Bernie Sanders Update…’I’m Running’…

He ain’t gonna win  folks…

But he’s gonna try to keep Hillary Clinton making Left Turns…

The independent Vermont senator told the Associated Press in a story published Wednesday that he plans to run for the Democrats’ 2016 presidential nomination. The news was confirmed by multiple Sanders aides.

“I am running for president,” he told The Associated Press.

“People should not underestimate me,” Sanders told the AP. “I’ve run outside of the two-party system, defeating Democrats and Republicans, taking on big-money candidates and, you know, I think the message that has resonated in Vermont is a message that can resonate all over this country.”

Sanders caucuses with the Democrats in the Senate but is an unlikely candidate for the Democratic nomination, primarily because he has never been a registered member of the party and calls himself a “democratic socialist.”

Yet many of his views fit with the Democratic left, a constituency in which Sanders has found a small yet devout following. Sanders and his top advisers hope that group of voters will propel his dark horse candidacy. Though Hillary Clinton is the dominant frontrunner, many in the progressive left of the party think she’s too moderate and are clamoring for a different candidate to support….

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Red State on Baltimore and President Obama….

Please check the end of this from Erick Erickson @ Red State….

Rushing to Judgment

I have no idea what happened to Freddie Gray. I know he was no angel. He had been in and out of trouble with the law. There were more than a dozen arrests for drugs, burglary, escape, etc.

But it is hard for me to believe what happened to him was deserved. He may have been no angel, but we are all sinners. If the police brutalized him during an arrest and denied him medical treatment, they need to be held accountable. There needs to be an investigation.

There are, however, two thoughts I have on this.

First, I can’t help but scratch my head that, however terrible this tragedy is, people want to burn down Baltimore over this.

Second, I’m at 100% on thinking we should not trust the people who believed “hands up, don’t shoot” was real to tell us what actually happened in Baltimore.

The media wants a rush to judgment for ratings. But I think we should wait and find out what actually happened.

As a bonus: I also don’t think we should trust the people who think President Obama is a sleeper-cell closet muslim super secret agent of one born in Kenya to tell us what actually happened or what Freddie Gray was or was not doing in the week or weeks prior to what happened.

Patience, however, is never cathartic and rarely generates the ratings TV wants…..

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Hillary links racial inequality to economic inequality…

In a major policy statement the Democratic probable nominee went there….

Hillary Clinton, who some do not associate with progressive issues much…Touched on a truism….

There no protests in middle class neighborhoods….

There are no protests in rich neighborhoods…

The protests and violenece are in poor neghborhoods and effect the poor….

In most of the media spotlights on crime…

The faces are black or brown …..

Hillary Clinton has shed the light on the dispartity of economics in America in 2015 and how the criminal justice system is handling something that should be worked on economically across the board….

More money to the military, enabled by cuts to domestic programs only makes things worst…..

More Cops will NEVER solve the problem…..

Not on Main Street and not on the nation’s borders….

Hillary Clinton on Wednesday condemned Monday’s rioting in Baltimore but argued turmoil across the country is symptomatic of larger issues plaguing the criminal justice system.

In the first major policy address of her presidential campaign, the Democratic front-runner linked a series of officer-involved killings of black men over the last year to inequality and argued for major reforms for the courts and police.
“Those who are instigating further violence are disrespecting the Gray family and the entire community,” she said, referencing Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who sustained a fatal injury in the custody of Baltimore police. “They are compounding the tragedy of Freddie Gray’s death and setting back the cause of justice. So the violence has to stop.”

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Hillary Clinton, like President Obama, deplored the violence in Baltimore and both asked that people respect the law and seek change thru the system, niot be engagaing it thru violence….

View of Hillary’s speech at Daily Kos..….

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 4/29/15… Welcome to 2016’s most mysterious Senate race

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

David Vitter addresses a small group of people (May 22, 2012)

Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter

Leading Off:

LA-Sen, Gov: While Republican Sen. David Vitter has looked like the clear favorite to win this year’s gubernatorial contest for a long time, it’s anyone’s guess who he’d appoint to his Senate seat. Rep. John Fleming has publicly been jockeying for the job and even says he’ll run for the seat next year if he doesn’t get picked. And while Rep. Charles Boustany and state Treasurer and 2008 Senate nominee John Kennedy have said little about their 2016 aspirations, sources close to them tell the National Journal‘s Andrea Drusch that they each very much want the job.

