Kamala Harris – Knox Democrats http://knoxdemocrats.org/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:38:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://knoxdemocrats.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/knox-democrats-icon-150x150.png Kamala Harris – Knox Democrats http://knoxdemocrats.org/ 32 32 Kamala Harris’ visit to the Philippines sends China a message of American intent https://knoxdemocrats.org/kamala-harris-visit-to-the-philippines-sends-china-a-message-of-american-intent/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 10:38:00 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/kamala-harris-visit-to-the-philippines-sends-china-a-message-of-american-intent/



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A Philippine archipelago known for its tropical vacations will become the center of political attention this week when Vice President Kamala Harris becomes the highest-ranking US official to visit its main island.

Palawan is home to dive centers as well as a Philippine military base that Harris will visit on Tuesdayaccording to a senior administration official, placing it on the edge of the South China Sea, where China has built military bases – some on islands claimed by the Philippines – in one of the most apparent signs of its ambitions in the Pacific.

Harris meets with the Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. On Monday, the partners are expected to discuss 21 new US-funded projects, including more defense sites around the Philippines in locations yet to be revealed – an indication for Beijing that Washington is forging closer ties with Manila.

The projects are part of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the two countries, which allows U.S. troops to use agreed locations in the Philippines for joint security drills and military training, the agency said. White House in a statement.

But the US-Philippine defense ties run even deeper.

The country was once home to two of the largest US military installations overseas, Clark Air Force Base and Subic Bay Naval Base, which were transferred to Philippine control in the 1990s. A mutual defense treaty signed in 1951 remains in force, stipulating that both parties would help each other defend themselves if either were attacked by a third party.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Harris reaffirmed Washington’s “unwavering” commitment to the pact. “We must always reiterate that we stand with you in defending the rules and standards (in the South China Sea),” Harris said, adding that any attacks on Philippine vessels in the South China Sea would invoke mutual defense commitments. the United States.

Sitting next to Harris, Marcos Jr. told reporters, “I’ve said many times, I don’t see a future for the Philippines that doesn’t include the United States, and that comes from the very long relationship with the United States.

Ties between the two countries had frayed under former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has sought closer relations with China during his six years in power.

Gregory Poling, a maritime security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the United States and the Philippines were emerging from those “difficult years”.

Poling said Harris’ visit sends a strong message of support for the Philippines without necessarily threatening Beijing since Harris will be visiting Palawan, which is close to the South China Sea but not one of the disputed islands.

“The benefit the United States will see in the Philippines by sending a message that ‘we stand together in the South China Sea’ far outweighs any modest frustration it will cause Beijing,” Poling said.

palawan is renowned as a scuba diving and island hopping getaway, but it is also home to the Antonio Bautista Air Base in Puerto Princesa, the Philippine military command center responsible for defending and patrolling its waters around the Spratly Islands.

The Spratly Islands lie in the southern part of the 1.3 million square mile waterway – almost all of which is claimed by China as its sovereign territory based on its interpretation of historical maps.

According to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, the Philippines occupies nine elements of the Spratly chain while China occupies seven. But Beijing, which calls the island chain the Nanshas, ​​has built and reinforced much of its claims. in the chain, including build military bases on places such as Subi Reef, Johnson Reef, Mischief Reef and Fiery Cross Reef.

In contrast, only one of the Philippine-controlled features even has a track, Thitu Reef.

Other neighbors surrounding the resource-rich waterway also lay claim to parts of the region, including Vietnam, TaiwanBrunei and Malaysia.

In 2016, a court in The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in a maritime dispute, concluding that China has no legal basis to claim historic rights to most of the South China Sea.

Despite the decision, Duterte tried to forge closer ties with Beijing and made plans to cooperate in oil and gas exploration in South China Seaa decision that has divided Filipinos over the legitimacy of allowing China’s ambitions in the disputed territory.

However, the exploration agreements were formally terminated in June 2022 due to constitutional challenges and concerns over Philippine sovereignty, former foreign minister Teddy Locsin Jr. said before leaving office under Duterte.

Since taking office in June, Marcos Jr. has sought to restore ties with the United States and reinvigorate friendly communications with China, both on economic and security issues.

