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–State Senator Daphne Campbell lied about her mother being ill in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Her mother had been dead for at least a year by that time.
–RISE NEWS was the first to expose text messages Campbell sent to a FPL lobbyist one day after Hurricane Irma impacted South Florida.
–The messages revealed that Campbell tried to use her status as a State Senator to get FPL to turn on electricity at her home.
–Her reasoning for the abuse of power? She had a sick mother at home who needed electricity to run an oxygen machine.
–Campbell texted: “Can someone helps [sic] me with the power. I do have a sick person in my house and she’s using oxygen. The address is… [address redacted]. Same than my children’s house…[address redacted]. Thanks Senator Campbell.”
–The problem (one of many with that rationale) is that Campbell’s mother was dead at the time, according to Campbell’s own words.
–Campbell was caught by the Miami New Times in the latest lie after reporter Jerry Iannelli came across a Youtube video from 2016, where Campbell talked about her dead mother.
–“My father and my mother died,” she says around the 2:20 mark of a video posted to Youtube in 2016.
-A Campbell staffer tried to defend his boss to the New Times by saying that she wasn’t actually talking about her biological mother. “Instead, Campbell was referring to a long-standing family friend whom she allegedly refers to as ‘mom.'” The staffer did confirm that Campbell’s biological mother was dead.
–Campbell called the original RISE NEWS report “fake news”. About that…
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Bernie Sanders has every right to stay in the race, but the longer he stays in, the more trouble he is causing within the party itself, and therefore the greater chance Donald Trump has to be President.
In early May, the Nevada Democratic Convention saw violent outbursts following an announcement that a slight majority of the state’s delegates would be allocated to frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Some supporters of the Vermont Senator in attendance expressed their displeasure with this by throwing chairs, screaming, and threatening state party chairwoman Roberta Lange.
Sanders response to these violent outbursts from his supporters is more worrisome than anything.
While he condemned it, he did not do much to convince his voters from refraining from it in the future.
The chaos in Nevada led some to predict similar reactions to the National Democratic Convention in Philadelphia come July.
To this idea, Sanders did not dismiss the extrapolation that such ferocity erupting at the convention would be terribly damaging to the Democratic Party as a whole.
Instead, the senator told the Associated Press that the convention could be “messy.”
“I think if they make the right choice and open the doors to working-class people and young people and create the kind of dynamism that the Democratic Party needs, it’s going to be messy,” Sanders said. “Democracy is not always nice and quiet and gentle but that is where the Democratic party should go.”
The messiness that Sanders speaks to here was elaborated on more by the senator himself further.
“So what? Democracy is messy. Everyday my life is messy. But if you want everything to be quiet and orderly and allow, you know, just things to proceed without vigorous debate, that is not what democracy is about,” Sanders said.
This idea sounds nice. But his adage that his candidacy is going to change democracy is a tad overzealous.
He is not a bad candidate by any means, but it is becoming clearer every day that he simply does not know when to quit.
Clinton holds a ten percent lead in California, according to Real Clear Politics.
It is a key state should Sanders wish to stage the comeback he believes he can, but so far it looks as if that is another empty dream just as so many other states quickly became over time.
What gets Sanders and his supporters so angry is their unending insistence that some sort of foul play must have taken place and that it makes for the only possible reason that Sanders is not going to beat Hillary Clinton.
However, there is no real evidence of that actually happening on a scale large enough to make a difference. While it may seem that everyone and their brother is voting for Bernie, the results in many contests throughout the country show us that it is simply an untrue assessment of this race.
Now Clinton is by no means a perfect candidate and it would be unreasonable to expect all Bernie supporters to worship the ground she walks on once she wins the nomination, but the candidate himself citing this election, should it come down to Clinton and Trump, as a choice between the lesser of two evils is troublesome.
That statement along with so many others that have been made over the election will make it incredibly hard for any sort of endorsement of Clinton by Sanders in the future to seem genuine.
Clinton is simply not the lesser of two evils. Electing Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States would make the country a laughingstock.
His brash and offensive campaign is not indicative of real American values and thus the notion that Clinton is somehow only slightly better than him remains utterly ridiculous.
Obviously Sanders wants to be president, but it becomes more evident every day that that will not become reality.
As he continues to attribute his losses to corruption within the system or other seemingly outlandish claims, it shows that he is unable to come to the realization that his “revolution” simply did not work.
Likewise, the violence that some of his supporters are inciting shows that they too are a part of the problem.
Of course, a majority of Sanders voters are sensible and will vote for Clinton come November even if it is done so begrudgingly.
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But the longer Sanders stays in and the more he claims that corruption has persisted because he has lost based in part on rules that have existed for decades, the more fuel it adds to the fire for the Bernie Bros and their Bernie or Bust mantra.
The Bernie Sanders Revolution, if it can even be called that, is not strong enough to make a lasting claim. While he has pushed the party and Clinton herself further left, it remains that that is all will come of his candidacy.
