• Here’s a good laugh.

    Lawrence — Joe Biden was on FIRE during the debate last night. Don’t you want to see him go against Trump? If your answer is yes, I want to ask you something:

    What is Joe Biden winning the presidency worth to you? $5? $25?

    Because that’s what we’re asking. Chip in $5 to help us play to win in Nevada in two days.…

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  • Anyone want to make a bet on when Biden drops out. I’m thinking after super Tuesday

  • LD can you see the leaning tower of Dallas from work?

  • The floor/ soap box is open.

  • Considering how much Biden is tanking in the polls it sure makes the IBEW look like a bunch of fools. http://www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/20Daily/2002/200205_TheIBEWEndorses

  • http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/22292/pro_act_labor_workers_house_union_democrats_pelosi

    FRIDAY, FEB 7, 2020, 10:22 AM
    House Passes Bill to Dramatically Strengthen the Power of Unions
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    Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaking at a press event to support the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO)…

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  • https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-postal-sell-off-say-no-to-a-privatizer-as-the-postmaster-general?source=group-afl-cio&referrer=group

    Stop the Postal Sell-off: Say NO to a privatizer as the Postmaster General
    The public service mission of the Postal Service has made it the most popular federal agency. However, this public good is at…

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  • http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/22311/unions-endorse-bernie-sanders-labor

    I Know Firsthand Why Unions Should Endorse Bernie
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    I’ve seen Bernie Sanders stand with Vermont workers for 20 years. It’s time for unions to back him. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

    One late summer eve…

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  • Some labor news but mostly and open thread.

    • http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/22311/unions-endorse-bernie-sanders-labor

      I Know Firsthand Why Unions Should Endorse Bernie
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      I’ve seen Bernie Sanders stand with Vermont workers for 20 years. It’s time for unions to back him. (Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

      One late summer evening in 2000, my home phone rang in Moretown, Vermont. “Can you please hold for Congressman Sanders?” the voice on the line asked.

      At the time, I had been doing what union organizers do when they’re not knocking on doors, going to shift change or running meetings: I was calling workers. In this case, the workers were from a local nursing home, Berlin Health & Rehabilitation, and I was reminding them to show up at the action they’d planned for the next morning. The care providers had organized a “march on the boss,” where a group of workers would go unannounced to meet with their administrator to present her with union authorization cards signed by a vast majority of their colleagues.

      Under the National Labor Relations Act, the New Deal-era bill that governs how workers can form a union in this country, this action alone should have been sufficient for the 120 workers to have their union recognized. In the real world of toothless U.S. labor law, however, in which the NLRA has been watered down and reinterpreted so as to dramatically favor bosses, the employer, a Canadian multinational real estate firm, informed the workers via the local administrator that “they couldn’t meet and would need to talk to their attorneys”—in this case, a notorious $600 per hour union-busting law firm. The workers were prepared for this likelihood and were naturally fearful, but were determined to go ahead.

    • https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/stop-the-postal-sell-off-say-no-to-a-privatizer-as-the-postmaster-general?source=group-afl-cio&referrer=group

      Stop the Postal Sell-off: Say NO to a privatizer as the Postmaster General
      The public service mission of the Postal Service has made it the most popular federal agency. However, this public good is at risk if we don’t all act soon.

      In June 2018 the White House announced proposals to privatize the Postal Service. Now Postmaster General Megan Brennan has announced her departure as Postmaster General in January 2020.

      The Postmaster General has wide powers to shape the mission of USPS and there is a real risk that Brennan’s successor could hand over parts of the service to private, profit-making corporations and prepare it for a wholesale sell-off.

      The people will rightly expect a new Postmaster General who will uphold the Postal Service’s public mission and will work to preserve and enhance our national treasure.

      Add your voice. Protect our public Postal Service.

