#BernieOrBust? — What’s your plan?

Many say that they are #BernieOrBust .. but what’s that really mean?

  • Some say they will write in Bernie,
  • others say they will vote for Jill Stein (Green Party)
  • still others say they just won’t vote at all.

To me, the only meaningful options are the first two. If you don’t vote, you have no voice, and what’s the point in that? Don’t you want your action to be counted in some way? If we really want to get Bernie in office (or keep Hillary out), it seems like we should be coordinated about this effort .. no?

It’s all a bit abstract to even discuss this right now since we have no idea what will happen as the convention draws near. I think we have to assume that Bernie will stick it out through all of the states, and there will be a contested convention since it’s unlikely that neither candidate will have the requisite number to win outright. Here are the scenarios that I’m seeing ..

DOOR #1: Bernie wins more delegates than Hillary! (Yes, it is still possible, although it’s getting harder all the time.) If that happens, we’ll have to believe that the superdelegates will go the way of the people (if they don’t, there will be riots and god help us all). Let’s just assume that if Bernie gets more delegates, he will be the nominee .. all’s well, on to the White House!

If Hillary is the nominee, Bernie will likely insist that she make concessions to his platform. We all know that she’ll say whatever she thinks we want to hear, but it’s hard to believe that she will be believable enough for Bernie to actually back her and ask us to do the same .. for the “good” of the party. So, we’ll need to choose from the following options ..

DOOR #2: Hillary is the nominee and Bernie doesn’t back her; he decides to run as an Independent. If that happens, he’ll be called a “spoiler.” I don’t think that matters to most of us, and I think that in a general election, he could very likely win a 3-way race, since he’ll have the backing of a large number of Independents who haven’t been counted yet.

However, this is a tricky path since it would require Bernie registering in all 50 states (or as many as possible), which entails getting many signatures (178,039 in CA alone, more than 880,000 in total). Also, the filing date in 14 states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington) will have passed by the time the convention is over. He would need to switch to Independent by June 9 (Texas deadline) to be able to register in all states. [#1]

This means that Bernie would likely need to switch to Independent before the convention. Hmm.

DOOR #3: Hillary is the nominee and Bernie doesn’t back her; he decides NOT to run as an Independent. If he doesn’t officially run, writing him in, while it may feel good, may have no effect at all and in many cases no one will even know! Apparently some states disallow write-ins (Nevada, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and South Carolina), and most require the candidate to register in order for their write-in to be counted. Only 8 states allow write-ins without a filing (Oregon, Iowa, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont). [#2]

It seems unlikely that Bernie would register as a write-in if he’s not going to run as an Independent (I suppose he might if the filing deadline is later, not sure about that). So, if Bernie doesn’t register as a write-in, don’t write him in! Your vote will likely not be counted or registered in any way. It would be as if you hadn’t voted at all.

If Bernie doesn’t register as a write-in, it seems that the best thing to do is vote for Jill Stein. This vote will get counted, and if enough #BernieOrBust people are on board, it’s possible that she could get elected (yes, very unlikely). At least, your vote would be counted and heard. In my mind, that would be far better than the other options available, at least the climate and environment would be a focus.

DOOR #4: Hillary is the nominee and Bernie does back her. This sounds crazy to me, but I suppose it’s possible. He’d have to make an awfully good case for supporting Hillary, and even then .. I don’t know, I can’t go there yet.


Some are concerned that a Bernie write-in or voting for Jill, is a “vote for Trump.” That may not be as bad as you might think. As this election has unfolded, I’ve become more and more anti-Hillary. The corruption and scandal that surrounds her have become unpalatable[#3].  Even though she claims to be a “Democrat,” I think that Trump could be less dangerous in many ways. Hillary’s roots (and core values) are conservative and Republican[#4].  Trump’s roots are Democratic (Republican: 1987–99; 2009–11; 2012–present. Independent: 2011–12. Democratic: before 1987; 2001–09. Reform: 1999–2001)[#5].  Granted, Trump would be a huge embarrassment for the country, but there’s no way that his crazy ideas would come to pass. On the other hand, Hillary is likely to get us into another war, and will continue with the corruption and greed that infests our so-called-democracy.

These are just some thoughts about how to proceed as a #BernieOrBust. If we can agree on a path of action, we might actually be able to affect the outcome of the election. What are your thoughts?

Tiffany of Socially Unacceptable, sums it up perfectly!

And a couple related links of interest ..

