2020 Dems Take Stage at Summit

The DNC voted to ban donations from fossil fuel companies.

June 13, 2018, 11:38 a.m.

Multiple potential 2020 Democratic contenders spoke at the We the People summit in Washington on Wednesday, organized by over a dozen national progressive organizations. Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) all addressed the crowd. (CBS News)

DNC. The DNC “voted over the weekend to ban donations from fossil fuel companies. … The resolution―proposed by Christine Pelosi, a party activist and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s daughter―bars the organization from accepting contributions from corporate political action committees tied to the oil, gas and coal industries. The executive committee voted unanimously to approve the motion.”

“The DNC may consider a second resolution at a full board meeting in Chicago in August to ban contributions over $200 from individuals who work for the fossil fuel industry.” (HuffPost)

GARCETTI. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) “thinks the conventional wisdom on what a presidential candidate should look like has been turned on its head. ‘Think about Kennedy, think about Carter, think about Clinton, think about Obama,’” Garcetti said. “‘They’ve all been in their forties and from outside Washington, or underdogs in one way or another. I just think that Americans are looking everywhere, saying, ‘Hey, show me some authenticity. Show me somebody who’s practical. Show me people who run things.’” (GQ)

GILLIBRAND. Gillibrand “announced new legislation … that would provide Trade Adjustment Assistance benefits to workers who are displaced due to automation.” (News10 NBC)

HARRIS. Harris introduced a bill “aimed at waiving fees for replacing immigration documents destroyed in natural disasters, such as the fires that ripped through Northern California last October.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

HICKENLOOPER. Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper’s (D) longtime budget director Henry Sobanet, “who has led the governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting (OSPB) for the past seven years, will leave at the end of June.” (Colorado Politics)

KANDER. Let America Vote President Jason Kander (D) “will rally Iowa Democrats at their state convention” on Saturday, June 16 “as they gear up for the next five months of campaigning.”

“The convention—a formal meeting of party activists—follows a June 5 primary in which Democrats nominated Des Moines businessman Fred Hubbell for governor and a slate of down-ballot candidates that Democrats say will help fuel a ‘blue wave’ in November.” (Des Moines Register)

KENNEDY. Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) will speak at the Michigan Democratic Party’s “Best of the West” event Sept. 19 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (release)

MERKLEY. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) will head to Arizona on June 30 to headline the Maricopa County Democrats’ convention. (release)

MURPHY. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) “was one of the harshest critics of the summit” between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. “Murphy said Trump gave Kim a gift—‘a legitimizing photo op that will solidify his evil regime back home,’ and received no concessions from North Korea; just a ‘watered down’ commitment on nuclear disarmament that ‘breaks no new ground and is entirely consistent with existing North Korean policy.’” (The Connecticut News Project)

STEYER. Democratic megadonor Tom Steyer (D) will “highlight the need for unity around providing legal services to immigrant communities and announce new efforts regarding NextGen America’s immigration advocacy work in 2018” at the AILA Conference on Immigration on June 14. (release)

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