing from Lucci Gayle and is am. James I'm very pleased to be joined now by Lucci who is a candidate for the Ninth Congressional District Mr Welcome to maximum Murphy. Thank you for having me so we only have about ten minutes to talk And I want you to give me first of all. What's Your Elevator Pitch? If you meet a voter in the street they see you wearing a button may see you holding both sure. Why should they vote for you? You're running all right. Here's the thirty second pitch. I introduce myself my name is Lou. Oh on I am running for Congress to represent the ninth Congressional district and I just want to take a second year time just to tell you about my platform I am licence near city contractor but my whole story is when I went to school. She went for music when I came out of school. No one told me that music was not a marketable skill so I was without a job and with college dead and and Knows GOES So. I felt back learning high school which was carpentry Actually had woodshop in high school. So I took that and I started a construction company and now here I am so I feel like we need a war effort to trace back to the schools Because right now children are graduated. No marketable skills and not only construction but also robotics and e because robotics and I is the future industry in this country. A lot of people don't realize but especially now with What's going on in the world? You can see how quickly automations taking over a lot. Different entities so we have to be ready because by twenty twenty five We're GONNA have almost every view on. The road is being tournaments vehicles. So we're going to need children graduate high school. Who knows what light or is you know. We're GONNA need children. Who Graduate High School? Who understand what a step motor is. So that is one conversation. I WanNa take to DC because no one is talking about robotics in the eye but they sure are in China and insurance Europe. Secondly I WANNA make your tax deductible if you own a home you could deduct the cost of your rent off of your taxes. But if you are a renter's you don't get the. I'm not rent. Sure the cost of your mortgage payments offer your taxes interest but if you're renting you'll get the same benefits so I wanna go to update the tax code so that they could are renters to be able to discount the cost of grant from their taxes and in last I also to speak to you about a universal basic income. I feel moving forward into the future. Different Industries get automated away where they need to figure out a way to have some sort of bottom because right now we don't have a bottom and this is why people are sleeping on the trains if you ever go to. Mcdonalds screen pushing the buttons. That screen is replacing human beings job. You know there was a time when you pay for that Burger. A portion of that money would go. What's that person's pay but now with that screen? All the money goes to McDonald's so we need to be able to tax a small portion of value that's created and put that into National Trust Fund In order to pay out as reversal basic income of course not only from McDonald's but think about industries Just across a wide field of different industries that are going to be automated such as automated trucks. YOU'RE GONNA have a lot of automated systems that are GonNa take over a lot of manual jobs. So this is the reason. Why I'm a proponent. University income is GONNA put a lot of people a position for UPWARD MOBILITY. Little more than thirty seconds. Still impressed signature. What do you think of the job? That Event Clark has done representing the ninth district. I I'll tell you I tell you what what might be and it actually goes back all the way to wish when she was in city council actually went to a community board meeting over. I what we've been junior high funding. That's where my father was a teacher when I was younger and the whole meeting was about this new shelter about a block away and what we wanted. We wanted to be either low income or housing for not a shelter because we felt like it wasn't anything permanent now while they were there. No one was listening to us. Basically the argument that the made was going to do whatever they want but the land and I was like well if the verdict or whatever land but they're gonNA be collecting tax dollars to pay for the shelter. Okay well fast forward now all right in as you know the New York last year spent about a billion dollars to house the homeless when you do the math that comes out to twenty thousand dollars per homeless person and the person still homeless at the end you know so that one shelter by now has caused the city enough money to have built several city blocks worth of affordable housing that one single shelter you know and that is the point that was trying to be made then and still the current is trying to be made now you know because I feel like we have poverty in for Industrial Complex where you have four private entities throw benefitting off of poverty and I feel instead of that money going there and needs to go to the people so we focus a lot on this show obviously about city and state issues all very domestic but obviously if you were to win this election and go to Congress you have a say on foreign policy as well is that you thought about. Do you have a position? I something like say whether there should be a Palestinian state of whether or not this should be a Palestinian state. I feel that's a conversation that needs to be had. I feel as a community because I need to listen to what everyone feels in that respect. Because there's a wide range of the people who live in central Brooklyn so for me to lean one way or the other On a whim would be. I would say you know would would be a little pre appreciative of you know. I feel. It's better for me to really listen to what the constituents