Two big political events compete for attention this weekend


ALYX: POLK COUNTY DEMOCRATS ARE
SETTING THE STAGE FOR 18
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO
APPEAR AT THE ANNUAL STEAK FRY
TOMORROW IN DES MOINES. TENTS AND STAGES ARE UP AT WATER
WORKS PARK. THE EVENT STARTS AT 11:00
TOMORROW MORNING. WATCH FOR COVERAGE RIGHT HERE
KCCI AND OUR KCCI NEWS APP. AS THE STEAK FRY ENDS TOMORROW
GOVERNOR REYNOLDS’ HARVEST
FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER BEGINS AT
THE STATE HOUSE. THE GOVERNOR WILL BE JOINED BY
SECOND LADY KAREN

Republican Party Won’t Budge on Marriage Equality: Aug 27 Marriage News Watch


Major news in the Prop 8 case, with new briefs
filed with the US Supreme Court. Another survey shows a majority of Americans support the
freedom to marry, so why is the Republican party turning its back on relationship recognition?
And challenges to the Defense of Marriage Act were already on the fast track, but now
that track could get even faster. At the American Foundation for Equal Rights,
I’m Matt Baume, and welcome to Marriage News Watch for August 27, 2012. Late last week, AFER filed a brief with the
US Supreme Court, asking the court to deny the Prop 8 proponents’ latest attempt to stop
couples from marrying. Two courts have now found Prop 8 to be unconstitutional, and the
Proponents making a last-ditch effort to have those victories overturned by the Supreme
Court. AFER’s position is that the previous decisions
are correct, and don’t require any further review. The next step is up to the Supreme Court.
They could decide as soon as late September whether to rehear our case. If they chose
not to take it, our Ninth Circuit victory will go into effect and Prop 8 will be gone
for good. And if they do decide to take it, AFER’s attorneys are ready to defend our previous
wins before the Supreme Court. In other news, yet another national poll has
shown that a majority of Americans support the freedom to marry. This time it was a Washington
Post/Kaiser survey showing support at 53 percent to 42 percent opposed. This makes the fourteenth
national poll to show our support at over 50 percent. Despite the undeniable trend in public opinion,
the Republican Party is headed towards a platform that doesn’t even recognize civil unions.
The party’s platform committee last week voted down a plank that would have included limited
relationship recognition. In response, the group Young Conservatives for the Freedom
to Marry has denounced the move as disappointing. They’ve vowed to continue working towards
building Republican support for marriage equality. And finally this week, the Department of Justice
has filed an appeal in one of the numerous DOMA cases currently in progress. The case
in question is Pederson versus Office of Personnel Management, in which one federal court has
already found DOMA to be unconstitutional. Typically, the case would now be reheard by
the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. But the plaintiffs, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and
Defenders, want to skip the Second Circuit and go directly to the Supreme Court to settle
the matter once and for all. As with the Prop 8 case, the Supreme Court
will begin deciding which cases to take in late September. So you can expect major news
about the freedom to marry then — just a few weeks before the election. Visit AFER.org to learn more about the case
to overturn Prop 8 and win full federal marriage equality. At the American Foundation for Equal
Rights, I’m Matt Baume. We’ll see you next week.

Wisconsin Republican party hosts convention in Green Bay


THE FIRST NORDSTROM RACK OPENED AT THE MAYFAIR COLLECTION IN WAUWATOSA. A TOTAL WINE AND MORE ALSO PLANS TO OPEN A STORE IN THAT SAME SPOT. THE SEARS STORE CLOSED IN 2014. JOYCE: COMMITMENT 2016 COVERAGE, HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN WILL BE THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT THE WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN PARTY CONVENTION THIS WEEKEND. JOYCE: THE CONVENTION GOT UNDERWAY IN GREEN BAY TODAY. RYAN WILL ADDRESS HIS FELLOW STATE REPUBLICANS TOMORROW NIGHT. NEARLY ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND, INCLUDING U.S. SENATOR RON JOHNSON WHO’S IN A CLOSE RACE WITH RUSS FEINGOLD TO HOLD ON TO HIS SEAT.>>CERTAINLY REPUBLICANS WILL BE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT. WE NEED TO REDUCE THE SIZE OF THE REGULATORY BURDEN.

Joe Biden Adds To Lead And Warren Surges In New NBC Poll Of 2020 Democrats | The 11th Hour | MSNBC


