Thursday, August 6, 2015

Hillary News & Views 8.6: SEIU Workers, Sharpton, Voting Rights, and More

Today's Hillary News & Views kicks off with a preview of her live events today with both SEIU workers and Rev, Al Sharpton, a review of her election reform policies in light of today's 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, her take on the financial challenges facing cannabis sellers in Oregon, and more.

Clinton re-tweeted yesterday that she would be speaking to SEIU workers this evening:
From the SEIU website:
Some of the hard-working women and men who provide home care to millions of people in the United States -- and some of the people they care for -- are meeting Thursday afternoon with Hillary Clinton.
It's a big moment for the Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State to hear their stories in their own words -- how home care workers and consumers have joined together to provide quality care for older Americans and people with disabilities.
The event can be streamed live at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT.

More News & Views after the jump!
Clinton will be interviewed by the Rev. Al Sharpton on his show today, and Politico reports his plans to hold her to the highest standard on issues of racial justice:
Sharpton, a close ally of President Barack Obama, said before he would give her his official nod of approval — he expects to make a formal endorsement in the race in late fall or early winter — he needs to hear more.
“I would like to see a more detailed plan of what she would do in the criminal justice system in terms of policing, in terms of sentencing, in terms of the areas that Eric Holder has started around prosecution of nonviolent offenders,” he said.
“The thing I think people very much are missing here is that this is a very acute time in terms of how we deal with questions of race. There’s going to be a tremendous emotional exhale in our community. If a Ferguson happened on your watch, how do you handle that you’re not Obama?”
He said he plans to ask Clinton about Ferguson, a year later. “I’ll have to ask her about being the first white to succeed a black president,” he said. Sharpton supported Obama over Clinton in the 2008 presidential race.
Sharpton said he sees Clinton as “more vocal on the issues [of race] than the other candidates. She has addressed race, she has addressed these issues more than her opponents. But that does not mean I don’t think she could be more specific.”
You can listen to Sharpton's show live at the WVON website.

Clinton tweeted her support of the appellate court that rejected parts of the Texas voting restrictions yesterday:
The decision came  two months after Clinton unveiled her aggressive voting rights proposals:

At a fundraiser in Portland, Clinton received big applause for speaking sympathetically about the banking challenges facing marijuana merchants. The Oregonian reports:
Leah Maurer, who worked on the marijuana legalization campaign last year that her husband Travis helped put together, said the Democratic presidential candidate spoke sympathetically about the banking problems faced by legal marijuana businesses.
 Federal rules now discourage banks from doing business with cannabis firms, hindering their operations and forcing them to keep large sums of cash on hand.
"It was very brief but when she said that there was big applause," said Maurer, adding that "just the fact that she said the word cannabis in a positive light was huge to me."
They also reported positive remarks on Clinton from Portland's elected officials:
Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., said that Clinton also harkened back to the economic successes of her husband's presidency in the 1990s.  "She's got a very powerful story to tell about what happened in the Clinton administration," said Blumenauer, noting that a record 22 million jobs were created during his tenure and the budget was balanced four years in a row.
Portland Mayor Charlie Hales cited Clinton's specific support for Planned Parenthood, marriage equality for gays and voting rights as "core progressive issues Portlanders care about."
Clinton also used a fundraising appearance in Utah to lavish praise on Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker's work on behalf of LGBTQ rights.  The Salt Lake Tribune reports:
Clinton praised the work that Becker, who is locked in a tough primary battle, did to pass a city LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance in 2009, and a similar statewide ban on housing and employment discrimination passed by the Legislature earlier this year. Becker attended the fundraiser Wednesday...
The former secretary of state, first lady and U.S. senator from New York told the audience she was realistic about her chances in overwhelmingly Republican Utah, but remained upbeat.
Clinton said she has enjoyed her time in Utah in the past, during visits to the state for skiing and river rafting, but she encouraged attendees not to let the media find out, or it would make them think she was a "real person."
"I'm not so optimistic to think we can carry Utah. But I'm sure we can do better than expected," she said, drawing laughs and applause from the crowd, according to a source who attended the event.
She also spoke about the need for early-childhood education and making college affordable, and committed to expanding the nation's clean energy in her first term, if she is elected.
Finally, Clinton has come out strongly in favor of Netflix and their new family leave policy. Clinton's Twitter account posted this yesterday:
Netflix announced the new policy on their website:
At Netflix, we work hard to foster a “freedom and responsibility” culture that gives our employees context about our business and the freedom to make their own decisions along with the accompanying responsibility. With this in mind, today we’re introducing an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption.
We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay. Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences.
Netflix’s continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field. Experience shows people perform better at work when they’re not worrying about home. This new policy, combined with our unlimited time off, allows employees to be supported during the changes in their lives and return to work more focused and dedicated.
For more on Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency, check out…

The Hillary 2016 Platform Series

Part 1: Criminal Justice Reform

Part 2: Immigration Reform

Part 3: Voting Rights

Unfiltered Hillary: The Transcripts

July 31, 2015: National Urban League

July 20, 2015: Facebook Q&A

July 17, 2015: Iowa State Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

April 23, 2015: Women in the World Summit

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