    • http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/22292/pro_act_labor_workers_house_union_democrats_pelosi

      FRIDAY, FEB 7, 2020, 10:22 AM
      House Passes Bill to Dramatically Strengthen the Power of Unions
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      Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaking at a press event to support the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act on February 5, 2020. (Michael Brochstein / Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)

      House Democrats just passed an important blueprint for strengthening unions and building worker power. If signed into law, the labor law reforms within the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act would amount to the biggest change to the rules governing employers and workers in generations. Among other major features, it would bolster workers’ ability to unionize, expand organizing rights to more workers and strengthen the right to strike.

    • Considering how much Biden is tanking in the polls it sure makes the IBEW look like a bunch of fools. http://www.ibew.org/media-center/Articles/20Daily/2002/200205_TheIBEWEndorses

    • The floor/ soap box is open.


      Jane O’Meara Sanders said elite establishment figures from both political parties are afraid of her husband’s policies promoting affordable health care and education, noting that the U.S. “already has socialism” — but only for corporations.

      Sanders, the wife of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, told Fox News Saturday the “powers-that-be” in America are placing a shallow focus on her husband’s “Democratic socialist” label instead of what they’re really attacking — his campaign policies. Jane Sanders said “corporate socialism” has benefited billionaires like President Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg, while hard-working U.S. taxpayers end up paying for their business subsidies and bailouts. She rejected Joe Biden’s claims that Bernie Sanders can’t win by citing her husband’s back-to-back popular vote victories in Iowa and New Hampshire.

      She called on the news media and the Democratic National Committee to talk honestly about the senator’s campaign policies, and not focus on labels and Hillary Clinton “hypothetical” scenarios.

      “There’s clearly a pushed effort to find an alternative to your husband. What do you make of that?” asked Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto.

      “I think it’s pretty obvious, [Bernie Sanders is] running a campaign that is ‘not me, us’ that’s about getting the working class a fair shake and being able to provide Medicare-for-all, affordable health care, affordable education and a Green New Deal. There are the powers-that-be and the status quo that don’t want him to do those things,” she said.

      “They’re using lots of other reasons why they don’t support him, but the fact is it’s the issues. And we are talking about transforming this country and not having the powers-that-be continue to be the-powers-that-be,” Sanders told Cavuto. “Make it more government of the people and by the people.”

    • https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/02/bernie-sanders-nevada-latino/606628/

      Bernie Sanders wasn’t physically at a Las Vegas town hall on Thursday hosted by a Latino civil-rights group, but the enthusiasm for his campaign was still apparent. While three of his rivals—former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; and the businessman Tom Steyer—were there in person and got warm receptions, the largely Latino crowd broke out in chants of “Bernie, Bernie” when the senator from Vermont appeared on a live-stream.

      Even though the Democratic primary kicked off with contests in two of the whitest states in the country, Bernie Sanders is already winning big with Latino voters. In both Iowa and New Hampshire, Sanders claimed an overwhelming victory with Latinos—a validation of his playbook of mobilizing Latino voters that will now face its biggest test yet in Nevada, which is nearly 30 percent Latino and holds its caucus on Saturday. Though other candidates could still chip away at his advantage, Sanders’s success so far sends a clear sign to the rest of his field: His focus on Latino voters is paying off, and they have a daunting amount of work to do to catch up.

      While overall turnout in the Iowa caucus was similar to that of 2016, Matt Barreto, the co-founder of the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative, told me he estimates that Latino turnout at least doubled from four years ago, and that these voters broke sharply for Sanders. He won 51 percent of votes in the state’s 30 precincts with the most Latino voters, and in the 12 Latino-majority precincts, he won 66 percent of caucus-goers, according to an analysis by LPPI.

      In New Hampshire, Sanders similarly blew away his opponents with Latino voters. An exit poll by NBC shows that Sanders won 39 percent of those voters in the state’s primary on Tuesday—about 20 percentage points more than any other candidate.

