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Sanders is the Most Liked Candidate, and His Popularity is Growing: Poll

Published on
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
byCommon Dreams
Sanders is the Most Liked Candidate, and His Popularity is Growing: Poll
Survey finds 48 percent of Americans have favorable view of Sanders, contrasting with 55 percent who hold unfavorable view of rival Hillary Clinton
byNadia Prupis, staff writer

Bernie Sanders is the most-liked presidential candidate in the race—and the more people get to know him, the more they like him, according to a new poll out Tuesday.

The Associated Press-GfK survey found that 48 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of Sanders, compared with 39 percent who view him unfavorably, giving him the best "net-positive" rating in the field, and that his likeability score has increased since previous polls.

Sixty-one percent of registered voters said they would consider voting for him in November. Among Democrats alone, he has a 72 percent favorability rating.

Meanwhile, Sanders' Democratic rival Hillary Clinton got 55 percent unfavorability versus 40 percent favorability ratings among all survey respondents, and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump scored 69 unfavorability to 29 favorability. In addition, 51 percent of respondents said they would never vote for Clinton and 63 percent said the same of Trump.


These 8 Senate Races Are Shaping Up To Be Barnburners

Here at First To Last, we’ve largely been laser-focused on the weekly goings-on in the presidential primary. But the election cycle is not just about who will one day sit in the Oval Office, it’s also about who will win seats in the legislature and make sitting in the Oval Office a constant nightmare. So this week, we’re getting out in front of some of the key downticket races that are shaping to be interesting, contentious barnburners of their own.

Of course, the downticket races are not in any way divorced from the activity at the presidential level. As the presidential fields have winnowed, party leaders are already starting to game out how well the would-be standard-bearers atop the ticket will enable — or imperil — the fortunes of those writhing down below.

That the GOP is faced with the prospect of a choice between Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz means that those running House and Senate campaigns have their work cut out for them. Yes, Trump would be a widely despised general election candidate, but Cruz would not be much better — a problem Republican leaders have been forced to confront for many months.

But the recent Wisconsin primary brought Democrats face to face with some potential coattails problems of their own, after a massive victory for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) failed to produce a win for the Democrats’ favored state Supreme Court candidate, JoAnne Kloppenburg. That result further fueled Clinton allies, who have painted Sanders as a candidate who is either unable or unwilling to help with party-building.

more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/senate-races_us_5707efe8e4b0447a7dbc38f1

The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate’

AS APPLE BATTLED the FBI for the last two months over the agency’s demands that Apple help crack its own encryption, both the tech community and law enforcement hoped that Congress would weigh in with some sort of compromise solution. Now Congress has spoken on crypto, and privacy advocates say its “solution” is the most extreme stance on encryption yet.

On Thursday evening, the draft text of a bill called the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016,” authored by offices of Senators Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, was published online by the Hill.1 It’s a nine-page piece of legislation that would require people to comply with any authorized court order for data—and if that data is “unintelligible,” the legislation would demand that it be rendered “intelligible.” In other words, the bill would make illegal the sort of user-controlled encryption that’s in every modern iPhone, in all billion devices that run Whatsapp’s messaging service, and in dozens of other tech products. “This basically outlaws end-to-end encryption,” says Joseph Lorenzo Hall, chief technologist at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “It’s effectively the most anti-crypto bill of all anti-crypto bills.”

Kevin Bankston, the director of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, goes even further: “I gotta say in my nearly 20 years of work in tech policy this is easily the most ludicrous, dangerous, technically illiterate proposal I’ve ever seen,” he says.

The bill, Hall and Bankston point out, doesn’t specifically suggest any sort of backdoored encryption or other means to even attempt to balance privacy and encryption, and actually claims to not require any particular design limitations on products. Instead, it states only that communications firms must provide unencrypted data to law enforcement or the means for law enforcement to grab that data themselves. “To uphold the rule of law and protect the security and interests of the United States, all persons receiving an authorized judicial order for information or data must provide, in a timely manner, responsive and intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance to obtain such information or data.”

more: http://www.wired.com/2016/04/senates-draft-encryption-bill-privacy-nightmare/

Court Strikes Down Scott Walker's Right-To-Work Law As Unconstitutional

Source: Talking Points Memo

BySCOTT BAUERPublishedAPRIL 8, 2016, 5:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin court has struck down the state's right-to-work law championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, calling it unconstitutional.

A Dane County Circuit Court judge issued the ruling Friday in a lawsuit filed by local unions. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel promised to appeal the order, saying: "We are confident the law will be upheld on appeal."

The Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local Lodge 1061 in Milwaukee and United Steelworkers District 2 in Menasha filed the lawsuit last year.

The groups argued that the law was an unconstitutional seizure of union property because it required unions to extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/scott-walker-right-to-work-law-unconstitutional

Here is a story from ABC News:


Poll: Sanders Opens A Small National Lead As Democratic Divisions Harden

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has a lead of two percentage points over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton among Democrats nationwide, while one in four of his supporters do not plan on supporting Clinton if she wins the nomination, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday.

The poll showed support for Sanders at 49 percent while Clinton stood at 47 percent. Furthermore, 25 percent of Sanders supporters said they would not support Clinton as the Democratic nominee in the general election, while only 14 percent of Clinton supporters said the same of Sanders.

This is the first McClatchy-Marist poll of Democrats nationwide, and it contrasts sharply with recent polling, nearly all of which shows Clinton enjoying a comfortable lead. TPM’s PollTracker Average shows Clinton at 47.4 percent, and Sanders at 42.5 percent.

