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RVInit wrote:
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Early polls were hinting she is picking up supporters from many of the candidates who have dropped. She seems to be the most prepared candidate. Other candidates are prepared on certain issues or questions, Warren just appears more well-rounded.
:yeah: She is impressive. I think it's because she's the real deal. She's been thinking about and working on these issues for many years, not just because she wants to run for higher office.
I was very impressed by her when I went to the town hall. I just have to say that again. I was also impressed with her staff's organization of volunteers. I don't think I mentioned it before, but there was a huge U.S. flag stretched tight behind the dais as a backdrop. As a volunteer, I had to be there 4 hours before the town hall. The flag was already set up when I got there, but while I was standing near it waiting with my little group to be told what we were going to be doing, there was a campaign staffer with a clothes steamer steaming the wrinkles out of the flag. That's some attention to detail.


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CNBC: Cramer: Wall Street executives are saying Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 bid has ‘got to be stopped’ ...

Warren is a “very compelling figure on the stump,” Cramer said, predicting that she’s going to win the first-in-the nation nominating contest in Iowa, set be held on Feb. 3, 2020. “It would be a sub-optimal situation for the banks” if Warren were to win the Democratic nomination, he added.



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Tue Sep 10, 2019 2:58 pm
CNBC: Cramer: Wall Street executives are saying Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 bid has ‘got to be stopped’ ...

Warren is a “very compelling figure on the stump,” Cramer said, predicting that she’s going to win the first-in-the nation nominating contest in Iowa, set be held on Feb. 3, 2020. “It would be a sub-optimal situation for the banks” if Warren were to win the Democratic nomination, he added.
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New York Mag - Jonathan Chait
Elizabeth Warren’s Plan to Boost Social Security by $200 a Month Is How to Beat Trump

If Democratic presidential candidates want to get serious about the existential imperative of defeating Donald Trump’s growing authoritarian menace, they need to stop their exotic appeals to left-wing activists and start formulating positions voters actually like. Elizabeth Warren has an idea like this. It might be the best general-election appeal any of the candidates has devised yet: Raise taxes on the rich to pay for an increase in Social Security benefits.

The average Social Security beneficiary gets a paltry $16,248 a year from the program. Warren proposes to increase that by $200 a month, paying for it with a 14.8 percent tax on net investment income for individuals earning more than $250,000 and families earning more than $400,000. Her pay-for would not only cover the costs of new benefits, but bring in enough extra revenue to extend the Social Security Trust Fund by 19 years.

Raising taxes on the rich? Popular. More than 70 percent of the public, including a majority of Republicans, support that.

Increasing Social Security benefits? Even more popular. A 2014 survey found 86 percent of Americans agree that current Social Security benefits do not provide enough income for retirees, and 72 percent agree we should consider raising future Social Security benefits in order to provide a more secure retirement for working Americans. A poll last year found that two thirds of respondents would be more likely to vote for a candidate who would raise Social Security benefits, with just 18 percent saying they’d be less likely.



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Post by Suranis » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:01 am

And over here in Socialist Ireland, they are saying that Social Welfare payments will have to be cut as a result of Brekit, because all our parties think the Republicans are just fantastic.

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Post by ZekeB » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:58 am

$200 per month is really $160 since they tax my Social Security.


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The American Prospect - David Dayen
Warren Proposes the Biggest Expansion of Social Security in 50 Years

The plan, with an immediate $200 per month benefit increase, sets the left edge of the possible on a bedrock Democratic program.


In November 2013, less than a year into Elizabeth Warren’s first Senate term, she gave a floor speech rejecting a persistent push, including from her own party’s president, to cut Social Security benefits. Her outspokenness came out of studying the economy and noting the precarious finances of an aging population. “We don’t build a future for our children by cutting basic retirement benefits for their grandparents,” she argued. “With some modest adjustments, we can keep the system solvent for many more years, and could even increase benefits.”

At the time, a few other liberals—Senators Tom Harkin, Sherrod Brown, and Bernie Sanders—had endorsed expanding Social Security, an important protection for a working class struggling to retire with dignity. By joining the fight, Warren helped stave off the march to cuts. What was once the province of a few has become the dominant philosophy in the party. Earlier this year, a Social Security expansion package launched with the support of over 200 House Democrats. And now, Warren is charging ahead with the biggest expansion package a Democrat has proposed in decades.

