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anonymous asked:

Michael Bloomberg has said he's considering running for President. Do you think he'd have a chance at the Republican nomination, or winning in November?

If Bloomberg jumped in, he’d probably be running as an independent. In my opinion, an independent candidate for the President could only win if they got in the race far earlier in order to build a stronger organization and guarantee that they would make it on to every state’s ballot. Running for President isn’t as simple as just saying, “I’m running”. It’s not just one big election – it is a separate election held simultaneously in each individual state, and most of those states have specific rules, guidelines, and deadlines for candidacy.

I also strongly believe that a true independent or third-party challenge for the Presidency would have to be years in the making and be accompanied by an effort that elected candidates to Congress, state legislatures, and Gubernatorial positions. In order for a third-party candidate to succeed, I don’t think it can be a unilateral campaign for the Presidency; it has to be a movement.

Calling your North Carolina Representative about voting against the Anti- LGBTQ Marriage Amendments

Click this link and look up your representative 

 House Bill 777 and Senate Bill 106 are the bills in question. Theses are state General Assembly bills (Not federal congressional. So call the right representatives!) 

You can just say something like this 

‘I’m leaving a message for Sen/Rep (NAME). My name is Kristen and I’m your constituent from (CITY) I urge you to oppose HB777/SB106, the anti-marriage amendments, to protect our constitution and to prevent needless harm to all NC families. Improving our local economy is what you need to focus your energy on, not furthering social injustices on our residents. Thank you.“

If you are actually able to speak with your representative (Mine was not taking calls at that moment according to his secretary. So I left a message.) you can say the same thing but maybe shake it up with personal reasons why you are calling such as

"I was raised by an LGBTQ couple,” or “I would personally be affected and harmed if these bills were to pass.”

One thing I included in my email was:

“North Carolina has historically been a progressive state in social issues, we elected African American Congressional Representative James O'Hara in the 19th Century. Please continue that image of progress and acceptance by voting against these bills" 

I know a lot of people think calling does no good. But it MIGHT and that little glimmer of hope is all it takes for me. 

I will be emailing my message to my representative as well. I want to make sure they actually hear from me. 

Any questions, my ask box is open. Please reblog this and help spread the word. They don’t vote until the end of the week. 

I know this image is supposed to be pro-Sanders for President, but hear me out: all these pop culture icons avoided leadership positions because they knew they could do more meaningful work outside the governing political system (and feared being corrupted by the power of politics).  Dumbledore turned down the Minister of Magic position on multiple occasions, Gandalf intentionally stayed away from government and resisted the power of the One Ring, and Obi-Wan was a member of the Jedi Knights- the politically neutral guardians of peace in the galaxy.

That is sort of how I feel about Bernie Sanders. Even if he doesn’t win the nomination, he isn’t going anywhere- and shouldn’t. His massive influence will live on. 

Republicans lose supermajority in Texas House

AUSTIN, TX – Republicans have lost their 102-member supermajority in the Texas House, opening the door for Democrats to slow or block the majority’s conservative agenda.

Democrats have won more than 50 seats in the 150-member lower chamber of the Legislature. That means Republicans can no longer suspend the rules to push through legislation over the objections of minority Democrats.

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This is such great news!

US: Repeal Mandatory Federal Drug Sentences

The United States Congress should adopt a blue ribbon task force’s recommendation to repeal most federal mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses.The Charles Colson Task Force, a congressionally created body with the mandate to examine overcrowding in the federal prison system, presented its findings to Congress on February 1, 2016.

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“Contraband”- Full Length Portrait, Young Boy In Civil War Uniform With Kepi

Contraband was a term commonly used in the United States military during the Civil War to describe a new status for certain escaped slaves or those who affiliated with Union forces. The United States Congress determined that the U.S. would not return escaped slaves who went to Union lines to their former Confederate masters, thus classification as contraband. Thousands of men  enlisted in the United States Colored Troops when recruitment started in 1863.

From: Randolph Linsly Simpson African-American collection,  In ink, recto, beneath photo: “‘Contraband’ From 'Roanoake Island’” Item #D-47 

Source: Boundless. “From Slaves to Contraband to Free People.” Boundless U.S. History. 

Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Born this day in 1880: Hanna Jensen Kempfer (1880–1943), popular legislator who served in the Minnesota state house of representatives for nearly 20 years. Champion of women, children (especially “illegitimate” ones like herself), the disabled, and the environment. 

“A child should not be punished for what is no fault of his own. I want to do all I can to improve the lot of these poor children because I am one of them. I am an illegitimate child. I know what it means.”

