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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been visiting New Yorkers who fled the state during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, begging them to return to the state from Connecticut and other second-home locations after admitting the “one percent” pay a shocking 50% of state taxes.

“Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been begging rich people to return to New York City from their second-home retreats so they can pay taxes to help offset the state’s growing coronavirus-related revenue shortfall,” the New York Post reported Tuesday.

New York remains the epicenter of the country’s battle with COVID-19, having suffered at least 32,422 deaths from the virus. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that New York has seen 411,736 cases of the virus since March 1st, nearly half of which were recorded in New York City, where many of those Cuomo’s targeting lived before escaping to second homes in places like Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Florida.

Even those who simply relocated to more bucolic surroundings inside New York state are being asked to return to New York City because taxpayers in NYC pay an additional state tax “surcharge” for the privilege of living in Manhattan.

Cuomo’s even offering perks.

“I literally talk to people all day long who are now in their Hamptons house who also lived here, or in their Hudson Valley house, or in their Connecticut weekend house, and I say, ‘You got to come back! We’ll go to dinner! I’ll buy you a drink! Come over, I’ll cook!’” Cuomo said at a press conference late Monday.

“They’re not coming back right now,” Cuomo added. “And you know what else they’re thinking? ‘If I stay there, I pay a lower income tax’ because they don’t pay the New York City surcharge.”

“Our population, 1 percent of the population pays 50 percent of the taxes,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo is fighting a “wealth tax” that’s set to be introduced in the state’s legislature with the backing of progressive Democrats because he’s concerned the coronavirus-related relocations will be made permanent, stripping both New York and New York City of much-needed tax money.

New York is set to face a $30 billion budget shortfall and Cuomo would prefer that the federal government mitigate that as part of the upcoming fourth coronavirus relief package, but Republicans say they are staunchly opposed to using federal tax dollars to alleviate budget issues that pre-date the coronavirus in states like New York and Illinois.

House Democrats did specifically include money to bail out struggling states in their bill, with no requirement that states prove a budgetary shortfall existed prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but that is unlikely to pass the Senate.

“They have to deliver. We have federal representatives, we have senators and we have congresspeople. We pay them to pass a piece of legislation that’s going to help New York. And it’s simple, if the federal legislature is not going to help New York, you know what I say to them? ‘Don’t pass it! It can’t pass without you! Don’t pass a piece of legislation that doesn’t restore New York’s funds,’” Cuomo insisted.

Cuomo also says he promised wealthy New Yorkers that he’ll personally make sure New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pays closer attention to the city’s rising crime rate: “We’re going to make progress helping the homeless. We’re going to clean up the graffiti. We’re going to fix crime.”

Bill de Blasio has not commented on whether he agrees.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Cuomo Begs Fleeing New Yorkers To Return From Connecticut, Hamptons After Revealing Top 1% Pay 50% Of State Taxes

Five protesters who say they’ve taken part in several Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Seattle are suing the city, claiming that the Seattle Police Department’s aggressive crowd control measures have forced them to purchase expensive protective gear, essentially “pricing” them out of exercising their First Amendment rights.

The suit, filed Monday, is the latest in a series of lawsuits directed at Seattle city government and Seattle Police Department over how law enforcement officials handle BLM and other associated demonstrations. The ACLU of Washington filed suit in early June alleging that Seattle police exceeded their authority when they used tear gas, flashbang grenades, and rubber bullets to handle ongoing protests that, at the time, were threatening to become riots.

Several lawsuits are pending against the city of Seattle for tolerating the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest, an “autonomous zone” that cropped up inside the city around a police precinct. Residents and business owners have alleged that the city failed to enforce the law when they allowed the demonstration to remain in place for more than two weeks; the parent of a black teen killed on the perimeter of the protest is also suing, alleging that Seattle’s failure to enforce its own laws contributed to her son’s death.

Monday’s lawsuit focuses on police tactics as well but from a different angle, according to the Seattle Times.

“The five plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that the purchase of helmets, gas masks, protective clothing, goggles, gloves, boots, umbrellas and other gear they say are needed to fend off police pepper spray, less-lethal projectiles and other crowd-dispersal tools has impinged on their civil right to peacefully protest,” the outlet noted.