“Despite the data staring us in the face, Congress hasn’t increased Social Security benefits in nearly fifty years,” Warren wrote today in her favorite format, a Medium post. “We need to get our priorities straight.”

She’s doing it because the struggles remain evident, and worse for those nearing retirement than those already in it. For too many people, particularly people of color, Social Security has become the main source of retirement income, as fewer employers offer significant retirement benefits and stagnant wages eat up savings. The median annual income of women over 65 in 2016 was a paltry $18,380. And that’s with many working into their golden years.

A Government Accountability Office report released just this week revealed that poorer seniors had a dramatically lower survival rate than their richer counterparts. Those living into their 70s and 80s tend to rely more on Social Security, but by paying in less throughout their working lives, they receive less in benefits than richer counterparts who need the money less. This inequality doom loop is built into the inputs and outputs of the Social Security system, and Warren seeks to arrest this yawning wealth gap that is literally a matter of life and death.
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New York Times - Frank Bruni
Up, Up, Up With Elizabeth Warren

The debate showed that she’s slick, which may mean she’s unstoppable.


Elizabeth Warren didn’t have her best debate on Thursday night, nor was she the most poetic or passionate candidate on that overcrowded stage. Beto O’Rourke, describing the toll of gun violence, forged a moment more poignant than any of hers. Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker had better one-liners. Pete Buttigieg’s beautifully shaped final answer put hers, delivered just a few minutes earlier, almost immediately out of my mind.

But Warren demonstrated precisely why she has been on an upward trajectory in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and why that trajectory is likely to continue.

She showed how canny she can be. How cunning.

Criticism came her way, and she brushed it off like so much lint.

Perhaps most crucially, she was evasive, which isn’t a noble quality but is as essential as any other when you’re running for office. Idealism puts you in play. Slipperiness gets you the prize.



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New York Mag - Ed Kilgore
Warren Continues to Emerge As a Potential Democratic Unity Figure

One of the interesting things about Elizabeth Warren’s gradual ascent into the Big Three of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who are presently dominating the party’s large field is that she’s arguably well positioned as a unity figure between centrists loyal to Joe Biden and progressives gravitating toward Bernie Sanders. That’s certainly true at the elite level, where, as I noted earlier this year, centrist antipathy to Sanders is accompanied by centrist interest in Warren:
[F]or all her populism and class-warfare rhetoric, Warren is the representative of a sharp-edged but familiar Democratic policy tradition that seeks to save capitalism from its excesses and restore economic competition, rather than treating it as dangerous or irrelevant. That, not fear of Bernie, is likely the reason for all the comparisons centrists make of her to Sanders; they share many of the same policy positions but arguably a very different perspective …


Beyond ideology, Warren is, after all, a reasonably conventional Democrat who endorsed Hillary Clinton, not Bernie Sanders, in 2016. Economic issues aside, her foreign-policy thinking reflects a dovish Democratic tradition instead of the actively leftist, Henry Wallace–progressive tradition that clearly inspires Sanders, who has stood outside the Democratic Party his entire career.


There’s now evidence that Warren’s growing acceptability is spreading to actual Democratic voters. Morning Consult reports today that she is now the top “second-choice” candidate in the field (she’s third in first preferences). She is the second-choice favorite among supporters of both fourth-place Kamala Harris and fifth-place Pete Buttigieg and has basically caught up with Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders as the top second-choice candidate for each other’s voters. Looking at another optic in the Morning Consult data, Warren’s favorability/unfavorability ratings (64/15) are pretty much as good as those of Sanders (75/18) and Biden 72/20, particularly if you keep in mind that she has some room to grow (9 percent of Democrats say they’ve never heard of her, believe it or not, and another 12 percent don’t know enough to form an opinion of her).

Now, these numbers still show Sanders and Biden as plausible unity figures, and some of the non–Big Three candidates might fill that bill if one of them takes off between now and the time voters start voting. But the longer the Big Three continue to dominate the field, the more polarization we are likely to see, and it’s probably going to most affect Biden (who more or less horrifies progressive activists and opinion leaders) and Sanders (who has the same effect on centrists, intense party regulars, and veteran Hillary Clinton fans).

