Marc Daalder at In These Times writes—Why Every Democrat In Congress Should Support Bernie Sanders’ $15 Minimum Wage Bill: On Friday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced that when the new Congress convenes in January, he will reintroduce his bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. The current version of the legislation would gradually increase the minimum wage, until it reaches $15 an hour in 2024. While the bill almost certainly won’t make it past the Republican-controlled Senate, it signals the sort of difference progressives can make if they seize power in 2020. Although right-wing critics of raising the federal minimum wage often point to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figure quoted above—1.8 million—as evidence that only around 4 percent of workers will be helped by a wage hike, this is misleading. The BLS statistic doesn’t take into account the people in states with a minimum wage above the federal standard. These residents of 29 states and Washington, D.C., represent more than half the country’s population and are left out of the 1.8 million figure. Moreover, a vast number of people work for less than $15 an hour, even if they earn above minimum wage. According to Census Bureau data, 40.2 million hourly workers earned at or below $14.63 an hour in 2017. In 2016, according to the Pew Research Center, 20.6 million people earned less than $10.10 an hour but above minimum wage in their state. All of these workers would benefit from the wage bump Sanders’ bill would provide. The bill would greatly benefit black and brown communities, as minimum wage workers are disproportionately people of color. These workers also tend to be paid less, on average. The median wage for black hourly workers is $12.90 and the median for Latino workers is $13.16, while the median for white workers is $14.89. [...] This legislation could help anchor a progressive agenda platform for the new class of left-leaning Democrats in Congress. Raising the minimum wage is a consistently popular idea: In 2016, Pew found 58 percent of people supported a $15 wage, while Quinnipiac found 54 percent support in 2017. It’s also a policy that voters are familiar with. Seeing Democrats get on board with a minimum wage bump would show that they stand on the side of working people, drawing a clear line in the sand with Trump and members of the GOP who would rather get rid of the federal minimum wage altogether. [...] TOP COMMENTS • HIGH IMPACT STORIES TWEET OF THE DAY xUnpacked our Nativity scene yesterday. Removed all the Jews, Arabs, and foreigners. Ended up with a jackass and a handful of sheep.— Ã°ÂÂÂºÃ°ÂÂÂ¸Ã°ÂÂÂJoeInWV Ã°ÂÂÂÃ°ÂÂÂºÃ°ÂÂÂ¸ (@wvjoe911) November 17, 2018 BLAST FROM THE PAST On this date at Daily Kos in 2013—No, food stamps don’t cause obesity: A recent story in the Washington Post provided a look at the cheap food options affordable on a food stamp budget, and the health problems and obesity that diet causes. All well and good, but reporter Eli Saslow's big question was «Has the massive growth of a government feeding program solved a problem, or created one?» The chain of thought that got him to that question: Hidalgo County has one of the highest poverty rates in the nation ... which has led almost 40 percent of residents to enroll in the food-stamp program . . . which means a widespread reliance on cheap, processed foods ... which results in rates of diabetes and obesity that double the national average ... which fuels the country’s highest per-capita spending on health care. This is some messed-up logic. Seriously messed up. Let's do a thought experiment and take food stamps away from poor people who are currently using them to buy cheap, processed foods. Is there a scenario in which those people buy more expensive, healthier food, having lost the benefits that are currently providing much of their food budgets? The reason people are relying on cheap, processed foods is not that people's food budgets are coming from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—heaven knows it's not like it's a program requirement that benefits be spent on junk food—it's that they are poor. Maybe they live in food deserts. Maybe they don't have the kitchen facilities to keep or cook fresh foods—one woman portrayed in the story doesn't have a fridge. But whatever you can say about the diets of food stamp recipients, poverty, not food stamps, is the starting point. Monday through Friday you can catch the Kagro in the Morning Show 9 AM ET by dropping in here, or you can download the Stitcher app (found in the app stores or at Stitcher.com), and find a live stream there, by searching for "Netroots Radio.” LINK TO DAILY KOS STORE
Bodycams, dash cams, cell phone cameras—they’re the tools we use to hold police accountable these days. But too often, the footage shows violence already inflicted upon citizens, and it’s far too late to help the victims. Not so with the case of Grace McKinnon, 24, a licensed social worker who, armed with only her phone, her professional training, and a wealth of basic human decency, appears to have singlehandedly saved a fellow citizen from death by cop. It all began on the afternoon of November 7, in Washington, D.C. McKinnon [...] was on her way back to her office [...] when she said she noticed a confrontation occurring between U.S. Capitol Police officers and a homeless man by the name of Anthony Williams. She immediately stopped her car, got out and began recording. “I knew I had to help,” McKinnon told The Root. “I saw it happen. I had to get involved.” What happens next is hard to watch, but a beautiful example of what de-escalation can do. What compassion can do. What love can do.
