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Democrat 2020 Candidate Pushes $22 Minimum Wage Ahead of New Hampshire

But is this just the desperation of a candidate on his way out of the race?

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With minimum wage a hot topic on the Democratic campaign trail, perhaps it was inevitable that someone would take the fight for fifteen to the next level.

The American political debate regarding what the minimum wage should be, and what the purpose of that wage is, has been raging for some time.  There are some who believe that the current rate of $7.25 is far too low to be a “livable” wage, which is quite true.  That’s because, according to some, this wage isn’t meant to sustain an adult American in the world.  It was the wage for the easiest and most plentiful of entry-level jobs, which are to be graduated from as you move on with life.

Those who wish to raise the minimum wage have declared that $15 per hour is the proper amount for the modern era, and this figure has long been considered the goal.  Now, one struggling 2020 candidate is taking things up a notch, and asking that the minimum wage be increased to a whopping $22 per hour.

Democrat presidential hopeful and billionaire Tom Steyer has vowed to raise the federal minimum wage to $22 per hour should he defeat other Democrat hopefuls and President Donald Trump in November.

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According to a report from Fox News, Steyer made the announcement during a campaign block party on Sunday while campaigning in South Carolina. Both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have also released plans to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

While many states have independently raised the minimum wage to compete with the cost of living, the current minimum wage sits at $7.25 per hour at a federal level.

According to a July 2019 report from the Congressional Budget Office, a minimum wage hike to $15 per hour could negatively impact the American people, resulting in 1.3 million workers losing their jobs.

Steyer appears to be making a last ditch appeal to young Democratic voters, much in the way that fellow candidate Andrew Yang has done with his proposal for a universal basic income of $1,000 per month.

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Bernie Set to Win Nevada Handily, Setting Up Nasty Fight in Democratic Party

This is the sort of news that the Democratic establishment was fearful of.

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Bernie Sanders is going to win the Nevada caucuses, barring any sort of wild scheme or scam perpetrated against him.

The numbers coming out of The Silver State are downright definitive at this point.

A new Las Vegas Review-Journal/AARP Nevada poll shows Sen. Bernie Sanders leading the Democratic presidential field in Nevada, where the third contest of the Democratic primaries will be held in one week.

The poll found 25 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers support Sanders, 18 percent back former Vice President Joe Biden, 13 percent favor Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, and 11 percent support former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer. Both former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar have the support of 10 percent of likely caucus-goers, and 8 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

Republican polling firm WPA Intelligence conducted the telephone survey on behalf of the Review-Journal and AARP Nevada in the days after the New Hampshire primary, February 11 to 13; the poll has a margin of error of 4.8 percentage points.

This is putting extreme pressure on the Democratic Party, however, as the old guard within the organization are terrified of Sanders running away with the nomination.  There could certainly be some sort of resistance forming within the party as we speak, concocting a plan to purge Bernie from the primary, (as there was in 2016), but his supporters will sniff it out.

That is a messy proposition for the Democrats as well, given how the alienation of Sanders’ supporters cost the left the 2016 election wholesale.

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Campaigns Warn Nevada Caucuses Could Be Chaotic, Piquing Paranoia in Camp Bernie

If Nevada turns out anything like Iowa, the Democrats will have a serious problem on their hands.

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Just what the Democrats need:  More turbulence.

That imbued sarcasm was certainly purposeful, as the left’s chances of retaking the White House in 2020 continue to flounder thanks to their own shortcomings.  The party is far from unified at this point in the race, with still too many candidates vying for the limited attention span of the liberal voting bloc.  On top of that, the once-hidden struggle between the party’s base and it’s establishment elites is on rare, public display, as any and all efforts are being exhausted in order to fend off Bernie Sanders.

In Iowa, where the caucuses were meant to clarify the direction of the Democrats, chaos ensued.  A voting “app” metaphorically soiled its pants, with results not official for several days after the polls closed.

Now, candidates are preparing for similar chaos in Nevada.

Campaigns said they still have not gotten the party to offer even a basic explanation of how key parts of the process will work. Volunteers are reporting problems with the technology that’s been deployed at the last minute to make the vote count smoother. And experts are raising serious questions about an app the party has been feverishly assembling to replace the one scrapped after the meltdown in Iowa.

“It feels like the [state party is] making it up as they go along,” said one Democratic presidential aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the process. “That’s not how we need to be running an election.”

And that’s not all.

Adding to the challenge is the complexity of Nevada’s caucuses. Unlike in Iowa, where caucuses are conducted in one evening, Nevadans have the option of voting early. At sites across the state, Democrats can rank their top presidential choices on a paper ballot.

