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Coffee Party Radio: Doctors Explain How Obamacare Affects You

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Let us take the myth out of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). I went to the Democratic Convention two weeks ago. There I met Dr. Mona Mangat. I interviewed her and was extremely impressed with her knowledge of the effects of Obamacare and its politics.

I was so impressed I asked Dr. Mona Mangat and Dr. Christopher Lillis both of the organization Doctors For America to come on our show to enlighten our audience with real facts about Obamacare. We will talk about Obamacare and answer whatever questions you have. This is an important show. Please share with your family an friends.

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CP Radio: Middle East Riots, #Occupy Anniversary, Romney on Foreign Policy

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An anti-Muslim Internet video went viral and caused an explosion of rage in many Muslim countries. U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed along with three other Americans. How can people blame the U.S. government for this amateurish video? Or, is there more to the story?

Speaking of amateurish, Mitt Romney attempted to exploit the tragedy for political gain, got the facts wrong, and refused to "apologize." Is the pundit class being unfair to him? We'll talk to Eric Byler who wrote this piece suggesting they might be. 

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On a more positive note, Americans are gathering in New York City today to celebrate the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. What do you think? Did it make a difference? I will make the argument that it made a big difference. Members of our Move To Amend, who have just kicked off their Northeast Barnstorming Tour, will give us the low down.

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Coffee Party Radio: GOP Convention - Lies or Just an Alternate State Of Reality? | Coffee Party Radio

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This was the week America had been waiting for. The Republican Party officially presented Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as their presidential and vice-presidential candidates. Republican operatives are pleased, but how did that go for America? For those of us looking for credible information and concrete plans of action, there was mostly disappointment. But let's talk about what we got instead: memorable performances and calculated lies.

My guest for the entire show will be Julianna Forlano from the satirical news segment Absurdity Today! Absurdity Today! is a satirical news segment that skewers politics and current events without the need to be network appropriate. Host and producer, Julianna Forlano has performed in venues across the US and Canada. She is also a professor of Media Studies at Brooklyn College and is a regular guest on talk radio programs across the nation.

Please call in and talk to both of us. It should be fun. Read some of my blog posts for this week. They will provide context to what we will cover on the show.

This week I will cover the following topics.

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Coffee Party Radio: We All Built All of That, Conservative Socialism, Legit Rapes, & Birthers, oh my! Sat 1-3 pm ET (12–2 pm CT)

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  • As the Republican party holds its "Who Build What" production in a publicly-funded facility, the American people are provided with a reminder that we are all in this together, and relying solely on those with wealth to rebuild this nation would be a mistake. 
  • Paul Ryan said in 2002 "We need stimulus ‘cause it works" but in 2012 he voted against stimulus and then said it din’t work.  What happened?
  • Is Conservative Socialism (Corporate Welfare) bankrupting America?
  • What's up with Republican Senatorial Candidate Todd Akins: Woman’s Body Can Shut Down That Whole Thing When Legitimately Raped?
  • Mitt Romney seems compelled to forever pander to Tea Party extremists and Birthers. He does not deserve the presidency?
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It seems I am starting to call every week a crazy week. Sadly that is what this election cycle has become. I think I can categorically state that inasmuch as it might sound partisan that most of the crazy is coming from the Right. In that light I posted a blog with an editorial written by Bryan Henry, a High School Teacher in Kingwood, TX in the Kingwood Observer titled “Bryan Henry–Voting Republican in 2012 fundamentally different than one at any point in nation’s past”. It gives perspective to much of what this election is about and why we must not believe speaking the truth is tantamount to violating our civility pledge.

These are very important times. This is a very important election. In that light every day informing our fellow citizens is imperative. I am currently celebrating my 25th anniversary in Cancun. I believe this election is so important that I asked my wife to forgive me 6 hours out of our time to prepare and present this radio show this weekend. As such we will be broadcasting live from Cancun Mexico.

I will be covering several of the topics I blogged about this week that received a lot of responses from both our devoted listeners, browsers, and accidental listeners.

This week I will cover the following topics.

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PRESTO! The DISCLOSE Act Disappears — Corporate electioneers get to keep their masks on, for now

Thanks to their friends in the Senate, deep-pocketed campaign donors get to keep their masks on... for now.

