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Ernest Hooper: intrigued by popularity of Bernie Sanders watch parties

It's not surprising to learn Bernie Sanders supporters will gather at the Silverking Brewing Company in Tarpon Springs Tuesday to watch the Democratic presidential debate, but it's a little surprising to learn the event has reached capacity.

"If you had told me a year ago that a Democratic debate event in Tarpon Springs would draw over 100 people, I would've said, 'You're crazy,' " said organizer Matthew Thomas, who noted his group is using the Silverking because it's normally closed on Tuesdays. "But because of Bernie's popularity, we've had to turn people away."

A number of Sanders watch parties will take place around Tampa Bay. The state still remains a stronghold for Hillary Rodham Clinton, but Thomas says Sanders' message about economic disparity is resonating.

"Everywhere we go people are talking about the problem of Wall Street dominating all aspects of American life," Thomas said.

Call me intrigued. . . .

Seen on a bumper sticker (last week): Vote For Perot. . . .

Kudos to Head Start organizations celebrating the program's 50th anniversary this week. Early learning remains key to solving pressing problems. . . .

Broadcasting icon Bob Schieffer made some fascinating remarks at the Poynter Institute's Bowtie Ball on Friday. Schieffer, the longtime host of Face the Nation, speaking after receiving the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism, said Clinton's campaign is in trouble, calling it "astonishingly inept." He also panned the increasing role of money and consultants. Read more at

Most impressive about Schieffer, attendees hung on his every word. Nothing but respect.

That's all I'm saying. . . .

Ernest Hooper: intrigued by popularity of Bernie Sanders watch parties 10/11/15 [Last modified: Sunday, October 11, 2015 6:14pm]
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