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Donald Trump supporters, opponents get ready for Wednesday rally in Jacksonville

Donald Trump will be in Jacksonville Wednesday evening, giving his supporters and detractors a chance to be part of the show.

At least some of those opposed to Trump are already mobilizing a protest. The Jacksonville for Bernie Sanders group plans a memorably titled Stop This Fool event, which will commence at the Jacksonville Veterans’ Memorial Arena at 4 p.m., well before Trump’s event starts at 7 p.m.

The call from the group is to “join union presidents, leaders of worker movements, activists, actors, film directors, religious leaders, teachers, professors, civil rights leaders, lawyers, farmers, writers, workers, students, heads of companies, intellectuals, poets, AND sign TO join the movement to end hatred, fearmongering, bullying, racism in America.”

While Trump is fond of saying he loves his protesters, the local GOP loves volunteers more, and to that end the Republican Party of Duval County has issued a call for event volunteers.

Duval GOP Chair Cindy Graves writes that “we need volunteers tomorrow for the Donald Trump Rally! Volunteers must be pre-registered and should report to the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena by 2 p.m. unless you arrange otherwise.”

There likely will be little overlap between the two groups.

Sally Bradshaw’s bolt from GOP a sign of Donald Trump’s impact on party

Less than four years ago, the Republican Party tapped a few respected party officials to help the GOP find its way forward. This week, one of them says she’s leaving the party — driven out by Donald Trump.

While not a household name, Sally Bradshaw‘s decision to leave the GOP rocked those who make politics their profession. The longtime aide to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was one of the five senior Republican strategists tasked with identifying the party’s shortcomings and recommending ways it could win the White House after its losing 2012 presidential campaign.

Now, she says, she’ll vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton if the race in her home state of Florida appears close come Election Day.

“Sally is representative of an important segment of our party, and that is college-educated women, where Donald Trump is losing by disastrous margins,” said Ari Fleischer, who worked with Bradshaw on the GOP project and was a senior adviser to President George W. Bush. “Trump has moved in exactly the opposite direction from our recommendations on how to make the party more inclusive.”

Fleischer still supports Trump over Clinton. But Bradshaw is among a group of top Republican operatives, messengers, national committee members and donors who continue to decry Trump’s tactics, highlighting almost daily — with three months until Election Day — the rifts created by the billionaire and his takeover of the party.

This past weekend, the billionaire industrialist Charles Koch (coke) told hundreds of donors that make up his political network that Trump does not embrace, nor will he fight for, free market principles.

That’s one reason Koch‘s network, which has the deepest pockets in conservative politics, is ignoring the presidential contest this year and focusing its fundraising wealth on races for Congress. Donors and elected officials gathering at a Koch event in Colorado said they accepted the Koch brothers’ decision, even if it hurts the GOP’s White House chances.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin, among the high-profile Republicans on hand, refused to endorse Trump and referenced now defunct political parties, such as the Whigs, when asked about the health of the modern-day GOP.

“The party is not really what matters. It’s the principles,” Bevin told The Associated Press.

Another of those in attendance, House Speaker Paul Ryan, didn’t even mention his party’s presidential nominee during his speech to the group. Yet he referenced an election he called “personality contest” devoid of specific goals or principles.

Liberals and those on the political left are hardly fully united around Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, whose convention was interrupted on occasion by supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

But after beating Sanders in the primaries, Clinton took steps to win over Sanders and his supporters — including agreeing to changes to the party’s platform. Trump has shown little such inclination, pushing ahead instead with the approach and policy proposals that proved successful in the GOP primary.

Among the key recommendations of the post-2014 report that Bradshaw helped write was for the party to be more inclusive to racial and ethnic minorities, specifically Latino voters. One of Trump’s defining policies is his call to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, and forcibly deport the millions of people — many of whom are Hispanic — living in the country illegally.

Bradshaw told The Associated Press her decision to change her voter registration in her home state of Florida was “a personal decision,” with the tipping point being Trump’s criticism of the Muslim mother of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq in 2004. In an email to CNN, Bradshaw wrote that the GOP was “at a crossroads and have nominated a total narcissist — a misogynist — a bigot.”

Her decision to leave the party isn’t “a good sign, given the role she’s played at the national level with the RNC and the high esteem in which she’s held,” said Virginia Republican Chris Jankowski, among the nation’s leading GOP legislative campaign strategists.

Another member of the panel that examined Mitt Romney‘s 2012 loss is Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committee member from Mississippi.

