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Staffing up


Bernie Sanders’ campaign will unveil a slate of top hires and kickoff events Wednesday — the latest sign that he plans to harness his record-breaking grassroots army earlier and more strategically than he did during his first run for the White House.

More than 1 million people have signed up to volunteer for his campaign, aides said, and the Sanders team will ask them Wednesday to host house parties across the country on April 27, a date that will double as the official launch of Sanders’ 2020 organizing program.

“If there has ever been a time in American history when our people must stand together in the fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice — now is that time,” Sanders is expected to write in an email to supporters calling on them to hold the events. “In other words, we need to create an unprecedented grassroots political movement.”

The top aides joining Sanders’ organizing team, led by Sandberg, are a mix of new faces and 2016 alumni.

Becca Rast will be the campaign’s national field director, after managing Jess King’s unsuccessful campaign for Congress in Pennsylvania last year. She was a board member of the Sunrise Movement, a group of young environmental activists pushing for the “Green New Deal.”

Hannah Fertig, who helped steer the field and organizing enterprise for Abdul El-Sayed’s failed 2018 gubernatorial campaign in Michigan, will be Sanders’ deputy national field director. She returns from his 2016 bid.

Cole Edwards, another 2016 staffer, will be the campaign’s distributed organizing director. He had the same role during Sanders’ tour in the midterm elections.

Yong Jung Cho, who recently worked as the campaign manager for Kaniela Ing’s losing congressional bid, is taking the role of Sanders’ constituency organizing director. Notably, she was an organizing manager for one of Sanders’ current opponents, Beto O’Rourke, when he nearly upset Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last year.

Sandberg said the organizing team will add more staffers in the coming weeks.


More from the article on differences between 2016 & 2020:

Sandberg guided Sanders’ “distributed organizing” strategy in 2016, which trained his army of supporters to mount their own phone-banking and texting efforts. According to Sandberg, that initiative led to “80,000-volunteer hosted events, 85 million phone calls, 10 million peer-to-peer text messages and also 5 million doors” knocked on in conjunction with Sanders’ field operation.

But that organizing team got off to a late start in 2016, a delay the Sanders operation is intent on not repeating.

“What people don’t realize about the program is that most of that voter contact didn’t even begin until January 2016, and it didn’t actually really achieve scale until March of 2016. We only got the machine fully up and running once by the point that it was almost too late,” Sandberg said. “So we’re very excited this time around that we’re going to give volunteers the tools to do those things right from the jump.”

Another shift: Sandberg said the campaign hopes to “give volunteers more leadership and deeper training” this time around.

Sanders’ email will offer help to those who sign up to host parties: “A member of our team will reach out to make sure you have any support you need along the way.”



But Sen. Bernie Sanders has become a major presence in his second run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

His $18 million fundraising haul and $28 million campaign war chest serves as a reminder that a man who changed the mechanics of the campaign money game last cycle remains a formidable presence. His donation average of $20 in the first quarter means he has an army of committed donors who can give again and again.

Numbers like these matter now more than ever. Democrats have made the number of contributors a criteria for qualifying for debates, and candidates who are swearing off big-dollar donors and PAC support make small-dollar donors outsized in importance.

Rivals have suggested that Sanders can’t recapture the magic of 2016, after getting 43 percent of the total primary vote when there was virtually no other alternative to Hillary Clinton.

But consider what holding even half of that vote share into the primary season would mean in a race with 20-plus candidates. It’s a crowded field, but it’s hard to bet against Bernie as things move along.


From John Nichols at The Nation. (A reminder: The Nation endorsed Bernie during the 2016 Democratic primary. It wasn’t all Joan Walsh with her conflict of interest. And their endorsement of Hillary in the general election was a rarity in its history. One that I hope continues in 2020 when they endorse Bernie over Trump)

When Socialism Was Tried in America—and Was a Smashing Success
For much of the 20th century, Milwaukee was run by socialists—and Time magazine called it “one of the best-run cities in the U.S.”

