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How The New Movements, Not The Old Media, Are Driving Politics

For a manic stretch of 2012, we all believed seriatim that Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Herman Cain were the likeliest Republican nominee. And if you were honest about it, you’d admit that the media itself drove much of this process. We got interested in a candidate and inflated their prominence; then challenged them more aggressively and dug hard into their record; then moved on to the next one. Those were the 10 presidential campaigns, give or take, dominated by what that era called the mainstream media. And one of the reasons the political press got Trump so wrong is that his campaign didn’t work like that. When we saw his early polls, we thought he was the flavor of the month. His support didn’t rise and fall. But it seems to be a defining feature of the new movement politics. This is a snowball, not a narrative. Well, it could mean that the theory motivating most of the 20-plus candidates — that they should make their cases and wait for their turns in the sun of public attention — is just wrong.

Boedeker, Jones talk politics in election

We need to focus on growing middle-class jobs in Cleburne that people will be willing to relocate and plug into our community for. We have to focus on job growth to make sustained retail investment possible. Q: What is the most pressing issue facing Cleburne and how would you address it if elected? We have to decide what we want our City to look like 10, 25, and 50 years from today, and then we have to start building toward it. I understand it was purchased to be used as the new police department until further research proved it would be too costly to renovate for that purpose. This would cost less than a new building, provide our police department with larger facilities, and save time. TXDOT projects take a good amount of time to hash out and complete. Q: What is the most pressing issue facing Cleburne and how would you address it if elected? If the efforts of our new staff in these departments were communicated, I believe it would alleviate this negativity and open the door for our community to weigh in on these issues in a constructive manner. The key to Cleburne’s growth and well being is a constructive connection between the city, council, and the community.

Pete Buttigieg confronted by religious protester

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — In his first visit to Iowa since officially launching his campaign, Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Tuesday that the state with the initial nominating votes "will be really central to our strategy." "There's a political style here that rhymes a lot with my home territory in Indiana," Buttigieg said in an interview with The Associated Press. The South Bend mayor has surged from a relatively unknown candidate in the field to a media darling who's gained support in nationwide polling and posted a stronger-than-expected fundraising number in the first quarter. He's drawn attention for his plainspoken style, and the historic nature of his candidacy, as the first openly gay contender. In Iowa on Tuesday, both aspects of his campaign— his rhetorical strengths and his unique personal story — were highlighted when a religious protester confronted him during a town hall in Fort Dodge. After Buttigieg spoke about the need for marriage equality, the protester stood up and shouted, "You betray your baptism!" He was then escorted out. Buttigieg joked to the crowd, "Coffee after church gets a little rowdy sometimes." Buttigieg also said: "We're so dug-in, in such passionate ways, and I respect that, too. That gentleman believes that what he is doing is in line with the will of the creator.

How does simultaneous elections system influence Indonesian politics?

In 2013 the Constitutional Court ruled that beginning in 2019 the legislative and presidential elections were to be held simultaneously on the same day to reduce “horse trading” or transactional alliances made among parties following the legislative elections. Time will tell if the simultaneous elections fulfill their purpose of reducing transactional politics. However, some legislative candidates aren’t waiting for the election outcome, with candidates in areas hostile to their party’s presidential candidate going against their party’s alliance and openly supporting the opposing candidate. It is vitally important to understand what other potential effects holding the elections simultaneously has on the campaign and Indonesian politics more broadly. Open list voting has led to more personalized and less party policy-based political campaigning, as candidates from not only opposing parties but also from within the same party compete for votes. So, what are some of the unintended effects of the simultaneous elections? One of the expected effects is that the two presidential parties will make gains in the legislative elections, riding the “coat-tail” effect of the popularity and attention the presidential candidates garner. People don’t know what parties think about different issues.” Puteri Komarudin, a Golkar candidate running for the House in West Java VII, said she is often contacted by the media for comment on the presidential election despite not being officially in the presidential campaign team, and that “only a few media ask questions about the legislative campaign, the rest are very presidential election centric.” This lack of media attention is mirrored in the voting public. Buky Wibawa, regional council candidate and senior figure of Gerindra’s West Java provincial chapter, said these elections may not only be the world’s largest, but also “the most complicated election in the world.” Stephani Dania, running for the council in Bandung on the National Democratic (NasDem) ticket, said campaigning was not just a matter of gaining support from voters, but that a large portion of her time was spent educating voters on the voting process for the different levels of government. This money saved would be well spent on a significant education campaign to inform voters on how the different levels of government work and how to fully participate in the biggest election day the world has ever witnessed.

