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Just had a chat with an Iowa Senate candidate who gave me perspective on the Caucus ground games...

Biden, Warren and Buttigieg have the biggest ground operations with a lot of organizers in the field.

Bernie...not so much.

Something to think about as the Trump/Ukraine investigation continues

The biggest "bangs" in the Watergate investigation came from the people you least expected; as an example, the revelation of the Watergate tapes came from Alexander Butterfield, a low level staffer. Maguire and the to-be -revealed whistleblower are critical parts, but expect to find things out from people you don't expect.

Trump is on track for a level of defeat in California not seen since the Civil War

Source: Los Angeles

President Trump lost overwhelmingly in California in 2016, and 2020 could be even worse, putting him on track for the poorest showing by a Republican presidential candidate in the state since the Civil War, a new poll finds.

Just 29% of likely California voters say they plan to vote for Trump, compared with 67% who say they do not, according to a new UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times.

Trump lost the state to Hillary Clinton by 30 points in 2016, and the state’s voters have moved further from his party since then. The administration has fought California officials on a host of issues involving immigration, healthcare and the environment, among other things — all topics on which Trump’s positions are unpopular in the state.

In the 2018 midterm election, Republicans lost seven contested congressional seats in the state, including in onetime GOP strongholds in Orange County.


Read more: https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2019-09-25/trump-california-unpopular-poll-2020-election



A cautionary note: every extra vote is valueless in winning the Electoral College; we have to focus on finding and winning over voters (even those who voted for Trump in 2016) in the battleground States.

Whistle-Blower Is a C.I.A. Officer Who Was Detailed to the White House

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — The whistle-blower who revealed that President Trump sought foreign help for his re-election and that the White House sought to cover it up is a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to work at the White House at one point, according to three people familiar with his identity.

The man has since returned to the C.I.A., the people said. Little else is known about him. His complaint made public Thursday suggested he was an analyst by training and made clear he was steeped in details of American foreign policy toward Europe, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of Ukrainian politics and at least some knowledge of the law.

The whistle-blower’s expertise will likely add to lawmakers’ confidence about the merits of his complaint, and tamp down allegations that he might have misunderstood what he learned about Mr. Trump. He did not listen directly to a July call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that is at the center of the political firestorm over the president’s mixing of diplomacy with personal political gain.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/us/politics/who-is-whistleblower.html

BREAKING: NYT has identified the whistleblower...

WASHINGTON — The whistle-blower who revealed that President Trump sought foreign help for his re-election and that the White House sought to cover it up is a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to work at the White House at one point, according to three people familiar with his identity.

The man has since returned to the C.I.A., the people said. Little else is known about him. His complaint made public Thursday suggested he was an analyst by training and made clear he was steeped in details of American foreign policy toward Europe, demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of Ukrainian politics and at least some knowledge of the law.

The whistle-blower’s expertise will likely add to lawmakers’ confidence about the merits of his complaint, and tamp down allegations that he might have misunderstood what he learned about Mr. Trump. He did not listen directly to a July call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that is at the center of the political firestorm over the president’s mixing of diplomacy with personal political gain.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/26/us/politics/who-is-whistleblower.html

Scott calls impeachment inquiry 'appropriate'

Source: WCAX-TV

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Vermont's governor is the first Republican governor to publicly come out in favor of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Gov. Phil Scott says Congress has a "solemn responsibility" to fulfill the role of checks and balances in the impeachment proceedings.

Scott says while he believes the inquiry is "appropriate," a lot remains unknown surrounding the allegations Trump urged Ukraine's president to "look into" Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The governor also cautions that the process of impeachment is serious and "should not be taken lightly or abused."

Scott was also outspoken in July after Trump said four Democratic congresswomen of color should "go back" to the countries from which they came. The governor called the president's comments racist and not befitting a world leader.

Read more: https://www.wcax.com/content/news/Vermont-GOP-governor-calls-impeachment-inquiry-appropriate-561412181.html

BREAKING: Corey Lewandowski discussing a WH roll on Impeachment

https://twitter.com/ShimonPro/status/1177247471111692291

In first public appearance since leaving office, Coats discusses Trump whistleblower complaint

Source: Indianapolis Star

In his first public appearance since stepping down as director of national intelligence, Dan Coats indicated he's keeping some secrets to himself.

Coats, an often outspoken former senator, didn't have much to say about current affairs during a 30-minute address to the Economic Club of Indiana, an appearance scheduled long before he announced his resignation. He largely used his time to detail the general responsibilities of the office and the importance of collecting intelligence.

During an ensuing 15-minute Q&A, though, he answered a couple of more meaty questions, written by the audience and delivered by a club moderator, including about a whistleblower complaint reportedly made against President Donald Trump and whether the country truly needs a wall along the border with Mexico. He declined an interview with IndyStar.

"There's much I can't say," Coats said about the whistleblower complaint. "We're in the secrets business ... obviously there are a number of things going on relative to that and you've been reading about it in the paper and there's speculation."

Read more: https://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2019/09/24/coats-discusses-whistle-blower-complaint-to-economic-club/2374412001/

Trump without strategy in fast-moving impeachment inquiry

CNN

New York (CNN)Questionable rapid-pace decisions spurred by President Donald Trump himself have left some allies wondering if there's a cogent strategy in place to counter Democrats in the wake of the fast-moving impeachment inquiry.

Some people close to him believe the President is in denial about the gravity of his predicament.

A depleted West Wing now faces another storm that's likely to distract from the few policy goals aides were hoping to accomplish by year's end. And the President himself -- even after months of anticipation -- has nonetheless taken the impeachment developments hard.

...snip...

At a fundraiser Wednesday night, Trump greeted some of his longtime friends, who'd paid thousands of dollars to attend, with disbelief at what had unfolded since he arrived into town three days earlier, according to a person who was there. After two-and-a-half years of weathering incremental developments in the Russia investigation that did not trigger an impeachment inquiry, the speed at which the Ukraine scandal unfolded has left Trump and his aides whiplashed.

Many White House officials said they were in disbelief at how rapidly Democrats have sped up their impeachment inquiry against Trump. For years, the constant drumbeat of impeachment loomed over the White House, but officials now feel like the ground has shifted beneath them.

Cuomo signs law making it easier to vote in primary elections

ALBANY, N.Y. (WROC) — A new law signed Thursday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will make it easier for New Yorkers to partake in primary elections.

The changes of party enrollment, or new enrollment, made until February 14 take effect immediately.

“While the federal administration continues to look for new ways to disenfranchise voters across the country, in New York we are making monumental changes to break down more barriers to the ballot box and encourage more people to exercise this fundamental right,” Cuomo said in a press release. “This measure will make it easier for New Yorkers to have their voices heard in presidential, congressional and state primaries, which builds upon the many reforms we’ve made to strengthen New York’s election system and increase voter access once and for all.”

The new law will remove the October 11 deadline and give voters until February 14 to make changes to party enrollment and still vote in the April presidential and June congressional and state primaries.

https://www.mytwintiers.com/news-cat/your-local-election-hq/cuomo-signs-law-making-it-easier-to-vote-in-primary-elections/
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