Clinton proposes $275 billion in new infrastructure spending

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Chabot: Walsh backing may not help Hilllary get union vote.

Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign will have to fight for what was once solid ground in Massachusetts, with some unions openly backing progressive firebrand Bernie Sanders and key politicos sitting on the fence. MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton unveiled the first piece of a new jobs agenda on Sunday, promising hundreds of billions of dollars in fresh federal spending in an effort to compete with the liberal economic policies of her primary challengers.

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire – All three Democratic presidential candidates teed off on Donald Trump here at a party event Sunday night – with one invoking “fascism” – and called for action in the wake Friday’s attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado.The “war on drugs” has become a chief target for Democratic presidential hopefuls who use outsized rhetoric to say drug laws, particularly those regarding marijuana, are filling the nation’s prisons and jails with nonviolent offenders who shouldn’t be behind bars.

BOSTON —Standing in front of a cheering crowd of 800 construction trade union members and supporters inside Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall with Mayor Marty Walsh by her side, Hillary Clinton turned Sunday to a subject that she hasn’t devoted much time to on the campaign trail: pothole politics.Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is beginning a monthlong effort to highlight her agenda for creating more U.S. jobs by announcing a $275 billion plan to invest in infrastructure development. While many of their GOP counterparts hesitated to discuss publicly the abortion clinic shooting in Colorado Springs, the Democratic field used the massacre to call for new gun laws and stronger protection of women’s health while campaigning here. “On Friday there was another mass shooting,” front-runner Hillary Clinton lamented as she spoke to hundreds in a hotel ballroom at the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner ahead of the state’s critical February 9 contest. “How many more Americans need to die before we take action?” After mentioning Trump’s name in another context, Clinton referred to his recent apparent support for a database of Muslim Americans. “That’s not who we are and besides, that is not smart law enforcement techniques,” she said. “We cannot give into the fear mongers who say we are at war with Islam.” Sen. As the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary loom just over two months away, Clinton has failed to catch fire in the dependably deep-blue Bay State that gave her a win in 2008 over the wildly popular Barack Obama. That’s why public transit is absolutely vital to connecting people.” For Clinton, the event presented an opportunity to roll out her jobs and five-year infrastructure plan, which includes creating an infrastructure bank, funded by $25 billion in federal dollars.

Clinton outlined her plan at a “Hard Hats for Hillary” event in Boston Sunday made up of union supporters in the construction, building and transportation industries. “Investing infrastructure makes our economy more productive and competitive,” she said at the rally. “To build a strong economy for our future, we must start by building strong infrastructure today.” Clinton proposed a five-year plan that would be financed by business tax reform that, among other things, ends preferences for companies that stash their profits in overseas banks to avoid U.S. taxes. And while Clinton’s Faneuil Hall extravaganza touted support from national unions on top of Walsh’s backing, several local unions are leaning toward progressive-favorite Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. “I can’t imagine going into the booth and voting for anybody but Bernie,” said one Massachusetts union insider, who said there is a deep distrust of Clinton among blue collar Dems. “These establishment candidates, they’re Democrats but they say one thing and they don’t really get it done,” he said. “It does not matter, what union local or union leaders endorse Hillary. But it marks an effort by Clinton to fulfill her party’s desire to use national programs to boost the middle class without alienating independent voters more concerned with increasing the federal deficit. “Some candidates may be running to make a point,” Clinton told New Hampshire Democrats, in a veiled criticism of Sanders. “I am running to make a difference.” The state Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson dinner is an annual fundraiser that offers an opportunity for the presidential candidates — former Maryland Gov.

I am still voting for Bernie Sanders..Marty Walsh..I am disappointed you are backing Hillary,” wrote Daniel Quintiliani, member of IBEW local 103, on Facebook yesterday. Asked by MSNBC after his remarks if he was calling Trump a fascist, O’Malley would not quite go there. “I don’t know that he knows that the appeals that he’s making, the sort of toxic mix of opportunism with public panic are the same sort of appeals that have proceeded fascists and fascism in the past, and I think we all have a responsibility to call it out,” he said. “When he pushes things like registries and ID cards based on religion, I do believe that is the sort of appeal that historically has often proceeded fascism.” Sanders said. “The statement that the prison population is mostly low-level marijuana offenders is utterly totally bogus; there is not a shred of validity in it,” said Jonathan Caulkins, a public policy professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Her campaign has been assiduously collecting big-city mayors from across the country in a show of muscle that Clinton hopes can help block any challenge from Vermont Sen. Clinton is also looking to raise money for the plan by targeting so-called “inversions,” a corporate tax loophole that allows large companies to avoid taxes by moving their headquarters overseas.

