Maine Democrats Vote to Bind Superdelegates in 2020

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The Democratic Party superdelegates are free to vote as they desire. These individuals are elected officials as well as lobbyists and represent approximately 15% of the delegates allocated to attend the National Convention. Concern has arisen that the superdelegates will vote for a candidate not matching the state’s popular vote during the primary contests.

The DNC allocated five superdelegates to the state of Maine. However, Maine Democrats this Saturday voted to change the state party rules in regards to superdelegates based on an amendment put forth by Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland. The amendment requires Maine’s five Democratic superdelegates in the year 2020 to be bound to represent the state caucus results.

Bernie Sanders won the Maine Democratic caucuses by 63 percent, however, most of the superdelegates are supporting Hillary Clinton.

According to the Portland News Herald:

Three of Maine’s superdelegates – U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, state party Vice Chairwoman Peggie Schaffer of Vassalboro and Democratic National Committee member Maggie Allen of Madison – are Clinton supporters, while former state Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash is helping lead Sanders’ campaign in Maine. The fifth superdelegate, Maine Democratic Party chairman Phil Bartlett, is uncommitted.

“The third thing that it does is it directs our national committee members to go ahead and work at the national level to eliminate the superdelegate system once and for all,” said state Rep. Diane Russell, D-Portland. “We will never get to a fair economy that works for everyone if we do not have a fair election system that works for everyone.”

While the change won’t take effect until the next presidential election, many rank and file members are urging this year’s superdelegates to reflect the change now.

References

http://www.wcsh6.com/news/politics/elections/maine-democrats-vote-to-bind-superdelegates-in-2020/179419470

http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/maine_democrats_change_superdelegate_system_in_single_vote_20160507

Superdelegate vote animates rally by Maine Democrats

Bernie Sanders Would Be in Lead If …

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Bernie Sanders is against Super PACs. He’s against the millions of dollars being spent by corporate America to dictate who can and cannot be the President of the United States of America. As a new dealer, he’s brought forward ideas such as strengthening social security, helping minimum wage workers, and fighting for the right for equal pay for women.

Unfortunately, the elite are not interested in these policies. And corporate media are not interested in presenting policies and continue to focus on a horse race — described as they want you to perceive it. After all, the media earns billions of dollars from election ads.

Lately, though, there have been discussions in social media and a few independent papers that superdelegates are backing Clinton regardless of the popular votes in a state’s primary or caucus.

As The News reported Wednesday, Sanders would actually be winning the race for the Democratic nomination by a comfortable margin — 1,449 total delegates to Clinton’s 1,274 — if he had the same level of superdelegate support as his rival.

In fact, Super Silly Delegates in the Democratic Party have swung toward Hilary Clinton in such a way that she is constantly referred to as the presumptive nominee. The mainstream media pushes this narrative daily with a constant drumbeat by the elite that Bernie Sanders cannot win the nomination.

Wise voters remember the media’s constant drumbeat for war in Iraq, and they’ll ignore the corporate sponsored media pundits. The unwise voters will continue to soak up the nutrition-less punditry portraying itself as political news and commentary. It’s clear in this author’s mind that the fourth estate is pushing for a Clinton nomination while the DNC pushes back against the Sanders campaign.

A candidate must reach 2,383 delegate votes to win the Democratic party nomination. There are both pledged delegates and superdelegates. Not all pledged delegates from previous caucuses have been assigned to a candidate, yet, the Sanders campaign closed the gap between Clinton and his campaign after winning the last five primary contests.

Media began reporting the pledged delegate counts along with the superdelegate counts this primary season, making it appear that Bernie Sanders was not able to win the party nomination. However, superdelegates are free to change they will back. Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard, and Alan Grayson are some of the most vocal superdelegates supporting Bernie Sanders. At this stage in the campaign, no current Senator is backing Sanders. Many have hoped Senator Elizabeth Warren would endorse him but she’s stayed off to the edges of the campaign.

In reality, Bernie Sanders (VT) would be in the lead by over 175 delegates if his campaign had the same level of support from superdelegates as Clinton currently holds.

