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Speaking to huge California crowds, Bernie Sanders now has 55,000 volunteers in state!



‘A capacity to move voters’: can California be Sanders’ golden state?
As the senator stays on the move, speaking to huge crowds, volunteers and insiders say he can take the Democratic nomination away from Hillary Clinton.
Nicky Woolf in San Diego
May 29, 2016


The Vermont senator has set a punishing pace in California: in the last week alone he addressed crowds in National City, Vista, Irvine, Santa Monica, Anaheim, East Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, Cathedral City, Lancaster, Ventura, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, Pomona, Bakersfield, Fresno and Visalia.

Sanders has outspent Clinton on advertising and his ground game is strong; he has more than 55,000 volunteers in the state who have made more than two million phone calls, according to the campaign.

His rallies, attended by tens of thousands, sometimes more, certainly don’t feel like those of a losing candidate.

His audience hang on his every word, joyously finishing his favoured talking-points. They sport hats, T-shirts and even tattoos of Sanders’ unofficial logo: a silhouette of his unkempt hair and glasses which has become almost as recognizable a totem of the 2016 primary as Donald Trump’s red “make America great again” hats.

Jeff Weaver, Sanders’ campaign manager, told the Guardian: “What [everyone is] missing is that although the secretary [Clinton] has obviously racked up a substantial delegate lead, there is an incredible wellspring of support for the senator and it has not really made it through the process.”

“It would be extremely difficult to surpass [Clinton] in pledged delegates, she has a 270-pledged delegate lead right now,” Weaver said. But he added that what the Sanders campaign could do was “to substantially narrow that lead”.

“This is going to be a largely political argument to be made to the superdelegates,” Weaver said. “All the polling shows that, at state level and national level, he’s just a stronger general election candidate. It’s not like that there’s a magic [delegate] threshold, but the closer you are, the stronger that argument will be.” Weaver seems confident of a win in California.

“This kind of intensive campaigning by the senator, it really does move a lot of voters,” he said, pointing to the Michigan primary, which Sanders won despite being 10 points behind just a week before the vote. “He has the capacity to move voters just by his presence at these large events.”

Full article at:
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/29/bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-california-democratic-primary

Feel This Bern, Pal!

List of The Artists and Cultural Leaders for Bernie Sanders

https://berniesanders.com/artists/

We — the undersigned artists, musicians, and cultural leaders of America — are excited to endorse a new vision for our country.


It’s a vision that pushes for a progressive economic agenda.

It’s a vision that creates jobs, raises wages, protects the environment, and gets big money out of politics.

We endorse Bernie Sanders to become the 2016 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States of America.

Sincerely,

The Artists and Cultural Leaders for Bernie Sanders



Physician | Activist

Patch Adams



Musician

Brian Baker

Minor Threat, Bad Religion


Musician

Chris Ballew

Presidents of the United States of America


Musician

Lou Barlow

Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh


Actor

Justin Bartha



DJ

Adrian Bartos

Stretch Armstrong


Musician

Bhi Bhiman



Musician

Jello Biafra

Dead Kennedys


Actor

Stephen Bishop



Musician

Elvin Bishop



Musician

CJ Boyd



Composer | Musician

Nicholas Britell



Actor

Mehcad Brooks



Musician

Jackson Browne



Musician

Dan Campbell

The Wonder Years


Musician

Belinda Carlisle

The Go-Go’s


Musician

Tommy Castro



Musician

Matthew Caws

Nada Surf


Comedian | Author | Artist

Margaret Cho



Musician | Author

Cheetah Chrome



Activist | Entrepreneur

Ben Cohen



Writer | Editor | Director

Hank Corwin



Musician

Marshall Crenshaw



Musician

David Crosby



Musician

Bob D’Amico

The Fiery Furnaces, Sebadoh


Musician | Author

John Densmore

The Doors, Riders on the Storm


Actor | Producer

Danny DeVito



Designer

Aaron Draplin



Musician

Greg Dulli

Afghan Whigs


Musician | Actor

Steve Earle



Musician

Alex Ebert

Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes


Artist

Ron English



Musician

Alejandro Escovedo



Artist

Shepard Fairey



Musician

Jonathan Fishman

Phish


Musician

Flea

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Musician

Andy Fleming

Brother Trucker


Artist | Producer | Composer

Ben Folds



Actor

Ben Foster



Actor | Musician

Jon Foster

KaneHoller


Musician | Composer

Bill Frisell



Actor

Nicholas Gonzalez



Musician

Mike Gordon

Phish


Musician

Billy Gould

Faith No More


Radio Host

Michael Halloran



Musician | Videographer

Adam Harding

Dumb Numbers


Musician | Writer

Maureen Herman

Babes in Toyland


Actor | Musician

Brendan Hines



Musician | Producer

Karl Hofstetter

Joyful Noise Recordings


Writer | Producer

David Holden



DJ | Musician

Chris Holmes



Musician

Cadien Lake James

Twin Peaks “Band”


