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Arizona Secretary of State Confirms Election Fraud Happened in State Primary (VIDEO)

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“This was something that I know happens, and I know it happened to people in this room. It’s not hearsay. It happened to someone in my own office. One of my employees was registered as a particular party, went to go vote, and I don’t want to divulge his personal details, but it happened to him.”

http://usuncut.com/politics/arizona-election-fraud-primary/

David Brock at it again.

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Does anybody believe this? More David Brock. If Clinton had to pay for all her presence on MSNBC, her campaign would be out of funds.

http://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/03/18/study-trump-the-only-candidate-to-swamp-the-sun/209363

Then there's this:

REHM: All right. So Bernie Sanders and his presentation, as you look at that, Frank Sesno, is it all the media that have simply decided he could not beat Hillary Clinton and therefore have sort of pushed him out of the way? 10:25:36


SESNO: Well, of course, it's not just the media. I mean, I -- obviously, this is the background noise from a lot of the political chattering class as well. It's coming from within many in the Democratic Party. But those in the Democratic Party who are offering that are Hillary Clinton's loyalists. And there are lots -- and have been lots of pieces, I think, on how Hillary Clinton herself is a weak and vulnerable candidate at a lot of different levels. So there has been that coverage. 10:26:01


SESNO: What concerns me about the Sanders coverage is the relative profile of it. Where is it placed? How often do we hear it? Especially in talk television and talk radio, which drives so much of the coverage agenda and represents the disproportionate amount of information that Americans get. Sanders is below the fold, if I can use that term, in that context. And his issue mix doesn't go much beyond, in most of that coverage, who he's appealing to, the demographics... 10:26:25

JAMIESON: The media should not, until we have the numbers to suggest that he cannot get the nomination, should not be writing him off. By not providing him access and not covering what he is doing in the same proportion as Hillary Clinton, it is in effect creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. And that's unfair. It's a tendency of the press overall to treat the candidate who's behind in the polls that way, the candidate who's behind in the delegate counts that way. But, in the process, it's narrowing the chances for the electorate to understand these candidacies. The same is true, by the way, of John Kasich. 10:27:08

RUTENBERGAnd, you know, I found myself watching the coverage a couple days ago on Bernie and it was about the delegates, the math that can't get him there. And I was like, oh, that's okay. The math isn't there. And then I said, wait a minute. I've been -- I was hearing the same thing about Trump six months ago. Why am I believing it now? And so we, as a news media, have we learned nothing? Is it time to question -- we -- my new rule going forward, question every assumption about everything. 10:28:25

https://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2016-03-29/controversy-over-media-coverage-of-the-2016-presidential-race

In time for Wisconsin and NY? Don't think so.

Had Bernie gotten the media attention he deserved, maybe. But we are actively involved in our politics and being informed. So many, many people are not. As much as my fingers are crossed and crossed again, I have my doubts. So hoping I'm wrong.

I'm in WA and caucuses helped because caucuses attract informed and involved voters. Primaries attract people who vote often for name recognition. It pains me to say this and I'm hoping I'm wrong.

I'm watching Kasich on CNN Town Hall - he was way behind but the right has given so many more opportunities for all their candidates to be vetted than the left, he's now catching up I think. Numbers not great I know but with each presentation, he gets stronger. You don't constantly hear the delegate count on the right. The Democrats are being as protective as possible to Hillary.

Rashomon and the Bernie bird



This captures the true Bernie

Diane Rehm guests today finally admitting Bernie's lack of media coverage

Interesting discussion covering media generally and the primaries. Finally some admission of problems with the coverage and sort of satisfying to finally hear it in media: Kathleen Jamison Hall claiming the low coverage of Bernie created a self-fulfilling prophecy and that the coverage of Bernie isn't issues but always delegate math. If you listen, the Bernie part starts at 17.37 in.
http://thedianerehmshow.org/audio/#/shows/2016-03-29/controversy-over-media-coverage-of-the-2016-presidential-race/112173/@00:00

Transcript of show: https://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2016-03-29/controversy-over-media-coverage-of-the-2016-presidential-race

One of the guests gave himself a compliment saying he thought print media was still doing their job pretty well. I emailed the question why the NY Times needed to revise their article on Bernie if they were doing so well. No response. https://web.archive.org/web/20160314164825/http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/15/us/politics/bernie-sanders-amendments.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

I like Rehm but she's absent a lot and her guest hosts are always beltway media people who don't do a very good job. Rehm asks good questions.

