by Steve Beynon
85 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 12:40 PM | Permalink
Hillary Clinton (Democratic)Fun Fact:Then-Senator Hillary Clinton had a vodka-drinking
contest against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) when the
two were touring Estonia in 2004, possibly the most legendary drinking story in
“We agreed to withdraw,
in honorable fashion, having, I think, reached the limits that either of us
should have had,” the Democratic frontrunner said in a campaign video. There
are unconfirmed reports of Clinton besting Sen. McCain with four shots of
vodka, however the former first lady called the game a tie.
with the campaign?
Until her virtual tie in the Iowa caucus, Clinton’s campaign
has been virtually in cruise control. While the former secretary of state may
have had to move to the left a bit on some issues with the surprise threat of
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), her rhetoric has mostly stayed in the center.
Aside from New Hampshire, Clinton has stayed on top of the
polls, raised more money than any other candidate on either side of the aisle
and seemingly has the backing of the entire establishment.
has one of the thickest resumes of any presidential candidate in history. Being
a first lady is not usually a political job, but she was the first wife of a
president to create an office in the West Wing. She led the way for subsidized
health care in the ’90s with the Health Security Act, informally called
went on to serve as senator of New York from 2001-2009. After losing her bid
for the presidency to Barack Obama, she was appointed to secretary of state —
giving her a huge advantage on foreign policy over Sanders.
consider Clinton’s centrist policies as a weakness. However, her consistently
not falling into liberalism will likely be the key to winning the general
election if she earns the Democratic nomination. Clinton is not calling for
free college education, a high minimum wage or universal healthcare —
considering how far to the right Congress is at this point might lead to her
being a successful president in the early years of her first term.
spent more than a decade opposing gay rights.
The former secretary of state did not support gay marriage until 2013. “I take umbrage at
anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the
Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the
fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and a woman,”
Clinton said in 2004.
Most Americans are weary of getting into another war, and
the Iraq War is largely considered one of the biggest foreign policy blunders
in American history. Clinton was a part of the 58 percent of senate Democrats
who voted in favor of the Iraq Resolution, which authorized President George W.
On both sides of the aisle, career politicians and the
establishment have become toxic. You would be hard-pressed to find anyone in
the country that is more establishment or embodies political privilege more
than Clinton. The $600,000 she received in speaking fees from Goldman
Sachs and millions in corporate donations have raised a lot of
eyebrows in this new political climate that is increasingly skeptical of
Biggest policy proposal:
United States is one of the only developed nations in the world that does not
have guaranteed paid family leave. A lot of career jobs offer paid time off,
however it is not guaranteed by law — this mostly affects those in low-income
jobs. Clinton says she aims to guarantee up to 12 weeks of paid family leave
with two-thirds of wages. The campaign claims this will also be accomplished
without a mandate on the employer or an increase in payroll tax.
does not support conventional ground troops conducting combat operations in
Iraq or Syria. However, she is in favor of continuing Obama’s air campaign and
using Special Operations forces.
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by Steve Beynon
124 days ago
Posted In: 2016 election
at 01:37 PM | Permalink
Don’t think your vote counts? The first office Sanders held
was mayor of Burlington, Vt., and he won the election by 10 votes in 1981. That
small margin of victory led this Jewish politician on a course to the Senate
and the race for the presidency.
with the campaign?
Bernie Sanders is one of two Independent senators serving in
Congress. However, he caucuses with Democrats and is largely considered the most liberal member of
the Senate. The Vermont senator is running a
populist campaign and focuses on domestic economics, often pointing to the
growing wealth of America’s elite while the middle-class shrinks as a “moral
The self-described Democratic Socialist fills
convention centers with crowds and is very
popular amongst the college crowd and to those on the left that are frustrated
with the Democratic party’s move to the center over the last couple of decades.
Some criticize Sanders’ major proposals such as single-payer
health care, free public college, a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure
and social security expansion as “radical.” Even the 74-year-old senator admitted
that taxes would have to raised on people beyond America’s wealthiest one
percent. Critics point to the failed
initiative in Vermont to establish a “Medicare for all” plan mostly
because the effort would have eaten the state’s entire budget.
While Sanders sometimes beats Hillary Clinton in New
Hampshire polls, he has been behind her for almost the entire campaign.
However, he has raised more
money than the Republicans. The Sanders
campaign also recently announced he has more donations
from females than Clinton and more than two
million contributions, a fundraising
record for American politics.