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It’s another Saturday, so for those who tune in, welcome to a Saturday Diary of Nuts & Bolts of a Democratic Campaign. If you’ve missed out, you can catch up anytime, just visit our group or follow Nuts & Bolts Guide. Until the new year, I’m taking the next few weeks to reach into the mailbag and answer questions that have come my way that I think probably should get an answer. This week, we’re going to talk about campaign credit. A frequent question that comes my way is that after a campaign is over people look to lay credit or assess blame in a campaign. How exactly does campaign credit work? How influential or detrimental are party organizations?
While the position of secretary of state is directly elected in most states, in New Hampshire it’s chosen by the members of the state legislature. And with Democrats winning back both the state Senate and House in the Granite State last week, lawmakers are now poised to pick an excellent candidate who's devoted to protecting and expanding voting rights, Democrat Colin Van Ostern. Indeed, state House Democrats just held an informal party caucus vote where they overwhelmingly said they’d back Van Ostern over incumbent Bill Gardner, who has been in office since 1976. Though nominally a Democrat, Gardner eagerly served on Donald Trump's bogus voter fraud commission and has backed multiple voter suppression laws targeting college students that Republican legislators passed after they took control of state government following the 2016 elections. That betrayal cost Gardner the bipartisan support he had long enjoyed, leading top Democrats to rally around Van Ostern as a far better alternative. Now the bill has come due. After flipping both chambers, New Hampshire Democrats now have a 14-10 edge in the Senate and 234 out of 400 seats in the House—the second-largest majority they’ve ever held since the foundation of the Republican Party in the 1850s. As a result, Democrats will have a 248-176 advantage when both chambers vote in a joint session early next month to elect a new secretary of state. On the basis of this straw poll, which Van Ostern won 129-23 over Gardner (with a third candidate taking 7 votes), Van Ostern could afford to lose up to 35 Democratic votes and still attain the 213 votes he needs to prevail, since Republican legislators are likely to continue backing Gardner. While that vote total still leaves Van Ostern short of a majority, it doesn't include the Senate. In addition, a number of Democrats didn't participate, and several races are still uncalled, so this demonstration of support shows Van Ostern has a good shot at winning. Van Ostern is a strong advocate for policies to make voting easier and more accessible in an effort to boost turnout. He supports automatic voter registration, a bipartisan independent redistricting commission, a ban on corporate donations to state campaigns, and rolling back Republicans' suppression of student voters. By contrast, Gardner fought to implement a GOP-backed anti student voter law even in defiance of a court order this fall, and removing him from office would finally give New Hampshire a chief elections official who is committed to voting rights.