The hardest thing to project is how the Warren-Sanders rivalry will play out. The two are generally thought to represent the same left-bent “wing” of the Democratic Party or “lane” in the 2020 field, and they are definitely friends and allies in the Senate. But the coalitions they are putting together are far from identical, and their approaches to campaigning differ as well. If one decisively bests the other in Iowa and New Hampshire, where both candidates are strong, you could see one of them dropping out, creating a clear left-right competition with Biden (and/or one of the non–Big Three candidates in the field). If for whatever reason both stick around and Biden doesn’t go away either, you could see a dynamic that begs for resolution via a unifying figure.



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WaPo - Amy B. Wang
Warren releases plan to tackle Washington corruption

NEW YORK — Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a new plan Monday to tackle corruption in Washington, part of the Democratic presidential candidate’s ongoing promises to enact “big structural change” if elected.

Warren’s wide-ranging new proposal seeks to dramatically limit the influence of federal lawmakers and lobbyists while also expanding protections for workers. Under the plan, lobbyists would be banned from all campaign fundraising activities — including serving as campaign bundlers — and campaigns themselves would not be able to receive “intangible benefits” such as opposition research from foreign governments.

Under a new definition of “official act,” politicians would not be able to accept gifts or payments in exchange for government action. Senior government officials and members of Congress would be prohibited from serving on for-profit boards, even if they receive no compensation. ...

Warren has previously released other anti-corruption plans, which included proposals to require lobbyists to register and to prohibit foreign governments from hiring Washington lobbyists.

The new plan’s release comes hours before Warren is slated to give a speech Monday night in New York’s Washington Square Park, near the site of the former Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. A fire there in 1911 killed 146 workers, many of whom were young immigrant women.

The tragic fire — exacerbated by poor working conditions — galvanized the women’s suffrage and labor movements and led to federal reforms that remain in place for workers, women and immigrants today. It was a theme that Warren hoped to tie to her modern-day bid for the White House.
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Daily Beast: Warren Goes After Trump’s Sister in Anti-Corruption Push

The Massachusetts Democrat, who had already introduced a massive anti-corruption bill, is adding some new aspects to her plan.



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Working Families Party Endorses Elizabeth Warren

The progressive group, whose electoral influence has grown since it backed Bernie Sanders four years ago, is now supporting Ms. Warren for the Democratic presidential nomination.


The Working Families Party, the labor-aligned progressive group whose electoral influence has grown since the 2016 election, has endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for the Democratic presidential nomination, a boon to her candidacy as she attempts to position herself as the main challenger to former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

The party endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont during the last presidential cycle, at which time he described Working Families as “the closest thing” to “my vision of democratic socialism.” The group’s endorsement of Ms. Warren on Monday, one of the few by a prominent progressive organization this early in the primary, could turn heads among left-leaning Democrats desperate to defeat Mr. Biden, the more moderate front-runner, in a primary election where their party’s ideological future is at stake.

“If our focus is on victory, we can’t be delusional about it,” said Maurice Mitchell, the Working Families Party’s national director. “You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing.”

Mr. Mitchell brushed off the possibility that the group’s endorsement would be seen as a sign of a splintering of the progressive left. The vote among “tens of thousands” of party members resulted in a commanding majority for Ms. Warren, a party spokesman said; she received more than 60 percent of the votes on the first ballot. ...

Ms. Warren is coming off a debate performance last week that was generally well received, and she is preparing for a rally in New York on Monday that could be among the largest gatherings for any candidate this year. Mr. Sanders’s campaign shook up its New Hampshire staff over the weekend as Ms. Warren continues to make inroads among progressives.
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Oregonian: Packed campaign rallies, new polling, show Elizabeth Warren’s strength keeps growing
Rolling Stone: Is Elizabeth Warren the New Democratic Favorite?

The ascendant candidate laid out her anti-corruption agenda to over 20,000 people in New York City’s Washington Square Park on Monday. She may just be getting started
TIME: 'One Woman, and Millions of People to Back Her Up.' How Elizabeth Warren Made Fighting Corruption A Feminist Rallying Cry
Washington Monthly - Nancy LeTourneau: Why Warren Would Be a More Effective President Than Sanders



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Elizabeth Warren taps Planned Parenthood policy director to lead Florida campaign ...

