Saturday, April 30, 2016

UPDATE: After Less Than 24 Hours, the Hillary HQ Fundraiser is Already a HUGE Success!

Folks, I am truly overwhelmed, humbled and nearly speechless at the response to our Hillary HQ General Election Fundraiser. In less than 24 hours, look at how far it's come along:

https://www.gofundme.com/HillaryHQ

As the weekend fundraising continues, I have little to say at this moment but thank you...from the bottom of my heart.

The next phase of Hillary HQ begins first thing Monday morning. Think we can reach 20% of our total goal ($3,200) by then? With your help, I think we can!

UPDATE: Looks like we're going to blow through the $3,200 weekend goal ALREADY! Wow. How about a new weekend target of 30% of the total goal ($4,800)? Is it possible? Do I dare? Let's see if we can do it! 

Thank you all so much! -Scott

Friday, April 29, 2016

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Hillary HQ General Election Fund

Hillary HQ is going to the next level through the general election and possibly beyond! With a little support from our loyal readers, we will be the best, most comprehensive and most essential hub for Hillary Clinton news, opinion and activism anywhere on the Internet. Also, we can keep it completely ad-free. And all it takes is a one-time donation of only $16 from just one-tenth of our followers! 

See below for details.

Click HERE to make a donation to Hillary HQ at GoFundMe.com.


Greetings fellow Democrats and Hillary supporters!

This is Scott Hopkins, the founder, editor and daily writer at HillaryHQ.com. If my name doesn't sound familiar, that's because you might know me better as "Scan", my long-running username on this site, as well as Daily Kos (one of the top progressive blogs), and the popular 2008 pro-Clinton site TaylorMarsh.com (where I was the regular weekend writer for much of that year).

Hillary HQ was founded in January 2015, three months before Clinton entered the race, with the intention of being the very best single source of news, opinion and activism in support of Hillary anywhere on the Internet. And we have succeeded through the combination of our wide variety of original pieces, daily roundups courtesy of the essential "Hillary News & Views" series, and regular sharing of links from all over the web via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Over the past fifteen months, I am happy to say that our growth has exploded. After starting out with zero followers on Facebook, we now have well over 10,000...with more than 700 more added every week! On Twitter, we now have more than 2,300 followers and are growing faster than ever. And visits to HillaryHQ.com have increased exponentially as well, often resulting in several thousands of hits on busy news days.

But here's something that readers of Hillary HQ probably don't know: I've been the editor and main writer at the site every day for over a year without taking a single dime...while simultaneously maintaining an often-demanding office job, even when it was quite difficult to do both.

For example, here's the story of how an important investigative piece from March 6, 2015 came about:

I was out with some friends on a Thursday night when I saw a New York Times reporter's tweet on my phone regarding the recently-broken story about Hillary's private email server. After a few minutes of quick research, I soon discovered that he was blatantly misrepresenting his own story. I knew that someone needed to call him out on this as soon as possible, and that's exactly what I did when I got home. However, by the time I was done with the final edits and crossposting at Daily Kos, it was about 6am...leaving me only two hours to sleep before a full day of work! But I survived the workday, and it was all worth it...because "New York Times Reporter Admits on Twitter: It's About Benghazi" made the recommended list on Daily Kos, effectively and factually pushing back on an ongoing journalistic smear against my candidate. However, this post was only one piece in a long-running Hillary HQ series on 'EmailGate', many of which can be found here.

Where am I going with all this? Glad you should ask!

I've been fighting in the trenches for Hillary Clinton since 2008, and as far as I'm concerned, she must be the next President of the United States. There is no other option. It's why I started Hillary HQ in the first place, and it's why I've now taken a big personal financial leap in order to take the site to the next level.

So here's the big announcement: As of today, April 29th 2016, I have quit my office job in order to operate Hillary HQ full time. With the nomination essentially secured, and with just six months left until election day, I feel that now is the time to step up for my party and country like never before, because nothing less than our collective future is at stake.

This means Hillary HQ will no longer be a part-time endeavor operated with one arm tied behind my back.

It means better-researched and more effective posts that appear far more frequently.