A snippet

Emil Seidel and Frank Zeidler, the mayors who served before and after Hoan, were Socialists as well. And Milwaukee voters elected dozens of Socialists to the city council, county board, school board, state legislature, and Congress. Milwaukee’s Socialists were so fiscally and socially responsible that historians to this day hail them as exemplars of a uniquely American form of democratic socialism. Zeidler once explained to me, “Socialism as we attempted to practice it here believes that people working together for the common good can produce a greater benefit both for society and for the individual than can a society in which everyone is shrewdly seeking their own self-interest.”


Bernie and Howard Dean never cared for each other personally. But Bernie is following in Dean’s campaign footsteps. Dean’s 2003-2004 campaign was the first POTUS one to raise money via the innertubz (small donations), and campaign via the 50-state-strategy. That formula is working big-time now for Bernie. 🙂 T and R, LD!!


And here is more crap published by the Atlantic, home of Sirota attacker, Edward-Isaac Dovere.


If you want to understand just how radicalized the Democratic Party has become in recent years, look at the ascent of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. A self-proclaimed socialist, Sanders served as mayor of Burlington, Vermont, and was then elected to the House in 1990 and the Senate in 2006. It’s hard to overstate just how left-wing Sanders’s views have been, at least by the standards of American politics.

To more fully grasp the leftward lurch of the Democratic Party, it’s useful to run through some of the ideas that are now being seriously talked about and embraced by leading members of the party—ideas that together would be fiscally ruinous, invest massive and unwarranted trust in central planners, and weaken America’s security.

Progressivism is wrecking the Democratic Party even as crude populism and ethnic nationalism have (for now) wrecked the Republican Party. Both are salvageable and both are worth saving, but that will require individuals who have identified with each party to fight to reclaim them; to show wisdom, decency, and courage in an age of extremism and intemperance.


Rarefied circles have this effect. I hope that few are listening. But I fear that many are. Grrrrrrr.



Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) on Tuesday confronted a top aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, expressing frustration over his private dismissals of “Medicare for All” legislation.

Jayapal, a lead author of the plan, H.R. 1384, told Wendell Primus, who serves as Pelosi’s senior health policy adviser, that she did not appreciate what she perceived as his efforts to undermine lawmakers’ bills. Jayapal pressed him to explain reports that he made disdainful remarks about the proposal in separate meetings with health policy researchers and insurance executives.

“I made it clear that I was not happy,” Jayapal said following a previously scheduled caucus meeting with Primus. “I think it’s really inappropriate for staff representing the Speaker’s office to be undercutting members of our caucus.”

“There are mostly good people in staff, but there are some people who start to think they have to protect democracy from elected officials,” said Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-Calif.), who said Jayapal was “more gracious than I would have been” toward Primus. “I think this may have been one of those instances.”

During the meeting, Primus told progressive members that his remarks were mischaracterized, and that Medicare for All was just a small part of his November discussion with health policy groups, according to Jayapal.

He did not apologize, multiple CPC members told POLITICO, though no apology was explicitly sought.

“I would say it was pretty unapologetic,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said of Primus’ response during the closed-door session. “I think it’s concerning.”

Jayapal emphasized that she views her relationship with Pelosi as separate from Primus, referencing Pelosi’s January commitment to hold a pair of first-ever hearings on Medicare for All.

“She has made it clear that this isn’t necessarily the fix that she at this moment believes in,” Jayapal said. “But she is respectful of me in leading this effort, and I would expect her staff to at least follow that.”


Guess they have to be diplomatic. Everyone knows Pelosi is against it, too.


With Dems like these


While speaking at a conference on Tuesday, Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) spoke out against a popular policy in her party.

Murphy called out the newfound popularity of socialism, saying that she was appalled that the ideology was being discussed as a legitimate form of government at the BakerHostetler conference in Washington.

“I am offended by this whole conversation about socialism,” said Murphy. “The idea that in the greatest democracy, the greatest capitalist system in the world, we’re having casual conversation about socialism, offends me.”

The lawmaker called herself a “proud capitalist,” slamming those that support the failed system.


Ugh. My rep.


Ms. Murphy needs to read up on her history.

