Super Tuesday – Part 2

Republicans Calif.172 del. Mont.27 N.J.51 N.M.24 S.D.29 June 7 Total

Trump

 75.3  73.7  80.4  70.7  67.1      303             1,447

Cruz

9.2 9.4 6.2 13.3 17.0      — 551

Kasich

11.3 6.9 13.4 7.6 15.9       — 161
Reporting 100% 100% 99% 100% 100 1,237 to win
Democrats CA.475 del. MT.21 N.J.126 N.M.34 N.D.23 S.D.20 June 7 Total

Clinton

 55.8 44.6  63.2  51.5 25.6  51.0 391       2,203

Sanders

43.2  51.1 36.8 48.5  64.2 49.0 303       1,827
Reporting 100% 100% 99% 100% 100% 100% 2,383 to win

Nebraska Primary Results

Republican Primary

Trump has won Nebraska, according to A.P.

CANDIDATES VOTE PCT. DELEGATES

 Donald J. Trump

121,287 61.4% 36

 Ted Cruz

36,418 18.4

 John Kasich

22,526 11.4

 Ben Carson

10,029 5.1

 Marco Rubio

7,170 3.6

197,430 votes, 100% reporting (1,853 of 1,853 precincts)

Winner called by A.P.

Democratic Caucuses

Sanders won Nebraska, according to A.P.

CANDIDATES VOTE PCT. DELEGATES

 Bernie Sanders

19,120 57.1% 14

 Hillary Clinton

14,340 42.9 10
Other 0 0.0

33,460 votes, 99% reporting (153 of 154 precincts)

Winner called by A.P.

The Nebraska Democratic presidential primary is not reported because its results are non-binding. Bernie Sanders won the Nebraska Democratic caucuses on March 5.

 

John Kasich drops out of presidential race

By Phil MattinglyGloria BorgerDana BashSara MurrayDavid Mark and Tom LoBianco, CNN

(CNN)John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, he said Wednesday.

Kasich’s decision to suspend his efforts came after he improbably became the last challenger to Donald Trump, who emerged as the presumptive GOP nominee Tuesday night when Ted Cruz dropped out.
“I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone,” Kasich told reporters in Columbus, Ohio. “And as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life.”
Even before winning his home state of Ohio in March, Kasich was facing pressure to get out of the race, with no clear path to victory. His campaign never became more than a spoiler run, designed to keep Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination before a contested convention.
But he was not yet ready to quit. Kasich had fundraisers scheduled in the Washington area Wednesday, and was on a plane at the Columbus airport when he had a change of heart.
After having the plane taxi back from the runway, according to one source close to Kasich, he then called four of his closest friends, and said, “My heart is not in this.” The source said that his friends then told Kasich that if his heart is not in it, he ought to do what he needs to do.
Kasich was always a somewhat offbeat Republican contender, who laughed at himself on the trail, occasionally took positions more in line with Democrats (like expanding Medicaid in Ohio) and touted his ability to work across the aisle. He sometimes even joked that he would have done better in the Democratic primaries than in the crowded Republican field.

 

Scalia on Immigration

AZ feels besieged by immigrants & feds unwilling to fix it

The common perception that the federal government neither effectively polices the border nor aggressively enforces immigration laws evokes a strong popular backlash, reflected in laws enacted by several states seeking to control illegal immigration. Justice Antonin Scalia eloquently voiced that sentiment in his dissenting opinion to the US Supreme Court that struck down several portions of SB 1070. “Arizona bears the brunt of the country’s illegal immigration,” Scalia wrote. “Its citizens feel themselves under siege by large numbers of illegal immigrants who invade their property, strain their social services, and even place their lives in jeopardy. Federal officials have been unable to remedy the problem, and indeed have recently shown that they are unwilling to do so.”

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Antonin Scalia, Justice on the Supreme Court, Dies at 79

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Justice Antonin Scalia, whose transformative legal theories, vivid writing and outsize personality made him a leader of a conservative intellectual renaissance in his three decades on the Supreme Court, was found dead on Saturday at a resort in West Texas. He was 79.

“He was an extraordinary individual and jurist, admired and treasured by his colleagues,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said in a statement confirming Justice Scalia’s death. “His passing is a great loss to the Court and the country he so loyally served.”

The cause of death was not immediately released. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service, which sent personnel to the scene, said there was nothing to indicate the death was the result of anything other than natural causes.

