Night 3 of the RNC Looks Tame Compared to the DNC’s Blockbuster 3rd Night

There were a number of compelling politicians who spoke at the Democratic National Convention. The party worked hard on spacing out the speeches so that viewers would turn in every night.

Night 3 of the DNC had some of the most anticipated addresses of the entire week. Not only did Vice Presidential candidate Kamala Harris close the show, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Gabby Giffords addressed viewers. read more

Opinion: Plan Your Vote or Lose it

Joe Biden delivers his acceptance speech

This week we were reminded of everything we stand to lose if Trump finds a way to steal the presidency again.

Yeah, I know he “won” the Electoral College vote and with it the presidency. But as the Republican-controlled Senate Intelligence committee acknowledged in its report this week, that “win” was engineered with a lot of help from Russia. read more

Democrats Raised a Massive Amount of Money the Last Four Days

Conventions are meant to do many things for a party. They showcase the up and coming political talent. They attempt to sway voters who are undecided. They allow the party to pitch a unified message.

But most importantly, conventions raise money. And these funds are used to boost candidates up and down the ticket. So if one is to base the success of a convention on money alone, Democrats just had a fantastic one.

CNN’s Eric Bradner reports that the party raised $70 million over the 4 day event. How impressive is this? Hillary Clinton raised $63 million over the entire month of July in 2016. That month’s haul included that year’s National convention.

NEWS: Joe Biden's campaign and the DNC raised $70 million during the convention.

Other stats:
— 122M people watched, including 35M streams. Another 128M views across Biden/convention social
— 1.1 million people texted 30330
— 700K uniques on IWillVotehttps://t.co/iIroALN2LX read more

GOP Chair McDaniel on DNC: They Got Hollywood Screenwriters to Paint a Picture of America That Wasn’t Real

Democrats finished their National Convention Thursday night. The event received praise from all corners of the media, both Liberal and Conservative. Even Fox anchors like Laura Ingraham had to admit that Joe Biden gave an excellent closing speech.

That does not mean, however, that Republicans weren’t going to attack the event. GOP Chair Ronna McDaniel appeared on Fox News Friday to try and throw some cold water on the Democrats success.

McDaniel told host Harris Faulkner, “I think the Democrat Convention was a masterpiece in fiction. They got Hollywood screenwriters and actresses to paint a picture of America that wasn’t real.”

The GOP Chair also gave some details on the upcoming Republican National Convention. Republicans and those watching in spite should get ready to see plenty of the the President.

McDaniel confirmed to Faulkner, “You will see the president every day. I’m not going to tell you when, because everybody’s got to tune in.”

There has been very little additional information given about next week’s Republican festivities. Some of the guests are known. Diamond and Silk and Antonio Sabato will be appearing. So will Nicholas Sandmann and the St. Louis Gun Couple.

In an interview with @HARRISFAULKNER, @GOPChairwoman confirms @politico report that Trump plans to appear on each of the four days of the GOP convention: "You will see the president every day. I'm not going to tell you when, because everybody's got to tune in." https://t.co/XYxc7YZzL8 pic.twitter.com/EYNtCLMglS read more

Trump Tantrums Over Michelle Obama’s Speech, While Pardoning Susan B. Anthony

Donald Trump took another swipe at Michelle Obama on Tuesday during a press conference announcing a pardon for long-dead women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony.

The President announced his decision to pardon Anthony on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Anthony was convicted of voting illegally in 1872.

However, Trump moved on from his symbolic pardon of a women’s rights icon to attacking the former First Lady, whose speech at the Democratic National Convention was widely praised.

Watch:

“She was over her head, and frankly, she should’ve made the speech live, which she didn’t do, she taped it,” Trump said.

“And it was not only taped, it was tape a long time ago, because she had the wrong deaths.”

Obama had said there were over 150,000 deaths, whereas there are currently

more than 170,000 read more

Obama to Hold Fundraiser for Biden in “The Most Important Election in Our Lifetimes”

Barack Obama will hold a fundraiser for Joe Biden next week following his endorsement of his former vice president. The online event will aim to raise more than $1 million.

The former president will lead the online event aimed at raising small dollar donations from tens of thousands of donors, according to an invitation seen by Axios.

The campaign hopes to out raise a recent online fundraiser hosted by former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. That event brought in more than $1 million from around 36,000 donors.

Obama will ask donors to give ” any amount you can” to help fight “the most important election of our lifetimes”

The former president has asked that “Americans of all backgrounds and political stripes to join together” for the fundraiser and, presumably, the campaign.

Though the invitation did not address the recent protests about the death of George Floyd directly, it does hint that Obama could raise the matter during the event.

A vote for Biden would mean that “[A]l of us are equal and each of us should have the chance to make of our lives what we will,” Obama said.

Biden has enjoyed strong fundraising numbers so far. His combined total with the Democratic National Committee for May was $81 million – the most they’ve raised in one month so far.

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Democrats Change Rules So Bernie Sanders Can’t Run Without Being A Democrat

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) adopted a new rule on Friday designed to keep non-DemocratsDemocrat candidates like Bernie Sanders from winning the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

The new rule, adopted by the DNC’s Rules and Bylaws Committee, says that all Democratic Party candidates must be a member of the Democratic Party.

This new rule would stop non-Democrats like Bernie Sanders from running for the party’s nomination in the 2020 presidential race unless they join the Democratic Party.  The rule change appears to be a response to the bitter primary battle between Hillary Clinton and Sanders in 2016, although DNC members deny this.

Some Sanders allies think the party is now being motivated by a desire to punish him for his actions in 2016. Many Democratic Party members felt Sanders’ candidacy was disruptive and harmful and helped Donald Trump win the election.

Other Sanders allies pointed out that due to some special Democratic Party rules in Sanders’ home state of Vermont he may technically be considered to be a party member which would allow him to run for president after all.  This is unclear at this time, however.

The new DNC rule would force candidates in Democratic presidential primaries to state that they are Democrats, accept the party’s nomination if they win the 2020 primary and to “run and serve” as a member.  Sanders may not be willing to do that.

The new rule states:

“At the time a presidential candidate announces their candidacy publicly, they must publicly affirm that they are a Democrat. Each candidate pursuing the Democratic nomination shall affirm, in writing, to the National Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee that they: A. are a member of the Democratic Party; B. will accept the Democratic nomination; and C. will run and serve as a member of the Democratic Party.” read more