Wednesday’s Washingtons

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California was one of the biggest advocates for reform of the Los Angeles Police Department.  Their work for body cams with LAPD officers is still very important.

Gary Johnson is the Libertarian nominee for President.  He thinks that he can get to 15% in polls to be able to make the national debate stage.  Johnson got just less than 1% of the popular vote in 2012.  A third party has received 15% of the popular votes twice in the last 100 years.  Those two times were Ross Perot in 1992 who self-funded his campaign and Robert La Follette in 1924.  Intuitively, it makes sense for Johnson to be able to pick up Republicans who refuse to vote for Trump in November, I’m not sure of how many votes that actually will be.

Representative Patrick Murphy has been endorsed by another member of Congress. This time it is Rep. Gwen Graham.  One of the weirdest things of this cycle is that Florida Democratic bench is so thin in Florida that voters have to choose between Murphy and Rep. Alan Grayson.

Former Rep. Joe Garcia is hitting Carlos Curbelo for donating money to Rep. Barbara Comstock who once questioned why we couldn’t track immigrants like Fed Ex tracks  packages.  The only problem is that Rep. Garcia once said something very similar, using American Express, instead.

Iowa’s 1st Congressional District has been changed from tossup to leans Democratic thanks to a strong fundraising performance from Democratic candidate Monica Vernon.

Former Senator and Governor Evan Bayh has decided to run for Senate in Indiana.  Indiana voted for a moderate Democrat in 2012 for Senate.  Bayh is a little to the right of a moderate Democrat but definitely increases the chances of Democrats taking back the Senate in November.