While whether or not the nominating process is fair is a worthwhile debate, there is just absolutely no substance behind the claim that the system is rigged to hurt Sanders in this election.
Successful politicians own up to losses and show an ability to compromise. That is what Clinton did when she lost to Barack Obama in 2008.
She swallowed her pride, accepted the loss, and even took a position in the cabinet of the very man who beat her to realizing her dream of becoming president.
Sanders is not showing an ability to do that here. His attacks on Clinton only become harsher over time, rather than a tad softer as it becomes clear he has no real path to the nomination.
While he cannot give up the values he has attested to so strongly throughout the campaign, he must do what every other runner up has done and show he has a strong enough ego to begin to work with his opponent rather than still trying to tear her down this late in the game.
If the polls as they stand today emulate any results that come out of California on June 7, it will become even clearer that Sanders needs to accept that he will not win the nomination.
But it remains important to his legacy that he does so sooner rather than later so his image as a sore loser can begin to be erased and so that his ideas can stand as his real legacy.
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Live from the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa the three leading candidates for the Democratic Presidential nomination are gathered for a debate hosted by CBS News.
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RR 11:02 PM: My rankings: 1. O’Malley 2. Clinton 3. SandersCB 10:55PM: I’m not into conspiracy but its easy to understand the views that DNC is rigging this for Clinton. Ranking for me is: 1. O’Malley 2. Clinton 3. SandersCB 10:53PM: DNC’s intentions really strange with this schedule. Ratings will be low tonight.
RR 10:53 PM: This debate will fade from memory very quickly. Good for Hillary.CB 10:53PM: I doubt there will be any post-debate coverage tonight because of events in Paris.
RR 10:52 PM: Liked Hillary’s closing. Wrapped it up with a nice bow and made it clear that she is still teflon.
CB 10:51PM: “Heard a lot about me in this debate”-Clinton. Oh please, give me a break. Cheap shotCB 10:50PM: O’Malley was great but his closing statements are a little too rehearsed.
CB 10:49PM: Bernie Sanders on bipartisanship. Effective speech.
RR 10:47PM: @CB: I miss Jim Webb.
CB 10:47PM: Lincoln Chaffey randomly walks on the stage and just smiles at everyone in silence.
RR 10:46 PM: Clinton/ Trivalgo guy 2016
JF 10:41 PM: A single-payer system for healthcare is probably the best the solution to universal healthcare.
CB 10:40PM: @RR That makes sense. He probably does do it too much
CB 10:38PM: Free community college, and debt free college sounds reasonable. Clinton had best answer.CB 10:37PM: O’Malley DID ALL OF IT. He’s looking very good tonight
RR 10:36 PM: @CB you mentioned this earlier but.. O’Malley constantly going back to Maryland record is bad advice he is getting. He should touch on it but stay in the future. Otherwise, it sounds like he is saying that “Maryland is a wonderland”, which we know is not true.
CB 10:35PM: Anytime people ask Bernie where the money will come from, he always goes” uh….”
CB 10:33PM: The question is: is campus activism justified? As long as reporters have their first amendment rights, which are not infringed upon by vultures like Melissa Click.
RR 10:31 PM: University of Missouri question! Amazing how big that story got. Not to gloat, but Rise News interviewed the leader of the protest movement a full week before national media caught on.
RR 10:29 PM: O’Malley said that BlackLivesMatters. That is a good soundbite for him.
JF 10:28 PM: Will the topic of Clinton’s email ever die down? Yes, asking questions about the scandal is important. But haven’t the questions already been answered?
RR 10:26 PM: @CB agreed. Waste of time.CB 10:26PM: Okay, this e-mail moment is shopworn. Already happened at last debate.CB 10:25PM: Atlantic City quip was a joke. They’re doing fine.
RR 10:24 PM: Sanders bashes “media” for twisting his words about whether he thinks that Clinton’s email scandal is a big deal. Not sure that is true Bernster.
CB 10:20PM: @RR At Disneyworld, Toontown is out. Kind of like Atlantic City after Trump.
RR 10:19 PM: @JF that was grade A website plugging by him.
JF 10:19 PM: Best donation advertising goes to Martin O’Malley
RR 10:19 PM: Wall Street. The most depressing section of Magic Kingdom.. other than that Toontown thing.
CB 10:18PM: Got to protect Main Street from Wall Street. If not, how else will you get to Cinderella Castle and Adventureland.
RR 10:18 PM: O’Malley trying to take away the Wall Street attack from Sanders as both label Clinton as “candidate of Wall Street.” Red meat for the Dem base.
RR 10:15 PM: Sanders trying to keep nice with Clinton but can’t help the attacks. Can someone say conflicted?
CB 10:15PM: Sanders making sure Clinton knows he’s not shouting at her. She took that after the last debate and shamelessly ran with it.
