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Sanders at Liberty University

Bernie Sanders speaks to 12,000 students, faculty and administrators at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., a stronghold of political and religious conservatism:.

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Progressive Party Organizing Meeting

Official warning:  All Progressive Party voters in the town of Brattleboro, in the county of Windham, are hereby notified, in accordance with 17 VSA # 2303, to meet in caucus on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 145 Green Street, Brattleboro at 6 PM.

     The agenda is:

         1.  Election of the Town of Brattleboro Committee

         2.  Election of Officers by the Town Committee

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Supporting Iran Nuclear Deal, Sanders Cites Lessons from War in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 – In a Senate floor speech later today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will detail his support for an agreement to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. In prepared remarks, Sanders likened critics of the agreement to those in Congress who voted to take the United States to war in Iraq in 2003.

“Those who have made every effort to thwart the diplomatic process and have spoken out against the Iran agreement, including many in this chamber, are the same people who spoke out forcefully on the need to go to war with Iraq,” Sanders said.

“I voted against the war in Iraq. Sadly, much of what I feared in fact did happen. I do not want to see it happen again.”

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Candidates For Vermont Governor

I’ve been noting presidential candidates, but we also have an upcoming race for Vermont Governor. So far as I can tell, six people have annouced their intention of running for the state’s highest office. It is your challenge to learn about them and report what you learn here so others can benefit. Become a local correspondent for the VT race.

In alphabetical order, to get you started:

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A Presidential Candidate - Larry Lessig

Lawrence Lessig has announced his intention of running to be president, accomplishing one goal, then stepping aside.

"I'm running to get people to acknowlegde the elephant in the room."

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Gotcha Questions

Hi, I’m here for a job interview. I’d like to be a doctor.

Do you have experience being a doctor?

No, but I’m a quick study. You’ll be impressed after I start operating.

Do you know anything about radiocarpal articulation?

That’s a “gotcha question.” I’m not a specialist

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Matt Dunne Hosting Community Meeting in Brattleboro

Matt Dunne has announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Governor in 2016.

As Matt begins his bid for governor, he is eager to meet with Vermonters and listen to their concerns about the challenges facing Vermont, and their ideas for the future.

Matt's campaign is scheduled meetings in every county of our state including two in Windham County -- one in Bellows Falls and the other in Brattleboro.

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Interesting Political Analysis

From "The Pen" (People’s email network) Today at 7:15 AM (edited)

The Beltway pundits remain condescending and dismissive, which is all the more reason why we need to keep cranking up the people power, to continue to raise the visibility of Bernie Sanders, as he continues to rise in the polls.This week on Meet The Press, they trotted out the big guns, so-called "senior" campaign advisers to pre-emptively and forcefully declare that Donald Trump was NOT going to be the Republican nominee. Chuck Todd has been wrong so many times already, we suppose he needed some faux authoritative reinforcement.

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Windham County for Bernie

It's a safe bet that Bernie Sanders will carry Vermont in our presidential primary. For folks itching to help the national campaign, "Windham County for Bernie" is organizing to help our neighbors in New Hampshire ensure that Bernie Sanders wins the all-important NH primary in February.

We will hold our first public organizing meeting of "Windham County for Bernie" on August 27. NH campaign staff from Concord & Keene will attend to update us on the NH campaign. Sign up for phone banking, canvassing, helping out at NH Bernie events, writing letters to editors, bird-dogging other candidates’ and more.

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One Of Many Differences Between Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders

Hilary is raising money from private prison corporations.

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Bernie is introducing legilation to make them illegal.

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The Wrong Guy - Sanders and the Democrats

Somehow I thought that when you ran as say, a Democrat, that Democrats would at least acknowledge that you exist instead of stealing all your platform planks, (watering them down), and then trying to find people to run on them.  But that is exactly what the Democrats are doing in the face of Bernie Sanders' unexpected popularity.  First it was Hillary, with her student loan program and her sudden concern for the middle class.  Then she got in trouble, so the party players decided to float Biden.  Biden seems to be nibbling, so we may see him in the race.  Then this weekend, the Guardian ran a story saying people wanted Gore to run.  Somehow I don't think that's likely but really?  You want to run Gore?  Anyone?

