Monday, December 19, 2016

The People's President

The Electoral College has got to go.

Monday, December 12, 2016

It's Now Up To the Electoral College to Save America

Unbelievably, 2016 still isn't over yet.

Despite the results of November 8th, the apparent collapse of recount efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, and little change in the recounted ballots of Wisconsin, it's still not 100% certain who the next president will be because the Electoral College hasn't made it official yet.

And following the weekend bombshell that Russia directly intervened in order to elect Donald Trump, this insane election has gone even further into truly uncharted territory:
In its first show of public support for efforts questioning the legitimacy of Donald Trump's victory, Hillary Clinton’s campaign said it is supporting a request by members of the Electoral College for an intelligence briefing on foreign intervention in the presidential election.

“The bipartisan electors' letter raises very grave issues involving our national security,” Podesta said in a statement Monday. “Electors have a solemn responsibility under the Constitution and we support their efforts to have their questions addressed.”

“Each day that month, our campaign decried the interference of Russia in our campaign and its evident goal of hurting our campaign to aid Donald Trump,” he said. “Despite our protestations, this matter did not receive the attention it deserved by the media in the campaign. We now know that the CIA has determined Russia's interference in our elections was for the purpose of electing Donald Trump. This should distress every American.”

Podesta’s statement follows an open letter from 10 members of the Electoral College, including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter Christine and a former member of Congress, who are demanding a briefing from U.S. intelligence officials on any ongoing investigations into Donald Trump’s ties to Russia.

In a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, the electors — nine Democrats and one Republican — argue that they require the information ahead of Dec. 19, when the Electoral College is set to meet and select the next president.

“The Electors require to know from the intelligence community whether there are ongoing investigations into ties between Donald Trump, his campaign or associates, and Russian government interference in the election, the scope of those investigations, how far those investigations may have reached, and who was involved in those investigations,” they wrote. “We further require a briefing on all investigative findings, as these matters directly impact the core factors in our deliberations of whether Mr. Trump is fit to serve as President of the United States.”
It's one thing for a few electors to request more information, but the Clinton campaign encouraging these intelligence briefings and therefore questioning the legitimacy of Trump's win at this point? That's truly unprecedented. Honestly, I have no idea what's going to happen from now until December 19th (or January 20th for that matter).

Here's the key question that must be answered in the next week: Did the Trump campaign coordinate directly with elements in the Russian government to help him win the presidency? We already know that Donald himself asked the Russians to hack Hillary's emails (because we saw it with our own eyes at his last press conference in July). But if the electors receive proof that Trump won due to a traitorous direct connection with Vladimir Putin...all bets are off.

It would be all too appropriate if none other than Alexander Hamilton saves our nation over 200 years after his death. But if the electors look to his guidance and do their jobs as patriots, it just might happen.

Whatever the electors decide in the end, it's going to be another very interesting week in American history. Stay tuned.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Trump is Trying to Stop the Recounts. What's He So Afraid Of?

Not over just yet.
Question: If the recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania are "crazy" or "frivolous"...then why is Donald Trump trying so desperately to stop them? Maybe news like this has something to do with it? Remember that Trump himself told the nation that the election was fraudulent just a few days ago, which makes these legal moves by his lawyers and allies even more curious. If I didn't know any better, I'd guess that he knows his win is questionable and is scared that the truth will come out before he can take the oath of office. Hopefully the Clinton lawyers are ready to fight back.

I feel like there's a major story brewing just under the surface. The media isn't focusing on it too much right now because the idea that the election could be overturned does sound kinda crazy. And it would certainly be unprecedented.

But if there's any year where "crazy" and "unprecedented" apply, it's 2016.

Let the recounts and audits continue.

Monday, November 28, 2016

After "Winning", Unhinged Trump Now Says the Election was Fraudulent

As I'm sure you've heard by now, some truly massive news occurred over the long Thanksgiving weekend:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign on Saturday said that it would participate in a recount initiated by Green Party nominee Jill Stein in Wisconsin and said it would take similar action if a recount was initiated in Michigan and Pennsylvania.

The campaign has taken a number of steps since election day to review election results and has not found “any actionable evidence of hacking or outside attempts to alter the voting technology,” Marc Elias, the campaign’s general counsel, wrote in a statement on Medium. The campaign had not planned to call for a recount, Elias wrote, but now that one is underway, it felt an obligation to participate. The extent of the campaign’s participation was not immediately clear.