In a message to the AP, he joined the many Republicans who called on Trump to apologize to the family of the late Capt. Humayun Khan, a suggestion the billionaire has rejected to date.

Like Fleischer, he does not plan to follow Bradshaw out of the party, but insisted that Trump must work harder to unify it.

“If we are to gain anything by this, Donald Trump must show he wants to unite Americans so he can win in November and the best way to do this would be to apologize,” Barbour said. “There’s no excuse, particularly for his comments about Mrs. Khan.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Tim Canova camp says new poll shows him ‘within striking distance’ of Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz leads her Democratic challenger Tim Canova by eight percentage points in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, 46 percent to 38 percent, according to a new poll released Sunday by the Canova campaign. What’s more, after the pollsters provided more information about Canova to likely voters, Wasserman Schultz’ lead was reduced to just three points, 43 percent to 40 percent.

The survey, conducted by the Los Angeles-based polling group of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3), was in the field immediately after Wasserman Schultz stepped down as head of the Democratic National Committee last week. Her resignation was spurred by the release of 19,000 leaked emails from Wikileaks, which showed top members of the DNC working to boost Hillary Clinton‘s presidential bid.

The poll also shows 52 percent of voters in CD 23 view Wasserman Schultz favorably, with 35 percent regarding her unfavorably, “a staggering decline from her popularity in past campaigns,” the pollsters write.

Wasserman Schultz has represented her Miami Dade/Broward County district since 2004, and been comfortably re-elected without serious opposition. Canova came on the scene back in January, and his campaign has served as a vessel of sorts for thousands of Democrats around the nation unhappy with Wasserman Schultz’ performance at the DNC, perceiving her as an unfair arbiter when Bernie Sanders and Clinton battled it out for the presidential nomination.

Canova has based his campaign on depicting Wasserman Schultz as having abandoned the progressive wing of the party. He’s raised more than $2 million, including more than $125,000 last week in the immediate aftermath of Wasserman Schultz’ resignation from the DNC. He’s also been endorsed by Sanders, who has said he will campaign in the district for Canova.

Despite the negative focus on Wasserman Schultz, however, many political observers in South Florida believe she’s still a good bet for re-election. She’s raised more money than Canova overall in the race, and continues to have more cash-on-hand. With the exception of this survey, there has been very little public polling on the race.

Canova says he intends to filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the DNC, contending Wasserman Schultz used party resources to monitor his campaign and develop strategy on how to respond to it. “The use of party resources for her personal campaign seems (to) be a violation of federal law and we are preparing a complaint to the FEC,” Canova told Larry King last week.

The poll of 400 randomly selected voters in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District likely to cast a ballot in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary was conducted on July 27 and July 28 on both landline and cell phones. The margin of sampling error is +/-4.9 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.

Tim Canova scoops up Bernie Sanders’ media consultants

Democrat Tim Canova has brought on the same consulting firm that made the iconic ads for Bernie Sanders‘ 2016 presidential campaign.

Canova, a first-time candidate, is running against incumbent Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the Aug. 30 Democratic primary in Florida’s 23rd Congressional District.

Gabriel Debenedetti of POLITICO is reporting Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh and Julian Mulvey — the team behind Sanders’ much-praised media presence — will be now working with Canova. Devine Mulvey Longabaugh (DML) were the creatives behind such spots as Sanders’ “America” ad, a key driver in Sanders’ rise to prominence against Hillary Clinton.

The move is also the latest indication Sanders supporters are hoping to unseat Wasserman Schultz. Outrage over leaked emails showing favoritism led to her resignation as chair of the Democratic National Committee this week.

A significant boost for Canova, it is also another step in Sanders’ “political revolution” after ending his presidential campaign. Since entering the race, Canova has raised millions of dollars for his run against Wasserman Schultz, a popular incumbent. Previously, Sanders had endorsed Canova and supported his fundraising efforts, and now his supporters are beginning to turn attention toward down-ballot races.

Debenedetti notes that Sanders supporters are looking toward Canova’s candidacy — and the addition of DML — as a tangible symbol of Wasserman Schultz’s failed leadership at the DNC.

Hillary Clinton makes her case to be the next President of the United States

PHILADELPHIA- It wasn’t as strong a speech as others gave at the Democratic National Convention, but, to paraphrase an infamous line said to her in 2008, it was good enough.

Hillary Clinton gave an hour-long speech at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Thursday night, trying to make the case to the public that while she may not be perfect, she ain’t Donald Trump.

It was very much an appeal to independents and even to Republicans, estranged from the party for their selection of Trump, as unconventional a politician in modern history.