The five women were involved in protests in the Capitol Hill zone, and they “claim that repeated use of force by SPD during more than six weeks of civil unrest over systemic racism and police brutality against people of color has made it impossible to exercise their right to gather and protest without personal protective gear, which isn’t cheap.”

“Because protesters now must purchase expensive equipment to be assured that they will be able to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by SPD implicates equal protection,” the women allege in their complaint.

Government entities cannot place restrictions on First Amendment activity, within certain parameters of the law as set forth by the Supreme Court, but Monday’s lawsuit is a novel approach to “free speech” litigation, contending that the government, by its actions, placed an undue burden on those exercising their rights.

The plaintiffs’ attorney likened the situation to governments placing a “tax” on protesters: “the government effect is to establish a de facto protest tax: individual protesters subjected to SPD’s unabated and indiscriminate violence now must purchase cost-prohibitive gear to withstand munitions — even when peacefully protesting — as a condition to exercising their right to free speech and peaceable assembly,” she said.

Seattle says it has yet to look into the plaintiffs’ claims but plans to defend itself.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: BLM Sues City Of Seattle, Claims They Must Purchase Expensive Protective Gear To Exercise First Amendment Rights

Former Vice President — and presumptive 2020 presidential nominee — Joe Biden has weighed in on the ongoing unrest in Portland, Oregon — but perhaps not the way many leftists expected.

Although the statement largely condemns President Donald Trump for his response to the protests — and suggests that the Obama administration was able to quell riots without turning “the Department of Homeland Security into a private militia” — Biden also, unlike many Democrats, goes out of his way to condemn “arsonists and anarchists” undermining the purpose of ongoing anti-racism demonstrations.

“I have said from the outset of recent protests that there is no place for violence and destruction of property,” Biden’s statement says. “Peaceful protestors should be protected and arsonists and anarchists should be prosecuted.”

The statement does not mention Portland’s issues specifically, so it does appear that Biden is calling for the blanket arrest of “anarchists,” even though it’s clear the former vice president is referring to those individuals in places like Portland, Oregon, who are shooting fireworks at a federal building, using larger, more peaceful protests as cover.

The statement, ostensibly issued as a knock on Trump, ended up blowing back at Joe Biden as leftists — and even some key progressive leaders who should be backing Biden for president in November — condemned Biden’s statement.

“Joe Biden just issued a statement calling for the arrest of anarchists, simply for BEING anarchists, which is very explicitly not illegal,” wrote one progressive state candidate on Twitter. “It should also be noted that Biden and Trump have now joined together in openly calling for the political persecution of the same people.”

Portland’s branch of Democratic Socialists of America also weighed in.

“We condemn this statement from Joe Biden in which he criminalizes a political ideology that is based on cooperation and mutual care. Anarchists are valued members of our big tent organization. This is a dangerous statement that threatens everyone’s political speech,” they said.

Even MSNBC’s Chris Hayes got involved.

“‘Anarchist’ is not some free-floating category of criminal,” he wrote. “It’s perfectly legal to be an anarchist, as protected by the First Amendment and it’s a gross violation of the spirit of liberty to imply otherwise. People’s ideology do not make them criminals.”

Even Antifa itself got involved, tweeting, “no good cops, no bad protesters.”

Fortunately for Joe Biden, “anarchists” don’t seem to account for a large voter bloc. The reaction does, however, underscore one of President Donald Trump’s key criticisms of Joe Biden — that, ultimately, he’ll be beholden to interests that are far further left.

“No one believes that Joe Biden is a dangerous radical,” writes William Galston inThe Wall Street Journal. “But the president and his advisers charge that Mr. Biden will be a tool of leftists because he is beholden to them and too befuddled to stand up to them. The former vice president needs to show that this is not the case.”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Biden Issues Statement Condemning Anarchists In Portland, Leftists Panic

A new report in Axios indicates that the number of new coronavirus cases in the United States appears to be “leveling off,” and hotspot states like Texas, Arizona, and Florida are seeing a slowdown, though many still have not reached a “peak” in the number of infections.

“After weeks of explosive growth, the number of new infections in the U.S. is still climbing — but not quite as fast as it has been,” Axios reported Thursday, alongside a map that shows the majority of states now seeing their number of new cases holding steady.

