Political Roundup for February 13, 2017

Saturday in KS-4, Democrats shockingly nominated attorney Jim Thompson (D), a total Some Dude, over ex-State Treasurer Dennis McKinney (D), who was heavily favored going in. With zero name rec and no obvious self-funding ability, Thompson will be a very decided underdog to State Treasurer Ron Estes (R) in the April general election for this deep-red Wichita-area seat, which we currently rate as Safe R.

President/National:

Polling: Even some liberals seem to be tiring of PPP (D)’s long-standing practice of asking Republicans joke polling questions designed to make them look bad. HuffPo has called out PPP for asking a question on the “Bowling Green Massacre” that implied (to those not closely attuned to the news) that the fictional event made up by Trump spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway was reality.

DNC Chair: Under two weeks ahead of the vote, neither of the front-runners to lead the DNC, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) or ex-US Labor Sec. Tom Perez (D), is anywhere close to a majority, which could open up the door for another candidate like South Bend, IN Mayor Pete Buttgieg (D) to come up the middle.

Kasich: He is starting a SuperPAC, which may be a prelude to a possible Trump primary challenge in 2020.

Senate:

CA-Sen: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), the Senate’s oldest member at 83, will hold a kick-off fundraiser for her 2018 re-election bid next month. This is as good a time to as any to remind you that holding fundraisers and proclaiming your intent to run again does not necessarily preclude a late retirement.

PA-Sen: State Rep. Rick Saccone (R) of suburban Pittsburgh will run for the seat of Sen. Bob Casey (D). Saccone seems a credible “C” lister, but as 1 of 203 State Reps. the PA GOP will likely continue searching for someone with a bigger profile.

Governor:

IL-Gov: Bob Daiber (D), a local schools superintendent in the downstate suburban St. Louis area, is running for Governor. Daiber doesn’t really seem to have the profile to compete in the large state where most of the Dem primary base is in Chicago, so he seems a long-shot at best. Daiber joins businessman and heir force candidate Chris Kennedy (D) and Chicago councilman Ameya Pawar (D) in the race.

IA-Gov: 2014 State Auditor nominee Jon Neiderbach (D) will run for Governor, joining another “C” list Democrat, former state cabinet official Rich Leopold (D). Several other Democrats, all relatively little-known, are considering runs for the seat of Governor-designate Kim Reynolds (R).

NV-Gov: State Treasurer Dan Schwartz (R), an antiestablishment conservative, is considering a run for Governor. He would likely face AG Adam Laxalt (R), who himself has some antiestablishment tendencies, in the primary. Schwartz would likely start at a major deficit to Laxalt in financial resources and institutional support.

House:

CA-34: The state Democratic party gave its official endorsement to State Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D) for this deep-blue downtown-LA based seat. Gomez is the only prominent elected official in the race, and thus the clear front-runner in April’s special. However, he faces a huge number of lesser-known candidates that may force a runoff.

NV-3: Ex-Rep. Joe Heck (R) will cash out to the lobbying world and will not run against Rep. Jacky Rosen (D) in 2018. However, Heck did not rule out another bid down the line.

NC-5: Democrats may have a non-Some Dude candidate to run against Rep. Virginia Foxx (R) in Winston-Salem councilwoman DD Adams (D). This Winston-Salem based seat also includes some deep-red territory in the northwest part of the state, making it deeply Republican overall; thus, Adams is probably unlikely to make it competitive.

State Row Officers:

AL-AG: Gov. Bentley has appointed Marshall County DA Steve Marshall (R) to Sen. Luther Strange’s (R) vacated AG seat. Marshall is expected to seek a full term in 2018; it’s unclear if he will face credible primary opposition, but a half-dozen other Republicans also interviewed with Bentley for the job.