He was, Judge Richard A. Posner wrote in The New Republic in 2011, “the most influential justice of the last quarter century.” Justice Scalia was a champion of originalism, the theory of constitutional interpretation that seeks to apply the understanding of those who drafted and ratified the Constitution. In Justice Scalia’s hands, originalism generally led to outcomes that pleased political conservatives, but not always. His approach was helpful to criminal defendants in cases involving sentencing and the cross-examination of witnesses.

Justice Scalia also disdained the use of legislative history — statements from members of Congress about the meaning and purposes of laws — in the judicial interpretation of statutes. He railed against vague laws that did not give potential defendants fair warning of what conduct was criminal. He preferred bright-line rules to legal balancing tests, and he was sharply critical of Supreme Court opinions that did not provide lower courts and litigants with clear guidance.

All of these views took shape in dissents. Over time, they came to influence and in many cases dominate the debate at the Supreme Court, in lower courts, among lawyers and in the legal academy.

By the time he wrote his most important majority opinion, finding that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to bear arms, even the dissenters were engaged in trying to determine the original meaning of the Constitution, the approach he had championed.

That 2008 decision, District of Columbia v. Heller, also illustrated a second point: Justice Scalia in his later years was willing to bend a little to attract votes from his colleagues. In Heller, the price of commanding a majority appeared to be including a passage limiting the practical impact of the decision.

With the retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens in 2010, Justice Scalia became the longest serving member of the current court. By then, Justice Scalia was routinely writing for the majority in the major cases, including ones on the First Amendment, class actions and arbitration.

He was an exceptional stylist who labored over his opinions and took pleasure in finding precisely the right word or phrase. In dissent, he took no prisoners. The author of a majority opinion could be confident that a Scalia dissent would not overlook any shortcomings.

Justice Scalia wrote for a broader audience than most of his colleagues. His opinions were read by lawyers and civilians for pleasure and instruction.

The tenure of the conservative justice spans almost three decades, and includes a legacy of sharply written opinions.

At oral argument, Justice Scalia took professorial delight in sparring with the advocates before him. He seemed to play to the crowd in the courtroom, which rewarded his jokes with generous laughter.

Justice Scalia’s sometimes withering questioning helped transform what had been a sleepy bench when he arrived into one that Chief Justice Roberts has said has become too active, with the justices interrupting the lawyers and each other.

Some of Justice Scalia’s recent comments from the bench were raw and provocative. In an affirmative action case in December, he said that some minority students may be better off at “a less advanced school, a slower-track school where they do well.”

“I don’t think it stands to reason that it’s a good thing for the University of Texas to admit as many blacks as possible,” he said, describing — some said distorting — an argument in a supporting brief about the harm that can be caused to students with inferior academic credentials by admitting them to colleges where they do not thrive.

Justice Scalia was a man of varied tastes, with a fondness for poker, opera and hunting. His friends called him Nino, and they said he enjoyed nothing more than a good joke at his own expense.

Read more at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/14/us/antonin-scalia-death.html?_r=0

 

Trump-Brown? The Donald hints it could be the ticket

The Donald hints it could be the ticket
By James Hohmann, The Washington Post
UPDATED:   01/17/2016    08:36:30 AM

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H.,

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Portsmouth, N.H., Saturday. AP PHOTO

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Donald Trump said on Saturday that former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown would be a vice president straight out of “central casting.”

The Republican front-runner was flattering Brown as he sought his endorsement during a rally hosted by the former U.S. senator in a Toyota dealership here.

After Trump took the stage to “Eye of the Tiger,” Brown introduced him as “the next president of the United States.”

Trump returned the favor 10 minutes into his speech. “There’s no hope with these people that we have running for office, except for him of course,” he said, pointing at Brown. “Here’s a good man! We’re keeping our bad ones. We’re losing our good ones.”

A man in the audience yelled that Trump should choose Brown as his vice president. The crowd of several hundred cheered.

“You know what? He’s central casting,” Trump replied, nodding. “Look at that guy! He’s central casting! A great guy and a beautiful wife and a great family. So important!”

Brown said he plans to endorse one of the candidates after a state GOP cattle call next weekend.

But he plainly likes the idea of being vice president.

“I’ve heard that before,” Brown said, smiling, when asked about it after the event. “So I’m just going to continue to work hard and see what happens.”

Brown represented Massachusetts for three years, from January 2010 to January 2013, after winning the special election to succeed Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died in 2009. He lost to Democrat Elizabeth Warren in 2012.

Then he moved to his vacation home in neighboring New Hampshire so that he could challenge Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in 2014. He narrowly lost that race, one of the few high-profile losses for Republicans during the midterms that year.Still, Brown harbors political ambitions. He faced a competitive GOP primary when he ran for Senate in 2014, largely because of his past support for a ban on assault weapons and his support for abortion rights. As he looks ahead to a future run for office, perhaps governor in 2018 or Senate in 2020, he’s trying to deepen his roots in New Hampshire and sharpen his appeal to conservatives.