      Sanders’s campaign insists that the senator will prevail with Nevada’s Latino voters because his operation dwarfs that of his rivals. Chuck Rocha, a senior adviser to Sanders, told me that more than 200 staffers, including 76 Latino staffers, are deployed across the state at 11 field offices.

      “There’s one thing you cannot get back in campaigns, and that is time,” Rocha said. “But like most campaigns have done historically with Latino outreach, with just days left before the caucus, Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg go up [with ads] on Spanish TV.” (The Sanders campaign started advertising on Spanish-language television last month.)
      Any last-minute outreach to Latinos in Nevada could be too little, too late, Clarissa Martínez de Castro, the deputy director of policy and advocacy at the nonpartisan civil-rights group Unidos US, told me.

      “You’ve got to build that relationship, right?” Martínez de Castro said. “No waiting for the last minute—I don’t think that’s the strategy that candidates use with voters that they really are trying to win, so they should not use it with Latino voters either.”

      Sanders’s advantage with Latino voters means he could be poised for a big caucus night, but how he ultimately performs could have implications beyond Nevada, too: The state’s demographics make it a bellwether for Latino-heavy states like California and Texas, which vote on Super Tuesday, in early March.

      Now that the race has moved beyond Iowa and New Hampshire, every candidate is rushing to court Latino voters. But in Nevada, Sanders’s operation will be tough to beat.

    • Bernie Sanders campaign opens first field office in Central Florida

      The majority of the people at the grand opening of the new Bernie Sanders campaign office just outside Winter Park were young, with only a few gray and white hairs to be seen – but they quickly took care of that.

      “Anyone want Bernie hair?” volunteers asked, giving out hairbands with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ signature disheveled, white hairstyle. “I’ve got one, two, three Bernie hairs in the house!”

      The Aloma Avenue space was the first field office in the Orlando area for the campaign, and the third Democratic presidential campaign office overall in Central Florida after U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who opened theirs earlier this month.

      But the Sanders office was unique, organizer Grayson Lanza said, in that it was entirely paid for and set up by volunteers – without any paid staff.

      “No other campaign has a volunteer-funded office in Central Florida or in general in Florida,” Lanza said. “It’s proof of concept. Bernie says, ‘How am I going to get this done? How are we gonna get all these great policies done?’ Mobilizing people. He’s not even in office right now. And people are so mobilized that they are coming together, organizing themselves and renting out an office space for people to use to elect him. Could you imagine when he’s a president? What people could do?”

      The volunteers were buoyed by Sanders’ recent victory in the New Hampshire primary and sort-of victory – in raw votes, if not in delegates, though a recanvassing continues – in the Iowa caucuses. The Vermont senator had gone from a longshot when he first ran in 2016 against Hillary Clinton to the relative frontrunner in 2020, in a race where more moderate Democrats were splitting their votes.

      “I got a [text] from a friend who was definitely a hardcore Warren supporter this whole time, and she [texted] me and she’s in Florida and she was like, ‘I just want to let you know, I sent in my ballot and I voted for Bernie, okay?’” Durga Truex of Casselberry told the group, to cheers.

      • I have a campaign meeting a block from my house next Tuesday night. I can walk to it, and have already RSVP’ed. 🙂 Hope the weather cooperates. Aloma Avenue is too far for me. It’s about a 25 minute drive from here. However, the campaign organization blows 2016 out of the water. Terrific! T and R, la58!!

    • What Bernie offers Trumpites: Sanders’ message resonates in surprising ways with some of the president’s fans

      The day before Bernie Sanders won the New Hampshire primary last week, I was wandering the streets of Manchester. Donald Trump had just given a huge rally at the arena downtown, and floods of red-hatted fans were spilling out for the long trek back to their cars. Out of curiosity, I approached a number of them — the true die-hards who would still find a Trump rally novel at this point — to ask what they made of the field of Democratic candidates. Anyone they could conceivably tolerate? And in particular, what about Bernie?

