campaign staffers

  • On Thursday, unnamed sources told news site Axios that Trump gave his female campaign staffers a note: They need to “dress like women." 
  • According to the report, "women who worked in Trump’s campaign field offices — folks who spend more time knocking on doors than attending glitzy events — felt pressure to wear dresses to impress Trump.”
  • Women who heard reports of Trump’s sartorial demands were not exactly thrilled with Trump’s desire to make womenswear great again and they fire back with the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman. Read more

Donald Trump apparently told his female campaign staffers to “dress like a woman.” So now, women all over the internet are telling him how women dress

Following reports that President Donald Trump’s female staffers allegedly felt pressure to dress “like women” while working on his campaign, women across the globe are speaking out against the myth that their workplace wardrobes should consist solely of skirts and heels. And their Twitter retorts, via the hashtag #DressLikeAWoman, have been pretty inspiring.


Donald Trump has quietly hired hundreds of loyalists to serve as his “eyes and ears” across government

  • Trump has quietly positioned hundreds of his supporters to take jobs across the executive branch, essentially taking a backdoor approach to placing “his eyes and ears at every major federal agency” even while senior jobs requiring congressional confirmation remain unfilled, ProPublica reported Wednesday.
  • ProPublica posted a list of more than 400 such dubiously qualified Trump appointments, which the site wrote included everything from “obscure campaign staffers” and contributors to far-right website Breitbart to a recent high school graduate and at least 36 former lobbyists.
  • The staffers are serving in so-called “beachhead teams,” temporary units serving for four to eight months.
  • The beachhead teams are intended to familiarize Trump’s administration with the workings of various federal agencies as well as shape the early implementation of Trump’s agenda. 
  • Though as ProPublica wrote, many of the hires will likely transition into full-time roles.
  • As Trump has left hundreds of jobs requiring congressional confirmation across the federal government unfilled, the beachhead teams have likely assumed “considerable influence.” Read more (3/8/17 11:10 PM)
If you like Bernie Sanders, how about 100 of him?

by Anoa Changa, staffer for Brand New Congress

Will progressives be able to harness Bernie Sanders’ momentum to bring power to candidates who stand for the same things he does?

Brand New Congress thinks so. Many working there are former Sanders campaign staffers, who are hoping to help elect Bernie Sanders-like candidates in at least 100 different districts in the next two years. Rachel Maddow described them as running a “presidential campaign with 400 heads.”

Their aim is to run one campaign for hundreds of candidates with centralized fundraising and organized campaigns across the country. 

Read more. 

Pinto Fic Recs!!!

So I’ve been meaning to do this for aaaages (and this is by no means a complete list):

Dearly Departed by @semperama -  Chris and Zach are in the middle of divorce proceedings when a deadly pandemic sweeps across the globe, decimating the world’s population. When Zach falls ill, Chris has no choice but to take him out of Los Angeles in search of somewhere safer, where they have a hope of survival. What he finds is a tiny group of people who have laid claim to a campground in the San Bernardino mountains, where they have turned to isolation and simple living as a means of survival. With circumstances forcing them to work and live together, Chris and Zach must work through their bitterness and old wounds, until they realize that even if loving each other was hard, losing each other would be harder.

Gorgeous angsty fic, beautifully written. If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out. Trust me.

A Bleary, Hopeful Shade of Blue by @ato-the-bean -  Funny how such a little thing can change your life forever.

My favourite pinto kid!fic, hands down. A beautiful slow build from friendship to more and just an adorable family dynamic.

I Cannot Tell a Lie by artless -  If he wins the election, Zach will be the first gay president. Even if Chris, and the rest of the campaign staffers, are the only ones who know it.

Presidential pinto ftw! Definitely one of my favourite AUs.

Our Thing by the_deep_magic -  In which Chris is unduly tense and Zach is willing to help…

Hand jobs lead to blow jobs lead to much more. A classic!

Merry Bachelors by therumjournals -  Ten years from now, Zach reads a promising script.

Older pinto. Perfection.

Failure to Communicate by @suedescripture​ -  Chris Pine is 100% heterosexual.

Another classic, in which Chris is clueless and Zach sets him straight - or rather not quite so straight. XD

Too late, Already Ordered by fallfreely -  Zach gets a hideous new dog, is a super hipster, insults Chris a lot, and punches him in the solar plexus. So yeah, it’s kind of unfair how much Chris is starting to be attracted to him.

First time pinto, with all the feelings and lots of angst. 

