Thursday, December 31, 2015

A New Year's Eve Message From Hillary Clinton

It's the last day of 2015 and Hillary has an important message:
As we get closer to the Iowa caucus, I find myself thinking back to the 2008 presidential campaign.
I know what it's like to go into the primaries up.
And I know what it's like to come out of them down.
We cannot get complacent. Anything can happen in politics.
December 31 is the biggest fundraising deadline of this campaign to date, and if you're with me, I need you to step up to help make sure we win.
 Don't wait. Donate to Hillary's campaign today and let's end the year with a bang!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Hillary TV: Volume 8

Portsmouth, New Hampshire town hall 12/29:

Keota, Iowa town hall - 12/22:

Tulsa, Oklahoma rally - 12/11:

Mason City, Iowa town hall - 12/16:

This Week with George Stephanopoulos - 12/6:

And after the jump...Hillary Clinton's 12/10 appearance on Late Night with Seth Myers!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What Will YOU Do to Help Hillary Get Elected in 2016?

Hard to believe, but 2016 is finally upon us and actual voting will begin before you know it. And to win the nomination and then the presidency, Hillary Clinton is going to need your help. Yes you!

Donald Trump and the GOP clown car might seem like a joke right now, but the idea of any of them winning isn't funny at all. Plus, billionaires like the Koch brothers, as well as some of their friends in the media, are determined to do everything in their power to put a Republican in office and roll back all of President Obama's progress.

We can't allow that to happen, and we can't simply sit back and assume that Hillary has it in the bag. She is going to fight for victory every single day in every single way...and she can't do it alone.

There are many ways to be a part of this fight depending on your time and comfort level, such as:
-voter registration
-phone banking
-driving people to the polls
-talking to your neighbors, friends and family one-on-one and via social media
-holding a sign and being enthusiastic with other volunteers at a polling location
...and much more
And of course, there's what every campaign always needs: cash! Clinton's campaign manager has said that Bernie Sanders might actually raise more money than them this quarter...and we simply can't allow that to happen.

Hillary Clinton needs you by her side, because nothing less than the future of our great country is at stake in this crucial election.

The time is now: VOLUNTEER and DONATE to Hillary For America.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Still the Coolest Guy Around

...and all opponents better beware, because he's about to hit the campaign trail in full force.

For more great pics and some video of the whole Clinton family taking a stroll in NYC, click here.

Hillary Extends Her Streak as the Most Admired Woman in the World

She's done it yet again: Hillary Clinton takes the #1 spot as most admired woman in the world, according to Gallup's latest yearly survey of Americans. In fact, she's running away with the record...
Clinton has been the most admired woman each of the last 14 years, and 20 times overall, occupying the top spot far longer than any other woman or man in Gallup's history of asking the most admired question. Since 1993, the year she was first named most admired woman, Clinton has stayed in the news as first lady, U.S. senator, secretary of state and a two-time presidential candidate. 
Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt was named most admired woman 13 times during her lifetime, putting her second to Clinton in terms of first-place finishes. Dwight Eisenhower has 12 No. 1 finishes, the most for any man. Obama, the most admired man each of the last eight years, is now tied with Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan for top overall finishes among men.
Prediction: This historic streak will continue for the next eight years or least.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Hillary HQ! We will return next week.

And as for next year? Get ready...because it's gonna be a wild ride!

The Third Democratic Debate

Here is the third Democratic debate in its entirety, which occurred on Saturday December 19th at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

Clinton and Sanders both had a great night...but according to a CNN poll, it appears that the Force was with Hillary:
Overall, Clinton tops Sanders among registered voters who are Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents 50% to 34%. That's a slightly tighter margin than in late-November, when Clinton led 58% to 30% over Sanders. 
But those overall results mask a shift back toward Clinton following the Democratic debate on Saturday night. In interviews conducted before the debate, Sanders ran closer to Clinton, with 37% support to Clinton's 45%. Among those interviewed after the debate, Clinton's lead grew to 60% vs. Sanders' 27%.
The next debate, and the last one before the Iowa Caucuses, will be in Charleston, South Carolina on January 17th.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hillary News & Views 12.22: Grinches in GOPVille, Data Breach, and "Hell No," Donald Trump

Today’s edition of Hillary News & Views will be the final entry of 2015. The series will return from its Holiday Hiatus on Monday, January 4, 2016.

So it seems only fitting to open with the holiday-themed video released by the Clinton campaign yesterday:

I don’t care who your primary preference is. If you don’t appreciate the brilliance of that video, you’re a Grinch yourself!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Hillary News & Views 12.21: Debate Highlights and Analysis, and Prioritizing Millienial Women

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with some coverage of Saturday night’s Democratic debate.

Wall Street Journal reports:
In the third Democratic debate Saturday, Mrs. Clinton largely looked past her two primary foes and injected Mr. Trump into the conversation, denouncing his ideas as wrongheaded and potentially dangerous.
“I worry greatly that the rhetoric coming from the Republicans, particularly Donald Trump, is sending a message to Muslims here in the United States and literally around the world that there is a ‘clash of civilizations,’ that there is some kind of Western plot or even ‘war against Islam,’ which then I believe fans the flames of radicalization, ” Mrs. Clinton said.
CNN reports:
"We also need to make sure that the really discriminatory messages that Trump is sending around the world don't fall on receptive ears," Clinton said.
"He is becoming ISIS's best recruiter. They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists," she continued.
Clinton appears to be well positioned to ease through the Democratic primary and take the fight to her preferred targets in the Republican Party.
"You know, everybody says every election's important, and there's truth to that. This is a watershed election. I know how important it is that we have a Democrat succeed President Obama in the White House," Clinton said in her closing statement, before making a quip which suggested that the restoration of tried-and-tested franchises from another era -- be it in movies like Star Wars or in politics -- could work.
"Thank you, good night and may the force be with you."
Time reports:
Hillary Clinton’s rivals questioned her commitment to tighter rules on guns, her hawkish foreign policy tendencies and even her age. None of that mattered.
The former Secretary of State batted away questions about her character and her policies during Saturday night’s debate near Manchester, N.H. In turn, she reminded Democrats why she has enjoyed months at the top of the polls: she’s a tough competitor, policy wonk and compelling messenger. Even when facing with stinging criticism, she kept her cool and returned as good as she got on the campus of Saint Anselm College.
Clinton initiated none of the squabbles with fellow Democrats, but that didn’t mean she let her rivals go unanswered. Several times, she laughed at them before calmly explaining why they were, in her view, off-base.
Vox reports on that decidedly un-feminist final debate question:
The Democratic debate on ABC was a substantive exchange of ideas about serious policy issues among the three major Democratic candidates. Until moderator Martha Raddatz decided there had been enough of that for one evening, and asked what might just be the most baffling and trivial question of any of the presidential debates so far.
“Secretary Clinton, first ladies, as you well know, have used their position to work on important causes like literacy and drug abuse. But they also supervise the menus, the flowers, the holiday ornaments, and White House decor. I know you think you know where I'm going here. You have said that Bill Clinton is a great host and loves giving tours, but may opt out of picking flower arrangements if you're elected. Bill Clinton aside, is it time to change the role of a president's spouse?”
The Clinton campaign responded with a tweet clipping video from the 1990s, when Clinton made a speech talking about human rights in China.

