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Michael Ahrens - October 11, 2017

Totally unrelated, but 3 quick items I wanted to flag.

WaPo: “Democrats have a real problem in rural America, and it was on display in the third and final Virginia governor’s debate last night.”

  • “[Democrat Ralph] Northam struggles to talk about cultural issues like Confederate monuments and economic issues like coal in a way that resonates with these voters but does not alienate progressives who he needs to turn out for him in places like the D.C. suburbs.”
  • For Democrats, figuring out how to get a toehold back into rural territory is imperative. The biggest Senate battlegrounds in 2018 are in states like North Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Indiana and Missouri. Thus far, in Virginia’s off-year election, there are few indications that they are figuring it out.”

WaPo: DCCC to donate all Harvey Weinstein donations to women’s group. “‘The DCCC has already cut the check to donate all old Harvey Weinstein money to Futures Without Violence,’ DCCC spokeswoman Meredith Kelly said in a statement Tuesday night.”

  • For reference: The DNC decided to keep $266,290 of the $296,290 they received from Harvey Weinstein and give the rest to Democratic political organizations. More on that here… The Washington Post: “Hillary Clinton’s and the DNC’s puzzling half-measures on Harvey Weinstein” and here… The Hill: “DNC takes heat for giving Weinstein money to political groups.”

Politico: “California’s old guard Democrats under siege.” “The state Democratic Party, until recently, has been caught in the throes of a bitter dispute over the chairmanship, pitting party veterans against the activist ‘Berniecrat’ wing. There are calls for Nancy Pelosi to step down as House Democratic leader. And Dianne Feinstein is now the target of progressives determined to prevent her from winning a fifth Senate term. The simmering conflict has implications that reach far beyond the state’s borders. The outcome stands to shape the national party’s leadership, its ideological bent and even its finances, given California’s status as the party’s essential fundraising hub.”


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