Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An Election Day Message For You From Donald J. Trump



 

 
 
 

 

 
- April 26th, 2016 -

Huge Wins in All 5 States!


 
Dear Friend,
 
What an amazing Tuesday sweeping all 5 states, with big wins – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island – Thank you!
 
Thank you for your support. I could not have done it without you! We have traveled all over the country and met so many incredible voters, who have joined this movement. We will no longer be led by the all talk, no action politicians that have failed us all.
 
Together, we will continue this momentum as we continue into next month with Nebraska, West Virginia, Oregon, Washington and Indiana where we will be campaigning tomorrow with the legendary Bobby Knight.
 
I look forward to meeting you and discussing the issues most important to voters across the country. With your support, we will Make America Great Again!
 
 
Best Wishes, 
 

Donald J. Trump
  
 
 
 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

RNC - Today's Election Highlights


Today’s race for the nomination takes us to DelawareRhode IslandConnecticut, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, where all polls close at 8PM EDT. The next state to vote will be Indiana on May 3rd.

  • Delaware has 16 delegates. 
    • Delegates are awarded on a winner-take-all basis and are bound.
    • The statewide plurality winner will receive all At-large and Congressional District delegates.
    • Grassroots activists will select the people who will serve as delegates at the Delaware GOP State Convention. 
  • Rhode Island has 19 delegates.
    • Rhode Island’s Delegates are elected directly on the ballot in the primary election and are bound. 
    • At-large Delegates are awarded proportionally to candidates who receive at least 10% of the statewide vote.
    • Congressional District Delegates are awarded proportionally to candidates who receive at least 10% of the vote in each of the state’s two congressional districts.
  • Connecticut has 28 delegates.
    • Delegates are awarded on an at-large and congressional district basis and are bound. 
    • At-large Delegates are awarded proportionally for all candidates who receive at least 20% of the statewide vote, unless candidate reaches a majority, in which he’ll receive all at-large delegates.
    • All Congressional District Delegates are awarded to the candidate who gets a plurality in each of the states’ five congressional district. 
    • Delegates are selected when candidates who were awarded delegates submit a list of names to the state and district committees for approval.
  • Maryland has 38 delegates.
    • Delegates are awarded on an at-large and congressional district basis and are bound.
    • At-large Delegates are winner-take-all based on on the statewide vote.
    • Congressional District Delegates are awarded to the the candidate who wins a plurality in each of the eight respective congressional districts.
    • Grassroots activists will select the people who will serve as At-Large Delegates at the Maryland GOP State Convention which gives a voice through organizing.
    • Congressional District Delegates are voted for directly on the primary election ballot, which gives activists a voice through voting. 
  • Pennsylvania has 71 delegates.
    • Delegates are awarded on an at-large and congressional district basis.
    • At-large Delegates are winner-take-all based on the statewide vote. 
    • Three Congressional District Delegates will be elected on the the primary ballot from each of the state’s 18 congressional districts.
    • Congressional District Delegates are technically unbound. 
    • Grassroots activists will elect the 14 people who will serve as At-Large Delegates at the PAGOP State Committee meeting on May 21.  

Hillary Clinton was supposed to have this primary wrapped up by the end of March. Instead, heading into May she has still failed to capture her party’s nomination. 

  • The Clinton Machine is on the warpath against Republicans because they’re desperate to hide all of the flaws in her candidacy. Look at what she’s doing to Bernie Sanders--Republicans will need to be prepared for how they’re going to throw everything including the kitchen sink at our candidates up and down the ballot because it’s her only hope for victory.
  • Bernie Sanders has already done irreparable damage to Hillary Clinton as she’s tried to run to his left on many issues. In November, voters will remember that Hillary Clinton is a dishonest creature of Washington who will say and do anything to get elected.  
  • 55% of voters have voted for Republican candidates this year. 
  • GOP turnout is up in 30 of 35 states/territories, but Democrat turnout is down in 29 of 34 states/territories.
  • More than 8.7 million more Republicans have voted in 2016 compared with the 2012 primaries and caucuses. 

The rules for how Republicans chose a nominee have been transparent and effective for decades—this year is no different. The rules say a candidate has to have a simple majority, 1,237 delegates, to be our nominee.