References:

[1] Requirements for independents – ballotpedia.org
[2] Requirements for write-in candidates – ballotpedia.org
[5] Donald Trump – wikipedia.org

Superdelegates for Bernie!

As Bernie wins in more states, we need to put pressure on the superdelegates in those states, who have committed for Hillary, to switch their support to Bernie. The allegiance of a superdelegate should be to their constituents. The initial superdelegate information below was borrowed from Wikipedia. If you learn of different information or as superdelegates flip to Bernie, let me know!

The states are listed in the order of the point differential in the primary; the number of percentage points separating Bernie’s win from Hillary’s loss.

Even in states that Bernie lost, he won many of the counties in those states. superdelegates who represent those counties should cast their votes for Bernie!

If you live in a state or county that Bernie won, please pressure your superdelegates to support him. Let’s also make sure the uncommitted (and the O’Malley supporter) are on Bernie’s side as well.

More Twitter buttons will be added as time allows! Many of these people don’t appear to be on Twitter. Gee, I why would they don’t want to hear from their constituents?

Vermont – Won by 73pts

  • Richard Cassidy, DNC – Sanders
  • Jim Condos, DNC – Sanders
  • Howard Dean, DPL – Clinton
  • Dottie Deans, DNC – Sanders
  • Billi Gosh, DNC – Clinton
  • Tim Jerman, DNC – Sanders
  • Patrick Leahy, Sen. – Clinton
  • Bernie Sanders, Sen. – Sanders
  • Peter Shumlin – Gov. – Clinton
  • Peter Welch, Rep. – Sanders

Alaska – Won by 63pts

  • Kim Metcalfe, DNC – Clinton
  • Larry Murakami, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Ian Olson, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Casey Steinau, DNC – Uncommitted

Utah – Won by 59pts

  • Patrice M. Arent, DNC – Clinton
  • Peter Corroon, DNC – Sanders
  • Wayne Holland, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Breanne Miller, DNC – Clinton

Idaho – Won by 57pts

  • Van Beechler, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Carolyn Boyce, DNC – Clinton
  • Pete Gertonson, DNC – Sanders
  • Bert Marley, DNC – Sanders

Washington – Won by 45pts

  • Maria Cantwell, Sen. – Clinton
  • Ed Cote, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Suzan DelBene, Rep. – Clinton
  • Denny Heck, Rep. – Clinton
  • Jay Inslee – Gov. – Clinton
  • Derek Kilmer, Rep. – Clinton
  • Rick Larsen, Rep. – Clinton
  • Juanita Luiz, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Sharon Mast, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Jim McDermott, Rep. Clinton
  • David McDonald, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Patty Murray, Sen. – Clinton
  • Rion Ramirez, DNC – Clinton
  • Jaxon Ravens, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Valerie Brady Rongey, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Adam Smith, Rep. Clinton
  • Lona Wilbur, DNC – Uncommitted

Hawaii – Won by 40pts

  • Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. – Sanders
  • Mazie Hirono, Sen. – Clinton
  • David Ige, Gov. – Uncommitted
  • Jadine Nielsen, DNC – Clinton
  • Stephanie Ohigashi, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Russell Okata, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Doug Pyle, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Brian Schatz, Sen. – Clinton
  • Mark Takai, Rep. – Clinton
  • Shan Tsutsui, DNC – Clinton

Kansas – Won by 35pts

  • Kathryn Focke, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Lee Kinch, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Teresa Garcia Krusor, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Bill Roy, Jr., DNC – Uncommitted

Maine – Won by 29pts

  • Maggie Allen, DNC – Clinton
  • Phil Bartlett, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Troy Jackson, DNC – Sanders
  • Chellie Pingree, Rep. – Clinton
  • Peggy Schaffer, DNC – Clinton

Minnesota – Won by 23pts

  • Mark Dayton, Gov. – Clinton
  • Keith Ellison, Rep. – Sanders
  • Al Franken, Sen. – Clinton
  • Marge Hoffa, DNC – Clinton
  • Amy Klobuchar, Sen. – Clinton
  • Ken Martin, DNC – Clinton
  • Betty McCollum, Rep. – Clinton
  • Walter Mondale, DPL – Clinton
  • Javier Morillo-Alicea, DNC – Clinton
  • Rick Nolan, Rep. – Clinton
  • Collin Peterson, Rep. – Sanders
  • R. T. Rybak, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Nancy Schumacher, DNC – Clinton
  • Lori Sellner, DNC – Clinton
  • Rick Stafford, DNC – Clinton
  • Tim Walz, Rep. – Clinton