Trump said he will support Brown in whatever office he seeks. “The right thing is going to happen,” he said. “We’ve got to get him back. And we’ll be behind him 100 percent.”

Brown has hosted every major GOP candidate at a barn in nearby Rye, on the Atlantic coast. The events are promoted as part of a “No B.S. Backyard BBQ” series. He said he could not host Trump there because of the Secret Service’s concerns about security. So they held the event at a nearby Toyota dealership owned by one of his friends.

After the event, Brown told reporters that he will endorse sometime after Saturday. First, he will host Ted Cruz at the barn on Tuesday.

Trump spent a big chunk of his speech here on Saturday ripping into the senator from Texas as a hypocrite, even declaring that he is owned “lock, stock and barrel” by Goldman Sachs and Citibank because he took loans from the banks.

Brown batted away a question about Trump’s criticism of Cruz. “Listen, this is politics,” he said. “Are you kidding me? Politics is a blood sport, so they’re going to battle. Quite frankly, I think it’s been pretty civil so far.”

 

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/news/ci_29396617/trump-brown-donald-hints-it-could-be-ticket#ixzz3xT6Btd4q

At Republican Debate, Taunts and Quips as Rivals Battle

JAN. 14, 2016

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas sharply attacked each other on Thursday night over the Canadian-born Mr. Cruz’s eligibility to be president and Mr. Trump’s “New York values,” shedding any semblance of cordiality as they dominated a Republican debate less than three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

Their exchanges showcased the intense and unpredictable new phase of the race as polls tighten and 11 candidates jockey for political advantage — not only over issues like imposing tariffs on Chinese goods and fighting the Islamic State, but also over matters of character and integrity that drew some of the hardest punches of the race so far.

 In many ways, it was the darkest debate of the campaign, as the Republicans tried to paint the grimmest possible portrait of an America in decline economically, despite rapid job growth, and militarily, though they praised service members. The ferocity onstage reflected the pressure in the race as it distills into a contest between the anti-establishment Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz, followed by other candidates like Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

Mr. Rubio and Mr. Christie, along with Jeb Bush and John Kasich, are vying to emerge as the leading candidate of mainstream Republicans, yet they struggled to be heard on Thursday night.

Mr. Cruz, who has gained ground against Mr. Trump recently and is now virtually tied with him in the polls in Iowa, charged that Mr. Trump was turning desperate because his standing as front-runner had turned shaky.

After months as Mr. Trump’s closest ally in the race, Mr. Cruz pointedly noted that Mr. Trump had dismissed questions in the fall about Mr. Cruz’s constitutional eligibility given his birth to an American mother living in Calgary, Alberta.

“The Constitution hasn’t changed, but the poll numbers have,” Mr. Cruz said. “Donald is dismayed that his poll numbers are falling in Iowa.” Mr. Cruz added that the law was on his side, noting that Senator John McCain, while born in the Panama Canal Zone, was eligible to run for president. By Mr. Trump’s standard, Mr. Cruz asserted, Mr. Trump himself might not be eligible to run for president because his mother was born in Scotland.

“But I was born here — big difference,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Cruz gave his most aggressive performance so far as he sought to protect the support he has built among social conservatives and evangelical Christians. He was relentless in trying to put Mr. Trump in his place, in part to appeal to establishment Republicans who are deeply uncomfortable with Mr. Trump’s candidacy.

The debate turned from a reality show into a comedy as Mr. Trump mused that if he chose Mr. Cruz as his running mate, Democrats would sue to challenge Mr. Cruz’s eligibility — as they would, he said, if Mr. Cruz won the presidential primary.

“If you become the nominee, who the hell knows if you can even serve in office?” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Cruz, a pugnacious, polished debater as a Princeton undergraduate, gave no quarter.

“I’m not going to take legal advice from Donald Trump,” he said to laughter. And he offered to make Mr. Trump his running mate, so he could assume the presidency if a theoretical legal challenge against Mr. Cruz’s eligibility were successful.

Mr. Rubio, seeing an opening to position himself above the spat, eventually interjected, mocking his rivals.

“I hate to interrupt this episode of ‘Court TV,’ ” he said, drawing laughs and applause. He then sought to refocus the conversation on President Obama’s shortcomings and what he said was a need to revive the country, safe terrain for Republican primary voters.

Neither Mr. Rubio, who spent most of the debate delivering rehearsed lines that seemed to come out of speeches, nor the other four Republicans on the debate stage left nearly as big an impression during the night as Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz.

