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11/01Mike Luckovich- Change the Subject

https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1322219241479786502
https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1322419036035162113

Rachel Maddow just used the term "grok"

This makes me smile

The final vote total for Texas could be close to 12 million votes

Michael Li used to have the best election law/redistricting blog in Texas but was hired by the Bennan Center. Michael makes the case for 12 million possible votes in Texas which means that no one has any idea what is going to happen
https://twitter.com/mcpli/status/1322206887643910144
https://twitter.com/mcpli/status/1322209234218586114
https://twitter.com/mcpli/status/1322211458038509570
https://twitter.com/mcpli/status/1322212791919513600

The final vote total for Texas could be close to 12 million votes

Michael Li used to have the best election law/redistricting blog in Texas but was hired by the Bennan Center. Michael makes the case for 12 million possible votes in Texas which means that no one has any idea what is going to happen
https://twitter.com/mcpli/status/1322206887643910144
https://twitter.com/mcpli/status/1322209234218586114
https://twitter.com/mcpli/status/1322211458038509570
https://twitter.com/mcpli/status/1322212791919513600

Inside the Democrats' New Plan to Flip Texas

Biden will win the major cities and suburbs. If Biden can cut his losses in rural Texas, Biden can flip Texas
https://twitter.com/politico/status/1322177222363566081

For years, Democratic orthodoxy has maintained that flipping Texas Democratic in statewide races—this year for presidential candidate Joe Biden and Senate candidate MJ Hegar, most prominentaly—means increasing turnout in urban areas and swing suburbs. But that strategy alone hasn’t worked yet—even as favorable demographic changes, especially in urban areas, suburbs, and now even exurbs, have put the state in play. Now, people like Horick and Logan are part of an effort by Democrats to broaden their strategy by targeting the most Republican areas of the state as well. If they can boost Democratic support in places like Odessa just slightly, then, together with the unprecedented early vote surge in cities, Democrats think they might finally get enough votes to flip the state. It’s not about winning in these deep-red counties and districts—it’s about cutting into Republican margins, no matter how large.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton received just 28 percent of Ector’s vote. In 2018, Beto O’Rourke did slightly better, earning just over 30 percent. Horick’s goal this year is for Democratic statewide candidates to receive 35 percent of the vote in the county. She and other local organizers largely hope to do this by increasing turnout in Hispanic communities, as well as by convincing O’Rourke voters who backed President Donald Trump in 2016 to vote Democratic again. On the map on the wall, precincts colored in blue marked Hispanic neighborhoods estimated to be heavily Democratic. While only 35 percent of people voted in those precincts in 2018, Horick is hoping to push that number closer to 50 this cycle. Red stripes marked areas where voters cast ballots for Trump, in 2016, and then Beto O’Rourke.

That Saturday, wearing masks and walking at distance with others, Horick had kicked off in-person canvassing, leaving door hangers in blue neighborhoods. By the end of the weekend in Odessa, Horick and other volunteers would hand out over 2,000 voter registration cards. Meanwhile, around West Texas, other Democratic county chairs were beginning to organize in-person as well—some independently and others in coordination with the state party, which, unlike in previous election cycles, is finally running ads in rural areas and sending more organizers there as well. For many in rural Texas, it’s the first time they’ve seen this level of coordination run through the state party between local, state, and national races. That week, Logan and Horick had driven to Austin to pick up door hangers from the party. They would have liked to get them earlier and without the drive, they told me, but were happy to have the supply in the first place.


Inside the Democrats' New Plan to Flip Texas

Biden will win the major cities and suburbs. If Biden can cut his losses in rural Texas, Biden can flip Texas
https://twitter.com/politico/status/1322177222363566081

For years, Democratic orthodoxy has maintained that flipping Texas Democratic in statewide races—this year for presidential candidate Joe Biden and Senate candidate MJ Hegar, most prominentaly—means increasing turnout in urban areas and swing suburbs. But that strategy alone hasn’t worked yet—even as favorable demographic changes, especially in urban areas, suburbs, and now even exurbs, have put the state in play. Now, people like Horick and Logan are part of an effort by Democrats to broaden their strategy by targeting the most Republican areas of the state as well. If they can boost Democratic support in places like Odessa just slightly, then, together with the unprecedented early vote surge in cities, Democrats think they might finally get enough votes to flip the state. It’s not about winning in these deep-red counties and districts—it’s about cutting into Republican margins, no matter how large.