want In order to move forward on that topic. Because it's a very very sensitive topic you know And and I have to have to look at what the people want in order for me to make a complete judgment on that going to Washington. Dc So you want change in the district Two years ago Deco ran came very close to defeating representative Clark this year. He's in the race. You're in the race for me speaking as James in the race and as I mentioned Councilmember high-end in the race to Are you worried about splitting the vote? you know there are just to be real about it? There are now three Black men in this contest by the rules of New York City demographic politics that means you guys are GonNa wash each other out. What do you think about that in terms of washing each other out I think everyone has their base? And and there are seven hundred thousand constituents in the district last year Roughly about thirty thousand people who went out to vote Feel that every portion of the district should have a voice from east flatbush born and raised in these. Push my whole entire life you know. I believe I'm actually the only Clark. And the only candidates industries were actually pointing in district. You know and I feel. I've been an advocate my whole entire life. So why not run in this race? And lastly Mr Guy out you have at last count I think Less than a thousand dollars in your account is obviously always tough for Do Canada breakthrough realistically. What are your? What are your hopes for June? Twenty third what will what will victory look like for you? Victory would look like for me. Well I already have a basis support. And I'm just. I'm just pushing in using my volunteers and electronic means in order to advance industries. Yes it is true. The candidates in this race has raised more money. But you have to look at what the money's going towards it. Also where's the money coming from? You know where's the money coming from and where whereas it being spent because right now in the type of environment we. It's more of another body type of race pluses about the people that you already know. You know some really pushing hard and I'm since we can't go out and shake hands. I'm doing my best to do it. All electronic especially gotta do well Lucia wrote. Can't it for the Democratic nomination in the Ninth Congressional district in Brooklyn? Thank you so much for joining a maximum murphy and good luck on June twenty third. I appreciate it. Thank you much. Have a great week in the greatest city in the world.
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"And I think it's because of again that we don't have that type of structure at a federal level so the decision to not accept that money is a real testament to what your values are and what your emphasis and your focus be which is on the people of the Fifteenth Congressional district so to me. That's highly important. And yes. We do have an undue influence of corporate interests in our politics today. It needs to be flushed out. I mean it needs to be flushed out in needs to be uprooted And that to me is really important at this moment at someone. We're talking about creating systemic change to deal with the systemic racism that is deeply embedded in policies. That have been that have been at the receiving end right of this congressional district and that has to change. That has to be the focus. There's no time to be dilly-dallying towing an around the edges. This is really serious. We are in a crisis moment in time and I think that where we get our money from is really reflective of where our interests are which for me is deeply in the constituents of the fifty years thank you and so that brings us to the end of that round I want to thank Parker Quinlan. Who's asked a couple of questions now? Parker is with the hunts point. Express haven herald encourage everybody of course to read his work in the work of of those publications And all local news sources especially in this district that everyone is buying represent Speaking of local news sources of course is city limits Another host the event. And we'RE GONNA kick it over to size Daniel Para of city limits for a second question from Daniel Daniel. Fay So housing is major issue in the cystic saw from portability state of public housing to Liberty off quality calcium. So we'd like to know what's your house plans. I and please be sure to include what you believe needs to be done about Snyder. So we're starting this round with Mr Rodriguez will go to Mr Blake and so on The question of course as you just heard about housing what you would do and be sure to include at least a part of your answer about nature go ahead. Mister Rigas Funny Housing Crisis in line that. Give me a magic Camp from the public again to leave at once in four Sherman Avenue Five voice five There my mom and that we know what it needs to leaving over. Got a farmer recently when we come out with his house about twelve people living together in one apartment one of them is feeling the hospital dilemma disorder viral out. We know what we know over fathers. And when we see most of the people died because they on the corner viral being the Bronx Manhattan for every would is about housing so naturally we will bring money and I will be show. What will be disclosed now? They should be money for housing. In order to provide more Speight or New Yorkers Americans so leaving the pirates also I have a resolution on the concert is college floor my colleagues in Congress which I will follow it Congressman Laboratory Nights. GonNa to reduce funding to the military and use more money for portable housing education in such service. You think they may in Kosovans up or young to seek that. Get your way of the month. The yarmulke a book of that but I got my the antibiotic Cubic within every one leaving the housing my mom leaving one of those. I'd be Mussoorie in the public housing in two thousand nine one in my mind not Leaving the diamonds so I know what it is to visit my mom to see my ma dealing with John MacLean. I will bring the resources to include to improve the quality of life Thank you Mr Blake Housing and in particular Nitra. It's.