Mr. Cruz seemed more comfortably in command with his needling of Mr. Trump, who was booed frequently. But then he was asked to elaborate on his suggestion earlier in the week that Mr. Trump embodied “New York values.”

Mr. Cruz stood by it, saying Americans outside New York City understood the reference.

“I think most people know exactly what New York values are: socially liberal, pro-gay marriage, pro-abortion, focused on money and the media,” he said.

But Mr. Trump, in an uncharacteristically calm and measured answer that built to a powerful conclusion, recalled the way that New Yorkers suffered, grieved and recovered from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — drawing applause even from Mr. Cruz.

“The people in New York fought and fought and fought, and we saw more death, even the smell of death — no one understood it,” Mr. Trump said. “And we rebuilt downtown Manhattan, and everyone in the world watched and loved New York and New Yorkers. And I’ll tell you, that was a very insulting statement that Ted made.”

Other candidates yearned to cut in. Several attacked Mr. Trump’s recent comment to the New York Times editorial board that he would favor a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the United States. Mr. Trump denied making the comment, though he had been recorded saying that he “would tax China on products coming in” and that “the tax should be 45 percent.”

“This would be devastating for our economy,” said Mr. Bush, a former governor of Florida. He added, “We need someone with a steady hand being president of the United States.”

Mr. Trump shot back, “And we don’t need a weak person being president of the United States — and that’s what we would get with Jeb.”

Mr. Bush — who had his best debate last month when he doggedly criticized Mr. Trump, but saw little bounce in his poll numbers in New Hampshire — took another pass at Mr. Trump when he urged him to “reconsider” his proposal for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country.

But Mr. Trump refused. “I want security for this country, O.K.? I want security,” he said. He denounced the shootings last month in San Bernardino, Calif., and said it was a “serious problem” that no one had reported suspicious activity by the Muslim couple under investigation for the killings.

“Why didn’t they call the police?” Mr. Trump asked of the couple’s neighbors and others.

Mr. Cruz, like other candidates, repeatedly attacked President Obama, criticizing his omission from his State of the Union address on Tuesday any mention of the Navy sailors who were temporarily detained by Iran this week. “It was heartbreaking, but the good news is, the next commander in chief is standing on this stage,” Mr. Cruz said. His rivals joined in, trying to keep the focus on Mr. Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“On Tuesday night, I watched story time with Barack Obama, and it sounded like everything in the world was going amazing,” Mr. Christie said, adding that American alliances were in bad need of repair and that adversaries needed to understand “the limits of our patience.”

The candidates also sought to find provocative new ways to tar Mrs. Clinton.

“If she gets elected, her first 100 days, instead of setting an agenda, she might be going back and forth between the White House and the courthouse,” Mr. Bush said, drawing applause.

Mr. Rubio sought to top that. “She wouldn’t just be a disaster,” he said. “Hillary Clinton is disqualified from being commander in chief of the United States.” Over applause, he continued, “Someone who cannot handle intelligence information appropriately cannot be commander in chief, and someone who lies to the families of those four victims in Benghazi can never be president of the United States.”

Mr. Rubio also seized an opportunity to challenge Mr. Christie’s conservative credentials on a host of issues important to party activists.

“I like Chris Christie, but we cannot afford to have a president of the United States that supports Common Core,” he said, referring to the education standards. “We cannot afford to have a president of the United States that supports gun control.”

Saying Mr. Christie had also contributed to Planned Parenthood and backed Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s appointment to the Supreme Court, Mr. Rubio added: “All I’m saying is our next president has to be someone that undoes the damage Barack Obama has done to this country. It cannot be someone that agrees with his agenda.”

Mr. Christie responded with ridicule, recalling that Mr. Rubio had repulsed an attack from Mr. Bush at an earlier debate by suggesting that Mr. Bush had been told to criticize him out of desperation.

Though Mr. Christie ridiculed senators as all talk, no accountability, he largely avoided responding with specific critiques of Mr. Rubio’s views — though he recalled that Mr. Rubio had once lauded him as a “conservative reformer that New Jersey needed.”

While Mr. Cruz and Mr. Rubio have turned their attention to their most immediate threats, Mr. Trump and Mr. Christie, they clashed after Mr. Cruz claimed that the immigration overhaul Mr. Rubio helped put together in 2013 had made it easier for Mr. Obama to bring Syrian refugees to America. Mr. Rubio accused Mr. Cruz of shifting to the right on immigration, saying Mr. Cruz had once supported increasing legal immigration levels. He also said that Mr. Cruz had reversed himself on crop supports because “it would help you in Iowa.”

