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Trump rallies in Dallas Thursday, O’Rourke holds counter-rally in Grand Prairie

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October 17, 2019: Donald Trump and Beto O’Rourke hold rallies in Texas Thursday. Tom Steyer spent more than $26 million on TV ads since entering the race. blank    blankblank   


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Notable Quote of the Day

“Historically, endorsements have been a good predictor of presidential primary outcomes, often rivaling early polls for how well they anticipate how the vote will eventually turn out. The theory behind the importance of endorsements, as perhaps best articulated in the book ‘The Party Decides,’ has come under attack in recent years, mostly because Donald Trump’s nomination in 2016 despite a lack of support from Republican endorsers was a poor data point for the theory (to put it kindly). In addition, some Democrats who received a number of endorsements earlier this year, such as Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker, have not yet gained much traction in the polls. Nonetheless, the theory has a fairly good long-term track record. Incidentally, the theory is not necessarily that the endorsements directly influence voters — for instance, that a voter says to herself ‘Senator Such-and-Such is endorsing Governor So-and-So; guess I’m going to vote for So-and-So!.’ (Although, an endorser with as high a profile as Ocasio-Cortez could be an exception.) Rather, it’s that endorsements are a proxy for support from ‘party elites,’ and that party elites’ preferences tend to be a leading indicator of voter preferences.”

– Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

Democrats

  • Michael Bennet criticized the cost of the Medicare for All plans proposed by Sanders and Warren. “Democrats need to win back the nine million Obama-Trump voters to take the White House and Senate and keep the House. Nominating a candidate who supports Medicare for All is not a recipe to do that,” Bennet tweeted.

  • Joe Biden discussed the Turkish conflict in Syria and criticized Trump’s foreign policy during a speech in Iowa Wednesday.

  • Cory Booker introduced the Break the Cycle of Violence Act Wednesday, which would spend $90 million over 10 years in urban areas on focused deterrence and other intervention programs.

  • Booker will endorse Marie Newman over incumbent Democratic Rep. Dan Lipinksi Thursday in Chicago.

  • The Steve Bullock campaign organized a telephone news conference with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, former Story County Democrats Chairwoman Jan Bauer, and former Rep. Dave Nagle Tuesday on Bullock’s campaign in Iowa.

  • Pete Buttigieg raised more than $1 million in the 24 hours after the debate and passed 600,000 individual donors.

  • Julián Castro is attending a roundtable discussion on racial profiling in Des Moines and a forum in Davenport Friday.

  • Tulsi Gabbard discussed media coverage of her campaign in an interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Wednesday.

  • Amy Klobuchar raised $1.1 million in the 24 hours following the October debate.

  • Beto O’Rourke is holding a counter-rally in Grand Prairie, Texas, while Trump is in Dallas Thursday night.

  • Rep. Ilhan Omar endorsed Bernie Sanders Wednesday.

  • Joe Sestak is on his fifth day of walking across New Hampshire, traveling from Mont Vernon to Manchester.

  • Tom Steyer has spent more than $26 million on television ads since beginning his campaign in July, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. That is more than six times as many ads as the rest of the Democratic field combined aired. Twenty thousand of Steyer’s 53,000 ads aired in Iowa.

  • Elizabeth Warren will attend a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Bold PAC Thursday.

  • Marianne Williamson wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post criticizing the content of the October debate and stating she would not drop out of the race. Williamson also discussed her campaign in an interview on Fox News Channel.

  • Andrew Yang will host an unmoderated Q&A online for 10 hours Friday on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and YouTube.

Republicans

Flashback: October 17, 2015

Jeb Bush released a digital ad questioning Donald Trump’s ability to be commander-in-chief. 



Vaping, ride-share taxes, minimum wage, and housing among 45 local measures on California ballots Nov. 5

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Welcome to the Wednesday, Oct. 16, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day:

  1. Vaping, ride-share taxes, minimum wage, and housing among 45 local measures on California ballots Nov. 5
  2. Efforts to recall Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) fall short of ballot qualification
  3. SCOTUS to hear three cases Wednesday

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Vaping, ride-share taxes, minimum wage, and housing among 45 local measures on California ballots Nov. 5

I always enjoy reading our reports on local ballot measures because they offer insight into how people are engaging with the government closest to home. Today we’re bringing you a summary of the local ballot measures California voters will see this November. 

Voters in 13 California counties will decide on 45 local ballot measures. In the last three odd-numbered election years in the state, an average of 64 local measures appeared on November ballots: 62 in 2017, 60 in 2015, and 70 in 2013.

Local measuresHere’s a breakdown of the various topics on local ballots:

  • 14 parcel (real estate) tax measures

  • nine sales tax measures

  • four local hotel tax measures

  • four measures that would make city clerks, city treasurers, or both, appointed instead of elected

  • two marijuana tax measures

  • two local spending limit increases

  • two measures concerning development and land use

  • two local business taxes, including a tax on ride-share companies in San Francisco

  • two measures in San Francisco concerning housing costs (bonds and zoning/development regulations)

  • one campaign finance limits and disclosure requirements measure in San Francisco

  • one vaping authorization and regulation measure in San Francisco

  • one charter amendment in San Francisco concerning the city’s disability and aging services commission

  • one measure to increase the minimum wage for hospitality workers in Rancho Palos Verdes

See something we missed? If you know of a local measure on the Nov. 5 ballot in California not included in the above list, please email us at editor@ballotpedia.org.

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Efforts to recall Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) fall short of ballot qualification

Two recall campaigns did not collect enough signatures to trigger a recall election that, if successful, would have removed Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) from office. Supporters of each recall effort had until Oct. 14 to turn in 280,050 signatures.

  • The first recall petition, which was supported by the Oregon Republican Party, criticized Brown because she supported legislation during the 2019 legislative session related to a cap-and-trade program and a bill that grants driver’s licenses to immigrants residing in the country without legal permission.

  • The second recall petition, which was headed by Oregon First! PAC and the Flush Down Kate Brown group, criticized Brown over raising taxes, the state’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) program, Oregon’s sanctuary state status, and for the same driver’s license bill as the other recall petition.