Excerpt from article by BILL MOYERS and MICHAEL WINSHIP

Once upon a time conservatives supported the full disclosure of campaign contributors. Now they oppose it with their might — and magic, especially when it comes to unlimited cash from corporations. My goodness, they say, with a semantic wave of the wand, what’s the big deal?: nary a single Fortune 500 company had given a dime to the super PACs. (Even that’s not entirely true, by the way.)

Meanwhile the other hand is poking around for loopholes, stuffing millions of secret corporate dollars into non-profit, tax-exempt organizations called 501(c)s that funnel the money into advertising on behalf of candidates or causes. Legally, in part because the Federal Election Commission does not consider them political committees, they can keep it all nice and anonymous, never revealing who’s really behind the donations or the political ads they buy. This is especially handy for corporations — why risk offending customers by revealing your politics or letting them know how much you’re willing to shell out for a permanent piece of an obliging politician?

That’s why passing a piece of legislation called the DISCLOSE Act is so important and that’s why on Monday, Republicans in the Senate killed it. Again.

Why? Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: “Perhaps Republicans want to shield the handful of billionaires willing to contribute nine figures to sway a close presidential election.” The election, he said, may be bought by “17 angry, old, white men.”

The DISCLOSE Act is meant to pull back the curtain and reveal who’s donating $10,000 or more not only to super PACs but also to trade groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and these so-called “social welfare” non-profits that can spend limitless cash on campaigns as long as it’s less than half the organization’s total budget.

The New York Times recently cited a report by the Center for Responsive Politics and the Center for Public Integrity finding that “during the 2010 midterm elections, tax-exempt groups outspent super PACs by a 3-to-2 margin with most of that money devoted to attacking Democrats or defending Republicans.” We’re talking in excess of $130 million. What’s more, the Times reported, “such groups have accounted for two-thirds of the political advertising bought by the biggest outside spenders so far in the 2012 election cycle… with close to $100 million in issue ads.”  [MORE]


9:44 am ET, July 17, 2012

by Egberto Willies and Eric Byler

After yesterday's cloture vote failed to overcome a Republican filibuster, the United States Senate will again debate The DISCLOSE Act, the purchase of our democracy, and whether or not We the People have a right to know when big money buys bad policy.  The law would require currently secret campaign spending by multi-national corporations and partisan special interest groups to be disclosed to the public. 

Yesterday's cloture vote was defeated with 44 Nays — not a majority, but enough to prevent the 52 Senators who do support transparency from bringing this vital legislation up for a vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid voted against cloture so that he could bring the matter up for reconsideration, which he will do today.

That means We the People need 8 more votes to overcome this filibuster and allow the DISCLOSE Act to come up for a vote.  Even if all 8 of them simply allowed the vote to take place in the name of democracy, and then voted against the law in deference to their corporate donors, the will of the People would be done.

When the Campaign Reform Act (better known as McCain/Feingold) became law in 2002, 42 House Republicans voted for it. And, in the Senate, where the bill passed 60 to 40, eleven Republicans voted for it, including of course its principle author.  

How many Senators from the list below will dare DEFY THEIR DONORS, represent their constituents, and TRULY PUT COUNTRY FIRST as Sen. McCain has bravely recommended and often demonstrated?  

  • Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Nay  |  Phone: 202-224-3324  |  Fax: 202-224-4952
  • Scott Brown (R-MA), Nay  |  Phone: (202) 224-4543  |  Fax: (202) 228-2646 
  • Susan Collins (R-ME), Nay  |  Phone:  (202) 224-2523  |  Fax: (202) 224-2693
  • Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Nay  |  Phone: 202-224-5972 |  DC Fax: 202-224-3808.
  • Dean Heller (R-NV), Not Voting  |  Phone: 202-224-6244  |  Fax: (202) 228-6753
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Nay | Phone: 202-224-5922 |  Fax: (202) 224-0776 
  • Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Not Voting  |  Phone: (202) 224-5824  |  Fax: (202) 224-9735
  • Richard Lugar (R-IN), Nay  |  Phone: (202) 224-4814  |  Fax: (202) 228-0360
  • John McCain (R-AZ), Nay  |  Phone: (202) 224-2235  |  Fax: (202) 228-2862
  • Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Not Voting  |  Phone: (202) 224-6665  |  Fax: 202-224-5301
  • Marco Rubio (R-FL), Nay  |  Phone: (202) 224-3041  |  Fax: (202) 224-3041
  • Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Nay  |  Phone: (202) 224-5344  |  Fax: (202) 224-1946
  • Roger Wicker (R-MS), Not Voting  |  Phone: (202) 224-6253  |  Fax: (202) 228-0378

Please check to see how your Senators voted, and contact them to either thank them or to beg them to do the right thing for America.  More info here.

