Adam Smith Democrats Politics War

Uh-oh, military spending may rise again, and the Democratic leadership is on board

Common Dreams is reporting that the Democrats in Congress appear ready to give into most of Donald Trump’s request for a $750 billion defense budget. From ‘Military Keynesianism is Back!’: Democrats and Trump Agree on Pentagon Increase, Quibble on Details: The Democrats proposed $733 billion budget would give the military most of what it wants […]

Race and Racism Regressives Republican Noise Machine

Is fascism rising here?

Last night there was a showing of Rick Steve’s The Story of Fascism in Europe. There was a big turnout, about 40 people, which the organizers said was the largest they’ve had for a film. The film blamed the rise of fascism on desperate people deceived by charismatic leaders (Hitler, Mussolini, Franco) who offered simple […]

Activism Peace Politics War

The movement to rein in U.S. militarism is gaining momentum

An abundance of progressive legislation is being introduced in the House of Representatives, setting the stage for eventual passage, when the Democrats take back control of the Senate. Thanks to Rep. Pramila Jayapal, Bernie Sanders and years of advocacy by health care activists, single-payer healthcare is coming closer to reality. As of Februrary, 2019 there […]

Corporations Politics Washington State Politics

Puget Sound Energy campaign donations

Puget Sound Energy is planning to lay down new power lines on the Eastside, claiming that the existing infrastructure is too old and too inadequate to deal with the expanded energy needs of the booming population. They call their project Energize Eastside. But community groups oppose the project, saying that new technology such as batteries […]

Citizens United Constitution Politics Washington State Politics

SJM 8001 and SJM 8002: Two Washington State resolutions proposing to amend the U.S. Constitution

Two Washington State resolutions call for amending the U.S. Constitution: SJM 8001 – 2019-20: Calling on Congress to exercise its authority under Article V of the United States Constitution to regulate money spent on elections. (Sponsors: Hasegawa, Frockt) SJM 8002 – 2019-20: Asking Congress to call a limited convention, authorized under Article V of the […]

Homelessness Housing

Trickle Down Town: a film about homelessness in Seattle

I went to see the film Trickle Down Town, by Thomasz Biernacki, about homelessness in Seattle. It was inspiring. Mostly it was in-depth interviews with several people who faced homelessness. One is a (beautiful) young woman who became addicted first to Oxycontin and then to heroin; who went through a period where she sold her […]

Health care Washington State Politics

Washington State Indivisible Podcast about Establishing Universal Health Care

This week’s podcast for The Washington State Indivisible Podcast is about how to get to universal healthcare coverage in Washington State. The interview is with one of the lead sponsors of legislation aimed at finding the right path forward. Click here to listen to the podcast (about 34 minutes in length)   Senator Emily Randall […]

Adam Smith Military Force War

Push-back from Congress on US meddling in Venezuela

The Hill is reporting that House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) has released a statement in opposition to US intervention in Venezuela: “I do worry about the president’s saber rattling, his hints that U.S. military intervention remains an option. I want to make clear to our witnesses and to anyone else watching: U.S. […]

Politics

To Settle or Not to Settle: the ongoing battle between mainstream and progressive Dems

These first two meme images shared on social media make a similar point: On the other hand, On facebook, I often seem images and posts like these. Some people threaten to unfriend anyone who (1) criticizes or fails to support their favorite candidate , or who (2) criticizes any Democratic candidate.  Given the cost of […]

Health care Washington State Politics

Fate of Senate bill 5222 (universal healthcare)

I heard from Whole Washington that Senate Bill 5222 (universal healthcare) was stalling in committee. I emailed Senator Anette Cleveland to ask why she’s holding it up and to encourage her to support it. Here’s her response: From: Cleveland, Sen. Annette <Annette.Cleveland@leg.wa.gov> Date: Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 4:56 PM Subject: RE: Senate Bill 5222: […]