Iowa Democrats' plan: Hold 1st caucuses, report votes later
Iowa Democrats are proposing a novel way to get around their demotion from the leadoff spot on the party’s presidential nominating calendar: They would still put on the first-in-the-nation caucuses but would be open to withholding the results until after other states hold their contests.
Michigan leaders vote to change presidential primary election date from March to February
Michigan will become one of the first primaries in the country and the first in the Midwest after a National Democratic Party approved sweeping changes to the primary election calendar for the 2024 election on Saturday.
Michigan Legislature approves $4.8B infrastructure plan with funding for roads, water systems
Michigan lawmakers have approved $4.8 billion in spending, mostly for infrastructure upgrades, with an influx of federal pandemic and other funds that will go toward water systems, roads, parks and other priorities including affordable housing.
With Biden's backing, Dems revive bill to overhaul policing
House Democrats are hustling to pass the most ambitious effort in decades to overhaul policing. The bill would ban chokeholds and “qualified immunity” for law enforcement and create national standards for policing in a bid to bolster accountability. “Our law enforcement officers need more funding not less,” Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Wis., said during Wednesday's debate. AdPolice unions and other law enforcement groups have argued that, without such legal protections, fear of lawsuits will stop people from becoming police officers — even though the measure permits such suits only against law enforcement agencies, rather than all public employees. California Rep. Karen Bass, who authored the bill, understands the challenge some House members face in supporting it.
Nevada jockeys to be first on presidential primary calendar
Democrats in Nevada are making a play to bump Iowa and New Hampshire from their early spots on presidential primary calendar. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS – Democrats in Nevada are making a play to bump Iowa and New Hampshire from their early spots on the presidential primary calendar. Nevada Democrats also plan to make their case in the coming months to the DNC, which sets the party's nominating process. Some of the state party's governing committee acknowledge there's internal debate over whether the leadoff caucus is worth fighting over. But others say Iowa Democrats should instead be focused on winning elections — after years of watching the state trend Republican.
Warnock, Biden wins give twin thrills to religious liberals
Sen.-elect Warnock shares more than a party with Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail and their victories are emboldening religious liberals. and Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock shares more than a party with President-elect Joe Biden: Both Democrats made faith a central part of their political identity on the campaign trail — and their victories are emboldening religious liberals. Warnock and Biden are hardly the only two national-profile Democrats driving the party’s evolution toward engagement on spiritual matters. Despite coming from different partisan backgrounds, both Head and Wear advised Democrats to avoid embracing religious rhetoric for purely political purposes. She described the disparate religious backgrounds of Warnock, Ossoff, Biden and Buttigieg as an unsung asset for the party.
Fox News, family of slain DNC staffer Seth Rich settle suit
NEW YORK – Fox News has reached a settlement with slain Democratic National Committee employee Seth Rich's parents, who alleged in a lawsuit that the cable news company exploited their son's death in stories and commentary. Rich was shot and killed in 2016 in Washington, D.C., in what authorities described as a botched robbery attempt. His parents, Joel and Mary Rich, had objected to a Fox article and commentary falsely suggesting their son had leaked DNC emails to WikiLeaks during the presidential campaign. Internet theories that Rich had been assassinated for leaking emails were contradicted by U.S. intelligence reports. The court said that the family had plausibly alleged what amounted to a campaign of emotional torture.
The Latest: Trump raises $247.8M in Sept., far behind Biden
President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with moderator Savannah Guthrie, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. His Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, participated in an ABC town hall from Philadelphia at the same time. __9:50 p.m.Democrat Joe Biden says President Donald Trump has not been “chastened” by the claims of racial injustice that have marked his presidency. ___9:20 p.m.President Donald Trump tried to end his contentious town hall meeting on a positive note. ___9:15 p.m.President Donald Trump demurred when asked whether he supports overturning Roe v. Wade.
