It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People – 4/3/17

All For One and One For All



 The New Resistance Force of Democrats:

The up-and-coming leaders of the Trump resistance in Washington

A slate of fierce new Democrats are poised to face off against both Donald Trump and Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress

Catherine Cortez Masto, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Val Demings, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Nanette Barragan and Jamie Raskin.
Catherine Cortez Masto, Lisa Blunt Rochester, Val Demings, Raja Krishnamoorthi, Nanette Barragán and Jamie Raskin. Composite: AP, Barcroft Images, Getty Images and Raja for congres

When Donald Trump assumes the presidency on Friday, Democrats will find themselves in their worst political position in decades.

Not only are Democrats out of power in Washington, an entire generation of political leaders like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Harry Reid have now left the stage.

In Congress, Democrats are steeling themselves for four years of contentious battles over healthcare, the environment, immigration reform and income inequality as conservatives attempt to reverse many of the policy initiatives spearheaded by Barack Obama.

While long-established figures in the party like Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Elizabeth Warren have already taken leadership roles, some of the newest members of Congress are also poised to play key roles in the fight to thwart the Trump administration and Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress.

Kamala Harris, US senator from California

California attorney general Kamala Harris speaking at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park.
Kamala Harris speaking at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park.
Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Kamala Harris is poised to be among the most influential Democrats to arrive on the scene in Washington. The daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican American father, Harris is a lawyer who was elected twice as attorney general of California. Her victory brought diversity to the Senate, becoming the first Indian American senator – and the first black woman sent from California – to serve in the body.

Since the election, Harris has vowed to be a voice in Washington for vulnerable communities.

“I feel very strongly that California’s voice must be a voice of leadership in Washington DC … I feel very strongly that we must defend all people,” Harris saidrecently.

Harris recently grilled John Kelly, Trump’s choice for secretary of homeland security, during his nomination session on whether he intends to remove the undocumented children of immigrants. She has also spoken out against Trump’s pick for attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions, who has a history of making racist statements. During a labor breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr, Harris said she would oppose his nomination.

Catherine Cortez Masto, US senator from Nevada

Catherine Cortez Masto speaks in Washington on 12 January 2017.
Catherine Cortez Masto speaks in Washington on 12 January 2017. Photograph: Zach Gibson/AP

Catherine Cortez Masto, the granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant, won a hard-fought election battle in Nevada to become the first Latina ever elected to the US Senate. In her victory speech on election night, Cortez Masto promised to be “one hell of a check and balance” on Trump.

Cortez Masto has big shoes to fill as former Senate minority leader Harry Reid’s choice to fill his spot upon retirement. In the Senate race, Cortez Masto ran on a platform that included support for creating a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers, raising the minimum wage, investing in renewable energy and overturning the supreme court decision that allowed unlimited amounts of corporate cash on elections.

Pramila Jayapal, US representative from Washington

Pramila Jayapal marking the official opening of her Seattle district office Tuesday.
Pramila Jayapal marking the official opening of her Seattle district office on Tuesday. Photograph: Elaine Thompson/AP

One of the first down-ballot candidates endorsed by Senator Bernie Sanders, the election of Pramila Jayapal was celebrated across the country as a victory for the progressive movement.

She has already voiced her opposition to the president-elect on a number of social issues such as immigration and civil rights. She has said she will not attend Trump’s inauguration following a row between the president-elect and Representative John Lewis, the Georgia civil rights veteran who said Trump wasn’t a “legitimate president”. Trump returned the criticism, saying Lewis was “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results”.

In a statement, Jayapal said she understood that her decision broke with the long-held bipartisan tradition to demonstrate the peaceful transition of power. But, she added: “This is not a normal time and we cannot pretend it is so.”

Jamie Raskin, US representative from Maryland

Jamie Raskin.
Jamie Raskin. Photograph: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc

Jamie Raskin, a constitutional law professor at American University, has already positioned himself in the opposition.

The day after inauguration, Raskin is slated to speak at a rally of lawyers and law students billed as an effort to coordinate the “new movement and plan legal resistance to the incoming Trump administration and Republican-controlled Congress”.

Raskin has said he wants to continue working on the issues he fought for in Maryland, placing climate change, gun control and immigration reform at the heart of his campaign platform. He also promised to work on legislation that would overhaul the nation’s ailing infrastructure, an issue that has emerged as a rare point of agreement between Democrats and Republicans, though the fight over funding will probably split along party lines.

Lisa Blunt Rochester, US representative from Delaware

Lisa Blunt Rochester.
Lisa Blunt Rochester. Photograph: ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock

Lisa Blunt Rochester made history on election night when she became the first person of color and first woman sent by Delaware to serve in Congress.

