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Is the Media Unfairly Dismissive of Bernie Sanders? Letter to New York Times

New York Times
The Opinion Pages | Letters

Is the Media Unfairly Dismissive of Bernie Sanders?
MARCH 21, 2016

To the Editor:

Re “A Bernie Blackout?,” by Charles M. Blow (nytimes.com, March 17):

Senator Bernie Sanders has done very well despite the “blackout.” The lack of coverage and the skepticism of the media have made it doubly difficult for him to introduce himself and his ideas to the general public. I have long said that the more people see Bernie, the more they like him, and the more they respect his main thesis.

He has done a great service this year, not only by making Hillary Clinton a better candidate, but also by focusing on the core American problem of wealth disparity/power inequality — something the other candidates rarely talk about.

I hope that Bernie has shown that many Democrats oppose Hillary Clinton’s desire to turn the Democrats into Republican-lite. The younger voters “get” Bernie. They are the future. So is getting more information via social media. Too bad traditional media closed its eyes to what is going on.


Wellesley, Mass.

Bernie Scores Big Win In The Democrats Abroad Primary! Crushes Clinton 69% to 31%!

By HOPE YEN, Associated Press
Sanders wins Democrats Abroad global primary

The party says 34,570 U.S. citizens living abroad in 38 countries cast votes by Internet, mail and in person from March 1-8. Sanders received 69 percent of the vote to earn nine of the 13 delegates at stake. Hillary Clinton won 31 percent, picking up four delegates.



(CNN) — Bernie Sanders has won the Democrats Abroad presidential primary, defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 69% to 31%, the organization announced Monday.

Sanders received 23,779 votes from American Democrats living in more than 170 countries. Clinton received 10,689 votes. He picked up an additional nine delegates, compared to four for Clinton.

The contest marks the Vermont senator's 10th win so far this campaign season and his first victory since winning the Michigan primary on March 8. Clinton, who swept the primaries in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, and Ohio last week, has won 19 contests overall.

The nearly 35,000 votes cast in the global primary exceeds the 23,000 votes cast in the 2008 primary, when Barack Obama defeated Clinton 66% to 33%.


Why is the top lobbyist for a huge union busting company hosting campaign fund raisers for Hillary?

Clinton Offshore Fundraising Effort Being Co-Hosted by Walmart Lobbyist
By Michael Arria / AlterNet
February 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton's campaign is holding fundraisers in Mexico this Wednesday, just one day after the New Hampshire primary. Clinton is not attending the events, and offshore fundraising efforts aren't rare for presidential candidates, but the players involved have direct connections to Walmart, where Clinton served as board member from 1986-1992.

The events are being hosted by Clinton campaign treasurer Jose Villarreal, who has maintained close connections to Walmart and the Walton family for years. As the Huffington Post's Samantha Lachman detailed in 2015, "Villarreal has spent decades on the boards of companies dominated by the Waltons, who remain a target of choice for the progressives whom Clinton's 2016 campaign is trying to win over. He was the lead director at Walmart; a board member at First Solar, an energy company where the Waltons are the largest investors; and a board member at Teach for America, the KIPP Foundation and Leadership for Educational Equality, to which the Waltons also have strong ties."

One of the listed co-hosts is Ivan Zapien, who has been a Walmart lobbyist since 2009. Zapien moved to Mexico with the company last year. Before leaving, Zapien wrote a letter to the staff, "In my new job, I will lead federal and state government relations, sustainability, communications and the Walmart foundation in Mexico."


Hillary Clinton: Dancing With The Stars

Hillary Meets With "her people".




Sanders points to polls showing him as a stronger candidate than Hillary against Trump

Bernie Sanders Forges Ahead With Jabs at Donald Trump
March 19, 2016

Undeterred by questions of delegate math or political momentum, Senator Bernie Sanders brushed off suggestions on Friday that his campaign had no way forward and forcefully made the case that he was the Democratic candidate better suited to defeat Donald J. Trump in a general election.

“Let me say a word to you about my good friend Donald Trump,” Mr. Sanders said at a rally before more than 3,000 people at a high school gym in Idaho Falls. “Just kidding, he’s not my good friend. In fact I never even went to one of his weddings.”

Despite the veiled jab at Mrs. Clinton, who did attend Mr. Trump’s third wedding, Mr. Sanders directed most of his fire at the leading Republican candidate. He said he was “making an exception” to his promise not to campaign negatively, saying it was a necessary evil because of the gravity of Mr. Trump’s rise.

“The truth is that Donald Trump is a pathological liar,” Mr. Sanders said, spending several minutes discussing Mr. Trump’s record of bending the truth. “People can disagree about ideas, but you cannot have a president who the American people cannot trust when he speaks.”

Mr. Sanders pointed to several polls that show him as the stronger candidate to take on Mr. Trump, ....


