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#424

Yes, that’s where all your big money (and efforts) should go Mayor Bloomberg…take on the Trump media blitz. That or buying Fox Network.

Thank you.

From https://currentstatus.io/

Michael R. Bloomberg still has not declared whether he is running for president in 2020. He is about to become the single biggest spender in the presidential race anyway.

Ahead of a potential campaign announcement, Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York City, is beginning a $100 million digital campaign designed to attack and define President Trump in the top battleground states seen as likely to decide the 2020 election. The ads will go online on Friday in four states — Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — and run through the end of the primary season, even if Mr. Bloomberg is not in the race.


#425

Democrat Edwards defeats Trump endorsed Republican in Louisiana Governor’s race!

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards will keep his job as the Deep South’s only Democratic governor, in a blow to President Donald Trump, who tried to boost the incumbent’s opponent.

On Saturday, voters narrowly reelected Edwards to a second term, snubbing Republican businessman Eddie Rispone deep in the heart of Trump country.

Louisiana’s only Democratic statewide elected official withstood an onslaught of national Republican opposition and hung on to the seat by focusing on state-specific issues and his record of bipartisanship.

Rispone had never sought public office and had little name recognition. The wealthy industrial contractor poured millions of his own money into the campaign and wrapped himself in his support for Trump, trying to nationalize the race.

Well, guess what? Trump and Rispone did nationalize the race. As a result, support poured in from all over America for his Democratic opponent, John Bel Edwards, and while Louisiana Democrats stood strong and walked tall, the Blue wave washed over the state! :ocean: :muscle: :partying_face:


#426

TEAM TRUMP FALLS SHORT IN LA

DEM GOV WINS
EDWARDS 51.3% RISPONE 48.7%

Drudge headlines tonight…

Links to this article

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards will win a second term as Louisiana governor, defeating his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone, WWL is projecting tonight.

Analysts had predicted the race would come down to who got their supporters to the polls.

Urban ministers, organized labor and African-American politicians worked for the 53-year-old Edwards, who is the only Democratic governor in the Deep South.


(David Bythewood) #427

#428

Iowa Poll: Pete Buttigieg rockets to the top of the 2020 field as a clear front-runner

Pete Buttigieg has rocketed to the top of the latest Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom Iowa Poll in the latest reshuffling of the top tier of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates.

Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor.


#429

Trump Rallies in Louisiana Governor’s Race likely caused Republican loss by increasing Democratic turn out. Is this the death knell for Trump endorsements? ETTD is trending.

The Sting song “Don’t Stand Too Close to Me” comes to mind. As we ramp up to the 2020 elections, Republican candidates may begin scrambling for ways to keep Trump out of their state. It’s becoming apparent that standing next to Trump on a dais may hurt more than help a candidate’s chances. Yes, it might energize Trump’s base, but it will also galvanize Democrats to send a message in the voting booth that they despise Trump and, by association, any candidate he endorses. Trump’s rallies now appear to be spurring more Democrats than Republicans to the polls.

Another significant trend: In the past, if a Trump-endorsed candidate lost, Republicans still claimed that Trump had a huge positive impact – just not enough to drag a flawed candidate over the finish line. This time, they didn’t put out that spin, in fact, Trump, the Republican National Committee, and just about every other Republican pundit tried to pretend the whole thing never happened: radio silence. That reaction is telling – it will be interesting to see if that same silence reigns when it comes time for Republican 2020 candidates to invite Trump to their rallies.

The Right is waking up to what the Left always knew: Trump is toxic. :radioactive:

When Kentucky’s Republican governor lost his bid for reelection two weeks ago despite President Trump’s active endorsement, the president and his allies brushed it off by declaring that Trump had nearly dragged an unpopular incumbent across the finish line.

On Sunday, a day after another Trump-backed GOP gubernatorial candidate fell in Louisiana, the president and his surrogates barely mounted a defense.