It means faster breaking news and deeper analysis of the day's events.

It means that HillaryHQ.com, in conjunction with our Facebook and Twitter pages, will undoubtedly be the essential hub for news, opinion and activism in support of Hillary Rodham Clinton through November 8, 2016.

And by the way...have you noticed something different about Hillary HQ? Something extremely refreshing? That's right: NO ADS!

That's because I hate ads and I know you do too. Who wants to finish reading a thoughtful article only to be bombarded with distracting and often distasteful ads? Or kept from reading the post entirely because a popup won't go away? No one, that's who. So I've avoided them completely so far and wish to avoid them in the future if possible.

Instead, I would much rather rely on grassroots funding. And this is where you, our awesome and faithful Hillary HQ readers, come in.

In honor of this historic election year of 2016, I've set a fundraising goal of $16k to sustain Hillary HQ through at least election day. 

Click HERE to make a donation to Hillary HQ at GoFundMe.com.

While this may seem like an ambitious goal at first glance, keep in mind that if only one-tenth of our 10k Facebook followers donated only $16 just once, that alone would get us to the finish line.

Let me repeat: The suggested one-time donation to keep the best pro-Hillary website on the Internet afloat through election day 2016 is only $16! And if a thousand people do that...we're there!

But since the goal of a thousand individual supporters may or may not be achievable, if you have a bit more disposable income and would like to be a key grassroots supporter of Hillary HQ, we would obviously welcome any additional financial gift towards our goal that you could spare. For instance, if you are maxed out on your political donations and wish to support our continued daily efforts to make Madam President a reality next year, your generous donation would be absolutely crucial to our success.

And what will you get in return? Only the best, most comprehensive and most essential hub for Hillary Clinton news, opinion and activism to be found anywhere...always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! We all know that this election year will continue to test our collective sanity, and we would love it if Hillary HQ became your completely reliable and informative safe haven from the pervasive negatively that we see in all corners of the Internet.

If you have enjoyed all that Hillary HQ has done on behalf of Hillary Clinton over the past 15 months, and wish to help us take it to the next level until the day she is elected the next President of the United States, we would be truly honored and thrilled to have your support.

And after Hillary wins? Well, I've got some ideas about keeping Hillary HQ going long-term during the next Clinton administration...but let's not get ahead of ourselves. :-)

If you have any questions at all about our website or this fundraiser, don't hesitate to contact me.

Oh yeah, and...Go Hillary!

Sincerely,

Scott Hopkins AKA "Scan"

P.S.: If you aren't too familiar with this site, I hope you will check us out now! Also, here is a brief sampling of some of our most important and widely-shared original pieces from the past year:

Hillary Clinton Never Supported the Bush/Cheney Invasion of Iraq
This Photo of Hillary May Surprise You... But It Really Shouldn't
American Women Have Waited 227 Years for a Female President...and It's Time for the Wait to Be Over
Where Was Sanders on Health Care in '93 and '94? Against the Clintons.
Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Be the Democratic Nominee in 2016
One Year From Today, Hillary Clinton Will Be President of the United States

Click HERE to make a donation to Hillary HQ at GoFundMe.com.

Hillary News & Views 4.29: McEwan on Older Women and the Woman Card, HRC Policy: Voting Rights

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Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Melissa McEwan on older women voters and on Trump’s insidious “Woman Card” attack.

