#BernieSanders news roundup week ending 9/6/15 | Blog#42

The best of Bernie Sanders news for the week ending in 9/6/15

In, “The difference between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton in one paragraph,” Daily Kos pulls out a great quote from a Politico piece contrasting between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I include immediately below:

“As you can imagine, Bernie was skeptical of a centrist Bill Clinton running for president in 1992, and immediately after Clinton won the election and appointed Hillary to lead health care reform, Bernie set to work attempting to convince her of the virtue of a single-payer, Medicare-for-all system. As you can probably also imagine, he wasn’t successful. Still, please do read what follows. The dialogue between Hillary and a Harvard Medical School physician supporting single-payer — accompanying Bernie to his meeting at the White House — is important for the record.

They got their meeting at the White House that month, and the two doctors laid out the case for single-payer to the first lady. “She said, ‘You make a convincing case, but is there any force on the face of the earth that could counter the hundreds of millions of the dollars the insurance industry would spend fighting that?’” recalled Himmelstein. “And I said, “How about the president of the United States actually leading the American people?’ and she said, ‘Tell me something real.’ ”

Read the rest on DailyKos

Original caption: At Gillinghams, Hillary met with store manager Jireh Billings, left. Pols from left are Bernie Sanders, Pat Leahy and Gov. Dean as published June 24, 1993. (Rick Russell/ Vermont Standard)
Original caption: At Gillinghams, Hillary met with store manager Jireh Billings, left. Pols from left are Bernie Sanders, Pat Leahy and Gov. Dean as published June 24, 1993. (Rick Russell/ Vermont Standard)

When Bernie met Hillary

Long before challenging Clinton, Sanders reached out to her on health care. He got nowhere.

In 1992, the lone socialist in Congress, Rep. Bernard Sanders, as he was then known, wasn’t wild about the centrist Arkansas Governor running for president, and he let it be known publicly. “Bernie was the founder of the progressive caucus. Clinton was the founder of the [Democratic Leadership Council], the whole point of which was to exterminate the progressives,” said Bill Curry, who served as counselor to the president during Clinton’s first term. “They weren’t even two ships passing in the night. They were two ships sailing in the opposite direction.”

But in May of 1992, Sanders wrote to the First Lady of Arkansas at her Little Rock law firm to tout a bill he had written to provide federal funding for state cancer registries, attaching his testimony on the bill’s behalf and a Reader’s Digest article calling registries “THE CANCER WEAPON AMERICA NEEDS MOST.” Though there’s no record of a response from Little Rock, Sanders would grab the Clintons’ attention soon enough.

The next month, as the newspapers gamed out the three-way race between Bill Clinton, the incumbent President George H.W. Bush, and independent Ross Perot, they speculated that the first-term congressman from Vermont could become an unlikely kingmaker if the election got thrown to the House, where, as the lone representative from Vermont and an independent, his swing vote would control his state’s delegation. The Washington Post suggested that, in such a scenario, Bush might promise to make Sanders secretary of health and human services in return for his vote. The presidential campaigns were reportedly reaching out, just in case.

That summer, Sanders issued what the Vermont newspapers described as a “reluctant” and “half-hearted” endorsement of Clinton, saying that a second Bush term would be disastrous. In September, Clinton traveled to Vermont for a campaign rally in Burlington at Perkins Piers on Lake Champlain. Sanders was in attendance, and Clinton made sure to point out just how vast the gap was between Sanders and the Republican nominee on Sanders’ pet issue: health care.

“Now folks, there’s a lot of other things I want to say. But every time I say that old George Bush says, ‘Bill Clinton is going to give you a health care system with the compassion of the KGB and the competence of the House Post Office,’ I would remind you — maybe Bernie Sanders ought to be reminding you — I’ll remind you — George Bush has had the benefit of socialized medicine for the last 12 years,” said Clinton. “Maybe we ought to send him home and put him in like the rest of us in the system we’ve got and he can figure out whether he likes it or not.”

Full Interview: AFL-CIO Head Talks Biden, Clinton, Labor Movement and More

Richard Trumka, head of the AFL-CIO discusses the state of the Labor movement today and what they’re looking to hear from the 2016 candidates.

Three Rich Treasury Secretaries Laugh It Up Over Income Inequality


LOL. Peasants!

Three of the world’s richest and most powerful people (and Timothy Geithner) had a good laugh over income inequality earlier this year.

Former Treasury Secretaries Robert Rubin, Henry Paulson and Geithner were asked about the issue by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg during a conference in Beverly Hills. When Paulson responded that he’d been working on income inequality since his days at Goldman Sachs, Geithner quipped, “In which direction?” 

“You were increasing it!” cracked Rubin, as everyone on stage roared with laughter.

Read the rest of this article on HuffPo


Bernie Sanders Jumps Out to Big Lead in New Poll Out of New Hampshire

By Gregory Krieg
September 06, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders is pulling away from Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire and closing ground on the former secretary of state in Iowa, according to an NBC News/Marist poll released early Sunday.

The new survey finds the Vermont independent leading the Democratic primary race in New Hampshire by nine points, 42% to 31%, a nearly 20-point swing from July, when Clinton held with a double-digit advantage. This is thethird consecutive independent poll to show Sanders with an edge in the key early-voting state.

In Iowa, where Clinton led by 24 points in July, Sanders has narrowed the deficit to 11, with Clinton at 38% to his 27%.

Both polls show Vice President Joe Biden finishing third, but with upward momentum as he continues to weigh a late entry into the race. In New Hampshire, he had 16% support, a 4-point improvement from July and double his figure from February.

Read the rest of this article, Bernie Sanders Jumps Out to Big Lead in New Poll Out of New Hampshire, on Mic.com





Bernie Sanders joins a picket line in Cedar Rapids

September 4, 2015

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Sen. Bernie Sanders, who’s been a fierce voice for the working class on the presidential campaign trail, put some action behind his words Friday, joining a picket line outside a factory here.

Sanders, the independent senator from Vermont, marched with workers at the Penford Products plant, which produces potato starches, and where the union that represents them is locked in a bitter contact dispute with a new out-of-state owner.

“We are sick and tired of the war against working families,” Sanders told scores of workers who gathered in a park next to the plant following the informational picket.

 Comparing Bernie and Hillary


 Hat tip to: Diane Feelthebern DaltonTurning “Purple” for Bernie; AKA The Purple Revolution

The fact-checker’s guide to viral graphics contrasting Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Viral charts have emerged to show how much more progressive Sen. Bernie Sanders is than Hillary Clinton. Sometimes, the difference isn’t as stark as they say.

After a New York Times analysis found Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton voted in synch 93 percent of the time during their two overlapping Senate years, Sanders’ supporters have been pushing back on the notion that the two leading Democratic presidential candidates are largely the same.

Several readers asked us to look at graphics circulating on Twitter, Facebook and Reddit that attempt to differentiate Sanders and Clinton by highlighting differences in their voting records.

We’ve already looked at claims about the two candidates’ donors, which is mentioned in the lower half of this chart in particular. But we wondered if the claims about their voting records and policy positions were correct.

We found that many of the chart’s points are correct, though some either fail to capture Clinton’s flip-flops over the years or over-simplified her stance on issues where her public comments are really thin.

Read the rest of this article on Politico.com


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