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- Nearly Half of Voters Say They Could Not Vote for a 'Democratic Socialist,' Poll Finds Forty-six percent of voters say they would not consider casting their ballot for a presidential candidate who calls themselves a "democratic socialist," a recent poll has found. The primary survey, conducted by Yahoo! News and YouGov between February 12 and 13, found that only 35 percent of voters would consider voting for a "democratic socialist," while 18 percent said they were "not sure." While the poll's findings might sound like bad news for 2020 presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders , a ...

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- Joe Biden Says He'd Be The 'Most Progressive' President in History, Tells Bernie Sanders to 'Disown' Misogynistic Supporters Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said if he is elected he'd be the "most progressive president in history" and accused Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders of having "never gotten anything done" in his lengthy political career. Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, the former vice president pushed back against host Chuck Todd for saying Sanders' biggest strength is his authenticity and that everyone "knows where he stands." Biden said the longtime senator has ...

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- It would be the end of that natural gas source. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced a nationwide fracking ban Wednesday.   The Democratic New York congresswoman’s bill is a companion to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ legislation seeking to ban fracking across the country by 2025. If passed, the laws would prohibit  natural gas  production within 2,500 feet of homes and schools by 2021 and help transition energy workers away from the industry. “Fracking is destroying our land and  our water ,” Ocasio-Cortez  Wednesday on Twitter. “It is wreaking havoc on our communities’ ...


- Jane O'Meara Sanders said elite establishment figures from both political parties are afraid of her husband's policies promoting affordable health care and education, noting that the U.S. "already has socialism" -- but only for corporations. Sanders, the wife of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, told Fox News Saturday the "powers-that-be" in America are placing a shallow focus on her husband's "Democratic socialist" label instead of what they're really attacking -- his campaign policies. Jane Sanders said "corporate socialism" has benefited billionaires like President Donald Trump and Michael ...

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- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admitted that electing Sen. Bernie Sanders as president wouldn't guarantee the rollout of Medicare for All and other progressive policies. "A president can't wave a magic wand and pass any legislation they want," the liberal lawmaker known as "AOC" told HuffPost . Ocasio-Cortez argued that a progressive president could still pursue a more ambitious agenda and pull government policy to the left. "The worst-case scenario? We compromise deeply and we end up getting a public option," she said. "Is that a nightmare? I don't think so." Visit Business Insider's homepage ...


- Lloyd Blankfein, a registered Democrat supporter, tweeted that: 'Sanders is just as polarizing as Trump AND he’ll ruin our economy' This week Bernie Sanders , fresh from his victory in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire, was attacked by a vampire squid. Or rather he was attacked by the former boss of that Wall Street banking vampire squid (that’s how it was described by Rolling Stone magazine) known as Goldman Sachs . Lloyd Blankfein, a registered Democrat supporter, tweeted that: “Sanders is just as polarizing as Trump AND he’ll ruin our economy.” Sanders was unphased . ...


- Cuellar is hosting a fundraiser in Laredo with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on February 22.  Jessica Cisneros, who is running in the 2020 primary to replace Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas.), racked up union endorsements on the same day the Kochs backed the incumbent. (Image: Jessica Cisneros, Twitter) Texas Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, facing a tough primary race from progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros, picked up the endorsement of the Koch political network Friday—just over a week before the embattled incumbent, who is supported by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, is set ...


- The New York City mayor, who was briefly a presidential candidate himself, is scheduled to campaign with Mr. Sanders in Nevada ahead of the caucuses there next week. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York, whose brief presidential campaign failed to get off the ground last year, endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont for the Democratic nomination on Friday. In a statement released by the Sanders campaign, Mr. de Blasio said he was supporting Mr. Sanders because he “stands with working families” and was the right candidate to take on President Trump. “I have called for a bold, progressive ...

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- Subscribe How do you tell who won an election? Most people would look to see who got the most votes. In the case of a Democratic primary, they could also dig into delegate counts. In the world of punditry—with its urgent need to declare multiple “winners” and “losers”—all of this common sense goes out the window. The plain results themselves are a factor but just one among many. Finish second or even third? That might be better than coming in first! If you watched cable news on the night of the New Hampshire primary or picked up a newspaper the following morning—or if you ...


- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders on Thursday urged an end to online "bullying or ugly personal attacks" after a powerful hospitality-industry union in Nevada accused his supporters of harassment. The Culinary Workers Union said supporters of Sanders, a front-runner in the Democratic White House race, "viciously" attacked the organization via Twitter, text, voicemail and direct messaging after the union criticized the senator’s universal healthcare plan on Tuesday. Sanders, a progressive who bills himself as a champion of organized labor, did not ...

