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  • At the Base of Trump's Support

    08/21/2016 1:32:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 21, 2016 | Salena Zito
    RUFFSDALE -- If you drive anywhere in Pennsylvania, from the turnpike to the old U.S. routes to the dirt roads connecting small towns like Hooversville with “bigger” small towns like Somerset, you might conclude that Donald Trump is ahead in this state by double digits. Large signs, small signs, homemade signs, signs that wrap around barns, signs that go from one end of a fence to another, all dot the landscape with such frequency that, if you were playing the old-fashioned road-trip game of counting cows, you would hit 100 in just one small town like this one. In Ruffsdale,...
  • Donald Trump tours flood-ravaged Louisiana with 18-wheeler of supplies

    08/20/2016 1:03:49 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | August 19, 2016 | Matthew Teague in St Amant, Louisiana
    Droves of people turn out to watch Republican nominee hand out water bottles and diapers as locals commend his efforts: ‘This is his stomping grounds’ The post-disaster politicking got under way in earnest on Friday, as Donald Trump appeared in flood-stricken Louisiana to give his image a presidential burnish, and as the White House announced Barack Obama would tour the area next Tuesday. A day earlier Louisiana’s governor, John Bel Edwards, had warned Trump not to show up in Louisiana “for a photo op”. Instead, he said, Trump should volunteer and make donations. Edwards also defended the delayed visit by...
  • John Bel Edwards Eats His Words When Trump Shows Up To LA With No Press And Supplies For Victims

    08/19/2016 11:02:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Louisiana Hayride ^ | August 19, 2016 | John Binder
    Gov. John Bel Edwards was forced to eat his own words when GOP nominee Donald Trump showed up in Baton Rouge today to donate and hand-out supplies for Louisiana flooding victims. Edwards’ spokesperson was silent on President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s failure to visit the state in the wake of the flooding crisis. But, the spokesperson took a swipe at Trump, saying he didn’t want him to show up with cameras and not actually help victims. “Donald Trump hasn’t called the governor to inform him of his visit,” Edwards’ spokesman said. “We welcome him to LA but not for a...
  • Last Night Was the Turning Point in Trump's Campaign

    08/19/2016 9:00:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | August 19, 2016 | Roger Kimball
    Donald Trump cleared up one thing in his speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, last night: he is running to win. Throughout this very odd election cycle, some pundits have periodically suggested that Trump wasn't serious in his run for the presidency. First, it was said that he got into the race simply to garner publicity, to burnish his "brand." He himself, it was said, was surprised that he did so well in the primaries. When it became clear that he was poised to win the nomination, the story changed slightly. Now, he was said to be playing the buffoon because...
  • Trump predicts he can win 95 percent of the black vote

    08/19/2016 8:59:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Politico ^ | August 19, 2016 | Louis Nelson
    Donald Trump promised Friday night that if elected president, he will win 95 percent of the African-American vote in his reelection bid. Renewing his effort to reach out to black voters at a rally Friday evening, Trump suggested that Democratic politicians that overwhelmingly govern in America’s inner cities have failed African-Americans. Trump told the Dimondale, Michigan, crowd that “we can never fix our problems by relying on the same politicians who created our problems in the first place. A new future requires brand-new leadership.” . . “You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. Fifty-eight...
  • Trump Drops $4.9 Million on Paid Advertising

    08/18/2016 2:53:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | August 18, 2016 | David Knowles
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-08-18/trump-drops-4-9-million-on-paid-advertising
  • Few Clinton or Trump Supporters Have Close Friends in the Other Camp

    08/03/2016 10:50:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | August 3, 2016
    In an increasingly contentious presidential campaign, just a quarter of voters who support Donald Trump in the general election say they have a lot or some close friends who are supporters of Hillary Clinton. Even fewer Clinton backers (18%) say they have at least some friends who support Trump. Nearly half of Clinton supporters (47%), and 31% of Trump supporters, say they have no close friends who support the opposing candidate. The survey conducted June 7-July 5 among 4,602 adults, including 3,834 registered voters, on Pew Research Center’s nationally representative American Trends Panel finds that large majorities of both Trump...
  • Hillary Clinton's quiet supporters explain why they're with her

