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Dear Engaged Reader,

Please send me links you find when browsing the web that talk about the scores of incidents of vote cheating & theft that have gone on during this 2016 Democratic Primary. If I hadn’t been following Bernie Sanders, I would have never known the breadth and depth of the DNC/RNC elites’ control.

The most shocking theft? When the corporate mainstream media (MSM) broke out in a frenzy of “breaking news” emails announcing that Hillary had clinched the delegate count she needed on the NIGHT BEFORE the California Primary.

I get updates every time Bernie’s name is mentioned on the web. These range from critical on the left to critical on the right. Because I have been receiving all those messages I am witness to the consistency and authenticity of Bernie’s message. I am also witness to all the dirty tricks played against Bernie and his supporters. I will be writing more about this later. Now, I just hope that you will send me links deborah@dearbernie.com so I can add them to this website. I own the domain and self-host it so I am relatively confident it will remain available.

Why Did Votes ‘Disappear’ in the Kentucky Primary?

http://www.bluejersey.com/2016/06/kumbaya-over-bernie-sanders-nj-chair-wisniewski-summarily-dropped-as-dnc-member-2/

NJ Bernie Sanders Chair summarily dropped as DNC member

<snip>Less than an hour after the Kumbaya first meeting of the NJ Delegation to the Democratic Convention, the pretty speeches about unity, and State Chair John Currie’s flattering words for Bernie Sanders’ NJ chair John Wisniewski, Wisniewski was summarily removed as a Jersey member of the DNC. This was by vote of the state committee, which met as soon as the delegates left the room; one meeting over, the next beginning. </snip>

More Fighting Words from Bernie Sanders

If there was any doubt what Bernie Sanders would say in his live online address on Thursday night, he quickly resolved it by making clear that this was no concession speech, but rather a rallying cry for his supporters, and a road map for a future that extends well beyond Tuesday, November 8th. “Election days come and go,” Sanders began. “But political and social revolutions that attempt to transform our society never end. They continue every day, every week, and every month in the fight to create a nation of social and economic justice.”

For the first ten minutes or so of the twenty-one-minute address, which Sanders delivered standing in front of a blue backdrop, he didn’t mention Hillary Clinton at all. Instead, he recalled how many commentators had initially regarded his campaign as a “fringe” phenomenon, and how he had gone on to attract more than twelve million votes and win twenty-two states. “Our vision for the future of this country is not some kind of fringe idea,” he said. “It is not a radical idea. It is mainstream. It is what millions of Americans believe in and want to see happen.”

Sanders had a point. As I’ve noted before, he has expanded the political space and put issues like inequality and political capture front and center. He isn’t just another Democratic politician—he is the tribune of a progressive movement that emerged from the antiwar demonstrations, the Occupy Wall Street phenomenon, the nationwide effort to boost the minimum wage, the outrage over the Citizens United ruling, and the general disenchantment with money politics. When Elizabeth Warren declined to enter the Presidential race, Sanders stepped in, running an insurgent campaign that conveyed a clear message and relied on small donations—more than eight million of them. “We showed the world that we could run a strong national campaign without being dependent on the big-money interests whose greed has done so much to damage our country,” Sanders pointed out.

Even establishment Democrats concede that Sanders ran an impressive campaign, forcing Clinton to move left on issues like trade, Social Security, and the Keystone pipeline. But what now? The primary season ended last week. Clinton won fifty-six per cent of the popular vote and fifty-five per cent of the elected delegates. As MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki pointed out the other night, this primary contest wasn’t a squeaker in the tradition of Walter Mondale’s victory over Gary Hart, in 1984, or Barack Obama’s win over Clinton, in 2008. It was a solid win, like Jimmy Carter’s over Ted Kennedy, in 1980, or Bill Clinton’s over Jerry Brown and Paul Tsongas, in 1992.

