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Fri May 01, 2015 at 04:31 PM PDT

She’s Not New to This Fight Ya Know

by Alegre

I've always loved Bernie Sanders’ passion for trying to do the right thing by working families.  But I'm getting mighty tired of the way a handful of folks (mostly on my facebook feed) are pretending that that he invented the idea of fighting to help lift families out of poverty.  Or that Hillary's new to this fight and that she hasn’t been on our side for over 30 years.

Feet to the fire?

SERIOUSLY??!!.  

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Now I understand we’re seeing the initial blush of excitement over the field widening out in the primaries, but honestly… Hillary’s been in this fight for decades, and I hope folks will take a look at her record before they pretend Bernie's the only one who fights for working families.

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Tue Apr 28, 2015 at 01:03 PM PDT

Hillary’s First Primary Opponent

by Alegre

You may not have noticed, but Hillary’s already got a fight on her hands.  No… Gov. O’Malley hasn’t declared yet – he said he won’t say whether he’s in or out until the end of next month.  No other Democrat has jumped into the race beyond Webb saying he’s exploring things.

This opponent is someone you know well.  In fact, we’ve watched their attacks on Hillary and Bill Clinton since they first hit the national scene in the early 90s, started by Karl Rove and his pals.  Now Sheldon Adelson and the Koch brothers hare leading the battle, and they’re holding auditions to see who the GOP nominee will be in 2016.  The winner of these auditions will be a grand prize of as much as $100 million and a mighty organization behind them.

The fact that the New York Times has joined forces with the fear-mongers at Fox News doesn’t help.

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This is one of my pictures from the Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola IA last September!

Make the jump, to find out how we can help beat these SOB's and their lies.

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Fri Apr 24, 2015 at 04:29 PM PDT

Breathe!

by Alegre

Good grief!  The hand-wringing and hyperventilating over selected excerpts of an unpublished book published by Rupert Murdock and written by a Koch-funded discredited hack...  Really?!

The GOP are terrified of Hillary and rightly so.  They will use ANYthing to try to gin up negative coverage - and the NY Times and the Washington Post see this trash as clickbait. Don't be fooled into believing this garbage.  Wake up folks.  You're being played by the Koch brothers and the Mercer family.  The Mercers are bankrolling Ted Cruz's campaign.  Don't let them choose our next president.  Don’t believe me – read this.  http://mediamatters.org/...

This is nothing new in case you haven’t noticed.  The extreme right have been tossing stories at the press and media non-stop since the early 90s just to see what’ll stick.  Now I know some of you are too young to remember so I’ll let Carville and Krugman lay it out in a few recent articles, and then tie things in with more recent attempts.

But first…

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THIS was one of the many pictures I took in Iowa during the Harkin Steak Fry last September, and MMFA used it in Carville’s column (how cool is THAT?).  Make the jump to see how…

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Ok.  Today’s post is gonna be short and sweet.  Peter Daou penned a kick-ass reminder for Hillary’s supporters yesterday and I want everyone to read it, bookmark it – hell write the main points down on post-its and tape them to your laptop.  For Hillary Clinton Supporters – the Three Cornerstones of Her Candidacy

Hillary Clinton is far and away the most qualified, experienced and prepared candidate among the announced and unannounced candidates for president in 2016, Democrat or Republican.

On a broad array of issues that really matter, from climate change to the economy to human rights to campaign finance to health care, Hillary Clinton’s policies will be better for America than those of her Republican rivals.

America deserves – history deserves – a woman president after nearly a quarter millennium of men holding that office. Specifically, a woman president who has consistently placed the rights of women and girls atop the global agenda.

Seriously – memorize these three points for day-to-day conversations, emails, blog posts, Facebook posts and Tweets.  I’ll explain why after you make the jump.  But first…

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Mon Apr 20, 2015 at 02:35 PM PDT

Feminists, Hillary Men, and Hubby

by Alegre

So I’ve always been impressed with the men in my life who proudly declare that they’re feminists.  Hard to believe it, but even now in the 21st Century, it takes a pretty self-confident guy to say that they believe in something as basic as a level playing field for women and girls.  I’m delighted to say that hubby’s one of them.  

When a male co-worker asked hubby who he liked for the 2016 presidential race, to their surprise he quickly said he was in Hillary Clinton’s corner.   He said “it’s simple – I love my wife and I love my little girl.  Hillary’s been fighting for women and girls for over 40 years and I know she’ll keep right on fighting from the Oval Office.  And when I think of the example she’ll set for my daughter – serving as the first woman president… well the choice is clear.”

In other words – hubby’s not only a feminist – he’s a Hillary Man.  A guy who believes in equality for women and respects the tireless work Hillary’s done for all of us.  

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Fri Mar 14, 2008 at 05:13 PM PDT

Writers Strike at DailyKos

by Alegre

This is an open letter to the progressive blogosphere...

I’ve been posting at DailyKos for nearly 4 years now and started writing diaries in support of Hillary Clinton back in June of last year.  Over the past few months I’ve noticed that things have become progressively more abusive toward my candidate and her supporters.

I’ve put up with the abuse and anger because I’ve always believed in what our on-line community has tried to accomplish in this world.  No more.  DailyKos is not the site it once was thanks to the abusive nature of certain members of our community.  

