The Real Numbers: Puerto Rico

The Real Numbers: Puerto Rico
by John Laurits
How do Sanders’ numbers look in Puerto Rico, ahead of the June 5th caucus?

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Greetings, my friends! Today, I’d like to take a look at our numbers in Puerto Rico, whose June 5th primary is fast approaching. I have high hopes that Puerto Rico will be joining our political revolution but, unlike the talking heads, I’m going to explain to you why I think that & show you the numbers that support what I’m saying.

So — what are the numbers?

First off, here’s one very good thing — Puerto Rico was originally going to hold a closed caucus but, as of March 8th, 2016, Puerto Rico has changed its plan and there will now be an open primary! (which is good because that means that anyone can vote for Sanders, regardless of which party they are registered with)

Now — on to the numbers.

Puerto Rico is home to 3.5 million American citizens and there are 60 pledged delegates at stake on June 5th.

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When classrooms become all work, no play, kids lose valuable learning experiences research shows

Research shows that play and movement are important learning tools for young children. So, why are so many schools keeping kids stuck at their desks?

Source – from Michigan Public Radio’s “State of Opportunity”: When classrooms become all work and no play, kids lose valuable learning experiences | state of opportunity

MI Sen. Gary Peters, no friend of public education?

Seems clear to me Sen. Peters is no friend of public education.
Read this email response I received. Then you tell me.
From: Senator Gary Peters <>
Date: Thu, May 26, 2016 at 4:33 PM
Subject: Thank you for your message
May 26, 2016
Dear Mr. Salisbury,
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Senate confirmation of John King, Jr. as Secretary of the Department of Education. I appreciate you taking the time to express your views. Your input is, and always will be, welcomed and appreciated.
One of the most important responsibilities of the United States Senate is to provide advice and consent related to presidential Cabinet appointments. A nominee for Secretary of Education should have strong qualifications, sound character, relevant experience, and a deep commitment to improving education in the United States.
I also value the recommendations of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP). The HELP Committee studies each nominee’s personal and professional qualities, background, and policy views. The Committee routinely consults outside experts on their views of a nominee’s qualifications, and past nomination considerations have typically included investigations, hearings, and reporting stages. This bipartisan process of reviewing presidential nominees helps ensure that our nation has a thoroughly vetted and qualified Cabinet.
On March 9, 2016, the HELP Committee advanced Dr. King’s nomination by a vote of 16-6. The Senate confirmed John King, Jr. as Secretary of the Department of Education by a bipartisan vote of 49-40 on March 14, 2016. I voted in favor of this confirmation. I will be sure to keep your views in mind when considering future executive branch nominations.
Thank you again for contacting me. I enjoy hearing from you and hope that you take the time to contact me again soon. For more information, please feel free to visit my website,
Gary C. Peters
United States Senator

From Bridge magazine: Bipartisan bill to make governor, lawmakers subject to open records law in doubt

“After disclosure of government incompetence in Flint, there were passionate calls for Michigan to join 48 other states in making the governor and legislature subject to the state’s public records laws.

Michigan placed last in the nation in government transparency, according to a 2015 report by the Center for Public Integrity. A new bill aims to change that.

But House and Senate leaders remain reluctant.”

Go figure.

Source: Bridge • The Center for MichiganBipartisan bill to make governor, lawmakers subject to open records law in doubt

Why Clinton’s email woes are deemed worse than predecessors’ | PBS NewsHour

The State Department’s report condemning Hillary Clinton has brought the debate over her conduct as Secretary of State back to the forefront of the political landscape, and throws the race for the White House into uncharted territory. Judy Woodruff talks to Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post about the details of the report and and why Clinton’s violations are worse than her predecessors’.

Source: Why Clinton’s email woes are deemed worse than predecessors’ | PBS NewsHour