Appearing Tuesday and Thursday on college campuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders told students they have a major stake in the Nov. 4 elections but their voices won’t be heard in Washington if, as in past elections, only one out of five young people show up at the polls. For seniors and disabled veterans, the news came on Wednesday that they will get only a 1.7 percent cost-of-living bump in their benefits next year. Sanders has proposed changing how COLAs are calculated to reflect rising health care costs that have a disproportionate impact on seniors.
- Sanders’ College Tour: At Dartmouth College on Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders challenged students to vote to make issues like free tuition a part of the national discussion. “I can guarantee you it will never happen when 20 percent of young people come out to vote,” he said in the Valley News. Sanders’ speech touched on his usual themes: economic inequality and the growing influence of billionaires, Seven Days reported.