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Democrats and Republicans are headed in opposite directions

Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are improving in the polls while everyone else appears to be treading water. Sanders has been drawing large crowds with his common sense populist message and he has raised $15 million in the past two months. The Huffington Post is reporting that he is rising in the polls in Iowa and starting to catch up to Hilary Clinton. He likely has a broader base of supporters than she does even though she has raised $45 million. For example,

His campaign reported receiving 400,000 contributions during the past two months from 250,000 total contributors. Nearly 87 percent of the total amount raised during the quarter came from the donors who contributed $250 or less.

According to the Clinton campaign, 91 percent of its donations were $100 or less in value. But they declined to say how many individual people contributed to Clinton’s campaign.

In addition, the media appears to be laying off the false accusation that he cannot be elected because he is a socialist. That old red-baiting maneuver worked 30 years ago, but it doesn’t appear to carry much weight today. All this is good news for Sanders and progressives as we head into the July 4th weekend.

Meanwhile, Trump’s hate message about immigrants from Mexico appears to be gaining traction among white Republican voters who hate LGBT people, same-sex marriage and the immigrants. The silence from most of the other Republican candidates reflects unfavorably on the Republican Party. The other candidates are not helping their brand by refusing to criticize his appeal to hatred and prejudice.

Therefore, the Democrats and the Republicans are headed in different directions and that is good news too.

Have a safe and happy July 4th weekend.

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Frederick Leatherman

Frederick Leatherman

I am a former law professor and felony criminal defense lawyer who practiced in state and federal courts for 30 years specializing in death penalty cases, forensics, and drug cases.

I taught criminal law, criminal procedure, law and forensics, and trial advocacy for three years after retiring from my law practice.

I also co-founded Innocence Project Northwest (IPNW) at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and recruited 40 lawyers who agreed to work pro bono, assisted by law students, representing 17 innocent men and women wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing their children in the notorious Wenatchee Sex Ring witch-hunt prosecutions during the mid 90s. All 17 were freed from imprisonment.