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Sanders Weekly Update

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Alan Grayson, controversial member of Congress from Florida with a sense of humor, faces a Primary before he can run for Marco Rubio's seat.

Tammy Duckworth of Illinois is a disabled Iraq War vet who will contest Sen. Mark Kirk for his seat.

Joe Sestak, a retired vice admiral will have to win a four-way April 26th primary in Pennsylvania in order to face-off against Sen. Pat Toomey.

New National Poll by Reuters:

According to the 5-day rolling poll results released on February 23, Sanders has the support of 41.7 percent of voters who identify as Democrat compared to Clinton's 35.5 percent. The poll sampled 998 voters from across the country who identify as Democrats or as independents who lean towards the Democratic party.

Another recent poll by REPASS showed Sanders with a lead of 57 percent to Clinton's 27 percent in West Virginia. This is regarded as significant because it backs up other data that shows Sanders has support from low-income whites. Main stream media usually maintains that Bernie gets his support from liberals and the left. The strength of Bernie's support in the state moved a state senator, campaigning for governor, to endorse Bernie rather than Hillary. WVA has its primary on May 10th.

Sanders' Press Conference Addresses Poverty in SC:

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Bernie Sanders on Wednesday detailed proposals to reduce poverty in the United States and he attributed the increase in part to a 1996 welfare reform bill which he opposed at the time as "an assault on the poor, women and children, minorities and immigrants.

Sanders said 21 percent of children in the United States and 37 percent of African-American children live in poverty. In South Carolina, the childhood poverty rate overall is greater than the national figure. The 27 percent overall rate in South Carolina includes 138,000 black children and 34,000 Hispanic children.

"What welfare reform did in my view was to go after some of the weakest and most vulnerable people in this country," Sanders said. "During that period, I spoke out against so-called 'welfare reform' because I thought it was scapegoating people who were helpless, people who were very, very vulnerable. Secretary Clinton at that time had a very different position on 'welfare reform.' She strongly supported it and worked hard to round up votes for its passage."

More Examples of Sanders' Amendments:

Support for Treating Autism in Military Health Care: Sanders worked with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand(D-NY) to pass an amendment by a vote of 66-29 ensuring that the military's TRICARE system would be able to treat autism.

Exposing Corruption in the Military-Industrial Complex (November 2012): A Sanders amendment required "public availability of the database of senior Department officials seeking employment with defense contractors"-- an important step toward transparency that revealed the corruption of the revolving door in action.

(From Daily Kos)

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Now retired and a writer, I am a feminist and political activist, a radical Democrat (have come to dislike the term "progressive"), and a blogger. Have done political tours of Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, West and East (way back when)Germany, (more...)

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