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NY Police Sergeants ask #DNC2016 to Stay Away from Brooklyn

by: DocJess

Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 12:38:22 PM EDT

The 4,700 member NY Sergeants' Union placed a full page ad in both the Times and the Post requesting that the DNC pass on Brooklyn in 2016 as Mayor de Blasio has not "earned the right" to host the event.

Note that this missive did not come from the NYPD PBA, nor from the upper echelons of the police department, but from a union with a long history of leveraging media for its own ends. Right now, the issue is that de Blasio, making good on a campaign promise, has stopped the infamous stop-and-frisk policy. 

It's an interesting turn on events, since a committee of 70, including Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein and Cynthia Nixon have pledged to raise at least $100 million to bring the convention to Brooklyn. Funny thing: when you look at the Democratic Party's wings, there is a large progressive branch who have been counseling Hillary Clinton to divest from her relationship with the military-industrial complex, the banks and big money to be able to run on a more Main Street platform. Yet, the people pushing for a convention in NY are those same people who could drive a certain percentage of the Democratic electorate towards the left, especially in primary season. 

Face it, in NY, DNC 2016 was treated to all the City had to offer...

There were two marching bands, swag bags packed with freebies, a New York Water Taxi ride past the Statue of Liberty, and food, lots of it — from lunch at midcourt of the Barclays Center to a dinner with Broadway stars atop the roof of the Met.

In Philly? The proximity of hotel rooms (thousands of them) to the venues, the availability of transportation, a history of hosting big events, and well, cheesesteaks at Pat's, where there aren't even inside tables.

Just sayin'... 2016 will be an interesting confluence of the party's wings.

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Sunday with the Senators: How we Hold the Senate

by: DocJess

Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 06:00:00 AM EDT

Six seats. That's what all the articles say. "The Republicans need to pick up six seats to win control of the Senate." That's NET six seats. The little detail that seems to get lost in the pile on to claim victory for the right wing.

The math is that currently, we hold 53 seats, plus two aligned, for 55, and they hold 45.

My number for the 114th? 52, maybe 53, plus two aligned. Now let me show you how.

First, the safe Democratic seats (10): 

Delaware, Chris Coons
Hawaii (Speical Election), Brian Schatz
Illinois, Dick Durbin
Massachusetts, Ed Markey
Minnesota, Al Franken
New Hampshire, Jeanne Shaheen
New Jersey, Cory Booker
New Mexico, Tom Udall
Rhode Island, Jack Reed
Virginia, Mark Warner

Next, safe Republican seats (11):

Alabama, Jeff Sessions
Idaho, Jim Risch
Maine, Susan Collins
Nebraska, Benn Sasse
Oklahoma, Jim Inhoff
Oklahoma (Special Election), James Lankford
South Carolina, Lindsey Graham
South Carolina (Special Election), Tom Scott
Tennessee, Lamar Alexander
Texas, John Cornyn
Wyoming, Mike Enzi

After the jump, everything else.

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Alaska Tea

by: tmess2

Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:40:11 AM EDT

Earlier this week, with the results coming in early Wednesday morning for the majority of us living in the lower 48, Alaska held its primaries.  For the purposes of national politics, the key primary was the Republican Senate primary with the winner getting the right to face Democratic Senator Mark Begich in November.  There were three major candidates -- two supported by various parts of the national Republican establishment (Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell) and one Tea Party candidate (2010 nominee Joe Miller).  At the end of the day, Sullivan got 40% of the vote to Miller's 32%.  Having gotten a "mainstream" candidate in a solidly Republican state, Republicans have to be salivating about the possibility of regaining this seat (which they lost due to the Ted Stevens fiasco in 2008), but what if?

The what if in this case is Joe Miller.  In 2010, Joe Miller beat Senator Lisa Murkowski in the Republican Senate Primary.  Senator Murkowsi did not accept the primary defeat and ran as a write-in candidate.  Now the shoe is on the other foot.  If the establishment wing of the Republican Party of Alaska feels that it is not bound by the primary results and can re-run its candidate as a write-in in the general election, why should the Tea Party accept the primary results.  Of course, the big difference between 2010 and 2014 is that, this time, the Democrats have a viable candidate who would be helped if a significant number of Republicans voted for a write-in candidate (and will not be tempted to support the write-in candidate).  (In 2010, Murkowski won the general election over Miller by 39% to 35% with the Democrat getting 23%, by contrast the Democratic candidate for governor got 37% and President Obama got 40% in 2012). 