1.  Click here to email your Senators. 
 

2. Then click here to give their office (your office) a call!

Below is a letter that the Coffee Party has signed on to:

VOTE FOR S. 3369, THE DISCLOSE ACT OF 2012

July 13, 2012

Dear Senator,

The 156 undersigned national, regional and local organizations support S. 3369, the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, sponsored by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

The legislation would provide the public with basic information about campaign expenditures made by outside groups that are influencing federal elections and the donors financing these expenditures. The legislation would also provide timely disclosure by Super PACs and require outside groups which make campaign expenditures to take responsibility for their campaign ads.

It is a cardinal rule of campaign finance laws that citizens are entitled to know the identities of the donors financing campaign expenditures to influence their votes, and the amounts they gave. This basic right to know has long been recognized by disclosure laws enacted by Congress and by Supreme Court decisions upholding the constitutionality of these laws.

In the Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court by an 8 to 1 vote upheld the constitutionality of disclosure requirements for outside groups making campaign expenditures. The Court stated:

The First Amendment protects political speech; and disclosure permits citizens and shareholders to react to the speech of corporate entities in a proper way. This transparency enables the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages.

Polls show citizens strongly support disclosure by outside spenders.

The DISCLOSE Act of 2012 only contains disclosure requirements and does not contain special exceptions for any groups. The legislation is effective, fair and constitutional and deserves the support of Senators. Congress should enact the bill and provide citizens with the information they are entitled to know about who is giving and spending money to influence their votes.

We urge you to vote for S. 3369 and to take all steps necessary for its enactment.

Sincerely,


Coffee Party USA is among hundreds of good-government organizations who have signed on to the letter above in support the DISCLOSE Act (S. 3369), which has been sent to the Senate and the press today. As you know, the Senate will be voting to break the Republican filibuster against the bill Monday at midnight, and again on Tuesday (if the Monday vote fails). No Republican senator has yet indicated they will support cloture and the bill.

Coffee Party family, this is a call to action. Please call your Senators, Republican and Democrats and urge them to support this bill. If you have your own blog please cross-link and encourage others to do the same.

Some groups are making calls and sending their own letters of support and press releases on Monday; many in the blogosphere will be joining in a blog-o-thon supporting the measure Monday night; and this coalition is setting up a press event at 11 AM on Wednesday following the DISCLOSE Act votes to promote the SEC action for disclosure.

 

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"CITIZENS UNITED" — We're Coming After You! | Politics Done Right July 7, 2012

California Becomes 6th State to Move to Amend the Constitution to Ban "Corporate Personhood," and Today We Have One of the Main Movers, David Cobb on Politics Done Right with Egberto Willies

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For today's show Politics Done Right With Egberto Willies is honored to welcome David Cobb:

  • National Projects Director of Democracy Unlimited
  • Move To Amend Executive Committee Member
  • 2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate

This week, with the passage of AJR 22, California joins 5 other states, Hawaii, New Mexico, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Maryland in calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United.

David Cobb will discuss the different amendments being offered by several groups and why he feels Move To Amend's version is the best.  I'll ask David, "Where do we go from here?"  We'll also talk about the political developments of the past week, and as always we are thrilled to take your calls. 

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CLICK HERE for more about the incredible protest below, marking the 2nd anniversary of the "Citizens United" decision, which opened the floodgates for unlimited, anonymous election spending by multi-national corporations.

Talking Immigration, Amnesty, & Dreamers: Politics Done Right

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"President Obama's decision to override years of anti-immigrant obstruction — the DREAM Act passed the U.S. House 216-198, and had a 55-41 edge in the Senate in 2010 but was killed by a filibuster — is not only good for immigrant families, it is good for America as a whole."

"We need a President and a Congress who make decisions in the nation’s best interest, even if a small fragment of the nation is vociferously against it.  We need to grow up as a nation.  Fear of demographic shift is NOT more important than America’s economic viability and competitiveness in the world." 

