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BernieforPres2016's Journal
BernieforPres2016's Journal
April 6, 2016

Wisconsin Democratic Primary Voters exit poll

Honest & Trustworthy

Sanders 88%
Clinton 58%

April 5, 2016

This is How Hillary Clinton Gets the Coverage She Wants

From a Hillary spokesman to the political editor of The Atlantic:


From: [Philippe Reines]
Sent: Wednesday, July 15 2009 10:06 AM
To: Ambinder, Marc
Subject: Re: Do you have a copy of HRC’s speech to share?

3 [conditions] actually

1) You in your own voice describe them as “muscular”

2) You note that a look at the CFR seating plan shows that all the envoys — from Holbrooke to Mitchell to Ross — will be arrayed in front of her, which in your own clever way you can say certainly not a coincidence and meant to convey something

3) You don’t say you were blackmailed!

April 5, 2016

We have the first casualty of the Panama Papers

The prime minister of Iceland just resigned.

April 5, 2016

Tennessee legislators pass bill making The Bible the official state book

Unless the Republican governor (who has vetoed only 3 bills in his tenure) vetoes the bill, it will become state law after 10 days on his desk.


One piece of red meat to the base after another from these Republican state legislatures and governors. Georgia's Republican governor just had to veto a "religious liberty" bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse to perform services for LGBT people because it would have kept Atlanta from hosting a Super Bowl. The legislature of my state of North Carolina just passed HB2 to deal with the pressing problem of which public restrooms transgender people are allowed to use, and it is already incurring boycotts from other states and cities. The Democratic Attorney General, who is running against the incumbent Republican governor in November, says HB2 is is a "national embarrassment" and his office won't defend its constitutionality.

Is this kind of garbage really what Republicans want to run on in November?

April 5, 2016

Bernie's campaign manager to Savannah Guthrie of MSNBC

Savannah and Chuck Todd are talking to Bernie's campaign manager Jeff Weaver. Savannah asks him about yesterday's NYT article about how the Sanders campaign wishes it had gone after Hillary earlier.

Weaver: "Well let me tell you what I told the New York Times, which is usually when you write an obituary you have to have a dead body first, and this campaign is alive and well. We're going to the convention. We've won 6 of the last 7 contests, all of them overwhelmingly."

April 5, 2016

From Morning Joe

(I have cut a small bit of cross talk that is along the same lines as the conversation.)


"She's kind of kicking back into 2008 knocking Obama mode. Oh sure he can speak, and sure he's exciting, and sure you love him, and sure you're swept up on your feet by him, and sure he makes you believe again that America can be a remarkable place to live, and sure he makes you believe that Democratic values are more than just empty platitudes we say every four years to get your vote, but I'm going to get more votes......It's just not an inspiring message."

Mika: "Does she have to do these fundraisers in the middle of a primary."

Joe and a guest in unison: "Yes, she does."

Mika: "Why?"

Joe: "She can't cough and raise a million dollars like Bernie Sanders. She has to do what pedestrian, old fashioned politicians have done for hundreds of years."

(graphic on screen showing Bernie raised $44 million in March and Hillary raised $29.5 million)

Mika: "So who is giving her all this money?"

Joe and guest: "Really rich people."

Joe explaining the graphic to people who are driving in the car and don't see the screen: "We're showing March fundraising totals. Bernie Sanders, raises $44 million, doesn't hold a single fundraising event. Hillary Clinton, holding fundraiser events across America, $29.5 million. It is just extraordinary. Big wheels keep on rolling."

April 5, 2016

Hillary at the New York $15 minimum wage event yesterday

"Feelings have to be matched with politics. He (Andrew Cuomo) had to put together the votes. Now some people get bored by that kind of talk. Don't bother me with the details. Let's just make it sound good. Let's just feel good. Well I think we'd just be sounding and feeling good if it hadn't been for the hard work and the incredible commitment that the governor made to this issue."

It was not just the words, but Hillary's smug and mocking delivery of them. No mention that Bernie has been for a $15 minimum wage everywhere but Hillary thinks it should only be $12 nationally and state and local governments can make it higher locally if they want.

And note the difference in how Bernie and Hillary talk about this issue, which Bernie talks about in every stump speech. He talks about how change always comes from the bottom up. He talks about fast food workers at McDonald's and Burger King going on strike and demanding a living wage. This movement has been going on for years. Hillary, Ms. Top Down we know what is best, gives the credit to the Governor Andrew Cuomo for his "incredible commitment."

From the New York Times: "The aggressive tone struck by the governor — his voice straining with emotion — was a departure from statements made in March, when he called $15 an hour too high."


From the New York Times on September 10, 2015: "Cuomo Pivots Again as He Seeks a $15 Minimum Wage"

<Mr. Cuomo’s proposal, which would require legislative approval in Albany, was another pivot by the governor on the issue of mandating how much employers can pay their workers. Just six months ago, he said $15 an hour, the minimum that fast-food workers demanded, was “too high,” and proposed $10.50 as an alternative.>


So Cuomo pivoted and followed after trying to water down this movement, and Hillary gives him the credit in the end.

The minimum wage in New York City won't actually be $15 per hour until 2018. In surrounding counties, it won't be $15 until 2021. In less expensive parts of the state, the minimum wage will only be up to $12.50 by 2021 and to $15 a few years later than that.

April 5, 2016

"Panama Papers: Obama, Clinton Pushed Trade Deals Amid Warnings...

...It Would Make Money Laundering and Tax Evasion Worse"


<Soon after taking office in 2009, Obama and his secretary of state — who is currently the Democratic presidential front-runner — began pushing for the passage of stalled free trade agreements (FTAs) with Panama, Colombia and South Korea that opponents said would make it more difficult to crack down on Panama’s very low income tax rate, banking secrecy laws and history of noncooperation with foreign partners.

Even while Obama championed his commitment to raise taxes on the wealthy, he pursued and eventually signed the Panama agreement in 2011. Upon Congress ratifying the pact, Clinton issued a statement lauding the agreement, saying it and other deals with Colombia and South Korea "will make it easier for American companies to sell their products." She added: "The Obama administration is constantly working to deepen our economic engagement throughout the world, and these agreements are an example of that commitment."

Critics, however, said the pact would make it easier for rich Americans and corporations to set up offshore corporations and bank accounts and avoid paying many taxes altogether.

“A tax haven ... has one of three characteristics: It has no income tax or a very low-rate income tax; it has bank secrecy laws; and it has a history of noncooperation with other countries on exchanging information about tax matters,” Rebecca Wilkins, a senior counsel with Citizens for Tax Justice, a nonpartisan nonprofit that advocates changes in U.S. tax policy, told the Huffington Post in 2011. “Panama has all three of those. ... They’re probably the worst.”>

<Major corporations also lobbied for the deal, including, among others, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which at the time maintained 136 Panamanian subsidiaries, according to the Huffington Post.>

Where was Bernie on the Panama trade agreement? Strongly opposed, warning that the only reason for it was because it was a well known tax haven that enabled wealthy individuals and large corporations to evade taxes.

April 4, 2016

Great speech by Tim Robbins for Bernie in Green Bay this afternoon

He starts at 9:10 on this video and his speech is about 15 minutes. Well worth the time.

April 4, 2016

Hillary is on The View tomorrow!!!!!

That is a good forum for her. My guess is Hillary already has a list of the questions in hand.

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