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Today is Veterans Day

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into...

GOP announces July 18-21st for #RNC2016 in Cleveland

WASHINGTON – The Republican National Committee has selected July 18-21 as the official dates for the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. "I'm pleased to announce the 2016 Republican National Convention will kick off on July 18," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.  "A convention in July is a historic success for our party and future nominee.  The convention will be held significantly earlier than previous...

International Politics Meets Domestic Politics

Next week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak before a joint session of Congress at the invitation of the Republican Party.  There are many reasons why this speech is unprecedented, but the biggest reason may be that this speech occurs smack in the middle of the Israeli elections...

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New Las Vegas Arena Plans Announced

If the 2016 Republican National Convention is held in Las Vegas, this is where the gavel will drop. Arena partners AEG and MGM Resorts International unveiled renderings Monday of their $350 million, 20,000-seat venue on the Strip, showing exterior images evoking the Strip’s high energy and bright lights as well...

Why isn’t New York bidding for the 2012 conventions?

One type of renovation at Madison Square Garden will begin this summer when the Knicks try to sign players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh. Another type, one that will modernize the 42-year-old arena, will move into high gear next year with the first of three summer shutdowns. Each year, construction will start with the end of the Knicks’...

Nevada’s Lt Governor thinks #RNC2020 is more likely than #RNC2016

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki is a long-range and positive thinker. Since 2006, he has worked on bringing the Winter Olympics to Northern Nevada, and he is hopeful about 2022. Now that’s long range. He’s working on bringing the Republican National Convention in 2016 to Las Vegas. Now that’s positive. Let me be frank. I don’t think that will happen. But it lays...

RNC announces Cleveland as the host for #RNC2016 (contingent on contract negotiations and vote)

Recommendation contingent on successful contract negotiation and approval from full RNC WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee announced Cleveland, Ohio will be their recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.  The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations on key details for the 2016 convention.  The Site Selection Committee’s recommendation will be presented to...

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DNC arrives in Birmingham for #DNC2016 site selection visit

The site selection team for the 2016 Democratic National Convention comes to Birmingham today for a two-day visit to the Magic City. Birmingham is the first of the remaining five finalist cities that will receive a visit from the team, which will be evaluating the city's capability of hosting the...

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Redistricting Pennsylvania

Thanks Tmess2 for the great introduction to the Pennsylvania census numbers (and all the great census work overall). The first thing I'd like to say about the Pennsylvania census numbers is that Philadelphia gained population for the first time since 1950. The current population of 1,526,006 raises it back to fifth largest...

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GOP 2016 date is earliest since 1980

With a date of July 18th this is the earliest GOP convention since the 1980 Reagan convention in Detroit which started on July 14, 1980. It also the earliest of either major party since the Clinton Dem convention in NY which started July 13, 1992. Is going back to July conventions...

Ferguson in its Local Context

There are a lot of different angles to the Ferguson story.  On the one hand, there are...

Supreme Court-Preview of Remainder of Term

This past Friday, the Supreme Court returned from its Christmas recess with the January arguments scheduled to...

Convention News

Sunday With the Senators: Is all lost?

I wish I could be as optimistic as when I wrote my last projection in August, when my number was 53. I've seen the Saturday polls,...

Supreme Court Term 2014-15: Part 3

The first case is a returning case:  Zivotovsky v. Kerry.  This case involves a statute mandating that U.S. passports should show that the place of...

National Conventions

Convention Hurricane talk revisited

We've talked about weather affecting conventions plenty of times. You can see all of the posts from 2008 here. Last cycle a hurricane delayed the Republican National Convention and it was...

Failure to Raise Debt Ceiling Could Hurt Conventions

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Charlotte N.C. Mayor Anthony Foxx went to Washington this week with the same message: Don't let the partisan rancor over...

