Progressive Breakfast for October 23

Morning Message

Indian Country Knows: Your Voting Rights Are At Risk

As a member of a Tribal Sovereign Nation, I know how phony allegations, even when proven to be false, are used to strip us of our voting rights. We've faced this time and again in Indian Country, and now they're coming to take away your vote, too.

Trump Voter Commission Members Left In Dark

Trump voting commission criticized for lack of transparency. AP: “President Donald Trump’s advisory commission on election integrity has integrity questions of its own — with some of its own members raising concerns about its openness. This past week, two members fired off letters to commission staff complaining about a lack of information about the panel’s agenda and demanding answers about its activities. That comes as Democratic U.S. senators are requesting a government investigation of the commission for ignoring formal requests from Congress. The criticism from the commissioners was remarkable because it came from insiders — the very people who are supposed to be privy to its internal discussions and plans. In a letter sent Oct. 17, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap said it was clear he was not being made aware of information pertaining to the commission. He requested copies of all correspondence between commission members since Trump signed the executive order creating it in May. ‘I am in a position where I feel compelled to inquire after the work of the commission upon which I am sworn to serve, and am yet completely uninformed as to its activities,’ Dunlap wrote in his letter to Andrew Kossack, the commission’s executive director.”

VA Candidate Gillespie Is GOP Gerrymander Pro

One of the architects of GOP gerrymandering wants to run Virginia. ThinkProgress: “Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chair — is running to be the governor of Virginia. Should he prevail, he will benefit from the gerrymandered maps that give his party a firm grip on the Virginia House of Delegates. And he will have the opportunity to extend REDMAP’s success into another decade in Virginia. If Gillespie prevails next November, Republicans are likely to control the state’s legislature and governorship during the next redistricting cycle, which begins after the 2020 census. That’s potentially a recipe for ten more years of Republican rule in Virginia.”

EPA Cancels Scientists’ Climate Change Talk

EPA cancels own scientists’ presentation on climate change. NYT: “The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearance of three agency scientists who were scheduled to discuss climate change at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island… The move highlights widespread concern that the E.P.A. will silence government scientists from speaking publicly or conducting work on climate change. Scott Pruitt, the agency administrator, has said that he does not believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are primarily responsible for the warming of the planet.”

Sen. Brown Warns of White Supremacists in White House

Sherrod Brown: White supremacists are ‘sprinkled around the White House’. The Hill: “Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in an interview on Sunday agreed with Rep. Frederica Wilson’s (D-Fla.) claim that there are white supremacists in the Trump administration, saying they are “sprinkled around the White House’… ‘I agree that Steve Bannon is a white supremacist, and Stephen Miller seems to be, and I know that studies have shown they have their allies sprinkled around the White House,’ Brown told CNN’s Dana Bash on ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday. Brown’s comments come after Wilson told The New York Times last week that “the White House itself is full of white supremacists.’ Her comments came amid a feud with President Trump and his chief of staff, John Kelly.”

Democratic Party Strategy Turmoil

The identity-politics death grip. City Journal: “Once, the Democrats were the party of the middle class, attentive to how it might be lifted up—or at least, kept from falling. But during the 2016 election, the Democrats offered the middle class nothing—Americans counted only insofar as they belonged to this or that identity group. And when the Democrats lost, they blamed white members of the middle class who voted for Trump and who had had enough of identity politics. Among Democrats, only the defeated Bernie Sanders stayed focused on the middle-class crisis, refusing the bait.”