So the question for the next several weeks is does Joe Miller accept his primary loss or does he decide to follow the example of his 2010 opponent and run as a write-in.  What happens in November may turn on the answer to this question. 

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The Rick Perry Indictment: The Real Import

by: DocJess

Wed Aug 20, 2014 at 03:33:37 AM EDT

It's a good mug shot. Not as good as Tom Delay's mug shot, but a mighty fine picture. Face it, Rick has always been photogenic.

It should be noted that the same office that indicted Rick also indicted Tom. Just saying. 

More importantly, though, seemingly everyone from the far right to MSNBC to David Axelrod is missing the real story about Perry's indictment.  It's being said that this is a political witch hunt. That executive power allows for line item vetoes in Texas. 

No one doubts that executives, like Governors and Presidents, have the right to veto things. It's not reasonable to deny them rights and responsibilities assigned them by law, or the Constitution. OH WAIT. That's problem number one. There IS a group of people who say that Executives cannot do their jobs. Specifically, the Republican Party in the US House of Representatives has voted that President Obama cannot issue the Executive Orders the US Constitution allows for...and yet they're going to file suit against him for it. Which would be more civil action than initially criminal. The only related criminal action they could take against him would be impeachment.  Is it all political posturing?

No. The two are very different, and too many people are mixing them up. Rick Perry has the right to veto things. In fact, that's his job. But that's actually not what the indictment is about, and it's sloppy for people to equate the Perry situation with the Boehner suit (which actually isn't a suit yet as it hasn't been filed.)

After the jump you can take a look at the actual indictment.

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DNC tours potential host cities for #DNC2016

by: Oreo

Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 13:23:27 PM EDT


Democratic party officials are wrapping up a two-day visit to Philadelphia to evaluate the City of Brotherly Love as a possible site of the party's 2016 convention.

Representatives were at the Comcast Center this morning and are expected to attend a rally at the National Constitution Center and a reception at the Art Museum. On Wednesday, they toured a sports arena and had lunch at a famed cheesesteak shop. - WITF


Site selectors for the 2016 Democratic National Convention will be in Phoenix early next month.

Phoenix is battling Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Columbus, Ohio; and Birmingham, Alabama for the 2016 DNC.

Ann Wallack, chairwoman of the regional bid, said Democratic convention executives and site selectors will be in town Sept. 9-11.

They will tour US Airways Center, the Phoenix Convention Center and other downtown venues. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will also be part of the meetings, Wallack said. - Phoenix Business Journal

 And some Brooklyn news

A host committee of 70 prominent New Yorkers have pledged to raise $100 million to support the convention and parties that surround it, including JPMorgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon, Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein, and celebrities like Cynthia Nixon.

“We have a lot of people in this town who provide a lot of support for the Democratic Party, and the resources will be there,” de Blasio told reporters Wednesday.

The mayor’s office believes the city would surpass the $255 million Republicans brought in when they held their convention in Manhattan in 2004. De Blasio said that amount of money will be recouped “many times over” because of the financial impact of the convention. - WPRO

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The Republicans Vote to Sue Obama

by: DocJess

Wed Jul 30, 2014 at 19:27:46 PM EDT

Really. There are 234 Republicans in the House, 199 Democrats and 2 vacancies. The vote was 225-201. This means that there are two Republicans who are not insane. Kind of like Sodom and Gomorrah, someone looked back. (When I get the full list of who voted how, I'll post the link).

The recess starts soon. Will the highway appropriations bill reconcile between the House and Senate versions beforehand? Probably not. And so on August 1st, the FHA will start turning off the taps, leading to stalled road projects and unemployment. The House, by the way, will work 14 days between now and the end of the year and get paid for it. Go figure.

There is a burgeoning crisis in Africa. Alan Grayson wants a bill on the floor to ban travel from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone to prevent the possibility of Ebola hitting our shores. But, let's sue Obama.

Ukraine, Gaza, Libya, just to name a few powder kegs roiling world order. But hey, let's ignore that.

These giant sucking problems are on top of the structural problems of climate change, equal pay, and civil rights. And yet, people don't seem to care. 

Do YOU care? Do you care enough to do something? I'll be registering voters this weekend, handing out promise cards, and starting to canvass for the candidate of my choice on Monday. Please help me. Commit to vote these people out on 4 November 2014. Register voters. Canvass. Phone Bank. Please stand with me and say "enough is enough." Take action. 

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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:
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


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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