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SC lawyer of black man killed by cop switches support to Sanders

Source: The Hill

Bernie Sanders has received the endorsement of a South Carolina lawmaker and lawyer representing the family of a Palmetto State man shot and killed last year by a police officer.

State Rep. Justin Bamberg, the lawyer representing the family of Walter Scott, said Monday he is switching his endorsement from Hillary Clinton to Sanders in the race for the White House. In a conference call held by the Sanders campaign, Bamberg said his decision was not about anything Clinton did wrong, but about how Sanders won him over once he gave him a "fair shake."

"People have said Bernie’s ideas are unachievable and impossible," he said. "We live on the greatest country on earth...we put a man on the moon — don’t tell me that we can not provide Americans the right to health care because that right is a matter of life and death for many Americans."

Scott, a black man, was killed by a South Carolina police officer who shot him as he ran away unarmed. The officer, Michael Slager, has been charged with murder after the release of dashcam video showing the crime.

The independent Vermont senator, who is in a tight battle with Clinton in Iowa and New Hampshire, trails Clinton by a large margin in South Carolina amid concerns that Sanders's message isn't resonating with black voters. Clinton led by 22 points in a recent poll by CBS News/YouGov.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/266892-sc-lawyer-of-black-man-killed-by-cop-swtiches-support-to

A convert and the first of many to come...join the revolution and feel the Bern!

New Poll: Sanders Moves Ahead Of Clinton In Iowa

Source: Talking Points Memo

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) has moved into the lead in Iowa over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to polling conducted by the American Research Group released Monday.

The polls showed Sanders’ support at 47 percent to Clinton’s 44 percent. Sanders held the same 47-44 lead over Clinton in a separate ARG poll of New Hampshire also released Monday.

In Iowa, where Clinton has mostly led in the polls, this is the first recent poll to place Sanders in the lead. This is the first ARG poll of the Iowa Democratic primary this cycle. Most polls taken throughout the fall have put him ahead in New Hampshire by a narrow margin. The last ARG poll of New Hampshire, Dec. 23, showed Clinton leading Sanders 46-43.

Nationwide polls give Clinton a comfortable lead, though closer now than in the summer when Sanders first surged. In Iowa and New Hampshire, however, Sanders has done better than nationally.

The Iowa poll surveyed 400 likely Democratic caucus-goers from January 6-10, with a margin of error of +/- 5%. Both were conducted using live telephone interviews. The New Hampshire ARG poll surveyed 600 likely Democratic voters from January 7-10, with a martin of error of +/- 4%.

Read more: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/polltracker/arg-january-dems-iowa-nh

The second set of recent polls (in addition to the recent NBC/Marist polls) that show momentum is moving in Sanders' favor...can you feel it?

Hillary Clinton's Lead Over Sanders Nearly Vanishes

Source: Investor's Business Daily (IBD)

With just 21 days until the presidential primaries officially begin in Iowa, Hillary Clinton's support among Democrats nationally has taken a serious tumble, falling eight points to 43%, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll. Support for her chief rival, Bernie Sanders, climbed six points to 39%.

As a result, Clinton's lead over Sanders, which had been 18 points, is now just 4 points.

Other polls have shown the race tightening in Iowa, which holds its caucuses on Feb. 1, and New Hampshire, which has its primary eight days later. Two recent New Hampshire surveys haveSanders in the lead, and the latest NBC poll in Iowa has Sanders just three points behind Clinton.

But the IBD/TIPP Poll is the first to show the race significantly tightening nationwide.

Read more: http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials-polls/011116-789089-hillaryclinton-lead-nearly-vanishes-among-democrats.htm

2008 all over again...momentum is building

Gov. Pence gets federal OK for Medicaid alternative

Source: The Indianapolis Star

Indiana has been given the green light to expand its Healthy Indiana Plan, which would offer insurance to an additional 350,000 Indiana residents, who currently lack insurance.

The state will begin taking applications today for its so-called HIP 2.0 plan, for which coverage begins Feb. 1, Gov. Mike Pence announced Tuesday morning at a packed speech at St. Vincent Health.

His announcement culminates more than two years of back and forth between state government and federal health officials over whether to grant the state a waiver for the plan debuted in 2006.

Read more: http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2015/01/27/gov-pence-gets-federal-ok-medicaid-alternative/22396503/

Good luck on winning the Republican nomination...

Hospitals make 'unprecedented' strides in patient safety

Source: CNBC

There was a marked increase in patient safety in the later part of the study, "with almost 35,000 of deaths averted" 800,000 fewer incidents overall in 2013, which the report called "a remarkable achievement."

The steep decrease in so-called "hospital-acquired conditions"—such as infections, adverse drug effects and bedsores—was partly due to Obamacare provisions, officials suggested. They also pointed to public partnership with hospitals that targeted those conditions and aimed to reduce the volume of patients readmitted after treatment.

Overall, there were 1.3 million fewer cases of harm to patients from such conditions from 2010 through 2013—a 17 percent drop, according to a report on patient quality and safety.

An "unprecedented decline" in the harm suffered by patients during hospital treatment has lead to about 50,000 fewer fatalities and about $12 billion in savings since 2010, the government announced Tuesday.

Read more: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102229210

Eat it Republicans...

Car plows through protesters during Ferguson rally in south Minneapolis

Source: Star Tribune

Star Tribune videographer Mark Vancleave shot video of the altercation during a solidarity rally Tuesday near the Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct building at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue S.

A vehicle plowed through a group of demonstrators in Minneapolis Tuesday afternoon during a march and rally in the wake of a Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting a black teenager.

A solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown, who was killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was planned Tuesday near the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct headquarters at Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue S.

A Star Tribune reporter who is at the rally says that witnesses say the vehicle started honking at protesters blocking the intersection before running down a woman around the start of the rally at 4:30 p.m.

In video from KSTP’s Chopper 5, the involved vehicle goes around another stopped car and into the crowd as other vehicles go around the crowd. People appear to get on the hood of the car as it pushes its way through the crowd and it hits and appears to run over the legs of a demonstrator.

In video captured by Star Tribune videographer Mark Vancleave, what appears to be a dark-colored Subaru Outback is seen driving with a few people clinging to its hood as it pushes and then apparently runs over a victim’s leg. Protesters rush the vehicle with some people hitting its windows and windshield before it takes off.

Read more: http://m.startribune.com/local/minneapolis/283891941.html

Anyone wanna guess the driver's political leanings?
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