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Sanders Officially Files for President in South Carolina

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday filed to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president at state party headquarters in Columbia.

Shortly after filing, Sanders spoke to a rally of nearly 250 supporters outside of party headquarters. “I think we are going to shock some people on election day and win South Carolina,” said Sanders.

Reg E. Cathey, best known for his recurring role as “Freddy” from Netflix’s hit series “House of Cards,” introduced Sanders by announcing he was “glad to officially join the political revolution.”

State Rep. Terry Alexander (D-Florence), a chair of Sanders’ South Carolina leadership committee, also spoke.

Alexander, who supported of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2008, called Sanders the “type of honest, effective candidate who the people of South Carolina ought to listen to” and praised his lifelong fight for civil rights.

Sanders heads to a town hall Saturday evening at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg before stops Sunday in Beaufort and Savannah.


America has never recovered from Ronald Reagan. That’s why Bernie Sanders is so important.

Sanders explained his democratic socialism in a speech last week that should be a wakeup call for America

Not only were social programs opposed and called socialism; so were any kind of laws or regulations that intervened with the “free market” for the betterment of society. “Unemployment insurance, abolishing child labor, the 40-hour work week, collective bargaining, strong banking regulations, deposit insurance, and job programs that put millions of people to work were all described, in one way or another, as ‘socialist,’” explained Sanders.

Of course, capitalists never come out and say that they want the government to get out of their way so that they can take advantage of workers or employ children or contaminate the water supply. They fear-monger about the threat of socialism and claim that as long as the government intervenes with their business, we can never have true freedom.

A young propagandist named Ronald Reagan issued such a warning in the early sixties, in opposition to what is seen as the predecessor to Medicare. “Federal programs,” Reagan warned, “will invade every area of freedom as we have known it in this country, until one day… we will wake to find that we have socialism.” Sounds familiar.

The two political parties, who for decades have been neoliberal parties serving the interests of the capitalist class first and foremost, seem to be moving further apart. Since the ISIS attacks on Paris, some Republicans have started to sound increasingly like their fascist forbearers, while also talking about the importance of freedom. But the only candidate who offers the real freedom that so many great Americans have advocated in the past, it seems, is Bernie Sanders.

Letter: Bernie Sanders best choice for union members

I am confused about the SEIU union leadership endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for President.

Sanders strongly supports the $15 an hour minimum wage that the SEIU seeks. Sanders has always been for working people and the poor, and a supporter of the middle class and unions. Sanders voted against the North American Free Trade Agreement that passed during President Bill Clinton's administration. Free trade agreements notoriously benefit corporations more than workers by shipping jobs overseas for starvation wages. Sanders also voted against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). Unions have opposed these free trade agreements.

Hillary Clinton, as Secretary of State, called the TPP "the gold standard in trade agreements." Sanders says of the TPP; “It is part of a global race to the bottom to boost the profits of large corporations and Wall Street by outsourcing jobs; undercutting worker rights; dismantling labor, environmental, health, food safety and financial laws; and allowing corporations to challenge our laws in international tribunals rather than our own court system.”

Clinton may have the support of the SEIU leadership, but Sanders' voting record backs up his support for U.S. workers. I hope the union that I belong to, the IBEW, associated with the AFL-CIO, looks closely at what our workers need and endorses the candidate that wants to protect our jobs and raise our standard of living the most. Bernie Sanders is the only candidate out there that has proven where he stands and can be trusted to do what he says.


Sanders Claims CBS Canceled Agriculture Interview Because Monsanto Was “Threatening To Sue”

Asked for more details, his campaign did not immediately provide more more information about the claim.

Bernie Sanders alleged that CBS once canceled an interview with him — because Monsanto, the agricultural tech giant, had threatened to sue the network.

During a town hall event here on Saturday night, a voter asked Sanders about Monsanto. Questions about agribusiness and genetically-modified food are not unusual at Sanders events, but on Saturday night the Vermont senator claimed his criticism of the industry and Monsanto’s objection caused CBS to cancel an interview:

Monsanto is a very, very powerful corporation. They are one of the leaders in food technology and basically working hard to transform our food system. Let me tell you a funny story, or not so funny. In my state, a great dairy state, we have a lot of dairy cows. There was an effort to put what was called BGH, bovine growth hormone, which is a stimulant that makes cows produce cows more milk but is unhealthy. I was against that.

I’ll never forget this. I was invited by CBS, not a small company, to appear on television to talk about why I was opposed to bovine growth hormone. CBS then called me up and said, ‘Well, Monsanto is threatening to sue us, so we can’t go on with it.’ They are very powerful.

Democrat Defeats David Vitter in Louisiana Governor’s Race

With a victory that defied political geography and near universal predictions from just months earlier, a previously little-known Democrat, State Representative John Bel Edwards, defeated United States Senator David Vitter in a runoff election on Saturday to become the next governor of Louisiana.

The Associated Press named Mr. Edwards the winner as he was leading with 55 percent of the vote with a little over half of the ballots counted

Entering the governor’s race, Mr. Vitter, a Republican, was seen as the favorite. He had won two elections to the United States Senate, spent more than five years in the House and served as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 1999. But a nasty primary fight left the Republican Party fractured and slow to unite behind Mr. Vitter, who was dragged down by a 2007 prostitution scandal and the deeply unpopular Republican incumbent, Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Mr. Edwards, a social conservative and a staunch critic of Mr. Jindal whose campaign was all but overlooked for months, came out of the nonpartisan primary in October with a commanding lead over Mr. Vitter. The two engaged in a bitter fight during the four-week campaign leading up to the runoff vote, with Mr. Edwards emphasizing personal differences and Mr. Vitter highlighting red meat issues like immigration and the Syrian refugee program. But though the race tightened it remained principally a referendum on Mr. Vitter rather than an ideological contest — terrain that favored Mr. Edwards.