New Hampshire – Won by 22pts

  • Raymond Buckley, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Martha Fuller Clark, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Joanne Dowdell, DNC – Clinton
  • Maggie Hassan – Gov. – Clinton
  • Ann Kuster, Rep. – Clinton
  • Billy Shaheen, DNC – Clinton
  • Jeanne Shaheen, Sen. – Clinton
  • Kathy Sullivan, DNC – Clinton
  • Cory Booker NJ Sen. – Clinton

Colorado – Won by 19pts

  • Michael Bennet, Sen. – Clinton
  • Diana DeGette, Rep. – Clinton
  • Anthony Graves, DNC – Uncommitted
  • John Hickenlooper – Gov. – Clinton
  • Blanca O’Leary, DNC – Clinton
  • Lisa Padilla, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Rick Palacio, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Ed Perlmutter, Rep. – Clinton
  • Jared Polis, Rep. – Clinton
  • Mannie Rodriguez, DNC – Clinton
  • Roy Romer, DPL – Clinton
  • Beverly Ryken, DNC – Uncommitted

Nebraska – Won by 14pts

  • Brad Ashford, Rep. – Clinton
  • Ron Kaminski, DNC – Clinton
  • Maureen Monahan, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Vincent Powers, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Patricia Zieg, DNC – Clinton

Oklahoma – Won by 10pts

  • Jim Frasier, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Mark Hammons, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Connie Johnson, DNC – Sanders
  • Betty McElderry, DNC – Clinton

Michigan – Won by 1pt

  • Jill Alper, DNC – Clinton
  • Dennis Archer, DNC – Clinton
  • John Conyers, Rep. – Clinton
  • Steven Cook, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Brandon Dillon, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Debbie Dingell, Rep. – Clinton
  • Mary Fleming, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Barry Goodman, DNC – Clinton
  • Norwood Jewell, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Dan Kildee, Rep. – Clinton
  • Brenda Lawrence, Rep. – Clinton
  • Sandy Levin, Rep. – Clinton
  • Daryl Newman, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Gary Peters, Sen. – Clinton
  • Nancy Quarles, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Virgie Rollins, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Debbie Stabenow, Sen. – Clinton

Iowa – Virtual tie

  • Jan Bauer, DNC – Clinton
  • Scott Brennan, DNC – Clinton
  • Michael Gronstal, DNC – Clinton
  • Danny Homan, DNC – Clinton
  • Linda Langston, DNC – Clinton
  • Dave Loebsack, Rep. – Clinton
  • Andy McGuire, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Sandy Opstvedt, DNC – Clinton

Missouri – Virtual tie (won most counties in state)

  • Doug Brooks, DNC – Clinton
  • William Lacy Clay, Jr., Rep. – Clinton
  • Emanuel Cleaver, Rep. – Clinton
  • Melba Curls, DNC – Clinton
  • Dick Gephardt, DPL Clinton
  • Darlene Green, DNC – Clinton
  • Sly James, DNC – Clinton
  • Claire McCaskill, Sen. – Clinton
  • Jay Nixon – Gov. – Clinton
  • Sandy Querry, DNC – Clinton
  • Matt Robinson, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Roy Temple, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Brian Wahby, DNC – Clinton

Massachusetts – Lost by 2pts (won 9 of 14 counties in state)

  • Virginia Barnes, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Gus Bickford, DNC – Clinton
  • Michael Capuano, Rep. – Clinton
  • Katherine Clark, Rep. – Clinton
  • Debra DeLee, DPL – Uncommitted
  • Kate Donaghue, DNC – Clinton
  • Steve Grossman, DPL – Clinton
  • Ray Jordan, DNC – Clinton
  • Elaine Kamarck, DNC – Clinton
  • William Keating, Rep. – Clinton
  • Joseph P. Kennedy III, Rep. – Clinton
  • Paul G. Kirk, DPL – Sanders
  • Debra Kozikowski, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Stephen F. Lynch, Rep. – Clinton
  • Ed Markey, Sen. – Clinton
  • Thomas M. McGee, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Jim McGovern, Rep. – Clinton
  • Marv McMoore, Jr., DNC – Uncommitted
  • Seth Moulton, Rep. – Clinton
  • Richard Neal, Rep. – Clinton
  • David O’Brien, DNC – Clinton
  • James Roosevelt, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Susan Thomson, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Niki Tsongas, Rep. – Clinton
  • Elizabeth Warren, Sen. – Uncommitted

Illinois – Lost by 2pts (won most counties in state)