McEwan writes for Blue Nation Review:
Older women occupy a very particular space in our culture—a space frequently defined by an abandonment of listening. Rather than valuing the lived experiences of older women, and the wisdom those lives have imparted, we turn away from them, dismissing them as irrelevant; we neglect to listen, just at the moment where they may offer insights most profoundly worth listening to.
We cast older women aside—and with them, their voices.
So it doesn’t surprise me that there hasn’t been much interest in exploring older women’s support for Hillary, or what it might signify to them.
But among the older women who support Hillary—and, depending on your own age, you may count my nearly 41-year-old self among them—are lots and lots of women who see in Hillary Clinton a direct challenge to the habit of tossing away older women, like so much useless rubbish.
Hillary has a voice. And people listen to it. She has experience, which people respect. She has knowledge, and it is widely valued.
This is not the typical experience of older women, who are devalued at the intersection of misogyny and ageism—and whatever other parts of their identity (race, disability, body size, sexuality, gender) are used to devalue us, too.
Witnessing Hillary, an older woman, fight her way to get into the most exclusive boys’ club on the planet, and seeing her succeed, inching ever closer, is exciting. And more than that: It’s validating.
Because older women know they have value. It’s everyone else who seems to disagree.
McEwan writes for Blue Nation Review:
If Hillary had been born a boy, she wouldn’t be the same person that she is today, because her entire life’s journey wouldn’t have been undertaken on a path littered with gender barriers and sexist double standards.
(Which is to say nothing of the practical differences that would have manifested throughout her life if she were not a woman: Higher pay, more professional opportunities, never having to balance pregnancy and career, decreased likelihood of gendered violence, and all the other attendant benefits conferred by male privilege.)
Certainly there are male politicians who center women and girls in their advocacy, but none quite the way Hillary has. And none of them with the lived experience she has by virtue of her womanhood.
If Hillary were a man, she would not be the same person she is, and she would not be the same candidate.
Trump’s hypothetical male version of Hillary Clinton just wouldn’t exist. And that is a problem—because he casually suggests that such a person could exist, in a way that undermines her authority and experience as a woman.
It’s not just that she is a woman that matters, but that being a woman confers a perspective that informs her candidacy.
And, crucially, it is being a woman that opens her up to sexist attacks precisely like the one Trump is making.
There is a particular cruelty in his imagining an impossible scenario in which Hillary Clinton were a man, while simultaneously attacking her on the very basis that she isn’t one.
And because a picture is worth a thousand words:


 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 24 Years Ago This Month

REUTERS/Jim Bourg
April 1992: Bill and Hillary Clinton celebrate a win in the New York Democratic primary.

Twenty-four Aprils later, the Clinton winning streak in New York keeps rolling on.

Clinton Leads Sanders by 13 Points in Indiana


The end is near...but not quite here. And in the next contest, it's advantage Hillary:
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton leads rival Bernie Sanders by 13 percentage points in Indiana, according to statewide polling conducted for IPFW.
Clinton was favored by 54 percent of respondents and Sanders by 41 percent, with 5 percent undecided ahead of Indiana’s primary election on Tuesday.
The survey, commissioned by IPFW’s Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics, found that while 93 percent of Clinton’s supporters said their preference for the former secretary of state is strong, only 75 percent of Sanders’ backers said the same thing about the Vermont senator.
The relative lack of strong support for Sanders, who typically draws large crowds to his campaign rallies, is “a little bit surprising” and “opposite of what conventional wisdom would be,” IPFW political scientist Michael Wolf said Wednesday.
These are the strongest recent Indiana numbers for Clinton after a string of low-mid single digit polling leads, so it's looking pretty good for a win there. However, things are looking so good generally that the Clinton campaign isn't even advertising in Indiana and other upcoming states.
This really says it all. Even if Bernie manages to squeak out a win in Indiana and a few other contests before this is done, it won't change the fact that Hillary will be the ultimate victor.

Hillary News & Views 4.28: Women and Mass Incarceration, Flint, Zika Virus, Swing State Staffing


