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Bernie Sanders Delights San Diegans, Including Centenarian, 3-Foot Head

He was old enough to be Bernie Sanders’ father — yet might not have voted for the Vermont senator in 2016.

But 100-year-old Sidney Walton, wearing his World War II veteran cap, was among thousands to hear the 77-year-old presidential candidate Friday evening in San Diego.

“He likes everybody,” said his son Paul, who cares for Sidney in Rancho Bernardo. “He finds good things in everybody” — including President Trump.

So who did his father vote for in 2016? Paul says Dad won’t say.
“We try to be diplomatic and nice to everyone,” he said minutes before Sanders gripped a lectern and saluted Walton as a “special guest … a World War II veteran, 100 years old.”


Also present was Vista’s Jon Hansen, wearing a 3-foot-high papier-mâché Bernie head (with a view only of people’s feet).

Hansen, in his early 40s, is CFO of a business that makes honey wine, or mead — “which is what the Greek gods drink.”

The specially commissioned head has made the rounds, even the East Coast, but landed back with a La Jollan named Jerry Malamud before being picked up by Hansen a few days ago.

“I was really down with what (Sanders) was saying,” said Hansen, the focus of many selfies. “A good vibe. If he only can do a quarter of what he says, we’ll be in a very good place.”

Hansen’s girlfriend, Chrystal Coleman, is a real-estate agent (and sometimes a hairstylist and event planner). She said she was active in the 2011 Occupy movement, when she discovered Sanders.

“He’s my all-time favorite politician,” she said. “He’s my rock star.”


Park rental office says it can hold close 4K for events. I think there were more, excluding the MAGA protesters.



Democratic Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris Makes First Texas Campaign Appearance, Talks Mueller Report

Democratic Presidential Candidate Kamala Harris called on Attorney General William Barr to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

“That report needs to be made public. The American people have a right and need to know. The underlying evidence that supports that report should be made public. Attorney General Barr should be called to testify under oath before the United States Congress.”

About 400 people came to Grapevine to see the California Senator who answered questions from Tarrant County Democratic Party Chair Deborah Peoples.

When asked about healthcare, Harris referred to President Donald Trump’s renewed criticism of the late Arizona Senator John McCain, who changed his mind and voted to save Obamacare, after he campaigned to repeal it. “The late great John McCain (clapping) put country above party. You will remember he said no.”

Senator Harris brought Democrats to their feet when she said, “I know how to prosecute the case against Donald Trump.”

She criticized President Donald Trump’s expanded barrier or wall along the Texas-Mexico border as his “vanity project.”

Harris called for a $6,000 tax credit for people who pay more than 30% of their income toward rent and utilities.


Harris left the event in Grapevine without taking any questions from reporters.

Grapevine is just on the outskirts of Dallas located close to DFW airport. 400 is.. ok. When I saw Beto there for his senate campaign it was probably about 1000 or so. When I saw Bernie in 2015 he had around 6-7k for events arranged with short notice. I’ll be paying close attention and trying to get to as many of these candidate events as I can, but couldnt make it to this one.


She got 2400 in Houston today.

Although Beto flipped Tarrant for his race in 2018, Grapevine is still pretty conservative.


Numbers for Bernie in Dallas and Houston in July 2015, for comparison to KH:

Sanders’ daylong trip to Texas easily represented the most well-attended visit to the state by any presidential candidate so far this election cycle. His campaign said 8,000 people turned out in Dallas, while 5,200 showed up in Houston.



And, at that time, he was virtually unknown.


Sanders staffs up 2020 campaign

Here are the members of Sanders’ campaign team:

• Faiz Shakir, Campaign Manager
Shakir previously worked as the ACLU’s national political director, overseeing the organization’s Washington office and state advocacy and policy departments. Shakir has a reputation for being well-connected in liberal circles. He has limited campaign experience, but has worked as a senior adviser to former Democratic Senate leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Shakir also founded the blog ThinkProgress.org, a news site from the progressive Center for American Progress Action Fund. He is the first Muslim campaign manager for a major presidential campaign.

• Rene Spellman, Deputy Campaign Manager
Spellman is returning to Sanders’ presidential campaign team — in 2016, she was the Sanders’ team’s national director of traveling press and media logistics, where she was said to “run a tight ship.” She got her start in politics as a youth vote director on Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and then as a senior adviser in Florida during his 2012 re-election campaign. She was the campaign manager on Georgia businessman Jim Barksdale’s failed 2016 U.S. Senate campaign. Most recently, Spellman worked for the Creative Artists Agency, an L.A.-based talent agency, where she connected clients with advocacy and philanthropic work.

• Ari Rabin-Havt, Chief of Staff
Rabin-Havt is an in-house hire for the Sanders’ campaign; he was deputy chief of staff in Sanders’ Senate office. Rabin-Havt has a background in media: He worked for The Agenda on SiriusXM and at Media Matters for America. He also served as an adviser to former Vice President Al Gore and former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid.

