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    Democrat strategist James Carville explained why he was campaigning and lending his name to fundraising emails for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. “Because I’m an email-signing slut,” Carville told Politico. (RELATED: ‘If You Need Wokeness, Just Go Listen To NPR’: James Carville Doubles Down On Democrats’ Problem) Carville has signed 47 different fundraising emails for the McAuliffe campaign since July 14, according to Politico. His emails have led to roughly $500,000 in campaign contributions for the Virginia candidate, according to McAuliffe’s campaign. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin debate in Alexandria, Virginia last month. The race has gotten steadily closer in its final weeks. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Carville’s fundraising emails, like those from Virginia Democrats, have focused on stoking a sense of panic among voters, Politico reported. Carville, who is bald, addressed one email with “I’m not going to have much hair left” in the subject line, while another told Democratic voters that he was “tearing (his) hair out.” One of McAuliffe’s own emails asked supporters: “Are we blowing this?” (RELATED: Democrat-Linked Group Pushes Ads Hitting...
    "Texas appears to be paying a secretive Republican political operative $120,000 annually to work behind the scenes on redistricting" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. A Republican redistricting operative whose clandestine work helped drag Wisconsin into a legal morass last decade appears to now be on the payroll of the Texas Legislature as lawmakers work to redraw maps that will determine the distribution of political power for years to come. The operative, Adam Foltz, was part of the team that helped craft Wisconsin's legislative maps after Republicans took control of that state Legislature in 2010. Foltz played a key role in a tight-lipped and questionable redrawing process that shut out Democrats and drew the condemnation of federal judges who described it as “needlessly secret," according to court records. Foltz may now be...
    Radio host and former Trump administration official Seb Gorka became suspicious of a man who called into his radio show on Monday. It turns out he had reason to be. The caller said he was “frustrated” with Gorka’s treatment of Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin, and went on to make comments that perhaps sounded a bit too polished to the radio host. “I don’t know if you saw today, but he rolled out a new policy plan called his Day One Game Plan,” said the caller, who identified himself as Josh. “He wants to defend, and not defund, police. He wants to invest in our schools, restore excellence in education, cut cost of living.” He then accused Gorka of trying to take down Youngkin. “Do you work for the campaign, Josh?” asked Gorka. “If this is how you treat your friends…” the caller replied before Gorka interrupted. “Do you work for the campaign?” he asked again. “Don’t avoid my question. Do you work for Glenn Youngkin?” “I don’t, I don’t,” he responded. “Yes, I bet you don’t. Goodbye, you...
    A prominent Minnesota Republican Party operative pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a raft of federal charges stemming from an alleged child sex trafficking scheme. Anton “Tony” Lazzaro, 30, of Minneapolis is accused of giving cash and gifts to six girls between the ages of 15 and 17 in exchange for sex, according to a KSTP-TV report. Anton Lazzaro  In the St. Paul courtroom where Lazzaro made his first appearance Tuesday, a federal magistrate judge denied the defense’s request that Lazzaro be confined to his home while he awaits trial, instead ordering him to remain in custody at the Sherburne County Jail, the report said. Lazzaro is charged with five counts of sex trafficking of minors, one count of attempted sex trafficking of a minor, one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors and three counts of obstruction. A Minneapolis police officer, who investigated the case as part of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Human Trafficking Task Force, detailed the allegations against Lazzaro in court. Officer Brandon Brugger testified that Lazzaro paid Gisela Castro Medina, a 19-year-old University...
    A 19-year-old woman and her alleged Minnesota pal, Ferrari-driving playboy and Republican strategist Anton Lazzaro, have been arrested on accusations of preying on young girls and recruiting them for sex. Gisela Castro Medina was being held in Okaloosa County, Florida, on suspicion of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking obstruction. 5Republican strategist Anton Lazzaro, 30, has been arrested on accusations of preying on young girls and recruiting them for sexCredit: Sherburne County Jail 5Lazzaro's alleged pal, Gisela Castro Medina, 19, was also arrested on the same chargesCredit: Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Department Lazzaro, 30, faces the same criminal charges, having been arrested in Minneapolis on Thursday morning, according to jail records. Lazzaro is accused of pairing up with an associate in a months-long campaign in 2020 to recruit five young girls for paid sex, according to an indictment. An attempt to pressure a sixth girl was also made, according to the indictment, which currently has Castro Medina's name redacted. Following Lazzaro's arrest, law enforcement officials in the Florida panhandle arrested Castro Medina...
