The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden marks 4th anniversary of Pulse nightclub shooting

The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden marks 4th anniversary of Pulse nightclub shooting
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenMissouri woman seen with Pelosi sign charged in connection with Capitol riots Facebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP MORE released a statement marking the fourth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. 

"Sadly, all these years later, terrorism, mass shootings, and hate crimes continue to rip apart our American communities," Biden said in a statement on Friday.

"Our places of worship have been attacked, Hispanics have been targeted in places like El Paso, the death toll from mass shootings continues to mount, and LGBTQ+ people, particularly transgender women of color, are disproportionately targeted by violence.” 

The statement also marks Pride Month and Gun Violence Prevention Month, two issues that Democrats have embraced as a part of their platform. Earlier this week, Biden’s campaign launched a get out the vote initiative geared toward LGBTQ voters. The initiative, dubbed Out for Biden, is aimed at turning out America’s LGBTQ vote in November. 

The LGBTQ voting bloc showed its strength on Super Tuesday, with roughly 10 percent of voters in the primaries identifying as gay, lesbian or bisexual. Roughly 9 million LGBTQ adults are registered to vote for the 2020 general election, according to figures from the University of California, Los Angeles. However, organizing and voter turnout efforts during Pride Month face a very unique obstacle this year. 

The Hill’s Alex Gangitano reported earlier this month that instead of using Pride parades and in-person events to mobilize voters this month, campaigns and LGBTQ groups have instead had to rely on digital organizing and fundraising. 

“Pride Month is typically an excellent opportunity for our candidates to get before LGBTQ voters in their community. Not having these pride events certainly makes it more difficult, although a lot of these events will be replaced with digital pride events,” Elliot Imse, senior director of communications at the LGBTQ Victory Fund, told Gangitano. 


Gangitano reports that despite these difficulties, political organizers remain optimistic that they can still energize the LGBTQ base, citing the momentum from former 2020 presidential candidate Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Buttigieg confirmation hearing slated for Thursday James Murdoch predicts 'a reckoning' for media after Capitol riot MORE, who was the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major political party in the U.S. 

“Him being the first openly LGBTQ person running for the Democratic ticket certainly brought out more LGBTQ people both in terms of their excitement about the 2020 election and their investment both from a financial perspective and their time perspective,” Imse told Gangitano. 

— Julia Manchester 


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Biden hit Senate Republicans on Friday for not passing House Democrats’ $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill. "It passed through the House. Get state and local governments the funding they need to keep millions of people on the job. Because, here’s the — they’re so damn stupid, darn stupid. If you don’t have people on the job dealing with controlling the virus, then it’s just going to get worse,” Biden said. The Hill’s Alex Gangitano reports.

Biden’s campaign released a memo on Friday predicting that President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE will face “significant headwinds” in the general election due to his administration’s handling of the economy. The memo, released by Biden's deputy campaign manager Kate Beddingfield and senior adviser Anita Dunn, points out that no party has held the White House with over 8 percent unemployment and net job losses since World War II. Julia Manchester reports.

Former staffers from the 2016 and 2020 presidential cycles are joining together to launch iVoteFACTS under the iVote Civic Education Fund in an effort to boost voter turnout and education initiative ahead of November amid voter suppression concerns.

The former staffers include former political director for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPorter loses seat on House panel overseeing financial sector OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Nine, including former Michigan governor, charged over Flint water crisis | Regulator finalizes rule forcing banks to serve oil, gun companies | Trump admin adds hurdle to increase efficiency standards for furnaces, water heaters DeVos mulled unilateral student loan forgiveness as COVID-19 wracked economy: memo MORE's (D-Mass.) campaign Rebecca Pearcey, former campaign manager for Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSunday shows preview: Washington prepares for an inauguration and impeachment; coronavirus surges across the US NCAA tables name, image and likeness vote after DOJ warns of potential antitrust violations Warren and other senators seek investigation into Trump administration resuming federal executions MORE's (D-N.J.) presidential run Addisu Demissie, and former deputy campaign manager for Pete Buttigieg's campaign Hari Sevugan. Additionally, the initiative will be led by a number of 2016 campaign alumni, including former communications director for Jeb Bush's 2016 campaign Tim Miller and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFor Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team Millennials and the great reckoning on race Biden chooses Amanda Gorman as youngest known inaugural poet MORE's former chief administration officer, Charlie Baker. Julia reports.

The Biden campaign will not use the ad and tech company Hawkfish ahead of November, according to a new report from Axios. That report comes after the Los Angeles Times reported on Wednesday that a number of tech experts and progressives within the party voiced opposition to using the company, which was founded by former 2020 contender Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden selects Gina Raimondo for Commerce chief: reports 7 surprise moments from a tumultuous year in politics NFL, politics dominate 2020 ratings MORE, in Biden's presidential bid. Critics are opposed to its use because of its ties to Bloomberg and his record in his ill-fated campaign. Julia has more.

Trump is calling on the Republican National Committee (RNC) to pass an updated platform after the party’s executive committee moved this week to keep its 2016 platform through 2024. Max Greenwood reports.

The RNC, meanwhile, has announced it will move its main events, including Trump's acceptance speech as the party's nominee, out of Charlotte, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla. Brett Samuels reports.


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The Republican Senate runoff in Alabama is heating up between former Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Sessions, top DOJ officials knew 'zero tolerance' would separate families, watchdog finds Sen. Hawley tramples the 2020 vote in his run to 2024 MORE and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville. Sessions, who has challenged Tuberville to a series of debates, has attacked Tuberville’s policies and defended his own decision to recuse himself from the Russia probe in 2017 while he served at attorney general. Tuberville, in turn, has said Sessions betrayed President Trump in recusing himself from the Russia probe. Tal Axelrod reports.

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(Keep in mind these dates could change because of the outbreak.)

June 23:

Kentucky primaries

June 30:

Colorado primaries

Oklahoma primaries


Utah primaries

July 7:

New Jersey primaries

Delaware primary

July 11:


July 14:

Alabama Republican Senate primary runoff

Aug. 11:

Connecticut primary

Aug. 17-20:

Democratic National Convention

Aug. 24-27:

Republican National Convention

Sept. 1:

Massachusetts primaries

Sept. 8:

New Hampshire primaries

Rhode Island primaries

Sept. 15:

Delaware primaries

Sept. 29:

First presidential debate

Oct. 7:

Vice presidential debate

Oct. 15:

Second presidential debate

Oct. 22:

Third presidential debate