2020 Elections

ALASKA: State GOP Cancels 2020 Presidential Primary

The Associated Press reports: The Alaska Republican Party has canceled holding a presidential primary in 2020. In a statement Saturday, the party’s State Central Committee passed a rule saying a primary “would serve no useful purpose” because Republican Donald Trump is president. Earlier this month, Republican leaders in Nevada, South Carolina and Kansas voted to scrap their presidential nominating contests …

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Bernie Calls For Eliminating $81 Billion In Medical Debt

The New York Times reports: Bernie Sanders has long wanted to remake the health care system so no one will have to pay directly for medical care again. Now, he also wants to go back and cancel all the medical debts of people who have been billed under the current system. In a plan released Saturday, Mr. Sanders, the Vermont …

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Dem Rep. Joe Kennedy Challenges Dem Sen. Ed Markey

The Associated Press reports: U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III formally declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on Saturday, becoming the first member of the Kennedy political dynasty to bid for the upper chamber of Congress since Edward M. Kennedy in 1962. The Massachusetts Democrat formally announced his campaign in an email before a kickoff event in East Boston, where …

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Booker Campaign Warns That End Might Be Near

NBC News reports: Sen. Cory Booker must raise nearly $2 million in the next 10 days or the presidential candidate has no “legitimate long-term path forward,” according to a memo to staff from the campaign manager obtained by NBC News. The struggling candidate’s campaign manager, Addisu Demissie, warned that after weaker-than-expected fundraising in the early part of September, the campaign …

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Biden Defends Track Record At LGBTQ Forum [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. found himself fending off new questions about his decades-long record on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues, in a testy exchange with a female moderator who described his treatment of her as “condescending.” During a Friday night forum focused on L.G.B.T.Q. issues, Mr. Biden seemed to recoil from …

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LIVE VIDEO: Presidential Candidates Hold LGBTQ Forum

The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports: Candidates scheduled to appear are Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Joe Sestak and Marianne Williamson. This is the first public event of the 2020 election cycle to focus exclusively on LGBTQ issues. The forum will be hosted by “Pose” star and activist Angelica Ross …

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Working Families Party Faces Abuse Over Warren Nod

The Rising reports: An official at the Working Families Party (WFP) said Friday that he — and many of his fellow staffers — have faced a deluge of violent, racist, and sexist attacks following the progressive group’s endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “There’s been good faith debate and conversations on the Internet — and I’m here for all of …

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DNC Set To Squeeze Debate Stage Criteria Yet Again

Politico reports: As Democratic presidential candidates barrel into the fall, they are still waiting for the party to write the rules for the most important events of the campaign. The candidates are bracing for another round of strict new debate criteria from the Democratic National Committee, which has already halved the list of candidates making the debate stage and could …

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Bill De Blasio Drops Out Of Presidential Race

CNBC reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has abandoned his long-shot campaign to win the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination. He announced his decision Friday morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” De Blasio’s withdrawal from the race came after months of failing to improve what was persistently ultra-low support in opinion polls tracking voters’ preferences for Democratic contenders vying …

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NEW YORK CITY: AOC Gets Dem Primary Challenger

Gothamist reports: A Queens community activist has just announced a primary campaign for Congress. You may have heard of her opponent: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the current incumbent. Plenty of Republicans have filed to run for Ocasio-Cortez’s seat representing New York’s 14th congressional district. Republicans do not care for AOC, unless you consider Fox News mentioning her 3,181 times in six …

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McConnell Backs $250M In Election Security Funding

The Washington Post reports: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell came out Thursday in support of providing states with an additional $250 million in election security funding, an abrupt turnaround after more than a year of opposition by the Kentucky Republican on the issue. McConnell, who has been derided by Democrats as “Moscow Mitch” for repeatedly blocking efforts to combat Russian …

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Matt Drudge: The Nomination Is Warren’s To Lose

The Hill reports: Matt Drudge declared that the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination is “Elizabeth Warren’s nomination to lose” in a rare commentary late Wednesday on Twitter to his more than 500,000 followers. The tweet from the reclusive Drudge also includes a photo of a Monday Warren rally in NYC’s Washington Square Park that drew an estimated 20,000 people. President Trump …

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Four Democrats Top Trump In New Fox News Poll

Fox News reports: Fifty-nine percent of voters are extremely interested in the 2020 presidential election. That’s a number typically only seen right before an election. It’s 27 points higher than around this same time in the last presidential cycle — and only one point off the record 60 percent extremely interested the week before Election Day in 2008. Joe Biden …

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GOP Senate Candidate Calls For Annexing Mexico

Real Clear Politics reports: Donald Trump wants to build the wall. A wannabe-Donald Trump in Arizona wants to annex Mexico. Ahead of a general election where the Grand Canyon State could be a bit of a problem for the president, the wealthy owner of a cosmetics company, Daniel McCarthy, is challenging incumbent Sen. Martha McSally in the Republican primary. His …

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Amazon To Enable Political Donations Via Alexa

From Amazon’s corporate blog: Customers rely on Alexa to answer all sorts of questions throughout the day —from sports scores and state capitals to nutrition facts and the latest current events. During the midterm elections last fall, customers asked Alexa a multitude of questions, including “Alexa, when are the polls open?”, “Alexa, who is winning in New York?” and more. …

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Biden And Warren Neck-And-Neck In New Iowa Poll

The Hill reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) lead a new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers by a wide margin as Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) fade. The poll was conducted for Focus on Rural America, a Democratic group run by former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge (D) and Iowa political strategist Jeff …

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Jimmy Carter Hopes Presidency Has An “Age Limit”

The Associated Press reports: Weeks shy of his 95th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter said he doesn’t believe he could have managed the most powerful office in the world at 80 years old. Carter, who earlier this year became the longest-lived chief executive in American history, didn’t tie his comments to any of his fellow Democrats running for president in …

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Sen. Kamala Harris Slow Jams The News [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) became the first woman to “Slow Jam The News” on “The Tonight Show” Monday and, oh baby, it was “Hot Girl Summer.” Host Jimmy Fallon joined Tariq Trotter of The Roots, and Harris rapped some sweet resistance. “Ever since Barack left, we’ve been off track. But Kamala is trying to get us …

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Gabbard: Trump Is “Pimping US Out” To Saudi Arabia

She’s really trying to get into the next debate: Democratic 2020 presidential candidate and US Army Reserve officer Rep. Tulsi Gabbard doubled down in her fierce criticism of President Donald Trump, blasting him for “pimping out” the US military to protect Saudi Arabia and adding: “We are not your prostitutes.” In a two-minute video posted on Twitter, the Hawaii Congresswoman …

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Indiana Gets First Openly Gay Gubernatorial Candidate

Indianapolis’s ABC affiliate reports: Josh Owens filed paperwork today to enter the 2020 Governor’s race. “I’m running for Governor now because I believe in an Indiana where teachers are paid what they deserve and where all are welcomed, respected and protected,” Owens said. “We need a leader who will ensure our state budget, policies and laws reflect a bold and …

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