Democrats electoral college strategy for 2020 presidential election.

Reply Fri 19 Jun, 2020 01:03 pm
@Frank Apisa,
The guy who can do the most damage to Trump...is Trump.

I think that applies to Biden too. He will have to be fitted with a shock collar for the debates.
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Reply Fri 19 Jun, 2020 11:53 pm
Cash floods into pro-Biden super PAC.

Published June 19, 2020

The biggest super PAC focused on electing Joe Biden grew dramatically in recent weeks, as donors moved to help whittle the financial advantage that President Trump has held heading into their presidential contest.

The group, Priorities USA said it has raised more than $38 million in contributions and commitments since early May, with more than two-thirds of the donations made over the last three weeks, according to figures shared with the Times.

The organization is planning to spend at least $200 million to help elect the prospective Democratic nominee.

"Momentum is building for Joe Biden and that is translating into an increase in donor support for Priorities,” said Guy Cecil, chairman of the organization.

We've been matching the Trump campaign and his super PAC on TV and online in key battleground states and successfully filled the gap prior to the Biden campaign's spending.”

Priorities and other super PACs for Democrats have been battering Trump on the airwaves while Biden was focused on winning the party's nomination race, and then shoring up his campaign infrastructure and fundraising as he reoriented toward the general election campaign against Trump. The Biden campaign has now unleashed its first wave of general election spending, and it will continue ramping up. The super PACs will also keep spending heavily to elect him, though by law they operate independently of the campaign.

The windfall for Priorities comes as Biden has seen his own bonanza in recent weeks. The former vice president, whose history as a weak fundraiser initially worried some Democrats, has been routinely holding hourlong fundraisers that raise several million dollars per event. A recent online event with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren netted the Biden campaign $6 million. Biden and the Democratic National Committee raised almost $81 million in May.

The infusion of campaign cash has occurred as donors are motivated to act both by the civil rights protests that have erupted nationwide and by the Trump administration’s erratic handling of the pandemic.

The sums are fast helping Democrats catch up with Trump financially as the election approaches.

Biden recently outspent the Trump campaign on Facebook advertising, a notable benchmark in a medium Trump has long dominated.

Priorities and other super PACs, meanwhile, have used their surge of cash to match Trump’s spending in advertising in key battleground states.

The spending is aimed at consolidating recent gains in the polls for Biden, who now leads Trump nationally by more than 8 percentage points, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average.

Biden is ahead in most of the battleground states, and his supporters are beginning to campaign in other places that long had seemed hopeless for Democrats. Polls show Trump is now vulnerable in Texas, Kentucky, and Iowa, for example, and trailing in Arizona, a longtime Republican stronghold.

The shift has forced the Trump campaign and its allies to expend resources in several states that initially had been expected to be safely in the president’s column.

That is cutting into the funds available to them for more traditional battlegrounds Trump must win, including Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Trump is down by 8 points in Michigan, according to the polling average.

Priorities and other groups supporting Biden have been advertising heavily there, matching advertising spending by pro-Trump groups.

The Democratic groups have done the same in Pennsylvania, Florida and Wisconsin.

They are now making a big push into Arizona.

Reply Sat 20 Jun, 2020 10:14 am
@Real Music,
Cash floods into pro-Biden super PAC.

Think they will buy Joe a brain?
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Reply Sun 21 Jun, 2020 02:08 pm
Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor to President Obama,
tells Lawrence O’Donnell that President Trump’s photo op in front of an
Episcopal church was designed to “divide and inflame us for his political benefit.”

Aired on 6/2/2020.

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Reply Sun 21 Jun, 2020 02:13 pm
Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, weighs in on the White House's decision
to withdraw U.S. troops from Germany and why she says D.C. deserves its statehood.

Aired on 06/11/2020.

Real Music
Reply Sun 21 Jun, 2020 02:18 pm
Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. under Barack Obama,
joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the Trump administration's ability to address issues of race and police brutality
in America, and respond to some of the revelations from John Bolton's book

Published June 19, 2020

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Reply Sun 21 Jun, 2020 02:21 pm
@Real Music,
Susan Rice lied to nation about Benghazi. She lied about Bergdhal. She lied about what went on in Obama's administration. I have posted videos that prove it.

She is a liar and it will come out if she is chosen.
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Reply Sun 21 Jun, 2020 02:27 pm
Former U.N. Ambassador and Obama National Security Advisor
Susan Rice talks with Bill Maher.

Published June 19, 2020

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Reply Mon 29 Jun, 2020 12:51 am
Bernie’s student army learns to live with Biden.

Published June 28, 2020

As the Democratic primary drew to its conclusion, a flurry of Students for Bernie college organizations made clear where they stood: There was no way they could vote for Joe Biden. If Sanders wasn’t the nominee, they planned to either sit out the fall election or vote third party.

But as coronavirus deaths mount and Donald Trump strikes a law-and-order pose against the protests sweeping the nation, many of the leaders of those groups are rethinking their hardline position. And faced with a choice between a candidate they distrust due to his lack of progressive bona fides, or ushering in the second term of an incumbent they loathe, more than a few leftist college student leaders are learning to live with Biden.

“In recent weeks, it's become pretty clear that Trump is willing to crack down on free speech, and so it's definitely making me lean more toward Biden now,” said Harry Feldman, a Georgia Tech senior and co-chair of the school’s Young Democratic Socialists of America chapter, who was considering voting third party in Georgia.

The last straws, Feldman said, were Trump’s threats to put down unrest with military force and his “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” tweet.

