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Panel rules Texas attorney general to face ethics complaint

Source: ABC Houston

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton will face an ethics investigation for advising local officials they could refuse to issue same-sex marriage licenses on religious grounds.

The U.S. Supreme Court last June ruled same-sex couples could wed. A complaint filed in July and co-signed by more than 200 attorneys says Paxton's stance encouraged officials to violate the Constitution and break their oaths of office.

The complaint was dismissed by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the State Bar of Texas. But an appeals board appointed by the state Supreme Court reinstated it Feb. 2 and said it should be investigated.

Potential penalties could range from a reprimand to disbarment.

Read more: http://abc13.com/news/panel-rules-texas-attorney-general-to-face-ethics-complaint/1195189/

I am pleased at this turn of events. Texas could soon have a disbarred attorney as its AG

Today, New Hampshire Students Will Likely Pay The Price For The State’s New Voter ID Laws

I am curious to see if this voter id law affects turnout http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2016/02/09/3747158/new-hampshire-voter-id-2/

DURHAM, NH — Today, New Hampshire will require voters to bring a photo ID to the ballot box for the first time in its history. Those who don’t have an ID can ask the poll workers to vouch for them, but if they don’t personally know the voter, he or she will have to sign a “challenged voter” affidavit and allow poll workers to take a Polaroid picture of them.

Voting rights advocates say they’re worried this gives individual poll workers leeway to discriminate, and that it could cause delays and long lines at the polls if the half-million expected voters turn up at the polls. Others fear the new Polaroid photo provision will feel like a “mug shot.”

“I think it’s unnecessary and a form of voter intimidation, especially for people my age who aren’t totally sure of their voting rights,” Chelsea Krimme, a junior at the University of New Hampshire, told ThinkProgress. “They could get scared away from wanting to vote, both this year and in the future.”

This will be New Hampshire’s hundredth year of hosting the country’s first presidential primary, but it may be among the most complicated.

Krimme, an environmental sustainability major, has been tabling and phone-banking across campus to educate students about the voting process. She says she is concerned about the level of confusion she’s witnessed among her peers.

“A lot of students think they’re required to bring an ID when they’re not. They don’t know about being able to sign the affidavit,” she said. “And about half the out-of-state students I’ve talked to think they can’t vote in New Hampshire, when they can. It’s sad, because are so many important issues right now, from student debt to climate change, that students care about and they want to have a voice.”

The sole and only purpose of voter id laws is to keep groups like students from voting. College students tend to vote for Democratic candidates. I doubt that there has been a good job done in informing students as to how this law works

BTW, I posted this thread here because it is not clear to me that this law will favor Clinton or Sanders. I am against all voter id laws.

'SNL' Mocks 'Nasty Little Weasel' Ted Cruz After Iowa Caucus Win

Carnival Cruz is a nasty little weasel and SNL captured the essence of this weasel last night http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/snl-mocks-ted-cruz-appearance

NBC comedy show "Saturday Night Live" mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)'s campaign and the candidate himself following his Iowa caucus win. "SNL" cast member Taran Killam played the GOP nominee hopeful.

Killam as Cruz claimed he was an "unconventional candidate."

"I didn't get where I am today because I was born wealthy or handsome or charismatic or nice," Killam said. "I am not cool or likable or even fine."

He went on, with other jokes about Cruz's appearance.

"In other words, I have overcome perhaps the biggest political liability of all time -- being Ted Cruz," Killam said.

Killam argued as Cruz that "isn't it time for a President whose just a nasty, little weasel?"

TPM has a link to the cold opening. If someone has the youtube link to this, please post it. SNL caught the essence of this little weasel last night

I got an e-mail asking is I would provide a room and board to a Hillary staffer for Super Tuesday

As is I and my two daughters will each be election judges. I may volunteer to house a staffer

Iowa was a must win for Sanders

Sanders is only polling well in four states where the voting population is 90+% and if Sanders can not win in Iowa then he is in trouble in South Carolina and the Super Tuesday states http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/02/01/iowa_caucus_stakes_for_hillary_clinton_and_bernie_sanders.html

For Bernie, meanwhile, a Hillary victory would be an undeniable blow. With the exception of New Hampshire and his home state of Vermont, the Hawkeye State—with a Democratic electorate that skews white and liberal—represents the friendliest terrain on the map for Sanders. If Bernie can’t win in Iowa, Clinton and her allies will have no problem brushing off a Sanders win in New Hampshire next week as little more than the result of the senator being a near-native son in the Granite State. Sanders, then, would be in need of a win elsewhere to reset the race—and soon—but won’t have any obvious place to turn.

South Carolina and Super Tuesday will be fun

Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Are Actually Fighting About Barack Obama

I believe that there is some merit to the observation made by this article. I admit that I am impressed with the amount accomplished by President Obama in face of the stiff GOP opposition to every one of his proposals and I personally believe that President Obama has been a great President. It seems that this view colors who I am supporting in the primary http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/clinton-sanders-obama_us_56aa378de4b05e4e3703753a?utm_hp_ref=politics

But lurking behind this argument about the future is a dispute that's really about the past. It’s a debate over what Obama accomplished in office -- in particular, how significant those accomplishments really are. And it's been simmering on the left for most of the last seven years.

On one side of this divide are activists and intellectuals who are ambivalent, disappointed or flat-out frustrated with what Obama has gotten done. They acknowledge what they consider modest achievements -- like helping some of the uninsured and preventing the Great Recession from becoming another Great Depression. But they are convinced that the president could have accomplished much more if only he’d fought harder for his agenda and been less quick to compromise.