In other words, superdelegates are deciding the Democratic party nominee and not voters.

Bernie Sanders Two Wins Gains in Delegates Over Clinton

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The corporate media wants you to think Arizona was a pivotal primary for the Democratic Party nomination process. Clinton’s machine overtook the Sanders campaign with a 57.8% victory over Sanders 39.7% vote. This presentation overshadows the overall primary race in which Bernie Sanders outperformed expectations by over 10%, leading his supporters to realize his nomination continues to be viable.

What isn’t being reported is the Sanders’ win in Idaho and Utah were so tremendous that Clinton only walked away with 10 pledged delegates to Sanders 35 pledged delegates.

Add the resounding victory in the overseas primary, giving his campaign 5 more delegates over Clinton, and Bernie Sanders campaign and his supporters should be extremely happy.

Alan Grayson, a Democratic Party Congressman out of Florida and supporter of Bernie Sanders, reminds voters that there are two primaries in the Democratic Party. There is the early primary states mainly composed of the South and the second half in which residents in the western states vote.

Clinton’s campaign is very strong in the South and GOP strong holds. Bernie Sanders campaign is strong in progressives leaning states in the west and northern regions.

At this point in the campaign, the Bernie Sanders campaign is outperforming expectations and his campaign will go all the way to the convention.

Clinton Machine Pressures Sanders To Quit

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Imagine being able to tell your opponent when it’s time for them to quit. Imagine a peer coming to you and saying, “It’s time you face reality. You will never get ahead in this company.”

Would you listen to them? No. You aren’t that weak-minded.

The Clinton Machine has been hard at work this past week. They are trying to convince Bernie Sanders supporters that the Democratic Party nomination belongs to Hillary Clinton. They use the wins in the South and add in the super-delegates to push a narrative that Bernie Sanders has already lost.

Interestingly, the same people pushing the Sanders campaign ramp up hysteria over a potential win by Ted Cruz over Donald Trump in the Republican Party. They argue that Cruz is only 255 delegates behind Donald Trump.

Let’s put all of this insanity into perspective:

Percentages of Delegates to Win Nomination
Percentages of Delegates to Win Nomination

The percentages suggest a different story from the Clinton Machine narrative. Ted Cruz should stay in the race with only 34.2% of the required delegates but Bernie Sanders should get out when his campaign has 34.8%.

The horse race mentality of corporate media has ruined the primary process. People are wanting their candidate to “win” based on personality and identity rather than policies.

Residents in Arizona, Utah, and Idaho will vote Tuesday March 22. These votes may give us a better picture of the primary process. We certainly cannot rely on the media pundits.

New Executive Order Signed To Stop Cyber Threats

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April 1, 2015

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“Starting today, we’re giving notice to those who pose significant threats to our security or economy by damaging our critical infrastructure, disrupting or hijacking our computer networks, or stealing the trade secrets of American companies or the personal information of American citizens for profit.”[/fusion_text][/fullwidth][fullwidth backgroundcolor=”#93a9bf” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” video_webm=”” video_mp4=”” video_ogv=”” video_preview_image=”” overlay_color=”” overlay_opacity=”0.5″ video_mute=”yes” video_loop=”yes” fade=”no” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”solid” paddingtop=”20px” paddingbottom=”20px” paddingleft=”0px” paddingright=”0px” menu_anchor=”” equal_height_columns=”no” hundred_percent=”no” class=”” id=””][fusion_text]

Ponemon Institute’s 2014 Cost of Cyber Crime study finds cyber attacks cost the average U.S. company $12.7 million with some surveyed companies experiencing losses up to $61 million.
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Arizona Governor Signs New Anti-Abortion Bill

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Arizona Douglas Ducey (R) signed Senate Bill 1318, which includes drug notification mandate requiring doctors tell women that a medical procedure is available to reverse a drug-induced abortion.

The lobbying group Center for Arizona Policy has been trying to restrict abortions in Arizona for years. The photo of the Governor signing the legislation was tweeted by the conservative organization.