Bernie's net worth - unsurprising. Chart comparing him to others.



ccording to Center for Responsive Politics and Money Nation data:

Bernie Sanders Net Worth August 2015: $528,014
Bernie Sanders Net Worth May 2015: $440,511
Bernie Sanders Net Worth 2014: $330,408
Bernie Sanders Net Worth 2013: $330,506
Bernie Sanders Net Worth 2012: $460,506
Net Worth 2011: $308,005
Net Worth 2010: $429,004
Net Worth 2009: $105,003
Net Worth 2008: $219,504
Net Worth 2007: $345,503
Net Worth 2006: $188,504
Net Worth 2005: $128,001
Net Worth 2004: $115,501

Bernie Sanders’ net worth has fluctuated over time, from $115,501 in 2004 to $345,503 in 2007. The 2008 financial crisis may have caused a drop of 36% of Sander’s net worth in that year. Sanders’ net worth sunk as low as $105,003 in 2009 and has gone as high as $460,506 in 2012.

Our figures above show a rise of $87,503 in Bernie Sanders’ net worth between May and August of 2015. However, only part of that rise comes from an actual change in Bernie Sanders’ net worth. Most of the change comes from amendments to disclosure forms. In other words, Sanders didn’t suddenly make an extra $87,000.

Hillary's "small" donors

For what it's worth, I thought this interesting: http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandCmteTransaction.do

Here you'll find a list of all Clinton's donors. The interesting part is where they work and how they divide up their large contributions into very small amounts so that she can say she has millions of small donors as well. Everything about politics is a con.

I didn't check every page out but this from page 9 which was a random check. This state department guy actually made several small donations within days of each other. Why not just one big one?

Contributor Name Employer Occupation Description City State Zip Receipt Date Amount Memo Code
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 10/13/2015 $38
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 11/01/2015 $15
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 11/14/2015 $1
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 12/01/2015 $15
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 12/22/2015 $38
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 12/31/2015 $100
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 12/22/2015 $38
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 09/30/2015 $38
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 09/01/2015 $15
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 09/24/2015 $50
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 09/25/2015 $50
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 08/01/2015 $15
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 08/25/2015 $50
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 09/29/2015 $38
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 09/13/2015 $25
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 09/15/2015 $25
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 08/22/2015 $50
ABABA, ELI U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT ACCOUNTING RANDALLSTOWN MD 211332057 09/27/2015 $38

Canadian Budget unveiled: PRO PEOPLE! PRO MIDDLE CLASS! PRO INDIGENOUS PEOPLE!

Trudeau's budget helps everybody but sends the deficit way up. So conservatives are upset that the deficit is out of bounds and they would much rather see people hurting just to keep numbers on a page balanced. So that's the difference between. Pages of numbers matter to some people while people matter to others.

America much worse. Really, if the rich and corporations paid their fair share, our deficit wouldn't have to be so high. But the American rich (and the Canadian rich) would rather take from the poor and the middle class than give up a dime more of their own.

I WISH WE COULD ALL BE VERMONTERS - GMO LABELING

http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2016/03/vermont-gmo-labeling-law-national-standard-000067

HOW VERMONT BEAT BIG FOOD (GMO LABELING) I might move to Vermont!

Bernie Sanders Scored Victories for Years via Legislative Side Doors (Original-full text-read bold)

WASHINGTON — As Democrats cobbled together a sweeping overhaul of the nation’s immigration law three years ago, Senator Chuck Schumer of New York was clear about one thing: His party could not suffer a single defection.

But one naysayer remained — Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who had opposed a similar effort in 2007 and once again did not like provisions in the new bill that he thought would displace American workers. And he had a price, a $1.5 billion youth jobs program.

Through wheeling and dealing, shaming and cajoling, Mr. Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, got his wish, and his favored provision was grafted incongruously onto a tough-minded Republican border security amendment and paid for by higher visa fees for some foreign travelers.

The immigration bill, opposed by House Republicans, never became law. But the jobs program amendment was classic Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic socialist who has spent a quarter-century in Congress working the side door, tacking on amendments to larger bills that scratch his particular policy itches, generally focused on working-class Americans, income inequality and the environment.

Mr. Sanders is not unlike Tea Party Republicans in his tactics, except his are a decaf version. While he is unlikely to turn against his party on important votes, he is most proud of the things he has tried, unsuccessfully, to block over the years. And he boasts about them constantly on the campaign trail: the Iraq war, the Wall Street bailout and the Patriot Act after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

But in spite of persistent carping that Mr. Sanders is nothing but a quixotic crusader — during their first debate, Hillary Clinton cracked, “I’m a progressive, but I’m a progressive who likes to get things done” — he has often been an effective, albeit modest, legislator.

