Monday, February 29, 2016

The Last Clinton Event in Texas...Or Is It?

As mentioned earlier, I was able to attend Bill Clinton's get out the vote rally in San Antonio with a press credential this afternoon, and here is what I saw.
Bill sounded a little hoarse from all the campaigning and talked for less than a half hour, but he (along with the packed crowd) was clearly in good spirits at this final Texas event. Any why not? Hillary is probably headed to a 20+ point victory here on Super Tuesday. For more on this event and Bill's travels across Texas, click here.

So, I guess this is the last time we'll see the Clintons in Texas this year, eh? On to Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania for the general election, right?

Probably. And in any other year, definitely. But with Republican voters set to nominate Donald Trump...all bets are off.

That's right: All things considered, I really do think we might just see them again before November.

Stay tuned.

Leap Day With the Big Dog


Big news!

Hillary HQ will be reporting to you live from San Antonio this afternoon at President Bill Clinton's get out the vote rally! I've already attended recent campaign events in Texas and Iowa for this blog, but the difference this time is that I have actual press credentials! Movin' on up...

I'm not sure if I'll just be watching in the audience with journalists, or if I'll get backstage, or if I'll get an interview and a selfie with the Big Dog. Whatever the case, this is a coup for my little grassroots blog and a dream come true for this longtime Clinton Democrat. 

Follow along on Twitter starting around 3:30pm CST as I live tweet the event and post as many photos as I can.

Big thanks to Elliot Johnson for helping line this up, all the great Hillary volunteers in Austin and the rest of Texas for all their dedicated hard work, and all the readers and sharers of Hillary HQ for making this an election year to remember.

#HillYes, y'all.

Hillary is Daring to Be Herself


Guest post by tybinka

Is Hillary daring to sound like a woman? Like a mother? Like someone who believes wholeheartedly in the people of this country? Like Madam President?

#HillYes!

In her South Carolina victory speech, Hillary sounded like the confident and caring person we know her to be and like the visionary that she truly is:
“Imagine a tomorrow where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation.
Imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job, and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement.
Imagine a tomorrow where hard work is honored, where families are supported, and where communities are strong; when we trust and respect each other despite all that divides us.”
Imagine indeed!

Hillary has that ability unique among men and women to stay in the present and recognize the way things are while imagining and planning for the way they can be. She continues to tenaciously discover the path to the future and she does that by working with people, creating a team of believers:
“We’re going to start by working together with more love and kindness in our hearts and more respect for each other, even when we disagree.”
Perhaps it takes a woman running for president to remind us that love makes the world go around, that love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

Maybe it takes a woman running for president to remind us that “we don’t need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great.”

And maybe it also takes a woman running for president to remind us that “we do need to make America whole again.”

We need to heal America. And it is women who have always been the healers, the caregivers, the keepers of the intuitive magic.
“Five mothers, brought together by tragedy. They all lost children, which is almost unimaginable. Yet they have not been broken or embittered. Instead, they have channeled their sorrow into a strategy and their mourning into a movement. And they are reminding us of something deep and powerful in the American spirit. Imagine what we can all build together, when each and every American has the chance to live up to his or her potential.”
It takes courage to be a fully realized woman in the American culture, and Hillary took yet another leap of faith with her South Carolina victory speech. She is exercising her female voice and the voices of women across the country. She is daring to be her authentic self. In that speech, she told us it is the qualities of womanhood that will guide her to lead us...to create the world we all want to live in.
“America’s best years can be ahead of us.”

Hillary News & Views 2.29: Pre-ST Campaigning, Solidarity w/Sanders, Newspaper Endorsements

Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton on the campaign trail in Tennessee.

The Tennessean reports:
Fresh off a commanding victory in South Carolina, Clinton used a speech at Meharry Medical College to tout her plans to continue building on President Barack Obama’s agenda, including finding a way to encourage states such as Tennessee to deepen their participation in the Affordable Care Act.
“We can’t go back,” she said as she reeled off statistics, pointing out that 19 million people have received health insurance as a result of the president's effort to expand health care coverage nationwide.
“I’m really sorry that your state did not extend Medicaid to 200,000 working Tennesseans,” she said. “I’m going to do whatever I can as president to convince governors and state legislatures — it’s a pretty big deal.”
“I want to be a small-business president,” she said, calling for a minimum wage hike and equal pay for women.
Discussing the country's criminal justice system, Clinton said although there are good police officers in the United States who deserve support, it is time to "be honest about systemic racism."
Pointing out that black families are more likely to be turned down for a mortgage than a white family with similar financial standing, Clinton added, "African-American men are much more likely to get stopped, arrested, charged, convicted and incarcerated."
As she has done throughout her campaign, Clinton continued to praise Obama for his efforts to pass the Affordable Care Act, as well as his work to fix the country's economy after the 2008 financial crisis.
"You have to ask yourself, why did we need to recover? Because the Republicans crashed the economy," Clinton said to raucous applause.
CNN reports:
Clinton made her oft used called for "love and kindness" at the two church stops, but did so with a more political bent by subtly knocking Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner, in front of the primarily black audiences.
"America has never stopped being great, our task is to make America whole," Clinton said at the Greater Imani Cathedral of Faith outside Memphis, where she was welcomed with roaring applause and a choir's song.
Later, at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church, Clinton said that while the United States have "a lot of work to be done," she remains "confident" in the future.
"I am very confident, not just hopeful, I am confident that if we start working together again, if we remembered we are the United States of America, if we reject the demagoguery, the prejudice, the paranoia, the mean spiritedness we hear in our public political discourse ... America's best days can still be ahead of us," Clinton added.
"It will take all of us working together to knock down these barriers to stand for the basic proposition that yes we are all created equal," Clinton said at the first service.
"I want to build on that," Clinton said of Obamacare. "I know how hard that was to do. And we have improvements to make, but we are on the right path."