These recall efforts were two of the six gubernatorial recalls Ballotpedia has tracked in 2019. Four others are currently underway in Alaska, California, Colorado, and New Jersey. From 2003 to 2018, Ballotpedia tracked 17 gubernatorial recall efforts. During that time, two made the ballot and one governor was successfully recalled. Former California Gov. Gray Davis (D) was recalled in 2003; Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) won the election to replace him. In 2012, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was retained in a recall election. North Dakota Gov. Lynn Frazier (R) was the only other governor removed from office through a recall election. That happened in 1921.

Oregon became a Democratic trifecta in 2013. Democrats control the state House 38-22 and the state Senate 18-12. Brown was appointed governor in 2015, and she won a special election in 2016 with 50.7% of the vote. Brown was re-elected in 2018 with 50.1% of the vote. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and both state legislative chambers.

SCOTUS to hear three cases Wednesday

As we’ve mentioned in previous editions, the Supreme Court is back in session and in its second week of hearing oral arguments. Today, Oct. 16, the court will hear arguments in three cases:

Need to stay on top of the whirlwind world of the federal judiciary of the United States? You can read about this term’s cases and more by subscribing to our monthly newsletter, Bold Justice. 

And in case you’re wondering: Why Bold JusticeThe story behind the name is a fun, quick read.

 



Dems spar over healthcare costs and gun policy in fourth debate

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October 16, 2019: Twelve Democratic presidential candidates debated Tuesday night in Westerville, Ohio. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is expected to formally endorse Bernie Sanders on Saturday. blank    blankblank   


 Presidential Facebook ads, 2019-2020 (October 7-13, 2019)

Notable Quote of the Day

“The knives finally came out for Elizabeth Warren, but she parried them across all three hours of the debate. Warren demonstrated she can handle the pressure that comes with being the front-runner, even if it wasn’t always comfortable or particularly easy. And she did take some hits: from Buttigieg on Medicare for All, Andrew Yang on workforce automation and Klobuchar on, well, nearly everything.”

– Adam Cancryn, Politico

Debate Night

Twelve Democratic presidential candidates debated Tuesday night in Westerville, Ohio: Joe BidenCory BookerPete ButtigiegJulián CastroTulsi GabbardKamala HarrisAmy KlobucharBeto O’RourkeBernie SandersTom SteyerElizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang.

The candidates discussed impeachment, healthcare, tax policy, foreign policy, gun violence, antitrust laws, fitness, abortion, and the Supreme Court. Elizabeth Warren had the most speaking time at 23 minutes. Tom Steyer spoke the least at 7.2 minutes.

For highlights from the debate for each candidate, click here.


Democrats

  • Michael Bennet will campaign in New Hampshire Wednesday, marking his ninth visit to the state.

  • Joe Biden is holding a community event Wednesday in Davenport, Iowa.

  • Julián Castro will attend a community block party Thursday hosted by Urban Dreams, Creative visions, and NAACP Des Moines in Iowa.

  • Steve Bullock said in a statement about the debate, “Six debates in and the Democratic Party is still failing to speak to the challenges middle class families face every day. When 40% of Americans wouldn’t have $400 to spare in the event of an emergency, we need to be talking about serious solutions that will make people’s lives better in the here and now — not a decade down the line, and not after a hypothetical political revolution.”

  • Pete Buttigieg is speaking Wednesday at Iowa State University’s campus in Ames.

  • John Delaney will campaign in an RV across Iowa Wednesday through Friday.

  • Kamala Harris will make her third trip to Iowa this month with stops in Dubuque, Tipton, Davenport, and Clinton Wednesday through Friday.

  • Amy Klobuchar will visit all 10 counties in New Hampshire Wednesday and Thursday as part of her “For All of America” tour.

  • Wayne Messam raised $5 in the third quarter of 2019, according to his FEC filing. His campaign Tuesday said there was a computer glitch but did not provide another fundraising figure.

  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is expected to formally endorse Bernie Sanders on Saturday.

  • Joe Sestak is on his fourth day of walking across New Hampshire. He will make stops in Londonderry, Peterborough, and Mont Vernon.

  • Marianne Williamson held an event Tuesday night in Encinitas, California

Republicans

  • Mark Sanford will campaign in Harrisburg and Pittsburgh Wednesday as part of his “Kids, We’re Bankrupt and We Didn’t Even Know It” Tour.

  • The Donald Trump campaign, authorized joint fundraising committees, and Republican National Committee have a cumulative $158 million in cash on hand after the third quarter of 2019.

  • Joe Walsh raised roughly $130,000 in the third quarter of 2019, not including a $100,000 loan the candidate made to his own campaign.

Flashback: October 16, 2015

Hillary Clinton outraised and outspent all other 2016 presidential candidates in the third quarter of 2015. She raised more than $29 million and spent more than $25 million. 

 



12 Dems take stage tonight in largest presidential primary debate

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October 15, 2019: Twelve Democratic presidential candidates will meet on stage Tuesday in the fourth primary debate of the 2020 election cycle. Hawaii and Kansas will use ranked-choice voting in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. blank    blankblank   


 

Which election featured the first presidential primary debate?

Notable Quotes of the Day

“Omission from November’s debate could effectively choke off a candidate’s visibility and fundraising and make it impossible for them to mount a realistic challenge. Castro, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Klobuchar and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas are all on the cut line. … There’s no better way for those candidates to engineer the big moments they need than to tangle with one of the front-runners.”

– Stephen Collinson, CNN

“Premeditated attack strategies have a mostly losing record so far. The most successful of them—Kamala Harris’ biographical repudiation of Biden’s recording on busing—lent Harris only a short-lived boost as her moment of moral righteousness soon faded to equivocation.
John Delaney earned plenty of screen time in the second debate acting as the moderate counterweight to Warren, but moderate voters already had their preferred counterweight in Biden, and they also like Elizabeth Warren more than they like John Delaney. Tulsi Gabbard, similarly, took a hatchet to Harris in the second debate, a moment that may have hurt Harris but hardly helped Gabbard. And in the third debate, Julián Castro famously ‘insinuated’ that Joe Biden was losing his mind and was rewarded with a sharp collapse in his net favorability.”

