Your Modern Democratic Party
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Author:  chijohnaok [ Sat Oct 15, 2016 10:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Your Modern Democratic Party ... imination/

MO Dem Senate candidate and famous anti-discrimination advocate being sued for discrimination


In Missouri, the Democrats are running Jason Kander against Roy Blunt for their Senate seat. Kander looked like a great choice on paper, being the Missouri Secretary of State and former member of the legislature. So far he’s made a spirited run in what is being described as one of the closest Senate races in the country. Kander looks like a natural choice for progressives and social justice types too. He prides himself on his fight against discrimination. In fact, when he first took his current office he made headlines by announcing that LGBT employees would be afforded the same protections under his tenure. (KCRU)

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander announced Thursday that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees in his office will now be protected under the office’s nondiscrimination policy. Sexual orientation and gender identity will be added to the list of other identifiers protected from discrimination and harassment.

“This is the right thing to do. Hiring and advancement decisions should be about an employee’s performance and their potential, and I think we can all agree on that,” Kander said. “An employee’s sexual orientation should have no bearing on those types of decisions.”

That sounds like great news, Jason. But one thing which didn’t seem to attract quite as much attention is that Kander is actually being sued in an anti-discrimination suit from one of his employees. Roumen Manolov is an employee of the Missouri Secretary of State office in the Securities Division. Roumen is a naturalized citizen of Bulgarian descent with extensive qualifications in his field and was hired as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Securities Division in 2008. After receiving nothing but glowing reviews, Roumen applied for several promotions, but received none of them, though he was allegedly the most qualified applicant. In 2014 the Secretary of State’s office posted an opening for a new Chief Registration Counsel / Director of Examination. Roumen applied for this position as well and was allegedly the only applicant with the qualifications listed in the posting.

Instead of being awarded the job, the Secretary of State’s office pulled the listing and then replaced it with an entirely newly created position to do the same thing, but with fewer qualifications required. That position was then given to someone else (who happened to be a native Missourian) and Roumen was instead given a different “promotion” which was described as a consolation prize, carrying fewer responsibilities and less of a salary increase.

The upshot of this is that Roumen Manolov brought suit against Andrew Hartnett (the Commissioner of Securities and Roumen’s boss) and Jason Kander. Here’s the front page of the filing.

The plaintiff charges that he has been discriminated against because of his national origin and suffered both financial loss and distress. This case is still in progress as you can see by doing a search on case number 15AC-CC00324 here.

Both parties will need to have their day in court to resolve it, but given what a fan of anti-discrimination protection Secretary Kander is as he seeks the office of United States Senator, he might want to comment on how this particular employment situation spun so badly out of control.

Author:  jack t ripper [ Sat Oct 15, 2016 1:09 pm ]
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It would seem Mr. Kandar is a Bulgarophobe.

I hate Bulgarophobes. Absolute dregs. You can spot them a mile away.

Author:  NefariousKoel [ Sat Oct 15, 2016 6:08 pm ]
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jack t ripper wrote:
It would seem Mr. Kandar is a Bulgarophobe.

I hate Bulgarophobes. Absolute dregs. You can spot them a mile away.

If it happened to Nikola Tesla, it could happen to anyone!

I mean.. anyone from the Balkans. :P

Author:  chijohnaok [ Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:14 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Your Modern Democratic Party ... d-no-plan/

Dem congressman on House Democrats’ strategy: Um, we have no strategy and no plan


Via the Free Beacon, I’m not exaggerating in the headline. It’s a verbatim quote. And he’s saying this in defense of re-electing Nancy Pelosi as minority leader. “At least we have some proven leadership that can, you know, take us into what’s going to be a new era,” says Emanuel Cleaver. Is that right? What has that proven leadership proved, except that it knows how to alienate enough of the country to give Republicans total control of government?

Just for fun, let me play devil’s advocate. Do House Democrats need a strategy? They’re the least powerful faction in the federal government. Chuck Schumer and his Senate Democrats at least have the filibuster (for now) to block Supreme Court appointments and bills they don’t like. Pelosi has nothing. She can’t set the House agenda, she can’t stop Paul Ryan and the GOP from passing whatever they like, and she doesn’t have enough seats to make Ryan particularly nervous about losing some Republican votes on any given proposal. She can’t even point to 2018 as a prime opportunity to take back the House. Democrats will probably pick up seats given that it’s a midterm election with someone from the other party in the White House, but Democrats were also probably going to take back the Senate this fall. Even if Team Blue does gain seats in the next Congress, they’d need to flip 25 or so to regain a majority, which is a tall order. They’re likely to be in the minority for Trump’s entire term as president. What “strategy” can anyone muster in that predicament?