On the sidelines of last Thursday’s APEC meeting, Marcos Jr. and Chinese leader Xi Jinping both agreed that maritime issues “do not define the entire Philippines-China relationship”, according to the Philippine press secretary.

“Our foreign policy refuses to fall into the trap of a Cold War mentality. Ours is an independent foreign policy guided by our national interest and our commitment to peace,” said Marcos Jr.

As Washington’s defense ally and competing claimant to Beijing’s vast territorial claims to the South China Sea, the Philippines is critical to both Washington’s strategy in the region and China’s geopolitical rise.

Rommel Banlaoi, president of the Philippine Association for Chinese Studies, said Marcos Jr.’s big task was to strengthen and modernize the country’s defense system – with the help of the United States – while establishing a friendly dialogue with China to strengthen economic ties with its largest trading partner.

“Philippine President Marcos seems open to pursuing pragmatic cooperation in the South China Sea, without giving up his long-standing position on territorial issues in the South China Sea,” Banlaoi said.

During his trip to the Philippines, Harris is expected to make a number of other announcements, including closer U.S. cooperation with Manila on clean energy, cybersecurity, communications and agriculture.

The deals show U.S. intent in the Pacific region, but a South China Sea expert said Harris’ trip to the military base risks aggravating Beijing to the potential detriment of the Philippines.

Anna Malindog-Uy, vice president of the Asian Century Philippines Strategic Studies Institute (ACPSSI), calls the visit “quite a provocative, raging and incendiary act”.

“It will put my country, the Philippines, in a precarious and uncomfortable position vis-à-vis Beijing,” she says.

“I don’t see it as beneficial for my country. This is tantamount to provoking Beijing at my country’s expense, and I don’t think that’s something enlightened and Filipino nationalist rejoicing over.

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Vice President Kamala Harris tells Asia that the United States is ‘here to stay’ https://knoxdemocrats.org/vice-president-kamala-harris-tells-asia-that-the-united-states-is-here-to-stay/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 08:15:00 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/vice-president-kamala-harris-tells-asia-that-the-united-states-is-here-to-stay/

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November 18, 2022 | 4:15 p.m.

BANGKOK, Thailand — Vice President Kamala Harris told Asian leaders on Friday that the United States is committed to the region for the long term, dismissing doubts about its commitment as China expands its influence.

Addressing a summit in Bangkok, Harris called the United States “the proud power of the Pacific” and said America’s long-standing network of security alliances has enabled Asia to thrive.

“The United States is here to stay,” Harris told business leaders on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which was also attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Our message is clear: The United States has an enduring economic commitment to the Indo-Pacific that is measured not in years, but in decades and generations,” she said, using the American term preferred for the Asia-Pacific region.

President Joe Biden’s administration has been focused on rallying to allies, and Harris will travel from Thailand to the Philippines, where she will visit an island near waters increasingly contested by Beijing.

While the US has taken a tough tone on China, some Asian officials have questioned the level of US economic engagement.

Biden largely followed his predecessor Donald Trump in turning the page on the era of free trade agreements, seeing them as unpopular among working-class American voters.

Harris insisted that economic partnerships in Asia were “a top priority” for the Biden administration and pointed out that the U.S. private sector invests about $1 trillion a year in the region.

“America is a strong partner for economies and businesses in this region because America is and will remain a major engine of global growth, bolstered by our administration’s approach,” she said.

She said that goal has bipartisan support, with Washington poised for greater stalemate after the rival Republican Party took control of the House of Representatives in last week’s election.

Biden on a trip to Tokyo earlier this year launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, which brings countries together to set common standards on technology and trade in the face of China’s rapid progress, but stops short of raise tariffs like a traditional free trade agreement.

“We are all feeling the unease and anxiety of the global economy today,” U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told reporters on Thursday.

“We need different outcomes, and that means we also need to innovate in how we engage with each other in trade and the economy and in all areas,” she said.

Despite American pledge vows, Biden skipped the APEC summit to attend his granddaughter’s wedding at the White House on Saturday.

He attended two other summits in Asia in the past week, however, in Cambodia and Indonesia.

