Lindsey Graham’s Potential Dem Challenger

A South Carolina Democrat, Jaime Harrison, has launched an exploratory committee to run for the South Carolina U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator Lindsey Graham. As you know, Lindsey Graham is one of the 22 Republican Senators up for reelection in 2020.

It cannot be left unsaid that Lindsey Graham remains very popular in South Carolina and is heavily favored by pollsters to win reelection in 2020. That however was true for Senator Ted Cruz when Beto O’Rourke declared his candidacy against him yet as we now know the Cruz-Beto race went down to the wire.

Bottom line, the lesson for Democrats from the Cruz-Beto contest is never to cede any ground to Republicans based on initial unfavorable polls. If and when Jaime Harrison officially declares his candidacy(assuming no other Dem declares) the DNC must fully throw it’s weight behind his candidacy and help him fight vigorously against incumbent Lindsey Graham. Simply put there’s great enthusiasm among grassroots Democrats to knock off Trump’s Senate enablers Susan Collins, Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham and John Cornyn in 2020.

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GOP Senators Stalling On The Secure Elections Act


Yahoo News today reported that at the request of the White House(read Trump), GOP members of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee that overseas federal elections today stalled a bill–Secure Elections Act–that enjoys bipartisan support and would have significantly shored up election system defenses against the threat of Russian hacking in the  midterms and beyond. Listed below are the shameful GOP Senators in the Rules Committee who don’t want to secure our voting machines. Notice the list includes two of the most despised U.S. Senators–Ted Cruz and Mitch McConnell–truly deplorable!!

There is no valid explanation as to why any member of Congress would be opposed to a bill that seeks to protect our election systems from the threat of Russian hacking. It is very clear as Yours Truly has repeatedly stated that the GOP is banking on Russian hacking in the 2018 midterms.


The reason given by Trump’s White House, that this bill is redundant because DHS is already capable of performing what the bill proposes is also unavailing. Just the other day MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow had a segment where a cyber security expert blamed DHS for leaving local county election officials to defend themselves against Russian hacking. If DHS is already capable of defending our election systems why are they letting the counties do it on their own?

Bottom line Dems and the mainstream media need to keep their eyes on Trump’s GOP as regards Russian interference. Folks if they know we are watching their every move, maybe just maybe they may get deterred. Under no circumstances however should Dems trust assurances from Kirstjen Nielsen’s DHS or the Trump White House regarding their efforts to secure our vote.

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Did Michael Cohen Pay 50K For Russian DNC Hack?


MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow yesterday made a bombshell revelation that right around the time that Trump’s “independent” trust fund run by his sons Eric and Don Jr reimbursed Michael Cohen for the hush money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy Model Karen McDougal, he(Cohen) also received a mysterious “election-related” payment of $50,000 for “tech services”.


As Maddow correctly points out this raises a lot of questions because Team Trump has said all along that Cohen was not part of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Why then would Team Trump pay someone who is not part of the campaign and not known as a tech expert $50,000 for “tech-services”?


Well it turns out the answer to this mysterious question lies in the Christopher Steele Dossier aka TrumpRussia dossier. According to the TrumpRussia dossier, Cohen was part a scheme that worked to make “deniable cash payments” to European hackers working under the direction of the Kremlin against the Clinton campaign.

Given the fact that Cohen at this time was using Trump’s money to “fix” his problems regarding Stormy Daniels, Karen McDougal and others, it is not totally inconceivable that he was also using money from the same source to “fix” Trump’s ultimate problem–defeating then presumptive favorite Hillary Clinton by paying Kremlin-tied European hackers $50K to hack into the DNC servers.

Bottom line because this attack was on the DNC, they have a duty to find out exactly what Michael Cohen’s “election-related” $50K payment for “tech services” was all about. Grassroots Dems demand that the DNC inquire as to this $50K payment Cohen received, and specifically whether it was used to pay for the Russian cyber attack on the DNC.

The full Maddow segment is available here but the relevant clip is below

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Is Russia Helping Trump In GOP Primaries?

The mainstream media is fawning over Trump with stories about how the GOP has become “the party of Trump”. To prove this, they point to the GOP candidates that have won their primaries as a result of Trump’s endorsement–the latest one being Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.

