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Bernie Draws Big Bay State Crowds in Boston, Springfield

Bernie Draws Big Bay State Crowds in Boston, Springfield

BOSTON – Building a grassroots movement in this key Super Tuesday primary state, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Saturday was greeted by more than 20,000 cheering and chanting supporters at a rally inside the sprawling Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and 4,000 more in an overflow area outside.

“Boston, thank you. What a huge crowd,” Sanders said when he took the stage. “We are running a peoples campaign and while the millionaires and billionaires have something we don’t have we have something they don’t have. Look around this room,” Sanders said.

“Since we began this campaign, hundreds of thousands of people at meetings like this have come together to help us make a political revolution,” he added in the speech to the crowd that included supporters from next door New Hampshire, which will hold the nation’s first primary next Feb. 9, and from Massachusetts, one of 13 states which will hold primaries on March 1.

In Springfield, Sanders said the campaign was about more than electing the next president. “It is a grassroots campaign designed not only to elect someone president of the United States but to build a political movement,” he said.

Given the crises facing our country today, Sanders said, it is too late for establishment economics or establishment politics. “Now is the time to transform our society so that it works for the middle class and lower-income people, not just the top 1 percent.”

Another sign of that grassroots movement behind Sanders is the $26 million his campaign reported raising during the just-ended third quarter. The frugal campaign was left with about $26.5 million in the bank.

Unlike most other major candidates for the White House who are bankrolled by super PACs, Sanders has rejected help from the fundraising committees created after the Supreme Court in the Citizens United ruling in 2010 voided campaign funding laws. “The reason that we don’t have a super PAC is pretty simple. I don’t represent the millionaires and billionaires and I don’t want their money,” Sanders said in Springfield.

Van Hollen Meets with Student Leaders from Montgomery County

Van Hollen Meets with Student Leaders from Montgomery County

This week Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen met with student leaders from Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District in his office on Capitol Hill to speak with them about the importance of public service and to congratulate them on being awarded recognition in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Congressional Awards program.

Government Contracts Group Joins Barnes & Thornburg’s Washington, D.C., Office

Government Contracts Group Joins Barnes & Thornburg’s Washington, D.C., Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Three government contracts attorneys and a senior public policy advisor with federal procurement experience have joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, bolstering the firm’s capabilities in government procurement, defense programs, and homeland security.

Attorneys Dorn “Bo” McGrath, David Hickey, Will Jack, and senior public policy advisor Joseph Corrigan have joined the firm from Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Washington, D.C., office. “We are really excited to welcome Bo, David, Will, and Joe to our Washington, D.C., office,” said Karen McGee, managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s D.C. office. “Their arrival is the latest sign of our continued commitment to grow this office by adding seasoned laterals across strategic areas of focus.”

First Internet Bank Designated a Best Place to Work in Indiana

First Internet Bank Designated a Best Place to Work in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–First Internet Bank of Indiana (www.firstib.com), a premier provider of online retail and business banking services nationwide, today announced it has been named one of the “Best Places to Work in Indiana” by an initiative dedicated to identifying and recognizing Indiana’s best employers.

‘Person of Interest’ Star Says Dogs Belong Indoors With Their Families, Not Chained Outside

‘Person of Interest’ Star Says Dogs Belong Indoors With Their Families, Not Chained Outside

New York — As winter’s cold temperatures continue across the U.S., award-winning actor Taraji P. Henson is heating things up with a steamy new PETA campaign, in which she appears dressed in a short gossamer gown and a pair of synthetic, cruelty-free wings next to the words “Be an Angel for Animals.” The ad, which was shot by top celebrity photographer Don Flood, goes on to stress that “chained dogs suffer day in and day out. They are cold, hungry, thirsty, vulnerable, and lonely. Keep them inside, where it’s safe and warm.” A high-resolution version is available here

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