Christmas in July: Sanders endorses Clinton, progressives exit to Jill Stein and Green Party

Christmas for Jill Stein and the Green Party

by Shawn Gay Earth Advocacy News July 12, 2012 Dr. Jill Stein and the Green Party may be having a veritable Christmas in July. An analysis of two Twitter hashtags shows support moving from the Democratic Party to the Green Party, spurred by Sanders’ endorsement of Clinton. The great #DemExit Earlier today, Sen. Bernie Sanders endorsed … Read moreChristmas in July: Sanders endorses Clinton, progressives exit to Jill Stein and Green Party

Jill Stein and US Green Party Reach Out To Bernie Sanders and His Supporters

Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders: a dream ticket?

“If he continues to declare his full faith in the Democratic Party, it will leave many of his supporters very disappointed,” she said. “That political movement is going to go on – it isn’t going to bury itself in the graveyard alongside Hillary Clinton.”

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Sanders’s Environmentalists Are Losing Hope

Sanders' environmentalists hope to reduce fossil fuel extraction

“You have a sense that this is not a meaningful process—that it is simply a dog-and-pony show set up to create the impression of a meaningful debate,” said R.L. Miller, chair of the California Democratic Party’s environmental caucus and president of the Climate Hawks Vote PAC , which endorsed Sanders. “The Sanders people are really angry.”

Two days after the drafting meeting in St. Louis ended, McKibben’s frustration found outlet in an article for Politico Magazine. He claimed Clinton supporters were systematically “obstructing change.” Even though they recognized the severity of climate change, they were doing nothing proactive to halt it.

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Headline samples show US mainstream media effectively blacklists Green Party in election coverage

Media coverage statistics for election 2016

By Shawn Gay June 28, 2016 El Paso, Texas, USA The mainstream media outlets in the United States continue to offer essentially no coverage of third party campaigns this election year. In particular, the Green Party coverage is next to zero. A sampling this morning (June 28, 2016) of eight news and news aggregate sites, Google News, Bing … Read moreHeadline samples show US mainstream media effectively blacklists Green Party in election coverage

Activists push Democratic Party for cleaner, fairer platform. Will they succeed?

Committee forming Democratic Platform in 2016

Seemingly to the surprise of some Democratic Party officials, the more-than-a-year-long primary season that is now wrapping up led to a passionate and sometimes contentious discussion about what the party has stood for during the last several elections, and who it represents. Liberal voters, it turns out, are broadly dissatisfied.

And though Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and their supporters aired their ideas on debate stages and at rallies, the party’s platform will ultimately be decided by a panel of 15 people – five chosen by Bernie Sanders, six by Hillary Clinton and four by Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

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Democrats vs. Republicans: It Will Only Get Worse Until We Stop Playing the Game of Villain Politics

Game of villain politics

Bernie Sanders, who eschewed Super PAC and corporate money, who was essentially blacked out by the media and largely disparaged and dismissed when they did mention him, and was hampered in every way the DNC could think to hamper him without explicitly appearing to favor their queen, is only about 200 pledged delegates behind Clinton. 

These facts, in addition to the myriad polls showing how much better Sanders polls against Trump and that Clinton is the subject of an FBI criminal investigation, do not support the myth that Clinton is a stronger nominee to send into the general election. 

So when superdelegates, many of whom threw their favor to Clinton before anyone else entered the race or before the first debate (they don’t even TRY to hide the system of cronyism!), claim they are choosing the candidate best positioned to win the general, I don’t believe them for a second. They are playing the game, a game by which you win if you have a villain and you can make everyone live in fear.

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Sanders’ Youth Revolution: Who Will They Support?

Youth montage

History has proven that young people’s votes matter: In 2012, for example, at least 80 electoral votes were dependent upon voters under 30, according to Circle data. Without the youth vote, the swing states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, which supported Obama that year, would have gone red. Mitt Romney could have become president.

In the YouGov poll, 32 percent of Sanders supporters under 30 said they’d choose a third-party option if the senator didn’t make the ballot.

For many young Sanders supporters, however, getting a victory in the 2016 presidential election is no longer the point. It’s about 2020 — and beyond.

EA News commentary: The poll conducted here may be informal, but the results show that nine out of 29 students categorically support the Green Party candidate, Jill Stein and two others would pick between her and another candidate. That gives Dr. Stein the largest wedge of supporters when it comes to this sampling of young Bernie Sanders voters.

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Bernie Sanders refuses to quit race, declines to endorse Clinton yet

Bernie Sanders

In a video message to supporters, Sanders said he would continue his “political revolution” to change the Democratic Party.

“This campaign has never been about any single candidate. It is always about transforming America,” he said.

Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, has a long list of agenda items, including the ouster of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, overhauling a primary process that would make it easier for people to vote, and an end to superdelegates, the leaders unbound by their state’s results and a liberal platform that provides help for middle- and lower-income people.

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NBC Presidential Poll: Clinton Expands Lead Over Trump, Third Parties Receiving Double Digits With Almost No Media Coverage

Presidential candidates poll
EAN Editorial note: A presidential poll even more recent than the one in the story below shows candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson with almost 25% of the vote between them, so it seems that third parties may be gaining traction quickly. This is impressive seeing that the mainstream media has barely covered either the Green Party or Libertarian Party candidates so far.
more recent poll
This more recent poll also included Bernie Sanders who received an impressive 40% of the preference votes.

Now back to the main news story…

The poll found Clinton was ahead 49 percent to 42 percent. The week prior the former secretary of state led Trump 48 percent to 44 percent.

Clinton also led in the poll when the race was expanded to a four-way competition that included Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Clinton earned 42 percent support, Trump 38 percent, Johnson 9 percent and Stein 5 percent.