Bernie Sanders Delivers Passionate Speech on Native American Rights In Arizona

Bernie Sanders Delivers Passionate Speech on Native American Rights
By Alexandra Jacobo -
March 19, 2016

“We owe the Native American people so, so much.”

“They have shared their culture. They have shared their respect for the environment with us.”

“All too often, Native Americans have not been heard on issues that impact their communities. They have been told what to do. They have not been involved in the process.”

“Today in America, one in four Native Americans are living in poverty, and the high school graduation rate is 67 percent, the lowest of any racial demographic group. The second leading cause of death for Native Americans between 15 and 24 is suicide. And that speaks to incredible despair.

One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime. Most of the offenders are non-Native. Most of the programs dedicated to the tribal nations are underfunded. That has led to inadequate housing, inadequate health care, inadequate education, and insufficient law enforcement.

Today, Native Americans have a lower life expectancy and higher rates of uninsured than the population at large, and even those who have health coverage have difficulty accessing the healthcare that they need.”

You can watch the full speech above. Bernie’s discussion of Native American rights begins at 23:50.

Huge Enthusiastic Mass Meeting For Hillary! Awesome! Spellbinding!

Hip! Hip! and a thunderous Hooray!!

Keep it down folks I can't hear her spellbinding oratory!

Seriously. Looks like a good place to have a little nappypo.

And Bernie's little get together with his campaign staff.

10,000+ at Bernie rally only 500 at Trump rally in Salt Lake City!

Sanders delivers a string of progressive hits before a huge crowd in Utah (video)
Promise of change » Long lines to see the Vermont senator; campaign estimates 14,000.

March 18, 2016

A rock star of a presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders brought his show to Salt Lake City Friday afternoon and promised an encore on Monday for the hundreds of supporters who were turned away.

"It looks like I got some bad information; somebody told me Utah was a Republican state," said Sanders, the senator from Vermont, shortly after taking the stage set up in the parking lot inside This Is the Place Heritage Park. He spoke to a massive crowd that organizers estimated at 14,000 people.

"I gather that my good friend, Donald Trump, is here in Salt Lake City," Sanders said, "I'm kidding, he's not that good of a friend. Let me say this: Donald Trump would not be elected president."

He said the American public would reject the Republican front-runner for his comments about Mexicans, women and his efforts to discredit President Barack Obama through the "birther" movement. Noting that Obama's father came from Kenya and his from Poland, Sanders said no one had asked to see his birth certificate and suggested it was because he's white.



During a rambling speech, in which he often didn't finish one applause line before moving to another, Donald Trump on Friday vilified Ted Cruz, questioned Mitt Romney's Mormon faith and promised to visit Utah again soon.

Trump spent 45 minutes with a tightly packed, rowdy crowd of about 500 at the Infinity Event Center in downtown Salt Lake City. He said he saw a big protest on the streets as his car drove from the airport, calling some of them agitators. No protesters disrupted Trump's speech, but a group outside the building blocked attendees from leaving for 15 minutes.



'Hillary will never survive the Trump onslaught .... the shitstorm coming from Trump"

March 14,2016

Hillary will never survive the Trump onslaught: It’s not fair, but it makes her a weak nominee
Clinton backers who tout their "realism" need to get real about how she'll handle the shitstorm coming from Trump
by Steve Almond

Alas, the reality is that Hillary is among the most hated politicians in America. There is, to begin with, her dismal favorability rating, which stands at 53 percent, with a net negative of 12 percent. (Sanders has a net positive of 12 percent.)

But even more important is the intensity of the animus against her, and the sad mountain of baggage she carries with her as a candidate.

No matter who the GOP nominee is, the battle plan against Hillary will be the same: a tawdry and unrelenting relitigation of all the phony scandals cooked up by the “vast, right-wing conspiracy” that she identified nearly two decades ago.

Cue up the Pearl Jam, folks, because we’re going all the way back to the ’90s: Whitewater, Travelgate, Troopergate, Lewinskygate, with a little Vince Foster Murdergate, for a dash of blood. But wait—those are just the golden oldies! You’ll also be hearing about the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Pardons. Of course, what respectable slander campaign would be complete without the new material? Benghazi, the private email server, the Wall Street speeches?

The dark corporate money and talented propagandists aligned against Hillary will make the Swift Boat Veterans look like toy soldiers.
And because our Fourth Estate is driven at this point almost entirely by the desperate promotion of scandal narratives and conflict, every one of these paid attacks will be amplified by so-called free media, or what us starry-eyed hippies used to call journalism.


A Prediction: Elizabeth Warren will be elected President in 2016, not Hillary!

If the Democratic convention is deadlocked or if Hillary is forced to withdraw her name from consideration due to legal/personal issues.

And if most Democratic Party leaders who are super delegates refuse to vote for Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee if he's just short of getting a majority of delegates on the first ballot.

In that scenario delegates could decide to nominate a compromise Warren/Sanders ticket.
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