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Here We Go! Teen Not Old Enough To Vote Running For Governor For Stricter Gun Control

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Now I think we can freely say that we have seen everything!

Down Trend is now reporting that one of the four Vermont Democrats trying to win the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election in the state of Vermont isn’t even old enough to vote for himself. Or even drive for that matter.

14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn of Bristol Vermont met the requirements to be on the primary ballot and is taking his place with the state’s more age-appropriate candidates on the Tuesday primary ballot. This place also includes multiple forums and debates which are scheduled.

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Sonneborn said, “I think Vermonters should take me seriously because I have practical progressive ideas, and I happen to be 14, not the other way around,” Sonneborn said in a recent televised gubernatorial forum. “I think that my message and my platform transcend age.”

Here is more via Seven Days:

Ethan Sonneborn has never run for elected office before — assuming you don’t count his stint on Bristol Elementary School’s student council. He’s never been employed, other than mowing lawns and walking neighbors’ dogs. And he’s never even voted — though, in fairness, Sonneborn isn’t eligible to do so for another four years.

But none of these hurdles is preventing the Bristol teen from making a bold bid for the state’s highest elected office. Last September, the then-13-year-old middle school student announced, via press release, that he was running for governor. He’s the youngest candidate ever to do so in the history of Vermont and, likely, the country. In June, Secretary of State Jim Condos confirmed that Sonneborn had garnered enough signatures to appear on the August ballot for the Vermont Democratic Party primary.

“People may tell you that your voice doesn’t matter because you’re too young,” Sonneborn told a crowd of several thousand people from the steps of the Vermont Statehouse during the January 20 March for Our Future youth rally. “But the truth is, democracies are centered around the idea that every individual can make a difference. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, or your gender, or even your age. What matters is your willingness to speak up and share your opinions with others.”

On August 14, Sonneborn faces three older challengers in the Democratic primary: James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist and Brenda Siegel. To date, Sonneborn has participated in at least one candidates’ forum, which was held in June and sponsored by the group Rights & Democracy.

Regardless of the election’s outcome, the 14-year-old, who will be a freshman at Mt. Abraham Union High School this fall, has already left his mark on Vermont politics. Some of the state’s most seasoned politicians describe him as an articulate and intelligent young man whose grasp of the issues is advanced for his years.

“I’ve got to tell you, I really like the kid. He’s engaging, he’s smart [and] he’s curious,” said Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan, who met Sonneborn at a Vermont Democratic Party fundraiser in May. Donovan said he was impressed by the teen’s poise in “working the room” while his mother waited in the wings.

“She was letting him sink or swim on his own, doing what every candidate has to do,” Donovan added, “and I just thought it was a great lesson for this young guy in life.”

When Kesha Ram, a former member of the Vermont House and a 2016 candidate for lieutenant governor, first met Sonneborn, she admitted to behaving like “another patronizing adult” by asking him about the “learning experience” of running for office.

“He launched right into why the issues matter and what he’s focused on and how we need more diversity of voices at the table,” recalled Ram, who was herself elected to the state legislature at age 21. “He reminded me a little bit of me at that age!”

Indeed, while most of his peers are attending summer camps and going on family vacations, Sonneborn is spending his time giving interviews to reporters from CNN, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, People and Newsweek. He’s also traveling the state — with his parents as chauffeurs — talking to Vermonters about clean water, rural economic development, sensible gun-control legislation and “making sure that we have an economy that works for everyone by raising the minimum wage.”

Kids VT recently interviewed Sonneborn on the Bristol village green where, despite the 90-degree heat, he showed up wearing a sport coat, dress shirt, slacks and tie. Lest anyone suspect that Sonneborn’s parents pushed him into this campaign as a stunt, a half hour with the former legislative page — six months ago, he was delivering phone messages to lawmakers he could soon outrank — will quickly disabuse them of that notion.

“Actually, my dad has never voted,” he said. (His father, Dan Sonneborn, confirmed by email that he considers himself “politically agnostic” with a “fuzzy voting record.”) How does Sonneborn feel about his father’s lack of interest in politics?

“People like my dad are part of the reason I’m running,” he continued. “For a long time, there’s been this stigma around … politicians, that they’re all lying cheaters. I want to reach out to people like my dad who say, ‘What’s the difference? Why should I vote? What does it matter?’ Because our process is overrun with big money and politicians [who] support their donors and lobbyists over constituents.”

The reason this boy is even allowed to be on the ballot is because the Vermont State Constitution doesn’t actually have a stated age requirement for people seeking the state’s highest office. The only prerequisite is that the candidate has lived in the state for at least four years prior to the election date. That apparent mistake by the state’s founders which took place more than 225 years ago was enough to encourage the politically precocious teen to collect the signatures needed to place himself on the primary ballot. Odd how progressives do understand constitutions when it benefits them.