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"That we're having tonight. Thank everyone. Thank you and we're a to our final entrench in the opening statements. And that's Mister Franjo. Zero one of my name is Fran Hill Bustle Alabama stubby on hill. I am born and raised in the bronx grew up to a single Spanish. Speaking mother What I represent in this race is someone who understands and has made it through the hurdles and the difficulties that borough holds that includes having spent some time in a transitional housing unit as a child our vision for Bronx includes a host guarantee legislation that makes housing human rights for all it includes healthcare as a right particularly in the Bronx with that means is addressing the mental health crisis in includes a federal jobs. Guarantee them for the low income in the poor. That makes it possible so that our families can be lifted on already. I know the Bronx the reason. Why running is we cannot have with the Bronx has had If things are going to change has to be us the people wanting to step up and make sure that were representing each other In office and I think that we can do that. It's time to make the Bronx go from being a placeholder in Congress to leading this nation. Thank you so. We're moving on to our first question from one of our panelists here. Everybody's GonNa get to answer all the questions unless there's just a few minutes the end tonight and I throw a couple extra questions in there but So we're we're basically going around in the same order but we're skit you know we're we're moving onto who's going to start for so this round Miss Lopez you'll start I and we work our way around again. And and this is a long Break for you Mr Torres but again you know things will come around again. Everybody's GonNa have some of those longer breaks between talking but obviously everybody should Stay on their feet and ready to go. So for the first round of panelists questions on kicking it to Parker Quinlan of Hunts Point Express and Maat Haven Herald Parker overdue. Thank you and thank you for everybody for Community to me tonight So the first question Please evaluate the better response to the virus crisis in terms of the several packages that have gone through Congress so far what has been good and bad about them. But what's been passed so far and what happened next to address the needs of this. Congressional district. Thank you so we're starting with Miss Lopez on that question. That will go to Mr Ron motion so on so Miss Lopez Europe. Yes in terms of the current ivars response. I wish that at least in New York state it would have been led more by science and not by the politicians. I think that when it comes to these times we to center signs we need to send the medical in terms of outlining our response to the crisis in terms of the stimulus package that have been passed. It's a travesty. I mean the undocumented community has been left out Essential workers have been left out. You know And we need to fight to make sure that everybody is included in the stimulus package. Because right now we're facing a pandemic and it's unfair that you know people don't have the resources that they need to get by in our phone banking in the community. What we've seen. Is that the number. One thing that people are experiencing is hunger and they're afraid to go to the hospital because they feel like they're going to get a big. You know healthcare bill. That's why we need to use this crisis that we have right now to envision something different because the current system that we have right now is not working for us at all. We need to envision a paradigm shift and fight for things like universal healthcare universal housing. Because right now having lack of housing is a public health crisis not having access to soap and running. Water is a death sentence in the time of the corona virus. We need to continue to fight for better. Stimulus package that You know impacts in the lives of the people here in the community and have directly impacted be the ones that shape. The stimulus packages that are set forth. We forward. Thank you over to you. Mr Ramos. Everyone's going to answer the same question if anybody needs a reminder when we get to you a kick it back to Parker to recruit repeat the question go ahead Mr Rama's yes so when we look at the federal response from day one. Donald Trump In February was still calling this a hoax. We saw what was happening in China. Then we we saw what was going on in Italy Specifically Italy because thousands of people started to die the Bronx as we all know is the unhealthiest county of New York State. Sixty to sixty two. We have the highest asthma rate. I WanNa know what was the federal response when we knew this was going to hit our community hardest in Bronx. And what was the representation on an advocating for those resources? So we can at least help these hospitals. I'm getting a quick with the right resources. Nobody did anything. In the beginning of March I launch initiative. Now is able to in the in. The middle of the worst prices of our lifetime sprang into action secured three million dollars in less than a week to help increase. Bronx is overall. Is you capacity by thirty two percent? This was before Governor Cuomo to shut down the state's so this shows example of leader our leaders failing us from the day one or federal government did not equip our hospitals to expand and increase issue that capacities. Which literally is the lifeline of people? That