Her platform was progressive – she pushed for tax hikes on the wealthiest Americans and supported a proposal to make college debt-free. Rochester said during the campaign that she would support making Delaware a “sanctuary state” that protects immigrants from some federal law enforcement action and is a proponent of stricter gun control.

Rochester was the first African American woman to serve as the state’s secretary of labor. In 2001, as the state personnel director, she was commissioned to investigate the Delaware state police for racial and gender discrimination.

She credits her late husband, who died in a freak accident in 2014, with giving her the inspiration to run for Congress. “That totally changed everything for me,” she said in November. “I just said, you know, ‘I can’t sit back. I have to step up.’”

Stephanie Murphy, US representative from Florida

Stephanie Murphy speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on 26 July 2016.
Stephanie Murphy speaks at the Democratic national convention in Philadelphia on 26 July 2016. Photograph: Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call,Inc

As the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who fled when she was a baby, Stephanie Murphy will have a personal stake in the debate over refugee resettlement and immigration reform.

Murphy, a political newcomer, set her sights on a seat held by a 13-term incumbent in what turned out to be one of the closest – and most expensive – House races in the country.

She ran on a decidedly progressive platform, championing women’s reproductive health, equal pay for women and immigration reform on the trail. She also touted a proposal that would prevent members of Congress from being paid until they pass a budget.

Val Demings, US representative from Florida

Val Demings.
Val Demings. Photograph: ddp USA/Rex/Shutterstock

Val Demings comes to Washington after having served as the chief of the Orlando police department. The daughter of a maid and a janitor, Demings rose through the ranks of the police force and culminated her 27-year career in law enforcement as Orlando’s first female chief of police.

With a background in law enforcement, she has the expertise and experience to play a central role in criminal justice reform legislation, as well as to help shape a nuanced conversation around policing and minority communities, in contrast to Trump’s repeated commitment to “law and order”.

The Florida congresswoman represents the community that was struck by a deadly attack on the Pulse nightclub in 2016, and has vowed to be a representative for this traumatized community.

Nanette Barragán, US representative from California

Nanette Barragán.
Nanette Barragán. Photograph: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc

Nanette Barragán cast herself as a progressive voice for women and minorities, earning Sanders’ endorsement. Climate change, equal pay and especially immigration reform were central to her campaign.

The daughter of parents who came to the US from Mexico, Barragán described the debate over immigration reform as personal, acknowledging that she has family “living in the shadows”. She said this experience will bring a unique perspective to the divisive and partisan debate over how to repair the nation’s immigration system.

Barragán began her political career as a liaison between the White House and African American organizations during the Clinton administration. Before her congressional campaign, she worked as a lawyer based in Los Angeles. During her time there, she represented asylum seekers, immigrants and low-income clients.

Raja Krishnamoorthi, US representative from Illinois

Raja Krishnamoorthi.
Raja Krishnamoorthi. Photograph: rajaforcongress

The son of Indian immigrants to the US, Raja Krishnamoorthi ran as progressive advocate on a platform that included protecting social security and Medicare, making higher education more affordable and boosting small business creation.

He also advocated for a number of progressive policies including equal pay, paid sick and maternity leave and raising the federal minimum wage.

Krishnamoorthi is a businessman whose political beginnings date back to Barack Obama’s failed House campaign in 2000. He returned to work on Obama’s successful 2004 campaign for Senate as an issues director.

  • This article was amended on 19 January 2017 to correct a typo identifying Pramila Jayapal as an Independent from Vermont. Jayapal is a Democrat from the state of Washington.

  44 comments for “It Takes A Village – VNV Monday: We the People – 4/3/17

  1. wordsinthewind
    April 3, 2017 at 8:17 am

    good morning Philly76 and thanks for the interesting read this morning. Thanks especially for the encouragement, we all are going to need to fight back in which ever ways suit us best. I feel my fighting spirit returning as I have left that constant hatred directed at me at teh orange, I didn’t realize how wearing that was until I stopped going there. Reminds of that old joke about the reason to bang your head on a brick wall is because it feels so good when you stop. I think those folks can just be nasty with each other and stomp their feet because no one is paying attention to them.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 3, 2017 at 10:38 am

      {{{wordsinthewind}}} – yes, you will have a lot more energy to Resist with now you don’t have to spend part of it watching your back. One of the most important parts of community is guarding each others’ backs. It’s also the most liberating. moar {{{HUGS}}}

    • inkaudlay
      April 3, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Good call, wordsinthewind.

      The Moose Pond, complete with supportive Meeses, is an excellent place for all of us to be.

      Exceedingly spot-on and insightful posts here, without the drama of the orange place.

    • Philly76
      April 3, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Glad you are fighting.

