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Morning Digest: Silicon Valley’s high prosecutor faces main problem from reformists

Nonetheless, his two opponents are removed from happy. Khan has been working towards Rosen on a platform of legal justice reform whereas Chung is a self-described “moderate.” Khan launched his campaign in July arguing he’d be a “true, actual progressive DA” who would aggressively prosecute law enforcement officials accused of misconduct; he additionally accused Rosen of dropping fees towards cops who’d allegedly made racist and sexist posts on social media.

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Khan’s battle with Rosen goes again additional, although. In since-deleted blog posts from 2020, the general public defender wrote, “No extra making an attempt to restore the irreparable. We have to tear and shut this shit down and begin over.” He also accused Rosen and the police of disproportionately arresting and prosecuting Black and Latino individuals. Rosen responded by submitting a whistleblower grievance, arguing that Khan’s writings, which included a map of the DA’s workplace and different regulation enforcement complexes, amounted to “threats of violence and destruction,” however he ended up withdrawing it.

Chung, for his half, additionally has his grievances with the person he is making an attempt to unseat. He was nonetheless working for Rosen when he published an op-ed final 12 months opining that, whereas legal justice reforms have been wanted, some proposed legal guidelines would do nothing to take care of the rising wave of violence aimed toward Asian People. Chung claimed he was subsequently demoted as a result of, whereas his piece did not point out the Santa Clara County DA, “my balanced method to legal justice reforms impeded his political aspirations,” and he soon sued Rosen for retaliation; Chung has additionally claimed that he was fired after he turned down a severance bundle he says was aimed toward getting him to resign.

One month later, Chung introduced that he would join the race to beat his now-former boss. Nonetheless, in contrast to Khan, Chung has focused on making the office more efficient reasonably than reforming it. Chung additionally stated of Khan, “He has solely been a public defender, and his job has been to poke holes within the prosecution’s case.”

Rosen has the support of much of the county’s local Democratic establishment, together with San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Rep. Zoe Lofgren, whereas the San Jose Mercury Information‘ Robert Salonga provides that the incumbent has already raised the $500,000 most allowed for this race. The Highlight additionally predicted final 12 months that the San Jose Police Officers Affiliation would spend heavily to beat Khan.

Khan, although, has brought in a sizable $236,000 since he entered the race; he additionally has some recognizable backers of his personal, together with former eight-term Rep. Mike Honda. Salonga, in the meantime, writes that Chung “declined to offer details about the standing of his marketing campaign” and has “executed minimal campaigning.”

Khan not too long ago released a mid-December poll from the Democratic agency SEA Polling & Strategic Design arguing that, with over 60% undecided, Rosen may be very beatable. That survey confirmed the DA outpacing Chung 20-10 with Khan in third with 8%, although it advised Khan would decide up assist as he turns into higher identified.

All of the candidates will face off on one nonpartisan poll in June, a contest that coincides with California’s statewide main; if nobody earns a majority of the vote, the highest two vote-getters would advance to a November common election.


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KS Redistricting: Kansas’ Republican-run state Home passed the GOP’s new congressional map on Wednesday, following comparable motion by the state Senate final week. The plan now goes to Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, who could veto it on account of the best way it gerrymanders a number of districts, significantly the state’s lone Democratic-held seat, Rep. Sharice Davids’ third District.

Republicans may override such a veto, but it surely’s not clear whether or not they have the numbers. The map handed the Home by a 79-37 vote, 5 wanting the 84-vote supermajority wanted to beat a attainable rejection by Kelly. Nonetheless, 4 Republicans have been absent whereas two others voted “current” and only one voted towards the ultimate map. Within the Senate, the map was approved 26-9, with two Republicans absent and one opposed; 27 votes are wanted for a veto override.

SC Redistricting: South Carolina’s Republican-run state Home has handed the identical congressional map their counterparts within the state Senate not too long ago accepted, sending it to Republican Gov. Henry McMaster. The 2 chambers had initially every handed barely completely different maps, however the Home selected to undertake the Senate’s model. The ultimate map makes the state’s lone aggressive seat, Republican Rep. Nancy Mace’s 1st District, a number of factors redder: Underneath the outdated traces, it voted for Donald Trump by a 52-46 margin, however the brand new iteration would have given Trump a 54-45 win, according to Dave’s Redistricting App.

