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David Avella: Joe Biden is going to lose, early and big

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Former Vice President Joe Biden will not be our next president. Joe Biden will not even be the Democratic nominee. Joe Biden is going to lose. He’s going to lose early, and lose big.

Let us start with the fact that top Internet and social media search topics are “Creepy Joe” and “Joe Biden age.” This is not launching a campaign from a position of strength. Despite his best efforts to inoculate himself from political mistakes, Joe Biden is simply the wrong guy in the wrong year.

The natural argument for Biden is he would be an extension of the Obama presidency. After all, he did serve two terms as President Obama’s vice president. It was a good argument for 2016. It is a non-starter in 2020, plus President Obama politely, because Biden allegedly asked, will not be endorsing his old running mate. As an aside, a resourceful fact checker might want to evaluate whether this is a “false or misleading” claim.

JASON NICHOLS: BIDEN’S FUTURE AS PRESIDENT RESTS ON HIS SUCCESS IN FIXING HIS PAST

It is not surprising that President Obama is not endorsing his chosen vice president and, according to recent media accounts, urged him not to run in 2016. Let us remember that President Obama had to endorse Biden in 2012 to calm Democratic jitters about keeping him as vice president because of his verbal gaffes. Once Biden starts talking, he invariably goes on until he says something that is offensive or embarrassing. And right now, there is no easier group to offend and embarrass than Democratic primary voters.

Absent his old running mate, critics will quickly turn to the laundry list of mistakes Biden has made during his more than 45 years in elected office. The first is how he handled the 1991 allegations Anita Hill made against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, which Biden tried to apologize for prior to launching his campaign.

Biden and the other declared Democratic candidates have yet to turn their fire on each other. Once they do, you can guarantee that the former vice president will be the first candidate attacked.

Next, you will be reminded that Biden’s record includes fighting to prevent school busing to achieve desegregation. He even “colluded” with the late Jesse Helms on this one. And then there is Robert E. Lee. As statues and memorials to Confederate leaders are being removed from public spaces, how many Democrats will agree that Biden is in line with the progressive wing of his party when he proudly voted to restore the citizenship of Robert E. Lee?

Biden is four years too late. The 2016 election offered Biden the opportunity to make the case that it would be a good idea to continue what the Obama administration had begun. Looking at history, you could even conclude that this would have been especially true in a campaign against Donald Trump.

Again, it is not 2016. Donald Trump won and is actually president, although many in the media and far left continue to deny any of this.

The old rules and adages may not have been rendered inoperative, but it is much harder to take them to the bank than in the past. In 2020, the Democrats, almost by definition, are working towards putting forward a candidate offering a sharp contrast to President Trump.

Democrats lose when they go with the establishment candidate. Former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama ran as outsiders who up-ended their party’s power structure by defeating the party insiders’ candidate(s). If you are the perceived flag-bearer of the Democratic establishment and are compared to the creepy uncle with a problem for respecting personal space while you are also the candidate who is on record praising Robert E. Lee, how much more fodder can you give your Democratic primary opponents? For 2020 Democrats, it is hard to imagine them concluding this to be the sharp contrast to President Trump they will demand.

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When a candidate is the front-runner, he or she can sustain early hits, even a hiccup in the early nominating states. Biden and the other declared Democratic candidates have yet to turn their fire on each other. Once they do, you can guarantee that the former vice president will be the first candidate attacked. It will get very personal and gloves-off nasty sooner rather than later.

What a front-runner cannot endure is a rapid evaporation of his or her support. This is what is in store for Joe Biden. He will be out of the race by the time the South Carolina primary votes are counted.

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Stacey Abrams again claims she won Georgia governor’s race: ‘I’m not a good sport’

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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams again claimed she won the state’s 2018 gubernatorial race on Friday, despite losing to now-Gov. Brian Kemp — telling supporters, “I’m not a good sport.”

“I’m here to tell you a secret that makes Breitbart and [Fox News host] Tucker Carlson go crazy: We won,” Abrams said, according to The Houston Chronicle. “I am not delusional. I know I am not the governor of Georgia — possibly yet.”

