Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hillary News & Views 9.23: Union Nod, Keystone, Campaign Zero, HRC, Free College, and More

A very busy day yesterday, as the internet lit up with much of the news that will be recapped today in Hillary News & Views.

For starters, Clinton picked up yet another big union endorsement, this time from the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

 Huffington Post reports:
In a statement to The Huffington Post, union president Doug McCarron called Clinton "a fighter" who has "consistently fought for our issues on many levels of government."
"We encourage her to continue her efforts regarding long-term and strategic budgeting for our country's infrastructure, implementing secure measures for pension reform, and eradicating the payroll fraud epidemic in our nation's construction industry," McCarron said.
The union cited Clinton's support for collective bargaining rights and Davis-Bacon laws -- which set minimum pay and standards for workers on federal projects -- as well as her opposition to so-called right-to-work laws. Flynn said the union examined the "positions and electability of the various candidates" in making its decision. In the 2008 Democratic primary, UBC did not make an endorsement.
"On the very first day in office, I'm going to get to work to reverse the incredible pressures on the working people of America," Clinton said in a statement Tuesday. "We're going to go back to enforcing labor laws. I'm going to make sure that employers are held accountable for wage theft and all the other abuses that they engage in."

After holding back her thoughts throughout the campaign out of deference to the Obama administration, Clinton spoke out yesterday against the Keystone XL pipeline. CNN reports:
"I think it is imperative that we look at the Keystone pipeline as what I believe it is -- a distraction from important work we have to do on climate change," Clinton told a community forum in Des Moines, Iowa.
"And unfortunately from my perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward with all the other issues," she said. "Therefore I oppose it."
In explaining her answer Tuesday, Clinton said she didn't want to interfere with a review process that started under her watch.
"I was in a unique position as secretary of state at the start of this process, and not wanting to interfere with ongoing decision-making that the President and Secretary (of State John) Kerry have to do in order to make whatever final decisions they need," Clinton said.
"So I thought this would be decided by now, and therefore I could tell you whether I agree or disagree, but it hasn't been decided, and I feel now I've got a responsibility to you and voters who ask me about this."
Speaking to the Des Moines Register's editorial board after the event, Clinton said she had "no idea" she would be asked about the pipeline Tuesday. But, she said, "I think I owed it to people to say where I stood," adding, "clearly, the time had come for me to answer the question."
The White House was briefed on Clinton's position prior to her comments Tuesday, another Clinton aide said.
"Also, in the course of discussing her plans for increasing investment in energy infrastructure with labor officials in recent weeks, she privately made her opposition to the pipeline known to them as well," the aide added.
Melissa McEwan at Shakesville shared her analysis of Clinton's announcement:
This follows her explanation last week for why she hadn't made a definitive position statement until now: "I have been waiting for the administration to make a decision. I thought I owed them that. I worked in the administration. I started the process that is supposed to lead to a decision. I can't wait too much longer, and I am putting the White House on notice. I'm gonna tell you what I think soon because I can't wait. I thought they would have it decided way, you know, way by now, and they haven't."
Which was pretty much what everyone who doesn't have an anti-Clinton agenda suspected, because she is a savvy politician who didn't want to f*** over her former boss and ally if she didn't have to.
Clinton has accepted Campaign Zero and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson's request to meet.

Buzzfeed reports:
Hillary Clinton agreed to meet with leaders from the Campaign Zero movement Tuesday evening, the latest public victory for the platform to end police violence made up of a collection of activists from the Black Lives Matter movement.
Early Monday, DeRay Mckesson requested a meeting with Clinton before the release of her justice platform.
Clinton responded to Mckesson’s tweet on Tuesday evening. It would be just the second time Clinton has spoken directly with Black Lives Matter activists since she agreed to meet with them weeks ago after a campaign event in New Hampshire.
Given the anticipated release of her race and criminal justice platform, Mckesson told BuzzFeed News that Campaign Zero won’t respond to public statements Clinton’s made; instead, the team is looking forward to creating ways to inform Clinton’s thinking on the issues.
“It demonstrates a willingness on her part to have a conversation about the issues,” Mckesson said in an brief interview with BuzzFeed News. “I’m hopeful that the conversation will be candid, that we will be able to talk about a range of issues and that the conversation will inform the release of her platform.”
In an announcement that makes their shared initials remarkably confusing, the Human Rights Commission will be addressed by Clinton next month.  

Huffington Post reports:
Clinton will speak to HRC's board of directors, board of governors, staff and supporters from around the country on the morning of Oct. 3, ahead of the organization's annual dinner that night.
HRC has not yet endorsed a presidential candidate in the 2016 race, but the group's president, Chad Griffin, called Clinton "a tremendous advocate for equality" and "a tireless champion for the advancement of LGBT rights as human rights around the globe."
"A visionary leader fighting for an America where everyone is treated with equal respect and dignity, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, we're thrilled Secretary Clinton will join us to discuss the challenges ahead in the fight for full federal equality," he said in a statement.
Although the organization hasn't endorsed anyone, it still plans on being engaged in the presidential election.
“HRC will soon be putting staff and resources on the ground in early states, starting with Iowa and New Hampshire, in order to begin organizing and mobilizing members, supporters, and pro-equality voters," said JoDee Winterhof, the group's senior vice president for policy and political affairs.
In a lengthy and wide-ranging interview with the Des Moines Register editorial board, Clinton shared her thoughts and positions on... Free college for all:
"I am not going to give free college to wealthy kids. I'm not going to give free college to kids who don't work some hours to try to put their own effort into their education."
Transparency in Government:
"I see the pressures that are at work and how hard it is to manage the flood of information that is both coming and going. We have to get better at it. It's going to take some real investment and it's going to take attracting people into the government right now that aren't interested in coming into the government. ... I wish we could have a deep partnership for a couple of years with the technology experts and really go agency by agency trying to figure out how to make them more efficient, more transparent."
The state of the race:
"I feel very good about where we are and what we're doing. It's going to be a hard-fought campaign, as it should be. I have absolutely no doubt that on both the Democratic side and on the Republican side there will be ups and downs, but I feel we very comfortable and very confident that we are well on the path to securing the nomination."
The outrageousness of Trump, Stagnant Wages, and Political Outsiders:
"I think that we do have a crisis in wages. I think it's eating away at the living standards, the middle class lifestyle, the hopes and aspirations of millions of Americans, that their hard work is not paying off.
"I think that is both an economic crisis and a political crisis. Because when people feel that they are being left out ... then that gives rise to a lot of anxiety, insecurity, frustration, even anger in the political system. We're seeing that on both sides of the aisle, but particularly with Mr. Trump and his outrageous appeals to paranoia and prejudice. He gets some of the reaction he does in part because people are genuinely worried and anxious and looking for answers. I think if we don't start seeing wages rise, we will have a lot of political headwinds that could very well bring people into office who have a view of both the economy and our democracy at odds with what personally I think is in our best interest."
On Planned Parenthood:
“I defend and I will continue to defend Planned Parenthood,” she said, referring to calls from Republicans to defund the group in the face of videos accusing it of selling fetal tissue for a profit. The group provides broad health planning and screening services, Mrs. Clinton said, and the attacks against it are “a direct assault on a women’s right to choose health care.”
And again on Twitter, Clinton shares her support and opposition of existing proposals and initiatives, and also spotlights her own:

For more on Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency, check out…  

The Hillary 2016 Platform Series
Part 2: Immigration Reform  
Part 3: Voting Rights  

Unfiltered Hillary: The Transcripts
August 14, 2015: Iowa Wing Ding Dinner
July 31, 2015: National Urban League
July 20, 2015: Facebook Q&A

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