April 26, 2016 Primary Results

REPUBs    Conn.28     Del.16     Md.38     Pa.17    R.I.19 DelegatesTotal

Trump

 58%  61%  54%  57%  64% 949

Cruz

12% 16% 19% 22% 10% 544

Kasich

29% 20% 23% 19% 24% 153
Reporting 99% 100% 99% 99% 100% 1,237 to win

Pennsylvania Republican delegates only include pledged delegates. The state has 54 unpledged delegates.

DEMs   Conn.55     Del.21    Md.95    Pa.189    R.I.24 DelegatesTotal

Clinton

 52%  60%  63%  56% 43% 1,640

Sanders

47% 39% 33% 44%  55% 1,331
Reporting 99% 100% 99% 99% 100% 2,383 to win

Democratic delegates only include pledged delegates.

Everything you need to know how Republican and Democratic delegates work

 

WASHINGTON — The race to the presidential nomination begins Monday with the Iowa caucuses and culminates in July when each party’s standard-bearer will stand on the podium of the national political convention, having been selected by a majority of the delegates there.

Each political party in each state has its own rules for selecting delegates to the national conventions, which will be held July 18-21 for the Republicans in Cleveland and July 25-28 for the Democrats in Philadelphia.

Each state receives a certain number of delegates based on population and other factors, such as the number of elected officials of that political party. Some elected and party officials automatically get to be delegates. Other delegates are elected, depending on how much support their candidate garners in primaries or caucuses.

Which N.J. Democratic super-delegates back Hillary?

Which N.J. Democratic super-delegates back Hillary?

One-third of New Jersey’s super-delegates to the Democratic National Convention next July have already endorsed former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.

Here’s how each party will decide who gets to sit on the convention floor.

REPUBLICANS

Republicans will send 2,472 delegates to their national convention. To win the nomination, a candidate must get the support of 1,236 delegates. Alternates, who get to vote in the absence of a delegate, also are selected. New Jersey will send 51 delegates to Cleveland.

Gov. Chris Christie said he heard from a media member that the fight between him and Donal Trump will be like King Kong versus Godzilla. (Video courtesy of Chris Christie Press)

Each state gets 10 at-large delegates, with additional statewide delegates awarded based on how well Republicans have done in state elections. Thanks to the election of Gov. Chris Christie, for example. New Jersey received two additional at-large delegates. Those 12 delegates are more than the 10 at-large seats awarded to all-Democratic California. The state party chair and the national committeeman and committeewoman also are delegates.

States receive another three delegates per congressional district, who are selected in each congressional district. For New Jersey, that’s 36 delegates.

Through March 14, including Super Tuesday on March 1, delegates are awarded on a proportional basis. Some states require candidates to meet a threshold of support before winning any delegates. On March 15, for example, the winner of Florida’s primary will win all of that state’s delegates, as will the first-place finisher in the Ohio primary. New Jersey, which votes June 7, also is a winner-take-all primary.

DEMOCRATS

Democrats will send 4,763 delegates to their convention, with 2,382 needed for nomination. Those numbers could change slightly before Philadelphia. New Jersey will send 142 delegates.

Like the Republicans, most of the delegates are allocated by population. There are no winner-take-all states but candidates must receive at least 15 percent of the vote to be awarded any delegates.

Unlike the GOP, the Democrats have a category of delegates who officially are not pledged to any candidate but automatically go to the convention because of the position they hold. These so-called super-delegates include members of the Democratic National Committee, U.S. senators and representatives, governors, past U.S. presidents and vice presidents and past congressional leaders.

For New Jersey, the list includes U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and all six House Democrats from the state, plus six Democratic National Committee members for a total of 16.

While officially unpledged, many of them already have endorsed a candidate, such as Booker, who has campaigned for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.

The Democrats select delegates both by congressional districts and statewide; the at-large delegates are picked last and are used to ensure equal numbers of men and women are at the convention and to make sure the party meeds its goals for minority representation.

In the delegate selection process, there is a carve-out for mayors of large cities, legislative leaders, statewide officials and other elected Democrats. The state party has 15 slots reserved for them.

 

Groton Republican Town Committee

Candidate’s Night

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left to right: Representative from Rubio campaign, Dennis Galvin – state committee, Ann Wofford – MA 3rd Congressional District, Groton selectmen’s candidate, Sheila Harrington – state committee, Kamara Kay – 18th Middlesex state rep, Jordan Gys – state committee, Representative from Bush campaign, Georjann McGaha – state committee

One man and one woman are elected to the State Committee from each MA Senatorial District to represent the district. The Westford Republican Town Committee endorses Georjann McGaha and Dennis Galvin for State Committee. The election is March 1st.

Galvin Is Best Hope For A Better GOP State Committee

This March 1st, we Massachusetts Republicans will vote for our choices in the Presidential primary and then the national campaign will roll out of here, on to its eventual conclusion. Normally little noticed is the selection seen at the bottom of the ballot slip for the GOP State committeeman in the 1st Middlesex District (Westford, Tyngsboro, Pepperell, Lowell, Groton, Dunstable). However this year the selection may be more critical than ever. The State Committee, as the overarching effort to build the base and still illuminate Republican values, needs experienced and campaign tested leaders.

