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Sanders Returns to South Carolina

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on September 12 will travel to South Carolina. A town hall meeting in Columbia kicks off the trip, which also includes stops in Florence and Rock Hill. The Democratic Party presidential candidate will be joined by prominent academic, author and activist, Dr. Cornel West. Here is the updated itinerary: Saturday, September 12 11 a.m. Benedict College Town Hall Meeting, Benedict College, 1600 Harden Street, Columbia Doors open at 10 a.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. 4 p.m. …

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Bernie Bolsters Iowa Campaign

MUSCATINE, Iowa – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on Friday that he appointed Lilia Chacon to serve as press secretary in Iowa. An award-winning journalist, Chacon is part of Sanders’ growing team spread across 15 campaign offices throughout the state that will kick off next year’s presidential nomination contest. “We are thrilled to have Lilia on board,” said Iowa State Director Robert Becker. “Lilia’s experience will be a huge asset to this campaign as we continue to build on our momentum in Iowa.” Chacon will be a key leader in Sanders’ Iowa organization. The staff that now numbers more than …

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Sanders to Visit New Hampshire on Labor Day

BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday will travel to New Hampshire. The Democratic Party presidential candidate will make stops in Manchester, Milford, Amherst and Concord. Here is the itinerary: Monday, September 7 11:30 a.m. 2015 NH AFL-CIO Labor Day Breakfast Keynote Address, St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 650 Hanover St., Manchester 1 p.m. Milford Labor Day Parade, Location start: Milford High School, 100 West St., Milford. Information for the public can be found here. 3:45 p.m. Amherst Democrats Labor Day Barbecue, Amherst Country Club, 72 Ponemah Road, Amherst Tickets can be purchased here. 5 p.m. Concord Office …

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No Social Security Increase in 2016

From JustCareUSA.org: In every year but two for the last 40 years, people have seen a cost-of-living increase in their Social Security checks. But they will see no increase at all in their Social Security benefit in 2016. To make matters worse, a new report from the Center for Retirement Research reveals that, unless there is a work-around, some people with Medicare will see almost a 50 percent increase in their Medicare Part B monthly premium. And most people with Medicare will have less disposable income for non-health care related expenses. (The rest is here.)

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Sanders Shifts to Larger Venues in Iowa

BURLINGTON, Vt. – With turnout projections mounting, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign has shifted locations of town meetings in Grinnell and Cedar Rapids. The Democratic Party presidential candidate is scheduled to make stops in Grinnell, Ottumwa, Burlington, Muscatine, the Meskwaki Nation in Tama, Cedar Rapids and Altoona. Here is the updated itinerary: Thursday, September 3 2 p.m. Grinnell Town Meeting, Central Park, 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 …

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Sanders Plan Would Stop Runaway Prescription Drug Prices

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Letting Medicare negotiate with drug companies for lower price prescription medications and cracking down on pharmaceutical industry fraud are among proposals that Democratic Party presidential candidate Bernie Sanders outlined Tuesday as part of a package to rein in runaway prices for prescription medicine. Prescription prices jumped 12.6 percent last year in the United States, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That increase was more than double the rise in overall medical costs. “Americans should not have to live in fear that they will go bankrupt if they get sick. People should not have to …

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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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