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Yarber Endorses Hillary Clinton for Dem Nomination

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/weblogs/politics-blog/2016/feb/08/yarber-endorses-hillary-clinton-dem-nomination/

Mayor Cites Clinton Attention to Issues Facing Underserved Cities

Jackson, MS – Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic presidential primary today, citing Clinton’s attentiveness to local issues facing families in often underserved communities. Last week, Clinton took note of a municipal issue in Jackson, praising city officials for their response and transparency, and yesterday, Clinton visited Flint, Michigan, where she has been keenly focused on their ongoing water crisis.

“Hillary Clinton knows how to make it happen,” said Mayor Yarber. “As President, she will give special and needed attention to cities – particularly minority-led cities – and the issues that plague us. She is committed to pushing for creative infrastructure investments and to building on the progress President Obama has made. In my mind, she is the only candidate who can pragmatically achieve important gains for families and communities, and it’s why I’m proud to support her candidacy.”


Could Trump Save Hillary in New Hampshire? A Primary Vote Scenario That Could Defy the Polls

In N.H., independent voters can vote in either primary — and Trump could snag some of the voters Sanders needs.

I'm not really counting on this. But I am perfectly happy to be pleasantly surprised. It could happen.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/could-trump-save-hillary-new-hampshire-electoral-primary-scenario-could-defy-polls

... Everyone has an opinion about Trump, either for or against. And so the more of the voters, regardless of which way they are leaning on the Trump question, vote in the Republican primary rather than the Democratic one, the better the chances are for Hillary Clinton.

Democratic partisans like her far more than independent voters do, and in a primary purged of as many unaffiliated voters as possible, Clinton has a shot at an upset, especially considering the fact that her opponent isn’t even a Democrat at all.

That’s because in the New Hampshire primary, voters who aren’t aligned with either the Democratic or Republican Party can still vote in either party primary. Independents make up 43 percent of all New Hampshire primary voters, a figure that dwarfs the percentage of registered Democrats (who make up 26 percent of the vote) or registered Republicans (who make 30 percent). And political operatives with long experience in New Hampshire politics say that the group tends to decide late not only whom to support, but which primary to participate in. And they tend, in the words of Tom Rath, a consigliere to a host of GOP presidential contenders trying to navigate New Hampshire, “to go where the action is.”

Sanders and Clinton may trade barbs over healthcare policy or whose plan to regulate the banks is more robust, but the real action is on the Republican side. It’s not just Trump and his Van Halen reunion tour-size crowds and carnival barker insults. It’s all of them who sound like they brought Triumph the Insult Comic Dog to a debate: Chris Christie calling Marco Rubio a boy in a bubble, Jeb Bush calling Ted Cruz a backbencher, Ted Cruz inveighing against the Washington cartel and John Kasich calling out the whole lot of them for calling out each other. Democrats are debating the meaning of what it means to be progressive; Republicans are talking about ISIS chopping off heads, religious liberty, killing babies and carpet-bombing the Middle East.


******* Thank you to the very kind souls who have sent me hearts today! You and they are much appreciated.*******

Battenfield: Hillary Clinton closing in on comeback

Granite State drama unfolds in Dem race

http://www.bostonherald.com/news/columnists/joe_battenfeld/2016/02/battenfeld_hillary_clinton_closing_in_on_comeback

Note: There are lots of snarks at BOTH Dem candidates in this piece. But Hillary is looking like a "Comeback Kid" in NH. May that trend continue!

The former secretary of state is closing fast on Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders — from a 20-point deficit to just seven in a week. The latest Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll has Sanders at 51 percent to her at 44 percent, compared to his 57 percent to her 37 percent last week. And there’s a possibility she could even overtake him — essentially lights out for his insurgent campaign in just two tries.

Sanders still holds the edge. The poll shows only 17 percent of Democratic primary voters could change their minds. But a narrow win would allow Clinton to claim yet another amazing comeback and move on, with most of the media buying it.

