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Post by Addie » Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:16 pm

Seems he had a good night for himself in Iowa.

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Cory Booker just gave the speech of his life to Iowa Democrats. Here's how they reacted.

DES MOINES -- Four standing ovations later, Cory Booker walked off the stage with an "Amen!"

If forlorn Iowa Democrats weren't quite mouthing the words "President Booker," they certainly seemed open to the idea by the end of a rousing 45-minute speech on Saturday night at the Iowa Democratic Party's annual gala. ...

The mood wasn't quite funereal, but as the night began there were more grimaces than smiles at the event that simultaneously raises funds for candidates of statewide office and serves as an ersatz debutante's ball for 2020 presidential contenders.

But anyone who's been to Newark will tell you Cory Booker gives great hugs, and Iowa's demoralized Democrats got a big ol' squeeze from him Saturday night. ...

By the night's end, many Democrats who said they entered the gala skeptical said they emerged convinced about Booker's potential.

Jeff Link, who managed Sen. Tom Harkin's 1996 reelection campaign and was his chief of staff from 1997 to 1999, called the speech "historic" for the Iowa gala.

Scott Thompson, a 56 year old volunteer with the Iowa Democratic Party who works as an economist for the state of Iowa, agreed Booker had emerged a serious 2020 presidential contender.
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Des Moines Register: Sen. Cory Booker fires up Iowa Democrats: 'It is a time to get up, to rise up, to speak up' ...

“This is not a time to curl up. It is not a time to shut up. It is not a time to give up. It is a time to get up, to rise up, to speak up!” he said to rising applause from the Des Moines crowd. “It is time for you not to wait for hope, but to be the hope.”

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I've finished watching this speech, crying like a baby. If you're looking for some inspiration, here it is.

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newyorker.com How Cory Booker’s “Baby Bond” Proposal Could Transform the Reparations Debate
Cory Booker, one of a half-dozen Democrats routinely mentioned as a Presidential contender, is a man of singularly intense enthusiasms. He is a vegan and, after a Rhodes Scholarship and finishing Yale Law, he famously moved into the Brick Towers housing project in the central ward of Newark, from which he would, before his thirtieth birthday, launch a political career, winning a seat on the municipal council. By his mid-thirties, he was the mayor of Newark and the star of a documentary and a docuseries, appearing as the young crusader who would rescue Newark’s politics from a corrupt machine. His story often seemed like a peculiarly American parable about the ways in which racial progress in the inner city and the liberations of financial capitalism might fit together, hand in modernizing hand.

At times, the story went awry. In 2010, Booker reimagined the Newark public-school system in partnership with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, who contributed a hundred million dollars for a fascinating and ambitious project that alienated many educators and left the city’s schools in about the same place. Two years later, he founded an Internet startup, called Waywire, with funding from tech moguls, including Google’s Eric Schmidt. Financial disclosures later revealed that Booker’s stake in the company had dramatically increased his assets. To these backers, Booker may have seemed like an investment himself. When I interviewed him during Obama’s ascent, Booker explained, with self-awareness, that, beginning when he was in grade school, he had been told that he might someday be the first black President.

Booker is now forty-nine, and in the past year his political career has entered a new phase, in which he has become one of the most effective campaigners in his party. He spoke in twenty-four states during the midterm campaign season and worked, with particular effectiveness, to help turn out black voters across the South, buttressing historic campaigns in Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. Booker’s stump persona can tend toward the saccharine—in the Trump era, he has spoken often of the need for a “politics of love”—but he has represented the future for so long to so many that he can channel hope more ably than most of his rivals. (“Booker had the room silently mesmerized at some points and won roaring standing ovations at others,” a recent report from Iowa said.) Although he has become the Democratic Party’s most prominent advocate of criminal-justice reform, and its most insistent critic of racial bias in the justice system, his presumed, but undeclared, Presidential candidacy has seemed to rest on his broad emotional gestures—he’s the mayor who once rescued a woman from a burning building, the senator who, in releasing sealed public documents about Brett Kavanaugh during the Justice’s confirmation hearing, declared, “This is the closest I’ll come to an ‘I am Spartacus’ moment.” Often, it has been easier to see the character than the vision.

