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The politics minute: GOP candidate says #MeToo is about ‘victimization’

In todays politics news: Arizona Senate candidates hide from reporters; Booker goes to Iowa; and an ad with puppies

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Kevin Cramer says #MeToo is about victimization

Kevin Cramer, the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, made controversial comments to the New York Times over the weekend. He said North Dakotans cannot understand this “movement toward victimization”, adding: “They are pioneers of the prairie. These are tough people whose grandparents were tough and great-grandparents were tough.” He added of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight, “the world got to see close up how ugly it can be when you go too far.”

Will this cause a backlash? Likely not, Cramer is known for making controversial off-the-cuff comments and has done so before about the confirmation fight surrounding Kavanaugh.

So how does Kavanaugh affect the race? Incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, who previously voted for Neil Gorsuch, voted against Kavanaugh. In a race where polling now consistently has her facing a double-digit deficit against Cramer, Republicans pointed to her vote as a defiant parting shot by a rival facing long odds.

Arizona Senate candidates hide from reporters

Arizona has one of the most competitive Senate races in the country where two congresswomen are facing off in a race crucial for control of the Senate. But while Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally may disagree on most issues, they do agree on one thing, avoiding the media, as noted by the Arizona Republic.

What this means. It’s yet another touchstone of how politics has changed in recent decades with politicians increasingly avoiding the mainstream media. The contrast is particularly striking in Arizona, which had long been represented by John McCain, who was notoriously accessible.

Cory Booker goes to Iowa

Perhaps the official curtain raiser on the 2020 Democratic primary was Cory Booker’s appearance at the Iowa Democratic party’s annual fall dinner on Saturday. The New Jersey Democrat was in the first-in-the-nation caucus state ostensibly to campaign for November candidates up and down the ticket. However, for a potential presidential candidate, it’s always good to show up in Iowa.

So is he running?Probably, though Booker played coy about it at the event. He has already placed staffers on various campaigns in Iowa, a traditional step by potential presidential candidates hoping to build up an organization in the state.

What does it mean for 2018? It’s a boost for candidates in Iowa who are in a competitive swing state and need all the help they can get.

Poll of the day

In Texas’s gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Greg Abbott is leading by a margin of 53% to 33% over Democrat Lupe Valdez. Abbott has long been expected to cruise to victory and the poll from Emerson is yet another data point.

Why this matters.Unlike the governor’s race, the Senate race in Texas is relatively competitive. The two candidates, Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke, have garnered a significant amount of national attention. But, while Cruz can count on coattails and major resources from Abbott, Valdez is likely to be a drag.

What are her issues?First, her fundraising has been anemic. As of the last reporting period, Abbott had 100 times more money than she did. Also, her most recent burst of press attention was when she lost her gun. While it’s not uncommon for firearms owners to misplace their weapon, Valdez was elected sheriff of Dallas county.

Ad of the day

Freedom Caucus member David Brat has an ad out where he appears with puppies. Brat won his seat in 2014 after a shocking upset of House majority leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary. He is now in a tight Virginia race in a suburban Richmond district against Democratic candidate Abigail Spanberger, who campaigns partly on the strength of being a former CIA case officer.

Why puppies?Because who doesn’t like puppies? Also, it gives Brat an opportunity to tout legislation he backed to end federally funded medical testing on dogs.

Will this help?Puppies never hurt. But Brat is in a tight race against a well-funded Democratic opponent. The question is whether in a year where voters are focused on more pressing issues like healthcare and the economy if anyone actually is swayed by puppies.

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The politics instant: GOP candidate says #MeToo is about ‘victimization’

In todays politics information: Arizona Senate campaigners secrete from reporters; Booker goes to Iowa; and an ad with puppies

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Kevin Cramer says #MeToo is about victimization

Kevin Cramer, the Republican Senate candidate in North Dakota, cleared controversial statements to the New York Times over the weekend. He said North Dakotans cannot understand this” push toward victimization”, lending:” They are pioneers of the canadian prairies. These are tough people whose grandparents were tough and great-grandparents were tough .” He included of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight,” the world got to see close up how ugly it can be when you go too far .”

Will this cause a backlash? Likely not, Cramer is known for forming contentious off-the-cuff the remarks and has done so before about the corroboration crusade bordering Kavanaugh.

So how does Kavanaugh change the race? Incumbent Heidi Heitkamp, which have already been have voted in favour of Neil Gorsuch, voted against Kavanaugh. In a hasten where polling now routinely has her facing a double-digit deficiency against Cramer, Republican pointed to her election as a defiant parting shot by a competitive facing long odds.