    08/03/2016 3:49:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | July 28, 2016 | Ashley Gold in Philadelphia
    Loving Hillary Clinton has rarely been popular - when she was first lady she was widely criticised for being too liberal, for refusing to bake cookies or drop her maiden name. Now, she's under fire for being too establishment, too untrustworthy and not progressive enough - and her hair, clothes, and lack of charisma have always been targets. She's had peaks of high ratings - as secretary of state, her approval rating was at 65%, and she's been voted the most admired woman in the world 20 times. But as soon as she runs for office, those numbers drop. Throughout...
  • The Latest: More Democrats resign after email hack

    08/02/2016 1:38:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    xfinity ^ | August 2, 2016 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign. (all times EDT): 3:05 p.m. Two more Democratic Party officials have resigned in the wake of an embarrassing email hack. Chief finance officer Brad Marshall and communications director Luis Miranda left their jobs on Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee says. Earlier Tuesday, The Associated Press reported that DNC chief executive Amy Dacey had resigned. Dacey has been hired to work for a Democratic communications firm, AP reported....
  • There’s no writing off Donald Trump in polarised white America

    08/02/2016 12:38:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The South China Morning Post ^ | August 2, 2016 | Niall Ferguson
    Niall Ferguson says the Republican presidential nominee has emerged as a champion of the disgruntled lower classes, who – though poorer and less educated than the nation’s elite – are legion In his brilliant and prophetic 2011 book, Coming Apart, my friend Charles Murray identified the stark social division that is defining this year’s US presidential election. Murray’s book was unabashedly about “the state of white America”. The white population of the US, he argued, is more polarised than at any time in the past half century. On the one hand, there is a “cognitive elite”, who are educated at...
  • LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Harry Reid admits to violating election law, (truncated)

    08/02/2016 6:30:25 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 16 replies
    Instapundit ^ | 8-1-2016 | Glenn Reynolds
    LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Harry Reid admits to violating election law, but FEC won’t prosecute. The Federal Election Commission, which considered legal action against former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee for joking about fundraising, won’t punish Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid for admitting to violating an election law. The reason: It’s not worth the effort. The agency voted 4-0 against pursuing action after FEC lawyers wrote a four-page memo that said Reid’s fundraising committee admitted to failing to comply with an election law requirement, but that it wasn’t worth the time or money to prosecute. Boy, people in...
  • Support for Trump is More Diverse Than You Think

    08/01/2016 11:29:18 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Independent Voter Project ^ | August 1, 2016 | Marisa Gomez
    Donald Trump’s fan base looks different from what you might imagine. Some characterize Trump supporters as caucasian men, likely living on a farm in rural Wyoming. However, Trump support is quite diverse. Despite some of the comments we have heard from Trump and the media’s response, women and minorities do not always shy away from the candidate. Trump has support from individuals of every demographic. Trump does not lead in the polls with any of these groups. Women and minorities are not his strong suit, but many still plan to cast a ballot for him in November. A pre-convention poll...
  • Democrats Admit Trump Is ‘On To Something’

    08/01/2016 10:15:14 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | August 1, 2016 | James S. Robbins
    Sorting through the Wikileaked Democratic National Committee emails I ran across an unexpected subject line: “Trump on to something.” Indeed? The May 10, 2016 email was from DNC press secretary Mark Paustenbach to communications director Luis Miranda. Attached were the results of the May 10 Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll of battleground states Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The excerpted portion of the poll in the email read: From Florida section: “Republicans’ weakness among minority voters is well known. But the reason this race is so close overall is Clinton’s historic weakness among white men. In Florida, she is getting just...
  • In Poll After Poll Trump Leads Clinton Among Independent Voters