On Saturday, caucus day, Democrats can gather at one of about 2,000 sites to vote for their preferred candidate. If their first choice doesn’t get enough backing, voters can throw their support behind someone else, a second round of voting known as “final alignment.” Early voting preferences will be treated the same way, as though the voter were attending in person.

The Democrats certainly don’t wish to suffer another event like Iowa, as their supporters are already quite wary of the process unfolding before them.

 

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Pelosi Says America Not Strong Enough to ‘Withstand’ Trump’s Second Term

Here comes the hyperbole.

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Nancy Pelosi has been a fountain of hyperbole as of late, after finally being coaxed out of her shell on impeachment…and then promptly failing to remove President Trump from office.

Madam Speaker remained reluctant on the possibility of impeaching Donald Trump for months after the Robert Mueller-led RussiaGate dropped, despite a cacophony of outrage from the more radical members of the Democratic Party.  Call it what you will – cognizance, reticence, or common sense – Pelosi just wasn’t on board with the idea of Trump conjuring a Senate acquittal in time to use that momentum in the 2020 election.

Now that she was badgered into pushing forward on impeachment, and taking a big loss in the process, the House Speaker has been forced to stay the “resistance” course, and is now cheapening her legacy with wild and untenable claims of our nation’s impending destruction.

From a recent CNN interview:

Pelosi said, “I can’t even envision a situation where he would be reelected. But we are not—we don’t take anything for granted.”

She added, “As I say, we have to have our own vision for the future. But everybody knows that we must be unified and making sure that he does not have a second term. Our country is great. The American people are wonderful. We’re a resilient country. We can withstand one term. But the destruction that he would do to the courts of our country, and the environment where he says I’m not going to use science as any basis for decisions on the environment. When he says, Article 2 says I can do whatever I want. He must be defeated.”

Pelosi’s insistence that there is no “situation” in which Trump retakes the White House sounds an awful lot like the laughs that were shared by Republicans and Democrats alike when Donald Trump first announced his candidacy for President.

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Hillary’s Back in a Big Way as Bloomberg Veep Rumors Emerge

Then, all at once there was a loud and exasperated sigh coming from the left side of the aisle.  

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For months there has been speculation as to whether or not Hillary Clinton was going to suddenly enter the 2020 presidential race.

It’s the perfect storyline for the Democrats:  They lose to Donald Trump in 2016, only to have the “resistance” tell them that they’re being terrorized for following three years.  Then, the woman who fell to Trump rises again to be his foible in a politically crafty move that puts her back into the West Wing.

The only problem is that this fantasy exists only in a tiny fragment of the Democratic Party, in the shallow end of the pool where the Clinton-ites still stick to their story at all costs.  The rest of the party has shunned Hillary, believing that her performance in 2016, (which included a rigging scandal), is sure to doom the their chances at defeating Trump in 2020.

Hillary has appeared unfazed by this glut of criticism, and has already begun to show signs of a possible entry into the race.  Now, we may have found her avenue.

Mike Bloomberg is considering making Hillary Clinton his running mate, a source close to his campaign has told Drudge Report.

Polling found the Bloomberg-Clinton combination would be a formidable force to take on Trump in the race for the White House, the source said.

Former New York City Mayor and Democratic candidate Bloomberg is said to be considering even changing his official residence from New York to Colorado or Florida – where he also has homes – because the electoral college makes it difficult for US president and vice-president to reside in the same state.

Then, all at once there was a loud and exasperated sigh coming from the left side of the aisle.  

If this is the route that Bloomberg goes, it will absolutely disintegrate whatever unity the party had going into the nomination process, as former Clinton believers splinter off to be with Her.

It’s not as though this was a totally unheard of possibility, however:

 

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The End is Nigh: Top Donor Says Joe Biden ‘Has No Chance,’ Urging Him to Quit Race

Joe Biden’s campaign for president is once again crashing and burning, and now a top Democrat donor wants him to get out.

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Joe Biden’s campaign for president is once again crashing and burning, and now a top Democrat donor wants him to get out of the way so someone with a chance to win can benefit.

Of course, the media touted Biden as the automatic frontrunner when he first joined the race last year. But that was always an illusion built entirely on name recognition.

The problem Biden has is… Biden. This fool has run for president three other times officially, but he has also “explored” running for every presidential election since 1984. There hasn’t been one election in that time when he did not float himself as the Democrat nominee. And every single time he has gotten nowhere near the nomination.

