February 2016

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Poorest Areas Have Missed Out on Boons of Recovery, Study Finds

The gap between the richest and poorest American communities has widened since the Great Recession ended, and distressed areas are faring worse just as the recovery is gaining traction across much of the country. These findings, outlined in a study to be released on Thursday by theEconomic Innovation Group, a new nonprofit research and advocacy organization, may help explain why the country’s economic and political situation has become so polarized in recent years. The results, broken down into areas as small as individual ZIP codes, provide one of the most detailed looks at the nation’s growing inequality. From 2010 to …

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Sanders Calls for Tuition-Free Public Higher Ed at Chicago State

CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders – who has called for tuition-free public colleges and universities – spoke on Thursday at Chicago State University on a campus struggling through a higher education budget crisis that has nearly dried up state funding. Illinois colleges and universities have not received operating money from the state since July 1 while state lawmakers battle Gov. Bruce Rauner over budget cuts. As a cost-cutting measure, Chicago State on Tuesday accelerated the semester cancelled spring break. “This great university is being threatened with cuts. What is going on in America? Where are our priorities?” Sanders asked …

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Poison Water

FLINT, Mich. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday told a forum here that the city’s “poison water” is a “canary in the coal mine” which demands an emergency response by the federal government coupled with a long-term commitment to rebuild the country’s crumbling water systems. “The federal government has to acknowledge that this is an emergency,” Sanders said. “We are looking at people being poisoned and perhaps suffering irreversible brain damage. If that’s not an emergency I don’t know what is,” Sanders added during the meeting at the Woodside Church. Sanders also cited the need for a massive investment …

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Sanders Voted for 1994 Crime Bill to Support Assault Weapons Ban, Violence Against Women Provisions

FLINT, Mich. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager on Thursday reiterated the senator’s reasoning for voting in favor of the Clinton administration’s 1994 Crime Bill despite serious reservations. The House version of the bill included a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons. Sanders had supported the ban since 1988. The conference committee version included not only the assault weapons ban but also the Violence Against Women Act provisions. Sanders supported these efforts to protect women. In Sanders’ statement at the time, he criticized the mass incarceration and death penalty provisions in the bill, saying: “…it is also my view that …

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Clinton Should Commit to Stopping Job-Killing Trade Deals

CLEVELAND – Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Thursday challenged Hillary Clinton to commit to stopping job-killing trade deals. “If Secretary Clinton really wanted to stop the loss of manufacturing jobs in Ohio she should have joined Senator Sanders in opposing the North American Free Trade Agreement and permanent normal trade relations with China,” Sanders’ Policy Director Warren Gunnels said. “It’s easy to say you support manufacturing jobs in an election,” Gunnels said. “But when it really mattered Bernie Sanders was on picket lines opposing NAFTA; Secretary Clinton supported it. Bernie helped lead the effort against permanent normal trade relations with …

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Buckeyes for Bernie

Sanders came onstage with his wife, Jane, after a fiery introduction by former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner. BEREA, Ohio – The momentum building behind Bernie Sanders’ White House campaign was on display here in Cuyahoga County on Thursday when 3,600 supporters showed up on a snowy winter morning at Baldwin Wallace University. Two weeks before Buckeye State voters go to the polls, Sanders told the crowd that three new national polls for the first time put him ahead of Hillary Clinton, once considered by pundits to have a lock on the nomination. A recent Baldwin Wallace University poll in …

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Oklahoma is OK for Bernie

TULSA, Okla. – A crowd of nearly 6,900 Bernie Sanders supporters cheered at a raucous rally days ahead of Super Tuesday when Oklahoma voters go to the polls along with Democrats in 10 other states. He spoke outside afterward to some of the 2,000 more who couldn’t get inside the Cox Business Center hall. In the unexpectedly tight contest, a recent Public Policy Polling survey had Hillary Clinton up by only 2 percentage points over Sanders. Both campaigns are on the television airwaves with ads and have sent experienced campaign staff to the state. “You are going to have the …

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Momentum Swings to Sanders

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Telling a packed convention center crowd here on Wednesday that “we are gaining momentum,” Bernie Sanders cited huge turnouts at his rallies and three new national polls putting him ahead of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party presidential nomination contest. “We started this campaign 9 1/2 months ago and we were at 3 percent. In the last week there have been three national polls that have us in the lead,” Sanders told the crowd of some 7,100 supporters who came out for the weekday afternoon rally. “We are gaining momentum every single day.” A Reuters/Ispos tracking …