From that same John Nichols/The Nation Article I shared earlier:

Norman Thomas, the famed civil-rights and economic-justice campaigner who became the party’s presidential nominee that year, celebrated the fact that he was chosen for that honor in a city governed by Socialists. The success of Milwaukee under then-Mayor Dan Hoan, Thomas said, was proof that the party’s social-democratic “dreams will someday come true.”

“Someday” was dramatically delayed by the results of the 1932 elections. The Socialist ticket did well, securing almost 900,000 votes nationwide and registering its highest percentage of the total vote in Wisconsin. The winner of that year’s race, Democrat Franklin Delano Roosevelt, took notice: He met with Thomas after the election and borrowed liberally from proposals that had long been championed by the Socialists—for a Social Security system, unemployment compensation, strengthened labor unions, and public-works programs. Roosevelt’s New Deal took the wind out of the Socialist Party’s sails in the national arena, but the party remained a force in Milwaukee for decades to come.


LD: what is the latest news about the chemical plant explosions in Houston?



“[DCCC Chairwoman] Cheri Bustos and her people have made an effort the last few months to reach out to progressives, and this was an unforced error that had the net effect of likely losing the DCCC a lot of money, and potentially sidelining talent that could help flip red seats blue,” said Adam Green, who heads the liberal Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

Within hours of the new policy’s announcement, Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) criticized the DCCC. Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley are two of the 10 House Democrats who won their seats by beating sitting members of their own party.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) defended the change on Tuesday, saying the party was still seeking to embrace different perspectives.

“But at the end of the day, the reality is the DCCC has a singular mission, which is to protect and preserve the majority,” said Jeffries, the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

But the policy is having an impact on the thinking of some candidates who are considering their own insurgent bids.

Marie Newman, a Democratic activist who came within 2,100 votes of knocking off Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) in 2018, said the DCCC’s stand was influencing her as she considers whether to take another run at the Chicago Democrat.

“We are weighing that right now. It’s a consideration, I’m not going to lie. If the [DCCC] is going to move in this direction, I’m not going to lie, it’s concerning to me. So that’s one of the final decision points,” Newman told The Hill. “When you’re going to those lengths to ensure that incumbents, no matter who they are, stay in office, that feels like overreach. The policy feels like overreach to me, because it doesn’t feel like it’s entirely democratic, small d.”

Green said the new policy would cost House Democrats money from energized small-dollar donors who respond to solicitations from Ocasio-Cortez and other freshman members. Ocasio-Cortez asked her supporters to “pause” their donations to the DCCC and give instead to endangered Democrats — a solicitation that earned several members a combined $90,000 in the space of just a few hours.

Green had been in discussions with the DCCC about setting up a new fund into which Ocasio-Cortez and others could raise money for like-minded candidates. Those discussions are now on hold.


I’m one of those that made a very small donation when AOC asked. Act blue had a set up where you could donate to all three at once. I imagine they still have it, but those things are sometimes hard to find without a direct link.

Glad to hear about the $90,000!


Not good news from WI. Dems again fail to vote in sufficient numbers in special elections.


The Wisconsin Supreme Court race that liberals needed to win to have a shot at taking majority control of the court next year appeared headed for a recount, with the conservative candidate declaring victory while holding a narrow lead following Tuesday’s election.

A conservative win would increase their majority to 5-2 and ensure their control over the court, which they’ve held since 2008, for years to come. It would be a particularly stinging defeat for liberals, who were confident and riding a wave of wins in 2018, including picking up a Supreme Court seat and ousting Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Conservative Brian Hagedorn, who was Walker’s chief legal counsel for five years, led liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer by 5,911 votes out of 1.2 million cast, based on unofficial results. That is a difference of about 0.49 percentage point, close enough for Neubauer to request a recount but she would have to pay for it.

Hagedorn declared victory early Wednesday morning.


Hope she requests a recount. I know I’m a broken record, but these close races are where machines can make the difference.


Im a little bummed today from that result 🙁 Wi Dems need to get off their asses and vote in every election.



