Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to delay primary election until June 2

Pennsylvania lawmakers voted Wednesday to delay the state’s primary election by five weeks to June 2, potentially past the spike of the state’s spreading coronavirus cases.

Source: Pennsylvania lawmakers vote to delay primary election until June 2

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Joe Biden sweeps the night and wins Florida, Illinois and Arizona to extend his delegate lead over Bernie Sanders – CNNPolitics

Former Vice President Joe Biden will sweep Tuesday’s races and win the Arizona, Illinois and Florida Democratic primaries, CNN projects, victories that will allow him to substantially expand his delegate lead over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders as they vie for the Democratic nomination.

Source: Joe Biden sweeps the night and wins Florida, Illinois and Arizona to extend his delegate lead over Bernie Sanders – CNNPolitics

Gabby Giffords endorses Joe Biden for President – CNNPolitics

Washington (CNN)Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, a key voice on gun violence prevention, has endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, calling him the “choice for a true gun safety president.”

“Joe Biden leads with his heart. He has the compassion and toughness to lead on gun safety,” Giffords said in a statement Wednesday morning. “I’ve witnessed him comfort the survivors of gun violence, and I’ve seen him fight for solutions to gun violence—and win. This is the leadership we need in the White House. Joe Biden is the choice for a gun safety president.”
Biden thanked Giffords for her support, calling her an “American hero who embodies the courage and tenacity we need to take on and defeat the gun lobby.”

Source: Gabby Giffords endorses Joe Biden for President – CNNPolitics

Missouri primary election results: Joe Biden beats Bernie Sanders, NBC projects

Joe Biden will win the Missouri Democratic presidential primary Tuesday, NBC News projects, setting him up to take another healthy chunk of delegates in his race with Bernie Sanders.

Missouri has 68 pledged delegates up for grabs. The former vice president will come away with at least 3 of them, while the Vermont senator will win 15 or more, according to NBC.

The projected win adds to Biden’s early success on a night when six states held Democratic nominating contests. The front-runner to face President Donald Trump will also win the Mississippi primary, NBC projected.

In its 2016 primary, Hillary Clinton won Missouri by a tight margin, garnering 50% of the vote to Sanders’ 49%. Four years ago, the Vermont senator won a majority of white voters even as black voters overwhelmingly favored Clinton, according to exit polls.

Source: Missouri primary election results: Joe Biden beats Bernie Sanders, NBC projects

Democratic Debate in South Carolina

(CNN)If you missed Tuesday night’s South Carolina presidential debate, I can sum it up in just two words: LOUD NOISES.For extended periods of time during the two-hour debate, candidates sought to talk over one another, land opposition research hits and create zingers that they could then use to raise money for campaigns rapidly running out of it.It made for an absolutely terrible debate — to watch and to participate in.

Source: https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/25/politics/who-won-south-carolina-debate/index.html

Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada Democratic caucuses with wide lead over his competitors

Bernie Sanders scored a resounding victory in Nevada’s presidential caucuses on Saturday, cementing his status as the Democrats’ national front-runner amid escalating tensions over whether he’s too liberal to defeat President Donald Trump.

Source: Bernie Sanders projected to win Nevada Democratic caucuses with wide lead over his competitors

Las Vegas Democratic debate live updates: Six candidates face off in Nevada

The ninth Democratic presidential debate kicks off Wednesday night in Las Vegas, with five veteran debaters and one newcomer facing off on the stage.

This is the first debate for billionaire former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, who only met the polling qualifications on Tuesday. He’ll go head to head with several top contenders vying for primacy in the critical early nominating contests.

The debate, hosted by NBC News, MSNBC and The Nevada Independent, puts pressure on Bernie Sanders to defend his position as a leading candidate in the run-up to Nevada’s caucuses on Saturday, while moderates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — and now Bloomberg — look to widen their bases, and Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren seek a boost after failing to meet early expectations.

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Source: Las Vegas Democratic debate live updates: Six candidates face off in Nevada

Klobuchar draws crowds in New Hampshire as she hopes for a surge in Tuesday’s primary – CNNPolitics

Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN)Sen. Amy Klobuchar had a request of the overflow crowd gathered to see her on the eve of the New Hampshire primary: Surprise the country on Tuesday.

“So, as you probably heard, we’re on a bit of a surge,” she said. “To think this all happened in New Hampshire, well, maybe I am not surprised.”
Tuesday’s primary is a crucial day for Klobuchar, who after placing fifth in the Iowa caucuses, turned in a strong performance at Friday’s debate that boosted her fundraising and has given her campaign a sense of much-needed momentum.
A stronger-than-expected showing could keep her competitive in a Democratic primary that soon turns to much tougher terrain for the Minnesota senator: Nevada and South Carolina. Klobuchar has not registered any support with non-white voters in recent polls, and her campaign has not invested in those two states compared to Iowa and New Hampshire.

Source: Klobuchar draws crowds in New Hampshire as she hopes for a surge in Tuesday’s primary – CNNPolitics

Iowa caucus results: DNC chair calls for a recanvass as chaos ensues – CNNPolitics

(CNN)Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez called for a recanvass of all results in Iowa on Thursday, as the state’s Democratic Party continues to struggle to verify the data from Monday night’s caucuses.

