Kamala Harris says she supports adding third gender option to federal IDs


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Sen. Kamala Harris said Tuesday that she supports placing a third gender option on federal identification cards and documents, bolstering her record on LGBTQ issues.

Harris was asked about adding a third gender option during an event at Keene State College in New Hampshire. “Sure,” she replied.

Harris — a product of the San Francisco Bay Area with a long record on LGBTQ rights, including refusing to defend a ban on same-sex marriage as attorney general of California — used the question to denounce what she described as rising hate in America.

At the town hall, she criticized the Trump administration’s efforts to ban transgender troops from the military, saying she approaches the issue from a human and civil rights perspective. “These are people who have decided they are willing to sacrifice and serve for the sake of our democracy and freedom, and you’re going to kick them out of Continue reading “Kamala Harris says she supports adding third gender option to federal IDs”

The rude awakening creeping up on Kamala Harris


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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Joe Biden has yet to formally declare his presidential bid, but he’s already complicating Kamala Harris’ path to victory in a must-win state: South Carolina.

The pivotal early primary state is the linchpin of Harris’ strategy to capture the Democratic nomination, yet the former vice president’s experience, pragmatism and close association with former President Barack Obama have given him a significant advantage here — even more so than in other states, according to more than two dozen interviews with state operatives and elected leaders, as well as public and private polling.

African-Americans and women make up strong majorities of Democratic primary voters here, and Harris aggressively courted local support last weekend in her fourth visit of the young campaign, which focused on rural areas. Biden, meanwhile, starts with broad across-the-board backing from an array of establishment Democrats to rank-and-file black voters. His overall early support skews

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Kamala Harris proposes major executive actions to crack down on guns


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Kamala Harris said Monday that she will take significant action to curb spiraling gun violence in America — an effort by the California senator and former career prosecutor to own the gun-control issue in a crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field.

Harris announced her plans during a CNN town hall, pledging that if Congress does not enact major gun legislation — including universal background checks, closing the so-called boyfriend loophole, and repealing a law that prevents victims from holding gunmakers and firearms dealers liable for their losses — she would take executive action to do so in her first 100 days as president.

"There are people in Washington, D.C., supposed leaders, who have failed to have the courage to reject a false choice which says you’re either in favor of the Second Amendment or you want to take everyone’s guns away," Harris said

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O’Rourke confronts cable TV drought


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Beto O’Rourke, traveling the country doing a head-snapping number of presidential campaign events, had just finished an extended version of his stump speech Wednesday when a self-described cable news devotee confronted the former congressman over his absence from her TV screen.

O’Rourke’s cable absenteeism diverges with the omnipresence of other 2020 candidates, particularly South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, whose media saturation strategy corresponds with his recent rise in polls and surprise early fundraising successes.

Bernie Sanders starred this week in a highly rated town hall on Fox News. Next week, Sanders and four Democratic rivals — Buttigieg and Sens. Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren — head to New Hampshire for back-to-back live town halls on CNN. For all five of the presidential contenders, this is their second such event in the last three months.

Even some of O’Rourke’s fans are starting to express concern.

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Kamala Harris takes early lead in the big-money race


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Hundreds of the biggest Democratic fundraisers in the last two presidential elections are already picking candidates for 2020 — and Kamala Harris has a significant early edge, while Pete Buttigieg and his from-scratch campaign has scrambled into the second tier.

Harris has already received donations from 176 people or couples who raised at least $100,000, and sometimes many multiples of that, for Hillary Clinton in 2016 or at least $50,000 for Barack Obama in 2012, according to a POLITICO analysis of new campaign finance disclosures and “bundler” data from the Center for Responsive Politics. While the Democratic presidential campaigns have been focused on building small-donor armies this year, bundlers mine their networks for checks to pass along to campaigns six- or seven-figures at a time, giving them a potentially massive role in a crowded primary.

Donations from these key fundraisers signals the out-of-the-gate interest the candidates are generating among many

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O’Rourke family sues government to lower taxes on shopping center


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Back when he served on the El Paso City Council, Beto O’Rourke prodded his hometown to shift more of its property tax burden from homeowners to commercial property owners.