If you needed proof that Americans are going into debt to pay for medical treatment due to the United States’ deeply flawed healthcare system, look no further. Americans borrowed more than $88 billion in the past year to cover healthcare costs, with nearly 3 million individuals borrowing $10,000 or more, according to a new study conducted by Gallup and West Health.

The study, which surveyed more than 3,500 randomly selected adults, paints a stark picture of Americans’ concerns about healthcare costs. Almost half of those surveyed said they feared a major health event would leave them bankrupt, while 77% expressed concerns that rising healthcare costs would damage the U.S. economy. People who can’t afford to pay for healthcare either borrow money or forgo treatment altogether: the study estimates that 65 million adults who had a health issue last year did not seek treatment due to costs.

Americans spend more on health care than other citizens of other countries. Lots more. And despite the reforms of the Affordable Care Act, medical costs are still a factor in more than 66% of bankruptcies, according to a study published earlier this year in the American Journal of Public Health. One of the results of this is dysfunctional system is that more and more people are forced to turn to crowdfunding campaigns to pay for medical bills, like the dystopian popularity contests Stephen Marche wrote about last year. “America is becoming a country so free that everyone must beg to survive, and most will not beg well enough.”


I really want to emphasize this from the LA Times article:

But the number from the Sanders team that is most likely to intimidate rivals is the total amount of cash it has in the bank — $28million, which includes money raised before he launched his current presidential run.

The cash should position Sanders to launch a full-service campaign operation in every state with a contest on or before Super Tuesday on March 3, including some, like California, that other candidates won’t be able to afford to pursue aggressively.

“These resources are going to allow us to compete on all levels in all of the Super Tuesday states,” said Jeff Weaver, a lead Sanders advisor. “A number of [other] campaigns are going to have to make difficult choices.”

This isn’t 2016. From Weaver’s book, they thought they’d raise between $30M – enough for a credible campaign – and $50M – enough for a competitive campaign. In 2019, they’ve raised enough for a credible campaign in 6 weeks.


Good to see your thoughts expressed again, Leu2500.




“The cash should position Sanders to launch a full-service campaign operation in every state with a contest on or before Super Tuesday on March 3,…”


We lurvs our Bernie.



Tortured as Alterman’s whole narrative is, its recurrence in various forms since 2016 illustrates a deeper rot in the way some liberals have come to think about American politics after decades of dominance by the Right. Whether we take such arguments in good faith or not, their implications remain profoundly conservative — essentially precluding ambitious efforts from the left of any kind, even when the available evidence suggests they’re both immensely popular and electorally viable. Given that such efforts are bound to provoke a backlash of one kind or another — from insurance companies, from corporate America, from the Republican Party — Alterman is as good as saying that these should be allowed to limit the terms of liberal and left opposition and their horizons of possibility.

Bernie Sanders’s candidacy has much to commend it, but among its most significant postures is a refusal to engage in the politics of preemptive capitulation still wrongly touted by some liberals as a regrettable political necessity.

After all, why surrender when you can fight?


When is the media going to stop calling these yahoos, “liberals”? I am so sick of seeing this word so badly maligned!


Yeah, I’ve given up on that label. I no longer associate with it, sad to say.

Don midwest
Don midwest

If you are having a bad day


🙂 !


Ny mag reporting that 2 more women have come out with their “handsy” Joe Biden stories. http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/two-more-women-allege-joe-biden-inappropriately-touched-them.html

So, Mika, it’s not just “a Bernie supporter” alleging unwelcome behavior.


Little by little.


The final DK poll was Bernie 33, Buttigieg 18, Warren 12, Harris 11, Biden 8, O’Rourke 6. The poll Had more than 12,000 less responses than last week. (People realizing it’s not worth much?) Below is how Kos spins this

While no one else in the large and fragmented field is close, it’s his worst performance since announcing, and represents a full 7,000 fewer votes than he received two weeks ago. We consider the Straw Poll a measure of support intensity, and Sanders’s is ebbing away.

This is how a couple of commenters viewed it.

