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Kos asks DNC to say no to Phoenix for #DNC2016

by: Oreo

Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 12:32:05 PM EDT

Markos Moulitsas recently announced that Daily Kos will not take part in Netroots Nation 2015 which will take place in Phoenix. He expands his call for Democrats to stay away from the city.

And then there's Phoenix, and unless Democrats want to stir up the same raw emotions and divisiveness that Netroots Nation did with their choice for that locale, it should be avoided like the plague.

With the exception of Birmingham, which is an odd addition to the list, the other four cities would unite our party and allow us to focus on the task at hand—retaining the White House, expanding our Senate majority and taking back the House. Let's focus on the places that unite us, not consider places that divide.

Markos seems to lean Philly. We'll see if he's right.

 

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Cleveland's Hopkins Airport will be ready for #RNC2016 influx

by: Oreo

Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 11:43:46 AM EDT

Hopkins' terminal also will be refreshened by the summer of 2016 when GOP delegates fly in.

The $20 million renovation of the terminal's façade and ticketing lobby was supposed to wrap up in 2017. However, Smith said this week that the airport will accelerate the work to have "substantial completion by May 2016."

Other improvements already scheduled to be done by mid-2016: Upgrades to airport signs at Hopkins and Burke Lakefront Airport, a new waiting area and parking lot canopy system at the Hopkins rental car facility, and terminal refurbishing and construction of a new Landmark Aviation Executive hangar for private jets at Burke. - Plain Dealer

 We all know how important it is to have your airport "refreshened" before a convention

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Cleveland City Council passes #RNC2016 ordinance

by: Oreo

Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 11:13:22 AM EDT

Cleveland City Council will vote this evening on an ordinance which will designate $2.5 million for the Republican National Convention in 2016 and will provide assurances that the city will be spic and span and (one suspects) safe once the Republicans and their various media coteries arrive.

During a lengthy council session Wednesday morning, the city's Chief Corporate Counsel Richard Horvath outlined the provisions of the ordinance, which include: making available for use any city-owned property as a possible venue, expediting the city's elaborate permitting processes, creating comprehensive traffic and security plans and technology and telecommunications plans, and guaranteeing that all construction in Cleveland's central business district will be completed before the convention begins.

UPDATE: Council passed the ordinance (880-14) at a meeting Wednesday evening. - Cleveland Scene
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DNC arrives in Birmingham for #DNC2016 site selection visit

by: Oreo

Mon Jul 21, 2014 at 11:22:48 AM EDT

The site selection team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention comes to Birmingham today for a two-day visit to the Magic City.

Birmingham is the first of the remaining five finalist cities that will receive a visit from the team, which will be evaluating the city's capability of hosting the massive convention.

The committee's visit agenda has not been disclosed, but there is a public pitch party scheduled for Monday night at Iron City and reportedly a private event at Regions Field. The Birmingham City Council approved $14,000 in spending for the site visit. Signage about the DNC has been added in key locations around the city. - Birmingham Business Journal

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Cleveland Reactions

by: Matt

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 22:39:35 PM EDT

  • Jonathan Bernstein says convention choices and dates won't make a difference
  • 538 also says the convention host city has little effect in November.
  • But why did the RNC pick Cleveland over Dallas? Money, a downtown, and, Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
  • The convention will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena. But will they hold the 4th night outside?
  • The RNC will be held June 27th (groundbreaking) or July 18th (not so much) depending on how the Cavaliers do that year
  • Politico explains why the RNC is having an earlier convention. Hint: It's all about the money. The DNC, not worried about the money, still plans for a late August/early September gathering.
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What does the #RNC2016 choice of Cleveland mean for #DNC2016?

by: DocJess

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 05:56:14 AM EDT

And so it's "The Mistake by the Lake". Ah Cleveland. Now, actually Cleveland has come a long way from the headline after the 1980 Census that said "Will the last one out, please remember to shut the lights?" Cleveland is a sports town, a music town (Hall of Fame not to mention the suburban Polka Hall of Fame) and the site of The Drew Carey Show. In addition to no hurricanes, there won't be any lake effect snow in the summer. And actually, it's a pleasant place.

So. Our final selection list is Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, New York (Brooklyn), Philadelphia and Phoenix. You can vote for your choice here. Let us know in the comments for which city you voted.

If I had to guess, I'd say that Cleveland and Columbus were now out of the running, because, well, do we really want two conventions in the same state? I've never thought that Phoenix was a great choice since so many people are still boycotting the state due to their illegal harassment immigration policies. Alabama? Really? If we were going to pick a southern state for voter registration reasons, tactically, Georgia and Mississippi make more sense. Then again, neither put in a bid. So that brings us to Philly and Brooklyn. 