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Today’s Hillary News & Views begins with Clinton’s powerful op-ed on women and mass incarceration.
Clinton writes for CNN:
We can't go on like this. It is time we reform our broken criminal justice system. First, we need to reform policing practices, end racial profiling, and eradicate racial disparities in sentencing. Second, we need to promote alternatives to incarceration, particularly for nonviolent and first-time offenders, so families aren't broken up. We need to improve access to high-quality treatment for substance abuse, inside and outside the prison system, because drug and alcohol addiction is a disease, not a crime — and we need to treat it as such.
And third, we need to be deliberate about understanding the different paths that can land women in prison, be more attentive to women's unique needs while they are incarcerated, and do more to support women and their families once they are released. I will institute gender-responsive policies in the federal prison system and encourage states to do the same—because women follow different paths to crime than men, and face different risks and challenges both inside and outside the prison walls, and every part of the justice system, from sentencing to the conditions of confinement to re-entry services, should reflect women's unique needs.
Research shows that women's relationships, like Tanya's friendship with the man from the basketball court, are often a significant risk factor for becoming involved with the justice system. Most women in prison are there because of nonviolent drug or property crimes. Over 60% of them report drug dependence or abuse in the year before they went to prison. Many of them grew up in abusive households, like Alice, and they are more likely than men in prison to have experienced sexual abuse or trauma in their life before prison.
And too often, a woman and her children continue to live with the consequences even after she has served her time and paid her debt to society. Because formerly incarcerated people face limited job opportunities, an entire family is effectively punished by a woman's time in prison.
Clinton has released a statement regarding recent developments in Flint:
Following news that three people are facing charges in connection with the water poisoning in Flint, Michigan, and the Senate’s passage today of an energy bill that does not contain $250 million in crucial aid for Flint as a result of a Republican hold on the package, Hillary Clinton issued the following statement:
​"​Senate Republicans have pushed through today’s energy bill at the expense of the people of Flint, who are still waiting for clean water and critical aid for rebuilding their infrastructure. It is unconscionable for this bill to move forward without this desperately-needed aid. It’s important that people be held responsible for the water poisoning in Flint—but it’s not enough. I will not stop fighting for the families of Flint until they receive the help all Americans should expect, and the justice all people deserve.​"​
Hillary Clinton is committed to ensuring every child and family has clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and a safe and healthy place to live, and has spoken out throughout this campaign about water quality issues affecting America’s communities, calling on Congress to update the nation’s toxic substances laws. She was the first candidate to speak out about the crisis in Flint and last week released a plan to make environmental justice and climate justice national priorities, including updating federal environmental and public health laws, like the Safe Drinking Water Act, to enhance criminal provisions for serious violations​.​
Clinton has dispatched aides to Puerto Rico to focus on the Zika virus:
Hillary Clinton announced today that two of her top advisors Amanda Renteria and Ann O’Leary will travel to Puerto Rico this weekend to meet with officials and discuss the health care crisis and the threat posed by Zika.  There are more than 400 confirmed cases of Zika in Puerto Rico thus far and experts predict that as many as 80 percent of Puerto Ricans could be infected with the virus if it’s not stopped. In a statement, Clinton stated the need to do more to assist Puerto Rico in responding to this crisis:
“The CDC is taking this threat seriously and it has been working closely with Puerto Rico.  But I want to be sure that we are truly doing all we can to fight the Zika virus from spreading.  That’s why I’m sending two of my Senior Advisors to travel to Puerto Rico on a fact-finding mission to learn more about how Zika is impacting the island, and to determine what more we can do to assist Puerto Rico in responding to this health crisis. Zika is an urgent problem and we need to act now.”
Clinton’s coordination with (and funding for) state parties and downballot Democrats is kicking into high gear, with staff being hired in several states.
Washington Post reports:
In Virginia, Ohio and Florida — the three biggest swing states in the last election — the Clinton campaign is teaming up with state and national Democratic organizations to build voter files, organize thousands of volunteers, register tens of thousands of voters and raise the funds necessary to compete against a Republican opponent.
And in the first concrete sign that Clinton’s general-election effort has gone beyond planning, the Democratic National Committee has begun transferring money raised jointly with the Clinton campaign to state committees to help fund the effort, according to Democrats with knowledge of the financial strategy.
The national committee is also preparing to transfer funds to state parties in Ohio, Florida and Virginia — $200,000 apiece — to finance the salaries of field organizers in those states.
She has also begun using funds raised through a joint fundraising committee as a mechanism to begin coordinating with state parties and down-ballot Democratic campaigns to put in place coordinated field programs. The joint fundraising committee, called the Hillary Victory Fund, raised $60 million through the end of March for the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee and 32 state party committees.
The Democrats’ efforts will be particularly targeted at young voters, African Americans, Latinos and women. 
Clinton will dispatch Housing and Urban Development secretary and potential vice-presidential pick Juli├ín Castro to Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Democratic Party dinner in June, as a sign of the campaign’s commitment to local fundraising and a signal to the county’s small but growing Latino community that their turnout could make a difference.
Clinton’s campaign has compiled Trump’s “dangerous foreign policy” statements as a response to his speech yesterday:

