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Playinghardball's Journal
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May 6, 2016

This is the most-liked Instagram post of the presidential election

No, Donald Trump does not have the most-liked post of the election. He’s not even in the top 10.

The honor goes to Bernie Sanders, who swept all 10 spots when it comes to posts with the highest number of Instagram responses, according to data provided by the photo-sharing app. The top post (see below) has 119,000 likes. He might not be competing with Instagram’s top users — the Kardashian/Jenner clan regularly net millions of likes — but that’s pretty good for a politician.

After all, Instagrammers are Bernie’s demographic this election. For instance, CNN’s exit polling after last month’s New York primary found Sanders took 72 percent of state voters ages 18 to 29, compared with Hillary Clinton’s 28 percent. It’s likely a lot of those voters use Instagram.

Check out the top 10 posts — again, all from Sanders — below:


May 6, 2016

Sanders accuses DNC of tipping convention toward Clinton

Bernie Sanders is accusing Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz of trying to tip the party convention in Hillary Clinton's favor, saying the chairwoman has packed the committees with Clinton supporters.
In a letter to the chairwoman, Sanders noted that of the 45 names he submitted to Democratic National Convention committees, Wasserman Schultz appointed only three.

"I believe the composition of the standing committees must reflect the relative support that has been received by both campaigns," Sanders wrote in the letter dated May 6. "That was why I was so disappointed to learn that of the over forty people our campaign submitted at your request you chose to select only three of my recommendations for the three standing committees. Moreover, you did not assign even on of the people submitted by our campaign to the very important Rules Committee of the Democratic National Convention."

Sanders said that if the disagreement over convention committee appointments is not resolved, he would have his delegates move to change the platform on the floor of the convention.

"It is my hope we can quickly resolve this in a fair way," Sanders wrote. "If the process is set up to produce an unfair, one-sided result, we are prepared to mobilize our delegates to force as many votes as necessary to amend the platform and rules on the floor of the convention."

Sanders' chances of taking the Democratic nomination have grown, as he has a deep disadvantage in both pledged and superdelegates. But the insurgent candidate has vowed to continue on, and his deep run into the primary gives him additional leverage to pull the party to the left.

In his letter, Sanders also mentioned the Democratic Party platform drafting committee. In the letter he recounted Wasserman Schultz had discussed changing the process for selecting members of the committee.

"In our conversation, you told me with respect to the platform Drafting Committee that you would consider allowing each campaign to submit ten names from which you would choose four from each and then you would add an additional seven," Sanders continued. "While having four members on the Drafting Committee is an improvement, it does not address the fact that up to this point Bernie 2016 has secured 45% of the pledged delegates awarded. Frankly, we believe that percentage will go up in the coming weeks and, of course, we hope it will end up being a majority."

Sanders argued that each campaign should be able to pick seven members for the committee with the fifteenth member being one picked by both campaigns.

"This process will also ensure that the chairs of the standing committees conduct their proceedings with fairness and transparency," Sanders argued.

In its response to Sanders letter, the DNC released a statement saying both campaigns would be represented at the convention.

"Because the Party’s platform is a statement of our values, the DNC is committed to an open, inclusive and representative process," the DNC said in a statement. "Both of our campaigns will be represented on the Drafting Committee, and just as we did in 2008 and 2012, the public will have opportunities to participate"

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/bernie-sanders-democratic-national-committee-222895#ixzz47ub5G700

May 6, 2016

They finally meet!!

Dick might make a pretty good Press Secretary...

That way if the journalists called him an 'dick', he wouldn't be offended...LOL

May 6, 2016

Itís Happening: Democratic Party Officials to Vote on Eliminating Superdelegates

Maine Democrats are taking the first step towards eliminating the massively unpopular superdelegates at this weekend’s state convention with a move that could result in an all-out brawl between the Clinton and Sanders presidential campaigns, according to Bangor Daily News.

Portland state Representative Diane Russell has introduced an amendment that would require superdelegates to be distributed in proportion to the state’s caucus results. As of now, superdelegates are permitted to go against the will of their voters and allot their points to whomever they please.

This proposal comes in the wake of public outcry after Sanders received nearly double the votes of Hillary Clinton in the state’s caucus (64%-35%), but only 1 of the 5 available superdelegates. Clinton has secured three of the other Maine superdelegate endorsements, with one still remaining undeclared.

“If you’re representing the state of Maine as a superdelegate, you should be going the way of the voters,” said National Committeeman Troy Jackson, the only Maine superdelegate to vote for Sanders. “The voters of the Democratic Party told us very much who they wanted.”

