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Fri, 10 Feb 2023 04:25:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.davisenterprise.com/news/community/briefly/meet-council-candidate-wright-2/Killexams : Presidential candidates' very first decision
Nikki Haley became former President Donald Trump’s first major competitor in the 2024 presidential election race as Ron DeSantis, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, and others sit back and wait. While all are expected to run, their contrasting approaches raise an important question: How and when is it best to enter a presidential race? As usual, history provides some helpful answers. One of the most famous early entry stories is that of Sen. Eugene McCarthy (D-MN) in 1968. The sitting president was Lyndon Johnson, who was reeling from unrest regarding the Vietnam War. Nevertheless, most observers thought Johnson was still too powerful within the Democratic superstructure to be at risk from any meaningful challenger. Despite this sentiment, McCarthy entered the race on Nov. 30, 1967, and had a surprisingly strong showing in the 1968 New Hampshire primaries, earning 42% of the vote, compared to Johnson’s 48%.
McCarthy’s achievement encouraged Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, another opponent of the Vietnam War, to join the race. Kennedy’s entry not only irked the McCarthy camp but increasingly exposed Johnson’s electoral vulnerabilities. Although the president dropped out of the race at the end of March, less than two weeks after Kennedy stepped in, many historians believe that Kennedy was on a trajectory to win the 1968 Democratic nomination. Unfortunately, Palestinian activist Sirhan Sirhan assassinated Kennedy on the night of the California primary, in June of 1968. Hubert Humphrey, who, as Johnson’s vice president, would not have challenged Johnson had he stayed in the race, won the Democratic nomination but lost a squeaker of an election to Richard Nixon.
Nixon himself had entered the open primary on the Republican side somewhat late, in February 1968. Nixon’s entry came five months after onetime front-runner George Romney’s summer comment that he had been “brainwashed” on a trip to Vietnam, a slip-up that doomed his prospects for the race. Vietnam was obviously a key factor in the general election on the Democratic side as well. Humphrey was burdened by Johnson’s Vietnam policy. Had the war-critic Kennedy lived, he might have been able to win a race that Humphrey could not.
Another early entrant to a presidential race was Jimmy Carter. The former governor of Georgia quietly entered the 1976 presidential race almost two years in advance, on Dec. 12, 1974. According to one famous story, when Carter told his mother, Lillian, that he planned to run for president, she replied, “President of what?” Still, Carter made his presence known in early states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, which helped him to secure the Democratic nomination and eventually the presidency. While there are examples highlighting the benefits of both early and late entries, dithering is never a good option. In the race for the 1992 Democratic nomination, many top-name, would-be serious contenders stayed back, wary of challenging the seemingly unbeatable George H.W. Bush. After America’s victory in the first Gulf War, Bush had stratospherically high approval ratings — ratings unheard of for 21st century presidents. Instead of the top names, seven lesser-known Democrats, collectively known as the Seven Dwarfs, fought for the Democratic crown. Bill Clinton was emerging as the front-runner from this group, but he was also dogged by rumors of his infidelities during his time as governor of Arkansas. Waiting in the wings was Mario Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York and a national powerhouse, who had given a very strong speech at the 1984 Democratic convention. Cuomo, however, couldn’t make up his mind. Cuomo reportedly had a campaign plane fueled and ready to fly to New Hampshire to enter the race but ultimately did not decide, which itself is a decision. This indecision earned Cuomo the nickname “Hamlet on the Hudson.” Clinton went on to win the nomination and the presidency.
So how much, if at all, does the timing matter? Democratic campaign guru Howard Wolfson believes that “you have to move early because the process starts early, and if you are not announcing in the early time, you are going to lose out.” Wolfson has a point: Early entrants can gain points by campaigning hard in the early primary states, honing their messages, and being vetted early by the media. This is still a viable strategy in the Republican Party, where Iowa and New Hampshire have their first-to-go positions. The Democrats have complicated this by trying to push Iowa and New Hampshire back in favor of larger, more populous states where Joe Biden won’t have to do the person-to-person retail campaigning that he doesn’t seem to relish anymore.
Another advantage to the early strategy is scaring off competitors, especially if one catches fire rhetorically or in the polls. Name recognition and media attention are also important, and lesser-known candidates can build them on the campaign trail — an approach that helps in polls, fundraising, and attracting staff. An early entrant can also shape the narrative of a campaign by highlighting issues that might not have been top of mind previously. Pat Buchanan did this with trade in 1992 and shocked the political world by garnering 38% of the vote in the New Hampshire primary that year. He did not win that primary, nor did he unseat Bush, but he did reveal Bush’s weakness, which encouraged Ross Perot to enter, leave, and reenter the race as a third-party candidate focused on trade. Perot did not win, of course, but his 19% of the vote in November complicated matters for Bush, who lost the race to Bill Clinton.