In a barrage of 40 tweets and retweets by Sunday evening, Trump didn’t mention Eddie Rispone’s loss to incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), even though the president had held two campaign rallies in the state in the 10 days before the election aimed at boosting his chances.

Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel — who had publicly praised Trump after the Kentucky elections in which the GOP won five other statewide races — also was mum on Louisiana.

For Trump, however, the back-to-back losses of GOP gubernatorial candidates in red Southern states is more than just a bad look. It’s a warning sign that the president’s strategy of focusing strictly on maintaining the strong support of his conservative base might not be enough to help fellow Republicans or even himself in 2020 amid the House Democrats’ impeachment probe that has imperiled his presidency.

“What Trump did in Louisiana was increase voter participation. While he increased the pro-Trump turnout, he also increased the anti-Trump turnout. That’s kind of the lesson here,” said Ron Faucheux, a nonpartisan political polling analyst based in New Orleans.

Referring to Bevin’s loss in Kentucky, Trump complained that the media pinned the defeat on him.

“So you’ve got to give me a big win, please,” he told the crowd.

“Where’s the good news for Republicans?” said Simon Rosenberg, president of NDN, a liberal think tank. “In 2018 and 2019, Trump had two worst-case or near-worst elections in a row; his numbers today are below where they were on Election Day 2018; incumbents are retiring in droves, making 2020 even more challenging; and Trump’s not just trailing 2020 Democrats nationally by a significant margin — he’s not clearly ahead in any important battleground state.”

:ocean:


(David Bythewood) #430

Complaint alleges McSally falling short on donor reporting




(David Bythewood) #431

Stephen King personally had these made to be used to take on Susan Collins in his home state of Maine. He’s also allowed them to sell merchandise inspired by his work at


(David Bythewood) #432

Disinformation targets Republicans who criticize Trump or support the impeachment inquiry


#433

Bloomberg is in the race…he’s late to it, but his ad dollars make the most sense to stir the dems and attack the T core. $30 Million ad dollars could help move the needle.


(David Bythewood) #434

So this is trending, the reactions on twitter are blistering. Not sue what it means in the long run for Mayor Pete, but I doubt it’s good.






(David Bythewood) #435

Misinformation Efforts Over Kentucky Vote Could Be Playbook for 2020

False claims of misconduct in the race for governor in Kentucky are likely a precursor to the coming combat over the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential vote.

The right-wing radio personality took to Twitter not long after the polls had closed and it seemed the Democtratic candidate had prevailed in the excruciatingly close race for governor of Kentucky.

“Today #ELECTIONFRAUD and what is going on in #kentucky is REAL,” the host of “Tore Says,” streamed on the Red State Talk Radio website, tweeted on Nov. 8. “How do I know? I am actually have EVIDENCE because me and my family are VICTIMS of it.”

The personality, whose real name is Terpsichore Lindeman, alleged that somehow she and her husband had wound up as registered Democrats in Kentucky, which she saw as a sure sign that Andy Beshear, the Democratic attorney general ultimately declared the winner of the race for governor, had been manipulating the voter rolls.

Lindeman said that she is not a Democrat, and that she had her name removed from the rolls when she and her husband left the state years ago. Indeed, she said her husband is not a U.S. citizen and should not have been on any voting roll.

The claims gained no small degree of exposure. Lindeman’s dozens of tweets on the matter were retweeted hundreds of times. InfoWars, the conspiracy theory website, repeated her claims in multiple articles over a series of days. The website of the far-right activist Laura Loomer featured the story prominently. The Kentucky State Board of Elections received calls from alarmed voters, all while incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin — who’d lost the election — talked darkly, but without specifics, about “irregularities” on Election Day.

ProPublica decided to check out Lindeman’s claims, and none add up, falling apart in the face of routine checks of public records. Still, experts say the disinformation spread by Lindeman in Kentucky and the virality and confusion that ensued is a peek into what could befall voters in 2020, when similar techniques are expected to be part of the arsenal of both the right and the left.