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Sanders Addresses Poverty in South Carolina

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bernie Sanders on Wednesday detailed proposals to reduce poverty in the United States and he attributed the increase in part to a 1996 welfare reform bill which he opposed at the time as “an assault on the poor, women and children, minorities and immigrants.” “The United States today has the highest poverty rate of nearly any major country on earth because almost all of the new wealth and income is going to the people on top,” Sanders said at the news conference. “The poor remain invisible, powerless, not heard from. Most don’t even vote,” he added. Sanders …

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Former Snyder Aide Blames Flint Crisis On Misguided Conservative Philosophy

Dennis Schornack, who served as a senior advisor on transportation in Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s (R) administration for three years, blamed the widespread water contamination that has led to lead poisoning and possibly a Legionnaire’s outbreak on Snyder’s penchant for running government like a business. He’s the first Snyder official to directly criticize the governor’s handling of the situation. “Government is not a business…and it cannot be run like one,” Schornack told the Detroit Free Press. “The people of Flint got stuck on the losing end of decisions driven by spreadsheets instead of water quality and public health. Having been …

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Spike Lee Endorses Sanders in Radio Ad

NORFOLK, Va. – Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Tuesday released a new radio ad featuring director, producer and activist Spike Lee. “Ninety-nine percent of Americans were hurt by the Great Recession of 2008,” Lee says in the spot. “And many are still recovering. And that’s why I’m officially endorsing my brother Bernie Sanders. Bernie takes no money from corporations. Nada. Which means he’s not on the take! And when Bernie gets into the White House, he will do the right thing!.” “And the months leading up to the election in November will determine which way this country is going to …

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Sanders Wins Nevada Latinos, Study Shows

LAS VEGAS – Bernie Sanders won the Latino vote in Nevada, according to an analysis released on Monday by the widely-respected William C. Velasquez Institute. The institute’s detailed analysis was conducted after Hillary Clinton’s campaign disputed entrance poll numbers by discounting the impact of high turnout by younger Latino voters in Saturday’s Nevada precinct caucuses. “We note that some analysts have said that Secretary Clinton’s victories in heavily Latino precincts proved that she won the Latino vote. However the methodology of using heavily Latino or ‘barrio’ precincts to represent Latino voting behavior has been considered ineffective and discarded for more …

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Sanders’ Record vs. Clinton’s Rhetoric

SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. – Contrasting his record and her rhetoric, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday laid out key differences with Hillary Clinton in their contest for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. “People need to know the difference between hastily-adopted campaign rhetoric and the real record and long-held ideas of the candidates,” Sanders said during a news conference at a labor union hall. He spelled out differences with Clinton on trade policy and talked about the difference between his people-powered campaign and her Wall Street-bankrolled Super PAC. He called for overturning the Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United. The disastrous …

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Sanders on Trump: Bring Him On

Sanders Sanders 48, Trump 42 (+6) Sanders 49, Cruz 39 (+10) Sanders 47, Rubio 41 (+6) Sanders 49, Bush 39 (+10) Sanders 45, Kasich 41 (+4) Clinton Clinton 44, Trump 43 (+1) Clinton 43, Cruz 46 (-3) Clinton 41, Rubio 48 (-7) Clinton 43, Bush 44 (-1) Clinton 39, Kasich 47 (-8) GREENVILLE, S.C. – Bernie Sanders told more than 5,200 supporters at a rally on Sunday that he would relish the chance to run against Donald Trump, the Republican front-runner who trails Sanders in national polls but notched a win in his party’s primary fight here on Saturday. “This …

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Voodoo Journalism: Dr. Krugman Strikes Again—Risking His Credibility

Paul Krugman is at it again. This time, he’s using his position as the leading progressive columnist in the “nation’s newspaper of record,” to ballyhoo a letter from four former heads of the Council of Economic Advisors … I have admired Krugman for some time, now. His columns critiquing conservative economics are factual and effective, and his article on the Great Recession, How Did Economists Get It So Wrong, was an honest and trenchant critique of the discipline and it remains one of the best explanations of how some of the fundamental failings of economic theory made economists blind to the …

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