New Spectrum 360 Media Video Posted: U. S. Senate Candidate Alan Grayson


Spectrum 360 Media posted on Vimeo a short time ago the latest Spectrum 360 video featuring current Florida U. S. Representative and U. S. Senate candidate Alan Grayson speaking to the Pinellas County Democratic Executive Committee in St. Petersburg FL at their monthly general membership meeting about his candidacy and issue positions. This answer was to the question does he still hold a position against the Trans- Pacific Partnership and why asked by Mark Skogman, Executive Producer and Host of the Spectrum 360 radio program. 03:59 Find the video at this link: Also check out the recent videos of peace activist Medea Benjamin on this Facebook website as well. @Spectrum_360 #Spectrum360video

S. 360 Elections- 2016 Coverage

The Primary Elections: The Final Primary Election In Washington D. C., Clinton and Sanders Meet


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Elections- 2016

The Primary Elections:The Final Primary Election In Washington D. C., Clinton and Sanders Meet

Mark Skogman     Senior Reporter     Spectrum 360 Media

’16 Jun. 15 Wen.  E. D. T.  05:25     Washington, D. C.

On Tuesday, 14 June, 2016 the primary election phase of the Election Year 2016 ended with the Democrat Party primary election in Washington D. C.  Polls closed at 8:00PM.  Boom!  There it is.  What started this year with the caucus elections in Iowa on Monday, 01 February, 2016 has now ended.  The Republican primary election in Washington D. C. was already conducted on Saturday, 12 March, 2016, so there is no Republican primary election in Washington D. C. today.

The election return results tonite are thus with 99% of the returns reported:  Hillary Clinton won the election with 74,566 votes and 79% of the votes cast and Bernie Sanders lost the election with 19,990 votes and 21% of the vote.  The difference between the two results is 54,576 votes.

If you include the super delegates then the delegate counts for the primary election phase stand at these totals: Hillary Clinton with 2797 and Bernie Sanders with 1892.  What happens next?  Preparations for the Democratic National Convention with decisions to be made on platform, positions and exactly what Bernie Sanders will do next as well the future of Debbie Wasserman- Schultz as Chair of the Democratic National Committee, the future of super delegates and other issues as well.

Also on Tuesday nite, there was a meeting in Washington D. C. with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  They did not speak to media after the meeting so there are no details on what was discussed.  But the approximately one hour and a half meeting is likely to have some tangible result in the coming days.  One Clinton campaign staffer reportedly stated that the meeting was “very positive”.  What does that mean?  Stay tuned, politicos.  One phase ends and another begins.

The large backlog of provisional ballots from the poorly conducted election in California are still being counted.  And all this after 50 people were killed on Sunday of this week at the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida.  For the 50, their lives ended.  For other people life goes on, forever altered.

Copyright © 2016  Mark A. Skogman  All rights reserved.

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S. 360 Elections- 2016 Coverage

Tampa Bay For Bernie 2016, The Sanders Campaign And The Primary Elections


Elections- 2016

Tampa Bay For Bernie 2016, The Sanders Campaign And The Primary Elections

Mark Skogman     Senior Reporter     Spectrum 360 Media

’16 Jun. 10 Fri.  E. D. T.  23:44     St. Petersburg, Florida

On the evening of Tue. 07 June, ’16, Tampa Bay For Bernie 2016 conducted a primary election watch party at the Amsterdam bar on Central Avenue in the Edge District of St. Petersburg, Florida.  About 55 enthusiastic people attended the evening event as primary elections wrapped up in 6 states: New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, New Mexico, Montana and California.

Lead organizers Michael Fox and Amos Miers held forth advocating and organizing for the U. S. Presidential candidate they have supported since early in this process in 2015, U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders.  Yes, yes….. still Sanders!  Of course!  Persevere to the end of the primary elections!  #stillsanders  Organizing and discussing and debating the current state of the primary elections and the issues of importance this election year continued throughout the nite interspersed with noting election return results via C. N. N. on the Amsterdam’s flat screen television.  The ethos of the evening and the event had the air of the last week of school before graduation.  It was a wind up and a look forward to the big event….. the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 25 to July 28, 2016.

