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GOP Lawmaker who voted to repeal state's motorcycle helmet law... dies in motorcycle crash.


A Michigan state lawmaker who voted to repeal universal helmet laws has died in a motorcycle crash, according to Michigan State Police.

Rep. Peter Pettalia was riding southbound on M-33 in northern Michigan late Monday afternoon when a pickup truck turned left into his lane. His motorcycle broadsided the pickup. Pettalia was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, police said. The driver of the truck, a 59-year-old woman, was not injured, police said.

Pettalia, 61, a Republican from Presque Isle, was an advocate for motorcyclists' rights and had served the state's District 106 since he was elected in 2010.

In 2012, he voted to repeal universal helmet laws for all motorcycle riders over the age of 20. Michigan is one of 28 states that do not have laws requiring all motorcyclists to wear helmets, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

House Speaker Kevin Cotter called his death shocking.

Full story at link.

At least he was smart enough to wear a helmet.

CNN New Poll: Hillary Clinton leads by 9

Hillary Clinton 52
Donald Trump 43

Before Democratic Convention

Hillary Clinton 45
Donald Trump 48

July 29th-31st.

Clinton Voters:
58% are voting to support Clinton
41% are voting against Trump

Trump Voters:
47% are voting to support Trump
50% are voting against Clinton

Right Experience 67%
In touch with ordinary people 50%
Unite the country 48%
Honest and trustworthy 34%
35% of people think Trump is honest and trustworthy

Is Clinton honest?
Pre GOP Convention 34%
After GOP Convention 30%
Post Dem Convention 34%

Will Clinton's policies move USA in right direction?
48% yes
Will Trump's policies move USA in right direction?
38% yes


I can't believe there has been no statement from Hillary

I have been watching MSNBC all night. TRMS has been fantastic.

I have heard from:

Trump (live phone in interview)
Sanders (addressed Trump riot during campaign speech)
Cruz (Press Conference)
Rubio (Press Conference/interview)

Where's Hillary? I am very surprised there has been nothing from her. To my knowledge there hasn't even been an official statement from the campaign regarding the situation.

MSNBC reporter Katy Tur happily poses for a picture with known white racist at Trump Rally

This is a picture of MSNBC's Katy Tur posing for a picture with James Edwards. Edwards is a white supremacists who touts Nazism and domestic terrorism on his blog and radio show. He is closely affiliated with Stormfront and other related hate sites.

James Edwards has an internet radio show called "The Political Cesspool." This white supremacists was given an all access media pass to a recent Donald Trump campaign event. He was even granted a radio interview with the Trump Campaign. An interview the Trump campaign later denied took place, although James Edwards claims the interview will be broadcast this Saturday.

For those of us who keep even a minimal interest in terroristic, right wing, conservative political activism, James Edwards is very well known. In my view, given the undercurrent of this issue with the Trump campaign, Katy Tur should know who he is. She is the primary Donald Trump beat reporter for MSNBC.

Right Wing Nazi James Edwards proudly displays his media badge at a recent Trump event.

MSNBC's Katy Tur sits down for an interview with Donald Trump during her campaign coverage


I think for an MSNBC reporter to be posing for pictures with a person like this is just awful.

Hillary Clinton flips the script

In South Carolina, she's the candidate she always wanted to be. And Bernie Sanders is the one with the rocky path forward.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/hillary-clinton-south-carolina-favorables-219894#ixzz41NqYl2Qm


HARLESTON, South Carolina — In South Carolina, Hillary Clinton is finally the candidate she always wanted to be.
Gone are questions about her authenticity. Here, black voters say Clinton’s history as a civil rights stalwart -- she first visited the state as a college grad investigating the problem of youths incarcerated in adult jails for the Children’s Defense Fund -- trumps any trust issues that dog her elsewhere.
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The script has been flipped, for the first time, in her favor.
Her stories about her own mother’s abused and abandoned childhood resonate deeply with African-American women -- and there are about 100,000 more black women than men of voting age in the state. And to them, it is Bernie Sanders who is viewed as an unknown quantity, whose big ideas of free college and healthcare are greeted with skepticism.


Here, older African-American voters who have struggled with racism and poverty are pragmatic, and believe in the incremental change Clinton espouses. “They don’t have the luxury of an Iowa college student” to vote for ideals, Hodges added.
Many voters say they would have been happy to support her eight years ago if it wasn’t for the historic nature of Barack Obama’s candidacy. Clinton’s support for Obama since then has only increased their desire to help her this time.
“The feeling among voters here is they have a job to do and that’s to nominate Hillary,” said Boyd Brown, a DNC executive committee member and super-delegate who is supporting Clinton after originally backing Martin O’Malley. “They see it as a duty. They’ve got a proven candidate and she might not be the greatest candidate in the world, or the most enthusiastic candidate, but you know what? She’d be a good president and they realize that.”


