Monday, November 30, 2015

Hillary News & Views 11.30: Planned Parenthood, Guns, Infrastructure, Marty Walsh, Maya Harris

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s remarks at last night’s Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

Throughout her campaign, Clinton has been forcefully advocating her support for Planned Parenthood, reproductive rights, and gun control, all issues which are relevant to the terrorist attack in Colorado Springs.

The Hill reports:
“The shooting on Friday was at, as you know, a Planned Parenthood clinic, a place where lots of women get healthcare they need – breast exams, STD testing, contraception, and, yes, safe and legal abortions,” Clinton said at the New Hampshire Jefferson-Jackson Dinner. “We should be supporting Planned Parenthood, not attacking it.”
“And it is way past time to protect women’s health and respect women’s rights, not use them as political footballs,” she said.
In an appeal for more stringent gun control, Clinton drew a connection between the Colorado shooting, which left three dead, and the terrorist attack on Paris earlier this month.
“This is truly unbelievable, that after what we’ve seen in Paris and other places, Republicans will not bring up a bill that will prohibit anyone on the no-fly list from buying a gun in America," she said. "If you are too dangerous to fly in America, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in America.
“How many more Americans need to die before we take action?” she asked.

Clinton released expanded details about infrastructure spending at a Boston event yesterday.

CNN reports:
Standing inside historic Faneuil Hall's Great Hall, Clinton said as president she would increase federal investment in infrastructure by $275 billion over the next five years, including establishing a $25 billion national infrastructure bank, which would put up federal dollars to attract private investment, and more federal spending to "bankroll upgrades to roads, bridges, airports and public transit."
The event kicks off Clinton's month-long focus on her jobs agenda, which, aides said Sunday, will be paid for through business tax reform. Clinton's cumulative jobs and infrastructure plan -- which aides called "the most significant investment, dollars-wise, of her policy platform" -- will cost at least $350 billion.
"To build a strong economy for our future, we must start by building strong infrastructure today," Clinton said flanked by paintings of Daniel Webster, Samuel Adams and George Washington. "I want our cities to be in the forefront of cities anywhere in the world. I want our workers to be the most competitive and productive in the world. I want us, once again, to think big and look up, beyond the horizon of what is possible in America."
The former secretary of state teased that the plan would also call for universal broadband by 2020, more focus on creating a clean energy grid and bringing back Build America bonds, municipal bonds that were used during to fund infrastructure projects during the Great Recession in 2009.
"I know we can do this. I know it is not going to be easy," Clinton said to the audience, made up largely of union members. "This is not my first rodeo."
While in Boston, Clinton picked up the endorsement of Mayor Marty Walsh.

MSNBC reports:
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh endorsed Hillary Clinton at a charged rally in historic Faneuil Hall Sunday afternoon with hundreds of union members as Clinton rolled out a $275 billion infrastructure plan.
“Get your sledgehammers ready, we’ve got a glass ceiling to demolish!” Walsh declared to cheers as they launched an initiative dubbed “Hard hats for Hillary.”
“Nobody comes closer to her experience, nobody comes closer to her achievements,” Walsh continued, adding that he chose Clinton because she was “battle-tested” and “gets the job done.”
Mayoral endorsements are a key part of Clinton’s national strategy, as big cities will be a central focus in a Clinton administration.

Politico reports:
At an event billed as “Hard Hats for Hillary,” Clinton unveiled a $275 billion infrastructure proposal to fix highways, trains, airports, aging sewer systems and the country’s frayed electrical grid.
“Here in Boston, I remember the historic snowfall you had last winter,” she told the packed hall, where an overflow crowd of about 1,200 supporters watched on a screen set up in the square outside. “The pictures I saw of two-story snowdrifts -- it crippled the T, I remember hearing that.”
Leaning into her urban message, she added that “not everyone can afford, or wants, to have a car these days, and I don’t think people want to see more traffic downtown. That’s why public transit is absolutely vital to connecting people.”
“Our roads and bridges are potholed and crumbling," she said. "Families endure blackouts because our electric grid fails in extreme weather. Beneath our cities, our pipeline infrastructure, our water, our sewers are up to a century or more old. Our airports are a mess, our ports need improvement, and our rail systems do as well.”
Clinton promised her entire infrastructure program would be paid for through business tax reform.
“For years the best airports in the world have been in places like China, Korea and Japan,” she said. “Not one U.S. in the top 10 or even in the top 20…. We invented airplanes in America, we are the reason the world can fly, we can do better than we’re doing now.”
Elle profiled senior Clinton policy advisor Maya Harris:

What shapes the way Hillary speaks to certain policies?