    MINNESOTA (WCCO) – The executive committee of the Minnesota GOP will have an emergency meeting Friday night in wake of the allegations that a Republican donor “deeply involved” in party politics illegally trafficked minors for sex. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said Anton Lazzaro, 30, has been arrested and indicted on federal sex trafficking charges for allegedly recruiting six minor victims to engage in commercial sex acts. Lazzaro’s attorney said his client is being falsely accused. READ MORE: Rays Beat Twins 10-4, Cruz Hits Homer In Minnesota Reunion Since the court documents were made public Thursday, Lazzaro’s ties to the party and Republicans in elected office have sparked questions and prompted politicians on both sides of the aisle to condemn the allegations. Lazzaro donated tens of thousands to Republican candidates and party units, state and federal campaign finance records show, including at least $42,000 to the Minnesota GOP; $15,600 to U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, who is the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee; and $21,000 to U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn. Several Republicans—including Emmer, Hagedorn and...
    Arizona state Senate Republicans launched their sham audit of votes in Maricopa County as red meat for the Trump base, but it may not work out as planned. Oh, the Republican voters who already believe Donald Trump’s Big Lie that the election was stolen are eating it up, but Arizona is not a deep red state anymore, and a new poll finds 49% of Arizona voters opposed to the fraudit, with 46% in favor. Critically, though, independent voters oppose the fraudit by an 18-point margin, strong opposition is higher than strong support, and voters overall say they’re nine points less likely to support a politician who backed it. That poll, from Bendixen & Amandi International, got results similar to those in a May poll from High Ground Inc., while a recent national poll from Monmouth University found that 57% of people viewed such audits as “partisan efforts to undermine valid election results.” The Republicans behind the fraudit have insisted they were just responding to voter concerns and questions about the integrity of the 2020 elections, but it seems that many voters see through that. That doesn’t mean...
    The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● OH-15: Donald Trump waded into the crowded August Republican primary to succeed former Rep. Steve Stivers by endorsing coal company lobbyist Mike Carey on Tuesday. Trump's decision came days after Stivers, who officially resigned from this very red suburban Columbus seat last month, backed state Rep. Jeff LaRe. That move, as well as Stivers' decision to use his old campaign committee to air ads for the state representative, briefly made LaRe the primary frontrunner; another candidate, state Rep. Brian Stewart, subsequently dropped out and acknowledged he didn't think he could compete against his Stivers-supported colleague. Trump's support for Carey, though, likely upends this contest. Carey himself doesn't appear to have run for office since his 1998 defeat in an eastern Ohio state House seat against the late Charlie Wilson, a Democrat who went on to represent that area in Congress...
    Influential Republican political operative Lee Atawater learned the dirty tricks credited with winning multiple presidential elections by being a school bully, his unpublished memoir has revealed. Atawater, who died of brain cancer in 1991 aged 40, mastered the art of smears and low tactics while running high school election campaigns, the seven completed chapters of his book say.     In exclusive access provided to The New Yorker, the papers reveal how he learned how be intimidating and create false promises for his candidates - tricks that live on in today's politics - as a student in high school.   The New Yorker's Jane Mayer was invited to review the papers by Atwater's daughter Sara Lee, a Brussels-based Democrat, after his widow Sally passed away in March. Among the hundreds of type-written pages, they reveal the dirty campaigns and smears that Atwater employed were learned at a young age.  Atwater, born in Atlanta, originally had no plans to go into politics, playing in a rock band in high school and briefly the backup guitarist for Percy Sledge in the 1960s.  The New Yorker...
