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  • San Antonio Leaders Gather to Show Support for Hillary

    | San Antonio Express-News

    … a who's who of South Texas Democrats packed the downtown law office of über-donor Mikal Watts for a Hillary Clinton presidential fundraiser Wednesday night, three years before the next president is elected, and at least a year before 2016 contenders start officially announcing their candidacies.
     
    According to Democratic sources, the event raised more than $100,000 for Ready for Hillary, a pro-Clinton political action committee that will serve as the grass-roots arm of her 2016 organization when/if she enters the race.
     
    The roster of Hillary fans at Watts' fundraiser included Congressmen Pete Gallego and Filemon Vela, Jr.; state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte and Carlos Uresti; state Reps. Joe Farias, Ruth Jones McClendon, and Philip Cortez; and County Judge Nelson Wolff.
     

     

  • Washington Post: Ready for Hillary campaign off and running

    | Washington Post

    LOS ANGELES — The line of cars waiting to be valet parked outside The Exchange, a downtown nightclub here, was proof of how dramatically the mechanics of politics can change in just one election cycle.

    In the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, super PACs devoted to helping one candidate were still exotic new creatures — the realm of savvy political operatives and deep-pocketed donors, and largely the domain of the right.

    But now — three years before voters will select the next occupant of the White House — a group called Ready for Hillary is setting its sights on 2016, raising money and drawing together supporters for a potential presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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  • Over 400 Hillary Supporters Meet in Los Angeles

    | Los Angeles Times

    A group urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016 held a fundraiser in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night, during which supporters called it their duty to encourage the former secretary of State to seek the White House.

    “Our job is to basically convince, to urge, to nudge, to hug Hillary Clinton into the presidential race,” said Michael Trujillo, a senior advisor to the Ready for Hillary Super PAC. “So as we take this journey literally three years from now, on election day hopefully it’s all of us at the White House, hopefully it’s all of us saying thank you to Hillary.”

    The fundraiser at the art deco Exchange LA nightclub raised thousands of dollars for the super PAC, Trujillo said, making it the group’s biggest fundraiser to date. Volunteers handed out yard signs, T-shirts and bumper stickers to the more than 400 people who were asked to donate at least $20.16 to attend.

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  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is Ready for Hillary

    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced the support of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Governor Dayton joins more than one million Ready for Hillary supporters, as well as U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), and several other Members of Congress, in backing the organization’s effort.
     
    “More than one million Americans are ready for Hillary to run – and ready to support her, if she does,” Governor Dayton said. “Count me in.”
     

  • Ready for Hillary Launches Women’s Office, Names Jessica Grounds as Director

    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced the formation of a Women’s Office and named Jessica Grounds Director of the Ready for Hillary Women’s Office. Because of the importance of women in the national grassroots movement encouraging Hillary to run – and the possibility of election the first woman president – Ready for Hillary is placing a significant emphasis on outreach to women activists, community leaders, celebrities and public officials. The women’s office, which will be directed by Grounds and advised by key women leaders, will lead the way in maximizing the enthusiasm among women for a potential Hillary run.

  • Rep. Tim Ryan encourages Hillary to run in 2016

    | Cleveland Plain Dealer

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is joining an effort aimed at encouraging former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016.

    Officials with the political action committee Ready for Hillary say Ryan, a Democrat from the Youngstown-Warren area is the first U.S. House member to publicly announce support for the push. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri also is on board.

  • National Journal Profiles Ready for Hillary Staff Member

    | National Journal

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has not said whether she will run for president in 2016, but the prospect of the first female president has spawned an independent super PAC in her name. Ready for Hillary, which opened its doors in January, has hired constituency directors to mobilize every slice of the liberal spectrum, including the LGBT community.

    "This is a personal thing," said Lisa Changadveja, who was named LGBT Americans director and is gay herself. "If Hillary does decide to run, she'll have LGBT leaders ready to stand by her as supporters, donors, and hard-working volunteers."

    Changadveja pointed to three instances in which the presumptive candidate has proven her gay-rights bona fides. In 2000, Clinton became the first first lady to march in a gay-pride parade. (She has marched in several gay-pride parades since then.)

