Morning Digest: Kris Kobach isn’t getting out of the way for Sam Brownback’s successor

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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KS-Gov: As far back as March, there’ve been reports that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback would bail on his home state of Kansas before his term expires in early 2019 for a Trump administration position. On Wednesday, those reports came to fruition when the State Department announced that Trump had nominated Brownback to serve as his “ambassador for religious freedom.” It’s not the most prestigious job, shall we say, but the incredibly unpopular governor is probably just happy to get out of Dodge. The Senate will need to confirm Brownback, however, so Kansas is stuck with him for at least a while longer.

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Morning Digest: Mo Brooks complains that Trump has ‘publicly waterboarded’ Jeff Sessions

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AL-Sen: With less than a month to go before the Aug. 15 GOP Senate primary, we finally have a proper poll. Cygnal, on behalf of several unnamed “businesses and associations,” gives appointed Sen. Luther Strange the lead with 33 percent, while Roy Moore, the former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, beats Rep. Mo Brooks 26-16 for second. In the likely event that no one takes a majority, there will be a primary runoff in September.

Aside from rumored tidbits, this is the first and only complete poll we’ve ever seen here, so we don’t have anything to compare it to. However, Strange and his allies at the Senate Leadership Fund, a well-funded super PAC close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been spending aggressively while Brooks and Moore have little outside support, so it’s not unreasonable to see the senator

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Morning Digest: All for none: Cosplaying ‘Musketeer’ CEO won’t run for Colorado governor

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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CO-Gov: Somehow, Coloradans will need to make do without having a cosplaying rich guy as their governor. DaVita CEO Kent Thiry, whose company is the world’s second-largest kidney dialysis firm, announced on Monday that he would not seek the GOP nomination for this open seat. Thiry is known for some rather eccentric behavior: He makes his employees sing DaVita’s corporate song “hundreds” of times a year (it’s “terrible,” in the words of CBS MoneyWatch), and he regularly wears a “Three Musketeers” costume around the office. Apparently, he’s not the only one who likes to suit up: In a skit performed at an employee meeting some years ago, according to the

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Morning Digest: All for none: Cosplaying ‘Musketeer’ CEO won’t run for Colorado governor

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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CO-Gov: Somehow, Coloradans will need to make do without having a cosplaying rich guy as their governor. DaVita CEO Kent Thiry, whose company is the world’s second-largest kidney dialysis firm, announced on Monday that he would not seek the GOP nomination for this open seat. Thiry is known for some rather eccentric behavior: He makes his employees sing DaVita’s corporate song “hundreds” of times a year (it’s “terrible,” in the words of CBS MoneyWatch), and he regularly wears a “Three Musketeers” costume around the office. Apparently, he’s not the only one who likes to suit up: In a skit performed at an employee meeting some years ago, according to the

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Morning Digest: Independent poll has Virginia governor’s race all tied up

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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VA-Gov: Monmouth is out with their first poll of this fall’s Virginia governor’s race, and they have Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam tied 44-44; 3 percent back Libertarian Cliff Hyra, while 9 percent are undecided. One optimistic sign for Northam is that Trump posts an awful 22-60 disapproval rating among voters who aren’t supporting either major party candidate. By contrast, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who is termed out, has a 42-34 approval rating with this group.

We’ve only seen one other independent poll since last month’s primary, and it showed a very different result. A month ago, Quinnipiac showed Northam up 47-39. Just after the primary, Gillespie’s team released a

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Daily Kos Elections 2Q 2017 House fundraising reports roundup

Quarterly fundraising reports for federal candidates, covering the period from April 1 to June 30, were due at the Federal Elections Commission on July 15 at midnight. Below is our chart of fundraising numbers for House candidates in all key races this cycle. (Click here for our companion chart for the Senate.) That includes, among others:

  • Races we expect to be competitive in this year’s general elections
  • Open seats in otherwise safe districts with contested primaries
  • Under-the-radar contests where a candidate raised an unexpectedly high sum
  • Incumbents who might face a credible primary challenge
As always, all numbers are in thousands. The chart, and an explanation of each column, can be found below.

Morning Digest: How California’s top-two primary could wind up saving a vulnerable Republican

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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CA-48: Ugh. This is some very frustrating news—and yet another reason why we hate top-two primaries with a passion. GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is looking decidedly vulnerable next year after his Southern California House seat swung from a 55-43 win for Mitt Romney to a 48-46 win for Hillary Clinton, and no fewer than four notable Democrats have jumped in to challenge the incumbent, who has only won by less than double digits once in his three-decade career.

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But a new candidate in the race could screw everything up, and that’s because businessman Stelian Onufrei is a Republican. In any normal state, Onufrei, who’s pledged to self-fund $500,000, would simply

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Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—funding your future

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This year we’ve been focused on activism, and how our activists outside of traditional campaigns wage their own campaign to help oust politicians opposed to them on the issues. Every step we make culminates in one action: getting candidates elected.

