Monday, July 23, 2018

Zoltan Istvan, Candidate for Governor (CA)

The story: Even in the always-colorful politics of the state of California, futurist novelist Zoltan Istvan stood out. He was a long-shot candidate for Governor...
Poll: Voters Want Candidates To Buck President Donald Trump | The Last Word | MSNBC

Poll: Voters Want Candidates To Buck President Donald Trump | The Last Word |...

Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he agrees with Trey Gowdy on the FBI probe of the Trump campaign but wavered after getting pressure from Trump supporters. Complicating matters, a new poll shows voters will elect candidates who are a check…
Fox News Poll: Democrats gain in Congressional vote test

Fox News Poll: Democrats gain in Congressional vote test

A newly conducted Fox News poll finds majority of voters think President Trump should meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un; former Navy Seal Rob O'Neill joins 'Your World' with insight. FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing…

Big Tobacco vs. San Francisco in vaping vote

SAN FRANCISCO — A major tobacco company is pouring millions of dollars into a ballot initiative that would repeal the country’s strongest effort yet to ban the sale of flavored tobaccos, which are attracting a whole new generation of users including children and teens. A $12 million campaign primarily funded by R.J. Reynolds is urging San Francisco voters next Tuesday to reject the city’s ban on selling flavored vaping products, hookah tobacco and menthol cigarettes. The flavored tobacco comes in brightly colored packages and tastes like bubblegum, mango or chicken-and-waffles, which public health advocates say are designed to entice young people. While the industry argues the devices help adult smokers kick the habit, public health advocates contend the flavored products are also getting young people to try nicotine products. Studies also show that young people who vape — inhaling a heated vapor instead of smoking cigarettes — are more likely to go on to become smokers. The campaign argues that the ban is a government overreach in a state that already raised the smoking age to 21 and banned the sale of these flavored tobacco products to kids. Repeal backers also argue it will hurt small businesses and create a black market for these products. “San Francisco voters should say enough is enough and adults should be free to make their own consumer choices,” a longtime San Francisco libertarian activist known as Starchild told those gathered at a “No on Prop. About $1.8 million of the $2.3 million raised by supporters of the flavor ban has come from Bloomberg, who has bankrolled other public health campaigns to support soda taxes and smoking bans, among other issues. They also argue that young people are more likely to buy these products online than in stores.

Primary politics at the forefront as Palisades Park votes to table budget

Herb Jackson, Washington Correspondent, @HerbNJDC PALISADES PARK — With the borough’s first contested mayoral primary in decades on the horizon, officials last week opted to table the 2018 budget during a heated meeting where the debate turned decidedly political. The budget was introduced in April with the understanding that changes would be made, but no agreement could be reached in time for the second reading, on May 22. The annual increase on municipal taxes is typically less than $100. The meeting had the opposing campaigns of Rotundo and Councilman Chris Chung ever-present as the two candidates openly argued during the budget talks. When members of the public had the chance to speak, campaign literature was brought up: A flier circulating in the borough had suggested Chung was primarily responsible for the budget. Not in our town, say activists fighting flow of legal marijuana County news: Mosquitoes beware, we've got the fathead minnow on our side Chung went on to say that he was never appointed chairman of the finance committee, a role previously held by the late Councilman Joe Testa. He should have stepped up.” Chung called the fact that the meeting veered into political territory “unfortunate” before taking aim at Rotundo for his campaign fliers. She wanted to know if he had anything to say about the budget because otherwise, she would excuse herself rather than listen to the arguing. “He called me a liar and had it in his mind the whole time,” Rotundo said. “We have $3.5 million in surplus so why not use it?” Rotundo said.

Never Mind the News Media: Politicians Test Direct-to-Voter Messaging

“Did you mention to somebody doing a history of U.S.-Iranian relations?” he asked aides who had gathered in his Senate office to help him prepare. The town hall meeting in mid-May came off seamlessly, before a modest live audience at the Capitol Visitor Center. The event provided a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the grass-roots efforts Mr. Sanders has become known for, as his team revved up its campaign engine: A week later, Mr. Sanders would announce his bid for re-election to the Senate. The Iran town hall event would be the third Mr. Sanders has held this year; more than one million people viewed the first, on health care, and roughly 2.5 million watched the second, on inequality, according to Mr. Sanders’s team. President Trump eschewed traditional television advertising during the 2016 campaign and can now overshadow even his own party’s message at the drop of a tweet. Some two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news on social media, according to a recent Pew Research Center report. “Politicians have always wanted to control the message — they’ve always wanted to dominate the talk,” he said. “In a media environment where you have all kinds of platforms on which to play — only a few of which you have to submit yourself to questions by reporter — then sure, you’re going to use those platforms.” Then there are the politicians who talk mostly, if not exclusively, to friendly reporters, in a different kind of direct appeal to voters. And during the interview this month, as he strode back to his office, Mr. Sanders bristled when asked about his son, who is running for Congress in New Hampshire. He did not take questions.