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Possible Democratic Candidates in 2020 Presidential Election

It’s still three years away from the 2020 US election but many Democrats are thinking ahead to who will be at the top of the ticket to face President Trump. Here are some of the most likely candidates for the nomination:
  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden
It seems Biden has a lot of regrets about not running for president in 2016. He’s claimed he thinks he could have won the election and that he would have been the most-qualified candidate. Biden would likely be one of the best candidates for winning back the Rust Belt and white working class voters. Biden was a popular vice president but it’s uncertain whether Biden could win the Democratic nomination since he’s had trouble in the past. Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He later earned his BA from the University of Delaware and his law degree in 1968 from Syracuse University College of Law. He later served seven terms as a US Senator (D-DE) and two terms as US Vice President. If Biden won the Democratic nomination for president in 2020 he would be 77 years old by the 2020 general election.
  1. Rep. John Deleney
Deleney has been representing Maryland’s 6th House district since 2013 and has already announced his candidacy for US President in 2020. The district is the second biggest in Maryland and includes most of the western region of MD while most of the constituency is in the other Washington DC suburbs. Deleney grew up in New Jersey and is the son of an electrician. He’s graduated from Columbia University and Georgetown University Law Center. He’s co-founded two companies that are both traded publically on the NY Stock Exchange. They include Health Care Financial Partners, which loans to small health care service providers. Deleney also co-founded Capital Source, which is a lending company that’s provided capital to thousands of small/mid-size companies. In 2012 Deleney won the 6th District by defeating Republican Roscoe Bartlett after redistricting. He ended up winning 54% of the vote during the primary then defeated Bartlett by 59% to 38%. Deleney barely won re-election in 2014 by about 2,200 votes and was elected again in 2106 with 56% of the vote.
  1. Sen Kamala D. Harris
Harris was sworn into office as a US Senator representing California earlier this year. There’s been some tension between Harris and progressives but she recently supported the single-payer health care bill of Sen. Bernie Sanders, which seemed to be a step at improving the situation. Harris is both a politician/lawyer and has served as California’s Attorney General. She was born in 1964 in California. Harris’s father immigrated to the US from Jamaica and was a Standard University economics professor. Meanwhile, her mother emigrated from India and was a breast cancer researcher. Harris graduated from Howard University as well as UC Hastings. The US Senator was endorsed by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and won the Democratic primary. During the general election campaign she also won the enforcement of various organizations including SF Firefighters Local 798, United Educators of San Francisco, and a United Farm Workers co-founder. She defeated Republican Steve Cooley who was the District Attorney of Los Angeles County. Harris became the state’s first female, African-American, and Indian-American attorney general. Harris was the first Democratic candidate to declare she intended to run for the US Senate seat of Barbara Boxer after she announced she would retire at the end of her fourth term in 2016.Harris was the front-runner since the launch of her campaign in early 2015. A year later the California Democratic Party voted to endorse Harris after receiving nearly 80% of the vote. Harris won the primary and faced Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) in the general election. It was the first time a Republican didn’t appear on the general election ballot since the state started elector senators in 1914. Harris won the 2016 election with 62% of the vote.
  1. Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sanders seem to be indicating he’ll run again in 2020 even after Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination in 2016. However, given the situation many Democrats believe he deserves a second chance. One issue Sanders might have to deal with is a land deal his wife was involved in. It seems to be a major issue so however it turns out could end up affecting whether the Vermont senator runs again in 2020. Another X-factor is Sanders would be 79 years old by the 2020 general election. Sanders were born in NYC, New York. He graduated from the University of Chicago after earning a BA degree in political science. He’s one of two independent US Senators although was registered as a Democrat from 2015-2016 during his presidential run. He was also a member of the Liberty Union party from 1971-1977. Sanders have been serving as a US Senator since 2007 and were re-elected once.
  1. Sen. Elizabeth Warren
There’s a big question mark about whether the Massachusetts senator will run in 2020 since it seems Sanders will likely try to win the Democratic nomination again. However, Warren as a big fan base so there’s a chance they could try to talk her into running for president as they did for US Senate. Warren has been a member of the Democratic Party since 1996 and is the senior US Senator from Massachusetts. She’s taught at various laws schools including those at the University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard. Warren is a consumer protection advocate. She won the general election in November 2012 by defeating Republican Scott Brown and becoming the state’s first female US senator. Warren was considered as possible Democratic presidential candidate in 2016 and endorsed Hillary Clinton after all 50 states had voted. Warren was born in 1949 in Oklahoma. She graduated with a BS from the University of Houston in 1970 with a degree in speech pathology & audiology. Warren graduated from the Rutgers University School of Law in 1976 and passed the bar examination afterwards. The MA Senator voted as a Republican for several years until 1996 because she thought it was the best pro-market party. However, she started voting Democratic in 1995 because she thought that wasn’t the case. Since then she’s said she’s voted for both parties because she thinks there should be a balance of power.

