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Political Roundup for July 20, 2017…Trump Support softening…RRH Elections

Presidential/National

Voter Fraud Commission:  President Trump (R?) accused election officials refusing to provide data largely available in the public domain to his “Voting Integrity Commission” of hiding “something”.  Not sure whose worse here… the “Commission” refusing to lift a finger here or the election officials who could just turn it over to shut the “Commission” up.

Trumpism:  Why are soft Trump supporters willing to bail from the Trump Train, but ardent supporters aren’t bailing?  The Wall Street Journal supposes that Trump’s ardent supporters care less about accomplishments and care more about someone understanding them.  We should get used to this politics of feelings over accomplishments in this identity politics fueled insanity we live in.  Thanks liberals for creating identity politics.

AG:  President Trump seems to regret hiring Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R-Drug War).

Postal Service:  In case Republicans had a reason to support the Post Office (worst service ever), here is a reason why we should all support destroying this grossly incompetent institution… the supposedly civil service non-partisan government owned operation broke the law by encouraging employees to take paid time off to campaign for former Senator Hillary Clinton (D)…..

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Political Roundup for 7/14/17…Impeachment and Trump polls…RRH Elections…

President:

Impeachment: Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) has filed the paperwork to impeach Trump for Obstruction of Justice. This will go nowhere in the House of course, mostly because I’m pretty sure Obstruction of Justice requires something more serious than “Fired the politically compromised head of the FBI”, but this is probably more about boosting Sherman’s left-wing creds than an actual attempt to impeach Trump. Pelosi and the smart Democrats have been doing all they can behind the scenes to squelch this movement, as at the very least it is playing all their cards way too early, and at worst . . . well they remember what impeaching Clinton over completely provable and unambiguously true crimes did to the GOP in the late 90s.

Trump-Poll: Morning Consultant has a poll out with some surprisingly good numbers for Trump and the AHCA, with the President at an astoundingly-good 46-50, and the AHCA at 40/47, in both cases buoyed by unusually good numbers with non-whites. I’m pretty sure Trump would kill someone on 5th avenue for a 39%/19%/38% showing with Hispanics, Blacks, and “Other” respectively in 2020.

Iowa: A PPP “Informed ballot poll” has found that Trump and Iowa Senator Jodi Ernst are both surprisingly popular in what is essentially a poll designed to show up in fundraising and morale-boosting emails against AHCA. But if PPP is going to release stuff like this, I’m going to be cheeky and selectively pick what I think is the most interesting part of it–Trump does best with the 18-45 demo. It’s not even like this is a complete fluke sample size either, as Ernst has a more classic Republican age lineup, being narrowly underwater with the young and up double-digits with everyone older. Clearly this means Trumpism is a winning issue with today’s youth, a PPP poll has confirmed it!!!…..

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Political Roundup for 7/10/17…Cuomo 2020 = Hillary Clinton 2.0?…RRH Elections….

President:

2020: Andrew Cuomo’s name has been floated around a lot for the D 2020 nomination lately, and Politico has a piece here covering most of what the buzz is about. Basically, Cuomo’s image as the New York Italian Boy could help in wooing back the WCW voters that abandoned Clinton in droves, and his public profile has been moderate enough to not scare off Suburban Republicans still upset with Trump. There are a few problems however, most notably the Albany stench that is sure to come up in both the primary and general election, and secondly the fact that the electrified Democratic left despises him for not being enough of a true believer in Progressive causes. There’s also the problem of being a straight white male in a party that is increasingly trying to define itself around “Diversity”. A bit of an aside, but one of my D friends summarized his problems perfectly when he described him as “Another Hillary Clinton that not even Feminists will get excited about”.

Trump: Trump’s approval ratings have been on the upswing lately, as he’s up to 47-51 in the latest Fox RV Poll. This is tied for his best numbers ever with the immediately post-election “glow” (of being barely underwater), and probably has to do with Trump recently playing to his strengths—making fools out of his media critics and berating Progressives and Europeans for abandoning the Liberal values they used to cherish until recently….

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“I Don’t Like Obamacare Because of Obama” Says Woman on Obamacare

I mean REALLY??????