New Hampshire voters are notorious for giving front-runners a scare, and this one is holding true to form on the Democratic side. They know full well how much their votes mean and aren’t afraid to use their voices strategically.
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Clinton also is beating Sanders now among voters who aren’t eligible for AARP membership — the 35-49 demographic, according to the poll. Sanders must rely on a big turnout from young voters, a risky strategy especially if a snowstorm keeps students in their dorms.

Hillary Clinton’s Secret Weapon Is Bernie Sanders’ Colleagues

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2016/02/hillary-clinton-al-franken-friendship

Sen Al Franken (D-Minn.) opened for Hillary Clinton Saturday night in Portsmouth with one very important message: she's good enough, she's smart enough, and doggone it, she's a Paul Wellstone progressive.

Clinton's final pitch to New Hampshire voters is as much about the people she surrounds herself with as it is the former secretary of state herself. On Friday, four woman senators were there to co-opt Bernie Sanders by arguing that the "revolution" America needs is electing the first woman. Stefany Shaheen, daughter of the New Hampshire senator, warmed up the crowd in Portsmouth by name-dropping celebrity backers Lena Dunham, Gloria Steinem, Abby Wambach—proof she's not only experienced, but maybe cool. Franken was there to follow-up on a subject of intense debate over the last week—what it means to be a progressive.
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"Sen. Shaheen, my colleague, and I, like the only other Democrats who have endorsed in this race, have endorsed Hillary Clinton for a reason," he said. "Because this is serious stuff. This is serious stuff. This is Sherrod Brown. This is Cory Booker. This is Tammy Baldwin. We are progressives. And we know what it takes to get things done."

None of these endorsers will shift many votes on their own (notwithstanding Franken's claims of Clinton in Duluth), but it's a death by a thousand cuts strategy. And with Sanders boasting just two members of Congress on his side, Clinton is all too happy to tell voters that the candidates they've worked so hard to get elected in the past—the Baldwins and Frankens of the world—are with her.


Hillary Clinton is at her best when she's counted out, campaigning her heart out

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2016/feb/06/hillary-clinton-campaigning-new-hampshire-jill-abramson

The Anointed One may be gone, but so are ‘dem good old days’ of the boys on the bus. There’s no crying in New Hampshire anymore

There is a picture on the wall of the Espresso Café here in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in a corner near the exit. Hillary Clinton is talking to voters, but it doesn’t show the famous “Hillary cried” moment from eight years ago, when the senator teared up on the eve of the presidential primary.

She was exhausted, and a loss to Barack Obama was predicted. Some pundits believed the unusual display of emotion was a turning point that helped show Clinton had a human side.

That was sexism. Why do powerful women need to show their softer side or shed tears to be considered fully human?

The whole issue of Clinton’s likeability – now, on the verge of a potential defeat to Bernie Sanders, as then against Obama – rests on a long established, sexist double standard that many sociologists and business-school professors have studied: power and likeability have a negative corollary with powerful women. With men, that is not the case. If Clinton is judged too powerful and aggressive, she’s dinged for being unlikeable. If she’s too soft, she’s dismissed. Women, unlike men, are rarely perceived as warm and competent. This locks them in a classic double-bind. Certainly, I’ve seen it at points in my own career.

Morocco to switch on first phase of world's largest solar plant

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/feb/04/morocco-to-switch-on-first-phase-of-worlds-largest-solar-plant

Desert complex will provide electricity for more than 1 million people when complete, helping African country to supply most of its energy from renewables by 2030

The power station on the edge of the Saharan desert will be the size of the country’s capital city by the time it is finished in 2018, and provide electricity for 1.1 million people.

Noor 1, the first section at the town of Ouarzazate, provides 160 megawatts (MW) of the ultimate 580MW capacity, helping Morocco to save hundreds of thousands of tonnes of carbon emissions per year.
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The north African country plans to generate 42% of its energy from renewables by 2020, with one-third of that total coming from solar, wind and hydropower apiece.