    07/31/2016 7:04:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 31, 2016 | Alex Pfeiffer
    General election polls of the nation and battleground states consistently show Republican nominee Donald Trump besting Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among independent voters. This lead among independent/non-party affiliated voters for Trump is also found in polls where Clinton leads overall. For example, in the most recent poll of national voters from Public Policy Polling, Clinton leads Trump 46 percent to 41 percent. Among independent voters, however, Trump leads 42 percent to 35 percent. In another recent national poll from CNN/ORC, Trump leads Clinton 44 percent to 39 percent. This poll has Trump leading Clinton by 18 percent among independents, 46...
  • Trump supporters rally during Hillary Clinton event in Youngstown

    07/31/2016 1:17:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WFMJ-TV ^ | July 31, 2016 | Janet Rogers
    YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Donald Trump supporters were just a few blocks away from Clinton's event at East High School on Saturday. Some supporters told 21 News the Clintons are good at saying the right things, but don't do the right things. They also blame the North American Free Trade Agreement for decimating jobs. Former President Bill Clinton signed NAFTA into law in 1993. “We want to make sure we get somebody in who supports our troops, our police officers and our veterans,” one supporter said. Mahoning County Republican Party Chair Mark Munroe said Bill Clinton did not fulfill a promise...
  • Clinton to white, working-class voters: I'll 'fight' for you

    07/30/2016 2:35:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    USA Today | July 30, 2016 | Heidi M. Przybyla
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/07/30/hillary-clinton-bus-tour-kaine-pennsylvania-midwest/87801650/
  • Riots and Massive Protests Occurred Outside the DNC. Funny that the Media Hasn’t Mentioned That

    07/28/2016 10:05:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Red State ^ | July 28, 2016 | Brandon Morse
    Funny how that wasn't brought up. As some know, a four mile long fence was constructed around the DNC - go figure - to keep out unwanted protestors. These "unwanted protestors" being groups like Black Lives Matter - go figure again - and angry former Sanders voters who feel the DNC cheated them out of what they feel is their rightful candidate's nomination. According to UnicornRiot, which has been covering the activities outside of the DNC, these Bernie voters were many, and mad...
  • Hillary Clinton’s Petard

    07/28/2016 9:47:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | July 27, 2016 | Editorial of The New York Sun
    “Why do I have to get involved with Putin? I have nothing to do with Putin. I’ve never spoken to him. I don’t know anything about him other than he will respect me. He doesn’t respect our president. And if it is Russia—which it’s probably not, nobody knows who it is—but if it is Russia, it’s really bad for a different reason, because it shows how little respect they have for our country, when they would hack into a major party and get everything. But it would be interesting to see—I will tell you this—Russia, if you’re listening, I hope...
  • Poll: Trump Inching Up With Battleground-State Latinos

    07/27/2016 2:29:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | July 27, 2016 | Ethan Epstein
    Donald Trump has said, with characteristic braggadocio, that he will "win the Latino vote." Probably not. But if a new poll from Latino Decisions is to be trusted, the real estate magnate is doing better among Latinos than conventional wisdom would ever have thought possible. The poll of 800 registered Latino voters in 12 battleground states, which was released during a press conference a couple of miles from the site of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday afternoon, found that Hillary Clinton takes 71 percent of Latino support, versus 24 percent who back Trump, and five percent who are undecided....
  • Damning Emails Show Anti-Trump Protests Were Fueled by DNC

    07/27/2016 10:21:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | July 25, 2016 | Kyle Becker
    It’s not a revelation that the Democratic National Committee seeks to damage its perennial rival the Republican Party any chance it gets. But an email dump courtesy of Wikileaks reveals the DNC interfering in the Republican nomination process by fueling protests at Trump events. At multiple Trump events, the DNC coordinated with outside groups to protest the future Republican presidential nominee. Regarding a protest in San Francisco, DNC officials helped coordinate a Trump protest that resulted in blocked traffic. The Daily Caller reported: On April 29, a DNC press staffer, Rachel Palermo, alerted Eric Walker, deputy communications director, about a...
  • Where the Race Stands -- Post-RNC Edition

