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RNC outraises DNC by more than two-to-one for a fifth month, DSCC outraises NRSC for second month this year

The Republican National Committee (RNC) outraised its Democratic counterpart by more than two-to-one for the fourth consecutive month, while the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) outraised its Republican counterpart for a second month this year, according to September 2019 campaign finance reports filed with the FEC.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised $4.7 million and spent $5.5 million last month, while the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee (NRSC) raised $3.7 million and spent $3.8 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the NRSC has raised 12.3% more than the DSCC ($42.7 million to $37.7 million). The NRSC’s fundraising advantage has narrowed since the August campaign finance reports, when it had raised 16.6% more.
On the House side, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) raised $7.2 million and spent $7.1 million last month, while the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) raised $4.0 million and spent $6.4 million. So far in the 2020 cycle, the DCCC has raised 36.6% more than the NRCC ($76.2 million to $52.9 million). The DCCC’s fundraising advantage has widened since the August campaign finance reports, when it had raised 34.6% more.
At this point in the 2018 campaign cycle, Democrats led in both Senate and House fundraising, although their advantage in the House was smaller than today. The DSCC had raised 10.7% more than the NRSC ($35.8 million to $32.2 million), while the DCCC had raised 6.8% more than the NRCC ($72.5 million to $67.7 million).
Republicans continue to lead in national committee fundraising. The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $23.5 million last month and spent $16.2 million while the Democratic National Committee (DNC) raised $7.9 million and spent $8.7 million. The RNC’s fundraising figure is its largest this year. So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC has raised 83.0% more than the DNC ($141.0 million to $58.5 million). The RNC’s fundraising advantage has widened relative to the August fundraising reports, at which point it had raised 80.0% more.
At this point in the 2016 campaign cycle (the most recent presidential election cycle), the RNC had a smaller 50.7% fundraising advantage over the DNC ($71.3 million to $42.4 million).
So far in the 2020 cycle, the RNC, NRSC, and NRCC have raised 31.5% more than the DNC, DSCC, and DCCC ($236.7 million to $172.3 million).

One 2020 Congressional retirement announced last week; 1,580 major party candidates filed for 2020 Congressional races

In the past week, one member of the U.S. House announced their 2020 retirement. Republican Paul Cook (CA-8) said he will run for the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. To date, four Senators (three Republicans and one Democrat) and 20 Representatives (16 Republicans and four Democrats) are not running for re-election.
As of September 23, 2019, 250 candidates are filed with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) to run for U.S. Senate in 2020. Of those, 222—118 Democrats and 104 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 527 candidates filed with the FEC to run for U.S. Senate, including 137 Democrats and 240 Republicans.
1,448 candidates are filed with the FEC to run for U.S. House in 2020. Of those, 1,358—709 Democrats and 649 Republicans—are from one of the two major political parties. In 2018, 3,244 candidates filed with the FEC, including 1,566 Democrats and 1,155 Republicans.
On November 3, 2012, 35 Senate seats and all 435 House seats are up for election. Of those Senate seats, 33 are regularly-scheduled elections, one is a special election in Arizona, and another is an expected special election in Georgia. Twelve are Democratic-held seats and 23 are Republican-held seats. In the House, where all the seats are up for election, Democrats currently hold a 235-seat majority.
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Joe Biden becomes fourth Democratic candidate to reach 100,000 pageviews, Andrew Yang leading in pageviews for sixth consecutive week

Each week, we report the number of pageviews received by 2020 presidential campaigns on Ballotpedia. These numbers show which candidates are getting our readers’ attention.
Andrew Yang’s campaign page on Ballotpedia received 4,203 views for the week of September 15-21. Yang’s pageview figure represents 11.4% of the pageviews for all Democratic candidates during the week. Elizabeth Warren had 9.7% of the pageviews for the week, followed by Joe Biden with 8.8%. This is Yang’s sixth consecutive week with the most pageviews among Democrats.
Every noteworthy Democratic candidate other than Elizabeth Warren and Wayne Messam had fewer Ballotpedia pageviews last week than the week before. Warren’s pageviews increased by 7.8% and Messam’s increased by 1.8%.
Yang remains the leader in overall pageviews this year with 118,286. He is followed by Pete Buttigieg with 116,508 and Kamala Harris with 105,210. Joe Biden became the fourth Democratic candidate to reach 100,000 pageviews last week, with 102,180 pageviews to date.
On the GOP side, Joe Walsh led with 4,684 pageviews, followed by Bill Weld with 4,079.