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Abortion rights top Biden’s to-do list even without Congress https://knoxdemocrats.org/abortion-rights-top-bidens-to-do-list-even-without-congress/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 18:52:55 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/abortion-rights-top-bidens-to-do-list-even-without-congress/

President Joe Biden will need to leverage his already limited power as the country’s chief executive to expand abortion access in the coming months, even if he lacks sufficient support in the new Congress to ensure the availability of abortion. the procedure.

Health-law attorneys and abortion advocates say his efforts will be especially crucial after a midterm election that hasn’t drastically shifted the balance of power in Washington. Republicans, the majority of whom oppose abortion, are poised to take control of the House. Senate Democrats don’t have enough votes to pass a measure.

Americans ‘can’t expect much,’ on codifying abortion access, Biden said this week at the G-20 summit in Bali, reflecting on the recent midterm elections. . “Otherwise we are going to maintain our positions.”

Biden’s team, led by Vice President Kamala Harris, is examining how state-level restrictions are limiting the training of future OB-GYNs and convening pro bono attorneys to advise health providers. He will continue to enforce laws that dictate how hospitals treat patients in medical emergencies and weigh travel options for those seeking out-of-state abortions.

The outcome of last week’s midterm elections suggests the administration has public support on reproductive rights, advocates said.

This “should give the administration everything it needs to push forward a bold agenda that protects access to abortion,” said Shaina Goodman, director of reproductive health and rights at the National Partnership for Women. and families.

Education

The White House reproductive health team is studying how it can help future obstetricians learn to perform surgical abortions despite state restrictions on the procedure, a White House official told Bloomberg Law.

Scholars and lawmakers have repeatedly pointed out to Harris that prospective OB-GYNs in abortion-restricting states, such as Texas or Georgia, will not get enough practice with the procedure to become competent. To compensate for this, the White House is considering how to help them gain this experience, including temporarily relocating prospective OB-GYNs to abortion-friendly states for more education.

The effort to send so-called “exchange students” to other states to perform abortions is not newalthough the need for it has increased since the fall of Roe v. Wade.

The White House Attorney’s Office also brings together pro bono attorneys to help abortion clinics and organizations navigate new state-level laws.

“It wasn’t just about denying reproductive services for the survivor, it then tied the attorney in with exposure and liability,” said Deb Vagins of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Vagins met with the White House reproductive health team in July.

Voice support

The president and his agency heads have expressed support for federal abortion protections.

In September Secretary of Health and Social Services Xavier Becerra said the administration “will not hesitate to uphold the law” to protect “women’s right to essential health care.”

Among the existing tools available to the federal government is the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, or EMTALA.

Passed in 1986 to ensure that patients are treated in emergency situations, EMTALA “specifically states that it warns of state laws that conflict with it,” said Nicole Huberfeld, a professor at the University College of Law and School of Public Health. Boston University, and could be used to ensure hospitals perform abortions when the mother’s life is in danger.

In July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued directives proclaiming this point of view. It has already been ran into opposition. In August, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas blocked the government to enforce his view that his guidelines take precedence over Texas abortion law.

The administration has other “strategic opportunities” to “spread the work that congressional Republicans are going to engage in on the legislative front,” said Liz Kukura, a Drexel University law professor who specializes in reproductive health. . These include “the use of existing policy focused on the maternal health crisis and its disproportionate impact” on people of color.

“The federal government can help reconnect the dots between abortion access and women’s health outcomes,” she said.

Creative measures

Supporting abortion travel is among the maneuvers legal experts say the Biden administration should exercise as more conservative state legislatures limit abortions and Republicans gain a greater grip on Congress.

GOP lawmakers have introduced more than a dozen bills to criminally prosecute nurses and doctors for abortion services, according to a analysis by Democrats on the House Oversight Committee. At least four measures focus on travel for abortions

After deerreversal, Becerra said the administration was weighing rack transportation for those seeking abortion services. In August, Biden signed a decree directing Becerra to consider ways to help patients travel interstate for abortions using Medicaid funds.

There should be “a creative way to not only advocate for women’s right to travel, but to support their abortion travel,” said Lawrence Gostin, director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Abortion Law. health at Georgetown University. “Creatively, it should be possible to have federal dollars to support travel for medical purposes, including abortion.”

