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Writer and political activist Jean Hay Bright is now semi-retired, running an organic farm in Dixmont Maine with her husband David Bright. Her two political books are "Proud to be a Card-Carrying, Flag-Waving, Patriotic American Liberal (1996), and "A Tale of Dirty Tricks: Susan Collins v. Public Record" (2002) about Maine's 1996 U.S. Senate race. In 2006, she was Maine's Democratic candidate who ran against U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe. Her 2003 memoir, "Meanwhile, Next Door to the Good Life," about homesteading next to authors Helen and Scott Nearing, was recently revised to include a chapter on Scott Nearing's FBI file.
Despite the millions and millions of people who voted in the Democratic primaries last spring, it came down to the 714 super-delegates to make the final pick. Democracy in action?
Friday, July 8, 2016(6 comments)
Bernie, Stay In
Bernie Sanders earned a place in history, as the first Jewish, Democratic-socialist to have his name placed in nomination for President at a Democratic Party convention. If he endorses Hillary Clinton before the Convention, he and the 13 million people who voted for him become a minor footnote. Bernie should finish the marathon, agree to be nominated, have his pledged delegates cast their votes, and have those votes counted.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016(19 comments)
Numbers Prove Sanders Has Earned a Path to White House
Excluding the eight southern states and five territories that WON'T or CAN'T help a Democrat win the White House in November, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are within 10 pledged delegates of each other -- 1,249 for Hillary, 1,239 for Bernie. With eight more votes to come in May and June, Bernie most likely will pull ahead by that measure.
So, how do the superdelegates convince Hillary to drop out?
Friday, April 15, 2016
Sharing the Democratic Super-Delegates
The Democratic race for the Presidential nomination looks very different if the super-delegate numbers are allotted, not based on personal allegiance to a candidate, but proportionately in each state like the pledged delegates won via the vote totals.
Friday, April 8, 2016(5 comments)
SuperDelegates Will Pick the Nominee
It now looks like SuperDelegates will be picking the Democratic Party presidential nominee at July's National Convention, since neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders will be able to pick up enough pledged (voted) delegates in the upcoming 21 states/contests to put them over the top.
Friday, March 11, 2016(16 comments)
Bernie Beating Hillary in Blue & Purple States with Delegates & Votes
A closer analysis of the Clinton/Sanders delegate race so far shows that Hillary Clinton is in trouble outside the Deep South. Despite her strong showing in those eight states, particularly among Black voters, that part of the country never votes to send a Democrat to the White House in the fall--even when that Democrat was Barack Obama.
Thursday, September 27, 2012(1 comments)
Maine's Angus King, running to be Governor of the U.S. Senate
From day one, Angus King has been a spoiler in Maine's U.S. Senate race to replace Olympia Snowe. King is counting on the U.S. Senate to be split 49-49, with him and Vermont's Socialist/Independent Senator Bernie Sanders standing in the center aisle. In a split chamber, that situation would put King as the deal-maker.
He wants to have veto power, just like he did when he was Maine's governor.
Scott Nearing on earlier Hoover enemies list
FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's plan to round up and imprison thousands of "disloyal" American citizens, details of which were revealed in a New York Times article last Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007, goes back many years further than the 1950 letter Hoover sent to President Truman.