Both Boustany and Kennedy are already laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 Senate run. In the last three months, Boustany raised $650,000, far more than an entrenched incumbent in a safely red House seat needs. Boustany has also endorsed Vitter and is campaigning for him in South Louisiana, an area rival GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle needs to do well in.

Kennedy hasn’t endorsed Vitter yet, though it’s probably only a matter of time before he does. But Kennedy has hired GOP ad maker Fred Davis (creator of such hits as Debbie Spend It Now and Demon Sheep) to work on his 2015 re-election campaign. Kennedy doesn’t have any notable foes on the horizon, but he can use his $3.5 million war chest (which can’t be transferred to a federal race) to boost his name recognition. A longtime aide to Kennedy has also formed a super PAC that can spend in a congressional contest.

For his part, Fleming endorsed Vitter early, and while his recent fundraising hasn’t been as hefty as Boustany’s, he still holds a larger warchest. Drusch also tells us that the North Louisiana congressman is building up grassroots support for next year….

Senate:

NC-Sen, Gov: A new Elon University poll finds Republican Gov. Pat McCrory edging his likely Democratic opponent, state Attorney General Roy Cooper, by a narrow 45-43 margin—no surprise there, given all the earlier numbers we’ve seen. But on the Senate said, Elon puts Republican incumbent Richard Burr up just 44-43 on ex-Sen. Kay Hagan, which is way, way more optimistic than what PPP’s seen (50-38 Burr earlier this month). There are no answers here, only questions…

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Political Roundup for April 29, 2015… Sanders 2016…Red Racing Horses

by: shamlet

First thing’s first, words can’t describe how happy I am to be waking up to a peaceful morning in Baltimore. Here’s an assesment of the politics of the situation: the general sense at this early point is that Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has come out looking good, while Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s (D) political career has probably suffered irreparable damage.

President:

Sanders: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) will announce a campaign for President in the Democratic Primary on Thursday. Sanders is a nominal independent and self-described Socialist whose voting record is in line with the bold progressive wing of the Democratic party. However, at age 72 and with a reputation as a quirky iconoclast, Sanders is not a great vessel for marshalling discontent on the left with Hillary.

Governor:

MS-Gov: You don’t need a poll to see that this race isn’t going to be competitive, but Mason-Dixon gives us one anyway. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) sports an imposing 72-20 approval rating and leads Some Dude attorney Vicki Slater (D) 61-30.

NH-Gov: 2014 nominee Walt Havenstein (R) will not mount another bid for Governor in 2016, even though the GOP’s chances of taking this seat may be greater with Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) exploring a run for Senate. Havenstein is selling his home and likely to move out-of-state. Executive Councilor Chris Sununu (R) has been exploring a run.

OR-Gov: Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken (R) is exploring a run for Governor. However, he is not considered a strong candidate; he attempted a run for OR-4 in 2010 before his campaign imploded amid campaign-finance violations. Physician-scientist Bud Pierce (R) is the only announced GOP candidate against Gov. Kate Brown (D), but several others on both sides have been speculated to be considering….

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Bernie Sanders will run for President….

…From the 10:00 o’clock local Fox news channel…..

“Bernie Sanders…The socialist Democrat’….is running…..

This guy doesn’t expect to win….

But he’s running….Good for him….

Senator Bernard Sanders, the independent from Vermont, plans to run for president as a Democrat, becoming the only official party challenger so far to Hillary Rodham Clinton.

According to people familiar with the senator’s plans, he will release a statement on Thursday and make a more formal announcement of candidacy later next month in Vermont. That event will likely take place at City Hall in Burlington, where he was mayor.

Mr. Sanders, who considers himself a “Democratic Socialist,” has been traveling recently in early nominating states like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina to gauge interest in his candidacy.