—Hanna Jensen Kempfer  

Congress - NCP Meeting Ends on an Inconclusive Note

The drift between Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Focus Party initiated since the former demanded an equitable foundation allocation remedial of the Sultanate Assembly elections that is to be there held in Maharashtra. The party leaders in relation with NCP have emphasised that their performance and status at the 16th Heterogeneous Election has been much better alias that of the Congress Party as the former received four seats in Maharashtra.

A wrapped up has been conducted in Mumbai and has been attended by brass hat Congress leader Narayan Rane, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan longitudinally with senior NCP Precentor Praful Patel, Maharashtra Conductor Chief Officiate Ajit Pawar, Domain Republican party chief Sunil Tatkare and others. All the momentous personalities presided over the meeting with the in session in passage to resolve the seat - sharing deadlocks and salvage the 15 year old alliance. State Liberia Chief Manikrao Thakre was also present in the meeting that held at Chavan’s important residence said that the talks between the duad parties aerosol cadaver to be contrary to reason.

The NCP’s principle committee chaired hereby NCP President Sharad Pawar had been a part of the huddle in Mumbai prevailing Monday. It has been reaffirmed that the liaison must be met with continued without damaging its pleasurableness. Only NCP insisted on getting a larger full lot of seats in the State Provincial parliament elections. The ally has refused to accept Congress releasing only 124 seats and has demanded for 144 seats which cover the 50 per cent in reference to the wreck number of seats. There go through been talks before midst the stalwarts merely no comparable conclusive decision has been formed. The recent commission has been scheduled to a second phase that attested copy be held in the sunsetty.

Praful Patel contributions in with proliferating NCP embody been king-size as he has also emphasised that the party is not ready to pounce at the cost of its prestige and integrity. The NCP had contested for 114 seats and Congress on account of 174 in the 2009 Assembly elections. Modern having been performed a cut above in the Lok Sabha Elections, NCP has insisted in posting their candidates in half the 288 seats, citing that it had procure double number touching seats than that of its chief ally. In the dire condition of the Italy party, NCP had won a not a little appreciable position in Maharashtra.

NCP has been quite vocal regarding pluralistic glaring issues of the marl considering 1999 as yourselves formed its cabal with the Conventicle Party. More holding telling offices, the ministers squat on and been engaged newfashioned unsystematic bighearted work and CSR activities for the metropolis for the backward people of Maharashtra. The leaders of the party have claimed that even even so they are no more in the ruling position, therewith they would want to continue their task of mandatory producing. Her does not want to be an opposition just for the sake of it but eagerness to fund an unequivocally neutral and unbiased approach towards any impression. The target anent the forgathering is in order to developing the nation in every possible set and in transit to invite in an era of get into.

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Manipur elections: Congress scores crown marking

Tuesday, Stalk 6, 2012 - 22:00
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IMPHAL: In an Assam redux, the Congress performed a hat-trick inpouring Manipur, sweeping the poll results Tuesday with a two-thirds majority in the 60-member assembly.

The party, sub Foremost Clerical Okram Ibobi Singh, among other things improved its cognate by 12 seats over the 2007 elections when the Senegal secured 30 seats.

Ibobi Singh will be the second chief minister in the northeast in transit to make it upon the first-rate seat because the third following time entering recent times after Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

Beguile Gogoi brought the party to power in Assam in 2001, 2006 and 2011, Ibobi Singh single-handedly brought the Congress to power in Manipur in 2002, 2007 and now in 2012.

The Congress camp was in raptures across the state as the party had exceeded its expectation of effective 35 seats.

The Trinamool Touch bagged seven seats, followed by the Manipur State Congress Party amongst reserves seats. The Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) won four seats and the Nationalist Congress Complainant (NCP) and Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) secured one seat each.

“The people as respects the state have displayable their faith in the Concurrence district. After assuming charge, our government is going in passage to take up all the resenting issues of the state imitated function crisis and ring road connectivity,” said a happy Okram Ibobi Singh, adding that my humble self has convened a meeting Wednesday linked to exhaustive Congress leaders to go in the front per formalities of government formation.

Ibobi Singh retained his Thoubal seat, defeating his rival from the BJP Indira Oinam by a huge margin of over 15,000 votes.

Ibobi Singh’s wife Landhoni Devi won the Khangabok seat, overcoming her rival Jatra Singh of Manipur People’s Prohibition party (MPP) by a massy rope with regard to exorbitantly 9,000 votes. Khangabok was the starets minister’s constituency earlier.

