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Sure, it’s not even 2020 yet — heck, it’s not even that close — but election season is coming to Asheville.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will get the presidential campaign season rolling in Asheville when he makes an appearance at Asheville Salvage Station at noon May 17.

In the 2016 Democratic primary, Sanders won 15 of 18 counties in Western North Carolina. He had his best results in Buncombe County, where he easily defeated eventual party nominee Hillary Clinton with 31,146 votes, compared to 17,698 for Clinton.

The upshot is the event will likely be well attended, so here are some things you need to know:

Asheville will be in play in 2020, and Sanders likely wants to generate enthusiasm among his base early on.

“I think the candidates are probably going to start paying more attention to North Carolina, because we are part of the big Super Tuesday primary after the first couple of states have their primaries,” said Michael Bitzer, a political science professor at Catawba College. “North Carolina, with no real home candidate to go for, is pretty much up for grabs on the Democratic side.”

North Carolina, which has 110 primary delegates at stake, will join 14 other states in holding its Democratic primary March 3, 2020.

After speaking here, Sanders will travel to Charlotte for a 5:30 p.m. rally.



I will soon announce a comprehensive plan to reform and reinvest in America’s public education system to combat racial and economic segregation. I will stand with groups like the NAACP in calling for a ban on for-profit charter schools and a moratorium on federal funding of new charters until we can ensure they’re operating with transparency and accountability.

When we are in the White House, my administration will support local school integration initiatives and I will appoint judges who uphold desegregation orders. We will pay teachers the fair wages they deserve, and make sure that school funding is equitable. The quality of a child’s education should not be determined by her zip code or by the family she was born into.

Thurgood Marshall once said that it is a right of all children to get “an equal start in life and to an equal opportunity to reach their full potential as citizens.” He declared that “children who have been denied that right in the past deserve better than to see fences thrown up to deny them that right in the future.”

Our school system can no longer put up fences for black and brown children. On this 65th anniversary of the Brown vs Board of Education decision, we are going to tear down those barriers and create an education system that works for all people, not just the wealthy and powerful.


More like this, please!


Because climate change is THE most important issue, I think I would put Inslee up there after Bernie and Warren. Plus I like how he’s willing to take on Biden.


Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday repeatedly called out Joe Biden for his approach on climate, suggesting that the former vice president is naive about working with Republicans on the issue.

Inslee, who rolled out a sweeping $3 trillion jobs plan that projects the creation of 8 million jobs over 10 years by fighting climate change, has made clear throughout his 2020 run that he is willing to fault his Democratic opponents on the issue. And Biden, whose campaign told Reuters earlier this month that the former vice president wanted to propose a climate change plan that appealed to environmentalists and blue-collar voters alike, has not been spared.

“I was concerned, like most everyone was, of the comments coming out of this campaign,” Inslee told reporters during a Thursday event at DC Water’s Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant in Washington, DC. “I will reserve judgment until we see what Joe Biden actually proposes. And I will wait and see if he can match the commitments that I have made to the American people. If he does that, I think it will be a great day for the Democratic Party, but to do so, he’s going to have to up his game and say categorically we cannot be shackled to coal jobs forever.”

Inslee continued, “He is going to have to say that we have to remove our reliance on fossil fuels from the electrical grid. I have not seen to date any suggestion that he could do that.”


Same here, jcb. Inslee also has the experience of an active state governor similar to Carter and FDR. Some states’ governor positions are much weaker: the lt. gov. has more power. Still wary of Warren. T and R, LD!!


Like Gabbard, strikes me as a 15%er, with his narrow-issue focus and lack of name recognition outside of his region. Unless these campaigns can demonstrate they are doing more good than harm, I am against them.


Yes, I know it is long (I only seem to do long), but it is packed full of facts and ideas that most people are not acquainted with. Zinn touches on the effectiveness of social movements as well as highlighting the realities of war.

“All wars are wars against children.” — Zinn


Interesting campaign strategy:

Trump to release migrants in Florida’s Broward, Palm Beach counties

MIAMI – The Trump administration is preparing to release hundreds of asylum-seeking migrants caught along the southern border into Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties, with no apparent plan to house, feed or care for them, according to local officials who have been briefed on the plans.

Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen said Thursday that Customs and Border Protection officials told him they would unload about 1,000 migrant families each month, evenly split between the two counties, for an unknown period of time.

Maybe they can rescind tax breaks to Trump properties to pay for what is needed.

Palm Beach County is also home to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club.

“If we have to address this as our responsibility, we will do everything in our power to feed those individuals and to provide them shelter,” Bernard said. “But it will create a financial strain on our already tight budget.”


Milbank is a right-leaning asshole, I won’t shed any tears for him.


Me neither. I ❤️ the sign.


Well if they are taking credentials from Milbank, just think about non-establishment journalists. Press freedom means everyone.

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