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  • Gavin and Jennifer Newsom Join One Million Supporters Encouraging Hillary to Run

    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced the support of Gavin and Jennifer Newsom.

    A former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom was a prominent Hillary supporter and surrogate in 2008. Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress and public speaker who has devoted her life to the empowerment of women and girls.

  • Hillary Clinton is no quitter

    | Politico

    Tenacity. That is the critical thread that has been woven throughout Hillary Clinton’s life, driven her many successes and played a central role in capturing the country’s imagination. It is a characteristic that even her philosophical opponents seem to most admire. They respect the fighter in Hillary, even when they disagree.

    When she was fighting for women’s rights in 1995, or health care for most of the past 20 years, she did so with tenacious determination. Whether she greeted factory workers in Ohio at 4 a.m. as the first shift started during a grueling primary campaign in 2008, or fought on when many thought hope was lost, her ability to persevere has had an enduring, positive impact on the country’s long-term view of her.

  • 200 Gather in Tampa to urge Hillary to Run in 2016

    | Tampa Bay Times

    What would possess a lifelong Republican like Bonnie McCreadie to show up at a campaign organizing session for a candidate who might not even run — Hillary Rodham Clinton?

    "Because she's a woman," said McCreadie. "I am 71 years old, and I have never had an opportunity to vote for a woman" for president.

    And why would Nancy Simmons, 75, drive from Winter Haven to talk about a possible candidacy for a race still two election cycles away?

    "Because I want a woman in the White House before I die," Simmons declared, confessing that she sorely hopes Republicans nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as their nominee in 2016.

    These were among 200 people who packed into a Mise en Place meeting room in South Tampa on Tuesday night to join a grass roots campaign that is urging the former secretary of state to run for president in 2016.

  • San Antonio Leaders Gather to Show Support for Hillary

    | San Antonio Express-News

    … a who's who of South Texas Democrats packed the downtown law office of über-donor Mikal Watts for a Hillary Clinton presidential fundraiser Wednesday night, three years before the next president is elected, and at least a year before 2016 contenders start officially announcing their candidacies.
     
    According to Democratic sources, the event raised more than $100,000 for Ready for Hillary, a pro-Clinton political action committee that will serve as the grass-roots arm of her 2016 organization when/if she enters the race.
     
    The roster of Hillary fans at Watts' fundraiser included Congressmen Pete Gallego and Filemon Vela, Jr.; state Sens. Leticia Van de Putte and Carlos Uresti; state Reps. Joe Farias, Ruth Jones McClendon, and Philip Cortez; and County Judge Nelson Wolff.
     

     

  • Washington Post: Ready for Hillary campaign off and running

    | Washington Post

    LOS ANGELES — The line of cars waiting to be valet parked outside The Exchange, a downtown nightclub here, was proof of how dramatically the mechanics of politics can change in just one election cycle.

    In the lead-up to the 2012 presidential election, super PACs devoted to helping one candidate were still exotic new creatures — the realm of savvy political operatives and deep-pocketed donors, and largely the domain of the right.

    But now — three years before voters will select the next occupant of the White House — a group called Ready for Hillary is setting its sights on 2016, raising money and drawing together supporters for a potential presidential bid by Hillary Rodham Clinton

    ...

  • Over 400 Hillary Supporters Meet in Los Angeles

    | Los Angeles Times

    A group urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016 held a fundraiser in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night, during which supporters called it their duty to encourage the former secretary of State to seek the White House.

    “Our job is to basically convince, to urge, to nudge, to hug Hillary Clinton into the presidential race,” said Michael Trujillo, a senior advisor to the Ready for Hillary Super PAC. “So as we take this journey literally three years from now, on election day hopefully it’s all of us at the White House, hopefully it’s all of us saying thank you to Hillary.”

    The fundraiser at the art deco Exchange LA nightclub raised thousands of dollars for the super PAC, Trujillo said, making it the group’s biggest fundraiser to date. Volunteers handed out yard signs, T-shirts and bumper stickers to the more than 400 people who were asked to donate at least $20.16 to attend.

    ...

