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Clinton Reneges on Debate, Sanders Brands Back Out ‘Insulting’ to Californians

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Clinton Reneges on Debate, Sanders Brands Back Out ‘Insulting’ to Californians
May 23, 2016

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday called Hillary Clinton’s decision to renege on a commitment to debate him in California “insulting” to the one in eight Americans who live in the nation’s largest state.

Sanders spoke about Clinton backing out of the debate during an address to 6,750 supporters who filled a football field at Santa Monica High School.

“A number of months ago our campaign and her campaign reached an agreement on a number of debates, including one here in California,” Sanders told the crowd. He was referring to commitments each campaign agreed to last winter to add debates to a schedule set by the Democratic National Committee.

Sanders said it was “insulting to the people of California – our largest state – that she is not prepared to have a discussion with me about how we address the major crises we face.”

Sanders’ remarks capped a day when he continued to campaign from rally to rally across Southern California ahead of the June 7 primary contest with 475 pledged delegates at stake.

Sanders expressed confidence about his prospects in California over Clinton. “They’ve been very nervous lately and I don’t want to get them more nervous but we’re going to win here in California,” he said.

In addition to California, there are contests on the same day in Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. In those states, Sanders hopes to extend a recent winning streak that so far has put 20 states in his win column.

Sanders said his campaign has been propelled by excitement and energy that could carry Democrats to victory in November. He cited a surge this year in new voters in California, where Monday’s deadline for registration was expected to see some 2 million voters sign up according to projections by Political Data Inc. “Voter registration here in California among young people and working people is off the charts,” Sanders said.

Sanders: "not all of my supporters go to these fancy fundraising dinners, they're working people..

Bernie Sanders digs in
Stephen Collinson Profile
By Stephen Collinson, CNN
May 23, 2016

Washington (CNN) — The stakes of Bernie Sanders' take-it-to-the-convention strategy are rapidly rising as fresh polls underscore Hillary Clinton's vulnerabilities and predict a tight race between her and Donald Trump in the fall.

Still, Sanders is not heeding calls from some Democrats to get out of the race -- or at least cool his rhetoric during the final weeks of the primary season. Instead, he kept up his blistering criticism of Clinton over the weekend and deepened his feud with the party establishment, including endorsing the primary challenger to Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

"The last I heard is that we are a democratic country, and that elections are about vigorous debates over the issues. Secretary Clinton and I disagree," Sanders told Jake Tapper Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." "What the Democratic leadership has got to understand is that not all of my supporters go to these fancy fundraising dinners. They're working people who are hurting now, who want real change in the economy."

"Any objective assessment of our campaign versus Clinton's campaign, I think, will conclude we have the energy, we have the excitement, we have the young people, we have the working people, we can drive a large voter turnout, so that we not only win the White House, but we retain, regain control of the Senate, do well in the House and in governor's chairs up and down the line," Sanders told Tapper.


FBI probing Terry McAuliffe's campaign donations and time on board of Clinton Global Initiative

First on CNN: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe under federal investigation for campaign contributions
By Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Pamela Brown, CNN
May 23, 2016

Washington (CNN) — Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department's public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.

The investigation dates to at least last year and has focused, at least in part, on whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law, the officials said.

McAuliffe wasn't notified by investigators that he is a target of the probe, according to the officials.

"The Governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it," said Marc Elias, attorney for McAuliffe campaign, in a statement to CNN.

As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton.

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Should Democrats Be Freaking Out? In First, National Polling Average Shows Trump Over Clinton

Should Dems Be Freaking Out? In First, National Polling Average Shows Trump Over Clinton
Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders continues to trounce the presumptive GOP nominee by double digits
by Lauren McCauley, staff writer
May 23, 2016

After weeks of polls showing Donald Trump gaining on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton's once sizable lead, for the first time on Monday, Real Clear Politics recorded the New York billionaire ahead in the national polling average.

For the period between May 13-19, the presumptive Republican nominee polled ahead of Clinton by a national average of 0.2 points.

That national average was posted on the heels of two separate national polls which showed the two running neck-and-neck: A Washington Post/ ABC News survey released Sunday has the two in a "statistical dead heat" with Trump ahead of Clinton 46 percent to 44 percent among registered voters; while a survey from NBC News/ Wall Street Journal, also Sunday, recorded Clinton polling ahead of Trump 46 to 43 percent.

Perhaps even more troubling, the NBC/WSJ survey found that the negative ratings for the two presumptive nominees are the highest in the history of the poll. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed hold a negative opinion of Clinton and 58 percent have a negative opinion of Trump.

