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Portland's ready for Bernie! "American, socialist and proud: meet Bernie Sanders's supporters"

Bernie will personally be in Portland OR for the first time this Primary season, on August 9th, speaking
in the Veterans Memorial Coliseum, capacity there is 12,888, and it's already at at/over-capacity based on RSVPs.

American, socialist and proud: meet Bernie Sanders's supporters
‘Socialist’ is no longer a dirty word for fans of the Vermont senator who have flocked in the tens of thousands to support ‘putting the people first’ August 5, 2015 * by Jason Wilson, Portland OR * The Guardian

What does socialism mean in America? Some recent events suggest we haven’t a clue. ~snip~

What makes Sanders’s socialist candidacy so remarkable is that it’s been decades since the term has functioned as anything other than abuse. Perhaps bravely, Sanders still takes pride in that political label, and repeated in interviews last week that he is a “democratic socialist”.

Judging him by his stated policies and public positions, socialism Sanders-style has a mild, Nordic flavor: capitalism will go on on but with more stringent regulation, higher taxes will be introduced, and greater responsiveness to democratically elected governments will be sought. His 12-point plan envisions building infrastructure, ensuring equal pay for women, making it easier to create worker cooperatives, introducing a carbon tax and reducing the cost of college.

Last week, I went to the largest of the Sanders events in Portland, Oregon – just one small part of a simultaneous nationwide rally. Gatherings were held in bars, halls and backyards and altogether, the events drew over 100,000 people. When I showed up at the cavernous community center, there were over 500 people there – all drinking craft beer, talking politics and watching the live broadcast of the senator’s speech.

Granted, crunchy Portland is deep in Sanders’s heartland. Nevertheless, it was notable that no one I talked to had the least misgivings about Sanders calling himself a socialist; almost all were happy to identify with the term. Few were doctrinaire, many differed in the details of what socialism actually means, but almost all were attracted to Sanders as someone whose policies might alleviate the everyday suffering of those not part of the country’s tiny wealthy elite.

Blake and Chris attended together after a campaign donation put them on the email list. They’re not full-time activists, but they’re “engaged as citizens”. Blake agrees that the word “socialist” has become a dirty word in the public sphere. But for him, it’s just a synonym for a range of policies that are simply humane. These include “improving educational outcomes for people. Not making people so dependent on student loans. Lifting up the middle class as well as those who are not the 1%. The fact that people brand that as socialism and therefore a bad thing is ludicrous.”

Chris thinks that the word has been polluted by endless fear campaigns. To the right, he says: “Don’t make a good idea sound crazy just because your bad idea wants to marginalize so many people.”

MORE: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/aug/05/american-socialist-proud-bernie-sanders-supporters

Bernie Sanders Surges While M$M Fixates On Trump And The GOP

Trump is the perfect Clown to "lead" the GOP pack, a faux "populist"
for the M$M to cover 25/7 to direct pissed-off voters to, in a transparent
attempt to derail the Political Revolution happening in the USA, thanks
to Bernie.

Fuck Trump. Fuck the M$M. Go Bernie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bernie Sanders Is Surging While The Media Fixates On Trump And The GOP
By Keith Brekhusmore from Keith Brekhus * Tuesday, August, 4th, 2015 * Politicus

A string of recent polls has shown Donald Trump continuing to gain support, and he has surged to the front of the crowded Republican presidential field. While Trump’s gains have been impressive, he is still only commanding between one-fifth and one-fourth of the GOP vote in most polls. In a 17 candidate field that is sufficient to put him out in front, but it doesn’t necessarily make him the inevitable nominee, as many Republican voters still have reservations about Trump.

While the press has been fixated on Trump’s rise in the Republican race, less attention has been directed towards Sanders’ surge in the Democratic race. According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, Sanders has gained 26 percentage points on Hillary Clinton in the past month. That is a remarkable gain in 30 days, although it should be noted that Sanders still trails 59-25 in that contest, compared to 75-15, a month ago.

Sanders, unlike Trump, is not leading his party’s primary. However, his polling gains are actually occurring at a faster pace than Trump’s advances, and he is commanding about the same level of support within his party as Trump is, though in a much smaller field of candidates.

Trump’s momentum is largely confined to inside the Republican primary electorate. His surge has not translated into general election viability. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that in a national race, Sanders would beat Trump 45-37 percent. Hillary Clinton would defeat Trump by an even greater 48-36 margin.

Trump’s increase in polling support has often been called a “surge”, whereas Bernie’s momentum has sometimes been coined the “Bernie bubble” rather than the “Sanders surge” as if to imply that the bubble is not sustainable and will eventually pop.


