Democratic rising star Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) traveled to the Hamptons over the weekend to meet with a slew of seasoned party operatives: Hillary Clinton’s closest allies. The encounter took place at “the home of MWWPR guru Michael Kempner, a staunch Clinton supporter who was one of her national-finance co-chairs and a led fund-raiser for her 2008 bid for the presidency. He was also listed as one of the top “bundlers” for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, having raised $3 million….” Also reportedly in attendance, “Margo Alexander, a member of Clinton’s inner circle; Dennis Mehiel, a Democratic donor who is the chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, even though he lives between a sprawling Westchester estate and an Upper East Side pad; designer Steven Gambrel and Democratic National Committee member Robert Zimmerman.” (New York Post)
COLORADO. Democratic National Committee officials are concerned voters are unregistering in Colorado, citing concerns that the GOP could obtain personal voter information through President Trump’s new election commission. “Led by DNC Chairman Tom Perez, they’ve begun an effort — in conjunction with the Colorado Democratic Party — to persuade other members of the party’s rank-and-file to stay registered. ‘If you unregister, you are giving a victory to proponents of voter suppression,” Perez said.’” (McClatchy)
TONGUE TIED. Democrats are still trying to find the right words. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY 14), the House Democratic Caucus chairman, struggled to adequately describe his party’s main objective. “That message is being worked on,” he said. (Charlotte Observer)
VIRGINIA. Nearly six months into President Trump’s administration, Virginia Democrats “energized by opposition to President Donald Trump are lining up to run for Congress, while a Trump-like Republican is promising a “vicious, ruthless” U.S. Senate race next year that Trump supporters will relish.” (Washington Post)
WYOMING. The Wyoming Democratic Party has announced new leadership. “Evan Welty will be stepping into the position of Interim Executive Director until such time that a permanent WDP Executive Director is hired. Welty has deep family ties to Wyoming and draws his political experience from working on campaigns in Wyoming, Nevada, and Florida.” (KGWN TV)
WARREN WARNING. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has warned Democrats about electing a bombastic outsider into office. “I know a lot of people are thinking: this is some sort of joke, right?” she wrote in an email about music star Kid Rock, who teased a potential Senate run last week. “Well,” she said, “maybe this is all a joke — but we all thought Donald Trump was joking when he rode down the escalator at Trump Tower and announced his campaign, too.” (Boston Herald)
TRANSITIONS. “Dorothy Adams has been elected the Midwest Regional Director of the National Federation of Democratic Women.” (Dunklin Democrat)
In the North, “Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos was chosen by a bi-partisan group of his peers as President-elect of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) at the Summer Conference in Indianapolis.”(release)
CENSUS CHALLENGES. Former President Obama appointee John Thompson’s resignation as chief of the Census Bureau after nearly three decades “leaves the bureau without a leader in the midst of feverish preparations for the 2020 count. There has been much hand-wringing since, amid worries that a leadership vacuum could hinder the once-a-decade effort to count how many people there are in this country, who they are and where they come from.” President Trump will have to nominate a new political appointee to take up Thompson’s position. “ … I hope that that happens as expeditiously as possible,” he said.(Minnesota Public Radio)
BIDEN’S BOOK AND TRAVELS. Former Vice President Biden is expected to release a book titled “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose” on Nov. 14. “In it, Mr. Biden will reflect on that painful year and the challenges he faced fulfilling his political duties while mourning the death of his son.” Biden will also “embark on a tour, traveling to 19 cities across the country.”(New York Times)
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"The Senate was expected to be back in session at noon, while House lawmakers were told to return to work for a 9 a.m. session. Mr. Trump on Friday had canceled plans to travel to his private resort on Palm Beach, Fla., where a celebration had been planned for Saturday to celebrate the anniversary of his first year in office."
"A stopgap spending bill stalled in the Senate Friday night, leading to a government shutdown for the first time since 2013. The continuing resolution funding agencies expired at midnight, and lawmakers were unable to spell out any path forward to keep government open. The Senate on Friday night failed to reach cloture on a four-week spending bill the House had already approved."
"The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency." Investigators have focused on Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank "who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA." The solicitation or use of foreign funds is illegal in U.S. elections under the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) by either lobbying groups or political campaigns. The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections.
"Hundreds of new and supplemental FARA filings by U.S. lobbyists and public relations firms" have been submitted "since Special Counsel Mueller charged two Trump aides with failing to disclose their lobbying work on behalf of foreign countries. The number of first-time filings ... rose 50 percent to 102 between 2016 and 2017, an NBC News analysis found. The number of supplemental filings, which include details about campaign donations, meetings and phone calls more than doubled from 618 to 1,244 last year as lobbyists scrambled to avoid the same fate as some of Trump's associates and their business partners."