first_imgBy Rick JensenHillary has been crashing in polls over the past few months, with her “unfavorable” rankings climbing to 56 percent. Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders’ approval ratings have grown dramatically.This doesn’t necessarily mean Bernie will be the Democratic nominee for a couple of reasons.NBC, Morning Consult and Ipsos polls have Hillary leading Sanders into the primary 50 to 40 percent, 46 to 39 percent and 55 to 43 percent, respectively.This indicates that the candidate with more baggage than a Chinese Samsonite factory is still likely heading to the convention, which drinking age millennials will give little more than a furtive glance at their favorite craft brewpub video screens.The Pew Research Center estimates 51 percent of millennials are Democrats, and while demographers define millennials as being born between 1978 and 2000, it seems fairly accurate that you’re looking at three out of ten Americans of voting age being millennials, of which approximately 21-22 percent voted in the last two elections.They like Sanders.Benefitting Hillary is the Democratic National Committee, run by Hillary supporter Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. They’ve already loaded Clinton with “Superdelegates” chosen to support “the Party” regardless of the winner of Democratic primaries, as demonstrated in New Hampshire.This puts Hillary in the stronger position no matter how well Sanders does in the primaries, which will certainly disillusion millennials, as well as older Democrats, who see the rat swimming in the soup.Already distrusted by most Americans and experiencing public pushback from young women offended by the claim that young women are required to vote for Hillary “because she’s a woman,” the Democratic Party has a real problem.There is no voter enthusiasm for Hillary and it looks very much like the Democratic Party has little enthusiasm for Bernie. After all, the idea for “Superdelegates” was created after another far-left candidate won the Democratic nomination and got crushed by the Republican candidate, Richard Nixon, who beat George McGovern in every state except Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.Meanwhile, polls over last few months have Vice President Joe Biden coming in around 47 to 51 percent favorability.In Biden, Democrats see an authentic human being, unlike Hillary and much like Sanders without the scruffy, wild-haired, absent-minded professor demeanor.They admire his foreign policy positions.Joe agitates the base, scorching Republicans as evil overlords who want to “take you’re a— out” and “put you back in chains.”With the passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Democrats are looking to create excitement with their base by marketing the nomination process as a battle between good and evil. If the Republicans deny President Obama’s nominee, they will be portrayed as Darth Sidious.If Obama can nominate an African-American woman with a Hispanic surname who desires eliminating the Second Amendment, it’s a huge publicity win as Democrats and their media allies will enjoy portraying the Republicans opposing her as misogynist racists.Biden also knows the game of “Borking” Supreme Court nominees. He and the late Senator Ted Kennedy invented it.Remember Kennedy’s historic nationally televised attack on Robert Bork:“Robert Bork’s America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens’ doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens.”Iconic liberal Supreme Court Justice Warren Berger was shocked. He called Bork the most qualified nominee he had seen in his lifetime.Every word was a lie, but that doesn’t matter in political bloodsport. Biden and Kennedy won the fight and changed America.Biden knows how to run this kind of campaign. He can energize the base and win the support of the DNC. No one would be better at anticipating Republican pushback and turning it into effective messaging.Biden could win the nomination. He could bring out the Democratic vote. He’s not eccentric and his family’s foundation hasn’t been subpoenaed by the FBI.This is Joe’s time.——- FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Top Towns of 2015 Wild Card Competition

first_img46 of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic’s best towns have already been selected to compete in our 2015 Top Towns contest, but that’s not enough. We need two more to even out the playing field. In order to remedy this dilemma, we’re consulting our readers. Check out this list of six wild card towns and vote for whichever town(s) you think is deserving of a spot in our 4th annual Top Town throw-down. The one with the most votes in each category will earn a spot in the official Top Town contest starting August 3rd.Don’t forget to come back and vote for your wild card choice once every 24 hours until July 15 at 5p.m.! Cumberland, MarylandSituated at the confluence of Wills Creek and the North Branch Potomac River, Cumberland, Maryland is home to a portion of the Great Allegheny Passage—a popular rail-trail frequented by hikers and bikers alike. It’s also a stop off on the North Branch Potomac Water Trail which begins in Washington D.C. and ends at Point Lookout State Park, Maryland.Blacksburg, VirginiaBlacksburg sits in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. As a result, the town is steeped in outdoor culture. Nearby public lands include the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests. The New River provides stellar opportunity for whitewater recreation, and nearby Viginia Tech gives Blacksburg its college town atmosphere.State College, PennsylvaniaWell-known as the home town of Penn State University, this college town offers a plethora of great in-town entertainment options, but the outdoor scene in State College should not be overlooked. Both locals and visitors who come to the area with the outdoors in mind enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, fishing, and more.Sparta, TennesseeOne of the original bastions of America’s Bluegrass heritage, Sparta, Tennessee sits in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Cumberland Mountains. With six public parks and two state parks, there’s no shortage of outdoor  excitement in Sparta.Walhalla, South CarolinaNestled in the heart of South Carolina’s beautiful and legendary Oconee County, Walhalla is a the perfect base for everything from whitewater rafting on the famed Chattooga River, to zip lining, waterfall hunting, and road cycling.Franklin, North CarolinaAn official Appalachian Trail Town, Franklin is situated in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, but it’s also a gateway to the 500,000 plus acre Nantahala National Forest. Check out Franklin’s downtown for great dining, drinking, and outdoor retail options.last_img read more

First State and VicSuper sign merger deed

first_imgCochrane’s counterpart at VicSuper, Wayne Kayler-Thomson, said the merger would enable the two funds to leverage their combined scale to deliver an even better deal for members.Their research had demonstrated that, by achieving greater scale, the funds could reduce costs and access a broader range of investment opportunities for members, he said.“I initially approached First State Super to discuss the idea of a merger because we wanted to find a way to access the benefits of scale to improve outcomes for VicSuper members,” said Michael Dundon, chief executive officer of VicSuper.First State Super’s CEO Deanne Stewart added that, over time, members would benefit from more diversified investment opportunities and lower operating costs that could only be generated through scale.VicSuper was established in 1994 and manages A$25bn of the retirement savings of workers, primarily in Victoria.First State Super is based in NSW and covers a range of public sector workers from police to firemen, with assets totalling A$100bn. First State Super and VicSuper, two of Australia’s leading profit-to-member super funds, have signed a merger deed to form a A$125bn (€76.8bn) entity serving 1.1 million members.The super funds announced their intentions after conducting comprehensive due diligence on their initial merger proposal, announced in July. The union is effective from 1 July 2020.“The comprehensive due diligence process we have completed highlighted how much we share in common with VicSuper,” said Neil Cochrane, chair of First State Super.“We share a strong cultural alignment and have very similar values, and this has helped our people collaborate effectively and efficiently through the due diligence phase of this project.”last_img read more