Loose Cannons Tend To Misfire: Donald Trump’s Dangerous Foreign Policy

Continuing his efforts to convince the Republican establishment and the American people that he’s “presidential,” Donald Trump is set to give a foreign policy address today. But nothing he can say can hide the long list of dangerous national security proposals he’s put forward over the course of this campaign. He has used the most reckless rhetoric of any major presidential candidate in modern history.
These are not off-the-cuff quips. Despite his frequent contradictions and displays of ignorance, Trump has a long record of recklessness and has espoused a worldview that goes against everything that makes America great. A Trump presidency risks leaving both our country and the world dramatically less safe.
As Hillary Clinton has said, loose cannons tend to misfire.
Check out some of Trump’s most irresponsible comments and proposals, and experts’ condemnation of them, below:

Trump’s Recklessness With Nuclear Weapons

Donald Trump has displayed a reckless disregard for the dangers of nuclear proliferation, saying Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia may need nuclear weapons:
  • CBS News, 3/29/16: Donald Trump: Japan, South Korea might need nuclear weapons
  • CNN Town Hall, 3/29/16: TRUMP:  At some point we have to say, you know what, we're better off if Japan protects itself against this maniac in North Korea, we're better off, frankly, if South Korea is going to start to protect itself, we have – COOPER:  Saudi Arabia, nuclear weapons? TRUMP:  Saudi Arabia, absolutely.
  • Business Insider, 3/30/16: 'Total catastrophe': Experts say Donald Trump's position on nuclear proliferation would be a disaster
  • CNN, 3/31/16: Japan and South Korea hit back at Trump's nuclear comments
In a debate last December, Trump appeared to have no idea what the nuclear triad was.
  • CBS News, 12/20/15: Jeb Bush: Donald Trump’s opinions on nuclear triad are “mind-blowing”
Trump refused to rule out using tactical nuclear weapons against ISIS:

Trump’s Dangerous Plans For Fighting ISIS

Trump has called for sending tens of thousands of American ground troops to back into the Middle East to fight ISIS.
Trump has insisted that he would intentionally kill terrorists’ family members and has repeatedly called for returning to Bush-era torture, which has been widely denounced as ineffective, unethical, and dangerous for American servicemembers around the world.
  • Donald Trump, 2/17/16: “Torture works.”
  • Politifact, 3/30/16: “All ethical issues aside, the experts say, [torture] doesn't work because it is extremely inefficient and, in many ways, counterproductive.”
These calls clearly violate international laws, so in turn, Trump has denounced the Geneva Conventions and urged us to fight more like ISIS.
  • Face The Nation, 3/7/16: TRUMP: We are playing by rules, but [ISIS has] no rules. It's very hard to win when that's the case. DICKERSON: Isn't that separates us from the savages, rules? TRUMP: No, I don't think so. We have to beat the savages. DICKERSON: And therefore throw all rules out? TRUMP: We have beat the savages. DICKERSON: By being savages? TRUMP: No. We -- well, look, you have to play the game the way they're playing the game. You're not going to win if we are soft, and they are -- they have no rules.
  • Donald Trump, 3/30/16: “The problem is we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight.”

Trump’s Damaging Islamophobia

Donald Trump has proposed banning Muslims from entering the United States, and toyed with the idea of creating a national database to track all Muslims. Not only are these plans un-American, but experts agree that they would play right into terrorists’ hands.
  • Donald Trump statement, 12/7/15: “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.”
  • MSNBC, 11/20/15: Donald Trump's Plan for a Muslim Database Draws Comparison to Nazi Germany: “Trump was repeatedly asked to explain how his idea was different [from Nazi Germany]. Four times, he responded: "You tell me."”
Trump has repeatedly peddled lies to demonize Muslims, including refugees and Muslim-Americans, further undermining our fight against terrorism.
  • Politifact, 11/22/15:Fact-checking Trump's claim that thousands in New Jersey cheered when World Trade Center tumbled [PANTS ON FIRE]
  • Politifact, 1/14/16: Donald Trump's false claim that refugees, migrants are mostly 'strong, powerful men'
  • Donald Trump on Syrian refugees, 4/25/16: “We can't let this happen. But you have a lot of them resettling in Rhode Island. Just enjoy your — lock your doors, folks….who knows, who knows, maybe it's ISIS.”