  • Fairness and transparency will be the hallmarks of the Republican convention. The whole world will be watching our democratic process at work, and they’ll see Republicans standing side by side with one another and a party that is stronger than ever before.
  • Our party is the party of the open door, of liberty, of equality, of opportunity for all and favoritism for none. We will live up to these principles as we prepare for a fair, democratic, and transparent Convention.
  • Having a committee write a set of rules that govern the body isn’t unique to the Republican National Convention—it’s true for the Boy Scouts, the Rotary Club, or any other group that has organizational structure. It only makes sense that the 2016 Convention is governed by rules written by 2016 delegates.

Finally please watch and share these RNC videos out this morning that explain the process in DelawareRhode IslandConnecticut, Maryland, and Pennsylvania and continue to visit ConventionFacts.GOP for information about the upcoming 2016 GOP Convention.

Monday, April 25, 2016

"Wal-Mart moms" think fairness favors Trump, so GOP could suffer if he loses at convention

By Todd J. Gillman
This two picture combo of file photos shows Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, left, and Donald Trump.  (AP Photo/File)

WASHINGTON – Donald Trump has spent months making the case that if he’s leading in delegates by the end of the GOP primaries, it’s only fair to award him the nomination, even if he’s fallen short of a majority.

Ted Cruz, among others, counters that rules are rules. If you don’t clinch, you’re not the nominee. That’s correct.

But for at least one group of Wal-Mart moms – an umbrella demographic that stands for much of the electorate – a sense of fair play trumps arcane rules. As focus groups in Pennsylvania this week revealed, depriving Trump of the prize if he’s ahead would deeply offend many voters.

That doesn’t mean it can’t happen. It doesn’t mean it won’t happen. It does mean that Cruz, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and their allies in the stop-Trump movement will face enormous public backlash if they wrestle the nomination away from him at a contested convention in July.

So they’d best be crafting a marketing plan to make that outcome more palatable.

“If there’s a chance that Trump goes in with the most delegates and then Cruz comes out with the nomination, I don’t think that’s fair. That’s terrible,” said a woman named Melody, a stylist who supports Trump.

She was one of 10 Pittsburgh-area Republicans gathered by GOP pollster Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies and Margie Omero, a Democratic pollster with Purple Strategies. The participants were granted anonymity. Like 60 percent of women with a child younger than 18 at home, across a vast range of income brackets, they’d shopped at Walmart in the last month.

Journalists were able to observe the discussion in real time.

Only half the women identified as Trump supporters. Several said they’d feel “cheated,” including some who support other candidates. Nearly all agreed that if Trump leads in delegates and votes, he deserves the nomination and if he doesn’t get it, the system – and the Republican Party – must be rigged, fixed and corrupt.

“I would feel totally misled,” said a woman named Melissa, a mother of three who works in real estate and supports Kasich. “I would not even want to participate. I would not want to vote. What is the point of us going to vote?”

Trump’s near sweep in the New York primary on Tuesday kept him on pace to just about clinch by the final primaries on June 7, though it’s still possible he will fall short. He’s more than two-thirds of the way there.
 

Republicans will have to convince voters that Donald Trump coming up short of the goal line for delegates isn’t a score any more than when wide receiver Dez Bryant was tackled just short of a touchdown in this 2014 Dallas Cowboys game. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News)

Suppose Trump arrived at the convention in Cleveland six weeks later within 100 delegates of the magic number, unable to cajole enough uncommitted delegates to put him over the top, and someone else won the nomination on a second or third ballot, or even later?

“I just really would be so lost and so confused as to how our process could be that way,” said another Kasich supporter named Amy, mother of two and a college professor.

These Wal-Mart moms would empathize with Trump’s sense of betrayal. They’re well aware that a three-way race would likely hand the presidency to Democrats for another term. Their disgust still would drive them away. And don’t even get them started on the possibility the GOP nominates a “white knight” such as House Speaker Paul Ryan who wasn’t among the 17 original candidates.

“It would be horrible,” said Pam, a secretary with three kids who supports Trump. “It says that our voices aren’t heard and they don’t care about us.”

In a separate session, Philadelphia-area swing voters echoed these views.

“It’s like taking the guess on how many candies are in the jar. Whoever gets closest, even if you don’t get that number, you win,” said a homemaker named Caitlin, a mother of three who would probably vote for Trump over Clinton, and Clinton over Cruz.