Bernie Sanders fast facts: 5 things to know about the Vermont senator

Weeks later, in a Fox News poll, Democratic primary voters once again voted him as their second choice — with Biden at 31 percent and Sanders at 23 percent. He's the longest-serving Independent member of Congress in U.S. history Sanders has served as Vermont's senator since 2007. His political career kickstarted in 1981 when he was elected mayor of Burlington by just 10 votes. "In 1981, I won my first election to become Mayor of Burlington by 10 votes. He was mayor for roughly eight years before stepping down to gain a seat in the House in 1991. He didn't make a decent living off his writing either. He was first to propose "Medicare for All" The "Medicare for All" bill was first introduced in 2016 by Sanders, who said it would be another step toward achieving universal health care. "Medicare for All" is a single-payer health insurance plan that would require all U.S. residents to be covered with no copays and deductibles for medical services. The phrase "for all" doesn't mean the plan would instantly give every American insurance. You can read more about the plan here.

Tories invite candidates to contest European elections

The Conservative party has told potential local election candidates it is preparing to fight in the European elections in May, and asked potential MEPs to put themselves forward. Conservative MEPs were warned in a meeting last week that they faced “annihilation” in European polls, igniting fury among some at the prospect of having to spend money and time on standing again to either lose their seats or spend an unclear length of time in post, with a number considering whether they want to bother at all. A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said that it remained the intention to pass the necessary legislation so the UK did not need to participate in European parliamentary elections. The Lib Dem Brexit spokesman, Tom Brake, said: “We are raring to go to the polls with a clear offer; every Liberal Democrat elected is another voice fighting for our country’s place in the European Union.” Don't dread the European elections – they could fix our broken politics | Maya Goodfellow Read more The Conservative party has been repeatedly warned it could face a looming grassroots meltdown because of Brexit, yet new data ahead of next month’s local elections suggests the party is fielding candidates in more than 96% of the 8,374 English council seats being contested on 2 May. The Conservatives could also receive a “Brexit benefit” if May agreed a departure deal before the local elections, according to Hayward, who is a Conservative peer as well as being a noted psephologist. Labour is fielding people in 77% of seats – many of the contested areas are Tory heartlands – and the Lib Dems 53%. “Considering there is this general perception that the grassroots of the Tory party are in total despair, and immobile, 96% is the highest figure in this four-year cycle that’s ever been achieved,” Hayward said. But divining the possible impact of Brexit was very tricky, he said: “The problem is that these things are so fluid at the moment. I have no doubt in my own mind that there is a Brexit benefit to the government if there is a deal. The corollary of that is that there is clearly a dis-benefit to the Tory party to not having a deal.

Andrew Yang: What you need to know about the political rookie, White House hopeful

Andrew Yang, one of the candidates who made an early entry in the 2020 field, might not have much name recognition now, but his popularity and presence have netted increased prominence among the crowded bench -- due in part to his unconventional proposals to resolve income disparity and warnings of a robot takeover of America's job sector. "I’m a capitalist," he told the New York Times in the interview that launched his campaign, "and I believe that universal basic income is necessary for capitalism to continue." (MORE: Who is running for president in 2020?) At the National Action Network conference in New York in April, the tech industry veteran underscored the importance of addressing the needs of the future -- as motivations for his candidacy. Technology and capital are "about to come and verge in historical ways," he said Wednesday, which he added will cause many jobs to disappear. (MORE: How Andrew Yang Could Win The 2020 Democratic Primary) "I was stunned when I saw the disparities between Detroit and San Francisco or Cleveland and Manhattan. Despite his under-the-radar campaign, Yang announced this month that his campaign raised $1.7 million in less than two months across February and March. 3) Yang's fundraising haul came from over 80,000 donors and followed his announcement in March that he cleared the grassroots fundraising threshold of 65,000 donors to qualify for the first Democratic primary debate. He and his brother grew up "pretty nerdy," according to Yang's campaign website. What he used to do: Yang worked a "brief stint" as a corporate lawyer before founding a failed tech startup.