  • Rep. Tim Ryan encourages Hillary to run in 2016

    | Cleveland Plain Dealer

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is joining an effort aimed at encouraging former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016.

    Officials with the political action committee Ready for Hillary say Ryan, a Democrat from the Youngstown-Warren area is the first U.S. House member to publicly announce support for the push. Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri also is on board.

  • National Journal Profiles Ready for Hillary Staff Member

    | National Journal

    Hillary Rodham Clinton has not said whether she will run for president in 2016, but the prospect of the first female president has spawned an independent super PAC in her name. Ready for Hillary, which opened its doors in January, has hired constituency directors to mobilize every slice of the liberal spectrum, including the LGBT community.

    "This is a personal thing," said Lisa Changadveja, who was named LGBT Americans director and is gay herself. "If Hillary does decide to run, she'll have LGBT leaders ready to stand by her as supporters, donors, and hard-working volunteers."

    Changadveja pointed to three instances in which the presumptive candidate has proven her gay-rights bona fides. In 2000, Clinton became the first first lady to march in a gay-pride parade. (She has marched in several gay-pride parades since then.)

    ...

  • Hillary Clinton is no quitter

    | Politico

    Tenacity. That is the critical thread that has been woven throughout Hillary Clinton’s life, driven her many successes and played a central role in capturing the country’s imagination. It is a characteristic that even her philosophical opponents seem to most admire. They respect the fighter in Hillary, even when they disagree.

    When she was fighting for women’s rights in 1995, or health care for most of the past 20 years, she did so with tenacious determination. Whether she greeted factory workers in Ohio at 4 a.m. as the first shift started during a grueling primary campaign in 2008, or fought on when many thought hope was lost, her ability to persevere has had an enduring, positive impact on the country’s long-term view of her.

  • 200 Gather in Tampa to urge Hillary to Run in 2016

    | Tampa Bay Times

    What would possess a lifelong Republican like Bonnie McCreadie to show up at a campaign organizing session for a candidate who might not even run — Hillary Rodham Clinton?

    "Because she's a woman," said McCreadie. "I am 71 years old, and I have never had an opportunity to vote for a woman" for president.

    And why would Nancy Simmons, 75, drive from Winter Haven to talk about a possible candidacy for a race still two election cycles away?

    "Because I want a woman in the White House before I die," Simmons declared, confessing that she sorely hopes Republicans nominate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as their nominee in 2016.

    These were among 200 people who packed into a Mise en Place meeting room in South Tampa on Tuesday night to join a grass roots campaign that is urging the former secretary of state to run for president in 2016.

  • Ready for Hillary Plans Action at University of Buffalo

    | The Buffalo News

    When Hillary Rodham Clinton visits the University at Buffalo for her speech tonight, Ready for Hillary will be, well, ready.

    The political action committee, or PAC, which is organizing a grass-roots effort to encourage Clinton to run for president in 2016, will have about 10 volunteers working the line of people entering UB’s Alumni Arena for the sold-out speech, which starts at 8 p.m. on the North Campus in Amherst.

    “We’ll be handing out Ready for Hillary stickers so Hillary can see us wearing them,” as well as collecting the email addresses of new supporters, said Quinne Sember, president of the College Democrats at UB and organizer of the local Ready for Hillary effort.

    “It’s pretty exciting to see this big liberal movement happening on campus.”

  • Hillary hits campaign trail for McAuliffe in Virginia

    | Reuters

    Hillary Clinton returned to the campaign trail on Saturday to endorse old friend Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race, urging voters to reject the "scorched earth" politics that led to the recent government shutdown.

    At her first overtly political appearance since leaving her post as secretary of state in February, the former Democratic senator and first lady said the outcome of the bitter governor's battle would show whether voters were ready to choose common sense over ideology.

    She received a hero's welcome from the packed crowd in a theater in Falls Church, a Washington suburb, during an appearance certain to heighten speculation about a possible 2016 presidential bid.

    ...

    The free tickets to the rally were snapped up quickly and the crowd of more than 700, many wearing "Ready for Hillary" buttons, began lining up hours before the event.

