Sanders surpasses five million likes

Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders passed five million Facebook likes on Thursday, making him the most followed United States Senator.

In a post on his campaign Facebook page, Senator Sanders marked the milestone by thanking his supporters for joining the “political revolution.”

“Thank you all so much for joining the political revolution – together we will stand against injustice, together we will demand progress, and together we will help and protect those who need it most,” the post said.

“Let’s keep going forward together.”

Sanders’ other Facebook page for his role as a United States Senator now has more than six million likes.

Bernie backer wins special Democratic primary

After losing the Democratic primary in Missouri’s 78th District, Bruce Franks has won in a landslide after challenging the validity of the first primary.

Franks won with more than 75 percent of the vote on Friday, a much greater margin than the 55 absentee votes he lost by in August.

State Representative Penny Hubbard won that contest, however Franks filed suit, with the courts ruling that the city’s board of elections mishandled at least 142 in-person absentee ballots.

Franks will almost certainly be on his was to Missouri’s state house, as the district leans heavily Democratic.

Our Revolution announces new endorsements

Bernie Sanders’ progressive organisation Our Revolution has announced its next round of candidate endorsements.

The organisation announced its support of nine candidates running for positions in local and state legislatures and congressional seats around the country.

Executive Director Shannon Jackson said the organisation was proud to be supporting these candidates, who “are fighting at the grassroots level to respond to the needs of working families.”

“We must continue to fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice—and this diverse group of progressive candidates have proven their commitment to the future of our country and their own communities,” Jackson said in a statement.

In Iowa, Chris Schwartz is running for Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors. Sabrina Shrader is running to represent District 27 in West Virginia’s House of Delegates. Noel Frame is running for reelection after serving as State Representative for Washington’s 36th District.

Ismael Ahmed is running for Michigan State Board of Education. In Utah, Misty Snow is running for U.S. Senate against Republican incumbent Mike Lee. Troy Jackson is running to represent District 1 in the Maine State Senate. Jesse Arreguin is running for Mayor of the city of Berkeley, California.

In California, Eloise Reyes is running to represent the 47th State Assembly District. Chase Iron Eyes is running for U.S. Representative for North Dakota’s at-large district.

You can see the full list of endorsements on the Our Revolution website.

Zephyr Teachout releases epic first campaign ad

Sanders-backed congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout has released a clever television advertisement that’s bound to go viral.

The 30 second spot, which is set to set to go to air on cable systems across New York’s 19th District features a countdown clock, poking at the fact traditional campaign ads are short and non-substantive.

“You know how most political ads don’t say anything? Well, 30 seconds isn’t enough time — but also, a lot of politicians just don’t think you’re very smart,” the academic says in the advertisement.

Teachout encourages viewers to hear more about the details of her economic policies by visiting her website, where a series of videos on her various policy positions can be watched. They include issues such as equal pay, challenging the billionaire class and water.

Bernie Sanders endorsed Zephyr Teachout in April, calling on his supporters to contribute to her campaign.

“She understands better than anybody how special interests try to buy off politicians, and she’s dedicated her life to fixing our broken political system,” the former presidential candidate wrote at the time.

Teachout will be up against Republican candidate John Faso in November.

Tim Canova suffers cyber attack days before primary

Democratic primary candidate Tim Canova, who is challenging former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, has suffered a major cyber attack.

In a statement released by Canova’s campaign Saturday night, it was revealed the candidate’s website and online fundraising portal had been the target of an attack.

“We are continuing to investigate the issue, but there appears to have been a deliberate attack on the Canova campaign’s website and digital fundraising program,” said Mike Nellis, the campaign’s Digital Fundraising Manager.

“Beginning at roughly 10pm last night, we received a suspicious spike in new email signups on our campaign’s homepage to the tune of more than 120,000 new email addresses in less than 18 hours.”

The campaign said no data was compromised, and that the origin of the attack is unclear at this time. It also said it was remaining vigilant for further attacks, and is considering involving law enforcement in the matter.

Tim Canova, who is endorsed by and is a support of Bernie Sanders, will face incumbent Debbie Wasserman Schultz in the primary on August 30, 2016. Early voting has already begun in both Miami-Dade and Broward Counties.

Next phase of Sanders’ revolution starts Wednesday

Bernie Sanders will officially launch the next phase of his political revolution on Wednesday night, in a nationwide event.

More than 2,600 individual events will be held simultaneously in each state tomorrow night as Bernie Sanders launches Our Revolution, his new organization. Our Revolution will support progressive candidates up and down the ballot, and will push Sanders’ agenda.

