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Warren reveals more endorsements from former Castro, O'Rourke supporters

by Alex Samuels and Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune

The battle for former supporters of Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke is continuing apace as Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren unveils a fresh round of endorsements from Texas lawmakers.

In announcement first shared with The Texas Tribune, Warren’s campaign unveiled the support of four legislators who represent O’Rourke’s native El Paso: Sen. José Rodríguez; Reps. Art Fierro and Mary González; and House Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody. All four previously supported Castro or O’Rourke, and some, like Moody, were initial O’Rourke supporters who switched over to Castro after O’Rourke ended his campaign in November.

“I’m proud to endorse Elizabeth Warren for President because she has a proven track record as a fighter for working families and a champion for LGBTQ+ equality,” González, who chairs the House LGBT Caucus, said in statement. “I know she’ll make big, structural change to deliver real progress to people in Texas and across the country.”

The latest announcement comes as Warren keeps increasing her focus on the state ahead of Super Tuesday, or March 3. The rush for support within the state opened up after the departures of both Texans in the race — and Castro’s decision to back Warren shortly after he dropped out earlier this month. Since then, Warren and Joe Biden have been trading endorsement rollouts. In one case, the former vice president released a list of new Texas endorsements the day after Castro endorsed Warren.

Read more: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/01/21/elizabeth-warren-backed-texas-lawmakers-who-endorsed-orourke-castro/

The AR-15 a Portsmouth councilman wore to a meeting this week stunned two of his peers.

by Ana Ley

Two of Nathan Clark’s peers on the Portsmouth City Council criticized his decision to wear an AR-15 into a public meeting — without telling them ahead of time — to show his enthusiasm for the Second Amendment. One asked him to apologize.

“It was a disgrace, disheartening and an embarrassment,” Vice Mayor Lucas-Burke wrote to the council Thursday morning. “Most of us were blindsided by the display.”

Emails obtained by The Virginian-Pilot show Councilman Shannon Glover first raised the issue in an email to the entire council late Wednesday. A day earlier, hundreds of gun rights advocates packed chambers to capacity and convinced a majority of council to make Portsmouth a so-called “Second Amendment Constitutional City.” It was a symbolic decision aimed to deter gun control efforts at the Virginia General Assembly after Democrats took control of both chambers this year.

In the emails, Lucas-Burke agreed with Glover and also asked for an apology, while Councilman Bill Moody defended Clark.

Read more: https://www.pilotonline.com/government/local/vp-nw-portsmouth-gun-emails-20200117-fjtmcjg7jnhlnio6i5fpisjv74-story.html

Powered By People (BetoORourke.com)

Note: This message is from my email account.

This weekend of action for Eliz Markowitz could not have gone any better.

More than 400 of us signed up to volunteer for over 750 canvassing shifts, and we ended up knocking on more than 12,000 doors.

Make no mistake: that is an incredible accomplishment. A special runoff election like this one will probably be decided by a few thousand votes or less. And we just knocked on 12,000 doors. Now our job is to keep up the momentum as we enter the home stretch.

We’re hosting another Weekend of Action in just a few days. From Friday through Monday (January 17-20). It’s our last one before Early Voting starts. Click here to sign up now!

This is a critical moment — not only for Texas, but for our country too. Together, we’ll continue to rise up to these challenges, have important conversations in our communities, and win big.

We hope we’ll see you this upcoming weekend. All you have to do is sign up here. And don’t forget to bring your family, friends, and neighbors.


The Powered By People team

Boston Globe: Grading the debate performance of the Democratic candidates


Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller endorses Joe Biden for president

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller is endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden for president, just three weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

Miller, first elected in 1978 and serving his 10th term in office, became the longest-serving state attorney general in the history of the United States over the weekend. He was an early backer of Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election cycle.

Miller, a Democratic, had backed Montana Gov. Steve Bullock in the 2020 race before Bullock dropped out in December.

