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A handful of the nation’s leading left-leaning Democrats, including Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have picked a fight with an unexpected opponent: the New York State Democratic Party.

They are fighting over an arcane, but critical, aspect of New York’s election laws that gives small parties the ability to wield significant influence in state politics.

The practice, known as fusion voting, allows small political parties to cross-endorse major candidates, which has enabled organizations like the Working Families Party to become a darling of the progressive left and a growing irritant to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

The State Democratic Party on Monday passed a resolution to get rid of fusion voting. New York is only one of a small handful of states that allow it.

Mr. Cuomo has not taken a public position on fusion voting, but it seemed unlikely that the State Democratic Party — whose fealty to the governor is so pronounced that the prayer at the 2018 convention praised his accomplishments — would act without his approval.

As such, the dispute could open another fault line between the party’s establishment — represented by Mr. Cuomo, a lifelong centrist who had banked to the left in his second term — and the party’s more insurgent wing, which is still suspicious of the governor’s history of working with Republicans.

The state party’s resolution has little practical impact; any effort to eliminate fusion voting must be approved by the Democrat-controlled State Legislature, and such legislation would likely face a difficult path, even with the state party supporting the move. Many Democratic lawmakers benefit from appearing on multiple lines.


In the end, most of NY’s congressional delegation, including Gillibrand and Schumer, joined in to oppose the end of fusion voting

Mr. Sanders asked Mr. Cuomo on Twitter about his feelings on the issue, saying the state party’s proposed action “reeks of vengeance against progressives and the Working Families Party,” which endorsed Cynthia Nixon in her unsuccessful primary challenge against the governor last year.

“What’s more, it’s anti-democratic,” Mr. Sanders said on Twitter. “We should be for more democracy, not less. Don’t you agree @NYGovCuomo?”

That tweet was later deleted and replaced with a less confrontational comment.



If passed through the budget, the ban on fusion voting might be satisfying for Cuomo and a handful of his allies — but it will likely also hurt the party in the long run, Democrats are warning. The WFP would still be able to run candidates, but now those candidates would simply draw votes away from Democrats. That’s a point critics of the ban are stressing. In a letter sent to the state Democratic committee, the six Democrats who unseated IDC members slammed the suggested ban.

“There is nothing progressive about abolishing fusion. A fusion ban would weaken the Democratic coalition in New York, harm our ability to defend and grow our majorities, and undermine one of the pillars of our state’s progressive movement, the Working Families Party,” they wrote.

Progressive activists called Cuomo’s move self-serving and urged him to reconsider. “Any ban on fusion will inevitably be seen as retaliation against the WFP for supporting the new progressive State Senators who defeated the IDC, and for backing Cynthia Nixon’s primary challenge to Governor Cuomo. Using governmental power in a self-serving way that injures or destroys political rivals can only be described as Trumpian. And practically speaking, for Democrats seeking to govern and hold on to or grow their majorities, banning fusion will accomplish precisely the reverse as the WFP would no longer be allowed to support Democrats in general elections,” wrote representatives of the Center for Popular Democracy, Indivisible, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Every Voice, Our Revolution, United We Dream, and others.

Ultimately, the reason to ban fusion voting, and crush the Working Families Party, is because it has been effective at pushing state politics to the left.



Sanders took some clear lessons from 2016: While he could likely replicate the big crowds and the booming populism from four years ago, he still was unlikely to earn the Democratic nomination without a significant shift in his posture vis-à-vis the big picture optics of his campaign and approach.

This past weekend, Bernie launched his 2020 campaign from the snowy steps of his alma mater in Brooklyn; a much different scene from his 2016 launch from sleepy Burlington, Vt.

Sanders has a real claim to Brooklyn as a native son of the borough, but the Saturday launch demonstrates a very different face for Sanders 2020. A more diverse, urban and colorful backdrop in Brooklyn is quite the pivot for the Sanders movement which was often criticized four years ago for being too homogenous and, frankly, too white.

Sanders has named Faiz Shakir as his campaign manager, coinciding with the announcement that a trio of Sanders top aides from his last run would not be a part of his campaign this cycle. Shakir is a highly respected and well regarded mainstream progressive.

A veteran of the Center for American Progress, the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Shakir walks the line between the progressive wing of the Democratic party and the Party’s establishment.

When Sanders launched last month, he led with an eye-popping, record-breaking day one fundraising total that exceeded $6 million. While Sanders was certainly well-funded in 2016, starting off with a massive fundraising total like that this second run reflects a certain muscle that is designed to get the attention of your primary opponents.

So here’s what it all means: Sanders is not playing around. He’s not running a campaign to just make a point or to win an argument this time; he’s in it to win it. And the moves he has made already reflect that clear desire to win and an intention to take his movement mainstream.



