All content tagged: Rachel Ventura

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-18 - Original post - cached version

Last Thursday night-- in a post called Scrub From Your Mind: Any Blue Will Do"-- we looked at how the much ballyhooed new Democratic majority in the Virginia legislature failed to repeal the state's venal, anti-union right to work law. Yesterday the state Senate again sided with the...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-02-10 - Original post - cached version

This morning, Business Insider reported that "Nearly half of all US health spending is tied to admin management and the cost burdens associated with private insurance are being passed along to US consumers, making treatment an unmanageable expense. Patients are coughing up large portions of...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-31 - Original post - cached version

At the end of the week, a non-political source, Teen Vogue, featured Nabilah Islam's proposal on behalf of working class candidates. It's something we discussed with Nabilah earlier as part of the Blue America endorsement process. A dedicated advocate for Medicare-for-All, his...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-25 - Original post - cached version

Voters hate both parties-- the Democrats a few points less than the Republicans. But apparently, the Democrats would like to catch up with the Republicans in the low esteem department-- and before the election. This week, The Economist released a new poll by YouGov that asked...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-06 - Original post - cached version
Alan Grayson: "We don’t let children play with guns, or even knives. So why would we let Donald Trump play with drones, missiles and nuclear weapons?"

Mike Pompeo's bullshit about people dancing in the streets after Trump had Iranian leader Qassim Suleimani assassinated apparently...

Down With Tyranny - 2020-01-04 - Original post - cached version

The Trumpists were whooping it up after the assassinations at the Baghdad Airport. Pompeo claimed Iraqis were dancing in the streets and baking cakes for Trump, although that dancing may have been old footage-- or maybe he was thinking about Don, Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Jared and their...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version
These people all belong in prison-- but only because no one would ever agree their crimes are capital offenses

Dick Gephardt’s dream was to be President or Speaker of the House or very wealthy; he never made it beyond majority leader, but he sure did become very wealthy, selling...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-27 - Original post - cached version

There are some undeniably good things Obamacare accomplished-- top-most, prohibiting predatory insurance companies from ripping off the general public by denying reasonably-priced health insurance based on preexisting conditions. But as a way to cover costs for medical treatment,...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-26 - Original post - cached version

In a new note to her supporters, Will County board member, Rachel Ventura, the progressive running for Congress in IL-11, articulated something that most of the primary candidates we’ve been talking with have been saying. They find themselves, not just fighting incumbents to the right...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version

Data for Progress, Sean McElwee's outfit, has been doing an especially important-- even magnificent-- job this cycle. On Friday McElwee took on-- with data-- the most pernicious predators playing in the 2020 Democratic primary, the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, a...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

Last week, NPR reported that "A strong economy and soaring college costs have made it even more difficult for colleges to persuade students to enroll. And yet, employers still need skilled workers, whether it's a profession that requires a four-year degree, other jobs that require an...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-19 - Original post - cached version

On Tuesday, the House voted on two bills-- basically an omnibus spending package, the annual last minute crappy spending bill ($1.4 trillion this time) that is always rumored to be, if unpassed, a harbinger of the end of the world. This time, because Trump said he wouldn't sign an...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-13 - Original post - cached version

Ro Khanna's grandfather was arrested during the Indian independence movement and wound up sharing a British prison cell with Mahatma Gandhi. No doubt, that's from whom Khanna got the moxie to stand up yesterday in front of Congress and make this absolutely incredible speech opposing the NDAA...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-04 - Original post - cached version

You may have read some of the coverage about how anti-Medicare lobbyists are writing OpEds for conservatives willing to undercut Medicare-for-All messaging. Obviously, the willingness of the legislators to run the anti-healthcare OpEds under their own names comes with gratitude and...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-12-03 - Original post - cached version
Thinking Outside the Box by Nancy Ohanian

People living in Flint still don't have pure water to drink. In other words, the water is polluted. The aspiration of doing that-- making it potable and pure-- was just too costly, too idealistic... too much of that liberal purity for...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-27 - Original post - cached version
Nate McMurray is running to represent the working families of western New York in Congress

Yesterday, Kara Voght, a reporter for Mother Jones, noted that There’s a Wave of Democratic Insurgents Hoping to Join the Squad and asked if the Squad can become bigger-- and a bigger force in...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-15 - Original post - cached version

I got my first job-- when I was still in high school-- working in a print shop. I started out as a minimum wage worker, making $1.15 an hour. The first time I realized I was, as the president of a division of TimeWarner, making $1,000,000 a year, I was astounded and even confused. I...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-11 - Original post - cached version
Hillary is being left behind by history-- but embraced by Big PhRMA

Last week Alexander Burns wasted a New York Times column on Hillary Clinton's opposition to Medicare-for-All. He caught up with her at the Times's DealBook conference, where she as much as endorsed Status Quo Joe by...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-03 - Original post - cached version

