Today at noon we will publish the next installment of our General Election Preview series, focusing on Local races and Public Service Commissioners.
Hillary: Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing e-mails may not be missing after all. Newly released FBI notes suggest that they still exist in several locations and that they could be recovered, if only someone would impanel a grand jury and seize them. This means we will most likely spend the first few years of the Hillary Clinton presidency talking about the scandal the MSM never bothered to focus on during the Presidential campaign.
Trump: With less than two weeks before Election Day, Donald Trump evidently wants swing voters to know that the Trump National Doral Miami golf resort got recognized by Successful Meetings Magazine for its renovation, among many other honors and distinctions. While campaigning for President of the United States Donald Trump spends a lot of time hawking his own businesses. So it is no surprise that 13 days before Election Day Donald Trump was in the battleground state of Washington, DC promoting one of his new hotels.
Trump: This is an actually Donald Trump ad! WTF people? His campaign actually spent money to make THIS and is paying to run it on Indian-American TV.
Trump: When the Republican candidate for Vice President is campaigning in Utah with 13 days to go you know things are not going well for the Republican presidential campaign. Mike Pence visited Utah to fight the McMullinmentum sweeping the Beehive state.
Hillary: Director Joss Whedon has released a new 2 minute web ad for his pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC. It is no Firefly. Sad!
Hillary: Morgan Freeman really does narrate everything! Freeman is narrating Hillary Clinton’s latest campaign ad.
Johnson: The bottom seems to be falling out of Gary Johnson’s poll numbers. It is crazy to think about the opportunity the former two term Governor of New Mexico has squandered.
Johnson: Johnson has scored the endorsement of Rep. Scott Rigell (R) who has cut a web ad for him.
NJ-Gov: Despite buying off most of the New Jersey Democratic Party former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy may not have the Democrat primary all to himself. Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D) has announced he is forming an exploratory bid to run for governor next year.
NY-Gov: Is retiring Rep. Richard Hanna (R) really considering running for governor? His spokesman had no comment.
UT-Gov: Salt Lake City has been blanketed with signs that read “Herbert is Trump”. No one seems to know who paid for and put up the signs. Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mike Weinholtz has denied that it was his campaign. Republican Governor Gary Herbert has stated that he will vote for neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton.
FL-Sen: Sen. Marco Rubio (R) absolutely crushed Rep. Patrick Erin Murphy (D) at their debate last night. Murphy was called out by Rubio for not knowing that the Peshmerga Kurds are Iraqi and not Syrian (see HERE). Watching Rubio debate Murphy should make every Republican hang their heads in shame/despair for picking a guy who thinks “call Sean Hannity” is winning debate point over Rubio.
FL-Sen: It takes a lot for Salon to dump all over a Democrat. That should tell you how bad a candidate Patrick Erin Murphy (D) is. Murphy outright lied to NBC8 after an earlier debate with Sen. Marco Rubio (R) when he insisted “We’ve never done business with Donald Trump. We’ve never had a contract with Donald Trump.” Of course CNN.com found THIS picture of Murphy’s dad wearing a rump-branded hard hat and shoveling dirt a few feet from Donald Trump at a groundbreaking for a Trump building in Florida. Oh, Fratrick if only all Democrat candidates could be you
LA-Sen: Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke raised $100,000, loaned his campaign $100,000 and has $38,000 cash-on-hand. Which raises the question who the f*** would donate money to David Duke?
LA-Sen: John Kennedy actually says “Congressmen are like throat lozenges” in his latest ad in which he throws back to his old days of being a Democrat (or a new Trumpkinized Republican) and bashes free trade agreements and Wall Street.
IN-Sen: When a local CBS News affiliate in Indiana tried to reach Evan Bayh (D) for comment he was out of state. This I guess is one of the problems you may face when you try and run for Senate in a state you no longer live in.