What is missing from the mainstream media’s narrative on this so called ” Trump effect” is the yet unanswered question–are the Russians helping Trump?


Think about that folks, from a purely logical standpoint–If Russians were accused of helping Trump against his GOP opponents in the 2016 presidential primaries(especially Ted Cruz), and Russians helped Trump beat Hillary Clinton, is it a stretch to assume that the same Russians who are interfering in 2018 would be pushing for a Trump-friendly congress? A Congress full of people who “owe” Trump/Putin for their election would be more inclined to say, vote to lift Russia sanctions.

The mainstream media needs to stop fawning over the so-called”Trump-effect” and start asking whether this is really “Putin effect”. If the mainstream mefia was curious enough to pursue this valid line of questioning, it may encourage the Republicans being “upset” in the primaries by Trump endorsees to challenge the election results.

Bottom line the mainstream media should develop a little skepticism surrounding the so-called ” Trump effect” in the GOP primaries. If Russians helped Trump in the GOP presidential primaries, then in the 2016 general election against Clinton, it is not too far fetched to assume they would be tinkering with the GOP primaries now. A Trump-compliant congress is key to Putin’s central mission–lifting of the crushing Russia sanctions

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Ted Cruz The Ultimate Trump Referendum

Yours Truly has stated for months, even when it seemed a ridiculous idea that thanks to the disastrous Trump admin, Dems could pick up Sen Ted Cruz’s seat and that they should fight tooth and nail for it.

Luckily Dems have done just that and per the latest poll, it appears Dem challenger Beto O’Rourke is within 5 points of points Ted Cruz.

Remember back in January, Sen Ted Cruz was said to be up by as much as 18 points

Any reasonable person presented with these set of facts–that a prominent Republican senator whose lead in the polls has shrunk from 18 to 5 points with roughly 4 months left before the elections would conclude that TeamCruz is in trouble, and it appears TeamCruz has done just that–gone into panic mode. Things have gotten so desperate for Sen Ted Cruz who thought he would just fly under the radar and coast to victory, that he is now demanding five debates with Beto O’Rourke.


Of course TeamCruz is banking on the fact that he is an excellent debater. They figure he will crush Beto on the debate stage and thus kill his momentum. Yours Truly readily admits that under normal circumstances Cruz would probably out-debate Beto on any day, but given the myriad scandals surrounding the Trump admin, these proposed 5 debates should be Beto’s strongest weapon–his perfect opportunity to seal the deal.

Beto’s debate strategy should be very simple–make Cruz synonymous with the Trump admin because he has stood idly by and even supported a lot of Trump’s actions that will never fly with Texas independents, a sizable voting block. Why for example has Cruz stood idly by as Trump continues to hide his tax returns? Texas is big on government transparency–open records laws. Why has Cruz stood idly by as Trump attacks the media or the Justice department? Why does Cruz, a so-called fiscal conservative who opposed the 2008 TARP bailout now support Trump’s bailout of rural farmers who are hurting because of Trump’s unnecessary tarrifs? Why isn’t Cruz more vocal about the plight of innocent migrant children ripped away from their parents as a result of Trump admin’s inhumane Zero Tolerance policy? You get the drift folks, serious questions abound and given the disastrous Trump admin, the debates strongly favor Beto or any other Dem hopeful nationwide for that matter. The only question left is how effectively Beto can tie Cruz to Trump–make his race against Cruz a referendum on the Trump admin.

Bottom line Beto O’Rourke can seal the deal with the proposed 5 debates if he not only makes his senate race a referendum on the Trump admin but also tie Sen Ted Cruz to it. If he does that, he wins the sizable Texas independents and thus the coveted U.S. Senate seat–like Yours Truly has predicted all along.

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#Dem2020Poll Status Report–Biden Still Leading But….

Yours Truly recently concluded after analyzing the various #Dem2020Poll results that Joe Biden was the leading Dem in the 2020 presidential nomination sweepstakes(#BidenTheory). Shortly thereafter the Mainstream Media, reached a similar conclusion–#Dem2020Poll is the real deal folks!!




After several iterations of the #Dem2020Poll it appears Biden is still ahead of the 2020 pack of likely Dem nominees. Interestingly grassroots Dems are very receptive to a Joe Biden/Sen Kamala Harris ticket in 2020(more so than Joe Biden/Rep Joe Kennedy III)

However there’s a “but” to the #BidenTheory and that is, it appears there are a lot of grassroots Dems who for whatever reason, (age being the most prevalent) don’t want him on the 2020 ticket.