While considered a long-shot for the Democratic nomination, Mr. Sanders could be another voice drawing Mrs. Clinton to the left because of his progressive views on trade, health care and corporate lobbying.

“Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class, or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy?” Mr. Sanders said on his website……

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Republican Kate Murray will run for Nassau County District Attorney Job….

Out on Long Island …..Nassau County is divided into 3 boro’s or towns as they call them….

Kate Murray is the Hempstead Town Supervisor….

During her tenure Nassau County has lost a NHL Hockey team to Brooklyn and an NFL Football team to New Jersey….In each case….Murray has been against ANY development….The town of Hempstead has not let anything be built to collect more taxes and employ people….

With all of this on her watch we now find out that she is gonna run for the seat vacated by Kathleen Rice , when she moved up to US House….

The current DA Madeline Singas, was moved up by Governor Cuomo in January , four months ago…She is NOT a politician….

The problem in Nassau County is this….

Even though there are 40,000 MORE Democratic voters in the county?

Republicans CONSISTANTLY WIN elections there….

Could Republican Murray, who has scant experience in criminal law and has been even less helpful for the counties economy actually win and take the last spot Democrats hold even with tens of thousands Democratic voter on the rolls?

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has invited village mayors, union leaders and other local officials to attend her announcement next week that she will run for Nassau County district attorney this fall, political sources said.

The announcement will occur at noon at the Levittown Fire Department headquarters the day before the Nassau Republican nominating convention names her as the GOP…

More @ a Newsday pay wall piece….

image…newsday.com

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Same-Sex Marriage argued infront of the Supreme’s…

While the nation as a whole is moving in acceptance of the issue….

We’ll have to wait and see if mostly old white guys on the courts can find a way to join the rest of us….

The issue really should be one of Civil Rights for all….

Supreme Court justices broke along familiar ideological lines Tuesday as they considered whether same-sex couples enjoy a constitutional right to marry, with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy in a familiar role as the apparent decider in a landmark gay-rights case.

Kennedy asked tough questions of both sides.

Why should nine unelected justices change the definition of marriage as only between a man and a woman when that concept has existed for “millennia?” Kennedy asked attorney Mary L. Bonauto, who is representing gay couples in the case.

On the other end, he questioned John Bursch, representing Michigan and other states with same-sex marriage bans, about their procreation-centered view of marriage. Why do same-sex couples not deserve the “same ennoblement” of their relationships that others receive? he asked.

The solemn, hushed nature of the proceeding was shattered by a protester who shouted that the Bible teaches that those who engage in homosexuality will “burn in hell for eternity.” He could be heard shouting for minutes even after security dragged him from the courtroom.

Proponents of same-sex marriage were first at the podium as they challenged laws from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The justices are considering two questions: whether the Constitution requires states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and whether states must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states where they are legal.

A decision is expected in late June….

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Breaking…The National Football League will start paying taxes…

Betcha didn’t know that NFL was tax-exampt, eh?

Well,  No more….

The teams aren’t though….

The National Football League announce Tuesday that it is eliminating its tax-exempt status, a major sticking point for lawmakers and other critics of the league.

Here is the full statement from Robert McNair, chairman of the league’s finance committee and owner of the Houston Texans:

The income generated by football has always been earned by the 32 clubs and taxable there. This is the case whether the league office is tax exempt or taxable. The owners have decided to eliminate the distraction associated with misunderstanding of the league office’s status, so the league office will in the future file returns as a taxable entity.

In a memo to the league’s teams, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called the tax-exempt status, which was first granted in 1942, a “distraction,” adding that is has “been mischaracterized repeatedly in recent years.”

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Daily Kos Election Morning Digest 4/28/15… Why Andrew Cuomo needs to watch his back in 2018

Reposted from Daily Kos Elections by Jeff Singer

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, laughs during a news conference to announce details of a newly renovated Madison Square Garden in New York, October 24, 2013. Over a billion dollars was spent on the three year, top-to-bottom renovation.  REUTERS/Carlo

attribution: REUTERS
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

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NY-Gov: This would certainly be epic: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who’s used his post to actively litigate on behalf of liberal causes, apparently has not ruled out a primary challenge to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2018, according to reporter Ken Lovett. Unnamed sources “close to” Schneiderman say he’s giving “serious consideration” to a bid and is “laying the groundwork” for a run should Cuomo retire, but Lovett acknowledges it’s “not clear” whether Schneiderman would take Cuomo on directly. That means Schneiderman’s people are leaving his intentions deliberately ambiguous, which is interesting in its own right.