Democrats try to streamline mail balloting for their voters
But their task has been complicated by President Donald Trump baseless claim that mail voting will lead to massive fraud, which has led far fewer GOP voters to request mail ballots than Democratic ones. The site even allows voters in certain states to provide signatures on their online ballot applications. Other Democratic-aligned groups have also invested in new ways to get out the mail vote. Priorities USA, a major Democratic group, launched a $7.5 million digital ad campaign last month promoting mail voting to voters of color who have never voted by mail before. The ads will pop up alongside searches for mail voting and information about the election.
Georgia Dems choose state chair to replace Lewis on ballot
FILE-In this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Tom Perez, left, chair of the Democratic National Committee, and Nikema Williams, chair of the Georgia Democratic Party, speak with reporters, in Atlanta. Georgia Democrats have selected state Sen. Nikema Williams, chair of the state party, to replace Rep. John Lewis on the ballot in November. (AP Photo/Ron Harris, File)
What happens if no Democratic candidate earns enough delegates for a nomination?
Even if one candidate has more delegates than the other, that’s only a “plurality,” not a majority, per party rules. Candidates who earned delegates, but have since dropped out of the race, can try to push their delegates onto another candidate. A candidate needs to earn 2,375 delegates on subsequent ballots to win the nomination. However, having a contested convention is something the Democratic National Committee will do its best to avoid in the coming months. The last time a contested convention occurred was in 1952.
Stone wanted to 'debrief' Kushner on DNC email hack
Roger Stone asked for Jared Kushner's contact information in order to "debrief" the president's son-in-law about hacked emails from the Democratic National Committee. That's according to testimony from Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide who became a key cooperator in the special counsel's Russia probe. Jurors were shown text messages from Stone that included a June message asking for Kushner's contact information. Gates did not say if Stone received Kushner's information. Kushner was a senior adviser to the Trump campaign at the time.
Democrats push candidates to fully commit to 2020 nominee
The Democratic National Committee is increasing pressure on its presidential candidates to commit to campaign actively for the party's nominee in 2020, going beyond a previous loyalty pledge for White House hopefuls. The push from Chairman Tom Perez is part of a wide-ranging strategy designed to prevent the mistakes that cost Democrats the 2016 presidential election. "We'll need every Democrat working together in order to defeat Donald Trump," Perez said, repeating his pledge for a full national campaign even as most Democrats remain focused on the primary campaign. DNC officials say Obama has already talked with party leaders about campaigning on behalf of the nominee, whoever it is. Sanders' campaign says he is willing to attend such events provided they are open to low-dollar donors.
Warren's no top-dollar fundraiser pledge includes big caveat
The setting was similarly swanky in August, when Warren addressed party contributors at the ornate Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Bernie Sanders, Warren's chief rival for the most liberal wing of the Democratic Party, also is shunning large-dollar fundraisers in the primary. Warren's campaign said it hasn't made final decisions on how she would conduct party fundraisers as the nominee. "I will help the party," Warren said while campaigning in South Carolina last weekend. Warren campaign spokesman Chris Hayden says she's avoided special VIP receptions at DNC events, keeping with Warren's "no special access" for big donors pledge.
Flashpoint 8/26/18: Detroit Mayor Duggan; Local politics roundtable
DETROIT - Here's what you missed on Flashpoint this Sunday:Detroit's Mayor asked the courts to intervene and help lower car insurance rates. Mayor Duggan is on Flashpoint to talk about his new approach to an old problem. Plus, the minimum wage battle and protecting our elections. But up first this morning, what you might call the nuclear option from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, fed up with our sky-high car insurance rates. Segment 1: Detroit Mayor Mike DugganMike Duggan - Mayor of DetroitSegment 2: Local politics roundtableJill Alper - Apler StrategiesStephen Henderson - Host of WDET's "Detroit Today"Ingrid Jacques - Dep.
5 key questions for 3rd Democratic debate
Candidates appear on stage for the second Democratic presidential candidate debate in Detroit in July. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)The third Democratic presidential candidate debate will take place on Thursday in Houston, and there will be plenty different about this debate compared to the first two in Miami and Detroit. Here are five key questions about the third debate. With additional mass shootings taking place since the last debate, gun control questions likely will be prominent. Humanitarian types of questions are also expected to pop up with Hurricane Dorian causing so much destruction in the Bahamas and the relief efforts intensifying.
