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Posted by cal04 | Sat Aug 29, 2015, 11:52 AM (0 replies)
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told the Democratic National Committee on Friday that taking on the economic and political establishment with “a campaign which generates excitement and momentum and which produces a huge voter turnout” is how to keep the White House and regain majorities in Congress and state capitals.
Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other candidates appeared at the summer meeting of top Democratic Party officials from around the country. The senator got a standing ovation when he came on stage. He was cheered earlier in the day by hundreds of rank-and-file supporters at the convention hotel and he received a warm welcome Thursday night at a reception for DNC members.
“We need a movement which takes on the economic and political establishment, not one which is part of it,” the senator said. “We need a political movement which is prepared to take on the billionaire class and create a government which represents all Americans, and not just corporate America and wealthy campaign donors,” he added.
In his speech at the DNC summer meeting, Sanders urged Democrats to become part of a movement “which tells corporate America and the wealthy that you will start paying your fair share of taxes.”
He called for breaking up the nation’s biggest banks and said Democrats should get behind the movement that “tells Wall Street that when a bank is too big to fail it is too big to exist.” Denouncing corporate-backed, job-killing trade deals have sent U.S. manufacturing jobs to low-wage nations abroad, he said Democrats to join “the trade union movement to end our disastrous trade policies” and defeat a proposed 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal.
He called for pay equity for women workers, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and providing family and medical leave, paid sick time and vacation time.
To create jobs, he proposed a youth employment program and called for investing $1 trillion to create or support 13 million jobs rebuilding the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.
“The issues I am running on are generating a great deal of energy and enthusiasm in our grassroots campaign calling for a political revolution,” Sanders said.
To read Sanders’ prepared remarks to the Democratic National Committee summer meeting, click here.
Posted by cal04 | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 07:05 PM (3 replies)
Thank you for inviting me to be with you today, and thank you for the hard work that all of you do every day in trying to make our country a better place in which to live and raise a family.
I understand that there are Republicans who proclaim how much they love America, but how much they hate the people who work in our government or who participate in the political process. I disagree. In my view, participating in the political process and strengthening democracy — as you do — is one of the most patriotic things we can do as American citizens, and I thank you all for your efforts.
I only have a few minutes, so let me jump to the points I want to make:
When I announced my candidacy less than four months ago, I think that it’s fair to say that few took our campaign seriously. But a lot has changed in these last few months.
All across the country we have drawn some the largest crowds of this campaign, including many young people who have not previously been involved in the political process.
Hundreds of thousands of people have signed on with our campaign as volunteers and are already hitting the streets and phones.
We have, I believe, received more individual campaign contributions than any other presidential campaign, some 400,000. And in this day of super-PACs and huge campaign contributions I am proud to tell you that our average contribution is $31.20.
Most importantly, few would deny that the issues I am running on are generating a great deal of energy and enthusiasm in our grassroots campaign, a campaign that is calling for a political revolution.
The Republicans did not win the mid-term election in November. The Democrats lost that election because voter turnout was abysmally low, and millions of working people, minorities and young people gave up on “politics as usual” and stayed home.
Let me be very clear. In my view, Democrats will not retain the White House, will not regain the Senate, will not gain the House and will not be successful in dozens of governor’s races unless we run a campaign which generates excitement and momentum and which produces a huge voter turnout.
With all due respect, and I do not mean to insult anyone here, that will not happen with politics as usual. The same old, same old will not be successful.
The people of our country understand that — given the collapse of the American middle class and the grotesque level of income and wealth inequality we are experiencing — we do not need more establishment politics or establishment economics.
We need a political movement which is prepared to take on the billionaire class and create a government which represents all Americans, and not just corporate America and wealthy campaign donors.
In other words, we need a movement which takes on the economic and political establishment, not one which is part of it.
We need a movement which tells corporate America and the wealthy that you will start paying your fair share of taxes.
We need a movement which tells Wall Street that when a bank is too big to fail, it is too big to exist. That we will reinstate Glass-Steagall and break up those huge banks which have a stranglehold over our economy. That we will create a financial system which provides affordable loans to small and medium size businesses, not maintain a financial system which is an island unto itself – designed to make huge profits for the few.
We need a movement which will work with the trade union movement to end our disastrous trade policies, and that includes defeating the disastrous TPP.
We need a movement which says that every worker in America deserves a living wage, and that we will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years; that we will provide pay equity to women workers and that we will end the international disgrace of being the only major country on earth that does not provide at least 12 weeks of family and medical leave, not to mention paid sick time and vacation time.
We need a movement which says that, when real unemployment is over 10 percent and youth unemployment is off the charts, we need to create millions of decent paying jobs by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure.
We need a movement which tells the Koch brothers and the billionaire class that they will not be able to continue buying candidates and elections and that we will overturn this disastrous Citizen’s United Supreme Court decision and move toward public funding of elections.