Musician | Music Producer | Author

Brad Terrence "Scarface" Jordan

Geto Boys


Producer | Manager | Consultant

Mike Kappus



Writer | Producer

Daniel Kellison



Musician

Anthony Kiedis

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Musician | Author

Tim Kinsella

Joan of Arc


Musician

Nate Kinsella

Joan of Arc, Birthmark


Musician

Josh Klinghoffer

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Actor | Comedian

David Koechner



Music Publisher | Music Supervisor

Margaret Saadi Kramer



Musician | Composer

Wayne Kramer

MC5


Actress | Musician

Zoë Kravitz



Actor | Musician

Donovan Leitch



Actress | Musician

Juliette Lewis



Musician

Jason Loewenstein

The Fiery Furnaces, Sebadoh


Actor

Justin Long



Musician

Jesse Malin



Sports Commentator | Musician | Actor

Sal Masekela



Actor

Holt McCallany



Rapper | Producer | Speaker

Brandon Christopher “Lil B" McCartney



DJ

Trevor McFedries

Skeet Skeet


Writer | Director

Adam McKay



Author | Historian

Dennis McNally



Musician | Producer

Justin Meldal-Johnsen



Actor

Breckin Meyer



Actor

Ezra Miller



Photographer | Author

Susana Millman



Actor

Donald Warren “DW” Moffett



Musician

Thurston Moore

Sonic Youth


Musician

Charlie Musselwhite



Musician

Graham Nash



Musician

Meshell Ndegeocello



Musician

Will Noon

Fun.


Comedian | Writer | Actor

Patton Oswalt



Musician

Raul Pacheco

Ozomatli


Musician

Holly Palmer



Screenwriter | Producer | Director

Oren Peli



Actor | Producer

Jeremy Piven



Director

Shira Piven



Musician

Joel Rafael



Musician | Activist

Bonnie Raitt



Actress | Musician

Nikki Reed



Comedian | Actor | Musician

John C. Reilly



Musician | Actor

Michael “Killer Mike” Render



Blues Legend

Duke Robillard



Actor | Director | Producer

Mark Ruffalo



Actor

Jonathan Sadowski



Investor | Writer

Guy Saperstein



Educator

Jeanine Saperstein



Musician

Gabe Saporta

Cobra Starship


Actress

Susan Sarandon



Musician | Composer

Chris Schlarb



Musician | Producer

Walter Schreifels



DJ

Zach Sciacca

Z-Trip


Actor

Reid Scott



Author | Critic

Joel Selvin



Musician

Chris Shiflett

Foo Fighters


Musician

Eve Sicular

Isle Of Klezbos


Musician | Composer

Corky Siegel



Comedian | Actress | Writer

Sarah Silverman



Writer | Historian

Sylvie Simmons



Musician

Chad Smith

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Musician

Jill Sobule



Musician | Producer

Sam Sparro



Screenwriter | Comedian

Andrew Steele



Musician

Michael Stipe

R.E.M.


Musician

Serj Tankian

System of a Down


Musician

Jeff Tweedy

Wilco


Musician

Loudon Wainwright III



Musician

Mike Watt

The Stooges, Minutemen


Musician

Chelsea Tyler

KaneHoller


Musician

Dusty Watson

The Sonics


Actor

George Wendt



Philosopher | Academic

Dr. Cornel West



Actor

Wil Wheaton



Musician

Lucinda Williams



Comedian | Writer

Lizz Winstead



Musician

Yoni Wolf

Why?


