BERN NOTICE: Bernie Heads to California -- Where He's Surging

Polls, endorsements and the ground game show that Bernie is poised to win the crucial Golden State

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Bernie heads to the crucial Super Tuesday state of California this weekend — and he heads there just as signs are pointing up for his campaign in the Golden State.

California’s importance in the Democratic primary can’t be overstated: the state will send 495 delegates to the Democratic National Convention — which is almost double that of any other state. Bernie is headed to Oakland for a press conference with National Nurses United, a rally in Fresno, a series of events at the California Democratic Convention and a Democratic Presidential Forum on Latino issues.

BERNIE BOOSTED BY CALIFORNIA ENDORSEMENTS: Last night, United Teachers Los Angeles — the second-largest local teachers union in America — resoundingly endorsed Bernie’s presidential candidacy. The endorsement follows the release of Bernie’s Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education, which has been called “the most progressive education platform in modern American history.” That UTLA endorsement comes the same week as the endorsement of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest nurses union, which is a particularly significant powerhouse in California.

CALIFORNIA POLLS SHOW BERNIE RISING, WITH STRONG LATINO SUPPORT: The most recent Capitol Weekly poll shows Bernie jumping 6 points in California’s Democratic primary. Two recent polls show Bernie in first place among California Latino voters. The Latino Decisions survey shows Bernie with a +46 favorability among California Latinos.

BERNIE’S BIG GROUND GAME IN CALIFORNIA: Fortune reports that Bernie 2020 announced that “it will have 40 people on the payroll in California” and has “opened its fifth office in the state on Thursday in San Francisco.” Bernie’s California campaign has already surpassed 8 million attempted voter contacts, held more than 3,000 events, and more than 760,000 people have taken action with the campaign – holding house parties, volunteering at rallies, and making financial contributions.

BERNIE AT THE FOREFRONT OF CALIFORNIA’S BIG FIGHTS: All of these positive signs come as Bernie has been making headlines in California. In August, Bernie released his landmark Green New Deal in the region that has been scorched by wildfires. More recently, he has backed the effort to bring PG&E under public control, and he has called out Apple for trying to pretend it is addressing California’s housing emergency while the company evades taxes that could fund massive affordable housing investments.

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BERN NOTICE: How MSNBC Has Covered Bernie 2020

New data show "Sanders received not only the least total coverage, but the most negative."

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For months, many have suspected that MSNBC hasn’t been particularly fair to Bernie’s campaign — and now a new investigation provides some important context and data.

In a detailed story looking at MSNBC’s prime-time coverage of the 2020 race, In These Times reports:

The coverage quickly revealed a pattern. Over the two months, these six programs focused on Biden, often to the exclusion of Warren and Sanders. Sanders received not only the least total coverage (less than one-third of Biden’s), but the most negative.

As to the substance, MSNBC’s reporting revolved around poll results and so-called electability…Critiques of Biden were subsumed by positive coverage, presenting him as the safest, strongest choice to take on Trump…Only a few of the 240 episodes discussed Biden’s reliance on big-dollar donations, and none singled out his fundraising from industries such as healthcare and banking that have a strong interest in current policy debates.

Media critic Adam Johnson notes that the new data did not count other more “consistently anti-Sanders” shows and so the data is “almost certainly an undercount.”

The good news is that despite these kind of challenges, Bernie 2020 is surging with strong polling numbersunprecedented crowds, and big endorsements. 

Read ITT’s full story here — and also read Bernie’s plan to rebuild independent media and protect journalists from undue influence by corporate owners.

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BERN NOTICE: The New Corporate Candidates Are No Coincidence

The potential last-minute candidacies of corporate titans are a direct response to the Bernie Surge

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The Boston Globe reports that in the last month, Bernie 2020 has seen “higher poll numbers and more momentum than he had before” — a boost of strong polling numbers, unprecedented crowds, and big endorsements. And that momentum continues with this week’s endorsement from the nation’s largest nurses union and with the release of Bernie’s new ad slamming Trump’s corruption.

To know that this momentum has the corporate class freaked out about the ascendance of a working-class movement, take a look at the political headlines of the last week — specifically, the headlines about potential last-minute presidential candidacies from those at the most elite echelons of the corporate world.

It is not some random coincidence that corporate titans are suddenly being talked about as candidates — the news and chatter are a direct response to the Bernie Surge.

First, there was the trial balloon of billionaire Michael Bloomberg — whose candidacy is reportedly backed by fellow billionaires Jeff Bezos and Leon Cooperman. Bloomberg opposes making billionaires pay their fair share of taxes and has fought efforts to better regulate Wall Street. As New York mayor, Bloomberg oversaw rising economic inequality, tried to send poor people out of the city, and unleashed a stop-and-frisk campaign while boasting about using the city police department as “my own army.”