FL-CFO: Florida CFO Jeff Atwater (R), who had already announced he would not run for anything upon being termed out in 2018, will step down after the legislative session to take an administrative job at Florida Atlantic University. The decision isn’t a huge surprise as Atwater had been looking for an exit ramp from politics since 2015, exploring several different university and appointed positions while passing on overtures to mount campaigns for Senate last cycle and Governor in 2018. Nevertheless, his decision to leave early will allow Gov. Rick Scott to make an appointment to his seat. The blog FloridaPolitics has a Great Mentioner of the more than half-dozen names Scott could pick, all of whom could also be candidates for the seat in 2018. State Sen. Jeremy Ring (D) has been considered the most likely Dem candidate for this race, but Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn (D) and ex-Rep. Fratrick Murphy (D) have also been mentioned.

LA-Treas: Two candidates entered the race for this fall’s special election last week; State Rep. Julie Stokes (R) of suburban New Orleans announced she is in, while State Sen. Neil Riser (R) of the rural northeast part of the state leaked a memo that he is about to enter. They join State Rep. John Schroeder (R) in what is expected to be a very crowded jungle primary. Appointed incumbent Ron Henson (R) has not announced if he intends to stand for election.

WI-Supt: Incumbent State Superintendent Tony Evers (D) has a large financial lead over his rivals, school administrator John Humphries (R) and Beloit local schools superintendent Lowell Holtz (R), though that’s mostly due to his rivals being broke rather than Evers being flush. The California-Rules Top Two primary for this race is a week from tomorrow with a general in April in which Evers is expected to be favored over Humphries.

Local Elections:

Pittsburgh-Mayor: Councilwoman Darlene Harris (D) has filed to run against Mayor Bill Peduto (D) in the May primary. Harris, a mavericky Dem who has clashed with Peduto’s liberal agenda, is Peduto’s only major challenger.

Corpus Christi-Mayor: Ex-councilman Chad Magill (D) will drop out of the race for Mayor in May’s special election. Three major candidates are seeking the seat, ex-Mayor Nelda Martinez (D), councilman Joe McComb (R), and ex-councilman Mark Scott (R).

Westchester, NY-CE: State Sen. George Latimer (D) and State Rep. Tom Abinati (D) are considering runs against Westchester CE Rob Astorino (R), who is seeking a third term in the deep-blue county this year. Defeating Astorino is a priority of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), as Astorino was the GOP gubernatorial nominee in 2014 and is likely to run for Governor again in 2018 if he wins re-election. Latimer and Abinati would each be a top-tier candidate against Astorino.

Philadelphia-DA: Philly DA Seth Williams (D) has announced he will not seek re-election this year, apologizing for bringing “embarassment and shame” to his office in a gifts scandal, which has resulted in a federal probe that is apparently nearing completion (and will probably result in charges). Williams allegedly accepted gifts from attorneys with cases he was prosecuting, among other penny-ante corruption. The Dem primary for this seat, which is tantamount to election in ultra-blue Philly, is in May.

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  • rdelbovFebruary 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

    Jim Thompson IMO is not a candidate to seriousily contend in KS4. Hard to tell if he is all out bold progressive but his website seems to strangely lean that way.

    Talk about tipping your hand towards 2018? It appears that this seat will not be contested. Looks like seats like NY1 and VA10 and CO6 will likely see +20 million spent between the parties in two years. If you give up on rural seats then its time for the big bucks in those few suburban seats you can make a run at.

  • andyroo312February 13, 2017 at 9:46 am

    State Rep. Geoff Diehl mulling MA-Sen run vs. Warren http://www.bostonherald.com/news/local_politics/2017/02/pols_politics_whitman_gop_rep_weighs_challenge_to_elizabeth_warren

    Would be a definite step-up from Schilling but probably not as decent a general election contender as Green. The Trump ties will give him a relatively low ceiling here.


    MA-7

    • IzengabeFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

      I think getting Bill Weld to run might be the best chance of giving Warren a real contested election. He could run as an “independent alternative” to Warren’s partisan politics. After 2 years of Trump vs left-wing protesters “why can’t we all just get along and work together” might be a message some folks might want to hear.


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      • andyroo312February 13, 2017 at 11:14 am

        For sure. I’m skeptical Weld would ultimately win but he could probably at least keep her to a 52-47% margin. And Baker, of course, would LOVE to see his old boss run.


