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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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Listen: Capitol Beat with the Governor 1.15.16


Vermont Press Bureau chief Neal Goswami and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin discuss his trip to Iowa this week to stump for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the use of the Enterprise Fund and potential changes to Act 46, the education reform bill passed last year. 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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Shumlin to stump for Clinton in Iowa

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign announced Tuesday that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin will make several appearances in the Hawkeye State on her behalf this week. According to the campaign, Shumlin, who endorsed Clinton in May over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, will make appearances at Hillary for Iowa offices in Burlington, Keokuk, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Grinnell and Newton. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: New polls show more Sanders gains

pair of new NBC/Marist polls shows more good news for Sen. Bernie Sanders in his primary showdown with Hillary Clinton. The polls, released Sunday, show Sanders, the 73-year-old self-described democratic socialist with a 9 point lead in New Hampshire. According to the new poll, Sanders has the support of 41 percent of Democratic voters in the Granite State, where the nation’s first primary will be held next year. Clinton, the former first lady, secretary of state and New York senator, tallied 32 percent. Vice President Joe Biden, who has not announced his candidacy for the presidency but is seriously weighing a run, had 16 percent of the vote. Continue Reading →

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Sanders raises $15 million

MONTPELIER — Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign announced Thursday that he has raised $15 million for his White House bid since April 30 — an impressive number but far behind presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. According to Sanders’ campaign, the $15 million in donations came from more than 400,000 contributions from about 250,000 individuals. The average donation has been $33.51, and 99 percent of the donations have been $250 or less. The fundraising haul is significantly more than most pundits expected, and ahead of the pace President Barack Obama set when he defeated Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary. The self-described democratic socialist has been drawing enormous crowds on the campaign trail, including about 10,000 people in Madison, Wisc., Wednesday night. Continue Reading →

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Sanders’ rapid rise brings challenges, opportunities

MONTPELIER — With his poll numbers surging and crowd sizes growing, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is on the rise. The sudden spike in interest from both voters and media presents opportunities and challenges, however, that the nascent campaign must now be nimble enough to respond to. A CNN poll released last week pegged Sanders’ support at 35 percent in New Hampshire, just 8 points behind the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It’s a remarkable rise for Sanders, the 73-year-old self-described democratic socialist. Most political observers did not expect Sanders to pose a serious threat to Clinton, and certainly not this early in the primary process. Continue Reading →

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Sanders surging, shaping the debate

DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Bernie Sanders took the stage at a Drake University auditorium on a recent Friday to wild applause and several standing ovations before he was even introduced. It was the first of several events he held on a weekend swing through Iowa in his quixotic quest for the presidency. “Whoa, we’ve got a lot of people here tonight!” the 73-year-old told the adoring crowd. “Sometimes our campaign has been referred to as a fringe campaign. Well, if this is fringe I would hate to see mainstream.”

Sanders, Vermont’s junior senator and a self-described democratic socialist, launched his bid for president on the shore of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vt., in late May in front of thousands of supporters. Continue Reading →

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Sanders rallies supporters at Iowa union hall

MARSHALLTOWN, IOWA — Hundreds packed a union hall for a town hall meeting in rural Marshalltown as Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign learned of progress toward a major union endorsement in South Carolina. The United Automobile Workers Local 893 hosted Vermont’s junior senator, where he delivered portions of his rehearsed stump speech before fielding questions from the audience. The labor-friendly crowd was receptive and enthusiastic as the 73-year-old Sanders appealed for them to join the political revolution he his hoping to incite. “The powers of Wall Street and corporate America and the big money interests are so powerful that … the only way we defeat them … is when millions of people are united and are standing up and saying, ‘Enough is enough,’” Sanders said. “If I win this thing, let me tell you, I’m gonna be back the day after the election because I can’t do it alone.”

The self-described democratic socialist blasted the $7.25 per hour minimum wage, calling it “a starvation wage.” He said a Sanders administration would seek a $15 per hour minimum wage as some cities have done. Continue Reading →

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