For some reason, many news outlets insist on naming winners and losers in each debate.

The Washington Post reports:
Winners: Hillary Clinton
The former secretary of state was the only one on stage Saturday night who looked like she could step into the presidency tomorrow. Her knowledge on foreign policy -- from ISIS to Syria and beyond -- was significantly greater than her rivals, and it showed. (ABC moderator Martha Raddatz was the only one on stage confident enough in her own knowledge of foreign policy to go after Clinton.)
Clinton also demonstrated her ability to play to local interests -- she touted Market Basket, which is based in Tewksbury, Mass., for example. She repeatedly turned the focus away from the differences among the candidates on stage and instead pointed out the differences she and the other Democratic candidates have with controversial Republican front-runner Donald Trump. She showed a sense of humor; asked by ABC moderator David Muir whether "corporate America should love Hillary Clinton. "Everyone should," she responded to raucous applause in the room.
And, she demonstrated a willingness to whack away at O'Malley (on his acceptance of corporate dollars as chairman of the Democratic Governors Association) and Sanders (on the cost of his proposals) -- showing that she was not content to sit back and play defense.
Clinton's performance proved, yet again, how gifted she is as a debater. And, it made me wonder, yet again, why her campaign seems to want to limit debates in this primary. She shines in them -- and did so again tonight. Her closing statement -- invoking the new "Star Wars" movie -- was the cherry on top of a tour de force performance.
Vox reports:

Winner: Hillary Clinton

Here is a pro-tip for neophytes in the audience — Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic nominee. If a few major labor unions had joined the Communications Workers in risking the Wrath of Clinton by endorsing Sanders, I think he would qualify as a long-shot but as things stand he is a no-shot. That means Clinton's goals in these debates are pretty simple: she needs to avoid gaffes, and she wants to evade without committing herself to anything that will be too problematic in a general election.
She pulled it off. When baited by David Muir and Bernie Sanders about whether corporate America "loves" her, Clinton stood up for her progressive record while also standing up for the notion that progressive economic policy would be win-win, including for business. It was a passable primary campaign answer, but most of all she delivered an answer that set her up for a general election rather than getting sucked into a leftier-than-thou bidding war with Sanders.
More than that, she once again reminded the world that debating is a format in which she excels. Clinton is not the greatest orator in contemporary politics, but she is among the wonkiest of major politicians — certainly the wonkiest one on the stage — and she's an extremely effective public speaker for a wonk. Back and forth exchanges over things like the difference between debt-free college and tuition-free college highlighted her virtues as a politician far better than any setpiece speech or 30-second ad would.
Politicus USA reports:
1). Hillary Clinton – Clinton benefitted from another debate that featured a great deal of time devoted to terrorism and ISIS. Clinton also did well on the issue of guns. She is the frontrunner. Clinton has a big lead nationally with Democrats, and she leads in three of the four early primary states. The bar for Clinton is set at looking presidential and not making a mistake that opens the door for Bernie Sanders.
Clinton had another strong performance and did nothing that should change her status as the Democratic frontrunner.
Sunshine State News reports:
Hillary Clinton. A good night for the favorite for the Democratic nomination. Sanders started the debate with an apology, which she accepted. Besides a jab at Sanders over his position on gun control and insisting O’Malley misrepresented her take on that and on her ties to Wall Street, Clinton generally ignored her primary rivals. Instead, she kept her fire focused on the Republicans. She looked and acted like the favorite on Saturday night and didn’t get into a fight with Sanders, which would only hurt her in the months to come because she’ll want to reach out to his supporters down the road. Clinton also benefited from O’Malley’s aggressive performance, though he is not enough of a factor, as of now, to divide anti-Clinton Democrats.
There were some missteps to be sure -- namely, her optimistic take on America's battle against ISIS -- but a generally calm debate was to her benefit. If the biggest story out of the debate was her getting on stage to start the second half a few seconds late, Clinton dodged a bullet. Best of all for Clinton there were no questions about her ethics and using a private server for her email when she was at the State Department. Even when the focus turned to Libya, there was no mention of Benghazi outside of O’Malley’s quick mention of Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Bottom line: Nothing changed on Saturday night and that benefits the frontrunner.
There will be two Clintons on the campaign trail come January.

ABC News reports:
Clinton stood side by side with her husband, saying the former president will be out on the campaign trail in January.
“I think this is fair to say that starting in January, I will have my not so secret weapon," she said. "We’re going to cover as much ground as we possibly can.”
It was the first time the former president made a public appearance immediately following one of the debates.
President Clinton also took to the mic to address the crowd at the local tavern.
“I’ve noticed that most successful presidents are those that get elected in a time where they are suited to govern and she’s the best qualified person for the time at the moment that I’ve ever seen,” he said.
The Guardian reports on Clinton’s efforts to target millenial women:
The Hillary for America team realizes that if you want to bring young women into the fold, you not only have to meet them where they are, but you have to talk like them – and if you want to attract young feminist-minded activists, talking like a girl is less about “upspeak” and more about using words like “intersectionality” (a term Hillary for America’s Timmaraju drops three times in our conversation).
Young women, Timmaraju says, want to talk about college affordability, campus sexual assault, and reproductive rights. “But a lot of our younger women supporters really care just as much about immigration reform, criminal justice issues, climate change, and they have a feminist lens on a lot of those issues as well,” she says.
“When we’re talking about violence against women, they also want to talk about violence against transgender women, about how it disproportionately affects women of color. Same with the pay equity issue. They are very intersectional in their approach to these issues, and we are learning from them that we should not be talking about these issues in silos.”
For many young women, that resonates – especially when Clinton emphasizes the fact that her own experiences as a woman make her uniquely situated to tackle the problems Americans face.
“Hillary has stood by women since I can remember,” Swaleh says. “That’s why I’ve been backing her. I’ve always been in the Hillary camp, because I owe it to her, almost. I think she was a feminist before it was cool.”

Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Camping!

Hey everybody, Scan here with a quick programming note.

I'm going to be camping all weekend, and writings will resume next week...unless Lysis feels like stepping in for some extra duty! However, I should be able to catch Saturday night's debate on satellite radio and it's even possible that the Hillary HQ twitter feed will be active wherever we are out in the woods.

I know...what a time to go off into the wilderness, eh? I'll leave you with these tweets and see you soon!

Hillary News & Views 12.18: LGBT Platform, East Coast Drilling, and Big Bucks for State Parties

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s ambitious LGBT policy platform, which was announced yesterday evening.

