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The day's news from the 2020 presidential primary election campaign trail, every day at 5pm. Who's up? Who's down? What issues are getting traction? 15 minutes and you're up to date.
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Wed. 07/24 – Biden’s Criminal Justice Plan
An update on that Buttigieg country music interview, Biden’s criminal justice reform plan, Ginsburg weighs in on candidates’ proposals to increase the number of Supreme Court justices, some unexpected things the candidates paid for in Q2, and a brief history of presidential candidates staying in people’s homes while campaigning. Sponsors: Skillshare ( The Meb Faber Show ( Links: Another country radio host to interview Pete Buttigieg after Cumulus spiked earlier sit-down (Fox News) The Biden Plan for Strengthening America’s Commitment to Justice [plan text] (Biden for President) The Biden Plan for Strengthening America’s Commitment to Justice (YouTube/Joe Biden) Subtweet by Booker re Biden’s criminal justice plan (Twitter/Cory Booker) Biden, Scrutinized for Crime Bill, Unveils Plan to Reduce Mass Incarceration (NYT) Biden announces criminal justice policy sharply at odds with his ’94 crime law (WaPo) Justice Ginsburg: 'I Am Very Much Alive' (NPR) $12,075 on paella and 32 other wacky things the candidates bought (Politico) Candidate Sleepovers Mean Tight Quarters, Wet Towels and ‘Surreal’ Family-Room Chats (WSJ)
July 24, 2019
Tue. 07/23 – Sanders Organizers Will Earn $15 an Hour
Sanders campaign workers reach a deal on wages, listen to part of Buttigieg’s country music radio interview that never aired, people are already projecting electoral maps for 2020, Booker goes on Seth Myers, and Biden is starting to see just a tad less cable media coverage. Sponsors: Skillshare ( The Meb Faber Show ( Links: Sanders union renegotiation early info (Twitter/Sean Sullivan) Pete Buttigieg sat for an interview with a popular country radio host. But now it won’t air. (WaPo) Blair Garner interview with Mayor Pete Buttigieg (SoundCloud/Blair Garner) Popular Country Music Radio Station Killed A Buttigieg Interview Under False Pretenses (Talking Points Memo) Twitter thread about Priorities USA maps (Twitter/Dave Levinthal) Electoral Vote Map dot com (Taegan Goddard) Sen. Cory Booker on Civility in Politics and Working with Mitch McConnell (YouTube/Late Night with Seth Myers) Is Biden’s Media Monopoly Coming To An End? (FiveThirtyEight)
July 23, 2019
Mon. 07/22 – Polling for September Heats Up
Klobuchar reaches the polling threshold for September’s debates, Delaney denies report that his staffers asked him to drop out, Booker’s plan to close immigration detention centers using only executive orders, Bennet posts a nice nature video, and Warren reflects on 8 years of the CFPB. Sponsors: Skillshare ( The Meb Faber Show ( Links: Klobuchar tweet about reaching the September debate polling threshold (Twitter/Amy Klobuchar) Twitter thread on Klobuchar/other CBS polling results (Twitter/Aron Goldman) The CNN poll itself (CBS News) Google Sheet tracking current polling results and fundraising (Politico) DNC rules for third debate qualification (DNC) Scoop: John Delaney’s staffers have asked him to drop out (Axios) Booker Immigration Plan [PDF] (Politico) Cory Booker Proposes Drastic Changes to Immigration Detention System (NYT) Sen. Cory Booker unveils plan to use executive action to shut down in humane immigrant detection centers (WaPo) How Cory Booker would ‘virtually eliminate’ immigration detention (Politico) Bennet tweet re nature and distraction (Twitter/Michael Bennet) Warren tweet re CFPB (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren)
July 22, 2019
Fri. 07/19 – The Draw
The results of CNN’s ridiculous event The Draw, how to watch the July debates, Ohio moves its Saint Patrick’s Day, and the big divide on Medicare for All versus a public option. Sponsors: ZipRecruiter ( The Meb Faber Show ( Links: How to watch CNN's live debate drawing [includes details of the three groups] (CNN) CNN Polling Data (SSRS) RCP Polling Averages for 2020 Candidates (RCP) Ohio 2020 Presidential Primary Moved To St. Patrick's Day (WXVU) The Ohio legislature set the 2020 primary election for St. Patrick’s Day, and that could be a problem for Cleveland (Cleveland dot com) Bennet AARP/M4Aclip (Twitter/CaraKorte) Sanders clip on M4A (Twitter/Bernie Sanders) Full video of Sanders speech (RealClearPolitics) Abolish private insurance? It depends. (Vox) Kamala Harris’s Medicare for All Plan Makes No Sense (NY Mag) Bulletpoint: Bernie Sanders is Running Ahead of the Pack of Health Care (FiveThirtyEight)
July 19, 2019
Thu. 07/18 – DNC Warns Campaigns About FaceApp
How I define a “major” candidate, what happens when you get a “page not found” error on candidates’ websites, Steyer signs the no-fossil-fuel pledge, and the DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp. Sponsors: ZipRecruiter ( The Meb Faber Show ( Links: Here’s How We’re Defining A ‘Major’ Presidential Candidate (FiveThirtyEight) Why We’re Not Treating Tom Steyer As A ‘Major’ Candidate (Yet) (FiveThirtyEight) How Joe Sestak Could Win The 2020 Democratic Primary (FiveThirtyEight) Every 2020 candidate's 404 error page, ranked (Mashable) No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge: Presidential Candidate Signers (No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge) Steyer tweet/video showing proof of signature (Twitter/Tom Steyer) DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp 'developed by Russians' (CNN)
July 18, 2019
Wed. 07/17 – July Debates Take Shape
Who's in the July debates, how the candidates spent their Q2 money, will Democrats benefit from high turnout in 2020?, Harris's plan for domestic workers, Trump gets another possible primary challenger, Bullock makes his pitch on Hardball, and a few important dates to mark on your calendar. Sponsors: ZipRecruiter ( The Meb Faber Show ( Links: Who Will Make The Second Democratic Debate? (FiveThirtyEight) How Democratic Candidates Are Spending All That Money (FiveThirtyEight) Gabbard tweet with current donor count (Twitter/Tulsi Gabbard) Facebook Ad Library (Facebook) Huge Turnout Is Expected in 2020. So Which Party Would Benefit? (NYT) High Turnout May Not Help Democrats in 2020 (NY Mag) Bill of Rights press release (National Domestic Workers Alliance) Bill of Rights one-pager (Harris Senate Site) Summary of National Domestic Workers Bill of Rights (Harris Senate Site) S.2112 - A bill to enhance the rights of domestic workers, and for other purposes. (US Congress) H.R.3760 - To enhance the rights of domestic workers, and for other purposes. (US Congress) Mark Sanford, SC Republican, former US Rep, considers presidential run against Trump (Post and Courier) Hardball tweet/video with Bullock (Twitter/Hardball) Dark Money (2018 Documentary) (Kimberly Reed) Apollo 11 Moon Launch 50th Anniversary | CBS News Special Coverage, live stream (YouTube/CBS News)
July 17, 2019
Tue. 07/16 – Show Me the Money, Q2 Edition
All the Q2 fundraising numbers are in, Biden suggests a push-up contest against Trump, an update on that whole climate debate thing, and an update on who’s already in the September debates. Sponsors: ZipRecruiter ( Links: The Money [cash on hand/Q2 graphs] (Politico) Candidate-by-candidate analysis, with links, of FEC reports (Twitter/Zach Montellaro) Beto O'Rourke's fundraising plummets to $3.6 million in 2019's second quarter (CNN) FEC Candidates for president data explorer (FEC) Joe Biden: I’ll challenge Trump to do push-ups on stage if he makes fun of my age or mental state (WaPo) The Energy 202: How a bizarre blog post is undermining a 2020 climate forum (WaPo) The Energy 202: DNC will consider holding a climate debate amid protests (WaPo) DNC opts against climate change debate, Inslee says (Politico) Why We’re Challenging the 2020 Democrats to a Climate Summit (Gizmodo) Update on Our 2020 Climate Summit (Gizmodo) It Won’t Be Easy For Many Democrats To Make The September Debate (FiveThirtyEight)
July 16, 2019
Mon. 07/15 – BidenCare
Biden releases his healthcare policy, Delaney goes on Firing Line, the current state of the July debates, and Gabbard takes the weekend off—for a very good reason. Sponsors: ZipRecruiter ( Links: The Biden Plan to Protect and Build on the Affordable Care Act (Biden for President) Biden: We Have to Protect & Build on Obamacare | Joe Biden For President (YouTube/Joe Biden) Joe Biden unveils his health care plan (Axios) Biden unveils health care plan: Affordable Care Act 2.0 [includes citation for $750 billion figure] (Politico) Firing Line tweet re Delaney and bipartisan bills (Twitter/Firing Line with Margaret Hoover) Delaney pledges sole focus on ‘bipartisan proposals’ in first 100 days of presidency (The Hill) Firing Line tweet re Delaney and immigration policy (Twitter/Firing Line with Margaret Hoover) Here are the candidates who have qualified for the 2020 Democratic debates (CBS News) Gravel tweet re: the debates (Twitter/Mike Gravel) The roster for the second Democratic debate will be determined this week (Vox)
July 15, 2019
Fri. 07/12 – White Privilege and Black Coffee
Yang releases his Q2 numbers (and I’ll actually tell you about them this time), Gillibrand explains white privilege in her own words, Sanders visits BET’s Black Coffee, Gravel launches a live donor-count website, and some exciting podcast news you’ll want to stick around for. Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: Andrew Yang raises $2.8 million in second quarter (Politico) Yang fundraising history (itemized, by date) (FEC) Gillibrand tweet with video of her remarks (Twitter/Kirsten Gillibrand) Amanda Golden tweet [original viral bit; images only] (Twitter/Amanda Golden) Gillibrand remarks rough transcript (Sara Carter) Bernie Sanders Breaks Down Targeted Policies For Black America | Black Coffee (YouTube/Black Coffee)  Bernie Sanders Talks Reparations, Student Debt And How His Policies Would Help The Black Community [includes partial transcript] (BET)  We Can’t End Mass Incarceration Without Ending Money Bail  (ACLU) Gravel Donor Count website Mike Gravel to Run First Anti-Biden Attack Ad During MSNBC Show (The Daily Beast) Marianne Williamson helped a protest candidate get a surge of campaign donations to aid him in qualifying for the next debates (Business Insider)
