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Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
July 24, 2015 1:56 PM
(Sub headline)Until this morning, Pennsylvania required a minor-party candidate for statewide office -- like Ralph Nader in 2004 -- to garner many more signatures than their Democrat or Republican counterparts.
By Chris Potter / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
A federal court judge has ruled that Pennsylvania's Election Code sets an unconstitutionally high bar on third-party political candidates, by requiring them to gather more signatures than Democrats or Republicans — and by having to defend their validity in court.
"The ability of the minor parties to organize and voice their views has been decimated" by the combined impact of Election Code provisions, U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled this morning. State law "imposes a severe burden" on the three minor parties who challenged the law: the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Green Party.
The ruling means that the Pennsylvania legislature will have to "go back to the drawing board" and redraft ballot requirements for minor-party candidates, said Oliver Hall, an attorney at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Competitive Democracy. Mr. Hall has represented the parties since the legal dispute began, in a separate case, in 2009.
Pennsylvania requires a minor-party candidate for statewide office to garner petition signatures equal to 2 percent of the total vote count in the prior statewide election. In 2014, the requirement was 16,639 signatures, though the number has ranged as high as 67,070 voters in 2006. By contrast, Democratic and Republican candidates are only required to furnish 2,000 signatures to earn a spot on the ballot for their Spring primary. The winner of that contest is automatically guaranteed a ballot spot in November.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2015/07/24/Federal-judge-rules-Pa-third-party-candidate-requirements-unconstitutional/stories/201507240230
Posted by Divernan | Fri Jul 24, 2015, 07:25 PM (6 replies)
There are 2 competing newspapers in the Pittsburgh/southwestern PA area. One is the conservative Tribune-Review, long owned and subsidized by the recently deceased billionaire, Richard Scaiffe. Scaiffe endorsed HRC in 2008, and donated to the Clinton Foundation, and Bill Clinton gave the eulogy at Scaiffe's memorial service. The other paper is the traditionally Democratic leaning Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I've given links to both articles.
The conservative Trib was at the fundraiser, interviewed many of the guests and had lots of pictures of HRC both outside and inside the estate. The Post-Gazette? An old photo of Clinton from last May in Las Vegas, a photo of the backs of cars lined up on a road awaiting entrance to the estate (along with a caption,"Cars line up on Hawthorne Road from Fox Chapel Road, heading to a private fundraiser this morning for Hillary Clinton. Security personnel said only invited guests were allowed down the street during the event.") and a picture of HRC with a handicapped young man, provided to the Post Gazette by his father, who would have been required to donate $2700 for having his son's photo taken w/HRC. The PG article stated the event was closed to the press. It seems the conservative/Scaiffe paper was allowed to attend the event, while the Democratic paper was frozen out. Do read the comments of the readers to both papers. There are some very harsh and nasty opinions of HRC there. They substantiate the prediction that if HRC is the candidate, she will increase the turnout of Republicans who harbor very negative (to put it mildly) feelings for her.
From the Trib:
(Headline) "Hillary Clinton attends Fox Chapel fundraiser as poll numbers sag"
Read more: http://triblive.com/politics/politicalheadlines/8761531-74/clinton-campaign-fundraiser#ixzz3geVS2ujZ
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And in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Posted by Divernan | Wed Jul 22, 2015, 05:00 PM (13 replies)
All I really recalled about him was he was in one of Clinton's cabinets. I've been so impressed of late by his passionate FB posts, that I looked him up. Wow! Grab an iced tea or cuppa coffee and read all about him.
Robert Bernard Reich (pronounced /ˈraɪx/; born June 24, 1946) is an American politician, academic, writer, and political commentator. He served as the 22nd United States Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, from 1993 to 1997, and was named by Time Magazine as one of the ten most successful cabinet secretaries of the last century. In 2008 he served on President-elect Barack Obama's economic advisory board.
A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Reich is currently Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. A former Harvard University professor and the former Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, he is a contributor to CNBC and a frequent political and economic commentator on MSNBC, CNN, This Week with George Stephanopoulos, CNBC's Kudlow & Company, and NPR's Marketplace.
EARLY LIFE AND CAREER
Reich was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and he attended John Jay High School in Cross River, New York. He attended Dartmouth College, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in 1968 and winning a Rhodes Scholarship to study Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford. Reich subsequently earned a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
From 1973 to 1974 he served as law clerk to Judge Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and from 1974 to 1976 was Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, Robert Bork. In 1976, President Carter appointed him Director of the Policy Planning Staff at the Federal Trade Commission. (He would have been 30 then.)