Undermining Our Key Alliances

At a time that calls for strengthening our cooperation with our allies to tackle shared challenges, Donald Trump seems set on undermining them. He’s called NATO obsolete, said we gain nothing from the United Nations or from protecting our allies in Asia, and has said he’d ask Israel to reimburse the US for military assistance:
  • Donald Trump on NATO, 3/30/16: “No, we don't really need NATO in its current form. NATO is obsolete… If we have to walk, we have to walk.”

Trump’s Support For Brutal Dictators And Strongmen

Trump has expressed a disturbing amount of admiration for the actions of widely reviled dictators and strongmen. He has praised the leadership of Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong Un, Saddam Hussein, and even the Chinese government’s strength in the Tiananmen Square massacre.
  • NBC News, 3/11/16: Trump Calls Tiananmen Square Protests a 'Riot,' Defends Calling Crackdown 'Strong'
    • Donald Trump, 1990: “When the students poured into Tiananmen Square, the Chinese government almost blew it. Then they were vicious, they were horrible, but they put it down with strength. That shows you the power of strength. Our country is right now perceived as weak … as being spit on by the rest of the world”
    • Trump on Morning Joe, 12/18/15: TRUMP: He's running his country, and at least he's a leader, unlike what we have in this country. SCARBOROUGH: But, again: He kills journalists that don't agree with him. TRUMP: Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, too, Joe.
  • The Hill, 1/9/16: Trump: Kim Jong Un deserves ‘credit’ for taking out rivals
    • Donald Trump, 1/9/16: "And you've got to give him credit. How many young guys — he was like 26 or 25 when his father died — take over these tough generals…. It's incredible. He wiped out the uncle. He wiped out this one, that one. I mean, this guy doesn't play games.”
  • Donald Trump, 2/15/16“Saddam Hussein killed terrorists. He didn’t do it politically correct. He found a terrorist, they were gone within five seconds, OK. With us, we find a terrorist, it’s going to be 25 years and a trial.”
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hillary Clinton's April 26th Victory Speech in Philadelphia



For the full transcript, click here.

For many, Bernie will be a folk hero. For everyone, Hillary will be a president.


A couple of months ago, I had this reaction moments after Bernie and Hillary wrapped up a South Carolina town hall:
I meant it then and I still mean it now.

That town hall occurred in the wake of Clinton’s crucial win in Nevada and with landslides looming in South Carolina and several Super Tuesday states, so it was already becoming clear where the race was ultimately headed. That night I once again saw a man who was a powerful spokesman for crucial issues of our day...and a woman who was going to be our next president.

A smart, competent, tough, progressive and historic Democratic president.

Some people don’t believe me when I say I’ve liked Bernie for many years, but it’s absolutely true. Even though I’ve always steadfastly believed that Hillary would be the best possible president, I attentively listened to his entire announcement from Burlington as well as another big rally speech shortly thereafter. At that time, I didn’t think he would be a real threat to my candidate (boy was I wrong) but I was definitely interested in what he had to say. Because I liked him.

And by the way...even when it was clear that he was making a real run for it late last summer, I was still posting stuff like this.

Since Sanders entered the race, my main problem really wasn’t with him but rather the slash-and-burn campaign against my staunchly Democratic candidate propagated by a lot of his supporters online. For instance, if I never see another misleading chart comparing a Bernie “perfect score” Sanders to Hillary “Bush 2.0” Clinton, it will be way too soon. Over the course of the past year, we simply haven't seen near that level of vitriol aimed at Sanders from Clinton supporters. Maybe it’s because we liked him?

