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February 14, 2024

Steve Israel: Democrats' NY-3 special election win shows Biden's path to victory

How did Democrats turn the red tide in NY-3, and how can Biden do the same, as his polls show alarming cracks in the Democratic coalition heading into 2024?

The answer is three-pronged. First, Suozzi succeeded in meeting voters where they were — validating their fears on crime and immigration. Second, he rebutted Pilip’s attacks by advancing commonsense bipartisan solutions. Third, he called out Republican extremism and delineated the clear risks it poses to the public. If President Biden can do these three things, he can reassemble the coalition that propelled him to office in 2020.

As voters were inundated by recent headlines showing busloads of immigrants arriving in New York City, the GOP put Suozzi on the defensive immediately — jumping on comments he’d made during the 2022 gubernatorial primary that he “kicked ICE out of Nassau” when he was county executive — in the hope that they could define him as an open-borders, sanctuary-city supporting liberal. It didn’t work.

Suozzi leaned into his bipartisan credentials from his tenure in Congress, stuffing voters’ mailboxes (including my own) with reminders that he worked with the GOP to fix the border — one ad even showed Suozzi with former GOP Rep. Peter King. Suozzi accepted voters’ fears on immigration and portrayed himself as a serious legislator hoping to work with the GOP to find a solution, thus blunting Pilip’s false characterization of him.

February 14, 2024

Kansas City Royals release renderings of proposed downtown stadium, April vote will help determine funding

Kansas City Star

The Kansas City Royals on Tuesday unveiled renderings of the team's proposed new stadium in downtown Kansas City and released some details on the proposed funding of the ballpark. 

The latest proposed site for the project is in the Power & Light District, a dining, shopping, and entertainment development in the downtown area, and it comes with an estimated price tag of at least $2 billion: 

With a seating capacity of 34,000, the new stadium would be slightly smaller than the 37,000-seat Kauffman Stadium. The Royals have called Kauffman home since 1973, but heavy renovations to the stadium were completed in 2012. The current aim is to have the new ballpark completed and ready for games by the 2028 season.


The Royals' ownership group plans to invest more than $1 billion in private funding for the project, but some of the money will come from the 3/8-cent tax, which also will provide funding that the [NFL's Kansas City] Chiefs plan to use to renovate Arrowhead Stadium.

I think a downtown stadium (transit and pedestrian accessible) is a marked improvement, but this isn't where a city like KC should be putting its tax revenue.
February 14, 2024

Trump advisers rush to spin 'off the cuff' NATO remarks

Donald Trump’s allies are downplaying and spinning his comments inviting Russia to invade NATO nations, saying that he should once more be taken seriously but not literally.

A number of Republicans and foreign policy experts close to the former president — including those who have worked with him in the past, are planning for a second Trump administration and regularly confer with Trump — insist that he’d be unlikely to abandon NATO allies in a crisis.

His statement this weekend that he’d encourage Russia to “do whatever the hell they want” against NATO allies who haven’t met spending targets, they argue, is being blown out of proportion by the media.

“I don’t take him literally with what he said,” said retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who served as national security adviser to former Vice President Mike Pence and is now an adviser at the America First Policy Institute. “I know where he’s coming from … and the frustration he feels” toward NATO allies.


February 14, 2024

New House lines in New York would boost 2 Democrats and a Republican


ALBANY, New York — A bipartisan redistricting commission is expected to vote Thursday on a new set of lines for House seats in New York that would make minor adjustments to help Democrats in some battleground races, but not aggressive changes that could create new legal challenges.

The most significant change, according to the state officials briefed on the plans, would be to the Central New York district held by freshman Republican Rep. Brandon Williams.

Democrats attempted to draw that as a solidly blue seat two years ago, joining Syracuse with college towns that included Ithaca, Cortland and Auburn. But after the lines were scrapped by the courts, the new maps merged Syracuse with more moderate communities like Utica, creating a swing district that Williams won by only 2 percentage points.

The lines that are currently expected would be somewhere in between these two plans — Auburn, but not Ithaca, is likely to join Syracuse. That would allow for a 4-point shift toward Democrats, according to the officials.

Further east, the borders between the swing seats held by freshmen Democratic Rep. Pat Ryan and Republican Rep. Marc Molinaro are also expected to shift. The changes might include moving the Hudson Valley’s Columbia County from Molinaro’s district to Ryan’s and Orange County from Ryan’s to Molinaro’s.

