Sanders campaign shifts venue for Dubuque meeting

Bernie Sanders has had to again shift venues due to larger than expected turn-outs, this time in Iowa.

The Dubuque town meeting has had to be moved to the Loras College Athletic and Wellness Center in Dubuque, Iowa after increased attendance projections.

Sanders is in Iowa for a three-day swing through the key state.

Attendees to the town meeting and other meetings and events in Iowa are strongly encouraged to RSVP on the campaign’s website.

You can view Senator Sanders’ full Iowa itinerary here.

Bernie fires up crowd at Iowa Wing Ding

Bernie Sanders spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of Democrats at the Iowa Wing Ding tonight, where he talked about overturning Citizens United, raising the minimum wage to a living wage, the environment, racial justice and so many other important issues facing Americans today.

In his speech, the Senator from Vermont talked about the enormous enthusiasm around the country for his campaign, citing his recent swing through the West Coast, where roughly 70,000 supporters showed up to support him at his rallies.

Sanders talked about election finance reform, and the ‘disastrous’ Citizen United decision from the Supreme Court. He said that Americans understand that corporate greed is destroying our economy. Senator Sanders restated his support for public funding of elections.

The Wing Ding is an annual fundraising event organised by county Democratic parties in Iowa. Also speaking at the event were other Democratic presidential candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

His speech to the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding is the first leg of his journey through Iowa this weekend, which includes town halls, office openings and a soap box speech at the Iowa State Fair. You can view the campaign’s itinerary here.

Sanders campaign launches new ‘Super Pack’

Bernie Sanders may be refusing money from wealthy contributors by means of a Super PAC, but the campaign has started what it calls a ‘Super Pack’.

Announced via email to supporters yesterday, the Super Pack is designed to encourage monthly small donations, rather than big sums of money from corporate backers.

The campaign says that by receiving monthly donations, it will be able to have a stable and predictable source of revenue.

The email concludes by reminding supporters that while the campaign does not have ‘the billionaire class or shadowy corporations’, it has you.

In the last report filed to the Federal Electoral Commission, the campaign had raised $15m from 250,000 individual contributors. That number is expected to be much larger when the campaign files its next report.

Bernie to visit South Carolina

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is making a swing through South Carolina next weekend.

Sanders’ campaign released an itinerary yesterday of the Senator’s trip.

On Friday August 21, Sanders will be holding a rally in Greenville at the TD Convention Center from 11am. That night from 7pm, the campaign will hold a town meeting at the Medallion Center in Columbia.

On Saturday morning, Sanders will hold a Sumter town meeting at the Sumter County Civic Center. Sanders is expected to be speaking in Orangeburg, at a location to be confirmed, before finishing his trip with a rally in Charleston.

The Charleston rally is set to start at 7pm at Burke High School.

Bernie heads to Iowa for weekend swing

Bernie Sanders is heading to Iowa this weekend, for a three-day swing through the key state.

Sanders is kicking off his visit on Friday night at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, a nationally recognized fundraiser organised by local county Democratic parties. Also speaking at the Wing Ding are Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Lincoln Chafee and Martin O’Malley.

On Saturday morning, Sanders is holding a town meeting in Boone. At 2pm he is speaking at the Iowa State Fair soapbox. More than a dozen presidential candidates are also scheduled to speak.

At 7pm on Saturday, Sanders will be opening the campaign’s Iowa City field headquarters on S. Gilbert Street, Iowa City.

On Sunday morning, Sanders will be opening the campaign’s Cedar Rapids field headquarters on 11th Street, Marion. Later in the day, he is attending the Scott County Democrats’ Picnic in the Park, followed by a labor meeting in Clinton.

Concluding his swing through Iowa, Sanders will host a town meeting in Dubuque.

Sanders’ weekend swing comes after a CNN/ORC poll shows him gaining ground on Clinton in Iowa, trailing the former Secretary of State 50-31.

Iowa caucus-goers trust Bernie over Hillary

CNN/ORC poll shows that likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa find Sanders more trustworthy and honest than his opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The poll, conducted between 7-11 August of 429 likely Democratic caucus-goers shows that Bernie Sanders, while less popular, is viewed as more honest than Clinton.

When asked which candidate was the most honest and trustworthy, 35 per cent said they thought Sanders is, while 28 per cent said Clinton is.

The poll also asked which candidate best understands the problems facing people like you. 40 per cent responded that Clinton does, while 39 per cent responded Sanders.

Overall in Iowa, the likely caucus-goers polled said that they were most likely to vote for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders, 50 per cent to 31 per cent. Vice President Joe Biden landed in third place with 12 per cent. The rest of the field was at 1 per cent or less.

Bernie takes the lead in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders for the first time has taken the lead ahead of Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to latest Franklin Pierce University/Boston Herald poll.

Sanders is now ahead of Clinton 44 to her 37 per cent support along likely Democrat primary voters.

Sanders has been gaining momentum across the country, but until now, has trailed Clinton in every state and national poll.

This latest poll comes after Sanders attracted more than 70,000 supporters to rallies on the West Coast over the weekend.

Meet Symone Sanders, new Bernie 2016 press secretary

Symone Sanders has been named Bernie 2016’s national press secretary, and no, she’s not related to the Senator.

Sanders is a 26-year-old activist, part of the Black Lives Matter movement, passionate about economic justice. She currently serves as National Youth Chair of the Campaign for Juvenile Justice.

Before joining the campaign, Sanders worked as a communicators officer at Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen, an organisation which seeks equal representation of American citizens in government.

Sanders has began to speak at campaign rallies, starting in Portland, Oregon, where she fired up a crowd of almost 20,000.

“My name is Symone Sanders,” she said to an excited and applauding crowd of supporters. Sanders introduced herself as the campaign’s national press secretary.

She told the crowd, that should a disruption happen, similar to one that abruptly ended an event in Seattle, the crowd was to respond with a vocal chorus, shouting, “We stand together!” Sanders lead the crowd in a practice run. No disruptions took place in Oregon.

Sanders went on to speak about racial justice, economic equality and climate change, before introducing Senator Bernie Sanders.

Symone Sanders can be found on Twitter, tweeting as @SymoneDSanders.