Bernie Sanders

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History was made Tuesday night when Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be declared the presumptive presidential nominee for a major American political party. Another woman who made political history is well known to Vermonters: Madeleine Kunin, is the first, and to this point only, woman governor in Vermont history.

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Bernie Sanders returned to Vermont on Wednesday after a brutal day on the campaign trail earlier this week. His decisive loss in the battleground of California has sharpened calls for his concession to Hillary Clinton. But Sanders has vowed to fight on, for now at least. And many of his home-state supporters stand behind that decision.

John Locher / AP

The final Super Tuesday of the presidential primary season always has the potential of being huge, or a mere afterthought. This year, on the Democratic side, it was the former.

Update at 6:20 a.m. ET Wednesday

Hillary Clinton has won the Democratic primary in California, The Associated Press reports.

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The Associated Press has declared Hillary Clinton is the “presumptive” Democratic party nominee after reaching the delegate threshold necessary to secure her party’s nomination.

But, because the AP count includes hundreds of superdelegates, some of whom could change their minds before voting at next month’s convention, the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders is calling the AP report a “rush to judgment.”

Noah Berger / AP

During the current presidential campaign, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders has received more individual contributions than any other person in the history of American politics.

And at the same time that Sanders campaigns tirelessly to win the party's nomination, he's also used his fundraising abilities to help local and state candidates across the country.

The would-be Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump throwdown will only live on in the minds of comedy writers.

In a surprise development, the campaign of Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says it hopes to debate with the presumed Republican candidate Donald Trump before the California primary on June 7.

Vermont Republican Party Vice Chairman Brady Toensing called on Sen. Bernie Sanders this week to release documents related to the senator’s involvement in a financing deal his wife secured for Burlington College while she was president of the alternative liberal arts college.

Sandy Huffaker / AP

It’s only been a year since Bernie Sanders stood on the waterfront in Burlington to announce his bid for the presidency. But his impact on the Democratic Party he chose to run under has already been substantial, and many left-leaning Vermonters say Sanders’ candidacy is shifting the ideological balance of the Vermont Democratic Party. 

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Vermont Democrats have decided to change this state’s role in the election of presidential candidates. The 2016 primary between Sen. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton has soured many voters on the concept of superdelegates.

Kristina Barker / AP

The issue of unpledged delegates, or superdelegates, as they’re called, will be hotly contested at the Democratic National Convention this July. But here in Vermont, Bernie Sanders’ supporters are ready to take matters into their own hands on the superdelegate front, even if the national party isn’t willing to act.

Jae C. Hong / AP

Vermont’s junior senator, Bernie Sanders, continues to make a splash on the national stage as the independent outsider shaking up the Democratic presidential primary. But with Hillary Clinton all but locking up the nomination, Sanders supporters are now discussing his future and making some demands along the way.

Eric Rojas / AP

Vermont's top Democratic officials say they don't think Sen. Bernie Sanders’ continued presence in the Democratic presidential race is hurting the candidacy of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Jane Sanders, wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, has hired lawyers as an investigation continues into her role in a land deal when she was president of Burlington College.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

The imminent closure of Burlington College next week is getting national attention thanks to the school’s former president and the presidential campaign.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton appear to have split victories in the Oregon and Kentucky primaries Tuesday night.

With all counties reporting in Kentucky, Clinton was leading Sanders by a narrow margin of 1,924 votes out of more than 450,000 cast. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes told CNN that Clinton was the "unofficial winner," but the Associated Press said the race was too close to call.

A federal investigation into a land deal made by Jane O'Meara Sanders while she was president of Burlington College is ongoing as of a month ago according to reporting this week by Seven Days.
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After years of financial troubles, Burlington College, a small alternative college in the northern end of the city, is closing its academic programs at the end of the month.

School officials announced Monday that after People's United Bank refused to renew a line of credit to the college, they had no choice but to close it.

Kristina Barker / AP

The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says winning the California primary on June 7 is an essential part of its strategy to win the Democratic nomination. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver says a victory will help persuade hundreds of non-elected superdelegates to switch their allegiance from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over to Sanders.

John Minchillo / AP

With a big victory this week in West Virginia, Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says he can still win a majority of elected delegates. But Hillary Clinton still holds a significant lead in those elected delegates overall, as well as with superdelegates and the popular vote. We’re taking a close look at the Sanders strategy with the candidate's campaign manager and two top politics watchers.

Rich Pedroncelli / AP

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says a big victory in West Virginia this week keeps his hopes alive that he can win the Democratic nomination. And there are two key elements to Sanders’ campaign strategy.