      The answers were all in a similar vein: They largely disagreed with the Sanders policy agenda. But, on some level, they kinda liked him — or at least, didn’t hate him. This could not be more different from the sheer, visceral loathing one universally found among Trump supporters in 2016 regarding the specter of a President Hillary Clinton. Rightly or wrongly, Hillary accumulated years and years of frothing resentment from conservatives (and many leftists) to the point that she was commonly viewed as something close to pure evil.

      The same cannot be said for Sanders.

      Why? For one thing, Bernie is seen as a threat by his party’s establishment. In 2016, the Democratic National Committee did everything it could to thwart him, and being systematically maligned by the institutional party apparatus produces some degree of sympathy in Trump supporters who might otherwise find the abstract concept of “democratic socialism” mortifying. After all, Trump was (at least initially) maligned by the GOP establishment too.

      And unlike Hillary, Bernie is largely invulnerable to charges of personal hypocrisy. There is almost nothing Bernie is saying now that you can’t find clips of him saying several decades ago in nearly identical language. It was the well-founded impression of entitlement, sleaze and corruption that engendered such intense animosity toward Hillary in 2016 — and Bernie exhibits virtually none of that.

      The revulsion of Clinton also had a policy component; beneath all the pandering, focus-grouped pablum, she was ultimately a corporatist D.C. insider likely to drag the country into more wars and maintain the status quo on trade. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg all evoke similar suspicion from the Trump faithful. Conversely, Bernie exists almost in a realm of his own — he will have the ability to channel some select “America First” impulses through a left-wing filter, without the baggage of scattershot, scapegoat-fueled Trumpism.

    • Who Is Faiz Shakir? Bernie Sanders’ Campaign Manager Has An Impressive Resume

      Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders recently won the New Hampshire primary and is positioned for a strong performance in the upcoming Nevada caucus. One reason behind Sanders’ recent success is his campaign organization, which is managed by Faiz Shakir.

      Shakir, 41, is the first Pakistani-American and first Muslim campaign manager for a major party presidential campaign. Shakir joined the Sanders campaign in February 2019, and has worked for liberal causes both on Capitol Hill and in the nonprofit sector.

      Prior to joining the Sanders campaign, Shakir worked as the national political director for the American Civil Liberties Union. He served in this role for a little over two years and helped the organization launch its “People Power” website, the ACLU’s grassroots army which mobilizes people across the country to support civil liberties.

      Shakir also served as a senior adviser for then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., from 2013 to 2017 and worked briefly for House Speaker Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

      From 2005 to 2012, Shakir worked for the liberal Center for American Progress and helped start the ThinkProgress news blog.

      Shakir also has an impressive educational background. He has a law degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s in government from Harvard University. He is married to Sarah Miller, an antimonopoly advocate who targets corporate power.

    • What type of society & planet do you want to leave for your children & grandchildren? Bernie will
      ➡️ Create an economy that works for all
      ➡️ Take real action to address climate change
      ➡️ Set our young ppl up for success eliminating crippling student debt & narrow the wealth gap! pic.twitter.com/XrPpTID6hV

      — Danny Glover (@mrdannyglover) February 16, 2020

    • ‘I know he was elected in the last few years…’…

      I used to wonder if establishment Democrats were being disengenuous when they would compare Sanders to Corbyn, who lost, but not Obrador, who won. Turns out they just honestly don’t care about Mexico. https://t.co/xOa0bdDhQr

      — Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) February 16, 2020

    • Tom Steyer admired and loved Bernie Sanders all the way up to when he thought it was time to bury Bernie with millions of dollars worth of attack ads. Stop being so nice guys. Told ya! We need us a Revolution! #BernieBros #Bernie2020 https://t.co/zh2yB7kr8D

      — Tim Black ™ (@RealTimBlack) February 16, 2020

    • https://www.huffpost.com/entry/bernie-sanders-michael-bloomberg-attack-nevada_n_5e48fcefc5b64433c6178bd2

      Mincing no words, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took aim at fellow Democratic presidential contender Mike Bloomberg at an event in Las Vegas on Saturday — asserting the billionaire businessman and politician has little chance, despite “all his money,” of defeating Donald Trump in the upcoming election.

      “Regardless of how much money a multi-billionaire candidate is willing to spend on this election, we will not create the energy and excitement we need to defeat Donald Trump if that candidate pursued, advocated for and enacted racist policies like ‘stop and frisk’ which caused communities of color in his city to live in fear,” Sanders said, referring to Bloomberg’s complicated legacy as New York City’s former mayor.

      Speaking at a Clark County Democratic Party dinner, Sanders also criticized Bloomberg’s earlier opposition to raising the minimum wage — a position he has since shifted on. In an ambitious labor plan released by his campaign Saturday, Bloomberg expressed support for a $15 per hour minimum wage.

      Sanders went on to skewer his political rival for opposing “modest proposals during Barack Obama’s presidency to raise taxes on the wealthy while advocating for cuts to Medicare and Social Security” and for refusing to hold “the crooks on Wall Street accountable.”

    • I’m seeing more & more Bernie and Warren partisans level this ‘oligarch’ epithet at Bloomberg. It’s a term generally used to describe corrupt & murderous Russians who got rich from their connections to Yeltsin & Putin. Employing it against Bloomberg is doing Trump a big favor. https://t.co/kdX2FO3hJQ

      — Jeff Stein (@SpyTalker) February 14, 2020

    • Now he’s just like Obama


      Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Sunday defended his fundraising practices as the same as those used by former President Obama in the wake of criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a fellow 2020 White House hopeful.

      “I am following the same fundraising practices that President Obama did and that our leaders have,” Buttigieg said on CNN’s “state of the Union,” adding that he’s looking to draw in all available support.

      The former South Bend, Ind. mayor said the funds raised will allow him to win the nomination and build a foundation to take on President Trump in November.

      “I don’t define my campaign by whose support we reject,” Buttigieg said.

      “I’m not a billionaire, I haven’t been in politics for years and decades. I don’t have the advantages of having been a senator,” Buttigieg said.

      • wi61 replied 1 week ago

        Petey, Obama caved when his billionaire donors wanted to water down the ACA act, we ended up with the billionaire insurance corps still in control. Their donations ALWAYS come with strings attached–your no different they will come to you wanting a ROI at some point.

    • The simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg, with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to defeat Donald Trump. pic.twitter.com/9azeuWjLap

      — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 16, 2020

    • chair of the Utah democratic party

    • Benny replied 1 week ago

      here's mike bloomberg saying "we have to do more with less, spend less…lets get serious, entitlements are going to bankrupt us" https://t.co/1ZHfE6FKqu pic.twitter.com/qSzfsAmjJa

      — Matt Binder (@MattBinder) February 16, 2020

      • BULLSHIT!

        • Benny replied 1 week ago

          That’s not all. Bloomberg also doesn’t wish to repeal the SALT (state and local tax deductions, which includes mortgage interest rate deductions). He’d keep it as is. That is discrimination.

      • wi61 replied 1 week ago

        Let eliminate all of that corporate tax payer funded socialism that helped make you rich at the taxpayer expense.

      • What’s with all the purple ties??

        Bloomberg wore a purple tie when he spoke at the 2016 Dem convention. We see him..

    • Benny replied 1 week ago

      is there something higher than first place pic.twitter.com/xbvooZFvGO

      — Michael Whitney (@michaelwhitney) February 16, 2020

    • Oh great


      Anxiety is rising over the possibility of another tech-induced meltdown at the Nevada Democratic caucuses on Saturday.

