October 1

Sanders Campaigns in Atlanta Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigned in Atlanta on behalf of mayoral candidate Vincent Fort yesterday. Fort is a longtime state senator who shares many of Sanders’ populist positions. Fort also endorsed Sanders’ 2016 presidential bid. Enthusiastic Sanders fans — making up a throng of more than 2,400 — crowded into the sanctuary of Saint Philip AME Church Saturday, The Atlanta Journal ConstitutionThe Associated PressWXIA-TV, Politically GeorgiaFox 5 AtlantaWGCL-TVWXIA-TV reported.

Reaction to Republican Budget Sanders, as ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, issued a statement stating that the Republican budget proposal “was written for the billionaire class, for Wall Street, for corporate CEOs and for the Koch brothers. It is the exact opposite of what America stands for and must be soundly defeated,” Vermont Biz reported. 

Sunday Shows Sanders will appear Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” along with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Sen. Tim Scott, The Associated Press and Politico reported.

Republican Takeover in New England Quietly, 4 out of 6 of New England’s “blue” states elected Republican governors this past cycle. Despite the popularity of Sanders in Vermont, Republican Phil Scott won the gubernatorial election by 9 points. It was not uncommon to see yard signs for both Scott and Sanders on the same yards, New York Post reported.

Sanders Learns Ancestor Fought Nazis Sanders was visibly moved to learn that one of his ancestors died fighting Nazis during World War II in a yet-to-be-released episode of "Finding Your Roots" on PBS, The HillHaaretz reported.

Democratic Socialists on the Rise Inspired by Sanders’ success at forcing leftwing ideas into the nomination battle, the nation’s largest socialist organization, the Democratic Socialists of America, has watched its dues-paying membership, which historically has hovered around 5,000, swell to 25,000, Politico reported

Muslim-American Launches Congressional Run Nadeem Mazen, a two-term Cambridge, MA city councilor announced his congressional bid. Mazen said his campaign draws on themes raised by Sanders and Hillary Clinton, Reuters reported.

Seth Moulton in Iowa The sophomore Congressman from Massachusetts found himself at Iowa’s annual steak fry this past weekend. It’s a unique institution in U.S. politics and sponsored by the Polk County Democrats that have been traditional first stops for future Democratic presidential candidates, including Sanders, The Boston Globe reported.

Florida Candidates on Medicare-for-All This month Sanders introduced legislation that would make Medicare available to every American. But perhaps more noteworthy than the single payer proposal itself was the number of Democratic co-sponsors Sanders was able to attract to the bill. Tampa Bay Times asked each of the Democratic candidates for governor where they stand on the issue.

Column: Medicare-for-All After Price Resignation “Federal subsidies must be increased and a public option should be introduced to compete with private insurers. The long-term goal, championed by Bernie Sanders, should be Medicare-for-all, universal healthcare, though we’re not there yet,” Ross Barkan wrote for The Guardian. 

Column: DSCC Fundraises Off of Sanders Bill “On Thursday, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent a fundraising email from Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., that promoted his single-payer legislation. This email gives Republicans ammunition to depict Democrats in states like West Virginia and Missouri as progressive radicals more in touch with coastal ideologues than their own working class constituents,” Emily Jashinsky wrote for the Washington Examiner.

Column: Medicare-for-All is a Bad Idea “Medicare-for-All as conceived by Senator Sanders is a bad idea because of the inevitable rationing it will produce. In other well-known single-payer systems, this rationing takes several forms, including restrictions on the availability of treatments or, more commonly, rationing by waiting,” Chris Conover wrote for Forbes.

Column: Socialized Medicare Won the Debate “Introduced after the Bernie Sanders Medicare for all bill made its debut with 16 co-sponsors in the Senate, the Graham-Cassidy bill looked all the worse by comparison. Both bills arrived at the end of a summer of activism, a summer that has treated us repeatedly to the sight of people in wheelchairs carted out of the Senate chanting,” Sarah Jaffe wrote for New Republic

Column: Possible 2020 Candidates ”With Sanders’s approval rating at 75 percent, that makes him the most popular politician in America. He’s the standard-bearer for the populist left whose ‘Medicare for All’ bill, while still a liberal pipe dream, now seems as much of a litmus test for ambitious national Democrats as abortion rights. He will also be 79 years old on Election Day 2020,” Jazon Zengerle wrote for The New York Times.