Although the report is not necessarily good news — the United States, the outlet says, is still averaging a shocking 66,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day — the new information seems promising. Over the last month, coronavirus infections grew at a rate of 20% per week; last week, the number of new cases rose by just 7%.

States like Texas, Florida, and Arizona, where the virus has been “peaking” of late, are also seeing a slowdown in the number of new coronavirus cases, though numbers in those states are still climbing.

“New confirmed infections rose by 3% last week in Texas, and by 9% in California. Florida’s caseload did not change. Arizona saw its second consecutive week of improvement,” Axios reports. “Arizona was one of only five states to experience a significant decline in new infections over the past week, while 24 states, along with Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, saw increases of at least 10%.”

The United States is nearing 4 million cases of COVID-19, with almost a million new cases reported just last week.

Dr. Deborah Birx, an infectious disease specialist and a key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, noted on Wednesday that federal government health officials are drilling down more closely, beyond states and into cities, to look for early signs that coronavirus infections are increasing, as well as whether that means death rates from the virus are also trending upward.

Government officials are also working with local agencies to ensure that cities that experience a slight increase in positive coronavirus tests receive federal support right away.

“There are cities that are lagging behind and we have new increases in Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, San Jose, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Nashville, Pittsburgh, Columbus, and Baltimore, so we’re tracking this very closely. We’re working with the state officials to make sure we’re responding together, but when you first see that increased test positivity, that is when to start the mitigation efforts,” Dr. Birx told a call with state officials, per CNN.

The White House, which recently restarted daily coronavirus briefings, offered cautious optimism on the pandemic Wednesday.

“The virus is still with us, we have some states and metros with significant outbreaks, and we must take this incredibly seriously,” one White House spokesperson told media.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: REPORT: U.S. Coronavirus Cases May Be ‘Leveling Off,’ Hotspot States Seeing Slowdown In New Infections

Even Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is not safe from the “cancelation” mobs, it turns out, as she discovered this weekend when she became the target of a progressive effort to oust her from her long-held seat in the House of Representatives.

Pelosi is the target of an attack from the left and will face Shahid Buttar in the general election in November. Buttar is, like many left-leaning insurgent candidates, a Democratic socialist with, as Townhall notes, a resume of progressive bona fides, including several trips to Burning Man, and plenty of “socially conscious music” and poetry available for free on SoundCloud. He is also an immigrant and a Muslim and wears his hair in a “man-bun.”

“Buttar finished second in the primary and represents Pelosi’s first general election challenger from within the Democratic Party in 30 years,” Townhall reports.

Unlike Pelosi, Buttar supports the Green New Deal, single-payer health care (or, in the alternative, the more “realistic” “Medicare for All” plan proposed during the 2020 Democratic presidential primary by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)), the edicts of “intersectional feminism,” a significant hike in the national minimum wage, and fully open borders.

Pelosi has, despite her position as a leading Congressional opponent to President Donald Trump, been a top target of Justice Democrats and Democratic socialists. In 2016, her office was the first stop for then-newly elected Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who joined a Green New Deal protest outside the Speaker’s front door rather than step in for an appointment. Since then, progressives like Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have challenged Pelosi to censure or otherwise punish them for statements made about far-left policies.

On Saturday, Buttar’s campaign organized and deployed a social media campaign targeting Pelosi directly with a hashtag, “#PelosiMustGo,” in order to force the Speaker to debate Buttar publicly.

“Nancy Pelosi stands in the way of progress and has done so for decades. That’s why #PelosiMustGo. My name is Shahid Buttar, and I approve this message,” Buttar’s campaign tweeted.

Pelosi’s progressive critics focused on Pelosi’s wealth and time in Congress, noting that she herself is a millionaire and has taken from corporate campaign funders.

“It’s pretty simple,” tweeted one. “There’s going to be Nancy Pelosi and Shahid Buttar on the ballot in CA-12, two Democratic candidates. So your choices are someone who’ll fight for $100 millionaires like herself or someone who’ll fight for you on issues like Medicare-for-all.”

The hashtag met with pushback from more practical Democrats, but the progressives would not be deterred.

“I actually understand why liberals and centrists are lashing out at the #PelosiMustGo hashtag because I used to be them. I used to think all Democrats had our best interests at heart. I had no idea corporate Democrats like @SpeakerPelosi were putting corporations over people,” tweeted one organizer.