The move is a significant step and raises further questions about how long the results of the key Iowa caucuses will remain outstanding. In a recanvass, all the numbers that were released by the state party would be checked against the results that were recorded at caucus sites.
“Enough is enough,” Perez tweeted. “In light of the problems that have emerged in the implementation of the delegate selection plan and in order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”
Perez followed up his initial tweet by writing, “A recanvass is a review of the worksheets from each caucus site to ensure accuracy. The (Iowa Democratic Party) will continue to report results.”
Perez, in the tweet, is specifically raising questions about how the Iowa Democratic Party is adhering to the plan they submitted to the national party. That plan guided how the state party would allocate delegates.
Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price released a statement responding to Perez, saying the party is prepared to conduct a recanvass “should any presidential campaign” request one.

Source: Iowa caucus results: DNC chair calls for a recanvass as chaos ensues – CNNPolitics

Iowa Is About To Reshape The Presidential Race — Here’s What You Need To Know

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the favorite heading into the caucuses, but polls have shown a tightly jumbled race at the top. Here are key questions and answers about Monday night.

Source: Iowa Is About To Reshape The Presidential Race — Here’s What You Need To Know

Massive crowds form for Trump’s New Jersey rally amid impeachment fight | Fox News

Sprawling lines were forming overnight in the Jersey Shore destination of Wildwood in anticipation of President Trump’s campaign rally scheduled for late Tuesday, in a show of support by Trump’s faithful amid the bruising impeachment fight back in Washington.

The scene is striking considering Jersey’s political reputation as a blue state. But as Rep. Jeff Van Drew suggested Tuesday morning, the southern part of the state where Trump is heading may be more MAGA-friendly.

BLOOMBERG DINGS SANDERS ON HOME TURF

“South Jersey’s forgotten about sometimes,” said Van Drew, a former Democrat who switched parties to become Republican after the House impeachment vote that he opposed. He represents much of South Jersey and plans to accompany Trump Tuesday night — and pocket a presidential endorsement in the process.

“There are people that are excited, homemade signs, all kinds of activities, people are camping out, just thousands and thousands of people,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”

He claimed over the weekend it was his understanding that 100,000 ticket requests had been submitted, for a venue that holds 7,500. The actual number of rally attendees is unclear, though the campaign reportedly will set up large TVs outside for the overflow crowd to watch.

Source: Massive crowds form for Trump’s New Jersey rally amid impeachment fight | Fox News

Democratic debate winners and losers, according to Chris Cillizza – CNNPolitics

The top six candidates debated Tuesday night in Iowa, the last chance for them to stand beside their rivals before Iowa voters kick off the nomination fight in 20 days’ time.

Source: Democratic debate winners and losers, according to Chris Cillizza – CNNPolitics

Democratic candidates threaten to skip debate amid labor fight – POLITICO

All seven Democratic candidates who have qualified for the PBS NewsHour/POLITICO Debate at Loyola Marymount University next week threatened on Friday to skip the event, asserting they would not cross the picket line of campus workers locked in a labor dispute.

UNITE HERE Local 11, a union representing 150 cashiers, cooks, dishwashers and servers at the university, said in a statement that it had not yet reached a resolution in negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement with Sodexo — a global services company that employs the workers and is subcontracted by the university to handle food service operations.

“We had hoped that workers would have a contract with wages and affordable health insurance before the debate next week,” Susan Minato, co-President of Local 11, said in the statement. “Instead, workers will be picketing when the candidates come to campus.”

The Democratic National Committee said in a statement that it was working with all parties involved to find “an acceptable resolution” that will allow the debate to go forward.

Source: Democratic candidates threaten to skip debate amid labor fight – POLITICO

Trump ‘homecoming’ rally illustrates importance of Florida to reelection effort – The Washington Post

November 26, 2019 at 12:11 p.m. EST

President Trump’s Tuesday night rally near Miami, billed by his campaign as a “homecoming” extravaganza, follows his recent decision to move his formal residence from New York to Florida — and underscores the state’s importance to his reelection efforts as he grapples with the impeachment proceedings that threaten his presidency.

Florida is now not only Trump’s home but what Republicans hope is an emerging GOP bastion. His strategy in the state reflects his broader push to galvanize his core voters ahead of next year’s election by unleashing an incendiary defense of his conduct, be it on Twitter, cable news or in front of thousands in an arena.

Source: Trump ‘homecoming’ rally illustrates importance of Florida to reelection effort – The Washington Post

President Donald Trump holds rally in Sunrise, Florida  – CBS News

Florida is one of the most important swing states for the 2020 presidential race.

Source: Trump rally Sunrise: Watch live stream as President Donald Trump holds rally in Sunrise, Florida today – CBS News

Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially enters 2020 presidential race | ABC News – YouTube

Mike’s Story

One of Mike Bloomberg’s earliest memories took place around his family’s dining room table in the middle-class neighborhood of Medford, Massachusetts.

His father – a bookkeeper at a local dairy who never earned more than $6,000 a year in his life – sat down and wrote out a $25 or $50 check to the NAACP.

When Mike asked him why, his father responded: “Because discrimination against anyone is a threat to everyone.”

With that simple act and that simple explanation, Mike’s father taught him one of his most important lessons:

We’re all in this together – and if you have an opportunity to help, you have an obligation to act.

The sense of duty and common purpose that he first learned from his father has guided Mike Bloomberg throughout his life and career as an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and job creator who served as mayor of New York City for 12 years.