    07/26/2016 11:46:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 26, 2016 | Sean Trende
    Back in the summer of 2015, when Donald Trump rode down the escalator in Trump Tower, the debate was not about whether he would win the Republican nomination, much less the presidency. It was about whether he would even file his papers. He did. The debate quickly coalesced around how many weeks he would last. Weeks turned into months, as he quickly took the lead in the polls. The debate then shifted to how soon he would become this cycle’s Herman Cain, who led in the polls briefly in 2011 before collapsing, followed by confident predictions about why his insensitive...
  • Donald Trump's plan to win the week

    07/25/2016 10:51:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 25, 2016 | Jeremy Diamond
    Donald Trump isn't giving up the spotlight as Democrats meet in Philadelphia to formally make Hillary Clinton their presidential nominee. Trump will campaign with his vice presidential nominee, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, this week in the crucial battleground states of Virginia, North Carolina, Florida and Pennsylvania, where he'll host a town hall in Scranton on Wednesday. The four-state swing will mark the first time Trump and his vice presidential nominee campaign at each other's side since Trump called on the Indiana governor to join him on the Republican ticket just before the Republican National Convention last week. But while the...
  • Who will win the presidency? (Trump 56.7%, Hillary 43.3% chance)

    07/25/2016 10:12:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    FiveThirtyEight ^ | July 25, 2016 | Nate Silver
    (DATA-AND-CHARTS-AT-LINK)
  • Rendell says Clinton needs to 'reconnect' with frustrated voters

    07/25/2016 2:57:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 24, 2016 | Salena Zito
    PHILADELPHIA — Hillary Clinton's top two campaign strategists plan to cede no ground to Donald Trump in Pennsylvania. “He is not going to win this state,” Robby Mook, 36, said flatly in Clinton's cheerfully decorated but cramped Philadelphia headquarters on the eve of the Democratic National Convention. “The fundamental reason Donald Trump is going to lose this state is because he doesn't have answers,” Mook said. Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, the chair of the convention host committee, a longtime supporter of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and a tireless campaigner, concurs: “But this time, it is not going to...
  • RNC 2016: Donald Trump may be all over the map, but that's a good thing | Mulshine

    07/24/2016 6:56:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The South Jersey Times ^ | July 24, 2016 | Paul Mulshine
    At a meeting of the New Jersey delegation to the Republican Convention in Cleveland last week, Gov. Chris Christie said he expects to see Donald Trump make a real effort to win New Jersey this fall. "If he spends time and money he can be in play here because I don't think there is any great love here for Hillary Clinton," Christie said. "Given that he likes to sleep in his own bed at night, it's a quick trip over." Christie went on to say that Trump and campaign manager Paul Manafort have also said that Connecticut will be in...
  • Will Tim Kaine deliver Virginia (and Catholics)? Don’t count on it.

    07/24/2016 2:56:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Washington Post's Monkey Cage ^ | July 22, 2016 | Kyle C. Kopko and Christopher J. Devine
    We finally know who the major-party vice-presidential nominees are – Sen. Timothy M. Kaine of Virginia and Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana. Not surprisingly, much “veepstakes” speculation leading up to these announcements centered on the usual factors considered to be electorally advantageous: geography and demography. But much of what you’ve been told about the importance of those usual factors is wrong. Based upon the available empirical evidence, it’s not at all clear that these candidate characteristics will have a significant effect on voters. It’s true that voters may like a running mate more because he or she comes from the...
  • See Which Moment From Trump's Speech This Focus Group REALLY Liked