“Now that a recount has been initiated in Wisconsin, we intend to participate in order to ensure the process proceeds in a manner that is fair to all sides,” Elias wrote. “If Jill Stein follows through as she has promised and pursues recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan, we will take the same approach in those states as well.”

Stein filed for a recount in Wisconsin on Friday after quickly raising more than $5 million to challenge election results there and in Michigan and Pennsylvania ― all key states that Clinton lost in the presidential election. Stein’s call for a recount came after data scientists publicly raised questions about discrepancies in election results.

Elias wrote that the Clinton campaign had been consulting with a number of experts to understand irregularities in election result data and had attempted to “systematically catalogue and investigate every theory that has been presented to us within our ability to do so.” The campaign has also staffed post-election canvasses ― the processes by which election returns are officially certified, which includes double checking tallies from election night.
As expected, the response from Donald Trump and his campaign was calm and respectful of this important process.

Hahahaha...just kiddin'! After the expected nasty, insulting, false and defensive response from Kellyanne Conway came the main course from the candidate himself. It was even more unhinged than we're used to, culminating in this:

Our so-called president-elect just said that the election was fraudulent without any evidence. Without going any further, let's just take a moment to appreciate how utterly insane and unprecedented this is. With each passing day, we're in new and scarier territory. We're used to him lying and bullying because that's all he ever does. What's really important here is that Trump is saying that the election was rigged even though he (apparently) won! And to be clear, he's the only candidate saying such a thing.

It's hard to even analyze such a bizarre and fast-moving situation right now, especially before we see any of the results from the Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania recounts/audits. But I do have a suggestion for any interested party:

Call Trump's bluff and request new recounts/audits not only in Virginia and New Hampshire, but also Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Iowa...and any other state where the polls and exits deviated greatly from the vote count.

The "president-elect" believes that the election was rigged, and the public should have no faith in the security of our electoral system as a result. The door is now wide open to prove him right or wrong as a public service to the American people, and we should do just that.

The post-election situation has already spun out of control. What the hell do we have to lose?

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Did Trump Really Win?

Did Trump really win?

In one way, the answer is most definitely no:
Hillary Clinton is the winner of the national popular vote, and she will be the people's president for the next four years no matter what.

But what about the electoral college?

After Hillary's concession, I initially decided to put this site on hiatus through the rest of the year with this post and reevaluate the future of at a later date. However, that was before this bombshell story in New York Magazine:
Hillary Clinton is being urged by a group of prominent computer scientists and election lawyers to call for a recount in three swing states won by Donald Trump, New York has learned. The group, which includes voting-rights attorney John Bonifaz and J. Alex Halderman, the director of the University of Michigan Center for Computer Security and Society, believes they’ve found persuasive evidence that results in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania may have been manipulated or hacked. The group is so far not speaking on the record about their findings and is focused on lobbying the Clinton team in private.

Last Thursday, the activists held a conference call with Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and campaign general counsel Marc Elias to make their case, according to a source briefed on the call. The academics presented findings showing that in Wisconsin, Clinton received 7 percent fewer votes in counties that relied on electronic-voting machines compared with counties that used optical scanners and paper ballots. Based on this statistical analysis, Clinton may have been denied as many as 30,000 votes; she lost Wisconsin by 27,000. While it’s important to note the group has not found proof of hacking or manipulation, they are arguing to the campaign that the suspicious pattern merits an independent review — especially in light of the fact that the Obama White House has accused the Russian government of hacking the Democratic National Committee.
To my mind, there are three big reasons why this article is significant. One, it's published in an extremely reputable source. Two, a couple of top people in the Clinton camp (Podesta and Elias) are listening to these claims and apparently taking them seriously. And three, the name "J. Alex Halderman". I personally didn't recognize that name, but some people in the know certainly did.
The story has already spread to CNN, New York Daily News and Huffington Post, and where it will go in the coming days is anyone's guess. But it's out there in the mainstream now, and the momentum to verify the vote continues to build.

Despite this site being inactive, Hillary HQ has been on top of the latest news regarding vote irregularities for almost two weeks on Twitter and Facebook, and has supported efforts to recount and/or audit certain swing states.

A few thoughts on the latest developments:
It's impossible to know where any of this will lead, but it needs to be seriously checked out. Maybe the original counts will be 100% verified and we can at least rest easy that no one hacked the vote. Or maybe there really is something crazy, frightening and unprecedented going on. As insane as this entire year has been, nothing would surprise me.

Whatever the or is the position of Hillary HQ that we fight Donald Trump every single step of the way. The results on election night felt wrong and ever since then I've had this weird feeling that it's not over yet.