Federal Register weekly update; lowest weekly page total since July

The Federal Register is a daily journal of federal government activity that includes presidential documents, proposed and final rules, and public notices. It is a common measure of an administration’s regulatory activity.
During the week of September 16 to September 20, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,088 pages, bringing the year-to-date total to 49,634 pages. The week’s Federal Register featured a total of 508 documents, including 418 notices, eight presidential documents, 39 proposed rules, and 43 final rules.
One proposed rule was deemed significant under E.O. 12866—meaning that it may have a large impact on the economy, environment, public health, or state or local governments. Significant actions may also conflict with presidential priorities or other agency rules.
During the same week in 2018, the number of pages in the Federal Register increased by 1,352 pages for a year-to-date total of 48,200 pages. As of September 20, the 2019 total led the 2018 total by 1,434 pages.
The Trump administration has added an average of 1,306 pages to the Federal Register each week in 2019 as of September 20. Over the course of 2018, the Trump administration added an average of 1,301 pages to the Federal Register each week. During the Obama administration, the Federal Register increased by an average of 1,658 pages per week.
According to government data, the Federal Register hit an all-time high of 95,894 pages in 2016.
Ballotpedia maintains page counts and other information about the Federal Register as part of its Administrative State Project. The project is a neutral, nonpartisan encyclopedic resource that defines and analyzes the administrative state, including its philosophical origins, legal and judicial precedents, and scholarly examinations of its consequences. The project also monitors and reports on measures of federal government activity.
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Click below to find yearly information about additions to the Federal Register from 1936 to 2016. 

Four battleground elections may determine the triplex status of three states in 2019

A state government triplex describes when one political party holds the following the positions of governor, attorney general, and secretary of state within a state. Three divided triplex states, or states where no party holds a triplex, are holding state executive elections in 2019: Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. Key races within those states have the potential to change the states’ triplex status.
In Kentucky, Sabato’s Crystal Ball rates the race for governor between incumbent Matt Bevin (R) and attorney general Andy Beshear (D) as Lean Republican, while Cook Political Report and Inside Elections call the race a toss-up. Daniel Cameron (R) and Gregory Stumbo (D) are competing for the open attorney general’s seat, which Beshear won by a margin of 50.1% to 49.9% in 2015. Donald Trump (R) carried Kentucky with 62.5% of the vote in 2016.
The race for Louisiana governor is also expected to be competitive. Incumbent John Bel Edwards (D), who is being challenged by five other candidates in the October 12 primary election, is the only Democrat holding statewide office in Louisiana. He won the seat 56% to 44% in 2015. Trump won 58% of the vote in Louisiana the following year. The Cook Political Report and Sabato’s Crystal Ball rate the race as Lean Democratic, while Inside Elections rates it a toss-up.
In Mississippi, Attorney General Jim Hood (D) and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves are competing for the governorship, leaving the attorney general’s race open. Incumbent governor Phil Bryant (R), who won election to the position with 66% of the vote in 2015, is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election. Trump won Mississippi with 58% of the vote in 2016. Inside Elections and Sabato’s Crystal Ball have rated the gubernatorial competition as Lean Republican, while the Cook Political Report rated the contest as Likely Republican.
Heading into the 2019 election, 18 states are controlled by a Republican triplex, 17 states are controlled by a Democratic triplex, and 15 states are under divided triplex control, meaning that its governor, attorney general, and secretary of state do not belong to a single political party.
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OPM moves to implement unblocked provisions of Trump’s civil service executive orders

