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Another Prick in the Wall; Littwin on Trump’s Immigration Bomb

Another Prick in the Wall; Littwin on Trump’s Immigration Bomb
OK, I admit it it, I’m a silver-lining kind of guy. And so when I read Donald Trump’s round-up-the-illegals-and-ship-‘em-out manifesto – a point-by-point policy paper to follow up on his illegal-immigrants-as-rapists commentary — I knew we were finally getting somewhere.
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Bernie Burns Up the Trail in Portland With 28K Supporters, 15K in Seattle 24 Hours Earlier

Bernie Burns Up the Trail in Portland With 28K Supporters, 15K in Seattle 24 Hours Earlier
Shattering a day-old record, 28,000 backers of Bernie Sanders on Sunday filled all the seats and crowded into overflow areas outside the Moda Center sports arena where the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers play.
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Sen. Bennet Sponsors Colorado Bill to Strengthen Voter Protections

Sen. Bennet Sponsors Colorado Bill to Strengthen Voter Protections
In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act — a Civil Rights Era law that ensured minorities would not face discrimination at the ballot box. The court’s decision ushered in a slew of new measures that voting rights advocates say unfairly impact minorities, students and working people — like stringent voter ID requirements, politically strategic redistricting, reduced early voting and limited availability of multilingual ballots. And without the oversight authority it has had since the 60s, the federal government can’t do anything about it.
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Littwin: Who Knows How to Deal with Trump?

Littwin: Who Knows How to Deal with Trump?
Let’s all agree on this much after the opening night of the GOP debates: Donald Trump, the star of the show, did not disappoint. He was at his Donaldian best, or worst, depending on your world view. The thing about Trump is that his best and worst are exactly the same, so it’s hard to know the difference. He was appalling and he was entertaining, and he proved, if anyone doubted it, that he had no business standing on the stage among serious candidates, which is the whole point of the Trump experience.
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Clinton Talks Planned Parenthood, Climate and Immigration at Colorado Rally

Clinton Talks Planned Parenthood, Climate and Immigration at Colorado Rally
Hillary Clinton launched her Colorado campaign Tuesday from a rally at La Rumba, a Denver Latino club packed with more than 350 fans. The crowd was raring to go by the time Clinton took to the stage to talk climate change, immigration and women’s health – throwing in a few jabs at her Republican competition.
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Could Scott Walker’s Legal Victory Expand Super PAC Superpowers?

Could Scott Walker’s Legal Victory Expand Super PAC Superpowers?
A Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling on Gov. Scott Walker's campaign practices clears the way for state candidates to work more closely with legally independent political groups and their enormous war chests. The big unanswered question is how ripples from the case might spread beyond the state's borders.
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Is it time for Vermont's Citizen Legislature to Professionalize?

Is it time for Vermont's Citizen Legislature to Professionalize?
The Vermont Legislature is a part-time citizen legislature that begins its session in January and ajourns in May. Legislative pay is not that high, there aren't a lot of legislative staff, and many times legislators come to rely on lobbyists for expertise when it comes to certain legislation. Many of the legislators are retired, have the flexibility to hold a legislative position while having another job or some other circumstance that allows them to serve in the legislature.
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Bernie Sanders' Epic Turnout is Maine's Largest in 25 years

Bernie Sanders' Epic Turnout is Maine's Largest in 25 years
The 2016 election may be 16 months away, but you wouldn’t know it from the thousands of people who turned out Monday evening to cheer on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.
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Exclusive: Koch Industries Lobbying Europe on Environment, Energy, and Free Trade

Exclusive: Koch Industries Lobbying Europe on Environment, Energy, and Free Trade
Koch Industries, the largest privately owned energy company in the United States, is lobbying European policymakers on the environment, energy markets and EU free trade agreement negotiations, according to the recently updated Transparency Register set up by the European Commission.
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Sanders's Populist Message Translating to Fresh Gains in Key States

Sanders's Populist Message Translating to Fresh Gains in Key States
New simultaneous polling conducted in both Iowa and New Hampshire shows that the message of Sen. Bernie Sanders is having a positive imact on his presidential run as voters express increased support for the self-described democratic socialist as he challenges frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
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