February 14, 2024

House Republicans trade blame over losing George Santos' seat as deep divisions over tactics persist

Source: CNN

House Republicans engaged in a tense round of finger-pointing Wednesday after their stinging loss to hold on to expelled Rep. George Santos’ seat that left them with a razor-thin majority and deeply divided over the way forward.

Several members blamed the push by a band of New York freshmen to expel Santos. Others said the constant GOP infighting had hurt them in the eyes of voters.

Some said that the GOP candidate, Mazi Pilip, should have embraced Trump. And many said that Republicans needed to improve their campaign mechanics — namely embracing early voting that Trump has denigrated.


The chair of the House Republican’s campaign arm, Rep. Richard Hudson, argued that they could have done a better job encouraging early voting in New York's 3rd Congressional District, and said he would speak with former President Donald Trump about the issue. Trump has criticized early and mail-in voting in the past. Hudson added that the weather could have depressed Republican turnout.

Read more: House Republicans trade blame over losing George Santos' seat as deep divisions over tactics persist
February 14, 2024

BREAKING: Shooting reported at Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Victory Rally; 'several people' struck

KMBC Kansas City

Police are investigating a reported shooting at the victory rally for the Kansas City Chiefs at Union Station.

The Kansas City Fire Department confirmed a shooting happened and is calling it a "fluid situation."

Kansas City poliec say shots were fired west of Union Station and "several people" were struck.

Two armed people have been detained.

February 14, 2024

GOP chair urges Biden to declassify intel on "serious national security threat"

Source: Axios

Congressional leaders are set to be briefed on what House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner (R-Ohio) called a "serious national security threat" on Wednesday.

Why it matters: Turner's cryptic statement is a rare example of a top House official calling for the president to declassify information about an ongoing threat.

"Today, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has made available to all Members of Congress information concerning a serious national security threat," Turner said.

"I am requesting that President Biden declassify all information relating to this threat so that Congress, the Administration, and our allies can openly discuss the actions necessary to respond to this threat."

Read more: https://www.axios.com/2024/02/14/congress-national-security-threat-classified-biden
February 14, 2024

Breaking: House Intel warns of a "serious national security threat"


That would seem to put some Republicans in an awkward position...
February 14, 2024

NY redistricting panel to vote on new congressional map

Source: Auburn Citizen

A state panel will vote Thursday on a proposal to redraw New York's 26 congressional districts.

The New York State Independent Redistricting Commission is scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. in Albany. According to the meeting agenda, the commission will hold two votes: One on the final congressional map proposal and another to send it to the state Legislature.

Seven votes are needed to approve a redistricting plan. The commission has 10 members — four Democrats, four Republicans and two who aren't enrolled with the major parties.

The proposed map has not been released ahead of the meeting, which will be held two months after the state Court of Appeals, New York's highest court, ordered the commission to submit new maps to the state Legislature by the end of February.

Read more: https://auburnpub.com/news/local/government-politics/ny-congressional-district-map/article_29d9d320-caf3-11ee-8684-7374935157f9.html

Meeting will be live-streamed.
February 14, 2024

Before people overthink the polling discrepancy in NY-3.....

It's important to keep in mind that there was a significant development in the late days of the campaign that shifted votes to Suozzi. A major issue in the campaign was immigration and the border (nb: neither Pilip nor Suozzi ran heavily on reproductive rights). Pilip was running ads about the "border crisis", and Suzzi was running a defensive action on the issue. What changed things was Trump and Johnson spiking the border deal legislation in the last week which damaged Pilip's campaign, and allowed Suozzi to assert his (you may not like this) "reach across the aisle and work together" message.

The issue had all the makings of a political storm. Illegal border crossings reached an all-time high in December, and the arrival of more than 170,000 migrants in New York City has brought the sense of chaos close to home.

Rather than shrink from the issue, though, Mr. Suozzi made the migrant crisis a centerpiece of his campaign. He called for Mr. Biden to close the border and went on local news to call for the deportation of a group of migrant men charged with assaulting police officers in Times Square.

When his opponent, Mazi Pilip, condemned a bipartisan Senate deal that included stiff border security provisions that conservatives had demanded, Mr. Suozzi went on the attack, accusing her of putting partisanship over national security.


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