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- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, days after shrugging off concerns from other candidates at the Democratic debates that his self-described democratic socialism would be disastrous in the general election. During President Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this month, he said “socialism destroys nations” and vowed to stop the lawmakers who want to “impose a socialist takeover of our health care system” — i.e. have endorsed Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan. But if it seems that the rise of socialist politicians such as Sanders and Rep. ...


- Can he win, and if so, can he help elect a Democratic Senate so he can accomplish something? In 1981, as a Washington Post intern prowling for stories, I called the new socialist mayor of Burlington, Vt. He was an earnest and intelligent oddball, I decided, but not a serious politician with a future. So I didn’t write about Mayor Bernie Sanders — underscoring that I have a record going back almost four decades of misjudging political talent. Sanders is now the front-runner to win the Democratic nomination. Yet note that in the betting markets , Sanders is the leader to win the nomination ...

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- The senator’s team has Washington veterans and outsiders, but congressional support is uncertain. Some allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders are beginning to map out how he might govern and what his administration could look like if he wins the presidential election — a once inconceivable concept for many congressional Republicans and Democrats who regard his ideas as impractical. Independent advisers in contact with Sanders’s campaign are informally speculating about who could be tapped to lead key agencies such as the Treasury Department, what legislation would be prioritized and which ...


- With the New Hampshire primaries wrapped, all eyes are on Nevada, where the nation’s next presidential caucus is merely 10 days away. It’s the first caucus or primary in a state whose population is mostly people of color, so candidates would be foolish to ignore them—especially if they care about climate change. Climate justice is a racial justice issue, after all. The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and Nevada Conservation League shared exclusive poll data with Earther that shows climate change is the top priority for voters in the southwestern state of Nevada. That’s especially ...


- Sanders would use both markets and government to reverse the upward redistribution of income to the already rich. Practical Bernie Sanders voted for Obamacare, but he didn’t give up on his long-term goal of universal health care. (Photo: As Bernie Sanders continues to increase his standing in the Democratic primary, and his opponents in both parties feel the pain, there is an effort to paint him as an extremist of some sort. Someone who might even lose to Trump because of this alleged “radicalism.” But it’s not that easy to make the case on the basis of facts. He has a 40-year track ...


- DURHAM, N.H . It’s one of the ironies of the Donald Trump era. Saddled with the most polarizing president in modern history, the Republican Party finds itself uncommonly united. Yet as they prepare to face off against that same president, the Democrats are sharply divided — and that division will likely get worse before it gets better. The GOP’s unity is a testament both to the plasticity of conservative principles and the mesmerizing hold Trump has on grass-roots Republicans. Today’s GOP is Trump’s party, its tenets pretty much whatever he declares them to be. The Democrats’ ...


- "When Americans—especially millennials—think of 'socialism,' they primarily think about Bernie Sanders, Western European democracies, income equality, and access to healthcare." A new Gallup survey showing most Americans would not be willing to vote for a socialist also revealed that an overwhelming majority of Democratic voters said they would back a candidate like Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is leading in national polls . More than three-quarters of Democratic voters surveyed—76%—told Gallup they would support a presidential candidate who identified as a socialist. A large chunk of ...


- New Hampshire Democrats gave Bernie Sanders a win, but also a warning. Sanders’ durability, based both on his 2016 campaign and the first two contests this year, cannot be questioned. What remains unanswered is how moderates will now come at him and whether Sen. Elizabeth Warren will be able to compete credibly for the progressive wing. Her disappointing fourth-place showing gives supporters little confidence. But Sanders’ liabilities are also clear, at least among a large segment of voters in the party who are wary of the 78-year-old self-identified democratic socialist, and how that ...

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- "We've never, ever seen this kind of organization and mobilization before," said one volunteer. Giselle Hart of Rights and Democracy New Hampshire and Marcela Mulholland of the Sunrise Movement at UNH campus Monday. (Photo: Eoin Higgins/Common Dreams) Volunteers with Rights and Democracy New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Youth Movement, and the Sunrise Movement canvassed the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire for Sen. Bernie Sanders' Democratic presidential bid Monday, a day before Granite State voters head to the polls. "This is a really exciting opportunity for us," Violet ...


- “We are not going to do that here,” the actress told the crowd as they began to loudly boo Hillary Clinton. Actress and one-time New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon got a warm welcome when she took the stage ahead of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at his big rally in Durham, New Hampshire, the night before Tuesday’s primary. But at least some Sanders supporters were not thrilled with her message. “I am so excited. And I am so proud to be here to say that I am all in for Bernie Sanders,” Nixon, who officially endorsed the candidate this past week, began. She then added, ...