Seth Moulton to end 2020 presidential campaign
(CNN) - Rep. Seth Moulton will end his presidential bid on Friday during a speech at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting in San Francisco, according to prepared remarks of the speech the Massachusetts Democrat plans to deliver. The decision closes out a campaign in which the candidate failed to get traction or make this year's Democratic debates. "Today, I want to use this opportunity, with all of you here, to announce that I am ending my campaign for president," Moulton plans to tell the DNC meeting. "And most of all, I will be campaigning my ass off for whoever wins our nomination in 2020." Moulton is the latest Democratic candidate to get out of the 2020 race, following California Rep. Eric Swalwell, former Colorado Gov.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee drops out of presidential race
Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced he is suspending his presidential campaign. The Washingtonian made combating climate change the fundamental issue motivating his campaign, routinely telling reporters that the climate crisis affects "every issue" facing the country. The governor released his sixth climate change policy proposal on Wednesday, a plan that tied combating the issue to agricultural policy. While Inslee made climate change a singular focus, he was not alone in talking about the issue on the campaign trail. "We've done something else, I think: We've given people hope," Inslee said Wednesday.
Moderate Democrats take aim at liberal candidates at debate
DETROIT - A high-profile clash pitting pragmatism against ideological purity dominated the early moments of the second round of presidential debates on Tuesday as moderate Democrats warned voters against nominating liberal candidates who embrace "wish-list economics." Steve Bullock in a clear swipe at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist who stood at center stage. It was the candidates with the most to lose who were most aggressive with their fellow Democrats in the early going Tuesday night. "We have a choice: We can go down the road that Sen. Sanders and Sen Warren want to take us, which is with bad policies like "Medicare for All," free everything and impossible promises," Delaney said. CNN Democratic debate lineup.
Follow live updates: First night of Democratic Debates in Detroit
The lineup for the Democratic presidential candidates debate July 30, 2019 in Detroit. (WDIV)DETROIT - The eyes of the political world will be on Detroit as democratic candidates for president take the stage for the first of two debates. Here's everything you need to know about the first Detroit Debate night:Where is the debate? CNN is airing the Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debates live from the Fox Theatre in Detroit. First night (July 30)Marianne WilliamsonJohn DelaneyJohn HickenlooperTim RyanSteve BullockAmy KlobucharBeto O'RourkePete ButtigiegElizabeth WarrenBernie SandersHow can you watch the Detroit debates?
ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- July 30, 2019
Inside the Fox Theatre in Detroit ahead of a Democratic presidential candidates debate on July 30, 2019. (WDIV)DETROIT - ClickOnDetroit Morning Briefing -- July 30, 2019CNN is airing the Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debates live from the Fox Theatre in Detroit at 8 p.m. both tonight and tomorrow night. More local headlines:For more Local News head to ClickOnDetroit.com/news/local. Submit a news tipTell us what's happening in your community -- submit a news tip to Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit right here. Tweets by Local4NewsCopyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
2020 Democratic debates to begin Tuesday in Detroit
DETROIT - The first 10 democratic candidates set to hit the debate stage in Detroit will do so Tuesday. They'll be followed by 10 more candidates Wednesday, making downtown Detroit the focal point of American politics. At the moment, the city is already swarming with candidates and national media. CNN is airing the Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debates live from the Fox Theatre in Detroit at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. CNN Democratic debate lineup.
2020 Democratic debates to begin Tuesday in Detroit
DETROIT - The first 19 democratic candidates set to hit the debate stage in Detroit will do so Tuesday. They'll be followed by 10 more candidates Wednesday, making downtown Detroit the focal point of American politics. At the moment, the city is already swarming with candidates and national media. CNN is airing the Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debates live from the Fox Theatre in Detroit at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. CNN Democratic debate lineup.
