Democrats

Hickenlooper Would End Death Penalty As President

The Denver Post reports: Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he would suspend the federal death penalty if elected president. Hickenlooper, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, made the pledge during a CNN town hall Wednesday night. As governor, Hickenlooper refused to execute quadruple-murderer Nathan Dunlap. He said he was opposed to the death penalty and wouldn’t carry …

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REPORT: Biden May Launch With Abrams As VP Pick

Axios reports: Close advisers to former Vice President Joe Biden are debating the idea of packaging his presidential campaign announcement with a pledge to choose Stacey Abrams as his vice president. The popular Georgia Democrat, who at age 45 is 31 years younger than Biden, would bring diversity and excitement to the ticket — showing voters, in the words of …

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Pete Buttigieg Hits “Faker” Trump For Dodging Draft

Talking Points Memo reports: Prospective Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Wednesday admonished President Trump for his latest attack on John McCain, accusing the president of going after the late senator for attention. Trump received multiple deferments from the draft during the Vietnam War and did not serve in the military. The New York Times reported late last year that …

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Cory Booker Jokes That Ellen Could Officiate His White House Wedding To Actress Rosario Dawson [VIDEO]

Buzzfeed reports: Sen. Cory Booker, a Democratic presidential hopeful, took a brief detour from talking about politics to praise his girlfriend, actor Rosario Dawson, on The Ellen Show and flirt with the possibility of a White House wedding. “I mean, if you go in single and have a wedding in the White House — I mean, we would watch,” DeGeneres …

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Harris “Open” To Abolishing Electoral College [VIDEO]

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: California Sen. Kamala Harris became the latest 2020 presidential candidate to weigh in on whether the United States should get rid of the Electoral College and have presidential elections be determined by the popular vote. During a Tuesday night appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Harris said she would be “open” to abolishing the Electoral College. …

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Pelosi To Impeachment Critics: You’re Wasting Your Time Without Evidence Even The Republicans Can See

USA Today reports: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed fellow Democrats who say she has set the bar too high for impeachment of President Donald Trump. In an exclusive interview with USA TODAY, Pelosi said some House progressives have “wanted to impeach the president since the day he got elected.” “You’re wasting your time, unless the evidence is so conclusive that …

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Biden +8 Over Bernie In New Poll On 2020 Dem Field

The Hill reports: Former Vice President Joe Biden leads a field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and potential candidates among Democratic primary voters, according to a survey released Tuesday. According to a Morning Consult poll, the possible 2020 candidate appears to be expanding his lead among 2020 Democrats. The poll found that Biden leads Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by eight …

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Gillibrand Defends Call For Franken To Resign [VIDEO]

Politico reports: “Senator Franken was entitled to whatever type of review or process he wanted,” Gillibrand said. “He could’ve stuck it out, stayed in the Senate, gone through [the] Ethics Committee’s investigation. Those were his choices, but I had to make my choice.” Some major Democratic donors, including Susie Tompkins Buell, have expressed frustration about Gillibrand’s decision to call for …

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Warren Joins Call To Abolish Electoral College [VIDEO]

Boston.com reports: Here’s another proposal to add to the list of bold ideas on which Sen. Elizabeth Warren has built her 2020 presidential campaign. “Get rid of the Electoral College.” During a CNN town hall Monday night, Warren told a live audience in Jackson, Mississippi, that the current system the country uses to elect a president effectively excludes voters in …

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Cory Booker Vows To Undo Trump’s Transgender Ban

NBC News reports: Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker said Sunday night he would reverse President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military if elected president. Speaking to a crowd of more than 300 voters in Davenport, the New Jersey senator answered a question posed by a woman who identified herself as transgender about what he would …

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Beto Breaks Bernie’s One-Day Fundraising Record

NBC News reports: Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million in his first 24 hours as a presidential candidate, according to his campaign, surpassing Bernie Sanders and every other 2020 Democrat who has disclosed their figures. O’Rourke’s campaign announced Monday that he had taken in $6,136,763 in online contributions in the day after declaring his candidacy Thursday morning. Sanders beat expectations and …

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HISTORY: Pete Buttigieg Qualifies For First Dem Debate

The Indianapolis Star reports: South Bend mayor and presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg said on Twitter Saturday morning that 65,000 people have donated to his exploratory committee, a mark that qualifies him to be invited to the first Democratic National Committee debate in June. The 37-year-old Rhodes Scholar and military veteran promised a “fresh start” for the White House, and he …

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Manchin Only Dem Senator Holdout On Equality Act

The Charleston Register-Herald reports: U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is the only Democratic senator who didn’t sign on to a bill introduced this week in Congress to extend protections in housing, employment and public accommodations to LGBT people. Senate Bill 788, sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., has 43 Democratic sponsors, two Independent sponsors, and one Republican sponsor, …

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Kirsten Gillibrand Officially Launches 2020 WH Bid

The New York Times reports: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York officially joined the 2020 presidential race on Sunday, declaring in an announcement video that America needs “a leader who makes big, bold, brave choices,” and that she is that leader. There was little drama about whether Ms. Gillibrand would officially enter the presidential race ever since she had announced …

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Washington State Moves Primary Up To March

Olympia’s Fox affiliate reports: Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee, who is among a growing group of Democratic presidential contenders, signed a measure Thursday moving the state’s presidential primary from May to March. Next year’s primary will now be held on the second Tuesday in March, something Inslee said will strengthen the state’s role in the national democratic process. The measure …

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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke: I Was A Teenage Hacker

An interesting profile from Reuters: While a teenager, Beto O’Rourke acknowledged in an exclusive interview, he belonged to the oldest group of computer hackers in U.S. history. The hugely influential Cult of the Dead Cow, jokingly named after an abandoned Texas slaughterhouse, is notorious for releasing tools that allowed ordinary people to hack computers running Microsoft’s Windows. It’s also known …

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Actress Rosario Dawson: Yes, I’m Dating Cory Booker

TMZ reports: Rosario Dawson’s all in on Cory Booker for President in 2020, but she might be a little biased because she just confirmed with us, they’re in a serious, loving relationship!!! The actress was at the Reagan National Airport in D.C. Thursday when our guy quizzed her on what’s been widely rumored — she’s the woman Booker referred to …

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Beto O’Rourke Launches 2020 Presidential Bid [VIDEO]

NPR reports: Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke is running for president, hoping to build on the momentum the Democrat generated in a Senate contest last year. In a video released in the early hours of Thursday morning, with his wife Amy by his side, O’Rourke announced, “This is a defining moment of truth for this country,” adding what appears will …

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Beto O’Rourke: I Want To Be In It, I’m Just Born For It

From a profile published today by Vanity Fair: Beto O’Rourke seems, in this moment, like a cliff diver trying to psych himself into the jump. And after playing coy all afternoon about whether he’ll run, he finally can’t deny the pull of his own gifts. “You can probably tell that I want to run,” he finally confides, smiling. “I do. …

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Dem Rep Seth Moulton: Abolish The Electoral College

Rep. Seth Moulton writes for the Washington Post: The electoral college. We all know the obvious reason this needs to be replaced with a popular-vote system: In 2016, approximately 3 million more Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump, and yet, Trump is the president. This is not wrong because Trump is a bad president; it’s wrong because it’s …

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