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This week Julian Castro announced his candidacy.  I'm really don't know much about him, other than he was invited to speak at the convention.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/12/politics/julian-castro-presidential-announcement/index.html

Elizabeth Warren announces presidency.  Many think it's so that by the time the election comes around the "Pocahontas" controversy will be behind her, but Trump won't let that happen.

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/elizabeth-warren-president-2020-773882/

Ojedga announces bid

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/11/12/richard-ojeda-2020-presidential-candidate/1977818002/

Camila Harris, whom I like as an intelligent person that stands up for what she believes is considering running.  Not sure I like her politics but there's plenty of time to look into it.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/us/politics/2020-democratic-candidates-kamala-elizabeth-warren.html

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I’m sort of keeping an open ear but not delving too deeply right now. So far, John Kasich is looking pretty good.

 

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8 minutes ago, heron said:

I’m sort of keeping an open ear but not delving too deeply right now. So far, John Kasich is looking pretty good.

 

There's a huge component that wants to ditch the white man establishment and go with someone that "is more reflective of America"...i.e. woman or minority.   Since Clinton and Obama there hasn't been a white male nominee in a while.  All good and well.  

Then there's the Democratic Socialists that want nothing to do with established Democrats and want to go with "bold new ideas" but rather than stay independent or go with a new party will invade the Democrats and run as Democrats.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/10/18/democrats-giving-up-white-men-midterms-suicide-opioids-column/1582776002/

 

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/11/05/2020-election-democrats-trump-222217

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I am keeping my options open, thus far.

By the way, I loved Howard Dean, and spent a week in Iowa City, IA volunteering with his campaign.

Had a fantastic time.

I attended graduate school at the University of Iowa, and Howard Dean was the only thing/person to get me to return to that state in the month of January!!!!!

When I left Iowa in 1997, I vowed never to return. But a good presidential candidate can bring me back to the Hawkeyes.

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I agree with the sentiment that it's way too soon to get behind any candidate just yet.

I was wondering why they are announcing so early but given it takes a billion dollars to win a Presidency, guess they need to start early.

I like Dean a whole lot and was sad to see his campaign derail over his "yaaay!!!" that was played over and over and over again on the news and internet.

Seems so innocent now that when a candidate can cheat on his wife, bribe a porn star, say "grab 'em by the ****" and no on bats an eye.  

I can't seem to get rid of this box below that I accident swiped up here.

 

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For me, it's disconcerting that people are already announcing their candidacy.  But, as already mentioned here, the $$$$ needed to run for President is freakin' expensive. Time is needed to raise the cash. I'm a firm believer that we need SIGNIFICANT campaign financing reform. Not sure how that reform needs to take place. But almost anything is better than what exists now. At least to my eyes, the whole "Citizens United" thing is a symptom of the dysfunction that exists in our country. At least to my tired eyes, certain priorities need to be established. Corporations are NOT people. Rather, they are an artifact of human-kind and nothing more. Because of the landmark decision made regarding "Citizens United", way too much power has been granted to an artifact (a human-made concept), diminishing the ability of the red-blooded human-beings, that actually make our country a  country, to voice needs and concerns. Yet, it seems that our government, as it currently presents itself, shows more deference to the needs and concerns of big-business (corporations) than us red-blooded citizens. Heck! Even the idea of "government" is a human-made concept. . . an artifact. The priority: Human-beings First!

I've shared these thoughts in past postings here. But as the 2020 election cycle for President of the United States has already started, I feel a need to share these thoughts again, like a freakin' broken record that plays itself over and over and over again, but never gets heard.

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On 1/21/2019 at 4:54 AM, Ted said:

For me, it's disconcerting that people are already announcing their candidacy.  But, as already mentioned here, the $$$$ needed to run for President is freakin' expensive. Time is needed to raise the cash. I'm a firm believer that we need SIGNIFICANT campaign financing reform. Not sure how that reform needs to take place. But almost anything is better than what exists now. At least to my eyes, the whole "Citizens United" thing is a symptom of the dysfunction that exists in our country. At least to my tired eyes, certain priorities need to be established. Corporations are NOT people. Rather, they are an artifact of human-kind and nothing more. Because of the landmark decision made regarding "Citizens United", way too much power has been granted to an artifact (a human-made concept), diminishing the ability of the red-blooded human-beings, that actually make our country a  country, to voice needs and concerns. Yet, it seems that our government, as it currently presents itself, shows more deference to the needs and concerns of big-business (corporations) than us red-blooded citizens. Heck! Even the idea of "government" is a human-made concept. . . an artifact. The priority: Human-beings First!

I've shared these thoughts in past postings here. But as the 2020 election cycle for President of the United States has already started, I feel a need to share these thoughts again, like a freakin' broken record that plays itself over and over and over again, but never gets heard.

Ted, I think we saw in votes like gun reform under Obama when over 90% of the public was for the bill and it was still voted down the power of the dollar in electing officials and controlling them.  

To some extent we saw this in the recent tax cuts.  Some Republicans even were having some reservations and admitted they were being pressured by donors.  

It seems to be getting worse and worse no matter which party is in power.

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On 1/21/2019 at 4:54 AM, Ted said:

For me, it's disconcerting that people are already announcing their candidacy.  But, as already mentioned here, the $$$$ needed to run for President is freakin' expensive. Time is needed to raise the cash. I'm a firm believer that we need SIGNIFICANT campaign financing reform. Not sure how that reform needs to take place. But almost anything is better than what exists now. At least to my eyes, the whole "Citizens United" thing is a symptom of the dysfunction that exists in our country. At least to my tired eyes, certain priorities need to be established. Corporations are NOT people. Rather, they are an artifact of human-kind and nothing more. Because of the landmark decision made regarding "Citizens United", way too much power has been granted to an artifact (a human-made concept), diminishing the ability of the red-blooded human-beings, that actually make our country a  country, to voice needs and concerns. Yet, it seems that our government, as it currently presents itself, shows more deference to the needs and concerns of big-business (corporations) than us red-blooded citizens. Heck! Even the idea of "government" is a human-made concept. . . an artifact. The priority: Human-beings First!

I've shared these thoughts in past postings here. But as the 2020 election cycle for President of the United States has already started, I feel a need to share these thoughts again, like a freakin' broken record that plays itself over and over and over again, but never gets heard.

Yes, Citizens United has got to go!

Also, no dark money.

If you don't want your name attached to political donations, don't contribute.

Cue up the song from the 60s, Let The Sun Shine In.

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