are getting sick. Recalled the nineteen. We were able to secure over twenty thousand and then you five masks in middle in the middle of March before the apex hit. This is very very very important because we need a leader. That's going to have the foresight and understanding that a crisis. GonNa hit our community. How are we gonNA bring in the resources as quickly as possible and mobilized units? And make sure that we save lives. And that's where our federal government failed us in that way myself as a leader coming in you that bring up making the changes needed to save as many lives fossils. Thank you. We're GONNA go to Miss Mark Viverito next. The responses so far have been just pathetic woefully inadequate a the bronx and the fifty district in particular have been on the receiving end of policies. That have been promoted. As the national level that basic need promote inequality that are based on politics and policies that are based in racism and so now that inequality obviously is front and center In this district and really has been magnified by this when we talk about a package that does not include a mixed status families does not include are undocumented Neighbors and friends and families doesn't include hazard pay does not include any type of assistance with regards to medical services or medical coverage when talking about that he does not allow for any sort of loan. Forgiveness Rep Moratoriums Rep forgiveness loan forgiveness. There's a lot that is in a that is missing in that in that package is all of them. Small businesses are completely left out so to me it is just indicative of where we are as a country and the systemic change that we must enact on to ensure that we are uplifting all and so to me the fact that we don't have a universal basic on what should be considered in a package like this for the extension and the extent of this hamic where people can have that coverage. And make sure that everybody's taking care of for fat families and individuals don't have to be so concerned about having to risk themselves or their special the most vulnerable those these were woefully That were overlooked in this package for me. Those are areas that I would want to focus on where the energy has to be. Housing has to be a priority in Ohio area coverage has to be a priority so those are things that I believe should be part of the next package. Thank you miss. Miss NEWSOM EUROPE..
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"To a special edition of the Max Murphy. Podcasts MY CO host Jerry Murphy of city limits in I recently organized with some other partners especially the point up in the bronx a debate among Democratic candidates for the Fifteenth Congressional district which is a seat that is opening up due to the retirement of longtime representative. Jose Serrano. So what you're about to hear is the debate that we hosted with eight Democratic candidates who will be on the June ballot folks should know that primaries are coming up in June. The Actual Primary Day is June twenty. Third there's early voting period beforehand and due to the corona virus outbreak. All voters are allowed to vote absentee and will be sent absentee ballot applications. That you can also Order one online to make sure you get one So folks who either care about or interested or of course can vote in the fifteenth Congressional district in the Bronx. This debate is for you Eight candidates participated as I said and had a lively discussion that was broadcast over. Zoom in facebook on Thursday may fourteenth. It was an interesting discussion about a lot of ideas and records and I hope you enjoy it. So here is the Democratic primary debate in the Fifteenth Congressional district in the Bronx enjoy welcome to the Democratic Primary Debate for the Fiftieth Congressional district sponsored by the point. Cdc Gotham Gazette and city limits with Hunts Point Express. Modern Herald is partners. I'm jared Murphy. The editor of city limits are S Kuchar WanNA traditionally on an Espanola Vento No but does Siete on way safes zero zero wound up on a quattro. Cat Ocho Horford Mirror attributed facebook dot com slash city limits. News this debate features candidates who will be on the ballot for the Tuesday June twenty third Democratic primary who reported fundraising to the Federal Election Commission. And who accepted our invitation? Eight of the twelve candidates on the ballot will join US tonight for this to our debate. They're speaking order. Has BEEN DETERMINED BY RANDOM draw? There are primary elections across New York State. June twenty third multiple offices are involved L. Most contests are Democratic primaries..
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"From city limits Dot Org and this has been Max from Gotham Gazette And so as we've been saying this week we're going to be digging into the Democratic primary in the Ninth Congressional district which is in Brooklyn Representative at Clark. Trying to hold onto her seat. Today we'll be talking with Rep Clark later in the show and I up in just a couple minutes a damn book. Adecco who came within just a couple thousand votes In Two thousand eighteen of unseating Clark in the Democratic primary he came quite close surprise. A lot of people perhaps even Clark herself will. We'll get into that. A little bit with both of them only talk to them but while it was a two person race in two thousand eighteen. As you said jared there are more candidates on the ballot this year. We'll be talking to at least one or two of the others in the coming weeks and it's you know it makes for a much different race and we'll talk to the candidates about that in just a couple minutes when addenbrooke. Adecco joins US and then a representative that Clark. A little bit later on. But that's of course not the only race on the ballot coming