CB 10:14 PM: @JF There’s your attack on Clinton’s position changes.
RR 10:13 PM: Sanders attacking O’Malley on his record as Mayor of Baltimore in terms of safety. The opposition research is starting to bubble to the top.
RR 10:13 PM: O’Malley attacking Hillary and calling her “Annie Oakley” because of gun positions.
JF 10:12 PM: The candidates have made a drastic switch from occasionally supporting each other’s policies in the previous debate to attacking one another.
CB 10:11 PM: Clinton: “92% of Americans think we need universal background check.” Lets get a background check on this statement.
RR 10:10 PM: The Wall Street back and forth the moment of the debate so far. Hillary stood her ground but she needs to get a better line than that 9/11 quip. Truth is that she will not have to talk about this after primary.
JF 10:06PM: Shouldn’t Hillary Clinton’s integrity be questioned considering the amount of times she’s changed her position?
CB 10:06PM: I don’t think Wall Street has been mentioned in the last two GOP debates…am I wrong?
RR 10:06 PM: Hillary using Wall Street 9/11 connection really dodges what Bernie was driving about.
RR 10:05 PM: Hillary strong on this rebut on Bernie.
CB 10:05PM: Great, here’s Hillary’s gender card.
CB 10:05PM: Glass Steagall…the hottest thing since Supergirl
JF 10:03PM Bernie Sanders response to Clinton’s economic plan: “It’s not good enough.”
RR 10:03 PM: Woah Bernie on the attack now. Says Hillary’s explanations to ties with Wall Street is not good enough.
CB 10:01PM: Wall Street 2: Bernie Never Sleeps. Unlike Carson
RR 10:00 PM: Welcome @JF to the second hour of the debate!
RR 9:59 PM: Alan Grayson, Dem candidate for Senate in Florida had an ad during the local slot in Miami market. Taking credit for getting Kevin McCarthy out of speaker race.
RR 9:55 PM: Hillary getting boxed out of some of these questions. Not sure it matters though.
CB 9:55PM: O’Malley to every question: “We did this”.
RR 9:49 PM: Always feel like Trivago guy is trying to flirt with me.
CB 9:49 PM: I really don’t like the Trivago commercial guy.
RR 9:48 PM: @CB Of course that is a big concern to be sure. But I think that ISIS will be able to get in the US one way or the other. We probably hurt ourselves more in the eyes of the world by not allowing people in.
CB 9:47PM: Just to clarify, I think we should take refugees. Number is debatable.
CB 9:47 PM: @RR On refugee response- Would you be worried of ISIS plants within that population? Screenings possibly insufficient?
RR 9:45 PM: Interestingly it is Hillary who is trying to poke Sanders and make their differences known. You would think it would be the other way around.
RR 9:44 PM: @CB: oh yeah. If Bama was playing right now, I would not be watching this.
CB 9:43PM: @RR Sanders kind of had a moment.B 9:42PM: @RR The fact that it is late Saturday night without much promotion is a part of it.
RR 9:42 PM: @CB previous question: I think that 100,000 refugees would be a reasonable number. America is a big country that has the systems to make it work.CB 9:41PM: O’Malley is strong tonight.
RR 9:38 PM: So far, no big moments in the debate. If it ended now, nobody would remember this happened tomorrow.CB 9:37PM: Kind of wish they would stay on foreign policy. Should at least be half the debate. Last night calls for it.CB 9:34PM: Can we just mention how ridiculous this DNC debate schedule is? Saturday night? After football?CB 9:30PM: O’Malley very generous on Syrian refugee number. Says accept 65,000. With screenings. Thoughts RR?
RR 9:26 PM: The flubs on the “radical Islam” question has to due to with the fact that Democrats have the burden of being the party in power.CB 9:25PM: Good for the moderator for pushing her on that.CB 9:24PM: IT’S RADICAL ISLAM! SAY IT!
CB 9:22PM: O’Malley insinuates “boots on the ground” is an offensive and inhumane term.
RR 9:22 PM: O’Malley coming across very strongly tonight. Presidential even.
CB 9:21PM: This is not Sanders’ strong suit. Reportedly one of his aides threw a fit because of the topic change of the debate.CB 9:14 PM: Sanders: “Iraq War responsible for unraveling of Middle East and rise of Al Queda.”CB 9:13 PM: Sanders: “Climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.”RR: 9:12 PM Sanders using facts and science to tie climate change to the rise of terrorism will not be popular among some- especially on the right.CB 9:09 PM: Clinton: “ISIS cannot be contained, it must be defeated.” Seems to contradict Obama’s comments yesterday.CB 9:06 PM: Sanders has an underwhelming opening. Martin O’Malley’s is the strongest.
CB 9:04 PM EST: After the events in Paris, tonight’s debate will focus on foreign policy. This will be interesting. Our hearts go out to the people in France.
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