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!
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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AP: Takeaways from Illinois primary: Big money, party splits
Illinois voters added their voices to the 2018 primary season Tuesday, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner surviving an unexpectedly stiff primary challenge from the right and a suburban Chicago congressman, Dan Lipinski, clinging to a tight lead over a Democratic challenger fueled by the party’s liberal wing.
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The Illinois Primaries: Who to Follow for Breaking News
The Illinois primaries have arrived. While the “Blue Wave” never really crested in deep red Texas as numerous Democrats significantly under-performed, the Illinois primaries are likely to provide more insight into how contested races across the county are likely to turn out in future contests this year.
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Bernie Sanders Causing Headaches for Establishment Dems Across the Map
Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucuses with Democrats and has a significant grassroots following, has focused on bolstering members of the progressive wing of the party, often to the detriment of more mainstream, and frankly electable, Democratic candidates.
What are the top 4 races in which Sanders is playing politics with establishment Democrats, hurting the party’s chances of winning in November? Become an AR Intel Insider to find out!
The Hill: Dems want gun control, but worry it could cost them midterms
“Democrats mulling how to approach gun control on the campaign trail this year are weighing their tough history on the subject against the burning politics of the moment. …”