Inventor

Steve Wozniak



Musician | Composer

Hans Zimmer



Paid for by Bernie 2016

Bernie Sanders: Primary isn't 'rigged,' just 'dumb'

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/sanders-primary-isnt-rigged-just-dumb/ar-BBtB6Js?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=iehp
Sanders: Primary isn't 'rigged,' just 'dumb'
by Evelyn Rupert
May 28, 2016

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders rejected Donald Trump's characterization of the Democratic primary system as "rigged," but did give his own harsh assessment.

"Well, I've been very touched by Donald Trump's love for me. But John, you know, with all due respect, I think there may be some aspect of this which he thinks will advantage himself," he told host John Dickerson on CBS News' "Face the Nation" in an interview to air Sunday.

On Thursday, Trump gave "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host Jimmy Kimmel a question to ask Sanders during his appearance on the show. He asked if Sanders would launch a third-party campaign because "both primary systems are rigged, but in particular the Democrats' ridiculous system of superdelegates."

"I wouldn't use the word 'rigged,' because we knew what the rules were," Sanders said on "Face the Nation." "But what is really dumb is that you have closed primaries, like in New York State, where 3 million people who were Democrats or Republicans could not participate. Where you have a situation where over 400 super delegates came on board Clinton's campaign before anybody else was in the race, eight months before the first vote was cast. That's not rigged. I think it's just a dumb process which has certainly disadvantaged our campaign."

Sanders and his supporters have protested the Democratic nomination process, especially the influential role of superdelegates and the limited amount of primaries open to Independent voters.

Sanders also continued to hit Trump for backing out of a proposed debate, saying that he has flip-flopped on the idea.

"I think that is who Donald Trump is, and I think the American people should be very concerned about somebody who keeps changing his mind not only on this debate, but on virtually every issue he's been asked about," he said.

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/281619-sanders-primary-isnt-rigged-just-dumb

MUST SEE VIDEO! Real Time with Bill Maher: Bernie Sanders Interview – May 27, 2016 (HBO)

MSNBC Thrashes Hillary Clinton: ‘It Feels Like She’s Lying Straight Out’



MSNBC Thrashes Hillary Clinton: ‘It Feels Like She’s Lying Straight Out’
May 27, 2016


MSNBC hosts and analysts severely and unanimously criticized Hillary Clinton on Thursday after the Obama-appointed inspector general of the State Department that she once led published a damning report contradicting her repeated claims that she was allowed to conduct official correspondence on a private email server.

The rebuke is remarkable because with a few exceptions MSNBC has treated Clinton favorably in the 2016 primaries.

“I really don’t want to be the one delivering this, but I’ve got to tell you, this is really hard to believe. It feels like she’s lying straight out,” host Mika Brzezinski said in a discussion on “Morning Joe.”

[/b]“It doesn’t hold up. There are so many inconsistencies, including their response yesterday,” journalist Andrea Mitchell said in the same discussion, adding: “We now see new emails, never turned over, never before revealed, that the IG found. What’s that all about? And one of them has her writing to [her aide] Huma Abedin that she’ll go with … another private device after spamming and things were not being received. … She said we want to make sure that the personal is not accessible.”

“There are so many flaws in their argument,” Mitchell continued. “I don’t see how this is anything but devastating given the fact that they have been making a completely different argument now for more than a year.”

“Because of this breach, ... I don’t think she could get confirmed, for instance, to be attorney general,” commentator Chuck Todd said.

Todd even attributed motive to Clinton’s behavior, traditionally a no-no in the corporate media: “The most logical explanation is that she wanted to make it harder for the press and Congress to see her correspondence. So they made the FOIA requests more difficult by doing what? Making sure it wasn’t on a government server, putting it on a private server.”

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/morning_joes_mika_brzezinksi_it_feels_like_hillary_20160527

Sanders asks for ouster of 2 Clinton “attack surrogates” from key Democratic Convention committees.



Press Release

Sanders Campaign Challenges Frank and Malloy Roles at Democratic Convention
May 28, 2016

WASHINGTON – In a formal credentials challenge, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign on Friday asked for the ouster of two “aggressive attack surrogates” for Hillary Clinton from key Democratic National Convention committees.

The campaign called for the removal of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy as a co-chairman of the Platform Committee and former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank as head of the Rules Committee.

“Governor Malloy and Mr. Frank have both been aggressive attack surrogates for the Clinton campaign,” Sanders campaign counsel Brad Deutsch wrote in a letter to the party’s Rules and Bylaws Committee. “Their criticisms of Sen. Sanders have gone beyond dispassionate ideological disagreement and have exposed a deeper professional, political and personal hostility toward the senator and his campaign.