Rep. Russell agrees. “We have a system of government where you have one person, one vote, by and large,” she said. “The primary system is not when that happens. And I think that we need to start moving toward a system that’s more fair, that’s more democratic, and more reflective of the popular vote.”

While this amendment will include a “strong suggestion” that this year’s superdelegates vote in accordance with the caucus results, it won’t become binding until 2020.

Russell hasn’t officially said that she supports an immediate change “because it could put Maine out of compliance with rules set by the Democratic National Committee.”

However, the passage of this amendment could be enough to spark a floor fight between supporters of Sanders and Clinton in a contested national convention. Ironically, Clinton’s maligned superdelegate support may soon prove to become her greatest political vulnerability.

The vote on Russell’s amendment will occur this weekend.


May 6, 2016

Check out this Democratic Convention poster

Love the ticket prices

This is the Bernie Sanders Group which is SUPPOSED to be a protected area...

May 6, 2016

Bernie Sanders Says He's Staying In And It's 'Good For The Democratic Party'

Bernie Sanders is staying in the race until the last primary and the nation will be better off for it, he told NPR's Steve Inskeep in an interview that will air Thursday on Morning Edition.

Inskeep, passing on questions he had invited on Twitter, asked Sanders if he is "threatening [his] revolution" by continuing to run, potentially scaring some voters away from supporting Hillary Clinton — the likely Democratic nominee — in November.

"I think we are perpetuating the political revolution by significantly increasing the level of political activity that we're seeing in this country," Sanders responded. He added later, "I think it is good for the United States of America, good for the Democratic Party, to have a vigorous debate, to engage people in the political process."

Sanders elaborated, noting that by staying in the race, he is energizing voters and, therefore, in fact boosting the Democratic Party to victory in November. He contended that Democrats do well when turnout is high and that Republicans do poorly when turnout is high.

"So I'm going to do everything I can to stimulate political discourse in this country and get young people, working people, involved in the political process," he said.

That means he will stay in the race "until the last vote is cast" after Washington, D.C.'s Democratic primary June 14.

But Can He Win?

The Vermont independent senator also stressed that he thinks he can still win, despite Clinton's massive delegate lead.

"We think we have a path toward victory — admittedly it is a narrow path," Sanders said.

A very narrow path: He would need 65 percent of all remaining pledged delegates for a pledged majority and 82 percent of all delegates — including remaining superdelegates — to pull past Clinton overall, according to NPR's Domenico Montanaro.

But Sanders said he believes if he is able to win by large margins in upcoming states like Oregon and California, as he has in Washington (with nearly 73 percent of the vote) and Utah (79 percent), he can pull ahead.

More here: http://www.npr.org/2016/05/04/476766494/bernie-sanders-says-hes-staying-in-and-its-good-for-the-democratic-party

May 6, 2016

Warren Gunnels (Policy Director for Bernie Sanders) just went on a Twitter-rant against Nate Silver

Nate Silver failed to predict 15 out of the 19 contests that Bernie Sanders won. Don’t listen to the establishment.

Nate Silver gave Hillary Clinton a greater than 99% chance of winning the Michigan primary. Bernie Sanders won.

Nate Silver gave Hillary Clinton a 90% chance of winning Indiana. Bernie Sanders won Indiana.

Nate Silver gave Hillary Clinton a 51% chance of winning Oklahoma. Bernie Sanders won Oklahoma overwhelmingly.

Nate Silver had no predictions for WA, KS, UT, AK, CO, MN, ME, NE, HI, ID, WY, or Democrats Overseas. Bernie Sanders won them all

Hey Nate Silver where's your predictions for WV, OR, KY, MT, NM, ND, SD, etc.? I'm feeling the bern in those states.


May 5, 2016

When Polling Data is Corrected for Independents, Hillary vs Trump is a Coin Toss, but Bernie..

...vs Trump is a Win of Historic Proportions

euters polling is great because it allows you to filter down by party preference and other demographics. I discovered they only included 10% Independents, but as we all know, Independents are at least 42% of the voting population (which is why Indiana was a big surprise to the media).

Once the data is corrected, Bernie beats Trump 70% - 30% in the general election and Hillary scrapes by at 50.2% to 49.8%.

You can read & share the full article here:https://medium.com/@webconnoisseur/data-shows-bernie-is-undoubtedly-the-strongest-candidate-502e920134d7#.9u8bhkb4o

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