Even if one does not enter early, it is necessary to “plan early,” according to Stephen J. Wayne, author of The Road to the White House 2020. As Wayne wrote, early planning is essential because “creating an organization, devising a strategy, and raising the amount of money necessary to conduct a broad-based campaign all takes time.” Yet there are advantages to declaring late as well. Early polls are generally not determinative and may not faze a determined and well-funded challenger from getting into the race. Early entrants have a target on their backs, while later entrants can cite a dedication to his or her current job to avoid heightened media scrutiny, whether in relation to qualifications or policy-based questions. Another challenge comes from the rules regarding Federal Election Commission filings. After declaring for president, candidates must designate a principal campaign committee and file contribution-related statements to the FEC, a task some may not want to face earlier than they have to. For example, Trump reportedly did not like the strictures imposed on him in 2016, and some thought that might keep him from declaring. In 2024, however, the need for him to drive away competitors seems to have been the more compelling argument in his extremely early entry in the race.
Late entrants also shorten their time in the race, which could help avoid staff burnout and reduce the window for relentless exposure that could lead to missteps. In addition, coming in late could shake up a static or moribund field by bringing in a fresh face or new perspective. Finally, a late entrant can assess the existing candidates and tailor a strategy to address the contours of the race as it has already developed, something that is nearly impossible to do once you are already in the race. Fred Thompson unsuccessfully tried this in 2008, as did Rick Perry in 2012 and Mike Bloomberg in 2020. None of them won, but they all got a lot of media attention for their efforts.
Top campaign officials and thinkers are constantly looking at strategies to see what will work in the current moment. Michael Cohen, author of Modern Political Campaigns, told me that “the old theory about getting in early no longer holds as most potential candidates for president of the United States have already spent a lot of time building their national profiles online and offline. Also, campaigns can raise money very quickly online, so there is little advantage to doing a lot of donor handling — they want to see your ability to raise money before they’ll meet with you.” Still, Cohen said that some candidates are forced by their relative obscurity to get in early: “For potential candidates who do not have a strong national profile, and little hope of winning the nomination, the only shot is to decamp to Iowa or New Hampshire if you’re a Republican and see if you can catch fire.”
Of course, every race is different, and while history is always instructive, it is not determinative.
But one thing is clear: There are no hard and fast rules. “It depends on your station," according to CNN senior political commentator and GOP campaign veteran Scott Jennings. "If you currently hold a position or platform that allows for you to get attention and earned media (i.e. DeSantis or Biden), you can afford to wait. If you are just bored and retired, you probably need the vehicle to get some attention early.” As Jennings knows, that uncertainty can weigh on candidates. Consultants and pollsters can suggest strategies, but for presidential aspirants, “they’ll never know unless they launch a campaign.”
Washington Examiner contributing writer Tevi Troy is a senior fellow and the director of the Presidential Leadership Initiative at the Bipartisan Policy Center and a former senior White House aide. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.
Fri, 17 Feb 2023 06:18:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/presidential-candidates-very-first-decisionKillexams : Can DeSantis Become the Candidate of Never Trumpers?
Is DeSantis the least of three evils for Mitt Romney? Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Florida governor Ron DeSantis is obviously making an impressive bid to displace Donald Trump as the favorite politician of the MAGA movement that Trump founded. But what puts DeSantis in such a strong position for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination is that he may also win support from those in the GOP who will back almost anyone who’s not the 45th president. DeSantis’s ace in the hole with these Republicans is the near-universal belief that Trump will defeat a divided field — just as he did in 2016. So it’s entirely possible that DeSantis will become the candidate of Trumpism Without Trump and Never Trumpism simultaneously. That could be an unbeatable formula.
The latest sign that DeSantis could pull off this trick comes from one of the great symbols of both pre-Trump and anti-Trump conservatism. Mitt Romney, 2012 GOP presidential nominee, is publicly expressing anxiety over the “Trump in a divided field” scenario, as reported by NBC News:
Sen. Mitt Romney is warning his fellow Republicans that former President Donald Trump is best-positioned to emerge from a crowded primary as the party’s presidential nominee in 2024, and that the only way to stop him is to ultimately shrink the field to a one-on-one contest against a viable alternative.
“I think President Trump is by far the most likely to become our nominee,” the Republican senator from Utah said in the Capitol on Wednesday. “If there’s an alternative to that, it would be only realistic if it narrows down to a two-person race at some point.”