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a proposed rule on Tuesday aiming to implement a selection of employee performance provisions from President Donald Trump’s (R) three civil service executive orders.
President Trump issued the civil service executive orders (E.O. 13837, E.O. 13836, and E.O.13839) in May 2018. The orders include proposals aimed at facilitating the removal of poor-performing federal employees and streamlining collective bargaining procedures.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an injunction in August 2018 blocking Trump administration officials from implementing nine provisions of the executive orders that she claimed unlawfully restricted the use of union official time. A three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reversed Jackson’s ruling in July, but the injunction remains in place as the case continues to move through the federal courts.
The proposed rule issued by OPM seeks to implement provisions of the executive orders not barred by the injunction. These include notifying supervisors that an employee’s probationary period is set to expire; limiting poor-performing employees to one performance improvement period to demonstrate acceptable performance; prohibiting the removal of employee information from personnel records as part of a settlement agreement; publishing data related to adverse personnel actions; and creating new penalties for supervisors who retaliate against whistleblowers.
The proposed rule is open for public comment through October 17, 2019.

DNC announces two polling options to qualify for November debate

Ballotpedia's Daily Presidential News Briefing

September 24, 2019: The Democratic National Committee released the criteria for the November presidential primary debate. Joe Walsh and Bill Weld will debate Tuesday during an event hosted by Business Insider. blank    blankblank   


What was the first presidential election held on the same day in every state?

Notable Quote of the Day

“The highly educated urban Democrats may be the most vocal, particularly on Twitter. But it is the working-class in places like Beaver County who may ultimately decide Trump’s fate.

None of the dozen or so union workers interviewed at a protest [of a power plant closure] late last week had Twitter accounts. None had four-year college degrees. And few were committed to voting Democrat in 2020, although most were registered as such.”

– Steve Peoples, Associated Press



Flashback: September 24, 2015

Donald Trump said in an interview that he did not believe in climate change and that regulations addressing climate change would “imperil the companies in our country.”


224 state-level political parties are qualified to appear on ballots in 2019

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Welcome to the Tuesday, September 24, Brew. Here’s what’s in store for you as you start your day:

  1. 224 state-level political parties are qualified to appear on ballots in 2019
  2. El Paso, Texas, to hold special council election after Facebook post triggers resign-to-run law
  3. Half of Brew readers are seeing active election campaigning in their area

224 state-level political parties are qualified to appear on ballots in 2019

We’ve been tracking the number of official, state-level qualified political parties since 2013. We are excited to bring our most recent update, just wrapped up last week. Our review of the 50 states and Washington D.C. this year shows 224 ballot-qualified, state-level political parties. 

Both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party are recognized in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. These two parties account for 102 of the 224 total state-level parties. Three additional parties are recognized in more than 10 states—the Libertarian Party (37 states), the Green Party (26 states), and the Constitution Party (14 states). Aside from the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Green, and Constitution parties, we tallied at least 27 other distinct ballot-qualified parties that have achieved ballot status in at least one state. Mississippi is home to 13 ballot-qualified parties, more than any other state. Meanwhile, 11 states recognize only the Democratic and Republican parties. 

The number of ballot-qualified, state-level political parties in 2019 is the second-highest since 2013, when Ballotpedia first began tracking this information. The 2018 total—229 parties—ranks first. Here are the number of ballot-qualified, state-level political parties each year since 2013: 

• 2013: 198
• 2014: 220
• 2015: 221
• 2016: 214
• 2017: 215
• 2018: 229 

In order for a party to have its candidates appear on the ballot, it must meet certain requirements that vary from state to state. In some states, a party may have to file a petition. In Montana, for instance, a party must collect signatures equal to 5 percent of the total votes cast for governor in the last election, or 5,000, whichever is less. In other states, a party’s candidate must receive a certain percentage of the vote in previous elections in order for the party to be granted ballot status. This is the case in Indiana, which defines a party as any group whose candidate for secretary of state received at least 2 percent of all votes cast for that office in the last election. 



El Paso, Texas, to hold special council election after Facebook post triggers resign-to-run law 

Five states—Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, and Texas—require officeholders to resign from their current position when they become a candidate for a different office. Depending on the state, such laws—known as resign-to-run laws—can be triggered when a candidate files paperwork to run for office or when he or she declares their intention to run. 

