August 2015

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Sanders Returns to Iowa

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday kicks off a three-day swing through Iowa. The Democratic Party presidential candidate will make stops in Grinnell, Burlington, the Meskwaki Tribal Center in Tama and Cedar Rapids. Here is the itinerary: Thursday, September 3 2 p.m. Grinnell Town Meeting, Grinnell Community Center, B G Voertman Theater, 927 4th Ave., Grinnell Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Admission is first come, first served. Tickets are not required, but an RSVP is strongly encouraged. 5 p.m. Ottumwa Campaign Headquarters Opening, 105 N. Court Street, Ottumwa …

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High Drug Prices Are Killing Americans

All across the country, Americans are finding that the prices of the prescription drugs they need are soaring. Tragically, doctors tell us that many of their patients can no longer afford their medicine. As a result, some get sicker. Others die. A new Kaiser Health poll shows that most Americans think prescription drug costs in this country are unreasonable, and that drug companies put profits before people. Want to know something? They’re right. Americans pay the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world – by far. Drug costs increased 12.6 percent last year, more than double the rise in …

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Support Journey for Justice as it Marches Through Raleigh

Fifty years after passage of the Voting Rights Act, it shouldn’t be necessary to rally Americans on behalf of our right to vote, but it is. On Aug. 1, the NAACP began leading an 860-mile march from Selma, Alabama, to Washington to demand justice, equality and voting rights in a historic event called America’s Journey for Justice. As the march makes its way through the Deep South to our nation’s capital, the NAACP will lift up the call for equitable schools, sustainable jobs and voting rights. The Democracy Initiative – a dynamic network of labor, civil rights, voting rights, environmental …

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Sanders Slams ‘Corrupt’ Campaign Finance System

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday said that super PACs, the campaign financing schemes spawned by a disastrous Supreme Court ruling, have corrupted American politics. “People do not like the idea that as a result of Citizens United our campaign finance system has become corrupt and politicians have become dependent on billionaires and super PACs for money,” Sanders said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Sanders also was interviewed Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” Sanders has actively discouraged super PAC support and instead relied on more than 400,000 donors whose average contribution to him is $31. With …

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Hurricane Katrina and Bernie Sanders: From Neoliberal Disaster to ‘Political Revolution’

The 10th anniversary of the devastation of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has been an occasion for reflection on that horrific event and the state of the city’s recovery. Much of that commemoration, especially locally, has centered on the theme of resilience. This is understandable; in many ways the city has recovered, and many people have sacrificed much to make that recovery happen. In a city so dependent economically on tourism it is important to stress that New Orleans remains a desirable destination. It also makes sense that local officials, and New Orleanians generally, would want to celebrate …

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Why Bernie is Best on Women’s Issues

Women’s Issues are taking center stage in the lead-up to 2016, as they should. The conservative war on women’s health and reproductive rights has raged on for far too long. And in all measures of social and political inequality, we remain what number-crunchers coolly term “disproportionately affected.” Many people believe that electing a woman president will help. I’m not so sure. Does breaking glass ceilings constitute a real political strategy–that’s capable of improving women’s lives? And does voting one’s gender really translate to voting one’s interest? Let’s consider the issues: On women’s right to choose, Republican state legislators from Florida …

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The Real War on Families: Why the U.S. Needs Paid Leave Now

Most people are aware that Americans have a raw deal when it comes to maternity leave. But most Americans don’t realize quite how out of step we are. It’s not just wealthy, social democratic Nordic countries that make us look bad. With the exception of a few small countries like Papua New Guinea and Suriname, every other nation in the world—rich or poor—now requires paid maternity leave.

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