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Bernie Sanders in Portland Maine, Monday, July 6 @ 7 pm RSVP at link in post.

Our campaign has been building momentum across the country, and now Bernie is coming to Portland, Maine.

Can you be part of Bernie's campaign to take on the billionaire class and stand up for working families?

Here's where Bernie will be in Portland:

Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m.
Portland Town Meeting with Bernie
Cross Insurance Arena
1 Civic Center Square
Portland, ME

RSVP https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/townmeetings/wrt7

Also posted in the Sanders Group

Bernie in Portland, Maine, Monday, July 6 7pm RSVP via link in post

Our campaign has been building momentum across the country, and now Bernie is coming to Portland, Maine.

Can you be part of Bernie's campaign to take on the billionaire class and stand up for working families?

Here's where Bernie will be in Portland:

Monday, July 6 at 7 p.m.
Portland Town Meeting with Bernie
Cross Insurance Arena
1 Civic Center Square
Portland, ME

RSVP https://go.berniesanders.com/page/event/detail/townmeetings/wrt7

Also posted in the Maine Group.

WBZ TV News Boston-- This morning's headline: Bernie Sanders Shows Himself to Be a Contender

That was at the top of show.

This is the first time I heard Sanders described in a way that does not convey that he is that somewhat eccentric guy from Vermont who is unlikely to do anything significant in this race or ever--so let's ask him what he thinks of each of Hillary's positions instead of asking him what his positions are.

The story, of course, was about the Madison event last night, with at least ten thousand in attendance. On a weeknight. In Scott Walker territory.

WBZ didn't give the story itself much more time than the headline, but there was zero condescension, slanting, damning with faint praise, etc.--with one exception: "some momentum"

Some? LOL!

Labor for Bernie (includes action items at the top)

Grass Roots Labor Initiatives -growing fast!

Please "sign" this letter: http://www.laborforbernie.org/#letter

Please visit this page: https://www.facebook.com/LaborForBernie

Story One

Over 1000 local union leaders and members back Bernie Sanders for President
Steve Early June 25, 2015

(sorry if this was posted already)


Initiated by trade unionists who have worked closely with Senator Sanders for many years, the Labor for Bernie network includes elected officers, shop stewards, organizers, and rank-and-file members from all 50 states and 57 different labor organizations.

More than a third of these Sanders supporters belong to building trades' unions, (with 137 coming from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers alone). Other unions that showed significant membership support for Sanders’ presidential campaign include the Communications Workers of America, American Federation of Teachers, the National Education Association, Service Employees International Union, International Union of Operating Engineers, United Auto Workers, and International Brotherhood of Teamsters.

his diverse group of labor activists signed an on-line statement embracing Sanders as the only declared candidate, in either major party, “who challenges the billionaires who are trying to steal our pensions, our jobs, our homes, and what's left of our democracy.” The entire list of union supporters may be viewed on the new Labor for Bernie website at www.laborforbernie.org.

With more endorsers signing up every day, the Labor for Bernie network is urging the AFL-CIO, its affiliated national unions, and major unaffiliated labor organizations (NEA, SEIU, and IBT) to sponsor candidate forums and debates, at the grassroots level, before making any presidential endorsement decision of their own.

more at: http://newpol.org/content/over-1000-local-union-leaders-and-members-back-bernie-sanders-president

Story Two, only a few days later

Bernie's Labor Backing Keeps Growing
June 29, 2015


In These Times reports that nearly 2,000 union members have signed the letter already. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reported on June 26 that 14 Iowa labor leaders were among them.

Mario Vasquez, the article’s author, also notes that AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in late May that the organization had not yet endorsed a presidential candidate.

Labor for Bernie was not the only sign of growing labor support for Bernie’s candidacy. The Vermont NEA, which is that state’s largest union, endorsed Bernie’s candidacy on June 24. State NEA President Martha Allen said that “Bernie’s core values are in line with ours: he is pro-family, pro-worker, pro-education and pro-labor and we believe the time has come for his vision to become a national reality.”