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton's South Carolina Victory Speech



"Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again: 
America has never stopped being great. But we do need to make America 
whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. 
We need to show by everything we do that we really are in this together."

Hillary News & Views 2.28: South Carolina Victory Edition


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s victory speech in South Carolina.

Here's the transcript:
Thank you so much South Carolina! Thank you so much, from one end of this state to another, I am so greatly appreciative, because today you sent a message: in America, when we stand together, there is no barrier too big to break.
We’ve now gone through four early states, and I want to congratulate Senator Sanders on running a great race. And tomorrow, this campaign goes national.
We are going to compete for every vote in every state. We are not taking anything, and we’re not taking anyone for granted.
I want to thank all the local leaders, legislators, mayors, pastors, organizers, volunteers who have worked their hearts out for this campaign. I thank all of our great South Carolina friends going back so many years. I especially want to thank two of your former great Democratic governors, Dick Riley and Jim Hodges.
And I especially want to thank your champion—your statesman—in Congress, Jim Clyburn. I am so looking forward to working with the congressman to make the changes and continue the progress that we can build on the record and accomplishments of President Obama.
And to the almost 850,000 people who have contributed what they could, most giving less than $100, I thank each and every one of you. Now, every day since Iowa, more and more of you have stepped up. Today, grassroots donors are powering this campaign.
And to the millions of people watching across our country, please join us by making a donation to hillaryclinton.com. And here’s why: because together, we can break down all the barriers holding our families and our country back; we can build ladders of opportunity and empowerment so every single American can have that chance to live up to his or her God-given potential. And then, and only then, can America live up to its full potential, too.
This campaign, and this victory tonight, is for the parents and teachers in rural South Carolina. They showed me crumbling classrooms and communities too long neglected. We’re going to work together to give our children the education they need and deserve here in South Carolina and across America.
This campaign and our victory is for the entrepreneur who told me more dreams die in the parking lots of banks than anywhere else. And that’s especially true for women and people of color. So we’re going to work together to give people—particularly young people—the tools you need to start that small business you’ve been dreaming of.
And this campaign and our victory is for the reverend—a presiding elder of the AME Church—who looked at all the violence and division in our country and asked me the other night, ‘How? How are we ever going to strengthen the bonds of family and community again?’
Well, we’re going to start by working together with more love and kindness in our hearts and more respect for each other, even when we disagree.
Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again: America has never stopped being great. But we do need to make America whole again. Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers. We need to show by everything we do that we really are in this together.
Today, too many people at the top, too many corporations have forgotten this basic truth about what makes America great. Prescription drug companies that increase the price of drugs for no reason [other] than greed and then double and triple bills to folks overnight; corporations that use shell games to shift their headquarters overseas for no other reason than to avoid paying their fair share of taxes; companies like Johnson Controls, an auto parts company in Wisconsin, that we taxpayers helped to save with the auto rescue in 2008.
Now, let there be no doubt in any board room or executive suite across this country: if you cheat your employees, exploit your customers, pollute our environment, or rip off the taxpayers, we will hold you accountable. If you turn your back on America, you’ll pay a price. But, if you do the right thing, if you invest in your workers and in your country’s future, then we will stand with you.
Now, together, we have to break down all the barriers. Not just some. It’s important that Wall Street never threaten Main Street again. No bank can be too big to fail and no executive too powerful to jail.
But, America isn’t a single issue country, my friends. We need more than a plan for the biggest banks. The middle class needs a raise! And we need more good jobs! Jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced. Jobs that provide dignity and a path to a brighter future. And we can create those good jobs by building on the progress we’ve made under President Obama. So let’s make new investments in manufacturing and small business, in scientific research, in clean energy, enough clean energy to power every home in America. And, don’t let anybody tell you we can’t make things in America: I know we can, and I know we will.
Let’s break down the barriers that keep people on the sidelines of our economy; especially women. Don’t you think we’ve waited long enough for quality affordable child care and paid family leave? Don’t you think it’s time for equal pay for equal work?
And let’s break down the barriers that stop our children from getting the best possible start in life. We need to support great teachers and great schools in every zip code.
Let’s break down the barriers holding back our young people, especially the student debt that makes it hard to imagine ever living the life you want.
And we are going to give special support to our historically black colleges and universities, which play a vital role in this state and across our country.
Now, breaking down all the barriers means we also have to face the reality of systemic racism that more than a half a century after Rosa Parks sat, and Dr. King marched, and John Lewis bled, still plays a significant role in determining who gets ahead in America and who gets left behind. We have to invest in communities of color. Reform our broken criminal justice and immigration system. We have to guarantee opportunity, dignity, and justice for every American.
And tonight I want to pay tribute to five extraordinary women who criss-crossed this state with me and for me. Five mothers, brought together by tragedy.
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, shot and killed in Florida just for walking down the street.
Lucy Mcbath, mother of Jordan Davis, shot and killed by someone who thought he was playing his music too loud in his car.
Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre, shot and killed by police in Milwaukee.
Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, choked to death after being stopped for selling loose cigarettes on the street.
And Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, who died in police custody in Texas.
They all lost children, which is almost unimaginable. Yet they have not been broken or embittered. Instead, they have channeled their sorrow into a strategy and their mourning into a movement. And they are reminding us of something deep and powerful in the American spirit.
By now, we all know the story of Flint, Michigan. How a city’s children were poisoned by toxic water because their governor wanted to save a little money. But there’s another side to the story in Flint. It’s a story of a community that’s been knocked down but refused to be knocked out. It’s hundreds of union plumbers coming from across the country to help install new water fixtures. It’s students raising funds for water deliveries and showing up in Flint to distribute supplies. It’s the United Auto Workers and General Motors donating millions of dollars.
We know there are many other Flints out there. Communities that have been left out and left behind. But for every problem we face anywhere in America, someone somewhere is working to solve it. Our country was built by people who had each other’s backs; who understood we all have to do our part, and that at our best we all rise together.
Imagine what we can all build together, when each and every American has the chance to live up to his or her potential.
Imagine a tomorrow where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation.
Imagine a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job, and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement.
Imagine a tomorrow where hard work is honored, where families are supported, and where communities are strong; when we trust and respect each other despite all that divides us.
So, please. Join us in this campaign for our country’s future. Go to hillaryclinton.com, or text JOIN to 47246, right now.
You know, on one of my first trips to South Carolina during this campaign, I stopped by a bakery here in Columbia. I was saying hello everybody; I went over to say hello to a man reading a book in the corner. Turned out he was a minister. And the book was a Bible. He was studying I Corinthians 13, which happens to be one of my favorite passages. “Love never fails,” it tells us. “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
These are words to live by not only for ourselves but also for our country. I know it sometimes seems a little odd for someone running for president, these days, in this time, to say we need more loving kindness in America. But I’m telling you, from the bottom up my heart, we do. We do.
We have so much to look forward to. There is no doubt in my mind that America’s best years can be ahead of us. We have got to believe that! We’ve got to work for that! We have to stand with each other, we have to hold each other up, lift each other up! Move together into the future that we will make! Thank yo