Democratic presidential candidates forum held in Detroit
April Ryan and Kamala Harris speak during a Democratic presidential candidates forum July 24, 2019 in Detroit. (WDIV)DETROIT - The NAACP's Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum at the 110th National Convention was held Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in Detroit. Here's who participated:Joe Biden , Former U.S. Vice President, Former U.S. Vice President Cory Booker , United States Senator, United States Senator Julin Castro , Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Kamala Harris , United States Senator, United States Senator Amy Klobuchar , United States Senator, United States Senator Pete Buttigieg , Mayor of South Bend, Ind. Beto O'Rourke , Former Member of the United States House of Representatives, Former Member of the United States House of Representatives Bernie Sanders , United States Senator, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren , United States Senator, United States Senator Bill Weld , Former Governor of Massachusetts, Former Governor of Massachusetts Watch each candidate's segment below. Elizabeth Warren speaks at NAACP forum in Detroit:Cory Booker speaks at NAACP forum in Detroit:Beto O'Rourke speaks at NAACP forum in Detroit:Pete Buttigieg speaks at NAACP forum in Detroit:Copyright 2019 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit - All rights reserved.
CNN releases lineup for Democratic presidential primary debates in Detroit
DETROIT - The lineup for the two-night Democratic primary debate's that will be held in Detroit has been released. CNN is airing the Democratic National Committee-sanctioned debates live from the Fox Theatre in Detroit at 8 p.m. on July 30 and 31. Dana Bash, Don Lemon and Jake Tapper will serve together as the moderators for both debates. CNN aired a live draw to determine the specific candidate lineups for each debate night. The lineupFirst night (July 30)Marianne WilliamsonJohn DelaneyJohn HickenlooperTim RyanSteve BullockAmy KlobucharBeto O'RourkePete ButtigiegElizabeth WarrenBernie SandersSecond night (July 31)Jay InsleeKirsten GillibrandTulsi GabbardMichael BennetBill de BlasioCory BookerAndrew YangJulin CastroKamala HarrisJoe BidenClick here for live updates from CNN.
DNC warns 2020 campaigns not to use FaceApp 'developed by Russians'
Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images(CNN) - The Democratic National Committee sent a security alert to 2020 presidential campaigns Wednesday afternoon warning them not to use the popular smartphone application FaceApp, CNN has learned. "This app allows users to perform different transformations on photos of people, such as aging the person in the picture. Unfortunately, this novelty is not without risk: FaceApp was developed by Russians," the alert from Bob Lord, the DNC's chief security officer, read. In 2016, the DNC and Democratic campaigns were attacked by Russian hackers. Lord told campaigns that the DNC had "significant concerns about the app (as do other security experts) having access to your photos, or even simply uploading a selfie."
Eric Swalwell ends presidential bid after failing to gain traction
(CNN) - California Rep. Eric Swalwell announced Monday he is dropping out of the 2020 race for president, concluding a short-lived bid for the Democratic nomination that failed to gain any traction. Swalwell's exit from the 2020 race will make him the first candidate to drop out since the campaign began in earnest. Swalwell, though, failed to gain traction in a crowded Democratic field and only qualified for the first set of Democratic debates because of the Democratic National Committee's 1% poll standard, not because of grassroots support. But that was not enough to sustain Swalwell's campaign, which struggled to gain attention in the Democratic field despite the candidate's availability to media. Swalwell said his greatest challenge on the campaign trail was differentiating himself from other members of the crowded Democratic field.
Flashpoint 8/26/18: Detroit Mayor Duggan; Local politics roundtable
DETROIT Here's what you missed on Flashpoint this Sunday:Detroit's Mayor asked the courts to intervene and help lower car insurance rates. Mayor Duggan is on Flashpoint to talk about his new approach to an old problem. Plus, the minimum wage battle and protecting our elections. But up first this morning, what you might call the nuclear option from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, fed up with our sky-high car insurance rates. Segment 1: Detroit Mayor Mike DugganMike Duggan - Mayor of DetroitSegment 2: Local politics roundtableJill Alper - Apler StrategiesStephen Henderson - Host of WDET's "Detroit Today"Ingrid Jacques - Dep.