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What: The Sixth Annual Sporting Art AuctionWhere: The Sporting Art Auction, 4201 Versailles Rd., Lexington, KY 40510, United StatesWhen: Nov 18, 7:00 PM GMTPublic Viewing: November 5 - 16, 9am - 6pmTop Lots of the Sale:- «Still Water III», 2017 - Nic Fiddian-Green (British, born 1963); Copper with verdigris, Edition of 3. Measured at 72« x 23 1/2» plus base. Estimated Price: US$ 200,000 - US$ 250,000- «Black Lab» - Leroy Neiman (American, 1921 - 2012); Oil on board, signed and Dated '76. Measured at 36« x 48». Estimated Price: US$ 130,000 - US$ 150,000- «Lord Robert Grosvenor's Hunters at Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire» - John Ferneley Sr. (British, 1782 - 1860); Oil on canvas, signed and dated «J. Ferneley Melton Mowbray 1853». Measured at 42« x 57». Estimated Price: US$ 125,000 - US$ 150,000- «Suffolk Punch» - Herbert Haseltine (American, 1877 - 1962); Bronze, gilt patina with brown highlights, inscribed on base © Haseltine MCMXXXI. Measured at 16 1/2« x 11». Estimated Price: US$ 50,000 - US$ 70,000- «Compass» - Ashley Collins (American, born 1967); Mixed Media, signed. Measured at 84« x 60». Estimated Price: US$ 50,000 - US$ 60,000- «The Race» - Alfred de Dreux (French, 1810 - 1860); Oil on canvas, signed. Measured at 17« x 25.5». Estimated Price: US$ 40,000 - US$ 60,000- «Bull» - Andre Pater (Polish/American born 1953); Pastel, signed. Measured at 30« x 24». Estimated Price: US$ 40,000 - US$ 60,000- «Richard Singleton» - Edward Troye (Swiss/American, 1808 - 1874); Oil on canvas, signed and dated. Measured at 24« x 29». Estimated Price: US$ 40,000 - US$ 60,000- «Athlete» - Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (American, 1875 - 1942); Italian marble, unique. Athlete was exhibited in The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Memorial Exhibition in 1943 and has remained in a private family collection in the years since. Measured at 42 1/2 x 16 1/2«. Estimated Price: US$ 60,000 - US$ 90,000- »Grande Fenicottero« - Nicola Lazarri (Italian, born 1961); Bronze, signed, edition of 6. Measured at 68» x 23 1/2«. Estimated Price: US$ 40,000 - US$ 50,000- »Newmarket« - Peter Howell (British, born 1932); Oil on canvas, signed. Measured at 39» x 58«. Estimated Price: US$ 35,000 - US$ 45,000- »The Cherry and Black Racing Silks of Pierre Lorillard« - Andre Pater (Polish/American, born 1953); Pastel, signed. Measured at 36» x 24«. Estimated Price: US$ 35,000 - US$ 40,000- »Passion and Patience« - John Sargent Noble (British, 1846 - 1898); Oil on canvas, signed, dated 1863, inscribed verso. Measured at 48» x 72". Estimated Price: US$ 30,000 - US$ 50,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.https://www.blouinartinfo.comFounder: Louise Blouin
What: Fine DesignWhere: Cambi Casa D'Aste; Mura di San Bartolomeo 16, Genova, 16122, ItalyWhen: November 20; 05.00 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:L. Fontana, «Concetto Spaziale» table, Italy, 1952. A low table with a wooden glass. Decor in oil and enamels for the «Spatial Concept» series. Original signature on the glass. Registered at the Lucio Fontana Archive, Milan, under no. 2410 / 1Arredamenti Borsani, Italy. Estimate: € 80,000 - € 120,000 ($ 91,341 - $ 137,011)G. Sarfatti, 2072 Jo-Jo lamp, Arteluce, 1953. A 2072 «Jo-Jo» pendant lamp with a lacquered metal structure and two-valved methacrylate diffusers. Arteluce, Italy, 1953. Estimate: € 25,000 - € 35,000 ($ 28,544 - $ 39,961)Ico Parisi, a 1112 table, Italy, 1950 ca. A mod. 1112 low table with a wooden structure and brass details. Commissioned for Singer&Sons. Estimate: € 25,000 - € 30,000 ($ 28,544 - $ 34,252)G. Sarfatti, a 2068 lamp, Arteluce, 1952. A mod 2068 pendant lamp in brass and lacquered brass. Arteluce, Italy, 1952. Estimate: € 20,000 - € 