Bernie Sanders campaign veterans rally behind Michigan’s El-Sayed
A growing slate of Democratic operatives and young progressive organizers who made their bones on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential primary campaign are lining up in 2018 behind another political insurgent, Michigan gubernatorial candidate Dr. Abdul El-Sayed.
Michigan was the site of what many in Berniecrat circles still consider their most emboldening 2016 victory. After trailing by double digits in most polls in the days and weeks leading up to the vote, Sanders narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton — a result that seemed to surprise him as much as anyone else — and reignited his flagging campaign.
The candidate profiles have changed, but a similar upset for El-Sayed — front-runner Gretchen Whitmer, a former state Senate minority leader, won a quick round of labor endorsements (though the United Auto Workers have remained notably uncommitted) and led heavily in early polling — would confirm to the Democratic left that its populist playbook for the upper Midwest, and possibly beyond, is a sustainable one.
Now, key members of the group that helped deliver Michigan to Sanders are returning, or hunkering down, to boost El-Sayed, the 33-year-old former Detroit Health Department leader described by activist and supporter Linda Sarsour as “our younger version of Bernie.”
Winnie Wong, co-founder of The People for Bernie Sanders — which has endorsed El-Sayed, as have a number of local Our Revolution chapters — and an outspoken progressive rabble-rouser, has been hired as a paid consultant to the campaign. She was introduced to El-Sayed, alongside Our Revolution President Nina Turner, by Sarsour in Detroit at the Women’s Convention.
“This is really a moment when we can test our ability to actually organize and put together the ‘A-team’ to get behind Abdul,” Wong said.
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Sanders praises Iceland for equal pay law
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) praised Iceland’s new equal pay law in a Facebook post on Tuesday and urged Americans to “not lose sight” expanding women’s rights.
“We must follow the example of our brothers and sisters in Iceland and demand equal pay for equal work now, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality or nationality,” Sanders wrote.
As we fight back Republican efforts to revert women’s rights to second-class, it is important to not lose sight that our real goal is to move forward and expand women’s rights,” he continued.
Iceland became the first country to enact an equal pay law on Monday.
The legislation requires companies employing at least 25 people to obtain government certification of their equal pay policies.
Not content on highlighting a single issue, Sanders also took to twitter on Tuesday to share this video in support of single payer:
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Bernie Sanders Rips GOP Tax Plan: ‘Terrible Proposal’
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday ripped the Republican tax-reform plan as a “terrible proposal” being “paid for by the billionaire class who control the political process.”
“It’s a bad idea,” Sanders, the Vermont Independent and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, told Anderson Cooper on CNN.
It’s going to throw 13 million Americans off the health insurance they currently have, including about six million people on Medicaid.
“It’s going to raise premiums by about 10 percent for ordinary Americans.”
Sanders attributed both plans to GOP’s effort to “give huge tax breaks to corporations and make them permanent.
“What this whole business is about is the power that big money has in American politics, as a result of our corrupt campaign-finance system.
“Billionaires and millionaires have brought hundreds of millions of dollars into the political process, supporting Republican candidates — and today is payback time for them.
“Huge tax breaks for the rich, huge tax breaks for multinational corporations,” Sanders said. “Meanwhile, at the end of 10 years, tens of millions of American families in the middle class are going to be paying for more taxes.”
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Arkansas Democrats rely on political newcomers
Paul Spencer teaches politics and government to high school students in Little Rock and for the past several years led a group that’s pushed for stricter ethics rules and campaign finance limits. He’s never held elected office or appeared on the ballot, but he’s now hoping to retake a central Arkansas congressional seat in what had been a reliably Democratic district.
Spencer faces a steep challenge in trying to win the 2nd Congressional District seat, as does a nonprofit executive running for the 3rd District seat in northwest Arkansas as well as a “semi-retired” rancher and farmer campaigning for the 1st District in the eastern part of the state. None of the three Democratic congressional hopefuls have ever held elected office before. It shows the difficulty Democrats may have in finding well-known candidates in a state where Republicans hold a firm grip on the top offices, but also is a sign that dissatisfaction with President Donald Trump’s agenda could draw candidates from outside the party’s traditional bench.
“This is going to be the great litmus test of American democracy,” Spencer said. “If the people are ready for a change from the status quo, maybe they are ready to start choosing people from their community. That’s the way the system was set up in the first place under our constitution.”
From Spencer’s Official Website:
CAMPAIGN FINANCE AND ETHICS
Elections that reflect the will of the people are paramount to upholding the integrity of a representative democracy. We must begin by acknowledging some basic truths:
Although non-human entities such as corporations, labor unions, etc., enjoy certain protections under law, they do not possess the same rights that are Constitutionally guaranteed to actual human persons in our electoral system.
Money spent on campaigns should not be equated with the political speech rights of actual humans.
This campaign operates under these core values and as such will only accept contributions from actual people.
Healthcare is a human right, not a privilege. Despite their divisions, Americans agree we need to fix our broken healthcare system. Compared to the other major nations of the world, we spend the most money on healthcare, yet we have a shorter average life expectancy to show for it. We must join the rest of the developed world and expand access to high quality healthcare to every citizen regardless of age or income. Universal coverage through a Medicare For All program will guarantee cost-effective healthcare to all citizens. We owe it to our future generations and to our country’s economic stability to fight for healthcare for all Americans.
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