They dwell on the opportunities missed, like the lack of a public option in health care reform or the failure to break up the big banks. They want those things now -- and more. In Sanders, they are hearing a candidate who thinks the same way.

On the other side are partisans and thinkers who consider Obama's achievements substantial, even historic. They acknowledge that his victories were partial and his legislation flawed. This group recognizes that there are still millions of people struggling to find good jobs or pay their medical bills, and that the planet is still on a path to catastrophically high temperatures. But they see in the last seven years major advances in the liberal crusade to bolster economic security for the poor and middle class. They think the progress on climate change is real, and likely to beget more in the future.

It seems that many of the Sanders supporters hold a different view of President Obama which is also a leading reason why Sanders is not exciting African American voters.

Again, I am not ashamed to admit that I like President Obama and think that he has accomplished a great deal which is why I do not mind Hillary Clinton promising to continue President Obama's legacy.

First Read-Clinton's geographical advantage in Iowa

Caucuses are strange animals. I ran my precinct caucus in 2008. The key element in a caucus is not the number of votes but the number of delegates awarded. Here the fact that Sanders support is concentrated in three college towns will hurt him as to delegate allocation http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/first-read-get-ready-long-fight-democratic-nod-n503696

Staying with the Clinton-vs.-Sanders contest, MSNBC's Alex Seitz-Wald makes a very smart point: Geography likely gives Clinton a big advantage in Iowa. Why? "Iowa is a caucus not a primary. That means a supporter in one place is not necessary as valuable as a supporter in another place... Take the university towns: More than a quarter — 27 percent — of Sanders supporters come from just three counties of Iowa's 99, according to the Register poll, each home to one of the state's largest universities. But those three counties award only 12 percent of the total 1401 delegates at stake statewide. 'He's setting the world on fire on the college campuses,' Link explained. 'That's great if you're in a primary, but it's not as much if you're in a caucus.'" If Clinton wins Iowa, this will DEFINITELY be one of the reasons why. But don't discount Sanders or his operation at all.

While Sanders may do well in the counties with large student populations, those counties have fewer delegates.

Des Moines Register Endorses Clinton.... In Presidential Race

This will help http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/des-moines-register-hillary-clinton-marco-rubio

The Des Moines Register editorial board announced on Saturday that it would endorse Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the Republican primary.

The editorial board wrote that Clinton has the necessary experience to be president of the United States:

The presidency is not an entry-level position. Whoever is sworn into office next January must demonstrate not only a deep understanding of the issues facing America, but also possess the diplomatic skills that enable presidents to forge alliances to get things done.
By that measure, Democrats have one outstanding candidate deserving of their support: Hillary Clinton. No other candidate can match the depth or breadth of her knowledge and experience.

The Iowa paper wrote that Clinton is not "perfect candidate, as evidenced the way she has handled the furor over her private email server." But the editorial board said that it's "almost inconceivable" that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would be able to "remake Washington in his own image."

This endorsement will help some

Clinton Camp: GOP Attacks On Hillary Show They'd Rather Face Bernie In Fall

The GOP really wants to run against a weaker candidate http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-karl-rove-attack

The Hillary Clinton campaign on Tuesday said that recent attacks from conservatives show that Republicans are hoping Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will win the Democratic nomination because they believe he would be easier to beat in the general election.

In a Tuesday evening statement, the Clinton campaign's communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, mentioned an ad from the Rove-aligned super PAC American Crossroads, which accused Clinton of being in Wall Street's pocket. Palmieri said the ad suggests that Republicans want to face Sanders in the general election.

"While Senator Sanders tries to make a case on electability based on meaningless polls, Republicans and their super PACs have made clear the candidate they’re actually afraid to face. The Sanders argument falls apart when the GOP spokesman is trying to help him and the Republicans run ads trying to stop Hillary Clinton in the primary," she said in the statement.

Karl Rove is running an attack ad against Clinton in the Iowa primary. Rove is doing this for one purpose which is to weaken the strongest candidate

Des Moines Register: Clinton puts Sanders on defensive

Since Iowa is the first contest where voters will get to vote, I found this editorial interesting http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/columnists/kathie-obradovich/caucus/2016/01/18/obradovich-democrat-debate-clinton-puts-sanders-defensive/78910602/

“Now, there are things we can do to improve it, but to tear it up and start over again, pushing our country back into that kind of a contentious debate, I think is the wrong direction,” Clinton said.

Sanders objected to Clinton’s characterization, emphasizing his past support for the existing health care law. “We're not going to tear up the Affordable Care Act. I helped write it. But we are going to move on top of that to a Medicaid-for-all system,” Sanders said.

Clinton, however, emphasized the political difficulty of approving a single-payer system. She noted that a Democrat-controlled Congress was unable to even approve a public option allowing Americans to buy into Medicare. And Sanders had no good answer when asked why the state of Vermont couldn’t pass an expensive single-payer plan, saying that was for the governor of Vermont to answer.....

Whichever Democrat wins the nomination will have to overcome the opposition that independent voters in Iowa and elsewhere have for Obamacare. Cozying up to Obama also could have consequences after the primary season.

Clinton mostly succeeded Sunday in keeping Sanders off balance, pressing her attacks and distracting him from areas where she is weakest. That’s enough to give her the win for this debate – if Iowa Democrats don’t choke at the negative attacks.

I am glad that Sec. Clinton is supporting President Obama and the fact that Sanders did not answer the question about Vermont's inability to adopt a single payer plan was telling
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