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Hillary cancels Florida appearance to focus on Nevada


RIVIERA BEACH (CBSMiami) — Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has abruptly canceled a Palm Beach appearance but husband and former President Bill Clinton will attend in her absence.

In an announcement from the Clinton campaign Friday night, a press release stated that Hillary would be staying in Nevada for additional events.

The appearance was scheduled for Monday at the Port of Palm Beach in Riviera Beach, as reported by CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald.

Clear sign that Bernie's doing much better in Nevada than she thought he would.

Mr. Toad's Wild Republican Debate


The Republican debate was like a version of Mr.Toad's Wild Ride with a side trip to Alice's Wonderland with the candidates, led by the toadish Trump, careening through the donor packed auditorium and all over our tv screens.

There was the counter-Constitutional stance that Obama shouldn't nominate a successor to Scalia ( hey, he doesn't need your permission), the smack of truth about lying us into war with Iraq, the stunning swerve about Bush not keeping us safe on 9/11 (with the donors trying, but not succeeding in drowning it with boos), and the grade school bickering about mooning and 'your momma' in between. And through it all, Carson somehow managed a dormouse-like sleep, even while keeping his eyes somewhat open (maybe they're painted open?).

Here's a description of the ride from Wikipedia. Note, it even includes Scalia, in life and after.

Passengers begin their journey by crashing into a library, where MacBadger is seen teetering atop a ladder with a stack of books. They then crash through the fireplace, where fiberoptic effects simulate the scattering of embers on the floor. Narrowly avoiding a falling suit of armor, the passengers break through a set of doors to find the interior hallway of Toad Hall in disarray, as weasels swing from chandeliers. Guests then enter the dining room, where Moley is eating at a dinner table and gets knocked aside.

Upon leaving Toad Hall, guests travel through the countryside, passing Ratty's house, aggravating policemen and terrifying a farmer and his sheep. Making a right turn, guests head for the docks and get the impression that their car will plunge into the river, but quickly make a sharp turn in a different direction and enter a warehouse full of barrels and crates containing explosives. Guests crash through a brick wall as the warehouse's contents explode. They then head out into the streets of London, narrowly avoid a collision with a delivery truck, and enter Winkie's Pub, where Mr. Winkie the bartender holds two beer mugs. He ducks down, leaving the mugs spinning in the air (this gag is recycled from the 1971 Florida version of the ride).

Passengers then enter the town square, where the cars wreak further havoc on the citizens. A working fountain featuring Toad and Cyril Proudbottom stands in the center of the town. Behind this statue is one of Lady Justice peeking out from under her blindfold. Next, guests enter a jury-less courtroom, where the riders are proclaimed guilty by a judge (based on the film's prosecutor for the Crown). The cars then enter what is presumed to be a dark prison cell before abruptly turning right and landing on railroad tracks. The vehicles bounce along the tracks in the dark before colliding head-on with an oncoming train.

Passengers then arrive at the ride's final scene: a tongue-in-cheek depiction of Hell not inspired by any scene in the movie or book. The entire room is heated, and the scenery features small devils who bounce up and down. Passengers also see a demon who resembles the Judge from the courtroom scene. Near the end of the scene, a towering green dragon emerges and attempts to burn the riders to a crisp. A glowing light is seen in the back of its throat and choking, coughing noises are heard while the motorcar speeds away. Granted a reprieve, the passengers eventually "escape" to the ride's loading and unloading area, where they disembark.

Umm- now they're talking about mooning people

Wackiest debate evah!

The real question is what type of government expansion benefits citizens more

Under Republicans, we have seen enormous expansion in so-called security zones, from Border operations in the north receiving so much money that they have expanded operations beyond their mission in order to keep the money being funded to fusion centers which endanger civil rights while egregiously wasting the exorbitant funds spent on them.

I would much rather this wasteful spending be contracted and the funding be redirected to programs that genuinely increase people's security, from providing real access to health CARE to fixing our crumbling infrastructure to enhancing education.

There's also the benefit in the types of jobs this emphasis would produce.

Live stream grassroots forum in Nevada

I've been looking around to get a better idea of how things are going in Nevada and found this info about an upcoming grass roots forum in Nevada.
Looks like it will be live streamed and should be interesting to see grassroots response.


A group of grassroots organizations are holding a presidential forum Saturday in Reno featuring Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker.

