I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can. I've had #Enough
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) June 15, 2016
Senate Democrats took the chamber floor to filibuster for stricter gun control legislation Wednesday, just days after a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring dozens of others.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, began stalling work on a spending bill Wednesday morning, hoping to push the Senate into considering two gun control measures that would require universal background checks for all firearm purchases and would bar anyone on a no-fly terror watch list from buying guns. By late Wednesday night, he was still going.
“This isn’t new to me, but I’m at my wit’s end. I’ve had enough,” said Murphy, who has been a vocal gun control advocate since the Sandy Hook massacre shook Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. “I’ve had enough of the ongoing slaughter of innocents, and I’ve had enough of inaction in this body.”
“I’m going to remain on this floor until we get some signal — some sign — that we can come together on these two measures, that we can get a path forward on addressing this epidemic in a meaningful, bipartisan way,” he added.
On Twitter, Murphy said he would continue speaking “for as long as I can.”
Murphy, who began speaking on the floor around 11:21 a.m. Wednesday, swapped out with other Democratic senators during the extended debate. Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, and Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, all joined in with Murphy’s legislative agenda.
I stand with @ChrisMurphyCT to demand common sense gun safety. We can't allow guns to fall into the hands of people who shouldn't have them.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 15, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s campaign isn’t considering primary rival Bernie Sanders as her running mate, but is actively looking at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, whose populist politics line up closely with Mr. Sanders, people familiar with the process said.
The vetting remains in its early stages. So far, potential candidates have been scrutinized using publicly available information. The Clinton team hasn’t asked anyone to submit tax returns or other personal information, one of the people said. Conversations with Mrs. Clinton herself about options are just now beginning.
Beyond the Massachusetts senator, other prospective candidates include Labor Secretary Tom Perez; Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; Sens. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Cory Booker of New Jersey; Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Reps. Xavier Becerra of California and Tim Ryan of Ohio, several Democrats said.
Asked Tuesday if she would consider Mr. Sanders, Mrs. Clinton told Telemundo, “I haven’t even begun to sort all that out.” She added, “There are a lot of really qualified, dynamic candidates, I’m sure, to be considered for vice president.”
The search process is being led by John Podesta, the campaign chairman. Longtime Clinton adviser Cheryl Mills also is an informal adviser.
— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) June 15, 2016
To understand Bernie Sanders’ unwillingness to concede the Democratic presidential nomination race to Hillary Clinton, take a look at some of the Twitter hashtags used by his supporters:
Clinton has effectively locked up the nomination, but Sanders continues to say he’ll take his fight to transform the Democratic Party — and the country — all the way to the party’s national convention in Philadelphia in July. His supporters, it seems, will accept nothing less.
“We will never stand down,” tweeted “Women for Bernie” on Sunday. “It’s not over.
Some polls in recent months show anywhere from about 25% to 50% of Sanders backers weren’t ready to support Clinton either as the nominee or in a matchup with the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.
Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion in New York, said more Sanders voters likely will shift to Clinton as a “thaw” between the two candidates takes hold. That process will be guided partly by the signals Sanders sends to his supporters, he said.
“He has continually said that the worst thing would be for Trump to win,” Miringoff said. “Given that he understands the math, that sort of means that he has to support Hillary Clinton.”
Sanders will speak Thursday night to grass-roots supporters in a live, online video message from his home town of Burlington, Vt., about continuing his “political revolution.” That follows his meeting with Clinton on Tuesday night, hours after Clinton won the District of Columbia’s primary, the final nominating contest of the 2016 presidential primary season. The two discussed shared priorities, such as raising the minimum wage, affordable college and campaign finance reform.
Those retirees know that Bernie is the only one who would protect their social security pic.twitter.com/KcNZXUnNEy
— Sara Cohen (@saracohennyc) June 16, 2016
In just one day during his current campaign for the Vermont state senate, Chris Pearson raised over $28,000. During dinner alone, he raised $3,000.
However, contrary to the way many politicians typically raise money, the donations did not come from established fundraisers who paid to meet or eat with Pearson. Rather, the money came from an army of small donors across the country, spurred by an email from Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
On May 24, the Sanders campaign sent out an email blast endorsing a number of state legislative candidates and asking donors to split donations between Sanders and the local campaigns. One of those campaigns belonged to Pearson, who had worked for Sanders during his 1998 congressional campaign and is currently a state representative.
In a campaign email sent two weeks later, Sanders updated his supporters and wrote that Pearson had received donations from 10,000 people and his campaign was now entirely funded for the rest of the election.
“I feel like I won the political lottery in a way,” Pearson said of receiving Sanders’ support.
as Sanders winds down his campaign in the wake of Clinton being crowned the Democrats’ presumptive nominee, the network of activists he has created remains a potent tool for progressives with the potential to have a far reaching impact.
“What’s successful here is that there is a large group of people who’ve been activated and there’s a good chance to keep them active, and that’s terribly important to rebuild our democracy,” said Eric Kingson, a congressional candidate in upstate New York who has also received an endorsement and fundraising email from Sanders. Kingson said that the day of Sanders’ email, he received over 5,000 individual donations, whereas the most he had previously received in one day was fewer than 30.