One of the steps many activists eventually look at is forming a PAC, a state or federal entity designed to help raise and spend money to assist candidates. When organizations start to grow they look at a way to take their energy and put it toward funding efforts, and building a state or federal PAC allows your activism to fund their

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Voting Rights Roundup: Kris Kobach claims ‘we may never know’ if Clinton won the popular vote

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Voter Fraud Commission: On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s “Election Integrity Commission” held its first official meeting, which was closed to the public and only available via online broadcast. Vice-chair Kris Kobach, one of America’s most notorious vote-suppressors, inaugurated the proceedings with a brazen lie in order to undermine public confidence in our electoral system, claiming that we “will probably never know” whether Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016. There is utterly no evidence that millions of illegal voters cost Trump the popular vote, but that hasn’t stopped the administration and Kobach from furthering the notion.

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The commission is already facing at least seven lawsuits against its proceedings for a variety of legal violations, chiefly over privacy—a concern there’s good reason to think the panel has little regard for. In a breach of confidence that could lead to harassment, the

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Voting Rights Roundup: Kris Kobach claims ‘we may never know’ if Clinton won the popular vote

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Voter Fraud Commission: On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s “Election Integrity Commission” held its first official meeting, which was closed to the public and only available via online broadcast. Vice-chair Kris Kobach, one of America’s most notorious vote-suppressors, inaugurated the proceedings with a brazen lie in order to undermine public confidence in our electoral system, claiming that we “will probably never know” whether Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016. There is utterly no evidence that millions of illegal voters cost Trump the popular vote, but that hasn’t stopped the administration and Kobach from furthering the notion.

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The commission is already facing at least seven lawsuits against its proceedings for a variety of legal violations, chiefly over privacy—a concern there’s good reason to think the panel has little regard for. In a breach of confidence that could lead to harassment, the

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Voting Rights Roundup: Kris Kobach claims ‘we may never know’ if Clinton won the popular vote

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Voter Fraud Commission: On Wednesday, Donald Trump’s “Election Integrity Commission” held its first official meeting, which was closed to the public and only available via online broadcast. Vice-chair Kris Kobach, one of America’s most notorious vote-suppressors, inaugurated the proceedings with a brazen lie in order to undermine public confidence in our electoral system, claiming that we “will probably never know” whether Hillary Clinton won the popular vote in 2016. There is utterly no evidence that millions of illegal voters cost Trump the popular vote, but that hasn’t stopped the administration and Kobach from furthering the notion.

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The commission is already facing at least seven lawsuits against its proceedings for a variety of legal violations, chiefly over privacy—a concern there’s good reason to think the panel has little regard for. In a breach of confidence that could lead to harassment, the

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Morning Digest: Huge sums are fast making the Illinois governor’s race the most expensive in history

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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IL-Gov: With the second quarter recently ending, we now have fundraising totals for next year’s gubernatorial contest in Illinois—and man are they insane. First off, the Democrats:

J.B. Pritzker (D): $14 million self-funded, $4.9 million cash-on-hand

Daniel Biss (D): $1 million raised, $2.3 million cash-on-hand

Chris Kennedy (D): $704,000 raised, $959,000 cash-on-hand

Ameya Pawar (D): $139,000 raised, $229,000 cash-on-hand

Scott Drury (D): $66,000 raised, $347,000 cash-on-hand (in one month)

Bob Daiber (D): $4,000 raised, $10,000 self-loaned, $10,000 cash-on-hand

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Billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker dominated the money race by self-funding $14 million even as he accepted no donations. Kennedy-family scion Chris Kennedy is also quite wealthy by any objective

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Morning Digest: Huge sums are fast making the Illinois governor’s race the most expensive in history

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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IL-Gov: With the second quarter recently ending, we now have fundraising totals for next year’s gubernatorial contest in Illinois—and man are they insane. First off, the Democrats:

J.B. Pritzker (D): $14 million self-funded, $4.9 million cash-on-hand

Daniel Biss (D): $1 million raised, $2.3 million cash-on-hand

Chris Kennedy (D): $704,000 raised, $959,000 cash-on-hand

Ameya Pawar (D): $139,000 raised, $229,000 cash-on-hand

Scott Drury (D): $66,000 raised, $347,000 cash-on-hand (in one month)

Bob Daiber (D): $4,000 raised, $10,000 self-loaned, $10,000 cash-on-hand

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Billionaire investor J.B. Pritzker dominated the money race by self-funding $14 million even as he accepted no donations. Kennedy-family scion Chris Kennedy is also quite wealthy by any objective

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Morning Digest: Time for some traffic problems for Mo Brooks

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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AL-05, AL-Sen: Despite the wishes of the Senate GOP leadership, tea partying Rep. Mo Brooks is challenging appointed Sen. Luther Strange in next month’s Republican primary. Unlike Strange, Brooks has always had a fallback option if he loses: He can just turn around and seek re-election to his conservative northern Alabama House seat. Now, though, that Plan B is suddenly looking quite a bit choppier. Businessman Clayton Hinchman, an Army Ranger who lost his right leg in Iraq, has entered the GOP primary for Brooks’ seat, and it looks like he has some prominent people backing his play.

