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Downtown Santa Cruz feels the Bern, rally draws hundreds early

SANTA CRUZ >> At 8 a.m., five hours before the Bernie Sanders rally was scheduled to begin at Kaiser Permanente Arena, the line of supporters stretched down Front Street, around the corner and halfway across the Laurel Street Bridge.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will address supporters at 1 p.m. before heading to Monterey County for a news conference near Salinas to address fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, followed by a second rally in Monterey. The Monterey rally will take place at Colton Hall Lawn at 570 Pacific St. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. at Pacific Street and the southern walkway.

As Santa Cruz police directed traffic along Front Street Tuesday morning, supporters lining the sidewalk clutched signs and coffee cups in the thick Central Coast fog, eagerly awaiting their candidate’s arrival.

Alekz Londos, 35, of Santa Cruz was the first person in line Monday night at 6 p.m. Fourteen hours on the sidewalk had not dampened his enthusiasm.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue May 31, 2016, 05:10 PM (0 replies)

It's Not Just Us -- The World Feels the Bern!

It's not just us--the world feels the Bern! It truly does. The submissions we've received over the past year have come from all over the planet. "Berners" are found all over the globe, and yes, it's been almost one year since The Bernie Blog began.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Tue May 31, 2016, 11:21 AM (2 replies)

Van Jones live reaction at Oakland rally.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon May 30, 2016, 08:09 PM (7 replies)

Van Jones live reaction at Oakland rally.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon May 30, 2016, 08:08 PM (2 replies)

One hour till the doors open for the Oakland rally, and the line is going around 2 blocks!

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon May 30, 2016, 05:17 PM (3 replies)

Amazing voter registrations in CA in the last few days


Riverside County, CA Registered in 2014: 63,000
Registered in 2015: 67,000
Registered in last five weeks: 74,000!!


Passing the 1.5 million votes (vote by mail) mark for the June Primary.


CA's 46th Congressional district currently has the highest turnout of 18-35yr-olds at 20%.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon May 30, 2016, 02:57 PM (7 replies)

The Bernie Congress: meet the insurgents trying to recreate Sanders's movement down ballot

Who are the key players trying to bring the "Bernie Congress" to life?

Pinpointing the movement exactly is a bit like trying to hit a moving target. But there are at least key high-profile races to watch where explicitly pro-Sanders candidates have also been endorsed by the Vermont senator, according to Kyle Kondik, of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics:

1) Tim Canova, a law and public finance professor at Nova Southeastern University, challenging Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the primary for Florida's 23rd Congressional District.

This race, more than any others, is at the top of Sanders supporters' list. Wasserman Schultz has become a key villain in the Democratic primary, scheduling debates that seemed designed for low viewership and openly backing Hillary Clinton. Canova has tightly hugged Sanders, echoing the Vermont senator's call to "join the revolution" on the campaign trail, according to the New York Times.
Tim Canova, who is running to unseat DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, may be the most visible congressional candidate drawing from Bernie Sanders's national insurgency. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Canova, a Federal Reserve expert, has raised more than $1 million after getting Bernie's endorsement. But he'll still face steep odds in a district that voted for Clinton over Sanders and for Wasserman Schultz by huge margins since she was first elected to the post in 2006.

2) Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law professor who beat expectations but lost in a primary challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2014, is running for an open seat in New York's 19th Congressional District.

Though favored in the Democratic primary, Teachout is the underdog in the Republican-leaning Catskills region of the state, according to the Cook Political Report. Teachout began her career as an academic at Fordham and has written what Sanders recently called "the book" on money in politics, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United.

3) State Sen. Pramila Jayapal is running for an open seat in Washington's seventh district, which encompasses most of Seattle. The district is one of the most liberal in the country and overwhelmingly supported Sanders in its caucuses in March.

Born in India, Jayapal has become nationally known as an immigrant rights activist, according to a profile in the Seattle Times. Jayapal founded an advocacy organization called OneAmerica to combat anti-immigrant backlash after 9/11.

4) Lucy Flores, a former Nevada State Assembly member, is running in a four-way race for Congress in southern Nevada. The state's kingmaker, Sen. Harry Reid, has endorsed one of her opponents. But her fundraising has taken off since she endorsed Sanders this February, thrusting her back into the spotlight.

And as a Hispanic woman who has been unapologetic about her support for abortion rights, she is the kind of candidate many Sanders supporters say reflects the true diversity of their base.
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Lucy Flores, a prominent Sanders booster, is challenging the Democratic Party in Nevada with a congressional run.

Then there are another 20 or so long-shot candidates — like a librarian in South Carolina and a Daily Kos blogger in Washington state — who haven't been endorsed by Sanders but are trying knock off incumbent Democrats by recreating his platform. (Howie Klein, a progressive activist, started a fundraising page called the "Bernie Congress" for this group.)

Beyond these insurgents, nine current Democratic members of the House and one US senator, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, have endorsed Sanders.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon May 30, 2016, 02:50 PM (2 replies)

May 25, 2016 Democratic Nomination Battle is Not Over Yet

PERIES: It has been transformative for many people. As you said, especially young people who're all looking for some way to resolve this at this moment, and I know you would argue that we are building a long-term movement, but some people want some resolutions, particularly when it comes to how the Democratic Party leadership is suppressing their opinion and their vote at the primaries.

COHEN: Well, the hostility is warranted. The Democratic Party elite has earned it. I believe that we need to keep it in mind that a political revolution does not happen in a year. You know, and as that hashtag says, not me, us. This movement is going to continue no matter what happens at the Philadelphia Democratic Convention, no matter what happens in November, and it's important for us to keep our independent movements, our independent groups, truly independent of the Democratic Party leadership.

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon May 30, 2016, 02:39 PM (11 replies)

Cenk Uygur to Sanders Supporters: Barbara Boxer Deserved To Be Booed -- It Is Time To Get Louder

But. Since we put everybody on the spot, and showed there really was no violence, no chair throwing, no anything like that, no proof of that. All those cops in that room, no one ever got arrested and no one ever showed a single piece of violence, because of that, at the end of the day, the establishment was so mad because, what? Becuase the Bernie Sanders suspporters were rude?

So what? Did you think the revolution would happen quietly. That we would whisper of a political revolution? When we talk about revolution, I don't want people to get carried away, we're talking about a political revolution. Right? but at the same time, I don't want people to not get carried away.

No, we're mad, we don't like this system, and we're not alone on the left and the right and the middle and libertarians, everyone else you could imagine outside of Washington and New York hates this system. They don't hate it politely, and when they are given an opportunity to be loud, they will be loud...

So I caught a tiny bit of flack at a Sanders rally in California for saying you should get louder, and now that I have had time to think about it, I think: You should get louder

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon May 30, 2016, 02:24 PM (2 replies)

Bernie’s Backers Prevail At Democratic State Convention

On Sunday, on the second and final day of the state party convention at the Sheraton Waikiki, party members elected a new chair, Tim Vandeveer, a grassroots activist best known for his activism in “keeping the country country” on Oahu’s North Shore.

Vandeveer is also an unrelenting supporter of Bernie Sanders for president, the independent senator from Vermont known for his views on socialism.

But it was clear from the strong support for Vandeveer in the Sheraton ballroom that a Bernie tide had swept him into office.

“When the people lead, our leaders will follow, and that absolutely applies to me,” said Vandeveer. “I am going to need your support to put this party back on track. No matter what side of the debate you are on, we must always engage in civil discourse and treat each other with aloha.”

Posted by leftcoastmountains | Mon May 30, 2016, 02:17 PM (3 replies)
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