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Polls show Bernie Sanders popularity among all voters is plummeting

One of the arguments Bernie Sanders' fans made during the 2016 Democratic primary was that he was more electable than Hillary Clinton. His favorable ratings with the general electorate were far higher than Hillary Clinton's. Indeed, Sanders maintained fairly high favorable ratings with all voters as late as 2018.

Sanders' popularity among all voters seems to be declining considerably in the last few months, however.

Our new CNN poll puts Sanders favorable rating at 46% compared to an unfavorable rating of 45% among registered voters. This is only the latest poll to have Sanders at basically even in his net favorability rating (favorable-unfavorable). A Quinnipiac University poll from late December gave the Vermont senator a net favorability of just +2 points. An average of all recent polls put Sanders' net favorability at about -1 points.

Sanders, though, may have to convince Democratic voters that he electable. In our poll, just 30% of Democratic voters believe the party has a better chance of winning the presidency with him than someone else as the nominee. The vast majority, 59%, think they have a better shot of winning with someone else.

That may change, though, when Biden gets into the race. The big unknown is whether Biden, whose ratings are currently sky high, is also going to come crashing down to Earth if and when he declares. It's probably not a bad bet given past history and what has happened to Sanders. Then Democrats will have a much tougher time figuring out who is the most electable.

The poll was taken before Sanders' recent hires of "twitter attack dog" David Sirota and Jill Stein supporter Briahna Joy Gray.




VT Digger: "From the Archive: 5 Bernie Sanders stories worth revisiting"

VTDigger has reported on Sen. Bernie Sanders since our founding nearly a decade ago. As his 2020 presidential campaign officially gets underway, revisit key stories in our archive that shed light on the senator’s history.


Bernie Sanders’ early days in Vermont: His life, loves and circuitous route to politics


Emails reveal FBI, Justice probe of Burlington College


One family, two schools: Questions raised about another Sanders deal


Sanders campaign millions go to mystery firm


Sanders Institute has little to show for first year and $500K


Liuba Grechen Shirley formally launched Vote Mama, a PAC focused on helping moms run for office.

Although Liuba did not defeat the odious Republican Peter King (NY-02) in November's election, she waged a strong fight and did score a major victory for parents who would like to run for office:

The Federal Election Commission has ruled that federal candidates can use campaign funds to pay for child care costs that result from time spent running for office.

On Thursday, the FEC ruled unanimously, 4-0, in favor of New York Democratic House candidate Liuba Grechen Shirley.


Here are some details about the new PAC:

Women, and particularly moms of young children, face unique challenges when running for office. Especially in those critical early months, moms face increased scrutiny from donors, establishment institutions, and the public. There are many PACs that focus on electing women— but Vote Mama is the only one focused solely on electing moms.


Special guests at the official launch last night included New York’s Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul and Hillary Clinton.

Transcript of the recording Rep. Omar released in support of her claim

that her words were distorted.

Here's the actual recording.


WaPo: Payments to company owned by Ocasio-Cortez aide come under scrutiny

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.)’s chief of staff helped establish two political action committees [Brand New Congress and Justice Democrats] that paid a company he ran [Brand New Congress LLC} more than $1 million in 2016 and 2017, federal campaign finance records show.

Brand New Congress LLC, the company owned by Saikat Chakrabarti, was also paid $18,880 for strategic consulting by Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign in 2017, records show. The following year, he worked as a volunteer to manage her campaign, according to his LinkedIn profile.

The arrangement, first reported by conservative outlets, left hidden who ultimately profited from the payments — a sharp juxtaposition with Ocasio-Cortez’s calls for transparency in politics. She has called dark money “the enemy to democracy.”


“There is no violation” of campaign finance law, Ocasio-Cortez told Fox News on Tuesday. It is unclear whether she had knowledge of the payments to Chakrabarti’s company.


David Mitrani, attorney for the PACs, the LLC and Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign, said in a statement Tuesday that all four entities “fully complied with the law and the highest ethical standards.”


In 2016 and 2017, the two PACs reported paying the LLC $1.07 million, records show.
Campaign finance experts said the relationship between Chakrabarti’s PACs and the limited-liability company obfuscated who received the payments — and raised questions about who benefited.


I am a Democrat from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party...

...just like FDR.

Hillary Clinton receives award at Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee Unity Breakfast

SELMA, Ala. —
Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the International Unity Award at the Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King Unity Breakfast in Selma, Alabama Sunday morning.

The breakfast was one of the events during the annual Selma Bridge Crossing Jubilee.

Clinton was also inducted into the National Voting Rights Museum Women’s Hall of Fame.

Others in attendance at the breakfast were Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Sen Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Rev. Jesse Jackson.


Bernie Sanders staff shake-up: Top strategists leave his presidential campaign

From NBC News:

The chief strategist of the Vermont independent's 2016 campaign and two other aides cited creative differences as they parted ways.

In a major shake-up to Bernie Sanders' just-launched presidential bid, some of his top strategists have left the campaign.

Tad Devine, Mark Longabaugh and Julian Mulvey, partners in a political consulting firm who all played leading roles in Sanders' 2016 campaign for the White House, are parting ways with the senator, citing creative differences.

"The entire firm has stepped away. We're leaving the campaign," Longabaugh told NBC News on Tuesday. "We just didn't have a meeting of the minds."


From Fortune Magazine:

Three of Senator Bernie Sanders’ top strategists have departed his 2020 campaign, citing creative differences.


Although it’s been just a week since the launch, Sanders’ 2020 bid has been markedly successful in its grassroots outreach. In the first 24 hours of his campaign, Sanders received $5.9 million from about 223,000 donors. Within the first six days, one million people signed up to support his campaign.

Sanders will still need to overcome reports that his 2016 campaign perpetuated a culture of sexism and harassment. The senator has twice publicly apologized for the alleged behavior, after first saying he was too busy to be aware of the mistreatment.


Re Warren's Pledge: If you were independently wealthy, would you be a high dollar donor?

If yes, would expect anything in return for your donations?

If no, why not?

Who edits and splices together a misleading video of children in order to advance an agenda?

altered; falsified; skewed; manipulated

Propaganda is information that is not objective and is used primarily to influence an audience and further an agenda, often by presenting facts selectively to encourage a particular synthesis or perception.
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