How Democrats Spent Their Time on Day 1 of Questioning Brett Kavanaugh
Watching the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh can be an exhausting exercise for some. Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are given 30 minutes to ask questions of the nominee, but many of the Democrats are using their time to express their displeasure with the president, his administration, how the committee is being run, and what they believe is Kavanaugh’s “evasiveness” on certain topics.
These Democrats would do well to remember, of course, that now-Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, when asked to share their beliefs on a topic that could have come before the Supreme Court, opted to bypass answering hypotheticals, as well.
AR Intel did the dirty work of breaking down the first day of Kavanaugh questioning to determine how much time each Democrat senator gave to individual topics – some of which have nothing to do with his jurisprudence. To see that breakdown, sign up for a free 7-day trial of AR Intel!
Axios’s 5 Most Competitive 2018 Midterm House Races
With less than three months to go until the November midterms, media company Axios has put out a list of what it believes are the 5 most competitive House races this year.
This list includes tight races in states like Texas, California, and Florida, as well as smaller states like Iowa and Maine.
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These Are the Democrats Who Want to Abolish ICE (So Far)
Following the shocking victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) in last week’s New York House primary, and coupled with the furor of family separations at the Mexican border, some Democrats feel comfortable with the political calculus in calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
To her credit, Ocasio-Cortez was for abolishing ICE before it became “cool” to do so among Democrats. But now a steady stream of liberals have voiced their support to scrap ICE altogether and “start over.”
The list of Democrats who have come out in support of abolishing ICE include at least three women widely considered to be potential 2020 presidential candidates, as well as a slew of House members and candidates. To see that full list, as well as what many of these politicians specifically said about the topic, become an AR Intel Insider today!
OFA Just Announced 27 “Priority” Districts for 2018. How Does That Stack Up to CLF?
Organizing For Action (OFA), the remnants of former President Obama’s campaign operation, announced this week that it is “prioritizing 27 districts” currently held by Republicans.
“OFA volunteer teams will organize in each district to amplify support on the ground for candidates who will actually fight for their constituents,” a statement from OFA read.
The full list of districts includes several where Donald Trump did better than Hillary Clinton. It does not include all the seats held by Republicans in districts where Clinton beat Trump, which Democrats tend to see as their best opportunities for pick-ups in November.
What exactly “prioritizing” means is unclear. What’s clearer is what’s happening on the other side of the aisle. Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF), the super PAC closely associated with Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), appears to be beating the Democrats at their own game.
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The AR Intel Week Ahead: 06-11-18
President Trump is in Singapore this week for a historic meeting with North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un. This marks the first meeting between a U.S. president and a leader of the authoritarian state in history. The talks are expected to center on bringing an end to the nuclear tensions between North Korea and other countries in the region.
In other news, members of Congress are working on a series of opioid-related bills this week, and the Senate is debating the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).
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June 5th Primary Results Rundown
June 5th marked the “Super Tuesday” of primary contests during the 2018 midterm elections. More states voted in primaries on a single day this week than any other day on the year. Important races in California, Alabama, and New Jersey will shape the contours of the general election this November.
AR Intel compiled a summary of what happened in these critical races, from Rep. Mimi Walter’s impressive victory in CA-45 to Rep. Martha Roby heading to a runoff in AL-02. To access this important information, you need to become an AR Intel Insider. Start your free 7-day trial today!
What You Need to Know About California’s Competitive House Primaries
California’s June 5 primary could serve as an early indicator of how things go for Republicans and Democrats this fall. There are nine GOP-held House seats in California that are considered “competitive” by the political prognosticators at Inside Elections. Seven of those seats are held by Republicans in districts won by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
To get a full breakdown of which races are competitive, the candidates to watch, and much more, become an AR Intel Insider and read on!
CBS News: Why Democrats Are Worried About Tuesday’s California Primaries
The California primaries are less than a week away. The state’s “jungle primary” system is straightforward, but different from most states’ methods for selecting general election candidates. In California primaries, all candidates run together, regardless of party, and the two top vote-getters move on to the general election in November.
Could a vast field of Democrats end up splitting the vote and allowing two Republicans to advance to the general? It’s possible. Check out this CBS News story for more on the California primary, and become an AR Intel Insider for more updates just like this one!
SF Chronicle: Bad news for Dems: Trump’s rating is rising where it counts in California
All that talk of a Democratic blue wave sweeping congressional races in California could be for naught if a new poll is on target: It shows President Trump’s approval rating surging to 50 percent in Orange County, site of four tight races that could determine if Republicans hold the House.
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NRCC’s Matt Gorman: Minnesota Could Be a Bellwether for the House in 2018
Keep an eye on Minnesota. That’s the advice of Matt Gorman, the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) communications director, who sat down with AR Intel this week to discuss the upcoming midterm elections.
Want to know why Minnesota could be a bellwether for the 2018 midterm House races? Become an AR Intel Insider to read this exclusive interview!