We are between issues of the magazine coming out, but I wanted to give a brief update on the Presidential Race for those of you who follow us.
Since our last issue, every single Republican has dropped out, except Donald Trump. For a while it was just John Kasich, the Governor of Ohio, Ted Cruz, Senator from Texas, and Donald Trump, the billionaire businessman. Now, Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, meaning that it will be assumed that he will be the nominee. In fact, the Associated Press is reporting that Donald Trump has enough delegates to win the nomination on only one ballot. We’ve discussed how there might be two or three ballots, if on the first ballot, which is (for the most part) based on the caucuses and primaries, there is no majority. Now, it appears that we won’t have to worry about multiple ballots, but Donald Trump might just outright win it.
On the Democrat side, Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont, has had a string of wins, and is hoping to win in California in June. Hillary Clinton must be frustrated that, unlike Donald Trump, she hasn’t completely gotten rid of her competitors for the nomination. Hillary Clinton is very close in the number of delegates. It is extremely unlikely that Bernie Sanders will win the Democrat nomination. However, if Hillary Clinton is indicted for her unlawful use of a private email server, it is possible the Democrats will use Senator Sanders as their nominee. Hillary Clinton held a private server in her house in New York that she used while she was Secretary of State from 2009 to 2012. It is not legal to have classified information at risk and not protected by the State Department’s more secure servers. Mrs. Clinton claims that information on the server is not marked classified. However, an agreement she signed when beginning her tenure as Secretary of State, she said that she would treat all sensitive information as classified, marked or not. Mrs. Clinton says that it was out of convenience she used the server. However, it would have been much easier to let the State Department give her a government issued Blackberry that she could use in her office and not have to deal with it. In fact, Mrs. Clinton refused to use a laptop or desktop, only her blackberry connected to her private server, which she could not use in her State Department office, because the IT people had blocked all regular cellphone use. The likely reason that Mrs. Clinton did not accept the State Department’s requests to give her a government authorized email, is because she didn’t want her emails to be able to be accessed by the government through the Freedom of Information Act based on emails sent between Clinton’s then-aid Huma Abedin and State Department Executive Secretary, Stephen Mull.
The Democrat and Republican Conventions will be held in July. We will have more information and details on that in our next issue. Thanks for following!