• Analilia Mejia, Political Director
Mejia comes to the campaign from the New Jersey Working Families Alliance, where she served as executive director, defecting from home state loyalties to Sen. Cory Booker. Her background is largely grassroots and labor organizing in New Jersey and the Midwest, and she’s worked on issues like $15 minimum wage and automatic voter registration. She has worked for organizations like the Service Employees International Union, Unite Here, Workers United and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, among others.

• Sarah Badawi, Deputy Political Director
Badawi worked as a senior adviser on Sanders’ 2018 Senate campaign. Previously, she served as legislative affairs director for the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

• Claire Sandberg, National Organizing Director
Sandberg worked as distributed organizing director on Sanders’ 2016 campaign, and has a background in a Michigan gubernatorial race and in health care reform. Recently, she has repeatedly defended Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Twitter, saying Omar was “unfairly vilified” for the calling-out of AIPAC, a controversial move that some said was anti-Semitic.

• Josh Orton, Policy Director
Orton is another transfer from Sanders’ Senate office, where he worked as a senior adviser. Orton previously worked for Sens. Russ Feingold and Harry Reid, as well as for the nonprofit NARAL Pro-Choice America.

• Heather Gautney, Senior Policy Adviser
A sociology professor at Fordham University, Gautney served as a senior policy adviser on the Senate Budget Committee when Sanders was the committee’s ranking member. She worked as a senior researcher for Bernie 2016, and as a legislative fellow in Sanders’ office from 2012-13.

• Arianna Jones, Communications Director
Jones is a veteran on Sanders’ communication team. She served as deputy communications director on the 2016 campaign, and as the senior communications adviser for Friends of Bernie Sanders, Sanders’ Senate campaign committee. She has also worked as a senior vice president at Revolution Messaging, a progressive public relations agency, and as a producer for MSNBC.

• Sarah Ford, Deputy Communications Director
Since working as national deputy press secretary on Bernie 2016, Ford worked on Cynthia Nixon’s unsuccessful New York gubernatorial bid, did public relations for labor unions, and was a communications adviser for Friends of Bernie Sanders.

• Briahna Joy Gray, National Press Secretary
Coming to the campaign from The Intercept, where she worked as a columnist and senior politics editor, Gray is one of the bigger names on Sanders’ team. A recent New York Magazine article called Gray out for left-wing factionalism, noting that she dismissed reports of Russia hacking Democratic emails in 2016, to the dismay of Sanders supporters who said it distracted from the content of the emails. A strong supporter of ranked-choice voting, she ultimately cast her ballot for Jill Stein. Previously, Gray worked as a lawyer at a boutique New York litigation firm.

• David Sirota, Senior Communications Adviser & Speechwriter
Sirota comes from a career in journalism, as an investigative reporter at Newsweek/IBT and Capital & Main, a columnist at The Guardian, and a radio host in Denver. He has also had a few political gigs, including working as Sanders’ House press secretary in the early 2000s. Sirota came under fire for allegedly presenting as an independent journalist while already advising Sanders.

• Georgia Parke, Senior Social Media Strategist
Parke has served in Sanders’ Senate office since 2016 as digital director, managing the senator’s social media pages.

• Tim Tagaris, Senior Adviser
Tagaris worked as digital fundraising director during Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. Tagaris has led small-dollar fundraising for organizations like Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence, VoteVets, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy and Stacey Abrams’ Georgia gubernatorial campaign.

• Robin Curran, Digital Fundraising Director
Curran did fundraising work during the 2018 election cycle as email director for the Democratic National Committee. She has also worked on several progressive campaigns, including Bernie 2016. She faces high expectations in the role after the 2020 campaign’s $6 million first day, a figure that far outpaced that of the competition.


Whenever I google Bernie, Fox News nonsense pops up. I usually ignore it, but this time they are reporting on an FEC complaint.

>A new complaint by the Coolidge Reagan Foundation filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) notes that three members of the Sanders campaign are foreign nationals, which appears to be a violation of federal election laws that prohibit foreign interference.

>Maria Belén Sisa, Sanders’ deputy national press secretary who joined the campaign last month, was among the staffers named in the complaint, as first reported by the Washington Free Beacon. Sisa claims to be an illegal immigrant whose residency is protected under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era program for assisting illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

If you look at the fine print on act blue, etc, you’ll notice that green card holders can legally donate to campaigns. Green card holder = can legally work in the US. So I googled “can DACA recipients legally dork in the US,” supecting that the answer was “yes.”

Using this power, DHS has generally permitted aliens who obtain relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to seek employment in the United States. Aliens who qualify for DACA relief—namely, certain aliens who came to the United States as children, lack lawful immigration status, and have not engaged in activities that render them ineligible for relief—may be permitted to remain in the United States and receive work authorization for renewable two-year periods


Too bad the Coolidge Reagan Foundation doesn’t have a google machine. If they did, they could also have looked up how another FEC complaint re foreign workers & the Bernie 2016 campaign was resolved. In 2016, several Aussies came over to volunteer on Bernie’s campaign. The Australian Labor Party paid their airfare. The airfare was the problem, not the Aussie volunteers, and Bernie’s campaign agreed to a fine rather than fight it in court.