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This story was on NPR today on the ATC evening news. It is so frustrating.

Rural Northeast CA is in a predicament. Clinics know their patients need ACA coverage or Medicaid but won’t tell their reps to support it so county officials are doing it themselves.

Before the election while Obamacare was being implemented officials had to rename MediCal to make it sound like it was a regular insurance plan, not a “government handout” which these people were too proud to take (from a black man). Since they still didn’t pay anything  for it I don’t know how they filled in that logic gap.

The area went for Trump in a landslide. And now they won’t contact their reps to vote against repeal. Either they don’t believe Republicans will really take their insurance away, or they’re dumb enough to think it will be replaced with something better. Which at this point you’d have to be weapons grade stupid to believe. Or, they’d rather be destitute than admit the black guy helped them. There is nothing you can do when people are so willing to vote and act against their interests. I’ve said it before, I just can’t help wanting to see the repeal actually take away their insurance.

One patient at the Mountain Valleys clinic in Bieber, Kay Roope, 64, knew she had Medi-Cal, and she liked it.

“It did me good,” she says.

Now she has a subsidized commercial plan through Covered California with modest premiums and copays, and she likes that, too.

“It’s OK, ’cause I’m at the doctor’s at least once a month,” she says.

But when asked what she thinks of Obamacare overall, she says she doesn’t like it.

“Because of Obama himself,” she says with a laugh. “I rest my case.”

The confusion and the contradictions are common among patients, explains Morris, the enrollment counselor.

“People just don’t understand the different names,” she says. “But of course, it’s the same thing.”

Morris has seen the difference the Affordable Care Act has made for people in the region. She has seen patients get treatment for diabetes and breast cancer, or get knee surgery that they otherwise wouldn’t have gotten.

Those patients won’t fight for Obamacare, Morris says, so that’s why the clinics have to.

Notice how she “laughs” when she says “because of Obama himself” .  Yeah, hawhaw, you sure made that case.  The nervous laugh because she knows that makes no sense, and trying to hide her racism.

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Dear Lefty Media: Democrats Are Still Unpopular In The Suburbs…

Why is it that every time the Democrats suffer a defeat, the media rushes to their aid, giving us the “it’s merely a flesh wound!” prognosis, and telling us here’s how the GOP is actually going to have its clocked cleaned any minute now. Any minute.

So it is with this well-written, well-researched, and wrong piece from Politico Magazine, titled: “The GOP’s Suburban Nightmare.”

Giving credit where it’s due, this writer does his homework in attempting to craft a convincing argument that Trump’s poor(er than Reagan) showing in suburban America is a sign of the impending doom of the GOP — even as early as the 2018 midterms.

It’s a good piece from the perspective of: it’s readable, engaging, has lots of interesting information, etc. It’s a fun read. It’s just wrong.

And here’s how I know.

It uses Atlanta and the Ossoff/Handel race as its jumping off point, making the fast argument that Trump only barely beat Hillary Clinton in the suburbs during the 2016 election. 49% to her 45%, the article says. Then it says this:

Karen Handel’s Georgia special-election victory Tuesday enabled the GOP to kick the can down the road, but not for long. The same Atlanta suburbs that once produced Republicans like Newt Gingrich voted for Clinton in November. They followed up a few months later by nearly sending a 30-year-old, first-time Democratic candidate to Congress. Republicans may be gloating now, but it’s an ominous sign for the 2018 midterm elections, when control of the House is likely to hinge on roughly two or three dozen suburban districts currently held by the GOP.

“Nearly.” I’m from Atlanta and we have a saying in the South: almost only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades…..

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Political Roundup for June 21st, 2017…Holder 2020?….RRH Elections…

In case you missed it yesterday, Republican Karen Handel worked out an unexpectedly strong win in GA-6, and Republican Ralph Norman had an unexpectedly close win in SC-5. Republicans and Democrats each held a seat in the SC State House as well. What does it say about politics that the Democrats did better in the seat Clinton lost by close to 20 points that they basically ignored than the one she lost by 1 that they poured over $30 Million in? Maybe that going all-in on a political nobody who looks like he’s just finishing up his freshman year of college isn’t a good idea? Or perhaps,(more seriously) that the higher the special election turnout, the worse the result for the already-fired-up Democrats, as SC-5 saw something like 1/3rd as many votes as GA-6 did. Regardless, expect a day of Democrats spinning about how GA-6 didn’t really matter and Republicans spinning about how GA-6 meant everything.

