Food and Water Watch executive director Wenonah Hauter says the people need to tell the Democratic establishment that it’s too late for incremental changes to address the climate crisis:
In an interview with USA Today Bernie Sanders lays out his plans for the road ahead. A couple excerpts from the article: His presidential aspirations behind him, Bernie Sanders is looking ahead to a busy future in which he continues to focus on nothing less than transforming the Democratic Party and the country. In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, the Vermont senator detailed plans to launch educational and political organizations within the next few weeks to keep his progressive movement alive. The Sanders Institute will help raise awareness of “enormous crises” facing Americans. The Our Revolution political organization will … Continue reading →
DemocracyNow! Interviews with Keith Ellison, Josh Fox and Shailene Woodley in regards to Sanders and the party platform: … Continue reading →
The Clinton-Sanders Unity Summit Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will formally declare an end to their political rivalry Tuesday, a moment that couldn’t come quickly enough for the former secretary of state trying to unite Democrats against Donald Trump. Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, hopes to rev up voters on the left with help from Sanders. The 74-year-old self-described democratic socialist excited the liberal base and won young voters by large margins. The joint rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is a start in putting to rest Democratic fears of a political nightmare scenario: that Sanders might sit on his hands … Continue reading →
In which Jeff Weaver seems pretty clear that Bernie has given up the Presidential fight, and will remain a senator: I am baffled by this. Why give up now? We haven’t hit the conference yet, and we certainly don’t have any real concessions. … Continue reading →
by Philip Weiss at mondoweiss.net In the continuing saga of the presence of Palestine in the Democratic Party platform, Clintonites on the platform committee [Saturday] voted down any reference to settlements and occupation and the misery of Gaza in the draft document. Progressives booed and shouted about the influence of AIPAC, the Israel lobby group, and a dozen stormed out of the hall in Orlando, FL, CNN reports. Cornel West and Maya Berry of the Arab American Institute made inspiring speeches, to naught. West said that Palestine has become the “Vietnam War” issue for young Americans, to raucous applause. And … Continue reading →
Good morning everyone. Just throwing out a quick open discussion thread. As of 4:15 this morning, below is what I am seeing in the news in regards to the Sanders & The Democratic Platform. Discussion to comments of course can center on any and all topics.. just keep it civil (I’ll have a post up soon on what what means to me and thus the site itself).. and have a great day! In platform fight, Sanders loses on trade but wins on minimum wage Bernie Sanders’ campaign is declaring victory after striking deals with Hillary Clinton’s allies over climate change, … Continue reading →
Good morning everyone. I’ve totally avoided the news since yesterday afternoon so I go into the day not knowing much of anything! Fill me in on what you’ve seen!
I did manage to catch a couple good posts over at Marcy Wheeler’s site yesterday.. the first in regards to the first known weaponized drone killing by police in the United States and the other involving the FBI and the scope of the investigation into Clinton:
After having watched five and a half hours of the Clinton investigation hearing today, I’ve got new clarity about what the FBI has been doing for the last year. That leads me to believe that this week’s announcement that DOJ will not charge Clinton is simply a pause in the Clinton investigation(s). I believe an investigation will resume shortly (if one is not already ongoing), though that resumed investigation will also end with no charges — for different reasons than this week’s declination.
Meanwhile Sanders makes a ‘last stand’ with the platform:
With Bernie Sanders expected to endorse Hillary Clinton next week, the Democratic platform meeting that started here Friday afternoon will be his last chance to make his mark on the document that codifies the party’s values and goals.
Sanders got in the presidential race more than a year ago more to advance his ideas than to actually win, many felt, and this moment is what that was all building toward.
Team Sanders is preparing for a final push on a dozen policy items at the first meeting of the full Democratic Platform Drafting Committee, with the top priority being an amendment opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal.
Over two days, the Platform Committee’s 187 members will consider new amendments and changes to the platform, which will then be sent for ratification to the floor of the Democratic National Convention later this month.
