New national poll shows Sanders’ favorability is rising

A new poll conducted by Gallup shows Sanders’ favorability is on the rise, increasing by seven points since the end of July.

Gallup released a new national poll on Friday after surveying 1,000 independent and democratic voters.

Bernie Sanders’ favorability has improved seven points since the last poll was released on July 24. Hillary Clinton’s national favorability is at its lowest point since 1992.

“Clinton’s favorability with the America public has sunk to one of its lowest levels in Gallup’s 23-year trend.”

According to the poll, 51 percent of “national adults” hold an “unfavorable view” of Clinton, yet her favorability among independent and democratic voters remains steady at 74 percent. Bernie Sanders’ favorability has improved from 39 to 46 percent.

Clinton’s email scandal continues to slowly diminish her image while Sanders is gaining on her inch by inch.

Read the poll’s findings here.

Sanders heading to New Hampshire for Labor Day parade

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will this weekend head to New Hampshire for the Milford Labor Day Parade.

The September 7 Labor Day parade will be the 67th for Milford.

Senator Sanders will take part in the parade, and other presidential candidates including Carly Fiorina and Lindsey Graham are also expected to be attending.

The Milford Labor Day Parade is significant, and has over the years attracted many presidential candidates, notably both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama in 2007.

One parade organizer said he wouldn’t be surprised if 50,000 people show up to take part.

The parade will start at Milford High School and ends at VFW Post 4368.

NY Times responds to readers upset with Sanders coverage

The New York Times is analyzing its own coverage after users made inquiries about the lack of coverage of Senator Bernie Sanders.

The Bernie Blackout is alive and well. On Wednesday, NPR had a segment on Joe Biden’s potential run. Mara Liasson, the national political correspondent, closed her segment without even mentioning Bernie Sanders as an opponent.

“There are many Democrats who think it would be good for Hillary Clinton because she’d have a serious opponent… Right now, she’s basically running against herself and her problems.”

Then there’s the New York Times, the poster child for what critics refer to as the “Liberal Media.”

Despite Bernie Sanders being the second most searched term on their website in the last 30 days, the Times has written more articles on Martin O’Malley’s run for president than Bernie Sanders.

Their readers have noticed and aren’t too happy. Many comments are similar to this one: “The language in this piece is carefully, cleverly selected to portray Senator Sanders as a senile, aggressive old bully compared with the supposed reasonable, presidential, Hillary Clinton. Even Times editorials on George W. Bush use more flattering language than this piece. How this escaped the editing process astonishes me…”

Today the Times’ Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, issued a statement including good news for supporters. “I’ve heard your requests and over the next few days… I will be doing a content analysis of the coverage.”

This could potentially be a massive victory for those calling for an end to the Bernie Blackout.

You can read the whole post here.

Mark Ruffalo backs Bernie’s birthday moneybomb

Actor and director Mark Ruffalo has thrown his support behind a grassroots fundraising drive for Bernie Sanders’ birthday next week.

Perhaps best known for his role in the Avengers, Ruffalo has signed up to promote the Grassroots for Sanders moneybomb effort for Bernie Sanders’ birthday on September.

According to FEC filings, Ruffalo has already made a contribution to Bernie 2016 in June. Records also shown that Ruffalo has previously supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012.

Grassroots for Sanders, a group that was founded on social networking website Reddit is encouraging supporters to join the Thunderclap to help spread the word about the fundraising effort.

Senator Sanders has the most individual contributors out of any declared presidential candidate, attracting donations from more than 400,000 Americans.

Sanders fires up enthusiastic Iowa crowd

Bernie Sanders kept up with the pace of his own momentum today as part of his three day tour of Iowa, meeting a crowd of 700 in Grinnell.

Seeking to capitalize on the new optimism following the positive Iowa poll, showing a 7-point gap between Sanders and Clinton, Sanders spoke to over 700 voters in the town of Grinnell.

In his speech, he spoke about the opening of the new campaign HQ in Ottumwa, commended the Iowan caucus system, and described the advances the campaign had made in the recent months, applauding the grassroots organizers in Iowa and across the country for their contributions.

Prior to the speech event, Sanders took part in taping of the Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press”, which will air over the weekend.

Sanders will stay on the move in Iowa over the next few days, visiting the town of Burlington tonight, and heading to Cedar Rapids tomorrow.

Sanders shifts town meetings to larger venues in Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will head to Iowa this week, where he is currently seven points behind Clinton, according to polls.

After larger than expected turnout projections in Grinnell and Cedar Rapids, both of those town meetings have been moved to larger venues.

All campaign town meetings are open to the public. Tickets are not required, however the campaign strongly recommends attendees to RSVP.

