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:


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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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McCormick sets record straight on Wisniewski’s anti-abortion votes

John Wisniewski voted to outlaw or restrict access to abortion five times, according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lisa McCormick, who released the following statement and supporting evidence listed below:

Assemblyman John Wisniewski’s five votes to outlaw or restrict access to abortion are a matter of public record. One bill came up three times (he voted to override Gov. Christie Whitman’s veto) and the other one came up twice. Both laws were ruled unconstitutional by the courts. The whole record is below, with proof in case the Wiz tries to deceive you again.

The right to privacy and the right to choose a safe, legal abortion are fundamental human rights that have disproportionate impact on women, who are under attack by Trump Republicans.

I am grateful that Assemblyman Wisniewski cast votes to restore funding after Gov. Chris Christie defunded Planned Parenthood in New Jersey, but those votes were unsuccessful. It takes very little courage for a Democrat to oppose the Republican without actually prevailing.

I am not at all happy that the longtime political insider has been trying to impugn my integrity with false allegations and other deceptive claims that distract from the simple truth of his “Pro Life” voting record.

I will fight to win when it comes to women’s health & American liberty, but to achieve victory in this election, I need your help. That is why I am asking you to run for the legislature on my ticket, to volunteer your time and to donate to our campaign right now.

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