Dallas Texas, Hollywood

I’ve put together a list of the most endangered Dem House incumbents in 2020. One interesting thing is that when I started this list, I thought I’d see a lot of the people who won traditionally Republican suburban districts in TX and CA on the list, but Cook rates all of those as Lean Democratic, whereas the 17 most endangered House incumbents are all listed as Toss-Ups here. Apparently, the GOP suburban apocalypse is very real.

Anyway, I ain’t askin’ for much, just a thousand each for the seventeen Democratic incumbents whose seats are listed as “toss-ups” here. This and the Senate list I’ve put together (of Republican targets) will be my main fundraising activity this year.

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You can also give to Dan McCready, running in the special in NC-09 here.

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I’d like to mention one other fundraising thing, a sad thing. I always enjoyed the writing of Simon Malloy on Salon a great deal. I wondered where he had gone. It turns out he was battling colon cancer and he recently died, leaving behind a wife and two small children. There is a GoFundMe for his family here, and I just gave to it.

C.R.E.A.M. Open Thread: The McConnell-Chao Marriage Is *Mutually* Profitable

Guess it’s nice for the GOP senators who’ve handed their balls over to Mitch to know that, should his Russian funding ever dry up, he won’t be reduced to peddling his memoirs to support his lifestyle:

The Transportation Department under Secretary Elaine Chao designated a special liaison to help with grant applications and other priorities from her husband Mitch McConnell’s state of Kentucky, paving the way for grants totaling at least $78 million for favored projects as McConnell prepared to campaign for reelection.

Chao’s aide Todd Inman, who stated in an email to McConnell’s Senate office that Chao had personally asked him to serve as an intermediary, helped advise the senator and local Kentucky officials on grants with special significance for McConnell — including a highway-improvement project in a McConnell political stronghold that had been twice rejected for previous grant applications…

The circumstances surrounding the Owensboro grant and another, more lucrative grant to Boone County, highlight the ethical conflicts in having a powerful Cabinet secretary married to the Senate’s leader and in a position to help him politically. McConnell has long touted his ability to bring federal resources to his state, which his wife is now in a position to assist.

Chao’s designation of Inman as a special intermediary for Kentucky — a privilege other states did not enjoy — gave a special advantage to projects favored by her husband, which could in turn benefit his political interests. In such situations, ethicists say, each member of a couple benefits personally from the success of the other…

(Much more at the link. As with so many similar one-man pork projects, the money seems to have drained away on ‘showpiece’ architectural projects that benefited a small cadre of connected businessmen without providing much assistance to the voters who really needed some help.)

The power couple isn’t particulary covert about their money-spinning prowess. Bess Levin, at Vanity Fair:

Last week, the New York Times reported that the secretary tried to bring family members to government meetings with Chinese officials, despite said family members having major financial entanglements in China. Last month, the Wall Street Journal found that she’d made a $40,000 profit on her stake in Vulcan, the nation’s largest construction materials supplier, despite having promised—over a year ago!—to divest from the company, on whose board she sat…

Cole linked to the NYTimes article when it appeared, but seriously: Can you imagine the outrage if a Democratic Senator’s wife did anything like this?

Ms. Chao is the top Trump official overseeing the American shipping industry, which is in steep decline and overshadowed by its Chinese competitors.

Her efforts on behalf of the family business — appearing at promotional events, joining her father in interviews with Chinese-language media — have come as Foremost has interacted with the Chinese state to a remarkable degree for an American company.

Foremost has received hundreds of millions of dollars in loan commitments from a bank run by the Chinese government, whose policies have been labeled by the Trump administration as threats to American security. The company’s primary business — delivering China’s iron ore and coal — is intertwined with industries caught up in a trade war with the United States. That dispute stems in part from the White House’s complaints that China is flooding the world with subsidized steel, undermining American producers.
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I walk on guilded splinters

Dr John RIP, but what a way to go, New Orleans-style.

Now back to our regularly scheduled fund-raising, it’s still early, and I think it’s quite possible that Trump will get blown out, but if he doesn’t, I think the race comes down to Wisconsin and North Carolina. There’s a special election in NC-9 coming up and it looks to be close. This is the race that is being done a second time because of Republican voter fraud the first go-round. The Dems have a great candidate in Dan McCready. Let’s help him out.

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Do I have to come right flat out and tell you everything?

I’ve been slacking on the fundraising but I just read a good article about how the Senate might really be in play and thought I should do a little fundraising. You can give here to the top targets for Dem take-overs in 2020 (ME, CO, AZ, NC, GA, IA).

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I’ll do some fundraising for the House, including the special in North Carolina later.

Here is a Benny pic.

Tuesday Morning Open Thread: Making Progress, Slowly


Too, also — per the Washington Post:

The House will vote next Tuesday on whether to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and former White House counsel Donald McGahn in contempt, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) announced.

“This Administration’s systematic refusal to provide Congress with answers and cooperate with Congressional subpoenas is the biggest cover-up in American history, and Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight on behalf of the American people,” Hoyer said in a statement Monday night.

The announcement comes amid rising frustration among Democrats at what they view as stonewalling by the White House. It also comes on the same day that Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said his panel will vote on whether to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with a bipartisan subpoena for documents on a Trump administration plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census…