This was a not-so-veiled warning to Nikki Haley, who announced her presidential bid this week, and to others weighing a 2024 run — such as former vice-president Mike Pence, Senator Tim Scott, Governor Chris Sununu, former secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former governor Asa Hutchinson, and who knows who else. No, Romney didn’t name names, but it’s very obvious from early polling that the only potential candidate who’s in a position to go head-to-head with Trump right now is DeSantis. Indeed, the consistent finding in the polls is that Trump leads a multicandidate field but would be in trouble in a two-candidate battle with DeSantis. So there’s no question as to whom Romney was talking about. And the Utah senator knows a little something about the dynamics of crowded presidential fields, having been a casualty of one demolition derby in 2008 and the survivor of another in 2012.
Obviously, Romney doesn’t speak for all Never Trumpers. As Vanity Fair’s Caleb Ecarma explained in July, that far-flung tribe of moderates, Reaganite conservatives, anti-anti-Trump partisans, and simple moralists is all over the place on DeSantis, who is clearly aping Trump’s savage “own the libs” culture-war appeal while wrapping it in a much younger and more electable package:
“A case can be made that Donald Trump and his complete contempt for the rule of law is uniquely dangerous, so anyone who is not Donald Trump is marginally less horrific,” said Charlie Sykes, cofounder and editor-at-large at the conservative outlet The Bulwark, in an interview with Vanity Fair. “But is that going to be the standard for Republican primary voters — less horrific than Trump?”
Maybe so, at least for politicians like Romney, who voted twice to remove Trump from office in impeachment trials and (as reported by my colleague Gabriel Debenedetti) privately begged Joe Biden to run for president in 2020 to keep Trump from winning a second term. Romney vows he won’t vote for the 45th president in 2024 and says it’s “very unlikely” he’d vote for Biden. That sure makes DeSantis look like the least of three evils.
Perhaps some Never Trumpers are holding out hope that someone other than the two overwhelming front-runners for 2024 will somehow catch fire in the months ahead — whether it’s Haley, Pence, Scott, Pompeo, or some fantasy figure like Larry Hogan or Liz Cheney (from a Republican Party that no longer exists) running in a “lane” to nowhere. More likely, they are going to have to come to grips with an ultimate choice of DeSantis or Trump versus Biden. If they begin to dutifully line up behind the Scourge of Disney in order to stop a Trump comeback, DeSantis could put together a mind-bending coalition ranging from moderately conservative Establishment types to the scariest elements of the online far right. In the end, that might be the cruelest trick Trump has ever played on his party and his country: making the U.S.’s answer to Viktor Orbán seem like a sensible alternative.
Thu, 16 Feb 2023 05:29:00 -0600en-ustext/htmlhttps://nymag.com/intelligencer/2023/02/can-ron-desantis-become-the-candidate-of-never-trumpers.htmlKillexams : Greenwich High students named Presidential Scholar candidates.
Nine Greenwich High School seniors were selected as candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order, to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars.
Tue, 14 Feb 2023 01:34:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.sfgate.com/news/article/greenwich-high-ymca-ywca-hyatt-regency-17781511.phpKillexams : Lafayette student selected as candidate for Presidential Scholars Program
LAFAYETTE — Every year, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes 4,500 students as candidates for the Presidential Scholars Program and one of many nationwide is here in the flats of Lafayette.
"I care more about the work that I do and being a better person", says Pan. "The recognition is nice, but it's a bonus."
Senior Kerry Pan has checked off many of the requirements.
-Nearly perfect ACT score, where he capped off at 36, on his first try.
-Leadership abilities, where Pan serves as president for the Lafayette High Beta Club.
-Community service and extracurriculars, where Pan and the LHS soccer team are currently on the hunt during playoffs.
"I wasn't surprised because he's a great kid", says head coach Jordon Angelle. "From day one, he's been greeting me with a smile. He greets everybody with a smile."
Candidates for the award can only be high school seniors, but Pan knew he was a shoe in, before his final year.
"I actually knew a whole year ago, they sent it to me by mistake.
"But that's when I was a junior so I emailed them and asked "can I still apply to this, is it okay? They said no, and took my name off. So I actually didn't get it last year. They said email us back next year, you should be good to go next year
Beyond the classroom, Angelle says he's the epitome of what it means to be a student-athlete.
"He's a guy that leads by example. He always a finds a positive in a negative and that goes back to that slick smile. It's been a blessing getting to know him on and off the field."
As if Pan's ingredients haven't stirred up a successful gumbo, he believes his resume still needs a little more flavor.
For my age, a decent amount, but in the grand scheme of things, not even close. Not even close to what I hope in the future I can accomplish.
