Only 75 days until Election Day!
Trump: A person waking up today from a 2 year coma will discover that in an effort to appeal Hispanic voters the GOP nominated the pro-immigration amnesty advocate Donald Trump as their presidential candidate and that for some strange reason the GOP presidential candidate is campaigning in Mississippi in August.
Trump: The speechwriter for Melania Trump’s plagiarized Republican National Convention address was paid just $356.01 for her work. That is less money than the Trump campaign spent on a trip they made to a One Hour Framing store. No word yet on how much of that $356.01 needs to be paid out to Michelle Obama in royalties.
Johnson: A super PAC supporting Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is spending $1 million on a national TV ad supporting the former New Mexico governor in the hopes of raising his poll numbers enough to get Gary Johnson included in the Presidential debates.
Stein: Green Party candidate Jill Stein has qualified for the ballot in Missouri, Ohio and Kansas. This will be the 1st time since 2000 that a Green Party candidate will be on the ballot in Missouri. The Green Party will also be fielding a Senate and Gubernatorial candidate in Missouri as well.
McMullin: Better for America, the #NeverTrump group that wanted to get ballot access for a 3rd party conservative challenger, has folded. Without the support of Better for America it will be very difficult for McMullin to get on additional state ballots. So far McMullin has made the ballot in only five states, Colorado, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota and Utah and has missed the ballot deadlines in states with a combined 390 electoral votes; Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia.
NH-Gov: Chris Sununu (R) released his 2nd TV ad ahead of the September 13th GOP primary. In the ad Sununu talks about the tough choices police officers have to make and promises to have their back as Governor.
IL-Sen: Double amputee Tammy Duckworth (D) was been subtly making the health of Sen Mark Kirk (R) a campaign issue. Duckworth recently said that Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012, “lacks the ability to control what he’s saying”.
IN-Sen: The SEC has fined the private-equity firm where former Sen. Evan Bayh (D) is a senior adviser a record $52.7 million.
WV-Sen: Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D) daughter, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch, is the person responsible for raising the price of EpiPens by 400%. The very negative publicity the massive EpiPen price hike is getting is creating political headaches for Manchin because clearly this was not what people meant when they were saying “Keep Manchin in the Mansion”.
NY-19: Former Assembly Minority Leader John Faso’s (R) 1st general election TV campaign for this open R+0 seat focuses on his frugality and features him turning down the thermostat in his home.
NY-24: The GOP backed Congressional Leadership Fund is spending $800,000 to help the re-election of freshman Rep. John Katko (R) in the D+5 district. The Democrat aligned House Majority PAC has already spent $371,621 to help his Democrat opponent Colleen Deacon. Katko has been a very good fundraiser and his sitting on about $1.4 million Cash on Hand.
State, Local & Other:
MD-redistricting: By a 2-1 vote a Federal Court is allowing a challenge to the partisan gerrymandering of Maryland’s congressional districts to go forward.
Cormorant, MN-Mayor: For anyone doubting the power of a write-in candidacy, the small town of Cormorant, MN has re-elected a Great Pyrenees dog named Duke as their town’s mayor. Duke was 1st elected Mayor as a write-in in 2014 beating a human opponent.