We need a movement which understands that climate change is real, is caused by human activity and that we need to lead the world in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels and into energy efficiency and sustainable energy. And that includes defeating the Keystone pipe line.
We need a movement that says, in a highly competitive global economy, that all of our people who have the ability, the qualifications and the desire, will be able to get a college education regardless of the income of their families because we will make public colleges and universities tuition free – and we’re going to pay for it through a tax on Wall Street speculation.
We need a movement which, once and for all, will end institutional racism in our country and reform a very, very broken criminal justice system. We must not continue being the country in the world with more people in jail than any other – disproportionately people of color. We must become the country in the world which invests in jobs and education, not in jails and incarceration.
And when we talk about bringing our country together, we cannot forget that there are 11 million people here who are undocumented. We must provide legal protections for them, we must pass comprehensive immigration reform and we must provide a path towards citizenship. And we must be clear that the racist and un-American idea that we are going to round up millions of people in the dead of night is unacceptable in this great country of ours.
You are looking at a former congressman who did not believe George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld and who voted against the war in Iraq, one of the worst foreign policy blunders in modern American history. And you are looking at a senator who will stand with President Obama in preventing Iran from getting a nuclear, but will do it in a way that prevents another war.
Let me conclude by saying this: We will win in 2016, not just the White House, the U.S. Senate and U.S. House, but Statehouses all across the country because we are going to create an unprecedented grassroots movement which taps into the American people’s desire for real change in this country.
The end of his speech, I would say about the last five minutes is not included in this
Posted by cal04 | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 04:01 PM (15 replies)
Overflow for Bernie Sanders event at DNC. "On the need overturn Citizens United, the American people agree with us."
At DNC thunderous applause as @BernieSanders declares once more that "the billionaire class cannot have it all."
At DNC @BernieSanders earns sustained applause for promise to build "a movement that works with our trade unions.
crowd chanting Bernie
RT @BernieSanders The crowd going wild ten minutes before the speech begins
Posted by cal04 | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 03:08 PM (5 replies)
Rep. Carolyn Maloney is the latest New York lawmaker to oppose President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement.
Maloney said in a statement posted on her congressional website Thursday that she intends to vote against the deal.
She said she made her decision after carefully examining classified material. The congresswoman said she also talked to administration officials, experts and constituents on both sides of the issue.
Maloney, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, commended Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for “choosing a path of diplomacy.” But she said even if Iran complies with the restraints, the deal doesn’t block it from eventually acquiring nuclear weapons.
Read more: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2015/08/27/ny-congresswoman-maloney-to-vote-against-iran-deal/
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s Statement Opposing Iran Nuclear Agreement
Posted by cal04 | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 12:16 PM (11 replies)
About 70 students and Athens residents convened in the Athens Community Center, 701 E. State St., Thursday night to express their support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
At the third Athens for Bernie Sanders meeting since the group was founded this summer, local Bernie Sanders supporters gathered to hear about campaign plans, meet with local activists and discuss policies and ideas.
“It’s important that we come together and concentrate our efforts on a variety of issues,” Nate Wallace, a recent OU Ph.D. graduate who founded the group, said at the meeting. “It’s important to go out into the country and rural areas to get people to know who Bernie Sanders is and what his policies are.”
Wallace said the group plans to march in the university’s Homecoming Parade Oct. 10 and encouraged residents to wear “Bernie gear” to the Ohio Pawpaw Festival in September.
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Posted by cal04 | Fri Aug 28, 2015, 12:07 AM (1 replies)
Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Republican presidential candidate Gov. Bobby Jindal come to “This Week” Sunday.
Posted by cal04 | Thu Aug 27, 2015, 11:37 PM (3 replies)
* Slicing up the pie. The most obvious benefit is a matter of basic math: If Biden is in the hunt, the establishment Democratic vote will be split. That means an outsider will need a lower percentage of the vote to win. If the race is essentially Clinton versus Sanders (assuming for now that Martin O'Malley, Jim Webb, and Lincoln Chaffee don't escape from low-single-digit territory), the winner of a primary contest will have to bag close to 50 percent of the vote. Put in a competitive third candidate—and there's no telling how strong a candidate Biden will be—and the number drops. Within the Sanders camp, his strategists assume that the progressive populist wing of the Democratic electorate that already supports or could potentially support Sanders is about 35 percent. That number is undoubtedly closer to the percentage needed for a win in a contest with Biden than in one without him.
* Hey, look over there. A Biden-Clinton showdown would draw great media attention. It's possible this might make it more difficult for Sanders to obtain extensive press coverage. But he has already demonstrated that his fiery message—free the nation from the grip of the billionaire class—has a viral quality to it. His rise in the polls has been a wildfire that has spread with little media oxygen. If Clinton and Biden are tussling on the main stage, Sanders might have more room for his issues-first campaign. It's true that Biden likely would run as a champion of the average guy and present a campaign with a tinge of populism. But he cannot compete with Sanders' more full-throated us-versus-them message, and as a former senator from Delaware, Biden might have to turn to banks and financial firms for campaign money—which could undermine any attempt on his part to win support from the Sanders (or Elizabeth Warren) side of the party.