The clear choice is Dennis Galvin, a proven and dynamic leader who has stood for Republican Party values when no one else would stand up to what seemed insurmountable odds. Dennis has a background that uncontestably makes him the best candidate for the State Committee. Over 25 years of successful Public and Private service in Massachusetts, Community service leader in critical youth development activities, Three term Town Planning Board Member, Republican Town Committee member and twice the GOP Standard bearer in the 2nd Middlesex Massachusetts House race are but a few of his documented credentials. Dennis has lead the growth of the GOP in this district because he pays attention to details, has a commitment to the strategic vision of the GOP and is able to engage a wide range of potential members and voters, regardless of age, cultural perspective or town/city location. He does this by actually listening to the public and then works under his most notable quote “Common sense should be our common virtue”.

As a member of a Republican Town committee for over 15 years and a past State Committeeman, I believe we must have Dennis as our first choice in this election. His support of the Party philosophy is strong and well documented through his years of Editorial submissions. Having stood for principle in tough elections, he is independent of any potential pressure to conform for political expediency sake, and lastly, in my opinion, is the caliber of Committeeman that will deeply concern the Democratic Party of Massachusetts.

So if you will pardon the pun, I hope my endorsement will “Galvanize” you to vote for Dennis on March 1st. Regardless of your Presidential selection, voting for Dennis will give you an early victory to celebrate.

 

Wade Fox

Galvin for State Committeeman

Dennis Galvin’s campaign kick-off announcement on January 13, 2016, filmed by Westford Cable Access TV:

http://www.westfordcatnews.org/2016/01/a-candidate-minute-with-dennis-galvin/

Dennis Galvin’s guest spot (appeared with Jordan Gys) on The Morning Show on WCAP (live and recorded on Jan. 28, 2016):

http://980wcap.com/dennis-galvin-and-jordan-gys-join-the-morning-show-both-running-for-the-republican-state-committee-seat-for-the-first-middlesex-district/

Dennis Galvin’s appearance on “The Current Buzz” on Chelmsford Cable Access TV:

http://vp.telvue.com/preview?id=T01497&video=263089

 

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.”

 

In Boston, Clinton Unveils Plan For Multi-Billion Dollar Spending Spree To Shore Up Left Wing

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BOSTON — As Hillary Clinton lands in Boston today, she is continuing a frantic rush to the extreme left to appease left-wing activists and union bosses amid Bernie Sanders’ rising support. Clinton’s latest tactic is to unveil a new plan for another Washington spending spree. But her record indicates she fails to reveal just how much she plans to raise taxes for her new big-government programs.

“Hard-working taxpayers should be wary of Hillary Clinton’s proposed hundreds of billions of dollars in new spending that she is unveiling today in Boston,” said MassGOP Chairman Kirsten Hughes. “Clinton has already promised new programs with enormous price tags, without specifying how she’ll pay for it. Now, as Bernie Sanders continues to pick up union support, it’s clear Clinton is playing to the far-left with this multi-billion dollar spending spree pitch.”

Background:

Clinton Plans To Unveil Her Latest Plans For A Washington Spending Spree, After Failing To Specify Who Will Pay For Her Existing Proposals

Hillary Clinton plans to unveil a new big-spending program in Boston today.“Hillary Clinton will unveil the largest plank of her economic agenda in the coming weeks, proposing hundreds of billions of dollars in spending, primarily on infrastructure projects, according to a campaign aide,” (Abby Phillip, Clinton to unveil large economic spending proposal in Boston, Boston Globe, 11/29/15)
Clinton has already released at least $500 billion other spending plans, but “it Isn’t clear yet” who would face few taxes, or what deductions and loopholes she would close. “The Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign estimates that her plan — which would include ‘no-loan tuition’ at state schools — would cost about $350 billion over 10 years. Like many candidates, lawmakers and presidents before her, she is looking to the richest Americans to foot the bill. ‘Clinton’s New College Compact plan … will be fully paid for by closing tax loopholes and expenditures for the most fortunate,’ according to documents from the campaign. Just how fortunate isn’t clear yet, nor is it clear which specific tax breaks and ‘loopholes’ Clinton will target specifically.” (Jeanne Sahadi, “Who Will Pay For Hillary Clinton’s College Plan,” CNN, 8/10/15)
Clinton has made “no reference to the cost of financing” her childcare initiative, which will cost at least $200 billion. “In addition, Clinton ‘called for doubling our investment in Early Head Start and the Early Head Start-Child Care partnerships.’ There is a lot of background about the importance of early childhood education, but there is no reference to the cost or financing of the initiative.” (Phillip Klein, “Hillary Clinton ‘Fact Sheet’ On Her Universal Preschool Proposal Doesn’t Say How She’ll Pay For It,” The Washington Examiner, 6/15/15)

Clinton’s Trip To Boston Comes Amid Spiraling Support As Local Labor Leaders Scoff At Her Campaign 

Massachusetts union leaders have scoffed at the Clinton machine. “When asked about Clinton’s candidacy, [Massachusetts AFL-CIO President Steven] Tolman was less effusive: ‘Who? Who? Please. I mean with all respect, huh?'” (Brian Mahoney, “AFL-CIO leader tries to quell pro-Sanders revolt,” POLITICO, 7/3/15)

Influential local labor leaders are bucking Clinton and leading Bernie Sanders’ campaign among labor. “[Labor for Bernie] was created after Sanders announced his candidacy last spring by longtime organizers including Rand Wilson, who directs policy and communications for Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 888 in Massachusetts.” (Josh Eidelson, Labor for Bernie Means Headaches for Hillary,” Bloomberg Politics, 11/12/15)

Major local unions are bucking Clinton and lining up behind Sanders. (NH Labor News, “Massachusetts & Rhode Island Telephone Workers Unions Endorse Bernie Sanders For President,” 9/27/15)

 

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