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First Of Its Kind Veteran's Resource Opens In Missoula


GOPers talk a lot about veterans. Dems actually do things to support them. Go Denise!

A first-of-its-kind training and intervention program for veterans celebrated its grand opening in Missoula Thursday, Sept. 29.

The Rural Institute for Veterans Education and Research – “RIVER” for short – helps vets reintegrate back into civilian life after their military service ends.

Executive Director Ed Lesofski says, “just like when they went into the military it took a while to learn how to become a military person, they have to relearn what society is all about and that’s part of what we do.”

RIVER offers job training, crisis intervention and some basic medical services.
The institute was approved for GI Bill funding through the Office of Public Instruction.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau says that allows vets to use their benefits to pay for training programs at RIVER.

“It’s a real benefit to particularly rural Montana," Juneau says.

I've purchased my ticket

and am ready to go to our local Election Night celebration even though I do not yet know all the details.

This message was in my email inbox this morning:

Come Celebrate the American Presidential Elections in Geneva!

The upcoming American election promises to be one of the most important and interesting in U.S. history. On this occasion, and for the first time, five American organizations in Geneva have come together to organize a non-partisan American Election Night Celebration.

The AENC Joint Committee unites American Citizens Abroad Geneva Chapter, the American International Club of Geneva, the American International Women’s Club of Geneva, Democrats Abroad Switzerland and Republicans Overseas.

The celebration will begin at 9:30 pm on Tuesday, November 8th, and will continue until 5:00 am Wednesday morning. There will be live news streaming from the U.S. networks, live music and entertainment, interactive games, refreshments and raffle. Ticketholders will receive all final event details on November 6th.

AENC = American Election Night Committee, a joint committee of the five organizations listed above. Despite political labels, these groups overwhelmingly favor Hillary Clinton. And WE VOTE, even though our votes are not counted as a bloc in the GE, as they were for the Dem Global Primary. Our votes will be counted among those of the states where we have voting residence.

My voting residence is in Maryland, which will reliably go big-time for Hillary Clinton in any event.

Hillary Clinton Won the First Debate by Every Metric


Donald Trump won large victories in online polls conducted by Breitbart and the Drudge Report. Which is a bit like saying the GOP nominee won a poll of his rallygoers.
But when we concentrate on scientific polls — which are based on random samples of debate viewers — Clinton was the clear winner.

CNN’s survey found 62 percent of voters saying the Democratic nominee had won the contest, while just 27 percent said that about Trump. That’s the third-widest margin that CNN or Gallup had recorded in a post-debate poll since 1984, FiveThirtyEight notes.

Meanwhile, Public Policy Polling found Clinton winning by a margin of 51 to 40 percent. More critically for Clinton, 63 percent of younger voters saw her as the winner. One of the primary reasons Trump is nipping at Clinton’s heels — even as he’s earned the antipathy of most nonwhite voters and a good many women — is that roughly a third of millennial voters have been pledging their allegiance to third parties. But after Monday night’s debate, 47 percent of voters under 30 told PPP they were more likely to vote for Clinton than before the evening began.

Much more at the link ...

Three Reasons To Ignore Debate-Related Punditry


Pundits are only useful insofar as they focus on policy substance or factchecking. Their “who’s up, who’s down” commentary is worthless. Here are three reasons why you should basically ignore the onslaught of horserace punditry that is about to rain down.

1. What commentators think about “exceeding expectations” is an anti-indicator.

2. If polls move after the debate, the reasons were baked in a long time ago.

3. Polarization has made it difficult for opinion to move much.

MUCH more at the link.

For those who are truly interested in Hillary's campaign -

and I know that those who are members of this group are - I have posted an OP in General Discussion - 2016 with a lot more detail. http://www.democraticunderground.com/12512439084

Please go over and give it some love!

For those who are truly interested in Hillary's campaign

and seeing what is actually happening, without the filter of the M$M anti-Hillary bias, I suggest that you sign up for The Briefing.


If that link doesn't work, go to Hillary's site (https://www.hillaryclinton.com/), which is certainly worth a visit in itself. It changes quite often and is much more informative than the M$M, certainly more factually correct. At least at the moment, there is a link for The Briefing at the bottom of the site.

As a proud Hillary supporter, I regularly receive The Dispatch, Hillary's weekly newsletter. Today's message lists the following ways to stay connected:

How to stay connected

The campaign is hiring – A list of open roles is available here.
Hillary on the issues – Learn more about Hillary's vision for America and key policies she will fight for as president
The Briefing – Get the facts and stay informed on Hillary's record by signing up for The Briefing
The Feed – Visit Hillary's official campaign blog, featuring photos, video and the latest from the campaign trail
YouTube Channel
Follow Hillary on Twitter
Hillary on Instagram
Make a purchase at The Shop – Show your support!
Join Hillary's network of raisers by becoming a Hillstarter!

Each of those suggestions has a link. I have posted some, but in case the links don't work, please check out Hill's site for yourselves. Rather than hand-wringing on the internet, there are things that HRC supporters can do in real life that will help her win. Of course, the most important thing that you can do is to VOTE for Hillary. But put some positive energy into yourself by being part of her campaign in even the smallest way.

It will not only make you feel better, it will make you a part of electing the First Woman President.

