Bernie Sanders

Perhaps listeners have heard about the debate over an economist’s efforts to predict what would occur if Senator Bernie Sanders’ program were enacted.   An economist at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Gerald Friedman, took a look at Senator Sanders’ proposals --- increased spending for infrastructure, free college education at state universities, an expansion of social security, replacing the current crazy-quilt health insurance system with a “Medicare for all” single payer system for health insurance, and numerous expenditures to address the threat of climate change.   All of these expenditure increases would be funded by tax increases that would increase the over-all progressivity of the system, by, in Senator Sanders’ words making the billionaires pay their fair share of taxes.

Bernie Sanders speaks to enthusiastic crowd in Vermont
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Although Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders cruised to victory in the Democratic primary in his home state Tuesday, opponent Hillary Clinton did well in many of the other Super Tuesday states. Still, it was an enthusiastic home crowd in Essex Junction, where Sanders took the stage around 7:30.

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Voters in Massachusetts have been showing up at the polls in steady numbers today for the primaries that could go a long way in determining who the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees will be. 

The state’s top election official, Secretary of State Bill Galvin says it’s possible there will be a record turnout today for the Republican presidential primary.

 A mixed crowd from millennials to baby boomers supported Bernie Sanders Saturday afternoon at Albany's Academy Park.
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New York’s primary day isn’t until April 19, relatively late in the campaign. But that’s not stopping some local activists from getting involved. On Saturday, a coalition of social and economic justice organizations rallied in downtown Albany to show support for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

  Hillary has more superdelegates, but Bernie seems to have more vociferous supporters. What gives?

That’s the topic of today’s Congressional Corner with New York representative Paul Tonko and WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

This is a picture of the crowd at the Mullins Center at UMass Amherst Monday gathered for the Bernie Sanders rally.
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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ rally in Amherst Monday drew a range of supporters from college students to senior citizens including some Berkshire political leaders.

Pat Bradley

After a loss to Hillary Clinton in Nevada, Vermont U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is hoping to rally supporters in Massachusetts.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s early status as the inevitable Democratic presidential nominee met a challenge when Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race. With Democrats set to caucus in Nevada on Saturday, one of Clinton’s superdelegates in the Hudson Valley is addressing Sanders’ rise.

Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who served as senior advisor in the Clinton White House, continues his rally cry for Clinton.

  As voting begins in a few days in the 2016 Presidential Campaign, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders may be the least political person in politics. But, he is leading Hillary Clinton in many polls. He’s closed the fundraising gap, and is drawing crowds of thousands to campaign rallies. Why?

With reporting from inside the campaign, personal relationships with Sanders’s friends and colleagues, and meticulous research, reporter Harry Jaffe offers a portrait of the ultimate outsider candidate, charting Sanders’s course from Brooklyn to Burlington, and now to Des Moines and beyond.

Harry Jaffe is a journalist covering Washington, DC—its politics, its crime, its heroes and villains. His new book is Why Bernie Sanders Matters.

  With the first votes just weeks away, the polls are tightening.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock what he thinks Bernie Sanders’ chances are.

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Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will have a packed house when he speaks this week in the backyard of second-place Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders.

 The Democratic primary has fewer candidates than the Republican side, but just as much intrigue.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that his fellow Vermonter Bernie Sanders would not run a third-party campaign.

Pat Bradley

Bernie Sanders is making a campaign swing through Massachusetts.

The two top Democratic candidates for president are planning to visit Massachusetts this coming week.

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Vermont U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to meet with supporters across the country tonight through a video link. As WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports, boosters expect big crowds across our region.

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Financial disclosures show that Bernie Sanders is at the low end of earners among candidates for president in 2016.

Stephen Gottlieb: Bernie

Jun 9, 2015

I have been an admirer of Senator Elizabeth Warren for many years, ever since she spoke here at Albany Law School some time back in the 90s. But I respected her decision not to enter the primaries to contest the nomination of Hilary Clinton. Obviously I never had to decide whether I would choose to vote for Warren or Clinton, but I came to the conclusion long ago that the candidates I liked best had no real chance of winning. So I have tried to keep my picks within the realm of the people I thought could win.

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About 5,000 people gathered in Burlington on Tuesday to hear Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders officially announce his campaign as a Democratic presidential candidate.  WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley takes us into the crowd.

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Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders officially kicked off his presidential campaign in the city where he began his political career on Tuesday.

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U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont kicked off his campaign for the White House Tuesday in Burlington, where he began his political career as mayor. He is seeking the Democratic nomination. Here is his entire speech as provided by the campaign:

Bernie Sanders' new presidential campaign headquarters is just a few doors up Church Street in Burlington from the City Hall he served as mayor 34 years ago.

  Americans continue to debate the Iran nuclear framework.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Vermont representative Peter Welch tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock that trust is not part of the equation.

This interview was recorded on Tuesday, hours before Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders joined the presidential field.

4/29/15 Panel

Apr 29, 2015

  

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and and essayist, author, editor and activist - Barbara Smith.

Topics include Baltimore Update, SCOTUS Gay Marriage Case, Bernie Sanders Runs for President, Nepal Update, Weather Extremes.

As has long been rumored, Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders is running for president, according to multiple reports Tuesday afternoon. The independent will run in the Democratic primary. He had discussed his potential campaign for months, including in several WAMC Congressional Corner segments.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he will decide "soon" whether he will challenge Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary.

Vermont’s junior senator has been assigned a key position on a key committee in the new session of Congress.

Vermont’s junior U.S. Senator, Independent Bernie Sanders, has traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire, generating considerable buzz about a possible presidential campaign. On Tuesday evening, a group of progressive Democrats met in Iowa to form a “Draft Bernie Sanders for President” steering committee.

Vt.'s Senators Disappointed By National Guard Cuts

Feb 25, 2014

Vermont's two United States senators are expressing displeasure and concern over proposed cut to the National Guard.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, co-chair of the Senate National Guard Caucus, says any planned long-term cut to Army National Guard "guts our citizen-soldier force."

Sen. Bernie Sanders told WPTZ in a statement "we should be growing - rather than shrinking - the National Guard" because of its cost-efficiency.

Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders has joined 15 of his Senate colleagues in forming a new task force to highlight climate change.

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Vermont's independent senator wants to know if the National Security Agency has been "spying" on members of Congress.

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