It will be interesting to see what changes, if any, happen to the #BidenTheory in a month’s time, especially now that Trump is ramping up attacks on Sen Elizabeth Warren.

Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

Is Sen Warren the Dem Trump is most afraid of? Would grassroots Dems prefer an all-female Liz Warren/Kamala Harris ticket?Hmm–As Trump himself regularly says, “We’ll see what happens.”

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Michael Avenatti Running For Prez In 2020

Attorney Michael Avenatti

Attorney Michael Avenatti who has become a household name for his fearless attacks on Trump and his long time lawyer Michael Cohen over their cobduct regarding pornstar Stormy Daniels(his client), has apparently made a July 4, 2018 announcement that he is willing to run for President in 2020 if Trump is the GOP nominee.


This is undoubtedly music to the ears of grassroots Dems who have been urging Avenatti to run for President (#Avenatti2020) because they believe his fearlessness towards Trump will work well for him in 2020 against the inevitable attacks by TeamTrump.  There are a lot of upsides to a potential #Avenatti2020 but Yours Truly will focus at the moment on the effect of Avenatti’s announcement on our #Dem2020Poll analysis.


When we first began the popular #Dem2020Poll, it was very clear that grassroots Dems were excited about Sen Kamala Harris and Rep Joe Kennedy III and wanted them to run together, with Harris on top of the ticket.

Roughly around mid-May 2018 we saw a shift towards Joe Biden with most grassroots Dems favoring either a Biden/Harris or a Biden/Kennedy ticket. Various iterations of #Dem2020Poll have shown that Biden/Harris is slightly popular than Biden/Kennedy but that overall grassroots Dems prefer Biden on top of the 2020 Dem presidential ticket(#BidenTheory)

With Avenatti officially in the 2020 mix, the question now becomes will he upend the prevailing #BidenTheory(topple Biden) or will grassroots Dems prefer him as Biden’s running mate? Also how will Avenatti’s entry affect the other two prominent contenders Sen Harris and Rep Kennedy III?

As always, Yours Truly with the vibrant #Dem2020Poll community will get to the bottom of all these pressing questions for the benefit of the DNC– and the #MSM who’ll never admit it but are deeply captivated by the highly civilized, exceptionally well informed #Dem2020Poll community.

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Senate Dems Already Caving In Supreme Court Fight

In one of the most depressing segments on MSNBC’s AM Joy Show, Yours Truly was saddened, although not surprised, to find out that even before the opening bell in the fight to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has been rung, Senate Democrats are already throwing in the towel. Absolutely pathetic!

MSNBCs Joy Reid, citing a New York Times article says Senate Dems have apparently decided not to demand that Kennedy’s replacement be made after the midterms but instead are going for a “policy alternative” where they plan to build opposition to Trump’s nominee by highlighting the threat to abortion rights and healthcare. Simply put, Senate Dems have caved.

Interestingly, Joy Reid pointed out that when Republicans feared Hillary Clinton would be elected President, they vowed to block her Supreme Court nominee(s) for 4 years–her entire first term. Think about that folks and then contrast it with our weak Senate Dems who are afraid to stall for 4 months, when the GOP was willing to stall for 4 years. Grassroots Dems have always lamented the perennial weakness of Congressional Dems that has allowed people like Mitch McConnell to walk all over them and this is just the latest example. Yours Truly constantly encounters this Congressional Dem weakness complaint from grassroots Dems and as it turns out, it’s a legitimate gripe after all.

The key legal term that pops up in federal court when one is seeking an injunction is "irreversible harm". Dems have an easy case to make in federal court that once Trump's Supreme Court nominee is confirmed, their harm is irreversible(can't undo it). The court will most likely issue an injunction to let the case play out all the way to the Supreme Court, a process that will most likely last longer than 4 months.


