by Steve Beynon
47 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 04:50 PM | Permalink
Until recently, the most heated the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination got consisted of disagreements with campaign finance and fighting over the word
“progressive.” For the past year, Democrats have prided themselves with
debating issues and not mangling each other like the Republicans.
battle over the April 19 New York primaries have added a new layer of tension
to the campaigns. The Empire State is Clinton territory — serving as one of the
state’s senators from 2001 - 2009. But the Sanders campaign has launched a full
assault, gathering an army of mostly young volunteers and holding massive
rallies in Clinton’s backyard — aiming for a major upset.
Clinton still leads the insurgent campaign, according to
the most recent Quinnipiac poll, but nowhere near the 40 points she was leading
by in the same poll conducted in June. The Democratic frontrunner’s New York
support has been bleeding for months. While a loss in New York would not spell
doom for the former secretary of state, it would be a massive moral loss.
gain and upset would likely propel Sanders unlike any of his other victories in
this election. The Vermont senator needs 56 percent of the remaining delegates
to topple Clinton. However, that does not take superdelegates into account — which Clinton has a virtual monopoly on.
out against Sanders’ qualifications for the presidency, suggesting he may not
be ready for the Oval Office while echoing some of her rhetoric in the past,
labeling the Vermont senator as a one-issue candidate.
talking for more than a year about doing things that he obviously hasn't
studied or understood,” Clinton said in an interview on Morning Joe. “What he has been saying about the core issue in his
whole campaign doesn’t seem to be rooted in an understanding of either the law
or the practical ways you get something done.”
addressing supporters in Philadelphia, Sanders came back swinging in an
“We have won
seven out of eight of the recent primaries and caucuses, and she has been
saying lately that I may be ‘not qualified’ to be president. Well, let me just
say in response to secretary Clinton. I don’t believe she is qualified if she
is through her super PAC, taking tens of millions of dollars in
special-interest funds,” Sanders said.
This is the
first time either Democratic candidate has suggested their challenger is
“unqualified,” a phrase that caught a lot of media attention and folks
questioning if Sanders is keeping true to his original promise of not being
“I don’t think
you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street with your super PAC.
I don’t think you're qualified if you voted for the disastrous war in Iraq. I
don’t think you are qualified if you supported virtually every disastrous free
trade agreement that have cost us millions of decent paying jobs.” Sanders
expressed her puzzlement over Sanders’ statement, saying, “I don’t know why
he’s saying that, but I will take Bernie Sanders over Donald Trump or Ted Cruz
any Bernie Sanders supporter and one of the most respectful qualities they see
in the Vermont senator is he has never ran a negative ad over the course of
three decades in the political arena — despite losing about half-a-dozen
elections over the years.
flipside, there’s undoubtedly a lot of frustration in the Sanders camp that the
campaign largely holds back munitions it has against Clinton. For base
liberals, Hillary Clinton is standing in the way of what they see as a real
future for progressive politics. To a lot of his supporters, Sanders is a
once-in-a-generation dream candidate, similar to the energy behind President Barack
Obama when he first sought the presidency.
bubbled into a real desire that Sanders will finally take the gloves off and
lash out against the Democratic frontrunner. However, if Sanders would attempt
any knockout attack, it would be antithetical of the campaign’s values. It’s a
rarity Sanders even names Hillary Clinton. In most speeches he refers to her as
“my opponent” or indirectly jabs at her with his populist rhetoric.
campaign is likely equally frustrated. Lashing out against Sanders would risk
further alienating his liberal followers, and Clinton’s mission this summer has
to be uniting the party and courting Sanders supporters to combat the
movement called “Bernie or Bust,” where Sanders supporters are refusing to turn
out to the polls in November if he isn’t the Democratic nominee. With bulk of
the electorate under 30 siding with Sanders, some of which very passionately,
Clinton has had to be careful not to bruise up the Vermont senator. Also, any attack she lays out leads to the massive donations
for the Sanders camp.
said Clinton was “unqualified” at the Philadelphia rally, the crowd went wild.