“Nancy Pelosi first ran for congress in 1987 against Harry Britt, an openly gay socialist & activist during the civil rights movement. She has single-handedly undermined the working class ever since, working endlessly to protect the power of the wealthy,” noted another.

Pelosi, based on polls, is not in danger of losing her seat, although the Justice Democrats are targeting a number of Pelosi allies who are more vulnerable.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: ‘Pelosi Must Go’: Speaker Blasted From The Left Over ‘Corporate Interests’

Chief Justice John Roberts again jumped the aisle, siding with the Supreme Court’s conservatives in a landmark decision issued Tuesday, striking down a Montana law preventing taxpayer-funded scholarship money from going to the state’s religious schools.

Roberts authored the opinion in the court’s school choice case, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, backing a Montana “tax-credit scholarship program” that gave families $150 in state tax credits if they chose to donate to a scholarship program to help other families afford to attend religious or private schools.

“The state’s revenue department made a rule banning those tax-credit scholarships from going to religious schools before the state’s supreme court later struck down the entire program,” Fox News reports.

“Under the program, a family receiving a scholarship originally could use it at any “qualified education provider,” which the court’s opinion noted means ‘any private school that meets certain accreditation, testing, and safety requirements,’” the outlet noted. “The Montana Department of Revenue, citing the state constitution, then changed the definition of ‘qualified education provider’ to exclude those ‘owned or controlled in whole or in part by any church, religious sect, or denomination.’ This was over the objection of the state attorney general.”

Roberts called the state’s decision to exempt donations to religious schools a “discrimination” in violation of the Constitution’s guarantees of Free Exercise.

“A State need not subsidize private education. But once a State decides to do so, it cannot disqualify some private schools solely because they are religious,” the Chief Justice wrote, according to Fox. Consequently, he added, the Montana rule “bars religious schools from public benefits solely because of the religious character of the schools” — a violation of Constitutional protections.

The tax credit, Justice Roberts added, did not violate the Constitution’s Establishment Clause because, as the Supreme Court has said repeatedly, the protection is “not offended when religious observers and organizations benefit from neutral government programs.”

Justice Stephen Breyer, writing the dissent for the court’s four left-leaning justices, disagreed, claiming that the law created “entanglement and conflict” “over where to draw the line between allowing the free exercise of religion while protecting against government endorsement of religion, both of which are required under the Constitution,” KELO reported.

Robert’s position in the Montana case comes as a surprise to many court observers, who noted Monday that Roberts sided with the court’s four liberal justices on a landmark abortion decision, issued Monday, striking down a Louisiana law requiring doctors performing abortions at independent abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.

The decision left many conservatives particularly concerned that Roberts is moving to the position of “swing vote,” replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor before him as the court’s “unpredictable” justice.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: BREAKING: Supreme Court Strikes Down Ban On Taxpayer Funding For Religious Schools, Roberts Joins Conservative Majority

Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote in a 5-4 Supreme Court decision announced Monday striking down Louisiana’s abortion clinic restrictions, siding with the court’s four liberal justices in the landmark case.

The case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, centered around whether Louisiana could place “health and safety” restrictions on abortion clinics operating within the state, requiring, among other things, that doctors operating at those clinics have admitting privileges at a local hospital so that patients experiencing a medical emergency, above and beyond what an outpatient or ambulatory care clinic could handle, could effectively treat or consult on that patient in a hospital setting.

The majority said the law, similar to a Texas law struck down in 2016, runs afoul of the court’s standard in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which noted that a government could not place an “undue burden” on those seeking an abortion.

“We have examined the extensive record carefully and conclude that it supports the District Court’s findings of fact,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote in the majority opinion. “Those findings mirror those made in [2016 Texas case] Whole Woman’s Health [ v. Hellerstedt] in every relevant respect and require the same result. We consequently hold that the Louisiana statute is unconstitutional.”

“Under the applicable constitutional standards set forth in the Court’s earlier abortion-related cases, particularly Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa. v. Casey, 505 U. S. 833, and Whole Woman’s Health, ‘[u]nnecessary health regulations that have the purpose or effect of presenting a substantial obstacle to a woman seeking an abortion impose an undue burden on the right’ and are, therefore ‘constitutionally invalid,’” Breyer argued.