Amira Chowdhury, the co-director of a left-wing University of Pennsylvania group that vowed in late March it “will never endorse, nor support Joe Biden,” has also come around on the former vice president. She attributed it to what she called Trump’s failure of leadership, bigotry, and racism in recent weeks and her role as a voter in a swing state that Trump captured by just over 44,000 votes in 2016.

“With a heavy heart, and with great anger and frustration, and with great rage towards the Democratic establishment, I will vote for Biden,” said Chowdhury, whose Penn for Bernie group is now known as Penn Justice Democrats.

The 77-year-old Biden still has a ways to go with all younger voters, a demographic cohort he struggled to gain traction with during the primary season. Chowdhury’s organization, for example, has declined to formally support the presumptive Democratic nominee.

But recent polling suggests that Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and his response to the George Floyd killing and subsequent protests has softened the resistance to Biden among younger voters.

In early April, according to POLITICO/Morning Consult polling, Biden had the support of 48.5 percent of voters between the ages of 18 to 29. By early June, that percentage had jumped to 53 percent.

A Global Strategy Group/NextGen America poll of young voters also saw support for Biden spike after the first wave of protests. Biden’s advantage over Trump among 18-to-34-year-olds increased from 18-points between May 20 and May 23, to 27 points between May 29 to June 3.

Andrew Baumann, senior vice president of Global Strategy Group, a Democratic polling firm, said Trump’s polarizing rhetoric on racial justice pushed an important issue for young voters to the forefront of their voting calculus.

“It is the issue where they already saw the biggest distinction between the candidates, because they understand that Trump is a racist who has no interest in changing and tackling systemic racism in this country,” Baumann, who oversaw the report's youth voter research, said. “But it’s also put a rocket booster on that. Trump’s response has made it even more clear how dangerous he is to them.”

Baumann said he’s seen qualitative and quantitative evidence that young voters are shifting toward Biden due to Trump’s handling of the protests — even in cases where their opinion of Biden hasn’t drastically changed.

Hayley Mon Goy, a Florida State University junior who supported Sanders in the Democratic primary, agreed that Trump’s response to the anti-racism and police brutality protests solidified her decision to vote for Biden, even though he was far from her first choice.

“Looking at Trump now, he’s really shown his true colors in how he’s handling the situation in the country, not only with coronavirus, but with all the protests,” Mon Goy said. “As a progressive, even though people may not love Biden, it’s pushing them towards voting for him.”

Other college activists say they are looking harder at Biden because they are confident the 77-year-old could handle the Covid-19 crisis better than Trump.

“The coronavirus pandemic has definitely made me feel that Biden would be a more responsible leader in office,” said Bhargav Tata, the founder of Georgia State for Bernie. “But with regards to the massive protests, one thing that does give me pause is Joe Biden's history with racism.”

Tata, who is transferring to New York University this fall but will cast his ballot in Georgia, said he is “60 percent” sure he will vote for Biden.

Pointing to Biden’s adoption of parts of Sanders’ free college plan, as well as Biden’s gun safety efforts and clean energy pledges, Students for Biden coordinator Lubna Sebastian said leftist college students can find a home in the Biden camp.

“It's really important to realize that a lot of the policies that Joe is talking about, and his vision for America, is very progressive,” Sebastian said.

There are still quite a few college Sanders supporters who remain unconvinced.

“Right at the time [Sanders dropped out], I was very up in the air of whether or not I would vote for Joe Biden,” said Creighton University sophomore Joey Rougas. “But seeing Joe Biden's response to first the coronavirus pandemic, and then his response to the recent protests around police brutality, I don't think that I'm going to vote for him because I think his response has been very lackluster.”

Esau Delgado, a University of Michigan junior who was a leader of his school’s Students for Bernie chapter, is another student who says he recently shifted away from voting for Biden. He pointed to the Tara Reade sexual assault allegation as cause for his suspicion of Biden.

“But on the other hand, I know that I need to do my part and obviously, Joe Biden for me is better than Donald Trump,” Delgado said, noting he would likely make up his mind on election day.

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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2020 01:40 pm
State election officials warn budget cuts could lead to November chaos.

Published July 10, 2020

Multiple states are facing dire budget shortfalls as November's general election approaches due to the coronavirus pandemic, signaling that local governments could have a real problem holding elections while the disease lingers in the country.

Experts at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice have estimated that states need an additional $4 billion to adequately prepare for this election cycle, but the CARES Act only allotted $400 million nationwide for COVID-19 related election expenses.

States need money for increased mail-in voting, educational materials for voters, protective equipment to make in-person voting at the polls as safe as possible and more, according to the university's experts.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), the ranking Democrat on the the Senate committee that oversees federal election funds, told Reuters that money intended for election security is being used by local governments to buy masks and other cleaning supplies for in-person polls.

"That's not a one-or-the-other choice. We need voters to be safe and we need our elections to be secure," she told the newswire.

However, the allotted election funding is not enough.

For example, in Georgia, all voters received forms for absentee ballot requests before its June 9 primary elections, a move that cost the state an estimated $5 million. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) told state lawmakers in late June that the same thing wouldn't be able to happen in November due to lack of funds.

Georgians wanting to request an absentee ballot will now reportedly have to do so online.

In Philadelphia, where a quarter of the state's Democrats reside, officials have cited that the city's election budget is $12.3 million, well short of the $22.5 million election budget that was proposed in March, according to Reuters.

Pennsylvania is expected to be one of the hotly contested battleground states; President Trump won the Keystone State by less than 1 percentage point in 2016.

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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2020 02:11 pm
How early (in-person) voting has changed the political landscape.

Published: October 29, 2018

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Reply Fri 10 Jul, 2020 02:26 pm
(In-person) early voting.

Obama encourages Florida Democrats to vote early.

Published Oct 20, 2008

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