The Washington Examiner’s David Drucker notes that Hinchman’s general consultant is none other than

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Nuts & Bolts: A guide to Democratic campaigns—Lobbying your statehouse

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This year we’ve been focused on activism, how our activists outside of campaign wage their own campaign to help oust politicians opposed to them on the issues. Activism often extends far beyond the ballot box. It is also about exerting pressure into your state house or local government through  some sort of lobbying effort.

When we talk about lobbying efforts, most people have a negative connotation. They think of high-profile, highly paid people who wine and dine elected officials to get their way. But every time you write a letter, make a phone call, or contact a representative, you are in

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Voting Rights Roundup: New Hampshire GOP passes new law to suppress votes following close 2016 races

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New Hampshire: With little flourish, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law that will impose new residency requirements on New Hampshire voters after Republican legislators passed the measure on a party-line vote. This new law will require voters who register within 30 days of an election to show additional documentation that they indeed live day-to-day at the residence they claim as their “domicile” and intend to do so long-term.

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Voters who lack suitable documentation will be able to cast provisional ballots, but they’d still have to provide documents proving their residency meets the state’s new requirements at a later date. If they don’t, this new law empowers state election officials to visit their homes and refer them to the state secretary of state’s office for potential investigation, which many voters might find intimidating.

Republicans passed this law after Donald Trump baselessly claimed earlier

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Voting Rights Roundup: New Hampshire GOP passes new law to suppress votes following close 2016 races

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New Hampshire: With little flourish, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law that will impose new residency requirements on New Hampshire voters after Republican legislators passed the measure on a party-line vote. This new law will require voters who register within 30 days of an election to show additional documentation that they indeed live day-to-day at the residence they claim as their “domicile” and intend to do so long-term.

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Voters who lack suitable documentation will be able to cast provisional ballots, but they’d still have to provide documents proving their residency meets the state’s new requirements at a later date. If they don’t, this new law empowers state election officials to visit their homes and refer them to the state secretary of state’s office for potential investigation, which many voters might find intimidating.

Republicans passed this law after Donald Trump baselessly claimed earlier

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Voting Rights Roundup: New Hampshire GOP passes new law to suppress votes following close 2016 races

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New Hampshire: With little flourish, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law that will impose new residency requirements on New Hampshire voters after Republican legislators passed the measure on a party-line vote. This new law will require voters who register within 30 days of an election to show additional documentation that they indeed live day-to-day at the residence they claim as their “domicile” and intend to do so long-term.

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Voters who lack suitable documentation will be able to cast provisional ballots, but they’d still have to provide documents proving their residency meets the state’s new requirements at a later date. If they don’t, this new law empowers state election officials to visit their homes and refer them to the state secretary of state’s office for potential investigation, which many voters might find intimidating.

Republicans passed this law after Donald Trump baselessly claimed earlier

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Voting Rights Roundup: New Hampshire GOP passes new law to suppress votes following close 2016 races

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New Hampshire: With little flourish, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed a law that will impose new residency requirements on New Hampshire voters after Republican legislators passed the measure on a party-line vote. This new law will require voters who register within 30 days of an election to show additional documentation that they indeed live day-to-day at the residence they claim as their “domicile” and intend to do so long-term.

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Voters who lack suitable documentation will be able to cast provisional ballots, but they’d still have to provide documents proving their residency meets the state’s new requirements at a later date. If they don’t, this new law empowers state election officials to visit their homes and refer them to the state secretary of state’s office for potential investigation, which many voters might find intimidating.

Republicans passed this law after Donald Trump baselessly claimed earlier

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Morning Digest: Montana Republicans keep searching for Senate option, may settle on state auditor

The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, and Carolyn Fiddler, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, and David Beard.

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MT-Sen: National Republicans were disappointed when ex-Rep. Ryan Zinke took a Trump cabinet post rather than challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, and they weren’t happy when Attorney General Tim Fox also announced that he would stay out of the Senate race. Their attention has since turned to Matt Rosendale, who was elected state auditor just last year. Roll Call‘s Simone Pathé reports that Rosendale is “expected” to decide within the month, and an unnamed person close to Rosendale insists he’s “95 percent there.”

However, Republicans aren’t unanimous in how they feel about him. On the one hand, Rosendale was born in Maryland and still has the accent to

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