Roberts authored his own opinion, arguing that Whole Woman’s Health set the standard for how the court treats such restrictions and he was required to follow it.

“The legal doctrine of stare decisis requires us, absent special circumstances, to treat like cases alike,” he wrote. “The Louisiana law imposes a burden on access to abortion just as severe as that imposed by the Texas law, for the same reasons. Therefore Louisiana’s law cannot stand under our precedents.”

Oddly, Roberts was among the dissenters in Whole Women’s Health.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the dissent issued Monday, maintaining that the majority ignored a number of problems, including whether the clinics themselves even had standing to challenge the Louisiana rule, in its haste to preserve abortion rights.

“Today a majority of the Court perpetuates its ill-founded abortion jurisprudence by enjoining a perfectly legitimate state law and doing so without jurisdiction,” Thomas wrote.

“The plurality and THE CHIEF JUSTICE ultimately cast aside this jurisdictional barrier to conclude that Louisiana’s law is unconstitutional under our precedents,” he continued. “But those decisions created the right to abortion out of whole cloth, without a shred of support from the Constitution’s text. Our abortion precedents are grievously wrong and should be overruled.”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: John Roberts Casts Deciding Vote As Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Restrictions

Doctors at John Muir Medical Center near San Francisco, California, say they’ve seen more deaths by suicide in the last month than deaths from coronavirus, according to a local ABC affiliate — suicides they say are the direct result of the state’s shelter-in-place order.

“Personally I think it’s time,” Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, the emergency department head at Jon Muir, told ABC News Bay Area. “I think, originally, [the shelter-in-place order] was put in place to flatten the curve and to make sure hospitals have the resources to take care of COVID patients.We have the current resources to do that and our other community health is suffering.”

He went on to say that the hospital has seen a “year’s worth of suicide attempts” over the course of the last month, as businesses fail, jobs are lost, people become isolated, and access to mental health services is made more difficult by the California lockdown.

“We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time,” he said. “I mean we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”

Other hospital officials at John Muir say suicide attempts, made over the past month, were also more likely to end in death, not recovery.

“What I have seen recently, I have never seen before,”one trauma nurse added. “I have never seen so much intentional injury.”

“They intend to die,” she added. “Sometimes, people will make what we call a ‘gesture.’ It’s a cry for help. We’re just seeing something a little different than that right now. It’s upsetting.””

The hospital itself said in a statement that it is largely supportive of the state’s lockdown, which ends on May 31. And, it says, the shelter-in-place order has saved many lives from coronavirus and prevented state hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. But, officials point out, there are downsides and costs to such policies.

The executive director of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, Tom Tamura, does say that individuals prone to suicide attempts during the lockdown have been very receptive to mental health resources — perhaps more so than patients that typically contact the hotline in times of crisis.

“Generally speaking the vast majority of people say they feel better after they call and get the resources they need,” Tamura told the Daily Mail. “With help comes hope. I think that there are people and organizations out there that you can contact that can get you the information you need and resources you need to get you through this tough time.”

“I think people have found themselves disconnected from the normal supportive networks that they have, churches and schools and book clubs, you name it,” Tamura added, getting to the root of the problem. “And that, coupled with the closure of some counseling services, people were maybe in a little bit of shock. They were trying to weather the storm a bit but as that isolation has grown people have come to realize this isn’t a sprint it is marathon.”

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: California Doctors Saw ‘A Year’s Worth Of Suicides’ Last Month Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

Former Vice President and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is expected to announce his running mate soon, and competition for the slot is heating up, particularly among female former contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is still in the running, according to behind-the-scenes reports, and she’s made major shifts in her policy agenda since concluding her presidential campaign. Last week, she officially abandoned her support for a socialist, “Medicare for All” health care plan — something she and Biden had tangled over in early Democratic debates.

Speaking to the Institute of Politics at the University of Chicago, Warren said she is now more inclined to revising the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” than overhauling the American health care system into a fully single-payer operation, according to Politico.

“I think right now people want to see improvements in our health care system, and that means strengthening the Affordable Care Act,” she told students in a virtual lecture.