Recent negativity from the senator himself (particularly the whole “she’s unqualified” thing) have certainly put my long-running fanship of him to the test, but I don’t expect these feelings to last. As I clearly remember from the ‘08 Democratic primary, things can get unexpectedly overheated when the stakes get really high, but it doesn’t mean that the opposing candidate is no longer one of the good guys.

Ultimately, we’re all part of the same progressive team and we will win or lose our fight for the future together. But we have now reached a key pivot point in the 2016 race.

As expected, and as his own campaign has now acknowledged, the past two Tuesdays have effectively put the nomination out of reach for Bernie Sanders. That’s the bad news for him, but here’s the very good news: After doing everything in his power to help Hillary defeat the Republican nominee (as he promises to do), the movement that Bernie has built will go beyond one man or even one election.

What does that mean for the senator, specifically? Nothing but good stuff, if you ask me...

Bernie Sanders will likely remain in the Senate for at least nine more years, where his influence on policy will increase exponentially.

Bernie Sanders will write one hell of a book about this election and his lifelong causes, and millions of people will read it and take it to heart.

Bernie Sanders will continue to inspire a whole generation to take up his decades-long fight for economic equality, and as a result he’ll be a political rock star of the highest order for the rest of his life.

Bernie Sanders will become an influential folk hero for future generations of progressives long after he’s gone...changing the course of our nation and the world in the process.

Deservedly so.

Hillary News & Views 4.27: Victory Speech and State of the Primary Race

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Today’s Hillary News & Views covers Clinton’s decisive victories in yesterday’s series of primaries.

