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On the Ground with New Yorkers Volunteering for Clinton, Trump and Sanders

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After months of preparation and a three-week spree of intense campaigning, a radiant Hillary Clinton took to the stage in the ballroom of the Sheraton on Times Square. “There’s no place like home,” she told an energized crowd that repeatedly interrupted her with chants of “Hil-la-ry, Hil-la-ry.” In her New York primary victory speech, Clinton thanked all “the volunteers who have worked their hearts out” and encouraged others to sign up: “Be part of this campaign.”

Any presidential campaign needs volunteers, tens of thousands of enthusiastic supporters who give up their free time (and often their money) to champion their candidates. That’s no different in New York, where volunteers scoured the state going from door to door, making phone calls or organizing events.

And yet, volunteering varies — as a look at the Clinton, Trump and the suspended Sanders campaigns shows. Clinton’s volunteers are the most experienced and the most loyal, they are also closely tied to the offical campaign; Sanders’ were highly motivated, but loudly and vehemently demanded their independence, and Trump’s are few, and just as as outspoken and spur of the moment as the real estate mogul himself (shouting matches between volunteers and staffers included).

In that sense, the volunteers are a reflection of the candidates themselves.

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Day 2 of Dems in Philly: Hillary Nominated


Hillary Clinton made history today by becoming the first
woman to ever be the official nominee of one of the major
parties in America.

Clinton received  2,838 of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

In a symbolic sign of party unity, primary opponent Bernie Sanders called the roll call.

“I move that all votes cast by delegates be reflected in the official record, and I move that Hillary Clinton be selected as the nominee of the Democratic Party for president of the United States.” – Bernie Sanders

Day 1 of Dems in Philly: Michelle Rocked

After they banned Debbie Wasserman-Schultz from gaveling in the Democratic National Convention, Day 1 in Philly still managed to become the party unity fiesta Democrats had envisioned.

Cory Booker was the first of many prime time speakers. And although many say, his speech could have been cut in half, he energized the delegates with his rousing attack on Donald Trump.

The undisputed star of the evening was Michelle Obama, who captured the audience with a heartfelt speech and gave Melania Trump(‘s speechwriters) plenty of material to work with.

The First Lady’s speech weaved together the political with her family’s story.

“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my two black daughters playing with their dogs on the White House lawn. Because of Hillary, my daughters now take for granted that a woman can be president of the United States.”

And without ever mentioning his name, she delivered a perfect takedown of Trump’s signature line.

“Don’t let someone tell you this country isn’t great — that we need to make it great again. Because, right now, this country is the greatest country on Earth.

Progressive darling Elizabeth Warren didn’t particularly stand out, but following Michelle Obama’s emotional speech would have been difficult for anyone.

And then it was Bernie’s time.

While much of his speech did sound like his usual stump, Bernie did make it clear for one and all times that he wants Hillary to beat Trump.

“Any objective observer will conclude that based on her ideas and her leadership, Hillary Clinton must become the next president of the United States. The choice is not even close.”

As far as the speeches went, the Dems succeeded in showing party unity.

But it might take a while until the delegates come on board – many fervent Bernie supported booed every time Hillary Clinton’s name was mentioned.

Events: Dems Convention Watch Party

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It’s Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia – and just like last week’s counterpart, the Dems had their first scandal before the Convention even really started.

Debbie Wassermai-Schultz – the outgoing DNC chairwoman – was booed over the leaked DNC emails, and will not officially open the convention.

Stay tuned for more drama and excitement during the next couple of days – when Bernie Sanders, Michelle Obama, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bill Clinton take the stage.

If you want to watch the DNC convention together with friends, there are a couple of Watch Parties here in New York.


Official Campaign Watch Party

The Ainsworth
45 E 33rd St, New York 10016

“Join Hillary for America staff and supporters on Tuesday, July 26th to cheer on our party at the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday’s Convention theme is “A Lifetime of Fighting for Children and Families,” in honor of the work Secretary Clinton has done throughout her career, including as Senator of New York. We invite New Yorkers to gather and demonstrate to the nation the support our candidate has in her home state! We’ll also have a pop-up shop with official Hillary for America gear at the party!” 


The NYC Political Forum

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
Murray Hill / Kips Bay area – address after RSVP

“As the disgruntled Sanders supporters lukewarmly stay on the sidelines — or even perhaps wish for a raucous convention fight — the “18-million cracks in the glass ceiling” will finally shatter in a televised broadcast. PLUS, the sudden resignation of the DNC Chair, DWS, adds more fuel to the fire in the ongoing drama between the Clinton and Sanders camps. “

Disclaimer: The NYCPF does not endorse any candidates or parties.

RSVP via Meetup


Hillary Happy Hours LGBT DNC Acceptance Speech Watch Party

Thursday, July 28, 6:30 PM
Rise Bar, 859 9th Avenue, New York 10019

“Join Hillary Happy Hours for the historic last night of the Democratic National Convention when we will gather to watch Hillary Clinton accept the nomination for President of the United States. Bring all your friends, whether they supported Hillary, Bernie, or nobody, and get inspired and engaged to stop Trump and Pence in November. Enjoy 2-4-1 drink specials and the best LGBT Hillary crowd anywhere.”

$ 20, RSVP here


Williamsburg Democratic Nomination Party

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
80 Meserole Street, Apt 4D, Brooklyn, New York 11206

“Brooklyn Roof Party and Fund-Raiser for Hillary for America, the DSCC, and the DCCC. We are asking folks to write three checks one for each committee in Williamsburg, NY.” 

