Saturday, May 21, 2016

Blue



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  1. Clinton to Californians: Your Votes Will Not Affect the Democratic Primary Whatsoever [Click]
    "it’s now widely accepted that Clinton can’t win the primary with pledged delegates alone." Hmmm….It looks like HRC has 1717 pledged delegates, and 2383 are required for the nomination, a difference of 666. There are 781 to be assigned in the upcoming primaries, so she would have to win a little over 85% of those. That DOES sound decidedly improbable. So finally the superdelegates will be called on--for the first time--to do what they were intended to do--stop the nomination of a sure losing candidate.

    Well, my ballot came today; I sent a copy of the top part (President) to Bernie HQ and will drip it into the mail on my way to work at the hospital in the morning. Now I must pack my bag.

    BTW, listener--if a Vermont Senator should (ahem) have other things to do that would preclude carrying out his/her senatorial duties, would the Governor appoint an interim replacement?

    --Alan

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    From Wikipedia:

    Controversy and fraud allegations[edit]
    Some 125,000 voters were removed from electoral lists in Brooklyn as part of the updating of voter rolls.[92][93][94] Some voters signed affidavit ballots after experiencing irregularities, ballots that would have been counted if the voter in question could prove that they met eligibility requirements.[95] New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced an audit.[96][97] New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also announced he would investigate allegations of voter suppression.[98]
    The Las Vegas Sun noted "[l]ong lines and procedural problems also were reported in the Democratic caucus" on February 20, 2016.[99] Later, at the May 2016 Nevada Democratic Convention, one delegate wrote in Salon that the convention was marred by alleged impropriety when "a full half hour before registration closed, Lange read the results of ballots that had been passed out to early arriving conventioneers regarding temporary rules for the convention, rules which would discount the results of the county convention (the second tier of the caucus process, where Bernie had won more delegates), rules which would require that all votes at the convention be decided by voice alone, and which ruled that the decision of the chairperson would be final." She said that Lange "appeared not to count the votes from that side of the room; she ejected dozens of Bernie delegates who didn’t have a chance to defend their eligibility."[100] After some procedural disputes, reports surfaced of violence at the state convention and threats against Lange. NPR fact checking concluded that "'violence,' which NPR more often uses to describe events in war zones, seems too strong a term to me based on the evidence... so far," though there was "pushing, shoving, and screaming, a chair was brandished and a great deal of hostile and obscene language used."[101] Sanders has assured the Democratic Party that violence will not erupt from his supporters at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.[102]

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  2. Hmmm..."drip it into the mail?" "Drop" would seem far more likely....

    Alan

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  3. Bill--I fully agree with you about the Brand New Congress folks not trying to unseat ALL current members. I think of Barbara Lee as one example. As a practical matter, I can't believe they would have the fundraising prowess. It takes about 1.0-1.5 million dollars for a House campaign these days--can they raise half a billion dollars? Not likely.

    --Alan

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  4. "BTW, listener--if a Vermont Senator should (ahem) have other things to do that would preclude carrying out his/her senatorial duties, would the Governor appoint an interim replacement?" ~ Alan

    You must mean Pat Leahy because Bernie Sanders has still been paying attention to his senatorial duties. For much of the campaign he hardly even missed a vote in Congress! Lat week when I asked his aide to check in with him about sending support for the National Nurse Act to the HELP Committee (of which he is a member), she got back to me just a few days later saying that very deed had been done with his approval. Also, his Senate office here in Vermont remains quite active! Bernie is a phenomenon around here.

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    1. But if he should become President?
      --Alan

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    2. Lol! Well, I got it, Alan. . . .

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    3. Well, since we gave up our Governor to a Presidential campaign, I imagine we could give up our Senator. Only, should our guy not win this time too, I'm glad we'll get to keep him. WHEN Bernie becomes President, though, I imagine there would be a fresh election here. Peter Welch would easily move from House to Senate at that point. So it's really whom to send to the House. We'll see who offers.

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  5. Pardon the cut-and-paste link; I can't format it from here.--Alan

    A New National Progressive Movement Is Emerging in the Shadows of the Sanders Campaign
    As Sanders fights for a California primary season finale, activists look ahead.

    http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/new-national-progressive-movement-emerging-shadows-sanders-campaign

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  6. Head's up, California!

    SAN FRANCISCO, Friday, May 20, 2016:
    Civil rights attorneys and voter rights activists are filing a civil lawsuit in Federal Court over election materials sent out in advance of the California Primary. Critical omissions of instructions from county applications to vote by mail have violated state election laws, according to the plaintiffs.

    https://nvdemconvention.wordpress.com/2016/05/21/lawsuit-filed-today-voter-suppression-in-ca/

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