  • Carrie Austin, DNC – Clinton
  • Cheri Bustos, Rep. – Clinton
  • James Clayborne, Jr., DNC – Clinton
  • Jerry Costello, DNC – Clinton
  • John Cullerton, DNC – Clinton
  • Danny Davis, Rep. – Clinton
  • Tammy Duckworth, Rep. – Clinton
  • Dick Durbin, Sen. – Clinton
  • Rajiv Fernando, DNC – Clinton
  • Bill Foster, Rep. – Clinton
  • Luis Gutiérrez, Rep. – Clinton
  • Daniel Hynes, DNC, – O’Malley
  • John Keller, DNC – Clinton
  • Robin Kelly, Rep. – Clinton
  • Dan Lipinski, Rep. – Uncommitted
  • Michael Madigan, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Iris Martinez, DNC – Clinton
  • Jayne Mazzotti, DNC – Clinton
  • Barack Obama, DPL – Uncommitted
  • Steven Powell, DNC – Clinton
  • Mike Quigley, Rep. – Clinton
  • Laura Ricketts, DNC – Clinton
  • Carol Ronen, DNC – Clinton
  • Bobby Rush, Rep. – Clinton
  • Jan Schakowsky, Rep. – Clinton
  • Karen Yarbrough, DNC – Clinton

Nevada – Lost by 5pts (won most counties in state)
Actually, it looks like Bernie may WIN Nevada! See comments below!

  • Erin Bilbray, DNC – Sanders
  • Artie Blanco, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Ruben Kihuen, DNC – Clinton
  • Roberta Lange, DNC – Uncommitted
  • Andres Ramirez, DNC – Clinton
  • Harry Reid, Sen. – Clinton
  • Dina Titus, Rep. – Clinton
  • Chris Wicker, DNC – Uncommitted

What’s up with the DNC? Why does Debbie have so much power?

By all accounts, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) seems to be a very bizarre group. It is supposed to be the organization that supports the essence of democracy in our country. It is composed of all the “important” Democrats .. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and many more (see Our Leaders on the DNC website).

However, in the news, you ONLY hear about Debbie. And when you hear about Debbie, it’s always surrounding some type of controversy. Have you ever heard a mention of other DNC members? Sure, she’s the “committee chair,” but surely others are allowed to speak and have opinions? Based on what you read in the news, it doesn’t seem that way. Shouldn’t the organization that claims to define democracy, actually operate in a democratic fashion?

I’d hope that if others in this organization didn’t agree with what Debbie was saying, they’d speak up. Oh, right there was the time when Tulsi Gabbard, the past vice chair of the DNC, expressed a desire to see more debates (seems reasonable enough) .. and she was “disinvited” from the upcoming debate (Top Democratic official: I was disinvited from debate – cnn.com). And as you all know, she recently resigned from the DNC to support Bernie (yay, Tulsi!).

So, has this frightened other DNC members into keeping quiet about Debbie’s crazy antics? Unless we hear something from other members, we must assume that they are all just fine with Debbie and her actions. That doesn’t bode well for our democratic system.

Here’s a partial listing of articles on Debbie’s disastrous debacles:


 

UPDATE! The following information about Tim Canova has changed! The Florida DNC has decided to allow Tim access to the voter database!


 

The most recent issue to arise seems especially onerous. Tim Canova, a Democrat running for Congress in Florida’s 23rd District (Debbie’s seat in Congress), has been denied access to the “VAN” voter database. This is apparently a policy that has been in place since 2010 (long time ago?) ..

Florida Democratic Party does not offer data access “to candidates challenging incumbent members of Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation. This policy has been applied uniformly across the board since 2010.

REALLY? That’s absurd. Anyone with half a brain would see that this is the essence of a corrupt system. Blindly supporting the incumbent, regardless of qualifications, is just ridiculous. Is this the case for all states or just Florida?

A Democratic system should be set up to allow equal access to all candidates, and may the best person win. The DNC should not be set up to support any one candidate.

What can you do? First off, we need to support Tim Canova and other Berniecrats. Bernie won’t be able to do what he’s proposing without the support of the Senate and House. Now that it looks like Tim won’t have access to the voter database, an already challenging task of taking on Debbie, has been made even harder. Be sure to chip in what you can to his campaign.

Secondly, there are numerous petitions asking to unseat Debbie. They may fall on deaf ears, but it can’t hurt to add your name to the list!

There are also a couple of petitions specific to the Tim Canova / Debbie situation:

The bottom line is .. the DNC needs a good house cleaning. I’m not saying that all of the members are corrupt, but unless someone speaks up it’s hard to know what to think.

