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I'd rather vote for Hillary than any of the potential Republican candidates.

Elizabeth Warren will probably run for 2020. She'll get my vote in a New York minute.
 

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Puerto Rico Democratic leaders issue statement on Clinton candidacy

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A joint statement by Puerto Rico Democratic Party President Roberto Prats Palerm, Democratic National Committeeman Kenneth McClintock Hernández, and attorneys José Alfredo Hernández Mayoral and Francisco Domenech:
"The Puerto Rican Democratic leadership welcomes with open arms the announcement made today by who will surely be the next U.S. president, Hillary Clinton.
In the history of the U.S. there has probably never been a presidential candidate with the preparation and experience that today, even more than in 2008, Hillary Clinton has.
First in her class at the prestigious Wellesley College, she graduated from Yale Law School, investigative congressional attorney during the Watergate impeachment of President Richard Nixon, a private practice lawyer, first lady of Arkansas, promoter of childrens' rights, advocate for the rights of all minorities and the welfare of the middle class, Hillary Clinton has authored multiple books. During the past five administrations, she has been the most active first lady of the U.S., U.S. senator for New York, presidential candidate in 2008, U.S. Secretary of State, daughter, wife, mother and, now, grandmother.
From the local perspective, there has been no presidential candidate in the history of the U.S., Democrat or Republican, who knows and has visited Puerto Rico more than Hillary Clinton. In addition to visiting us in 1998 after Hurricane Georges, and supporting many legislative initiatives in benefit of Puerto Rico when she served as U.S. senator, between her, her husband and her daughter, they campaigned for 17 days at more than one-third of Puerto Rico's municipalities. In that campaign, she managed to unify important state and local Democratic leaders of both major parties in Puerto Rico. Her final televised ad, for example, included Prats, McClintock, and Hernandez Mayoral and Ricardo Rosselló.
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How can you be PPD AND be a member of the Democratic party? The unmitigated gall.
 

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Apoyo desde la Isla para el boricua que aspira alcaldía de Filadelfia
Gobernador García Padilla entre los que le endosaron



WASHINGTON – Junto a otros líderes de la Isla, el gobernador Alejandro García Padilla, y el presidente del Senado, Eduardo Bhatia dieron hoy su respaldo oficial a la precandidatura a alcalde de Filadelfia del puertorriqueño Nelson Díaz.

También apoyaron a Díaz el presidente del Partido Demócrata de EEUU en Puerto Rico, Roberto Prats, su contraparte en esa colectividad, el ex secretario de Estado Kenneth McClintock, y los alcaldes de Mayagüez, Jose Guillermo Rodríguez, y Arecibo, Carlos Molina, entre otros.

Las expresiones a favor de Díaz se dieron en un comunicado de prensa de la campaña del político puertorriqueño tras un evento de recaudación de fondos que le organizaron el pasado viernes en San Juan demócratas de la Isla y en el que se recaudaron cerca de $10,000, según el exsenador Prats.

Por su parte, el gobernador García Padilla indicó que “es importante apoyar candidatos que han comprometido sus vidas al servicio público”. “Es vital que los puertorriqueños que viven en Filadelfia alcancen el alto porcentaje de participación que tenemos en la Isla”, señaló el gobernador García Padilla, al anunciar que ayudará a Díaz a movilizar electores, de cara a la primaria demócrata del 19 de mayo próximo.

El senador Bhatia afirmó que Díaz, quien fue juez en Filadelfia y consejero legal del Departamento de Vivienda de Estados Unidos, ha abierto caminos dentro de la comunidad puertorriqueña por décadas.

“Conozco a Nelson Díaz desde que tenía 12 años, y siempre he estado impresionado por su determinación para luchar por lo que es correcto”, indicó el exsecretario de Estado McClintock.

Los alcaldes de Jayuya, Jorge González Otero, y Utuado, Ernesto Irizarry, al igual que el exsenador Marco Rigau también están comprometidos con la campaña de Díaz, según la declaración de la campaña de Díaz.

El boricua Díaz, de 67 años y nacido en Harlem (Nueva York) de padres puertorriqueños, es uno de cinco aspirantes a la candidatura demócrata, la cual se decidirá en una primaria el 19 de mayo. El ganador debe ser elegido sin problemas alcalde, en la elección de noviembre próximo.

Si logra su objetivo, Díaz sería el primer alcalde puertorriqueño y latino de la ciudad, con una población de 1.3 millones de personas.

En Filadelfia viven sobre 120,000 boricuas, alrededor del 9% de la población. Los hispanos son el 13% en la ciudad.

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I like this guy...

