DEMOCRATS

Harris to Endorse in Iowa

Avenatti has started laying out his policy positions.

Aug. 17, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) “will make her first endorsement in an Iowa campaign on Friday, her first inroad into the first-in-the-nation caucus state.” She is expected to “endorse Deidre DeJear for Iowa secretary of state.

“Like many top Democrats, Harris has maintained a cautious distance from Iowa, leery of appearing solicitous of attention beyond the midterm elections. She is not expected to appear in Iowa for the endorsement announcement.

“But her endorsement of DeJear was not unexpected. Harris’ out-of-California endorsements this year have focused on non-white candidates, including Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Jahana Hayes in Connecticut. DeJear is Iowa’s first black nominee for statewide office from a major political party, and Harris has been supportive since the two met at an event in Los Angeles in April.” (Politico)

AVENATTI. “Fresh off a visit to early-voting Iowa,” attorney Michael Avenatti (D) said “people want to know how I stand on the issues at 20,000 feet.”

“In a new policy document, Avenatti said he supports a ‘basic Medicare plan for all Americans,’ with an option to purchase additional coverage, and backed a path to citizenship for the young immigrants known as ‘Dreamers.’ He also wants to see a national paid family leave program.

“Marijuana should be decriminalized at the federal level, so-called assault weapons should be banned and the United States should re-join the Paris climate accord, according to Avenatti.”

“Those positions generally align Avenatti with the left flank of potential 2020 Democratic presidential prospects, but he is more moderate on some of the issues. On the federal government’s chief immigration enforcement agency, Avenatti said: ‘We should not eliminate ICE but we must change the way ICE carries out enforcement.’” (Washington Post)

BERNIE. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and democratic socialism “increasingly looks to be winning over the Democratic Party, raising concerns among some Democrats about whether it could hurt the party in this year’s midterms, and the presidential race of 2020.”

“What that means in the general election against President Trump is another question. A number of Democrats are worried their party could be hurt by an association with leftist politics, which they fear could cost them Trump voters and Independents.

“Republicans, for their part, practically salivate over the chance to tie Democrats to socialism—beginning with this fall’s midterms.”(The Hill)

BULLOCK. Montana Gov. Steve Bullock (D) “was in Iowa on Thursday railing against money’s corrupting influence in government and talking up his ability to win in Trump country, but he continued to deflect questions about his plans for a 2020 presidential run. Bullock’s speech at the Iowa State Fair marked his third trip to the Hawkeye State this year and comes a week before he travels to another early-voting state, New Hampshire, as he explores a potential campaign.”

Bullock is looking to increase his name recognition “with trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, where he is introducing himself as both a politician with bipartisan appeal and as a crusader against dark money in election campaigns.” (Washington Post)

DELANEY. In the past year, Rep. John Delaney (D-MD) “has traveled to Iowa 14 times and visited each of the state’s 99 counties, a milestone he hopes proves that his campaign is more than the equivalent of fantasy camp for a largely unknown tycoon-turned-politician.”

He has “immersed himself in the race that is still 27 months away, spending $4 million, including nearly $1.5 million on television ads in Iowa alone. He has hired a dozen staffers and consultants and has made two dozen trips to Iowa and New Hampshire," which are both "legendary for making or breaking long-shot candidates.” (Washington Post)

WARREN. In an Aug. 21 speech, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) “will lay out a … set of policy solutions that would fundamentally change the way Washington does business and restore the American public's faith in democracy. … Warren will unveil her sweeping anti-corruption legislation to eliminate the influence of money in our federal government and ensure that it works for working families.” (release)

POLITICAL ANGER. “High tension, raw emotion and occasional violence have always been a feature of American democracy—in times of war and peace, through presidential impeachments and mass protest movements. But interviews with voters across the country, along with an analysis of recent research by political scientists who specialize in partisan division, suggest that politics is changing how Americans think and behave in new and unsettling ways.” (New York Times)

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