Saturday, February 27, 2016

South Carolina Victory Dance Party with James Brown

It's only appropriate that South Carolina native James Brown funk us through the night.

Thank you, South Carolina! We'll see you in Texas and many other states in a couple of days...

I feel good!



Papa's got a brand new bag!



I got the feelin'!



Get up!



Get involved!

 

It's a new day!



Get on the good foot!



The (New Hampshire) payback!



Get up offa that thing!



Living in America!



CLINTON LANDSLIDE IN SOUTH CAROLINA!


And every network calls it at the very second the polls close.

On to Super Tuesday, the nomination and the presidency.

Happy Birthday, Chelsea!


It's the perfect night for a big party!

We'll see you at 7pm ET for the results in South Carolina...

Hillary News & Views 2.27: South Carolina Votes, Black LGBT Back HRC, Organization v. Enthusiasm


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with a focus on South Carolina’s primary election, which is currently underway.
 
The Atlantic reports:
As Clinton, clad in a long, emerald-green coat, held a hand to her chest and vowed to “build on the progress made under President Obama and go further,” her sentences alternated with chants of “yeah” from the overwhelmingly African American crowd. They stood and cheered when she entered, waving “Women for Hillary” and “African Americans for Hillary” signs.
It was a windy, rainy night in Sumter, a crime- and poverty-stricken burg that is the hometown of Representative Jim Clyburn, who had endorsed Clinton earlier in the week. Shortly after Clinton spoke, much of the town’s power would go out, plunging the campus into pitch-darkness. Testifying to the new conventional wisdom that the Democratic race is more or less over, the press riser for Clinton’s speech was half-empty, her potential comeback greeted with a yawn by a media that never really expected anything else.
“Everybody gets knocked down,” Clinton said, telling the story of her own failed attempt at health-care reform, which she positioned as the predecessor to the Affordable Care Act. “The question is, are you going to get back up?”
The crowd responded: “Yeah!
Washington Post reports:
There are three reasons Clinton’s firewall of black voters won’t #feelthebern in South Carolina and beyond.
First, Obama. His approval rating among African Americans is 89 percent in the latest Gallup tracking poll. This explains why Clinton has left no daylight between herself and the man who bested her in 2008 and for whom she worked as secretary of state. And it explains why she highlights the many times that Sanders argued for a primary challenge to Obama in 2012.
Second, Clinton doesn’t shy away from race. Sanders talks about race, too, of course. But he seems to do so at a remove, and his attempts to make a convincing link between his economic message and race continue to fall short.
The third reason is perhaps the most important, because of how deeply it resonates with African Americans: Clinton openly talks about the necessary role that whites must play in healing and bridging the racial divide.
“Ending systemic racism requires contributions from all of us, especially those of us who haven’t experienced it ourselves,” she said in Harlem. “White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers that you face every day. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility, rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experiences.”
To BET, she said: “I’m trying to lead a conversation that doesn’t just address African Americans, but also goes right at talking with white Americans about the perspective they need to have in hearing about the barriers that African Americans face, not only in the criminal justice system, not only in the rates of incarceration, as devastating as those are, but in employment, in education, in housing.”
Do not underestimate how refreshing this is to African American ears. For generations, blacks have chafed at the notion that unpacking our nation’s racial baggage is a chore solely for them. That the lingering effects of slavery and Jim Crow are only their burdens to bear. That today’s whites are absolved from responsibility for helping to address the continuing consequences of yesterday’s offenses. For a potential president of the United States to acknowledge this and to do so from a knowing place — to demonstrate that she’s thought deeply about it and gets it — will elicit a ready chorus of “amen.”
For months, Sanders and his supporters have said that black voters will grow to like him once they get to know him. But the Democratic caucuses in Nevada last Saturday were a sign that the true base of the Democratic Party isn’t being moved by his message. By getting the substance right, Clinton has set the bar too high with African American voters for Sanders to clear it.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Clinton Will Crush Sanders in South Carolina, But It's Only the Beginning


We already know that Bernie Sanders has thrown in the towel in South Carolina, and the latest poll reminds us why:
Yeah, that's pretty nuts. A 75%-25% Clinton victory there would be staggering, but let's not go overboard. Something like a 65%-35% win is far more likely, and none of her supporters should complain about that. Whatever the case, get ready to party.

