Michele Kendzie, Photographer, Scrapbook Designer, and Mom of Three Unschoolers in Fredericksburg, Virginia
July 4, 2019
I liked Cory in the debate last Wednesday and added him to my top 4 or 6 favorites.
June 11, 2019
My first time seeing Cory was in an interview he conducted of Trevor Noah, which I watched sometime in May. Then on May 15 The NPR Politics Podcast interviewed him and I became very interested in him. He talks about human connection, common purpose, empathy, and grace. One of the possible choices for Hillary's VP, he's a Senator from New Jersey, he's well-spoken, supports what he says with data, and has one of the most liberal voting records.
From The Rolling Stone 2020 Democratic Primary Leaderboard: The former super-mayor of Newark, Booker is running on a values-heavy message of love and unity and calling for “a revival of civic grace.” The 50-year-old has one of the most liberal voting records in the Senate, and he’s changed the conversation around federal cannabis legalization with his proposed Marijuana Justice Act. “I get angry when I see people taking just one step — legalizing marijuana — without doing anything to address past harms,” he told Rolling Stone in a recent interview. But Booker’s outward liberalism has been undercut at times by problematic connections to Wall Street, a vote that boosted Big Pharma, and his support of charter schools. He vowed to not accept corporate PAC or lobbyist donations, and announced raising more than $5 million in the opening months of his campaign.Signature Policy: Baby bonds. Booker would target the wealth gap in America by seeding “American Opportunity Accounts” for children that would allow kids from the poorest families to enter adulthood with a nest egg of up to $46,000 to invest in education, home ownership or retirement. Signature Apology: Booker has disavowed the tough-on-crime approach he championed in his early days as Newark mayor. In his book United, Booker credits his then-chief of staff for delivering a wake-up call on racial disparities in policing: “He told me that if I had so quickly forgotten my own life experiences, I had my head up my large black posterior region.”