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HRC: "We are supposed to learn, that's part of what experience should be teaching you."

Part of Town Hall with Chris Matthews (segment starts at about 47 minutes into tape).

You've see posts on this part, where Matthews sets it up for her to paint Bernie's consistency as a negative - a failure to learn from experience. The moral, of course, is that Hillary is possessed of better judgement in spite of the long history of disastrous positions she has taken on war, trade deals and social policy.

But it doesn't work. I'm sorry to tell you and Hillary that there is one glaring, bright as the sun problem with the entire string of reasoning and using it as a weapon against Bernie.

If he hasn't learned and you've made so much progress in developing your ideas, why have you adopted virtually every one of Bernie's calcified, old as the hills positions as your own?


Sorry Hillary, but you blew it again.



Arizona has a wrinkle for indie primary voters

My daughter was home over the weekend from Arizona. She's registered independent and has decided she wants to vote for Bernie so while she was just home for an all-too-brief visit we went to the Az website to see what hoops she needed to jump through. At first blush it seemed easy and accommodating. The info is below.

I moved recently, when is the deadline to update my voter registration?

The final day to update your voter registration or register to vote is midnight on the 29th day before the election. For the 2016 Primary Election that day is Midnight on August 1, 2016 and for the 2016 General Election you must register before Midnight on October 10, 2016. All voter registration forms that are mailed in must be postmarked on or before the deadline.



How does an independent voter receive a ballot for the Primary Election?
An independent voter on the early voter list will receive a post card in the mail asking for the voter to choose which party ballot the voter wishes to receive for the Primary Election. If the independent voter goes to the polls on Election Day the voter will be given the option to choose a party ballot at that time.

http://www.azsos.gov/elections

We didn't immediately note the date but before leaving the page it sank in that there was something odd. A primary on August 30th? How could that be, we wondered?

Not finding any ready explanation, we eventually opened the calendar. Bold font added.
Elections Calendar

Thu, September 24, 2015
First day to file Presidential Preference - New Party Petitions
Sat, October 24, 2015
Last day to file Presidential Preference - New Party Petitions
Fri, November 13, 2015
First day to file as a Presidential Preference Candidate
Fri, December 4, 2015
Last day to file arguments for or against ballot measures (Special Election)
Mon, December 14, 2015
Last day to file as a Presidential Preference Candidate
Mon, February 22, 2016
Voter registration deadline for Presidential Preference Election
Wed, February 24, 2016
Early Voting begins for Presidential Preference Election
Thu, March 3, 2016
Last day to file General Election - New Party Petitions
Tue, March 22, 2016
Presidential Preference Election

Mon, April 18, 2016
Last day to register for the Special Election
Wed, April 20, 2016
Early Voting begins for Special Election
Mon, May 2, 2016
First day to file candidate nomination petitions
Tue, May 17, 2016
Special Election
Wed, June 1, 2016
Last day to file candidate nomination petitions
Thu, July 7, 2016
Last day to file constitution & initiative petitions
Wed, July 13, 2016
Last day to file arguments for or against ballot measures (General Election)
Thu, July 21, 2016
Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the Primary Election
Mon, August 1, 2016
Voter registration deadline for Primary Election
Wed, August 3, 2016
Early Voting begins for Primary Election
Tue, August 30, 2016
Primary Election
Thu, September 29, 2016
Last day to file as a write-in candidate for the General Election
Mon, October 10, 2016
Voter registration deadline for General Election
Wed, October 12, 2016
Early Voting begins for General Election
Tue, November 8, 2016
General Election


Presidential preference election??

Bottom line, the "Primary" is for local elections and you can vote as an independent; the "Presidential Preference" election is to select the presidential candidate of the parties and you cannot vote unless you were registered for the party you want by Feb. 24th.

She was very disappointed. On the plus side, if Bernie is the nominee, she intends to permanently register as a Dem.

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Bill Clinton on deregulation: ‘The Republicans made me do it!’

Bill Clinton on deregulation: ‘The Republicans made me do it!’
The ex-president seriously mischaracterizes his record

By Ryan Chittum
OCTOBER 1, 2013

Bill Clinton sat down with Fareed Zakaria last week on CNN for a typically wide-ranging interview that touched on chemical weapons, big data and privacy, whether Chelsea Clinton should run for office, etc.

You know, the usual Bill Clinton interview. But Clinton’s comment about his record on regulation is an actual newsmaker, because it’s a giant whopper:
What happened? The American people gave the Congress to a group of very conservative Republicans. When they passed bills with the veto proof majority with a lot of Democrats voting for it, that I couldn’t stop, all of a sudden we turn out to be maniacal deregulators. I mean, come on. I know Senator Warren said the other day, admitted when she introduced a bill to reinstate the division between commercial and investment banks, she admitted that the repeal of Glass-Steagall did not cause one single solitary financial institution to fail.
This is, to be kind, bullshit. Memory is a hazy thing, but I have a hard time believing Clinton doesn’t know full well he’s not telling the truth here (and with his record, he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt).

Let’s go to the tape. Clinton installed Robert Rubin and Larry Summers in the Treasury, which resulted in the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which officially did in Glass-Steagall and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act, which left the derivatives market a laissez-faire Wild West (not to mention a disastrous strong dollar policy that was a critical and underrated factor in the bubble). He also reappointed Ayn Rand-acolyte Alan Greenspan, who has as much responsibility as anyone for creating the crisis, as Fed chairman—twice.

Now it’s true that Clinton faced an extremely hostile Republican Congress for the last six years of his presidency. But his administration actively encouraged the big deregulatory legislation, and squashed its own dissenters, like Brooksley Born, who saw disaster ahead.

