Democratic Dichotomy in Atlanta as DNC poised to elect new chair

Atlanta— Georgia  It’s all about the after . . .
DNC delegates have one job this weekend to decide the future of the party. 

Rep. Keith Ellison Candidate: DNC Chair

After the debacle of Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s use of DNC resources to get Hillary Clinton elected during the primary, WikiLeaks’ download dumps prompted her resignation. 

After Donna Brazil stepped up to the plate to take over as interim DNC chair—and after she apologized to the Bernie delegates in Philadelphia, WikiLeaks dumped another bombshell proving that Brazil gave the Clinton campaign CNN questions prior to the debates.

After a mass exit of the progressive voting bloc in the 2016 general election proving to the Democrat elite that they cannot win elections without progressive voters—the DNC has yet another chance to make everything right.

Progressives are great in giving Democratic leadership second, third and even fourth chances—but, their compassion and patience are beginning to run thin.

Progressives want meaningful change in the Democratic Party.  They don’t want platitudes, they want Keith Ellison.  They want a DNC chair that will play fair and not kowtow to the Democratic transactional donors, the elite establishment, Wall Street coffers, billionaire hedge fund managers, big Pharma, tax evading tycoons, lobbyist and special interest groups.

If the truth be known, the only interest group not represented in Washington, DC is the working-class Americans doing all they can to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. 

Bernie Sanders’ message rang loud and true to progressive voters, millennials the working poor and unaffiliated voters.  They feel like he was cheated out of the primary—and they are right.

Progressives know that Perez is probably not going to give one iota about the Democratic progressive platform signed off on in Philadelphia.  They know that Keith Ellison will—and he is more cognizant of the needs of working-class voters than anyone else running for the Democratic top job.

I’ve listened to hours of YouTube videos from all the candidates.  Keith Ellison is the best choice—hands down.

Democrats have a choice this weekend—they can keep playing their insider political trading games or they can finally decide to represent and give a voice to the 99% of us who can afford to buy a table at a Democratic fundraising gala.

If they don’t make the right choice, the Democratic Party will continue to lose elections. 

It’s not about Donald Trump, it’s not about conservative Republicans—it never was.  If the Democratic Party can’t figure that out—they don’t deserve to win. 

 

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New Podcasts in the que

Marshall Adame – international politics

Adriana Gavazzoni – author

Blythe Haynes – Trappist-1

All the pods will be up by March 1 – which is the launch of our iTunes podcasts.

You can check out our Podcasts on the Podcasts Page.

 

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Check out my latest article in American Lens – edited by Master Jedi A.P. Dillon

Norma McCorvey. Many don’t know that name, but those that do know her as plaintiff “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 Supreme Court Roe v. Wade case which legalized abortion. She was an icon first for the pro-abortion movement, then later a keen pro-life advocate.

McCorvey remained a strong pro-life advocate right up until her recent death. McCorvey died on February 18th of a respiratory condition exacerbated by pneumonia at an assisted-living facility in Katy, Texas. She was only 69 years old.

Read more at American Lens

 

 

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Podcast: 2/22/2017—International Expert Marshall Adame, Former U.S. State Department Advisor to the Iraqi Interior Minister and Member of the Congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting (Iraq & Afghanistan) talks Trump and Foreign Policy

Coming up on our next podcast will be international military and diplomatic expert: Marshall Adame:

Bio:

  • Retired Marine;
  • Vietnam Veteran;
  • Past U.S. State Department Advisor to the Iraqi Minister of the Interior;
  • Former member of the Congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting (Iraq & Afghanistan);
  • Past Airport Director – Basra, Iraq;
  • Former Democratic Congressional candidate;
  • Past Chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party Hispanic Caucus;
  • Author

Marshall Adame

Growing up, Adame was homeless in east L.A.—scavenging food from dumpsters.  But, when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps his life changed dramatically.

Adame went on to serve in Vietnam.  He moved up through the ranks and served as Marine Security Commander at some of the most prestigious United States Embassies and Consulates in the world.

After Adame retired from the Marine Corps, he became the State Department advisor to the Iraqi Minister of the Interior.  He went on to become a member of the United States Congressional Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

Adame’s oversight ultimately saved the American taxpayers millions of dollars.  But, with American contracts skimming the U.S. government, it brought unwanted attention.