For example, the administration could use federal health funding like Medicaid to support trips by impoverished Americans seeking abortion and reproductive health treatment, Gostin said. This approach “would certainly lead to litigation”, but “has a reasonable legal basis”.

pill problem

Legal experts say medical abortion should remain a top priority for the Biden administration with Republican gains in Congress, and that the Justice Department could explicitly say it will sue state restrictions.

A legal battle had unfolded in Mississippi over whether Food and Drug Administration drug rules prevailed over state restrictions. However, the plaintiff, abortion pill maker GenBioPro, dropped the case and said planned to file in another forum.

Huberfeld, however, noted that it’s not “settled” that FDA regulations will always trump state laws, given that states regulate medical licensing, “although they probably can’t. not compete with the FDA to regulate prescription drugs”.

Additionally, Greer Donley, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh, noted that before Dobbs, advocates alleged that “the way the FDA regulates medical abortion is too strict.”

While the administration last year relax some rules on prescribers, he added new barriers for pharmacies to dispense abortion pills.

By seeking to ensure access, the administration could reduce “onerous restrictions,” Donley said.

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Watch: US Vice President Kamala Harris visits restaurant on Election Day, says this | world news https://knoxdemocrats.org/watch-us-vice-president-kamala-harris-visits-restaurant-on-election-day-says-this-world-news/ Tue, 08 Nov 2022 20:06:00 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/watch-us-vice-president-kamala-harris-visits-restaurant-on-election-day-says-this-world-news/

US Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff stopped at John O’Groats restaurant in Los Angeles as Americans vote in the crucial midterm elections. She joined Los Angeles mayoral candidate Karen Bass in welcoming diners inside.

Read more: Can Joe Biden and Kamala Harris be impeached if Republicans win midterms?

“Today’s election day, so please vote,” said Kamala Harris. At another table in the restaurant, she said, “Oh you voted, thanks for voting.”

When Kamala Harris walked into the restaurant’s second room, a woman stood up and pointed an “I voted” sticker to her chest, prompting the vice president to clap.

“Remind everyone that you know the stakes,” Kamala Harris said.

“A lot at stake,” she added.

Kamala Harris and her husband were also seen taking photos with diners during the visit which takes place on Election Day in the United States.

Read more: At $16.7 billion, the 2022 midterm elections are the most expensive in US history

Americans vote midterm, which will determine who controls the US Congress, made up of the House of Representatives and the Senate. From now on both are controlled by the US President that of Joe Biden Democratic Party.


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The left were the mad scientists and we were their lab rats | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON https://knoxdemocrats.org/the-left-were-the-mad-scientists-and-we-were-their-lab-rats-victor-davis-hanson/ Sun, 06 Nov 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/the-left-were-the-mad-scientists-and-we-were-their-lab-rats-victor-davis-hanson/

As we approach the halfway point, one way of looking at America’s current disaster is that we, the American people, were lab rats. And since 2021, those on the left were the mad scientists, eager to test their crazy experiments on us.

The result is that the housing market is on the verge of collapse. As interest rates soar, our $31 trillion national debt crushes everything else in the budget. Inflation is roaring at a rate of 8-9% per year, higher than at any time in 40 years. Yet the prices of the necessities of life – food, fuel, housing, energy – are still much higher than the official rate.

No one is safer from thugs anymore – whether it’s a commuter on a New York City subway or the Pelosis in Pacific Heights, California. The country would have a 25-day supply of diesel fuel – the power source that keeps the country running. Meanwhile, we continue to empty the Strategic Petroleum Reserve of petroleum, a commodity we have in abundance but refuse to fully produce.

We never resolved last year’s supply chain crisis and so we are still facing shortages of essential consumer goods. Labor force participation rate is at an all-time low – given big government COVID subsidies, Siren-song’s call to stay home after lockdowns, COVID scare and million workers with long COVID.

The post-Kabul Pentagon is silent on the depletion of its critical stockpiles of weapons. We sent billions of dollars worth of howitzers, javelin missiles and high-mobility artillery rocket systems to Ukraine without replenishing our own arsenals. The army’s recruitment rate is 50% this year. Our broken navy ossifies as China expands its fleet in hopes of absorbing Taiwan.