In 2016, Hillary Clinton received just 28 percent of Ector’s vote. In 2018, Beto O’Rourke did slightly better, earning just over 30 percent. Horick’s goal this year is for Democratic statewide candidates to receive 35 percent of the vote in the county. She and other local organizers largely hope to do this by increasing turnout in Hispanic communities, as well as by convincing O’Rourke voters who backed President Donald Trump in 2016 to vote Democratic again. On the map on the wall, precincts colored in blue marked Hispanic neighborhoods estimated to be heavily Democratic. While only 35 percent of people voted in those precincts in 2018, Horick is hoping to push that number closer to 50 this cycle. Red stripes marked areas where voters cast ballots for Trump, in 2016, and then Beto O’Rourke.

That Saturday, wearing masks and walking at distance with others, Horick had kicked off in-person canvassing, leaving door hangers in blue neighborhoods. By the end of the weekend in Odessa, Horick and other volunteers would hand out over 2,000 voter registration cards. Meanwhile, around West Texas, other Democratic county chairs were beginning to organize in-person as well—some independently and others in coordination with the state party, which, unlike in previous election cycles, is finally running ads in rural areas and sending more organizers there as well. For many in rural Texas, it’s the first time they’ve seen this level of coordination run through the state party between local, state, and national races. That week, Logan and Horick had driven to Austin to pick up door hangers from the party. They would have liked to get them earlier and without the drive, they told me, but were happy to have the supply in the first place.


10/30 Daily Dose of Joe

Friends -- see below for today's Dose of Joe.

• Yesterday, in Florida, the contrast between Joe Biden’s socially distanced drive-in rallies and President Trump’s reckless super spreader event was on full display as COVID cases surge across the country just five days to Election Day. In Broward and Tampa, Joe Biden thanked supporters for wearing masks and socially distancing while in Tampa, Trump’s maskless crowd stood shoulder-to-shoulder chanting “lock him up” when Trump attacked Biden. You can watch Biden’s Broward event HERE and his Tampa event HERE.

• Joe Biden will travel to Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to discuss bringing Americans together to address the crises facing the country and winning the battle for the soul of the nation. Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at a drive-in event in Des Moines, Iowa followed by a drive-in event in St. Paul, Minnesota and ending the day at an event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can watch all events HERE.

• Kamala Harris will travel to Fort Worth, McAllen, and Houston, Texas. In the afternoon, Senator Harris will participate in a voter mobilization event in Fort Worth. Later, Senator Harris will participate in an event with former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro and former Congressman Beto O’Rourke in McAllen. In the evening, Senator Harris will participate in a voter mobilization event in Houston.

• Dr. Biden will travel to Pennsylvania to participate in an Educators Mobilization Rally with local educators and union members in the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) around the power of their vote.

• Doug Emhoff will join voter mobilization events in Las Vegas, Nevada for the last day of in-person early voting in the state. Emhoff will lead a Get Out the Early Vote drive-in car rally with Congresswoman Susie Lee. Then, he will kick off a canvass shift with Congresswoman Dina Titus to get out the vote with volunteers.

• Yesterday, The Christian Post published an op-ed by Vice President Joe Biden, detailing how his values, rooted in his personal faith, have guided his politics over the course of his career in public service.

• This week, Joe Biden penned an op-ed in Indian Country Today about his plan to follow through on our commitments to Native peoples – to ensure tribal sovereignty and self-governance, and fulfill our federal trust and treaty responsibilities to tribal nations.

JOE’S SOCIAL MEDIA TO AMPLIFY

TWITTER

@JoeBiden: This storm will pass, and a new day will come.

@JoeBiden: This election is about so much more than policy. The character of our country is on the ballot. And @KamalaHarris and I will work every day to bring this country back together — fighting as hard for those who don’t support us as those who do.


VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS THIS WEEK

Abroad Town Hall with Tony Blinken
Friday, October 30th at 12:00 PM ET
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Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Friday, October 30th at 12:00 PM ET
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Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Friday, October 30th at 2:00 PM ET
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Latino GOTV Town Hall with ImpreMedia
Friday, October 30th at 7:00 PM ET
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10/30 Mike Luckovich - Scary Jack-O-Lantern

https://twitter.com/mluckovichajc/status/1321934341124034566

10/29 Daily Dose of Joe

Friends -- see below for today's Dose of Joe.

• Yesterday, Joe Biden received a briefing from public health experts on data that indicates a coming surge in infections, what actions would be needed to turn this around, and the importance of wearing a mask. Following his public health briefing, Biden delivered remarks on controlling the pandemic, the critical urgency behind protecting the Affordable Care Act and what is at stake in this election. You can watch his full remarks HERE.

