Hillary Clinton And Donald Trump Meet In First Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have met in the first presidential debate of the 2016 United States election campaign.

Debate

The debate took place at Hofstra University in New York.

The full audio, video and transcript of the debate appear below. [Read more…]


Full List Of United States Senators – 2016

This table shows the full list of United States senators, as of August 2016.

The 50 states have two senators each, for a total of 100. Senators serve 6-year terms, with one-third facing the electorate every two years.

The table below shows the number of senators in each class and their party affiliation. Class 3 was elected in 2010 and faces election this year, on the same day as the presidential election. Class 2 was elected in 2014 and faces election in 2020. Class 1 was elected in 2012 and faces election in 2018.

U.S. Senate Numbers 2016
Class Republicans Democrats Independents TOTAL
Class 1 – Election 2018
8
23
2
33
Class 2 – Election 2020
22
11
33
Class 3 – Election 2016
24
10
34
TOTAL
54
44
2
100

The Republicans currently control the Senate, with 54 members. The Democrats have 44 and there are two independents (including Bernie Sanders) who caucus with them. The Democrats need to win 5 extra seats at this year’s election to win control.

If Hillary Clinton becomes president, the Democrats can take control of the Senate with 4 gains and the casting vote of Vice-President Kaine, in his capacity as President of the Senate. [Read more…]


Donald Trump Acceptance Speech: Republican Party Convention

Donald Trump has accepted the Republican Party’s presidential nomination, in a speech at the party’s national convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

The speech went for 77 minutes.

The annotated copy of the speech shown below was distributed by the Trump campaign.

  • Trump: The system is rigged against our citizens (3m)
  • Trump: US must suspend immigration from compromised countries (2m)

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Hillary Clinton Claims Democratic Nomination; Trump Signals Personal Attack Next Week

Following her success in today’s Democratic Party primaries, Hillary Clinton has claimed victory in her quest to claim the party’s presidential nomination.

Clinton won the Californian, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota primaries. Her opponent, Bernie Sanders, won North Dakota and Montana.

US media organisations yesterday claimed Clinton had passed the required number of delegates to win the nomination. There was some concern that she might not win California but these have proved unfounded.

Clinton spoke to her supporters tonight and claimed her historic victory as the first woman to win the nomination of a major party. She also becomes the only spouse of a nominee or president to win nomination. [Read more…]


State Of The Union Address: Republican Response From Cathy McMorris Rodgers

The response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address has been delivered by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the top-ranking Republican woman in the House of Representatives.

McMorris Rodgers, 44, is the member for the 5th district in Washington state. [Read more…]


Senator Marco Rubio Gives Republican Party Response To State Of The Union

This is the text and audio of Senator Marco Rubio’s response on behalf of the Republican Party to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Rubio [Read more…]


Getting It So Wrong: The Republicans And The Presidential Election

I still find it remarkable that Republicans running Mitt Romney’s campaign seemed to genuinely believe that he was winning.

This November article from The New Republic looks at what happened. Read: The Polls That Made Mitt Romney Think He’d Win.

Gwen Ifill of the PBS NewsHour commented on the same bizarre feature of the presidential election in this video piece reviewing 2012:


Here in Australia it’s possible to find people who genuinely believe that the Gillard government is going to be re-elected. Many blogs supportive of the ALP promote the argument that Tony Abbott is unelectable. Equally, there are Coalition supporters who cannot contemplate the possibility. As in the US, one side is going to be very wrong later this year.