When we look to the president to report on these crazy experiments, we get nothing. For the past few weeks, President Joe Biden has lied that gas was $5 a gallon when he took office when it was only half that. He falsely swears he passed his student loan amnesty plan by one or two votes when he simply waived half a trillion dollar debt by executive order and bypassed Congress .

Vice President Kamala Harris is our Border Czar, but she avoids the non-existent southern border like the plague. As the country depletes its oil reserves, she’s gushing over “solutions” such as turning the country’s school bus fleet to battery power. On the rare occasions she is allowed overseas, Harris has no idea what North Korea’s official name is, only that she’s supposed to be one of America’s staunchest allies.

We are now heading towards a decisive midterm election. Strangely, the architects of the hard left of the past two years offer no defense of their failing agendas, nor agree to change them.

No Democratic candidate for Congress boasts of the 3 million people who crossed the border illegally. None boast of helping to cancel key pipelines, reduce federal oil and gas leases, and shut down the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. No one takes credit for hammering fossil fuel investments.

Nobody laughs at the no-lease and police-defund policies of left-leaning big-city prosecutors and mayors that have driven crime up. Nobody insists that an annual inflation rate of 8 or 9% is a desirable distribution of wealth.

Yet, stranger still, no Democratic, state, or national candidate — and certainly not Biden — is proposing to change these toxic policies.

If they don’t defend what they did, they apparently won’t destroy what they did either.

No Democratic gubernatorial candidate wants a built foot of a new border wall. No House candidate is demanding that the Keystone pipeline be completed. No candidate for the senatorial calls for budgetary discipline to bring down inflation.

Instead, they remain silent.

Biden mumbles lies about MAGA extremists under every bed while daily offering another invented treat from his fantasy autobiography.

State and national candidates are avoiding debates with Republican opponents or delaying them in hopes they will become unnecessary as millions of mail-in ballots have already been cast.

Voters rarely surrendered their country to radicals, socialists and nihilists. We did it in 2020. And once the left took over the presidency, the House and the Senate, they tried a deadly experiment on us, the American people, their veritable lab rats.

It failed – and has now almost destroyed us along with the country. Yet, in November, the left apparently asks for more time for more experimentation on more of us. But to do what exactly?

Pass more no-bail laws and promote more defunding of the police? Make jails and jails emptier? More destruction of what remains of the southern border? More biological men dominating women in sports? More money printing? More cuts in federal oil and gas leases and canceled pipelines?

Apparently the only thing that will stop their mad experimentation is that they’ve exhausted us – their once-willing lab rats.

Victor Davis Hanson is a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a Classics and Historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Contact him at authorvdh@gmail.com.

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Harris finds his place. She is always trying to break through. https://knoxdemocrats.org/harris-finds-his-place-she-is-always-trying-to-break-through/ Thu, 03 Nov 2022 08:30:00 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/harris-finds-his-place-she-is-always-trying-to-break-through/

There has been little distance between Harris and Biden as they criss-cross the country campaigning for Democrats. But to some in its orbit, the seemingly minor distinction over semantics has come to represent something far greater for a veep determined to maintain its own voice and carve out a path for itself, even as it works in a backup role. defined by loyalty.

Harris’ growing comfort amid the steady pace of political activity marks a period of relative stability. There’s been a noticeable absence of negative noise hanging from his every move — to the point that the vice president’s allies don’t speak as much on the Beltway cover as they miss.

Karen Finney, a Democratic strategist who has attended events with Harris, said the vice president has proven helpful to Democrats “by talking about reproductive freedom and also urging candidates to build excitement and rally the Democratic base”. But Finney acknowledged, “Part of the nature of the VP job is that if you do a good job, we don’t hear much about you. That’s a challenge in itself, because then people don’t really know what you’re doing.

There is no modern playbook for the situation Democrats and Harris find themselves in as they prepare for likely pain on Tuesday. Biden’s political future is still uncertain, even within his own party, and questions about whether Harris can become the flag bearer have risen rather than dissipated during his tenure. This raised the stakes for her to perform on the track.

A Democratic strategist in close contact with the White House noted that there weren’t quite as many eyeballs and a true DC parlor game scoring mid-terms for Harris’ predecessors – all of whom arguably received less backing. interest than she has from almost every point of view.

