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Jun
15

President Obama: A Champion For The People

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Gregory Korte: To Get Around Congress, Obama Turns To City Halls

President Obama has quietly racked up a series of legislative victories during the past few months as lawmakers have enthusiastically embraced his calls for a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave and universal pre-kindergarten. Instead of Capitol Hill, those victories happened in city halls, state houses and county buildings far from Washington. At least six major cities — Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Tacoma, Wash., and Washington, D.C. — have passed paid sick leave laws in the four months since Obama called for state and local action in this year’s State of the Union Address. Since the 2013 address when Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage, 17 states and six major cities have taken action, including Los Angeles last week.

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Obama’s state-and-local strategy may be unprecedented in its scope and ambition. Though previous administrations have appointed top advisers to listen to concerns of state and local officials, the Obama White House appears to be the first to aggressively use those same channels to encourage them to adopt Obama’s policies. The strategy has been more effective on some policies than others. Since last September, more than 200 mayors have signed on to the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a commitment to help boys and young men of color. The state-and-local strategy effort has been particularly effective on paid leave policies, which Obama championed in his State of the Union Address this year. “Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave — 43 million. Think about that,” Obama said. “So I’ll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own.” That pledge came with a $1 million budget from the Department of Labor to help fund feasibility studies for state and local governments, which will begin to be awarded this summer.

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105 Responses to “President Obama: A Champion For The People”


  1. 4 sjterrid
    June 15, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you, NW!

    Good afternoon/evening, TOD

  2. June 15, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Working hard for the people each and every day

  3. June 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Hey Nerdy, I hope all is well with you and your fantastic self. Thanks for all you do in partnering with Ms. Chips and Danny, to build TODville.

    I hope you know that there is “absolutely nothing you can’t achieve”. Thank you sooooo much. If there is anything I can do for you in your life; just halla. 👍👌🌷🌹⭐

    • 8 Nerdy Wonka
      June 15, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      Thank you so much, RanMan.

      All your wonderful feedback has been so much appreciated.

  4. 9 jackiegrumbacher
    June 15, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you for this, Nerdy. People never understand that when our President says he’s going to do something, he needs to be believed. Those who think they have the power to stop him, underestimate him and always have.

  5. 13 Judith Fardig
    June 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Congratulations, LL! Yes, President Obama is laser-focused on helping average people! Got an obnoxious email from Rep. Peter DeFazio crowing about calling the TPA bullshit. I unsubscribed and wrote how rude and short-sighted Democrats like him are being.

  6. June 15, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I don’t get people who can’t see, plain as day, how much our President is for ‘the least of these.’

    • 15 jacquelineoboomer
      June 15, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      You don’t get them, I don’t get them, none of us get them. I’m just glad we’re not them.

    • 16 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      June 15, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      PEOPLE WHO DON’T SEE THAT ARE BUSY DEMONIZING THE POOR IN EVERY WAY POSSIBLE…SOCIETY TODAY IS SELFISH AND IGNORANT!

  7. 17 jacquelineoboomer
    June 15, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    The only #NewLastNameForJeb I’d like to see is: Gone!

  8. 22 GGail
    June 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    NW, this is for you girl…”Today is a good day” 🙂

    Today, June 15, is the birthday of rapper, producer, actor and director Ice Cube.

    The rapper, songwriter, producer, director and screenplay writer first made his debut in the entertainment world with the politically controversial West Coast rap group, N.W.A Dubbed “The World’s Most Dangerous Group,” Ice Cube, along with his N.W.A members, gave the world a style of music that represented the struggles of young black men growing up in urban communities. Ice Cube continued his hardcore political gangster rap into his solo career with his debut solo album, AmeriKKKA’s Most Wanted. He proceeded to make his stamp in the hip-hop hall of fame with classic albums such as Death Certificate, The Predator, Lethal Injection and many others.

    Cube dove into the acting world with his role in the movie Boyz N Da Hood, a movie representing the socioeconomic struggles that African American youth were facing during the 1990s. From Boyz N Da Hood, Ice Cube continued acting in movies such as Trespass, Higher Learning, Player’s Club, All About The Benjamins and the classic Friday series, which he co-wrote. Ice Cube dabbled in daytime television series with shows like Barbershop and Are We There Yet?, which are based off of movies he starred in.

    Still making music today, with songs such as “Everythang’s Corrupt,” Ice Cube has proven to the world that one can venture out and be successful in different fields of work and still remain gangster. He is currently filming the newest installment of the Barbershop, Barbershop 3, due out in theaters in 2016.

    Happy Birthday, Ice Cube!

  9. 28 jacquelineoboomer
    June 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Fools and their foolish tweets are popping up all over!