Cruz and the Republican National Committee have been stepping up their game on messaging, seeking better and more relatable ways to explain the “rules are rules” mantra.

RNC communications director Sean Spicer pointed out that in the recount election of 2000, Democrat Al Gore collected the most popular votes but readily acknowledged that he needed a majority in the Electoral College. Spicer also pointed to a close vote on the Affordable Care Act, the Obamacare law much reviled by Republicans.

“No one said, ‘Hey, if it’s close, it should pass.’ That’s not how it works,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper the other day. “There’s no other time that we would ever say — whether it’s politics or sports — ‘Hey, if you get to the 2-yard line, well that counts as a touchdown.’ That’s just not how the rules work.”

But hardly any of the Wal-Mart moms find a Trump presidency alarming. That sets them apart from GOP insiders who foresee electoral catastrophe with Trump atop the ticket, or rock-ribbed conservatives dismayed by his ideological flexibility.

And Cruz found little affection in this focus group. Asked to name an animal he reminds them of, one said gorilla, “because it’s very close to being a human.” Another said “your neighbor’s dog.… It might be OK, but you’re never too sure.”

So, they’re less inclined to rationalize an outcome that keeps the nomination from Trump. And it means the stop Trump alliance has a lot of explaining to do.

“Voter education between now and July – that would be an incredible undertaking,” said pollster Newhouse. “That fairness argument would be very difficult to overcome.”

Sunday, April 24, 2016

TMZ: Hey Hillary ... YOUR PRESS PLANE HAS MAJOR COOTIES!



 To see the TMZ article, click here.

Hillary Clinton's press corp might wanna grab some latex -- gloves that is -- 'cause the private plane on which they're riding belongs to Dan Bilzerian, famous for his Playboy-esque parties in the sky.

We did some checking, and the tail number matches the one registered to Bilzerian's company, Goat Airways LLC. A charter company made a deal with Hillary's campaign org. to lease the plane. 

Check it out ... the dirty bird appears in episode 11 of Showtime's "The Circus" with political strategist Mark McKinnon grumbling the press doesn't ride on the same plane as Hillary.
 


Now we know why.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Secrecy: As Hillary Refuses to Release Speech Transcripts, New Details Emerge

By Guy Benson

 
With so much attention (rightfully) being paid to Hillary's email scandal, Benghazi lies, foreign policy debacles, and domestic policy failures, other important stories and controversies often get short shrift.

For instance, her opacity and dishonesty regarding the Clinton Foundation and her lucrative speeches have simmered on the back burner for months, sporadically flaring up when she's confronted with questions about them.

On Good Morning America this week, Hillary rebuffed a young Democrat who challenged her to release the transcripts of her paid speeches that reaped millions in fees in between her departure from the State Department and the start of her presidential bid.

Facing entrenched opposition and populist-tinged rhetoric from Socialist Bernie Sanders (who offered a good rejoinder to Hillary's go-to transcripts demand), Mrs. Clinton has attempted to justify her high-dollar remarks to Wall Street firms by claiming she didn't know she'd be running for president when she delivered them, and that she merely accepted "what they offered" in terms of compensation.  No, it's what she charged, among other demands.  CNN Money reports:
The speech in 2013 was one of three Clinton made on behalf of Goldman Sachs. According to public records, Clinton gave 92 speeches between 2013 and 2015. Her standard fee is $225,000, and she collected $21.6 million dollars in just under two years. Clinton made 8 speeches to big banks, netting $1.8 million, according to a CNN analysis...The standard fee and her demands are outlined in a memo from the Harry Walker Agency in New York. According to the memo, Clinton requires travel by private jet, and even specifies that she prefers a Gulfstream 450 or larger. Her staff requires first class and business class tickets. And two members of her staff require up to three days on site to prepare, with all local transportation and meals included. The memo states Clinton should be booked into a presidential suite with up to three separate rooms attached. Clinton also requires a flat fee of $1,000 to pay for an onsite stenographer to record everything she says. However, Clinton is not required to provide the host with a copy, according to the memo. Costs associated with her demands are on top of her speaking fee.