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Wed, 08 Feb 2023 04:33:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://www.katc.com/news/lafayette-student-selected-as-candidate-for-presidential-scholars-programKillexams : Black candidates keep losing winnable races — and say the Democratic Party may be why
Mandela Barnes’ aides didn't point fingers at any specific group — they said the extra money they needed could have come from super PACs or to their own campaign — but said the key fact is they were outmatched. | Morry Gash/AP Photo
Few Democratic candidates suffered more heartbreak on election night than Mandela Barnes. The Wisconsin Democrat, having been largely left for dead politically, came within 1 percentage point of ousting Sen. Ron Johnson.
But for Barnes’ aides, it was something more than a missed opportunity — it was a painful example of how candidates of color continue to face questions about their ability to win. Had the campaign gotten just a wee bit more air cover from super PACs at the race’s critical closing juncture, they reasoned, Barnes would have won.
“There’s no question in my mind,” said Kory Kozloski, Barnes’ campaign manager. “If we were able to communicate at the same levels as Ron Johnson, Mandela Barnes would be in the United States Senate today.”
The postmortems that Barnes’ aides undertook were similar to the ones that advisers to other high-profile Black Senate candidates conducted after an election in which Democrats fared well, but those contenders fell short. While there are numerous reasons why none of the Black candidates trying to flip seats won, they’ve gravitated to a common theme, one that’s more personal than a typical after-action campaign report: Black candidates needed more trust — and, with it, funding — from the Democratic Party’s infrastructure.
“Hindsight is always 20/20 and there’s no doubt that Cheri Beasley and Val Demings were in tough races, but given the right investment they both could have won,” said Rep. Barbara Lee, a California Democrat and chair emeritus of the Congressional Black Caucus, referencing the two Democratic Black women who ran for Senate in North Carolina and Florida.
Lee may be speaking out of self-interest. She has told colleagues that she plans to run for the Senate. And in Demings’ case, it’s unclear how more funding could have overcome a decisive 16-point loss. But her analysis overall of the 2022 results was echoed by 10 elected officials, strategists and campaign operatives who spoke to POLITICO. They don’t just see the issue as one of campaign money but, rather, of Black candidates getting the same institutional support as their white peers.
“Generally speaking what I’ve seen since I’ve gotten here is not enough Black unity across the country, from a political perspective, and not a strong enough Black political infrastructure to support Black candidates across the country,” said Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.), who is Black. “That’s something that’s very concerning to me. And something I want to use my voice and platform to help build going forward.”
At the beginning of the midterm election cycle, many Democrats were optimistic about the Black Senate contenders on the ballot, even with the historical challenges the party faced given that it controlled the White House and Congress.
Past high-profile Black candidates — like Sen. Raphael Warnock, Stacey Abrams, Jaime Harrison and Barack Obama — had been some of the party’s star fundraisers. And there was a sense that the long-standing belief that Black candidates couldn’t compete financially with their white counterparts had finally been put aside.
The numbers ended up supporting that theory. Barnes raised $42 million compared to Johnson’s $36 million in the 2022 election cycle, according to newly released data from the Federal Election Commission. Beasley brought in nearly $39 million in 2022, versus Republican opponent Ted Budd’s almost $15 million. Demings, meanwhile, was the third-best Senate fundraiser of the cycle, bringing in $81 million, while Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) collected about $51 million. And it wasn’t just Democrats. Two Black Republicans, Sen. Tim Scott and Senate challenger Herschel Walker, also smashed fundraising expectations, raising roughly $54 million and $74 million, respectively
But in the modern political system, raising money is only one component of a successful campaign. Getting outside help is the other. And as the 2022 cycle came to a close, operatives on some of the high-profile races said they felt ill-equipped to compete against GOP super PACs as Democratic Party groups looked to protect incumbents and poured money into other races, like Pennsylvania.
Barnes, for one, was hit with $62 million in outside spending from Republican groups including the Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC tied to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), according to an analysis of general election spending by OpenSecrets. By contrast, Democratic outside groups, including the top Senate Democratic super PAC Senate Majority PAC, spent $41 million on the Wisconsin race.
September was particularly difficult for Barnes, according to his campaign. That month, Democrats were outspent $28 million to $20 million on the airwaves in the Wisconsin Senate race, per AdImpact, which tracks campaign media spending, including broadcast, cable, radio, digital and satellite. The vast majority of GOP spending came from its outside groups.
Barnes’ aides didn’t point fingers at any specific group — they said the extra money they needed could have come from super PACs or to their own campaign — but said the key fact is they were outmatched.
“People were seeing three negative ads for every one good thing they were seeing about the lieutenant governor. That has a pretty significant impact,” said Kozloski. “Unfortunately, it certainly cost us 26,000 votes.”