But now, he and a group of family members who own a shopping center are suing the government to lower the amount of taxes they pay on the property.

The dispute involving the Democratic presidential candidate and local tax officials, first reported by POLITICO, arose more than a year ago, when Peppertree Square Ltd. claimed its assessed property value of about $3.8 million in 2017 was excessively high.

Despite persuading local tax authorities to reduce the property’s assessed value to about $2.8 million — a difference with potentially significant tax implications — Peppertree is arguing the amount remains excessive. In litigation against the El Paso Central Appraisal District, Peppertree claimed the fair market value of its property was $2 Continue reading “O’Rourke family sues government to lower taxes on shopping center”

Harris’ Hollywood haul: Donors include Ben Affleck, Elizabeth Banks, Wanda Sykes


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Hollywood donors are flocking to Kamala Harris.

Actors and actresses who wrote checks to the Harris campaign during the first three months of the year included Ben Affleck, who gave $2,800; Elizabeth Banks, who donated $5,600; Eva Longoria Baston, who donated $5,400; Alison Pill, who donated $360; Wanda Sykes, who donated $500; Lily Tomlin, who donated $525; and America Ferrera, who donated $250.

Filmmakers and studio executives were similarly supportive of Harris’ presidential bid: Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Lee Daniels wrote Harris checks of $2,800 and $2,700, respectively. Hollywood fundraiser Jeffrey Katzenberg gave $2,800 to Harris, and former Fox Television Group Chairman Gary Newman gave $2,700.

Harris did not garner a herd of Hollywood supporters by accident. She has made an effort to court donors in Hollywood for years while holding statewide office in California, as well as during the early months of her presidential bid.

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Harris building support in South Carolina


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Sen. Kamala Harris is making inroads with elected officials and leaders in South Carolina ahead of her fourth visit to the crucial early-voting state this week — snagging the much-sought endorsement of former state Rep. Bakari Sellers on Monday.

Sellers, who is from Denmark, S.C., will campaign with Harris and formally announce his support for the California Democrat during a Saturday town hall at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. She is returning to the state on Friday for a town hall at Winthrop University in Rock Hill.

Harris has made early investments in the state given its central role in her fight for the nomination. Ahead of her presidential announcement — and before she and top surrogates began holding events across the state — Harris attended a gala for the nation’s oldest black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns


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Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband reported a total income of about $2 million in their 2018 federal tax return, according to a large release of filings on Sunday by the California Democrat that her presidential campaign is billing as the “most transparent” of the sprawling 2020 field.

Harris released 15 years of tax returns in all — three more than any other candidate. Harris’ records cover every year since 2004, when she was the elected district attorney of San Francisco.

In their 2018 return, Harris and her husband, attorney Doug Emhoff, listed an adjusted gross income of $1.89 million, including Harris’ Senate salary and the $320,000 she made from writing a book, “The Truths We Hold.” Harris and Emhoff were married in 2014, then began filing jointly. In 2018, they paid $563,426 in federal taxes and donated $27,000 to charity.

Their average effective tax rate was roughly Continue reading “Kamala Harris releases 15 years of tax returns”

Early state Dems stand by Biden


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Sam Lieberman, former chairman of the Nevada Democratic Party, has a framed picture in his office of Joe Biden. In the photo, taken sometime during Biden’s short-lived 2008 presidential campaign, the former vice president is standing behind Lieberman and kissing his scalp.

It’s the kind of physical touching — or violation of personal boundaries — that has gotten him in trouble with a variety of women and clouded his prospective entry into the presidential race. Yet it’s also a reminder of Biden’s long history of toiling in the early presidential state vineyards, and his easy familiarity with party activists and officials — many of whom are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

“Everybody knows Joe Biden. None of this is anything new,” Lieberman said, referring to various accounts of unwanted touching. “I don’t think it’s sexual harassment. I don’t think it’s anything except for who he is Continue reading “Early state Dems stand by Biden”

Harris skips vote on California disaster aid to campaign for president


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When the Senate took contentious votes this week on a disaster aid package to help California rebuild after wildfires, Sen. Kamala Harris was in Sacramento — courting the support of labor unions for her presidential campaign.