But you don't need to take my word for it. Here's what Nate Silver, America's greatest political statistician, has to say about it over at FiveThirtyEight.com:

Hillary Clinton has a greater than 99% chance of winning the South Carolina primary.

But that's not all. Not even close.

The March polls are coming in so fast and furious right now that it's hard to keep track of them all, so I'll let Nate keep doing the talking. As of this writing, here are Hillary Clinton's upcoming chances according to FiveThirtyEight.com. The most recent polls can be seen on the individual state pages:

March 1st (Super Tuesday):

Hillary Clinton has a greater than 99% chance of winning the Texas primary.
Hillary Clinton has a greater than 99% chance of winning the Georgia primary.
Hillary Clinton has a greater than 99% chance of winning the Virginia primary.
Hillary Clinton has a 98% chance of winning the Arkansas primary.
Hillary Clinton has a 98% chance of winning the Tennessee primary.
Hillary Clinton has an 82% chance of winning the Massachusetts primary.
Hillary Clinton has a 78% chance of winning the Oklahoma primary.

March 8th:

Hillary Clinton has a 97% chance of winning the Michigan primary.

March 15th:

Hillary Clinton has a greater than 99% chance of winning the Florida primary.
Hillary Clinton has a greater than 99% chance of winning the Illinois primary.
Hillary Clinton has a 97% chance of winning the North Carolina primary.
Hillary Clinton has a 96% chance of winning the Ohio primary.

But even this doesn't provide the full picture of Hillary's upcoming domination. There are other states voting during in this time where she should also win easily, but there is insufficient polling for 538 to make a prediction: Alabama (March 1), Louisiana (March 5), Mississippi (March 8) and Missouri (March 15).

Meanwhile, the only sure thing for Bernie Sanders is his home state:

Bernie Sanders has a greater than 99% chance of winning the Vermont primary.

I think we can all see where this is headed.

BREAKING NEWS: We Are Living in the Alternate Universe Where Donald Trump Will Be the Republican Nominee in 2016


Only one person can and will save us from the abyss at this point...and #ImWithHer.

Hillary Shines in Morning Joe Interview



Morning Joe is still pretty awful...but they had a pretty great interview with Hillary Clinton today.

Watch parts 2-5 below, and forgive the ads.

Hillary News & Views 2.26: Favreau Speaks, "Superpredators," America Loves Hillary When...


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Obama administration veteran Jon Favreau making the case that electing Clinton in 2016 may be even more important than electing President Obama in 2008.

From The Daily Beast:
During the 2008 campaign, I wrote plenty of less-than-complimentary words about Hillary Clinton in my role as Barack Obama’s speechwriter. Then, a few weeks after the election, I had a well-documented run-in with a piece of cardboard that bore a striking resemblance to the incoming Secretary of State.
It was one of the stupider, more disrespectful mistakes I’ve made, and one that could have cost me a job if Hillary hadn’t accepted my apology, which she did with grace and humor. As a result, I had the chance to serve in the Obama Administration with someone who was far different than the caricature I had helped perpetuate.
The most famous woman in the world would walk through the White House with no entourage, casually chatting up junior staffers along the way. She was by far the most prepared, impressive person at every Cabinet meeting. She worked harder and logged more miles than anyone in the administration, including the president. And she’d spend large amounts of time and energy on things that offered no discernible benefit to her political future—saving elephants from ivory poachers, listening to the plight of female coffee farmers in Timor-Leste, defending LGBT rights in places like Uganda.
Trump’s eventual opponent will need to tell a story about America that offers a powerful rebuke to the demagogue’s dark vision for the future. I like Bernie Sanders. I like a lot of what he has to say, I love his idealism, and I believe deeply in his emphasis on grassroots change. My problem is not that his message is unrealistic—it’s that a campaign which is largely about Main St. vs. Wall St. economics is too narrow and divisive for the story we need to tell right now.
In her campaign against Sanders, Hillary has begun to tell that broader, more inclusive story about the future. There she is, comforting a crying child in Nevada who worries that her parents might be deported. There she is in South Carolina, with five mothers of African American children who died of gun violence, who told Mother Jones, “She listened and followed through for us. You can’t fake that…She cares. Not only does she care about victims of gun violence but she cares about women, she cares about African Americans. She cares!”
She cares.
Hillary is also more than just a policy wonk who can’t wait to start shuffling through white papers in the Oval. She cares. She tries. She perseveres. And now she has a chance to tell the story she’s always wanted about America: the story about a country that found the courage to turn away from our darkest impulses; that chose to embrace our growing diversity as a strength, not a weakness; that pushed the boundaries of opportunity outward and upward, until there are no more barriers, and no more ceilings.
At stake in this election is control of a Tea Party-run Congress, at least one Supreme Court vacancy that could tip the balance for a generation, and the very real chance that a highly unstable demagogue could become the 45th President of the United States. So while I may not have imagined myself saying this a few years ago, I certainly believe it now: It’s far more important to elect Hillary Clinton in 2016 than it was to elect Barack Obama in 2008.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Mean Tweets with Senator Al Franken



This is pretty great, and I hope to see a lot more funny videos like this from the campaign.