The Pennsylvania Senate contest, another major midterm battleground, received the most outside spending of all federal elections in 2022, according to OpenSecrets. Almost $113 million was spent on now-Sen. John Fetterman’s behalf by Democratic outside groups, while GOP organizations bolstered Mehmet Oz with more than $95 million in the general election. Fetterman was the only candidate to flip a Senate seat in 2022, where he won by almost 5 percent of the vote, and received investments from both Senate Democrats’ campaign arm and its super PAC ally, Senate Majority PAC, as well as other outside groups.
Beasley, for her part, was the only Democratic Senate candidate in a state that Trump carried in 2020 to receive outside spending help from Senate Majority PAC, which invested about $13 million in her race, according to its FEC filings. Other outside groups spent almost $9 million more backing her in the general election, according to OpenSecrets.
But there wasn’t a direct expenditure from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in the contest. (According to a DSCC aide, the group sent out tandem emails for direct fundraising and bundled money on her behalf.) And the total outside spending in the general for Beasley didn’t match what the GOP did for Budd.
Republican outside groups spent almost $62 million, with money coming from the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Senate Leadership Fund and other organizations, according to OpenSecrets.
Demings received no outside support from the DSCC or Senate Majority PAC. Like with Beasley, the DSCC sent tandem fundraising emails and bundled money for her, the DSCC aide said. But in Demings’ case, Democrats were not outspent. Outside groups invested just under $3 million on Demings’ behalf, while Republican organizations spent more than $3 million to help Rubio during the general election, according to OpenSecrets.
A Demings spokesperson declined to comment. A person close to the campaign said that while Demings didn’t struggle with a spending disparity in her own contest, that wasn’t the case in the Florida governor’s race, where the GOP dominated in spending and earned media. In their view, that blew back on Demings.
“Anything that we talked about was sort of a sideshow, which is pretty unusual in a Senate race,” the person said.
Democratic officials noted that, as a rule, party committees and outside groups prioritize protecting incumbents. While Barnes, Beasley and Demings were all either challengers or open-seat contenders, Warnock was running for reelection and receiving the full-throated support of Democratic outside groups. Georgia Honor, which is tied to Senate Majority PAC, spent more than $60 million in the race, according to the FEC. The DSCC also invested nearly $11 million in opposing Walker.
“We’re proud to have invested over $62 million in Wisconsin and North Carolina this cycle—and to have helped level the playing field for our candidates as they faced an avalanche of fear-mongering attacks from a handful of right-wing billionaires,” said Senate Majority PAC spokesperson Veronica Yoo. “In the end, SMP’s strategic investments accomplished our mission: defending and expanding our Democratic Senate majority against the odds.”
Those officials have also defended their funding decisions by noting that, in some cases, Black Senate candidates in 2022 were competing in difficult states. While Wisconsin is a perpetual toss-up, Florida has been trending redder in latest years. And North Carolina has been just out of grasp for Democrats in many statewide elections. Beasley lost by 3 points. Demings fell short by 16 points.
Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), head of the DSCC, said that there wasn’t any more support that the group could have given to the non-incumbent Black candidates. “We provided support. In Wisconsin, we provided major support,” he said, referring to the group’s $3 million independent expenditure to oppose Johnson.
“I think they’re the strongest candidates that we could have had in each of those states,” Peters said. “I was very excited about all of them. But part of the problem was just that they were running in challenging states. They’re just difficult states for a Democrat to win. They all had great runs and came close. And Barnes, in particular, came really close.”
Democrats who object to complaints about spending decisions also note that outside group support isn’t as important as a candidate’s own fundraising. That’s because candidates receive discounted rates to air their advertising while outside groups have to pay market rates, allowing a candidate’s money to stretch further on the airwaves.
But other veterans of the 2022 cycle, including those who worked for those high-profile Black Senate candidates, said that significant outside investment can help provide additional messaging that has a cumulative impact for voters.
“Republicans decided that their path to victory involved tearing down this incredibly accomplished woman,” said Travis Brimm, Beasley’s campaign manager. “And they were going to spend as much money as they needed to get across that finish line. And ultimately, to be in a position to get through that and win in a Trump state, we were going to need outside investment to be a lot closer to parity.”
In addition to boosting candidates in outside spending, some Black politicians and strategists believe there should be more tailor-made support to help Black candidates’ campaigns. Bowman, for one, said more infrastructure should focus on grassroots organizing and communicating Democrats’ positive message to voters.
He said that after the midterm elections, he and Harrison, who is now Democratic National Committee chair, discussed diversity issues in the party, including supporting more Black candidates and better ways to campaign for Black voters.
“You know, we both have bald heads, but we go to barbershops all the time. And we have conversations at barbershops about how people feel,” Bowman said. “And you know, people have felt like Democrats aren’t fighting hard enough — for Black men in particular.”
In the wake of his loss, Barnes has decided to take on that initiative as well. He has launched a new PAC called The Long Run to support diverse candidates running for office. Though he proved to be an adept fundraiser, his aides said that he had to contend with the fact that donors routinely questioned his electability.