Amy Cohen, the executive director of the National Association of State Election Directors, said that the spread of misinformation and disinformation are “serious concerns going into 2020 because they undermine confidence in the election process.” Her organization, which represents elections directors from across the country, works closely with Twitter and other social media platforms to report similar issues.

Debunking Lindeman’s claims starts with her and her husband’s voter registration information, which are public records. Their Kentucky registration forms show that both checked the box for Democrat when they registered to vote in Fayette County in 2008. Her husband, who Lindeman claims is not a citizen, also signed the form in 2008, which requires signers to attest they are a U.S. citizen. Lying on the form carries a penalty of fines or jail time of up to 12 months. The couple, records show, have never removed themselves from the rolls or changed their registration status until Nov. 8 of this year, which is when she began tweeting.

Neither Lindeman nor her husband appears to have voted in the last five years. Records also show that Lindeman was a registered Democrat in Florida, where her registration status is currently inactive.

Lindeman did not respond to repeated requests for comment. Her husband also did not respond to an emailed request.

Of her husband, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said: “If he’s really a noncitizen, he should be concerned. It’s a crime to register if you are a noncitizen; it says so right there above his signature.”

The claims by Lindeman were only one aspect of efforts to raise questions about the integrity of the vote in Kentucky this month.

Online, someone who routinely retweeted posts from the Democratic Socialists of America claimed to have shredded hundreds of ballots filed by mail by Republicans. State officials say there is no evidence that this took place. Twitter terminated the person’s account, but screenshots of the tweet went viral and became a talking point for conservative commentators.

In an emailed exchange with Jared Dearing, the executive director of the Kentucky State Board of Elections, and Cohen, Twitter declined to take down the screenshots. The company claimed they did not violate Twitter’s rules against misleading information.

Dearing said that Kentucky is ready to combat misinformation and disinformation. “We remain hopeful social media platforms will also take a responsible stance in taking these posts down as they are identified, and do so in a timely and meaningful manner,” he said.

Gideon Blocq, the co-founder and CEO of VineSight, a company that monitors the spread of misinformation online, said he watched as the tweet spread through thousands of bots. “This says something about what’s to come in the near future,” he said, saying that while Bevin did not specifically repeat the information in this tweet in any of his announcements or press conferences, the “similarity of the two storylines made this a more effective campaign.”

In the days after the election, Citizens for Election Integrity, a right-wing organization, held a news conference alleging mischief on the part of Democrats. Bevin publicly encouraged people and news organizations to attend.

At the news conference, Erika Calihan and Kristen Stuebs — both Bevin supporters — alleged, among other things, that a Louisville-area man had someone forge his signature and vote in his name at his precinct. The man was away at college at the time of the election, and his mother saw the signature and had filed a complaint with the attorney general’s office. The pair played a video of the man complaining about the situation.

“We’re just two moms,” the pair told the local media, saying they had no expertise and were only concerned citizens offering “breadcrumbs” for reporters to follow up on.

The local media did follow up, but the crumbs led nowhere. The alleged forger was actually a legally registered voter with an identical name registered in the same district.

A person who works closely with the Republican Party said Bevin had been “on his own” when he alleged unspecified misconduct in the vote. The party, however, did nothing publicly to dispel the claims. A party spokesperson did not return calls for comment.

University of Kentucky election law professor Joshua Douglas wasn’t satisfied with that response, saying he’d called for the Republican Party to disavow Bevin’s statements.

“The way in which we handle these sorts of allegations from a losing candidate in 2019 will tell us if our democratic norms can sustain the same thing in 2020,” he said. “Not enough people were speaking out about this rhetoric.”

Update, Nov. 26, 2019: After publication of this story, Terpsichore Lindeman tweeted a denial that she and her husband had registered as Democrats in Kentucky, accusing the clerks of checking the boxes on the registration forms. “WE NEVER TICKED ANY BOXES EVER,” she tweeted. Don Blevins, the clerk in Fayette County, where the pair registered in 2008, said that clerks would not have ticked boxes related to party registration, as they are not required to complete the form. In a direct message on Twitter, Lindeman also said her husband had filled out the form in order to update his driver’s license address. In Fayette County, Blevins said, these are two separate forms. The form filled out by her husband states “FOR U.S. CITIZENS ONLY” along the top.