– Jim NewellSlate

Democrats

  • The Democratic National Committee approved proposals from the state parties in Hawaii and Kansas to use ranked-choice voting in the 2020 presidential primary.

  • Joe BidenCory BookerPete ButtigiegJulián CastroTulsi GabbardKamala HarrisAmy KlobucharBeto O’RourkeBernie SandersTom SteyerElizabeth Warren, and Andrew Yang will participate in the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate Tuesday in Westerville, Ohio. Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, and Marc Lacey will moderate the event.

  • Michael BennetBidenSteve BullockButtigiegHarris, and Sanders participated in the second UFCW presidential candidate labor forum in Iowa Sunday.

  • BennetBullockJohn DelaneyKlobucharO’RourkeJoe Sestak, and Marianne Williamson answered questions on retirement issues in a survey produced by Yahoo Finance and the Funding Our Future Campaign.

  • ButtigiegKlobucharTim RyanSteyer, and Yang attended the Ohio Democratic Party’s annual state dinner at the Greater Columbus Convention Center Sunday.

  • In an ethics plan released Monday, Biden proposed establishing a constitutional amendment to eliminate private dollar funding of federal campaigns, strengthening whistleblower laws, and establishing a commission on federal ethics.

  • Buttigieg released a digital ad in Iowa Tuesday critical of Medicare for All. It features political analysts discussing the healthcare proposals of Sanders and Warren.

  • Sanders proposed requiring corporations with at least $100 million in revenue and all publicly traded companies increase employee ownership stakes by providing 2 percent of stocks to their workers until at least 20 percent of the company is employee-owned. His corporate accountability plan released Monday also called for having workers directly elect 45 percent of the board of directors.

  • Sestak began airing his first ad in New Hampshire Sunday, which focuses on his military and congressional career.

Republicans

  • Mark Sanford discussed foreign policy and the Trump administration’s policy on Syria and Turkey in a CNN interview Sunday.

  • Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle, and campaign manager Brad Parscale will host a “Keep America Great” panel Tuesday in San Antonio, preceding Donald Trump’s Thursday rally in Dallas.

  • Joe Walsh is campaigning Tuesday in Davenport, Iowa.

On the Cusp: Tracking Potential Candidates

Flashback: October 15, 2015

Ben Carson and Donald Trump submitted a joint letter to CNBC saying neither would agree to attend the month’s debate if opening and closing statements were not permitted and the event ran longer than 120 minutes. 

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Twelve Democratic presidential candidates to debate in Ohio

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Welcome to the Tuesday, October 15, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day:

  1. Twelve Democratic presidential candidates to debate in Ohio
  2. Louisiana Republicans maintain state legislative control after Saturday’s primary
  3. 62% of Brew readers have attended a borough, town, or city council meeting

Twelve Democratic presidential candidates to debate in Ohio

The fourth Democratic presidential debate takes place tonight at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, which is primarily located in Franklin County. Ohio has nine Pivot Counties, which are counties that voted for Donald Trump (R) in 2016 after voting for Barack Obama (D) in 2008 and 2012. Franklin County is one of eight counties that voted for the Democratic nominee in each of the last three presidential elections. Sixty-five counties in Ohio voted for the Republican nominee in the last three presidential races.  

The following 12 candidates will participate: 

    •    Joe Biden
    •    Cory Booker
    •    Pete Buttigieg
    •    Julián Castro
    •    Tulsi Gabbard
    •    Kamala Harris
    •    Amy Klobuchar
    •    Beto O’Rourke
    •    Bernie Sanders
    •    Tom Steyer
    •    Elizabeth Warren
    •    Andrew Yang

Here are five facts about tonight’s debate: 

  • Gabbard and Steyer are the only candidates who did not also participate in the third Democratic debate in Houston on Sept. 12.

  • This debate will feature the most candidates on stage of any single presidential primary debate. The Republican Party held the previous record when 11 candidates debated at one time on September 16, 2015.

  • CNN and The New York Times are hosting the event. Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, and Marc Lacey are the moderators.

  • Candidates who did not qualify for this debate can still qualify for the next one, which has different polling and fundraising criteria. The Democratic National Committee announced this week that the fifth primary debate will take place in Georgia on November 20.

  • The previous Democratic debate was held on September 12 in Houston and featured 10 candidates. Since then, one Democratic candidate—Bill de Blasio—has withdrawn from the race.

In other presidential debate news, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) announced last week the schedule of next year’s presidential and vice presidential debates ahead of the general election. 

Three 2020 presidential debates have been scheduled: 

  • Sept. 29 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, 

  • Oct. 15 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and 

  • Oct. 22 at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. 

A vice presidential debate is scheduled for October 7, 2020, at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. 

The CPD also said in a press release that it will invite candidates to participate in these debates who meet three eligibility requirements. They must (1) be constitutionally eligible to run for president, (2) provide evidence of ballot access in enough states to win an Electoral College majority, and (3) demonstrate 15 percent support in national polling.


Louisiana Republicans maintain state legislative control after Saturday’s primary 

Our Brew story Monday covered the outcome of Saturday’s gubernatorial primary in Louisiana. Incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) and businessman Eddie Rispone (R) advanced to the November 16 general election as the top two finishers out of six candidates. 

One other statewide executive office will be decided in the general election as none of the four candidates received a majority of the vote. Incumbent Kyle Ardoin (R) finished first in the secretary of state primary with 41% and will face Gwen Collins-Greenup (D), who finished second with 34%. Ardoin and two other Republicans received a combined 66% of the vote; Collins-Greenup was the only Democrat in the race. Ardoin defeated Collins-Greenup in a 2018 special election—59% to 41%—after Ardoin assumed office in May 2018 following the resignation of Tom Schedler (R). Ardoin is one of 25 Republican secretaries of state nationwide.

All 39 Louisiana’s state Senate seats were up for election. Although four seats advanced to a general election, partisan control of each is already determined in those districts—three had a pair of Republicans advance while the fourth had a pair of Democrats. Republicans will have a 27-12 majority—a net gain of two seats—which gives them one seat more than the 26-seat threshold required to override gubernatorial vetoes.

