Conor Lamb and End Citizens United Team up in Pennsylvania Special Election

     The times are certainly changing in the political world. Since the election of Donald Trump to the White House, there has been a renewed effort by progressives everywhere to get out and vote. With the 2018 Midterm Elections approaching, there is no better time than now to try and make a difference. End Citizens United is certainly doing their part and that is why the political action committee has endorsed Conor Lamb in his hunt for a Congressional seat in Pennsylvania’s 18th District.

Conor Lamb is far from an established Democrat, thanks in large part to his youth, but End Citizens United sees something special in the prospective Congressman. Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District seat opened up after Republican representative Tim Murphy was forced to resign in disgrace after it came to light that he was pressuring an extramarital affair to have an abortion — two factors that are big no-nos. Lamb will be running against Rick Saccone for the seat. While this specific district is deep red, End Citizens United and Conor Lamb already see a path to victory.

We need only to look to Alabama in order to see that there are real changes going on in 2018. Since Trump was elected, Democrats have picked up 34 state seats, a governor seat and a Senate seat all while Republicans have only managed to pick up four state seats. That doesn’t mean that Conservatives are packing it in, however, as Donald Trump has already taken to Twitter in order to endorse Saccone.

No matter what Trump and the RNC decide to do, the fact that Lamb was able to pick up an endorsement from End Citizens United is a big deal. End Citizens United is one of the leading progressive political action committees in the country and they have been instrumental in the energized blue base that we have seen in 2018. End Citizens United was established in order to champion campaign finance reform and their primary goal is to put legislators in place who will be willing to strip the 2010 Supreme Court decision surrounding Citizens United. Lamb is one of those progressives who seems more than willing to stand up for and champion campaign finance reform.

Democrats everywhere have seen a boost in energy from their base since Trump’s election. The resistance movement is growing and people like Lamb are being put into a position where they can become long-lasting difference makers for their party. With ECU at his side, Lamb could be prepared to shock the world.

See http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/05/james-bopp-citizens-united/.

Betsy DeVos has the Will Power to Push America in a Certain Direction

President Donald Trump introduced a woman with little political experience to the world as his pick for Secretary of Education. Her name is Betsy DeVos, and most people in the United States did not know much about her. Still, little nuggets of information began to pour in as soon as she was picked by President Trump, and things were not looking great.

 

People learned that she believed in school choice, which basically means that parents get to choose the schools their kids can attend, be it religious, private, or public. The system would use vouchers, and parents can use the money collected through taxes in whatever way they choose. The problem is that Betsy also believes that the government should not vet or regulate private or religious schools. In essence, she wants these types of institutions to take taxpayer money without answering to the government of the people. Learn more: http://www.philanthropyroundtable.org/topic/excellence_in_philanthropy/interview_with_betsy_devos

 

Betsy’s plan for schools has been activate in Michigan. Many residents of the state now have the choice to have their kids go to private schools. The problem is that this initiative has also made it impossible for small public schools to stay open, meaning kids from poor communities now have no school to go to. There is little to no public transportation in some of these neighborhoods, which forces these kids to walk for miles before they get to their schools. It seems that DeVos is very proud of her success in Michigan, which is part of the reason public education officials and teachers are scared of her.

 

There is no doubt that Betsy is not afraid to use wealth to get her way. She is driven by her desire to see parents take their kids to Christian-based schools as she is a devout Christian herself. Mike Cox, a former state attorney general for Michigan, talked about the massive money-funded power she is not afraid to use to undermine public education, which she feels has failed Americans. Still, she was ready to defend her positions and promise Americans that she was ready to fight for them and whatever they wanted.

 

Betsy’s confirmation hearing in front of the Senate and in front of the world was going to give her a chance to defend herself but, needless to say, that did not go as planned. DeVos seemed confused at times in front of the Senate and gave nonsensical answers to some of their questions. It appeared that she was in over her head. Betsy did not seem to know much about public education though she did criticize it. Some believed her thoughts did not have much substance.

 

Perhaps one of the most unintentionally comical moments during the entire hearing was the moment she attempted to defend guns in schools. It seems like Betsy is afraid that bears would rise up and attempt to break down the school fence to gain access to educational facilities. This inevitable bear attack makes it necessary for schools to have weapons in order to have a fighting chance against this bear revolution. Late night comedy shows poked fun at her answer and her overall ignorance, but none of that mattered. Mike Pence, VP to President Trump, helped vote this woman into her position after the Senate vote tied.