Morocco hopes to use the next UN climate change conference, which it hosts in November, as the springboard for an even more ambitious plan to source 52% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030.


Morocco is very much a country of my heart. I spent eight years in all living and working there. One of my sons was born there. I love the country and its people.

Bob Woodward's Problems With Hillary Clinton Definitely Aren't Sexist, No Sir

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bob-woodward-hillary-clinton_us_56b21b55e4b08069c7a59b98

He just wishes she would stop shouting.

Woodward apologized for "dwelling on the tone issue," but said "there is something here where Hillary Clinton suggests that she's almost not comfortable with herself."

Clinton should "lower the temperature" and "get off this screaming stuff," he added.

Other guests during the segment defended Clinton. "These are rallies, though, and it's hard at a rally," journalist Cokie Roberts said.

The former secretary of state has been criticized for her appearance and a perceived lack of approachability for her entire career. Much of that criticism is clearly sexist: shouting, for example, is not usually a liability for male candidates.


Bob Woodward ...

Consequences of Iowa: Trump still strong, new life for Rubio, long-term trouble for Sanders

http://election.princeton.edu/2016/02/02/consequences-of-iowa-trump-still-strong-new-life-for-rubio-long-term-trouble-for-sanders/

Analysis from PEC's Sam Wang:

My preliminary take on the Iowa caucuses is that they didn’t alter the trajectory of where things are probably headed for the Democrats: Hillary Clinton is still favored. However, the Republican field could potentially narrow to a three-way race (Trump-Cruz-Rubio) sooner than I had expected, thanks to a strong showing by Marco Rubio.
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On the Democratic side, tonight was substantively bad for Bernie Sanders. After all the talk about hordes of Sanders supporters, in the end he only achieved a near-tie: 23 delegates for Clinton, 21 delegates for Sanders. Iowa is one of the most favorable states for him because of its ethnic composition. But it is not enough to win 50% of white Democrats. To have a chance overall, he needed a big win to (a) indicate that he can get enough white support to compensate for lack of support in nonwhite demographics in other states, and (b) create press coverage to boost him in the coming weeks. Outcome (a) didn’t happen. We’ll see about (b).

One of the most notable features of the Democratic race was the age gap. In an entrance poll, Sanders led by 70% among voters aged 18-29, while Clinton led by 43% among those aged 65 and over. That is a 113-point gap. This difference surely is on the minds of both sides for the weeks and months ahead.

Hillary Clinton stresses gun control as 'big difference' of Democratic race

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/feb/03/clinton-puts-focus-on-gun-control

Per the Brady Campaign:

“Hillary Clinton is not only a long-time champion of the life-saving Brady law, she has made gun violence prevention a centerpiece of her campaign,” Dan Gross, the organization’s president, said in statement on Tuesday. Gross noted Hillary’s Iowa victory speech highlighted her commitment “to stand up to the corporate gun lobby to build the safer America we all deserve”.

“Bernie Sanders didn’t even mention the epidemic of gun violence last night, perhaps because – after voting against the Brady Bill five times and for PLCAA twice – he has been on the wrong side of this issue for so long.”

Clinton, appearing in Derry, 16 miles south of Manchester, contrasted Sanders’ positions with her own record, saying she had fought for gun law reform “for many years”.

“This is a big difference in this campaign,” she said. “I have been standing up relentlessly calling out the gun lobby and doing what I can to penetrate the fear, the acquiescence, the intimidation that too many elected officials feel in the face of their threatening political retaliation.”

Democratic race in Iowa caucuses leans toward Hillary Clinton

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/hillary-clinton-democratic-iowa-caucuses-begin/

There will likely be updates because things are still in process.

See also Sam Wang's thoughts: http://election.princeton.edu/2016/02/01/iowa-caucus-what-to-look-for/#more-13633

Go Hillary!

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