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About Me

My profile will show me as a new member but I posted for years on DU. Sadly I can't remember the name I used so I had to start all over again. I picked the name I once used on the Kerry/Edwards website in the hope that someone is still around from the old days.

Journal Archives

Bernie Sanders Sees Michigan Win as a Springboard to the Nomination By YAMICHE ALCINDOR and PATRICK

Source: New York Times

Several Democratic strategists and pollsters said they now thought Mr. Sanders could win the Ohio primary — and perhaps Illinois and Missouri — after the senator performed unexpectedly well among independents and young people in Michigan and also beat Mrs. Clinton by more than 10 percentage points with white voters there, according to exit polls. Mr. Sanders also won support from about 30 percent of Michigan’s black voters, a larger share than in recent contests in the South, a sign that he might be able to stop Mrs. Clinton from winning the landslides she is aiming for in predominantly black neighborhoods in Chicago, Cleveland and St. Louis.

“After Michigan, Bernie can certainly win Ohio, and frankly you cannot write him off in any major urban metropolitan state anymore,” said Peter D. Hart, a veteran Democratic pollster. “He has hit a perfect dynamic that few of us expected: He is campaigning on issues like economic insecurity and inequality that are central in this election, he is not seen as overtly political, and he has an ability to contrast himself with every other candidate by being frank and authentic.”

Ohio, a bellwether swing state in presidential elections, is particularly crucial for Mr. Sanders because a victory could increase doubts about Mrs. Clinton’s vulnerabilities in a general election. His free trade argument has become an enviable weapon with blue-collar workers in Ohio and other Rust Belt states because his longtime opposition to trade pacts is a rare and clear policy difference with Mrs. Clinton. She has supported deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement and still argues that trade can benefit American workers.

“If Sanders wins Ohio, there is a new narrative for the next three months, and the nomination fight goes on to the California primary on June 7 in a way that no one ever predicted,” said Robert Shrum, a veteran political adviser to several Democratic presidential campaigns. “Ohio would give Sanders further legitimacy and the standing to go all the way to the convention and make the case to superdelegates there that he is better able to win in November.”

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/12/us/politics/bernie-sanders.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=b-lede-package-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Finally some positive press.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sat Mar 12, 2016, 01:17 AM (14 replies)

Face The Nation

I just heard John Dickerson say that on his show today:

Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump
Ted Cruz

Notice anybody missing?
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Mar 6, 2016, 11:25 AM (14 replies)

Louisiana's public defense system could collapse without renewed cash flow

Source: The Guardian

The state of Louisiana is the world capital of incarceration. It locks up more of its citizens than anywhere else on the globe – some 1,341 out of every 100,000 people.

That’s twice the US national average (716), nearly three times the per capita rate in Russia (475) and nine times that of the UK (148). It’s even substantially higher than North Korea’s (thought to be around 800).

Now the Pelican state is in the throes of a crisis that is certain to propel its already astronomical incarceration rate to new heights. Its public defender service, a network of state-funded lawyers that provides legal representation to poor Louisianans, is in meltdown, with most of its district offices set to cancel all new cases or close down entirely by next summer.

An assessment by the Louisiana public defender board obtained by the Guardian warns that by July of 2017, as many as 33 of the state’s 42 districts are likely to be so short of cash they will be forced to stop representing clients. Eleven of those districts may be forced to shut down by this October.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/04/louisiana-public-defense-system-cash-flow-collapse

We need to do some crowd funding to help the Louisiana Public Defenders Service. Does anyone know how to set it up? This is a tragedy.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Mar 4, 2016, 10:42 PM (30 replies)

Ireland Voters Oust Ruling Coalition In Rejection Of Austerity

Source: Reuters

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland's ruling coalition was ousted by voters angry at the country's uneven recovery, results indicated on Saturday, leaving Prime Minister Enda Kenny facing the unpalatable prospect of trying to secure a deal with his biggest rival.

His government appeared to be the latest victim of European voters' growing antipathy to mainstream politics, hit by a backlash against years of austerity and a perception that Ireland's poor are not benefiting from the fastest economic growth in Europe.

Exit polls suggested the only viable option may be a problematic alliance of old rivals Fianna Fail and Kenny's Fine Gael - although even their combined support was set to fall below 50 percent of the vote for the first time.

If neither side is able to form a government, however, fresh elections would have to be called.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ireland-voters-oust-ruling-coalition-in-rejection-of-austerity_us_56d24099e4b0bf0dab32673b

Establishment politics under attack across the globe.
Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Feb 28, 2016, 03:52 PM (8 replies)

The Exposure of the Vast Left-wing Establishment

Great Read!