But the calendar doesn’t get easier for Sanders on Super Tuesday, which is March 1. A recent Monmouth University poll has Clinton up by 34 points in Texas; in Georgia, polls have her leading between 28 and 52 points; Clinton is up by double digits in Virginia and leading in Florida by 26 points. Devine said they have opportunities to post big wins in Kansas, Nebraska and Maine, caucus states which vote in mid-March.
By the time the race gets to the Michigan primary on March 8, Democratic operatives expect it to act as Clinton’s final firewall -- or Sanders’ last stand -- depending on the results of Super Tuesday.

Full article here:http://www.politico.com/story/2016/02/hillary-clinton-south-carolina-favorables-219894

A great read without the double standard media thresholds that often impact her campaign.

New Florida GOP Poll: Trump 44% Rubio 28%



A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday found Trump with 44 percent support.

Marco Rubio, who represents Florida in the Senate, follows with 28 percent. Rounding out the field are Ted Cruz at 12 percent, John Kasich at 7 percent and Ben Carson at 4 percent.

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If these numbers hold true this is the end of the Marco Rubio campaign. Of the 3 remaining GOP front runners he poses the biggest risk for us this fall. Trump and/or Cruz is a much easier opponent for the democrats to defeat in a GE.

LGBT voters favor Hillary over Bernie

Poll: LGBT people split 48% for Clinton, 41% for Sanders


A new poll has found LGBT people in the United States favor Hillary Clinton for president over Bernard Sanders by a margin of 48 percent to 41 percent.

The poll, made public Tuesday by the San Francisco-based Community Marketing & Insights, was conducted between Feb. 7-10 among 563 LGBT citizens of the United States. Participants were from 46 states.


In response to a question on which candidate respondents would vote for today, Clinton received 48 percent of the vote, followed by Sanders at 41 percent. The next candidate down was Donald Trump at 2 percent, followed by John Kasich and Marco Rubio each at 1 percent. The remaining candidates each received less than one percent of the vote. Four percent of respondents were undecided.
The results are not too far off from polls of Democrats nationwide. A Quinnipiac University poll made public on Feb. 5 found Clinton has support from 44 percent of Democrats, followed by Sanders with 42 percent and 11 percent undecided. But Community Marketing & Insights’ poll wasn’t party-specific. All LGBT people were able to comment on all candidates regardless of whether the participant was a Democrat, Republican or independent, according to the firm.

Full Report:

Bernie Sanders' American Dream is in Denmark

Full CNN Report with lots of video can be found here:


Sanders has proudly adopted the label of a "democratic socialist," and he has pointed to Denmark as a model for his vision of an ideal American future.

At a presidential debate hosted by CNN in October, Sanders brought up Denmark and the surrounding Scandinavian states when asked to describe what "democratic socialism" means to him.

"I think we should look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway," Sanders said, "and learn what they have accomplished for their working people."


"In Denmark, there is a very different understanding of what 'freedom' means," Sanders wrote, arguing the U.S. could learn from the way the Danes have "gone a long way to ending the enormous anxieties that comes with economic insecurity."

"Instead of promoting a system which allows a few to have enormous wealth, they have developed a system which guarantees a strong minimal standard of living to all -- including the children, the elderly and the disabled," Sanders added.


But it is a market with many differences from the United States. All Danish citizens have access to child care, state-guaranteed medical and parental leave from work, free college tuition in which students receive a paycheck from the government during enrollment, free health care and a generous pension, all of which Sanders supports.

"Free" is actually the wrong word to describe these services. Danes pay some of the highest taxes in the world, including a 25% tax on all goods and services, a top marginal tax rate hovering near 60%. The top tax rate in the U.S., by comparison, is less than 40%.

But there are aspects to the Danish model that you would never see on Sanders' policy platform. As a small country heavily reliant on trade, Denmark imposes minimal tariffs on foreign goods. Businesses here are only lightly regulated. The corporate tax rate is much lower than in the United States, which has one of the highest in the world. There's not even a minimum wage in Denmark, although most workers are paid high salaries in large part due to the strength of labor unions. And in the past few years, Danish voters elected a right-of-center government, which has been instituting reforms that have put tighter restrictions on access to the long-held safety net.