Press Avail at Charleston County Blue Jamboree (video)

Weekly Address: In the Face of Terror, We Stand as One

Source: White House

In this week's address, the Vice President spoke to his and the President’s commitment to protecting our country from terrorists, while also providing refuge to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. He emphasized that he and the President consider the safety of the American people to be their first priority. But slamming the door in the face of refugees fleeing precisely the type of senseless violence that occurred in Paris last week would be a betrayal of our values. The vast majority of Syrian refugees are women, children, and orphans; survivors of torture; and people desperately in need of medical help. And all refugees undergo the highest level of security checks of any category of traveler to the United States. The Vice President reminded us that ISIL wants us to turn our backs on Muslims victimized by terrorism. We win by prioritizing our security while refusing to compromise our fundamental American values of freedom, openness, and tolerance.

Read more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/21/weekly-address-face-terror-we-stand-one


Michael Moore: Dear Gov. Snyder

Dear Gov. Snyder:
I just wanted to let you know that, contrary to your declaration of denying Syrian refugees a home in our state of Michigan, I myself am going to defy your ban and will offer MY home in Traverse City, Michigan, to those very Syrian refugees you've decided to keep out. I will contact the State Department to let them know I am happy to provide a safe haven to any Syrian refugee couple approved by the Obama administration's vetting procedures in which I have full faith and trust.

Your action is not only disgraceful, it is, as you know, unconstitutional (only the President has the legal right to decide things like this).

What you've done is anti-American. This is not who we are supposed to be. We are, for better and for worse, a nation of descendants of three groups: slaves from Africa who were brought here in chains and then forced to provide trillions of dollars of free labor to build this country; native peoples who were mostly exterminated by white Christians through acts of mass genocide; and immigrants from EVERYWHERE around the globe. In Michigan we are fortunate to count amongst us tens of thousands of Arab and Muslim Americans.

I'm disappointed in you, Governor Snyder, for your heartless and un-Christian actions, and for joining in with at least 25 other governors (all but one a Republican) who've decided to block legal Syrian refugees from coming into their states. Fortunately I'm an American and not a Republican.

Governor, count me out of whatever you think it means to be a Michigander. I look forward to welcoming Syrians to my home and I wholeheartedly encourage other Americans to do the same.
Michael Moore

P.S. By the way, my 700-sq. ft. apartment in northern Michigan is a little small, but it's got cable, wi-fi and a new dishwasher! Also, no haters live on my floor! Stop by any time for a hot chocolate this winter.


Sen. Sanders to Visit South Carolina, Georgia, participate in Town Hall meetings

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is returning to South Carolina for a town hall with one of the state's legislators.

The Vermont senator is attending a town hall in Charleston on Friday hosted by state Sen. Marlon Kimpson.

Kimpson says his co-hosts for the event at Burke High School include the Charleston Democratic Party and state representatives, including Seth Whipper and Wendell Gilliard.


Sanders to Visit South Carolina, Georgia
Friday, November 20
7 p.m. Charleston Democratic Presidential Town Hall Hosted by state Senator Marlon Kimpson, Burke High School, 244 President Street, Charleston, SC
Information for the public: Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.
Press interested in attending this event should email Radia Heywood at radia922@aol.com.

Saturday, November 21
11:50 a.m. South Carolina Democratic Party Blue Jamboree, Jenkins Institute For Children, 3923 Azalea Drive, North Charleston, SC
Information for the public: Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets can be purchased here.
Press interested in attending this event should register here.

2:35 p.m. 20/20 Leaders of America Candidates Justice Forum, John Hurst Gymnatorium, Allen University, Pine Street, Columbia, SC
Information for the public can be found here.
Press interested in attending should email media@2020club.org.

4 p.m. Primary Filing and Rally with Bernie Sanders, South Carolina Democratic Party HQ, 915 Lady Street #111, Columbia, SC
Information for the public: this event is free and open to the public. A ticket is not required but an RSVP is strongly encouraged.
Press interested in attending this event should email SCPressReg@berniesanders.com.

7 p.m. Orangeburg Town Hall, Kirkland W. Green Student Center, South Caroline State University, 300 College St. NE, Orangeburg, SC
Information for the public: Doors open at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.
Press interested in attending this event should email SCPressReg@berniesanders.com.

Sunday, November 22
3 p.m. Beaufort Town Hall, Darrah Hall, Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena, SC
Information for the public: Doors open at 2 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.
Press interested in attending this event should email SCPressReg@berniesanders.com.

6 p.m. Savannah Town Hall, Savannah Station, 601 Cohen Street, Savannah, GA
Information for the public: Doors open at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. Admission is first come, first served.
Press interested in attending this event should email SCPressReg@berniesanders.com.


Bernie Sanders Explains Democratic Socialism In 6 Clips

In six clips, here's how Sanders explained Democratic socialism:

On poverty, Sanders said the U.S. needs to look to other countries that have done a "far better job" in protecting working families, the elderly, children and the poor:

On health care, he called for a Medicare-for-all, single-payer health care system:

On higher education, Sanders once again called the "right" to free tuition at public colleges and universities. "Is this a radical social idea?" he asked. "I don't think so":

On the environment, Sanders said the U.S. has a "moral responsibility" to combat climate change:

clips at link
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