As we saw recently in New Hampshire, Al Franken is a perfect surrogate for Hillary. He's hilarious, brilliant, progressive, committed...and also cool. When he's not busy being an awesome senator from Minnesota, Hillary would be smart to put him out there as much as possible.

Yep, say what you want about the merits of being "cool" in politics, but it definitely helps to win over younger voters...as the Sanders campaign clearly proved.

It's Time to Call Out the Anti-Hillary Smears on Progressive Sites


I just wrote a piece at Daily Kos (easily one of the top progressive sites in the country) about the long-running anti-Hillary smears that regularly appear there, which kicked into high gear again today with the release of a video showing a Black Lives Matter protest at a Clinton fundraiser.

As I write this, the piece is on the recommended list. Here it is in its entirety:

Sadly, it's standard procedure around here to suggest that Hillary is racist when she's winning. 

Don’t believe me? 
Take a look at this front-page post by the founder of this site published on March 5, 2008. What’s the significance of that date? Well, it happens to be the day after Hillary’s big comeback wins in the Ohio and Texas primaries which breathed new life into her first presidential campaign.

This marked the exact moment that Hillary supporters at Daily Kos became supporters of a racist candidacy, according to Mr. Kos himself. And it wasn’t his only front-page post about it that day. So after regularly reading the site for years, I left in absolute dismay...and stayed away for a long time. I know I am not the only one. 
So we’ve seen this show before, we’re seeing it today, and we’ll surely keep seeing it as long as Hillary keeps winning. 
In today’s #BLM fundraiser protest video, what happens exactly? The interruption happens to occur as Clinton is discussing important #BLM issues such as police body cameras and criminal justice reform. When Hillary notices the protester, she shows gentle curiosity about why she is there, reads her sign, and says she is “happy” to answer her. She even called her “dear” in a friendly way while the secret service were just doing their jobs. At the end of the video I saw, Hillary is cut off when saying “back to the issues...”, but since she was interrupted while talking about important #BLM issues, I have to assume that’s what she was about to continue doing. And by the way, the fact that she’s discussing these issues in front of a white audience isn’t a bad thing at all.

Now, if she said “OK, now let’s get back to the REAL issues”...that certainly would have been bad. But that’s not what happened.

So, rest assured that Clinton supporters know that this is about tearing down our candidate using any accusations and innuendos available. And we are fully expecting it to get worse, if history is any indication. 
However, we’re going to call out further attempts to smear the Democrat who may well be the next President of the United States.
One of the reasons I started Hillary HQ was to have a safe place to write in support of Hillary (and for users, a safe place to comment) without dealing with the regular incoming fireballs thrown at her, many of which can be quite offensive. Though as you may have noticed, we're not always safe from the rotten comments either.

But you know what? Hillary is about to be the Democratic nominee and then President of the United States, so we shouldn't have to put up with any of that stuff on any site that calls itself progressive, liberal or Democratic.

So today I am officially putting these sites on notice: I will always stand up without fear and call out these smears against our next president whenever I see them...here, there and everywhere. 

I hope you will join me.

Hillary News & Views 2.25: SC Campaigning, #BLM Protest, Endorsements, Two McEwan Pieces


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton on the campaign trail in South Carolina.

Washington Post reports:
Republicans are mounting a “deeply disrespectful” effort to deny President Obama his right to nominate the candidate of his choice for the Supreme Court, Hillary Clinton said Wednesday.
“The president is absolutely right to send a nominee to the United States Senate,” Clinton said angrily. “I find this argument absolutely unbelievable” that Obama should not send up a nominee in this final year of his presidency, Clinton said.
“You have one president at a time.”
“To say don’t even send us a nominee is at variance to the Constitution and deeply disrespectful to the office of the president of the United States,” Clinton thundered, to roaring applause.
“I’m backing the president. He will send, as he always does, a well-qualified nominee.”
“What I’m going to do is build on the progress we’ve made under President Obama and go further,” she said Wednesday.
Clinton invoked the names of civil rights icons Rep. John Lewis and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. as she railed against what she called efforts to curtail voting rights in some states. Democrats allege that new voting rules in Texas and other states are primarily aimed at limiting the African American vote, although Clinton did not spell that out Wednesday.
“I thought those battles had been fought and won,” she said. “The only way to beat back these kinds of cynical maneuvers is at the ballot box. Vote people out who don’t want you to vote, that’s the best remedy.”

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wow...No Wonder Bernie Has Abandoned Texas


Clinton is crushing Sanders by 29 points in a new Texas poll conducted right after the Nevada caucuses. His lack of recent campaign events and ad spending here is making a lot of sense right about now. Hillary is going to sweep up some major delegates on Tuesday, so get the party tequila ready.

This comes on the heels of a new Univision/Washington Post national poll of Hispanic voters which has Hillary leading Bernie 57%-28%. This one was taken before Hillary won Nevada.

Also, the WFAA poll shows Trump now tied with Cruz in Texas, with Rubio far behind. Personally, as much as I loath the Donald, I gotta say it would be pretty sweet to see Teddy-boy lose in his home state. Because he's a total creep.