Here are Saturday’s other key results:

  • Six statewide executive offices, including the lieutenant governorship and attorney general’s office, were won outright by Republican incumbents.  

  • Voters decided all eight seats on the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education—currently under a 6-2 Republican majority. Seven races were decided with none resulting in a change in party control. The results of the District 6 seat—an open seat previously held by Kathy Edmonston (R)—is considered too close to call. 

  • In Louisiana’s state House elections, Republicans are assured of winning at least 63 seats, Democrats 33 seats, and one was won by an independent. This includes races that were decided in the primary as well as those where both of the top two finishers are from the same party. Control of eight seats will be determined in the November 16 general election. A veto-proof majority in the state House requires 70 seats. In Louisiana, congressional and state legislative districts are drawn by the state legislature during redistricting.

  • Since Republicans have maintained control of both houses of the state legislature, trifecta control of state government will be at stake in the gubernatorial election. The state will maintain divided government if Edwards wins re-election. If Rispone wins, Louisiana will become a Republican trifecta.

  • Louisiana voters approved two constitutional amendments and rejected two, according to unofficial election night results. 

62% of Brew readers have attended a borough, town, or city council meeting

Over the last few weeks, our What’s the Tea? questions have been part of a series asking Brew readers whether they’ve ever participated or done certain things related to politics and policy, such as attending or speaking at governmental meetings or signing candidate or initiative petitions. 

Remember that our weekly survey question appears in the Brew every Friday, and we don’t tabulate responses until Monday afternoon. So if you don’t get a chance to answer the survey until the weekend, go ahead and respond then – it’s not too late to hear from you! 

Survey results

 

 



Gov. Edwards (D), Rispone (R) advance to general election in Louisiana

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Welcome to the Monday, October 14, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day:

  1. Gov. Edwards (D), Rispone (R) advance to general election in Louisiana
  2. California governor vetoes pay-per-signature ban 
  3. Washington State Supreme Court chief justice announces retirement

Gov. Edwards (D), Rispone (R) advance to general election in Louisiana

Incumbent Gov. John Bel Edwards (D) and businessman Eddie Rispone (R) advanced from Louisiana’s primary election Saturday as the top two finishers out of six candidates. Edwards received 46% of the vote and Rispone received 27%. U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham (R) was third with 24% of the vote. The general election will be held November 16. 

Louisiana uses what’s known as a blanket primary, where all candidates in any race appear on the ballot—regardless of party. A candidate can win the election outright by receiving more than 50% of the primary vote. Otherwise, the top two finishers advance to a general election.

Edwards campaigned on what he considers the accomplishments of his administration. Rispone emphasized his background as a businessman, referring to himself as a conservative outsider and job creator.  

President Donald Trump (R) and the Louisiana Republican Party endorsed both Rispone and Abraham. Trump held a campaign rally with both candidates in the state Friday. Several polls leading up to the primary showed either Rispone and Abraham tied within the margin of error for second place or Rispone with a small advantage.

Edwards is the only Democratic governor in the Deep South and the only Democrat holding statewide office in Louisiana. He defeated U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R) in the general election in 2015 with 56% of the vote. Trump won the state—58% to 38%—in 2016. Louisiana’s previous governor—Bobby Jindal (R)—received 65.8% of the vote in the primary to win re-election in 2011.

According to unofficial vote totals, 1,343,478 total votes were cast in Saturday’s primary. This was  230,002 more than the 1,113,476 votes cast in the 2015 primary. The distribution of 2019 primary votes by party—based on unofficial vote totals—was 51.8% for the three Republican candidates, 47.4% for the two Democrats, and 0.8% for one independent candidate.

Of the five gubernatorial elections in Louisiana between 1999 and 2015, three were won outright in the primary and two—in 2003 and 2015—proceeded to general elections. 

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California governor vetoes pay-per-signature ban 

Twenty-six states allow citizen-initiated ballot measures, and supporters must gather a specific number of signatures to get a measure on the ballot. In California, for example, initiative supporters will need to collect 623,212 signatures—or 5% of the votes cast in the 2018 gubernatorial election—to place an initiated state statute or veto referendum on the ballot in 2020 and 2022.  

Nineteen of the 26 states with statewide initiatives or referendums allow ballot measure campaigns to pay signature gatherers based on the number of signatures collected, a practice known as pay-per-signature. 

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) vetoed a bill October 7 that would have banned pay-per-signature for citizen initiatives in the state. Newsom’s two immediate predecessors—Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) and Jerry Brown (D)—vetoed similar bills after the state legislature passed laws prohibiting pay-per-signature in 2011 and 2018. California is one of 14 Democratic trifectas, with Democrats controlling the legislature and the governor’s office. 

The 2019 bill—Assembly Bill 1451—would have:

  • required at least 10 percent of the required signatures for an initiative or referendum petition to be collected by volunteer (unpaid) circulators; 

  • changed the timeline for local elections officials to verify signatures for initiative and referendum petitions; 

  • required petitions to include information about whether the circulator is paid or volunteer; and 

  • made other changes regarding signature verification, circulators, and petition rules. 

Supporters of pay-per-signature say it is a cost-effective method for collecting signatures, making the process more accessible to efforts without significant funding. Opponents of pay-per-signature say the process encourages signature gatherers to forge signatures or illegally misinform voters.  

Pay-per-signature bans exist in seven states. The most recent states to ban paying circulators on a per-signature basis were Florida in 2019 and Arizona in 2017. The map below shows the current status of pay-per-signature nationwide:  

Status of pay per signature

Washington State Supreme Court chief justice announces retirement

There have been 19 supreme court vacancies in 2019 where replacement justices are appointed instead of elected. Earlier this month, we learned of the first such vacancy which will occur in 2020. 

Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst announced on October 3 that she would retire for health reasons on January 5, 2020. Fairhurst was first elected to the Washington Supreme Court in 2002 and re-elected in 2008 and 2014. She became the chief justice in 2016. 

Vacancies on the Washington State Supreme Court are filled by gubernatorial appointment. Whomever Gov. Jay Inslee (D) appoints will serve until Fairhurst’s term was due to expire—in January 2021. This will be Inslee’s second nominee to the nine-member court. 