>>>WELL, WE HAVE A BRAND NEW>>>WELL, WE HAVE A BRAND NEW NBC NEWS WALL STREET JOURNAL NBC NEWS WALL STREET JOURNAL POLL, IT’S JUST BEEN OUT FOR SIX POLL, IT’S JUST BEEN OUT FOR SIX HOURS, IT’S ALREADY MAKING NEWS. HOURS, IT’S ALREADY MAKING NEWS. FOR WHAT IT SHOWS AND WHAT IT FOR WHAT IT SHOWS AND WHAT IT DOES NOT DOES NOT BACK AT THE BIG BOARD FOR US BACK AT THE BIG BOARD FOR US TONIGHT, OUR FRIEND STEVE COR TONIGHT, OUR FRIEND STEVE COR KORNACKI KORNACKI A LOT OF NEWS THTSDSIN THIS ONE, A LOT OF NEWS THTSDSIN THIS ONE, STEVE. STEVE.>>OUR NEW POLL HERE NATIONALLY,>>OUR NEW POLL HERE NATIONALLY, STILL THE LEAD R, BUT YOU COULD STILL THE LEAD R, BUT YOU COULD SAY IN THIS POLL HE IS HEARING SAY IN THIS POLL HE IS HEARING FOOTSTEPS. FOOTSTEPS. ELIZABETH WARREN, BERNIE ELIZABETH WARREN, BERNIE SANDERS, WE’VE BEEN TALKING FOR SANDERS, WE’VE BEEN TALKING FOR A LONG TIME NOW ABOUT HOW A LONG TIME NOW ABOUT HOW THERE’S BEEN A BATTLE FOR SECOND THERE’S BEEN A BATTLE FOR SECOND PLACE BETWEEN THEM PLACE BETWEEN THEM SOME POLLS WARREN IS A POINT OR SOME POLLS WARREN IS A POINT OR TWO AHEAD OF SANDERS, SOME POLLS TWO AHEAD OF SANDERS, SOME POLLS SANDERS IS A POINT OR TWO AHEAD, SANDERS IS A POINT OR TWO AHEAD, BIDEN WOULD BE DOUBLE DIGITS BIDEN WOULD BE DOUBLE DIGITS AHEAD OF BOTH OF THEM. AHEAD OF BOTH OF THEM. NOW IN OUR NEW POLL, FIRST POLL NOW IN OUR NEW POLL, FIRST POLL FOR US OUT AFTER THE DEBATE LAST FOR US OUT AFTER THE DEBATE LAST WEEK, WARREN IS CLEARLY WEEK, WARREN IS CLEARLY ATTAINING SEPARATION FROM ATTAINING SEPARATION FROM SANDERS FOR SECOND PLACE AND SANDERS FOR SECOND PLACE AND NOTABLY SHE’S SIX POINDS BEHINDT NOTABLY SHE’S SIX POINDS BEHINDT BIDEN FOR FIRST, CLOSER TO BIDEN BIDEN FOR FIRST, CLOSER TO BIDEN FOR THE LEAD IN THIS POLL THAN FOR THE LEAD IN THIS POLL THAN SHE IS TO SANDERS FOR THIRD SHE IS TO SANDERS FOR THIRD PLACE. PLACE. THIS IS SOMETHING TO LOOK AT THIS IS SOMETHING TO LOOK AT GOING FORWARD. GOING FORWARD. ARE THERE OTHER POLLS THAT SHOW ARE THERE OTHER POLLS THAT SHOW THIS THIS IS WARREN BEGINNING TO SEPARATE IS WARREN BEGINNING TO SEPARATE HERSELF FROM SANDERS AND TO HERSELF FROM SANDERS AND TO START GETTING CLOSER TO BIDEN? START GETTING CLOSER TO BIDEN? WHY HAS WARREN BEEN ABLE TO DO WHY HAS WARREN BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS THIS IT LOOKS LIKE TWO THINGS ARE IT LOOKS LIKE TWO THINGS ARE GOING ON HERE. GOING ON HERE. NUMBER ONE, WE’VE TALKED ABOUT NUMBER ONE, WE’VE TALKED ABOUT THIS SIMILAR MESSAGES, BETWEEN THIS SIMILAR MESSAGES, BETWEEN WARREN AND SANDERS, THERE ARE A WARREN AND SANDERS, THERE ARE A LOT OF DIFFERENCES IN THEIR LOT OF DIFFERENCES IN THEIR COALITIONS COALITIONS THERE IS SOME OVERLAP TOO. THERE IS SOME OVERLAP TOO. THERE HAS BEEN SOME OVERLAP. THERE HAS BEEN SOME OVERLAP. WHERE THERE’S BEEN OVERLAP WHERE THERE’S BEEN OVERLAP WARREN NOW SEEMS TO BE GETTING WARREN NOW SEEMS TO BE GETTING THE BETTER OF SANDERS. THE BETTER OF SANDERS. ALSO, ANOTHER REASON WARREN’S ALSO, ANOTHER REASON WARREN’S BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS, RIGHT BEEN ABLE TO DO THIS, RIGHT HERE, KAMALA HARRIS, YOU SEE, HERE, KAMALA HARRIS, YOU SEE, FALLING ALL THE WAY BACK TO 5% FALLING ALL THE WAY BACK TO 5% 5% FOR KAMALA HARRIS IN THIS 5% FOR KAMALA HARRIS IN THIS REMEMBER AFTER THAT FIRST DEBATE REMEMBER AFTER THAT FIRST DEBATE A COUPLE MONTHS AGO THERE WERE A COUPLE MONTHS AGO THERE WERE NATIONAL POLLS THAT HAD KAMALA NATIONAL POLLS THAT HAD KAMALA HARRIS MOVING UP TO WITHIN HARRIS MOVING UP TO WITHIN STRIKING STRIKING STRIKING DISTANCE OF BIDEN NOW STRIKING DISTANCE OF BIDEN NOW THREE CANDIDATES IN DOUBLE THREE CANDIDATES IN DOUBLE DIGITS DIGITS MAJOR DIVIDES, NUMBER ONE IT MAJOR DIVIDES, NUMBER ONE IT CONTINUES TO BE RACE CONTINUES TO BE RACE WHITE VOTERS, ELIZABETH WARREN WHITE VOTERS, ELIZABETH WARREN NOW IN FIRST PLACE OVER JOE NOW IN FIRST PLACE OVER JOE BIDEN AMONG WHITE VOTERS BIDEN AMONG WHITE VOTERS IF YOU BREAK THAT DOWN EVEN IF YOU BREAK THAT DOWN EVEN FURTHER WHITE COLLEGE EDUCATED FURTHER WHITE COLLEGE EDUCATED WARREN RUNNING AWAY WITH IT, WARREN RUNNING AWAY WITH IT, BIDEN DOING A LITTLE BETTER BIDEN DOING A LITTLE BETTER NON-COLLEGE, BIDEN’S BIGGEST NON-COLLEGE, BIDEN’S BIGGEST SOURCE OF STRENGTH CONTINUES TO SOURCE OF STRENGTH CONTINUES TO BE AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS, BE AFRICAN-AMERICAN VOTERS, WARREN, THOUGH, SHE HAS NOT WARREN, THOUGH, SHE HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN THIS HIGH, I SAY ALWAYS BEEN THIS HIGH, I SAY THIS HIGH, BUT DOUBLE DIGITS FOR THIS HIGH, BUT DOUBLE DIGITS FOR WARREN WITH BLACK VOTERS, THAT’S WARREN WITH BLACK VOTERS, THAT’S NOT ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE NOT ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE AGE CONTINUES TO BE A MAJOR AGE CONTINUES TO BE A MAJOR DIVIDE AS WELL DIVIDE AS WELL UNDER 35 YEARS OLD, YOUNGEST UNDER 35 YEARS OLD, YOUNGEST GROUP SANDERS IN FIRST, ANDREW GROUP SANDERS IN FIRST, ANDREW YANG, AHEAD OF JOE BIDEN YANG, AHEAD OF JOE BIDEN WHY IS BIDEN STILL AHEAD WHY IS BIDEN STILL AHEAD OVERALL? OVERALL? OLDER VOTERS PARTICULARLY 65 OLDER VOTERS PARTICULARLY 65 PLUS, HE’S RUNNING AWAY WITH IT PLUS, HE’S RUNNING AWAY WITH IT THERE. THERE. MAJOR DIVIDES ON RACE, MAJOR MAJOR DIVIDES ON RACE, MAJOR DIVIDES ON AGE DIVIDES ON AGE BIDEN STILL AHEAD. BIDEN STILL AHEAD. BUT WARREN GOT TO BE ENCOURAGED BUT WARREN GOT TO BE ENCOURAGED BY THIS ONE, BRIAN. BY THIS ONE, BRIAN.>>AND MAYOR PETE HAPPY TO COME

Alan Grayson Punches Republican Party In The Mouth!


