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Big news! Another candidate drops out.


Slate: Mayor Pete's Big Announcement About Black Support Cited People Who Aren't Black and don't

Slate: Mayor Pete’s Big Announcement About Black Support Cited People Who Aren’t Black and Don’t Support Him

On Oct. 25, Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign released the following:


The link goes to an article in the HBCU Times—HBCU stands for historically black colleges and universities—which is credited to the three prominent black South Carolina figures above “and more than 400 Douglass Plan endorsers.” The article praises the Douglass Plan’s proposed spending programs and legal reforms, arguing that “there is one presidential candidate who has proven to have intentional policies designed to make a difference in the Black experience, and that’s Pete Buttigieg.”

The political usefulness of such a document is obvious for Buttigieg, who is polling very poorly with black voters both nationally and in South Carolina, which holds the fourth Democratic primary/caucus and has a majority-black Democratic electorate.

A problem: When the Intercept dug into the endorsement, it found that two of the three top-line black politicians listed say they never endorsed the Douglass Plan, and that at least 40 percent of the other 400 individuals whose names are listed are white.

More: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/11/mayor-pete-black-support-announcement.amp?__twitter_impression=true

Now Matt Bevin is going to lose twice!


Stacy Abrams and Andrew Gillum ran as progressives. Andy Beshear ran as a moderate.

Kentucky is much more conservative than either Florida or Georgia.

Keep these fact in mind when deciding who to support for the presidential nomination.

Should the House repeal the rule against Members having sex with staff?

Guam delegate under investigation for alleged sexual relationship with staffer, other offenses

Source: Roll Call

The House Ethics Committee has opened an investigation into Del. Michael San Nicolas of Guam regarding allegations that he may have had a sexual relationship with a member of his staff, converted campaign funds for personal use and accepted improper campaign contributions.

The committee said in a statement Wednesday it will gather additional information regarding the allegations, and that the probe “does not itself indicate that any violation has occurred.” The statement was from Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch of Florida and Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant of Texas, the chairman and ranking member.

San Nicolas, a Democrat and former vice president of the Bank of Guam, served five years in the territory’s legislature before he challenged and defeated eight-term incumbent Madeleine Z. Bordallo in the 2018 Democratic primary. He is a member of the Financial Services Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.

Read more: https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/guam-delegate-under-investigation-alleged-sexual-relationship-with-staffer-offenses

Rep. Katie Hill admits to relationship with campaign staffer amid ethics probe

Source: The Hill

Rep. Katie Hill (D-Calif.) late Wednesday admitted to an "inappropriate" relationship with a campaign aide as she faces a House investigation over allegations of being romantically involved with a congressional staffer.

Hill said in a letter to constituents that she hopes she can "put to rest some of the gossip, innuendo and lies," adding that she engaged in the relationship with a campaign aide "despite my better judgement."

"During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone on my campaign," she wrote. "I know that even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen against my better judgement. For that I apologize."

Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/s/thehill.com/homenews/house/467229-rep-katie-hill-admits-to-relationship-with-campaign-staffer-amid-ethics-probe%3famp

Texas congressman pulls endorsement from Castro to support Biden

Washington(CNN)Texas Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez on Sunday flipped his support from Julián Castro to Joe Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, saying now is the time to narrow the 2020 field and unite as Democrats.

The switch of support comes days after Castro sharply criticized Biden -- with an apparent jab at the former vice president's memory -- in a contentious moment dubbed "personal" and "not cool" by other candidates, but Gonzalez said that debate moment was not the reason behind his decision.

Castro's "delivery could have been different," Gonzalez told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union," but the congressman said most of what he saw on the debate stage was "fair game in moving the process forward." Still, the Democratic Party needs to narrow the 20-person field to be successful, he said.

"We need to narrow the field and unite as Democrats to defeat (President Donald) Trump in November 2020. That's why I believe I'm moving my support to Vice President Joe Biden," Gonzalez, who represents the Texas 15th Congressional District, said.

More: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/09/15/politics/vicente-gonzalez-flips-support-castro-biden-cnntv/index.html?__twitter_impression=true

Harris repeatedly defends response to mental health slur at rally

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris on Saturday repeatedly defended her response to a rallygoer calling President Donald Trump's actions "mentally retarded" at a campaign event, saying that she didn't hear the slur.

As Harris addressed a crowd of voters at a town hall in New Hampshire on Friday, an attendee brought up Trump's potential impeachment before asking Harris, "What are you going to do in the next one year, to diminish the mentally retarded actions" of the president.

The California senator drew ire from disability rights activists when she appeared to laugh at the remark, responding, "Well said."

More: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.politico.com/amp/story/2019/09/07/kamala-harris-mental-health-slur-trump-1484463

Politifact: Kamala Harris claimed she 'sued Exxon Mobil' as California AG. She didn't.

During a climate town hall on CNN this week, Democratic presidential candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris vowed to take on Big Oil and other powerful interests when they "profit off of harmful behaviors" such as burning fossil fuels.

In answer to a direct question, she claimed she already did that as California’s attorney general.

"So, Senator Harris, what would you do? Would you sue them? Sue Exxon Mobil?" asked moderator Erin Burnett.

"I have sued Exxon Mobil," Harris replied.

More: https://www.politifact.com/california/statements/2019/sep/06/kamala-harris/kamala-harris-said-she-sued-exxon-mobil-california/
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