It has been a very interesting 24 hours, but now major news outlets are reporting that a deal has been reached between the DNC and Sanders campaign and his access to voter data will be restored in the morning. Interesting enough this was announced not long before the judge was going to hear the case. I've read the complaint and the agreement that the DNC is saying Sanders violated and determined that if it went to court that Sanders would easily win. The big if was rather or not a judge would get into an inner-party fight, which they traditionally don't. It sounds like the DNC saw a losing battle ahead and decided to call it quits.
As threatened this afternoon, the Bernie Sanders campaign has filed lawsuit in federal court to regain access to voter information. A key part in the complaint, which was also used by Debbie Wassermann Schultz today to justify their actions, addressees termination for violations and says:
the non-breaching party sends written notice to the breaching party describing the breach; and the breaching party does not cure the breach to the satisfaction of the non-breaching party within ten (10) calendar days following its receipt of such notice
That right there sounds like a nail in the coffin for any argument the DNC might try to make in court. You can read the full complain here (PDF file)
Following the news of the DNC cutting off Sander's access to voter data, the Sanders campaign has just announced that if their access to the data is not immediately restored, then they will be in federal court this afternoon. To put this into perspective, the data they are now denied access to includes data that the Sanders campaign has collected through their volunteers and has paid NGP-VAN, over $48,000 as of September this year, to store and access.
Martine Shkreli, the 'pharma bro' who made news this summer when his company bought the rights to a life saving medication and raised the price from $13 to $750 per pill was arrested this morning for federal securities fraud, stemming from an unrelated business. Now if we could just arrest him for price gouging the most vulnerable, but that would require a law and our Republican Congress has shown they don't care about the people, especially the vulnerable.
This morning the Supreme Court declined to hear a case stemming from an assault weapons ban in Highland Park, Illinois. The decision leaves the lower courts ruling that the ban is constitutional stand. This is a small victory, and the fact that the court ruled 7-2 is a good indicator that future challenges could also go to the side of more control.
Funny, but I doubt Donald Trump will be talking about these people cheering on the terrorist attack that happened yesterday at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs by non-Muslim Robert Lewis Dear.
Out of 3 million Syrian refugees we now have a case of 1 being a terrorist. Out of 100 million gun owners in America, this year alone 325 have committed mass shootings. When you do the math, an America gun owner is almost 10 times more likely to commit a mass shooting than a refugee is of being a terrorist. Are we really concerned about safety?
Donald Trump waded into the Starbucks non-controversy over their holiday cups yesterday, saying "maybe we should boycott". All that total silliness aside, he said something else that was really troubling. "If I become president, we're all going to be saying 'Merry Christmas' again. That I can tell you. That I can tell you!" Trump told the crowd. Last I checked Christmas was a Christian holiday and our government is forbidden from establishment of religion under the First Amendment of our Constitution. So basically Trump has just said that he won't defend the Constitution of the United States, violating an oath of office before even having a chance to take it. Hopefully he will get pressed on that tonight during the debate, but being Fox Business, I highly doubt it.
It seems like we hear weekly stories now about Donald Trump tweeting something out that he shouldn't have tweeted. The latest? A retweet attack against Jeb Bush, including images with a Swastika. Trump quickly deleted it, but it does beg the question; if Donald Trump can't manage a Twitter account, how can we expect him to manage the country?
Gallup has recorded historic lows in support of the Tea Party. From 32% in 2010, when things really started kicking into gear, to now 17%. The Tea Party is now almost as disliked as Congress.Perhaps there is a reason for that?