here comes on grace isn’t go on offense yes what’s gonna happen he’s going to stay there now if you end up just uh… you know it a little x dot pointe suburbs whatever you like smacks republicans them out okay is like uh… i got i got an issue with
how the republicans run government without further ado mister grace mr chairman i was surprised to hear a
few days ago rudy guiliani for mayor of new york say
that there were no terrorist attacks during the bush administration on u_s_
soil he later corrected that remark to say that there were no tears attacks on u_s_ solo president bush was
leaving the country except for just nine eleven only a terrorist attack on nine eleven and i realize that i was witnessing the
birth of the new for political discourse in the right wing in this country the exception exceptional exception exception that proves the rule or
disprove the rules the case today son expecting that the future will hear
from the right wing the claimed that no cities drown under
the bush administration except for new orleans and that there were no wars there was
started by mistake under the bush administration except for the war in iraq and that the bush administration added
nothing to the federal debt except for half-trillion dollars which
works out of fifteen thousand dollars for every man woman and child in this
country and that they respected all of our
constitutional rights as americans except when they didn’t i think that we all live here that the
republicans claim that the bush administration but as the economy quite
well except when they brought it to the break of national bankruptcy in fact will find that the bush cheney
administration was a complete success except for the fact that it was an
abject failure an abject failure in fact what we learned in watching them
for eight years is that the reason why the republicans hate government so much is because they’re so badass and there are those people among us who
lived through that terrible time and we’ll look back on it and i’ll say
the dole vote for anybody on the ballot absolutely anybody on the ballot with
one exception except that that person happens to be a
republican ideal the remainder of my time thank you
very much no very good race in here but let me tell you why that’s important because conventional wisdom in washington is what sets the agenda and that sucks and its unfortunately we
try to change it all the time but this is part of how you change it the conventional wisdom is all bushy
jadi deficit gracie’s make speeches like this to make
it patently obvious that him that they didn’t any friends that are away where you go
well it’s hard to tell you what do you say the republicans anika service on the
other side twenty four seven or trying to set the
conventional wisdom in washington that their favor they’ve been saying
inaudible date you don’t nylon doesn’t count on doesn’t count at unisa rick about window of allsectech
boat supports that that’s on an on iraq to train of the debt et
cetera again on the economy thing about how born that it’s is a cutie all bala
did the budget is all bombers the deficit o bomb is absurd bush kicked left a one-point to
trillion-dollar deficit when he left office at the beginning of
two thousand and nine when you have speeches like this light
grey says it helps at least pushed back a little
bit and even the the thick media washington
have a look at mango that’s a pretty good point so that’s why this week is not only and a good one that we feel you know
great about but it’s also important and uh… that’s why it’s great embrace
it happen

Diamond and Silk take on political correctness and Oprah


HIS OR HER’S HES OR HER’S HEREOR HER’S HERE’S HER’S HERE’S TER’S HERE’S THE’S HERE’S THE THING AMERICA WAS SO RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC. VIEWPOINTS COULDN’T BE PRESENTED IN PUBLIC. VICTIM GROUPS REPLACED ACTUAL VISMS. HERE IS THE BIG SECRET TO CONSERVATIVE SUCCESS IN 2016 AND BEYOND. THE EAR WRATH POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS OVER. [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE] POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS DYING A SLOW, PAINFUL, BLOODY AGONIZING DEATH AND ALL I CAN SAY IS HELL YEAH. AINSLEY: LET’S BRING IN DIAMOND AND SILK SOCIAL MEDIA STARS AND TRUMP SUPPORTERS. GOOD MORNING TO YOU, LADIES.>>GOOD MORNING. AINSLEY: GOOD MORNING. YOUR STORY IS YOU BOTH GREW UP IN HOUSEHOLDS OF DEMOCRATS AND YOU NOW ARE REPUBLICANS. WE SAW YOU ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL SUPPORTING THIS PRESIDENT AND THIS ADMINISTRATION. SO, HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME A REPUBLICAN AND WHEN DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU NEEDED TO RUN FROM THAT P.C. CULTURE.>>WHEN I SAW IT WHEN WE FIRST SAW THE P.C. CULTURE UP UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, WE DIDN’T LIKE IT. WE SAW HOW PEOPLE WERE SUGAR COATING THINGS. TOO MUCH SUGAR MAKE YOU SICK.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>IT WAS TIME TO TELL THE NAKED NASTY LOW DOWNS THE WRITTEN TRUTH. MAYBE THE TRUTH MAY MAKE YOU FEEL QUEAZY OR UNEASY. THAT WAS GOING TO SET EVERYONE FREE. THAT WAS PART OF THE REASON WHY WE VOTED REPUBLICAN THIS TIME BECAUSE WE GOT TIRED OF THAT RIGHT THERE.>>WE FOUND THAT POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS SCRIPTED. IT’S REHEARSED. IT’S THE SAME OLD SAME OLD. THERE IS NO SOLUTION TO IT. STEVE: LADIES, DO YOU AGREE WITH BEN SHAPIRO AT CPAC YESTERDAY WHO SAID THE EAR WRATH PARTLY CLOUDY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS OVER?>>I DO AGREE WITH THAT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>YES.>>LISTEN, YOU CAN FLUSH IT DOWN OR GO GIVE IT BACK TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND LET THEM COLLUDE ON THAT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THE DEAL IS THAT WE HAVE THIS COUNTRY AND JUST TELL IT LIKE IT IS.>>UM-HUH.>>SO WE CAN SOLVE PROBLEMS.>>YES.>>WE CAN FIX THINGS AND MOVE OUR COUNTRY FORWARD SO, YES, I AGREE WITH IT.>>CALL IT HOW WE SEE IT. PETE: DIAMOND AND SILK OPRAH RESPONDED, ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS WOMEN IN THE WORLD RESPONDED TO ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS MAN. HERE IS WHAT WAS TALKED ABOUT. HE SAID WATCH THE VERY INSECURE THAT’S THE KEY WORD OPRAH WINFREY WHO AT ONE POINT I KNEW VERY WELL. THE QUESTIONS WERE BIASED AND SLANTED. THE FACTS INCORRECT. HOPE OPRAH RETURNS SO SHE CAN BE EXPOSED AND DEFEATED JUST LIKE ALL THE OTHERS. OPRAH WAS ASKED ABOUT THAT.>>I WOKE UP AND I JUST THOUGHT. [LAUGHTER] YEAH. AND I DON’T LIKE GIVING NEGATIVITY POWER, SO I JUST THOUGHT WHAT? PETE: ALL RIGHT, GUYS, ARMS UP EMOGI GIVE NEGATIVITY NO POWER. WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT THAT.>>OPRAH IS GETTING BACK WHAT SHE DISHED OUT.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>OPRAH SHE KNOWS DONALD TRUMP. AND FOR HER TO TAKE AND DO A ROUND TABLE ON 60 MINUTES, SHE DIDN’T DO THIS UP UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. WHEN OBAMA SENT BLTS OF DOLLARS TO IRAN, WHY DIDN’T SHE HAVE A ROUND TABLE ON THAT? IT’S TIME FOR OPRAH TO MIND HER OWN BUSINESS ON HER OWN NETWORK.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>THAT’S WHAT SHE NEEDS TO DO AND KEEP OUR PRESIDENT’S NAME OUT OF HER MOUTH IF SHE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING GOOD TO SAY ABOUT HIM.>>WE ALSO UNDERSTAND, OPRAH, ABOUT THE LAW OF ATTRACTION. WHAT YOU DISH OUT IS WHAT YOU GET BACK. SHE SAID A WHOLE PLATFORM FULL OF NEGATIVITY AND THAT’S WHY SHE GOT IT BACK SO PLEASE, SHE NEEDS TO BE POSITIVE ABOUT OUR PRESIDENT, NOT NEGATIVE. AINSLEY: DO YOU THINK SHE SHOULD RUN.>>NO, SHE SHOULD GO RUN FOR PRESIDENT OF HOLLYWOOD AND FIX HOLLYWOOD. HAVE A ROUND TABLE FOR ALL OF THOSE PERVERTS THAT SHE SUPPORTED IN HOLLYWOOD.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>BUT LEAVE THIS PRESIDENT ALONE. STEVE: IT DOES SOUND LIKE ONE OF THE OTHER THINGS SHE TOLD ELLEN DURING THAT TAPING THAT APPARENTLY WHEN OPRAH FIRST REVIEWED THE “60 MINUTES” ROUND TABLE BEFORE IT RAN SHE SAID HEY, WAIT A MINUTE, I REMEMBER SOMETHING ELSE. SHE SAID THAT IT APPEARED THEY ONLY PUT THE DEMOCRATIC POINT OF VIEW IN THE 60 MINUTES PRODUCERS SO THEY ASKED — SHE ASKED THEM TO INCLUDE THE OTHER SIDE SO THAT IT WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE BALANCED. IT’S JUST A LITTLE MORE OF THAT. MEANWHILE, LADIES, TELL US ABOUT YOUR CHITCHAT TOUR.>>OKAY. SO WE KICKED THE CHITCHAT TOUR OFF IN JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA. WE HAD A WONDERFUL TIME JUST CHITCHATTING. EVEN TALKING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, GUNS AND SECURITY IN OUR SCHOOLS AND HOW WE CAN MAKE THINGS BETTER. WE’RE HEADED ON TO DALLAS, TEXAS ON MARCH THE 8TH. FOR THE SECOND CITY TOUR. AND IT’S GOING TO BE FABULOUS. IT’S GOING TO BE GREAT. WE’RE HAVING A GOOD TIME DOING THE GRASSROOTS WORK.>>YES.>>TALKING TO PEOPLE.>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>CAN YOU GET YOUR TICKETS AT DIAMOND AND SILK.COM. PETE: WE SENT RACHEL CAMPOS DUFFY BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE TOUR AND WE GOT A QUICK CLIP OF IT. WATCH.>>WE SAW DONALD TRUMP WHO WAS AN ENTREPRENEUR, A BUSINESSMAN, THAT’S WHAT WE NEED. THAT KIND OF THING JUST MOTIVATED US TO NOW LET’S NEGOTIATE. NO, MAYBE WE CAN DO THIS HERE. MAYBE WE CAN TAKE THIS HERE AND CAPITALIZE A LITTLE BIT ON THIS. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH CAPITALISM. I’M NOT FOR GLOBALISM OR SOCIALISM. I LOVE CAPITALISM. I LOVE FOR PEOPLE COME UP, TAKE AN OPPORTUNITY AND RUN WITH IT. PETE: GOING TO BE FASCINATING. THE FULL PACKAGE RUNNING ON

