Inside a bar in West Virginia, a group of socialists gathered to share with the taxpayer-funded leftwing National Public Radio (NPR) what the new face of the Democratic Party looks like. First up — apparently a rarity among Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) — is the co-founder of the West Virginia chapter.“I might be the only one in our little chapter that is a Christian, and it all just fits so perfectly together for me, things that I’ve always thought anyway along with my values morally and religiously,” Kelley Rose said in the NPR article posted on its website. “Possibly my mother would want to debate me on this, but if anyone was ever a socialist it was Jesus,” Rose said. NPR found 13 socialists in West Virginia and penned a lengthy piece entitled “What You Need To Know About The Democratic Socialists of America.” The news outlet said the group in the bar is “a part of the DSA’s explosive growth … [Read more...] about NPR Explains the New Democratic Left: Jesus Was a Socialist
KANSAS CITY, Kansas (AP) — The new face of an emerging democratic socialist movement joined its patriarch in the most unlikely place Friday, calling on Kansans unhappy with the direction of the country to get off the sidelines in a pivotal Republican-held congressional district. "We know that people in Kansas, just like everywhere else in this country, just like families in the Bronx, just want a fair shake," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the surprise winner in a New York House primary last month, told a frenetic crowd of more than 3,000 in a Kansas suburb of Kansas City. Headlining a rally with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez sought to infuse the final weeks of Democrat Brent Welder's congressional primary campaign with the enthusiasm that lifted her over 20-year Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley last month. In an election year defined by energized Democratic voters seeking to send President Donald Trump a message, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez were betting they could … [Read more...] about Liberal icon, new Democratic star wade into GOP-heavy Kansas
Colby Itkowitz, The Washington Post Published 8:30 am PDT, Monday, July 9, 2018 When Kara Eastman, a social worker and professed progressive advocate, decided to run for Congress in a lean-red district in a deep-red state, she was driven by her mother's exorbitant medical bills for her cancer treatment. Her mother died before she could see her 46-year-old daughter canvass Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District advocating for "Medicare for all," the latest catchall term for government-provided health care that is catching on in congressional races across the country, dividing Democrats from each other but also shaping the terms of a new health-care debate for 2018. In her race, Eastman pressed for a single-payer system in which everyone would get health care paid for by the government, while her opponent, Brad Ashford, D, a well-known former congressman who lost his seat in 2016 and was trying to win it back, called that impractical and said the more politically … [Read more...] about Health 202: Medicare for all is new Democratic mantra in congressional races
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old democratic socialist who became an instant Democratic Party heroine by unseating party caucus chair Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in Tuesday’s New York primary, is an anti-Israel radical. Her victory is a further sign of the Democratic Party’s slide toward the extreme left — and toward the anti-Israel left in particular.During her primary election, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted passionately about an alleged Israeli “massacre” of Palestinian “protesters” at the Gaza border, citing an Al Jazeera article. But those killed at the Gaza border were not “protesters.” The vast majority — 50 of 62 — were members of Hamas, a terrorist organization devoted to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. They were not demonstrating against Israel. They were attempting to breach the border so they could carry out attacks against Israeli civilians. Far from carrying out a “massacre,” … [Read more...] about Pollak: New Democrat Heroine Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is an Anti-Israel Radical
ON A RAINY morning last week, a handful of supporters came to the Democrat Party’s headquarters to confirm their membership, a requirement under the new Political Parties Act. The country’s oldest political party weathered thousands of heavy downpours and dozens of rainy seasons before celebrating its 72nd anniversary on April 6. Its headquarters has stood solidly at its current location on Setsiri Road for almost four decades. During all those years, many historical events – both happy and sorry – have taken place here. Cheers went up all around when the Democrats won an election and became the government. Tears and silence dominated the building after news of election losses. Over its long history, the party has often been criticised as “bureaucratic”, “conservative” and “only good at talking”. And now the Democrats aim to rebrand with a “fresh” selling point in an attempt to win the hearts of voters before … [Read more...] about Dawn of the new Democrats?