Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time – WSJ

In the fight to define the Democratic party in the age of Donald Trump, followers of Sen. Bernie Sanders, armed with a powerful database, want to transform it from the bottom up by taking control of low-level state and county committee posts.

Source: Bernie Sanders Loyalists Are Taking Over the Democratic Party One County Office at a Time – WSJ

Bernie Sanders Says Washington Should ‘Kill’ the AT&T-Time Warner Deal – Reuters October 24, 2016, 12:55 AM EDT

Donald Trump has also said he would block the takeover.

AT&T’s T -3.03% proposed $85 billion takeover of Time Warner TWX 8.47%generated skepticism among both Democrats and Republicans on Sunday, making it more likely that regulators will closely scrutinize the effort to create a new telecommunications and media giant.

The biggest deal of the year, announced just over two weeks before the Nov. 8 U.S. election, is a gamble on a victory for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and a continuation of the status quo on anti-trust and regulatory enforcement.

The Republican candidate Donald Trump, who is trailing Clinton in the polls, has said he would block the takeover.

The billionaire businessman has railed against the media’s role in what he has described as a “rigged” election and he believes the acquisition of Time Warner, which owns CNN and Warner Bros, Hollywood’s largest film and television studio, would concentrate too much power in one organization.

“AT&T, the original and abusive ‘Ma Bell’ telephone monopoly, is now trying to buy Time Warner and thus the wildly anti-Trump CNN. Donald Trump would never approve such a deal because it concentrates too much power in the hands of the too and powerful few,” Trump economic advisor Peter Navarro said in a statement on Sunday.

Clinton, who has expressed misgivings about other corporate mega-mergers, has not yet commented on the takeover.

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Swing-state Democrats ask Bernie for help – By SEUNG MIN KIM 08/02/16 05:25 AM EDT

But for now the liberal icon has largely stayed out of the battle for control over the chambe

So far, Bernie Sanders has only stumped for a single Senate Democratic hopeful, Wisconsin's Russ Feingold. | Getty

So far, Bernie Sanders has only stumped for a single Senate Democratic hopeful, Wisconsin’s Russ Feingold. | Getty

As Bernie Sanders gears up for next phase of his political revolution, Senate Democratic candidates are clamoring for his support in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania — where his anti-trade, populist message could give Democrats a key political edge come November.

So far, Sanders has stumped for just one Senate Democratic hopeful: Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, a former colleague in the chamber and a kindred liberal spirit. And it’s unclear at this point how much energy Sanders — a longtime independent who has never exactly been a Democratic Party stalwart — is willing to expend on behalf of the party.

And while the two camps are regularly in touch, Sanders and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are nowhere near far enough in their discussions to map out where Sanders could stump for candidates or what kind of fundraising appeals he’ll send out.

Still, top Democrats are already eager for Sanders to mix it up in several key down-ballot races.

“I believe that Bernie will help us in any way that he will be most effective to help us,” DSCC chairman Jon Tester of Montana said during a recent interview in Washington, D.C. “I’m sure he would [prioritize liberals] and those candidates are probably going to be more inclined to have him come.”

POLITICO surveyed more than a dozen Democratic candidates running in this year’s most competitive Senate races. Five said they would eagerly campaign with Sanders.

The senator is also working on the Sanders Institute, a likely 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit focused on policy. There could be a third Sanders-driven political group aimed at harnessing grass-roots support.

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In case you missed it: Bernie, but Shorter: The key moments from Bernie Sanders’ DNC speech – Vice Published on Jul 26, 2016

On a night when every speaker at the Democratic National Convention called to unite the party behind Hillary Clinton, a vocal contingent of Bernie Sanders supporters repeatedly interrupted to disagree. Then the Vermont senator himself took the stage.

Sanders quiets ‘Bernie or Bust’ contingent with plea for unity:

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Resign Amid Email Hack – By LAURA MECKLER Updated July 24, 2016 4:41 p.m. ET

Ms. Wasserman Schultz, who will step down at the end of this week’s convention, plans to address the delegates

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is interviewed on Fox Business.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is interviewed on Fox Business. — PHOTO: RICHARD DREW/ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHILADELPHIA—The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee resigned Sunday after a trove of emails were disclosed showing DNC officials had worked to undermine the underdog presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida congresswoman, said in a statement that she would leave her post at the DNC at the end of this week’s convention. She said she would still open and close the gathering and would address the delegates.

“My first priority has always been serving the people of the 23rd district of Florida and I look forward to continuing to do that as their member of Congress for years to come,” she said in a statement. But she said the “best way” to fulfill her goals was to step down.

Given antipathy to her from hundreds of Sanders delegates who will be in the hall, it is likely that she will be booed each time she takes the stage.

Mr. Sanders has long accused Ms. Wasserman Schultz of favoring presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and had wanted her fired. But the Clinton campaign stuck by her and it was thought that she would survive until her term expires after the November election.

Then Friday, the WikiLeaks website released a database of more than 19,000 emails allegedly sent from DNC officials between early 2015 and mid-2016. Some of the emails show DNC staffers discussing ways to weaken Mr. Sanders’s campaign.

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Green party’s Jill Stein invites Bernie Sanders to take over ticket – Oliver Milman Friday 8 July 2016 09.07 EDT

Stein, expected to become the party’s nominee at its August convention, says she has invited Sanders to collaborate: ‘Everything is on the table’

Jill Stein has invited Bernie Sanders to join her in the Green Party.

Bernie Sanders has been invited to continue his underdog bid for the White House by the Green party’s probable presidential candidate, who has offered to step aside to let him run.

Jill Stein, who is expected to be endorsed at the party’s August convention in Houston, told Guardian US that “overwhelming” numbers of Sanders supporters are flocking to the Greens rather than Hillary Clinton.

Stein insisted that her presidential bid has a viable “near term goal” of reaching 15% in national polling, which would enable her to stand alongside presumptive nominees Clinton and Donald Trump in televised election debates.

But in a potentially destabilising move for the Democratic party, and an exciting one for Sanders’ supporters, the Green party candidate said she was willing to stand aside for Sanders.

“I’ve invited Bernie to sit down explore collaboration – everything is on the table,” she said. “If he saw that you can’t have a revolutionary campaign in a counter-revolutionary party, he’d be welcomed to the Green party. He could lead the ticket and build a political movement,” she said.

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