Erie County Republican and Democratic party leaders comment on upcoming primary election


THE IMAGES FROM THE FRONT STEPS OF THE CRAWFORD COUNTY COURTHOUSE WHERE THE REMEMBERANCE WAS HELD STARTING AT NOON. THE OFFICERS GATHER FROM COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT CRAWFORD COUNTY EACH YEAR TO PAUSE FOR A MOMENT TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO HAVE DIED. BUT THEY ALSO SAY THAT THOSE WHO PROTECT AND SERVE SHOULD BE REMEMBERED EACH DAY OF THE YEAR FOR KEEPING COMMUNITIES SAFE. JET 24 ACTION NEWS IS YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS. ERIE COUNTY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE GEARING UP FOR THE PRIMARY MUNICIPALITY ELECTION WHICH IS JUST SIX DAYS AWAY. TIARRA BRADDOCK JOINS US LIVE FROM THE CONTROL ROOM WITH WHAT PARTY LEADERS SAY THEY WANT OUT OF THIS ELECTION… TIARRA? JILL, THERE ARE 11 DEMOCRATS ON THE BALLOT FOR ERIE CITY COUNCIL AND ONLY ONE REPUBLICAN RUNNING. AS FOR ERIE COUNTY COUNCIL.. THERE ARE NINE DEMOCRATS RUNNING AND SEVEN REPUBLICANS ON THE BALLOT. IN LESS THAN A WEEK, CANDIDATES IN THE PRIMARY ELECTION WILL IF THEY HAVE BEEN ELECTED TO RUN IN THE GENERAL ELECTION COMING UP IN NOVEMBER. “The Democratic party is energized, even for a municipal election cycle, we got a lot of candidates on the ballot, a lot of competitive primaries this year.” THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ERIE COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY SAYS THEY DO HAVE NEW AND YOUNGER PEOPLE RUNNING… BUT THAT IS NOT A PROBLEM “It is a tough climb for the newer candidates and the younger candidates on the ballot. But listen, this is first step for them, it’s the first time that they have their name on the ballot and that’s a big leap forward.” ON THE OTHERHAND… THE VICE CHAIR WOMAN OF THE ERIE COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY SAYS THEY ARE FOCUSING MORE ON THE JUDICIAL RACE. “As far as the judicial race goes, I’m very confident in Ed Smith, he’s a very well qualified and we’re for him a 100%. ” ONE THING BOTH PARTIES LEADERS CAN AGREE ON IS THAT VOTER TURNOUT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR THIS ELECTION. “It affects your whole being and people don’t seem to realize that, so if my plea can get 10 people to come out and vote. THey’re saying the voter turnon out will be about 20, then I say 27.” JIM WERTZ SAYS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS BEEN CANVASSING NEIGHBORHOODS AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO VOTE. JUST A REMINDER THE PRIMARY ELECTION IS ON MAY 21.. SO MAKE SURE TO GET OUT AND VOTE. SEAN? BE SURE TO GET ALL YOUR ELECTION NEWS AT YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS… YOUR