There are also new reports that Eric Holder may jump into the race. He was the architect of the so-called “too big to jail” doctrine that made sure bankers were not prosecuted after the financial crisis. After that, he returned to his corporate law firm, whose website says he specializes in “white collar defense.”

And most recently, there are reports of a candidacy by Deval Patrick. He is currently an executive at private equity giant Bain Capital. He previously served as a top executive at oil giant Texaco, where he helped the fossil fuel colossus merge with Chevron. According to a detailed Huffington Post report, Patrick also became a “foreclosure mogul” at Ameriquest, where he “helped a Republican billionaire rip off the middle class.”

Again, these potential candidacies haven’t been floated randomly. They come at precisely the moment when Bernie’s campaign is surging.

Bernie 2020 campaign manager Faiz Shakir had this to say about all the news:

On the campaign trail, Bernie has been even more blunt:

“We say to Michael Bloomberg and other billionaires: Sorry, you ain’t going to buy this election.”

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P.S. Watch Bernie’s new anti-corruption ad here:

BERN NOTICE: "Climate Change Is The Way We Win the Caucuses"

Bernie & AOC campaigning on climate in Iowa as polls show voters want climate action & see Bernie as a climate leader

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Bernie heads to Iowa this weekend with AOC, where they will be campaigning for a Green New Deal that has been accurately described as “the most progressive” plan — and one that is “far more aggressive than rivals' proposals.”

Now here’s some good political news: as you’ll see in the review below, polling data show fighting climate change is a top priority for Iowa voters, and also show voters see Bernie as a climate leader.

That’s not surprising: after all, Bernie isn’t some latecomer to the climate fight and he is not merely the author of the Green New Deal. He was also one of the few elected officials who originally helped put the issue on the national political radar in the first place (make sure to watch this mind-blowing video in which Bernie seems like Climate Nostradamus).

Bernie’s leadership on climate is set to be particularly critical to his Iowa campaign, because the state has already been so battered by climate change. Climate-intensified flooding in Iowa has caused billions of dollars of damage and bludgeoned the state’s agriculture sector — all while fossil fuel corporations have polluted the state with pipeline leaks and oil spills.

POLLS: BERNIE SEEN AS A CLIMATE LEADER

• CNN POLL SHOWS BERNIE LEADING ON CLIMATE: When voters were asked who they most trust to handle the climate crisis, CNN’s newest poll shows Bernie tied for first. Bernie has gained 7 points on that climate question since July — likely reflecting momentum from the widely covered release of his Green New Deal in August.

• BERNIE SEEN AS CLIMATE LEADER AMONG 2016 IOWA CAUCUSGOERS: Bernie’s first Iowa campaign could be a significant boost in his climate-focused campaign in 2020. A 2016 Quinnipiac poll showed a majority of Iowa caucusgoers saw Bernie as the climate candidate in that election.

POLLS: IOWA DEM CAUCUSGOERS SAY CLIMATE IS A TOP CONCERN

• 75% OF IOWA DEMS WANT A CLIMATE-FOCUSED CANDIDATE: The Des Moines Register’s June poll found “75 percent of Iowa voters who plan to caucus in person say they must have a candidate who embraces a ‘recognition of climate change as the greatest threat to humanity.’”

• 70% OF IOWA VOTERS WANT CLIMATE ACTION: A July ClimateNexus poll found “Seven in 10 Iowa voters support government action to address climate change, including nearly four in 10 who strongly support such action. Iowa voters specifically want the federal government (73%), Iowa’s state government (70%), and their member of Congress (68%) to do more on the issue of climate change.”

• 24% OF IOWA DEMOCRATS SAY CLIMATE IS THEIR TOP ISSUE: A November Quinnipiac poll found 24 percent of likely Iowa Democratic caucusgoers say climate change is their most important issue. Only health care had a larger number of likely caucusgoers saying it is their most important issue.

• 71% OF IOWA DEMOCRATS SAY CLIMATE IS “VERY IMPORTANT”: An October CBS poll found 71 percent of Iowa Democrats said a candidate’s position on climate change is very important in deciding their vote.

For all these reasons, “we think climate change is the way we win the caucuses,” Bernie’s Iowa state director Misty Rebik told Vox. “We have the biggest most comprehensive plan around this. This is an issue that more and more Iowans can’t ignore.”

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P.S. Bernie has been making climate a central focus of his Iowa campaign — including in this new Iowa television ad airing across the state:

BERN NOTICE: Bloomberg's Move Proves the Billionaire Class Sees The Bernie Surge -- And Is Terrified

We're going to win -- and they know it.

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Three simple points:

1. The billionaire class sees the Bernie Surge and is terrified that Bernie is going to win.

2. More billionaires seeking more political power isn't the change America needs.

3. Bernie is going to win.

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