I think that it's important enough to share in its entirety. Following her pattern with other issues, her agenda includes a combination of legislative and executive actions.

The agenda is divided into several sections.

Part One: Fight for Full Federal Equality of LGBT Americans.
Today in America nearly 65 percent of LGBT individuals report experiencing discrimination in their daily lives and nearly 50 percent report that this discrimination occurs in the workplace. LGBT youth are nearly twice as likely as their peers to be physically assaulted at school and 74 percent of LGBT students say they’ve been verbally harassed for their sexual orientation. Despite this discrimination, 31 states do not have fully inclusive LGBT non-discrimination laws. 
Clinton will:
  • Work with Congress to pass the Equality Act. The Equality Act would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes to add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of protected classes such as race, sex, national origin, and religion. The Act would provide LGBT individuals explicit and comprehensive protection from discrimination in all facets of American life—employment, housing, schools, access to credit, public education, jury service, and public accommodations. Clinton will fight for the passage of the Equality Act to secure full federal equality for LGBT Americans.
  • Continue President Obama’s LGBT equality executive actions. President Obama has taken critical steps to protect LGBT people in employment, housing, and health care. For example, the Administration issued nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people employed by the federal government and federal contractors; published formal regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in federally funded housing programs; and published a Health and Human Services regulation for hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare requiring respect for advanced directives and visitation requests regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Clinton will fully implement and enforce the President’s LGBT equality executive actions.
  • Support efforts underway in the courts and federal government to clarify that under federal statutes “sex discrimination” includes discrimination on the basis of “gender identity” and “sexual orientation.” Courts across the country have concluded that “sex” discrimination encompasses discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation, and federal agencies are following their lead. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has held that discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation constitutes sex discrimination under Title VII; the Department of Housing and Urban Development has concluded that the Fair Housing Act covers claims based on gender identity and sexual orientation; and the Department of Education has clarified that under Title IX of the Civil Rights Act, discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation is discrimination based on sex; and HHS is finalizing a proposed regulation implementing Section 1557 of the ACA, the act’s nondiscrimination protections, to recognize that sex discrimination includes gender identity and sex stereotyping. Clinton will support efforts to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation as discrimination on the basis of sex to help secure additional protections in important aspects of life until Congress acts to provide full federal nondiscrimination protections.

Part Two: Support LGBT Youth, Parents, and Elders.
LGBT youth face unique challenges at school and at home, LGBT parents face discriminatory barriers when attempting to start a family, and LGBT elders carry the consequences of a lifetime of discrimination into retirement. Clinton has fought for children and families throughout her career, and will:
  • End discriminatory treatment of LGBT families in adoptions. An estimated 108,000 children in foster care are waiting to become part of loving families. But some states create roadblocks to prevent LGBT people from adopting or fostering children—requiring more burdensome or costly procedures or even refusing to place youth with same-sex parents altogether. Such practices not only prevent LGBT Americans from becoming parents, they also deny children the chance to live in a safe, happy, and healthy home. Adoption by same-sex couples remains illegal in Mississippi, and even in states where adoption is technically legal, LGBT individuals still face discrimination. Clinton will work with Congress to pass the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, which would prohibit federally funded child welfare agencies from discriminating against potential foster or adoptive families on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status.
  • Improve school climate for all students. We have told LGBT youth that it gets better, but as a nation, we have to do more to honor that promise. More than half of LGBT students say they’ve experienced discrimination at school due to their perceived or actual sexual orientation or gender identity. LGBT youth are more than twice as likely as other students to be verbally harassed at school. Studies show that bullying and harassment contributes to higher rates of absenteeism, dropouts, adverse health consequences, and academic underachievement among LGBT youth. Clinton will fight to pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act to specifically prohibit bullying and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion in federally funded school districts, and the Student Non-Discrimination Act to prohibit public schools from discriminating against students on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • End LGBT conversion therapy for minors. Studies have reaffirmed that conversion and reparative “therapies” focused on sexual orientation and gender identity are ineffective and deeply harmful to LGBT and gender-questioning youth. According to the American Psychiatric Association, “The potential risks of reparative therapy are great, including depression, anxiety and self-destructive behavior.” Clinton believes that we should support our LGBT youth and provide competent care to those struggling with their identity. She will support efforts in Congress and in the states to end conversion therapy for minors.
  • Combat youth homelessness. LGBT youth are vastly overrepresented in the homeless population: up to 45 percent of homeless youth identify as LGBT, even though LGBT youth comprise just 5 to 7 percent of the overall youth population. In 2015, Congress failed to reauthorize the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act, which provided federal funding for homeless prevention resources, emergency shelters, street outreach, transitional living, and rural assistance. Clinton will work with Congress to ensure adequate funding and safe and welcoming shelter for homeless youth.
  • Ensure LGBT elders can retire with dignity and respect. Many LGBT elders enter retirement with the emotional and economic effects of having lived through a lifetime of discrimination, and the number of LGBT older adults in the U.S. is expected to double to at least 3 million by 2050. Clinton believes LGBT elders must be protected against discrimination and, as President, she will work to ensure they receive the support they need and deserve.
  • Collect national data to better serve LGBT individuals and families. Understanding the size of the LGBT population is critical to creating informed policies and tracking the prevalence of health and economic disparities facing the community. But no major federally supported population survey routinely asks respondents to share both their sexual orientation and gender identity. Clinton will work to improve data collection on critical issues such as LGBT unemployment, health coverage, violence, and poverty by adding sexual orientation and gender identity questions to federally supported surveys such as the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey.
Part Three: Honor the Military Service of LGBT People.
Every day, LGBT service members valiantly fight for our country around the world. Clinton believes we should honor their service and ensure they receive the benefits they have earned. As Commander-in-Chief, Clinton will:
  • Upgrade service records of LGBT veterans dismissed due to their sexual orientation. Tens of thousands of men and women were forced out of the military before and during “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Many were given less than honorable discharges simply because of their sexual orientation. Clinton will direct the Department of Defense to review and correct the records of these discharged service members to make sure they receive the honorable discharge they deserve.
  • Support efforts to allow transgender personnel to serve openly. According to recent studies, there are an estimated 15,500 actively serving transgender members of the U.S. military, making the Department of Defense the largest employer of transgender people in America. In July 2015, Defense Secretary Carter created a working group in the Department of Defense to study the policy and readiness implications of welcoming transgender personnel to serve openly. Clinton believes the U.S. should join the many other countries that allow transgender individuals to serve openly alongside their comrades in arms.
Part Four: Secure affordable treatment for people living with HIV and AIDS.
While the United States has made great progress in the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS, our job is not done. As Secretary of State, Clinton began an ambitious campaign to usher in an AIDS-free generation, and as President, she will continue to drive towards that goal. Clinton will:
  • Call on Republican governors to extend Medicaid coverage to provide life-saving health care to people living with HIV. Before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an individual was eligible for Medicaid only if he or she was low-income and determined to be of “categorical need”. Many childless low-income adults with HIV failed to qualify as categorically needy because asymptomatic HIV did not render a person “disabled” for purposes of Medicaid. This created a pernicious catch-22: HIV-positive individuals needed access to care before their health deteriorated but were not deemed Medicaid-eligible until their disease progressed to full blown AIDS. As Senator, Clinton co-sponsored the Early Treatment for HIV Act to fix this loophole. With the passage of the ACA, however, Medicaid was reformed to no longer tie eligibility to a finding of “categorical need”; income status alone now triggers eligibility. An analysis of the ACA’s impact on persons living with HIV estimated that of 70,000 persons with HIV who were uninsured before the law, roughly 47,000 would be newly eligible for Medicaid. However, with the Supreme Court’s ACA decision, these new eligibility criteria only apply in states that accept Medicaid expansion. As a result, childless low-income Americans in non-expansion states remain ineligible for Medicaid if they contract asymptomatic HIV. Clinton believes that every state should extend Medicaid coverage to provide life-saving health care to people living with HIV.
  • Cap out-of pocket expenses for people with HIV/AIDS. It is an abomination that a pharmaceutical company can raise the price of life-saving medicine for HIV and AIDS patients by more than 5,000 percent. Clinton has announced a plan to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable and to achieve lower drug costs for Americans, including for medications that help treat HIV and reduce the risk of contracting AIDS. Clinton will ensure that Americans can get the care their doctors prescribe by requiring health insurance plans to cap covered out-of-pocket prescription drug costs at $250. She also will allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices and will stop direct-to-consumer advertising subsidies for drug companies—reinvesting those funds in research.
  • Expand the utilization of HIV prevention medications, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). While we work to diagnose and treat all Americans with HIV and AIDS, we also must work to prevent exposure. Decades of research are beginning to offer a promising path to prevention. In 2010, a major two year study showed that PrEP was effective at preventing HIV infection 90 percent of the time when used as directed. As a result, both the CDC and the World Health Organization have recommended widespread use of PrEP among certain at-risk groups. In March, the CDC announced $125 million over three years in grants to state and local health departments to increase knowledge about and uptake of PrEP among transgender individuals and black men who have sex with men (MSM). Clinton will increase the CDC investment to ensure populations at greatest risk of infection have access to the drug, and encourage states to follow suit.