If Obama Cuts Social Security, It Will Destroy the Democratic Party


he this socially redeeming you mentioned that we need to tell the
obama administration that this is where the progress of base
get off the bus i would actually argue that’d larger than the progress of days loyal and polish on this at this point
we don’t give a permit this future this boy that every independent msnbc
was n_b_c_ wall street journal c_n_n_ what pulled the worst across the board is total security democrats independents republicans the
party is reporting those buddy wants it so what the republicans will do it once this cut the socially really
happens they will say brocco bomb head of the democratic party was the one responsible for code for
cutting your social security it will destroy the the democratic party i think there will be nothing left of
the democratic party it will be you know it will be uh… it will be associated with cutting social security in their work freaky world let let’s talk about how we send this
message is it you know how much hyde park should
there be about the primary ng brocco bomb at this point i’d personally would not do it better mo i would argue with the any primary
challenge hop almost always been debilitating for that party i can’t even
time whether as a primary challenge where that guy one add everything was on
the dory after that well you know that’s not too bad that
you know what i’m talking about because we’re talking about uh… what’s more debilitating to the
party the loss of uh… of the presidency in
twenty twelve stderr the democrats being responsible
for cutting social security evelyn be politically disastrous for the
presence of resource that really cuts agree with that but my don’t we have today get into the
primary challenge discussion now mean there’s a there’s a game of flight to
send that message of the president uh… you know why do this you don’t need to do this the polling is
on your side the policy is not your side artist politically nine your side it’s a
disaster aid with the sunday and the latter we send them eschew now cuz
you know you’d unit everyone gets into a bubble in the end of the presidency it’s
it’s it’s it’s hard to break out at some times hot this happen with clinton new clinton was
talking about taking all chunk of the so street respiratory into into wall street that was a hot topic in the late
nineties but there was a big theory on the left at the time and they pull back from that and then
they did in the mantra became save so security cecil security first uh… and that was good for the
democratic party so there is evidence that the weekend it s
i don’t look at first i think that they don’t get the curve by the white house and a leader in the west of the system
restore seven risers but we do have the capability when we speak in unison and speak well
includes have an impact in that now is the absolute time to do that all right well i understand bill and fitted militant it is a fairly toxic
thing to be talking about uh… no primary in a you candidate because it has historically meant the loss of that candidate and but dont i really do think and i you know you know that i defer to
you on uh… on that urs political but this may be one of those times where
i am by deference is has an estate i reserve the right to change my
deference here that i think that there is an argument to be made that the cutting a social security by democratic
president essentially will make the democratic party impossible impossible to uh… man to regain any footing such that it may be best to become a minority party for a while that actually has values in
some foundation from which to build upon then a a party that is destined to lose the
majority status anyways in twenty twelve perhaps of because they cut so she cared

Voters Reject Republican Candidates as New “Autopsy” Report Finds the Democratic Party in Crisis


AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org,
The War and Peace Report. I’m Amy Goodman. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And I’m Juan González. Welcome to all of our listeners and viewers
around the country and around the world. We turn now to the outcome of Tuesday’s
elections around the United States, where Democrats made big gains as voters turned
against the Republican Party one year after Donald Trump was elected president. In New Jersey, Democrat Phil Murphy defeated
Kim Guadagno in the race to replace the deeply unpopular Republican Governor Chris Christie. In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated
Republican Ed Gillespie in a gubernatorial race that was widely seen as a referendum
on President Trump’s policies. Northam addressed his supporters Tuesday night. GOV.-ELECT RALPH NORTHAM: We are back by popular
demand. Virginia, we have witnessed yet another Democratic
sweep today. … You know, it was said that the eyes of
the nation are now on the commonwealth. Today, Virginians have answered and have spoken. Virginia has told us to end the divisiveness,
that we will not condone hatred and bigotry, and to end the politics that have torn this
country apart. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: In response to the defeat
of Republicans, Trump tweeted, quote, “Ed Gillespie worked hard but did not embrace
me or what I stand for.” Northam’s acceptance speech was briefly
interrupted by immigration rights activists, who protested Northam’s pledge to sign a
ban on sanctuary cities as governor. The protest prompted a security official to
rush Northam off the stage. In Maine, voters approved an expansion of
Medicaid for low-income adults, defying Republican Governor Paul LePage and lending support to
the Affordable Care Act. In Ohio, voters rejected a measure that would
have forced pharmaceutical companies to reduce the price of prescription drugs, after Big
Pharma outspent its opponents by a three-to-one margin. In Washington state, Democrats have flipped
the state Senate and will take control of the entire Washington state government. AMY GOODMAN: Here in New York, voters rejected
a convention to rewrite the state’s constitution. And in New York City, incumbent Mayor Bill
de Blasio won a second term in office in a landslide election. In Philadelphia, civil rights attorney Larry
Krasner has been elected district attorney. Krasner, a longtime opponent of capital punishment
who opposes police stop-and-frisk policies, has represented protesters with Black Lives
Matter, ACT UP, Occupy Philadelphia and other progressive groups. This is Krasner at his victory party on Tuesday
night. DISTRICT ATTORNEY-ELECT LARRY KRASNER: This
is a mandate for a movement that is loudly telling government what it wants. And what it wants is criminal justice reform
in ways that require transformational change within the Philadelphia District Attorney’s
Office. … This is a movement that says we are not
just voters, we are the bosses, who pay the taxes that fund the salaries of the city workers. And we have every right to expect that we
will get what we just told you we want, which is transformational change in criminal justice
and in this District Attorney’s Office. AMY GOODMAN: The Minneapolis City Council
made history Tuesday night as voters elected the city’s first transgender councilmember,
making Andrea Jenkins the first transgender woman of color elected to public office in
the nation. And in Virginia’s Prince William County,
Democrat journalist Danica Roem is set to become the nation’s first openly transgender
state lawmaker, after she was elected to represent the 13th District of Virginia’s House of
Delegates. This is Roem speaking with a reporter after
she won. DELEGATE-ELECT DANICA ROEM: On the trans part
there, yeah, I am a transgender woman. We won because I am a transgender woman, because
I am a reporter, because I am a lifelong resident of Manassas, because of my inherent identifiers,
not despite them. I never ran away from them. I champion them. And because of that, yeah, Prince William
County is now more inclusive than it was before this election. AMY GOODMAN: With her victory, Danica Roem
will unseat 73-year-old 13-term incumbent Republican Bob Marshall, who’s repeatedly
called himself Virginia’s “chief homophobe.” Marshall authored an unsuccessful “bathroom
bill” that would have prohibited transgender people from using public restrooms matching
their gender identity. For more, we’re joined by Norman Solomon,
co-author of the new report, “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis.” He is co-founder of the online activist group
RootsAction.org, author of many books, including War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits
Keep Spinning Us to Death. Before we talk about your report, Norm, let’s
talk about the elections that just took place. Do you see this as a referendum on Donald
Trump? NORMAN SOLOMON: Well, certainly he’s back
on his heels, and it’s always good when the proponents of bigotry and racism and xenophobia
are defeated. So, in that sense, certainly, we had a good
night last night. And yet, a very steep climb ahead, with so
much power vested in the right-wing corporate America and the military throughout government
agencies and the federal government, as well as most state governments. AMY GOODMAN: Juan, you’ve been closely following
these elections all over the country. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, some—I think some
of the interesting things—and, Norm, you may agree on this. First of all, in the—the Washington state
result, where now Democrats are in control of both houses as well as the governor’s
chair, means that the entire West Coast of the United States—Washington state, Oregon
and California—are all probably the bluest sections of the country, in that they all
have Democratic governors and Democratic legislatures. And also, in New York City, apparently, not
just Bill de Blasio’s 40-point victory in the city, but also in the suburbs, Westchester
County and Nassau County, both now have Democratic county executives where they previously had
Republican ones. So it seems to be that some of the blue areas
of the country are becoming even bluer, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the country
necessarily is shifting that much. I’m wondering what your thoughts are on
that. NORMAN SOLOMON: Right. Well, what happened in Washington state means
that now seven states, out of 50, have total Democratic Party control over the governorship
and the legislatures. But at the same time, we have fully half of
the states—so we’re talking 25, 26—where Republicans control every branch of government. And I think that’s an indicator of just
how many gains have been made by an extremist right-wing party, which Noam Chomsky correctly
calls the most dangerous criminal organization in the history of the world. That’s where we are right now. And unfortunately, the Democratic Party has
not been able to put together the mobilization of the base in a way that can counteract that
kind of very vile corporate, militarist force that we have. As a matter of fact, we have a situation where
in the last nine years—and this is particularly important because it spanned the entire Obama
administration—there were 1,000 state legislative seats lost by Democrats to Republicans. And that tells us something about the overall
effect of the corporate policies that have been pursued from the top of the Democratic
Party. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Well, Norm, let’s get into
your book, “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis.” What are some of the key issues that you raise
in that book? NORMAN SOLOMON: Yes, well, this special report,
which we had a task force assigned for several months to work on, I co-coordinated with Karen
Bernal, who’s the chair of the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party. And our findings were particularly, I think,
striking, in that last year the Democratic Party, in the general election campaign, pursued
priorities and policies that have remained in place to this moment. And most strikingly, perhaps, it’s to disrespect
and defund approaches and outreach towards the base—young people, people of color and
the working class overall. And rather than put the messaging, the policy,
their priorities, the funding and outreach, the advertising towards that base, which is
the future of the party and the future, I might say, of human progress, in terms of
decency, human rights, environmental protection and peace, the top of the Democratic Party,
last year and this, has continued to fund enormously expensive pursuit of what are called
the persuadables—Republican, often suburban, voters who voted for Romney in 2012. And according to the Clinton mythology last
year, and continuing from the Democratic National Committee, somehow they’re going to be dissuaded
from voting for the Republican Party now. And that is a dead-end, a very dangerous one. And it’s actually a major reason why we
have Donald Trump in the White House today. AMY GOODMAN: One of the issues that was raised
across the country, that their top issue was healthcare. And something unusual happened in Maine, voters
approving an expansion of Medicaid for low-income adults, defying the Republican governor, Paul
LePage—an early supporter of Donald Trump—also lending support to the Affordable Care Act. But, Norm, this whole issue of healthcare,
of single-payer healthcare, of Obamacare, and how significant it is? NORMAN SOLOMON: Yeah, it’s crucial, and
it goes to the underlying, broad question of: Who is the government to serve? Will it serve Wall Street or Main Street? And the mythology that keeps being propagated
by so many pundits and the top of the Democratic Party is that the party needs to “move to
the center,” quote-unquote, which is code for saying that Wall Street and the big donors
should determine policy, which very much means—and you have people who were in the Democratic
Party leadership, like Dick Gephardt, who have been spending years preventing single
payer, to the best of their ability, from even getting on the top of the congressional
agenda. And I think this goes to the question of:
What does it mean to have progressive populism? And if we’re going to have a meaningful
social change movement that can exercise great muscle inside and outside the electoral arena,
then we need to redefine what it means to have progressive politics. You know, there are many people in the Democratic
Party, officials, who call themselves progressive. But there’s an insurance company that calls
itself Progressive. That doesn’t mean much of anything. And what we need today, I think—and I’m
