Barbara Lee will help draft Democratic platform

Barbara Lee

Barbara Lee might find herself playing the role of peacemaker at July’s Democratic National Convention. Lee has been named to the 15-member committee that will draft the party’s platform.

To assuage Bernie Sanders, the party gave him five picks for the committee and Hillary Clinton six picks.  Lee, who hasn’t endorsed in the race, is one of four people selected by the Democratic National Committee to also sit on the committee.

Typically, the party chairperson makes all the selections, but that would not have gone down well with Sanders supporters who think establishment Democrats have rigged the nominating process in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

Among Sanders’ picks are James Zogby, a pollster and advocate for the rights of Palestinians, Rep. Keith Ellison, the lone Muslim-American in the House and Professor Cornel West.




Bernie Sanders knows the way to San Jose

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is bringing his call for a political revolution to San Jose Wednesday with a 1 p.m. rally at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.
This will be the Vermont senator’s first major Bay Area rally leading up to his showdown with Hillary Clinton in California’s June 7 Democratic primary. He made a brief stop at his Oakland campaign headquarters last week after campaigning in the Central Valley.
The rally is part of Sanders’ two-day swing through California that will begin Tuesday evening in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, where he will address supporters at the StubHub Center as results trickle in from primaries held that day in Kentucky and Oregon. Continue Reading


Bernie Sanders catching up to Hillary Clinton in TV exposure

Living and working here in Oakland, I get some gruff from Bernie Sanders folks about how the media ignores him. I don’t see it, but I don’t have cable TV, so there’s a lot I don’t see.

It turns out they do have a point. Click here for a neat website that tracks television airtime for all of the presidential candidates going back to last year.

Of course, Trump has gotten way more coverage than everybody else. But over the entire campaign, Clinton has gotten lots more media attention Sanders.

tv mentions by candidate

If you don’t want to click on the graphic, it shows Clinton with more than double the number of mentions as Sanders. Of course, some of those mentions pertain to her email scandal, corporate speeches and the Benghazi hearing.

I doubt this will appease the Sanders folks but if you look at the last 30 days, he is catching up to Clinton. She got about 55 percent of the TV mentions.

Last 30 days


LA Times poll shows Clinton leading Sanders

If Bernie Sanders is to emerge victorious from the Democratic primaries, he’ll likely need to trounce Hillary Clinton in California and several more upcoming states. It doesn’t look good for him A new poll by the LA Times and USC released found Clinton leading Sanders in the Golden State.

Among respondents, the former first lady held an eight point lead. The lead grew to 11 points among likely voters.

Clinton Sanders

To read the full LA Times story, click here.



George Shultz praises Clinton speech, but isn’t endorsing her

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When Hillary Clinton gave her big speech on terrorism Wednesday that doubled as a full frontal assault on Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, Republicans were quick to return fire.

Trump attacked her on Twitter and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said she and President Obama “have been wrong about ISIS at every turn.”

But one prominent Republican had kind words for Clinton. “I thought she made a good speech,” said Ronald Reagan’s former secretary of state George Shultz.

He should know. The 95-year-old Hoover Institution fellow and San Francisco high society poobah was in attendance at the Bechtel Conference Center.

Does that mean he’s switching sides to Clinton? “No,” said Shultz who endorsed both Mitt Romney and John McCain, but has stayed out of this year’s campaign.

“I’ve been on (Stanford’s) campus for over 40 years,” he said. “When something comes, I go.”


Hillary Clinton to talk terrorism at Stanford Wednesday


Ted Cruz and Donald Trump are already tripping over themselves to take the hardest line on terrorism in the wake of the Brussels attack.

Cruz proposed policing and monitoring Muslim neighborhoods in the U.S. Trump said he agrees with Cruz 100 percent and continued to press for torturing terrorism suspects. He told  CNN that the recently-caught suspect in the Paris attack “would be talking a lot faster with the torture.” John Kasich said he opposed monitoring Muslim neighborhood in the U.S.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton will get her say when she delivers a counter-terrorism address at Stanford University. She was already planning to be in the Bay Area for a fundraising junket.

Earlier today, Clinton said:

“These terrorists seek to undermine the democratic values that are the foundation of our alliance and our way of life, but they will never succeed. Today’s attacks will only strengthen our resolve to stand together as allies and defeat terrorism and radical jihadism around the world.”