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Otto Lidenbrock

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Exclusive: Republicans snooped on Democrats' House polls

BEHIND THE SCENES … CAMPAIGN COMMITTEES IN WASHINGTON pay lots of money to get an edge on their opponent. They have research teams, conduct detailed and pricey polls and dispatch trackers across the country to catch members of the other party in unscripted and damaging moments.

BUT ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, THE NRCC walked across the street to the DCCC’s headquarters on Capitol Hill to stake out some Dem candidates, and stumbled upon what they consider a quite fortuitous find. Dems say it represents tactics that are totally out of bounds, and downright creepy.

THE DCCC was holding a polling meeting with the blinds wide open, all their information on display for passersby to see. The meeting was billed as part of their Red to Blue program -- the GOP seats Democrats are trying to flip. The NRCC aides snapped photos, and you can see their photo document here.

REPUBLICANS SAY THEY GLEANED a wealth of valuable intel on the state of key House contests. For example, the NRCC learned that Democrats’ internal polling shows the special election in California’s 25th District -- Katie Hill’s former seat -- as just a 4-point race, with Republican former Rep. Steve Knight trailing Chrissy Smith 30-26. They also had slides that appeared to show the DCCC’s favorites in contested Democratic primaries.

THE NRCC AND DCCC have disagreed on where to draw the line when it comes to opposition research. The Republican committee, for example, has declined to sign an agreement to not use hacked information in its campaigns.

THE NRCC AND DCCC have both had quite colorful cycles. The NRCC seems to delight in invective. Just Thursday, the NRCC Twitter account was at war with a local Buffalo reporter, and called Rep. LUCY MCBATH (D-Ga.) a “lyin’” “hypocrite” and suggested she endorsed MIKE BLOOMBERG for president because he spent money on her behalf in 2018. The DCCC, meanwhile, fired much of its senior staff last summer after a POLITICO report about lawmakers’ concerns about diversity at the top of the party committee. The DCCC has far outraised the NRCC.


You can see the data here:

https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000170-4322-d056-aff3-53f6b6950000

This particular race is interesting - CA25:

Christy Smith (D) - 30
Steve Knight (R) - 26
Mike Garcia (R) - 13
Cenk Uygur (D) - 5

Carpetbagging, misogynist Cenk not doing well.

Most importantly the underhand tactics the republicans will use is disgraceful. We have to be vigilant as a party. Leaked polling is lightweight compared to what they will have up their sleeves.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Fri Feb 14, 2020, 06:52 PM (6 replies)

Longest serving federal judge, appointed by President Johnson, retires at 98

A federal judge in New York City who was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson and who contributed to the landmark case that struck down racial segregation in public schools is retiring at age 98.

U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein was known for favoring lenient sentences and rehabilitation. He retired this week after moving his remaining cases to his fellow jurists in the federal court based in Brooklyn.

He was the longest-serving incumbent federal judge, the newspaper reported. He spent nearly 53 years on the bench.

Weinstein, who was appointed in 1967, was the last federal judge named by Johnson. Weinstein said he often pushed for the shortest prison sentences possible so people could try to build a better life.

“We need to rule from a place of love, not hate,” he told the Daily News.

Weinstein moved to Brooklyn with his family when he was 5. He enlisted in the Navy after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and served on a submarine where he helped sink a Japanese cruiser.

He graduated from Brooklyn College and enrolled at Columbia Law School after World War II. He contributed research and briefs to aid future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s argument in the the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ruling.

In his retirement, Weinstein said he plans to spend more time with his wife, Susan Berk, and work with one of his three sons on a book about Jim Crow laws.


https://apnews.com/4c2bd4c5472f7b57491d95709c481f95
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Thu Feb 13, 2020, 05:02 PM (5 replies)

Why is Steyer still in the race?

Steyer has been in the race longer, actually appeared in person at debates, townhalls and forums. Whereas right now a vote for Bloomberg is a vote for Bloomberg's video makers.