She insisted that her host pay $1,000 for a transcription service, then hoarded the resulting transcripts.  She's refusing to make them public, even as she risibly touts the virtues of transparency. In fact it's obsessive secrecy that's the coin of her realm -- except as it pertains to sensitive national security information sitting on her unsecure email server and Blackberry, of course. Fear and paranoia:
The speeches have been shrouded in privacy. Her staff has limited photographs and at times even confiscated cell phones. Attendees of some Clinton speeches complained vocally on social media that they were told to turn their phones off -- no photos, no live tweeting. In the summer of 2013, Clinton spoke before a major convention of human resources executives. The group had previously hosted speeches of Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, both former Secretaries of State. John Hollon, an editor for an online trade journal attended both, and tried to attend Clinton's speech. He says he was kicked out due to Clinton's request for no media. "This is the only time in 10 or 11 years of going to to the annual event, which is the biggest human resource event of the year, the only time they have banned press from any speaker," said Hollon. There was no reason given, he says.

Amongst her sundry justifications and explanations, Hillary has defended her cozy relationship with Wall Street as an outgrowth of 9/11, and claimed at a Democratic debate that she used her addresses to financial sector audiences to speak truth to power and warn them to clean up their act prior to the 2008 meltdown.  
In light of her dogged refusal to provide supporting evidence of this prescient courage, alongside multiple reports that her appearances before elite bankers were quite chummy in tone, this assertion requires a "willing suspension of disbelief" -- to quote Senator Hillary Clinton when she effectively tarred Gen. David Petraeus a liar during his 2007 testimony touting the verifiable gains achieved by President Bush's Iraq surge.  
The Associated Press follows up with a report that most of the groups that shelled out big bucks for the privilege of listening to Mrs. Clinton's vapid sloganeering coincidentally had business before the federal government, including at her State Department.  Why, it's almost as if these people were lining her pockets in order to ingratiate themselves with a powerful official and future presidential candidate:
It's not just Wall Street banks. Most companies and groups that paid Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to speak between 2013 and 2015 have lobbied federal agencies in recent years, and more than one-third are government contractors, an Associated Press review has found. Their interests are sprawling and would follow Clinton to the White House should she win election this fall. The AP's review of federal records, regulatory filings and correspondence showed that almost all the 82 corporations, trade associations and other groups that paid for or sponsored Clinton's speeches have actively sought to sway the government — lobbying, bidding for contracts, commenting on federal policy and in some cases contacting State Department officials or Clinton herself during her tenure as secretary of state...Clinton's 94 paid appearances over two years on the speech circuit leave her open to scrutiny over decisions she would make in the White House or influence that may affect the interests of her speech sponsors.

Hillary Clinton is the human embodiment of the Ruling Class' disdainful arrogance.  For years, she and her husband have operated and enriched themselves at the nexus of influence and money -- which voters across the spectrum claim to abhor.  And yet... I'll leave you with this, which is beyond parody:
Posted On Twitter:
 
No SERIOUSLY, you guys. Hillary Clinton doesn't understand why a Scandal fundraiser is ironic. http://heatst.com/politics/life-imitates-art-cast-of-abc-show-scandal-to-fundraise-for-hillary-clinton/ …