Correction, Nov. 26, 2019: This story originally misidentified Citizens for Election Integrity. It is not based in Minnesota.

Texas Republican Party plans to build phony campaign websites loaded with negative information about Democrats

Texas Republican Party plans to build phony campaign websites loaded with negative information about Democrats - HoustonChronicle.com=

Texas Republicans plan to use a disinformation campaign to help them win back a dozen state House races in 2020, buying up website domains that look like they belong to Democratic candidates and loading the sites with negative information, according to a leaked document from the party.

“Not sure why it’s news that we’re aggressively working to earn the support of all Texas voters for all our candidates,” said Texas Republican Party Chairman James Dickey, who confirmed the authenticity of the document. “This draft discusses just some of the many ways in which we are going to turn out not only our dedicated base, but we’re going to expand that base and attract independent voters as well.”

Buying up the domains was just one strategy outlined in the party’s leaked blueprint heading into the next election cycle. Other plans include finding a way to mitigate the “polarizing nature” of President Donald Trump and launching videos to showcase diversity within the GOP.

“Republicans have already fumbled the ball and we aren’t even in 2020 yet,” said Manny Garcia, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, which obtained the memo and shared it with media.

“They know they’re in deep trouble ‘given the polarizing nature of the President’ and expect ‘Republicans will refuse to turnout during the General Election because they don’t want to vote for him,’” he added, quoting from the memo.

Republicans are seeking to maintain control of the Texas House after a bruising 2018 election cycle. If Republicans lose nine seats in the 2020 elections, Democrats would take control of the chamber and have a leading role in drawing new congressional and legislative district boundaries after next year’s census.

Route to microsites

According to the leaked memo, the Republican Party of Texas plans to create “microsites for negative hits” against a dozen Democratic candidates who defeated Republican incumbents in the 2018 elections. The party would work to juice sites’ appearances on search engines and buy Democratic candidate website domain names still available and reroute clicks to those domains to the microsites.

“For example, we will purchase ZweinerforTexas.com, ZweinerforTx.com, and so on,” read the strategy memo, referring to state Rep. Erin Zwiener, D-Driftwood.

“We will attack these Democrat candidates with contrast hits which we will obtain from public votes from the 86th Legislative Session, their campaign websites, and any other means to gather negative material on them as we deem it unlikely Republican candidates will share their opposition research with us — we will ask, though,” the memo stated.

The strategy would prioritize Democrats who beat out sitting Republicans by 4 percentage points or fewer, including Rep. Gina Calanni, D-Katy, and Rep. Jon Rosenthal, D-Houston.

Calanni defeated an incumbent Republican by less than a single percentage point — 113 votes — in 2018. She called the Republicans’ plans to build the websites a “smear tactic” that distracts from issues such as education.

“Disingenuous efforts to trick voters by purchasing sham websites and putting out misinformation have no place in our state. It’s the kind of dirty politics that turns Texans off,” said Calanni, a finance director for an oil and gas valve company.

Rosenthal, a longtime engineer, said it is impossible for his campaign to buy all the possible domain names Republicans could use, and he won’t try to build a strategy to combat that.

“I don’t know that it would be fruitful or productive to spin my wheels to combat a disinformation campaign like that when there’s an infinite number of possibilities. I can’t buy them all,” he said. Instead of trying to fight what he called efforts to create “phony websites and sling mud,” Rosenthal said he plans to focus on physically reaching voters and not rely on reaching them online.


#436

Montana Govenor Steve Bullock out…one of the last ones in…now out.


(David Bythewood) #437

In blatant retaliation for Bloomberg entering the presidential race, Trump is blackballing Bloomberg News from all events.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-02/trump-campaign-says-it-will-shut-out-bloomberg-news-from-events





#438

Just a keep your :eyes: on this.