DEMOCRATS ABRAMS, GILLUM QUESTION OUTCOMES OF 2018 GUBERNATORIAL RACES

She made the remarks an a Houston fundraiser hosted by Annie’s List, a group that seeks to elect progressive women into office. Abrams justified her refusal to accept the result of the election by calling Kemp “an architect of voter suppression that spent the last eight years knitting together a system of voter suppression that is unparalleled in America.”

According to Texas Tribune reporter Patrick Svitek, she said in her remarks that “we don’t have to concede elections anymore, because when we concede, we are condoning systems that are used to oppress us.”

Abrams has considered both a Senate and presidential run and has been floated as a possible vice presidential candidate. She delivered the formal State of the Union response to President Trump in January.

STACEY ABRAMS WON’T RUN FOR SENATE IN 2020

She announced this week that she will not run for the Senate in 2020 and that she was “going to continue to watch how the national conversation around the presidency unfolds.”

Yet she has repeatedly questioned the outcome of the 2018 race and refused to concede, saying in March, “I did win my election. I just didn’t get to have the job.”

It is unclear if Democratic Party leadership will be put off by her refusal to accept the election result, less than four years after many Democrats expressed horror at then-candidate Donald Trump’s statements that he may not accept the results of the presidential election.

“I will look at it at the time,” Trump said in 2016 when asked in a presidential debate if he would accept the result of the election.

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“That’s horrifying,” then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton responded. “This is how Donald thinks, and it’s funny but it’s also really troubling. This is now how our democracy works.

Abrams on Friday, in video captured by The Texas Signal, indicated that any future run will not be preceded by a concession. She said that “usually candidates feel like they have to concede if they want to run for office again to show that they’re a good sport.”

“I am not a good sport,” she said to applause.

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John Kelly slammed by Democrats for joining board of company that detains migrant children

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Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was slammed by top Democrats Friday after Caliburn International announced he had joined the board of the conglomerate that operates the largest facility for migrant children in the U.S.

Caliburn International’s CEO James Van Dusen said in a news release: “With four decades of military and humanitarian leadership, in-depth understanding of international affairs and knowledge of current economic drivers around the world, General Kelly is a strong strategic addition to our team.”

In December, President Trump announced that Kelly would leave his position at the end of 2018.

Some members of Congress have described “prison-like” conditions in the facility in Homestead, Fla.

KAMALA HARRIS ASKS DOJ IG TO PROBE WHETHER TRUMP ASKED BARR TO INVESTIGATE POLITICAL OPPONENTS 

Democratic members of Congress, including 2020 presidential contenders, quickly condemned Kelly’s appointment.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. tweeted: “John Kelly pushed for family separation while in the White House. Now he’ll profit off of separating mamas from their babies.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., another 2020 presidential contender, tweeted: “John Kelly was the architect of the Trump Administration’s cruel child separation policy. Now he will profit off the separation of families. It’s unethical. We are better than this.”

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., wrote: “Profiting from your own cruel policies. This is disgusting.”

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and 2020 presidential contender called Kelly’s appointment “unbelievable.”

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“This is unforgivable,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who represents the district where the facility stands. “It confirms what we knew about the President — that he and the people he surrounds himself with, like John Kelly, are willing to profit off the cruel detaining of immigrant children.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., called Kelly “indecent” and “corrupt.”

The facility is undergoing a massive expansion and has added hundreds of beds in the past few weeks. About 2,500 children are detained there now, ages 13-17, after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian. An executive order on ethics issued by President Donald Trump in 2017 doesn’t appear to prevent Kelly and other White House officials from joining boards, but it does ban lobbying activities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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John Kelly slammed by Democrats for joining board of company that detains migrant children

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Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly was slammed by top Democrats Friday after Caliburn International announced he had joined the board of the conglomerate that operates the largest facility for migrant children in the U.S.

Caliburn International’s CEO James Van Dusen said in a news release: “With four decades of military and humanitarian leadership, in-depth understanding of international affairs and knowledge of current economic drivers around the world, General Kelly is a strong strategic addition to our team.”

In December, President Trump announced that Kelly would leave his position at the end of 2018.

Some members of Congress have described “prison-like” conditions in the facility in Homestead, Fla.

