“White House staffers at all levels are plotting their departures as a growing number of aides to President Trump are abandoning his quest to overturn the 2020 election results — some in frustration with the building they are leaving behind,” CNN reports.
Said one official: “I think people are moving on because they have families or livelihoods to support. That, and the place is becoming more toxic by the day … people turning on each other, trying to settle scores while they can,”
Biden Says Inauguration Will Resemble Virtual Convention
President-elect Joe Biden said his January inauguration is likely to resemble the largely virtual Democratic National Convention last summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he said he would emphasize safety to avoid spreading the virus.
“My guess is there will not be a gigantic inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue. But my guess is you’ll see a lot of virtual activity in states all across America,” Mr. Biden said Friday in Wilmington, Del. He said it was “highly unlikely” that millions of people would gather at the National Mall as part of the festivities.
“I think you’re going to see something that is closer to what the convention was like than a typical inauguration,” he said.
Mr. Biden said his transition team was holding discussions with congressional leaders in preparations for the events planned on Jan. 20, when he is scheduled to be sworn-in as the nation’s 46th president. Public health officials have continued to warn against large gatherings as coronavirus cases have skyrocketed across the country.
One year after the formation of their Union County chapter and four months after expansion into Hudson County, Progressive Democrats of New Jersey is launching chapters in six additional counties in the state: Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Middlesex, Morris, and Passaic.
The organization’s publicly stated purpose is to put the working class first and advocate for social, economic, racial, and environmental justice by promoting progressive policy, ideals, and values. PDNJ is also dedicated to establishing a fairer and more democratic system in New Jersey through the nomination and election of progressive candidates for offices at all levels of government.
In the short time since its inception, PDNJ and its affiliated chapters have had success leading several statewide initiatives. These include aiding dozens of progressive candidates in getting on the ballot for the primary, leading multiple days of action that pushed for a mostly Vote by Mail primary, and creating a pledge to get police union money out of campaigns. The New Jersey Progressive Legal Defense Fund, an associated 501(c)3, was also the primary funder of a recent federal lawsuit filed over the unconstitutional design of the New Jersey ballot.
In a joint statement, the PDNJ Board of Delegates said, “PDNJ serves an essential purpose in the framework of the general progressive movement. What we are doing is unprecedented in the state of New Jersey. Not only are we organizing electorally up and down the ballot statewide, but we are building the resources and technology that are needed for progressives to win and fix our broken system.”
The eight county chapters will be hosting virtual kickoff meetings and membership calls over the next few weeks to provide more information on how to get involved with the growing movement.