I've been talking to an increasing number of progressive candidates for Congress who have told me that they have no intention of voting for Pelosi as speaker in 2021. Flagstaff progressive and AZ-01 congressional candidate Eva Putzova head it right on the head: "If we are going to...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-11-01 - Original post - cached version

Politico's Zach Warmbrodt wrote this week that "American International Group (AIG)-- once one of the most scorned corporations on Capitol Hill for its pivotal role in the financial crisis-- got a Washington birthday bash on Monday night with help from House lawmakers. Little more than a...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-31 - Original post - cached version

Almost nothing passes unanimously in the House. I was surprised that H.R. 4695, the bill imposing sanctions on Turkey over the invasion of Syria-- which did pass yesterday with a 403 to 16 veto-proof majority still had 15 die-hard Trumpists-- like Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-26 - Original post - cached version

Not all Democrats are the same. Filling Congress with garden variety Democrats isn't even a good idea. It would just enable the worst instincts of the worst power-mad, values-free careerist Democrats, the Schumers, Emanuels, Bidens, Bustoses and Hoyers. Trump is an existential threat...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-21 - Original post - cached version

Within a couple of hours of the AOC endorsement video that went up on Saturday morning, there were over a million viewers across social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. I'd rather you just watch it again than read anything I could possibly say about it. I'd rather you share it with a...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-20 - Original post - cached version

This map of Chicago from The Economist shocked me as the magazine makes the point that if you take a ride along Chicago's red line-- a rail service running north-south for 23 miles-- life expectancy varies by 30 years from one end to the other! Thirty years! In a developed country! In...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-18 - Original post - cached version

This DCCC messaging memo on impeachment isn't something you would expect to come from them, considering it seems like just minutes ago when they were raging against Democratic candidates who dared to even talk about impeachment. Cheri Bustos sent this memo out to all House Dems last...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-17 - Original post - cached version

Back in 2009, when union activist and author Jonathan Tasini was running for Senate against Kirsten Gillibrand, I wrote that sometimes I have to pump some political courage into our candidates and incumbents and coax them to support difficult or controversial items on the progressive agenda....

Down With Tyranny - 2019-10-07 - Original post - cached version
The Trump Snowball Effect by Nancy Ohanian

The new Gallup poll-- which was in the field before the gravity of the Ukraine scandal and impeachment hit the mass media-- is pretty devastating for Trump. It isn't just his job approval that is underwater either. Don't get me wrong. His job...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-28 - Original post - cached version
A nexus of pure, unadulterated evil-- Trump and the Adelsons

Sheldon Adelson bought the biggest newspaper in Las Vegas for 140 million dollars. His net worth is something like 32 billion dollars and he represents the interests of the far right Likud Party among Republicans in the U.S. His...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-24 - Original post - cached version
Rachel Ventura with polar bear

-by Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy

Last Friday, the day of the climate strike, one of my Facebook friends posted that he was tired of boomer politicians, and wished they would go away. As a boomer myself, I pointed out to him that not all boomers are the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-23 - Original post - cached version
Climate Change Denier by Nancy Ohanian

Heads of state have flooded into New York this week for the United Nations General Assembly meetings. One topic of supreme concern is Climate Change-- supreme concern more to some leaders, though, than to others. An AP report emphasized that "...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-13 - Original post - cached version

Before the 1964 Democratic landslide-- resulting in 295 Democratic House seats and just 140 for the Republicans and a 68-32 Democratic majority in the Senate-- conservatives had teamed up with the American Medical Association (AMA) to slime Medicare proposals for SIXTY years. Once...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-09-01 - Original post - cached version

I want to reference Tom's post from Thursday, a reminder of how the DNC's attorneys told a court that "We do not owe voters an impartial or evenhanded primary election." It was part of a DNC defense of Debbie Wasserman Schultz and her DNC cronies-- many of whom are still part of the...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-25 - Original post - cached version

Rachel Ventura is the progressive Democrat challenging New Dem, Bill Foster in Illinois’ 11th congressional district. Ventura currently serves on the Will County Board, representing swing district #9. To win her 2018 campaign, she challenged the local Democratic establishment, was outspent 3:1...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version
The DC Establishment doesn't, but most regular Americans agree with AOC on this one

Do you remember last month when Hoyer gave the OK for Henry Cuellar (Blue Dog-TX) and Gregory Meeks (New Dem-NY) to surreptitiously circulate an anonymous memo among House Democrats purporting to have...

Down With Tyranny - 2019-08-13 - Original post - cached version
Rachel Ventura plants a Green New Deal sign in East Aurora

-by Rachel Ventura

I have worn many hats in my life. As a 38-year old single mother of two beautiful and gifted twin girls, I have traveled America and the world when I was a military spouse. I...

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