A Democrat in name only that voted for the democratic party line more than any other democratic senator except one. I would say Sanders is an independent in name only, he even caucuses with the democrats. Caucusing with one or the other party eliminates the independent status. Sanders has chosen a side as has King.

Both Sanders and King are counted as democrats in most reports, which is why it is reported you have a 50-50 senate, 50 republicans, 50 democrats. Not 50-48-2.

Of course it's all semantics anyway.

It's high past time that we start electing Americans to congress and the presidency who put America first instead of their political party. For way too long we have been electing Republicans and Democrats who happen to be Americans instead of Americans who happen to be Republicans and Democrats.