Warren, a Democrat whose polling numbers are rising in Florida and across the country, has hired Kimberly Diaz Scott as her campaign’s Florida state director. Diaz announced her jump to the Warren campaign on Facebook late Tuesday, saying that she was leaving the Florida Planned Parenthood Alliance after five years with the organization.

“I won’t be far from the movement, as I’m humbled and proud to announce my transition as the Florida State Director for Warren for President, assuring that we will continue to fight like hell to elect a brilliant leader who will work to protect the health, safety and future of ALL people,” Diaz wrote. “2020 is not for the rich or selfish, 2020 is for us.” ...

Diaz was the Central Florida regional director for Charlie Crist’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign when he ran as a Democrat against Rick Scott. Her role with the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates — the political organization representing the state’s two Planned Parenthood affiliates — required that she register as a lobbyist.

People familiar with the Warren campaign’s efforts say multiple strategists were vetted in recent weeks.

Warren’s hiring of a state director — believed to be the first such hiring in Florida by a Democratic 2020 presidential campaign — is the latest sign that campaigns are building up a presence in the state ahead of its March 17 primary election. Former Vice President Joe Biden, the front-runner in the Democratic primary, visited Miami Sunday to meet voters and raise money, and his wife, Jill Biden, is expected at an event in Tampa this weekend. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar was in Miami Saturday.



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Warren to headline major DNC fundraiser

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will headline a big-ticket fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in October, according to an invitation obtained by POLITICO.

The pair will star at the DNC’s Women’s Leadership Forum conference, taking place in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 16 and 17. The event, which has been held each year since 1993, will focus on the 2020 election. Past headliners have included former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

The event will be Warren’s second appearance at a DNC fundraiser in recent months, as her presidential campaign continues to gain popularity. Warren has sworn off closed-door fundraisers for her own presidential bid during the primary, but in August, Warren spoke to party donors at an event in San Francisco benefiting the DNC.



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Elizabeth Warren: Congress ‘Is Complicit’ for Failing to Impeach Trump

Elizabeth Warren has called on Congress to move to impeach President Trump or become “complicit” in his alleged crimes following reports he pressured Ukraine to pursue investigations politically advantageous to his 2020 re-election bid. “After the Mueller report, Congress had a duty to begin impeachment. By failing to act, Congress is complicit in Trump’s latest attempt to solicit foreign interference to aid him in US elections. Do your constitutional duty and impeach the president,” the Democratic presidential candidate tweeted late Friday. She went on to say that Trump “continues to commit crimes” because “he knows his Justice Department won’t act and believes Congress won’t either.” Calls for impeachment multiplied Friday following reports Trump repeatedly asked the Ukrainian president to pursue a corruption investigation involving former vice president Joe Biden’s son, a request that is believed to also be at the center of an explosive whistleblower complaint about Trump.



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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 22, 2019 9:59 am

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LA Times: Elizabeth Warren's long path from Oklahoma to Harvard



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Post by Foggy » Sun Sep 22, 2019 12:30 pm

She was a very serious young lady.



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Post by Addie » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:12 pm

She's getting so much press right now, it's hard to choose, but this article about the selfie strategy I found really interesting. Don't miss.

https://thefogbow.com/forum/viewtopic.p ... 6#p1115991

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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:25 pm

CNN - Chris Cillizza
Why Elizabeth Warren is a bigger Iowa front-runner than you think

(CNN)The headlines coming off a new poll in Iowa -- sponsored by CNN and the Des Moines Register -- largely focus on the fact that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is now at the top tier of the 2020 field in the crucial Iowa caucuses. That notion drastically undersells how strong a position Warren is actually in.

Yes, Warren tops the field in the CNN-DMR poll with 22% support, followed by former Vice President Joe Biden at 20% (the poll has a four-point margin of error, putting the two essentially in a tie). Warren and Biden are followed distantly by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at 11%.

But that doesn't tell the whole story: The topline numbers are actually the least good thing for Warren in the poll.

Consider this:

* Warren gained 7 points from the June DMR/CNN poll and has almost tripled her support in the state from a December 2018 poll. Biden, meanwhile, has lost support in each of the four DMR/CNN polls between December 2018 and now. And Sanders dropped 5 points from just June until now.