UPDATE: When it rains, it pours. A new Austin American-Statesman online poll has Hillary leading Bernie by 40 points!


UPDATE 2: And it just keeps pouring...

Yet another brand new Texas poll has Hillary leading Bernie 61-30%! All three of today's polls have her over 60 points. Amazing!

UPDATE 3: Wow...

#MadamPresidentsDay Fundraising Update (Or Rather...a Lack of One)


Well, it's been over a week since our 24-hour donation marathon Madam President's Day and I thought I'd give you an update. I was feeling good about it immediately afterward, but since all the donations went directly to HillaryClinton.com, I wasn't sure if there was any way to know for sure.

So imagine my bug-eyed surprise when I saw this Washington Post headline the very next day:
Clinton campaign says it has experienced its own small donor boom
Since the beginning of the year, Hillary Clinton has seen increased contributions from donors giving less than $200 to her campaign, thanks in part, according to campaign figures, to a dramatic increase in people giving online.
New Clinton campaign data reveals a change in Clinton’s fundraising model, from one that in 2015 relied on large donations to one that leans more heavily on small donations of the sort that have funded her competitor for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders.
During the last three months of 2015, Clinton raised just 18 percent of her campaign money from Web solicitations. In February, more than 50 percent was donated online for the first time, a trend campaign officials planned for and expect to continue during the primary season.
D'oh! While the news about the surge in online donations was awesome, our Madam President's Day moneybomb sadly wasn't mentioned.

Since that time, I have written the campaign a few friendly emails asking if we could get some idea about the success of our fundraiser...be it a hard number or even just a vague spike description. But aside from one response which has been a dead end so far, I haven't had any luck.

This just goes to prove that that Hillary HQ truly is an independent site that's unaffiliated with the campaign...no special favors here! But hey, they're kinda busy trying to win the Democratic nomination and probably don't have much time to tell some guy on the Internet how much money they made back on Monday, February 15th. So I totally understand.

However, because of all you did to make our moneybomb a success, I'm still trying to find out! And who knows, maybe it's just that I just haven't figured out the right person to contact.

So if anyone from Hillary for America is reading this right now and might be able to help, please drop me a line via the contact form on the bottom right and I'll get right back to you! Also, if anyone else has any sort of lead about how to find this info, that would be great as well.

In the meantime, as I continue to try to find out more information, I can tell you unequivocally that it was a big success that brought in a lot of money to the campaign and increased their number of grassroots donors. Which is exactly what we wanted.

All that's left to figure out is how much money and how many people!

Bernie Has Given Up in South Carolina, Texas, Georgia and More

Did you hear that Bernie Sanders has thrown in the towel in South Carolina?
With just a few days until the South Carolina Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders is all but writing the state off.
He hasn’t said that, of course, but his schedule reflects it.
Sanders was in Massachusetts Monday night and Virginia Tuesday morning. While he attended a televised town hall in South Carolina Tuesday night and followed with an early morning news conference, his itinerary Wednesday consisted of events in Kansas City, Missouri, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. After that, his schedule called for a trip to Ohio Thursday — with stops in other March-voting states likely to be added, an aide said.
Smart thinking, as Nate Silver gives him a less than 1% chance of winning there.

But that's not the only state that he isn't contesting, as this graph of Super Tuesday ad spending clearly shows:
(Click on the chart to see a larger version. Via Mark Murray)

Let's break it down.

Looking at a combination of recent polls, ad spending and campaign appearances (for instance, Bernie hasn't had a Texas rally in 220 days), it is clear that Sanders is not contesting the following Super Tuesday states, all of which should be heavy delegate blowouts for Clinton:

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia

However, both Clinton and Sanders are throwing a lot of money at these four states, which could go either way:

Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Oklahoma

Wow, the Sanders camp is spending like drunken sailors in Colorado! I guess they really want that one. Like Minnesota, it's a caucus state so it's hard to tell how those will go. Massachusetts another Sanders neighbor state and the polls are very tight. And Oklahoma will likely go for Clinton, but one recent poll put him well within reach of an upset.

If Sanders wins all four, it would give him a little bit of oxygen to carry on. But he could just as easily lose all four, which would be utterly devastating in terms of delegate count, momentum and morale. If I had to guess, he'll probably split them and barely net any delegates from these four states.

Meanwhile, Clinton appears only to have ceded Vermont...but even there they are spending a little bit of money!

I think we can all see where this is headed.

And unfortunately for Bernie, the rest of March doesn't look much easier.

Hillary Clinton at CNN's South Carolina Town Hall



Here's the full video of Hillary Clinton at last night's CNN South Carolina town hall. If you care to watch Bernie's segment, simply back the video up to the beginning.

This was, quite honestly, one of the finest hours of her campaign so far. I didn't tweet much as this was airing live, mostly because I was simply in awe at how lucky we were to have such an amazing candidate for president. But I was left with this thought:
Yep, that's a president right there...a great president.

Now, just for fun (or perhaps horror), compare and contrast her town hall with the likely Republican nominee's "I LOVE THE POORLY EDUCATED!!" victory speech in Nevada.

Can you believe this $#%&?

And can you believe our luck that Republican voters are about to deliver us a Hillary vs Donald election? We might know for sure a week from today in the aftermath of Super Tuesday.

(Note: if this video gets taken down, let me know in the comments and I will try to find another.)

Hillary News & Views 2.24: "Mothers of the Movement," SC Town Hall, Standing with HBCUs


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with a powerful day on the campaign trail with incredibly strong women. 
 
