The Center for American Progress “will gather Democrats and ‘resistance’ figures for its fifth ‘Ideas Conference.’ And this time, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT.) is invited. … Other Democrats expected to attend are” Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio (D), “all of whom have been discussed, with varying levels of seriousness, as 2020 presidential candidates.”
“The 2017 conference and much of CAP’s work faced criticism on the left for not embracing more of the left-wing policy proposals favored by politicians such as Sanders. But since then, CAP made headlines by rolling out ‘Medicare Extra for All,’ a step toward the universal health coverage favored by Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand and Booker.” (Washington Post)
BOOKER AND WARREN. Booker and Warren introduced legislation that would make “non-poaching” workers’ arrangements illegal, “calling them an ‘anti-competitive’ practice and giving workers the ability to sue and the right to claim damages.”
Booker: “This is patently unfair and against the ideals of a so-called free market. It’s anti-democratic, and it’s hurting people.”
“Their bill reflects rising concerns among some academics and on the Hill about the role of ‘monopsony’ power—a monopoly held by a purchaser or employer, rather than by a seller—in restraining wages. The theory has gotten increasing attention among Democratic policymakers since the 2016 election.” (Washington Post)
INSLEE. “If he does run for president,” Gov. Jay Inslee (D) “is expected to make climate change central to his platform. Governor Inslee, who has spent the past decade of his political career focusing on climate change, earning the sobriquet ‘greenest governor in America,’ sees the issue as a way to directly attack Mr. Trump, who has mocked established climate science, rolled back environmental regulations and promised to withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate accord.
“This past Sunday, Governor Inslee said, he made his views clear at a governors’ breakfast with Scott Pruitt, the head of Mr. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency and the president’s point man in undoing climate change rules.”
Inslee, on Pruitt: “I told him, you’re killing my state. My state is going up in smoke because our forests are involved in these catastrophic fires. I told him, this administration is not just irresponsible but morally reprehensible.” (New York Times)
DNC’S GIFT TO NH. The Democratic National Committee “is sending a $100,000 grant to the New Hampshire Democratic Party to expand its organizing efforts for the 2018 election. The grant goes to the NHDP as part of the DNC’s State Party Innovation Fund, which began its operation in January with $1 million in distributions to 11 state parties.”
“The national party chairman noted that in the past year, New Hampshire Democrats have flipped five state House seats from Republican to Democratic.” The party also cited “Democratic Manchester Mayor Joyce Craig’s victory over Republican incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas in November.” (WMUR)
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