Part Five: Protect Transgender Rights.
We must do more to end discrimination against the transgender community. Transgender people are twice as likely than the average American to be unemployed, and in a recent national survey, 75 percent of respondents said they had hidden their gender or gender transition to avoid discrimination. For a majority of transgender individuals, the simple act of filling out a government form can lead to harassment or questioning. Clinton believes no individual should be held back from fully participating in our society because of their gender identity. At the State Department, Clinton made it possible for transgender Americans to have their true gender reflected on their passports for the very first time. As President, she will:
  • Protect transgender individuals from violence. There is a tragic epidemic of violence against the transgender community. This year alone marks the highest recorded number of transgender homicide victims—nearly all of them women of color. Transgender individuals are also 10 times more likely than the general prison and jail populations to be sexually assaulted. Everyone in prison, jail or detention deserves to be safe from assault. To better understand—and end—the incidence of violence, Clinton will direct the U.S. Department of Justice to require that gender identity and sexual orientation data be collected whenever demographic data is collected with respect to programs for victims of crime, and to encourage jurisdictions to improve reporting of hate crimes data based on a victim’s actual or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Streamline identity documents. Without accurate identity documents, transgender people face obstacles accessing employment, health care, education, housing, and voting. Some states require evidence of a medical transition (which not everyone chooses to pursue) to change one’s gender on official documents. As Secretary of State, Clinton worked to remove such barriers for transgender individuals seeking to change their gender marker on their passport. As President, Clinton will build on the work of the Obama Administration to ensure the federal government models best practices in allowing transgender individuals to change their gender marker on identification documents, and she will call on states to do the same.
  • Invest in law enforcement training on interactions with LGBT individuals. Clinton will invest in law enforcement training that focuses on issues such as implicit bias, use of force, and de-escalation, as well as fair and impartial policing including in their interactions with the LGBT community, in particular transgender individuals. It will also focus on educating police officers on correctly identifying bias-motivated crimes.
Part Six: Promote human rights of LGBT people around the world.
In 2011, Secretary Clinton stood before the United Nations Human Rights Council and told the world’s leaders, “Gay rights are human rights” – spearheading the effort to pass the first-ever UN resolution to protect the LGBT community abroad. Clinton will continue her work to promote LGBT human rights and ensure America’s foreign policy is inclusive of LGBT people around the world. As President, she will:
  • Increase support for the Global Equality Fund. As Secretary of State, Clinton launched the Global Equality Fund to support programs that advance the human rights of LGBT persons abroad. Hundreds of millions of people live in places where they can be arrested, even executed for their sexuality or gender identity. As President, Clinton will increase our investment in the Global Equality Fund by $50 million over the next decade to advance the human rights of LGBT people around the world.

The Advocate reports on positive feedback that her plan is already receiving:
The National Center for Lesbian Rights was quick to praise the document, which it notes is the first and most specific issued by any 2016 presidential candidate. “The policy positions announced today by Hillary Clinton sketch a bold vision for our community in this country and beyond,” said a statement issued by NCLR executive director Kate Kendell. “We applaud Secretary Clinton for her audacious and uncompromising support for a range of policy initiatives which, if realized, would improve the lives and futures of every lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender person in our nation and the world.
“By addressing issues like parenting and adoption, protections for LGBT youth, conversion therapy, violence against transgender people and transgender service in the military, and health care access for people with HIV — issues which have long been part of NCLR’s work — Secretary Clinton reflects a genuine understanding of the issues facing LGBT people and their families. Her passionate support is extremely gratifying.”
Less formally, on her personal Facebook page, Kendell called Clinton’s proposals “a pretty awesome gay agenda.”
Clinton is not supportive of the oil drilling going on in the southeast.

The Post and Courier reports:
Offshore energy development would get a new, hard look if Hillary Clinton were elected president next year, she told an opponent of drilling and testing off the Southeast coast during a radio interview Wednesday.
“I am very skeptical about the need or desire for us to pursue offshore drilling off the coast of South Carolina, and frankly off the coast of other Southeast states,” said the Democratic candidate. The move carries real environmental risks and helps delay a move to renewable energy resources needed to handle the country’s climate and energy issues, she said.
Clinton received the endorsement of Congressional Hispanic Caucus chair Linda Sanchez.