Beto may run for TX Senate seat…:ocean: #YouNeverKnow


#439

Kamala Harris Is Dropping Out of the 2020 Presidential Race


#440

:cry:


#441

Yes, up to the minute political ad showing who’s laughing at you, from your friend Biden. WOW!

Video watch :point_down:


#442

21st House Republican announces he will not be running for re-election

Rep. Tom Graves announced Thursday he will not seek reelection in 2020, joining the growing ranks of House Republicans heading for the exits in the current election cycle.

Citing “a new season in life,” Graves said he will join his family members “in their new and unique journeys” as his wife nears retirement and his three children enter adulthood.

The 49-year-old Georgian will have served in Congress for more than a decade once he finishes his current term and becomes the 21st House Republican to announce intentions to depart this Congress, in contrast to nine House Democrats.

:door: :running_man:


(David Bythewood) #443

GOP yanks support for congressional candidate after death threat against Ilhan Omar

A Florida Republican congressional hopeful who apparently called for Rep. Ilhan Omar and other Democrats to be hanged in a fundraising email has been removed from a GOP initiative that supports candidates.

George Buck Jr., who is challenging Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist in Florida’s 13th Congressional District, threatens Omar and Reps. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan in an email obtained by CNN that was dated November 26 and includes his signature, though he has denied writing it. The email labels the four minority progressive lawmakers, who call themselves “The Squad,” as “anti-American” and associates them with Crist.

“We should hang these traitors where they stand. I have no tolerance for those who are abusing our system to destroy our country,” says the email, which also includes unsubstantiated allegations that Omar was a foreign agent. Buck has denied he wrote the email, saying, “I would never talk like that,” the Tampa Bay Times reported. CNN has asked Buck to clarify his comment to the Tampa Bay Times.

Buck’s campaign Facebook page on Wednesday posted three links to news stories about Omar, saying in one post, “How come no one is calling out Omar for her rhetoric?” Omar has drawn sharp criticism, including from some in her own party, for comments she’s made about political support for Israel.

Asked for comment Wednesday, Buck said in an email to CNN: “I am a decorated veteran of the 101st Airborne Division. As someone who has taken the oath to defend the Constitution, I take that oath very seriously.”

He went on in the email to outline the Constitution’s reference to treason and Congress’ power to enforce punishment, finally stating: “Anyone who commits treason against the United States should be tried to the full extent of the law.”

CNN reached out to Omar’s office for a response to the fundraising email and was directed to her Twitter page, where she retweeted comments from others, including Tlaib, condemning the message.

“The fact that those who make these violent threats very publicly without hesitation reaffirms just how much white supremacy has spread within the @NRCC,” Tlaib said in a tweet on Wednesday. “They are raising money on a call to hang a Black Muslim member of Congress and too many are silent.”

National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Michael McAdams told CNN on Wednesday the committee removed Buck from Young Guns, a recruiting initiative that recognizes candidates who show promise of running a successful campaign.

“(House Minority Leader Kevin) McCarthy made the decision to remove him and Chairman (Tom) Emmer agrees,” he said in an email.

In a statement provided to CNN Wednesday, Crist said, “I’m alarmed and disappointed by the threatening language being used against me and my colleagues.”

“It’s not reflective of the kindness and decency of our district, state, or country. It’s yet another reminder how important it is to restore civility to our politics,” he said in the emailed statement, calling on lawmakers to adhere to a “Commitment to Civility.”

Omar, one of the few Muslim members of Congress, has been repeatedly attacked by President Donald Trump and his supporters. Earlier this year, she said she experienced an increase in death threats after Trump tweeted about a speech in which she said Muslims were faced with greater risk in the United States after the September 11 attacks because “some people did something.”

This is the second threat in a week from a Republican candidate to the Minnesota congresswoman. Twitter permanently suspended the social media account of Danielle Stella, a Republican challenging Omar, for a tweet in which she said the Democrat should be tried for treason and hanged.