Running Against Rosa DeLauro

As I become more involved with Green Party politics, I want to share a series of posts on how I think Green Party candidates can mount strong political campaigns.

This series will be based on my love of politics, my 33 years of following politics, my appreciation of data, and my desire to see a more equitable, inclusive America.

If you would like me to discuss a particular race and/or political district, contact me.

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AOC Represents her District

This post is a follow-up post to the one I wrote about Pelosi representing her district. As you will see, the demographics of AOC’s district make it an excellent one for her.

My hope is that by sharing posts like these, I can demonstrate that there is data to support what Congress does–even if it’s terrible–and that we could use that data to understand how to replace a number of those not adequately serving us.

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Pelosi Represents her District

As you will see, Pelosi represents a very wealthy district. With that wealth, comes very few people living without insurance and a poverty level far below the national average.

The reality that Pelosi represents a district with a demographic profile much more befitting of a Republican is why she governs from the right.

The speaker of the House in a Democratic Congress must represent a district that looks like the Democratic Party. By installing a speaker representing a conservative district, the Democratic Party is prevented from doing anything progressive.

As the data shows, Pelosi should be removed as speaker.

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House Progressives Could Choose the Speaker

The verdict for this episode is: since they are Democrats, House progressives will not use the power they have.

In this episode, I discuss how House progressives could remove Pelosi choose the next speaker, and get real benefits for using their power to choose the next speaker.

I also discuss why this option is much better than forcing a vote on Medicare for All.

Predicting the 2020 Election

The verdict for this episode is: Biden will win, but will he win?

In this episode, I make all kinds of predictions related to the 2020 election and explain my reasoning for those predictions.

Coronavirus and the Economy

The verdict for this episode is: none of the plans proposed in Congress are good enough.

In this episode, I discuss ways to get government assistance to those most needing it during the pandemic. Specifically, I address getting cash to people who really need it, health care for everyone, rent and mortgage relief, student loan assistance, and more.

Coronavirus and Politics

The verdict for this episode is: Congress has once again failed the American people.

In this episode, I discuss how the bill being sold by Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats fails America. Topics covered include: the tying of benefits to inadequate testing; cutting people’s pay because they need to care for someone who is sick; and the bill’s failure to address predictable shortcomings in available hospital beds and medical equipment.

The Two-Party System Must be Abolished

The verdict for this episode is: our politics will not work until the two-party system is abolished.

In this episode, I use the impeachment trial to demonstrate how the two-party system is broken beyond repair.

Democracy is Failing on Both Sides of the Atlantic

The verdict for this episode is: Western democracies don’t represent the will of the people.

In this episode, I discuss how the results in the recent UK election and those in some recent American elections don’t reflect the votes cast by the people.