July 12, 2019
Thu. 07/11 – The Buttigieg Plans
More about Biden’s taxes, Buttigieg’s national service plan, and Buttigieg’s Douglass plan. (NOTE: The intro claims that this episode has a story with Yang's Q2 numbers, but Chris goofed—they'll be in the show on Friday!) Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: Joe Biden Used Tax-Code Loophole Obama Tried to Plug (WSJ) A New Call to Service: Policy Proposal (Pete for America) Buttigieg introduces national service plan (Politico) Buttigieg says plan to expand national service will unify US (AP News) The Douglass Plan: A Comprehensive Investment in the Empowerment of Black America (Pete for America) Buttigieg Proposes Broad Plan To Counter Racial Inequality (NPR) Andrew Yang raises $2.8 million in second quarter (Politico)
July 11, 2019
Wed. 07/10 – Houston, We Have a Debate
A few more details emerge about the September debates, rumors abound that Amash may enter the race as a third-party challenger, a look at Biden’s new campaign strategy, Yang’s plan to revitalize American malls, Biden releases yet more tax returns, and McGrath rakes in record money in her Kentucky Senate race. Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: Third Democratic primary debate will be in Houston (Politico) Democratic presidential primary debate (September 12-13, 2019) (BallotPedia) Justin Amash: Our politics is in a partisan death spiral. That’s why I’m leaving the GOP. (WaPo) The 2020 U.S. Presidential Race: A Cheat Sheet (The Atlantic) Rep. Justin Amash sounds like a guy who might just run for president (WaPo) Embattled Biden ditches Rose Garden strategy (Politico) Yang, Andrew. The War on Normal People (p. 32). Hachette Books. Kindle Edition. Andrew Yang Wants to Save Your Dying Mall (CityLab) Yang tweet/video at the Columbia Place mall (Twitter/Andrew Yang) American Mall Act (Yang 2020)  Financial Disclosures & Tax Returns (Biden for President) Joe and Jill Biden made more than $15 million in two years after leaving the White House, tax returns show (CNBC) McGrath raises a record $2.5 million on first day of Senate campaign (NBC News)
July 10, 2019
Tue. 07/09 – Steyer is Running
Steyer is running, Swalwell drops out, Warren releases her Q2 numbers, an update on Gravel’s fundraising, and the LGBTQ Victory Fund endorses Buttigieg. Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: “Fundamental Change.” [Steyer campaign launch video] (YouTube/Tom Steyer) Steyer YouTube channel (YouTube/Tom Steyer) Billionaire Tom Steyer says he is willing to run for president in 2020 in SC visit (Post and Courier)  Billionaire activist Tom Steyer won't run for president, he announces in Des Moines (Des Moines Register)  Eric Swalwell ends White House bid, citing low polling, fundraising (Politico) Congressman Eric Swalwell withdraws from 2020 presidential race | ABC News (YouTube/ABC News) Richard Ojeda Drops Out of Presidential Race (The Intercept) Twitter thread re: Warren numbers (Twitter/Alex Thompson) Warren puts Sanders on notice with $19 million fundraising haul (Politico) Gravel tweet with “clarification” on donor numbers (Twitter/Sen. Mike Gravel) Gravel tweet explaining current donor numbers (Twitter/Sen. Mike Gravel) LGBTQ Victory Fund Endorses Mayor Pete Buttigieg for President of the United States on 50th Anniversary of Stonewall Uprising (LGBTQ Victory Fund)
July 9, 2019
Mon. 07/08 – We Can All Agree on Soccer
Harris releases her Q2 numbers, Bullock releases his Q2 numbers, Williamson encourages her donors to help out Gravel, CNN will televise the lineup draw for the July debates, Biden apologizes for his remarks about segregationists, the candidates shout out the big USWNT win—and call for equal pay, Eric Swalwell makes a big announcement, Julián Castro makes a big announcement, and we have rumors of yet another Democratic primary candidate. Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: Kamala Harris Raised Close to $12 Million in 3 Months, Lagging Top Rivals (NYT) Steve Bullock raises over $2 million for White House campaign despite late entry (CBS News)  Marianne Williamson campaign uses fundraising email to help rival 2020 Democratic candidate (The Hill)  CNN will hold live draw for 2020 Democratic debate lineup (CNN) Joe Biden to defend record on race [video] (YouTube/Washington Post) Biden Apologizes for the ‘Pain’ and ‘Misconception’ of Segregationist Comments (NY Mag)  Biden says he regrets remarks about working with segregationists, but stands by his record on issues of race (WaPo)  Biden's post-debate South Carolina support: Strong — but not certain (NBC News) US World Cup win proves female players deserve equal pay, team says (CNN) U.S. wins World Cup with a final four-star performance (WaPo) USWNT tweets: [see transcript; list too long for this platform] Leo tweet re: wanting tweets (Leo) Politics1 tweet re: Swalwell’s NH cancellation (Politics1) Swalwell tweet re: Nelson (Swalwell) Pat Ward tweet re Castro fundraising (Pat Ward) Tom Steyer reconsiders 2020 and plans to enter the race (Politico) Transcript: Transcript for Primary Ride Home Podcast: Mon. 07/08 – We Can All Agree on Soccer.
July 8, 2019
Thu. 07/04 – Primary Websites Don't Work for People with Disabilities
Many campaign websites are not accessible to people with disabilities, an update on Biden's Q2 fundraising, and which candidates have already qualified for the September debates. Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: Not one 2020 candidate has a website that is accessible to the blind (Vox) Brian McNeilly on accessible candidate websites…in 2018 (Twitter/Brian McNeilly) Matt May on Twitter (Twitter/Matt May) Web Accessibility Statement (Warren campaign site) axe: Accessibility for Development Teams (Deque) WCAG 2.0 conformance levels (University of California) DOJ Places Website Rulemaking on the “Inactive” List [context for why the ADA doesn’t currently cover government website accessibility] (ADA Title III) "Access" [Chris's short film about accessibility] (Chris Higgins) Biden reports big fundraising number despite recent stumbles (Politico) Here Are the Democrats at Risk of Not Making the July Debates (NYT) Yang meets donor requirement for third and fourth debates (The Hill) Transcript: Transcript for Primary Ride Home Podcast, Thursday 07/04 – Primary Websites Don’t Work for People with Disabilities.
July 4, 2019
Wed. 07/03 – Biden, By the Numbers
New post-debate polling shows mixed results, Biden releases his Q2 numbers, Hickenlooper's campaign loses key staffers, and Bennet releases his Q2 numbers. Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: July 2, 2019 - Harris Gets Big Debate Bounce While Biden Sinks Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Despite Drop, Biden Still Seen As Best Bet Against Trump (Quinnipiac University) Quinnipiac trends (shows polling back to March 2019) (Quinnipiac University) Harris scores in debate performance while electability keeps Biden in front (ABC News)  National 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary Polls (FiveThirtyEight) Nate Cohn on trends (Twitter/Nate Cohn) Joe Biden raised $21.5 million in second quarter for 2020 presidential race (CNBC) Hickenlooper campaign in shambles (Politico) Hickenlooper responds to reports of staff upheaval: It wasn't 'the right team' [includes video of MSNBC interview] (The Hill) Bennet raised $2.8 million to start presidential campaign (Politico)
July 3, 2019
Tue. 07/02 – Sanders, Gabbard, and Warren
Sanders releases his Q2 fundraising numbers, highlights from Gabbard’s appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher, and Warren’s plan to secure federal elections. Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: Bernie Sanders' campaign says it raised $18 million in Q2 (Axios) Sanders campaign says Buttigieg likely raised more money last quarter (CBS News) Tulsi Gabbard | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) (YouTube/Real Time with Bill Maher) Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Re-introduces the Securing America’s Elections Act (Gabbard House Site) Which Candidates and Topics Got the Most Time During the Democratic Debate [includes Gabbard talk time figure for debates] (NYT) My Plan to Strengthen Our Democracy (Medium/Team Warren) Elizabeth Warren Wants To Transform American Elections (HuffPost) Election Assistance Commission (Wikipedia)
July 2, 2019
Mon. 07/01 – Show Me the Money
Harris faces false “birther” style attacks, an update on the viewer numbers for last week’s debates, thoughts on when candidates will begin dropping out, and Buttigieg raises a boatload of money in Q2. Sponsors: Skillshare ( Links: Don Jr.’s now-deleted birther-style retweet about Kamala Harris, explained (Vox) FEC fundraising to date [only includes Q1 and prior for now] (FEC) FEC2019 Quarterly reports [key dates for fundraising] (FEC) Tweet with final Nielsen numbers (Twitter/Gerry Smith) Record 18.1 million viewers tune into Democratic debate (The Hill) Democratic Candidates, Please Drop Out on Our Show! | Full Frontal on TBS (YouTube/Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) Pete Buttigieg's campaign raised $24.8 million in the second quarter (Politico)
July 1, 2019
Fri. 06/28 – Food Fight in Miami
The big picture on what we saw last night, how the Harris/Biden exchange represents so many issues in this primary, Buttigieg’s comments on policing in South Bend, some notable closing remarks, and the ratings for these debates actually broke records. Links: Democratic Presidential Debate - June 27 (Full) (YouTube/NBC News) Full Transcript: Night 2 of the Democratic Presidential Debates (NYT) Women candidates, on average, spoke more than men in the first Democratic debate [updated for night 2: still true!] (Vox)  Breakdown of time spent per night from Washington Post (Twitter/Post Graphics) Andrew Yang had less than 3 minutes of debating. Here’s what he’d say if he had more. (Miami Herald) Kamala Harris Says She Actually Wouldn’t Abolish Private Health Insurance (NY Mag) Harris tweet showing photo of herself as a child (re: bussing) (Twitter/Kamala Harris) Kamala Harris was the Democrat you could imagine taking on Trump (Vox) Biden’s Bad Night Exposed Some Dangerous Weaknesses (NY Mag) More than 15 million viewers tuned into the first Democratic debate of the 2020 race (CNN)  Harris, Biden face-off is highest-rated Democratic primary debate in history (CNN) First Democratic debate draws over 15 million live viewers [2015] (CNN)
