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June 27, 2022

Democrats Suddenly Want to Fund the Police

Democrats had an apparent change of heart and are now pushing to fund the police.

Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams (D) proposes raising the base pay for state troopers, correctional officers, and community supervisors.

“When we make smart investments in our law enforcement, we get better officer recruitment, we get better retention, we get better interaction with the community and we get a safer Georgia,” Abrams said in an interview with Axios.

Abrams told the outlet that she isn’t concerned about alienating progressives with her proposal.

“People don’t care about your party. They care about their lives,” she said.

Meanwhile, House Democrats are pushing a bipartisan measure that would provide funding to police departments nationwide.

The Invest to Protect Act, led by Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.) and Rep. John Rutherford (R-FL), would provide investments in training, body cameras, mental health resources, and recruiting.

“I believe it’s critically important we invest in law enforcement, we get their backs just like they get ours every day and we make sure we enforce the laws on the books and protect our communities,” Gottheimer said.

But Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) says the push to fund the police demonstrates a “branding problem” for the Democrats ahead of the midterms.

“It is clear that the Democrats have a branding problem,” Mace said during a recent appearance on Fox & Friends.

“You just had Nancy Pelosi slow-walk the security bill that would keep our justices safe when they had protesters showing up on their front lawn, when someone was armed and dangerous and when the president, Joe Biden, wouldn’t condemn these protests outside their homes, which, by the way, is against the law. But, yeah, you’re definitely seeing I guess, a branding problem with Democrats going into the midterm elections. Absolutely. 100%.”

June 12, 2022

Democrats Capitalize on Jan 6 Hearing

Democrats are utilizing the Jan. 6 committee hearings “to juice small-dollar donor enthusiasm,” according to a report.

Party committees like the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) have sent out several ads and emails about the televised hearings.

“Jan. 6 panel announces eight hearings to be held in June,” one DSCC email subject line read — even though the panel hasn’t said how many it will hold. The email “polled” recipients about whether they’d watch the hearings, then directed them to a fundraising page.

Democratic super PAC American Bridge has sent more than 70 fundraising emails including the terms “Jan. 6” or “insurrection” over the past month, according to data from the Defending Democracy Together Institute.

“The primary purpose of it is going to be fundraising for a lot of the Democratic Party institutions and establishments,” said Murshed Zaheed, a Democratic strategist.

“It’s unclear how much of it to actually move the needle in holding Trump accountable,” Zaheed said, adding that it will “give lots of content for the email programs.”

June 7, 2022

AOC Criticizes Democrats in ‘Mini-Rant’

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1965: The Supreme Court of the United States decides on Griswold v. Connecticut, effectively legalizing the use of contraception by married couples.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) railed against lawmakers, including Democrats, who resist using the gender-neutral term Latinx.

“I also have a mini-rant about this because there are some politicians, including Democratic politicians, that rail against the term ‘Latinx.’ And they’re like, ‘this is so bad, this is so bad for the party,’ like blah blah blah,” said Ocasio-Cortez during a video posted to her Instagram stories.

“And it’s almost like it hasn’t struck some of these folks that another person’s identity is not about your reelection prospects.”

“Gender is fluid, language is fluid, and I think people right now are using the ‘e’ term as gender-neutral in order to be as inclusive as possible. Don’t have to make drama over it,” she added.

A recent poll indicated that the gender-neutral term is unpopular among Hispanic voters. Forty percent of Hispanic voters said the word “Latinx” bothers or offends them to some degree, and 30 percent said they would be less likely to support a politician or organization that uses it.

The poll found that only 2 percent of Hispanic respondents said they used the term “Latinx” themselves.

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego is among the term’s critics, previously saying it’s used to “appease” white, rich progressives.

“To be clear my office is not allowed to use ‘Latinx’ in official communications.,” Gallego wrote on Twitter in December. “When Latino politicos use the term it is largely to appease white rich progressives who think that is the term we use.

“It is a vicious circle of confirmation bias,” he added.

May 23, 2022

Democrats Drop Big Money in GOP Primary Elections

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1785: Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals.

The Democratic Governors Association (DGA) has sunk millions of dollars into Illinois and Nevada’s GOP primary elections.

“The DGA is wasting no time in educating the public about these Republicans,” said Christina Amestoy, DGA’s senior communications advisor.

“These elected and formerly elected officials want to deceptively retell their histories, and we’re just filling in the gaps.”