In an interview for the local news, the boy said he’s “always” (14 years old) been fascinated with the concept of building coalitions and touted Robert F. Kennedy as the politician who most embodies that for him. He also added that his decision to run grew out of his frustration with state and national politics. The teen learned he could, and then decided to do so as a gut reaction to clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, one year ago.

His July finance report shows Ethan has raised just over $1,700, which probably means his Parents, Grand Parents, and Uncles have all donated to his campaign. This is not even close to being enough to make him competitive in a world where the winning candidates will undoubtedly have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more, for ads, mailings, staff and other miscellaneous political expenses before the November general election.

 

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REPORT: Mueller’s Investigation Is Over… NO COLLUSION

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It is being reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign is over, or is at least in its final stages.

In an exclusive report, One American News Network claims the Mueller investigation has “thoroughly investigated all known possible individuals” and has been unable to make a connection between officials on the Trump campaign team, WikiLeaks officials, or Russian sources.

From their report:

Mueller’s investigators have been focused on determining whether there was direct or indirect communications with WikiLeaks and Russian sources loosely associated with the 2016 Trump campaign.

Specifically, Mueller’s team has been aggressively drilling down to determine if there was any advance knowledge of anyone remotely associated with the Trump campaign, and advanced notice of the leaked DNC documents and hacked John Podesta’s email.

Mueller”s investigation team has thoroughly investigated all known possible individuals with potential advanced knowledge of the leaked documents. A number of individuals have been interrogated, some multiple times to date. Documents in at least the hundreds of thousands have been reviewed. Computer equipment has been reviewed by top electronic forensic teams, and a long list of individuals have been subpoenaed and interrogated.

Per the report, Steve Bannon, Dr. Jerome Corsi, Tandy Credico, Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt Malloch, Sam Nunsberg, and Roger Stone have all been subpoenaed and interrogated for information about potential advanced knowledge of the WikiLeaks release of private emails of Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta.

And:

The implication is that Roger Stone knew well in advance that the Podesta emails were hacked and would be released.

There is no credible evidence indicating that Roger Stone or any other individuals loosely associated to the Trump 2016 campaign had any advance knowledge of the WikiLeak, DNC and Podesta emails.

The investigation is wrapping up regarding Roger Stone’s possible collusion with no findings.

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Here’s more on Jerome Corsi’s interaction with the Mueller investigation, via the Wall Street Journal:

Corsi said that he had turned over his computers and phone records to investigators in an effort to cooperate and demonstrate that he had nothing to hide. Mr. Corsi was also questioned by investigators about his interactions with other conservative activists and the website WikiLeaks before a grand jury, The Wall Street Journal previously reported.

“We had nothing to hide,” Mr. Corsi said on YouTube about his cooperation with the special counsel investigation.

And:

During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Corsi was also a part of a small, informal network of researchers and activists on the margins of Republican politics who were looking for incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, Mr. Trump’s Democratic rival. The Journal has previously reported that the special counsel is looking at whether Mr. Corsi or any other activists had advance knowledge of email hacks and leaks that U.S. intelligence agencies have said were part of a Russian campaign to help Mr. Trump win.

Prosecutors have been scrutinizing messages sent between Mr. Corsi and Roger Stone, a Trump confidant, in which they discussed material that would eventually be released by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, according to a person familiar with the matter. In his YouTube broadcast, Mr. Corsi asserted that he had “figured out” that Mr. Assange had emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

Some outlets report the Mueller investigation could make more indictments as early as today regarding the Russia probe, but it is not believe they are related to collusion.

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.


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Mueller reportedly plans to issue new indictments in the Russia investigation TODAY

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The special counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue new indictments as part of the Russia investigation as soon as Tuesday, CBS reported, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the probe.

Meanwhile, acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker plans to consult with Department of Justice ethics officials about whether he should recuse himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, a department representative said Monday.

Since Mueller took over the investigation in May 2017, his team has charged four Americans once affiliated with Trump’s campaign or administration, 13 Russian nationals, 12 Russian intelligence officers, three Russian companies, and three other people.

They include Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign adviser, and Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser.

Talks between Manafort and Mueller’s team have reportedly stalled.

November and December are widely expected to be busy months for Mueller, following a quiet period during which prosecutors, following DOJ guidelines, avoided taking any actions that could be seen as influencing the outcome of the midterm elections.

For months, Mueller has been zeroing in on the longtime GOP strategist Roger Stone and his associates. At the center of Mueller’s focus is whether Stone or any other Trump associates had advance knowledge that Russia had stolen batches of emails from the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s campaign and disseminated them via the pro-transparency group WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange.

In addition to Stone, Mueller has also focused on the far-right commentator Jerome Corsi, who told NBC News on Monday that Mueller’s team told him he would be indicted.

“I don’t recall ever meeting Julian Assange or getting information from anyone about what he had including the Podesta emails,” Corsi said Monday, referring to John Podesta, the Clinton campaign manager. “But they have all your emails and phone records … They’re very good at the perjury trap.” Continue Reading…

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