Washington Supreme Court justices are regularly determined by nonpartisan elections and serve six-year terms. Currently, six judges on the court were elected and three were appointed by Democratic governors. 

Each state has its own supreme court, which serves as the court of last resort. Two states—Oklahoma and Texas—actually have two different state supreme courts, one for civil appeals and one for criminal appeals. Like the U.S. Supreme Court, these courts hear and decide appeals of lower trial and appellate courts in cases at the state level. The number of justices on each court varies between five and nine in each state. There are 344 state Supreme Court justices nationwide.  

Of the 19 state supreme court vacancies that have occurred this year in states where replacement justices are appointed instead of elected, 12 are in states where a Republican governor appoints the replacement. Six vacancies occurred in a state where a Democratic governor fills vacancies. One vacancy occurred in a state—Virginia—where the legislature appoints replacements.

 



Three Pennsylvania public-sector unions amend contracts, allow members to opt out at any time

Three public-sector unions in Pennsylvania have recently ratified labor contracts allowing their members to resign at any time. Previously, these unions allowed members to resign during an annual 15-day window preceding the expiration of their labor contracts. This provision is referred to as a maintenance-of-membership clause.

Who are the unions, and who do they represent?
The three unions are the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 668, the Pennsylvania State Correctional Officers Association, and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 1776. Together, these three unions represent approximately 22,500 public-sector workers.

What are the reactions?

  • David Osborne, president and general counsel for the Fairness Center, said, “Maintenance of membership restrictions clearly violate our clients’ constitutional rights, and union officials should have dropped those restrictions a long time ago. It’s a big step in the right direction. Our clients had to sue to enforce their rights and the rights of those who are similarly situated, and only then did their union officials start to doubt their constitutional authority to keep members from resigning.” The Pennsylvania-based Fairness Center is a nonprofit law firm that, according to its website, “provides free legal services to those hurt by public-sector union officials.”
    • The Fairness Center has filed multiple lawsuits challenging maintenance-of membership clauses since the Supreme Court issued its 2018 ruling in Janus v. AFSCME. The court found that compelling public-sector workers to give any financial support to a union violates workers’ First Amendment rights.
  • Wendell Young IV, president of UFCW Local 1776, said, “There’s a very basic element of every contract our union has in both the public and private sector and that is if any provision is found to be inconsistent due to a change in the law or invalidated by changes in the law, they are considered invalidated. So Janus changed the law. The Supreme Court ruled and whether I like the ruling or not contracts have to conform to the law. That’s why we changed them.” This appears to be one of the first instances in which a union representative has indicated that membership opt-out windows are inconsistent with Janus.

What comes next?
According to Osborne, the suits filed by the Fairness Center will proceed because state law does not prohibit the inclusion of maintenance-of-membership clauses in labor contracts. “Our clients are pursuing a court ruling that, among other protections, strikes down the ‘maintenance of membership’ statute as unconstitutional,” he said. Unions are contesting these suits, which are listed below.

  • Nguyen v. A&R Local 4200 (case number: 3:19-cv-01351-WWE; filed Sept. 2, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut)
  • Weyandt v. PSCOA (case number: 3:02-at-06000; filed June 14, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania)
  • Kabler v. UFCW, Local 1776 (case number: 1:19-cv-00395-UN1; filed March 6, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania)
  • James v. SEIU, Local 668 (case number: 2:19-cv-00053-CB; filed Jan. 17, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania)
  • Molina v. SEIU, Local 668 (case number: 1:19-cv-00019-YK; filed Jan. 7, 2019, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania)

The big picture

Number of relevant bills by state

We are currently tracking 102 pieces of legislation dealing with public-sector employee union policy. On the map below, a darker shade of green indicates a greater number of relevant bills. Click here for a complete list of all the bills we’re tracking.

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Number of relevant bills by current legislative status

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Number of relevant bills by partisan status of sponsor(s)

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Recent legislative actions

No legislative actions have occurred since our last issue.



SCOTUS to hear four cases this week

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Arguments

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in four cases this week. Click here to read more about SCOTUS’ current term.

In its October 2018 term, SCOTUS heard arguments in 69 cases. Click here to read more about SCOTUS’ previous term.

Click the links below to read more about the specific cases SCOTUS will hear this week:

October 15

  • Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico v. Aurelius Investment, LLC, concerns the U.S. Constitution’s Appointments Clause. The case is consolidated with Aurelius Investment, LLC v. Puerto RicoOfficial Committee of Debtors v. Aurelius Investment, LLCUnited States v. Aurelius Investment, LLC, and UTIER v. Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.

    In 2016, Congress enacted the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act. The act created the Financial Oversight and Management Board and authorized the board to begin debt adjustment proceedings on behalf of the Puerto Rico government. After the board began proceedings in 2017, Aurelius Investment, LLC, (“Aurelius”) and the Unión de Trabajadores de la Industria Eléctrica y Riego (“UTIER”) challenged the board’s authority in U.S. District Court, arguing the board members’ appointment violated the Constitution’s Appointments Clause. The District of Puerto Rico ruled against Aurelius and UTIER. On appeal, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court in part, holding the board members “must be, and were not, appointed in compliance with the Appointments Clause.”

    The issue: Whether the Appointments Clause governs the appointment of members of the Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico.

October 16

  • In Kansas v. Garcia, Ramiro Garcia, Donaldo Morales, and Guadalupe Ochoa-Lara were convicted of identity theft in Johnson County, Kansas. In each case, prosecutors used Social Security numbers found on I-9 and W-4 employment forms. Garcia, Morales, and Ochoa-Lara appealed their convictions, arguing the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) preempted their prosecution. On appeal, the Kansas Supreme Court reversed the three convictions.

    The issue: (1) Whether IRCA expressly preempts states from using any information entered on or appended to a federal Form I-9. This includes common information such as name, date of birth, and Social Security number, in a prosecution of any person (citizen or alien) when that same, commonly used information also appears in non-IRCA documents, such as state tax forms, leases, and credit applications. (2) Whether the Immigration Reform and Control Act indirectly preempts Kansas’ prosecution of Garcia, Morales, and Ochoa-Lara.

