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Partner, father and liberal Democrat. I am a native Michigander living in San Francisco who is a citizen of the world.

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FLIPPABLE: Glenn Scruggs for TN-SD10

Glenn Scruggs, Assistant Chief of Police for the Chattanooga Police Department, is running for Tennessee State Senate because he sees the value in the communities he has grown up in, lived in, and served, and is determined to make sure these communities and families have every opportunity to prosper.

Born and raised by his parents and grandparents in Avondale, Glenn is a 25-year veteran of the police department, and often finds himself protecting the very streets he grew up on and the families he grew up with. Glenn has a strong sense of community, believing that members of our community matter to one another and to the whole. He believes in a shared faith that community members’ needs will be met through their commitment to take care of each other. When he's not working with community members, neighborhood associations and local organizations to help protect Chattanooga, Glenn spends time with his wife of 20 years and son. Glenn is a graduate of Brainerd High School and Belhaven University.


FLIPPABLE: Kari Breker for ND-SD16

I am excited to be the District 16 Candidate for the North Dakota Senate! I was born and raised in Fargo, attended University of North Dakota achieving undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Work. I worked as a Child Therapist at The Community Violence Intervention Center in Grand Forks for 2 years, working with families impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault. I also have experience at PATH (treatment foster care), Northeast Human Services, Grand Forks County Social Services, working with the Domestic Violence Offender Treatment Program and a Sexual Offender program, was employed by the UND Women's Center, and was a board member of Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. All of that experience has shaped who I am today and helped me understand so many barriers people encounter when trying to break negative cycles in their lives and the daily struggles that could be improved with policy changes.

In 2009, we began moving around for my husband, Dane’s, career while putting mine aside and welcomed our first child. We moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2010, had 2 more children and I became a family and child photographer, but I did miss my social work career. We moved back to West Fargo in 2014 as Dane became employed by Sanford Health. We had our 4th child and I continued on with my photography business.

After the 2016 election I became involved with local politics and my drive for social justice was reignited. I volunteered during the 2018 campaigns and have considered running for office someday - but it looks like this is going to be the year! Social Services, Healthcare, And Education are my greatest interests, but I look forward to learning about what is most important to the people in District 16 during this campaign. I am excited about both House candidates for District 16, Hamida Dekane & Tracey Wilkie, as we will make a great team. Please support all 3 of us in any way you can!


IL-13: Dirksen Londrigan dings Davis after his family's business received PPP loans

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (NEXSTAR) — A McDonald’s franchise owned by Congressman Rodney Davis’ father and brother was one of more than 200,000 Illinois businesses to take out small business loans through the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to information published Monday by the Trump administration.

Peoples Bank and Trust processed the loan application for B. K. Davis, LLC. The company did not return calls seek comment, but records show it received more than $1 million in forgivable loans through the federal COVID-19 relief program. Documents show the company reported using the funds to keep 305 workers on the payroll at McDonald’s restaurants across Central Illinois.

“I have no financial stake or any involvement in the McDonald’s franchises owned and operated by my dad and brother and had no involvement in their PPP loan application through their local bank,” Davis said in an emailed statement on Wednesday. “This vital program was available to every single small business in America.”

Davis voted for the widely popular program when it passed, and supported its expansion after the first round of funding ran out. He previously described the small business loans as “bridge funding until we can get reopened again.”

“There’s strings attached to those dollars, otherwise the loan can’t be forgiven,” Davis explained in a June 24th interview. “And a percentage, a high percentage, has to be spent keeping people off of unemployment. And our small businesses, our mom and pop shops, were asked to keep people on payroll. They were asked to continue to pay their rent and keep their business going.”

Davis faces a repeat challenge from Democratic candidate Betsy Dirsken Londrigan this November. His opponent pounced on the news and highlighted his recent votes against transparency measures.

“What I’ve heard from small business owners is a frustration [over] who got the loans — large corporations who got the loans, or well connected people got the loans — which is why we need transparency,” she said in an interview Wednesday.


KS-SEN: Kobach target of 'white nationalist' Senate ads

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) — It is just less than a month away from the August 4, 2020 primary election. This means more political ads have been airing on TV, radio and online, but one major Senate candidate is having more ad trouble than others.

