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Clinton Machine on the Ropes as Sanders Takes Momentum to New York



Clinton Machine on the Ropes as Sanders Takes Momentum to NY
New York primary has become 'the war to settle the score' after Sanders sweeps seven out of eight recent match-ups
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
April 6, 2016


Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton is on her heels having now lost seven of the past eight presidential nominating contests, thrusting the upcoming primary in New York front and center.

"Clinton now faces the unavoidable fact that she must win New York by a convincing margin or face a barrage of questions about whether her campaign is faltering," Politico's Gabriel Debenedetti reported Wednesday.

Debenedetti explains:

Nothing short of a cushioned victory in the state she represented as a senator is likely to calm persistent Democratic questions about why the front-runner is still losing states—some of them by landslide margins. While she retains a comfortable lead of roughly 250 pledged delegates even after her Wisconsin loss, the campaign’s repeated insistence that Sanders can't catch up may be accurate but it won't be enough to inspire confidence in her strength as the party nominee in November.


Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver late Tuesday accused the Clinton camp of trying to "tear the party apart."

"Don't destroy the Democratic Party to satisfy the secretary's ambitions to become president of the United States," Weaver told CNN. "Let's not denigrate each other's supporters and tear the party apart."

"The senator has tried to run an issue-oriented campaign; obviously the contrast has become sharper of late," he added. "We're fully prepared to engage in that environment if they want to."

Eighteen thousand people turned out to hear Sanders speak in the Bronx last week and the progressive Working Families Party, which endorsed the Vermont senator in September, has been campaigning aggressively in New York on his behalf.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/04/06/clinton-machine-ropes-sanders-takes-momentum-ny

Bernie and Jane Sanders 2014 Income Tax Return Can Be Read At The Following Link:

It's in PDF format:

http://www.taxhistory.org/thp/presreturns.nsf/a81ffa04b09bf63e85256e4100705e33/9900b87e8ae6af0c85257eb4004e9f66/$FILE/B_Sanders_2014.pdf

After you reach the above website click on the PDF icon in the upper left hand corner for access.




On tax returns, Sanders and wife report $200,000 in income — mostly from his Senate post
By John Wagner
June 30, 2015


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who rails against the “billionaire class” on the presidential campaign trail, reported relatively modest income last year: just more than $200,000 on a tax return filed jointly with his wife.

The vast majority of the couple’s income came from Sanders’s $174,000 Senate salary and Social Security benefits that both he and his wife, Jane, a former college president, receive.

According to his tax forms, Sanders and his wife paid $27,653 in federal income tax and another $7,903 in Vermont income tax last year. The couple paid an effective tax rate of 19.6 percent on their federal taxable income of $140,994.

Sanders reported receiving $156,441 from his Senate job, after contributions to a savings plan and health insurance. The couple reported receiving another $46,213 in Social Security benefits, of which $39,281 was taxable.

Sanders also reported income of $4,982 from the pension he receives having been mayor of Burlington, Vt., in the 1980s. And his wife had another $4,900 in compensation for sitting on a commission devoted to the management of low-level radioactive waste disposal.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/06/30/on-tax-returns-sanders-and-wife-report-200000-in-income-mostly-from-his-senate-post/?tid=a_inl

Where Was Bernie While Hillary Was Fighting For A $200,000 Minimum Speaking Wage Per Hour?

Don't speakers have a right to a living speaking wage of $200,000 plus dollars per hour?

Sanders Spoke To 38,000 Supporters In Wisconsin!



Press Release
Sanders Wows Wisconsin
April 4, 2016


MILWAUKEE – Drawing bigger Badger State crowds than any other presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders spoke to supporters at a rally here on Monday that pushed the total turnout at Wisconsin campaign appearances this week to more than 38,000 supporters.

For more than a week Sanders crisscrossed the state making stops in Eau Claire, Onalaska, Wausau and other cities. His push to win Tuesday’s Democratic Party presidential primary began a week ago Saturday in Madison, the state capital, where a big and boisterous University of Wisconsin crowd welcomed him to the state fresh off landslide victories in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

In Monday night’s speech at the Wisconsin Convention Center, Sanders spoke about the momentum behind his grassroots campaign which won six of the last seven contests. “Not only have we won them, we’ve won every one by landslide victories and tomorrow if there is a good turnout in Wisconsin, if there is a record-breaking turnout in Wisconsin, we are going to win here as well.”

Sanders said he would have the best chance to keep the White House for Democrats this fall. “We beat Donald Trump by huge margins,” he said citing national polls and a survey last week in Wisconsin. He held a 20-point edge over Trump in a recent CNN poll and was up on the Republican front-runner by 19 points in a Wisconsin survey. “And our margin against him is greater than Hillary Clinton’s,” Sanders said.

MILWAUKEE – Drawing bigger Badger State crowds than any other presidential candidate, Bernie Sanders spoke to supporters at a rally here on Monday that pushed the total turnout at Wisconsin campaign appearances this week to more than 38,000 supporters.