  • In Rotkiske v. Klemm, Kevin Rotkiske accumulated credit card debt between 2003 and 2005. Rotkiske’s bank referred the matter to Klemm & Associates (Klemm) for collection. Someone accepted service for a debt collection lawsuit on Rotkiske’s behalf without his knowledge. Klemm obtained a default judgment of approximately $1,500. Rotkiske sued Klemm for violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), arguing the statute of limitations to file a suit begins when the plaintiff knows of his injury. On appeal, the 3rd Circuit rejected Rotkiske’s argument, affirming the ruling of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and holding that the statute of limitations begins to run when the defendant allegedly violates the FDCPA.

    The issue: Whether the one-year limitation period on a statute of limitations begins to run when a potential plaintiff violates the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, as the 3rd Circuit has held, or begins to run when a potential plaintiff discovers a violation, as the 4th and 9th Circuits have held.

  • In Mathena v. MalvoLee Boyd Malvo was convicted in 2004 of committing homicides in 2002, when he was 17 years old. Malvo was sentenced to four life terms without parole. In 2012, SCOTUS held in Miller v. Alabama that juvenile defendants could not be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. In 2016, SCOTUS held in Montgomery v. Louisiana that the rule it established in Miller was retroactive.

    After Malvo filed applications for writs of habeas corpus relief, the district court vacated the four terms of life imprisonment and remanded the case for resentencing. On appeal, the 4th Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling.

    The issue: Did the 4th Circuit err in concluding—in direct conflict with Virginia’s highest court and other courts—that a juvenile sentenced to life without parole is entitled to a new sentencing proceeding following SCOTUS’ 2016 decision in Montgomery v. Louisiana?

Upcoming SCOTUS dates

Here are the upcoming dates of interest in October:

  • October 15: 
    • SCOTUS will hear arguments in one case.
    • SCOTUS will release orders.
  • October 16: SCOTUS will hear arguments in three cases.
  • October 18: SCOTUS will conference. A conference is a private meeting of the justices.
  • October 21: SCOTUS will release orders.

SCOTUS trivia

Parties petition SCOTUS to hear a case if they are not satisfied with a lower court’s decision. What do the parties petition the court to grant?

  1. A writ of certiorari
  2. A writ of habeas corpus
  3. A preliminary injunction
  4. Summary judgment

Choose an answer to find out!

Federal court action

Confirmations

The Senate has not confirmed any nominees since our October 7 issue. 

The Senate has confirmed 152 of President Trump’s judicial nominees—105 district court judges, 43 appeals court judges, two Court of International Trade judges, and two Supreme Court justices—since January 2017.

Nominations

President Trump has not announced any new Article III nominees since our October 7 edition.

The president has announced 224 Article III judicial nominations since taking office Jan. 20, 2017. The president named 69 judicial nominees in 2017 and 92 in 2018. For more information on the president’s judicial nominees, click here.

Federal judicial nominations by month chartVacancies

The federal judiciary currently has 107 vacancies. As of publication, there were 40 pending nominations.

According to the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts, an additional 16 judges have announced their intention to leave active judicial status during Trump’s first term.

For more information on judicial vacancies during Trump’s first term, click here.

Vacancies on the Circuit Courts

The following table lists the number of vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals from President Trump’s inauguration to the date of publication.

Vacancies on the Circuit Courts

Committee action

The Senate Judiciary Committee has not reported any new nominees out of committee since our October 7 edition.

Do you love judicial nomination, confirmation, and vacancy information? We figured you might. Our monthly Federal Vacancy Count, published at the start of each month, monitors all the faces and places moving in, moving out, and moving on in the federal judiciary. Click here for our most current count.

Need a daily fix of judicial nomination, confirmation, and vacancy information? Click here for continuing updates on the status of all federal judicial nominees.

Or, if you prefer, we also maintain a list of individuals President Trump has nominated.

Court in the spotlight

In each issue of Bold Justice, we highlight a federal court you should know more about. Right now, we’re taking a closer look at the 94 U.S. District Courts. The district courts are the general trial courts of the U.S. federal court system.

There is at least one judicial district for each state, and one each for Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.  

In this edition, we’re placing a spotlight on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. The Northern District of New York has original jurisdiction over cases filed in the following counties in the northern part of the state:

  • Albany County
  • Broome County
  • Cayuga County
  • Chenango County
  • Clinton County
  • Columbia County
  • Cortland County
  • Delaware County
  • Essex County
  • Franklin County
  • Fulton County
  • Greene County
  • Hamilton County
  • Herkimer County
  • Jefferson County
  • Lewis County
  • Madison County
  • Montgomery County
  • Oneida County
  • Onondaga County
  • Oswego County
  • Otsego County
  • Rensselaer County
  • Saratoga County
  • Schenectady County
  • Schoharie County
  • St. Lawrence County
  • Tioga County
  • Tompkins County
  • Ulster County
  • Warren County
  • Washington County

Decisions of the court may be appealed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Northern District of New York has five authorized judgeships. There is currently one vacancy. The breakdown of current active judges by appointing president is:

  • Barack Obama (D): Two judges
  • George W. Bush (R): One judge
  • Bill Clinton (D): One judge


Ballotpedia’s Weekly Presidential News Briefing: October 7-11, 2019

 Ballotpedia's Weekly Presidential News Briefing

Every weekday, Ballotpedia tracks the events that matter in the 2020 presidential election. 

Now, we’re bringing you the highlights from our daily briefings in a weekly format so you can stay up-to-date on the 2020 election with one weekly email.

Here’s the latest from the campaign trail.

Candidates by the Number

 

Notable Quotes of the Week

“As the 2020 election season ramps up, two global events beyond President Trump’s control threaten to be decisive in determining the U.S. economic environment in which he will be fighting that election. The first is the manner in which the United Kingdom might leave the European Union. The second is whether the political crisis in Hong Kong can be resolved without mainland China sending in troops to quell the island’s political unrest.”

