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The life of Ernest F. ‘Fritz’ Hollings: a timeline

Ernest Frederick “Fritz” Hollings is born in Charleston, the son of Adolph and Wilhelmine Hollings. Immediately receives a commission and joins the U.S. Army to take part in World War II. He received the Bronze Star and seven campaign ribbons. Elected to the S.C. General Assembly as a Democratic representative from Charleston. Elected governor, serving from 1959 to 1963. At 37, he was South Carolina’s youngest governor of the 20th century. Wins special election to the U.S. Senate to complete the unexpired term of Johnston, who died in office. Four years later she became the senator’s second wife. Hollings announces bid for Democratic nomination for president. He retires from the Senate after 38 years.

A Swamp Divided: How Trump’s Arrival Turned D.C. Nightlife Upside Down

Washington is one of the only places in America where an election transforms the city’s social life. Take Juleanna Glover, one of the city’s most well-known hostesses. And I haven’t been to an actual dinner party in two years where any of the Trump officials are. “We’re not trained to deal with this,” Maria Trabocchi, a co-owner of Fiola and several sister restaurants, told The Washington Post. Jared and Ivanka are particularly well-known for using their home to entertain strategically. There are a few public bars and restaurants that Trump swampists can call their own. Someone said to me, ‘It’s our place, it’s not their place!’ ” The Mnuchins and Jared and Ivanka are regularly spotted there. Nuschese told me that Trump himself, unlike Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, hasn’t yet dined there. Rima hosts an annual gala on behalf of the Kuwait-America Foundation, which promotes ties between the two countries, and in the Obama years it attracted members of the administration. “Now she hangs with Ivanka and Kellyanne and Jared,” said the prominent D.C. hostess.

John Delaney: Democratic Don Quixote or genuine American dreamer?

Who’s going to be our nominee in 2020 and how do we beat Trump is something every Democrat wants to talk about “I do think our election cycles are very long and I don’t think that’s great,” admits the affable Delaney. They don’t actually think they pick the president. Clinton entered the race a month later, followed in June by Trump’s now infamous descent on a Trump Tower escalator. “That would fundamentally change how the American people think about these issues and think about their leaders and think about common ground,” he says. Asked if Sanders or Warren can win the nomination, he replies carefully: “I think that someone who comes forth and wants to build a big tent party has a better chance of winning. Elizabeth Warren is running – here are 10 others who may seek the Democratic nomination Read more “If we as a Democratic party say we’re going to become the party the American people are looking for, which is a party that’s honest, civil, respectful, focusing on common ground, positive, optimistic and has big ideas about the future and welcomes progressives, centrists and disaffected Republicans, I think we’ll run the table in 2020. I tend to think that the American people in general and the Democratic party voters in particular make a deeper analysis of who they’re looking for. “You could have someone who’s an African American running for president who doesn’t stand for any of the things that the Democratic party stands for. I just don’t think the Democratic party is going to vote for someone because of the colour of their skin. They care about their vision for the future.”

From politics to footwear: Four burning questions for 2019

Speaking of the White House, will Newsom have more photo ops with President Trump given his ex-wife is former San Francisco prosecutor Kimberly Guilfoyle? Will Newsom’s advocacy for LGBTQ issues and environmentalism endear him to national voters? —Tony Bravo Are ‘influencers’ here to stay? If you look at the numbers, the trend of brands using online “influencers” to help market products will continue next year. And 2019 will be the year the LGBTQ influencers truly arrive. Can San Francisco be far behind? Two magazines that took their content in a more social and political direction, Teen Vogue and Glamour, ceased their print publications this year and moved online. 2019 will likely see this continued melding of traditional style content with stories about politics and culture as publications continue to move online. (The writing is also on the wall at California-based Sunset magazine.) Society has changed since the foundings of these publications, many of which are over 100 years old.

Gary Hart on “The Front Runner,” politics today, and how “all the rules have...

Gary Hart has had quite an eventful life. That Sunday, the Herald would publish a story which also reported that Hart and Rice had previously been together in Bimini, on a boat called Monkey Business. But drawn to public service by President Kennedy, he ended up managing George McGovern's losing 1972 presidential race. asked Braver. "But hadn't that been the case in America for 200 years?" There were long-running Washington rumors that Hart, who went through two separations from his wife, engaged in extramarital affairs. One reporter asked Hart if he'd ever been unfaithful in his marriage. "And you and your wife have now been together 60 years. The story of Gary Hart's fall is considered a turning point, the moment when the press started examining the private lives, as well as the political ideas of candidates. In 1987 Hart warned, "We're all going to have to seriously question a system for selecting our national leaders that reduces the press of this nation to hunters and presidential candidates to being hunted."