A day later, Harris was stumping in Nevada when she missed a Tuesday vote on the start of a Republican maneuver to speed up confirmation of President Donald Trump’s judicial and executive branch nominees. Harris was still in Nevada Wednesday when the Senate took more votes, including a historic vote in which Senate Republicans used the so-called nuclear option to finalize their plan to expedite Trump’s nominees.

The missed votes highlight the challenge she and five of her Democratic Senate colleagues face as they struggle to balance their day jobs with the increasing demands of a presidential campaign. Complicating their decisions of when to campaign is the ascent of former Rep. Beto O’Rourke, whose Continue reading “Harris skips vote on California disaster aid to campaign for president”

Kamala Harris wants Dreamers to work in Congress


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Kamala Harris is going all in on immigration reform.

On Wednesday, the 2020 contender will introduce legislation with Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Catherine Cortez-Masto (D-Nev.) that would make Dreamers eligible to work as staffers or interns in Congress. It’s the latest move by the California Democrat to seize on an issue that her rival Beto O’Rourke has made his calling card — and to advocate for a Democratic constituency that’s often reduced to a congressional bargaining chip.

Harris’ proposal, which would lift what immigrant-rights supporters consider to be a mean-spirited ban on Dreamers working in Congress, comes after Harris traveled to Latino-heavy Nevada this week for her second visit there as a presidential candidate. She also went to Texas recently, in part to build support among Latino voters.

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Harris raises $12 million in 1st quarter of campaign


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Kamala Harris on Monday announced raising $12 million over the first quarter of her presidential campaign, setting an early high bar for the sprawling Democratic field challenging President Donald Trump in 2020.

Half of the total haul for Harris, a California senator, was raised online, including more than $1.1 million in the final week of March, when she spent heavily to attract more donors ahead of the financial deadline. The average online contribution was $28, her campaign said.

Harris’ number is certain to be eclipsed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas, who each raised about $6 million in the first 24 hours of their campaigns, but it establishes a benchmark for the other Democrats who are competing for donors in an exceedingly crowded environment.

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Kamala Harris’ teacher pay price tag: $315B


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Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris proposed Tuesday spending a staggering $315 billion over 10 years to boost teacher pay, a move that would have an immediate pocketbook impact on a large and influential group of voters who are in high demand.

Women dominate the teaching ranks and represent a diverse and politically active bloc with an outsize voice in labor across the country, and Harris is betting that her proposal will make her stand out with a critical demographic in the Democratic Party.

The policy proposal is by far the most aggressive and expansive education proposal among the 2020 field. The California senator’s campaign said it would give the “average teacher in America” a raise of $13,500, or a 23 percent increase in base pay. Harris’ proposal would represent a significant expansion of federal spending on education, and it would be the largest federal investment in teacher pay in U. Continue reading “Kamala Harris’ teacher pay price tag: $315B”

Looming 2020 deadline triggers wild chase for cash


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Democratic presidential candidates are on a white-knuckle ride to March 31, the quarterly reporting deadline that will signal who’s rolling in cash and who’s scraping just to establish viability.

All too conscious that the numbers they report will be viewed as either a show of strength or the first sign of weakness, the campaigns are furiously chasing dollars to bulk up their totals, while quietly managing expectations behind the scenes with staffers, supporters and the media.

“For candidates who got in early it will be a much more significant test than those who have only just jumped into the race in the last few weeks,” said Joel Benenson, a former top adviser to President Barack Obama and the chief strategist for Hillary Clinton in 2016. “Rightly or wrongly, the political press is going to treat the filings as the first ‘ballot.’ So, it’s important both for optics, but also Continue reading “Looming 2020 deadline triggers wild chase for cash”

Democrats now have to beat Trump the old-fashioned way


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Democrats were never relying on putting the Russia investigation at the center of their presidential campaigns.