Arizona Senate candidates obscure from reporters

Arizona has one of the most competitive Senate races in the country where two congresswomen are facing off in a hasten essential for dominance of the Senate. But while Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally may disagree on most topics, they do are in favour of one thing, evading the media, as noted by the Arizona Republic .

What this signifies . It’s yet another touchstone to seeing how politics has changed in recent decades with legislators increasingly eschewing the mainstream media. The differentiate is especially striking in Arizona, which had long been represented by John McCain, who was notoriously accessible.

Cory Booker goes to Iowa

Perhaps the government officials curtain raiser on the 2020 Democratic primary was Cory Booker’s appearance at the Iowa Democraticparty’s annual sink dinner on Saturday. The New Jersey Democrat was in the first-in-the-nation caucus state ostensibly to campaign for November campaigners up and down the ticket. However, for a potential presidential nominee, it’s always good to show up in Iowa.

So is he running ? Probably, though Booker played coy about it at the event. He has already residence staffers on various campaigns in Iowa, a traditional gradation by potential presidential candidates hoping to build up its organisation in the state. What does it mean for 2018 ? It’s a increase for campaigners in Iowa who are in a competitive move government and need all the help they can get.

Poll of the working day

In Texas’s gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Greg Abbott is precede by a margin of 53% to 33% over Democrat Lupe Valdez. Abbott has long been expected to sail to victory and the poll from Emerson is yet another data point.

Why this matters . Unlike the governor’s hasten, the Senate race in Texas is relatively competitive. The two candidates, Republican incumbent Ted Cruz and Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke, have garnered an important amount of national attention. But, while Cruz can count on coattails and major the resources available to Abbott, Valdez is likely to be a drag. What are her problems ? First, her fundraising has been anemic. As of the last reporting period, Abbott had 100 times bigger fund than she did. Too, her most recent burst of press scrutiny was when she lost her grease-gun. While it’s not uncommon for handguns owners to misplace their artillery, Valdez was elected sheriff of Dallas county.

Ad of the working day

Freedom Caucus member David Brat has an ad out where he emerges with puppies . Brat triumphed his seat in 2014 after a astounding upset of House majority leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary. He is now in a tight Virginia hasten in a suburban Richmond district against Democratic campaigner Abigail Spanberger, who campaigns partly on the strength of being a former CIA client detective.

Why puppies ? Because who doesn’t like puppies? Likewise, it hands Brat an opportunity to tout legislation he backed to aim federally funded medical testing on dogs. Will this help ? Puppies never hurt. But Brat is in a close-fisted race against a well-funded Democratic opponent. The question is whether in a year where voters are focused on more pressing issues including healthcare and its national economy if anyone actually is swayed by puppies.

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WATCH: Proletarian Saves Stranded Pup After Discerning Her On Highway Traffic Camera

An Arizona state worker has given an adorable puppy a second shot at life.

Gil Estrada was monitoring road cameras at the state’s Department of Transportation’s Traffic Control Center in Phoenix on Monday night when he recognized the white-hot hound trying to cross busy State Route 51, reports NBC News.

Speeding vehicles nearly impressed the panicked pooch countless meters. But she somehow eventually became it onto the median concrete barrier.

It was hard to watch, ” Estrada told KNXV-TV. “The dog preserved getting so close to being hit.”

Estrada drove various miles from the control center to try and save the dog. He arrived to find her curled up in exactly the same recognize he’d seen on the camera, Tuscon News Now reports.

Concerned that she may burn him or abscond into oncoming congestion, Estrada calmly and gently approached the dog, scooped her up and introduced her back to the control center.

A colleague took her dwelling for the night and then handed her over to theArizona Equine Rescue Organization in Scottsdale.

Although the organization generally appears after ponies, it said in a Facebook post that “something about this puppy’s statu motivated us to brach outside of the norm.”

Last night, Jan. 25 th, 2016 an employee who monitors ADOT cameras saw a bird-dog on the road median of SR51. The…

Posted by Arizona Equine Rescue Organization on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

“Since we don’t well known name, we’ll call her Dottie, as a shout out to the ADOT employees who rescued her. No AERO funds will be used in the housing and care for Dottie of course since she is outside our operation, but we are so glad to be able to help, ” the organization added.

Appeals have since been launched in a bid to track down Dottie’s owneds. She will be was put forward with a view to its adoption if no-one comes forwards, per NBC News.

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