30,000 ($ 22,835 - $ 34,252)G. Sarfatti, a 2068 lamp, Arteluce, 1952. A mod 2068 pendant lamp in brass and lacquered brass. Arteluce, Italy, 1952. Estimate: € 20,000 - € 30,000 ($ 22,835 - $ 34,252)Gio Ponti, armchairs, Cassina, 1957. A pair of mod. 811 armchairs with a walnut structure and elastic bands; fabric upholstery. Gio Ponti Archives original certificate. Cassina, Italy, 1957. Estimate: € 20,000 - € 30,000 ($ 22,835 - $ 34,252)Gio Ponti, twelve chairs, Cassina, 1950 ca. Ten mod. 602 chairs and two 1602 armchairs with a wooden structure and fabric upholstery. Gio Ponti Archives original certificate. Cassina, Italy, 1950 ca. Estimate: € 20,000 - € 30,000 ($ 22,835 - $ 34,252)P. Chiesa, a chandelier, Fontana Arte, 1938. A large chandelier with a brass structure and cut coloured crystal diffusers. Fontana Arte, Italy, 1938. Estimate: € 20,000 - € 30,000 ($ 22,835 - $ 34,252)P. and K. LaVerne, a table, USA, 1960 ca. A round wood and brass table with acid-etched decors. Original signature and collection label. LaVerne, USA, 1960 ca. Estimate: € 20,000 - € 25,000 ($ 22,835 - $ 28,544)Gio Ponti, a table, Italy, 1950 ca. A table with a folding top. Walnut structure, brass tips and metal details. Commissioned for Singer&Sons. Gio Ponti Archives original certificate. Estimate: € 18,000 - € 22,000 ($ 20,551 - $ 25,118)C. De Carli, a table, Italy, 1950 ca. A wooden table. Commissioned for Singer&Sons. Estimate: € 15,000 - € 20,000 ($ 17,126 - $ 22,835)G. Crespi, Ellissi table, Italy, 1976. An Ellissi low table from the Plurimi series with a wooden structure lined in root wood. Original mark. Certificate of authenticity. Crespi, Italy, 1976. Estimate: € 15,000 - € 20,000 ($ 17,126 - $ 22,835)For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: AntiquesWhere: Royal Antiques; Grand 446 S. Fair Oaks, Pasadena, CA 91105, United StatesWhen: November 21; 07.00 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- A French «Francois Linke» Regulator de Parquet Longcase Clock. Index 768, Paris, Circa 1905. Movement by «Berthoud». H 98« x W 22.5» x D 14«. Estimate: $300,000 - $400,000- A Pair Of Bookend Approx. 17000 Carats Emerald With GIA Identification report. Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000- A Russian jeweled silver and blue enamel clock marked faberge and with the work master's mark of »henrik wigstrom«, St. Petersburg, with scratch inventory number 29368. marked under base, Apr 6 cm high. Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000- A highly important English ormolu-mounted KPM Porcelain cabinet, attributed to Gillows of Lancaster and London, also known as Gillows & Co. Late 19th century. Brass inlaid, superb quality ormolu bronze mounts, hand-painted KPM porcelain plaques, turquoise highlights and ebonized wood. Materials And Techniques: Brass, Ebony, Ormolu, Porcelain, Wood. 64 in.H x 86 in.W x 22.5 in.D (163 cmH x 218 cmW x 57 cmD). Estimate: $150,000 - $250,000- Triumph of Ariadne, Large KPM Plaque Signed By »J.Wagner, Wien«; after Hans Makart (German 1840-1884); late 19th/early 20th century; After the original monumental painting of 1873/74 originally designed as the curtain at the Komische Oper (Ringtheater), now housed in the Galerie Belvedere, Vienna. Depicting Ariadne accompanied by Bacchus and his revelers, signed lower left J.Wagner, Wien; reverse inscribed Triumphrug der Ariadne n, H. Makart/ k.k. Gem Gallerie in Wien, blue shield, stamped Made in Austria, also 3603, impressed scepter over KPM also 485 290. plaque: 11.1/4» x 19« (28.5 x 48.5 cm). Estimate: $120,000 - $180,000- Albert-Ernest Carrier Belleuse,French Napoleon III gilt & patinated bronze 3-piece clock & garniture, White & black enamel dial, Roman & Arabic numerals, signed Deniere, Circa 1870. Clock: 23» x 13« x H 38» / Candelabra: 36« x 19». Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000- This Spanish Papeleria, a compartmentalized cabinet depicts the table of Cervantes Don Quixote. Twenty from the classic Spanish book are portrayed in this 8 foot cabinet made of ebony, inlaid with bone and tortoise shell. The inset on the top of the cabinet, directly above, is a portrait of Don Quixote de la Mancha. His escapades including the adventure of the windmills, the auguries he dealt with upon returning to his village. The top drawer has eight drawers with 6 turned baluster supports, and the lower part has 3 apron drawers. Measurement: H 97« x 67» x 18". Estimate: $100,000 - $150,000For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
What: Certified JewelryWhere: Westbury Auction Galleries; 3300 Foothill Blvd # 8116, La Cresenta , CA 91214, United StatesWhen: November 20; 06.00 pm GMTTop lots of the sale:- Estimated Retail Replacement Value: $327,088.00. Ref: WAG163544. Item no.: TAK1407001-02659. Gold Content: Solid 18K White Gold. Weight of Item: 9.74 grams, Size: 7.5. Country Made: U.S.A, Main Gemstone: Natural Emerald, Shape: Oval cut, Quantity: 1 count, Carat Weight: 26.43ctw, Color Grade: Intense Green, Clarity: Type 2, Cut Grade: Very Good. Estimate: $ 163,544 - $ 327,088- Estimated Retail Replacement Value: $142,613.00. Ref: WAG76060. Item no.: FA2055170004 a€“ BR6443AE. Gold Content: 18K White Gold. Weight of Item: 13.40 grams. Country Made: U.S.A. Ring Size: 7. Main Gemstone: Natural Emerald. Shape: Emerald cut. Quantity: 1 count. Carat Weight: 9.68ct. Clarity Grade: Type 3. Color Grade: Green. Cut Grade: Very Good. Estimate: $ 71,306 - $ 142,613- Estimated Retail Replacement Value: $142,248.00. Ref: WAG94832. Item no.: FA2054795029-BR6214AS. Gold Content: 18K White Gold. Weight of Item: 5.80 grams. Country Made: U.S.A. Ring size: 7. Main Gemstone: Natural Sapphire. Shape: Cushion cut. Quantity: 1 count. Carat Weight: 9.28ct. Clarity Grade: Type 2. Color Grade: Vivid Blue. Cut Grade: Very Good. Estimate: $ 71,124 - $ 142,248- Estimated Retail Replacement Value: $139,167.00. Ref: WAG79524. Item no.: TK1242002 a€“ 01663. Gold Content: 18k White Gold. Weight of Item: 15.6grams. Country Made: USA. Main Gemstone: Natural Tanzanite. Shape: Trilliant-Cut. Carat Weight: 26.25ct. Clarity Grade: Type 1. Color: Violetish Blue. Cut Grade: Very Good. Estimate: $ 69,583 - $ 139,167- Estimated Retail Replacement Value: $132,632.00. Ref: WAG66316. Item no.: TAK1403007-02615. Gold Content: Solid 18K White Gold/ 18K Yellow Gold. Weight of Item: 72.80 grams. Size: 7 inches. Country Made: U.S.A. Main. Gemstone:Natural..Emerald. Shape: Pear cut. Carat Weight: 57.83ctw. Color Grade: Intense. Green. Clarity: Type 3. Cut Grade: Very Good. Estimate: $66,316 - $132,632- Estimated Retail Replacement Value: $ 132,288.00. Ref: WAG88192. Item no.: FA2056058012 - BR5922ATOR. Gold Content: Solid 18K White Gold. Weight of Item: 14.30 grams. Size: 7 inches. Country Made: U.S.A. Main. Gemstone: Natural Paraiba Tourmaline. Shape: Trillion cut. Carat Weight: 9.70 wt. Color Grade: Intense. Blue Green. Clarity: Type 2. Cut Grade: Very Good. Estimate: Estimate: $ 66,144 - $ 132,288- Estimated Retail Replacement Value: $112,890.00. Ref: WAG90312. Gold Content: 18K White Gold. Weight of Item: 19.50 grams. Main Gemstone: Natural Rubellite Tourmaline. Enhancement: None . Shape: Oval cut. Quantity: 1 counts. Weight: 37.56ct. Color: Pinkish Red. Adjacent Gemstone: Natural Diamond. Enhancement: none. Shape: Round Brilliant / Marquise. Quantity: 0 counts. Weight: 5.30ct. Clarity Grade: SI1 - SI2. Color Grade: G a€“ H. Estimate: $ 59,800 - $ 112,890 For details, visit: https://www.liveauctioneers.comClick on the slideshow for the highlights of the sale.http://www.blouinartinfo.com/Founder: Louise Blouin
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