Now, on to the news:

President:

CBS-Poll: A CBS poll has Trump down to his lowest numbers yet at 36% approval. His handling of the Russia probe seems to be his weakest point so far, as he’s not doing too bad on the other major issues tested. Also, Americans believe Comey over Trump by about 2:1, and slightly favor believing that the probe is a grave matter of national security over it being a political hatchet job.

2020: Morning Consultant did a poll of the favorability #s of just about every candidate seriously suggested for the 2020-Dem Nomination. The vast majority of them are unknown right now, with the exceptions being Warren (Slightly Positive) and Biden (Very positive). The only notable exceptions here are Sanders and of course Clinton 2020, because as they say the third time’s the charm!

Holder: Eric Holder, probably best remembered as the AG Obama replaced with Loretta Lynch, is apparently “re-entering the political fray” and is talking about running for President in 2020. Because at this point I think the Democrats saw the 17-candidate pileup of the 2016-GOP race and said “Hold my kale-smoothie–watch this”….

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Republicans hold GA-06…..

This was NOT a surprise….

The national political media made this a story about Donald Trump….

Apparently it wasn’t….

I did a post yesterday about a Washington Post reporter that went to ground in the district…He found out that Republican’s in the district didn’t really like how Trump was acting….

BUT?

They would vote for him again….

Why?

Because as crazy as he is?

He’s moving to stop the Democrats from giving stuff away that they have to work for…

Sound familiar?

It IS…

This the SAME comments that have come from voters on the right and  that defected from the Democratic party since Barack Obama won the Presidency in 2008….

Obama was able to hold on to enough of the black vote in the right places to get elected twice….

But he’s retired…

Now the Media is gonna makeup all kinds of shit tonight and for the next week or so but a couple of things are self evident to me….

All the media efforts to demonize Donald Trump is NOT gonna get Democrats much traction in next years Midterm elections ….

Like the Washington Post guy found out?

Yea Republicans think Trump is all over the place…

But he’s talking about THEM….

Democrats  and the Media REALLY do NOT have any use for the guy….

But he’s NOT going anyplace unless Robert Mueller announces he’s part of a conspiracy….

As of TONIGHT?

The Democrats are 0 and 5 in post Trump Special Elections…..

The Democrats just LOST the White House, the House and the Senate…..

The Democrats have lost TONS of state and local offices over the last eight years….

My party is BLEEDING politically….

ON top of that?

A old Socialist is trying to make sure they lose whatever they STILL have….

All this talk about Progressive/Left movement is NOT the answer….

The only thing it will get the party is more wins in places they ALREADY OWN….

The Democratic party needs to find a way to reach out for those people that Donald Trump has stolen from the Democrats…..

The Democratic party needs to find some down home selling points that will bring ‘swing’ voters back….

The Democratic party needs to stop holding it’s nose up and invite some more people that are in the MIDDLE OF THE political spectrum….

And for goodness sake?

Stop throwing money at candidates that simply aren’t up to the job….All the money in the world won’t get past a candidate that don’t have it….

Cause right now?

They are STILL BLEEDING……

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Political Roundup for June 19th, 2017…Kander 2020???….RRH Elections…

Tomorrow is special election day. Be sure to check back here at 3p ET today for our preview and at 7p ET tomorrow for our liveblog of the special generals for GA-06 and SC-05. Now, onto the news!

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Landrieu: File this one under either ‘columnists don’t understand psephology’ or ‘someone had too many hurricanes on Bourbon Street just before a deadline.’ Apparently, a few Democrats are floating New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s (D) name as a possible presidential candidate. Oy. Here we go. For the next few years we’re going to get just about every reasonably-prominent Democrat in the country who does something half-noteable (in this case, a speech on the removal of Confederate monuments) run through the machinery of the Great Mentioner for at least a week or so. Never mind that Landrieu isn’t even the mayor of a mega-city, let alone a senator, governor, or even a celebrity businessman. No, he’s just the mayor of a reasonably-large city in a country full of them. But, The Hill needs something to write about, and stories about presidential campaigns, real or imagined, get clicks. Expect more of this drivel for a few years. Maybe a few of them will actually make also-ran status.