— People For Bernie (@People4Bernie) June 16, 2016
It’s the question on the top of Bernie Sanders’ supporters minds, as the results for Washington, D.C. come in and the Democratic National Convention looms in the near future. Is there a chance that California might still flip for Bernie Sanders? Sanders supporters were angered when news organizations declared Clinton the presumptive nominee and the winner of the California primary the night before the elections happened. But now with millions of votes still waiting to be counted, is there a chance that the delegate-rich state could still flip for Sanders?
Here’s what you need to know.
First, a look at the current numbers. According to AP as of June 14, Bernie Sanders has 1,502,043 votes to Hillary Clinton’s 1,940,580 votes. That means Clinton is taking away 269 delegates to Sanders’ 206 delegates. Supporters of Sanders were confused by this outcome, when early exit polls of absentee ballots gave the edge to Sanders.
The current numbers are based on partially reporting precincts. That’s important to remember — 100 percent of precincts have reported, but they have only reported partially. (The Secretary of State website has a more updated count that shows Sanders gaining slightly as of June 15. The vote count there is 2.36 million to 1.88 million, with a percentage of 55.1 for Clinton to 44 for Sanders.)
As more votes are counted, the difference between Sanders and Clinton has narrowed. Already, some counties in California have flipped for Sanders. If you compare the election map from the LA Times (which has not been updated at the time of publication) to the Secretary of State’s map, you can see which counties flipped for Bernie as more votes have come in. Among those counties, according to the two maps, are San Luis Obispo, Glenn, and Santa Barbara.
Some counties are saying it may be until July 7 before all the votes in California are counted. The deadline for certifying the results is July 8.
This is where things get a little confusing. Not all the votes have been counted yet. This PDF document by the California Secretary of State gives you a detailed look at the unprocessed ballots for the election per county, and which ones are provisional vs vote-by-mail vs “other.” In the entire state, 1.959 million ballots are still uncounted. 712,849 of these are provisional and 1.173 million are vote-by-mail. Many of the provisional ballots, and many of the vote-by-mail ballots, are NPP (No Party Preference) voters who support Sanders.
— Australia for Bernie (@OzForBernie) June 16, 2016
If public schools are to realize their democratizing potential, progressive activists must organize and act on an agenda that counters the neo-liberal view of education that currently dominates. We want to believe that public schools serve us, the public, “We, the people.” We want to believe that schools strengthen our democracy, our ability to meaningfully participate in the decision-making processes that impact our communities and our lives. Educational resources need to be directed towards increasing people’s awareness of the relevant facts about their lives, and to increase people’s abilities to act upon these facts in their own true interests. For the past twenty years significant efforts have been made to establish a statist view of schools that treats teachers as mere appendages to the machinery of the state and seeks to hold them accountable to serving the interests of state and corporate power. Linked as it is to the interests of private wealth, this view defines children’s value in life as human resources and future consumers. In order to combat this movement, progressive media outlets must begin doing more to alert the public to the disastrous consequences it holds for our schools, our children, and our democracy.
Progressives everywhere must begin doing more to demand that our institutions of public education foster critical citizenship skills to advance a more viable and vibrant democratic society. They must push for schools to become organized around preparing young people for active, democratic citizenship through engagement with real-world issues, problem-solving, and critical thinking, and through active participation in civic and political processes. Informed citizenship in a broad-based, grassroots democracy must be based on principles of cooperation with others, non-violent conflict resolution, dialogue, inquiry and rational debate, environmental activism, and the preservation and expansion of human rights. These skills, capacities, and dispositions need to be taught and practiced in our nation’s schools.
Progressives must also push harder to ensure that all schools are funded equally and fully, eliminating the dependence on private corporate funds and on the property tax, which creates a two-tiered educational system by distributing educational monies inequitably. Promoting greater equality in educational opportunity must also include demands for universal pre-k and tuition-free higher education for all qualified students in state universities. The past two decades have witnessed the increasing involvement of corporations in education in terms of supplementing public spending in exchange for school-based marketing (including advertising space in schools and textbooks, junk fast food and vending machines, and commercial-laden “free” TV). We believe that students should not be thought of as a potential market or as consumers, but as future citizens. We must work for the elimination of advertising in schools and curricula and of the marketing of unhealthy products on school grounds.
As described above, the current system uses “carrots and sticks” to coerce compliance with an alienating system of schooling aimed at inducing conformity among teachers and students through high stakes testing. This system alienates teachers from their work by stripping it of all creative endeavor and reduces it to following scripted lesson plans. We believe that teaching is a matter of the heart, that place where intellect meets up with emotion and spirit in constant dialogue with the world around us. Advancing a more democratic vision of education requires us to work toward the elimination of high stakes standardized tests, and the institution of more fair, equitable, and meaningful systems of accountability and assessment of both students and schools.
In my view, every worker in America should be guaranteed at least twelve weeks of paid family and medical leave.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 15, 2016