The Washington Post reports:
“Something is very wrong when we have these incidents where kids can get arrested for petty crimes and lose their lives,” Clinton said. “Something is wrong when African Americans are three times more likely to be denied a mortgage as white people are, when the median wealth of black families is just a fraction of the median wealth for white families,” Clinton said.
Clinton sat silently as one after the other, the five mothers told the stories of their children’s deaths, and about why they are backing Clinton’s presidential bid.  The unusual campaign event was part testimonial, part memorial, part call to action against what Clinton called lax gun laws designed to shield gun makers and dealers.
“I was never into politics but now I am, and one of the reasons is because of her,” said Sybrina Fulton, whose unarmed teenaged son Trayvon Martin was killed by a neighbor in Florida in 2012.
Clinton, sitting to Fulton’s left, rubbed her shoulder as she spoke.
Clinton was also joined by Geneva Reed-Veal, mother of Sandra Bland, who was found hanged in her jail cell in Texas after a traffic stop last year; Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, who died in a police chokehold in New York in 2014; Maria Hamilton, mother of Dontre Hamilton, shot by a police officer in Milwaukee in 2014; and Lucy McBath, mother of Jordan Davis, a Florida teen shot in 2012 by a man who had complained about loud music coming from the car the boy was riding in.
“I say to you, if Eric Garner was a white man, standing on the corner in the suburbs,” he would not have been killed, Carr said. “We cannot take this anymore. We have to get up and do something about it.”
The same group of women spoke to audiences on Clinton’s behalf across South Carolina on Monday and Tuesday. They all were among a group of women who met privately with Clinton last year in a session several of them described as emotional.
“I endorse her because she endorsed us first,” Carr said to applause.
“We have nine months to put her in” the White House. “She’s the new baby,” Reed-Veal said.
Mashable reports:
She also had a message specifically for white Americans, calling on them to show more empathy for the problems plaguing black communities across America.
"Tackling and ending systemic racism requires contributions from all of us. White Americans, we need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers they face every day," Clinton said. "We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility rather than assume our experiences are everyone's experiences."
Clinton introduced the women, calling them "the mothers of the movement, who have suffered as no mother ever should."
“That’s too many deaths, too many young lives cut short, too many questions still unanswered,” Clinton said, after introducing each mother.
"When we met with her, she walked in as a secretary, she walked in as a political figure, she walked in as a presidential candidate," Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, said. "But she walked out as a compassionate mother, as a compassionate grandmother, as a compassionate wife."
"When no other candidate would listen to us, Ms. Clinton did," Fulton said.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

It's Time For Another Democratic Town Hall


Another week, another nationally-televised Democratic town hall. Not that I'm complaining.

By the way...all those conspiratorial "Not enough debates! Hillary can't take it!" howls seem kinda ridiculous at this point, don't they? She always excels in these things.

This one takes place in South Carolina just four days before they go to the polls. The action kicks off at 8pm ET on CNN and CNN.com, with Bernie once again going first. As always, follow along with Hillary HQ on Twitter for another fun tweet party.

I'll also try to have full video of Hillary's segment up as soon as possible.

Who the Hell is Running the Sanders Campaign?

I have to ask...because after disasters like the data breach, campaign staff pretending to be Nevada union workers, and claiming false endorsements right and left, it's become clear that it's not just nefariousness but overall top-to-bottom incompetence at work...
I know I must be forgetting some stuff. Your additions in the comments are welcome.

This just doesn't feel like a professionally-run campaign meant to win the presidency.

Hillary News & Views 2.23: FB Chat, Pledged Delegates, NV Latinas, Moms Impacted By Violence


Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s Facebook chat from yesterday evening.

Grio hosted the chat on their Facebook page. Here are Clinton’s answers to user questions on a variety of topics.

