Events: Bernie NY Volunteer Call

While many New Yorkers try to ignore our neighbor across the river, Bernie Sanders is hoping you will overcome your New Jersey-aversity and help out in their upcoming primary.

The campaign is holding a statewide organizing call for New York volunteers today (Tuesday) at 7pm. You can sign up for the call here.

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Events: Kentucky + Oregon Watch Party

The Bushwick Berners are hosting a primary watch party on Tuesday to follow the results in Oregon and Kentucky.

May 17, 8:00 pm
Eastlands
53 Wilson Ave, Brooklyn 11237

Young Hillary Supporter Hopes Party Will Unite

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Jonathon Boyd, 21, a NYU junior, poses with Debra Messing, a celebrity he met at a Clinton fundraiser. Boyd gave $250 to be able to attend the event.

Name: Jonathon Boyd
Borough: Manhattan
I will vote: Hillary Clinton

“I support Hillary Clinton because I believe she has the most impeccable record of any candidate running.  She took an incredibly active role as First Lady, more so than what was typically expected at the time, which gave her exposure to policy and foreign affairs, and a strong presence in society.”

“Her record as Senator and Secretary of State shows us that she’s willing to work across party lines to achieve what’s best for her entire constituency, while actively standing up for human rights, safety, and well-being. These are things she’s been fighting for since long before her life in the political sphere, which is why I believe she will continue to do so as president.”

“We need a leader whose vision is realistic and feasible, and I believe Secretary Clinton has the knowledge and experience to come through on the promises she’s made to the United States and to the world.”

“I try to encourage the dialogue among my family, friends, and peers as much as possible. Some people have a negative view of the Clintons, and I’ve found that through conversation, I can sometimes show a different perspective and possibly change a mind.”

“When it comes down to it, I think the most important thing is defeating the Republicans (particularly Donald Trump) in this consequential election. So quite often, my goal is to unite the Democratic side and ease the tensions of this HIllary vs. Bernie battle in hopes that whoever the nominee ends up being will have support from the Democratic Party.”

Columbia PHD-Student Would Love 11th Hour Upset

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Name: Rebecca Pawel
Borough: Manhattan
I will vote: Bernie Sanders

“I support Sanders for a variety of reasons, but mostly because I agree with his policy ideas.”

“I think a single-payer healthcare system is the only way healthcare costs in this country will eventually be reined in. Equally importantly, I approve of Sanders’ foreign policy positions. I also approve of Sanders’ positions on Israel and Palestine, something which is important to me as an American Jew who is interested in peace and justice.”

“I never thought Sanders would win, although for a few brief weeks it looked as if he might pull off an upset.  I know people in California who are hoping to vote for him, so I hope he stays in for all the primaries so they get the chance.  I’d love it if he pulled off a stunning 11th hour upset, though I think it’s vanishingly unlikely.  But I also think that Clinton is such a weak candidate that there’s really nothing he can do that can hurt her more than she’s already hurt herself.”

“I think the Democratic party needs to stand for something other than ‘we’re less bad than the Republicans.’  I’ve spent a considerable amount of time in Europe  where Sanders’ positions are strictly middle-of-the-road.  I’d like it if they were middle-of-the road here as well.”

“While I initially assumed that of course I would support Sanders as long as possible but would settle for Clinton reasonably happily in the general, the more I find out about her the more disturbed I am by her positions.”

Can You Convert a Trump Voter?

There is one thing that has surprised me again and again during my election reporting: When you ask Donald Trump supporters if there is any candidate other than Trump that they could support, most of them say yes. Bernie Sanders.

It seems that being outspoken and against the establishment counts more than partisan politics. At least on the Republican side of the spectrum.

My classmate Diego Lynch interviewed Bernie supporters last week, and didn’t find much enthusiasm for converting Trump fans.

Would Donald Trump Be a Lannister?

In honor of tonight’s start of season six of Game of ThronesVox.com enlisted a political science professor to tell us which Westeros-characters the 2016 presidential candidates would be.

Could Trump be a Lannister? Is there a real life version of Walder Frey? And who would be Jon Snow?

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They are spot on with their description of Bernie Sanders, so go ahead and check out their full analysis here.

[Vox.com]

Video Recap of Hillary’s Victory Night

Two days ago, I blogged about going to Hillary Clinton’s primary party in the Sheraton New York hotel. Here now is a video story I produced for NYU Now that  aired tonight.

Gets the enthusiasm of the night across a little better than just the photos 😉

With Karis Rogerson

How Every New York City Neighborhood Voted

By now you must have spent the last 24 hours on the moon to not know that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each won decisive victories in yesterday’s New York primaries.

With 99% of the precincts reported, Clinton got 58% of the vote compared to Sanders 42%. This 16%-lead means she received 39 delegates more than her opponent, which leaves Sanders little possibility to still win the nomination.

Trump scored even bigger, he got 64.8%  and almost all of the 95 Republican delegates up for grabs – 89. John Kasich came in a distant second, with 25.1% and 4 delegates. Ted Cruz – who refused to apologize for his New York Values comments – did not receive a single delegate, because he failed to meet the 20% threshold.

If you want to get all this in more detail, the New York Times created an awesome feature, where you can look up every single neighborhood in New York City.

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As you can see, Hillary won large patches of Brooklyn, which shows that having the loudest supporters doesn’t necessarily mean you have the most.

My favorite example on the Republican side: Donald Trump won Trump Tower and the couple of Fifth Avenue blocks around it.

Hit your zip code to find out how your neighbors voted.

[New York Times]

Last Minute Voting Advice

If you need some last minute inspiration who to vote for in the Democratic primary, maybe some famous New Yorkers can sway you. The New York Times asked 10 of them who they are voting for. The list  includes Lena Dunham and Spike Lee, so check it out.  

[New York Times]

Don’t Forget to Vote, New York

Only one more day before the primary circus moves on. And yes, with all the media craze and constant rallies we had in the last two weeks, it’s about time.

But before that, there is one important thing to do: go and vote!

To be prepared, here are the four most important points from my guide on how to vote in the New York primary.

  • Where do I need to go on Primary Day?
    Use the online Poll Site Locator to find your polling site.
  • What if I am at work and can’t get to vote?
    According to New York election law, you can take up to two hours at the beginning or end of your shift (with pay) to vote if you do not have sufficient time outside of work to vote.The law considers four consecutive hours between your shift and the opening/closing of the polls as sufficient time. If you need to take work off, you need to inform your employer at least two days before the primary.
  • Can I decide spontaneously in which primary I want to vote?
    No. New York State has closed primaries, that means you can vote only in the primary of the party you are registered for.
  • Who can I vote for?
    The Democrats have two candidates on the ballot: Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.The Republicans have six candidates on the ballot, even though some of them have already suspended their campaign: Donald J. Trump, Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson and Ted Cruz.
    You can only vote for these listed candidates, in the primary there aren’t any write-ins.