The backstory . . . #1

Marshall Adame

Marshall Adame’s wartime contracting investigations in Iraq drew the ire of one particular contractor: Blackwater—a private security company working in Iraq for the United States government

When Adame ran for Congress in 2008, the President and CEO of Blackwater wrote an email to his employees calling for Marshall Adame’s assassination.  An effort to get even with Adame over calling out Blackwater’s Iraqi abuses. The CEO later recanted and apologized to Adame for the remark by saying he was only joking.

The backstory . . . #2

While Adame was in Baghdad—he, along with his personal bodyguards, saved the life of an American whistle blower. 

Barry Haley, who later went on to testify before Congress and tell this story, was kidnapped and beaten for blowing the whistle on an American company contracting in Iraq and billing the government for services they did not perform.

Haley was tied and gagged, put in the trunk of a car and driven to the desert to be executed.

Adame was able to intercept a cellphone call and pinpointed the location of Haley.  Before Haley could be killed, Adame arrived with armed bodyguards.  With guns drawn, Haley was rescued and lived to tell the story to Congress.

Now, Adame is writing a book about his life and experiences in government and international affairs.  With only a few chapters written, a major New York publisher is already interested.

Marshall joins our podcast to talk a little about North Carolina Democratic politics.  But, more importantly—he talks about the Middle East, international affairs, NATO and Donald Trump.

Join us tomorrow for a unique interview with this international expert. 

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Always looking for podcast guests!

We’ve got one published and several in the Que.  Yes, we’re looking for quests for 30 minute or 1 hour shows.  Topics can be most anything—as long as it’s interesting.

Authors—doesn’t matter what genre.  We’d love to talk about your book.  Especially, indie authors.  We know the job of a writer is tough.

Politics—absolutely! Doesn’t matter about the party affiliation.  If you’ve got a passion for it we’d love to talk about it.

Comedians—are always welcomed.  Bring your material and we’ll be your sidekick.

We’ve even scheduled a few science shows—so most anything is game.

How does it work? I’m glad you asked.  Go to the contact page and fill out the forum.  Tell us what subject matter you’d like to talk about and we’ll plug you in.

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Rep. Rodney Moore (D) NC-99 to unveil Anti-hate Crime bill to increase scope and penalty of harassment on Wednesday

Rep. Rodney Moore- NC 99

Raleigh, NC—NC Rep. Rodney Moore, district 99 Charlotte, will announce a bill he is  sponsoring titled: The Anti-hate Crime bill.  The bill will increase the scope of North Carolina’s anti-hate legislation and make assault a felony if it is proven that the assault occurred because of a hate crime against a protected class of individuals.  The bill is 2 pages. 

Among other things, the scope of the legislation will offer transgenders some safety and protection not otherwise afforded to them in bathrooms by current legislation.  In light of HB2 transgender individuals often feel unsafe when having to use public accommodations.   If they are harassed, this bill would potentially make such harassment a felony.

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The Raleigh Report: The Latest out of the NCGA

Newly Introduced Bills

BUDGET AND TAXES

S 75, Constitutional Amendment – Maximum Income Tax Rate of 5.5%. The Constitution currently sets a maximum rate for income tax at 10%. S 75, which would have to be approved by voters, would lower that maximum to 5.5%. (Currently the flat rate for personal income tax is 5.499%.) The practical impact would be to make it virtually impossible, regardless of the state’s financial circumstances, to raise income taxes over the current level or to return to a graduated tax rate where wealthier taxpayers pay a higher percentage. Future legislatures and governors would have to rely on other taxes and fees or further reduce programs if the 5.5% flat rate was not bringing in adequate revenues.

Introduced by Sens. Tucker (R-Waxhaw), Brock (R-Mocksville), and Tillman (R-Archdale). Referred to Senate Finance and, if favorable, to Senate Rules.

EDUCATION

H 133, Elect the State Board of Education, would propose an amendment to the state constitution to provide for the election of the members of the State Board of Education. One member would be elected from each of the state’s congressional districts. (These are the same skillfully gerrymandered districts which last fall produced a delegation of ten Republicans and three Democrats even while the voters were casting only slightly more votes – 53% to 47% — for the Republican candidates.) In addition, the Governor would appoint the Board’s chair, and the Lieutenant Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction would be voting members. Currently the Board has eleven members appointed by the Governor and subject to confirmation by the General Assembly.