In terms of pure semantics, few Danish politicians today would characterize themselves as "socialist"--even a "democratic socialist"--as Sanders does. The word has largely fallen out of fashion in recent decades.

"When I hear Bernie Sanders talk about himself as a democratic socialist, it's a little bit 1970s," said Lars Christensen, a Danish economist known here as an outspoken critic of his homeland's model. "The major political parties on the center-left and the center-right would oppose many of the proposals of Bernie Sanders on the regulatory side as being too leftist."


As even Sanders has conceded, the differences between the United States and Denmark are striking. In many ways, Denmark's success depends on its small size. The country has a population of just 5.6 million -- about the same as Minnesota's -- and its territory makes up just 16,000 square miles, about half the size of South Carolina. By comparison, the United States has a population of more than 300 million and encompasses 3.8 million square miles.

Unlike the United States' diverse population of immigrants, Denmark is ethnically homogenous -- nearly 90% are of Danish ancestry, according to The Danish Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration -- making political consensus easier than in the United States.

"I think this system is only possible because we essentially are all the same," said Christensen. "Maybe if you wanted to introduce such a scheme in Utah, you could do that. But doing it across the U.S., I find it completely and utterly impossible just for the mere fact that Americans are all so different."

Houses stretch along a canal in Copenhagen

I think this report is a must read/watch for all of us.

CORY BOOKER: Here are some reasons to pick Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders

Text Excerpt:

Booker said:

When I look at pragmatic plans on how to reform Wall Street, if you separate the people and their personalities, and you were to put up the detailed plan that Hillary Clinton put forward, and the detailed plan that Bernie Sanders , ... clearly the plan that Hillary has, to me, is a better plan to reforming Wall Street and creating real incentives.

Tax incentives that don't incentivize jobs going overseas. Tax incentives that don't have people in hedge funds paying less tax rates than their secretaries, but also incentivize the kind of investment we need to create hope and opportunity in cities like mine. So we can draw in investment, development, jobs, and more so that everybody gets to enjoy the abundance of this country."

Booker also warned that while he was troubled by financial excesses, particularly in the mortgage industry, demonizing the industry as a whole could discourage investment in key projects that help alleviate poverty. Much of Sanders' campaign-trail rhetoric is fiercely critical of Wall Street practices.

"I don't want to pick out a pitchfork or a brush and paint a broad brush over an entire industry," Booker said, citing the role financial institutions played in helping him develop a hotel and housing while serving as mayor of Newark, New Jersey.

"I'm going to lead the charge, as I did during the recession, going after the mortgage industry, which was really ravaging my city," he said. "But I'm also going to say that we can't go so far that we can't draw capital into our inner cities which desperately need to grow."

The full video of his reasoning can be found at the link below.


Sanders incarceration campaign promise: Delusional


Report excerpt:

On this last point, Sanders trotted out an absurd promise he has used several times before: that by the end of his first term, the United States will no longer be the world leader in incarceration.

What Sanders means by this is that under just four years of his magical leadership, the U.S. will bring down its jail and prison population by about 600,000 people. Where does that figure come from? Consider that the No. 2 spot on the list of countries with the most prisoners in the world right now is China, and it has about 1.66 million people behind bars. The U.S., by comparison, has about 2.3 million.

Sanders did not mention during his remarks how he plans to make the leap from 2.3 million to fewer than 1.66 million. But regardless of what he has in mind, it’s pure fantasy for several reasons. Chief among them is that the president of the United States has no direct control over most of the nation’s correctional facilities. This is because jails, which currently hold fewer than 745,000 people, are under local control, and state prisons, which hold about 1.35 million, are under state control. That leaves the federal prison system—the only one that the federal government is actually in charge of—with 210,000 people, or about 10 percent of the pie.

It’s true that the president has a “bully pulpit” from which he can say inspiring things that set the tone for officials working at all levels of government. It’s also true that in theory, the federal government could try to bribe state governments to rely less on incarceration. But the bottom line is that the feds can only set policy for their own prison system and that means there’s a very low ceiling on the amount of progress that a president, no matter how ambitious he or she is, can do to reduce the prison population. The truth of the matter is that even if Sanders were to free every single person currently sitting in a federal prison, the U.S. would still be ahead of China in the incarceration Olympics by more than 400,000 people.

End of excerpt.

Sometimes I feel bad for Hillary. It's hard to run against Santa Claus, and very gullible voters.
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