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Hillary Clinton Comes Out Against TPP

Source: Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton came out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, breaking with President Barack Obama on the 12-nation trade deal that is set to become a key part of his legacy.

"As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it," Clinton told Judy Woodruff of PBS "Newshour."

"I have said from the very beginning that we had to have a trade agreement that would create good American jobs, raise wages and advance our national security. And I still believe that's the high bar we have to meet," she said. "I have been trying to learn as much as I can about the agreement. But I'm worried. I'm worried about currency manipulation not being part of the agreement. We've lost American jobs to the manipulations that countries, particularly in Asia, have engaged in. I'm worried the pharmaceutical companies may have gotten more benefits -- and patients and consumers fewer. I think there are still a lot of unanswered questions.

Progressives have been pushing Clinton for months to take a position on TPP, since Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), two of her rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination, came out against it long ago.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/hillary-clinton-tpp_56157832e4b0fad1591a9289

Looking for guidance.

In this thread, I voted for a lock and redirect http://www.democraticunderground.com/1243137827 — As VP Biden is considered by many to be a potential candidate.

Where is the line regarding GD and GDP? I am really trying to follow the SoP for both groups and am having a difficult time. Thanks for any response. I am aware that you will not weigh in on host decisions however, I am trying to find the fine line here going forward.



You can see it on Free speech TV right now~!


O'Malley will be doing a pre-recorded interview with Thom Hartmann to air Friday.

According to Hartmann, Martin's schedule didm;t allow for him to be in the studio for the live show so they will do an interview and air it friday. Not sure what time it will be aired right now, but it will be a 15 minute segment.


DNC meeting prolonged: A motion to increase the number of debates!

Cecil from the Virgin ISlands, THANK YOU!

People are asking for new motions!

I am very proud of our candidate! A BIG THANK YOU TO MO'M!!!

Thank you to Martin O'MAlley for calling for more debates right there in the heart of the DNC and not doing it via the media, social or otherwise.

He took his party on right there in his Party's house!


DNC To Vote On Resolution Supporting #BlackLivesMatter


The Democratic National Committee is expected on Friday to adopt a resolution expressing its support for the Black Lives Matter movement, a DNC official said.

The resolution, the language of which was made available to BuzzFeed News, will be voted on by the full body during the general session on Friday at the DNC’s summer meetings in Minneapolis.

The draft of the resolution mentions by name Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza, the founders of the Black Lives Matter organization. They are from “a generation of young African-Americans who feel totally dismissed and unheard as they are crushed between unlawful street violence and unjust police violence,” the draft reads.

The DNC said it resolves “that the DNC joins with Americans across the country in affirming ‘Black lives matter’ and the ‘say her name’ efforts to make visible the pain of our fellow and sister Americans as they condemn extrajudicial killings of unarmed African-American men, women, and children.”

The text of the resolution is at the link.

Watch the DNC Summer meeting candidate speeches here: (live now)


Living room caucuses alive and well


(winning hearts and minds one house event at a time)

The campaign for Martin O’Malley held house parties around the state, one of which was hosted by Bob Beisch. Even in an age of technology, the basic laws of nature still prevent a person from being in multiple places at the same time. O’Malley wasn’t at Beisch’s home, though the campaign did plan a teleconference to bring him to the parties digitally.

What Beisch hosted was the image of the Iowa caucus campaign, where people gather in small spaces, living rooms and coffee shops and talk politics. Tyler Dillon, a field organizer for the campaign, spoke about pestering O’Malley’s early organization into a position with it because he believed in the candidate.

“I found that a lot of my personal, progressive beliefs aligned with him,” Dillon said. “It just kept going, a huge checklist. ‘Wow, I really like that idea. Wow, I had never thought about that in that way.’”

Not everyone who attended was a confirmed O’Malley supporter. Even Beisch, the former chair of the Wapello County Democrats, has not committed to his candidacy. “Chances are I will,” he said, “but I don’t know for sure yet.”

So what emerged was, in Dillon’s words, “a conversation within the Democratic Party.” Comments by O’Malley supporters aimed at persuasion, while the attitude from those who were not O’Malley backers was more “convince me,” than “you’re wrong.”

Virginia for O'Malley check in here!

I, and our fellow co-Host FSogol, attended a conference (along with a bunch of other people) call with the O'Malley campaign explaining how they are setting the ground work to get Martin O'Malley in the primary Ballot in Virginia.

Virginai is on of the stricter statesin the union when it comes to getting people on the primary ballot. I posted this in another thread but I think it is important to repost it again. These are the requirements for getting a candidate on the ballot:

Petition Requirements § 24.2-545
Circulate on or after Tuesday, June 23, 2015.

Must be on the form prescribed by the State Board of Elections (copy enclosed). It is suggested that the candidate or group complete the top portion of the petition form and then print or photocopy as many copies of the form as needed.

The form may not be altered in any way.

[font color="red" size="size" face="helvetica"]Must be signed by not less than 5,000 qualified voters in Virginia, including at least 200 qualified voters from each of Virginia’s eleven congressional districts, who attest that they intend to participate in the primary of the same political party as the candidate named on the petition.[/font]

Because many people who are not registered to vote will sign a petition, it is recommended that 7,500 - 10,000 signatures be obtained with at least 300 signatures from each congressional district.
there is a lot more here: http://elections.virginia.gov/Files/BecomingACandidate/CandidateBulletins/2016PresidentialPrimary-CandidateBulletin.pdf

I have pledged to gather signatures, but would be really happy if anyone would be willing to join me in collecting signatures. This requires actual boots on the ground.

Those on this conference call will be recieving ballot access packets in the mail. We would love to have volunteers come help us out.

Baltimore is already pledging over twenty pages of signatures!

We have people willing to help from Delaware as well.


Also mentioned on the conference call, and I am sure more details are to come, the campaign is hoping for house parties for the debate in October. once I get more details I will post them here.

I hung up feeling really energized, and ready to go. They are looking to grow the organization (grassroots style!), they are looking for volunteers and are really hoping to plan more local events.

PM me if you want to get involved!

Peace and O'MG!

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