    MSNBC host Nicole Wallace told viewers on Tuesday that if someone from outer space parachuted to Earth and had to pick the "most sort of destructive force on the planet," they might choose the Republican Party, her former home. Speaking with guest Dr. Kavita Patel on vaccine distribution, Wallace claimed Republicans are "killing people" with their opposition to vaccine passports, etc. She added that Republicans have waged a "war against science," particularly against COVID science.  "The war against science," she said. "I think if someone were to parachute down here and wonder what the most sort of destructive force on our planet is, and they landed in this country, they might look at the Republicans. To me, it feels arbitrary. I’m sure it has long roots in their wars against climate science and their wars against reproductive freedom." Wallace specifically pointed fingers at former President Donald Trump, whose decision to continue to hold rallies during the pandemic resulted in "literal carnage," she argued. DEPARTING CNN ANCHOR BROOKE BALDWIN AIRS GRIEVANCES WITH LACK OF WOMEN IN KEY ROLES AT LIBERAL NETWORK During the same Tuesday program, as Wallace reflected on the...
    The Hill’s Joe Concha called The Washington Post a “political operative” for misquoting former President Donald Trump’s phone call with a Georgia elections investigator on ‘Fox & Friends’ Tuesday.  The Post reported that Trump told Georgia election investigator Frances Watson in December to ‘find the voter fraud’ and that she would be a ‘national hero’ in a phone call, but issued a correction Thursday clarifying that the former president said she would be ‘praised’ when the ‘right answer came out.’ Concha said the Post is a “political operative that had an agenda.” Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Concha criticized the media for spreading false information throughout the Trump-era. He compared the media’s spreading of false information to a seagull eating food without truly knowing what it is. (RELATED: WaPo Issues Lengthy Correction After Completely Misquoting Trump In Story About Phone Call With Georgia Investigator) “It’s not deep throat we’re talking about here, it’s a political operative that had an agenda and it’s like you go to the beach and you throw up food to seagulls and the...
              A young California Republican operative and Coast Guard veteran targeted by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra told the Star News Network Senate Republicans are not doing enough to opposed Becerra nomination to lead Health and Human Services. “Xavier Becerra is by far one of the most ruthless, unethical and corrupt politicians in our country,” said Jordan Tygh, a Coast Guard veteran and former campaign staffer for the California GOP in 2020. “If any one of Biden’s nominee’s can be stopped it needs to be him. The GOP needs to stand strong together with courageous Democrats that are serious about unity to stop this man,” he said. “He played a huge role in destroying my life over a blatant lie – along with Senator Padilla he used his office for partisan political intimidation,” Tygh said. “He used it to legitimize false accusations in order to win cheap political points that resulted in harassment, threats of rape and death, and and a complete tarnishing of my reputation that still affects me to this day.” Then-California...
    Nikki Haley hired a heavy-hitter political operative to run her new political action committee, another signal the former ambassador is eyeing a potential 2024 presidential bid. Betsy Ankney, political director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2020 election cycle, was tapped for the post of executive director at Stand For America PAC, where she will lead Haley's efforts to help the GOP win back majorities in the House and Senate in 2022. Bringing on a strategist with Ankney's expertise and campaign know-how suggests Haley has bigger plans for her PAC over the next two years than simply cutting checks to endorsed candidates. "We are focused on winning back the House and Senate in 2022," Haley said in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner. "Betsy is strong, experienced, and is as determined as I am to recruit new voices, support strong conservatives, and grow our party. I’m excited to have her leading our team." Prior to her gig at the NRSC, Ankney, an Ohio native, served as the campaign manager for two Republican incumbents running in highly competitive...
    Last night and this morning, I felt like crawling into a hole for the next 40 days or so. And not a deep hole. I didn’t have the energy or joie de vivre for a deep hole. It would have been a shallow hole. Barely a hole at all. Really, I would have just lay down in the dirt until my DNA fused to the worms’ and slugs’ and grasses’ much more upbeat genetic material. But I’m a more resilient guy ever since I got into therapy and on antidepressants (I recommend both if you’re struggling). And this morning a friend sent me this Atlantic story from former George W. Bush speechwriter and confirmed NeverTrumper David Frum. He makes some excellent points (one of them being, don’t swallow your tongue in abject, pants-shitting fear just yet): What McConnell did in 2016 was an assertion of brute power, and what he proposes in 2020 is another assertion of brute power. And so the question arises: Does McConnell in fact have the power he asserts? The answer may be no, for...