* Her favorable numbers in the poll also make clear how much energy and passion is behind her candidacy presently. Three-quarters of those polled had a favorable view of her, including a whopping 44% who had a "very favorable" opinion. That compares very favorably to the 29% who view Biden very favorably and the 26% who feel that same way about Sanders.

* Warren is the first or second choice of 42% of those polled. That's well in front of Biden (30% first/second combined), Sanders (21%), South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg (18%) and California Sen. Kamala Harris (16%).

Any one of those three data points would suggest that this poll may have only caught the start of Warren's rise in Iowa. All three together suggest she is well positioned to take off like a rocket ship in the state. Not only does she already have a broad-base of support in the state (as evidence by the topline numbers) but she also has significant passion among those who are for her and remains well-liked -- and a possible voting option -- for those who say she is their second choice at the moment.



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Post by Sterngard Friegen » Mon Sep 23, 2019 6:35 pm

I'm feeling a lot more Warren-ish.

Despite my general prejudice against Harvard Law School professors as politicians.



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WaPo - David Byler
Elizabeth Warren has a plan for how to get ahead of Joe Biden. It just might work. ...

Warren’s lead is small, but that it exists at all hints at a potential path to victory over Biden. If Warren wins in early states where white liberals are plentiful, she could damage his electability argument and become the consensus candidate while avoiding the mistakes of some of her other competitors.

Biden has three advantages in this primary: association with former president Barack Obama, relative policy moderation and perceived electability.

It’s basically impossible for anyone to detract from or surmount those first two qualities. Biden was Obama’s vice president for eight years — he’s more closely linked with Obama than anyone other than Michelle, Sasha and Malia — and Obama is still popular among Democrats. And Biden has, for better or worse, spent decades building a left-leaning, but not radical, reputation and voting record. That’s likely helping him grab voters who see themselves as more moderate.

But Biden’s other strength — electability — is assailable. The easiest way to prove that a candidate isn’t electable is to beat them in an election. And Warren could do that in Iowa. Warren tends to do well with white voters who think of themselves as more liberal. Contrary to farm belt stereotypes, the Iowa Democratic Party is full of the sort of white liberals who might like Warren.

If Warren were to follow up an Iowa win with a victory in New Hampshire, another state with a solid number of white liberals, she might be able to simultaneously drive her opponents on the left out of the race and damage Biden’s electability argument. That could in turn damage Biden’s support with black voters in South Carolina — some of whom support him in part out of a pragmatic desire to beat President Trump. That could put her in a strong position. Recent national polls, along with the CNN Iowa poll, have suggested that a broad swath of the Democratic Party likes Warren and is considering voting for her. A few primary wins could quickly take her from second place to consensus candidate.



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Warren announces $10 million-plus ad buy in early states

Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign on Tuesday announced an early-state ad campaign of at least $10 million, suggesting that the Massachusetts senator is continuing to raise big money from grass-roots donors after an anemic start.

The campaign told POLITICO that a digital ad campaign would begin immediately and that the entire buy will ramp up over the next few months. The campaign declined to say when its spending on digital and TV ads would reach eight figures.

“Right now, our biggest expense as a campaign is our staff, but as the campaign heats up, it will be on media to reach potential voters," campaign manager Roger Lau wrote in a memo emailed to supporters Tuesday morning. The campaign "will be more digital than old-school broadcast television.”

The campaign also released three ads Tuesday — 15-second, 30-second, and 1-minute spots — which highlight Warren’s policy plans and her intention to crack down on corruption in government.

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Warren plans big presidential campaign expansion, beefing up ad buys and state offices ...

The announcement comes as Warren is moving toward the top of polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, though the race remains fluid. But her campaign is also seeking to show it’s building strength in states that are not in the first wave of primaries and caucuses.

State directors and organizers will be hired in places like Minnesota, Texas and Florida, the memo said, adding that the moves were designed in part to help Democrats win downballot races.

“We’re putting boots on the ground in places like Michigan and Minnesota, which will help flip state legislatures to Democratic control,” Lau wrote. “And we’re continuing to build the future of our party by investing in states like Texas and Florida.”



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