Kander: …And just as I say that, another one drops. At least this article is more intelligently written than the first one. It’s premise is just as stupid, though. Is former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander (D) a rising star? Yes. Is he making the rounds that presidential hopefuls make? That’s certainly so. Does he have a snowball’s chance in Hades of becoming President this cycle? Hell no (unless he succeeds Sen. Claire McCaskill first). His performance against Sen. Roy Blunt (R) last year was impressive, though some of it can be put down to Bunt’s ineptitude and lack of likability. As the article rightly points out, Kander has nothing to run for that he could conceivably win unless Sen. McCaskill (D) steps aside. Therefore, he’s making the speaking circuit. I doubt it’s about more than keeping himself relevant. Most politicians have delusions of grandeur, but if he believes he’s going to be nominated for President in 2020 with no office in between, someone should stick him in a psych ward. Another day, another DC journalist has a deadline, another ridiculous presidential Great Mentioner story…

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Donald Trump Jr. contradicts his dad on just what Trump ‘told Comey’…

He’s whisperin’ secrets

Donald Trump is out golfing again, so let’s check in with Uday Trump, who’s been obligingly defending his pa from the scurrilous accusations given under oath by the former director of the FBI. Alas, he is bad as this. While Donald is furiously denying he told James Comey he hoped Comey would see clear to “letting [Michael] Flynn go”, as the FBI investigation into Flynn continued, Uday’s argument is that yeah his dad did indeed say that.

“You and I are friends: ‘Hey, I hope this happens, but you’ve got to do your job.’ That’s what [my father] told Comey,” Trump Jr. said.

This is perilously close to Uday calling his own father a liar, which would be big news if there was any person who has ever had an extended relationship with Trump who didn’t consider him a liar. Uday probably figures his father won’t be able to keep his story straight to begin with, so Uday’s going to invent his own excuse for dad and hope it sticks.

Under Uday’s premise, Donald Trump indeed “hoped” the FBI would be “letting Flynn go”, but he didn’t mean anything by it. He was just hoping out loud. After clearing all other witnesses from the room. To the only person in the country who could act upon that “hope” and make it a reality. This is how Uday imagines the world works, or at least that’s the story he’ll be going with while his dad is still lucid enough to write people out of his will.

Of course, all of this assumes that Uday Trump was indeed told, by his father, about private conversations between his father and the director of the FBI. Uday Trump is not in government, but is instead holding on to his father’s businesses and being very careful not to mix Donald’s government duties with Donald’s business ties, but because Uday looks like an honest fellow let’s just assume he’s telling the truth and was indeed told the content of dad’s private administration meetings. That seems like something the appropriate House and Senate committees would want to follow up on…..

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We’re Back….

The site caught a cold this morning….

Brandon over at Hostgator helped me make the site better….

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More knocks on Trump from a RedState Conservative…

….by Jay Caruso @ Red State…

……’Now that he is President, I am not all that concerned he’s a Republican as the party is simply not reason enough for me to give him a pass whenever he does something stupid. I am going to judge him on the merits. What’s interesting is the criticism I (along with many others in the conservative movement) get for doing so. As if holding Trump to higher standards than Democrats hold their office-holders is something for which I should be ashamed. I always thought we should be better than them. To be fair, some Republicans and conservatives reflexively harp on Donald Trump simply because they don’t like him. Streiff wrote about Jennifer Rubin, a Paris agreement critic until Donald Trump withdrew from the same agreement. She hasn’t stop railing about it since it happened and refuses to acknowledge her flip-flop on the issue and so that sort of criticism isn’t helpful because it’s rooted in a knee-jerk mentality that leaves reason at the door.

That said, much of the criticism Trump receives from me and other like-minded conservatives is fair. The pushback I often receive strikes me as odd because it doesn’t counter the criticism but instead deflects from the criticism.

