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March 30, 2016

Republican convention gun petition author lied about his name and where he lived: Spokane, WA.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 1:36 P.M.
Republican convention gun petition author is from Spokane, has legal history with online postings

By Kip Hill

The man who petitioned unsuccessfully to allow guns at the Republican National Convention is indeed from Spokane.

And that author, Jim Ryan, is currently involved in a defamation lawsuit with the former executive artistic director of the Spokane Civic Theatre.

Ryan called The Spokesman-Review on Wednesday, after his full name was published by national news outlets, to apologize for lying about where he lived. On Tuesday, Ryan – who identified himself only by his first name out of stated fear of retaliation for the petition – said he lived “well south” of Spokane.

On Wednesday, Ryan said he was still concerned about the safety of his family but had no remorse for posting the petition online, which as of Wednesday afternoon had more than 52,000 signees. Ryan said he was trying to make a point that Republicans were being hypocritical by supporting laws allowing gun carrying in some places, but are uneasy about having guns at their convention.

March 30, 2016

D.C. Dem Party filed Clinton's & Sanders' ballot registrations late. Only Sanders' was challenged!

Bernie Sanders Not on DC Ballot After Democratic Party Registration Error

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' name is not on the primary ballot in Washington, D.C., after the D.C. Democratic Party submitted registration paperwork a day late and a voter filed a challenge, News4 has learned.

The Sanders’ campaign, as well as Hillary Clinton's campaign, each submitted registration fees of $2,500 on time earlier this month in advance of the June 14 Democratic primary.

But the D.C. Democrats did not email the candidates' registration information to the D.C. Board of Elections until a day after the registration deadline of March 16, News4's Tom Sherwood was first to report on Twitter.

A Democratic voter in D.C. filed a challenge against the Sanders' campaign's registration. No complaint was filed against Clinton's registration.

March 30, 2016

California: 24% of all CA voters now officially have "no party preference".

Democratic registrations are flat and Republican registrations are tanking...

Republican voter registration tanks in California as fewer voters choose a party

Californians may be more disenchanted with political party labels than at any time in modern history, as new voter registration data show another shift away from party affiliation coming at the same time as a presidential race that exposes deep partisan divides nationwide.

The report issued by Secretary of State Alex Padilla on Monday finds that 24% of California voters now officially have "no party preference," the term used by elections officials to describe independents. That's up almost three percentage points since the last presidential election in 2012.

While the migration away from Californians picking formal party labels has been evident for most of the past decade, the trend has picked up speed since 2008. "The Democratic share of registrants has been flat, the independent share has been climbing fast, and the Republican share has been sinking just as fast," said Eric McGhee, an elections researcher at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California.


Over 500,000 new registered voters in the state between the ages of 18 to 25


ETA: changed title to reflects main article
March 26, 2016

Spokane Co. WA has reduced the # of caucus locations to as significant an extent as Maricopa Co. AZ

Tomorrow, some WA state voters could be facing a problem potentially as significant as Arizona's was. The most populous county in Eastern WA is Spokane County. The Spokane County Democratic Party has only 17 total caucus locations in the ENTIRE county for the March 26 caucuses Saturday morning. That's. It.

Spokane, the county's largest city, has a population of about 215,000 people and the county itself has close to 500,000 residents. That is the equivalent of 1 caucus location for every 29,000 county residents. In 2008, the last year we had a contested presidential primary, I walked 5 blocks from my home to my caucus location in a neighborhood church. There were only 3 precincts meeting at that location and we were all done, sign-in to finish, in under 1.5 hrs. This year, I must drive 16 minutes to get to my caucus which is located 6 miles away from my home!!! And every precinct in my Legislative District has been crammed into that one location.

We have been expecting a huge turnout this year due to all the extra enthusiasm Senator Sanders has generated here (2 rallys in Spokane this past week). Who knows how many low-income, working class people, who would have been at their neighborhood caucuses in years past, are now not going to be able to caucus, due to the distances they are being forced to travel this year?

