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Trump's campaign dwarfed by Clinton's


At the outset of the general election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign looks like a well-oiled juggernaut next to Donald Trump’s vastly smaller, self-funded operation, a POLITICO analysis of Federal Election Commission reports filed Friday found.

Through the end of last month, the period covered by the most recent FEC filings, Trump’s campaign had spent less than a third as much Clinton’s ($57 million to $182 million) and had assembled a staff about one-tenth the size of her (70 employees to 732), with a fraction as many offices (Trump last month paid $101,000 in rent vs. $328,000 for Clinton), the analysis found.

Last month, as Trump was struggling to put away Cruz, Trump’s campaign spent $2.7 million on advertising, while Clinton spent $12 million on digital and broadcast media buys, as she worked to put away her rival for the Democratic nomination Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Yet Clinton’s campaign appeared to be preparing for the general election, spending far less than Sanders, whose $207 million in total spending marks him as the cycle’s biggest spender. He continued spending briskly in April, dropping $38.6 million, as compared to $23.9 million for Clinton. Sanders spent almost twice as much as Clinton on media and payroll (despite a slightly smaller staff), as well as more on online advertising and direct mail.

As a result, Sanders entered this month with only $5.8 million in the bank, compared to Clinton’s $30 million.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Set for Clash on Gun Control

Source: New York Times, Trip Gabriel

Mr. Trump, who promises to “totally protect” the Second Amendment, is scheduled to speak on Friday at the annual convention of the National Rifle Association, on the cusp of a general election in which gun issues are expected to be more prominent than in recent presidential races. His address should signal how far he is likely to go in pressing gun rights to energize the Republican base in the fall campaign.

Whereas President Obama soft-pedaled gun control in both his national runs, Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee, is signaling a greater appetite to clash with Mr. Trump on the issue.

In a Twitter message last week, Mrs. Clinton said that Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, would force schools “to allow guns in classrooms on his first day in office.”


“This issue is at a tipping point,” said Dan Gross, the president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, citing Mrs. Clinton’s politically effective framing of gun issues that put Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the defensive in the Democratic primary campaign. “You’re going to hear about it as differentiator for the first time in decades” in the general election, Mr. Gross said.

Mrs. Clinton’s appearances in black churches, where she cited the grim statistics of gun violence and surrounded herself with families of victims, helped her win crucial African-American voters. She relentlessly criticized Mr. Sanders for his votes against gun control in the Senate.

Read it at: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/20/us/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-gun-control.html?ref=politics

When it's NOT Hillary...

Alabama Republican Governor Robert Bentley has a problem that sounds kind of familiar.

Bentley: 'Nothing is being hidden' about personal emails

Edited by me for clarity!

Bentley has been under fire over allegations concerning his relationship with former political adviser Mason since the release of audio tapes on which he is heard making comments of a sexual nature. Bentley admitted talking to Mason inappropriately and apologized, but the governor and Mason denied having an affair. Mason resigned.

The Alabama Ethics Commission has received complaints about the matter, and some state lawmakers have called for Bentley's impeachment.

Bentley was asked, "Why use a private email account for public business and, if you did, shouldn't those be a public record?"

"They are a public record and in fact, whoever wrote the article does not know how to ask for the material. If they would ask for it properly they could get the material," Bentley replied.

"All of that is public record. All they have to do is go and ask the person who either sent the email that's public or received an email from me, and they can get it. That's public record.

"Nothing is being hidden. Everything is open. All they have to do is access it properly."

Rachel on Nevada, and a classic "He said, she said"!

You might think "chairs we're thrown" at :45 seconds into video.

Two Alabama firms honored for role in expanding U.S. exports

Two Alabama companies were recognized in the nation's capital Monday for significant contributions to the expansion of U.S. exports.

Page & Jones, Inc., of Mobile and Process Equipment, Inc., of Pelham, were awarded the President's "E" Award in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.


The "E" Award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a signification contribution to the expansion of exports.

President John F. Kennedy created the award in 1961 to recognize persons, firms, and organizations that significantly contribute to increasing U.S. exports. This year's awardees contributed to the United States' exporting $2.23 trillion worth of goods and services in 2015, and the estimated 11.5 million American jobs supported by exports.

"Congratulations to companies in Alabama for their achievements in exporting," said Pritzker. "These Alabama companies demonstrate the opportunity inherent in selling Made-in-America products to the broad customer base that exists outside our borders. Their success contributes to growth, job creation, competitiveness, and the success of the American economy."

For the first time in its 54-year history, award winners represent every state and the District of Columbia. Of this year's 123 honorees, 105 are small and medium-sized businesses, and 64 firms are manufacturers.


Hey, EW! What job is it you want?

‘Haters gonna hate,’ etc., etc. Elizabeth Warren shakes it off on Donald Trump.

“Knowing who you are will help you when it’s time to fight, fight for the job you want, fight for the people who mean the most to you, fight for the world you live in and the world you want to live in,” Warren said. “If you know who you are, you won’t get caught up when times get tough and the naysayers try to stop you.”

Then she dropped some wisdom from Taylor Swift.

“Or, to put it differently,” Warren said — then sang, “as one of the great philosophers of our time has said… haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

When asked, Warren would not say whether she would accept an invitation to run for vice president, reported the Boston Globe.