Bernie Sanders calls for 'political revolution' against billionaire class

Self-described socialist and 2016 presidential candidate takes aim at influence of big money and criticises Clinton Foundation, Koch brothers and others



The Democratic presidential candidate asked: ‘Can somebody who is not a billionaire, who stands for working families, win an election into which billionaires are pouring millions of dollars?’ Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP Heralding what he called “the most unusual political career in the US Senate”, the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday called for “a political revolution” against “the billionaire class”.
He then seemed to include the overwhelming favourite for the Democratic nomination, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, in that “billionaire class”.
Appearing on ABC at the end of a week in which he declared a run for the Democratic nomination well to the left of Clinton, the independent senator from Vermont said on his first day as a candidate he had attracted 100,000 supporters and raised $1.5m at an average donation of $43.
The self-described socialist aimed his fiercest fire at the influence of much bigger money.
“For the last 30 years I’ve been standing up for the working families of this country,” he said, “and I think I’m the only candidate who’s prepared to take on the billionaire class which now controls our economy and increasingly controls the political life of this country.
“We need a political revolution in this country involving millions of people who are prepared to stand up and say enough is enough, and I want to lead that.”
Asked by host George Stephanopoulos to comment on continuing controversy over foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation and their alleged influence over decisions made by the former secretary of state while in office, Sanders said: “It’s not just the Clinton Foundation.
“Here are my concerns … and it should be the concern of every American. Can somebody who is not a billionaire, who stands for working families, actually win an election into which billionaires are pouring millions of dollars?”
Naming prominent and controversial rightwing donors, he said: “It is not just Hillary, it is the Koch brothers, it is Sheldon Adelson.”
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Ben Carson to run for president, adding a Tea Party darling to crowded field

Former neurosurgeon became controversial for views on Obama creationism and gay rights but will seek Republican nomination ‘even though I’m not a politician’


Carson once called Obama’s signature healthcare law the ‘worst thing to have happened in this nation since slavery’. Photograph: Earnie Grafton/Reuters Ryan Felton in Detroit
Sunday 3 May 2015 20.13 EDT Last modified on Sunday 3 May 2015 20.15 EDT

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson has said he will run for US president, joining an already overflowing field for the Republican nomination as the party’s first black candidate for 2016.
“I’m willing to be part of the equation and, therefore, I’m announcing my candidacy for president of the United States of America,” Carson told a local CBS station in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Carson, 63, is a political novice with decades of fame because of his career as a pediatric neurosurgeon at Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 1987, Carson performed the first successful separation of conjoined twins.
“Many people have suggested to me that I should run for president, even though I’m not a politician,” Carson told WPEC-TV.
Carson was scheduled to make a formal announcement at an event on Monday in his native Detroit, after forming a presidential exploratory committee in March.
He would become the fourth Republican to officially declare a White House bid, after Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio – though former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina was also expected to announce her candidacy on Monday, with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee to follow on Tuesday. Perhaps a dozen more GOP candidates could join them.
He enjoyed early success in polls, which showed him outperforming candidates with more-developed political resumes, thanks largely in part to his Tea Party-friendly views.
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Go Bernie GO!!!

Bernie Sanders formally launches run for president with attack on 'grotesque' level of inequality

The Vermont senator and self-described ‘Democratic socialist’ kicks off long-shot campaign for president focused on income inequality and climate change


Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders holds a news conference in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters Ben Jacobs in Washington
Tuesday 26 May 2015 17.04 EDT Last modified on Tuesday 26 May 2015 18.11 EDT

Vermont senator Bernie Sanders formally launched his long-shot bid to unseat Hillary Clinton from the left on Tuesday in a Burlington, Vermont, park.
Sanders, a self-described “Democratic socialist”, will mount a populist campaign focused on income inequality, campaign finance reform and fighting climate change.
He told the crowd of flag waving attendees on the sunny shore of Lake Champlain, “Today, with your support and the support of millions of people throughout this country, we begin a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially and environmentally.”
Sanders went on to say “There is something profoundly wrong when the top one-tenth of 1% owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90% and when 99% of all new income goes to the top 1%,” he said.

“This grotesque level of inequality is immoral. It is bad economics. It is unsustainable. This type of rigged economy is not what America is supposed to be about. … The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time and it is the great political issue of our time. And we will address it.”
The Vermont senator urged attendees to “join me in this campaign to build a future that works for all of us, and not just the few on top.”
Although the acerbic left-winger is a political veteran, this will be his first Democratic primary. Sanders has been elected to two terms in the Senate and eight in the House of Representatives as an Independent, although he has long caucused with the Democrats

A Brooklyn native, Sanders has lived in Burlington for most of his adult life and got his start in politics in the lakeside city by pulling off an upset victory when he ran for mayor in 1981 and beat the longtime Democratic incumbent by 10 votes.

