The San Francisco office of California’s Department of Justice occupies a 14-story tower amid what might be the most formidable density of high-tech money and power in the world. The top floor looks across to Twitter’s headquarters, just five blocks away; Facebook is 30 miles down the peninsula in Silicon Valley; and Google not far beyond that. On the afternoon of February 4, 2015, executives from those companies, as well as Microsoft and other online giants, filed through the building’s doors and into a distinctly unglamorous, windowless below-ground room. They sat in rows. The companies there had made hundreds of billions of dollars collectively during the freewheeling internet boom of the aughts and 2010s, and they weren’t accustomed to being summoned by local law enforcement. If anything, politicians were usually eager to catch a bit of their reflected glamour. President Barack Obama had dined with high-tech CEOs and invited industry leaders to the White … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris’ Crusade Against ‘Revenge Porn’
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Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press Updated 12:23 pm PST, Thursday, January 31, 2019 In this Jan. 30, 2019, photo, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a rally in Brunswick, Ohio. The clearest path for Democrats to return to the White House runs straight through the upper Midwest, fueling debate over who is best positioned to recapture the region’s working-class voters who broke for President Donald Trump in 2016. Though the first prominent Democrats to announce their 2020 candidacies hail from the coasts, several Midwestern natives, including Brown and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., are offering themselves as potential contenders uniquely attuned to the region’s priorities. less In this Jan. 30, 2019, photo, Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, speaks at a rally in Brunswick, Ohio. The clearest path for Democrats to return to the White House runs straight through the upper Midwest, fueling ... more Photo: Tony … [Read more...] about Eyeing 2020, Brown tests pro-worker theme in Iowa towns
Will Weissert, Associated Press Updated 5:18 am PST, Sunday, January 13, 2019 FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, speaks during a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. O’Rourke barged into last year’s Texas Senate race almost laughably early in March 2017. Now, as the onetime punk rocker mulls a much-hyped White House bid for 2020, he’s doing anything he can to stay in the spotlight without formally starting a campaign. less FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, speaks during a campaign rally in El Paso, Texas. O’Rourke barged into last ... more Photo: Eric Gay, AP Photo: Eric Gay, AP Image 1 … [Read more...] about How long can O’Rourke wait as 2020 pace picks up around him?
Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press Updated 4:18 pm PST, Friday, November 30, 2018 FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker speaks at a get out the vote event hosted by the New Hampshire Young Democrats in Durham, N.H. As Democrats begin to think about the 2020 presidential race, they face a choice between pragmatists who may be able to flip states that President Trump won in 2016 and those such as Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, or Beto O'Rourke of Texas, whose inspirational personal stories may connect with voters on a more emotional level. less FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker speaks at a get out the vote event hosted by the New Hampshire Young Democrats in Durham, N.H. As Democrats begin to think about the 2020 ... more Photo: Cheryl Senter, AP … [Read more...] about Inspiration vs. pragmatism: Democrats face tough 2020 choice
If the polling is actually accurate this year, Ted Cruz is the favorite to win the surprisingly competitive Texas Senate seat over progressive challenger Beto O’Rourke on November 6. If that proves out, it will be a coup for the senator’s campaign team given Democratic headwinds in other races across the country and plenty of criticism for Cruz’s new closeness to President Trump. He’ll have done it by using some cutting-edge data science to target core Republican voting blocks in the state with conservative messages that boil down to “Keep Texas Red.” For Cruz’s longtime campaign guru, that was the plan all along, given the nature of Texas politics. “Beto would have run a fantastic campaign had he been running as a Democrat in Massachusetts,” says Chris Wilson, whose firm WPA Intelligence handles the Cruz campaign’s data science and voter targeting operation from an office a few blocks from the Capitol building in … [Read more...] about How Ted Cruz plans to beat Beto O’Rourke: Play it simple