Presidential Primary Brief: 400 days until Election Day

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146 days until AL Presidential Primary
400 days until Election Day

Convention Dates: Republican July 18-21 2016, Democratic July 25-28 2016

Weekly Headlines:

Primary Brief_GOP Polls_5 Oct 2015

Primary Brief_Dem Polls_5 Oct 2015

Press Clips:

Clinton raises $28M but Sanders’ haul is too close for comfort (Politico 9/30/15)

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton’s campaign barely outpaced Bernie Sanders’ in the third quarter of 2015, a surprising development that shows the insurgent candidate’s strength while the former secretary of state struggles. Clinton’s operation raised more than $28 million in the third quarter after a grueling fundraising schedule, compared with about $26 million for the Vermonter — who raised his money largely from online donations, and few in-person fundraising events.

Al Gore blames the 2016 election craziness on television (The Atlantic 10/1/15)

Americans have sought technological explanations for their politics longer than they’ve been Americans. It’s no coincidence that the First Amendment guarantees the freedom of assembly, religion, and “the press,” which, in the 1790s, meant the freedom to operate a discrete technology. And surveying today’s deeply divided political parties, Americans still do the same. Many have blamed not only Citizens United for the strangeness of the 2016 president election, but also the Internet and social media. After all, Donald Trump runs a thoroughly unfiltered Twitter account, and Ezra Klein has written about how Fox devoted more coverage to Bernie Sanders once it discovered how well stories about him did on Facebook.

Rand Paul raises just $2.5 million in third quarter (Politico 10/1/15)

Sen. Rand Paul will report raising just $2.5 million in the third quarter of this year, Paul’s campaign confirmed Thursday. That haul is a precipitous drop from the $7 million that the campaign raised during the April-June fundraising period. The number comes as the Paul campaign has struggled with lackluster polling numbers, and disarray in both his campaign operation and in some of the super PACs that have supported his run.

Forbes’ 2016 Presidential Candidate Wealth List (Forbes 9/29/15)

Forbes put together the definitive wealth list of the 2016 presidential candidates. Looking at both major parties, we have come up with net worth estimates for the 20 top Republican and Democratic contenders. Beyond Donald Trump, whose $4.5 billion net worth dwarfs the rest combined, we find that several candidates are worth more than $30 million, including Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, and Carly Fiorina. At the same time, we found that only three of them aren’t millionaires (Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio, and Martin O’Malley).

Jeb Bush calls for ending crude oil export ban (CBS News 9/29/15)

The former Florida governor is calling for ending the 1970s-era law prohibiting the U.S. from exporting crude oil at a time when domestic petroleum production has grown rapidly over the past decade. Calling it a “once-in-a-generation opportunity,” Bush said in a piece posted today on the website Medium that reversing the export ban and widening U.S. natural gas markets would benefit U.S. consumers with lower energy costs, create a new manufacturing sector and generally fuel more rapid growth in the nation’s economy.

Jeb Bush on gun violence, “Stuff happens” (Politico 10/2/15)

A day after a massacre on a U.S. college campus, Jeb Bush said “stuff happens” but that does not mean gun restrictions should be tightened. “We’re in a difficult time in our country and I don’t think more government is necessarily the answer to this. I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It’s very bad to see,” the former Florida governor said. Then he added: “Look, stuff happens and the impulse is always to do something and it’s not necessarily the right thing to do.”

From healthcare to taxes: The 2016 election and its impact on small business (HuffPo 10/2/15)

While small businesses are a major source of employment in America and huge contributors to the nation’s GDP, when it comes to the election, so far they’ve been a bit of a non-­‐story. Small businesses need the right mix of leadership, policy and support to thrive. There are about 28 million small businesses spread across America, each with its own set of agendas and priorities, so it is almost impossible to lump them all into the same bucket. None-the-less it’s a critical voting bloc for any presidential candidate.

Koch brothers, other 2016 mega donors warm to Carly Florina (Reuters 10/4/15)

Carly Fiorina has emerged as the Republican candidate of the moment in conservative fundraising circles, drawing the notice of the billionaire Koch brothers and other wealthy donors who could instantly remake her shoestring presidential campaign. Fiorina’s show-stealing performance in a Republican presidential debate last month, and her subsequent surge in the polls, has prompted industrialists Charles and David Koch to take a “serious look” at the former Hewlett-Packard chief executive, according to three sources close to the brothers.

Club for Growth warns fiscal conservatives about Kasich’s ‘mixed record’ (Politico 10/1/15)

A new white paper by the conservative group the Club for Growth concludes that Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s economic record should make fiscal conservatives nervous. “While there are pro-growth steps along the way in his political career, there are enough big government missteps to send a clear warning to fiscal conservatives,” the paper concludes.

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