Sen. Bernie Sanders announces 2016 presidential campaign

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I–Vermont.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I–Vermont, announced his campaign f0r the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination today, promising to run on a progressive economic platform.

The self-described democratic socialist is the second major Democrat to announce his candidacy following former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. A two-term senator, he is currently the longest serving independent in Congress and caucuses with the Democrats.

Sanders may be the answer for progressive Democrats who have long been skeptical of Clinton, the former senator, first lady and a 2008 presidential candidate and presumed frontrunner.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Sanders said he’ll campaign on progress economic and taxation policy, campaign finance reform, against a hawkish U.S. foreign policy. He also cited his opposition to free-trade agreements and vote against the Keystone XL oil pipeline to distinguish himself as independent alternative who could appeal to Democrats, Republicans and other independents.

“So to me, the question is whose views come closer to representing the vast majority of working people in this country,” Sanders said. “And you know what? I think my views do.”

While Sanders is looking to nudge Clinton the the left on these issues, LGBT issues, like same-sex marriage, employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, were not mentioned in the interview. But Sanders has long been an advocate for the LGBT community throughout his fourteen years in Congress, first as a House member and now as a senator.

—  James Russell

Clinton names gay campaign manager

Robby Mook

Robby Mook

Hillary Clinton has named 35-year-old Robby Mook as her campaign manager.

Mook is openly gay. This is the second time a major presidential candidate had an out campaign manager. In 2000, Donna Brazile, who is lesbian, managed Al Gore’s campaign.

In 2008, Mook worked as state director for Clinton in three states. He managed Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s 2008 campaign. In 2012, he managed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and in 2013 managed Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign.

 

 

—  David Taffet

Female Go Ape Marketing CEO says women shouldn’t be president

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Cheryl Rios

Ok. So. I heard something a day or so ago about some woman who owns her own marketing/PR company saying something unbelievably stupid about how a woman should never be president of the United States because, you know, we all get all hormonal and ridiculous and unreliable all the time.

I rolled my eyes and went on about my day.

Today I saw another social media post about this woman that said she lives in Texas and gave the name of her company. So I did an Internet search for the company name and learned, to my consternation, that the woman lives in Dallas. I looked again and, to my absolute horror, saw that offices for her company are located on Cedar Springs Road.

No! No way someone that backward and idiotic could actually have offices here in the midst of the Gayborhood!

So I looked up the address and realized, thankfully, her offices are on the near-downtown part of Cedar Springs, not the Gayborhood end. Whew!

Seriously though, it truly turns my stomach to think that a woman who owns and operates her own company could still believe something so ridiculous.

In case you haven’t heard the story:

Cheryl Rios, CEO of Go Ape Marketing, in a recent Facebook post explained her opposition to Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations: “If this happens – I am moving to Canada. There is NO need for her as she is not the right person to run our country – but more importantly a female shouldn’t be president. Let the haters begin . . . but with the hormones we have there is no way we should be able to start a war. Yes I run my own business and I love it and I am great at it BUT that is not the same as being the President, that should be left to a man, a good, strong, honorable man.”

She also opined: “We’re built differently, we have different hormones. In the world we live in, we have equal rights…and I support all of that.  I don’t support a woman being President.”

When contacted about her post by KTXA-TV (Channel 11, the local CBS affiliate), Rios told reporter Steve Pickett, “There’s an old biblical sound reasoning why a woman shouldn’t be president.” She didn’t, however, say where she found that in the Bible, but did say that it there was a “biblical sound reasoning in my mind.”

The website for Go Ape Marketing is pretty plain for a marketing/PR firm, but it does include on its home page testimonials from clients praising Rios’ creativity, dependability and work ethic. But at least one of her clients was a little confounded by her opinion on female presidents. Rick Fairless of the custom motorcycle shop Strokers Dallas, told Channel 11, “I can’t comprehend someone who thinks a woman can’t do anything a man can do. They can. I promise you they can.”

—  Tammye Nash

Hillary Clinton urges SCOTUS to support marriage equality

Hillary ClintonA spokesperson for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told the Washington Blade this morning (Wednesday, April 15) that she hopes the Supreme Court will rule in favor of marriage equality.

“Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,” Hillary for America’s Adrienne Elrod said.

The announcement comes ahead of the April 28 Supreme Court hearings challenging state same-sex marriage bans.