When Sanders did turn to the general election in his speech on Thursday, he began not with Clinton but with her opponent. “The major political task that we face in the next five months is to make certain that Donald Trump is defeated, and defeated badly,” Sanders said. “And I personally intend to begin my role in that process in a very short period of time.” This suggested that Sanders would pretty soon begin campaigning for Clinton. But what he said next gave a different impression. “Defeating Donald Trump cannot be our only goal,” Sanders went on. “We must continue our grass-roots efforts to create the America that we know we can become. And we must take that energy into the Democratic National Convention on July 25th, in Philadelphia, where we will have more than a thousand and nine hundred delegates.”

Finally, Sanders brought up Clinton—but not to concede defeat or congratulate her. Referring to his meeting with Clinton at the Capital Hilton, in Washington, on Tuesday night, Sanders said the two of them had discussed important issues facing the country and the Party. “It is no secret that Secretary Clinton and I have strong disagreements on some very important issues,” he said. “It is also true that our views are quite close on others. I look forward, in the coming weeks, to continued discussions between the two campaigns to make certain that your voices are heard and that the Democratic Party passes the most progressive platform in its history and that Democrats actually fight for that agenda. I also look forward to working with Secretary Clinton to transform the Democratic Party so that it becomes a party of working people and young people, and not just wealthy campaign contributors.”

This was fighting talk, and Sanders followed it up with a long series of policy demands, several of which Clinton has so far resisted despite her recent moves to the left. Sanders reiterated his calls for free tuition at public universities and colleges, a federal ban on fracking, a tax on carbon, and “modern-day Glass-Steagall legislation” to break up the big banks. While the Clinton campaign has indicated that it is willing to make some concessions on the Party platform, it seems unlikely that it would be willing to go as far as Sanders wants on these issues.

The Sanders campaign is also pushing to reform the primary process. Sanders wants to get rid of superdelegates, end closed primaries, and allow same-day voter registration. Sanders didn’t spell out this agenda in his remarks. But, without mentioning any names, he still took the Democratic Party leadership to task, saying that it “has turned its back on dozens of states in this country and has allowed right-wing politicians to win elections in some states with virtually no opposition—including some of the poorest states in America.”

Sanders continued, “The Democratic Party needs leadership which is prepared to open its doors and welcome into its ranks working people and young people.” Only by doing this, he argued, could the Party hope to reverse the big losses it has sustained at the local level over the past decade. “State and local governments make enormously important decisions, and we cannot allow right-wing Republicans to increasingly control them,” he said. “I hope very much that many of you listening tonight are prepared to engage at that level.”

By this point in the speech, it was clear that Sanders wasn’t going to make any concessions himself. This wasn’t intended as a coming-together moment, or a finale. It was a strident re-declaration of the message that Sanders has been delivering for the past year and a half, and it ended on a note of optimism. “We have begun the long and arduous process of transforming America, a fight that will continue tomorrow, next week, next year, and into the future,” Sanders said. “My hope is that, when future historians look back and describe how our country moved forward into reversing the drift toward oligarchy, and created a government which represents all the people and not just the few, they will note that, to a significant degree, that effort began with the political revolution of 2016.”

The instant reaction to the speech was divided along predictable lines. Using the hashtag #OurRevolution, Sanders supporters celebrated his defiance and his ambition. “Loved tone of @BernieSanders speech,” Cenk Uygur, the host of The Young Turks online news show, tweeted. “We’re not fighting this campaign as much as fighting for #OurRevolution. A revolution can’t be suspended.” (Deleted Amanda Marcotte crap.)

The Sanders-Clinton story is an ongoing one. The Democratic Convention isn’t for another five weeks, and the negotiations over the Party platform are only beginning. Perhaps Sanders is holding off on an endorsement to maximize his leverage. Perhaps, as some observers have suggested, he is overplaying his hand. But, in any case, he isn’t going quietly. Appearing on “Morning Joe” on Friday, Sanders’s campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, was asked whether Sanders was still an active candidate. He replied, “He is an active candidate for President, yes.”

