This week: Town Halls, Debates with a Billionaire, The Nevada Primary, and More…

It’s another busy week. TONIGHT at 8pm ET, Bernie takes the stage in Las Vegas, Nevada for the first of five CNN Town Halls to be hosted over the next two days.

A mixed bag from NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist’s poll showing Bernie leads the nation by 12 points over second-place Bloomberg but also qualifies Bloomberg for tomorrow’s NBC/MSNBC debate at Paris Theater in Las Vegas. Moderators are Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Vanessa Hauc and, Jon Ralston of The Nevada Independent. The 2-hour debate starts at 9pm ET.

From CNN: How Bernie Sanders became the Democratic primary’s early front-runner https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/17/politics/bernie-sanders-democratic-primary-2020-election/index.html

From The Hill: Sanders opens 12-point lead nationally https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/483408-sanders-opens-12-point-lead-nationally-poll

From NPR: Sanders Leads The Field, Bloomberg Qualifies For His 1st Debate https://www.npr.org/2020/02/18/806703427/npr-pbs-newshour-marist-poll-sanders-leads-bloomberg-qualifies-for-debate

Join us at Field House to watch the debate!

Philly For Bernie and Philly For Warren will come together to watch and discuss the race. State Rep. Chris Rabb will be at the debate watch party! Get there a few minutes early to hear his thoughts on our shared progressive agenda! RSVP Here: https://www.facebook.com/events/174560780632360/

Things will move very quickly over the next few weeks. The campaign focus is on winning Nevada, then South Carolina before moving on to the March 3rd Super Tuesday states which comprise 40% of the U.S. Population. Accordingly, the Bernie Victory Program has been expanded to every state in the nation, except Pennsylvania whose launch is delayed not for lack of support, but because of our very complicated ballot process. Never fear, an entire action team, Bernie Ballot Access Team, is doing this work!

The expansion of the ground game plus spending by Super PACs and billionaires means the campaign needs our donations now more than ever.

‘You Are Not Going to Buy This Election,’ Sanders Tells Bloomberg at Rally of 17,000 in Tacoma, Washington this past weekend that turned out an astonishingly strong 17,000+ Bernie supporters.

Read More From Common Dreams: https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/18/you-are-not-going-buy-election-sanders-tells-bloomberg-rally-17000-washington

It seems we are not the only people concerned about Bloomberg’s meteoric rise in the polls. There are some interesting opposition pieces in the news today which some have called “disqualifying”.

From The Intercept: When Bloomberg News’s Reporting on China Was Challenged, Bloomberg Tried to Ruin Me for Speaking Out https://theintercept.com/2020/02/18/mike-bloomberg-lp-nda-china/

From Current Affairs: Why Does Anyone Think Michael Bloomberg Would Beat Donald Trump? https://www.currentaffairs.org/2020/02/why-does-anyone-think-michael-bloomberg-would-beat-donald-trump/

From The Philadelphia Inquirer: Let’s talk about the time Mike Bloomberg spent millions to reelect Republican Pat Toomey in Pa. https://www.inquirer.com/politics/pennsylvania/mike-bloomberg-pat-toomey-20200218.html

From In These Times: At What Point Does Bloomberg’s Unprecedented Ad Spending Amount to Bribery of the Media? http://inthesetimes.com/article/22316/michael-bloomberg-political-campaign-ad-spending-media

From National Review: Mike Bloomberg Gave to a Lot of Republicans Over the Years
https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/mike-bloomberg-gave-to-a-lot-of-republicans-over-the-years/

From The Guardian: Mike Bloomberg has a terrible past. Will his money stop scrutiny of it?
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/18/michael-bloomberg-civil-rights-record-is-atrocious

As always THANK YOU for your loyal support of Bernie! None of this would be possible without you!

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