        MA-7

        • IzengabeFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

          I think Baker would prefer Warren go unopposed and puts zero effort into her re-election.


          Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

  • pstchrispFebruary 13, 2017 at 10:32 am

    The PPP poll is silly because there’s no option for “There was no Bowling Green Attack”. All there was was “Yes” “No” and “Not Sure”. I don’t know how I would have answered if I received that question. Probably would have thought “Well this is an uneducated place doing this poll, I guess it doesn’t matter which I choose.”
    To think that the people being polled will realize that PPP is trying to be clever rather than that they are just a dumb, misinformed pollster is a leap.
    It would be like asking Democrats “Do you agree with this statement: “President Obama cares about the entire country because he visited all the states (57) when campaigning.”

  • ManhatlibertarianFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Former Va Dem Senator Jim Webb said on Meet the Press over the weekend that the Democratic Party has moved very far to the left over the last few years. He also said the focus on identity politics has lost them a key part of their base.

    Webb credited Trump for pulling different types of people into the system unlike the old “turnstyle government”. He also said there is a campaign going on in the Hill, in the media and in academia to discredit Trump and the people around him.

    So my question is what is Webb’s next move. It is very likely the DNC will shortly install an identity politics leftist as DNC Chair, so I really don’t see a future for him in the present day Dem party with his views. Yet he doesn’t seem quite ready to join the GOP yet either. Maybe he is still hoping to get a position in the Trump Admin, although most of the top positions have nominees now. Hard to figure him out.

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/02/12/jim_webb_democratic_party_has_moved_very_far_to_the_left.html

    • andyroo312February 13, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Webb-Lieberman 2020!


      MA-7

    • FiveAngelsFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:19 am

      I’m surprised Webb wasn’t more seriously considered for State or Defense. I don’t even think he was ever at Trump Tower.

      • ManhatlibertarianFebruary 13, 2017 at 12:06 pm

        He was Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, so I don’t think he would have a problem serving under a GOP Pres in some type of Defense position. Trump wants to build up the military and Webb would certainly be OK with that, and they both were critical of the Iraq War. Maybe he didn’t get picked because the Trump people consider him too much of a loose cannon, who knows.

      • GrantFebruary 13, 2017 at 12:54 pm

        Me too. Seemed like he was all but openly endorsing Trump and pushing for a Cabinet job. He seems like Trump’s ideal Democrat, although his Senate voting record was pretty much generic liberal.


        26, R, OK-5

        • FiveAngelsFebruary 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm

          Yeah seems like he really wants a job. It’s not a coincidence he’s again in the media now that Flynn might be in trouble.

    • TexasRFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

      I’m pretty sure he also hinted that he voted for the Donald.


      Whatever we're talking about, it's all Frank Meyer's fault
      #KeepFreeTradeGreat

  • Republican MichiganderFebruary 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    This Kansas election scares me a bit. I expect the dems to be very organized since right now they have nothing left to lose nationally. (Remember Scott Brown?)

    Kansas R’s need to be ready for a fight.


    MI-08 - Michigan is a red state again. We need a 50 state strategy and an 83 county strategy.

    • rdelbovFebruary 13, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      I suspect the KS GOP and RNCC will run flat out on this one. The easiest way to avoid any future race in this seat is to run up the margin right now. Top out at over 60% and it gets off the target list!

      • RRRFebruary 13, 2017 at 1:28 pm

        NRCC.


        NY-07 via PA-02 & IL-09
        Scarsdale test neo-liberal
        America was already great

    • aggouFebruary 13, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      I’m not. NE-01 is just up the road and look what happened.

      Obviously they need to tweak the lines in 2020, but I don’t see them holding the district if “if” D’s win the seat in a special.

      I’d be more worried about Price’s seat in GA

      • rdelbovFebruary 13, 2017 at 2:16 pm

        My belief is that either Judson Hill or Karen Handel could easily hold onto this seat. I don’t see a strong D bench.

        Fulton county has more of the seat then Cobb or DeKalb county but Hill’s Cobb county base might be enough to get him in top two. Filing deadline 15th–mighty soon folks so stay tuned.

