Month: February 2016

POLITICO's 2016 Blast, presented by Vote4Energy.org: Are Democrats all Berned out?

By Henry C. Jackson | 02/29/2016 05:40 PM EDT THE CLOCK: The next contests are TOMORROW. And they are big ones. Super Tuesday unfolds across a dozen states (and American Samoa!). DUKING IT OUT: POLITICO’s Nolan D. McCaskill reports DONALD TRUMP’s Republican enemies are frantically pointing to his reluctance to disavow the Ku Klux Klan as just the latest evidence that the billionaire businessman isn’t fit to be president. But Trump, undeterred, predicted today he will do “phenomenally with the African-Americans” and will stun his rivals on Super Tuesday. The condemnations came from all corners of the GOP, with some of the strongest words springing from MITT ROMNEY, who has launched a more focused campaign to take down the Republican front-runner. Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee who last week speculated that Trump’s tax returns may contain a “bombshell,” called Trump’s response “disqualifying,” as well as “disgusting.” “His coddling of repugnant bigotry is not in the character of America,” he tweeted. Read more at: http://politi.co/1VNwskB The latest furor was set off when Trump appeared on CNN on Sunday and, over repeated questions from Jake Tapper, refused to disavow support from the Ku Klux Klan and the group’s former grand wizard, David Duke. Earlier today, Trump blamed a faulty earpiece for his lack of a more stern disavowal of Duke: http://politi.co/1nd3heA Happy Monday. Did you have a restful weekend? Well, sorry...

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POLITICO's Morning Score: Shelby fighting hard in first Senate challenge of 2016 — ONE DAY AWAY, POLITICO does the Super Tuesday map math

By Elena Schneider | 02/29/2016 10:00 AM EDT With Theodoric Meyer, Scott Bland and Kevin Robillard The following newsletter is an abridged version of Campaign Pro’s Morning Score. For an earlier morning read on exponentially more races – and for a more comprehensive aggregation of the day’s most important campaign news – sign up for Campaign Pro today. (http://www.politicopro.com/proinfo) FIRST MAN UP – “Shelby runs hard against first 2016 primary threat,” by Campaign Pro’s Kevin Robillard: “Alabama GOP Sen. Richard Shelby, facing his toughest primary challenge in years, has taken his party’s incumbent-protection playbook and executed it virtually line by line … pouring cash out of his $20 million bank account, airing a relentless stream of attack ads against 33-year-old Marine Corps veteran Jonathan McConnell (his chief opponent), dominating digital, and stepping up outreach to conservative media.” http://politico.pro/1LPfhcy MAP MATH – “Breaking down the GOP’s Super Tuesday map,” by POLITICO’s Kyle Cheney: “Super Tuesday could cripple every Republican presidential candidate not named Donald Trump. The best-case scenario for Trump would put him far ahead of his rivals in the race for delegates, and polls have him competitive almost everywhere that Republicans are voting. But even if he stumbles, Trump leaves Super Tuesday with enough delegates to remain at the front of the race. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, John Kasich and Ben Carson all lack that luxury.” Find out how...

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POLITICO Huddle: GOP SENATORS TO CONFIRM NON-SCOTUS JUDGES — CHC PAC backs Hillary — A WEEKEND OF SURPRISE ENDORSEMENTS FROM THE HILL — Senate takes up opioid abuse legislation — GOHMERT FACES FIRST PRIMARY CHALLENGE.

02/29/2016 08:35 AM EDT By Rachael Bade ([email protected] or @RachaelMBade) GOP SENATORS AIM TO CONFIRM JUDGES – JUST NOT FOR SCOTUS. Burgess starts off our week with a look at the GOP playbook on judges, coming soon: “John Cornyn, the second-ranking Senate Republican and a former Texas Supreme Court judge, was attending Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral this month when he found himself chatting with White House counsel Neil Eggleston. The topic: their mutual interest in confirming judges to lifetime appointments to the federal bench.” “Even as Senate Republicans vow to block President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick until after the election, GOP leaders are quietly maneuvering to approve lower-level judicial nominees in the Senate pipeline, including several from conservative states who were recommended by Republican lawmakers. The effort, which Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hasn’t officially sanctioned by scheduling floor votes, threatens to undermine the GOP’s argument in the high court standoff that a president in his final months should be denied a lifetime judicial appointment.” http://politico.pro/1VMLSWj COMING TODAY: CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS PAC BACKS CLINTON. Gabriel Debenedetti for POLITICO: “The political arm of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus – CHC BOLD PAC- is set to endorse Hillary Clinton at a press conference at the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters on Monday morning, in yet another sign of the presidential front-runner’s strength in Washington and among Hispanic leaders. The move is hardly...

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POLITICO Florida Playbook, presented by Nuclear Matters: 516k have voted in FL prez primary – why Rubio went Trump now – Clinton still crushing Bernie in new FL poll — Docs v. Glocks still in court – FL GOP’s gains – ‘Streetfighter’ Carlos Beruff

02/29/2016 06:58 AM EDT By Marc Caputo ([email protected]; @MarcACaputo) with Kristen East ([email protected]; @kristenicoleast) VOTERS ARE VOTING!!! Your daily reminder that voting in Florida’s presidential primary is going on now, even though Election Day is March 15. More than 516,000 people cast absentee ballots by Friday morning in the presidential race, 276k by Republicans (54%) and 240k (46%) by Democrats. There are more registered Democrats in FL, but they tend to vote in heavier numbers during in-person early voting before Election Day. Republicans generally prefer absentee ballots, relatively speaking. The top counties for casting absentee ballots (Republican and Democratic ballots only): Pinellas (60,000); Miami-Dade (47,000); Lee (44,000); Hillsborough (32,000); Broward (25,000) and Orange (21,000). Florida has a closed primary, so independents can’t vote in the presidential race. There are some local races in some counties. Including those independent ballots cast in those races, about 530k people have voted. EVEN MORE VOTING — Today’s number of absentee ballots totaled should be a lot bigger because Monday’s count includes ballots that arrived over the weekend and the election is getting closer. Also, early in-person voting begins today in Baker, Calhoun, Charlotte, DeSoto, Duval, Hendry, Hillsborough, Lake, Levy, Liberty, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okeechobee, Orange, Polk, Santa Rosa and Taylor counties. The rest of the state’s counties begin in-person early voting March 5. In-person early voting ends March 12 in many counties, although some...

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Editorial: Vote Rubio on March 15

pnj.com – Many touted ideals of conservative Republicans are universally admirable: The sanctity of all forms of liberty. The virtues of slow reason and moderation over swift passion and overreach. The faith… Tweeted by @jahanwilcox...

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