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!
Blue Wave? A Trio of New Senate Polls Throws Cold Water on That Notion
A president’s first midterm is often used as a “check” on that president’s power, typically in the form of voters electing members from the opposing party to positions in Congress. A “wave” election occurs when one party broadly sweeps another out of power, and Democrats are hoping for a “blue wave” in 2018.
But a slew of new Senate polls released this week demonstrates just how difficult it will be for Democrats to accomplish “wave” status. To see the polls and analysis, 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.
To learn in which districts each group is operating and how they compare, become an AR Intel Insider today!
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!
Primary Preview: Alabama, Iowa, New Jersey
On Monday, AR Intel broke down the competitive California House primaries, but a lot more states with competitive House races are holding primaries Tuesday. From Alabama, to Iowa, to New Jersey, these early June primaries are expected to be the biggest single day of primaries on the 2018 midterm calendar.
AR Intel is breaking down what you need to know about the key races like AL-02, IA-01, and a whole set of competitive races in New Jersey. To read that analysis, sign up for a free 7-day trial of AR Intel today!
SPOTLIGHT: 2020 Democrats’ 2017 Year-End FEC Reports
While most of the political world’s attention is focused on Capitol Hill, the White House, and the upcoming 2018 midterm elections, Democrats considering presidential campaigns in 2020 are quietly amassing their war chests for next cycle.
AR Intel broke down the fourth quarter fundraising numbers of four top Democrats considered to be 2020 contenders. Become an AR Intel Insider to learn more.