First, Bernie Sanders in West Virginia.
'Healthcare is a Right': Bernie Sanders Finds Common Ground in Trump Country, by Nika Knight (Common Dreams)
The warm reception to Sanders' views—that climate change is real, that universal healthcare is a right, and that free higher education is necessary, among others—demonstrated that residents of this county that voted 75 percent for Trump support far more progressive policies than those touted by the president.
Then, the upper reaches of the Democratic Party, no more willing than Jeff Gahan to stop mainlining Big Cash.
Everyone loves Bernie Sanders. Except, it seems, the Democratic party, by Trevor Timm (The Guardian)
... In other words, they’re doubling down on the exact same failing strategy that Clinton used in the final months of the campaign. Sanders himself put it this way in his usual blunt style in an interview with New York magazine this week – when asked about whether the Democrats can adapt to the political reality, he said: “There are some people in the Democratic Party who want to maintain the status quo. They would rather go down with the Titanic so long as they have first-class seats.”
In the long term, change may be coming for Democrats whether they like it or not. Sanders loyalists are quietly attempting to take over many local Democratic party positions around the country. While Ellison lost the race for the DNC chair, it was incredibly close – closer than Sanders came to beating Clinton. And Sanders’ supporters are already organizing primary challenges to incumbent Democrats who aren’t sufficiently opposing Trump.
Speaking of the mayor, let's drop in on his meeting with the local party minion chairman.