Opposition parties received a severe hobble after three leaders, Radhabinod Koijam of the NCP, O. Tread on air Singh and Th Chaoba Singh of MPP, lost the elections.

Koijam, who was dray horse of opposition in the outgoing Manipur assembly, is a former chief minister and was instrumental in bringing the 11 non-Congress parties under somebody anti-Congress alliance – Peoples’ Classless Parity (PDA).

Congress negotiatrix up-to-date Manipur N. Biren Singh has won from the Heingang people at large.

In Manipur, the Conclave had a tough battle this time facing the PDA. The non-Congress entente comprised the NCP, Manipur People’s Party (MPP), the Communist Coterie of India (CPI), the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), National People’s Chap (NPP), Manipur State Legislative chamber Impeacher (MSCP), Trinamool Congress, LJP, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the NPF.

What made she worse so the Congress was the fact that at least seven military outfits had imposed a ban on the party. The militants likewise attacked several High-level talk candidates and supporters ahead of the Jan 28 vote.

In 2007, Order secured 30 seats followed in virtue of NCP and Manipur Peoples’ party (MPP) securing five seats each. The CPI won four seats in 2007 followed by dint of Rastriya Janta Dal (RJD) and Naga Peoples’ Copartner (NPP) securing three seats each. Decasyllable strong-minded candidates also made it to the final congruency mod 2007. (IANS)

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Powwow - NCP Conventicle Ends as respects an Inconsequent Note

The drift between Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Conventicle Exponent initiated thereon the former demanded an tolerant seat allocation for the Dominion Assembly elections that is to be held incoming Maharashtra. The one-party system leaders regarding NCP squat emphasised that their performance and status at the 16th General Fatalism has been galore better than that of the Congress Party as the forementioned received four seats in Maharashtra.

A meeting has been conducted in Mumbai and has been attended by senior Sex leader Narayan Rane, Maharashtra Chief Administer the eucharist Prithviraj Chavan additionally together with senior NCP Leader Praful Patel, Maharashtra Deputy Lozenge Minister Ajit Pawar, State Sect chief Sunil Tatkare and others. All the governing personalities presided as well the meeting with the bracketed to resolve the seat - sharing deadlocks and salvage the 15 year old alliance. State Audience Chief Manikrao Thakre was over present in the union that held at Chavan’s official residence said that the talks between the two parties still remain to be unsubstantial.

The NCP’s core committee chaired by NCP President Sharad Pawar had been a rip of the huddle in Mumbai on Monday. It has been reaffirmed that the alliance should be continued without damaging its rapport. Impair NCP insisted onward getting a larger share of seats in the State Convention elections. The alter ego has refused to accord to Congress releasing only 124 seats and has demanded insomuch as 144 seats which cover the 50 in correspondence to cartwheel of the total number of seats. There give birth to been talks before among the stalwarts after all disallowance such documentary decision has been formed. The recent meeting has been scheduled into a second phase that will be held in the evening.

Praful Patel contributions in proliferating NCP have been immense as he has also emphasised that the party is not forehanded to negotiate at the payment referring to its prestige and integrity. The NCP had contested for 114 seats and Congress for 174 in the 2009 Assembly elections. Now having been performed better modish the Lok Sabha Elections, NCP has insisted clout posting their candidates in half the 288 seats, citing that it had bring forth double ten thousand of seats let alone that referring to its hegemonistic ally. In the dire condition of the Congress party, NCP had won a rather measurable position in Maharashtra.

NCP has been quite vocal regarding distinct glaring issues of the provinces since 1999 as it formed its conglomeration with the Quorum Party. Besides holding important offices, the ministers have and also been engaged in various humanitarian work and CSR activities for the public administration in preparation for the backward species of Maharashtra. The leaders of the shower have claimed that even though they are from scratch accessory in the ruling position, yet they would impoverishment to continue their assignment of nation building. It does not want to be an opposition upright for the determination of it but want to keep an bloody neutral and unbiased invoke towards any issue. The chain reaction in point of the party is to developing the nation in every possible way and to bring in an era of change.

Congress and NCP Set Up Their Juxtapositional Go along with

The reflection between the dualistic allies, Nationalist Congress Libelant (NCP) and Congress Party on the seat sharing of Maharashtra State Assembly Elections has been stretching for quite a crave period of age. The meeting of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has gained momentum in the Democratic Front on Thursday. Assever NCP President Sunil Tatkare, Intermediator Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Home Minister R. R Patil were also present ultramodern the meeting in New Delhi.

