Archive for January 27th, 2016

Debates, Please

Let’s see. New Hampshire Dems want a debate before their primary. The candidates say they will debate. NBC news is a sponsor. So what is the hold-up?

The DNC.

Here is from a McClatchy story:

NBC News and the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper on Tuesday invited Democratic candidates to participate in an unsanctioned presidential debate next week in New Hampshire.

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, who is running a distant third in the race, has agreed to participate. Hillary Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said Clinton would participate in the debate if the other candidates agree, allowing the party to sanction the debate. Bernie Sanders’ campaign did not immediately respond to questions.

“In keeping with the best traditions of the New Hampshire primary, we have always believed that the voters of the Granite State deserve more than one opportunity to see their candidates for president debate side by side,” said John Bivona, O’Malley’s New Hampshire state director. “That’s why Gov. O’Malley was the only Democratic candidate for president to consistently call out the DNC for its unprecedented role in silencing debate, and to lead the charge for more debates.”

The Democratic National Committee had said any candidates who participated in non-sanctioned debates would not be invited to the official six. Four debates have been conducted, but the next DNC debate doesn’t come until Feb. 11.

Late Tuesday, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the debate would not be sanctioned. “We have no plans to sanction any further debates before the upcoming first in the nation caucuses and primary, but will reconvene with our campaigns after those two contests to review our schedule,” she said.

The three candidates are scheduled to appear on the same stage next week for the New Hampshire Democratic Party dinner Feb. 5.

The new debate is proposed for Feb. 4, five days before the New Hampshire primary. The moderators would be NBC News’ Chuck Todd and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

Here is the entire article: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/election/article56670263.html.

My feeling on this is I kind of do not like the political parties dictating the terms of the debates. Look what the RNC did to NBC News.   I think the DNC is wrong on this one. They need to get out of the way. Debates are a good thing.

I have to hand it to Donald Trump for continuing to dominate the GOP stage. Heck, he gets covered for not showing up.

Among active MLBers, who has played in the most games?

This tweet came out yesterday:

Rebecca Elliott ‏@rfelliott 18h18 hours ago

With the Houston mayor’s race behind us, I’m thrilled to be joining @mmorris011 covering City Hall for the Chronicle

She certainly has a lot to cover at City Hall.

Abe Vigoda left us yesterday. His Sal Tessio was a most memorable role. Like when he told Michael: “I can arrange security. On my territory.”

And that final exchange with Tom Hagen:

TESSIO: “Tom, can you get me off the hook? For old time’s sake?”

HAGEN: “Can’t do it, Sally.”

He will be missed but never be forgotten in the best movie of all time.

A-Rod of course has played in 2,719 games.

Nothing to report from The Yard.


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