The climate change plan has broad support among Democratic activists, and all six of the 2020 presidential contenders serving in the Senate have signed on as co-sponsors, putting it at the forefront of the party’s sprawling primary race.
U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said he is hiring a well-known liberal journalist with a history of sharply criticizing other Democratic presidential candidates, including Beto O’Rourke.
Biden boasted Saturday that he has “the most progressive record of anybody running,” but he hasn’t announced yet that he is campaigning for the White House.
O’Rourke said he was “mortified” when he reread the violent fiction he wrote as a teen, which received fresh attention Friday after a Reuters report outlined his involvement in a hacker group as a teen.
The measure won’t name Ilhan Omar, the freshman Democrat whose comments about Israel sparked the uproar, Pelosi said.
The House Judiciary Committee is requesting documents Monday from more than 60 people from Trump’s administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russia investigation.
Trump used his speech to take aim at Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, mock Democrats’ climate change plan and predict a comfortable re-election for himself in 2020.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the choice in the next election is “between freedom and socialism, between personal responsibility and government dependence.”
BERKELEY (KPIX 5) — One Bay Area Bernie Sanders supporter on Tuesday said she is hoping to capture the magic and momentum from his 2016 campaign with the Vermont senator’s renewed bid for president.
The Sanders campaign said the independent senator has raised more than $4 million in the 12 hours since announcing his 2020 presidential bid.
Previously, the biggest first-day fundraiser in the race had been California Sen. Kamala Harris. She raised $1.5 million in the first 24 hours of her campaign.
Many supporters across the Bay Area say they’ve been preparing for this since Presidential Trump took office.
Claire Lau, Chair of the San Francisco Berniecrats, wasted no time showing her support by wearing her Bernie 2020 pin.
During the last go-around, she met Sanders while he was in San Francisco. She also organized bi-weekly “Bern Baby Bern” disco dance parties in the Mission that raised $40,000.
“The reason why I’m still supporting Bernie is that, for over 30 years, he’s been championing the same issues and he’s been walking the walk. You know, he participated in the Civil Rights Movement,” said Lau.
Lau said though Sanders had tremendous grassroots support, the organization here in the Bay Area wasn’t cohesive.
“This time around, we’ve been trying to build a lot of solidarity and ‘allyship’ between a lot of organizations and communities,” Lau added.
Sanders is the 10th candidate officially jumping in the race for the Democratic nomination. Fellow senators Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren have all launched campaigns.
“In 2016, many of the ideas that I talked about, all of those ideas and many more are now part of the political mainstream,” Sanders told CBS This Morning’s John Dickerson on Tuesday.
The 77-year-old progressive said his 2020 campaign will be a continuation of his 2016 run.
“I think it’s really clear that Senator Sanders has really championed a lot of the issues that are really important to me and important to the Cal students here,” said Varsha Sarveshwar, President of Cal Berkeley Democrats.
Sarveshwar spoke at a rally for Representative Barbara Lee headlined by Sanders last fall.
“From free college tuition to Medicare for all to $15 minimum wage, those are values that really resonate with my generation,” said Sarveshwar. “We’re a generation that is really bearing the brunt of the economic insecurity that I think all Americans are feeling. We’re feeling it really hard here in Berkeley.”
However, Sarveshwar said it was still too early for her to throw her support behind any one candidate.
CHICAGO (CBS) — In Illinois, thousands of people are about to get a pay raise.
On Thursday, lawmakers gave final approval to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. But who will pay the higher costs?
CBS 2 political reporter Derrick Blakley has the story.
Fast food operators are particularly concerned because they fear a higher minimum wage will lead not only to higher costs but also fewer jobs, especially for young people.
For three years, Jennifer Spencer has run the Northbrook Dairy Queen. But the store’s been in her family for decades.
“This place has always been my heart,” she said.
But Spencer said the $15.00 minimum wage will, in effect, be a tax on everyone.
“The only way that a business makes money is by the customer walking through the door and that’s who’s going to hurt the most,” Spencer said. “The cost of everything going up in the long run, that’s who it’s going to hurt is the consumer.”
The wage hike will come in steps. From $8.25 now to $9.25 next January, then $10.00 in July 2020 with a dollar-an-hour hike each following year until reaching $15.00 by 2025.
Democrats said it’s long past due.
“We’re taking bold and decisive action because we have for way too long allowed the minimum wage in this state to be a poverty wage,” said Illinois State Representative Will Guzzardi (D-Chicago.)
And Dairy Queen worker Bernadette Simpson said she’d benefit from the wage hike.
“For me, it would make it where I didn’t have to work multiple jobs,” said Simpson. “This isn’t my only job. I work one other job and that’s to support my daughter.”
But Republicans argued businesses won’t stand still.
“There’s no doubt through automation, through kiosks, that jobs will be lost,” said Illinois State Representative David McSweeney (R-Barrington.)
And Spencer agreed, saying higher labor costs means fewer workers.
“Last year, I hired 10 new employees. When the minimum wage goes up starting in 2020, I can see it only being two or three,” she noted.
The bill includes a tax credit for small businesses with fewer than 50 workers. And it continues to allow restaurants to count tips toward workers’ wages. But that will not help fast food operators.
Governor Pritzker is expected to sign the bill before his budget address next week.