Labour MPs’ fear of Brexit voters could be unfounded, study says

Such a deal would leave Britain free to diverge from EU rules and regulations but that in turn would lead to border checks and the rise of other “non-tariff barriers” to trade. Seven in 10 Labour-held constituencies voted to leave the EU and a recent meeting of the parliamentary Labour party was dominated by a bitter row over the single market, with MPs in pro-Brexit seats warning that supporting it would damage their electoral chances. However, the research suggested there were “only a handful” of seats where more Labour voters backed leave than remain, and that many of these would support the party at a general election irrespective of its position on Brexit. Corbyn under pressure to give members vote on Labour Brexit policy Read more Trickett’s Hemsworth seat in West Yorkshire voted by 68.1% to leave the EU at the 2016 referendum. However, the YouGov data shows that of those who voted in the 2017 election, 11,037 were Labour remainers, greater than the shadow cabinet minister’s 10,174 majority. More Labour voters in the constituency backed remain than leave. Lavery’s Wansbeck constituency in Northumberland backed Brexit with a 56.2% vote, yet the Labour remain tally was 12,392, greater than the Labour party chairman’s 10,435 majority. In 2017, 51% of Labour voters in the election had backed remain at the referendum, while 32% supported leave. The Tory remain vote there stood at 5,444 in 2017. It showed that Theresa May has the second highest Tory remain vote in the country in Maidenhead, with 14,452 of her backers also voting to stay in the EU.
Thomas Friedman: In Midterms, You Have To Vote Democrat | Morning Joe | MSNBCvideo

Thomas Friedman: In Midterms, You Have To Vote Democrat | Morning Joe | MSNBC

The New York Times' Thomas Friedman shares his thoughts on a possible U.S.-North Korea summit, China and why he says voters must choose a Democrat in the midterm elections. » Subscribe to MSNBC: About: MSNBC is the premier destination…

‘Righteous fight’: Warren and Booker call on religious voters to resist Trump

The Democratic liberal figurehead Elizabeth Warren and rising star Cory Booker have a message for left-of-center religious leaders in the era of Donald Trump: keep the faith. The luminaries of the progressive left drew standing ovations – and calls to run for the White House in 2020 – as they laid out a moral case for resisting Trump’s agenda in a pair of speeches in Washington on Tuesday. “Our fight is a righteous fight,” Warren, the senator from Massachusetts, told a rapt gathering from the pulpit of the Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal church. The religious right has had a dominating influence on the Republican party’s agenda for decades, while, on the left, the relationship between religious progressives and the Democratic party has been more complicated. Warren has built a reputation as a fierce consumer champion who takes on Wall Street while Booker is known as a national leader on criminal justice reform, both topics that jibe well with the Christian message of mercy and helping the disadvantaged. He tells us that ours is a righteous fight. This is a moral moment in our country,” he said. Stay faithful.” There were moments of levity, too. “It’s been a year or two of really having to stay the course – fighting for equality, for refugees, for immigration, staying with our allies in Europe. It’s been a tough year,” Lawlor said.

How Villaraigosa convinced voters to tax themselves in a recession — and won

"Dream with me," Antonio Villaraigosa urged in his 2005 inaugural address as mayor of Los Angeles, sketching out a vision of a comprehensive public transportation system that could redefine his car-choked city. Chief among them, the measure would help advance — but not fully fund — a subway heading west from downtown along the heavily trafficked Wilshire corridor — branded by Villaraigosa as the "subway to the sea." The half-cent sales tax hike is expected to bring in about $35 billion over 30 years, primarily for rail and bus programs. As mayor, I remembered that," he says in one campaign ad, touting the rail lines built during his tenure. Villaraigosa said the "subway to the sea" campaign promise — first in his failed 2001 mayoral bid and then his successful run in 2005 — was meant to be a stand-in for the broader goal of a comprehensive transit network. "People could imagine a subway to the sea." And there was hope that enthusiasm over then-Sen. Barack Obama's candidacy for president would mean high turnout at the polls. Supervisor Michael Antonovich, a Republican who represented the northern part of the county from 1980 until 2016, said the projects outlined in Measure R — named for traffic "relief" — shortchanged most in the county "except for [Villaraigosa's] wealthy constituents in the West L.A. She first began working for the Los Angeles Times in 2011 in Washington, D.C., where she covered money and politics during the 2012 presidential campaign. She is originally from Los Angeles and is a graduate of Georgetown University and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
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