From 1980 until 1992, Reich taught at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote a series of influential books and articles, including The Next American Frontier and The Work of Nations. In The Next American Frontier he blamed the nation's lagging economic growth on "paper entrepreneurialism -- financial and legal gamesmanship that drained the economy of resources needed for better products and services. In The Work of Nations he argued that a nation's competitiveness depends on the education and skills of its people and on the infrastructure connecting them with one another, rather than on the profitability of companies headquartered within it. Private Capital, he said, was increasingly global and footloose, while a nation's people -- its human capital -- constituted the one resource on which the future standard of living of a nation uniquely depended. He urged policy makers to make such public investments the cornerstone of economic policy.
Bill Clinton incorporated Reich's thinking into his 1992 campaign platform, "Putting People First," and after being elected invited Reich to head his economic transition team. Reich later joined the administration as Secretary of Labor. During his tenure, he implemented the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), successfully promoted increasing the minimum wage, successfully lobbied to pass the School-to-Work Jobs Act, and launched a number of job training programs. At the same time, he lobbied Clinton to address bigger societal issues, countered Robert Rubin and others in the administration who wanted Clinton to pare his investment agenda, and pushed for improvement of conditions for those in poverty.
In addition, Reich used the office as a platform for focusing the nation's attention on the need for American workers to adapt to the new economy. He advocated that the country provide more opportunities for workers to learn more technology, and predicted the shrinkage of the middle class due to a gap between unskilled and highly skilled workers.
AFTER THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION
In 1996, between Clinton's re-election and second inauguration, Reich decided to leave the department to spend more time with his sons, then in their teen years. He published his experiences working for the Clinton administration in Locked in the Cabinet. After publication of the book, Reich received criticism for embellishing events with invented dialogue. The paperback release of the memoir revised or omitted the inventions.
Reich became a professor at Brandeis University, teaching courses for undergraduates as well as in the Heller School for Social Policy and Management. In 2003, he was elected the Professor of the Year by the undergraduate student body.
In 2002, he ran for Governor of Massachusetts. He also published an associated campaign book, I'll Be Short. Reich was the first Democratic candidate for a major political office to support same-sex marriage. He also pledged support for abortion rights, and strongly condemned capital punishment. His campaign staff was largely made up of his Brandeis students. Although his campaign had little funding, he surprised many and came in a close second out of six candidates in the Democratic primary with 25% of the vote.
In 2003, he was awarded the prestigious Václav Havel Foundation VIZE 97 Prize, by the former Czech president, for his writings in economics and politics.
In 2004, he published Reason, a book on how liberals can forcefully argue for their position in a country increasingly dominated by what he calls "radcons", or radical conservatives.
In addition to his professorial role, he is a weekly contributor to the American Public Media public radio program Marketplace, and a regular columnist for the American Prospect, which he co-founded in 1990. He is also a frequent contributor to CNBC's Kudlow & Company and On the Money.
In early 2005, there was speculation that Reich would once again seek the Democratic nomination for Governor of Massachusetts. He instead endorsed the then-little-known candidacy of Deval Patrick, who had previously served as Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration. Patrick won the party's endorsement, a three-way primary with nearly 50% of the vote, and the general election in November 2006.
In September 2005 Reich testified against John Roberts at his confirmation hearings for Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. Two years later his book Supercapitalism: The Transformation of Business, Democracy, and Everyday Life was published. In it he argued turbo-charged corporate competition, fueled by consumers and investors seeking the best possible deals from anywhere in the world, was generating severe social problems. But governments were failing to address them because big corporations and Wall Street firms were also seeking competitive advantage over one another through politics, thereby drowning out the voices of ordinary citizens. The answer was to keep corporations focused on making better products and services and keep them out of politics. "Corporate Social Responsibility" is essentially forbearance from activities that undermine democracy.
During the 2008 primaries, Reich published an article that was extremely critical of the Clintons, referring to Bill Clinton's attacks on Barack Obama as "ill-tempered and ill-founded," and accusing the Clintons of waging "a smear campaign against Obama that employs some of the worst aspects of the old politics."
On April 18, 2008 Reich endorsed Barack Obama for President of the United States.
On April 3, 2009, Reich commented that published U6 employment figures indicate that the United States is in a depression.
(See the link below for complete list of his many books.)
blog: www.robertreich.org; Twitter handle: rbreich.
