Why Joe Biden won’t be president

At a time when women are coming forward and sharing their stories of how they’ve been sexually harassed, assaulted, and abused and the #MeToo movement is rightly demanding accountability, this account of former Vice President Joe Biden touching and kissing the onetime Democratic nominee for Nevada’s lieutenant governor without her consent in 2014 should mean former Vice President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign is over before it really even began.

In an essay published by “The Cut,” Lucy Flores wrote that, when she learned the then-vice president had offered to appear at a rally in Nevada to support her campaign, she was grateful. But that feeling changed, she said, when Biden approached her from behind as she was getting ready to address the crowd.

She wrote that she felt the vice president place two hands on her shoulders before moving closer to her from behind.

Then, she says, Biden kissed her on the back of her head.

“He proceeded to plant a big slow kiss on the back of my head. My brain couldn’t process what was happening. I was embarrassed. I was shocked. I was confused. There is a Spanish saying, “tragame tierra,” it means, “earth, swallow me whole.” I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything. I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me. My name was called and I was never happier to get on stage in front of an audience.”

While I appreciate what Joe Biden has contributed during his time as a United States Senator and Vice President, it’s hard to overlook the many mistakes he’s made – and it seems clear it’s time for new voices.

Tony Evers Reverses Course On ACA Lawsuit

In his State of the State address on Tuesday night, Governor Tony Evers stated that he was keeping one of his campaign promises and was instructing Attorney General Josh Kaul to remove Wisconsin from the federal lawsuit to declare the Affordable Care Act as unconstitutional. The Republican leadership who control the majorities in both houses stated that the governor no longer had authority to do that as a result of the legislation that was passed during their lame duck sessions last December.

Today Governor Evers walked back his statement and said he was simply withdrawn his authority to participate in the suit. Apparently this nuance is acceptable but won’t affect the state’s standing in the lawsuit.

So…with the status quo in full effect…and a new blow to potential bipartisan co-operation having landed in Madison…where do we go next?

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers Wednesday walked back a vow he made to withdraw the state from the Affordable Care Act lawsuit less than 24 hours after making the commitment in his first State of the State address.

“The governor has not directed the attorney general to take any specific course of action, he has simply withdrawn his authority for this lawsuit,” Evers spokeswoman Melissa Baldauff said in a statement.

Evers’ reversal comes after the release Wednesday of a memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau that splashed cold water on the governor’s plans to withdraw Wisconsin from an ongoing multi-state lawsuit seeking to invalidate the ACA.

The memo, sent to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, states there is no legal way for the new governor to fulfill his campaign promise to withdraw the state from the suit. 

“There is thus no provision … allowing the governor to request, require or approve the attorney general to compromise or discontinue an action,” LRB attorney Sarah Walkenhorst wrote. “It is only the Joint Committee on Finance that has the authority to approve any compromise or discontinuance of an action in which the attorney general’s participation was requested.” 

Lay on, Macduff

Well, Chaz Who?

Over the past few months I have been averaging about 3 emails a week from Raj Shukla who is running for mayor of Madison. That’s cool. They’ve all come from team@rajshukla.com and are signed simply, Raj. They are typical campaign emails….putting out policy, asking for participation in questionnaires, and of course links to fundraising sites. Like I said pretty standard stuff.

Well, until last night when I got one from Chaz…still refers back as team@rajshukla…but with the headline this weekend and the opening line:
I wanted to introduce myself: I’m Chaz, the field organizer for Raj’s campaign.

And then it goes on with a typical request for a donation to candidate Shukla’s campaign…and finally…signed out Chaz!

Well CHAZ WHO? You said you wanted to introduce yourself but I still have no idea who you are. A first name and campaign role, yes, but a real person on the campaign with a first and last name? Nope.

Yes I agree this is a minor quibble…sort of. But who a candidate selects to run his or her campaign can be as enlightening has policy positions, stump speeches or debate appearances. Are these quality solid people? What is their background? Will we seem them working in the mayoral office come election day? Well you get the idea.

And every hot link on the email took me to Actblue….nothing for the candidates actual website. That url I had to cut and paste from the bottom of the email into a browser tab. I will save you that effort here: www.rajshukla.com

And I couldn’t find a search button on Mr. Shukla’s page so I coudn’t search for more info on Chaz.

And every time I clicked to select a page, I got a huge pop up requesting that I donate…hey I get it…I am on a campaign page…that big red donate button in the upper right hand corner is enough already!!!!

I haven’t anything against Mr. Shukla. I haven’t weighed in on the Madison mayoral contest and may not. I am just trying to ask ALL Democratic candidates for transparency in their communications. All staff should be fully identified. Asking for donations is critical but overkill turns people off…even committed activists like myself. And do everything in your power to make your campaign websites clean, clear and usable! It will make life easier for you too!!

Democrat Attorneys General: Are You Kidding Me?

From my email inbox this morning…a request from the Democratic Attorneys General Association:

A petition? To who? We have pretty much seen what each side is going to do in the vote for Judge Kavanaugh. Who exactly is going to give this petition any attention? This is the best use of our time and money to oppose this nomination at the eleventh hour?

Here’s the rest of the email:

Friends – Congress is racing to confirm Donald Trump’s extremist Supreme Court nominee, even as Senate Democrats expose Brett Kavanaugh for what he is, and no, he’s not a minivan-driving soccer dad.

Kavanaugh’s nomination has been dangerous from day one. During his confirmation hearing, he refused to say whether a president could be held accountable for crimes – no wonder he’s Trump’s pick! And his anti-choice record became crystal clear when Democrats released anti-Roe v. Wade documents that Trump and Mitch McConnell wanted to keep secret.

After last week’s testimony, it’s clearer than ever that Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on the Supreme Court. And the American people deserve to know the full truth behind recent assault allegations before his confirmation process can move any further.

But the final Senate vote is planned for TODAY. There’s still time to stop this, but it’s URGENT that we hear from 20,000 Democrats before midnight tonight. Add your name right away if you’re committed to protecting our democracy against attacks from Trump and his extremist SCOTUS pick:

(emphasis in the original)

Yesterday I was teasing the Trump/Pence 2020 Campaign for silliness in emails about the Kavanaugh vote. I’ll have to admit that the Democratic AGs here are just as clueless. The vote is scheduled for this afternoon, how exactly will having 20,000 signatures BEFORE MIDNIGHT TONIGHT, have any value whatsoever…even if anyone who cared was going to look at this. I am assuming this is just another fundraising come on or name and address collection effort hiding behind ‘doing something’.

But really ladies and gentlemen. Can we spend our time and limited resources on actual actions that may be meaningful? A feel good adding my name to a questionable petition doesn’t accomplish much of anything. Can we focus on actually returning to power in Washington and state houses across the nation?

And for full disclosure…this final footnote from the email: