Sanders makes final push in New Hampshire

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a campaign stop at Daniel Webster Community College, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CONCORD, N.H. — Sen. Bernie Sanders spent his final day campaigning ahead of New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday with rallies in the state’s most densely populated areas aimed at bolstering his core message — and no mentions of rival Hillary Clinton. The Vermont senator was looking to protect what polls have shown is a significant, double-digit lead over the former secretary of state, senator and first lady in the Granite State. Speaking to hundreds of supporters at Daniel Webster College Monday morning, Sanders said the political world is now focused on New Hampshire. “Tomorrow, the eyes of the country and a lot of the world, by the way, will be right here on New Hampshire,” he said. Everyone, Sanders said, will be looking to see “whether the people of New Hampshire are prepared to lead this country in a political revolution, whether the people of New Hampshire are prepared to stand up to the billionaire class.”

“Tomorrow, the eyes of the country and a lot of the world, by the way, will be right here on New Hampshire.”
— Sen. Bernie Sanders“That’s what tomorrow’s election is about and I’m here today to ask your support to join with us in making that political revolution,” he said. Continue Reading →

Sanders makes SNL debut

ermont Sen. Bernie Sanders made his debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend, appearing alongside Larry David, the creator of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” in one sketch. The actor has made waves portraying Sanders because of their likeness. Sanders’ campaign took advantage of David hosting the show to give Sanders a national platform in a different light than the campaign trail. You can watch Sanders’ appearance below:

David also resurrected his own Sanders imitation to portray the senator in an SNL digital short. You can watch that segment below:

Sanders briefly left the campaign trail in New Hampshire to appear on the show. Continue Reading →

Sanders sees slight gain after Iowa review, Clinton still wins

Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Dr. Andy McGuire (Courtesy photo)

MONTPELIER — An audit of the Iowa caucuses results has helped Sen. Bernie Sanders edge closer to Hillary Clinton, but she remains the victor, according to the Iowa Democratic Party. The party issued a statement Sunday saying it conducted a review over the past week “to ensure the accuracy of results.” Sanders’ campaign had raised questions about the accuracy of results in a handful of the 1,681 precincts. The party said it worked with the campaigns on the review. A total of 14 precincts were reviewed “on a case-by-case basis,” the party said, by reaching out to the precinct and county chairs “for a full accounting of the results.” Nine of the 14 precinct results were confirmed, but in five precincts reporting errors were found. After the review, the results showed Clinton won the caucuses by securing 49.84 percent of the state delegates. Continue Reading →

Former NAACP head backs Sanders, Shumlin lowers expectations for Clinton

Ben Jealous (Courtesy photo)

MONTPELIER — Former National Association for the Advancement of Colored People President Ben Jealous officially endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president Friday afternoon, seeking to boost Sanders’ credibility with minority voters as the primary campaign grinds on after New Hampshire. “Throughout his life, he has been a fearless, tireless and trustworthy champion for the right of all our nation’s children to have full and unfettered access to the American dream,” the 43-year-old Jealous said on a conference call with reporters. Jealous, who was slated to appear alongside Sanders at a news conference in New Hampshire, did not arrive due to inclement weather. The campaign opted for a conference call instead. Jealous served as the youngest-ever head of the NAACP from 2008 to 2012. Continue Reading →

Senate to reconsider small biz exemption for paid sick leave


MONTPELIER — A paid sick leave bill passed by the Senate Wednesday veered off course Thursday after a motion was made to reconsider a failed amendment seeking an exemption for small businesses. Sen. Bill Doyle, R-Washington, made the motion Thursday to reconsider his vote on the amendment introduced a day earlier by Sen. Brian Campion, D-Bennington. The amendment, which failed Wednesday on a 15 to 14 vote, seeks to exempt small employers with five or fewer full-time workers from the paid sick leave mandate. The Senate, after recessing to consider the matter, voted by voice to reconsider the amendment. A second voice vote postponed that action until Wednesday rather than face immediate consideration. Continue Reading →

Shumlin administration to revise, rebid major AHS tech projects

Agency of Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen (File photo)

MONTPELIER — The Shumlin administration is planning to scuttle existing plans for major technology upgrades slated for the Agency of Human Services and begin the process anew using solutions developed in other states. Administration officials say contract negotiations for work on Integrated Eligibility and some major work on the Medicaid Managed Information System Core are being stopped and revised requests for proposals will be issued. The decision came from AHS Secretary Hal Cohen and is supported by the governor’s office and the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to Secretary of Administration Justin Johnson. “Since we released the Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS Core) and the Integrated Eligibility Solution (IE) RFP’s, the approach to these solutions has evolved significantly allowing us to be more strategic in building solutions that meet the needs of Vermonters, providers and staff,” Cohen wrote in an email to staff Wednesday afternoon announcing the decision. “This is our opportunity to reset. Continue Reading →

Clinton takes caucuses — barely

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to supporters from the bed of a pickup truck after arriving in New Hampshire early Tuesday morning. (Courtesy photo from the Sanders campaign)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Democratic Party declared Hillary Clinton the winner of the Iowa Caucuses Tuesday afternoon, leaving both campaigns working to claim the narrative over what her slim margin over Sen. Bernie Sanders means. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, the state party said Clinton won 700.59 state delegates to Sanders’ 696.82. Clinton won 49.8 percent of the available state delegates, while Sanders secured 49.6 percent. The close result is somewhat of a disappointment for Clinton, who pundits largely believed would easily defeat the Vermont senator, who was unknown on the national stage when he launched his campaign last May. The political scene in Iowa was quiet Tuesday after the candidates and most of the media following them cleared out late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. Continue Reading →

Bernie rallies the troops in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders looks to rally the faithful in Keene, NH.

KEENE, N.H. — Coming off a strong performance in Iowa, Bernie returned to the Granite State on Tuesday to rally his supporters. With one week until the first presidential primary, Sanders preached to the faithful during a standing-room-only event at the Colonial Theatre, where he hit on his familiar themes of welfare inequality, education and youth unemployment, while cementing his lead over Hillary Clinton. “It sounds like you are ready for a political revolution,” Sanders told a roaring crowd who, prior to Sanders taking the stage, struck up an acapella rendition of “Revolution” by The Beatles “It sounds like you are tired of establishment politics and establishment economics.”

The event drew a crowd of the already-committed from all corners of New Hampshire. “I’m feeling the revolution,” said Susan Lynde, of Hinsdale, N.H. “I’m feeling it. I’m ready for a change. Continue Reading →

Sanders declares a “virtual tie,” but supporters see a victory

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt,  and his wave Jane acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 2, 2016.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Bernie Sanders declared the Democratic Iowa Caucuses a “virtual tie” Monday night against rival Hillary Clinton, content to take his campaign on to New Hampshire where he holds a commanding lead in the latest polls. “Tonight, while the results are still not known, it looks like we are in a virtual tie,” Sanders said, after taking the stage at his Iowa caucuses watch party. “It looks like we’ll have about half of the Iowa delegates.”

“What Iowa has done tonight is begin a political revolution,” he added, the crowding roaring its approval. Clinton, meanwhile, took the stage at her event before Sanders and told supporters she was “breathing a big sigh of relief.” She stopped short of declaring victory, but her aides spent time telling the major news networks that they considered her the winner. “What Iowa has done tonight is begin a political revolution.”
— Sen. Bernie SandersWith 99 percent of precincts reporting as of 1:45 a.m. early Tuesday morning, Clinton, the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady, had secured 49.9 percent of the state delegates up for grabs compared to the 49.6 percent won by Sanders. Continue Reading →