Political Note #251   Kim Schreier WA CD 08

Look at the recent Daily Bits on the website. Five Cheers for David Leonhardt, We've met the Deep State 2020               General Election In 2018, thirty-nine Republican Members of Congress decided not to run again. Ducking a blue wave? One of them was Dave Reichert, the Republican Representative from Washington’s Eighth Congressional District. His retirement made Kim Schreier’s candidacy for Congress a little easier. Not easy, though. She won by a little more than 15,000 votes. In preparation for 2020, twenty Republican Members of Congress have decided not to run again. Ducking a blue wave? It is still 2019. Republicans have…

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Political Note #146 Harley Rouda CA CD 48

Harley Rouda both brings money to the conversation and is a moderate. He is the son of a Columbus, Ohio real estate magnate. Harley was the CEO of the real estate conglomerate. He consolidated firms from Kentucky to northern Ohio. He is also a former attorney who specialized in capital formation. In this predominantly Republican district, the DCCC wanted the more moderate Democrat as its top vote getter. Rouda was the candidate the DCCC supported.

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Political Note #142 Katie Porter CA CD 45

A law professor at the University of California - Irvine, Katie Porter has credentials to spare. She is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School, a protegee of two of the most powerful women in the country -- Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Kamala Harris of California. At Harvard Law School, she was Elizabeth Warren's student. She worked for Kamala Harris when Harris was California's Attorney General. Like both of them, Porter is a consumer advocate.

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Political Note #133 Gil Cisneros CA CD 39

Gil Cisneros running for Congress because he was lucky. In 2010, he won the lottery -- $266 million.He had had a productive life without the lottery. When he won the lottery, he had retired from the navy and was a shipping and distribution manager. he started nonprofits focused on helping Latino kids succeed in school. He started scholarship funds for those kids who did succeed in school. He studied education. He switched political parties; became a Democrat. He went into politics.

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