One of the campaign’s flagship ideals is not taking big
donations, or funds from corporations. The maximum legal contribution is
$2,700. Sanders hasn’t sought money
from wealthy liberals, despite support.
the college crowd being saddled with an average $28,000 of debt and working for
Ohio’s $8.10 minimum wage only to live in their parent’s basement, it’s easy to
understand why they’ve been taken by Sanders’ rhetoric of a fair economy.
has been serving in government since 1980, which arguably gives him the most
padded resume of the bunch.
like a winner, and this senator has gathered
the largest crowds in the primaries. The Washington Post reported 27,500
people came to see him speak in Los Angeles. He has gathered similar sized
crowds in Boston, Cleveland and Little Rock, Ark.
term “socialist” still scares people. Sanders has been pushing hard to
communicate his definition of “Democratic Socialism,” often invoking
FDR and Eisenhower.
anti-gun advocates say the Independent from Vermont is weak on guns due to a
vote allowing firearms in checked bags on AMTRAK. He also voted against making
gun manufacturers legally accountable for crimes committed with their
Sanders campaign has been fighting against Hillary Clinton’s “inevitability.”
His proposals are popular on the left, but drive the
right crazy. He is often framed as “the cool
guy who won’t win anyway.”
policy proposal: The College for
all Act of 2015 was proposed to committee May
19, 2015 and aims to make four-year public universities tuition-free. His plan outlines a 0.5-percent tax
increase on stock trades, 0.1 percent on bonds and 0.005 percent on derivatives
to pay for it.
voted against the war in Iraq but is very vocal about the Islamic State being a
major threat. He wants to maintain President Obama’s aggressive air campaign
and Special Operations’ ground missions.
However, Sen. Sanders wants bordering Muslim countries to
lead the fight and opposes utilizing
conventional U.S. ground troops,
saying, “It is worth remembering that Saudi Arabia, for example, is a nation
controlled by one of the wealthiest families in the world and has the fourth
largest military budget of any nation. This is a war for the soul of Islam and
the Muslim nations must become more heavily engaged.”
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elections in which the parties pick their strongest candidate to run for
president. In Ohio, Election Day is Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Go here for more information on primaries. CityBeat will be profiling each of the
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0 Comments · Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Mayor John Cranley plans to address the
city’s long-term unemployment problems with a set of new initiatives,
some of which could get support from the White House.
by German Lopez
Mayor explains initiatives as he prepares for meeting with president
Mayor John Cranley plans to address the city’s long-term unemployment problems with a set of new initiatives, some of which could get support from the White House, he told CityBeat Thursday.One of the initiatives is in direct response to President Barack
Obama’s call, heard by millions during the State of the Union Tuesday,
to get private companies on board with ending discrimination against the
long-term unemployed.Specifically, Cranley says he helped get Procter &
Gamble and other local companies to agree to join the president’s
initiative.“It wasn’t that hard to sell them on it, but they've got a
lot of things going on,” Cranley says. “Getting their attention and
focus on these things is one of the great powers that I have. I can help
ask people to give back in ways they just haven’t thought of before.”With a visit to the White House planned for Friday,
Cranley hopes his quick response to Obama’s call could help the city
land future federal grants for programs that address long-term
unemployment.As an example, Cranley points to a new White House
initiative that asks cities to develop innovative pilot programs that help
the long-term unemployed. The initiative will award federal grants, which Cranley estimates at a couple million
dollars per city, to the 10 best
proposals.In preparation, the city is partnering with several local
organizations, including the Workforce Investment Board and United Way
of Greater Cincinnati, to develop a unique plan. How the city’s proposal
looks ultimately depends on the constraints set by the application
requirements, but Cranley cited more educational opportunities and
subsidies for companies that hire the long-term unemployed as two examples
cities might undertake.The proposal, however it looks, would come in addition to
Cranley’s Hand Up Initiative, which he plans to fund through this year’s
city budget. As part of the initiative, the city will first partner
with Cincinnati Cooks, Cincinnati Works and Solid Opportunities for
Advancement and Retention (SOAR) to provide more job training
opportunities. Participants who graduate from those programs can then
apply to the Transitional Jobs Program, which provides short-term,
part-time work opportunities to people as they look for long-term,
full-time jobs.The initiative will begin as a pilot program for the first two years,
but it could eventually expand with more partnerships and job training
opportunities, according to Cranley.If successfully carried out, Cranley’s proposals could help break the long-term unemployment trends that keep so many Americans jobless in the first place.In one study, Rand Ghayad of Northeastern University sent
out 4,800 fake resumes for 600 job openings. Ghayad found people who had
been out of work for six months or more very rarely got called back, even in comparison to applicants without work experience who were unemployed for shorter periods of time.In other words, diminishing the discrimination on the employer’s side or ongoing joblessness on the potential employee’s side could be enough to land more people in jobs.A proper solution to the issue could also go a long way to picking up the nation’s sluggish job market. By the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ estimate,
nearly 38 percent of the unemployed in December had been unemployed for
27 weeks or longer — the highest rate in six decades. In comparison, the
rate was below 20 percent prior to the recession.For Cranley, the initiatives also present an opportunity to address Cincinnati’s abhorrent poverty rates by giving people a chance to obtain better-paying jobs.“In the end, we want a city that isn’t just good for
future residents,” Cranley says, referencing the economic momentum in
Over-the-Rhine, downtown and uptown that might benefit future
Cincinnatians. “We need a city solution that grows the capacity and
builds the opportunities for residents who are already here and families
that are already dealing with poverty.”