Grumpy has always been Bernie Sanders’s brand. But now that he’s running for president to win, his advisers keep pushing him to soften up.

The senator from Vermont fought his staff for weeks as they pushed him to get more personal, and be a little less gruff, as he launched his second presidential campaign. He didn’t think talking about himself was just stupid—he thought it risked undermining the mission.

But they finally convinced him that the mission was going to fail if he didn’t. So he spent the weekend in Brooklyn and Chicago launching his campaign with rallies meant to emphasize the experiences that made him who he is—the son of a paint salesman who fled from anti-Semitism in Poland, and the student at the University of Chicago whose activism led him to get on a bus in 1963 and travel to hear the “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C. Both rallies went on for almost an hour before he got personal, relating a few memories between long policy sections.

To humanize Sanders, the campaign is already planning smaller events, from issue-based roundtables with voters to impromptu stops and meetings with activists. But the stuff that most think of as key elements of crucial retail campaigning—swinging through a diner, taking selfies along a parade route—isn’t expected to become part of the normal routine. Long speeches at big rallies will remain his go-to because that’s how Sanders feels most comfortable.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’s 2016 campaign manager who is now a senior adviser to the 2020 campaign, was among those who pushed this time around to “introduce Bernie as a person to people so that they understand the very real connection between his life, his history, and the policies he advocates,” he says.

Weaver, speaking shortly with me before the rally in Chicago began on Sunday night, said that “it’s not about making him likable. It is about making his policies relatable.”

“There is a difference between the use of personal biography to create superficial relatability versus the use of personal biography to provide a proof point for standing up for a particular vision,” says Representative Ro Khanna of California, who is co-chairing Sanders’s campaign and who spoke with me ahead of him at the rally in Chicago. “There’s so much of an emphasis on relatability, likability, creating a connection for social media, that Bernie totally would reject. I don’t think he feels like he wants to win votes by creating some false sense of intimacy, some false sense of relatability.”

Congressman Peter Welch understands Bernie the curmudgeon—and why his aides now think it’s time to humanize their candidate. Welch has known Sanders since 1981, when he was a state senator and Sanders was mayor of Burlington. “He’s a very decent guy. Warm and cuddly, he’s not,” says Welch, who has endorsed Sanders’s presidential campaign.

But winning elections like this one requires a connection, Welch argues, and he’s hoping his friend understands that more and more as the race rolls on.

“His favorite mode is outrage,” Welch says, “and I think it’s very wise of him to try to show another side.”


In the article, there was also info that Bernie and Tad Devine were not on good terms and actually hadn’t talked for a few years.


“His favorite mode is outrage,”

A man after my own heart. LOL.



Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton formally made peace at a New Hampshire unity event in July 2016 where the two rivals sought to put the acrimonious Democratic primary behind them.

Clinton staffers, however, weren’t party to that agreement. And now that Sanders is embarking on a second run for president, they’re making their true feelings about the Vermont senator known.

Both on the record and on background, on Twitter and on cable television, Clinton’s former aides and allies are taking pains to lay out what they see as all of Sanders’s flaws, imperfections and vulnerabilities — much as he once did to their ex-boss during a primary that saw mud flying on both sides.

“I would say — and for all I know, the Sanders people might take this as a compliment — among a lot of the major donors in the party, there’s concern that he could emerge,” said David Brock, a longtime Clinton ally who founded a pro-Clinton super PAC in the 2016 campaign and later authored a public apology to Sanders for some of his bare-knuckled criticisms during the primary. “There are some very dyed-in-the-wool Democrats that wouldn’t at all be enthusiastic about supporting him in a general election.”

Brock said Sanders would be hard-pressed to unite the different wings of the Democratic Party, and his ability to raise vast sums of money through small donations could ultimately result in him staying in the race past the point when he can win, which “is not necessarily good for the eventual nominee and therefore could be helpful for” President Trump.

In the meantime, Weaver warned, broadsides from people like Brock are likely to backfire.

“The campaign in 2016 never did better than when we were being attacked by the likes of David Brock and allied parts of the party,” he said. “They were great for increasing our crowds, great for increasing our fundraising, and great for increasing our votes.”


Oops a duplicate


TOP Poll Results So Far


Actually, the current results look even better for Bernie. He has 55% of the vote. The outrage in certain quarters there is🤣

84099 votes

Joe Biden
6422 votes
Cory Booker
1019 votes
Bernie Sanders
46511 votes
Sherrod Brown
2241 votes
Amy Klobuchar
2111 votes
Beto O’Rourke
3257 votes
Elizabeth Warren
6032 votes
Kamala Harris
9093 votes
John Hickenlooper
778 votes
3112 votes
3523 votes


I posted the wrong one! Thanks for the new one!


