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Trump 29, Clinton 27, Johnson 26 in Utah 4th Congressional District: Internal Poll for Rep. Mia Love
(from: Independent Political Report @ July 23, 2016, 02:50 AM)

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Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson outside the Utah state capitol in June, after meeting with State Senators

Reported today by the Salt Lake Tribune:

CLEVELAND. On the convention floor, Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans took the microphone and proclaimed that not only would the party’s nominee, Donald Trump, win the Beehive State in November, but he would get his largest margin of victory in the nation there.

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Philadelphia Airport Workers Call Off Strike During Democratic Convention
(from: Washington Wire @ July 23, 2016, 12:58 AM)

Hundreds of airport workers who had threatened to strike for a $15 minimum wage have backed down after moving closer to their goal of joining a union that can negotiate higher pay.


Open thread for links about Tim Kaine
(from: Swing State Project @ July 23, 2016, 12:52 AM)

Some Daily Kos community members are excited about Tim Kaine, others ? less so. One thing I can say for sure, though, is that while I was familiar with the broad strokes of Kaine?s career, there?s plenty I didn?t know about him, and judging from many of the comments I?ve read, I?m not alone. I?ve also found that the more I?ve learned about Kaine, the more I?ve grown to like him?a sentiment that, again, it?s apparent quite a few others here share.

So in the spirit of further learning, I?m posting this open thread in the hopes that we can all share links that will teach us more about Kaine, whether positive or negative. I?d encourage folks to post newspaper articles, YouTube videos, profiles, editorials, you name it. Anything that you?ve found informative about the life and career of Tim Kaine is fair game.

And if I can get us started, I?d like to suggest this excellent Washington Post profile of Kaine from his successful 2005 bid for governor. As a narrative hook, it describes in great detail Kaine?s journey to the Honduras as a missionary in 1980-81, when he worked with some exceptionally poor people and while there, learned to speak fluent Spanish. But there are a ton of great tidbits about a range of things. Here are a few I appreciated:

"In high school -- and this was in the mid-70s -- we had geeks and freaks and jocks and dopers and everything else, and there wasn't a group that Tim couldn't fit into," Immenschuh said. "The thing about him is that he was always completely comfortable in his own skin. He would be at a party where pot was being smoked, and he wouldn't have to smoke it to fit in."

Kaine settled into a small firm, and his first case was a civil rights suit in which a black woman had been denied an apartment because of her race. Kaine won it.

He drives a pickup, is an expert on baseball trivia, likes to hit a bucket of golf balls to relax and doesn't have cable TV because he doesn't want his three children parked in front of the set (and, just as important, doesn't want himself parked there either, watching sports). His neighbors in Richmond have ESPN and allow him to visit for a big game, such as Virginia Tech-Maryland.

Have any good ones? Please drop them in comments!


Marijuana Party Files Petition for Nebraska
(from: Ballot Access News @ July 23, 2016, 12:47 AM)

On June 22, the Marijuana Party filed its petition to be recognized as a party in Nebraska. See this story.


Darcy Richardson will seek the Reform Party?s presidential nomination
(from: Independent Political Report @ July 23, 2016, 12:26 AM)

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Darcy Richardson

Originally published at American Third Party Report:

IPR contributor and commentator Darcy G. Richardson will be seeking the Reform Party’s presidential nomination at the party’s national convention in Bohemia, New York, which will be held  next week from July 29th-31st, this ATPR/IPR editor has learned.

In an an email sent today to this editor, Richardson said:

I’ll be seeking the Reform Party’s presidential nomination next weekend in Long Island. 

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Glenn Beck says that he will likely vote for Gary Johnson
(from: Independent Political Report @ July 22, 2016, 11:55 PM)

From Jeff 4 Justice at the No More 2 Party System YouTube channel, July 21st, 2016:

Media mogul Glenn Beck of the Blaze (http://www.theblaze.com/) reveals he’ll likely vote for Libertarian Presidential nominee Gary Johnson in the 2016 election. Beck also decries the 2 party system.

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Praising Kaine: How Clinton's choice of a widely respected senator drives a deep wedge into the GOP
(from: Swing State Project @ July 22, 2016, 10:44 PM)

Hillary Clinton announced her selection of Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine as her running mate late on Friday evening, and something incredible has already happened: Major Republican figures are speaking up to offer their praise. Here, for instance, is Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake:

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And here?s Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey:

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There will be more to follow, because, in the words of Virginia's Republican state House speaker, Kaine is an ?honorable public servant? who commands respect both broad and deep from fellow lawmakers?even Republicans. Now, there?s no question that other considerations are playing a role for guys like Flake, who is positioning himself as the post-Trump leader of the sane faction of the Republican Party, or Toomey, who is seeking re-election this fall in a blue state and is very vulnerable.