  10. June 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    We were chatting about all the GOP candidates the other day and a question came up that I was hoping somebody here would know: if Jeb Bush became the nominee, would the ballot read “Jeb Bush” or “John Ellis Bush”? And would this other name confuse the low-info voters? 🙂

  11. 35 jacquelineoboomer
    June 15, 2015 at 3:23 pm

  12. 36 Vicki
    June 15, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I love that top photo with the very young Barack Obama. TY for posting it, Nerdy.

  13. 38 jacquelineoboomer
    June 15, 2015 at 3:32 pm

  14. 39 jacquelineoboomer
    June 15, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    Pretty nice and cozy here in the Moderation Lounge. 🙂

  15. June 15, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I BOW TO NERDY WONKA.

  16. 46 Linda
    June 15, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Jim Acosta was whining on CNN about Party-gate.

    His feelings are hurt because John said he was jealous for not being invited to the party …….

    Crybaby-gate.

  17. 48 Mel Barnett
    June 15, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    The First Lady Michelle Obama has arrived @STN_Airport dressed in a summery yellow & blue dress #HeartNews #Stansted pic.twitter.com/xxo4xgpxZq— Essex News (@HeartEssexNews) June 15, 2015

  18. 49 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    June 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    HAS ANYONE HEARD ANYTHING FROM THE BIDENS?…HOW ARE THEY?

  19. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    June 15, 2015 at 4:03 pm

    • 53 Linda
      June 15, 2015 at 4:10 pm

      Wait….. TPA already passed both Houses…….

      http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2015/index.asp

      Only TAA failed to pass

      • June 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        Can’t do TPA without TAA, so TPA is still in limbo.

        • 55 Linda
          June 15, 2015 at 4:27 pm

          Then why did they vote on it ? It passed 219-211.

          • June 15, 2015 at 4:56 pm

            It was a colossal trick Boehner pulled at the last minute after saying he would’t put it up to a vote unless TAA passed. I guess he was hoping to put both the DEMS and POTUS in a bind.

            The Senate rule calls for the two to be conjoined. So unless they somehow decouple them through some sort of procedural jujitsu, they NEED to pass TAA.

            • June 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm

              And then take another vote on TPA. It’s excruciating.

              • 58 susanne
                June 15, 2015 at 5:13 pm

                meanwhile, all the pund-nitwits announce it’s over and pbo lost. when the issue is finally concluded, and pbo gets what he really wanted (as usual) the news cycle will have moved on to something else, like bush’s new hairdo.

                • 59 Linda
                  June 15, 2015 at 5:26 pm

                  Yes, Luke Russert told Mrs. Greenspan that PBO’s Presidency is NOW OVER because of it. He will NEVER get another piece of Legislation passed before his term is OVER.!!!!!

                  I burst out laughing.

  20. 60 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    June 15, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    BBL…I HAVE TO CHECK THE INSULTS ON MY FB…CANNOT WAIT TO GET OUT OF THIS STATE!

  21. June 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Hee! Hee! My name is Prince…and I am FUNKY!!! I am so loving the misery of these sorry whiners!

  22. 63 Linda
    June 15, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    Grover Norquist’s Grip On GOP Slips As 47 Kansas Lawmakers Break “No Tax” Pledge

    47 of the 53 Kansas lawmakers who signed pledges not to raise taxes, abandoned their pledges by voting for a package of regressive tax increases that will place a heavy burden on low and middle-income Kansas residents. The 53 lawmakers had either signed Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform no taxes pledge, a similar pledge offered by the Koch Brother’s Americans for Prosperity or both. By Monday, June 15th, only 6 of the 53 lawmakers had not broken those pledges.

    Facing a gaping budget hole created by Governor Sam Brownback’s fiscally irresponsible income tax cuts, the legislature discovered that it could not cut its way to solvency. Consequently, the lawmakers relented and agreed to over 380 million dollars in tax increases, with most of the tax burden falling on poor and middle-class Kansans.

    The lawmakers eliminated certain income tax deductions, and they raised the cigarette tax from 79 cents to 1.29 a pack. However, the most controversial increase was boosting the state sales tax from 6.15 percent to 6.5 percent. The legislature also added a 47 million dollar tax on managed care organizations in Kansas.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/06/15/grover-norquists-grip-gop-slips-47-kansas-lawmakers-break-no-tax-pledge.html

  23. 64 carolyn
    June 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    By being so obstructive and reactionary, Congress is working to make itself irrelevant, if the USAToday article on cities, states and counties enacting progressive legislation for workers is any thermometer. Congress had a chance to be progressive, and make popular policies for all people, and they have totally bungled that opportunity. If they had done half of what PBO asked them to pass, they could tout and promote themselves in a very positive light, but they would rather hate on PBO than look good themselves.

