Politics: Bernie speaks out for Hillary

by Bernie Sanders for the L.A. Times In the primaries, I received 1,846 pledged delegates, 46% of the total. Hillary Clinton received 2,205 pledged delegates, 54%. She received 602 superdelegates. I received 48 superdelegates. Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee and I will vigorously support her. Donald Trump would be a disaster and an embarrassment …

Politics: Big differences in party platforms

by Judy Ferro Rumor is that the draft of the Republican National Platform now runs 33,000 words—about 300 pages or five times the length of the 2012 platform.   Is it possible? I don’t know, but I have to chuckle thinking of the Republican Convention in Cleveland going quiet Tuesday as delegates struggle to read this …

Politics: Democrats elated over new platform

by Judy Ferro They clapped, they cheered, they stomped, and then they clapped some more! Democrats were elated when the final draft of their 2016 platform was presented, and they showed it. Looking back after a week, I realize that the cheers wouldn’t have been so enthusiastic if forging the platform had presented no difficulties. …

Democrats: Sanders stays in the race

by Judy Ferro Bernie Sanders won 22 state primaries and caucuses with over 11 million votes. It’s a major accomplishment. Yet, with only 20 more delegates to be allotted, he has 1816 pledged delegates to Hillary Clinton’s 2197. Also, 75% of the 751 superdelegates have declared for Clinton. Ironically, those superdelegates that have been an …

Politics: Outsiders threaten party administrators

by Judy Ferro One of the lessons of the elections of 2016 is that U.S. parties have little control over who runs for office under their banner. Not that the parties haven’t been struggling with this at the state level for years. Republican fear that RINOs (Republicans-in-Name-Only) might take over their party has led to …