Alternatively, Senate Dems can compell  any Trump nominee to pledge recusal on any issue dealing with TrumpRussia, something they'll either decline or if they accept, Trump would withdraw their nomination (remember Jeff Sessions). If Trump's nominee refuses to commit to recusal that gives Senate Dems a perfect excuse to stall because the conflicts of interest here are real and easily explainable to voters. The fight over TrumpRussia recusal if well played by Senate Dems could last more than 4 months. In addition to that, Senate Dems will look good in voters eyes because they will not be stalling for stalling sake, but will be seen as fighting for the integrity of the Supreme Court(removing Trump's conflicts of interest)

There are many other stalling tactics Senate Dems could employ. The only question is whether they have the guts to do  so. Bottomline Senate Dems need to get the message from grassroots Dems very clearly--If you don't put up a fight over Justice Kennedy's Supreme Court replacement, don't even bother about midterms 2018, do everybody a favor and just quit today!

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Meet the 23 House Republicans Hiding Trump’s Tax Returns

After news that Rhode Island’s Senate approved a measure requiring all presidential candidates to release 5 years of their tax returns in order to be placed on the state’s ballot, the focus has again shifted to Trump’s tax returns, a major campaign issue during the run-up to the 2016 presidential elections. Grassroots Dems including Yours Truly, ecstatic about Rhode Island’s decision are now pushing for other states to follow Rhode Island’s lead and lock Trump out of the 2020 ballot unless he releases the tax returns he promised to–the #NoTaxReturnsNoBallot campaign


Their efforts to block moves by Congressional Dems to have Trump's tax returns released to the public were reported in this February 15, 2017 piece by the DailyKos. As you can see from the article, the DailyKos has done all the legwork in exposing these shameful GOP members of congress. Yours Truly is simply hitting you with a reminder now that midterms 2018 are around the corner. As usual they will be coming begging for your votes claiming they stand for "transparency in government." They will be hoping off course that you've long forgotten about their lack of transparency re Trump's tax returns. Boy are they in for a rude awakening this fall?!

Here is a handy list of the names and office phone numbers of the #WallOfShame members

U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (CA-22)

Phone: (202) 225-2523

U.S. Representative Kevin Brady (TX-08)
Phone: (202) 225-4901

U.S. Representative Sam Johnson (TX-03)

Phone: (202) 225-4201

U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi (OH-12)

Phone: (202) 225-5355

U.S. Representative Dave Reichert (WA-08)

Phone: (202) 225-7761

U.S. Representative Peter Roskam (IL-06)

Phone: (202) 225-4561

U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (FL-16)

Phone: (202) 225-5015

U.S. Representative Adrian Smith (NE-03)

Phone: (202) 225-6435

U.S. Representative Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)

Phone: (202) 225-6601

U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen (MN-03)

Phone: (202) 225-2871

U.S. Representative Kenny Marchant (TX-24)

Phone: (202) 225-6605

U.S. Representative Diane Black (TN-06)

Phone: (202) 225-4231

U.S. Representative Tom Reed (NY-23)

Phone: (202) 225-3161

U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03)

Phone: (202) 225-5406

U.S. Representative Jim Renacci (OH-16)

Phone: (202) 225-3876

U.S. Representative Pat Meehan (PA-07)(resigned in disgrace)

U.S. Representative Kristi Noem (SD-AL)

Phone: (202) 225-2801

U.S. Representative George Holding (NC-02)

Phone: (202) 225-3032

U.S. Representative Jason Smith (MO-08)

Phone: (202) 225-4404

U.S. Representative Tom Rice (SC-07)

Phone: (202) 225-9895

U.S. Representative Dave Schweikert (AZ-06)

Phone: (202) 225-2190

U.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (IN-02)

Phone: (202) 225-3915

U.S. Representative Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)

Phone: (202) 225-2778

Bottomline folks, #NoTaxReturnsNoBallot is a win-win fight for Dems because it puts the GOP in the unenviable position of defending a public official(Trump) who promised to release his tax returns while campaigning but now chooses to hide them, even as questions about his corrupt business practices continue to pile up. Dem State Reps across the country must introduce bills like the one in Rhode Island so as to get Republicans go on the record with a vote to hide Trump's tax returns--a vote for lack of transparency in government. Dems can rest assured that midterms 2018 voters will not be happy with pro-secrecy in government candidates--the GOPers hiding Trump's tax returns.

Folks see if one of these #WallOfShame bums is your Rep in Congress and if they are, make sure to vote them out this Midterms 2018!!

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