Introduced by Reps. Elmore (R-North Wilkesboro), Conrad (R-Winston-Salem), and Bert Jones (R-Reidsville). Not yet referred to committee.

ELECTION LAWS

H 100, Restore Partisan Elections for Superior and District Court. Currently these most local of the state’s judges are elected in nonpartisan elections. H 100 would make these elections partisan, following on earlier changes by the state’s Republican leaders that converted elections for the state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals into partisan races.

Introduced by Reps. Burr (R-Albemarle), Saine (R-Lincolnton), Bumgardner (R-Gastonia), and Henson (R-Brevard). Referred to House Elections.

A separate (and less transparently named) bill, S 94, Elections Transparency, would also make the Superior and District Court elections partisan, but would also extend this partisanship to county school boards and municipal elections.

Introduced by Sen. Rabin (R-Anderson Creek). Referred to Senate Rules.

H 105, Constitutional Amendment – Limit Governor and Lt. Gov. to Two Terms. Currently the Constitution provides that no person may serve more than two consecutive terms as Governor or Lieutenant Governor. H 105 would amend the Constitution, subject to approval by the voters, to delete “consecutive”.

Introduced by Rep. Bert Jones (R-Reidsville). Referred to House Judiciary I and, if favorable, to House Elections.

GUN VIOLENCE

H 134, Pistol Permit/Mental Health Record to Sheriff. Current law requires an applicant for a pistol purchase to disclose to the sheriff “any court orders concerning the mental health or capacity” of the applicant and also to authorize the release of those court records to the sheriff so they could then be used to determine whether the pistol permit should be issued. H 134 would delete this requirement and replace it with a provision giving the sheriff the discretion to request the disclosure (if, of course, the sheriff has knowledge of a relevant court order).

Introduced by Rep. McNeill (R-Asheboro). Not yet referred to committee.

110, DOT/DMV Changes, is not itself a gun-violence bill. But it contains a provision that those who have been adjudicated incompetent or involuntarily committed to an institution for the treatment of an alcohol or substance abuse disorder must have a determination of whether they are competent to operate a motor vehicle.

This bill was introduced a day before H 134 (above) and as Congress was rolling back an Obama-era rule that limited the access of people with mental disabilities to guns. This raises the possibility that a person with a serious mental disability or substance abuse issue could have a harder time getting a driver’s license than a gun.

HUMAN RIGHTS

S 84, Repeal HB2, is identical to H 82. See Raleigh Report for February 15.

Introduced by Sens. Chaudhuri (D-Raleigh), Woodard (D-Durham), and Van Duyn (D-Asheville). Referred to Senate Rules.

H 102/S 85, NC Adopt Equal Rights Amendment, would add NC to the list of states which has ratified the ERA. The question of whether the ERA is still available for ratification is addressed in the bill and would probably have to be resolved in the courts. The NC Council of Churches was a leading advocate for the ERA in the 1970s and 80s.

Introduced by Reps. Cunningham (D-Charlotte), Fisher (D-Asheville), Terry (D-Winston-Salem), and Ager (D-Fairview) and by Sens. McKissick (D-Durham), Bryant (D-Rocky Mount), and Van Duyn (D-Asheville). Referred to House Rules and Senate Rules.

H 107/S 93, Common Sense Compromise to Repeal HB 2, is the proposal from Gov. Cooper. (See RR for February 15.) Specifically it would:

  • Repeal HB2.
  • Provide for enhanced punishments for those committing specified sexual felonies in a restroom, locker room, changing room or shower room. The enhanced punishment would be a six-month extension of what the sentence would otherwise have been.
  • Require local governments to give 30-days’ notice to the General Assembly and to the public before adopting any nondiscrimination ordinance stronger than what is provided by state law.

Introduced by Rep. Jackson (D-Raleigh) and Sens. Blue (D-Raleigh) and Van Duyn (D-Asheville). Referred to House Rules and Senate Rules.

