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LetMyPeopleVote's Journal
LetMyPeopleVote's Journal
December 17, 2019

Beto is blockwalking for a special state house election

Beto is doing his best to flip the Texas state house of representatives

December 16, 2019

Congress reaches deal to fund gun violence research for first time in decades

Source: The Hill

Federal agencies will receive $25 million from Congress to study gun violence in a government spending deal reached by House and Senate negotiators — a major win for Democrats who have long pushed for dedicated funding to research the issue, a source told The Hill.

"Democrats have broken the ban on funding for the first time in decades," the source said.

The deal includes $12.5 million each for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health to study gun violence and ways to prevent it.

It’s the first time in more than 20 years that Congress has appropriated money for gun violence research.

Read more: https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/474740-25m-set-aside-for-gun-violence-research-in-spending-agreement-in-win-for

December 16, 2019

Why Trump's path to reelection is totally plausible

I strongly disagree with the concept that the Democratic Party can nominate a weak candidate and have no problem beating trump. Most POTUS are re-elected unless there is an downturn in the economy. trump can easily be re-elected

How after everything — abysmal polls, the 2018 midterm debacle, this week’s impeachment — is a second term even a possibility? The belief that the usual rules of politics simply do not apply to this president — whether because of political dark arts or some kind of cosmic destiny — is one of the only things that unites Trump loathers and Trump loyalists.

But there is no need to look for mystical explanations. There is a path to reelection for a president who never cracks 50 percent approval in polls that is entirely plausible. It's not because the normal dynamics of politics do not apply to Trump, but because they do.....

Once again, Trump’s strategy is not about breaking precedent so much as exploiting advantages that have worked often for incumbent presidents. Incumbents usually lose when the economy is weak or they face ideological opposition from within their party — neither of which is true for him.

Time and money not spent fighting for the nomination is a big advantage — and it may not matter much that this advantage is offset by bleak national polls. The Trump team says in background interviews that it is making targeted efforts in 17 states, but a much smaller number will get the lion’s share of attention....

In sum, the Trump team can give cogent answers to the question — How will Trump win? — and they are faking it well (as skilled operatives usually do) if they don’t actually believe what they are saying. But there are too many imponderable assumptions embedded in those answers for anyone but Trump partisans to embrace them as fully credible.

Earlier, I was hopeful that trump would kill the Obama recovery but it appears that trump may have a decent economy to run on. We cannot assume that trump can be easily beaten or that the Democratic Party can nominate anyone and expect to win in 2020.

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