    Republican operative and Lincoln Project co-founder Steve Schmidt appeared on MSNBC on Thursday and claimed that Donald Trump supporters want to see the United States thrust into another civil war, Breitbart reported. “It’s a ideology now, and it’s taken root,” he said of Trump’s movement. “And so It’s important to understand what it is so we can do something about it. And what it is is an illiberal, autocratic ideology that about 30 percent of the country, roughly, are enamored with. They are full-in 100 percent committed to the cult of personality that is at the core of Trumpism. A cult of personality built around Donald Trump.” Schmidt pointed to the Republican National Convention and claimed that the president and his allies co-opted symbols of America into “symbols of authority” and “partisan totems” for Trump’s “tribe.” The Republican operative claimed that this “seizure” is intended to establish dominance over the rest of the country. “No mistake that the Hawaiian shirt-clad Civil-War fetishists want to see a second Civil War in this country. They are all supporting Trump, and Trump has...
              Live from Music Row Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed political operative Roger Stone to the newsmakers line. During the third hour, Stone highlighted some of the instances that he went through during his tumultuous and unfair trial spearheaded by the deep state in Washington, D.C. He added that it was his redemption and prayer with Jesus Christ that helped him get through the trial and inevitably prevail through commutation with the blessing of President Donald Trump. Leahy: We are joined on the line now by a legendary Republican political operative. Perhaps you’ve seen him in the news of late, Roger Stone. Good morning Roger. Stone: Good morning. Delighted to be with you. Leahy: Roger, the long story short. You were convicted in a kangaroo federal court for making a joke to your neighbor. Is that basically what you were convicted of? Stone: Well, I’m a 40-year friend and supporter of...
    On Wednesday, Politico Magazine profiled Stuart Stevens, a Republican operative who has warned his party about the danger posed to their movement by President Donald Trump, and is now horrified about what has happened to the GOP. “Stevens now believes the Republican Party is, not to put too fine a point on it, a malign force jeopardizing the survival of American democracy,” wrote Michael Grunwald. “He’s written a searing apologia of a book called It Was All a Lie that compares his lifelong party to the Mafia, to Bernie Madoff’s fraud scheme, to the segregationist movement, even to the Nazis. He’s pretty disillusioned.” Stevens was a prolific strategist for the GOP, advising the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, Bob Dole, and Mitt Romney, and a number of Republican senators and governors. “All these Republicans who know Donald Trump is a disaster will try to justify it, because they got something they wanted,” said Stevens in an interview with Grunwald. “Mitch McConnell thinks Trump will be remembered as his fool, and I think the odds are pretty good it’s going to be...
    Stuart Stevens is a veteran Republican campaign operative from five presidential races. When he spoke to PBS’s Judy Woodruff Wednesday, he lamented the GOP failed the moral test it was presented with Donald Trump. “Well, I think there’s been two strains in the party. Call it an Eisenhower strain going back to the ’50s and a McCarthy strain,” Stevens said, recalling when the GOP would talk about expanding their party and bringing in more African-American voters. “Now we don’t even hear any talk anymore of a big tent. And we seem to have settled into a very comfortable white grievance identity.” He said that he wanted to write the book to accept responsibility for his role in seeing Trump come to power. “If you go back and you read the Pat Buchanan and Kevin Phillips memo that was written for Nixon which really outlined the Southern Strategy, the acknowledgment Republicans can’t get African Americans, therefore, the need is either to suppress them or to divert them from the Democratic Party, has been at the core of Republican electoral strategy,” he...
    The new head of President Trump's re-election effort, Bill Stepien, has a formidable task ahead and little time — less than four months to right Mr. Trump's campaign organization and messaging amid tumbling poll numbers in a presidential race shaped by a global pandemic and its economic fallout. Stepien, a traditional GOP political operative, lacks the limelight-craving swagger of the man he's replacing, Brad Parscale, who at 6'8'', was regularly spotted posing for selfies at Trump campaign rallies, served as a warm-up act for Mr. Trump, and promoted his Facebook page using campaign funds. In Stepien, the president finds a more behind-the-scenes, disciplined campaign operative, jokingly described as "allergic to press" — and not nearly as frequently photographed as Parscale. Trump allies view him as a known entity.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox Though Stepien rarely exerts too much power or control over the president's message, he began a review of campaign infrastructure and spending weeks ago when promoted from campaign political director to deputy campaign manager in late May. Former deputy assistant to the president and...
