The Week Ahead for Mar. 25, 2019
Members of the House and Senate are back from recess, and with Special Counsel Robert Muller’s report summary released, it’s going to be a busy week. This week, the House will consider the Paycheck Fairness Act, a resolution condemning the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, as well as a vote to override the president’s veto of the disapproval resolution on his emergency declaration. House Democrats will also unveil their legislation aimed at protecting people with pre-existing conditions and lowering health costs.
The Senate will have a cloture vote on the motion to proceed on the Green New Deal and on Arizona Judge Bridget Bade’s nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
President Trump on Monday will host the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions, the Washington Capitals. Tuesday, he will meet with members of Congress to discuss trade. Wednesday, President Trump will present the Medal of Honor to the family of Travis Atkins, an Army staff sergeant killed in Iraq in 2007. Finally, on Thursday he will deliver remarks at a Make America Great Again rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Monday, March 25
Sens. Chuck Schumer and Bob Menendez, and Reps. Lucy McBath, Max Rose, Chris Pappas, Stephanie Murphy, Elaine Luria, Angie Craig and Ted Deutch will attend the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.
Stacey Abrams will attend A Day of Unreasonable Conversation at The Getty Center in Los Angeles, CA
Former Vice President Joe Biden will attend a conversation with Janet Napolitano at the New York Public Library in New York, NY
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) will speak at the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) Spring Lobby Weekend in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) will attend a briefing on Egypt Advocacy Day in the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, March 26
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will attend the AIPAC Policy Conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.
Mark Kelly will attend a fundraiser in downtown Washington, D.C.
Abrams will speak at Bloomberg Equality Summit Access to Democracy at Location TBD in New York, NY
Former Gov. John Hickenlooper will attend a meet and greet in Nashville, TN
Jayapal will speak at the FCNL Spring Lobby Weekend in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) will host at tele-town hall for constituents
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will attend a fundraiser at a privte home in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, March 27
Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) will attend a fundraiser in Washington, D.C.
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) will attend the Former Members of Congress Annual Statesmanship Awards at Andrew W Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.
Steve Bullock may attend Planned Parenthood 50th Celebration at The Staggering OX in Helena, MT
Thursday, March 28
Gov. John Bel Edwards (D-LA) will speak at the Louisiana Entertainment Summit at L’Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, LA
House Democrats will vote on a resolution rejecting Trumps Transgender Military Ban at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) will speak at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI
Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) will attend a fundraiser in Des Moines, IA
Friday, March 29
Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) will host an veterans outreach event at the TriCounty Active Adult Center in Pottsville, PA
Saturday, March 30
Klobuchar will attend a meet and greet in Sioux City, IA
Harris will attend a fundraiser in Atherton, CA
Klobuchar, Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and former HUD Secretary Julian Castro will attend a forum on rural affairs at Buena Vista University’s Harold Sieben’s Forum in Lake Storm, IA
Sunday, March 31
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will attend a Pfizer Campaign fundraiser at the home of Sally Susman in New York, NY
Harris will attend a fundraiser at the home of Michael Kraut in Los Feliz, CA
The Week Ahead for Mar. 18, 2019
The House and Senate are in recess this week. President Trump will welcome the Brazilian president to the White House later in the week. And 2020 Democrats are barnstorming the early voting states.
For these and much more exciting events coming up, check out AR Intel’s Week Ahead below:
Monday, March 18
Rep. Chris Pappas (D-NH) will speak on legislative priorities at the New England Council at The Grand at Bedford Village Inn in Bedford, NH
DNC Chair Tom Perez will speak at The Joukowski Forum at Brown University in Providence, RI
Rep. Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ) will speak at an event against seismic testing for offshore oil at the Cape May Convention Center in Cape May, NJ
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) will stump for H.R. 1 and H.R.4 at the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center in Ferguson, MO
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will attend a meet and greet at the Three Cats Cafe in Clawson, MI and will appear on an MSNBC Town Hall at Rochester Mills Production Brewery and Taproom in Auburn Hills, MI
Rep. Max Rose (D-NY) will host a town hall meeting at the St. Phillips Baptist Church in Staten Island, NY
Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) will speak at a town hall meeting at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, VA
Rep. Angie Craig (D-MN) will attend a campaign fundraiser at a private residence in Hastings, MN
Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) will attend a book tour stop at The Strand’s Rare Book Room in New York, NY
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) will attend a town hall at Rose E. McCoy Auditorium at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS
Tuesday, March 19
Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) will attend a coffee at Hawley Silk Mill in Hawley, PA
Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) will attend a Canada-Montana conference addressing the opioid crisis at Carroll College in Helena, MT
Rep. Antonio Delgado (D-NY) will attend an interactive Federal Budget workshop at the Professional Academic Center at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, NY
Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) will attend a meet & greet at Feldman’s Deli in Salt Lake City, UT
Warren will attend an organizing event at The Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham, AL
Rep. Jared Golden (D-ME) will hold a town hall at the Bass Room in Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington, ME
Gov. Jared Polis (D-CO) will attend a benefit for the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, CO
Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D-FL) will attend a fundraiser in Coral Gables, FL
Stacey Abrams will attend a moderated discussion at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN
Rep. Josh Harder (D-CA) will attend a problem-solving workshop on taxes at Modesto City Hall, in Modesto, CA
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) will appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live
Wednesday, March 20
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) will appear on The Ellen Show