June 28, 2019
Thu. 06/27 – The Math, After
The big picture about what we saw and did not see last night, Warren and the show of hands about health insurance, Castro’s breakout moments, Gabbard’s breakout moments, and Debate Bingo for Thursday night. Links: Primary Ride Home DEBATE BINGO! Democratic Presidential Debate - June 26 (Full) (YouTube/NBC News) Full Transcript: Night 1 of the Democratic Presidential Debates (NYT) Women candidates, on average, spoke more than men in the first Democratic debate (Vox)  The First Debate-Night Lesson: This Race Is Not All About Joe Biden (NY Mag) Who won the first Democratic presidential debate? (NBC News) Julián Castro Is an Underrated Candidate (NY Mag/The Cut) Julián Castro had a very good night at the first Democratic debate (Vox) Beto O'Rourke has tough outing in 2020 debate debut (Texas Tribune)
June 27, 2019
Wed. 06/26 – Debate Prep 102
Moulton's plan to sneak into the debates, President Trump weighs in on whether he's going to watch, a look at the candidates' polling numbers for each night, one reporter's read on who has to do what in the debates, and a quick look at the 51 for 51 effort to make DC a state. Links: Primary Ride Home DEBATE BINGO! Seth Moulton Buys TV Ads to Make Appearance in Democratic Debates (WSJ) Rebecca Ballhaus tweet re Trump (Twitter/Rebecca Ballhaus) What We’re Watching For In The First Democratic Debates (FiveThirtyEight) Polling chart for the two nights (Twitter/FiveThirtyEight) Who Needs to Do What in the First Democratic Debate of 2020 (NY Mag) Twitter account for 51 for 51 (Twitter) 51 for 51 website H.R.51 - Washington, D.C. Admission Act (
June 26, 2019
Tue. 06/25 – Debate Prep 101
What to expect at Wednesday’s debate, Sanders releases his plan to eliminate all student debt in the US, and more about Buttigieg’s policing problems on South Bend. Links: Primary Ride Home DEBATE BINGO! ‘That’s Hell’: Democrats’ Debate Prep Gets Real (NY Mag) Democratic 2020 First Debate Lineup, Schedule: Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden Will Go Head-to-Head (Newsweek) Tweet showing the debate stage (Twitter/Savannah Guthrie)  DNC ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR THE FIRST TWO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATES (DNC)  Bernie Sanders Unveils Education Plan to Eliminate Student Loan Debt (NYT) Sen. Sanders and Rep. Lee Introduce Inclusive Prosperity Act to Curb Wall Street Greed (Sanders Senate Site) Bernie Sanders unveils plan to cancel all $1.6 trillion of student loan debt (CNN) Bernie Sanders’s student loan plan is the most expansive of the 2020 field [contains analysis comparing to other candidates’ plans] (WaPo) DJ Judd tweet re Buttigieg and protest/petition (Twitter/DJ Judd) Keith Boykin tweet with video of Buttigieg from CNN (Twitter/Keith Boykin)  CNN clip (more context for Boykin clip above) (YouTube/CNN)  A fatal police shooting has upended Mayor Pete Buttigieg's campaign. Here's what you need to know. (Indianapolis Star) ‘We don’t trust you!’: After fatal police shooting, black residents confront Buttigieg (WaPo)  Timeline of events that escalated police tension in South Bend (South Bend Tribune)  Buttigieg faces tense town hall on South Bend police shooting (Axios) How Badly Did Pete Buttigieg Mishandle a Police Shooting? (NY Mag)
June 25, 2019
Mon. 06/24 – Sestak is Running
Joe Sestak joins the field, two key moments from the Planned Parenthood Forum in South Carolina, and Primary Debate Bingo is here! Links: Primary Ride Home DEBATE BINGO! (Primary Ride Home) Video: Presidential Announcement [includes scripted remarks, close to a transcript] (Joe Sestak for President) Joe Sestak, Former Pennsylvania Congressman, Becomes the 24th Democratic Candidate for President (NYT) Former congressman Joe Sestak enters 2020 White House race (WaPo) Planned Parenthood Candidates Forum, Part 1 (C-SPAN) Planned Parenthood Candidates Forum, Part 2 [BIDEN CLIP starts around 9 minutes] (C-SPAN) Planned Parenthood Candidates Forum, Part 3 [BOOKER CLIP starts around 47 minutes] (C-SPAN)
June 24, 2019
Fri. 06/21 – "I Have No Comfort Food"
An update on Harris’s HIV prevention bill, Warren’s Refund Equality Act, online reaction to the candidates’ comfort foods, and good news about streaming the debates. Links: Harris Introduces Bill to Dramatically Expand Access to PrEP (Harris Senate Site) Senate bill 1926 - A bill to increase access to pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce the transmission of HIV FULL TEXT (PDF) (Harris Senate Site) Proposed Bill Could Provide Same-Sex Couples $67M [sic] in Tax Refunds (NBC News, 2017) Warren introduces bill to unlock millions in tax refunds denied to gay couples (NBC News, 2019)  Warren tweet re: House action on Refund Equality Act (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) 18 Questions. 21 Democrats. Here’s What They Said. (NYT) What is your comfort food on the campaign trail? (NYT)  Tweet listing candidate comfort foods (Twitter/Behind 2020) Twitter thread involving Adams, Darth, Walsh, and Harris’s fries (Twitter/Lily Adams) Twitter thread re Harris’s use of multiple oils, etc. (Twitter/Darth) Which 2020 Candidate’s Comfort Food Is the Most Haunting? (The Cut) Jake Tapper tweet re: veggies (Twitter/Jake Tapper) Booker tweet re: Vonda’s Kitchen Brussels sprouts (Twitter/Cory Booker) All of the Democratic primary debates will be live-streamed (CNN) 
June 21, 2019
Thu. 06/20 – PrEP, Guns, Housing, and Merch
Harris introduces a bill aimed at preventing the spread of HIV, Swalwell releases his gun control plan, a look at parts two and three of Castro’s housing plan, and a listener question about buying merchandise from a campaign. Links: How Kamala Harris would prevent the spread of HIV (Politico) Sen. Kamala Harris Introducing Bill to Mandate PrEP Coverage (The Advocate) A National Framework to End Gun Violence (Swalwell for America) Our Comprehensive Plan To END GUN VIOLENCE! (YouTube/Eric Swalwell) Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell releases gun control plan (NBC News) Rep. Eric Swalwell rolls out gun control plan (Washington Examiner) People First Housing Part II (Julián for the Future) People First Housing Part III (Julián for the Future) Julian Castro calls for surge in federal spending to end homelessness (LA Times) Kathryn Henry tweet re: campaign merchandise and fundraising (Twitter/Kathryn Henry) FEC rules: “Proceeds from sales” (FEC) FEC: Current receipts and disbursements for 2020 election for president (FEC) Andrew Yang Disbursements—look for “Merchandise,” “Printing,” etc. (FEC) Corrections: In the first segment (about PrEP), this episode mistakenly says that Truvada used as PrEP requires twice-daily dosing. In fact, it is only taken once per day. Thanks to Kenneth Berger for spotting this.
June 20, 2019
Wed. 06/19 – Biden's Remarks on Civility
Who gets center stage at the debates, Primary Ride Home Debate Bingo is coming, how Bullock plans to spend debate night, Biden’s remarks at a fundraiser spur a big debate of their own, and Buttigieg responds to an officer-involved shooting in South Bend. Links: Biden/Sanders, Warren/O'Rourke to be center stage at first debate (NBC News) Warren, Beto, Biden, and Bernie Get Center-Stage Positions at First Democratic Debates (NY Mag) Steve Bullock makes other plans for debate night (Politico) Poll: Democrats shrug at debate complaints (Politico) Joe Biden, Recalling ‘Civility’ in Senate, Invokes Two Segregationist Senators (NYT) ‘We got things done’: Biden recalls ‘civility’ with segregationist senators (WaPo) Buttigieg issues police body camera direction after South Bend shooting (Axios) Music licensed via AudioBlocks
June 19, 2019
Tue. 06/18 – Castro's Housing Policy
Castro rolls out his housing policy, Bullock qualifies for the second debates, a brief look at the Republican presidential primary—surprise!, Biden reveals his Q2 fundraising numbers…maybe not intentionally, and Klobuchar releases policy plans for her first 100 days. Links: People First Housing – Part 1 (Julián for the Future) Julian Castro calls for surge in federal spending to end homelessness (LA Times) Tweet confirming Bullock’s qualification for July debates (Twitter/Kendall Karson) Weld predicts he’ll beat Trump in Utah (Utah Policy) Bill Weld: I’m in GOP primary to beat Trump, not just weaken him (Politico)  Rep. Amash stokes talk of campaign against Trump (The Hill) Rep. Justin Amash, lone-wolf GOP Trump critic, leaves House Freedom Caucus (WaPo) Biden suggests he has raised nearly $20 million for his White House bid (WaPo) Senator Amy Klobuchar Releases Plan of More Than 100 Actions for Her First 100 Days as President (Medium/Amy for America) Klobuchar details raft of policy plans for first 100 days (Politico) Amy Klobuchar Needs a Plan to Enact Her 137 Plans (NY Mag)
June 18, 2019
Mon. 06/17 – The Warren Surge
Buttigieg raised a boatload of money in April, an analysis of which candidates are on which nights of the debates and how much it matters, a look at what’s driving media coverage of Warren, and Booker talks about being vegan on the BET show Black Coffee. Links: Pete Buttigieg raised staggering $7 million in April alone (Politico) Fundraising totals for 2020 as reported so far—currently Q1 (and prior) only (FEC)  April Quarterly/Monthly report notice for presidential committees (2019) (FEC) Pete Buttigieg makes star turn in town hall spotlight (CNN) 4 of the 5 Top-Polling Democrats Land on Same Primary-Debate Night (NY Mag)  2020 Democratic Presidential Nomination (RCP) The Democratic Debate Lineups Are Set. Here’s What to Expect. (NYT) California Democratic 2020 presidential primary is a wide-open race, poll finds (LA Times)  Release #2019-02: California’s Democratic Presidential Primary Race A Wide Open Affair. Biden holds slim lead; Kamala Harris currently running fourth in her home state. (DiCamillo, Mark) Why Elizabeth Warren is surging (Paul Waldman) Democrats Are Reviving an Old Populist Tradition (NY Mag) Grassroots Not Grass-Fed: The US Might Be Getting Its First Vegan President (Forbes) Cory Booker On Reparations, Why He’d Choose A Female VP & Being Vegan | Black Coffee (Youtube/BETNetworks) Primary Ride Home on Facebook