    07/23/2016 12:06:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | July 22, 2016 | The Hannity Show
    Frank Luntz said there was one moment from Donald Trump's convention speech that truly stood out, that his focus group rated higher than anything that preceded it in the past four days. That was when Trump talked about Hillary Clinton and corruption, specifically in regard to her emails. "Republicans, Independents and Democrats dialed it through the roof," Luntz said. Said one panelist who entered the RNC "Never Trump": "I'm 39 years old. That was the best speech by a presidential candidate I've heard in my entire life. And I don't say that lightly, 'cause I've heard them all." Another panelist...
  • Fil-Am Republicans ready for a Donald Trump presidency

    07/22/2016 10:45:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Asian Journal ^ | July 22, 2016 | Christina Oriel
    CLEVELAND — The four-day Republican National Convention came to a close on Thursday night, July 21, with Donald J. Trump “humbly and gracefully” accepting the party’s nomination for president. The 70-year-old real estate billionaire and TV personality delivered a speech that clocked in at 1 hour and 16 minutes, laying out his plans on issues like immigration, national security and job creation. “People who work hard but no longer have a voice — I am your voice,” Trump said, promising to repair Americans’ faith in government leadership. Over a year after controversially announcing his candidacy, Trump was formally named the...
  • CNN Analyst: Trump Jr. Gave “One of the Greatest Speeches I’ve Ever Seen,” Could Also Be President

    07/20/2016 11:38:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | July 20, 2016 | Ben Mathis-Lilley
    Donald Trump Jr. gave a speech at the Republican convention last night. Slate's Jordan Weissmann* wrote that it was a bit pandery and over-the-top, but mostly fine—a decent and comptently delivered political speech. One observer who had a significantly more positive take was frequent CNN guest Andy Dean, who is most well-known for praising a Trump supporter who sucker-punched a black protester at a rally and for getting called out on national television for using a booster seat. Here's Dean, a onetime Apprentice contestant who also worked for Trump at the production company that puts on the Miss USA and...
  • RNC protesters are getting vile (BLM, KKK & Westboro throw urine at each other)

    07/19/2016 6:44:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 19, 2016 | Staff
    CLEVELAND — Police broke up skirmishes between groups of demonstrators a few blocks from the Republican National Convention as large crowds formed Tuesday afternoon. There was no immediate word on any arrests or injuries. Members of the KKK, Black Lives Matter, and Westboro Baptist Church reportedly threw urine at each other and police had to step in in an attempt to keep the peace, a police spokesperson told KPLC. A scuffle also broke out when conspiracy theorist and radio show host Alex Jones started speaking in downtown’s Public Square. Police on bicycles pushed back a surging crowd, and Jones was...
  • Something To Hope For. DNC Convention,Lowest Rated Democrat Convention Ever.

    07/16/2016 5:31:17 PM PDT · by TrumpTrain_VS_TheClintonToilet · 23 replies
    This is what needs to happen. After the DNC Convention,the ratings come out and it is revealed that the RNC Convention was the highest rated/most viewed convention in history. Then we find out that "The Hillary Convention" was the least watched convention ever! There is just no way that millions more people will be tuning hear to hear the likes of Elizabeth Warren,Durbin,Reid,Biden, etc.speak.
  • ‘The Way Is Clear’: Kasich Ally Urges Former 2016 Hopeful to Challenge Trump at RNC (Milt, again)

    07/11/2016 3:54:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 11, 2016 | Kate Scanlon
    An ally of former Republican presidential candidate John Kasich has a message for the Ohio governor’s supporters: It’s time to convince Kasich to offer himself as an alternative to Donald Trump at next week’s Republican National Convention. According to Cleveland.com, in an email sent Sunday night, former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey (R) told Kasich supporters, “John needs encouragement to make the move. Please email John and offer him your encouragement and continued backing. … The way is clear for John. It’s not going to get better than this, but time is of the essence. Please take a moment to...
  • Dallas Shooting Suspect Wanted To Bring Gun To Trump Protest Rally, Civil Rights Leader Says

    07/10/2016 1:42:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    KERA-TV ^ | July 10, 2016 | Bill Zeeble
    Three weeks before Micah Xavier Johnson opened fire on Dallas police, he offered to work security for protesters outside a Donald Trump appearance in Dallas. Organizers said “no way” – because Johnson wanted to bring a gun.(AUDIO-AT-LINK) Rev. Peter Johnson is a longtime Dallas civil rights activist – and no relation to the suspected shooter. Johnson has led marches for decades, going back to his years with Martin Luther King Jr. He’s lived by King’s ethos of non-violence. Johnson was helping plan the June rally against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee when a man named Micah Xavier Johnson appeared. “Young...
  • Why does Donald Trump resonate with Americans?

