Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi ripped up her official copy of the speech while the audience was filing out.
A motion to censure Rep. Pelosi for that action was filed in the U.S. House of Representatives (her action is not a crime, but can warrant censuure, if the House so votes).
Many investigators carefully watched footage recorded during the speech, and found her pages "pre-ripped" (i.e. she planned the event for the end of the speech)
When President Trump handed Pelosi the official copy at the beginning of the speech, he snubbed her handshake when she accepted it.
In addition to the "viral image" aspects, there were a series of staged events incorporated into the speech
(inviting guests to personify the president's points has long been a staple of SOTU speeches; staging actual events during the speech is new):
Rush Limbaugh received a Presidential Medal of Freedom during the speech.
A member of the military was rejoined with his wife, who did not expect his return that evening.
A young student was granted an Opportunity Scholarship after being denied entrance to a charter school in Pensylvania.
Juan Guaidó, the "shadow president" of Venezuela was introduced to America (Guaidó is recognized as the president by the U.S. but his opponent Nicolás Madurom controls the government).
There were also numerous policy points in the speech, and in the numerous responses, which we excerpt.
But the images and events are what this speech will be remembered for!
1,700 caucuses statewide for delegates to Democratic and Republican National Conventions
Both major parties held caucuses to elect delegates to their National Conventions.
The Iowa Democratic Caucuses were plagued by technical snafus; we'll report the results when available.
As a result of those problems, many people are calling for Iowa to replace their caucus with a normal primary election.
OnTheissues agrees, for the simple reason that primaries are better for democracy.
About 202,000 people participated in the 2020 Iowa caucuses (170,000 Democrats and 32,000 Republicans) -- that is under 10% of the registered voters of Iowa (2.1 million as of January 2020).
In a typical primary, such as New Hampshire in 2016, 535,000 people voted (250,000 Democrats and 285,000 Republicans) -- that is over 50% turnout of the registered voters of N.H. (980,000 as of January 2020).
Caucuses discourage voter participation, for reasons that were obvious to anyone watching the shenanigans nationally televised from Iowa -- few people want to go stand in a gymnasium for two hours straight!
The Republican Iowa caucuses went smoothly, with three candidates on the ballot. Results listed below. 40 national delegates will be awarded, towards the total of 2,550 delegates.
Bottom Line for Republicans: Trump's challengers did make a showing, with Weld getting one committed delegate. Walsh withdrew after these results.
The Democratic Iowa caucuses will award 41 national delegates (estimates below) and then hold two more rounds of gymnasium-standing events over the next two months to finalize those estimates, towards the total of 4,750 delegates.
Bottom Line for Democrats: Sanders won the popular vote on the first round, and also won the "second alignment" but by a smaller margin. Buttigieg got the most "state delegate equivalents," 564-562, and the most national delegates (14-11).
Seventh Democratic primary debate, with six candidates, at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14, three weeks before the Iowa caucuses. Three candidates withdrew after not qualifying for the debate (and will not participate in the Iowa caucuses):
The rules of the Iowa caucuses are more complicated than typical presidential primaries:
Meeting places are set up by local Democratic Committees in over 1,600 locations across Iowa, one per town or one per precinct in larger cities.
Any registered Democrat can attend in their neighborhood, with or without a pre-commitment to any candidate, but there are no absentee ballots nor early voting (only those who attend can vote, except people with disabilities and military members abroad can participate by video).
Candidates' supporters make speeches to persuade the uncommitted voters, and then each candidate's supporters gather in one section of the room to be counted.
A preliminary count determines which candidates make a 15% minimum cutoff for "viability." Supporters of non-viable candidates can then move to another candidate's section for the final count.
National news media report the percentage of the caucus final tallies, which are only approximate, because national delegates are actually chosen over the course of two more events:
Caucus delegates are apportioned, based on the final count for each candidate in each local caucus, to attend a County Convention; Iowa has 99 counties.
The County Conventions will be held on March 21, and then a Statewide Convention on April 25, to elect 41 delegates to the Democratic National Convention where teh presidential nominee will be determined.
Iowa also will send 8 superdelegates to the National Convention; they are called "PLEO delegates" (Party Leaders and Elected Officials) and are members of Congress or Democratic National Committee members.
Lincoln Chafee announces for presidency, Jan. 6, 2020
Former Rhode Island Senator and Former Rhode Island Governor
Lincoln Chafee has been elected as a Republican and a Democrat and an Independent; and has served as Mayor, Senator, and Governor.
He is now announcing his candidacy for the Liberatarian Party nomination for the presidency.
Below is our past coverage, highlighting at each time which party he was in.
7 contenders at UCLA, co-hosted by PBS Newshour and Politico.com
The sixth Democratic primary debate, with seven candidates, was held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; moderated by Judy Woodruff from CNN; Tim Alberta from Politico Magazine; Yamiche Alcindor and Amna Nawaz from PBS Newshour.
In order to have qualified for the debate, candidates had to bring in the support of at least 200,000 unique donors and register at least 4 percent support in four qualifying polls or at least 6 percent support in two approved polls in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina.
Sen. Cory Booker did not make the debate qualifications; Booker led eight other presidential candidates in a letter asking the DNC to "consider alternative debate qualification standards" for four primary debates scheduled for early 2020.
In the wake of this debate, and after the announcement of criteria for the January debate, Secretary Julian Castro withdrew from the presidential race, on Jan. 2, 2020.