    I got an email from Bernie Sanders today in which he said that when PBO was elected, he left his followers by trying to work with Boehner and McConnell, and when he’s elected, he certainly won’t do that. He also had a screed against the trade acts. I unsubscribed, and told him why. I told him he didn’t have a chance if he alienated the Obama coalition, and every time he spoke this way, he alienated more…..including my husband and me, who demographically should be in his corner. I told him the Obama coalition people were realists, not ideologues. Right now, I’m in no one’s corner since Joe Biden has not declared.

    By the way, those of you who worry about stories in the lurid grocery store mags, here’s the latest: William and Catherine are moving to America!!!!!!!!! That’s how much truth those headlines have. I remember the last three years of GWB, every other week was a headline about Laura leaving him and seeking a divorce…….didn’t happen did it?

    So glad the Obamas had a great party last night and everybody enjoyed themselves. The jealousy and envy of the WHPC just screams!!!!!

    • 65 Linda
      June 15, 2015 at 4:29 pm

      I have to laugh at Bernie…..does he think he can do everything by executive order without Congress passes any Bills into Law ?

    • 66 vcprezofan2
      June 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm

      😀 😀 about stories in the lurid grocery store mags >> Funny, Carolyn, I made a quick stop at the grocery store after a lunch date today and noticed that Michelle had had a face lift *at tax payer’s expense* no less! Such an occurrence and you guys here hadn’t told me. I was shocked…. *shocked*, I tell you!

      • 67 SUEDUVALLSMITH
        June 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm

        THEY NEED TO SUE THESE JERKS AND STOP THEIR INCESSANT TRASH DELIVERIES TO THE PUBLIC……..THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT FEED THE REPUGNANT CAUSE….THEY NEED TO CEASE!

  24. June 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    About the party…

    It’s the fact that the First Couple had a party for FIVE HUNDRED PEOPLE (if true), and they didn’t have a clue UNTIL IT WAS OVER.

    For me, didn’t have to be 500…coulda only been 50…and the fact that those jackals didn’t know a damn thing….that many mouths stayed shut…..

    that they DON’T have ‘ an in’ with this Administration, leaking shyt to them..

    THAT is what makes them mad.

  25. 74 Allison
    June 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm

  26. 89 Allison
    June 15, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  27. 90 Linda
    June 15, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Jeb Bush Announces His Presidential Campaign And Promptly Falls Flat On His Face

    Bush said his goal was to grow the economy at a rate of 4% a year and create 19 million new jobs. (George W. Bush averaged 1.6% growth and Ronald Reagan 3.5%. Obama’s economic growth in the third and fourth quarter in 2014 was 3.9% and 5%.) Bush is actually promising to grow fewer jobs than President Obama’s recent record.

    The biggest problem with Jeb Bush as a candidate is that he is boring. His speech was dull, empty, and vague. Bush spent a lot of time talking about his time as governor and claiming that he is more prepared than Obama was for the presidency. Bush argued for privatizing schools, and taking the “power” away from teachers’ unions. Bush offered up the usual attacks against President Obama’s foreign policy and warned that the country was facing “military inferiority.” Inferiority to who or what was not made clear. Bush is going to stand up the Cuban red menace and buddy up to Bibi in Israel.

    There is a gigantic structural problem facing the Bush campaign. Bush’s launch was a blatant pander to Hispanic voters, but the Republican Party is anti-Hispanic. The Republican Party is so anti-immigrant that they are beginning to oppose legal immigration. Bush is trying to appeal to voters who Republicans have been demonizing for years.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2015/06/15/jeb-bush-announces-presidential-campaign-promptly-falls-flat-face.html

  28. 91 vcprezofan2
    June 15, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I didn’t know AG Lynch was in UK too.

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    • 97 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      June 15, 2015 at 6:06 pm

      BOTH OF THE ‘O’ DAUGHTERS ARE SUCH GORGEOUS YOUNG LADIES..MAKES PBO NERVOUS…LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!

  31. 98 Linda
    June 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm

    5 Policy Issues that Show Why Jeb Bush Will Lose the Latino Vote

    1. Obama’s Executive Orders on Immigration….81%
    2. Medicaid Expansion and Obamacare…77%
    3. Raising the Minimum Wage…78%
    4. The Importance of Addressing Climate Change…84%
    5. Taxes on the Super Wealthy….87%

    Latino Decisions Survey

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/latino-decisions/5-policy-issues-that-show_b_7584142.html

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    • 103 SUEDUVALLSMITH
      June 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm

      I DON’T SEE ANY DEMS. RUNNING I WOULD WALK ACROSS THE STREET FOR…I WILL BE BUSY MOVING AND NOT VOTING THIS TIME AROUND…NOONE TO VOTE FOR…:(

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