  • Daniel SurmanFebruary 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    I’m thinking about writing it up a little bit, so I’m wondering who people think might step up to try to primary Trump? Obviously such a venture is almost certainly doomed to fail (without something massive changing), but who would try? Obviously Kasich, and Amash and McMullin are on my list too.


    R, TX-14

    • pstchrispFebruary 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      I think it’s much more likely that the seat would be open than a Primary being successful. Is the understanding that Pence would get the field largely cleared in that scenario? I guess it also depends if Donald leaves early or if he merely decides he only wants to serve 4 years.

      • GrantFebruary 13, 2017 at 2:26 pm

        I highly doubt he’d get a totally cleared field. An open seat Presidential race (without the 8 year itch no less) doesn’t come along nearly often enough to make deferring to Pence enticing. Though depending on how the next four years go, I could imagine a greatly reduced field. Think 6 candidates instead of 16.


        26, R, OK-5

        • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 13, 2017 at 3:15 pm

          Yes, cleared fields are very rare. George H.W. Bush notably did not get one, so even a popular eight year Trump presidency will probably not end in one.


          "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

    • andyroo312February 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      I’m skeptical Kasich actually pulls the trigger. I do, however, think he’ll be actively involved in drafting someone to run.


      MA-7

      • StatenIslandTestFebruary 13, 2017 at 3:53 pm

        I hope Kasich doesnt go full Pete McCloskey (Nixon’s liberal and antagonistic primary challenger) by 2020.


        31, Jersey City
        Ciattarelli 2017!

        • RRRFebruary 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm

          You’re much wiser hoping that Trump doesn’t go Richard Nixon by 2020.


          NY-07 via PA-02 & IL-09
          Scarsdale test neo-liberal
          America was already great

          • HSFebruary 13, 2017 at 6:08 pm

            Trump is essentially a Nixon Republican. He is left leaning on economics and realist (but not isolationist) on foreign policy. He also seems to have the Nixonian paranoia. Not surprising since Roger Stone is his long time advisor.

            Of course, Nixon was far more experienced than Trump.

            • jnccaFebruary 13, 2017 at 6:55 pm

              The guy who wants massive tax cuts, repeal of 2 regulations for every one enacted, and repeal of Obama’s two most significant domestic policies is left-leaning on economics? Trump is arguably to George W Bush’s right!


              23, CA-6. "If you think you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere" -- Theresa May

              • Son_of_the_SouthFebruary 13, 2017 at 7:49 pm

                Yeah. You just laid out the reasons that he’s been able to buy me off. I actually think that he might be fairly Nixonesque on policy if a few Dems would actually work with him on a few core issues. That’s not happening so far, though, so he’s going with what the people around him, all conservatives, are saying.


                23, R, DC-AL
                Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

              • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 13, 2017 at 8:03 pm

                If it makes you feel any better, I’ve seen nothing from the GOP that convinces me that they will successfully do anything to Obamacare or the tax code.

                Also, the regulations EO isn’t really extreme. It’s taken from something that Trudeau more or less has upheld in Canada and is relatively uncontroversial. http://www.npr.org/2015/05/26/409671996/canada-cuts-down-on-red-tape-could-it-work-in-the-u-s


                "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

                • jnccaFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:01 pm

                  VBKC: I agree. I never expected more than tweaks to Obamacare from Election Day on and still don’t.

                  HS: Trump’s not a traditional small-gov’t conservative. He doesn’t want to drown government in the bathtub. He’s not Rand Paul or even Mike Pence. On this we agree. That doesn’t make him left of center. It makes him left of Ted Cruz.

                  And I actually think the US has moved to the right since Nixon…tax rates are far lower, and government no longer gets the benefit of the doubt.


                  23, CA-6. "If you think you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere" -- Theresa May

                  • JonFebruary 14, 2017 at 12:04 am

                    There were a massive number of additional itemized deductions available then as well.