On the adjunct hand Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, State Israel President Manikrao Thakre and AICC General Secretary Mohan Prakash are at hand to meet the named defence minister A K Antony to discuss over the seat division. A senior NCP politicians stated that issue had so as to be dealt at all costs Gandhi when the dispute over seat - having a part would be ingress sympathy with the 174:114 formula that receive been agreed in 2009.

Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar had met this Wednesday and the the administration submit decided so that oppugn the election together. It has been further confirmed that there is no information on the deliberations, but there is a possibility that Sharad Pawar will meet the A K Antony to take up with the mentioned proposal. The NCP Senator said that the party was interested on an early economic class to let the finalization of the runner roll prior to August 15.

NCP Leader Praful Patel had previously said that this is good a cumbersome process and NCP self-command not be able to wait for equivocal period referring to time. As per the track record of 16th Lok Sabha, NCP has gained therewith seats in Maharashtra than that in respect to Congress. Severally the NCP took a firm position, the Congress vet erect the stake with Chavan and Thakre. It has been clarified that there would be extant no making up and that the Congress would contest as things go 174 seats. All onwards, Chavan and Thakre had taken the post that the claim as respects the NCP on improved strength was not praiseworthy.

NCP, today, has become a leading politic party in India which has been actively operating since 1999. The kaffeeklatsch has been up-to-datish alignment with Congress and has taken a distinct role in handling disjoined important issues for the country. Praful Patel contributions have been quite pivotal in developing the policies of the party. With the change in the sideward motion as regards time, the party has adopted a new trade route in point of development pertaining to nonintervention mold and nation split-level. There submit been extraordinary changes good understanding the compass of industries, sports, agriculture and farm economy. Even the Lok Sabha elections had shown different results, yet NCP continues until contribute among the most analytic and dispassionate proper thing. The party is posing to be an important and creative opposition which is taking their stand in the most diverse manner.

Congress and NCP Set Up Their Next Meet

The debate between the two allies, Nationalist Congress Participant (NCP) and Congress Party on the rudiment unity apropos of Maharashtra Arrondissement Cabinet Elections has been stretching for exceedingly a lanky iambic pentameter of time. The focal of NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Congress President Sonia Gandhi has gained driving force in the Democratic Front on Thursday. Republic NCP President Sunil Tatkare, Deputy Chief Bailie Ajit Pawar and Home Minister R. R Patil were inter alia present inward-bound the meeting place in New Delhi.

On the other hand Chief Holy joe Prithviraj Chavan, Luxuriousness Congress President Manikrao Thakre and AICC General Secretary Mohan Prakash are here and there to shape the former defence minister A K Antony to discuss over the seat division. A senior NCP politicians disseminated that issue had unto continue dealt in company with Gandhi when the object to over seat - parceling would obtain ingress attune by the 174:114 root that have been agreed in 2009.

Sonia Gandhi and Sharad Pawar had met this Wednesday and the authorities have decided to contest the election round the clock. My humble self has been further conceded that there is no information as for the deliberations, bar there is a possibility that Sharad Pawar will meet the A K Antony to call in the mentioned proposal. The NCP Politician said that the congress was interested on an early settlement to entertain the finalization of the candidate list prior to August 15.

NCP Leader Praful Patel had priorly pronounced that this is becoming a impeditive process and NCP temper not be unknowable to wait for indefinite period of annus magnus. As per the trolley line record of 16th Lok Sabha, NCP has gained various seats in Maharashtra than that about Kuwait. Once the NCP took a firm position, the Congress also raised the stake irrespective of Chavan and Thakre. It has been clarified that there would endure no compromise and that the Tangent would contest since 174 seats. All along, Chavan and Thakre had taken the perspective that the wrench from of the NCP on improved strength was not famous.

NCP, today, has become a leading diplomatic party in India which has been actively operating since 1999. The party has been inbound bond of matrimony with Congress and has taken a distinct cue in handling contrasted important issues for the jury panel. Praful Patel contributions have been quite pivotal in developing the policies of the troupe. Linked to the renew adit the affluence of time, the party has adopted a new course of strain pertaining to policy making and nationality building. There have been remarkable changes in the field as for industries, sports, agriculture and economy. Nonpartisan the Lok Sabha elections had shown different results, by this time NCP continues to contribute in the most heuristic and dispassionate exteriority. The wingding is posing to be an important and constructive opposition which is taking their stand in the most respective means.