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NBC and GOP, dump Trump for his Mexico insults

By Felix Sanchez
Updated 4:38 PM ET, Sat June 27, 2015

Story highlights


  • Felix Sanchez: Donald Trump lambasted Mexico, Latinos in his presidential announcement
  • He says Univision rightly cut ties with Trump; NBC and the GOP should do the same
Felix Sanchez is the chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his.

(CNN)When Donald Trump began his historic quest for the Republican presidential nomination, he said: "When do we beat Mexico at the border? They're laughing at us, at our stupidity. And now they are beating us economically. They are not our friend, believe me. ... When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're not sending you. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They are bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

The mainstream majority laughed off the bully's harsh rhetoric and hardly noticed the world stage humiliation of Mexican Americans and their brethren Latinos. Despite all the "outreach" and reform talk by the GOP, it only took a few seconds for Latinos to once again become the Republican Party's favorite punching bag.

Felix Sanchez

Where was the reaction from the chair of the Republican National Committee, the Republican presidential contenders or Republican congressional or state leaders? A loud and public shaming of 54 million Latinos in the United States had occurred, but apparently, neither the GOP leadership nor the national media had completely understood the depth of the insult. It has been indelibly etched in the consciousness of U.S. Latinos, however, and in that of our "good" neighbors across our southern border. The irreparable damage has been done.



Following Trump's presidential bid announcement last week, a groundswell of Latino reaction to his blanket character defamation began bubbling up online and on social media. Trump's repugnant charges were heard loud and clear, and Latino voters were outraged and incensed at both his audacity and the outright lies. But the Latino community has also been deeply frustrated, not only by the depth of the insult but by the media's inadequate interpretation of Trump's remarks.
Multi-generational Latinos who count Mexico as their heritage homeland have reached a tipping point and will no longer accept being a scapegoat for all America's woes. Univision understood the Latino dynamic and recognized its moral imperative to respond as a U. S. corporate citizen by standing up for the honor and rights of its viewers. The company said it would not air the Miss USA Pageant, partly owned by Trump. Univision's decision exemplified civil rights leadership in the digital age.
Univision would not allow Latinos to be forced into the back of the bus by Trump. Univision would not allow Trump to profit from the Latino community. Univision would not allow its loyal audience to be disrespected one more time by the jingoistic slogans of a false prophet. Latinos have been galvanized by Trump's treacherous litany of alleged Latino sins. And the outlook is bleak for institutions that do not break with him.
Latino artists — from all ethnic stripes — have also withdrawn from their respective roles on the 2015 Miss USA Pageant, they include: J Balvin, Cristián De La Fuente, Roselyn Sanchez and Zuleyka Rivera. Latinos from all ethnicities have united to demand zero tolerance from institutions who would turn a blind eye and continue their business of political engagement with individuals, like Trump, who recklessly has sullied the national reputation of Latinos, solely to achieve power and profit.
Has the Republican Party not learned anything from the 2012 presidential election, when Mitt Romney called for self-deportation, which resulted in a mass exodus of Latinos from the Republican column? The Republican Party has shredded its credibility, and its failure to shun Donald Trump and to demand his exit from the presidential race is proof positive that nothing substantive has changed, only the window dressing.
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As Puerto Rico's economy falters, Democrats benefit
By Thomas Lifson


With Puerto Rico in a sustained economic decline and its government in arrears on debt, the exodus of its residents to the mainland is having a powerful benefit for the Democrats. Alan Yuhas of the U.K. Guardian writes:

Facing a crisis of monumental proportions at home, tens of thousands of people are fleeing a Caribbean island in search of a better life in the United States….

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Once they arrive on the mainland, Puerto Ricans are immediately eligible to vote, and they support Democrats by a ratio of 3 to 1.

Richard Baehr notes that the arrival of most of them in Florida will have an impact on the state's congressional delegation, as well as its presidential vote.

Florida is one of the states that now uses a commission to create congressional districts. Governor Rick Scott was OK with this, and it was a mistake, I think. The state’s GOP used to gerrymander Florida very successfully (Marco Rubio was a part of this as majority leader) and held 19 of 25 seats. Now their share of House seats has dropped to 17 of 27 (a gain of two for the state in the 2010 Census).

Everyone knows how close the Florida vote was in Bush vs. Gore. The arrival of a wave of Democrat-leaning Puerto Ricans can only help the 2016 nominee.

It doesn’t require much cynicism to imagine that President Obama will do nothing to help the Commonwealth with its problems, in order to spur the emigration of more people to the mainland, in order to help his political party win a crucial swing state. So far, he has done little or nothing. And of course, this is not an issue that anyone in the media wants to raise, while the GOP, generally hostile to bailouts, is unlikely to press for assistance.

