THAT’S…AN ARGUMENT – All the rage on Twitter Wednesday: A DCCC fundraising email sent that offered recipients the opportunity to vote for which sticker the committee should print for supporters next. One choice out of four: “Democrats: 2018, I mean have you seen the other guys?” A few journalists snarked that the slogan isn’t exactly inspiring.
– “Dems’ new pitch to voters: A ‘Better Deal,'” by POLITICO’s Elana Schor and Heather Caygle: “Democratic leaders are zeroing in on a new mantra for their long-promised economic agenda: a ‘Better Deal.’ The rebranding attempt comes as Democrats acknowledge that simply running against President Donald Trump wasn’t a winning strategy in 2016 and probably won’t work in 2018 either. The slogan, which is still being polled in battleground House districts, aims to convince voters that Democrats have more to offer than the GOP and the self-proclaimed deal-maker in the White House. … Several moderate Democrats facing reelection next year told POLITICO that no matter what leadership does, they’re preparing to craft their own pitch to voters. The ideological and political divides that gripped the party during the Hillary Clinton-Bernie Sanders primary wars are far from healed, and leadership may not find universal support for the left-leaning platform, particularly from those trying to defend seats in Trump-friendly states.” Full story.
HOUSE Q2 FUNDRAISING – FIRST IN SCORE – CA-45: Democrat Dave Min, who’s one of three looking to take on GOP Rep. Mimi Walters next year, raised over $303,000 in the second quarter and has about a quarter-million dollars in the bank.
– FIRST IN SCORE – AZ-02: Democrat Matt Heinz (who is running for GOP Rep. Martha McSally’s seat but may face ex-Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick in a primary) raised $200,000 in the last two weeks in his repeat bid against McSally. In a statement, the campaign touted Heinz’s average donation as $15.
– CA-10: Democrat Josh Harder announced raising over $400,000 and finishing the second quarter with $370,000 in the bank in GOP Rep. Jeff Denham’s district.
– CA-48: Democrat Phil Janowicz’s campaign announced raising over $180,000 since he jumped into the race in April.
– NY-19: Democratic Army veteran Pat Ryan, part of the crowded Democratic field to take on GOP Rep. John Faso, announced raising over $210,000 in the second quarter, after jumping into the race in June.
– NM-01: Democrat Antoinette Sedillo Lopez’s campaign announced raising over $200,000 in Q2. (Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is running for governor.)