Hillary has a really broad approach to engaging people around policy precisely because she understands that there are so many different dimensions to each issue. She really wants to understand how different people are experiencing the issue and what different people think are the solutions to an issue, so that when she actually starts to develop policy it's from a very informed perspective. ... She's very much cognizant of the relationship that policy has on real people's lives.

As a policy advisor, what exactly do

You know, Hillary spent a lot of time during the first part of the campaign just traveling around the country and having really intimate conversations. And one of the issues that kept coming up was substance abuse and mental health. She knew and we knew that it was a problem, but it's so pervasive. It's a problem in rural and urban areas. It's a problem in Iowa and California. Everywhere she went, she would hear that this issue is what's keeping people up at night. People would tell her about addiction and loss and what it had done to their families. From that, she came back to the policy team and said, "Look, I want you guys to dig in on this. I want you to meet the people I met on the trail. Talk to them." And we did. We did Google hangouts with people in Iowa and New Hampshire. We spoke not only to people who have had issues with this in their own lives, but people on the ground—first responders, police officers, peer counselors. We engaged with all of these different people in all these different cities. And then we sat down with her to develop her policy.

This time around, Hillary has talked a lot about how her being a woman impacts the way she approaches political issues. She's made it very clear that her gender and experiences as a woman inform her decision-making process. Have you found that to be true for you?

You can never separate yourself from who you are. You bring your whole self to everything that you do, and that includes this work that I do. [...] Being a parent, I'm acutely aware of how hard it is to get good childcare. Even as I've gotten older and been a boss, you know, I've always reflected on this moment that happened at the elevator bank at the first law firm I worked at. I was going to leave at the end of the day, because I had to go pick up my daughter. I was a single parent at the time. And just as I was standing there, a partner stopped me and wanted to pull me into a meeting and have this whole conversation. And I'll never forget feeling like, "What do I do? I have this person who clearly feels I need to be here to have this conversation and yet I've got to go because my kid is going to be sitting on a curb if I don't get to childcare."
Pivoting back to the New Hampshire dinner, Clinton’s supporters outnumbered those of her fellow candidates for the nomination.

The Concord Monitor reports:
But the loudest cheers – plus glow sticks and thunder sticks – inside the event easily came from Clinton supporters. (Neither a party spokesperson nor any campaign officials confirmed how many tickets each campaign purchased for the event. Seats ranged from $100 to $1,000.) 
Janet Mason of Dover even brought along her Clinton campaign button from 2008, signed by the candidate.
“It’s everything I know she stands for,” Mason said of why she supports the candidate.
While the Republican front-runners have no history as elected officials, Mason said political experience is important to her.
“It certainly does matter,” she said. “You’re dealing with ISIS, you’re dealing with domestic terrorism.”
Northwood resident Tom Chase was still bundled up in layers of sweatshirts from holding Hillary signs outside all afternoon. He also said Clinton’s experience from decades in politics makes her most qualified to be president.
“Hillary has all kinds of proposals and policies,” Chase said. “That’s how you govern – you make policies.”
While the election is still a distance away and things could change, the scene above dovetails with what insiders are seeing on the ground today in the early states.

Politico reports:
Hillary Clinton has stymied Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ summer surge, according to Democratic insiders in the same four early states surveyed by POLITICO. Insiders said overwhelmingly in all four states that Clinton would win if the caucuses or primaries were held today.
While members of The POLITICO Caucus have always leaned more toward Clinton than the public opinion polls, Sanders had closed the gap — especially in New Hampshire — over the summer. In late June and early July, roughly a quarter of New Hampshire Caucus members said Sanders would win the first-in-the-nation primary there if it were held that day.
But now only a handful of insiders say Sanders would win today in their states. “Hillary's organization in Nevada is large and very competent in its work preparing for our caucus,” said one Democrat.
“Sanders has lost momentum,” said one Democratic insider. “The race has become about more than income inequality, and his more limited focus/message — in contrast to Clinton's breadth and depth — has become a weakness. Also, as voters get more engaged and serious, the electability factor is also starting to become more important, helping Clinton [and] hurting Sanders.”
Hopefully, the campaign will continue to work like it is thirty points behind in every state!

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