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On CNN Wednesday, political analyst John King laid out how former President Donald Trump's endorsement can impact Republican primaries.
Specifically, he noted, Trump's endorsement consistently seems to net a candidate around 30 percent of the vote — and that may be sufficient to win in some races, but not in others.
"You look at this and, again, to be clear, Trump endorsed Dr. Oz," said anchor Erin Burnett. "What do the primaries in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, other crucial states — you know, Idaho, Oregon, Kentucky, North Carolina — tell you about how successful Trump's endorsements have been?"
"Let's be clear at the outset, we're still early in this primary season," said King. "But we do have a trend so far. We'll see what happens as we move on through the primaries. But Dr. Oz is Donald Trump's candidate in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He gets 31.2 percent. In Ohio, J.D. Vance was Donald Trump's candidate, 30 percent. Right about the same what Oz got. There's some governor's races. Let's look at the Republican side. Nebraska, we went through that primary a Tuesday ago. Trump's candidate was at 30 percent, roughly 30 percent. Last night, out in Idaho, Trump was on the losing end, he supported the lieutenant governor. She got 32 percent. You notice that pattern here?"
King then broke down additional races where this 30 percent figure came into play.
"It happens in House races, as well," said King. "Let me give you a chance to look at it. These are some of Trump's endorsements. You see a line. 30 percent, 32 percent. Here in Pennsylvania is an exception at 44 percent. Even in House races, it was enough in North Carolina for Bo Hines, 32 percent was enough, he won there. It was enough, 32 percent for J.D. Vance in the Ohio Senate race. We will see if 31 percent is enough for Dr. Oz. But it depends on how many candidates are in the field, how strong are the other candidates? In North Carolina, the incumbent, Madison Cawthorn, he got 32 percent yesterday. That was not enough. He lost."
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Donald Trump's extensive history of business failures was documented in new legal filings by his new business partners.
"Donald Trump’s business history has been so filled with disastrous ventures that it’s been hard to keep track of them all," wrote Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik. "No longer. Digital World Acquisition Corp., which is the special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, taking Trump’s 'Truth Social' media platform public, has conveniently listed them in a document it is required to file publicly before selling stock. DWAC is aiming to raise at least $875 million."
Hiltzik linked to the S-R registration statement, which he described as "hilarious reading." The 107th page of the filing begins a section on “Risks Related to our Chairman President Donald J. Trump.”
“A number of companies that were associated with President Trump have filed for bankruptcy,” the filing states. “There can be no assurances that TMTG [Trump Media & Technology Group] will not also become bankrupt.”
The document details Trump's history of repeatedly bankrupting casinos.
“The Trump Taj Mahal, which was built and owned by President Trump, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1991. The Trump Plaza, the Trump Castle, and the Plaza Hotel, all owned by President Trump at the time, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1992. THCR, which was founded by President Trump in 1995, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004. Trump Entertainment Resorts, Inc., the new name given to Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts after its 2004 bankruptcy, declared bankruptcy in 2009," it acknowledged.
It also noted the demise of other organizations associated with the former reality-TV star, specifically listing, Trump Shuttle, Inc., Trump University, Trump Vodka, Trump Mortgage, LLC, travel website GoTrump.com and Trump Steaks.
The document also noted Trump's legal exposure as he is reportedly under investigation in multiple states and by the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol.
"President Trump is involved in numerous lawsuits and other matters that could damage his reputation, cause him to be distracted from the business or could force him to resign from TMTG’s board of directors," the document reads. "Additionally, TMTG’s business plan relies on President Trump bringing his former social media followers to its platform. In the event any of these, or other events cause his followers to lose interest in his messages, the number of users of TMTG’s platform could decline or not grow as TMTG has assumed."
The document listed lawsuits by Capitol Police Officers, members of Congress, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund along with investigations by the district attorneys in Manhattan and Georgia, along with New York Attorney General Letitia James. It also noted lawsuits from protesters, Michael Cohen and writer E. Jean Carroll.
"Although TMTG is not a party to any of the above-referenced matters, TMTG cannot predict what effect, if any, an adverse outcome to such matters, or even their continued existence, may have on President Trump’s personal reputation and TMTG’s business or prospects," it wrote.