He's not president until he's president...and even then, he's not our president. We fight on.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Hillary Clinton: The People's Champion

24 hours later, it's still hard to know what to say.

Despite running an incredible, historic and amazingly progressive campaign, which included the greatest political convention of our generation, decisive wins in all three debates, and a national popular vote victory...Hillary Clinton came up just short in enough states to lose the electoral college to Donald Trump.

She did everything she possibly could, but the forces of darkness somehow managed to narrowly keep her out of the Oval Office at the last moment. I have no doubt that Hillary and her family will be fine, but our country is going to have to reckon with this tragic decision for years and possibly decades to come.

However, she'll always be the people's choice and the people's champion. No matter what the Trump presidency brings, he'll always be the second choice of the American people and there's nothing he can ever do about it. Hillary won the most votes in 2016, and if this was a true democracy we'd be celebrating her as the president-elect at this moment.

But, alas, life is not fair. So now we must mourn, regroup, live our lives, love one another and fight the next battles when we're ready. I have no doubt that Hillary will soon be leading that charge with her fight song, and we need to have her back. Now and always.

If you haven't read the final installment of Hillary News & Views by my friend and blog partner Lysis, please check it out now. He speaks beautifully for me in this incredibly sad moment.

What does all this mean for Hillary HQ? Well, the site isn't going away anytime soon. I'm leaving it right here as a historical record of this incredible journey. However, this will be the final post for the foreseeable future. I'm not walking away from writing or progressive activism, and I'm definitely not walking away from Hillary, but it's personally and financially important for me to move on with a fresh start at this moment. But Hillary HQ will remain active on Twitter and Facebook indefinitely so please keep following us there for the latest news and opinion about Hillary and the causes she fights for.

Also, keep an eye on my profile page at Daily Kos as there's no telling when I'll write something there again (likely closer to the 2018 midterms).

To all of Hillary HQ's readers, followers, sharers and commenters...thank you. I couldn't have done this without you.

Lastly, I want to particularly thank everyone who supported this site over the last six months via GoFundMe and PayPal. You are the reason I was able to leave my longtime day job to live my dream of running this site full-time. It also allowed me to travel to Philadelphia to attend the Democratic National Convention...truly the chance of a lifetime. As I figure out a transition back to regular employment and income, any final donations would be greatly helpful if you have appreciated this site over the past 22 months (see buttons on the right).

I leave you with the beautiful concession speeches by Tim Kaine and Hillary Clinton.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Hillary News & Views: Thank You, Hillary.

By Lysis

Thank you, Hillary.

Thank you for standing up for and standing with marginalized communities, for being the one who was willing to look the bully in the eye and fight back on behalf of all of us, knowing full well that the bully often wins.

Thank you for being willing to serve, knowing full well you would be giving us the final years of your life to do so.

Thank you for offering up your gifts and talents, knowing full well that in return, you would receive dehumanizing character assassination rooted in merciless and shameless misogyny.

Thank you for believing in our country, that our better angels could persevere and for believing that America is great because it is good, even if that’s so much harder to believe today than it was yesterday.

Thank you for your graciousness and dignity, accepting your victories along the way with the same humility you have always shown in defeat.

Thank you for your tireless work ethic, always showing up the most prepared and with policies the most thought-through, which always demonstrated to me how seriously you took the job that you were applying for.

Thank you for showing me how to be an ally, which requires listening and the centering of needs more urgent than my own. I will forever stand with the communities that supported you in this election, and I will try, in my own small way, to be the a voice for them the way that you promised to be as our president.

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to cast my vote for you, and in return, I promise to carry on the work that you have begun and I am sure that you will continue to do, because you always find another way to serve, a way to get back up when knocked down, and a way toward an open window when the door in front of you has been locked shut.

You are not crooked. You never were.

You are not a warmonger. You never were.

You are not cold and calculated. You never were.

You are not a neoliberal or a feminazi or a criminal or a corporatist or any other slur that was used to divorce the woman from her life’s work.

You are great because you are good.

I will forever be grateful for your leadership through example, and I will forever be proud that I cast a vote for justice, equality, compassion, and inclusiveness when I cast my vote for you.

Thank you, Hillary.

We're With Her...Forever

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


AP calls it.

Now Clinton must win New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Michigan to have a chance. And to definitely win the electoral college, a miracle in Wisconsin, Arizona or Alaska.


Clinton wins the West Coast and Hawaii.

It's all down to PA, WI, MI, NV, IA and NH.