At the same time, Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders continues to best both Clinton and Trump in favorability ratings (43 percent hold a positive view of the Vermont senator versus 36 percent who have a negative view) and maintains a double-digit lead over the Republican candidate.


Bernie Sanders to Senate Democrats: Do You Stand with Puerto Rico or with Wall Street?

Sanders to Senate Dems: Do You Stand with Puerto Rico or with Wall Street?
"We must not balance Puerto Rico's budget on the backs of children, senior citizens, the sick, and the most vulnerable people in Puerto Rico."
by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
May 23, 2016

As a U.S. House committee prepares to take up the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA) on Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is calling on his U.S. Senate colleagues to oppose the bill, which he says "would make a terrible situation even worse."

In a letter to Senate Democrats issued Monday, Sanders said: "We have an important choice to make. Do we stand with the working people of Puerto Rico or do we stand with Wall Street and the Tea Party? The choice could not be clearer."

After the latest version of the bill was unveiled last week, Sanders blasted the creation of this "undemocratic board," which he said "would have the power to slash pensions, cut education and health care, and increase taxes on working families in Puerto Rico."

"Even worse, Majority Leader McConnell and Speaker [Paul] Ryan would be in charge of handpicking a majority of the control board's members," Sanders said at the time, "while the people of Puerto Rico would be in charge of choosing none. That may make sense to the Tea Party and one of the largest trade groups representing Wall Street—groups that endorsed this legislation—but it makes absolutely no sense to me."

He doubled down on that critique in his letter on Monday, noting that right-wing organizations like Tea Party Forward and a major Wall Street trade group representing Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase, and Bank of America endorsed the bill.



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Sanders to Senate Democrats: Do We Stand With Puerto Rico or Wall Street and the Tea Party?

WASHINGTON, May 23 – Sen. Bernie Sanders called on his Democratic colleagues in the Senate to oppose legislation introduced in the House of Representatives last week that would establish a control board to oversee Puerto Rico’s financial crisis.

“We have an important choice to make,” Sanders wrote in a letter to Senate Democrats, “do we stand with the working people of Puerto Rico or do we stand with Wall Street and the Tea Party? The choice could not be clearer.”

According to Sanders, the House’s bill, H.R. 5278, “would make a terrible situation even worse” by requiring the governor of Puerto Rico to submit a fiscal plan to an unelected oversight board comprised of seven members, a majority of whom would be chosen by Republican leadership. The people of Puerto Rico would choose none of the members.

The oversight board would be empowered to enact its own fiscal plan to cut the budget, slash pensions, raise taxes, privatize and sell public assets and work to restructure debt without the approval of Puerto Rico’s democratically elected government. Instead of responding to the needs of Puerto Ricans, the legislation requires that any restructuring of Puerto Rico’s debt be “in the best interest of creditors.”

H.R. 5278 would also exclude Puerto Rico from the Department of Labor’s new overtime rules and allow the governor of Puerto Rico to slash the minimum wage to just $4.25 an hour for a period of up to five years.

Right-wing organizations, including Tea Party Forward and Americans for Tax Fairness, and a major Wall Street trade group representing Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America endorsed the bill. Unions representing over 13 million workers, however, strongly oppose the proposed legislation.

“We must make it clear that hedge fund managers on Wall Street cannot get a 100 percent return on Puerto Rican bonds they purchased for as little as 29 cents on the dollar yielding interest rates of up to 34 percent,” Sanders wrote, “while the budget for hungry children in Puerto Rico would be cut.”

Sanders, instead, urged his colleagues to work with him on an alternative to the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act “that protects the interests of the people in Puerto Rico, the workers, the elderly, the children and the sick – and not just Wall Street vulture funds.”

To assist Puerto Rico, Sanders proposed giving the U.S. territory the same authority granted to every municipality in the country to restructure its debt under the supervision of a bankruptcy court. If an independent audit currently underway in Puerto Rico finds that any of its $70 billion debt was issued in violation of its Constitution, Sanders said that it should be “immediately set aside.”

Sanders also called on the Federal Reserve to provide loans to the island’s public utilities and purchase new bonds to facilitate an orderly restructuring of Puerto Rico's $70 billion debt, require major "haircuts" for Wall Street vulture funds, and give Puerto Rico the time it needs to grow its economy, create jobs, and expand its tax base.

“The time has come for the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department to be just as creative in finding solutions to help the 3.5 million American citizens in Puerto Rico as they were in rescuing the largest financial institutions in this country and throughout the world in 2008,” Sanders wrote.

