McCormick calling on NJTransit to deploy electric buses

Democrat Lisa McCormick is calling on New Jersey Transit to transition its entire fleet of buses to all-electric vehicles because it could save money in the long run, reduce ill health and significantly cut greenhouse gas emissions.

"If we reduce toxic air pollution that New Jersey Transit creates each year, we would see a corresponding reduction in public health hazards," said McCormick. "Along with the critical need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of our fight to reverse the deadly consequences of climate change, this is a wise investment NJ Transit should pursue vigorously and without delay."

McCormick said a transition to electric buses for NJ Transit could avoid climate-changing and local air pollution each day without losing reliability.

Noting that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to procure 18 Proterra Catalyst E2 vehicles for shuttle service at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA), McCormick identified a postential source NJ Transit could use to purchase similar buses.

"New Jersey’s share of the federal Volkswagen settlement should be sufficient to acquire about 100 zero-emission and low-emission electric transit buses, which can each save an average of $46,000 per year compared with the cost of operating diesel vehicles," McCormick said.

"Nationwide, just 0.2 percent of the nation’s nearly 70,000 commuter buses run on all-electric engines and sadly, none of them are in NJ Transit’s fleet of 2,200 vehicles," McCormick said. "Reducing the number of cars Americans operate makes sense for our environment, the livability of our cities and our bank accounts. Smart transportation policies can alter the way that people commute, shop and travel, but we must be serious about solving the challenges of air pollution and climate change."

There are more than 15,000 electric vehicles on the road in New Jersey, far less than in other states in the Northeast, so McCormick is also calling for more publicly available charging stations.

“With 6 million licensed drivers and about 3 million registered cars New Jersey has only 15,000 electric vehicles," McCormick said. "NJ Transit should be leading the drive toward electric vehicles, not demonstrating how far we have to go.” 

"Diesel exhaust from buses poses a public health risk because they travel where there are lots of people, where inhaling diesel exhaust can cause respiratory diseases and worsen existing conditions such as asthma," McCormick said. "New Jersey’s transportation discharges account for 42 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and vehicle exhaust is the single largest source of ground-level ozone pollution, or smog."

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Violence Against Women Act has lapsed again

Women across the nation are expressing anger that the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has lapsed for the second time in 25 years, another casualty of Trump's government shutdown.

Authorization for the law’s programs expired when the partial government shutdown began just after midnight Friday. The shutdown, which is affecting over 800,000 federal workers, forced VAWA to expire because the law’s programs are funded under the Justice Department.

"The landmark domestic violence law was set to expire Sept. 30, but it was extended through Dec. 7 by the first stopgap spending bill and extended again until Dec. 21 in a second short-term bill," said Lisa McCormick, one of New Jersey's progressive Democratic leaders. "As a result of President Donald Trump's temper tantrum, the Violence Against Women Act has expired."

“Don’t let this go unnoticed: the Violence Against Women Act, which helps survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault, expired with the government shutdown,” said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), adding, “It’s deeply concerning.”

Women participate in a protest march for survivors of sexual assault and their supporters in Hollywood, Los Angeles. 

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Conversion to ActBlue

As part of a sweeping upgrade to her campaign operations, Lisa McCormick rolled out a new ActBlue donation form this week, converting a significant portion of her fundraising to the fast lane for turning small donations into major league money.

ActBlue has helped progressive Democrats and organizations raise money on the Internet since June 2004, by providing them with online fundraising software.

Its stated mission is to "empower small-dollar donors" but ActBlue is doing more than that by allowing those donors to invest in candidates like McCormick, who eschewed the influence of wealthy contributors and instead waged a people-powered campaign that garnered 160,000 votes last June. 

ActBlue, the massive Democratic online fundraising platform, generated $1.6 billion from 4.9 million unique donors for 14,820 different Democratic candidates and causes during the midterm election.

"Small donations are key to my fundraising strategy, and thanks to ActBlue, my people-powered campaign will be able to tap into the platform that carried almost 60 percent of dollars from individual contributions to Democratic candidates," said McCormick. "As an ordinary working class American who proudly pledged to accept No Fossil Fuel Money and No NRA Money, individual contributions are far more important to me than they are to the kind of mega-fundraisers favored by super PACs and Wall Street billionaires."