June 17, 2019
Fri. 06/14 – Debate Details and Castro’s Town Hall
The DNC confirms its list of candidates for the first debates, plus a list of which candidates will appear on which nights, key moments from Julián Castro’s Fox News town hall, Schultz takes a break from his independent run, and a profile of Gabbard’s childhood. Links: Tweet confirming list of June debate candidates (Twitter/The Democrats) Here’s How the Candidates Will Be Divided for the Democratic Debates (NYT) Back surgery sidelines Howard Schultz’s exploratory campaign (Politico) Julián Castro in Fox News town hall: Let’s talk about me, not Hillary (Politico) Town Hall with Julián Castro | Part 1 (YouTube/Fox News)  Town Hall with Julián Castro | Part 2 (YouTube/Fox News)  Town Hall with Julián Castro | Part 3 (YouTube/Fox News)  People First Policing (Julián for the Future) Tulsi Gabbard Had a Very Strange Childhood (NY Mag) 
June 14, 2019
Thu. 06/13 – Sanders Defines Democratic Socialism
How McDonald’s workers are shaping the primary, Sanders defines “Democratic Socialism” and recalls FDR’s New Deal, and the DNC releases the official list of who’s in and who’s out of the debates...after our press deadline. Links: Bernie Sanders Marches with Striking McDonald’s Workers to Dem Event (Iowa Starting Line) Democratic presidential candidates to join striking workers in early nominating states (NBC News) 2020 Candidates Call Out McDonald's Over Sexual Harassment (Fortune) McDonald's sexual harassment claims: 2020 candidates urge firm to act (Axios) Presidential hopefuls to lead SC workers march (The State) Full Video of Sanders Speech (CBS News) ABC News clip of video of Sanders speech (Twitter/ABC News) Bernie Sanders’s definition of democratic socialism, explained (Vox) Bernie Sanders Defines Democratic Socialism, Says When The 99% Stand Up Against the 1% We Can Transform Society [includes full text of prepared remarks] (RealClearPolitics) Bernie Sanders Calls His Brand of Socialism a Pathway to Beating Trump (NYT) Bernie Sanders Delivers Formal Address On Democratic Socialism (NPR) The First Democratic Debate Deadline Is Almost Here: Who’s In And Who’s Out (FiveThirtyEight) Dems institute rule to prevent 'undercard' debate in June (Politico) The first Democratic debate qualification rules — and controversies — explained (Vox)
June 13, 2019
Wed. 06/12 – Democrats Take the Lead and Get the Lead Out
A new poll shows Democrats beating Trump in hypothetical elections, The Young Turks propose a progressive pledge, Biden joins the call for a climate-focused debate, an examination of the candidates’ walk-up songs, and Castro releases a plan to eliminate lead poisoning nationwide. Links:  Top Dems Lead Trump in Head-to-head Matchups, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Democratic Primary Race Narrows as Biden Goes Flat (Quinnipiac University)  More brutal 2020 poll numbers for Trump(WaPo) Progressive Economic Pledge: 5 Pillars (The Young Turks) The Progressive Pledge [introduction speech by Cenk Uygur] (Facebook/The Young Turks) TYT Unveils Progressive Pledge [includes Delaney clip] (Facebook/The Young Turks) The Daily 202: Here’s the soundtrack of 2020. What presidential candidates’ walk-up songs say about them. (WaPo) Biden joins the call for a Democratic candidates’ debate on climate change (WaPo) People First Plan to Eliminate Lead Exposure (Julián for the Future) Julián Castro Is First 2020 Presidential Candidate To Visit Flint (HuffPo) Twitter thread analyzing the Castro lead policy (Twitter/Save Roe Spice)
June 12, 2019
Tue. 06/11 – The Lottery at 30 Rock
NBC reveals the moderators for the first debates, the DNC will hold a lottery at 30 Rock to determine candidate placement in those debates, FiveThirtyEight explains how Mike Gravel could win this whole thing, and a few more lesser-heard voices from Sunday’s Iowa event. Links: NBC announces five moderators for first Democratic debate (NBC News) Democratic debate lottery to be held at NBC’s 30 Rock (The Hill) DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery (The Hill) How Mike Gravel Could Win The 2020 Democratic Primary (FiveThirtyEight) Full speech: Bill de Blasio | Iowa Democrat’s Hall of Fame event (17/19) (YouTube/DMRegister) Full speech: John Hickenlooper | Iowa Democrat’s Hall of Fame event (14/19) (YouTube/DMRegister) Hickenlooper booed for saying socialism isn’t the answer (CNN) Full speech: Jay Inslee | Iowa Democrat’s Hall of Fame event (8/19) (YouTube/DMRegister)
June 11, 2019
Mon. 06/10 – In Their Own Words
Key moments from the Iowa Hall of Fame Celebration, a handy calendar of all the key election dates and times, and organizers warn that candidates are ignoring Latinx communities. Links: Gillibrand tweet announcing 65,000 donors (Twitter/Kirsten Gillibrand) In Iowa, 19 Democrats times 5 minutes equals 2020 campaign ‘speed-dating’ (LA Times) 2020: Key dates on the presidential election calendar (LA Times) Full speech: Tulsi Gabbard | Iowa Democrat's Hall of Fame event (4/19) (YouTube/DMRegister)  Full speech: Andrew Yang | Iowa Democrat's Hall of Fame event (11/19) (YouTube/DMRegister)  Full speech: Marianne Williamson | Iowa Democrat's Hall of Fame event (12/19) (YouTube/DMRegister) All the Iowa Hall of Fame speeches (YouTube/DMRegister) Robbin, A. (1999). The problematic status of statistics on race and ethnicity: An "imperfect representation of reality." Journal of Government Information, 26(5), 467- 483 (Elsevier Science Ltd) Latino leaders sound alarms over Trump reelection in 2020 (Politico)
June 10, 2019
Fri. 06/07 – Biden and Mr. Hyde
Biden reverses his position on the Hyde Amendment, Moulton wants to retroactively improve the discharge status for gay veterans, Warren’s campaign unionizes, and a DNC rule clarification means bad news for Bullock. Links: What Is the Hyde Amendment? A Look at Its Impact and History (NYT) Access Denied: Origins of the Hyde Amendment and Other Restrictions on Public Funding for Abortion (ACLU) Joe Biden's long evolution on abortion rights still holds surprises (NBC News) Can Senator Elizabeth Warren Turn The Rust Belt Blue? | All In | MSNBC (YouTube/MSNBC)  Mike Memoli tweet re: Hyde and new Biden remarks (Twitter/Mike Memoli) Joe Biden on Hyde Amendment: I can no longer support it (YouTube/11Alive)  Joe Biden reverses position on federal funding of abortion after Democratic outcry (WaPo) Doing Right By Our LGBTQ Servicemembers (Seth Moulton 2020)  Seth Moulton unveils plan to review discharge statuses of gay and lesbian veterans (CNN)  Correcting Military Service Records (National Archives) [includes links to correct your own status and records] Julián Castro’s Campaign Staff Unionizes (The Daily Beast) Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign unionizes (Politico) Warren tweet re IBEW unionization (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) The Democratic Debate Lineup Gets Shuffled (And Some Good News For Mike Gravel) (FiveThirtyEight) Who’s in — and out — of the first Democratic debates (Politico)  Google Sheets view of who’s in and out of the debates…as far as we know (Politico) Cory Booker takes to social media to help find staffers' lost dog, kicking off search to #FindGumbo (Yahoo Lifestyle)
June 7, 2019
Thu. 06/06 – The Climate Change Debate
The DNC refuses a climate-change debate, O’Rourke calls for term limits in Congress and the Supreme Court, a look at Booker’s plan for affordable housing, and Gillibrand wants to legalize marijuana nationwide. Links: DNC opts against climate change debate, Inslee says (Politico) Inslee Twitter thread on DNC decision (Twitter/Jay Inslee) Warren agrees on Twitter (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) Tom Perez thread explaining why no climate debate on Twitter (Twitter/Tom Perez) Al Gore tweet re climate debate (Twitter/Al Gore) Women’s March tweet re climate debate (Twitter/Women’s March) US Youth Climate Strike tweet (Twitter/US Youth Climate Strike) Inslee on CNN w/Erin Burnett (Twitter/Jay Inslee) 2015 DNC Debate Schedule and Topics (Wikipedia) The 2016 presidential debates all but ignored climate change (Grist) Voting Rights (Beto for America) Beto O’Rourke Wants Term Limits For Congress And The Supreme Court (BuzzFeed News) Cory’s Plan To Provide Safe, Affordable Housing For All Americans (Medium/Cory Booker)  Cory Booker’s Housing Plan Offers Tax Credit to Millions of Renters (NYT) How Cory Booker plans to tackle housing affordability (Politico) It’s time to legalize marijuana nationwide. Here’s my plan to do it. (Medium/Kirsten Gillibrand)  Find Gumbo! (Twitter/Cory Booker)
June 6, 2019
Wed. 06/05 – “Economic Patriotism” and 15 Supreme Court Justices
A look at Buttigieg’s plan to change the Supreme Court, Warren’s plan for “Economic Patriotism,” and Biden releases his climate plan. Links: Inside Pete Buttigieg's plan to overhaul the Supreme Court (NBC News) Supreme Court – Size of the court (Wikipedia) 7 Things You Might Not Know About the U.S. Supreme Court (History) Pete Buttigieg Pitches Supreme Court Reform to Chris Wallace (YouTube/Contemptor/Fox News) 4TR Presidential hopeful Buttigieg wants to overhaul Supreme Court (YouTube/Local 4 New WHBF) A Plan For Economic Patriotism (Medium/Team Warren) Elizabeth Warren Proposes ‘Aggressive Intervention’ to Create Jobs (NYT) Warren’s ‘Economic Patriotism’ Plan Beats Trump at His Own Game (NY Mag) Jeff Stein quote summarizing Biden climate plan (Twitter/Jeff Stein) Climate Change Takes Center Stage as Biden and Warren Release Plans (NYT) Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution & Environmental Justice Video (YouTube/Joe Biden) Joe’s Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice (Joe Biden for President) Joe Biden’s campaign acknowledges lifting language from other groups for its policy plans (WaPo)
June 5, 2019
Tue. 06/04 – Everybody Gets a Town Hall!