In terms of election returns, the results were predictable overall and typical of the last several weeks of the primary election phase of this election year in the Democrat Party.  When there have been multiple states voting on any given day, the election results and wins have been split between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton with Clinton incrementally increasing her delegate count lead.  That pattern was consistent on this last day of multiple primary elections.  Clinton won the states of California, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.  Sanders won the states of North Dakota and Montana.  NBC News called the California election for Hillary Clinton at 5:55AM on Wensday morning,as I watched the final, final, final call for the previous day’s elections.

This was preceeded by the declaration of Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democrat nominee for U. S. President by the Associated Press on the day before (yes, the day before) these elections.  Information circulated that this determination was arrived at by a “secret survey” of Democrat “super” delegates.  A mite early, ain’t ya?  This was perceived as rediculously premature by most, if not all Sanders supporters and as a statement of the obvious by most, if not all Clinton supporters.  It had certain similarities and parallels to election year 2008 with people citing various aspects of that consequential election year as either justification or criticism.  Certainly, the candidate speeches by Sanders and Clinton on election nite just reinforced the positions of their supporters and did not resolve this current situation with the primary elections.  A controversy remains: the “super” delegates, their votes and the “super” delegate concept itself.  Aaaand….. if you count the “super” delegates in the current delegate counts for each candidate.  But that will inevitably be resolved over time with the major party conventions and the general elections cycle.  One argument for the concept of “super” delegates in a major political party in the U. S. has only two words: Donald Trump!  Regardless of the “super” delegate controversy, Senator Sanders and President Obama met on Thursday, 09 June, 2016 at the White House.  Then, the situation changed again and Hillary Clinton was endorsed by President Obama and Senator Elizabeth Warren.  Is this the organic shift to general election mode?

Two Bernie Sanders volunteers received special recognition for their outstanding volunteer work for the Sanders campaign, Sharon Janis and Denise Lombardi.  These two women made multiple thousands of telephone calls for their candidate with Denise Lombardi also recognized for traveling to Iowa and South Carolina working for the Sanders campaign.  Denise Lombardi was indeed in Iowa with the Sanders campaign and I saw her hard work in person as I covered the Sanders campaign up close and personal on the ground as Iowa went first in the primary elections.  “Great work, volunteers” was the consensus.  Many other volunteers who worked for the campaign were noted with appreciation.  The Sanders campaign was noted in the media for being extraordinary and accomplishing a lot during this historic primary election process.

Two other highlights for the evening were two progressive political candidates appearing at the watch party via Skype with organizer Fox acting as liason and Skype “wrangler”.  The first candidate to Skype in was Tim Canova, candidate for the U. S. House of Representatives in FL Congressional District 23 running as a Democrat in a primary election against Debbie Wasserman- Shultz.  The second Skyper (is that a word?) was Alan Grayson, current U. S. Representative in FL Congressional District 09 and candidate for U. S. Senate in Florida, running against Patrick Murphy in the Democrat primary for Senator.  Both candidates received a very positive response with people present pledging campaign support on the spot with campaign contributions and volunteer sign- ups.

This all happened with the caveat that this candidate support work starts when the primary elections for U. S. President end.  Mm, hm.  In practical terms, this means wait until the primary election in Washington D. C. is conducted on Tuesday, 14 June.  That, dear politicos, is just 4 days away.  Primary elections, your end is nigh.  Then game on for Canova and Grayson.

And so the end of the Amsterdam is nigh as well.  The Amsterdam was a venue for multiple Sanders campaign events in 2015 and 2016 and that endeared this room to the attendees.  With it’s strange and interesting art and also functioning as an art gallery as well, it was visually and well as politically interesting.  The excellent selection of craft beers and ciders was of course the raison d’etre for the business along with da music that was featured.  But the Amsterdam is closing this coming Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Go have one last drink before the doors close and the recently sold building turns into something else in it’s next incarnation….. or not?

Copyright © 2016  Mark Skogman  All rights reserved.

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Election- 2016: The Primary Elections In Kentucky And Oregon- The Returns

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 Mark Skogman     Senior Reporter     Spectrum 360 Media

 ’16 May 18 Wen.  E. D. T.  06:05

The primary election cycle has reached the states of Kentucky and Oregon today and voters have been going to the polls in these two states.  The Kentucky primary is Democrat only because the Republican primary election in Kentucky was conducted on Saturday, 05 March.  Oregon is a vote by mail state and both states voting today are closed primary states, meaning that a voter is required to be a registered member of a political party to vote in that party’s primary election.

