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Daily Kos Elections weekly open thread: What races are you interested in?
(from: Swing State Project @ May 6, 2016, 07:50 PM)

Radiohead ? ?Burn the Witch?

Yes, more Donald Trump, because this is how he pivots to 'general election' mode
(from: Swing State Project @ May 6, 2016, 06:02 PM)

So Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham announced today that he couldn?t vote for Donald Trump. A reasonable fellow would respond with ?Sorry to hear that, but I hope to spend the next few months proving to Lindsey and anyone like him that we have more in common than they do with Hillary Clinton, and we can work together to make this a better country.? But of course, Trump isn?t reasonable. So his response? 

Trump Asks Son-in-Law, Jared Kushner, to Plan for Transition Team
(from: NY Times The Caucus @ May 6, 2016, 05:41 PM)

The presumptive Republican nominee has asked his son-in-law, the publisher of The New York Observer, to begin the planning for a transition team to aid him in assuming the presidency if he wins in November.

Reform Party Statement on Democratic and Republican Primaries
(from: Independent Political Report @ May 6, 2016, 05:32 PM)

reformFrom the Reform Party website:

As the primaries of the established parties near an end, the outcome is unsurprising.

On the Democratic side, the Democratic elite rigged the Democratic primary, and forced a result that benefited the one percent. Hillary Clinton is set to win the Democratic Primary, because her ally, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, acted as kingmaker and controlled the inner workings of the party.… Read more ...

Jeb Bush Says He Won?t Vote for Donald Trump
(from: Washington Wire @ May 6, 2016, 04:57 PM)

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Friday that he won?t vote for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in November, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to turn his back on the New York billionaire.

Paul Ryan Hides Easter Eggs in New House Speaker Website
(from: Washington Wire @ May 6, 2016, 04:13 PM)

Are you running for president? It's a question House Speaker Paul Ryan got quite a bit. Now, that question is used as a playful joke on his new website.

With Trump As Presumptive Nominee, GOP Convention Committee Dispute Ends
(from: Washington Wire @ May 6, 2016, 04:09 PM)

A heated dispute between pro- and anti-Trump Republicans over a seat on a little-noticed panel of the Republican National Committee ended Friday when both sides backed out and a "truly neutral" candidate took the seat.

Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Darryl W. Perry to participate in televised debate
(from: Independent Political Report @ May 6, 2016, 04:04 PM)

unnamedCONTACT: Darryl W. Perry
Phone: 202-709-4377

Darryl W. Perry to participate in televised debate
KEENE, NH, May 5, 2016 ? Despite being snubbed from the recent debate hosted by Fox Business, Darryl W. Perry did get a mention by John Stossel.

Another network has stepped forward to host a televised debate May 12 to include Darryl W.… Read more ...

New California U.S. Senate Poll Again Suggests Only Two Democrats will be on November Ballot
(from: Ballot Access News @ May 6, 2016, 03:32 PM)

A Survey USA poll released May 2 for the California U.S. Senate race shows that two Democrats are likely to place first and second on June 7. The two Democrats included in the survey are Kamala Harris 29% and Loretta Sanchez 18%. The three Republicans included are Tom Del Beccaro 10%, Ron Unz 8%, Duf Sundheim 7%. The survey did not mention any of the other 29 candidates on the ballot, but 6% said they would vote for someone else. The undecided rate is 22%.

Early voting begins on Monday, May 9.

After the poll was released, Ted Cruz and Donald Kasich dropped out of the Republican race. This probably means that Republican voters will be less likely to turn out to vote in the primary. By contrast, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still fighting hard for votes in the remaining presidential primaries, including California, which probably means that the Democratic turnout will be high. This variation in likely turnout makes it even more likely that two Democrats will place first and second in June and therefore will be the only choices in November. The backers of the top-two system even removed write-in space from the November ballot for Congress and partisan state office, so November voters who don’t wish to vote for a Democrat will lose their ability to vote for someone they wish to vote for.

Republican congressman: 'I think that Social Security was a bad idea'
(from: Swing State Project @ May 6, 2016, 03:04 PM)

Sometimes, some Republican says something so stupid, we don't even need to explain why it's so profoundly idiotic. This is one of those times. Here's sophomore GOP Rep. Steve Knight, at a debate with his two Democratic opponents Thursday night:

?I think that Social Security was a bad idea. I do. I absolutely think it was a bad idea. I think that what should have happened was we should have had the government sit down with the private sector and build a system that people could take with them."

There's video, too?the kind of video that is ready-made for a Democratic attack ad. The question now is which Democrat will emerge to take on Knight. Attorney Bryan Caforio has caught the eye of national Democrats and has managed to bring in some (but not that much) money; Agua Dulce Town Council member Lou Vince, meanwhile, has the support of local Democrats but has raised almost nothing.

Mitt Romney only carried California's 25th District by a 50-48 margin, and Knight has proven he's dumb enough to put this Los Angeles-area seat in play almost on his own, but it'll still take a strong effort from Democrats to dislodge him.

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