That’s a major pivot for the Massachusetts senator, who once made “Medicare for All” a hallmark of her presidential platform — a hallmark so important to her that she accused Biden of “running in the wrong presidential primary” when he refused to admit a “Medicare for All”-style overhaul was necessary to fix the ailing American healthcare system.

In a later interview, Warren said she “wasn’t sure” where Biden was “going” when he asked her whether Medicare for All would require an across-the-board tax hike, including on middle class families.

Biden, for his part, is a strong defender of Obamacare, something he considers to be a major Obama administration achievement. When confronting Warren over his and former President Obama’s health care policy, he called her approach to replacing Obamacare, “angry,” “elitist,” “condescending” per Politico.

Now, Warren is trying to smooth over the divide, likely because Biden is about to select a running mate, and she’s still technically available.

“Warren’s policy-centered, team-player pitch is counting on Biden caring more about Jan. 20 than Nov. 3, when he makes his vice presidential pick,” the outlet reported Thursday. “In other words, that the current crisis has elevated governing concerns above political ones — and that the times call for someone with her policy chops and, yes, plans.”

She’s also issued a number of policy outlines, including a full coronavirus response document, and she’s said to be working closely with Biden’s own policy teams on his presidential platform.

She is up against stiff competition, however. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) is also angling for the job, as is Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who proudly announced, earlier this week, that she’d begun preliminary conversations with Biden over the Veep slot. Georgia’s Democratic minority leader Stacey Abrams and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) are also said to still be in the running.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: Elizabeth Warren Reverses On Medicare For All As Veep Race Heats Up

Now that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has signed on to former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign, leaving many of his supporters without a leader and his operation struggling to figure out what’s next, progressives are “in despair” and in political trouble, per a Politico report Monday.

Sanders promised that the Democratic “Establishment” would not stand in the way of a progressive — even socialist — agenda, but “not only did the ‘establishment’ stop Sanders,” Politico says, “it stamped out the candidacies of a string of left-wing insurgents, leaving the progressive movement reeling and in a state of despair.”

“Three highly-touted liberal House candidates — Jessica Cisneros in Texas, Robert Emmons in Illinois, and Morgan Harper in Ohio — lost their primary races against more moderate members of Congress,” the outlet continues. “The movement has also had limited influence on the proposals House Democrats have put forward to address the coronavirus, with leadership rejecting its most ambitious ideas.”

The most visible progressive leigislators — the “squad” — are notably vulnerable. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) is facing a primary challenge from a more “moderate” Democrat with ties to her constituents in the Bronx, who are notoriously concerned that Ocasio-Cortez has spent the last two years raising her national profile rather than addressing local concerns. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is under heavy scrutiny for a series of potential campaign finance and personnel issues.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is facing a primary challenge from Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones, who narrowly lost to Tlaib in 2018. Jones was appointed to represent Michigan’s 13th district after former Rep. John Conyers resigned in 2017, but faced questions of whether she could serve in Congress and lead Detroit at the same time, making her run for the seat in 2018 controversial. She faced a 6-way primary that included Tlaib, and lost the seat to Tlaib by fewer than 1,000 votes.

Jones declared her intent to run against Tlaib back in late April, triggering progressive panic.

Elsewhere, progressive Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) is likely to lose to Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), the more “moderate” option, and the one “progressive” win — Marie Newman, who defeated Rep. Dan Lipinski in Illinois — is being credited to mainstream Democrat groups, not Democratic socialists.

Worse still is Sanders’ former operation, according to a different report from Politico. Sanders staffers are now in separate camps, operating a handful of different PACs, and rarely communicating or sharing information. Organizing networks are “on the verge of falling apart.” Sanders’ PAC from 2016, “Our Revolution,” has been all but winless.

There are “no networks” or master lists of progressive volunteers or donors to help upstart campaigns; the Senator’s lists have all been migrated over to the Biden campaign, leaving progressives empty handed.

Sanders has been quiet since endorsing Biden several weeks ago, though some of his supporters, including Ocasio-Cortez are now on Biden policy teams. Sanders, instead, has been laying low. Over the weekend, he told media that his supporters will back Biden but that he intends to do legwork on the issue — and there seems to be plenty to do.

Author: Emily Zanotti

Source: Daily Wire: ‘Squad’ Doomed? Progressives Face String Of Losses, Supporters in ‘Disarray’

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