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Wausau Daily Herald: Sanders vague on free college tuition plan

WAUSAU - Bernie Sanders is confident that he can make tuition free at public colleges, but in an interview with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, he offered few specifics about how that plan would work or get bipartisan support.
In the interview, held immediately before the rally, Sanders said he would work early in his presidency to provide students with free tuition at the country’s public colleges and universities. The money to do that, he said, would come from taxing Wall Street.
Sanders has offered legislation to that end — the College for All Act — which would provide $47 billion to pay for tuition at four-year public universities. That amount would cover roughly 67 percent of yearly tuition, while states would be on the line for 33 percent.

But the bill has not moved since it was introduced last May.
Asked how he would get Republicans in Congress and state lawmakers such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to go along with the measure, Sanders responded with a general statement about politics.

“The way you convince anybody is when the majority of people want it,” Sanders said. “Politicians — whether Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives — respond to what people want.”


Newspapers don't seem to like it when a candidate answers detailed policy questions with lines from the stump speech.

Ann's daughter, Cecile: This is sort of the pinnacle of everything we’ve fought for all our lives

The scene in Kathleen Falk's living room on Saturday was a veritable who's who of Democratic women in Madison.

State and county elected officials, doctors, lawyers and political aficionados gathered at the former Dane County executive and two-time gubernatorial candidate's home to hear Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards speak in support of Hillary Clinton.

Planned Parenthood, in its first-ever presidential primary endorsement, is backing the former secretary of state over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Richards was in Madison over the weekend working to energize supporters and voters to support Clinton in Wisconsin's April 5 primary election.

"This is the big one," Richards said. "This is a woman who has been standing for women her entire life."

Commending women who serve as elected officials, Richards said, it's still not easy to be a woman in office.

"This is sort of the pinnacle of everything we’ve fought for all our lives," she said.


I miss Ann. She'd be so proud


Fiancée of Sean Bell, Killed in 2006 Police Shooting, Endorses Hillary Clinton

Nicole Bell, whose fiancé, Sean Bell, became a symbol of tensions between black communities and the police after he was shot and killed by New York officers on the morning of their wedding day, has endorsed Hillary Clinton two weeks before the New York primary.

“Nine years ago, I lost my fiancé, Sean Bell, in a police-involved shooting, and unfortunately, there are too many families with stories like mine,” Ms. Bell said in a statement provided Saturday to The New York Times.

Mrs. Clinton, she said, “understands that we need reforms that can be felt on our streets and in our communities and that she “will stand up to the gun lobby, work to end racial profiling, and make key investments to ensure that law enforcement officials have adequate training.”

In 2006, plainclothes and undercover police officers fired into Mr. Bell’s car 50 times, killing him and wounding two of his friends; the men were leaving a strip club in Queens where Mr. Bell had celebrated his bachelor party. The shooting rocked the city and drew responses from civil rights activists and elected officials, including Mrs. Clinton, who was a senator representing New York at the time.

Mr. Bell and his friends were not armed. The three detectives charged in the shooting were acquitted on all counts..........

“Hillary gets it,” Ms. Bell said. “Nine years ago, Hillary Clinton was there for me, and today, I’m with her.”


Paul Krugman: Feel The Math

.......So what does that say about appropriate behavior on the part of her rival? Two things, I’d argue.

First, the Sanders campaign needs to stop feeding the right-wing disinformation machine. Engaging in innuendo suggesting, without evidence, that Clinton is corrupt is, at this point, basically campaigning on behalf of the RNC. If Sanders really believes, as he says, that it’s all-important to keep the White House out of Republican hands, he should stop all that – and tell his staff to stop it too.

Second, it’s time for Sanders to engage in some citizenship. The presidency isn’t the only office on the line; down-ballot races for the Senate and even the House are going to be crucial. Clinton has been raising money for other races; Sanders hasn’t, and is still being evasive on whether he will ever do so. Not acceptable.

Oh, and the Sanders campaign is saying that it will try to flip superdelegates even if it loses the unpledged delegates and the popular vote. Remember when evil Hillary was going to use superdelegates to steal the nomination? Double standards aside, what makes the campaign think that he will get any backing from a party he refuses to lift a finger to help?

It’s important to realize that there are some real conflicts of interest here. For Sanders campaign staff, and also for anyone who has been backing his insurgency, it’s been one heck of a ride, and they would understandably like it to go on as long as possible. But we’ve now reached the point where what’s fun for the campaign isn’t at all the same as what’s good for America.

Sanders doesn’t need to drop out, but he needs to start acting responsibly.


Emphasis all my own

Hillary Clinton: "To me this is a serious discussion about a serious issue"

Jennifer EpsteinVerified account
Clinton didn't just go after Trump on abortion, she also called out Sanders for downplaying its importance


Sen Warren is going to be an amazing GE surrogate for Hillary -video

Watch her on Colbert. She's a destroyer!

Clinton names gay rights advocate as Indiana campaign director

Peter Hanscomb, who recently headed up Indiana Competes, a coalition of Indiana Businesses created to lobby for equal rights for the LGBT community, was just named head of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in Indiana.

Hanscomb previously worked with Freedom Indiana as deputy campaign manager. Freedom Indiana works to advance LGBT rights in the state. He has also served as outreach director for Senator Joe Donnelly, and political director for the state Democratic Party.

The appointment of a gay state-wide campaign director is no surprise for the Clinton campaign, which was the first to name an openly gay man, Robby Mook, as director of a major national campaign for the presidency.

Indiana’s open primary will be held on May 8.


Glad to see her getting to work in Indiana. Can't WAIT to start on the general!

Oh, Susan Sarandon -By Connie Schultz

Susan, Susan, Susan.

This Democratic primary is starting to feel like the family reunion that should have ended weeks ago in a house full of relatives who refuse to leave.

Earlier this week, actor and progressive activist Susan Sarandon showed up for Chris Hayes' show on MSNBC to talk about why she supports Bernie Sanders.

Fine. I mean it. I was fine with that. I had already accepted that Thelma's friend Louise was not going to support the first viable female candidate for president. I'm a teensy bit troubled that, for the first time, I don't feel that pang of regret when I think of them driving off that cliff, but I've been hanging on to that for too long anyway.

Besides, I've got friends and people in my own family who are a lot like Susan Sarandon, whom I have long admired. Like her, they go on and on about the purity of their commitment, pausing just long enough to give me an unsolicited tutorial on why my support for Hillary Clinton proves I can't possibly be a true progressive.

Please. As I've mentioned before, I grew up with the Jack and Jesus wall. There they were, Jack Kennedy and Jesus, hanging shoulder to shoulder — a tag-team reminder that every fight for justice starts with a true believer and ends with a pragmatist to hammer out the details...............MORE WHICH YOU SHOULD READ..................


Connie is so good!

Clinton: Don't let anyone with this much contempt for women near the WH

clip at link

To actually see him say it is beyond revolting!

Just the same. No difference.

“It is time to stop the tweedledee, tweedledum politics of the Republican and Democratic parties.” -Bernard Sanders

Not on your life:

Ali VitaliVerified account
NEW Trump to @msnbc: "there has to be some form of punishment" for women who have abortions but he has yet to determine what that should be.


While an exceptionally perverse form of infighting during this political season will continue as long as there's money to be made from it, we would do well to remind ourselves that it is the Democratic party that stands with women in their struggle to retain control over their own bodies.

The ante just got raised.
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