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How Sanders' Ground Game Overwhelmed Clinton in NH

From ABC News

The senator from Vermont is a well-known commodity in the Granite State and he was embraced as a front-runner early in the state. The lead he established in August ballooned to a 20-point advantage on primary night, thanks to New Englanders willing to see a front-runner where the rest of the country still sees a socialist.

At least, that’s the argument.

The numbers, though, tell a different story, as Sanders put into place an aggressive ground operation that swept through the state.

While the Clinton camp has not released employee counts, the Sanders campaign eventually deployed 108 paid staffers to New Hampshire. It established 18 field offices to Clinton’s 11, along with another 37 “Get Out the Vote” centers. (Clinton had eight.)

Sanders also seems to have used his impressive fundraising machine to eclipse Clinton in ad spending. Asked by ABC News how much money the Clinton campaign had spent on advertisements in the state, Clinton's New Hampshire spokesperson Julie McClain simply pointed to a Politico article showing Sanders totaling $8.5 million compared with Clinton’s $7.6 million. The article also detailed an overwhelming effort in the final three weeks of the race, with Sanders tripling Clinton’s spending on TV ads.

Karthik Ganapathy, Sanders’ communications director in the state, said the dollar amounts were accurate.

Sanders also hired a veteran Democratic operative to oversee his ground game. Julia Barnes served on Joe Biden’s New Hampshire staff in 2008, and as state field director for Organizing for America, she laid the groundwork for Barack Obama’s re-election bid in 2012. She became the executive director of the Vermont Democratic Party before heading over to the Sanders camp last year.

In the fall, when there was a feeling among pundits that Sanders’ momentum might have plateaued, Barnes remained steadfast and confident. “That is not what we are seeing on the ground,” she told ABC News ahead of the New Hampshire Party’s Jefferson Jackson dinner last November. She said the campaign was signing up new volunteers every day.

Still, this week, Barnes, like her boss, remained cautious ahead of the voting. “We’re trying very hard not to take anything for granted,” she told ABC News on Monday.

As for the “neighboring state” argument, Sanders simply dismissed the notion.

“If you started at the beginning of this campaign,” he said at a Concord press conference last week, “and did a poll about how many people in New Hampshire knew Hillary Clinton, and how many people knew Bernie Sanders…I suspect more people would have known Hillary Clinton.”

He did concede that he was “fairly well-known in the state.”

Now, Sanders will try to prove his New Hampshire win wasn’t a fluke. He still faces considerable deficits in other states, especially the “first-in-the-south” primary of South Carolina. But his campaign insists that voters will see Tuesday’s win as a reason to give him a second look – and continue his improbable campaign.

Cash Tsunami!!!

Let's raise $10 million in the next 24 hours!!!

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I just donated $27...who is with me!

Citing donations, critics say Lynch shouldn’t decide on Clinton probe

Source: The Hill

Critics of the Obama administration say Attorney General Loretta Lynch should be disqualified from overseeing the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server because of the more than $10,000 she has given to Democrats in recent years.

With Republicans already calling for a special prosecutor to monitor the probe, conservatives are pouncing on the past campaign contributions as evidence of bias.

“The latest assertion from her allies that Loretta Lynch is not ‘political’ is totally untrue,” said David Bossie, the president of conservative advocacy organization Citizens United in a statement to The Hill. “In fact, she’s been a regular financial contributor to Democrat candidates, including to her current boss, Barack Obama.”

Former colleagues of Lynch’s described her to The Hill as a hard-nosed lawyer who rarely discussed politics in her previous jobs.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/268705-citing-donations-critics-say-lynch-shouldnt-decide-on-clinton-probe

Conflict of interest or not? Thoughts?

How Clinton plans to stop Sanders' momentum

A good, interesting and depressing read. We are in for a hell of a fight with the party establishment...

If only every state was a true primary...



Bill Clinton accuser Kathleen Willey to campaign against Hillary

Source: The Hill

A woman who alleges former President Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her will work for a group opposing his wife’s presidential bid.

Former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey is joining an organization campaigning against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, according to Reuters.

“This gives me more of an opportunity to get the message out to young voters who weren’t even born or don’t even remember what happened to the women who have suffered,” she told the news service.

Willey is joining the Rape Accountability Project for Education PAC, or RAPE PAC, as its paid national spokeswoman, Reuters reported Monday. She will give public remarks and appear in political advertisements detailing claims of Bill Clinton’s past sexual misconduct.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/268590-bill-clinton-sexual-assault-accuser-to-campaign-against

"Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed and supported" - Hillary Clinton 11/23/2015

SC lawyer of black man killed by cop switches support to Sanders

Source: The Hill

Bernie Sanders has received the endorsement of a South Carolina lawmaker and lawyer representing the family of a Palmetto State man shot and killed last year by a police officer.