Moulton, Ryan, and Swalwell hold CNN Town Halls; Bennet meets the polling criteria for the debates…becoming the 21stcandidate to do so; and how Booker and Warren are betting big on Iowa. Links: 9 takeaways from Seth Moulton, Tim Ryan and Eric Swalwell's CNN town halls (CNN) [NOTE: has serious typo in quote form Ryan re: Medicare for All] Moulton on systemic racism (Twitter/Seth Moulton) Ryan on job automation (Twitter/LiberalTed) Swalwell town hall, including response/clarification on Medicare for All (around 18:30) (YouTube/”CNN Politics” unofficial account) Swalwell response to Camara on impeachment (YouTube/CNN) Bennet meets polling criteria for first Democratic debates (Politico) Ipsos/Reuters Poll (PDF) (May 15, 2019) Democratic Primary Candidates Who Have Qualified for the First Debates (Ballotpedia) Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren Are Making Massive Bets on Iowa (NY Mag)
June 4, 2019
Mon. 06/03 – Harris and the Protestor
A protestor interrupts Harris onstage at the MoveOn Big Ideas Forum, Sanders holds a grassroots fundraiser at a San Francisco nightclub, and what happened at the California Democratic Party convention. Links: Video clip of Harris protestor incident (Twitter/Face the Nation) Full Video of Harris’s remarks (YouTube/MoveOn) Christopher Cadelago tweet re: protestor (Twitter/Christopher Cadelago) Joy Reid tweet (Twitter/Joy Reid) People have rightfully not gotten over a man storming Kamala Harris’s stage (Mashable) Kyung Lah tweet (Twitter/Kyung Lah) Douglas Emhoff tweet (Twitter/Douglass Emhoff) More MoveOn videos (including many candidates at the Big Ideas Forum) (YouTube/MoveOn) Bernie Sanders After Dark: Inside His First ‘Grass-Roots Fund-Raiser’ (NYT) Meet the 2020 Candidate: Bernie Sanders (The Mezzanine) Ticket prices for Sanders June 1 event (ActBlue) California Is Now an ‘Early Primary State.’ Democrats Are Grappling With How to Compete. (NYT) A Democratic 2020 contender denounces socialism — and gets booed (WaPo) Elizabeth Warren speech (MSN) Beto O’Rourke speech (MSN) Buttigieg speech (MSN)
June 3, 2019
Fri. 05/31 – Younger Voters Keep Voting
A look at how Millennials, Gen X, and Gen Z voters turned out in 2018, Warren releases a child care cost calculator, Greenpeace releases a scorecard on the candidates’ climate positions, and the new DNC debate requirements are really not going over great with some campaigns. Links: Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X outvoted older generations in 2018 midterms (Pew Research) Generational graph showing midterm turnout (Pew Research) Young Americans Outvoted Baby Boomers in 2018 Midterm Elections. Millennials Doubled 2014 Turnout (Newsweek) Gen Zers, Millennials and Gen Xers outvoted Boomers and older generations in 2016 election (Pew Research) Poverty Guidelines (Department of Health & Human Services) Universal Child Care Calculator (Warren for President) Cancel My Student Debt Calculator (Warren for President) Warren tweet announcing calculator (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) Nick Klensch tweet responding to calculator (Twitter/Nick Klensch) My plan for Universal Child Care (Medium/Elizabeth Warren) Where’s Your 2020 Candidate on Climate? (Greenpeace USA) Greenpeace USA #Climate2020 Scorecard - How Our Ranking and Research Works (Google Docs/Greenpeace USA) Jay Inslee tops Greenpeace climate grades, Joe Biden gets a D- (NBC News) New Democratic Debate Rules Will Distort Priorities, Some Campaigns Say (NYT) Silver Bulletpoints: Who’s In Danger Of Missing The Third Debate? (FiveThirtyEight) Exclusive: DNC Requires Female Moderators At Every 2020 Debate (Refinery29)
May 31, 2019
Thu. 05/30 – Julián Castro’s Immigration Plan
A look at Julián Castro’s immigration plan, what we learned from the documentary Running with Beto, and how the candidates are preparing for June’s debates. Links: Putting people first (Medium/Julián Castro) People First Immigration: Immigration Plan Summary (Julián for the Future)  Other (philosophy) (Wikipedia) Julián Castro wants to radically restrict immigration enforcement (Vox) Julián Castro Talks About Barack Obama, Ben Carson and Immigration (NBC/Late Night with Seth Meyers) O’Rourke tweet from listener Maddie (Maddie/Twitter) Running with Beto (HBO) No One Knows How to Prepare for the Democratic Debates (NY Mag) Twitter @LedPast (Twitter/WaPo)
May 30, 2019
Wed. 05/29 – Harris’s Town Hall
The DNC increases its qualifying requirements for the third set of debates, key moments from Harris’s MSNBC Town Hall, a brief glimpse at Republican primary polling four years ago today, and a look at how close presidential elections have become since the late 80s. Links: DNC to raise qualifying threshold for third presidential debate (NBC News) Democrats up requirements for 2nd round of primary debates (AP) Reproductive Rights Act: Blocking Dangerous and Deadly Abortion Restrictions Before They Take Effect (Kamala Harris for the People) Sen. Kamala Harris wants to require laws that threaten Roe v. Wade undergo DoJ approval (MSNBC/The Last Word) The 3 most interesting moments from Kamala Harris’s MSNBC town hall (Vox) The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC) Kamala Harris (Twitter) Health care system not 'fair or just': 5 takeaways from MSNBC Town Hall with Kamala Harris (Greenville News) Neil Stevens tweet re: May 29, 2015 Republican primary poll average (Twitter/Neil Stevens)  Are Blowout Presidential Elections A Thing Of The Past? (FiveThirtyEight)
May 29, 2019
Tue. 05/28 – Candidates Spar Over Bone Spurs
On Memorial Day, Buttigieg and Moulton accuse Trump of dodging the draft; an update on who’s in and who’s probably out for the debates; and how the Hispanic vote might be key for the primaries. Links: Buttigieg Doubles Down On Trump’s Vietnam Deferment: He Faked ‘Disabled Status’ (Talking Points Memo) The Daily 202: Veterans running for the Democratic nomination call Trump a draft dodger as he travels overseas (WaPo) Trump received ‘bone spurs’ diagnosis as a ‘favor,’ doctor’s daughters allege (WaPo) Anderson Cooper 360: Rep. Moulton: Trump is ‘fundamentally unpatriotic’ (Facebook/AC360) Rep. Seth Moulton slams President: 'I have never seen a weaker commander in chief in American history' (MSNBC/Kasie Hunt) Mike Gravel tweet re: donor count (Twitter/Mike Gravel) Jay Inslee hits 65,000-donor threshold to make the Democratic debates (Politico) Democratic presidential nomination, 2020—Who has qualified? (Ballotpedia) 2020 Democratic Polls (Google Sheets, Author Not Listed) 2020 Dem primary calendar may boost Hispanic voter clout (AP)
May 28, 2019
Fri. 05/24 – I’m Lovin’ the McDonald’s Strike
Primary candidates rally with McDonald’s workers, Marianne Williamson will be in the DNC debates, a look at Warren’s campaign right now, and Sanders and Gillibrand propose a tax on financial trading. Links: Fight for $15 and a Union McDonald’s Workers Are Striking, and 2020 Candidates Are Paying Attention (NY Mag) Bernie Sanders: Fight for $15 Town Hall at McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting (Facebook) Political positions of the 2020 Democratic Party presidential primary candidates (Wikipedia)  Buttigieg tweet (Twitter/Pete Buttigieg) Bullock tweet (Twitter/Steve Bullock) Joe Biden and the $15 Question (WSJ) Spirituality guru Marianne Williamson locks in 2020 debate spot (Politico) Slowly and Persistently, Elizabeth Warren Is on the Rise (NY Mag) The State of the Democratic Primary (Morning Consult) How high-frequency trading hit a speed bump (FT) Sen. Sanders and Rep. Lee Introduce Inclusive Prosperity Act to Curb Wall Street Greed (Sanders Senate Site) Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2019 (Bill Text, Sanders Senate Site)
May 24, 2019
Thu. 05/23 – Gillibrand Proposes a Family Bill of Rights
Gillibrand introduces a Family Bill of Rights, two candidates are now accepting cryptocurrency donations, how Buttigieg’s comments on Jefferson and Jackson have played in the media, and Nevada is poised to join states in sidestepping the Electoral College. Links: The Family Bill of Rights: a new economic policy for my first 100 days in office (Medium/Kirsten Gillibrand) How Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would address maternal and child health (Politico) Rep. Eric Swalwell Is Accepting Crypto Donations in Bid for US Presidency (CoinDesk) Crypto/Digital Asset Regulation and Consumer Protection (Yang 2020) Andrew Yang Says Blockchain ‘Needs to Be a Big Part of Our Future’ (Bloomberg) 2020 Presidential Hopeful Andrew Yang Says Regulators ‘Owe’ Clarity on Rules for Crypto Industry (CoinDesk) Republican Senate Candidate Accepts The Largest Single Bitcoin Donation in Federal Election (CCN) Mayor Pete Buttigieg On Biography, Policy and Politics (Hugh Hewitt) Daily Caller tweet showing original headline in main tweet text (Twitter/The Daily Caller) Hugh Hewitt tweet thread responding to Daily Caller (Twitter/Hugh Hewitt) Democrats Say the Craziest Things (Karl Rove, WSJ) Republicans Keep Lying About Pete Buttigieg and Thomas Jefferson (NY Mag) Nevada could become 15th state to buck Electoral College in favor of popular vote (CBS News) United States Electoral College (Wikipedia) National Popular Vote Interstate Compact
May 23, 2019
Wed. 05/22 – Early Polling Attempts to Gauge Popularity
A new poll shows who registered voters like most—and least, eight primary candidates want a climate-focused debate, Booker proposes a “White House Office of Reproductive Freedom,” and a summary of O’Rourke’s CNN town hall. Links: New poll reveals the least liked Democrat running for president (NBC News) May 21, 2019 - Good Feelings On Economy Don't Help Trump, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Biden Is Only Contender With Positive Score (Quinnipiac University) US Youth Climate Strike (Twitter) Warren climate change debate tweet (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) How I Will Take Immediate Action to Protect Reproductive Rights as President (Medium/Cory Booker) Cory Booker Vows to Create a White House Office for Reproductive Freedom (The Daily Beast) O'Rourke unveils plan to protect and expand women's reproductive rights and health care (CNN) Beto busts out at CNN town hall (Politico) Six takeaways from Beto O'Rourke's CNN town hall (CNN) Protect Reproductive Rights | CNN Town Hall (YouTube/Beto O’Rourke) Impeachment | CNN Town Hall (YouTube/Beto O’Rourke) Beto O'Rourke takes questions at CNN town hall (CNN)
May 22, 2019
Tue. 05/21 – Summer is Coming
How the field will winnow, according to Charlie Cook; Buttigieg releases policy proposals (sort of); and the hidden value of Inslee’s climate plans. Links: It Won't Take Long for the Deep Dem Field to Start Thinning (Cook Political Report) Week-By-Week Look at Google Searches of 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates (Cook Political Report) Issues: It’s time to reclaim the values that drive our policy decisions (Pete for America) Pete Buttigieg unveils first list of policy proposals (Axios) National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (Wikipedia) Yang 2020 – Policy — Make Election Day a Holiday (Yang 2020) Green New Deal (PDF, 116th Congress) An Evergreen Economy for America (Jay Inslee) Jay Inslee is writing the climate plan the next president should adopt (Vox) WATCH: Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announces 2020 presidential bid (PBS NewsHour)