very happy that the “Autopsy” report has been getting such a strong response, including
a cover story in the current issue of The Nation magazine—what we need now is a conscious
effort, with the Tuesday elections behind us, to transform the Democratic Party, to
do that from the bottom up. I was just watching on MSNBC this morning
Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the DNC, with, of course, her now blockbuster
book out, telling the national audience—she said, quote, “I like what Tom Perez is doing,”
unquote, referring to the chair of the DNC. Well, progressives should not like what Tom
Perez is doing. He engineered the purge of more progressives
out of the DNC apparatus in a meeting in Las Vegas, a national meeting, a couple of weeks
ago. There’s a conscious effort to maintain the
corporate control over the power. We can stop that. I think an uprising and a groundswell can
transform this party to achieve the two goals that are spelled out in our “autopsy.” And by the way, anybody can download it—it’s
not copyrighted; make any use of it you want—at DemocraticAutopsy.org. The first goal is to fight the right—the
xenophobes, the racists, the misogynists, the Trump Republican Party. We’ve got to roll them back. We’ve got to defeat them. And the other goal is to advance progressive
agendas. And we’re told constantly by the mass media
that those are in contradiction: “You’ve got to moderate your message in order to defeat
the Republicans.” On the contrary, we’ve seen what happens
when you send across a Wall Street moderate message, a conciliatory so-called centrist
message. We saw what happened to Hillary Clinton when
she tried to do that. We’ve got Trump in the White House as a
result. JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Norm, I wanted to ask you—you
mentioned Donna Brazile and her recent statements about the unethical agreements that were made
between the DNC and the Hillary Clinton campaign. Of course, Donna Brazile is a mainstream—a
centrist Democrat, and yet she’s suddenly now diming out her own DNC. Could you talk about that and your reaction
to it? NORMAN SOLOMON: Yes. Well, what we have with this whole kerfuffle,
this major uproar about Donna Brazile’s book and so forth, is a falling out among
corporate Democrats. Some of it’s personality. Some of it is, OK, since Clinton lost the
presidential race, then there needs to be some second-guessing, that’s almost inevitable. I should say that three days before her explosive
exposé, excerpt from her book, appeared in Politico, from Brazile’s book, we issued
our “autopsy.” And one of the sections is titled “Democracy
and the Party.” It was written by a member of the “Autopsy”
task force, Pia Gallegos, who is a civil rights attorney based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. And we spelled out the gist. I mean the loss, the suffering from—of democracy,
the wounds to democracy of a thousand cuts that have continued to be implemented by the
Democratic National Committee. And in writing that section, Pia really detailed
the way in which the Hillary Victory Fund and the really reprehensible shenanigans with
the financial agreements were implemented. So, we were glad to have that in the “autopsy.” Three days later, with some details, some
gory details, about those deaths of a thousand cuts of democracy in terms of funding, came
out from Donna Brazile. But what does it all boil down to? It’s a falling out among people who are
basically on the same agenda, the same corporate page, to have Wall Street—you know, it’s
like serving two masters, but the real master is Wall Street, and then their appeals to
the base voters when election time comes around. So I would just sum up and say, yes, Donna
Brazile provided some useful information; no, she’s really not an ally of progressives. AMY GOODMAN: Well, let’s go to Donna Brazile
speaking on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos to respond to the criticisms
she made in her book, Hacks. DONNA BRAZILE: I wasn’t a staff person. I did not work for the Hillary Clinton campaign. I was not on their daily strategy calls. I had nothing to do with their data analytics. I was the chair of the Democratic National
Committee. I was concerned about the entire party, not
just the presidential, but the senatorial, congressional and all of the other candidates. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: From the sound of it,
it sounds like you had a pretty dysfunctional relationship with the high command in Hillary’s
campaign. You even talk about telling them at some point,
“I’m not Patsy the slave”? DONNA BRAZILE: Oh, George, let me tell you
something. I could not control the—the purse string
of the Democratic Party. And I had to figure out what the—what was
going on within the party that the chair of the party—and remember, I wasn’t just
the chair, I’m also a vice chair. I was an officer for eight years, eight years
under President Obama. I knew what was going on within the party. I become chair, and I’m trying to write
a check for something. I raised the the money, and they’re like,
“You’ve got to get the sign-off from Brooklyn.” I said, “Brooklyn?” This wasn’t a standard joint fundraising
agreement. They had a separate memorandum of understanding. And I needed to break that, but in order to
break it, I would cause a great commotion. AMY GOODMAN: And this is Massachusetts Democratic
Senator Elizabeth Warren speaking to Jake Tapper on CNN, who made a plea to the current
DNC chair, Tom Perez. SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: This is a test for Tom Perez. And either he’s going to succeed, by bringing
Bernie Sanders and Bernie Sanders’ representatives into this process, and they’re going to
say, “It’s fair, it works, we all believe it,” or he’s going to fail. And I very much hope he succeeds. I hope for Democrats everywhere, I hope for
Bernie and for all of Bernie’s supporters, that he’s going to succeed. JAKE TAPPER: Very quickly, Senator, do you
agree with the notion that it was rigged? SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: Yes. AMY GOODMAN: So that’s Elizabeth Warren
saying that the election, the Democratic part of it, was rigged. So, Norman Solomon, your report, “Autopsy:
The Democratic Party in Crisis,” along with this book, extremely significant, but now,
with the Democratic victories around the country, how will you push it forward? NORMAN SOLOMON: We’re going to push it forward
by launching a national campaign tomorrow through RootsAction.org, which has now 1.3
million active people online, most of them living in either congressional districts and/or
states, for that matter, with a Democrat in the Senate or the House representing them. So, we’re going to be urging, starting tomorrow,
those 1 million-plus people to email or otherwise contact their Democrats in Congress to urge
that they read fully this “autopsy” and then get back to the constituent, so we can
get a dialogue and a public discussion going. We’re going to do that for the House starting
tomorrow. We’re going to do that for the Senate next
week. Already, the organization Progressive Democrats
of America has endorsed the “autopsy.” They’re going to reach out to their membership
likewise. Now that the elections are over from yesterday,
we’re reaching out to many other groups, who were preoccupied with Virginia. And also we’re going to be going to literally
thousands and thousands of legislative people around the country, people holding state legislative
seats who are Democrats, likewise to say, “Here’s the report. You can read it. Let’s talk about it.” So, this is an “autopsy” not to just be
a report, but to be a catalyst and a tool and a nonviolent weapon, if you will, to help
organize to transform the Democratic Party, because, as Elizabeth Warren, I think, was
alluding to, this is a test for the leadership, among other things, of the Democratic National
Committee. And frankly, so far, it has not passed the
test. It continues to flunk. Karen Bernal from the Progressive Caucus of
the California Democratic Party and I had a meeting at the DNC headquarters last Thursday
afternoon—by coincidence, just after Brazile’s Politico exposé had been published. And we met with Will Hailer, who is a senior
adviser to Tom Perez. And Karen sent him a letter afterwards with
six specific questions to Chairman Perez, very pointed questions, gave him politely
’til Thanksgiving to answer those questions about whether he’s serious about democratizing
and having an even-handed DNC and Democratic Party. And we’re going to up the ante if he does
not respond appropriately. AMY GOODMAN: [Keith Ellison] is the deputy
head of the Democratic National Committee. Do you feel that Keith Ellison makes a difference? Though he lost to Perez, he is really his
deputy now at the DNC. NORMAN SOLOMON: Yes. Well, and Will Hailer, who we met with, came
in with Ellison, a longtime Ellison aide before that. Frankly, just between you and me, Keith Ellison
is boxed at the DNC. As you noted, he lost. He ran a good race to be chair. He lost to Perez. And he couldn’t say no when he was invited
to be a deputy. But it brought him inside the tent. And that put some limits on him in terms of
being able to strongly critique what the DNC is doing. It’s illustrative that after the Brazile
stuff broke last week, you had Tom Perez issue just a double-talk statement, basically doubling
down and justifying the unjustifiable, this sweetheart financial deal between the Clinton
campaign and the DNC. And at the same time, Perez said he was going
to be even-handed. Well, in federal court, two months after Perez
became chair, a lawyer for the DNC said that the DNC has a legal right, despite its charter
requirement to be even-handed during the nomination process—asserted that the DNC has a legal
right, if it wanted to, to choose the nominee in a smoke-filled back room. That was under Perez’s chairmanship, chairpersonship. So, we’ve got Ellison in a particular role. He’s doing the best he can. But it’s the grassroots that has to do pressure. It’s the grassroots that has to organize
effectively. And I would say to people who dismiss the
Democratic Party: How are you going to defeat the Republicans next year? How are you going to prevent there being a
Republican speaker or a Republican majority leader? The only way to do that, the only feet-on-the-ground,
eyes-on-the-horizon way to do that is to organize effectively and, in the best sense of the
term, progressives take over the Democratic Party. AMY GOODMAN: Norman Solomon, co-author of
the new report, “Autopsy: The Democratic Party in Crisis,” co-founder of the online
activist group RootsAction.org. This is Democracy Now! When we come back, more explosive revelations
from the Paradise Papers. Stay with us.