Over one 12-year stretch in the House, he passed more amendments by roll call vote than any other member of Congress. In the Senate, he secured money for dairy farmers and community health centers, blocked banks from hiring foreign workers and reined in the Federal Reserve, all through measures attached to larger bills.

“It has been a very successful strategy,” said Warren Gunnels, Mr. Sanders’s longtime policy adviser.

Mr. Sanders has been pushing basically the same legislative agenda since he was the mayor of Burlington, Vt., in the 1980s, one that favors workers, veterans and college students. But in 2016, he has found that the marriage of his passions and his blunt, fiery oration have come into vogue among many Democrats.

“I would point out to you that in perhaps the most significant public policy issue of our time, the war in Iraq, I cast the correct vote,” Mr. Sanders told CNN last year. “On the other hand, Secretary Clinton voted for that war. Her judgment was not right. It is an issue we have got to talk more about.”

His congressional relationships with Democrats and Republicans have been largely legislative and not loving. A backscratcher he is not. Mr. Sanders is far more likely to be found alone in his apartment watching cable news than out for Chinese food with other members of Congress. In an institution where relationships are often the butter, Mr. Sanders leverages a shared policy passion to grease his legislation.

“He is not Ted Kennedy, who managed to have these personal relationships that come from the day in and day out working the halls,” said Representative Peter Welch, Democrat of Vermont, who replaced Mr. Sanders in the House. “The way he works is consistent with his temperament and his skills.”

Yet counter to his reputation in his bid for the White House as a far-left gadfly, Mr. Sanders has done much of his work with Republican partners, generally people with whom he has almost nothing in common, with the notable exception of the discrete issue or two on which they see eye to eye.

He worked with Senator Charles E. Grassley, Republican of Iowa, to prevent foreign workers from replacing Americans at banks that have had a federal bailout, and with former Representative Ron Paul of Texas, who shared his zeal for monitoring the Federal Reserve.

Mr. Sanders’s most notable partnership with a Republican was also one of his greatest successes. In 2014, Mr. Sanders, as chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, worked out an accord with Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, on a bill to expand veterans’ access to health care after a scandal involving veterans’ hospitals across the country.

The bill did something Republicans wanted: It allowed veterans to go outside of the official hospital system to get care under certain circumstances, while it expanded the government services that Mr. Sanders demanded.

“Given how liberal he is, it made the work hard,” Mr. McCain recalled last week. “But he was an honest liberal. I’ve worked with people who tell you they are going to do one thing and then do another, and Bernie did what he said. And he was very effective. It was the first real reform of the V.A. ever.”

Big legislation largely eludes Mr. Sanders because his ideas are usually far to the left of the majority of the Senate — from his notions about bank regulations, to the increase he seeks to the minimum wage, to his repeated attempts to get the federal government in the business of providing rebates for the purchase and installation of solar heating systems.

But from his days in the House, where he served from 1991 to 2007, and into his Senate career, Mr. Sanders has largely found ways to press his agenda through appending small provisions to the larger bills of others.

In the House, he attached a measure to prevent the Bush administration from finalizing rules that would have allowed companies to cut the pensions of older workers. Community health care clinics were expanded via a Sanders amendment to President Obama’s health care law. His amendments with Mr. Grassley to prevent bailed-out banks from replacing American workers with foreign ones was part of a major economic stimulus bill in 2009.

“The reason he has been so successful is that he built very strong left-right coalitions, ” said Mr. Gunnels, who now works on Mr. Sanders’s campaign. “He doesn’t see himself as on the left. He sees himself exclusively as fighting for working people.”

But when it comes to Mr. Sanders’s proudest legislative moments, it is the losses that stand out, in the liberal mirror image of the Tea Party Republicans who oppose large-scale legislation.

He was among 25 senators in 2008 to vote against the $700 billion bailout of big banks. He said no to the Iraq war. The Patriot Act and a popular measure to develop and deploy a defense system to stop Iranian ballistic missiles? Not to Mr. Sanders.

In 2010, he voted against a measure to temporarily extend the Bush tax cuts against the wishes of the White House. He also gave an eight-hour floor speech to defend himself, setting off his current romance with liberal voters.

Mr. Sanders got the rest of the Democratic base to listen to words he has been repeating for decades, not so much because his legislation has been in constant step with the nation’s, but rather because much of the nation has come around to the things he has been legislating.

“Bernie has been talking about income inequality since 1981,” Mr. Welch said. “And now that is a message whose time has come.”
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