Cuomo, meanwhile, just indicated that he’s inclined to seek a third term, but he has to say that, lest he look like a lame duck just months after getting sworn in a second time. And if he still harbors delusions of becoming president some day, he also probably has to run and win at least one more time. The soonest he can seek the White House is 2020, but if Hillary Clinton wins next year, that pushes Cuomo out to 2024, (he’d be 67). If he eschews a third term, he’d be out of politics for half a dozen years by that point, so he has to stay in the game if he wants a promotion.

But Schneiderman could very well upend any such plans. Law professor Zephyr Teachout, despite having no name recognition, little money, and scarcely any time, threw a real scare into Cuomo in last year’s primary and rode a wave of progressive disgust that held the governor to just 63 percent statewide. Schneiderman would offer a great contrast as a populist crusader to the anti-union, pro-one percenter Cuomo, and he’d be more than capable of finishing the job.

Schneiderman predictably backed off Lovett’s obvious between-the-lines hints, but he also was far from Shermanesque in disavowing his interest:

“Being able take on powerful interests in order to protect New Yorkers is the greatest job I’ve ever had and my plan for 2018 is to run for re-election. I am not thinking about or planning to run for Governor, and I have no interest in challenging an incumbent Democratic governor who shares my views on virtually every issue.”

As Al Swearengen once put it, announcing your plans is a good way to hear god laugh, so Schneiderman is just doing that thing smart politicians do when they resist courting any divine chortling.

He’d also probably have the inside track for the Democratic nomination in an open seat race, too. Lovett mentions a trio of other possibilities: Teachout; Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner; and Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. (A spokesman for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says any notion she’s interested is “categorically false.”) None of these candidates have a profile as prominent as Schneiderman’s, nor would they be able to match his fundraising ability. But whether he knocks off Cuomo or succeeds him without a primary fight, Schneiderman would finally be the progressive governor that dark blue New York deserves.

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Political Roundup for April 28th, 2015…Jeb Bush takes in $100 Mil…Red Racing Horses

by: Daniel Surman

Today’s roundup comes in the shadow of some pretty dark events in Baltimore. Nevertheless,

President

Cruz: After the New York Times extensively covered the event, NYC real estate developer Ian Reisner apologized for hosting Senator Ted Cruz in his home. Reisner is gay and faced a backlash from LGBT activists who threatened to boycott Reisner’s business over Cruz’s opposition to gay marriage.

Jeb: It looks like Jeb Bush will raise $100 million by the end of May. While the number would beat past records for entering presidential candidates, the money is apples-to-oranges with much of it going to Jeb’s affiliated (and still coordinating) super PAC.

Warren: Another long-read on Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (D), the darling of the left who will not be running for President.

NH-PRES: A Gravis poll (find some salt) conducted last week found a wide-open Republican primary here, with Bush (18%), Walker (16%), Paul (15%), Rubio (11%) and Cruz (10%) all cracking double-digits. All of the general election matchups with Hillary were within a few points.

Senate

NH-SEN: The same Gravis poll found Senator Kelly Ayotte (R) leading Governor Maggie Hassan 50%-43%.

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Google map….Racist places in America…It will surprise some…

Some may want think American racism is soley in the South….

No so says the Google map from a study….

Where do America’s most racist people live? “The rural Northeast and South,” suggests a new study just published in PLOS ONE.

The paper introduces a novel but makes-tons-of-sense-when-you-think-about-it method for measuring the incidence of racist attitudes: Google search data. The methodology comes from data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. He’s used it before to measure the effect of racist attitudes on Barack Obama’s electoral prospects.

