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Transgender Group ‘Perplexed’ At Why Hillary Clinton Won’t Fill Out Questionnaire. Sanders has.



Transgender Group ‘Perplexed’ At Why Clinton Won’t Fill Out Questionnaire
by Kevin Gosztola
May 25, 2016


A national group for trans people in the United States is waiting for Hillary Clinton to complete a survey on where she stands on issues. On the other hand, the group is not waiting for Bernie Sanders. He followed through on his commitment to fill out the questionnaire.

The Trans United Fund (TUF) expressed disappointment with Clinton. “We know personally what’s on the line for us and our nation, and we fervently believe it is crucial to seek a bold and unambiguous commitment to our community from all candidates that seek our support,” Monica Roberts of the TUF presidential endorsement committee declared.

According to The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson, Sanders affirmed support for trans rights when it comes to employment in addition to “transition-related health care, education, and housing.” He supported President Barack Obama’s executive order to require “all federal employees to have access to workplace facilities” regardless of their gender identity (and would issue an additional executive order to renew protection).

Sanders also answered questions related to HIV/AIDS. He pledged to “reform state HIV criminalization laws, which to varying degrees penalize the transfer of HIV.” He highlighted the role he played in ensuring the Affordable Health Care Act had $11 billion to “expand” a “network of federally qualified health centers to assist minority communities like transgender people.”

Sanders has a long history of supporting the LGBTQ community that goes all the way back to when he first ran for office in Vermont in the 1970s. He supported the abolition of discriminatory laws, which targeted sexual orientation. As mayor of Burlington, he backed the city’s first pride parade

TUF indicated in a press release, “[The] Sanders campaign replied with an enthusiastic commitment to complete this questionnaire. Trans United Fund received a call from a Clinton campaign representative a full two weeks after the campaign had committed to complete the survey, explaining that the survey was ‘too long’ and the campaign did not have the appropriate resources to complete it in a timely manner. The Sanders campaign completed the questionnaire completely and on time.”

For a “frontrunner” Democratic presidential candidate, who has cast herself as the inevitable nominee, it’s hard to comprehend how the campaign could not have found time to answer some questions important to trans people.

Read the full article at:
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/05/25/transgender-group-perplexed-why-clinton-wont-fill-out-questionnaire

Hillary should withdraw as a candidate now. Elizabeth Warren could be the compromise candidate.

The Inspector Generals report is the straw that broke the camels back .... and surely more is to come.

Trump would destroy Clinton in the election and take down many Democratic candidates for the House and Senate.

Clinton should withdraw to clear the way for a compromise candidate to be nominated at the convention. A huge majority of delegates would vote for Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren for President and Bernie Sanders as her Vice-Presidential candidate would be a strong winning ticket and I think Bernie would be agreeable to that compromise.

This would be an incredibly strong ticket with huge favorable ratings that would crush Trump and retake Democratic control of the Senate and maybe the House in the general election.

POLITICO: Sanders consistently beats Donald Trump in the polls. It's getting harder to overlook.

POLITICO

Bernie's not-so-secret-weapon
Sanders consistently beats Donald Trump in the polls. It's getting harder to overlook.
By Steven Shepard
05/24/16

For months, Bernie Sanders and his supporters have pointed to polls that show him running comfortably ahead of Donald Trump in November. But now that Hillary Clinton’s lead over Trump has disappeared — and the two likely nominees are now running neck-and-neck in national polls — his argument is gaining new resonance.

The data remain unequivocal, however: The latest averages from HuffPost Pollster give Clinton a just less-than-2-point advantage over Trump, while Sanders — who is virtually certain to finish well behind Clinton in pledged delegates — leads Trump by 10 points. Trump has narrowed Clinton’s lead by 5 points since the end of April, while he’s only chipped 2 points off Sanders’ edge.

Moreover, there’s evidence that Clinton will face challenges uniting Democrats the way Trump has brought Republicans together since eliminating his opponents. Sanders’ backers appear increasingly hostile to Clinton, polls show — especially those voters who currently favor Sanders over Trump but say they would defect to the Republican if Clinton is the Democratic nominee.

The debate isn’t just academic. Part of Sanders’ last-ditch argument to the unpledged superdelegates he’d need to win over to have any hope of winning the Democratic nomination is that they should consider which candidate would run best against Trump before making their choice.

The ballot test isn’t the only survey data point pointing to Sanders’ strong position — and the shortcomings of both Trump and Clinton. According to HuffPost Pollster, Sanders’ average image rating stands at 50 percent favorable and 41 percent unfavorable. That’s far better than the historically poor ratings for Trump (39 percent favorable/57 percent unfavorable) and Clinton (41 percent favorable/55 percent unfavorable).

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/bernies-not-so-secret-weapon-223492#ixzz49dI2LgEq
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Hillary Clinton Can Not And Will Not Capture The Democratic Nomination Before The Convention.

That would be impossible.

She simply will not have enough pledged delegates to be nominated before the convention.

It will be a contested convention at which unpledged "free agent" super delegates will determine who the nominee will be.

It's doesn't matter what candidate they may have indicated a preference for a few days, weeks, months ago or last year. They are free to change their minds.

In 2008 over 200 super delegates did exactly that when they abandoned Hillary Clinton and cast their votes for Obama.

If she continues to drop in the polls, super delegates could once again abandon her, this time for Sanders.

Period.

DNC Communications Director: Superdelegates "are likely to change their minds" on who to vote for" !



