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    Jewish Billionaire Tries to Tilt the Balance Against DeVos

    2/2/2017

    Confirmation of Donald Trump’s pick for Education secretary now depends on a single Senate vote, and one Jewish billionaire is trying to make sure that it swings against Betsy DeVos.

    Eli Broad, a California businessman and philanthropist, sent a letter to senators urging them to vote against DeVos’s confirmation as Education secretary. “With Betsy DeVos at the helm of the U.S. Department of Education, much of the good work that has been accomplished to improve public education for all of America’s children could be undone,” Broad wrote, according to the Washington Post.

    Broad is a major Democratic donor, but his warning carries some added value. As an advocate of charter schools, who donated $140 million for the cause, Broad’s opposition to DeVos does not stem from his loyalty to unions, as is the case with other Democrats, but of his disagreement with her educational philosophy.

    Devos’s conformation vote is expected Friday and Republicans are scrambling to ensure no other senators cross the lines before the vote.

    http://forward.com/fast-forward/361995/jewish-billionaire-tries-to-tilt-the-balance-against-devos/

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  • N2Doc (3674 posts)
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    1. His religion is unimportant

    The fact that he is part of the education deform movement, and a very significant player in that movement, is important. If DeVos has lost the likes of Broad, she is likely toast.

    "But nothing ever changes unless there's some pain" - Tears For Fears "Goodnight Song"
    • Jefferson23 (4869 posts)
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      2. I agree, the publication is the Forward, the Jewish publication wrote the

      title. He may be influential enough, hard to say..its going to be close.

    • FanBoy (7985 posts)
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      5. +100. he's hand-in-glove with devos. my guess is they want the same

      result but play for somewhat different teams.

      question would be how to divide the spoils and eli doesn’t like her division

  • tularetom (1824 posts)
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    3. Is Chucky Schumer doing anything to keep his troops in line?

    With all the republican defections, it would be a shame if this POS got confirmed because a group of the usual suspects among the Democrats voted for her.

     

    I went home with a waitress the way I always do  How was I to know she was with the russians, too?
    • Jefferson23 (4869 posts)
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      4. No, none of the Dems are voting for her..it is getting interesting though.

      WASHINGTON ― Democrats have singled out Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) as their best hope for sinking President Donald Trump’s education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos ― whose confirmation is hanging by a thread ― and they’re flooding his phone lines to the point where nobody is answering calls at any of his offices.
      The Senate is expected to vote on DeVos’ confirmation on Monday, and it could be a nail-biter. Two GOP senators, Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), stunned observers Wednesday by saying they won’t support her, which means it takes only one more Republican to deny her confirmation. If all Democrats vote no, as expected, and all other Republicans vote yes, which looks likely but isn’t definite, that produces a tie vote. Vice President Mike Pence is prepared to come to the Senate to break a tie.
      That’s where Toomey comes in. He’s called DeVos a “a great pick” and, feeling some outside pressure on Wednesday, told a Pennsylvania paper, “I will absolutely be voting for Betsy DeVos.” That doesn’t sound like much to work with, but some Democrats think they can pressure the moderate senator to flip. One congressional Democrat said Toomey has emerged as their “best option.”
      Progressive activists see the next few days as their window for wearing down Toomey. Keystone Progress, a Pennsylvania progressive advocacy group, spent Thursday morning urging DeVos critics to call the senator and make the case for why he should oppose her confirmation. But people calling in are all getting a busy signal or being diverted to a full voicemail box. The Huffington Post called all eight of Toomey’s offices in D.C. and around Pennsylvania, and got the same results each time too.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pat-toomey-betsy-devos_us_58927b1ee4b0af07cb6b7d0a

      I love the way this lady is fighting back too. lol

      Philadelphia Teacher Starts Crowdfunding Campaign to ‘Buy’ Pat Toomey’s Vote
      By Madison Malone Kircher

      http://nymag.com/selectall/2017/02/philadelphia-teacher-wants-to-buy-pat-toomeys-devos-vote.html