Bernie Sanders Lobs A Crippling Blow At The Kochs With Bill To Publicly Fund Elections

BOOM! That's my candidate for POTUS, knocking it out of the park yet again.

Bernie Sanders Lobs A Crippling Blow At The Kochs With Bill To Publicly Fund Elections
By Jason Easleymore from Jason Easley * Sunday, August, 2nd, 2015 * Politicus

During a campaign event in New Hampshire today, Sen. Bernie Sanders announced that he will be filing a bill that would effectively cripple the Kochs and right-wing billionaires by providing public funding for elections.

According to the Sanders campaign:
Decrying the influence of big money in American politics, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday said he will introduce legislation to provide public funding of elections. “We’re going to introduce legislation which will allow people to run for office without having to beg money from the wealthy and the powerful,” Sanders said.

He called the current campaign finance system a “sad state of affairs.” Public funding, he added, would level the political playing field and make elections more competitive. It also would let candidates spend more time meeting voters and discussing issues and less time raising campaign funds. “That’s called democracy and I am going to do everything I can to bring that about,” Sanders said.

Public funding of campaigns would counteract the disastrous Supreme Court ruling in a case known as Citizens United. That 2010 case and others which followed in its wake have gutted decades-old limits on campaign funding and paved the way for millionaires and billionaires to spend unlimited sums to influence election outcomes. “We must overturn that decision before it’s too late,” Sanders told the crowd here. “We are increasingly living in an oligarchy where big money is buying politicians,” Sanders added.

A law that would provide for public funding of elections would even the playing field and neutralize the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling. Because the potential legislation would not mandate public funding or limit donations, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court would be powerless to stop the law.


Poll: Why is Joe Biden suddenly & belatedly jumping into the Democratic Primary race?

Why is Joe Biden suddenly jumping into this Democratic Primary race?

Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics

It's not just Bernie & President Jimmy Carter anymore, who's talking about the US Oligarchy.

Oligarchy Of Super PAC Megadonors Have Conquered American Politics
The majority of money raised for the 2016 presidential race came from those giving $100,000 or more.
July 31, 2015 * by Paul Blumenthal * The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- A new oligarchic era of American politics came into full view on Friday, as super PACs disclosed fundraising details showing billionaires bankrolling the 2016 presidential race to an unprecedented degree.

The unlimited-money super PACs account for one-third of all federal election funds raised in the first half of 2015 -- up from 4 percent at this time in the last presidential election. Three-quarters of all super PAC money came from more than 500 wealthy donors, corporations and unions in contributions above $100,000. More than half the money in the presidential race so far -- to super PACs and to campaigns -- came from donors who have given at least $100,000.

For the first time in more than a century, the majority of funding for a presidential election is coming in six-figure or larger checks from corporations and the wealthiest Americans. The presidential campaigns, limited to a maximum of $5,400 from a single donor, raised a combined $128 million. Super PACs supporting those candidates pulled in $260 million, with $208 million from those giving $100,000 or more.

“The 2016 presidential candidates and their individual-candidate Super PACs are wiping out the nation’s anti-corruption candidate contribution limits,” Democracy 21 president and longtime campaign finance reform advocate Fred Wertheimer said in a statement. “In doing so, the presidential candidates and the Super PACs supporting them are creating the kind of system that the Supreme Court has described as an inherently corrupt system.”


Bernie Sanders plans large Aug. 9 rally in Portland

I love the stark contrast between these two events. It really says it all.

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Bernie Sanders plans large Aug. 9 rally in Portland
July 31, 2015 * The Oregonian * By Jeff Mapes

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has been attracting large crowds to his presidential campaign appearances around the country, has scheduled a Sunday, Aug. 9 rally at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

The Sanders rally at Memorial Coliseum -- which has a capacity of more than 12,000 -- is set to begin at 7 p.m., with the doors opening at 6 p.m., according to an announcement posted Friday on the Sanders campaign website.

There is no charge listed for the event, which says he will discuss issues ranging from climate change to dealing "with obscene wealth and income inequality."

Sanders, an Independent who aligns with the Democratic Party in the Senate and identifies himself as a socialist, has been attracting the largest crowds of the new presidential campaign season. In early July, about 7,500 showed up for an event in Portland, Maine, according to a Time Magazine account of his large crowds.

Sanders will appear in Portland just four days after Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner in the Democratic presidential race, is set to hold a $2,700-per-person fundraiser at a home in the exclusive Dunthorpe neighborhood on the Portland border.

