Meet Bernie Sanders

Just after Memorial Day, Sen. Bernie Sanders, the longest-serving independent in Congress, formally launched his idealistic campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination at a festival-like gathering of supporters in Burlington. As Vermont’s 73-year-old junior senator hits the trail to challenge Hillary Clinton and anyone else who comes forward, VTDigger will follow his exploits here.

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Democrats pitch southern Vermont as key to winning election

Bernie Sanders
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and a slate of candidates at a weekend rally in Brattleboro hope to boost traditionally liberal Windham County turnout to offset Republican votes elsewhere in the state.


Wikileaks release triggers Jane Sanders’ nastygram

Jane Sanders
Jane Sanders sounded off on Twitter, calling Shumlin’s endorsement “worthless” and saying the timing of it represented “pathetic crass politics.”


Sanders swing through Bennington draws 700

Bernie Sanders
The senator stumped for a slate of Democratic Party candidates on his visit to southern Vermont.


Sanders endorses slate of Vermont Democrats

Bernie Sanders, Sue Minter
Even a slightly-more-than tepid endorsement from Bernie Sanders could give Democrat Sue Minter the edge she needs over Republican Phil Scott.


Sanders to campaign for Vermont candidates in Bennington on Saturday

Bernie Sanders
The Vermont senator will speak at an event for Democrat on the statewide and local ballots at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.


Sanders puts name behind statewide Democratic hopefuls

Bernie Sanders
The onetime presidential contender says he’ll be campaigning with them “in the near future.”


Bernie Briefing: Sanders steps up pitch to ‘kids in the basement’

Bernie Sanders
The senator from Vermont returns this week to the Sunday news shows and several battleground states to help his former Democratic presidential rival attract young voters.


Congress puts EB-5 reforms on hold

Patrick Leahy
A measure to extend the EB-5 program was attached to a continuing resolution funding government operations through Dec. 9.


Vermont delegation clashes with nuclear industry

The state’s three members of Congress have signed a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission arguing that the agency must allow more public involvement in the decommissioning of plants like Vermont Yankee.


As Vermont dairy industry struggles, some find success

At a dairy industry summit Friday in Brattleboro, there were good-news stories like the rapid growth of Commonwealth Dairy. But the industry is struggling due to falling milk prices and rising costs.


On stump for Clinton, Sanders will try to rally young voters

Bernie Sanders
The Vermont senator is warning his supporters of the dangers of backing third party candidates in the presidential election.


CPI: Super PAC that seemingly scammed James Bond actor fined

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Shady pro-Bernie Sanders group run by alleged fraudster Cary Lee Peterson hit with $7,150 penalty.


Burlington College president blames Jane Sanders, others for school’s demise

Burlington College
Dr. Carol Moore said the college closed because of actions taken by Jane Sanders and a lack of sufficient oversight by the school's board of trustees and a local bank.


Sorrell dismisses complaint against Sanders, Pearson

Senate candidate Chris Pearson said the allegations were politically motivated and that he was relieved the case had been dismissed.


Sanders stumps for Clinton in New Hampshire

Bernie Sanders
Sanders focused more on the Republican nominee Donald Trump's shortcomings than he did on Clinton's strengths. Still, the Vermont senator got the job done.


Bernie Briefing: On the road and on the air again

Bernie Sanders
The former Democratic presidential candidate from Vermont kicks off the fall campaign season with broadcast and battleground-state appearances for his onetime opponent.


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Graduate course to study Sanders and the political revolution

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First Vermont School Group visits Edward M. Kennedy Institute

Sanders Announces $3 Million in Federal Funds for Vermont Housing

Sanders Statement on Sessions Hearing

Leahy, Sanders and Welch Announce $656,000 in Forest Grants


Don Keelan: Sanders keep it all in the family

Bernie Sanders: Getting more young Vermonters to college

Don Keelan: An annual Bernie pilgrimage would benefit Vermont

Judith Levine: Progressives don’t compromise on women’s rights

John McClaughry: The benefits of ‘grotesque inequality’

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