NBC News reports:
Her endorsement was tweeted in Spanish: "Hillary Clinton is the leader the country needs."
"On everything from the economy, to health care, to education, she has been a passionate ally of the Latino community, in part because she recognizes how all of these issues are actually connected. She knows that building a stronger country means we'll need a stronger workforce," wrote Rep. Sanchez.
The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Sanchez emphasized the importance of opportunities for Latino and African-American families.
"We need a president who will never stop fighting for families like these, and I believe with all my heart that president should and will be Hillary Clinton."
Clinton wrapped up her first big event for the Hillary Victory Fund, a joint fundraising effort between Clinton, the DNC, and dozens of state Democratic parties.

Politico reports:
Hillary Clinton's campaign brought in roughly $8 million for its joint fundraising group with the Democratic National Committee and state parties, three people familiar with the figure told POLITICO.
The event — which featured remarks from both Bill and Hillary Clinton, campaign chairman John Podesta and top fundraising official Dennis Cheng, as well as a concert by rocker Sting — was the campaign's first event for the Hillary Victory Fund.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

I'll See Your Koch Brothers and Raise You Warren Buffett

Yeah, the dreaded Koch Brothers may be determined to buy the 2016 election for the Republicans... but luckily, Hillary has another absurdly rich guy in her arsenal:
Hillary Clinton on Wednesday picked up the endorsement of the billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who gave his backing to her while calling for increased taxes on the country’s highest wage earners.
Mr. Buffett began his remarks at an event in Omaha with some stark statistics. In 1992, the top 400 wage earners in the United States made an average of $48.6 million each, compared with $335.7 million in 2012, Mr. Buffett said, using the most recent statistics available based on income tax returns.
“This group,” which includes Mr. Buffett, who is worth an estimated $66.7 billion, “had their income increase sevenfold,” he said, adding, however, that “their tax rate has fallen to 16.3 percent, so they got a one-third tax cut as their income went up 7 to 1.”
Getting money out of politics is also a big issue for Buffett, and he knows that Clinton is our best hope of getting it done:
Buffett himself has expressed disdain for the role of money in politics, clapping on stage on Wednesday when Clinton said she would work to reverse the 2010 Citizens United v Federal Election Commission Supreme Court decision that paved the way to the creation of super PACs. Nonetheless, explained a top Clinton bundler, financial world professionals are frequently in awe of him — and sign up quickly to attend events where he’s speaking. 
“He himself is not going to bring donors in by calling them,” said the California-based donor. “But his name will."
Plus, added Democratic National Committee member Robert Zimmerman, a Clinton fundraiser, he’s famous enough to draw voters, too: “The only people who are coming to a Sheldon Adelson or David Koch event are people who are looking to walk away with a check. People who come to a Warren Buffett event want to hear what he’s got to say. They respect him."
According to Forbes, Buffett currently ranks as the 3rd richest man in the world with a net worth of over $72 billion.

Now, I'm merely a humble blogger unaffiliated with the Clinton campaign or any super PAC...but I have an idea for Warren Buffett and other progressive billionaires: match the bad guys. That is, publicly promise to match whatever money the Kochs and their cronies throw into the 2016 election at all levels, dollar for dollar. This would level the financial playing field for Democratic and Republican candidates, as well as progressive and conservative causes.

The reasoning is twofold. One, much like the U.S and the Soviets during the Cold War, it might encourage the Kochs and their buddies to not use their weapons if the other side is guaranteed to respond in kind. And two, even we get a temporary spending war, a Hillary Clinton presidency would result in a much-saner Supreme Court that would overturn Citizens United and make such crazy campaign spending a thing of the past.

Short term loss...long term gain, for progressive rich guys and the American people alike.

Think about it, Mr. Buffett.

Hillary News & Views 12.17: Identity Politics, Right Wing Violence, and Securing Obama's Legacy

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with an exploration of what is often derisively called “identity politics,” a characterization that minimizes and dismisses the radicalism of our country’s leader having an identity beyond “white male.”

Rebecca Traister at New York magazine has written a powerful piece that connects the violence surrounding this election to the transformative nature of both our current and our next president.
Our first black president sits in the White House, entering his eighth and final year; in his party, a woman who would become the first female commander-in-chief is building a substantial lead. Meanwhile, the dominant front-runner of the opposing party plays untroubled host to white-power revivalist meetings, suggests that “deportation forces” should “round up” immigrants, and proposes identification badges for Muslims. Donald Trump’s competitors for the Republican nomination — men who agree with him that women who have been raped or suffered incest should be forced to carry resulting pregnancies to term — somehow look rational and moderate by comparison. But Ted Cruz is no moderate: He touts his endorsement by Operation Rescue president Troy Newman, who has advocated for the execution of "convicted" abortionists and defended activists who have in fact killed abortion doctors. “We need leaders like Troy Newman in this country,” Ted Cruz, who might be the Republican nominee for president in 2016, has said.
Whatever their flaws, their political shortcomings, their progressive dings and dents, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton mean a lot. They represent an altered power structure and changed calculations about who in this country may lead. It is not coincidence that after seven years of a black president people are calling for lynchings at Republican rallies. It’s not some random quirk that eight years after a woman almost became the Democratic nominee, Republican candidates are crowing about their commitment to making pregnancy compulsory and accepting the endorsements of those who support violence against abortion providers.
This moment, this election, these years represent the death throes of exclusive white male power in the United States. That the snarling fury and violence are contemporary does not make them less real than the terrors of previous periods; it makes them more real, at least to those of us living through them. And the presidential-primary contest, while absurdist and theatrical, is reflecting very real fury and violence in the non-electoral world: the burning of crosses and black churches, the execution of black men by police, the resistance of male soldiers to women in elite combat positions, a white man with a history of rape and violence against women himself a “warrior for the babies” after killing people at an abortion clinic, and a younger white man killing nine black churchgoers with the explanation “You rape our women, and you’re taking over our country.”
Clinton, like Obama before her, isn’t carrying just her own baggage, but will stand in as the symbolic target for those whose fury at increased female autonomy has been building. In a nation where women who were not permitted to cast votes still live and breathe, her campaign, as Ms. Clinton has herself declared in other contexts, is living history. If she wins, she — and we — will be forced to do battle with this rising, chilling, ever more open threat from those who feel enraged that their country is no longer their own. I fear that there’s a lot more terror ahead of us. 
As if to illustrate Traister’s point, Correct the Record, a Super PAC aligned with Clinton’s campaign, has put out a stark video documenting the violence of this campaign season:

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hillary Clinton's Speech on Homeland Security and American Values

Did you watch the fifth Republican debate last night? If so, I'm sorry to hear that...because it was absolutely painful. If you missed it, here's the basic gist of the GOP message: 'The world is on fire, President Obama and Secretary Clinton are to blame, and it's time to remedy this by blowing up half the world.' I'm paraphrasing a bit, but they really are all losers and it was a total downer.

Luckily, something else happened yesterday that was uplifting and far more important: Hillary's speech on bolstering homeland security while keeping our American values intact. In fact, I believe that this was one of best speeches of her campaign and possibly her entire career.

Watch the full speech above via C-Span, or read the text below after the jump. It will make you prouder than ever of supporting our first Madam President.