“The chairs therefore cannot be relied upon to perform their convention duties fairly and capably while laboring under such deeply held bias. The appointment of two individuals so outspokenly critical of Sen. Sanders, and so closely affiliated with Secretary Clinton’s campaign, raises concerns that two of the three Convention Standing Committees are being constituted in an overtly partisan way designed to exclude meaningful input from supporters of Sen. Sanders’ candidacy.”

Under party rules, Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz recommended 25 at-large appointments to the party’s executive committee for each of the three standing committees: rules, platform and credentials.

To read the letter, click here.
https://berniesanders.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Bernie-2016-Letter-to-DNC.pdf

San Francisco Chronicle OP/ED Clinton breaks a California promise



OP/ED
Clinton breaks a California promise
May 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s refusal to keep a promise to debate Sen. Bernie Sanders in California was obviously based on her assumption that the nomination is hers and that there is no need to risk further exposure in an uncontrolled setting.



Hillary Clinton is a prohibitive favorite to attain the party’s nomination before its Philadelphia convention. Still, Californians deserve more than a succession of rallies, photo opportunities and fundraisers from a major presidential candidate.

http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Clinton-breaks-a-California-promise-7945454.php

Sanders Closes in on Clinton Ahead of California Primary



Election 2016
Sanders Closes in on Clinton Ahead of California Primary
What once looked like a knockout for the Clinton camp is now a statistical tie.
By Elizabeth Preza
May 27, 2016


Just two weeks before California voters cast their ballots for the Democratic primary, a Public Policy Institute of California poll shows Hillary Clinton’s once-formidable lead against rival Bernie Sanders has eroded to a statistical dead heat.

Clinton leads Sanders 46 to 44 percent, which is within the poll’s margin of error of four percentage points. Back in March, Clinton led Sanders by seven precent. One element to Sanders’ surge is an uptick in independent voters, who can cast ballots in California’s open Democratic primary on June 7.

While Clinton will likely clinch the nomination with or without California’s massive 475 pledged delegates (she’s favored to win New Jersey’s primary, also on June 7), a defeat by Sanders would be a huge upset as her campaign attempts to shift gears and focus on defeating Donald Trump in November.

The timing couldn’t be worse for Clinton, who is losing ground in hypothetical match-ups against the presumed Republican nominee. A Real Clear Politics general election poll from May 24 shows Clinton eking out a win against Trump 43.2 to 42.8. The same poll has Sanders beating Trump by over 10 points.

Which is precisely the case Sanders is attempting to make to Democratic voters. The LA Times explains, “A Sanders win on June 7 would revive at least in part his long-shot argument that party superdelegates should flip to him to increase the odds of a Democratic victory over Trump.”

Clinton’s dwindling poll numbers in California may be at least partially related to the former Secretary of State’s refusal to debate Sanders yet again, in a Fox News/San Francisco Chronicle debate, despite a promise both campaigns made in February.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/sanders-closes-clinton-ahead-california-primary



Like Clinton, Trump Chickens Out of Debate with Sanders



Like Clinton, Trump Chickens Out of Debate with Sanders
'Well, I say to Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?'
by Common Dreams staff
May 27, 2016


Looks like Donald Trump took a page from Hillary Clinton's book and chickened out.

The presumptive GOP presidential nominee said Friday afternoon that he would not debate Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, despite having said one day prior that he'd "love to debate Bernie."

Sanders' rival for the Democratic nomination said earlier this week that she would not participate in a debate with Sanders in California ahead of that state's primary next month, despite having agreed to do so previously.

Speaking with reporters in Los Angeles on Friday, Sanders said he hoped Trump would have a change of heart.

"I hope that he changes his mind again. Mr. Trump is known to change his mind many times in a day," Sanders said. "Trump is a bully, he's a big tough guy. Well, I say to Mr. Trump, what are you afraid of?"

In a statement, the Vermont senator alluded to why Trump—whom Sanders consistently trounces in polls—might not want to face him head-on:

There is a reason why in virtually every national and statewide poll I am defeating Donald Trump, sometimes by very large margins and almost always by far larger margins than Secretary Clinton. There is a reason for that reality and the American people should be able to see it up front in a good debate and a clash of ideas.


http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/05/27/clinton-trump-chickens-out-debate-sanders
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