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Sanders Wins Big in Idaho, Washington, and Alaska

Bernie Sanders has won big in 3 of the 4 States voting in the Democratic Primary this weekend. He also may well take Hawaii, making it a sweep this week.

Bernie Sanders Wins Washington State and Alaska; Hawaii Democrats Are Also Voting

Senator Bernie Sanders handily defeated Hillary Clinton on Saturday in theWashington State and Alaska caucuses, infusing his underdog campaign with critical momentum and bolstering his argument that the race for the Democratic nomination is not a foregone conclusion.

Mr. Sanders found a welcome tableau in the largely white and liberal electorates of the Pacific Northwest, where just days after routing Mrs. Clinton in Idaho he repeated the feat in Washington. With a handful of precincts still reporting, he was leading Mrs. Clinton by more than 40 percentage points. He performed even better in Alaska, winning 82 percent of the vote.

Washington, with 101 delegates in play, was a vital state for Mr. Sanders, whose prospects of capturing the nomination dimmed after double-digit losses to Mrs. Clinton across the South and weak showings in delegate-rich Ohio, Florida and North Carolina this month.

At a rally in Madison, Wis., late Saturday afternoon, Mr. Sanders assured more than 8,000 supporters that his victories had cleared a viable path to the nomination. “We knew from Day 1 that politically we were going to have a hard time in the Deep South,” Mr. Sanders said. “But we knew things were going to improve when we headed west.”

oting the “huge” voter turnout — in Washington, Democratic Party officials estimated more than 200,000 people participated on Saturday, close to the record set in 2008 — he told the crowd, “We are making significant inroads into Secretary Clinton’s lead.”

The victories in Washington and Alaska, which awarded 16 delegates on Saturday, slightly narrow the gulf with Mrs. Clinton in the quest for the 2,382 delegates needed to clinch the Democratic nomination. As of Saturday evening, Mrs. Clinton had roughly 280 more so-called pledged delegates, who are awarded based on voting, and 440 more superdelegates — party leaders and elected officials — than Mr. Sanders.

 

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2016 in Democrat Primary

 

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Global Weather – Sharks on the Beach and Now Snow In Hawaii In the Summer????

Weather this year has been a bit strange. From my area getting a full summer’s worth of rain in one month – to the oceans, where fish species have migrated to inshore and shallow waters.

Whale Shark – Adults reach 30-40 ft in length

Sand Shark common to my area. Generally 2-3′ in length.

Black Tip Reef Shark. The little guys stay n the rivers and creeks and generally are 2-4′ in length. Adults can reach 6′ or more in open ocean.

We have all heard about the raft of Shark attacks this year along the South Eastern coast of the US. At my home on the ocean, I caught 7 sharks in one afternoon (less than 2 hrs) of fishing off my dock, located on a “creek” behind the barrier islands in Virginia. They weren’t very big – and weren’t a species which attacks humans. They were the silver Sand Sharks. In most years, I only see Black Fins which are known to migrate to the inland creeks to breed. Ran into what appeared to be a juvenile Whale Shark in the 8-12 foot range the next day in the Creek on the way back from the closest inlet. I have never heard of one coming inland, although I have caught Bull Shark in the inlet over 7′ long and weighing in over 200 lbs.  It (the Whale Shark) was swimming just below the surface, which is common for this species which feeds on plankton.

Then … There is SNOW in HAWAII!

Hawaii Just Got Hit By A July Snow Storm

July snowstorms are weird enough. July snowstorms in Hawaii boggle the mind.

But that’s what happened at the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island on Friday morning.

The combination of passing thunderstorms and near-freezing temperatures led to 1.5 inches of snow and icy conditions, according to a ranger’s report.

Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano that rises 13,796 feet above sea level, gets snow regularly in the winter months, but rarely in the summer.

 

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2015 in Nawwwwww!

 

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