McCormick said she is working to 'build a bigger team' that will be able to broadcast her plans for reducing the corrupt influence of money in politics, establishing universal health care, and investing $5 trillion in America's infrastructure in order to transition the 21st century economy to address the scale and urgency of the problems facing our planet, such as climate change, nuclear instability and increasingly unstable oceans. 

As a female candidate breaking into the male-dominated world of politics, McCormick is pleased to note that 60 percent of ActBlue donors were women. The form is currently live at: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/lisa2020

 

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Economic recovery requires new leadership

Eyes wide open

Republicans in Congress are failing to convince voters that their economic policies are helping middle-class Americans because people know the cost of living, like increasing costs for health care & gasoline, is washing out any benefit working people got from the GOP tax law.

That is important because many of our representatives failed to make the case early or often about the simple, straightforward truth.

Tax cuts for the wealthy do not create a healthy economy. If they did, America would be flying high instead of divided, with most of us struggling to make ends meet.

When top tax rates were 90%, the economy was booming and almost everyone with a job had more than enough to live on. We had free public education, massive investments in the infrastructure and ordinary people could retire in comfort when they turned 60. Today people with two or three jobs cannot pay their bills, credit card and other debts keep piling up and retirement is beyond the hope of many average workers. 

It would be simple enough to return to policies that made the economy strong and broadly prosperous for everyone, but greed keeps getting in the way. Instead of doing the right thing, politicians cater to the rich and ordinary voters let them get away with it. It is time to take matters into our own hands.

If you can tell the difference between right and wrong, and if you would do the right thing were you entrusted with public power even when you might personally benefit from doing the wrong thing, then you should consider running for elected office. 

Bernie Sanders said America needs a political revolution. That not something one person can do alone. I showed money is not the only asset in a political campaign and I want to help elect hundreds of ordinary Americans. I want to help elect you.

Put your name on the ballot, pledge to helping progressive candidates or contribute what you can. Let me know we can count on you. 

 

Video reveals Lisa McCormick's motivation

GOP ad helps Democratic Challenger Lisa McCormick

The progressive Democratic US Senate challenger said a big money Republican spending spree could help her defeat Senator Robert Menendez in the June 5 primary, by advertising that the Senate Ethics Committee formally admonished the New Jersey lawmaker over his relationship with fat-cat donor Dr. Salomon Melgen.

"Bob Menendez was sanctioned for breaking the law and these Republican ads are demonstrating that the incumbent is the only Democrat who can lose the election in November," said Democrat Lisa McCormick, a progressive who is waging a low budget challenge to the corrupt insider that may be successful despite his $7 million fundraising advantage. "My campaign is based on the fact that we must end the political corruption that drives elected officials to chase money

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin is broadcasting a TV ad highlighting Menendez’s admonishment by the Senate Ethics Committee for accepting gifts from Dr. Salomon Melgen, a 30-second commercial that also emphasizes that he was indicted on bribery charges under the Obama administration.

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Revolutionary Roundtable

TrumpCare is a killer

The Republican TrumpCare bill, also known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), is opposed by the AARP, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Hospital Association, the American Nurses Association, the National Disability Rights Network, the AFL-CIO, the National Farmers Union, the National Education Association, among others.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 217-213 and now is under consideration in the Senate, where Republican lawmakers are trying to cobble together enough votes to move ahead on this ill-conceived and dangerous measure.

TrumpCare has nothing to do with health. 

TrumpCare is a tax cut for the richest Americans, the one in a thousand who have robbed and cheated the vast majority of us since 1980. 

If it becomes law, TrumpCare will kill 45,000 Americans every year in order to save money for the super-wealthy. Considering that we are all in this together, and the purpose of having insurance is to share the risk so that none of us has to face life's worst challenges alone, it is absolutely disgusting to see a political party exhibit such unbridled greed.

TrumpCare is a killer that follows what Congressman Alan Grayson described as the Republican health care plan:  Part one, don't get sick. Part two, if you do get sick... Part three, die quickly.

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Working class & female candidates excluded from Working Families debate

Today is International Woman's Day, and one candidate for governor is hopping mad that a group proclaiming itself as a champion of working families has excluded all four female contenders from a screening debate that is welcoming three millionaires in the race.

Democrat Lisa McCormick said she was denied an invitation to participate in the New Jersey Working Families Alliance candidates' debate, and the only participants listed as being under consideration for the group's endorsement are three millionaires on one Green Party minister who is not pursuing the Democratic Party nomination in June.

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