May 21, 2019
Mon. 05/20 – Buttigieg Bashes Fox News While on Fox News
Buttigieg criticizes Fox News during his Fox News Town Hall, Harris has a plan to close the gender wage gap, and Biden holds his campaign kickoff event in Philadelphia. Links: Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 1 (YouTube/Fox News) Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 2 (YouTube/Fox News) Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 3 (YouTube/Fox News) Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg | Part 4 (YouTube/Fox News) 'I don't care': Buttigieg draws applause at Fox News town hall for dismissing Trump's tweets (USA Today) Pete Buttigieg Fox News Town Hall: Live Analysis (NYT) Holding Corporations Accountable for Pay Inequality in America (Kamala Harris for the People) Kamala Harris proposes equal pay measure to close gender gap (Reuters) Kamala Harris Announces Plan to Close the Gender Pay Gap (NYT) Joe Biden uses his campaign kickoff to argue Americans want unity (Vox) Watch Live: Joe Biden holds official campaign kickoff rally in Philadelphia (YouTube/NBC News) Joe Biden speaks during a campaign rally in Philadelphia (YouTube/6abc Philadelphia) Biden rejects Democrats’ anger in call for national unity (AP) Biden Delivers Call for National Unity at Philadelphia Rally (NYT) Transcript: Biden Rally (CNN)
May 20, 2019
Fri. 05/17 – Warren's Plan for Choice
Warren calls on Congress to act on abortion rights, a grab bag of media appearances by the candidates, Rachel Maddow's rise as a must-visit primary show, and do Americans really care if a given candidate is over 70 years old? Links: Warren video tweet re abortion (Twitter/Elizabeth Warren) Congressional Action to Protect Choice (Medium/Team Warren) Elizabeth Warren Has a Plan to Save Abortion Rights (Sarah Jones) Sen. Michael Bennet’s Own Daughters Mock Him for Being "Mild-Mannered" (YouTube/Late Night with Seth Meyers) Yang tweet, MSNBC video re: penny (Twitter/Andrew Yang) De Blasio tweet re: “Con Don” (Twitter/Bill de Blasio) Beto O’Rourke livestreamed his haircut. Yes, his haircut. (Mashable) The Memo: 2020 Dems line up for Maddow primary (The Hill) A Lot Of Americans Say They Don’t Want A President Who Is Over 70. Really? (FiveThirtyEight)
May 17, 2019
Thu. 05/16 – Bill de Blasio is Running
Bill de Blasio is running, Pennsylvania polling looks good for Democrats, and Warren proposes a climate change plan for the US military. Links: Working People First | Bill de Blasio 2020 (YouTube/Bill de Blasio) Yashar Ali thread regarding de Blasio and his city vehicle (Yashar Ali/Twitter) Who Hasn’t Told Bill de Blasio That He Shouldn’t Run for President? (NY Mag) Mayoral hopeful Bill de Blasio has had three different legal names, court records show (NY Daily News) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to announce presidential bid (NBC News) De Blasio to kick off presidential campaign with trips to Iowa and South Carolina this weekend (NY Daily News) Sure, Bill de Blasio, Why Not? (The Atlantic) Ryan Struyk tweet re Pennsylvania Quinnipiac poll (Twitter) Electoral Vote Map (Taegan Goddard) Our military can help lead the fight in combating climate change (Elizabeth Warren/Medium)
May 16, 2019
Wed. 05/15 – Biden Believes in Consensus
O’Rourke reintroduces his campaign, we check in on Joe Biden, and what the primary candidates think about daily press briefings. Links: Beto O’Rourke plans ‘reintroduction’ as 2020 buzz fizzles (AP) A Beto Reboot Is in the Works, As His Campaign Sags (NY Mag) “Public Service Announcement” by Jay-Z (Genius) O’Rourke: I need to ‘do a better job … of talking to a national audience’ (Politico) CNN to host Beto O'Rourke town hall May 21 (CNN) RACHEL MADDOW ONE-ON-ONE WITH BETO O’ROURKE (MSNBC) Trump Can’t Stop Attacking Biden. G.O.P. Strategists Wish He Would. (NYT) Biden Is (Still) Leading Cable News Coverage (FiveThirtyEight) Biden’s Early Dominance Tests the Strength of Democratic Left (Bloomberg) Twitter Isn’t Real Life (if You’re a Democrat) (NYT) The Hill tweet re: Biden (VIDEO) (Twitter)
May 15, 2019
Tue. 05/14 – Bullock is Running and the 2020 Senate Race Looks Rough
Steve Bullock is running, the importance of the Senate in 2020 and beyond, and Warren gives Fox News a hard pass in a Twitter thread for the ages. Links: Fair Shot (Steve Bullock/YouTube) Una Oportunidad Para Todos (subtítulos en español) (Steve Bullock/YouTube) My biggest supporters. (Steve Bullock/YouTube) Clean And Fair Elections (Montana DOJ) Montana Gov. Steve Bullock jumps into crowded 2020 presidential race (WaPo) Brian Tylor Cohen thread (Twitter) 2021 Could Be a Nightmare for Democrats — Even If Trump Loses (NY Mag) Democrats May Need a Big Presidential Win to Flip the Senate in 2020 (NY Mag) Elizabeth Warren tweets about Fox News town halls (Twitter)
May 14, 2019
Mon. 05/13 – Abolishing the Penny and Dropping Out Before Iowa
The DNC announces new tie-breaker rules for the debates, Andrew Yang wants to abolish the penny, Howard Schultz appears to be reconsidering his independent run, half of the field could drop out after the Iowa caucuses, and Montana Governor Steve Bullock is definitely probably maybe running. Links: Here’s How The Democrats Will Limit The Debate Field If Too Many People Qualify (FiveThirtyEight) DNC ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR THE FIRST TWO PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DEBATES (UPDATED) (DNC) The Penny Makes No Cents (Yang 2020) What’s a Penny Made Of? (Live Science) It cost 1.5 cents to make a penny last year (CBS News) Howard Schultz Has Largely Stopped His Presidential Prep Work (The Daily Beast) Howard Schultz Has Slowed Down His Pre-Campaign Press Tour (NY Mag) Ex-Starbucks boss Howard Schultz’s presidential rollout got tons of attention — and didn’t go well at all (CNBC) Some Of Today’s Candidates (Probably) Won’t Make It To Iowa (FiveThirtyEight) Potential 2020 candidate Montana Gov. Steve Bullock teases 'big announcement' (ABC News) Steve Bullock teaser video tweet thread (Twitter)
May 13, 2019
Fri. 05/10 – Sanders on Loan Sharks and Warren on TIME Magazine
We now have a specific location for the first primary debates, how cable TV town halls have become a key part of primary coverage, Andrew Yang plans to use holograms to spread his message, Sanders teams up with Ocasio-Cortez on banking reform, and Elizabeth Warren is on the cover of TIME Magazine. Links: First Democratic presidential debate set for Miami's Arsht Center, host NBC News announces (NBC News) How CNN’s Town Hall Industrial Complex Is Shaping The 2020 Race (FiveThirtyEight) Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang hologram may appear somewhere near you (Des Moines Register) Yang tweet involving Tupac dance (Twitter) Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Propose 15% Cap on Credit Card Interest (Bloomberg) Bernie and AOC Team Up Against Companies That Prey on the Poor (NY Mag) Livestream w/Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez on lending interest limits and banking (Periscope) 'I Have a Plan for That.' Elizabeth Warren Is Betting That Americans Are Ready for Her Big Ideas (TIME Magazine)
May 10, 2019
Thu. 05/09 – Two Campaigns Unionize
How Amy Klobuchar’s Fox News Town Hall turned out, campaign workers for two candidates have now joined unions, Kamala Harris introduces a bill to help public defenders, and Elizabeth Warren releases her plan to eliminate opioid addiction. Links: Amy Klobuchar’s Fox News town hall: 4 takeaways to know (Fox News, includes video) On Fox News, Amy Klobuchar Makes Her Case to the Left and the Right (NYT) Town Hall with Amy Klobuchar | Part 2 (Includes Kavanaugh exchange) (YouTube/Fox News) Amy Klobuchar on Brett Kavanaugh: “He got a really good job out of the whole thing” (Vox) Kavanaugh apologizes after spar with Klobuchar (video) (CNN) Bernie 2020 becomes first unionized presidential campaign in history (Roll Call) UFCW 400 Sanders Campaign announcement (UFCW Local 400) Swalwell tweet announcing Teamsters swearing-in (Twitter) Harris Introduces EQUAL Defense Act to Boost Pay and Resources, Limit Workload of Public Defenders (Harris Senate Site) Dozens of California Leaders Applaud Harris’ EQUAL Defense Act (Harris Senate Site) My comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis (Medium/Elizabeth Warren)
May 9, 2019
Wed. 05/08 – Why Aren’t the Primaries All on One Day?
A deep dive into why the Democratic primaries are on different dates, and every state doesn’t just go at once; Gillibrand says she’ll only nominate judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade; and a look at Fox News and its unlikely position as a power player in the Democratic primary. Links: 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar (Frontloading HQ, Josh Putnam) Colorado Democrats plan to hold 2020 primary on Super Tuesday (VIDEO) (Colorado Politics) Why Does Iowa Vote First, Anyway? (NPR Politics) Why aren't all the primaries on the same day? (Vox/YouTube) United States Primaries Explained (CGP Grey) Fewer States Will Have Caucuses in 2020. Will It Matter? (NYT) Primaries and caucuses (Khan Academy) I will only nominate judges who will uphold Roe v. Wade and protect reproductive rights (Medium/Kirsten Gillibrand) Gillibrand Offers Explicit Abortion Rights Litmus Test for Judicial Nominees (NY Mag) Trump vows that he will overturn Roe v. Wade “automatically.” (The New Republic) Clinton: ‘I have a bunch of litmus tests’ for Supreme Court nominees (The Hill) Fox News is the unlikely new power player in the 2020 Democratic primary (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)
May 8, 2019
Tue. 05/07 – The Sanders Cable Access TV Show
A look at Sanders and his old cable access TV show, a new poll shows Biden pulling support away from pretty much everybody else, and all about Warren’s tax proposal on the ultra-wealthy. Links: ‘Anyone Ever Seen Cocaine?’ What We Found in the Archives of Bernie Sanders’s Long-Lost TV Show. (Politico Magazine) Bernie Speaks 50: Bernie Sanders' Remarks at the Vanguard Media Mash - 04/19/1988 (YouTube) CCTV Bernie Speaks with the Community Archive The State of the Democratic Primary (Morning Consult) Steve Kornacki does the Morning Consult delta math (Twitter) Senator Warren Unveils Proposal to Tax Wealth of Ultra-Rich Americans (Warren’s Senate site) Understanding Elizabeth Warren’s Wealth Tax (includes interview with Zucman) (Barron’s) Elizabeth Warren Wants a Wealth Tax. How Would That Even Work? (NYT) Chris Rock on Being Rich vs. Being Wealthy [explicit] (Comedy Central)
May 7, 2019
Mon. 05/06 – Gender Bias, Guns, and Sunday School
How gender bias plays into the “electability” problem, Buttigieg is the latest candidate to visit Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School class, Cory Cooker’s plan to end gun violence, and new polling shows Republicans are even more enthusiastic than Democrats about 2020. Links: How gender bias is shaping the 2020 Democratic primary (WaPo) Buttigieg, husband attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class (Politico) Buttigieg, husband attend Jimmy Carter’s Sunday school class (AP) Maranatha Baptist Church – Jimmy Carter’s Sunday School Class Info Cory’s Plan to End the Gun Violence Epidemic (Medium/Cory Booker) Cory Booker tweet announcing gun violence plan (Twitter) Amanda Marcotte tweet re Booker plan (Twitter) Democrats lose their enthusiasm advantage in latest NBC News/WSJ poll (NBC News)
