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Is it time for Vermont's Citizen Legislature to Professionalize?

Is it time for Vermont's Citizen Legislature to Professionalize?
The Vermont Legislature is a part-time citizen legislature that begins its session in January and ajourns in May. Legislative pay is not that high, there aren't a lot of legislative staff, and many times legislators come to rely on lobbyists for expertise when it comes to certain legislation. Many of the legislators are retired, have the flexibility to hold a legislative position while having another job or some other circumstance that allows them to serve in the legislature.
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Bernie Sanders' Epic Turnout is Maine's Largest in 25 years

Bernie Sanders' Epic Turnout is Maine's Largest in 25 years
The 2016 election may be 16 months away, but you wouldn’t know it from the thousands of people who turned out Monday evening to cheer on Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland.
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Sanders's Populist Message Translating to Fresh Gains in Key States

Sanders's Populist Message Translating to Fresh Gains in Key States
New simultaneous polling conducted in both Iowa and New Hampshire shows that the message of Sen. Bernie Sanders is having a positive imact on his presidential run as voters express increased support for the self-described democratic socialist as he challenges frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
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Bernie Sanders Rocks the Free World of Denver - Neil Young Approves This Message

Bernie Sanders Rocks the Free World of Denver - Neil Young Approves This Message
“Yeah, we’re over fire code,” a security guard said with a laugh and a shrug while eying the crowd at Bernie Sanders’ jam-packed town-hall meeting Saturday night. Around 5,000 people showed up to see the left-wing dark horse give his first stump speech in Colorado since launching his presidential campaign in May. People of all ages – mostly white – filled the air-conditioned gymnasium at Denver University well before the event was billed to start, though latecomers – or on-time comers – could still watch a live video feed on the outdoor lacrosse field.
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Young Trumps Campaign Message: Rock Against Republicans

Young Trumps Campaign Message: Rock Against Republicans
Candidates of both political parties like to have rock music playing at their rallies for obvious reasons. Rock is the music of millions of Americans, it has energy, it evokes a certain forward-looking vision, it connects with young people, it is culturally inclusive, and it implies that the candidate is not part of the Establishment. In other words, rock is everything that Republicans are not. Still, they keep trying their own version of cultural appropriation by choosing rousing rock anthems to warm up the crowd, and once again, the musician who recorded that rock anthe
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A Candid Karl Rove Riffs on the 2016 GOP Presidential Field

A Candid Karl Rove Riffs on the 2016 GOP Presidential Field
A brief transcript of Karl Rove's analysis of the current crop of GOP presidential candidates. It's probably safe to say that Karl Rove is not a fan of Donald Trump. It's also probably safe to say that if Donald Trump is the GOP's nominee Karl Rove will vote for him.
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Scott Walker Makes it Clear GOP Remains the Anti-Gay Party

Scott Walker Makes it Clear GOP Remains the Anti-Gay Party
Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin who this weekend was called the GOP's current presidential frontrunner, thinks that the best way to block full-blown marriage equality at the federal level will be to amend the U.S. Constitution in such a way so that states will be empowered to forbid marriages that are not between one man and one woman.
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Sanders Scores Big in 'Significant' Wisconsin Straw Poll

Sanders Scores Big in 'Significant' Wisconsin Straw Poll
Bernie Sanders scored 41 percent in a straw poll vote at the Wisconsin Democratic Party convention this weekend, with Hillary Clinton winning with 49 percent—a narrower lead than expected and an encouraging sign for the populist candidate who announced his presidential campaign in late April.
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Key Hillary Clinton Staffer to Speak Saturday in Atlantic City

Key Hillary Clinton Staffer to Speak Saturday in Atlantic City
A key Hillary Clinton organizer will be in Atlantic City this weekend to address delegates to the National Federation of Democratic Women at Resorts Casino Saturday night. Adam Parkhomenko was co-founder (with Allida Black) of Ready for Hillary PAC, which spent the two years since Clinton left the State Department collecting donations and emails by the millions and building a social media presence. With the campaign now official, he has the title of Director of Grassroots Engagement.
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Bernie Sanders Gets Huge Turnout for Minneapolis Town Hall Meeting

Bernie Sanders Gets Huge Turnout for Minneapolis Town Hall Meeting
The Uptake delivers fresh stream of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and local leaders hosts a town hall meeting in Minneapolis to discuss how to get big money out of politics, deal with obscene wealth and income inequality, combat climate change, and make college education and health care affordable.
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