Biden seemed aware of that focus when he followed Harris as he addressed a crowd of revelers Friday in Philadelphia. “She looks more like my girlfriend and my sister, but I trust her with my life,” he said. “I trust him completely.”

At the same time, Harris could not escape the poor environment of the Democrats. Like Biden, she has seen her job endorsement numbers plummet, forcing the pair to largely stay in bluer states and forcing the administration to be creative as they deploy to Senate battlegrounds. , the House and Governors – back when they actually did.

Harris was in deeply Democratic Massachusetts on Wednesday campaigning for the ticket, and she is expected to return to New York on Thursday for a voting event with Governor Kathy Hochul in Manhattan. She will then travel to Illinois on Sunday for an Asian American and Pacific Islander event before flying to California.

If Democrats lost control of the Senate, its historic turn as the deciding vote in that chamber would come to an end, bringing its own set of pros and cons. In her capacity as Vice President, she was attached to the national capital to help pass bills and confirm candidates. In her first two years, she has already achieved the accolade of third all-time with 26 ties broken, behind only America’s first vice president, John Adams and his seventh, John C. Calhoun. A GOP-led Senate would free her from Washington. It would also mean fewer historic votes she could head towards.

Earlier this year, Harris asked assistants to help him hit the road at least three days a week. After initial reluctance, she agreed to become the administration’s leading voice on abortion.

In strategizing what her mid-term role would look like, the vice president aimed to meet with smaller groups and create a network of key constituency groups – specifically to attract women, youth and voters of color, his aides said. She wanted to help them connect issues like abortion rights to the right to vote and same-sex marriage.

“She believes we need to give people their talking points. We have to say, “I want you to know what to say when people ask you that question.” Because one they will, and two they should,” a senior Harris official said.

Harris’ itch to be more widely involved was evident in these meetings. Participants say she would often withdraw from, for example, a discussion of abortion and link it to a broader set of privacy rights.

“She often references the fact that voters of color and young people turned out in historic numbers in 2020 and that’s what we were able to deliver to you,” another Harris aide said, pointing to the reduced costs of prescription drugs, canceling student loan debt, decriminalizing marijuana, and eliminating lead pipes. “We need the same level of commitment and enthusiasm that we had [in 2020] directed towards the mid-points.

It all adds up to something of a page turner for Harris. The hiccups are still there, amplified by the criticisms on Twitter, although they are less frequent. The struggles to gain popularity exist, but there is less chaos swirling around. People around her feel that she has been able to exercise more independence and has seriously started to emerge from the painful first months of uneven performance and personnel issues.

“In the first year, there was also a lot of talk about his portfolio and how his running mate compared to Biden,” said vice-presidential historian Joel K. Goldstein. Since then, the focus seems to have shifted to “how can it add value”.

Although doubts persist about his future, Harris’s last year has brought him some political advantages, mainly stronger ties to the party’s main constituencies. His roundtables and talks on abortion have brought him into contact with dozens of legislative leaders and state attorneys general working on the issue. But they also helped open the doors of several swing states to a pressing political concern. Since August, she has stopped in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Florida and Minnesota. She also visited a number of college campuses.

In recent days, Harris has called dozens of radio stations in key battlefields. During that time, she led more than a dozen fundraisers for the Democratic National Committee this year. In Texas, party organizers said his recent commencement speech for the state Democratic Party’s Johnson-Jordan dinner raised the most in its history.

Separately, aides and party officials said there had been a concerted effort to put her in front of more labor allies and other groups like the NAACP and Urban League, as well as in the blood of audiences. who don’t consume traditional news media – strategies that lately joined that of the president.

She also did more press, sitting down for late-night TV interviews and at least eight podcasts, including the climate-focused A matter of degrees, where she got flustered over her love of clean school buses. Her too discussed with Popsugar. And for all of that, Harris’s defenders still say she deserves more credit than she currently gets.

“The vice president did everything she was asked to do,” said Bakari Sellers, a fierce Harris ally who praised the White House for giving her more space and “letting her be great.” “. But, he added, the media coverage did not reflect that.