For more than a week Sanders crisscrossed the state making stops in Eau Claire, Onalaska, Wausau and other cities. His push to win Tuesday’s Democratic Party presidential primary began a week ago Saturday in Madison, the state capital, where a big and boisterous University of Wisconsin crowd welcomed him to the state fresh off landslide victories in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii.

In Monday night’s speech at the Wisconsin Convention Center, Sanders spoke about the momentum behind his grassroots campaign which won six of the last seven contests. “Not only have we won them, we’ve won every one by landslide victories and tomorrow if there is a good turnout in Wisconsin, if there is a record-breaking turnout in Wisconsin, we are going to win here as well.”

Sanders said he would have the best chance to keep the White House for Democrats this fall. “We beat Donald Trump by huge margins,” he said citing national polls and a survey last week in Wisconsin. He held a 20-point edge over Trump in a recent CNN poll and was up on the Republican front-runner by 19 points in a Wisconsin survey. “And our margin against him is greater than Hillary Clinton’s,” Sanders said.

It Will Be An "Open" Democratic Convention. Hillary Won't Have Enough Elected Delegates To Win

Why Many Super Delegates Will Abandon Hillary

As I wrote back on Mach 24th:

"If Hillary can't get the number of elected (pledged) delegates needed to win the nomination and the polls continue to show Sanders is doing much better against the Republican presidential candidate, the super delegates will abandon her in droves.

Especially those in states that Sanders won in primaries.

Democratic office holders don't want to go down with her in defeat in the General Election. They will get off that sinking ship and get
on the Bernie lifeboat."


And, others will follow the wishes of their voters and support whichever candidate won their state primary.

It's becoming clear that Hillary will not be able to win enough elected (pledged) delegates to win the nomination.

It will be an "open" convention.



Carl Bernstein Video: "Hillary Clinton is Blowing Up Her Own Campaign Against Bernie Sanders"

Carl Bernstein is an American investigative journalist and author. Along with Bob Woodward at The Washington Post, he did the majority of the most important news reporting on the Watergate scandal. These scandals led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon.

Oil and gas companies stiff 29,000 workers out of $40 million

Source: U. S. News and World Report



Oil and gas companies stiff 29,000 workers out of $40 million
by Alan Neuhauser
1:20 PM
April 4, 2016

Like beacons in the night, the flares burning over America's oil and gas fields drew tens of thousands of workers over the past decade, promising big paydays and new pickup trucks, even for those who had just graduated high school.

But in an industry sector recently plagued by plunging oil prices that have forced thousands of rigs to go idle, many of those workers have been feeling even more financial pain, having been forced to wait for their full paychecks.

More than 29,000 oil and gas employees have been stiffed over $40 million in back wages, according to findings from more than 1,100 investigations launched since 2012 by the Labor Department.

Despite booming industry profits and record oil and gas output – which together rejuvenated the country's economy and transformed the U.S. into the world's top oil and gas producer in 2014 and 2015 – companies misclassified their workers and failed to pay them required overtime, even as they put in long workdays in often dangerous conditions.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/oil-and-gas-companies-stiff-29000-workers-out-of-dollar40-million/ar-BBrkYTp?li=BBnbfcN


Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/oil-and-gas-companies-stiff-29000-workers-out-of-dollar40-million/ar-BBrkYTp?li=BBnbfcN

MUST SEE ELECTION VIDEO! "We the People"

AN IMPORTANT MUST SEE VIDEO: Robert Reich Explains His Bernie Sanders Endorsement

Bernie Sanders Statement on New York and California Minimum Wage Increase



Press Release

Sanders Statement on New York and California Minimum Wage Increase
April 4, 2016


JANESVILLE, Wis. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday issued the following statement as Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in New York and California:

“I’m proud that today two of our largest states will be increasing the minimum wage to a living wage of $15 an hour – raising the wages of some 9 million workers in this country. Not too long ago, the establishment told us that a $15 minimum wage was unrealistic. Some thought it was ‘pie-in-the-sky.’ But a grassroots movement led by millions of working people refused to take ‘no’ for an answer. Loudly and clearly workers said, ‘yes we can increase the minimum wage, not just to $10.10 an hour, not just to $12 an hour, but to a living wage of $15 an hour.’

“This campaign is about building on these successes so that everyone in this country can enjoy the dignity and basic economic security that comes from a living wage, no matter what state they live in. That includes ending the subminimum wage for tipped workers and persons with disabilities.

“New York is also joining California, New Jersey and Rhode Island in guaranteeing paid family leave. In my view, we must go further by passing the Gillibrand-DeLauro FAMILY Act to guarantee 12 weeks of paid family leave to every worker in America. Secretary Clinton opposes this bill. She believes that a $1.61 a week payroll tax on the average worker is too high a price to pay for this legislation. I disagree.

“As president, I will proudly stand with working families all across our country and fight for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and provide paid family leave to every worker in America. Together, we can rebuild the middle class in this country, reduce poverty, raise wages, combat soaring income and wealth inequality and create millions of jobs.”

https://berniesanders.com/press-release/sanders-statement-new-york-california-minimum-wage-increase/


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