The DGA has spent $8.4 million on television ads in Illinois, with more than $4 million in the Chicago market alone. The ads target Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, the leading Republican in next month’s primary, where he’ll face state Sen. Darren Bailey (R) and several others.

Additionally, Democrats have spent $2.3 million in Nevada against Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo (R).

“The DGA’s spending decisions indicate they are very worried about their incumbent governors’ chances as their failed records are being litigated for voters,” said Jesse Hunt, a spokesperson for the Republican Governors Association.

“There isn’t enough money for them to meddle in the nearly dozen states where Democrats are in danger of losing their hold on the governor’s office.”


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Democrats spend big in GOP governor primaries

February 11, 2022

Democratic Governors Defy CDC Guidance

Several Democratic governors are ending their state’s mask mandates, defying the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that calls for masking in schools and other indoor settings.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced they’re ending mandates requiring face coverings in most indoor public settings — except for schools.

Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, Delaware Gov. John Carney, and Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont all announced some rollback of indoor masking requirements.

California will soon lift its indoor mask mandate for vaccinated individuals, Delaware is ending its indoor mask mandate, and New Jersey and Connecticut are dropping universal school masking requirements.

The Biden administration, which has been critical of Republican governors who’ve tried to lift mask mandates in schools, isn’t rebuking these Democratic governors.

“We certainly understand and have seen in polling that the public is tired of COVID,” Psaki said when questioned on the issue. “We understand that. So are we.”


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Democratic governors in several states ease mask mandates, though White House is sticking with stricter guidance

February 2, 2022

Report: Maxine Waters Used $1.2M in Campaign Funds to Pay Her Daughter

Data from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) shows that House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) has used more than $1.2 million in campaign funds to pay her daughter.

FEC data shows that since 2003, Karen Waters has received more than $1.2 million in payments from her mother to her and her company, Progressive Connections, for campaign-related services.

The payment amounts range from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars for things like “slate mailer management” fees, “campaign managing services,” and paying for a “band for [a] holiday event.”

Slate-mailing is an uncommon practice in federal elections, where a consulting firm is hired to create a pamphlet of sorts that contains a list of candidates or policy measures and advises voters on how to cast their ballots.

Rep. Waters was reportedly the only federal politician to use a slate-mailer operation during the 2020 general election.

Karen Waters isn’t the first family member to receive a hefty sum of campaign funds.

In 2004, a report from the Los Angeles Times revealed that the Waters campaign had paid more than $1 million to other family members over the previous eight years.


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Maxine Waters continues to pay daughter with campaign cash, adding up to $1.2M so far: FEC

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January 23, 2022

Lawmakers Deliver Low Blows on Capitol Hill

Amid a fight over voting legislation, lawmakers are hurling personal attacks on Capitol Hill, with Democrats lashing out at Republicans with racially charged criticisms.

“So today, if they don’t vote — that’s evil. And we want America to know that they are cooperating with evil,” said Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).

Beatty’s remarks came after leading about 20 Black Caucus members on a walk from the House’s Lincoln Room to the Senate to demand passage of voting legislation.

As some media outlets blame centrist Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.VA) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) for blocking changes to filibuster rules, some Democrats are pointing the finger across the aisle.

“We see Republicans trying to undermine the right of citizens to vote, and that’s why it’s not passing,” House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) told reporters.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.), head of the House Democratic Caucus, suggested that the GOP opposes these bills because they don’t want another Black president after Barack Obama’s 2008 victory.

“What happened to the modern day Republican Party? Was it the election that took place in 2008? Did that disturb you? Did that throw you off? Were you confused by that, still trying to figure out how it occurred?” Jeffries told reporters.

“What happened to the modern day Republican Party? It’s a cult right now. Is it because the cult leader has told you to oppose voting rights?”


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Fury over voting rights fight turns personal on Capitol Hill 

January 18, 2022

Poll: US Political Party Preference Shifted Greatly in 2021

A new Gallup poll found that Americans’ political preferences shifted significantly from Democratic to Republican last year.

In the first quarter of last year, 49% of Americans said they identified as a Democrat or a lean-Democratic independent, while 40% said they were a Republican or a lean-Republican independent. This marked the largest lead Democrats had over the GOP since 2012.

But the percentage of respondents who identified with the left started to fall, with more people beginning to align themselves with the right.