Even from Switzerland, I have been participating as a member of American Democrats Abroad - Switzerland (ADACH): contributing, phone-banking, registering US citizens who live abroad to vote, etc.. I have even paid for local radio ads (not too expensive CHF 20 per 2 min slot) on English-language World Radio Switzerland (https://www.worldradio.ch/). There are LOTS of US citizens who live abroad who are literally horrified by the thought of Trump. If nothing else, the radio ads demonstrate to English-speakers who are NOT US citizens that not all US citizens are insane and that many more of us enthusiastically support Hillary Clinton than the M$M would have you believe.

‘West Wing’ Cast Reunites To Campaign For Hillary Clinton In Ohio


Several stars of the hit TV show will hit the ground running with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton this weekend, traveling to multiple campaign stops in the Buckeye State.

Members of the “West Wing” cast, including Allison Janney (C.J. Cregg), Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman), Richard Schiff (Toby Ziegler), Dulé Hill (Charlie Young), Mary McCormack (Kate Harper) and Joshua Malina (Will Bailey) will join forces at six different locations on Saturday and Sunday.

The actors will encourage Ohio residents in Mahoning Valley, Sandusky, Toledo, Cleveland, Dayton and Columbus to register to vote in the battleground state.

Martin Sheen, who played President Josiah Bartlet, won’t be there, but he’s already endorsed Clinton. And he’s dismissed her Republican rival Donald Trump as an “empty-headed moron.” The president has spoken.


Migration Is Our History, Reality, And Future


Op-ed from William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Migration is not a catastrophe, nor is it an invasion. Often, it is not even an emergency. Throughout human history it has mostly been, simply, one thing: inevitable. Migration is history’s oldest and most effective anti-poverty measure, a natural human response to challenges and a facilitator of greater opportunities.

At least 244 million people today live outside the borders of their homelands (UNDESA). People move to improve their lives, whether that means access to a better food supply, access to more sustainable employment, education opportunities or to save their own lives and the lives of their family.

Sadly, unprecedented levels of migration have led growing anti-migrant sentiment globally. Migrants embody the essence of multiculturalism, as they are the bridges between countries of origin, transit and destination. It is time that all actors—including States, civil society, the media, international organizations and the private sector, migrants and communities—effectively and factually communicate about migration.

Political leaders and the media have an important role to play in combatting xenophobic narratives on migration that leads to limited perceptions of migrants and to reshaping public discourse and political response. For example, note that the Secretary-General’s Report for the United Nations Summit on Refugees and Migrants, In Safety and Dignity: Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants, does not speak about “illegal migration” but rather of “irregular migration”. These two terms are often conflated. Political leadership should be enhanced in order to combat the currently toxic migration discourse. The beauty of diversity should be embraced.

Yesterday, September 19, 2016, IOM officially become a member of the UN "family" of agencies. http://www.iom.int/news/summit-refugees-and-migrants-opens-iom-joins-united-nations

I had the privilege of working for IOM for six years full-time. I still perform occasional ST projects with the organization now that I am "officially" retired. It is an excellent agency.

Suburban Women May Be Hillary Clinton’s Lifeline

In battleground states, Democrat needs support of suburban, college-educated women to offset Trump’s appeal to working-class men


Well, they are hardly a "lifeline," IMO, because Hillary's substantive support is already based on a wonderful coalition that Trump can never equal. But I believe that this particular group is not being reflected in the polls as it should be. Much as I loathe ANY Bush, the fact that GHWB has indicated that he intends to vote for Hillary may be the final tipping point for those sane GOP women who have not already decided to vote for Hillary (or at least not vote at all) - no matter what they may say to anyone who asks.

Women in upscale suburban areas are the offset to the working-class white males who are streaming into the Trump camp elsewhere. In the August Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 42% of white men with less than a college education had a positive view of Mr. Trump. Just 28% of suburban women had a positive view.

That means Mrs. Clinton has to hope that women in Montgomery County and similar areas of eastern Pennsylvania swallow their misgivings about her and provide support that balances out the vote in Trump country in the traditional coal and steel communities in western Pennsylvania. There, the Trump populist message has great resonance among workers who feel left behind by the current economy as well as the political system.

This equation is repeated in a series of battleground states, where women in suburban areas are crucial to the outcome. The suburbs around Denver in Colorado, and those in northern Virginia outside Washington, D.C., could be decisive in those two states, and in both cases the votes of suburban women are crucial to the Clinton effort. The same is true in Ohio and North Carolina, and, to some extent, in Florida.

Suburban women “have in the past voted consistently Republican, and this year they are leaning heavily toward Hillary Clinton” says GOP pollster Whit Ayres, who works with Sen. Marco Rubio. Says one Trump adviser flatly: “Suburban women will decide this election."

Hillary Clinton has a massive fundraising advantage. She's using it to leave no vote to chance.


Hillary Clinton is using her fundraising dominance to unleash all manner of modern voter tools that Donald Trump’s organization is too cash-poor, disorganized or uninterested in to use — but are they worth the massive price tag?

The question will be argued until election day, and probably for years after. But one thing clear right now is the Clinton campaign is leaving nothing to chance. Launching apps that track the movements of paid canvassers and organizing poetry slams to build camaraderie in field offices, the Clinton operation is in the final frenzy of assembling some of the most sophisticated campaign infrastructure ever.

It is building on the hallowed playbook written by President Obama’s campaign teams, implementing technological advancements that enable field organizers to find, track and prod potential voters with even more precision and efficiency.

Clinton’s approach is a stark contrast from Trump’s. He left field organizing in the hands of a Republican National Committee that must incorporate Trump into its broader effort on behalf of down-ballot candidates often at odds with the nominee.

More good stuff at the link.
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