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On protected candidate groups during the primaries


I think you have done a fabulous job setting up this forum for a contentious primary. GDP functions as the place to hash out pros and cons of each Democratic candidate. GD is saved from the flood of focus during the primary. And the protected candidate groups serve as a safe haven for supporters to post their support without being attacked for each and every post.

However, there is a risk of abuse within the protected groups. Wherein posters use the group to wage petty board wars. For example, a poster can post a hit piece on an opposing candidate, lob insults at supporters of the other candidate or even post about what another protected group has done. It can get quite silly and OPs may be "meta," flame bait, or otherwise a violation of the Group's SOP.

Here's the problem though, Hosts of the Groups may not enforce their own SOP. Then those on the receiving end of the offensive posts, who cannot post in the Group, alert as a TOS violation since an SOP alert is not acted upon. The resulting hide foments anger, distrust and perceived targeting. It generally lowers the discourse and makes the environment more hostile.

Perhaps a stricter enforcement of the SOPs of protected groups, to include not using them as a place of attack, could go a long way. The safe havens should be supportive rooms, not bunkers to wage board wars, in my opinion.

Thanks for reading.

The GOP's messy debate rules due a crowded field of worthless candidates

Here is the most up-to-date and complete GOP presidential primary debate schedule we have for the 2015 / 2016 primary season. These debates are between all the Republican candidates running for President.

The Republican National Committee has released the list of officially sanctioned debates. We have listed each debate below along with all important details. As more information is released, we’ll update this table with specific venue locations, moderators, live streams, and candidates.

August 6, 2015 9pm ET - Republican Primary Debate
Aired On: Fox News Channel
Location: Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH
Sponsors: Fox News, facebook
Moderators: Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace

Rules: Top 10 candidates in an average of 5 national polls
Candidates: To be determined
Notes: Fox News has added a candidate forum at 1pm ET the same day for candidates who don't make the debate cut
1pm to 3pm – Candidate Forum (second tier)
9pm to 11pm – Primetime debate (top tier)

September 16, 2015

Aired On: CNN and Salem Radio
Location: Reagan Library in Simi Valley, CA
Sponsors: Reagan Library Foundation, CNN, Salem Media Group
Moderators: Jake Tapper, Hugh Hewitt,

Rules: Split field into Segment B (top 10 candidates) and Segment A (remaining candidates getting at least 1% in polls)

“Segment B” will be the top-tier candidates, while “Segment A” will be the rest who hit the 1% polling mark. CNN also notes that if the number of candidates who qualify overall for the debate are 14 or less, they will limit Segment B to only eight candidates and the rest will spill over to the second tier Segment A.

The way CNN has chosen to divide it up gives a fairer shot to every candidate rather than the rough cut which Fox News has set in place.

Candidates: To be determined

Read more at http://www.uspresidentialelectionnews.com/2016-debate-schedule/2016-republican-primary-debate-schedule/#lfOTfVD8tyA1mqjI.99

When will the Democratic debates be? Who do you think will be in attendance?

There are tentatively six Democratic Primary debates to be held between now and January 2016. Four will be in the four early primary states -- NH, IA, SC and NV.

No dates are set yet. When do you think they will be and, more importantly, WHO do you think will attend the debates?

Will there be six Clinton/Sanders/O'Malley/Chafee match-ups? Will one or more from that list not participate or not be permitted to participate? Will Webb, Biden or others jump into the race?

What say you?

Will marriage equality become the law of the land tomorrow?

Supreme Court opinions remain outstanding on only seven cases for this term. Each of the seven are important, including redistricting, another ACA challenge, lethal injection and marriage equality. Opinions will be announced tomorrow, Friday and Monday.

Will marriage equality come tomorrow? Or will it have to wait one more weekend?

If Bernie is serious about winning, he needs to go negative.

He can maintain his authenticity and aggressively challenge Hillary at the same time. He had no qualms with taking on the monied interests, it is time he identified Hillary as part of the problem, by name.

I don't mean going negative as in mudslinging. Not like what Hillary did to Obama in 2008. But negative as in draw the distinctions, make it clear, use her name.

Hillary hopes to passively coast to a primary win. She wants to avoid and ignore any of the little challenges nipping at her heels. If Bernie is serious about wanting to win, he has to force Hillary to engage.

Maybe he has a plan to make that happen, but he doesn't have a lot of time. He's to hoping turns his lasted focus attack dog on his immediate challenge.

While we're at it, Mississippi's state flag needs to change

It still contains the confederate cross that is being removed from retail venues across the country.

Even worse than SC, it flies atop the Mississippi state house.

It has to go.

Suffolk University Poll Shows Sanders (31%) Closing Gap on Clinton(41%) in NH

Sen. Bernie Sanders is beginning to show some life against Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire with the Democratic presidential primary there less than eight months away, according to a Suffolk University poll of likely Granite State Democratic primary voters.

Clinton, the former secretary of state, was the choice of 41 percent, followed by Vermonter Sanders (31 percent), Vice President Joe Biden (7 percent), former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (3 percent), and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia tied at 1 percent. Fifteen percent of likely Democrats were undecided.

“Most political observers felt that Hillary Clinton’s large early lead among Democratic voters would eventually shrunk a bit over time,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston. “But in New Hampshire right now, the lead has shrunk a lot, and this is a much different Democratic primary race than we are seeing in other states so far.”

The poll depicts a clear gender gap, with Clinton carrying women 47 percent to 28 percent but trailing Sanders among men 35 percent to 32 percent. Geographically, Clinton easily carried the central and highly populated southern counties of Rockingham and Hillsborough, but Sanders led 47 percent to 26 percent in the five counties in northern and western New Hampshire, including Cheshire, Coos, Grafton, and Sullivan counties—which border his home state—and Carroll County.

Although Clinton enjoys a 10-point lead statewide, she leads Sanders 38 percent to 35 percent among those who “know both” of the candidates.


This is a trend. Morning Consult was not an outlier: Hillary (44%); Sanders (32%).

I really like seeing the avid Hillary supporters going after Bernie

It's a thing of beauty and tells you all you need to know about the trends in Hillary's expensive internal polls.

This is going to be a great primary.

Who receives and handles copyright violation alerts?

There are several coordinated repeat offenders posting excepts from a site at length, well over 5 paragraphs, but with no source cite or link. The OPs seem to be trying to pass it off as original work.

Who gets the copyright violation alert and why are they not responding?

Bernie Sanders Has More Support Than Every 2016 Republican Candidate In New Poll

According to the latest polling, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) presidential campaign has more support than the campaign of media favorites Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and every other Republican candidate.

The latest Quinnipiac Poll revealed that five Republicans are tied at the top of the Republican field. Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee each were at 10%.

Do you know who is more popular than even the most popular 2016 Republicans? Sen. Bernie Sanders. In the same poll, Sanders was supported by 15% of Democrats for their party’s nomination. Sen. Sanders trailed Hillary Clinton 57%-15%, but his fifteen percent made him the second most popular presidential candidate in the country.

The media treats Republicans like Carly Fiorina (2%), Ted Cruz (6%), and Rand Paul (7%) like they are serious candidates, but Bernie Sanders has two to seven times more support than these three Republicans. Why does the media treat Sen. Sanders like he is token opposition to former Sec. of State Clinton instead of as the legitimately popular stand alone figure that he is?

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Bernie Sanders is legitimately popular. The prism that the media is trying to force this election into doesn’t fit. Sen. Sanders has a larger base of support than any Republican hopeful, which is why it is time for the media to stop pumping up GOP pretenders and face the reality that Bernie Sanders is legit.

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