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March 31, 2016

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March 31, 2016

Chairman confident Bernie will be on the D.C. ballot, despite the District's screw-up

in the paperwork.

Yes this is from Faux news, but it's the most up to date report on this issue.


Anita Bonds, chairwoman of the Washington, D.C. Democratic Party, said Wednesday she was confident presidential candidate Bernie Sanders would appear on the primary ballot, despite a challenge filed with the city’s Board of Elections.

“Bernie will be on the ballot,” Bonds told CNN.

Her comments come after NBC 4 in Washington reported the local Democratic Party filed paperwork for Sanders a day late to the Washington Board of Elections and a challenge was filed against Sanders. It’s the first time Bond said she has heard of a candidate being challenged.

But the Sanders campaign also said it was confident he would appear on the ballot.

March 30, 2016

Annette Nance-Holt: "If my child is dead he can't go to college."


Clinton was also flanked by Annette Nance-Holt, whose son Blair, 16, was shot and killed in Chicago, and Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore.


Nance-Holt praised Clinton for reaching out to mothers who lost children to police or gun violence.

“That other candidate on the Democratic side did not reach out to us,” Nance-Holt said of Bernie Sanders. “You want my vote, you better work for it. She’s working for our vote. I’m not going to give it you just because you say you can do free college, because if my child is dead, he can’t go to college,” she said of Sanders’ popular college plan.
March 30, 2016

Trump tonight publicly REVOKED his promise to run as a Republican.


Donald Trump has backtracked on his much ballyhooed pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee as he deals with swirling controversy after his campaign manager was charged with assaulting a reporter.

At CNN town hall, Trump doubles back on promise to support Republican nominee – as it happened
Corey Lewandowski charged with battery over incident with Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields during a Trump rally earlier this month. In a television town hall in Milwaukee with CNN on Tuesday night, Trump insisted he had been “treated very unfairly” by the Republican National Committee and the establishment and revoked the commitment he signed in September. Although the Republican frontrunner previously hinted that he might do so, saying the RNC was “in default”, he had never explicitly revoked his commitment until Tuesday.


Trump was not the only candidate to leave the door open to not backing the GOP nominee in November. Ted Cruz who pledged in March to support the party’s nominee regardless, said of Trump: “I am not in the habit of supporting someone who attacks my wife and my family and I think our wife and kids should be off limits.”

This repeated previous statements that Cruz has made in recent days after Trump’s threat to “spill the beans” on his wife and accused the frontrunner of spreading lies about him in a supermarket tabloid. This was echoed by Kasich, appearing after Trump, who said: “I gotta see what happens. If the nominee’s somebody who’s hurting the country I can’t stand behind them.” The Ohio governor had also previously pledged to support the party’s eventual nominee.
March 29, 2016

Outraged Bernie supporter reveals caucus truth: they're voter suppression

This Bernie supporter is outraged that caucuses aren't conducted like primaries -- that they begin at a set time and end when business is over, and you can't stroll in all day and vote. He made a video of voters arriving an hour and a half or more after the caucus was over, who were shocked to find out they couldn't vote.

And he's livid.

That's because he doesn't understand that this is the NORM for caucuses. But what he DOES understand, correctly, is that caucuses are a form of voter suppression.

That is why they exist. And in WA and other states they've been very successful in keeping turnout down to about 5-6%.

March 28, 2016

My Mother's Garden by Kaitlyn Greenidge


IT was my first year as a scholarship student at a school that prized itself on teaching the skill of dispassionate debate. I quickly learned that the best thing you could bring to an argument was “objectivity.”

We practiced this objectivity in our current events class. It was never explicitly tied to identity, but it was implied. I learned that the best person to talk about wealth and class was an upper-middle class person because she supposedly could look at it dispassionately. The best person to talk about race was a white person, for the same reasons. The best person to talk about gender was a boy.

When people affected by issues spoke for themselves, they got too angry, too weepy, too irrational.

In the mid-1990s, the biggest threat to America continued to be the welfare queen. Or at least that’s what the news and many politicians all said. My school was far too genteel to name the welfare queen outright, but she haunted our balanced class discussions. The welfare queen was worse than disease and death and the destruction of the icecaps. She was worse than that because she was all those things in one, perpetually pregnant with pathologies, birthing out criminals and addicts and losers and apparently eating $50 steaks and driving gleaming Cadillacs while doing so.



Photos of the author with her new novel, WE LOVE YOU CHARLIE FREEMAN

March 24, 2016

ACLU: "Two lawyers walk into a bar. And get kicked out for being black."


ACLU lawyers are used to taking on injustice and speaking out on behalf of our clients. This time the discrimination happened to us.

We began the evening on a quest for a good karaoke night, and went to a bar called Brig. After waiting for more than half an hour to sing, we started to wonder when our number would be called. We planned to sing a hip hop and R&B hit from the ’90s — TLC’s Waterfalls.

But before our song was called, a bar employee came up and said we had to buy drinks to sing karaoke. Another bartender lunged at us within inches of our faces and shouted “Buy drinks!”

Our group of three had already bought two drinks. But it quickly became clear to us that we were unwelcome in the bar.

March 24, 2016

NYT: On the Supreme Court, the Senate Defers to the NRA


That is what the majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said the other day when asked about the possibility of considering and confirming President Obama’s nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, after the November elections. “I can’t imagine that a Republican majority in the United States Senate would want to confirm, in a lame-duck session, a nominee opposed by the National Rifle Association,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”

Put aside the absurd rationales Senate Republicans have trotted out for not holding a hearing on the Garland nomination, and consider how extreme this latest position is. As long as Republicans control the Senate, Mr. McConnell says, they will delegate their judgment to the N.R.A.’s paranoid far-right lobbyists, whom nobody elected, and who staunchly oppose measures, like universal background checks, supported by 90 percent of Americans — and three-quarters of N.R.A. members.

Mr. McConnell says he wants the next president to fill the vacancy. But if a Democrat wins the election, the N.R.A. will surely oppose any person he or she nominates. What will Mr. McConnell and his caucus do then?

In other words, forget the voters. Forget that Judge Garland has been supported and praised by top Republicans and Democrats for years. The N.R.A. doesn’t like him — for no fact-based reason — and that’s all that matters.


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