RSVP at jonathan.felch@gmail.com


Idealists4Hillary DNC Watch Party

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM
Riviera Cafe & Sports Bar, 225 West 4th Street, New York 10014

“Join Idealists4Hillary as Hillary Clinton makes history and accepts the Democratic nomination!”


Nomination Night Live Stream VIP Party

Thursday, July 28, 6:00 PM
Hudson Terrace, 621 W 46th St,  New York 10036

Official campaign event
“Please Join Challen Hodson, Wayne Farmer, Katy McCarthy, Dave Renz and Matthew Tollin (The Team Behind Hillarymoji) for an evening of festivities and merriment and become a part of history. We will be live streamed into the Democratic National Convention to join our fellow Democrats in nominating Hillary Clinton as the Democratic Candidate for President of the United States.”

$ 45 – $ 250, RSVP here


Astoria for Hillary Watch Party at ICON!

ICON, 31-84 33rd Street, Astoria, New York 11106

“Come to ICON to show your support for the next president of the United States! Whatever your political affiliation is, we welcome you to this event with no cover. ICON will have great frozen drinks, $5 drink specials, and FREE SHOTS ALL NIGHT! Talk about a warm weclome! We will watch coverage of the DNC on 4 HD flat screens with a stellar surround sound system. At ICON, we support Hillary and her strong support for the LGBT, Greek, Hispanic and immigrant community of Western Queens.”


Rachel’s Octo-Annual Democratic Convention Party

Thursday, July 30, 7:00 PM
New York – address after RSVP

Official Hillary Clinton campaign event, two days after the convention.

“Celebrate electoral politics and the Democratic National Convention with a night of politically themed videos, games, Zach’s famously difficult American politics quiz, the wine icecream Hillary Clinton helped to invent at a New York state business event (true story), and general hilarity.”

$ 20 – $ 100, RSVP here

Finally: Bernie Endorsed Hillary

So it finally happened. Five weeks after Hillary Clinton became the presumptive nominee, her opponent Bernie Sanders has conceded and officially endorsed her.

In his speech, Sanders thanked his supporters and vowed to make certain Clinton becomes the next president of the United Staes.

“I am proud of the campaign we ran here in New Hampshire and across the country. Our campaign won the primaries and caucuses in 22 states, and when the roll call at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia is announced it will show that we won almost 1,900 delegates. That is a lot of delegates, far more than almost anyone thought we could win. But it is not enough to win the nomination. Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more super delegates.

Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that. She will be the Democratic nominee for president and I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States.”

The endorsement came after weeklong negotiations between the two camps over the Democratic platform. There is a lot to be said about the possibility that Sanders lost political capital by waiting too long. After Elizabeth Warren followed President Obama in endorsing Hillary, the progressive darling attracted much attention away from Sanders.

And the fact that it took Sanders five full weeks to endorse Clinton is in stark contrast to Clinton herself – who started campaign for Obama only four days after her loss in 2008.

 

 

Populist Politics

I am wrapping up my internship in Washington, DC, and will head back to New York shortly. There will be more NY stuff soon, but in the meantime, I wrote this story about the dangers of populism for the Columbus Dispatch. 

With a wave of populism sweeping both sides of the Atlantic this year, last month’s decision by British voters to withdraw from the European Union has prompted analysts to warn that those popular political appeals from the far left and right can lead to unexpected and, some say, frightening results.

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Sanders Says He Will Vote For Clinton

Seems like there is an endorsement in the air.

Hillary Clinton has been the presumptive Democratic nominee for a while now, but there was one person who still didn’t agree with that – Bernie Sanders.

Today, for the first time, Bernie announced that he will be voting for Clinton in November.

Sanders Ready to Suspend?

While there isn’t really much doubt at this point that Hillary Clinton will indeed be the Democratic nominee for president, Bernie Sanders still hasn’t officially suspended his campaign.

There have been countless calls for him to drop out over the last several months, but the Vermont senator seemed set on staying in the race until the July convention.

Now that today’s DC primary marked the last day of primary voting, things could change though. Sanders will meet with Clinton later today and has sent out this message to his supporters earlier on Tuesday.

“When we started this campaign, I told you that I was running not to oppose any man or woman, but to propose new and far-reaching policies to deal with the crises of our time. And for the past fourteen months, through the entire primary process, we’ve sent the establishment a message they can’t ignore: we won’t settle for the status quo.

After today, the voting is done, but our political revolution continues.

I want to talk to you directly on Thursday night about what’s next for our campaign in a live, online video address at 8:30 p.m. EDT / 5:30 p.m. PDT. I hope that you will join.”

Sounds like we can expect a concussion speech on Thursday to me.

But then his campaign told reporters that Sanders is all in until the convention after this email was sent – so I guess we will have to wait and see what the week brings.

 

The Money Race: NY Students and Their Support for the Democratic Candidates

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Much has been said about the tremendous support Bernie Sanders has among young people. Take the New York primary: While Sanders lost by 16% in total, he received 65% of the young vote (the 18 to 29-year olds), according to exit polls.

Judging from this, a vast majority of college-aged New Yorkers voted for Sanders.

In New York, the Brooklyn-native also received a high amount of donations from students. But they didn’t have the same impact as those Hillary Clinton received from the same group, as a Lady Liberty Votes-analysis of filings with the Federal Election Commission shows.

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