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Unity Commission Disbands

Over the weekend, the Unity Commission put forth primary revisions as outlined in the article below. As the article states, these changes remain subject to approval by the DWI lawyers and the Rules and Bylaws Committee.

This represents nothing less than a hijacking of the Democratic Party by outsiders. It is unclear how many of the UC members were appointed by Bernie Sanders who remains an Independent, i.e. not a registered Democrat.

Open primaries and caucuses and registration dates close to or on primary dates leave our primary process open to tampering by outside forces. We know how that works. All they open is a can of worms.


WASHINGTON ― At its final meeting on Friday and Saturday, the Democratic National Committee’s Unity and Reform Commission agreed to a set of dramatic revisions aimed at restoring faith in the presidential nomination process and the management of the DNC.

The 21-member panel, which held its ultimate gathering in a conference room at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., is recommending the effective abolition of some 60 percent of superdelegates to the presidential nominating convention. It has also presented a set of measures designed to increase accessibility to presidential primaries and caucuses, as well as reforms aimed at opening up DNC budgetary and administrative processes to greater scrutiny through, among other things, the creation of an Ombudsmen Council.

The reforms are not yet a done deal, however. The commission’s report now heads to the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, which will have a 6-month period to amend party rules to enact the reforms, and could theoretically try to dilute the commission’s recommendations (though they would have to run any changes by the commission). The roster of over 400 voting DNC members will also get to vote on the proposals at the full DNC meeting in the fall of 2018. 

But the commission’s most adamant reformers, most of whom were appointed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), characterized the outcome as a major win for the Democratic Party’s disillusioned progressive wing. The acceptance of Sanders surrogates was essential to the commission’s success, since evidence that the DNC had favored Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential primary and the anger it inspired among Sanders supporters fueled the creation of the commission.

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No, the party did not “favor” Hillary Clinton. Nonsense! Nearly 4 million registered Democrats voted for Hillary over Bernie Sanders.

Opening the primaries and caucuses is not going to sprinkle magic fairy dust over health care, minimum wage, taxes, or college tuition. Hillary won the nomination because of her experience in policy making and for the policies she proposed.

What these revisions will accomplish is to make the Democratic Party the “Drive-Thru” party that any minority movement can invade and sabotage.

We have no reason to expect the RBC to reject these proposals. As they proved on May 31, 2008, they are out of touch with the party’s registered base.

This is from Karen for Clinton on Facebook with a number we can call. Thank you. Karen!

This was the challenge from Medium.

If you could summarize 2017 in a single word, what would it be? We asked 40 of the world’s most original thinkers in politics, culture, tech, and business to answer that question — and to help you process this turbulent year with a depth and nuance that are more necessary than ever.

Here is how Hillary Clinton addressed that challenge.

Plenty of words come to mind when I think about 2017. And if you want to know my unfiltered thoughts on “emails,” “fake news,” “sexism,” or “Russia,” I’ve written about each of those topics at length in my book. (As well as “bully,” “demagogue,” and “creep”!) But when I step back and reflect on the last twelve months — the people I’ve met, the stories I’ve heard, the activism and organizing I’ve been proud to support — there’s no shortage of uplifting, encouraging words that capture the spirit of this year. It’s difficult to pick just one.

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Please feel free to give her some applause while you are there, too!

Explore the Words That Matter

Hillary Clinton reached out today using Facebook, Twitter, and email in an effort to salvage the expired Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that she helped establish as First Lady. Nine million children could be left without coverage if Congress does not reauthorize the program.

This Facebook message also appeared on her Twitter account.

There’s a lot to be frustrated by right now, to say the least. Here’s something that we should be able to fix:

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, which provides health care for 9 million kids and has been reauthorized on a bipartisan basis every year for almost 2 decades, is hanging in limbo because Congress let it expire over 2 months ago. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans rushed to pass so-called tax reform—a giveaway for those who least need it.

It gets worse. During the campaign I warned that the Republicans would come after Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and now they are. Imagine buying a Rolex and paying for it with money you saved to take care of your kids. That’s what Congress is doing with your tax dollars.

How is it that in the middle of dividing up $1.5 trillion dollars between corporations and the ultra-wealthy, Republicans can’t find the time & money to take care of children? These are perverse priorities. Congress needs to pass CHIP now, as they have every year since the 1990s.

So in these surreal times, let’s rally together and take action. Call your House and Senate members at 202-224-3121 and tell them to take care of kids now and protect our seniors, the poor, and vulnerable from future attacks. Tell them that it’s the very least they can do.

I’m going to keep tweeting and posting about this, and speaking out every chance I get, until it is fixed.

Later, she emailed the message.

Friend —

These days, bipartisanship sounds like a dream of the past, but when we first passed the Children’s Health Insurance Plan in 1997, we did so with support on both sides of the aisle — and gave millions of children, pregnant women, and families the security of knowing they had access to critical care.

We came together because we understood that the true measure of a community is how we treat our children. Whether we invest in them and give them an opportunity to live up to their God-given potential.

But then, more than 60 days ago, the Republican-controlled Congress let CHIP, which has been reauthorized on a bipartisan basis every year for the last 19 years, expire — leaving nine million children and families worried about their access to health care. Meanwhile, Senate Republicans rushed to pass so-called tax reform — a giveaway for those who least need it.

