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Old 04-17-2019, 09:43 PM
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More Q1 updates:

Gillibrand raised $3 million in Q1; 92% of donations under $200. She also has a war chest of over $10 million on hand to spend on her candidacy.
Kirsten Gillibrand: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate
Gillibrand is a co-sponsor of Medicare for All, strong supporter of the Green New Deal, and champions issues surrounding sexual assault; currently the Senator who votes least in line with Trump.

Jay Inslee raised $2.25 million Q1; no info released on donors; Inslee is backed by a Super-PAC Act Now on Climate. His signature issue remains climate change, with some strong positions on gun control and vaccination.
Jay Inslee: Everything you need to know about the 2020 candidate

In other Inslee news:

Inslee calls on DNC to hold debate focused on climate change
From about 18 hours ago.

DNC pumps brakes on Jay Inslee's proposal for climate change debate
From about seven hours ago; guess that got resolved.

Speaking of National Democratic Apparatus: in March, the DCCC implemented their blacklisting rule- if you work for anyone challenging an incumbent Dem from the Left, you will never work for anyone connected to the DCCC's machine.
The DCCC's Strategy to Kill Primary Challenges Is Reportedly Already Working
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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a plan to prevent another Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez-type incumbent challenger from ever succeeding again, and it appears to be already working.

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This “blacklisting” that Klein is referring to is the DCCC’s new “hiring standards” rules, which say the organization won’t contract with or recommend services of any firm that works for a candidate challenging a Democrat incumbent.

The National Journal reported the rule change on Friday, which follows the ascension of conservative Democrat Cheri Bustos to DCCC chair. The DCCC’s independent-expenditure arm pays millions in contracts to consultants and connects them to Democratic campaigns, opportunities, and resources that a firm would be cut off to if it worked with a candidate that challenged incumbents.

The rule change seems tailor-made to protect conservative incumbents in deep-blue districts, such as Texas’ Henry Cuellar (who has been frequently mentioned by the left-wing electoral group Justice Democrats as ripe for a primary challenge) and Illinois’ Dan Lipinski, an anti-choice Democrat, one of the few members left in Congress who opposed Obamacare, and someone who barely beat back a primary challenge last year from nonprofit executive Marie Newman, who was endorsed by Illinois Democratic Reps. Jan Schakowsky and Luis Gutierrez. (Newman is reportedly raising money for another run against Lipinski next year.)
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:27 PM
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Gillibrand endorsed Marie Newman to unseat Lipinski. I hope the other 2020 candidates do the same.

And Cuellar gets surprisingly little attention given how awful his voting record has been. He votes like Joe Manchin in a district that voted against Trump about the same amount as NY or Illinois.
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NBC has an interesting numbers-crunching summary here on how much each candidate raised, and how fast they are spending it, and how much they have left.
Six things we've learned from the 2020 candidates' fundraising reports

Bernie Sanders' Fox News Town Hall was well received, with a mixed crowd responding positively to his messaging on Medicare for All:


Even the conservative of yester-year National Review thought Sanders did well:
Bernie Sanders Shines on Fox News

Nathan J. Robinson makes a good argument as to why it is hypocritical for Sanders to retain his millions but campaign against a system that creates massive wealth inequality:
Why Bernie Sanders Should Give His Millions Away
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Nathan J. Robinson makes a good argument as to why it is hypocritical for Sanders to retain his millions but campaign against a system that creates massive wealth inequality:
Why Bernie Sanders Should Give His Millions Away
Referring back to my earlier post, I don't think it's particularly relevant that he doesn't give tons of money to things recognized by the government as "charity". But it does seem he should be giving away more than 3% of his income. It's just that it can and probably should include non-deductible causes that help ordinary people build political power.
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Nathan J. Robinson makes a good argument as to why it is hypocritical for Sanders to retain his millions but campaign against a system that creates massive wealth inequality:
Why Bernie Sanders Should Give His Millions Away
Hmm, some of those points really don't land. "When you have millions of dollars, you could immediately better the condition of a great number of people"... yeah nah, a couple of million doesn't really go that far. I mean, later he writes "Let’s say Bernie paid off a thousand people’s medical debt." With 2 mill? Paying off $2k off each person? I thought that people suffering onerous medical debt generaly owed much more than that.

Also, the book earnings are pretty much a one off. Anyone sensible receiving that would use the bulk of it to provide future income.

Yeah, he could make better political hay from giving more away, but I'm not really seeing significant hypocrisy.
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Elizabeth Warren has become the first presidential candidate to call for impeaching Individual-1.

I'm still on the fence about whether we should actually start drafting up a formal impeachment, but I think it's probably a good thing to have presidential candidates at least talking about impeachment. Move the Overton window and all.

At this point, Warren and Harris are well above the other candidates on my list.

(BTW, the best suggestion I've heard for impeachment, from Damon Poeter on LGM, is "Send the impeachment ruling to the Senate on Oct. 28, 2020 and make James fucking Comey deliver the papers.")

ETA: here are Warren’s tweets about the subject, BTW


I mean, she’s not wrong.

...also, this:

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