Philly Activist Staging World’s Largest “Fart-in” for Hillary Clinton

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Prepare yourselves, Philadelphia. You might need to hold your breath during the DNC.

Cheri Honkala of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign is organizing the world’s largest “fart-in” for the Democratic National Convention, TruthDig reports.

On the afternoon of July 28th, Honkala will hold a massive “bean supper” for Bernie Sanders delegates on American Street in Kensignton, where she lives.

“We are setting up a Clintonville there, modeled on the Hoovervilles of the 1930s where the poor and unemployed built shanty towns,” Honkala told TruthDig. “The Sanders delegates, their bellies full of beans, will be able to return to the Wells Fargo Center and greet the rhetorical flatulence of Hillary Clinton with the real thing.”

That means you can expect the air to be rife with flatulence during presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s anticipated acceptance speech.

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Amish-Targeted Dark Money Group Wants to Beat Hillary Clinton

A Pennsylvania dark money group is trying to mobilize Lancaster’s Amish community — the largest Amish community in the country — to vote for  presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump this fall.

Amish PAC, which claims to be the first and only Amish-dedicated super political action committee, is spending on flyers and newspaper and billboard advertisements that will target Amish and Mennonite communities in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Each swing state has 60,000 Amish residents, according to the PAC’s website.

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Chris Christie: I Didn’t Fetch McDonald’s for Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, wave as they arrive at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, wave as they arrive at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.

Chris Christie says he didn’t fetch McDonald’s for Donald Trump.

In yet another great moment in the 2016 presidential campaign, yesterday The New Yorker reported Christie had fetched Trump’s order at McDonald’s.

Later yesterday, a Christie spokesman categorically denied the allegation to Business Insider:

“We categorically deny this ridiculous, completely invented scenario, which the writer attributed to an unnamed source’s anonymous friend,” Murray told Business Insider in an email. “The fact the writer relegated this bit of sleaze between parentheses certainly indicates he knew it was trash that had to be separated from the rest of the story.”

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Poll: Phillie Phanatic More Qualified to Be President Than Donald Trump

The Phillie Phanatic and Donald Trump - split photo

Phanatic photo by Googie Man, Trump photo by Gage Skidmore; both used under a Creative Commons license

Don’t want to vote for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump this November, but not quite ready to push the button for Hillary Clinton? You could always vote for the Phillie Phanatic.

Public Policy Polling, a liberal-leaning polling firm that was judged the most accurate in 2012, recently polled Pennsylvania voters. And PPP found that citizens of the Keystone State find the Phillie Phanatic to be more qualified to be president than Donald Trump.

It wasn’t all that close, either: Forty-six percent of Pennsylvania voters surveyed said the Phillie Phanatic was more qualified to be president than Trump, with 40 percent saying they felt Trump was more qualified than the giant, green fuzzy mascot who doesn’t talk. Fourteen percent said they weren’t sure. Weren’t sure. Read more »

Former Pa. Governor Tom Ridge: I’m Not Voting Republican This Year

Tom Ridge, Donald Trump

Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge has voted Republican every four years since his 18th birthday. He says that streak will end in 2016.

In an opinion piece published under Ridge’s name in U.S. News and World Report today, Ridge says he cannot vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump in November.

“My disregard for Donald Trump has been well documented by multiple media outlets over the last several months, so I won’t belabor it yet again,” Ridge writes. “Suffice to say that I am disappointed that he is our party’s nominee. With a bumper-sticker approach to policy, his bombastic tone reflects the traits of a bully, not an American president and statesman. If he cannot unite Republicans, how can he unite America? I simply cannot endorse him.” Read more »

Trump: Chris Christie Could Be My Vice President

Donald Trump, Chris Christie

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, accompanied by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference on Super Tuesday primary election night in the White and Gold Ballroom at The Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on March 1st, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

He didn’t come close to winning the presidential nomination, but Chris Christie could be your next vice president.