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Vice President Kamala Harris will rally for Massachusetts Democrats in Boston on Wednesday https://knoxdemocrats.org/vice-president-kamala-harris-will-rally-for-massachusetts-democrats-in-boston-on-wednesday/ Mon, 31 Oct 2022 10:53:00 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/vice-president-kamala-harris-will-rally-for-massachusetts-democrats-in-boston-on-wednesday/

Less than a week from election dayVice President Kamala Harris will travel to Boston for a campaign rally in Roxbury, hoping to build support for the Democratic ticket statewide and energize voters.

Appearing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College, Harris will join gubernatorial candidate Maura Healey; Lieutenant Governor candidate Kim Driscoll, Attorney General candidate Andrea Campbell, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley and Boston Mayor Michelle Wu.

In a press release previewing the event, organizers said the rally would focus on “driving voters to the polls, especially in communities of color like Roxbury.”

The election could have historic ramifications for elected women. If successful, Healey would be the first woman elected governor of Massachusetts and the second to hold the office after former acting governor Jane Swift. Healey and Driscoll’s victories would deliver the nation’s first all-female state executive office. Campbell has the opportunity to become the first black woman elected to statewide office in the Commonwealth.

Polls show the Healey campaign in a strong position to claim victory within a week from Tuesday. A sample of 700 registered voters released last week had 59% supporting Healey, compared to 32% for his Republican opponent Geoff Diehl.

About 60% of respondents said Healey’s ideology most closely resembles that of the Republican Governor Charlie Bakerone of the the most popular governors.

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Biden to vote early in Delaware with his granddaughter https://knoxdemocrats.org/biden-to-vote-early-in-delaware-with-his-granddaughter/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 10:34:08 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/biden-to-vote-early-in-delaware-with-his-granddaughter/

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will run his midterm election voting this weekend in his home state of Delaware, where in-person early voting begins Friday.

The White House has said Biden will vote alongside his 18-year-old granddaughter Natalie, who is a first-time voter. Democratic president votes as his party faces uphill battle to retain control of Congress and as Democrats have made it a priority to encourage their supporters to vote early in jurisdictions where it is available to maximize turnout.

Biden’s trip to his polling place comes as he spends a long weekend at his Wilmington home. He will make a brief trip to nearby Philadelphia on Friday night to attend a Pennsylvania Democratic Party event with Vice President Kamala Harris. A Democratic official says the fundraiser will raise $1million for the state party, with Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman in a tight race against GOP nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz for a critical U.S. Senate seat.

Last month, Biden made a quick last-minute trip to Wilmington to vote in the state’s Democratic primary. At the time, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden’s timeline necessitated Air Force One’s brief jaunt to Wilmington to vote.

“He thought it was important to exercise his constitutional right to vote, as I just mentioned, and to lead by example by showing the importance of voting,” she told reporters. “He also had the opportunity to say hello to the electoral agents and to thank them for their work. And we know how much election workers have come under attack in recent years. »

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Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Seattle this week https://knoxdemocrats.org/vice-president-kamala-harris-will-travel-to-seattle-this-week/ Sun, 23 Oct 2022 18:17:25 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/vice-president-kamala-harris-will-travel-to-seattle-this-week/

Vice President Kamala Harris will travel to Seattle on Wednesday to speak about the administration’s low-emission school bus initiative, her office announced Friday. She will also participate in a private fundraiser, an opportunity to raise funds at a pivotal time in the midterm election season.

Harris plans to attend a public event where she will share remarks on the Clean School Bus Program, a $5 billion national plan to replace school buses with zero- or low-emission alternatives. The initiative is led by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA Administrator Michael Regan will join Harris for the Seattle speech. The White House has yet to release details of the location or time of the event.

The Vice President’s second leg, the fundraising event, will be closed to the general public.

The visit will mark Harris’ first return to Seattle from his presidential campaign in 2019. The then-candidate shared plans for gun safety measures during a speech in the city’s Central District. After meeting with crying mothers of victims of gun violence, Harris aimed to strengthen background checks and ban assault weapons, she said in a packed theater at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in September 2019. .

Harris’ stop in Seattle looks like Jill Biden’s visit in early October. The first lady visited the Pacific Science Center to speak about caregivers and also attended a fundraiser where she discussed helping a friend recover from an abortion.

In Washington, Senator Patty Murray is seeking a sixth term against Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley in what appears to be the tightest senatorial contest here in over a decade. And Rep. Kim Schrier is trying to hold on to the competitive 8th Precinct seat against Republican Matt Larkin.