Clinton began the speech, which followed a short film biography narrated by Morgan Freeman and an introduction by daughter Chelsea, at exactly 10:30 p.m. Eastern time, by thanking a number of people, including Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who took Clinton to the very end of primary season.

“Bernie, your campaign inspired millions of Americans, particularly the young people who threw their hearts and souls into our primary,” she said. “You’ve put economic and social justice issues front and center, where they belong.”

She then spoke directly to his supporters in the hall and around the nation.

“I want you to know, I’ve heard you.  Your cause is our cause. Our country needs your ideas, energy, and passion.  That’s the only way we can turn our progressive platform into real change for America. We wrote it together — now let’s go out there and make it happen together.”

And while polls show a majority of Sanders supporters will get behind Clinton in November, very few of them appeared to be in Philadelphia this week — either inside the Wells Fargo Center — or out on the streets. And they made their displeasure about Clinton known somewhat stunningly throughout the speech, which is why the crowd erupted at least 10 times to “Hill-ar-ee, Hill-ar-ee” as a way to drown out the dissenters.

Though the chants of her name were meant affirmatively, Clinton didn’t build that many natural pauses in her speech, and on a couple of occasions clearly disrupted her rhythm. It was somewhat shocking that Sanders fans couldn’t let it go for the biggest moment of her political career, but it exemplified the contempt of many Bernie enthusiasts this week in Philly.

All week long at the DNC, Democrats painted the Cleveland Republicans as the party of doom and gloom, in a flip of the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan ran against Walter Mondale. Clinton admitted that not everything is so great right now, saying, “There’s too much inequality. Too little social mobility. Too much paralysis in Washington. Too many threats at home and abroad.”

Just 24 percent of likely U.S. voters think the country is heading in the right direction, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released earlier this week.

She also blasted Trump, though less so than in her speech in Tampa last Friday, the after the Republican convention ended.

“So don’t let anyone tell you that our country is weak. We’re not. Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes. We do. And most of all, don’t believe anyone who says: ‘I alone can fix it.’ Those were actually Donald Trump’s words in Cleveland. And they should set off alarm bells for all of us. Really? I alone can fix it? Isn’t he forgetting? Troops on the front lines. Police officers and firefighters who run toward danger. Doctors and nurses who care for us. Teachers who change lives. Entrepreneurs who see possibilities in every problem. Mothers who lost children to violence and are building a movement to keep other kids safe.

“He’s forgetting every last one of us. Americans don’t say: ‘I alone can fix it.’ We say: ‘We’ll fix it together,’ which received a huge cheer.

Clinton’s trust numbers are horrible, and the speech won’t correct that with independents. She’s also been on the national scene for 25 years, which means she’s not the fresh new thing like Trump is.

But she may be good enough for the times. Obviously it would be a different dynamic if Clinton was facing a traditional Republican (i.e. anybody but Trump), but that’s not the election we are now facing over the next couple of months.


Balloons drop, mark end of Hillary Clinton’s convention

The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

11:35 p.m.

Balloons are falling on Hillary Clinton‘s convention in Philadelphia.

Red, white and blue balloons are raining down on Democrats and blanketing the stage as Clinton and vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine celebrate their nomination with their families.

The convention-closing party included pyrotechnics that seemed to startle even Clinton, as well as an elaborate “card stunt” that doesn’t appear to have come off as planned.

According to instructions given earlier in the night, delegates were supposed to hold up color cards attached to their seats to spell out a message.

But within the hall at least, it was not clear what message read.

11:30 p.m.

There are some signs of discontent amid the celebration of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic presidential nomination.

As Clinton spoke, several people in the crowd at the Democratic National Convention unfurled a banner that said “Wikileaks.” It’s a reference to the leaked party emails that some say show the Democratic National Committee favored Clinton over primary rival Bernie Sanders.

Near the Hawaii delegation, a few delegates waved signs for Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Some Sanders delegates sat quietly throughout the speech.

For much of Clinton’s speech, a bright red sign stood out from the sea of campaign posters. It read, “Keep your promises.”

Clinton struggled to keep command of the arena. She was repeatedly interrupted by chants of “Hillary!” – that was her supporters’ way of drowning out hecklers.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Hillary Clinton urges voters ‘to stand up to bullies’

The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

11:26 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is calling on voters to “stand up to bullies.”

She says her mother never let her back down from a challenge, and “literally blocked the door” when a young Hillary tried to hide from a neighborhood bully.

Clinton says she still hears her mother urging her “to keep working, keep fighting for right, no matter what.”