Clinton would have you believe that he signed those bills ...
http://www.cjr.org/the_audit/bill_clinton_the_republicans_m.php

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, Columbia Journalism Review's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.

NAFTA

Nafta has cut a path of destruction through Mexico. Since the agreement went into force in 1994, the country’s annual per capita growth flat-lined to an average of just 1.2 percent -- one of the lowest in the hemisphere. Its real wage has declined and unemployment is up.

As heavily subsidized U.S. corn and other staples poured into Mexico, producer prices dropped and small farmers found themselves unable to make a living. Some two million have been forced to leave their farms since Nafta. At the same time, consumer food prices rose, notably the cost of the omnipresent tortilla.

As a result, 20 million Mexicans live in “food poverty”. Twenty-five percent of the population does not have access to basic food and one-fifth of Mexican children suffer from malnutrition. Transnational industrial corridors in rural areas have contaminated rivers and sickened the population and typically, women bear the heaviest impact.

Not all of Mexico’s problems can be laid at Nafta’s doorstep. But many have a direct causal link. The agreement drastically restructured Mexico’s economy and closed off other development paths by prohibiting protective tariffs, support for strategic sectors and financial controls.

NYT: Under Nafta, Mexico Suffered, and the United States Felt Its Pain
Laura Carlsen is the director of the Americas program at the Center for International Policy.
NOVEMBER 24, 2013

AP fact check: Eye-popping claims about Sanders

AP fact check: Eye-popping claims about Sanders
BY CALVIN WOODWARD, ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 10, 2016



Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders writes some notes as his rival Hillary Clinton walks behind him to her podium during a commercial break at the Univision News and Washington Post Democratic debate in Kendall, Florida, on March 9. Photo by Carlo Allegri/Reuters


WASHINGTON — How can it be that Bernie Sanders could stand on the side of vigilantes on the border, against the auto industry bailout, against an immigration overhaul that would have eased the plight of people in the country illegally? Can this be the liberal senator his supporters know and love?

It can be because of the politically perilous way legislation works in Congress, as bill after bill becomes a grab bag of the good and bad — as lawmakers see it. Hillary Clinton took full advantage of that in the latest Democratic debate, pointing out votes by her opponent that are eye-raising on the surface while brushing off complexities that help explain them.

A look at some claims in Wednesday’s debate and how they compare with the facts:

CLINTON: While in the Senate, she voted for a bill that later provided the money to bail out the auto industry. “The money that rescued the auto industry was in that bill,” which she chided Sanders for voting against.

SANDERS: That bill “was the bailout of the recklessness, irresponsible and illegal behavior of Wall Street.”

THE FACTS: Sanders is correct in the main. The bill passed in October 2008 provided $700 billion to bail out big banks. But some of that money was later used for a bailout of Chrysler and General Motors. When Clinton voted for the Wall Street package and Sanders voted against it, neither knew money would be shifted to the auto industry.

When legislation came up separately that proposed explicit support for the auto industry, both voted for it. Then in January 2009, shortly before Barack Obama became president, lawmakers tried to block the release of a second phase of the package approved earlier for the Wall Street rescue. Sanders backed this effort, which failed. At this point, it was known that some of the money would go to the auto industry as well, although it was not known how much.


Much more at: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/ap-fact-check-eye-popping-claims-about-sanders/

Jon Stewart V. Team Hillary

Pssst. Hey look! The Empress has no clothes...

That sudden moment when the thing you've worked so hard to believe just crumbles and disappears forever.

Why Bernie Sanders Is Unelectable
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/monica-bauer/bernie-sanders_b_8295794.html

Democrats: Sanders unelectable
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/254280-democrats-sanders-is-unelectable

Bernie Sanders is simply unelectable
http://www.poliscirumors.com/topic/bernie-sanders-is-simply-unelectable


A thought about abortion I'd like to share with Hillary supporters

The 3rd trimester issue is one where whimsical decisions are what is feared most. If the mother's life is in danger or the fetus isn't viable few would want to stand in the way of a woman and her doctor's difficult and well thought out decision.

Before I get to my main point let me also say the I believe we can't take the law much beyond full access without running substantial risks of compromising the right of women to control their health and lives. Any legislative encroachment presumes a state apparatus that is better at evaluating the circumstances and deciding the appropriate course of action than the mother and her doctor. I don't believe that presumption is valid.

And what would such prohibitions actually do even if everything went perfectly for everyone and the only abortions avoided were whimsical travesties of the human conscience. (Please don't attack on this point as I'm not endorsing any legislation or restrictions).

How many abortions wouldn't happen IF such perfect restrictions could be crafted and enforced without stepping onto the slippery slope of where we came from? I don't know that answer, but bear the scale in mind, please.

Now, compare your concern for those lives that would be positively impacted by such legislation with the number of lives changed by a land where women have equal pay; good affordable health care; a living wage; sound schools; paid family leave; and a strong social safety net.

Again, I don't have a number to attach to the thought should the policies that Bernie is (really and truly going to fight for) be enacted; but I'm 100% sure that the impact on abortion would be to effect a huge reduction as the pressures of living are adjusted to place the individual and family first.

If reducing abortion is a moral issue that you care about, then a candidate that is focused on rebuilding the economy around the family unit is unquestionably the way you should be voting.

Tony Brasunas Election Map as of Mar 7

Not even Google (let alone corporate media) will show the actual pledged delegate count, regardless of what terms you search on, so I've created a map that I'll update after each primary and caucus. Let me know what you think, if you see errors, if you think it could be clearer.
#BernieSanders #HillaryClinton #DemDebate
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