up. No that's right and I think that's one of the really fascinating Variables in this race in two thousand eighteen Bucket Echo definitely gave Clark. I would think a scare That could sometimes be attributed to the fact that it was fairly low turnout. It was June. Primary wasn't A raised a lot of people may be paying much attention to as the question. This year has been what we're turnout being. Twenty twenty and how would that affect the different candidates and of course the the the way that the presidential primary in New York state has gone from being scheduled an April two then being rescheduled to June to then being often than being on again? Perhaps off one more time before all things are said and done. You know whether that's GonNa bring some people to the polls who otherwise wouldn't some the other races for Assembly and Senate seats there's a city council election that I don't think overlaps this district but but there are a lot of different races in the mix and I think that coupled with as you mentioned now of at least a five person Democratic field Does make this a harder harder race to call indeed. It will be very interesting. The you know the other candidate that I'll mention now we can get more into the race. Perhaps later or next week in terms of the other candidates but you know city council member high wages is running for Congress here and adds a whole nother wrinkle into the equation. This race you know will be very interesting to see what you know to hear from him. About what his pitches to voters and how he impacts the race or maybe wins it You know it's a very very different races. Oh saying not only because of the the the different field but that is a major factor. It's not a one on one race with you know sort of insurgent challenger against the longtime incumbent But also as you said obviously the corona virus outbreak shifts everything Voters can vote absentee I think just about everybody is expecting voting to be significantly down this year from where it was in twenty eighteen at least in the primary Of course in the general election come the fall with president trump on the ballot. And you know we have to hope The worst of the outbreak. Well behind us. Perhaps there will be a major increase in voter turnout but really what we're looking at in. June ear is a very tricky scenario And you know we'll see what that looks like before we jump into our conversations with the The two candidates speaking with today in the Ninth Congressional District Jared. We also are going to be hosting a debate tomorrow night on. Not here on. Wbz might play of it in future. Weeks here on the show In the Fifteenth Congressional district in the Bronx. That's right so folks tune in tomorrow here to Wbai at five pm to hear our good friend. Jeff Simmons and then if they want to take a break from the come over to zoom or facebook you can find the details on city limits DOT ORG or Gothic DOT COM. A two hour debate in the Fifteenth Congressional district. That is the only congressional district that is solely located within the Bronx. And it's where Jose. Serrano has been the congressman since nineteen ninety. There's a very crowded field running to unseat him. I should say to replace him. And it's the only the only seat that I believe is an open sea which makes for a lot of competition and a lot of a lot of Say Talent or lease firepower in in that competition several city city council members fomer Council Speaker Assemby member and some fairly high profile community operatives and an activist that will be from six to eight tomorrow night. And it'd be interesting to hear what people are saying now about You know about their platform and and how much Cova D- Changes or or at least kind of inflex. What the different candidates talk about in that race. I think that'd be fascinating to see indeed And and so these are just two of the number of races that will be on the ballot And you know both the congestion Congressional district nine in Brooklyn fifteen in the Bronx are among the top racist if people will be watching Watching four as the vote gets closer. June were excited to talk the candidates from both You know from both races in the next couple days in like I said you know folks really tune in either on zoom or facebook for the debate tomorrow night but maybe we'll try to play some of that debate at least in future weeks here or or you know just discuss what we hear and what we What we know about the race when we get back together in a couple of weeks Jarrett anything else sort of as waiting to talk to them bunk deco anything else particularly on your mind as we look ahead to these elections me. It's interesting and I think we have A look I'll just say that some of the races that people are also talking about obviously. Is the district. Carol Maloney is incumbent facing a challenge. Alexandria a Cossio. Cortez in the fourteenth and race. It's become a little more interesting. In the past few days and a few others one of them that will come up in the fall of course is the Staten Island seated. Max Rose One last term. He's a democrat. Could be facing a Republican opponent. Perhaps Sunday member Nicole Malia TACO's who ran for mayor in two thousand seventeen so a lot on the docket but on the phone now we have an echo the Democratic Democratic challenger in the district. Hi and welcome the next Murphy. Hey for for having me. Aw Wall in your families are helping you as thank you thank you so this is this is your second time running for this seat Some voters probably know you. Well some don't talk about the reasons for running this time. Why why are you a candidate for the race? And how has your rationale for running changed if at all in light of the pandemic that we're all living through for those who don't know granted twenty three? I came pretty