    07/10/2016 11:38:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Charleston Gazette-Mail ^ | July 10, 2016 | David A. Latif
    By many accounts Donald Trump is a deeply flawed political candidate. It is difficult to imagine a bigger narcissist, at least by his public persona. Even on the day of the tragic Orlando, Florida slayings by a person probably radicalized by the Islamic State’s warped version of Islam, he managed to self-congratulate himself by tweeting: “Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart! ”Many have viewed his comments during the past year as misogynist and xenophobic. His disparaging comments targeting those who disagree with him...
  • A view from Trump Tower: how Trump, inner circle are reading the tea leaves

    07/10/2016 10:18:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    CNN Politics ^ | July 10, 2016 | By John King, Chief National Correspondent
    A big test for President Barack Obama, a map challenge for Trump and the unconventional wrinkles of the GOP convention: It's all a part of our "Inside Politics" forecast. 1) 120 days out: 2016 looks like 2012 -- but Team Trump thinks positive If the election were held today, most top Trump advisers believe it would look a lot like 2012 -- meaning an overwhelming Democratic victory. Yet they are actually upbeat. Four years ago, President Obama won 332 electoral votes to 206 for Mitt Romney. The inside take at Trump Tower, among the political veterans, is that Trump is...
  • Did the Polls Miss Brexit and Maybe Trump Too?

    07/06/2016 6:33:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Talking Point Memo's Editor's Blog ^ | July 6, 2016 | Josh Marshall, Editor
    After the UK voted to leave the European Union a week ago, there was a lot of talk about how the polls blew the result, predicting a "Remain" win when in fact "Leave" managed a close but clear victory. The rejoinder to this criticism - I think a valid one - was that the balance of polls showed "Remain" in the lead but only barely. A better interpretation of the data was that the race was too close to call. Beyond the statistical margin of error, there were aspects of the contest that made it difficult for pollsters to accurately...
  • Trump Victory in Pennsylvania Hinges on 10 Counties, Experts Say

    07/06/2016 9:12:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 6, 2016 | Salena Zito
    Republicans may not be committing political hyperbole this year when they say their presidential candidate can win Pennsylvania, experts say. Every election since Pennsylvania went for Bill Clinton in 1992, Republicans have declared “this time” the Keystone State will turn red. And every cycle they fail. This year might be different, according to experts in electoral math. “Republicans don't need Pennsylvania to win the electoral vote, but Democrats do, and a loss here for Hillary Clinton on election night would likely mean she loses the White House by the morning,” said Lara Brown, director of George Washington University's political management...
  • Organizers planning for 1 million protesters at Democratic Convention

    07/05/2016 9:57:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 5, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    Philadelphia will Bern. The City of Brotherly Love is expecting up to 200,000 protesters at this month’s Democratic National Convention, the Philadelphia mayor’s office told The Post. Protest organizers, however, say they are planning for 1 million protesters. “It’s becoming more and more realistic as the days go on,” said the chief organizer, Billy Taylor, 31, who holds permits for three-quarters of the permitted protesters. Taylor, a local owner of a landscape business and a committed Bernie Sanders supporter, said the protest’s goals are to get rid of the chair of the Democratic Party, abolish superdelegates, implement same-day voter registration...
  • Donald Trump taps into manufacturing regions to extract Democratic voters

