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IDC calls for senate unity, but that will require reunification

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Brian Benjamin is not exactly a household name. At least not in this part of the Bronx.

But the affordable housing developer is quite popular in Harlem, so much so that voters overwhelmingly elected him to the state senate last week, filling a seat that previously belonged to new city councilman Bill Perkins.

The election essentially gave Democrats something they haven’t really had since 2012 — a numerical majority. 

Yet, the Democrats will never see that majority, at least not this term, or probably anytime soon. The first obstacle, of course, is Brooklyn senator Simcha Felder who runs as a Democrat but is so Republican, he actually caucuses with the GOP.

The other barrier has it’s own three-letter initials: IDC. The Independent Democratic Conference — eight senators, including our local representative Jeffrey Klein, who broke away from the Democratic party — also has caucused with the Republicans since its 2011 beginning. 

What could be just a single-vote gap in the senate is instead a much wider nine-vote canyon. 

It literally moves Republicans from a slim 52 percent majority, to a massive 65 percent advantage.

As the IDC’s leader and founder, Klein is the epicenter of this political earthquake and has taken tremendous heat for it over the years.

But the flames against the IDC appear to burn even brighter than ever before, not just because of how close the Democrats are to once again securing the state senate, but also the November election of Donald Trump that’s forced the Party of Roosevelt to regroup.

The same time Benjamin was celebrating his victory, Klein and the IDC tried to prove its allegiance to progressive beliefs, asking senate Democrats to sign a unity pledge to help support a range of issues like single-payer health care, abortion rights and massive campaign finance reform by making state elections publicly funded.

Democrats, however, responded they already were for these things — it was the IDC’s Republican cohort that weren’t. For Democrats, this unity pledge was nothing more than empty grandstanding, and maybe it is. 

The fact is, however, that the IDC serves as a distraction not just to the legislative process in Albany, but also to many of its members, including Klein. Whether his opponents want to believe it or not, he’s done a lot of good representing his constituents, even if his breakaway conference is readily blamed for an overall progressive stall at the capital.

Klein has called for unity, but that would actually call for something a little more expansive: reunification.

Sure, that won’t give Democrats the power they need in the state senate. But with the election of Brian Benjamin, it could be a big step in the right direction if IDC members genuinely want a progressive agenda to succeed.

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Democrap 4 Life

Why I am so proud of my parties choice to run for president of the USA. We had the BEST of the BEST in the democrap party running against Trump . A man who loves to create jobs should never have been allowed to run for office. We need a woman with no self respect and less morals then Wild Bill in office or Bernie as he is in the news again

Isn’t it interesting how many Democrats are suddenly in the heat for corruption-related charges it seems like every month there is a new one?

Jane Sanders stands accused of lying “and inflated nearly $2 million she said donors had pledged to repay” in order to make sure that she obtained the $10 million dollar loan.

Most laughable is that the mad scientist looking Senator from Vermont blames a Trump campaign manager for the rumor. So, besides using the “blame Trump” excuse, Sanders wants the world to believe HIM about HIS college problems, but he wants us to condemn the President for Trump University failing (as if he wanted it to happen).

The whole Democrat party was a cash cow for them. All members and families got huge perks. That’s what broke the country. Hopefully, all this will change. And old man Bernie and his ethics–Lord, shine some light on these losers.

Source: CBS News

Jane Sanders served as president of Burlington College from 2004 until 2011 and is blamed for leading the school into bankruptcy by falsifying a loan application. Rich Cassidy, a lawyer based in Burlington, Vt., and Larry Robbins, an attorney from Washington, D.C. who previously defended politicians on both sides of the aisle, are representing Jane Sanders against the allegations, a representative for Sen. Sanders confirmed to Politico.

The Daily Caller News Foundation first broke the news of the allegations against Jane Sanders in March 2015. The Department of Justice and the FBI will not confirm the existence of an investigation, but recent interviews conducted by officials from the FBI and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), independently confirmed to TheDCNF, suggest an investigation is ongoing.

The federal probe is allegedly weighing on Sen. Sanders’ decision whether or not to run for president in 2020.

Sanders stated in a 2010 loan application she had secured $2.6 million in promised donations to pay for the land purchase, which helped secure a $6.5 million loan from the People’s United Bank. Only $676,000 ever materialized over the next four years and the college defaulted on the loans, eventually going bankrupt in May 2016.

“BC’s fate was set when its former board members hired an inexperienced president and, six years later, approved the imprudent purchase of a $10 million piece of property for campus expansion,” Moore wrote in an August 2016 letter to The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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