According to a Donald Trump interview with the Associated Press, he has narrowed down his VP slot to “a very good list of five or six people.” In the interview, he did not rule out selecting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his VP. Read more »

Poll: Clinton vs. Trump Is a Dead Heat in Pennsylvania

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump

Trump photo by Michael Vadon, used under a Creative Commons license

A new poll released by Quinnipiac University shows Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a dead heat in Pennsylvania.

Clinton leads the poll of 1,077 self-identified registered voters, 43 percent to 42 percent, with 2 percent saying someone else, 7 percent saying they wouldn’t vote and 5 percent undecided. The poll has a margin of sampling error of +/- 3 percentage points.

All of Trump’s rivals for the Republican nomination have dropped out of the race; he is the presumptive Republican nominee. Bernie Sanders, who held a rally in Atlantic City yesterday, has vowed to stay in until the end of the Democratic presidential primaries. But Clinton is way out in front and will most likely win her party’s nomination. Clinton vs. Trump is the most likely general election matchup. Read more »

Chris Christie to Chair Donald Trump Transition Team

Donald Trump and Chris Christie at a February rally

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, wave as they arrive at a rally at Millington Regional Airport in Millington, Tenn., Saturday, February 27th, 2016.

Chris Christie is going to work for The Donald.

Today, Trump announced that Christie would chair his transition team — the group that will prepare for what is hopefully a smooth transition from President Barack Obama to the newly-elected president.

“Governor Christie is an extremely knowledgeable and loyal person with the tools and resources to put together an unparalleled Transition Team, one that will be prepared to take over the White House when we win in November,” Trump said in a press release. “I am grateful to Governor Christie for his contributions to this movement.” Read more »

Bernie on the Boardwalk: Sanders Bashes Trump at Atlantic City Rally

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Bernie Sanders speaks at a campaign rally at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on May 9th. (Photo | Dan McQuade)

In the building where Donald Trump once held Mike Tyson prizefights and World Wrestling Federation world championship matches, Bernie Sanders spoke before a crowd in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City this morning. The assembled masses were as boisterous as the ones at the WrestleMania events once hosted there by Trump.

“I don’t have to tell you too much about Donald Trump,” Sanders said at the rally. “You know more than most Americans … what we’re seeing in Atlantic City capsulizes the ugliness and the greed we’re seeing all over the country.”

Trump once owned three casinos in Atlantic City, but lost them through a series of bankruptcies. He still brags about the money he made in Atlantic City, and considered his time there a success. That stance is ripe for Sanders to hit with his message of economic populism, as he did at the seaside resort that is on the verge of bankruptcy. “Don’t tell me it makes any sense for Wall Street billionaires to be profiting while the people of Atlantic City are suffering,” Sanders said. Read more »

Philly Latinos React as Donald Trump Becomes the Face of the GOP

Donald Trump | photo by Michael Vadon, used under a Creative Commons license. Ted Cruz | Photo by Gage Skidmore used under a Creative Commons license

Donald Trump (left) is  the GOP’s presumptive nominee now that Ted Cruz (right) has bowed out. Trump photo by Michael Vadon, Creative Commons. Cruz photo by Gage Skidmore, Creative Commons

You may not have heard much about Ted Cruz’s Latino roots during his campaign, but the fact is that “Felito” (a shortened version of Rafaelito, the diminutive of his given name) accomplished what no other Latino candidate — Republican or Democrat — has ever accomplished in U.S. politics. He won the Iowa Caucus, and then he won Texas, Utah, Kansas, Alaska, Idaho, Oklahoma, Maine … you get the point. Without being popular at all with the Latino electorate, Cruz nevertheless broke ground for Latino politicians before his run came to an end last night in Indiana.

Now that John Kasich has also bowed out, that leaves the GOP — which started the election season with two viable Latino candidates — with a presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, who opened his campaign by insulting and criminalizing Mexicans and other Latinos.

The reaction of Latinos in Philadelphia ranges from those who see Trump’s now solo status as a GOP candidate as a victory of xenophobia and racism in the party, to those who see little actual difference between Cruz and Trump. Read more »

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