That’s unacceptable. And it gets worse. During the campaign, I warned that the Republicans would come after social security, Medicare, and Medicaid — and now they are. Imagine buying a Rolex and paying for it with money you saved to take care of your kids. That’s what Congress is doing with your tax dollars.

Today, I’m asking you to call your Representative and Senators at (202) 224-3121 and ask them to renew the Children’s Health Insurance immediately.

I’m thinking of people like Ryan Moore, who was seven when I first met him, wearing a full body brace and smiling from ear to ear. He inspired me and kept me going through the hardest moments of the fight for health reform. And like Sara Soltani, whose cochlear implant was covered under the Children’s Health Insurance Program — a fact she didn’t realize until her mother told her as she was preparing to graduate from high school and head off to college, her life full of promise and possibility.

There are countless children who got the chance to grow up, to dream big, to have the lives and the futures they deserved. Rosemary, we’ve come too far to turn back now.

Call your Representative and Senators and let them know that you’re counting on them to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program: (202) 224-3121

There’s a lot to be frustrated by right now, to say the least. Here’s something that we should be able to fix together.

Yours,

Hillary

P.S. The current enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act ends December 15th — if you or someone you love needs coverage, tell them to go to healthcare.gov and sign up now.

Hillary was honored last night at the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston’s annual gala. Congratulations, Mme. Secretary!

 


Hillary Clinton took a break last night from her book tour about her loss in the presidential election to promote the value of “kindness” and mentorship to children.

Before an audience of about 500 at the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston’s annual gala at the Museum of Fine Arts, Clinton said the reason she is so devoted to doing what she can on behalf of children, particularly those who are vulnerable, is because of her mother.

Clinton has spent much of the past few months on the road around the nation touting her book, “What Happened,” blaming her 2016 presidential loss on Russian interference, and denouncing President Trump. She sounded a different note at last night’s event.

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There had been arguments about whether the little pony, who is completely innocent in all of this, should be permitted at this one-man demonstration of … I don’t know… BernieHood? But Boot-Hat Guy received the permit and was there… in an allotted parking space.

Is  it that it is Hillary’s fault that everybody did not get a pony? Or is he a Hillary supporter, and this is satire of Bernie’s “everybody gets a pony.” In the article, the ponies are plural. Last I had seen, he had a permit for one pony in one parking space.

I’m confused!


By DAVE SOLOMON
State House Bureau
December 05. 2017 4:16PM

Vermin Supreme pays for parking ahead of the arrival of ponies across the street from a Hilary Clinton book signing in Concord Tuesday.

(DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

Hillary Clinton gets a laugh from Vermin Supreme, who was staging an event across the street from her book signing at Gibson’s in Concord on Tuesday.

(DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

CONCORD – More than 1,000 Hillary Clinton fans crowded the South Main Street sidewalk in front of Gibson’s bookstore Tuesday morning, in a line that snaked around the block and through the store.

They waited patiently in a soft winter rain, some for hours, to meet the former First Lady, U.S. Senator, Secretary of State and presidential nominee.

Tickets to the event were $30, which included admission to the book signing and a signed copy of “What Happened.” The book’s cover price is $30, although some large retailers have priced it as low as $17. Most people walked through the line with no book in hand to exchange greetings with Clinton and picked up their signed copy on the way out.

“We’ve got to keep fighting, don’t we,” she said to one fan, who expressed disappointment at the outcome of the 2016 presidential race.

After two presidential campaigns with her husband, and two on her own, Clinton has made many friends in New Hampshire over the years.

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I hope the little pony is well cared for by this Boot-Hat Guy.

We have a soft spot for New Hampshire.


By HOLLY RAMER, Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Clinton returned to New Hampshire for the first time since the 2016 election on Tuesday, basking in a warm welcome and brushing off a question about President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that rampant voter fraud led to her victory in the state.

About 1,000 people waited outside in light rain to meet the former Democratic presidential nominee and get a signed copy of her new book about her failed 2016 campaign, “What Happened.”

“I love coming to New Hampshire, and I love the friends that I’ve made over 25 years now. So any chance I have to come back, I am anxious to take it,” she said shortly after the signing got underway.

Clinton won New Hampshire’s four electoral votes, though Trump insists he lost the state only because “thousands” of people came by bus to vote against him. He also has created a commission to investigate allegations — offered without evidence — that millions of people voted illegally nationwide in 2016.

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The event was in honor of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum’s 25 years of service. The congregation is raising funds to establish a new home.

 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, waves to the crowd after speaking during a benefit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, right, and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in New York. (Photo: AP/Julie Jacobson)

Hillary Rodham Clinton, at what felt like a particularly unpredictable gig on her schedule, gave the keynote address at a fundraising event for Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), New York City’s LGBTQ synagogue, on Monday night.

She spoke before a crowd of 700 that had gathered at a theater of the Fashion Institute of Technology for “Bringing Vision to Life,” both to raise money for the mortgage on its new Manhattan temple and to honor Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, a notable human rights activist, for her 25 years of service.

“As she led this congregation forward, Rabbi Kleinbaum helped CBST become what it is today: a bold spiritual community of resistance and love,” said Clinton, taking the podium following a performance by the Greenwich Village Orchestra of Lincoln Portrait, by Aaron Copland, who, it was noted, was gay and Jewish, and accused of Communist affiliations during the McCarthy era. “Love is always, always needed,” she added. “It turns out resistance comes in and out of our needs, but it is high on the need list right now.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a benefit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in New York. (Photo: AP/Julie Jacobson)

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