“There’s always this question to younger candidates, candidates of color. You know, when you don’t look like the majority of the electorate, there’s always the question: ‘Can you win?’” Barnes told POLITICO. “I get it. That’s valid, ‘Can you win?’ is a valid question. But there comes a certain point where it’s like, you’ve proven that you can actually win, where you have done the work. And, you know, the question still exists.”
Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), herself a one-time Senate candidate, said that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, DSCC and DNC could all be doing more to support the specific needs of Black candidates, and candidates of color generally.
“People have to see Black candidates as, you know, Senate leaders,” Bush said, talking about Democratic organizations and voters. “I remember my very first race, I ran for U.S. Senate, and what they said to me was, ‘You’re a Black woman. Black women, Black people don’t win statewide in Missouri.’”
As she gears up for her own Senate run, Lee said she has had similar experiences. When she first ran for Congress, she recalled being told not to do so because it was too difficult.
“There’s no doubt that Black women have the highest systemic barriers to success,” said Lee. “Smaller donor networks, less organizational support, and more barriers to entry. The other more establishment and overly-funded candidates have the resources, but we are the backbone of the party.”
Sun, 12 Feb 2023 20:01:00 -0600entext/htmlhttps://www.politico.com/news/2023/02/13/black-candidates-democrat-groups-00082496Killexams : Former GOP congressional candidate locked out of Twitter for gender spectrum meme: 'This is like 1984'
A former Republican congressional candidate in New York said he was locked out of his Twitter account after he responded to an Elon Musk post with a meme that implied people who don't identify as male or female are mentally ill.
"The new Twitter is feeling very much like the old Twitter," Mario Fratto, 38, told Fox News Digital.
Fratto, who ran for Congress last year in New York's 24th Congressional District, had posted a meme showing two circles representing the male and female genders with two other circles overlapping marked "mental illness."
The post was marked as hateful, but Fratto compared his suspension to Orwellian censorship and said he refused to delete the tweet because it would violate his beliefs on biological sex.
"I just feel like I'd be compromising my principles if I sit here and say, 'OK, I'll just take it down because it's hateful or whatever it is,'" Fratto said. "Because I don't believe that. I think it's just an honest statement of fact, which also is a personal belief."
Fratto said he was informed his account was suspended last week and told he must delete the tweet to restore his access. He was also told he could appeal the decision to a French court.
Likening the rank and file of Twitter to a "Deep State" that governs independently of elected officials, Fratto speculated that people opposed to free expression are "embedded" within the social media company regardless of Musk's takeover.
"I think there are people there who have more power than the people who are supposedly in charge because they're actually the nuts and bolts of the operation," he said.
Twitter did not respond to Fox News Digital's request for comment by time of publication.
Fratto believes the "nuts and bolts" of Twitter are still dominated by those opposed to freedom of speech despite Musk's purchase of the company.(Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)
Fratto mentioned that Twitter CEO Musk had previously responded to one of his tweets, concurring that the College of Psychologists of Ontario's directive for Jordan B. Peterson to receive mandatory social media communication retraining was reminiscent of George Orwell's "1984."
"So to me, this is like 1984," Fratto said of his own situation. "We're literally pretending that certain people are certain things and if you don't hold that belief, you're considered hateful or a bigot. It's just bizarre to me. Because obviously I think it's a very valid opinion, and I wasn't encouraging violence or hate or anything." He noted that he has fielded death threats and vitriol from some Twitter users since posting the meme.
Fratto, who is raising the alarm about free speech on Twitter, stands with a supporter during his congressional campaign.(Mario Fratto)
Fratto believes there should be legislative repercussions for social media platforms that suppress speech.
"I think they need to punish or at least fine these platforms that are doing this. If it's anything that is lawful speech, then there needs to be some sort of fine because I think Elon Musk said it best that this is the new public square," he said.
"If I can't be on Twitter and get anybody to see what I'm saying, and I can't be on Facebook, and I don't own a television network or radio station, then there's nowhere for me to get my views out there without literally standing on a soapbox somewhere," he continued.
Fratto, whose son just turned a year old, said his concern for future generations has compelled him to stand up for freedom of speech.(Mario Fratto)
The father of a 1-year-old son, Fratto said his concern for future generations has compelled him to stand up for freedom of speech. He worries the clampdown on controversial ideas in the virtual public square will frighten people from speaking out.
"We're getting to a point where if you can't address the real problems because you're scared to talk about it, then you're going to end up in a position where you'll never correct them because the real problem can't be spoken," he said.
"This is exactly the reason why I was running, because of these types of cultural issues, where it just feels like the inmates are running the asylum and nobody's speaking up," he added.