The McClatchy-Marist poll was carried out from March 29-31 using live phone interviews. Pollsters surveyed 444 people likely to vote in the Democratic primary, with a margin of error of 4.7 percentage points.

More: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/polltracker/sanders-leads-recalcitrant-supporters-mcclatchy-april#

‘Young Turks’ Reveals How DNC and 33 States Used Loopholes to Funnel Millions Into ‘Hillary Fund’

According to Counterpunch and Cenk Uygur, the host of Young Turks, the DNC and different states’ Democratic parties have long been funneling money into Hillary Clinton’s campaign, otherwise known as “laundering by the millions.” Counterpunch explains:

In August 2015, at the Democratic Party convention in Minneapolis, 33 democratic state parties made deals with the Hillary Clinton campaign and a joint fundraising entity called the Hillary Victory Fund. The deal allowed many of her core billionaire and inner circle individual donors to run the maximum amounts of money allowed through those state parties to the Hillary Victory Fund in New York and the DNC in Washington.

No one had cast a single vote yet in the Democratic primary. “Not only had we not decided who the Democratic nominee was in August of 2015, we still haven’t decided,” Cenk Uygur pointed out on Monday. “But back then, the DNC already made their decision.”

The DNC was so positive Hillary was going to be the nominee that it began a process of actively funneling money to her campaign. At the same time, it convinced 33 Democratic state parties to go along with the plan. Counterpunch states:The idea was to increase how much one could personally donate to Hillary by taking advantage of the Supreme Court ruling 2014, McCutcheon v FEC, that knocked down a cap on aggregate limits as to how much a donor could give to a federal campaign in a year. It thus eliminated the ceiling on amounts spent by a single donor to a presidential candidate.
more: http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/young_turks_reveals_how_dnc_and_33_states_used_loopholes_hillary_20160406
Posted by silvershadow | Wed Apr 6, 2016, 04:04 PM (7 replies)

Real Delegate Count:

FEC questions Duncan Hunter's video game charges

The Federal Election Commission is questioning Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, for his use of campaign funds to pay for video games on 68 separate occasions — something the congressman is attributing to a mistake by his son, followed by several unauthorized charges.

Hunter listed the $1,302 of Steam Games expenses on his campaign finance disclosure for 2015 year-end, with the notation “personal expense — to be paid back.”

The expenses run from Oct. 13 through Dec. 16, and no payback is listed during the time period of the report.

Hunter’s spokesman, Joe Kasper, said the congressman’s teenage son used his father’s credit card for one game, and then several unauthorized charges resulted after the father tried to close access to the website. Kasper said that Hunter is trying to have the unauthorized charges reversed before repaying his campaign account

More: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2016/apr/05/hunter-video-games/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link

(too late for LBN)
Posted by silvershadow | Wed Apr 6, 2016, 02:28 AM (0 replies)

I came across this story. It is a sadly perfect illustration, in real life terms, what money is

doing to our very culture, heritage, and history, if just left unchecked to do what money wants to do and where ultimately money wants to flow. It is kind of built in to the system, hard-wired I guess in all of us. Maybe we don't actually have a collective responsibility to save every last remnant (such as the old way of life, or the citrus industry in a particular county), but we DO have a collective responsibility to save our national protected sites, parks, preserves, etc.

I realize the two situations don't seem exactly related, but they kind of are. Money is ultimately changing us. :/

Interesting article:


With development looming, 17 overgrown acres are all that's left of Pinellas County's citrus industry

Kathryn Varn, Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 11:37am

LARGO — In the days when the Pinellas County air smelled of sweet orange blossoms, Bobbie Smith would weave barefoot through her family's maze of citrus trees to the pond where her grandmother fished from her perch on an empty fruit box.

Back through the grove, where a Buick and GMC dealership now showcases its shiny cars, workers employed by Smith's uncle, Al Repetto, sold fresh-squeezed juice and orange ice cream to regular customers and tourists from up north.

It was Orange Blossom Groves in its prime, thriving in a county where branches weighed down by juicy citrus ruled the landscape. Now, an overgrown patch home to coyotes and mangled trees are the last vestiges of the roughly 13,500 acres of large commercial groves in Pinellas County 60 years ago that made it one of the top citrus-producing counties in Florida. But it won't stay that way for long.

Fittingly for the state's most densely populated county, a developer wants to clear the 17-acre property at U.S. 19 and Belleair Road and build 136 townhouses.

more at link: http://www.tampabay.com/news/growth/with-development-looming-17-overgrown-acres-are-all-thats-left-of-pinellas/2271953
Posted by silvershadow | Wed Apr 6, 2016, 12:17 AM (2 replies)

Early voting numbers soar in Milwaukee, up 600% from last two presidential primaries

MILWAUKEE -- The numbers are in...8,000 people voted during Milwaukee's early voting period -- a much larger number than anticipated -- which many believe could lead to record-breaking turnout on Election Day -- Tuesday, April 5th.

The 8,000 people who cast their ballots over the last two weeks in Milwaukee is an increase of 600% from the presidential primaries in 2008 and 2012.

Neil Albrecht
Neil Albrecht
"We knew it was going to go up, we just didn't think it would go up from 1,200 to 8,000," said Neil Albrecht, Milwaukee election commissioner.

Voters with business schedules, child care concerns and out-of-town trips were some of the reasons given for the early in-person voting.

more: http://fox6now.com/2016/04/04/early-voting-numbers-soar-in-milwaukee-up-600-from-last-two-presidential-primaries/
Posted by silvershadow | Tue Apr 5, 2016, 06:08 PM (0 replies)
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