Sanders will represent himself while New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker will appear on behalf of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, Acting in Community Together in Organizing Northern Nevada, the Center for Community Change and KXNV 89.1 FM are hosting the Real Solutions for Real People Summit beginning at 11:45 a.m. Saturday at the University of Nevada, Reno Jot Travis Building on 900 N. Virginia St.

The event is already at maximum capacity, but a livestream of the event will be available at http://putfamiliesfirst.org/

Latino leaders rally as a show of political force


To kick start those efforts, progressive Latino leaders from across Southern California and their supporters gathered Thursday night in Colton for a discussion about their national potential in 2016, as well as a debate over which Democratic presidential candidate deserves support.

The next 30 minutes were punctuated by sporadic "Feel the Bern" chants, as the audience was then asked to approach the mic and take a side, the vast majority of whom spoke on behalf of Sanders. Alejandra Zamora, a student at College of the Desert, asked rhetorically of Clinton supporters: "Do we really want a president owned by corporations?"

However, the straw vote at the end of the evening was much closer: Clinton 50, Sanders 51.

Starting to look like a grassroots change from what the mainstream media is reporting. And the shift is toward Sanders.

"The Effort To Turn Out Latino Voters In Iowa Worked"


The initiative by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) aimed to get 10,000 out of 50,000 registered Latino voters to caucus sites by repeatedly contacting them through phone calls and door knocks. NBC News exit poll shows that 4% of Democratic caucus-goers were Hispanic and 2% were on the Republican side. With both sides seeing huge turnout (171,000 for the Democrats and more than 180,000 for the GOP) that comes out to close to 10,500 Latinos.
Only 1,000 Latinos caucused in 2012. In 2008, when the race was competitive for both Democrats and Republicans, that number was 3,500.
LULAC, drawing from responses campaign field staff received from phone calls, door-knocking, and “Commit to Caucus” returns from mailers, believes the number is closer to 13,000.
“We did our part, Latinos played our part,” said LULAC Iowa political director Christian Ucles. “We knew when LULAC put together this program in Iowa, that they were ready to come out with a show of force for any candidate that supports the Latino community.”
Though exit polls show Hillary Clinton winning 58% of the minority vote, Ucles said he is going to further analyze county returns, because Sen. Bernie Sanders won 15 of the largest 20 counties where Latinos live, suggesting they may have played a role in the razor-thin Clinton victory, which because of delegate allocation, Sanders billed as a virtual tie.


Henry says he has good reason to expect at least 10,000 voters on Monday.
For one, there are just more Latino voters overall in the state. In 2008, he said, his group had identified only 23,000 potential voters. In 2012, they were up to 35,000. This year, LULAC has identified more than 50,000 Latino voters across Iowa, and all of them have received either direct mailings, robocalls, or live calls imploring them to go out and caucus.

The second reason is that Iowa’s growing Latino population is overwhelmingly young and politically engaged. Over 60 percent of Iowa’s registered Latino voters are under the age of 40, Henry said, and the median age is only 22.
Not only were many Latinos at Sunday’s mock caucus first-time voters, the vast majority were Bernie Sanders supporters. The room was a sea of Sanders shirts and signs, speckled by with only sporadic stickers for Clinton and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. There was no visible support for any Republican presidential candidate.

Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), a Latino congressman who travelled to Iowa to support Bernie Sanders, told ThinkProgress that he believed Sanders would be the main beneficiary of increased Latino turnout. He said Sanders’ wide-ranging messaging on issues like climate change, income inequality, and healthcare — not just immigration — would be what drives Latinos to caucus for him on Monday.

Very interested to see what the analysis by Ucles shows, especially given the young age of Iowa Latino voters and the stumping done by Grijalva and Garcia for Sanders there.