Systemic racism and white privilege:
With South Carolina coming up, a lot of attention is being paid to the fight for black votes. But during your Harlem speech last week, you made a special note to call upon white Americans to be more humble and attentive to black concerns. How will you be continuing to engage white voters, specifically, on issues involving racial justice? — Jamil Smith
As I said in Harlem the other day, ending systemic racism requires contributions from all of us – especially those of us who haven’t experienced it ourselves. White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers that you face every day. We need to recognize our privilege and practice humility, rather than assume that our experiences are everyone’s experiences. So I’m going to keep spreading this message – and not just in front of African American audiences.
I’m going to keep talking to every kind of audience about this. Because it’s a vital national challenge and all of us have to step up. And I’m also going to keep pushing our “breaking every barrier” agenda across the country to make major new investments in communities of color that have been left out and left behind. As Cornell Brooks, the new head of the NAACP said the other day, none of this is a ‘they’ problem, it’s a ‘we’ problem.
Policing in America:
Madame Secretary, what,if anything, do you plan to do regarding the amount of police brutality facing black and brown communities? As the mother of three boys and wife to one very large black man, my concerns regarding this particular subject are very realistic. — Sarah Hopper Procope
Thank you, Sara. I can’t imagine what it must feel like for you every time your three boys and your husband go out the door. I want white Americans to try to understand the concerns that you’re expressing. It’s a kind of fear that many of us have never felt.
It’s outrageous that African American men are far more likely to be stopped and searched by police, charged with crimes, and sentenced to longer prison terms than white men found guilty of the same offenses. Can you imagine if the situation was reversed and white people faced that kind of injustice? Things would change very fast! 
…We need to strengthen bonds of trust between communities and police by banning racial profiling, investing more resources in officer training, making body cameras available to every police department, and strengthening the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division that holds police departments accountable. And there are so many police departments out there who are doing this right, with officers who put their lives on the line everyday to keep us all safe – we should build on those best practices and apply them everywhere.
Job hiring:
Hillary I’m a supporter of you my question is , Now of days you need experience with jobs and jobs won’t hire you without it and people go to college but some jobs won’t hire you even with college background what would you do to change it?  — Liz Noel Grevesen
That’s a great question, Liz. If you can’t find work, or if you’re stuck in a dead-end job, it can be really hard to imagine the future you want. So we need to work together to create more jobs, especially in communities that have been left out and left behind. We should focus on major new investments to create jobs for young people. We can support local small businesses and entrepreneurship – because that’s where most of the good new jobs of the future are going to come from – and those opportunities shouldn’t be limited by zip code. We can also invest more in infrastructure and transportation to connect people to where jobs actually are, and create even more jobs in the process.
And as we create new opportunities, we can do more to make sure that young people have the skills they need to succeed – like expanding job training and apprenticeships. We have to make government at every level a more effective partner in bringing together workers, labor, employers and training providers to prepare workers for good jobs. We need to make sure that incomes are rising again so that people can get ahead and stay ahead. That will be the centerpiece of my economic agenda.
At the core of these ideas is a simple concept. Every child in America should be able to live up to his or her God-given potential. An African American child should have the same chance as a white child. Opportunities should be available everywhere – cities, suburbs, and rural areas.
On prescription drugs and the Affordable Care Act, student loans, and personal attacks:
Krystle Disney asked three questions:
1) What specifically would you do to help me and others like me manage the high cost of prescription medication?
The Affordable Care Act has done so much to put health care within reach for millions of Americans – and we have to defend it – but we still have work to do to make it even better. It’s wrong that so many are still paying high out-of-pocket costs to get the health care they need – no one should have to choose between paying rent or paying for medication. We should stand up to the drug companies, cap how much you have to pay each month, go after predatory pricing, and finally, let Medicare negotiate for better prices. That’s just common sense!
2) For those of us who are paying off burdensome student loans already, is there anything you can or would do to help protect our finances under this burden?
So many students and graduates are in the spot you’re in. It’s important to remember that there are 40 million Americans holding student debt right now, so – while we absolutely need to make college more affordable, we also need to do more to help people with the debt they’ve already got. We need to help people refinance their student debt – that can save people thousands of dollars. And we should cap student loan repayment as a percentage of your income, so you never have to pay more than you can afford, and cap the number of years you have to pay it back. We’ll stop shady debt collectors from harassing you – even trying to get you arrested. And I’m proud to be the only candidate in this race with a real plan to support historically black colleges and universities.
3) On a personal level, you are the target both for Bernie supporters and Republicans. How do you stay grounded, focused, and positive when so many exaggerations, untruths, and ugly statements are directed your way? 

Look, it’s not easy. I’m not going to pretend that all of the attacks and negativity don’t get to me, my friends, and many of my supporters. That’s when yoga – and/or a glass of wine! – come in handy. But I feel so strongly that we have to win this election, build on the progress President Obama has made, and go into the future breaking down all the barriers that are getting in people’s ways. So I learned a long time ago to take criticism seriously – you may learn something from it – but not personally. I’m also so grateful to all of my supporters who help push back against the misinformation online and spread the truth about what we’re trying to accomplish together.
LGBT Rights:
Secretary Clinton,
In Oklahoma a historic number of bills were introduced to limit the rights of LGBT Americans. The exact number is 26. This is one of the many problems that will not be solved through wealth redistribution. Will you raise awareness about this on the campaign trail? And what are your plans for taking this on? — Justin Plummer
Thanks, Justin. You’re right – we aren’t a single-issue country. We need to break down every barrier that holds Americans back, including the barriers of bigotry and discrimination.
Marriage equality was an important victory, but lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans are still fighting for full equality – and I’m going to keep fighting alongside you.
We need to fight back against attempts to roll back the progress we’ve made. In too many places, people can still be married on Sunday and be fired on Monday because of who they are or who they love.
We need to end the harmful practice of so-called “conversion therapy” – LGBT kids don’t need to be “cured” of anything.
And we need to take on the crisis of violence against transgender Americans, particular transgender women of color. LGBT Americans (and all Americans!) deserve to live their lives free from discrimination or violence. You can read more here: http://hrc.io/1XIV4Mp

And by the way, don’t forget to vote in the Oklahoma primary on March 1!
On her favorite episode of The Good Wife:
Secretary Clinton, what is your favorite episode of The Good Wife? — Aidyn Ureña
Great question, Aidyn. I’m a fan but I haven’t been able to see any episodes this season! I have them stacked up for when I get a chance to catch up. I love the show, and I really enjoy watching an accomplished woman lawyer married to a politician navigating life. And I’m very sad that this is the last season!
On the advice she’d give her younger self:
Secretary Clinton, what advice would you give to your younger self in college that you didn’t know then? — Sunny Kamath
You never know what’s going to happen in life. Get the best education you can, learn as much as you can about the world around you, and take opportunities as they come. And most of all, do what you love. Don’t take a job just for money – take a job because it’s meaningful. Find time for family. Find time for relationships. All of that adds up to a life that can provide a lot of satisfaction.
One of my favorite lines is, “I’ve loved and been loved. All the rest is background music.” I never would have understood what that meant when I was in college.