Luis Miranda, Communications Director, Democratic National Committee

Luis Miranda also said CNN and other media should not include the super delegates in the vote totals before the convention because they have not voted and can change their minds before the convention.

New polls released May 24 bolster Sander's argument that he's the best candidate to defeat Trump



Americans' Dislike for Trump and Clinton Bolsters Sanders' Superdelegate Pitch
Widespread dislike for both frontrunners bolsters Sanders' argument to superdelegates that he's the best candidate to defeat Trump in November
by Nika Knight, staff writer
May 24, 2016


Most Americans can't stand the frontrunner of either major political party, a new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released Tuesday has found.

Almost 60 percent of respondents said they "dislike" or "hate" Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, and 63 percent said the same about Republican nominee Donald Trump.

In fact, the poll found that the roughly one-third of respondents on either side of the political aisle were voting for their candidate solely to defeat the other nominee.





Such findings bolster Sanders' recent arguments that if the Democratic Party truly wishes to defeat Trump in November, the party's superdelegates should choose Sanders to be the nominee. According to all recent polling, Sanders is a far stronger candidate than Clinton against Trump—a phenomenon political observers are finding harder and harder to ignore.

Indeed, even as a national polling average shows Trump besting Clinton for the first time this week, Sanders has maintained a significant lead against the real estate mogul.

The NBC News/Survey Monkey poll follows the trend, showing Clinton beating Trump by a slim four-point margin, while Sanders wins against Trump by a full 12 points:





http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/24/americans-dislike-trump-and-clinton-bolsters-sanders-superdelegate-pitch

See New Bernie Sanders California TV Ad Here!



Press Release

Sanders Releases New California Ad
May 24, 2016



Why do people describe Hillary Clinton as elitist and smug? I just don't get it.

Why the Democratic Party Hysteria? The Clinton Problem Isn't Sanders, it's Clinton's Weakness.



What Does Bernie Want?
by Robert Borosage
May 23, 2016


So why the hysteria?
The Clinton Problem

The problem, of course, isn’t the Sanders’ obstinacy; it is Clinton’s weakness. The Democratic establishment essentially cleared the field for her. She started with all of the money, all of the endorsements, universal name recognition, a forbidding lead in the polls, and her pick of the best campaign operatives. She’s battle-tested. She’s intelligent, with remarkable energy and unmatched experience. But somehow she can’t lock up a convention majority from elected delegates against a septuagenarian democratic Socialist who is funding his campaign with small donations.

Turns out the being the establishment candidate grates against the growing number of voters who realize the establishment has failed them. The big money backing Clinton had its costs when voters think our politics are corrupted. Her experience has liabilities, as she moved to disavow the policies her husband and she championed from trade deals like NAFTA and the TPP, to harsh and biased criminal sentencing measures, to banking deregulation and more. She is burdened by scandals, old and new, some self-inflicted, even if inflated by right-wing hit squads.

Worse, she chose to run as the candidate of continuity when voters are looking for change. She made herself the champion of incremental reforms when voters – particularly young voters — yearn for much more. She purposefully presented herself as more hawkish than Obama— an “interventionist” Joe Biden called her – at a time when voters are weary of endless wars without victory.

The result is she’s almost as unpopular as Trump is — and recent polls show him closing the margins between them.

That’s the cause of the hysteria. Clinton understandably doesn’t want to risk the embarrassment of losing to Sanders in California. The superdelegates are aghast that they might face pressure from Sanders supporters to vote for him. Their votes are supposed to be locked up in backroom deals. They aren’t accustomed to being held accountable for them, or to facing public pressure – phone calls, letters, demonstrations, and aggravations – on how they vote. But they set the rules. They could have gone to the convention as observers, but they wanted a vote. Putting themselves in the kitchen, they now complain about the heat.

Read the full article at:

http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/05/23/what-does-bernie-want


Hillary Clinton: 'I'm not with her': why women are wary of Hillary Clinton



Hillary Clinton
'I'm not with her': why women are wary of Hillary Clinton
As a whole, women support Clinton over Trump and Sanders, but 49% of women from across the political spectrum give her an unfavorable rating
by Angelina Chapin
May 23, 2016


Anoa Changa is a feminist who isn’t going to vote for Hillary Clinton. Last July, when the 34-year-old Atlanta-based attorney began volunteering with the grassroots organization Women for Bernie Sanders, she received immediate pushback from other women. Over social media, they accused her and other Sanders volunteers of betraying their gender, and of being fake feminists. Even former professors and friends questioned how she could support the Vermont senator over the secretary of state.

It’s true that, as a whole, women support her more than both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, but that support is not nearly as overwhelming as black voter support was for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Millennial women, for example, prefer Sanders to Clinton and 49% of American women give the secretary of state an unfavorable rating.

“Some women I encounter act as if I’ve betrayed some kind of secret society,” says Changa. “I reject this brand of feminism. I’m not only voting for my gender, I’m voting for other issues.”

Women from across the political spectrum, who often can’t agree on basic policy, are united in their opposition to Hillary.

Many women simply don’t see themselves reflected in Clinton. While most second-wave feminists know her long record of women’s rights advocacy and want to see a female commander-in-chief in their lifetimes, younger feminists are more concerned with a movement that includes women from diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

“I’m sure for a certain class of women [Hillary Clinton] is perfect,” says Changa, who has lived in Harlem and Chicago’s South Side and was a single mom throughout college. “But there are a lot of issues that affect low-income women, immigrant women and women of color that her brand of doing things is not going to address.”

Read the full article at:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/23/women-female-voters-us-election-hillary-clinton

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