The fight is on for republican candidates for the open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas. Two of the major players are Kris Kobach and current U.S. Representative Roger Marshall. President Trump has been a fan of Kobach since his run for Kansas governor in 2018. But the president may be changing his mind about the conservative candidate.

The New York Times reported that President Trump asked the political action committee (PAC), The Club for Growth, to stop running ads targeting Marshall. Kobach said he didn’t know if the reporting by the Times was true.

“The Club for Growth has been opposed to Roger Marshall for many years, not just in this election cycle but in previous cycles,” said Kobach.

In a statement, The Club for Growth PAC said they stopped anti-Marshall ads on June 26. They continued:

“We continue to believe Rep. Marshall is not a strong pro-growth candidate. But the Club for Growth PAC is not endorsing in this race and Club for Growth Action will be deploying resources in other critical House and Senate primaries.”


KY-SEN: Ann Coulter Backs Democrat to Defeat Mitch McConnell

Republican pundit Ann Coulter blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday while suggesting that her followers should vote for his "lovely" Democratic opponent in November.

The staunchly conservative commentator took to Twitter on Friday to accuse McConnell of backing so-called "RINOs," or Republicans in Name Only, in another Senate race. Coulter offered harsh words for the majority leader, while touting the military service of his Democratic challenger Amy McGrath.

"The lovely Amy McGrath is a Marine Corps veteran. The average donation to her campaign is $36," Coulter tweeted. "Mitch McConnell is a broken-down old man owed by cheap labor lobbyists. #DefeatMcConnell"

Coulter is particularly peeved at McConnell for his supposed campaign against former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who she called "the greatest living Republican." Kobach is seeking the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Kansas and holds hardline anti-immigration views that are similar those of Coulter.


Democrats feel rising tide in Florida

In the past six presidential elections, Florida has gone for the Democratic nominee three times and the Republican three times. The winner in the last three of those elections has had a margin of victory under 3 percentage points. Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the state by 1.2 points in 2016.

“Things are looking good in Florida, but I know Florida too well,” said Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo. “It will come down to 1 percent, one way or another.”

Taddeo did say, however, that Biden is “in really good shape,” even as she expects there to be a narrowing in the polls toward the race’s end.

Among the anecdotal evidence she cited was the mood of the callers to Spanish-language radio stations on which she appears.

“You learn so much from all these people calling in, really angry. They know I’m a Democrat and they say, ‘I’m a Republican but I’m done.’” she said.

Like others who spoke to The Hill, Taddeo cited not just the rising number of coronavirus cases but long-standing problems with the state’s unemployment benefit system, which has stymied many laid-off workers from getting the assistance to which they are entitled.

Susan MacManus, a professor emerita at the University of South Florida, agreed that the unemployment problems were a political liability to DeSantis, and there was a chance of that frustration percolating through to Trump.


MO-02: Jill Schupp, Democrat challenging Ann Wagner, raises $800,000 for congressional race

JEFFERSON CITY — State Sen. Jill Schupp, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner in Missouri’s 2nd Congressional District, raised more than $800,000 in the last three months, her campaign said Tuesday.

Schupp’s campaign said it had $1.5 million on hand at the end of June.

The $800,000 total exceeds fundraising hauls by the last Democrat to run against Wagner, Cort VanOstran.

VanOstran, a first-time candidate, raised $313,000 during the same time period of the 2018 election cycle amid a Democratic primary, according to Federal Election Commission records.

He raised $743,000 in the third fundraising quarter that year, from July through September 2018, records show.

Schupp, D-Creve Coeur, faces no intraparty competition in the August primary — only Wagner, R-Ballwin, and Libertarian Martin Schulte of Ballwin, in the Nov. 3 general election.

“Jill’s commitment to lowering health care costs and focusing on the needs of real people, not special interests, is clearly resonating with voters,” Ali O’Neal, Schupp’s campaign manager, said in a statement. “People in suburban St. Louis are ready for a change.”

The campaign said Schupp’s haul was on-par with other Democrats running in competitive House races, including U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, D-Iowa. Politico reported Monday Finkenauer would report raising $875,000 in the last fundraising quarter.


OH-01: Kate Schroder Took A Chance On 2020 - And It May Pay Off

If Democrat Kate Schroder – a first time candidate for anything – pulls off an upset win over Republican incumbent Steve Chabot in Ohio's 1st Congressional District in November, there will be some better-known Democratic politicians in Cincinnati who are going to be deeply depressed.

