O’Rourke rails against ‘unprecedented concentration of wealth and power’ at kickoff rally

O’Rourke rails against ‘unprecedented concentration of wealth and power’ at kickoff rally

By David Siders (Politico) – EL PASO, Texas — Beto O’Rourke, christening his presidential campaign at a boisterous rally in his hometown on Saturday, cast himself as a crusader against moneyed interests that he said have corrupted America’s democracy and a president he accused of capitalizing on politics of “fear and division.” In what could amount to his maiden stump speech — delivered at the first large-scale, structured event of his nascent campaign — O’Rourke’s populist progressive framing evoked similar appeals from rivals Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.  Read...
Miami will host first Democratic 2020 debates

Miami will host first Democratic 2020 debates

By Katie Galioto (Politico) – The Democratic National Committee will host the first presidential debates of the 2020 election in Miami on June 26 and 27, the committee announced Thursday. The two-night event, to be broadcast on NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, will be the first chance for candidates to square off against one another on stage before a national audience. The lineups for the debates will be chosen at random and announced at a later date, the DNC said, The crowded pool of Democrats fighting for the chance to challenge President Donald Trump has grown to more than a dozen since the beginning of the year, with more candidates expected to join the race in the coming weeks. Read...
For 2020 field, South Carolina race pales next to Iowa frenzy

For 2020 field, South Carolina race pales next to Iowa frenzy

By Nolan McCaskill (Politico) – The 2020 Democratic presidential field swarmed Iowa to help a Cedar Falls school board member win a state Senate special election last week. But the state Senate special election in South Carolina on Tuesday? Not so much. A few candidates have offered support to Democrat Tina Belge, but there’s been nothing like the outpouring of fundraising and canvassing support that helped elect Eric Giddens in Iowa. Read...
‘He’s the real deal’: Beto’s jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics

‘He’s the real deal’: Beto’s jaw-dropping windfall quiets critics

By David Siders (Politico) – CENTER LINE, Mich. — One great question surrounding Beto O’Rourke has been whether he could replicate the massive fundraising totals he mustered in the Texas Senate race last year. On Monday, O’Rourke put any doubt to rest, announcing that in the first 24 hours of his campaign, he had raised a staggering $6.1 million. In so doing, the Texas Democrat signaled that he’s in for a sustained campaign— with the fundraising capacity to last deep into the primary and compete with anyone in the race. Read...
Texas GOP races to shore up the suburbs for 2020

Texas GOP races to shore up the suburbs for 2020

By Renuka Rayasam (Politico) – AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Republicans barely escaped a colossal defeat last year. Now the party is scrambling to avoid a repeat in 2020. Facing a rapidly changing voter base, anti-Trump fervor and a more motivated Democratic Party, the state GOP is moving earlier than ever to prepare after watching two House members lose in 2018 and another half-dozen win by fewer than 5 points. Read...