This may be hopefulness on my part, but I'm really rooting for Philly. And not just because I could sleep at home every night. First, it's easier to get around than Brooklyn. Second, we have the hotel rooms. Most importantly, while Brooklyn has been undergoing a very successful resurgence in terms of housing, restaurants and other amenities, Philadelphia is plagued by very real urban decay problems. The school district, for example, is a complete disaster. The tax code for small businesses is causing a huge amount of fleeing to the burbs. The taxes brought in by the convention could really help the school district and point an eye to what is going on in a lot of older cities. Not to mention the dollars that would pour into Philly prior to the convention. 

Not to mention the historic significance of the selection of Philly. Even though there's a chance of a challenge from the left from Jerry Brown or Al Gore, that possibility is remote. Andrew Cuomo, Martin O'Malley and other potential gubernatorial challengers? Good foils, but they'll fall away. This will be the convention that nominates the first female presidential candidate for a major party in American history. Why not in the city that hosted the Constitutional Conventions? Signed the Declaration of Independence and sent out the Constitution for state signage? Home of the Liberty Bell. Some of the cobblestones walked on by the Founding Fathers are still in place. This is Philadelphia. One of the prior capitols of the United States. 

Here's hoping for Philly. Hey DNC Convention team, come see our parks, our restaurants, our pride. Check out the Reading Market just below the Convention Center. Walk our streets, remember our history. 

Go Philly! 

Floor is open so you can make the case for your favourite pick. 

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RNC announces Cleveland as the host for #RNC2016 (contingent on contract negotiations and vote)

by: Oreo

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 12:46:07 PM EDT

RNC Site Selection Committee Recommends Cleveland for 2016

Recommendation contingent on successful contract negotiation and approval from full RNC

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee announced Cleveland, Ohio will be their recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.  The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations on key details for the 2016 convention.  The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation will be presented to the full Republican National Committee when they meet in Chicago in early August.   

 The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation remains contingent on successful contract negotiations and a final vote by Republican National Committee Members at the RNC’s summer meeting in Chicago.
 
Following today’s announcement, Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen and RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued the following statements: 
 
Site Selection Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen:

“It’s my honor to announce Cleveland as the Site Selection Committee’s recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said Mickelsen.  “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016. This committee was tasked with difficult decisions and was presented with several strong options to host our convention. I’m confident Cleveland is the right pick for our next national convention. Cleveland has demonstrated they have the commitment, energy, and terrific facilities to help us deliver a history-making Republican convention.
 
“I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas.  Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I’m certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future.  The Dallas team were excellent ambassadors for their city and showed both the committee and the RNC all the wonderful things the city has to offer.”
 
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus:
 
“A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation.  The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer. 
 
“The RNC set a new standard for conventions during this process. Not only will the convention be held earlier in 2016, but there are also substantial guarantees in place for funding that put us well ahead of previous conventions and will give our nominee the best opportunity to succeed.”
 
“I also want to thank Dallas. The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous.”

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Cleveland picked as host city for #RNC2016

by: Oreo

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 11:56:03 AM EDT

Reince Priebus just announced on Fox News that Cleveland will host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Now all they need is LeBron and it will be Cleveland's best summer ever.

The announcement all but eliminates Cleveland as a host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention. The remaining cities are Birmingham, Columbus, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

A press conference will be held at 3pm today. The Cleveland Host Committee tweets at @CleRNC and will be live tweeting the event.

Announcement on the Cleveland’s Selection to Host the 2016 RNC National Convention

 

CLEVELAND, OH – Today, Tuesday, July 8, members of the 2016 Republican National Convention Host Committee will hold a press conference to announce Cleveland as the winner of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Details of the event are as follows:
 
WHO:
City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald
Cleveland 2016 RNC Host Committee Executive Chair, Terrance “Terry” Egger
Cleveland 2016 RNC Host Committee Co-Chair, Christopher M. Connor, Chairman & CEO, The Sherwin-Williams Company

OTHERS PRESENT:

David Gilbert, President & CEO, Positively Cleveland
Joe Roman, CEO of Greater Cleveland Partnership
Jon Pinney, Special Council to the Cleveland 2016 RNC Host Committee
Rob Frost, Chairman of the Republican Party of Cuyahoga County

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Host city for #RNC2016 to be announced today #Cleveland #Dallas

by: Oreo

Tue Jul 08, 2014 at 09:23:14 AM EDT

GOP officials are expected to announce the host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention around Noon Eastern Time today.

