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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.”

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Feel This Bern, Pal!

List of The Artists and Cultural Leaders for Bernie Sanders


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.


The Artists and Cultural Leaders for Bernie Sanders

Physician | Activist

Patch Adams


Brian Baker

Minor Threat, Bad Religion


Chris Ballew

Presidents of the United States of America


Lou Barlow

Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh


Justin Bartha


Adrian Bartos

Stretch Armstrong


Bhi Bhiman


Jello Biafra

Dead Kennedys


Stephen Bishop


Elvin Bishop


CJ Boyd

Composer | Musician

Nicholas Britell


Mehcad Brooks


Jackson Browne


Dan Campbell

The Wonder Years


Belinda Carlisle

The Go-Go’s


Tommy Castro


Matthew Caws

Nada Surf

Comedian | Author | Artist

Margaret Cho

Musician | Author

Cheetah Chrome

Activist | Entrepreneur

Ben Cohen

Writer | Editor | Director

Hank Corwin


Marshall Crenshaw


David Crosby


Bob D’Amico

The Fiery Furnaces, Sebadoh

Musician | Author

John Densmore

The Doors, Riders on the Storm

Actor | Producer

Danny DeVito


Aaron Draplin


Greg Dulli

Afghan Whigs

Musician | Actor

Steve Earle


Alex Ebert

Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes


Ron English


Alejandro Escovedo


Shepard Fairey


Jonathan Fishman




Red Hot Chili Peppers


Andy Fleming

Brother Trucker

Artist | Producer | Composer

Ben Folds


Ben Foster

Actor | Musician

Jon Foster


Musician | Composer

Bill Frisell


Nicholas Gonzalez


Mike Gordon



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


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


Anthony Kiedis

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Musician | Author

Tim Kinsella

Joan of Arc


Nate Kinsella

Joan of Arc, Birthmark


Josh Klinghoffer

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Actor | Comedian

David Koechner

Music Publisher | Music Supervisor

Margaret Saadi Kramer

Musician | Composer

Wayne Kramer


Actress | Musician

Zoë Kravitz

Actor | Musician

Donovan Leitch

Actress | Musician

Juliette Lewis


Jason Loewenstein

The Fiery Furnaces, Sebadoh


Justin Long


Jesse Malin

Sports Commentator | Musician | Actor

Sal Masekela


Holt McCallany

Rapper | Producer | Speaker

Brandon Christopher “Lil B" McCartney


Trevor McFedries

Skeet Skeet

Writer | Director

Adam McKay

Author | Historian

Dennis McNally

Musician | Producer

Justin Meldal-Johnsen


Breckin Meyer


Ezra Miller

Photographer | Author

Susana Millman


Donald Warren “DW” Moffett


Thurston Moore

Sonic Youth


Charlie Musselwhite


Graham Nash


Meshell Ndegeocello


Will Noon


Comedian | Writer | Actor

Patton Oswalt


Raul Pacheco



Holly Palmer

Screenwriter | Producer | Director

Oren Peli

Actor | Producer

Jeremy Piven


Shira Piven


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


Jonathan Sadowski

Investor | Writer

Guy Saperstein


Jeanine Saperstein


Gabe Saporta

Cobra Starship


Susan Sarandon

Musician | Composer

Chris Schlarb

Musician | Producer

Walter Schreifels


Zach Sciacca



Reid Scott

Author | Critic

Joel Selvin


Chris Shiflett

Foo Fighters


Eve Sicular

Isle Of Klezbos

Musician | Composer

Corky Siegel

Comedian | Actress | Writer

Sarah Silverman

Writer | Historian

Sylvie Simmons


Chad Smith

Red Hot Chili Peppers


Jill Sobule

Musician | Producer

Sam Sparro

Screenwriter | Comedian

Andrew Steele


Michael Stipe



Serj Tankian

System of a Down


Jeff Tweedy



Loudon Wainwright III


Mike Watt

The Stooges, Minutemen


Chelsea Tyler



Dusty Watson

The Sonics


George Wendt

Philosopher | Academic

Dr. Cornel West


Wil Wheaton


Lucinda Williams

Comedian | Writer

Lizz Winstead


Yoni Wolf



Steve Wozniak

Musician | Composer

Hans Zimmer

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

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.


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.”


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.

San Francisco Chronicle OP/ED Clinton breaks a California promise

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.


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.


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.

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