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The Campaign Report – 11/16/2019

A Fox News poll in Nevada shows that Joe Biden leads with 24%, followed by Elizabeth Warren at 18%, Bernie Sanders at 18% and Pete Buttigieg at 8%.

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren proposed a transition period for moving the nation to a Medicare for All health system and said that if she were elected president, legislation would be passed by the Democrat’s third year in office,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“In her first 100 days, Ms. Warren would push for a separate transition bill that would let people buy or move into a government-provided health plan.”

“The transition plan resembles buy-in proposals backed by other Democratic presidential contenders such as Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg. Like Mr. Biden, Ms. Warren would also focus on shoring up and expanding the Affordable Care Act.”

BuzzFeed News: “For nearly three years, [Pete Buttigieg] worked at McKinsey & Company, an elite management consulting firm with offices around the world. It was work that took him, he has said, to Iraq and Afghanistan. And for years after that, in his early campaigns for public office, Buttigieg held up his stint at McKinsey as a selling point and proof that he was a business-friendly Democrat, while only vaguely describing what he did and never revealing his clients.”

“A deeper understanding of his time there a decade ago would be relevant to evaluating a 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who’s now trying to prove he has the experience to be president. But Buttigieg continues to keep most details a secret, citing a confidentiality agreement. He also now describes the job — which informed his views on business issues — as ‘not something that I think is essential in my story.’”

Key point: “McKinsey has become known for working with authoritarian regimes and taking on other ethically complicated projects.”

North Korea’s state media on Friday stepped up a personal attack on former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden for slandering its leader, calling the Democratic presidential candidate “a rabid dog” that needed to be put down, Reuters reports.

Misspelling Biden’s name, KCNA said the former vice president was showing signs of “the final stage of dementia” and the “time has come for him to depart his life.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has unveiled sweeping tax proposals that would push federal tax rates on some billionaires and multimillionaires above 100%, the Wall Street Journal reports.

“That prospect raises questions for taxpayers and the broader economy that experts are starting to ponder: Under which circumstances would taxpayers have to pay those rates? How might that change their behavior? And would investment and economic growth suffer?”

Sen. Kamala Harris’ presidential campaign “is careening toward a crackup,” Politico reports. “As the California senator crisscrosses the country trying to revive her sputtering presidential bid, aides at her fast-shrinking headquarters are deep into the finger-pointing stages. And much of the blame is being placed on campaign manager Juan Rodriguez.”

“After Rodriguez announced dozens of layoffs and re-deployments in late October to stem overspending, three more staffers at headquarters here were let go and another quit in recent days.”

“Michael Bloomberg still has not declared whether he is running for president in 2020. He is about to become the single biggest spender in the presidential race anyway,” the New York Times reports.

“Ahead of a potential campaign announcement, Mr. Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York City, is beginning a $100 million digital campaign designed to attack and define President Trump in the top battleground states seen as likely to decide the 2020 election. The ads will go online on Friday in four states — Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — and run through the end of the primary season, even if Mr. Bloomberg is not in the race.”

“North Carolina Democrats could gain two congressional seats under a redistricting proposal promoted by Republican legislative leaders Thursday — but some of them say it is not enough,” the Washington Postreports.

“The new map is one of nearly two dozen proposals offered in recent days by state lawmakers, who began redrawing the lines of the state’s 13 congressional districts after a state court ruled earlier this month that the GOP illegally gerrymandered the lines for partisan gain.”

“Deval Patrick’s entry into the Democratic presidential contest has focused new attention on his 2014 decision as governor to push out two members of the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board who had sought to put his brother-in-law on the registry due to a rape conviction,” the Washington Post reports.

“The case has been in the news even before Patrick’s announcement because his brother-in-law earlier this year was convicted of raping Patrick’s sister for a second time. The first rape conviction occurred in 1993.”

Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) is set to formally announce Thursday he’s running for governor next year, UtahPolicy.com reports.

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