Hillary News & Views 7.18: Baton Rouge, Quick Response, CU Constitutional Amendment, Pokemon Go
Guest post by swiffy
Today we begin with Hillary’s statement on the latest tragic killings in Baton Rouge.
Today’s devastating assault on police officers in Baton Rouge is an assault on all of us. There is no justification for violence, for hate, for attacks on men and women who put their lives on the line every day in service of our families and communities.
We must not turn our backs on each other. We must not be indifferent to each other. We must all stand together to reject violence and strengthen our communities. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and families of the police officers who were killed and injured today.
The Campaign’s reaction to the selection of Mike Pence as the Donald Trump’s running mate came remarkably quickly in an effort to frame the narrative early. CNN reports:
Hillary Clinton might have been more prepared for Donald Trump's vice presidential rollout than Donald Trump.
In the crucial moments after Trump announced he had chosen Indian Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate with a tweet on Friday, Clinton's campaign sprang into action, while Trump's team missed several opportunities to capitalize on its own news and be the first to frame the narrative around the new partnership.
Within 15 minutes of Trump's initial tweet, Clinton responded with a video outlining a point-by-point case against Pence.
The fact sheet the campaign released on Pence as VP candidate is here.
With his choice of Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has doubled down on the biggest negatives of his campaign - discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that deepen the divide between millionaires and working Americans.
Pence is the most extreme VP pick in a generation and was one of the earliest advocates of the Tea Party. Pence joined Michele Bachmann’s Tea Party Caucus in 2010 and was the first member of GOP leadership to do so. As Pence said, “I was Tea Party before it was cool.”
Well, this is massive: Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton announced Saturday afternoon that she would push a constitutional amendment to overturn Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a landmark (and divisive) 2010 Supreme Court ruling that allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections. And she plans to do so within her first 30 days in office. While it's likely she's trying to win some support from those who were Team Bernie, her goal could mean a much bigger political voice for women and minorities.
Clinton's announcement came via video message at the politically progressive Netroots Nation annual conference in St. Louis. In her speech, she said the amendment would "give the American people—all of us—the chance to reclaim our democracy."
And it would be big for normal folk: The Citizens United v. FEC decision ruled that corporate spending in politics is a form of free speech, and it was the driving force behind the creation of super PACs (political action committees, a.k.a. lobbyists), which can raise and spend unlimited sums of money to advocate for or against political candidates and policies.
Hillary Clinton's campaign is launching a major voter mobilization drive during the Republican National Convention, setting a national goal of getting more than 3 million people to register and commit to vote in the 2016 election.
Clinton intends to announce the plan on Monday in a speech to the NAACP convention in Cincinnati, followed by a stop at an Ohio voter registration event with volunteers, campaign officials said Sunday. The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is kicking off the voter drive as Republicans meet in Cleveland to nominate businessman Donald Trump at their national convention.
The mobilization effort aims to capture the energy of Democrats watching the GOP convention each evening and harness it into a stronger voter base. President Barack Obama often told his campaign audiences, "Don't boo — vote," and Clinton's team wants their faithful not to fume, but to fight back.
Afterwards she will travel to the University of Cincinnati to speak.
Clinton’s young volunteers took notice of the game and brainstormed how they could use it to help her in the battleground state of Ohio. “Everyone was obsessed with it,” said Tim Holman, a 19-year-old who works in the campaign’s Shaker Heights office.
They decided to hold their event in Madison Park across the street from Grace Lutheran Church, because both places are PokéStops, where users can pick up Pokéballs (used to capture the Pokémon), potions and other useful stuff.
The Clinton campaign set up extra “lure modules” at the church and the park to attract more Pokémon — and potential Clinton supporters — to the area. “They come to us. This is a Pokémon beacon,” Holman said.
A few paces away, Zachary Hernandez, a Clinton volunteer who came up with the idea of the Pokémon event, was registering two young people to vote. Jonny Latsko, 18, and his older sister, Ellen, 21, read about the Pokémon event on Tumblr and wanted to check it out. They are both at level 9 of the game, while Hernandez is at level 12.
Both siblings plan to vote for Clinton in the fall and thought the event was a cool idea.