Election 2016


Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Tame Big Banks Shows She’s Ready to Lead
11 Oct 2015

Hillary Clinton’s Plan to Tame Big Banks Shows She’s Ready to Lead

Kudos to Vox’s Matthew Iglesias for his integrity in reporting Hillary Clinton’s prescription to regulate big banks’ risky behavior. Iglesias notes that while the press is likely to ignore it (most have), Clinton’s policy addresses “a question of urgent importance to the economic welfare of everyone in the country.” In pertinent part, her plan is to “charge a graduated risk fee every year on the...

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Will John Boehner Stepping Down Expose the GOP Crazy?
29 Sep 2015

Will John Boehner Stepping Down Expose the GOP Crazy?

House Speaker John Boehner shocked Capitol Hill and big media alike when he announced that he will relinquish his gavel at the end of October. Now, as members of Congress scramble to see who will take over as one of the most influential voices in the country, media strategist Shawna Vercher says “the GOP is in danger of exposing all of its dysfunction.” The trend...

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Is Automatic Voter Registration a Game Changer for 2016?
20 Sep 2015

Is Automatic Voter Registration a Game Changer for 2016?

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the new California New Motor Voter Act which means that starting in 2016, “every adult citizen in the state who gets a driver’s license, renews a license, gets a state identification card, or fills out a change of address form with the Department of Motor Vehicles will be registered to vote — unless he or she declines to...

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Hillary’s Emails and the Media’s Pound of Flesh
11 Sep 2015

Hillary’s Emails and the Media’s Pound of Flesh

In her interview with ABC’s David Muir Monday night, Hillary Clinton apologized for her decision to use private email as Secretary of State, while noting her actions were legal at the time and done with the full knowledge of the State Department. Secretaries before her, like Colin Powell, used personal email and never complied to requests to turn any over. Yet mainstream media would not...

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Hillary Clinton/photo by Stu Collins, used by permission
31 Aug 2015

Hillary Clinton Connecting the Dots on the Rural Economy

When Hillary Clinton gave a talk at Taber Home Vineyards & Winery in Baldwin, Iowa last week, she shared plans not often heard from presidential candidates for bolstering the rural economy. Blogger Stu Collins graciously shared video documenting the event, where Agriculture Secretary and former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack offered a glowing introduction and endorsement of Clinton. I encourage you to watch Secretary Clinton connect...

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The Truth of Hillary’s Email Non-Scandal
26 Aug 2015

The Truth of Hillary’s Email Non-Scandal

Hillary Clinton is running an intelligent presidential campaign focused on voters’ pressing concerns. Her plans for reining in Wall Street, reducing cost of college education and child care, criminal justice and immigration reform, gun control, and equal pay for women deserve close examination. Yet we are distracted from the issues Clinton and other candidates raise by a corporate owned media that, just as in 2008,...

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Sexism Still Being Used to Attack Hillary
22 Aug 2015

Sexism Still Being Used to Attack Hillary

  HillaryMen Peter Daou and Tom Watson have my gratitude for exposing certain media operative’s loop of sexist tropes used to attack Hillary Clinton. The words “testy,” “combative,” “calculating,” “defiant,” “conniving” and “secretive” as applied to her have one purpose: character assassination designed to distract from her policy prescriptions and derail her presidential campaign. That is not too strong a statement. No man is described...

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Can Any Candidate Compete with Trump’s Pwning of a Desperate News Media?
18 Aug 2015

Can Any Candidate Compete with Trump’s Pwning of a Desperate News Media?

There is speculation that billionaire Donald Trump is running a campaign for reasons other than attaining the Presidency; that he would never let his empire deteriorate while constrained by the demands of the Oval Office. Whatever his motives, Trump’s shocking frontrunner status means a desperate media will chase him for all the outrageous or grotesque sound bites he can spew. At the moment, the press...

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10 Aug 2015

Is Bernie Sanders Ready for Prime Time Politics?

Though GOP candidates have dominated much of the news of late, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders found himself in some hot water after protesters claiming affiliation with the Black Lives Matter movement disrupted his event in Seattle last weekend – his exit followed soon after. Tackling issues of racial equality has tripped up more than a few candidates, but it was Senator Sanders’ reaction that was...

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Fighting Planned Parenthood May Backfire on Congress
09 Aug 2015

Fighting Planned Parenthood May Backfire on Congress

Planned Parenthood is once again the center of national debate, and this time, Congress is threatening to use the issue of abortion as a reason to shut down the Federal government. While the notion of slashing Planned Parenthood funding may be a vehicle to rally social Conservatives, if Republicans leverage this controversial issue to once again pull a shutdown, it will likely backfire. One in...

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