But the freedom to rebrand President Donald Trump as a criminal had been widely viewed as a major potential asset — a crowd-pleaser, at minimum, and an undercurrent to Democrats’ broader effort to portray Trump as unfit for the presidency.

The Mueller report’s findings cut deeply into that prospective line of attack. After a summary of Mueller’s report concluded there wasn’t enough evidence to find Trump conspired with Russia to win the 2016 election, Democrats seeking to unseat the president joined a chorus of partisans calling for the full report’s release.

But they also emerged from the weekend confronting the near-certainty that Trump will not be felled by an outside investigation, and that the 2020 campaign — in a period of relative peace and economic prosperity — will be waged on familiar ground advantageous Continue reading “Democrats now have to beat Trump the old-fashioned way”

Kamala Harris pitches big increase in teacher pay


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HOUSTON — Kamala Harris is going big on teacher pay as part of the presidential candidate’s first major policy foray.

The California Democrat will announce at a rally here Saturday that she would make the largest-ever federal investment in teacher pay — staking claim to a huge pocketbook issue that affects millions of public workers, including many who help form a key Democratic voting bloc.

Harris, who will roll out the details of her plan next week, will say she believes the country is in a teacher pay “crisis,” pointing to the 11-percent salary gap between America’s educators and those with college degrees who work in similar professions, according to an outline of her remarks shared with POLITICO.

The gap is more than 20 percent in Texas, where she’s holding her first events in the Super Tuesday state this weekend. Her plan will call for closing the gap in her Continue reading “Kamala Harris pitches big increase in teacher pay”

O’Rourke’s sprint out of the gate leaves Democratic field gasping


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PLYMOUTH, N.H. — By Thursday afternoon, Beto O’Rourke will have campaigned in all 10 counties in New Hampshire — a sprint that will take him all of 48 hours. Last week he was all over Iowa, and in between, he traversed the upper Midwest.

With no job tying him to Washington or a state capital — and a genuine zeal for the open road — O’Rourke is rallying college students, bounding onto café countertops and pressing himself into the news cycle in different media markets by the hour.

“We’re setting the pace,” O’Rourke said in Iowa over the weekend, after running a 5K race at the start of a frenzied day of campaigning in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. He then traveled to Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania, before driving his rented Dodge Grand Caravan more than 430 miles east to New Hampshire.

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Kamala Harris’ big question mark


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DES MOINES, Iowa — Monica Reyes had a straightforward question for Kamala Harris: What’s your strategy to help immigrant workers gain U.S. citizenship? People like her mother, who fled domestic abuse in Mexico, sold blankets at county fairs and then opened a shop in Iowa.

But rather that diving into a detailed immigration plan, Harris asked for the name of Reyes’ mother — Brenda. “She sounds extraordinary,” Harris said. “I think it’s important in this room, while we’re having a discussion about who will be the president of the United States, that we speak her name.”

The Democrat reiterated the need for comprehensive immigration reform, then veered into generalities about immigration policy, never directly answering Reyes’ question.

The exchange at a gathering of Latino and Asian activists at the state Capitol last weekend illustrates Harris’ capacity to convey warmth and relate deeply with her audiences. But it also Continue reading “Kamala Harris’ big question mark”

New Hampshire gives Harris a hard time for rarely showing up


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MANCHESTER, N.H. — Kamala Harris herself referred to it as the “elephant in the room.”

The question of whether the California Democrat will genuinely compete in the first-in-the-nation primary hung over her President’s Day town hall in Portsmouth — even after 1,000 people packed the church to see her, and 500 more were turned away because the space was too full.

Harris, at the event, went out of her way in pledging to be active in the state: “to shake every hand that I possibly can,” as she put it.

But history is not on her side. And her chances of capturing New Hampshire were viewed with such a jaundiced eye by local media that one of Harris’ first exchanges during a two-day swing — with an in-state reporter — included a not-so-subtle reminder that she waited weeks after announcing her White House bid to travel here.

“We’re Continue reading “New Hampshire gives Harris a hard time for rarely showing up”