Hiltzik, the LA Times business columnist, identified what he said may be "the scariest line in the entire document" for investors.
“The foregoing does not purport to be an exhaustive list," it reads.
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Voting rights advocates expressed anger and disappointment Wednesday after the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the state's new Republican-drawn congressional map despite claims of partisan and racial gerrymandering.
"As a result of this decision, minority voters and Democratic voters will have their voices diluted for the next 10 years."
KS Fair Maps, a coalition advocating for fair redistricting, said in a statement that state residents "were let down" by the decision, and that "this entire legislative process illustrates just what is wrong with Kansas politics right now—it was rushed, secretive, supported the agenda of one party, and dismissed the very valid and public concerns of Kansans."
"The fact that it also blatantly discriminated against minority voters is also indicative of the way our politicians prioritize some Kansans over others," the coalition continued. "The clear message from the Supreme Court is our state constitution and laws do not protect minority voters."
Warning that "the results of this map will be felt in Topeka and D.C. for the next 10 years, and the interest of Kansans will suffer for it," the coalition concluded that "this process needs to be corrected and taken out of the hands of politicians moving forward."
A brief opinion that offered little in the way of legal reasoning, penned by Justice Caleb Stegall, a right-wing member of the high court, states that those challenging the map "have not prevailed on their claims" that the boundaries violated the state constitution and a full opinion is forthcoming.
Wednesday's decision overturns a previous one from Wyandotte County District Court Judge Bill Klapper, who ruled that the state constitution protects against rigging the map to divide communities and color and wrote that "this court suggests most Kansans would be appalled to know how the contest has been artificially engineered to give one segment of the political apparatus an unfair and unearned advantage."
The Kansas map could impact the reelection chances of Democratic Rep. Sharice Davids, who represents the 3rd District, in a cycle when fears are mounting that the party could lose its slim majority in the U.S. House of Representatives amid a "tidal wave" of GOP voter suppression efforts.
As The Kansas City Star detailed:
The map divides Wyandotte County, the state’s most ethnically and racially diverse area, roughly along I-70. While voters south of the highway will stay in the district held by Davids, voters in the north will be in the 2nd District, held by Republican Rep. Jake LaTurner.
In addition to losing Democratic voters from northern Wyandotte County, the 3rd District now includes the conservative rural counties of Franklin and Anderson, and all of rural Miami County. Previously, only a portion of Miami County was in the district.
The newspaper noted that "liberal-leaning Lawrence will also move from the 2nd District, which has been competitive in the past, into the heavily Republican 1st District, which spans western Kansas. That will put the University of Kansas campus in the same district as towns along the Colorado border."
Paul Smith, senior vice president of the Campaign Legal Center, said Wednesday that "the Kansas Supreme Court's reversal of the lower court's decision is a slap in the face to voters and runs afoul of the democratic values spelled out in Kansas' own constitution."
"The Kansas Legislature crafted gerrymandered maps that purposefully divide Kansans based on their race and political views to serve their political interests instead of the community's needs," he said, vowing that the group "will continue fighting for fair maps, because Kansas voters deserve to choose their politicians instead of the other way around."
Leaders at the ACLU of Kansas made similar pledges, with legal director Sharon Brett vowing that the organization "will never stop fighting for the rights of all Kansans, and this decision won't change that fact."
"We're obviously very disappointed for our clients," she said. "Equal protection under our state's constitution is supposed to mean something. But as a result of this decision, minority voters and Democratic voters will have their voices diluted for the next 10 years."
ACLU of Kansas executive director Micah Kubic echoed the promise to keep up the fight while also pointing out that "this case is only one skirmish in the wholesale assault on democracy in Kansas and around the country."
The Associated Press reported Wednesday that "congressional maps in at least 17 states have inspired lawsuits" and while New York's high court recently found that its new districts were rigged to benefit Democratic candidates, state courts have issued decisions against maps favoring the GOP in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
"Although today's ruling is disappointing, we will continue to use every ounce of energy we've got to defend democracy and protect our shared values," said Kubic. "In defending democracy and our values, we don't give up, we don't give out, and we don't give in. As politicians in Kansas continue to try to denigrate our democracy, the ACLU, our supporters, and our partners will be there to stand in their way."