All evening, as polls closed and reported election results in Kentucky, the lead in the Democrat primary election for President was too close to call with the lead being traded back and forth between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton.  Back and forth, back and forth.  Sixty delegates are at stake in this election.

At 9:24PM  E. D. T., MSNBC decided to call the election and announced that Hillary Clinton is the apparent winner in the Kentucky primary election.  Of course, the apparent winner is not a definitive determination of an actual winner but this result is not likely to change.  There were actually 4 U. S. Presidential candidates on the ballot in Kentucky with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders getting the vast majority of the votes.

As of 10:00PM E. D. T., the state of Kentucky is reporting that Hillary Clinton received 46.74% of the vote with 212,319 votes and Bernie Sanders received 46.34% of the vote with 210,505 votes.  Uncommitted votes were at 24,099 and this amounted to 5.31% of the votes cast.  The difference in the vote between the major candidates in this election amounted to just 1814 votes.  Close?  Yes.

Later on, at 11:26PM  E. D. T., the state of Oregon was called by MSNBC for Bernie Sanders.  At that time the results indicated that Bernie Sanders got 196,553 votes and 51.87% of the vote with Hillary Clinton garnering 175,503 votes and 46.31% of the votes.  There are 77 delegates in play in Oregon.

The net results of all this process….. the advertising, the canvassing, the telephoning, the voting….. is that Bernie Sanders with the “political revolution” and Hillary Clinton with the “establishment” split the decisions.  The delegate count stands at Hillary Clinton with 2291 and Bernie Sanders with 1529.  Again….. this is how you care to count them and whether you include the super delegates in the equation…… or not!  This is a matter of contention in itself in an atmosphere of increasing conflict between the candidates, their voters and the Democratic Party.  This was especially evident after the events in Nevada at the Nevada Democratic Party State Convention just last weekend.

And so it goes…..  After today, there are nine states and the District of Columbia left to vote in the primary election process.

Copyright © 2016  Mark A. Skogman

Elections 2016: The Primary Election In Indiana- The Returns


Elections 2016: The Primary Election In Indiana- The Returns

Mark Skogman     Senior Reporter     Spectrum 360 Media

’16 May 03 Tue. E. D. T. 23:26

It is still only May in the 2016 Election cycle. Today, Tuesday, 03 May 2016, the Primary Election in the state of Indiana was conducted.

The early returns as of this evening indicated that in the Democrat Party, the election between the two remaining U. S. Presidential candidates was effectively tied at 50% for both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. That made the election way too close to call at that time. There were more returns to come and the later returns finally indicated the presumptive actual winner of this election. Bernie Sanders won the election with 139,438 votes. Hillary Clinton lost the election with 126,377 votes. This is as of 9:34PM on Tues. 03 May 2016 with information from the State of Indiana official website.

At about 9:14PM, MSNBC announced that their projection was that Bernie Sanders won the election with 243,663 votes and 53% of the vote and Hillary Clinton lost the election with 214,447 votes and 47% of the vote. 92 delegates are at stake in the Democrat election. This information was not confirmed by the state of Indiana official website. Of course, the state website information is based on actual returns as reported by polling locations and not exit polls that are used by television news organizations.

The early returns as of this evening indicate that in the Republican Party, the election between the three remaining U. S. Presidential candidates has been won by Donald Trump. The current returns indicate that Donald Trump has won Indiana with 304,213 votes. Rafael “Ted” Cruz got 213,578 votes and John Kasich received 40,873 votes. This is also as of 9:34PM on Tues. 03 May 2016 with information from the State of Indiana official website.

Then a major development occurred that was not an election return. Rafael “Ted” Cruz announced that he is “suspending” his campaign effective immediately. This now leaves two U. S. Presidential candidates in the Republican Party: Donald Trump and John Kasich. Trump is now being referred to by news reporters, pundits, Republicans and Democrats as the “presumptive nominee” of the Republican Party.

The wild and woolly year that is Election Year 2016 goes on…..

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