When I met him last Tuesday afternoon, in his Senate offices on Capitol Hill, Booker seemed to have an idea for a remedy. He is tall and muscular, with blue eyes and broad shoulders, and, as he settled into a red armchair, he twisted his frame slightly so the chair could accommodate him. Over his desk is a framed map of Newark’s central ward, where he still lives when he is not in Washington. “I’ve lived the last two-plus decades in a low-income area, an area of our country that’s below the poverty line, and I see people work hard, work forty, fifty, sixty hours a week, which makes me want to support policies like raising the minimum wage, health care, and the like,” Booker said. Such policies have been the core of the Democratic agenda for generations, but Booker has come to see their limitations. “They are not helping people get ahead,” he said.

There was a deeper inequity that those programs could not touch, Booker went on, which was that “wealth disparities in our country are growing and growing,” and they are particularly acute between whites and blacks. The average black family has wealth of about seventeen thousand dollars, while the average white family has wealth of about a hundred and seventy thousand dollars, according to William Darity, a professor of public policy at Duke. During the Obama Administration, Darity concluded that his preferred remedy, direct reparations to African-Americans, was not politically feasible. So he and a colleague, Darrick Hamilton, of the New School, began modelling a proposal to provide a trust account to each American child. The idea had been kicking around in liberal policy circles for years—Gordon Brown implemented a version in the United Kingdom, and Hillary Clinton proposed one in a speech in September, 2016—but Darity and Hamilton wanted a “birthright endowment” big enough to begin to reduce the wealth gap and its adverse effects on African-Americans. They tilted it so that vast benefits would flow to the children of the poorest Americans, allowing them to pay for college or a new home, and only modest ones to the richest. They developed a program that could meaningfully change the distribution of wealth in the United States.
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Post by Addie » Sat Dec 08, 2018 2:10 pm

Associated Press: Cory Booker Heads to New Hampshire in Potential Preview for 2020

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Post by neonzx » Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:01 pm

TheHill: Jimmy Carter tells Booker: 'I hope you run for president'

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Former President Jimmy Carter urged Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to run for president in an Instagram Live video on Sunday.

Booker, who is known for his social media savvy, took to the platform to film a road trip through Georgia with civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) ahead of MLK Day.

After the two lawmakers attended a church service led by Carter in his hometown of Plains, Booker featured the former president in a video.

“I’m very glad to have you here this morning, and I hope you come back,” Carter said. “And I hope you run for president.”

Booker thanked Carter, telling him: “You encouraging me means more to me than you can imagine.”
To which Trump replied, Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.

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Post by bob » Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:49 pm

The Hill: Senate ethics panel won’t penalize Booker over confidential Kavanaugh documents:
The Senate Ethics Committee has announced it will not act on a complaint against Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a potential 2020 White House candidate, for releasing “committee confidential” documents during the Senate confirmation hearing for then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Deborah Sue Mayer, the chief counsel and staff director of the Senate Ethics Committee, informed Judicial Watch, a right-leaning government watchdog group, that “no further action is appropriate” in response to Booker’s unauthorized release of confidential documents.

“The committee carefully evaluated the allegations in the complaint and, based on all the information before it, determined that no further action is appropriate,” she wrote.

The letter, dated Dec. 12, was in response to a Sept. 12 complaint filed by the group. Jill Farrell, a spokeswoman for Judicial Watch, said it took some time over the holidays to process the response and make it public.
Predictably, Klayman took a victory lap over Judicial Watch's fail. :yankyank:
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Post by neonzx » Fri Feb 01, 2019 7:48 am

Cory Booker launches 2020 presidential campaign
New Jersey Senator Cory Booker is joining the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, announcing his campaign on Friday with a tweet and an emailed video to supporters.