Hillary News & Views 12.16: Standing with Muslim Americans, Saving our State Parties

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with coverage of Clinton’s call for solidarity with Muslim-Americans and unity in the fight against terrorism, while renewing calls for gun control and repeating her opposition to U.S. ground troops being used in the fight against ISIS.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports:
Hillary Clinton cited efforts already underway in Minnesota as an example of how to fight domestic recruitment of terrorists, using a Minneapolis speech on Tuesday to call for a stepped-up effort but one that respects people of different backgrounds.
“We cannot let fear push us into reckless actions that end up making us less safe,” Clinton said in a 45-minute speech at the University of Minnesota. Her campaign billed the speech as a major address on counterterrorism and preventing the radicalization of U.S. citizens into global jihad. “Americans are going to have to act with both courage and clarity.”
Clinton met with several Minnesota Muslim leaders who shared concerns and insights from a community that has watched as a handful of its young men were radicalized and lured overseas to fight in the Middle East and Africa.
“There are millions of peace-loving Muslims living, working, raising families and paying taxes in our country,” Clinton said. “These Americans may be our first, last, and best defense against home-grown radicalization and terrorism.”

NBC News reports:
Clinton acknowledged that Americans have a right to be fearful in this climate, while knocking Republicans for taking advantage of the country's collective anxiety. Without naming them, Clinton took clear shots at Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio for stoking fears, while blasting Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigration headon.
"Promising to carpet bomb until the desert glows doesn't make you sound strong -- it makes you sound like you're in over your head," Clinton said. "Bluster and bigotry are not credentials for becoming commander-in-chief."
"We must all stand up against offensive, inflammatory, hateful, anti-Muslim rhetoric,” Clinton said. "These Americans might be our first, last and best defense against homegrown radicalization and terrorism."
She said comments by people like Trump are not only anti-American but "dangerous," since they erode trust with the Muslim-American community at home and Muslim allies abroad.
The Belfast Telegraph reports:
Mrs Clinton assailed her Republican rivals shortly before their latest presidential debate, telling an audience at the University of Minnesota that another ground war reminiscent of conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan would play into the hands of the Islamic State (IS) group and fail to keep the US safe.
"Shallow slogans don't add up to a strategy," she said.
Like Mr Obama, she has said she would not send American ground troops to the Middle East, saying it would provide a recruiting tool for IS.
KMSP reports:
Hillary Clinton's speech Tuesday afternoon in Minneapolis put the fight against jihadist recruitment in the spotlight.  Speaking from the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota campus, the Democratic front-runner for president laid out her 5-part plan to prevent radicalization.
1. “We have to shut down ISIS recruitment in the United States, especially online.”
2. “Stop would-be jihadists from getting training overseas, and stop foreign terrorists from coming here.”
3. “Discover and disrupt plots before they can be carried out.”
4. “Support law enforcement officers who risk their lives to prevent and respond to attacks.”
5. “Empower our Muslim-American communities who are on the front lines of the fight against radicalization.”
“This is a 360-degree strategy to keep America safe,” Clinton said.
“I know that this will drive some of our Republican friends a little crazy. You’ll probably hear it tonight,” Clinton predicted. “They’ll say that guns are a totally separate issue – nothing to do with terrorism. I have news for them. Terrorists use guns to kill Americans, and I think we should make it a lot harder for them to ever do that again.”
New York Daily News reports:
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday demanded that any strategy to fight terrorism at home and abroad must include making it harder for militants to buy guns.
"If you are too dangerous to fly, you are too dangerous to buy a gun, period," Clinton said referring to legislation that has been held up by gun-loving Republicans that would make it more difficult for people on FBI's "no-fly list" to purchase firearms.
“And I am not going to let the gun lobby or anyone else tell me that is not the right road to go down,” she said to thunderous applause during the talk, coming just hours before a GOP presidential debate was scheduled to begin.
“The phrase active shooter should not be one we have to teach our children, but it is,” Clinton added, before repeating calls to reinstate an expired federal assault weapons ban.
USA Today reports:
“Our political debate has been anything but serious,” Clinton said in the speech at the University of Minnesota, a state that’s become a hotbed for domestic terrorist recruitment.
“Applying a religious test that discriminates against Muslims, slamming the door on every single Syrian refugee, that is not who we are as Americans,” she said. “We are better than that.”
"This is not a clash of civilizations, this is a clash between civilization and barbarism, and that's how it must be seen," she said.
CBS News reports:
“Our security professionals need to track and analyze ISIS social media posts and map jihadist networks," Clinton said, directly addressing a hole in one of the San Bernardino shooter's vetting process, referring to the fact that Tashfeen Malik had posted about her support of violent jihad on Facebook. "Companies should double their efforts to maintain and enforce their own service agreements and other necessary policies to police their networks, identify extremist content and remove it."
Clinton also said that she was "glad" that the U.S. is taking a closer look at visa security and suggested that the Department of Homeland Security should dispatch agents to "high risk countries" to "better investigate" visa applicants.
"Anyone who has traveled in the past five years to a country facing serious problems with terrorism foreign fighters should have to go through a full visa investigation," Clinton said, "no matter where they're from."
Clinton’s team has been working extensively with state parties across the country, with an eye on repair and improvement in advance of the general election.

Politico reports:
Top officials with Hillary Clinton’s campaign have started assessing the strength of local Democratic parties and ordering up investments to correct organizational deficiencies and financial shortfalls in the battleground states she will need in her column to win the White House.
The health of state parties has been an obsession for both Bill and Hillary Clinton for years, and the candidate has been closely watching some of them since 2013, knowing that a strong ground game and finance operation in Florida and Ohio in particular could make the difference between a Democrat and a Republican in the White House. So she made revitalizing the decimated state infrastructures a focus of her 2016 effort shortly after launching her bid in April.
“Our campaign remains focused on outreach to Democrats in these primary states – including the March primary contests and helping our state parties as they hold the Republican candidates accountable for their out-of-touch and out-of-date agenda,” said campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson.
The campaign has had access to information about the state parties’ funding and spending practices since it negotiated joint fundraising agreements with most of them over the summer and fall, and it sent $24,000 each to the potential battlegrounds of Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania — not an early-voting state at all — shortly after the agreement was formalized.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Republican Debate Party...Isn't a Very Fun Party

Lesson learned: GOP debates might be occasionally interesting, but they sure as hell aren't "fun". Even with balloons and a beer.

However, I'll still be watching and tweeting over at the Hillary HQ Twitter follow along tonight and we'll all get through this together.

The coverage begins at 8:30pm Eastern at CNN and

Iowa Polls Only Agree on One Thing: Hillary Leads

Yesterday I looked at the general state of Iowa polling, noting the stability on the Democratic side and the utter chaos on the Republican side. Well, the very next day we have even more evidence of that.