I’ve decided to go on "strike" and will refrain from posting here as long as the administrators allow the more disruptive members of our community to trash Hillary Clinton and distort her record without any fear of consequence or retribution.  I will not be posting at DailyKos effective immediately.  I will not help drive up traffic or page-hits as long as my candidate – a good and fine DEMOCRAT - is attacked in such a horrid and sexist manner not only by other diarists, but by several of those posting to the front page.

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OK, that's enough comments for this diary. Someone go start another one for discussion. -ct

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Tue Mar 11, 2008 at 08:24 PM PDT

Front-runner-itis

by Alegre

I heard Obama's wondering why Hillary was offering him the VP spot when he's the front-runner.  My first thought was – well why isn’t he acting like the front-runner then?

He's whining about things like her tax returns (when there are already 20 years worth of disclosures out there), intimating that White Water’s still alive and well in the world of scandals, and making silly mistakes like offering up the 5th explanation of NAFTA-Gate.  This after a week where his top foreign policy advisor called Hillary a monster & told the BBC that his plan to get us out of Iraq was just a best case scenario, and another top advisor (Susan Rice) admitted that he’s not ready to take that 3 am call.

And when Rice was asked about Obama’s foreign policy experience, she pointed to his work on ethics reform

Hmmm... with all that bad news out there I wonder if it’s time for them to manufacture some more of that outrage he’s oh so good at.  Oh wait – he is!

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Mon Mar 10, 2008 at 08:54 PM PDT

Hillary's Work on Kosovo & N. Ireland

by Alegre

I’ve seen a lot of posts challenging some of what I and others have written about Hillary’s vast experience when it comes to foreign policy.  So I thought I’d post some facts about what she’s done to help those caught in two areas of the world that have seen conflict and misery – Kosovo and Northern Ireland.

For anyone who might doubt Hillary's connection to Northern Ireland, take a look at this recent picture of her with two of the particpants in those peace talks in the mid-90s, (Big) Ian (blood & thunder) Paisley (DUP), and Martin McGuinnes(Sinn Fein).  They used to hate each other (hell maybe they still do) but are now serviing as the top two members of the Belfast government.  They came over to DC on a trip to promote investment in Northern Ireland and stopped by to visit their old friend, Hillary.

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Sun Mar 09, 2008 at 08:11 PM PDT

Just Words

by Alegre

I’ve got to give Sen. Obama credit for firing Samantha Power for what she said about Hillary in her interview with the Scotsman last week.  Her verbal attacks were inexcusable and he did the right thing.

Hillary was campaigning in Mississippi Friday and the Chicago Tribune quoted Hillary as saying this regarding Power’s resignation ...

Well I think sen. Obama did the right thing, but I think it’s important to look at what she and his other advisors say behind closed doors, particularly when they’re talking to foreign governments and foreign press. It raises disturbing questions about what the real planning and policy positions inside the Obama campaign happen to be.

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Sat Mar 08, 2008 at 07:24 PM PST

Hillary & International Women’s Day

by Alegre

Today is International Women’s Day and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate it than by recognizing one of the most well known and respected women of our time, Senator Hillary Clinton.  I was just going to post Hillary’s statement regarding this important day, but as I started looking at all she’s done on behalf of women over the years I realized that simply posting her statement wouldn’t do justice to her lifetime of dedicated work on many of the issues that I’m passionate about and have worked to promote in my own life.  

Now this video was put up by the campaign this time last year in honor of Women’s History Month, but (sadly) much of what she talks about is still true today and we still have a lot of work to do.  Take a look...

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NAFTA-Gate first broke about a week ago and since that time we’ve seen flat out denials from Hillary’s team regarding allegations that they discussed NAFTA with Canadian officials.  Today, the Canadian Press ran a story which confirms those denials...

OTTAWA — Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton never gave Canada any secret assurances about the future of NAFTA such as those allegedly offered by Barack Obama's campaign, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said Friday.

With the NAFTA affair swirling over the U.S. election and Canadian officials skittish about saying anything else that might influence the race, it took the PMO two days to deliver the information.

After being asked whether Canadian officials asked for - or received - any briefings from a Clinton campaign representative outlining her plans on NAFTA, a spokeswoman for the prime minister offered a response Friday.

<bold>"The answer is no, they did not," </bold> said Harper spokeswoman Sandra Buckler.

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Thu Mar 06, 2008 at 07:20 PM PST

Top Obama Aide Calls Hillary a Monster

by Alegre

Right – it looks like the calf-skin gloves have come off at camp Obama.  You guys can’t ever accuse me or anyone from Hillary’s camp of going negative or trashing Obama beyond repair for the general after this latest horrid, despicable and desperate attack by one of Obama’s inner circle of advisors.

Samantha Power – one of Obama’s top advisors has been quoted by the Scotsman newspaper of calling Hillary Clinton – a United States Senator and our first viable woman candidate for the highest office of the land – of all things, a MONSTER.

I’m used to hearing that kind of garbage on discussion boards and the blogs, (I’ve developed a thick skin over the past year and have learned to shrug it off as the inane ranting of immature jerks).  But this woman – this top advisor to Barack Obama has crossed a serious line here.

This woman needs to get her ass fired over this.  BO needs to offer up an apology to Hillary.  And he needs to do it now.

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