                    For instance among the ones affecting anyone who itemized, instead of today’s choose either state sales tax or state income tax, you got to deduct both.
                    Those making sufficient money to in theory be subjected to the highest brackets had accountants ensuring they (legally) wouldn’t really be; largely via deprecation and itemization.

                    In addition, I note that inflation was a significant problem starting under LBJ; and during this time frame there wasn’t yet any indexing of federal tax brackets and so the average American was subject to bracket creep.

                    The mainstream news media started not “giving benefit of the doubt” to the administration during Vietnam; with aftermath of the Tet offensive being a key event on this, and Watergate finishing it off.
                    I do note however that until newspaper consolidation began that the newspapers were largely in cohorts with political parties and proudly advertised themselves as such. Newspaper names ending with “Democrat” and “Republican” are relics of this. It may be more correct to state that between 1944 and 1968 that there was abnormally high universal trust of government.


                    44, M, MO-02

              • HSFebruary 13, 2017 at 9:15 pm

                You must be kidding…

                Trump is not a small government conservative. He is in favor of helping out labor unions, and doesn’t mind protectionism. While he has talked about tax cuts, he has also made it clear he is willing to increase taxes too.

                Most importantly, the whole country has moved dramatically to the left since Nixon’s time. The idea that cutting these regulations and tax increases from Obama are the actions of a right wing fanatic are totally ridiculous. If anything, compared to Bush and Trump, Nixon was a right wing fanatic.

            • RRRFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:33 pm

              …I meant ending up resigning before being thrown from office.


              NY-07 via PA-02 & IL-09
              Scarsdale test neo-liberal
              America was already great

  • Republican MichiganderFebruary 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    God help us if she wins.

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/2017/02/13/jocelyn-benson-considering-secretary-state-run/97850852/

    Jocelyn Benson ran for Michigan’s Secretary of State in 2010. She’s a Wayne State Law Professor from Philly and was heavily backed by the Secretary of State Project. She did the least worst of statewide dems in 2010 during the wave year.


    MI-08 - Michigan is a red state again. We need a 50 state strategy and an 83 county strategy.

  • dforstonFebruary 13, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Canadian Liberals and Conservaties are now tied…. https://www.campaignresearch.ca/feb-9-2017-national-ballot/

  • MosheMFebruary 13, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    Eight candidates (5 Republicans, 2 Democrats & 1 Independent) have already qualified to run for fmr Rep. Price’s GA-06 seat (on 4/18)

    Are we going to end up with 2 Ds?


    28, M, R, NY-10

    • shamletFebruary 13, 2017 at 4:54 pm

      Almost certainly not – Osoff should get almost all the Dem vote with his fundraising.


      R, MD-7
      Process is more important than outcome.

    • rdelbovFebruary 13, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      I don’t think so. I think a third significant D jumps in. The top GOP picks IMO are likely to be Hill and Moody. Not sure Handel jumps in. The lack of moves to this date makes me wonder.

    • krazen1211February 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      @Mods

      Any thoughts of polling GA-06?

      • shamletFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:27 pm

        Heck yes, assuming we have enough money and no laws are in the way I fully intend to do so. Not sure whether I want to go in April or wait for June though. In any case donate now so we can be ready!


        R, MD-7
        Process is more important than outcome.

        • MosheMFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:28 pm

          Yay

          Also the jungle?


          28, M, R, NY-10

          • shamletFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm

            Not sure – depends on whether it looks like Osoff has any chance to pass 50 in April or not. I’m leaning towards June right now but we’ll have to see.


            R, MD-7
            Process is more important than outcome.

            • FreedomJimFebruary 13, 2017 at 10:38 pm

              No way a D gets 50% in an eight-candidate field in an R-leaning district.

      • Son_of_the_SouthFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:29 pm

        As shamlet said, donate if you want to see it. I’d have think that you’d need to be very careful to get the right percentage of Romney-Clinton voters. It’d be a great test of our polling apparatus.


        23, R, DC-AL
        Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

        • IzengabeFebruary 13, 2017 at 8:27 pm

          And if we raise enough we could do both jungle primary and runoff!