I have to admit that I have learned so much more about America and our political and social realities thanks to this election year and Bernie Sanders. It's almost like I am some teenager seeing things the way they are for the first time instead of a 55 year old man who should have known some of these realities a long time ago.

What my eyes have been opened to this election season in a way they have never been opened before is the depth of the truth in what Sanders says about our system being deeply rigged. Let's be clear, I am not saying as a black man originally from the South that I did not understand long ago that American society was definitely tilted in favor of whites, men, straights, the wealthy, the attractive and Christians for example. The reality of the privilege inherent to those groups has always been obvious. But I guess this year, as I have watched the way the entire system has piled on I have come to realize in a much deeper way that those in power, even those with a little bit of power, will do everything they can to maintain the system.

I am afraid Sanders is going to have a real hard time winning when the fight against the establishment means fighting the Left and the Right. But it doesn't mean the fight isn't worth it and it doesn't mean his message of a rigged economy and rigged political system isn't getting through. And in that sense he has already won by waking up so many of us to the truth.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Feb 26, 2016, 11:00 PM (11 replies)

Opinion: When Bernie Sanders was elected mayor

Great read.

The Free Press reported recently that two employees of a Hillary Clinton’s super PAC visited Burlington last summer looking to see if Bernie Sanders had accomplished anything “revolutionary” (“No Sign of Sanders’ Revolution,” Feb. 12). They stayed two days, and left, declaring they “came up empty.” They couldn’t have looked very hard.

In March 1981 Bernie Sanders won the most improbable victory to become the mayor of the city of Burlington. Running for mayor as an independent, his victory over the political establishment rocked the city to its core.

As a young lawyer at Vermont Legal Aid, I watched as Bernie led an army of young, enthusiastic campaign workers into the lower income neighborhoods and dormitories at the University of Vermont. His message even then is very much his message now – that established politicians had ignored the interests of the middle class, had supported property tax increases without concern for waste and inefficiencies, and were in bed with big developers looking to develop precious public land. He empowered hundreds of people who had never previously participated in the political process to believe that politics mattered, and that their vote could change their lives.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Fri Feb 26, 2016, 12:32 AM (6 replies)

Local Video footage - TN Primary - Wow!

This report sure looks different from what gets covered on National TV. Very pleased.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Wed Feb 24, 2016, 11:17 PM (8 replies)

Great Tweet

Paul Lander ‏@paul_lander 6h6 hours ago

Jeb Bush's campaign and Justice Scalia buried on same day, allowing the country to part ways with 2 guys who got George W Bush elected.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Feb 21, 2016, 05:03 AM (2 replies)

Ralston Reports: 'Reid-Culinary bond' won Nevada for Clinton

I’d like to congratulate the winner of the Nevada Democratic caucus: Harry Reid.

What’s that, you say? Reid wasn’t running? What am I talking about?

Saturday may well be the day that altered the course of the Democratic presidential race, when Hillary Clinton blunted Bernie Sanders’ campaign, when she was forced to work as hard as she ever has for a week (with a little help from a lot of friends) and slingshotted her with new momentum into South Carolina and then Super Tuesday. Nevada may indeed prove to be the day that saved Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

But the caucus, which Clinton won by about 5 percentage points, also cemented Prince Harry as a man Machiavelli would have bowed to, a man who with one eye who still sees the field better and is still more dangerous, effective and cunning as any pol the state (the country?) has ever seen. Clinton may not have won Nevada if Reid had not interceded last week when the man feigning neutrality saw what everyone in the Democratic elite saw: Sanders erasing a once mountainous lead and on the verge of perhaps winning Nevada and rendering inoperative the “Hillary is more electable” argument.


The Machine Won This Round

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sun Feb 21, 2016, 03:13 AM (22 replies)

Mr. Sanders Goes to Washington

I'm borrowing from Hollywood tonight but this clip reminds me so much of this election that I wanted to post it as a thread. LiberalElite posted a piece tonight about the Nevada Caucus where Jon Ralston said the machine won tonight.


It immediately brought to mind the clip below and actually the entire Mr. Smith Goes to Washington movie. It's one of my favorite movies along with To Kill a Mockingbird. Whenever I get down in the dumps about politics I think about this movie and it helps remind me of what I'm fighting for. I dedicate it to all the Sanders supporters at DU tonight.

Posted by noretreatnosurrender | Sat Feb 20, 2016, 10:28 PM (0 replies)
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