In an interview with the Des Moines Register on Sunday, Miller said he's getting involved again because the last month before the caucuses is "too important and too much fun to be on the sideline."

Read more: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/elections/presidential/caucus/2020/01/13/iowa-attorney-general-tom-miller-endorses-joe-biden-president-2020-iowa-caucuses/4449485002/

270towin has an interactive delegate calculator

It looks like an interesting toy to play with for those who like fiddling with numbers (my forte).

The site also allows the user to plug in percentages for the states where polls have not been conducted to project where additional delegates can be gained.

Here is the site for those inclined to visit:

To all of the number crunchers out there, have fun!

Cold Storage

IPSOS/Reuters Poll: Biden 23%, Sanders 20%, Warren 15%, Bloomberg 8%, Buttigieg 7%

Washington, DC, January 10, 2020 — A new public opinion poll shows that Senator Bernie
Sanders and Former Vice President Joe Biden are the top contenders for the 2020 presidential
nomination. Among Democratic registered voters, Biden (23%) maintains an edge over Sanders
(20%) and Senator Elizabeth Warren (15%). Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg (8%) and former
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (7%) round out the top five candidates in the race for the Democratic
nomination. Among Democrats and independents, Sanders (17%) has a slight lead over Biden
(15%), and Warren (10%) maintains her third-place position. Buttigieg (5%) and Bloomberg (6%) are
statistically tied among Democrats and independents. All other candidates receive 3% of the vote
share or less among Democrats and independents and Democratic registered voters.

When asked about the most important candidate traits that factor into who they decide to vote for,
Democratic registered voters were most likely to say that the ability to beat President Trump in the
general election (42%) was the most important consideration for them. The next most important traits
were strong positions on healthcare (11%) and the economy and jobs (11%).


Full story on Reuters: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-democrats-poll/looking-for-a-winner-democrats-keep-biden-and-sanders-on-top-reuters-ipsos-poll-idUSKBN1Z82TV

Powered By People: Join Beto on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday

In just four days, we’re kicking off our Weekend of Action to elect Eliz Markowitz to the Texas House of Representatives. This is a critical special election that would bring us even closer to flipping the state’s legislature blue for the first time since 2001.

Hundreds of people have already signed up to knock doors with Beto in the district — and we want you there too!

Beto is leading six different canvassing shifts all day Saturday and Sunday. If you’re able to join us for any (or all!) of them, RSVP on one or more of the following pages below:

Saturday, January 11th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (breakfast with Beto at 8:15)
Saturday, January 11th, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Saturday, January 11th, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, January 12th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (breakfast with Beto at 8:15)
Sunday, January 12th, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, January 12th, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Beto will also be hosting a special get-together for volunteers on Friday night. Sign up here to meet with Beto and all our fellow volunteers.

We know that races like this are winnable. In 2018, Beto came within three points of winning Eliz’s county thanks to a massive organizing operation in the area. We’re going to replicate that grassroots power this coming weekend.

We hope to see you all real soon. Beto and Eliz are counting on it.

- The Powered By People Team
Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jan 6, 2020, 10:22 PM (0 replies)

Timeline, cost unclear as New Orleans works to restore computer network after cyberattack

By Jeff Adelson

The total cost of the cyberattack that brought down New Orleans' computer systems almost a week ago and how long it will take to bring them back online both remain unclear.

But city officials, who held a media briefing on the crisis late Thursday, said the price tag for the response is likely to be substantial. And despite dozens of volunteers onsite to assist in the recovery, only about a tenth of the city's computers have been repaired so far.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell told WWL-TV that she expected the cost of the attack would exceed the $3 million cyber insurance policy the city has in place, and that she will seek to increase the policy to $10 million next year. She did not discuss the insurance policy at the briefing.

"This is a very large task ahead of us," Cantrell said. "In terms of a dollar amount, that’s still really in the works as we determine the computers or equipment that will be pulled offline indefinitely."

Read more: https://www.nola.com/news/article_f4f6d0be-22a8-11ea-acd6-670063aa544f.html
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