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Progressive Candidate Faces Off with Lacy Clay Tomorrow

Progressive Candidate Faces Off with Lacy Clay Tomorrow

Cori Bush will be one of the Democrats facing off with Congressman Lacy Clay (D-MO) tomorrow. The ordained Pastor and Registered Nurse currently works at Hopewell Health Center Incorporated where she helps patients with mental health problems, but before that, she taught early childhood education. In 2001, Bush became ill while pregnant with her second child. She had to quit her job as an early education teacher because of it. She, her husband at the time, and their 14-month-old son were kicked out of the home they were renting and forced to live in their car. This is not her first time running for office. After the Ferguson shooting, she ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016 and lost her primary by more than 50 points. This time around, the progressive candidate has focused more on engaging with people in the district. She had some help from Our Revolution’s Nina Turnerover the weekend. Before she decided to run for Congress, Bush was organizing for a Ferguson/ St. Louis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference to promote nonviolence. “I am one of those everyday people. I felt left out of the conversation for years, just not feeling like our government, like our representatives, represented me,” Bush said. “As a single parent, as someone who struggled to make ends meet, definitely sometimes looking for how would we eat next week – so that person, being in that position, not accepting corporate PAC money, to me, says that that person that can only donate $12 to their favorite candidate still has just as much of a voice as a corporation that can donate thousands.” The 42-year-old raised more than $92,000, with every penny of it from individual contributions rather than PACs. Clay took in about $52,000 in individual donations and more than $330,000 from PACs, labor or corporations. In addition to Clay, she will face Demarco Davidson and Joshua Shipp in tomorrow’s primary. More here.

NYT’s New Editorial Board Member and the Controversy 

NYT’s New Editorial Board Member and the Controversy 

Times Up -- Film Critics Should Be More Diverse

Times Up -- Film Critics Should Be More Diverse