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Sanders Supports Iran Nuclear Deal

WASHINGTON, Aug. 7 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that he will support an agreement that the United States and other nations negotiated with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

Sanders issued a statement after a telephone conversation on Friday with President Barack Obama, who addressed some of Sanders’ concerns. The senator first publicly discussed his intention to vote for the agreement in an interview with John Dickerson of CBS News, which will be broadcast Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

“The test of a great nation is not how many wars it can engage in, but how it can resolve international conflicts in a peaceful manner,” Sanders said in the statement.

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Sanders Proposes Public Funding of Elections to Replace 'Corrupt' System of 'Legalized Bribery'

WASHINGTON, Aug. 4 – In a Senate floor speech today, Sen. Bernie Sanders said he will introduce legislation to provide public funding of elections to replace a “corrupt” system of “legalized bribery’ with candidates “begging for contributions from the wealthy and the powerful.”

“We are talking about a rapid movement in this country toward oligarchy, toward a government owned and controlled by a handful of extremely wealthy families,” Sanders said.

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Mark Meadows & 3 Co-Sponsors Move to "Fire" Speaker John Boehner of The United States Congress!

Mark Meadows & 3 Co-Sponsors Move to "Fire" Speaker John Boehner of The United States Congress!!!!!

This New Resolution by Mark Meadows and 3 co-sponsors, if passed, will act to oust Republican Speaker of the U.S. House John Boehner;  and any member of the U.S. Congress can be voted in to replace him - even a Democrat!!!  It does not matter if there are more  Republicans  than Democrats  in the U.S. House - this is all about how members  of the U.S. Congress are being bullied by the current Speaker of the House, John Boehner.  John Boehner is behaving like a totalitarian tyrant! 

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On 50th Anniversary of Medicare, Sanders Proposes Medicare-for-All

WASHINGTON, July 30 – Addressing a rally outside the Capitol to mark the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) today announced that he will introduce legislation to provide Medicare-for-all health insurance.

“We need to expand Medicare to cover every man, woman and child as a single-payer national health care program,” Sanders told a rally held by National Nurses United in a park near the Capitol.

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A Presidential Candidate - Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore has decided that you need to update your list of who is running for president, and add his name:

"This race is running differently than previous presidential races, that’s one reason why I’m encouraged to get in."

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Sanders Draws Crowds Around Brattleboro

"Enough is enough!" was Bernie Sanders' rallying cry Wednesday night at multiple locations around Brattleboro and over 3,500 locations nationwide.

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Sanders Statement on Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, July 29 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) issued the following statement today as Senate Republicans pushed for a vote on legislation to cut $500 million in annual funding for Planned Parenthood:

“The attempt by Senate Republicans to cut off support for Planned Parenthood is an attack on women’s health. Stripping funding for Planned Parenthood would punish the 2.7 million Americans, especially low-income women, who rely on its clinics for affordable, quality health care services including cancer prevention, STI and HIV testing and general primary health care services.

“The current attempt to discredit Planned Parenthood is part of a long-term smear campaign by people who want to deny women in this country the right to control their own bodies.

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A Presidential Candidate - Complete List July 2015

How many candidates do you think have declared their intentions to run for president in 2016? Go ahead and guess.

Fifteen? Twenty? Twenty five?  Thirty?  Place your bets, now.

The answer, according the the Federal Election Commision website, is that over 500 citizens have stepped forward for your consideration.

There are some great names on this list, too. Are we ready as a nation for President Sydneys Voluptous Buttocks? Or how about President President Emperor Caesar (President is a first name as well as a title here.)

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Sanders Introduces Bill for $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage

WASHINGTON, July 22 – Addressing hundreds of low-wage workers who have gone on strike for a living wage, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said legislation he introduced today would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour.

“It is a national disgrace that millions of full-time workers are living in poverty and millions more are forced to work two or three jobs just to pay their bills,” Sanders said at the outdoor rally near the Capitol. “In the year 2015, a job must lift workers out of poverty, not keep them in it. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is a starvation wage and must be raised to a living wage.”

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