But that?s precisely the point: Clinton knows that these fissures already exist, and they?ve only been exacerbated by Donald Trump?s toxic candidacy. Tim Kaine is her wedge to split those fissures wide open. And it?s not just about winning in November but looking toward January as well: Kaine is the sort of person who will help her forge good deals with Congress and pass good legislation if she?s president.

When Trump tapped Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for his VP slot, Republicans hoped?prayed, really?that Pence would serve as an escape hatch for an estranged establishment to wander in from the wilderness and embrace Trump. So far, though, there?s been no sign of that happening. Instead, it?s Kaine who?s offering a way for Republicans disgusted with their own nominee to accept Hillary Clinton. In this bitterly polarized age, that?s a remarkable feat. It will only send the GOP even deeper into disarray and, with any luck, pay dividends at the ballot box.


Republicans and Virginia Supreme Court disenfranchise 200,000, McAuliffe gets last laugh
(from: Swing State Project @ July 22, 2016, 10:00 PM)

This is remarkable. First, the terrible news:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe?s decision to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 felons violates Virginia?s constitution, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday, dealing a major blow to the Democratic governor with implications for the November presidential race in the crucial swing state.

In a 4-to-3 decision, the court ruled that McAuliffe overstepped his clemency powers by issuing a sweeping order in April restoring rights to all ex-offenders who are no longer incarcerated or on probation or parole.

Why this mattered: 

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 I literally gasped when I read that. So what was McAuliffe?s response

It is a disgrace that the Republican leadership of Virginia would file a lawsuit to deny more than 200,000 of their own citizens the right to vote. And I cannot accept that this overtly political action could succeed in suppressing the voices of many thousands of men and women who had rejoiced with their families earlier this year when their rights were restored [...]

?The men and women whose voting rights were restored by my executive action should not be alarmed. I will expeditiously sign nearly 13,000 individual orders to restore the fundamental rights of the citizens who have had their rights restored and registered to vote. And I will continue to sign orders until I have completed restoration for all 200,000 Virginians. 

Take that, asshole Republicans! Also, I hope Terry has a signature stamp. 


News Analysis: With Pick, Hillary Clinton Signals She?s Looking Past Inauguration Day
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ July 22, 2016, 09:27 PM)

The Virginia politician?s value is almost entirely about governing ? it?s less about his ballot box impact than about what he?ll bring to the White House.


Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine as her running mate, Thread #2
(from: Swing State Project @ July 22, 2016, 08:57 PM)

Tim Kaine is the guy. Some of us are unhappy, some of us are resigned, some of us are happy. And no one is too shy to express their feelings! That?s why this place exists...

On Saturday, July 23, Hillary Clinton will campaign with the Democratic candidate for Vice President, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, at a rally at Florida International University.

Rally in Miami with Hillary Clinton and U.S. Senator Tim Kaine When: Saturday, July 23 at 12:00 PM EDT
Doors open for public: 10:00 AM EDT
Where: Florida International University Arena, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199
Members of the public interested in attending the Miami rally should RSVP here.

Saturday, Jul 23, 2016 · 1:08:21 AM +00:00 · David Nir
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The progressive case for Kaine seems to boil down to this:

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 The pundit case for Kaine seems to boil down to this:

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 In other words, he?s safe and boring and that?s appealing given what Trump is dishing on the other side. (The ?battleground? argument is pretty moot, VPs don?t deliver states that the ticket wouldn?t already deliver without him or her.)

Those are both decent arguments. Kaine isn?t a monster. He?s safe and boring and objectionable on some things, great on others. 

My problem with Kaine is that the Clinton campaign, rather than use this pick to excite the party and truly bring it together, now has to deal with new discontent and anger, and will waste how many weeks convincing people that Kaine isn?t all that bad?weeks that could?ve been spent unified and singularly focused on Trump. It is absolutely a wasted opportunity and a self-inflicted wound. I?d garner that it?s downright idiotic. 

Any number of candidates could?ve had us here celebrating tonight, instead we?re relitigating the primary wars, and really, who the fuck had the energy to do that? Remember, there were two big objections to Clinton?Wall Street and Trade. Kaine is great on all those other things except ? Wall Street and Trade. Clinton literally just reinforced and validated the primary arguments against her. So yeah, here were are, in discord, on the eve of our convention.

But let?s also not lose perspective. This isn?t the end of the world, and the VP doesn?t wag the president?s tail. Remember the biggest argument against Elizabeth Warren being VP, that she?d disappear from public sight and be rendered impotent? Well, that?s now Tim Kaine. The VP position might matter with a crusading advocate like Warren, but someone as vanilla and boring as Kaine? It?ll all be harmless in the end. 

It?s clear I?m not happy about this pick, but I?m also not losing perspective. This is a minor distraction in the end, and we?ll plunge forward with the ticket we have, not the one we wish we had (and I bet, at this point, that the number of people who had both Clinton and Kaine as their top picks for the ticket is down to like 3% of the party). And in a few weeks, we?ll forget Kaine is a thing and head into battle with Clinton because this week reminded us what the alternative is. 


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