Jon Brown is a writer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent to email@example.com.
Mon, 13 Feb 2023 03:21:00 -0600Fox Newsentext/htmlhttps://www.foxnews.com/politics/former-gop-congressional-candidate-locked-twitter-gender-spectrum-meme-this-is-like-1984Killexams : What Is Computer Programming? A Guide To Becoming A Computer Programmer
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Are you interested in a career in tech, and you’re wondering, “What is computer programming?” In this article, we’ll fill you in on everything you need to know about this dynamic career path. We’ll explore job expectations, how to break into the field of computer programming and earning potential for computer programmers.
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Computer programming is a high-tech field that’s growing in popularity. Programmers work on code to find and solve issues. They come up with strategies for enhancing and streamlining code, and they use code to implement company initiatives.
While computer programmers come from a variety of educational and professional backgrounds, all computer programmers must have knowledge of different programming languages.
Today’s more popular programming languages include C++, Java, Python and Go. Programmers should be familiar with multiple coding languages, especially these.
What Does a Computer Programmer Do?
Computer programmers’ main task is writing code. Code provides instructions to a computer, written in a language the computer can understand. Many programming languages exist, and computer programmers typically know several coding languages.
Computer programmers might also:
Write and test code for programs and apps
Update existing software programs in order to fix bugs or patch security vulnerabilities
Test and troubleshoot existing code for errors
Rewrite existing code to move it from one programming language to another
Computer Programmer Job Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects a 10% decline in computer programmer employment from 2020 to 2030. However, skills for computer programmers—especially coding in a variety of languages—could translate to several other positions as well, many of which have better growth projections. For example, the BLS projects software developers to grow by 22% and information security analysts to grow by 33%.
The BLS lists the median annual salary for computer programmers as $93,000. Workers in this role often enjoy other corporate perks like an annual bonus and a 401K package.
Computer Programming Degree Options
Regardless of job and industry, many employers prefer candidates to hold college degrees. The field of computer programming is no different. Aspiring programmers can pursue a variety of degrees in both computer programming and related fields. Below, we’ll take a look at just a few degree options for computer programmers.
Associate in Computer Programming
You can earn an associate degree in computer programming at a community college. Associate programs tend to be shorter than bachelor’s programs, lasting only two years versus four, respectively. They also tend to cost less: Two-year programs cost an average of $3,900 per year, versus $9,400 for four-year programs, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Moreover, many community colleges offer programs that expose students to a variety of programming languages. Associate programs entail fewer non-technical courses as well.
Bachelor’s in Computer Programming
A bachelor’s degree in computer programming typically takes four years of full-time study to complete. This degree involves both general education courses and programming-related courses, preparing students to work as computer programmers.
Degrees that may qualify you to work in computer programming include information technology, computer science and information systems.
Master’s in Computer Programming
Most master’s programs entail two or three more years of study after you’ve completed your bachelor’s degree. Master’s students can usually study either part-time or full-time.
Master’s programs are a good option for those hoping to change careers or enhance their skills as software engineers or computer programmers.
Computer Programming Bootcamp
If you’d like to pursue a job as a computer programmer without attending a college or university, your best bet is to attend a computer programming bootcamp.
A bootcamp provides you with an immersive learning experience in a condensed schedule. Most bootcamps take four to 20 weeks of full-time study to complete, or up to 12 months for part-time students.
Bootcamps cost $11,900 on average, according to a report by RTI International. If you’re wondering how to pay for a coding bootcamp, consider scholarships and payment plans. In some cases, your employer might be willing to subsidize the cost of your bootcamp. Speak to your boss or HR manager for more information.
If you’re wondering whether you can find a job after completing a bootcamp, the answer is likely yes. Most computer programming bootcamps have a high rate of job placement upon completion, as per RTI International’s report. Some bootcamps even offer job guarantees.
Most bootcamps structure their learning modules specifically to prepare learners for their future careers. They may assign portfolio-building projects, teach interview skills and provide networking opportunities.
Once you complete a computer programming bootcamp, you’ll be eligible for computer programming roles and similar job titles like web developer, data analyst, technical support specialist and web designer.
Frequently Asked Questions About Computer Programming
What do I need to become a computer programmer?
Most employers prefer computer programming candidates to hold bachelor’s degrees, but you may qualify to work as a computer programmer by completing a coding bootcamp.
How much money does a computer programmer make?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for computer programmers is $93,000. However, salaries can vary widely based on experience level, location and other factors.
Wed, 15 Feb 2023 17:37:00 -0600Christin Perryen-UStext/htmlhttps://www.forbes.com/advisor/education/what-is-computer-programming/Killexams : Ecuadorian mayoral candidate posthumously elected hours after murder
A mayoral candidate in Ecuador was posthumously elected hours after he was assassinated during a meeting with campaign staff, reports said.