He finally fed that desire to throw a direct punch. It was the kind of red meat
the Republican base has been spoiled with in the form of “Lyin’ Ted” and
“Little Marco.” It is not unthinkable that supporters for any candidate on
either side of the aisle craves some level of red meat — Democrats rarely get
that service in any election.
In an election
where the frontrunner for the opposing party defends
the size of his genitalia on a debate stage, it is hard to imagine
any realistic scenario in which either Democratic candidate goes too far.
blasted Sanders for his heated rhetoric, he ceased fire on the “unqualified”
remarks. In a town hall Friday, Sanders said “of course” his Democratic rival
is fit for the presidency. “On
her worst day she would be an infinitely better president than either of the
Republican candidates,” Sanders said.
by Steve Beynon
106 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 01:15 PM | Permalink
CNN is set to host the sixth
Democratic debate of the cycle. The Democratic National Committee scheduled the
March 6 debate in Flint, Mich.
The Flint debate came after
presidential hopefuls Sen. Bernie Sanders’ and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns
agreed to additional debates which were motivated by a virtual tie in the Iowa
Clinton’s campaign challenged
Sanders to an unsanctioned debate on MSNBC at the University of New Hampshire,
following their photo-finish race in the Hawkeye State. The DNC officialized
the debate, propelling the first time the former secretary of state and the
Vermont senator went one-on-one.
Flint’s debate is one of two more
debates the Clinton campaign agreed to in exchange for the University of New
In the midst of Flint’s water
crisis, the town has been at the top of both of the Democratic candidates’
talking points — highlighting what is at stake in this election and what the
Democratic party can offer in terms of economic power and regulation.
Sanders went as far to call for
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s resignation.
“And I think the governor has got to
take the responsibility and say, ‘You know what, my administration was
absolutely negligent and a result of that negligence, many children may suffer
for the rest of their lives and the right thing to do is to resign,” Sanders
said in an interview with The Detroit
Sanders further blasted the
governor's response to the water crisis during the University of New Hampshire
debate, saying, “A man who acts that irresponsibly should not stay in power.” The Vermont
senator added that this is the first time he has ever called for the
resignation of another politician.
Flint was a stop on Clinton’s campaign trail Sunday as she
urged Congress to pass a $200 million effort to fix the ailing city’s water
infrastructure. "This has to be a national priority," Clinton
said at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church. "What happened in
Flint is immoral. The children of Flint are just as precious as the children of
any part of America."
Clinton praised Flint Mayor Karen Weaver as "someone
who is working every way she knows how to provide the help and support that all
the people of Flint deserve to have."
The Flint Water Crisis started in April 2014 after the
city changed its water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River — the new
water source is contaminated with lead, prompting President Obama to declare a
state of emergency. The Flint River’s corrosion is caused by aged pipes that
leach lead into the water supply. The EPA estimates thousands of
residents are at risk of lead poisoning, and has recommended testing 12,000
children. The water is also possible responsible for an outbreak of Legionnaires’
disease, killing 10 people.
The Michigan Army National Guard
was deployed to Flint to assist in the crisis and President Obama has allocated
$80 million in government aid.
