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2020 Democratic candidates are seeing massive rally turnouts from voters who are sick of Trump: report

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Momentum is building for Democrats nationwide.

The New York Times notes in a new report that voters are energized early, despite the fact so many Democrats are running to be president.

“As the already large presidential field grows by the week, the enthusiasm that propelled Democrats to a decisive takeover of the House in the midterms is still surging, driving crowd sizes and intensity typically seen in the days before the first caucuses and primaries, not a year ahead of them,” the Times wrote.

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Indeed, candidates such as Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) have already proven they can draw big crowds….the California Democrat drew around 20,000 to her kickoff event in Oakland a few months ago. And who can forget Senator Amy Klobuchar’s (D-MN) excited crowd, who came out in Minnesota for her kickoff announcement despite bitter cold and a snowstorm.

“Democrats are packing into gymnasiums, churches and exhibition halls to hear candidates speak — even if they are far from committed to supporting the candidate they are showing up to see,” the Times wrote, adding, “the populist message many of the candidates have on offer is resonating from Northern California to Council Bluffs to the Brooklyn streets.”

The Times spoke with an expert for the story, who said it was unusual to see such high interest this early in the political season before the primaries.

“Michael McDonald, an associate professor of political science at the University of Florida who studies voting data, said he believed enthusiasm and voter turnout were correlated,” the Times said.

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They then quoted McDonald as saying “we already know interest is running high given so many other indicators, so I expect turnout will run high for the 2020 primaries on the Democratic side.”

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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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Michigan Republicans thank ‘Uncle Ted’ Nugent for testifying after he says their state ‘doesn’t qualify as America’

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Republican lawmakers in Michigan invited conservative rocker Ted Nugent to testify even though he has said the state "doesn't qualify as America."

In testimony on the Michigan state House floor on Tuesday, Nugent spoke in support of a bill that would reverse a ban on deer and elk baiting. The ban was put in place in 2018 due to suspicions that chronic wasting disease (CWD) was being spread through piles of bait.

For his part, Nugent argued that the ban was ineffective because deer are "swapping spit."

"If they think they can stop deer from swapping spit, they're idiots," Nugent testified, according to The Detroit News.

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NY judge kicked off the bench after suggesting nooses are needed to ‘make America great again’

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A judge in upstate New York has been forced off the bench after he posted an image of a noose on his personal Facebook account -- and suggested it was needed to help "make America great again."

The Washington Post reports that officials on Tuesday revealed that Kyle R. Canning, a part-time judge, was relieved of his duties after the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that his Facebook post showed an unacceptable level of political and racial bias.

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