H 99, The Antidiscrimination Act of 2017, would define “discriminatory profiling” as “the practice of subjecting a person to investigation, detention, or arrest based on the person’s real or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity, instead of based on the person’s behavior or on information identifying the person as having engaged in criminal activity.” Law enforcement officers would be prohibited from engaging in such profiling. H 99 would also require homicide statistics to include identifying characteristics of the victim and the perpetrators. Additionally, it would add to the information which must be gathered about the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, specifically requiring information about characteristics of race/ethnicity, age, gender identity and sex of the victims and the law enforcement officers.

Introduced by Reps. R. Moore (D-Charlotte), Alexander (D-Charlotte), Brockman (D-High Point), and Quick (D-Greensboro). Referred to House Judiciary III and, if favorable, to House State and Local Government II and, if favorable, to House Rules.

H 113, Private Action Local Compliance on Immigration Laws, would permit a suit to be brought by an individual who thinks his/her city or county is violating the state’s law regarding sanctuary communities or is recognizing an immigration document not authorized by the General Assembly. Among the possible non-authorized documents is the one issued by FaithAction and widely recognized in Guilford County. The current law is already of two minds. Section 15A-311(a) says that an identity document issued by an organization not expressly authorized by the General Assembly is not acceptable. But then Section 15A-311(c) says that the documents mentioned as not OK “may be used by a law enforcement officer to assist in determining the identity or residency of a person when they are the only documents providing an indication of identity or residency available to the law enforcement office at the time.” H 113 would also allow a $10,000 per day fine for local governments or law enforcement agencies which ignore an order based on this bill.

Introduced by Reps. Cleveland (R-Jacksonville), Conrad (R-Winston-Salem), Millis (R-Hampstead), and Speciale (R-New Bern). Referred to House Judiciary I and, if favorable, to House State and Local Government.

AND NOW TO ONE OF THE TRULY WEIGHTIER MATTERS BEFORE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

H 96, Adopt State Fried Chicken Festival, would name “the Fayetteville Fried Chicken Festival as the official fried chicken festival of the State of North Carolina.” Never mind that Fayetteville hasn’t yet had its first FFCF. The bill was referred initially to the State and Local Government Comm. and, if favorable, then to the House Health Comm. But then the referral to Health was stricken (making it the stricken chicken bill?) and the bill was referred to the Rules Committee. Evidently House leadership didn’t want the Health Committee messing with a bill about fried chicken. (Late breaking news: even a chicken festival bill with bi-partisan sponsorship is not devoid of controversy. It turns out that Rose Hill has a poultry festival that goes back to the 1960s and that features a huge skillet and fried chicken, so festival planners in Fayetteville and Rose Hill are now working on their own bipartite agreement.)

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Podcast—Sunday 2/19/2017 Rev. Flip Benham on Norma McCorvey

Guest: Rev. Flip Benham
Topic: Norma McCorvey- ‘Jane Doe’ of Roe v. Wade
Benham says he led her to Christ on a park bench next to an abortion clinic.  Baptized her in August of 1995 and kept in contact with her through the years.
Hosts: George Fisher | Andrea Dillon of AmericanLens.com

Part 1:

Part 2

Editorial:

It was never my intent to challenge Rev. Benham.  He has a unique perspective on Norma McCorvey.  A historical perspective that only he can recant from knowing her post Roe v. Wade.

There will surely be others with different opinions and viewpoints that we will certainly have on the Podcasts.  If anything, Benham is the quintessential charismatic evangelical with a certain point of view, a certain following and the information from his side is important to understand.

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Local Charlotte Minister, Flip Benham, Baptized Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) in 1995. McCorvey’s landmark case Roe v. Wade has NC connection.

  • Join us Sunday, February 19 at 4 p.m. ;
  • Special Podcast with evangelical minister, Flip Benham on the death of Ms. Norma McCorvey;
  • Rev. Benham baptized McCorvey in 1995;
  • Together, they worked on several projects including McCorvey’s last book Won by Love;
  • Co-hosted with famed writer, author and Co-Founder/Executive Editor Andrea Dillon of American Lens.

Charlotte—NC, A local Charlotte evangelical minister, Rev. Flip Benham, baptized Norma McCorvey—famed Roe v. Wade petitioner in August, 1995.

Photo: courtesy of Operation Rescue

Benham was quoted in the WaPo today in what he says was a misleading framing of his narrative about her in the newspaper’s reporting of her death.

Benham says,

“When I saw the quote from the Washington Post, it just broke my heart.”