Desmond LachmanThe Hill

“If Democrats learned anything in 2016 — an open question, surely — it is that it is impossible to win with a campaign that is not about anything except the all-consuming ‘Can you believe he said that?’ badness of one’s opponent. McMansion wine moms in Northern Virginia want to hear about what a misogynist the gross orange man is, and they will pay $4600 a pop for the privilege. The voters Democrats actually need in 2020 are the ones in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania who want to hear that Trump is right about trade and manufacturing and the swamp but that he has shown he can’t get the job done.”

Matthew WaltherThe Week

“With a crucial debate looming next week in the Democratic presidential primary, the party’s populist wing appears increasingly in control of the race — rising in the polls, stocked with cash and with only a wounded leading candidate, Joseph R. Biden Jr., standing in its way.

Several slow-building trends have converged to upend the race over the last few weeks: Senator Elizabeth Warren’s steady ascent in the polls has accelerated. Both she and Senator Bernie Sanders, a fellow progressive, have raised immense sums of money from small donors online, dominating the Democratic field and each collecting about $10 million more than Mr. Biden in the last quarter. And Mr. Biden’s numbers have gradually slipped in a way that has alarmed his supporters.”

— Alexander BurnsThe New York Times

Week in Review

Candidates announce third-quarter fundraising totals

Presidential candidates continued to announce their third-quarter fundraising figures in advance of the October 15 reporting deadline. Steve Bullock announced that he had raised $2.3 million, doubling his number of individual contributions from the second quarter. Amy Klobuchar reported raising $4.8 million through September 30, up from $3.9 million raised in the second quarter but down from $5.2 million in the first quarter. 

Bullock and Klobuchar followed eight other candidates who released unofficial fundraising totals the week before. Of the candidates who have so far self-reported, the leading fundraisers are:

President Trump holds rally in Minneapolis

President Trump held a rally in Minneapolis Thursday night, his first campaign rally since September 16. At the rally, Trump criticized Joe Biden and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), adding that he believed he would carry the state in the 2020 election. No Republican has carried Minnesota since Richard Nixon (R) in 1972, although Trump came within two percentage points of winning the state in 2016.

In the runup to the rally, the Trump campaign and Mayor Jacob Frey (DFL) clashed over $530,000 in security costs the venue had initially charged the campaign. Frey said that the charge was necessary to pay for overtime for police officers and other necessary costs. The campaign, citing a 2009 Barack Obama rally which the city had paid for, said that the charge was an attempt to prevent the rally from taking place.

Nine candidates participate in CNN town hall focused on LGBT issues

Nine Democratic presidential candidates participated in a town hall event organized by the Human Rights Campaign and CNN and focused on LGBT issues Thursday. Cory BookerJoe BidenPete ButtigiegElizabeth WarrenKamala HarrisBeto O’RourkeAmy KlobucharJulián Castro, and Tom Steyer each attended.

In the runup to the event, several candidates released LGBT issues-related policy proposals and took place in rallies alongside members of the LGBT community. In an interview with Pride Source Wednesday, Buttigieg discussed his campaign, who he looks up to in the LGBTQ community, and where he and other candidates stand on LGBTQ issues. That night, Harris appeared at The Abbey, a gay bar in West Hollywood. Marianne Williamson, who did not participate in the town hall, attended a watch party hosted by Chicago Reader in Chicago, Illinois.

LGBT issues, foster care, and athletics among the issues covered by policy proposals this week

Presidential candidates released policy proposals this week outlining their positions on LGBT issues, campaign finance, and more:

  • Michael Bennet unveiled his housing platform, calling for the construction of nearly 3 million new housing units over the next decade and funding programs to assist  low-income renters.
  • Joe Biden released a higher education proposal on Tuesday that would guarantee two years of free community college or technical training.
  • Cory Booker released a package of policy proposals related to college and professional athletes. Included was a requirement that college athletes be allowed to profit off of their name and image.
  • Pete Buttigieg unveiled a policy related to LGBT issues. The platform calls for Senate passage of H.R. 5, called the Equality Act, as well as granting veterans’ benefits to former service members discharged on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Julián Castro released a foster care platform, calling for increased funding for foster care programs and allowing foster children the option to remain in foster care until they turn 21.
  • Kamala Harris released her Children’s Agenda, which includes proposals for up to six months of paid family and medical leave, more nurses and social workers at schools, and criminal justice reforms. 
  • Harris announced a set of policy proposals on LGBT issues, including establishing the office of Chief Advocate for LGBTQ+ Affairs.
  • Beto O’Rourke released a plan focused on women, including proposals to address pay gaps, provide up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave, and guarantee private insurance coverage of abortion.
  • Bernie Sanders released a campaign finance proposal. He said he would replace the Federal Election Commission with a law enforcement agency and prevent party conventions and inauguration ceremonies from corporate sponsorship.
  • Tom Steyer released an economic plan calling for a $15 minimum wage, repealing the Trump Administration’s tax cuts, and implementing a 1 percent wealth tax on individuals worth more than $32 million. His plan also includes congressional term limits and repealing Citizens United, which Steyer said would limit corporate power in the U.S. economy.
  • Elizabeth Warren released a plan Wednesday titled “Fighting for Justice as We Combat the Climate Crisis.” In it, she said, “I’ll direct one-third of my proposed climate investment into the most vulnerable communities – a commitment that would funnel at least $1 trillion into these areas over the next decade.” She also released a plan related to LGBT issues, calling for the passage of the Equality Act and increased federal funding for investigations into allegations of discrimination.

Want more? Find the daily details here:

Poll Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Rob Friedlander is a Democratic staffer with experience handling communications for campaign and government offices. He is a former staffer to O’Rourke’s opponent Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Friedlander graduated from Bates College in 2010.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2018 Beto O’Rourke U.S. Senate campaign, senior advisor
  • 2012 Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) U.S. House campaign, communications director
  • 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, field organizer

Other experience:

  • 2015-2017: U.S. Department of the Treasury, spokesman
  • 2014-2015: Office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), press secretary
  • 2013-2014: Office of Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), communications director
  • 2011-2012: White House Office of Management and Budget, press assistant
  • 2010-2011: U.S. Department of Education, confidential assistant

What We’re Reading

  • New York Magazine: The Emerging Anybody-But-Warren Campaign
  • CNN: How Bernie Sanders’ heart attack changes the 2020 race
  • FiveThirtyEight: “Which Democratic Presidential Candidate Was Mentioned Most In The News Last Week?”
  • The Hill: “Small-dollar donors reshape Democratic race”
  • The Washington Post: “We could have record turnout in the 2020 election. We’re not ready for it.”

