Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti “will visit New Hampshire on Aug. 28 to help Manchester mayoral candidate Joyce Craig in her challenge to incumbent Mayor Ted Gatsas,” a move that’s expected to attract national attention.
“Garcetti has been making stops in states outside of California in recent months. In June, for instance, he traveled to Wisconsin, a key swing state in a national general election, to address that state’s Democratic Party convention.”
Garcetti has been touting issues ostensibly on Trump’s national agenda, like infrastructure. New Hampshire’s state Democratic Party recently said that he “’spearheaded’ Los Angeles County’s Measure M, a $120 billion infrastructure project, funded by a sales tax increase, that was approved last year by more than 70 percent of those voting in a referendum.” (WMUR)
CHICAGO. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel “has rediscovered his national voice,” with the most prominent coverage coming from his “decision to become the first big-city mayor to legally challenge Trump’s immigration policies.
“‘Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city,’ Emanuel said last week when filing a lawsuit challenging the Justice Department’s threat to cut off federal funds to ‘sanctuary cities.’”
“Washington Democrats are looking to Emanuel — the architect of the 2006 Democratic House takeover — for a different reason: how to defeat Trump. Emanuel recently traveled to Washington and spoke before the Democratic Caucus about how to win back House seats in 2018 and about strategy for dealing with Trump.” (Politico)
DNC MESSAGE TO RNC. Democratic National Committee chair Tom Perez sent a letter to Republican National Committee leader Ronna Romney McDaniel Wednesday night saying, “As chairwoman, you bear a responsibility not just to reject hateful ideology generally, but to hold accountable the individuals in your party who have allowed that ideology to flourish. You bear a responsibility to stop Donald Trump.” (USA Today)
NEW YORK. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) “sent a letter to acting Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy on Wednesday requesting the removal of the names of a pair of Confederate generals from streets on Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn.”
Cuomo, whose name is often grouped with other potential 2020 contenders: “Symbols of slavery and racism have no place in New York … Renaming these streets will send a clear message that in New York, we stand against intolerance and racism, whether it be insidious and hidden or obvious and intentional.”
“The street names in question represent Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, both of whom were stationed at the base in the 1840s before becoming central figures in the Confederacy during the Civil War.
“Cuomo’s note follows the Army’s denial of the same request by local community leaders and legislators on August 7 and is in direct response to the violent events that took place at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday. (Time Out New York)
WOMEN. “At least five transgender women, all Democrats, have filed to run in Republican-leaning congressional districts—more than doubling the number of trans women who ran last cycle.”
“Various progressive organizations including EMILY’s List, the Human Rights Campaign, and the Victory Fund have been outspoken on trans issues. National groups have not yet thrown their weight behind trans congressional candidates, though many have endorsed Danica Roem, a trans woman challenging a Republican incumbent this year for the Virginia state House.” (National Journal)
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Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers Sunday as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that "right now" he doesn't back it. White House legislative liaison Marc Short and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the measure's sponsors, said Republicans would press ahead with a vote this week." Collins said she doesn't support the bill's cuts to Medicaid, while Cruz said it wouldn't do enough to lower premiums.