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Bernie makes the gossip column!

Harlem was feelin’ the Bern on Thursday night.

Sen. Bernie Sanders made a surprise appearance at the Jazz Foundation of America’s annual gala concert at the Apollo Theater to honor Harry Belafonte, who, along with Tony Bennett, received a lifetime achievement award from the organization.

“Everybody in this room, in this historic theater tonight knows that Harry has not just been one of the great entertainers of our lifetime, but he has been an incredible and heroic figure in the fight for human dignity, for racial justice and for economic justice,” Sanders, 77, told the crowd. “Harry was there before it was cool to be there. Harry stood with Dr. King, and with the civil rights movement, with the labor movement and with activists all over the world in the fight for human dignity and justice. So it’s just an honor for me to be here tonight to acknowledge to extraordinary life of Harry Belafonte.”


TY, I will file that away…..!

Virginia Lawler
Virginia Lawler

This is a great and so well-deserved tribute to Belafonte, and from a man who himself has devoted his life’s work “in the fight for human dignity, for racial justice and for economic justice” ever since he was an undergrad at the U. of Chicago, where arrested once and hauled off in a paddy wagon for his activism.


Bernie and his campaign want to move on from what happened in 2016

Sanders has publicly expressed confidence in the process this time around, but in terms that suggest he won’t soon forget 2016.

“In 2016, I think I will not shock anybody to suggest that the DNC was not quite evenhanded,” he said during a CNN town hall in February. “I think we have come a long way since then, and I fully expect to be treated quite as well as anybody else.”

In an interview Friday, Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir echoed that optimism.

“If you’re talking to anyone at the Democratic National Committee who’s there now, I’m sure they will tell you that their relationship with the Bernie Sanders campaign is great and that we are operating in good faith and we are talking to each other on an almost daily basis,” he said. “Anyone suggesting that there’s any kind of friction there is living in the past. They are living with some grudges that they are holding onto from a bygone time.”




Regan “Trust but verify” I don’t trust those a##holes at all. They want their Neolib that’s controlled by the corporate donors. Can add the MIC

Virginia Lawler
Virginia Lawler

A very fine quote from thru the years! I also like “When they go low, we go high,” thinking it maybe confuses them a bit.


Article highlights the differences between Beto’s campaign and Bernie’s

The campaign addressed its advances in a recent press call that played up the fact a majority of staffers are female and roughly 40 percent people of color.

“Our success is not just in the money,” campaign co-chair Nina Turner said. “The people power is just as important.”

Weaver, for his part, noted during the call that the nation’s traditional first caucuses in Iowa and primary in New Hampshire would be followed by a more crowded schedule with voting in Nevada and South Carolina in late February and Arizona, California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia in early March.

“A number of campaigns are going to have to make difficult, difficult choices,” Weaver said of how and where to invest money and manpower. “As well as we did in 2016, we are far ahead of where we were in that race. This campaign will have the resources and the volunteer grassroots strength to compete in every single state in the primary process.”


Um, VTDigger.? This is known as “sour grapes.”

But Sanders’ efforts also have spurred negative buzz. His use of private jets to travel to far-flung events has drawn criticism, with staffers of 2016 opponent Hillary Clinton recently asking Politico why he has spent at least $342,000 on such carbon-generating flights over the past two years.

And is rich coming from the campaign that in 2008 used 2 private jets – one for the candidate, one for the press. (I’m not sure & too lazy to look up what she did in 2016). And she only finally allowed the press on her jet when she was running out of money.

Someone peed in VTDigger’s Cheerios. I don’t get it. They could be 7 Days, who Bernie refuses to give the time of day to. Bernie will give VTDigger interviews.


Yeah the article has that, but it actually was mostly complimentary about Bernie’s well-oiled campaign especially compared to Beto’s helter skelter campaign.


Biden has not apologized to any of these women. Instead, in a speech on Friday, he cracked jokes about the situation.

“I just want you to know I had permission to hug Lonnie,” he said, after embracing Lonnie Stephenson, the president of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, at the union’s conference in Washington. The crowd, made up mostly of men, laughed and cheered.

Afterward, he made clear to reporters that he didn’t believe he’d done anything wrong on the whole touching-people front ― ever.

“It wasn’t my intent to make light of anyone’s discomfort. I realize it’s my responsibility to not invade the space of anyone who is uncomfortable in this regard,” said Biden, who is widely expected to announce that he’s running for president soon. But he added, “I’m not sorry for any of my intentions. I’m not sorry for anything that I have ever done. I have never been disrespectful intentionally to a man or a woman.”

By refusing to apologize, Biden has lost an opportunity to show that he understands women’s issues in the current political climate ― something that’s crucial to succeeding in any bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

Flores herself was offended by Biden’s remarks on Friday. “It’s clear @JoeBiden hasn’t reflected at all on how his inappropriate and unsolicited touching made women feel uncomfortable,” she tweeted after the speech. “To make light of something as serious as consent degrades the conversation women everywhere are courageously trying to have.”


Hey Joe, its actually pretty easy in todays world. Let the womem initiate a hug if she wants to, otherwise a hand shake is the norm. Never got in any trouble in any business or social settings by doing this.


Rallies in Muscatine & Burlington today. Rallies tomorrow, too.

A little coverage of last night’s rally.


A western New York man has been charged with threatening to kill US representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

Federal prosecutors announced on Friday that Patrick Carlineo Jr was arrested after placing a threatening call to Omar’s office in Washington DC last month.

The FBI said in a criminal complaint Carlineo called Omar a “terrorist” and threatened to shoot her. The bureau also said Carlineo sounded angry during the call but “spelled his name correctly and provided contact information” to a staffer.

Carlineo told the FBI he is a patriot, “loves the president and that he hates radical Muslims in our government”, the complaint says.


LOL Jenifer Rubin fails to mention that Bernie was at the conference and talks up Elizabeth Warren who I doubt is really her cup of tea. Rubin is so transparent.

Over three days a steady stream of presidential candidates — including Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke and Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) — have appeared at the convention of the National Action Network, headed by Rev. Al Sharpton, to make their case. It was obvious the candidates had been advised to come with proposals that would interest African Americans.

And then there was Warren, who was greeted as a rock star and supercharged the audience. As those who care about policy know, she’s got a bucketful of proposals — on Big Tech, on taxes, on housing, on ethics and more. On Friday, however, she did something smart, namely focus largely on one topic with depth, data and personal biography.