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Standing Room Only for Bernie and Fixing Inequality

Bernie Sanders continues to draw extraordinary crowds wherever he campaigns. In Iowa, Minnesota, and New Hampshire, he’s speaking to overflow crowds. As Peter Nicholas says in The Wall Street Journal, Bernie’s “turning into a box-office draw.” What’s more, he’s not doing it in the typical way. As Nicholas observes in his informative article, Bernie sometimes speaks in a “matter-of-fact tone” (although he can get quite fiery, too) and “typically reels off dry statistics about the rich getting richer while the middle class gets poorer.” How’s that working out? This weekend Bernie spoke in Keene, New Hampshire and, as The Keene Sentinel reports, … Read More

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Strong Support for Sanders in Wisconsin

BURLINGTON, Vt. — A straw poll at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention in Milwaukee over the weekend gave Sanders the backing of 41 percent of the delegates. The strong showing put Sanders close to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 49 percent. “The Wisconsin straw poll and huge turnouts at town meetings in New Hampshire and Iowa are sending a message that people care about real issues like income inequality and the collapse of the American middle class,” said Jeff Weaver, the manager of Sanders’ campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. “Wow!” was the one-word tweet from Sanders’ senior … Read More

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“Unexpected and Significant”: Bernie a “Strong Second” in Wisconsin Straw Poll

Bernie Sanders came in a strong second in a straw poll of attendees Saturday at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention. The party’s website reports that 511 delegates, alternates and registered guests voted in the straw poll. Bernie received 208 votes to Secretary Clinton’s 252 votes. Wispolitics.com, a Wisconsin political news service, conducted the straw poll and summarized the results this way: “WisDem conventioneers favor Clinton for president, Sanders close second.” Joe Biden and Martin O’Malley each received 16 votes, with 8 for Jim Webb and 5 for Lincoln Chafee. John Nichols of The Nation writes: “The senator has been a regular visitor to … Read More

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On Wisconsin

In what one Wisconsin political observer called a big upset, Sen. Bernie Sanders was the choice of 41 percent of the delegates at a state party convention in Milwaukee on Saturday. Hillary Clinton led with 49 percent, according to the WisPolitics.com straw poll. Clinton drew support from 252 of the 511 delegates. Sanders was backed by 208. Vice President Joe Biden and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley tied for a distant third with 16 votes each. For the complete straw poll results, click here. Read More

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Americans Agree With Bernie: Wealth Inequality is an “Urgent” Problem

Juan Cole recently wrote a compelling piece which argued that, despite media claims to the contrary, Bernie Sanders’ views on a number of wealth inequality and a number of other issues were squarely in the mainstream of public opinion. Then, as if on cue, came more evidence to support Prof. Cole’s argument. A New York Times/CBS News poll released on June 3 found that, in the words of Times reporters Noam Scheiber and Dalia Sussman, “Americans are broadly concerned about inequality and wealth.” “The poll found that a strong majority say that wealth should be more evenly divided,” says the Times report, “and that … Read More

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“No, We Will Not Cut Social Security.”

That was Bernie’s response this week to Gov. Jeb Bush, Republican Presidential contender. “I have a hard time understanding what world Gov. Bush and his billionaire backers live in,” Bernie said after Jeb Bush told an interviewer that he thought the Social Security retirement age should be raised. “We need to look over the horizon and begin to phase in (an increase in the retirement age over an extended period of time),” said Bush, “going from 65 to 68 or 70.” With those words, Bush seemed to suggest that the current retirement age is 65. It is currently 66, and … Read More

On the Road

Practicing Democracy

Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the Keene Recreation Center on Saturday. A standing-room-only crowd of more than 750 cheered his calls for dealing with wealth and income inequality, making college tuition-free, combating climate change and getting big money out of politics. Join our campaign to get regular updates from Bernie about events and meetups in your area! Join the team Sanders was introduced by Emily Hague, an at-large Keene City Council member. Bernie’s work on the environment was an inspiration to her, she said. It’s also one reason why she announced at the outset of the meeting that she is endorsing … Read More

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SRO Crowd for Sanders in Keene

KEENE, N.H. – A big turnout packed a community center here and spilled outside on Saturday when U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at a town meeting. The standing-room-only crowd of more than 750 cheered Sanders’ proposals for dealing with wealth and income inequality, making college tuition-free, combating climate change and getting big money out of politics. Sanders was introduced by Emily Hague, an at-large Keene City Council member. Bernie’s work on the environment was an inspiration to her, she said. It’s also why she announced at the outset of the meeting that she is endorsing Sanders in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation … Read More

Vermont

Strolling of the Heifers

Dairy cows in flower garlands, marching bands and Bernie paraded together on Saturday through downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, for the annual Strolling of the Heifers festival. Bernie has been a regular at the celebration of family farms and local agriculture since it began in 2001 when he was Vermont’s congressman. “We’ve had congressmen, senators, governors and lieutenant governors, but we’ve never had a presidential candidate,” Strolling of the Heifers founder Orly Munzing told the Brattleboro Reformer. When Bernie strolled past the parade reviewing stand, local radio personality “Fish” told the crowd that Sanders had been there for almost all of the … Read More

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Bernie on Rachel Maddow: More, Earlier Debates Needed

Bernie appeared on the Rachel Maddow show this week to talk about his presidential campaign, and to discuss his innovative proposal for a series of bipartisan presidential debates involving both Democratic and Republican candidates. Bernie says the Republicans “get away with murder,” and he wants to challenge them in open debate: Rachel preceded the interview with an overview of the presidential campaign in which she discussed Bernie’s proposal at length. Rachel points out that the last time the Democrats were picking a new candidate (rather than an incumbent) they had already begun debates at this point in the process. (The first … Read More

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Returns to New Hampshire on Saturday

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will travel to New Hampshire on Saturday for a town meeting in Keene. It will be Sanders’ 12th trip to New Hampshire in the past two years. Earlier that morning, the Vermont senator will take part in his home state’s annual Strolling of the Heifers parade in nearby Brattleboro. Here is Saturday’s itinerary: Saturday, June 6 10 am Sanders will march in the Strolling of the Heifers parade, the centerpiece of a weekend-long series events designed to celebrate and support family farmers. At the conclusion of the parade, the senator will address the crowd at the … Read More

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Sanders Writes to DNC Chair on Debates

NEW YORK, – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, on Monday urged Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair, to consider a series of debates among Democratic candidates beginning this summer. Sanders also suggested that Democratic candidates would benefit by engaging in early debates with Republican candidates. Sanders also called for a “50-state strategy” in which debates would be held in states that, at this time, are not electing Democratic candidates. To read the letter, click here. Read More