Do you agree with these two excerpts from Eric Byler's blog yesterday about President Obama's decision to America's young Dreamers that they can stay and contribute to the nation they and we love?  If so, call in.  If not, PLEASE call in!  Today on Politics Done Right we need to have an honest, fact-based conversation about an economic issue that is central to America's future.  That's right, immigration is an economic issue.  I am an immigrant to this country, and I have my own view.  But I want to hear from you.  Is preventing or delaying demographic shift more important that growing our economy?  If not, why are we tolerating inaction from our government on this crucial issue?

Also, this was a very busy week. President Obama and Mitt Romney had dueling campaign speeches. We will discuss this with Jonathan Greenberg.

And finally, I attended Netroots Nation 2012 in Providence Rhode Island last week. I will discuss the highlights of the conference.

David Levitt, candidate for Senate in California will discuss people powered election and people powered government. It will be a great show so make sure and listen and call in. We want to hear from you.

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Is Scott Walker's Agenda a Threat to America's Middle Class, or Just Wisconsin's?

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This week at our Coffee Party USA Board Of Directors meeting one of our Directors mentioned that we were not very engaged in the Wisconsin working middle class fight. In fact I was blogging continuously on the plight of the middle class but did not make the plight of our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin the central thesis.

The show today will be dedicated to our brothers and sisters in Wisconsin fighting for the working middle class. This week I wrote two Wisconsin specific blogs and one specific to the corrosive nature of money in politics. I got some push back at our Coffee Party Facebook page. I hope some of you that took exception or had concerns will call in to talk about it.

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Obama v Romney on Education, Bain Capital on Politics Done Right w/ Egberto Willies, 12 Noon CST, 1 pm EST

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This was a news-packed week and we will try to cover it all. We will cover the Obama v Romney election which is now in full swing. Specifically I want to address:

  • Mitt Romney’s claim that over-crowded classrooms do not diminish scholastic outcome.
  • Mitt Romney’s aim to revert student loan administration to private banks.
  • Cory Booker's original defense of Bain Capital, a private equity firm for which Romney has been attacked by GOP rivals and the Obama campaign alike
  • General Colin Powell verbal scolding of Mitt Romney for his dangerous and outlandish foreign policy assertions.
  • How and why hate speech and an unholy alliance by evangelical electioneers and their plutocratic partners have lead well-meaning followers astray.

Our special guest this week is David Frank, author of the book 300 Million Minds Changing America Piece by Peace.  In his book, he details his plan to bring America's 225-year-old Republic into the 21st Century. He claims this new system for America is a result of a vision he experienced in 1989. The vision outlined a new system for America using present day Communications Technology.

By remapping America to look like a honeycomb, each community, looking like a hexagon, will use present day technology to allow the People to start fixing America from the ground-up. The new system will allow the People, not the politicians, to begin to raise, debate and vote on issues that they believe can make their communities a better place to live. 1000 Technological Townhall Meeting systems across America will utilize the knowledge and brainpower of 300 million people, making the world a better place for the children of tomorrow.

I am indeed excited to talk to David about his vision. It dovetails nicely into the Coffee Party's "Be the Media" initiative linking communities together.

Please call me at (646)929-2495 let us discuss these issues. I want to hear and discuss ALL points of views.

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Politics Done Right w/Egberto Willies May 19, 2012: The Black/Latino/Gay Divide • Jeremiah Wright, and "Job Creators"

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TODAY Sat. 5/19 at 12:00 Noon Central/1:00 PM Eastern

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by Egberto Willies

This was another politically eventful week. It is evident that this is going to be a very long election cycle and it will be very dirty.

This week we learned that a Right Wing Super PAC  was considering reintroducing “Reverend Jeremiah Wright” attack on President Obama. While Mitt Romney took several hours to address it, he eventually repudiated the potential attack.

Earlier this week I posted the blog “The American Middle Class Will Revolt Against Austerity” where I stated:

The middle class provided the intellect, the goods, the services, the know-how, and the purchasing power that made the wealthy rich. It is time to recover in a peaceful manner what was stolen through bad policy.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Nick Hanauer TED speech where he specifically inferred the same. In effect the job creators are the consumers.  [MORE]

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