May 6, 2019
Fri. 05/03 – Harris Leverages “Nasty” Remarks & Inslee’s Climate Plan
Harris uses Trump’s “nasty” comments to raise money, Jay Inslee releases an ambitious climate plan, Pete and Chasten Buttigieg are on the cover of Time Magazine, Tim Ryan releases his tax returns, and candidates are asking for more donors to qualify for the debates…even the ones who already have enough donors to qualify. Links: Harris fundraises off Trump calling her 'nasty' (The Hill) After the Barr hearing, President Trump singles out Sen. Kamala Harris (WaPo) Kamala Harris’s questioning of Barr delivers a punch after an uneven campaign stretch (WaPo) Democratic hopeful Jay Inslee rolls out plan to dramatically cut carbon pollution (WaPo) Gov. Jay Inslee unveils sweeping initiative to combat climate change (ABC News) 100% Clean Energy for America (Inslee for America) Mayor Pete Buttigieg's Unlikely, Untested, Unprecedented Presidential Campaign (TIME) Chasten Buttigieg has been a homeless community college student and a Starbucks barista. Now, he could be ‘first gentleman.’ (WaPo) Tim Ryan releases 10 years of tax returns (The Hill) Tim Ryan releases a decade worth of tax returns ( Tim Ryan’s Tax Returns (Tim Ryan for America) Democrats Have 20 Spots in the First Debate. There Are Now 21 Candidates. (NYT) Who’s in the Democratic Debates, and Who’s in Danger of Missing Them (NYT Interactive) Gravel 2020 donor numbers (Twitter)
May 3, 2019
Thu. 05/02 – Bennet is Running and Harris Goes Viral
Senator Michael Bennet is officially running, Kamala Harris wins the media cycle questioning Bill Barr, a look into Beto O’Rourke’s teenage hacker past, and candidates sign a “No Fossil Fuel Money” pledge. Links: Sen. Michael Bennet announces he's running for president in 2020 (CBS News) "7,591 words" (YouTube/Michael Bennet) “Bennet for America” YouTube Channel Bennet’s Senate YouTube Channel Rising to the Challenge (Medium) Bennet’s “Ted Cruz Speech” (MSNBC) James Bennet recuses himself (Twitter/NYT) Democratic presidential candidates slam Attorney General William Barr amid calls for his resignation (ABC News) Watch Cory Booker Try Not to Laugh as Kamala Harris Questions William Barr (NY Mag) Beto O’Rourke’s secret membership in America’s oldest hacking group (Reuters) My Day With The Dentist, by Psychedelic Warlord ( A Feature on MONEY - Today's Monster, by Psychedelic Warlord ( More CDC writings ( No Fossil Fuel Money Pledge (Candidate List) O'Rourke signs 'No Fossil Fuel Money' pledge, returns donations (Politico)
May 2, 2019
Wed. 05/01 – Democracy Dollars, Biden’s Bounce, and the Senior Surge
Gillibrand’s new “Democracy Dollars” plan, Biden’s big bounce in the polls, what the Biden bounce means for Sanders, a “senior surge” accompanied the youth voting surge last year, what the candidates think about vaccination, and Buttigieg releases his tax returns. Links: My Clean Elections Plan to get money out of politics (Kirsten Gillibrand/Medium) 'Democracy Dollars': Gillibrand's plan to give every voter $600 to donate to campaigns (NBC News) Gillibrand proposes public campaign financing plan (Politico) Does Biden’s Polling Bounce Mean Anything? (FiveThirtyEight) The ‘Biden Bounce’ and Warren Surge Are Challenges for Bernie Sanders (NY Mag) Democrats’ Senior Surge Could Help Joe Biden (Bloomberg) We Asked All Of The 2020 Presidential Candidates Their Thoughts On Vaccines. Here's What They Said. (BuzzFeed News) Where Every Measles Case Has Been Reported This Year (NYT) Pete Buttigieg releases 10 years of tax returns, showing he is among lowest earners of 2020 Democrats (CNN) Pete Buttigieg releases 10 years of tax returns on campaign website (IndyStar) Buttigieg Tax Returns (Pete 2020)
May 1, 2019
Tue. 04/30 – Polls, Unity, and Biden Supports a Public Option
Stacey Abrams is not running for Senate, early polling in Texas finds surprising results, a CNN poll finds voter enthusiasm is way up, Pete Buttigieg faces false attacks from the right wing, 2020 candidates begin signing a unity pledge, and Biden supports a public option—but not Medicare for All. Links: Stacey Abrams rules out 2020 Senate bid (NBC News) Poll finds Trump in dead head-to-head heats with four Dems in Texas (The Hill) 2020 Texas: Biden and Beto in Dead Heat in Democratic Primary (Emerson Polling) Electoral Vote Map (Taegan Goddard) Ryan Struyk tweet (Twitter) CNN Poll: Biden solidifies front-runner status with post-announcement bump (CNN) Raw CNN poll data (SSRS) There is no gender gap in our poll (CNN/Enten) Far-Right Smear Merchants Try to Slime Pete Buttigieg with Bogus Sex Assault Claim (The Daily Beast) 2020 Candidates Begin Signing Unity Pledge, With Sanders Taking the Lead (NY Mag) Candidate unity pledge (scroll down for visual indicator of who has said yes) (Indivisible) ‘Bring it on’: Biden and Sanders teams kick off debate over Medicare-for-all (WaPo)
April 30, 2019
Mon. 04/29 – Poll Shows 54% of Democrats Have No Preference
Beto O’Rourke releases his plan to address climate change, Joe Biden raises a boatload of money on his first day, rumor has it that Stacey Abrams might announce today or tomorrow whether she’s running for Senate or President, a new poll reveals that 54 percent of Democrats still aren’t leaning toward any particular candidate, Buttigieg is returning donations from lobbyists, and, finally, a grab-bag of additional Biden news and analysis. Links: Beto O'Rourke releases $5 trillion plan to combat climate crisis (NBC News) Taking On Our Greatest Threat: Climate Change (Beto for America) Biden crushes it in first-day fundraising: $6.3 million (Politico) Jeffrey Cook tweet re Abrams (Twitter) Biden holds a slight advantage over nearest 2020 rival, but Democrats are far from making a decision (WaPo) Pete Buttigieg's campaign to return lobbyist donations (Axios) IAFF Biden Endorsement (Twitter) IAFF Endorses Joe Biden for President (YouTube) In Pennsylvania, Joe Biden Finds Support Where He Most Needs It (NYT) The Gray Race for the White House (The Atlantic) Joe Biden and the Apologies that Weren’t (NYT)
April 29, 2019
Fri. 04/26 – Women of Color
Biden’s apology to Anita Hill falls flat, the candidates speak to women of color at the She the People forum, and is Stacey Abrams running for President? Or the Senate? Or what? Links: Joe Biden Expresses Regret to Anita Hill, but She Says ‘I’m Sorry’ Is Not Enough (NYT) Joe Biden was in charge of the Anita Hill hearing. Even he says it wasn’t fair. (WaPo) Biden's 'Anita' problem (Politico, 2015) ‘The View’ Hosts Joe Biden: Live Updates and Analysis (NYT) At She the People Forum, 2020 Candidates Speak Directly to Women of Color (NYT) Restoration Versus Revolution (Cook Political Report) With Stacey Abrams Taking Her Time, Democrats Eye Backup Georgia Senate Candidate (NY Mag) Stacey Abrams builds massive political network ahead of 2020 decision (Politico) If Stacey Abrams Wants To Run For President, She Probably Shouldn’t Wait Much Longer (FiveThirtyEight) Stacey Abrams says she could wait until fall to enter presidential race (WaPo)
April 26, 2019
Thu. 04/25 – Biden Time
Joe Biden makes it official, Cory Booker releases his tax returns, and a look behind the scenes of the Biden run from before his announcement. Links: Joe Biden Finally Launches Campaign With Video Directly Attacking Trump (NY Mag) Joe Biden Joins 2020 Democratic Presidential Race (WSJ) Joe Biden: America Is An Idea (YouTube) Joe Biden para Presidente: Palabras (YouTube) Joe Biden’s website (En Español) David Rutz tweet re Obama endorsement (Twitter) Booker’s tax returns: Speaking fees and royalties drive income (Politico) Cory Booker Tax Returns (Cory 2020) How Biden Plans to Steamroll the 2020 Democratic Field (NY Mag) Biden racks up congressional endorsements (The Hill) Biden hires strategist Symone Sanders, adds diversity to bid (AP)
April 25, 2019
Wed. 04/24 – Young Voter Turnout Surges and Candidates Consider Legalizing Marijuana
Young voter turnout is way up, Jay Inslee calls for a debate specifically devoted to climate change, where the candidates stand on legalizing marijuana, what’s up with the 15 percent threshold, and a look at the candidates’ cash on hand. Links: Young voter turnout increased by 79 percent in 2018 midterms (The Hill) Young people actually rocked the vote in 2018, new Census Bureau data finds (WaPo) Strong Midterm Turnout Should Continue in 2020 (NY Mag) American Goes to the Polls 2018 (McDonald, PDF) My Fellow Democratic Candidates for President: Let’s Debate Climate Change (Medium/Jay Inslee) LEGAL WEED: HERE'S WHERE EVERY 2020 PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE STANDS ON MARIJUANA REFORM AND LEGALIZATION (NewsWeek) Bernie Sanders Doesn’t Need 2016 Support Levels to Win Lots of Delegates (NY Mag) DNC Delegate Selection Rules (PDF) OnAir: Cash on Hand Is Growing (Cook Political Report) Cash on Hand data (FEC)
April 24, 2019
Tue. 04/23 – Town Halls Aplenty and Biden Delays
Kamala Harris calls for impeachmentin a CNN Town Hall, a bunch of other key moments from the five CNN Town Hall events last night, Monmouth University releases its latest 2020 preference poll, and Biden delays his announcement. Links: Ryan Saavedra on Harris’s call for impeachment (Twitter) Highlights From CNN’s Town Halls With Five 2020 Candidates (NY Mag) Jeb Bush: “Please Clap” (YouTube) CNN transcripts from April 22 (CNN)  Democratic Presidential Candidates Answer Students' Questions at CNN Town Hall: Live Updates (Harvard Crimson) Monmouth University 2020 poll (Twitter) Dem 2020 Diversity Not a Priority (Monmouth University) Joe Biden Reportedly Delays Wednesday Campaign Announcement (NY Mag) Edward-Isaac Dovere tweet re: Biden delay (Twitter) Joe Biden campaign launch back in flux, potentially delayed (Philadelphia Inquirer) Joe Biden Is Running for President (The Atlantic) Joe Biden Will Announce His Presidential Campaign Next Week, Unless He Doesn't, But He Probably Will (Time)
April 23, 2019
Mon. 04/22 – Moulton is In, Warren to Eliminate Student Debt
Seth Moulton is running, Warren proposes student debt relief for millions, a quick update on the Stop & Shop strike, Warren comes out in favor of impeachment, and Michael Bennet may be ready to run. Links: Democrat Rep. Seth Moulton to run for president in 2020(ABC News) Rep. Seth Moulton joins the 2020 presidential race(WaPo) Elizabeth Warren Proposes Scrapping Student-Loan Debt for Millions(Bloomberg) I’m calling for something truly transformational: Universal free public college and cancellation of student loan debt(Team Warren/Medium) Senator Warren Unveils Proposal to Tax Wealth of Ultra-Rich Americans(Warren Senate site) Tentative deal reached between Stop & Shop, striking workers(Boston Globe) Warren tweets on impeachment(Twitter) Trip Gabriel tweet(Twitter) Andrew Rose Gregory tweet(Twitter) Warren Comes Out for Impeachment(NY Mag) Possible 2020 contender Michael Bennet gets clean bill of health after cancer treatment(NBC News) Michael Bennet’s Response to Ted Cruz(YouTube)