by German Lopez
Obama lays out agenda, Ky. governor defends bridge tolls, reading ability falls with income
President Barack Obama delivered the State of the Union speech
yesterday, outlining an ambitious progressive agenda that will be largely ignored and rebuked by Congress. But Obama promised at least
seven major policies that he can pursue without legislators, including a
$10.10-per-hour minimum wage for federal contractors and some action on
global warming. Obama’s full speech is viewable here, and the
Republican response is available here. The Associated Press fact checked
the speech here.Ky. Gov. Steve Beshear says tolls are necessary to fund
the $2.6 billion Brent Spence Bridge project. Officials and executives
claim the bridge replacement is necessary to improve safety, traffic and
economic development through a key connector between Kentucky and Ohio,
but many Kentucky officials refuse to accept tolls to fund the new
bridge. But without federal funding to pay for the entire project,
leading Ohio and Kentucky officials say they have no other option.There is a 32-point achievement gap in reading between
Ohio’s lower-income and higher-income fourth-graders, with higher-income
students coming out on top. The massive gap speaks to some of the
challenges brought on by income inequality as Ohio officials implement
the Third-Grade Reading Guarantee, which requires most Ohio
third-graders to test as “proficient” before they advance to the fourth
grade. Previous studies also found Ohio’s urban schools might be
unfairly evaluated and under-funded because the state doesn’t properly
account for poverty levels.Attempting to move the Hamilton County Board of Elections
offices from downtown to Mount Airy, where only one bus line runs, could provoke a lawsuit from the NAACP, Board Chairman Tim Burke, a Democrat
who opposes the move, warned in an email to county commissioners. With
the Board of Elections split along party lines on the issue, the final
decision to move or not to move could come down to county commissioners
or Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted. CityBeat covered the issue in further detail here.Greater Cincinnati added 6,600 jobs between December and December 2012.Temperatures could hit the 30s and 40s this weekend, offering a reprieve to the extreme cold.Ohio’s auditor of state found a “top-down culture of data
manipulation and employee intimidation” at Columbus City School
District.Cincinnati-based Kroger plans to add 227 stores with its acquisition of Harris Teeter.The University of Cincinnati expects to demolish its
Campus Services Building at Reading Road and Lincoln Avenue — formerly a
Sears department store — this summer.A Republican congressman from New York City physically threatened a reporter after an interview.Birmingham, Ala., really can’t handle snow.A lawsuit alleges NASA is failing to investigate alien life.Follow CityBeat on Twitter:• Main: @CityBeatCincy • News: @CityBeat_News • Music: @CityBeatMusic • German Lopez: @germanrlopez
by German Lopez
President says staff will go on to do “amazing things”
Just a day after securing his next four-year term, President Barack Obama had a heartfelt moment with campaign volunteers in Chicago. While thanking his staff, Obama said they were better than he was when he compared their experiences and accomplishments to what he did as a community organizer in the 1980s. He said he had no doubt his staff would go on to do “amazing things.”The Obama team has gained fame for its highly advanced campaign. It used a team of data crunchers for almost every decision, which TIME covered in a post-election look.Watch the video:
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
JEAN SCHMIDT: Poor Jean, she just can’t seem to keep herself off our list. Just a week after her embarrassing testimony in an Ohio Elections Commission complaint she filed against an opponent, the sour-looking congresswoman drew nationwide scorn for an incident caught on video by Think Progress.
0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Living in a recession is hard. We at WWE! have already sold a kidney to pay for ramen and Playboy, and we can still only afford to drink Natty Light (in bottles when we feel like classing it up or we have a lady friend over).
0 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
It shouldn’t come as too much of a shock that — some 140 days or so after he took office — President Obama has acted in a way on two important issues that shakes the confidence placed in him by many supporters. As I told some skeptical Democratic friends during the weeks after the election, Obama might have campaigned as a progressive to shore up support, but he’s really more of a centrist ala Bill Clinton.
0 Comments · Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Sen. John McCain must think female voters are stupid or easily distracted. That’s about the only reasonable explanation people can discern from his selection last week of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his vice presidential running mate on the Republican ticket.