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Vermont delegation wants legislation to protect DACA recipients

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s congressional delegation and the state’s Republican governor are condemning President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind an Obama-era program that protects young immigrants from deportation, and hoping Congress will act to keep them in the U.S.

The program was created through an executive order signed by former President Barack Obama in 2012. Until Tuesday, Trump went back and forth as a candidate and then as president on whether he would continue the program. The policy change initiated by Trump means that nearly 800,000 young immigrants who have been allowed to remain in the U.S. under the program, including 42 Vermonters, could face deportation after March 5, 2018. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Trump “has revealed he is as heartless as he is uninformed.”

“We live in an unprecedented time when our president seeks to divide us, not to unite us,” Leahy said in a statement. “He rallies his dwindling supporters by exploiting fear and resentment, marginalizing those who are vulnerable and even those who risk their lives for our country and communities. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders down big in upcoming states

en. Bernie Sanders is trailing Democratic presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton by double-digits in 10 of the 12 states to hold nominating contests between March 1 and March 8. Public Policy Polling released polling data Wednesday showing that Sanders, the Vermont senator, is ahead of the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady in Vermont and Massachusetts. In Vermont, Sanders leads by a whopping 76 percentage points — 86 percent to 10 percent — over Clinton. But Clinton has the upper hand in the upcoming southern states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Continue Reading →

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Story & Video: Sanders wins big in New Hampshire, looks ahead to challenging states

CONCORD, N.H. — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders got the big win he was seeking against the juggernaut campaign of Democratic presidential primary rival Hillary Clinton Tuesday in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary. Unlike Iowa last week, there was little suspense. The major news networks called the race for Sanders right as all polls officially closed at 8 p.m. — causing the crowd gathered at Concord High School to hear Sanders’ victory speech to explode with cheers. After that it was just a question of how large Sanders’ margin of victory would be. With 93 percent of the vote counted, the Vermonter had a decisive 60 percent to 38 percent lead. Continue Reading →

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Former NAACP head backs Sanders, Shumlin lowers expectations for Clinton

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 →

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Sanders decries Clinton’s tone

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Bernie Sanders came out swinging Saturday evening at a rally in Cedar Rapids, blasting Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for the tone of her campaign. The Vermont senator fired up an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,200 at the Doubletree Convention Center with his rebuke of Clinton’s recent commercials and comments. He said Clinton, the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady, has been falsely telling Iowans that “Bernie Sanders wants to dismantle health care.”

“I’ve been fighting for universal health care my entire life,” Sanders roared. He also decried a Clinton campaign commercial invoking Planned Parenthood, which has endorsed Clinton, that insinuates Sanders does not support the organization. “She has run a TV ad suggesting that I am attacking Planned Parenthood. Continue Reading →

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Doctor: Sanders is in good health

en. Bernie Sanders is in general good health, according to Congress’s attending physician, who has served as his doctor for the last 26 years. Sanders’ health is perhaps more important than any other presidential candidate this cycle. At 74, he is the oldest candidate in both the Democratic and Republican fields. He would be the oldest president ever elected. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders shakes off Register’s endorsement of Clinton

en. Bernie Sanders downplayed the endorsement of rival Hillary Clinton by the Des Moines Register on Sunday as just another establishment choice. The paper announced its primary endorsements on Saturday, selecting Clinton for the Democrats and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for the Republicans. While the Register tapped Clinton, it also noted she is “not a perfect candidate.” But the paper’s editorial board, noting the presidency “is not an entry-level position,” said it favored Clinton’s experience in domestic as well as foreign issues. “Clinton has demonstrated that she is a thoughtful, hardworking public servant who has earned the respect of leaders at home and abroad. Continue Reading →

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Sanders courts supporters, students in New Hampshire

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — On his final day in New Hampshire before shifting his attention to Iowa, Sen. Bernie Sanders stuck to his campaign’s core themes and largely avoided calling out his chief rival. In fact, Sanders only referenced Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady, once when discussing his plan to boost Social Security. His town hall meeting at the North Conway Community Center Gymnasium Friday morning was a more intimate affair with about 650 supporters than some of his previous rallies that have drawn thousands of supporters. But his message was the same. Sanders promoted his plan to force more regulations on Wall Street, called for a single-payer health care system that covers all Americans and again called for tuition-free colleges and universities. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders surges again, as Clinton steps up attacks

ew polling in the Democratic Party’s presidential primary shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading rival Hillary Clinton in both Iowa and New Hampshire, prompting Clinton to step up her attacks. A Quinnipiac poll released Tuesday shows Sanders, the 74-year-old self-described democratic socialist, with a 49 percent to 44 percent edge over the former secretary of state and first lady among likely Democratic caucus-goers. It’s the first time Sanders has had a lead over Clinton in the poll. The same poll on Dec. 15 gave Clinton a 51 percent to 40 percent lead. Continue Reading →

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14 candidates qualify for presidential primary ballot

MONTPELIER — Secretary of State Jim Condos announced Tuesday that 14 presidential candidates have qualified to appear on the state’s March 1 primary ballot. According to Condos, 10 Republicans and four Democrats will be listed on the Super Tuesday ballot when Vermonters will select their choice for either the Republican and Democratic nomination for president. (more…) Continue Reading →

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