Flashback: October 7-11, 2015

  • October 7, 2015The Washington Post published an analysis of Gallup’s decision not to do horserace polling in 2016. This was a departure from the 2008 and 2012 election cycles when Gallup published daily national polls during the primary and general elections.
  • October 8, 2015CNN Business detailed then-candidate Donald Trump’s (R) efforts to prevent the use of his trademarked phrase “Make America Great Again” on merchandise sold by vendors other than his official campaign website.
  • October 9, 2015: Hillary Clinton’s campaign had aired around 5,500 TV ads in Iowa and New Hampshire—about one-quarter of ads in the 2016 presidential race to date from any source, including Democratic and Republican candidates, political parties, and super PACs, The Center for Public Integrity reported.
  • October 10, 2015Time published a piece on Democratic candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley titled, “Here’s How Underdog Martin O’Malley Plans to Win the Democratic Debate.” The piece came out days ahead of the first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential race, which was on October 13, 2015, and featured five candidates. 
  • October 11, 2015: CBS News released the results of a poll of Republican and Democratic primary voters. The CBS analysis of the Republican poll emphasized the decrease in favorability and support numbers for Jeb Bush (R-Fla.). The analysis of the Democratic poll highlighted Hillary Clinton’s support, which was unchanged relative to September but lower than in August.

Trivia

In the past century, which presidential election had the highest estimated voter turnout?



Candidates release policy proposals on housing, foster care, and LGBT issues

 Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

October 11, 2019: Six Democratic candidates released policies on LGBT issues, foster care, housing, and athletics Thursday. President Trump headlined a rally in Minneapolis.
        

Each Friday, we highlight a presidential candidate’s key campaign staffer.

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing - Staffer Spotlight - Rob Friedlander

 

Rob Friedlander is a Democratic staffer with experience handling communications for campaign and government offices. He is a former staffer to O’Rourke’s opponent Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.). Friedlander graduated from Bates College in 2010.

Previous campaign work:

  • 2018 Beto O’Rourke U.S. Senate campaign, senior advisor
  • 2012 Annie Kuster (D-N.H.) U.S. House campaign, communications director
  • 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign, field organizer

Other experience:

  • 2015-2017: U.S. Department of the Treasury, spokesman
  • 2014-2015: Office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), press secretary
  • 2013-2014: Office of Rep. Annie Kuster (D-N.H.), communications director
  • 2011-2012: White House Office of Management and Budget, press assistant
  • 2010-2011: U.S. Department of Education, confidential assistant

Notable Quote of the Day

“With a crucial debate looming next week in the Democratic presidential primary, the party’s populist wing appears increasingly in control of the race — rising in the polls, stocked with cash and with only a wounded leading candidate, Joseph R. Biden Jr., standing in its way.

Several slow-building trends have converged to upend the race over the last few weeks: Senator Elizabeth Warren’s steady ascent in the polls has accelerated. Both she and Senator Bernie Sanders, a fellow progressive, have raised immense sums of money from small donors online, dominating the Democratic field and each collecting about $10 million more than Mr. Biden in the last quarter. And Mr. Biden’s numbers have gradually slipped in a way that has alarmed his supporters.”

— Alexander Burns, The New York Times

Democrats

  • Michael Bennet unveiled his housing platform, calling for the construction of nearly 3 million new housing units over the next decade and funding programs to assist  low-income renters.
  • Joe Biden issued a statement criticizing the removal of U.S. troops from northern Syria, accusing President Donald Trump of having “betrayed our word as a nation”.
  • Cory Booker released a package of policy proposals related to college and professional athletes. Included was a requirement that college athletes be allowed to profit off of their name and image.
  • Pete Buttigieg unveiled a policy related to LGBT issues ahead of Thursday’s CNN town hall. The platform calls for Senate passage of H.R. 5, called the Equality Act, as well as granting veterans’ benefits to former service members discharged on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.
  • Julián Castro released a foster care platform, calling for increased funding for foster care programs and allowing foster children the option to remain in foster care until they turn 21.
  • Tulsi Gabbard criticized the Democratic primary debate process and said that she was considering not attending the upcoming October 15 debate. Marianne Williamson echoed Gabbard’s statement.
  • Kamala Harris announced a set of policy proposals ahead of CNN’s LGBT town hall, including establishing the office of Chief Advocate for LGBTQ+ Affairs.
  • In a letter sent Thursday, Amy Klobuchar called on the Department of Justice and the Federal Election Commission to open an investigation into President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.
  • Bernie Sanders thanked supporters for their well-wishes and said he would soon return to the campaign trail in a video statement.
  • In an interview with Fox LA, Tom Steyer predicted that Donald Trump would no longer be president at the time of the November 2020 election.
  • Elizabeth Warren released a plan related to LGBT issues, calling for the passage of the Equality Act and increased federal funding for investigations into allegations of discrimination.
  • In a statement provided to The Hill, Andrew Yang criticized the Chinese government for blocking the broadcast of National Basketball Association games.

Republicans

  • Mark Sanford criticized the withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria in an interview on MSNBC.
  • Donald Trump held a rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. He criticized Biden and Rep. Ilhan Omar. At the rally, Trump predicted that he would carry the state in the general election.
  • Bill Weld headlined an event at the University of New Hampshire.

What We’re Reading

  • The Washington Post: “We could have record turnout in the 2020 election. We’re not ready for it.”
  • The Wall Street Journal: “Political Campaigns Know Where You’ve Been. They’re Tracking Your Phone.”
  • ABC News: “2020 candidates give more attention to climate change than in past elections”?

Flashback: October 11, 2015

CBS News released the results of a poll of Republican and Democratic primary voters. The CBS analysis of the Republican poll emphasized the decrease in favorability and support numbers for Jeb Bush (R-Fla.). The analysis of the Democratic poll highlighted Hillary Clinton’s support, which was unchanged relative to September but lower than in August.



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