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Five Worries Keeping Biden and Democrats Up at Night

The Hill reports: The Biden campaign is not complacent, and there are lingering fears among Democrats and the larger Bidenworld about how a number of issues from inflation to the crisis in Gaza could hurt the president in the fall. Here’s what keeps the Biden campaign up at night:  #1: Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Biden this week received one of the only endorsements that will matter this election — the backing of Camelot. The Kennedy clan threw their arms around Biden in a major campaign rally this week while basically snubbing Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. who is running a third-party bid for the White House. None of this means Kennedy is diminished in the presidential race. In fact, he’s becoming a bigger threat. Kennedy this week secured a spot on the ballot in Michigan, a battleground state Biden desperately needs to win but where he appears quite vulnerable. And he is likely to be on the ballot in other key states, including Arizona, Georgia and Nevada. In what is shaping up to be a low enthusiasm/low turnout race, Kennedy could become a viable option to voters who feel turned off by Biden and Trump. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Hawaii Will Be the Third State Ballot To Include RFK Jr.

CNN reports: Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will appear on Hawaii’s presidential ballot following a Friday ruling that blocked an effort by Hawaii Democrats to disqualify his campaign’s ballot access petition. Hawaii marks the third state where Kennedy has officially qualified for ballot access. He gained ballot access in Michigan, a key battleground state, earlier this week after qualifying for Utah’s ballot earlier this year. The ruling, issued by hearings officer Aaron Schulaner, said an objection filed by the Democratic Party of Hawaii “did not meet its burden of proof in this case” and the Kennedy campaign’s We the People Party – a minor party the campaign established to circumvent ballot access requirements – will be allowed to appear on Hawaii’s ballot in November. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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The American People Are Petrified

Featured on The Hill: Tens of millions of Americans who are at the breaking point after being manipulated by the fear and threats directed at them by those either elected or appointed to serve them. But of course, those overlords don’t serve the American people. They don’t serve the working class, the poor and the disenfranchised. They serve only themselves, their parties, the billionaires, activists and organizations directing them. These entrenched elites float high above the unwashed masses in bubbles of luxury, privilege, ignorance and even contempt. As they do, over 60 percent of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. The same share doesn’t have even $1,000 in the bank for an emergency expense. Inflation is forcing them to choose between necessities; they use credit cards to purchase the bare necessities and are then hit with crippling interest rates. For the elites in the bubbles, this is all a “Let them eat cake” moment. But for the working class of America, this is not only devastating, but unsustainable. For those truly paying attention, there is no mystery as to why the voice of independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is resonating with more and more of these Americans. Every single day in his X feed, Kennedy takes on the politically- and activist-created threats that are overwhelming the American people and causing them to lose hope. Every day he is telling the voiceless that he hears them. Instead of President Biden and his team directing the Democratic National Committee to smear Kennedy and take out his populist campaign, it seems the wiser choice would be to determine why Kennedy’s voice is now resonating with millions of petrified Americans. The same advice holds true for Trump and the Republican National Committee. Read the full opinion here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Will Be on the Ballot in Michigan

The New York Times reports: On the same day that more than a dozen members of his family endorsed President Biden, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that he had secured a spot on the ballot in Michigan, one of the swing states likely to decide the election. The Natural Law Party, which has ballot access in Michigan, nominated Mr. Kennedy and his running mate, Nicole Shanahan, for president and vice president. A spokeswoman for the Michigan secretary of state’s office confirmed that this meant Mr. Kennedy would be on the ballot in November. Mr. Kennedy is seeking ballot access in all 50 states through a mixture of independent petitions and third-party nominations. In some states, he has filed to create his own party. At the same time, Democratic allies of Mr. Biden are working to challenge his access to the ballot. In a statement released by Mr. Kennedy’s campaign, Doug Dern, the chairman of the Natural Law Party, called him “the most qualified candidate in the modern-day history of America.” Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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Bobby Kennedy And The Ownership Economy

Forbes reports: Over the past year in his independent presidential campaign, Bobby Kennedy Jr. has sought to bring together members of both major political parties, with a form of economic populism that expands ownership opportunities. In contrast to Sanders, Kennedy’s goal is not to grow the welfare state or state control over the economy. His economic populism is free-market oriented, aimed at building a broader property-owning middle class. It is aimed at widening the number of worker-owners with a stake in the market system, through their ownership of homes, businesses, employee stock and profit sharing, and other assets. Whether Kennedy’s economic strategies can achieve the goals of ownership and the middle class he has set, remains to be determined. But his “ownership economy” is one that should be discussed and debated. Currently, it is largely ignored by the legacy media—or subsumed by the parade of articles speculating about of how many votes he will “take away” from President Biden or President Trump. I wrote about Kennedy’s heterodox jobs program late last summer. In the eight months since, he has sharpened his jobs agenda, and connected it to a broader platform of worker ownership. It is time to revisit the campaign’s economic themes, briefly noting three of the subjects Kennedy often speaks about in 2024: the abandonment of vast sections of the blue collar economy, low wage workforces, and the marginalization of small businesses. Read the full article here.