Doug Jones & Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) will appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Harris will attend a fundraiser hosted by J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath in Los Angeles, CA
Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA) will speak at the Louisiana Labor Summit at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA
Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) will attend a “Java with Joe” event in Fort Collins, CO
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will attend a union rally at a TBA location in California
McAdams will attend a town hall meeting at Mount Pleasant City Hall in Mount Pleasant, UT
Rep. Susie Lee (D-NV) will host a town hall at Silverado High School in Las Vegas, NV
Harder will attend Latino community town hall at the Salvation Army Modesto Red Shield Center in Modesto, CA
Fmr. Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) will attend a CNN Town Hall in Atlanta, GA
Thursday, March 21
Ocasio-Cortez will appear on Late Night With Seth Meyers
Gov. John Bel Edwards will speak at the Louisiana Labor Summit at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, LA
Richmond may attend a fundraiser at Ohm Lounge in New Orleans, LA
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) will hold a town hall at Oakland University’s Oakland Center in Rochester, MI
Jones will attend a book tour event at BOOKS-A-MILLION in Huntsville, AL
Friday, March 22
Bullock will attend a meeting with NH Dem activists followed by a fundraiser with Dan Feltes at a TBA Location in NH; and he will attend the Snowflake Reception with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen at the Pappas Room Puritan Backroom in Manchester, NH
Mark Kelly (D-AZ) will attend the Tentable Edge Conference at TBA in Atlanta, GA
Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) will attend a fundraiser in Des Moines, IA
Jones will attend a book tour event at the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum in Atlanta, GA
Saturday, March 23
Rep. TJ Cox (D-CA) will hold a town hall meeting at Hanford West High School in Hanford, CA
Rep. Lucy McBath (D-GA) will attend “VOICES” Women’s History Month event at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur, GA
Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) will host a town hall at the Roy W. Smith Theater at Union County College in Cranford, NJ
Rose will host a town hall at Fort Hamilton High School in Brooklyn, NY
Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY) will attend a town hall meeting at Cazenovia High School in Cazenovia, NY
Rep. Lizzie Fletcher (D-TX) will speak at a town hall at a location TBA in Houston, TX
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) will attend the CAIR Annual Valley Banquet at Hilton Woodland Hills in Woodland Hills, CA
Hickenlooper will speak at “Conversations with Gov. Hickenlooper” at Flynn Center Main Stage in Burlington, VT
Fmr. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) will hold a town hall at the International Longshoreman’s Association in Charleston, SC
Harris will attend a rally at a location TBD in Houston, TX
Sunday, March 24
Harris will attend a campaign rally at a location TBA in Atlanta, GA
Booker will attend a fundraiser at the home of a personal home in South Orange, NJ
Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS) will attend a town hall at Saint Andrew Christian Church in Olathe, KS
Abrams will attend a book tour event at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA
5 Things to Know About Arizona Democrat Mark Kelly
Mark Kelly, the former astronaut and husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ), announced this week he’s jumping in the Arizona Senate race. If he successfully navigates the Democratic primary, which remains unclear as Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) openly mulls a Senate run, he will face Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), who was appointed to fill Sen. John McCain’s seat.
Though Kelly has been in the public eye for years, much is unknown about certain policy positions and how he might hold up as a candidate. AR Intel dug into the available information on Kelly and put together a list of five things to know about the newest Democrat in the Arizona Senate race:
1) Strong gun control advocate
Perhaps best known as the husband to Giffords, Kelly became a strong advocate for gun control after his wife was shot and injured by a gunman in Tucson. In early 2013 Kelly and his wife formed Americans for Responsible Solutions, which later became Giffords, a political organization with a super PAC, 501(c)3, and 501(c)4 arms.
Giffords spent $7 million aiding Democrat candidates in 2018 but not without controversy. In September, the group was forced to alter an ad that used the death of a 16-year-old girl to attack Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado. They also received harsh criticism for an unfair ad they ran against McSally in 2014.
2) An environmentalist group drafted him to run
In his four-and-a-half-minute announcement video, Kelly put a placed a fair amount of emphasis on environmental issues, which was likely no mistake. In January 2019, environmental group 314 Action launched a six-figure digital ad campaign designed to convince Kelly to run. 314 Action is a group “committed to electing more STEM candidates to office, advocating for evidence-based policy solutions to issues like climate change, and fighting the Trump administration’s attacks on science.”
3) That environmentalism has drawn scrutiny in the past
Kelly and Giffords joined a massive congressional delegation trip in 2009 to Copenhagen for a UN Climate Conference that wound up costing the government $1.1 million and required “three military jets” to transport everyone. The trip “produced enough carbon dioxide to fill 10,000 Olympic swimming pools.”
Ten years later, voters may care less about the details of such a trip, but the hypocrisy shows Kelly is vulnerable to similar attacks in a potential Democratic primary.
4) Swore off PAC money
The latest trend in Democratic campaigns is swearing off corporate PAC money, and Kelly’s announcement included such a pledge. But as the Atlantic pointed out in August 2018, the gesture is mostly symbolic because “[m]ost nonincumbents don’t receive any corporate-pac donations, and they generally constitute only a small percentage of total contributions for those running for reelection.”
The move is a bit hypocritical, too, considering Kelly helps run a massive super PAC that shells out millions each cycle to political candidates. Giffords might not be a corporation, but if Kelly’s gesture is to appease those who want to remove money from politics, it’s a bit hollow.
5) Largely undefined on numerous policy positions
The Huffington Post noted on Wednesday that Kelly is “still ideologically undefined” as a Democratic candidate for office. While we can expect Kelly to take up all of the token Democratic issues in a general election, a primary challenge from Gallego or any other serious Democrat could force Kelly to take positions that may result in making him more vulnerable in the general election. Even without a primary challenger, expect Kelly to be asked about his positions on the Green New Deal, eliminating private health insurance though Medicare for All, and other hot-button liberal issues.