MO Redistricting: A committee in Missouri’s Republican-run state Senate accepted the brand new congressional map not too long ago handed by the state Home on a 9-5 vote on Tuesday, with seven Republicans and two Democrats in favor and three Republicans and two Democrats opposed. These GOP dissenters hail from the far-right wing of the occasion, which has demanded a map that might create seven seats for Republicans and only one for Democrats. Republican leaders, nevertheless, choose a plan that might keep the state’s present 6-2 GOP benefit, because the map at present advancing via the legislature does.

TN Redistricting: Tennessee’s Republican-run legislature has concluded work on its new legislative maps, sending them to Republican Gov. Invoice Lee.

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  • GA-Sen: Raphael Warnock (D-inc): $9.8 million raised, $23 million cash-on-hand; Herschel Walker (R): $5.4 million raised, $5 million cash-on-hand
  • SC-Sen: Tim Scott (R-inc): $7 million raised, $21.5 million cash-on-hand


GA-Sen, GA-Gov: Quinnipiac is out with its inaugural poll of Georgia, and it finds tight common elections for each Senate and governor on this newly minted swing state. Within the former contest, one-time College of Georgia soccer star Herschel Walker holds a tiny 49-48 lead over Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock. The varsity did not check some other Republicans towards the incumbent, which can be simply as properly, because it finds Walker completely destroying state Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black 81-6 within the Might GOP main.

Turning to the race for governor, Quinnipiac finds 2018 Democratic nominee Stacey Abrams, who faces no severe intra-party opposition in her second bid, locked in a good race towards two completely different Republican foes. Gov. Brian Kemp edges out Abrams 49-47, whereas former Sen. David Perdue ties her 48-48.

However in contrast to the Senate main, the GOP’s gubernatorial nomination contest seems much more unsure. Kemp outpaces Perdue, who has Donald Trump’s backing, 43-36, with one other 10% going to ex-state Rep. Vernon Jones. That is a significantly smaller lead for Kemp than the 41-22 edge he loved final month in Insider Benefit’s survey for Fox 5 Atlanta, although Quinnipiac places him a shade nearer to successful nearly all of the vote he’d have to avert a June runoff.


CT-Gov: Rich businessman Bob Stefanowski, who was the 2018 Republican nominee, is spending $1 million on an opening TV buy for his second marketing campaign for governor. Stefanowski, who has pledged to make use of $10 million of his personal cash, sticks to his biography in his intro spots, which tout him as a center class-born candidate who “know[s] what it is like to start out with nothing.”

MA-Gov: Businessman Chris Doughty announced Wednesday that he’d run for this open seat as a “average Republican” and would put down $500,000 of his personal cash as “seed capital.” Doughty competed for the nomination towards 2018 Senate nominee Geoff Diehl, a Trump-endorsed former state consultant who has refused to acknowledge that Joe Biden was legitimately elected, within the race to succeed retiring GOP Gov. Charlie Baker on this very blue state.

Earlier than Doughty can give attention to successful the September main, although, he wants to verify he makes it past the May 21 party convention; that is as a result of, as we’ve written before, main occasion candidates for statewide workplace have to win the assist of no less than 15% of the delegates to advance to the poll.

Doughty’s supporters consider that he’d be a much more interesting nominee than Diehl in a state that has lengthy despatched moderate-sounding Republicans to the governor’s workplace, however the brand new candidate additionally has some views that Democrats can assault. Whereas Doughty focused his opening pitch on “jobs and the financial system,” he informed the Boston Globe he is normally against permitting abortion after “a fetus can really feel ache.” And whereas Doughty volunteered that he voted for Hillary Clinton over Trump in 2016, he acknowledged that he supported his occasion’s nominee 4 years later.  

OR-Gov: The state SEIU has endorsed Tina Kotek, who not too long ago stepped down as speaker of the state Home, within the wide-open Might Democratic main.


MI-10: Warren Metropolis Councilwoman Angela Rogensues introduced this week that she would campaign for the Democratic nomination within the new tenth District, a suburban Detroit seat that might have backed Donald Trump by a narrow 50-49 spread. Rogensues was elected to an at-large seat in 2019 in Michigan’s third-largest metropolis, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed her final 12 months to chair the board and govt committee of the Michigan Municipal Providers Authority. She joins legal professional Huwaida Arraf within the August main.

OH-11: Former state Sen. Nina Turner introduced Wednesday that she would seek a rematch against Rep. Shontel Brown, who defeated her in final 12 months’s particular election Democratic main in a 50-45 upset. It is not clear what the brand new model of this constituency will seem like now that the state Supreme Court docket has struck down the GOP-drawn map as an illegal gerrymander, however there’s little query it’ll stay a safely blue Cleveland-based district.