The debate criteria for this debate were:
-Over 200,000 unique donors
-And 4% support in four qualifying polls
-Or 6% support in two polls in the early voting states (IA, NH, NV, and SC)
Sen. Booker ran a TV ad during the debate, which we excerpt below.
The top ten Democratic presidential candidates debated at Otterbein University in Atlanta, Georgia,
sponsored by NBC News and the Washington Post.
Changes in the field as a result of this debate:
CEO Tom Steyer (D, CA) made his second appearance in a debate, after months of TV advertising. He is now an established member of the field.
CEO Mike Bloomberg (D, NY) has re-entered the race, committing $35 million to a TV ad campaign. But Bloomberg is disqualified from all future debates, because the current rules require having thousands of donors, and Bloomberg is not accpepting donations at all. The rules for the Jan./Feb. 2020 debates have not yet been set, so Bloomberg could qualify.
Governor Deval Patrick (D, MA) also announced his candidacy. He will accept donations, but there's not enough time to qualify for the December debate, since those debate rules require scoring well in several polls, which will likely not even include Patrick for a couple of weeks. There are a half-dozen debates already set up for Jan./Feb. 2020, for which Patrick will attempt to qualify.
Three candidates dropped out of the race in the wake of this debate (in part, perhaps, because of this debate):
Rep. Joe Sestak (D, PA), dropped out on Dec. 1, 2019; former U.S. Representative from 2006-2010, and a Navy Admiral.
Governor Steve Bullock (D, MT), dropped out on Dec. 2, 2019; Governor since 2012, and Attorney General of Montana from 2007-2012.
Senator Kamala Harris (D, CA), dropped out on Dec. 3, 2019; Senator since 2016, and Attorney General of California from 2011-2016.
Deval Patrick enters presidential race: Nov. 13, 2019
Massachusetts Governor to file papers for New Hampshire presidential primary
Governor Deval Patrick (D-MA) is a late entry to the Democratic presidential primary.
He may qualify for debates in early 2020, but certainly not the debate set for next week (Nov. 20th). His policy stances:
Mike Bloomberg re-enters presidential race: Nov. 8, 2019
New York Mayor files papers for Alabama presidential primary
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC) met the deadline today to get onto the Alabama presidential primary ballot (the earliest deadline in the country), implying that he would meet deadlines to get onto other state ballots.
Bloomberg cited Joe Biden's failure at sparking centrist support, which Bloomberg considers his constituency (as opposed to the progressive constituency sparked by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren).
Rep. Joe Walsh (R, IL) served in Congress but retured and has run a conservative radio talk show ever since. He considers himself a member of the Tea Party.
Gov. Mark Sanford (R, SC) was invited, but claimed a "scheduling conflict" and did not attend.
President Donald Trump (R, NY) was invited to the debate but did not respond. He was the major topic anyway, and we include some excerpts from video played during the debate, with opponents' responses.
The moderators were Business Insider politics editor Anthony Fisher; Business Insider columnist Linette Lopez, and Business Insider editorial director Henry Blodget.
De Blasio said on a morning ralk show today, "I'm gonna end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City and I'm gonna keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic party that stands for working people."
De Blasio conceded in an NBC News Op-Ed that he had "reached the point where I feel I have contributed all I can to this Democratic primary."
Sept. 12, 2019, debate at Texas Southern University in Houston; hosted by ABC as "Your Voice, Your Vote," and by Univision with Spanish-language commentary.
Texas Southern University is an "HBCU", a Historically Black College and University, which was a topic in the debate.
This debate was the first one-evening-only debate, with just the top ten contenders. The qualifying rules were:
Candidates must show 130,000 unique donors (double the 65,000 requirement from the June and July debates)
Candidates must poll at 2% or above in four polls (also double the 1% requirement from the June and July debates)
Candidates must accomplish BOTH of the above (EITHER criteria was sufficient for the June and July debates).
Ten candidates met both criteria for the upcoming debate; three additional candidates met one criterion (and hence are excluded from the debate).
If eleven or more candidates had qualified, the debate would have been split into two evenings.
Three candidates withdrew from the race after failing to qualify for this debate; a fourth candidate withdrew afterwards; details below and above; here are the contenders in the third debate (in polling order):
The Democratic Party announced the criteria for presidential candidates to qualify for the party's official third and fourth round of debates in September and October. Details:
ABC and Univision will host the September 12th debate, simulcast in English and Spanish. A possible second evening of debates will be decided by the number of candidates meeting the new criteria.
Candidates must qualify by either meeting the minimum number of donors, OR exceeding polling criteria in party-sanctioned polls.
Candidates must gather donations from 130,000 individual donors (this is double the 65,000 donor count for the June and July debates).
Donors must be represented with a minuimum of 400 donors in each of the 50 states (this is double the 200 per-state donor count for the June and July debates).
Candidates must poll at 2% or higher in three party-approved polls during July and August (this is double the 1% polling requirement for the June and July debates).
The first debates will be held June 26 and 27 (maximum of 10 candidates per evening) in Miami and airing on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. The second debates will be held July 30 and 31 in Detroit and airing on CNN.
As of the end of May, eighteen candidates have qualified for the June Democratic debates (details below; full list of possible candidates on the top of our home page). And today OnTheIssues adds one final possible Democratic debate contender, and two non-Democratic candidates:
Wayne Messam: Democratic Mayor of Miramar Florida; running to qualify for the June debate.
Justin Amash: Elected as a Republican to the United States Congress; he has been recruited by the Libertarian Party to run as their nominee.