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Por eso mismo es que los republicanos no quiere que se haga estado. Fuera del racismo, a fin de cuentas los políticos son iguales, el voto es lo que importa y saben que PR es un estado sólido demócrata.
 

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^^They want those votes on the mainland. Florida is a key swing state. Just goes to show how desperately Puerto Rico needs statehood.
 

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Clinton says Puerto Rican economy deserves 'fair shot'

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WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday said Congress and the Obama administration should help Puerto Rico restructure its debts under a Chapter 9 bankruptcy, saying the island commonwealth needs partners to "get on a path toward stability and prosperity."In a statement, the Democratic presidential candidate stopped short of supporting a federal bailout but said Congress should give the U.S. territory the same ability to restructure its debts as U.S. municipalities and public corporations under the bankruptcy code.
"We're not talking about a bailout, we're talking about a fair shot at success," Clinton said. She called on Congress and the White House to "partner with Puerto Rico by providing real support and tools so that Puerto Rico can do the hard work it will take to get on a path toward stability and prosperity."
A growing Puerto Rican community in the presidential battleground state of Florida has pushed the island's politics to the forefront. Clinton's statement came after Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democratic candidate, said last month said Puerto Rico should be able to negotiate with its creditors under U.S. bankruptcy laws. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is seeking the Republican nomination, has also said Puerto Rico should be able to seek Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, another Clinton rival, also backed the bankruptcy protections in a statement Tuesday and pinned the blame on Wall Street, saying the debt "has everything to do with the policies of austerity and the greed of large financial institutions."
The White House has said it is not considering a federal bailout of Puerto Rico. A bill presented by Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi, H.R. 870, that seeks to include the island under Chapter 9 is still pending consideration in Congress, as it faces an uphill battle in securing support from majority Republican congressmen. In the Senate, Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut are planning to propose companion legislation.
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"get on a path toward stability and prosperity." Yeah hun, it's called STATEHOOD.
 

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What a train wreck.

Republican candidates' forum hears policy pitches in Trump-free zone

Campaign’s biggest noisemaker absent as 14 candidates vying for presidential nomination put forward their platforms in New Hampshire


The Voters First Forum in Manchester, with 14 candidates on show, offers a preview of Thursday’s first official 2016 presidential debate

The first gathering of Republican presidential candidates in a debate-like setting brought neither continuity nor fireworks – serving instead as a platform for 2016 hopefuls to dole out talking points in the absence of early frontrunner and pot-stirrer extraordinaire Donald Trump.
The candidate forum, held in the key early primary state of New Hampshire, brought together 14 of the 17 Republicans vying for their party’s nomination for the White House.
But the format did not pit them against each other on a debate stage, styled instead as a strictly time-limited, one-on-one Q&A that many likened to speed dating. Three of the candidates – senators Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Ted Cruz – participated remotely via telecast, having stayed back in Washington DC to vote for a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood.
The intent of the forum, dubbed Voters First, was to provide low-tier candidates with an opportunity to stand out in the wake of decisions by Fox News and CNN to limit the first two official Republican debates to the top 10 candidates who are polling nationally. The format and overall tame questions nonetheless stifled most contenders from having a “moment”.
Lindsey Graham, a senator from South Carolina, was arguably the candidate who packed the most punch – routinely drawing laughs for one-liners aimed at everyone from the Clintons and secretary of state John Kerry to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama.
“I’m fluent in Clinton-speak,” Graham said in one instance, before proceeding to offer what he referred to as a translation. “When Bill says I didn’t have sex with that woman – he did,” Graham said, referring to the infamous Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.
The hawkish senator also defined his foreign policy: “A clenched fist and an open hand, you choose.”
But the extent to which such pithy quips will help bolster Graham’s campaign – the senator is currently polling at 0.5% – remains questionable.
At least two early favorites, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, played up their records as chief executives of their respective states but ducked the tougher questions.

Jeb Bush speaks at the New Hampshire forum. Link to video Bush criticized Barack Obama for lacking a coherent strategy to combat Islamic State but hedged when asked for specifics on how he would defeat the militant group if elected commander-in-chief.
“I would take the advice of the military very seriously, we need a strategy first,” Bush said. “We need special forces. But the idea of boots on the ground, I’m not sure that’s necessary.”
Walker similarly avoided giving a direct answer when asked if he believed human activity contributed to climate change – due in part to the moderator asking a multi-layered question that gave the governor wiggle room to address only certain parts of it.
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Trump sabe lo que habla. Conservatives love him despite the fact that he's.. well.. Trump.

Que pena que una persona liberal y/o secular de derecha no se siente representada por el GOP. Se ha vuelto un dinosaurio.
 

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Anyone see the Republican debate? Trump is a disgrace. :eek:hno:
 
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