But Bloomberg's money is making a mark. He is climbing quicker and higher than Steyer's money ever took him. In the battle of the billionaires it is evident Bloomberg has a path to the nomination with much bigger name recognition and elected office history.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Thu Feb 13, 2020, 03:41 PM (14 replies)

Bloomberg shows the foolishness of arguing over wine caves & purity. Voters just want to beat Trump

And now Bloomberg who is a billionaire has momentum. He doesn't give a damn what others say because he is only focusing on Trump. He is running a shadow general election campaign while the others were arguing with each other. Voters, the rank and file folks, who are not obsessed with every petty little detail. Most voters are not political obsessives. They will support whoever the democrat is but are seeing Bloomberg take the fight to Trump and like it.

Am I happy that a billionaire ex republican is being seen as some sort of "if in emergency break glass" candidate? No. But it wouldn't have come to this if he didn't sense democrats were tying one arm behind their backs. You can afford to search for the purest candidate when the presidency is an open seat, but when you're running against a sitting president, voters want someone who has a clear path to win. Many voters clearly see him as:

a) someone for whom money is no object so he can match and beat the Trump campaign financially
b) someone who can't be tarred as a socialist
c) someone who has held elected office as Mayor of the biggest city in the nation so he has worthy experience.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Tue Feb 11, 2020, 09:15 AM (6 replies)

The winner of last night is Michael Bloomberg

1) The 2020 Iowa Caucus will forever go down as a farce and even when the results are out they lose credibility.

2) There is no momentum to get for whoever comes first now. With the State of the Union and the Impeachment vote, Iowa will slip to the back of the media narrative.

3) Everyone else moves onto New Hampshire which is another unrepresentative state of the democratic electorate at large while Bloomberg keeps ploughing away in the Super Tuesday states with more delegates and more to win.

4) Joe Biden is likely to come fourth at best.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Tue Feb 4, 2020, 08:44 AM (8 replies)

Shadow groups running attack ads are only bad NOW

https://twitter.com/RoKhanna/status/1222567752491315201

Congressman Khanna didn't speak up for unity when the organisation he is a part of announced they were running anti-Biden and anti-Buttigieg ads two weeks ago



https://huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/justice-democrats-digital-ad-campaign-pete-buttigieg-joe-biden_n_5e1d6c6ec5b650c621e447c9?ri18n=true

https://www.justicedemocrats.com/candidates/


Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Wed Jan 29, 2020, 04:16 PM (12 replies)

Why did this video not emerge in 2016?

When Bernie Sanders was attacking Hillary Clinton for the Crime Bill. She was the First Lady. He was a congressman and voted for it.

This video contradicts the argument that he only voted for it because the Violence Against Women Act was in the bill.

https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/1221468426855755776
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Sun Jan 26, 2020, 03:40 PM (39 replies)

Protestors at Buttigieg event fake medical emergency to interrupt. Ambulance arrived in heavy snow.

https://twitter.com/IsaacDovere/status/1216536064816492546

This is vile. That was potentially one less ambulance for someone who really needed it.
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Tue Jan 14, 2020, 08:40 AM (20 replies)

Today the Sanders campaign attacked Biden on busing. But Sanders opposed busing too.

https://twitter.com/RyanLizza/status/1216442010074255374

I wonder why this wasn't vetted when the initial busing controversy happened six months ago? It's only come to light now Bernie's campaign want to attack Biden on it.

One of the biggest things that sucks at two near-octogenerians being at the top is two weeks before voting starts we are relitigating stuff from when Gerald Ford was President
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Sun Jan 12, 2020, 04:39 PM (22 replies)

Joe Biden ripping into Ronald Reagan and explaining Republicans don't really care about the deficit

https://twitter.com/JoeTeens/status/1215107579203989505

But I keep hearing from Biden detractors online that he is Republican-lite or a Republican from the 1980s
Posted by Otto Lidenbrock | Fri Jan 10, 2020, 09:15 AM (6 replies)
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