KAMALA HARRIS ASKS DOJ IG TO PROBE WHETHER TRUMP ASKED BARR TO INVESTIGATE POLITICAL OPPONENTS 

Democratic members of Congress, including 2020 presidential contenders, quickly condemned Kelly’s appointment.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. tweeted: “John Kelly pushed for family separation while in the White House. Now he’ll profit off of separating mamas from their babies.”

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., another 2020 presidential contender, tweeted: “John Kelly was the architect of the Trump Administration’s cruel child separation policy. Now he will profit off the separation of families. It’s unethical. We are better than this.”

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., wrote: “Profiting from your own cruel policies. This is disgusting.”

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and 2020 presidential contender called Kelly’s appointment “unbelievable.”

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“This is unforgivable,” tweeted U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who represents the district where the facility stands. “It confirms what we knew about the President — that he and the people he surrounds himself with, like John Kelly, are willing to profit off the cruel detaining of immigrant children.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., called Kelly “indecent” and “corrupt.”

The facility is undergoing a massive expansion and has added hundreds of beds in the past few weeks. About 2,500 children are detained there now, ages 13-17, after they crossed the U.S.-Mexico border without a parent or guardian. An executive order on ethics issued by President Donald Trump in 2017 doesn’t appear to prevent Kelly and other White House officials from joining boards, but it does ban lobbying activities.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Pete Buttigieg gets support from Beto O’Rourke after he was heckled at event

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Former Rep. Beto O’Rourke defended his fellow Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg after the South Bend mayor was heckled during an event in Texas Friday.

Buttigieg, 37, spoke to a crowd at the Dallas County Johnson Jordan Dinner when protesters interrupted his speech, CBS-DFW reported. The protesters appeared to shout homophobic messages, the Texas Tribune reported. The mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is openly gay, responded to the hecklers saying, “I’m thinking of that scripture that says blessed and do not curse.”

“To that moment when I was packing my bags for Afghanistan for the purpose of defending that gentleman’s freedom of speech,” Buttigieg said. The mayor is an Afghanistan War veteran.

WHO’S RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT IN 2020? GROWING FIELD OF CANDIDATES JOIN RACE FOR DEMOCRATIC NOD

O’Rourke, a Texas native who is also running for president in 2020, tweeted in response to CNN’s DJ Judd who reported protesters yelled, “Marriage is between a man and a woman!” and “repent!”

BARNEY FRANK PRAISES BUTTIGIEG, SAYS O’ROURKE MAY BE ‘REGRETTING THAT HE’S STRAIGHT’

“Texans don’t stand for this kind of homophobia and hatred,” O’Rourke wrote. “Mayor Pete, we are grateful you came to Texas and hope to see you and Chasten [Buttigieg’s husband] back again soon.”

At a campaign event in Iowa last month, Buttigieg was confronted by protesters who told him, “Remember Sodom and Gomorrah!”

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“The good news is, the condition of my soul is in the hands of God, but the Iowa caucuses are up to you,” Buttigieg said in response to the hecklers.

According to The New York Times, 21 Democrats are running for president in 2020. Buttigieg officially announced he was running in April.

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Barney Frank praises Buttigieg, says O’Rourke may be ‘regretting that he’s straight’

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Former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank asserted that Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s sexual orientation is helping him in the polls among Democrats running for president, saying voters likely give Buttigieg credit for being open and honest about himself.

“His being gay is an advantage,” Frank, who became the first openly gay Congress member in 1987, told the Boston Globe on Friday.

Frank, 79, who represented Massachusetts in the House from 1981 to 2013 after serving as a state lawmaker, added that if Buttigieg were straight he didn’t think he would be doing as well.

PETE BUTTIGIEG WAS VOTED ‘MOST LIKELY TO BE PRESIDENT’ IN HIGH SCHOOL, REPORT SAYS

It “gives people a chance to affirm their lack of prejudice,” he said.

Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., announced his 2020 presidential run last month and has quickly risen in the polls. Buttigieg got married last year and is the first openly gay U.S. presidential candidate.

“I think Beto O’Rourke may be regretting that he’s straight,” Frank told the Globe.

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Buttigieg will appear on a Fox News town hall event on May 19.

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Tale of two Dems: Mayor Pete gets cover status, Biden gets whacked

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Beto O’Rourke and his Vanity Fair cover are already old news. Now Pete Buttigieg is on the cover of Time.