For example, I receive emails, Facebook messages, and tweets telling me, “You just want to harm Donald Trump!” or “You just want to see him go down!” The accusation is rubbish. President Trump hurts himself and does so, often. The firing of James Comey is a perfect example of how Trump creates problems for himself and creates an environment where he spends days rationalizing his behavior instead of working with Congressional leaders on legislation. Trump defenders say he had every right to fire Comey as he serves at the pleasure of the president. That’s true. But he handled the situation with the gravitas of Bill O’Reilly, yelling, “We’ll do it live!” at production staff on the set of ‘Inside Edition.’ Trump’s timing was unfortunate, he concocted a bogus reason for doing so, and after his team repeated the bogus reason for nearly two days, he threw them all under the bus by telling Lester Holt he was going to fire Comey regardless of what Rod Rosenstein had to say.

That some conservatives were defending Trump for the Comey mess because it made Democrats angry is ridiculous.’….

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Political Roundup for June 1, 2017…Trump 2020?…RRH Elections…

Presidential/National

Trump/Clinton:  President Donald Trump (R-Twitter) continues to enjoy mocking “Crooked Hillary Clinton” over her unwillingness to take responsibility for losing the presidency to all people, President Trump.  His comments come after Hillary recently had a venting session where she blamed everyone but herself.  I am surprised Trump is not goading her to run again.

Trump/Fundraising:  Trump Victory, the joint fundraising effort between the RNC and Trump presidential campaign, will be holding a $35,000 a guest fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on June 28.  This is the first joint fundraiser since Trump became president.

Bloomberg:  Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) thinks Trump has a 55% chance of winning reelection.  Bloomberg, who endorsed Clinton over Trump last year, thinks the Democrats don’t have a coherent strategy to defeat Trump just like Clinton lacked a convincing strategy on why she should win other than she is a woman and Trump is bad.

Biden:  Former Vice President Joe Biden (D-Wilmington/Scranton) is setting up a political action committee.  Some are seeing this as a means to run for President in 2020 when Biden will be in his late 70s.  Like Hillary, someone needs to tell Joe that the Democrats need new blood that was not alive when the Korean War was fought!

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As Americans learn how policies affect their personal economies, they will activate

When residents of the Humble Independent School District in Texas realized their board was not acting in their interest and that it would affect their kids for years to come, they activated.

Why would any politician come up with a budget and policies that hurt the citizenry at large? They must know it is career suicide, right? But Republicans and the power structure that rule them are quite adept at what they do.

This week Donald Trump released a draconian budget proposal that would slash the social safety net, increase welfare for the defense industrial complex, and transfer the wealth of the masses to the wealthy through tax cuts. The budget is a Paul Ryanesque/Ayn Randian dream.

Robert Reich’s piece titled “Trump’s Cruel and Deviant Budget” said the budget displayed deviancy in three respects: it imposes huge burdens on people already hurting; it sets a new low bar for congressional and public debate over social insurance in America and the government’s role; and it eviscerates the notion that an important aspect of patriotism involves sacrificing for the common good.

The goal of many in power is to make sure that you feel powerless. When people feel powerless or inconsequential, they will often stay home or take fallacies at face value. That is why many vote against their interest or don’t vote at all. But every single American can make a choice to change our political condition and be engaged.

We are all different and have different abilities. Whether you are shy, like to be with people or not, are computer savvy or not, you can be a part of out political solution.

I have conversations with hundreds of individuals a week over social media, email, and phone calls. I interact with thousands via activism networks like DailyKos, the Politics Done Right radio show on Pacifica’s KPFT 90.1 FM Houston network, Facebook Live feeds, Coffee Party USAIndivisible Houston, and others.

I hear two distinct messages. The first comes from those that are politically active, are fighting the good fight, and at the same time are upset at those who vote against their interests or don’t vote at all. The second comes from those who feel depressed or unworthy, who state they don’t believe they can make a difference.

It is important that those fighting the good fight get over their disgust for non-voters, or those voting against their interests. The fighters must encourage the others through education framed in their realities, in a non-threatening and empathetic manner.