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Vice President Harris comes to New Mexico to campaign for Lujan Grisham and talk about abortion rights https://knoxdemocrats.org/vice-president-harris-comes-to-new-mexico-to-campaign-for-lujan-grisham-and-talk-about-abortion-rights/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 08:28:35 +0000 https://knoxdemocrats.org/vice-president-harris-comes-to-new-mexico-to-campaign-for-lujan-grisham-and-talk-about-abortion-rights/

October 21 – Vice President Kamala Harris, who officiated Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s wedding in May, will travel to New Mexico next week to campaign for governor and speak about abortion rights – ​​a big deal in Lujan Grisham’s hotly contested race to keep his job.

Harris will be in Albuquerque on Tuesday to participate in “a moderate conversation about protecting reproductive rights,” according to a media advisory. She will then attend a fundraiser for the incumbent Democrat’s re-election campaign.

Harris’ visit will come less than three weeks after former Vice President Mike Pence campaigned for Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti in Roswell and 15 days before the November 8 midterm elections.

Lujan Grisham has presented herself as a champion of abortion rights, pointing to the repeal of a 1969 law that criminalized abortion in New Mexico among her accomplishments, while insisting that her GOP challenger , a former TV weatherman, is set to ban abortion in the state.

Ronchetti calls himself pro-life, but after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, he said he would seek “common ground” with the Legislature to end abortion later in pregnancy.

“I think allowing abortion up to 15 weeks and in cases of rape, incest and when a mother’s life is in danger is a very reasonable position that most New Mexicoers will support. regardless of their political affiliation,” Ronchetti said in a statement. time.

He has since proposed a constitutional amendment to allow voters to directly decide abortion rights in New Mexico.

“We can work together to put in place something that better aligns with the values ​​of the people of the state of New Mexico,” Ronchetti said during a televised debate earlier this month. “What better way is there to do that than to let everyone have their say.”

Ronchetti’s proposal has drawn criticism from the governor, who says women already have the right to choose in New Mexico.

“Abortion access is on the ballot this year – and there is only one pro-choice gubernatorial candidate,” Lujan Grisham’s campaign wrote in a recent email. fundraising.

Ronchetti’s more moderate stance on abortion since winning the primary has been met with skepticism, especially after the pastor of a megachurch in Albuquerque told his congregation that Ronchetti had told him privately that his goal was to end abortion but that he had to get elected first.

Ronchetti has been featured in news stories and opinion pieces about Republicans trying to soften their stance on abortion ahead of Election Day.

New York Times columnist Gail Collins included Ronchetti in an article published Wednesday.

“New Mexico gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti was ‘strongly pro-life’ until the uproar following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe,” Collins wrote. “Now his campaign website says he is seeking ‘middle ground’ that would allow abortions ‘in cases of rape, incest and when a mother’s life is in danger’.”

Collins wrote that Republicans are in a tough spot on the abortion issue.

“The public’s rejection of the court’s decision, along with the stunning vote for abortion rights in a recent statewide referendum in Kansas, has left politicians searching for a way to dodging the anti-choice label. Without, uh, really changing,” she wrote.

Ronchetti’s campaign, meanwhile, used Harris’ upcoming visit to New Mexico to attack Lujan Grisham over a years-old sexual harassment complaint filed against the governor by James Hallinan, his spokesman during his first campaign for governor. Lujan Grisham settled the suit with Hallinan, who accused the governor of grabbing the crotch, for $150,000. The settlement included a non-disclosure agreement.

In a series of tweets, Ronchetti’s campaign shed light on statements the vice president has made in the past about sexual assault.

“I just want to speak to all survivors of sexual assault, and I want to thank you for speaking your truth, for sharing your stories, for having the courage to demand that people understand and hear…and you won’t be silenced,” Harris said in a 2018 video that the Ronchetti campaign retweeted on Thursday. “You deserve to have all the dignity and respect you’ve rightfully earned because you you guys are spoken and your voices mattered.”

“I wonder if @KamalaHarris extends this message to the victim of @Michelle4NM?” the campaign wrote in one of its tweets.

Follow Daniel J. Chacón on Twitter @danieljchacon.

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