November 2015

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Sanders Addresses New Hampshire Democrats’ Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

MANCHESTER, N.H. – In remarks prepared for a New Hampshire Democratic Party dinner here on Sunday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said his presidential campaign is “striking a nerve” with working people and young people and “creating the kind of excitement” needed to retain the White House and gain seats in Congress and state capitals across the country. To read the prepared remarks, click here.

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Bernie Sanders Gets Immigration Policy Right

Senator Bernie Sanders released his immigration plan on Tuesday. To read it — and every citizen should — is to be yanked back in time, to an America that not so long ago was having a reasonable immigration discussion and a time when major reform had strong bipartisan support and a shot at becoming law. But since the immigration reform bill was killed, in 2013, the party that killed it — the Republicans — has dragged the immigration debate to grotesque depths that go well beyond the usual nativist bigotry. Republican presidential candidates are arguing, in all seriousness, about sealing …

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Sanders Statement on Laquan McDonald

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday released the following statement in reaction to the release of police footage of Laquan McDonald’s shooting: “All Americans should be sickened by the video of Laquan McDonald’s murder. As a nation we must do more than just echo the phrase Black Lives Matter. We must put actions behind those words. Actions that will bring about the fundamental reform that is needed in the face of this crisis. Criminal justice reform must be the civil rights issue of the 21st century and the first piece must be putting an end to the …

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Governor Beshear Restores Voting Rights To 140,000 Ex-Felons

In a small handful of states, people convicted of a felony are automatically stripped of their voting rights, even after they’ve finished serving their sentences. Today, Kentucky took a major step to fix that problem. Outgoing Gov. Steve Beshear (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday to restore voting rights for many of the 180,000 Kentuckians who have been served a felony sentence but remain disenfranchised … The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that Beshear’s executive order will immediately allow 140,000 Kentuckians to restore their voting rights, and an additional 30,000 will be eligible down the road. The organization praised Beshear’s order …

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Mr. Trump’s Applause Lies

Mr. Trump has distinguished himself as fastest to dive to the bottom. If it’s a lie too vile to utter aloud, count on Mr. Trump to say it, often. It wins him airtime, and retweets through the roof.

This phenomenon is in fact nothing new. Politicians targeting minorities, foreigners or women have always existed in the culture. And every generation or so, at least one demagogue surfaces to fan those flames.

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Sanders Introduces ‘Families First’ Immigration Plan

BURLINGTON, Vt. – As he returned home to celebrate Thanksgiving with his family, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bold plan to reform our immigration system. Sanders’ plan puts families first, focuses on common sense reforms to build the middle class and embraces our nation’s diversity. “As we gather with our loved ones to give thanks, we should reflect on the fact that not all families will be so lucky,” Sanders said. “Millions of families are torn apart by our broken immigration policies. We cannot forget about the aspiring Americans who continue to live in the shadows. As the son …

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Inspired by Bernie Sanders

by Shelley Pineo-Jensen, Ph.D. Listening to these individuals, performers, a politician, and a union leader, introduce Bernie Sanders at rallies from Los Angeles to Atlanta from August to November, reveals the passion that Bernie Sanders inspires…


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Sanders Visits King Center

ATLANTA – Calling the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “a hero” and “an inspiration,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday visited the national historic site where the slain civil rights leader and his wife, Coretta Scott King, are buried. Sanders said he was “honored and pleased” to meet at the King Center with the Rev. Bernice King, the Kings’ youngest daughter. “Dr. King saw not only the need to end racism and segregation but to create an economy that works for all Americans,” Sanders told reporters gathered on a sidewalk outside the Ebenezer Baptist Church where Martin Luther King …

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Republican-lite Half Steps

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday issued the following statement in response to a series of tax proposals by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “Given the disappearing middle class and massive income and wealth inequality in America today, we clearly have to go a lot further than what Secretary Clinton proposes. We need to raise Social Security benefits by lifting the cap on taxable income above $250,000. We need to pass excellent legislation by leading Democrats in Congress to provide paid family and medical leave. We need to join the rest of the …

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In South Carolina, Sanders Makes Case for Family Leave, Social Security

ST. HELENA ISLAND, S.C. – Speaking to 600 people packed inside the Penn Center’s Darrah Hall, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday called for paid family leave for new parents and expanded benefits for seniors who rely on Social Security. Sanders is one of 19 Senate co-sponsors of the Family and Medical Leave Act introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. Rep. Rosa DeLauro is the chief sponsor of a companion bill with 112 co-sponsors in the House. Under both measures, workers would be entitled to three months of paid leave to care for a newborn child. The legislation also calls for …

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Sanders Gains Ground in New Polls

BEAUFORT, S.C. – New national polls released on Sunday show Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders steadily gaining ground. Sanders rose 13 points since last month in an ABC News/Washington Post poll released on Sunday. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Sanders 60 percent to 34 percent, but her 26-point nationwide lead today shrank significantly from a 39-point edge she enjoyed only one month earlier. “He’s gained significantly among registered Democrats and Democrat leaners under age 50, runs closely with Clinton among liberals and has closed the margin, to some extent, among nonwhites and women – results that may …

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Sanders Officially Files for President in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday filed to become the Democratic Party’s nominee for president at state party headquarters in Columbia. Shortly after filing, Sanders spoke to a rally of nearly 250 supporters outside of party headquarters. “I think we are going to shock some people on election day and win South Carolina,” said Sanders. Reg E. Cathey, best known for his recurring role as “Freddy” from Netflix’s hit series “House of Cards,” introduced Sanders by announcing he was “glad to officially join the political revolution.” State Rep. Terry Alexander (D-Florence), a chair of Sanders’ South Carolina …

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Sanders Calls Criminal Justice Reform the ‘Civil Rights Issue of the Century’

COLUMBIA, S.C. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday called criminal justice reform the “civil rights issue of the 21st century” and detailed a series of reforms needed in a nation where more inmates are behind bars than any other country and a disproportionate number of prisoners are minorities. “For too long in this country politicians have used getting tough on crime as a wedge issue to win elections. It is clearly about time to start talking – as we have in this election – about the really disastrous effects of too many politicians trying to win too many elections …

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