—  James Russell

Clinton includes gay couples in announcement video

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Image from “Getting Started,” Clinton’s announcement video

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton officially launched her presidential campaign over the weekend with a video that included a gay couple. The video, “Getting Started,” was seen more than 2 million times in the first 24 hours after she announced her candidacy on Sunday, April 12.

The first minute of the video features a diverse cross-section of people including the gay couple.

“I’m getting married this summer to someone I really care about,” the voice-over says over a video of two people holding hands. The next shot shows the male couple walking hand-in-hand in a city neighborhood.

Toward the end of the video, as Clinton is asking for people to “join me on this journey,” a lesbian couple smiles and touches foreheads.

Republican Marco Rubio announced his candidacy this morning (Monday, April 13). Neither he nor the other two Republicans that have announced candidacies — Rand Paul and Ted Cruz — are as inclusive in their videos on their campaign websites.

Here’s the video:

—  David Taffet

BREAKING: Hillary Clinton announces 2016 presidential bid

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Longtime Clinton family confidante John Podesta announced today (Sunday, April 12) that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is running for president.

This is her second presidential run. The former senator from New York and first lady made her first bid for the presidency in 2008, where she was defeated in a bruising presidential primary by then-Sen. Barack Obama, a first term senator from Illinois. After securing the Democratic nomination he ultimately crushed another longtime titan, Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, in the general election.

While it is not the first time she’s been the presumed frontrunner for her party’s nomination, she is expected to face only token opposition this time. Despite the Democrats’ best efforts, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are said to be considering bids as well.

But not everyone wants to see Clinton go without a challenge. On Twitter, the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith pointed out HRC2016.com links to a 2013 article in The New Republic calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts and a favorite of progressives, “Hillary’s Nightmare.” Many progressive activists have repeatedly attempted to recruit the first-term Warren to jump into the race. She has repeatedly declined.

So far, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican with Texas ties, have declared their bids for their party’s nomination. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is set to announce his campaign tomorrow (Monday, April 13). Other Republicans with Texas ties, including former governors Rick Perry, R-Texas, and Jeb Bush, R-Florida, are also expected to announce soon.

—  James Russell

Equality California becomes first LGBT group to endorse Hillary

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Hillary Clinton

Equality California has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016, even though she has yet to declare her candidacy.

“We want Hillary Clinton to run and are ready to mobilize our 800,000 members to help her win,” said Equality California’s Executive Director Rick Zbur.

Citing her experience as secretary of state and as senator from New York, the organization said Clinton would be the best candidate to advance LGBT equality. In its press release, Equality California quoted Clinton when she said, “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”

With 800,000 members, Equality California says it is the second largest LGBT membership organization in the U.S. Human Rights Campaign would be the only organization with more members.

—  David Taffet

Tarrant for Hillary hosts Ready for Hillary bus and rally

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Tarrant for Hillary, a group of Tarrant County residents urging former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, hosted the touring Ready for Hillary bus yesterday (Wednesday, Dec. 17) at Cowtown Diner, 305 Main Street, in Fort Worth. Local elected officials including Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, Justice of the Peace Sergio de Leon, Fort Worth City Councilman Sal Espino and Haltom City Councilwoman Stephanie Davenport, spoke in support of a potential Clinton run.

Clinton beats four Republicans in Quinnipiac Poll of Iowa voters

Secretary of State Hillary ClintonIn head-to-head match ups in Iowa against Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie or Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton would be the winner by at least 10 points according to a Quinnipiac Poll released  Thursday. Iowa is important because it’s the first state to have a contest for delegates to the national Democratic and Republican conventions.

The Republican that scores best against Clinton is Paul. As of this month’s poll, she’s running 10 points ahead of him in Iowa at 49 to 39 percent. The others are listed as undecided, wouldn’t vote or wanting someone else.

Clinton polls 13 points ahead of Chris Christie at 48 to 35 percent. In December, Clinton trailed Christie by 5 points, according to Quinnipiac.

In a race between Bush and Clinton, Clinton would win by 14 points and attracts a majority of voters at 51 to 37 percent. In 1992, when Clinton’s husband ran again Bush’s father, Bill Clinton beat George H.W. Bush by less than 6 percent in the national election.

The final match up pitted Clinton against Cruz. In that poll, she won by 16 points at 51 to 35 percent. In a December poll, she was only 7 points ahead of the Texas senator.

Full results can be found here. There’s still two years before the Iowa Caucuses.

—  David Taffet