In the 2008 election, the GOP selected Tampa Bay on May 12, 2010. The decision comes almost two months later even though the convention is expected to be held in June instead of August. One thing we won't have to worry about this cycle is hurricanes.

Ohio Governor John Kasich thinks it's an easy choice

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Happy Fourth of July, Independence Day

by: DocJess

Fri Jul 04, 2014 at 06:25:43 AM EDT

I took a look at some of my older posts on July fourth. A lot of "I'll be out registering voters" in them. A lot of pride in being an American. A lot of awe for the people that founded America. So let's start...

A very Happy Fourth to you and yours from the DCW team. Stay safe - there's some bad weather out there. Enjoy the cookouts and the fireworks. Register a voter. Every year at this time, I check my car to make sure that the mobile voter registration booth in my trunk has everything it needs - pens that write, unbroken clipboards, informational handouts. This year, I've ordered promise cards. There's a photo of what they'll look like when they arrive after the jump. This year, instead of just registering voters, I'm going to help make sure they vote.

I've been spending a lot of time in Philadelphia recently. Every chance I get, I pause at the Constitution Center. When I have time, I go up to the second floor balcony and look south to Independence Hall. And I think. Sadly, too much about the millions of Americans who scream "Illegals Out" and "No birth control" and "Whites Only" and yet cannot pass a basic Citizenship Test. The test is simple, you can take a sample here. Now, you'll get all the questions correct, just don't overthink anything. They're asking for the de jure not de facto answers. For example, the answer to "Who vetoes bills?" is "The President" NOT "The Koch brothers before a bill even reaches the floor of the house." 

Mostly though, I get past my anger and think of the men, guilty of treason, who were willing to die so that today, we can breathe free. 

I wonder what they would think about the idiots in Murietta, CA, who blocked buses with little kids from getting to a place where they could get something to drink, something to eat, and a shower. While there were"passports" on and off since the Revolution, they were sometimes Federal, sometimes state, and sometimes created by notaries public. It wasn't until 1918 that there even was an actual law requiring passports. If you think about it, most people whose ancestors came to America prior to 1918 didn't have passports from their country of origin, they were certainly not native-born, and there was this concept of "the melting pot." Damn racists. 

I wonder what the Founding Fathers would think about the current House of Representatives. As always, I refer to Federalist #10. (Link here) James Madison is turning in his grave. For sure. The tyranny of those holding the whole country hostage is something he, and other founders, railed against.

We get the government we deserve, they say. Personally, I feel I deserve better. And so, as always, I'll be working for it. Not yet with respect for the 2016 presidential race, rather to take back the states, hold the Senate, and possibly win back the House. Please help me! Go out and register a voter. Order your own promise cards and get people to fill them out. Spread your net now, remind people of what the Republicans do to harm us all on a daily basis. It's a real election this year: let's make this 2008 and not 2010. 

Have a great fourth, folks. Go get a voter!

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What you can do about the Hobby Lobby decision

by: DocJess

Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 05:18:35 AM EDT

Of course you're outraged. 

But it is not enough to be angry at the idiot branch of the Supreme Court.

You can howl, you can discuss, you can read about why this is so wrong on every judicial and religious level imaginable, but again, not enough.

Today is 1 July. Three days shy of Independence Day which celebrates the ends to which reasonable, thinking, decent people will go for freedom. They risked their lives, and sometimes died. You don't need to go that far.

What you need to do, starting now, is to politic. When you go out and about, tell your friends instead of complaining, plan to VOTE this November fourth. Learn who all the candidates are in your location and surrounding areas: all of the House, slightly over a third of the Senate, and a ton of state and local offices will all be on the ballot. Promote your candidates. Keep a list of polling places, or a phone app so you can tell people where to vote so you can help those who may be new to the area. Never leave home without voter registration forms, a clipboard and pens. Take names so you can remind people to vote. Have them fill out promise cards, and then mail them on 29 October. Pick a candidate, and sign up to work.

The crazies won NOT because Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Alito and Thomas made the decision on their own, but because the wingnut branch of the GOP controls the House, has given cover to corporatism and false religions and thus created a framework inside which these men could do this. Actually, were encouraged by their masters to do so. 

We lose because we don't vote. We don't take the time to learn the names of the candidates, much less work elections. We lose because we don't bring our neighborhoods to the polls. We can lose this year because we're so focused on the 2016 presidential election that we forget that today matters, holding the Senate matters, and taking back the House matters.

Pull out those checkbooks and give until after it hurts. 

We need to stop losing. We need to return our state houses, local governments and the House to sanity.

Quit complaining.

Start working. 