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The RFK Jr. Strategy Clicks Into Focus

The Atlantic reports: What if everyone’s wrong? What if Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s presidential campaign is savvier, more organized, and more cunning than it’s been given credit for? This past weekend, Kennedy’s “We the People” party gamed an Iowa loophole to secure his spot on the state’s 2024 election ballot. Instead of spending months gathering thousands of signatures, Kennedy’s allies persuaded hundreds of voters to show up in the same place on the same day and partake in something akin to a Potemkin political convention. The summit barely lasted two hours. It was a bold gambit, and it worked. Kennedy is officially on the ballot in Utah, and his team (and super PAC) says he has met the necessary qualifications in Nevada, Idaho, Nebraska, North Carolina, and New Hampshire, in addition to Iowa. The campaign has the requisite signatures to land Kennedy on multiple state ballots right now, but it’s waiting until closer to the final deadlines to submit the paperwork. This way, the DNC and RNC will have less time to mount their legal oppositions.

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RFK, Jr. To Host Political Rally On Long Island

Long Island Press reports: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., the son of the former U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, is coming to Long Island to host a political rally to support his presidential campaign. Kennedy is currently running an independent, third party bid for the 2024 presidential election against incumbent Democratic President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, a Republican. RFK Jr. started his campaign by challenging Biden in the Democratic primary, but dropped after dwindling poll numbers as well as Biden ignoring Kennedy’s calls for televised debates. “We have the field teams, volunteers, legal teams, paid circulators, supporters, and strategists ready to get the job done,” Stefanie Spear, Kennedy’s campaign press secretary, said. “We are exceeding all our benchmarks and will be announcing new states each week.” Kennedy, who is on the ballot in Utah and has collected signatures to be on the ballot in up to seven other states, now seeks to be on New York State’s ballot for the November election Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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RFK Jr. Isn’t a Spoiler

Tablet reports: Outside Union Station in Los Angeles on the Saturday before Easter a small group of people display signs protesting Robert Kennedy, Jr. The presidential hopeful is at the train station holding a campaign event celebrating “the life and legacy” of civil rights and labor leader Cesar Chavez. The protesters outside the station do not speak. The signs—seemingly written by one hand—tend to share a theme: Kennedy is a “spoiler powered by MAGA.” As people stream into the venue, the station’s retired ticket concourse, the protesters—Black and middle-aged—hold their signs with visible unease. When I ask one of the protesters what brought him to the event, he simply turns his sign toward me. Disquietingly, two people nearby in full face coverings stand against the station watching the sign-holders. Something in the body language of these two suggest they are the managers of what appears to be a staged protest. Inside the vast, high-ceilinged concourse—part art deco, part mission revival—people don campaign buttons, eat chicken skewers, order drinks. Volunteers talk to passersby about getting Kennedy on the ballot in California. Short-haired bodyguards stand sentinel, aware, no doubt, that 56 years ago Kennedy’s father, Robert Kennedy, during his own run for the White House, was assassinated a few miles away at the bygone Ambassador Hotel. Members of an all-female mariachi band strum their instruments and sing their songs, paper flowers in their hair. Journalists, cordoned off in the back, scroll through iPhones, reposition cameras, type on laptops. Sunlight falls through the large cathedrallike windows onto the station’s shiny floor. When I ask a white man in his 30s—Garrett B.—what brought him to the event, he says he appreciates Kennedy’s “earnestness,” “respectable bloodline,” and that he is “against corruption.” A Latino man in his 20s came to the event because “no one is policing the different realms of government.” A Latina in her 50s, there with her elderly mother (who would later repeatedly utter “yes” as Kennedy spoke), says she likes Kennedy because he is “neutral around all the party politics” and has “been through a lot and is stronger because of it.” Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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RFK Jr. Says He Has Ruled Out Libertarian Run For President

ABC News reports:  Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has ruled out a run as a Libertarian candidate to assist in his efforts to get on the ballots in all 50 states -- a marked change from his prior posture, where he kept the door open. "We're not gonna have any problems getting on the ballot ourselves so we won't be running Libertarian," he told ABC News Kennedy spoke from West Des Moines, Iowa, where his campaign was taking a victory lap, touting their Saturday afternoon gambit to get on to the general election ballot in Iowa through a quirk in state law as a rollicking success. Its plan was to hold a small, one- day convention in West Des Moines with at least 500 eligible voters, who must hail from at least 25 of the state's 99 counties. The campaign says they surpassed that benchmark -- with a member of his team claiming it accrued 686 credentialed delegates representing more than 35 counties in Iowa. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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RFK Jr. Says He Met Requirements To Appear On Iowa's Presidential Ballot

The Des Moines Register reports: Independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he met the requirements to appear on Iowa’s general election ballot in November following a “convention” he held in West Des Moines Saturday. “Thank you for getting us on the ballot here in Iowa,” he told a crowd that was several hundred people strong. Kennedy is using a provision of Iowa law that allows independent presidential candidates to bypass the state’s standard requirement of 3,500 signatures by hosting a convention and identifying 500 eligible “electors” from at least 25 counties. Read the full article here. If you resonate with this message please subscribe to our newsletter to learn more.

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