April 22, 2019
Fri. 04/19 – The Stop & Shop Strike and Biden is Ready
Which candidates have already qualified for the debates, the Stop & Shop strike draws primary candidates, Joe Biden is expected to announce on Wednesday, Buttigieg is planning to become a father, and Sanders gets endorsements from black lawmakers in South Carolina. Links: Who Might Make The Democratic Debate Stage? (FiveThirtyEight) DNC Mulls Higher Bar to Qualify for Primary Debates (RCP) All the News That Was Buried by the Mueller Report (Stop & Shop) (NY Mag) Warren at Stop & Shop rally (Boston Herald/YouTube) Joe Biden supports striking Stop & Shop workers in Dorchester (Boston Herald) Buttigieg Joins Stop & Shop Workers on the Picket Line in Malden (NECN) Joe Biden is Running for President (The Atlantic) Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week (AP News) 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg says he and husband planning to have a child soon (ABC News) Sanders gets endorsements from 7 black S. Carolina lawmakers (AP News)
April 19, 2019
Thu. 04/18 – National Service Programs and Climate Change
Buttigieg and Delaney propose national service programs, Terry McAuliffe is officially NOT running, an update on Gravel’s fundraising as a protest candidate, why the press is so enthusiastic about Buttigieg, and where all the candidates stand on climate change. Links: Buttigieg and Delaney Want to Bring Back One of Bill Clinton’s Signature Proposals (NY Mag) Delaney Announces National Service and Climate Corps Plan in New Hampshire (Delaney Campaign) Pete Buttigieg suggests national service program (Politico) Ex-Virginia Gov. McAuliffe won’t run for president in 2020 (AP News) Former Alaskan Senator Is Running for President: But Not to Win (Daily Caller) Why the Media Dumped Beto for Mayor Pete (Politico) Why is Pete Buttigieg so popular? Here are some theories (WaPo) We Asked the 2020 Democrats About Climate Change (Yes, All of Them). Here Are Their Ideas. (NYT) How 18 Democratic Candidates Responded to a Climate Policy Survey (NYT)
April 18, 2019
Wed. 04/17 – Buttigieg vs. Hecklers & Warren on Public Lands
A look at how policy is used as a tool by candidates, Bernie Sanders gets cheers on Fox News, the full FEC fundraising list is now online, Buttigieg faces hecklers in Iowa, and Warren proposes a new plan to protect public lands. Links: Some thoughts on Buttigieg Taking Off and Warren seeming to be Grounded (TPM) From Breezy Beto to Wonky Warren: How Candidates Use Policy (NY Mag) Bernie Sanders draws enthusiastic cheers in surprising Fox News town hall (The Guardian) The Full FEC Fundraising List (FEC) Buttigieg Supporters Drown Out Hecklers Screaming About Sodom And Gomorrah (TPM) My plan for public lands (Medium/Team Warren) Elizabeth Warren Proposes Broad Plan to Protect Public Lands (NYT) Federal Land Ownership: Overview and Data (Congressional Research Service)
April 17, 2019
Tue. 04/16 – More Fun Tax Returns; Bill Weld Challenges Trump
Bernie Sanders releases his tax returns, Bill Weld is officially challenging Trump in the Republican primary, wealthy Democrats are worried about Sanders, most of the Democratic Q1 fundraising numbers are officially online, how the polls match up with the money, and Beto O’Rourke releases ten years of tax returns too.  Links: Sanders Releases 10 Years of Tax Returns, 9 Months Before Caucuses & Primaries Begin (Sanders Campaign Site) Bernie Sanders and his wife earned $1.7 million in past two years, returns show (WaPo) Bill Weld officially announces he is challenging Trump for GOP nomination in 2020 (CNN) Bill Weld launches campaign against Trump for 2020 Republican nomination (WaPo) How Much Trouble Could Bill Weld Cause Trump In The 2020 GOP Primary? (FiveThirtyEight) ‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum (NYT) Democratic fundraising numbers including Q1 (FEC) Marianne Williamson: Oprah confidant, author, spiritual teacher and presidential candidate (ABC News) Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke releases 10 years of tax returns (CNBC) Harry Enten tweet (Twitter)
April 16, 2019
Mon. 04/15 – Mayor Pete Brings the Heat
Buttigieg makes it official, Cory Booker returns to Newark for a rally, an explainer on what the difference is between a presidential exploratory committee and officially announcing that you’re running, more on campaign fundraising, and Kamala Harris wins the prize for most tax returns released. Links: Watch live: Pete Buttigieg officially announces 2020 presidential bid (NBC News/YouTube)  TRANSCRIPT: Pete Buttigieg announcement 4/14/2019 Thousands Stood In The Rain To See Buttigieg, Hundreds Never Made It Inside (WVPE) Mayor Steve Picks Mayor Pete for President (Austin Chronicle) Lis Smith tweet on fundraising (Twitter) Pete Buttigieg fans ignore rain, cold as they crowd downtown South Bend for announcement (South Bend Tribune) Booker returns to Newark to recharge his 2020 campaign (WaPo) "Letter from a Birmingham Jail [King, Jr.]" (University of Pennsylvania) Cory Booker Kicks Off 2020 Campaign in Hometown of Newark (Rolling Stone) Exploratory committees, the weird opening act of the 2020 campaign, explained (Vox) Vox’s Dylan Scott tweets an explainer on the explainer (Twitter) FEC fundraising data so far (FEC) Bernie Sanders still dominates 2020 fundraising (CNN) Julián Castro raises $1.1 million in first quarter for his presidential bid (Texas Tribune) Trump Raises $30 Million in First Quarter, Smashing Democratic Numbers (NY Mag) NPR Politics Podcast: 2020 Update: First Quarter Fundraising, What The Numbers Tell Us And What They Don't (NPR) Kamala Harris Is Latest 2020 Presidential Contender to Release Tax Returns (Time)
April 15, 2019
Fri. 04/12 – All About Medicare for All
A deep dive on the latest Bernie Sanders Medicare for All plan: what it is, what it might mean for you, and how we might pay for it. After that, a look at what’s happening on the ground in Iowa, and a quick perspective on fundraising overall. Links: Read Bernie Sanders’s 2019 Medicare-for-all plan (Vox) Medicare for All and Beyond, Sanders Uses the Senate as His Launching Pad (NYT) Would ‘Medicare for All’ Save Billions or Cost Billions? (NYT) Bernie Sanders’s Medicare-for-all plan, explained (Vox) Bernie Sanders Can Still Set Himself Apart on Medicare for All (NY Mag/Intelligencer) As Sanders Calls For 'Medicare-For-All,' A Twist On That Plan Gains Traction (NPR) Bernie Sanders’ new Medicare for All bill would cover some long-term care (Roll Call) Sanders relaunches 'Medicare for All' with Dems divided (ABC News) Bernie Sanders Introduces New Medicare For All Bill, Welcoming War With Insurance Industry (HuffPo) In the massive presidential field, on-the-ground organizing in Iowa may make the difference (Des Moines Register) Des Moines Register Candidate Tracker for Iowa Mark Murray fundraising tweet (Twitter) 2020 hopeful Andrew Yang unveils plan to use 3D hologram to campaign in 'two or three places' at once (CNN, includes video)
April 12, 2019
Thu. 04/11 – Warren, Booker, Castro, and Gabbard
Warren raises $6 million, Warren releases yet more tax returns, Cory Booker wants to fix bias in algorithms, Julián Castro plans a big-bet rally, and Tulsi Gabbard will be in the debates.  Links: Warren raises $6 million in first quarter (Politico) Sen. Elizabeth Warren raised $6 million in first quarter of 2019, trailing several other presidential candidates (Washington Post) An update on our first FEC deadline (Roger Lau, Medium) 2020 presidential candidate Jay Inslee releases tax returns (AP News) Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 Campaign Says It Raised $6 Million (NYT) New bill aims to stamp out bias in algorithms used by companies (NBC News) Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019 Bill Text Wyden, Booker, Clarke Introduce Bill Requiring Companies To Target Bias In Corporate Algorithms (Senator Ron Wyden) Castro tries to pull a Beto with Trump counter-rally (Politico) Tulsi Gabbard 65,000 donor tweet (Twitter) Pelosi to AP: 2020 Dem ticket doesn’t have include a woman (AP News)
April 11, 2019
Wed. 04/10 – How to Count (Candidates)
Nate Silver teaches us how to count candidates, Biden is rumored to announce after Easter, Oregon is poised to join the national popular vote movement, Washington state has a primary that will actually matter, and Amy Walter breaks down everything you need to know about 2020—the big picture stuff. Links: Here’s How We’re Defining A ‘Major’ Presidential Candidate (FiveThirtyEight) DNC Rules on How to Qualify for Primary Debates (Democratic National Committee) FEC Data Explorer – All Democratic Candidates for 2020 (FEC) Biden still plans 2020 announcement this month (Axios) Oregon could be the next state to OK sending electoral votes to winner of the popular vote (CNN) After Tense Hearing, Oregon Poised To Join National Popular Vote Movement (OPB) Electoral Vote Map (Taegan Goddard) Washington Democrats choose presidential primary for 2020, ditching precinct caucuses (Seattle Times) Look at the Forest, Not the Trees: What We Do and Don't Know About 2020 (Cook Political Report)
April 10, 2019
Tue. 04/09 – Swalwell and Gravel are In, and Klobuchar Out-Raises Booker
Eric Swalwell gets into the race on Colbert, Mike Gravel enters the race—kinda, Amy Klobuchar rakes in $5 million, FiveThirtyEight analyzes cable TV news so you don’t have to watch it, and Biden still leads in early polling. Links: Eric Swalwell announces 2020 presidential bid (CNN) Amy Walter tweet (Twitter) Bradley Beychok tweet (Twitter) Fred Guttenberg tweet (Twitter) The Teens Have Officially Convinced Mike Gravel to Run for President (Rolling Stone) Mike Gravel 2020 Announcement (YouTube) Mike Gravel 2008 Announcement (YouTube) Mike Gravel 2020 Platform Draft (Google Docs) Amy Klobuchar raises $5.2 million for White House bid, campaign says (CNN) Bernie Sanders And Pete Buttigieg Had A Good Week On Cable News (FiveThirtyEight) GDELT Summary Television Explorer TV News Archive (Internet Archive) Jay Smooth reacts to 538 news analysis (Twitter) Poll: Biden tops Democratic field after rough week (Politico)
April 9, 2019
Mon. 04/08 - Ryan Is In, Plus Buttigieg vs. Pence
Today: Tim Ryan is officially in the race, everybody wants John Lewis’s endorsement, Bernie Sanders still hasn’t released his tax returns—but I’ll tell you who HAS, Pete Buttigieg calls out the Mike Pences of the world, Joe Biden hedges his announcement-timing bets, and a fun way to view the electoral vote map. Links: How Tim Ryan Could Win The 2020 Democratic Nomination (FiveThirtyEight) Is The ‘Yoga Vote’ A Thing? (FiveThirtyEight) John Lewis is endorsement every Dem candidate wants (The Hill) John Lewis Plays With His Cats (Roll Call) Bernie Sanders Still Dragging His Feet on Releasing His Tax Returns (NY Mag) 'A kind of war': Buttigieg describes struggle with sexual orientation in emotional speech (NBC News) Chasten Buttigieg on Twitter Biden: I'd want to be last person to announce 2020 run (CNN) Electoral Vote Map (Taegan Goddard) Chris Higgins on Twitter
April 8, 2019