March 2016

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Sanders Challenges Clinton to Debate in New York

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday challenged Hillary Clinton to debate him in New York before the state’s April 19 primary election. “I would hope very much that as we go into New York state, Secretary Clinton’s home state, that we will have a debate – New York City or Upstate, wherever – on the important issues facing New York and, in fact, the country,” Sanders told Chuck Todd in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Fresh off sweeping victories on Saturday in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii, Sanders was looking ahead to upcoming primaries in Wisconsin …

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Sanders Sweeps Saturday Caucuses

BURLINGTON, Vt. – In a three-state sweep on Saturday, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won caucuses in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii as his campaign for the White House gained momentum. “We are on a path toward victory,” Sanders told a Saturday evening rally in Madison, Wisconsin, as the first two states were called in his favor. He and his wife, Jane, later flew home to Vermont to await the outcome in Hawaii. “It is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum,” he told more than 8,100 cheering supporters who filled an arena on the University of Wisconsin …

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Sanders Wins Hawaii

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Sunday issued the following statement after The Associated Press declared him the winner of Hawaii’s Democratic caucuses: “I want to thank the people of Hawaii for their strong support and for turning out in huge numbers for Saturday’s caucuses. Nobody should have any doubt that this campaign has extraordinary momentum and that we have a path toward victory. In state after state, our grassroots effort has taken on the entire political establishment. We have taken on the senators and the governors and the mayors and the members of Congress. Our political revolution …

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Sanders Wins Alaska, Washington

MADISON, Wis. – On a roll, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won the caucuses on Saturday in the state of Washington, where he holds a double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton, and in Alaska, where he won in a landslide. “We are on a path toward victory,” Sanders told a Saturday evening rally here in Wisconsin’s capital city. “It is hard for anybody to deny that our campaign has the momentum,” he told more than 8,100 cheering supporters who filled an arena on the University of Wisconsin campus. He said the momentum building behind his campaign comes from big crowds at rallies, …

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Sanders Sees Path to Victory in Washington

YAKIMA, Wash. – Campaigning with an edge over Hillary Clinton in a new national poll, Bernie Sanders on Thursday addressed rallies here and in Spokane, Washington, ahead of weekend caucuses to decide who should be the Democratic Party pick for president. Sanders took the stage in the SunDome on the Yakama Nation’s treaty territory surrounded by 7,000 people cheering, stomping their feet and banging on drums. “Native Americans have been lied to. They’ve been cheated,” he said. “If elected president, there will be a new relationship with the Native American community,” Sanders pledged. The “first Americans,” he said, have enriched …

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Flint Water Crisis Inquiry Finds State Ignored Warning Signs

An independent panel has concluded that disregard for the concerns of poor and minority people contributed to the government’s slow response to complaints from residents of Flint, Mich., about the foul and discolored water that was making them sick, determining that the crisis “is a story of government failure, intransigence, unpreparedness, delay, inaction and environmental injustice” … In making that declaration, the five-member panel put a spotlight on a long-running civil rights issue: whether minorities and the poor are treated differently when it comes to environmental matters, relegating them to some of the most dangerous places in the country: flood …

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Sanders Leads Clinton, Trounces Trump in New Poll

SPOKANE, Wash. – Buoyed by a new national poll putting him ahead of Hillary Clinton and outpacing Republican White House hopefuls by big margins, Bernie Sanders returned here for a rally on Thursday two days ahead of contests in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. The new Bloomberg Politics national poll found that Sanders is now the first choice of 49 percent of those who already have voted or plan to vote in this year’s Democratic contests. The former secretary of state was the choice of 48 percent. Looking ahead to November’s general election, Sanders was 24 points ahead of Republican front-runner …

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International Longshore and Warehouse Union Endorses Sanders

SPOKANE, Wash. – Bernie Sanders on Thursday welcomed the endorsement of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, which represents approximately 50,000 women and men who work in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii. “It is an honor to receive an endorsement from the ILWU,” Sanders said. “This campaign is building a movement of millions of Americans who are demanding that our economy works for everyone, not just the top 1 percent. The working men and women of the ILWU are a vital part of our movement which is spreading to every corner of our country.” “Bernie Sanders is the best …

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Why Either Trump’s and Cruz’s Tax Plans Would Be the Largest Redistributions to the Rich in American History

The tax cuts for the rich proposed by the two leading Republican candidates for the presidency – Donald Trump and Ted Cruz – are larger, as a proportion of the government budget and the total economy, than any tax cuts ever before proposed in history. Trump and Cruz pretend to be opposed to the Republican establishment, but when it comes to taxes they’re seeking exactly what that Republican establishment wants. Here are 5 things you need to know about their tax plans: 1. Trump’s proposed cut would reduce the top tax rate from 39.6 percent to 25 percent – creating …

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Sanders Statement on Wins in Utah and Idaho

SAN DIEGO – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Tuesday after The Associated Press projected that he won decisive victories in Idaho and Utah: “I am enormously grateful to the people of Utah and Idaho for the tremendous voter turnouts that gave us victories with extremely large margins. The impressive numbers of young people and working-class people who participated in the process are exactly what the political revolution is all about. These decisive victories in Idaho and Utah give me confidence that we will continue to win major victories in the coming contests.”

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Bernie Sanders Is the Only Presidential Candidate With a Plan to Empower Native Americans

… (A)s the remaining candidates ride west this week, it’s worth noting their respective plans to address the challenges facing Native Americans — a segment of the population with strong representation in all three states. Turns out, there’s not much to see: The only candidate with an articulated plan for America’s indigenous peoples is Sanders. “Native Americans are the first Americans, yet they have for far too long been treated as third class citizens,” Sanders’ campaign page reads. “The United States must not just honor Native American treaty rights and tribal sovereignty, it must also move away from a relationship of paternalism and …

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Sanders Statement on Brussels Bombings

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday issued the following statement after deadly explosions in Brussels, Belgium: “We offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in this barbaric attack and to the people of Brussels who were the target of another cowardly attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. We stand with our European allies to offer any necessary assistance in these difficult times. “Today’s attack is a brutal reminder that the international community must come together to destroy ISIS. This type of barbarism cannot be allowed to continue.”

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Bernie Wallops Trump by 20 Points

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday campaigned in Idaho, Utah and Arizona drawing big crowds to rallies as a new national poll gave him a whopping 20-point lead over Republican front-runner Donald Trump. A new CNN/ORC poll found that if Sanders becomes the Democratic Party standard bearer for the White House he would defeat the real estate mogul 58 percent to 38 percent. That’s almost double Hillary Clinton’s 12-point lead over Trump. In the same poll, Sanders had a double-digit lead over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. Sanders led the Texas Republican 55 percent to 42 percent. Sanders …

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Sanders Wins Americans Abroad

SPOKANE, Wash. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders won the Global Presidential Primary, according to results announced on Monday by Democrats Abroad. “This political revolution that is gaining momentum across America is now resonating all over the world,” Sanders said. “There is a clear path to victory as we begin the second half of the delegate selection process. We are waging a strong campaign and plan to take it all the way to the Democratic National Convention this summer in Philadelphia.” According to the party, votes were cast by 34,570 U.S. citizens living in 170 countries. Sanders received 69 percent of …

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