In an election dominated by misogyny, a Clinton-Warren ticket might just work

Source: Quartz, Elizabeth Winkler msnbc.com

No doubt a Clinton-Warren ticket would prompt Trump to double-down on his “woman’s card” comments, claiming that both candidates have relied on their gender to ascend to power. This argument would elicit more accusations of sexism from Democrats—all of which is to say that an all-female ticket promises to make an election that is already extremely attuned to issues of gender even more so.

If Trump nominates a male vice president, as he presumably will, then the US would get a hugely symbolic showdown of boys-versus-girls: patriarchy versus matriarchy, the old guard versus the new. And if Trump nominates a woman in a ploy to revamp his sexist image and steal the woman’s card back, then we would have the mind-boggling prospect of three women on November’s ballots.

In 2008, Clinton tried to avoid making her gender a topic of discussion, fearing that doing so might alienate male voters or lead people to accuse her of making the presidential race about identity rather than ideas. But it is clear by now that there will be no shying away from talk of the woman’s card in this election. Why not up the ante? She may be more successful by taking this particular fight all the way and nominating another respected, successful woman rather than compromising with a “balanced” ticket.

When Ruth Bader Ginsburg is asked, “When will there be enough women on the Supreme Court?” she likes to respond, “Where there are nine.” After all, for most of US history, men have made up the entirety of the government’s judicial branch. America’s presidential nominees have been almost exclusively men too. If we’re going to nominate one woman, why not go for broke? It’s nonsensical to think two women would be too much.


Warren shows her value to Clinton with Trump attacks

Source: The Hill, Ben Kamisar

Elizabeth Warren has emerged as one of the Democratic Party's most effective attack dogs against Donald Trump, fueling speculation that she could end up as Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

Warren's jabs at Trump on Twitter have been notable for both their speed and intensity, with the former Harvard professor matching Trump’s penchant for cutting insults.


Warren’s hard-edged assault on Trump has become a sensation online. A Facebook compilation of her tweets against Trump has been generated more than 45 million views on Facebook, her office told CNN, even as the remarks have made headlines across the country.


“By positioning herself as Donald Trump’s primary Democratic antagonist right now, Sen. Warren is filling the space that would normally be occupied by bickering between the two Democratic primary characters. When she’s taking on Trump, there’s not a lot of oxygen left for Sanders and Clinton attacking each other,” said Kevin Franck, a strategist who worked for the Massachusetts Democratic Party during Warren’s 2012 race against Scott Brown.

At least one high-ranking Democrat is already behind the idea of Warren on the ticket.

Read it at: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/dem-primaries/279751-warren-shows-her-value-to-clinton-with-trump-attacks

Elizabeth Warren Won't Rule Out Being Hillary Clinton's 2016 Vice Presidential Nominee

Elizabeth Warren won't rule out the possibility of becoming likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's running mate, telling Mic in an interview on Tuesday that her focus, for now, remains on serving as the senior senator from Massachusetts.

"Right now, I just want to be clear. I love my job. I'm here in the United States Senate doing exactly what the people of Massachusetts sent me here to do. I'm in the thick of the fights to try to level the playing field, to try to un-rig this system and that's what really matters to me. That's where I'm headed," the progressive favorite said in a sit-down with Mic's Zeeshan Aleem.

Asked whether she'd foreclose the possibility of joining Clinton's ticket, Warren was hardly Shermanesque in her response.

"You know, this is something we've got to get all of our nominations settled on the Democratic side," Warren said. "For me, I'm going to keep doing my job every single day and I'm not thinking about another job."


Why Bernie Lost — And What to Do About It

Well-written HuffPo opinion piece by Richard North Patterson.

In the end, he came up against a truism of electoral politics — a following primarily composed of young people and white progressives, while substantial, does not in itself carry the party or the country. The difference between the Sanders and Obama challenges to Hillary Clinton is that Obama was able to take this base and add minorities which, demographically, have become even more critical to Democrats in the last eight years.

Passion is an important ingredient in political success. But a passionate voter still votes only once. Many Democratic voters decided that Clinton embodies the knowledge, experience and practical approach to making progress that they desire in a president. They may not turn out at rallies, but they get one vote too. It does not serve to condescend to them as docile, uninformed or lacking vision or convictions.

Third Party, Trump, write-in or don't vote?

Instead, the only realistic way for Bernie’s legions to save the village is by continuing what they started. Keeping engaged with the Democratic Party — which, however imperfect, is the only realistic vehicle for positive change. Fighting for a platform which embraces progressive goals. Supporting candidates who reflect their values. Pressing for changes in the nomination process. Making themselves ever more important within, and to, the party. Holding it to its promises. Combating Super PACs and strengthening the role of small donors. Accepting that, in politics, one never gets everything one wants. And never forfeiting their purchase on power in exchange for impotent anger.

As for Bernie Sanders himself, I believe that he will act on the truth he stated so clearly — that Hillary Clinton is infinitely preferable to Donald Trump. And so should those who look to him for leadership. Not simply because it’s true, but because it matters to the future of our village.

Much, much more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-north-patterson/why-bernie-lost---and-wha_b_9813988.html

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