"We are better when we help each other," he said. "I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind; where parents can put food on the table; where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood; where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins; where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame."

Booker is the second African American candidate to join the fray, following California Sen. Kamala Harris' entry last week, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Booker's announcement also carries symbolism, coming on the first day of Black History Month. Booker, who speaks fluent Spanish, plans to call into radio stations with black and Latino audiences Friday morning to discuss his campaign.

"The history of our nation is defined by collective action; by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists; of those born here and those who chose America as home; of those who took up arms to defend our country, and those who linked arms to challenge and change it," Booker said in the video Friday. :snippity:
To which Trump replied, Fuck the law. I don't give a fuck about the law. I want my fucking money.

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Post by Addie » Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:14 pm

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Booker announces key staff hires in early-voting states

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Days after the official launch of his presidential bid, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker announced key staff hires in several early voting states on Monday, naming veteran political operatives to head up his campaign in some of the first critical battlegrounds of the 2020 voting calendar.

The hiring moves are the New Jersey Democrat’s push for strength in some of the places where presidential hopefuls must mark successes if they’re going to build crucial momentum leading into the primaries and caucuses.

Booker has named state directors in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. In Iowa, Mike Frosolone served as caucus director for the state House Democrats, successfully recruiting dozens of Democrats to seek office there. Erin Turmelle is leading the campaign in New Hampshire, where she oversaw the state party’s 2018 midterm efforts. South Carolina’s Christale Spain worked in political outreach for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 bid and has served as executive director of the state Democratic Party.

In each state, the campaign also named senior advisors, posts that will likely fill a variety of roles and serve to formulate overall strategy in the states, where Booker and other hopefuls have already begun to spend considerable time. Joe O’Hern, a former Obama campaign field organizer and Iowa caucus veteran, will fill the post there. Former Obama campaign deputy director Sean Downey will fill the post in New Hampshire. In South Carolina, the role goes to Clay Middleton, a longtime aide to House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 state director.

Booker also named organizing and special projects directors in Iowa, as well as a communications team there, and a deputy state director in New Hampshire.

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'He's a winner': Iowa voters warm to Corey Booker as Democrat field heats up

Senator kicks off campaign in crucial caucus state as race to take on Trump in 2020 gathers steam


Democratic Senator Cory Booker kicked off his presidential campaign in Iowa with a call for unity, warning a crowd in Waterloo on Friday afternoon against “surrendering to cynicism” and calling for a revival of “civic grace”.

“I believe in this country,” he said at Hawkeye Community College, on the first day of a weekend trip to the crucial caucus state that marks a key moment in the beginning of his bid for the Democratic nomination . “I believe in us as a people. I’ve seen what can happen when we come together.”

Booker, who had appeared in Mason City earlier in the day, spoke to a crowd of about 100 as part of a roundtable discussion with local leaders. He touched on a range of issues, but devoted the most time to criminal justice reform – a signature issue for the New Jersey Democrat, who was a key champion of the First Step Act, which was signed into law by Donald Trump in a rare bipartisan win last year.

Booker touted the overhaul as a success, but called for more steps to be taken to address mass incarceration and a system that has unfairly targeted low-income and minority Americans, framing over-incarceration as both a “cancer on our soul” and also a financial burden on taxpayers.

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Post by Addie » Sun Mar 24, 2019 8:35 am

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Booker wrestles with primary field lurching left

The White House hopeful is struggling with whether to embrace sweeping changes like killing the filibuster and expanding the Supreme Court.


At the end of January, Cory Booker was emphatic in his defense of the filibuster. “We should not be doing anything to mess” with it, he said.

By springtime, the New Jersey Democrat had softened his stance considerably: “That door is not closed.”

As some of his 2020 competitors warm to dramatic reforms like eliminating the Senate’s 60-vote threshold and adding justices to the Supreme Court, the White House hopeful from Newark is plainly wrestling with whether to follow suit.