Omar Menéndez, 41, of Puerto López, was fatally shot Saturday when gunmen burst into a room where he was convening with staffers shortly before polls opened, the BBC reported.
Just hours after the tragedy, Menéndez, a leftist candidate with the Citizen Revolution movement, was elected the city’s mayor. He is set to be replaced by another member of his party.
A teenager was also killed in the attack. Though the motive remains unclear, the shooting comes amid a wave of drug-related violence in Ecuador.
The outlet confirmed that no arrests had been made, though the suspects were seen fleeing on a motorbike.
“The assassination of candidate Omar Menéndez will not go unpunished,” he wrote.
“We reject all kinds of violence. Drug trafficking and organized crime have no place in Ecuador.”
Menéndez’s assassination was also preceded by the shooting death of Salinas mayoral candidate Julio César Farachio, 45, two weeks ago.
Police have made an arrest in Farachio’s killing, according to the BBC. The suspect was reportedly recently released from prison after serving a sentence for drug trafficking.
Tue, 07 Feb 2023 04:01:00 -0600en-UStext/htmlhttps://nypost.com/2023/02/07/mayoral-candidate-posthumously-elected-hours-after-murder/Killexams : UW Hosts Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of American Statistical Association
February 16, 2023
The University of Wyoming College of Engineering and Physical Sciences’ Department of Mathematics and Statistics recently hosted the annual meeting of the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the American Statistical Association (ASA).
The purpose of the event was to build collaborations among statisticians and data scientists in southeast Wyoming and along the Front Range. Presentations focused on the use of data science and statistical analysis in conservation and management; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); income segregation; health records; election challenges; nonprofit donor classification; applications in Adtech; and polymerase chain reaction diagnostic testing. Participants had the opportunity to meet students, faculty and professionals in various mathematics and statistics fields.
The meeting was co-organized by UW Professor Tim Robinson; Eugenie Jackson, supervisor of research with the software company Equivant; and Matt Pocernich, a principal data scientist with Oracle.
Employers in attendance included Trihydro Corp., SAS Institute, UW’s Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Oracle, Thoughtworks, RevGen Partners, Ever.Ag, Truveta, Equivant and Reddit.
“It was fantastic seeing the spectrum of experience in the room,” says Nathan Aagard, a UW alumnus with a master’s degree in statistics. “There were graduate students who had just dipped their toes into statistics, professors from the statistics department and professionals from the field -- all sitting shoulder to shoulder -- and discussing their work in statistics and showcasing meaningful projects.”
Current statistics master’s degree candidate Allie Midkiff, from Liberty, Mo., says the meeting was a wonderful educational experience.
“The event gave students, like me, the incredible opportunity to hear about all sorts of interesting applications of statistics,” Midkiff says. “I am lucky to be a part of a program that is so dedicated to providing opportunities for students.”
Fellow statistics master’s degree candidate Sandra Biller, from Glen Gardner, N.J., praises the real-world applications featured in the presentations.
“The meeting was a great way for me to learn more about how statistics are being used in different fields and industries to add insight to real-world issues,” Biller says. “I loved the wide range of syllabus that were covered and especially the chance to connect with the local statistics community.”
During the meeting, statistics master’s degree candidate Danny Burns, from Wall Township, N.J., presented his work with the Wyoming Department of Health’s WIC program.
“It was really great to meet and network with fellow student and professional statisticians and data scientists from around the area,” Burns says. “This meeting provided me a great opportunity to get experience presenting in front of a group with diverse interests and helped me learn a lot about effective communication.”
Other UW students who participated were Joe Crane, of Lander; Daiven Francis, of Bar Nunn; Dan Hintz, of Tauranga, New Zealand; and Oisin O’Gailin, of Donegal, Ireland.
Robinson was pleased with the event’s turnout.
“Being able to host the Wyoming-Colorado winter meeting in Laramie and to attract so many companies to our great campus was terrific for our students and department,” Robinson says. “Our statistics students have been highly successful in landing great jobs, and it is essential that we provide opportunities for our students to meet and interact with professionals in our discipline. I’m grateful for the sponsorship of this event by the Wyoming-Colorado ASA chapter. They have been wanting to have a meeting in Laramie, and they provided a great deal of support to make it happen.”
The ASA is the world’s largest community of statisticians. It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. The association’s mission is to promote the practice and profession of statistics and data science. Its vision is a world that relies on data and statistical thinking to drive discovery and decisions. Since it was founded in Boston in 1839, the ASA has supported excellence in the development, application and dissemination of statistical science. ASA members serve in industry, government and academia in more than 90 countries, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and Strengthen human welfare.