Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders speaks at the Egg in Albany
Karen DeWitt

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, made the second stop in his ‘Where Do We Go From Here’ tour in Albany Friday afternoon, where he told a small but loyal group of supporters that he’ll fight to get key items into the national Democratic Party platform, including a nationwide $15 minimum wage, and has been in talks with Hillary Clinton’s campaign over a greater focus on progressive issues.

 Bernie Sanders says he will vote Hillary Clinton for president.

I began doing these commentaries in 2005.   In 2006, after the Democrats took control of Congress, I delivered a commentary noting that a battle for the soul of the Democratic Party was brewing.   On the one hand there were a set of policies proposed and adopted by the “triangulator” Bill Clinton.   (Triangulation referred to his ability to oppose most of his own party and the Republicans at the same time – first playing one then the other against his two adversaries.)   These policies included NAFTA, which would not have passed without Republican support.   They included so-called welfare reform, which Senator Daniel Moynihan correctly identified as abolition and not reform.   During Clinton’s eight years there was no improvement in opportunities for workers to join unions.  There was however, ridiculous focus on budget balance and what turned out to be disastrous financial deregulation?   Despite record job growth and for a few years very low rates of unemployment, inequality actually increased during the entire 8 year period.

Democratic officials have rejected Bernie Sanders' request to remove two high-profile Hillary Clinton supporters from leadership positions at the party's summer convention.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the WAMC Locked Box, the Democratic primary last night, universal healthcare, and Obama to become the first sitting U.S. President to visit Hiroshima, climate change, and Cuomo's probe.

Michael Meeropol: Of Trump And The Bernie Vote

May 6, 2016

My wife, Annie, and I just spent a couple of weeks in Europe.  Virtually every European we met asked us incredulously, “are we looking at a President Trump?”This was particularly true in Great Britain which recently debated keeping him out of the country because he is a purveyor of hatred. Returning home we were confronted with headlines that suggested the possibility that Trump could pick up some Bernie Sanders supporters because both men are “anti-establishment” and oppose “bad” trade deals that cost American jobs.

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses the road to the general election and Bernie Sanders' chances of supporting Hillary Clinton as the nominee.

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won the New York Democratic primary, her rival Bernie Sanders clinched a few victories in Hudson Valley counties.

The Democratic presidential candidates participated in a raucous debate in Brooklyn last night ahead of New York’s primary on Tuesday. In one of their most contentious debates, they challenged each other's stances on the usual topics.

Ben Cohen and childhood friend Jerry Greenfield opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Ice Cream Parlor in Burlington, Vermont, in 1978, and over the years the pair turned Ben & Jerry’s into a worldwide phenomenon.

It is Vermont’s Finest ice cream. But, it did have its origins in our region – Saratoga Springs to be exact.

Ben and Jerry are bringing their new “Bernie’s Yearning” ice cream flavor to the College of Saint Rose tonight in conjunction with the Terrance Simien Zydeco Experience concert at the Massry Center. They will be on campus from 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm scooping out samples of the new flavor, which they whipped up as private citizens.

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WAMC's David Guistina talks with Jim Kevlin of Hometown Oneonta about the presidential primary's new focus around hyrdofracking.

Senator Bernie Sanders Visits Dutchess County

Apr 13, 2016
WAMC Allison Dunne

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his “Future to Believe In” rally to Poughkeepsie Tuesday night. It was his first visit to the Hudson Valley of the campaign, with just one week before the New York primary.

Bernie Sanders
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Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke at a rally in Albany Monday before about 4,000 supporters. The Vermont U.S. Senator emphasized his usual themes, but also called for a nationwide ban on hydrofracking.

Thousands attended Monday's rally for Sen. Sanders in Albany.
Patrick Garrett

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders brought his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Albany Monday, where he urged supporters to turn out in the April 19 primary against former New York U.S. Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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  Bernie Sanders went from long shot to in it for the long haul.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch continues his conversation about November with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Robert Kennedy Jr, addressing gas pipeline opponents at a rally at the State Capitol on Tuesday.
Karen Dewitt

Fracktivists, as anti hydrofracking activists are called, hope to play a role in New York’s presidential primary. They are asking Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, as well as Republican candidates, to take a stand against the Constitution pipeline and other natural gas pipelines that if approved could criss- cross the state.

Sanders And Clinton Weigh In On Indian Point

Apr 5, 2016
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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One of the Democratic presidential hopefuls is calling for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County. His rival says not so fast.

HRC Barnstorms Cohoes

Apr 5, 2016
Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

Tuesday was a busy day for former New York Senator Hillary Clinton. The presidential hopeful trekked from Manhattan, where she appeared with Governor Andrew Cuomo, up to Albany where she met with Democratic lawmakers, then on to Cohoes. At stake: 274 delegates in the April 19th primary.

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  Senator Bernie Sanders’ campaign has thrust Vermont onto the national stage.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that he thinks Sanders still has a shot to win the Democratic nomination.

Sanders Calls For Indian Point To Close

Apr 5, 2016
Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant
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One of the Democratic presidential hopefuls is calling for the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant in Westchester County.

The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are planning rallies today in upstate New York. 

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Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton will visit the Capital Region on Monday.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Drumming up support ahead of New York’s April 19 primary, former New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton campaigned in Westchester County Thursday. Though she was flanked by a number of staunch supporters, some students in the audience made it known they back her Democratic rival.

Bernie Sanders at Vermont rally 3-1-16
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Bernie Sanders is telling thousands of supporters in New York City that if he wins the state's primary, he will win the White House. 

  It seems to be getting late for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, but the Vermont lawmaker says not to count him out.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays and WAMC’s Alan Chartock discuss the state of the primaries.

  Can Senator Sanders still become President Sanders?

That’s the question on today’s Congressional Corner with Tim Vercellotti, director of the Western New England University poll and professor of political science, and WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Schenectday Mayor Gary McCarthy, Green Island Mayor Ellen McNulty, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, Former Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings, State Senator Neil Breslin, Assembly members McDonald and Fahy.
WAMC photo by Dave Lucas

With less a month to go before the primary on April 19th, Capital Region Democrats gathered last night in uptown Albany for a "Hillary for New York" organizing event.

  Chances are, if you’re a Democrat, you have strong feelings about the presidential primary.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Congressional Quarterly’s David Hawkings tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders needs a quick comeback if he wants to win the nomination. 

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Bernie 2016

The last three of Vermont's unpledged — or super — delegates to the Democratic National Convention have declared their support for Sen. Bernie Sanders.

A new Siena College poll shows that if the New York primary was held today, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would handily defeat their opponents.