by Nick Swartsell
Posted In: News
at 09:17 AM | Permalink
Million-dollar homes in OTR?; bill allowing unlicensed concealed carry proposed; South Carolina cop charged with murder over shooting of unarmed man
Good morning y’all. Let’s get right to the news. Are million-dollar homes coming to Over-the-Rhine? At least one of the city’s big movers and shakers thinks so. Reds owner Bob Castellini made that prediction last night during a speech at Music Hall for the Over-the-Rhine Chamber’s annual Star Awards, which spotlights the neighborhood’s growth and its business leaders. Castellini is on the board of 3CDC, the developer that is approaching $1 billion in projects completed in the neighborhood and downtown. He’s bullish on the idea that the once-neglected neighborhood will continue to see high-price new developments. He highlighted condos in 3CDC’s Mercer Commons development that have sold for more than $400,000 as one example of growing interest in high-end living in OTR. Following new development, median household incomes and property values have been going up in the historically low-income neighborhood in the last few years. That’s caused a lot of fanfare, but has also stoked fears about gentrification, apprehensions that came up again recently when a developer proposed $400,000 single-family homes in the neighborhood’s less-hyped northern area. Some advocates in the neighborhood say there isn’t affordable housing there.• Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld is shifting gears in his campaign for U.S. Senate. Sittenfeld’s campaign manager Ramsey Reid has left the Democrat’s team, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Sittenfeld’s campaign says his departure was planned from the beginning and that a new campaign manager and other new hires will be announced shortly. Sittenfeld recently ramped up his team, hiring a spokesman, a finance director and a polling specialist in his underdog primary battle against former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. Strickland is a heavy favorite to win the primary. He’s garnered an endorsement from former President Bill Clinton and is currently polling nine points ahead of Republican incumbent Sen. Rob Portman. Sittenfeld has been steadfast about staying in the race despite pressure from some Democrats to bow out. • If you need proof that the weather here really is a bummer and that you’re not just a big whiner, here it is. A new study by a popular meteorology blog called Brian B’s Climate Blog shows Cincinnati is ranked 5th in the country for major cities when it comes to dreary weather. The city tied for that… err, honor… with Cleveland and Lexington. Buffalo took the top spot, followed predictably by Seattle, Pittsburgh and Portland. The climate blog considered three factors in its rankings: total number of days with precipitation, total annual precipitation and total annual cloud cover. If you need more anecdotal evidence, just find your nearest window. • A new bill in the Ohio House would allow concealed carry in the state without a license if passed. The bill, proposed by State Rep. Ron Hood of Ashville, has 20 cosponsors and support from State Rep. Ron Arnstutz, the second-most powerful Republican in the House. Lots of dudes named Ron are into this idea, which makes me think of the ultimate Ron. Anyway, the bill would do away with licensing and training requirements for those who want to carry concealed weapons, limiting concealed carry only to those below the age of 21 or people who aren’t permitted to have guns due to their criminal background or other legal reasons. Five other states, including Kansas, have already approved unlicensed concealed carry, and 10 more states are considering similar measures. Gun rights groups have applauded the bill, but opponents, including law enforcement groups, say it will make the state less safe. • With bicycle commuting on the rise, both nationally and, I’m hoping, in Cincinnati, do we need better data collection practices from police when it comes to cyclist-car accidents? It seems that way, according to a study by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study, summarized in this CityLab post, suggests that most data collection methods used by public safety agencies around the country are outdated and don’t consider the differences between cars and bikes and don’t make allowances for the different situations in which the two could collide. Better data could lead to safer bike infrastructure, the authors of the study say. • Finally, it’s almost becoming a sentence in which you can just fill in the blanks with the latest shooter and deceased. Michael Slager, a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina shot an apparently unarmed black man named Walter Scott over the weekend. The police incident report says that Scott had the officer’s taser and that Slager feared for his life. But a video taken by a bystander contradicts all of that, showing Slager firing eight rounds at Scott as he ran away. After Scott fell to the ground, Slager appears to casually drop something next to him. More officers soon arrived, though none are seen administering the CPR the police report alleges took place. Scott died at the scene. The incident has drawn national attention and a murder charge for Slager — a rarity perhaps brought about by the graphic and shocking video taken by a witness.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hillary Clinton is suffering so acutely
from the Clinton Dynasty Syndrome she cannot see straight enough to come
within the ZIP code of the right thing.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2015
A major Cincinnati fundraiser for the
Democratic Party has put his backing behind current City Councilman P.G.
Sittenfeld in his run for the U.S. Senate.
Poised to repeat as a coveted swing state in 2016, national political conventions target Ohio
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The 2016 election
will almost certainly be a knock-down, drag-out fight between Democrats
looking to maintain the presidency and the GOP, which now controls both
houses of Congress.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Whenever out of touch folks from affluent
suburbs share their opinions, they need to be taken with a grain of
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
President Obama now appears as a pariah, a
Up-and-coming Democrat Nina Turner goes after the ambitious Jon Husted’s secretary of state position
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
fight an uphill battle against incumbent Republicans for major statewide
offices, one race in particular has taken on an increased significance.
Attorney general candidate on his background, hometown and the run for the state's top lawyer post
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2014
CityBeat caught up with the former Cincinnati city councilman and Hamilton County commissioner to discuss his campaign.