Michael Lighty, policy director of the Sanders-aligned National Nurses United union, said everything rides on the Orlando meeting as the Sanders and Clinton campaigns prepare for an endorsement.
“They’re in the final stages of negotiating an agreement between the two campaigns. I don’t know if they’re going to get one, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist here at the Kennedy Space Center to know that once that deal is cut, there’s nothing left on the table. So this is the table,” he said.
I am posting this for discussions sake (I borrowed @nomandates flame-retardant suit) and think the likelihood of such a scenario are about as slim as can possibly get but like I’ve said time and time again, I love a good discussion and hearing all your points of view. Plus I see a good deal of benefit to ‘Progressives’ in having the Green Party reach the thresholds for federal funding and debate participation. Green party’s Jill Stein invites Bernie Sanders to take over ticket Bernie Sanders has been invited to continue his underdog bid for the White House by the Green party’s probable … Continue reading →
Via Politico: Sanders Threatens A Platform Fight Over TPP & Fracking Bernie Sanders has one big demand when the Democratic National Committee’s full platform committee meets in Orlando on Friday: Put the party on record as strongly opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership. When the 187-member panel considers amendments to the draft platform hammered out by the 15-person drafting committee, Sanders’ allies will look to push a long list of policy tweaks: a carbon tax, a ban on fracking, and language promising to expand Medicare. Opposing the TPP — the sweeping 12-nation trade deal negotiated by the Obama administration — is the … Continue reading →
Together we can stop the disastrous Trans-Pacific Partnership. BERNIE SANDERS PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON – Ahead of the final Democratic platform meeting in Orlando this week, 701,618 people signed petitions calling on the party to go on the record in opposition to holding a vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement after the election. Jim Hightower, a Sanders delegate in Orlando, plans to offer an amendment to the platform stating, “It is the policy of the Democratic Party that the Trans-Pacific Partnership must not get a vote in this Congress or in future sessions of Congress.” Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders … Continue reading →
Clinton Adopts Key Piece Of Sanders’ Student Debt Plan (With Caveats) Extending an olive branch to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, Hillary Clinton on Wednesday will announce a plan to make in-state public colleges and universities free for students from families who make less than $125,000 a year. Sanders made free in-state tuition a core plank of his campaign for the Democratic nomination, and Clinton and Sanders discussed the issue in their meeting last month, according to a Clinton aide. Clinton often mocked that plan from Sanders during the primary, saying she didn’t want taxpayers to pay for Donald Trump’s … Continue reading →
by Philip Weiss at mondoweiss.net Election campaigns serve a lot of purposes, and it is increasingly obvious that Israel supporters on whom Hillary Clinton is dependent are using her campaign to put the knife in Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. You will recall that Bernie Sanders’ loyalists on the Democratic platform committee spoke up for Palestinian rights and even BDS at an early meeting of that body, and Cornel West said the party was “beholden to AIPAC”, the leading Israel lobby group. West was on to something. Today Jewish Insider reports that an AIPAC board member sees the Clinton campaign as … Continue reading →
Whatever happened to campaign finance reform? If I remember correctly, in the not to distant past, Campaign Finance Reform was one of the most important issues being discussed. It was certainly a part of 2012 Democratic Platform. But a Google search for “2016 Democratic Party Platform Campaign Finance Reform” turns up nothing about this being an issue for 2016. Perhaps it has something to do with Bernie Sanders success in privately funding a presidential campaign with small donations from millions of regular citizens. On the other hand, perhaps the DNC and the establishment of the Democratic Party don’t want to … Continue reading →
Calling all Birdies! Regardless of who you are planning on voting for in November, we must unite to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)! When presidential candidates across party lines are on record as being against a piece of legislation–you know it shouldn’t pass (see positions Clinton (D), Sanders (D), Trump(R) and Stein (G)). Nevertheless, on Friday June 24th, a majority of members of the Democratic National Convention drafting committee rejected a statement of opposition citing a desire not to be at odds with President Obama. While Sanders renewed pressure on the Democratic Party to oppose the TPP in its platform … Continue reading →