The Notebook by @satismagic -  An essential part of this story is true: The notebook really does exist. The writing inside, however, does not. Also, Chris never stole that notebook. Because he never stole the notebook, and because the notebook does not contain anything mentioned in this story, Chris couldn’t read it and he couldn’t show it to Zach. In other words, nothing of what you’re about to read ever happened. But the funny thing is? In an alternative universe, it totally could happen. Maybe it did.

I love this take on what Chris does with his journal, and it’s beautifully written. The sequel The Vacation is gorgeous, too.

Just Married by artless -  After a wild night, Chris and Zach wake up in bed together.

Misunderstandings and revelations lead to all the feelings. Love!

It Had To Be You (AKA When Chris Met Zach) by @thatmysticbafflingwonder “Queer guys can never really be friends… the sex is always out there, it’s always in the way.” That’s what Zach tells Chris the first time they meet, but Fate has other ideas. Throughout their adult lives, Chris and Zach meet a number of times until, one day, they actually do become friends.The question then becomes: Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning? Chris and Zach are about to find out.

Pinto meets When Harry Met Sally in this perfect fusion of two of my favourite things. Wonderful!

Let’s Stay Together by @semperama​ -  In which Chris thought he was straight, until Zach. It takes facing the fact he isn’t going to be making movies with Zach every few years for Chris to realize that his feelings for him are more than platonic.

A very popular pie headcanon brought to life beautifully by Semper. Gorgeous.

The Courtship of Teddy’s Father by @rabidchild67 -  When Zach and Chris meet as young actors just starting out, they have instant chemistry. But Chris has a young son, and Zach isn’t necessarily looking for a commitment. Is this relationship over before it begins?

Another wonderful kid!fic that touches on some important issues along the way.

That’ll do for now - my brain hurts. I really need to remember to bookmark more of my favourites, gdi! I feel like I’m missing loads, but there are so many to go through (and these are just the ones on AO3). Anyway, I’ll keep adding to this as I come across new fics and remember old ones. :)

Note ~ this list simply reflects my own personal taste. I mean no disrespect to all the other wonderful pinto authors/fics. You’re all awesome. <333

“Most of all—and you hear this all the time from people who’ve worked for her - Hillary Clinton is uncommonly warm and thoughtful. She surprises with birthday cakes. She calls when a grandparent passes away. She once rearranged her entire campaign schedule so a staffer could attend her daughter’s preschool graduation. Her husband charms by talking to you; Hillary does it by listening to you—not in a head-nodding, politician way; in a real person way.”

- Jon Faverau, ‘08 Obama Speechwriter 

Celebrity encounters

So I met a celebrity tonight.

I attended a ticketed Democrat fundraiser tonight at the home of a local party bigwig with actress Kristin Davis (from Sex and City, which I have never watched). I was kind of relieved it wasn’t someone I was super fangirly about because then I’d be…well, super fangirly. I was mostly interested in meeting local people in the Democratic party.

First of all there were about 30 people there in this amazing home in a very posh (but quirky) part of town and all but like 3 were women. A whole crowd of women of varying ages and backgrounds talking politics and being awesome. I knew nobody but everybody seemed super open to just chatting with new people so that’s what I did. I talked to a woman who’s a regional finance chair for the campaign, and a few of the campaign staffers who were there for the event, as well as some local women there for the same reason as me.

Kristin Davis arrived not long after the event began. She was very nice and made sure to get around and meet everyone there. She was very engaged with our political purpose. I didn’t impose, I was chatting with a lot of people - and frankly, while I know who she is, I never really watched SATC so I didn’t feel a lot of urgency. Near the end of the night she ended up chatting with two women I had been talking to. Midway through she said to me “We haven’t met yet! I think you’re the only person I haven’t met!” We chatted for about ten minutes about voter registration and  what we all did for a living and I’m currently having that thing where I look back and wonder if I was being totally conversation-dominating but there’s nothing for it now, heh. We also talked about Christian Siriano a little. Kristin was saying that she had a few dresses from Ivanka’s line and she wasn’t going to wear them anymore, I said “Christian Siriano!” and she went on about Michelle Obama’s dress at the DNC.

Anyway. Of course I had to get a photo.

Company: The Election of 2016

Hillary: Yo
Every action has its equal opposite reaction
The GOP shat the bed, fuck Paul Ryan, he’s in traction
Poor Joseph Biden well, see he is missing in action
So now I’m facing ~Bernie Sanders~ with his own faction

Staffer: He’s very attractive with the youth, millennials like his chances

Hillary: I can’t believe he made an issue of campaign finances

Staffer: Ask him a question, he shops his polices without any missed glances

Hillary: And they called me a policy wonk, but won’t forget about Goldman Sachs!