          Follow me on Twitter: @Izengabe_

  • dforstonFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Puzder is toast – “@kevcirilli – Just as Mnuchin is set to be confirmed, 4 GOP senators (Scott, Murkowski, Isakson and Collins) withdraw support for Puzder.”

    • GOPTarHeelFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      They’re misreading what the GOP Senators said.


      R/NC-4. Needed a May, got a Trump.

  • MosheMFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    https://twitter.com/byrdinator/status/831231459239268355

    LOL


    28, M, R, NY-10

    • Son_of_the_SouthFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Well, to a lifelong resident of New York City, I’m sure that they’re functionally the same thing.


      23, R, DC-AL
      Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

      • RRRFebruary 13, 2017 at 5:57 pm

        You mean a woman born and raised in your region of the country?

        Maloney’s a North Carolinian—by childhood and accent.


        NY-07 via PA-02 & IL-09
        Scarsdale test neo-liberal
        America was already great

        • Son_of_the_SouthFebruary 13, 2017 at 6:04 pm

          She’s lived in NYC for almost half a century. That’s long enough.


          23, R, DC-AL
          Classical liberals are a minority. Fusionism is the answer.

          • ManhatlibertarianFebruary 13, 2017 at 8:58 pm

            Liberal Manhattan Dems have difficulty discerning anything west of the Hudson River, except maybe California.

    • GerGOPFebruary 13, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      I kinda buy the explanation from Twitter that it was meant as a joke since there is another tiny country marked on thr map which happens to be Papua.

      • jnccaFebruary 13, 2017 at 6:56 pm

        Yeah this is like the 57 states thing.


        23, CA-6. "If you think you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere" -- Theresa May

  • GorrestFumpFebruary 13, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Apparently there is a tape of Puzder’s ex wife going around that explains the sudden reluctance from these four.
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/susan-collins-andrew-puzder-oprah-tape-allegations-234964

  • rdelbovFebruary 13, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Mnuchin 53-47 Party line plus Manchin

    • indoconFebruary 13, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      2018 can’t come fast enough

  • w920usFebruary 13, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Senate confirms Shulkin as next VA secretary
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/senate-confirms-shulkin-as-next-va-secretary/article/2614720


    R, South Philly, 47, Gay, WFU Alum
    #TrumpVoter #NeverHillary

    • Red OaksFebruary 13, 2017 at 9:04 pm

      If it was unanimous, I wonder what took so long for the vote to come?


      MI-03 Castle voter who now says Give Trump a chance

  • ManhatlibertarianFebruary 13, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Funny story about liberal comic Sarah Silverman’s tweet that neo nazis are running around her town putting swastika like markings on the sidewalks. Turns out the “swastikas” are actually a type of survey marking. This time the joke’s on her.

    http://thehornnews.com/sarah-silverman-destroyed-tweet/

    • cerFebruary 13, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      The joke is always on Sarah Silverman because she is a joke!

  • ManhatlibertarianFebruary 13, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Monday NY Tidbits:

    The war of words between the breakaway 8 member IDC Dem faction and the mainstream Dem conference in the NY State Senate continues. IDC leader Jeff Klein blasts as “racist” insinuations that new minority group members of the the IDC joined the faction only for financial gain reasons. Meanwhile Dem State Senate Dem Minority Leader Stewart-Cousins said of the IDC faction “…we have a group of rogue Democrats who are empowering Trump Republicans”. Well one thing you can say for State Senate Dems, they are not boring.

    Meanwhile in Queens, Dem State Senator Jose Peralta, the newest IDC member, got kicked out of his local Democratic club for joining the IDC.

    Chelsea Clinton flatly denied she has any interest in running for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s seat.

    Well it turns out that the Cuomo Administration awarded millions of tax dollars to projects that were already planned to be built by donors to the Cuomo campaign committee.

    all at:

    http://www.nystateofpolitics.com/

  • roguemapperFebruary 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    So I’m going to start editing another change in the website architecture to reduce load time lag. Don’t be surprised if there are very brief outages. If so, they shouldn’t last more than 10 secs or so. But, more importantly, this is a change that may affect specific frontend elements even if it doesn’t bring the whole site down. So, let me know here if any site element starts looking or acting differently than it normally does.