    President Trump announced that he was promoting Bill Stepien to be his new 2020 campaign manager Wednesday, replacing Brad Parscale, who will remain a senior adviser. "Both were heavily involved in our historic 2016 win, and I look forward to having a big and very important second win together,” Trump wrote as part of the announcement. TRUMP REPLACES CAMPAIGN MANAGER BRAD PARSCALE AS POLLS SHOW BIDEN AHEAD The move came days after an article in The Washington Post portrayed Parscale as self-promoting and aloof, noting that he featured prominently in an early Trump campaign ad -- and that staffers complained he often took calls by his swimming pool at home. New polls also show Trump lagging behind rival Joe Biden in the 2020 race. Stepien had existing ties to the Trump campaigns of 2016 and 2020. He was Trump’s national field director in 2016 and received a promotion to deputy 2020 campaign manager in May. “Getting stronger by promoting from within,” Parscale tweeted at the time. Between the campaigns, Stepien served as White House political director. Stepien has had a long career working...
    In an interview with MSNBC broadcast on Friday, former adviser to Sen. John McCain, Steve Schmidt, described the Republican Party as an “organized conspiracy to maintain power,” Raw Story reported. Speaking with anchor Chris Hayes, Schmidt argued that the GOP has transformed under President Donald Trump, describing it as “irredeemable.” “It’s become a threat to America’s institutions, to small ‘L’ liberalism. It is an authoritarian-ish party, not so different than the parties that we see in Hungary and Poland.” “Really what it is is an organized conspiracy to maintain power,” Schmidt continued. Trump’s presidency has resulted in “the collapse of the Republican Party, its putrefaction, its descent into the cesspool is a real tragedy for the country, and we see it playing out now every day,” Schmidt argued. The former GOP operative said that some of Trump’s closest allies in the United States Congress — such as Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — will be voted out of office. “Generally speaking, in this country don’t like it when their politicians take them for fools, look them in the eye...
    As Donald Trump continues to lag behind Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in the polls, some extremist experts and Republican political veterans are concerned about the aftermath. As reported by The Independent, some believe that the president’s loss could spark violence across the country. Jonathan Lockwood, a veteran Republican operative, pointed to recent pushback against Democratic governance and suggested that a similar backlash could happen if Trump loses in November. “I think we should fear a violent uprising… All it takes is for Trump to say one line or post one tweet,” he said. Lockwood suggested that the uprising could include the occupation of state capitols and even a hostage situation. “I think you could see takeovers of every [state] capitol, since the president seems to enjoy watching that from DC, and the country can descend into a chaos that we’ve never seen. People are gravely underestimating how pervasive these conspiracies and the de-legitimizing of Democrats governing truly are.” Daryl Johnson, a former Department of Homeland Security analyst who works to combat domestic terrorism and far-right extremist, claims that right-wing...
    Things aren’t going well in Nevada, said a field operative in a memo to the national Republican Party. The Nevada Independent reported Sunday that a regional field director in the Trump campaign wrote a letter to Ronna Romney McDaniel revealing the situation on the ground. “In 2016, Donald Trump lost Nevada by a narrow margin,” Joshua Skaggs wrote. “In the 2018 midterm elections, Republicans lost ground on the democrats (sic). Based on my observations so far in the 2020 election cycle, I am concerned that President Trump and other Republicans on the ballot will not prevail in Nevada in November.” He sent the letter on March 31; it was long before the coronavirus crisis led to nearly 130,000 dead Americans. He details the numbers being not quite as rosy as the top echelon of the Nevada campaign. “We both want to see President Trump reelected in 2020 so I urge your timely attention to this matter,” Skaggs also wrote. Reporter, editor and founder Jon Ralston said that it was clear Skaggs was trying to “sound a warning bell,” to the party before...
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