I’m surprised they don’t have the votes to beat us. I wonder if they’ll all coalesce around a candidate soon, just to push Bernie down.



Even by the abysmally low standards he’s set for himself over the past decade of cable news punditry, Sean Hannity’s most recent episode of his eponymous Fox News shout-fest was a painfully acute reminder that Hannity is one of the absolute dumbest people on TV today.

Commenting on Monday on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign kickoff in Brooklyn this weekend, Hannity was aghast that Bernie—a socialist (debateable) “open borders advocate” (definitely not)—would dare speak to the unwashed masses from behind…a barrier.

Calling it “hypocrisy,” Hannity was practically flabbergasted that Sanders “was happy to greet his supporters from”—hold for pregnant pause—“behind a barrier!”

“Why’s the fence up, Bernie?” Hannity added. “Oh, a barrier’s acceptable if they protect you personally? They’re only wrong if they’re used to protect our borders and the American people?”

Yeah! And how dare people concerned about catastrophic climate change breathe in our precious oxygen and exhale wasteful CO2? Hypocrisy much??? Better pack it up, Bernie: you’re done for now.

Don midwest
Don midwest

Whatever the media depiction, Bernie Sanders’s first presidential campaign rally was attended by large numbers of women and people of color. We talked to some of them about why they support Bernie.

Among the Brooklyn Bernie Bros



Sen. Bernie Sanders is returning to New Hampshire this weekend for the first time as a 2020 White House contender.

The Monitor learned on Tuesday that the independent senator from Vermont will hold an event Sunday at noon at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Ahead of Sunday’s stop in New Hampshire, Sanders spends Thursday through Saturday in Iowa, the state that votes first in the nominating calendar.

The Sanders campaign said they may add additional events to the candidate’s itinerary in New Hampshire.


Merkley’s big announcement today: He is NOT running for president.

Yay, Jeff! He does plan to support strong leadership and bold ideas and to fix the Senate. Worth watching (only a bit over four minutes) to see what to demand of our own senators.


I hope he endorses Bernie! Thank you, Jeff!


From his words, it sounds like that may be exactly what he has in mind, which is why I posted this in the Bernie thread. = )

His Twitter feed is full of Thank you’s, and comments on endorsing Bernie.


He was the only senator to do so in 2016.


Unsure if this is an Open thread or not, but wanted to give this wide exposure. It’s a petition for Ilhan.

I’m posting to the other thread from now on, if it’s related to Ilhan. Rania just came out with some pretty hamazing news about who helped organize a letter condemning Ilhan.


Also a donation link.


Signed and commented. Thank you!


Done. 🙂 I hope Ilhan is as tough as she looks. She will win re-election next year. She is also a very pretty lady which is bugging a few FRightwing yahoos. 🙂


Tee hee.


Ha ha! Leave it to Marcos. Us super powered Bernie Bros hacked the poll
and he won’t release it.


Well we will see the results in a couple of weeks.


Markos with a k.



@liepardestin Maybe you can work remotely.






Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.), a longtime independent, signed a pledge Tuesday saying he would seek the presidency as a Democrat and govern as a Democrat if elected.

The move comes in response to a new rule from the Democratic National Committee that requires all candidates for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination to sign such a pledge — a change that some Sanders allies considered a swipe at the senator.

Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats in the Senate and has said he will support the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020 no matter how the nominating contests go, has frustrated some in the party by remaining politically independent.


Basically unchanged from last week. Right now Biden and Bernie are the clear frontrunners


Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are leading the rest of the Democratic presidential primary field by double digits, according to a new poll released Tuesday by Morning Consult.

Biden, who has yet to announce whether he will enter the 2020 race, leads the pack with 31 percent, the survey found. Coming in a close second is Sanders, with 27 percent support among Democratic primary voters.

The poll results signal that, if Biden enters the race, he’s likely to emerge as an early front-runner in an otherwise crowded primary contest.

It also suggests that Sanders, who announced his second bid for the White House last month, has early momentum among the very voters he’ll need to court if he hopes to win the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

The Morning Consult poll shows Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) with 11 percent support among Democratic primary voters, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) took 7 percent and 6 percent respectively.

When it comes to Democratic primary voters in the four early-voting states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — Biden and Sanders have even more support, with 34 percent and 29 percent respectively.

Harris takes 8 percent support among voters in those states, according to the Morning Consult poll.

Among the 31 percent of Democratic primary voters who said that Biden was there first choice, 28 percent pointed to Sanders as their second pick. Conversely, 29 percent of those who named Sanders as their top choice picked Biden as their No. 2.


I think that they are being less than honest with these polls. How about a poll that includes only the candidates that are officially running. Bernie would be leading big time.


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