Bernie Sanders launches second Democratic U.S. presidential bid

Reuters | February 19, 2019

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, the progressive populist who mounted a fierce challenge to front-runner Hillary Clinton in the 2016 White House campaign, said on Tuesday he would again seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020. Sanders, 77, announced his candidacy in a lengthy early morning email to supporters, pledging to build a vast grassroots movement to confront the special interests that he said dominate government and politics.

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Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: 2016 Session Priorities. Laura Bordelon, Senior Vice President of Advocacy for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, details the Chamber's focus for the 2016 Legislative Session.

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Minnesota Chamber of Commerce: 2016 Session Priorities. Laura Bordelon, Senior Vice President of Advocacy for the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, details the Chamber's focus for the 2016 Legislative Session.

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