  2. MomentaryGrace
    April 3, 2017 at 9:17 am

    Good morning Philly76, thanks for the look at the up and comers and the article about Indivisible. Will take time to read in more depth as soon as I can.

    It’s cool and a little cloudy here. Still not fully awake but a big day of stuff to do.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

      {{{MomentaryGrace}}} – love your emergency kittens. (I borrowed your comment at DK in lieu of lynx jar to hang the community needs and action/info comments on.0

      • MomentaryGrace
        April 3, 2017 at 8:35 pm

        You are always welcome to use my comments for whatever you need. ;)

  3. inkaudlay
    April 3, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Thanks, Philly76! Most excellent roundup!


    Donald Trump’s victory on election night — despite losing the popular vote to Hillary Clinton by nearly 3 million votes — unleashed a powerful and fierce momentum to oppose him and his administration. And the numbers show women are leading the way.

    • bfitzinAR
      April 3, 2017 at 10:44 am

      {{{inkaudlay]}} – good link, but women have always lead the Resistance. We’ve just never gotten credit for it. And, just ask the worshipers of jsfv who’s doing the work, we still aren’t getting credit for it. moar {{{HUGS}}}

      • inkaudlay
        April 3, 2017 at 10:49 am

        Yes!!! At least it’s being acknowledged now.

      • inkaudlay
        April 3, 2017 at 10:54 am

        Addendum to first reply: Yes, jsfv and his acolytes don’t want to let girls in the secret all-boys fort. But, we’re just building our own (inclusive) one.

        • WYgalinCali
          April 3, 2017 at 11:12 am

          Morning, Ink! Yep, we don’t want their stinky assed clubhouse anyway. Ours will be much better.

      • WYgalinCali
        April 3, 2017 at 11:11 am

        Now, bfitz, don’t you know the resistance is so yesterday? Just saw the flyer for the 2nd annual People’s Summit starting all BS’s campaign folks. “Beyond Resustance” they’re calling it. So, 4 months and done with that. Must be too hard for them.

        • bfitzinAR
          April 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

          {{{WYgalinCali}}} – well, their resistance may have ended, but ours is just getting started. But then, The Resistance is about all kinds of things they aren’t interested in and consider to be of secondary, if any, importance – like kids, women, minorities, the environment.

        • shenagig
          April 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

          I just posted that while you were…lol

    • shenagig
      April 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Well the “resistance had it’s moment…now what?” or so a “People’s Summit” to be held in Chicago says…sour grapes I think…

  4. bfitzinAR
    April 3, 2017 at 10:55 am

    {{{Philly}}} – appreciate the in-depth round up (wish the font were larger – LOL) especially for showing us we really do have an up and coming bunch of strong Dems moving into leadership roles. That’s very encouraging, at least to me. My generation needs somebody to hand this over to while we’re still active. That’s the “peaceful transition of power” I want to see right now. Progressive Dems (pragmatic progressive Dems) taking the torch and starting their own part of the run towards that “more perfect union” where we will have “freedom and justice for ALL” – a smooth hand-off, no dropping for a generation, then having to find and re-light it. In fact, that is more than encouraging to me. It’s soothing. It calms the panic-stricken “squirrel” within and let’s her go about her normal business, her normal part of finishing this section of the path knowing there is someone just ahead who will run beside me the last few yards while taking the torch I hand on. That is “tears to the eyes” important to me. Thank you.

    • WYgalinCali
      April 3, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Morning, bfitz. Yes, our bench is strong and I think we can be even stronger together in 2020. If I’m shooting for the stars, let’s take the House and Senate in 2018. If we can only have one, let’s take the House and start impeachment hearings (assuming tRump is still in power).

      • shenagig
        April 3, 2017 at 11:57 am

        yeah I’m liking Joe Kennedy III a lot too…

        • wordsinthewind
          April 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm

          I particularly dislike that knee-jerk antipathy because “no more dynasties” when people reared in those dynasties have learned to navigate life in the white hot glare of media attention which is such a plus. They tend not to make those bone-headed mistakes people who aren’t acustomed to that kind of scrutiny do. In the case of the Kennedys and Chelsea Clinton they have been taught by example that to whom much is given much is expected. They are better public servants than self-serving assholes like bernie who got into politics because he couldn’t bring himself to do something as pedestrian as getting a job where he would have been expected to work.

          • bfitzinAR
            April 3, 2017 at 7:47 pm

            Nimrods don’t know what dynasty means. You have to have multiple generations to count as a dynasty – and the only way you get that with elective office is to have laws allowing only certain families to run for it. Even then two doesn’t cut it. And even if two did cut it, a Rodham married to and taking the name of the man she married who happened to reach the White House does not a dynasty make when she tries for the same office.