In an interview, Booker laid bare what he is grappling with: He’s been in the minority most of the time he’s been in the Senate and seen the power of the filibuster block the conservative agenda. And he’s worried that if Democrats make changes to the fabric of the Supreme Court, it will be exploited to potentially greater effect by Republicans in the future.

“You have to understand that a lot of these that are talked about: If we do it when we have the control to do it, they can do it again. What we need to find is real solutions that are sustainable regardless of who is president,” Booker said. “We should be careful about the traditions in this country and how we honor them.”

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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 07, 2019 4:48 pm

He is definitely an inspiring speaker, but it's good to see he is upping his game on policy.

New York Times
Booker Campaigns on Baby Bonds Program to Combat Inequality

AMHERST, N.H. — In the cozy confines of a rather stately New Hampshire home, Senator Cory Booker on Saturday offered a detailed outline of his proposal to address growing income equality with “baby bonds,” a government-run savings program for children.

Speaking to a crowded living room, Mr. Booker of New Jersey wrapped his proposal in familiar campaign themes of appealing to the country’s higher morals, and tucked it in after 20 minutes of his more traditional stump speech.

But the in-depth policy discussion, aided by the rare presence of a note card in Mr. Booker’s hand, reflected an increased focus on policy specifics in his campaigning for the Democratic presidential nomination. Up to now, Mr. Booker’s campaign has focused largely on sweeping upbeat oratory and calls for unity to salve the country’s growing political divisions.

He hinted at such a shift in a speech to the National Action Network in New York on Friday, telling the crowd, “Not just sentiments, I’m fighting to deliver substance.”
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WaPo: Cory Booker raised more than $5 million in first quarter, campaign says ...

Booker’s haul, while competitive, puts him behind other Democratic White House aspirants, including former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Booker’s campaign said 82 percent of the donors gave to the senator for the first time and the average online contribution was $34.

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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 14, 2019 7:29 am

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Corey Booker begins tour for president with 'hometown kickoff'

April 13 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Cory Booker began a two-week tour for president with a "hometown kickoff" Saturday in Newark, N.J., where still has a house and was mayor.

A crowd of around 4,000 to 5,000 people, according to police, turned out at Military Park for a campaign stretch billed as a "justice for all tour" -- including criminal, economic and environmental. Because the supporters were slow in arriving, Booker's speech was delayed by one hour, CNN reported.

Booker, who was elected senator in November 2012 after serving two terms as Newark's mayor, announced his candidacy for president on Feb. 1 by emailing supporting with an email announcement.

Booker was the eighth Democrat to announce he was running for president. The Democratic field has ballooned to 17 other candidates, including six U.S. senators. He is backed by 3.8 percent of voters, according to RealClearPolitics, way behind 31.1 percent for Joe Biden, who hasn't announced he is running for president, and 21.2 percent for Bernie Sanders, who ran in 2016 for president. All of the other candidates are in single digits.

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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:13 pm

NBC News: Cory Booker unveils plan to cut taxes for half the country

The Rise Credit would boost existing tax credits for workers by an estimated $2.5 trillion, according to the 2020 candidate's campaign.

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CNN: Cory Booker unveils plan for new and expanded Voting Rights Act

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Post by Addie » Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:49 am

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In Las Vegas, Booker talks Mueller report, border crisis, climate change

Cory Booker, in his second presidential campaign visit to Nevada in the two and a half months after his declaration of candidacy, spoke to a room of UNLV students and Las Vegans on Thursday.

Booker’s talk touched on issues including political tribalism, infrastructure, the border and criminal justice. Before the event, the U.S. senator from New Jersey spoke on the Mueller report released earlier in the say, saying the findings were concerning, but he hadn’t finished reading it.

“I think we’re seeing clearly that this report is not reflective of the spin that our attorney general tried to put on that report,” he said, referring to Attorney General William Barr’s summation of the report and news conference before the release.