Although technically accurate, he says the quote is misleading and doesn’t represent his thoughts of McCorvey.

“I couldn’t believe they (the Washington Post) did that, but they did.  They didn’t misquote me, they just took that out of context.”

Benham says the article was taken from an old Vanity Fair piece from two years ago where he said, “…she (Norma McCorvey) was fishing for money.”  Benham goes on to say that McCorvey was talking about ideas and was “fishing for money,” but the meaning and words were misunderstood.

“I regret that comment.  I really do—I wish I had never said it,” Benham explained.

Benham has been the Director of Operation Rescue /Operation Save America since 1994.

Benham says McCorvey gave her heart to Christ and he baptized her in Texas on August 8, 1995.

Setting the record straight . . .

A.P. Dillon Photo: courtesy of American Lens

Join us tomorrow as we speak with Rev. Flip Benham on Podcast, Sunday at 4 p.m. Also on the show will be prominent writer and author, Andrea Dillon, the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of American Lens.

Benham will set the record straight—speaking about McCorvey’s relationship with Christ, her legendary life and work as well as the significance and history of one of the most important and controversial Supreme Court decisions of our lifetime.

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Norma McCorvey—remembered most as ‘Jane Roe’ in the landmark SCOTUS case Roe v. Wade—passed away at age 69

  • Norma McCorvey dead at 69;
  • Best known as ‘Jane Roe’;
  • Only had a 9th grade education;
  • Wrote and co-authored two books;
  • Never terminated the pregnancy that sparked Roe v. Wade;
  • Chastised and ridiculed by feminists and evangelicals alike;
  • Died in an assisted living facility in Texas.

Norma McCorvey

The author of two books, I am Roe and Won by Love, passed away in a Texas assisted living facility, at the age of 69, on Saturday.

What can be said of Norma McCorvey’s life has undoubtedly been recanted over and over these past forty years in countless books and articles.

McCorvey lived, at times, a very tragic and emotionally painful existence.

At the age of 22, broke, scared and destitute, Norma sought an elective abortion in Texas.  At the time, it wasn’t legal.

Like others in her situation, she petitioned the Court for relief—but it was only her case that made it to the Supreme Court of the United States.

The High Court granted the writ and heard her case, on January 22, 1973 —over two years after Norma’s first case was filed, in 1970.  By that time, she had given birth and her child was adopted.  Norma never got an abortion.  But she paved the way and the Supreme Court’s landmark 7-2 decision articulated that a woman has a constitutional right to privacy—and that privacy includes the choice to terminate a pregnancy.

A Greek tragedy…

The battle over reproductive rights, the argument between the separation of church and state and the constitutionality of states’ rights propelled Roe v. Wade and American jurisprudence into the 21st century—and with it Norma McCorvey.

At the outset, McCorvey was demonized by evangelical fundamentalist—such as Flip Benham.  In the 1980s, she was marginalized by the pro-choice movement.  With only a ninth-grade education, Norma McCorvey did not represent the elite and the articulate feminists fond of framing politically correct narratives.

But, through it all, Norma McCorvey spoke from the heart.  She spoke with passion and dignity about how she had been used as a guinea pig and made a propaganda machine by neoliberal feminist using her issues as a fundraising narrative and mechanism to rake in millions of dollars into activist coffers.

When she became a born-again Christian and championed the pro-life movement—feminist engaged in one political hit job after another to discredit and degrade her.

For women who wrap themselves around the veil of inclusiveness and political correctness—Norma’s haters were everything but.

From the Washington Post:

Gloria Allred, the women’s rights lawyer who for a period represented Ms. McCorvey, told the Times in 1995 that Ms. McCorvey was justified in feeling abandoned by the women’s movement.

She was shut out of many national pro-choice celebrations. She attended but for the most part she was not invited and it was a very hurtful experience,” Allred said. “When she did speak … she was really very eloquent, not well-educated but speaking from the heart, and I think she had a lot of common sense in what she was saying about choice.”

From David Garrow:

Neither side was ever willing to accept her for who she was,” the historian David J. Garrow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and the author of “Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade,” said in an interview.

A sad ending of someone who never terminated the pregnancy that lit the fire of so much national outrage against her on both sides of the landmark case bearing her name. Maybe after all these years, her soul can find peace even when so few were willing to give her that peace in her life on Earth.

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