Seeking ‘Tougher’ Direction for ICE, Trump Withdraws His Nominee

Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Friday that he withdrew his nominee to run Immigration and Customs Enforcement because he wanted the agency to go in a “tougher” direction, a surprise decision before the president’s trip to the southwestern border. Ronald D. Vitiello, who was nominated last summer by Mr. Trump to run ICE, the agency that arrests, detains and deports people who are in the United States illegally, has been serving as the agency’s acting director since last June. In an email to ICE employees on Friday afternoon, he signaled that he planned to remain at the immigration agency. No replacement has yet been named. “While I will not become the permanent director of ICE, I look forward to working alongside you in serving the American public with integrity, courage and excellence,” Mr. Vitiello said in the email, which was read to The New York Times by an ICE employee on the condition of anonymity. Another person said that Stephen Miller, the president’s chief policy adviser and a supporter of curtailing legal and illegal immigration, did not support Mr. Vitiello’s nomination. The two people familiar with the president’s thinking both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the internal White House decisions. But some senators, including Republicans, had concerns that Mr. Vitiello was not the right person for this job. Mr. Trump, who has continued to push for stronger deportation rules, had also expressed concern about whether a career civil servant, like Mr. Vitiello, would be up to the task. The request to withdraw Mr. Vitiello’s nomination surprised officials on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

2020’s underdogs battle for donors to get on debate stage

Ahead of Sunday's fundraising deadline for the first quarter, the underdogs of the Democratic primary were in a mad dash to coax as little as $2 from grassroots donors. "The Democratic Party's new debate rules mean I might not make it onto the debate stage." The amount raised doesn't matter. It's not immediately clear how many candidates are short of the fundraising threshold and how many might be using the rules as a way to expand their fundraising base. He characterized the requirements as "not a layup for any candidate but also not a full-court shot." Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign says he has more than 760,000 donors, another eye-popping mark after hauling in more than $10 million in the first week after his official campaign launch. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke's campaign said he raised more than $6.2 million in his first day, more than surpassing the individual donor requirements. But Perez says his point stands, with rules that help candidates by relieving them of polling pressure while still requiring them to show progress among voters. Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said the rules forced him to tailor his fundraising efforts to the grassroots. Woodall reported from Manchester, New Hampshire.

Q&A: District 15 Madison City Council candidates

Grant Foster Because I love Madison and I want to do everything I can to make it an even better place to live. My professional experience and skills combined with the knowledge and experience I gained working within Madison’s city government have prepared me to be a very effective leader on the Council and a strong advocate for District 15. I’ve been very involved with city governance for the last five years and have an in-depth understanding of city processes, the work of the council, and the major issues facing our community. The Milwaukee Street Special Area Plan was also just approved by the Common Council and it looks to capitalize on the excellent public transit access by adding significant housing as well. It will also bring greater opportunity to improve access to public transportation for those that live and work in the district. This is both an exciting and pivotal time for our city, Madison, with projected growth in population over the course of the next few years. In addition, as a first generation immigrant, I will bring diversity to the council and will work hard to ensure all segments of the city are represented. Our city is growing and with growth, comes change. It is pertinent for council members to listen and gain input from their respective communities and work collectively to maintain our strong and diverse communities as part of the legislative and oversight function. Our communities are evolving and the council has the opportunity to impact the lives of its residents positively and make our beloved city, the best that it can be for all.