More precisely, Pete Buttigieg and his husband are on the cover of Time.

That captures the cultural zeitgeist, the media’s utter fascination with this small-town mayor, and the way in which the press elevates a chosen few among the Democratic candidates.

By contrast, Joe Biden, who endured weeks of negative press before instantly becoming the front-runner, is being dogged by an old conflict-of-interest story involving his son that has suddenly been brought back to life.

While the former vice president is obviously a war horse, the mayor of South Bend is the epitome of the kind of fresh face who fascinates the press. And it’s worth noting that Time seems to love liberals. While the magazine has run a long series of harshly anti-Trump covers, it recently gave cover status to an upbeat profile of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The double-entendre headline, for Pete and Chasten Buttigieg, is “First Family.”

And the tone is generally admiring of the Rhodes scholar and Afghan war vet who improbably surged into third place in some Democratic polls:

“Four years after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed his right to marry, Buttigieg has become the first openly gay person to make a serious bid for the presidency … to some Americans, Buttigieg may just be the man to vanquish America’s demons. Many Democrats are hungry for generational change, and the two front runners are more than twice his age.”

That’s the general tone, that the guy’s pretty amazing. (He speaks eight languages!) “Buttigieg is a master of redefinition, a translator for a party that has found it increasingly difficult to speak to the voters who elected President Donald Trump.”

The Time coup is a payoff for the strategy of his communications adviser, Lis Smith, who recently told Politico she wants to put him on everything. Buttigieg’s frequent interviews (including an upcoming town hall on Fox) is part of what’s driving his media popularity (along with the fact he’s handled himself well).

Time has the inevitable to-be-sure paragraph:

BUTTIGIEG RAISES EYEBROWS WITH VACCINATION STANCE, FACES MEDIA CRITICISM

“His youth is appealing to many voters, but it also means he’s green. The idea of electing the first gay President thrills liberals, but it also rallies opponents. As a white man, Buttigieg may appeal to more traditional voters, yet women and voters of color are the heart of the Democratic coalition. He’s running as a healer, not a fighter, at a moment when the party seems to be in a fighting mood.”

Meanwhile, the Washington Post Style section ran this profile yesterday: “Chasten Buttigieg has been a homeless community-college student and a Starbucks barista. Now, he could be ‘first gentleman.'”

Brief excerpt: “He’s not shy about sharing the weird side of campaign fame. Chasten’s humor and openness have been his defining features since the national spotlight found him and ‘Mayor Pete’ earlier this year. It has made him a force on Twitter, where he has more than 300,000 followers, and a not-so-secret public-relations weapon for his husband.”

There have been enough puffy profiles of potential first ladies that this doesn’t give me any pause. But it shows you what kind of roll the South Bend star is on.

Meanwhile, The New York Times published a Biden story yesterday that says he faces conflict-of-interest allegations involving his son, Hunter, who sat on the board of a Ukranian energy company controlled by an oligarch while his dad was VP.

In 2016, Joe Biden publicly threatened to pull $1 billion in federal loan guarantees if Ukraine’s leaders failed to fire the country’s top prosecutor, who was accused of being soft on corruption. Hunter Biden’s energy company was in the sights of the prosecutor who was in fact ousted.

But here’s the interesting thing: the Times story said “the broad outlines of how the Bidens’ roles intersected in Ukraine have been known for some time.” In fact, the New York Times covered the story back in 2016.

However, the Times said “new details have emerged,” including Ukraine reopening the probe of the energy giant.

But The Hill’s John Solomon reported many of the new details a month ago, as the piece later concedes in saying “the Trump team’s efforts to draw attention to the Bidens’ work in Ukraine” is “already yielding coverage in conservative media.”

Fair enough, but the fact is the Times is running a front-page piece now, given Biden’s surge in the polls. So either it’s a story or it’s not, regardless of partisans pushing it.

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Here’s a telling footnote. The print story is quite fairly headlined “For Biden, A Ukraine Matter That Won’t Go Away.”

And the online headline? “Biden Faces Conflict of Interest Questions That Are Being Promoted By Trump and Allies.”