Staffer: Hillary that’s the problem, seethey see Bernie as a liberal, likable you [Hillary: Huh?]
A key endorsement might redeem you

Hillary: Who did you have in mind?

Staffer: Don’t laugh

Hillary: Who is it?

Staffer: You used to work on his staff

Hillary: Whaaaaat?

Staffer: It might be nice, it might be nice
To have Obama on your side

Both: It might be nice, it might be niiiiiice
To have Obama on your side

Bernie: Cut less!

Company: Bern!

Bernie: Help more!

Company: Bern!

Bernie: The Wall Street One Percent don’t know what they’re in for

Company: Bern!

Bernie: Health care for him

Company: Bern!

Bernie: College for her

Company: Bern!

Bernie: It’s 2016, everyone out there feel the

All: Bern!

anonymous asked:

Hey, could you direct me towards some information about Trump's stance on wage gap legislation? I can take a wild guess at what it is, but I'd love to have documentation to show my mom (who supports him, I know, yikes). Thanks!

Hi there - here ya go!

1. Where Presidential Candidates Stand on Equal Pay

Donald Trump:

“The New York businessman has flip-flopped on the issue of equal pay. Trump said last August that men and women deserve “equal pay for equal work,” but just a few months later, he dismissed the idea of a gender pay gap.

“You’re gonna make the same if you do as good a job,” Trump told an audience member during a Manchester, N.H. event in October.

Perhaps more telling, a former staffer sued Trump in January for gender discrimination, claiming the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign paid male staffers more than women in the same role.”

2. Donald Trump says he “cherishes” women—but his stances on equal pay and paid leave say otherwise.

Trump thinks paid family leave hurts our economy

“Donald Trump was asked for his position on paid family leave during an interview on Fox Business Network. His response: “We have to keep our country very competitive, so you have to be careful of it.”

More Donald Trump posts | More wage gap posts

Clinton has been inundated recently with mail and deliveries, including flowers. One group, an aide said, sent Clinton 1,200 red roses.
Clinton brought those roses to her party and distributed one to each of her staff members as a token of appreciation for their work on her campaign.

Trump spokeswoman wanted “pure breed” candidates in 2012

On Saturday, Gawker dug up a real doozy of a post from one of Donald Trump’s top campaign staffers from all the way back in 2012. While Pierson might have been joking, and is herself the daughter of a white woman and a black man, “pure breeds” is an unmistakably racially loaded term. J.K. Rowling had the most ingenious response.

Bernie Sanders addresses the breach of campaign information and his lawsuit against the DNC

Moderator: “We want to address the controversy of the last 24 hours right off the top because we heard some of the most heated rhetoric of the campaign so far between two of the campaigns on this stage tonight. Senator Sanders, you fired a campaign staffer. You have sued the Democratic National Committee. All of this after your campaign acknowledged that some of your staffers, ‘irresponsibly accessed data from another campaign.’ The Clinton campaign called this a very egregious breach of data and said, ‘our data was stolen.’ Did they overstate this, or were your staffers essentially stealing part of the Clinton playbook?”

Bernie Sanders: “Let me give you a little bit of background here. The DNC has hired vendors. On two occasions, there were breaches in information. Two months ago, our staff found information on our computers from the Clinton campaign. And when our staffers said, ‘Woah, what’s goin’ on here?’ they went to the DNC quietly, they went the vendor and said, ‘Hey, something is wrong.’ And that was quietly dealt with. None of that information was looked at. Our staff at that point did exactly the right thing. A few days ago, a similar incident happened. There was a breach because the DNC vendor screwed up. Information came to our campaign. In this case, our staff did the wrong thing. They looked at that information. As soon as we learned that they looked at that information, we fired that person. We are now doing an independent, internal investigation to see who else was involved. Thirdly, what I have a real problem with, and as you mentioned, this is a problem, I recognize it as a problem, but what the DNC did, arbitrarily, without discussing it with us, is shut off our access to our own information, crippling our campaign. That is an egregious act. I’m glad that late last night that was resolved. Fourthy, I look forward to working with Secretary Clinton for an independent investigation about all of the breaches that have occurred from day one in this campaign because I am not convinced that information form our campaign may not have ended up in her campaign. Don’t know that, but we need an independent investigation and I hope Secretary Clinton will agree with me for the need of that. […]”


A Trump campaign staffer allegedly pulled a gun on a colleague and was never punished 

Donald Trump is being sued by former campaign staffer Vincent Bordini, who alleges that the campaign did not act when the former North Carolina state director “pulled a gun” on him. Bordini claimed that Earl Phillip “produced a pistol, put his right index finger on the trigger, and drove the barrel into [Bordini’s] knee cap.”  Bordini says he reported the incident to three separate campaign officials — including one staffer with his own violence issues.