At 2pm on Thursday, Sanders will be speaking at the Grinnell Town Meeting. The event was originally scheduled to be at the Grinnell Community Center, but has been relocated across the street to Central Park to accommodate a larger crowd.

At 5pm, the independent Senator from Vermont will be present at the opening of the Ottumwa Campaign Headquarters.

At 7:30pm, he’ll be at the Burlington Town Meeting, which will take place in the livestock arena at the Des Moines County Fairgrounds. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

On Friday, at 9:30am, Senator Sanders will be making a stop at the Muscatine Roundtable at the Muscatine County Boxing Club. This event is not open to the public.

At 2pm, he will be at the Meskwaki Nation Town Meeting at the Meskwaki Tribal Center. Doors will open at 1 p.m.

At 7pm, Sanders will be making an appearance at the Cedar Rapids Town Meeting. The meeting has been relocated from the Sinclair Auditorium at Coe College to The Quad behind the auditorium.

As the state with the earliest caucuses in the country, Iowa is a key battleground state for the Sanders campaign. A positive outcome here could galvanize support from those who still see him as a fringe candidate.

More information on Sanders’ swing through Iowa can be found in the official press release.

Sanders endorsements spell trouble for Clinton

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has snagged key endorsements, including that of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

It’s been an incredible three months for the Bernie Sanders campaign. What was once perceived as a fringe candidacy has quickly transformed into a legitimate threat to Hillary Clinton. But it’s not Sanders’ climb in the polls that should be making the Clinton campaign sweat the most; it’s the caliber of early endorsements her contender continues to reel in.

Just this past weekend, both singer-songwriter David Crosby and Belinda Carlisle, former lead singer of The Go-Go’s, declared their support. Even Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently jumped on the Bernie train calling upon his 450k Twitter followers to “feel the Bern.”

There has also been a significant amount of media coverage devoted to who Sanders isn’t attracting. He is currently polling well behind Clinton with non-white voters. But out of his many early supporters, three key public figures indicate Sanders’ message is in fact resonating with African-Americans.

When Sanders called for restoring the Voting Rights Act in June, rapper and activist Killer Mike took to Twitter announcing his support. Killer Mike (Michael Render) is half of the hip-hop duo called Run The Jewels who released the critically acclaimed Run The Jewels 2 last fall.

Killer Mike is also an outspoken social activist. He has had frequent appearances on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News offering a voice of reason in the wake of the killing of Michael Brown and the unrest that followed. He is a talented public speaker, a monumental figure in music, and his endorsement’s value to the Sanders campaign cannot be overstated.

Kendrick Lamar, one hip-hop’s most lauded emcees, even called out Killer Mike on this year’s To Pimp A Butterfly. In its first 24 hours, this record set a Spotify record with 9.6 million streams with the song “Hood Politics” mentioning Killer Mike as an important figure in rap music.

Another adamant supporter is Dr. Cornel West. An activist who has been arrested more than once protesting police violence. In his statement explaining why he endorses Sanders, he wrote: “ Now is the time for his prophetic voice to be heard across our crisis-ridden country.”

Dr. West’s endorsement proves Sanders’ message shares essential sentiments with the Black Lives Matter movement. In Seattle and Phoenix, Sanders saw firsthand the outrage within this community, and his response was swift and detailed with a new section on his website laying out numerous ways to reform police practices.

On a national scale, Dr. West and Killer Mike’s endorsements carry momentous weight, whereas, Dr. Frantz Whitfield’s endorsement is huge on the local side.

Whitfield is the pastor at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Waterloo, Iowa.  He is an admired local activist, a powerhouse behind the pulpit, and has been a Hillary Clinton supporter since 2008. He recently ditched Clinton in support of Sanders after Black Lives Matter shut down his speech in Seattle, spurring the release of Sanders’ racial justice plan.

Clinton’s endorsements project a much different reality. Dozens and dozens of current and former senators, representatives, governors, and celebrities have declared they’re ready for Hillary. But there is virtually no public support for her campaign from any prominent social activist.

After the Democratic Party publically endorsed Black Lives Matter, a statement was issued in response on the movement’s behalf stating, “We do not now, nor have we ever, endorsed or affiliated with the Democratic Party.”

After Clinton’s tense face-to-face meeting with chapter members in New Hampshire, this statement alone could be damning for her campaign in the long run.

It’s important to note the Sanders campaign has a long road ahead. National polls still show Clinton with a substantial lead, but thee same polls also reveal many voters are still unsure or don’t know enough about what Sanders represents.

As long as the media storm keeps feeding off this email scandal, more endorsements will continue to trickle in for Sanders. As we all saw in 2008, enthusiasm amongst young people while appealing to African-American voters is the perfect recipe for an underdog victory.