Malheur Standoff Puts Science in the Crosshairs


Before it became a flashpoint in an antigovernment protest, the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge was a place where dozens of scientists conducted research projects aimed at studying the plants, animals and ancient cultures who lived in eastern Oregon’s high desert. Despite some indication that the ordeal might soon be over, with only four militants still occupying the refuge at press time as the standoff continues into its fourth week, concern that the militia’s activities could have long-term effects on the refuge’s ecosystem and archaeological sites is growing.
The archaeology work at the refuge became one of the occupiers’ complaints against the government on January 20 when the militia released a video showing one of their leaders, Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, and others inspecting cardboard boxes of stone artifacts that had been recovered from the refuge. Finicum, who was killed in a confrontation with law enforcement officers on Tuesday, expressed dismay over the treatment of the artifacts and asked for a liaison with the Burns Paiute Tribe to discuss returning the artifacts to them. The tribe has responded by enacting a resolution calling on the U.S. Department of the Interior to prosecute the militants to the fullest extent of the law citing federal government’s treaty obligations. “We have a long standing relationship with the tribe,” says Malheur archaeologist Carla Burnside of the Native Americans who are descendants of the land’s original inhabitants, “they are involved in every aspect of the work we do out there.”
One of the sites that has, until now, been left intact happens to be the headquarters buildings the militants are occupying. They have been using a bulldozer in the area around those structures. The headquarters buildings and prehistoric sites near them are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. “If soil is being disturbed out there, it is highly likely that they have impacted prehistoric resources,” Burnside says. Damaging a site listed on the Register is a violation of the Archaeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 and could add to the list of charges facing the militants.

Bold added by me.
I hope they are prosecuted to the full extent for the damage they have caused.

WA state Rep/Cruz Chair/Bundy fan has military service questioned

Supports Bundy gang, supports Cruz and lied about military service. Now even his fellow Republicans are ditching him.


In case you didn't catch this story from Jim Brunner in the Seattle Times over the weekend: State Rep. Graham Hunt—a Republican from Orting who's behind a couple of terrible bills this session—is facing questions about whether he has exaggerated his record of military service. The issues include a doctored photo, the list of medals Hunt claims he received, and a question of whether Hunt was really "wounded in combat"—and where.
If Hunt's name sounds familiar, it may be because he's the lead proponent of a bullshit bill currently circulating in Olympia that would require transgender people to use public bathrooms and locker rooms associated with their birth sex instead of their gender identity, as the state's Human Rights Commission has said they have the right to do. Hunt is also one of the sponsors of the troubling bill I wrote about last week that would restrict poor women's access to abortions in Washington state, even in cases of rape and incest.
A self-described “conservative constitutionalist,” Hunt is the Washington state chairman for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign. He was one of two Washington state lawmakers who recently visited armed protesters who have seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.


In an interview Wednesday, House Minority Leader Dan Kristiansen, R-Snohomish, said he has told Hunt, R-Orting, to produce proof he did not knowingly exaggerate his military service.
Hunt is up for re-election this fall. But as of Wednesday, his name and photo had been stricken from the website of the House Republican Organizational Committee — the campaign arm of the state House GOP.
Kristiansen said he ordered Hunt’s photo and bio removed because of the military-service questions.


A doctored war photo and discrepancies about medals have raised questions about state Rep. Graham Hunt’s military background. He served in the Middle East and says he was “wounded in combat,” but has been vague about the details.

Much more info in the linked article.

The Tory power grab

Looks like the Tories are implementing their version of US Republican power grab, gerrymandering and voter suppression.


In July, against the advice of the independent Electoral Commission, the government announced that it was accelerating the introduction of a new and controversial system for registering voters, Individual Electoral Registration (IER), so that it could be used for elections from the spring of 2016 onwards, including next year’s for London mayor. In theory, IER, which requires voters to register themselves, is a modern, much-needed replacement for the old system of registering voters by household, which was rooted in 19th-century assumptions connecting voting to property ownership. The system was occasionally exploited by electoral fraudsters, and more often was unable to cope with the fluidity of contemporary life – which meant that by 2015, one voter in 10 was left unregistered. The legislation for IER was introduced by Gordon Brown’s Labour government, with Conservative and Lib Dem support, in 2009.

Yet since then it has become steadily more clear that, in practice, the new system does not work well for some types of voters. “Inner-city areas, especially those with young and/or student populations and high levels of privately rented property, are most at risk,” according to a report on IER published last month by the left-leaning thinktank the Smith Institute, titled 10 Million Missing Voters! Another recent study, by the pro-diversity pressure group Hope Not Hate, found IER to be most inadequate in places with a lot of “multiple occupancy housing” and “regular home movers”. London and Scotland were the worst affected areas, potentially losing 6.9% and 5.5% of their voters respectively.

The electoral consequences of all this may be profound. London and Scotland, the inner cities, university towns, voters under 25 – these are all contexts where the Conservatives still struggle. At the last general election, according to the pollsters Ipsos Mori, the Conservatives received the support of only 27% of 18- to 24-year-olds. Labour got 43%. The government’s rushed introduction of IER fits a pattern, Baker argues: “Since the election Osborne has gone round saying: ‘Where are the threats to us? Where is the opposition? How can we damage it?’”
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