Democrats

NEW YORK: Cuomo To Seek Fourth Term As Governor

Albany’s NBC News affiliate reports: Democrat Andrew Cuomo plans to seek a fourth term as governor of New York state. During an interview Tuesday morning on WAMC radio, Cuomo said he believes he is making a difference in New York and plans to run again in 2022. If Cuomo is re-elected, he’ll be only the second person to win a …

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Mayor Pete Pushes For Massive Fundraising Haul

Politico reports: Pete Buttigieg is aiming to shake the Democratic presidential race with a massive fundraising total this quarter, staking his claim in the top tier of the primary and demonstrating staying power after rocketing to prominence two months ago. Buttigieg is encouraging moneyed supporters to juice his campaign’s fundraising with a new bundling program, details of which were recently …

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Mayor Pete: If Trump Hadn’t Dodged The Draft, Maybe He Would Understand The Right Of NFL Players To Kneel

TMZ Sports reports: Mayor Pete Buttigieg is going to bat for Colin Kaepernick … telling TMZ Sports he supports the QB’s right to take a knee during the national anthem — and he’s ripping Trump for going after the protesters. “The way I feel about it is the flag that was on my shoulder when I served represented, among other …

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No Kiddie Table: New DNC Rule Will Divide Top Dem Candidates Across First Two Nights Of NBC Debates

Politico reports: A new rule adopted by the Democratic National Committee and NBC News will evenly divide top-tier candidates across two nights in the first Democratic presidential primary debates in June, a move to maintain viewer interest in both events by making sure well-known contenders are on stage both nights. Democrats getting at least 2 percent support in the polling …

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Biden Campaign Launches LGBTQ Pride Month Swag

The Biden campaign today sent an email blast promoting “Pride Gear!” now available on their website. The items include standard fare rainbow apparel in which the rainbow stripes form the “e” in Biden’s names. Other items in the same format feature the colors of the transgender pride flag. The standout swag, perhaps, is a t-shirt that simply bears a trio …

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WA Gov. Jay Inslee Qualifies For First DNC Dem Debate

Politico reports: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday all but secured a spot on the Democratic presidential debate stage next month, after collecting the 65,000th individual donor of his campaign. The Democratic National Committee has given candidates two paths to get into its first primary debates in June and July: hitting the 65,000 donor mark or getting at least 1 …

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Mayor Pete Buttigieg: Trump Pretended To Be Disabled To Dodge The Vietnam Draft, Emanates Racism [VIDEO]

Politico reports: South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Thursday likened his approach to taking on President Donald Trump to dealing with a “crazy uncle.” “It’s almost like a sort of crazy uncle management,” he said. “Like, he’s there. You’re not going to disrespect his humanity. But he thinks what he thinks. There’s not much you can do about it.” He …

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Tonight: Beto Reboots Campaign With CNN Town Hall

Politico reports: No candidate entered the presidential race with loftier expectations than Beto O’Rourke — or fell back so quickly afterward. Stalled at about 5 percent in national polls, Beto O’Rourke acknowledged recently that he needs to “do a better job” reaching a national audience. When he landed in Iowa this week for his fourth visit to the state, he …

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Mayor Pete Features On Cover Of Out‘s Pride Issue

From Out Magazine‘s annual LGBT Pride issue: Buttigieg is nobody’s radical, but he doesn’t quite represent the presidential status quo either. For all the ways that Buttigieg resembles the bulk of our white, male, Ivy League-educated presidents past, he stands out as a gay man — one who came out in the middle of his 2015 mayoral re-election campaign and …

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Fox Host Brit Hume: Mayor Pete Is “Most Impressive Candidate” Since The Emergence Of Obama [VIDEO]

Fox News reports: Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the “most impressive… candidate” in terms of political talent in the current 2020 Democratic presidential field, Brit Hume said, comparing the South Bend, Ind. mayor’s rise in popularity to the “emergence of Barack Obama.” “I think Pete Buttigieg is the most impressive, by far, candidate in terms of just raw political talent in …

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Mayor Pete Blasts Fox Hosts Ahead Of Fox Town Hall

Via email from the Buttigieg campaign: There’s been a lot of debate recently about whether Democratic presidential candidates should go on Fox News. Tomorrow night [tonight], I’ll be participating in a Fox News town hall with Chris Wallace, and I want to tell you why. First, let me be clear: I strongly condemn the voices on Fox and in the …

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De Blasio Admits He Won’t Qualify For First Debate

Politico reports: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged Friday he may not qualify for the first presidential debate next month, but argued that isn’t a telltale sign about his overall chances of winning the Democratic nomination. As he kicked off his campaign here in the nation’s first presidential selection state, the mayor said he has achieved one debate …

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Mayor Pete To Fox News: I’m Old Enough To Remember When Republicans Cared About Presidential Character

Fox News reports: The South Bend, Indiana mayor – a one-time long-shot for the nomination whose surge over the past two months has made him a legitimate contender for the Democratic nomination – drew attention to Trump’s payment to adult film actress Stormy Daniels, who claims she had an affair with Trump. “I’m old enough to remember when Republicans talked …

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Joe Biden Backs Decriminalizing Marijuana

CNN reports: Joe Biden supports decriminalizing marijuana, a Biden campaign spokesman told CNN, but the former vice president isn’t going as far as calling for the drug to be legalized on the federal level. “Nobody should be in jail for smoking marijuana,” Biden told voters at a Tuesday house party in Nashua, New Hampshire. Asked by CNN if the former …

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AOC Tears Into Gilead CEO: Why Does Truvada Cost Almost $2000/Month Here When It’s $8 In Australia?

The Washington Post reports: The chief executive of Gilead Sciences, the nation’s leading manufacturer of HIV drugs, insisted before a House committee Thursday that a government patent on Truvada, a key drug that prevents the infection, is invalid. “Our well-supported view is that the U.S. government does not hold valid patents on the use of Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (‘PrEP’), …

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NYPD Union Blasts De Blasio’s “Laughable” WH Bid

The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York, which represents active and retired NYPD officers, this morning issued the below statement: It is laughable that a mayor who has shown no interest in running New York City for six years now says he wants to mismanage the entire country. While the mayor of our nation’s largest city is …

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Biden Chooses Philadelphia As Campaign Headquarters

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden is choosing Philadelphia to base his 2020 presidential campaign, opting for his native Pennsylvania over the state of Delaware that sent him to the Senate for 36 years. The choice is both practical and symbolic for Biden. Philadelphia is convenient to his homes in Wilmington, Delaware, and northern Virginia. The site …

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IL Rep. Dan Lipinski Reverses, Will Vote For Equality Act, Is Only House Democrat Not To Co-Sponsor Bill

The Hill reports: Rep. Daniel Lipinski (Ill.), a centrist Democrat facing a liberal primary challenge, announced Wednesday that he will vote for legislation to expand civil protections for LGBT people despite his concerns that it could conflict with religious liberty. Lipinski is the only House Democrat not to co-sponsor the Equality Act, which is expected to hit the floor later …

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Bill De Blasio Announces 2020 Presidential Bid [VIDEO]

ABC News reports: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has released a video on YouTube announcing his campaign for president, which will be followed by an appearance on “Good Morning America” Thursday morning. De Blasio, who is in his second term, joins a crowded field of nearly two dozen Democrats seeking to move into the White House. The central theme …

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Biden Widens Lead Over Dem Field, +16 Over Bernie

Reuters reports: Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has expanded his lead over a wide field of candidates for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination by 5 percentage points since he entered the race in late April, according to a monthly Reuters/Ipsos poll. The poll released on Wednesday found 29% of Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden in …

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