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Karl Rove: Impeachment push puts Dems at odds with independents before 2020

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Fox News political contributor Karl Rove said Thursday that if Democrats continue pushing impeachment proceedings for President Trump, they could alienate a vital voting demographic they need to capture in 2020.

“It puts them at odds with the independents who are going to end up deciding the 2020 election,” Rove said while appearing on “The Daily Briefing.”

“What happens if we have 12 or 13 months and the Democrats talk about investigation and impeachment and the support for that among independents continues to drop?” he asked.

Some Democrats have reacted to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, released in April, by calling for impeachment proceedings. Scrutiny around that report seemed to mount as Attorney General William Barr testified before the Senate on Wednesday, and many suggested Barr refused to act as an impartial arbiter in the matter.

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Although some Democrats have called for impeachment, polling has revealed that independents largely oppose that. Rove cited post-Mueller report polls which showed both a drop in independents’ support for impeachment and more independent opposition to such a move.

Rove also told Fox News host Dana Perino that Trump should avoid the issue and focus on his economic record. “Let the Democrats spend the time talking about an investigation and impeachment,” he said.

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“He doesn’t need to spend a lot of time talking about that. There are lots of natural allies and increasingly a lot of natural resistance among independents.”

Democrats have also faced resistance within their own party as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., repeatedly threw cold water on the idea. “We’re not there yet,” she said in April.

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Union support could be critical in crowded 2020 Democratic field

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LAS VEGAS — As the race for 2020 ramps up, the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates all vying for the same seat in the Oval Office are turning to union workers to help separate them from the pack.

“They are the Get Out The Vote. They are the money. They are the ones that are going door to door and really providing the political oomph behind a lot of Democrat candidates,” Vincent Vernuccio, a senior fellow at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy said.

Several Democratic hopefuls stopped in Nevada last week to try and court union workers at the Service Employees International Union forum on wages and working people, in a state in which union members represent roughly 14 percent of the workforce, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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“We will reverse the Janus decision, and make sure that unions can succeed,” former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told a crowd of union workers as they cheered.

The Supreme Court Janus decision ruled forced union fees were unconstitutional.

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Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper makes his case to union workers at the SEIU forum in Las Vegas on April 27, 2019. (Ben Brown/Fox News)

Approximately 10.5 percent of all American workers in 2018 were members of unions, according to the BLS.

Despite being a relatively small part of the electorate, Democratic strategist Robert Fisk says with such a large number of candidates, union votes could make all the difference.

“Say you have four or five people at 13, 14, 15 percent and all of a sudden you have your firefighters or your [Service Employees International Union] or your AFL-CIO or something like that, that can bump you into the 16, 17 point world — that can be enough to win in a crowded field.”

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During the SEIU forum, candidates touted their economic and healthcare policies, including a $15 minimum wage, universal healthcare as well as repealing the GOP tax cut.

“On day one, we’re going to repeal that tax bill that benefitted the top 1 percent of the biggest corporations,” Sen. Kamala Harris and presidential candidate said to applause from the crowd.

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Sen. Kamala Harris tells union workers she will repeal the GOP tax cut if she were to be elected president, April 27, 2019 at the SEIU forum in Las Vegas. (Ben Brown/Fox News)

While raising the minimum wage and offering universal healthcare received thunderous applause and cheers during last week’s forum, Ryan Bourne, who is the R. Evan Scharf Chair for the Public Understanding of Economics at Cato, said the presidential candidates touting these policies are missing the underlying issue.

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“The problem is in advocating solutions which are effectively just taxing, regulating and trying to spend government money, ultimately taxpayer money on these programs — they’re not getting at the heart of why these things are expensive or not providing value for money in the first place.”

When it comes to repealing the GOP tax cuts, Bernard Weinstein, economist and associate director of Southern Methodist University’s Maguire Energy Institute, doesn’t think it “would be good public policy. ”

“Right now we have what I like to call a Goldilocks economy — it’s not too hot it’s not too cold. The economy has grown steadily for a decade, we have a very low unemployment rate, we have lots of jobs available,” Weinstein said. “Without question, the tax cuts have something to do with that and I would not want to upset the apple cart now.”

Nevada could be particularly critical as Election Day nears because of the ability unions have to motivate voters.

