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HerbChestnut's Journal
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March 2, 2016

Super Tuesday was a good night for both Candidates

Hillary won 7 states including most of the south and a squeaker in MA. Bernie won 4 states including Oklahoma and MN where he was behind in polling only a week ago. Hillary gathered a lot of delegates while Bernie maintains his viability at a crucial time when most thought yesterday would essentially be the end of his campaign. Now the election moves out of the south where the map turns more to Bernie's favor and he'll have a chance to pick up some momentum going into Michigan. This race is far from over.

February 26, 2016

Here come the poll numbers again.

Remember in the fall, when Hillary's supporters had all but given up on discussing the issues and all they had were poll numbers? Well, it's back. Clinton is under fire for her past, and current, actions and all they have to fall back on are poll numbers that are quickly turning to Bernie's favor. This will be an interesting few weeks.

February 24, 2016

Ipsos/Reuters National Dem Poll: For the first time, Bernie leads Hillary 47.3 to 43.9


This is the same metric they use for their occasional poll releases. Likely Dem Voters still shows Bernie behind. Take these numbers with a grain of salt though. This pollster is notoriously variable, but one can definitely take note of the trends. Despite Nevada and the narrative of impending doom for the Sanders Campaign, Bernie is picking up momentum.
February 23, 2016

This election is not over on Super Tuesday

Yeah, Hillary will likely come out ahead in delegates. Most of the Super Tuesday states are in the Southeast where she holds significant leads over Bernie. However after that the playing field arguably turns to Bernie's favor. Barring a media shit storm and people becoming discouraged, Bernie stands to do very very well after March 1st. This thing is far from over.

February 17, 2016

Cross Post from GDP: What issues, specifically, would end racism in the US?

Hi all, first post in the AA group. Let's just get this out of the way. I'm a white male from New England who supports Bernie. That said, there's obviously a disconnect between Bernie's platform and the AA community so I thought I'd ask all of you a couple questions in hopes of making some inroads. Here's what I posted in GDP:

Many people here say that Bernie only focuses on economic inequality but not racial issues. Okay, what policies would end racism in this country? What could Bernie add to his platform that would address racial problems?

I ask this question in all seriousness without any malice.
February 17, 2016

What issues, specifically, would end racism in the US?

Many people here say that Bernie only focuses on economic inequality but not racial issues. Okay, what policies would end racism in this country? What could Bernie add to his platform that would address racial problems?

February 17, 2016

Killer Mike just dropped a Truth Bomb in Atlanta.

When the video of his intro is posted on YouTube I'll put it here. Let's just say it was one for the ages.

Starts around the 33:20 mark

February 16, 2016

WaPo: ‘Single-issue’ candidate Bernie Sanders touches on 20 issues during a Michigan campaign stop

This, of course, comes on the heels of the latest meme by the Clinton camp, that Bernie is a single issue candidate.


YPSILANTI, Mich. -- In the Democratic presidential race, it’s become a familiar refrain: Bernie Sanders is a “single-issue candidate,” according to his rival, Hillary Clinton.

No doubt, the Vermont senator has more to say about economic policy than anything else. But as evidenced by a campaign stop here Monday, Sanders’s pitch is far broader than the caricature that’s been offered by the former secretary of state.

During an hour-long speech to a crowd of about 9,400 people at Eastern Michigan University, Sanders touched on issues including health care, immigration, criminal justice, climate change and marijuana policy, among others. All told, we tallied 20 issues -- give or take a few, depending on how one counts.

[Clinton in Nevada: ‘Not everything is about an economic theory’]

As is often the case, Sanders said little about foreign policy other than a mention of the Iraq war. But his topics were more diverse than Clinton has suggested in recent campaign stops.

Here’s a look at the issues Sanders covered:

The article then goes on to list 20 distinct issues that Bernie covered in his speech. Worth a look.
February 14, 2016

You cannot legislate whether or not someone is racist.

But you *can* legislate the institutional mechanisms in which that racism is allowed to permeate. For example, you can pass laws that hold police officers responsible for targeting black people. You can create jobs programs that focus on lifting poor minority communities out of poverty. You can offer educational opportunities to everyone regardless of their or their family's income. You can change drug laws so that minorities don't become imprisoned at a disproportional rate. None of these things will change the fact that people are racist, but at least they close some doors on ways racism can be expressed.

I, for one, do not believe that people are born racist. I think racism is something that is learned either through personal experiences or societal upbringing. This is something that cannot be solved over night nor by any politician. It takes an entire country to say enough is enough, and it will take time.

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