close to point out. You know squawk all of that started off because organizers for that I am the child of to war refugees from Uganda's through my dad came to this country From his pocket closes wearing extra set in a suitcase and manage. And I've been able to not only be Come here and go take thought. Get his Petition for granted but ring my mom so I grew up in one bedroom apartment. I'm one of six which public school. The child and then eventually earned scholarships to the private school Haverford college and eventually Harvard Business School and spent nine entire. You're trying to pay got that. Because the public services been at the forefront of I mentioned been Organiz starting off with the Working Families Party and then working at least like the best starvation corporation in Brooklyn community services to try to make a difference in the lives of cooking folks all across Central Brooklyn and we've had enormous challenges. And I think colgate has compounded those challenges but I think The and then it could lead their equality's on housing healthcare criminal justice education and This this was the case We had these challenges for Kobe but now they've only grown worse instead. Lead the kind of leadership. That's going to be able to make twins the kind of leadership that I've shown through my work in this community Because not only diagnose the problems I've lived through them. I grew up again in a one bedroom apartment helping Throughout my career shadow find better housing but we also need to step up and find solutions to be this us. And that's something that I think we haven't really gotten thirteen years with Ms Clark. So go ahead say a little bit more about that since That's where you left off there. What is what is your pitch to voters in terms of why the incumbent needs to go. I mean especially considering You come from the same party. This is not necessarily a sweeping Ideological difference unless unless it is and let us know that So you know your argument two years ago and then again. This year seems to be really out. performance representation for the district What your what your case against representative Clark on those fronts. Sure I think it on. Ripley deserves active and energetic leadership And that sitting values that you know it's easy to talk about values blood part of why we elect public signs to bring our values to life. And so if we're saying if you're saying you're progressive and you're actually not doing progressive things and that's not leadership that's especially not the kind of leadership that we need in a particular in the situation that we're going through right now we've got folks who are finding it difficult to keep food on the table keep aloof over the head and make sure that their children we're GONNA be able to live out their own version of the American dream Now that has thrown some gasoline on top of this administration and as pandemic and we have got to do more and quark decided to sort of be checked out and not interested in doing the job and so I think it's simply it's more than simply saying we need an effective number but effective member. Two gene kinds of things that again are true to And to make that come to. Fruition REQUIRES WORK. It requires Kind of work ethic that. We just haven't seen in thirteen years. She's been in office. You were mentioned in a intercept article that ran today talking about the progressive challenges to that Clark. The fact that there are multiple people on the race this year and it mentioned your fundraising and donations. That you've accepted previously from Wall Street executives and real estate types And your current position on on that money talk about the money taken the money you give him back and what? Your approach is who? Who Do you want money from an and and by taking it from other folks over the years I? It's pretty simple. I I don't know we haven't. I don't know what everyone else is talking about. But we haven't taken a dime from real estate and insurance unlike our opponent we don't corporate tax money we don't take real estate with telecom. We don't take from fossil fuel I've got the most grassroot support out of all of the candidates probably combined And that speaks to the fact that folks are the are wooing and not only about the kind of change in but also willing to put in the time putting in the effort but also release sources to see it come to fruition so from my perspective we had done everything that we can't bring about those progressive values tonight and I intend to do that in Washington my intend to do with throughout the course of this campaign and so And I stood up for that Respecting for wherever anything else has been talk. A little bit more about the results last time around in the decision to run again. You obviously ran a very spirited strong campaign in two thousand eighteen surprise people..
"congressional district" Discussed on Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness
"I'm Jonathan and every week I sit down for a forty minute conversation with a beryllium brilliant person to learn all about something that makes me curious on. Today's episode of driven by Wendy Davis a former state senator from the state of Texas. where I asked how are? Are you going to Flip Texas Twenty First Congressional District Blue in twenty twenty. If Wendy Davis rings a bell for you she was a former Texas who successfully performed a gorgeous or just filibuster. Incredible story that we're going to get into without any further ado. Go with Wooden Davis Welcome to getting curious. I'm so excited to introduce our guests. I'm just going to jump right in senator. Wendy Davis from Texas. Just you. If you're like why don't we are like I can't think of that as being one of the one of the two senators from because she's a state senator was a state senator and you may remember her from doing one of the most epic filibusters to help saved Save People's right to reproductive healthcare in Texas. That's right Hi Jonathan. Welcome to Austin Texas. He's Comey Wendy. Okay okay I have a everyone will probably know. I have a hard time calling. People high respects by their first names when they are senators or senators. Because I feel what I've always loved a title. I Love Miss Universe so cheerleader I love a title so if you work so hard to get that title and we know it soon to be Congress Person David I certainly hope so. Yeah so let's hear a little bit about that. It's like what his so. The filibuster was in two thousand and thirteen thousand thirteen. Your state senator. At the time and then sense then you have been an busy defending Texas from all sorts of stuff trying trying and now though so for the election next year election two thousand twenty year running to. I'm running to defeat ship Roy. He is Ted. Cruz is former chief of staff. He's in his freshman term. It's Congressional District Twenty One and this district district is one that is in play Because it's been getting bluer and Bluer over time. It's like so many of those districts in Virginia that flipped a few weeks ago in their election. The suburban and the urban populations here are starting to overwhelm the rural vote. And that means it has has an opportunity to to flip and last cycle. He wanted by only two and a half points. Oh really put this on the map and we really do believe it's going to turn this. Time was twenty six. That wasn't twenty eighteen. So yeah what are some congressional seats only two years or with US special appointment or something congressional the. US House seats are only two years and in the US Senate seats are six years and they run staggered. And so you really never know you know which Senate seat is going to be up when but the congressional the House seats up every two years so we'll have to like you run and next year. Yeah so I don't think she's going to have a bit of a problem. Don't think you'll either but I don't think a lot of people realize that congressional seats are for everything Ante Pelosi every two years. Yes I did not know that yes. It's brutal for or for people who are elected who are constantly than campaigning. To be reelected Ed yes I thought it was every I wonder if there is. I wonder if that leads eh dysfunction within the house because it's just always changing but I also constitutionally kind of needs to represent the shifting body you people that represents yeah when I was in the Texas Senate are terms. Terms were four years and I thought that was perfect because the problem with every two years. As if you're constantly having to fundraise because your election is right around the corner as soon as you win then then distracts from your ability really to be throwing yourself full-throated into doing the work that people elected you you to do and it means you've got to be on the phones constantly trying to raise money for the very next election. That's coming around the corner so I wish they were four years but they're not The good news about that for democracies it gives voters and opportunity every two years instead of every four years to determine who's going to serve them and we hope they're going to decide it will be me into Sir Twenty one. I really better believe Texas. I'm on the fact that the chip is his name. Yes I I think the fact that he won by two and a half points and also I do think that there is a because of the way that the economy is going because of the way that like the gap between the middle class and like the. Well there's isn't the middle class and so I think because of that. So many people that were living in coastal towns are a lot of times like moving back home more. There's people that are trying to find a new place to live that like has a lower cost of living. Yeah because of that. We're seeing this kind of purple purple of vacation. If you will of Georgia Arizona Texas and we're seeing that that more and more and so hopefully twenty twenty will continue to lead us down that path. But I wanted to ask you about I mean I gotta ask you about filibusters. Yes and what are they. What's the filibuster? Such a good question. There are different in Texas than they are in the US Senate in the US Senate. Filibuster can happen anytime that a bill is up for vote. And basically. It's an opportunity for senator to talk a bill for hours and hours and hours and try to forestall a vote being taken in Texas says you can only filibuster bill. Meaning you talk for hours was on a bill You can only do that if you're on the very end of legislative session and you're trying to run out the clock so in in Texas every legislative session and almost six months after it starts and we only meet every two years and that we have literally the clock strikes midnight and the session is over on the last day for the state Senate of Texas only meets every two years every two years for six month's essentially from January through mid May so and then for midway through December and then the whole next year no legislative session and thank God it was people say so how does that work for like the laws of Texas. If like so every other year eight things just have away. Is that how it is in every state or is that specific states but very few Texas is one of the few yes. Do we know why that is. Is that like a e he you know. I think the idea was that if you were elected to serve in Texas that you were also going to have this other fulltime job somewhere right and so this was supposed has to be a part time legislature and the problem with that of course is that it does become a fulltime job. Even when you're not in session you're working so hard for your constituents and in preparation for the next