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“In the past few elections, the Culinary Union especially has made a real difference in terms of organizing their members and getting them out to vote, getting them registered to vote and mobilizing them into a political force that it’s made a real difference in recent elections in Nevada,” Carrie Levine, center for public integrity senior reporter told Fox News.

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The Culinary Unions is one of the more influential unions in Nevada, with 60,000 members. (Ben Brown/Fox News)

In addition to the Culinary Union, which has 60,000 members, the Clark County Education Association (CCEA) – Nevada’s largest educator union – believes it will play a critical role in selecting the winner of the state’s caucus come February.

“We’ve built this kind of machine that essentially has not just locked into 18,000 potential teachers that vote, but their networks and it’s significant,” John Vellardita, executive director of the CCEA said. “We will pick who the presidential candidate will be for the Democratic Party in terms of influencing the caucus process on the 22nd of February.”

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However, what remains to be seen is whether a similar scenario in 2016 will unfold yet again in the upcoming election, in which then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton earned the endorsement of union leadership but had a poor turnout at the polls.

Clinton beat President Donald Trump by 8 percentage points among union households, the lowest margin of victory for a Democratic candidate dating back more than three decades, according to Politico.

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“In 2016, there absolutely was a difference between where the union or the endorsement might have gone and where the actual voters went,” said Democratic strategist Howard Franklin. “We saw a lot of folks in unions that might have endorsed Hillary Clinton but, presumably, those members decided to vote for Donald Trump.”

It’s unclear whether Trump would keep their support.

“The big question that has to be answered is whether or not the disruption that Donald Trump has created in Washington is enough of a commitment to the campaign promises he made to those voters for them to stick with him,” Franklin said, “or if they say, ‘you didn’t bring back these jobs, you’ve allowed factories to continue to close. Yeah, we’ve gotten some policies wins on NAFTA, etcetera, but we still dont feel like we are better of today than we were four years ago.’”

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Sarah Sanders: Russia investigation is over, ‘time for Democrats to move on’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders assailed Democrats on Thursday for “outrageous questioning” of Attorney General Wiliam Barr at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom,” Sanders characterized Democrats as obsessed with finding collusion or obstruction by President Trump despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy investigation and report.

“We’ve been transparent this entire process,” Sanders said. “We’ve put forward dozens of people to talk with the special counsel, 1.4 million pages of documents, we’ve been fully transparent.”

“This thing is over,” she said. “It’s time for Democrats to move on. They can’t continue to drag this thing out and continue to put the American people through this. Look, there was no collusion, there was no obstruction. Now they need to come together and work with the president to actually fix real problems.

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“They’ve shown they aren’t capable of working with us on immigration, but maybe they could help on infrastructure or lowering prescription drugs.”

Barr skipped a House hearing Thursday on Mueller’s Trump-Russia report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and the president’s Justice Department. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Barr had already lied to Congress in other testimony and called that a “crime.”

Barr’s decision to avoid the hearing, made after a disagreement with the House Judiciary Committee over questioning, came the day after the department also missed the committee’s deadline to provide it with a full, unredacted version of Mueller’s report and its underlying evidence. In all, it’s likely to prompt a vote on holding Barr in contempt and possibly the issuance of subpoenas, bringing House Democrats and the Trump administration closer to a prolonged battle in court.

Democrats convened a short hearing that included an empty chair with a place card set for Barr. Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler of New York said that if the attorney general doesn’t provide the committee “with the information it demands and the respect that it deserves, Mr. Barr’s moment of accountability will come soon enough.”

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Shortly afterward, Pelosi escalated the tensions further. In a possible reference to the attorney general’s testimony earlier this month, Pelosi said Barr “was not telling the truth to the Congress of the United States — that’s a crime.”

Sanders said on “America’s Newsroom” that “Democrats embarrassed themselves yesterday.”

“The attorney general sat for five hours yesterday, and answered every question put in front of him,” Sanders said. “He was willing to sit down again with the House…the Democrats have changed the rules in the middle of the game. They took a vote yesterday, a special vote in order to allow staff to question the attorney general. He is a cabinet member for the president of the United States. And this is a straightforward oversight hearing in which members of Congress should be able to ask those questions.”

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