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"You're my hero. We are going to make it." ATL resident Alexa Vaca says to Bernie Sanders....

ToastyPoptart ‏@LollipopCrumbs · 9h9 hours ago
"You're my hero. We are going to make it." ATL resident Alexa Vaca says to Bernie Sanders. #Bernie2016 #FeelTheBern

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Sep 12, 2015, 04:51 PM (2 replies)

Love this Bernie sign...

Posted by Playinghardball | Sat Sep 12, 2015, 04:44 PM (3 replies)

Bernie Sanders - The only candidate not getting his strings pulled by big business....

‏@LollipopCrumbs Bernie Sanders - The only candidate not getting his strings pulled by big business.

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 03:20 PM (1 replies)

Either elected officials respond to the needs of an involved electorate, or don't stay elected...

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 02:53 PM (1 replies)

It makes a HUGE difference, Hillary....

Posted by Playinghardball | Fri Sep 11, 2015, 02:50 PM (2 replies)

Luckovich: Iphone charger

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 06:39 PM (2 replies)

This is what I would have expected from Bernie!

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 06:10 PM (6 replies)

Should Bernie Sanders have Secret Service protection?

About a month ago, just after protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement shut down a Bernie Sanders rally, a citizens petition appeared on the White House’s “We the People” site, warning that the candidate was vulnerable to “potentially violent confrontations with disturbed people.”

Calling him a “leading Democratic presidential candidate,” the Aug. 12 request compared Sanders to candidate Barack Obama, who was granted early special protection from the Secret Service in 2007 because of increasing threats to his safety.

Sanders’s supporters also referenced (though not by name) his Democratic contender, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has Secret Service detail because she was a former first lady.

“This situation must not be allowed to continue a moment longer,” the petition, signed by just under 10,000 people, (or around the size of a Sanders’ rally give or take), says. “Bernie Sanders must have immediate Secret Service protection, just as the other leading candidate does.”

(Quick aside: Protesters harassing candidates at campaign events is fairly common, and rarely, if ever, leads to violence. It’s unknown whether there have been any threats made to Sanders or his campaign.)

How White House hopefuls receive taxpayer-funded security is completely subjective. An advisory committee that includes the speaker of the House, House minority whip, Senate majority leader, Senate minority leader and one additional member chosen by the committee decides which presidential candidates should have Secret Service detail and passes the recommendations on to the Homeland Security Department.

It wasn’t until 1968, after Robert Kennedy was assassinated, that protection was expanded to cover “major candidates,” a distinction that has no real definition. Though, according to a 2000 Congressional Research Service report, there are certain guidelines the committee follows like the candidate must be declared (good start), has raised at least $2 million (who hasn’t these days?) and gets at least 5 percent support in national polls (well, that eliminates half of the GOP field).

In 2012, Secret Service agents were detailed to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and later Newt Gingrich, during the GOP primary. This year, so far, just Clinton has the government-funded protection. Donald Trump pays for his own private body men. So does Jeb Bush.

Dan Emmett, a former Secret Service agent and author of “Within Arm’s Length: A Secret Service Agent’s Definitive Inside Account of Protecting the President,” is opposed to any candidates getting protection.

More here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2015/09/10/should-bernie-sanders-have-secret-service-protection/

You can't tell what the billionaires might have in mind....
Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 01:11 PM (8 replies)

Email from Bernie

Xxx --

When we entered this race, people thought there was no way we could compete in New Hampshire.

Now we're ahead in New Hampshire: Bernie Sanders has 41%, while Hillary Clinton has 32%.
Then people said there was no way we could win Iowa. Now we're ahead there, too, according to a new poll released just this morning:

Iowa Democratic Caucus Poll
Bernie Sanders: 41%
Hillary Clinton: 40%

Now our opponents claim to be building an "electoral firewall" in other states across the country. Let's show them the prairie fire we are starting in Iowa can't be stopped.

People should not underestimate us. Your contribution to our campaign will help us compete and win in all 50 states.

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Our successes in these polls are a clear indication that Bernie's message is resonating with voters. And the more people hear about Bernie's vision of economic, racial and social justice, the more our support grows. But we need your help to keep spreading the word.

We don't have any Super PACs or billionaires. This campaign is being funded by hundreds of thousands of Americans. Your support is not only appreciated, it is essential to the success of this campaign.

Your contribution will allow us to invest in people, helping them organize their communities, and build an organization of people who are empowered to create change all across the country.

The organization we're building will win Iowa, will win New Hampshire, will win the Democratic nomination for president, will win the White House, and that, most importantly, will usher in the political revolution that our country so desperately needs.

Your contribution will help us win. Please make a contribution to our campaign today.

Feel the Bern,
Jeff Weaver
Campaign Manager


Hillary is getting Obama’ed by an old white man!!

Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 11:56 AM (1 replies)


This should be federal law! Let's hope more states follow the Connecticut lead....
Posted by Playinghardball | Thu Sep 10, 2015, 11:27 AM (2 replies)
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