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John Hickenlooper is running for U.S. Senate: "I'm not done fighting for the people of Colorado"

Source: Denver Post

John Hickenlooper is launching a bid Thursday to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, exactly one week after pulling out of his run for the presidency.

“I’ve always said Washington was a lousy place for a guy like me who wants to get things done – but this is no time to walk away from the table,” the former governor of Colorado says in his announcement video, posted at hickenlooper.com. “… I’m not done fighting for the people of Colorado.”

In the video, filmed at the Denver brewpub he founded, Hickenlooper echoes his presidential pitch to voters, which focused on ending the conflict in Washington. And he promises to work on fighting climate change, prescription drug prices and economic inequity.

“We ought to be working together to move this country forward and stop the political nonsense,” he says.

Read more: https://www.denverpost.com/2019/08/21/john-hickenlooper-senate-decision/

Campaign Announcement Video: "Not Done Fighting"

Faithless elector: A court ruling just changed how we pick our president

NBC News

A federal appeals court ruled late Tuesday that presidential electors who cast the actual ballots for president and vice president are free to vote as they wish and cannot be required to follow the results of the popular vote in their states.

The decision could give a single elector the power to decide the outcome of a presidential election — if the popular vote results in an apparent Electoral College tie.

"This issue could be a ticking time bomb in our divided politics. It's not hard to imagine how a single faithless elector, voting differently than his or her state did, could swing a close presidential election," said Mark Murray, NBC News senior political editor.

It hasn't been much of an issue in American political history because when an elector refuses to follow the results of a state's popular vote, the state simply throws the ballot away. But Tuesday's ruling says states cannot do that.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee drops out of presidential race

Source: CNN

Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced he is suspending his presidential campaign.

Inslee made the announcement during an interview on MSNBC.

The Washingtonian made combating climate change the fundamental issue motivating his campaign, routinely telling reporters that the climate crisis affects "every issue" facing the country. With that in mind, he released a series of plans that tied the issue to everything from foreign policy to the economy to labor laws.

But the governor failed to gain traction in the race to take on President Donald Trump. While the governor did recently reach the donor threshold to qualify for the third Democratic national debate, he had yet to reach the polling threshold and was therefore unlikely to qualify.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/21/politics/jay-inslee-drops-out-of-race/index.html

Ohio newspaper that battled injustice for 150 years to shut down: 'Scary for democracy'

Source: The Guardian

tt was in the late 1920s that the Ku Klux Klan regularly began gathering outside the home of William F Maag Jr in Youngstown. Maag owned the Vindicator newspaper, which unlike others in this once prosperous part of Ohio, had been willing to criticize the racist Klansmen.

Men on horseback, clad in white robes and hoods, would burn crosses and flaunt rifles and shotguns, in an attempt at intimidation. It didn’t work. The men of the Maag family would stand outside their home, themselves armed, refusing to be cowed, as the Vindicator continued to expose government officials who were part of the Klan.

That defiance set the tone for decades of investigative, combative reporting from the Vindicator. The daily newspaper relentlessly reported on the mafia, the government, big business and even its own advertisers.

But no more. Soon after celebrating 150 years since its first edition came news that was devastating to many in Youngstown and the wider Mahoning valley. The Vindicator was shutting down at the end of August. For good.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/21/the-vindicator-ohio-newspaper-shut-down

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's office doesn't answer phone calls

The Post called the offices of all 13 lawmakers representing New York City – even those in high-profile positions like Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler – and a real person answered the call on every occasion, in every office location, except for calls dialed to AOC’s two offices.


A call to AOC’s Jackson Heights office goes to a series of voicemails with no ability to leave a message as of Monday.


Aides to Ocasio-Cortez say the issue is call volume. Their office deployed a special phone filtering system that blocks callers without New York or DC area codes from even making it through. Such callers get a message directing them to the Bronx Democrat’s website. There’s no option to leave a message.


Other members of Congress with a large national profile have staff picking up phones in their DC and district offices consistently, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and AOC’s fellow freshmen “squad” members. The Post was able to get through even when calling from an area code outside of DC and not from the member’s home state.


Not a promising development

Nikki Haley voices 'complete support' for Pence

Source: The Hill

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Wednesday voiced "complete support" for Vice President Mike Pence in an attempt to knock down unspecified "false rumors" about his place on the 2020 Republican ticket.

"Enough of the false rumors. Vice President Pence has been a dear friend of mine for years. He has been a loyal and trustworthy VP to the President. He has my complete support," Haley tweeted.

Haley, who departed the Trump administration last year, is widely considered a potential future GOP candidate for higher office. But the impetus for her tweet defending Pence was unclear.

President Trump has been asked at various times throughout his first term whether he's committed to keeping Pence as his running mate in 2020. In each instance, Trump has said yes and voiced support for Pence's role in the administration.

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/458315-nikki-haley-voices-complete-support-for-pence

Take a look the at the polling model prepared by The Economist

They's modeled polling over time for every candidate.

Buttigieg peaked after his April Town Hall and has been gradually dropping since.

Harris bounced after the June debate but has been dropping since mid-July.

Warren has been on a continual uptick since April.

Sanders started dropping in March and has been flat since mid-July.

Biden had a blip in mid-May, but has been otherwise flat.


Joe Biden campaign video: "Donald Trump's Broken Promises on Gun Safety Reform"

Bill De Blasio is having a bad day...


Even worse, he's stuck actually being Mayor today...

California appoints a 5-member Independent Redistricting Commission. 21,000 people have applied

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