On top of that, the caucuses will start right at 10 AM, no matter how many people are still in line. If you haven't made it through the line and in to your precinct caucus by the time the call for the 2nd vote comes up (which the party estimated will take place, on average, at around 10:40 AM) you will not get to cast a vote. Period. As the trainer at our March 9th Caucus Orientation Training said, "once that call for the 2nd vote is announced, 'BAM' no one else who then comes through your door will be allowed to vote". {The Clinton campaign advised its voters to be in line at 9:30 AM and the Sanders campaign said to arrive at 9:00 AM.}

There is nothing on the Spokane County Democrats' website to announce any of this-not a peep about there being only 17 caucus locations in the county, no listing of the caucus location addresses, and certainly no map showing where the few caucus locations are.

Calls to the Chair of the Spokane County Democrats were unreturned.

In addition, all of the local TV news program managers (KXLY, KHQ and KREM) were recently informed of these problems, but not a single station chose to run a news story about the looming potential for voter disenfranchisement from those policies. A news manager at one of those stations even stated that, all of the above being the case, there was nothing that news coverage about it could change-that it would be worth covering only after such a train wreck happened. My pointing out that they had a civic duty to at least inform the public of those facts did nothing to change that news manager's mind.

I did what I could to get the word out. Maybe we will be fortunate and everything will go smoothly at the caucuses tomorrow. If not, though, unlike in Arizona, there is no Republican government personnel to point the finger to should significant problems arise at the caucuses Saturday morning. There will be no one to blame but the Democratic party itself. Good luck to all of us WA State voters tomorrow and may all of our votes get counted.

ETA: I am a Sanders supporter, but my hope for all of our votes to be counted extends, of course to Clinton supporters.

March 18, 2016

Sanders is Rocking The Dem Base heading in to the WA State Caucus!!!!

When 2/3 of the attendees in a packed room at our caucus orientation training raised their hands for Sanders in a straw poll, I knew for sure the East side of the state was going to go strong for him on the 26th. And those attendees were Dems-not Independents-not Repubs-DEMS!

We're headed for a potential Sanders home run streak of states. Keep phonebanking in to our state y'all and we'll bring it on home for all of us!

March 16, 2016

Wow, Sanders 40% NC, 32% FL and 41% OH...Way better than I expected!

And Missouri he's winning at 51%!!!

Polls had him losing them all, and losing the ones he did at so much less!!

And now all of Bernie's states are coming up!

My state, WA is going to party hardy on Mar 26th for Sanders.

Go Bernie!!!

March 15, 2016

I'm hoping for Bernie in PAJAMAS tonight!!

Go Bernie!

March 2, 2016

2008 vs 2016 Bernie is going to the Convention!!! Momentum!!


Sanders snatched Oklahoma from Clinton.

Donate and volunteer!

February 24, 2016

There's a lot of that 'taking votes for granted' in the Clinton campaign.

It's her 'New Southern Democrats' strategy:

Vote for Hillary:
Whites door sign: "I'm the lesser of 2 evils"
Blacks door sign: "You're my Firewall"

Hillary has divided us up by race all over the country and valued us not by the content of our character, but by the color of our skin.

The door sign for multi-raced families: "Just vote for me d#%@ it!" (Hillary slams it and stomps off)

February 22, 2016

An election held by a private corporation such as the Democratic Party is NOT

subject to federal or state election laws! If it were:

1. there would have been no campaigning or electioneering allowed in the voting area, by anyone, including Dolores Huerta;

2. we could not be forced to vote publicly in this insane caucus process--instead our vote would be private;

3. representatives of one candidate would not be the only people registering voters at each precinct, instead both candidates would be allowed to register voters;

4. none of the people voting or registering would be allowed to wear any kind of campaign paraphernalia, like what happened here;

5. no one would be allowed to vote unless they were registered, which video evidence shows not only did not occur in some precincts, but was expressly encouraged by Clinton supporters;

5. voters would be required to vote in their precinct of residence instead of being encouraged and allowed to vote at precincts caucuses held in the casinos in which they worked; and

6. and neutral translators and translated materials would be prepared ahead of time and voters could request them in private.

We thought the Iowa caucuses were awful, but the Nevada Dem caucuses were 10 times as bad.

The caucus process should not be allowed to be any part of our actual US voting process. And not just because of the embarrassment we heap upon ourselves with the use of this antiquated process, but because it disenfranchises our OWN Democratic voters!

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