Those are the party regulars who took a pass this year on challenging Chabot, who has been running for one office or another since the late Pleistocene Era.

They had it all worked out in their heads, and it sounded like a good plan at the time. Give Chabot another term in a district made up by part of Hamilton County and all of the fire-engine red Warren County and wait until 2022.

By then, the thinking goes, the Ohio General Assembly, working under new rules for congressional redistricting, will almost certainly turn the now reliably blue Hamilton County into an undivided congressional district of its own.

In that kind of district, Chabot – who has now spent 24 years in the U.S. House – might not run at all, knowing as he does, that his chances would be slim to none, and slim's left town.

Schroder, though, was willing to roll the dice on the 1st District; on the assumption that she could run a better campaign than her fellow Democrat, Aftab Pureval, did two years ago, when his campaign fell into every bear trap the Chabot campaign laid for him.

Well, Schroder, a public health professional (not a bad thing for a candidate to be these days), is running a better campaign; and an increasing number of pundits and political professionals believe that she can, indeed, take down Chabot, if all the stars fall into line in November.
The latest on board is The Cook Political Report, a well-known and closely watched independent newsletter headed by long-time political analyst Charlie Cook.

This week, David Wasserman, an editor at The Cook Political Report, published a piece on four Democratic congressional candidates who he believes has a shot at knocking off an incumbent.

The Democrat from Clifton, Wasserman wrote, "poses a serious threat to the incumbent."

"Schroder's health care background could play well in a pandemic,'' Wasserman believes.


IN-05: Ready for Christina Hale to Flip Her District to Become Indiana's First Latina in Congress

Have you ever heard the phrase “If you want something done, give the task to the busiest woman in the room”? Democratic congressional nominee Christina Hale certainly has. And she knows all too well that sometimes the busiest women with the most skin in the game are the ones who can actually create necessary change and provide leadership where it’s needed most. Hale knows what so many of us are feeling deep down in our souls — that the world is broken, that our nation is in need of reform, that we need hope, and we need it now. “Some years we need to light a match, this year we need a blow torch,” she told BELatina News in reference to the upcoming 2020 election, where she is running for Congress in Indiana’s 5th district.

In 2012, Hale became the second Latina elected to serve in the Indiana State legislature. Now, as a Cuban-American candidate running for Congress, she could be the first Latina to represent Indiana on Capitol Hill. And this is not a responsibility or an opportunity she is taking lightly. Hale was destined to lead, and both her personal struggles and professional path have shaped her desire to serve. A lifelong Hoosier, Hale understands the challenges that families in the 5th District face every day, and she’s ready to work for them to get good things done for families in her community and beyond.

“The 5th District deserves a representative who is focused on solving problems for Hoosier families,” she states on her campaign website. “Throughout my career, as a nonprofit leader and state legislator, I’ve been able to identify the problems facing my community, and work with anyone and everyone to get the job done. We need more of that in Washington, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do when I’m elected to serve.”

Hale seems to have a knack for gaining support not simply by talking the talk but by walking the walk and getting things done. Of all the primary candidates in her district, Hale raised the most money, raising $501,552.49 according to FEC data. And her ability to show genuine interest in not only what people are going through but also what they need is working. She recently won the primary, beating out four other Democratic opponents, in the race to fill the seat as incumbent Susan Brooks, who has held the seat since 2012, announced she was retiring from Congress to spend more time with her family.


PA-01: Candidate Finello's Fundraising Rises, But Congressman Holds Advantage

While incumbent Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick’s campaign outraised Democratic opponent Christina Finello in the second quarter, the political newcomer’s campaign saw a significant jump over her first quarter haul.

Finello, of Ivyland Borough, brought in more than $310,000 in the second quarter, with more than $200,000 of that coming in June, the month she won the Democratic primary, according to her campaign.

The campaign said more than 7,000 donors contributed $100 or less. That made the average contribution for the second quarter $26.

The second quarter haul was much higher than the just over $90,200 she reported bringing in the first quarter of the year.

Finello’s campaign did not state how much cash they had on hand at the end of the quarter on June 30.

Since she entered the race last year, Finello raised approximately $485,500.

The congressman’s campaign announced they raised $455,000 in the second quarter and had a war chest of $1.8 million cash on hand.

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