She says that, “More than a few times, I’ve had to pick myself up and get back in the game.”

Clinton is closing her speech at the Democratic National Convention by urging Americans to look to the future “with courage and confidence.”

11:24 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump is offering America “empty promises” and what she’s calling “bigotry and bombast.”

She says the choice is clear between the GOP nominee’s rhetoric and what says she is the Democrats’ “bold agenda to improve the lives of people across our country.”

Clinton says she didn’t believe it at first that Trump meant “all the horrible things he says.”

She’s talking about the times Trump called women “pigs” and said a federal judge of Mexican heritage couldn’t be fair to him and denigrated Sen. John McCain’s military service in Vietnam because he was captured.

Clinton says it “was just too hard to fathom” that a candidate for president could say such things.

But she says she had to acknowledge “the sad truth: There is no other Donald Trump.”

11:22 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Americans need to stand up against “mean and divisive rhetoric” and heal the divides in the fabric of American society.

The Democratic presidential nominee is using her acceptable speech at the party’s convention to say Americans must unite to deal with gun violence, immigration and racial strife.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump can’t be trusted with nukes

The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

1:18 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is questioning whether Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief.

She says Trump “can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign.”

Clinton says Trump loses his cool at the “slightest provocation” – when he’s gotten tough questions from reporters, when he’s challenged in a debate or when he sees a protester at a rally.

Here’s her take: “A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.”

11:15 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says the U.S. needs a leader who’ll work with allies to keep America safe.

Clinton says the presidential election presents a stark choice on national security, with the U.S. facing what she says are “determined enemies that must be defeated.”

She says people want “steady leadership.”

Clinton says she’s proud of the Iran nuclear and global climate agreements – and says both must be enforced now.

Neither deal happened while she was in government.

Clinton says she’ll stand by NATO allies against any Russian threats.

And she’s pledging to defeat the Islamic States group with airstrikes and support for local ground forces, while authorizing a “surge” in intelligence to prevent terrorist attacks.

Clinton says: “We will prevail.”

11:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is assailing Donald Trump‘s record as a businessman.

She points to Atlantic City, New Jersey – about 60 miles from Philadelphia, site of the Democratic convention. She says there are contractors and small businesses that lost everything because Trump refused to pay his bills for work they did in his casinos.

Clinton says Trump talks a “big game” about putting America first. But Trump’s clothing line is made overseas, not in the United States. The same goes for other Trump products, such as furniture and picture frames, Clinton says.

“Donald Trump says he wants to make America great again,” she says. “Well, he could start by actually making things in America again,” she says.

11:08 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is checking off one policy difference after another with Republican rival Donald Trump.

She’s promising to appoint Supreme Court justices “who will get money out of politics” and expand voting rights, “not restrict them.”

Clinton is calling for a constitutional amendment to overturn the high court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling that’s especially unpopular among Democrats.

The Democratic nominee says she’ll fight to overhaul the immigration system.

She’s voicing support for raising the minimum wage, expanding health insurance and ensuring women are paid the same as men.

Clinton is talking about issues on which she’s moved closer to primary rival Bernie Sanders. They include support for companies sharing more profits with workers and opposition to what she calls “unfair trade deals.”

11:06 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump didn’t offer any solutions to problems when he gave his nominating speech last week.

The Democratic nominee is citing several goals for the first 100 days of a Clinton administration.

Topping her list is bipartisan support to pass what she says will be the biggest investment in new, good-paying jobs since World War II.

Jobs in manufacturing, clean energy, technology and innovation, small business, and infrastructure.

Clinton says she’ll work with primary rival Bernie Sanders to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all. She also promises to “liberate” millions of people already with student debt.

11:04 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says her presidential nomination is a milestone on America’s “march toward a more perfect union.”

Clinton is the first woman nominee of a major party. She tells the Democratic convention that the achievement is special “for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between.”

But she says the nation must keep going until all 161 million women and girls in the country have the opportunities they deserve.

Clinton says: “When there are no ceilings, the sky’s the limit.”

She says she’s happy for boys and men, too, because when a barrier fall, it clears the way for all.

11:02 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says her mother – who was abandoned by her parents as a young girl – taught her an important life lesson.

Clinton says Dorothy Rodham told her: “No one gets through life alone.”

Clinton mentioned her late mother several times in her nomination speech at the Democratic National Convention.

She says her mom was saved by the kindness of others, including a first-grade teacher who brought extra food to share with the little schoolgirl.

She says her mother, who ended up on her own at age 14 and worked as a maid, told her daughter that people have to look out for one another and “lift each other up.”