Life Imitates Art: Cast of ABC Show ‘Scandal’ to Fundraise for Hillary Clinton
 
 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Trump Phenomena


 
Perspective: The Trump Phenomena, a Reluctant Convert

By William Michaels 

When Trump quite literally came crashing into the 2016 Election I, like many of you, thought the man dead on arrival.  I thought this man was crude, I thought him an arrogant ass, and I pegged him for the first to drop out of the race.
Yet here we are in April, and not only is he not out of the race, he is ahead. How in the world does a man like Trump flourish in the American political system where one gaffe is enough to not only lose a race, but a ruin a career?
Trust me; you know this to be true. This country is obsessed by scandal. No, let me rephrase that, the media is obsessed with scandal as they are opportunities to expand their profits.  They ruin careers over the most mundane events and rile up public outrage over little things.
I mean, Howard Dean was the leader of the Democratic Party, the frontrunner (at the time) in the 2004 Election, and one of the Democrat’s most popular people. Yet he does one cowboy “Yeehaw” during a moment of excitement and the man was RUINED! Where is Howard Dean now? Exactly, I have no earthly idea either.  I assume he still lives.
What about when Todd Akin made a really stupid comment about a woman’s body choosing not to get pregnant when raped?
Admittedly that was an incredibly stupid thing to say, but when you boil that situation down you have defined a man by a single sentence. He was a man of faith who believed all things in life are God’s Will. Therefore, a rape-victim, from his perspective, would be saved by the Grace of God from an unwanted pregnancy and if becoming pregnant occurs, it too is God’s Will and should not be rejected.
But ask anyone of the streets about Mr. Akin and you’ll hear how he’s a chauvinist pig, an apologist for rapists, and a Pro-Life Mongrel who wants to legislate a woman’s uterus.  That is a whole lot to take away from a single sentence.
Did Mr. Akin say those things?  Did he imply those things?  Did he convey his opinion in the way that he meant?  Then where did the above vitriol come from? From the Mass Media Organizations, of course.
If this is the modus operandi of the Media, than how does a guy like Trump survive and even flourish where he has offered more than enough material for the media to grasp upon?
His first day on the trail was enough to destroy any other politician in America when he called illegal immigrants coming across the border as “rapists”. (By the way, a fun activity for the class: go back and watch that speech and replace the word “They” with the word “Some” and you’ll see how silly this semantics game has become in America’s media circus). But Trump still stands. Why?
For one, I believe the American people are sick and tired of the profit-driven scandal culture of the American media. They hear so much crap come off their screens, so much misdirection, and not to mention the wide spectrum of analysis towards political events depending on which way the media organization in question leans in ideology.
People just don’t listen to the media pundits when they tell people Trump is a racist. They instead are listening to him.
Another reason is because Trump has taken on the PC-Culture and there are a lot of people in this country who are sick of being oppressed by the PC police. Think about it?  How often do you stop and consider your words before proceeding? You have lost your freedom of speech in this country.
The liberals have their ideology, have declared their ideology morally superior, and have declared that any who does not agree with their ideology is a bigot of sorts. We the People are too afraid to speak our true feelings out of fear of a public backlash somewhere along the way.
These same people see a man standing up to that and taking his licks like a martyr for Free Speech. And people love him for it. You can see it in the way people have been acting lately. They are losing that fear of being labeled offensive for speaking their true feelings.
A third reason is that Trump is saying what people have wanted to say but have been too afraid, as per my above paragraph, of the PC-culture. The majority of Americans have issues with a porous border where people come across at will, whether for good or evil, instead of going through the immigration process. Somehow, according to liberals, that is offensive and racist.
Incredible, isn’t it? Being told you are a racist because you disagree with an unsecure border is like being called a genophobe because you disdain rape. It’s a ridiculous argument but yet it’s perpetuated and enforced by the PC police.
Trump has made that stand on behalf of people who feel they don’t have the voice to speak their true feelings on the matter.
Trump is truly a phenomena.  He has upended our accepted ideas on politics and electoral process. He has made Free Speech a thing cherished again. He speaks his mind and does not apologize for it. He says the things people want to say, but can’t. He calls for things that the people would support, but won’t.
He is for the “Silent Majority” in this country who has been cowed by Soviet-style tactics of the liberal left. That is why the man can do the things he does and continue to win. Even if he loses this election, he has done something important. He has given you back the God given right to say what you want to say.
 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

UC Berkeley Forced to Cut 500 Jobs After $15 Minimum Wage Hike

By Justin Holcomb


The $15 minimum wage hike in California has sent financially troubled UC Berkeley into decision making mode, and "the people who clean buildings, who work in food services or health clinics,” says Todd Stenhouse, will be the ones without a job.

Stenhouse, a spokesman for the American Federation of StateChancellor, also said “There’s a very clear need for those front-line services. But the question is whether there really is a need to hemorrhage resources on executives.”
Nicholas Dirks sent a memo to employees Monday informing them of the job reductions and said they will amount to “a modest reduction of 6 percent of our staff workforce.”
Berkeley employs about 8,500 staffers, from custodians to administrators. Departments on campus were reportedly also told to reduce their budgets by 10 percent in whatever way they wish.
Some staff members in at least one area, residential student services, were told by managers two weeks ago that they should prepare to be laid off.
This may be the sad but true reality that many working people all across California will face in the coming future due to the recent decision to raise the state-wide minimum wage.