Top Crazy Republican Things

Sometimes, you have to be reminded of the funny and cringy things in life. Ever thought about how republicans have changed the internet? Things like websites offering best crossbows , $30 maga hats, and online gun stores.A recent study in mid-2017 showed that about one-quarter of Millennial had left the party during the past year. There are various reasons but there have been some off-the-way actions of the Grand Old Party that party explains this trend. Here are some of the most noteworthy ones:  
  1. Online Gun Stores
Even after the number of gun-related mass shootings in the US in recent years the GOP-controlled Congress has made it easier than ever for people to buy guns. Following the recent Las Vegas mass shooting that was the deadliest in modern US history GOP lawmakers blamed Democrats for politicizing the issue of gun control. They also argued that current gun laws should be enforced better. ?Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) argued that more law enforcement was required to stop killers and madmen. Meanwhile, John Kennedy (R-LA) stated the shooting wasn’t a justification for putting limits on gun sales. The GOP has received criticism for sponsoring a US bill to make the buying of silencers easier. In fact, the law is about boosting the access of Hunters to federal lands. However, the silencer provision  was added due to Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC). He argued that silencers only suppress the sound of guns instead of actually silencing them.. However, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) criticized the GOP for not taking any legal actions to limit gun sales. The US Senator has been a long-time critic of so-called “bump stocks.” One of the big issues after Stephen Paddock’s Las Vegas mass shooting was the issue of the sale of bump stocks, which can turn non-automatic guns into fast-shooting ones without using an automatic weapon. The products had already become hot-selling items of online retailers. Many such sites stop selling the units immediately after the Las Vegas shooting. However, they started appearing again later. Official in federal law enforcement reported that Paddock had bought several weapons at a gun shop in Nevada.  
  1. $30 MAGA Hats
One of the main fund-raisers of President Trump during the 2016 campaign was his “Make America Great Again.” One criticism is about the $20 hats made in China, Bangladesh, and Vietnam that were sold by street vendors during the inauguration in January. The irony is that while the slogan claims Trump can supposedly return the world’s only superpower to greatness. However, if the fake hats are made in such developing countries it’s actually benefiting the economies and workforces in those nations. However, another key issue is the manufacturing costs are also much lower in those countries. During the 2016  campaign one of Trump’s campaign promises was to return manufacturing jobs to the US. This is another irony since the jobs of manufacturing the fake campaign hats were shipped to foreign countries. Some Trump supporters were  upset to learn the hats sold by street vendors were made abroad. The officials hats sold on Trump’s official campaign site are in fact made in the US. They range in price from $25 to $30 based on the labels inside the hats. During the inauguration some Trump supporters didn’t mind the fact the hats were made in foreign countries since they could save up to one-third the cost of the official hats. However, others were surprised to learn the knock-off  hats were actually improving the economics of other countries.  
  1. Trump-Mocking Twitter Account
Last year the Ohio Republican Party created a Twitter account that indirectly mocked Trump. That’s because the twitter account mocked the Ohio director for the Trump campaign. The account was later deleted. The account was a parody Twitter account and was created after the Trump campaign broke its relationship with the Ohio GOP Party Chairman Matt Borges. Borges stated creating the account was a bad decision that was made without considering the action thoroughly. It showed that Trump been battling the Ohio state party for quite a while. The reason is it was closely linked to the state’s governor John Kaisich who was a major Trump critic. Borges also referred to the mistake of the ORP Executive Director who created the account. He referred to the “mistake” of Katie Eagan and defended her in an email that was sent to Ohio’s central committee members. Borges also defended various interviews with state/national media about his personal relationship with Trump. He also shared advice he had given the GOP presidential candidate. Borges also shared that his family had received threats of violence following the incident. Borges stated that the Trump campaign’s strategy had been to divide Republicans and attack anyone who was unsure about how they would vote in the November election.