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  • Elton John Praises Hillary for HIV and AIDS Work

    | The Guardian (Associated Press)

    Elton John has honoured Hillary Clinton for her work to help those affected by HIV and Aids, at an annual event for his foundation.

    The former secretary of state told the crowd at Cipriani's restaurant that "we still have so far to go" when it comes to helping those affected by HIV and Aids, when accepting the award from the Elton John Aids Foundation on Tuesday evening in New York City.

    "There are so many challenges in front of us," Clinton said. The former senator added that she wanted to see an "Aids-free generation" and said that accomplishing that must be "our north star". "I thank you, but I know there's more for us to do," she added. "Humans may discriminate, but viruses don't.

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  • Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is Ready for Hillary

    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced the support of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. Governor Dayton joins more than one million Ready for Hillary supporters, as well as U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), former Governor Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), and several other Members of Congress, in backing the organization’s effort.
     
    “More than one million Americans are ready for Hillary to run – and ready to support her, if she does,” Governor Dayton said. “Count me in.”
     

  • Ready for Hillary Launches Women’s Office, Names Jessica Grounds as Director

    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced the formation of a Women’s Office and named Jessica Grounds Director of the Ready for Hillary Women’s Office. Because of the importance of women in the national grassroots movement encouraging Hillary to run – and the possibility of election the first woman president – Ready for Hillary is placing a significant emphasis on outreach to women activists, community leaders, celebrities and public officials.

  • Gavin and Jennifer Newsom Join One Million Supporters Encouraging Hillary to Run

    ARLINGTON, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced the support of Gavin and Jennifer Newsom.

    A former San Francisco mayor and current Lt. Governor of California, Gavin Newsom was a prominent Hillary supporter and surrogate in 2008. Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, actress and public speaker who has devoted her life to the empowerment of women and girls.

  • Paul Begala Urges Support for Terry McAuliffe

    ARLINGTON, VA — Paul Begala today urged Ready for Hillary supporters to help longtime Hillary friend Terry McAuliffe become the next governor of Virginia. The full text of his message follows:

    This is a big deal, friend!

    Yesterday, Hillary announced that she's coming to Virginia to rally voters for our mutual friend, and the Democratic candidate for governor, Terry McAuliffe.

  • Ready for Hillary Names Quentin James as Black Americans Director

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced that Quentin James has been named Black Americans Director. Quentin joins a growing constituency team that includes LGBT Americans Director Lisa Changadveja and Young Americans Director Rachel Schneider.

  • Ready for Hillary Urges America to #GetCovered

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary encouraged its one million supporters to spread the word about the new health insurance marketplaces available under Obamacare. In an e-mail message from the group, Former Policy Director and Senior Advisor to President Obama Mark Alexander notes the support of Hillary and President Clinton for Obamacare and states: “If you are uninsured, please visit www.healthcare.gov to get signed up… If you have friends, family, or neighbors who are uninsured, please forward this e-mail to them and ask them to visit www.healthcare.gov.”

    The full text of Alexander’s e-mail follows.

  • Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin Named Ready for Hillary Senior Advisor

    ALEXANDRIA, VA - Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary named former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin as a senior advisor. Franklin, who will advise Ready for Hillary in its outreach programs to women, African-Americans and public officials, will announce her support for the group in an e-mail to its supporters today.

  • One Million Supporters Are Ready

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary reached one million Facebook supporters. The group will launch a video this week to mark the milestone.

  • Ready for Hillary Names Lisa Changadveja as LGBT Americans Director

    ALEXANDRIA, VA – Today, the national grassroots organization Ready for Hillary announced that Lisa Changadveja has been named as LGBT Americans Director. She is the second constituency director to be hired by Ready for Hillary; the group named Obama youth vote guru Rachel Schneider as its Young Americans Director last month.

  • Grassroots Group ‘Women Get It Done’ Hosts First SF Gathering Urging Hillary to Run in 2016

    SAN FRANCISCO-- Today, over 100 fired up women and men showed their support for Hillary Clinton by attending the San Francisco Bay Area's first grassroots fundraising event for Ready for Hillary, the premier national grassroots organization encouraging the former Secretary of State to run for President in 2016.