Presidential candidates rarely give New Jersey any love. Until Mike Bloomberg
PHILADELPHIA — In the long slog of presidential elections, candidates don’t have to think about New Jersey much because it usually holds its primary in June, after the likely nominee is obvious.Enter Mike Bloomberg and his billions of dollars.The former New York mayor and Republican-turned-Democrat opened his first campaign office in New Jersey this month, an unusual move given the state is nearly last on the 2020 primary calendar. Bloomberg is the first Democratic candidate to have a brick-and-mortar presence in the state, in keeping with his strategy to invest in later voting states, on the ...
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Millions of people can vote but don't, even in swing states. Here's why
PHILADELPHIA — Patricia Robinson registered to vote when she was 18.At 79, she still hasn’t seen anybody worth voting for.“I don’t vote because I haven’t seen anybody that doesn’t have their hand into something,” she said. “They’re all a bunch of crooks.”Robinson, a retired hospital worker in Erie, is one of 100 million people who sit out election after election, according to a new study. Nonvoters have a number of reasons for not participating. But in general they tend to dislike politicians and political parties, distrust the electoral system to accurately count votes and the political syste...
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Bernie touts Nevada win as Texas preview
SAN ANTONIO — It was the high point to date of his now soaring presidential campaign, and Bernie Sanders, looking ahead to Super Tuesday March 3, shared his Nevada victory with a diverse and ecstatic Saturday night crowd of some 4,000 at Cowboys Dancehall in Northeast San Antonio.“Based on what I have seen today in Texas, we were in El Paso, we’re here now, don’t tell anybody, it will get them nervous,” Sanders said, quieting to a stage whisper to the chanting crowd, “we’re going to win the Democratic primary in Texas.”“And, you know,” Sanders continued, “this is also very, very important, the...
Amy Klobuchar tells supporters in Nevada, Minnesota that focus is on Super Tuesday
ELY, Nev. — Sen. Amy Klobuchar returned to Minnesota Saturday to regroup as voters started caucusing in Nevada, a state where she was not expected to be competitive with the leaders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.Trailing in early results, Klobuchar told supporters in Las Vegas and Minneapolis that she was focused on the critical March 3 “Super Tuesday” contests, which will include Minnesota and 14 other states and territories and award more than half of the delegates needed to head the party’s fall ballot.Speaking to reporters before leaving Nevada, Klobuchar said she ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Bloomberg offers to rescind nondisclosure agreements for 3 women accusing him of sexual harassment
Michael Bloomberg offered Friday to rescind hush agreements that his namesake company drew up for three women who accused him of sexual harassment.In a statement released by his presidential campaign, the former New York mayor said Bloomberg LP inked the nondisclosure agreements to “address complaints about comments” the three women allege he made over “the past 30-plus years.”Bloomberg did not elaborate, but a campaign spokeswoman confirmed to the New York Daily News that the NDAs cover sexual harassment claims against the former mayor.“There are only three allegations against Mike for jokes ...
New York Daily News
Unlikely voters say they'll vote in 2020. Who will that benefit?
MIAMI — Tens of millions of people who have chosen not to vote in recent U.S. elections could be headed to the polls this November in a massive wave that would change the look and feel of the presidential contest, according to a newly published study of “chronic non-voters.”The sweeping survey of thousands of inactive voters and eligible but unregistered adults, commissioned last summer by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, found that roughly half of those interviewed were “absolutely certain” they’ll vote in 2020. And given estimates that 100 million eligible adults skipp...
Editorial: Don't throw away your vote, Democrats, by voting too early
Voting has already begun in Florida’s presidential primaries, concluding March 17. More than a million absentee ballots have been mailed just to Democratic voters.Democrats, we cannot stress this enough. Set aside those ballots for a while. Don’t send them back too early and risk voting for someone no longer in contention.We know you feel compelled to immediately complete and return your ballot. But look at the many names of people there who’ve already dropped out. Aren’t you glad you’re not wasting your vote on them?Believe us. You won’t forget to return your ballot.There will be 22 primaries...
Jill Stein wants to block Philly's new voting machines; Pa. elections official says that would cause chaos
PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania’s top elections official told a federal judge Tuesday that chaos would ensue if the court blocked Philadelphia and two other counties from using their new voting machines during the 2020 presidential elections.“Your honor, I can’t overstate … the chaos that would ensue, frankly,” Secretary of the Commonwealth Kathy Boockvar said of the primary election. “The voters who just learned a new machine would have to have something, some ability to vote.”Nor, she said, was she sure it would be feasible for the general election.Lawyers for 2016 Green Party presidential candi...
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Mary Schmich: Elizabeth Warren isn't out, yet, so stop writing her political obituary. There are 48 states left
Yoo hoo! Elizabeth Warren fans! Over here!Yes, we’re still here. Gather round. Scooch on in. We’ve been shoved into this little corner at the edge of the stage, but we’re not leaving yet. The pundits’ wind is bitter cold, and history is giving us the wary eye, and our friends are sniffing, “Get over it.”Nevertheless, we persist. So does Elizabeth Warren.It’s not that we Warren fans dislike the other Democratic candidates. Or maybe it’s better to say that not all of us dislike all of them. Go Amy. Go Pete. Go Anybody Who Can Beat the Foul-Mouthed Autocrat-in-Chief.What we don’t like? It’s the w...
Dahleen Glanton: It's tough being a Democratic voter if you're not a clairvoyant
If this were a normal presidential election, most Democrats would have decided by now whom they would vote for in the primaries. They simply would have weighed each candidate’s message and decided which aligned most closely with their own.That’s how easy the political process is supposed to be. But this is no ordinary election. It never is when Donald Trump is involved.This time around, Democrats are facing an extraordinary challenge. They will have to become clairvoyants. They must try to look into the future to Nov. 3 and decide who most likely would be giving a victory speech, Trump or his ...