DARK Act—Senate voting record

On March 16, the Senate voted narrowly (49-48, 3 Not Voting) to REJECT the bill known as the “DARK Act.” We should praise those who voted to reject this bill, and shame the others.

Let’s show special appreciation to the Republicans who voted against this bill! And don’t forget to support those Democrats who voted with the PEOPLE as well.

89% of Americans support labeling of food that contains GMOs. This is not a debate over the quality or safety of GMOs, but just your right to know about their existence. We label for everything else in our food, why not GMOs? The only reason to support this bill is to favor companies like Monsanto over the rights of the PEOPLE.

Anyone who voted to support this bill should be voted out of office at the next opportunity. Note the “term end” date after each name (in progress). Those ending in 2017 should be voted out this year!

Republican

Lamar Alexander R-TN, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Kelly A. Ayotte R-NH, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
John A. Barrasso R-WY, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)
Roy Blunt R-MO, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
John Boozman R-AR, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Richard Burr R-NC, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Shelley Moore Capito R-WV, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
William “Bill” Cassidy M.D. R-LA, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Dan Coats R-IN, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Thad Cochran R-MS, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Susan M. Collins R-ME, Nay (term ends: Jan 2021)
Bob Corker R-TN, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)
John Cornyn R-TX, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Tom Cotton R-AR, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Michael “Mike” Crapo R-ID, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Ted Cruz R-TX, Not Voting (term ends: Jan 2019)
Steve Daines R-MT, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Michael “Mike” B. Enzi R-WY, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Joni Ernst R-IA, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Deb Fischer R-NE, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)
Jeff Flake R-AZ, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)
Cory Gardner R-CO, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Lindsey Graham R-SC, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Chuck Grassley R-IA, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Orrin Hatch R-UT, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)
Dean Heller R-NV, Nay (term ends: Jan 2019)
John Hoeven R-ND, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
James M. Inhofe R-OK, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Johnny Isakson R-GA, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Ron Johnson R-WI, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Mark Steven Kirk R-IL, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
James Lankford R-OK, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Mike Lee R-UT, Nay (term ends: Jan 2017)
John S. McCain III R-AZ, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Mitch McConnell Jr. R-KY, Nay (term ends: Jan 2021)
NOTE: Sen. McConnell actually supports this bill, but changed vote at last minute so he can bring the bill back later!
Jerry Moran R-KS, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Lisa Murkowski R-AK, Nay (term ends: Jan 2017)
Rand Paul M.D. R-KY, Nay (term ends: Jan 2017)
David Perdue R-GA, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Rob Portman R-OH, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
James “Jim” E. Risch R-ID, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Pat Roberts R-KS, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Mike Rounds R-SD, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Marco Rubio R-FL, Not Voting (term ends: Jan 2017)
Ben Sasse R-NE, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Tim Scott R-SC, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Jeff Sessions R-AL, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Richard C. Shelby R-AL, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Dan Sullivan R-AK, Nay (term ends: Jan 2021)
John R. Thune R-SD, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Thom Tillis R-NC, Yea (term ends: Jan 2021)
Pat Toomey R-PA, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
David Vitter R-LA, Yea (term ends: Jan 2017)
Roger Wicker R-MS, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)

Democratic

Tammy Baldwin D-WI, Nay
Michael Bennet D-CO, Nay
Richard Blumenthal D-CT, Nay
Cory Booker D-NJ, Nay
Barbara Boxer D-CA, Nay
Sherrod Brown D-OH, Nay
Maria Cantwell D-WA, Nay
Ben Cardin D-MD, Nay
Tom Carper D-DE, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)
Bob Casey Jr. D-PA, Nay
Chris Coons D-DE, Nay
Joe Donnelly D-IN, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)
Dick Durbin D-IL, Nay
Dianne Feinstein D-CA, Nay
Al Franken D-MN, Nay
Kirsten E. Gillibrand D-NY, Nay
Martin Heinrich D-NM, Nay
Heidi Heitkamp D-ND, Yea (term ends: Jan 2019)
Mazie Hirono D-HI, Nay
Tim Kaine D-VA, Nay
Amy Klobuchar D-MN, Nay
Patrick J. Leahy D-VT, Nay
Joe Manchin III D-WV, Nay
Edward J. Markey D-MA, Nay
Claire McCaskill D-MO, Nay
Bob Menendez D-NJ, Nay
Jeff Merkley D-OR, Nay
Barbara A. Mikulski D-MD, Nay
Christopher “Chris” S. Murphy D-CT, Nay
Patty Murray D-WA, Nay
Bill Nelson D-FL, Nay
Gary Peters D-MI, Nay
Jack Reed D-RI, Nay
Harry Reid D-NV, Nay
Brian E. Schatz D-HI, Nay
Chuck Schumer D-NY, Nay
Jeanne Shaheen D-NH, Nay
Debbie Stabenow D-MI, Nay
Jon Tester D-MT, Nay
Tom Udall D-NM, Nay
Mark R. Warner D-VA, Nay
Elizabeth Warren D-MA, Nay
Sheldon Whitehouse D-RI, Nay
Ron Wyden D-OR, Nay