In El Paso, Texas, city council member Cassandra Hernandez-Brown was forced to vacate her seat after a post was made on her public Facebook page August 19 that read, “Cassandra Hernandez for mayor of El Paso.” The post was later deleted. Hernandez-Brown said one of her volunteers uploaded the phrase and that she did not authorize it. The city council voted 4-3 August 26 that the Facebook post was a declaration of her candidacy for mayor and called for a special election for her seat November 5. 

During the council meeting when the vote to call the special election was taken, Hernandez-Brown’s attorney argued that she should not have to resign. He stated, “There is nothing wrong with preparing for other options and considering those. It was an inadvertent public notification that went out when they changed the name of that Facebook account.”

Mayor Pro Tempore Claudia Ordaz Perez said that the city council needed to follow state law. Perez stated, “One, is this was done on a public platform. Two, any person from the public looking at this public page would assume that this was an announcement for public office.”

The Texas Constitution’s resign-to-run provision states, “If any of the officers named herein shall announce their candidacy, or shall in fact become a candidate, in any General, Special or Primary Election, for any office of profit or trust under the laws of this State or the United States other than the office then held, at any time when the unexpired term of the office then held shall exceed one year and 30 days, such announcement or such candidacy shall constitute an automatic resignation of the office then held, and the vacancy thereby created shall be filled pursuant to law in the same manner as other vacancies for such office are filled.

Hernandez-Brown has filed to run in the special election. The El Paso city attorney issued a statement September 12 that Hernandez-Brown is allowed to be a candidate in that contest and can stay on the council until the special election is held.  

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Half of Brew readers are seeing active election campaigning in their area

I visited Boston this past weekend where primaries are being held today for eight city council seats. I didn’t watch much television—so I didn’t see any campaign advertisements—but I did see plenty of candidate yard signs.

With six weeks left until this year’s general elections November 5—and 2020 presidential and statewide campaigns heating up—last week’s What’s the Tea? question asked whether Brew readers were noticing increased activity in their area. The results showed an even split:

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One Democrat and three Republicans file to run in Georgia House special election

A special election is being held in District 152 of the Georgia House of Representatives on November 5. Mary Egler (D), Tyler Johnson (R), Jim Quinn (R), and Bill Yearta (R) are running in the general election. In the event that no candidate receives a majority of votes in the general election, a runoff has been scheduled for December 3.
The seat became vacant after Ed Rynders (R) resigned on September 5, citing health concerns. Rynders had served in the state House since 2003. He was last re-elected in 2018 with 74% of the vote in the general election.
Heading into the special election, Republicans have a 103-75 majority in the Georgia House with two vacancies. Georgia has a Republican trifecta. A state government trifecta exists when one political party simultaneously holds the governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative chambers.
As of August, 76 state legislative special elections have been scheduled or held in 24 states. Between 2011 and 2018, an average of 77 special elections took place each year.

One of four Des Moines school board races contested this November

Five candidates filed to run in the November 5 general election for four of the seven seats on the Des Moines Public Schools school board in Iowa. The at-large, District 1, and District 3 seats are up for election to regular four-year terms, and the District 2 seat is up for special election to a two-year term due to an upcoming resignation on the board. The candidate filing deadline for this election passed on September 19.
The election for the District 1 seat is the only contested race on the ballot. In her bid for a second term on the board, incumbent Heather Anderson is facing challenger Kim Martorano. In the special election for the District 2 race, Kalyn Cody is running unopposed, and newcomer Kelli Soyer is running unopposed for the at-large seat. District 3 incumbent Dwana Bradley, who was appointed to the board in December 2018, is also unopposed in her bid for a full term on the board.
In 2017, the school district also had five candidates file to run for four seats on the board. Three of the four incumbents whose terms were up for election ran to retain their seats, and all three won re-election. The fourth seat was won by a newcomer, Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley.
The Des Moines school district served 34,656 students during the 2016-2017 school year.