Cynthia Nixon Still Running for Governor After Losing Democratic Primary

Don’t count Miranda out just yet! Cynthia Nixonis still planning to run for the governor of New York despite losing the Democratic primary nomination to sitting governor Andrew Cuomo.

The former Sex and the City star, 52, failed to secure the 25 percent of votes that she needed to earn a post of the primary ballet on Wednesday, May 23, the New York Daily News reports. Cuomo, meanwhile, won more than 95 percent of the vote.

“I’m not a protest candidate,” Nixon told the Daily News at the Democratic convention on Wednesday. “I’m a viable candidate who is really running hard for the Democratic nomination, and that’s why I’m here, to say this is my party, too, I’m not afraid and I’m here. You can’t shut me out.”

The actress announced her plans to run for governor on March 19. SATC alum Mario Cantoneexclusively told Us Weekly earlier this month that he believes Nixon would be a “magnificent governor.” Sarah Jessica Parkeralso endorsed her former costar in March.

“A mother. An activist. An advocate. A fighter. A NY’er. A dear friend. Running for Governor of our great state,” the Divorce actress wrote on Instagram at the time. “My sister on and off screen, you have my love, support and vote.”

Nixon made it clear on Wednesday via social media that she is not backing down from the race.

“I am attending the convention today because New York Democrats deserve to have at least one actual Democrat running for governor at their state convention,” she tweeted. “This campaign isn’t just about me. It’s about a Democratic Party that fights for its voters—not just its corporate donors. It’s about the communities tired of being beaten down and always put last. We’re ready to fight for a New York for all of us. We’re ready to fight for you!”

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A Koch Brothers Group Is Targeting These Democratic Senators for Voting Against Tax Reform

The political arm of the network helmed by conservative and libertarian mega donors Charles and David Koch is investing millions in an ad buy targeting two Democratic Senators up for reelection this year in states President Trump won by a landslide for failing to support the tax reform bill.

The group, Americans for Prosperity, is launching the $ 4 million ad campaign on Feb. 15 against Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill and Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly.

“Joe Donnelly and Claire McCaskill promised tax reform for years but chose partisan politics over Indiana and Missouri families when they had a once-in-a-generation opportunity to provide tax relief. Americans deserve better, which is why AFP is committed to ensuring citizens see the pro-growth benefits of tax reform despite dismissals and deception from ‘no’ votes like Donnelly and McCaskill,” AFP President Tim Phillips said in a statement.

Both ads tout the economic benefits of tax reform in Indiana and Missouri, and pointedly note that both Senators stood with Democratic leadership; the ads specifically call out Senate and House Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

“Senator Claire McCaskill said she’d support tax cuts for hard working Missourians,” the ad against McCaskill states, “but when she had the chance, she said no, voting against tax cuts for you.”

The Koch network had already invested $ 20 million in pushing for the passage of the tax reform bill, and had announced at its annual winter gathering in California last month that it was planning on spending an additional $ 20 million to sell it. In total, the politics and policy arm of the network could spend a record setting $ 400 million for the upcoming midterm elections.

But the massive investment comes in a political environment that is highly unfavorable to Republicans. Even though Trump won Missouri and Indiana by almost 20 points, Democrats are expected to emerge as the victors in what could be a wave election, regaining control of the House of Representatives. The map is less favorable to the Democrats in the Senate, and the non-partisan Cook Political Report has rated McCaskill and Donnelly’s seats as toss-ups. But both candidates had significantly out-raised their potential Republican counterparts by the end of 2017, according to disclosure records from the Federal Election Commission.

These are all factors that officials with the network have openly acknowledged.

“These elections are going to be brutally tough,” Emily Seidel, Chief Executive Officer of Americans for Prosperity, said at the seminar last month. “We’ve never faced a challenge like this one.”

— With reporting by Phil Elliott

(Disclosure: Time Inc., TIME’s parent company, has been acquired by Meredith Corp. in a deal partially financed by Koch Equity Development, a subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc.)