    Dem NC-11

    • MosheMFebruary 13, 2017 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks!


      28, M, R, NY-10

      • roguemapperFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:18 pm

        OK, I’m done and all seems to be in order. I’ll wait a few days before the next major edit.

        You’re welcome!


        Dem NC-11

  • GorrestFumpFebruary 13, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    BREAKING: Flynn has resigned!

    • TexasRFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:15 pm

      …on day twenty-four. Is this a record?


      Whatever we're talking about, it's all Frank Meyer's fault
      #KeepFreeTradeGreat

      • MaxwellsDemonFebruary 13, 2017 at 11:51 pm

        It might be, but it proves one thing. You do not lie to the Vice President of the United States under any circumstances. He had to go.

        • TexasRFebruary 14, 2017 at 12:16 am

          I agree, and personally, I never cared for Flynn. I was merely wondering if this was a record.


          Whatever we're talking about, it's all Frank Meyer's fault
          #KeepFreeTradeGreat

        • StatenIslandTestFebruary 14, 2017 at 12:16 am

          Good riddance. Total dullard at the convention and seemed like he had his own agenda.

          Interested to see what comes out of the Christie meeting tomorrow.


          31, Jersey City
          Ciattarelli 2017!

      • californianintexasFebruary 14, 2017 at 2:44 am

        https://www.geni.com/people/Elihu-B-Washburne-U-S-Secretary-of-State/6000000009888740776

        “Washburne served as President Ulysses S. Grant’s Secretary of State, replacing William H. Seward, for twelve days in March 1869; it remains the shortest term of any Secretary of State.”


        34, Female, Libertarian-leaning Independent, UT-02 (hometown CA-31)

        • roguemapperFebruary 14, 2017 at 3:03 am

          Washburne’s appointment was honorary though. It was understood that he would only hold the position for a couple weeks or so and that he wouldn’t actually carry out the duties of the office.


          Dem NC-11

    • The EmperorFebruary 14, 2017 at 12:43 am

      I wouldn’t have picked Flynn, but this whole thing was making something out of nothing. Classic media hit job over an issue that has no meaning. Flynn did absolutely nothing improper other than his conversations with Pence. Sally Yates, Brennan, and Clapper wanted to kneecap Trump and this is how it played out


      male/21/R/TX-22, CA-52/originally CA-45, KS-03
      Rubio Republican

      • MaxwellsDemonFebruary 14, 2017 at 12:52 am

        They probably did Trump a favor. Flynn is basically incompetent, hated by Tillerson, Mattis, Pompeo, Bossert, Kelly, and Pence, and apparently had so little respect for Pence that he felt it was ok to lie to his superior. Get him out and put someone less controversial and less compromised in.

    • MosheMFebruary 14, 2017 at 3:01 am

      The Trump administration has been every bit a cluster**** that us NeverTrumpers have warned.


      28, M, R, NY-10

      • The EmperorFebruary 14, 2017 at 3:17 am

        Don’t think so.


        male/21/R/TX-22, CA-52/originally CA-45, KS-03
        Rubio Republican

  • VastBlightKingConspiracyFebruary 14, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Keith Ellison scores a rather amusing endorsement.

    http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/13/david-duke-endorses-keith-ellison-for-dnc-chair/


    "Four Freedoms" Republican backing Trump's extinction du pauperisme (CA-34)

    • GreyhoundFebruary 14, 2017 at 2:16 am

      Well, yeah. Duke has a history of making political alliances with Blacks against the “Zionist Agenda”. He did a public event with Charles Barron at one point too I think. Though its hilarious to think that Keith Ellison is getting the same level of “support” (Nice things said about) as Trump did from Duke.


      R, 26, CA-18. Nothing smooths over divisions like victory.

  • rdelbovFebruary 14, 2017 at 10:40 am

    No news yet on Karen Handel -6th CD race

    • IzengabeFebruary 14, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Handel is in!


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