One possibility, I guess, would be for Pelosi to huddle with Schumer, who has the only real Democratic leverage over policy right now, and come up with compromise proposals on policy matters where Ryan and McConnell are unlikely to be able to hold their caucuses together. If they can be proactive in promising the GOP some Democratic votes if they move a bit towards the center, it might make Republicans — Trump, especially — more inclined to buck the party line and make a deal. Case in point: Trump is certainly more open to a Democratic-style public works infrastructure stimulus than the more ideological members of Ryan’s caucus are. If Pelosi cooks up a bill with a blend of spending and tax breaks and promises Trump 100 Democratic votes for it, he’ll have more freedom to play hardball with Ryan once the Speaker inevitably comes to him and says that he can’t deliver 218 Republicans for a massive new spending bill. Can Ryan deliver … 118 votes for it, Trump might ask? Well, then, it’s time to loop Pelosi and Schumer in on a deal. The threshold question for Democrats is whether they’d accept half a loaf on a stimulus and other matters or whether they’ll bow to their activists and insist on obstructing Trump in everything that he tries to do. (Whether red-state Democratic Senators who have to face the voters in 2018 will go along with a series of filibusters is an open question.) Only when they answer that question can Pelosi decide whether to walk away from Ryan altogether or whether to dial up Trump and try to start nudging him to the left.

Cleaver (paraphrase): 'It's time to bring in younger people in leadership. If we don't it will spell the end of the Democratic caucus'.

So what do they do? They re-elect as their House minority leader someone who is 76 years old and has been in charge of the Democratic House caucus since January 3, 2003 (almost 17 years).
You cannot make this shit up.

Author:  chijohnaok [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 11:56 am ]
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The House Minority leader, Nancy Pelosi is either living in the past or senile:

The look on Maxine Waters' face is priceless. :lol:

Author:  jwilkerson [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 12:04 pm ]
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The guy behind the speaker is asleep ... all in all very "inspiring" crew ...

Author:  Anthropoid [ Tue Feb 07, 2017 6:03 pm ]
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So this is what it looks like when "opposition" go extinct and you find yourself having to "come up" with a second party to prevent yourself from being single party state . . .

Maybe, if they stop and THINK why they went from "having a mocha socialist in charge for eight years!" to "the lowest elected seats in the country since the 1920s" they'll snap out of it?

Author:  jwilkerson [ Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:02 pm ]
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Go Janet Go !!!

... Sen. Janet Nguyen (R) was the star of last weekend’s California GOP convention because she was forcibly removed from the floor of the Senate on Feb. 23 for criticizing the late Sen. Tom Hayden (D), who was honored by his former colleagues two days before.

The Los Angeles Times reported people at the Republican gathering wore “I Stand with Janet” stickers. A video was played during the convention that told the story of Nguyen and her family’s escape from Vietnam.

She received a standing ovation when she led the Pledge of Allegiance at the convention.

Nguyen said she was speaking for her family and thousands of other Vietnamese refugees who had fled the communist regime that took over South Vietnam after the fall of Saigon in 1975.

“I refused to be silenced or have my #FreedomofSpeech infringed when speaking out for those who are victims of tyrannical regimes!” Nguyen tweeted shortly after she was hauled out of the Senate ...


Author:  jwilkerson [ Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:15 pm ]
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... "Members, today I recognize in memory the millions of Vietnamese and hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese refugees who died in seeking for freedom and democracy," she said. "On Tuesday, you had an opportunity to honor Sen. Tom Hayden. With all due respect, I would like to offer this historical perspective ... "

Presiding Sen. Ricardo Lara, a Bell Gardens Democrat, interrupted Nguyen and gave the floor to Sen. Bill Monning, a Carmel Democrat, who said Nguyen was out of order because she did not raise her objections during the Hayden tribute ceremony two days before. Nguyen continued to speak for several minutes, even as Lara repeatedly asked her to take a seat and then eventually ordered the sergeants to remove her.

"Sergeants, please remove Sen. Nguyen from the chamber," Lara said. "Have her removed immediately. Sergeants, please remove Sen. Nguyen, she is out of order."

The decision infuriated Republicans, including Fuller, who complained that Nguyen had been disrespected.

"Just last year we let one of our guests speak on the floor, a movie star that we had no protocol for doing so, and yet we're shutting a member down," she said. "I am deeply disturbed."

One Democrat, Sen. Tony Mendoza of Artesia, defended Nguyen's right to "say what she needed to say and express her feelings and thoughts about what she feels strongly about, especially as it relates to her district and community." He said someone should have given her direction on the appropriate time to speak, "but to forcibly remove her, I think that's too extreme."

The end of the session shortly after did not quell the furor. GOP Sen. Mike Morrell of Rancho Cucamonga, and Democratic Sen. Bill Dodd of Napa continued to argue as Senate staff converged on the pair to keep them separated.

Republican senators later took to social media to denounce the incident, comparing it to a controversy in Congress earlier this month when Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., was prevented from reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King during a debate over the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

"This sad episode is a textbook case of men trying to silence a woman whose views they did not like," Republican Sen. Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel said in a statement. She added the "#ShePersisted" hashtag that emerged after the Warren event.

Author:  HancockTheSuperb [ Wed Mar 01, 2017 9:24 pm ]
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"It's only been 39.....oh, uh, it actually has, uh, uh, been 41 days. Uh, mpeach him...." One of the only people I dislike more than Trump is Nancy Pelosi.....a miserable and deplorable example of a human being.

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