Turner, who campaigned final time in a van emblazoned with the slogan “company Democrat desire a puppet,” stated she wasn’t trying to unseat the brand new incumbent due to her file. She as a substitute argued, “I consider that I used to be the higher candidate in 2021. And that has not modified.”

RI-02, RI-Gov: State Treasurer Seth Magaziner introduced Wednesday that he would finish his marketing campaign for governor in order to run for Rhode Island’s open 2nd District as a substitute, a improvement that reshapes each of the state’s highest-profile Democratic primaries.

Magaziner had spent years making ready for a 2022 bid to succeed Gov. Gina Raimondo, a close ally who was to be termed-out. And even after Raimondo resigned final March to develop into secretary of commerce and Lt. Gov. Dan McKee ascended to the highest job, Magaziner went forward together with his marketing campaign. His calculations started to vary final week, although, when Rep. Jim Langevin introduced that he would retire from Congress.

The Boston Globe reported over the weekend that unnamed Democratic “[p]owerbrokers” concern {that a} packed September nomination combat may give two-time Republican gubernatorial nominee—and attainable congressional candidate—Allan Fung a gap in what’s at present a 56-43 Biden seat, however that they hoped they may clear the Home discipline by convincing considered one of McKee’s three severe main foes to change races. Two of them, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and former CVS govt Helena Foulkes, quickly made it clear they have been staying within the gubernatorial main, however Magaziner went forward and made the swap days later.

Magaziner joins two fellow Democrats, nonprofit head Omar Bah and former state occasion chair Ed Pacheco, within the main, and he seems just like the frontrunner at this early level. Along with being the one candidate elected statewide, Magaziner, who’s the son of Invoice Clinton healthcare coverage adviser Ira Magaziner, is a powerful fundraiser who had a hefty $1.6 million in his state campaign account in September. Federal regulation prohibits the treasurer from utilizing any of that money on his congressional marketing campaign, however he is free to refund the cash and ask his donors to contribute to his new effort. Nonetheless, the sector for the 2nd District stays very a lot in flux, although state Rep. Joseph Soloman and former state Rep. Stephen Ucci have every taken their names out of rivalry.

It additionally stays to be seen which of the candidates for governor will profit most from the departure of Magaziner, who ended September with considerably more cash-on-hand than any of his now-former rivals. The one and solely ballot we have seen was an early November inside from Gorbea that confirmed McKee edging her out 26-24, with Magaziner in third at 16%.

TN-05: Donald Trump rapidly responded to Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper’s Tuesday resolution to retire from this newly gerrymandered seat by issuing a not-tweet pre-endorsement to former State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus. Trump extolled Ortagus, a one-time Fox Information commentator who now works at a well being care funding agency and added he’d again her “if she decides to run!” Ortagus responded by yes-tweeting out Trump’s statement and including her thanks, although she did not decide to working.

There are a number of different Republicans who’re contemplating working for this revamped seat, which GOP lawmakers transmuted from a 60-37 Biden district to a 54-43 Trump constituency, and the Tennessee Journal says that businessman Baxter Lee is thinking about it. Final week, Axios also mentioned Carol Swain, who lost both the 2018 special election and the regular 2019 contest for mayor of Nashville, and Steve Glover, a member of town’s Metropolitan Council (the equal of town council) as potentialities.

On the Democratic aspect, neighborhood activist Odessa Kelly launched a main marketing campaign towards Cooper final 12 months properly earlier than redistricting, however the redrawn traces place her outside the new 5th. Kelly now says she’s contemplating what to do within the face of those unfavorable circumstances, although the opposite two constituencies that now comprise elements of Nashville are much more conservative: The brand new seventh, the place GOP Rep. Mark Inexperienced will nearly definitely run, would have favored Trump 56-41, whereas Republican Rep. John Rose’s sixth is significantly worse at 64-34 Trump.  

P.S. By splitting Nashville, the GOP legislature has all however assured that town shall be represented within the Home by a Republican for the primary time since 1875, when one-term Rep. Horace Harrison left workplace following his defeat the earlier 12 months. Certainly, this would be the first map to divide Nashville’s Davidson County since before the 1950s.


Particular Elections: This is a fast recap of Tuesday’s particular election in Connecticut:

CT HD-144: Democrat Hubert Delany stored this seat blue by beating Republican Danny Melchionne 56-44. Democrats now have a 96-53 majority within the chamber, with one vacant seat for every occasion.

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