“That is not consistent conservatism,” Mr. Rubio said. “That is political calculation.”

Mr. Cruz replied with mockery. “I appreciate your dumping your oppo research folder on the debate stage,” he said, referring to the compilation of vulnerabilities campaigns keep on their rivals. He said Mr. Rubio’s accusations were “flat-out false,” drawing boos from a crowd friendly to Mr. Rubio, and then invoked a cast of politicians well-known to Republican primary voters.

“Marco stood with Chuck Schumer and Barack Obama on amnesty,” he said. “I stood with Jeff Sessions and Steve King,” two immigration hard-liners in Congress.

Mr. Cruz, faced with a question about his failure to disclose a large loan in his 2012 Senate race, attacked The New York Times and called the lack of disclosure “a paperwork error.”

“The entire New York Times attack is that I disclosed that loan on one filing with the United States Senate that was a public filing, but it was not on a second filing with the F.E.C.,” he said, referring to the Federal Election Commission. “Both of those filings were public.”

Mr. Cruz’s bank loan was the focus of a Times article published Wednesday night, which reported that he and his wife had borrowed up to $1 million from Goldman Sachs and Citibank during his 2012 Senate primary race in Texas. Mr. Cruz did not disclose the loans on campaign finance reports, as required by law. During that race, he railed against Wall Street bailouts and the influence of big banks in Washington, a populist, outsider message that is also central to his presidential campaign. After his 2012 victory, he said in interviews that he and his wife, Heidi, had sacrificed “all we had saved” by putting personal funds into his Senate campaign.

Near the end of the debate, the disputes took a turn toward the substantive as Mr. Rubio, unbidden, targeted a business tax proposal by Mr. Cruz, calling it a value-added tax. Mr. Cruz countered that Mr. Rubio’s tax plan would leave the Internal Revenue Service in place.

Mr. Rubio shot back, “There has to be some agency that’s going to collect your VAT tax.”

After one exchange between Mr. Cruz and Mr. Rubio, Mr. Christie saw an opportunity.

“I’d like to interrupt this debate on the floor of the Senate,” he said, pointing out that the original question had been about entitlements.

Mr. Rubio sought to retake the floor, but Mr. Christie cut him off.

“You already had your chance, Marco,” Mr. Christie said. “You blew it.”

 

MA Presidential Primary Ballot set for March 1st

By Gerry Tuoti
gtuoti@wickedlocal.com


Posted Jan. 4, 2016 at 5:43 PM
Updated at 5:48 PM

The countdown to Super Tuesday has begun in earnest since the calendar turned to 2016.

While the state Democratic, Republican and Green-Rainbow parties already submitted their lists of presidential candidates to the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s office last month, the field will grow by one.

San Diego businessman Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente has qualified for the Massachusetts Democratic Primary ballot by filing 2.573 signatures with Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin’s office, Galvin spokesman Brian McNiff said Monday.

Jan. 4 marked the deadline for presidential candidates to deliver nomination papers ahead of the March 1 Massachusetts Presidential Primary.

Under Massachusetts law, a candidate can qualify for the presidential primary ballot by being designated by their state party’s committee or filing nomination papers with at least 2,500 certified signatures. Additionally, the secretary can place candidates who have been “generally advocated or recognized in the national news media” on the ballot, according to state law.

De La Fuente was the only candidate to qualify for the Massachusetts ballot by filing signatures.

Galvin already held a random draw last month to determine the order candidates will appear on the primary ballot, pending the completion of final filing requirements.

In the Republican primary, Jim Gilmore will appear at the top of the ballot, followed by Lindsey Graham, Donald J. Trump, Ted Cruz, George Pataki, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, Rick Santorum, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and John R. Kasich.

Bernie Sanders will appear first on the Democratic primary ballot, followed by Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton. De La Fuente will now be added to the field.

In the Green-Rainbow primary, Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza Curry will appear first on the ballot, followed by Jill Stein, William P. Kreml, Kent Mesplay and Darryl Cherney.

The registration deadline for voters is Feb. 10. Voters registered as independent, or unenrolled, are allowed to vote in any party’s primary under Massachusetts law.

Massachusetts is one of more than a dozen states holding presidential primaries on March 1, known as Super Tuesday.

Early nominating contests elsewhere include the Feb. 1 Iowa Caucuses and the Feb. 9 New Hampshire Presidential Primary.

Gerry Tuoti is the Regional Newsbank Editor for Wicked Local. Email him at gtuoti@wickedlocal.com or call him at 508-967-3137.

 

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