            And I totally agree with you on the experience – and devotion to duty – gained with our political families.

    • Philly76
      April 3, 2017 at 11:11 am

      Will adjust and thanks

  5. WYgalinCali
    April 3, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Good morning Pond Dwellers and thanks to Philly for the morning roundup. 49 and sunny in Sac Town as we head to a high of 74. A bit cooler than yesterday. People forget that we actually gained seats in the House and Senate. Kamala Harris has some impressive committee assignments for a freshman senator. I believe the party sees the future in her. On to fill the cup and return to read more.

    • Philly76
      April 3, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Tornado warnings here in GA, will be messing for the week.

      • WYgalinCali
        April 3, 2017 at 11:14 am

        Stay safe, Philly. We wouldn’t be the same without you.

      • bfitzinAR
        April 3, 2017 at 11:28 am

        Stay safe. moar {{{HUGS}}} and White Light of Protection.

      • inkaudlay
        April 3, 2017 at 11:31 am

        Take care, Philly76. Do you have a safe place to hunky down in?

        • Philly76
          April 3, 2017 at 5:10 pm

          It skipped us so just rain thanks.

          • bfitzinAR
            April 3, 2017 at 7:48 pm

            {{{Philly}}} – good.

  6. shenagig
    April 3, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Hey Philly thanks for the great round up…quite a few up and comers that I either hadn’t heard of or didn’t know much about…you should post this at the DK if you haven’t already…haven’t been there yet today…
    But I’m sorry to inform you that “resistance had it moment”….so says a People’s summit to be held in Chicago…didn’t know that did you?…me either…this really is too much…just go away…

    • inkaudlay
      April 3, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Hi, shenagig.

      The Resistance left them in the ditch because they weren’t doing any of that resistance stuff – so they’re doing something…..but I’m not sure what.

      • shenagig
        April 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm

        That’s my take as well…but they have a good reason to leave the resistance behind…they are fighting the real enemy…Democrats that don’t pass their purity tests…you know the ones who are as bad or worse then trump….

    • Philly76
      April 3, 2017 at 5:12 pm

      They are like the wine and cheese football fair weather fans, along as they don’t have to get dirty, resistance is futile.

  7. WYgalinCali
    April 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I just saw where Feinstein and Warner are a No on cloture and nomination. I think that makes 41. Will the Turtle blow it all up? Or, as rumor has it, will he leave in place and try for a middle of the road candidate (like Garland)?

    • notcondoleezza
      April 3, 2017 at 9:33 pm

      I’ll believe the rumor when I see it.

  8. DoReMI
    April 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    I didn’t make it to church yesterday, so while I was home I watched Dr. Barber preach at Riverside Church in NYC. Powerful, powerful stuff; if you’re interested and need a lift, you can catch it here (Dr. Barber starts at about the 50:00 mark):

    • basket
      April 3, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      Oh yay!!!! I caught Dr. Barber’s sermon, but couldn’t stay until the postlude/benediction. Glad to know that it is saved online.

      This means you don’t need a detailed retelling of the sermon, right? ;) (I have some thoughts on it, might put them on my LiveJournal…yes I still use that)

      • DoReMI
        April 3, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        Put them here! If you have something written up, do you want to do the post tomorrow? I don’t have anything done for tomorrow yet, so it would be no inconvenience to me at all ;) Seriously, though, firsthand impressions are more interesting than just watching it on video, so please, please share whether in comments or as a post.

        • basket
          April 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm

          I don’t have anything written up yet – thought I would try on my first flight but didn’t get to it. Still have one more flight to go before I get home this evening and I’ll try to start then or when I get home.

          I could email you what I eventually write if you are interested..DM me for my email address

      • bfitzinAR
        April 3, 2017 at 12:44 pm

        {{{basket}}} – still would like your impressions and commentary, if you would care to give them. moar {{{HUGS}}}

        • basket
          April 3, 2017 at 12:51 pm

          I’ll look into it. {{{{bfitz}}}}

  9. reesetheone
    April 3, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    56 and rainy all damn day…. whats up guys!

    Nice piece bro! I can see harris pairing nicely with bullock, brown or even a castro brother. Trump will have a record to run on, he will screw folks over and the third party influence WON’T be what it was in 2016. Keep the base engaged and push forward.

    • Philly76
      April 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks Bro, Rainy all week, watching Baseball Love Harris and Tester just to shake things up, plus Jason Kander looks like he is trying to get national name recognition.

  10. notcondoleezza
    April 3, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Good evening mooses. I didn’t realize a diary had posted…I’m still figuring out the mysteries of WordPress. I have left the KOS for the time being, since I will not behaving my ratings privileges restored. It’s a shame – so much divisiveness by the BoBs, but everyone else gets punished, while they do not.

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