“School teachers and educators are real American heroes,” Bernie said in response. “I am honored to have their backing.”

In addition, the executive board of the South Carolina AFL-CIO recently passed a resolution supporting Bernie’s candidacy.


Livestream info and other details about tonight's Madison WI event


*tiptoes in* Link to Traffic Report to tonight's Sander's event posted here per request.


On my own initiative, I'm adding link to info about livestream and other details


*tiptoes out*

Ya say ya wanna revolution? VOTE and GOTV

As we all know only too well, we saw the worst losses in 2014 since 1928--and we all also know what happened in 1929.

• "63 percent of the American people chose not to vote." Michael McDonald, a University of Florida political scientist, has assembled the United States Election Project, an extensive and widely used archive of voter participation data.

He found that in the November 2014 general election, 33.2 percent of the voting-age population cast a ballot and 35.9 percent of the voting-eligible population voted. The difference between those two figures is that the voting-age population includes non-citizens and felons, neither of which are able to vote, whereas the voting-eligible population excludes these groups.


Incidentally, according to McDonald’s data, the overall turnout rate in 2014 was the lowest since World War II.

The lowest turnout since World War II. New Deal and Fair Deal days. sigh. Anyway.....

Getting out the vote is a two step process. Register voters and then do what you can to make sure they vote. Young voters are the most notorious no shows, so focus on them. Once school start again, target 18 year olds and over. (Those graduating high school next May or June may have turned 18 or be about to turn 18, and, of course, most at colleges are 18 or over, except for Dougie Howser and Sheldon Cooper.) Get them registered. Tell them what their rights are.

We can also help on the state legislative level in two ways.

One way is to seek a state law making election day a state holiday. (Bernie is working toward this on the federal level, but a state legislature has power over its own state's holidays.)

Another way is to get your state to allow at least some felons to vote, especially those who were in for possession of small quantities of illegal drugs, like, oh, I don't know, marijuana. That may be dicey in that a dealer may have pled down to possession. I don't know enough yet about the criminal process to know how to get around that. However, a consultation with an AG may help you. Also, please be aware that, if you are seeking legislation, the law of your state may require you to register as a lobbyist or some such. If you can't find anything online, a call to your state rep's office should get you an answer.

A third way is to think about the physical vote itself. Paper ballots? Vote by machine, but get a paper receipt?

Your state law will also tell you how to file a bill as a citizen, or you could try to work through your state Rep or state Senator for that purpose. Ideally, it would be a Democratic state rep or state senator because Republicans seem to want to keep voters away from the polls. If nothing else, making Republicans vote on a voting bill will show up those who dare to vote no.

47% of Americans WOULD vote for a socialist.

First, let's be clear: Bernie Sanders is a Democratic Socialist, which is very different from a socialist;* and this article has populist ramifications and applications that are much broader than only Bernie Sanders.

Web Only / Features » June 24, 2015
Good News for Bernie Sanders? Poll Shows 47% of Americans Would Vote for a Socialist

A new Gallup poll shows that 47 percent of Americans would consider voting for a socialist candidate. Gallup has been polling Americans on their voting preferences for candidates of different backgrounds since 1937, but this year was the first time they inquired about socialism.

When broken down on party lines, a socialist candidate would earn the consideration of 59 percent of Democrats, 49 percent of Independents, and only 26 percent of Republicans. Overall, socialism charted the lowest of all the backgrounds referenced in the poll. Atheist and Muslim candidates ranked second- and third-lowest among the American populace, at 58 and 60 percent respectively.


Part of the reason for this dissonance is confusion among the America population as to what the word “socialism” even means. Many often associate it with the authoritarian Communism of the Soviet Union instead of the social democracies of modern-day Scandinavian countries, which Sanders strongly backs.