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Trump’s White House Tapes…

…by   @ The Oligarch Kings….

Please speak clearly

Please speak clearly into the chandelier…

In the early morning of May 12th President Trump, clearly pissed off with James Comey his FBI chief whom he had just sacked, tweeted “James Comey better hope that there are no “Tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press”.

The American Press, blinded by their endless comparisons of Trump to Nixon, charged off on a moral crusade at the suggestion this was another indication of the paranoia in Trumps administration, and that The Donald was falling back to using the dastardly low-down dirty underhand evasive dark arts of ol’ Tricky Dicky himself.  There were suggestions that these tactics were so low as to be illegal.  It certainly played well to the Press’s current obsession with impeaching Trump at the first opportunity.  If they could remind everyone of all that “expletive deleted” fun we all had back in the 70’s with chunks of tape going missing at vital moments in the Watergate scandal, then hey so much the better..

Certainly, as tweets go it was confrontational to the point of threatening, a clear shot across the bows of an opponent, and most certainly unlike the quieter arm twisting we might have expected from more subtle operators.  A vulgar man pushing his weight about.  But was it illegal or even unusual?

What most people do not realise, but which I should have hoped an educated Press would have known, is that Trump and everyone else in Washington are perfectly within their rights to tape conversations even if the other party is unaware that they are being taped.  In Washington DC (unlike where you or I might live) it is perfectly OK, and perfectly legal to make tapes as long as one of the parties (here D Trump Esq.) are aware.

Secondly it’s not even unusual for the President of the United States to record his phone conversations or meetings in the White House, and it’s been going on for decades….

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Healthcare Repeal would screw Texas (And other Southwestern states) BIG Time….

And isn’t that Ted Cruz’s State?

(And the other state’s mostly Republican territory?)

The guy sitting on the Senate Republican Healthcare re-write team?

Percentage of people without health insurance coverage by state before the ACA, according to the United States Census Bureau (2009). Lighter states how high rates on insured, darker ones show lower coverage rates.

Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes the numbers of people without comprehensive health insurance. Whether it’s total numbers or highest percentage of uninsured, the Lone Star State stands with the worst of them. And if republicans in Washington, DC, have anything to say about it, Texas will likely keep that lead and remain the undisputed king of the uninsured, by kicking as many people as possible off whatever health insurance they’ve managed to find in droves, and pricing those who need it the most out of the market and right into an early grave:

It’s unclear whether the latest version of Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act will garner enough support from moderate Republicans to pass the House. But what’s certain is the measure could have a major impact on Texas as a new amendment would allow states to opt out of key Obamacare regulations governing how much insurers can charge people with pre-existing conditions and the services they must offer. … But critics, already concerned over previous findings that the American Health Care Act would result in millions of low-income Americans dropping coverage, worry the changes could mean states like Texas return to pre-ACA days when people with pre-existing conditions suffered…..

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Political Roundup for May 3, 2017…RRH Elections….

Election Results from Last Night:  In SC-5, State House Speaker Pro Tempore Tommy Pope and former State Representative Ralph Norman will square off in a runoff for the Republican nomination to face Democratic nominee former Goldman Sachs banker Archie Parnell in June.  In Cincinnati, Mayor John Cranley (D-Moderate) and challenger Yvette Simpson (D-Bold Progressive) will advance to the general election. For the SC State House, Bryant (R) won in LD-48 while Brawley (D) and Hill (D) advance to a runoff in LD-70.

As we are still trying to figure out what alternative universe President Trump is from based on his take of the Civil War, it is time for today’s roundup:

President/National

SEC:  Jay Clayton was confirmed by the Senate to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission by a 61-37 vote.

Filibuster:  Senate Republicans have shot down President Trump’s push for a crisis to eliminate the Senate filibuster completely.

Jackson:  The Atlantic looks at how Democrats have lost their ties to arguably their founder former President Andrew Jackson (Scots Irish) and how President Trump understands some of the tenants of Jacksonian Democracy.

Clinton:  Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (DLC?) has climbed out of her Westchester County hole once again and ranting about the election being stolen by the FBI and Russians….

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