“We must stop treating Puerto Rico like a colony and start treating the American citizens of Puerto Rico with the respect and dignity that they deserve during this very difficult period.”

To read Sanders’ letter, click here.


New Poll May 23: Trump Ties Clinton In Virginia. Trump 38% Clinton 38%

May 23, 2016

Virginia: Trump vs. Clinton Roanoke College Clinton 38, Trump 38 Tie

Bernie Sanders: "What Democrats need to say to working class people is - we are on your side"

Bernie Sanders Steps Up Feud With Democratic Establishment
Sanders has ignored growing Democratic calls to step aside and repeated his vow to stay in the race until the party convention.

Sanders said that if he won the White House, he would not reappoint U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz as DNC chairwoman. He also endorsed law professor Tim Canova, who is challenging the Florida congresswoman in the August Democratic primary.

“Do I think she is the kind of chair that the Democratic Party needs? No, I don’t,” Sanders told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

“Frankly, what the Democratic Party is about is running around to rich people’s homes and raising obscene sums of money from wealthy people. What we need to do is to say to working-class people – we are on your side,” he said.

“I don’t want to see the American people voting for the lesser of two evils. I want the American people to be voting for a vision of economic justice, of social justice, of environmental justice, of racial justice,” he said on ABC.


Washington Post: "Never have the 2 major party nominees been viewed as harsly as Clinton and Trump"

According to The Washington Post: “Never in the history of the Post-ABC poll have the two major party nominees been viewed as harshly as Clinton and Trump.”

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll reported voters also have record-low opinions of those two candidates.

“Trump and Clinton are currently the two most unpopular likely presidential nominees in the history of the NBC/WSJ poll,” the pollsters said.


May 22 Washington Post/ABC Poll: Most voters dislike Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Election 2016 Update: Poll Gives Donald Trump Edge On Hillary Clinton But More Than Half Of Voters Dislike Both Candidates
May 22, 2016
by Marcy Kreiter

The latest Washington Post-ABC poll indicated both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are disliked by more than half of the electorate.

The poll, released Sunday, showed 57 percent of the 1,005 adults queried last Monday through Wednesday had negative opinions of both candidates. The two presumptive candidates also appeared to be in a dead heat among registered voters, with Trump favored over Clinton at 46 percent to 44 percent. This is compared with a March poll that indicated Clinton had a 9-point lead. Among all adults, Clinton leads Trump 48 percent to 42 percent, down from March’s 18-point lead.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has vowed to remain an active campaigner until the last primary votes are cast even though he is given little chance of securing the Democratic presidential nomination, is viewed most positively among the three presidential candidates.


Bernie Sanders: “We are the campaign to defeat Donald Trump.”

Sanders Takes Case to California
By Rick Sterling
May 20, 2016

Vallejo is geographically close but economically far from more affluent San Francisco Bay Area cities to the south. In 2008, the city of Vallejo filed for bankruptcy. On Wednesday, the Bernie Sanders campaign came to Vallejo.

The audience of 8,000 to 10,000 was mostly young, students or working class and ethnically diverse. Many had only learned Sanders was coming via Facebook that day or the day before. I chatted with people patiently waiting as the line slowly advanced.

Sanders spoke of the need to “Stand up and fight back. … With unity of black, brown, gay, straight, male, female …. There is nothing we cannot accomplish. … We are going to the convention to win the nomination. It did not sound like a conciliation or “let’s make up” speech to the Democratic Party establishment. Sanders said his message to the Democratic Convention is “We are the campaign to defeat Donald Trump.”

Six months ago I was skeptical of Bernie Sanders campaign. Not anymore. He has been tremendously successful in showing the world there are huge numbers of Americans, especially youth, who want major changes in society and government policy. He has raised the consciousness of millions, sharply contrasting Wall Street’s wealth at the expense of working people.

His campaign has been based around the needs of working people versus a corrupt Establishment which the Democratic Party is part of. Sanders has highlighted the class nature of our economic system and media. He has focused a bright light on Wall Street and Hillary Clinton’s complicity. These lessons are not going to be forgotten or easily retracted.

For those on the Left who disparage Sanders, I say take another look. Listen to his words and more importantly talk with his crowds of supporters. They are the future and we should be working with them. Not preaching dogmatically, but listening. The thousands in Vallejo shouting “Bernie! Bernie!” seem to be doing so because they want the “bold and radical change” previously dismissed by pundits.

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