*Permission to abandon ship. At the moment, there's only one establishment candidate in the race. (Sanders has not received a single endorsement from a mainstream Democrat, not even from the Democratic senators with whom he serves.) There is nowhere else for most insider and conventional Democrats to go other than Hillaryland. And the Clinton camp does justifiably expect most Democratic players to pledge their allegiance to her campaign. In a Bidenized race, the playing field would get stirred up. There probably would not be a rush of Democratic officials in Washington embracing Sanders. But Clinton's grip on the nomination would likely weaken, and Democrats would have a permission slip to question her candidacy openly—and explore other options. That could result in tangible or intangible benefits for Sanders.
rest at link
Posted by cal04 | Wed Aug 26, 2015, 04:00 PM (1 replies)
In 2008, Hillary Clinton lost the Democratic nomination to then-Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.). In 2015, another senator is giving the Clinton campaign a headache; however, this election cycle has an additional cast of characters that normally isn't a part of any presidential rivalry. Because of a federal judge, the FBI and Justice Department investigations, and an energized base of progressive voters throughout the nation voting for Sanders, it's evident Clinton has lost her status as the leading presidential candidate for Democrats. Although many Democrats still won't admit the obvious, below are three reasons why Sanders has become the new Democratic front-runner in 2016.
Within a surprisingly short time period, increased name recognition and an energized base of Democratic voters have allowed Sanders to compete and even surpass Clinton in various polls.
Sanders formally announced his run for the presidency on May 26, 2015. Since then, Clinton's lead in nationwide polls has dwindled. This paradigm shift has been fueled primarily because of scandals, Clinton's inability to answer questions in a forthright manner, and the energy exhibited by Sanders's supporters. Furthermore, CNN cites a recent Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll that reports Sanders ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire. Even when acknowledging that Clinton still leads Sanders in various other polls, CNN writes that "polling has also shown Clinton's vulnerabilities as voters question her honesty and trustworthiness." Echoing CNN, Quinnipiac University issued a report in July titled "Clinton In Trouble In Colorado, Iowa, Virginia, Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Finds." This Quinnipiac poll explains that Sanders now performs as well, or even better than Clinton, in various scenarios:
Democrats, and the country, can't enter the voting booth 441 days from now with the FBI investigating emails and private servers. This fact, along with the millions of Sanders voters around the country filling arenas to hear the senator speak, are reasons why Sanders is the true Democratic front-runner. Over 100,000 people have attended his events thus far, and it's safe to say that such enthusiasm and energy will continue to grow until Election Day. Democrats in Congress might not admit it at the moment, and Clinton supporters might still believe the email controversy is fabricated, but only one Democrat in 2016 can win the presidency. His name is Bernie Sanders, and the longer Hillary Clinton's email scandal persists, the more Sanders becomes the only hope Democrats have of winning the White House.
Goodman is an author and a journalist.
Posted by cal04 | Tue Aug 25, 2015, 05:51 PM (7 replies)
Patty Murray, Top Senate Democrat, Backs Iran Deal
The deal is five votes away from being upheld in Congress.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced her support for the Iran nuclear deal on Tuesday, becoming the final member of the Senate's main Democratic leadership team to weigh in on the agreement.
The endorsement of Murray, the secretary of the Senate Democratic conference, brings the final tally to three party leaders in favor of the Iran deal and one against. Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and Minority Whip Dick Durbin (Ill.) have stated their support, while Sen. Chuck Schumer (N.Y), the conference's vice chair and policy committee chair, is opposed. And the news is another indication that the nuclear accord will survive in the Senate. The deal faces a critical vote in both houses of Congress when lawmakers return from recess in September.
“After working my way through the details and the alternatives, losing a lot of sleep, and having a lot of good conversations with so many people -- I am convinced that moving forward with this deal is the best chance we have at a strong diplomatic solution, it puts us in a stronger position no matter what Iran chooses to do, and it keeps all of our options on the table if Iran doesn't hold up their end of the bargain,” Murray wrote in a statement.
With Murray’s announcement, 29 senators have now pledged to vote against a resolution of disapproval of the deal, which would eliminate the president’s ability to waive congressionally enacted sanctions against Iran. President Barack Obama has said he will veto the resolution, which, if enacted, would constrain his ability to fulfill the U.S.' obligations under the agreement. For the presidential veto to be sustained, Obama needs the votes of one-third of either the House or the Senate -- where, with Murray's support, he is now five votes shy.
(stil wating on)
Posted by cal04 | Tue Aug 25, 2015, 02:55 PM (1 replies)