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Bill Nelson says Tim Kaine would be 'steady hand' as VP

Source: Tampa Bay Times

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson said Friday that Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine would be an "absolutely outstanding choice" as Hillary Clinton's vice presidential running mate.

Speaking to reporters in Orlando, where Clinton scheduled a roundtable meeting with community leaders, Nelson said: "He is a steady hand. There is no question about Tim Kaine's ethics, his morality, nor about his competence, if that's who she chooses."

Nelson described Kaine as "one of my best friends in the Senate."

Told that some liberals in the Democratic Party don't think Kaine is liberal enough, Nelson said: "That is a statement that you'll hear right up to the announcement, and once the announcement is made -- whoever it is -- all of that contrary (talk) will dissipate."

Read more: http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/bill-nelson-says-tim-kaine-would-be-steady-hand-as--vp/2286475
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 22, 2016, 03:48 PM (29 replies)

Al Sharpton to Alan Grayson: I didn't endorse you, so don't use me in your ad

Source: The Miami Herald

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton wants Democrat Alan Grayson to take down an online ad he launched this month that seems to imply the Orlando congressman has Sharpton's endorsement in Florida's competitive U.S. Senate race.

Ten days ago, Grayson posted on his Facebook page a video ad that shows Sharpton praising Grayson as a strong progressive. The 15-second spot includes undated footage from Sharpton's previous MSNBC show "PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton," which is edited so Sharpton says the following seamlessly:

"Now more than ever the Democrats need strong voices -- progressives, who are willing to fight for the causes they believe in. ... Joining me now is the man himself, Congressman Alan Grayson."

The footage seems to be a combination of two clips parsed from a single segment on Sharpton's show. The footage appears to be about three years old (a background graphic references the 113th Congress, which started in 2013).

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/07/al-sharpton-to-alan-grayson-i-didnt-endorse-you-so-dont-use-me-in-your-ad.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 22, 2016, 03:47 PM (16 replies)

Rep. Corrine Brown to be indicted in federal court

Source: WESH-TV

ORLANDO, Fla. —A local Congresswoman is headed to federal court.

Corrine Brown, who represents part of Central Florida, is set to be indicted in Jacksonville on Friday.

Details of Brown's indictment remain sealed.

The Democrat is facing a Department of Justice fraud investigation. She is suspected of improperly soliciting charitable donations and misusing campaign funds.

Read more: http://www.wesh.com/news/rep-corrine-brown-to-be-indicted-in-federal-court/40411848
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Jul 8, 2016, 08:12 AM (12 replies)

So, we basically have a losing candidate taking a victory lap

Secretary Clinton has won the popular vote, has a solid majority of pledged delegates, and the support of a large majority of superdelegates. She has won in every every measurable metric. But unfortunately Senator Sanders is refusing to acknowledge that he has lost, stubbornly continuing like a WWII Japanese soldier hiding in the jungle refusing to believe that their Emperor would surrender to the inferior Americans.

Sanders' insistence on making demands even after being rejected by Democratic voters is the height of arrogance.

Hillary is already leading Trump by a wide margin even without the endorsement of Sanders. Sanders is risking overplaying his hand. If Hillary calls his bluff and wins without him she will be more emboldened to tack toward the center, knowing that she can do without the support of fringe politicians like Sanders.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jun 15, 2016, 12:30 PM (162 replies)

Murder Rate Spike Could Be 'Ferguson Effect,' DOJ Study Says

Source: NPR

The horrific attack in an Orlando gay nightclub has captured the nation's attention, but the great majority of homicides are not due to mass shootings.

And in the last year or so the murder rate has jumped in America's big cities.

"We are in the midst of a very abrupt, precipitous and large crime increase," says Richard Rosenfeld, a respected criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He is the author if a study released Wednesday by the Justice Department examining reasons for the increase.

Specifically, murder is spiking — in urban areas. Rosenfeld says last year in the country's 56 biggest cities, homicides jumped 17 percent.

