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You got that right Bernie!!

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Apr 13, 2016, 11:49 AM (0 replies)

Love this quote from Jon Stewart..

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Apr 13, 2016, 11:46 AM (7 replies)

This #EqualPayDay, we celebrate 14 famous women speaking out for equal pay for equal work...

Posted by Playinghardball | Wed Apr 13, 2016, 11:43 AM (0 replies)

Sanders wins crucial extra delegate in Colorado after Democratic mistake went unreported

Bernie Sanders easily won the Colorado caucus in March, but a mistake made by the Democratic Party awarded the Vermont senator one less delegate than he actually earned – and the party didn’t bother telling the Sanders campaign about the error.

Originally, it was projected that Sanders – who won the Democratic caucus against Hillary Clinton by a tally of 60 percent to 40 percent – would earn 38 delegates compared to Clinton’s 28. After tallying Clinton’s support from 10 Colorado superdelegates, the former secretary of state tied Sanders 38-38 in delegates. If she won the support of the last two state superdelegates, Clinton could have actually won Colorado despite losing the primary vote by 20 points.

However, the Denver Post uncovered what Colorado Democratic Party Chairman Rick Palacio called “a reporting error on caucus night” that led the party to underreport Sanders’ support in 10 precincts from Denver County by almost four percent. This led to projections showing Clinton would tie Sanders in delegates from that district instead of giving Sanders a two-delegate edge.

"It was an embarrassment on our part for sure," Palacio told the newspaper. "Whomever dialed the numbers in must have had a little weirdness happen. The official results were reported correctly, but when they dialed them in using the touch-tone, it looks like something got transposed."

With the mistake now accounted for, Sanders is projected to win 39 delegates from the primary while Clinton’s number drops to 27. It’s still possible that Clinton will win all the superdelegates, though many are facing pressure to back Sanders now that the primary results are in. However, even if she sweeps their support, the worst outcome for Sanders would now be a tie instead of a loss.

If Sanders wins the support of just one superdelegate, he could win the state’s delegation.

The counting error was discovered by the Democrats about a week after the caucus, the Denver Post reported, yet the party did not announce the news to the public or the Sanders campaign. The only people it did inform were in the Clinton camp. The website featuring party results still shows the old, incorrect tallies from Denver County.

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 04:19 PM (1 replies)

The Albany Armory is at capacity. More than 2,000 couldn't get in...

The capitol of New York knows how to #FeelTheBern

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 03:30 PM (0 replies)

Let's make it so..

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 03:26 PM (0 replies)

Tweet of the day...

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 01:26 PM (1 replies)

Bernie in Buffalo...

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 01:09 PM (1 replies)

The Sanders Campaign, A Social Movement Disguised As a Presidential Bid

By Steve Sherman.
April 12, 2016

I attended the Bernie Sanders rally in Midwood, Brooklyn, on April 8. The rally was held on the block Bernie grew up on, but this is not why I found it moving.

His stump speech, while brief, struck me as quite important. Two things stood out. First, he didn’t use phrases like “President Sanders will never...” “On day one in office I will...” “And I promise you...” The standard phrasing of presidential candidate stump speeches. Instead, he said things like “All major countries guarantee all their citizens access to healthcare. We need to as well, “ and “A college education is like what a high school diploma used to be. So we need to make public higher education free.”

He was not making promises so much as laying out an agenda we could all fight for, including, but by no means only, by voting for him. In fact, he said something like “change always comes from the grassroots. It can’t be top down.” He went on to speak about a number of social movements--workers fighting for unions, civil rights, women’s suffrage and expansion of job opportunities, gay marriage, fight for fifteen.

Although Sanders is often accused, not without some justification, of overemphasizing economic inequality, he in no way suggested that those struggles which might be seen as being struggles against “the millionaires and billionaires” were more important than those which might not be. He simply mentioned each as an example of the power of people to come together and force change. He also used phrasing like “women and their male allies,” “gay people and their straight allies”--in other words, he emphasized that struggles involve building coalitions across the lines that divide us.

His emphasis on grassroots change and social movements was entirely appropriate. In a sense, the Sanders campaign is a social movement disguised as a presidential bid, one which, miraculously has a chance to catapult its leader into the presidency, albeit that at this writing, about a week away from the New York primary, this remain a very long shot.

No matter. If Bernie Sanders were to declare tomorrow that he needed to suspend his campaign due to health reasons, it would still be the case that this social movement has accomplished a great deal, and provides much to build on in the near future.

The Sanders campaign is basically a reassertion of the liberal wing of the Occupy movement, on a much larger scale. The core of Occupy (and, in one city, Oakland, the dominant force) was anarchists, but the larger crowds attracted had a mainly liberal streak--anger that expressed itself in demands like “tax the rich” and “healthcare for all” without necessarilly calling for an end to capitalism. This is the stream of thought that is reasserting itself through the Sanders campaign.

Anarchists are largely absent. I state this only as fact, not to impugn anyone. I think calls for direct democracy remain quite relevant, and I suspect they will reemerge soon enough. But the Sanders campaign is distinguished by the forceful assertion of “liberal” demands to reform capitalism. In fact, his platform might be seen as one response to the inability of Occupy to properly formulate demands.

Read more here: https://indypendent.org/2016/04/12/sanders-campaign-social-movement-disguised-presidential-bid-4
Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 12:59 PM (6 replies)

Attention Connecticut! You need to be registered as a Democrat by April 21st to vote for Bernie

Posted by Playinghardball | Tue Apr 12, 2016, 12:39 PM (3 replies)
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