Michael Briggs

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Vermont Dems wonder where Bernie is

MONTPELIER — With about five weeks to go before the general election, some Vermont Democrats are wondering why U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is sitting on the sidelines of what appears to be a toss-up election for governor. Sanders, the state’s junior senator who saw a meteoric rise in popularity during his failed effort to topple Hillary Clinton in the Democratic Party’s presidential primary, has personally endorsed Chittenden County Sen. David Zuckerman, who won the nomination of both the Democratic and Progressive Parties. But Sanders has remained silent in the race for governor, where Democrat Sue Minter is engaged in a battle with Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. Sanders, who is in the process of writing a book, launched a political group, Our Revolution, after the presidential primary that has endorsed some progressive candidates around the country. But Minter and the Vermont Democratic Party have yet to see Sanders use his personal star power or his political group to their benefit, something that is beginning to cause some consternation. Continue Reading →

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Trailing Bernie: Sanders shakes off Register’s endorsement of Clinton

en. Bernie Sanders downplayed the endorsement of rival Hillary Clinton by the Des Moines Register on Sunday as just another establishment choice. The paper announced its primary endorsements on Saturday, selecting Clinton for the Democrats and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for the Republicans. While the Register tapped Clinton, it also noted she is “not a perfect candidate.” But the paper’s editorial board, noting the presidency “is not an entry-level position,” said it favored Clinton’s experience in domestic as well as foreign issues. “Clinton has demonstrated that she is a thoughtful, hardworking public servant who has earned the respect of leaders at home and abroad. Continue Reading →

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Sanders’ rapid rise brings challenges, opportunities

MONTPELIER — With his poll numbers surging and crowd sizes growing, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign is on the rise. The sudden spike in interest from both voters and media presents opportunities and challenges, however, that the nascent campaign must now be nimble enough to respond to. A CNN poll released last week pegged Sanders’ support at 35 percent in New Hampshire, just 8 points behind the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. It’s a remarkable rise for Sanders, the 73-year-old self-described democratic socialist. Most political observers did not expect Sanders to pose a serious threat to Clinton, and certainly not this early in the primary process. Continue Reading →

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