“At this meeting, Bernie Sanders and others from Our Revolution will lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share,” Our Revolution president Jeff Weaver wrote to supporters in an email.

“We’ll also talk about how you can be a key movement builder in your community for Our Revolution.”

The official launch will take place on Wednesday, August 24. Sanders will speak via livestream at 9pm ET. Supporters who are yet to find an event near them can find them here.

Sanders to launch new organization next week

Bernie Sanders will officially launch progressive organization Our Revolution next Wednesday night.

The former presidential candidate will speak in a live stream to more than 2,000 organizing meetings across the United States.

“During our campaign we assembled a movement of millions of people ready to fight for the country we know we can become,” Sanders wrote in an email to supporters.

“Now it’s time for all of us to get to work. At this meeting, I and others will lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share.”

One of the organization’s focuses will be on recruiting and electing progressive candidates up and down the ballot – through November and beyond.

The launch of Our Revolution will take place on Wednesday, August 24. Sanders will speak via livestream at 9pm ET. Supporters who wish to attend a kick-off meeting can find one here.

Wasserman Schultz dodges debates again

The former DNC chair is doing all she can to avoid debating her Sanders-backed primary challenger, law professor Tim Canova.

After months of ignoring requests from Canova’s campaign for a series of six debates on important issues, Wasserman Schultz has finally agreed to debate her opponent, but there’s a catch.

The congresswoman only wants to debate Canova for fifteen minutes on Sunday morning, which was met with overwhelming criticism from her challenger’s campaign.

“The voters of my district deserve better than a mere 15 minutes of discussion on the issues,” Canova said. “Does Debbie Wasserman Schultz even believe in democracy?”

On Twitter, Canova said he has been waiting to debate Wasserman Schultz since April.

Wasserman Schultz’s campaign has made no further comment since announcing it had agreed to participate in Sunday’s debate. It is still unclear whether Canova will participate in the fifteen-minute segment.

Russ Feingold wins Wisconsin senate primary

Sanders-endorsed Russ Feingold has won the Democratic senate primary in the state of Wisconsin on Tuesday.

Feingold won a staggering 90 percent of the vote in the primary contest and will go on to face Senator Ron Johnson in November, a Republican who has held the seat since 2011.

The former Senator most recently served as United States Special Envoy for the African Great Lakes and the Congo-Kinshasa. Feingold previously represented Wisconsin in the United States Senate, but lost his seat in 2010 by just over 6 percent.

Feingold has a strong record on progressive issues. He voted against the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, against the war in Iraq in 2002, he supports universal health care and has been a public supporter of marriage equality since 2006.

Bernie Sanders endorsed Feingold in May, and called on his supporters to contribute to his campaign.

“We are going to have to elect candidates up and down the ballot who recognize that it is too late for establishment politics and economics,” Sanders wrote at the time.

“Russ led the fight with me to make the Affordable Care Act much stronger in 2009. He voted against the USA PATRIOT Act and the war in Iraq. He authored and passed landmark campaign finance reform legislation and his campaign is powered by small-dollar contributions like ours.”

Recent opinion polls conducted in Wisconsin show Feingold with a healthy lead over Republican incumbent Ron Johnson. A Pollster average of the latest polls puts the Democrat in front with an eight point lead.

Clinton currently leads Trump by about nine points in Wisconsin.

Sanders pushes to unseat Wasserman Schultz

Bernie Sanders is making a major push against former DNC chair Debbie Wassrman Schultz just weeks ahead of her primary contest.

The Vermont Senator is backing Tim Canova, who supported Sanders during the presidential primary. Canova is running on a progressive platform; opposing the TPP agreement, fighting for campaign finance reform and supporting an increase to the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

In an email sent Tuesday afternoon, Sanders called on his supporters to make a contribution to Canova’s campaign, ahead of the August 30 primary in Florida’s 23rd congressional district.

“I believe Tim Canova is the candidate whose policies will move both the Democratic Party and our country forward,” Sanders wrote in the email.

“This is one of highest profile congressional races in the country. Electing Tim will send a strong message, coast to coast, that it is just too late for status quo politics and status quo economics.”

Wasserman Schultz has so far avoiding debating Canova, though she now says she will participate in a debate before the primary. The congresswoman came under fire during the Democratic primary over the number of debates that were scheduled.

Canova’s campaign has filed a complaint with the Federal Electoral Commission, accusing Wasserman Schultz of using her former position at the DNC to “improperly benefit her congressional campaign.”

Polls show the race in Florida’s 23rd CD tightening, with Wasserman Schultz’s lead narrowing to single digits, with still 16 percent of voters undecided. Canova needs to win half of the remaining undecided voters to defeat Wasserman Schultz.