The Republican who quit the party because of Trump


What happened to Representative Beth Fukumoto was appalling. I look at what they did as killing the Republican Party in Hawaii. There’s people that I think sometimes don’t think Hawaii’s still a state. We are the last state to have come into the nation, and we are the most diverse. The trend line does not look good for Republicans nationally. They’re not diversifying in terms of picking up minority votes. Whites, at some point, will no longer be a majority, but that’s already happened in Hawaii. There are 76 members of the state legislature. Only six of them are Republicans. Six months ago, eight of them were Republicans. That number is shrinking. If Beth leaves, it’s down to five. I joined the Republican Party because I had a bunch of friends joining, and they were all really into this idea that we could change the party, and that was the vision: Can we make a strong two party system with a Republican Party that can represent us? My voice was sort of special in the Republican Party because there weren’t a lot of minority women. Granted, there’s not a lot of minority women even in the Democratic Party. But there’s a few more, so yeah. It is so rare to not only unseat someone, but particularly to unseat a sitting Democrat. And for Beth to have done that was almost unheard of. Beth Fukumoto was minority leader in the House, and she was denounced loudly. My name is Bob McDermott. M-C-D-capital, well capital-D. M-C-capital D-E-R-M-O-T-T from Ewa Beach, Hawaii. When you’re one of six Republicans, you have a responsibility to be the loyal opposition. That’s kind of my job here. Beth, she’s like a resume builder. I’m fighting; she actually spoke against me! Last year, we had a legislator — one of my fellow legislators — swore at me on the floor. “Start acting like an effing Republican.” That’s what I told her. This legislator came out of his seat, all the way to the front of the table, and leaned over at me and said, “Be an effing Republican.” Members, you’re interrupting the speech. Please. She’s directionless. I mean, she has some personal problems too. She just went through a divorce, kinda directionless. And I like her. But I don’t like her behavior of late, so it is what it is. Like my kids — I’ll scold them if they get out of line. She is identified as the Republican leader, the leader of the Republican Party in the state of Hawaii for all intents and purposes, and goes out and takes a big old dump on the president. We had our state convention, and there had been a couple of different stories in the paper about me raising concerns about Trump. There was already a lot of anger towards me, but nobody can prepare you for being booed for 10 minutes straight. Last summer, when I stood up at my party’s convention, the ballroom full of men and women tossed insults and booed me because instead of pledging to support my party’s nominee, I said I thought his remarks were racist and sexist, and they had no place in the Republican Party. “We have a bully in the White House, yay!” “These comments aren’t self-serving at all, are they?” What do you expect? I mean, it’s all for self gain. This is all she’s got. Trump is not a racist. That is bullshit. You can’t be successful like that and be a racist. I mean, there’s just no way. I would be called a racist based on my views, except look at my wife, right? I mean, I’m a big white guy. Do I have to apologize for that? I didn’t ask to be born that way; it is what it is. And in Hawaii, it’s not necessarily an advantage, I got to tell you. Her whole claim to fame is trashing Trump. Well, you know, go ahead. You want to trash him? Go ahead all day. Join the Democratic Party, but you can’t do it as leader of the Republican Party. The two older men in our Republican Caucus can’t handle a strong woman, and they took away the face of moderate Republicanism. They told me they would keep me in this position if I would commit to not disagreeing with our president for the remainder of his term. I actually was in tears when that happened. If you come to my office, I can give you 10 quotes saying Republicans are racist and sexist. Over and over and over again, and that’s what was at the Women’s March. And I looked at the rising star sitting on my right, the wonderful woman that is such a leader, such an important voice for Hawaii and even for our nation, and I looked at what they did to her, and I just was appalled. SPEAKER: Any discussion?
THIELEN: Yes. SPEAKER: Representative Thielen.
THIELEN: I’m rising in opposition. SPEAKER: Please proceed in opposition.
THIELEN: Thank you. The minority leader’s being punished for participating in the Women’s March. I think that is absolutely disgraceful and appalling. Cynthia, that she stood by me to the very, very end, meant so much to me. THIELEN: I believe the majority leader does this—
MCDERMOTT: Mr. Speaker, point of order. SPEAKER: Representative McDermott. MCDERMOTT: This has nothing to do with the Women’s March. This is a motion on leadership. I don’t see “Women’s March” anywhere in here, and I don’t want to waste my time listening to this. SPEAKER: Okay, I’m going to allow that, because Rep.Thielen relates her speech to the merits of the resolution, so I’ll allow it. THIELEN: And I appreciate his comments. It’s all about the Women’s March. It’s all about Representative Fukumoto standing up for women and human rights. I had thought our party could grow because of Beth, and now our party is dead. God, I am sorry to lose our minority leader, someone I so deeply, deeply respect — a face of Republicanism as it should be, but it won’t be anymore. The Republican Party has gotten so far away from what I thought it could be that I don’t have a lot of hope that it’s going to come back in the near future. In the meantime, my job as a state representative is to take care of problems right now, and I think I can best do that with Democrats. So that you guys all know, in the following weeks, I’m going to announce that I’m leaving the Republican Party and pursuing membership as a Democrat, but that doesn’t mean that I automatically can sign a party card. I have to go through a committee where they have to approve whether or not they want to accept me, and right now we’re not sure I have the votes. I first became aware of her back during the civil unions debate, and she was on the other side of where I was at personally. I have a gay family member, and so I believe very deeply in marriage equality. Changing political parties is not like changing a jacket just because the weather on the other side of the street is better. Votes matter. Convictions matter. That’s not to say we’re not a welcoming party, and we won’t give her a shot to be a Democrat, but we are defined by our values, and we really want to make sure that we’re upholding what our members have come together for generations to say we’re all about. The history of the issue of same sex marriage in Hawaii is that in the ’90s, people thought they put it to a public vote. When I went to my constituents to talk about the issue, so many people said, “We already voted on this.” “How can the legislature be overturning what we voted on?” I felt like I had a responsibility to my district to vote the way people were telling me to vote. If it was a public vote, and I was alone in the ballot booth, of course for me the answer was “Yes.” But my personal feeling was that my responsibility was to the people that elected me because they thought they had already voted on it. This process is broken, and the measure is flawed because of it. So for these reasons, Mr. Speaker, I’m voting “No”. I don’t think I saw until this election how dangerous it is to slowly give in to— I guess “populism” is the way to describe that. I don’t think I realized the danger that we were actually facing. And I’m sorry I didn’t try harder. I wish it could have been different. We are still writing the script for the announcement video. The weight of all of it is starting to hit me. This is a moment in American politics where people should think more about what they’re saying. I’m just hit with the weight and the responsibility. Hopefully people like it. Today, I’m leaving the Republican Party and pursuing membership in the Democratic Party. She’s always trying to do the best that she can do in what she’s doing. All these other things happen, but she says she takes care of the people. That’s the key. That’s why you run for office. That’s why they vote you in. I voted for Trump. Everybody makes mistakes.