May 2016

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Sanders Lanza Nuevo Anuncio de Televisión en Español

LOS ÁNGELES – La campaña presidencial de Bernie Sanders lanzó este jueves un nuevo anuncio de televisión en español que saldrá al aire en Puerto Rico antes de las primarias presidenciales de la isla este próximo 5 de junio. “Solo un candidato puede enfrentar a los fondos buitres en Puerto Rico: Bernie Sanders. Se opone a la junta de control fiscal”, dice el narrador. “¿Por qué? Porque resultaría en recortes a nuestras pensiones, en más desempleo, y en el cierre de más escuelas y hospitales.” Durante una visita a la isla la semana pasada, Sanders habló con más de tres …

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Sanders Releases New Ad in Puerto Rico

LOS ANGELES – Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Thursday released a new Spanish-language television spot that will run in Puerto Rico ahead of the island’s June 5 primary election. “Only one candidate can stand up to vulture funds for Puerto Rico: Bernie Sanders. He opposes the insider deal,” the narrator says. “Why? It could lead to slashed pensions, more unemployment, closed hospitals and school cuts.” During a visit to the island last week, Sanders spoke to more than 3,000 Puerto Ricans about his commitment to fight against the vulture funds on Wall Street who are trying to profit off the …

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Sanders ‘Can’t Wait’ to Debate Trump on Jobs, Taxes, Climate Change

VENTURA, Calif. – Saying he was “very excited” and “can’t wait” to debate Donald Trump, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday told a Ventura College rally he looked forward to debating jobs, low wages, tax breaks for the rich, climate change and other issues. Sanders first proposed a debate with Trump after Hillary Clinton reneged on a commitment to debate Sanders in California in May before the June 7 primary election. Trump agreed. “I am very excited about it,” Sanders told the crowd of more than 9,800 supporters. Sanders said he looked forward to asking Trump why he favors more …

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Sanders Statement on Kentucky Primary

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement Thursday on the primary election results in Kentucky: “We accept the results in Kentucky. We are very pleased that we split the delegates in a state with a closed primary in which independents cannot vote and where Secretary Clinton defeated Barack Obama by 35 points in 2008. “I thank the people of Kentucky very much for their support.”

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Sanders Fundraises for Feingold

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Bernie Sanders on Thursday sent an email to his national fundraising list to support Russ Feingold’s bid to unseat Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin’s Senate race. “We are going to have to elect candidates up and down the ballot who recognize that it is too late for establishment politics and economics,” Sanders wrote. “Candidates like my friend, former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold. Russ led the fight with me to make the Affordable Care Act much stronger in 2009. He voted against the USA Patriot Act and the war in Iraq. He authored and passed landmark campaign …

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Republicans Demand Flint-Like Solution To Puerto Rico Debt

In 2008 Wall Street got in over its head, and the U.S. government and Federal Reserve stepped in with trillions of dollars to bail them out. Now Puerto Rico has debt that it cannot pay. Instead of helping, though, Republicans in Congress are demanding increased austerity and an unelected “oversight board” that sets aside democratic governance – the same way Republicans imposed unelected government on Michigan cities like Flint. (We know how that turned out.) (Read the rest here.)  

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Sanders Backs California Ballot Initiative to Rein in Drug Prices at Meeting with HIV/AIDS Advocates

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday met with national HIV/AIDS advocates to discuss the epidemic and his support for a California ballot initiative to lower prices for taxpayer-supported AIDS treatments. “Let me thank you for the work you do,” Sanders said at the conclusion of the meeting. “The issues you have raised are enormously important and effect millions of people in this country and more around the world. “I look forward to continuing to work with you,” the senator added at the meeting hosted by Danny Glover, the activist and actor. The ballot proposition Sanders supports …

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Machine Bias: The software used to predict future criminals is biased against blacks.