      In interviews, three caucus volunteers described serious concerns about rushed preparations for the Feb. 22 election, including insufficient training for a newly-adopted electronic vote-tally system and confusing instructions on how to administer the caucuses. There are also unanswered questions about the security of Internet connections at some 2,000 precinct sites that will transmit results to a central “war room” set up by the Nevada Democratic Party.

      • it was outstanding. bill deblasio was really good. bernie was calm and inspiring!

    • Benny replied 1 week ago

      Warren has a 9% chance of winning her home stare of Massachusetts….

      Why is she still running? 🤔 https://t.co/aesiTHCJCK

      — Carlo (@yesthatCarlo) February 16, 2020

      Still I think Liz has a chance in NV.

      • I’m convinced now that it’s at least partially to stop Bernie. I don’t think her meeting with Hillary was an accident, anymore.

        • Benny replied 1 week ago

          It will be interesting to see what Liz learned in the process.

    • Benny replied 1 week ago

      Even elected officials get the campaign texts. pic.twitter.com/k89ciOmIvu

      — Lee 🗳️ Carter (@carterforva) February 16, 2020

    • Benny replied 1 week ago

      Joy Ann Reid…she’s tuff. Just like Armandokos on twitter.

      She dishes it out, but fears facts that prove she lies.MSNBC is not news — it is propaganda. https://t.co/U1RuUHSGtz— TomP__TomWells (@TomP__TomJWells) February 16, 2020

    • Benny replied 1 week ago


      An interesting thing I just discovered is that Lis Smith used to tweet "y'all" a lot, much like this account does, but stopped after December 2017. I don't have a theory for why that would be, just putting it out there.

      — DavidKlion (@DavidKlion) February 16, 2020

    • Benny replied 1 week ago

      Facebook changes policy for ads after Bloomberg memes make a buzz on Instagram https://t.co/I0psWqfLfl

      — Benny (@Benny05) February 17, 2020

      It’s a good diary. Recommended.

    • wi61 replied 1 week ago

      YUGE crowd inside, My guess 3-5 K

    • Benny replied 1 week ago
    • Benny replied 1 week ago

      New thread for the rally.


      Wi61, could you repost the rally comments on the new thread? Thx!

    • Benny replied 1 week ago

      Looks like a Hindu nationalist group, Modi-funded maybe, is targeting Bernie Sanders. I’ll report back after talking with my cousins. pic.twitter.com/LbUhEXy8Xx

      — Bhaskar Sunkara (@sunraysunray) February 17, 2020

  • To give and example. My pay and health Ins. and pension is part of my negotiated contact. If we went to M4A my pay package would not change. We could move the money from Ins.to pay or pension or both. Also the members of my Union have final say on how the money is distributed.

  • CNN has a vote count by district and the only district that Bernie didn’t get any votes was Wentworth’s Location https://www.cnn.com/election/2020/state/new-hampshire?xid=ec_state_iowa_d

  • ori the link is down below

  • At least there is some blowback

    Dear fellow IBEW members,

    On February 5, 2020, the national leadership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), with no input from the union membership, endorsed Joe Biden for President.

    The leadership of the union had previously reassured members that they would trust the judgement…

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  • I have great news for you,

    Moments ago, a huge, bipartisan 2/3 majority of the House of Representatives voted and passed the USPS Fairness Act (H.R. 2382).

    This important vote is the first step toward securing the Postal Service’s financial future by repealing the disastrous prefunding mandate in the 2006 Postal Accountability and E…

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  • You will NEVER see me to link to the IBEW after this! FUCKING ASSHOLES !!!

  • Breaking news! The USPS Fairness Act has been unexpectedly scheduled for a vote tomorrow – Wednesday, Feb. 5.

    We need to do everything we can to get our elected representatives to support us.

    301 members of the House have sponsored this important legislation. But now the vote is here. We are not leaving anything to chance. This is too i…

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  • I’m still waiting on the AFL-CIO and the UAW to get off there ass’s and endorse Bernie!

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