The DMR/Selzer poll just showed Hillary with a rather conservative 9-point lead, but it's oft-repeated "gold standard" status in Iowa is being tested again...because a couple of new polls are showing a much bigger advantage for the frontrunner.

PPP is showing an 18-point lead, and that's not all:
On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton continues to be the clear favorite in Iowa. She’s at 52% to 34% for Bernie Sanders and 7% for Martin O’Malley. Sanders leads 47/40 with younger voters, but that’s not enough to make up for Clinton holding a 64/20 advantage with seniors. She leads by pretty similar margins of 19 points with liberals at 56/37 and 22 points with moderates at 52/30. And she also has comparable leads with both women (21 points at 55/34) and men (15 points at 49/34). Clinton’s favorability rating is 73/19 while Sanders’ comes in at 65/23.
These numbers are rock-solid and about as good as it gets for a non-incumbent running in Iowa.

Or is it? Loras College is out with a poll today showing Clinton up by 32!
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to hold a strong lead over Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in the most recent Loras College Poll measuring Democratic presidential hopefuls, which was released today.
Clinton topped Sanders, 58.9 percent to 27.3 percent, as the first choice to be president among the 501 likely Democratic Iowa Caucus goers surveyed Dec. 7 to 10. The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Democrats appear quite comfortable with the top two candidates in the field as a first choice or second choice candidate, according to Loras College Poll Director Christopher Budzisz.
“Say what you will about negatives Clinton may have in a general election, but right now among likely Democratic caucus voters in Iowa she does not appear to be a divisive figure,” Budzisz said in a news release.
Meanwhile, on the unenviable other side...Trump leads:
Or does he?
In the Loras poll, Cruz topped Trump, 29.7 percent to 23.4 percent, as the first choice to be president among the 499 likely Republican Iowa Caucus participants surveyed Dec. 7 to 10.
But really it doesn't matter much who is leading at the moment....because if either Trump or Cruz wins Iowa, it's a miserable no-win scenario for the Republicans Party.

And one of them will win.

UPDATE: Throw another one onto the pile. Quinnipiac also has Clinton up 51-40 over Sanders in Iowa today. This a slight improvement from her 9-point lead in their late November poll, and a huge improvement from their 41-40 Sanders lead from September (still the only phone poll to ever show him ahead there).

Hillary News & Views 12:15: Immigration Reform, Gutiérrez Endorsement, Iowa Analysis

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton tackling immigration reform on the campaign trail.

Clinton challenged the GOP’s terrible record on immigration reform during her appearance yesterday at the National Immigrant Integration Conference in Brooklyn.

Miami Observer reports:
Speaking at the National Immigrant Integration Conference—just blocks away from her national campaign headquarters—the Democratic front-runner for White House lambasted Mr. Trump’s calls for a barrier on the Mexican border and large-scale removal of undocumented foreign nationals, which she said would “drag us backward.” She also attacked the rhetoric of his campaign kick-off in June, when the candidate claimed Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs” and are “rapists,” and mocked his “Make America Great Again campaign slogan.”
“I disagree with those who say Make America Great. We are great, and we’re going to stay great, and we’re going to get greater!” she told the cheering crowd.
“Candidates for president are calling immigrants drug-runners and rapists. They promise, if elected, to round up and deport millions of people, build a mammoth wall, militarize the border, tear families apart.”
“At a time when a lot of Americans are fearful about future attacks here at home, some candidates are even stoking those fears more and turning people against Muslim-Americans, saying some really hateful, hurtful things.”
“Not a single Republican candidate, not one, clearly and consistently supports a real path to citizenship,” she said. “Now you know, Senator Rubio actually helped write the 2013 immigration bill. Now he renounces it. They’re all moving toward the extreme.”

Monday, December 14, 2015

Morning Joe: Lifelong Republicans Will Vote for Hillary Over Trump or Cruz

Rarely will you ever read a quote from "Morning Joe" Scarborough here at Hillary HQ, but I will certainly make an exception considering what he said today:
"I am shocked by how many Republicans, that have always voted Republican, that have said they're gonna vote for Hillary if it's Cruz or Trump... I'm talking Deep South, Southern Baptist. I asked people who I expect to say yes, Cruz, go "Hell no. Hell no. No. I will never vote for Ted Cruz or Donald Trump. I will vote for Hillary Clinton before those two."
Sorry Joe, these are your two clear GOP frontrunners and they aren't going anywhere.

Watch the full video below.

In Iowa, Democrats Remain Steady While Republicans Embrace Chaos

January is fast approaching, and we're getting to the point where polls are arriving so fast and furiously that it can be really hard to keep up. And sometimes two respected polls will come out back-to-back with very different results. For example, Donald Trump is leading by 27 points nationally (!) according to Monmouth while NBC/WSJ has him up by only 5 over Ted Cruz. They both can't be true.

So instead of chasing and overanalyzing every single poll, it's a lot healthier for our collective sanity to occasionally take stock of the polling trends with a little help from Huffpost Pollster.

Let's start with Iowa, where the Democratic race has been about as steady as can be since September:

It looks like Sanders had a bit of an opening in Iowa at the end of the summer, and had Clinton bombed at the first debate and JJ Dinner in October he might have been able to get enough momentum to take the lead. But of course that didn't happen...quite the opposite...and the race has stabilized with Hillary in a comfortable lead.

The big news today is the release of the latest (ok, I'll say it...sigh) "gold standard" Des Moines Register/Selzer poll which has Clinton up by 9 over Sanders. While this is a bit on the low end compared to other recent polls, it's actually her best showing from this poll since May.

Bottom line: Hillary is on track to beat Bernie by 10-15 points in the February 1st caucuses...which would come very close to sealing the nomination for her on the very first day of voting. Also, why is O'Malley still in the race? That's not a flatline but it's awfully close. It might be time to wrap it up.

Now let's check out what the Republican side looks like in that state:

Pure chaos.

Thanks to his incredible 31% showing in the Selzer poll this weekend, Cruz is now leading the field in Iowa and has the clear momentum. However, Trump remains as strong as he's ever been and will not be relegated to second place without a fight. Meanwhile, Marco Rubio is hanging in there, Ben Carson has dropped like a stone and everyone else is a non-starter.

Unbelievable but true: Unless something crazy happens in the next month and a half, Cruz and Trump will be the 1st and 2nd place finishers in the 2016 Iowa caucuses.

Let that settle in for a second.

Good luck,'re gonna need it!

Hillary News & Views 12.14: Climate Change Accord in Paris, Medicaid Expansion in Tulsa

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s praise of President Obama and Senator Kerry for their work in crafting the Climate Change agreement in Paris.