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Hillary Clinton says she’d be president for all people

The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

10:56 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she’d be a president for Democrats, Republicans and independents – “for all those who vote for me and those who don’t.”

She says she’s met many people who motivate her to fight for change, including sick children and survivors of 9/11.

Clinton says “it’s true, I sweat the details of policy.

She says details should be a “big deal” to the president.

10:54 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Democrats haven’t done a good enough job of showing working families that they understand what these families are going through.

Clinton says she agrees with families that have told her the economy just isn’t working.

She says Americans are willing to work, and work hard.

But right now, she says, “an awful lot of people feel there is less and less respect for the work they do.”

10:52 p.m.

Democratic Delegates have twice broken out in chants of “Hillary!” during their presidential nominee’s acceptance speech in order to drown out isolated hecklers in the convention hall.

Some supporters of primary rival Bernie Sanders still object to Clinton’s nomination and they were planning to express their displeasure.

Clinton hasn’t acknowledged any of the jeers or yelling.

Some Washington state delegates left quietly – with tape over their mouths – as Clinton spoke.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

Hillary Clinton says no one person can fix everything

The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT):

10:50 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is telling Democrats at the party’s national convention not to believe anyone who says, “I alone can fix it.”

That’s a knock on her Republican rival, Donald Trump. He told GOP delegates a week ago that he’s the only one who can fix “the system.”

Clinton is accepting the Democratic nomination and warning that Trump’s words should “set off alarm bells for all of us.”

She accusing Trump of forgetting such people as America’s troops, its police and firefighters, teachers and others.

Clinton says Americans don’t say, “I alone can fix it” but “we’ll fix it together.”

She’s emphasizing her point by saying the Founding Fathers designed the Constitution so America would be a nation where no one person has all the power.

10:47 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she accepts the Democratic presidential nomination with “humility, determination and boundless confidence in America’s promise.”

Clinton says the slogan “stronger together” that’s been featured in her campaign is a guiding principle for the country.

She says it’ll help define a future with a healthy economy “for everyone, not just those at the top.”

Clinton says it also means good schools for rich and poor, and safe communities.

Clinton is recalling the book she wrote while she served as first lady. She says “It Takes a Village” envisions a country in which people work together to make “our nation better and stronger.”

10:44 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says the United States has the most dynamic and diverse people in the world – and the most powerful military.

So, she says, don’t let “anyone tell you that our country is weak.”

Clinton is continuing a theme at the Democratic National Convention that seeks to counter Donald Trump’s starker vision.

She also says the U.S. has the most innovative entrepreneurs and the most enduring values.

“Don’t let anyone tell you we don’t have what it takes,” Clinton says. “We do.”

10:40 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she’d be an inclusive president.

She says she wouldn’t build a wall or ban a religion.

The Democratic nominee says she’d try to build an economy that benefits everyone and she’d work toward a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants.

Clinton says she’d work with all Americans and the nation’s allies to fight terrorism.

She says: “We are clear-eyed about what our country is up against. But we are not afraid.”

10:38 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump has brought the Republican Party a long way – from “Morning in America” to “Midnight in America.”

The Democratic presidential candidate says the Trump “wants us to fear the future and fear each other.”

“It’s morning in America” was an optimistic line from a famous political ad aired by Ronald Reagan.

Clinton is asking whether Trump would stay true to the phrase on the country’s seal – “E Pluribus Unum,” or out of many, we are one.

And her take? “We heard Donald Trump’s answer last week at his convention. He wants to divide us – from the rest of the world, and from each other.”

She says President Franklin Roosevelt‘s famous words are the perfect rebuke: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

10:36 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she’s heard the views of Bernie Sanders‘ steadfast supporters and says their cause is her cause.

She’s giving her presidential acceptance speech at the Democratic convention after a hard-fought race with the Vermont senator.

She’s praising Sanders for putting economic and social justice issues “front and center” – where she says they belong.

And she tells Sanders’ supporters the country needs their “ideas, energy and passion.”

She’s asking them to move forward and turn their platform into “real change for America.”

10:33 p.m.

Hillary Clinton is returning the praise she has received all week from leading Democrats.

Clinton is delivering her acceptance speech for the Democratic presidential nomination.

She’s thanking President Barack Obama and says she’s a better person because of Obama’s friendship.

She has kind words for first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and her running mate, Tim Kaine.

Clinton says people are “soon going to understand” why Kaine is so popular in Virginia, which he represents in the Senate.

She says Kaine will make the “whole country proud as our vice president.”

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.

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