Monday, October 5, 2015

Hillary News & Views 10.5: NRA, NEA, HRC, and SNL

Today's acronym-laden edition of Hillary News & Views covers a busy weekend for the presidential candidate.

In the wake of the Oregon shootings, Clinton is continuing her forceful push for gun reform.

The Wall Street Journal reports:
Hillary Clinton plans to lay out a series of measures that would tighten regulations on gun sales through a combination of legislation and the use of executive power, in the wake of the shootings at an Oregon community college, a Clinton aide said. Mrs. Clinton planned to call on Congress to overturn a 2005 law that bars victims of gun violence from suing gun manufacturers.
Mrs. Clinton also plans to back proposals to bar gun sellers from completing sales if background checks are still underway. Under current law, sellers are allowed to complete a sale after three business days even if a background check hasn’t cleared.
Advocates call this the “Charleston loophole,” because the man who gunned down churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., was sold a gun after three days without the go-ahead from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mrs. Clinton’s newest idea is to use executive authority to expand the definition of who is “in the business” of selling firearms to include any person trying to sell a significant number of guns, the Clinton aide said.
“This would ensure that high-volume gun sellers are covered by the same common-sense rules that apply to guns stores—including requiring background checks on gun sales,” the aide said.
“We can’t wait any longer to act on gun-violence prevention,” Mrs. Clinton said Sunday on Twitter.
The Clinton aide said the former secretary of state would also seek to expand the definition of a domestic abuser who is prohibited from buying a gun to include people in dating relationship and convicted stalkers.
Mrs. Clinton has previously supported legislation restoring the ban on guns known as assault weapons and requiring universal background checks. She is expected to reiterate those positions Monday.
Clinton is taking the fight straight to the NRA. Time reports:
In fiery remarks delivered at Broward College in Davie, Florida, Clinton lambasted the NRA and vowed to take on the gun lobby as president.
“What is wrong with us, that we cannot stand up to the NRA and the gun lobby, and the gun manufacturers they represent?” a visibly angry Clinton said.
“This is not just tragic. We don’t just need to pray for people. We need to act and we need to build a movement. It’s infuriating.”
Clinton refrained just a day earlier on the eve of the Oregon shooting from harshly critiquing the NRA, and called on Thursday for stricter gun control measures.
But she used her remarks on Friday to go on the attack, calling out Republicans for blocking background checks and other measures in Congress.
“Republicans keep refusing to do anything to protect our communities. They put the NRA ahead of American families,” Clinton said.
“I will as your president never relent on trying to work on this, but we need a national movement,” Clinton said. “I don’t think they represent a majority of Americans or a majority of gun owners. They count on having a really intense dedicated group saying to politicians, ‘we will vote against you,'” Clinton said.
“We’re not single-minded voters but each us of has to care about this issue. We’re going to take them on. We took them on in the 1990s and we’re going to take them on again.”
As usual, the campaign reinforced the message on social media through Twitter:

Over the weekend, Clinton picked up the endorsement of the nation's largest union, the National Education Association. The Guardian reports:
In a statement, NEA president Lily Eskelsen GarcĂ­a said: “The National Education Association proudly supports Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
“Clinton is a strong leader who will do what is best for America’s students. For more than four decades, Clinton has fought to make sure all children have a fair opportunity to succeed regardless of their Zip code.
“Clinton will continue to advocate on behalf of students, educators and working families because she understands the road to a stronger US economy starts in America’s public schools.”
The former first lady, senator for New York and secretary of state has won eight labor endorsements representing about 7 million workers, including the nation’s two main teachers’ unions.
The American Federation of Teachers endorsed Clinton during the summer.
CNN has more:
Clinton accepted the endorsement in person after speaking earlier in the day to the Human Rights Campaign in Washington.
"As a lifelong fighter for children and families, I am deeply honored to have earned the endorsement of the National Education Association and their nearly 3 million members," Clinton said in a statement Saturday.
"The teachers and educators of the NEA shape our future. NEA members work hard every day to provide the education and support our children need to grow and prosper."
Clinton highlighted her efforts helping create a new teacher recruitment program in the Senate in announcing her NEA endorsement.
"As President, I will fight to defend workers' right to organize and unions' right to bargain collectively, and I will ensure that teachers always have a voice and a seat at the table in making decisions that impact their work," Clinton said.
Clinton addressed the Human Rights Campaign this weekend, and credited activists for changing the minds of Americans, including her own.
Slate reports:
"You have helped change a lot of minds, including mine," Clinton said, clearly referencing how she wasn’t always a proponent of marriage equality.
"And I am personally grateful for that."
Specifically, Clinton called for military records to be amended so that dishonorable discharges imposed on gay, lesbian and transgender military veterans can become honorable discharges, reports the Washington Post.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell is over, but that doesn't change the fact that more than 14,000 men and women were forced out of the military for being gay, some long before Don't Ask, Don't Tell even existed," Clinton said.
The Democratic presidential frontrunner also repeatedly emphasized the discrimination that transgender individuals suffer and the “growing crisis of violence” they face, reports the Guardian.
She also called on the military to allow transgender individuals to serve openly.
“I see the injustices and the dangers that you and your families still face and I’m running for president to end them once and for all,” Clinton said.
CBS News has more:
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton hit her Republican foes over gay rights Saturday, specifically targeting some for their opposition to same-sex marriage and their support of Kentucky clerk Kim Davis.
"I wish all the progress that we've made was so secure and so deeply ingrained in our laws and our values that we didn't have to keep constantly defending it," Clinton told members of the Human Rights Campaign gathered in Washington, D.C.
"But we're not there yet. There are still public officials doing everything in their power to interfere with your rights."
Clinton slammed Davis, who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and her backers for sending the message to LGBT Americans that "you're not a real citizen, you're not wanted here, you're not welcome."
"There are too many young people out there feeling hopeless and alone. Now, we assure them it gets better. But it can still get really hard to believe that," the 2016 contender said.
"Especially when you turn on the TV and you see a Republican candidate for president literally standing on the courthouse door in Kentucky, calling for people to join him in resisting a Supreme Court ruling, celebrating a county clerk who's breaking the law by denying other Americans their constitutional rights."
Clinton also named two other fierce opponents to same-sex marriage in the 2016 race, telling the crowd that voters are "going to face some ridiculousness" from the likes of Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.
"Ben Carson says that marriage equality is what caused the fall of the Roman empire," Clinton said of the neurosurgeon-turned-politician.
And when it comes to Texas Sen. Ted Cruz -- who had once criticized a political rival for marching in a pride parade -- Clinton said he "has no idea what he's missing."
"Pride parades are so much fun!" she added, noting that she had been "marching in them when I was first lady."
She extended an invitation to Cruz to "join us some time."
The Democratic candidate painted a wide swath over the Republican field, warning that "if any one of them heaven forbid were ever to be elected president, they will do their best to enact policies that will threaten you and your families."
"Every single Republican candidate for president is against marriage equality," she said. "Every one of them."
Clinton's appearance on Saturday Night Live was well received:

The episode received high ratings, according to the Los Angeles Times:
"Saturday Night Live" kicked off its 41st season strong, with help from host Miley Cyrus and a special guest: presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The season premiere scored a 4.5 household rating and 11 share in metered market households, up 13% versus last year's premiere, according to Nielsen.
The Cyrus-Clinton episode earned a 2.0/10 in the desired 18- to 49-year-old demographic.
Also well received was Clinton's appearance at a Marc Anthony concert in Miami:
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