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Bernie supports a Jealous vote

  • Published in State

Though Gov. Larry Hogan says he did not vote for President Trump, Ben Jealous, a progressive candidate and former NAACP president, is trying to turn his campaign for governor in 2018 into a referendum on the two Republicans.

“We are a great state with a great future with great people, but our children will not be able to realize their full potential if we continue to tolerate the status quo,” said Jealous.

Hogan is popular in the state, but certainly not among progressive voters in Takoma Park, many of whom were drawn to Bernie Sanders’ appearance at the rally. Trump, however, is not as popular in Maryland, and Jealous is ready to capitalize on that.

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Progressives gather to continue Bernie support

  • Published in Local

More than 150 self-described political progressives crammed into a Rockville library meeting room designed to seat less than half that number Sunday afternoon to see how they could keep fighting for the causes they believed in even while Donald Trump is president.

“I’m a huge Bernie (Sanders) supporter. I’m really concerned about seeing the momentum continued,” said Debbie Spielberg of Silver Spring. “The question is now, given everything that happened, how do we move on?”

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Big britches and little itches

Brian Karem in hat  Lennon t-shirt

“Move over here,” the woman commanded. I moved.

“We’re reporters working here. This is my work space. I need quiet,” a young AP reporter shouted from his seat at the Democratic Convention as 50,000 people refused to acknowledge his importance.

“Hillary has to prove herself to me bro’,” a Bernie Bro shouted during an impromptu sit-in as the Bernie Bros defied the candidate they supported after he threw his support to Hillary Clinton.

Earlier in the day Bernie, a man of the people, sat down with his Vermont delegation and the Secret Service and the DNC volunteers banned reporters and anyone else from entering “The Bowl” of the Convention floor except through one chokehold point because the man of the people wanted to show how populist he was by casting his vote with Vermont.

The S.S. didn’t tell anyone what was going on. When asked why hundreds of people who already had to pass through background checks and metal detectors needed to move for the “Man of the people,” A well-oiled S.S. commando said, “Move.”

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The case for Super Delegates

There are 719 super delegates who will be voting at the Democratic National Convention in July in Philadelphia to select a Democratic candidate for president. These super delegates are unpledged delegates in that they are not required to reflect the outcomes of the primaries or caucuses conducted in their states. The super delegates represent about 15 percent of the overall convention vote and are comprised of Democratic leaders and elected officials including members of Congress, governors, and party leaders from all of the states.

The controversy surrounding the concept of super delegates involves whether the votes of these delegates should reflect the will of the people as demonstrated by the results of the primaries or caucuses conducted in their particular states.

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No place for distortion politics

Republican presidential campaign tactics have finally found their way into the Democrat campaigns. I was rather proud that, until now, the Democrat campaigns focused on issues and not personal attacks and mudslinging. That, sadly, is no longer the case.

The recent childish exchanges between Hillary and Bernie regarding whether either was "qualified" to be president was embarrassing to say the least. However, the campaign tactic that was even more disturbing to me was the intentional distortion of an opponent's record by Senate Democratic candidate Donna Edwards against fellow Democrat Chris Van Hollen.

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The subtle art of debating

The recent Republican presidential debate held in Houston, Texas by CNN may very well be one of the most embarrassing political events I had ever witnessed in my many years watching politics. The exchange between the three leaders of the pack, Trump, Rubio and Cruz, was tantamount to a name calling exchange between three third graders with the only difference being Wolf Blitzer's inability to send them off to the principal's office for detention.

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Keeping it real in the world today

I strongly believe that the effect ever-increasing income inequality and the associated dwindling of our middle class over the last thirty or more years has had on our economy has been devastating.

Supporting the candidacy of Senator Bernie Sanders, therefore, makes a good deal of sense.

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Presidential debate finesse rules

Maybe it took experiencing the first two Republican presidential candidates debates to be able to gain an appreciation for what transpired on the debate stage when the Democratic presidential candidates held their first debate on CNN on October 13th in Nevada. Gone was the immature sniping among the candidates replaced by a discussion of relevant issues, positions and experience.

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