State Rep. Justin Bamberg, the lawyer representing the family of Walter Scott, said Monday he is switching his endorsement from Hillary Clinton to Sanders in the race for the White House. In a conference call held by the Sanders campaign, Bamberg said his decision was not about anything Clinton did wrong, but about how Sanders won him over once he gave him a "fair shake."

"People have said Bernie’s ideas are unachievable and impossible," he said. "We live on the greatest country on earth...we put a man on the moon — don’t tell me that we can not provide Americans the right to health care because that right is a matter of life and death for many Americans."

Scott, a black man, was killed by a South Carolina police officer who shot him as he ran away unarmed. The officer, Michael Slager, has been charged with murder after the release of dashcam video showing the crime.

The independent Vermont senator, who is in a tight battle with Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, trails Clinton by a large margin in South Carolina amid concerns that Sanders's message isn't resonating with black voters. Clinton led by 22 points in a recent poll by CBS News/YouGov.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/266892-sc-lawyer-of-black-man-killed-by-cop-swtiches-support-to

A convert and the first of many to come...join the revolution and feel the Bern!

New Poll: Sanders Moves Ahead Of Clinton In Iowa

Source: Talking Points Memo

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has moved into the lead in Iowa over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to polling conducted by the American Research Group released Monday.

The polls showed Sanders’ support at 47 percent to Clinton’s 44 percent. Sanders held the same 47-44 lead over Clinton in a separate ARG poll of New Hampshire also released Monday.

In Iowa, where Clinton has mostly led in the polls, this is the first recent poll to place Sanders in the lead. This is the first ARG poll of the Iowa Democratic primary this cycle. Most polls taken throughout the fall have put him ahead in New Hampshire by a narrow margin. The last ARG poll of New Hampshire, Dec. 23, showed Clinton leading Sanders 46-43.

Nationwide polls give Clinton a comfortable lead, though closer now than in the summer when Sanders first surged. In Iowa and New Hampshire, however, Sanders has done better than nationally.

The Iowa poll surveyed 400 likely Democratic caucus-goers from January 6-10, with a margin of error of +/- 5%. Both were conducted using live telephone interviews. The New Hampshire ARG poll surveyed 600 likely Democratic voters from January 7-10, with a martin of error of +/- 4%.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/polltracker/arg-january-dems-iowa-nh

The second set of recent polls (in addition to the recent NBC/Marist polls) that show momentum is moving in Sanders' favor...can you feel it?

Hillary Clinton's Lead Over Sanders Nearly Vanishes

Source: Investor's Business Daily (IBD)

With just 21 days until the presidential primaries officially begin in Iowa, Hillary Clinton's support among Democrats nationally has taken a serious tumble, falling eight points to 43%, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. Support for her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, climbed six points to 39%.

As a result, Clinton's lead over Sanders, which had been 18 points, is now just 4 points.

Other polls have shown the race tightening in Iowa, which holds its caucuses on Feb. 1, and New Hampshire, which has its primary eight days later. Two recent New Hampshire surveys haveSanders in the lead, and the latest NBC poll in Iowa has Sanders just three points behind Clinton.

But the IBD/TIPP Poll is the first to show the race significantly tightening nationwide.

Read more: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-polls/011116-789089-hillaryclinton-lead-nearly-vanishes-among-democrats.htm

2008 all over again...momentum is building

Gov. Pence gets federal OK for Medicaid alternative

Source: The Indianapolis Star

Indiana has been given the green light to expand its Healthy Indiana Plan, which would offer insurance to an additional 350,000 Indiana residents, who currently lack insurance.

The state will begin taking applications today for its so-called HIP 2.0 plan, for which coverage begins Feb. 1, Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday morning at a packed speech at St. Vincent Health.

His announcement culminates more than two years of back and forth between state government and federal health officials over whether to grant the state a waiver for the plan debuted in 2006.

Read more: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/27/gov-pence-gets-federal-ok-medicaid-alternative/22396503/

Good luck on winning the Republican nomination...

Hospitals make 'unprecedented' strides in patient safety

Source: CNBC

There was a marked increase in patient safety in the later part of the study, "with almost 35,000 of deaths averted" 800,000 fewer incidents overall in 2013, which the report called "a remarkable achievement."

The steep decrease in so-called "hospital-acquired conditions"—such as infections, adverse drug effects and bedsores—was partly due to Obamacare provisions, officials suggested. They also pointed to public partnership with hospitals that targeted those conditions and aimed to reduce the volume of patients readmitted after treatment.

Overall, there were 1.3 million fewer cases of harm to patients from such conditions from 2010 through 2013—a 17 percent drop, according to a report on patient quality and safety.

An "unprecedented decline" in the harm suffered by patients during hospital treatment has lead to about 50,000 fewer fatalities and about $12 billion in savings since 2010, the government announced Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102229210

Eat it Republicans...
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