MD-Sen: Green Party candidate Margaret Flowers stormed the Van Hollen-Szeliga Senate debate stage. Flowers was not invited by the debate organizers, who included The Baltimore Sun, WJZ-TV, the University of Baltimore and the Maryland League of Women Voters, and her interruption was edited out Soviet style from the debate’s televised broadcast.
NC-Sen: Democrat Deborah Ross is a Barbra Streisand Democrat. Streisand has made a donation to Ross’s campaign.
WI-Sen: For some unknown reason Russ Feingold (D) is attacking Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s charity work because it helped train unemployed people and transport them to jobs.
CA-10: Another Democrat releases an ad linking a downballot Republican to Donald Trump. Rep. Jeff Denham (R) is on the receiving end of this new ad by Democrat Michael Eggman.
IA-1: The pro-Hillary super PAC Priorities USA feels confident enough about Hillary’s chances that they have started airing ads attacking Rep. Rod Blum (R) for supporting Donald Trump. Picking on Blum is an odd choice since he is one of the most independent congressmen in the GOP delegation. Blum started his 1st term in Congress by going to war with the GOP House leadership and has made it clear that while voting for Trump he is not endorsing him or telling anyone else who to vote for.
KS-3: George Brett endorsed Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder.
MN-3: NRCC points out that Democrat Terri Bonoff has “repeatedly been willing to vote for unpopular taxes” (her words not the NRCC’s). Bonoff is challenging well funded Rep. Erik Paulsen (R) in the R+2.
MD-6: Republican challenger Amie Hoeber and Rep. John Delaney (D) met for a debate at a candidates forum on Wednesday.
NH-1: Former Democrat Shawn O’Conner is running a real campaign on Democrat Carol Shea-Porter left flank. He recently donated another $150,000 of his own money to his efforts and Rep. Frank Guinta (R) released a new ad attacking them both in what is clearly a bit of trolling on his part to divide the vote on the left.
NV-3: The NRCC uses a shirtless picture of Ruben Kihuen to make the point that he is swimming in scum and has a lot of corrupt connections.
NV-3: How bad has early voting been for GOP in Nevada? Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian told Republican women’s group that “we’re all going down” based on the GOP’s underperformance in early voting.
NY-19: The NRCC hits “zany” Professor Zeyphyr Teachout for being a socialist from Vermont who loves Bernie Sanders and high taxes.
VA-5: The conservative Congressional Leadership Fund is doubling their $400,000 in ad spending to $800,000 on behalf of Republican Tom Garrett Jr. in this open seat.
State, Local & Other:
CT HD-22: This could win the award for the worst political attack of the year. A union Super PAC trying to help re-elect Democratic Connecticut state legislators released a digital ad asking voters to “Stop Donald Trump and Republican William Petit’s attack on women and families”. Petit is a home invasion survivor who lost his wife and two daughters in the brutal 2007 attack that garnered national headlines.
KY HD-95: Republicans are starting to think there his a chance Kentucky House Speaker Greg Stumbo (D) could lose re-election to GOP challenger Larry Brown. Eastern Kentucky is trending GOP very fast this cycle and the Republicans are starting to spend money to defeat Stumbo’s re-election to the state House.
Early Voting-GA: Georgia, which is nearing 1 million ballots cast during the state’s early voting period, will open its polls this Saturday for a mandatory weekend voting day ahead of the Nov. 8 presidential election.
WATN: LOL! Fresh of garnering a whooping 15.9% vote in his primary versus Paul Ryan, some dude Paul Nehlen says he will mount a campaign for
another 15 minutes of fame to challenge Ryan for the Speaker of the House. Has there ever been a House candidate who has lost a primary by over 68 points get as much media attention as this wack job?
Ballot Selfies: While a court has overturned the anti-ballot selfie law in Michigan it is still illegal to take take a photograph of your ballot in 18 states as Justin Timberlake found out the hard way when he violated the Tennessee law against taking photos in a polling place.