(Excerpt) Prater was the more seasoned criminal. He had already been convicted of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery, for which he served five years in prison, in addition to another armed robbery charge. Borden had a record, too, but it was for misdemeanors committed when she was a juvenile. Yet something odd happened when Borden and Prater were booked into jail: A computer program spat out a score predicting the likelihood of each committing a future crime. Borden — who is black — was rated a high risk. Prater — who is white — was rated a low risk. …

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A Big Victory for Voting Rights in Ohio

During the 2004 election, Ohio had the longest lines to vote in the country, with five-hour waits in heavily Democratic cities like Cleveland and Columbus. A post-election report for the DNC estimated that 3 percent of Ohioans—174,000 people—left their polling places without voting, a larger number than George W. Bush’s 118,000 vote margin of victory in the Buckeye State. “The Election Day experience for most African American voters was starkly different from that of most white voters in Ohio,” the pollsters Cornell Belcher and Diane Feldman found. African Americans waited an average of 52 minutes to vote, while the wait …

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Sanders Releases New California Ad

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign on Tuesday released a new television spot that will run in California ahead of the state’s June 7 primary election. “What choice do Californians have in this election?” Sanders asks in the ad. “The biggest one of all. You have the power to choose a new direction for the Democratic Party. To break the back of a corrupt system of campaign finance that keeps a rigged economy in place. To stand up to Wall Street and make the wealthy pay their fair share. To fight for tuition-free public colleges and universities.” Sanders …

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Sanders Fundraises for Statehouse Candidates

ANAHEIM, Calif. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday sent an email to his national fundraising list in support of eight candidates running for seats in state legislatures around the country. Sanders previously used his small-dollar fundraising juggernaut to raise funds for four congressional candidates, Lucy Flores of Nevada, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, Zephyr Teachout of New York and Tim Canova of Florida. “Bernie believes that the path toward bold change requires leaders to take back control of state capitols around the country and ensure fair redistricting in 2020,” said Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager. “The leaders we’re raising money …

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Clinton Reneges on Debate, Sanders Brands Back Out ‘Insulting’ to Californians

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday called Hillary Clinton’s decision to renege on a commitment to debate him in California “insulting” to the one in eight Americans who live in the nation’s largest state. Sanders spoke about Clinton backing out of the debate during an address to 6,750 supporters who filled a football field at Santa Monica High School. “A number of months ago our campaign and her campaign reached an agreement on a number of debates, including one here in California,” Sanders told the crowd. He was referring to commitments each campaign agreed to last …

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Sanders Statement on DNC Platform

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on Monday on the makeup of a key committee that will draft the party platform for this summer’s Democratic National Convention: “We believe that we will have the representation on the platform drafting committee to create a Democratic platform that reflects the views of millions of our supporters who want the party to address the needs of working families in this country and not just Wall Street, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry and other powerful special interests.”

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The poor are paying more and more for everyday purchases, a new study warns

The poor often spend more on all kinds of things. Households that have less money to spare in any given week, for example, are forced to buy toilet paper and similar goods in small packages, increasing the prices they pay. In addition, poor families must rely on a whole range of alternative financial services, which might charge exorbitant fees and expose customers to serious risks. New research suggests that these disparities might only be getting worse. Xavier Jaravel, a graduate student at Harvard University, has been studying the prices people pay in the retail sector — their everyday purchases at grocery and drug stores. He has found that prices are …

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4.5 million millennials will directly benefit from the new overtime rule

The Department of Labor has updated the rule that determines who is eligible for overtime pay, raising the salary threshold from the current $23,660 to $47,476 a year. That means any salaried worker who makes up to $47,476 is guaranteed time-and-a-half pay for all hours worked over 40 in a week, regardless of their job title or duties. The new rule will directly benefit 12.5 million salaried workers, most of whom will be newly eligible for overtime. Importantly, it will disproportionately affect young workers, who are just starting out in their careers. Only 2.0 million salaried millennials (age 16–34) were covered …

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