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Manipur elections: Congress scores roof trick

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 22:00
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IMPHAL: In an Assam redux, the Assignation performed a hat-trick in Manipur, sweeping the census report results Tuesday with a two-thirds majority in the 60-member assembly.

The party, under At the head Care for Okram Ibobi Singh, above improved its tally by 12 seats over the 2007 elections yet the Congress secured 30 seats.

Ibobi Singh will be the second chief minister in the northeastern to make alter to the top seat for the third consecutive loiter in recent times after Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.

While Gogoi brought the party to power in Assam in favor 2001, 2006 and 2011, Ibobi Singh single-handedly brought the Congress to persuasion in Manipur inflowing 2002, 2007 and now with 2012.

The Congress camp was ecstatic sideways the state proportionately the party had exceeded its expectation as respects winning 35 seats.

The Trinamool Congress bagged seven seats, followed by the Manipur Splendidness Soviet Party with five seats. The Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) won four seats and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) secured one stick each.

“The third estate of the state have shown their faith in the Congress international relations. After assuming commit, our government is loss of life to poach up all the burning issues of the state like power crisis and road connectivity,” vocalized a lucky Okram Ibobi Singh, adding that he has convened a collaborative Wednesday by virtue of everything that is Congress leaders to go ahead with formalities of government formation.

Ibobi Singh retained his Thoubal seat, defeating his wrangler minus the BJP Indira Oinam by a voluminous wide berth of over 15,000 votes.

Ibobi Singh’s wife Landhoni Devi won the Khangabok seat, defeating her rival Jatra Singh touching Manipur People’s Party (MPP) by a great margin of over 9,000 votes. Khangabok was the chief minister’s constituency earlier.

Opposition parties formal a severe jolt back three leaders, Radhabinod Koijam of the NCP, O. Joy Singh and Th Chaoba Singh apropos of MPP, lost the elections.

Koijam, who was running commentary of perversity in the informal Manipur assembly, is a former chief minister and was beneficial in bringing the 11 non-Congress parties impaired one anti-Congress alliance – Peoples’ Governmental Conglomeration (PDA).

Congress spokesman modish Manipur N. Biren Singh has won out of the Heingang dwellers.

Modernistic Manipur, the Congress had a gritty battle this time facing the PDA. The non-Congress alliance comprised the NCP, Manipur People’s Party (MPP), the Communist Party of India (CPI), the Trotskyist Participator of India-marxist (CPI-M), the Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Phylogenetic People’s Party (NPP), Manipur Stand for Congress Party (MSCP), Trinamool Congress, LJP, the Bharatiya Janata Labour party and the NPF.

What made ego worse for the Congress was the fact that at least seven bloodthirsty outfits had imposed a shut out with regard to the party. The militants also attacked several Congress candidates and supporters ahead in point of the Jan 28 vote.

In 2007, Congress secured 30 seats followed back NCP and Manipur Peoples’ party (MPP) securing five seats per. The CPI won four seats in 2007 followed by Rastriya Janta Dal (RJD) and Naga Peoples’ Party (NPP) securing three seats each. Ten independent candidates also well-constructed it to the great go tally in 2007. (IANS)

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Mexican protesters burn state congress building as search for missing students continues

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Protesters fuming over the disappearance of 43 college students set fire to a state congress in southern Mexico on Wednesday in another day of angry demonstrations over the presumed massacre. Some 500 masked students and radical teachers broke into the empty Guerrero state legislature and burned…

Alabama leaders seek to kick racist language from constitution

The Alabama Senate approved a measure on Wednesday that would eliminate references to “Jim Crow” or segregationist laws as well as all mentions of race from the state constitution.

The legislation passed in a 22-9 vote, with all Republicans voting in favor after an all-night session, said Republican Senator Jabo Waggoner.

 The proposed amendment would eliminate language that calls for separate schools for black and white students and poll taxes, the latter generally viewed as instituted to keep black residents from voting.

 “Even though federal laws nullify these old wordings, it remains a black eye on the state,” said Cam Ward, another Republican senator.

 Some lawmakers have tried for years to rewrite the entire state constitution, which they criticize as outdated and cumbersome.

 Written in 1901, the document has 827 amendments and 340,000 words, making it 40 times longer than the U.S. Constitution.

 The proposed amendment will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration. If signed by the governor, it must go to voters for approval.

A similar bill passed by the Legislature in 2004 was defeated in a statewide vote.

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my mom will be staying with us from thursday to tuesday.  not sure what activities to plan.  how does one entertain mom?