In tune with today’s politics

In 1932, FDR’s theme song was “Happy Days Are Here Again.” The idea was he could lead us out of the Great Depression — although more voters probably were inspired by the idea that he promised to end Prohibition. John F. Kennedy used the Frank Sinatra song “High Hopes” in 1960. Donald Trump often has used the song “We’re Not Going to Take It,” by Twisted Sister, a band that probably is not on the playlist for most of his conservative supporters. Considering it was a song by a band that was wracked by personal scandal and broken relationships, only to make a comeback, it seemed weirdly appropriate. Then there is my personal favorite — Ross Perot’s campaign song in 1992. The band loudly protested. Neil Young protested when Trump used his song “Rockin’ in the Free World.” When Ronald Reagan used “Born in the U.S.A” in 1984, Bruce Springsteen tried to show him who really was boss. In fact, all kinds of groups have threatened Trump in recent years when he used their songs, but the Donald being the Donald, he just keeps using them, anyway. There are lots more candidates and lots more songs, but I’m out of space. We’ll just wrap it up with what might be the most appropriate political song of them all: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It” (R.E.M.).

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse sets example for how politics should be done | Opinion

With the state of our politics right now, you’re probably more likely to think of words like liar, hypocrite or even criminal. Members of Congress on both sides have had major #MeToo reckonings in 2018. Politicians are politicians, and even the ones who seem most reliable will change their positions on any issue depending on where the wind blows. It was a rousing defense of conservative values and a non-endorsement of Trump that angered the Trump campaign and much of Cruz’s base. With Trump in office, the rest of the Republican delegation in Washington seems to have followed Cruz’s lead. But tariffs are—by definition—taxes on Americans. There is one Republican senator, however, who has been setting the example for how to handle Trump and how to be a faithful public servant. “Donald Trump became the first major party nominee in modern American history to not release his tax returns,” Sasse explained. The next bill would prevent members of Congress from trading stocks while in office. “Members of Congress are supposed to do what’s best for their constituents,” Sasse said, “not their 401K.” 5.
Ayanna Pressley Poised To Make History With Historic House Seat | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Ayanna Pressley Poised To Make History With Historic House Seat | Rachel Maddow |...

Steve Kornacki, MSNBC political correspondent, discusses Ayanna Pressley's upset Democratic primary victory that leaves her poised to take a historic seat whose lineage includes J.F.K. and Tip O'Neill, and add to that history the first African-American to serve in the…

Check out our new podcast: Inside Florida Politics

Take a listen to our new podcast “Inside Florida Politics” Host George Bennett from the Palm Beach Post, Zac Anderson from the Sarasota Herald-Tribute and legendary state capitol embedded newsman John Kennedy discuss the upcoming Florida primary and the prospects of a "blue wave." But wait, there’s more! Check out some of the articles related to this week’s episode: President Bill Clinton was heralding the possibilities of the “information superhighway,” O.J. Simpson was readying his murder defense and Donald Trump was married to Marla Maples and preparing to unveil his new Mar-a-Lago Club the last time a Democrat won an election for governor in Florida. Florida Democrats have a competitive five-candidate primary for governor and a widespread loathing of President Donald Trump to motivate them this year — the perfect conditions for a midterm “blue wave.” But so far, there’s little evidence of heightened Democratic enthusiasm in the run-up to the state’s Aug. 28 primaries. The number of voters registered with minor parties or with no party affiliation in Florida has increased 4.2 percent since the 2016 presidential election while Democratic registrations are down slightly and Republican registrations have increased slightly, according to new statistics from the Florida Division of Elections. Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders got shellacked by Hillary Clinton in Florida’s 2016 presidential primary. But the 33.3 percent of the vote Sanders got in that race might be enough to win this year’s five-candidate Florida Democratic primary for governor. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, too! Scroll down to the third row of newsletter offerings and you’ll see Inside Politics at the far right of the third row.

The Last Major TV Factory in the U.S. Is Shutting Down Because of President...

A South Carolina plant that assembles televisions using Chinese parts plans to shut down and lay off nearly all its employees because of new tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration, the company announced this week. Element Electronics — which describes itself as the only assembler of televisions in the U.S. — plans to lay off 126 of its 134 permanent full-time employees and close the Winnsboro, S.C. plant on Oct. 5. Notably, there are still at least two smaller companies that continue to assemble speciality televisions in the U.S. “The layoff and closure is a result of the new tariffs that were recently and unexpectedly imposed on many goods imported from China, including the key television components used in our assembly operations in Winnsboro,” Carl Kennedy, Element’s vice president of human resources, said in a letter to the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce on Monday. President Donald Trump often lamented on the campaign trail that the United States “doesn’t make television sets anymore.” At the time, it was already true that there were no U.S. factories making televisions from scratch — just a few that assembled televisions using imported parts. But with the closure of Element’s plant, the United States will no longer assemble mass-market television sets anymore, either. South Carolina Gov. “And we don’t want to hurt it by any tariff or any tax or any regulation or anything else, so we are fighting with all we can, all that’s possible to be done, to see that these tariffs and proposed tariffs do not, in the end, hurt South Carolina.” McMaster defended Trump, and said he has spoken with both the President and Vice President about implementing an exemption for Element Electronics. It’s a difficult time. The President is right that there are countries out there that have been treating trade from the United States unevenly,” McMaster said. What we want to do is be sure that the fix doesn’t hurt South Carolina.” Meanwhile, James Smith, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee running against McMaster in November, said he spent the day in Winnsboro discussing the loss of jobs “due to job-killing tariffs.” “These tariffs are not helping anyone in our state who are hurting from the loss of these jobs and many to come,” Smith said at a press conference on Wednesday, calling on McMaster to “tell this President when he’s doing what’s wrong for the people of our state.”