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US advances in World Cup

by: Oreo

Thu Jun 26, 2014 at 14:02:46 PM EDT

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Cleveland and Dallas selected as #RNC2016 Finalists

by: Oreo

Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 14:07:56 PM EDT

Ryan Mahoney, Deputy Press Secretary for the GOP, has just announced that Cleveland and Dallas are the finalists for the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Denver and Kansas City are out of the race.

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee selected Cleveland, Ohio and Dallas, Texas as finalists to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The committee’s decision was based on a thorough review of bids, presentations, and visits to each of the cities.

Following today’s meeting of the RNC’s Site Selection Committee, Chairwoman Enid Mickelsen issued the following statement: 
 
“After extensive review the site selection committee has chosen Cleveland and Dallas as finalists for the 2016 convention.  Cleveland and Dallas demonstrated their ability to host a phenomenal convention in 2016, and the RNC is excited about the prospect of hosting our convention in either of these great cities. After visiting both cities, I can say to my fellow Republicans that we should be excited for the 2016 convention. These world class cities know how to roll out the welcome mat, and more importantly they have the ability to provide our next presidential nominee a launching pad that will put a Republican in the White House in 2016.
 
“The committee extends our sincere thanks and gratitude to Denver and Kansas City  for their hard work and dedication to this effort.  Both teams should be proud of their work. They were great ambassadors for their cities, and we felt fortunate to visit and get to know them. This was a tough decision for our committee because all four of these cities made excellent bids.
 
“As we move closer to choosing a host for our convention, I’m more confident than ever that we’ll have an outstanding partner to showcase our Party and our Republican nominee in 2016.”

 

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Vote for your choice to host #DNC2016

by: Oreo

Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 12:46:59 PM EDT

The DNC is asking for you to vote on which city should host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Click here to sign up for convention updates and place your vote.

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The Opinion Guessing Game

by: tmess2

Sun Jun 15, 2014 at 11:05:42 AM EDT

As we enter the last two or three weeks of the Supreme Court's session, court watchers turn to a guessing game of which Justice has which opinion.  What drives the guessing game are the informal rules of the court and two key pieces of data.

For the purposes of the guessing game, there are two key informal rules.  First, opinions are assigned by the senior Justice in the majority (with the Chief Just being automatically senior to the eight Associate Justices).  Second, in making assignments, the Justices are conscious of the work load of each of the chamber and try to keep the assignments relatively balanced.  Of course, the alignment of justices on individual cases can frustrate this second rule. 

The two key pieces of data are the opinions already issued by the justices and the number of cases argued (both for  each sitting and the entire term).  Not considering the two cases that were dismissed after argument, the Supreme Court heard 68 cases this year.  Based on that number, each Justice should have seven or eight majority opinions.  Furthermore, through January, there were 44 cases requiring opinions (with 24 between February and April).  One would expect each Justice to have five opinions through January (one should have four) and two or three for the remainder of the term (and most likely to have two opinions from March and April given that there were 17 cases in those two months).

At the present time, Justice Kennedy has issued eight opinions.  Based on the above, he should be done for the year (or at most have one more).  There is also the quirk that, notwithstanding the above, Scalia actually had six opinions through January.

Looking at January, with four cases outstanding, three Justices do not have an opinion from January -- Justice Breyer (three total through December), Justice Alito, and Justice Kagan (both with four total through December).  Two other Justices have four total through January (the Chief Justice and Justice Sotomayor).  Based on the above, I think that the Chief Justice is most likely to have the Noel Canning (recess appointment) case.  Since becoming Chief Justice, Justice Roberts has tended to keep the biggest cases for himself.  Of the other three cases, I can see Justice Breyer getting McCullen (the abortion protester case), especially if there is a consensus that the Massachusetts law was just a bit too restrictive.  My hunch says that Justice Alito is likely to get Harris (the home health care provider unionization case).

In February, with two cases outstanding, the three strongest candidates to have the opinions are the Chief Justice, Justice Thomas, and Justice Ginsburg.  My hunch says that the Chief Justice has the Climate Change cases.  The other case (involving Haliburton) involves the basic theory of security fraud.  If the Supreme Court is not making a major change, Justice Ginsburg will have the opinion (which will be her eighth of the term).  If the Supreme Court is making a major change, Justice Thomas will have the opinion.

There are still too many undecided cases from March and April (11 total remaining with six opinions issued) to make any firm guesses (other than Kennedy not having any and Ginsburg or Sotomayor -- both already at seven opinions -- maybe not having any).  For the reasons noted above, my hunch says that the Chief Justice will have kept Hobby Lobby (contraceptive coverage) for himself.

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