Read more: http://www.npr.org/2016/06/15/482123552/murder-rate-spike-attributed-to-ferguson-effect-doj-study-says
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jun 15, 2016, 07:44 AM (37 replies)

Judge dismisses charge against Planned Parenthood videomaker

Source: The Hill

A Texas judge has dismissed one of the charges against anti-abortion filmmaker David Daleiden, whose undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood shook up the organization last year.

The judge dismissed a misdemeanor charge against Daleidan related to his trying to purchase fetal tissue during the course of making the videos.

Daleiden is still facing a felony charge of tampering with government documents, including using a fake ID, a charge that is being handled by a different judge.

The Harris County District Attorney’s office said that it will not fight the dismissal of the misdemeanor, and will focus on prosecuting the felony charge, according to KHOU in Houston.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/283413-judge-dismisses-one-charge-against-planned-parenthood-videomaker
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jun 14, 2016, 12:44 PM (3 replies)

Venezuela's Maduro rooting for 'revolutionary friend' Sanders in U.S. campaign

Venezuela's embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Tuesday night he supported Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential race, adding that the candidate, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, would win if the vote were "free."

Maduro, a socialist who sees himself as the political heir to his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has long railed against the United States, blaming it for Venezuela's economic crisis and accusing Washington of attempting to topple him.

"Bernie Sanders, our revolutionary friend, ought to win in the United States," Maduro said during an hours-long televised broadcast.

"If the elections were free ... Bernie Sanders would be president of the United States," he said, criticizing the U.S. Electoral College system as unrepresentative of popular sentiment.

more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-usa-idUSKCN0YN32Q
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jun 1, 2016, 12:38 PM (1 replies)

Venezuela's Maduro rooting for 'revolutionary friend' Sanders in U.S. campaign

Source: Reuters

Venezuela's embattled president, Nicolas Maduro, said on Tuesday night he supported Bernie Sanders in the U.S. presidential race, adding that the candidate, who describes himself as a democratic socialist, would win if the vote were "free."

Maduro, a socialist who sees himself as the political heir to his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, has long railed against the United States, blaming it for Venezuela's economic crisis and accusing Washington of attempting to topple him.

"Bernie Sanders, our revolutionary friend, ought to win in the United States," Maduro said during an hours-long televised broadcast.

"If the elections were free ... Bernie Sanders would be president of the United States," he said, criticizing the U.S. Electoral College system as unrepresentative of popular sentiment.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-venezuela-usa-idUSKCN0YN32Q
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Jun 1, 2016, 12:37 PM (35 replies)

OAS to hold meetings over Venezuela's dwindling democracy

Source: UPI

CARACAS, Venezuela, May 31 (UPI) -- Despite strong opposition by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, the Organization of American States on Tuesday announced it will hold meetings over fears of Venezuela's diminishing democracy.

Under the OAS' Inter-American Democratic Charter, the international organization's Permanent Council can meet to discuss situations in which democracy has been seriously impaired in a member state. The OAS will hold Permanent Council meetings on June 10 and June 20 over Venezuela, whose consent was not required.

The OAS' Permanent Council includes one ambassador from each of the 35 member states who meet in Washington, D.C. Maduro on Monday said the OAS should leave Venezuela, calling the organization "enemies of the state seeking to divide and demoralize" Venezuela.

The use of the Democratic Charter is unprecedented and could see Venezuela's suspension from the OAS depending on the meetings and Venezuela's response.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/05/31/OAS-to-hold-meetings-over-Venezuelas-dwindling-democracy/7971464703612/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue May 31, 2016, 01:53 PM (13 replies)

Second airline suspends flights to Venezuela

Source: Springfield Business Journal

The largest airline in Latin America, Latam, is suspending its flights to Venezuela because of the worsening economic situation.

The move came a day after Germany's Lufthansa suspended flights to the country.

The decisions occur as oil-rich Venezuela faces high inflation and a shortage of basic goods due to the global drop in oil prices.


Read more: http://sbj.net/Content/Default/TIB/Article/Second-airline-suspends-flights-to-Venezuela/-3/935/105390
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue May 31, 2016, 01:49 PM (4 replies)
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