The problem is that once voters see Biden on the stump, they realize he is a joke as a human being.

That is precisely what is happening once again in this race for 2020. Biden is crashing and burning and now some top donors are hoping he goes away and quick.

Biden was in New York City last week hoping to realize a quick influx of cash from deep pocketed donors. But things did not go well.

One big donor said that Biden is finished, according to PJ Media.

I feel sorry for Biden,” said Leon Cooperman, a billionaire hedge fund investor and Democrat fundraiser. “He should withdraw; he has no chance.”

Cooperman has come out in support of Bloomberg and says that Bernie Sanders is unelectable.

“Sanders is a communist and we are not ready for a communist or socialist as president,” Cooperman said.

Cooperman added that the Democrat Party does not want Sanders or Warren, either, because they are too far left and too antagonistic to a healthy economy. And with Joe Biden once again looking the fool, Cooperman thinks that the only alternative is a brokered convention and a Michael Bloomberg candidacy.

Whatever the Democrats end up doing, it is a fact that Joe Biden is already finished as a candidate for 2020. Biden is a loser. He will never win any election other than senator. He didn’t really even “win” election as vice president because people didn’t vote for Biden in 2008. They voted for Barack Obama. Biden’s vice presidency was a byproduct, not a main issue.

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Vegas Paper Weighs in on Bernie Sanders’ Polling Lead with Brutal Warning

You can almost see the smoke coming out of the ears of the Bernie Bros.

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It would be foolish to believe that the Democratic Party has simply grown a heart in years following the 2016 election, and that they would be interested in actually abiding by the wishes of their constituents.

At least, that’s the opinion held by the supporters of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who watched in horror as their candidate was railroaded away from the 2016 presidential nomination at the behest of Hillary Clinton and the DNC.  Now, in 2020, they are on high alert, afraid that somehow, some way, the Democratic establishment will find a way to thwart them again.

Their paranoia certainly hasn’t been helped by an onslaught of media stories that appear complicit in the scheme to usurp Sanders.

The Las Vegas Weekly newspaper endorsed Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) this week and warned that nominating Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) would guarantee President Trump’s second term.

With the Nevada caucuses nearly a week away, the paper issued its official endorsement, touting both Klobuchar and Biden as candidates who “can beat the divisive and destructive incumbent in November.”

The paper briefly mentioned some of the other candidates who were under consideration but saved the harshest critique for Sanders, calling him a “clear non-starter.”

“Sanders is the only clear non-starter. It’s impossible not to regard the Vermont senator in a Trumplike mold—he seldom has shown an ability to build consensus and threatens to use executive orders extensively, just like Trump,” Las Vegas Weekly assessed.

Sanders was similarly attacked by longtime Democratic strategist and frequent on-air pundit James Carville, who claimed both that Bernie was leading “a cult” and is “a communist”.

The piece by the Las Vegas Weekly comes after Sanders handily won the New Hampshire primary, which boosted him to the national polling lead above longtime frontrunner Joe Biden.

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Bernie’s Latest Nat’l Polling Numbers Have Establishment Democrats Sweating

How are the Democrats going to pull this one off?

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If there is one thing that the Democratic Party isn’t looking forward to, it’s the backlash from Bernie Sanders’ supporters when they will inevitably intervene to tank his chances at the 2020 nomination.

At least, that’s what the universe seems to be setting up for us to witness.  In 2016, it took known collusion between Hillary Clinton and the DNC to knock Bernie off, but this year, the democratic socialist from Vermont looks nigh unstoppable.

Following his narrow victory in New Hampshire’s Democratic presidential primary — his second successive strong showing in the party’s first nominating contests — Sen. Bernie Sanders opened up a double-digit lead over former Vice President Joe Biden and entrenched himself as the best-positioned candidate heading into next week’s Nevada caucuses.

According to a Morning Consult poll conducted Wednesday, the Vermont independent is the first choice for 29 percent of Democratic primary voters, up 4 percentage points since polling conducted Feb. 4-9. Biden’s support fell 3 points during that time to 19 percent, leaving him 1 point ahead of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Sanders supporters are wary, of course.

A field organizer for the Bernie campaign has even gone so far as to suggest that violence could occur should Sanders be cheated out of the nomination again.

It is clear that the Democratic establishment is none too fond of Sanders’ radical brand of liberalism, and they’ve been out in force to denounce him as of late.  James Carville, a longtime Democratic strategists and television personality has likened Bernie’s supporters as “a cult”, to which Sanders responded by insinuating that Carville is a “political hack”.

 

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