[Data suggest Republicans have a race problem]

“Google data, evidence suggests, are unlikely to suffer from major social censoring,” Stephens-Davidowitz wrote in a previous paper. “Google searchers are online and likely alone, both of which make it easier to express socially taboo thoughts. Individuals, indeed, note that they are unusually forthcoming with Google.” He also notes that the Google measure correlates strongly with other standard measures social science researchers have used to study racist attitudes.

This is important, because racism is a notoriously tricky thing to measure. Traditional survey methods don’t really work..

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Rand Paul Update…We should not have taken Saddam Hussein out….

Interesting…..

I have mixed emotions on his view….

The guy certainly was a bad guy…

But the country is now a mess….

For some time, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a Republican presidential contender, has been trying to persuade supporters of Israel and foreign-policy hawks in his party that he is not the isolationist many believe him to be. On Monday, he brought that message to a group of about 30 Orthodox Jewish leaders in Brooklyn.

But the message he imparted did not entirely bolster his case — and was particularly curious given the audience he had chosen: Mr. Paul said flatly that it had been a “mistake” for the United States to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq. And he suggested that the situation in Libya had deteriorated because of the overthrow of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

“Each time we topple a secular dictator, I think we wind up with chaos, and radical Islam seems to rise,” Mr. Paul said.

Still, Mr. Paul insisted that he did not oppose all foreign military interventions. “I’m not an isolationist,” he said. “I’m somebody who believes that war is the last resort.”

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“You Are Beautiful”…. Un-photoshopped images and stories….

beautiful body

Photographer Jade Beall wants to create a new kind of site for women — one that features unaltered portraits taken by photographers around the world, accompanied by the subjects’ stories.

Beall, the photographer behind The Bodies Of Mothers, is currently fundraising for “You Are Beautiful,” which she described to The Huffington Post as “a rad new media platform for female photographers from all over the world to contribute un-photoshopped images and inspiring stories of women from around the world to promote healthy self-esteem, self-love and empowerment for women and our wee ones.”

The site will feature portraits of women accompanied by narratives about their lives and bodies…

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Marco Rubio Update…He’s good with Norquist ‘No Tax Increases’

Jeb Bush has refused to do so…..

He was a Governor….He KNOWS better….

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has signed a pledge opposing all tax increases as he jockeys for the White House, the third presidential candidate to make the oath to the popular conservative group Americans for Tax Reform.

“Senator Rubio is a longtime leader in the taxpayer movement. He signed and kept the Pledge as a Florida state House representative and as a United States Senator. By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Senator Rubio continues to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes,” Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said in a statement.
“Senator Rubio understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers’ money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past.”

Rubio joins fellow Republican Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Ted Cruz (Texas), who signed the pledge last week….

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Young Republicans whipsaw their parents on same-sex relationships…

Social Conservatives and old timer GOPer’s may want the issue to go one way….

But not so quietly the issue is NOT going away across the country and the Republican party….

With American’s moving past the 50% figure in supporting or just wanting the issue to NOT be an issue?….The Grand Ole party has a problem……

Young Republicans and others, are not in lock step with the GOP’s platform policy against Gays….

Some of the most effective lobbyists on same-sex marriage don’t stalk the halls of Congress or pound the pavement on K Street: They’re the children of Republican politicians.

Through open and sometimes awkward conversations at home, these children say their parents’ views are changing, even if their public stances haven’t caught up to their private views.

“You can’t always come out and say how you really feel, especially in a GOP primary as it is today,” said MSNBC host Abby Huntsman. She suspects her father, former Utah governor and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, supported gay marriage even before publicly backing it in a 2013 op-ed.

Older Republicans, by and large, continue to oppose gay marriage, only a handful of Republican lawmakers publicly favor it, and none of the party’s presidential candidates have said they do. But the majority of young Republicans, like the majority of Americans, now support it.

With the Supreme Court preparing to hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage on Tuesday, the issue has become a hot topic on the presidential campaign trail, putting Republican discomfort with the issue in stark relief. Texas Senator Ted Cruz put out a statement last week affirming his stance against gay marriage, after news reports emerged that he attended a reception for him hosted by two gay hoteliers. He reportedly said at the event that he would not love his daughters any differently if they were gay.

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