Here is the transcript of her victory speech, via Blog 4 President:
Wow.  Thank you, Pennsylvania!  What a night.  I want to thank everyone – I want to thank everyone.
Thank you all so much.  Wow.  I just want to thank all of you, everyone who came out to vote here in Pennsylvania and across Maryland and Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island.  I am so grateful to all our volunteers, our organizers, our community leaders.  Everyone who worked their hearts out.  
And I want to thank the leaders here in Pennsylvania.  Thank you, Governor Wolf.  Thank you, Senator Casey.  Thank you, Congressman Cartwright.  And thank you so much, Mayor Kenney, for your great help.  And of course, I want to thank the 42nd President of the United States, my husband.
Now, with your help, we’re going to come back to Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention with the most votes and the most pledged delegates and we will unify our party to win this election and build an America where we can all rise together – an America where we lift each other up instead of tearing each other down.
So we need you to keep volunteering.  Keep talking to your friends and neighbors.  Please join the more than 1.1 million people who’ve already contributed at hillaryclinton.com.
I know there are still too many barriers holding too many Americans back.  But despite what other candidates say, we believe in the goodness of our people and the greatness of our nation.  And if anyone doubts that, just let them travel across this country, as I’ve done in this campaign the past year, hearing people’s stories, learning about their struggles.  
Listen to the quiet determination of the working parents I met last week in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania.  They are doing everything they can to provide opportunities to their children in an economy where there still aren’t enough good-paying jobs.
Listen to the mothers who lost children to gun violence and encounters with the police.  They’re turning their sorrow into strategy and their mourning into a movement – a movement for justice and dignity.
Listen to the nurse I met this weekend in New Haven, Connecticut, who worked for years to build a middle-class life and raise a family.  But then, her luck changed.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer and used up all her savings and her sick time.  Soon, she was facing foreclosure and the prospect of losing the home she’d loved for more than 20 years.  And here’s what she said to me:  'My daughter and I live in fear of the day that we might come home and have a lock on the door… We’re in pain.  We’re hurting… We were, and are, the backbone of this country – the middle class.  We’re not asking for a handout.  We just want to be treated fairly.'
And she is speaking for so many people across our country who feel beaten down, left out and left behind.  People who have worked hard and done their part, but just can’t seem to get ahead, and find it tough even to get by.
Now, underneath all those worries together, we are going to come together and we are going to solve the problems we face.  
And I am aware that too many people feel at the mercy of forces too big for anyone to control, and they just worry that those of us in politics put our own interests ahead of the national interest.
The faith that we can make things better, that we can give our kids a better future than we had, is at the heart of who we are as a nation.  And it’s one of many reasons that being American has always been such a blessing.
And our campaign is about restoring people’s confidence in our ability to solve problems together – by delivering results that help people follow their own dreams.  That’s why we’re setting bold, progressive goals backed up by real plans that will improve lives.  After all, that is how progress gets made.  We have to be both dreamers and doers.
And as a great Democratic President once said, 'There is nothing wrong with America that can’t be cured by what’s right with America.'  I believe we can create more good jobs with rising incomes, jobs that provide dignity, pride and a middle-class life.  We can renew our democracy by overturning Citizens United.
We can lift up people and places who’ve been left out, from our inner cities to Appalachia, in every manufacturing town hollowed out when the factory closed, every community scarred by substance abuse, every home where a child goes to bed hungry.  That’s what we Democrats believe in.  That’s what we know is possible.  
So we will build on a strong progressive tradition from Franklin Roosevelt to Barack Obama.  And I applaud Senator Sanders and his millions of supporters for challenging us to get unaccountable money out of our politics and giving greater emphasis to closing the gap of inequality.  And I know, together, we will get that done.   
Because whether you support Senator Sanders or you support me, there’s much more that unites us than divides us.  We all agree that wages are too low and inequality is too high.  That Wall Street can never again be allowed to threaten Main Street.  And we should expand Social Security, not cut or privatize it.
We Democrats agree that college should be affordable to all and student debt shouldn’t hold anyone back.  We Democrats agree that every single American should and must have quality, affordable health care.
We agree that our next president must keep our country safe, keep our troops out of another costly ground war in the Middle East.
And we Democrats agree that climate change is an urgent threat.  And it requires an aggressive response that can make America the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.
And we Democrats agree on defending all of our rights – civil rights and voting rights, workers’ rights and women’s rights, LGBT rights and rights for people with disabilities.  
So in this election, we will have to stand together and work hard to prevail against candidates on the other side who would threaten all those rights and pit Americans against each other.
They would make it harder to vote, not easier.  They would deny women the right to make our own reproductive health care decisions. They would round up millions of hardworking immigrants and deport them.  They would demonize and discriminate against hardworking, terror-hating Muslim Americans who we need in the fight against radicalization.  And both of the top candidates in the Republican Party deny climate change even exits.
Now, the other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, 'woman card.' Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the 'woman card,'then deal me in.
So, my friends, if you are a Democrat, an Independent, or a thoughtful Republican, you know their approach is not going to build an America where we increase opportunity or decrease inequality.  So instead of letting them take us backwards, we want America to be in the future business.
That’s why I want you to keep imagining a tomorrow where instead of building walls, we are breaking down barriers – we are making it more likely that Americans will be part of a prosperous, inclusive, decent society.  
We’re imagining a tomorrow where every parent can find a good job and every grandparent can enjoy a secure retirement.
We’re imagining a tomorrow where no child grows up in the shadow of discrimination or under the specter of deportation.  And where every child has a good teacher and a good school, no matter what ZIP code that child lives in.  
And imagine a tomorrow where any young person can graduate from college debt-free.
Or imagine a tomorrow where hard work is honored, families are supported, streets are safe and communities are strong, and where love trumps hate.  That is the future I want.  I want that future for my granddaughter and for all of our children and grandchildren.
Now, think of this.  Our nation was born right here in Philadelphia. Our Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed just a few blocks away.  And ever since – even through dark and difficult chapters of our history – the idea of America has shone through.  At our best, we are, as Robert Kennedy said, 'a great country, an unselfish country and a compassionate country.'
But America’s greatness is not a birthright.  It must be earned by every generation.
So please join us.  Join us.  Go to hillaryclinton.com.  Text JOIN, 4-7-2-4-6. Volunteer, contribute.  Let’s go forward.  Let’s win the nomination and in July let’s return as a unified party.  Thank you all so much.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Thank you, Pennsylvania!



Well, Hillary has secured the nomination tonight.

There's not much left to do but dance.
P.S.:

CLINTON WINS PENNSYLVANIA!



CLINTON LANDSLIDES IN MARYLAND AND DELAWARE!


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