“I applaud President Obama, Secretary Kerry and our negotiating team for helping deliver a new, ambitious international climate agreement in Paris. This is an historic step forward in meeting one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century—the global crisis of climate change.
“The Paris agreement is testament to America’s ability to lead the world in building a clean energy future where no one is left out or left behind. And it was made possible in part by every person, business owner, and community in the United States and around the world that stepped up to prove we don’t have to choose between growing our economy and protecting our kids’ health and future—we can do both.
“But we will only succeed if we redouble our efforts going forward to drive innovation, increase investment, and reap the benefits of the good-paying jobs that will come from transitioning to a clean energy economy. The next decade of action is critical—because if we do not press forward with driving clean energy growth and cutting carbon pollution across the economy, we will not be able to avoid catastrophic consequences.
“We cannot afford to be slowed by the climate skeptics or deterred by the defeatists who doubt America’s ability to meet this challenge. That’s why as President, I will make combating climate change a top priority from day one, and secure America’s future as the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.”

Clinton has also released statements in recent days that expressed gratitude to unions and organizations that have endorsed her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of the American Federation of Government Employees and their 670,000 members.
“AFGE members make America run—protecting our national security, keeping our families healthy through food inspections, and serving our military in civilian support roles. And for decades, AFGE members have helped build the American middle class by fighting for higher wages, safer working conditions, and the right to organize and bargain collectively.
“As President, I will always stand up for workers’ rights, fight to keep workers safe on the job, and protect retirement security, including defined benefit plans and Social Security. I’m proud to stand with federal workers, including the men and women of AFGE, to continue making progress and build a better future for working families. Because when workers are strong, families are strong—and when families are strong, America is strong.”

“The U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce (USWCC) has spent over a decade helping women entrepreneurs succeed and grow their businesses, and today I’m proud to have their support. Women are important to our economic growth. They are opening about 1,200 new businesses per day and USWCC has been a key partner in helping them succeed.
“Women are often the breadwinners of their households and we should support them in starting and growing their businesses. That is why, as President, I would do everything in my power to help more women get access to start-up capital and professional mentoring. We need more women-owned businesses to compete and win federal contracts, and we must do everything to tear down the barriers that still hold too many women back.
“The bottom line is: what’s good for women is good for America. When women are strong, families are strong – and when families are strong, America is strong. I’ll fight for more opportunities for women to develop their talents and pursue their dreams. I’ll always put families first, just like I always have. That’s a promise. I’m excited to join USWCC in the fight to lift up women entrepreneurs.”
“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of North America’s Building Trades (NABTU).
“The members of the Building Trades have helped build the American middle class—by training apprentices, protecting workers’ rights, and supporting good-paying jobs and pathways to careers in the construction industry. Along the way, they have helped build our mighty American economy—keeping the lights on and traffic moving, helping businesses get goods to customers and workers get to their jobs, supporting safe power generation, sending skyscrapers soaring above our cities, and maintaining the pipes beneath our streets.
“As President, I will stand with America’s Building Trades against efforts to roll back prevailing wage statutes and undermine project labor agreements. I will fight to protect workers’ rights to organize and bargain collectively, stay safe on the job, maintain their health benefits and retire with dignity. And I will support high-quality apprenticeship programs modeled after successful efforts promoted by the Building Trades and their contractor partners that give young people, women, African-Americans, Latinos and veterans ladders of opportunity to a career in the trades and a pathway to the middle class for their families.
“I know the members of the Building Trades and “Hardhats for Hillary” will join me in our advocacy to rebuild and expand America’s infrastructure to maintain our position as the world’s economic superpower. I have an ambitious, five-year plan to invest in our infrastructure, from rebuilding roads and bridges to modernizing our energy system, and put Americans to work building the future we deserve. My plan will make our economy more productive and competitive across the board. It will cut costs for families and businesses, and spur more private investment. It will boost wages up and down the supply chain and throughout the economy. Because to build a strong economy for the future, we need to start by building strong infrastructure today.
“I am honored to have earned the endorsement of North America’s Building Trades and together, we’re going to rebuild the country we love and put Americans back to work.”
Clinton is grateful to Jon Stewart for pushing for renewal of a law that she spearheaded as a Senator.

The Huffington Post reports:
Hillary Clinton loves her some Jon Stewart these days, and not because he's funny.
It's because he has again shined a spotlight on Congress' baffling inability to pass legislation to help ailing cops, construction workers and firefighters who answered the call on and after Sept. 11, 2001.
The issue is especially personal for Clinton, who was less than a year into her first term as the senator from New York when the planes hit the twin towers. Clinton sponsored the first bills in the Senate to aid 9/11 first responders.
Her campaign made a point of singling out Stewart with a blog post Friday, saying "Jon Stewart went back on The Daily Show to send Republicans a message. He’s right: Congress should be ashamed."
Clinton’s campaign stop in Tulsa included a call for Medicaid expansion, following her pattern of localizing her campaign stops to promote the Democratic party.

KTUL reports:
Clinton talked about everything from local economies, equal pay for women and a raise to the minimum wage.
"And we're going to raise the minimum wage, because people who work full time should not be in poverty," said Clinton.
Clinton also called on Governor Mary Fallin.
"I sure wish we could get your governor and others to extend Medicaid so more people in Oklahoma can have the health care they need," said Clinton.
Clinton said the war on ISIS needs to be fought, but not with American troops on the ground. 
"That is what ISIS wants," said Clinton. "They want American troops to be massed in Syria and Iraq again. That is not smart. And I will not let that happen."
The war, she said, should also be fought online, shutting down social media accounts belonging to terrorists.
"We don't allow child pornography on those sites, and we should not allow barbarity and violence," said Clinton.
Tulsa World reports:
“It’s not going to help the rural economy of Oklahoma for small, rural hospitals to close because they don’t have the funds that they could have had from Medicaid,” Clinton said. “You walk into the emergency room and thank goodness they’ll take care of you, but they can’t keep doing that if there’s nobody to pay for it.”
“When you hear Republican candidates saying some of the things they say, I want you to take them seriously because, if elected, they may try to do what they are saying,” she said. “They want to turn the clock back on the progress we have made. They want to go after women’s rights and gay rights and voting rights and workers’ rights. They want us to be out of touch and out of date when it comes to who we are in America today.
When introducing Clinton to the crowd, state Sen. Kay Floyd, who represents Oklahoma City, said she supported Clinton because she, like herself, “absolutely knows what it’s like to be the only woman at the table.”
And finally, with thanks to Daily Kos user MethuenProgressive, here is a heartwarming exchange between a New Hampshire classroom teacher and Clinton.

The Eagle Tribune reports:
Before leaving for the day Tuesday, Woodbury School teacher LeeAnn Graichen decided to leave a message on the whiteboard for a special visitor to her classroom.
That special visitor happened to be Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Clinton was to stop off at the Salem school that night to host her 18th town hall meeting in New Hampshire since announcing her candidacy in April. 
Graichen wasn't able to attend, but the Salem native and 10-year teacher at the school knew Clinton would probably stop by her classroom.
That's because it was the closest to the gym where Clinton would be speaking at an event that would draw nearly 800 people.
So, Graichen grabbed a few markers and wrote her message.