Election Recycling: Don't See It As a Stain Edition

mmmm_delicious_baby Kerry has raised over $1 million a day since March 2, outpacing Bush nearly 2 to 1. Overall, Bush has $214 million, Kerry $145; GOP has a $153 million advantage with 527s. [WP and LAT]

9/11 Commission disputes ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda. Bad news for Bush? Not necessarily: "[T]he president is still even with John Kerry or, if you count the Electoral College votes in the battleground states, ahead. Then there's a creeping plus for George Bush, which is that the economy is taking off."[WT and NYT]

Rumsfeld, Tenet hid detainees from Red Cross monitoring. [NYT]

Bush to troops: "And no matter what the terrorists plan, no matter what they attempt, a democratic, free Iraq is on the way." Kerry: "This president failed the test in Iraq." [NYT and WT]

Bush to pause use of television ads, saying people are not paying attention. Kerry camp says the ads are not effective. [NYT]

Kerry proposes $20 billion for child care for working-class and stay-at-home parents. Kerry: "The wealthiest people in America are getting a huge walk-away-with-the-store tax break, but a whole bunch of kids who need to have after-school adult input aren't getting it." Bush flack: "All paid for by rolling back tax cuts for the wealthy, money that he has already spent 20 times over?" [WP and WT]

Former military officials attack Bush, underscoring tension: "Never in the 2 1/4 centuries of our history has the United States been so isolated among the nations, so broadly feared and distrusted." Powell: "I do not believe that will be the judgment of the American people." [WP and LAT]

McCain to introduce Bush at rally. [WP]

In new phase of vetting, Kerry meets with Gephardt. [NYT and BG and USAT]

Senate Republicans schedule vote on marriage amendment for two weeks before Democratic convention. [WT]

DNC, RNC look sideways to raise funds. [BG]

Bush officials increase press availability. [WT]

Club for Growth to run attack ad with Reagan's image. [LAT]

Republicans near record goal for convention cash. [NYT]

Philadelphia Daily News endorses Kerry. [LAT]

Clinton, in interview, says Starr may have worked illegally: "I stood up to it and beat it back. The whole battle was a badge of honor. I don't see it as a stain, because it was illegitimate." On the affair: "I think I did something for the worst possible reason -- just because I could. I think that's just about the most morally indefensible reason that anybody could have for doing anything. There are lots of sophisticated explanations, more complicated psychological explanations, but none of them are an excuse." [WP and NYT]

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Look, it is your afternoon Nice Times at the Supreme Court! It is also your WUT and HUH Times, with Justices Thomas, Sotomayor, Kagan and Gorsuch joining in an opinion by RBG tossing a challenge to Virginia's new, fair districts. Go know!

After the 2010 Census, Republicans in the Virginia House of Delegates did what they do best -- they stole more elections, redrawing the electoral map to ensure themselves a supermajority for all eternity. Why let the voters choose their representatives when the representatives can pick their own voters as the founders intended, right? Voters in 12 of the affected districts sued the Virginia State Board of Elections in 2014 to invalidate the districts as illegal racial gerrymanders, and the House of Delegates intervened in Bethune-Hill v. Va. State Bd. of Elections to support the Board and defend its own power.

After extensive litigation including a trip up to the Supreme Court in 2017, the District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia tossed 11 of the districts as illegal racial gerrymanders and ordered the maps redrawn in 2018. At which point, the Commonwealth of Virginia noped out and quit defending the old, craptastic districts, which should have been the end of it.

BUT NO. The Virginia House of Delegates, which is still held by the GOP despite their party netting nine percent fewer votes than Democrats in the 2017 election, vowed to fight on.

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