--Jeff Mapes


Hillary: strong against Democrats, but weak against Republicans

Hillary Clinton Losing Strength in New National Polling
She is strong against Democratic challengers, but weaker against Republicans
by Zeke J Miller * July 30, 2015 * Time

Six weeks after setting her candidacy into high gear, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers are continuing to fall, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.

Across nearly every key metric, from trustworthiness to caring about voters to leadership, Clinton has seen an erosion in public approval, as likely Republican rivals have erased her leads in the poll. Clinton has a net -11 favorability rating in the poll, with 40% of the American public viewing her positively and 51% negatively, with more than 50% of independents on the negative side.


Greenpeace at St. Johns Bridge (Portland) blocking Shell Oil AK drilling rig - LIVE stream

Local coverage NO commercials - live - now breaking

Look for coverage on it, later on Rachael's show.

uh-oh! Hillary Clinton faces grilling as she seeks labor movement endorsement

Hillary Clinton faces grilling as she seeks labor movement endorsement
The Democratic frontrunner will have an hour-long interview with the AFL-CIO federation but backing is in doubt as leftwing rival Bernie Sanders strikes a chord
July 30, 2015 * The Guardian * by Dan Roberts

Hillary Clinton faces a crucial test of her wavering support among American labor unions on Thursday, with an hour-long interview to help determine whether the AFL-CIO national federation will endorse her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Though union leaders are expected to delay their joint decision until closer to the party’s convention next summer, the fact that their individual backing for the former secretary of state is not a foregone conclusion signals a surge in enthusiasm for her leftwing rival, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders wowed many during his own appearance before the AFL-CIO executive council meeting on Wednesday with an emotional appeal for them to join his grassroots movement, according to several of those present in the room.

By contrast, Clinton is expected to be pressed about her lukewarm support for key union campaigns on trade and the minimum wage, as well as fears among some labor leaders that a recent shift to the left in her policy speeches is not matched by a long-term commitment to their cause.

“The most important thing she has to deal with is a perception of an enthusiasm deficit, and the sense that she is running because it’s her turn and not because she has a compelling vision for the country,” said one senior union official. “So Clinton’s challenge here is going to be to manifest fire in the belly.”

So far, only one major union, the American Federation of Teachers, has endorsed any of the candidates.

One Response To Barney Frank's Attack on Bernie Sanders

Many Progressives are apparently not buying into Barney Frank's lame attempt
to derail Bernie's candidacy. Woot and Huzza!

by Cristóbal Reyes * Jul 24, 2015 * Young Progressive Voices

To be clear, this is not the reaction to an attack on Sanders’s viability as a candidate per se; rather, it is a condemnation of Mr. Frank’s suggestion that Hillary Clinton’s current lead in the polls and her “threat” to the Republican Party should grant her the Democratic nomination ipso facto.

While one is certainly entitled to one’s biases, it should nevertheless be considered independent of one’s inclination toward democracy and choice, rather than the dance with the devil from which the existing political system has yet to be freed. That being said, it is in the best interest of anyone crying foul over my choice of words that I rebut (read: rebuke) Mr. Frank’s points one at a time.

Consider, for example, his first contention:

“I believe strongly that the most effective thing liberals and progressives can do to advance our public policy goals — on health care, immigration, financial regulation, reducing income inequality, completing the fight against anti-LGBT discrimination, protecting women’s autonomy in choices about reproduction and other critical matters on which the Democratic and Republican candidates for president will be sharply divided — is to help Clinton win our nomination early in the year. That way, she can focus on what we know will be a tough job: combating the flood of post-Citizens United right-wing money, in an atmosphere in which public skepticism about the effectiveness of public policy is high.”

Okay, so this is more of a thesis than an actual point, but it is nevertheless indicative of what I mentioned so colorfully earlier, so as to not be accused of misrepresenting the former congressman’s argument. He is explicitly calling on the powers that be to declare the winner of a race before the starter’s gun is fired. No other racers need apply. Debates will only, as Mr. Frank condescendingly puts it, make Ms. Clinton “spend most of her time and campaign funds proving her ideological purity in an intraparty fight,” otherwise known as partaking in the democratic process.

Right off the bat, he ignores that these so called intraparty fights are a common means to determine which candidate best represents their respective party. If one were to follow his logic, Mrs. Clinton should have been granted the nomination in 2008, given that she enjoyed a similar comfort in the court of public opinion before being routed by a formerly relatively unknown name.

More: http://www.youngprogressivevoices.com/2015/07/24/rebuttal-barney-franks-attack-sanders/
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