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Bill Clinton Should Have Resigned After Monica Lewinsky Affair, Democratic Senator Says

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, said on Thursday that she believes President Bill Clinton should have stepped down from the presidency when it was learned he had had an extramarital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

“Yes, I think that is the appropriate response,” Gillibrand, who holds the Senate seat previously occupied by Hillary Clinton, told the New York Times when asked.

Gillibrand, who backed Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, was emphasizing that the tenor of the national conversation around sexual conduct and misconduct has changed drastically in the twenty years that have passed.

“And I think in light of this conversation, we should have a very different conversation about President Trump, and a very different conversation about allegations against him,” she told the Times.

Her conversation with the Times took place just hours after a California radio host publicly accused Gillibrand’s colleague, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, of forcibly kissing and groping her in 2006.


Democratic Women Wore White to President Donald Trump’s Congress Address: Find Out Why

A group of Democratic women made their voices heard — without saying a word — during President Donald Trump's first joint address to Congress in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, February 28.

According to CNN, many of the 66 female Democratic representatives and delegates wore white to show support for Planned Parenthood, reproductive rights, equal pay, paid leave and affordable child

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North Carolina Republicans Just Took Unprecedented Steps to Curb the New Democratic Governor’s Power

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed an unprecedented law passed by a last-minute session of the Republican legislature Friday that would radically curb the power of the incoming Democratic governor, despite widespread protests and a vow to challenge the measure in court.

The legislature voted along party lines to pass a bill that would give Republicans control of the state Board of Elections during even-numbered years (which are typically election years) and changes the rules to give Republicans more control of local elections even when a Democrat is the governor. (Under current rules, the governor’s party gets two out of the three local board of election seats, but the new measure would split control between the parties.)

“It’s an old fashioned, raw boned power grab,” said Carter Wrenn, a veteran North Carolina political strategist. “This isn’t really a fight on issues, this is an old fashioned right-or-wrong.”

The state Senate is also debating a bill that would require the governor to get Senate approval for all cabinet appointments, rescind his ability to appoint trustees to the University of North Carolina school system, and cut the number of state employees he can hire and fire by more than two-thirds.

The two measures are part of a last-ditch effort by a Republican legislature to strip the executive branch of power just as Democratic Gov.-elect Roy Cooper prepares to take office. Republican Gov. Pat McCrory conceded to Cooper two weeks ago after losing to him in the tightest gubernatorial race of the year. The same legislature passed the controversial HB2 law restricting anti-discrimination measures to protect gay and transgender people, known as the “bathroom bill.” The intense backlash to that bill, which resulted in protests, cancelled concerts, and sports boycotts, may have contributed to McCrory’s defeat.

In a news conference Thursday, Cooper condemned the measures as “pushed through in the dark of night” and called them “more ominous” than a conventional power-grab. But he indicated that he plans to sue if the law is unconstitutional. “They will see me in court,” he said. “And they don’t have a very good track record there.”

Some experts said they weren’t aware of such a maneuver in more than a century. “There’s no precedent in the last 100 years,” said Michael Gillespie, a professor of political science at Duke University, who compared the current political climate to the legislative tensions surrounding Jim Crow laws. “The goal is to do whatever they can to sustain their dominance in the state legislature.”

Republican lawmakers objected to the widespread characterization of the law as a legislative overthrow of the executive branch. “This is no coup,” said Republican State Rep. Nelson Dollar. “Every member was elected in a constitutional way.”

Protesters flooded the State Legislature on Thursday and Friday, chanting “all political power comes from the people” and “you work for us.” At least 17 people have been arrested at protests so far.

Other observers see the unprecedented measure as a savvy political move that is entirely within the bounds of fair play. “I see it as seizing the opportunity to accomplish conservative things while you have the opportunity while you have a supermajority,” said John Davis, an independent political analyst in North Carolina. “It looks evil, but so does making sausage.”

“It is a brazenly partisan power-grab,” he said. “My reaction to it after observing for 40 years is: so what?”





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