    07/03/2016 10:09:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 3, 2016 | Ben Jacobs in Steubenville, Ohio
    The Ohio river valley was once a foundation of the American economy, and of the Democratic party. For decades, coal- and steel-producing areas in south-east Ohio and south-west Pennsylvania voted Democrat. Union workers, supporting the party of organized labor, counted on steady and well-paid jobs. But the US coal industry has been unable to survive major shifts in the world economy and steel has been subject to mechanization. In recent years, those steady jobs have disappeared. This has turned the region into ripe territory for Donald Trump. In the Pennsylvania Republican primary, the billionaire won a crushing victory, sweeping the...
  • Obama to campaign with Clinton for first time in 2016 (North Carolina)

    07/02/2016 5:32:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 2, 2016 | The Associated Press
    President Obama and Hillary Clinton campaign together next week for the first time this year, and their decision to meet up in Charlotte says a lot about how her campaign views her path to replace him in the White House. Democrats see North Carolina as a prime place to expand into Republican territory against Donald Trump, building upon one of Obama's biggest triumphs in 2008 and his narrow loss four years ago....
  • Teenage Trump supporter receives death threats

    07/02/2016 2:45:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    WOIO-TV ^ | July 2, 2016 | Adam Murphy
    ATLANTA (CBS46) - Two weeks following a heated debate with a protestor at a Donald Trump rally in Atlanta, life has drastically changed for 16-year-old Quay Manuel. “I was just thinking I’m going to out-smart him with kindness,” Manuel said. Manuel became an overnight sensation on social media, but not everyone was a fan. He’s received numerous death threats for his support of Trump. “I would say about 7 or 8,” Manuel said. The teenage Trump supporter has been brutally harassed online. “One comment I remember said that we should go clip this n*****, and clip means we’re going to...
  • It’s About The ‘Working’ In ‘Working Class’

    07/01/2016 8:19:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | July 1, 2016 | Tiziana Dearing
    A recent Quinnipiac University poll has Donald Trump caught up with Hilary Clinton in some key industrial states, including Ohio and Pennsylvania. While the pundits have had a field day analyzing why he’s doing better than expected there, I feel like we keep missing a key point. It’s still the economy, stupid. We’ve talked a lot about the “working class” in this election - mostly in terms of demographics such as gender and race. As a friend of mine said recently, though, the key to that phrase is the word “working.” He’s right. “Working” is the identity a broad base...
  • July 4 Launch of Lawyers-for-Trump Super PAC: "GOP Lawyers Super PAC" Makes the Case for Trump

    07/01/2016 4:59:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | July 1, 2016
    BETHESDA, Md., July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- America should remember that 24 of the 56 patriots who signed the Declaration of Independence were lawyers, said Law Professor Victor Williams as he announced the launch of a Lawyers for Trump http://www.goplawyers.com/political action committee. (www.goplawyers.com). Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160701/385812LOGO In choosing July 4, 2016, as the launch date for the Lawyers and Law Professor for Trump Super PAC, Professor Williams stated: "The 24 patriot-lawyers who signed the Declaration of Independence, on July 4, 1776, fully accepted the risk of their rebellious actions. The colonial attorneys knew that they would be harshly punished by...
  • For Clinton, beating Trump remains in doubt

    06/30/2016 11:29:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 29, 2016 | Eric Fehrnstrom
    My new favorite political image is of Hillary Clinton sighing, in a speech at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. And I don’t mean sighing like you or I might when letting go of a long audible breath to express sadness or relief. But actually reading the word “sigh” off her teleprompter. Now when people ask me if Clinton can blow this election, I have a new story to illustrate my case that, yes, she definitely can. She’s more wooden than a Charlie McCarthy doll. Here’s another bit of information I like to share: As the Brexit campaign was getting underway...
  • Donald Trump's planned Denver appearance shows he's getting serious about Colorado