It’s just to get stuff in the news. They don’t care if they have a chance of winning. It’s like the complaints against AOC.


Thanks for the research and post.


First, I am truly sorry for the following.

This has got to be one of the best typos I have seen in some time:

“can DACA recipients legally dork in the US,”

The definition I grew up with of “dork” is inept or idiot. I do not see why a DACA recipient can not be as inept as a non-immigrant idiot.

Again, sorry! However, it does mean that I read your whole statement. Thanks for the rebuttal to the dorks!


Once the site of Bernie Sanders’ last stand, California now is pivotal to his 2020 prospects

Tim Johnson hasn’t stopped feeling the Bern.

A committed Bernie Sanders acolyte since 2016, Johnson was at a UCLA labor strike on Wednesday to watch the senator make his first California appearance as a 2020 presidential candidate. He’s taking part in Sanders rallies this weekend as well.

“It’s like our wildest dream came true,” Johnson said of Sanders’ second presidential bid. “It’s actually happening.”

This time, however, both Johnson’s favorite candidate and his home state enjoy new prominence. Sanders is a Democratic front-runner, not an improbable insurgent. And California will not be the place of a symbolic last stand, as it was for Sanders before, but key territory to mine delegates and build momentum.

“It’s radically different,” said Ben Tulchin, Sanders’ San Francisco-based campaign pollster.

With its earlier primary on March 3 — and mail ballots going out a month prior — California is considered by the Sanders campaign to be among the crucial “first five,” lumping the Golden State in with traditional early nominating contests in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada.

By holding successive rallies this weekend in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, Sanders is signaling plans to mount an aggressive bid for California, capitalizing on his demonstrated fundraising prowess and cadre of devoted followers such as Johnson. A waterfront rally in San Diego on Friday evening had the feel of aficionados gathered for the reunion of a favorite band, with many showing up in Bernie gear.

Sanders also has the advantage of being the only candidate in the burgeoning Democratic field to have run a presidential campaign in California before, though one of his opponents, Sen. Kamala Harris, does have the benefit of having won three statewide races.

“There is no doubt he has a base here of some size that is highly committed to Bernie Sanders,” said Garry South, a veteran Democratic strategist based in Los Angeles. But, he cautioned, “I don’t think he can count on getting every single vote he got in 2016. He’s going to have to keep a fair proportion of those voters in the fold while reaching out to new voters.”


Gripped by ALS, Social Justice Activist Ady Barkan Inspires With Story of ‘The Best Hug I’ve Ever Had’

How important is a hug? What’s the value of ‘precious beauty’ in a world full of atrocities and deceit?

Healthcare and social justice campaigner Ady Barkan, who rose to national prominence as as an outspoken critic of the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress even as he suffered from the debilitating disease known as ALS, answered that question late Friday night with an eloquent, heartbreaking, and very personal thread on Twitter that also served as a reminder to other progressives about the human side of the political battles waged in Washington, DC and far beyond.

The topic: the best hug ever from his young child.

He wrote:


(click the tweet to read the entire thread)


Israel’s Netanyahu to play Trump card in tight election

Israel’s April election has at times felt like it might be Benjamin Netanyahu’s last. But even as he tries to fend off a string of corruption accusations, the prime minister cannot be counted out. He has survived 13 years in office, and he now has a Trump card up his sleeve.

Netanyahu will use that card on Monday when he arrives in Washington to bask at the White House in the warmth of his relationship with Donald Trump, whose popularity has soared in Israel as it has sagged almost everywhere else in the world.

Even before the Israeli prime minister’s arrival, Trump bestowed an electoral gift, declaring US readiness to endorse Israeli sovereignty of the Golan Heights, a plateau Israel captured from Syria and occupied more than half a century ago. Accepting the annexation of conquered land is unprecedented in modern US history and runs counter to the founding principles of the United Nations. The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, was on hand in Jerusalem to celebrate with Netanyahu when Trump tweeted out his decision on Thursday.

Pompeo, an evangelical Christian, helped amplify Netanyahu’s tendency to frame the current political moment as an echo of biblical episodes when the very survival of the Jews was at stake. Asked by an evangelical broadcasting network whether Trump was a latter-day Queen Esther, an ancient heroine celebrated as the saviour of the Jews in this week’s Purim holiday, Pompeo replied: “As a Christian, I certainly believe that’s possible.”

The shared theological – frequently apocalyptic – language, has helped bond an alliance with American evangelicals which is key to Netanyahu’s clout in US politics. Pompeo underlined the symbolism of that coalition by visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem with Netanyahu, becoming the first senior US official to visit the contested Old City accompanied by an Israeli counterpart.

Coming after the decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to move the US embassy there, Thursday’s Golan declaration served to boost the central message of Netanyahu’s campaign: that only “King Bibi” could get an American leader to implement hawkish policies on Syria, Iran and the Palestinians that previous US presidents dismissed as catastrophic for Middle East peace.

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