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Clinton names Warren ally to transition team

This is encouraging:

Hillary Clinton has named a progressive with close ties to Elizabeth Warren to her transition team in a move that seems aimed at mollifying liberals unhappy with earlier choices.

POLITICO has learned that Rohit Chopra, who battled for-profit colleges and loan servicers as the student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has joined the team.

Chopra was an early hire at the consumer agency by Warren when she led it. When he was mentioned last year as a possible candidate to become New York’s top financial regulator, he won a ringing endorsement from the Massachusetts Democrat.

Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 30, 2016, 02:53 PM (10 replies)


Maybe it is because I have not yet donated to her this cycle (I did make a small donation to her debt relief effort in December 2008).

I am on the fence about whether to give to Hillary, because I don't have a lot to give now and it feels like the amount I could give her would be a drop in the bucket for her, and the fact that she is asking for $1 makes me feel like she wants the donation more for show than because she actually needs my money. If I had more to give I would be happy to give to her, but I feel like the $20-25 per month that I can give would be better used down-ballot where the total cost of the race is less expensive.

I did sign up to volunteer for Hillary as a voter protection lawyer though, and cut my vacation last week short so I could save 2 vacation days to do that.
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 30, 2016, 01:56 PM (2 replies)

Why is Hillary asking for $1 donations?

I have gotten multiple e-mails from her over the past few weeks asking for a $1 donation. What is the deal with that? It costs probably almost that much to process a $1 donation, especially when you consider the recordkeeping and FEC reporting requirements. Is she doing this to lower her average contribution amount so she can talk about a small average contribution like Bernie? Is she trying to boost the number of donors more than the amount she raises? I like that she is pursuing small contributions but asking for $1 seems weird. I have never been asked for that little by a campaign before.
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 30, 2016, 01:42 PM (24 replies)

Trump's new aim: Poison a Clinton Presidency

The trick out of Brooklyn isn't just to make Hillary Clinton win but to make her win as something other than a brain-damaged crook who stole the election and will spend the next four years selling out the government from her deathbed.

The Clinton delegitimization project is now central to Donald Trump’s campaign and such a prime component of right-wing media that it’s already seeped beyond extremist chat rooms into “lock her up” chants on the convention floor, national news stories debating whether polls actually can be rigged, and voters puzzling over that photo they think they saw of her needing to be carried up the stairs.

The Clinton campaign has deliberately positioned its response as an offensive boomerang rather than a rebuttal: Don’t defend against the attacks, just redirect fire at the messenger. “It holds up a mirror to Donald Trump and what his campaign is about, and says everything you need to know about Donald Trump and where these kinds of crazy conspiracy theories are coming from,” as one campaign aide put it.

But the Democrat’s team is aware of how this might factor in beyond November.

“Some of the campaign and allies' conspiracies are designed to delegitimize her personally. Most are simply designed to spread fear and mistrust. And I am sure if she wins, the right wing will continue to spread these theories,” said Clinton senior adviser Jennifer Palmieri. Palmieri is in favor of ignoring most of the wackiness but warned: “Just because they may have zero basis in truth doesn't mean they can't be corrosive. So in this cycle I believe you have to call out the truly destructive theories calmly, but aggressively, and in real time.”

Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Aug 29, 2016, 12:46 PM (12 replies)

Emerson Polls: Clinton +3 in PA, +5 in MI, tie in OH

PA: Clinton 46, Trump 43, Johnson 7, Stein 2

OH: Clinton 43, Trump 43, Johnson 10, Stein 2

MI: Clinton 45, Trump 40, Johnson 7, Stein 3

Not great numbers. Does anyone know anything about this pollster? I am familiar with them but can't remember if they are good or not.

Posted by democrattotheend | Mon Aug 29, 2016, 12:10 PM (7 replies)

Does anyone know anyone who has benefited from the Clinton Foundation's efforts?

Either directly (preferably) or indirectly?

I am thinking it would be useful to put together editorials and maybe even a viral ad highlighting how people have benefited from the Foundation to help refute the impression the media is giving that money to the Clinton Foundation goes into the Clintons' pockets.

I am sure the Foundation has that information but they probably can't coordinate with the campaign or shouldn't even if they can, as it plays right into the narrative that the Foundation is too connected to Hillary's career.

It would be great if those of us who do not work for the campaign could get some grantees and beneficiaries to speak up about the good work the Foundation does to help rebut the narrative and help ensure that the important work the Clinton Foundation does is not jeopardized by the smear campaign.
Posted by democrattotheend | Thu Aug 25, 2016, 03:16 PM (4 replies)

Politico: Clinton campaign transition chief has pushed for TPP

The new chairman of Hillary Clinton's transition team has been an outspoken supporter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and works for a firm that lobbied for trade policy issues as recently as this spring, a review of congressional lobbying records and articles shows.

Ken Salazar, a former U.S. senator and secretary of the interior, praised the 12-nation Asia-Pacific trade deal late last year for its economic and environmental benefits. He called the pact the "greenest trade deal ever" and said it would help middle-class families get ahead.

"The TPP promotes and rewards American firms that export our clean energy ingenuity, creating good jobs at home while shaping a renewable energy future abroad," Salazar co-wrote in a USA Today op-ed in November alongside Bruce Babbitt, another former interior secretary.

The campaign announced Salazar's appointment earlier Tuesday. The transition team will work with Clinton to generate a list of potential Cabinet secretaries and fill lower-level positions. The decision to name Salazar, with his pro-free trade background, raises further questions around Clinton's anti-TPP stance as the former secretary of state has struggled to convince the liberal left that she will continue to oppose the deal if elected.

Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 16, 2016, 04:47 PM (1 replies)

Reuters/Ipsos Tracking Poll: Clinton 41 Trump 36

I don't think this is a very good poll because the high number of undecideds means they are not pushing leaners hard enough. But here it is: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-poll-idUSKCN10R23K

At this point in 2012, President Barack Obama was ahead of Republican nominee Mitt Romney by nearly the same margin, favored by 46 percent of likely voters to Romney's 41 percent, with about 13 percent picking neither candidate.

Obama and Romney swapped the lead in the poll several times through the summer and early fall before the president took and held the lead in late October.

In a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll that gave respondents the option to choose from Clinton, Trump, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, Clinton also led Trump by 6 percentage points.

Of the alternative party candidates, Johnson came in third with 8 percentage points. Stein had about 2 percentage points.
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 16, 2016, 04:36 PM (5 replies)

POLL: Clinton up 1 in North Carolina (PPP)

A new PPP poll of North Carolina is as follows:

2 way: Clinton 47, Trump 46
4 way: Clinton 43, Trump 41, Johnson 7, Stein 2

It's a narrow lead but I'll take it! Odd that she is doing better in Georgia than North Carolina though. It makes me think the poll that had her up 7 in Georgia was a bit overly optimistic.


May I suggest that everyone put the pollster in the thread title like I did when posting polls so we can see if the poll being posted is new or the same one someone else posted earlier?
Posted by democrattotheend | Tue Aug 9, 2016, 12:11 PM (2 replies)

Is this the famous "daisy" ad?

The 60's were well before my time, but I remember learning in my history class about a "Daisy" ad that Johnson ran that showed a nuclear bomb going off if Goldwater was elected. Is this the famous ad?

Posted by democrattotheend | Wed Aug 3, 2016, 10:18 PM (10 replies)
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