Booker said he was not on board with impeachment, however, saying the investigation needs to continue and that he would like Special Counsel Robert Mueller to explain some of his findings before Congress.
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The Hill: Booker tweets out searchable version of Mueller report to counter White House

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Post by Addie » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:26 pm

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In Iowa, Cory Booker explains how he'd spend trillions to boost American workers' income ...

The New Jersey Democrat barnstormed the western half of the state, talking up his proposal to fight poverty by making millions more Americans eligible for the federal earned income tax credit. The program boosts workers' income by up to $6,500 per year.

“It’s a direct support for working families,” the presidential candidate told voters in Sioux City. The proposal is different from most previous tax cuts, which gave most relief to wealthy people while promising that benefits would “trickle down” to those below, he said. "That is broken economics," he said.

Unlike many credits, the earned income tax credit can be claimed even by Americans who make too little money to pay federal income taxes. It amounts to a refund check.

Booker said his proposal would nearly double the number of Americans eligible for the earned income tax credit. Under his plan, people could qualify if they earn less than $50,000 per year as a single person or less than $90,000 per year as a couple. Under current rules, the income limit for single people with no children is $15,570 and the limit for couples with no children is $21,370.

Booker describes himself as “a fierce pragmatist” on a range of issues, including climate change, health care and poverty. He told Iowa voters that his tax credit proposal would be a better use of tax money than where that money’s going now.

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Post by Addie » Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:38 am

The Guardian - Cory Booker
Workers are creating massive wealth. Why are corporations hoarding it all? ...

While corporate profits are at 80-plus year highs, and the S&P 500 has broken previous records nearly 30 times in the last five years alone, real wages for the lowest-income workers have barely risen in four decades. And today, nearly half of all workers make less than $15 per hour – roughly $30,000 annually for a full-time job.

The very nature of the employer-employee relationship has changed to maximize value for one at the expense of the other. Years ago, the person who cleaned your office or fixed your computer was an employee of the same company – participating in workplace benefits and theoretically able to rise in the ranks.

No longer.

Today, companies – like the airlines that Carol provides catering services for – contract out much of their workforce, setting off a race to the bottom as a constellation of intermediaries compete for the lowest bid. A recent study estimated that non-traditional work arrangements like temp agencies, contract workers and freelancers comprised virtually all of the net job growth between 2005 and 2015.

In the airline industry alone, the share of workers employed by contractors and subcontractors nearly doubled between 1991 and 2015. Outsourced workers earn much less than their non-contracted peers – 15% less for contracted janitors, for example, compared with those working in-house, and 17% less for contracted security guards relative to comparable direct-hire guards. Even worse, these workers have virtually no opportunity to maximize their value and ascend the corporate ladder; like spectators, they are confined to the sidelines, viewing their employers’ success from afar.

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Cory Booker's tax returns show an eye-popping financial stat that sets him apart from every other 2020 Democrat

Sen. Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey and current 2020 presidential candidate, released 10 years of tax returns on Wednesday evening — and one financial stat stands out compared to the other Democratic candidates.

In 2018, Booker made $152,639 (his US Senate salary); he paid $22,781 in federal taxes (a 19% tax rate); and he donated $24,000 to charity.

His charitable donation amount equals a little more than 15% of his 2018 income, and it makes him the Democratic candidate who gave the largest monetary percentage of his salary to charity.

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Post by Addie » Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:23 am

Associated Press: Cory Booker offers plan to address environmental inequality

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Post by Addie » Sun May 12, 2019 9:02 am

Des Moines Register: Interview: Cory Booker sees 'nothing honorable' in a nation that tolerates gun carnage in peacetime

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Post by Addie » Fri May 24, 2019 5:17 pm

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Cory Booker wants banks to stop charging so many overdraft fees

Booker is going after a practice that targets vulnerable consumers.


Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is bringing back legislation that takes aim at the big banks by severely curbing their use of overdraft fees.

These fees come up when people spend or withdraw more than their available checking account balance, and they’ve become a crucial source of revenue for financial institutions that have long targeted low-income customers who struggle the most to stay out of debt.

