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June 25, 2016

Dem Platform Committee votes *Against* Single-Payer Healthcare 7-6

Saw this on Reddit and various tweets. No other source right now, but I can't imagine this is being made up for any reason.


A majority of the country wants single payer. A strong majority of the Democratic Party wants single payer. This decision is mind boggling.

June 24, 2016

If Bernie/Hillary folks can't find common ground on *Electoral Reform* then we're in big trouble

This one should be a no-brainer, and yet there seems to be some real differences of opinion here. Automatic voter registration when turning 18 and Open Primaries is as simple as it gets. If we can't all support that then I don't even know where to start on healthcare, education, foreign policy, etc.

June 24, 2016

Voter Turnout in UK Referendum: 72%

Compare that to the 35% we typically get in the US for major elections. Think about that. Our electoral system needs serious reform. Automatic voter registration when someone turns 18. Open primaries.

June 11, 2016

This is who we nominated...more Clinton Foundation corruption (CNN)


Washington (CNN)A major political donor to the Clintons and other top Democrats was selected by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to serve on a key State Department intelligence board in 2011, despite having no clear background in the area, according to emails released this week.

Rajiv Fernando has donated $9,400 to Clinton's two White House bids -- first her 2008 run and again this year -- and has been a generous donor to Democrats running for the House and Senate and to President Barack Obama.

Fernando, a Chicago securities trader, has also been a prolific donor to the Clinton Foundation, giving at least $1 million to the organization, according to its website.

In July 2011, Fernando was appointed to a seat on the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), a panel filled with top-level foreign policy advisers and security experts. Former Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart chairs the current panel, which includes retired generals, the former chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other high-ranking national security experts.

This guy was a *stock broker*... How on earth does that qualify him to have top secret security clearance? You can't make this stuff up.
June 2, 2016

LA Times Poll: Bernie 44, Hillary 43 (Yeah, it's the same poll linked in the other thread)


The Vermont senator has battled Clinton to a draw among all voters eligible for the Democratic primary, with 44% siding with him to 43% for Clinton. That represented a nine-point swing from a USC/Los Angeles Times poll in March, in which Clinton led handily.

Here's the *actual* poll results. Unlike the other thread that singles out what they call "reliable voters", this one includes everybody.

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