Sanders is trailing Clinton when it comes to fundraising in Massachusetts by $35 million, but Sanders is leading in one of the major indicators of grass-roots support, a fact he likes to tout — small ticket donors. Sanders has raised $30 million from small donors in the Bay State, while Clinton has raised only $13 million in that key metric so far in the 2016 campaign. “It’s fair to say that there are a number of progressive legislators who are holding back because we want to see more details,” said state Sen. I’m a life-long Democrat,” O’Malley said, taking subtle digs at Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, and Clinton, who identified as a Republican in high school. The other 90 percent deal with cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin violations. “And of the marijuana violators, the people in prison for that reason in particular, they basically are never there for simple possession,” Mr. Turn out in Philadelphia, in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Miami and Jacksonville and Tampa – those will decide how Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania go.” Until recently, Boston’s Walsh was a coveted hold out among the mayors.

Many Republican presidential candidates want to curb federal regulations and tax reform while they champion additional cutbacks to the federal budget. The face of blue collar labor in Massachusetts, the mayor is also a young progressive validator who helps in an area that also provides jobs for residents of southern New Hampshire. She’s got heart and she’s got grit.” “Big city mayors where Democrats usually win, even if the solar system were to explode, don’t matter,” said Sheinkopf. “What matters is Catholic white ethnics in the Midwest, where the general election will be won or lost. Pfaff said. “The percent of prisoners because of drug charges has actually dropped.” Drug legalization advocates say that while marijuana may not affect the overall prison population, the number of arrests connected to the drug is staggering and does mean more Americans fall under the criminal justice system.

Her campaign said that her infrastructure proposal would be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes but didn’t detail which breaks would be targeted. They’ve been able to avoid cities, because most of their time is spent campaigning in places where there are no cities.” But after focusing her attention on issues such as the drug epidemic ravaging rural communities, Clinton delivered a message Sunday that resonates for many mayors. “Our roads and bridges are potholed and crumbling,” she said. “Families endure blackouts because our electric grid fails in extreme weather.

Pierre, the executive director of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), said the most recent FBI data show that of the roughly 700,000 arrests on marijuana-related charges in 2014, about 90 percent were for possession only, and these arrests can cause negative ripple effects in a person’s life. “A lot of the candidates on both sides are being fairly genuine when they engage on these issues,” said John Hudak, a Brookings Institution fellow who studies marijuana policy. “Yes, linking mass incarceration to marijuana use is a bit beyond the evidence, but marijuana as a criminal justice issue is absolutely on point. Our airports are a mess, our ports need improvement, and our rail systems do as well.” “For years the best airports in the world have been in places like China, Korea and Japan,” she said. “Not one U.S. in the top 10 or even in the top 20…. Clinton says Sanders would require middle-class Americans to pay higher taxes to fund his single-payer health care plan, a charge his campaign disputes. But Sanders argues that Americans want the federal government to do more to help working Americans, who’ve spent years struggling through a sluggish economic recovery.

According to a Gallup poll released last month, 58 percent of Americans back legal marijuana use, the highest percentage support ever reported in a nationwide poll. Since 1996, when California approved the use of medical marijuana, 23 states and the District of Columbia have approved some form of legalized marijuana, and at least five more states are expected to have recreational marijuana use on the ballot next year. An additional $25 billion would fund a national infrastructure bank, an idea unveiled by President Barack Obama in his first term that has been blocked repeatedly by congressional Republicans. The cost of doing nothing has to be factored in.” When asked if it would be possible to fund an infrastructure program with taxes just on the top 2 or 3 percent, Gale said: “Mathematically the answer is yes, but the taxes may look pretty ugly.

Clinton said in November in response to a question at a town hall meeting at Claflin University, a historically black school. “I think even there we need to do a lot more research so that we know exactly how we’re going to help people for whom medical marijuana provides relief.” That’s a far cry from her husband’s famous acknowledgment on the 1992 campaign trail that he had tried marijuana but “didn’t like it and didn’t inhale,” and his opposition to California’s medical marijuana initiative in 1996, going as far as filing and winning a lawsuit to shut an Oakland cannabis dispensary in a case that reached the Supreme Court. “If Bill Clinton would’ve admitted supporting any type of marijuana use back in the ‘90s, he would’ve lost the vote of people over the age of 55, so he couldn’t do it,” said Mr. The WWII generation never supported marijuana use — but it’s a night-and-day difference between generations, with most Americans now sick and tired of its prohibition,” he said.

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