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(Brian Barnes and Jeffrey Pastor, co-directors of African American Strategic Initiatives in Ohio, emcee the Black History Month celebration in Columbus, 02/16/16)
Hillary’s Polling Collapse
A new CNN poll shows Hillary Clinton’s lead over Bernie Sanders has collapsed in Nevada, a state she won in 2008. CNN reports: Likely Democratic caucusgoers in Nevada are split almost evenly between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders ahead of Saturday's caucuses, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll. Though Clinton holds an edge over Sanders on handling a range of top issues, the results suggest the extremely close race hinges on divided opinions on the economy. Overall, 48% of likely caucus attendees say they support Clinton, 47% Sanders. Both candidates carry their demographic strong points from prior states into Nevada, with Clinton holding an edge among women, while Sanders tops the former secretary of state among voters under age 55.
Hillary Clinton is under fire from the New York Times for not joining Bernie Sanders in support of a $15 minimum wage. The New York Times editorializes: Instead of embracing $15, Mrs. Clinton fights on for $12, saying that states could set their own, higher minimums. That is cold comfort. Experience has shown that without a robust federal minimum, state minimums also tend to be inadequate. Today, 21 states still do not have minimums higher than the federal level, and of the 29 that do, none have minimums high enough to cover local living expenses for an individual worker. Worse, Mrs. Clinton’s stance misses the big picture, which is that the risk in keeping the minimum too low is bigger than the risk of raising it too high … Economic obstacles are not standing in the way of a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Misplaced caution and political timidity are. The sooner Mrs. Clinton overcomes those, the stronger her candidacy will be.
Despite Hillary Clinton’s attacks on Bernie Sanders’ disloyalty to President Obama, Hillary refuses to call him a “great” president. With the current economic landscape of declining incomes, poor wage growth, more Americans in poverty and a disappearing middle-class, no one can call the economy "great." Despite a poor record of achievement and even a refusal to declare his presidency "great," Clinton has awarded the Obama administration an "A" grade. Click HERE for more from RNC Research.
President Obama is finding his Supreme Court posturing hard to defend given his 2006 filibuster of Justice Samuel Alito. Reuters reports: Republicans have pointed out that Obama and members of his cabinet, who were then in the Senate, were not above trying to block the Supreme Court nomination of Justice Samuel Alito by then-President George W. Bush in 2006. "While he complained about filibusters today, he joined filibusters while in the Senate," said Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Asked about his record, Obama acknowledged Democrats have played politics with nominations, too, through what he described as "strategic decisions" that ultimately did not block the president's nominee.