Under the Trump administration, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has taken an even more lax approach to enforcing limitations on such fees: As of last week, it’s now considering overturning a rule that requires banks to obtain consumer consent before imposing overdraft penalties.

Vox was given an exclusive look at Booker and Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) recently reintroduced legislation, which was informed by a survey of several large banks. Their bill would push back against the expansion of overdraft fees, barring financial institutions from charging them on debit card transactions and ATM withdrawals. The legislation would also restrict the frequency of such charges on payments made by check.

“It’s been well-documented for many years that banks have used a variety of methods to push people into incurring overdraft fees to boost their income,” said Lauren Saunders, an associate director at the National Consumer Law Center, who helped work on the legislation last year. “They do a lot to push huge costs on the people least able to bear them.”

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Post by Addie » Sun Jun 02, 2019 1:01 pm

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Cory Booker on Virginia Beach shooting: 'We're not helpless to stop' gun violence

Democratic candidates Elizabeth Warren and Booker make case for gun control reform in terms of tackling everyday shootings


After 12 people were shot dead at a government building in Virginia Beach on Friday, contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination sought to present the case for gun control reform in terms of tackling everyday gun violence, rather than stopping mass shootings. ...

The answer reflected a shift in progressive priorities that is colouring a crowded primary field. One candidate who has already presented a plan for gun control reform, New Jersey senator Cory Booker, devoted his speech in San Francisco to the question of reducing gun violence.

Speaking to CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, Booker said Virginia Beach was “a tragedy today but every day in the aggregate we have mass shootings that go on in neighbourhoods like mine … an inner-city black and brown community.

“We are not helpless to stop this. This is a uniquely American problem. We have carnage in our country that no other nation sees.”

Many would argue the US is in fact helpless to stop mass shootings, given political stasis over gun control reform under the crushing influence of the National Rifle Association, a rightward tilt on the supreme court and the Republican grip on the White House, Senate and many state governments. ...

Booker has rolled out a 14-point plan that includes licensing reform and a ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.

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Post by Addie » Mon Jun 03, 2019 4:41 pm

Philadelphia Inquirer
Cory Booker rolls out Iowa steering committee for 2020 presidential run

DES MOINES, Iowa — Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker is rolling out his Iowa steering committee, a team of activists and operatives that features party powerbroker Jerry Crawford, who played a key role in each of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaigns in the state.

Crawford, a Des Moines-area attorney who also played leading roles on Al Gore and John Kerry's campaigns, said he's been courted by multiple campaigns but told The Associated Press in an interview he's backing Booker because of the New Jersey U.S. senator's positive message.

"I'm very much drawn to his passion for civility and his determination to pursue healing," Crawford said.

Crawford is among 10 Iowa activists, operatives and elected officials who plan to provide strategic advice and operational support to Booker's campaign as part of his Iowa steering committee, being rolled out Monday. The group includes four other previously unannounced endorsers: former Iowa state House minority leader Rep. Mark Smith and city councilmembers Dale Todd, of Cedar Rapids, and Mazahir Salih and Bruce Teague, both of Iowa City. Booker's campaign said it hopes all three will help organize African American support for him in their respective cities.

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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 05, 2019 7:37 am

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Booker's affordable housing plan: Tax credit, zoning changes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker has released a housing proposal that includes a tax credit designed to help make rentals more affordable plus zoning changes and new funding aimed at boosting construction of units for low-income renters.

The New Jersey senator's plan was released Wednesday and builds on legislation he introduced last year in the Senate that would establish a new refundable renters' credit. That benefit would kick in to help limit lower- and moderate-income renters' housing bills to no more than 30 percent of their income.

Booker's housing plan also includes new spending to help lower-income renters obtain legal representation in eviction proceedings.

Booker launched his 2020 campaign in February. He says housing is "very personal" to him, citing his family's battle with racial bias during a move to New Jersey during his childhood.

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