Even though the number of voters who say they would consider voting for a socialist candidate is below an outright majority, the fact that the number of Americans who would consider voting for a socialist is at 47 percent, in a country with a long history of vicious red-baiting, seems to suggest that Americans aren’t as afraid of the word “socialist” as many on the Right would like them to be.

Meanwhile, Sanders seems to be getting through to the American people. He consistently draws the largest crowds of any candidate to his events in Iowa, and 32 percent of New Hampshire Democrats and 41 percent of Wisconsin Democrats are backing him. Sanders has more than seven months to build a solid voting bloc, before the first primaries on February 1, 2016.

The article is not much longer than the above. Go ahead and read the paragraphs I omitted.



You thought the Republican clown car was crowded, but you ain't seen nothing yet.

As a preface: This is in no way intended to support the Green Party or any candidate for POTUS who does not appear in my sig line. Because of a DU post I made implying Stein was this year's nominee, I googled to check* and found this info, which I thought might be of interest to populist reformers.

To preserve freedom of political expression, the electorate must be both free to choose and adequately informed. There are over 400 presidential candidates registered with the FEC for the 2016 election. Most of these officially declared candidates are marginalized or completely ignored by mainstream media and lack the benefit of unlimited spending by Super PAC’s.

We profile all official candidates, from all political parties, on a level platform. Some may be nutcases, but most are respectable individuals with legitimate positions on the issues. Any officially registered candidates not included may be fictitious, or have insufficient available information from which to build a profile.


Word of mouth and today's web of social networks empower 'We the People' to promote a candidate more effectively than any media conglomerate, and subsequently scrutinize their every detail in thousands of national online platforms.


More at the link, including that they profile every candidate and we all should look at the websites of each candidate.

Ok. I am going to fess up right here and now that there is no way I m even going to glance at 400 websites, let alone study them. If that makes me a bad citizen, so be it. However, I think ballot access is an important populist issue, along with the principle of one person, one vote, which I posted about the other day.

So is media fairness. I want my candidate to win, but not because the media does not even mention most candidates once.

Any thoughts re: reform on either ballot access or media fairness. If not, just enjoy imagining 400 in that brightly-colored Volkwagon Beetle.

Why are a Republican and msm anxious to keep Sanders off the ballot in NH in the DEMOCRATIC primary?


As most of us know by now, New Hampshire law supposedly requires Bernie to be registered as a Democrat but Vermont has no way of allowing anyone to register (politically) as anything but a voter. I have not yet found the law itself, but the oath a candidate must swear in order to get on the ballot, the full text of which appears in the article linked above, includes registration language.

In Congress, Bernie has caucused with Democrats. The DSCC has said officially that it will not support any Democrat who runs against him. Both Schumer and Dean have said publicly that they consider him an asset.

Twice, Vermont Democrats ran Bernie as their own candidate and he won those Democratic nominations. However, he declined to accept. Still, he was the nominee of the Vermont Democratic Party. Also, the Vermont Democratic Party has recognized him as a Democrat, as has the DNC and--wait for it--as has the New Hampshire Democratic Party. So, why all the handwringing in the establishment media?

This particular article drew my attention, though, because it mentions that a New Hampshire Republican went to the trouble of writing an Op-Ed for the New York Times saying that Bernie does not qualify to be on the ballot under New Hampshire law.

Why would a New Hampshire Republican want to keep Bernie off the Democratic primary ballot?

BTW: Vermont law determines Bernie's voter registration. Vermont law seems to allow Bernie to be whatever he declares himself to be at any given time.

If New Hampshire does refuse to recognize that Bernie is now a Democrat under Vermont law, despite Vermont's recognizing him as such (and the DNC, the Vermont Democratic Party and the New Hampshire Democratic Party), then I am fairly sure Bernie can "make a federal case out of it" and win.

United States Constitution, Article IV
Section 1.

Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records, and judicial proceedings of every other state. And the Congress may by general laws prescribe the manner in which such acts, records, and proceedings shall be proved, and the effect thereof.
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