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Trailing Bernie: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar praises Sanders

areem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA hall of famer, is offering Sen. Bernie Sanders high praise in an op-ed published Wednesday by the Washington Post. Abdul-Jabbar compares Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist with Donald Trump, the business man and television personality, as they faced trying circumstances on the campaign trail. Trump reacted poorly when questioned by Fox News’ Megyn Kelly during the GOP’s first presidential primary debate, Abdul-Jabbar asserts. The Donald responded by “threatening” Kelly that he could treat her poorly, but wouldn’t. “If you wouldn’t do it, why bring up that you could?” Abdul-Jabbar asks in the op-ed. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Cornell West backs Sanders

en. Bernie Sanders has picked up the endorsement of civil rights activist Cornell West, who took to Twitter Monday night to declare his support. “I endorse Brother @BernieSanders because he is a long-distance runner with integrity in the struggle for justice for over 50 years,” he said in one tweet. https://twitter.com/CornelWest/status/635997587447742465

“Now is the time for his prophetic voice to be heard across our crisis-ridden country,” West wrote in another tweet. https://twitter.com/CornelWest/status/635997733673766920

West’s endorsement could help Sanders attract more support from black voters, which the 73-year-old democratic socialist has struggled to do, according to polls. Continue Reading →

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Sanders seeks African American support in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Three months into an improbable presidential campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders has seen his poll numbers rise and is feeling buoyed by enthusiastic support from his fans. But plenty of challenges remain for the 73-year-old democratic socialist whose core support continues to come from white voters. Sanders’ campaign has sensed the need to appeal beyond those core supporters as the primary calendar progresses. On a two-day swing through South Carolina, Sanders and his staff made a concerted effort to appeal to African Americans by highlighting racial justice and criminal justice reform in his stump speech and in private events with African American pastors and community leaders. The pitch made in his stump speech, however, was made to predominantly white crowds at all four campaign events. Continue Reading →

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Capitol Beat Podcast with Speaker Shap Smith 8-20-15


Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith, a newly declared candidate for governor, joins Vermont Press Bureau Chief Neal Goswami on the Capitol Beat Podcast. http://vtpressbureau.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Capitol-Beat-with-Speaker-Shap-Smith-8-20-15.mp3 Continue Reading →

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