Posted by Divernan | Wed Jul 22, 2015, 12:30 PM (13 replies)
Reich's latest FB entry, late Saturday night, (9 hours ago) already has over 16,000 likes and 6,000 shares. Let's support Reich's support of Bernie's campaign by liking and sharing his comments as well. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/RBReich?fref=nf
His comment then links to Alternet's "Why Is the NY Times Basically Doing a Blackout on Bernie Sanders? The New York Times' Sanders coverage is intellectually dishonest." article.
99th Monkey has started a thread on this Alternet article in the Sanders group:
It's a long, detailed article excoriating the Times for intellectually dishonest coverage rising to the level of journalistic malpractice. Give it a read.
Posted by Divernan | Wed Jul 22, 2015, 07:43 AM (12 replies)
Hat/shirts/bumper stickers/car magnets
My favorite logo: "BERNIE SANDERS - NOT FOR SALE!"
Interesting thing - the various sites include product reviews. Reviews on "Bernie" gear - outnumbered reviews on HRC gear, by a ratio of 5 to 1.
Posted by Divernan | Tue Jul 21, 2015, 12:14 PM (10 replies)
Original thread title: Robert Reich's pro-Bernie FB post got 49,600 likes & 11,300 shares in just 3 hours
What amazes me, frankly, are the crowds. Not since Robert F. Kennedy sought the Democratic nomination in 1968 has a candidate for the nomination of either party generated such large numbers of people eager to see and listen to him. None in living memory has summoned such crowds this early, before the nominating season even begins. Even Sanders' advisers are amazed (I spoke with one this morning who said they never expected this kind of response).
Doing some very conservative extrapolation, i.e., that everyone who shared had an average of 65 FB friends (and many millennials have several hundred FB friends), that means that in slightly over a 24 hour period, ONE MILLION, ONE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY THOUSAND PEOPLE RECEIVED THIS POSITIVE MESSAGE ABOUT BERNIE SANDERS FROM A FRIEND.
Not from some political spinmeister or paid advertising agency, but from a friend. That means a helluva lot.
Just so you can compare and contrast. One campaign is riding a tidal wave of social media and record breaking gatherings, the other is locked in the gilded age approach of soliciting the wealthy.
Posted by Divernan | Mon Jul 20, 2015, 11:00 PM (41 replies)
Posted by Divernan | Mon Jul 20, 2015, 04:16 AM (2 replies)
As per Sabrina's post 17 above,
As Joe Biden stated yesterday, this is THE MOST IMPORTANT issue that Dems need to stand up and address, the POISONOUS effects of money on our electoral system. I guess Biden, who agrees with Sanders on this, has seen it up close and personal. He actually says that. 'Don't trust even those you like IF they are taking Corporate money'.
Like Biden, I have seen the lobbying/bribing/quid-pro-quos up close and personal, albeit in the Pennsylvania state legislature, not in D.C. But the amounts involved are beggared beyond belief by the tens of millions the Clintons have been amassing, both personally and in their boutique/middle man/"charity." I mean, why on earth do foreign governments have to help out, let's say Haiti, by going through the Clintons, who will skim off a handling fee/percentage, when they could simply give assistance directly to the country or relief organizations involved. They did it forever before the Clinton Family Foundation.
And I have been posting the following observation/opinion for about a month now:
HRC's corporate quid pro quos will be called in on her Supreme Court appts.
Posted by Divernan | Sat Jul 18, 2015, 01:29 PM (1 replies)
I know you were all shocked!, I say, shocked! at this development. This is my hometown, but my invitation must have been lost in the mail - sadly, I have a previous engagement as well! And for only $2,700, I could have had my picture taken with HRC. I am devastated!
Presidential candidate Clinton to attend Fox Chapel fundraiser
Read more: http://triblive.com/news/editorspicks/8758239-74/hillary-clinton-host#ixzz3gC5kXc5w
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Back story - Fox Chapel is the most expensive/wealthiest suburb of Pittsburgh. Shapira's husband David is CEO of the Giant Eagle grocery chain, valued at $9.9 Billion. It is privately owned by "the Shapira family".
As always with the Clintons, you gotta pay to play (no freebie pictures for you, deadbeats!) This reinforces my practice of avoiding the humongously sized Giant Eagle - you could lay out a 9 hole golf course in their local Market District store. I like Trader Joe's and a small (5 stores) local chain - Community Supermarkets.
Posted by Divernan | Fri Jul 17, 2015, 07:52 PM (71 replies)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) won another victory in the battle against privatizing mail delivery as the Postal Service has quietly backed off of a plan to close 82 mail processing plants.
Posted by Divernan | Thu Jul 16, 2015, 10:42 PM (15 replies)