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Posts Tagged ‘United States Senate’

The Mediators: Cory Booker releases “United”

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016


Yes, Cory Booker, whose entire position in the senate is about mediation and unifying and working together, did just publish his autobiography “United.” But why now? Booker, during the last days of New Hampshire, campaigned with Hillary Clinton. He’s rarely mentioned as a VP choice. Why not? All her Vp choices that are being discussed at the moment are not famous. This election is gonna involve a lot of fame. He may come off as very strong, particularly constitutionally, for someone like Hillary (Booker was a wide receiver at Stanford who turned down NFL hysteria (he was very sought after in the NFL draft) to become a Rhodes Scholar, he routinely did things like rescue people in fires or run down criminals in Newark when he was Mayor there) BUT…Hillary is married to Bill Clinton, who in his day could sink icebergs (just by casually bumping into them). She’s used to very seriously constituted men in her life. We feel this is a VP choice. Oh yes, this is a VP choice indeed.  The choice of VPs is really usually very telling. In Trump’s case, he may be a strong enough salesman to sell ANY VP choice (this…we actually doubt…it’s the first really extremely serious judgement call of the nominee BUT in Trump’s case this idea of selling anything is the core element of his success at the moment so…)….

Of course who the candidates will be, as well as who the VP choices will be….remains to be seen….the above…may actually be some strategy in the works and we’re taking note of that possibility…so there you have it.

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A Note On Transparency

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

The hard thing about Transparency is that it is not a one way street in terms of traditional American Political Ideology. Union action in large public projects is as much of an issue as Citizens United. If Americans want true transparency in public spending in the United States (arguably amazingly valuable to the country’s well being) we have to get rid of Citizen United, make lobbying transparent and an open part of the process, and insure Union–and all contractor–transparency as well. ALL difficult and courageous objectives. But they are not part of a standard Democratic or Republican dialog. It’s a Third Way Road. These are things that Bernie Sanders won’t tell you, incidentally, and they may play a very big part in this next Presidential election.


Milon Henry Levine writes and makes films and photographs on politics, public work and transparency in public spending.


Today The Senate Vote’s On Repealing Citizens United

Monday, September 8th, 2014

When we helped start the movement for a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling four and a half years ago, many said it couldn’t be done.

They said the Koch Brothers and Karl Rove and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce were too strong.

But you moved into action. And now — thousands upon thousands of petitions, emails, calls and rallies later — your work has brought us to a historic moment in the effort to restore democracy to elections.

Today, the United States Senate will bring the constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United to the Senate floor, with a vote possible as early as today!

Call your senators RIGHT NOW to make sure they vote for democracy, not plutocracy.

1. Call your senators right now at this toll-free number: 866-937-7983.

2. Say this to the staffer who answers the phone: “I’m calling in support of S.J. Res. 19, the Democracy for All constitutional amendment.”

3. That’s it — you won’t have to get into a debate.

The billionaires and Big Business have used their money to influence YOUR senators.

But YOU have the power to make sure your senators stand with the American people in this historic moment.

Call your senators TODAY at 866-937-7983.

Thank you for taking action and moving our nation toward a day where every American is represented in the halls of power.

In solidarity,

Robb Friedlander
Public Citizen’s Democracy Is for People Campaign