Bernie pulls ahead in Iowa State Fair straw poll

Bernie Sanders has pulled ahead of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in a straw poll at the Iowa State Fair.

At the close of the poll on Saturday, Sanders was leading Clinton 53.36 per cent to 40.53 per cent, while the nearest contender was Martin O’Malley, who was sitting on just under 4 per cent of the vote.

The straw poll is being conducted by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, and a total of 639 Democrats have voted in the poll thus far.

While the straw poll should not be taken too seriously, it is an indicator that the Sanders campaign will be very pleased with. Straw polls often receive national media coverage, and this one is bound to provide a flurry of positive coverage for Senator Sanders.

Sanders spoke at the Iowa State Fair today, while his opponent Secretary Clinton decided against speaking at the Des Moines Register soap box.

Why New Yorkers need to register as Democrats now

New Yorkers only have until October 9 to register as a Democrat in order to vote for Bernie Sanders in the primary.

The New York primary might be in April of next year, but Bernie’s supporters need to start registering as Democrats if they are to vote for him in the primary election.

This means that volunteers need to mobilize quickly to start engaging supporters in New York, and ensure they register before the looming October 9 deadline.

Yes, that means you New Yorkers won’t even get a chance to see a Democratic presidential candidates’ debate to weigh up their options before registering. It’s no wonder the Sanders and O’Malley campaigns are pushing the DNC hard for more debates, before the deadline.

New Yorkers can register as Democrats with the Board of Elections.

Sanders faces fierce competition in New York, which is home to the Clinton campaign. Sanders was born in Brooklyn in 1941, but was living in Vermont by 1968.

The New York primary is set to be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.

Why Bernie Sanders has the Koch brothers worried

The Koch Brothers will spend close to $1 billion to elect Republicans this election cycle, and Bernie Sanders has them worried about their prospects.

It’s very extremely clear where the Kochs stand. They want tax breaks for the super rich, and the cutting government spending. The Kochs want to repeal what the call the ‘fraudulent’ social security system that protects vulnerable Americans. They oppose any program that provides aid to the poor, or those in need.

It’s pretty clear to see why the Kochs are no fan of Sanders. But they’ve got more than $1 billion to spend this election cycle, so why are they worried about Sanders, who has only raised $15 million, as at the last report?

Sanders is building a grassroots movement, made up of hundreds of thousands across the United States. While the Kochs have the money, we have the people, and when we stand together there’s nothing we cannot accomplish. And that’s what the Kochs understand.

The Senator from Vermont is building an unprecedented movement of people, old and young, black and white, gay and straight, standing together to expand the middle class and create a fairer, more equal society.

Volunteers are mobilizing across America, while Sanders continues to rise in the polls. Hundreds of thousands are showing up in support of Sanders, including 70,000 last weekend on the West Coast.

It’s no wonder the Koch brothers are freaking out.

Bernie Sanders is heading to Nevada

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is heading to Nevada on Tuesday.

Sanders will be speaking at the 59th Annual Nevada State AFL-CIO Constitutional Convention in Los Vegas on Tuesday the 18th of August, before holding a rally in Reno later that night.

The rally in Reno will be held at the University of Nevada and is expected to start at 7pm, with gates opening at 6pm.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP to the rally on the campaign website.

If you’re heading to see Bernie in Nevada, make sure you get there early. Tens of thousands missed out on seeing Bernie last week, when arenas up and down the West Coast were filled to capacity.

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.