Independent

Angus King I-ME, Nay
Bernie Sanders I-VT, Not Voting

DARK Act Advances to Senate

On Feb. 29, 2016, the Senate Agriculture Committee voted 14 to 6 to advance the bill, known as the DARK Act, to ban state labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients and to set up a national voluntary labeling system.

Committee members indicated with a red box voted FOR this bill (banning state’s ability to require labeling).

This bill has passed the House and will be presented to the full Senate for a approval. In addition to contacting these committee members, please contact your Senators.

We encourage you to contact these individuals to express your feelings about their action. You might consider supporting more appropriate Senators to replace these people, however, unfortunately it seems that none are up for reelection this year.

Ignore Mike’s comments about Bernie’s chances .. he’s doing better than Obama was at this point in the 2008 election cycle!

Petitions:

Senate Agriculture Committee Membership

Majority

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Chairman

Pat Roberts
(Republican – Kansas)

Official Website |
@SenPatRoberts

Term ends: Jan 2021
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Thad Cochran
(Republican – Mississippi)
Official Website |
@SenThadCochran

Term ends: Jan 2021
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Mitch McConnell
(Republican – Kentucky)
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@McConnellPress

Term ends: Jan 2021

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John Boozman
(Republican – Arkansas)
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@JohnBoozman

Term ends: Jan 2017
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John Hoeven
(Republican – North Dakota)
Official Website |
@SenJohnHoeven

Term ends: Jan 2017
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David Perdue
(Republican – Georgia)
Official Website |
@SenDavidPerdue

Term ends: Jan 2021
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Joni Ernst
(Republican – Iowa)
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@SenJoniErnst

Term ends: Jan 2021
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Thom Tillis
(Republican – North Carolina)
Official Website |
@ThomTillis

Term ends: Jan 2021
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Ben Sasse
(Republican – Nebraska)
Official Website |
@SenSasse |
@BenSasse

Term ends: Jan 2021
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Charles Grassley
(Republican – Iowa)
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Term ends: Jan 2017
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John Thune
(Republican – South Dakota)
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@SenJohnThune

Term ends: Jan 2017

Minority

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Ranking Member

Debbie Stabenow
(Democrat – Michigan)
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Term ends: Jan 2019
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Patrick Leahy
(Democrat – Vermont)
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@SenatorLeahy

Term ends: Jan 2017
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Sherrod Brown
(Democrat – Ohio)
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@SenSherrodBrown

Term ends: Jan 2019
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Amy Klobuchar
(Democrat – Minnesota)
Official Website |
@AmyKlobuchar

Term ends: Jan 2019

 UPDATE! Senator Klobuchar voted against this bill on March 16!

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Michael Bennet
(Democrat – Colorado)
Official Website |
@SenBennetCO

Term ends: Jan 2017
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Kirsten Gillibrand
(Democrat – New York)
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@SenGillibrand

Term ends: Jan 2019
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Joe Donnelly
(Democrat – Indiana)
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@SenDonnelly

Term ends: Jan 2019
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Heidi Heitkamp
(Democrat – North Dakota)
Official Website |
@SenatorHeitkamp

Term ends: Jan 2019
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Robert P. Casey, Jr.
(Democrat – Pennsylvania)
Official Website |
@SenBobCasey

Term ends: Jan 2019

The Berniecrats Network

The Berniecrats Network was established to promote and support candidates who support Bernie Sanders. For progressives, this is really the most important issue in the 2016 elections. Regardless of who is elected president, we must change the balance of power in the House and Senate.

Assuming Bernie is elected president (yes!), he will need these people to make the kind of changes he’s proposing. If he’s not elected (not even going to consider that), we’ll need these people in office to prevent things from getting worse and to possibly maintain a minimally progressive agenda.

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