The bigger mathematical issue is that these drops should be compared by percentage off peak. From this analysis the headline is that support is broadening as unknown candidates gain recognition.Sanders has dropped 11 from a peak of 44 which is 25%.No where near the drop of Harris of 13 out of 27 which is 48%. Or Beto of 9 out of 15 or a 60% drop. The more valid headline would be Biden loses least from peak honeymoon as Mayor Pete gets biggest initial surge.

Good job Markos. Unfortunately Kamala Harris has seen a 16 point drop in her support since the 2/5 high water mark. Beto has seen a 9 point drop from his high and even Warren has dropped 10 points form her high. OOPS. The rest read like an anti Bernie whinefest by a Clinton supporter who is still bitter over 2016. Not surprising. Sad but not surprising.

Mayor Pete is definitely the new flavor and is taking votes from other candidates.


When you look up “irrelevant” in the dictionary you find Markos’s picture.


Beto is out with his fundraising number: $9.4M. Spinning it as only announced 18 days ago, raising at a greater per day total than Bernie.

I still want to see his fec report in April and see what his small dollar v. large dollar numbers are.



I don’t trust what he reports anyway. Not that it’s far off, but he just seems like someone who would fudge. And how he’s always late.


LOL. Bernie had $10 million in first week so obviously his first 18 days were much higher. After his initial $6.1, he got only $3.3.




I’ve transmitted this info to wotb. We sure do miss you there.


Thanks. But it wasn’t the place for me anymore.


Looks like “Bonespures” is a Trumpcorp family tradition.

Friedrich Trump,(his Grandfather) a German, was issued with the document in February 1905, and ordered to leave the kingdom of Bavaria within eight weeks as punishment for having failed to do mandatory military service and failing to give authorities notice of his departure to the US when he first emigrated in 1885 Roland Paul, a historian from Rhineland-Palatinate who found the document in local archives, told the tabloid Bild: “Friedrich Trump emigrated from Germany to the USA in 1885. However, he failed to de-register from his homeland and had not carried out his military service, which is why the authorities rejected his attempt at repatriation. (Trumpcorps father was born in NYC shortly after his deportation in 1905)
Residents of Kallstadt, a small wine-growing town of about 1,200 people in south-west Germany, joke that the blame for Trump becoming US president-elect lies with the German authorities who threw his grandfather out. They have so far shown little enthusiasm for claiming the businessman turned politician as their own.



Sorry (you know I support Bernie, and I’ve given more than I can afford to his campaign, but HE HAS TO RELEASE HIS TAXES). I’m sorry, but this is really starting to grate. Who else refuses to relhease their taxes? Oh, that would be our president. Bernie’s foot dragging on this looks beyond bad – it has become an issue.



I wish Bernie would get it out of the way as well. The MSM will pick him apart either way if he doesn’t. If there’s something there he has to defend better now while it’s early instead of giving the R’s an Oct. surprise in 2020.


I agree please release the taxes. What could be so bad?


Cue the pearl clutchers in the establishment. Bernie is going to have a town hall on Fox.


Sen. Bernie Sanders will participate in a town hall hosted by Fox News later this month, the network announced Wednesday.

The town hall is slated for April 15 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and will focus on economy and jobs. President Donald Trump won the traditionally Democratic-leaning state in 2016.

Fox News’ Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Story’s Martha MacCallum will moderate the event.

Sanders, who is a leading contender in the sprawling 2020 Democratic field, previously participated in a town hall on Fox News during the 2016 election, alongside Hillary Clinton.

Baier tweeted that he is “looking forward” to moderating Sanders’ event. He also teased the possibility of more town halls, saying “others are in the works.”

The announcement that Fox News would host Sanders received some backlash. Ian MIllhiser, a columnist with the liberal news site ThinkProgress, tweeted a link to the release with the comment, “WTF is Bernie doing?”

Geez, I don’t know, Millhiser. Going on the most-watched cable network? https://www.adweek.com/tvnewser/2018-ratings-fox-news-is-the-most-watched-network-on-cable-for-the-third-straight-year/387943


Think Progess = CAP = Sneera


No problem with Bernie on Fox. He can more than hold his own there.



This might be the west Virginia Townhall I’m always talking about. Bernie cares about people, not so much labels.

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