Trump campaign takes away his Twitter account

The Trump campaign announced that his staffers have taken away his access to his Twitter account for the final two days of the election.  As President Obama said earlier today, if Trump’s staff doesn’t have enough confidence in him to exercise self control with his Twitter account, then you cannot trust him with nuclear codes.
The Gospel of Bernie
The man who brought fire back to the Democratic Party

Was it Opposite Day at Liberty University? Here was Bernie Sanders, who spent his 20s preaching sexual liberation and social revolution, taking the stage to speak to a student body of fresh-faced Christian conservatives at the school founded by televangelist Jerry Falwell. Liberty students pay a $25 fine for “attendance at a dance” and $50 for “visiting alone” off campus with a member of the opposite sex. At 74, Sanders was an old man among young people, a self-described “democratic socialist” in the boiler room of the Christian right. And you could argue that his presence was the opposite of clever. After all, why was this overachieving underdog of the Democratic Party–the breakout star of a season that was supposed to be all about Hillary–stumping for votes in a place where he had virtually no chance of finding them?

Why does a missionary venture out among the heathen? Bernard Sanders, a paint seller’s son from Flatbush, an early-’60s campus radical, a rumpled transplant to progressive Vermont who worked his way gradually up a small ladder in a small state to become the unlikely embodiment of a very large yearning–leads with his heart and his sermons. He seeks conversions, not just votes.

If that strikes you as insufficiently calculating, you are starting to understand Bernie’s momentum. And to understand the Sanders surge is to understand the spirit of 2016. Look around at the candidates who are stumbling and fumbling toward the first balloting less than five months away. Republican Jeb Bush of the White House Bushes learned to count delegates when most kids were still counting fireflies. Democrat Hillary Clinton is part of a family that once commissioned a poll to choose a family vacation that would endear them to voters. So far, calculation is getting them nowhere. The surging candidates–rampant Donald Trump, novice Ben Carson and retro Bernie Sanders–represent the opposite. Slickness is out, conviction is in.

“I am not a theologian. I am not an expert on the Bible,” Sanders told the crowd of 13,000 at Liberty. “I am just a United States Senator from the small state of Vermont.” With that caveat, Sanders painted scenes of a progressive utopia: free higher education, health care for all, bolstered wages and chastened billionaires. The audience in Virginia received him politely, though their biggest wave of applause went to the student who asked why his compassion for the weak did not extend to unborn babies. Sanders’ real audience–the roughly 1 in 4 Democratic-primary voters who have lifted him into contention against former Secretary of State Clinton–could only love him more than ever. He was defending the faith. Daniel, as they might put it at Liberty U., in the lion’s den.

With each twist and wrinkle of this election season, which is as wide-open and unscripted as any presidential cycle in living memory, we see more clearly that these are special times in American politics, baffling times, times to challenge categories and scramble expectations. The Internet has killed the kingmakers. Freshness beats incumbency, while the perception of sincerity beats all. There is no room for focus groups in the elevator to the top of the polls; America wants its candidates straight up and packing a kick. This is how a squinty-eyed New Yorker goes from shooting his cuffs and hawking condos to the head of the GOP pack. It’s how Bernie Sanders can join the Democratic Party in April and by August be battling for first place in Iowa and New Hampshire.

Without a single TV ad–or a single congressional endorsement–Sanders has exposed the weakness of the party’s Clintonian establishment while at the same time spotlighting its hunger for an ideological savior. Polls now indicate that if the nominating contests were held tomorrow, Sanders would edge out Clinton in Iowa and beat her in New Hampshire by 10 points. Nationally, he has cut Clinton’s lead from an impregnable 46 points to a crumbling 21 points in just two months.

But even those metrics don’t convey the extent of the Sanders phenomenon. At Clinton events, campaign staffers section off floor space before her speeches to make her crowds look densely packed. Sanders needs no barriers. His audiences are authentically huge–28,000 in Oregon, 11,000 in Arizona, 7,500 in Maine. His volunteer army, meanwhile, though mostly self-organized online, numbers more than 182,000 people spread out from rural Alaska to the Florida Keys, people who have asked the campaign how to improvise events, knock on doors and spread the gospel from campus quad to living room to farmer’s market.

Win or lose, Sanders seeks to transform his party and redeem American politics through an epic battle against some of the wealthiest powers in human history. A lot of people have given up on the political process, and I want to get them involved in it,” he tells TIME. “In this fight we are going to take on the greed of the billionaire class. And they are very, very powerful, and they’re going to fight back furiously. The only way to succeed is when millions of people stand up and decide to engage.

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