session and of course trying to raise money for reelection and the bad part of it is that in Texas people aren't paid to serve and so what that means. Is that if you have the fulltime job now of being in the legislature. Even those meant to be a part time job. If you don't have financial financial resources you can't serve bad deals behind the scenes. It just means that you're cutting out a whole group of people from being able to to be in these decision making bodies whose experiences need to be there right people who are working for a living and who are the ones who are facing the real struggles that need solutions but they can't be a legislative body because they can't afford to be. There is a good way for corruption like you. You can't work at the free agent for a lot of big interests to come in and kind of like Bhai you off. No question did look into your voting record. Hunting is so good. So you're just like you just you didn't get paid or you're still good. Congratulations so but basically I think another thing that I just want to echo back and just plain out. It's like so state. Laws is that governed sessions filibusters. All things legislation is really different state to stay absolutely different state to state and so back to the filibuster in Texas. What that means is you? You're trying to run a bill out to the end of the clock on the last day of session And it may be that that bill comes up very early in the day. And so you've gotTA talk the entire rest of the day right for me the bill. That I was filibustering came up at at eleven eleven. Am and that meant that. I had thirteen hours That I had to talk to try to get to the midnight deadline. The rules in Texas are very severe. You cannot have a sip of water you cannot lean on your desk you cannot have a hard candy or a piece of food and you cannot leave the floor to go to the restroom your hands on the little thing. Not If you're leaning so you just you have to do it or you're going to get called out right and so you have to come really prepared. The way I prepared was at about six o'clock in the morning the day of my filibuster doctor came over and inserted a catheter. Catheter that I had strapped to my leg. That's why I had that long dress on that long blue coat because I was trying to hide the fact that I had a catheter bag on my lag. One thing really quick yes. What was the bill? You were filibuster what this bill would have done. It had multiple provision in it in our state of twenty eight million million people it was centered around trying to close all or as many of the abortion clinics that operate in Texas as possible. We currently have forty two. It would have taken to a US to five and what that would mean. Is that people all over. Our state would no longer have the opportunity to access their legal right to to abortion and this is like the like the newer trend on abortion legislation. That aimed at closing planned. Parenthood is like heartbeat bills that we're seeing being passed. Yes this spate of them was like more about like the admitting privileges and like the hallway. Size like act like national dodgers associations are like this is ridiculous like the safest like outpatient procedures you can do like you do not need to have like eighteen wide hall. Are Eighteen foot wide hallways latent trying to control people's rights and access to healthcare to reproductive healthcare clear and simple. That's why I think those were all defeated. Thank God through the court system but in your case we're going back to the filibuster because that would have created the situation where it could have gone from forty to five before the courts would have had a chance to catch up with this legislation. Had Gone into effect. That's right and sadly really even though we did defeat the bill that day and that in and of itself was quite something. And let's go back. That's I think that's a good opportunity to go. Go back to the story because if you haven't seen the story if you have not. I think I've seen like eighteen different documentaries on series on it because you were were and are such an inspiration to the cause and to people everywhere because that was such an example of democracy doing its job and doing the work for the people which I'm just like getting chills talking about about it because you came up with the strength that I don't think I've seen that sense. Thank you in one epic sitting or standing. I don't think we've seen a feat of strength like that sense. What was great about it here in our state was that we're a state? Where when things like that happen happen? We tend to give up before we even start right like the deck is stacked and we are a majority Republican legislature with a Republican governor. And it's been that way. Hey for a long time but for whatever reason on that day people who woke up in the morning eating their cold cereal no intention of coming into the Texas capitol. They started hearing about it on social media the power of social media right And they just started showing up and before long. Thousands of people were in the Texas capital. Our capital is the biggest in the country of course Texas and it was the first time in the history that it had to be closed because it filled to capacity acidy and still people came and so what was beautiful about it was at the end of the night. We all felt like. We're in this together. I knew that I wasn't standing there by myself if I had no idea what was happening on social media but I knew that people were with me in the capital and in the last fifteen minutes before midnight after a lot of breaking taking a procedural rules the Filibuster was called to an end and the people who were there rose in the Senate Gallery and started screaming streaming with all their my. Because because the three call outs or something Zack..