By Nadia Prupis for Common Dreams - The pharmaceutical lobby is gearing up for a massive, multi-million-dollar post-election ad blitz to fight the shifting rhetoric surrounding drug prices, Politico reports. Skyrocketing drug prices have become a central issue in the 2016 election cycle, bolstered by recent bipartisan legislation that aims to wrangle back control of the market andoutspoken criticism from Bernie Sanders and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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By Ellen Brown for Web of Debt - Bernie Sanders supporters are flocking to Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party presidential candidate, with donations to her campaign exploding nearly 1000% after he endorsed Hillary Clinton. Stein salutes Sanders for the progressive populist movement he began and says it is up to her to carry the baton. Can she do it? Critics say her radical policies will not hold up to scrutiny. But supporters say they are just the medicine the economy needs. Stein goes even further than Sanders on several key issues, and one of them is her economic platform.
By Staff for People's Revolution. Hundreds gathered in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 23rd, at The People’s Convention to kick off a week of people-powered grassroots alternatives to the 2016 DNC convention. The event included the ratification of a political platform, workshops, and a movement building World Cafe. It was held at the Arch Street Quaker Meeting House, at 320 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA. The day’s events ended with Green party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein and former state senator Nina Turner giving impassioned speeches to attendees. Participants were encouraged to keep the spirit of democracy alive by engaging with the political process beyond the campaign. Stein and Turner showed the omnipartisan nature of the convention. Turner was one of Senator Bernie Sanders key surrogates. As she spoke to the crowd about the accomplishments of the Sanders campaign people applauded regularly. Turner said she was a proud Democrat and did not have any intention of leaving the party, uring Sanders supporters to work inside the party to change it. Stein, will be nominated by the Green Party at the August 4th to 7th Green Party presidential nominating convention in Houston, gave a rousing speech that covered a wide range of issues calling for the political revolution to be continued outside of the Democratic Party.
By Steve Horn for DeSmog Blog. Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) — the controversial horizontal drilling technique used to extract oil and gas in shale basins around the U.S. and the world — has sat at the center of the debate over the Democratic Party's draft platform set for a vote at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) convention in Philadelphia July 25-28. That platform was drafted and debated by a 15-member committee, with four members chosen by DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, five by Bernie Sanders and six by presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton. After a fracking moratorium clause failed in a 7-6 vote at the DNC Platform Committee meeting held in St. Louis, Missouri from June 24-25, an amendment calling for President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan not to incentivize fracked gas power plants also did not pass at the July 8-9 DNC Platform Committee meeting held in Orlando, Florida.