Democrats

Fetterman Prods Biden On Decriminalizing Marijuana

The Hill reports: Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman called on President Biden to deschedule marijuana, with a goal of ultimately decriminalizing the drug, ahead of Biden’s visit to the state next week. Biden is expected to travel to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, two key swing states, on Labor Day ahead of the November midterms. “It’s long past time that we …

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O’Rourke Pauses Campaign Due To Bacterial Infection

The Texas Tribune reports: Beto O’Rourke said Sunday that he will be off the campaign trail for an unspecified period after being diagnosed with a bacterial infection. The Democratic nominee for governor checked into Methodist Hospital in San Antonio on Friday, and he was given IV antibiotics. O’Rourke is now recuperating at home in El Paso. O’Rourke’s campaign declined to …

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Head Of Teachers Union To Be Crist’s Running Mate

Politico reports: Democrat Charlie Crist will pick Karla Hernández-Mats, the head of Miami-Dade County’s largest teachers union, as his running mate as he seeks to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis. Crist is expected to formally announce his pick during a Saturday rally in Miami that he’s holding to officially kick off his general election campaign. Crist trounced Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried …

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Post-Primary Poll Shows DeSantis Only +5 Over Crist

Florida Politics reports: A new poll shows Gov. Ron DeSantis may be in trouble with independent voters. Impact Research released new polling that shows Gov. Ron DeSantis remains a favorite for re-election. He leads Democratic nominee Charlie Crist by 5 percentage points. But that 51% to 46% advantage is within the poll’s 3.5 percentage point margin of error, which applies …

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POLL: Whitmer +11 Over Cultist In Michigan Gov Race

Detroit’s ABC affiliate reports: Incumbent Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has a strong lead over Republican challenger Tudor Dixon in the race for Michigan governor, a new poll shows. The EPIC-MRA poll released Friday morning shows that if the election were held immediately, 50% of respondents would vote for Whitmer, while 39% would vote for Dixon. Eleven percent were undecided. Sixty-seven …

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Biden: The GOP Has Turned Towards “Semi-Fascism”

The Washington Post reports: President Biden on Thursday night launched a push toward the midterm elections with a fiery speech in Rockville, Md., in which he cast the Republican Party as one that was dangerously consumed with anti-democratic forces that had turned toward “semi-fascism.” It was some of the strongest language used by Biden, a politician long known — and …

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POLL: Fetterman And Shapiro Have Double-Digit Leads

The Pennsylvania Capital-Star reports: A new Franklin & Marshall College poll shows Democrats Josh Shapiro and John Fetterman with double-digit leads over their Republican rivals, even as President Joe Biden’s approval ratings remain underwater with voters in a key 2022 battleground state. In the state’s nationally watched U.S. Senate race, Fetterman, the current lieutenant governor, leads Republican Mehmet Oz, a …

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De Blasio Takes Gig As Teaching Fellow At Harvard

ABC News reports: Former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is headed to Harvard this fall as a teaching fellow at the university’s schools of government and public health. De Blasio, a Democrat who served as mayor from from 2014 to 2021, will take part in “a variety of discussions, events, and programming” at the Institute of Politics at …

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Impeachment Lawyer Dan Goldman Pushes Out Openly Gay Rep. Mondaire Jones In New York House Primary

Gothamist reports: Dan Goldman, a former prosecutor who campaigned on a promise to oppose right-wing Republicans and former President Donald Trump, overcame a crowded and competitive field to win a rare open House seat in New York’s newly-drawn 10th Congressional District. The race, which was called at 12:39 a.m. on Wednesday by The Associated Press, was one of the more …

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Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney Wins Primary In New District

USA Today reports: New York Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney narrowly prevailed against state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi in the Democratic primary for U.S. House. Maloney had received about two-thirds of the vote when the race was called by the Associated Press, leading Biaggi 66.7%-33.3% with just under half the votes counted. The race was mired in intraparty controversy from the start. …

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Charlie Crist Wins Florida Dem Gubernatorial Primary

Orlando’s NBC affiliate reports: Charlie Crist has defeated Nikki Fried in Florida’s Democratic governor’s primary and will take on Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. Crist took an early and large lead over Fried as soon as the results began to pour in. “I am so proud to have earned the support for the Democratic nomination to be the next governor …

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Nadler Defeats Maloney In Contentious Dem Primary

The New York Times reports: Representative Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, handily defeated his longtime congressional neighbor, Carolyn B. Maloney, in a bruising three-way primary battle on Tuesday that was preordained to end one of the powerful Democrats’ political careers. The star-crossed skirmish in the heart of Manhattan was unlike any New York City — or …

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Paul Pelosi Pleads Guilty In DUI Crash, Gets Probation

TMZ reports: Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, just pled guilty to a DUI charge stemming from his May car accident and arrest. According to court records, obtained by TMZ, Pelosi pled guilty to one count of DUI. He was sentenced to three years probation and 5 days of jail time, with credit for time served. As part of the probation terms, …

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Dem Incumbent Surges To +7 In Nevada US Senate Poll

USA Today reports: In Nevada, incumbent Democratic Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto leads her Republican opponent, Adam Laxalt, by seven percentage points (45%-38%), according to a new poll conducted by Suffolk University and the Reno Gazette-Journal. Cortez Masto’s latest polling numbers are a significant voter swing in her favor. In April, in a hypothetical matchup prior to winning the Nevada Republican …

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Biden Thanks Fauci For Decades Of Public Service, Calls US “Stronger, More Resilient, Healthier Because Of Him”

Via press release from the White House: During my time as Vice President, I worked closely with Dr. Anthony Fauci on the United States’ response to Zika and Ebola. I came to know him as a dedicated public servant, and a steady hand with wisdom and insight honed over decades at the forefront of some of our most dangerous and …

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Jill Biden Tests Negative For COVID, Ends Isolation

CNN reports: First lady Jill Biden on Sunday will leave isolation in South Carolina for Delaware after testing negative for Covid-19, according to her communications director, Elizabeth Alexander. “After isolating for five days and receiving negative results from two consecutive COVID-19 tests, the First Lady will depart South Carolina later today for Delaware,” Alexander said in a written statement. The …

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Cultists Attempt To Disrupt O’Rourke Rally With Sirens

Texas Public Radio reports: Fredericksburg is the county seat of Gillespie County, which supported Trump in 2020 with nearly 80% of its 12,000 ballots cast during the election. Beto O’Rourke’s visit came soon after the entire three person staff of the county’s Elections Department resigned over threats made against the former elections administrator since the 2020 election. Supporters of Gov. …

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Biden To Host WH Summit On Hate-Fueled Violence

Via press release from the White House: On Thursday, September 15, President Biden will host at the White House the United We Stand Summit to counter the corrosive effects of hate-fueled violence on our democracy and public safety, highlight the response of the Biden-Harris Administration and communities nationwide to these dangers, and put forward a shared vision for a more …

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Fetterman Takes Oz Trolling To New TikTok Account

The Verge reports: Democratic Senate hopeful John Fetterman’s campaign to troll Republican opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz into defeat has dominated Facebook and Twitter over the last few weeks. But on Thursday, the campaign announced it is launching an official TikTok account to expand the reach of its already viral videos. The campaign formally launched the TikTok account with a video …

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Barnes +7 Over Ron Johnson In Wisconsin Senate Poll

The Hill reports: Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) leads incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson (R) by 7 percentage points in their race for Johnson’s seat, according to a poll from Marquette University Law School released Wednesday. The survey found that Barnes received support from 51 percent of respondents, compared to Johnson’s 44 percent. The poll released Wednesday shows a sharp …

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