In the era of social media, authenticity is key, and poor Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) never really had what it takes to unlock the doors to the Democratic nomination for president.The self-described “top-tier candidate” officially bowed out of the running last week, marking a stunning end to a campaign that many thought had a strong possibility of going all the way. Now that she’s out, the “racism and sexism” claims from the left are out in full force. Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, somehow still grifting campaign donations for a run going nowhere, says Harris has been held to “a double standard has been grossly unfair and unfortunate.” The Independent called criticism from some on the left of her record as a prosecutor a “racist narrative that killed her campaign dead.” This all misses the point. Kamala Harris’s biggest problem was that she never for one moment revealed who she truly is. Anyone … [Read more...] about Rob Smith: Racism or Sexism Didn’t Doom Kamala’s Campaign — Inauthenticity Did
Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Happy Thursday! Our newsletter gets you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Co-creators are Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver (CLICK HERE to subscribe!). On Twitter, find us at @asimendinger and @alweaver22.The Alabama legislature lit a fuse on abortion Tuesday that could burn its way to the Supreme Court in the next few years. But first, the emotional debate is expected to energize 2020 contests for candidates running in both political parties.Republican Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed the Alabama bill, which outlaws almost all abortions in the state, including in cases of incest and rape. The law was written to trigger court challenges, which abortion opponents hope will lead a conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.Women’s rights activists and pro-choice advocates say the decision to approve the nation’s strictest abortion measure has … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition – Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate
Photo: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg via Getty Images On Wednesday morning, a seventh woman publicly accused Al Franken of sexual harassment. Hours later, seven of the Minnesota senator’s female colleagues called on him to forfeit his seat. New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand led the charge, writing in a Facebook post, “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.” Senators Claire McCaskill, Maggie Hassan, Mazie Hirono, Patty Murray, Kamala Harris, and Tammy Baldwin quickly followed. Shortly after this flurry of statements from female Democrats, a few of the Senate’s men hopped on the bandwagon. Franken’s office told Bloomberg that he will make an “announcement” on Thursday, but offered no indication of the nature of … [Read more...] about Democratic Senators Call on Al Franken to Resign
I still remember how angry the 2015 and 2016 coverage of Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal Gabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE’ long-shot primary campaign made me. As an analyst following the election, and as a Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference Comey in op-ed after IG report: 'Barr needs to stop acting like a Trump spokesperson' Trump tops list of most tweeted about politicians in 2019 MORE supporter, I was astonished at the palpable adoration in reporting about Sanders (I-Vt.). According to TV, print and social media, all the momentum was on his side. … [Read more...] about The media have fallen out of love with Bernie, but have voters?
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to deposit the state’s share of a 2012 nationwide bank settlement into a legal assistance fund for renters and homeowners, following a California Supreme Court ruling last month that he must use the money for its intended purpose. Newsom announced the plan Wednesday with a visit to a legal aid clinic in Los Angeles. Pending the Legislature’s approval, California would redirect $331 million previously spent on debt repayment into a trust for nonprofits that assist with borrower relief in foreclosure cases and represent renters facing eviction. “It’s a significant challenge in this state that will require not only that magnitude of support but much more,” Newsom said during a news conference. “It is insidious what’s happening.” The money comes from California’s portion of a settlement with the country’s five largest mortgage servicers — Bank of America, Wells Fargo, … [Read more...] about Newsom puts $331 million from settlement into legal aid for housing