• Joe Biden will travel to Florida to discuss bringing Americans together to address the crises facing the country and winning the battle for the soul of the nation. In the afternoon, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at a drive-in event in Broward County to encourage Floridians to vote. In the evening, Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at a drive-in event in Tampa to encourage Floridians to vote. You can watch all events HERE.

• Jill Biden will join members of UNITE HERE Florida, the hospitality workers' union, to deliver remarks on Joe Biden’s plan to fight for working families and build back better an economy devastated by Donald Trump’s mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

• Jill Biden will travel to Lansing and Westland, Michigan to energize supporters at volunteer canvass launches and encourage Michiganders to vote now. With only five days until November 3, Biden will discuss what is at stake in this election and emphasize the critical role that Michiganders will play in deciding the next president.

• Doug Emhoff will travel to Columbus and Akron where he will encourage Ohioans to make their voices heard by casting their ballots for the Biden-Harris ticket. First, he will kick off an early vote rally in Columbus. Later, he will visit Akron, where he will hold a drive-in rally to encourage Northeast Ohioans to make a plan to vote in this election.

• Today, Biden for President will begin airing two ads that both focus on climate change. Melanie is a 90 second spot that tells the story of a wildland firefighter in Arizona, and Oval suggests the best way to quiet Trump’s noise. These are the first two campaign-sponsored ads focused exclusively on climate ever to air nationally in a general election and will run on MSNBC and Comedy Central respectively.

• Yesterday, the Association of Flight Attendants Union and the Association of Professional Flight Attendants announced their endorsements of Joe Biden for President. In their endorsement, they cited their work with Vice President Biden in 2014 in keeping passengers safe, stopping the spread of communicable diseases on transportation, and commended his track record of standing with union members.

JOE’S SOCIAL MEDIA TO AMPLIFY

TWITTER

@JoeBiden: I believe in science.

Donald Trump doesn't.

It's that simple, folks.

@JoeBiden: The future of our planet is on the ballot.
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VIRTUAL CAMPAIGN EVENTS THIS WEEK

Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 12:00 PM ET
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Senior for Biden Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 3:00 PM ET
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Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 3:00 PM ET
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Actors’ Equity for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 3:00 PM ET
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Divine Nine Mobilization Event with Senator Harris
Thursday, October 29th at 5:00 PM ET
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Todos con Biden Weekly Bilingual Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 6:00 PM ET
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Bricklayers for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 6:00 PM ET
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AFSCME for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 6:00 PM ET
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Indian Country for Biden Weekly GOTV Call
Thursday, October 29th at 6:30 PM ET
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Catholics for Biden Town Hall
Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 PM ET
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Women for Biden National Call with Tina Tchen and Jess Morales Rocketto
Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 PM ET
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Shop Talk with Spike Lee, Hill Harper, and Michael Smith
Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 PM ET
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Progressives for Biden Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 PM ET
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TWU for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 7:00 PM ET
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AAPI Trivia with the Stars and Texas Phone Banks
Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 PM ET
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UFW for Biden-Harris Phone Bank
Thursday, October 29th at 7:30 PM ET
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AAPI Christian Town Hall | How to Vote "Christian" in this Election
Thursday, October 29th at 8:00 PM ET
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Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on the Second Anniversary of the 10/27 Shootings

This was emailed to me by Jewish Americans for Biden
Two years ago, a white supremacist entered Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue and perpetrated the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history. Eleven innocent lives were taken that Shabbat morning, ripped away from their families by a lone gunman taking longtime forces of bigotry and prejudice to their violent conclusion. This act of terror was not only an assault against the Jewish community of Pittsburgh — it was a strike against the soul of our nation and the values for which America stands.

Today, the pain remains. For the families of Tree of Life, New Light, and Dor Hadash, the grief will never fully subside. In the two years since, we have witnessed the courage and resilience of these congregations — responding to their most profound moment of fear and despair with purpose, compassion, and love.

When anti-Semitism is allowed to fester, it shreds the fabric of our communities and erodes our soul. We must stand up and speak out whenever and wherever it rears its head, because silence can become complicity. If we are ever to reach our full potential as a nation, we must banish hatred, bigotry, and conspiratorial fanaticism to the dustbin of history — and choose a path of dignity and respect for all people.

On behalf of Jill, Kamala, Doug, and our families, we stand with the people of Squirrel Hill, the entire Pittsburgh community, and all Jewish Americans on this solemn anniversary. May the memories of the victims forever be a blessing.

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