Bernie sucker-punched again by the media on gun vote filibuster

The Daily Beast, supposedly liberal, has been running negative articles about Bernie for months.

Here, it claims that Bernie was “AWOL” during gun control filibuster. He was not AWOL. He was in Vermont, and he expressed his support. Now let’s see who else was AWOL, m’kay?

There’s no list. Which means that 6 Senators were not available or on the floor. I can’t find any articles about the others. You can try. I give up.

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Here are some more places where the missing senators were not listed.

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/sen-chris-murphy-starts-talking-filibuster-over-gun-control-224369

http://nypost.com/2016/06/15/senate-democrats-filibuster-to-force-vote-on-gun-control/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/06/16/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-senate-democrats-filibuster-on-gun-control/

 

US state media runs hit piece on Bernie Sanders

June 17, 2016

For reasons still unknown, a United States government owned and operated media outlet, Voice of America, published a hit piece on Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.

The story, titled “Does Bernie Sanders Believe in Democracy?,” was written by Jamie Kirchick, who has elsewhere openly advocated for the election of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as president.

As is characteristic of Kirchick’s polemical style, the piece includes numerous misleading and malicious claims, such as Senator Sanders has “scorn for basic democratic procedure,” and that Sanders “has spent his entire life extolling the virtue of left-wing dictatorships.”

Senator Sanders, according to this story in a US state media outlet, has been a “shill” for undemocratic regimes, with the conclusion being drawn that Sanders does not really believe in democracy, despite his own proclamations of being a democratic socialist.

While Kirchick is, of course, free to attack anyone he likes, for any reason he likes, that US taxpayers are picking up the tab and providing the platform is considerably problematic.

Voice of America was set up during World War II and took a leading role in producing US propaganda (or counter-propaganda, if you like) against the Soviet Union.

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Voting problems in Arizona

Maricopa County includes the city of Phoenix and is home to 4 million people. The number of polling places over the past 8 years have been decreased by numbers that shock the conscience.

Arizona primary: Maricopa County had one polling site for every 21,000 voters AZ Central, a part of the USA Today Network

Most counties surveyed by The Arizona Republic had enough polling places to average 2,500 or fewer eligible voters per polling site. Maricopa County had only one site per every 21,000 voters.

Maricopa is Arizona’s most populous county and accounts for almost two thirds of the state’s residents, and yet there were only 60 polling places, down from 200 in 2012. NPR, Polling Places Overwhelmed 

There were at least 200 polling stations in 2012 and 400 in 2008, but just 60 open Tuesday, in Maricopa County, the most populated county in Arizona. CNN, Arizona Voting Suppression

 

Minions’ Heads begin to Roll: Dems Discussing Dropping Debbie


By Olivia LaRosa, May 24, 2016

This is the beginning of the end for the Clinton campaign. They think that if they get rid of the incompetent and unpleasant Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Hillary’s lackluster campaign will get a bump.

Are you ready to rock?
Are you ready to rock?

For months now, poll after poll has shown Bernie winning over Trump by 10% or more. This is far outside the margin of error, which means that in all cases, right now, Bernie demolishes Trump in a landslide.

Actually, Bernie beats Trump like a drum! All of the polls have Bernie way ahead, consistently, and for the past several months.  In statistician terms, the results are “robust.” This is statistically significant.

Same for Hillary only different. She has lost ground continually, and now failing behind Trump. Think about that for a minute!

Early on, a pundit noted that Hillary’s poll numbers never go up during an Election. They always go down.

So down and down. The more she talks the more we see of her callow character, simpering for the rich.

Hillary has not sold out to the just the oil industry.

She has sold out to all of them. Let’s not kid ourselves. The Clintons are nothing more than superlobbyists for transnational corporations.

http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/281147-dems-discuss-dropping-wasserman-schultz