    06/29/2016 8:00:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Colorado Springs Gazette ^ | June 29, 2016 | Megan Schrader
    Donald Trump is getting serious about Colorado. After an abysmal showing at the state assembly - he didn't win a single pledged delegate to the Republican National Convention - Trump will be in Denver Friday for both his first public speech and his first private fundraiser in the Centennial State. Trump is scheduled to talk at the Western Conservative Summit in the morning before attending a private fundraiser in the home of former Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. The rumored $10,000 a couple lunch event is being co-hosted by Pete Coors and Larry Mizel. For those unable or unwilling to...
  • Clinton struggling in some reliably blue states

    06/27/2016 1:42:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | June 26, 2016 | Ashe Schow
    Despite an increasing lead over businessman Donald Trump in head-to-head matchups, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is struggling to connect in some reliably blue states. Washington Post authors Philip Rucker and John Wagner report that there's concern among Clinton supporters who believe Trump might do well in three Rust Belt states: Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. "In Michigan, Pennsylvania and, to a lesser extent, Wisconsin, an affinity for Trump's message of economic populism and nationalism has surprised many Democrats," Rucker and Wagner wrote. "These are big, industrial states they have carried for the past three decades — and where Clinton,...
  • Donald Trump schedules Ohio rally for Tuesday

    06/27/2016 10:56:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch's The Daily Briefing ^ | June 27, 2016 | Michelle Everhart-Sullivan
    Donald Trump will make his first stop in Ohio since before the March primary. The Tuesday event will be in St. Clairsville, along the Ohio river and about two hours east of Columbus. Trump, the Republican presumptive presidential nominee, will have a 7 p.m. rally at the Ohio University Eastern Campus - Health and Physical Fitness Building, 45425 National Road. It's an area friendly to Trump. He won most of the counties along the Ohio river in the March primary. Trump's organization in must-win Ohio has lagged presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who has had four stop here since...
  • TRUMP: WE’RE ASKING BERNIE SANDERS VOTERS TO JOIN OUR MOVEMENT

    06/25/2016 6:09:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Regated ^ | June 22, 2016 | Sam Wenkert
    Give it up, Bernie Bots. As we previously mentioned in an article, we are fully expecting Bernie Sanders supporters to convert and vote for Donald Trump in the general election. They love him! Earlier this week, REGATED’s Mark Hammond talked to Bernie Sander supporters and asked them why they still supported Sanders. Some of them are considering switching to the Trump Train. And now, this morning, during his Crooked Clinton speech, Trump said it himself. Bernie Sanders supporters are welcome aboard!(VIDEO-AT-LINK) “The insiders wrote the rules of the game to keep themselves in power and in money. That’s why we’re...
  • Abraham Lincoln Predicted Brexit and Trump’s Rise. Hillary Should Pay Attention

    06/24/2016 11:29:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Huffington Post's The Blog ^ | June 24, 2016 | Ariel Moutsatsos
    On August the 21st, 1858 Abraham Lincoln said: Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. Consequently, he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions. Donald Trump and the pro-Brexit politicians such as Boris Johnson have benefitted from Lincoln’s assertion. Others haven’t learned from it. Some even insist on addressing public sentiment from a rational perspective. They throw facts and arguments at the people, thinking they can change public mood with information. Public sentiment is not rational, it’s emotional. I hate to point out the obvious...
  • Brexit should be a wake-up call to US liberals: don’t assume Trump will lose

    06/24/2016 5:38:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Vox ^ | June 24, 2016 | Andrew Prokop
    In the wake of the UK’s vote Thursday to leave the EU, comparisons of Brexit's  success to the rise of Donald Trump have been flying far and wide. This is only natural, since anti-immigrant, anti-elite, and nationalist sentiments played major roles in both shocking phenomena. Of course, many of these analogies are too facile. The US faces no comparable controversy over regulations from a transnational economic bureaucracy. The US electorate is much more diverse than Britain’s. Trump himself has massive weaknesses in personality, popularity, and campaign mechanics that an issue-oriented campaign doesn’t. And where "Leave" and "Remain" were essentially...