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Penalizing candidates who interrupt, and other changes coming to the Democratic debates

Another big change is that candidates who interrupt "consistently" will be penalized and have time taken away from them, though CNN did not specify how it defines the level of interruption that would trigger the penalty nor much time would be deducted.

In Miami, NBC News moderator Chuck Todd was widely criticized for having the candidates give one-word answers or just raise their hands in response to complex policy issues. CNN announced there will be no such "down-the-line questions."

Here's a rundown of some of the other rules:

-Each candidate gets 60 seconds to answers a moderator's question and 30 seconds for responses or rebuttals if attacked by another

-Colored lights will be used to show the candidates how much time they have, with yellow indicating 15 seconds, flashing red indicating
5 seconds and solid red meaning their time is up.

- Questions asked by the moderators will appear at the bottom of viewers' screens.


Tweets from Tennessee voters

Beto can win people over ANYWHERE.


Christina Wilkes leaves Speaker Pelosi press office to work for Beto O'Rourke

Another excellent hire!


O'Rourke to kick off New Hampshire swing with focus on immigration reform (1st candidate to commit)

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke will bring attention to the border crisis when he returns here Friday, with plans to highlight his plans for immigration reform by attending a Lights for Liberty vigil to end human detention camps. O’Rourke is the first Democratic presidential candidate to announce participation in one of more than 500 vigils planned worldwide on July 12, which highlight inhumane and unsafe conditions experienced by immigrant children and asylum-seekers at detention facilities throughout the U.S.

“He will join us in New Hampshire to share his vision for a humane immigration policy written in our own image and urge Granite Staters to stand up and take action,” said Mike Ollen, O’Rourke’s New Hampshire state director. “Beto knows that in a democracy, where the people are the government and the government is the people, these inhumane policies are on all of us, and it’s up to us to change them.”

The event in Peterborough will kick off O’Rourke’s fourth visit to New Hampshire since announcing his run for the presidency, having visited all 10 counties in the state within his first visit. It also follows a sweeping immigration reform plan that he rolled out in May, which plans to reverse President Trump’s positions and actions while also aiming to rebuild immigration and naturalization systems.

O’Rourke has also visited three separate facilities holding migrant children in the last two weeks, including Homestead in Florida during the first democratic primary debate.


Beto O'Rourke draws hundreds in Nashville, slams Trump's immigration policies during two-day stop

Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke drew a crowd of supporters in Nashville Sunday, largely focusing on immigration as he vowed to undo current federal policies on asylum seekers and pitched his ability to appeal to red state voters.

The former Texas congressman is spending two days in Nashville, drawing hundreds for a rally at Marathon Music Works on Sunday before he is scheduled to tour a food bank and take part in a roundtable on immigration Monday.

"Like you, until recently, I thought I lived in a state that was too red to count," O'Rourke told the crowd, recalling his bid for U.S. Senate last year when he lost against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in a tight, highly contested race that generated record midterm turnout, specifically among young voters.

He stayed afterward to take photos with each of the hundreds of supporters who waited in line.
"I think that Tennessee and Nashville are places that are, frankly, taken for granted by Democrats or written off altogether," O'Rourke told The Tennessean after the rally.



Beto Rally in Nashville - FIERY speech, GREAT CROWD! (Over 400 people waiting in photo line) VIDEO


Great crowd!

And for non facebook folks: https://twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1ypKdvOdjPVJW



Hey Nashville...Beto O'Rourke Rally with musical guests tomorrow 7/6


Watch Beto O'Rourke Climate Justice Round Table in New Orleans (VIDEO)


Potential impact on 2020 if Justin Amash runs as Independent after leaving GOP

Now that Amash has left the Republican Party there is a pretty good change he may be ramping up to run as an Independent in 2020, making it a 3 way race. I'm surprised no one is discussing it here yet so I thought I would start a thread on the topic and see how people think it will impact the election both in the primary and general.

I think that if he does run he is going to appeal to a lot of Independents and never Trump Republicans, especially if Democrats nominate someone who is really far left. That could end up actually helping Trump squeak out a win...or could even help Amash win in a fluke.
At the same time, if a more liberal Independent also runs it could even be a bigger question mark if the Democratic nominee is not appealing enough to progressives.

Any other thoughts?

Beto O'Rourke delivers immigration-focused address at Ames house party

Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, was greeted by a packed house of supporters and scattered thunderstorms upon his return to Ames. He delivered a speech with a focus on immigration.

Joan Bolin-Betts hosted the presidential candidate at her home in Ames. According to the campaign, 160 people attended the event — making for a very hot room while attendees waited for the arrival of the candidate. O’Rourke was joined by his wife and their three children at the event.

“He reminds me of [the late-Iowa Gov.] Bob Ray,” Bolin-Betts said of why she is supporting O’Rourke. “He has a strong moral code; he’s a good family man; he cares about someone else besides himself; he respects other people’s rights — he’s moral through and through.”

Bolin-Betts said she does not believe President Donald Trump has a “moral core.” She added she changed parties in 2016. She supported then-Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

O’Rourke spoke in Bolin-Bett’s living room — taking his place in front of her fireplace — which had books on Robert Kennedy and the Mueller Report on it, among others.

Article here: http://www.iowastatedaily.com/news/orourke-discusses-immigration-at-ames-house-party/article_7be64d7a-9d3e-11e9-a3ed-a7c5b6a40ab4.html

Watch the House Party on CSPAN here: https://www.c-span.org/video/?462216-1/beto-orourke-attends-house-party-ames-iowa
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