In the second quarter, while the percentage of Americans who identified as Democrats or lean-Democratic independents held steady at 49%, more Americans said they were Republicans or lean-Republican independents, increasing to 43%.

The third quarter marked a 4-point drop for Democrats, falling to 45%, while Republicans climbed to 44%.

By the fourth quarter of 2021, more Americans said they identified with the right than the left, 47% to 42%.

However, Gallup noted that the GOP’s advantage seems to be tapering off. Currently, Republicans have a 2 percentage point lead over the Democrats, 46% to 44%.

Gallup polled 12,000 randomly sampled U.S. adults throughout 2021. The margin of sampling error is 1 percentage point.


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U.S. Political Party Preferences Shifted Greatly During 2021

January 10, 2022

Dems Quietly Explore Banning Trump From Office

According to a report from The Hill, some Democrats have been quietly exploring if they could permanently prevent former President Donald Trump from holding office again, using a post-Civil War amendment.

After the January 6 Capitol riot, calls for Congress to bar Trump from office peaked and have since dwindled. But some are still discussing potentially applying Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

“If anything, the idea has waxed and waned,” Laurence Tribe, a constitutional expert at Harvard Law School, told the outlet. “I hear it being raised with considerable frequency these days both by media commentators and by members of Congress and their staffs, some of whom have sought my advice on how to implement Section 3.” 

The Hill reported, “around a dozen Democratic lawmakers have spoken either publicly or privately over the last year about how Section 3 of the 14th Amendment might apply.”

Recent inquiries include the offices of Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

“I continue to explore all legal paths to ensure that the people who tried to subvert our democracy are not in charge of it,” Wasserman Schultz told the outlet.

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment says those who “have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same” are disqualified from holding office in the future.

“The point is that the constitutional purpose is clear, to keep people exactly like Donald Trump and other traitors to the union from holding public office,” Raskin told ABC News on February 17, 2021. Raskin, a former constitutional law professor, sits on the January 6 House Select Committee.

From The Hill‘s report:

Most constitutional scholars who spoke to The Hill think the provision is not “self-executing.” In practical terms, that means applying Section 3 to Trump would require an additional step by lawmakers to make the 14th Amendment operative. 

Some scholars believe that Congress, by a simple majority in both chambers, could act on its own to find Trump engaged in insurrection, which would implicate the constitutional provision. Under the 14th Amendment, restoring Trump’s eligibility would then require a supermajority vote. 

Other experts, like Tribe of Harvard, say Congress would need to go further, either by establishing a neutral fact-finding body to determine whether Trump engaged in insurrection under Section 3, or assigning that fact-finding role to a federal court.

Whether a push to use the 14th Amendment to disqualify Trump gains traction may depend on what the House panel ultimately determines about his involvement in the incident, Tribe said.

“Once that committee makes clear, as I trust it will, that what took place was indeed an insurrection that triggers Section 3 of the 14th Amendment and that supports criminal prosecution by DOJ of those responsible, it is difficult to imagine this not becoming a logical next step,” Tribe said. 


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Democrats quietly explore barring Trump from office over Jan. 6 

December 29, 2021

Democrats Worry Over Their Grip on Hispanic Voters

Democrats are concerned that their grip on the support of Hispanic voters is loosening.

A recent Wall Street Journal poll showed that Hispanic voters are evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, potentially spelling disaster for the Democratic Party in the upcoming midterm elections.

“Do I think that Democrats’ heads should be on fire over this issue? Yeah, I do. I think that their head should be on fire over this issue every day regardless of what polls say,” said Ivan Zapien, Democratic lobbyist and former executive director at the Hispanic Leadership Council of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The Journal’s poll found that only 44% of Hispanic voters would cast their ballot for Biden if the 2024 election were held today. Comparatively, 43% said they would vote for former President Donald Trump.

“I don’t think that there’s a magic wand or a particular issue that is going to assure you some sort of long-term fidelity by ‘the Hispanic vote.’ Or even segments of the Hispanic vote,” Zapien said. “The party that spends the most time, energy and resources communicating with them, where they are, is going to have the momentum.” 

Lucas Acosta, coalitions director and senior spokesman at the DNC, argued that the Biden administration has delivered for Latino families.

“In the coming year, Democrats will continue to make the case to Latinos that while President Biden has focused on improving their lives, Republicans have consistently tried to stand in the way,” Acosta said.


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Democrats worry their grip on Hispanic vote is loosening

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